More Crafting April 2013

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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.)
(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. 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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19 Replies to “More Crafting April 2013”

  1. Love the Hello Strawberry and Bert plays bowls cards. The Birds by Tom Curtis are gorgeous, and I look forward to seeing your shoulder wrap. Take care xx

  2. Hello Gwyneth just wanted to say thank you for the lovely comments on my blog today 🙂 These are all just gorgeous I love them all and great designs on each and everyone of them.

    Enjoy your weekend.
    Hugs
    Linda xxx

  3. You put me to shame with the number of projects you make Gwyneth – and all so beautiful!
    I love the sweet strawberry card in particular and your bag is great. Looking forward to seeing the shoulder wrap completed
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  4. These are all so wonderful .. So hard to choose which one i love the most . Your a very busy lady Gwyneth and you never fail to amaze me .
    Hugs Caroline xx

  5. Gwyneth your makes are always so gorgeous and very professional looking. I really with I could get mine to look so professional. I love the images you use and I love how you can be do diverse with what you make.

    Hugs Lisa xxxx

  6. What a fabulous selection of cards and your bag is great, always a treat visiting your blog Gwyneth lots to look at and very inspiring xx

  7. Hi Gwyneth, I just love all your wonderful projects, I especially like your “Nightime Visitor” & “St Bernard” cards hun. xx

  8. Fabulous projects Gwyneth – you always have so much beautiful stuff to share with us.

    Joan x

  9. These are all so beautiful, I love the sweet images and lovely spring colours they are all gorgeous but the one with the saint bernard is especially stunning
    Lindsay xx

  10. Another fabulous collection of creations Gywneth. You have been busy. Thank you for taking the time to leave your kind comments on my work. It is appreciated.

    Laine

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  11. Your makes are always amazing. What I love most about your blog is how much detail you go into. This is great inspiration for new and established crafters. Thank you for always taking the time to explain what you have made and with what.

    Hugs Lisa xxxx

  12. More lovely projects as always Gwyneth. The dog one is so cute and the twisted easel is lovely too. All your cards have great layouts and are nicely balanced 🙂