Crafting Into The 2nd Week In November 2013

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An Update, A Few Musings, A Few Cards and Other Crafting

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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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Metallic6Sets220x102Those of you who have been to my blog a few times will have noticed that, every now and then, I’ll add a touch of metallic marker colour to some of my projects.  The metallic markers I tend to use all the time now are the Letraset ones, and I’ve noticed that Letraset currently have a special offer on sets of these markers at the moment.  So if you are on the look out for metallic markers now may be a good time to check out what they’ve got on offer.

 

Cameo148x90Regulars to my blog will also know that one of my favourite crafting equipment is my Silhouette Cameo digital/electronic cutting machine.  I just wish I had the space to leave it out all the time and be able to just cut out designs whenever I feel like it, but space is limited, and my health problems mean I can’t take it out to work with and then pack it away as often as I’d like.  What you may not realise is that Letraset are also suppliers of Silhouette products and currently have offers on several Silhouette products, including the Cameo and Portrait, as well as some of their Starter Kits.  If you are on the lookout for some Silhouette stuff you may want to visit the Letraset site to compare the prices with other sites you are looking at.

I’ve finished making the patchwork and quilted cushion cover I was working on last week, but my youngest nephews were here after school today so I’ve not had time to tidy it up and photograph it yet.  Hopefully you’ll see it in my next blog post.

What I did get roped into doing was a cushion cover for a little cushion for one nephew’s teddy.  So out came my bags of quilting cake layers and templates for him to choose his material and template.  Then came a lesson on safely using my Microstitch tool to tack pieces together before I sewed them in place, although he wasn’t allowed near my rottery cutter – observation only during the cutting.  After the decoration was on I even allowed him to sew the outside seams on my sewing machine under strict supervision after a lecture on how sharp the needle was and how it was a big person’s machine, though he did have to have the foot pedal up on the step, that him and his brother use to stand on to wash by the sink in the bathroom, as he isn’t quite tall enough to opperate the foot pedal on the floor yet.  He was so excited to have the chance to sew anything at all that he didn’t put a finger wrong.  The same nephew has also ordered a Welsh scarf for the same teddy – in other words one with red, white and green stripes and a dragon stitched on either end – not a chance, but I do have a ribbon with the Welsh flag on it that I can cut a bit and attach to the ends of the scarf – so another thing to keep an eye out for.

And just in case you are wondering – I have made some cards and some bits of jewellery – so there are some crafting pictures, not just text, in this post.  I hope you like them.

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MUSINGS:

I’ve just realised that there’s only just over six weeks left until Christmas.  I think I need to step up my making of Christmas gifts and Christmas cards, and also ordering the gifts I can’t make myself.  I want to make a little something for everybody, even those who won’t get a hand made main gift.  One thing I did do today was order some wrapping paper.  Not patterned paper though.  I’ll either stamp or stick on some little toppers to decorate for the youngsters.  I do tend to buy plain paper for wrapping for Christmas as it then means that any spare can be used for birthdays, especially for gifts for family members who have birthdays at the start of the new year.  When the wrapping arrives I’ll be able to start packing Christmas gifts as they are finished or delivered.  At least that way they’ll be kept clean and tidy and stored safely until Christmas.

I don’t know if anybody else is like me, but I tend to have a lot of ideas of all the things I’d like to try making, and then the reality of what is realistically possible steps in, especially when I realise how few a number of weeks there is to make everything.  So I’ve now started trying to prioritizing what must be done, what I’d really like to get done, and at the end the stuff that it would be nice if I got done but isn’t critical.  After all – there will be birthday’s again next year and anything I want to make for somebody – if it’s not done by Christmas I can give them for their birthdays.

More Christmas cards are a must.  Finishing off a couple of sewing projects is a must.  Some little jewellery projects such as keyrings, bag charms, etc., are a must as they can be the little hand made thing for everybody I’ve not made a larger handcrafted item for. etc., etc., And now my must list is growing to longer than I’ll comfortably be able to do if I have an average few weeks for me.  Of course, if I have a bad few weeks it all goes out the door and I’ll have to order gifts for most of the family – I just need to have a think about what to get everybody now so that I don’t have to stress out if I do have to switch plans.

Does anybody else other than me make a second plan in case they are not well enough to see the first one through before mid December?  I’ve just got to wondering this week whether anybody else, especially anobody who have fluctuating health issues use some of the resting time to lie down and make different plans for the run up to Christmas to take into account how they’ll be feeling?

I personally find I get less stressed and able to do more If I work this way.

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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.)

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  1. A Little Rock n Roll by Marie Wolman (I took elements from this kit into one of my graphics packages and created two A4 areas to print out, one with the base, centre step, card, and the other with the added elements to stick on.  These were then printed out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  After printing, I scored using my Hougie Board, cut, and folded the base card.  I also cut out the elements to put on the front.  I went over various areas of the card using gold and clear Wink of Stella brush pens to give the card some sparkle – which unfortunately doesn’t show up very well in the photo.  I then finished by sticking the pieces to the front.  The greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.)
  2. Vintage Shabby Roses 5×5 Envelope by Ammie Sanders (I printed the sheet out onto 120gsm Super Smooth white paper, scored on the indicated lines and cut it out.  I then folded it into shape and stuck it down using finger-lift tape, putting an extra strip on the flap ready for sealing the envelope after the card is put inside.)
  3. The back of the envelope in the previous photo.

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  1. Designer Resource Christmas Frames by Gillian Hutchinson and Beauty In a White Lace Ruffle Dress 5 cu4cu Png Graphics by Ammie Sanders (I took a few of the frames from one kit, together with a girl from the other kit, into one of my graphics packages.  I resized, added a greeting – “Penblwydd Hapus” is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – and put in a toneing gradient background until I had a layout for an A5 card front I was happy with.  This was then printed out onto Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out.  I then rounded the corners with a punch and went all round the card front using a blue metallic marker.  This was attached to the front of an A5 card made by scoreing and folding an A4 sheet of white, linen textured, cardstock in half and also rounding the right side corners.  I went over the ruffles of the dress, the shoes, and some of the frame and greeting details using a clear Wink of Stella brush pen to add a bit of a twinkle to the card.  I finished off the card by putting a glittery ribbon around the left hand side of the card and adding a knot to it.)
  2. CU 6 Music Mats by Jean Gordon and Constance dress Frances by Mishara Armenia (I took one of the mats from music mat kit, together with a lady from the other kit, into one of my graphics package and created a layout for a square card front I was happy with.  I put an extra copy of the mat and lady on the other side of my working area and then printed the lot off onto a sheet of 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  After cutting out my square card front I rounded the corners with a paper punch and then went round the edge using a purple metallic marker.  This was attached directly to the front of a decorative edged, pre-cut, base card from my crafting stash using finger-lift tape.  I used 1mm deep, double sided foam tape to attach the music mat layer and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to add the lady layer.  The greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” is welsh for “Happy Birthday”.)

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JEWELLERY:

It has been months since I showed you my first piece of beaded Kumihimo – here – but at that time I hadn’t got end caps of the right size to make it into a piece of jewellery.  Well – this has finally been completed!

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  1. A beaded Kumihimo bracelet with a sparkly ball charm.

Some little items I’ve made to put into home-made crackers.  Those are yet to be made but I have got the dies and the snaps ready.

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  1. The front of a felt brooch made using elements from a “Felt Bead Assortment In Box Brown Shades” box. I put a head pin in from the front, pushed it through to the back and looped it through the back of a brooch pin finding.
  2. The back of this felt brooch showing the brooch pin attached.

This keyring was made using elements from a “Felt Bead Assortment In Box Brown Shades” box.  I put a head pin in from the front, pushed it through to the back and looped a loop to add to the keyring attachment.  It could also be used as a bag charm.

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All these photos show the same felt fob keyring from different angles.

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SEWING:

Small cushion cover for a cushion for one of my nephew’s teddies – material and pattern choice made by nephew as both him and his teddy like green and yellow, as was tacking all the pieces into place using micro-stitch and sewing of back to front.  I did sew on the pattern as I was a bit worried that the sewing through so many layers in some areas of the flower would cause the needle to snap – but I’m so impressed with my Brother sewing machine – there was barely a change in sound as it went through the material, which was up to 10 layers in some areas + a layer of sew in interfacing.

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  1. From top to bottom of this picture the cushion cover is 5″ in size.  The decoration was made using a hexagon cutting template, and the petals were made using 6 x 3″ squares of the same material that were folded.

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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, 6th November – Here! – FAST TRACK the Crafty Bob Stand at the NEC, CUP News & Craft Fuel!
  • Friday, 8th November – Here! – Vol 71 FREE CD, HOT Designs, Crafty Bob Fast Track, 11 New Froms and a 1p Tool Set!
  • Monday, 11th November – Here! – More Stunning Designs & Cards from the CUP 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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