Even More January 2014 Crafting

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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.



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.



(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.



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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