Jun 072013
 

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After an over busy weekend last weekend I’ve not had a good week this week, with the usual aches and pains being much worse aches and pains, so I spent a couple of days without doing any crafting at all.  Yesterday I decided that, as my hands and arms were still not up to doing any hand cutting, I’d get out my Silhouette Cameo, sit up in the sitting room, feed paper in, and click “Cut”.  I think I managed a couple of hours before I had to give up as even getting the cuts off the mat was causing me difficulty and most of the waste bits were litered all over the floor rather than landing in the bin by my feet I was aiming for.

Today things are a bit better so I decided to make up a couple of simple cards, plus four of the ones I’d cut out yesterday – which in reality look intricate but were quite simple to make up because the intricacy is all in the design and the electronic cutting.  These include a card for my father for Father’s Day (not a chance he’ll manage to get online and look at my blog so there’s no problem in me showing this to you now) – this card I made up into an 8″ square card, although the topper can be used as a stand alone item displayed on the stand that also comes in the cutting file.

I hope you like what I’ve made and will take the time to leave a comment at the end.  Thank you in advance to all those who do.

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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. Craft Silhouettes SVG by Vicki Avcin (I took the cutting file into the Silhouette Studio software and cut out the pieces from red cardstock and silver mirror cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo.  For this card I used mostly the silver cuts, but cut into the red cut of the pincushion to stick onto the top of the silver one.  I took an 8″ square Crafty Bob white card and two pieces of pattered paper from my crafting stash – I think they are from a Papermania Capsule Collection pack.  One of these was stuck directly to the card front towards the top left, the other was trimmed to fit behind the sewing machine cut, before being attached to the card front using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tap.   I went round both these panels using a Red ProMarker as a sort of faux stitching.  I used glue gel to attach all the cuts and finished off with some red glitter flourishes from my crafting stash.)
  2. Dad & Stand…CraftROBO/Cameo by Tina Fitch (I took the cutting file into my Silhouette Studio software and cut it out of blue 216gms, and white 280gms, cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo.  I decided to use the layers as a topper on an 8″ square card, rather than presenting it on the stand.  I took a Crafty Bob white base card and a 6″ square piece of patterened paper from my crafty stash, together with a sheet of silver mirror cardstock.  The patterned paper was cut in four and matted onto the silver mirror board, trimming to leave a border of 3/16 using a Perfect Layers ruler.  These panels were stuck directly to the card front using finger-lift tape.  I then used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to stick on the blue then the white layer of the cuts.  I used a Quickie glue pen to attach the top layer.  Although I had cut out the further layer of the first D of DAD, I decided not to use it on this occasion, but used dots of silver pearl glue to put a pattern over the letters.  I finished off the card by putting black glitter flourishes from my crafting stash at each of the corners.)
  3. Quiet Country Charm Card Topper 2 by Mary Jane Harris (I printed the design out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out the main topper and a small number of the added elements.  I decided to use it as a topper on an 8″ square card, rather than cutting a base card to match the shape of the topper on this occasion.  I used finger-lift tape to attach this.  I thne used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the paper ribbon and the circular image.  I put some silver pearl liquid over the detail on the base card and decided to attach some of the leaves across this area rather than decoupaging them over the leaves by the frame.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what occasion it will be given for or what language it will be needed in.)

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  1. Swirly Layered Card…SVG by Tina Fitch (I wanted a really simple to make card, but that still had the Wow! factor, and I thought that this cutting file was perfect for what I was after.  I took the cutting file into my Silhouette Studio software and cut the base card layer out of 280gsm, linen textured white cardstock, and the top swirly layer out of 216gsm linen textured cardstock.  I used a Quickie glue pen to attach the swirly layer to the base cad and attached a “Dymuniadau Gorau” peel-off greeting – which is Welsh for “Best Wishes”.  I’m also thinking that this design would work well as a sympathy card for those with no religious affiliations.)
  2. Fancy Stand Card & Box 2…SVG by Tina Fitch (I took the cutting file into the Silhouette Studio software, separated out the pieces and set about cutting everything out using my Silhouette Cameo.  The stand was cut out of 300gsm White Hammered cardstock, the base layer of the card out of 280gsm, linen textured white cardstock, and the other pieces out of 216gsm white and lilac cardstock.  I’ve used 1mm deep, double sided foam tape and Pinflair glue gel to attach everything together.  I finished off with different sizes of toneing sticky back faux gems.)
  3. Glen of Imaal Terrier Portrait Pyramid by Liz Harrison (I printed the sheet out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out three of the layers, the largest, smallest, and the one that was just missing the outer frame.  I desided to go for a CAS, Clean And Simple, look for this card, so chose to make it up on an Ivory 8″ square Crafty Bob base card.  I used 1mm deep, double sided foam tape to attach the base layer and then 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the other layers and the Happy Birthday greeting.)

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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, 5th June – Here! – Crafty Bob Paper SALE & All the latest CUP News
  • Friday, 7th June – Here! – NEW FREE CD 49 – CUP’s Hottest Designs and 7 New Froms

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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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First Crafting Of June 2013

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Jun 032013
 

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.)
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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.

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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 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.)

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CAKES:

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.

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MIXED MEDIA-ISH PICTURES:

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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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, 3rd June – Here! – FREE CD, Best Selling CUP 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.)

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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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