First Crafting Of June 2013

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I did no card-making at all on Saturday and Sunday, though that doesn’t mean I didn’t do any crafting!

I’d got stuff in to make some decorated cupcakes a couple of weeks ago, but was too ill to make them, so – Saturday morning, while waiting for our Tesco delivery I decided that I couldn’t put it off any longer, and had the little cakes mixed, in the oven, and out before the delivery arrived.  As we were expecting one of my cousins to call round Saturday afternoon, and my two youngest nephews to stay that night, I decided I might as well get out my decorating kit and do a proper job of it.  You’ll see pictures of what I achieved below.

Sunday, before lunch and Sunday School, the little nephews wanted to craft, so I got out a few inks and pains and my relatively new Martha Stewart clay and moulds, and we mad a bit of a mixed media picture each, sticking the little clay items on at the end of the day after they’d had some time to dry.  You’ll also find photos of these below.

But first I’ve got three cards I finished making in bed, with my feet up, while resting a bit this morning.  After a busy weekend I wasn’t feeling up to doing anything adventurous, so these cards are quite simple with only one having a limited amount of embellishment, although all three have a little dimension.



(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 not put a greeting on any of these because I don’t know yet what language a greeting will be needed in.

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  1. Digital Stamp Primroses with coloured version too by Pamela West and Square Pearls and Lace Card Front or insert by Carol Clarke (I printed the card front out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock then trimmed it, scored at the half way point using my Hougie Board, and folded in half.  I printed the digi-stamp at smaller than the provided size onto the same type card-stock. The image was coloured in using my FlexMarkers – although I did decide to go for a totally different colour to the normal primrose colours.  The colours I used were: Cadet Blue, Cloud Blue, Aniseed, Chartreuse, Soft Aqua.  I then trimmed the digi-stamp and rounded the corners to make my topper before sticking this to the front of my card using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I used glue gel to attach a bow made of silver and blue heart ribbons from my crafting stash under the flowers topper to finish.)
  2. Digital Stamp Basket of Lilacs with coloured version by Pamela West and Square ‘Silver Metallic Frame’ Card Front or insert by Carol Clarke (I printed the card front sheet out onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white card-stock then trimmed it, scored at the half way point using my Hougie Board, and folded in half.  I printed the digi-stamp, at smaller than the provided size, onto the same type card-stock. The image was coloured in using my FlexMarkers.  The colours I used were: Imperial Purple, Wild Orchid, Chartreuse, Cappuccino, Aquamarine, Aniseed, Soft Mauve.  I cut out my topper using a circle scissors using an “out of the box” technique where some parts of the image were left to hang outside the circular topper.  I then attached my topper to the card front using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.)
  3. Lovely wedding day roses by Ceredwyn Macrae (I printed the sheet onto glossy Crafty Bob paper and then cut out the pieces.  I scored and folded in half an A4 sheet of pink Adorable Scorable cardstock and cut it to be slightly longer than the base layer of the topper.  I used finger-lift tape to attach the topper to the base card, 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the next layer, and glue gel to attach the single roses.)



These cupcakes were made using 3 eggs and a 6, 6, 6, mixture with a little vanilla paste added.  I bought ready made white icing from the supermarket and added some Tylose powder and mixed well.  I also bought some ready made black icing and used as it was.  I also bought the little pearl sugar balls from the supermarket.  The icing was rolled and cut out using a plain edged cutter and a circle placed on top of each cake.

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  1. I coloured some of the white icing I’d got left with Leaf Green Dust Edible Shimmer and some with red Very Berry Shimmer Dust.  I then pressed the pink icing into the smallest of the roses molds I’d got, and rolled out the green icing, cut out with the cutters and pressed with the leaf mould – these – are the ones I used.  I dusted some of the red powder onto the roses after making them as well.
  2. Different angle of the same decorated cupcake.
  3. For the cupcakes toped with black icing I rolled some of the white icing out, cut it with a butterfly cutter and pressed in a butterfly mould like – this one.  The butterfly was dusted with Iridescent Lilac Edible Shimmer before putting on the cakes, and then the little pearl suggar balls were put around the outside.

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  1. I used a wire cupcake display carrier to put the cakes on.  This is a view from the side.
  2. And this is a view from the top.



This is about as much mixed media as I could go over the weekend working with my two youngest nephews. We used Martha Stewart clay and moulds. Tim Holtz Distress Stains – Salty Ocean and Evergreen Bough .  Tim Holtz Distress Paints – Antique Linen and Wild Honey.  Studio Calico – Mister Hueys Classic Calico – Warm calico.  And the base we worked on was a Bockingford Watercolour Boards 9x6in each.  We each made batches of the different shapes in the moulds, one working on pink flowers, one on leaves, one on birds and butterflies, etc., and then shared everything out between us for attaching to our creation with glue gel at the end.  We each did our own efects on the board for a background, using the inks and paints and misters to create a grassy foreground, bare mountenous background with cloudy sky above.

One of these was made by a 6 year old, one by a 7 year old and the other by me (21+a few year old LOL).  Can you guess which one is which?

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Here are each of them individually at a little higher resolution – remember to click to see the larger image.

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  1. 6 year old
  2. Me
  3. 7 year old

Did you guess right?



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15 Replies to “First Crafting Of June 2013”

  1. I love the cards. Very pretty. And I bet your family enjoyed tucking into the cupcakes, although they look almost too beautiful to eat! works of art!

  2. Love all these wonderful creations. The one’s by the 6 and 7 year old’s are fabulous. Take care x

  3. You never cease to amaze me with the amount of beautiful cards you show and now cupcakes?!?! WOW. I so want to come over to your house now. They look beautiful AND tasty! Great work. Cheers, Holley

  4. Lovely cards Gwyneth, those coupcakes look scrumptious!!
    I love the nephew mixed media cards, they have done an excellent job of these, you have taught them well!!

  5. Wow . The cards are beautiful , the cakes look so yummy …To nice to eat and the pictures are wonderful . Well done to the children they have done a fantastic job and are up and coming crafters like yourself xx

  6. Wow! You have been busy, I love those pretty floral cards, your cupcakes look gorgeous, almost too pretty to eat lol and the mixed media pictures are fab I think your nephews are very talented for their age
    Lindsay xx

  7. Your cards are wonderful Gwyneth, especially the Wedding Day Roses. All three of the mixed media boards are fabulous ~ well done to your nephews ~ and your cakes look delicious x