Crafting Mid July 2013

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On top of the heat draining what little energy I have, I’ve now got an infection back in my damaged leg, so I’m now back on eight antibiotic tablets a day for two weeks in the hope of stopping it in its tracks and clearing it.  I’m not feeling good at all, and I’m sure you’ll have noticed – from the very few posts I’ve made this month – that I’ve not been doing a lot of crafting, and other than going out to water my plants around eight thirty every evening I’ve not been doing much in the garden over the last few days either.

I’ve tried to get online at some point every day, but for several days this has just been using my tablet, not my laptop, and I find this so much harder to use to type and leave comments, so I am seriously behind with my blog commenting and catching up with most of the Facebook groups I belong to as well.

What I did do one evening, while waiting for it to cool down enough for me to sleep, was add some more trays, that I’d ordered for my ProMarker and FlexMarker storage, to my original stack and then sort out my pens into some sort of order depending on their colours.  I’ve now got one whole spare row and extra spaces on other rows, although I’ve already found pens after taking this photo that had got left in the sitting room when I was colouring in there.

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The only problem with tidying, and making sure my colour chart of pen colours is up to date, is that I now realise that there are gaps in colours that I’d find quite useful, so I’ll probably be making another order before long.

I notice that Letraset have brought out a “ProMarker 24 Set – Student” set, but that wouldn’t be any use to me as I’ve got the vast majority of those colours, but I think it could be a great set for somebody who wants to start using alcohol markers to get a good selection.  I’ve also had an E-mail from Letraset that says that there’s a special offer on their “ProMarker Limited Edition 12 Set – Spring/Summer” at the moment – I think it’s 20% off.  Don’t know how long these limited edition colours will be available for, but I do know that the newest set for Autum/Winter has been on sale on Create & Craft as they are some of the newer ones I needed to fit into my storage system.

One thing I have started on is my main summer crafting project with my two youngest nephews.  I’ve bought three “Design Your Own Storage Units” and we’ve had a session of watching the DVD that came as part of the kit and have all made up our units and got one coat of paint more or less all over.  Supervision only needed, for most of it, just to make sure that they did actually put the paint on their storage, not themselves or the furniture – and only letting one paint at a time helped.

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I’ll do a post in a few weeks, when we’ve finished the storage and started filling them, to show you what we did to build and decorate them, but these are the colours of paint we got.



(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.)

Challenges entered into:

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  1. Chocolate Digital Stamp by Janette Padley (I printed the design out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at smaller than the size provided and coloured it in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Tan, Walnut, Cinnamon, Cocoa.  I then cut the image out directly around its outline.  I took a square, pre-embossed, white base card and took a Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink pad to it to colour it.  I then used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape and added a panel of yellow patterned paper.  I also added a smaller piece of the same patterened paper as a greetings panel onto which I’d written “Mae pob dydd yn ddydd Siocoled” – which is Welsh for “Every day is Chocolate Day”.  I again used the Cocoa ProMarker to write the word for Chocolate, and Mandarin for the rest.  I finished off by using the same foam tape to add the cut out digi-stamp.)

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  1. Fruitfull Elements by Janette Padley (For this card I only used elements from the kit.  I took them into one of my graphics packages, played around, resized and moved them until I was happy with the layout for an A5 card front.  I then put some copies of some of the elements onto the other side of my A4 working area before printing the sheet out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper.  I cut everything out. I made an A5 base card by scoreing an A4 sheet of cream hammered cardstock in half using my Hougie Board and folding it.  I used finger-lift tape to attach my card front to this and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the added pieces tot he front.)
  2. Fatherhood Elements by Janette Padley and Ceredigion Wales, Original watercolour painting by Pamela West (I took the elements I wanted into one of my graphics packages and resized, moved around, etc., until I had a layout for an 8″ square card front that I was happy with.  I added “Penblwydd Hapus” – Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – to one of the Dad tags which I put on the other side of my working area, and also a round element I’d built up of concentric rings.  The A4 sheet was printed out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out before being attached to the front of an 8″ square Ivory Crafty Bob card using finger-lift tape.  I attached the two added elements using the same tape – putting some jute twine between these two to join them.)
  3. Fatherhood Elements by Janette Padley (I took several elements of the kit into one of my graphics packages and layed them out how I wanted, with added elements on the side, to make a front for a cheap A5 size notebook.  I then printed these out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper.  All the peices were then cut out.  I found some glitter ribbon in two widths, the thickest of which I cut into two pieces.  I prepared my notebook by tareing off the front price/information page and colouring the strip that was left. I used a Cinnamon ProMarker to colour down the white strip left after tareing off the pricing/information panel that was at the front of the notebook. I then put ultra tacky double sided tape behing this and attached the notebook front before using the same tape to attach the front completely to my notebook.    I wrapped one piece of ribbon round from the back of the notebook, again attaching using the ultra tacky tape, and attached one of the elements to its front end.  I attached the other piece to the front of my card and put on one of the elements on top.  Everything else was then attached.  I put a round pair of hook and loop fastening to keep the notebook closed.  I’ve done this as a birthday gift for my father who’s currently trying to write his autobiography.  It’s to be a notebook that he can carry around and jot down things as he remembers them, so that he can then add them to his work when he’s typing up at the computer.)

Hopefully I’ll have more to show you next time and that it won’t be so long before my next post.



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

  • Monday, 8th July – Here! – Best Selling CUP Designers & Crafters – Meet the BEST of the BEST
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  • Friday, 12th July – Here! – FREE CD 54, CUP’s latest Sizzling Designs and 6 New Froms

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14 Replies to “Crafting Mid July 2013”

  1. Sorry to hear you have been unwell, hope your leg clears up soon.Fabulous cards as always. love the storage for your pens. Chris xx

  2. Your pens look fabulous all stored beautifully. Loving the storage box and can’t wait to see what you do with it. Beautiful array of cards as always.

    Linda xxx

  3. Sorry your not felling to good hope the pills work. cant wate to see what you do to the chests xxx

  4. I am so envious of your pen storage! Look forward to seeing your units decorated – and the boys’ too. Your cards are lovely too. Hope that your leg soon clears up and you feel a little better.

  5. I am so so jealous of your pen collection!!!
    I have the whole set of spectrum noirs, the sets and the big boxes of sets. I would love some graphic pens and pro markers, but pan pastels are top of my shopping list at the moment.

    Love your stamping dragon challenge card, gorgeous colours.

    Hugs Lisa xxxx

  6. Gorgeous cards Gwyneth. I love the Pamela West watercolour, it looks very much like one of our beautiful Welsh beaches. I’m interested to see how your storage units turn out. I bought two of them months ago but they are still flat-packed.
    I’m sorry you’re not feeling too well and I hope your leg heals quickly x

  7. So sorry, you are poorly, my dear friend, and I hope you get some relief, from you leg, and the antibiotics, work fast….love your storage for your promarkers, I have mines in a DVD rack, but needing more, as they keep bringing out new ranges for the seasons, LOL and have only started collecting fleximarkers…love your cards and projects as always, and hope your nephews have a fun time with the storage boxes. get well xxx

  8. So sorry to hear your’e under the weather again Gwyneth, hope the antibiotics kick in quickly. Love the pen storage and the cards with the chocolate and the Fatherhood Elements are fab. I have two of those storage units but have filled them up without decorating them! Must get on ad do it!!!!! lol Take care x

  9. So sorry to hear you are unwell Gwyneth and hope you feel better soon. Wonderful creations. I love the scenic card particularly.
    Thinking of you,

  10. Beautiful cards, I so love my promarkers I do keep replacing my favourite ones. i think i might nees to buy some more racks hugs txx

  11. love the new pen storage. so organized! I also like the card with the chocolate. YUM! Cheers, Holley