Apr 292013
 

Thank You – to all you new and returning visitors for popping over to have a look at my blog
and also thank you to everybody who’s left comments on my previous blog posts
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(Please don’t think that you have to read every word I’ve written – Unless you want to know what I used and how I made a card you don’t actually have to read all the information I provide in the numbered details under each card set, you can just click the thumbnail images to view each card at a larger size, and then click “Back” and scroll down to the next section.)
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I’ve only got two cards and a bag to show you today.  I hope you like them and feel like leaving a comment at the end.

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CARDS:

(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards. Where these linked pages are on the CUP site you will usually find a longer description of how I made the item at the bottom of the page.)

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  1. Rainy Days Clipart Brunette by Angela Wenke and 5 Pastel Plaid Backing Papers – CU4Cu by Mary Jane Harris (I took one of these images, together with a couple of different coloured backgrounds from cup375287_99, into one of my graphics packages and re-sized, moved around and manipulated the elements until I had a square, 14cm, card front I was happy with.  I put a second layer of the main element on the other side of my A4 working space before printing the design out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then cut out the main card front and extra topper element.  I created my base card by trimming, scoring and folding an A4 sheet of white  Adorable Scorable card-stock.  I used finger-lift tape to attach the base layer to the card front, and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the second layer. )
  2. Designer Resource pack Elizabeth Florals by Susan Wood ( I took several elements from this kit into one of my graphics packages and re-sized, moved around, etc., until I was happy with the layout for a square card topper.  I also placed several extra layers of the hat and flowers on the other side of my A4 working area to use as decoupage layers.  The sheet I’d created was printed off onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and the pieces were then cut out.  I created a base card by trimming, scoring and folding a sheet of Adorable Scorable card-stock in a very pale creamy yellow.  I stuck the topper to this using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape .  I then shaped the other layers of hat and flowers and glued them in place using glue gel.  The greeting on this card is “Penblwydd Hapus”, which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”)
  3. Closeup showing the dimension of this card.

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BAG:

It’s been ages since I did anything with torn, rather than cut, items on it – so I went mad with this one and tore all the layers for the matting and layering, as well as tearing all the flower and leaf embellishments.

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  1. Peach Blossom Backing 4 by Janette Padley and Peach Blossom Backing 3 by Janette Padley ( I printed two sheets of Backing 3 together with one sheet of Backing 4 onto 120gsm, good quality, white paper.  I used one of the sheets to make the torn paper flowers and leaves I’ve used to decorate this bag – I’ve taken photos of all stages of making the paper flowers and they will soon appear on my Making Paper Flowers pictorial tutorial section.  I used Tonic glue to stick the flowers together. The other two sheets were used to make torn mats.  I made the bag very sturdy as I want to put jewellery in it, so I used 2 sheets of 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock to make it.  I first scored using my Hougie Board, cut off the excess, stuck in place using  Template Tape and put one strip of  super sticky tape along one of the open top edges ready to seal the bag once the gift is ready to put inside.  I then used  glue gel to attach the panels, flowers and leaves.)
  2. Closer look at the flowers used.

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TUTORIALS:

I’m working on some more pictorial guides on the two types of flowers I’ve used on the bag above for my “Making Paper Flowers” section – I’ve had to expand it to a section as it is now way to big for a page.  The new flowers should be live at some point during this week, so please do keep checking back

CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:

Have a look – here – at my whole shop “Siop Crafftau MAES MIERI Crafts Shop” on craftybob.com.

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CUP UPDATE:

20% Off Discount Code – Simply type the word ‘HOT’ into the REDEEM VOUCHER box on the basket page BEFORE you check out from craftsUprint then click UPDATE BASKET to save a whopping 20% off your total order value! Discount Code Offer Ends on 1st May 2013

CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Monday, 29th April – Here! – You’ll find lots of designs by the top selling CUP designers showcased in this mailer, plus favourites from the top Registered Crafters.

Craftsuprint have a “Mailer Archive” where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months. This can be seen by clicking – here.

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You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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(Hi All – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it, but due to the fact that I’ve had some problems with Spam/advertising posts, that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog, I now moderate all comments before they go live. Genuine comments will go live when I’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.)

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Apr 272013
 

Thank You – for popping over to have a look at my blog
and also thank you to everybody who’s left comments on my previous blog posts.
(Please don’t think that you have to read every word I’ve written – Unless you want to know what I used and how I made a card you don’t actually have to read all the information I provide in the numbered details under each card set, you can just click the thumbnail images to view each card at a larger size, and then click “Back” and scroll down to the next section.)
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I’ve got six cards finished the end of this week to show you.  It includes a card with a tiger on for a man, a couple very different Christmas cards, a sympathy card, a floral card, and one with a butterfly.  Quite an assortment I think you’ll agree.  Please scroll to the bottom to leave me a comment after you’ve browsed around my creations.  Thank you.

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CARDS:

(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the suppliers pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards.)

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  1. Spring Flowers and Lace matching Vellum by Carol Clarke (I printed the sheet out onto 120gsm good quality white paper.  I created a little square base card from pink Satin Board, and I made a panel from the same card.  I then cut two panels to go on these from the background sheet, making one from the darkest area of the background and one from the lightest for contrast.   I put the smallest, lightest, panel onto the Satin Board panel and wrapped a piece of edged pink ribbon around it, tieing in a bow on the right.  I put the darkest background directly onto my base card using a roller glue tape.  I then used 1mm deepm double sidedm foam tape to put the layered panel on the card front.  I found a decorative edged pink circle in my crafting stash, and a flourish, and stuck these to the card front.  I then took a sheet of white die cut flower spirals and leaves and coloured them with my ProMarkers on one side before popping them out.  The colours I used were: flowers – Cerise; leaves – Leaf Green.  I then manipulated with my hands and wrapped them round into rose shapes, gluing them in place using a quick grab glue.  The flowers were stuck onto my card front using glue gel.  There was no intricate cutting required to make this card, though wrapping the spiral into roses is a bit of a fiddle it is made easier by using a quilling tool to hold the centre while turning.)
  2. Rose, Lace and Pearls matching Vellum by Carol Clarke (I printed the sheet out onto 120gsm good quality white paper.  I then cut two panels from the sheet, one from the darker area and one from the lighter area.  The lighter area being 2.5cm larger width and length wise than the darker one.  I used a corner rounder punch on both layers. The lighter panel was stuck directly to a base card I’d created from an embossed, blue metallic, cardstock from my stash, using roller glue tape.  This base card also had its corners rounded.  The darker piece was stuck to a piece of silver mirror paper and trimmed to leave a small border before the corners were rounded.  This was then stuck to the matted base card.  I finished off with a topper of decorated parchment that I’d embossed using a Christmas scene, stuck on using glue gel behind the whiter areas.  Although I’d got a Parchment Grid to use when creating my embossing and pricking, the fact that my hands don’t always work as they should and that I can’t keep a consistent pressure while embossing means that the white areas are not as smooth as they should be, but I’m quite pleased with how my first effort with this grid turned out. )
  3. Mary & Baby Jesus Card Front & Insert 2 by Anna Babajanyan (This is a bare minimum card.  I printed the sheet out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out the card front and insert.  I prepared a base card by scoring and folding an off white pearlescent sheet of A4 card-stock in half.  I used finger-lift tape to attach the card front to the base card towards the top, and then trimmed off the excess base card at the bottom to leave a border the same size as around the top.  I then stuck the insert inside using the same tape. )
  4. This picture shows the insert panel from the shame sheet placed inside the previous card.

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  1. Wild Animals Toppers by Tom Curtis (I printed the sheet out onto 250gsm Crafty Bob paper and cut out the animal panels.  I wanted the card to be for a man so went into my crafting stash and looked for background papers with a blueish shade, and a hammered pale blue A4 sheet to score with my Hougie Board and then fold in half as my base card.  Although looking quite black, the matting behind the script style background and the strip down near the left hand side is actually silver mirror paper, but the lighting when taking this photo wasn’t too good, it was either have a white flare or have the mirror paper looking dark.  I went round the striped paper with a silver metallic marker.  I used a roller glue tape to attach all the pieces on this card, making it a flat card that will go through the British postal system using a standard stamp.  With only straight edge cutting this wasn’t a difficult card to make.)
  2. Layered Doily 2 & Butterfly…SVG by Tina Fitch (I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the doily layers and a butterfly out of pale yellow, linen textured, 250gsm cardstock.  I took a large, blue, A4 base card and trimmed it to make a square card.  I stuck the largest doily directly to the front of this using finger-lift tape behind the central panel.  I then used two little strips of 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape at the center of the second doily to attach it on top of the first one.  I raided my crafting stash for a paper flower and two glittered trefoil shapes.  I stuck the flower at the centre of the doily using glue gel and put one trefoil at the centre.  I cut up the other trefoil to give pieces that I added as detail to the butterfly before sticking it to the edge of the doily, again using glue gel.  A very intricate looking design, but as my Cameo did all the cutting it didn’t require too much effort on my part, other than using a pokey tool to push out some of the smaller, cut out, pieces.)
  3. This is a closeup of the detail from the previous card.
  4. Floral Cross Toppers by Tom Curtis ( I printed the sheet out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out one of the largest toppers for this card.  I matted this image onto silver mirror paper and trimmed to leave a small border.  I made a base card of the required size from a sheet of pearlescent cardstock from my stash that had a hint of blue in it.  Onto this I put a white peel-off border down the left hand side.  I cut a blue card-stock panel, a couple of centimeters larger in both directions than the matted image.  I stuck a narrower border of white peel-off on the front of that before sticking it directly to the front of my base card using finger-lift tape.  I used finger-lift tape to put the matted image on top.  This card is flat enough to go through the British postal system using a standard stamp and only required straight edge cutting, so nothing difficult for anybody with moderate dexterity problems.)

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:

Have a look – here – at my whole shop “Siop Crafftau MAES MIERI Crafts Shop” on craftybob.com.

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CUP UPDATE:

20% Off Discount Code – Simply type the word ‘HOT’ into the REDEEM VOUCHER box on the basket page BEFORE you check out from craftsUprint then click UPDATE BASKET to save a whopping 20% off your total order value!  Discount Code Offer Ends on 1st May 2013

CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Friday, 26th April – Here! – The subject line in this mailer was “WOW! A New Friday Mailer Featuring The Latest HOT Designs, NEW Froms & FREE CD Content”, so basically it’s a showcase of what’s sold best lately, and some new batches of designs from a handful of designers – plus, of course, the Free CD-ROM you get if you spend £10 on items from craftsUprint.

Craftsuprint have a “Mailer Archive” where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months. This can be seen by clicking – here.

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You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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(Hi All – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it, but due to the fact that I’ve had some problems with Spam/advertising posts, that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog, I now moderate all comments before they go live. Genuine comments will go live when I’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.)

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Even More April 2013 Crafting

 Posted by at 09:33 pm
Apr 252013
 

Thank You – to all you new and returning visitors for popping over to have a look at my blog
and also thank you to everybody who’s left comments on my previous blog posts.

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I have now passed the monumental total of 1,400 photos of handcrafted items, uploaded against the digital item I used to make them, on the craftsUprint website.  You can find them on my Crafter Showcase pages – Here!  I only need to upload just under 600 more to hit the 2,000 uploads mark and be upgraded from a “Gold” to a “Platinum” Crafter.  I don’t expect to make it this year, but it may be one of my aims for 2014 if I get a reasonable amount made this year.

I’ve only got three cards to show you in this blog post, but I hope you like them.

Unless you want to know what I used and how I made a card you don’t actually have to read all the information I provide in the numbered details under each card set, you can just click to view each card at a larger size, and then click “Back” and scroll down to the next section.

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CARDS:

(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)
(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards. Where these linked pages are on the CUP site you will usually find a longer description of how I made the item at the bottom of the page.)

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  1. Evening of glamour by Sarah Lake (I printed this digital stamp out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at a smaller size than provided.  I then coloured her in using my ProMarkers and FlexMarkers.  The colours I used were: dress – Orchid; Wild Orchid; Imperial Purple; skin – Satin, Ivory; hair – Black, Cool Grey 1, 2, and 5.  I created my base card by trimming, scoring using my Hougie Board and folding a sheet of Adorable Scoreable cardstock in half.  I then used my Joy machine to cut out the image using a fancy edged die – I think it’s a Marianne die, using an “out of the box” technique so that the bottom of the image comes below the panel.  I also cut out a few other small embellishments out of the same card-stock using different dies from the same set and a circluar Tattered Lace die.  I used a Quickie glue pen to attach everything to the card front and finished off by adding some midget gems. With the cutting done using dies, there’s no fiddly cutting on this card at all.  Bits of the colouring in were small areas, such as the central belt area and near the shoulders, but other than that even the colouring was quite easy going.)
  2. Color Washed Paper Pack – CU4CU by Mary Jane Harris and Jazz it Up by John Methven (I took the young ladies from the Jazz it Up kit, together with eight backgrounds into one of my graphics packages.  I re-sized all the backgrounds to 5cm square and placed a quartered circle at the centre of each one.  I then re-sized the eight young ladies I decided to use so that they fitted on the panels I’d created.  I printed the sheet out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out all the panels individually.  I then matted them onto silver Silk Art Card and trimmed each one to have a 1/16″ border using.  I created a base card of roughly 8″ square out of 2 sheets of Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock, scoring one at 21cm and cutting it at 24cm.  I used template tape to attach the second sheet and then trimmed the overhang off the right hand side of the back piece.  I used the piece I cut off to make a 4cm square greeting panel which I also matted onto silver coloured card-stock, trimming this time to 1/8″ border.  I used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach all the matted and layered squares onto my card front.  I’ve left the greeting panel blank for the moment as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.  Only straight edge cutting used for making this card, so nothing intricate to cut for anybody with dexterity issues.)

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  1. Cherry Blossom A5 Card by Tom Curtis (I printed the design onto Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out the main panel, the blank sentiment panel, one of the small images and one each of the flowers to layer on.  I created a base card by scoring and folding in half a rose pink coloured A4 sheet of Adorable Scorable cardstock.  I used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the main image and the sentiment panel and then glue gel to attach the flower layers.  I used a roller glue tape to attach the smaller panel to the back of the card )
  2. An angled closeup of card front to show the little dimension on the card.
  3. Cherry Blossom Insert by Tom Curtis (I printed the sheet onto 120gsm good quality paper and then trimmed it, scored it and folded it in half, before sticking it into the card above using a glue tape pen.)

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:

Have a look – here – at my whole shop “Siop Crafftau MAES MIERI Crafts Shop” on craftybob.com.

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CUP UPDATE:

Crafty Bob Paper – NEWSFLASH! Crafty Bob Paper just £3.49 a pack!  The Crafty Bob Merchandise section on craftsUprint is growing, with large DL envelopes, 8″ x 8″ cards and envelopes, etc., added lately.  Currently there’s a big discount on several different types of Crafty Bob Paper – which can be shipped around the world.  To have a look at what’s available click – Here! – and scroll down a bit for the paper.

CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Wednesday, 24th April – Here! – The subject heading for this one is “WOW! A New Wednesday Mailer Featuring News From The CUP Community!”
    Yes – CUP have decided to change the format of their regular mailers.  This is what the explanation near the bottom of the mailer says:
    “New CUP Monday, Wednesday and Friday Mailers!
    You will have noticed that our mailers are changing.
    Monday Mailers will now promote all Designers in weekly top selling order.
    There are now numerous pages for you to click through to and these will be numbered for easy use.
    Page 1, Page 2, Page 3 and so on. Simply click on a page to see more fantastic designs.
    Wednesday Mailers are all about Community News & CUP TV Episodes.
    Friday Mailers will be jam packed full of our best selling designs and new from features so you can see whats hot and whats new.
    Hope you like them. Big Big Hugs Crafty Bob xxxx”

Craftsuprint have a “Mailer Archive” where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months. This can be seen by clicking – here.

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You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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(Hi All – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it, but due to the fact that I’ve had some problems with Spam/advertising posts, that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog, I now moderate all comments before they go live. Genuine comments will go live when I’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.)

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Mid April 2013 Crafting

 Posted by at 07:54 pm
Apr 232013
 

Thank You – for popping over to have a look at my blog
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These two pictures were taken by my two little nephews after we came back from the Cymanfa Ganu (a singing festival where members of local chapels come together to sing) on Sunday Morning.  I’m wearing the amethyst jewellery I showed you in my last blog post, a watch that I showed you in my blog post of the 21st December 2012, and the wrap that I’ve got pictures of below in the Knitting section.  One nephew wanted me to turn my head slightly as he wanted to see if he could get the earrings to show.

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Over the weekend one of my Facebook Friends was celebrating her 1st Blogaversary, and it got me to thinking – what was I crafting and writing about on my blog a year ago?  So I went to have a look.  The blog post I put online the closest to a year today was on the 24th April, 2012 – Here! – Wpps! One of the items I mention, “white baby blanket knitted using tiddly pom yarn”, still isn’t finished.  I’d put it away over Christmas so that we had a bit more room as I’m knitting it on my large Authentic Knitting Board, and since then I’ve been working on little projects for the nephews toys and my wrap, etc.  I did pull the Knitting Board out this morning and knitted three rows – about my limit in one session.  If I do a little at a time I’ll hopefully finish it this year – no point in setting myself a target before then that I know I won’t be able to meet.

It seems that it was Easter two years ago when I made my blog post of the 24th April, 2011 – Here! Easter this year already feels a long time past already.

Yesterday I was notified that I’d won the “Blog of the Week” slot over on the “All Things Crafty” group on Facebook.  This is a group to post about our latest blog publications about “all things crafty”.  Thank you for the honour!  I’ve now put my badge in the sidebar on the left.

I  splashed out on an Inkadinkado cog stamping system during Create & Craft’s birthday event and it arrived quite quickly, so the nephew’s and I had a bit of fun on Friday testing some of the stamps and cogs out.  I’m not a huge user of physical stamps, preferring to use digi-stamps, but for filling in a bit of background or having fun with the nephews this system is great.  I’ve used one of the stamps with the square cog to make a background for one of the cards I’ve got to show you today.  I hope you like what I’ve got to show you and will leave a comment to let me know you’ve called round and to let me know what you think.

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CARDS:

(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)
(Clicking on the text links below each set of images will usually take you to a website location with either further information about the product or where the item can be bought.)

A new challenge has started for group members in the Facebook group “Stamping Dragon Designs“.  It’s a colouring challenge where anybody who wants to take part requests a copy of the challenge digital stamp.  A project must be made using the coloured in digital stamp and uploaded to the challenge Event page.  The image we are being supplied with this month is “iPod Kitty” by Janette Padley of Stamping Dragon Designs.  This is the card I uploaded earlier today.

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  1. I printed the digi-stamp out at a smaller size than provided onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I decided to go monochrome for this card – not something I do very often – and coloured the cat in as a black and white cat with a grey iPod.  I used my ProMarkers to do the colouring.  The colours I used were: cat and some musical notes – Black; iPod – Cool Grey 1, 3, and 5; shadows around cat and large note – Cool Grey 3.  I also used the Cool Grey 3 around my base mat which I’d embossed with a music M-Bossabilities folder in my Joy Trouvaille embossing and die-cutting machine (I’ve found that using 2 of the Blue plates for the sandwich and the Joy embosses a 300gsm card-stock just fine in the Joy).  I used a music notation software to create a random piece of music score and then made several copies of it in My Craft Studio to create the quirky background that I placed behind the trimmed digi-stamp topper.  This was also printed out on the same cardstock as the topper.

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  1. Fairy in Floral Frame Stamp by Janette Padley (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at a smaller size than provided.  I coloured it in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: skin – Satin; wings – Fresh Meadow; background – Pastel Blue; hair – Raw Sienna; leaves – Grass; clothes – Tulip Yellow, Gold; flowers – Aubergine; frame – Tulip Yellow.  I went around the outside with a squiggle edge using a fine line black pen before cutting it out, just inside the outer dimension of the stamp and leaving some elements to “hang” outside the edge.  I prepared a background panel of around 20cm x 20cm Super Smooth card-stock using purple and green ink on an Inkadinkado stamp on a square Inkadinkado cog and then did the same black pen squiggle lines I’d made around the digi-stamp topper.  I made an 8″ square base card from two sheets of yellow Adorable Scorable cardstock and stuck the background directly to this using finger-lift tape.  I used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the digi-stamp panel to this.  The only fiddly cutting with this card was going round the few small pieces that hang out over the edge of the central digi-stamp topper panel.  Some of the colouring is quite small, but the use of Ultra-fine Nib on my ProMarkers did make this easier, and the image wasn’t very big so I was able to finish colouring in one session. The Inkadinkado Stamping Gear made it easy to create symmetry in the background.  The first card I’ve made using this system.)
  2. An angled closeup of the same card showing the slight dimension I’d created on the card.
  3. Inkwell with a rose SBS by Silvia Griffin (I printed the sheet out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out the largest pieces.  I didn’t want the card to become to deep to go through the post using an ordinary letter stamp, and some of the pieces looked a bit more fiddly than I was able to cope with during that cutting session, so left off the smaller pieces.  I created a base card by scoring and folding an A4 sheet of Satin Board in a toning colour in half using my Hougie Board.  I used finger-lift tape to attach the front panel to the card and 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the two layers I chose to add.  I’ve left off a greeting for the time being as I don’t kow which language it will be needed in.  Choosing layers to use and some to leave off made this a more manageable project for me with my fluctuating dexterity issues.)
  4. Inkwell with a rose IS by Silvia Griffin (I printed the sheet out onto good quality 120gsm white paper, trimmed the edges, scored and folded it in half.  I attached it inside the matching card using a roller glue tape.)

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  1. Xmas Santa quick card n 3D decoupage by Carol Clarke ( I printed the sheet onto Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out all the pieces.  I used a Quickie glue pen over the fur trim of Santa’s outfit and added fine crystal glitter.  I prepared a base card at 1cm larger on each side than the base image using 2 sheets of green Satin Board.  I find Template Tape good for attaching the two sheets together at the spine, which is what I used on this occasion, although I also use the red backed tape.  I used finger-lift tape to attach the base image to the card front and then shaped all the Santa layers before sticking them to the card front using glue gel.  I’ve put the greetings panels to one side for the moment as I don’t know which langauge it will be needed in, but if I use it for one of my nephews I’ll add a Welsh peel-off greeting before sending.  There were several layers to cut out for this decoupage image, but the pieces are all sort of rounded so nothing very fine and intricate to cut.)
  2. Angled closeup of the previous card to show layers and dimension.
  3. Friends 2 by Sarah Lake (I printed this digital stamp out at smaller than the size provided onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then coloured it in using my ProMarkers and FlexMarkers.  The colours I used were: skin – Satin, March Hare, Vanilla, Pink Mittens; shoes – Cocoa; hair 1 – Starfish, Ginger, Cinnamon; hair 2 – Vanilla, Pineapple Crush, Tan; dress 1 – Aquamarine, Mint Green; dress 2 – Rose Peach, Peach, Coral; shadow around image – Warm Grey 1.  I cut it out using a Spellbinders die – I think it’s Labels 29 but can’t be sure.  I used a larger die from the same set to cut out a larger panel from the same card-stock which I coloured in with two of the colours that I’d used for one of the girls dresses.  I also cut out a branch, some flowers and leaves using Tattered lace dies and a butterfly using another dies and these were also coloured in using ProMarkers that I’d used on the image itself.  I created a base card by trimming, scoring and folding an A4 sheet of green Adorable Scorable cardstock, stuck the coloured in mat onto this using a roller glue tape.  I used 1mm deep, double sided foam tape to attach the coloured in digi topper to the mat and glue gel to attach the die cut and coloured embellishments.  I’ve left a space at the bottom of the card to allow a greeting to be added once I know what language it will be needed in.  As dies were used for the cutting out of everything on the card, and the base card was just straight cutting, this was an easy card to prepare.  The most intricate thing was the colouring, and I used the add on nibs to do the fine areas and didn’t worry overmuch about going over the lines.)

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KNITTING:

I’ve now finished the wrap I showed you the start of in my post of the 27th March – Here!  I won’t bore you with the details of the yarn and knitting loom I used again because you can find those on my earlier blog post.

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  1. I knitted one side up first, then knitted the other side with the rib edge on the opposite side of my knitting.  I then joined both sides together down the centre back to create the wrap.  I finished the wrap off by crocheting a loop frill edge – I picked up a loop of knitting from the edge of the garment, and crocheted a stitch through to leave one new loop on the crochet hook, did a chain of four, then picked up another stitch from the garment edge, crocheted it through to leave one new loop on the hook and did a chain of four again.  I carried on like that until I’d gone all the way around.  Absolutely killing on my hands and arms as I had to do it in a few longer sessions than I’d usually do – because I wanted to ware it on Sunday.  I really should have planned things better and not left so much to the last two days.
  2. This is a closer look at the effect of the moss stitch in the main body of the wrap.
  3. This shows the ruffled look created by crocheting around the edge.
  4. And a closer look at the edge.

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PICTORIAL GUIDES:

The “Colouring In Digi Stamps” page is now a section of pages with quite a bit with more information and a pictorial tutorial of how I achieve various effects when colouring in.  I’ve got a few more sub-sections I’m working on but haven’t got anything new this week.

There’s nothing new on my “Making Paper Flowers” page, but again there are a few different flower types I’d like to photograph before long and upload.

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:

Have a look – here – at my whole shop “”Siop Crafftau MAES MIERI Crafts Shop”” on craftybob.com.

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CUP UPDATE:

CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Friday, 19th April – Here! – The subject line of this mailer says that it contains “FREE Volume 42 CD, NEW FUN Paper Beads, CUP News & More!” so click over for a look.  There’s even a “Cardmaker Spotlight where the card being shown has a recipe for “Choc chip Muffins” on it.
  • Monday, 22nd April – Here! – “WOW! A New Monday Mailer Featuring Designs Selected By The CUP Community!”

Craftsuprint have a “Mailer Archive” where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months. This can be seen by clicking – here.

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You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

You can see the cards I’’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the items I’ve created – I’ve got over 1,300 live photos there now.)

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(Hi All – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it, but due to the fact that I’’ve had some problems with Spam/advertising posts, that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog, I now moderate all comments before they go live. Genuine comments will go live when I’’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.)

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Further April 2013 Crafting

 Posted by at 02:32 pm
Apr 182013
 

Thank You – for popping over to have a look at my blog
and also thank you to everybody who’’s left comments on my previous blog posts.

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Since this upgraded blog service provided by my web space supplier allows me to make some more changes and additions than the previous version, and allows me to put some things into the sidebar, I decided to see if I could add a feature that allowed readers to follow my blog.  Of course, it’s always been possible to follow via the “Entries RSS” link to be found in the left hand sidebar which gave options of following via “Live Bookmarks”, “Google” and “My Yahoo”, but I decided to also add a button for following with Bloglovin as well.  It’s part way down the panel on the left hand side.  I know that some of my craft blogging friends use this service, so please do follow my blog with this service if you do use it.

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I’ve made a card, some jewellery, and some watch straps since my last post, so I hope you like my latest creations.

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CARD:

(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)
(Clicking on the text links below each set of images will usually take you to a website location with either further information about the product or where the item can be bought.)

I’ve decided to enter this card into a few of challenges.  I haven’t ever entered a lot of challenges and very few lately, so I hope I’ve read everything properly and met the rules of these individual challenges:

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  1. Yoo Hoo Owl Stamp by Janette Padley (I printed the digi stamp out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at a smaller size than provided.  I then coloured the little owl in using my ProMarkers and FlexMarkers, trying to introduce a bit of a textured look rather than a completely blended look.  The colours I used were: owl – Morning Mist, Cappuccino, Tawny Owl, Gold; branch and leaves – Leaf Green, Tawny Owl; outlines – Powder Blue.  I then embossing the panel outline using a Stamps Away mask – from Set 3 I think.  I went around the outside of the embossed panel and the owl with a blue ProMarker before cutting out the panel outside the line I’d coloured leaving the embossed raise on the panel.  I used a Tattered Lace branch die to cut out some leafy branches out of the same card-stock as I’d printed the owl onto, and I then coloured them in using one of the brown colours I’d used on the owl plus green for the leaves.  I created a base card by scoring using my Hougie Board and then folding in half an A4 sheet of black patterned on a blue background card.  Onto this I placed a panel of patterned paper that I’ve trimmed to fit the base card – the card used for the base card and the paper for the background came from the Blog Bounty I told you about in my blog post of 10-01-13 received from the blog “Dots Dashes Doodles & Dreams“. I also went round the outside of the background with the same blue ProMarker as previously.  I used a roller glue tape pen to attach the backing paper to the base card and also the owl panel to the card, and I used a Quickie Glue Pen to attach the leafy branches.  I’ve left a space at the bottom ot place a greeting once I know what language it will be needed in.)
  2. Check insert 11 by Stephen Poore (I finished the card off by placing this insert inside – I printed the design onto 120gsm good quality white paper.  I then trimmed it, scored it with my Hougie Board, and folded it, and went around the edges with the blue ProMarker that matched the colour and style of edging I’d used on the base card panel and background.  I used a roller glue pen and stuck it into the card.)

Facebook Users – If you like the digi stamp used on this card, and/or any other digi stamp I’ve used by Janette Padley, there is a group for all who like her stamps, called “Stamping Dragon Designs”, on Facebook.  Please do come and join us – click Here! – and ask to join.

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JEWELLERY:

Kumihimo – In my post of the 23rd March I showed you the start of a beaded Kumihimo project I was working on.  I showed you the beads and the start of the beading, as well as the start positioning of the various colours.  I’ve now finished the piece and added small, 3mm, end caps, a chain and lobster claw clasp, wrapping thread round the unbeaded ends as I showed you for another project in the previous post before sticking on the cap with glue.

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  1. This is the finished beaded necklace.
  2. This is the end stuck into an end cap.
  3. I added a few of the beads to a head pin as a charm at the end of the piece of chain – the clasp can be clipped any place along the chain so that it can be worn at a length to suit the wearer.

Watch Straps – Having seen my watch with a Shamballa bracelet style strap (the blue one I showed you in my post of the 10th January), and the shamballa style bracelet with black hematite beads that I showed you in my post of the 30th November, my two youngest nephews decided that I should make them some as well.  Well in fact, one of them keeps on going to my watch and the bracelet and trying them on – just to see if his arm and hand had grown enough so that they wouldn’t fall off him!  In the end I told them that I’d get some watch faces and that they could help me make them a watch each to keep as Sunday Best to ware to Sunday School, etc.  The first version we made had magnetic clasps, as these are something the boys can use themselves, but they decided to fiddle with these, so we’ve now changed the strap to have the traditional Shamballa style knotted slider clasp.  These are the results.

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  1. So that they’d be able to identify their own watch one was made with a face with white writing on a black face –
  2. and the other with black writing on a white face.

Amethyst Jewellery – This is a “For Me!” set made with semi-precious stones.  To make them I’ve used: Small Amethyst Chips 3-5mm, Amethyst Long Drilled Nuggets 10×14-13x18mm, Amethyst Faceted Nuggets 15x20mm, and Clasp silver-plated oval amethyst & rhinestone sparkle, together with some tiger tail wire, stretch jewellery elastic and some findings in silver tone.

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  1. This is the necklace made using some of each of the three sized amethyst beads I’d bought.
  2. The necklace was made on tiger-tail wire with the fancy clasp added.
  3. I used a faceted nugget and a long drilled nugget to make a drop on a head and an eye pin

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  1. The bracelet is made using the chips and one long drilled nugget on a stretch elastic cord.
  2. Three drops of chips on small head pins make up the earrings.
  3. This is what the set looks like together.

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:

Have a look – here – at my whole shop “”Siop Crafftau MAES MIERI Crafts Shop”” on craftybob.com.

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CUP UPDATE:

CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Friday, 12th – Here! – “FREE CD Vol 41, New From Janic McFarlane & CUP News” is how the content of this mailer is described.
  • Monday, 15th – Here! – This mailer is full of designs being showcased and bits of news – “NEW Double Panel Top Slot Kits, NEW Bottle Bags, Silver Designers, FREE CD & Cup News”.
  • Wednesday, 17th – Here! – Babies, cars, dogs, flowers, fairies – are just some of the things on cards being showcased in this mailer which has the subject line “FREE CD, Back Issues CD SALE, Silver Sellers, New From & News”.

Craftsuprint have a “Mailer Archive” where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months. This can be seen by clicking – here.

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You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

You can see the cards I’’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – Here!
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the items I’ve created – I’ve got over 1,300 live photos there now.)

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(Hi All – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it, but due to the fact that I’’ve had some problems with Spam/advertising posts, that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog, I now moderate all comments before they go live. Genuine comments will go live when I’’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.)

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Card Embelished With A Bracelet

 Posted by at 11:56 am
Apr 172013
 

Thank You! to each of you who are reading this for popping over for a look at my crafting
and also to everybody who’’s left comments on my previous blog posts.

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Just a quick blog post this time.  It’s a card with a bracelet draped over a corner as an embellishment.

I’ve decided to enter this card into a few of challenges.  I haven’t ever entered a lot of challenges and very few lately, so I hope I’ve read everything properly and met the rules of these individual challenges:

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CARD:

(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)
(Clicking on the text links below each set of images will usually take you to a website location with either further information about the product or where the item can be bought.)

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Because of the soft, subtle colour of the lightest pink used the picture isn’t quite as good as the real thing, and it doesn’t show the embossed panel area that’s slightly raised.

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  1. Roses topper digi stamp by Stephen Poore (I printed the design onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at much smaller than the size provided, and coloured it in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Pink Mittens, Blossom, Rose Pink, Grass and Holly.  I then used a Stamps Away mask – I think it’s from the frame set 3 – and embossed a frame around the coloured in image using my Joy machine.  Before removing the mask I went around both the inside and the outside with Pink Mittens coloured ProMarkers I’d used on the image.  I cut out the panel just outside the coloured line.  I made up a bracelet and draped this over one corner of the topper.  I created a base card by scoring an A4 sheet of one-sided green cardstock at the half way point using my Hougie Board.  Because of the depth of the bracelet chain I put two strips of 2mm deep, double sided, tape on top of each other, placing a strip either side of where the bracelet went round the back, and stuck the topper onto the base card.  I made up some paper roses and stuck these to the card front as embellishments.  I haven’t put on a greeting yet as I’m not sure what language the greeting will be needed in.)
  2. The bracelet I’ve added as decoration, and as a gift to go with the card, was simply made using a Mix and Mingle bracelet chain and beads.  The pinks with the slight bit of green on two of the beads, match the colours I’ve used on my digi and paper roses.  The bracelet was simply a case of choosing which beads I wanted and threading them onto the chain.  To get the bracelet off the card it’s simply a case of unclasping the clasp and pulling the chain out the top.
  3. By making my own paper flowers in a couple of different sizes, and colouring them in using the same ProMarker, Pink Mittens, I’d used as one of the pinks on the card itself, I was sure that the embellishment would work with the card.  I used die cut spirals and colored them before making the flowers.  The technique I used was similar to the one in part 2 “Paper Roses From Spirals” of my Making Paper Flowers page.
  4. Check insert 6 by Stephen Poore (I printed the insert onto 120gsm good quality white paper, trimmed it, scored it using my Hougie Board, then stuck it inside the card using a glue tape pen. This insert, with the pale pink colouring, is a perfect match to the colours I’ve used on the front of the card.)

I’ve made cards before with a box attached to hold a gift of jewellery, but this is the first time I remember actually putting the jewellery onto the card front as part of the design.

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You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

You can see the cards I’’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the items I’ve created – I’ve got over 1,300 live photos there now.)

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(Hi All – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it, but due to the fact that I’’ve had some problems with Spam/advertising posts, that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog, I now moderate all comments before they go live. Genuine comments will go live when I’’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.)

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More Crafting April 2013

 Posted by at 12:38 pm
Apr 122013
 

Thank You – for popping over to have a look at my blog
and also thank you to everybody who’’s left comments on my previous blog posts.

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General life things have got in the way of crafting a bit over the last week or so, but I finally managed to get a batch of cards I’d been slowly working on – printing, cutting, choosing cardstock, etc., – completed yesterday, although I had such a headache in the afternoon and evening I had to give up on writing this blog post.  But I’m feeling a bit better today so thought I’d better get everything written up or I’d have forgotten what I did and what I used.  I hope you like the assortment I’ve got, which cover cards from little baby girl through to a grandfather.

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CARDS:

(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)
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  1. hello strawberry again card front and decoupage by Angela Wake (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm white cardstock and cut out all the layers.  I created a 15cm card by scoring, trimming and folding an A4 sheet of pale yellow Adorable Scorable card-stock.  The base image was stuck directly to the card I created using a roller glue pen.  I attached the blank greetings panel using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I then shaped each of the decoupage layers and stuck them to the card front, in order, using glue gel.  I’ve left the greetings panel blank as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in yet, but can easily stick on one of the supplied sentiments on top of this if one of them is what is required or put peel-offs if something else is needed.  As a decoupage card there is quite a bit of cutting around layers involved.  The layers are not very intricate, so wouldn’t be a problem to most, but those with dexterity issues may struggle.)
  2. An angled view of the above card to show dimension.
  3. A different angled view.
  4. Floral Flutter Print Papers by Karen Wyeth, Log Girls Brunette Clipart by Angela Wenke, Wild-Flower Frames by Tracy Therrien and New Card Collection…..SVG by Tina Fitch (I took one background, one girl and one frame into one of my graphics packages.  I decide to use these to make a decoupaged card.  I re-sized the background and put the girl on the log on it.  I also made a second copy of the background and cut out the two butterflies, and made two more copies of the girl on the log and cut out the layers I wanted from that.  The frame I turned through ninety degrees, reduced in size and made into a greetings panel that says “Penblwydd Hapus” – Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.  I laid all the pieces out on my A4 working area and then printed it out onto 250gsm, Matte Crafty Bob paper.  I created a base card from pale green Adorable Scorable card-stock.  I cut out all the pieces I’d printed and matted the base layer onto a piece of white Adorable Scorable card stock, trimming it to leave a half centimeter border.  This matted image was then attached directly to the card front.  I cut some flourishes out of white cardstock using the flourishes cutting file from the card kit with my Silhouette Cameo. I stuck the greetings panel to the front of the card using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape, trapping two flourishes  behind the tape before sticking the greetings panel down.  I shaped all the pieces I’d cut out and stuck them to the front of the card using glue gel.  With the tiny leaves and cutting around the hair, etc., this was not the brightest idea for a design I’d had in view of my fluctuating dexterity issues, it did take me quite a bit of time, with a lot of breaks to get everything cut out.  But I’m glad I made the effort as I love the dimension and finished look of this card.)
  5. An angled view of the card to show the dimension.

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  1. Wide Plaid Paper Pack – CU4CU by Mary Jane Harris (I took all six of the colours in this kit into one of my graphics packages and re-sized them and put them next to each other to make a six coloured patchwork panel  This I copied several times to make a larger patchwork panel.  This I then copied and pasted to make three patchwork panels the same.  I lightened the first one. I rotated one through 45 degrees and re-sized so that it fitted inside the first and added some shadows for a dimensional look.  The third I shrunk even more and put inside the second then put a greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – onto it in white with a black shadow.  I put a second copy of this central panel onto the other side of my working area so that I’d have an extra panel to build up on my finished project. Once I was happy with my design I printed it out onto 250gsm Matte Crafty Bob paper.  I created a base card from golden coloured Adorable Scorable card-stock and Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock – the card is wider than half an A4 sheet so needed two sheets to be attached to create it.  After cutting out my printed design I attached the base layer directly to the card front using finger-lift tape.  I went round the additional central panel with a Copper metallic marker before attaching it to my card front using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I think that the colours of this, together with its simplicity of design, make it a suitable card for a man who isn’t into sports or drinking.  With the minimal amount of straight edge cutting it’s an easy card to make as well.)
  2. Nightime Visitor Stamp by Janette Padley and Layered Sentiment tags…SVG by Tina Fitch (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at much smaller than the size provided.  I then coloured it in using my ProMarkers, adding some glitter marker pen to the edge of the fairy’s wings and some gold metallic marker to her head-dress and stars.  The colours I used were: hair – Burnt Siena, Henna, Raw Sienna; jumper – Summer Sun, Buttercup; skin – Fresh Bloom, Sand Dune;  blanket – Blossom, Pink Mittens; fairy – Denim Blue, Pastel Blue, Ivory + Gold Metalic Marker + Blue American Crafts Glitter Marker; shadow outline – Cool Grey 2.  I cut out two different sized sentiment tags from the same cardstock as I’d printed the digi onto in my Silhouette Cameo.  I also used my Cameo to cut out flourishes and hearts out of pink, 250gsm, linen textured cardstock.  I created a twisted easel card from pale pink Adorable Scorable card-stock.  I created a mat to go behind the coloured in image out of Score Perfect cardstock.  I also layed a piece of the same card stock and a yellow Adorable Scorable to tone with the baby’s clothing on the inside base of the card, wrapping a pink ribbon around.  I coloured in the largest greeting tag with one of the same Blossom ProMarker I’d used on the image, writing the word “Babi” – Welsh for Baby” – on the smaller tag.  I used the hearts I’d cut out to create the flower embellishments – have a look at my Making Paper Flowers page to have an idea of how I made them.  I then used 1mm deep, double sided foam tape to build up some layers, finger-lift tape to attach others, and glue gel to attach the embellishments. As I used this as a rounded corner square topper there wasn’t any fiddly bits to cut out.  The most fiddly bit about this card was making up the paper flowers from the pieces cut out using my Cameo.)
  3. An angled view of the previous card.
  4. Bert Plays Bowls Circle Pyramage Topper by Carol Clarke (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm white cardstock and cut out all the layers, but did then decide not to use the last layer to keep the depth of the card lower.  I created a base card of approx. 15cm square by scoring using a Hougie Board, trimming and folding an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock.  The base image was stuck directly to this using a roller glue pen.  I also put the smaller image on the back of the card using the roller glue.  I then built up the circular pyramage layers in order, sticking each in place using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  With a square base and circular layers for the topper there was nothing intricate to cut out to make this card.)

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  1. St.Bernard Portrait 3D Decoupage by Liz Harrison and New Card Collection…..SVG by Tina Fitch (I printed the design out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper.  I decided to split the layers onto two cards so as not too make it a very deep card so only cut out the base card and layers 2 and 4.  I’ve made up several of these 3D Decoupage dog cards as simple square cards that were very suitable for men, but this time I decided to pretty it up a little with flourishes and flowers, without going over the top with colour, so I cut out some flourishes out of 250gsm textured cream card-stock using the flourishes cutting file from  the card collection cutting file in my Silhouette Cameo.  I scored an A4 card of cream Adorable Scorable cardstock.  I attached the base image to this using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I then shaped the decoupage layers and stuck them on in order using glue gel.  I used the same glue to attach the flourishes and some cream mulberry flowers from my crafting stash.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in, but I’ve put the image more towards the left of the card front to allow a small area on the right for the greeting to be added.  Choosing to cut out only a few layers for this card made it relatively easy to cut as the pieces were quite rounded, without too much intricacy.  I’ll take some time to cut out the rest of the pieces to make another card at a later date.)
  2. An angled view to try and show the dimension of the decoupage on the dog’s head.
  3. Birds by Tom Curtis (I printed the sheet onto 250gsm Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out all the pieces.  .  I matted two of the four bird toppers on the sheet onto red Bazzil cardstock and trimmed to leave a small border.  I took an A4 sheet of red Adorable Scorable cardstock, cut it in half and then scored and folded each of these pieces in half to make two A6 base cards.  The matted images were stuck directly to these and then decorated simply with a red, grosgrain, ribbon bow.  These can be used as a simple note-card, or a greeting added to make a lovely little greetings card, and being just straight edged cutting are easy, quick, cards to make.  I’ve got the other two panels from the sheet to make up again, and intend to use yellow matting and layering for those.)
  4. This is the second of the two cards I made using the same method as the previous card.  These two cards are actually exactly the same size but look different because of the picture scaling

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BAG:

Quite a simple bag design this time, made using one sheet of A4.

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  1. Purple Stars Paper Pack – CU4CU by Mary Jane Harris and 12 Metallic Edged Dazzle Mats – CU4CU by Mary Jane Harris (I took two of the backgrounds from the paper pack into one of my graphics packages.  I also took in one of the dazzle mats.  I shrunk one background to a much smaller size to be a mat behind the decorative edged mat.  Behind that I put a shadow and created a plain edged mat as a narrow border around the background panel.  The other background I made to fill the whole page.  Everything was layed out in such a way as to allow me to make this “bag” from the printed out design.  As I want this to give some jewellery as a gift I decided to print onto 250gsm Matte Crafty Bob cardstock to make it sturdy.  I used my Hougie Board to score the lines, cut along the bottom to allow it to be folded in, and stuck everything in place using a quick grab wet glue.  As I haven’t put in the gift yet I haven’t clipped the top together yet – I’m thinking of using a bulldog clip with co-ordinating ribbon.)
  2. Side view of the dimension of the bag.

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KNITTING:

I’ve knitted over half the shoulder wrap I showed you the start of in my post of the 27th March, so keep an eye out in future posts for further pictures of my progress and the finished item.

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PICTORIAL GUIDES:

The “Colouring In Digi Stamps” page had grown to such an extent I decided to split the information onto several pages.  So you’ll now find the main page has a list of the topics I’ve been writing about with links to the sub-page the information is now on.

The information I’ve added lately is about the ProMarker Colour-Blend Sets.

I’ve not made any additions to my “Making Paper Flowers” page since my last blog post.

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:

There are now over 190 digital shops active on craftybob.com selling all sort of craft related products from finished, hand crafted, items, to consumables that crafters might want to use.  Have a look – here – at my whole shop “”Siop Crafftau MAES MIERI Crafts Shop”” on craftybob.com.

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CUP UPDATE:

CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Friday, 5th April – Here! – This time it’s “NEW FREE CD Vol 40, New From Sheila Rodgers & CUP News”.  Remember that you only need to spend £10 on craftsUprint to have the free CD-ROM and added crafting goodies sent out to you for free, with no postage charge either.
  • Monday, 8th April – Here! – Click to find details of “FREE CD, New From Lynne Crosskill & Elite and Titanium Designers”.
  • Wednesday, 10th April – Here! – This mailer includes “New From Carol Clarke, FREE CD, Sue Way Spotlight & News”.

Craftsuprint have a “Mailer Archive” where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months. This can be seen by clicking – here.

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You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

You can see the cards I’’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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(Hi All – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it, but due to the fact that I’’ve had some problems with Spam/advertising posts, that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog, I now moderate all comments before they go live. Genuine comments will go live when I’’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.)

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Apr 042013
 

Thank You – for popping over to have a look at my blog
and also thank you to everybody who’’s left comments on my previous blog posts.

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There was a Card Swap on the “Stamping Dragon Designs” group on Facebook in March and I decided to join in.  I was partnered with Kim Brown from Kentucky in the USA.

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CARD RECEIVED:

This is the card I received from Kim.  It arrived in the post yesterday.

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It all folds up on itself and then opens out to this.  The second and third photos are closer looks at the two sentiment tags on the card.  It’s a really lovely card.  Thank you so much Kim!

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CARD SENT:

This is the card I sent Kim.  And it arrived with her this week as well.

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  1. Spring Flowers in plant pot by Janette Padley and Red floral backing sheet by Stephen Poore (I printed this digital stamp out onto 300gsm Super Smoth white cardstock at smaller than the given size.  I also printed out a red floral backing as well.  I coloured in this digi stamp using my ProMarkers and FlexMarkers.  The colours I used were: flower centres – Aniseed, Sumer Sun; flower petals – Rose Pink, Antique Pink, Blossom; Ribbon – Rose Pink, Rose Peach; green shade inside bunch of flowers – Olive Green; shaddow around outside – Sea Mist.  I then cut out the coloured in digi out using a die.  I also cut out a mat with one size larger die out of some 250gsm linen textured cardstock as well as cutting out swirls, flowers and a corner element out of the same cardstock using different dies.  I scored and folded in half an A4 sheet of pale pink Adorable Scorable cardstock and rounded the corners with a paper punch.  I trimmed the background sheet into a panel that was 1cm smaller than the card front and again rounded the corners.  I went round the outside edges of the panel with the digi stamp and the background panel with one of the ProMarkers before assembling my card, using finger-lift tape to attach the background to the card front and 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the digi panel to the mat, and the mat to the card front.  I used glue gel to attach the corner with the flowers on top, and the flourishes before adding midget gems as embelishments.)
  2. Red floral insert 1 by Stephen Poore (I printed off an insert that matched the backing paper design I’d used and stuck this inside the card using finger-lift tape as well).

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PICTORIAL GUIDES:

Have a look at my two Pictorial Guides pages:

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:  

Have a look – here – at my whole shop “”Siop Crafftau MAES MIERI Crafts Shop”” on craftybob.com.

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CUP UPDATE:  

CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Wednesday, 3rd April – Here! – The subject line of this mailer is – “New From Sue Douglas, Free CD, Platinum Sellers & Cup News” – so lots to look at and read again in this one.

Craftsuprint have a “Mailer Archive” where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months.  This can be seen by clicking – here.

 

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You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

You can see the cards I’’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the items I’ve created – I’ve got over 1,300 live photos there now.)

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(Hi All – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it, but due to the fact that I’’ve had some problems with Spam/advertising posts, that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog, I now moderate all comments before they go live.  Genuine comments will go live when I’’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.)

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Apr 022013
 

Thank You – for popping over to have a look at my blog
and also thank you to everybody who’’s left comments on my previous blog posts.

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My young nephews have, very kindly, shared their cold with me and the rest of the family – it’s just unfortunate that what gives them a cough, and makes them feel a bit ill, knocks me and my parents quite badly.  So I’ve spent Easter Weekend coughing and spluttering and sneezing and feeling rather rough.  Today I decided to try and take my mind off it by finishing putting together some cards I started working on days ago.  Haven’t managed to make up all the cards, in fact I don’t think I’ve made half of the ones I’ve got cut out made up, and I’m not feeling any better or worse, and I have very little voice at the moment (not a good thing when other members of the household don’t hear very well at the best of times, and also are bunged up with a cold at the moment so we’ve got a serious communication problem until either my voice returns or their ears get better enough for them to stick their hearing aids back in).

In any case – I decided that, as it had been some days since I did a blog post, I should take some time this evening to do a quick post with the few cards I did manage to put together.  I hope you like them.

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CARDS:

(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)
(Clicking on the text links below each set of images will usually take you to a website location with either further information about the product or where the item can be bought.)

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  1. Caveman Dude Digital Stamp. by Gordon Fraser and Strawerry Lane Paper Pack – CU4CU by Mary Jane Harris (I printed the digi stamp sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and coloured the medium sized image in using my ProMarkers.  The ProMarker colours I used were: skin – Satin, Oatmeal, Tan; Clothes and club – Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Chestnut; hat – Honeycomb, Tan.  I created a 21cm square card from Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock.  I took three backgrounds from the paper pack kit into one of my graphics packages and re-sized and layered two of them to give a faux layering effect panel and putting the third background on the other side before printing out onto good quality 120gsm white paper.  I cut out the layer look panel and matted it onto brown Adorable Scorable card-stock.  I cut the panel of the third background out and split it into two and also matted that onto pieces of the same cardstock using a roller glue pen.  I went round the edges of these matted and layered panels with a Walnut coloured ProMarker before attaching two of the panels directly to the front of the card on the left and right and then using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to put the layer effect panel across the centre.  I cut out and shaped my coloured in Caveman Dude before sticking him to the front using glue gel.  As I don’t know what language this card will be needed in I’ve not added a greeting yet.  The most difficult thing about making this card was cutting out the digi close to the edge, but of course it could be used in a different way cut out as a panel.)
  2. Gorgeous Red Tulip Pyramid by Ammie Sanders and Strawerry Lane Paper Pack – CU4CU by Mary Jane Harris (I printed this sheet out onto 250gsm Glossy Crafty Bob paper and cut out all the panels.  I decided to split the layers to make two cards, making the base layer a topper on this card and keeping the rest of the layers to make another card with layer 2 being matted and layered as the base layer of that card.  I also printed out a sheet from the paper pack onto the same glossy paper and cut out panels and stuck them to the front of an A5 base card that I’d made by scoring an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White card-stock in half using a Hougie Board and folding it in half.  The central panel of matted background, as well as the tulip topper and blank greetings panels, are stuck on using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I’ve not put a greeting on the panel yet as I’m not sure what language the card will be needed in.)
  3. Bird stamps 1a by Lorraine Appleby (I printed the sheet onto 250gsm Glossy Crafty Bob paper and cut out the pieces.  I created a base card by scoring, folding and trimming an A4 sheet of pale green Adorable Scorable card-stock.  The base image was stuck directly to this.  I then attached the four bird panels using 1mm deep, double sided foam tape, and finished off with a blank greetings panel.  I haven’t added a greeting yet as I don’t know which language the greeting will be needed in.)
  4. Sunset Dreams Designer Resource Kit – CU4CU by Mary Jane Harris (I took several items from this kit into one of my graphics packages and copied, moved, re-sized, etc., until I was happy with my layout for a card front for an A5 card.  I added the greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – and created a copy of the central panel onto the other side of my working area so that I could layer it onto my finished card.  I printed the finished design out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  After cutting out the main card front and central panel I stuck the base image directly to the front of an A5 card, made by scoring and folding an A4 sheet of peachy/buff coloured Adorable Scorable card stock, using finger-lift tape.  I then attached the central panel to the front using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.)

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  1. Dome Top Stepper by Heather Ghillyer, Designer Resource 6 Ladies by Gillian Hutchinson and Sugar Plum Fantasy Designer Resource Kit – CU4CU by Mary Jane Harris (I took one of the ladies and several of the Sugar Plum elements into one of my graphics packages together with the template.  I used the template as a guide to lay out the background and graphics how I wanted them to look, moving and resizing items until I was happy with how things look.  I printed my finished layout out onto 250gsm Glossy Crafty Bob cardstock and then cut out and scored where indicated by the template.  I plan on putting on a greeting at the lower right corner once I know what language the greeting will be needed in.  As I was cutting round the top of the domed centre I did have to get out my craft knife and glass mat for this one, so a bit more fiddly than the cards that only needed cutting out around the outside of areas.)
  2. Polka Dott Spots Designer Resource Kit – CU4CU by Mary Jane Harris and Ladies Satin Gown Dress by Cassandra Campsall (I took one of the gown dresses together with several of the black and white elements and a single red flower from the polka dot kit into one of my graphics packages and moved around, re-sized, layered, etc., until I was happy with the layout for a front for an 8″ square card.  I then printed the design out onto 300gsm white cardstock.  I created an 8″ square base card from Centura Pearl Snow White card-stock and stuck my card front directly to this with finger-lift tape.  I simply finished the card off with some paper flowers from my crafting stash.)
  3. Tiger Head Pyramid by Liz Harrison (I created a base card by scoring and folding in half an A4 sheet of brown Adorable Scorable cardstock.  I printed the design out onto 250gsm Glossy Crafty Bob paper and cut out all the pieces.  As I wanted to keep the depth of the card down for posting I decided to only use every other layer for this card and keep the other layers for another card.  I took a sheet of cream Adorable Scorable cardstock and matted the base layer on it using a roller glue pen before trimming to leave an even border all the way around using one of the Perfect Layers as a guide.  I also cut another panel from the same cream cardstock.  I took a piece of white, lace design peel-off and coloured it in using a Chestnut ProMarker before sticking it onto the cream panel.  I went around the main card edge, the matted base image and the other panel with the same ProMarker to colour in the edges.  I used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach everything together, including adding my chosen twisted pyramage layers.)

I hope I’ll be back before long with some more cards, especially some using items I’d cut with my Cameo and digi-stamps I’ve already coloured in.
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PICTORIAL GUIDES:

Have a look at my two Pictorial Guides pages:

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:  

Have a look – here – at my whole shop “”Siop Crafftau MAES MIERI Crafts Shop”” on craftybob.com.

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CUP UPDATE:  

CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Friday, 29th March – Here! – It’s “Vol 39 FREE CD, NEW Sandie Burchell Concept, Special Offer Paper & CUP News” this time.
  • Monday, 1st April – Here! –  This mailer contains items such as “Free CD, New From Dawn Hill, Platinum Sellers & CUP News”, so please click over for a look.

Craftsuprint have a “Mailer Archive” where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months.  This can be seen by clicking – here.

 

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You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

You can see the cards I’’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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(Hi All – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it, but due to the fact that I’’ve had some problems with Spam/advertising posts, that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog, I now moderate all comments before they go live.  Genuine comments will go live when I’’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.)

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