Crafting Into The 3rd Week Of May 2014

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An Update, A Few Cards and Braclet


 I do believe that spring is really hear now with the garden starting to grow wild.  So during the last week I’ve started puttering out the garden again.  I spent rather a lot of money at the garden centre the middle of last week – just to get a few bits – and I need to go back this week for some more.  I got a new wheelbarrow that I can just about manage to push short distances with a small load – though it’s also for the nephews to help me in the garden.  Wheelbarrow is blue, which is the favourite colour of one of the boys, but the other likes yellow – so we got a sheet of sticky back vinyl and got my ScanNCut to cut out a variety of different sized circles of yellow.  We had a relaxing hour out the garden Saturday afternoon, with them playing with their balls and skipping ropes, and while out there we stuck the yellow circles onto the wheelbarrow.  So now we have a decorated wheelbarrow that has both of the youngest nephews’ favourite colours on.  I’ll have to take a photo to show you before long.

The nephews are also into the elastic band friendship bracelets, having been given some by their friends in school and persuaded my brother to make them one each as well.  As it happened Beads Direct had a kit as a free gift a while ago and I’d got it then, so after supper on Saturday, before their mother collected them, we had a go at making them some more.  The box also showed tripple strand elastic band bracelets and I was asked to have a go at making some of those for them before they came back on Sunday.  I only managed to get a photo of the first one before they arrived, though I’d managed to make two.  But I’ve only got the one photo to show you.  They can make the single strand ones themselves, but have now asked for instructions on how to make the tripple strand ones so that they can make me one for my birthday, so that will be a project for when they visit at some point during the next few weeks.

Today’s small assortment of cards include a couple of Christmas cards as well as there being a bit of dimension created in some of them.  I hope you like them.



(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)
(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards. Where these linked pages are on the CUP site you will usually find a longer description of how I made the item at the bottom of the page.)

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  1. Church Boy Digital Stamp 2 by Angela Wenke (I printed the image out at a smaller size than provided onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and then coloured it in using my ProMarkers and FlexMarkers.  The colours I used were: Black, Cool Grey 2, 3, 4, and 5, Pastel Beige, Sunkissed Pink, Satin, Cinnamon, Chestnut, Denim, Dove Grey.  I cut the image out and stuck it onto a mat suitable for a 1st communion cut from Buttermilk Basal cardstock.  The matted image was then put onto a black base card after colouring areas behind the cutouts in using gold and bronze Wink of Luna brush pens.  I also coloured the goblets that had come out of the cut mat with the same pen and put them down the side of the card and put an insert from the same cardstock as the mat on the inside.)
  2. Amazing Grace Cross Pop-up *SVG* by Rae Carr (I showed you this insert cut out in a post earlier this month, but I’ve now put it inside the 1st communion card and gone round the edges with a wiggly line of gold Wink of Luna pen.  I’ve also put on a wine and a loaf cutout that came from cutting the mat used on the outside.)

Bits and Bobs 03A week or so ago I showed you my box of flowers with leaves and flourishes that I cut out of the small bits left over from cutting out larger projects.  With a large assortment of flower shapes in the box, in a lot of different colours cut from both coloured cardstock and Super Smooth cardstock printed with various background patterns, I thought I’d use a few of them up.  This is the project I decided to make.

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  1. Lots of different papers have been used for this, including: Delightfully Dotty Backgrounds by Tanya Hall, Green Green Grass Papers by Janette Padley, Past & Present Paper Pack by Janette Padley and  Blue Harmony Papers by Janette Padley (For this project I used my Hougie Board to so the scoreing for both the base card and for every one of the panels I used on this pop-up flower box.  I’ve used an assortment of different cardstocks that include Adorable Scorable and Andy’s Crafts cardstock.  I then cut where needed and rounded the corners with a punch.  Each side is 7cm wide making 28cm and leaving the rest of the width of the A4 card to make the sticking down tab.  When I cut the cross strips I cut them much taller than needed, cut the two end tabs down to 1.5cm and then cut the stalks into the rest.  This meant that the stalks are a part of the cross bars, coming out from them, rather than pieces stuck onto the cross bars, meaning that there is nothing to come loose at the bottom and no added dimension of sticking stalks onto the cross bars.  Although I gently shaped each of the flower layers I didn’t want to add a lot of extra dimension to them either, so I used a Lipstic Red and a Walnut ProMarker to put in the centre of the flowers rather than adding gems.  I used quick grab wet glue to attach the flowers and leaves to the stem ends.)
  2. Closer look at floral embelishments.
  3. Even closer look at the flowers.

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  1. White Christmas *SVG* by Rae Carr (For this card I took the .svg file into the Brother online “Canvas” application and the saved it to my USB stick in the correct format for my ScanNCut.  The whole card was cut from a sheet of 250gsm white cardstock.  I folded the base card into the stepper shape and I built up the tree layers to give dimension using glue gel.  I then used white glitter glue on all the trees and brown on the dear to give a mottled look to him.  I used quick grab wet glue to attach the trees and stag to the base card before putting an acetate tent over the top of the middle and second tiers of steppers using ultra tacky tape and attaching a star to the top of the acetate.)
  2. Slightly different angled view of the card.
  3. More of a side angled view.

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  1. Christmas Scene Watercolour Background 2 by Apetroae Stefan (I printed the background out at a little under half size onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then trimmed it and stuck it to the front of an A4 sheet of 270gsm linen textured white cardstock that I’d scored using my Hougie board and folded in half.  I went round the edge with a silver Wink of Luna pen to give a wiggly border, added lots of white glitter glue to the snow and trees)

A simple, tripple strand, eleastic friendship bracelet.  Just two different views of the same bracelet.

ElasticBracelet 01 01    ElasticBracelet 01 02



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8 Replies to “Crafting Into The 3rd Week Of May 2014”

  1. Your makes are always fabulous Gwyneth, but I think the Winter watercolour scene is my favourite.
    Janet xxx

  2. Fabulous to hear that you have been out in the garden with your nephews. I love the bracelet and the pop up box with beautiful flowers.
    Linda xxx

  3. Nice to hear you have been having a nice time and enjoying the weather.
    So many pretty creations ! I love the winter watercolour though xx

  4. Wow Gwyneth more delightful projects love them all but my fave this time are the white trees they are gorgeous hugs Judith x

  5. Those cards are fabulous Gwyneth – I love the pop up box card in particular, but also the White Christmas one too – those trees are fabulous.
    I love your triple strand elastic friendship bracelet – my grand-daughter Lexie is busy making these at the moment and has managed to do one of the triple strand ones – I am most impressed.
    Take care

  6. Always such varied projects Gwyneth. Enjoy your garden. The weather has been fabulous so far this week, long may it continue.

  7. A fabulous selection of cards Gwyneth. The pop up box is wonderful and I love the white Christmas card. The bracelet is brilliant too x