Last Blog Post Of March 2014

 Posted by at 09:30 pm
Mar 312014
 

Thank you for clicking over to have a look at my blog and to all of you who’ve left comments on my various posts lately

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I had started putting together this post over the weekend, but hadn’t finished it.  Today I’ve been to the dental clinic for a dental surgeon to extract a problem molar.  So today’s post is going to be quite short.  I hope you like what I’ve made the end of last week.

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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.)

This is the card I gave my mother on “Sul Y Mamau” – “Mother’s Day”.

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  1. All parts of this card have been cut or written using my ScanNCut machine.  I used the online “ScanNCut Canvas” to put together a cutting file of the pieces I needed as it is easier to view and move shapes on a laptop screen than it is on the small screen of the machine.  (Please note – the “ScanNCut Canvas” doesn’t work in the Firefox browser, but does work in Internet Explorer – I hope that this is addressed soon because I hate switching to use Internet Explorer for online work.)  I merged a semi circle with a rectangle to create the main base of the card.  This was cut out twice, once with the wording written in the centre and once with three apertures – an oval in the centre and two elongated shapes either side.  I also cut out the oval frame in red, two elongated frames in red, and two wider elongated frames in gold pearlescent vellum.  I also cut out paper bows and flowers that I’d drawn myself, scanned, and then cut.  I used my Hougie Board to score the card front and back in the relevant places.  I glued the wider, gold frames behind the side apertures using wet glue.  I also used the same glue to attach the red frames in front of the card front.  I attached the front to the back at the two side wings using 2mm deep double sided shaker tape.  I then used glue gel to attach the bows and flowers.
  2. Photographed from the bottom to show the boxed shape of the main card dimension.
  3. Angled view of the card front.

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  1. lace easel 4 scan n cut by Amanda Davis (I put the cutting file on my USB stick and took it to my ScanNCut.  The main card base was cut out of white, 300gsm, cardstock.  I then cut one layer out of pink, linen textured 250gsm, cardstock and the other out of some unusual, pearlescent finish, aper I had in my crafting stash.  I also created a panel that a wrote a greeting “Brysiwch Wella” – which is Welsh for “Get Well Soon”, and a frame from the pink cardstock.  I drew some flowers and scanned them into the ScanNCut and the resized them and cut them out of the same pearlescent paper as the layer.  I then scored the base layer using my Hougie Board and used glue gel to build up the layers, 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to atach the stopper layer and greetings panel.  I finished off by using glue gel to attach the frame and flowers and put some sticky back gems in the centre of the flowers.)
  2. Angled view to show easel shape dimension

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  1. Aperture topper set…..ScanNCut by Tina Fitch (I put the cutting file onto my USB stick and took it to my ScanNCut.  I cut out two layers from very pale yellow, linen textured 250gsm, cardstock and two layers out of gold vellum. I also cut out a base card out of 300gsm white cardstock and had the machine draw the greeting “Penblwydd Hapus 80” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday 80”.  I drew some flowers, scanned them into my ScanNCut, resized them, and cut them out of the same gold vellum as used for the layers.  I shaped the flowers using a ball tool and then constructed my card, using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to stick some layers together and some glue gel to attach the vellum layers and flowers.  I finished the flowers off by adding some sticky back, faux gems to the flower centres.)
  2. Angled view of card to show dimension
  3. Slightly more of an angled view.

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PHOTO FRAME:

This is a plain photo frame that I decorated quite simply as a Mother’s Day gift to give to my mother.

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  1. Double Frame, 21×15 cm, pine, 1 pc (Firstly I painted the frame with a watered down white acrylic paint.  After it was dry I mixed white acrylic paint with a small spot of ultramarine paint to make a pale blue and dry brushed it over the frame to give a hint of colour.  I then used some shimmer paint to paint swirls over the frame. I drew some flower shapes, scanned them into my ScanNCut machine, resized them, and cut them out of gold vellum.  I used a ball tool to shape the flowers before sticking them onto the frame using glue gel and putting sticky back faux pearls in the centre.)
  2. Closeup of an area of the decorated frame.

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SCRAPBOOKING:

For this layout I used a really old photo of members of my family – well you know that it’s really old because I’m one of the three girls in the photo.

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  1. Mothers Love Mini Theme by Janette Padley (For this 8″ square scrapbook digital layout I took lots of elements from this kit into one of my graphics programs, together with an old picture of our family, and resized, moved around, etc., until I was happy with the layout.  The beauty of a kit like this is that they can be used for a totally digital layout like this, or printed out and used in traditional, paper based, scrapbooking.)

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Mar 262014
 

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An Update And A Few Cards

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I think that most of the cards I’ve got to show you today would be suitable for sending to males – from a youngster to adults, though some would also be suitable for females as well.  Which means I’m keeping up well with my resolution to keep making male and children’s cards regularly to keep a bit of an assortment in my boxes of finished cards.

I have actually made more feminine cards as well, but one is for a cards swap and one is a Design Team project, so those will appear in future posts.

I think that there’s a bit of a variety in this post, so I hope that you like them.

In addition to card making, and a bit of other crafting that I’ve not finished yet or got to a stage where I can show you, I’ve also been working at collecting together a page of links to all my previous posts that had a “Making Things Easier!” section in them.  I was finding that, as a reference, it wasn’t working just being in the posts.  I’m thinking I may go on to actually put a copy of the information as part of a page, rather than just the links.  But that will be something to come back to in the future.  I’m also working on some more “Making Things Easier!” pieces – but they are not ready to be posted yet.

Lots of bits of things part done at the moment that I really do need to get on and finish – and that includes a batch of around a dozen cards as well, some coloured, some decoupage cut out, some cutting file work.  So many ideas but not enough time in the day when I’m well enough to do stuff.

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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.)

This first card has been made solely with freebie digital downloads that are available for members of the Stamping Dragon Designs Facebook Group.  It was made for a group challenge to make anything using any of the freebies on it.

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  1. I took the items I wanted to use into one of my graphics packages and resized and moved around until I had things in a suitable size for the front of my 6″ square, scalloped edged, card.  I built up the two background layers which come from the Luck of the Irish kit and gave the second layer a drop shaddow for a bit of a dimensional look.  I cut out the centre and put on two digis, the flowers in a pot and the sun.  I put the welly to one side on my working area before I printed the design out onto 250gsm Smooth cardstock.  I then coloured in the digi-stamps using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were Canary, Buttercup, Gold and Moss. I cut out the main card front panel and the coloured welly.  I used fingerlift tape to attach the main image to the front of my chosen card and glue gel to attach the welly over the pot of the flowers.

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  1. Gin Mouse! Digital Stamp by Gordon Fraser (I printed the sheet out at half size onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and coloured in one of the images in using my ProMarkers: Black, Henna, Walnut, Cocoa, Bright Green, Forest Green, Holly, Blossom, and FlexMarker: Dove Grey.  As I wanted to use the image on a Get Well card I added the wording “Strictly Medicinal” to the label with a red glitter gel pen before cutting it out.  I took a scalloped edged 6″ square base card from my crafty stash and attached a piece of material from a charm pack, also from my crafting stash, using ultra tacky double sided tape.  I took a plastic spoon and coloured it with a ProMarker because the original colour didn’t go with the colours on the card.  I also cut out and wrote “Get Well Soon” on a tag, put a ribbon through it and attached it round the neck of the bottle.  The pieces were all attached to the card front using glue gel.)
  2. Angled view of previous card to show dimension.

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  1. Builder Dude Decoupage Sheet by Gordon Fraser and Brick wall background sheet Landscape by Liz Harrison (I printed the sheet out at half size onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I printed wall background cup257723_15 onto 120gsm, good quality white paper.  I scored a sheet of A4, linen textured white cardstock using my Hougie Board and folded it in half to create my base card.  I attached a mat of brown, pearlescent cardstock, that was 1cm smaller height and width than my base card, to the front using finger-lift tape.  I cut a panel of the wall background and matted it onto a sheet of cream perlescent cardstock and trimmed to leave a fine border before attaching this to my card front – also using finger-lift tape.  I the shaped the decoupage layers and built up this wonderful character using glue gel to attach the pieces.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in.)
  2. Angled view of previous card to show dimension.

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  1. Elephant topper with decoupage by Alison Sulley and Peach Blossom Papers by Janette Padley (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I also printed out a panel from kit cup349408_1749 onto 120gsm, good quality white paper.  From this I cut a square panel of around 5.5″ square and punched the corners with a decorative punch.  I went round the outside edge using a Chestnut coloured ProMarker.  I took a 6″ square, scalloped edge, white base card from my crafting stash, coloured a little near each corner where the decorative corner would show it through, and stuck on the background panel using finger-lift tape.  I also used finger-lift tape to attach the base image layer.  I then used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach three of the other layers to the card.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.)
  2. Angled view to try and show build up of layers.

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  1. Mini Dude Fireman Decoupage Sheet by Gordon Fraser (I printed the sheet out at half size onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I took a 6″ square, scalloped edge, white card from my crafting stash and put it through my ScanNCut to add an off-set double border and a greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.  I then shaped the decoupage pieces and attached them to the card using glue gel.)
  2. An angled view of the previous card to try and show some of the dimension.

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  1. Lattice Card 1….ScanNCut Only by Tina Fitch (I cut the lattice card out of 250gsm, linen textured, pale blue cardstock using my ScanNCut electronic cutting machine.  I also cut out a large white panel to put behind the lattice and a small white panel to put over the centre rectangle, a darker blue frame and a banner in the same colour as the main lattice card.  The ScanNCut was also used to cut out the greeting out of plain, peel-off, vinyl.  Once I had all the pieces I used ultra tacky double sided tape, 1mm deep double sided foam tape and glue gel to stick everything together.  I then finished off my adding some blue sticky back faux gems from my crafting stash.  Kept plain and simple like this I think it would be suitable for a male when you are stuck for a themed card to give, but the lattice could also be decorated up with flowers, or trailing leaves, to make a more feminine card – so a very varsitile cutting file.)
  2. Angled view of card to try and show dimension of banner.

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MAKING THINGS EASIER!

I’ve not written up any more for this section for a while, though I have got two or three pieces part written which you can expect to see in the next month or so.

But what I have done now is to make a list of the previous “Making Things Easier!” pieces I’ve written and put the list on a new page so that it is easy to refer back to.  I’ll probably actually copy the previous “Making Things Easier!” posts to the page when I have time.  But in the meantime, if you missed any of my “Making Things Easier!” posts you can click – Here! – to see the list.

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Even More March 2014 Card Making

 Posted by at 06:49 pm
Mar 222014
 

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A Few Cards

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My last post didn’t have anything particularly masculine in it, so I’m making up for it in this one with one “pirate” card for a yougster, and another “student” card for a young man.

I’ve also had a multigrid out to make a little parchment element for one card.  Something a bit different for me as this is the first time I’ve added a cut-off of material from a sewing project on a card.

There’s also another couple of simple cards.  I hope you like what I’ve made.  Please leave a comment at the end if you’ve got a moment to let me know what you think of this assortment.  Thank you.

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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’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:

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  1. Dress up – Pirate by Janette Padley, Seaside Embellishments (Sepia) by Gordon Fraser, Peach Blossom Papers by Janette Padley and Tranquil Beach-Themed Card Toppers by Sarah Edwards (All the sheets were printed onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock, some being printed at smaller than the size provided.  I coloured the digi-stamp in using my ProMarkers, the colours used being: Heatwave, Berry Red, Black, Cool Grey 3, Tan, Azure, French Navy, Raw Sienna, Cinnamon, Chestnut. I then cut out all the pieces I needed and created a chain from a few jump rings.  The base card was made by scoreing and folding in half an 300gsm Linen textured white cardstock.  I added the background using finger-lift tape and used glue gel to attach the rest of the elements. I’ve not added a greeting yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.)
  2. Angled, close-up view of an area of the card.

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  1. Student Dude Decoupage Sheet by Gordon Fraser, Brick wall background sheet Landscape by Liz Harrison and 12 Wood Papers CU4CU by Janyce Cotterill (I printed the sheet out at half size onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I scored an A4 sheet of linen textured white card at the half way point using my Hougie Board and folded it in half to make an A5 base card.  I took a piece of wall background and a piece of wood background to make a sort of plinth or counter and atached this to the card front using 2mm deep, double sided foam tape and glue gel so that the student had something to lean against.  The decoupage layers were then attached to the card front in order using glue gel.  I finished off by using a fine pen to add a border and a greeting – “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.)
  2. Angled, close-up view of one area of the card.

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  1. Beautiful Purple Space Card by Tammy Clarke (I decided to keep this card simple.  I printed it at a little less than the size provided onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock and cut the panel and the blank greetings tag out.  I scored an A4 sheet of star embossed cardstock using my Hougie Board and then folded it in half.  Because of the texture of the base card I used glue gel to attach the image panel and tag to the card front.  I’ve not put a greeting on as I don’t know what language it will be needed in yet.)
  2. Cute Swimmer Girl Purple Decoupage Sheet by Gordon Fraser (I printed the sheet off at half size onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and then cut out the pieces.  I took a 6″ square with a scalloped edge from my crafting stash and attached a piece of background, also from my crafting stash which I’d gone around and emphasised areas with a Island Lagoon ProMarker.  I then built up the decoupage, attaching the pieces using glue gel.  I used the ProMarker to colour co-ordinate a peel-off greeting that says “Llongyfarchiadau” – which is Welsh for “Congratulations” – making this a card to congratulate a youngester for getting a swimming certificate or doing well at a gala.  I also used the ProMarker to give an irregular framing around the top of the card.  I finished off the card by adding glitter glue to the edge of the water.)
  3. Angled view of card front.

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  1. This is something a bit different for me.  I used a multigrid to do the design on the parchment.  The material underneath it is a scrap from my stash that I had left over after cutting out a “Fat Cat” for a sewing project (Only done the cutting out yet so not ready to show you my progress, but it will be appearing on this blog in due course).  The base card is an old gold pearlescent cardstock that I scored using my Hougie Board and folded in half.  The other items on the card are from an Embellishment Attic kit with some of the items edged using a Chestnut ProMarker.  Everything is glued together using glue gel.
  2. Angled view of an area of the card front.

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Further March 2014 Crafting

 Posted by at 08:30 am
Mar 202014
 

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An Update, A Few Cards and Other Bits

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I haven’t done as much crafting as I’d hoped so far this week – although I’ve got heaps of stuff printed, coloured or cut out ready to work with but haven’t had enough time to make up the lot.

One of my little nephews has been off school sick and has been here for a few hours on Monday and Tuesday while his father got on with a few farming jobs.  And as he knows I’ve got all sorts of crafting equipment and consumables he decided he’d have a go at doing his school homework for next week.

Now I must admit that I thought he must have had a higher temperature than was thought and was delerious when he came through the door and said that he wanted an inside toilet roll only bigger, some paper doughnuts, and some pieces of straw to make a tower of pizzas.  Of course I had mis-heard the last bit and what he was going to make was a model of the Tower of Pisa.

What he wanted was the inside of a kitchen roll to use as the centre of the tower, some circles of cardstock with the centres cut out (paper doughnuts) to slide over this to make the different levels and pieces of drinking straws to make the columns between the levels.  He’d already made the sketch of the tower and knew exactly what he wanted.  And of course I’ve got equipment that could easily make “paper doughnuts” – some 300gsm white cardstock and a circle scissors.  I don’t think he fancied the idea of drawing round tea-plates and bottles and cutting out circles with a scissors, which is what he’d have to do if he was at home, but he didn’t take long to cut out his “doughnuts” with my circle scissors.  Then he raided the jug of drinking straws to fish out all the yellow ones and chopped them up into bits of about 1.5″ in length – it’s amazing how far those bits can ping across a room when cut if the person cutting doesn’t hold onto them!  Then there are some arches between the collumns, so out came the ruler and a small circle to use as a template and with me holding and him drawing we soon had a template of a strip of arches – which we scanned into my new ScanNcut machine and he’d soon cut far more strips of arches than were needed – but it’s so much better fun watching the blade go back and fore and the card on the mat go in and out than cutting by hand – and all completed with him snuggled up in his oneses on the sofa just resting – something he did a lot of in between the crafting, bless him.

Of course he knew that I had glues for all eventualities and so out came the paper glue, the glue gel and the hot glue gun.  Then came the rather a lot of “hold that there”, “push that in there”, and “don’t let go until it’s hard” – and by the time he’d finished glueing at the end of the second day my hands were prety well covered with glue of all types, and his were not much better, and I did have to suggest that perhaps a paper clip might be a better option than giving me everything to hold until the glues set while he went on glueing some more and building his construction

I wonder what his teacher will make of his tower?  He’s taken a photograph with his camera that you can find near the bottom of this post so take a look and let me know.

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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.)

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  1. I showed you this card in a previous post (click – here – to read the details) but I forgot to show you the insert – obviously a brain not in gear day, so I thought I’d start by showing you the insert in this post before I forgot –
  2. 1950’s pin up girl Alice May (Yellow) Insert by Gordon Fraser (I printed the sheet onto 120gsm good quality paper, trimmed it and scored it.  I used a corner paper punch to give decoration to three of the corners and put a flower to match the embelishment on the outside of the card on the other corner.  I used finger-lift tape to put the insert inside the card.)

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  1. Vintage Garden Clock Stamp by Janette Padley and Rainbow Butterfly 2 Backing Paper 1 by Sheila Rodgers (I printed the image out at smaller than the size provided onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then coloured it in using my ProMarkers.   I used a gold Wink of Stella brush pen to do the clock hands.  I then cut the image out as an octogon shape and also made a white mat in the same shape to go behind it.  My base card is a 300gsm white linen textured cardstock, scored using my Hougie Board, and folded in half to make an A5 card.  The same type of cardstock was used to create the greetings panel, which is “hung” from the backing using bakers twine.  All these pieces I went aroudn using a Heatwave ProMarker.  The background itself was printed out onto 120gsm good quality paper and cut out in a zig-zag pattern.  The background was stuck directly to the base card and the image was stuck directly to the mat using finger-lift tape.  I then used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the greetings panel and the matted image to the card front.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I’m not sure what language it will be needed in.)
  2. Denim and daisy little miss card front by Sharon Poore (I printed the sheet out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and then cut out the pieces.  I prepared a tall card by scoreing a sheet of 300gsm, linen textured, white cardstock using my Hougie Board and folding it in half before trimming a bit off to make it the same size as the card front.  I used finger-lift tape to attach the card front to the base card and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the oval image toppers.  I finished off by adding two different sizes of sticky back faux gems to the front and adding an insert.)
  3. Denim and daisy insert 2 by Sharon Poore (I printed the insert onto 120gsm super smooth white paper and then trimmed it.  After scoreing it using my Hougie Board I stuck it inside the previous card using finger-lift tape.)

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  1. Fancy Cross Card & Mat MACHINE Cut Files by Rae Carr (I’ve cut this out as a small card and used it as a topper.  I cut the pieces of this file all out of the same cardstock using my cutting machine.  I also cut out a silver, sticky back, frame from vinyl.  The base card is also a linen textured white cardstock, cut, scored and folded to an A6 card size.  I stuck the silver frame to the card front and then stuck the cross card to this.  The layers have been built up using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape, and glue gel – I alternated the layers between the front and the back of the card facing forwards so that the layers would have different textures.)
  2. Angled view of previous card to show dimension.
  3. Cross Pop-out Insert MACHINE Cut Files by Rae Carr (This file was used to cut the pop-out cross out of white linen textured cardstock using my cutting machine.  I then gently pushced the pieces until they came forward and folded it in half so that the cross formed the shape required.  I used a roller glue pen to attach the insert inside the previous card with the cross front and finished off with a peel-off greeting I’d cut myself from vinyl that says “Gair o Gydymdeimlad” – which is Welsh for “A Word of Sympathy”.)
  4. Slightly angled view of previous card to show more of the dimension.

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  1. FUZZY BEAR WITH PINK & LILAC FLOWERS A4 by Nick Bowley, Lilac daisy pattern insert by Sharon Poore, New Borders….SVG by Tina Fitch and ‘Daisy Embossed’ Backing Paper by Carol Clarke (I used this design as both the insert and base card.  I printed it out twice – once onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and once onto 120gsm good quality paper.  These were then trimmed, scored and folded in half.  I used finger-lift tape to attach the insert inside my base card.    The topper I used on the card was printed onto 160gsm Super Smooth white lightweight card at half size before cutting it out and shaping it using my fingers.  I used glue gel to attach this to the card front..  For embelishment I used a piece of one of the borders and some flowers I’d cut from background other background using my cutting machine.  I finished off with some sticky back faux gems.)
  2. Lilac daisy pattern insert by Sharon Poore (This is how the inside of the card looks with the insert inside.)

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BAG:

This bag is made using two sheets so is reasonably sized and holds quite a lot.

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  1. Springtime – Large 19x15x6cm Gift Bag by Christine Crowther (I wanted a sturdy bag so I printed the sheet out twice onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I scored both pieces using my Hougie Board and cut them out.  I plated three strands of bakers twine to make a handle and sandwiched this between the two side panels when I attached them to each other using super sticky double sided tape. I used the same tape to glue the bottom in place as well.  I printed the sheet out quite small to get the same image to make a little tag to put on the bag.)
  2. Angled view of bag.

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NEPHEW’S CREATION:

The Leaning Tower of Pisa.

TowerOfPisaWMG

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CUP UPDATE:

20% Discount

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:

  • Tuesday, 18th March, 2014 – Here! – FREE CD when you spend £10 & Stunning CUP 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.

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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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(Thank you for reading this blog post. I hope you like what you’ve seen and read – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it but due to the fact that, like many I’m sure, I’ve had some problems with Spam/advertising posts that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog, I now moderate all comments before they go live. Genuine comments will go live when I’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.) (Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.)
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Mar 182014
 

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Design Team Cards

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

The first card is a”sleep-over” invitation and the second is a “messy play day” (bring clothes you don’t mind gets messy) invitation.

CARD

1st Card

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Thumbnail photo of a different angle of this card.

Boy at Bedtime 01 02

2nd Card

Boy at Bedtime 02 01

Thumbnail photos of some different areas/angles of this card.

Boy at Bedtime 02 02   Boy at Bedtime 02 03

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Consumables:

Equipment:

Method:

1st Card:

The digi-stamp on this card is partly coloured using ProMarkers and partly paper-pieced.  I printed out the turquoise background and the digi-stamp at the required size onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock.  I also printed the digi-stamp out a second time onto one side of the turquoise background.  From this second copy I cut out the clothing area of the digi-stamp.  I also cut a layer to stick as a mat on the A6 card I’d prepared.  By doing it this way I knew I’d get an exact match between dungarees and mat. I also printed the dig-stamp out a third time onto a sheet of brown cardstock.  From this copy of the digi-stamp I just cut out the teddy.  I coloured in the areas of the main digi-stamp that wouldn’t be covered by the paper pieces and then stuck on the pieces.  I then used my ProMarkers again to darken the colour of the boy’s t-shirt and to enhance the teddy.  I trimmed a piece from the pale blue paper from my stash and went round both this and the turquoise layer with a ProMarker.  The layers were stuck in place using finger-lift tape and the digi was attached using glue gel after shaping it a bit.

2nd Card:

I took the splotchy paper sheet and the green background into one of my graphics packages and resized and put them where I wanted so that the card front I created would fit on my chosen base card.  I then printed this, and a copy of the digi-stamp at the required size, onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I cut out the card front and attached it to my chosen base card using finger-lift tape.  I coloured in the digi-stamp, choosing a red and green colour that were close to the colours on the splotchy paper and then choosing other nice bright colours – even poor teddy got a splattering.  After cutting out the digi-stamp I shaped it a bit and then stuck it in place using glue gel.  I finished off the card by adding the peel-off.

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

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Stamping Dragon Designs Links

  • If you fancy trying out some of Stamping Dragon Designs, please do visit the Store to find all sorts of digital goodies for crafting, and the minimum spend is only £2 (you’ll find great digi-stamps and lots more).
  • And why not join the “Stamping Dragon Designs” Facebook group. It’s a small, fun, group where we have lots of different activities which include exclusive challenges, daily inspiration and giveaways – and there’s a loyalty club for those who take part as well where taking part gets you points, winning gets you more points, and get enough points and you get a voucher to spend in the shop.
  • “Like” Us on Facebook
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  • See us on CraftsUPrint
  • Etsy Shop – Instant downloads!
  • Stamping with the Dragon – Challenge Blog : new challenge every fortnight
  • The Dragon’s Den – Blog : a showcase blog for lots of different crafting made using Dragon Designs.
  • Then of course there’s the Dragon Boss Lady’s own blog – Straight From The Craftroom

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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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(Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.
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More March 2014 Crafting

 Posted by at 11:15 am
Mar 162014
 

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An Update, Blog Candy Received and Two Cards

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I’m still struggling to get rid of the latest cold I caught, one minute feeling that it’s gone and the next having a coughing fit.  I think this one is taking longer than the last one to clear, probably because I was already run down from the previous one.  So I’ve not done as much crafting as I usually do.

I have done a bit of crafting though, but two of what I’ve completed are Design Team cards and it will be next month before I can show you my creations.  I’ve also got an assortment of part done cards that I need to get everything put together and photographed.

Of course it’s not helped that my camera decided to stop working with the lens going in and out at random and not focusing.  So I’ve had to buy a new one.  As the one I had had been in use since before I started this blog, so all the photos I’ve put up here, as well as all the family and other photos during the same period, had been taken on it, I decided to get another by the same manufacturer but a newer model.  Unfortunately all the buttons and menu items are in a different place on the new one, so I’m having to work out where everything is from scratch.  I had been hopeing that going for the same manufacturer and a model at about the same level that things wouldn’t have changed about much as I could practically work with my eyes closed with the old one, but no such luck.  I’m also not convinced that the colour balance is the same on it, either on the screen or in the actual picture when downloaded to my laptop, so I need to have more of a play with that as well as the small number of photos I’ve already taken appeared to be more washed out on my screen when compared to the actual cards.

So, not a huge amount of items to show you this time I’m afraid.  But I do hope you like what I have finished.

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BLOG CANDY:

Blog Candy From Susan RenshawOn January 29th Susan Renshaw was celebrating the 1st anniversary of her blog “Calling all Crafters!” and decided to give away some Blogaversary Blog Candy to one of the visitors to her blog who commented.

I was lucky to be chosen by Random and have by now received a pack of crafting goodies through the post.

If you click on the thumbnail image you will see what a lovely assortment of very useful goodies I received.

Thank you very much Susan.

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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.)

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  1. ‘Daisy Embossed’ Backing Paper by Carol Clarke, ‘Daisy Embossed’ Backing Paper by Carol Clarke, New Borders….SVG by Tina Fitch and 4 BUTTERFLIES and HUMMING BIRD SVG by Clive Couter (I printed the backgrounds onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I cut a scalloped edge panel a little smaller than my chosen 6″ square white base card and a wavy edged paper ribbon of about 1″ wide out of one backgorund and a paper bow and some paper flowers out of the other background.  I also cut a smaller,  scalloped edge panel out of white cardstock.  I cut one of the butterfly out of peel-off vinyl with a corresponding white background.  The greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” was also cut out of the peel-off vinyl.  I finished off my preparation by cutting two of the borders out of white linen textured cardstock.  I used finger-lift tape, 1mm deep double sided foam tape, and glue gel to attach all the pieces, finishing off with glitter glue in the centre of the flowers and along the join line between the two borders.)
  2. Angled view of previous card

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  1. ‘Daisy Embossed’ Backing Paper by Carol Clarke, ‘Daisy Embossed’ Backing Paper by Carol Clarke, BRIGHT Swirls with Frame Backing Paper – Purple by Sarah Edwards and 1950’s pin up girl Alice May Decoupage Sheet (Yellow) by Gordon Fraser (I printed all the sheets onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  A paper bow and a panel were cut from one background – the right side and top of the panel I cut out following the outside lines of some of the flowers.  From the toneing background I cut out a flower and a wavy edged strip.  The base card is an A5 white card and the purple framed backing was stuck directly to this.  The decoupage topper was cut out and shaped before being built up using glue gel.  I used finger-lift tape and glue gel to stick everything together.)
  2. Angled view of previous card to show decoupage dimension.

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CUP UPDATE:

20% Discount

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:

  • Tuesday, 11th March – Here! – LAST CHANCE Bumper Paper Offer, Crafty Bob’s Cards and Designer Discounts
  • Friday, 14th March – Here! – FREE CD Volume 89, CUP News, New Froms &  Designer Discounts

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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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.)

Follow on Bloglovin

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(Thank you for reading this blog post. I hope you like what you’ve seen and read – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it but due to the fact that, like many I’m sure, I’ve had some problems with Spam/advertising posts that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog, I now moderate all comments before they go live. Genuine comments will go live when I’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.) (Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.)
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Mar 072014
 

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An Quick Update and Some Cards

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I’ve still got broadband! How great is that!  It’s been a whole week since BT sent and engineer and sorted out the spaghetti tangle of wires that was our “Master Socket” that didn’t actually have a socket, and also since my nephew and friend wired up two new sockets for us to use in convenient places.  Only one problem now – when I got around to disconnecting our cordless phone from the old, now not connected, sockets, and plugging it into our new socket, it was connecting but hissing and plopping, and even affecting the new phone I’d put in the other socket. So it looks like whatever caused all the problems with the line and internal wiring originally must also have hit the cordless phone as well, plus my parents have been complaining for weeks that whenever anybody left messages on the answer-machine that’s part of the fax machine that the message was undeciferable half the time because of the quality of the recording.  So I’ve now had to order a new answer-machine/fax combo that comes with a cordless phone.  When that arrives it will be the last item and everything in our phone and broadband system will have been replaced – from the BT “Master Socket” all the way through to the Router and phones.  And if anything else goes wrong I’ll be highly annoyed.

I’m slowly getting round to visit the blogs I’m following, and catching up with other things I do online, so hopefully I’ll soon be back to full swing.

I’ve not made a lot of finished items so far this month, and two of what I’ve done are Design Team work, so I’ve only got four of my latest cards to show you this time.  I hope you like them.

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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.)

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  1. art deco lady Pandore Circle Pyramid (Gold) by Gordon Fraser and Rose Embellishment Sheet (Gold) by Gordon Fraser (Both the sheets were printed onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then cut all the pieces out.  I didn’t want the card to be to deep so only used every other layer of the circle piramid this time.  I took an A5, linen textured, white base card and used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach and build up the layers and also to attach a few of the embelishments as decoration.  I went round the outside edge of the card using a gold Wink of Stella brush pen to give it a bit of a twinkle.  I’ve not added a greeting yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in.)
  2. Different angled view of previous card to try and show pyramid dimension.

I think that a child, especially one who’s favourite colour is purple, as well as an adult, would like the first card in this next row.

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  1. Passionately Paisley Mini Theme by Janette Padley and March Winds Digital Stamp by Janette Padley (I printed three of the backgrounds from the mini kit as well as the digi – at a smaller size than provided – onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then coloured in the digi-stamp using my ProMarkers and FlexMarkers.  The colours I used were: Purple, Imperial Purple, Chestnut, Canary and Dove Grey.  I then cut the digi-stamp out as an oval topper.  I cut the different backgrounds as different shapes to use as matting and layering on an 8″ square white Crafty Bob base card using a roller glue tape pen to attach some layers and 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach others.  I finished off by adding some small, sticky back, faux pearls as embelishment, and the peel-off greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.)
  2. Coorong Sunset Simple Oval Pyramid Card Front by Triselda Watts (I printed the sheet onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and then cut out all the pieces.  As I didn’t want the card to get too deep I chose every other layer to build up the pyramid and used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach them together.    The base card is a sheet of patterned cardstock I had in my crafting stash that I scored using my Hougie Board and folded in half to make an A5 card.  I found another sheet of cardstock that had a wave pattern and cut a layer out from this following some of the wave designs within it.  This was attached directly to the base card using finger-lift tape before I attached the completed pyramid and the blank greetings panel.  I’ve not added a greeting yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in.)
  3. Angled view of previous card to try and show the dimension within the pyramid.

I think the last and the next cards are both suitable for men, so I’m keeping up with my resolution to make “male” cards regularly so that my completed cards stash isn’t all female orientated.

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  1. Kilt Dude (Red) by Gordon Fraser (I printed out the sheet onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and then cut out all the pieces.  I scored and folded a sheet of A4 brown cardstock in half and attached the base card front layer using finger-lift tape.  I then shaped the decoupage pieces and attached in order to the card front using glue gel.  I finished off by attaching the blank greetings panel using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape and putting on a peel-off that says “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.)
  2. Angled view of previous card to try and show some of the dimension created with the decoupage.
  3. Slightly closer angled view.

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CUP UPDATE:

20% Discount

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, 7th March – Here! – 5 for £10 on Craft Paper, CUP News, FREE CD 88, 10 New Froms & More from Crafty Bob

Crafty Bob Paper – If you read the CUP Mailer you’ll notice that there’s a special offer on at the moment for 5 packs of Crafty Bob Paper.  And a very good offer it is as well.  Quite some time ago now I did some serious testing of this paper – to see how it behaved when cut out using my Silhouette Cameo. I wrote some blog posts about my testing at the time.  If you want to see the results you can read about my testing – here and here – where I’ve done closeup photos of the results.  Even if you don’t have a Silhouette Cameo you may well want to have a look at how images on screen transfer to this specialist paper.

What I’ll need to do next is to do some testing using this paper with my newest aquisition – the Brother Scan”N”Cut (I wasn’t going to get it straight when it came out, but rather was going to wait and see what people were reporting of its performance and then putting it on my birthday “wish list” if it looked to be something that would enhance my crafting and compliment what I was already doing with my Cameo, especially as I didn’t have enough money to pay for it at this time.  But my mother said she’d be giving me some money on my birthday and by using the Flexi pay, by the time the last payment will be due I’d have the money, and if I left ordering until then they may be out of stock.  So I’ve gone for one now and have started playing with it now it’s arrived.)

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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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.)

Follow on Bloglovin

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(Thank you for reading this blog post. I hope you like what you’ve seen and read – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it but due to the fact that, like many I’m sure, I’ve had some problems with Spam/advertising posts that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog, I now moderate all comments before they go live. Genuine comments will go live when I’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.) (Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.)
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More February 2014 Crafting

 Posted by at 09:50 pm
Mar 052014
 

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An Update,  A Couple Of Cards and Other Crafting

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 Yes – I know!  It’s March now!  But those of you who follow my blog, or have read some of my FB posts lately, will know that I’ve had broadband problems for a while with slow and intermittent problems all year and loosing my access completely mid-February.  This resulted in me being without online access for a while, and then depending on a mobile Internet dongle with a low data allowance for the last couple of weeks -which meant that I couldn’t do all my usual blogging.

But – I’ve now got broadband access back – Hurray!  And it looks as if it’s faster than it’s been at any time the last few months – though I do feel it could be faster but I can live with it like this, and the BT engineer who came out and did some tidying up of our BT master socket and capped it off properly did say it could take some 10 days to find its optimum speed again.

So now I can show you some of the progress I’ve made with some of my longer term crafting projects as well as a small number of items finished in February that I’ve not shown you yet.

I did spend some time in February watching bits of the winter Olympics with some craft projects on my lap slowly working on them, but not pushing myself to try and do so much in any session that would result in making my hands and arms too painful.  These included knitting on a knitting loom and rag rug making.  You can see how I’m progressing below.

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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.)

A very dear person who’s became a friend through crafting was having a hip opperation in February, so I made her this simple card.

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  1. Peach Blossom Papers by Janette Padley (This is quite a simple card made with an 8″ square ivory card as a base.  Several of the backgrounds in the papers kit were printed onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock and the pieces were cut out.  I did a faux stitching line around the outside of a mat I’d cut from one of the backgrounds, and used a gold pen to edge flowers I’d cut out.  Gold glitter glue was used in the centre of the flowers.  I also added a piece of white lace.  “Brysiwch Wella” is Welsh and basicly means “Get Well Soon”.)
  2. Angled view of previous card to try and show some dimension.

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  1. Digital Papers-Vintage Horse and Cart by Di Simpson and Vintage Ladies, Gents, Horse and Cart Silhouette Set – PDF by Kim Paley (For this card I printed my chosen colour of background paper from the kit onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then trimmed this to fit on an 8″ square, ivory, Crafty Bob base card, and then went round the edge with a brown ProMarker.  I attached it to the card front using fingerlift tape.  I added a piece of brown ribbon and dots of two shades of black and brown glitter glue.  The silhouette topper was cut using a template cup239442_1307 and this was attached using glue gel before the card was finished with a peel-off greeting that says “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.)

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MIRROR:

My two youngest nephews went for a beach walk with their mother, her friend and the friends young son, at the start of the half term week.  They brought back a bag full of shells and a stone and gave me instructions that they’d brought them to me as they wanted to decorate a mirror with them.  I actually got quite a cheap mirror delivered and we got to work on the project when they spent some time here towards the end of the holidays.

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  1. Mirror, 19x27x1,5 cm, poplar, 1 pc
  2. The decorated mirror.  Decorated using Maimeri Iridescent Paste, plus shells and stone stuck on using hot glue gun.

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RAG RUG MAKING:

I’ve show you the start of my rag rug, and the tool used, in a previous blog post – so I thought it was time to give you an update of how I’m progressing.

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  1. This is how the rug looked the end of January when I showed you the tools and “work in progress” – here.
  2. This is as far as I’ve got now – as you can see I’ve gone all the way around bending under the edge and putting in the strips.  I’ve also worked all the way around, working inwards, adding more to the sides, with quite a wide band at one end now.  As I’m not pushing through the double thickness of hessian, to give a neat edge, any more it is now easier to work the material strips through.

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SEWING:

I made this bag to hold my patchwork templates.  It’s one of my creations that I finished in the last few weeks.  It was the “work in progress” I showed you at the start of February in my post – here.

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  1. For this bag I started off with two pieces cut from a bed sheet of the correct size for front, sides and flap.  Onto one I sewed strips off a Jelly Roll of co-ordinating materials.  I then cut a piece of wadding/batting the same size and did some free-motion quilting on every other strip – the ones without a defined pattern.  I then sewed the quilted outside, face to face, with the inside – leaving a section unsewn in the inside lineing piece.  The bag was then turned inside out, the gap in the sewing finished.  I also stiched across the front of the flap to make it a flatter finishe.  I finished off with the Yo-Yo’s I’d made using my “Clover Yo-Yo Maker Round – Extra Large” that I showed you in my previous post – here.
  2. A close-up of the free-motion embroydery on a strip visible on the flap.
  3. A close-up of another piece of free-motion embroydery on the last strip of the flap – sewn by one of my youngest nephews as he wanted a go after seeing me moving the material about – much more fun than trying to go straight I think.  Of course he was strictly supervised to make sure he didn’t do anything silly like putting his hands too close to the needle.

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FLOWER LOOM WORK:

It’s been a while since I did any yarn flowers on a flower loom.  So long ago that I’ve long since lost the little one sized loom I had when younger (a lot younger), so a while ago I got my hands on a new loom.  It’s just the sort of easy thing to do while watching TV, especially when waiting for the next push in curling or the next competitor off a ski jump, or whatever.

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  1. The flower loom I’ve got is the Clover Hana-Ami Flower Loom.  It comes with several different shaped pieces with pegs.
  2. For my current project I’ve cosen to use the largest square shape and the middle size of the circular shapes.
  3. I’m using purple yarn for the square shape, yellow yarn for the circular “flowers” on top, and white yarn to both sew the “flowers” to hold their shape (the large, plastic, needle that came with the loom, and the fact that the spaces between the “petals” are easy to go through mean that I can manage this sort of hand sewing provided I do it on a day when my hands are not in pain) and to crochet the squares together.  I need to do a lot more becore I have the little blanket complete, but this is another of my “works in progress”.

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KNITTING:

This creation will also be a blanket when finished – a baby blanket.

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  1. It’s being knitted out of three different colours of knitting yarn.  The colours don’t appear very “true” in the pictures with the darker pink appearing more red than it is in reality.  I’m working this on an Authentic Knitting 18 Inch All-In-One Loom.
  2. But I’m not knitting it “in the round”, but rather I’m turning around at the end of every row and turning back.  I’m knitting it in a two stitch knit, two stitch purl, moss stitch pattern.
  3. This is a closer look at the textured effect I’m creating.

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CUP UPDATE:

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The 1st of March is Saint David’s Day, so – Happy Saint David’s Day – to all my readers.

St David is the patron saint of Wales and you can read more about him – Here!

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I put together this layout in one of my graphics programs.  I hope you like it.

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