Last Crafting Of September 2013

 Posted by at 05:27 pm
Sep 302013
 

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Five Assorted Cards

I know that I write a lot in each blog post – so please don’t think that you have to read every word I’ve written. If you don’t want to know what I used and how I made a card you can just click the thumbnail images to view each card at a larger size, and then click “Back” and scroll down to the next section.

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I haven’t done much browsing, crafting or musing since my last blog post, so I’ve not got a huge amount to say or to show you this time, but I do hope you like the five assorted cards I’ve got in this blog post.  I think the owl one would be suitable for a man and the space one for a child, so keeping a variety in my makes.

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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.)

There’s minimal cutting out work involved in most of today’s creation.  The digi on the first card wasn’t intricate to cut out being mostly rounded edges, and cutting round the silhouette on the last card was cutting around the outline with no cutting of landlocked areas.  All the rest was straight edge cutting and a little matting and layering.  So these cards are realy amongst the simplest to make.

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  1. Dress Up – Spaceman by Janette Padley and Space Case Mini Theme by Janette Padley (I took several elements from the space kit into one of my graphics packages and resized, moved, etc., until I was happy with my layout for a card front of a little smaller than 8″ square.  I then printed the design out onto glossy Crafty Bob paper.  I printed out digi stamp out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and coloured it in using my ProMarkers before cutting it out.  The colours I used were: Cocoa, Satin, Dove Grey, Cool Grey 3, Cinnamon; Metalic Marker: Silver.  After trimming my card front I stuck it directly to the front of a cream 8″ square base card using finger-lift tape, and then used glue gel to attach the digi after I’d shaped it a bit.  I finished off with a peel-off “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.)
  2. Close-up of coloured in digi-stamp.
  3. Crimson Elements by Janette Padley (I took several of the elements from this kit into one of my graphics packages and resized, moved about, etc., until I had a card front layout of fractionally less than A5 in size that I was happy with.  I then printed this out onto Crafty Bob glossy paper.  I took an A4 sheet of dark Adorable Scorable cardstock and scored it in half to make an A5 base card and after trimming my printed out card front I attached this directly to the front of my base card using finger-lift tape.)

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  1. This card was in my crafting stash and came pre-embossed with the LOVE letters and patern.  I simply took some “Blush” Metallic Gilding Wax and rubbed it gently over the front of my card before carefully wipeing my hands with a wet wipe to get it off and then buffing the card front using a piece of tissue.  The decoration is simply one flower made using a Martha Stewart flower mould and some white Martha Stewart clay which had also been rubbed with a bit of the guilding wax before attaching with glue gel.
  2. White Owl by Joanna Swinton and snow felled by Sally McIntyre (I took the .png version of the owl image, together with a snow scene into one of my graphics packages, drew in a branch for the owl to sit on and created a card front of a little under A5 in size.  This was then printed out onto Super Smooth white cardstock.  After trimming the image I matted it onto a sheet of silver mirror paper which I trimmed to leave a small border.  This layered image was stuck to the front of an A5 base card made from Adorable Scorable cardstock.  I finished the card off by adding some glitter glue over the branch top and some of the snow in the foreground.  I’ve not added a greeting yet because I think the card can be used as a non-religious Christmas card or a winter birthday.)
  3. YELLOW FRAME WITH BOW AND SILHOUETTE LADY by Nick Bowley (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and then cut out the pieces.  I coloured the flowers on the top layer of the lady’s bonnet with a yellow ProMarker so that it matched the card.  I matted the framed image firstly on white cardstock and then on a yellow glitter cardstock, trimming each layer to give a small border.  I used finger-lift tape to attach to the white cardstock but used glue gel to attached this to the glitter card for a more secure attachment.  This matted and layered image was then stuck to the front of an A5 white base card using finger-lift tape.  I used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the ribbon element to the card front, and glue gell to attach the layers of the lady and the extra flowers.)
  4. An angled close-up of the silhouette lady to show dimension.

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More September 2013 Crafting

 Posted by at 02:48 pm
Sep 262013
 

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A Bit Of An Update, Some More Musings, One Card, and More

I know that I write a lot in each blog post – but please don’t think that you have to read every word I’ve written. If you don’t want to know what I used and how I made a card you can just click the thumbnail images to view each card at a larger size, and then click “Back” and scroll down to the next section.

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I’m slowly recovering from doing too much while I had my niece to help me, and decided to rest up before a friend’s visit this week, so unfortunately haven’t completed my tidy up or made a lot of crafted items this last week.  But I thought it was time to actually put a blog post together of what I have done while there’s a chance that I’d remember what I did.  I hope you like what I’ve made.

MUSINGS:

This week my thoughts have turned to – Friends.

I have some friends I’ve known since childhood.  I have friends I can depend on to help me with things I can’t do myself – such as one who was kind enough to drive me to the dental surgeon’s clinic to extract one of my teeth a few weeks ago because the clinic was far too much distance away for me to drive myself.  I have friends in the chapel, and I love to sit down to tea with them every now and then after services and chat about family and friends.

But being on the Internet has meant “meeting” lots of new people via a network of crafters on Craftforums and Facebook.

Some of these people I’ve met online may be classed by Facebook as “friends”, but are in actual fact more like casual aquaintences that I know very little about, other than that they craft.  We “nod” at each other as we pass in cyberspace, “like” and comment on each other’s pictures and blog posts, but don’t have a lot to do with each other.  I may not know a lot about them but I do like meeting these new people, and who knows how many will become “friends for life” as we meet more and more around cyberspace.

Then there are the people who’ve become closer.  People who I’ve gradually got to know better, and get to know more about each day, who I’ll have more contact with in groups, who I’ll chat a bit more with about what we’ve been doing, how we’re feeling, and the odd anoyances of life.  These are the people I’ll have some contact with almost every day and if I don’t see them around I wonder how their doing and notice their absence.  We laugh together about the funny things and comisserate with each other because of our varied ailments.

GwynethaMarioncThen there’s one extra special friend – Marion.  We “met” online over three years ago.  A shared interest in crafting brought us together, but although our lives have been quite different we found that we had a lot in common as well, and we were soon chatting about the anoyances in life as well as our crafting.  We’re in touch via E-mail – sometimes several times a day, and sometimes a week or more goes between communications.  We’ve shared some of the good times, and some of the bad.  Sometimes, even with close family around, a person just needs another woman to let off steam too about both personal and especially crafting things.  She was there with words of encouragement when my health and disabilities deteriorated to the point that I had to give up work, and went through the process of seeing the DWP Atos doctor for assessment for the DLA, and when I was going through the endless process of sorting out the early releace of my work pension because I couldn’t work any more and am highly unlikely to be ever able to do so before I reach pension age.  She was there when a close family member was killed in a car accident – a quiet word of sympathy, letting a few other friends know when I wasn’t up to communicating with them myself.  And when her health hasn’t been so good or she’s had other problems I’ve tried to be there with a few words of encouragement for her.  But through all of this we’d never met in person –

– until this week!  She, her partner and some family members, are staying in a holiday cottage in mid-Wales for a week and she and her partner had a day trip down here on Tuesday.  Even staying in Wales it was still a bit of a trek down to our place, so they couldn’t stay as long as I’d have liked, but it was fantastic to meet for the first time and have a chat face to face.  This photo of Marion and I was taken by her partner Pete in our sitting room before they left.

As this visit had been planned for a while, although the exact day in the week wasn’t decided on until the weekend, I’d stopped trying to push to finish the tidying of my crafting stash and had several days rest – and warned my friend that things would not be tidy (what with some of my stuff still being in the sitting room along with my youngest nephews toys, crafting stash, clothes and books) – as I wanted to be at my best – even if my best is nowhere near other people’s good days – so that I could sit down with them without the aches and pains getting the better of me and forceing me back to bed.  (Mind you, I did head to bed and slept for a couple of hours after they left!)  And guess what – she did see the things that had made it out to the passage outside my room, she did see the box of mess that had been dumped in the spare room, she did see all the signs of crafting and play in the sitting room – but the one thing I forgot to do was take her into my room and show her my craft storage and all the crafting stash I’d already got tidily in place.  Now how dumb is that – I get a crafting friend in the house and I forget to show her my neat and tidy crafting stash!

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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.)

This is a card I made a friend for her birthday.  Although she’s English, and I wrote in English inside, I did use a Welsh “Penblwydd Hapus” peel-off greeting on the front of the card stuck to a panel from one of the kits I’d found.  The peel-off greeting having been coloured in using a ProMarker to match with the card.  Having re-discoved items that were hidden behind lots of crafting stuff that had fallen down all over the place in my craft storage corner, I’ve promised myself that I’d incorporate more of my older stash into my crafting, so this card is decorated with white die-cut flowers, branches, fences and arched gates from some sheets I found in my stash and coloured in using an assortment of ProMarkers (unfortunately I can’t find my record of the colours I’d used).  I put a strip of acetate that’s slightly longer than the panel to create a bowed front that the fences and gates are attached to for stability.  The butterflies where also from my stash but came black and white and I coloured them using one of the ProMarkers I’d used on the card so that they toned in.  The “sky” background is a sheet of Score Perfect cardstock.  The green “grassy” area is a sheet of Adorable Scorable that I’ve torn the top of, and the “path” was a sheet from a “Country Garden” kit.  The whole lot is built up on an 8″ square base card.

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  1. The whole card.
  2. Closeup of flowers and butterflies.
  3. Closeup of fenc and gate in arch area.

DECORATED ITEMS:

This item was made for a challenge:

 

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  1. Cute Spook in Frame by Janette Padley and  A Touch of Provence Card Papers by Janette Padley (I wanted to decorate a tub that I had to put little chocolates and other little gifts into that a child can dip into to pick out a goody on halloween.  I put text “Ysgwydwch Agorwch Dewiswch” – which is Welsh for “Shake Open Choose”- into the frame digi-stamp and then printed it off onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at a smaller size than provided so that it was as tall as the flat side of the tub I was using.  I then coloured it in using various markers: ProMarkers – Gold, Ginger, Cool Grey 1, Black; FlexMarker – Storm Blue; Zig Writer Chalk Pastel – Green; Wink of Stella: Gl. Yellow, Gl. Lt. Green. I also printed out some background designs onto the same type of cardstock.  I cut a panel from one of the cardstocks and stuck it around the tub, using ultra tacky double sided tape to hold it in place.  I used mycircle scissors to cut out circles from the same and another background from the same kit.  I used a Black ProMarker and went around these circle, the top and bottom edge of the cardstock around the tub, colouring a bit of the white shoulder of the tub at the same time.  I also went round the coloured in digi-stamp after I’d cut it out and added crack lines to the centre of the digi and the largest circle for the top.  I used the same tape to attach the digi-stamp panel and the circles.)
  2. Angled view showing the top.
  3. Closup of the colouring of the digi-stamp.

This item was made for a challenge:

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  1. Twenties Fashion Stamp by Janette Padley (I printed the “Twenties Fashion Stamp” onto tissue paper, coloured it in using my ProMarkers, and then put it on a candle using greaseproof paper and a heat gun. The colours I used were: Pink Carnation, Pink Lobster, Wild Cranberry, Burnt Sienna, Tan.  It’s decorated using hand made flowers put onto a circular base that I’d cut out using my circle scissors.  It has a pink bracelet gift around it as well which I put together by adding some Mix and Mingle beads to a snake chain bracelet.  And it was all done in a two and a half hour period from start to finish.
  2. Closeup of coloured in digi-stamp on the candle
  3. Closeup of bracelet
  4. The decorated base.

While the candle can be burnt with no problem, the decorated base is not a suitable base to use for burning the candel – it is for presentation/display purpouses only.

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MAKING THINGS EASIER!

As much as we may love making dimensional cards with layers and embelishments and making our cards “extra special” and unique for special occasions – we do need to be realistic when it comes to cards that need to be posted.  In my Making Things Easier section in my blog post on the 9th August I went through some of the equipment I use to check size and weight of my cards to make sure I know the correct stamp to put on them.  But how can we make interesting cards and still keep them shallow enough to go through the mail using a standard Letter stamp?  This is something I’ve found is especially important at Christmas time when people have lots of cards to send and don’t want the postage to cost as much as the card. With perhaps 20 or 30 cards to post more and more people want to be able to send the cards as a 2nd class letter.

What I don’t believe in scrimping on is the weight of the base card. If you don’t have a quality base card then the card will probably not stand up correctly, especially over the long period that Christmas cards are displayed for, even if the card has very little on top.

After choosing a good quality cardstock for the base of a card, lighter weight paper and cardstock can be used for building up your layers.  Using mirror paper instead of mirror card for a layer can make the card a fraction shallower.  You might be able to get away with using a couple of layers of 1mm deep foam tape, but building up a card using a couple of layers of 2mm deep foam tape is guaranteed to make the finished card in its envelope deeper than allowed for a standard Letter.  You can even get away by dropping one layer all together by using a marker or metalic marker to go around the edge of the next layer to give it a border, thus mimicking a mat with a narrow border behind.  Or using an ink pad to go round the edge of a layer.  With the “keeping them shallow” Christmas cards, a nice topper image (possibly stamped and coloured which keeps the dimension down) and a couple of layers of matting are enough.

It can often be the embelishments that add that extra dimension to a card and stop it getting through the slot for a standard letter.  If you like putting on ribbons on your cards you will probably find that adding a bow or a knot will be what makes it too deep for a standard letter.  So consider just putting on a ribbon wrapped around, without the bow or knot.  If you like putting on gems then you will usually find that the larger diameter gems are usually the ones that are taller on the card, so you may be able to get away with a 2mm diameter sticky back gem, but not a 6mm diameter gem.  You may also find that a small gem that you put in the corner on the base card will be fine, but put the same gem onto the second or third layer or on the topper will be too much to allow what will otherwise go as a standard letter.  Consider using a little glitter or glitter glue to add sparkle, or dot of perlescent glue.  I know that some people don’t like peel-offs, but there are some that are just holographic circles or teardrop shaped that can add flat sparkle to a card without adding much dimesion.

After making, putting in an envelope, and putting through the Helix postal ruler to check that your cards will go through, a few times  you’ll probably get your eye in and be better able to guage what will or will not go through the UK postal system as a standard Letter.

I know that countries other than the UK have different dimensions and different levels for their post – so the best thing to do is to familiarise yourself with your local postal system and make sure that you make an assortment of cards that will go through the post at the cheapest rate in addition to the Wow! creations that you or your customers won’t mind paying more for postage.

(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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Sep 192013
 

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A Bit Of An Update, Some More Musings, Three Cards, And Some Gardening

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. If you don’t want to know what I used and how I made a card and just want to enjoy looking at my photos you can just click the thumbnail images to view each card at a larger size, and then click “Back” and scroll down to the next section.

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I’ve done more resting than anything else this week, but I have been colouring up some digi-stamps for Design Team work that you’ll be seeing between now and the end of the year.  My brain and body are slowly moving from the full stop they’d come to and have moved up to 1st gear after several days of doing very little, so that’s a good thing.  I also finished off a small number of cards which I’m showing you in this post.  I’ve only managed to go out to the garden for a few minutes every day to keep up with the watering in the glasshouse and keep picking the crops.  The cucumber plants are still producing, and I’ve been picking the various tomatoes inside the glasshouse and courgettes growing in a small area covered with black mulch outside, so I’ve got some of my crop to show you as well.

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MUSINGS:

I’ve been doing some browsing around the Internet for short periods while resting in bed this week.  I’ve been looking at sites that have advice for bloggers on getting visitors to their blogs, etc..  The most obvious is to blog regularly, put up good pictures and text, make it interesting, and know who your audience is and create content for them.  There is a lot of good information out there, but there is also a lot of mis-information, which can be worse than no information at all – especially when mis-information is given out by a site that makes out that it’s there to give information to crafters to help them blog better – such as a site I saw this week that told people that they could take photographs from anywhere and upload to their blogs provided that they put a credit and link to where they found it – So Not True!

For one thing – why would anybody run a craft blog and then want to use photographs of anything from elsewhere (unless it’s to show what they used in their creating of course).  Isn’t it the purpouse of craft blogs to show the crafting of the blog owner, not any old picture found on the Internet or scanned in from documents.

For another thing – the only way you get the right to upload somebody else’s copyrighted photographs to your blog is if you have the express permission of the copyright owner to use the photograph in the way you intend to use it (sometimes a copyright owner may give an open permission for any use on their site such as make the photo “Creative Commons”  – but this is a rareity, not the norm), ot the picture is out of copyright and is in the public domain (putting something online doesn’t mean it’s in the Public Domain).  A copyright owner has the right to decide who they give the right to copy to.  Nobody is allowed to decide that they can make copies of an image either physically or digitally and upload them within their own site for others to see, even if they put in links or information on where they found the image – for starters, the person who had the image up may not even be the copyright owner and may have paid a licence to use it for that specific purpose – or worse still the person who has the photo up may have had it up illegally in the first place.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I’ll read something I believe is wrong and after a while I begin to doubt what I already know, so after reading the piece about bloggers being able to use any photo so long as they credited and gave a link I decided to double check – so I asked a few people I believe to be on the ball as far as this sort of thing is concerned whether this person was right or whether I was.  They not only confirmed that I was right but referred me to a couple of places online that I could refer to.

One of them I do remember reading at some point in the past and I thought that some of you might like a read as well.  It’s called “Blogger Beware: You CAN Get Sued For Using Photos You Don’t Own on Your Blog” – and as the name suggests it’s about somebody who had to pay up after using a photo she had no permission to use.

The other piece I was refered to was “Copyright FAQ: 25 Common Myths and Misconceptions“.  Although an American site, a lot of the worlds countries have signed up to the same convension as far as copyright is concerned and placing a copyright notice on a work is not required for receiving Copyright protection. Copyright protection begins automatically as soon as the creator “fixes the work in a tangible medium.”  So if anybody takes a photograph, other than in a small number of instances, they are the copyright owner.

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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. Floral and Bows by Marie Wolman (I took several elements from this kit into one of my graphics packages and resized, twisted round, copied, and moved until I had a background with oval panel I was happy with in a size to fit on the front of an A5 card.  I did a second copy of the oval panel on the other side of my working space as well before printing onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock.  I cut out my panel and topper.  I made an A5 card by scoreing and folding in half an A4 sheet of linen textured white cardstock.  The backing panel was then attached to this base card using finger-lift tape before I attached the oval panel using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I’ve not added a greeting yet as I’m not sure which language the greeting will be needed in at the moment.)
  2. Baby Dayz Mini Theme by Janette Padley (I took several elements from this kit into one of my graphics packages. I used a square block background and put some of the elements dotted around and added the letters “BABI” which is the Welsh spelling of “BABY”.  Once I was happy with the design I printed it out onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock and cut the panel out.  I put super sticky double sided tape all around the outside back and attached some lace to it so that it showed around the front of the panel.  I then put on more double sided tape and attached the panel to the front of a pre-cut base card I’d bought at some point and had in my crafting stash.)
  3. A second photo of the previous card to show the dimension of the card.

 

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  1. The base card I used for this came pre-cut and is around 6″ square with a scalloped edge to the front.  I cut a panel of Centura Pearl cardstock to stick on the front using finger-lift tape.  I cut out a frame out of ice white vellum using a Tattered Lace die and attached it using wet glue with a fine metal nozzle on top.  I also cut out of Super Smooth cardstock a cross using another Tattered Lace die.  This was again attached using the same glue as the border.  I finished off with some flowers that had been cut out of the ice white vellum using three sizes of Joy Crafts dies, with a gem stuck in the middle, and added a greeting.
  2. A closer look at part of the card front.

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GARDENING:

Although I’ve only got a few small areas of the garden cultivated I’m still getting some nice tastey vegies from there.

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  1. Some of the mini-cucumbers growing in the glasshouse.
  2. Three freshly picked cucumbers.
  3. Three types of tomatoes picked from glasshouse.  The smallest tomato is a Gardeners Delight, the red ordinary size tomato is a Shirley, and the large dark tomatoe is a Black Rushian – and very nice this large tomato tasted thinly sliced with some cheese for lunch.
  4. I’m picking the courgettes quite small and the plants are still producing – though now the weather has changed I don’t know how much longer they’ll keep growing.

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MAKING THINGS EASIER!

As important as organisation is for everybody, it does become even more important when disabilities and health issues affect a crafter – when you’ve only got enough energy to do a little bit each day you don’t want to spend that short time searching for stuff you want to use in your crafting – you want to use your time crafting!

With my niece spending some time helping me with constructing storage and sorting out some stash lately it’s been on my mind to write a bit about what I’m using for storage.  And as a member of a Facebook group I’m a member of asked a question about ribbon storage today I thought that this would be a good place to start – especially as ribbon storage is one thing I’ve had sorted since last year.

Storage 05CI’m sure, like many of you, I started with just buying a few small bits of ribbon to use in my crafting.  And these just got dumped in a box with other things.  Then I got some more and they had their own small cardboard box – but they were a mess and I couldn’t see what was in the box.  So I bought a plastic box, and set about winding the ribbons onto strips of card and putting these side by side in the plastic box.

But some of the ribbons I bought came on reels, and it seemed stupid to remove the ribbons from the reels to wind round card but the plastic box wasn’t large enough to hold all the reels – so these went into a cardboard box.

Storage 03CBut again – cardboard box started disintigrating, I couldn’t see everything in the box, and the box wasn’t convenient to store.  So I bought a single Craft Mates Ezy-Stack Ribbon Rack to put my ribbon reels onto.   The dividers could be removed for putting in wider reels, though my largest reels wouldn’t fit in.

Storage 01CBut, if you are a crafter reading this I’m sure you’ll have realised by now that one box of bits and one box of reels wasn’t enough for long.  And I wanted a more permanent solution than using cardboard boxes, and a way I could see my bits better than wound round card in a plastic box.  So I bit the bullet and paid out for a larger storage solution.  I wanted something that could be attached to a wall – or in my case the back of a storage unit that I can move around, and in the end went for a Clip It Up Ribbon Organizer (unfortunately I can’t find it online at the moment in either the size I chose or the larger one, but I’ll keep my eye out and let you know if I do find it somewhere in the future).

With this unit I can put reels in the top compartment with their ends coming out under the bar, and I can clip bits of ribbons and lace, with the clips provided, onto a bar that’s along the bottom edge – you’ll notice that I’ve now removed the pieces of ribbon wrapped around card from my original plastic box and clip them to the bottom bar of my latest unit so that I can see the colours easily.

Storage 02CBut I’ve not got rid of my original plastic container(which now just holds the smaller bits), or the Crafty mates box (which now holds the smaller ribbon reels which get lost in my latest Clip It Up organiser).  The organiser has a ruler area along the back which means that I can cut pieces to the size required.  It also has two little holes, one either side, for holding scissors – so I keep a pair in there for use for cutting ribbons – this scissors never gets near anything sticky, or paper or cardstock, so it always cuts cleanly.  Having a scissors with my ribbons may only save a little time and hastle every time I go to find ribbons for my projects – but every little time saved does make it easier for me to keep crafting.

Since I got this latest storage last year I’ve been able to keep my ribbons nicely stored and know where all of it is – so no wasteing time and energy looking – if a shade, or type, or width, of ribbon I want isn’t there, or out in my “use it every time I craft tote”, then I’m certain I don’t have it.

As the space you have available, the number and type of ribbons you have, etc., may well be different from me, you will probably find that a different ribbon storage solution is best for you.  But taking some time now, and even going to the cost of buying in some solution (even if it is only a piece of doweling and two cup hooks to hang it across under a shelf) will pay you back in time saved in the long run.

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TUTORIALS:

Remember to check out my pictorial guides sections on “Colouring In Digi Stamps” and “Making Paper Flowers” if you haven’t done so already.

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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, 18th September – Here! – Knitting Patterns on CUP, Community News & Crafty Bob loves Hugs.

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
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Sep 172013
 

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A Bit Of An Update, Some Cards and Decorating Cupcakes

I know that I write a lot in each blog post – please don’t think that you have to read every word I’ve written. You can just click the thumbnail images to view each card at a larger size, and then click “Back” and scroll down to the next section.

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I’ve made a small number of cards lately, but other than that I know I’ve just been doing too much and I’m seriously paying for it with aches and pains.  I still haven’t managed to finish the tidying up of my crafting stash and some stuff is still in a huge box in the sitting room.  I’ve also been helping do a very small amount of bits for my sister-in-law’s sister’s wedding – you can see the results of the cupcake decorating below, and I also spent some time Saturday mixing up stuffing, and watching the stuffing and crackling for the evening “pig roast” cook in our oven, rotating the pans as needed.  Nothing realy arduous, but it’s just left me more exhausted.  So I’m having a few days in bed to see if I’ll feel better soon.  I haven’t even done my groundwork properly and put in links to the stuff I’ve used for all my creations either this time, and I like to do that in all my posts – both for my readers, but also for me for future reference – but never mind, hopefully I’ll be back on the ball for next time.

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MUSINGS:

Usually when I have rest days, and put my feet up and browse around the Internet, I start thinking of lots of things and I have a lot of musings to write – but would you belive it but I think my brain is too exhausted and I can’t think of anything worthwhile to write today.  Mind you, I don’t know whether my musings are worthwhile when I do write loads, but at least it shows a bit of my brain is in gear.  Let’s wait and see what my next post brings.

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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 think the dog cards would be OK as male cards.  What do you think?

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  1. Purple floral Backing Paper by Sandra Carlse and Ascot Belle Backing Paper 1 by Rebecca Brindley and Star Light, Star Bright Paper Pack by Mary Jane Harris (I printed the three backgrounds onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I took an A4 sheet of frosted silver cardstock, scored it and folded it in half before rounding the corners with a punch.  I cut a panel out of one of the backgrounds which I also used a punch to round the corners before attaching to the card using finger-lift tape.  I cut a medium sized circle out of this backing using my circle scissors and cut a smaller circle out of the third backgorund as well.  These were also stuck to the card front, with the smaller one offset on the larger, again using finger-lift tape.  I used some flower paper punches to punch out a lot of flowers from what I had left of the three sheets of cardstock. These were shaped using a ball tool and my hands before attaching to the card front using glue gel.  I finished off with the greeting “Gyda Chydymdeimlad”, which is Welsh for “With Sympathy”.  This card shows how cutting floral embelishments out of the same patterns as the background means that the colours are bound to work.  This sheet has a very subtle pattern which means it was a nice contrast to the other more busy backgorunds I used for this card.)
  2. Bullmastiff Portrait 3D Decoupage by Liz Harrison (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock.  I then cut out all the pieces.  I took a cream, 6″ square base card and attached the base image directly to this.  I then used foam tape to attach the next, square, layer.  I shaped the decoupage pieces and attached them using glue gel, before using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the greeting and title panels.)
  3. Beauty Dog Card Kit  by Janette Padley (I printed the sheet onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I created a base card by scoreing and folding in half an A4 sheet of cream Hammered Cardstock.  The base image was stuck directly to this card using finger-lift tape.  I then built up the pyramid and attached the blank greetings panel and faux button using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I think that, because of the colours of the framing elements, this card would be suitable for a card for a man.)
  4. Make your own Cluster Frames by Marie Wolman and Gingham Backing Papers kit by Carol Clarke (I took some matching colour elements from this kit, together with a blue background from kit cup57481_359 into one of my graphics packages and resized, moved around, etc., until I was happy with the layout for a front just smaller than an A5 card.  Onto the other side of my work area I put second layers of the main panel and extra layers of some of the flowers as well.  The finished A4 design was printed out onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock.    I created a base card by scoreing and folding in half an A4 sheet of white, linen textured, cardstock.  After cutting out my pieces I stuck the base layer directly to my card using finger-lift tape.  I used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the central panel in place and then used glue gel to attach the decoupage flowers.  The greeting on this card is “Brysiwch Wella” which is Welsh for “Get Well Quickly”.)

This is a wedding card I made for my sister-in-law’s sister on her wedding last weekend.  I’ve gone for die-cuting and embossing for this card and then the simple addition of a peel-off greeting.

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  1. The base card is made from a large sheet of Centura Pearl snow white cardstock which I scored and then rounded the corners with a punch.  The main background layer is another piece of Centura Pearl cardstock which I embossed in my Joy machine using a “Tied Together” embossing folder – I did two passes matching as close as I possibly could.  After trimming the embossed panel I matted it onto very heavily glittered silver cardstock, using glue gel to stick, and trimmed an even quarter inch border using my Perfect Layers ruler.  This matted panel was stuck to my card front using finger-lift tape.  I cut out some little flowers out of ice white vellum using three different sizes flower dies from Joy Crafts to make two layered flower embelishments.  I also cut out two Oriental Lilies using Tonic dies and paper pads and stuck them together using wet glue to make the other two flower embelishments.  The ribbon accross the centre of the back panel was cut using a Tonic Celtic strip punch and the circular and square panels were die-cut in my Joy machine using Tonic Celtic dies, the circular ones being cut in half and put just behind the edges of the square ones.  Some Centura Pearl cardstock and some linen textured silver cardstock was used for these cuts.  I cut the two central panels using two sizes of a Spellbinders nesting die set.  The greeting “Ar Ddydd Eich Priodas” is Welsh for “On Your Wedding Day”.  The central greeting panel is attached using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  All the other layers are attached using glue gel.
  2. Photo of same card taken in different light conditions to see if the detail of the white on white card would show up better.
  3. A close-up of an area of the card.

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CAKE DECORATING:

My sister-in-law had volunteered to make cupcakes for her sister’s wedding last weekend and, as she knew I had some molds and other tools to help make this easier and more professional looking, she asked if I would be willing to help with the decorating of the cakes.  I made three and a half dozen of plain, standard sized, cupcakes, but one of my sisters, my niece, and my sister-in-law had made several dozen other cupcakes, from the mini-cupcake sized ones, through standard sized ones, to large muffin sized ones.  And in addition to the plain ones similar to the ones I’d made, they had also made vanilla, lemon and chocolate ones.  So between Friday lunchtime and Friday suppertime my sister-in-law, niece, and myself, set about decorating the cakes in a variety of different designs – it seems that there wasn’t a set colour scheme or design required for the cakes, just that there be lots of variety.  The following pictures are some, but not all, of the cakes we decorated as we were packing them into tins and trays for transportation to the venue.

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  1. This batch are chocolate mini cupcakes that my niece made and I decorated with a disc of chocolate icing dusted through a stencil with gold edible shimmer.
  2. These are some of the cupcakes I made and decorated with a disc of white chocolate icing again dusted through a stencil with edible shimmer.
  3. White and pink fondant icing were used for these, this time dusted with red edible shimmer through the stencil.  Some mini-cupcakes were placed on the tray in between the standard sized onces I made for transporation, so you can see the difference in sizes.

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  1. While I was making the icing discs and decorating them with edible shimmer my sister-in-law was concentrating on making a big batch of dark and pale pink roses using a food grade silicone mold.  These were used as decoration on further cakes I put a disc of fondant icing on, as well as rather a lot of various sized cupcakes that had a butter icing topping.
  2. My niece concentrated on making lots of butterflies using cutters and silicone press molds to decorate even more cakes.
  3. I used cut and press plungers to make the leaves for the cakes.  My niece and sister-in-law used some pearl and other shades of edible shimmer as well as edible silver glitter, to give a shimmery finish to the various decorations

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MAKING THINGS EASIER!

When I first started crafting, and wanted flat layers to stand above other layers, I used foam squares of various sizes and depths.  But I found this quite a laborious process – picking up maybe a dozen or more foam squares off the backing and placing on the back of my layer, then picking the cover layer off each and every piece.  Then I was introduced to Shaker Tape, a narrow piece of double sided foam, that came as a tape on a roll.  Not only could it go round circles and ovals and corners to seal in the content of shaker cards (which I found pretty much impossible using pieces of foam squares) but I could cut two, maybe three, strips of this foam tape to stick behind my layer – making them exactly the right length for my project, and then I only had two or three cover layers to remove as well – a real bonus when fingers are either painful or don’t work as they should.  And it’s far easier to get two or three backing cover strips into the bin than it is a dozen little squares of backing as well.  I still keep two different depths of Shaker Tape in the house and use them for making Shaker cards or for when I need to cut smaller pieces of foam for a project, but now I’ve found large reels of wider foam tape.  These rolls are 50m in length for 1mm depth and 25m in length for 2mm in depth and last for ages.  I have a roll of 1mm and a roll of 2mm deep of this tape in my “use it every time I craft” tote.  I use the white tape, but it is available in black – which many people who make predominantely dark cards, or a dark mat behind lighter layers, prefer.

(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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TUTORIALS:

My two sections of pictorial guides are available for you to have a look at with the links to be seen at the top of the left hand column.  I’ll hopefully be adding more to these sections over the next few weeks.  The pictorial guides cover “Colouring In Digi Stamps” and “Making Paper Flowers“.  Please have a look if you haven’t done so already.

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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:

  • Friday, 13th September – Here! – Free CD, 1p Scissor Special, HOT Designs & 12 New Froms
  • Monday, 16th September – Here! – Best Selling Designers & Crafters, Crafty Bob’s Craft Paper & More!

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  – if you can’t see the comment box then there should be a link that says “Responses” and clicking on that will bring up the box – 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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New Design Team Position

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Sep 162013
 

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A Bit Of News!

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Today I have a bit of news for you –

You may have noticed that, amongst the wide assortment of cards and other crafty items I make, that I’ve used a fair number of digi-stamps, scrapbook backgrounds and elements, etc., designed by the very tallented designer Janette Padley of Dragons Lair/Stamping Dragon Designs.  Well – a few weeks ago I was invited to join a small design team who will be posting inspiration posts on “The Dragons Den” blog, in rotation, at the begining of every week.  These “pick of the week” posts started on Monday the 2nd with a post by our leader Marleen, and was followed by a post by the tallented Fran on Monday the 9th.  And on Monday 16th it is my turn to post my first Design Team item.

I used an image I’ve used before for my first post, and went for a rustic look for a masculine card.  Well we all know how difficult it can be to make a generic card for a man, especially if he’s not intereste in either sports or drinking, so I thought it would be a good idea to get an inspiration card for a man uploaded before I get carried away with more feminine cards – one of which will be coming up in my next post in three weeks time.

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Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Giraffe Digital Stamp

Consumables:

Equipment:

Method:

After printing the digi-stamp I coloured it in.  Rather than try to go for colouring a large background area smoothly I decided to go for a camouflaged look background (an idea of how I did this can be seen in my Pictorial Guide “Colouring In – 19. Dappled Backgrounds).  I also did a separate panel of the camouflaged background for cutting out the leaves – because I wanted the colours to match and also wanted my leaves to look dappled rather than a flat colour.  I also did a panel of the same browns as used on the giraffe to be used for the branches. I just tore around the digi to create my topper, and tore two mats of Kraft card and Glitter card to go behind it, and used an assortment of dies to cut out branches and leaves.  One sheet of Kraft Card was simply scored and folded in half to make the base card. I stuck everything together with tape and glue – but I kept these to the centre of each piece so that the edges could just lift – it gives a bit of a dimensional look without making the card too deep to go into an ordinary envelope.

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Look out for my next post on The Dragons Den on the 7th October, 2013.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Here are some links you may like to check out:

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Then of course there’s the Dragon Boss Lady’s own blog – Straight From The Craftroom

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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
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2nd Post Of September

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Sep 122013
 

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A Bit Of An Update, Some More Musings, A Couple Of Cards and Some Bits

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. If you don’t want to know what I used and how I made a card you can just click the thumbnail images to view each card at a larger size, and then click “Back” and scroll down to the next section.
I’m sorry if there are any spelling or gramatical errors in this post – the spell checker in my blog editor is most definately not working as it is finding no errors, when I know that I’ve put Welsh words in that it couldn’t possibly know.

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Since I over-did things last week my M.E. symptoms have been much worse, though I did manage to go up to the chapel for an hour on Sunday.  I’ve been trying to do a small bit of crafting.  I’ve printed a few things out that I’m slowly cutting out or colouring in while I’m sat in bed watching T.V.  I’ve put a small number of these items into finished projects, but I’ve got several more I’m working on.  Hopefully I’ll have more finished to show you over the weekend.

My niece has been back to help me sort out a few more bits that are still dumped in the sitting room – but I used a bit of sense on Monday and only did a couple of hours sorting, instead of trying to attack the lot.  On Wednesday I had delivery of the little storage units I’d ordered to hold the A4 plastic trays (to replace the cardboard ones that are disintigrating), and my niece put them together.  These are now in place, but all the stuff that was dumped out of the old cardboard storage isn’t back in place yet.  I fear that things will take several days to get into their proper place, or maybe even weeks if I continue to feel so rough and exhausted.

Tuesday I had to travel to the clinic to see the dental surgeon to have the tooth that had an abusus around a month ago extracted.  Thankfully a friend drove me there as it was around a 2 hour journey in one direction and I was rather tired by the time I got there, and completely exhausted by the time I got home.  By that evening my cheakbone felt as if somebody had thumped me, but the hole itself appears to be slowly closing with no problems, and it certainly isn’t as painful as the absuss itself was.  I still have to go back again to get the tooth they were originally suppose to be extracting removed.  They wouldn’t do both the same time because they are on opposite sides of my mouth.

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MUSINGS:

Today my musings once again return to the issue of people assuming that just because they are shown someting anywhere on the Internet that they are free to use or copy it however they like.  What’s got me back to this theme is because lately I’ve been made aware of a person who’s been taking pictures of Design Team cards from a certain site, printing them out, then cutting out an image off the printout and using this as a topper on her own cards.  More often than not the main image was a digi-stamp that the original card maker had coloured in.  Therefore not only using an image copyrighted to the original digi-designer without paying for the digis, but the card it was on, and the card photo would have been copyrighted to the card makers and was being used without their consent – so a double copyright infringement.  In one instance the copier had cut not only the digi-stamp topper out but, had made her own topper from this and a die-cut that went to the side of it – leaving the original card’s background showing in the gaps of the die-cut.

As a crafter who puts pictures of my creations online for others to see, and hopefully be inspired by, and also to have feedback, I pride myself on always trying to get the best photo I can at that particular time of any card I make.  And I think that years of experience of my camera, the light coming in, angles, etc., means that my photos are slowly improving.  But this instance has got me wondering whether crafters who take the time to put the best quality photos of their work online are doing themselves any favours.  Are these the very crafters who are most likely to have their work stollen?  Does uploading good photos actually make it easier for thieves to take coloured in digi-stamps, or whatever, from our creations to use themselves, rather than doing the honest thing and buy the digi-stamp for themselves and then colour it in themselves?

Since becoming aware of the lack of basic knowledge of copyright law amongst some people (and the fact that some have a knowledge but still go ahead and digitally take what isn’t theirs) I’ve been putting some sort of details as a mark on all my photos.  But I like people to be able to see what I’ve made so tend to put my details in a location on the photo that will have minimal impact on people’s enjoyment of viewing the card.  But of course this means that there isn’t anything written over the actual topper area in most cases.  So, should I start putting the details slap bang in the middle of the topper area of my cards?  I know that my cards haven’t been copied like this so far (at least they haven’t been as far as I’m aware) but am I just putting temptation in the way of the dishonest in marking my photos like I am and making the best that I can?

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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 made this card for a challenge on the Stamping Dragon Design Facebook group.  When the group grew to 200 members a challenge was run to create something, anything at all but it had to include something SDD and the number 200.  In view of the fact that cakes and drinks are often a topic of discussion on the group, in addition to the lovely dragon’s that Stamping Dragon Design is famous for, I thought I’d use one of the dragon digis and an assortment of chipboard toppers I’d found while  starting the tidying.

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  1. Rupert Banner  by Janette Padley and School Daze Mini by Janette Padley (I took a background from the School Daze kit into one of my graphics packages, put on a digital mat with shaddow and put the digi stamp on top of that with the outline changed to a brown shade.  This was then printed out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  After cutting out the square I coloured the digi in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Sandstone, Cinnamon, Blossom.  This was attached to the front of an 8″ square card, and the cakes, drinks and the number 200 were added using glue gel.)
  2. A different angle angle of the same card to try and better show the items that had shined out in the first picture.

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  1. For the “September Colouring Challenge” on the “Stamping Dragon Designs Facebook Group” we were supplied with the digi-stamp “Babies Cot/Crib“.  I took two A4 sheets of cream Hammered Cardstock and used these to make a square card with a 1cm deep central recessed area.  I took a sheet of square background from a “Family Ties” 6″ square paper pad and cut out a central square the size the same as the recess on the card base.  As the paper was double sided I attached the framing element with one version of the pattern showing (light flowers on darker background) and the square inside the recess with the other side of the recess showing (darker flowers on a lighter background).  I printed the digi-stamp out at a suitable size onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and coloured it in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Rose Pink, Pink Mittens, Buttercup.  The cot was attached inside the recess, using 2 layers of 2mm deep foam tape to attach the foot of the cot and attaching the headboard, left, end directly to the background to give dimension.  I used the same wet glue I’d used for constructing the recessed card to attach the chipboard embelishments.

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DECORATED PROJECT BOOK AND OTHER ITEMS:

I bought a Project Book and a plastic box of little gel pens from Tesco to give to my niece, but decorated them up first before presenting them to her.

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  1. School Daze Mini by Janette Padley (I took elements from the kit into one of my graphics packages and put them together digitally to create a cover for a project book.  I didn’t want to create a dimentional, physical, layer on layer for the project book because it’s for my niece to use when in uni and it will be in and out of her bag, so all the look of dimension had to be created digitally.  I also added the text “Gwaith, Gwaith, a Rhagor o Waith”, which is Welsh for “Work, Work, and More Work”.  I printed the design out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock, trimmed the edge and attached it to the front of a project book I’d bought using super strong tape.  I then added some little stick-it indexing notes which are easily removed when the book is going to be used.)
  2. I also printed out a complete A4 sheet of the background and used it to cover the front and back of a little plastic box I’d bought that containes little gel pens.
  3. The last bit of the extra sheet was used to create a simple bookmark.

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CAKE DECORATING:

This cake is a bit of a colaborative effort: Tesco cake that was already covered in butter icing, the flowers were made from different coloured icing by my two youngest nephews using silicone molds, and I did the leaves using cutters and the little animals such as the hedgehog that were placed around the base of the cake.  The idea was to make the cake look like one giant bunch of flowers.  One of the nephews was in charge of taking the photos – unfortunately a lot were out of focus and he forgot to remove his juice from in front of the cake before taking the pictures, but I’m sure it gives you an idea of what it looked like.

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MAKING THINGS EASIER!


They may cost more than packs of loose faux gems, but I’ve found that sheets of sticky back gems are easier to work with.  I just use my “pokey tool” to pick up the gems (the one I’ve got in my “use it every time I craft” tote is the Tim Holtz Tonic Retractable Craft Pick).  With this I can put the point under the edge of the gem on its backing and lift it off and it remains on the point until I place it down where I want.  Of course, like most crafting consumables I buy, I keep an eye out for special offers on these before I buy and, although I do buy coloured faux gems and faux pearls if they are a good price, I do like to buy clear or white ones. Buying clear or white gems or pearls means that I can use my ProMarkers to colour over them so that they become a colour tone to match any project I’m working on.  Doing it like this means I don’t need to keep lots of different coloured gems in my crafting tote, just a few different sized ones in clear or white.

(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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TUTORIALS:

In my last post I told you I’d added sections 19 and 20 to the “Colouring In Digi Stamps” section, but at the point I hadn’t finished writing up the information.  You can now find the write up on for these two sections at the bottom of this page – here.

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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:

  • Friday, 6th September – Here! – 7″ Craft Scissors just 1p – HOT SELLERS & 11 New Froms
  • Monday, 9th September – Here! – CUP SPECIAL OFFERS, Best Selling Designers & Crafters
  • Wednesday, 11th September – Here! – NEW Blank Christmas Cards & Envelopes & 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 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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First Post Of September

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Sep 062013
 

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A Bit Of An Update, A Card, A Bracelet, And A Bit Of The Garden

I know that I write a lot in each blog post – please don’t think that you have to read every word I’ve written. You can just click the thumbnail images to view each card at a larger size, and then click “Back” and scroll down to the next section.

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If any of you are looking to fill gaps in your ProMarker or FlexMarker collections – Letraset currently have a 6 for the price of 5 offer, as well as them giving a free Ultra-Fine Nib with any single ProMarker.  I don’t know how long this offer will last for, but it would seem to me to be a good time to either fill in gaps where you are missing colours you would like, or to buy in second pens of the individual colours you find yourself using the most which are likely to run out with you first.  The Limited Edition Autumn/Winter pack is also for sale on the site – I’ve already bought mine via C & C and started using them in my projects.

I’ve had my niece over for two days this week to help me with some heavier weight jobs I just can’t do myself.  One day out the garden and one day starting the spring cleaning of my bedroom/craftroom – yes!  I know it’s a bit late for spring cleaning, LOL, but I needed to be able to afford some new storage before we tackled one corner of my room that hadn’t seen daylight for a couple of years, and that was delivered the end of last week.  Unfortunately we didn’t manage to finish either job, so hopefully my niece will be back for another day or so before heading back to uni.  Even more unfortunately I’ve been on my feet for a large portion of two days in a run (she’s very willing but admits she doesn’t know the difference between plants to keep and plants to go, rose bushes and brambles, so I needed to be there with her to point her at the stuff I couldn’t do) which meant that by the mid-afternoon the second day, even though I spent some time lieing in bed while she moved stuff in and out, I was in so much pain I was crying.  And forget being able to tell her where to put some of the stuff when she started carrying stuff back after washing the carpet, wall, window, of one third of the room, my brain went into M.E. brain fog mode and I couldn’t even remember which storage section yet alone which plastic drawer stuff was to go into.  I had hoped that I’d be OK for storage now, but I hadn’t realised that a couple of carboard storage compartments for plastic A4 paper trays had started to colapse.  I’d removed some trays of paper to work with at some point, failed to put them back because I was so exhausted after crafting so they just got dumped on the floor by the bottom of my bed, and of course the weight of the stuff in compartments above had just squished the box down, which was why things like my tray of spray glues, etc., had decided to slide to the floor as well, and the cardboard storage doesn’t want to go back into proper shape now.  I knew I’d have to replace the cardboard storage at some point of course, but I had hoped that they would last for another year before I’d replace them with similar shaped items in MDF, but with them not being useable any more I went to have a look on the site where I’d got the two MDF units that sit by the side of these cardboard ones, and lo and behold, not only did they have them in stock but I realise I’d got 15% discount on them – so I ordered a few of them last night. And in the meantime there’s a bundle of stuff still in the sitting room that needs to be carried back but I don’t want them back in my room until these new little shelf units arrive or I’ll only have to move everything again.  I’m going to have to try and get one of the boxes that the unit we put into place on Wednesday came in into the sitting room and put everything into that.  At least that way it will all be in one confind space, and hidden, rather than all over the sitting room floor.

So, with all the going on I’m sure it won’t come as a surprise to you to learn that I’ve not been crafting a lot this week.  I do have a card I made the begining of the week to show you, and a quick bracelet as well, and as I had my niece out with me I made it over to the other half of the garden and took some photos of our apple trees and the bonfire of garden rubbish we set going.  I’ve also put up a new “Making Flowers” pictorial guide and have part done two more colouring in pictorial guides as well (you can see what I’ve done so far on those but will have to come back at a future date to see the finished gudes).

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CARD:

(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.)

A Challenge Card

Challenges entered into:

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  1. Craft Table by Janette Padley (I printed the digi-stamp at smaller than the size provided onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then coloured it in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Poppy, Yellow, Morning Mist, Powder Blue, Mint Green, Bright Green, Cyan, Bright Orange, Imperial Purple, Cool Grey 2. I then cut the image out as a square topper and matted it onto red cardstock using finger-lift tape.  I trimmed the mat to a small border using a Perfect Layers ruler.  I took an 8″ square white Crafty Bob card and attached the matted topper using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I stuck some blue fabric flowers, from my crafting stash, around the background using glue gel.  I used the same Poppy ProMarker I’d used on the image to colour up three off-white buttons, from my mother’s button box, and a peel-off greeting that says “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.  The peel-off greeting was put onto a blank greeting panel that I’d also gone around with the same coloured ProMarker and the panel was stuck to the card using the same foam tape.  I then used glue gel to attach some little red mulberry flowers, the three buttons and a bow made of a ribbon the same colour as the background flowers.)

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JEWELLERY:

This is a two loop memory wire bracelet. but I did the first half in one colour and the second half in another colour of acrylic beads.  This way it looks as if you are wearing two bangles while still having the safety of having the bracelet wrapped completely around the arm.  And as it’s memory wire it will expand to go round a larger wrist, even if it doesn’t make the two complete loop arounds.  As well as the cheap faceted acrylic beads I used nickel free metal spacers in this item.

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GARDENING:

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  1. The Bramley apple tree before my niece started strimming the grass and weeds growing beneath it.
  2. There’s quite a good crop on the tree this year, though they are not all obvious as they haven’t all started changing colour from the green so are hiden by the leaves.
  3. This is an eating apple tree.  I forget which type.
  4. Although there are marks on some of the apples the tree has a huge crop this year.  Just hope the ripen and we get a good proportion of them before the wasps.

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  1. The number of pears on the pear trees is abysmal.  None on one tree and no more than a dozen on the other.
  2. I sat out on the lawn, down-wind of the smoke (although there wasn’t really any wind to speak of or we wouldn’t have tackled burning the garden cleanup), directing my niece on what needed cutting and weeding out, and keeping an eye on the fire – with garden hose in hand just in case it decided to go out of control, though with no wind to speak of, and some dry stuff from when she came for half a day to help me in the garden at the bottom of the gire, it just burnt quickly and cleanly with no problems.

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TUTORIALS:

I’ve added some more items to my two sections of pictorial guides to how I’ve done things.

I’ve added two new pictorial guides called “Dappled Backgrounds” and “Adding Clouds” to the “Colouring In Digi Stamps” section, though I haven’t finishing writing up the details for these.

I’ve also added a quick guide called “Making Flatter Flowers From Waste – 1” to my “Making Paper Flowers” section, and this is complete now.

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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:

  • Friday, 30th August – Here! – SAVE 20%, 1p Paper Pack Offer, FREE CD, Hot Friday Designs & New Froms!
  • Monday, 2nd September – Here! – FREE CD and All the Latest Best Selling CUP Designers & Crafters
  • Wednesday, 4th September – Here! – CUP Craft Magazine SALE & All the latest News and Designs

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.)
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