More May 2013 Crafting & Blog Candy

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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Card For Challenges

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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Last week I had my Silhouette Cameo out cutting lots of things from Print & Cut files to fancy boxes to little flourish embelishments.  I usually try and fill my sheets with little elements in any spaces, and I did start doing that, but I could see time running away from me so the last few cuts I made without a full mat.  So yesterday I took the bits of card and paper I had left, and a few others from my crafty stash, and had a session with my Joy Trouvaille Die Cutting and Embossing machine.  (Mine’s beige, but would you believe it, Create now have a Pink and a Purple one available on their site.)  I think I must have used practically every die I own to cut out everything from digi-stamps I’d already coloured in, to little flowers.  Mind you, I don’t own a huge amount of dies because most of my cuts are made using my digital cutting machine, my Silhouette Cameo, but I do find the Joy to be handy for embossing and cutting out things such as coloured in digi-stamps to frame them nicely, and I have picked up bits and pieces of dies from the Joycrafts dies, to Spellbinders, to Tattered Lace ones, over the last year or so.

I’ve now got lots of both cuts from my Cameo as well as ones from my Joy to use up, but I’ll start by showing you one card that I’d like to enter into a few challenges.  I’ve bought the digi a few weeks ago and printed it out, but it was one of the items in my “to do” list and I hadn’t had any inspiration of what to do with it.  Then it became the digi for a colouring in challenge on Stamping Dragon Designs FB group, and I realised that it would fit in with a few more challenges as well.

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CARD:

(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 card into the following challenges (remember to click on the thumbnail images to see them larger):

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  1. Floral Fence Stamp by Janette Padley (I printed the design out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at smaller than the size provided.  I then couloured it in using ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: sky – Powder Blue; fence – Burnt Sienna, Cocoa; flowers – Amethyst, Spring Lilac, Purple; leaves – Grass. I die cut the finished image and went round the edge using the purple ProMarker I’d used in the image.  I also cut out a smaller panel using another die from the same set and went around this with the same pen, and die cut out some flowers using Tattered Lace and Joycraft dies, a branch using a Tattered Lace die and a butterfly using a Joycraft die, and used a little of the same colour ProMarker on them as well.  I prepared a base card by scoreing an A4 sheet of linen textured card in half using my Hougie Board and then folding it to make my card.  I took a white gel border from the Creata Set of 16 Lacelike Acid-Free 3-D Gel Borders set and coloured that using the same purple ProMarker as well before adding that to the left hand side.  I used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the coloured in panel and blank greetings panel, and used glue gel to attach the other elements I’d die cut. I’ve left the greeting panel blank for the moment as I’m not sue what lanagage it will be needed in.  As I used dies and my Joy machine to cut out everything on this card there was no intricate hand cutting involved.  I just used a pokey tool to poke out a few pieces that didn’t drop out instantly, but everything came out of the dies reasonably easily.)
  2. Angled closeup of top, right, corner.
  3. Angled close-up of bottom left corner.

 

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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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Crafting At The Start Of May 2013

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 had a “cutting day” on Wednesday, so I’ve got lots of cuts made on my Silhouette Cameo to work with over the next week or so.  A few of them I’ve already made up and you can see below.  I’ve also got lots of varied digi-stamps printed out and ready to colour in and make up into cards.  Some of them I started working on while waiting for “Mr Tesco” to deliver our weekly shop this morning. So that’s more crafting you can look forward to seeing appear on my blog over the next week or so.  One of the digi-stamps I’ve already made into a card was actually a Print & Cut file, so it was a case of printing it out and then cutting it out with my Silhouette Cameo before colouring in and decorating.  I’m quite liking files like this as it means no cutting out of fiddly things by hand.

I hope you like the selection of projects I’ve got to show you this time.

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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. 1930’S ROLLS ROYCE PHOTOGRAPH, Oval Pyramids by Nick Bowley (I printed the sheet out onto glossy Crafty Bob paper and cut out the base layer and two of the oval layers.  I decided to recycle two sheets of chipboard cardstock, that came as protection either side of a paper pack, to create a base card of 21cm square. I scored using my Hougie Board, then used ultra tacky tape to stick the two together. I matted the base image onto a toning shade of glitter card from kit “Bexley Black Capsule Papercraft Collection” that I’ve got in my crafting stash and trimmed to leave an even border.  Because I was sticking onto glitter paper I used glue gel for this.  I used some background paper from the same kit as the glitter card, cut into four, as corner mats and a matching  panel below.  The matted image was stuck on using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape and the same tape was used to attach the oval pyramage layers.  This card had no intricate cutting out, only straight edge cutting, so not difficult for somebody with moderate dexterity issues.)
  2. Lilac Ruffle Easel *MTC*STUDIO*WPC*PDF* by Rae Carr (I took the file into my Silhouette Studio software and cut the main easel card layer out of 280gsm linen textured white cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo. The other heart layers and bow I spaced onto the area with registration marks in place and printed them out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock before cutting them out using my Cameo. I then used fingerlift tape to attach the base layers to inside and front and 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the second heart layer. I used glue gel to attach the bow layer. This is a very pretty little card that’s easy to make as all the cutting is done using the Cameo.  I’m thinking that I may add some glitter next time, and perhaps put a proper ribbon bow over the paper one. I may also type in a greeting before printing and cutting out.)
  3. Double Octagon Easel Card *SVG* by Rae Carr and butterfly from Layered Doily 1 & Butterfly….SVG by Tina Fitch (I decided to make this card up in red and white, therefore I moved the layers I wanted in white off my working area in Silhouette Studio before I cut the main card and top layers, together with the butterfly, out of red, linen textured, cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo.  I then moved the layers around again and cut out the other layers out a a white version of the same cardstock.  I used finger-lift tape to attach the white panels to the bottom half of the octagon easels, and then 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to add the red octagon panels and the two layers of the stopper.  I’d gone round the top stopper layer with a red ProMarker and also used the same pen to write “Penblwydd Hapus”, Welsh for “Happy Birthday” on it.  I made up some white roses and rose buds from ready die-cut white spirals, using quick grab glue to stick them together, and stuck these, and some white paper flowers from my crafting stash, onto the card using glue gel.  I also used glue gel to attach the butterfly.  I purposely made the two octagon panels different for interest.)
  4. A closer, angled, look at one of the octagon panels.

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  1. VASE OF FLOWERS CENTRE STEP CARD by Clive Couter (I printed the main stepper card with digi-stamp image, plus butterflies, out from within my Silhouette Studio software onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and then cut it out using my Silhouette Cameo.  I cut the back of the central panel, together with the add-on panel I’d made to go over the front, out from a pinkey coloured 250gsm pearlescent cardstock, and the front of the decorative central panel out of green, linen effect, 250gsm cardstock.  I used my ProMarkers to colour in the vase of flowers and butterflies.  The colours I used were: Amethyst, Spring Lilac, Orchid, Pineapple Crush, Buttercup, Bluebell, Powder Blue, Apricot, Honeycomb, Meadow Green, Soft Green.  I used a quick grab wet glue to stick on the front and back panels.  I shaped the butterflies and then used glue gel to attach them in various locations over the card.  I haven’t added a greeting yet as I’m not sure what language the card will be needed in, but there’s plenty of room across the front to add one.)
  2. This is a side angle view of the previous card to show the dimension.
  3. And this is a closer look at a different angle.

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BOXES:

I’ve made two totally different boxes to show you this time.  One is a tower that opens out to show four drawers that are big enough to hold bracelets, earrings, etc.  The second is a shallow box card with room inside for a bar of chocolate or something of a similar dimension.

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  1. Fancy Drawer Card MTC*SCAL*STUDIO*SVG*WPC by Rae Carr (I opened the cutting file in my silhouette Studio software and moved the pieces on and off the mat as needed to cut out all the pieces. I decided to do the main body and lid of the box tower in white card-stock, the drawers and some decoration in red – both from the same pack of cardstock, and the rest of the decoration in yellow linen textured cardstock.  I used a Red ProMarker to edge around the panels that decorate the outside of the box.  I used a quick grab glue to stick the majority of the pieces together, including lid, boxes, and triangular decoration to lid.  The finished side panels were attached using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape after I’d glued on the lattice and edged with red.  Although this took a bit of time to cut out, due to the number of pieces, they all cut nice and cleanly.  I was amazed at how easily everything went together once I’d started constructing, with everything being a perfect fit. This is a gorgeous drawer tower for either having on the dressing table holding little trinkets, or for giving to somebody, perhaps with some jewellery in each drawer.)
  2. This is the inside of the opened box that’s shown closed in the previous picture.
  3. Candy Bar Card *SVG* by Rae Carr ( I opened the cutting file in my Silhouette Studio software and cut out the main piece out of purple, 216gsm cardstock.  The panel behind the lattice is a white version of the same cardstock.  After cutting the candy bar card out using my Silhouette Cameo I used a quick grab glue to put the small “box” element for the chocolate bar together.  I simply decorated this with three, yellow, paper flowers.  Perfect little decorative packaging for a small gift of a chocolate bar, or anything else that’s around 1cm deep.)
  4. Slightly angled view of same box card as previous image.

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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, 3rd May – Here! – The subject line of this mailer says “NEW FREE CD 44 – Whats Hot & Nine New Froms” – don’t forget that you get the Free CD-ROM if you spend £10 or more on the craftsUprint site in one order, and if you check out the mailer you’ll see that it’s not just the Free CD-ROM – there are other freebies as well.

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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Two Challenge Cards And One Other

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
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(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 finished a small number of cards yesterday, some of which I created with a view to entering them into some challenges.  I then went looking to see if I could find a couple more challenges I could enter them into, by which time I was too tired to finish writing this blog post.  I’m not always sure that I’ve got the themes and rules absolutely correct. So, if you have come from a challenge blog please disregard my entry if I’ve messed things up and the card under the challenge name doesn’t match the requirements.

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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.)

Challenge Card One

When I think of spring I think of blue skies, and birds singing in the branches, and flowers growing, and that is what has been the inspiration for this first card.

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

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  1. Finch on Branch Stamp by Janette Padley, Spring Flowers Digital Stamp by Janette Padley and Duel – Sky 1 Backing Paper by Kirsty Green (I printed the finch digital stamp, at smaller than the size provided, out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and coloured it in using my ProMarkers.  I also printed out the spring flowers lots of times, at a variety of much smaller sizes onto the same card-stock, and again coloured them in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: beak and feet – Gold; branch – Cinnamon, Cocoa; bird – Tan, Cinnamon; flowers – Yellow, Tulip Yellow, Gold; stems – Grass.  I then cut out all these elements close up to the image – not the brightest idea I’ve ever had, even on a good day, because it took ages, with lots of stops and starts, and my hands and arms were very sore indeed afterwords.  I know that small, fiddly cutting is difficult, sometimes impossible, for me, but I still get these urgges to design layouts that need fiddly cutting – Oh Dear!  perhaps one day I’ll learn to think before I print.  I printed out the dual sky background onto good quality 120gsm white paper.  I made a stepper card out of pale green Adorable Scorable cardstock, using my Hougie Board to score lines for folding and cutting.  I used a craft knife and metal edged rule to cut the two inside lines either side of the central panel.  I took a die-cut frame and a trellis from my crafting stash and stuck them together using Tonic glue, sticking a panel of the palest sky background behind before trimming to the shape of the frame.  This was stuck to the front of my card using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I used finger-lift tape to attach two panels from the darker of the two dual sky backgrounds to each side.  The green “wings” to the blank greetings panels are waste from the trellis coloured with the same green ProMarker I’d used for the flower stems and the oval greetings panel came from the same kit which I edged with the same yellow I’d used as a main colour on the flowers.  I shaped the cut out digi-stamps and stuck in place using glue gel. )
  2. This is an angled view of the same card to show that I’ve introduced dimension to the cut out digi-stamp images.
  3. A closer look at the coloured in bird.

Challenge Card Two

I’ve decided to enter the following card into a few of challenges as well.  It’s a quirky, fun, card made for somebody who’s done well at school:

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  1. Resting Place – Dragon Stamp  by Janette Padley and School Daze Mini by Janette Padley (I took several elements from the School Daze kit, together with the digi stamp, into one of my graphics packages and positioned everything how I wanted for an 8″ square sort of scrapbook page card front, but placing the digi-stamp in the frame rather than a photo.  I added the sentiment “Genius At Work!” to the chalkboard element in white in a handwriting font.  I then printed the design out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I coloured the digi-stamp in using my ProMarkers, choosing colours of yellow, red and green to match the pencils on the frame element.  The colours I used were: hair – Cinnamon; skin – Vanilla; dragon – Grass, Forest Green, Yellow, Tulip Yellow; tights and clothes – Lipstick Red, Ruby; outline shadow – Pastel Blue.  I created a 21cm square card from a sheet of green Satin Board and a sheet of white 300gsm card-stock, using my Hougie Board to score and sticking together using Template Tape before cutting off the excess.  I used finger-lift tape to attach the card front to my base card.)
  2. A closeup of the coloured in digi-stamp.
  3. Closeup of the sentiment written in white on the blackboard element from the kit.  The dimension on the card is all created with shadows in the software, the actual card front is totally flat.  With no fiddly cutting at all, this card wasn’t difficult to make at all.

And One Other

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  1. musical roses rounded edge pyramid by Karen Wyeth (I printed the sheet out onto glossy Crafty Bob paper and cut out the pieces. I used a a roller glue tape pen to attach the base layer to a sheet of gold coloured Adorable Scorable cardstock and trimmed around it to leave a border of an eighth of an inch using a Perfect Layers ruler as a guide.  I prepared a base card from an A4 sheet of Adorable Scorable card-stock in a colour to match the fine borders on the topper.  I stuck the matted base image layer directly to this towards the top.  I used  1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach each of the other layers in order.  I made some paper roses from ready cut spirals, coloured in a soft pink, Pink Mittens ProMarker to go with the roses in the image, and stuck to the bottom right of the topper using glue gel.  I’ve stuck one of the smaller images on the back with a roller glue pen, and have kept the other to put on the insert.  I’ve left space at the bottom for a greeting panel to be added, but as I don’t know what language it will be needed in yet I’ve left it blank for the time being.)

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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, 1st May – Here! – The subject line for this mailer says – “NEW 1000+ FREE Crafting Projects, Sticky Pads, CUP News & More!”

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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