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An Update, Some Cards and Some Sewing
I’ve not done a huge amount of crafting the last few days (yesterday’s card, being a swap one, doesn’t count as it was made weeks ago), but I have got four cards and some sewing to show you, although not all the sewing was done by me – the young nephews have been busy under strict supervision. I hope that you like the items I’ve got to show you today. If you’ve got a moment, after having a look through, then please do leave me a comment at the end. I love receiving comments and finding out what’s caught people’s eye amongst my assorted crafting.
(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.)
While I’ve used some new elements, such as digi-stamps or toppers, on these cards, much of what I’ve used were either freebies with a magazine or using up some of the stuff from my crafting stash – well I did promise myself the begining of the year that I’d mix some of the old in with the new so that at least my crafting stash wouldn’t grow this year!
- Sixties Babe Stamp by Janette Padley and Butterfly Shaped Stacker – Red Pattern by Kirsty Green (I printed the butterfly sheet out at half size onto 300gsm, Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out all the layers. I also printed the digi-stamp out onto the same cardstock and coloured her in using ProMarkers. The colours I used were: Heatwave, Reef Blue, Summer Sun, Cinnamon, Cocoa, and Tan. I then took my Hougie Board and scored lines around the digi-stamp at uneven angles and lengths and cut her out just outside the scored lines as an uneven panel topper. I then raided my crafting stash for background cards and papers, which I think were from a Papermania Capsule collection, and after trimming and rounding the corners with a corner punch I went round the edge of the decorative backgrounds and an 8″ square Crafty Bob white base card using the red ProMarker I’d used to colour in the digi. The same ProMarker was also used to go round the petals of a paper flower from the my crafting stash from the same kit as the backgrounds. I used finger-lift tape to attach the background panels to the card front, 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the digi-panel topper, and glue gel to attach the flower and the butterfly with its layers. I finished off by putting dark Glitter glue on the butterfly’s body and red Glitter glue spotted over the flower centre and two of the corners of the card.)
- Angled view across card front.
- Closeup of butterfly and flower.
- Ducklings and Kitten on Bench Oval Pyramid Card Front by Triselda Watts (I printed the sheet out onto glossy Crafty Bob paper and cut out the pieces. I needed to keep the dimension low for posting so chose to use only the base layer and two of the other layers. I took an A5 white base card and a piece of foiled background from the freebies that came with the Hunkydory 15 magazine and rounded the corners with a punch before I went round the outside of the card, the background, the base image layer and the blank greetings panel with a green ProMarker. I then used finger-lift tape to attach the background, stuck on the bottom layer and then built up the oval layers using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape. I’ve left the greetings panel blank for the moment as I don’t know what language it will be needed in.)
- Angled view of card trying to show the small dimension.
- 6 cute kittens and floral borders by Paul Fitzsimmons (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm, Super Smooth white cardstock at half size and then coloured the images in in various colour schemes. For this card I used some grey ProMarkers for shading and made him a black and white kitten. I just coloured the centre of the flowers in yellow and then went around the floral border with a grey ProMarker to make the white flowers pop. The ProMarker colours I used on the image were: Cool Grey 1, Cool Grey 3, Cool Grey 4, Cool Grey 5, Black, Summer Sun, Green Shoot. I cut roughly around the image around 2mm outside the floral border. The base card is made by scoring a sheet of white perlescent cardstock on my Hougie Board, and cutting it to size before folding it in half and rounding the corners with a punch. The backgrounds, doilie, paper flowers, greetings panel and butterfly are all from my crafting stash – I think that the printed backgrounds are from a Papermania Capsule collection and the flowers are C&C branded. I went round the two background panels with the same yellow pen I’d used as the flower centres on the image, and then stuck everything in place using finger-lift tape, 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape, and glue gel.)
- Angled view of previous card showing dimension.
- 6 cute kittens and floral borders by Paul Fitzsimmons (This topper is from the same sheet as the one used on the previous card, printed out and coloured at the same time. As I wanted this a totally white cat I’ve only used a bit of grey for shading. The ProMarkers colours I used were: Peony, Cool Grey 1, Green Shoot, Summer Sun. I took a sheet of patterned Adorable Scorable cardstock from the pack of card and toppers that came free with the Hunkydory number 15 magazine and cut it to the size I wanted for my card. I then rounded the corners with a punch. I also rounded the corners of an A5 white base card from my crafting stash with the same punch. I went round the edge of the card and background panel with the same Peony ProMarker I’d used on the image. I then raided my crafting stash for the doilie, greetings panel which says “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – and some sticky back pearls. I attached the background panel to the base card using finger-lift tape, and also used two strips of the same tape behind the centre of the doilie to attach it to the card. I then used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the topper to the centre of the doilie and the greetings panel towards the bottom right of my card. I finished off with the sticky back faux pearls.)
- An angled shot of the same card – as the doilie is only stuck down at the centre there is a slight lift in the edges giving a dimensional look without adding to the depth of the card – so it will easily go in the UK post using a standard stamp.
This is a little felt bag to hold and carry a cheap little MP3 player. It is made from felt, has loops on the back and two sections on the inside.
- I cut the pieces 3″ wide and the fancy stitched stems & leaves was stitched on using my sewing machine before the item was stitched together (my 7 year old nephew sewed these on for me while I was cutting out the strips to make the felt flower embelishment).
- The wider strip for this felt flower is 1″ wide and it is around 8″ long. The other strip is around .75″ wide and around the same length. I sewed a tacking stitch through and gathered it up and stitched a tack to hold in in place. The button was added at the end. (If you want a pictorial guide and more information on how to do these then you can find a tutorial on “Felt flower embellishment” by Tina – Here!
- On the back piece I’d sewn two strips of felt. One piece goes top to bottom and is stitched to the back at both ends. This is a loop that a belt can be put through before closing so the bag will hold the MP3 player at my waist when I’m listening to music. The second strip goes accross the back of the bag and is only sewn at one side at the moment – I’m going to attach either hook and loop fastening or a popper so that the loop can be put around anything to hold the little bag – a door handle of a cupboard by my bed, the strap of my handbag, whatever is to hand. The pieces were stitched together using my sewing machine as well using a stitch that went over the edge, including going round the flap piece even though that wasn’t sewing pieces together.
- When the bag is opened you can see that the MP3 player goes into one section and the cable to connect to a PC/Laptop and the earphones are in another section – so they can’t scratch the screen or anything.
As part of a little “Calenig” – a New Year’s Gift – for my two youngest nephews, I gave them two facecloths – but they were both the same. So out came my sewing machine and box of sewing machine embroidery threads and the boys got to chose what colour thread they wanted, which of the decorative stitches on my machine they wanted, and then to sit by the machine and sew (under strict supervision) – their legs are so short they have to have the foot pedal on the little step they used to reach the bathroom sink until recently. This is wat the two facecloths looked like when they finished.
- Sewn by my 6 year old nephew – the blue and green look OK, but firstly the red thread snagged not long after he’d started stitching that, and then, after I’d re-threaded the machine and he’d done a few more inches, the bobbin thread ran out, so we had to wind bobbin thread onto that and he had to re-start the red again.
- Close-up of pattern.
- Sewn by 7 year old nephew. He chose to use the same pattern on either side and then a wavy “stem and leaves” style down the middle.
- Close-up of how it looks after sewing three rows of pattern.
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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:
- Tuesday, 28th January – Here! – BARGAIN 99p CRAFT PAPER, Finished Cards from the Crafters, Designer Discounts & More
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.
craftsUprint Crafter of the Year 2013 – Voteing is currently underway when CUP designers are “asked to cast 5 votes on who they think are their best crafters” from amongst their customers who upload photos of their completed work to the CUP site. The leaderboard, as it currently stands, is live – here. I’m surprised to see my name still amongst the top 30. Of course there are several days yet to go for designers to vote so there’s plenty of time for me to drop off the bottom. So it remains to be seen whether I’ll still be there at the end of voteing of course, though I’ll be delighted if I am because, as it stands at the moment as I’m writing this, there are 688 Registered Crafters on the CUP site who upload photos of their finished work made using the designers digital creations.
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You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)
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