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An Update, A Few Cards and Other Bits
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.
(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 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 –
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.)
- Angled view of previous card to show dimension.
- 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”.)
- Slightly angled view of previous card to show more of the dimension.
- 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.)
- Lilac daisy pattern insert by Sharon Poore (This is how the inside of the card looks with the insert inside.)
This bag is made using two sheets so is reasonably sized and holds quite a lot.
- 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.)
- Angled view of bag.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa.
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