A Further October 2013 Post

 Posted by at 08:06 pm
Oct 052013
 

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A Bit Of An Update, A Little Musing And Three 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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Yesterday my little tablet device decided to play up and refused to go through the startup procedure so that it could actually be used.  In the end I had to resort to putting it back to factory settings.  Thankfully it didn’t have anything important saved on it.  I just use it to do a quick check on my E-mails when I don’t feel like getting out of bed to fetch my lap tray and laptop, to check if there’s anything important happening on Facebook, etc., browse a few blogs, and check if I’ve got any comments on my blog for me to moderate and put the genuine ones live.  But of course putting it back to factory settings did mean that I had to go back to the begining as far as setting up the Internet WiFi was concerned and then putting in all the links and account details for everything I do use it for.  Time consuming and annoying rather than difficult.

But I have managed to put together another couple of cards made using items I’d cut out using my Silhouette Cameo during my cutting session on Wednesday, plus another card made using an image I’d coloured in one evening.  I hope you like them.

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MUSINGS:

In view of the fact that my tablet device was playing up yesterday my thoughts turned to – what would I do if I had no Laptop with Internet connection?

It’s amazing how quickly I’ve become so dependent on these being there.  I worked in IT for many years, and had a computer and then another laptop before this one, so it’s not this exact laptop I’m talking about, but the facilities that this technology gives me.

I guess in one way I’m lucky that I did work in IT before my health and disabilities deteriorated to the extent they did and I had to give up work.  At least I was familiar with using technology and knew the possibilities it offered, even if I’d not dipped my feet into things like blogging before the last three years.  And at least I knew of some of the pitfalls and signs of things like viruses that can make online activity, including shopping, a hazard.  The Internet allows me to get my grocery shopping delivered to my kitchen table, at a timeslot that suits me.  The Internet allows me to keep an eye out for sales in my favourite clothes shops and order online for delivery here so that I can try them – and send them back if not suitable.  The Internet allows me to hunt around lots of shops to find the best value when I want to buy things – even the matress I’m sleeping on was ordered via the Internet.  The Internet allows me to search for all manner of crafting goodies and get them delivered to my door – from just about anywhere in the world if I’m willing to pay the postage and customs costs.  And where would I be without my crafting goodies?

There’s one thing that’s certain – my day to day existance would be a lot different, a lot harder, and a lot less creative without the Internet.

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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.)

Challenges entered into:

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  1. Ruperts Tomatoes Stamp by Janette Padley (I printed the digi-stamp out onto  300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at much smaller than the size provided.  This was then coloured in using ProMarkers before I cut it out around the outline.  The colours I used were: Heatwave, Peony, Grass, Forest Green, Lime Twist, Lime Green, and Honeydew FlexMarker. I took a pre-cut and scored base card from my crafting stash – found under something else during my tidy up – and used a green chalk to colour around the outline and the top cut-out detail.  I used a Tonic square Celtic die to cut a mat from silver, linen textured, cardstock and a Tonic circular Celtic die to cut a mat from Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock as well as punching out some flowers using a couple of different shaped Tonic Petal Pairs punches.  I used fingerlift tape and  2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the layers to the front of the card and glue gel to attach the flowers.  I finished the card off by tieing the top using a green spoty ribbon from my crafting stash.)
  2. Angled view to show dimension.

And there follows a couple of other cards I’ve made during the last few days using pieces I’d cut out using my Silhouette Cameo during my cutting out session on Wednesday.  I hope you like them.

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  1. 3d Rose Layered Open Book & Stand…SVG by Tina Fitch (I took the file into my Silhouette Studio software and cut out the various layers out of three colours of linen textured cardstock, the white one being pearlescent.  I cut the layers to make the flowers out of each of the three colours.  The stand was cut of a heavier weight cardstock.  I constructed the card using a quick grab wet glue to put together the rose layers after shaping them, ultra tacky double sided tape to attach the “book” pages, and glue gel to attach the roses in the end.  I finished off by adding sticky back gems to the top right of the card, the left hand smallest page, and the centre of the roses.)
  2. Closer look at one area to show dimension and detail.

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  1. Fancy Square Easel *MACHINE Cut Files*SVG* by Rae Carr (I took the file into my Silhouette Studio software and cut out the various layers out of gold mirror card and yellow, linen textured, 250gsm cardstock.  I used finger-lift tape and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to construct the card after cutting.  I just love the effect of hte yellow with the gold so decided not to do any further embelishing of the card and simply finished off with a peel-off greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.)
  2. Side view to show shape of card and dimension

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MAKING THINGS EASIER!

Know What You’ve Got!  And Know Where You’ve Got It!

Easier said than done I know, but if you are anything like me you are a crafter who has stacks of bits and pieces and crafting stash – probably enough that you could craft for years without ever having to buy anything other than plain cardstock, ink and glue.  But every now and then it does pay to stop crafting and get sorting.  It may be an arduous job – I know because I’ve been slowly working my way through my tidy up for a few weeks now but I’m feeling happier about it as every bit of stash gets sorted to a location I’ll be able to find it in future.  I may not completely finish my tidying up – I have to go back and spend a lot of time in bed after every little bit of activity – but everything that makes it back to the correct location is going to be saved time for me when I need it for crafting because I not only know I’ve got it but I know where I’ve got it.

Go on, reach into the back of those shelves and cupboards and fish out what’s hiding and tidy it up – you too may find some lovely crafting goodies that you’d forgotten you had or couldn’t remember where you’d put 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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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, 4th October – Here! – LAST CHANCE to get your 1p Card Verses CD, HOT This Week & New From Features

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

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You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

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

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(Thank you for reading this blog post. I hope you like what you’ve seen and read – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it – if you can’t see the comment box then there should be a link that says “Responses” and clicking on that will bring up the box but due to the fact that, like many I’m sure, I’ve had some problems with Spam/advertising posts that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog, I now moderate all comments before they go live. Genuine comments will go live when I’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.)
(Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.
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  10 Responses to “A Further October 2013 Post”

  1. Your cards are stunning Gwyneth
    hugs Susan xx

  2. All cards are so very lovely, esp that adorable dragon card. Great work Gwyneth. Cheers, Holley

  3. Love your cards xx Jan

  4. Wow Gwyneth – you have excelled yourself with these three cards!! They are so beautiful, so much work has gone into them, particularly the 3D Rose open book one!! Stunning.

    I enjoy reading your musings, and find them really interesting – can I ask you an IT techie question?
    (maybe you could email me a reply if you can find the time?
    I am thinking of buying a tablet, but would like to know what is different about this in comparison with my little laptop??
    Is there one brand that stands out above the rest??
    Thanks if you can help!
    Luv
    Kate
    xx

  5. Hi Gwyneth, I too had a tidy up the other day, manage to sort out my ribbons, flowers, pearls, brads, glues etc, I too felt a lot better as I could find my goodies and found some that I had forgotten about, Love when that happens.
    Your cards are STUNNING, I love the Dragon, so cute, Your book card is FABULOUS and I love your fancy square card, Its beautiful, Glad you got the tablet up and running too love hugs and kisses xxx

  6. What a lovely selection of beautiful cards xxxx

  7. Love the open book Gwyneth, and the dragon card is just so cute – thank you for joining us over at LEJ Designs, good luck. Take care x

  8. Gorgeous delicate makes, love them all
    Lindsay xx

  9. A lovely selection of cards Gwyneth. The open book card is wonderfully feminine and the dragon card is fabulous x

  10. beautiful and gorgeous cards Gwyneth.

    greetings karin

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