Crafting The Begining Of March 2014

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An Quick Update and Some Cards


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.



(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.)

1cup459623_437 - card01 - art deco lady Pandore Circle Pyramid (Gold) 2cup459623_437 - card03 - art deco lady Pandore Circle Pyramid (Gold)

  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.

1cup336036_1749 - card01 - Passionately Paisley Mini Theme 2cup449607_1886 - card02 - Coorong Sunset Simple Oval Pyramid Card Front 3cup449607_1886 - card03 - Coorong Sunset Simple Oval Pyramid Card Front

  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.

1cup453622_437 - card03 - Kilt Dude (Red) 2cup453622_437 - card01 - Kilt Dude (Red) 3cup453622_437 - card02 - Kilt Dude (Red)

  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 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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10 Replies to “Crafting The Begining Of March 2014”

  1. I’m sorry to hear you have had such problems with your phone and broadband. We live in the middle of nowhere, so our broadband is rubbish.
    As always, a great selection of cards, all different. My favorite is the Scotsman one. It is beautifully made, but to me it looks like a fun image.

    <3 & hugs
    Lisa xxxx

  2. Hi Sweetie, your cards are brilliant, i really like the kilt one xxx