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A Bit Of An Update, Some Cards and Decorating Cupcakes
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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.
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.
(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?
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- Photo of same card taken in different light conditions to see if the detail of the white on white card would show up better.
- A close-up of an area of the card.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- My niece concentrated on making lots of butterflies using cutters and silicone press molds to decorate even more cakes.
- 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
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.)
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.
Have a look – here – at my whole shop “Siop Crafftau MAES MIERI Crafts Shop” on craftybob.com.
CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:
- 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.
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 to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.)