Previous Swap Cards

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A Few Cards And A Discount Code


I’ve not finished crafting a lot of items the last few days, though I’ve got a lot of bits prepared, coloured, cut out, etc., therefore I don’t have anything new to show you this time.

But, when I went to look at previous posts showing cards I’d done for card swops (because I wanted to check what I’d done before for consistency when I went to write a post about my November Stamping Dragon Designs FB Group card swop) I realised that several were still in draft with me.  I must have completely forgotten to put them live when I was told that they’d arrived with the recipient (or perhaps I was ill at the time or never got confirmation that they’d arrived – I can’t remember now).

In any case – I thought I’d better put the ones I’d missed blogging about into one post and show them to you today. I hope you like them.



(If you click on the thumbnail and medium sized 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.)

My partner for the April Card Swap was Claire.  This is the card I sent her:

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  1. Scrapbooking Pages set 12 x 12 ….CraftROBO/Cameo by Tina Fitch and Fairy in Floral Frame Stamp by Janette Padley (While the kit has a great assortment of elements for using on a 12″ x 12″ scrapbook page, I decided on this occasion to resize the larger mats down to a little under 8″ in size in my Silhouette Studio software before cutting so that they’d fit on an 8″ square card.   I cut the layers out of 216gsm linen textured red and pink cardstock, as well as cutting matching corners in two differenc sizes from the same cardstock.  I cut some flourishes out of green, 250gsm linen textured cardstock.  The digi-stamp I’ve used was printed onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at smaller than the provided size and is coloured in with ProMarkers.  The colours I’ve used are: skin – Ivory, Satin; wings – Honeydew; hair – Cinnamon; clothes, flowers, vegetation and frame – Red, Crimson, Grass.  I then cut to the same shape as the frame on the image but allowing some of the elements to hang outside the cut area.  I took an 8″ square Crafty Bob base card, scored it half way along the front using my Hougie Board to give an easel element.  I the used finger-lift tape to attach the bottom half of the largest mat.  The same tape was used to atttach the decorative corner mat to the front of this.  I used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the image to the front, squirting some glue gel under the edges and sticking the flourishes into this.  The stopper is an oblong of white, 280gsm, linen textured white cardstock which I’d trimmed to a panel and went round the edge with one of the red ProMarkers used to colour in the digi-stamp image.  I also used the green ProMarker I’d used on the image to write in a greeting.  I used quick grab glue to attach the corner flourishes to the panel before using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the panel inside the card.)
  2. A closeup showing the easel dimension.
  3. A closeup of the coloured in image.


My partner for the September Card Swap was Carolyn.  The theme for the September Card Swap was “AUTUMN”.

This is the autumn card I made:

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  1. As it’s an Autumn theme for this month I couldn’t resist printing out Cart Ride Digital Stamp by Janette Padley again, colouring it in using autumnal colours using my ProMarkers, and matching it up with papers from the A Touch of Provence Card Papers, again by Janette Padley, to build up the card layers.  The ProMarker colours I used were: Chestnut, Gold, Ginger, Pumpkin, Raw Sienna, Cool Grey 4, Cool Grey 5. I tore around the digi-stamp panel after colouring it in and edged it with one of the ProMarkers I’d used on the image.  I made a cylinder from a piece of the backing and attached brown jute twine to it to make the broom and finished off with some die-cut leaves, again die-cut from the backgrounds used and realy scrunched up before attaching to the card front.
  2. Angled view to show dimension
  3. Closeup of some embelishments
  4. The coloured in digi-stamp.


For the October Card Swap I was involved in a three way swap.  I was to send to Tina, Tina was to send to Zoe, and Zoe was to send to me.  The theme for the October Card Swap was “HALLOWEEN” and this is the one that I sent Tina – I’ve built the design digitally before printing out, layering and constructing my card.

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  1. Front view of card – As it’s a Haloween theme for this month I thought I’d go “dark”.  I took a redish background and red twirly ribbon from the kit Walk in the Park Mini Theme by Janette Padley a smokey background from the kit Smokey backgrounds by Nikola Middlemast, and a woman from kit Designer Resource Evening Dress Ladies by Gillian Hutchinson, into one of my graphics packages and duplicated the ribbon several times before resizing, it etc.  I also changed the skin colour on the woman to a more green colour, gave her a cat and added a “halo” of light behind both.  I played around with the layout until I was happy with how it looked before making a second layer by the side of the first and printing it out onto Glossy Crafty Bob paper.  The base card was made by scoreing a red A4 sheet of Satin Board using my Hougie Board and folding it in half.  I cut out both layers of my card front, cutting in a little at the top and bottom of the second layer around the ribbon top ends and the skirt of the dress and the cat at the bottom end.  The base layer was stuck directly to the card fornt and 2mm deep double sided foam tape together with some glue gel was used to attach the second layer.  A border of black card was attached around the top of the card, also using 2mm deep tape.  I finished off by adding some red glitter glue.
  2. Side angle view of card.



20% Off Discount Code – The news from CUP HQ this week is that this will be the last month ever when they issue a 20% discount code at the end of the month – which is something they’ve done regularly for quite some time now. They have promised that they will bring more discounts in the future, but more spread out and at different times of the month, so saving up a wishlist for a regular spend at a set time of the month looks as if it’s a thing of the past. So make the most of this last code as the next code, whenever it may appear, may not even be for 20%.

This is the information you need – Enter the code LASTCODE into the redeem voucher box at checkout and then click UPDATE to save 20% ! Offer expires midnight 30/11/13

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

  • Monday, 25th November – Here! – CUP XMAS DESIGNS, Best Selling Designers & Crafters
  • Wednesday, 27th November – Here! – LAST EVER 20% Discount Code & 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 – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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8 Replies to “Previous Swap Cards”

  1. what beautiful cards Gwyneth love the second one he is cute and I love that little broom you have added.

    gr karin

  2. Wow, all three of these cards are just stunning. I love the image you used on the first one. The oranges and the papers you chose for the second one and the layout and image you did on the last one. WOW. Great work Cheers, Holley