Crafting The Last Week Of October 2013

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

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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.



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 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.



(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.)



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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7 Replies to “Crafting The Last Week Of October 2013”

  1. Great cards again Gwyneth, especially like the Pretty Cottage. I don’t get a lot of Spam on my blog – they go into the spam folder which I do check now and again, but I’ve not received anything like you are describing. I have so few punches, that they are stored in a drawer.

    Sorry to hear you are feeling no better, hope things buck up for you soon, take care xx

  2. Gorgeous cards Gwyneth,I was getting lots of anonymous comments say stupid things so decided to set up

  3. Fabulous cards as always Gwyneth I especially love the beautiful cottage…and thank you for sharing them.
    Hugz, Lorraine xx