First Crafting Of January 2014

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An Update and Some Crafting


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.



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.



(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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  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.



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 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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