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An Update and A Few Cards

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With 2013 comming to an end this will be my last post of the year.  I’ve spent the last week mostly in bed resting up after the last push of getting things ready for Christmas, and I’m feeling rather rough with a stinker of a cold that started on Boxing Day.  I’ve now coughed so much that I’ve barely got any voice.  I hope that this clears up soon.

I have made a few cards in the days since Christmas though.  Some of which I’d started before Christmas.  And the batch includes a couple of Christmas cards ready for Christmas 2014.  There’s a bit of a variety between male, female and children’s cards.

I hope you like them.

I’m entering the first two cards in a few different challenges.
(So if you are visiting from a challenge blog and your blog name isn’t above the first card you’ll find it above the second.)

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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.)

I’m entering this first card in the following challenges:

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  1. Rocky Reindeer Stamp by Janette Padley which you can get – here – from craftsUprint or – here – from the Stamping Dragon Designs online shop (I printed the image out at smaller than the size provided onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and coloured it in using my ProMarkers – unfortunately I’ve misplaced my piece of paper with the notes of colours used, though I do know I finished off the bell with a gold Wink of Stella brush pen.  I put some “ice” and “snow” on top of the image and stuck an oblong dome onto it using ultra tacky tape.  I took a blue, snowy, background paper from my crafting stash and cut an aperture the size of the dome from this before sticking down over the dome.  I went round the edge of the dome, over the background, with some blue Martha Stewart glitter glue in a “shabby” fashion.  I stuck the whole lot onto the front of a white base card and decorated it using christmas chipboard toppers from my crafting stash, attached using glue gel,  and a “Nadolig Llawen” banner – which is Welsh for “Happy Christmas”.)
  2. Different angle of same card.
  3. Shaken card showing “snow” and “ice”.
  4. Different angle of shaken card.

I’d like to enter this second card in the following challenges:

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  1. cameo digi stamp by Paul Fitzsimmons (I printed the image onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and coloured it in using my ProMarkers. The colours I used were: Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Pink Carnation, Rose Pink, Leaf Green, Satin, Blush, Bluebell, and Dove Grey FlexMarker. I added a littel gold Wink of Stella brush pen to her necklace. I then cut it out using an oval cutter and cut out a mat from pink, pearlescent cardstock, attaching the image to the mat using finger-lift tape.  I took an A4 sheet of hammered white cardstock, scored it using my Hougie Board and folded it in half.  I used a punch to round the croners.  I used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the matted image towards the top right.  I then used ultra tacky tape to attach a strip of white lace towards the bottom left and a piece of pink velvet ribbon on top of that.  I wrapped some of the pink velvet ribbon around the wire stalks of some pink paper rosebuds and attached it to the card front using a strip of narrow pink ribbon.  I made a tripple bow of the same ribbon and attached it to the bottom right of the image using glue gel before finishing off the card by attaching some sticky back pink pearls and a peel-off greeeting, which I’d coloured over with a pink ProMarker.  The peel-off “Penblwydd Hapus” is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.)
  2. Closeup of image and some card detail.

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  1. Lemonade girl gingham decoupage card by Toni Martin (I printed the design out onto  300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I took a pre-scored white base card from my crafting stash, attached the base image layer and blank greetings panel to the front using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I used the same tape to attach the oval layer and then shaped the other pieces and attached them using glue gel.  I’ve left the greetings panel blank for the moment as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.)
  2. Darts decoupage birthday card by Toni Martin (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I created a white square base card and attached the base image layer directly to this using finger-lift tape.  I added the next layer using 2mm deep double sided foam tape.  I went over the beer glass using Sakura clear glaze pen before shaping this, and the other pieces, and attaching them using glue gel.  I’ve not added a greeting to the card yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in.)
  3. Fantasy & Flowers – Angel With The Rose Of Peace by Kirsty Green (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I took a pre-scored white A5 base card and attached the base image layer directly to this using finger-lift tape.  I shaped the flower layers and attached them to the card front using glue gel.  I finished off by decorating the card with small spots of green Martha Stewart glitter glue.  I’ve not put a greeting on the card yet as I don’t who it will be used for.)
  4. Fantasy & Flowers – Angel With The Rose Of Peace by Kirsty Green (Insert of previous card, from same kit, printed onto 120gsm Super Smooth white paper, trimmed, and attached inside using finger-lift tape.)

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  1. Butterflies & Buddleia Mini Kit by Kirsty Green (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the base layer.  I love buddleia, which is why I bought this design, but cutting out around the detail of the flower heads proved impossible for me, and as the added layers of flowers were on a white background I thought it looked bad when I tried cutting around so I just used a piece of the layer with leaves as an added layer stuck on with glue gel and chopped off the rest.  Next time I’m not even going to bother with that as the image is lovely as it is – and I may even try a little flower-soft on top for dimension.  I took a pre-scored white A5 base card and attached the base image layer directly to this using finger-lift tape. I finished off the card front by attaching sticky back white pearls.)
  2. Butterflies & Buddleia Mini Kit by Kirsty Green (Insert of previous card, from same kit, printed onto 120gsm Super Smooth white paper, trimmed, and attached inside using finger-lift tape.)
  3. vintage snow scene by Paul Fitzsimmons (I printed the image at much smaller than the size provided onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut it out.  I matted it onto frosted gold cardstock and trimmed to leave a border of 3/16″ using a craft knife and a Perfect Layers ruler.  I took a pre-scored A5 white base card from my crafting stash and cut off most of the front to leave around 1″ of the front.  To this I attached a sheet of acetate using ultra tacky tape.  I used the same tape to attach a piece of lace to the left of the card front and a strip of the same frosted gold cardstock I’d used as a mat over the edge of this.  I attached the matted layer and a greetings banner that says “Nadolig Llawen” – which is Welsh for “Happy Christmas” – to the front and finished off with some gold snowflake peeloff.)
  4. Previous card photographed open in an attempt to show the acetate front.

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CAKE DECORATING:

In my last post I showed you our Christmas cake after I’d done most of the decorating, but before my two youngest nephews’ snowmen were added.

Today’s photos show the cake top with the addition of the two snowmen made by the boys.

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CUP UPDATE:

20% Discount

You can find a list of all the Designers currently offering a 20% discount by clicking – Here!

As I’m writing this there are around 30 designers offering 20% off all their designs, with some of the top designers being amongst the list.

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

  • Friday, 27th December – Here! – 20% OFF Designer Discounts, FREE CD Volume 78, Hot Designs & 8 New Froms!
  • Monday, 30th December – Here! – 20% Designer Discounts, Free CD, 49p Card Kit & CUP Best Sellers

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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  16 Responses to “Crafting Towards The End Of December 2013”

  1. What a gorgeous assortment of cards Gwyneth, especially love the cameo one. The snowmen look fab on top of the cake too. Hope you begin to feel better soon, and Happy 2014. Take care …….. xx

  2. Hi Gwyneth fab projects – very good luck with your challenges and all the best for the new year x

  3. Great assortment of cards here – love the shaker card and the snow scene with the acetate front. The boys snowmen are super!!
    Here’s wishing you a happy and healthy New Year – all the best.
    Kate
    xx

  4. Wishing you a happy and healthy new year Gwyneth, I hope your feeling better real soon.
    As usual a fabulous array of projects to feast my eyes on, I love them all but the lady one in pink is really beautiful xx hugs Zoe xxx

  5. Stunning cards and creations Gwyneth. Sending Happy New Year Wishes to you for 2014.
    Laine
    xx

  6. Hello Gwyneth, I wish you and your family for a happy, healthy and successful 2014. Your creations as always are fabulous.

    Hugs
    Linda xxx

  7. Hi Gwyneth, just popped in to say thank your for all your inspirational crafting during 2013 and all the best for 2014.
    Hugs
    Janet xxx

  8. Lovely cards and such cute snowmen! Best wishes for 2014! Xxx

  9. the cards are gorgeous, cute, fabulous and beautiful Gwyneth.

    gr karin

  10. Beautiful card thank you for joining in with us at digi sketch and good luck

  11. A super post Gwyneth and some stunning creations.

    Thanks so much for joining us at Allsorts challenge.

    B x

  12. Lovely Shaker Card! Thanks for joining in with the Artistic Inspirations Challenge. Happy New Year! Suz xx

  13. Ooh! this is gorgeous… what a beautiful image and the ribbons and flowers are very pretty… I love your shaker card too… its very sweet!! 🙂
    Thanks for joining us at Divas by Design!
    Hugs Sue B xx

  14. A delightful card Gwyneth. The cute image is perfect for a shaker card and I love the way you’ve embellished the card.
    Thank you for entering it in the Feeling Crafty Challenge. Good luck and Happy New Year.

    Your other cards are all fabulous too x

  15. Beautiful cards Gwyneth! Happy New Year! 🙂

    (Putting my DT hat on now…)

    Thank you for sharing with us over at Feeling Crafty Challenge. Good luck!

  16. Fabby looking creations. Looks smashing! Thanks for taking part in our Mega Christmas Challenge over at Passion for Promarkers.
    Love n hugs¨
    Marie

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