Crafting In The Third Week Of August

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A Bit Of An Update, Some More Musings, Christmas Cards, And More!

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cup366064_1749 - card101C - Spring Flowers Digital StampIn my last post – here – I showed you a card I was entering into the “Stamping Dragon Designs Facebook Group“s Weekly Fun Challenge 20 that had the theme – Flowers.  Well I was lucky enough to win – though I have to admit that there were not a huge amount of entries – probably down to it being the holiday period with lots of the group’s members, and them making the most of family time while they’ve got the chance.  But the winning means I get some more loyalty points to add to my total, which means I’m working steadily towards having enough “Loyalty Points” to get a money off voucher towards more goodies from the shop  – who knows, I may even gather enough points early next year, but if not I hope to get enough points within the year. Winningthe fun challenge means I also got to choose the theme for this weeks challenge and will be doing the judgeing of any entries after it closes.

In view of the fact that my other hobbie, when I’m able, is growing things in my greenhouse and raised bed, the theme I’ve chosen is – Grow Your Own!  You can create anything for the challenge but your creation must have something SDD on it be it digi images or papers it doesn’t matter as long as it’s SDD and also follows the theme “Grow Your Own!”. So it could have flowers you’ve grown and pressed as embelishments, it could be a scrapbook page with a photo of something in your garden on it, it could simply be that you choose an SDD image of tomatoes or plums, etc. It’s a theme that can be interpreted in many different ways. The challenge will run until 8pm UK time on Sunday, 25th August.

If any of you are interested then please do join this lovely group.  Or why not pop over to have a look at the “Stampin’ With The Dragon” blog – you’ll see that the team is made up of crafters of many different media.

And I’ve just read (Monday evening) that I’ve got “Blog of the Week” on the group this week as well.  One of the activities on the group is a “Blog Ladder” where members who want to participate put down the address of their blog and then go and visit all the other blogs who’s addresses are put down during the week.  And then on Monday a blog is chosen as Blog of the Week and on Tuesday an new ladder starts.



Where does time go?  And why is there never enough time? – answers in comments section below please – LOL!

I feel as if this summer has just flown and I’ve not achieved half of what I wanted to.  I know the leg infection and tooth absess knocked me and that I’ve spent days just doing the bare minimum, but I’ve now finished the last type of antibiotic and I’m still feeling as if everything I’m doing I’m walking through treacle.   I’ve been doing 20 to 30 minutes at my raised bed and greenhouse every morning and evening, and then resting with my leg elevated.  I’ve been doing bits of crafting, and then ending up just bundling stuff to one side rather than putting everything back properly because I’m exhausted, but I want to do so much more, and just can’t. I’m just hopeing that the antibiotics really have done their work and that I don’t get a repeat of the leg infection any time soon, and that both teeth that need to be extracted remain infection free until I get to see the dental surgeon.  I’ve had an appointment now for the second week in September – but because both problem teeth are on opposite sides of the mouth they will only extract one at a time – at least that’s what the clinic told my dentist when she rang up to check on progress when I was with the dentist a couple of weeks ago about the absess.  So that will mean a third journey of 50+ miles both ways to get the second tooth taken out (the 1st journey being the one for the consultation and full mouth X-ray, etc., back in May.)

I know that, compared to many, I’m very fortunate, and I’m generally quite positive about what I can do, rather than worry about what I can’t, but it can be very frustrating when I have to say – sorry, but no way – to something I actually want to do.  I may not be able to do as much as I want to, but I am able to do some things given careful planning and time.  I may not be able to have a room dedicated to my crafting and buy all the crafting goodies I want to play with, but I have found ways to do bits of crafting every few days and adjusted how I craft to suit how I am, and in reality I don’t actually need every crafting goody ever created – without a larger, dedicated, room I have nowhere to store any more stuff in any case.  I feel a tidy up coming on – now I wonder when somebody will be free to help me do the sort out?  I’ve got some more plastic storage boxes on order, some of which I’ve been notified will arrive tomorrow, so perhaps I’ll just make a slow start on boxing some of the papers I’ve got and then they can be put into their proper place when I’ve got help to move a few items that need moving – but –

– knowing me – I’m likely to start sorting some papers and then find myself side-tracked because I see something I was looking for to use on a part done project – and that will be the end of the sorting!  Now does that happen to others, or is it just me?

What I have done, crafting wise, this week is make another batch of quick Christmas cards using up bits leftover from last year – toppers, sheets of card, and some recycled card fronts.  Now then, does anybody other than me have a magic Christmas cards bits box?!  I open my box, use up a 12+ sheets of cardstock and numberous toppers, and when I go to close back the box everything’s multiplied and I have trouble squashing everything down to get the lid back on.  Now surely removing stuff should make it less full – so I’ve come to the conclusion that I must have a magic box that expands the size or quantity of stuff every time I open it.



(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:

  • Stamping Dragon Designs Facebook Group – August Colouring Challenge (Image is given free to group members who want to participate on request.  If you do request an image you can only request the following month’s image if you’ve uploaded a photo of your finished creation using the image.

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  1. Framed Christmas Elf digi-stamp by Janette Padley ( I printed the digi-stamp out at a size suitable for my project, onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then coloured it in using my ProMarkers before cutting it around the frame element. The colours I used were: hair – Gold, Tulip Yellow; skin – Tan; eyes and holly leaves – Forest Green; dress and hat – Heatwave, Crimson.  I also added some red Martha Stewart glitter glue to the berries and a clear holographic one from the same pack to the hat, collar and cuff edges.  The background is coloured with the Icicle colour.  I then raided my Christmas card bit box for silver snowflake die-cuts, and die-cut background panels to use with the topper.  The base card was a pre-scored and foiled card I’d bought on a sale at some point, and the greeting panel is, if I remember rightly, from a Hunkydory greeting sheet.  I used finger-lift tape and glue gel to put everything together.)

An asortment of Christmas cards made with cardstock, toppers and recycled Christmas card fronts that I had stored in my “Christmas Cardmaking Box” since last year.  A lot of them are made using Hunkydory items.  There are also a small number of toppers from the “Snowman” and “Father Christmas” range that Crafter’s Companion produced last year.

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2 and 3 here are closeups of the A4 card in picture 1.

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  1. Circles 7 by Anna Babajanyan (For this simple little box, made to give a gift of a simple pack of sweets look more special, I just printed the design off onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock.  I then scored at the relevant places using my Hougie Board, cut into the sides to make the gluing tabs, and stuck together using wet glue.  I then put the gift in and tied with some pieces of jute twine.)
  2. Different angle photo of same box.
  3. And another different angle photo.



Well it’s not strictly Jewellery, but it is made using beads.  My nephews and I have been working on charms made with letter beads to put on the end of our pens so that we can tell them appart.  We also made one for my niece.  Unfortunately I forgot to take photos of them before my niece called and was given hers, and the boys took theirs and put them somewhere safe as well, so all I’ve got to show you is mine.

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  1. The beads are cheap ones from the Tesco children’s crafting range and I’ve attached them to a mobile phone charm finding using silver tiger-tail wire and silver spacer beads and findings.



A bit of an inspiration for the Stamping Dragon Designs FB Group – Weekly Fun Challenge 21 – Grow Your Own!  As I’ve set the fun challenge theme I obviously can’t enter, but I thought it would be fun to do an inspiration piece using some of the photos I’ve shown you over the last couple of months.

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  1. Simply Masculine Elements by Janette Padley and Floral Meadow Elements by Janette Padley (For this digital scrapbook page I took three of the papers  together with several elements into one of my graphics packages and resized one background to 8″ square and cut up the other two backgrounds into two smaller pieces to layer on the background.  I also put in three photos of the plants in my greenhouse growing.  Everything was resized and moved around until I was happy with the layout.  I added the text “Plannu” – Welsh for “Planting” and “Tyfu” – Welsh for “Growing”.)
  2. A further two pictures a couple of weeks further on are on this second digital scrapbook page made using the same background and elements as the first.

Keep an eye out for more from my greenhouse and raised bed over the next few weeks.



CraftingInBed01I have several scoreboards, and they are all good for what they were created to do (especially the large board from Crafters Companion for making very large and deep envelopes from large sheets of cardstock), but the board I reach for time and time again is my Hougie Board.  No need to pull out one board to score different card sizes, and another board for doing boxes, and another if you want a parallel line pattern somewhere on the card, or to score for making rosettes.  Nine times out of every ten crafting sessions my Hougie Board is the only score board I’ll pull out.  Having one side in cm and the other in inches it’s great for working in either measurements.  If you’ve not seen demonstrations of the board in use getting the great little books that show in clear pictures how to use the board for various card creations and other papercrafted items is a good idea.  There are several different ones in the series now.  There are even a couple of DVDs to give you lots of ideas.  You can find a selection of Hougie Books & DVD’s – here.

(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.)



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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, 19th August – Here! – Designs Selected By The CUP Community & Top 3 Weekly Sellers!
  • Wednesday, 21st August – Here! – Crafty Bob Supplies & The Latest Gossip From Our Community !!

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.


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 – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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