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An Update, Some Musings, And My Crafting
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.
“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.
(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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.)
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.
- 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.)
- Closeup of edge of pocket area with piece of card tucked inside to show how it’s a pocket.
- A closer look at the area of the coloured in digi-stamp.
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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
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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