Last Post Of April 2014

 Posted by at 04:00 pm
Apr 292014
 

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An Update, A Few Cards and A Bracelet

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I’m finding it hard to believe that April is almost over.  Where has the month gone?  I’m sure I’ve lost a few days somewhere – so if anybody’s found them, please send them back. LOL.

Today’s post has a lot of items that have been cut out using my ScanNCut.  There were fewer problems with cutting most of these than with some designs I’ve been cutting (see my previous blog post for my musings about some problems I’ve encountered) as, although intricate, there are less of the really tiny areas that the machine struggles with.  I did have to keep an eye and pause a couple of times, but not nearly as many times as with some of the items I’ve cut lately.

I’ve also got a simple bracelet to show you.  I hope you like today’s assortment and will take a moment to leave me a comment/response at the end.

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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. Clock Hanger Topper…SVG by Tina Fitch (I bought this file for cutting out using my Silhouette Cameo, but then I had the idea of testing out the Brother, online, “Canvas” application to convert the .svg file to the format needed for my Brother ScanNCut machine.  The file imported nicely into “Canvas” and I resized everything together so that the maximum size, across the top hanger, was just over 7″ with all the pieces just filling the 12″ square working area.  I downloaded and put onto my USB stick and put this into my ScanNCut.  I cut the whole lot out twice, once out of white cardstock and once out of a deep maroon bordering on brown cardstock – both cardstocks were American Crafts 216gsm.  For this card I’ve used every other layer out of each colour, and I’ve also got a topper in the opposite colours ready to make up another card.  I used took an 8″ square black card and chopped an inch off the bottom.  I built up the topper attaching some layers with quick grab wet glue and some using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I used two of the circles that had cut out from the centre of some of the layers to make my greeting panel.  I’ve made it as a retirement card with the greeting “No More Working 9 to 5” covering the 9 and the clock hands set at 5.)
  2. Angled close-up of “clock” face.
  3. Closer look at part of “clock” face.

This is how I decorated the card I’d cut out and put together that I showed you at the end of my last blog post.

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  1. Corner Flourish Scalloped Layered card…ScanNCut by Tina Fitch (When cutting out designs I do try and drop on some flowers, flourishes, etc., into the spaces on my cardstock to maximise what I get out of each sheet.  For the decoration of this card I simply used 3 flowers that I’d cut out previously, shaped a bit and then stuck on with quick grab wet glue.  I finished off by putting on some little sticky back faux pearls – I use my pokey tool to pick up and position these as there’s no way my fingers will work well enough to work with such small items.)

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  1. Fancy Doily 1….ScanNCut Only by Tina Fitch (This is such a pretty design that I decided to make a “white on white” card with it, with just a little silver mirror paper as a highlight.  For this card I cut every layer out of the same sheet of 216gsm, American Crafts, white cardstock.  The design cut very well in my ScanNCut with the base layer being around 5.5″” accross.  For a base card I used an 8″ square white card.  I cut a panel of white cardstock at 15cm square and a silver mirror paper panel at 16cm square.  I used a corner punch on the corners of the base card and the white mat.  The mats were then stuck in place using finger-lift tape and I also attached the base layer of the fancy doily using finger-lift tape.  I then used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the next two layers and glue gel to attach the top layer.  I punched some stars out of the silver mirror paper using the same corner punch I’d used previously, and stuck these at the top corners of the base card and the centre of the doily.  I didn’t add any other embelishment and I’ve not put a greeting on yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.)
  2. Angled look to try and show the dimension.
  3. A closer angled look.

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  1. Ballroom Dancers Stamp by Janette Padley and Butterflies 2 by Andrea Hippenstiel, with the floral and leaf embelishments having been cut from Past & Present Paper Pack by Janette Padley,  Strawberry Shortcake Papers by Janette Padley, and  Green Green Grass Papers by Janette Padley (I printed the dances image out at smaller than the size provided onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  After cutting it out I went round the edges with a black ProMarker to disguise the cut edge.  I also printed out the butterflies onto the same cardstock, cut out three of different sized purple ones, added violet Wink of Stella Brush Pen to the body and clear Wink of Stella to the wings.  The base card is a 7″ x 10″ black card.  I cut out the centre 3cm from the sides and 4 from the bottom – I’m using the cut-out to make a second card, but I’ve not finished it yet so can’t show it to you today.  I then scored an A4 sheet of acetate using my Hougie Board and attached it in the card centre using ultra tacky, red backed, double sided tape.  Every time I do any cutting out, either with my electronic cutting machines or using dies, I cut out some flowers, leaves, flourishes, etc., out of any unused area to maximise my use of cardstock.  For decoration of this card I just raided my “box of cut bits” and had fun dotting an assortment of cut items all over the card around the dancing couple, putting the butterflies flying around as well.  I used glue gel for the sticking.)
  2. While the first card is photographed against a black background, for this photo the card is photographed against a white background to show ut the silhouette more.  Whatever background is behind the card will show through because the main body of the card is clear acetate.
  3. Close-up of the central area of the card to show some detail.
  4. Angled view to show the dimension of the card.

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JEWELLERY:

A multi coil bracelet.

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  1. This bracelet was made by turning a loop at one end of a 5 coil memory bracelet wire and then feeding on clusters of different types of semi-precious stone chips.  I finished off by turning another couple of loops at the end to prevent the stones coming off, which is why the whole bracelet isn’t 5 coils all around.
  2. Flipped the bracelet ove.
  3. This is the tower of different types of semi-precious stones chips that I used.  This is what was left after finishing the project (and I’d used some of the contents for previous projects as well) so you can see I’ve got enough left to make some more stuff again.

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Crafting Late April 2014

 Posted by at 03:35 pm
Apr 262014
 

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An Update, A Few Musings On My ScanNCut, A Few Cards and Some Jewellery

I’ve used some more of the pieces I cut out using my ScanNCut on Wednesday, some digi-stamps I’ve coloured of an evening while watching TV a few nights ago, as well as more or less finished a set of jewellery I’ve been working on slowly for the last 10 days or so.  So there’s a bit of an assortment of items for you to look at today.  I hope you like them.

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MUSINGS:

I’m gradually getting familiar with my new electronic cutting machine, the Brother ScanNCut.  There are some things it is handy for – and some things that are not quite as good as my Silhouette Cameo, so I’m thinking of it as complimenting rather than replacing my Cameo.

As I don’t have the space to leave any electronic cutting machine out all the time, and as the ScanNCut doesn’t need to be connected to a computer/laptop, it’s quicker and requires less space when wanting to cut a series of mats with matching flowers, or other cutting job.  But not having a computer attached with software where you can do quick editing if a shape needs to be altered, or for designing patterns from scratch, and not having access to every font on the computer, isn’t so good at other times.  I don’t believe that Brother’s on-line application the “Canvas” is anywhere near as good as the Silhouette Studio software either, though the latest upgrade does make a better job of converting more .svg files to the ScanNCut format, many of which were not opening at all prior to the upgrade.  So plusses and minusses.

Following my cutting out of various items on several cards using my Brother ScanNCut I’ve been asked about what settings I used.

I’ve been doing a lot of playing around with different settings and different cardstock, but the cardstock I’ve used most of lately is the American Crafts 216gsm (which I think is 80lbs weight).  For this I upped the pressure from 0 to 1 as it wouldn’t cut at all on 0.  I took the speed down – I think it was down to 3 as I’d had much more problems at the top speed of 5 during a previous cutting session.  I gradually upped the blade depth to between 4 and 5.  It wasn’t cutting through properly at 4, but didn’t need to be at 5 which was marking more of the carrier mat.  I also cut out some non-intricate mat pieces out of 250gsm Original Super Smooth cardstock and I did have the blade depth at 5 for that.

After I’d done some cutting the middle of the week I went looking on the GentleMan Crafter, John Bloodworth’s, blog and found that for one project he’d been using the same cardstock and had used practically identically the same settings I’d settled on in the end.  It is nice to know that I’m on the right track.

As you’ll see on the last card I’ve got in today’s post – the ScanNCut cuts very narrow bands of flourishes beautifully, but simply doesn’t have a good tight turn for the very small areas.  Some of these it’s barely marked the surface of the cardstock and others it hasn’t cut through cleanly.  Some of the areas that it did cut through it pinged the little pieces of cardstock out as the blade lifted after going round, half of these little bits of cardstock landed up going into the holder up the side of the blade, which prevented the free motion of the blade.  I must have paused the cutting over a dozen times while cutting out the one layer on this card, and one of the layers of the card I showed you in my previous post, to empty out the blade holder.  But even with an clean blade holder it couldn’t do the smallest areas.  (I’ve started doing this pausing and emptying of the blade holder because I rather think that letting stuff build up in the blade holder, thus preventing the free motion of the blade, could have been what was causing the blade to chip off the tip or blunting quicker than it should on previous days when I’ve done cutting.)  I considered whether the fact that some of the smaller bits cut out were pinged off the mat was down to the mat not being tacky enough, but the cardstock is staying in place when cutting the really narrow flourishes and other small areas, and finished cuts all need to be removed with the provided tool, they don’t just flip off easily.

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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.)

There’s a cross section of very pretty, feminine, cards to more masculine ones, including cards for youngsters – so I’m still keeping to my resolution to make a mixture of cards even if every post doesn’t show the variety.

This image would be great for a child’s card, or an invite to a “Teddy Bears’ Picknic” event, but I’ve done it quite masculine as I think it would also work as a card from a child on Father’s Day or for a father’s birthday.

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  1. Teddys Day out ( Butterflies) by Janette Padley and Green Green Grass Papers by Janette Padley (I printed this digi-stamp out at smaller than the size provided onto  250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock .  I also printed some backgrounds from the papers kit onto the same type of paper.  I coloured the image in using my ProMarkers, FlexMarkers and Wink of Stella Brush Markers. The colours I used were: Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Walnut, Glacier Blue, Cloud Blue, Leaf Green, Forest Green, Holly, Shale; Violet and Clear Wink of Stella. I then fed the various sheets into my ScanNCut machine and cut out the topper, various mats, paper ribbons and leafy branches.  I took a 6″ square base card and used finger-lift tape to attach the largest mat layer.  The finger-lift tape was also used to attach the topper to a mat.  I used 1mm deep double sided foam tape to attach the paper ribbons and the matted topper and quick grab wet glue to attach the leaves.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.  As the card is only 6″ square and I’ve only used 1mm deep foam for attaching some elements, this card is shallow enough to go through the UK post on a standard stamp.)

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  1. Time 4 Tea 5×5 Decoupage In Lemon by Rebecca Brindley (I printed the sheet onto  250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut the pieces out.  Although great for a 5 x 5 card I decided to use this as a topper for a larger card made from hammered cream cardstock.  I stuck two doilies bottom right and top left of the card before sticking the base image down using a roller tape pen.  I then used a very narrow, red backed, double sided tape at the top right and bottom left corners to add strips of lace from my crafting stash.  I shaped the decoupage layers and added them using glue gel before finishing off the card by putting on sticky back, faux pearls.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.)
  2. Angled view of part of the card to try and show the dimension I got with shaping the decoupage layers.

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  1. Luka with Crayons by La La Land Crafts and Blue Harmony Papers by Janette Padley (I printed the digi-stamp out at the size I required onto  250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and coloured it in.  The colours I used were: Poppy, Ruby, Chestnut, Bright Orange, Bright Green, Grass, Canary, Blue Grey 1, Almond, Blush, Light Fawn.  I also printed a sheet from the blue kit onto the same cardstock.  I used my ScanNCut to cut out the topper panel and mats.  The base card is a 6″ sqhare white card and I used a roller tape pen to attach everything to the front, giving panels a bit of a twist and making them just touching.  I finished off the card by writing on a greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – using an Indigo Blue ProMarker.  I also added a dotty border around and spots in the corners of the panels using the same ProMarker.  Another card for a child that’s flat enough to be posted on a standard letter stamp in the UK.)

This is how I decorated the card that I showed you at the end of my last blog post.  It was cut and stuck together then, but now I’ve decorated it as well.

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  1. Deco Card – SNC by Tina Fitch (When cutting out designs I try and maximise the use of the cardstock by filling in unused areas with flower shapes or small panels for greetings, etc..  When cutting out layers of this card I’d cut several different shapes and sizes of flowers.  With the aperture being in the back as well as the front of this card I thought that it would be an ideal card for putting in a “floating” element.  I cut a narrow strip of acetate and attached it to the back of the card using ultra tacky double sided tape.  I then used the same tape to attach a flower to it.  I added layers to the flower using quick grab wet glue.  I finished off by putting lots of very small, sticky back, faux pearls on various areas of the card front – No way I could handle the faux pearls with my fingers, so this is where my Pokey Tool was invaluable for picking up and placing in the correct place.)

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  1. Teen boy text star Decoupage Sheet by Gordon Fraser (I printed the sheet out onto  250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at half size.  I then cut the pieces out.  I took a 6″ square white card and went around the edge using a Crimson ProMarker.  I cut out two panels out of red linen textured cardstock and an oval panel out of white, which I also went round the edge using the ProMarker.  The panels were attached to the card front using 1mm deep double sided foam tape.  I then build up the decoupage, shaping each piece and gluing in place using glue gel.  I just added a piece of knotted bakers twine as an embelishment.  I’ve not added a greeting yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in.)
  2. Angled view of previous card to try and show the dimension of the decoupage.

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JEWELLERY:

This is a set of jewellery I’ve been working on for days.  Because of the small nature of the beads and some of the pieces I’ve only been able to do small sessions of making at a time.  I’ve also had to use a flat nose pliers to hold the wire to pick up the beads and feed it round the outside circle.  I love the look, and have some more pieces with different beads planned, but it does take me quite a bit of time because of having problems with my hands.  I’m sure that each piece would be taking less than an hour if it wasn’t for my problems.

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  1. A set of “Tree of Life” jewellery.  The pendant is on the four tone green braid I showed you in my last post, though I’ve not finished off the other ends yet with the attachment to the chain and clasp for the back of the neck.
  2. A closer look at the “Tree of Life” pendant.  I used a spray can as a form for making the circle and fine wire for the roots and branches.  The beads are green seed beads.
  3. This is a ring made of memory wire, so expands to fit anybody’s fingers.  But it can also be used with the ends of a fine scarf threaded through at the neckline.  I cut the piece so that it had several loops to go round the finger plus two loops to turn at 90 degrees to use as the circular form of the “Tree of Life” decorative top of the ring.
  4. Smaller drops for earrings.  As I ware sleepers I haven’t put ear wires on these as I just open the sleepers, slip on the drops and close the sleepers – If you have problems with the shepherds hook or kidney wires that come on earrings then consider getting sleepers and either making your own drops or buying and taking off the wires they came with.  For these I used two loops of ring size memory wire as the base of the shape, cutting around 1cm longer to turn a hoop at the top.  I used gold toned thin wire and green seed beads for the “Tree of Life” pattern exactly as the other pieces, though these being small like the ring top needed the use of flat nose pliers to do all the manipulating as I couldn’t work the pieces by hand.

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CUTTING WORK FOR TINA FITCH:

I’’ve been working on some more stuff for the talented designer Tina Fitch.  This time cutting out another design using my ScanNCut.

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  1. Corner Flourish Scalloped Layered card…ScanNCut by Tina Fitch (All the layers of the card were cut out of 216gsm American Crafts cardstock.  Most of it cut out beautifully, but I’m not totally happy with the cut of the smaller details in the palest pink layer just below the white flourishes.  No matter what I set the settings at, the ScanNCut doesn’t appear to like cutting out the smallest shapes.  I’ve used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape and quick grab wet glue to attach the layers together.  I’ve not decorated the card yet so I’ll probably be back with the card to show you again once I decide what to put on it.)

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Apr 242014
 

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An Update, A Few Cards and Some Jewellery Making

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On Wednesday I had a bit of a session cutting out items using my Brother ScanNCut machine.  I really should have made it a bit of a shorter session because I had to work at the kitchen table as that was the only free space (sitting room set up as a giant town and farm by youngest nephew) so no sitting in a comfy armchair, and I ended up in agony when I tried to move.  So I haven’t actually put together quite as many items as I’d have liked.  I’m working on some jewellery pieces and sets, as well as having digi-stamps coloured ready to be used on a card, and lots of cuts from electronic cutting files to add onto cards.

Hopefully I’ll be able to make a blog post or two again soon to show you these part made items in their finished form, but in the meantime you can have a look at what I have finished.

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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. A6 Sparkling Night Kimono Card in Purple Decoupage by Rebecca Brindley (I printed the sheet out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I decided to use this on a card a little larger than A6 in size so prepared a base card from an A4 sheet of hammered white cardstock, scoreing it in half using my Hougie Board and then cutting so that it left a border of 1cm all around the image.  I stuck the base layer in place using finger-lift tape and then attached the other layers in order using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I finished off by putting some glitter glue shapes in the corners.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.)
  2. An angled view to show how the kimono is built up in layers towards the centre.

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  1. Beautiful Pyramid red roses for love by Ceredwyn Macrae (I printed the sheet out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the layers.  I then made a base card from 300gsm White hammered cardstock and cut it to size to match the base image layer, which I attached using finger-lift tape. I then built up the layers using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach each layer.  I finished off by going over the edges of the petals and the leaves with a clear Wink of Stella brush pen, and added dots of red glitter glue at each corner.  I’ve not added a greeting yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in yet.)
  2. An angled view to show the pyramid layers.

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  1. Sew Lovely range by DoCrafts (This card has been decorated soley with items from the docrafts Sew Lovely range that I received as part of a docrafts goodie bag I’d ordered.  I used some backgrounds from the 12″ square pack, a piece of ribbon, some die-cut embelishments, mat and frame, and a pinwheel from.  The goodie bag also included some items from other docrafts ranges so I may have a play with them at some point over the next week or two.)
  2. Angled view of part of the card to show dimension

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  1. Disabled Kids Digital Stamps 6 by Angela Wenke, Strawberry Shortcake Papers by Janette Padley, Past & Present Paper Pack by Janette Padle and Green Green Grass Papers by Janette Padley (I printed the digi-stamp out at smaller than the size provided onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and coloured her in using ProMarkers and FlexMarkers.  the colours I used were: Raw Sienna, Black, Imperial Purple, Frosted Jade, Satin, Blush, Starfish, Canary, and Gold.  I also printed out one background from the Strawberry kit and two backgrounds from the Past & Present kit onto the same type of cardstock.  I cut out panels from white cardstock and the backgrounds.  I also cut out flowers from the same backgrounds and leafy branches from a background from the green kit. I went round some of the panels with a Blossom ProMarker and around an 8″ square Kraft card with a Grass ProMarker.  I used a roller glue pen to attach the background panels, 1mm deep double sided foam tape to attach the white panel and glue gel to attach the coloured in digi stamp.  I shaped the flower shapes and doubled them up before attaching them and the leafy branches to the card front.  I coloured in some Card Candi with an Imperial Purple FlexMarker and put them in the centres of the flowers using glue gel.  I also put some dots near the edge of the background mats.  A few uncoloured Card Candi finished off the card.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in.)
  2. Part of the card front at a different angle.

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JEWELLERY:

As these pieces of jewellery take a bit of time, and a whole lot of breaks and wiggleing of fingers, for me to create I have several not quite finished and put onto necklaces at the moment, as well as a few part made pieces.

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  1. A “night time” “Tree of Life” pendant.
  2. Close-up of the “moon” and “leaves”.
  3. A braid I’ve been working on.  It’s in 4 shades of rat-tail cord and will be used with another “Tree of Life” pendant I’m working on that has green seed bead “leaves”.
  4. A close-up of the braid.

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CUTTING WORK FOR TINA FITCH:

I’’ve been cutting out some more cards, using my Brother ScanNCut, that the super tallented Tina Fitch is currently designing.  I’m not totally happy with the cutting of the second layer of this card, but the top layer is stunning, with very fine lines of arches and scrolls cut beautifully.

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  1. Deco Card – SNC by Tina Fitch (All the layers of this have been cut out of American Crafts 216gsm cardstock.  I used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the second layer to the card front and quick grab wet glue to attach the top layer.)

I’’ve got some more work on the go for Tina, so keep an eye on my blog over the next few weeks for more to appear.

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You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
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Apr 202014
 

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An Update, A Few Musings, And Some Crafted Items

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He is risen!

I wish you all a happy and blessed Easter.

I’ve come back after a lovely service at our chapel, had an Easter Egg treasure hunt with the two youngest nephews, and now I’m back in bed with my laptop, relaxing and finishing off this blog post.

Rather than searching for the eggs becoming a fight between the brothers as to who’s found the most and who saw it first – I do the hunt as a clue based treasure hunt, and I hide eggs with two different coloured foil wrappings and give them a colour each to look for.  Only if they work together to decifer the clues and find all the eggs – 5 small ones each in today’s hunt – do they get their larger eggs – which this year were ones in mugs.

With it being a Sunday, and especially Easter Sunday, with the extra things going on, I’ve not got a lot of new crafting to show you – though I’m sure it won’t come as a surprise that Easter eggs have found their way in.  I hope you like the small number of items in this post today.

You’ll find my makes after my musings.

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MUSINGS:

I’m back musing on a similar theme to my last post, though not as long or as deep I hope.

Although I’d watched some craft on TV while I was still working, I’ve watched a lot over the last few years since I had to give up work due to ill health.  Sometimes a presenter asks a question regarding whether purchesers are allowed to sell things they make using items bought, be these paper kits, digital material on CD-ROMs, physical crafting stamps, or other crafting item – and quite often the answer will be – “Oh yes!  We have an Angel Policy”.  Sometimes they will go on to elaborate, but quite often it’s just left there – as if the words “Angel Policy” explains everything.  But of course it doesn’t.  Every company could have slightly different wordings in their “Angel Policy” depending on what they are selling, sometimes different terms for different items sold by the same company depending on whether they licenced artwork with specific terms or created artwork used in-house.  Yes, an “Angel Policy” usually allow some form of selling of finished hand crafting items for charities or for small scale personal profit – but some have a limit on numbers – it isn’t a “do whatever you like” policy across the board of all companies.

So what is an “Angel Policy”.

I’ve been having a read around some policies and this is the best description of what an “Angel Policy” is that I can come up with, using wording from more than one source as a basis:

“An Angel Policy is a form of limited license that specifies how an image can be used and any specific requirements of the artist. Basically, it describes under what circumstances you can make and sell items created using a company’s artwork, in whatever format you purchase that artwork.  If an Angel Policy doesn’t specifically say that something isn’t allowed this doesn’t mean that you should assume it is allowed.

As a customer, you usually buy the right to USE the image purchased, but you do NOT own the copyright to the image. The copyright of an image generally remains with the artist or company.”

So what sorts of things appear in various companies “Angel Policies”?

I’ve looked more at the “Angel Policy” or “Terms of Use” of physical crafting stamp companies and those that sell digi-stamps, but of course other items used in crafting usually have ToU, even if you can’t see them on the item itself (it is an unfortunate fact that some companies only have their ToUs on their websites – not something I’m happy about as it doesn’t give purchesers of physical, rubber or clear, crafting stamps in shops the chance to agree or disagree before purchasing – or on wrapping that becomes detached from products, but it doesn’t change the fact that ToUs exist, and it doesn’t change the fact the these items are copyrighted to the creator or company, and Copyright means the right of the creator to decide who can copy their creation – it doesn’t mean that everybody has the right to copy).

These are just a random assortment of things I’ve found in various companies’ policies, from the list of companies provided – here – so be aware that you do need to check ToUs for things you use if you intend to sell:

“Images are intended for your personal use only”
“Only the single, original purchaser has the right to use the product. Please do not share with friends and family (this is stealing).”
“This is offered only for personal use—it may NOT be used for commercial reproduction. You may sell handmade cards, but not the images themselves.”
“The image may be colored digitally or traditionally.”
“You may make HANDCRAFTED cards, scrapbook pages or home decor”
“NO electronic file sharing – please refer others to our website”
“You may not post any uncoloured, unwatermarked images on your website or blog”
“By purchasing you are entering into a license agreement.”
“When you purchase you agree with all these terms”
“Each craftwork created for sale must be personally and individually hand-stamped by the seller and may not be reproduced or copied in any form by any means, graphic, electronic, or mechanical, including photocopying”
“The selling/swapping of pre-stamped images is strictly prohibited”
“PLEASE DO NOT post my un-watermarked digital stamp images in Pinterest. Card samples and Pins from my Etsy store are OK.”
“All hand made creations must be full projects or cards, not just stamped images.”
“A maximum of 100 hand-stamped items (and NOT 100 hand-stamped items per stamp design) in the form of handmade cards is permitted for sales purposes by the artist individual.”
“Credit for the stamped images and © ??? must appear on the back of your items. Credit for the stamping company from which the stamp is licensed may also be made.  You may hand-write my name and copyright on the back of your card/item in a visible area.”
“This credit info/link MUST BE placed where ever the art is sold, used or displayed. If you do not wish to do this you MUST purchase a commercial (no credit) license”
“Give credit to us and our artists whenever possible. Your efforts are appreciated, but not required.”
“By downloading our digital stamps or buying our clear polymer stamps, you are accepting that the files/stamps are only for personal use by the purchaser in small scale craft projects.”
“Digi stamps may be flipped, rotated, scaled and cropped to suit your requirements.”
“Graphics can not be altered or added to and be claimed as your own”

So you see – some digi-stamp companies allow for flipping or cropping of their images while another say their images may not be altered; some say that you may sell handmade cards while others give a wider scope of handcrafted items; some say that you can colour in a digi-stamp either digitally or traditionally, whereas others I’ve seen say that their digi-stamps must be printed out first before colouring; some say you must clearly mark on your projects stating who’s the copyright owner of the image, whereas others say it’s nice but not a nececity, and others I’ve seen say it’s only needed if photos of the creation are put online; some allow small scale selling for the crafter’s gain, some allow small scale selling up to a certain number for either an artist, theme, or individual stamp, some may only allow selling for charities.

So please be aware that there are differences in Angel Policies and as a crafting customer you are buying a limited licence to use crafting consumables and equipment in specific ways that depend on the artist and company concerned.

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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 quite simple card where the detail all comes from a cutting file.  I’ve been liking cutting layers out of patterned papers, rather than plain cardstock lately.  Fine printed patterns give a nice effect and cutting flowers out for a floral embelishment at the same time will give co-ordination to the card.

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  1. SVG Filigree Frames & Mats by Angela Burke, Strawberry Shortcake Papers by Janette Padley and I think the two lighter papers may be Past & Present Paper Pack by Janette Padley, only printed when the ink was running out so a lighter colour than they should be (I printed some of the required backgrounds onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I cut the layers of my chosen frame and mat out using my digital cutting machine from the printed backgrounds.  I also cut out some little flowers from the same backgrounds at the same time.  I used quick grab wet glue to stick the top layer to the next layer, and then used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to stick the frame to the back mat.  This was then attached to the front of my card using 1mm deep double sided foam tape.  I used glue gel to double up the flower layers and attach them to the card, which is a 6″ square, scalloped edge, card, and finished off by putting small faux sticky back pearls in the centre of each flower.  The greeting is “Diolch” – which is Welsh for “Thank You”.)
  2. An angled view of the card showing some of the dimension.

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BOXES:

As my father is a diabetic he can’t have ordinary Easter eggs, and although there are ones available in diabetic chocolate these are usually very expensive.  Therefore, so that we could give him something during out Easter Egg Treasure Hunt this afternoon, I bought some sugar free sweets that he can have (Werther’s Sugar Free) and made a special box to put them in.  This is what it looked like.

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  1. Little Chicks Backing Paper on Blue by Sheila Rodgers (I printed this background pattern out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and used it to make a gift box.  After printing I just used my Hougie Board to score where needed, cut where required, folded all the score lines and then used quick grab wet glue to attach the corners.  I tied a spotty ribbon around and put put on a little gift tag made from the left over cardstock onto which I’d decoupaged one of the chicks using glue gel for dimension.)
  2. The same box from another angle.

I bought a box full of “egg hunt” eggs for the Egg Tressure hunt.  Some of these I used as little gift eggs for family and friends as there were far too many for the nephews to have them all in their treassure hunt.  I boxed and decorated the ones I gave like this –

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  1. Easter Chickens with Daisies and Eggs Backing Paper by Apetroae Stefan (I printed the backing paper 4 to a page onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock several times.  I printed them 4 to a page because I wanted the pattern to be smaller as I was making quite small finished objects.  I used the sheets to make little boxes which are 7cm high and 4.5cm square base.  I just used my Hougie Board to score the sizes needed, folded and cut where required and stuck them together using red-backed tape.  I used my pokey tool to put a hole in the top, threaded some jute cord and attached a little gift card made from the left over background.  For the larger egg I just cut a strip of the background and wrapped around, using the same tape to attach, cut a small chick out as embelishment and used a piece of spotty ribbon to attach the greeting tag.  A Simple but effective way to jaz up Easter eggs.)
  2. The two boxes for the smaller eggs.
  3. Close-up of one of the boxes with its simple tag.
  4. Close-up of the larger egg with its simple tag.

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CUP UPDATE:

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Crafting Mid April 2014

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Apr 192014
 

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An Update, Some Musings, A Few Cards And A Small Mat

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On Wednesday I had a cutting out day using my Brother ScanNCut machine.  For cutting out quick mats for layering, and some simple shapes it is very good, and easier than getting my Cameo out and connecting it up to my laptop.  But I really don’t think that it is up to the standard of the Cameo for intricate cutting.  I also think that the blades are not good enough.  Other than one slip-up with the first blade when I forgot to change the depth when I changed my cardstock, I’ve not been cutting deeply into the carrier mats, or trying to cut out any of the really think stuff that is advertised that it can cut, but I’ve been finding that the blades are not as long lived as I would think that they should be.  I even had a project that involved lots of pieces being cut out of a standard 12″ x 12″ American Crafts 216gms cardstock starting off cutting perfectly, but without cutting through the mat so was at the correct depth of blade, and then half way through it stopped cutting, just marking the surface.  No gradual worsoning of the cut or anything, just went from perfect cut to not cut at all.  I’m going to have to go back and re-do some of the cutting as it simply isn’t good enough.

I’ve not made up all the things I did manage to cut yet, but you will see some of the cutting I did on the small number of cards I’ve got to show you today.  I hope you like them.

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MUSINGS:

(The following musings are my personal thoughts as the result of information I’ve read, both on the “Stamp Out Stamp Theft” group on Facebook and elsewhere online.  I’ve not studied law, so could have misunderstood some of the technicalities and small print of some of the laws involved, so don’t take my word for anything without doing your own research and contacting an expert in the field if you are worried about what you are or are not allowed to do with “crafting stamps”).

OK – how many of you have heard of the latest scheme to make money from your crafting equipment?  The one where you lease/rent out any rubber or clear stamps you’ve bought!

Only one problem – If you read the “Terms of Use” or” Angel Policies” of the companies who create these stamps, using artwork either created in-house or licenced, none that I’ve heard of list leasing/renting out of the actual stamps for others to stamp as much as they want and then return the stamps to the physical stamp owner as being allowed (any more than you are allowed to stamp out the images using stamps you’ve bought and then sell, share, or swap the stamped images with others).  In fact, most ToU or policies that I’ve read actually say that the purchaser of the stamp is only allowed to use the stamps for their own “personal use”, sometimes also for creating crafted items to sell on and make money either for the purchaser or a charity.

The price paid by crafters who buy rubber or clear stamps in effect includes a personal use licence – but the leasing, or renting out, of stamps isn’t personal use – it’s commercial!  And commercial use of the images means paying the copyright owner for a commercial licence – But why worry about a little thing like the law and providing an income for the artists/designers to live on!  Let’s find a way to make as much money as possible by making stamp rental a commercial enterprise and forget about the starving artists.

Never fear – one person who, despite copyright law pertaining to the actual images on the stamps and any ToU or policies, has decided to go ahead and create a business leasing out “crafting stamps” and has worked out a way around this little legal issue – she’s written it into her own Copyright and Terms of Use notification – “Through Your use of the Site and lease of the crafting stamps, you agree to abide by any applicable and lawful limitations on the use of the crafting stamps during the lease period” – so any customer is agreeing to abide by any “lawful limitations” on the use of the stamps while they lease the stamps – without telling them that actually the stamps are only legaly allowed to be used “for the Personal Use” of the person who bought them and leasing the “crafting stamp” doesn’t legally allow the person who has the “crafting stamp” out on loan to stamp anything with them.

Now, I’m assuming that anybody who’s read this far does have some common sense, and by now you’ll be thinking that if this company does go ahead and actually lease out stamps (if anybody actually pays to join their leasing scheme and stamps are sent out on loan) that the copyright owners of the actual images, or their agents, will sue this company, and the stamp leasing company will have their comeuppance.  You’d think so wouldn’t you – but anybody thinking about paying this stamp leasing company to receive the stamps on loan would do well to really read the Terms and Conditions – “The Site might also include trademarks, service marks, or copyrighted materials that belong to third parties.  These other trademarks, service marks, or copyrighted materials are the property of their respective owners. You agree to indemnify and hold Creative Therapy LLC harmless from any claim or suit due to Your use of these other properties without the permission of the proper party. You also agree to reimburse Creative Therapy LLC for all losses, attorneys’ fees and costs that Creative Therapy LLC incurs in connection with such claim or suit.” – So everybody who pays the lease fees should be aware that “Your use of these other properties without the permission of the proper party” makes the person who has the stamps out on rent, not the stamp leasing company, responsible for “all losses, attorneys’ fees and costs that Creative Therapy LLC incurs in connection with such claim or suit“.

I’m sure that some of you are now curious as to how much you’ll need to pay the company for this dubious chance to pay all their legal fees, etc., – “A low monthly charge provides you access to thousands of stamps“.  That’s nice – “a low monthly charge” doesn’t sound too bad.  People are bound to be tempted by that – cheaper than buying a couple of stamps or stamp sets a month that might only get used a dozen or so times. Woa! – “Starting as low as $29.99 per month!” – that soesn’t sound “low” to me.  Must mean that I’ll get to rent a lot at at the same time – “Plans start from two sets and go up to four sets a month“, “Each stamp set is on a 5X7 piece of acetate“, “You cannot have more sets then your plan amount in your possession at a given time” – so only 2 sets out on loan at any one time for $29.99.  Oh, but there is a positive side “You may exchange the sets as often as you like! Creative Therapy pays shipping both ways.”  That’s nice – the fee includes postage, “we provide a postage paid envelope for each stamp set, so return them when you are finished.”  But what happens if you loose the envelope – “Because it is a very large part of the cost of rental, we cannot replace it. You must send the stamps back at your own cost.”  But what if for some reason the stamps get lost, say a house fire, or the envelope doesn’t arrive back with them, or perhaps never arrives with you in the first place – “You will be charged to replace them. If they are still available, it will be the retail price for them. If they are no longer available, it will be $40.”  What!?  That much!  Well I suppose for the business it makes good sense and a good way to get more money in.

I’ve no idea how much of their playing around with words is legally binding, if any is at all.  And I’ve no idea whether any companies who’s stamps are listed on the site as being available for leasing will legaly challenge the company.  I do know that I won’t be considering signing up – well I couldn’t in any case – “The information on this Site is intended for residents in the United States and those seeking residency in the United States, in particular in certain localities where Creative Therapy LLC currently does business, and it could contain information about products or services that are not available in Your jurisdiction.  In the event Creative Therapy LLC does not offer products or services in a particular jurisdiction, this Site shall not be construed as a solicitation to do business in another jurisdiction.”  I haven’t spotted yet where the company “currently does business“, but do see that they say “These Terms shall be governed by the laws of the state of Delaware, United States, without regard to conflict of law provisions“, but I don’t believe that the address they give for returning stamps if you’ve lost the pre-paid envelope is anywhere near Delaware – but there again, I’m not really up on my American geography.

Is any of this money making scheme legal – I don’t believe so, but I’ve already said that I’m no legal expert so the stamp compaines, artists, and their legal teams will have to sort the legalities out.

What I know is that it certainly isn’t very nice.  If people are shareing, renting, stamping and selling or swaping stamped images, then far more people are using stamped images than have actually paid for the right to do so, and artists and stamp compaines are loosing out on income – and no income means that they go elsewhere to make a living, so no more creation of new stamps for crafters to use.

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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 thought I’d give you a quick reminder about the challenge running this month on the ”Stampin’ with the Dragon” challenge blog – the theme for April is : Spring Time.

One thing that we’ve had a lot of here this spring is – rain.  So I thought I’d grab one of the freebies that’s available to the Stamping Dragon Designs Facebook group members – a boot – and make it a focal point of a card.  The backgrounds are from elsewhere, but in the end I decided on doing the boot twice to make a pair.  What do you think of it?

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  1. Boot by Janette Padley – available as a freebie for Stamping Dragon Designs Facebook group members – and Rainy Days Digital Papers by Amanda Vande Zande (The digi-stamp was printed onto 250gsm Super Smooth cardstock twice and then coloured in using my ProMarkers – the colours I used were: Green Shoot and Canary.  I took several of the designs from the papers pack into one of my graphics packages and cropped, resized, and moved around, until I was happy with the layout for a 20cm square card front.  On the rest of my A4 working area I put two further small panels, one with the welly background and one with a small piece of the raindrop background.  I printed the sheet out onto 250gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock and cut out the main panel.  I went round the edge of this using the same green pen I’d used when colouring the two boots.  I made a 21cm square base card from hammered cardstock and attached the created panel to it using finger-lift tape.  I then used glue gel to attach the digi-stamped boots after I’d cut them out and shaped them.  I finished off by cutting up the two other panels of backgrounds to create little embelishment boots to stick on the top and bottom right of my card and water “splashes” coming from the boots.)
  2. Angled view of the card to show the dimension – I think the “splashed water” shows better in this photo because I shaped them a bit before attaching with glue gel.

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  1. Rainy Days Digital Papers by Amanda Vande Zande and Marci with Umbrella (with Sentiments) Digi Stamp from La-La Land Crafts (The background for this card was created exactly the same as for the previous card, only this time I stuck it onto an 8″, or 20cm, square base card, so there’s no white margin showing. I actually think I prefer it with the white margin on a 21cm square card – what do you think?  The digi-stamp was printed onto the same 250gsm Super Smooth cardstock at smaller than the size provided. This was also coloured in using ProMarkers plus a couple of FlexMarkers.  This time the colours used were: Canary, Summer Sun, Gold, Green Shoot, Cappuccino, and Light Fawn. After colouring in the image I cut it out, shaped it a bit and used glue gel to attach it to the card front.  I again cut boots and raindrops from the extra background pieces to embelish the card front.)
  2. An angled view of part of the previous card to show the dimension.

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  1. Scrolls Frame and Layers SVG by Ann Smith and Strawberry Shortcake Papers by Janette Padley (I printed out three of the backgrounds from the papers kit onto 250gsm Super Smooth cardstock before feeding them into my machine and cutting out three of the layers of the cutting file.  The fourth layer I cut out of white, linen textured, cardstock.  I took a 6″ square, scalloped edge, white base card, scored it at the half way point of the front using my Hougie Board and folded to make an easel.  I used quick grab wet glue to glue the top three layers of the frame together and then clear foam squares to attach the frame to the back layer before attaching the bottom of this to the front half of my card using finger-lift tape.  While cutting out the frames I also dotted some flower shapes and a greetings panel over the background areas not used and I then used these to decorate my card, using 2mm deep foam tape to attach the greetings panel as a stopper and glue gel to attach the flowers after shaping them a bit.  The greeting I’ve got on this card is “Dioloch” – which is Welsh for “Thank You”.)
  2. Angled view of previous card to show dimension.

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  1. Disabled Kids Digital Stamps 4 by Angela Wenke, and Blue Harmony Papers by Janette Padley and Green Green Grass Papers by Janette Padley (I printed the digi-stamp out onto 250gsm Super Smooth cardstock at smaller than the size provided and then coloured it in using my ProMarkers and FlexMarkers.  The colours I used were: Cinnamon, Auburn, Tan, Yellow, Cool Grey 3, Cool Grey 4, Cool Grey 5, Prussian, and Reef Blue.  I also printed out 3 blue backgrounds and 2 green background onto the same type of cardstock.  I cut out graduated size mats from two of the blue backgrounds and one of the green using my Brother ScanNCut.  I also cut out grass and leafy branches from the other green background and a different shaped mat from the other blue background.  I created a 7″ square base card from hammered cardstock and attached the elements to the card using a variety of different sticky stuff from my crafting stash.)
  2. Angled view of an area of the previous card to show dimension.

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USING RAGS AND REMNANTS:

This little rug is made in exactly the same way as the fluffy one to put by the shower that I showed you in my previous blog post, but this time, rather than using the fluffiest fleace fabric strips I used really tough upholsery type material strips to make a little mat to put just inside the door to wipe wet shoes on.

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  1. This is the piece after I’d completed weaving the strips back and fore, but before I took it off the loom.
  2. A closeup of the finished piece.
  3. The finished mat after taking off the loom.

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  • Tuesday, 15th April – Here! – NEW CUP TV, Designer Discounts & Stunning Community Cards
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Apr 152014
 

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Crafting – But Not A Card In Sight

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It isn’t often I make a post with no papercrafting whatsoever to show you. But I’ve not made any cards over the weekend, but made a couple of jewellery items and been back rag-rugging.  So today, these are what I’ve got to show you.

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USING RAGS AND REMNANTS:

Having watched some programs on using rags on Create & Craft I decided to do some weaving with lengths of cut up fleece.  This has made a very soft little mat for the nephews to put in front of their shower at home to stand on while they dry.  It was a quick project on a small loom.  If a larger mat would be needed it would be easy enough to make several of these panels and sew them together, but they’ve only got small feet.  One of the nephews was watching TV with me when I was finishing making this and I let him remove it from the loom – he wasn’t totally convinced that it wouldn’t completely fall loose once it was removed and was delighted when it remained in one piece and felt so soft and fluffy – he had to take his socks off and stand on it straight away just to make sure it was right for the job intended.

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  1. This is the loom I used.
  2. This is the resulting little soft mat.

With all the little bits of fleace left over after trimming the strips needed for the above little mat, and the three rag rugs that each of my two youngest nephews and myself are working on, I was wondering what to do with them.  Then I saw them make “pebble cushions” on the same show.

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  1. These involve cutting shapes that are roughly circular, and I mean roughly here – I’m not trying to be anywhere near acurate about it – of various sizes.  I then gathered up the edges and stuffed them with the little left over trimmings from the other projects.  Only made five “pebbles” so far, but I’ve got enough pieces to make the circles and plenty of little bits for filling left to make a lot more.  Once I’ve got enough made I’ll sew them together as the top of a cushion.  So this is a work in progress – keep an eye out for future pictures of my progress.

I’ve been working on my rag rug for months now.  Doing a little bit in front of the TV of an evening a couple of times a week.  I can’t do a lot in one go, so it is slow going, but I am seeing the area done growing and the area left shrinking.  I’ve shown you my progress a few times before, but I thought I’d show you how far I’ve got with it by now.

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  1. This is how my rag rug looked when I last showed you in my post of the 5th March.
  2. This is how my rag rug looks now.  As you can see, the central, unmade, area is shrinking slowly.

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JEWELLERY:

I saw a “Tree of Life” pendent being made on Create & Craft last week and thought – “I’m sure I’ve got enough bits in my crafting stash to make one of those without having to buy anything else”.  So out came my pack of freshwater pearls and my case of jewellery wire, and a couple of tools, and the result follows.

Also on C & C on another show I saw a bracelet made with a combination of beaded Kumihimo and Shamballa style knotting.  So out came my Rat-tail cord, S-lon cord, some small glass pearl beads and a Mix and Mingle bead.  The resulting bracelet also follows.

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  1. Tree of Life pendant made using freshwater pearls and two widths of silver tone jewellery wire.  I actually used a fly spray tin as a form to wrap around the thickets wire to make the circular shape for the pendant.  I then cut five long pieces of the thinner wire, folded them in half and wrapped around the thick wire at the bottom of my pendant a few times to make the roots.  The shape was then made up of twisting then twisting some more, feeding on some beads and kinking the wire before twisitn on the ten ends as branches.
  2. Close-up of one area of the wire-work.

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  1. I started this by cutting four long lengths of the rat-tail and four of the same length of the S-Lon cords.  I tied a knot in the centre points of these and threaded it down through the centre of my Kumihimo round disk.  10 beads were put onto the four S-Lon cords.  I did a couple of passes of all the cords to make a short braid piece before I started passing the beads down, one every time I passed an S-Lon cord over.  After using up all the beads I did a few more passes to again make a short piece of plain braid before knotting off the S-Lon cords.  I removed the braid from the Kumihim tool, unknotted the central knot, fed the Mix and Mingle bead down the cords and fed the braided cord down the hole in the tool and repeated the braiding process, again passing beads one by one down the S-lon every time I passed an S-lon cord over.  After the Kuminimo braiding was finished I used two of the rat-tail cords as the centre and knotted the other two around it, Shamballa style, on both sides, until the bracelet was the desired size.  I finished off by knotting a piece over both ends as the clasp.
  2. Close-up of the area near the Mix and Mingle bead.

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FLOWER ARRANGEING:

On Sunday it was my turn to put flowers in the front for the service.  I have to admit that I really not a good flower arranger.  I just went out to the garden on Sunday morning with some loppers and a bucket and picked an assortment of what was in bloom and some varigated leaf twigs to fill in.  I then went up to our chapel and put the flowers into the vase in the flower display holder, trying to space them out a bit.  Whatever had short stems were showing towards the bottom and whatever had long stems were taller in the vase – and that was it.  No skill required.

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  1. My “flowers from my garden” display.
  2. Closer look at the flowers.

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Apr 132014
 

Just a quick post this time to show you one card I received and one I sent.  Now that I’ve received a message from my swap partner that the card I sent has been received I can show you the creations.

My partner for the March Card Swap on the “Stamping Dragon Designs” group on FB was Vicky Fortier. 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 March Card Swap was – “Mother’s Day”.

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CARD RECEIVED:

This is the card I received from Vicky.  You can see more of her crafting on her blog – Here!

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Thank you so much Vicky. I love it.  The sentiment is just perfect.  A really lovely cellebration of love and family and home – the sort of things you think about when you hear the word – mother.

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CARD SENT:

This next one is the card that I sent Vicky – 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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Angled Views

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Details:

Mothers Love Mini Theme by Janette Padley (I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do for this card swap until I saw the Mini Kit by Janette, the designer at Stamping Dragon Designs.  Then I did a search on the word “mother” on the Internet and it came up with the quote “That best academy, a mother’s knee” by James Russell Lowell and I thought the two would go together perfectly.  I started this project by taking elements from the kit into one of my graphics packages and playing around with the layout until I was happy with it.  I printed it out onto 250gsm white cardstock and then cut out the card topper layer and added elements.  I took some lace and attached it to the back of the card front using ultra tacky double sided tape, before attaching the card front to my base card using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  The base card being an 8″ square cream card.  I used the same foam tape to attach the circular additions to the right hand side and shaped the flowers before attaching them using glue gel.)

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Even More April 2014 crafting

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Apr 112014
 

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An Update, Three Cards and a Wall Hanging

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Hello everybody.  I’ve not got quite as many items to show you today.  The third card is a ballerina which is quite a classic image for a little girl’s card, but the first card has a little girl in a wheelchair on it.  Something a bit different I thought, remembering that there are children who are confined to wheelchairs and can’t run around on their own two legs for whatever reason.  The second card is quite a general card as dolphins are loved by males and females, young and old.  For this card I’ve purpously off-set the layers from each other for a bit of a different look.

I hope you like what I’ve got to show you this time and will leave a comment at the end.  I love reading your comments and finding out which card or other creation has caught your eye in each post.

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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.)

The photos are not as good as I’d have liked today, due to bad light conditions I think.  The colours are a little more washed out than they are in reality.

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  1. Disabled Kids Digital Stamps 2 by Angela Wenke and Pastel Tartan Paper 9 by Sheila Rodgers (I printed the digi-stamp out at smaller than the size provided onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then coloured it in using my ProMarkers and Flex Markers..  The colours I used are: Tulip Yellow, Gold, Cool Grey 3, Cool Grey 4, Cool Grey 5, Fushia Pink, Peony, Blush, Green Shoot, Grass, Forest Green, Dove Grey. I then put the sheet into my ScanNCut machine and used the Direct Cut function to cut out the stamp, as an alternative to using scissors, without doing any saving of the image.  I also printed out the background onto the same sort of cardstock.  I used my ScanNCut to make mats using the background and some white Bazzil cardstock from my crafting stash.  I also used my ScanNCut to make little floral and leaf embelishments, and found a strip of previously cut out lace border in my box of bits which I coloured green to match.  I went round the edge of the mats, and a 7″ square white card with two of the green ProMarkers I’d used on the image before using  glue gel, finger-lift tape, and 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach all the elements to my card.  I finished off by adding sticky back, faux pearls, to the centre of my flowers.  I’ve not put a greeting on the panel yet as I’m not sure what language the card will be needed in.)
  2. Close-up of an area of the card at an angle to try and show dimension.

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  1. Ocean Blue Dolphin by Pauline Black (I printed the sheet out at smaller than the size provided onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then background scanned it into my ScanNCut and placed a shape from within the machine over it to cut out the round ended topper panel.  I also cut the same shape, made larger, from a green and a blue Bazzil cardstock to make the mats, and some flourish frond shapes out of the green as embelishments.  I took an off-white A5 card and went round the sides using an Aegean coloured ProMarker.  I built up the topper, offset, onto the mats using glue gel, and wrapped some of the embelishments around.  This was then stuck to the front of my card using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I used glue gel to attach the rest of the shapes to the card front and finished off by putting on some sticky backed, faux gems.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.)
  2. Angled view of previous card.

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  1. Ballerina Girl Digital Stamp by Angela Wenke (The digi-stamp was printed onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at a smaller size than provided.  I then coloured it in using my FlexMarkers.  The colours I used were: Auburn, Terracotta, Light Fawn, Almond, Heather, Wild Orchid.  I then put the sheet into my ScanNCut machine and used the Direct Cut function to cut out the stamp, as an alternative to using scissors, without doing any saving of the image.  I took a 6″ square cream coloured card, went around the edge with a purple FlexMarker and then put strips of white lace over it, attaching on the inside using ultra tacky tape.  I took three pieces that I’d cut out using my ScanNCut that were leftovers from previous projects and also went around the edges using the purple FlexMarker.  I used glue gel to attach all the pieces, finishing off the card with a bow of lace and some sticky back, faux, pearls.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in.)
  2. Close-up of an area of the card at an angle to try and show dimension – the white lace has caused a bit of a white flare on this picture and isn’t as clear as on the first.

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WALL HANGING:

This is what I made for the “Stamping Dragon Designs” Facebook Group‘s “colouring” challenge for this month.  Each month we get a digital download from Stamping Dragon Designs to work with, the only rule being that if you request the digital file you post a photo with something crafted with it before the end of the month.  This month we were given one, circular, element form the “Home Tweet Home”collection.  I decided to challenge myself to make something using just the provided element with paper, cardstock and glue.  In the end I did add some clear jewellery wire as well.

The wording on this says: “Of all things that inspire and delight, the best to behold is nature in flight!”

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  1. Home Tweet Home”collection  (I took the element into one of my graphics packages and re-sized it, making two copies and making one smaller than the other.  I then made a second copy of each size to decoupage.  I found some printable, silver, acetate in my crafting stash and printed onto this.  I cut out one element as a complete circle and cut out the rest as pieces.  I cut out a circle that was just larger than the element out of silver mirror paper, and a larger circle out of black cardstock.  I used glue gel to attach the layers together.  For the smaller bird I poked a hole through at the wing level and threaded through the clear beading wire with a knot at the end.  I then put glue gel over this and put a wing to decoupage over the top. The bird on the round plaque also has an added wing layer.  I stuck the other end of the clear wire behind the circle using ultra tacky tape, and used the same tape to attach a loop of black card at the top of the circle as well.)
  2. The “hanging” bird against a white background.
  3. The “hanging” bird against a window.

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Further April 2014 Crafting

 Posted by at 04:35 pm
Apr 092014
 

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An Update, A Few Cards and Other Bits

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 Well at least I’m feeling better this week than I was last week, and have managed bits of crafting, though I’m still feeling very tired.

Some of you may remember me saying that I didn’t intend to rush out and buy the Brother ScanNCut from the first batch that Create & Craft advertised – not until I was sure I’d have good use out of it and that it would do more or different things than my lovely Silhoutte Cameo can do – plus I’d need to save up for it if I did decide to go for it.  Well I could see me using it, and my mother said that I’d be getting some money for my birthday from her, which I’d get before all the flexi pays were due, so I went ahead and got it.  If you call round my blog regularly you’ll already have seen some of the things I’ve done using it, including my Mother’s Day card for my mother, but today I’ve got more than one card to show you that I’ve used my ScanNCut to cut out matting and layering and embelishments – plus a card that really shows how intricate you can go (right at the bottom) – I hope you like them all.  You’ll be seeing me use it more over the coming months I think.

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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. Hoppy takes Cover by Janette Padley (I printed the sheet out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at smaller than the size provided and then coloured in using my ProMarkers and FlexMarkers.  The colours I used were: Red Violet, Canary, Nutmeg, Shale, Meadow Green, Buttercup, Dove Grey.  I put the sheet into my ScanNCut machine and background scanned it before choosing a shape, re-sizing it, and putting it at the position required to cut out the topper.  The same shape was enlarged twice to cut out two mats to go under the image from assorted cardstock from my crafting stash.  I also used my ScanNCut to cut out a snail embelishment using a cutting file that’s included in the machine and a flourish frond.  I went round the outside of a 6″ square, scalloped edged, white base card using a Apple Cider ProMarker before using glue gel, finger-lift tape, and 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach everything to my card front.)
  2. Angled look at part of the card to try and show dimension.
  3. Slightly closer look than previous.

I’m sure most of you who visit my blog regularly will have realised that I’m not realy into “steampunk”, but I thought I’d have a go at makeing a card in this style just in case I was called upon to provide a card for somebody who is really into the theme – but I must admit to useing a background where the elements of the theme were already in place and just stuck a hot air baloon on top, so didn’t have to do anything really grungy or messy myself.

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  1. Red Vintage Steampunk Backing by Karen Wyeth (I printed the sheet at just under half size onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and then trimmed it.  I matted it onto red satin board and trimmed it to leave a small border using a Perfect Layers ruler, before attaching to the front of a white linen textured A5 base card using finger-lift tape.  I used my ScanNCut to cut out an oval and piece of the hot air baloon out of Bazzil cardsotck using shapes inbuilt into the machine.  The pieces were gently shaped before attaching them to the front of the card.  I finished off by drawing in some lines between ballon and basket.)
  2. Angled view of previous card to show the little dimension I’ve put in the hot air baloon.

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  1. Princess and Prince Digital Stamp 4 by Angela Wenke (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 and FlexMarkers.  The colours I used were: Terracotta, Nutmeg, Light Fawn, Almond, Blue Grey 3, Blue Grey 1, Purple Velvet, Aniseed, Canary, Gold, Dove Grey.  I also used silver and gold Wink of Stella brush pens on the crown, star, and boy’s tunic and sward.  I put the sheet into my ScanNCut and chose a shape for cutting out my topper, background scanning in the sheet to place the shape in the correct place at the correct size before cutting.  I then used the same shape, made a little larger to cut out a mat to go behind the image.  More Bazzil Bling cardstock was used to cut out a base card as well as embelishments for the card.  I used finger-lift tape, 1mm deep, double sided foam tape, and glue gel to attach everything to the card. )
  2. An angled, closer, look at part of previous card.

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SCRAPBOOK PAGE:

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  1. Francheska Elements by Janette Padley (I’ve used this kit to make a digital scrapbook layout.  I took a photo I’d taken years ago of some flowers in our garden, together with several elements from this kit, into one of my graphics packages.  I then resized, moved arround, added drop shaddow, etc., until I was happy with the scrapbook page layout and saved the resulting page.  Without the year on, and perhaps with a pyramage of the photo, I think that this would make a lovely card front as well.  The colours are quite autumnal, so would work with autumn photos, or would be great for male or vintage orientated projects.)

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EASTER HAT:

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This is an Easter Hat with a difference – well it’s certainly no traditional Easter Bonnet.  Over the last few years I’ve provided crafting consumables and equipment, and assisted the youngst nephews with a second pair of hands to hold things while they stuck, etc., for them to make Easter hats in the shape of top hats, boaters, feathery chicken hat out of an egg box with elastic under the chin to hold it in place, etc.  They really do like to be different each year.  This year we started making hats in more of a blowler hat shape.  But things were just not working as they should – probably because they were rushing because time was short and were not allowing enough time for the glue to set on one piece before having to try and shape the next bit.

The end result of the first attempt was that we had to admit defeat after quarter of an hour and get them to get their thinking caps on to come up with another idea.

Now some classes in their school make these hats as homework, and they get judged by the school cooks – the chosen winner receiving a large Easter egg at the end of term, and the rest receiving smaller eggs.  So the nephews had a brilliant idea that they’d have a much better chance of grabbing the cooks attention if they made their hats in the shape of chef’s hats!  Brilliant or what?!  Now I’d got bits left of the material I’ve been using as backs of quilted cushions, bags, etc., so out came that, and a big rotating board and some scissors, and we cut all the way around using that as a template to get big circles of material for the tops of the hats.  While one nephew tacked around the edges of both circles with his grandmother, I helped the other size strips of cardboard to fit around their heads, and then he used his hands and fingers to pull and curve the strips so that they went round their heads more comfortably once made into a circle.  To overcome the problem of glue drying time I got some of the red-backed ultra tacky tape out of my crafting bag and this was used to both attach the ends of the band together and to attach the gathered in top of the hat once the tacking was complete.  Good thing the boys fingers are small enough and nimble enough to get off the backing of the tape as I don’t give them craft knives to pick at the edges to lift.  After the youngest of the two was happy that he’d pressed and pressed all around enough to hold the top of the hat in place we put several sheets of Kitchen Paper inside the hat to help it hold its shape (didn’t want fancy tissue – kitchen paper was much more appropriate according to him).  A piece of ribbon was attached around the rim using the same strong tape.  Then he went through our paper stack to find a yellow sheet of paper in a shade he was happy with, onto which he drew lots of eggs using a template before cutting them out.  I gave him a syringe of glue gel, a small nozzled pot of wet glue, and a new vial of glitter, and off he went to decorate the rim of his hat.  More glue gel, rafia, feathers and Eggs were stuck to the top of the hat – well cooks do need lots of eggs to do their cooking don’t they!  Thankfully it was agreed that real eggs would have been a bit too large and the risk of scrambled eggs was too high to use them as decoration.

The second hat has been formed but isn’t completely decorated yet – the youngster has started platting something to put round the rim.  We’ll have to wait to find out how his turns out and I’ll show you that at some point in the future if I manage to get photos before he takes it away.

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CUTTING WORK FOR TINA FITCH:

This is one of Tina’s designs that she asked me to cut out using my Brother ScanNCut for her.

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  1. With Sympathy Fancy Topper…ScanNCut Only (I created this base card by scoreing an A4 sheet of linen textured cardstock using my Hougie Board, folding and then trimming it to make a 5″ x 7″ base card.  I rounded the corners with a punch.  The layers of the cutting file were sized to fit this size of card ad cut out of a plain white 250gsm cardstock and a pale yellow, 250gsm linen textured cardstock using my Brother ScanNCut.  A lot of the little bits were left on the mat when the layers were lifted but I did have to use my pokey tool to push out others.  I then shaped the flowers and used wet glue to glue them.  I used both finger-lift tape and 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to buld up the layers of the topper in order, and then used some glue gel to attach the greetings, and flowers.  A really stunning topper I think – but please note, due to the very fine detail of the different layers of this topper I don’t think it’s suitable for cutting at any smaller than this.  The same design of topper is also available in different cutting file formats as well.)
  2. With bad weather and poor lightling I just couldn’t get a photo of the card I was totally happy with. This was another attempt at getting a good photo.  The yellow of the card is closer to the colour it appears on this one on my screen, though perhaps this one doesn’t show the depth of layers as well.
  3. A side view of the card in an attempt to show the depth of the card topper.

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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, 8th April – Here! – Bumper Paper Promo, Carol Dunne CUP TV, CUP Cards & 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.)

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Apr 082014
 

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An Update, Some Information About The Stamping Dragon Designs Facebook Group, And Some Cards

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 Well the hole from the tooth I had extracted by the dental surgeon at the clinic last week appears to be healing well, and I’ve slept a bit better the last couple of nights as well.  It’s funny how some pain I can practically ignore during the day became so much more anoying during the night, especially if I turned over onto the side that the extraction was on.  I’m hopeing I’ll be able to catch up on my sleep a bit now and not feel quite so exhausted, though of course my M.E. does tend to make me over-tired all the time in any case.

I have done a bit of crafting finished cards during the week, though nothing too complicated or ornate.  I’ve also done quite a bit of colouring in of digi-stamps in the night when I couldn’t get to sleep, or couldn’t get back to sleep after turning over onto the sore side.  I’ve not made these coloured digi-stamps into cards yet, so keep an eye out in future posts for some of those to appear, but in the meantime I’ll show you some of what I have completed.

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STAMPING DRAGON DESIGNS FACEBOOK GROUP:

SDDheaderFrom my posts on the 4th and the 7th you’ll now know that there have been some changes in the land of the “Stamping Dragon”.

In addition to already being on the Design Team for “The Dragons Den” – which is the inspiration and information blog of “Stamping Dragon Designs“, I’ve now joined the team that put inspiration pieces on the  ”Stampin’ with the Dragon” Challenge Blog.  (Don’t forget to pop over and enter as you can make one entry without using any SDD product, though you do need to use an SDD product if you want to make a second entry – and you have a chance of winning a £5 voucher to spend in the store – which is well worth a visit and a browse around because of the variety of digital downloads availabe.)

* But what I’ve want to tell you about today is the “Stamping Dragon Designs” Facebook Group – which you can go to by clicking -> Here!

With a lively group of “Dragonettes”, the group has an assortment of challenges and activities, in addition to having a chance to show off our projects made using SDD products, and the occasional sillyness and passing around of virtual cake (much less fattening than the real thing).  There’s even an album in the group where our “Dragon Queen”, Janette Padley, drops in some freebies that are only free for group members.

StampingDragonShopBadgeThe really good thing is that there is a “Loyalty Points Scheme” – Taking part in challenges and activities gets you loyalty points – plus there are often chances to win a free digi-stamp for one winner.  Once you have gathered 30 points, you will receive a free voucher for £3 to the SDD store.

Yes – I really did use the word FREE a few times in the last two paragraphs – and I know you all love FREE!  So please do consider clicking over to the group and putting in a request to join.

As an example of some activities and challenges running at the moment:

SittingFairyI’m running a “little extra fun” event to name one of the fairies that appear in some SDD digi-stamps and kits.  There’s a list of suggested names (as well as a link to a page with sound files where each of the names is spoken).  Everybody who writes their choice of name for the “Sitting Fairy”, from the list of names given, as a comment to the thread in the group, will get 1 loyalty point. From those who picked the most popular name Random will pick one of those who chose that name to receive 1 free digi-stamp!  This activity will run until the end of day 14-4-14.

There’s also a monthly “colouring” challenge.  At any point during the month you can request that month’s free digital file.  This is usally a digi-stamp, but this month it’s a pre-coloured element from the hugely popular “Home Tweet Home” range.  All you have to do with this free image is to create a project and upload a photograph before the end of the month.  Of course there’s a loyalty point for taking part and again a free digi-stamp for a randomly chosen winner.

So what are all you lovely crafters waiting for – come join us -> Here!

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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. Male Nurse Dude by Gordon Fraser (I printed the sheet onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I went round the outside edge of the base layer with a blue ProMarker before sticking it to the front of a white, linen textured, A5 base card.  I attached the blank greetings panel to the top left of the card using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I gently shaped the decoupage layers with my fingers before attaching them all in order using glue gel.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what lanaguage it will be needed in.)
  2. Angled view of previous card to try and show the rounded dimension of the decoupage.
  3. Male Nurse Dude Insert by Gordon Fraser (The sheet was printed onto 120gsm, good quality, white paper.  I then trimmed it, scored it and attached it inside the previous card using finger-lift tape.)

1cup519476_437 - card04 - Canoe-Kayak Dude Red Decoupage Sheet 2cup519476_437 - card02 - Canoe-Kayak Dude Red Decoupage Sheet

  1. Canoe/Kayak Dude (Red) Decoupage Sheet by Gordon Fraser and Waves Scene by Gordon Fraser (I printed both sheets out at half size onto 250gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock.  Both sheets were cut out, with the scene being trimmed to shorter than provided before being matted and layered onto a silver, holographic, paper using finger-lift tape.  I took an 8″ square, white, Crafty Bob card and stuck a layer of the same holographic paper to that before adding a layer of textured, pearlescent, cardstock from my crafting stash.  I gently shaped the layers of this decoupage before building up on my card using glue gel.  I’ve not added a greeting yet as I don’t know what occasion or language the card will be needed in.)
  2. Angled view of previous card to try and show some of the dimension.

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  1. Tree Sillohette by Janette Padley and Mini Dude Witch Decoupage Sheet by Gordon Fraser (I printed both the tree and decoupage out onto sheets of 250gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock at half size.  I then used a Circle Scissors to cout out the tree topper.  I took a silver Wink of Stella brush pen and went round the edge of the circle and also went over the edges of the branches to give it a twinkle.  I took an 8″ square, white, Crafty Bob card and attached a panel of black cardstock using finger-lift tape, and then attached the circle topper using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I went around the outside of the card with the Wink of Stella pen to add dots all the way around, and also over the black cardstock to add groups of sparkling dots.  I finished off by cutting, shapeing and attaching the decoupage layers using glue gel.)
  2. Angled view of previous card to try and show some of the dimension.

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  1. Fairy Acantha Cream Mini Gift Bag by Gordon Fraser (This card is made using elements left over from the sheets used to create the bag in the next section.  I just took a sheet of cream, hammered, cardstock and trimmed, scored it using a Hougie Board, and folded it, to make a little card.  I used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the greetings panel and the circular topper, and glue gel to attach the side elements.  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.

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BAG:

Perfect for giving a small gift that’s an odd shape to wrap.

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  1. Fairy Acantha Cream Mini Gift Bag by Gordon Fraser (I printed the sheet out twice onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock, choosing this weight card because I wanted a sturdy bag.  After cutting the pieces out I used my Hougie Board to score along all the indicated lines.  After folding and burnishing the folds I used ultra tacky double sided tape to attach the both halves of the bag together.  I also used the same tape to secure the base.  I twisted three strands of baker’s twine to make a handle for the bag, putting a hole near the edge of the top fold over and threading through before I folded down the top.  I created a simple tag from two of the additional elements, sandwiching a piece of the twine between the two pieces before I glued them together with quick grab wet glue.  I have used the other spare pieces to make a small, quick card, as well – which you can see above.)
  2. Closeup of the little tag I made using two elements from the sheet.

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:

Have a look – here – at my whole shop “Siop Crafftau MAES MIERI Crafts Shop” on craftybob.com.

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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, 4th April – Here! – Free CD Volume 92, 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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If you can’t see the comment box then there should be a link that says “Responses” and clicking on that will bring up the box

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