Further April 2013 Crafting

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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.



(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.



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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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.


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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15 Replies to “Further April 2013 Crafting”

  1. The owl card is really cute! Love all the little branches and leaves around it. Thanks for joining us at Divas By Design this week. Mirella

  2. Love your Owl card -it’;s so cute. The jewellery is also beautiful – I particularly like your Shamballah watches – your nephews must be well pleased with these!!

  3. FAntistic card hun. WooHoo is one of my favorites from SDD. Beautyful jewellery xx

  4. Your owl card is cute, you can’t go wrong with owls.
    And wow you have time to create jewellery too – I love the simplicity of the first necklace, very elegant.

    Claire x
    (Crafty Bloggers Network DT)

  5. Love the card, it’s just so cute, and the jewellery is gorgeous, especially like the makes with the amethyst. Take care x

  6. The owl card is adorable Gwyneth and the Shamballa watches are fantastic. Your nephews must feel very proud wearing them x

  7. Beautiful makes, I love the cute little owl on the card and your jewellery looks so amazing, just so gorgeous
    Lindsay xx