Even More Crafting In August 2013

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A Bit Of An Update, Cards, Jewellery and A Scrapbook Layout


The call came through yesterday that my new glasses were ready for collection, plus the new lenses for my mother were ready as well.  So, in view of the fact that you can forget getting parking in town later on in the day, I headed out at nine this morning.  I did get a parking space on the main street, even if it was a little further than I’d have liked from the optitian, but I made it there and got my specs and handed in my mother’s frame for the new lenses to be inserted.  To get use to the new glasses before driving, and to kill time until my mother’s new lenses were fitted into her frame, I puttered around a couple of shops – big mistake!  My legs have been in a lot of pain this afternoon and evening.  So I’ve been sat in bed and did a little bit of colouring in, which you’ll see appearing on cards before long, and also sticking together a couple of quick cards I’d designed on my computer and printed out last night.  A couple of male cards this time.  I do hope that you like them.

Hopefully by tomorrow my legs will have eased up and I’ll be able to putter out the garden as I need to sit in the greenhouse for a bit and tie in the plants again and stop all the tomato plants that have reached the roof.  So you may get to see some photos of my greenhouse ‘jungle’ in my next post as well as what I’ve coloured in today.



(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.)

My two cards this time are suitable for men – perhaps an older man – what do you think?

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  1. Simply Masculine Elements by Janette Padley (I took several elements from this kit into one of my graphics packages and layed everything out how I wanted as a card front.  I then printed the design, plus an extra layer for the frame, a greetings panel, etc., onto an A4 sheet of 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I took a 8″ square ivory Crafty Bob card and cut it down to just larger than my card front.  I used finger-lift tape to attach my created design to the card front of the base card and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to add the frame, greeting, etc.  The greeting is “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.)
  2. cu4cu deigner resource Autumn Sun by Susan Wood (I took lots of elements from this kit into one of my graphics packages and moved around, resized, etc., until I was happy with the layout for a card front.  I then printed the design out onto glossy Crafty Bob cardstock.  Once cut out this was stuck directly to the front of an 8″ square Ivory Crafty Bob card using finger-lift tape.  A quick and easy card that’s suitable for a male.)



I love yellow with purple and wanted to use this colour combination in a jewellery set, but in the end I decided that full on, bright, yellow would be to much, so decided to go for a very pale, honey, coloured beads.  Both the yellow and purple beads have natural variations in colour within them, both having white areas, which is why I decided to go for silver findings and chain for this one.

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  1. The whole set – The pendant is a Dyed Purple Bamboo Agate Drop.  The beads are Purple Dyed Agate Faceted and Honey Quartz Round Beads.  I used silver tone findings and chain to make up this set.
  2. The necklace.
  3. The bracelet.
  4. Close-up of one area of the bracelet showing the variations in colour within the semi-precious stone beads.
  5. The matching earrings.

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  1. The keyring – I attached five links of a large chain to the bottom of my keyring.  I took a misture of Purple Dyed Agate Faceted and purple glass pearls and threadded each one onto a ball end, silver plated, head pin and used my round nosed plyers to twist a spring/spiral end to each pin.  I then used jump rings to attach these to the dangling chain.
  2. A closeup of the beads.  I was going to put much more beads on, but when I saw the spiral loops I’d created to attach against the striations of the beads, I decided I wanted to make a looser cluster so that the spirals would be visible and form a part of the decoration.
  3. Dragonfly necklace -I took the dragonfly pendant and used a piece of wire from a head pin that had the head cut off to turn round and round using my round nose pliers to create an attachment.  The beads are semi-precious round Howlite beads.  The beads and pendant were threadded onto tigertail wire and I used sparkle crimp bead covers to hid them on either side.
  4. Close-up of the dragonfly pendant and a few of the beads showing the marbling effect of these semi-precious beads.



Challenges entered into:

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  1. A Touch of Provence Card Papers by Janette Padley (This is a digital scrapbook layout.  I took several papers from this kit, together with two photos sent to me by my friend Marion, into one of my graphics packages.  I resized, moved around, cut a strip from one, and added text to two of the smaller background panels I’d made.  I decided that I needed something as a contrast to lift my page layout so created my own black with stars background paper design and some black mats, and built everything together until I was happy with the layout.  I then exported the page as a .jpg file to E-mail to my friend.)



DST 01If I’m wanting to position a layer onto another layer, when I’m using finger-lift tape to attach them together, then – rather than remove the whole backing in one go – I lift up the backing of the sides at two opposite corners and turn the backing out to the sides.  This means that I can position the layer in place, and move it about a bit, before pressing the corners with the sticky into place, and then just pull the backing out afterwords.  Much easier than trying to place a layer in place when the whole back has sticky expose, as that makes it much harder to make sure something is in exactly the right place before allowing any of the sheet to touch.

(While some of the things I mention in my “Making Things Easier!” pieces are things I’ve worked out for myself, some are adaptations of things I’ve learnt from tips given by others. As others have been kind enough to share their tips I thought I’d do the same. I’m sure that most of my readers will already know much of what I’ve found makes things easier for me but if it helps one person at some point I’ll be happy.)



Have a look – here – at my whole shop “Siop Crafftau MAES MIERI Crafts Shop” on craftybob.com.



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

  • Monday, 12th August – Here! – Designer & Crafter Selections, Crafty Bob Paper & More!
  • Wednesday, 14th August – Here! – Craft Download Essentials & CUP’s Community News

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 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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7 Replies to “Even More Crafting In August 2013”

  1. Your male cards are great, I agree these are probably more suitable for an older man.
    The jewelry is fabulous – a great selection – I particularly like the keyring – it’s gorgeous.
    Your scrapbook page is great – I don’t do scrapbooks, but have done the odd page layour.
    Always enjoy reading your blog!

  2. Fabulous cards and Jewellery (you do like purple in your jewels, as do I)..love your scrapbook page too, so glad you got your glasses sorted out, I really need to get mines done, running on ones that are more than 5 years old, mmmm…sorry about your pain hun, I too ventured out yesterday to get my Pinflair glue (cannot craft without it, and only 1 shop in Edinburgh, sells it) and am suffereing myself, for the outing, but was so good to be out off the house, love and hugs hun xxx

  3. Hope you are feeling better today Gwyneth. Love the masculine card and the jewellry. Hope you get to go into the greenhouse with your triffid tomato plants!!! lol Take care x

  4. WOW Gwyneth your jewellery is stunning! I love the colours and the beautiful beads. The ship card is fabulous!!! Your other creations are gorgeous too.

    Linda xxx

  5. Two fabulous male cards Gwyneth, I love the vintage look of them both. Your jewellery is wonderful. I love the keyring and Dragonfly necklace.
    I do the same thing with double sided tape. It’s saved my bacon many a time and I always teach this method at my demonstrations.
    I hope your legs feel better after a good rest x