Further April 2014 Crafting

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An Update, A Few Cards and Other Bits


 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.



(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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  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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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.



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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