Crafting Slowly Towards The End Of January 2014

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


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.



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?



(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.)

1cup338413_1749 - card01 - Its a Party Elements 2cup338413_1749 - card02 - Its a Party Elements

  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.



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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