Last Post Of June

 Posted by at 08:39 pm
Jun 302013
 

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Some More Musings and Then Some Cards For Men This time
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(As usual – If you don’t want to know what I used and how I made a card you can just skip to the pictures, 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 musings for today are centered around crafting groups on Facebook.  There are some great groups for crafters on Facebook with lots of lovely people in them (and some groups with the occasional not-so-lovely person as well – but no need to dwell on those).  I’ve started making a list of some FB crafting groups in a panel down the left hand side of my blog.  I’ve still got some more to add to the list of my favourites.

But what I really need to do is go through the the list of Facebook Groups I belong to and leave a few of the groups.  At the moment I’m a member of more groups than I want to be a member of.  Not because there’s anything wrong with the groups but because there simply isn’t enough time in the day to read all the posts in all of them and actually be active in the groups in any way.  The problem is going to be which ones to leave.  Some of them I think I’ve joined by default because somebody else added me without asking – a big “no no” as far as I’m concerned – but I think quite a bit of that was down to the way Facebook groups were set up so that if you clicked to Invite somebody to the group you were actually making them a member, not sending them an invite.  I don’t know whether that’s changed now because – either, my FB friends have learned that I don’t like to join groups I know nothing about, or the system of “inviting” people to groups has changed.

I think I’m going to have to decide by looking at the list of groups and seeing which ones I’ve been in lately, and leaving the ones I’ve not been active in.  So groups like Crafts Galore (which was formally Cards Galore), Lets Craft. A friendly crafting groupCRAFTY TALK & TECHNIQUES, and quite a few others, – stay, but several selling groups – must go.

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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.)

With my brother, a brother-in-law, and my father all having birthdays within a month of each other I thought I’d better make a start on their cards, as I’ve been asked for ones to give them by different members of the family – it’s not just the ones from me.  So this post has four male cards – which does make up a bit for the fact that there have been a few posts lately missing cards for men and when I’ve been challenging myself to make at least one card suitable for a man in every batch of cards I make.

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  1. Denim Days Mini Theme by Janette Padley (I took several elements from this kit into one of my graphics packages and moved things about and re-sized, adding some silhouette images pertinent to the recipient and putting one of the faux brads over the flower on the paper-clip, to make an 8″ square card front, an extra piece to make the pocket, and greetings tag with the paperclip on top – which is put into the pocket.  I then printed the design out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the card front, the tag and the pocket.  I added faux stitching to the pocket and the diagonal ribbon element using a purple Wink of Stella pen.  The card front was attached to an 8″ square, white, Crafty Bob base card using finger-lift tape, and the pocket was attached to the front of this using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  The tag was then simply dropped into the pocket after I’d written on the back of it.  For this card I’ve left the inside of the card totally blank – I wonder how long it will take the recipient to realise that the greeting is in the pocket?)
  2. Same card with greeting tag removed from pocket
  3. Side close-up of card showing dimension of pocket and tag.
  4. Denim Days Mini Theme by Janette Padley (I took several elements from the kit into one of my graphics packages and re-size, moved around, copied, and added two photos of the intended recipient to make an 8″ square sized card front.  I printed this off onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut it out.  This was stuck to the front of an 8″ square, white, Crafty Bob base card using finger-lift tape.  I then used a blue “Wink of Stella” pen to colour in the 60, around the peg holding up the “keyring”, and to add a “club” to one of the tags on the “keyring”. )

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  1. Early Morning Dude by Gordon Fraser (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I matted the image onto a black patterned paper from my crafting stash and trimmed it to leave a small border.  I made some paper ribbon pennants from another patterned paper from the same Papermania pack from my stash.  I took an 8″ square, white, Crafty Bob base card and put the matted image towards the right hand side using finger-lift tape.  I put the other elements onto the card, also using finger-lift tape.  I finished off by adding the decoupage layers, sticking these in place using glue gel.)
  2. Fruitfull Elements by Janette Padley (For this card I took several of the elements into one of my graphics packages and resize, moved around, copied, and added a horse and rider silhouette to make a card front suitable for the recipient.  I also put a greeting tag I’d create from the elements which says “Penblwydd Hapus” – Welsh for “Happy Birthday”, button and photo holders from the kit on the other side of my working area so that they could be decoupaged on to my card.  I then printed the design onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out all the pieces.  I made my base card by scoring an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White using my Hougie Board and then folding it in half.  The card front was stuck to this using finger-lift tape and then I used a pokey tool to put holes in the button and tag.  I put a piece of jute twine through these and then stuck them onto the card front using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I then tied off the jute twine so that it was the correct length.  I used glue gel to add the picture holders.)

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Jun 292013
 

Just a quick post this time to show you one card I received and one I sent.

My partner for the June Card Swap on the “Stamping Dragon Designs” group on FB was Jo Hood. Photos of the card I received from her, together with the card I sent her, and the details of what I used to make it, can be seen below.  The theme for the June Card Swap was “Birthday”.

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CARD RECEIVED:

June Card Swap on the Stamping Dragon Designs FB group – this is the card I received from Jo Hood. Thank you so much Jo.

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It’s gorgeous.  The colouring is fantastic and I love the floral and flourish embellishments.

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This next one is the card that I sent Jo – I’ve used the image, but colourd differently, on another card a while ago, but this time I went for a twisted, circular, easel card, which means that the topper looks as if it’s rolling off the side of the card base.

(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.)

CARD SENT:

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  1. Rupert with Presents Stamp by Janette Padley, Swirl embellishments 2 – SVG by Anne Huxter. 6 Ornate Borders..SVG by Tina Fitch and FAIRY CENTRE STEP CARD 2 by Clive Couter (I printed the digi-stamp out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at smaller than the size provided and then coloured it in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Purple, Yellow, Leaf Green, Lime Green, Bright Green, Sky Blue, Bluebell, Indigo Blue.  I then cut out the digi using my circle scissors, but at a slightly smaller size than the digi and using a pair of scissors to cut around the extremities that went outside the circle to do an “out of the box” style technique.  I used my circle scissors to cut out my circular base card, with the circle going just over the edge of an A4 sheet of 280gsm linen textured cardstock folded in half.  I also used my circle scissors to cut a circle the same size out of  300gsm White Hammered cardstock and a circle just larger than the digi-stamp topper out of linen card-stock.  I went round the edges of all these circles with the Yellow ProMarker I’d used on the image.  I then raided my bag of cut bits for the other pieces for this card.  When I’m cutting out either die-cuts using my Joy embossing and die-cutting machine, or digital cutting files using my Silhouette Cameo, I do try and fill any gaps on my cardstock with either doubles of pieces from the cutting file or more generic flourishes, borders and flowers, and then, when I need to build up a card I can dip into my bag of bits, in this case flourishes, a decorative border, and a decorative edge circular mat cut using my Cameo.  Everything was stuck together using either finger-lift tape or some foam squares, with some quick grab glue being used for the flourishes.  The birthday greeting was also written using the same yellow pen.)

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Jun 262013
 

Thank you for clicking over to have a look at my blog.
Today I have some musings, some cards and then some jewellery

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Hi to all of you who’ve found your way to this blog post.  Following a week to ten days when all sorts of things have interrupted my crafting, as well as my browsing around the blogs I love to follow, I’ve been slowly trying to catch up over the last couple of days.

There are so many wonderful crafting blogs I’ve added to my Bloglovin’ list because I love to look at all the crafty makes of a lot of wonderful crafters, plus I do think it’s polite to do a return visit if somebody’s been kind enough to visit my blog and leave a comment, although  the return visit may not be straight away – and in any case most of those who’ve commented lately are already on my list of blogs I follow.

Many of you have been kind enough to comment on previous posts of mine and mention what a lot of crafting I’d got on show – when I was actually thinking that I wasn’t achieving a lot at all.  But I’ve just realised the fact that I blog in batches must be giving people the impression that I make huge quantities of crafted projects.  So I went to have a look at how the quantity of my craft blogging compares to others – not because it’s particularly important you understand, and not because I want to be making as much or the same type of crafting as anybody else, but simply because the thought struck me so I just had to have a bit of a look to find out.  In a period of the last 10 days (writing this bit on Tuesday 25th), when I’ve managed 3 blog posts with 6 cards each on them, making a total of 18 cards, one of the wonderful crafters who’s blog I follow via Bloglovin’ has put up over 25 blog posts of her creations.  Wow!  And there are heaps of the blogs I follow with well over 10 new posts in that period, some with more than one creation on show in each post. So I’m thinking now that I’m not really making any more than most of you wonderful crafters out there, that it’s just my method of working and blogging that’s different, with many of you making lots of different blog posts because you are on several different design teams.

I don’t know whether my method of blogging in batches puts people off looking at my blog, I just know that I find it easier to work, and keep a record of my crafty creations, in this way. 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, such links to where the items I’ve used can be found – but 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 go look at the next crafted item.

And now – back to my browsing and commenting on the blogs I follow – well I’ve had to admit defeat, and I apologize and say that there’s no way I’m going to be able to comment on every post made over the last 10 days by the crafters I follow.  The shear numbers make it impossible, but also I tend to get engrossed in reading every detail of blog posts and before I know it an hour has gone and I’ve only been to half a dozen different blogs at most.  So much crafting to look at and gain inspiration from in Blogland, and far too little time to look at everything.  – I need more time!  If anybody’s got any spare please send it my way.  What I’m now trying to do is look at all the pictures on display on Bloglovin’ and just pick a post or two by each blogger to go and read in more detail and comment on.

So now, onward to the crafting I’ve completed Tuesday evening/Wednesday morning.  After the bright colours of the rainbow card, and the rich colours of the bird and lilac card, in my last post, this time I’ve gone for a much more muted look.  I hope you like the cards and jewellery I’ve got to show you today.

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CARDS:

(Clicking on a thumbnail image takes you to a larger version of the image for you to have a better look at the 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.)

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  1. 8 x 8 Pearls and Lace Card Front by Carol Clarke and 3 Crosses for religious occassions SVG by Vicki Avcin (I printed the sheet onto  300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut it out.  I took two layers of one of the crosses that I’d cut out of white and purple linen textured card-stock using my Silhouette Cameo, and stuck 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape behind the top half of both of them.  I cut a slit around the top edge of the bow on the card front and tucked the bottom of both crosses into the slit, sticking the top halves to the card front and each other using the tape previously applied.  This card front was then stuck to the front of an 8″ square, white, Crafty Bob base card using some finger-lift tape. I used some die cut flourishes and flowers that I’d cut out of white card-stock when making a previous project and used quick grab white glue to attach these to the cross.  I used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the greeting panel which says “Gyda Chydymdeimlad” – which is Welsh for “With Sympathy”.  I finished off with some sticky back faux pearls placed in the flower centres.)
  2. Square ‘Silver Metallic Frame’ Card Front or insert by Carol Clarke and 3 Crosses for religious occassions SVG by Vicki Avcin (I printed this sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white card-stock.  I then trimmed it, scored it using my Hougie Board, and folded it in half.  I wanted to keep this very simple, so, although there are three layers to the cross I cut out of white linen card-stock using my Silhouette Cameo I decided to simply use one layer for this card.  I went round the edges with a light grey ProMarker and stuck it to the front of my card using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.)
  3. DL ‘Silver Metallic Frame’ Card Front or insert by Carol Clarke (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white card-stock.  I then cut it out, scored it using my Hougie Board, and folded it in half to make my base card.  I took a sheet of white, pre-die cut spirals and leaves to create my decoration.  As the card front is in various shades of graduated yellow with silver I decided to colour the leaves in with a silver metallic marker before shaping them using a ball tool.  I chose two yellow coloured ProMarkers and coloured in both sides of the spirals with the lightest yellow – Pineapple Crush – while still in the sheets.  I then took the spirals apart and wound them up to make two sizes of roses, folding out the scalloped edge to give some dimension to the “petals” as I went.   Each flower was stuck at the back using quick grab wet glue.  I then used the darker of my two chosen yellow coloured ProMarkers – Summer Sun – and went over the tips of the “petals” to give some different depth of colour to them.  I used the same glue to attach everything to my card front.  I’m not sure what language this card will be needed in so I’ve not put on a greeting yet.)
  4. Spring Blossom by Joan King (I printed this sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white card-stock, trimmed the edges and then scored it using my Hougie Board before folding it in half to make my base card.  I wanted to make a light card and thought that this would make a perfect backdrop.  The centerpiece is a greeting panel “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”, and this is framed by a white, die-cut, frame and embellished with other white die-cut elements which included flowers and a dove, and three little sprigs of green die-cut leaves.)

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JEWELLERY:

This is a set of a necklace, a pair of earrings and a bracelet.  The set is made using two sizes of Brazilian Sodalite beads – 16mm which are wrapped with silver toned wire in all three pieces, and 6mm sized ones which are clustered in groups of three on eye-pins on both the necklace and bracelet and as a single drop on head-pins on the earrings.  The chain I’ve used is a double link one, and I’ve used barrel magnet clasps on the necklace and bracelet.

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  1. Complete set.
  2. Necklace.
  3. Closeup of necklace wrapped beads.

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  1. Earrings
  2. Bracelet.
  3. Closeup of bracelet beads.

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:

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CUP UPDATE:

20% Off Discount Code –  Go to the craftsUprint site.  Click “Add to Cart” to put what you want to buy into your basket. Go to “View Basket”. Simply type the word ‘TENNIS‘ 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 30th June 2013.

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

  • Monday, 24th June – Here! – Fantastic Card Designs Selected By The CUP Community!
  • Wednesday, 26th June – Here! – 20% Discount Code, NEW Craftsuprint Craft Supplies Department & Wednesdays Community News

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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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(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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Some More June 2013 Crafting

 Posted by at 07:42 pm
Jun 242013
 

Thank you for coming 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 – but 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 had several days when life, and family, and poor-health, got in the way of crafting – so I didn’t make any cards until Saturday while waiting for the Tesco delivery.  There’s nothing particularly complicated amongst them, but I hope you like them.  Let me know what you think via the comments box at the end.  (If you can’t see it then at the bottom right of this post, before the start of the next one, you should see a grey link “* Responses »”, which if you click on it will bring up the blog post with a “Your Comment” box at the end.)

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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.)

This first card is one I created for “Fun Challenge 12” held in the Stamping Dragon Designs Facebook Group on the theme “RAINBOWS” – includes rainbow colours , rainbow images. etc. I went for a rainbow image, and also a background stamped in a riot of rainbow colours.  I love the image, and am pleased with how it’s coloured up, but I did think that perhaps I’ve overdone the stamping on the background a bit.  However – I won!  And there were some nice entries that I really loved.  So thank you so much for choosing my card as the winner.

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  1. Jiggys pot of gold by Janette Padley (I printed out the digi-stamp at smaller than the size provided onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then coloured it in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Red, Bright Orange, Yellow, Bright Green, Sky Blue, Indigo Blue, Purple, and Powder Blue around the outside.  I then cut roughly around the digi stamp.  I took two circles, one textured red card, and one hammered white card, that I’d cut using my circle scissors.  I stuck these over the bottom edge of an 8″ square white Crafty Bob card using finger-lift tape and trimmed the sides.  I took an oval Inkadikado gear, some Inkadinkado stamps and ink, and stamped a pattern on the background in a rainbow of colours.  I also stamped three of the butterflies onto the same cardstock as the stamped image and roughly cut these out as well. I used glue gel to attach the cut out digi and butterflies to the card front.)

Because I won I got to choose the theme for “Fun Challenge 13”, and, as I actually made it out to the greenhouse last week and got a few plants that I’d bought and had growing in the utility room out there, I decided on the theme – Out In The Garden.  Why not pop over to the group and join in!

These are the rest of the cards I finished making on Saturday.

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  1. Spring Birds and Lilac Flowers on Blue with Decoupage by Barbara Hiebert (I printed the sheet out onto matte Crafty Bob cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I took an 8″ square, white, Crafty Bob base card and stuck two white paper doilies to it using finger-lift tape, placing them top left and bottom right.  Onto this I stuck the base image, again using finger-lift tape.  I attached a greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – Welsh for “Happy Birthday”, and the topper layer, to the card using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I then shaped the two birds and attached them in place using glue gel.)
  2. Rupert with Presents Stamp by Janette Padley (I printed this digi-stamp out onto 300gsm Super Smooth card-stock at smaller than the size provided.  I then coloured it in using my ProMarkers. The colours I used were: Purple, Yellow, Leaf Green, Bright Green, Red, Mandarin, and Powder Blue for around the outside.  I cut it out using a circle scissors.  I took an A4 sheet of star embossed white card-stock and trimmed it then scored twice to create an easel card.  The piece cut off was trimmed to make the stopper.  I rounded the corners on the base card and stopper with a paper punch.  I went round all the pieces with a yellow ProMarker that I’d used when colouring in the image.  I attached the circular topper to the easel card using finger-lift tape with a little glue gel for extra strength because of the embossing.  I used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the stopper.  I finished off by attaching yellow sticky back faux pearls.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in but there’s plenty of room on the stopper for this.)
  3. Anemones by Carole Scorer (I printed the sheet onto matte Crafty Bob cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I scored a sheet of A4 linen textured white cardstock using my Hougie Board and folded it in half to make my base card.  I stuck the bottom layer to this using finger-lift tape, and also attached the greeting panel below it.  I used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the blank greetings panel above the greetings panel, and also to attach each of the pyramage layers in order.  I finished off by attaching a greetings panel that says “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.  I love the colours of this sheet and decided to keep the card I was making simple so didn’t add any further embellishments, but gems, ribbons or bows, or other embellishment could be added for a more ornate look.)

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  1. framed delicate rose by Karen Wyeth (I printed the sheet out onto matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out the pieces.  I took an 8″ square white Crafty Bob card and stuck the main image directly to this using finger-lift tape.  I used 2mm deep, double sided foam tape to attach the topper layer and the greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.  The smaller topper was attached inside the front as a decorative element on the insert.  I wanted to keep this card simple so haven’t added any embellishments this time.)
  2. Nativity Digital Stamp #1 by Angela Wenke and A5 Pearls and Lace Card Front or insert by Carol Clarke (I printed the digi-stamp out at much smaller than the provided size onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I also printed the card front onto the same type of card-stock. I trimmed, scored using my Hougie Board, and folded the sheet in half to make my base card.  I coloured in this digi-stamp using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Raw Sienna, Ginger, Tan, Forest Green, Amber, Cadet Blue, Powder Blue, Yellow, Satin, Bright Green, Cool Grey 2, Sandstone.  I then cut it out using my circle scissors.  I went round this circular topper with a blue metalic marker.  I put the base card on its side and put a doily over the bow area before sticking the circular topper on top.  I then used the same metallic marker to write in a greeting “Nadolig Llawen” – Welsh for “Happy Christmas”.  I wanted to keep this card simple, so I haven’t added any further embellishments.  I hope that by turning the card on its side and used in this way I’ve shown that a card that’s meant to be used in a portrait orientation can also be used landscape.)

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CRAFTYBOB.COM 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
(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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Into The Third Week In June 2013

 Posted by at 10:47 pm
Jun 182013
 

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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TTCRD_winnersBadge2You may remember that I’d put a card up at the start of my blog post of the 12th June that I was entering into several challenge blogs.  Well I went back to the Through the Craft Room Door Challenge Blog today and spotted that I’d won the prize for the week June 11 – June 17, 2013. Whoopee!  With so many entries I never expect my number to be chosen, so it was a lovely surprise.

I need to have a look again at the challenge blogs and see which ones I’m going to make a card for next.

I’ve not made a huge amount of cards so far this week.  One was cut out using my Silhouette Cameo a week or two ago but I hadn’t put it together and decorated it.  The decorations on this card, plus some that I’ve got on another card, were also things I’d cut out both using my Silhouette Cameo and also using dies some time ago.  When I”m cutting out using either dies or electronic/digital cutting files I like to fill the cardstock with general flourishes and flowers and the occasional butterfly, and then keep these spares in a bag to use at a later date.  So some of these have been used up on a couple of the projects I’ve got to show you today.

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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 hope you like the assortment I’ve got to show you today – remember that you can leave a comment to let me know what you think at the bottom of the post if you feel like it.

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  1. Digital Stamp Wheelbarrow with coloured version too by Pamela West (I printed the digi-stamp out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at smaller than the provided size.  I then coloured it in using my ProMarkers before cutting it out using a circle scissors.  The colours I used were: Pastel Blue, Cinnamon, Raw Sienna, Cocoa, Cool Grey 2, 4, 5, Grass, Forest Green, Holly, Burnt Orange, Warm Grey 1, Coral, Tulip Yellow. I then took various cardstocks and string from a kit in my crafting stash, together with an 8″ square Ivory Crafty Bob base card, and built up the background to my card, using finger-lift tape to attach some layers and 1mm and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach others.  I went round some of the panels with one of the brown ProMarkers I’d used to colour the wheelbarrow in the image.  I cut one of the card-stocks into a circle to fit as a mat behind my digi-stamp topper layer.  As I final embellishment I added two different colours of small, sticky back, faux pearls.  I’ve left a space for a greeting as I don’t know what language the greeting will be needed in yet.)
  2. Digital Stamp Geranium with coloured version too by Pamela West (I printed the digi-stamp onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at smaller than the provided size.  I then coloured it in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Moss, Olive Green, Tan, Lipstick Red, Pineapple Crush.  I used acircle scissorsto cut the flower head out but used an “out of the box” technique thus leaving the leaves and stalk to be cut by scissors outside the circle.  I then took a pack of black and white patterned papers from my crafty stash and cut out an assortment of different sized circles from a variety of the different patterns.  I went round all the circles edges using a grey ProMarker. I took an 8″ square, white Crafty Bob base card and stuck the circles, and then the digi-stamp topper onto this using glue gel.  I attached a piece of black glittered ribbon across the top left corner of the card and wrote “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” at the bottom right of the card.  I finished off by doing some lines using the same pen around the outer edge of the card but missing the areas where the circles crossed.)
  3. Pretty watercolour wash flowers Vellum by Carol Clarke, Spring Flowers and Lace matching Vellum by Carol Clarke and 6 Ornate Borders..SVG by Tina Fitch (I like making paper flowers out of the same background as I’ve used on a card because I know that they will tone perfectly.  I printed this background out at half size and background cup78934_359 out at full size onto 300gsm Super Smooth white card-stock.  I trimmed this floral background, scored it using my Hougie Board, and folded it in half.  I then rounded the corners.  This is my base card.  I took my circle scissors and cut one circle of 3.15″ and 20 circles of 1″ from the other background and went round their edges with Imperial Purple FlexMarker.  I made five paper flowers from the 1″ circles – see paper flower tutorial section.  The larger circle from the other background was stuck to the card front using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I then used glue gel to attach the paper flowers.  As embellishment I used an electronic cut border down the left hand side, and an assortment of other electronic cut and die-cut elements from my bag of cut bits.  I also added sticky back gems to the butterfly and the tag.)

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  1. Square ‘Silver Metallic Frame’ Card Front or insert by Carol Clarke and Digital Stamp Rabbit with watercoloured version too by Pamela West (I printed the card front sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and measured the central circular area.  I then printed out the digi stamp onto the same type of card-stock at a size that would fit.  I trimmed this card front, scored it using my Hougie Board, and then folded it in half to make my base card.  I coloured in the digi-stamp with ProMarkers of colours: Tropical Orchid, Powder Blue, Denim Blue, Forest Green, Holly, Grey Squirrel, Dusky Pink, Satin, Grass. After colouring in the digi-stamp I cut out a circle from it, went round the edge with a silver metalic marker and stuck it to the front of the card using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I finished the card off by embellishing using two different shades of sticky back faux pearls.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.)
  2. Fancy Edge Card – GSD by Anne Huxter and 6 Ornate Borders..SVG by Tina Fitch (I took the cutting file into my Silhouette Studio software and cut out the various layers using my Silhouette Cameo.  I used silver mirror card, white 280gsm linen textured white cardstock as the main card base, and also red 216gsm textured cardstock.  I went over the edge of the largest layer with a Ruby ProMarker. I then stuck the layers together using glue gel to allow me to slide the layers into place and align them.  I decorated the card with a small cut from the ornate borders, and an assortment of die-cut flourishes and flowers attached using quick grab glue.  I also added some black sticky back gems.  The flourishes and flowers were ones I’d cut out as “space fillers” when doing previous projects and then put to one side until I had an use for them, so I’m not sure which dies I used then.)
  3. Square ‘Gold Metallic Frame’ Card Front or insert by Carol Clarke (I printed this card out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white card-stock, trimmed it, scored it using my Hougie Board, and folded it in half.  I cut a circle out of Creata A4 300gm Hammered Cardstock using a circle scissors and went round this with a Plum ProMarker.  I wrapped a piece of ribbon from my crafting stash round this circle, stuck it to the front of my card using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I created a multi-bow from the same ribbon I’d used to wrap round the circle and stuck this to the front of the card using glue gel.  I’ve not put a greeting on yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in.)

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TUTORIALS:

I’ve not added anything new to my two tutorials sections lately, but if you look here -> Paper Flowers : 05 – 06 – you’ll find the instructions on how I made the flowers on the third card of the first batch above in section 6.

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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, 17th June – Here! – CUP Special Offers, Top Selling Designers & Crafters

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.)

Follow on Bloglovin

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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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Crafting Mid-June 2013

 Posted by at 06:53 pm
Jun 162013
 

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 had my Buddy Board out and been colouring in lots of digi-stamps on it the last few days – I’m finding colouring in much easier using this board because I can work just about anywhere and move it and turn it round without anything slipping off.  But haven’t felt up to building up elaborate card fronts to put them on, plus I was aiming to make cards that were light enough, and of small enough dimensions, to go through the UK post using a standard stamp as I’d made a lot of cards lately that needed at least a Large Letter stamp.  So I’ve gone for some “card fronts” that have a big of an embellished look about them.  You’ll find four cards like this, plus two others, in today’s batch.  Let me know what you think of both the colouring in – one I’ve gone for more of a vintage sepia tone – as well as the way I’ve made them into cards.

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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. Digital Stamp Tree Stump with coloured version too by Pamela West and A5 ‘Gold Metallic Frame’ Card Front or insert by Carol Clarke (I printed the card front out onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock, trimmed, scored it with my Hougie Board, and folded it in half.  The digi-stamp was printed onto the same type card-stock and coloured in using ProMarkers. The colours I used were: Denim Blue, Pineapple Crush, Mulberry, Tropical Orchid, Imperial Purple, Oatmeal, Tan, Cinnamon, Meadow Green, Grass, Forest Green, Holly, Icicle.  I cut it out roughly, leaving a small border of background around the digi image, then curved this gently, then used glue gel to attach it to the front of the card. I’ve not put a greeting on this yet as I don’t know what language or occasion it will be used for, but this colour scheme means that it’s suitable for a man as well as a woman.)
  2. Archway and Sunflowers digital stamp + watercoloured version by Pamela West and DL Fancy Bow Card Front or Insert by Carol Clarke (I printed this card front out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock, trimmed, scored it with my Hougie Board, and folded it in half.  I measured the oval and printed out the digi-stamp at a size that would fit onto the same type of card-stock, and coloured in using ProMarkers before cutting out as an oval topper.  The colours I used were: Grey Squirrel, Yellow, Shale, Cocoa, Burnt Sienna, Grass, Forest Green, Leaf Green, Pear Green, Lipstick Red, Mulberry, Plum Preserve, Icicle.  I then used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the cut out topper to the card front.  I’ve not put a greeting on this yet as I don’t know what language or occasion it will be used for, but I think that this colour scheme means that it’s suitable for a man as well as a woman.)
  3. Designers Resource Country Singer in Pink by Gillian Hutchinson (I took items from this kit into one of my graphics programs and layered, resized, moved around and added a greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – until I had an A5 card front layout I was happy with.  I also created second layers on the other side of my working area.  The sheet was then printed onto Matte Crafty Bob paper and the pieces cut out.  I created my base card by scoring and folding in half an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl cardstock.  The card front layer was then attached to my card using finger-lift tape and the layers attached using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.)

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  1. Pots and Topiary digital stamp with watercolour version as w by Pamela West and DL Pearls and Lace Card Front or insert by Carol Clarke (I cropped a second copy of the bow onto the white area of the sheet and then I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock, trimmed it, scored it with my Hougie Board and folded it in half.  I measured the oval and printed out digi stamp at a size that it would fit in the oval onto the same type of card-stock.  This digi was then coloured in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were Satin, Tawny Owl, Grey Squirrel, Tan, Moss.  I then cut out and stuck to the front of the card using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I don’t know what language this card would be needed in so haven’t added the greeting yet.)
  2. Digital Stamp Irises with coloured version too by Pamela West and A5 ‘Gold Metallic Frame’ Card Front or insert by Carol Clarke (I printed this design onto 300gsm Super Smooth white card-stock, trimmed, scored it using my Hougie Board, and folded it in half.  I measured the oval and printed out digi-stamp onto the same type of cardstock at a size that would fit.  I coloured in the digi-stamp using my ProMarkers before trimming it as an oval panel.  The colours I used were: Tulip Yellow, Canary, Purple, Spring Lilac, Imperial Purple, Forest Green.  This panel was stuck to the card front using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I’ve not put a greeting on yet as I don’t know what language the greeting will be needed in.  A very useful base card with just enough detailing to make a lovely card without having to embellish a lot.  Made up like this it will go through the UK post on an ordinary letter stamp as it’s dimension and weight is kept down.)
  3. Lilac Blossoms Scrap Kit – CU ok by Mary Jane Harris and Designers Resource Country Singer in Pink by Gillian Hutchinson (I took several elements from the first kit, together with a guitar from the country singer kit into one of my graphics packages, and layered, moved, re-sized, etc., until I had a card front layout suitable for an A5 card that I was happy with.  I then created extra layers of the central topper and ribbon and bow detail.  The sheet I created was then printed out onto 300gsm, Super Smooth white card-stock and the pieces cut out.  I took a Creata A4 300gm Hammered Card and scored then folded it in half to make my base card.  I stuck the card front layer directly to this using finger-lift tape and then used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the extra layer pieces.  I’ve not put on the greeting yet because I don’t know the language it will be needed in.)

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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 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.)

Follow on Bloglovin

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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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Jun 142013
 

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 just realised that I’ve passed the mark of having 1,500 photos of finished items uploaded to craftsUprint, which means that I’m now three quarters of the way to being a Platinum Crafter.  I think I’m crafting at a pace to hit that target early next year

PMLE220x102It seems that Letraset sold out of this year’s Limited Edition ProMarker Spring/Summer set, but I’ve had an E-mail through to say that they are now back in stock.  So if anybody who’s not got them is thinking about it – now would probably be a good time to buy, before they sell out again.  You’ll notice in my list of colours used on various projects that I have been using some of these already.  Letraset also have some offers on at the moment, such as 30% off AquaMarker Artist Sets, and 25% off Tria 12 Sets.

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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 got a real mixture of cards to show you this time, some cut using my Silhouette Cameo and some hand cut. Some printed toppers and some digi-stamps coloured in.  From a Dad card to a sympathy card, from get well to a fun dragon card for a child.  I hope you like what I’ve got to show you and will leave a comment below.

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  1. Jiggys pot of gold by Janette Padley (I printed the digi-stamp out at smaller than the provided size onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock.  I then coloured it in using my ProMarkers and a FlexMarker,the colours being: Lipstick Red, Pumpkin, Yellow, Bright Green, Aegean, Egyptian Blue, Purple, Pastel Blue, Raw Sienna. I then trimmed it and coloured a border around it using one of the ProMarkers I’d used.  I stuck this to a sheet of gold mirror card and trimmed to leave a border.  I took two sheets of 280gsm, linen textured, white card-stock, and scored one in the centre using my Hougie Board and folded it to make my base card.  I trimmed a panel from the other one, at 1.5 cm smaller length and height of the base card.  I used two of the colours I’d used on the digi-stamp to make a border around this panel and used the rainbow colours to make a rainbow arc across the left.  This panel was stuck to my base card using finger-lift tape.  From the second sheet I also cut an assortment of clouds and stuck these to the edge of the card at random using the same tape.  I used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the panel on top.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in, but I’m thinking of putting the child’s age on one of the clouds and the greeting on another.)
  2. It’s a dog’s life by Angela Wake (I printed the sheet out onto glossy Crafty Bob cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I cut and scored a sheet of A4, linen textured, white card-stock, to make a 14cm square base card.  I stuck the base image to the front of the card at a quirky angle using finger-lift tape.  I then used glue gel to attach all the other layers in order.  I used a red ProMarker to write “DAD” at the bottom right corner and finished the card off with wrapped around and knotted beige and red jute twine as well as a piece of the same jute twines twisted to a thin rope. )
  3. Floral Cup & Saucer B&W *PDF*STUDIO*WPC* by Rae Carr (I opened the design in my Silhouette Studio software and printed the pieces out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock – to be honest, I’d intended to print onto 300gsm but got my cardstocks mixed up and doing it onto 250gsm meant that the weight isn’t quite enough to hold things like the bee upright.  After printing I fed the sheets into my Silhouette Cameo and used the Print & Cut feature to cut out the design layers.  I also cut the “Saucer” and construction strips out of 280gsm, linen textured, white card-stock.  I then coloured in the pieces using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Icicle, Pineapple Crush, Grass, Imperial Purple, Purple. I folded the construction strips and built up the “cup” layers.  I decided to make metal swirl pieces to put behind the butterfly to give it some stability, so cut 3 pieces of 16 Gauge silver coloured wire and coloured them using the green ProMarker I’d used on the image itself, before twisting them around and sticking the bottom, ends behind the middle layer with ultra tacky tape.  I found a little doily to put on the “saucer” under the “cup”.  This folds flat easily and also easily pops out to stand firmly on the saucer.)
  4. A photo of the previous card taken at an angle to show some of the dimension.

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  1. 3 Crosses for religious occassions SVG by Vicki Avcin and Swirl embellishments 2 – SVG by Anne Huxter (I took the cutting file into my Silhouette Studio software and cut the layers out of 280gsm white, linen textured, cardstock and 216gsm lilac coloured textured cardstock.  I also cut out some flourishes and a circle from the lilac cardstock – I think it’s from the American Crafts “Winter” pack of cardstock.  I took an A4 sheet of the same 280gsm white card-stock and scored it using my Hougie Board before folding it in half to make my base card.  I used finger-lift tape to attach the circle towards the top left and then 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach cross layers of alternating colours.  I had cut the middle layer out of white as well, so cut off the top and bottom of this to use as a greetings panel.  I attached this along the bottom at the bottom left of my card using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I embellished simply with a white feather and some of the flourishes I’d cut, by putting glue gel on their bottom ends and tucking them behind the greetings panel.  I’ve not added the greeting yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.)
  2. Bedazzled Card Topper 2 by Mary Jane Harris (I printed the sheet out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out some of the pieces.  I scored and folded in half an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock to use as my base card.  I used finger-lift tape to attach the main topper panel to this.  I used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the blank greetings panel and one of the bow elements.  I then embellished with glitter flourishes top left and bottom right, and sticky back faux gems top right and bottom left.  I also took some sticky back faux gems in different sizes and dotted over the image where some gems are seen.  I’ll put on a greeting once I know what language and what occasion the card will be needed for.)
  3. Poorly puppy Stamp by Janette Padley and DL Pearls and Lace Card Front or insert by Carol Clarke (I wrote the greeting “Brysia Wella” – Welsh for “Get Well Soon” onto the card front in my software before I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then trimmed, scored using my Hougie Board, and folded it in half.  I roughly measured the oval and printed out the Poorly puppy stamp at a size that would fit inside the oval.  This was coloured in using my ProMarkers and cut out.  The colours I used were: eyes and nose – Cool Grey 5; fur – Sandstone; plaster – Dusky Pink; shadow around – Satin.  I used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the topper to the front of this card and finished off with some little brown, sticky back, faux pearls.)

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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, 14th June – Here! – FREE CD Vol 50, Whats HOT, HOT, HOT & 13 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.)

Follow on Bloglovin

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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.  If you can’t see the comment box then you should see the word “Responses” just to the bottom right of this – click on that and it will bring up the blog post with the comments box at the bottom – I hope!)
(Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.
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Challenge Entry And More

 Posted by at 09:45 pm
Jun 122013
 

Thank you for clicking over to have a look at my blog both new and regular visitors.
(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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Just five creations this time, some are a combination of items cut on my Silhouette Cameo and die-cuts cut on my Joy.  No “male” cards this time, so I’ll need to think about a male and a children’s card before long to keep the balance.  The first I’m entering into some challenges.

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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:

  • Allsorts Challenge Blog -Week 210 – In the Garden (Garden gate and flowers, watering can, etc.)
  • Challenges 4 Everybody – Challenge #22 – Anything Goes (2nd entry)
  • Creative Card Crew – Challenge 38 – Metal (2 metal charms, a bird box and a watering can)
  • Di’s Digi Designs Challenge – BEAUTIFUL BORDERS (one down each side)
  • Eclectic Ellapu – B is for…………. (Borders – one down either side; Butterfly – double butterfly flying in from the left; Bird Box – metal charm hanging top right of image; Buttons – 2 different red ones used as flower centers, one in each group of flowers)
  • Crafty Bloggers Network – Challenge 12 – Bright and Breezy (Lots of bright red with some splashes of bright yellow)
  • Through the Craft Room Door – Challenge June 11 – June 17, 2013 – Anything Goes

 

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  1. 6 Ornate Borders..SVG by Tina Fitch and Digital Stamp Garden Gate with coloured version too by Pamela West (I printed the digi-stamp out, at smaller than the provided size, onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I coloured it in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Holly, Red, Cocoa, Yellow, Grass, Tan, Cinnamon, Powder Blue, Icicle.  I cut out a border out of a 280gsm, linen textured white cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo and threaded it with a narrow red glitter ribbon as well as putting a small bow on it.  My base card is a white 8″ square Crafty Bob base card.  The first layer mat layer on my card is a piece of Creata A4 300gm Hammered Card that I trimmed down to be a little smaller than the card front.   I then got out my Joy embossing and die-cutting machine.  The next layer is a die cut piece from the same card-stock as the border was cut.    I die-cut one layer of the butterfly from the white linen card-stock and then cut the same butterfly which is a Creata Joy die, the frame and the right hand border using Tattered Lace dies, and assorted flowers using Joy and Spellbinders dies, from red, 216gsm textured cardstock.  I attached the frome to the trimmed digi-stamp using a Quickie glue pen. I then built up my card front, using finger-lift tape to attach the bottom layers, 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the framed digi-stamp, ultra tacky tape to attach the electronic cut border to the left, finger-lift tape tape to attach the border to the right, then glue gel to attach all the other pieces, which included a white feather, a couple of buttons from my mother’s box, two metal charms from my jewellery making stash, and some sticky back gems.)

An assortment of other hand crafted items.

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  1. 6 Ornate Borders..SVG by Tina Fitch (I took the file into my Silhouette Studio software and cut the designs out of 280gsm linen textured white card using my Silhouette Cameo.  One of the borders I stuck onto a wide red glitter ribbon which was stuck to the front of a folded over piece of the same cardstock – thus making a bookmark to go with the previous card.)
  2. Digital Stamp Obelisk with coloured version too by Pamela West (I printed the uncoloured digi-stamp out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at smaller than the size provided.  I then coloured it in using my ProMarkers, leaving the obelisk white and colouring the background a blotchy blue for a sky. The colours I used were: Honeycomb, Pumpkin, Tan, Forest Green, Holly, Grass, Ginger, Yellow, Burnt Sienna, Powder Blue.  I then stuck a die-cut frame over the image using a Quickie Glue pen and cut around the edge of that.  I took an A4 sheet of 280gsm, linen textured white cardstock and scored it using my Hougie Board before bending it in half to make an A5 base card.  I stuck a strip of blue butterfly and flower ribbon from my crafting stash down the left hand side using the narrowest red back double sided tape, stuck the framed image onto the card using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape, and then embellished with a die-cut butterfly and some sticky back faux gems.)
  3. Fancy Plate,Stand & Box…SVG by Tina Fitch (The stand, back plate, and white flowers were cut out of 280gsm, linen textured, white cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo.  The green elements were cut out of 250gsm Pearlescent cardstock and the purple out of 216gsm textured card-stock.  After cutting I assembled the plate using 1mm deep, double sided foam tape to attach the layers and glue gel to attach the foliage and flowers.  I finished off by putting on some sticky back, faux gems.  I’ve not put a greeting on yet as I don’t know the language it will be needed in, but I’ve left a space in the centre for this.)
  4. Ribbon Threading Fan Card….SVG by Tina Fitch (I cut the base card out of 280gsm, linen textured, white cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo.  I cut the fan out of 216gsm red textured cardstock.  I threaded a red glitter ribbon up the side of the card and use a strip of the same ribbon to wrap around the base of the fan.  I used glue gel to stick a white feather over the cut out aperture and then the fan on top.  I finished off the card with a die-cut corner and flower and a Cameo cut leaf sprig.)

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More June Crafting

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Jun 102013
 

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A bit of a mixed media panel, a hybrid crafting card front, and a couple of more usual cards are being showcased in my blog post today.  The first two are for a few challenges.  Let me know what you think of my latest creations.

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PANNEL:

I made this for the:

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  1. Generations Vintage Quote Stamp by Janette Padley (I started off with a Bockingford Watercolour Board 9x6in and sprayed it with Mister Hueys Classic Calico – Set of 3 – using Warm calico, Dark calico and Manila – I must admit that it turned out much darker than I expected, but never mind – I went with what I got.  After it had dried I then rubbed some Creative Expressions Metallic Gilding Wax – Cast Bronze at random over the surface.  The digi stamp was printed out twice onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and coloured in with a Gold Metallic Marker and my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Red, Vanilla, Satin, March Hare, Sandstone, Tan, Cinnamon, Chestnut.  I coloured in the pieces I intended to cut out and stick on raised on one copy, and coloured the background elements that I intended to keep flat on the other printout.  I then cut up the first copy and stuck the pieces onto the other using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I cut out two circles each from three shades of brown core’dinations cardstock, went round the edge with the same Red ProMarker used to colour the digi-stamp, then scrunched them up completely.  After roughly flattening them out again I used a sanding block to go over them to pick out the crease lines.  I then used gold 3D Pearly elegance to write the letters LIFE on four of the circles before sticking these down towards the left of my board using glue gel.  The other two circles were stuck down towards the right of my board using the same glue.  I wrapped a piece of red jute twine around the coloured in and built up digi stamp before also sticking this on top.)

Now the thought behind this creation was a bit convoluted to say the least, and there are several things I must admit to about it.

I have to admit that the background colour isn’t what I expected, I thought that the manila and calico spray would be a lighter brown. I also have to admit that I just wasn’t up to doing messy crafting with sprays, but wanted to give these a go, so I put my board in the bathroom sink, sprayed a bit, put the board on the windowsill to dry, and turned on the tap to wash away the ink that had sprayed inside the sink – background created and mess cleaned all in two minutes – job done.

The third thing I have to admit to is looking at the digi we’d received for this colouring in challenge and thinking – what the blazes am I going to do with that?  The words on it are quite profound and not very modern – I don’t do much wording on my cards because it means that any sentiment or greeting can be added to make it relevant to the recipient and occasion, in either Welsh or English, at a later date – so I just couldn’t see how I could use the digi on a card.  I wasn’t feeling up to doing any crafting the first few days I had the digi in any case, but that doesn’t mean that the brain wasn’t slowly ticking over and thinking about it at odd times.  The letters LIFE in little circles at the bottom made me remember something about the circle of life – but do you think I could remember exactly what the saying was – not a chance – but I decided to add larger circles with the letters LIFE to my creation in any case.  It also made me remember something I’d heard once about life being like a piece of tangled string – all pieces of string have a two ends, and when untangling it you first find the beginning and work through till you’ve found the other end, quite often finding that it’s tangled with several other pieces on the way – but again I can’t remember the wording of that saying rightly either – but decided that I might as well add a piece of string to my composition seeing as my brain was throwing these odd ideas at me.  And as I thought the wording of the digi was quite old fashioned I thought that going browns and vintage would be good.  But there again it is talking about life, so as life blood is red (ish) I decided to use red as an accent colour.

So there you have it – my convoluted route to creating the creation above.

Now on to my card creation:-

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 made this for the:

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  1. Camping Trip by Janette Padley and scrapbooking Fun in The Sun Mini theme by Janette Padley (I took elements from the mini theme kit, together with the digi-stamp, into one of my graphics packages and re-sized, moved about, manipulated and cropped, until I had a layout for a design approximately 8″ square laid out.  I then printed the design out onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white card-stock.  The digi-stamp area was then coloured in using ProMarkers. The colours I used were: Twilight Sky, Chestnut, Shale, Cocoa, Sandstone, Tan, Powder Blue, Honeycomb.  After colouring I stuck to the front of an  8″ square Crafty Bob white card using finger-lift tape.  I trimmed back the card a bit because the front panel was slightly smaller than 8″.  – I’m thinking that perhaps I should have made the panel slightly smaller and matted it with a fine border before putting on the card, rather than trimming the card to fit.)

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And two more “usual” cards.

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  1. DL ‘Silver Metallic Frame’ Card Front or insert by Carol Clarke and Digital Stamp Topiary with coloured version too by Pamela West (I printed this sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and trimmed it before scoring using my Hougie Board and then folding it in half.  I also printed out the digi-stamp onto the same type of card-stock at a smaller size than provided, coloured it in using my ProMarkers, cut it out as an oval panel and stuck it to the front of the card using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  The colours of ProMarkers I used were: Apricot and Sandstone for the pot; Sandstone and Tan for the wall; Denim Blue and Red for the little flowers; Grass for the tree; Cool Grey 3, 2, 1, for the paving.  Although not obvious in the photo, I finished off the card by putting four small sticky back green pearls in each of the corners.  I haven’t put a greeting on yet as I don’t know what language or occasion it will be needed for.  I think the colouring means it could be used for a male as well as female recipient.)
  2. DL Fancy Bow Card Front or Insert by Carol Clarke and Digital Stamp Poppies with coloured version too by Pamela West (I printed the digi-stamp out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at smaller than the size provided.  I then coloured it in using my ProMarkers before cutting it out into an oval topper panel.  The ProMarkers I used were: poppies – Red; poppy centres – Cool Grey 5, Black; leaves – Grass, Holly; background – Pastel Blue.  I printed the card front onto the same type of card-stock, trimmed it, scored it using my Hougie Board, and folded it in half to form my base card.  I then stuck my topper onto this using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I finished off by adding some small, deep red, sticky back pearls around the top of the oval and on the ribbon detail at the bottom.  I haven’t put a greeting on yet as I don’t know what language or occasion it will be needed for. )

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Jun 092013
 

Just a quick post this time to show you one card I received and one I sent.

My partner for the May Card Swap on the “Stamping Dragon Designs” group on FB was Kim Brown.  Photos of the card I received from her, together with the card I sent her, and the details of what I used to make it, can be seen below.

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CARD RECEIVED:

May Card Swap on the Stamping Dragon Designs FB group – this is the card I received from Kim Brown.  Thank you so much Kim.

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Isn’t that duck so cute.  The image has a shimmer to it, that isn’t very obvious in the photo, so I asked Kim what she’d used and she said she’d coloured it in, then taken a sponge and put “Stampin’ UP! Glimmer Watermark stampin’ pad” all over it.  So that’s something else for my crafting wish list.

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This next one is the card that I sent Kim – it’s similar to another one I made (and showed you in my post here) but has more flowers and doodling and I’ve used some different colours on the image.

(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.)

CARD SENT:

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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: Plum, Tropical Orchid, Fuchsia Pink, Holly, Powder Blue, Capri Blue, Satin, Ivory, 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 the same colour as I’d used for the butterflies.  I matted the coloured digi onto a mat of pale pink cardstock.  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 card from Adorable Scorable cardstock 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 pens I’d used on the image.  The same two pens were also used to write a greeting “Best Wishes” – at the bottom right, and to put a dashed line around the circular panel and swirls around the card front.  Glue gel was used to attach the flowers to the bottom left corner.)
  2. The same card from a different angle.
  3. And another different angle.

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