Crafting Mid May 2013

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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:

Embelishments 01 01Embelishments 01 05



(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:

1cup385317_1749 - card01C - Butterfly Garden Digi Stamp 2cup385317_1749 - card02C - Butterfly Garden Digi Stamp

  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.

1cup413171_1749 - card01C - Jiggys Daffodill - Rugby Welsh 2cup304764_15 - card02C - Bernese Mountain Dog Portrait 3D Decoupage 3cup55698_27 - card02C - Lady 10

  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.)



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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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 the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)


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