First Post Of September

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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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