Jun 302014
 

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An Update, A Few Musings, And Some Crafting

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After overdoing it in a long session in the garden last week I’m slowly getting back to my normal, but not quickly enough for my likeing.  Other than watering everything thoroughly – which I do with a hosepipe and moving to sit in a chair by each selection of things to be watered – and picking half a pound or so of Loganberries every day or two, I’ve not done sessions of general gardening over the weekend, though I really do need to sit out in the greenhouse and do a bit of weeding.

I have made a few cards, but it has mostly been digital crafting followed by a bit of hybrid crafting, and also making a few Christmas cards using toppers and cardstock from a kit.  I’ve not got photos of everything sorted yet so I’ll have to show you the things I’ve made in a blog post later on in the week.  In the meantime I have got photos of a few items to show you – I hope you like them.

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MUSINGS:

The fact that Create & Craft have had their week of shows on crafting for Christmas has made me think that I really need to step up my card making for Christmas.  Of course, I have already made some Christmas cards, but I don’t think the rate I’ve been making them will result in enough cards for Christmas.  I wonder how everybody else tackles Christmas card making?  Do you make all your cards on the same theme? – one year I did make some 70 cards for us to send out as a family more or less the same, but I’ve not done it since.  Do you make elaborate ones for close family and friends, some less elaborate ones for family and friends further away, and quite simple ones to distant framily or neighbours you just nod to in the street as you are going past?  I do tend to make more dimensional Christmas cards for anybody I can hand a card to in person – such as close family, or pop through their letter box – such as neighbours, or people I’m sending a gift to – because the card can go in with the parsel.  The additional cost of posting Christmas cards to lots of people if the cards are dimensional does put me off making dimensional cards for anybody who I have to post cards to.  The difference between the cost for a stamp for a standard letter and the cost of a stamp for a large letter is enough to make quite a difference to the cost of Christmas when you consider posting some 30+ cards.  Also getting them ready and posted early on a 2nd class stamp, rather than making and posting last minute on a 1st class stamp makes quite a difference as well.  Having had to retire early because of my bad health and disability issues means that I have to be concious of the money I spend – I’d rather use my money for crafting goodies and on items to help me with my various hobbies and keeping my brain and body as active as I can, rather than a larger proportion than is necessary going on more expensive postage stamps than is absolutely necessary.  I do know that different contries that my different readers come from have different rules with regards to size of items being posted, but I do wonder whether watching sizes of cards is a big consideration to others?

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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. Little Chick Scallop Corner side stacker Topper by Carol Clarke and Easter Chicken Yellow Backing Paper by Apetroae Stefan (I printed the sheet onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I also printed out background  at half size onto 120gsm good quality white paper.  I cut the panel of background out and went round the edge with a gold ProMarker before sticking it to the front of a pre-made 8″ square Kraft base card using finger-lift tape.  I cut out the topper and used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach it to the card front and to build up the layers in order.  I finished off by putting on three gold “card candi” using glue gel.  I’ve not added a greeting yet as I’m not sure what language it will be needed in.)
  2. An angled view of previous card to show a bit of the dimension created by the built up scalloped corner layers.
  3. Easter Chicken Yellow Insert by Apetroae Stefan (I printed the sheet out onto 120gsm Super Smooth white paper.  Although this sheet is made to be trimmed, folded in half, and stuck inside an A5 sized card, for this card I wanted to show that it could be used in other sized cards.  As my card is an 8″ square one, I simply trimmed this insert to a little smaller than the inside back of my card and stuck it inside using finger-lift tape.  From the bit cut off I cut out a chick and used it as an embelishment at the top right of my card.)

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  1. Everlasting by Marie Wolman (I took several elements from this kit into one of my graphics packages and resized, moved around, etc., until I was happy with the layout for a card front together with some elements to decoupage on the other half of my working area.  I printed the design out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock, cut out the main panel and the added pieces.  I went around the top of the “envelope” element with ProMarker Wild Cranberry.  I took a sheet of A4 hammered white cardstock and scored it using my Hougie board before folding it and cutting to the right size for my card front.  This was attached using finger-lift tape before the other elements were added using glue gel.  The greeting “Dymuniadau Gorau” is Welsh for “Best Wishes”.)
  2. An angled view of the card to show the little dimension I’ve added to the card by using the glue gel.

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  1. Christmastide Collection – Page Kit by Janette Padley – Dragons Lair Designs (I took elements from the kit into My Craft Studio software and resized, built up, moved, etc., until I was happy with the layout for this digital card front.)
  2. Christmastide Collection – Page Kit by Janette Padley – Dragons Lair Designs (I put extra layers of some of the elements onto my working area and resized the card front to just under 6″ square before printing it out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock. I cut out the elements, stuck the card front layer to the front of a 6″ square white card from my crafting stash.  I went over the holly berries on the card front nad extra layers with clear Sakura Glaze pen.  I also went over the centers of the Christmas roses with a gold Wink of Stella brush pen and around the outside of the tag with a silver Wink of Stella Brush pen.  The added elements were then added to the card front using glue gel.)
  3. Angled view showing the little dimension created on the card front.

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SCRAPBOOK PAGE:

I’m continuing to regularly take photos of things in my garden on a regular basis and then making little scrapbook layouts with the photos to show the progress of my little gardening projects.  This time it’s strawberries in my strawberry tower – you may remember that because of my disabilities my gardening is done in tubs, raised beds, potato sacks, etc.

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  1. Night Bloom Mini Theme by Janette Padley (I’ve taken several photos of the same strawberry plant over the last few weeks so I took those, together with several elements from this kit, into one of my graphics packages.  I then resized, copied, moved around, digitally punched, etc., until I had a layout I was happy with for an 8″ square digital scrapbook page to share with family members.  I also printed the page out to share with other family members who are not online.)
  2. The actual photo of the ripe strawberries that I used.

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HINTS AND TIPS!

Have you got some foiled background cardstock that you feel is wasted when used as a background or matting and layering on a card?  Sometimes a large panel is just too much for a project but a small panel doesn’t look enough.

Today I’m going to show you how I turned a foiled sheet of Hunkydory Adorable Scorable cardstock into foiled embelishments for several Christmas projects.

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  1. This is the sheet of cardstock I’m working on for this project.
  2. I took my circle scissors and cut out different sized circles around the foiled snowflakes.
  3. This is what I was left with – perfect to use as embelishments on Christmas cards.

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  1. Some of the circles may well have cresants cut out of them from cutting out other snowflakes.
  2. I just overlap these slightly with another snowflake – which is a chance to give dimension to the project by lifting one snowflake more than others either with glue gel or foam tape.  Just a little collection of 3 snowflakes gives a bit of interest to a card.
  3. If you don’t want circular embelishments you can cut by hand closer to the snowflakes.

Just one sheet gives a lot of snowflake embelishments.  You can do the same with other patterns of foiled cardstock – say ones with flourishes on where you can place your circle scissors on in such a way to give the flourishes you want on your embelishments.

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Jun 272014
 

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An Update, A Few Cards and Other Crafting

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I’ve done too much!  I admit it.  With my health/disability issues it was highly stupid of me to spend over an hour out in the garden Thursday afternoon.  I usually do a stint of around 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening out in the garden, sitting down and puttering in the greenhouse or sat at my raised bed, strawberry tower or potato sacks – but I decided to sit outside and try and clear some of the brambles from around the greenhouse, cutting and moving some and then moving my chair forward.  As rain was on the way I decided to keep going for a bit as I knew I wouldn’t be able to work out there at my usual time of puttering in the evening.  So now I’m in rather a lot of pain with the M.E. symptoms being quite bad.  Now I remember why I only putter for 20 minutes before coming back in and resting in bed!

So today I’ve only been out to do the necesary of feeding and letting our dog out to her large enclosure in the garden as well as watering the greenhouse, and again in the evening to water again and give our dog her treats and tickles before she was put to bed for the night.  No gardening, and very little else.

What I did do was make a small number of Christmas cards from toppers I got in a Hunkydory kit, and also put together some digital card fronts and scrapbook layouts.  All sat in bed trying to move slowly and not jar screaming muscles.  Hopefully we’ll have some better weather and some sunlight tomorrow so that I can photograph what I’ve made today.  In the meantime I’ve got a few items I put together earlier in the week to show you.  I hope you like them.

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STAMPING WITH THE DRAGON CHALLENGE:

You still have some time to get your entry in for the current challenge, which is on the theme “Clean & Simple”.  There are a few inspiration examples up on the blog for you to look at, but you can make one entry using anything you wish.  It’s only if you want to have a second entry that you need to make sure that one of them has something Stamping Dragon Designs used in the creation.  Details of the challenge can be found -> 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. Milking time on the farm by Angela Wake and Cow Backing Paper by Apetroae Stefan (I printed the sheet out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then cut out the pieces.  I printed the background at half size onto 120gsm good quality white paper.  My base card is an A4 sheet of hammered white card scored using my Hougie Board and folded in half to make an A5 base card.  I cut a panel of the background which I matted onto a piece of green Adorable Scorable cardstock.  I used finger-lift tape to attach the matted background panel and the base of this milking time image to the front of the card.  I then used glue gel to attach the layers, which I shaped a bit with my fingers before adding.  I wrote on the greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.)
  2. Angled view of the decoupage on the card.
  3. Cow Insert by Apetroae Stefan (I printed the insert onto 120gsm good quality white paper.  The insert was trimmed, scored with my Hougie Board and stuck inside my base card shown previously using finger-lift tape.)

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  1. Past & Present Paper Pack by Janette Padley (I printed one of the sheets from the pack onto 120gsm white paper and cut out a panel.  The base card is a 7″ x 10″ kraft card from my crafting stash.  The other elements on the card are mostly from the last free Create & Craft Club gift.  I used a Wallnut ProMarker to go around some panels and to put a dashed lines to others.  I also used some bakers twine and some gold Card Candi.   I used finger-lift tape, 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape, and glue gel to stick everything together.)
  2. Angled view of the card front.

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  1. Openwork Card *SVG* by Rae Carr and 138 Layered Flowers *SVG* by Rae Carr (I took the cutting file files into the online Canvas software and downloaded to my USB stick for cutting out using my Brother ScanNCut machine.  I cut the base card out of 300gsm hammered white cardstock.  I also cut out one of the flowers several times at different sizes from blingelicious red cardstock.  I took some red satin board and cut paper ribbons which I weaved through the side panels and stuck one piece behind the cut out centre panel.  I then embelished the card with several layers of the flower glued together with glue gel.  I’ve not added a greeting panel yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.)
  2. Closer look at the flower and the cut decoration.

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SCRAPBOOK PAGE:

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  1. Night Bloom Mini Theme by Janette Padley (I took several elements and backgrounds from this kit, together with two photographs of the inside of my glasshouse taken some 8 days appart, into one of my graphics packages. I then resized, rotated, digitally cropped and punched, until I was happy with the layout for an 8″ square digital scrapbook page. I saved this as a digital page and also printed it out to show to other family members.)
  2. Photo of the greenhouse taken the same time as the first on the scrapbook layout.
  3. Photo of the greenhouse on the second date.

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JEWELLERY:

This one was made for one of my brothers-in-law – this one doesn’t work on a farm (he’s a London cabbie) so the youngest nephews decided that his bracelet didn’t need smelly bands in his bracelet.

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  1. This bracelet is made with black elastic loom bands interspaced with an assortment of random coloured bands that have white spots on.
  2. A different angled view of the whole bracelet.
  3. A closer look at the fishtail detail of the bracelet.

This one is for my youngest sister, again not one of the family members who does a “dirty and smelly” job – she’s a teacher – so no need for nice smelling elastic bands.  This sister likes purple so her bracelet had to be made of purple bands and beads.

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  1. This bracelet is a double string of fishtail pattern elastic loom bracelets, joined at both ends into single strands and continuged in the fishtail pattern until the bracelet was large enough and finished off with an S clip.  The double braid section was joined using jump rings with a small purple wooden bead on each.
  2. Different angled view of the bracelet.
  3. View of the beads attached to both fishtail braided bracelets with jump rings.

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More Mid June 2014 Crafting

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Jun 222014
 

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An Update, Cards, Scrapbook Layout, and Strange Elastic Bands

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Well that’s it – I’ve finished picking the gooseberries for this year, with some help from the two youngest nephews who picked a couple of pounds between then one evening.  Between the 11th and 21st of June, from three goosberry bushes, 31lbs 4.4oz of gooseberries have been picked, topped and tailed, washed and bagged.  It’s going to be gooseberry crumble for pudding today.

It’s been hard going with my back/hip playing up, but with doing it in short sessions and resting in between, and spreading it over 10 days, it’s one job in the garden that’s done.  One problem is that, with the tenseing up I’ve been doing when the spasms from tweeking my back have struck, It’s made the M.E. pains in the tops of my legs and around the back at rib level worse than usual.  And another problem is that I noticed tonight that some of the Loganberries are ready to be picked – they didn’t look ready this morning and I thought I’d have a couple of days rest from picking before I had to start on the next fruit type.  Oh well – lots more Loganberry smoshies to come over the next year if we have a good crop of those as well, which is quite a good thing.

You’ll see a scrapbook double page layout of gooseberry photos below.

I haven’t made a lot of cards this last week, but did make two simple ones using a sentiment topper and some of the flowers from my box of bits that I’d pre-cut to use up bits leftover from other project.

The other crafting I’ve made has been more pieces of jewellery using elastic bands and loom.  One of the projects is a bit different – have a good look and let me know what you think.

One of the nephews has also finished off the elastic loom bracelet he was making for me as well.

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CARDS:

(If you click on the images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)

These two cards are quick and simple ones made as samples for Stamping Dragon Designs to display in the online store.

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  1. Each Flower Quote Set by Janette Padley and Blue Harmony Papers by Janette Padley (I printed the quote topper out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at smaller than the size provided and then cut it out.  I put it onto a white mat of the same cardstock and then onto a mat of one of the blue papers, also printed onto the same cardstock.  This was then stuck to the front of a 6″ square white hammered base card.  I decorated with some of the flowers and leaves from my box of cut bits – the box contains an assortment of leaves, branches, flourishes and flowers that I cut out of any “empty” areas of cardstock when I’m doing projects and then keep in a box ready to embelish.  In this case at lease one of the flowers has been cut out of the flowers has been cut out of another of the papers from the Blue Harmony kit.  I finished off by sticking on some faux pearls using glue gel.)
  2. Angled view of the previous card.

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  1. Each Flower Quote Set by Janette Padley (I printed the quote panel out at much smaller than the size provided and cut it out.  I cut an A4 sheet of white hammered cardstock in half and then scored a half in half again using my Hougie Board then folded to make an A6 base card.  I went again to my box of cut bits but couldn’t find flowers of exactly the colour I wanted – so I picked a few light ones out and coloured them with my Antique Pink ProMarker.  I gave the flowers a little shape and then used glue gel to stick them over the card, cutting some in half and sticking them over the edge.  I used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the greetings panel near the centre of the card.  I took some white “pearl” gems and coloured them using my Pink Lobster ProMarker before using glue gel to stick them in the flower centres.)
  2. Angled look at the previous card.

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SCRAPBOOK PAGES:

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  1. Age of Innocence Papers by Janette Padley (I’ve used several of the papers from this kit to create an 8″ scrapbook layout double page spread to show the gooseberries I’ve been slowly picking in our garden over the last week or so.  I took the papers and four of the photos I’ve taken into one of my graphics packages and copied, resized, digitally cut, etc., until I had a layout I was happy with.  The layout has then been saved in a digital format to send to some family members and also printed out so that other family members can see it)
  2. Closer look at 1st page of the 2 page spread.
  3. Closer look at the 2nd page.

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JEWELLERY:

I’ve seen some examples of creatures made using elastic bands on the band loom and thought I’d have a go at making an octapus.  Despite looking different colours all these photos are of the same octapus.  I’d used bands that change colour in direct sunlight.  There’s a jump ring at the top of the octopus so that I can add it to a bag charm or keyring.

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  1. This photo was taken away from sunlight with just enough light to take the photo.  The bands look practically clear with no indication of colour.  Each of the legs, and leading up through the body, are pieces of the classic fishtail pattern of combining the elastic bands.
  2. This photo was taken after just putting in direct sunlight for a short while.  As there was no way to tell what colours the bands would change into when I made the octapus in bed with no direct sunlight the pattern of pastel colours that develop are totally random.
  3. I don’t remember the octopus actually looking quite this vivid a pink so I think it may be a bit of a trick of the camera as there was a bit more blue to be sceen.

Only a few seconds out of direct sunlight and the octopus lost all its colour.

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  1. This bracelet is for my brother-in-law.  It is made using yellow, lemon scented bands, every other with two coloured green and blue banded, bands.  And yes, my brother-in-law does milk and other farm work, so it was one my nephews had stated needed a smelly bracelet to help him smel better after work.
  2. Close-up of band pattern.

This is the bracelet that one of my nephews has finished making for me.

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  1. This bracelet was made using an assortment of coloured bands all with embedded glitter.  A really sparkly bracelet.  He made it in the fishtail pattern.
  2. Slightly different angle in different light.
  3. Closer look at part of the bracelet

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Crafting Mid June 2014

 Posted by at 08:30 am
Jun 202014
 

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A Few Items For You To Look At

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With the good weather I’ve been trying to do short sessions out the garden and then resting to give my back/hip more time to heal, so I’ve been crafting less.  I’ve been sitting out trying to pick gooseberries.  At least this year I’m getting them before the birds – I’m sure I’ll get around to putting them into scrapbook pages to show you before long.  So today I’ve got less projects than usual to show you.

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SCRAPBOOK PAGE:

(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)

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  1. Christmas Basics Papers by Janette Padley (This is a digital scrapbook page I put together to show the development of the plants in the raised beds in my glasshouse and the “black mulch” area outside where we’re growing courgettes and pumpkins.  I took some papers and the two photos I decided to use into one of my graphics packages and moved, copied, re-sized and digitally punched until I had a layout that I was happy with.  I put on the date that the photos were taken as well.  As well as saving the page as a digital scrapbook page I also printed it out as an 8″ square scrapbook page so that it could be shown to family members.)
  2. A photo of inside the greenhouse.  The cucumber and the tomatoes on the right were the first things planted in the grow bags but all five grow bags now have three plants each so let’s hope that the last batch like their place as much as the first few and grow as well.  The first tomato plants now have flowers on them.
  3. Slightly different shot of the black mulch area.  You can just see the top of the potato sacks closest to the camera, then the courgette plants, tumbler tomato plants on a raised tray with compost in the bottom, then pumpkin plants ready to be planted out.  Some fruit trees are beyond that.

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JEWELLERY:

Today’s assortment of loom elastic jewellery has been made with a variety of different types of elastic bands.

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  1. This bracelet was made for my brother using ordinary black bands and lemon smelly yellow bands.
  2. Different angled view of bracelet
  3. Close-up of the pattern.

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  1. This bracelet is for my sister and is made using pink and blue spotted bands and jasmin smelly blue bands.
  2. Angled view of the bracelet.
  3. Slightly different angled view.

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  1. This bracelet is for one of my nephews.  It is made using yellow and green spotted bands with every other band being lemon smelly yellow bands.
  2. Different angled view of the bracelet.
  3. Close-up view of the band pattern.

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  1. This bracelet is for my sister-in-law.  The front of the band is made using purple as well as neon pink bands with a white band framework, and the back of the bracelet is a fishtail design in white.
  2. Angled view of the bracelet.
  3. Close-up view of the pattern at the front of the bracelet.

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Jun 142014
 

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A Couple of Cards and a Few Other Bits

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Not got a lot of an update this time.  I’m still puttering a bit in the garden in short sessions, resting a lot in bed, and doing a small bit of crafting in between.  My back/hip is slowly getting better, but I managed to have a tumble and jar everything again.  I’ll know by tomorrow whether I’m stiffer and more sore after my little misshap.  I’m writing this late at night so that it’s ready to go live in the morning, which is always the time I feel worse in any case, so impossible to say whether I’ve made things worse overall at the moment.

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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. Pink Wild Rose Pyramage Topper by Janette Padley (I printed the sheet out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and then cut out the layers.  I took an A4 sheet of white hammered cardstock, scored it using my Hougie Board and then folded it in half to make my base card.  I went round the base layer of the image using an Antique Pink ProMarker before using finger-lift tape to attach it to the card font off centre.  I then used foam tape to attach the other layers in place.  I got some cut flower layers from my box of bits and then scrunshed and shaped them before attaching to the card front using glue gel.  I finished off by putting some neon yellow glitter glue in the centre of these flowers.  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 dimension of the pyramid and flowers.

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  1. Get Well Teddy by Janette Padley and Teddys Day out ( Butterflies) by Janette Padley (For this card I printed the two digi-stamps out at the same size, but smaller than the size provided.  I used the same colours for both images, those were – Raw Sienna, Cocoa, Walnut, Green Shoot, Leaf Green, Grass, Forest Green, Ivory, Powder Blue, Imperial Purple.  I then took a 6″ square scalloped edged card and scored the front and folded it back.  For the matting and layering behind the images and in the back of the card I used sheets from the latest Create & Craft club free gift which I stuck in place using finger-lift tape. I used the same tape to attach the two matted and layered digi-stamps to the front and back of the folded back card front.  I finished off with some leafy twigs I’d cut out previously using my ScanNCut.)
  2. Angled view of topper on the outside.
  3. Inside of card.
  4. Closeup of inside topper.

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JEWELLERY:

Today’s assortment of elastic loom jewellery is actually two belts and a bracelet.  The youngest nephews often arrive with trowsers or shorts hanging down, and after seeing something about making a belt using one of the techniques for using elastic bands I decided to give it a go.  I’ve made them just about  the same size as the tops of their elastic waist shorts so that they will stay in place but not be too tight.

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  1. Two belts and a bracelet.
  2. Closer look at one of the belts.
  3. Closer look at the way the elastics are put together – using two each time and pulling the next two through.

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  1. This bracelet is made in exactly the same way as the bracelet I showed you in my post of the 10th, but this time I’ve used every other white and black elastic on both fishtail strands of elastic. I’ve used the same size jump rings to join the two strands and the same little acrylic rondelle beads poped on the jump rings before closing them.
  2. Diferent angled view of the bracelet.
  3. A view at another angle.
  4. Close-up of the pattern and beads.

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Some June 2014 Cards

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Jun 122014
 

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Just A Few Cards

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My back/hip pain is easing a bit and I rested up for most of the day Wednesday, so only a few cards to show you this time.  Hope you like them.

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.)

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  1. Yoo Hoo Christmas A4 Card Decopage by Janette Padley (The sheet was printed onto 250gsm Super Smooth white card and the elements cut out.  I took a 6″ square scalloped edged pre-scored card from my crafting stash and started building up the design.  I’ve used the blank greetings panel as I don’t know what langauge the card will be needed in.  I’ve kept the card quite flat for posting, but have used some glue gel for a small dimension on the second layer of Yoo Hoo.  I’ve not added the third layer of hat but rather added some white glitter glue to the hat fur and gold glitter glue to the flower.)
  2. Angled view of part of the card to show the slight dimension of the owl.

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  1. 6 butterfly fairy poser tubes 3 by Michelle Johnson and Pretty Woodlands by Karen Wyeth (I took one of the backgrounds, together with several fairies into one of my graphics packages and played around with sizes and layout until I was happy with the layout for a card front suitable for a 6″ card that I’d created.  This was then printed out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out.  I stuck it to the front of a pre-cut and scored 6″ square scalloped edge card from my crafting stash using finger-lift tape.  I then went around the edge using a violet metalic marker.  I took a clear Wink of Stella brush pen and went over the wings of each fairy.  I finished off by attaching a peel-off greeting “Diolch” – which is Welsh for “Thank You” – which I’d cut out of holographic peel-off material using my ScanNCut.)
  2. Angled view of previous card to try and show the effect of the Wink of Stella on the wings.

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  1. Imperio Donna by Mishara Armenia and Elegant Curtains Set 2 by John Methven (I took one of the ladies from the first kit and one of the curtain images from the other into one of my graphics packages and played around with layout and sizes until I was happy with my card front of approximately A5 in size.  This I printed out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and then I cut it out.  I took a 7″ x 10″ black base card from my crafting stash and attached my card front topper to this using finger-lift tape.  I took a Red Gold Metalic Marker and went around the image directly to the outside of it and again some quarter of an inch to the outside.  I added a greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – which I’d cut out of peel-off material using my ScanNCut.)
  2. Angled view of previous card.

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Jun 102014
 

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Cards, Bracelet and Bag

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Well the good news is that my tooth is feeling much more comfortable, though I’ve still got the joy of a few visits to the dentist to go – the bad news is that I’ve tweeked my back around the top of my hip and my usual slow waddle with my damaged let is now a very painful, even slower, waddle.  It’s been a few years since I’ve done something to set it off quite this bad and it took over 6 weeks to settle down then – though it was the other hip that time.  Just what I didn’t want to happen at the moment with my trying to putter more out the garden.  Mam recons that I’ve probably been doing more than I should, even though I do the vast majority sitting down, and that’s why I’ve managed to pull something.

So between the rain and my aching muscles I’ve been doing less out in the garden and more crafting the last couple of days.  I hope you like what I’ve got to show you this time.

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CARDS:

(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)
(I try and provide some information regarding what I’ve used to make my creations below each set of photos.)

Every month on the Stamping Dragon Design Facbook Group we have a “Colouring Challenge”.  This time we were challenged to use the silhoutte stamp “Happy & You Know it”.  This posed a different challenge to the usual where we could use our prefered colouring medium to colour the image.  This time we need to colour in the background.  I think, of those who’ve already done and uploaded their June entry, most have gone for some sort of background behind and cutting out the silhouette.  It’s so interesting to see what different crafters make with the same image.  As it happened, I’d already been tempted by this image and bought it the end of last month, before I knew it would be this months challenge.

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  1. Happy & You Know it Stamp by Janette Padley and Blue Sky and Clouds Backing Paper 2 by Apetroae Stefan (For this card I took background cup545576_1051 into one of my graphics packages and re-sized it before adding a green background below it and printing it out twice onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock (should have done on 300gsm cardstock because it wasn’t quite heavyweight enough for the base card).  I used my HougieBoard to score and mark cutting lines on one of the printouts and made it into a central stepper card.  I printed out this image at a smaller size than provided, cut it out and stuck it to the 2nd copy of the background, putting a semi circle of mottled orange cardstock behind the figures before sticking down.  I trimmed around the octagon shape and around protruding limbs, stuck it to a piece of white hammered cardstock and trimmed around to leave a border.  I used 3mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach this to the front of the card.  I then raided my box of pre-cut embelishments for leafy branches and flowers to decorate around the outside of the card.)
  2. A different angle of the card.
  3. Another slightly different angle of the previous card.

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  1. SVG Tags & Mats….. by Angela Burke (For this card I cut out various layers of a tag out of 270gsm Basal cardstock using my ScanNCut.  The middle layer was cut out of the same “buttermilk” coloured cardstock as the top layer but I went around the outside quarter of an inch with a gold Wink of Stella brush pen before attaching it behind the front.  This was then added to the base layer using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  The scalloped 6″ square base card was bought in a while ago.  I went round the edge of the card with a pink FlexMarker in a bit of a deckle pattern.  I’d cut some flower layers out of the same cardstock as the base layer of my tag.  Some of these I randomly stuck to my base card as a background.  Some of the other flower layers I snipped and shaped and made into a dimensional flower before getting some leaves from my stash of cut pieces and attaching both to the tag front.  I put on a peel-off greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – that I’d also cut out using my ScanNCut.)
  2. Angled view of the previous card.
  3. Closer angled view.

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  1. Pirate Ship Circle Pyramid by Apetroae Stefan and Anchor with Rope Backing Paper by Apetroae Stefan (The pyramid sheet was printed onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and the layers were cut out.  I also printed out background sheet onto 120gsm Super Smooth white paper at half size.  I took a 7″ x 10″ base Kraft card from my crafting stash.  I attached a piece of card to a panel of the background and attached it to the card using finger-lift tape.  I went around it using a Wallnut ProMarker.  I also used the same colour ProMarker to put a double wiggly line around near the outside of the card.  I used fingerlift tape to put the base pyramid layer in place and used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach a few of the layers on top.)
  2. Angled view of previous card.
  3. Slightly different angled view of the card.

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JEWELLERY:

This beaded bracelet is actually two black fishbone/fishtail patterned bracelets – as I showed you in a different colourway in my last blog post.  I then took some jump rings and every other elastic band I joined both bands together using the jump rings, putting a small acrylic rondelle bead on the jump ring before closing it.  This gives a wider band bracelet with some sparkle from the beads.  I’ve joined the bracelet ends up using jump rings as well.

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SEWING:

This bag was made for one of my nephews to keep his knitting and textile work in.  It’s been a project I’ve had on the go for months but only got around to finishing when I had to get my sewing machine out to do a job for my mother last week.  The nephew’s learnt to knit “with sticks” with one of my sisters and has been wanting some knitting needles of his own and a bag to keep the two knitting projects he’s got on the go for a while.  I let him choose some pieces of fat quarters and strips from a jelly roll for me to make him a bag.  It is lined with cream material – I’d got a new bed sheet for odd jobs like this to keep my nice fat quarters for the outside of projects.  I’ve bought him some bambook knitting needles and then made sure that the bag was wide enough for those to fit in across the bottom before deciding on sizes.  My mother had a re-sizeable strap with hooks either end, that had come off a bag at some point, which we’ve cliped onto the loops either side – nephew had insisted that he wante a big strap that he could carry his bag over his shoulder – and as he’s a growing boy a re-sizeable strap seemed the most obvious choice.  As well as the pack of assorted knitting needle pairs I put in a pack of kniting notions that included plastic sewing needles, knitting needle point protector balls, measureing tape, etc.

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  1. This is the back og the bag with a fold over flap and a tie closure.
  2. I used my ScanNCut to cut out the pieces for this Fat Cat.  I sewed it to the front of the bag before the bag was sewn together and then did some free-motion sewing to put on eyes, nose and mouth.  My nephew is going to finger-knit a tail for the cat at some point and we’ll just attach that after it’s done.
  3. Close-up of Fat Cat.

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Jun 082014
 

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An Update, Cards, A Bracelet And Another Owl

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I’ve now finished the antibiotics for the absuss on my tooth.  The pain is much reduced, though I’m not sure the infection is completely cleared – I suppose time will tell as the antibiotics clear from my blood whether it flares up again or continues to settle down – either way I’ve got a few appointments for drillings, etc., to come starting before the end of the month.

I’ve still managed to do a bit of crafting though.  A bit of this and a bit of that crafting – some of it just putting together bits I’ve cut out ahead of time.  I hope you like my latest assortment.

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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.)

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  1. Blue Sky and Clouds Backing Paper 2 by Apetroae Stefan and Delightfully Dotty Backgrounds by Tanya Hall (I printed the sky sheet out onto 120gsm good quality white paper.  I cut a panel from the printed background and matted this onto a piece of white, hammered, cardstock using finger-lift tape.  I then went around the edge of the mat using an Aubergine ProMarker.  I prepared my base card by scoreing a sheet of A4, hammered white cardstock using my Hougie Board and then folding it in half.  I put a strip of blue blingalicious cardstock down the left hand side some half a centimeter out from the side.  I used my ScanNCut to cut out a hot air baloon using an in-built cutting file – the back layer of the baloon is cut from one of the dotty backgrounds printed onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and the other layer and basket was cut from purple 270gsm Basal cardstock.  The greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – was also cut out using my ScanNCut.)
  2. Blue Sky and Clouds Insert 2 by Apetroae Stefan (I printed the sheet out onto 120gsm good quality paper, trimmed it, scored it using my Hougie Board and then stuck it inside the previous card using finger-lift tape.)

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  1. Someone Special Floral Dress Topper…ScanNCut Only by Tina Fitch and Daphne Rose Print by Karen Wyeth (I put the downloaded cutting file on my USB stick and took it to my ScanNCut to allow me to cut the various layers out.  I used Basal and Blingalicious cardstock to cut the layers out of.  I then built up the topper, using finger-lift tape to attach some layers and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach others.  I made a base card by scoreing and folding an A3 sheet of cream Adorable Scorable in half  to make an A4 card.  I took some of the young ladies from the Daphne Rose kit into one of my graphics packages and copied, resized, played around until I got a card front slightly smaller than A4 that I was happy with.  This was printed out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock, trimmed, went round the edge using a Ruby ProMarker, and stuck to the front of my prepared base card using finger-lift tape.  The cut out layered dress topper was then stuck on top.)
  2. Angled view of the previous card.
  3. Closer look at one of the “Daphne Rose Print” images.
  4. Closer look at “Someone Special Floral Dress Topper”.

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  1. Jiggy plays the Drums Card Kit by Janette Padley (I printed the sheet onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut the pieces out.  I scored an A4 sheet of 300gsm hammered white cardstock using my Hougie Board and then folded it in half to create my base card.  I used finger-lift tape to attach the main layer to the card.  I used 3mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the greeting panel and second image layer.  I went over the wings, horns, and front of drum using a clear Wink of Stella brush pen.  This final layer was then shaped a bit and then added to the card front using glue gel.  I finished off by adding the greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – which I’d cut out using my ScanNCut.)
  2. An angled view of part of the card.
  3. Closer, angled, look.

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JEWELLERY:

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  1. The latest of my fishbone pattern elastic loom bracelets.  This time I’ve gone for a pattern made of every other red and green eleastic bands. This format of joining the eleastic bands together produces a square braid of bands.
  2. Closer look at the pattern made by entwining the bracelet.

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SEWING:

This is the third owl I made.  This one is for my niece who asked for one with a purple breast.

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  1. This one, like the previous two that you can see in the posts here and here, was based on a template from Blue Sky Confections, that I’d then adapted and added to it to make each one different.
  2. Another angle of the same owl.

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HINTS AND TIPS!

Most crafters I’ve ever talked to have a “box of bits”!  It starts off as a folder or small box of bits of cardstock that were left over from a project that were just too nice and a little too big to throw away.  Then, before you know it, it’s either several boxes or one cavenous box.  You can’t find the bit you want when you want it, or by the time you do need it it’s looking a bit frayed and tattered and you were not planning on doing distressed edges on the card you are working on.  Regular readers of my blog will know that I’ve started cutting up the spare little bits into embelishments as I’m going along now, and only putting the larger cut off pieces into my plastic tray to keep.  So …

Bits and Bobs 03Today’s tip is – If there’s spare space on your working area when cutting out with either an electronic/digital cutting machine, or a die cutting machine, put flowers or flourishes or leaves, or even small greetings size panels, on to cut out at the same time.  Flower layers can be shaped and layered and built up into larger flowers while sat in front of the TV at night if you want.  Put them all into embelishment boxes and you’ll have things ready to dip into when you need a little something extra on any of your cards.  The more you do this the more likely you will be to have something to match every card you make.  You might even like to have a look at the “Making Paper Flowers” section of my blog for ideas on how to build up different shapes to make flowers, you don’t always have to cut out flower shapes from your bits to make paper flowers.

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(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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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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Jun 062014
 

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Design Team Card

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Today a new challenge starts on the “Stampin’ with the Dragon” Challenge Blog.

ChallengeAdvertisingBadgeChalenge WinnerPrizeEach ”Stampin’ with the Dragon” challenge goes live the first Friday of the month with a new theme each time. The winner will get picked by “Random” so that it is fair for all levels of crafters.  The winner gets a voucher for £5.00 to spend in the Stamping Dragon Designs store.  You may enter each challenge ONCE with the use of any materials you wish. If you however wish to enter a second entry you MUST use Stamping Dragon Products. Please enter “2″ after your name for the 2nd entry.  So why not consider joining in with us this month.

For June the theme is : Clean & Simple (CAS)

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CARD

I have gone very “Clean and Simple” with my inspiration card this time, using one image, some lines and a greeting drawn using a pen in my Brother ScanNCut machine, and five little sticky back gems from my crafting stash.

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Thumbnail photos of some different areas/angles of this card.  Hopefully you can see the sparkle on areas of the fairy.

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Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Consumables:

Equipment:

Method:

I printed the image out at smaller than the size provided and then coloured it in.  After colouring the wings I went over them with the clear Wink of Stella but used the Violet Wink of Stela as it was on parts of her clothing.  I took a sheet of linen textured cardstock and put it through my ScanNCut machine to draw on the frame and greeting in the relevant place before scoreing it.  I also put the sheet with the coloured in digi into my ScanNCut and background scanned it (without any saving being involved) to get the location of the image before drawing the same shape around it and cutting it out with a border of 2mm.  It was then simply a case of attaching the created topper to the card front and sticking on the little gems.

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Please go over to the “Stampin’ with the Dragon” Challenge Blog and have a look at my fellow Design Team members’ inspiration pieces.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Stamping Dragon Designs Links

  • If you fancy trying out some of Stamping Dragon Designs, please do visit the Store to find all sorts of digital goodies for crafting, and the minimum spend is only £2 (you’ll find great digi-stamps and lots more).
  • And why not join the “Stamping Dragon Designs” Facebook group. It’s a small, fun, group where we have lots of different activities which include exclusive challenges, daily inspiration and giveaways – and there’s a loyalty club for those who take part as well where taking part gets you points, winning gets you more points, and get enough points and you get a voucher to spend in the shop.
  • “Like” Us on Facebook
  • While I’m not a fan of Pinterest and especially people’s habit of posting images, digi-stamps, etc., to the site that they’ve got no rights to, you can follow designer Janette Padley on Pinterest!
  • See us on CraftsUPrint
  • Etsy Shop – Instant downloads!
  • Stamping with the Dragon – Challenge Blog : new challenge every fortnight
  • The Dragon’s Den – Blog : a showcase blog for lots of different crafting made using Dragon Designs.
  • Then of course there’s the Dragon Boss Lady’s own blog – Straight From The Craftroom

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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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(Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.
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Jun 042014
 

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An Update, A Few Cards, An Owl And A Few Other Bits

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I’m still on antibiotics for the tooth absuss, so I’m still not feeling even up to my usual which, let’s face it, isn’t totally well to start with.  I’ve been spending more time in bed – the problem is that, when I’m worse than usual, I tend to do more browsing online rather than creating, and that means I see more “must have” stuff – and my purse won’t allow me to get everything.  And I’ve certainly not got the space to store any more crafting goodies.  I have managed to put a few items together – the cards are ones I’d used my ScanNCut to cut out the pieces and none are particularly embelished or difficult.  I do hope that you like my latest creations.

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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. Boy & Girl Folded Card HAND & MACHINE Cut Files *SVG* by Rae Carr (I took the .svg cutting file into the Brother online Canvas application and downloaded it in the correct format for my ScanNCut onto my USB drive.  I then cut out the card out twice, once out of purple and once out of buttermilk 270gsm Basal cardstock.  For this card I used the purple back and the buttermilk back.  I folded the back at the score line, put glue on the top strip and attached it to the front.  I then decorated using two sizes of 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. A slightly different view of the previous card.
  3. A side angled view of the same card.

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  1. Delightfully Dotty Backgrounds by Tanya Hall (I printed two of the backgrounds out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then chose some of the cutting files built into my ScanNCut digital cutting machine and cut out an image of a dress, some flowers and a few other elements from the cardstocks.  I also cut out two white mats out of 300gsm Hammered white cardstock.  The base card is also a 300gsm Hammered white cardstock that I scored using my Hougie Board and folded in half to make an A5 base card.  I used quick grab wet glue, finger-lift tape, and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to build up the card front, finishing off with a greeting peel-off “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – which I’d also cut out of sticky back vinyl using my ScanNCut.)
  2. Angled view of previous card.
  3. Slightly closer angled view.

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  1. Music Lover Pop-up Insert *SVG* by Rae Carr (I took the .svg file into the Brother online Canvas application and then downloaded the file to my USB in the correct format for my ScanNCut.  I cut the insert out of Blingalicious 216gsm cardstock before folding it and sticking it inside the base card cut from 300gsm Hammered white cardstock using finger-lift tape.  I then used the cut out pieces to decorate the front of the card.)
  2. An angled view of the insert.
  3. An angled view from the other direction.
  4. (The card front decorated with the cut-outs from the insert attached with quick grab glue, a blue frame line drawn using an Indigo Blue coloured ProMarker, and a “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – peel-off greeting cut using my ScanNCut from holographic peel-off vinyl.)

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DESIGN TEAM CALL:

In case some of you missed my blog post of the 31st of May I thought I’d mention the Design Team call for Stamping Dragon Designs again today.  Different types and levels of crafters are being looked for, so please do pop over to the information – Here – to have a look at the requirements and how to apply.  The closing date is the 30th of June so that gives you some time to think about it and get your application in.

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BLOG CANDY:

lisa headerPinky Lisa’s Inky Crafts currently has some Blog Candy on offer.

In fact there are two chances to win, which is great.

Please click – Here – to go to the relevant post on her blog to see what you need to do to be in with a chance of winning one of a couple of vouchers Lisa is offering as Blog Candy.

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SEWING:

Another quirky stuffed felt owl.  You can see the first quirky owl in my previous post – here – together with some details.

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  1. Like the first owl this one is stuffed with toy filling and dried lavender.  This one has a pale blue breast for the nephew who’s favourite colour is currently blue.

I’m currently working on a third owl which will be for my niece.

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HINTS AND TIPS!

Today’s tip is – Whether you use a die cutting machine or a digital/electronic cutting machine – have a good look at the “waste” that’s left, be it the card you’ve cut out of, or the pieces that drop out of your cut.

Have a look at the card below.  It is actually made with the “waste” cut out from the first card above.

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I took an A4 sheet of 300gsm Hammered white cardstock, scored it using my Hougie Board and folded it in half to make my base card.  Before I made the 1st card above up I put the card front on the centre of this card.  I put some quick grab wet glue on the back of the “waste” pieces and put them back in place within the card front.  Once all three pieces were stuck in place I removed the card front leaving the waste in place on this card front.  I then used a ruler and an Aubergine ProMarker and did a double row of lines around to frame the picture.  I finished off by adding some sticky back faux gems and a “Penblwydd Priodas Hapus” greeting – which is Welsh for “Happy Wedding Anniversary” – which I’d cut from a holographic peel-off sheet using my ScanNCut.

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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:

  • Tuesday, 3rd June – Here! – Gordon Fraser Titanium Designer & Crafty Bob’s Cards of the Week!
    (I do love Gordon’s artwork and have used both his sheets and digi-stamps on my cards over the last few years – so please do check out his work.)

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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