Last Post Of May – Definately!

 Posted by at 05:12 pm
May 312013
 

Thank you for clicking over to have a look at my blog.
(I know that I write a lot in each blog post – this helps me remember what colours or cardstock I’ve used in case I want to get a similar effect in the future, in addition to providing information that some readers might be interested in – so please don’t think that you have to read every word I’ve written.)
(If you don’t want to know what I used and how I made a card 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 five cards to show you this time – five cards with very different flavours to them I think.

I’d like to enter the first two into a few challenges which I’ve listed above each card with a link back to the challenge blog.

Let me know what you think of them in the comment box at the end.  Thank you.

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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.)

1st Challenge Entry Card

I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:

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  1. Cowboy Digital Stamp 2 by Angela Wenke and Brown and blue spots insert by Stephen Poore (I printed the digi stamp out onto white cardstock – no idea what it is but it certainly isn’t the one I usually use as the white was slightly different and it reacted totally different to my usual when colouring on it – at much smaller than the size provided and then coloured it in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were:  horse and hat – Cinnamon, Cocoa, Raw Sienna, Chestnut, Black; hair – Tulip Yellow, Honeycomb; reins and stirup metal – Cool Grey 2, 4; shirt & jeans – Denim Blue, Bluebell, Twilight Sky; skin – Satin; mouth – Peony.  I cut round the image on the outside line and gently shaped it.  I printed the insert sheet out twice – once onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and once onto 120gsm, Super Smooth, white paper.  These were then trimmed, scored using my Hougie Board, and the insert inserted inside the card using a roller glue pen.  I stuck the digi onto the centre of the card front.  I also added some pieces of brown and beige jute twine.  Three pieces were plaited and tied a s a lasoo, and the other two pieces were tied around a card and two horse themed charms were tied to the ends.)
  2. The insert that’s in the previous card.

In one of my previous posts – here – I told you that I’d been lucky enough to be chosen as the winner of the “Fun Challenge 8″ on the Facebook Group “Stamping Dragon Designs” last Sunday – Which meant that I could choose the theme for “Fun Challenge 9″.  I chose – THEME: Sun Colours – the predominant colours should be any sunshine colour, or an assortment of sun colours – be it sunshine yellow through to the red sky at sunset some days.  I then made an inspiration card using the sort of colours I meant, using a sunset side stacker topper as the main element of my card and a SSD mini scrapbooking kit for all the other elements.  This next card is the card I created.

2nd Challenge Entry Card

I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:

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  1. Fun in The Sun Mini theme by Janette Padley and Sunset Over City Side Stacker by Sarah Edwards (This is a hybrid card, where part of the designing was done in a graphics package but it was then printed out and constructed by hand.  For this card I used elements from a mini scrap-booking kit to make a card front for a birthday card with the Welsh greeting “Penbwlydd Hapus”.  I took elements from this kit into one of my graphics packages and used it to set out an 8″ square card front by resizing, moving about, and copying the various elements in the kit.  I also put copies of some of the elements on the spare area of my A4 working area to be used to decoupage onto the card after printing off.  I left a space on my card front design for me to put on the base layer of the side stacker.  I printed both my card front, and the side stacker at slightly smaller size than provided, out onto sheets of glossy Crafty Bob paper and cut everything out.  I stuck my card front onto an 8″ square white Crafty Bob base card, stuck the sunset topper directly to this using finger-lift tape.  I then used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the side stacker layers and glue gel to attach the extra flower and gem elements which I’d shaped a bit by hand before sticking.)
  2. An angled view to show the dimension of the added flowers and side stacker topper.

And here are the other cards I’ve finished off this week.

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  1. Santa Claus Digital Stamps 7 by Angela Wenke and 24 Damask Style A4 papers by Cassandra Campsall (I printed the design out at much smaller than the provided size onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and then coloured it in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Cinnamon, Burnt Orange, Cool Grey 1, 3, 5, Black, Poppy, Berry Red, Shale, Canary, Cyan, Purple, Blossom. I then cut the image out.  I created a background panel using three backgrounds from the Damask style background kit which I took into a graphics package, shrunk down and tiled and layed out how I wanted before printing off onto the same card-stock as the digi-stamp. After printing and trimming I matted and layered the background onto two different shades of blue cardstock, trimming each to a sixteenth of an inch using a Perfect Layers ruler before attaching the next.  I stuck the digi stamp to the front of this background using glue gel, and the matted and layered image was then stuck to the front of an A6 card made of Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock.  I did a dotted border around the outside using red glitter gel pens. I’ll add a greeting, in either English or Welsh, depending on which language is needed, closer to Christmas.)
  2. Alien Landscape Wavy Corner side stacker Topper by Carol Clarke (I printed the sheet onto Glossy Crafty Bob paper and then cut out all the pieces.  I scored and folded in half an A4 sheet of white card-stock that’s pre-embossed with stars.  I used super sticky double sided tape to attach the base image to the card front and then used 1mm deep, double sided foam tape to attach the corner stacker layers in order.  I took a gold glitter gel pen and coloured in some of the embossed stars on the base card and the shooting star tail on the base image.  I also used the same pen to write “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – onto the card.  The little topper was stuck onto the back of the card with the super sticky tape.)
  3. Vol6 CU4CU Autumn Theme Designer Resource by Susan Wood, Designer Resource 10 Mix & Match by Gillian Hutchinson and Cracked Plaster Paper Pack – CU4CU by Mary Jane Harris (I put the design for this card together in one of my graphics packages, printed it out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper, cut it out, attached it to the front of an 8″ square Crafty Bob white card using finger-lift tape, and finished off by attaching extra layers to the pumpkin teapot and butterfly using glue gel.  To put together the design I used two of the Cracked Plaster backgrounds, one of the character, and an assortment of autumnal themed elements.)
  4. Angled photo of previous card to show dimension.

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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 – If you are anything like me – the minute you start looking at all the designs on craftsUprint you start building a wish list.  Whether you just like digital stamp images but prefer to make your own backgrounds; have a digital/electronic cutting machine and want to buy the cutting files for the more elaborate keepsakes; want toppers, or parchment designs, or anything to use with the crafting stash you’ve already got; or want a complete kit that you can print off and make up into an elaborate card when your mojo has gone on a holiday – there’s all this, and much more available on the CUP site.  I’ve currently got over a hundred items in my wish list – and that’s after using the discount code to buy enough designs for my digital library to keep me going for at least a couple of weeks.  And there’s the needlework and knitting designs as well.  So if you are on the lookout for something crafty – pop over for a look! and make the most of the discount.

Simply type the word ‘CRAFTY’ into the REDEEM VOUCHER box on the basket page BEFORE you check out then click
UPDATE BASKET to save a whopping 20% off your total order value!   Discount Code Offer Ends on 2nd June 2013

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

  • Friday, 31st May – Here! – CRAFTY 20% Discount on CUP, VOL 48 FREE CD, 17 New Froms & What’s HOT this week!

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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(Thank you for reading this far. I hope you like what you’ve seen and read – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it, but due to the fact that, like many I’m sure, 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.)
(Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.
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Last Post Of May – Probably!

 Posted by at 04:15 pm
May 292013
 

Thank you for clicking over to have a look at my blog.
(I know that I write a lot in each blog post – this helps me remember what colours or cardstock I’ve used in case I want to get a similar effect in the future, in addition to providing information that some readers might be interested in – so please don’t think that you have to read every word I’ve written.)
(If you don’t want to know what I used and how I made a card 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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Those of you who read my blog regularly will have noticed that I go to the craftsUprint site for most of my digital downloads for card-making, be it digital/electronic cutting files for my Silhouette Cameo, through to digi-stamps for colouring in.  Well craftsUprint have just announced a DISCOUNT CODE.  Details are at the bottom of this blog post.

I’ve got four cards to show you this time.  I hope you like them.

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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.)

There’s a bit of variety in these cards.

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  1. Heavenly Mini Theme by Janette Padley and Fairy Paloma by Mishara Armenia (This is a lovely kit whether you want to use it for a scrapbook page or for a card front.  I used it for a card front.  I took lots of elements from this kit, together with two of the fairy images from the Fairy Paloma kit, into one of my graphics packages and I re-sized, moved around, etc., until I was happy for my card front layout of around 8″ across and 7″ top to bottom.  I put the greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – Welsh for “Happy Birthday” on the greetings tag before printing it out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock, but I could change this greeting and the images before I make it again if the occasion is different.  After printing I cut the card front out and stuck it to the front of an  8″ square white Crafty Bob base card using finger-lift tape and trimmed off the bottom to match the card front topper size.)
  2. Pirate Boy with Treasure by Diane Hannah (I printed the sheet onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I then matted the main image onto silver mirror cardstock and trimmed so that the topper was the correct width for an A5 base card.  I stuck the matted image directly to the front of an ordinary white base card.  I then shaped the pieces to be decoupaged and attached these to the front of my card using glue gel.  I finished off with some star embellishments and sticky back faux pearls and gems spilling out of the treasure chest.  A really fun image for a card for a young boy.)
  3. BEAUTIFUL HORSES HEADS ENTWINED IN SILVER/BLACK FRAME A4 by Nick Bowley (I printed the sheet onto Matte Crafty Bob paper at A5 size.  I then cut it out.  As there are so many framing elements within the image itself I decided to simply go round the outside cut edge with a Gold metalic marker before sticking the image to the front of an A5 base card made from white linen textured cardstock using finger-lift tape.  A perfect, quick, card that will go through the post on an ordinary letter stamp and fit in an ordinary C5 envelope with no problems.)
  4. Relaxing in the Garden by June Young (I printed the design out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out the pieces.  I prepared a base card by scoring an A4 sheet of white, linen textured, cardstock using my Hougie Board and then folding it in half.  I attached the base image directly to this using super sticky tape.  I also used the tape to attach the blank greeting panel – I don’t know what language the card will be needed in yet, so haven’t added a greeting, but if one of the ones included is needed I can just stick it on top of the blank.  I used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach each of the round pyramage layers in order.  I shaped the additional flowers and attached them using glue gel.  I think that this card would be suitable for a man or a woman, I know that there are some flowers on it, but there are men who garden and grow flowers and like to relax in their garden as well as women.)

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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 ‘CRAFTY’ into the REDEEM VOUCHER box on the basket page BEFORE you check out then click UPDATE BASKET to save a whopping 20% off your total order value!   Discount Code Offer Ends on 2nd June 2013

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

  • Wednesday, 29th May – Here! – Special Offer Collectibles & Wednesdays CUP Community News
  • Wednesday, 29th May – Here! – 20% Off End of Month Discount Code – CRAFTY

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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(Thank you for reading this far. I hope you like what you’ve seen and read – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it, but due to the fact that, like many I’m sure, 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.)
(Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.
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Last Week Of May 2013

 Posted by at 07:43 pm
May 272013
 

Thank you for clicking over to have a look at my blog.
(I know that I write a lot in each blog post – this helps me remember what colours or cardstock I’ve used in case I want to get a similar effect in the future, in addition to providing information that some readers might be interested in – so please don’t think that you have to read every word I’ve written.)
(If you don’t want to know what I used and how I made a card 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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The blog “Dots Dashes Doodles & Dreams” has some “Free Crafting Stash …. ” available at the moment.  Please do pop over for a look.  All you have to do is leave a comment on the post between now and Friday, 31st May, 2013.

I was lucky enough yesterday (Sunday, 26th May) to be chosen as the winner of the “Fun Challenge 8” on the Facebook Group “Stamping Dragon Designs” with the first card in my last post – here.  Which meant that I could choose the theme for “Fun Challenge 9”.

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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.)

I think I’ve got cards for men covered this time, and one for a child further down as well.  So I think I’m doing quite well already this week with making a variety of cards.

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  1. Golden Retriever Scene Pyramid by Liz Harrison (I printed the sheet out onto glossy Crafty Bob paper and cut out four of the layers.  I stuck the base layer directly to a sheet of gold mirror card and trimmed to leave a border.  I stuck this matted image to a sheet of bronze Adorable Scorable card-stock and trimmed to leave a smaller border.  I create a base card by scoring a sheet of A4  white linen textured cardstock using my Hougie Board and then folded it in half.  The matted and layered image was stuck to this using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I used the same tape to stick on the other layers I’d cut out in order.  I finished the card off with a gold peel-off “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.  I think that, this is quite a classic card layout with lots of white setting off the framed image.)
  2. Wise Owl Father and Son by Karen Wyeth (I printed the design out onto matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out the pieces.  I stuck the main image onto gold mirror cardstock and trimmed around to leave a narrow margin around three sides and a wider margin at the bottom using a Perfect Layers ruler as a guide.  I also cut a paper ribbon strip from the same card-stock. I took an Ivory 8″ square Crafty Bob base card and stuck the layered image and the paper ribbon strip to this using finger-lift tape.  I used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the blank greetings panel – I don’t know what language the card will be needed in yet so haven’t put on a greeting yet.  I shaped all the decoupage layers and attached them to the card front using glue gel.)
  3. Crafty Designz 94 by Ammie Sanders (I printed out the sheet onto glossy Crafty Bob paper and cut out the layers.  I prepared my base card by scoring and folding in half an A4 sheet of star embossed white cardstock.  I stuck the base image layer onto dotty blue paper from my crafting stash and trimmed it to leave a border.  I cut another panel from stripy paper from the same pack and stuck this towards the left of my prepared card.  I then stuck my matted image to the front of my card near the centre and built up my pyramage, sticking each layer in place using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.)
  4. Cute And Fluffy by Chris Harland (I printed the sheet out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out the pieces.  I stuck the base image to a sheet of silver mirror card and trimmed to leave a border.  This layered image was stuck directly to the front of an 8″ square white Crafty Bob base card.  I shaped the extra layers and attached them to the card front using glue gel.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know the language it will be needed in.)

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  1. Backpack Girl Digital Stamp by Angela Wenke, Border set 2…SVG by Tina Fitch and Fancy Matts x 6…SVG by Tina Fitch (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at a smaller size than provided and coloured her in with my ProMarkers before cutting her out.  The colours I used were: hair – Cinnamon, Raw Sienna; backpack – French Navy, Aegean; clothes – Powder Blue, Capri Blue; hairband, etc. – Pink Carnation, Fuchsia Pink, shadow – Cool Grey 2.  I scored and folded in half an A4 sheet of star embossed white cardstock.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out two borders and a decorative mat out of a linen textured pale yellow cardstock.  I took a sheet of glittered blue card-stock from my crafting stash to tone with the colours I’d used for the girl’s backpack and cut a panel slightly bigger than the mat and just narrower than the two ribbons.  I used small dabs of glue gel to attach the cut out layers to the glittered layer.  I used one of the ribbons and added to a strip from another sheet of the star embossed cardstock to make a bookmark gift to go with the card.  I attached the mat and other ribbon to my card front, shaped my digi, and attached it using glue gel.  I also took some die-cut white flower and leaf shapes from my stash and coloured them in, the flowers using one of the ProMarkers I’d already used on the image and the leaves with a Grass coloured ProMarker, and made them up and attached to the card front using glue gel.  I think that this image makes a cute card for a little girl and could be coloured in to match her hair colour and favourite clothes colours.  The borders can be used to add an element to a card, but as I’ve shown, they can also be used for bookmarks, or what about round candles or napkin rings, or crackers.  There are a lot of possibilities to pretty little borders like this.)
  2. Closeup of the matted digi-image from the previous card.
  3. Gold Wedding Bells Plain 8in Scallop Insert Panel by Ann-marie Vaux (I printed the sheet out twice – once onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and once onto 120gsm, Super Smooth, white paper.  I cut them both out.  I took an Ivory 8″ square Crafty Bob card and stuck the insert inside using finger-lift tape.  I took some gold, rub-on, butterflies and put these in various places on the cardstock printed image.  I put a peel-off greeting “Ar Ddydd eich Priodas” on both panels before attaching the card-stock one to the card front using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.)
  4. The inside of the previous card.

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TUTORIALS:

I’ve not added any more pictorial guides over the weekend, but you can see the ones I’ve already done in the two sections: “Colouring In Digi Stamps” and “Making Paper Flowers”.

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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, 24th May – Here! – Sizzling HOT Friday Designs, 16 New Froms & Stampy in Cardiff
  • Monday, 27th May – Here! – Bank Holiday Monday Designer & Crafter Selections from CUP

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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(Thank you for reading this far. I hope you like what you’ve seen and read – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it, but due to the fact that, like many I’m sure, 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.)
(Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.
)

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May 242013
 

Thank you for clicking over to have a look at my blog.
(I know that I write a lot in each blog post – this helps me remember what colours or cardstock I’ve used in case I want to get a similar effect in the future, in addition to providing information that some readers might be interested in – so please don’t think that you have to read every word I’ve written.)
(If you don’t want to know what I used and how I made a card 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 put together a small number of cards today, with some of them being embellished using the embellishments I made using Martha Stewart clay, both white and coloured, and moulds, earlier in the week.  With some of the flower embellishments, after taking them out of the moulds, I pushed a poky tool in twice, once either side of the centre, to make holes  thus making embellishment flower buttons.  These buttons, and the other embellishments I made were coloured using a dusting of Craft Dusting Powders.

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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.)

I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:

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  1. Framed Sewing Theme Digi Stamp by Janette Padley (I printed the digi out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and coloured it in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: sewing machine – Cool Grey 1, 2, 3, 4, Tan; scissors – Cool Grey 2, 5; dress – Peony, Orchid, Grass; embroidery hoop – Ivory, Peony, Orchid, Grass; shading and frame – Cool Grey 1, 2.  I prepared a base card by scoring an A4 sheet of white hammered card-stock using  my Hougie Board and folded it in half before sticking a mat of silver mirror paper trimmed to be 1cm smaller in all directions on it using a roller glue pen.  I cut a panel of pale pink, linen textured, cardstock to be approximately 1cm smaller on each side than the silver mirror layer and again used my Hougie Board to emboss a diamond pattern on it.  I put super sticky tape all round the back of this and wound some purple jute twine around this before sticking it down onto the mirror mat.  I used a decorative edged cutter and cut two panels out of white linen textured cardstock and coloured these with two of the colours I’d used on the digi-stamp.  After cutting out the digi I put a green ribbon – recycled from a dress – through the hole at the top, and I wound the rest of the ribbon up into a bundle.  I cut a paper lace border from a doily and scrunched this up.  I stamped “Penblwydd Hapus” – Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – onto one of the coloured swatches using the Martha Stewart Self Inking Stamp Designer Starter Kit.  I’d made little pink flower shaped buttons out of clay a few days ago.  I took three of these and threaded yellow jute twine through the holes and tied on top of the buttons before trimming.  I started tucking the pieces I’d collected under the jute twine on the card front, gluing everything in place using  glue gel once I was happy with the layout.)
  2. Closeup of coloured in digi-stamp.

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  1. Card Topper Kit 4 by Marie Wolman (I took various elements from within this kit into one of my graphics packages and re-sized, moved around and layered – off-setting each one towards the left hand side rather than centering – until I had a 6″ topper of a design I liked.  I added the greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – and then placed extra copies of some of the elements to one side on my working area to use for decoupaging on my final card.  The finished page was printed out onto a 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and all the pieces were cut out.  I prepared a 6″ square base card from a white, linen textured, card-stock.  I used finger-lift tape to attach the base topper to the card front and glue gel to add the decoupage elements.  I then embellished with different sized sticky back faux gems.)
  2. A different angled view of the card to show the dimension of the decoupaged flowers, etc.
  3. Fairy Paloma by Mishara Armenia and Fantasy Dreams Paper Set by Karen Wyeth (I took one of the fairy images together with one background into one of my graphics packages and re-sized and colourised a bit until I had a layout for a card topper of about 4″ square I was happy with.  I also put a second copy of the fairy on the other side of my working area so that I’d have a layer to decoupage once it was printed off.  I printed onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the topper and fairy.  I prepared a 6″ square, white hammered, card with rounded corners.  I also rounded the corners of my topper and a panel of holographic silver mirror paper to go with it.  I went round the edge of the topper panel with a blue metallic marker.  I used finger-lift tape to attach the holographic mirror paper to the base card and the same type of tape to attach my topper.  I then used glue gel to attach the fairy – which I’d shaped gently before attaching.  I also added a butterfly embellishment and some sticky back faux gems.)
  4. Different angled view of previous card to show dimension of the fairy and butterfly.

 

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  1. Card Topper Kit 3 by Marie Wolman (I took various elements from this kit into one of my graphics packages and moved about, layered, and re-sized until I had panels I liked as a decorative card front, topper layer, inside/base layer, and various elements to decoupage.  I then printed the A4 sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I took an A4 sheet of hammered white card-stock, scored and folded it in half.  I put the topper layer on this, overlapping the folded edge by a bit, and drew around this.  I cut out the shaped card and then scored it across the half way line of the front.  My card front layer was attached to the bottom half of this using finger-lift tape.  My insert/bottom panel was also stuck inside using the same tape.  I used  2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the topper layer and the bow which I used as a stopper.  I then used glue gel to attach the flower and leaf layers.)
  2. Diferent angle view of same card to show easel shape and dimension of topper.
  3. Silhouette Bride and Groom by Sharon Cook and Fantasy Dreams Paper Set by Karen Wyeth (I took the silhouette into one of my graphics packages along with one background from the other kit.  I re-sized both to make my topper, with the silhouette standing off the bottom of the background.  I printed this onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut it out.  I stuck this topper onto a sheet of holographic silver mirror paper and used a Perfect Layers rulers to cut a border of three eighths of an inch round the top, right and left side, and three quarters of an inch beyond the bottom of the background at the bottom.  I created an A5 card by scoring and folding in half an A4 sheet of linen textured white card-stock.  I stuck a white doily towards the top of this before using a roller glue pen to attach the layered topper.  I added some sticky back faux pearls to the top right and bottom left of the topper and added various embellishments I’d made around the card using glue gel.)
  4. An angled view showing the dimension of the embellishments on the previous card.

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:

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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, 22nd May – Here! – CUP’s Weekly Community News & Fantastic Card Blanks from Crafty Bob

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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(Thank you for reading this far. I hope you like what you’ve seen and read – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it, but due to the fact that, like many I’m sure, 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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Crafting Mid May 2013

 Posted by at 09:06 pm
May 222013
 

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LEJ star I was looking round the challenge blogs to see which ones I might enter next, and what do I spot – My Name!  Yippee!  I’m one of the three “Star Crafters” on the LEG Designs Challenge Blog for my entry into their Challenge No 53 – Borders or Corners.  You can see my entry for this challenge in my blog post of the 15-05-13 – here.

Well I’ve had a few not so good days with my M.E., so haven’t done a lot of card-making since my last blog post -just finished off some cards I’d coloured in, or started some other way, last week.  Today’s been quite bad, so I just had my Buddy Board out on my lap in bed for part of the afternoon, and then played with my new Martha Stewart clay and moulds.  It’s so easy to mix and manipulate, even with my hands and arms not being good, as it doesn’t require hard kneading, and the embellishments just drop out of the moulds so easily.  I am so impressed with this.  A quick dusting of colour and now I’ve left them to dry overnight.  Hopefully by tomorrow I’ll be in less pain and can get on with some actual construction.  This is what I made this afternoon – the second is a close-up of some of the flowers:

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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.)

I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:

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  1. Butterfly Garden Digi Stamp by Janette Padley (I printed the sheet, at smaller than the size provided, onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then coloured the design in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: fairy skin – Ivory; fairy clothes and wings – Denim Blue, Powder Blue, Capri Blue; flowers – Fuchsia Pink; greenery – Holly; butterflies – Vanilla; shadow and edging – Icicle.  I cut the image out using my circle scissors and went round the image and circle edge with a light coloured ProMarker as a shadow.  I matted the coloured digi onto a mat of yellow coloured cardstock about the same shade as I’d used for the butterflies.  This mat was only slightly larger than the digi panel.  I then made a circle of pink cardstock that was half an inch larger and layered the matted digi onto this.  I then cut across the bottom of the circular matted digi.  I made a 6″ square blue card from Adorable Scorable card-stock and rounded the corners with a punch before scoring the front in half using my Hougie Board to make an easel card.  The topper was stuck to the front of this using finger-lift tape.  The part circle pink section cut from the bottom of the digi matted and layered panel was stuck to the base of the card using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape, to use as a stopper.  I stuck on die-cut flowers from my crafting stash, which came as white but I’d coloured up with the Fuchsia Pink pen I’d used on the image with a Purple centre.  The same Purple pen was also used to write a greeting “Dymuniadau Gordau” – which is Welsh for “Best Wishes” – at the bottom right, and to put a dashed line around the circular panel.   Glue gel was used to attach the flowers to the bottom left corner.)
  2. An angled view of the previous card.

These are the other cards I’ve finished putting together the begining of this week.

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  1. Jiggys Daffodill – Rugby Welsh by Janette Padley (I printed the sheet out at smaller than the provided size onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then coloured Jiggy in using my ProMarkers. The colours I used were: Jiggy – Red, Berry Red; daffodil – Daffodil Bloom, Tulip Yellow; outline shadow – Warm Grey 1. I then cut the digi out to make a circular panel using my circular scissors.  I used the same circular scissors, in different holes, to make circular mats of different sizes in red and pale yellow cardstock.  I made a base card by trimming, scoring, and folding a sheet of pale yellow, glitter spot embossed, Adorable Scorable card-stock.  Rather than mounting each layer to the centre of the larger layer I off-set them downwards for a different look.  I used finger-lift tape to stick each of these layers on in order.  I found some die-cut white flowers and leaves in my crafting stash and coloured them in using the same yellow pens I’d used for Jiggy’s Daffodil.  These were attached to the card using glue gel.)
  2. Bernese Mountain Dog Portrait 3D Decoupage by Liz Harrison (I printed the sheet out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out all the pieces.  I prepared a base card by scoring and folding in half an A4 sheet of white hammered cardstock.  I stuck the base image layer to a sheet of cardstock and trimmed it to leave a small border using a Perfect Layers Tool.  I also stuck the paw prints paper ribbon to the same cardstock and the panel with the dog breed name.  Each of these was also trimmed to leave a border.  I stuck these to the front of my prepared card using finger-lift tape and 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  The same tape was used to add the second dog layer and then I shaped the other layers and stuck them on using glue gel.  I’ve kept this card simple so that it’s suitable for a man.)
  3. Lady 10 by Sarah Lake and 24 Damask Style A4 papers by Cassandra Campsall (I printed the digi-stamp out onto Super Smooth white card-stock at a smaller size than provided.  I then coloured her in using my ProMarkers. The colours I used were: skin – Ivory; dress – Pineapple Crush, Daffodil Bloom; coat and hat – Lilac, Bluebell.  I then cut her out to the line.  I shaped her a bit and stuck her, using glue gel, onto a piece of the same white cardstock, and trimmed this and rounded the corners with a punch before I went around the topper edge with one of the ProMarkers I’d used when colouring the digi-stamp.  I prepared a DL base card by taking three different coloured backgrounds from the papers kit into one of my graphics packages and resizing, trimming and using digital edges, until I was happy with the design for a DL size card front.  This was printed out onto a sheet of the same card-stock, scored down the side using my Hougie Board, folded in half and then had the excess trimmed off the back.  I then used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the topper to the base card I’d created.  I finished off with some die-cut flowers from my crafting stash.  Two of which were white and I coloured, again with colours I’d used on the digi.)

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TUTORIALS:

I’ve not added anything new to these this week, but if you haven’t had a look you can see links to all my flowers pictorial guides here -> “Making Paper Flowers” page.

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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:

  • Monday, 20th May – Here! – Huge Selection of Designs chosen 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 cards.)

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Even More May 2013 Crafting

 Posted by at 02:10 pm
May 202013
 

Thank you for clicking over to have a look at my blog.
(I know that I write a lot in each blog post – this helps me remember what colours or cardstock I’ve used in case I want to get a similar effect in the future, in addition to providing information that some readers might be interested in – so please don’t think that you have to read every word I’ve written.)
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“Whateva!” – that’s what I chose as a greeting on one of my cards in today’s batch.  You’ll find the card in the first set of cards.

Today’s selection also includes a tissue box I’ve covered and decorated with some of the circles I showed you at the top of my last blog post.

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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.)

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  1. Wine drinkers landscape pyramid topper by Sharon Poore (I printed the sheet out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out the layers.  I stuck the base layer onto a sheet of co-ordinating Core’dinations cardstock using finger-lift tape and trimmed to leave a small border using a Perfect Layers Tool.  The matted image was then stuck to another sheet of co-ordinating Core’dinations cardstock from the same pack, again trimming – this time leaving a larger border.  I took a sheet of cream 300gm Hammered Card and scored it using my Hougie Board and folded it in half.  I then stuck the matted and layered base image to the base card. I used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the pyramage layers in order.  I finished off by colouring a die-cut leaf and two flourishes in colours to co-ordinate with the image, Holly for the leaf and Tan for the flourishes and sticking them in place using glue gel.  I haven’t added a greeting to the card yet as I’m not sure what language it will be needed in.)
  2. Coral Bay Striped Papear Pack 2 – CU4CU by Mary Jane Harris and Girl Next Door by John Methven (I took too colours of backgrounds from the paper pack kit, together with one of the girls from the Girl Next Door kit, into one of my graphics packages.  I made two copies of the blue background and then re-sized, manipulated, and used fancy edges until I had a layout I was happy with.  I also made two extra layers of the girl, one full body and one just her top, to put on the other side of the A4 working area to use as decoupage.  I printed the design out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut across the bottom of the design, working round the girl’s feet.  I tore round the other three edges.  I cut out the two layers of the girl, and used a grey marker between her legs to save cutting out the landlocked area. I made an easel card out of 300gsm white card-stock and put two 6″ squares of grey striped heavyweight paper from my crafting stash on it, one on the outside and one on the inside after doing a rough border around the outside of both pieces with a black metalic marker.  I took a white gel pen and emphasised the dots down the girl’s top on the uppermost layer.  I stuck my torn out topper onto my prepared card base and used the same white gel pen to go around thre three sides of the black “layer” of the topper.  I then attached a small piece of black spotty paper as a stopper using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape, and shaped then attached the two layers of the girl using glue gel.  The greeting I used on this design is “Whateva!”)
  3. Another angle view of the same card as previously.
  4. Lovely Cheetah Pyramid by Karen Wyeth (I printed the sheet out onto Glossy Crafty Bob paper and cut out all the pieces.  As I didn’t want a tall pyramid, to keep the profile of the card low for posting, I split the layers in half, every other layer, so that I had two bundles of three layers.  I stuck the base layer to a toning Core’dinations cardstock and trimmed it to leave a small border.  I then stuck this layered image to another toning card-stock from the same pack of Core’dinations cardstock and again trimmed to leave a small border.  This was stuck to the front of a 6″ square card made from cream hammered card-stock.  The second bundle of images was made into a card the same way, putting the largest image layer onto black cardstock first before using the same colours as for this one for the next two layers.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know the occasion or language the card will be used for.  I’ve kept this card totally simple so it can be used as a card for a man, or as a simple note card.)

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  1. Fantasy Garden background in Blue by Christine Crowther and Fairy Silhouettes SVG by Vicki Avcin (I printed this sheet out at half size onto Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock and trimmed it out.  I prepared a base card by scoring and folding in half an A4 sheet of navy Adorable Scorable cardstock.  The background was stuck to the front of this using finger-lift tape.  I cut out some fairies out of dark blue textured cardstock by taking the file into the Silhouette Studio software and cutting using my Silhouette Cameo.  I attached three of these to the card front using glue gel.)
  2. Butterfly Daisy in the Country 5×7 by Maurine Tapscott (I printed the sheet out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper then cut out all the pieces, cutting the girl and butterflies out of the second topper to use to decoupage.  I stuck the base layer onto very pale card-stock and trimmed to leave a border.  I used a pale blue shade of the same Adorable Scorable cardstock to make my base card and stuck the matted image to this.  I used 1mm deep, double sided foam tape to attach the rectangular topper to the base layer and then used glue gel to attach all the other pieces.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in yet.)
  3. Wine & Grapes by Janette Padley and White with lilac spots insert by Stephen Poore (I printed the background design out twice – once onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and once onto 120gsm, good quailty, white paper.  Both were trimmed, corners rounded with a paper punch on the cardstock one, scored using my Hougie board, and folded in half, the cardstock one with the design outside as a base card, and the paper one with the printing inside as an insert, which I attached using finger-lift tape.  I printed the digi-stamp sheet out at less than the size provided onto 300gsm Super Smooth white card-stock and coloured it in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: bottle – Forest Green, Meadow Green, Bright Green, Metalic Marker – Gold, Copper; wine – Berry Red, Antique Pink; glass – Icicle;  grapes – Purple, Spring Lilac; stalk – Cocoa; outline – Fresh Meadow. To save on cutting around the whole image I partly cut it out as a circle, using an out of the box technique so that parts of the coloured image are outside the circle.  I went around the circle with the Purple penI’d used on the image itself. I attached the topper I’d created using 2mm deep, double sided foam tape.  I hunted in my assorted die-cuts pack and picked out some flowers and a greetings panel in red, and some flourishes and smaller greeting panel in white.  I coloured round the greeting panel, and all over the flourishes, with the same colour I’d used to outline previously.  Foam tape was used to attach the greetings panel and glue gel to attach the flowers and flourishes in opposite corners.  I’ve left the greetings panel blank at the moment as I don’t know what language it will be needed in.)
  4. Inside of same card.

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TISSUE BOX COVER:

The tissue box is just a standard square tissue box cube from the supermarket.

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  1. Red and White Dots Backing Paper by Sue Way (I printed this sheet twice onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I took a box of tissues and took out the cardboard shape from the centre top where the tissues come out and used this as a template to mark the correct shape towards one side of one of the sheets I’d printed.  I cut this out.  This sheet was used to make the top and one long side of the box.  The other sheet was used to make the other long side and around to the two short sides.  I used the box itself as a form and scored and folded and trimmed and finally stuck the card sheets in place using Template Tape.  I stuck a strip of the same tape around the bottom of the box cover and put a strip of red satin ribbon from my crafting stash around it.  I also put a strip of tape around the top of the box round the cutout shape and put the same ribbon around, pleating it as I went.  I decorated the box with circles of different sizes of red and white cardstock cut using my EK Success Circle Scissor Pro.  I used a roller glue tape pen to attach these.  A quick and easy way to make up an inexpensive gift, making a simple box of tissues look more special.)
  2. The same tissue box cover at another angle.

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TUTORIALS:

Part 6 of my “Making Paper Flowers” section is now complete, so you can now go to the page and see how I made my “Flowers From Circles” that I used on a project in my last blog post

If You’ve Not Seen My “Making Paper Flowers” Pictorial Guides Yet Then Please Do Click Over For A Look.

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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, 17th May – Here! – FREE CD Vol 46, Lots of HOT Designs & 9 New Froms

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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(Thank you for reading this far.  I hope you like what you’ve seen and read – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it, but due to the fact that, like many I’m sure, 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.)
(Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts.  I really do appreciate them all.
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May 162013
 

Thank you for popping over to have a look at my blog.
(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 set of items, 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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My new EK Success Circle Scissor Pro was delivered the beginning of this week but it’s taken me until today to get to use it.  It’s easy and works well, provided you get the paper firmly attached to the glass cutting mat.  If you don’t with smaller pieces they can move around and ruin the cutting.  I’ve made two circular easel cards using it today (although the doily layers for one were cut out some time ago using my Cameo), including layering mats for one of them, plus paper flowers made using circles.  Of course, as I’d cut into a few different coloured sheets of cardstock to make my cards, and I don’t like to keep more and more card “scraps” as my box of bits is already overflowing, I put the circle scissors to good use and made it cut out lots of different sized circles from the part sheets I had left over on my bed after my card-making session.  These are the assortment of circles I have made and are now in a bag ready to be utilized any time I need a circular mat or greetings tag:

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The first of the circular cards I’ve made I’ve decided to enter into a few challenges.  There’s a small batch following the challenge one – and I’ve gone for a car for my “male” card for this week.

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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.)

My challenge card is totally circular in shape, without a square in sight.  It’s made to give a happy couple who are celebrating their marriage, but is a bit different to the usual wedding card.

I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:

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  1. Ruperts Wedding Stamp by Janette Padley (I printed the digi stamp out onto  300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at smaller than the size provided.  I then coloured in the stamp using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Pink Mittens, Peony, Pink Carnation, Cool Grey 1, 2 and 4, Black.  I made a circular easel card from white 300gm Hammered Card using my new circle scissors.  I also used it to make pink, red and white circular mats, plus the flowers to go on the card, together with a pink small circular stopper.  The white layers and flowers were made of the same hammered card as the base card, and the red and pink came from a pack of assorted 216gsm cardstock.  I cut out the digi-stamp as a part circle topper.  I used finger-lift tape to build up the matting and layering and 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the topper and stopper.  I used  glue gel to add the paper flowers.  – I’m working on a pictorial guide to how I made the paper flowers, so pop back to my blog soon to have a look at that.)
  2. Angled view of same card.
  3. Closeup of coloured in digi-stamp.

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  1. AT THE RALLEY PYRAMID OVAL by Sally McIntyre (I printed the sheet out onto  Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out all the pieces.  I created a base card by scoring a sheet of A4 300gm Hammered Card at the half way point using  my Hougie Board and folding in half .  I stuck the topper to a sheet of co-ordinating cardstock and trimmed to leave a margin of around 1cm all the way around.  I took a Gold metallic marker and went around the edge of the mat, the main base card and the blank greetings panel.  I then used finger-lift tape to attach the matted image to the base card and 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the layers and greetings panel in place.  A nice card for a man I think.  I can add the greeting in whichever language it is required when the recipient is known.  If using peel-offs I can colour them in with the same metalic marker before putting on.)
  2. Butterfly Bush layers by Barbara Hiebert (I printed the sheet out onto  glossy Crafty Bob paper and cut out the rectangular topper and the pyramage layers.  I took an A4 sheet of white hammered cardstock and scored it in half using my Hougie Board.  After folding in half I went round the edge with a Red Gold metalic marker.  I cut out a sheet of red card-stock and went around this with the same metallic marker before using finger-lift tape to attach it to the base card.  I stuck the base image layer to this red mat, towards the left of the card front, and used  2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach all the layers in order.  I finished off by attaching a couple of foiled acetate butterflies, from my crafting stash – I seem to think that they were Kanban ones – to the card front using glue gel.  This image could be used for a card for a gardener of either sex and can be kept simple or embellished up.  I’ve not put on a greeting to my card yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in, but there’s room towards the right to do so when needed.)
  3. Layered Doily 1 & Butterfly….SVG by Tina Fitch (I opened the cutting file in my Silhouette Studio software and then cut out the base doily layer out of very dark blue cardstock and the top layer and butterfly out of purple cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo.  I created a circular easel base card from 2 sheets of white hammered card-stock.  I also made a circular layer of the same card-stock just a little smaller than the smallest doily layer.  I attached the largest doily directly to the front of my card using  Template Tape, and also attached the smallest doily to the extra circle, using the same tape applied to the solid circle near the centre.  I took a sheet of foiled acetate butterflies and flowers from my crafting stash and popped out two butterflies and six flowers.  I also cut two small strips of acetate from the waste of the sheet.  I folded the strips over and attached one end behind the small white circle, again using template tape.  I used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the matted smallest doily to the card front.  I used a  Quickie glue pen put one one half of the butterfly cut using the Cameo to attach it to the inside base of my card so that it acts as a stopper for the easel card, and I used glue gel to attach the acetate flowers inside as well.  I used small strips of template tape to attach the two butterflies to the acetate strips that are bent over the front.  These butterflies stand proud of the card and flutter with any movement, but fold flat to get into an envelope.  The whole card is based on a 6″ diameter circle so fits into a 6″ square envelope.  There is space inside to write the greeting.)
  4. Closeup of part of doily detail.

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TUTORIALS:

I’m currently working on a pictorial guide to show how I made the flowers I used on the Rupert’s Wedding card, so keep an eye out as it will soon be added to my “Making Paper Flowers” page.

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:

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CUP UPDATE:

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You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
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Further Crafting From May 2013

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May 152013
 

Thank you for popping over to have a look at my blog.
(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 set of items, 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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Today I have two cards to show you and one frame.  Both cards have the same image on them, and both are 8″ square, but the look of them is a bit different.  I’m therefore going to enter them into different challenges.  Please let me know

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CARDS:

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

Card 1

I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:

  • Challenges 4 Everybody – Challenge #20 – Anything Goes
  • Passion for ProMarkers –  Week 198 – Theme “doodleicious” (doodled some lines and some swirls using Letraset pen and coloured image using ProMarkers)

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  1. Angel in Floral Frame by Janette Padley (The image out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at a size smaller than provided.  I then coloured it in using my ProMarkers before cutting it out as a rectangular panel.  The colours I used were: wings – Fresh Meadow; leaves – Leaf Green; hair and large flowers – Tulip Yellow, Honeycomb; small flowers round frame – Tequila Sunrise; skin – Ivory, Morning Mist.  I stuck this to a sheet of Core’dinations cardstock using finger-lift tape and trimmed to leave a border using Perfect Layers Tools to get it even.  The matted image was then stuck to a sheet of pale yellow, pearlescent, cardstock and trimmed to leave a smaller border again using the same tools to get a consistent border, then onto another colour of Core’dinations from the same pack as previously and trimmed to leave an in-between size border.  This matted and layered image was stuck to the front of a cream coloured 8″ square, Crafty Bob, base card.  I took a Fine Line Pen 0.7mm and doodled lines on two of the mat layers in a similar pattern to what can be seen on the frame around the angel.  I also used the same pen to doodle some swirls in each corner of the card.  I used some Spellbinders and Joycraft flower dies to cut an assortment of flowers from the two Core’dinations card-stocks I’d used to mat and layer with and stuck these in place using glue gel.)

Card 2

I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:

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  1. Angel in Floral Frame by Janette Padley (The digi stamp was printed out onto the same 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock for this card as well, but this time I only coloured it in the wings with a Gold Metalic Marker and left the rest of the digi white.  I cut the picture out to the edge of the frame, cutting off the small flowers and leaves that were around the outside. I used a lot of layers of different types of white cardstock for this card, using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach each layer to the one below.  The base card is a white, 8″ square, Crafty Bob base card.  I then put on a mat of white card that’s pre-embossed with stars.  Onto this I stuck a mat of Creata 100 A4 300gm Hammered Card.  Two borders of Creata Set from the 16 Lacelike Acid-Free 3-D Gel Borders were stuck down either side of this hammered white card-stock panel. The next mat is from linen textured cardstock.  For each of these three layers I used a Perfect Squares Tool to help get the size and shape right and a punch to round the corners.  I used Joycraft dies to cut the two corner elements and the flowers from another sheet of the Hammered Card – cut using my Joy machine of course!  These cuts were stuck on using glue gel, as were the two white feathers from my crafting stash in the other corners.)
  2. This is the same card in different lighting.  I don’t know which one shows off the different layers and textures the best so I thought I’d show you both.

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FRAME:

This is a very deorative frame that could be used with a photo of a family member or pet, but can also be decorated simply for use as a home deor item

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  1. Swirl Frame 3D – Studio by Anne Huxter (I took the cutting file into my Silhouette Studio software and cut the majority of the pieces out of A4, white,  linen textured cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo.  The inside back is a piece of glitter swirled, pale yellow, Adorable Scorable cardstock that’s been in my crafting stash for a while.  I used a quick grab glue to put all the pieces together after I’d folded them on the score lines.  I simply decorated the frame with two foiled acetate butterflies which came from my crafting stash – I believe they were a Kanban product.)
  2. An angled view of part of the frame with butterfly embellishments.
  3. Slightly more angled view to show dimension.

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TUTORIALS:

My “Making Paper Flowers” section is now practically back to where it was before something went a bit funny.  So it means that I can now start thinking about what flower types I’ll make next.

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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:

  • Monday, 13th May, 2013 – Here! – Top Designers & Top Crafters from the World’s Top Craft Website
  • Wednesday, 15th May, 2013 – Here! – Dawn Hill Titanium Designer, CUP TV & CUP 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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Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts.  I really do appreciate them all.
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May 112013
 

Welcome to any new visitors and Thank You to any returning visitors for popping over once again 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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With so many things that make me smile I found it difficult to come up with a card on the theme “Big Smiles” for a challenge in a group I belong to on FB.  Then I got tempted and reached for the chocolate – you can see the result below –

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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.)

I’m entering this card in the following challenges:

 

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  1. Rupert Banner by Janette Padley and Delicious Chocolates by Marie Wolman (I chose the digi-stamp first for this project and took it into one of my graphics packages to re-size it.  I also took in various elements from the chocolate digital kit.  I re-sized, moved around and layered up until I was happy with my layout for a topper of around 7″ square.  The topper was then printed out onto  300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock before I coloured in the digi, and did a bit of shading around the edge of the chocolate elements using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Sandstone, Tan, March Hare.  I then cut out the topper, leaving a small border of around 3mm of the white card-stock as a faux layer before sticking to the front of an 8″ square, cream, Crafty Bob card using finger-lift tape.  I finished off by going over the running chocolate on the top left chocolate lolly with a Clear Glaze Sakura pen and over the sprinkles on the cupcake with a gold glitter gel 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:

CUP Mailer

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 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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May 102013
 

Welcome to any new visitors and Thank You to any returning visitors for popping over once again 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 a small variety of cards to show you this time, from Christmas to Rugby, from Fairies to Birds.  Plus a bracelet.  I hope you like them.

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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.)

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  1. Blue Christmas Bauble Scene DL by Karen Wyeth (I printed the sheet onto glossy Crafty Bob paper and then cut out the pieces. I scored a sheet of star embossed cardstock in centre lengthwise to make a tall, half A4, card.  I attached the base layer using finger-lift tape and then attached the bauble layers using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape .  I used glue gel to add the extra ribbon bow layer.)
  2. FAIRY CENTRE STEP CARD 2 by Clive Couter (I took the design into my Silhouette Studio software and printed the design out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then put the printout into my Silhouette Cameo and put it to cut.  After this I coloured in the main card digi-stamp as well as the little added elements, using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Orchid, Amethyst, Lilac, Yellow, Daffodil Bloom, Eggnog, Soft Green, Satin, Tan.  I cut the base panels out of green, linen textured 250gsm cardstock and lilac, pearlescent, 250gsm cardstock.  I used some quick grab glue to attach the front to the back panels and put these behind the fairy on the centre back.  I also used the same glue to attach the two flowers and two fairies on the front of the card.  I then used glue gel to put a drape of flowers from the top left towards the bottom right of the card.)

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  1. Blue Twilight Owls by Karen Wyeth (I printed the design out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out all the pieces. I went round the edge of the base layer with a blue metallic marker.  I also went round the edge of an 8″ square Crafty Bob white card with the same metallic marker.  I stuck the base layer onto a sheet of blue Satin Board and trimmed to leave a small border before using  finger-lift tape to attach the matted image to my base card. I shaped the decoupage layers and used glue gel to attach them to the front of the card in order. I used this card as an anniversary card for some family members.)
  2. This is an angled view to show the dimension of the bird near the top left of the card.
  3. This is an angled view to show the dimension of the bird near the bottom right of the card.
  4. This is a little card made from a strip of the satin board left over from matting and layering the main image and with the little topper that came on the design sheet placed on top.  I used this as a gift tag attached to a gift.

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  1. Ballerina Teddy Scallop Corner side stacker Topper by Carol Clarke (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and then cut out the pieces.  I made a twisted easel card of approximately 6″ square out of an A4 sheet of linen textured white card, using my Hougie Board to score the lines at the appropriate places.  I used finger-lift tape to attach the base image to the half of the twisted easel. I then used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach each of the corner stacker pieces in order, and also to attach the small image as a stopper.)
  2. Rugby Boy (Blue & Black stripes) – Decoupage by John Kelly (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white card-stock and cut out the pieces.  I prepared an A5 base card from an A4 sheet of white cardstock pre-embossed with white stars.  I took a variety of blue shade pattern backgrounds from a kit in my crafty stash – Burleigh Blue Capsule Papercraft Collection – and made some matted and layered panels from them, which I stuck to my card front using finger-lift tape.  I then used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the base image layer.  I shaped the other pieces and attached them using glue gel.)

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JEWELLERY:

I’ve only got one piece of jewellery to show you today.  It’s a bracelet I made my sister-in-law for her birthday.

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  1. I’d bought a “Gardening: Charm Bracelet with Personalised Frames” ages ago when Beaders Companion had them on C & C, but I decided then that I didn’t want to make a gardening charm bracelet, but rather wanted to make it up for my sister-in-law who breads horses.  So I bought some horse themed charms off eBay.  I used three of the oval frames and put in pictures of my brother and their children before putting over the domes.  The pictures were printed out onto glossy Crafty Bob paper.  The glue I used was the Pinflair Glue Gel.

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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, 8th May, 2013 – Here! – FREE Toolbar, Latest CUP News & Carol Dunne CUP TV
  • Friday, 10th May, 2013 – Here! – FREE CD Vol 45, CUP’s Hot Sellers & 5 New Froms

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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