May 082013
 

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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You’ll notice that I often use digi-stamps by Janette Padley of Stamping Dragon Designs.  In fact the first card I’ve got to show you below was made using one of her designs.  Well Janette has a new blog called “Straight From the Craft Room” – and she’s offering a “Blog Candy Giveaway” for one of her latest digi-stamps.  You can find the details – Here!

Amongst the several groups I belong to on Facebook there are two sister groups – “Emma’s Hints, Tips and Crafty Inspiration” which is “A friendly group to share hint’s, Tip’s and Crafty Inspiration. Ask and answer crafty questions or just pop in for a general chat“, and “All Things Crafty” which is a “group for blog posts, all things crafty“.  In my blog post of the 23rd April I told you that I’d been lucky enough to win the “Blog of the Week” slot on the 22nd April.  After that I was sent a few questions by the lovely group Admin., Emma, and I sent my responses, together with some photos, back to her. Well today I’ve got a bit of a spotlight over on the “official blog for Members of the Facebook Group ‘Emma’s Hints, Tips and Crafty Inspiration’ and its sister group ‘All Things Crafty’“. You can find it on the blog here -> “Emma’s Hints, Tips and Crafty Inspiration“.

In this blog post I’ve got some cards and one pair of earrings (it should have been a set but I don’t have all the findings I need to finish the rest off yet).  I hope you like what I’ve got to show you and will find the time to leave a comment at the bottom.  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.)

I’ve decided to enter this first card into the following challenges (remember to click on the thumbnail images to see them larger):

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  1. Rupert Banner by Janette Padley (Before printing this digi-stamp I inserted the text “Penblwydd Hapus” – Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – on the banner.  I then printed it off at smaller than the given size onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock .  I coloured it in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Pastel Blue, Powder Blue and Denim Blue.  I used dies to cut out both the coloured in digi-stamp and another die set to cut out various panels and layers out of white linen textured card-stock and some paper from a kit – Burleigh Blue Capsule Papercraft Collection.  I took an 8″ square Crafty Bob card and coloured around the edges with one of the  ProMarkers I’d used on the digi-stamp to make it blend in, and also went round the outside of the die-cut digi panel with the same colour ProMarker.  I built up the layers of die-cut background panels I’d cut, using finger-lift tape to attach some layers and 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach other layers.  I took a large flower and some smaller glitter card and gem flowers from the same kit as I’d got the backgrounds from, as well as cutting a few small ones from the backgrounds I’d used.  And attached these to the card using glue gel.  I finished off by adding some tiny midget gems both in the centre of the die-cut flowers and at the corners of my card.)
  2. One angled view of top right corner of card.
  3. Another angled view.

Here are some other cards I’ve made over the last few days.

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  1. Dirt Magnet Girl, CU line & Colour by Alison Sloan and 5 Pastel Plaid Backing Papers – CU4Cu by Mary Jane Harris (I printed the digi-stamp out at a smaller size than provided out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and then coloured her in using ProMarkers. The colours I used were: Honeycomb, Pink Carnation, Peach, Tan, Cinnamon, Satin, Vanilla. I also printed out squares of the backing paper designs onto the same card-stock.  I cut the coloured in image out using a Spellbinders die in my Joy machine.  One of the printed panels I “dirtied up the edge” using one of the brown ProMarkers I’d used on the image.  The other background panels I cut out with various sizes of dies from the same set as I’d used for the digi.  I also cut out two flourishes with dies and coloured them with the same brown ProMarker.  I prepared a base card by trimming, scoring with my Hougie Board, and folding an A4 sheet of Adorable Scoreable cardstock, and then rounding the corners with a punch.  I used finger-lift tape to attach three of the background panels to the card and to attach the digi-stamp panel to the fourth, framing, background.  The matted digi-stamp was attached to the card front using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I used glue gel to attach the flourishes behind the panel.  I’ve not added a greeting yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in.  I “dirtied” up a bit of her dress and stockings, but you could make her as clean or dirty as you wish.  This is a really cute image and shows up the little girl’s mischievous nature I think.)
  2. Gir 12 by Sarah Lake and Pretty Flowers Vellum by Carol Clarke (I printed the digi-stamp out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at a smaller size than provided.  I coloured her in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: skin – Ivory, Satin; hair – Raw Sienna; bangles and shoes – Heatwave; clothes – Pastel Yellow, Buttercup, Summer Sun.   I cut out a panel around her using a die and an “out of the box” technique so that her head and hat are above the outside of the die-cut shape.  I also printed out background and die-cut a larger panel of the same shape die out of this, together with some flower and flourish shapes.  I cut a smaller panel of the same die shape out of white cardstock as a greetings panel – which I’ve left blank at the moment as I don’t know the language the card will be needed in.  I created a tall card by trimming, scoring with my Hougie Board, and folding, an A4 sheet of Adorable Scorable card-stock.  I went round various elements I’d die cut with the same red ProMarker I’d used for some elements on the digi-stamp and then attached everything together, using  1mm deep, double sided, foam tape for the panels and glue gel for the flowers and flourishes.)
  3. Red Rose Scallop Edge Card by Deborah Davies and Red Roses on a Cream Background by Angie Palmer (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and then cut out the pieces.  As I didn’t want my card to get so deep that it wouldn’t go through the 5mm slot at the Post Office I decided to only use two layers for this card and to keep the other layers for a future card, but if hand delivering I’d make it up with all layers.  I took an A5 white card and stuck the scalloped edge layer directly to this.  I then trimmed the length to fit and cut around the scalloped edge on the front.  I printed out the background onto the same card-stock and stuck it inside the back of the card using a roller glue tape pen before also trimming that.)
  4. Male Shirt & Tie Large DL Front ~ A clash of the TARTANS by Jean King (I made this card from two sheets of A4, linen textured , white card.  I printed the design onto one of them and cut out the pieces.  I scored the other down its length and folded the it in half to make my base card.  The base image was attached directly to the card front using finger-lift tape and the other pieces were decoupaged on using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  As I don’t know what language the card will be needed in I’ve only put the blank greetings strip on for the moment, but I’ve kept the greetings provided in case an English greeting is required.  This is a really quick and easy card to make, with the linen textured card-stock working well with the “material” of the shirt and tie.)

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JEWELLERY:

I’ve been making some more Kumihimo braid. This time I took three strands of around 2 meters each in length of black, 1mm, rat-tail cord, and one strand of around the same length of red, 1mm, rat-tail cord.  These were laid out together and folded in half with a cord put around at this central point and tied, so that I had eight working ends.  I laid the cords out with two red cords at North, and two of the black cords at South, East and West.  The pattern was created by -bottom left up to top left, top right down to bottom right, quarter turn anti-clockwise, keeping going to the end.  The Kumihimo braid I made has been cut down to pieces of suitable length to include in a bracelet, necklace and a pair of earrings.  Unfortunately, I’ve only been able to complete the earrings because the end caps I’d got were too big for the braid, but was OK for where two ends were pushed in together for the earring effect I wanted.  I’ll show you the rest of the pieces as soon as the smaller caps I’ve ordered arrive.  The beads are from a pack of Cousins (DoCrafts) beads if I remember rightly.

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  1. One view of the earrings.
  2. Another angle showing one of the earrings from the side.

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TUTORIALS:

I think something went wrong with some of my Making Paper Flowers tutorials – quite possibly when upgrades were done to the system by my web space provider – as some of my pictorial tutorials were no longer all there this week when I went to check.  Funnily enough all the photos I’d used were still online in my Media folder, so I don’t need to upload the lot again, but I did need to re-do the writeup of the last three.  This is nearly complete, but not quite, so please bare with me and my half done projects until I can get this back on track again.

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, 6th May, 2013 – Here! – Bank Holiday Monday CUP Designer & Crafter Selections

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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