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An Update, Cards, Crackers, Bags of Chocolate and More
Hope your Christmas crafting is all coming together on schedule for you all. I’ve got most of my gifts packed now, but do need to finish off wrapping the last few items over the next few days. The decorations were ut up by my niece, who went up to the atic to pull them down, and my two youngest nephews, though I do need to hang the Christmas cards – I’ve been through all the ones we’ve received today to make sure that everybody is on the list of people we sent cards to.
In between doing Christmas things I’ve been doing a bit of relaxing knitting – using a knitting loom of course since I can’t hold up knitting needles with attached knitting for long enough to make anything worthwhile.
(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.)
A bit of a selection of winter birthdays, Christmas, male, etc., cards this time.
- Angelique blue xmas by Mishara Armenia and Pretty Snowflake Frames by Karen Wyeth (I took one of the images and one of the frame element into one of my graphics packages and resized and moved until I was happy with the layout for a topper for a 6″ square card. I made a second copy to use for decoupaging and then printed out the page onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock. I cut out the framed topper and then cut out the wing and shoulder from the second image. I took a pre-cut and scored base card and went round the edge using a Cyan ProMarker. I then used fingerlift tape to attach the toppers and then shaped the second layer before attaching using glue gel. I finished off by putting some clear Wink of Stella over snowflakes on the background and various areas of wings and dress, although it doesn’t show up in the picture. I think this would make a lovely winter birthday card, but as I don’t know what language it will be needed in I’ve not added a greeting yet.)
- Angelique blue xmas by Mishara Armenia and Pretty Snowflake Frames by Karen Wyeth (I took one of the frames and one of the images into one of my graphics packages and moved around and resized until I was happy with the layout for a topper for a 6″ square card. I then printed it out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the topper. I took a pre-cut and scored base card and went around the edge using a Cyan ProMarker. I attached the topper directly to the card front and then went around the outside of the topper with a glitter pen and over the snowflakes ans “star” areas on the dress using a clear Wink of Stella brush pen, although the twinkle doesn’t really show up in the photo. I think that this would make a lovely winter birthday card, but haven’t put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in.)
- Oh Christmas Tree 5×5 Insert Panels by Ammie Sanders (I typed “Nadolig Llawen Iawn” – which is Welsh for “A Very Happy Christmas” – onto the panels in different colours and fonts before printing out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock. I then cut them out and put one of the panels on the front of a black base card, going over the baubles on the trees and the star with clear Wink of Stella before sticking the other panel inside as an insert.)
- The inside of the previous card.
- Majestic Lion Simple Pyramid Card Front by Triselda Watts and Vintage Shabby Roses Backing Paper by Ammie Sanders (I printed the pyramage sheet onto a 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and also printed the background onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock. I took the background and trimmed, scored with my Hougie Board, folded it in half and added a ribbon of black cardstock across the front. As I needed to keep the card shallow for posting I only used three of the layers for this card, attaching the base layer directly to the card front using finger-lift tape and using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape, to attach the other layers. I’ve put on the blank greetings panel as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in. A great image for a male card.)
- Country cottage new home decoupage card by Toni Martin (I printed the sheet onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut the pieces out. I took a pre-cut and scored square base card and attached the paper-ribbon element from the sheet just below the top folded edge. I went round the scallops using a Pear Green ProMarker. I used fingerlift tape to attach the base layer to the card front and then glue gel to attach the central, circular, panel and then the bow, which I’d shaped before attaching. I don’t know what language the card will be needed in yet so I’ve not put a greeting on yet. A really lovely image for a “New Home” card.)
CRACKERS AND BAGS OF CHOCOLATE:
I’ve got most of my crackers made up, with the keyrings and bag charms I’ve shown you over the last couple of months inside. They are all the same, except for the name, on the outside, so I’m only showing a small number here. I’ve also bought a big box of chocolates and bagged them up for various family members, with a panel over the top with the recipients name on.
- Christmas Reds by Mary MacBean (I added the panel with a family member’s name to my chosen background before I printed it out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock. I then cut out my cracker pieces using a Tonic Cracker Die. I used a small strip of ultra tacky tape at either end of a cracker snap and attached it to either end of inside the cracker. I didn’t want to get too fussy with the crackers so simply used pieces of cotton yarn to tie in the ends. Inside each one I’ve put a Scratchcard and a keyring or bag charm.)
- Closeup of the labled area on the front of a cracker
- Closeup of the back of a cracker
Those of you who’ve seen my latest blog post will have seen how I used up the diamond waste from cutting out the crackers, but if you haven’t the please click – Here! – to go to my pictorial guides section and scroll down.
- Pretty in Pink Card Papers by Janette Padley (This pack of backgrounds and elements are lovely for crafting with and work well together for matting and layering, etc., for cardmaking. But I decided to use them to make panels to go on the top of bags of chocolate for various family members. I put them into one of my graphics package and added a greetings panel and names beore printing. I chose several of the backgrounds for the different family members and printed onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock. After cutting out I went around the edges with a gold Wink of Stella brush pen, scored and folded them in half over the top of the sealed bags, and just put one staple in to hold them in place.)
- Closer look at one of the chocolate bags
Another couple of key-rings. This time simply Mix n Mingle beads on a pendant end attached to a key chain.
- Black and silver keyring for a male.
- Pale pink and green bead keyring/bag charm for a female.
I’ve done a bit of knitting on one of my knitting looms in bed this week. The first thing I did was a scarf knitted out of SMC Network yarn. And now I’m knitting a piece out of wool that can be felted by putting the finished knitting in the washing machine. That isn’t finished yet, but you can see what it looks like now.
This is a scarf knitted using a netting type yarn over 7 pegs on one of my knitting looms. I used two balls of yarn for a scarf this length.
This is a special yarn that’s mostly untreated wool. I’m knitting it over all the double row of pegs on one of my knitting looms and using 4 balls of the yarn for my piece. It will then be put in my washing machine for a full cycle to felt it. I’m hopeing that it will make a nice, thick, felt to make a pair of bootee slippers for me to ware around the house, but time will tell about that. The finished piece after knitting is approximately 11″ by 3’0″.
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- Monday, 16th December – Here! – Designer 20% Discounts, 49p DIY Card Kit, Specials & Best Sellers
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