Oct 292013
 

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A Bit Of An Update, 2 Cards and 1 Notebook, Plus a Discount Code

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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.

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 I’ve had a reasonably quite weekend and only done a little bit of crafting.  I’ve decorated a notebook with torn paper panels and flowers – I’ve found that buying cheap notebooks and decorating them in some way, is a good way to make cheap little gifts that are both pretty and functional, and depending how they are decorated they can be done for males or females, or even children.

I also made a card where the decorative elements have been created using paper punches.  One thing I realised is that I’m missing a couple of my punches, so I really do need to finish sorting out the crafting stuff that are still in the large box I put them into when I started my crafty stash clear-up with my niece’s help.

My third item is also a card, this time with a digi-stamp topper that I’d coloured in a few days ago.  I do hope you like htem all.

All three items are being entered into different challenges, so please keep looking.

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CARDS:

(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)
(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. Where these linked pages are on the CUP site you will usually find a longer description of how I made the item at the bottom of the page.)

In my “MAKING THINGS EASIER!” section of my last blog post I mentioned that the storage of paper punches came up in one of the Facebook Groups I belong to (see the post to see how I store mine).  Well following that a challenge was set in the group to make anything using our punches.  So I printed out an assortment of backgrounds from a Stamping Dragon Design digital pack and got punching.  Other than scissors to cut out some panels before punching, everything on the card was done using punches.

Challenges entered into:

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  1. Spring Melody Papers by Janette Padley (This is the half way stage of creating my card showing the punches and scissors I used and the pieces I created with them to put on my card.)
  2. Spring Melody Papers by Janette Padley (I printed several of the papers out onto 120gsm Super Smooth white paper.  I trimmed one, took an 8″ square Crafty Bob card and attached the paper to the front using fingerlift tape.  I then took an assortment of my punches and cut some into squares and then punched into or around them, punched out a fancy paper ribbon and punched some flowers.  I also cut some leaf shapes.  I then took some quick grab glue and made a bow of part of the paper ribbon and attached the whole strip towards the bottom of my card.  I used finger-lift tape to attach the two main panels to the front of mycard, some 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape, to attach a greeting panel which says “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – and then shaped the punched flowers with my fingers and added the flowers and leaves to the card front using glue gel.)

Challenges entered into:

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  1. Bug Catching Boys Digital Stamp 2 by Angela Wenke (I printed out the design onto Super Smooth cardstock at smaller than the size provided.  I then coloured it in using my ProMarkers and cut out on the outline.  The colours I used were: Henna, Wallnut, Black, Denim Blue, Frozen Lake, Cool Grey 4, Buttercup, Green Shoot, Rose Pink, Vanilla, Blush, Ivory, plus Silver Metalic Marker.  The sky was: Frozen Lake, Sky Blue, nad Blender pen.  The grass was, Bright Green, Grass, Forest Green. I took a pre-cut, scored and folded card from my crafting stash and also used ProMarkers to colour in the front as a background.  I shaped the coloured in digi-stamp a bit and stuck onto the front of the card using glue gel.  I finished off by tieing the top with some pieces of jute cord.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know the language it will be needed in.)

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NOTEBOOK:

Challenges entered into:

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  1. M’Ladies Boudouir Card Papers by Janette Padley (I started off by printing several of the designs from this papers pack onto 120gsm Super Smooth white paper.  I took a cheep, supermarket, reporters notepad and put some glue gel over the front.  I put one of the printer papers over this and used a scissors to trim around the outside and to put snips at the top so that the paper could be pushed around the spring that held the notebook together.  The decoration, including the flowers were all made by tareing the other pieces into strips, oblongs, a leaf and spiral flowers.  I used quick grab glue to hold the flowers in place as I wound them up and then used glue gel to attach everything to the front of the notebook.)

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Oct 262013
 

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A Bit Of An Update, Longer Musings, Some Cards and a Discount Code

If you don’t want to read my musings, or 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 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.

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I don’t think there’s been any further improvement in my health since my last post, so haven’t done a load of crafting.  Just made some simple cards that didn’t require much crafting stash and kit pulled out.  And also done some online browsing and commenting.

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MUSINGS:

Are any of you plagued by Spam comments on your blogs?

As a lot of people who comment on blogs, myself included, don’t like the “Captcha”, or other types of systems where you copy some characters or words from small pictures you are presented with, I don’t have a system like that in place.  In fact, some blog followers won’t waste their time trying to write a comment and get it authenticated by a “Captcha” method if a blog uses this, so it wouldn’t be something I’d recommend to any blog owner who wants comments.

If you read the panel of info at the bottom of all my blog posts you’ll know that none of the comments left on any of my blog posts go live until I’ve had a chance to look over them, and once I’ve moderated they go live if they are not Spam.

There’s also a system in place behind my blog which puts anything it considers Spam into a “Spam” folder, rather than the “Pending” folder I need to check in.  Every now and then I have a quick look through the “Spam” folder to have a quick check – just in case the system has declared something to be Spam when it isn’t.

I also have a read of the “Spam” folder every now and then when I feel like a laugh.  Anybody else ever done this?

There are the Spammers who obviously realise that my Blog is written in English, so use a translating service to translate their very general, non specific, twaddle, that has nothing to do with my blog.  For instance – anybody but me think that this is a funny comment?:

“We’m delighted, I have to say. Truly virtually never ever do I face your blog that is each educative and partaking, and enable me to enable you know, an individual’ve strike the genuine toe nail on the mind. The notion is outstanding the difficulty is a factor that inadequate men and women are typically talking well relating to. We’m very secure which i transpired all through this for the duration of my seem for something regarding this.”

(In fact this might even be a translation from English, to another language, that’s later been translated back to English – “strike the genuine toe nail on the mind”, as funny as it is, may have come from a double translation of “hitting the nail on the head”.)

Of course, I don’t mind a crafter who’s more confident in another language using a translation service to help with writing comments – some translation gramatical errors can be forgiven if a comment actually applies to the post it’s commenting on – there may be some who use online translation services to read blogs in languages other than their own.

Then there was the time when I found a lot of posts (over 10)  in my Spam folder all supposedly from different people who’d had their “named brand” tablet taken by their sister or cousin, depending on the comment, and dropped a certain amount of height all with the aim of putting a video on YouTube to be a sensation – rendering the tablet unusable and the poor owner wanting to tell somebody about it.  Yeh!  Like I’m going to believe that and put it live!

There’s also the regular so called comments from so called people who want to know which blog service I use – as if the pannel at the bottom of the left hand column that’s headed “This Is Where I’ve Got My Website & Blog” with its link doesn’t answer that one.  And the comments that ask about where I got the theme for my Blog as they like the look – but obviously don’t like it enough to scroll right to the bottom right hand column where the name of the theme I use and the person who created it, again with link, is displayed.

Oh, and the comments from those who want to sell me people who will click through to my blog – what for? And the idiot who wants a discussion because my text is flowing over the side of the screen in Firefox – except I use Firefox myself and have checked my blog in other browsers.  And the idiots who want me to consider letting them write a guest post on my blog – as if that’s likely to happen when this is a blog to show people my crafting creations!  And the comments that suggest that putting posts with only one or two pictures isn’t such a good thing – and that’s one that often appears on one of my “making paper flowers” pictorial guide pages which has over 30 pictures on it.  And you may think that I write a lot – but there’s a comment spammer writing in Italian who’s comments are way longer than the posts I’ve written that they are replying to – I haven’t put any of those text into Google translate yet to see what these say – something to do the next time I feel like a laugh.

What is a bit more sneaky than the usual babble or stupid question comment are the comments that are real, but just copied from comments somebody else has received.  It has been a while since I spotted these in my Spam folder though, so I suppose that the Spammer who’d set up this system of automated spamming has had their system shut down.  But what they’d done was picked up an assortment of genuine comments that people had written on crafting blogs, and picked up a list of different crafting blogs.  Then they’d set up a system to post the genuine comments to other crafting blogs.  So at first glance the comments would appear to be genuine as there were comments such as, “I love your card” or “the technique you’ve used on the red card looks great”.  What gave these away was the fact that some had names in the posts such as “I love your card Jane”, when I’m obviously not Jane.  Or the comment finished off with a name that didn’t match the name given supplied by the writer in the details box.  Or the fact that very few of my cards have a single card on them so “your card” stated on a comment for a page with 12 cards didn’t make sense, or there wasn’t a “red card” on the post that was being refered to.  Actually copying some of these sneaky posts into Google often brought up a dozen or more blogs that had allowed the comments to go live in the previous few weeks, and the original of the comment a couple of years previously.  I found this out for several of these sneaky comments I received.

But what I really can’t understand are the Spammers who leave Spam comments on blogs in totally different languages to what the blogs are written in, – such as a Spammer posting via an IP address in America, writing in Chinese, and putting down that they’ve got a .co.uk website address.  And that same IP address being used to post 18 different comments to different posts on my blog within an hour one evening, but none of them supposedly having the same name, E-mail address and website.  Actually – this sort of thing I can’t understand at all, and I don’t mean the language.  Surely nobody would be allowing such comments live onto their blogs, and if they don’t the Spam comments don’t get seen by anybody who might click on them, or provide a link to a site that might be seen by some search engine’s alogrithms as a link to boost the site’s rankings.

I guess that some blog owners must allow Spam comments to go live – or may not have their brain in gear when they are moderating and actually click on the links given to see who’s left the incomprehensible comment on their blogs.  A very bad mistake to do that I think – you just don’t know what nasties may be waiting on the site.  The Spammers must be getting some clicks through, or they wouldn’t be wasteing their time setting up the automated systems that are making all these Spam comments.

So there you have it – the way my mind has been wondering around while having a good laugh at what’s made its way into the Spam comments folder on my blog.

Any of you found any really good comments like “strike the genuine toe nail on the mind” on your blogs?  Go on, comment below and give me a laugh as well.

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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 small batch of cards so that every one would go through the UK post on a standard letter stamp, so nothing larger than A5 in size or deeper than 5mm in its envelope.

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  1. Uncle Perry – Dragon Stamp by Janette Padley and Earth Tone Plains – Paper Pack by Janette Padley (I took the digi-stamp, together with backgrounds from the pack into one of my graphics packages so that I could create a card front that was just under 6″ in size by resizing digi-punching circles, etc. I then resized the digi to the right size for the card front.  I printed the card front out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock, cut it out, and then coloured in the digi using my ProMarkers, and used a black ProMarker to draw an edge around the outside of the card front. The colours I used were: Cinnamon, Henna, Chestnut.  I also used a gold, Wink of Stella pen to go around the digi-stmap panel and to put a dot and dash pattern around the outside border. I used a blackWink of Stella to write on the greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – and a white pen to go around two of the background circles.  The card front was then stuck to the front of a 6″ square pre-scored cream base card using finger-lift tape.)
  2. Violet Decoupage Card Front by Tina Fitch (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and then cut out the pieces.  The card front was attached to the front of an A5 pre-scored white base card using finger-lift tape.  I then shaped the flowers a bit with my fingers and attached them using glue gel but didn’t make it very deep so that it would still go through the UK post as a standard letter. I’ve not added a greeting yet as I’m not sure what language or occasion it will be used for.)

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  1. PRETTY COTTAGE IN OVAL FRAME WITH GOLD ORNATE CORNERS by Nick Bowley (I printed the image out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at around half size.  I then cut it out and went round the edge using a Gold Metalic Marker.  I used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape, to attach this to the front of an A5 white base card.  I then glued a green Flower Soft to the green creaper on the walls of the house and some coloured Flower Soft to the flowers in front of the wall.  I haven’t put a greeting yet as I don’t know the language it will be needed in.)
  2. buttercup fairy and toad stool by Paul Fitzsimmons and Square Pearls and Lace Card Front or insert by Carol Clarke (To keep the dimension low I put the digi onto the card front in one of my graphics packages before printing to keep the dimension flat.  The card was printed onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  The digi was coloured in using ProMarkes with a few highlights of yellow Wink of Stella pen over details on her wing.  The ProMarker colours used were: Morning Mist, Satin, Blossom, Raw Sienna, Buttercup, Summer Sun, Gold.  Clear Wink of Stella was used to highlight the lace on this sheet as well, although neither is showing up well in the photo. I then cut out the base card, scored it using my Hougie Board, and folded the card.  I then used a punch to round the corners.  I haven’t put on a greeting yet as I don’t know the language it will be needed in.)

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MAKING THINGS EASIER!

Show Us Show Us 24-10-13 01Show Us Show Us 24-10-13 02The storage of paper punches came up in one of the Facebook Groups I belong to this week and, as I took some pictures of how I’ve got mine stored now, I decided that now would be a good time to add the storage of paper punches to this series of “Making Things Easier”.

Like many, I’m sure, I use to just put my punches in a cardboard box.  But rifeling around in the box when I needed anything was anoying, and cardboard boxes have a habit of breaking, especially the bottom coming out with the weight in them.

I know that some punch types can be clipped flat and stacked, but I just know that if I had those punches, and did that, the one punch I’d need would be on the bottom of the pile and the whole lot would tumble if I tried to get it out.

Show Us Show Us 24-10-13 03But since I started buying in Storage 4 Craft shelving units with plastic trays I’ve been putting my punches into the A4 plastic trays with lids as well.  You’ll see that I’ve got two trays of Punches in this unit.  And can see the punches I’ve got in them in the other two pictures.  I was originally thinking of putting my punches into a much deeper tray all together, but then realised that this would make for heavy trays.  And heavy trays are something that I can’t handle safely.  Plus, of course, if the box is deep and punches are stacked on top of other punches, then seeing what’s beneath and getting at the exact one I want takes time.

There is one punch in my “use it every time I craft tote”.  My corner rounder punch.  Other than that I just go and fetch punches as and when I need them from my storage.

Of course, I don’t have a huge amount of punches – not compared to the collection of punches I’ve seen in some people’s photos online over the last couple of years – but I think I could fit a few more into these trays if I tidied them up, and then I’ll have to start filling up another tray if I collect any more paper punches.

I do wonder how everybody else stores their punches.  I’ve seen some pictures of them stored in drawers, and some on shelves.  Do you have a storage system for punches that really suits you and the way you work, or do you have to push them into a corner for storage because that’s all the space you have and then always have trouble finding and retreiving them?

(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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Another October 2013 Post

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Oct 232013
 

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A Bit Of An Update, Some Musings, And Six Cards

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.

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I’m feeling a bit better than I was last week, though not back to my usual mediocure self yet.  However, I have made half a dozen cards this week having got my Joy machine out and die-cut some digi-stamps I’ve coloured while in bed the last week or so and some other panels.  I think I’ve got quite a variety this time with some a masculine card, neutral sympathy card and some feminine ones.  I hope you like them and will let me know what you think.

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MUSINGS:

If you’ve been following my blog regularly you’ll probably have seen me mention the “Stamp Out” group and blog, and the fact that they ran a special Blog Hop around the blogs of several designers, who’d been given the same theme to work on and managed to produce totally different work of their own without refering/copying/taking inspiration from anybody else’s work.

And then they had the bright idea of doing a twist and actually getting designers to copy the work of the other designers to show how easy copying (from what I’ve read some of the designers were really surprised at how quickly they could create a digi stamp by substantially copying the work of somebody else without having to think and plan the composition, etc.).  And they set a challenge, with prizes, to see if anybody could spot which artist had copied which original.

Well the winners have now been announced, as an update within the post about the challenge, and I sure wasn’t one of them.  I got – 1 (one) right.  Not very good was it?

Which just proves that spotting the cheats, and matching up an artists style to an image, is very difficult even when you know that you are looking at copies and have a small number of artists that could have done the copying.  The artists own style was lost when copying the other artists work.

So it is obviously much more difficult to spot which are copies and which are originals in shops and blogs around the Internet, especially if a designer keeps on stating that he/she is drawing original digi stamps and everybody else is copying.  It’s sad that there are artists out there who are out to part us crafters from our money by prolifically copying the compositions or styles of several artists, sometimes artists we won’t have heard of so are unaware that what we are seeing are copies.  And this putting money into the pockets of copiers means that we are buying less from the original artists, some of whom are struggling to put food on the table in front of their children, and if the original artists have to give up designing to go and work some other way to bring in the money, then us as crafters will be the ones who are worse off.

Of course, there are stamp companies who have more than one artist drawing from them, so they will have different styles of digi or physical stamps for sale.  And there are artists who like to draw on more than one theme and style, so their “cute little girls with their pets series” would have a different feel to their “gothic” series.  Plus, of course, artists will develop and mature with their art and styles, and what they draw in a few years time will be different to what they draw now, but that is more of a gradual change I think.  However, there are artists out there, who sweare that everything is their own, who have several different styles, even within – say their “cute little girls” series, and funnily enough none of them bare any similarity to what they were drawing as little girls two years ago, but a lot of them resemble, in whole or in part, the style, positioning, dimensions, etc., of a number of other artists work.

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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. My Valentine Resource Kit by Marie Wolman (I took an assortment of elements from this kit into one of my graphics packages and layered some, copied and resized, until I had the elements I required on my working area.  The sheet was then printed out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out.  I took an A4 sheet of white cardstock, scored it in half using my Hougie Board, and attached a strip of lace patterened sticky tape across the bottom.  I then used glue gel to attach and layer the elements I’d printed and cut out from this kit.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know the language it will be needed in.)
  2. Digital Stamp – Vase of Daffodils by Sheila Rodgers (I printed the digi stamp out at smaller than the size given onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock.  I then coloured it in using my ProMarkers and a FlexMarker.  The colours I used were: Daffodil Bloom, Gold, Tulip Yellow, Grass, Forest green, Aegean, Denim Blue, Dove Grey, Cool Grey 1. After colouring I used a mask for an outline and coloured in from the edge with distress ink.  I cut around the panel and then stuck it to the front of yellow glitter cardstock, which I trimmed close to the edge of the digi-stamp topper.  This was stuck onto a panel of cream cardstock that had been cut out using a die.  Again this was stuck to the front of another panel.  The base card was cut from a sheet of A4 yellow coloured topsy turvy cardstock using a grand nestability die.  I’ve not ut on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in, or for what occasion.)
  3. This card is built onto a cream 8″ square card. The layers are cut from white and cream cardstock using Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Dies using my Joy machine. The cross is cut out of Centura Pearl cardstock using a Tattered Lace die in the same die cutting machine.  All the layers were stuck together using glue gel.

The second card in this group is the card I made using the second digi-stamp I bought when going round the blogs in the “Owl The Same … Or Not” Blog Hop.

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  1. Digital Stamp Scamp Special Delivery from JustInklined (The digi stamp was printed out onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock at smaller than the size provided.  I then coloured the image in using my ProMarkers and FlexMarkers.  The colours I used were: Sky Blue, Meadow Green, Azure, Dove Grey, Antique White, Cool Grey 2.  I then took a 6″ square card that was pre-scored and had a scalloped edge and matted a piece of lime green check background from my crafty stash onto this which I’d wrapped a piece of lace and green check ribbon around.   I used a Spellbinders die to cut out the digi-stamp and then stuck it to ghe card front.  I wrote the greeting “Penblwydd Hapus Iawn” – which is Welsh for “A Very Happy Birthday” – onto the envelope front in the dog’s mouth with a Letraset 0.3mm pen.)
  2. Digital Stamp Chilly Owls set from JustInklined (The digi stamp was printed out onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock at smaller than the size provided.  I then coloured the image in using my ProMarkers and FlexMarkers. The colours I used were Tan, Tawny Owl, Buttercup, Fire wood, Dove Grey.  I a Spellbinders die to cut out the digi, and another one from the same set to cut out the greetings panel.  I went around the “branch and leaves” outline of both panels using a Zig clear Wink of Stella pen.  I took an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl cardstock and scored it at 7.5cm and 15cm using my Hougie Board.  I folded it at the central score with the pearlescent side inwards and then bent back at the other score line to bring the pearlescent side to the half front.  The digi-stamp topper was attached directly to this using glue gel.  I’ve not put a greeting on yet as I don’t know what occasion or language it will be needed in.)
  3. Digital Stamp Wishing Well from JustInklined (The digi stamp was printed out onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock at smaller than the size provided.   I then coloured the image in using my ProMarkers. The colours I used were: Hearth-stone, Warm Grey 1, Grey Squirrel, Cool Grey 4, Chestnut, Walnut, Shale, Tan, Cocoa, Grass.  I cut out the digi-stamp topper using a Spellbinders die, and also cut a branch out using a Tattered Lace die out of the same sheet.  I used my Joy machine to do this.  I coloured the twig and leaves outline of the digi-topper and the branch using the same brown and green ProMarkers I’d used to colour in the digi-stamp.  I then took a brown card from my crafting stash and scored and folded it in half.  The topper was stuck to the front of this using 1mm deep double sided foam tape and the branch added using glue gel.  I took a “Penblwydd Hapus” greeting panel from my crafting stash and stuck this in place using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  By keeping to only branches and leaves around the image I think that this makes a masculine card for a birthday or get well, but if blossom was added to the branch and flowers were draped around the well it would make a lovely card for a female.  I do like it when a digi-stamp can be used in more than way.)

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:

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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, 18th October – Here! – New FREE CD volume 68, HOT HOT Designs & 11 New Froms
  • Monday, 21st October – Here! – Monday Designer & Crafter Selections on Craftsuprint.com

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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Oct 222013
 

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Card Shape Tutorial – Circular Easel Card

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This is an extra posting, in addition to my regular “Pick of the Week” post every four weeks, that I’ve put up to “The Dragons Den” to show how I constructed a Circular Easel Card I made as an entry to the “Colouring In” challenge on the Stamping Dragon Designs – Facebook Group for October.

The digi-stamp we’ve been given to work with for this month’s colouring in challenge is – Monsters.

I decided to team this with mini scrapbook kit – Space Case Mini Theme for my card.

MAKING THE CARD:

First decide on what you want the finished size of your card to be – I went for a 6″ diameter card because this is the largest size my circle cutter will cut and is the largest size that will come out of an A4 sheet of cardstock.

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  1. With my chosen size in mind I printed out the digi-stamp and my chosen circular mats and other elements at the right size onto Crafty Bob paper, and I collected what I’d need together.
  2. I took an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock and scored it at 3″ and 6″ using my Hougie Board.
  3. I then folded it at the 6″ line and burnished it
    (you will notice that because an A4 card isn’t 12″ long that you have one side longer than the other)
  4. I took my Circle Scissors and put the blade in the 6″ hole and put this just inside the edge of the shortest side of the card, leaving the circle scissors overlapping the card at the fold.
    (you can use circular dies in a die-cutting machine, or even draw around a plate or saucer and cut using a pair of scissors or a craft knife, but make sure whatever you use extends out over the fold.)

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  1. This will give you a “clam” shaped base card.
  2. I also cut out a full 6″ circle out of a second sheet of A4 Centura Pearl cardstock.
  3. And also a 5.5″ circle out of a background.
  4. I’d printed one of the circular elements from the kit out at 6″diameter and cut it out by hand.  This was put behind the circular base card, marked,  and I cut off the extra piece that stuck out just inside the marked line.

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  1. This left me with a piece the same size and shape as the base card.
  2. This was stuck inside the un-scored side of the card.
    (I used Pinflair glue gel as a flat glue here to allow time for me to slip the panel into the right place)
  3. I then folded the card at the second score line I’d put in originally and put finger-lift tape over the rounded half of the card front.
    (I could have used glue gel again to allow for movement, but I didn’t want to wait for it to set before continuing.)
  4. Because I used tape and so had no “wiggle time” I put the non sticky side to the top circle first and matched up the edges.  I then pressed the other half together.

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  1. I use glue gel and attached the circle of background I’d cut earlier to the front of the card.
  2. I put 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape behind another of the circular mats I’d printed out from the kit at around 5.3″ in diameter, and after taking off the backing I smeared a bit of glue gel behind the foam to give me some movement time.
  3. I put the circular mat on top of my card front so that a wide band of the card top and a narrow band of the backing was visible.  And there you have it – the finished front of my card!
  4. But what about the topper? I hear you ask.

    Well I could have attached the digi-stamp topper straight to the front of my card like this after colouring it in and cutting it out.
    (To colour I used ProMarkers: Henna, Tulip Yellow, FlexMarkers: Crimson, Imperial Purple, Twinkling H2O: Cinnamon Stick, Spiced Pumpkin.  The last two I used to add shimmer over parts of the coloured in image, although they don’t really show up in the photos.  As the markers are alcohol based adding the water based paints with a brush doesn’t cause any running of the original colour.) –

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  1. But I didn’t!

    I took a strip of acetate about as wide as the monsters between both their outside legs, and I scored it at 0.5″

  2. I then folded it and burnished it at the score line and put one of the paper ribbon strips that I’d printed from the kit on top of this.
  3. Attaching it in place using another strip of foam tape.
  4. This was then put down on the card base as a stopper, with the acetate coming out the front.

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  1. I trimmed the stopper bar to match the round base mat outline and put some ultra tacky tape at the top of the acetate.
  2. After taking the backing off the tape, and with the card open, I pressed the acetate backwards towards the back of the card.
  3. And I then put on my monsters – making sure that the head of the taller one was a smidgen shorter than the fold line.  I also put a little world printed from the same kit near the front of the base.
  4. And now the card is complete – when the card is opened the monsters pop up and when the easel is put into place the monsters float in front of it.

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  1. And here is the front view of the finished card.

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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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Oct 182013
 

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A Bit Of An Update, Very Little Musings, And Several Cards

If you’ve not got time to read everything, and 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 still not feeling right.  With headaches, and aches and pains, I almost feel as if I’m going down with the flu – except I’ve had the flu jab the start of last week, so it may be an effect of having the jab as it doesn’t feel as if it’s developed into a full dose of flu.  Whatever it is I hope it clears up soon.

I couldn’t settle to sleep Wednesday night so I did a batch of quick Christmas cards until my pain killers kicked in and I could get to sleep.  I’ve also finished a card using one of the digi-stamps I bought during the “Stamp Out” groups blog hop.  Plus I put together a reasonably simple card using a digi-stamp I’d coloured in several days ago, and Thursday I completed a card I’d been planning since the begining of the month – but this last card is for a post on The Dragons Den blog next week, so I can’t show you that one yet – but all the rest of my latest cards you can see below.  I hope you like them – let me know what you think as a comment below.  Thank you.

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MUSINGS:

Well, I have to admit that I don’t have a clue which artist copied which of the other artists in the “Owl the Same … or Not Blog Hop” digital images.  I’ve looked, and looked again, at the images as shown on the “Mission: Expose the Copycat Bandits” blog post on the “Stamp Out” blog.  I have now made a wild stab at it and sent in my entry. Why don’t you pop over for a look and have a go.  Entry closes on Monday 21st.

The fact that I had trouble spotting who drew which image, and I believe others are finding that they have the same problems, and I knew what artists had done the original and which artists were involved in doing the copies, just shows how difficult it can be for crafters identify original artists.  Sometimes it’s easy to spot that something is a copy of something else but then it becomes a case of identifying whihc one came first and is the original.  In this case that isn’t an issue as we know which are originals and which are copies.

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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 using one of the two digi stamps I bought during the “Owl the Same … or Not” Blog Hop earlier this week.

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  1. Owls On a Fence by Faith Skrdla of From The Heart Stamps (I printed the digi 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: Fire Wood, Sandstone, Cinnamon, Berry Red, Holly, Canary, and Dove Grey FlexMarker. I used the Dove Grey to go around the digi-stamp and also to add “snow drifts”.  Some of these I then went over with a glitter glue pen. I used both inside and outside of a mask to put down a pale blue and a pale lavender chalk ink frame and then cut out the image topper.  This was stuck to a sheet of white glitter card using glue gel and the glitter card was trimmed to an even border using a Perfect Layers ruler. I created an A5 base card from an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock scored using my Hougie Board and folded in half. The matted image was stuck to this using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I finished the card by decorating it with items from an embelishment kit I had in my crafting stash.)

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  1. Monkey Digital Stamps by Angela Wenke (I printed the digi-stamp out at much smaller than the size provided onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then coloured it in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were – Chestnut, Cinnamon, Sandstone, Oatmeal, Forest Green, and Sea Mist Flexmarker.  I took a mask and some Distress Ink and blended the ink in from the mask using a blending tool to give a framed look to the image before cutting it out to leave a white “frame”.  This was then matted onto spotty paper from my crafting stash using finger-lift tape and trimmed to leave an un-equal border.  I took a green base card and stuck the matted image onto this using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I decorated down the edge with some jute twine, lightly coloured using the same colour as the branch and twisted, and some metal embelishments from my crafting stash.)

The following are a small batch of Christmas cards I put together Wednesday evening when I couldn’t get to sleep.  I pulled out my box of leftover bits from Christmas cardmaking kits from previous years.  This lot is made using pieces using the Crafter’s Companion Beatrix Potter 110 years of Peter Rabbit kit I think.

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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, 16th October – Here! – 1p CD promotion, Detailed Digital Dies, & All the Latest CUP News

Craftsuprint have a “Mailer Archive” where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months. This can be seen by clicking – here.

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You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here (Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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Oct 162013
 

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A Lot Of An Update, Quite A Lot Of Musings, And Very Little Crafting

If you are regular visitors to my blog I’m sure you know the drill by now – If you’ve got time to read my musings then please do – there’s news of a discount on digis from one one designer and the chance to win half a dozen from another set of designers – but if you are short on time just scroll to the photos.
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Today I’ve not been feeling at my best (which, as many of you already know, isn’t particularly good at my best) with a headache and more aches and pains than usual, so it’s a good thing that I got most of this blog post written yesterday.  I did decide to do a bit of crafting this morning to see if it would take my mind off the pains – it didn’t really work so I only got one card done.  I decided to go for a bit of a distressed/vintage look, rather than concentrating on colouring in or cutting correctly – I’m not convinced that this looks good – perhaps I shouldn’t have added the “raindrops” to it at the end as I’m not happy with it.  I was debating not putting it up on my blog, but as this is suppose to be a blog of all my crafting I decided to put it up in any case so that you could give your feedback, so you’ll find a picture below.

LEJ Challenge Oct 2013 02In my blog post of the 9th of October I told you I’d been lucky enough to win in a challenge on the LEJ Designs challenge blog.  Well my prize arrived today.  A couple of packs of lovely stamps – including one of the “House Mouse” stamp sets – I do love the “House Mouse” characters even though I’ve not been able to justify spending money on collecting the stamps so this is a lovely addition to my stamp collection.  Also included was a gorgeous little card from Lindsay – Thank You So Much!

StampingDragonAutumnSaleThere’s currently an Autumn Sale going on at Stamping Dragon Designs with a whole 25% off.  This is running until the 19th of October, so not many days left now.  If you’ve not already been over for a look, and to grab yourself a bargain, then why not do so now.  You can find the shop -> Here!

And I know that my musings have got a bit long this time, but if you want to learn of a chance to win 6 digi images from some well know artist you’ll find the info near the end of the Musings section.

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MUSINGS:

Owl The Same Or Not Blog HopIn my last blog post I mentioned that I’d seen a blog hop advertised and that, while I don’t usually follow blog hops, the name of this one “Owl the Same … or Not“, and the group holding it “Stamp Out”, had got my interest.

And actually going round the blogs I did find of interest, as well as getting my brain thinking again, both about what was in the blog hop and some of what I’ve learnt by being a member of the “Stamp Out Stamp Theft” group on Facebook the last few months.

Plus, following on from the blog hop another idea was formed by the “Stamp Out” founder and it involves a competition that anybody can enter – so read on!

There were six artists involved in the blog hop, from the large group who are participating companies in the “Stamp Out” partnership of artists.  The aim, according to “Stamp Out” founding member Mo Manning was to have “fun proving that even when using the same THEME — original artists will have unique take on an image,” and also to raise money for a charity (Project C.U.R.E.).

While stamp thieves can be crafters who don’t follow the Terms of Use of items they buy, or who believe (wrongly!) that anything on the Internet is there for them to use and share however they like, stamp thieves can also be “artists” who either copy or trace images, or parts of images (sometimes amalgamated from several sources), to create items they then go on to sell, or who take more than a little inspiration and imitate other artists work to such an extent that people would at first glance assume that it was the work of the original artist.

This blog hop was an interesting concept to try and show those crafters and artists who are always saying “well there’s only a limited number of different ways to draw a thing-a-me-bob, so of course if this artist and that artist draw a thing-a-me-bob then they are bound to look the same”, that actually there are lots of different ways to draw things on the same theme without them all looking more or less the same.

(I know that, as crafters we’ve often got our favourite creators of digi-stamps who we’ve been buying from for months, perhaps even a couple of years, and it’s hard to accept that actually most of what we’ve bought from this one person were pretty close copies of the work of half a dozen other artists or photographers we’ve never heard of, who’s work has been online longer – sudden changes in style or an artist having more than one distinct style can be an indication of this.  Some crafters deny the posibility that they’ve been paying out for illegal copies even when side-by-sides or overlaying shows that bits are in exactly the same proportion and style, not just on a similar theme.  Some will even believe their favourite designer is being victimsed, even when dateing evidence of the earliest showing of the originator’s work and the copier’s work prove which was online first allwing the other to copy.

All this got me thinking – we were all taught to write and form our letters pretty similarly in school, but if a whole class of people, who were taught to write at the same time, came together again when they were 40 and were asked to quickly write the same sentence out, I’m sure that everybody’s writing would be different – some sloaping one way, some the other; some small, some large; some with very regimented letters, and some with letters all over the place; some easily readable and some practically illegible.  The writer’s own individuality would show through, so although the wording would be the same, and there may be some similarities because all the people started from the same place, there would be some differences in all the writing.  So why do some people persist in thinking that artists, who were not taught by the same people, who sometimes don’t even come from the same countries so therefore have a different environment around them to draw inspiration from, would come up with images that are substantially similar to another artists drawings, a few days or weeks after the original was made public, time after time?  We’re not talking about the occasional similarity with some artists, but a whole online shop with dozens that appear substantially similar to other people’s work.  There are some genuine mistakes made, and from what I’ve seen those artists are quick to remove any offending work.  There are crafters who are genuinely without a clue as to what is going on in the world of artists trying to make a living from their artwork and constantly having their work stolen.  But there are also artists who purpously set out to copy and make money from those copies, and there are crafters who ware rose coloured spectacles and refuse to accept the obvious as far as the very small number of cheating artists are concerned, or crafters who think that the laws don’t apply to them so they can do as they like.)

In any case – back to the blog hop.  There are some lovely digi-stamps created by the artists involved in this hop, in lots of different styles, so something to suit different tastes in digis – I got tempted and bought two of them (you’ll probably see them made up into cards on my blog before long as I’ve already printed them out). If you’ve not already popped over for a look then start – Here! – and work your way around – with only six artists it isn’t a long hop (which was a good thing for me as I can only browse and work on my laptop for short periods before resting), and it’s interesting to read a bit about the artists and their reasons for being a part of “Stamp Out”.

My only problem with it is that not all the artists have actually followed the theme of “a small owl and a large owl perched on a fence on a “chilly” day” to the letter – one only having one owl not looking in the slightest bit chilly on the digi she’s got for sale.  Another has a flat plank of wood that could indeed be the top bar of a fence, so I don’t really mind that the whole fence isn’t there, but another admits to a “branch” which doesn’t look anything like part of a fence to me.  Having been brought up on a farm I was drawn to the one with a barbed wire fence – something I saw around our farm, and a perfect example of a person drawing something they are familiar with, and not a generic wooden fence.

So, yes, all the images look different, including individual owls – from realistic to cutesy, but because not all were on a fence, or even on part of a fence, then obviously there would be a difference in composition in those, but all in all, I think it was a good idea, was a good way of trying to prove the point, and I loved the results.

And now for the “extra fun” –

As a further experiment, those involved in creating the six original digi-images on show on the blogs during the hop were asked to pick one of the original creations of the others and copy it.  The resulting copied images are to be seen next to the original they were copied from on the “Stamp Out” blog’s latest post – Here!  I think the artists involved, who are use to taking their time in thinking up, drawing and getting the composition right on their own unique creations were surprised at how quickly they could knock out a copy without any thought being needed on their part.

And the “extra fun” – guess which artist has done the copying in each case and E-mail in your answers to the address given on the post and you could be in with a chance of winning – “Stamp Out will choose 3 winners. Each winner will receive a digital stamp of their choice from all 6 artists!!

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And going on from my previous musings in my post of the 11th October about the lack of information about “Terms of Use” or “Angel Policies” on the packaging of physical stamps bought, or received free on magazinesm – well the “Stamp Out” blog has a section of “Some Specific Angel Policies” with links to the policies on the companies websites.

Do any of you put “Illustration © ????” on the back of any cards made using stamped images?  I’ve not looked at all the companies who’s policies are listed, but this is in at least one of the policies.  Others have a small © and their initials in close proximity to their digi and request that this not be removed, which is quite natural – but have any of you trimmed your images right up to the outline and cut this off some artists work?

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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.)

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  1. Tractor Stamp – 3 by Janette Padley (As I thought this tractor didn’t look very modern I decided to adjust the line colour to a brown shade before printing out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at a smaller size than provided.  I then tore around the edge and used a blending tool working on a SplodgeAway mat to put Distress Inks in Vintage Photo and Antique Linen around the edge.  I also used a brush to use the same Distress Ink in a very “vintage” look over the digi-stamp itself.  I then spotted it with water and bloted off for an even more distressed look.  I took a brown A5 base card.  Put on a panel of perlescent brown cardstock that had been embossed with a woodgrain patern and then put on the digi-stamp panel.  I finished the card of by putting on clear “raindrop” embelishments over the image, a brown flower at the bottom right using glue gel, and a greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” at the botom left.)
  2. A slightly different angled look at the card.

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SCRAPBOOK LAYOUT:

In my last blog post on the 14th I showed you some photos of some of the vegetable and floral displays I’d done for our Thanksgiving Service at our chapel.  I then had an idea to put them onto some sort of digital scrapbook layout.  I’m not very good at scrapbooking, but do have a bit of fun on my computer moving things around and resizing.  This is what I came up with in the end.

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  1. Blazing Summer Mini Theme by Janette Padley (I took several backgrounds and elements from this kit, together with three of my photographs of items from our Thanksgiving Service, and resized, layered and moved them until I had an 8″ square layout of a digital scrapbook page which I then saved and exported.  I actually made the flower elements into fancy mats behind my photos which I thought gave the page a bit of a different effect.  The wording is as follows: “Diolch Dduw am greu y byd” – “Thank you God for creating the world”; “Diolch Dduw am greu pobol” – “Thank you God for creating people”; “Diolch Dduw am bob peth” – “Thank you God for everything”.)

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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:

  • Monday, 14th October – Here! – Free CD, 1p Show Special CD & Best Selling CUP Designers & Crafters

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You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here (Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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Crafting Mid October 2013

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Oct 142013
 

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An Update, Some More Musings, A Card and Some Cakes

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I’ve only made one card since my last post, but I have been doing other things.

Sunday was the time for our Thanksgiving Service at out chapel, and we were having a tea in the vestry afterwards as well.  As my little nephews, and the other children from the Sunday School, were taking part I needed to do a bit of preparation work in the form of : cakes for the tea – with the nephews finishing off the decorations for them with carrots and autumnal leaves made from fondant icing; tray’s of vegetables for them to hold and then present at the front table; a display in the entrance of the vestry.

Obviously I wasn’t going to be able to do everything on Sunday, so I had to do a plan of action to space out things and allow for resting in between every activity.

So I cooked two dozen fairy cakes Saturday so that they were in the oven while we were having lunch, and then put on a circle of decorated icing onto each one after they cooled down later Saturday afternoon.  The nephews came Sunday morning to create and add their decorations.

I went out the garden Saturday evening to collect some courgettes (a few of which look closer in size to marrows), and had a walk around with my loppers on Sunday morning, while our little dog had a run around the garden, to cut flowers and different leafy branches.  The rest of the stuff I’d already got from the garden during the week.   After the boys had decorated the cakes Sunday morning we all decamped to bed to watch a recorded program on TV before I headed up to the vestry and chapel to put everything in place, before coming back, another half an hour rest before lunch, and then another half an hour rest before heading up to the chapel for the service.

All I can say is that I survived – just!  The begining of this week is going to be more resting than activity I think.

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MUSINGS:

Owl The Same Or Not Blog HopI must admit to not having time for much musings over the last weekend.  What with the thanksgiving service and tea, and resting up so that I’d be up to going out for a couple of hours to that.  But one thing that did catch my eye was an invitation to a Blog Hop.  Now I don’t usually do any blog hops – but my interest was grabbed by this one because of its name and the group that’s holding it.

The Blog Hop is called “Owl the Same … or Not!”.  Catchy title I thought.

It’s being held by the “Stamp Out” people.  In other words Stamp Out Stamp Thieves.

This group is trying to educate both designers and crafters with regards to what constitutes stamp theft.  Lots of their work is in the background, such as sending take down notices to Pinterest when crafters Pin items they’ve got no right to pin, or letting designers know that it isn’t right to copy other people’s work or styles in their own creations.  But they are not affraid of nameing and shaming people who persist in breaking the copyright law if they don’t remove offending items.

There is a “Stamp Out” group on Facebook – Here!  As well as the “Stamp Out” blog – Here!

The idea behind the blog hop is an interesting concept.  A group of artists who are part of “Stamp Out” are taking part and have been given a theme. The theme is “a small owl and a large owl perched on a fence on a “chilly” day“.

Each participating artist will create an image on that theme.  The idea is that each artist is very unlikely to come up with an image that is substantially similar to any of the other artists work in terms of proportion and style, even though they are all working on the same theme – which is quite specific.

The artists will reveal their creations for the first time during the blog hop – and the images created will be for sale with the proceeds going to a charity.

Details of the Blog Hop can be found on the blog – here.  And the event start can be found – here.

So I’m off now to have a look to see what’s to be seen on the various blogs in this hop – it may even be the subject of my next musings.

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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.)

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  1. Girly toppers by Debra Jenkinson and  Blue and white snowflake insert 1 by Sharon Poore (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock.  I then cooured in the image on the left using my ProMarkers, adding two outlines ovals using colours used on the image itself before cutting the oval out.  The colours I used were:  Cinnamon, Sky Blue, Cyan, Yellow, Canary, Satin, Cool Grey 2 and Dove Grey FlexMarker. I printed the “insert” out twice – once as an insert on heavyweight paper and once on the same cardstock as the digi-stamps as a card base.  This one was scored using  my Hougie Board and folded in half and I went round the oval using one of my ProMarkers as well.  I used a roller tape pen to attach the insert and the oval topper.)
  2. The insert of the same card.

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CAKE DECORATING:

The two dozen fairy cakes were made using a vanilla fairy cake mixture.

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  1. This dozen were then covered with disks of black icing onto which had been stenciled a pattern using bronze edible shimmer.
  2. This batch were decorated using brown fondant icing that one nephew had rolled, punched out using a leaf plunger punch that put on veining.  He’d then brushed the same bronze edible shimmer over them before attaching to the top of the cakes using pre-made vanilla icing.
  3. This dozen were covered with disks of white icing onto which had been stencilled the same pattern as the previous batch but this time using green edible shimmer.
  4. For this batch the other nephew mixed red and yellow fondant icing together to make orange icing to shape into carrots, and put a hole in the top end into which was put some green icing which was chopped a bit to make the green tops before putting on top of the little cakes.

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THANKSGIVING:

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  1. “Thank you God for creating the world” – A simple printout of a globe stuck to a piece of cardstock and stuck inside the tray and then vegetables and fruit added.  Everything bar the carrots came from our garden.
  2. “Thank you God for creating people” – Two silhouettes were stuck in this tray vefore adding vegetables and fruit, again everything came from our garden other than the carrots.
  3. The display I created in the entrance lobby of the vestry – everything came from our garden other than the butternut squash and two carrots.  I’m not really a flower arranger so just chopped anything of interest from our garden and did a bit of a “rustic” display.

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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, 11th October – Here! – 1p Show Special CD Rom, FREE Downloadable CD Vol 67, New froms & Hot 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 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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Oct 112013
 

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A Bit Of An Update, Lots Of Musings, And Some Cards

Wps!  I think this post has got a bit longer than I intended, so if you don’t want to read all my ramblings, or are short of time,  you can just skip to the images – 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 got an assortment of five cards to show you this time.  I think that the buckle one would be suitable for a man and is quite clean and simple.  There’s also a Christmas card and then a more feminine assortment.  My “Making Things Easier” section this time is about how I’m now storeing my stamps.

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MUSINGS:

In my last post I mentioned the free toppers and papers that came with a crafting magazine I’d bought, and I said I’d decided to use the freebies straight away rather than putting them to one side – and I also showed you the resulting cards.

Well – also free with the same magazine was a stamp.  I went to put the stamp into my flat stamp storage when, but before I did that I went to have a quick read of the paper in with the stamp.

Now those of you who are regular visitors to my blog will probably have spotted one of my previous posts where my thoughts have turned to the knowledge, and lack of knowledge, or sometimes total disregard, of copyright amongst crafters and artists.  Or perhaps more acurately, a lack of knowlege of the Terms of Use that the copyright owners have when they give or sell to others the right to use their work in a specific way.  As most of my latest stamp purchases have been digi-stamps, the Internet sites I’ve bought from for digital downloads, or CD-ROMs other digi-stamps have come on, have had not only a notification of the copyright owner but also their Terms of Use (sometimes listed as Angel Policy), on the site or CD-ROM, and sometimes within the digital file downloaded as well.

So more than anything I was looking for the ToU for the free stamps – just to check, if I made a card using an image stamped from the freebie, whether I could then sell the card, or whether it was only to be used for Personal Use – only for cards I made and personaly gave away.  Also, whether I could give away or sell the stamp itself should I decide I’d never use it – as I know that the ToU of some freebies are that you can’t do either of these with the stamp.  Imagine my surprise when I realised that there was nothing on the packaging about usage!

I mentioned this on a group I belong to, where there several designers of stamps and digi-stamps are also members, and was told that I should have a look in the small print in the magazine for the stamp ToU, and also that the usage policy would be on the stamp company’s website.

I’d already had a look through the magazine but couldn’t find any obvious reference to the free stamp – but even if I had I wouldn’t be keeping a magazine with any free stamps forever to be able to refer back to any info in the future.  I haven’t gone for a look on the stamp company’s website.  I don’t know why stamp companies would assume that every crafter would have Internet access.  And why they would assume that crafters who buy or receive physical stamps, who do have Internet access, would know that they need to go to the company website to check the Terms of Use before doing anything a stamp.  In fact, if I’d seen a stamp by the same company in a shop I’d personally want to see straight away, before buying, whether I could sell cards made using images stamped for personal gain, or not, because that is the sort of thing that would affect whether I bought, or not.

This, to me, is a wasted opportunity for the stamp company.  An opportunity to educate crafters that buying, or receiving a stamp for free, doesn’t mean that permission is given to do whatever you like with the stamp or images produced using the stamp. There was white space on the card with details of the stamp that came in the cello bag with the stamp – so why wasn’t this space used to let people know what can and what can’t be done with the stamp?  Even if what was written was a short piece to the effect “ToU: you may use this stamp to create hand stamped images that you use on finished, hand-crafted, projects.  You may give these finished projects yourself, or you may sell them for charity or for your own cottage industry.  Please refer to our Internet site for more details of our terms.” – or whatever is relevant to that stamp – I’m not talking about a full report on copyright law or anything substantial, just the basics that crafters need to know.

StampStorage10So I then went to my file where I keep my clear or flat rubber stamps.  I’ve kept the vast majority of the paperwork that came in the packaging with these sort of stamps.  (I don’t know whether every crafter does this or not.) And I went through all of them to have a look for any information about usage.  There was no mention of “Terms of Use” or “Angel Policy” on any of them – not even to tell people that they needed to go to the company website to check what is and isn’t allowed before using, shareing, giving away, selling, etc.  Of course I don’t have stamps from a huge amount of companies so perhaps there are stamp companies out there who give better information than the ones I’ve got – have a look at the information that came with any stamps you’ve got to see if you’ve got a clear indication of what is allowed.  At least one had no © symbol.  Several said “All rights reserved” – now what does that mean to the crafter? – that we’ve not got a right to use the stamps in any way at all?  It could be read like that.  Some say “See our online gallery for inspirational ideas”, and another one says “For more ideas, tips and inspiration visit …” giving the company website.  Surely the stamp companies could have at least added “For Terms of Use, more ideas, tips ….”.  At least a person reading the packaging would know that there are “Terms of Use” and where to find them even if nothing is written on the packaging.

I know that there are crafters who will ignore the legalities of using physical stamps in the same way as they do  ignore the terms of use of digital stamps – which are currently much more obvious from what I’ve seen – but by not even mentioning that terms exist on their packaging of physical stamps surely stamp companies are missing an opportunity to educate crafters.

Perhaps newer stamps do have this information – I can’t comment on that as I don’t have that many new stamps bought during the last six months or so, as I mostly go for digi-stamps these days.  Perhaps the fact that there have been a fair number of crafters who’ve illegally stamped images with their stamps, scanned or photographed them, and uploaded them as uncoloured, uncrafted, digi-stamps to their blogs or Pintrest for others to download and use, has made stamp companies start to be clearer about usage terms on their packaging.  Though, like the fact that somebody has the copyright to most creations (unless they are old and out of copyright), whether they say so or not on those creations,  most creative things we buy have terms of use as well, whether these terms are made clear on the packaging or not.

I’d be interested in hearing what others think about where my thoughts have gone this week.

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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.)

For today’s projects I’ve kept hand cutting to a minimum, with the flowers in the first card being cut in a rounded way well outside the black line to avoid intricate cutting.  Practically everything else was either straight edge cutting or cut out using my Silhouette Cameo or my Joy machine.

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  1. Digital Stamp – Vase of Flowers 4 by Sheila Rodgers by 4 Frame Toppers & 2 Cards *MACHINE Cut Files* by Rae Carr (I printed the digi-stamp, at much smaller than the size provided, onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  This was then coloured in using my ProMarkers and cut out just outside the outline.  The colours I used were: Island Lagoon, Frosted Jade, Soft Green, Starfish, Summer Sun, Sleigh Bell, Spring Lilac, Cool Grey 3.  I punched a couple of flowers out of yellow and ice white vellum using two different sized Tonic Petal Pairs punches, and die-cut out some corners from Centura Pearl and flourishes, also out of ice white vellum. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the two layer frame.  I then built up my card, sticking the base of the vase directly to the background and putting a piece of 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape behind the top of the flowers to give the digi some dimension.)
  2. An angled view of the same card showing the small dimensional raise in the layers.

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  1. Set of 5 layered Buckle designs…SVG by Tina Fitch (I cut out all layers of the buckles out.  For the layered buckle I used on this card I took the two layers and covered them with Zig 2 way glue pen.  I then covered the bottom with some one tone gilding flakes.  The other layer I covered with varigated gilding flakes with more red and brown tones in it.  I then attached one layer to the other.  I took a pre scored and embossed white square card, threaded two different ribbons from my crafting stash through the buckle and attached inside the front of the card both sides using ultra tacky tape.  An insert was placed inside to cover the ribbon ends. I finished off with a peel-off greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.)
  2. Angled view of card front showing dimension.
  3. Close-up of “buckle”.

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  1. Christmas Around the World by Janette Padley, Gitter Background Papers – CU4CU by Marie Wolman and Seasons Greetings Bonza Set by Karen Wyeth (I printed out two backgrounds from this kit onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I trimmed one, scored it using my Hougie Board, and folded it in half to make my base card.  I then cut a strip out of the other, stuck it to a sheet of linen textured gold cardstock and put this down towards the left hand side of my card using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I finished the card off by putting on a topper I’d made some time ago from a couple of the glitter backgrounds and Season’s Greetings images.  I also added a “Nadolig Llawen” peel-off greeting – which is Welsh for “Happy Christmas”.)
  2. Designer Resource Evening Dress Ladies by Gillian Hutchinson and Smokey backgrounds by Nikola Middlemast (I took one of the ladies from this kit, plus a smokey background into one of my graphics packages and resized, layered, and built up until I was happy with the design for an A5 card front.  I also put a second layer on the other half of my working area.  The sheet was then printed onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock and the layers cut out.  I created a base card by scoreing and folding in half an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl cardstock.  The base layer was stuck directly to this using finger-lift tape and the second layer was attached using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  The greeting I typed on the top layer before printing, “Penblwydd Hapus”, is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.)
  3. 6 charlston vintage flapper dancer poser tubes by Michelle Johnson, Theatre Fold Template by Susan Donaghie, Pearls and flowers by Kristin Guyer, ‘Twill Ribbon’ Digital Embellishments – Shabby Summertime Colours by Carol Clarke, Semi-Transparent Pretty Rose ‘Organza’ Digital Embellishments by Carol Clarke, DR Lace Backgrounds Blues Kit 1 by Emma Bee, and 12 Png Butterflies in Bright Shades Colour Way by Ammie Sanders (I took three of the young flapper dancers, together items from each of the other kits, all into one of my graphics programs and moved around, resized, etc., until I was happy with the layout created.  I put on a few extra butterflies and then printed the lot out onto 300gsm Super Smooth, white cardstock.  I cut out the panels and butterflies and stuck them to the front of my card which I’d created by scoreing, trimming and folding an A4 sheet of silver, linen textured, cardstock.)
  4. An angled view of the previous card.

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MAKING THINGS EASIER!

In my blog post of the 19th September my “Making Things Easier!” section was about how my storage of ribbons had developed over the years and how I’d gone from just dumping bits of ribbon into a cardboard box to finding a storage solution for ribbons that suited me. Well today I’m turning my attention to the storage of stamps.  Not the ones that are wood mounted (I’m keeping those for another day) but the foam mounted ones, unmounted rubber ones, photopolymer and other clear stamps.

StampStorage07Now when I first got stamps they went into a box in their packaging.  But the box got tatty, and the more the stamps were pulled in and out the more tatty the packaging got as well.  Especially for the stamps that came as a sheet of rubber and which I put onto U-mount and cut out.  Then I heard somebody say about laminating the info sheets that come in the packaging with most stamps and sticking the stamps to this – the same sort of cling in the U-mount that makes the stamps cling to acrylic blocks makes the stamps cling to the laminate as well.

I actually found that this worked very well, and I’ve still got my earliest stamps on the same laminated sheet I put them on several years ago.

ThStampStorage05e clear stamps also clung to a sheet of laminate in the same way.  (Wps  – these were used by my nephews last Christmas and haven’t been cleaned very well – I think these need a good soak in soapy water, or perhaps a proprietory stamp cleaner if that doesn’t work.)

StampStorage08Punching holes in these laminated sheets and putting them in a ring binder was mentioned.  But as I’d made masks for several of my stamps I decided to drop each laminated sheet, with the stamps on, into pockets and then into a ring binder, with the masks dropped in as well.

I also found that there were sheets available that have been specially created to put stamps onto in files, and got some of those.

But quite soon the ring binder became full – stamps on U-mount, or other foam cling backing, are quite deep and take up a lot of space in a file.

StampStorage04So I had to upgrade – and went for a double, leaver arch file of a style similar to this one -> here.  This holds the specialist stamp sheets as well as the laminated sheets in plastic wallets. The leaflets from the ones put directly onto the stamp storage sheets I keep in a plastic wallet in the file as well (as shown in my musings section above).

StampStorage01These days I don’t put all my new stamps onto U-mount – I tend to cut them quite close to the image and stamp using rockerblocks, or put the back of a mouse mat under the paper/cardstock for cushioning if using acrylic blocks, so don’t find I need the foam cushioning on my stamps.  But of course this means that the rubber stamps don’t have a cling on the back.  Therefore, to attach them to my stamping blocks and the storage sheets, I give them a quick blast of temporary adhesive spray on the back.  They can be taken on and off the sheets and blocks a few times before they need to be re-sprayed.

As you can see I haven’t got around to labeling the different sheets yet – so my sorting out of my stamp storage is a bit of a work in progress, but I’m no longer rummaging round in a box trying to find what I want, I can simply flip the pages and clearly see the stamps I’ve got.  And I can quickly open the file and take the storage sheet of whatever kind with me to wherever I’m stamping, and easily pop them back afterwords.

For me, storing my stamps like this has definately made it easier for me.  I’m sure that others will have equally good ideas on how to make stamp storage easier that works for them.  It was a bit of trial and error and development for me to get to this stage, and I’m interested in finding out what other crafters do for their stamp storage.

 

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

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CUP UPDATE:

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

  • Wednesday, 9th October – Here! – Crafty Bob NEC Fast Track and All the Latest CUP News

Craftsuprint have a “Mailer Archive” where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months. This can be seen by clicking – here.

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You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
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Even More October 2013 Crafting

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Oct 092013
 

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A Short Update, Some More Musings, And Cards – Including Christmas Cards

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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There’s not a lot of an update to give you this time as I’ve been having a slow start to the week.  I’ve made up a couple of cards that I started on last week, and also made some realy simple Christmas cards.  But no tidying up – I really will have to get back to it one day.

LEJ winnerOne thing I can tell you is that I’ve won in a challenge.   I’d entered the first card in my post of the 5th October into several challenges.  One of these challenges was the “LEJ Designs – Challenge No. 73 – Things with Wings”.

In this weeks post on the LEJ Designs Challenge Blog it was announced that I was the winner of the crafty goodies.

It’s quite exciting waiting to see what the crafty goodies are.  I’ve had an E-mail back to say that they’ll be in the post to me in the next few days so it won’t be long before I’ll have some more goodies to play with.

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MUSINGS:

TheBigTidyUp 09CWhy is it that after I buy something at a reasonable price some companies will then bring out an equivelent at a cheaper price?

You may remember that I showed you my neat, tidy and sorted ProMarkers, FlexMarkers and Metalic Markers.  I’d originally bought a small nuber of Companion The Ultimate Pen Storage, and when my collection of pens grew I’d bought some extras to build up my pen storage until it looked like this and I had spare spaces for further pens to be added – which you can practically guarantee that I’ll do in the next few months because there are some more pens that I just NEED.

Well now Crafter’s Companion have bought out the same type of storage, but now in black.  The Crafter’s Companion Spectrum Noir Universal Pen Trays are made from 100% recycled plastic and are quite a bit cheaper, per pack, than the earlier clear plastic trays.

I know that, if (when) I need more pen storage that I’ll be going for the cheaper variety because I’m not fussy about the colour – as you can see from my photo they look dark rather than clear when in a corner shelf all filled up in any case.

Mind you, I’m still glad I got my storage when I did because it’s given me months of neat storage and easy access to my pens – but isn’t it always how it goes?

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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. All About The Girl Elements by Janette Padley and Twenties Fashion Stamp by Janette Padley (I took several elements from this kit into one of my graphics packages and resized and moved them around until I was happy with the layout I’d created for an A5 card front with room to place a digi-stamp image in the centre.  I put second copies of the frame element, together with putting the wording “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – onto a panel on the other side of my A4 working area and then printed everything out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I also printed the digi stamp out onto the same cardstock at a small enough size to fit into the frame on the card.  I coloured the digi using ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Plum Preserve, Fresh Bloom, Rose Pink, Peony, Cinnamon, Satin, Warm Grey 1.  I then cut everything to size before sticking the card front directly to the front of a decorative edged, pre-scored, white base card using finger-lift tape.  The digi was attached to this, and then the frame and greetings panel were attached using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.)
  2. Different angle look to try and show some of the dimension in the frame element.

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  1. 4 Frame Toppers & 2 Cards *MACHINE Cut Files* by Rae Carr and Lilac silk with forget me nots background by Pamela West (I printed the background design out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at a little less than A5 in size.  I took the window frame layer file into my Silhouette Studio software then cut them out using my Silhouette Cameo – one layer from a pearlescent Bazzil cardsotk and one from a lilac 216gsm weight cardstock. I also cut a few small flowers from linen textured cardstock using my Cameo and two corner elements from Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock using a die in my Joy machine.  I stuck this background panel directly to the front of an A5 white base card using finger-lift tape, and then stuck the windows, flowers which Id coloured with ProMarkers – Bluebell and Lime Green – and corner elements onto this using foam tape and glue gel.  I’ve left the central panel blank to add a greeting to once I know what language it will be needed in.)
  2. An angled view from the side to show some of the dimension.

I don’t buy crafting magazines very often – I tend to get all the inspiration I need from the TV and the Internet – but every now and then I will get a magazine just to see what’s in there and what’s free.  Well I ordered issue 123 of “Cardmakign & Papercraft” for delivery with my groceries from Tesco on Saturday.  The free kit included some Christmas backgrounds and toppers.  I was just about to put them in my bag of Christmas crafting stash when I thought “why do that when I’ll need them made up soon” – so I decided to use them to make quick and easy cards straight away.  Only adding white, pre-scored, base cards from my crafting stash, some finger-lift tape and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape, plus peel-offs saying “Nadolig Llawen” – which is Welsh for “Happy Christmas” – I made 8 quick cards to add to the Christmas cards I’ve made already.

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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:

  • Monday, 7th October – Here! – Best Selling CUP Designers & Stunning Cards from our Craft Community

Craftsuprint have a “Mailer Archive” where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months. This can be seen by clicking – here.

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You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
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Oct 072013
 

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Time certainly does fly when you are having fun, and it’s already three weeks since my last post for The Dragon’s Den blog.  Today a new post went live on the blog with a couple of cards I’d made showcasing another great digi-stamp.  You can see the post – Here!

CARDS

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Thumbnail photos of some areas/angles of both these can be seen below.

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Holly’s New Bed digital stamp

Consumables:

Equipment:

Method:

For card 1:  I printed the digi-stamp out and coloured it in.  I took a frame used it as a template to draw around the image.  I then cut out the oval just inside the drawn line.  I went round the oval panel with one of the ProMarkers I’d used on the digi-stamp, flicking the colour from the outside towards the inside to give a broken ege, rather than a solid line of colour.  I scored and folded the blue cardstock, then attached a panel of the trellis.  The digi-stamp panel was attached directly to the front of this, and the frame attached to the top using shaker tape.  I made up the flowers (you can see how in my Pictorial Guide “Making Paper Flowers – 07“) and coloured their edge and the edge of the oval panel using the same ProMarker as previously.  Glue gel was used to attach these to the card front.

For card 2: The digi-stamp on this card was printed at the same size as the previous card, and again coloured in using my ProMarkers.  This was then cut out using a circle scissors before I went round the edge with the lightest grey colour.  The hammered card was turned into a square card approximately 15cm in size.  I cut panels of the black patterned cardstock, matted one of them onto pink cardstock and then trimmed it to a small border.  I used fingerlift tape to attach the panels to the card, the foam tape to attach the circular panel and glue gel for the flower and bow, before finishing with the sticky back gems.

Have a closer look by clicking on the thumbnails below.

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With Christmas coming I’m planning on a Christmas theme for my next “Pick of the Week” posting on “The Dragons Den” blog.  In fact, I’m planning on showing you a card and a gift made using two different digi-stamps.  This should appear on the 4th November.  In the meantime, every monday until then you’ll find Picks of the Week from the other members of “The Dragons Den” – Marleen, Fran and Tania.  There will also be an assortment of other posts on “The Dragons Den” blog at various other times, so please do pop in regularly for a look.

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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.)
(Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.
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