Even More November 2013 Crafting

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An Bit Of An Update, A PaperCraft Creation, Some Cards and Some Jewellery


I’ve not got a lot of anything to write this time, other than show you my latest bits of crafting.

During the end of last week and over the weekend I’ve been working on a project to give as a Christmas gift.  Also some assorted cards.

5 of what I made I’m entering into a variety of challenges (– so if you are popping over from a challenge blog please scroll down to find the blog name to find my entry into your challenge.)

After my challenge entries there are even more of my creations for all my visitors to have a look at.  I hope you like what I’ve made.



Challenges entered into:

I wonder if you can work out what this is? – without scrolling down to see the rest of the pictures!

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OK – I admit, that isn’t much of a clue is it!  What about if I show you this photo?

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Still not got an idea?  The first picture was the “spine” of the gift, and the second the front of the gift.  Need to see some more before you can decide?  I’ll show you a picture from the oposite side to the “spine” then –

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Got it now?  If put on a shelf with this side out, rather than the “spine” side it looks more like mini magazine holders sorted side by side, but it’s not for magazines.  OK – it might be a bit more difficult for you if you don’t speak Welsh – but the word “Cardiau” on the front is Welsh for “Cards”.  And the labels are the months of the year in Welsh.

Shall I show it opened out for you?  OK then –

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There you have it – the outside of the pockets have a panel with the dates of each month on for people’s birthday’s to be written on, and the pockets themselves hold an assortment of cards (I’ll also add the matching envelopes before packing).  The recipient will be able to write in the dates of family birthdays, anniversaries, etc., and sort out the cards to suit people they may want to send cards to.  What could be better than a supply of hand made cards ready in the house?

I used lots of A3 and A4 Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock to make my Cards Book, using my Hougie Board to score and ultra tacky tape and quick grab glue to attach the pieces together.  I’ve gone around all the pieces with a silver patterned washi tape.  The outside is decorated with pieces of one of the backgrounds from Fun in The Sun Mini theme by Janette Padley printed onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and matted onto a piece of silver mirror paper before attaching to the Cards Book.  For the image on the front I used Rupert Banner by Janette Padley, with the word “Cardiau” typed in before I printed onto Super Smooth white cardstock and coloured in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Lipstick Red, Ruby, and Fresh Meadow.

The cards I’ve made to put inside can be seen below.

I’m planning to make up some boxes of different cards to give other family members, but the rest won’t be as elaborate as this one.  Spmething for you keep an eye out for on my blog in the next couple of weeks.



(If you click on the thumbnail and medium images on show in this section you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)

Every one of the cards that will be included in the Card Book were made up using base cards that came as a pack of different sized cards with matching inserts and envelopes from Debbi Moore Designs.

Unless otherwise stated, all the images are from a “Collection of 3, A6 Black and White Sketch Pads” of Lili of The Valley images.

I’ve also had my Joy machine out to die-cut a shaped topper panel of the coloured in images.

A lot of the cards have been left without greetings as they could be used for different occasions.  I intend to put a cello bag with different greetings in Welsh and English into the Card Book with the cards and envelopes so that a suitable greeting can be added before the card is used.

Challenges entered into:

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  1. Coloured the image in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: French Navy, Canary, Yellow, Tan, Tawny Owl, Burnt Sienna, Cocoa, Gold, Satin, Grass, and the Wild Orchid FlexMarker.  The image was then cut out using a Spellbinders Gold Square die and a Spellbinders Square die.  A piece of silver foil paper was stuck behind and cut to the same size as the image square.  I used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach this to the card front, put white corner peel-offs at each corner, and put a greeting “Dymuniadau Gorau” (which is Welsh for “Best Wishes”) in the bottom right corner.  I then finished off the card by going round the edge with the yellow ProMarker I’d used on the image.
  2. Same card at a slight angle.


Challenges entered into:

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  1. This image was coloured in using Cool Grey 2 and 3, Ivory, Pastel Pink, Leaf Green, Lipstick Red, Satin, Sleigh Bell, and Cinnamon ProMarkers and clear Wink of Stella.  The panel was cut out using a Spellbinders label 1 die and attached with 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to the front of a card, that I’d embossed using an embossing folder.  The card was finished off with some small sticky back pearls.
  2. Previous card at an angle showing the minimal dimension given by the embossing and foam tape.


Challenges entered into:

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  1. This image was coloured in with ProMarkers of colours: Meadow Green, Chestnut, Cocoa, Yellow, Pastel Pink, Satin, and FlexMarkers of colours: Lemon Chiffon and Celestial Blue.  I used Spellbinders label 18 die to cut out the coloured in panel.  I went round the edge of the panel and the base card with the pink ProMarker I’d used on the image, and then used Clear Wink of Stella both over the embossed margin of the image panel and over the wings and flower centres on the image itself.  1mm deep, double sided tape was used to attach the coloure in image to the card front.

Challenges entered into:

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  1. This card is all in white.  White peeloffs in each corner and die-cut Spellbinders label 18 and Spellbinders crosses cut from linen textured white cardstock with the panel being attached using 1mm deep, double sided tape and each cross layer being put on using glue gel.  I went around the panel edge with Clear Wink of Stella, as well as some details on both the cross layers.
  2. A different angle of the previous card.

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  1. I printed digi stamp “Jiggy Dragon” by Janette Padley, at smaller than the size provided, onto Super Smooth white cardstock and coloured in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Lipstick Red, Ruby, and Fresh Meadow.  I also printed out one of the backgrounds from the “Fun in The Sun Mini theme” kit by Janette Padley onto another sheet of the same type of cardstock.  The image was cut out using a Tonic circular Celtic die and the background using a Tonic square Celtic die.  I went round the edge of the base card using one of the ProMarkers used on the image, and also coloured in a “Cyfarchion” silver peel-off (Cyfarchion being Welsh for Greetings) before attaching it to the card front. I used finger-lift tape to attach image to mat, and 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach matted image to card front.
  2. The decoration on this card is built up of a die-cut frame and some flowers, together with some sticky back coloured pearls and some sticky back glitter flourishes.  I’ve left the panel empty so that it can be used for any occasion.  The double flower layers were cut using dies from a Spellbinders die set and the single flower with a Joy die.  The frame was also cut using a Joy die.  This card was finished off using sticky back faux pearls and some glitter flourishes from my crafting stash.
  3. An angled view of previous card showing minimal dimension on card.

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  1. The ProMarkesI used to colour this were Grass, Cool Grey 4 and 5, Black, Amber, Satin, Tulip Yellow.  I also used Honeydew FlexMarker and Gold and Clear Wink of Stella.  I cut out the coloured in image using Spellbinders Labels 29 using my Joy cutting and embossing machine.  I also used a larger die from the set to cout out a toneing mat to go behind it.  I went round the edge of the peachy coloured layer using gold Wink of Stella and around the outside edge of the base card with a ProMarker I’d used on the image.  I then used finger-lift tape and 1mm deep, double sided foam tape, to attach the pieces together.
  2. I embossed the front of the base card for this one, then added a panel, flowers, flourishes and a butterfly that I’d die cut using my Joy machine.  The flowers are cut using dies from a Spellbinders die set.  The panel and flourishes are a Marianne die set and the butterfly is from a Joy butterfly die set.  I finished off with some sticky back pearls and brushed a clear Wink of Stella brush pen over the embossed details on the butterfly and white flower layers.
  3. An angled view of previous card showing that the card has a little dimension.
  4. The ProMarker colours I used were Cool Grey 5, Grass, Canary, Cinnamon, Cyan, Satin.  I used a couple of dies from the Spellbinders Distressed Edge set to cut out both the coloured in image and a green mat to put behind it. I used the green ProMarker that I’d used when colouring in the image to go round the outside of the base card before I attached the elements to the card.

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  1. This time the ProMarkers I used were: Morning Mist, Meadow Green, Yellow, Twilight Sky, Satin, Denim Blue, Pastel Pink, Burnt Sienna, and Sandstone. This was cut out using a Spellbinders label 1 die and also a mat was cut from some embossed/foiled Adorable Scorable cardstock using a large die from the same set.  As for other cards in this batch I used finger-lift tape and 1mm deep, double sided foam tape to attach the image and mat.  I finished off by putting some white corner peeloffs on the card front.
  2. The ProMarkers used to colour this image were: Morning Mist, Satin, Lipstick Red, Burnt Sienna, Winter Berry, Bright Green, Rose Pink, Blossom, Cinnamon, Denim Blue, Sleigh Bell.  I cut the coloured image panel out using a Spellbinders label 1 die and went round both the edge of the panel and the card itself using pink ProMarkers I’d used on the image.  1mm deep, double side, foam tape was used to attach the coloured image panel to the card front and I finished off the card by attaching some roses corner peel-offs.  I’m thinking that this would be a nice engagement card, as well as a “be my Vallentine” card.
  3. Cut out using Spellbinders labels 25 and matted onto a dark brown cardstock cut using a larger size die, this image was coloured using Pastel Pink, Sandstone, Burnt Sienna, Bright Green, Satin, Black, Cinnamon, Pear Green, Denim Blue, Morning Mist, Cool Grey 2 and 4 ProMarkers, and Antique White FlexMarker.  I used finger-lift tape to attach image to mat, and 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach matted image to card front.  I went round the edge of the card using one of the brown colours I’d used to colour the image on the card.



This first three are beaded Kumihimo using red and green Magatama beads.  Each piece has an end cap on either end and a red glass pearl on a head pin as a charm on the bottom.  The tops of each one are attached to a different type of finding.

So that’s another three cracker gifts made and ready to go in the crackers when I make them.

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  1. Phone charm attachment.
  2. Bag charm attachment.
  3. Keyring attachment.

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  1. This necklace is made using a twisted cord, that I bought some time ago and put into my crafty stash waiting for an idea of what I wanted to use it with, and a set of Kumihimo Findings.  Onto the pendant slide I attached five purple glass pearl beads that I’d hung on ball end headpins and cut to a couple of different lengths before rounding the top.
  2. Closeup of pendant area.
  3. Two different sized Sodalite beads from my crafting stash threaded onto stretch beading elastic to make a bracelet.



Have a look – here – at my whole shop “Siop Crafftau MAES MIERI Crafts Shop” on craftybob.com.



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

  • Wednesday, 20th November – Here! – Nick Bowley Goes Titanium, Carol Dunne CUP TV & All the Latest News
  • Friday, 22nd November – Here! – Free CD Vol 73, 1p Paper Pack, HOT SELLERS & 14 New Froms

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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26 Replies to “Even More November 2013 Crafting”

  1. Love your Cards book- it’s a great gift for someone – and the cards are super.
    I love your beaded Kumihimo pieces – these will make fantastic cracker gifts – can I come to your party?? Beautiful necklace and bracelet – all superb projects!
    Take care

  2. The card holder is a lovely gift idea. Thank you for joining the Cafty Girls Challenge and hope to see you again soon.

    Victoria DT

  3. Fab celebration card, very pretty.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Sweet Stampin this week, Wedgie xxx

  4. Thanks a lot for sharing the beautiful weddingcard with us at I Love ProMarkers. Good luck, hugs from Lisbeth

  5. Your card book is a wonderful idea Gwyneth and looks fabulous. All your cards are brilliant as well x

  6. Your card is beautiful love the white on white. Thanks for joining in the fun at Creates with Love Challenges this week.
    Linda K. DT.

  7. Thanks for sharing your project for Crafting Musketeers ‘pretty pastels’ challenge, Hazel, DT Crafting Musketeers x

  8. Sweet and wonderful projects. That white on white card with the cross is totally stunning. WOW. Gorgeous work. Cheers, Holley

  9. What a brilliant project Gwyneth, must have taken ages, the white on white card is fabulous, and love the jewellery too. Take care x

  10. Wow What brilliant creations, I love the top one best. Thanks for playing on The Crafty Girls Challenge this fortnight, Love Hazelxox

  11. Oh my goodness Gwyneth you have been busy, that card book is fabulous what a great idea, lovely selection of cards, I love the WoW with the cross on the best also the jewellery is brilliant, you are multi talented xx

  12. Hi, always so much to see on your blog. You have been so busy. Love all your projects they are all beautiful.

    Hugs Erin x

  13. Oh my you have been busy!! I love that embossing folder on the wedding card, so elegant! A lovely set of cards. xx

  14. Love the white on white, really lovely card, thanks for joining us at created with love challenges
    Caroline dt

  15. Fab cards and jewellery , popping by from the Stamping Dragon FB blog ladder xxx