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An Update, A Few Cards and Other Crafting
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.
(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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.)
- Angled view of previous card.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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:
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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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.
You can find a list of all the Designers currently offering a 20% discount by clicking – Here!
CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:
- 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
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.
You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.
You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)
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