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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.
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.
(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.
- 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.
- 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.)
- An angled closeup of the same card showing the slight dimension I’d created on the card.
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.)
- Angled closeup of the previous card to show layers and dimension.
- 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.)
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.
- 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.
- This is a closer look at the effect of the moss stitch in the main body of the wrap.
- This shows the ruffled look created by crocheting around the edge.
- And a closer look at the edge.
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.
Have a look – here – at my whole shop ”Siop Crafftau MAES MIERI Crafts Shop” on craftybob.com.
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.
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.)
(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.)