Last Crafting of January 2014

 Posted by at 08:30 am
Jan 312014
 

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An Update, Some Cards and Some Sewing

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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.

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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.)

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!

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  1. 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.)
  2. Angled view across card front.
  3. Closeup of butterfly and flower.

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  1. 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.)
  2. Angled view of card trying to show the small dimension.

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  1. 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.)
  2. Angled view of previous card showing dimension.
  3. 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.)
  4. 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.

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SEWING:

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.

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  1. 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).
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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  1. 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.
  2. Close-up of pattern.
  3. 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.
  4. Close-up of how it looks after sewing three rows of pattern.

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CUP UPDATE:

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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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Jan 302014
 

Just a quick post this time to show you one card I received and one I sent.

My partner for the January Card Swap on the “Stamping Dragon Designs” group on FB was Lynne Walker. Photos of the card I received from her, together with the card I sent her, and the details of what I used to make it, can be seen below. The theme for the January Card Swap was “Birthday”.

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CARD RECEIVED:

January Card Swap on the Stamping Dragon Designs FB group – this is the card I received from Lynne.

Thank you so much Lynne.  I love the colours you’ve used to colour in the digi-stamp and the embelishments you’ve used.

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Lynne’s used the “Nellie & Rupert Autumn Leaves” digi stamp on her lovely creation.

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CARD SENT:

This next one is the card that I sent Lynne – I’ve used several digital downloads created by Janette Padley of Stamping Dragon Designs on this card.

(Clicking on the medium or thumbnail sized images brings up a larger version of the image that shows the effects of better. Clicking on the text links below takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the card.)

Front View

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Angled View

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Details:

Its a Party Elements by Janette Padley, Birthday Teddy by Janette Padley and Candy Dreamz Elements by Janette Padley (The digi-stamp was printed out twice onto 300gsm, Super Smooth white cardstock. I coloured the digi-stamp, and the baloons on the second copy, in using ProMarkers before cutting them out.  The colours I used were: Azure, Reef Blue, Olive Green, Forest Green, Cardinal Red, Canary, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Cool Grey 4, Cool Grey 5, Black, Henna, Walnut and Red Violet FlexMarker.  As I couldn’t cut around the strings of the baloons I just cut to the edge of the outermost one and coloured in the background between the strings and the teddy’s head using splodges of Antique Pink ProMarker.  I cut to the edge of the baloons on the second image and attached brown jute cord to the back with tape.  I designed the card front in one of my graphics packages using elements and background from the two listed kits.  When I was satisfied with the layout I printed it out ont the same cardstock as the digi-stamps and cut it out.  The base card was made by scoring a sheeet of star embossed A4 white cardstock from my crafting stash using my Hougie Board and then folding it in half.  I went round the card front with the Flex Marker I’d used previously and attached it to the card.  I then added the cut out digi-stamps using glue gel.)

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An Assortment Of Crafting

 Posted by at 08:30 am
Jan 282014
 

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An Update, A Couple Of Cards and Some Bits …

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Today’s creations are two cards made mostly using elements from a kit, and some part made textiles projects.  I have done some colouring in of digi-stamps but haven’t made them up into cards yet (and a couple of them are for a design team project in any case, so it will be a while before I can show you them in any case).  I’ve had a couple of days with a bit of a nagging headache and am a bit exhausted because I’ve had a couple of nights when I’ve not slept comfortably because of aches and pains, so I’ve been trying to have a bit of a snooze during the day and have been doing less crafting.  Hopefully I’ll bet back to playing a bit more with my crafting stash before my next blog post.

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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.)

These two cards were made from the same “Create & Craft Inspired by …” kit.  The first has a bit of additions, but the second only required glue gel in addition to the kit content.  Getting the balance of lighting to get a reasonable picture of each was a problem because of the amount of foiling on the elements and added glitter on the first as this was causing “white outs” of glare on most of my photos.

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  1. For this card I took a 6″ square card with a scalloped edge from my crafting stash.  I also took a Gold glitter Graph’it Shake pen.  I wanted the card to say “I Ti” – which is Welsh for “For You”, so I took two small greetings panel from the kit and flipped them over.  I cut a panel from one of the background cards from the kit and I wrote on the two small panels and went round the outside edge of these panels, the background panel, and the outside edge of the base card with the glitter pen.  I then used finger-lift tape to attach the background to the base card and then glue gel to attach my chosen items from the kit.
  2. Angled view of card to try and show dimension.

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  1. I used my Hougie Board to score one of the backgrounds from the kit and then folded it in half.  I chose a selection of elements from the kit and gave some of them a little shape before I stuck the lot onto my card front using glue gel.
  2. Angled view of card to try and show dimension.

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SEWING:

In my web post of the 13th January I showed you a photo of the “Clover Yo-Yo Maker Round – Extra Large” that I’d bought with my Christmas money.  I told you I’d show you what I’d be making with it.  Well these are the first dozen I’ve made.  They’ve not been incorporated into a project yet, but I thought you’d like to see what they look like.  All the material I’ve used so far has come from a single charm pack which is just large enough to clip into the Yo-Yo, or Suffolk Puff, maker.

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  1. Here you can see the front and back of half a dozen of the Suffolk Puffs that I’ve chosen as I want to use them in the shape of a flower to decorate a patchwork and quilted flat bag I’m making to store my patchwork templates.  Once I finish the bag and attach these I’ll take another picture to show you the finished project.
  2. These half a dozen I intend to attach together through the middle to make a wiggly snake or catterpillar.  There are a lot of pieces of fabric left in the pack for me to use again, but I can only make these when my hands are working quite well so that I can properly feel and manipulate a needle and thread to make the Suffolk Puffs.  Again, once I do finish the project I’ll take a photo to show you, but it could be a few weeks of doing a couple at a time.

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RAG RUG MAKING:

In my same web post of the 13th January I showed you a Proggy Tool that I’d bought two extra of so that my nephews could work on a rag rug of their own without taking my tool which meaning that I couldn’t work at the same time as them.

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  1. This is the amount of pieces I’ve pushed through so far.  This is again a long term project as I can’t do a lot all in one go, although the piece is resting on my lap when I’m working so I’m not holding the weight of anything more than the little wooden tool.  And it’s quite easy to push it through the weave of the hessian backing and push the fabric in through.  The material I’m using is fabric fleece which I’ve cut into all the same size pieces using a large craft mat and rottery cutter with the Craft Yourself Silly Strip Cutter and Strip Snip.  I bought a large Remnant Pack of Fleece Fabric and I’ve been picking out the white and red tartan coloured bits to make my strips.  The nephew who’s already started his is picking out animal print pieces for his project.
  2. Corner flipped over so that you can just see the back edge.  The side of the hessian backing has been turned over and the pieces of fabric fleece pushed through both layers to give a firm edge that won’t ravel.

KNITTING:

In my post of the 19th December last year I showed you a ball of mostly untreated wool yarn called “Wash + Filz-it! Felting wool”, the yarn ball strap, and a piece of knitting I was knitting from it using a knitting loom.  I forgot to take a photo of the first piece before I felted it, but I’ve now finished the second piece and remembered to take a photo this time.

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This is a finished panel, knitted using 4 balls of the wool mix yarn.  I’ve left the knitting board by its side so that you have an idea of the size of it now, before I put it in the washing machine to felt it.

I’ll try and remember to photograph it once I’ve felted it in the machine, before I start working with it so remember to pop back for a regular look.

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:

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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!

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

  • Friday, 24th January – Here! – CUP Weekly News, 13 New Froms, Crafter of the Year Competition & FREE CD

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, has gone live – here.  I’m quite surprised to see my name amongst the top 30, but I’m obviously very pleased and grateful.  It remains to be seen whether I’ll still be there at the end of voteing of course.

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Jan 272014
 

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Design Team Card

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Time certainly does fly when you are having fun, and it’s already four weeks since my last post for The Dragon’s Den blog. Today a new post went live on the blog with a card I’d made showcasing another great digi-stamp. You can see the post – Here!

CARD

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Thumbnail photos of some different areas/angles of this card can be seen below.

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Autumn Leaves Bookmark digital stamp

Consumables:

Equipment:

Method:

Have a closer look by clicking on the thumbnails below.

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  1. After printing and colouring in the image I cut the pieces out.
  2. But rather than keep the little envelope in one piece I cut it down the centre and then cut off the tabs.  The two halves were matted onto a frosted gold cardstock, trimming to leave a 3/16 border around three sides of each but no border on the adjoining side.
  3. The matted images were stuck to the front of a gatefold card I’d made from black cardstock.  I used 2mm tape to attach, using the wider tape to attach the right hand side panel, but using the narrow, shaker tape, around the three sides of the left hand side to leave the central area not stuck down.  I put a little glue gel on the foam tape to give me a little “wiggle time” to move both sides until they were aligned.  I added the glitter glue and peel-off.
  4. But before sticking I’d cut a half circle notch out of the gatefold on the let hand side, and as the topper is only stuck on three sides, and not along the centre on this side the bookmark just slots in.
  5. Just grip in the notch and the bookmark slides out as a little gift within the card.  A nice idea if you are giving a book, or a book token, as a gift.  In fact, If you make the mat large enough you should be able to use the same method to slot in a gift card, or even cash.
  6. Close-up of one of the bookmark itself.

There are other bookmark designs in the shop that you could use to do the same sort of thing.  If this particular image doesn’t suit your recipient then please have a look to see if you can find one that does.

 

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Keep an eye out for my next “Pick of the Week” post for “The Dragons Den” in February. In the meantime there will be further posts by the other design team members before then to inspire you.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Stamping Dragon Designs Links

  • If you fancy trying out some of Stamping Dragon Designs, please do visit the Store to find all sorts of digital goodies for crafting, and the minimum spend is only £2 (you’ll find great digi-stamps and lots more).
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Jan 242014
 

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An Update, A Few Musings, A Small Number Of Cards and A Scrapbook Page

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Anybody other than me feel surprised that we are now closer to the end of January than we are to the begining?  Who thinks that this month is going by ever so quickly?  And yet I don’t feel as if I’m achieving as much as I usually do each week.  Somehow I feel as if I’ve not got over the extra effort I put in to get Christmas things ready.  I think that this nasty cough that started Boxing Day drained me even more, so of course the M.E. symptoms are worse even though the cough is a whole lot better now. I just wish it would clear up completely quickly.

With the problems with our Internet access frustrating me as well and slowing me down when trying to do things online, I feel I’ve not had enough time to go round all the blogs I follow and really appreciate all you bloggers lovely makes.  I have had a few sessions of a couple of hours each just visiting blogs and know that I’ve not been round nearly all the ones I usually visit.  And even worse, with the Internet access dropping out every now and then, I fear that some of the comments I’ve written haven’t actually gone through.  So many fantastic creations that I want to let people know I’ve visited their posts and what’s caught my attention about their lovely work.

Now a lot of you probably already know that I love the dragon digi-stamps, and a variety of other digital downloads, available from Stamping Dragon Designs, and usually have a card or two with the items on in each of my blog posts.  Well if you like the look of them too, you can go to the Stamping Dragon Designs Facebook Page, Like it, Share a post with the “Share Me To Win ….” image, and put a comment underneath.  When 100 shares are reached then two people who’ve completed the three steps will win a £5 voucher to spend in the Stamping Dragon Designs Store.  Even if you are not into colouring digis in yourself you can find images already coloured in the store, as well as an assortment of background papers, digital scrapbook kits, etc.  So please do pop over to the page and have a go at winning.

I’ve still got a bit of a cough.  My Internet access is better, but still slow and occasionally drops out.  And I’ve also had the youngest nephews around quite a bit.  So I’ve not done as much crafting as I would have liked.  But I have got a few items below to show you.  I hope you like them.

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MUSINGS:

I’ve been thinking about the different reasons we send cards for this week.  I send most cards at Christmas.  Then there are a lot of birthdays in the family during the year.  And a few aniversaries.  Those are the ones that I do regularly, every year.  Then there are the “as they are needed cards” – these include – sympathy; good luck before exams, tests, interviews; congratulations on doing well in exams, getting a new job; engagement, wedding, new baby, new house; thank you.

Other occasions that get cards sent are Valentines Day, Easter, Dydd Santes Dwynwen, Saint David’s Day – though I don’t send for these dates myself; and there are things like invitation cards and other stationary for events such as weddings.  I know that around the world there are other occasions that people send cards for.

So I’m wondering are there any other types of events or occasions you readers out there send cards for, or make for sale to others?

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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.)

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  1. Its a Party Elements by Janette Padley and Birthday Teddy by Janette Padley (I took elements from the kit into one of my graphics packages.  One of them I copied several times and put them side by side to make a background panel.  The tag I added a greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – and the other elements I re-sized to suit my project.  These were all spaced out on my working area and then printed out onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock.  I used a circle scissors to cut out the background panel, and scissors to cut out the rest.  I took a pre-cut, decorative edge, shaped card card from my crafty stash and attached the pieces to it using finger-lift tape and glue gel.  I printed the digi-stamp out at a size suitable for my project onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock.  I then coloured it in using my ProMarkers. The colours I used were: Azure, Reef Blue, Olive Green, Forest Green, Cardinal Red, Canary, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Cool Grey 4, Cool Grey 5, Black, Tan, Tawny Owl, and Red Violet FlexMarker. The image was then cut out.  I couldn’t cut around the strings so I cut into this area, just leaving the baloons attached to the ear.  I used glue gel to stick the digi to the card front.  I took a fine line black pen and drew in the baloon threads onto the background.  I’d used a variety of glitter markers on the various elements before sticking in place.  A  gold Wink of Stella brush pen around the edge of the circular matand over the more gold splodges on this background pannel.  Clear Wink of Stella brush pen over the corner elements, the greetings card, and teddy’s hat, and gold, Graph’it Shake glitter marker around the edge of the base card.)
  2. Angled view of previous card to show the slight dimension added to the teddy.

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  1. Mountain Tiger Circle Pyramid by Apetroae Stefan (I printed the sheet out onto  glossy Crafty Bob paper and cut out the layers.  I took an 8″ square white Crafty Bob card and went round the edge using a Sugar Plum ProMarker.  I put the base image layer onto silver mirror paper and trimmed to leave a border.  The matted image was then layered onto a sheet of deep blue Adorable Scorable cardstock and trimmed to leave a smaller border.  I took some black and some orangey, linen textured, cardstock and punched borders out of them using a Tonic Regal edge punch.  The fancy borders and then the base layer were stuck to the card front using finger-lift tape.  I then used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the pyramage layers.  The card was finished off with a “Penblwydd Hapus” greetings banner – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.  I used glue gel to attach this.)
  2. Angled view of previous card to try and show dimension of pyramage.

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  1. Daffo down dilly by Wendy Freeman (I printed the sheet out onto an A4 sheet of glossy Crafty Bob paper and cut it out.  I took an ivory coloured 8″ square Crafty Bob card and went round the edge using a Canary coloured ProMarker.  I also went round the edge of the topper with the same marker.  I used finger-lift tape to attach the topper to my card and then shaped the petals of the daffodils upwards before attaching them using glue gel.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know which language or occasion it will be needed for.)
  2. An angled view of part of the previous card to try and show the slight dimension in the decoupaged daffodil flowers.

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SCRAPBOOK PAGE:

As a follow-up to a previous post I made when I said that I was born in the Chinese astrology Year of the Tiger, I’m running “A Little Extra Fun” thread in the Stamping Dragon Designs Facebook Group.  I’ve challenged every group member to find out what Chinese astrology year they were born in and let us know.  Also to look up descriptions of people born in that year and give us an idea of what bits are exactly right about them and which are completely off the mark.  There’s also the chance for extra points by making something hand crafted on the theme of their Chinese animal using something SDD.  As an exemplar I’ve made this 8″ square hybrid scrapbook page.

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  1. Sleeping Kitty Stamp by Janette Padley, A Touch of Provence Card Papers by Janette Padley and Bengal Tiger by Pauline Black (I don’t often do paper piecing, but I did for this cat image.  I printed the digi-stamp out, at the size I required for my hybrid scrapbook page project, onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I also printed out some tiger pelt background onto another sheet of the same cardstock.  I then put it back into the printer and printed on a second copy of the cat digi onto it.  I cut out only the cat image out of this second image – plus made a mat out of another area of the background.  I coloured the radiator on the first digi-image using grey ProMarkers – Cool Grey 1 and 2 -to give it a bit of depth before also cutting that out, and then sticking the patterned cat on top using glue gel to give some time for movement and get it in the right place.  The background and layers of my scrapbook page were created using backgrounds from the kit imported into a graphics package and layed out how I wanted before printing and then attaching the mat, picture and paper-pieced digi-stamp.)

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Further January 2014 Crafting

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Jan 212014
 

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An Update And A Few Cards

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 I’ve not had a lot of time or energy for crafting the last few days.  My two youngest nephews have been around a lot during the last week so I’ve been doing things with them.  During the last week – we’ve cooked – Chocolate Blondies and Bread and Butter Pudding; we’ve had my sewing machine out to sew tares and patches on one nephew’s favourite bed quilt and do a basic embroidered pattern on the edge of a facecloth I’d bought for the other; we’ve done colouring, including them colouring digi-stamps to put on a card each.  Plus building lego vehicles, reading and other homework, and general playing.  And even though all I did was sit down, and all the activity was fun, it has left me rather exhausted with not a lot of crafting done myself.

But in any case, I have managed to take photos of the cards made by them and myself.  So I hope you like them.

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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.)

Challenge Entered Into:

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  1. Stained Glass & Rose Frame by Janette Padley (I printed the image out at the size I wanted onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then coloured it in using my ProMarkers and FlexMarkers.  The colours I used were: Red, Berry Red, Grass, Forest Green, Soft Aqua, Red Violet.  I cut the image out both inside and out.  I took the Red ProMarker and went around the outside edge of a shaped card from my crafting stash.  I made two panels from red Satin Board, one to fit behind the centre of the arch and one the same size as an arc I’d cut from a white doily, again from my crafting stash.  The red arc was stuck behind the doily and both were stuck behind the top of the arch.  I stuck the other panel directly to the centre of the card using finger-lift tape and then used 2mm deep, double sided foam tape to atach the coloured in arch on top.  I finished off by putting strips of patterned washi tape around the outside of the arch, and a greeting in the centre of the arch.)
  2. Different angled photo of same card to try and show dimension.
  3. Different angled photo of same card to try and show dimension.

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  1. Stained Glass & Rose Frame by Janette Padley and Poorly Rupert Digital Stamp by Janette Padley (Images were printed onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and then coloured in by my 6 year old nephew using pencil crayons from a comprehensive wooden boxed set he and his brother had received from some cousins as part of their Christmas gift.  Cardstock was his choice from my crafting stash.  Base card was made using my Hougie Board for marking and scoreing.)
  2. Stained Glass & Rose Frame by Janette Padley and Get Well Teddy by Janette Padley (Images were printed onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and then coloured in by my 7 year old nephew using pencil crayons from a comprehensive wooden boxed set he and his brother had received from some cousins as part of their Christmas gift.  Cardstock was his choice from my crafting stash.  Base card was made using my Hougie Board for marking and scoreing.)

Challenge Entered Into:

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  1. Facebook Stamping Dragon Designs Group freebie by Janet Padley (Both backgrounds and the two paper ribbons and bows are from the freebie which I took into one of my graphics program and re-sized to sizes suitable for my project and so that they would all fit on an A4 working area.  The page was then printed onto glossy Crafty Bob paper and cut out.  I took a pre-cut, decorative edge, 6″ square, white base card from my crafting stash and stuck the larger background panel directly to it.  I then added the smaller panel and the two paper ribbons and bows.  I then went to my box of an assortment of hand made embelishments that I had left-over from previous projets.  These were attached to the card front using glue gel.  I added a piece of left over white velvet ribbon as a trail behind the butterfly.)
  2. Different angle of same card.

Yes – we get given freebies, which are strictly free only to group members – a big reason to join the Stamping Dragon Designs FB Group.  And taking part in group activities, such as this quick challenge where a winner is chosen by “Random” – so open to any ability crafter, gets members points.  And get enough points and you get a voucher for the Stamping Dragon Designs Shop – another reason to join the group.

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This card contains some items from my older crafting stash and some from a brand new kit.

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  1. The base card, greetings tag, and orange linen textured cardstock are from my crafting stash, all of which must be more than 6 months old, probably over a year old.  The rest are from the new “Create and Craft Inspired by Stephanie Weightman Sugar Rush Paper Crafting Collection“.  I’ve gone around the edge of the base card, greetings panel and some of the layers using an Apricot ProMarker.  Ive used finger-lift tape, 2mm deep, double sided foam tape, and glue gel to attach everything and build up the card depth.  As it was to be hand delivered I didn’t need to worry about the depth of the card.
  2. Different angle of the previous card to try and show some of the dimension.

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Jan 182014
 

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Snake, Horse and Tiger

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It’s been quite a while since I did a post on a specific theme, but Janette Padley, of Stamping Dragon Designs, pointed out to us members of The Dragons Den Design Team the fact that the Chinese New Year is coming the last day of this month, and that she’d like to see if we could come up with some cards to correspond with the theme.  This, of course, got me searching online for some information about this event, and raiding my digital library for images that would be suitable for making cards on the theme of the animals used by the Chinese in their astrology.

For anybody who’s interested, I found a long list entitled the “Chinese New Year Calendar” which you may like to have a look at to find out what Chinese year you were born in if you don’t already know – I found out that I was born in the year of the Tiger.

I don’t believe that the millions of people born all over the world during any year of a particular animal can all have the same character traits, fortunes, etc., but it makes interesting reading to see what many believe in.  Such as this description – here – of a person born in the year of the Tiger.  Of course there are lots more sites that give their take on the people born in different Chinese years, so if you want to know more then a quick search of Google, or any other search engine, should point you in the direction of lots of sites.

As usual, Wikipedia has loads of information about the “Chinese New Year” and its traditions.  I have to admit that I’ve not read all of it yet, but what I have read is quite interesting, and I may go back and have a further read at some point.  It’s interesting to know that the Chinese year starts in accordance to the lunar phases, so isn’t the same each year.

CURRENT CHINESE YEAR

The current Chinese year started on the 10th February, 2013 and it is the Year of the Snake.  One of the sites giving a description of the believed characteristics of a person born in the Year of the Snake can be found – here.

I’ve actually made two cards with the same snake digi-stamp image (by Janette Padley), one in monochrome and one with gold and red tones.  Any Chinese readers will have to forgive me if I’ve got the writing wrong as I simply used Google Translate to get the words for Chinese New Year and Year of the Snake.  There’s no telling how acurate the writing is.

Both the first two cards appeared as part of a post on The Dragons Den blog a few days ago.

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  1. Snake Stamp by Janette Padley (I took the snake image into one of my graphics packages twice to resize to sizes suitable for my card.  On the smaller one I put some Chinese symbols pertaining to the Chinese new year and the Year of the Snake on top.  These were then printed onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I used Black and some of the Cool Grey ProMarkers to colour in the image and trimmed both panels before matting and layering them into white cardstock.  I took a sheet of die-cut trellis and a sheet of A4 black cardstock from my crafting stash, scored both using my Hougie Board then folded them and stuck them together.  I threaded a strip of black glitter ribbon from my crafting stash down through the trellis towards the right of my card front before sticking on both panels.)
  2. An angled view of the same card.

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  1. Snake Stamp by Janette Padley (The digi-stamps for this card were resized in my graphics program in the same way as the previous card, and then printed onto the same type of cardstock.  I coloured it in using Red and Ruby ProMarkers and Gold Wink of Stella brush pen.  The panels were then stuck firstly to a white mat and trimmed to a narrow border, then onto a mat of black, foil embossed, Hunkydory cardstock, and trimmed to a wider border using a Perfect Ruler.  The main image digi-stamp was then further matted onto red Satin Board and again trimmed to a medium border using a Perfect Ruler and a craft knife.  I took an A4 sheet of linen textured gold cardstock and scored it using my Hougie Board.  I took a spotted red ribbon and a “Chinese Coin” charm from my crafting stash and attached towards the right side of my card front using glue gel.  I then used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach both panels to the front of the card.)
  2. An angled view of the same card.

 

COMMING CHINESE YEAR

The chinese year that will start on the 31st January this year will be the Year of the Horse.  A description of people born in the Year of the Horse can be found – here.

The image used is “Standing Horse Stamp” by Janette Padley.

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  1. Standing Horse Stamp by Janette Padley and Celtic Toppers *MACHINE Cut Files* by Rae Carr (I printed the horse out at smaller than the size provided and coloured it in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Cocoa, Shale, Chestnut, Wallnut and Black.  I cut it out as a panel and then rounded the corners with a punch before matting it onto a piece of gold linen textured cardstock, which I trimmed and again rounded the corners.  I prepared a base card of around 15cm square from Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock, and also rounded the right hand corners of this as well.  I’d cut out the Celtic Topper layers using my Silhouette Cameo a while ago, and also die-cut corners, a branch and blossom, using Tattered Lace dies and my Joy cutting machine – these were waiting in my box of hand made embelishments waiting for an occasion to use them and I thought they looked quite good with this card.  I used Tonic glue to attach all the embelishments and a 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the matted dig-stamp image.  I finished off by placing some sticky back faux pearls in the centres of each of the blossom.)
  2. Different angle of previous card to try and show dimension.
  3. Standing Horse Stamp by Janette Padley (I used one of my graphics packages to create the layout for this card front.  I tiled the horse digi-stamp lots of times to create the background and layered on a frame and flourishes and the Chinese symbol for Year of the Horse.  I also put a larger sized copy of the horse digi-stamp onto the other side of my working area and put a red oval around it.  The page was then printed off onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock.  For this card I use my nephews pencil crayons from the rather nice wooden boxed set they’d received as a Christmas gift from relatives, so I don’t have the colour names.  I then cut out the oval and matted it onto a piece of gold, linen textured, cardstock and trimed to leave a border.  I did the same for the background.  The background was then also matted onto a sheet of red Satin Board.  I used finger-lift tape to do all of this and to attach the matted background onto an A5 white base card from my crafting stash.  I used a Red ProMarker to go around the outside edge of the card and to put dots of red at each corner.)

MY CHINESE YEAR

As I’m “a Tiger” I thought I’d fish out a tiger design sheet from my digital library and make a couple of cards to correspond with that as well.  The items used for these cards are from a variety of different designers and details of as much stuff used as I can remember are below.

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  1. Chinese Zodiac Tiger stamp by Anna Babajanyan and Tiger Circle Pyramid by Apetroae Stefan (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I chose the smallest round and coloured it in using a red ProMarker and a gold Wink of Stella brush pen, and then cut it out.  I printed out the circle pyramid sheet out onto glossy Crafty Bob paper and cut out only one of the small images for this card – keeping the circle pyramage itself for the next card.  I took some red-linen textured cardstock from my crafting stash and cut it to a small sized card.  I punched the edge using a Tonic Regal edge punch and put a piece of gold, linen effect, cardstock inside the back to show the punched detail.  I found two flourishes in my crafting stash and stuck them to the top and bottom of my chosen image and then put the Tiger roundal on top before sticking the whole lot to my created base card.)
  2.  Bengal Tiger by Pauline Black  and Tiger Circle Pyramid by Apetroae Stefan (I printed the background sheet off at half size onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and this pyramage sheet onto glossy Crafty Bob paper.  After trimming the background I stuck it to the front of a white A5 card from my stash and went round the outside with a black ProMarker.  I scored across at the half way point and folded it back to make an easel card.  I cut out the tiger layers and put black cardstock as a mat behind the base image, trimmed to leave a small border, and also inside the back/base of the card.  I put two strips of gold, linen effect, cardstock on the card, one flat against the tiger skin background on the front and the other raised on a 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape inside the back to use as a stopper.  I used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the pyramage layers to the tiger image and to attach the finished, matted, pyramage to the base card.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what occasion it will be needed for.)

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Even More January 2014 Crafting

 Posted by at 10:32 pm
Jan 132014
 

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An Update, A Few Musings, A Few Cards and Something …

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As I’m aiming to use up some of the bits and pieces from my crafting stash, that came to light during my tidy-up last autumn, in amongst any new stuff I’m tempted by during this year, I decided to make some quick cards using just stash items – which you can see amongst my other cards below.  These “stash” cards include ones made using die-cut pyramage and decoupage images that I found in boxes near the bottom of my pile of stuff when I was tidying up so I don’t have much details other than the company names that were on the sheets themselves.  I’ve also made up a few cards using digi-stamps.

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MUSINGS:

The advent of the “Brother ScanNCut” machine, currently being sold on pre-order on Create and Craft TV and website, has brought the issue of image copyright to the forefront on a group of two that I belong to on Facebook (and because of that my thoughts have once again turned to this issue).  Not surprising really, because, while the machine – if it works as well as is advertised – will be a very useful addition to many a crafter’s crafting tools assortment, it is really open to mis-use as well.

We’ve seen demonstrated on the TV lots of what the machine “can do”, and it appears to be able to do a lot, but very little has been said about the fact that just because it technically “can do” lots of things it doesn’t always mean that you “legally are allowed to do” all of it.

There is certainly some things that you are not allowed to do with many companies physical stamps, and scanning and re-sizing, or turning them into peel-offs cut of vinyl, are amongst some things I’ve read that some designers don’t allow.  Which is why it’s important to read designers Terms of Use and assume that, because a piece of equipment makes it technically possible to do something it automatically means that crafters are allowed to do so by the copyright holder.

Saying all that, the use of the machine simply as a cutting tool should be a real boon to crafters who have dexterity issues (and it may be something I’ll consider saving up for myself in the future if it does prove to be a long lasting machine that does what it’s suppose to long term – not only for cutting out paper but because of cutting out patchwork as well).  Many crafter has worsening conditions that mean that they have to give up lots of crafting that they love because they can’t do intricate cutting any more.  If the ToU allows it, or you get permission from the copyright holder, and an image has a solid enough outline for the machine to read the contrast between background and image, it should be possible to use the machine to direct cut it.  In other words, the machine scans the page on the cutting mat to find out where everything is, it then cuts it out for you, but you don’t do anything to save the design, re-size it, cut it in another medium, or anything not allowed.  Simply using the machine’s capabilities to to cut whatever is on the paper/cardstock, instead of using a craft knife or scissors, rather than changeing or re-creating the image in another size or another medium.  Hopefully designers of stamps, etc., will allow that.

The problem is that, if lots of people do things that are not allowed, designers may well tighten their ToU to specifically not allow any use of this machine with anything they’ve created, and refuse all requests made to them in person to allow a crafter, such as those with dexterity issues, to take advantage of the cutting possibilities of the machine.  And even worse, designers who constantly have their ToU broken may leave the crafting busines thus leaveing us crafters without such such a good variety of images to work with.

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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.)

A simple “from my stash” card.

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  1. This is a card made using items I found in my crafting stash.  I believe the flowers and patterned papers were from a Papermania Capsule collection pack.  The butterfly may have been Kanban, though I’m not 100% sure.  The 8″ x 8″ square base card is definately a Crafty Bob 8″ square white card, and the banner I’ve had so long I can’t remember where I got it – may well have been via eBay.  I went around each of the backgorund panels using a French Navy ProMarker.  I used  finger-lift tape to attach the square background pieces to the base card,  2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the next panel to the card front, and  glue gel to attach the rest.
  2. A different angled photo of the previous card to try and show the dimension of some of the elements.

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  1. This is a Welsh sympathy card made using up some items from my crafting stash.  I think that the background paper and paper flowers were from a Papermania Capsule collection, the glitter sticky back flourishes were from C & C, and the black ribbon is recycled from a box of chocolates, or perhaps it was an Easter egg – I’m not sure.  The A5 base card was also from my crafting stash.
  2. Lily Sympathy Stamp by Janette Padley which you can find on CUP – here – and on the Stamping Dragon Designs shop – here (I printed the digi-stamp out onto  300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at smaller than the size provided and then coloured the image in using ProMarkers and a Wink of Stella brush pen. The colours I used were: Canary, Lime Green, Meadow Green, Pastel Pink, Dusky Pink, Pastel Blue, and a Gold Wink of Stella.  I then trimmed the image to leave a small border around the framing element.  I stuck the coloured in digi-stamp onto a sheet of gold pearlescent cardstock using finger-lift tape and then trimmed to an even border using a Perfect Layers ruler.  I took an A4 sheet of white cardstock from my crafting stash, scored it using my Hougie Board, and folded it in half.  I used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the matted image and also to attach a banner, from my crafting stash, that says “Gyda Chydymdeimlad” – which is Welsh for “With Sympathy”.)
  3. An angled view of the previous card.

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  1. Dragons Cave Background Stamp by Janette Padley and Ruperts Fairy Friend Stamp by Janette Padley (I printed off both digi-stamps onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at smaller than the size provided.  Both images were coloured in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used for Rupert and his fairy friend were: Yellow, Canary, Starfish, Buttercup, Chestnut, and Satin.  The colours I used for the Dragons Cave were: Shale, Cool Grey 3 and 5, Walnut, Holly, Forest Green, Grass, Bright Green, and Capri Blue.  I cut out the dragon and fairy image along the outside line, but tore the edge of the dragon’s cave image and distressed with some ink.  The base card was made by scoreing and folding in half an A4 sheet of dark brown cardstock.  I took a sheet of glitter cardstock which was half and half of white spots on aqua and aqua spots on white and cut a mat for this image from one side and a paper ribbon from the opposite side of the glitter card.  As glitter cardstock was involved I used glue gel to attach everything in place, adding some ribbon and sparkle and sticky back faux pearls to finish the card off.)
  2. The image on this card is a black and white image from a “Collection of 3, A6 Black and White Sketch Pads” of Lili of The Valley image.  I coloured it in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Amethyst, Spring Lilac, Cool Grey 1, 2, and 5, Black, Chestnut, Pear Green, Grass, Canary, Henna, Satin, Tan, Lilac, plus Black Metalic.  I took a sheet of background from my crafting stash, rounded the corner with a paper punch and went round the outside edge with one of the ProMarkers I’d used on the image.  I did the same to the image after I’d trimmed it.  I took an A3 sheet of Adorable Scorable purple/aubergine cardstock, scored it using my Hougie Board, and cut it to size.  I coloured some mulberry flowers using a Amethyst and Canary ProMarker I’d used on the image – the colour turns out a bit darker because of how the paper sucks in ink – and stuck them at the centre of the left hand side of the background using glue gel.  I then wrapped a piece of lace from my stash around the background, holding it in place with ultra tacky tape at the centre and at the back where each end is wrapped around the sides.  I then used finger-lift tape to attach the background to the card front.  I used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to the front of the card before finishing off with a white velvet ribbon bow glued in place using glue gel, and two short rows of sticky back faux pearls.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I’m not sure what language this wedding card will be needed in.
  3. Angled view from side of card to try and show dimension.
  4. Angled view of coloured in image.

Base card was pre-printed with the base image, including some glittering.  The decoupage sheets that came with them said that they were “Create and Craft” own brand.

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  1. A lovely little dog in his coat.
  2. Two lovely dogs sat in a wodden dog bed.

For this next batch the base cards are from my crafting stash.  Background and die-cut topper papers are Doolicraft items from the Playful Pets and Dooliclan range

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  1. I do believe that the character in this image is carying a Haggis – and it’s “Burns Night” on January 25th so it’s an image that’s relevant for that day.  The background sheet was trimmed to just smaller than an A5 white base card.  I used finger-lift tape to attach the background to the card before going round the edge using a black ProMarker.  I also went round the base image I’d popped from the die-cut sheet with a black ProMarker before attaching it to the mat on the card using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I chose two other layers from the pyramage and used the same foam tape to attach them.  I went roung the corner elements and a little greetings panel strip from the same die-cut sheet using the black ProMarker and also attached them using the foam tape.
  2. For this card I cut the rectangular background panel to a square shape and then went round both the 6″ square base card, the backing panel and the main image layer using a black ProMarker.  I used finger-lift tape to attach the backing panel to the card front and the largest pyramage layer to the backing panel.  I then used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach my two chosen layers of the pyramage, and also to attach a greetings panel that says “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.
  3. Angled biew of previous card.
  4. I cut the backing panel into a square shape for this card as well and attached it directly to the front of a 6″ square from my crafting stash using finger-lift tape.  I then used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach my three chosen layers of the pyramage.  I used a black pen to put dots in the corner of the main card and to go around the backing panel in a form of faux stitching.

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SOME THINGS:

For Christmas I’d been given a small amount of money by my mother to spend on crafting items – she said she had no idea what I might need so I’d be better buying myself.  Well these are two of the items I bought – see if you know what they are for – without reading the information beneath.

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  1. This is a “Clover Yo-Yo Maker Round – Extra Large” – it is used to make Yo-Yos, otherwise known as Sufolk Puffs, out of pieces of materials.  I’ve started making a batch of Sufolk Puffs so keep an eye out in my next few posts to see what I plan on making with them.
  2. This is the same Yo-Yo/Sufolk Puff maker from the other side.
  3. This is a Proggy Tool.  I actually already had a Proggy Tool, which is a turned piece of wood of an ideal size and shape to help make rag rugs, or Proggy Matting.  As each one is individually turned by a craftsman you don’t get two that are exactly the same, although they try and make them as close as possible to the same shape and size, but do use different wood types.  I’ve had a small piece of rag rug on the go for a while, since before Christmas, just doing a little bit at a time as it does take some hand strength, but when I was doing it once, one of my young nephews decided that he was going to work on a small mat as well, and one proggy tool between two meant that we didn’t do a lot each, so I decided to get another tool so that we could both work on our projects the same time.  I’ll try and get a photo of my partly done mat for a post before the end of the week.

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:

Have a look – here – at my whole shop “Siop Crafftau MAES MIERI Crafts Shop” on craftybob.com.

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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!

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

  • Friday, 10th January – Here! – Last Call for Designer Votes, CUP News, Discounts, FREE CD, CUP TV & More!

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More January 2014 Crafting

 Posted by at 10:22 pm
Jan 082014
 

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An Update, Some Musings, And My Crafting

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I’ve still got a cough, which started on Boxing Day, and my voice is still coming and going, but I don’t think it’s quite as bad as it was, but I’m feeling more worn out because of it.  So, although I’ve been doing a bit of crafting to keep me occupied, a lot of it has been hybrid crafting, with designs being put together from Designer Resources and Scrapbooking elements in a graphics package first, and then printed out and a little bit of paper crafting done afterwords.  I’m quite pleased with the results. Have a look and then leave me a comment to let me know what you think.

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MUSINGS:

“Intermittent Fault!” – are there any other two words to do with anything that’s playing up that are guaranteed to make the heart sink like the words “Intermittent Fault!”?

You may remember that I’ve been having broadband access problems – being without access completely for at least a couple of days, and then, when it came back there have been intermittent access problems and periods of very slow access.  As promissed, the BT man came out on the 7th – he arrived before 9am so can’t fault them on that (although I had made it to the side of my bed and had my morning tablets I hadn’t quite got going when he arrived, but never mind about that).  He tested here and there, and here again, and there again, and said he wasn’t getting a dialing tone – which was really strange as we hadn’t had problems with the phone cutting out, only the broadband, and then I picked up both the phone on the fax machine, and then the cordless phone, and they both had a dialing tone within two minutes of him testing and saying he wasn’t getting a dialing tone.  Of course, he reccons the problem is within our wiring system or equipment, not on BT’s side of their wiring to the first box in the house, so basically all the testing proved was that we’ve got an “Intermittent Fault”.  And with the nature of an intermittent fault it could go on being intermittent for ages and we won’t be able to work out which bit of our telephone wiring or equipment is causing the problem because it could be not working and then suddenly working when we try it out, or it could break down completely tomorrow and we could isolate the problem and replace the faulty item.

So it looks as I’m stuck with a slow connection – which is better than no connection admittedly – and the occasional break in connection.

So I’ve moved on from my musings of last time – “how did I manage without the Internet?” – to thinking about “how quickly I’ve become accustomed to haveing a reasonably quick connection” – and I say reasonably quick because it’s way quicker than when we were on a modem access over a phone line (and it still is quicker than that even with it going slow now) but I know that there are parts of the country with way faster access than we’re capable of having here.

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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.)

This time I think I’ve got several that are suitable for male cards, as well as some pretty and bright ones for females.

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  1. Candy Dreamz Elements by Janette Padley (I took various elements from this kit into one of my graphics packages.  I then moved them around, resized and layered them up until I had a card front I was happy with that was just smaller than 6″ squared.  I typed in “Nodyn Bach” – which is Welsh for “Little Note” – and made a second layer of the ribbon area, large flower and button flower.  The whole sheet was then printed out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I cut out the card front and the additional elements.  I then used a clear Wink of Stella brush pen to go over the second layer button element, the centre of the flower to decoupage, and the greetings ribbon.  I took a scalloped edged square card from my crafting stash and attached the base layer directly to this.  I then shaped the additional flower and ribbon and attached all the added elements using glue gel.  This kit has some really pretty elements in in that could be used for both digital, paper, or hybrid scrapbooking, in addition to card making.)
  2. Closer, angled, look at card to try and show the little dimension added with the second layers – I didn’t want the card to get too large to go into an ordinary envelope.
  3. west Highland White Terrier 3 Portrait pyramid by Liz Harrison (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock, but rather than using it as a pyramage topper I took the main layer and cut it out and then cut out the centre to make it into a frame.  I then cut out one of the other layers that had a partial frame around it. I made an A5 base card by scoreing an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock using my Hougie Board and folding it in half.  The layer with the dog was stuck to the card front using finger-lift tape and then the frame layer was added using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape. I finished off by adding three, sticky back, faux pearls, top right and bottom left of the card front.  I’ve not added the greeting yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in.)
  4. West Highland White Terrier 3 Insert by Liz Harrison (I printed the insert out onto 120gsm Super Smooth white paper, trimmed it, scored it, folded it, and stuck it inside the previous card using finger-lift tape.  The fadeing of the image towards the top, and the nice clear area for writing or typing a greeting, means that this insert isn’t ink heavy, and it can be used with any Westie image.)

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  1. Great Langdale Beck Toppers by Tom Curtis (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the toppers.  For this card I matted one image firstly onto a white cardstock using finger-lift tape, cutting an even border of 3/16″ all the way around, and then I stuck the matted image onto a layer of pearlescent silver paper from my crafting stash, and trimmed to a narrower 1/16″ layer – I used a craft knife and a Perfect Layers ruler to achieve this.  I made a greetings panel of the same white and silver cardstock and paper.  I took a deep blue A4 card, scored it using my Hougie Board, and folded it in half before attaching both the matted and layered image, and the greetings panel, using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I’ve not added a greeting yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.)
  2. Blue lake insert by Sharon Poore (This is the insert I put inside the previous card. I printed this insert out onto 120gsm Super Smooth white paper trimmed it, scored it, and folded it in half.  I then stuck it inside a card, as shown before this, using finger-lift tape.  Whether for landscapes with a blue sky, or a scene of a sea or lake, or perhaps in a sympathy card, this simple insert design can be used in lots of different themed cards.)
  3. Girls World 4.5 x 6.5 Mat Pack by Janette Padley (I took several of the mats from this pack into one of my graphics packages and resized and layered them up to make a panel large enough to go on the front of an A5 base card.  I made one of the mats very samll and typed on the greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.  I also put a couple of the coloured mats on the other side of my working area.  The resulting sheet was printed out onto printable vellum.  I cut out the stacked mat area.  I then took a Tonic flower punch and punched out as many vellum flowers as I could from the other side.  I bent the petals on all the flowers.  I used pieces of ultra tacky tape at each corner and down the centre to attach the stacked mat panel to the front of a white A5 card from my crafting stash.  I then used glue gel to attach all the flowers over the centre of the card.  I finished off by taking some red glitter glue and dotting it at each corner of the card and in the centre of each of the flowers.  This pack is full of lovely bright colours and the mats can be used together, or individually to bring colour to a project.)

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  1. GOLD WATCH 12 PIECE PAGE KIT by Sharon Duncan (I took lots of the elements from the kit into one of my graphics packages and resized, moved around and layered until I had a layout I was happy with for a card front at just under 8″ square size.  I also made a second copy of the watch face and the three corner “gems” onto the empty area of my A4 working area.  I typed on the greeting “Ar Eich Ymddeoliad” – which is Welsh for “On Your Retirement” – onto the card front.  I printed the page I created onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock.  After cutting out the pieces I went round the edge of the mail layer with a gold Wink of Stella brush pen.  I also used the same pen to go aorund the bezzle of the watch.  I went over the “gems”, the “glass” front of the watch and the greeting using a Sakura clear glaze pen.   The base image was then attached directly to the front of an 8″ cream Crafty Bob base card using fingerlift tape.  The second layer of the watch face was added using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape, and the gems were added using glue gel.  A fab kit that would look lovely as a scrap book page to show anything to do with time, such as time for retirement.  I’ve just tried to showcase several elements on this card, but just dropping the “on” word from the wording and putting a person’s photo on their last day at work and you have a simple scrapbook page.)
  2. An angled view to try and show that the watch face and the corner “gems” are the only things that are physically layered, with everything else being digitally layred before printing.
  3. Glitz & Glam 5 cu4cu Png Graphics by Ammie Sanders, Vintage Cars 4 cu4cu Png Graphics by Ammie Sanders, Wood Frames by Carol Lepard and Cracked Plaster Paper Pack – CU4CU by Mary Jane Harris (I wanted to make a card front with a bit of interest, but completely flat for posting, so I took elements from each of the listed kits into one of my graphics packages and resized, moved around and layered, until I had a layout I liked that was jst smaller than the front of an A5 card.  I printed it out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and then cut it out.  I took a white, A5 base card from my crafting stas and went round the edge  using a Cool Grey 5 ProMarker to match the colour of the car.  I then stuck the card front I’d created directly to the front using finger-lift tape. I finished off by using a Sakura Clear Glaze pen to go over the headlamps and front lights of the car and the windows, to give them a bit of a glossy look.)

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DECORATED BOOK:

In my blog post of the 26th December I showed you the front cover and one inside page of a project book I was making for “Cardiau a Crefftau” – which is “Cards and Crafts” in Welsh.  Well this is another page from inside the book.

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  1. Passionately Paisley Elements, Passionately Paisley Papers and Fairy Play Time digi-stamp by Janette Padley (This is another page in my “Cardiau a Crefftau” book.  This is a page for me to make a note of my wish list for “Clytwaith” – Welsh for “Patchwork” – I took the elements of the Passionately Paisley kits into one of my graphics packages and played around until I had a page laye out how I wanted.  I then printed the page I’d designed, a separate background with little diamonds over it, and the digi-stamp, onto sheets of 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock.  The sheet I’d designed was stuck directly onto a blank page in my book.  I cut an oblong out of the separate background sheet and then cut a corner off this.  I use a fine tip black pen to go around both these pieces of background and some of the items on the main page, and while I had the pen in my hand I wrote in the first two items on my patchwork wish list.  I put 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape along the long and short side, and the bottom, of the largest background piece and put it as a large pocket to hold clippings or notes on items I want for patchwork, and the cut off triangle was attached using ultra tacky double sided tape.  I coloured in the digi-stamp using ProMarkers: Antique Pink, Plum Preserve, Oatmeal, Raw Sienna, Wallnut, Cool Grey 3, Cool Grey 4, Winter Berry.  I also used a silver and a purple glitter gel pen to add a bit of sparkle to some areas.  I cut out the digi-stamp and stuck it to the front of the pocket using finger-lift tape.)
  2. Closeup of edge of pocket area with piece of card tucked inside to show how it’s a pocket.
  3. A closer look at the area of the coloured in digi-stamp.

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:

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CUP UPDATE:

20% Discount

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CUP Mailer – It seems that, from now on, there will only be two CUP mailers a week – on a Tuesday and on a Friday.  Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Tuesday 7th January – Here! – Crafter Picks, New Froms, Designer Discounts & New Mailer Schedule

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First Crafting Of January 2014

 Posted by at 12:15 pm
Jan 062014
 

Thank you for clicking over to have a look at my blog
An Update and Some Crafting

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Any of you who read this blog and are amongst my crafting friends on Facebook may already have seen that I’ve had broadband problems since the new year – specifically I’ve been without connection for several days.  It seems there’s a line problem – which with the weather we’ve been having is no wonder.

Living up from the sea and the river, on the outskirts of town, we’ve been lucky that we’re away from the flooding, as the BBC is reporting around 30 houses in town being flooded and a pregnant woman being rescued – needless to say I was not amongst those who were going down “just to see how bad it is”.  Mind you, we did have a lot of wind and rain, and I did have to do an SOS to family members as the roof of the outside toilet/shed was lifting – my brother got here first and managed to get some nails in before it went completely, which is a good thing as I’ve put our little dog in there for the moment as the wind was driving rain into her kennel and it was looking a bit damp inside even though her bed has sides and is situated on top of a slightly raised platform.

In any case, back to my broadband problems.  My broadband provider tested and couldn’t “sinc.” the line, so it was then off to BT who provide the line, who tested and found a fault.  Then we had one of those automated voices who said the fault wouldn’t be fixed until the 7th.  So that meant I had to get up from my sick bed – I’ve still got a stinker of a cold and very little voice – and take my laptop over to my brother and sister-in-law’s place to go online for long enough to get my Tesco order sorted for delivery Saturday morning (I book a slot and put in an assortment of basics in my basket well ahead of time, but go online on a Friday to put in the exact items we require, so not going online would have meant receiving a big assortment of items, half of which we didn’t need, and not getting what we’d really finished during the week – such as cough mixture).

Of course the lights came on the broadband router a couple of hours after I came back from my brother’s place on Friday – but the connection only lasted for about 10 minutes and had gone by the time I’d got my laptop on.  It came back again Saturday evening at around 5.30pm, but it was slow and I got an amber warning triangle on my laptop about loss of Internet connection at times, so I just did what I could online and hoped for the best.

However, after taking the time to do the interesting, but difficult, job of looking back and preparing the posts “A Look Back At 2013” and “My Favourite Five Christmas Creations” it’s now time to look at some of the items I’ve made so far this year.  As I’d bought several digital downloads the last couple of days of last year, and had downloaded them, I had lots of lovely items to play with when I was without broadband access.  So I’ve made several items, which I’m going to put in here now, along with descriptions I typed up in my word processing software while I was without connection.  The one thing you may notice this time is that there are not a lot of links to the items I’ve used.  If the connection stays live today I hope to have time to come back and insert some further details, but I’ll put this post on a schedule to publish tomorrow in any case, so at least if the connection to here goes again my work will get published.

If you read my New Year’s Day post you’ll have read that I’m continuing with the resolution I made last year (amongst some new resolutions) to make sure I’m doing a variety of cards in every batch so that I’ve got male cards, cards suitable for children, cards suitable for different occasions.  I think that this first batch of the year is a nice assortment.

I hope you enjoy looking at what I’ve made.

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MUSINGS:

Not a lot of thinking this time – only: how did I manage without the Internet?  I depend on it for such a lot these days so being without any connection, and now without a dependable connection has been very difficult.  Of couse, when I first got the Internet via a modem/phone line connection, then via a router/broadband connection, I wasn’t as disabled as I am now, so I could go out shopping myself, mostly with my niece’s help towards the end of the time when I’d go round a couple of shops to do the “weekly shop”.  But now I book a delivery slot with Tesco and get all our food and household items delivered weekly.  And clothes, crafting goodies, etc., are all mostly ordered on-line, other than the occasional trip I make into town to buy a few items from shops that are close to a disabled parking bay – which isn’t a lot.

If my broadband connection stays on I’m going to go and have a look at the on-line January sales – I do like to grab a bargain, and there are a few items I’ve been wanting but not buying in the hope they’ll come on sale.

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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.)

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  1. Pine Sunset Oval Pyramid Card Front by Triselda Watts and Vintage Shabby Roses Backing Paper by Ammie Sanders (I printed the pyramage sheet onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and the backing sheet onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I took a sheet of off white pearlescent cardstock and scored it in half using my Hougie Board and then folded it to make an A5 base card.  I cut a panel of the background and put towards the left of the card front using finger-lift tape.  I took the base image of the pyramage and stuck it to a panel of glitter spot embossed light green cardstock from my crafting stash and trimmed it using a Perfect Layers ruler to a border of 0.5 inch.  This was then stuck to the front of the card.  As I wanted to keep the depth of the card low for posting I’ve only added two of the oval layers, attaching these using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I’ve not added a greeting yet as I don’t know what language it is needed in.  A nice card for a male I think.)
  2. Beige check insert 7 by Sharon Poore (I used this insert inside the card shown before it.  The insert was printed onto 120gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and then trimmed.  I put it inside the card using finger-lift tape.  This is a nice, neutral, insert that I think is good for male cards.  The check pattern means that it isn’t too heavy on the ink, and it’s got a nice clear area for writing or typing a greeting.)
  3. 4 Beautiful flower basin toppers by Sharon Poore (I printed the sheet onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock and cut out each of the panels.  For this card I stuck the topper onto some pink cardstock from my stash and trimmed this to a 3/16″ border using a craft knife and a Perfect Layer ruler.  This matted image was layered onto a glitter spot embossed cardstock from my crafting stash – I put a bit of glue gel in addition to finger-lift tape behind this time because of attaching to the glittered and embossed cardstock.  This time I cut the border to 0.5″ width.  I went round the edge of this second layer using a Cerise ProMarker before sticking the matted and layered image to the front of a white A5 base card from my crafting stash.  I finished off by attaching a pink ribbon, tied in a bow, around the spine of the card.  I’ve not added a greeting yet as I don’t know the occasion or language it will be needed in.  I think it would make a nice Get Well Soon card as well as a Birthday card, or even Just a Note card.)

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  1. Tasty Cupcake Toppers by Tom Curtis (I pritned the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the different sized toppers.  For this card I used two of one size and one of another.  I took an A4 pearlescent yellow sheet of cardstock and scored it along the half way mark lengthways using my Hougie Board.  I matted the chosen toppers onto white pearlescent cardstock, attaching using finger-lift tape, and used a Perfect Layers ruler to give them a 3/16″ gorder.  These were then attached to the card front using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape. I went over the cherries on each topper with a clear Wink of Stella brush pen, added the “Penblwydd Hapus” peel-off greeting – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – and added some sparkly gems to finish off.)
  2. Fantasy & Flowers – Angel with Camellias by Kirsty Green (I printed both the insert and the card front sheet onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then trimmed the insert, scored it at the central point using my Hougie Board, and folded it in half with the insert printing on the inside.  I cut out the card front and decoupage layers.  The card front was attached directly to the insert front using finger-lift tape.  I then shaped the decoupage layers and attached them in order to the card front using glue gel.  I don’t know which greeting will be needed yet, so have only attached the blank greeting panel so far.)
  3. The inside of the previous card.

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  1. Church in Snow Topper and Background by Pamela West (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the pieces, trimming the background element to the required size.  I took an A5 white base card from my crafting stash and attached the background element to the front of this using finger-lift tape.  I used finger-lift tape again to attach the base image layer towards the top left of the card front, and a greeting panel that says “Nadolig Llawen” – which is Welsh for “Happy Christmas” – towards the bottom right.  I used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the final layer to the card front.  I then went over the snow areas on the image with a clear Wink of Stella brush pen to give it a subtle twinkle.)
  2. A different angle on part of the card in an attempt to show the twinkle on the snow, though I don’t think it shows up particularly well on this photo either.
  3. Lulu Dragon Painting Digital Stamp by Janette Padley (I printed the digi-stamp out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at smaller than the size provided.  I then coloured it in using ProMarkers and FlexMarkers.  The colours I used were: Pink Carnation, Cerise, Fire Wood, Walnut, Island Lagoon, Honeydew, Celestial Blue and Dove Grey.  I used some ProMarker Blender pen in splodges over the blue of the sky to give the impression of clouds.  After colouring in the image I used a Circle Scissors to cut it out.  I also used the Circle Scissors to cut out a mat a little larger than it out of some pink cardstock form my crafting stash.  A “paper ribbon” was cut from the same cardstock, which I stuck right across a white A5 card from my stash using fingerlift tape.  I then added the mat and the digi-stamp topper.  I coloured a “Penblwydd Hapus” peel-off – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – in using the same Island Lagoon ProMarker I’d used on the image, before adding the peel-off to the card front.  The same ProMarker was used to add a dotted line around the matted topper.  I finished off by taking some sparkly elements from my crafting stash and attaching them to the card front using glue gel.)

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TAG:

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  1. Baking Digital Stamp by Janette Padley (I printed the design onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at smaller than the size provided.  I then coloured it in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Red, Ruby, Tan, Oatmeal, and Cool Grey 2.  I then used my Hougie Board to mark out the size of the tag and cut it out using a pair of scissors.  I used a paper punch to put a hole in the top and threaded a piece of spotted red ribbon from my crafting stash.  I went around the sides of the tab using the same Ruby ProMarker I’d used for colouring in.  I then placed some flourishes and spots glitter stickers from my crafting stash as decoration over my tag.  The tag was then used on a mini hamper style gift that included a few tins and cooking items presented in a large mixing bowl.)
  2. Closer look at tag.

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DECORATED BOOK:

In my blog post of the 26th December I showed you the front cover and one inside page of a project book I was making for “Cardiau a Crefftau” – which is “Cards and Crafts” in Welsh.  Well this is another page from inside the book.

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  1. Past Midnight Mini by Janette Padley (I took elements from the kit into one of my graphics packages and layed them out on an A4 area to make a Christmas scene.  This is a page for my book for “Cardiau a Crefftau” – which is “Cards and Crafts” in Welsh – and is titled “Syniadau ar gyfer Nadolig 2014” – “Ideas for Christmas 2014”.  On a second A4 area I copied a second fireplace and a couple of extra “notepad” pages for my notes.  Both A4 pages were then printed out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  The main page was stuck directly to a page in my book.  The elememts on the page were cut out.  The two “notepad” pages were stuck at their top left corner to the base page, and I’ve already added a note that I need to finish making up some clock fronts and mechanisms that I’ve bought at some time in the past to give as gifts.  I put pieces of 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape along both sides and the bottom of the second fireplace layer and put this over the fireplace on the page front.  By not putting tape along the top it makes this into a pocket that I can drop cuttings or ideas into as well as adding to my notes as I think of stuff.)
  2. An angled look at the top of the “fireplace” to try and show the 1mm gap for putting things in.
  3. An angled view at the “notepad” element to try and show that there’s more than one “page” there for notes.

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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!

CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ so far this year:

  • Wednesday, 1st January – Here! – Happy New Year & All the latest CUP News
  • Friday, 3rd January – Here! – Designer of the Year 2013, HOT Items, 13 New Froms, FREE CD & 49p DL Envelopes

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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