First Post Of December 2013

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An Update, A Few Cards and A Notebook


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 I hope that your plans for crafting in the period up to Christmas are progressing smoothely and that those of you who are selling at Craft and Christmas Fairs are having lots of sales.  I’m still working slowly at making things, and a few books I’d ordered for some family members arrived yesterday so I just want to finish off some bookmarks to put in them today before I pack them.  Then perhaps I’ll write some of the Christmas cards I’ve made.

I’ve been in a lot of pain since overdoing things on Sunday, so most of my crafting has been finishing off some of the items I’d already got cut out.  I just pulled a couple of plastic trays of bits, and my “use it every time I craft” tote, onto my bed and did a bit of simple sticking and trimming off of some matting and layering, so had my glass mat on my lap tray for this session.  I did start on a cushion cover, sewing at the kitchen table, yesterday but only got as far as freemotion quilting on the front before having to go back to bed.  Hopefully I’ll be able to finish that today and show you what I’ve made in my next post.  In the meantime, I hope you like the cards I’ve managed to finish.



(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. Black and White Christmas by Tom Curtis (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and then cut out the images.  For this card I cut out the top left image around an eighth of an inch outside the drawn line.  I stuck this to a sheet of linen textured silver cardstock and trimmed it to give a sixteenth of an inch border.  This was then stuck to the front of an A6 black base card created by cutting an A4 sheet in half and scoreing.  I finished off with a die-cut holographic silver star and a “Nadolig Llawen” peel-off – which is Welsh for “Happy Christmas”.  This is a great sheet to make four quick but appealing cards having both the nativity scenes for religious cards and other scenes for those who are not religious.)
  2. Black and White Christmas by Tom Curtis (Made using another image from the same sheet as the previous card.  After cutting out the image I rounded the corners with a punch before layering onto the same type of silver textured cardstock and trimming it to a sixteenth of an inch border using a Perfect Layers ruler.  I attached the image towards the bottom of a black base card that’s a little shorter than A6 in size and added an angel die-cut from white cardstock, which I’d gone over the wings with clear Wink of Stella, to the top right before putting on a peel-off greeting.)
  3. Closeup of previous card showing the shimmer on the angel’s wings created by using a clear Wink of Stella brush pen over them.)

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  1. Christmas Scene Watercolour Background 1 by Apetroae Stefan (I printed the sheet out at a little less than A5 size onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and then cut it out.  I scored a sheet of A4, linen textured, silver cardstock with my Hougie Board, and folded it in half to make my base card.  I stuck the image directly to this.  I then attached a star that I’d die-cut out of holographic silver paper, and a greeting banner that says “Nadolig Llawen” – which is Welsh for “Happy Christmas”.  I finished off by brushing over some clear Wink of Stella in lines over the tree branches to give a shimmer to the snowy branches.)
  2. Close-up of an area of the card at a slightly different angle to try and show the shimmer added by using the Wink of Stella brush pen over it.
  3. Sweet Jesus by Debra Jenkinson (I printed the sheet out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and then cut out.  As I’m working on cards that will go through the UK post using a standard letter stamp I split the layers in two, to make two shallower cards from the one sheet.  This card was made as an A5 card front with two extra layers added, and the other card – which I showed you in my post of 30th November – was made with the full circular layer and the middle and smallerst layers. I built up and stuck the layerswith 1mm deep, double sided foam tape.  The card is one I made bye scoreing a sheet of A4 white cardstock in half using my Hougie board and then folding it in half.  I went round the edge with a Black ProMarker and stuck the built up card front to this. I finished off  by adding gold Wink of Stella brush pen to the circle around the circular pyramage and the reins of the camels, and clear Wink of Stella brush pen to the star.)

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  1. Vintage Shabby Roses Topper Sheet by Ammie Sanders (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock, chose one size for this card and cut it out.  I matted this onto silver, linen textured, cardstock and trimmed to three sixteenth of an inch all the way round using a Perfect Layers ruler.  This was stuck to the front of a scalloped edged white card from my crafting stash.  I put die-cut decorative corners in Centura Pearl Snow White in each corner, over the corner embelishments in the image so they just show through and look like a shaddow.  I also added some pink, punched out, paper flowers.)
  2. A different angle of the previous card.
  3. Vintage Shabby Roses Backing Paper by Ammie Sanders and black and white image from a “Collection of 3, A6 Black and White Sketch Pads” of Lili of The Valley images (I printed the backing paper out onto 120gsm Super Smooth white paper and cut a panel out from it to fit the front of a scalloped edge square card from my crafting stash.  I rounded the corners with a punch and then went around both the panel and the edge of the card with a Plum ProMarker before using finger-lift tape to attach the panel to the card. I chose the image from the pad if Lily of The Valley images I’d bought and coloured it in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Satin, Cyan, Lipstick Red, Cinnamon, Plum, Black and Lemon Chiffon.  I went round the image to give shaddow with Dove Grey FlexMarker.  I then used finger-lift tape to attach this to the layer on the card front.  I finished off by putting three strands of brown jute twine around the top of the card and tieing in a knot.)

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  1. PRETTY THATCHED WHITE COTTAGE PYRAMIDS by Nick Bowley (I printed the sheet out onto  300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the pyramage layers and other elements.  As I wanted to keep the card shallow for posting I chose the base layer and two others for useing on this card and attached them to each other using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  The base card was made by scoreing and folding in half an A4 sheet of patterned cardstock.  I die-cut a panel out of green, linen printed/textured cardstock and stuck the pyramage directly onto this.  The matted image was stuck directly to the card front towards the top right using finger-lift tape.  I then used glue gel to add the other elements.  I’ve not put a greeting on the greetings banner yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in.  A really lovely image that would be suitable for male or female cards.)
  2. Greens checks insert 1 by Sharon Poore (This is the insert I put into the previous card.I printed the sheet out onto 120gsm Super Smooth white paper and then trimmed off the white edges.   I then scored and folded it in half.  I attached it inside the card using finger-lift tape. This is a very generic insert that’s suitable for cards for men and women.  I like the fact that it has a nice, clear, area for writing a greeting and that it’s suitable for landscape or portrait orientation card.)
  3. NATIVITY WITH BABY JESUS A4 by Nick Bowley (I printed the sheet out 2 to a page onto  300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock giving me two images at a little under A5 in size.  I then cut them out.  I took an A5 white base card, went round the outside of the card front and the topper with a blue ProMarker.  The image was then stuck directly to the front of the card using finger-lift tape.  I added a white “Nadolig Llawen” peel-off greeting – which is Welsh for “Happy Christmas” – and several different types of snowflakes which I’d die-cut out of light blue cardstock.)

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  1. Moonlight Fairies  by Janette Padley (I printed the image out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at smaller than the size provided.  I then coloured in the central circle using a gold Wink of Stella brush pen and coloured the outside area using a Wine & Roses Twinkling H2O.  The image was then trimmed and the corners rounded with a punch.  I matted this onto some black cardstock and trimmed it to give a border of a sixteenth of an inch.  This was then matted onto white, linen textured, cardstock and trimmed to three sixteenth of an inch, again rounding the corners.  I created a 15cm square card from 300gsm black cardstock, attached some sticky back glitter flourishes around the sides and stuck on the matted and layered topper using some quick grab glue.  I finished off by putting on a “Penblwydd Hapus” peel-off – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”, and a die cut white leafy branch.)
  2. A different angle of the same card to try and capture some of the sparkle and shine of the coloured image.
  3. Beautiful Swan Watercolour Painting Cu4cu by Ammie Sanders (I took the image into one of my graphics packages and resized it before creating several extra layers of the swan.  I printed it out onto300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cutting out the pieces.  I took a base card from my crafting stash and went around the edge with a blue ProMarker, adding a swirley pattern.  I went around the base image layer with the same ProMarker.  I then stuck the base image directly to the card, shaped my swan layers and stuck them in place using glue gel.   This is a really stunning image.  I chose to keep it simple for this card, but it would also look great with the addition of feather, etc., emelishments.)

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  1. The topper is from a pad of images ad painted by Thomas Kinkade.  I cut this one out and matted it onto a very pale blue Adorable Scorable cardstock.  I then cut around to leave a narrow border.  I went around this with a Powder Blue ProMarker.  The matted image was stuck to the front of a white card from my crafting stash and I used the same ProMarker to add some dotty detail.
  2. This card was made by cutting a topper out of an old card – so doing a bit of recycling and getting a second use out of the image.  I went round the edge with a Plum ProMarker before attaching to the front of a scalloped edged square card from my crafting stash.



Another little gift to go with a family member’s main gift made –

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  1. Emilys Little Jewel Purple Floral by Janette Padley and Emilys Little Jewel Purple Check by Janette Padley (I printed both the backgrounds out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I took a cheap Reporter’s Notebook and attached one of the cardstocks to it using quick grab glue, snipping across the top to allow the spring to go through.  I then trimmed around the front to get the background the right size.  I attached a panel of the second cardstock before cutting out flowers from the spare piece of the first background.  I shaped them gently and then put them on the front as embelishment.)



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

  • Monday, 2nd December – Here! – Best Selling CUP Designers & Stunning Cards from our Craft Community
  • Wednesday, 4th December – Here! – 25% Discount on Selected Card Blanks, CUP TV & 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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13 Replies to “First Post Of December 2013”

  1. Gwyneth, so much work gone into the details of your beautiful cards! I find you inspiring, despite your pain, you still manage to do what you can – and it so shows in your designs.

    …Don’t want to choose a fav but I will! lol I love your faerie cards & your rose one!

    Fabby cards! 🙂

  2. Well you’ve done a fabulous selection of cards for all occasions here- I particularly love your Black and White Christmas cards.
    Hope you’r not feeling too bad today.

  3. I hope you are feeling better tomorrow and get your quilting finished. You sure have been busy with this array of gorgeous cards. I do love the fairy card but they are all stunning as always.

    Linda xxx

  4. A fantastic selection of cards, Gwyneth. Lots of lovely and varied Christmas cards but the Vintage Shabby Rose card is my favourite x

  5. Absolutely fabulous cards Gwyneth, especially love the Black and white and the Vintage Shabby roses. Great notebook too. Take care …….. xx

  6. So many gorgeous cards here today. lovely works Gwenth. Love that first one with the wise men. So intricate

  7. Outstanding cards, my friend, such a range, and I love the notebook, not least, because it has my favourite Gingham, yum, hope you are well my lovely friend xxx

  8. Fab cards, you’ve been busy, popping in from the Stamping Dragon FB Blog ladder xxx