Crafting Mid February 2014

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Feb 272014
 

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An Update, A Few Musings, and A Few Cards

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I’ve still not got broadband or phone connection so am depending on my pay-as-you go mobile phone and a mobile Internet dongle to keep incontact with the outside world.  The dongle doesn’t have a large data allowance so I’m only putting some cards, and not the other crafted items I’ve made lately on this post.  I will keep taking photos of the crafting I do and get them online at some point so please do keep popping back to check whether I’ve made any new blog posts.

There’s a new collection of lovely digital downloads available in the Stamping Dragon Design shop this week.  It’s called the “Home Tweet Home Collection” and it can be found by clicking – Here!  The initial inspiration for this kit came from a pair of curtains that hang on our Design Team leader’s window.

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MUSINGS:

A couple of things have caught my attention when I got back online with the mobile dongle last weekend –

Anybody read “A Stamper’s Poem” as can be seen on this web site – Here? The images that illustrate it are so cute, and the poem, in a witty vein, very nicely gives an important education message to crafters.

It’s a sad fact that if crafters do share and give away artists designs then artists don’t get paid for their work, and if they don’t get paid they have to find another way to put food on the tables of their children, which means that there will be no more good artwork and digi-stamps for crafters to work with.

Another thing that effects an artists income, that I’ve also mentioned before on my blog, is when less tallented “artists” trace or copy bits of their artwork – sometimes combining bits of several pieces of artwork from the same or different artists work.  These copiers sometimes sell their combination creations at a lower cost in competition to the artists who’s original work has been copied. Sometimes these combination works are so much in the same style as an artists work that crafters believe they are by the same artist, but often the quality of the artwork isn’t quite as good as the original artist so crafters might think that the standard is dropping.  And if an artist allows one person to get away with copying their work without permission without challenging them, then it opens the door for more to think it’s an OK thing to do.

It isn’t often the people of the “Stamp Out” group of designers and crafters do it – but this week they’ve put a new company on the “Stamp Out Wall of Shame“!

As usual, various designers and crafters who are members of the “Stamp Out” group, including a designer who believes parts of her work have been directly copied, have tried to communicate with the company concerned repeatedly before taking this “name and shame” route.  You can read a report about the company, including side by side images of some of the digi stamps that are believed to be copies, on the “Stamp Out” blog – Here! – so that you can make up your own mind. The group would welcome relevant comments.

Many people who are approached by the group – both crafters who “share” images they have no rights to share and artists who don’t realise that including even parts of somebody else’s creation within their own work isn’t legal under international copyright law – respond well to the information and explanations provided by the leaders of the Stamp Out group.  So the group believe all avenues of communication have failed before they put anybody on the “Wall of Shame”.  Naturally the person accused of copying, her family and friends, disagree with what the “Stamp Out” group believe, so crafters can only look at the evidence, and what people on both sides of the “argument” (and it has certainly turned into a big argument, some would say it isn’t a sensible discussion but a case of blatent trolling) have said, and make up their own minds about whether to buy digi-stamps from the company in question or not.

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CARDS:

(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)
(I’ve not put in links to as many of the items I’ve used as I usually do this time because I don’t want to waste my data allowance in searching for the links – I hope I’ll be forgiven for this lacking.  If anybody does want specific details on items I’ve used that are not linked please leave a message in a comment at the end and I’ll try and get back to you.)

This first card was made to meet the requirements of more than one different challenge on the Stamping Dragon Designs Facebook Group.

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  1. Piggie Love by Janette Padley and Peach Blossom Papers by Janette Padley (For this card I printed several of the sheets from the paper kit, together with digi stamp, onto 300gsm, Super Smooth white cardstock. After colouring the digi-stamp with ProMarkers in tones to go with the papers.  The colours I used were Starfish, Blush, Rose Pink, Sandstone, Satin.  After choosing the size I wanted to cut the topper with the digi into, I set about cutting mats of various sizes from the papers to layer up my card.  I also cut out an assortment of flower shapes from the printed out papers and shaped and layered them before adding to the front of my card. To finish off I went around the outside of the pre-cut and scored card that I used using one of the ProMarkers I’d used on the image and added a bow and a loop of ribbon.)
  2. Pretty Watercolour Wash Flowers Backing Paper by Carol Clarke (I printed the sheet out at half size onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I made a decorative edged mat from part of the sheet and from the other part cut out lots of the flowers.  I also cut a white mat out of the unprinted half of the sheet of paper I’d used.  I took a decorative edge card made of a toneing perleascent cardstock and went round the edge of this and both the mats with a toneing ProMarker before using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the mats to the card and glue gel to attach the flowers after I’d shaped them.  I finished off by using glue gel to add some card candy and wrote “Diolch”, which is Welsh for “Thank You” at the bottom left corner in the same ProMarker as used previously.)

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  1. Lone Wolf Digital Stamp by Lynne Crosskill (I printed the digi stamp onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at smaller than the size provided.  I then coloured it in simply using three shades of cool grey ProMarkers.  I used: Cool Grey 1, 2 and 3. I then added some white glitter glue to the bark of the tree. I cut the image out to create a topper and made mats from white, black and holographic silver papers and cardstock.  I also cut out a shield and some foliage from the same papers.  I took a pre-cut and scored decorative edged 6″ square base card and stuck everything on, adding some dots of black glitter glue as a final embelishment.  The words written on the shield “Penblwydd Hapus” are Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.  This is a stunning image, and I kept the colouring simple in keeping with the image and the monochrome card I wanted to create.)
  2. Angled view of previous card.

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  1. Potting Shed digital stamp and watercoloured digital stamp by Pamela West and Peach Blossom Papers by Janette Padley (I printed out the sheet onto 300gsm, Super Smooth white cardstock.  I also printed out several sheets from kit onto the same type of cardstock.  For this card I’ve used the coloured in version of the digital stamp.  I cut it out and rounded the corners and then set about making mats from an embossed gold mirror board and the printed out backgrounds from the kit.  I also cut flower shapes of two different sizes and a paper lace border from the backgrounds.  The base card was made from white, linen textured, cardstock which also had rounded corners.  I went around the base card, layers, flowers, etc., all with a ProMarker before building up the card layers using finger-lift tape, 1mm and 2mm deep, double sided foam tape.  I used glue gel to attach the embelishments and added some toneing glitter glue to finish off the flowers, etc.)
  2. An angled view of the same card to try and show some of the dimension.
  3. Family Photo Stamp by Janette Padley (I printed the stamp out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at much smaller than the size provided.  I then coloured it in using ProMarkers and FlexMarkers.  The colours I used were: Aubergine, Plum Preserve, Gold, Amber, Summer Sun, Red, Berry Red, Dove Grey.  The digi-stamp was then cut out close to the outline.  For this card I’ve gone for a bit of a mixed look.  I started with a card with a decorative edge from my crafty stash and cut a panel of a suitable size from a sheet of star embossed cardstock.  I went round both of these using a red ProMarker before using wet glue to attach the panel to the card.  The next panel is of red, linen tectured/printed, cardstock which had it’s edge cut with a paper punch.  Then a triangular panel of embossed, gold mirror cardstock before adding the digi-stamp.  I’ve also added a shield shaped panel onto which the age of the child who will receive it will be put.  I’ll also add a greeting on the red background along the edge of the golden panel once I know which language the card will be needed in.)

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  1. Puff the Puffer Fish Stamp by Janette Padley and Turquise Dream Mini theme by Janette Padley (This is a hybrid card where I took this digi-stamp, together with several elements from the mini theme kit into one of my graphics packages.  I created three puffer fishes at different sizes and coloured them in differently, and use elements from the kit to create a background for them.  I put separate copies of the fish to one side on my working area before printing the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then cut out the pieces.  I took a pre-scored and cut card with a decorative edge from my crafting stash and stuck the card topper I’d created directly to this using finger-lift tape.  I then shaped the puffer fish slightly and attached them using glue gel.  I printed out the greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – and cut it out as a speech bubble and used glue gel to attach this.  I then used three different colours of glitter glue as embelishment, using a white for the fish’s bubbles and two shades of blue for the wavy paper ribbons and the scallops of the card.)
  2. A different angled view of the previous card.

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Feb 242014
 

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Today my blog post is featuring a card that’s just gone live on The Dragon’s Den blog in my regular, four weekly, “Pick of the Week” slot.   Once again I’m showcasing another great digi-stamp. You can see the post – Here!

Those of you who are regular visitors to this blog may remember that in a post at the start of the year I said that my aim this year was to use up bits that had come to light in my crafting stash during my tidy up during the autumn last year, together with any new items I might be tempted by.  So this time, together with playing with another digi-stamp from the Stamping Dragon Designs shop I’ve used old paper flowers from my crafting stash, a new sheet of cardstock, and very little else.

In fact I’ve tried to keep it a quick and simple card.  The only difficult part for me was cutting out the landlocked areas from the coloured in digi-stamp, but I was after a specific effect so it had to be done.

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A different angle of this card can be seen below.

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Rupert in Window” digital stamp

Consumables:

Equipment:

Method:

I’ve kept the colouring of this image in very simple – no using of three or more colours per area for blending, no using dozens of colours – I’ve just used two shades of green for Rupert -Pear Green all over and then Moss around the sides to give shadow or depth.  The curtains were coloured all over with the Spring Lilac colour and then I went back with the same colour to add a few lines of deeper colour.  I then used the Violet Wink of Stella on the window frame and Clear on Rupert’s eye and over the ribbon and bow on the background cardstock. (One thing to be aware of is that, as Adorable Scorable is a coated cardstock, the Wink of Stella pools and takes ages to dry on it, but it leaves very subtle “dewdrop” sparkle look.)

I’ve cut out the background behind Rupert so that the pattern of the cardstock appears as a “wallpaper” in the image.

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You’ll notice that I haven’t put a greeting on this card.  I’ve done this as I’m not sure what language the card will be needed in or what occasion it will be used for.  I can see it being suitable for so many occasions – Thinking of You; I Miss You;  Sorry To See You Go – when somebody is moving and leaving an area, or leaving a job; Welcome To Your New Home, or Welcome To The Neighbourhood – when somebody moves into a new house; the list is endless

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Keep an eye out for my next “Pick of the Week” post for “The Dragons Den” in March. In the meantime there will be further posts by the other “Pick of the Week” inspiration cards by various design team members every Monday until then, and lots of other posts during each week to inspire you.

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Feb 222014
 

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

My partner for the February Card Swap on the “Stamping Dragon Designs” group on FB was Jacqui Robinson. 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 February Card Swap was – “valentines/love”.

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CARD RECEIVED:

This is the card I received from Jacqui.

Thank you so much Jacqui. I love purple, and with the gold your card looks very opulent.

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Outside and inside are gorgeous.

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CARD SENT:

This next one is the card that I sent Jacqui – I’ve used a digital download 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 quotes off 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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I wanted the card to look nice with the tag removed as well.

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Both sides of tag

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Details:

Family Photo Stamp by Janette Padley (I don’t often do tags on my cards, but I thought it would be appropriate for this one.  One of the quotes I’ve used is Biblical and the other is one by Charles Kuralt that I read somewhere and noted at some point in the past.  The digi-stamp, quotes and two backgrounds for the tags were printed out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock. I coloured in the digi-stamp using my alcohol markers.   The colours I used were: Peony, Tropical Orchid, Red, Canary, Spring Lilac, and Purple ProMarkers, and Celestial Blue, Sapphire and Dove Grey FlexMarkers. The digi-stamp and tags were then cut out and the two sides and two greetings of the tags were stuck together using wet glue before tieing a ribbon through the holes.  The base card is an A4 cardstock that I scored using my Hougie Board and folded in half.  I then stuck a layer of deep purple cardstock a little smaller than the card front on top using finger-lift tape.  The patterned paper is from a pack of 6″ square papers that I’ve got in my crafting stash – I cut off the right hand side of the sheet and cut the butterfly I’ve decoupaged on top out of that before sticking the paper in place using finger-lift tape as well.  Brads have been used to attach the “bar” that the digi stamp is sitting on, and glue gel was used to attach the digi to the bar – mostly covering the brads with the tails.  I finished off with some card candi and tucked the tag under the bar.)

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Feb 132014
 

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An Update, A Few Cards and Other Crafted Items

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 I hope that none of you are badly effected by the very bad weather we’ve been having in these parts lately.  The wind has been blowing very badly here, especially yesterday and overnight.  Schools were closed early and even our closest town was closed due to the danger from flying tiles, etc.  There’s even mention of the Tesco at the top of town having to close because it’s roof started lifting off.  Plus there was some white stuff on the ground when I went out this morning to let our dog out of her night kennel for a run around the garden before being put into her enclosure for the day – I rather think she did a quick dive into her kennel in the enclosure as soon as she was in as well – she’s not a dog who likes being outside in bad weather.  It looked like a mixture of hail and snow blown into the corners by the shed, the door, etc., not a big enough covering to cause any problems, and I don’t think it was freezing on the the ground underneath.

We did have a few short power cuts yesterday, which meant the TV and stuff not being available.  But I had my rechargeable battery OttLight and could carry on with some crafting until it came back – mind you it only went off for around five minutes at a time, but it must have gone off at half a dozen different occasions.

I don’t suppose the bad weather will have helped the intermittent Internet access problems either.  I’ve mostly got access now, but slow access.  By the time I’ve check my E-mails and done important stuff like paying bills, etc., its taken so much longer time than usual that I’m exhausted before I get to Facebook, and even more exhausted before I get to blogs – both writing my own (which is why this is only the 2nd blog post of new stuff from me this month – plus the one showing an old card swap) and visiting others.  So once again I must appologise that I’ve not been commenting on all your latest blog posts – I have been visiting some and loved the work but have been having timeout notices.

It’s been quite a few days since my last blog post so I’ve got a bit of a variety of crafted items to show you today – starting with five cards –

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CARDS:

(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)

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  1. Digital Stamp – Framed Orchid by Sheila Rodgers (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock.  I coloured it in using various markers. The colours I used were: Forest Green ProMarker; Crimson, Celestial Blue and Dove Grey FlexMarker; Gold, Violet and Clear Wink of Stella brush pens. I then put Anthresite  Glitter glue in the centre of the red flowers.  I cut the image out and stuck it to a sheet of embossed gold mirror card using finger-lift tape, trimming to leave an even border using a Perfect Layers ruler.  I then used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the matted topper to the front of a sheet of foiled Adorable Scorable cardstock.  I also added a panel of the embossed gold card ready to add a greeting when I know what language the card will be needed in.  A lovely image that can be used on a simple square card, or blinged up for a bigger card, and is suitable for many occasions depending on the colours used to colour it in.)
  2. Nautical boat design card for male birthday or father’s day by Toni Martin (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock.  I then cut out all the pieces.  As I think the card will bee needed in Welsh I flipped one of the greetings panels over and cut the centre out of the other before sticking it on top to make a blank greetings panels.  I made a base card by scoring an A4 sheet of turquoise pearlescent cardstock at the half way point using my Hougie Board and then folded it in half.  I stuck the base image to this using finger-lift tape.  I then used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to add the topper and greetings panel.  I finished off by going over the sea and some of the rope elements on the card with clear Wink of Stella brush pen to add a twinkle – although this doesn’t show up in the photo – and I also added some dots of turquoise glitter glue.)

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  1. Ellie Elephant by Janette Padley (I printed the sheet onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock.  I then coloured the digi-stamp in.  I used Cardinal Red, Cool Grey 1, 2, 3, and 4 ProMarkers, Dove Grey FlexMarker, and Gold Wink of Stella brush pen.  I then cut out the image.  It was then matted onto old gold frosted paper, and cut to leave an even border of a quarter of an inch using a Perfect Layers ruler.  Then it was matted onto red Satin Board and trimmed to leave a border of 1/16″ before being stuck to the front of a base card of approximately 15cm square in size mad of linen textured white cardstock.)
  2. (Card made using a cut down piece of background and a topper from the kit that came free with the Hunkydory magazine number 15 with the addition of a piece of yellow ribbon that I further coloured with a Gold ProMarker to make it tone in more with the daffodils.  I also went round the edge of the background with the same ProMarker before sticking it to the front of an A5 base card made from a white hammered sheet of A4 card.)

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  1.  ‘Flying Home’ Bird Card Topper by Tammy Clarke (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock.  I then cut out the pieces.  I stuck the base layer directly to an embossed gold cardstock using fingerlift tape.  This matted image was stuck to an A5 base card made by scoring an A4 sheet of white hammered cardstock in half using my Hougie Board and folding.  I then used  1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the panel layers in place.  I haven’t added a greeting yet because I don’t know what language it will be needed in, but I have taken a clear Wink of Stella brush pen and added a little glitter shimmer to the bird’s wings and tail, and also the little “starlight” areas on the three panels – though unfortunately this added twinkle isn’t showing up in the photograph of my card.)

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CAKE DECORATING:

In my post of the 9th February – here – I told you that when my two youngest nephews were staying over a few weeks ago I’d told them that they could design a cake and I’d attempt to decorate it.  I showed you the first one I made previously.  Well I left over a week before making and decorating the next one – leave them plenty of time to finish eating the first one and for them to settle down after the sugar rush – though I rather think their parents and their friends ate a lot of it from what was said.  In any case.  The second cake, made and decorated to the design of the second nephew, was suppose to look more like an old farm with the house based on an Iron Age fort house (Castell Henllys is an Iron Age village less than ten miles away that they’ve visited a few times and he’s facinated by it – plus he loves it when I get my giant cupcake silicon mould out.)

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  1. The Iron Age house is a giant vanilla sponge cupcake decorated with fondant icing around the sides and chocolate icing as the roof, with a moulded piece of chocolate as the door.  The yellow icing ducks were placed on the jelly “duck pond” before they arrived for tea after school.  The “grass” and “duck weed” in the pond is green edible shimmer powder.
  2. There are two chocolate horses and a foal going round the house and one foal behind the open door of the animal shed.
  3. The animal shed is a loaf of “bara brith” that I bought, with it’s top cut off at an angle and a sheet of chocolate icing put on top.  I marked the chocolate icing on the shed and house with the point of a kebab skewer to look like really old thatching.

The one thing on his plan that I failed to make that disapointed my nephew were a herd of cows.  Just couldn’t make those out of icing, my other animals are a bit dodgy and the sheep coming out of the shed is only the front half and the head.  What I did do was make some “cow pat” burgers – nice mince beef burgers with some capers and other things inside, just shaped into balls, put on a baking tray and half flattened and cooked in the oven rather than frying flat on both sides.  I told him that I’d tried to make icing cows but they kept producing cow pats and vanishing – once he got over the disapointment of no cows on his cake farm I think he got the joke and loved the burgers in a roll – Big rule of coming here for a meal is that they have to eat savory “proper food” before they can have anything sikly sweet!

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SEWING:

In my post of the 28th January – here – I showed you the first half a dozen Suffolk Puffs I’d made using my new little circular YoYo/Suffolk Puff template gadget.  After using up nearly a whole charm pack of squares to make up puffs for this project (the other half a dozen have been put asside to decorate a quilted bag for holding quilting templates) I threaded the resulting Suffolk Puffs onto a round elastic.  I created a cone shaped tail and a round shaped head from felt and pulled either end of the elastic through and knotting off before finishing to stuff and sew around.

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  1. View from the top of my “catapiller”.
  2. A more frontal view.
  3. Catapillar curled completely round so that you can see the face.  As you can see I’ve sewn the mouth and nose dots and glued on two googlie eyes using glue gel.

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KNITTING:

In my blog post of the 28th January – here – I showed you a piece of kniting I’d done on one of my knitting looms out of “Wash + Filz-it! Felting wool”.  Well I’ve now put the piece into the washing machine to felt, and this is how it’s come out (I’ve put the same knitting loom in the photo so that you can compare the size with the photo of the piece pre-felting.)  It is now stiff and felted and ready to be used to make a slipper.

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Keep an eye out over the next few weeks for photos of the finished slippers to appear once I’ve made them.

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  • Friday, 7th February – Here! – Amazing 49p Wedding DIY Card Kit, CUP News, FREE CD 85 & New From our Designers
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First Crafting Of February 2014

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Feb 092014
 

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An Update, A Few Cards and Other Crafting

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Firstly I’d like to appologise profusely for not getting around all the blogs I usually visit lately.  The intermittent Internet access that we had at the begining of last month has struck again and I’ve been without access for days.  Did get access back on Thursday mid-morning, but who knows how long it will last.  It is seriously slow at times, and connection went down a couple of times for ten to fifteen minutes Thursday afternoon, and again a couple of times on Friday while I was trying to update the AntiVirus software on my parents PC, so I’m currently trying to catch up with my E-mails, paying bills, etc., and a few projects I’m working on, and once the backlog is cleared I will be back blog browsing and commenting again.

I have been doing crafting while the access was down, but it has mostly been bits of projects, with not a lot complete.  I will be showing you what I’ve been working on as I finish them, but I have got a small assortment to show you now.

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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.)

I’ve gone for quite exotic colours on for the birds on this card.

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  1. bird collection by Paul Fitzsimmons (I printed the sheet off at half size onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then coloured in two of the birds in bright, exotic, plumage, using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Canary, Aubergine, Bright Green, Poppy, Cyan, French Navy, and Cardinal Red, plus Imperial Purple FlexMarker. I then cut them out.  The base card is a 6″ square pre-cut and scored scalloped edge card sprayed with Canary, Cyan and Bright Green ProMarkers using a Perfect Spritzer tool.  It is decorated with a flower and leaves made using Martha Stewart clay, as well as smaller flowers punched out of yellow vellum using a Tonic Petite Petal Pairs punch and decorated with red Glitter glue.  Everything was attached to the card front using glue gel.)
  2. Different angled look at the card to try and show some dimension.

Various challenges are often run on the “Stamping Dragon Designs” group on FB, and one run lately was that the Stamping Dragon designer Janette Padley gave group members a chance to request a free mini-kit.  Those who requested the kt were required to upload a photo of an item made using the kit within a couple of days.  This is what I made.

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  1. Jiggys Daffodill – Rugby Welsh – Coloured by Janette Padley and Rustic Pleasure by Janette Padley (This card is a bit of hybrid crafting.  The back panel was put together from a background and a ribbon element from the kit in one of my graphics packages before it was printed off.  The flowers were resized and printed out on the other side of the same sheet.  I printed onto 120gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  The paper for the frame element was printed out onto the same paper type, printing one of the backgrounds from the mini-kit onto one side and then putting the paper back into the printer to print the other background onto the other side.  I also put the coloured in dragon image onto a panel of the green background at the size I wanted and printed that out.  I cut a star embossed cardstock from my crafting stash into a suitable size, trimmed and then folded the double sided paper into the frame shape and then fixed the flaps in place using brads and jute twine.  I used finger-lift tape and glue gel to attach everything in place on the front of an 8″ square Ivory Crafty Bob card.)
  2. Angled view of previous card.

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  1. This card is A4 in size, made using a pre-cut and folded A4 card that has a bottom deckled edge and items from the kit that came with the Hunkydory magazine 15.  I’ve added some green jute twine and a greeting panel which says “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.  I went around the various panels, after I’d cut them to size, using a Gold Metalic Marker.  I used finger-lift tape, 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape, and glue gel to attach everything together.
  2. This card is also on a pre-cut and scored card, this time a scalloped edge 6″ square card.  The image is from a pad of Lili of the Valley line drawings coloured in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were:  Cool Grey 2, Tan, Cinnamon, Fire Wood, Olive Green, Twilight Sky, Satin, Pear Green, Pineapple Crush, Pink Carnation.  The background is from my crafting stash and I’ve used a gold Wink of Stella brush pen to put dashes all the way around.  I took a scalloped edge 6″ square pre-cut and scored base card and went round the edge using the same Pink Carnation colour I’d used on the image.  I also put spots of Pink Carnation and Olive Green on the scallops.  I used a Tonic Petal Pairs punch to punch flowers shapes from the rest of the sheet of paper I’d cut as a background.  These were shaped and stuck together to make three layered flowers which were stuck at the bottom left of the card front together with a couple of sprays of small flowers that I’d also coloured with the Pink Carnation ProMarker.   I used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach digi to background and then background to card front.  I used glue gel to attach the flower embelishments.

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CAKE DECORATING:

When my two youngest nephews stayed over a few weeks ago I told them that they could design a special cake each and I’d try and make it.  So with sketch and instructions in hand I set to putting together the first design (with a few modifications) last Saturday.  His concept was a sort of rustic cottage look.

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  1. He wanted chocolate, and lots of icing – even extra white icing as snow on the roof and chimney – no points for guessing that this particular nephew likes chocolate and icing.
  2. The framework for the flower borders down the side are also pieces of chocolate, with lots of icing roses and other flowers – doesn’t matter that it’s snowing, his vision needed lots of icing flowers.
  3. I have to admit that I did cheat and buy the chocolate cake that’s inside – in fact I bought 3 x chocolate loaf cakes.  Two were put on the bottom and the other cut diagonally to create the two halves of the sloaping roof.  I didn’t bother with any trimming, just used butter icing as “cement” to hold the “bricks” together.  As you can see from this giant slice – it was over 6″ from side to side – so each slice was enough for more than one person.

Keep an eye out over the next few weeks when I’ll be attempting to put together the other nephew’s idea.  Hint – it’s suppose to have a giant cupcake style cake at the centre.

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SEWING:

In a previous blog post I showed you a little felt bag I’d made to hold my cheap little MP3 player.  I’ve since made another two, one each for both of my youngest nephews to hold the MP3 players I gave them.  As they were boys I left off the felt flower this time.  The backs are the same as mine with the felt loops.

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I am progressing with the flat bag I intend to use to store my patchwork templates as well – this is the progress I’ve made so far:

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It’s stripy with a cotton batting as padding inside.  I’m free-motion quilting along every other stripe tha doesn’t have a distinct pattern on it.  Hopefully this will be finished in the next couple of weeks as well.

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:

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CUP UPDATE:

craftsUprint Crafter of the Year 2013 – Winner Announced!

Voting has closed and the winners have been declared.  Congratulations to:

  • Crafter of the Year 2013 – Margaret Mccartney
  • Runner Up – Dianne Jackson
  • 3rd Place – Davina Rundle

The full list of the top 30 can be seen – Here!  With close to 700 Registered Crafters who have uploaded photos of their finished creations to the craftsUprint site I was delighted to finish in 24th place.

20% Discount

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  • Friday, 31st January – Here! – 20% Off Designer Discounts, CUP News, FREE CD Volume 83 & 99p Crafty Bob Paper
  • Tuesday, 4th February – Here! – FREE UK Shipping, Cardmaker of the Year Winners, New Froms & Crafty Bob’s Cards

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Feb 072014
 

Just a quick post this time to show you a card I sent for the December Card Swap on the “Stamping Dragon Designs” group on FB.  The partner selected for me in this swap was Cheryl. As these things sometimes happen, Cheryl’s health wasn’t up to sending back a card on this occasion, but she has notified me that the card I sent her has arrived so I can show you the photos of it now.  The details of what I used to make it can be seen below.

The theme for the December Card Swap was “New Year”.

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CARD SENT:

I’ve used different items and techniques from the presision of some die-cutting to the “shabby” look of tareing on this card.

“2014 Hapus” is Welsh for “Happy 2014”, which I thought was a good greeting for a New Year 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.)

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Front View

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Angled Views

Details:

Ruperts Fairy Friend Stamp by Janette Padley and Christmas Reds by Mary MacBean (I printed the image onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at much smaller than the size provided and then coloured it in using my ProMarkers. The colours I used were:  Red, Lipstick Red, Chestnut, Tan, Grass and Pressed Leaf. I then cut the image out along the outside edge.  I took an A4 sheet of yellow, pearlescent, cardstock and scored it in half using my Hougie Board.  I cut a panel just a little smaller than this from the background that I’d printed onto 250gsm linen textured cardstock and went round the edge with the Red ProMarker before sticking it to the front of my base card.  I took another sheet of the pearlescent yellow cardstock and tore panels from it, putting one behind the coloured image.  I searched my crafty stash for chipboard numbers for 2014, and die cut out the bunting letters “HAPUS” – which is welsh for “Happy”.  I also took a piece of ribbon from my crafty stash – which I seem to remember came off a box of chocolates at some point in the past.  The “flowers” were made from the waste from when I made my crackers using the method I showed you in my “Making Paper Flowers 8” pictorial guide.)

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