Jul 312014
 

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An Update And Two Cards

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It’s a very short post from me today – only 2 creations to show you.  I’ve been trying to do little bits of tidying in the garden and having to do more resting and less crafting because of that.  I must admit that I don’t like how hot it’s been and suffer because of the heat, so try and do a little in the garden each morning and evening and rest in between.  Thoug this morning I went out with my loppers – and it started raining before I’d settled down in my chair properly to start working – so in I came again.  I have done a few other bits of crafting than on show today, but they are for Design Team work and so they are items you will see over the next few months, so lots of reasons for you to keep poping back for looks in the future.

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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. Rock a Bye Jiggy Stamp by Janette Padley and Baby Things *SVG* by Rae Carr (I printed the image out onto 250gsm Super Smooth cardstock at smaller than the size provided and coloured it in using ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Tan, Raw Sienna, Fuchsia Pink, Pink Carnation, and Red.  I then cut it out  I made a box card out of an A3 sheet of pink Adorable Scorable cardstock and panels out of white Adorable Scoreable cardstock.  I also cut out baby motifs out of pink Basal cardstocks using cutting file in my ScanNCut machine.  I used finger-lift tape to attach the panels to the box, and foam tape and glue gel to attach the baby motifs to the outside panels.  I put two acetate bridges across the inside of the box from side to side.  This had pieces sticking up onto which more of the baby motifs were attached using red back tacky tape.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in, but there are plenty of room on the “helicopter” and “rocking horse”.)
  2. Angled view from the other side of the box card.
  3. Closer look at the digi-stamp panel on the front flap.
  4. The box card put flat for boxing up for posting.

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  1. Fishing Boy Digital Stamp 7 by Angela Wenke and Fishing Rod Backing Paper by Apetroae Stefan (I printed the digi-stamp out at smaller than the size provided onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and coloured it in using my ProMarkers and FlexMarkers.  The colours I used were: Tan, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Henna, Satin, Olive Green, Red, Sky Blue, Surf Blue, and Cloud Blue.  The base card is A5 in size and onto this I stuck a panel of brown Basal cardstock.  I printed the backing design onto 120gsm good quality white paper and cut out two panels, one with only a single fishing rod on it.  The larger panel was stuck to the mat on the card using finger-lift tape and the same type of tape was used to stick the little panel and the digi-stamp topper onto blue Basal cardstock.  I used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the matted image to the card front.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what langauge it will be needed in.)
  2. Angled view of the same card showing the little dimension given to the toppers by using the foam tape.
  3. Fishing Rod Insert by Apetroae Stefan (I printed the insert onto 120gsm good quality paper, trimmed it, folded it in half and then attached inside the previous card using finger-lift tape.)

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Jul 272014
 

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An Update and A Few Cards

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How are you all (well all of you in the UK at least) copeing with the hot weather?  I’ve been finding it far too hot to do much of anything remotely strenuous.  I have sat in bed and put a few cards together, but not a lot else.

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MUSINGS:

At the begining of the year I said that one of my resolutions for the year was with regards to do with my level as a Registered Crafter on the craftsUprint site.  I said I wanted “to steadily work my way up to the magic 2,000 figure before the end of the year” to get to being a “Platinum Crafter”.  I noticed this weekend that I’ve reached over 1900 photos of made up items uploaded, so less than a hundred to make before the end of the year to reach my goal.  I may even make it before then if I manage to keep up a steady rate of creation.

Although I’ve not got any male or child themed cards in today’s post I have also been regularly making cards and other creations for men and children.  So I’m quite happy with how I’m keeping up with my New Year’s Resolutions.

So, as we are now over half whay through the year, I’m wondering how everybody else is getting on with their New Year’s resolutions, whether they were to do with crafting or not?  I wonder how many are keeping up with their resolutions in whole or part, and how many have given up completely?

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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. 624 Triple Easel *ScanNCut* by Rae Carr (I took the file into the online Canvas application and resized everything and split the layers onto different mats before downloading to my USB stick.  I used my ScanNCut to cut out the pieces out of green and yellow Topsy Turvy cardstock.  I used finger-lift tape and 2mm deep double sided foam tape to attach all the pieces, turning some of the green pieces over to the lighter side.  The flower and leaf decoration was also cut out of the same cardstock using cutting files inbuilt into the ScanNCut  I put flat back pearl embelishments at the centre of the flowers after putting those on the card front.  The greeting was cut out of peel-off vinyl using welded letters.  “Penblwydd Hapus” is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.)
  2. Side view of the card showing how the easel mechanism works.
  3. Closeup of the flower toppers.

When I showed you a card made using the Simply Lovable Collection CD Rom in a previous post I used a pre-layed out card front sheet.  This time I’ve used lots of individual backgrounds and elements and decided on the layout myself.

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  1. Simply Lovable Collection CD Rom by Janette Padley, Dragons Lair Designs (For this card I just printed out a lot of backgrounds and elements off the CD-ROM, without doing any manipulation in any graphics program, although I did resize some of the pages at the printing stage.  I took an 8″ square kraft base card, used my Hougie Board to score half way along the front, and folded the front back.  I cut a panel from one of the backgrounds and used finger-lift tape to stick it to the inside back of the card.  I also cut out one of the paper ribbons and attached it around half an inch in from the right hand side of the back.  Another paper ribbon was attached towards the left of the fold-back front as well.  I cut out one of the mat elements and punched it at each corner to give a decorative element before attaching it to the fold-back front along the left hand side.  I then cut out some of the flower elements and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach these to the card front.)
  2. Different angled view of the card front.
  3. Close-up of the topper area.

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  1. 367 Interlocking Gatefold *SnC* by Rae Carr (I took the cutting file into the online Canvas application and used the inbuilt fonts to put the names of the happy couple this card is for, together with the date of their wedding on the pieces.  I downloaded the cutting file on my USB stick and opened it in my ScanNCut deleting the cutting lines and making the machine draw out the wording.  Then, without removing the mat from the machine I re-loaded the file and this time deleted the wording before making the machine cut out the pieces.  I used Basal cardstock for this card. The flowers were cut out using an inbuilt cutting file out of the same cardstock as the white layer.  I used foam tape and quick grab glue to build up the card and used Wink of Luna blue pen to fill in the letters.)
  2. View directly to the front of the closed card.
  3. View from the front of the partially opened card
  4. Close-up of the interlocking central panel.

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  1. Purple And White Spotty Insert, With Pearls by Susan Heanes (I printed the sheet out onto 120gsm good quality white paper, trimmed it, and folded it in half, before sticking it in side an A5 card using finger-lift tape.)
  2. Purple And White Spotty Paper, With Border by Susan Heanes (I printed the sheet at half size onto 120gsm good quality paper and cut it out.  This was stuck to the front of a white A5 base card using finger-lift tape.  I’d got a panel, flowers and leaves cut out using my ScanNCut over a period of time and put into a “stash” box so I used these to decorate the card before adding a bow and flat back pearls.  I’ve not added a greeting yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in.)
  3. Angled view of the card showing the little dimension created by the bow and floral topper.

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Jul 252014
 

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An Update, A Few Cards and Double Page Scrapbook Layout

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In my last blog post I showed you a foot-stool that I’d re-upholstered.  I’m quite pleased with how it turned out, but boy did I pay for it the following day – I’d had a nephew use the staple gun while I pulled the hessian on the bottom into place, but I’d done the hammering in of the tacks around the top myself after he’d been collected by his father – and by late that evening my arms were really paying for it – I’d sware I’d been hammering the tacks into my forearms, not the foot-stool.  One of the affects of doing stuff when I suffer from M.E., but I keep on trying to do different small projects to see how badly, or not, the activity affects me.

So I rested for a couple of days – though with this heat I wasn’t up to doing much else in any case.  Then, of course, it was a return visit to the dentist for another extraction and one filling.  Thankfully the extraction site isn’t as painful as the previous extractions three weeks ago – the tooth came out in one piece so the dentist didn’t have to gouge pieces out.

What I have done this week is have a session sat down in front of my ScanNCut feeding in cardstock to cut out some fancy shaped base cards and some embelishments such as flowers.  I’ve also done a bit of colouring in as well – though some of it was for Design Team cards so I can’t show them to you yet – but keep your eye out from now and the end of the year.

Gardening has involved a short session out watering and picking soft fruits first thing in the morning and another session of watering in the evening, getting my loppers out every couple of days to chop back some brambles that insist on growing out of the hedges so that they don’t scratch my damaged leg as I’m moving from a chair at one location to a chair at the next to do the watering.

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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. Lattice card 1…..ScanNCut Only by Tina Fitch (I put the cutting file on my USB stick and took it to my ScanNCut.  I cut all the pieces out of one sheet of 12″ square Topsy Turvy Card which was red one side and pink the other.  This meant that I could have one colour to the front on the card and another for the flowers and flourishes.  After cutting it was simply a case of folding in half and using glue gel to attach the flower and add the flat back pearl centre.)
  2. Angled view of the card showing dimension of flower.

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  1. 602 Shaped Easel *ScanNCut* by Rae Carr and 437 Keys *SnC* by Rae Carr (I took the file into the online Canvas application and resized to the size I wanted before downloading to my USB stick.  I cut all the layers out of sheets of Topsy Turvy cardstock, as well as some flowers usieng a cutting file inbuilt to my ScanNCut.  I cut a greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” and “18”, as well as a key at two different sizes, out of sticky back peel-off vinyl as well.  I then used finger-lift tape and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to build up the card. I put on the peel-offs I’d created and then used wet glue to attach the flowers, finishing off by attaching leaves from my crafting stash that I’d previously cut out and also some flat back pearls.)
  2. Angled view of card showing a bit of the dimension.
  3. Further angled view showing the easel mechanism at the back.

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  1. Swirl flourish card ScanNCut Only by Tina Fitch (Having put the cutting file on my USB stick I used my ScanNCut to cut out the base card out of blue Topsy Turvy cardstock.  I used a pale green sheet of 250gsm cardstock to cut out the flourish layer and pale yellow cardstock from the same pack to cut out the flowers using a file inbuilt in the ScanNCut.   I used quick grab wet glue to attach the flourish to the card front and put the flowers on top.  I finished by wrapping a ribbon diagonally around the card and by adding little flat back pearls to the flower centres.)
  2. Close-up view of part of the previous card.

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  1. Swirl flourish card ScanNCut Only by Tina Fitch (Having put the cutting file on my USB stick I used my ScanNCut to cut out the base card out of 250gsm linen textured cardstock.  I used a pale green version of the same cardstock to cut out the flourish layer and pale purple cardstock to cut out the flowers using a file inbuilt in the ScanNCut.  I also used my ScanNCut to cut out the greeting “Penblwydd Priodas Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Anniversary”.  I used quick grab wet glue to attach the flourish to the card front and put the flowers on top.  I finished off by putting on the greeting peel-off and adding little flat back pearls to the flower centres.)
  2. Angled view of the detail and dimension of the card.
  3. Slightly closer angled look at the card detail.

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SCRAPBOOK PAGE LAYOUTS:

Today I took my camera out with me when I did my watering this morning.  Then I came in and went back to bed with my laptop and created this double page layout showing a snapshot of what’s growing in the garden today.

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Fun in The Sun Mini themeSpring Melody Papers and Spring Melody Elements all by Janette Padley of Stamping Dragon Designs where you can also find digital kits to use in scrapbooking.

I took the digital items and my photos into My Craft Studio software and layered up, resized and moved around until I was happy with my digital layout.  I saved in the digital format as well as printing out at 8″ square size for family members who want printed copies.

  1. The first page showing things outside in the garden.  Translations: Afalau – Apples; Ciplun O Ardd Maes Mieri – Snapshot Of Maes Mieri’s Garden; Pwmpen – Pumkin; Melyn – Yellow; Gwyrdd – Green; Letis a Moron – Lettuce and Carrots; Tatws – Potatoes.
  2. The second page shows the things inside the greenhouse. Translations: Blodyn Cyntaf y Melon – First Flower on the Melon; Tomatos a Cicymerau yn Cyrraedd Y Tô – Tomatoes and Cucumbers Reaching The Roof; Pupurau – Peppers; Persli a Letis – Parsley and Lettuce;

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Jul 212014
 

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Some Cards And Some Re-upholstery

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I love visiting so many of your fantastic blogs and seeing what you’ve been crafting, but time constraints does mean that I don’t manage to comment on each and every post I look at, though I do try and comment on one of the latest posts on each blog I visit each time I have a blog browsing session.  Please accept my appologies that I don’t manage to comment on every post you all make.

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I’m still trying to beat the birds to my loganberries every day, and stuff is still growing nicely in the glasshouse, potato sacks, etc., so I’m hopefull that we’ll have good enough weather and that I’ll have a bit of a crop of tastey stuff to eat from the garden this year.  One of the young nephews wheeled a few bags of compost in from the car for me this afternoon so I can finish filling the last potato bags and a few re-potting jobs soon.  I’ll have to try and do another scrapbook layout to show how things are getting on before to long.

I’ve not done a lot of crafting the last couple of days since my Christmas card marathon, but I have got a bit of crafting that I’ve not blogged before to show you today – I hope you like them.

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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.)

On the Stamping Dragon Designs Facebook group we have a monthly “Colouring Challenge” – where we get given a digi-stamp, or some other SDD item, to work with for FREE provided we upload a finished project with that item on it before the end of the month.  Of course, some cleaver members of the group have managed to combine this SDD group challenge with the “Stampin’ With The Dragon” challenge blog challenge for this month – which happens to be to make an easel card with something SDD on it – so, in addition to the album of free designs on the FB group, and the free samples in the store, this is another way to get hold of free SDD items to play with for “Stampin’ with the Dragon” challenge entries.

This month the group colouring challenge image is “Snitch with Holly and Wild Rose” (which you can find – here – in the store and – here – on CUP.)

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  1. I decided to go from black to white via some shades of grey and silver – with the addition of some red – for my creation for this month’s colouring challenge.  I used FlexMarkers – Blue Grey 1, Blue Grey 3, Dove Gray, and Crimson ProMarker.  I also used some silver irridescent glitter glue.  The base card, plus matting and layering are all foiled Adorable Scorable cardstock in black or white with silver foiling.  Everything is attached using finger-lift tape.  I finished off with a greetings banner that says “Nadolig Llawen” which is Welsh for “Happy Christmas”.
  2. Slightly angled view of the card.
  3. Another different angled view of the same card.

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  1. Fancy Doily 3…..ScanNCut Only by Tina Fitch (I decided to go for some contrast for this card, so chose an 8″ square base card and resized the layers to make them bigger to make a real statement topper on this.  I chose yellow and orange Basal cardstock to cut the different layers out of.  After cutting everything out using my ScanNCut I used wet glue to attach the various layers together and to attach the topper to the base card.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in, but I did use my finger to dot a circle of wet glue around the  topper and then put ultra fine crystal glitter on it, which really sparkles in the light even though it doesn’t look at its best in the photo.)
  2. Close-up of a part of the design
  3. Angled view of the card front – I was trying to show the sparkle of the crystal glitter, but it looks more white and less sparkle in the photo than it does in real life.

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  1. Winter Wonderland by Karen Wyeth and Donkey by Karen Wyeth (I made these cards by taking two of the backgrounds and two donkeys into one of my graphics packages.  I resized and moved the items until I was happy with the layouts.  I then printed the sheet onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out both card fronts.  For the 1st card I matted onto a piece of white hammered cardstock before attaching to the front of a card scored, folded, and cut to size made out of satin board – on this one I’ve put a greetings banner “Nadolig Llawen” – which is Welsh for “Happy Christmas”.  The images on both have had the addition of clear Wink of Stella and white glitter glue, though the twinkle doesn’t show up in the photos.)
  2. Winter Wonderland by Karen Wyeth and Donkey by Karen Wyeth (I matted this 2nd card onto satinboard and then onto the front of a base card made by scoreing and folding an A4 sheet of white hammered cardstock in half – I’ve not put on a greeting on this one yet as I’m not sure what langauge it will be needed in, but I’m thinking of a funny greeting for a winter birthday.)
  3. Angled view of 2nd card.

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UPHOLSERY

The covering of my father’s footstoop was in a bad condition, having w0rn through and shredded a bit at the centre and where it went over the sides – so I decided it was time to re-upholster it.

First job was to take off the damaged material.  It’s in a bit of a state isn’t it!

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Thankfully the foam underneath the material only looked a bit scuffed but hadn’t started coming apart and disintigrating, so I didn’t have to attempt replacing that – or I might just have given in before I started.  I’d bought a Large Remnant pack of assorted materials from Craft Yourself Silly and the pack happened to have a nice piece of upholstery material in it.  So I lay the piece of material I’d taken off over the new piece and cut it to size.  The hessian over the underneath of the tool was also rather tattered, and as I had a big piece of hessian for making proggy matting, also from Craft Yourself Silly, I started off by putting that over the underneath of the stool and attaching it using a staple gun – thankfully I had the help of a nephew to get some of the old staples out and get the new ones in – leaving me to pull a bit for tenssion and keep my hands out of the way.  After that I put the cut to size upholstery material over the foot-stool and pulled it into the right place and attached with suitable tacks.

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And there you have it – one re-upholstered foot-stool.

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Jul 192014
 

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A Batch Of Christmas Cards

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Regular readers of my blog will know that, while I do love to make a variety of styles of cardmaking and crafting in general, I do like having a few kits with die-cuts in the house for when I don’t feel up to cutting out small things or just want the satisfaction of having created something when I’m too weak or tired to do other forms of card making and crafting.  Well today my hands and arms were painful, but I felt like doing something to keep me occupied while waiting for the Tesco groceries delivery – and we had a phone call to appolagise because the delivery was going to be late.  So – today’s makes were all made from one kit.  I did use some extra white hammered cardstock, some foiled adorable scoreable cardstock, and some little foil bordered base cards, from my crafting stash to add to the kit.  All I had left at the end of my crafting session were the English greetings panels and a bit of foiled paper ribbon and sheet edges that I’d cut off.

I had 21 quick and easy Christmas cards made from one kit to add to my Christmas card selection.

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CARDS:

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

The kit I used was “The Road to Bethlehem” kit that came with the “Crafting with Hunkydory” issue 18 magazine.  Thank you Hunkydory for creating a Nativity themed kit.  All the cards are all A5 or smaller and used no more than 2mm deep foam tape for layering dimension so that they will all go through the UK post using a standard letter stamp.  (I do love the demonstrations cards made on Create & Craft, but other than a few hand delivered cards all the matting and layers and dimensions make them more expensive to post.)

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Jul 172014
 

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An Short Update and Four Cards

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Not much of an update this time – my mouth is much better than it was (but of course I’ve got another appointment with the dentist next week for another extraction so more pain to be expected). The plants in my greenhouse and other small areas I manage to work while sitting down are mostly doing well. The birds are still getting half my loganberries every day, and all the blueberries I think.  I’ve managed to make a few Design Team samples this week – some of them being digital creations and some involving cutting and sticking – which you’ll see on my blog in due course.  And I’ve made a small number of other cards.  I do 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. 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.)

As we are now around half way through the current “Stampin with the Dragon” challenge to make an easel card using anything SDD (Stamping Dragon Design item by Janette Padley) on it, I decided to make a second easel inspiration piece to show you. (You can see the first challenge DT piece I made on a previous blog post -> Here!)

This time I’ve gone for a single, simple, easel, but cut the top of my created topper to give it shape.

 

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  1. Deco Daze Collection – Page Kit by Janette Padley of Stamping Dragon Designs (I took several elements of the kit into the My Craft Studio software and resized, moved around, and layered things on top of each other until I had the pieces I wanted to make my card all layed out on my working area.  I then printed the sheet out onto 250gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock.  I cut my base card out of 300gsm hammered white cardstock, scoreing it twice using my Hougie Board.  After cutting out the pieces I attached them to my base card using finger-lift tape, 3mm deep double sided foam tape, and glue gel.)
  2. A more angled view of the card showing more of the dimension.
  3. View straight from the front of the card.

Just a reminder to those of you who might want to take part in the challenge but haven’t, as yet, bought any items from the SDD store, or anywhere else where Janette Padley the tallented SDD designer sells her designs – FREE SAMPLES of her work are available at the store – here – and by joining the Stamping With The Dragon Facebook group – here.  Using any of the free samples as an obvious element on your creation does allow you to join in with the challenge.

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I know I usually get Stamping Dragon Designs/Dragons Lair Designs digital items as downloads either from Janette Padley’s own online store – The Crafting Dragon -> here – or via craftsUprint -> here – but sometimes, if I want a lot of items from the same range all at once, then getting them delivered on a CD-ROM can be much less of a hastle than downloading section by section.  That is what I went for when I wanted to get my hands on several items from the “Simply Lovable Collection”.  No interface, no downloading to PC/Laptop (unless you are lucky enough to have lots of hard drive space and want to drag them all accross as a named folder on your drive), just simply opening and printing from the CD-ROM or taking items from the CD-ROM into software such as My Craft Studio or Craft Artist to digitally layer and re-size before printing.

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  1. Simply Lovable Collection CD Rom by Janette Padley of Stamping Dragon Designs (The sheet of card front and added layers and elements for this card comes ready prepared on the CD-ROM, so I simply printed it off, cut it out, and built it up onto the front of an A5 base card using fingerlift tape, 3mm deep foam tape, and glue gel.  I did use a Red Wink of Luna brush pen to just edge the outside of the card front panel, the central panel and some of the letters.  I also used a Sakura clear glaze pen over the cnetre of the floral elements and the “thread” through the button.)
  2. A more angled view of the previous card.
  3. The same card from the front.

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  1. 553 Frilly Border *SVG* by Rae Carr (I took the .svg file into the online Canvas application and downloaded it to my USB stick.  I then cut the file out of Buttermilk Basal cardstock using my ScanNCut.  I put a piece of gold mirror card behind the fancy cut out border using ultra tacky tape each side to hold it in place.  The mat was cut out of the same cardstock and I went round the edge using Sleighbells ProMarker as well as edging the base card with the same ProMarker.  I also used my ScanNCut to cut out the flowers out of vellum, the leaves out of Blingalicious cardstock, and the greeting out of sticky back vinyl.  I used foam tape to attach the panel to the card front and glue gel to attach everything else in place, finishing off by adding some faux pearls to the flower centres.)

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  1. Fancy Window Easel Card MACHINE Cut Files by Rae Carr (I took the file into the online Canvas application and downloaded it to my USB stick.  I cut the various layers out of Buttermilk Basal cardstock and green Blingalicious cardstock using my ScanNCut.  I also cut out some different sized flowers from two colours of vellum.  I played around with the layers and built up my card how I wanted it, sticking things in place using foam tape and glue gel.  Glue gel was also used to stick the flowers in place and the pearls in their centre. I’ve not put a greeting on yet as I’m not sure what language the card will be needed in, or for what occasion.)
  2. Angled view of previous card.
  3. Slightly different angled view of card.

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Jul 152014
 

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An Update And A Few Cards

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What can I say about the last couple of days? – my mouth is a bit better than it was, though I didn’t have a call from the dental surgery to say they could fit me in before the dentist went away, so I’ll have to wait till the middle of next week now to have the next extraction and other work done.

I’m still fighting a loosing battle with the birds getting to my loganberries before me.  A few days ago I was getting over a pound of fruit a day and now I’m getting around half a pound, and it’s not down to the fruit not being there – every day the ground around the loganberry canes is littered with bits of red fruit like confetti – so annoying.

I’ve finally managed to start putting together some of the cards I cut out on my ScanNCut a week Saturday.  Got the first 2 to show you today, as well as some more of the quick and easy Christmas cards.  I hope you like them all.

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.)

For an aunt’s 90th birthday.

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  1. 601 Shaped Double Easel *SVG* by Rae Carr (I took the cutting file into the online application, Brother Canvas, and downloaded it my USB stick for use with my ScanNCut.  I cut all the layers out of Buttermilk Basal cardstock.  I then made one layer slightly smaller than the stopper layer and put the wording Penblwydd Hapus – which is Welsh for Happy Birthday – in the middle of it.  I also put a 9 and a 0 on my working area at a size that would fit inside the two easel card toppers.  These were cut out using the same machine from encapsulated glitter sticky back vinyl.  Flowers were cut from gold and ice white vellum and leaves from Blingalicious cardstock.  I then used finger-lift tape and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape, glue gel and wet glue to build up my card, finishing off with some faux pears attached with glue gel.)
  2. Angled view of previous card.
  3. A slightly different angle.

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  1. Deco Card…ScanNCut Only by Tina Fitch (I cut the card base and layers out of two shades of blue Blingalicious cardstock.  I also cut out some velum flowers and leaves out of green Blingelicious cardstock.  I then used foam tape and glue gel to construct the card, finishing off by adding a greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – that I’d also cut using my ScanNCut, this time out of holographic vinyl.)
  2. Same card at a slight angle and standing up so that you can see through the cut work better.

There follows another small batch of Nativity themed Christmas Cards made using items from the same Hunkydory kit as previously.  Quick and easy cards that still look nice, and even using kit elements there’s very little chance that a lot of the purchesors will create all their cards using the same layout, so individuality can be seen with cards made using kits as well.

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  1. This is simply a sheet of the background cardstock, scored using my Hougie Board, and then folded in half.  I then used foam tape to attach a topper and a greeting banner.
  2. Angled view of previous card.

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  1. For this card I took a background sheet and scored it twice using my Hougie Board.  This time I scored it to make an off-set gatefold card to show off the images on the background to their best.  I then added a candle and a star peel-off before using foam tape to attach a greetings banner – “Nadolig Llawen” is Welsh for “Happy Christmas”.
  2. Slightly different angle’d view of the card.

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  1. For this card I took a sheet of foiled Adorable Scorable cardstock and scored it using my Hougie Board before folding it in half.  I took a piece of paper ribbon from one of the topper sheets and attached using finger-lift tape befoe using some foam tape to attach the three toppers – sorry but the light shining on this card hasn’t made the colours and images look their best in this photo.
  2. Angled view of previous card.

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  1. I wanted to make a larger card with this topper, so rather than scoreing it at the half way point I scored it at 8″ and 9″ and then cut it off at the 9″ line and folded at the 8″ line.  I used ultra tacky tape to attach a sheet of white hammered cardstock as a back to the card, cutting off the excess once it was firmly in place.
  2. Angled view of previous card.

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Jul 132014
 

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An Update, A Few Cards and A Few Other Bits

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Although I’m still in a bit of pain with my mouth and the tooth extraction sites, but the pain is much better than it was and I can concentrate a bit better than I could a week ago.  I’ve still got the visit back to the dentist the week after next to look forward to for more fillings and extractions, so I suspect it will be a while yet before I’m back to my regular self and my full assortment of varied crafting.  I have however still been working on quick and simple projects.  I hope you like what I’ve made lately.

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New July 2014 - Gift VoucherJust a reminder that there’s a challenge currently going on over on “Stampin with the Dragon“.  The challenge is quite simple really – just make an “Easel Card” using something from Stamping Dragon Designs on it (it would help confirm your creations eligibility if you mentioned the name of the item in your blog description to make sure that your creation isn’t disqualified in error).  It doesn’t have to be made with all SDD items, just make sure you use something SDD.  Read the full rules on the blog – Here!  There’s a voucher to spend in the store for the winner – who gets chosen by Random from all eligable entries.  And the really good thing is that you can enter using any of the freebies that are available to the Stamping Dragon Designs Facebook group members.  So if you are not already a member – pop over – and join us.

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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. On the Farm Bundle by Karen Wyeth (I took several items from this kit into one of my graphics packages and resized and moved around until I was happy with the layout for a card topper.  I then printed it out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I took a 6″ square scalloped edge card from my crafting stash as well as background papers for matting and layering, a tag and some leafy twigs. and stuck everything to the card front using finger-lift tape.  I used a Walnut ProMarker to go round the edge of the largest mat and decorate the outside of the card.  The greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.)
  2. Angled view of previous card.

And now back to some more quick and easy Christmas cards made using elements from the same Hunkydory kit I’ve used for items in previous posts.  Today’s selection all feature the sheep on the hills.

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  1. This is a little square pre-foiled card with just a small topper added using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape with a peel-off greeting added to finish.
  2. I cut one of the background cardstocks from the kit in half and stuck one half to the front of an A4 cardstock that I’d scored using my Hougie Board and folded in half.  I added a sticky back foiled paper ribbon down the left hand side and then put on a greetings banner.

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  1. The other half of the sheet of cardstock used on the previous card was stuck to the front of another base card made a another card.  This time I added a topper and a greetings panel using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.
  2. An angled view of the same card.

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  1. This time I scored a sheet of A4 of Andy’s Cards cardstock using my Hougie board.  I added a piece of foiled paper ribbon near the left hand side of the card.  I put on the topper using finger-lift tape and used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to add the frame and greetings panel.
  2. A close-up angled view of the same card.

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  1. For this card I used an A4 sheet of hammered cardstock that I scored using my Hougie Board and folded in half.  I added a piece of sticky back paper ribbon near the left hands side and put on my topper using fingerlift tape and the frameing element using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I finished off with a peel-off greeting.
  2. An angled view of the previous card.

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SCRAPBOOK PAGE LAYOUTS:

I think the birds got more of the blackcurrents than I did this year.  Every time I looked at the bushes it didn’t look as if any more blackcurrents were ripening, I think that this was because the birds were eating them off as they were ripening every morning before I got out to the garden.  In any case, I think I’ve finished picking the blackcurrents now and this is the double page spread I made.

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  1. Crop 4 the Cure Papers by Janette Padley, Floral Meadow Elements by Janette Padley and Floral Meadow Papers by Janette Padley (I took papers and elements from the kts into one of my graphics packages, together with an assortment of photos I’d taken of our blackcurrant bushes and picked currents this year, and made a two page spread layout up by resizing, moveing, digitally cropping, copying, etc., until I had a layout I was happy with.  I saved the two pages as digital pages to send electronically to family members and printed them off as 8″ square layouts to give to other family members.)
  2. Closer look at the first page of the spread.  Cwrens Duon = Black Currents; O’r Llwyn = From the Bush.
  3. Closer look at the second page of the spread.  I’r ty = To the House.  Pigwyd o’r 7fed i’r 9fed Gorffennaf = Picked between the 7th and the 9th July; Dodwyd yn y rhewgell 9lb 11.6oz = Put 9lb 11.6oz i the freezer.
    Remember to click on the thumbnails to see a larger version of the image!

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JEWELLERY:

You may remember that, in a previous post, I showed you an octopus that I’d made using elastic loom bands, and the octopus changed colour when put in sunlight.  Well I then got my hands on some Pony Beads that are UV Change, so change from a white/clear to coloured when they get placed in sunlight.  The cuff bracelet was made using the same pattern as the cuff bracelet I showed you previously – here.  But this time I added beads to the two central bands on every other purple row before working with them.

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  1. This is the cuff bracelet from the side.
  2. I’ve put it flat, in the shade, for this picture.
  3. I then moved it into the sunlight and you can see the beads changeing colour in this picture.
  4. A side view of the bracelet cuff.

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Well I went to the dentist again on Tuesday afternoon – an appointment booked to have a small filling replaced in one of my front teeth. The good news is that I didn’t have an injection, filling or extraction – though really that’s the bad news, because by the time she’d prodded and poked and taken three X-rays of the two teeth that had been giving me problems during the period since I had the two extractions a week previously, the short time slot I was booked in for the filling was over. I was right that the pain I’ve been in this last week is down to more than the two extractions I had done a week ago – the teeth directly behind both the extractions both have lost fillings. X-rays showed that one has a rotten core down to the bone and will have to come out. The other is more painful at the moment because the nerve is exposed. So all she had time for was to put in a temporary dressing that should stop the sensitivity until my next appointment in a fortninghts time. So back home via the shop to pick up more painkillers and another lie down to try and recover from the little excursion. Unfortunately the dentist is away next week so no appointments available until the following week. The dental nurse has already put me on the list to have a call in if anybody cancels in the meantime. At least with the temporary dressing in place the pain killer are working better, which is more than the were doing, so I’m feeling reasonable even if I’m not feeling good at the moment.

But the birds wait for nobody, so I’ve had to battle on and pick what blackcurrants were left – not nearly as big a crop as I’d have hoped to get but I knew that the blackbirds and probably other birds were getting there before me every morning.  Did a push early Wednesday morning and got all the ones I could still see on the bushes.  And I’m still getting some Loganberries ripening every day so hopefully we’ll have a few more pounds of those to put in the freezer before they finish cropping.  Digital Scrapbook page layouts showing these will be appearing on my blog over the next few weeks as I get them done.

The other stuff I’ve sown and planted are also comming along slowly, so today I’ve got some more digital Scrapbook layouts of photos from the garden to show you, as well as some more quick and simple Christmas cards..  At least the bundle of Christmas cards is growing.

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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.)

While I’ve gone for quick and easy Nativity Christmas cards for the majority of todays cards, the first two are more whimsical.

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  1. Whimsical Christmas Mini by Janette Padley (I took quite a few elements and backgrounds from this kit into one of my graphics packages and resized, moved around, etc., until I had two layouts of card fronts of around 5.5″ that I was happy with.  The page was then printed out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out.  I took two 6″ square scalloped edge cards from my crafting stash and stuck the card fronts onto them using finger-lift tape.  I then used an assortment of my glitter glues to add sparkle to the cards I made.  This is one of the cards.  The greeting “Nadolig Llawen” is Welsh for “Happy Christmas”.  With lots of different elements in the kit it is possible to make cards with different layouts and either print out the elements and cut them all out, or do the designing in the software like I did.  This means the card produced is flat enough to go through the UK post on a standard letter stamp.)
  2. Angled view of part of the card to show the sparkle achieved using the glitter glue.

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  1. Whimsical Christmas Mini by Janette Padley (This is the second card produced with the second card front I designed the same time as the card above and made the same way.)
  2. Closer, angled, look at part of the card.
  3. An even closer look.

These are more cards I’ve made using the same Hunkydory Christmas kit as I’ve shown you previously, but this time I decided to go through the kit and pull out some of the toppers and background cards that had more of a Nativity theme to them.   I hope you like them.

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  1. For this card I took a sheet of A4 background from the kit and scored it and cut off a piece to make it into a 6″ square card.  I went over areas of the image such as the wings with clear Wink of Stella brush pen, and added the greeting banner using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.
  2. An angled view to sow that I’ve kept the card dimension down.
  3. A closer look at the wing and halo area to try and show some of the sparkle added.

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  1. For this card I used a part of one of the backgrounds and stuck it to a plain cardstock to make the base card.  I then used small strips of 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the frame element and greetings banner, and glue gel to attach the central topper and the four corners.  Using glue gel like this meant I had time to slide the pieces into place.
  2. A closer, angled, view at part of the card.

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  1. The base card is an A4 sheet of Hammered cardstock from my crafting stash that I scored using my Hougie Board and folded in half.  I used one of the paper ribbon elements from one of the topper sheets as well as two strips cut off one of the background cards in the kit to give some interest to the card before using 2mm deep, double sided foam tape to attach the frame and the the greetings panel.  I then put in the topper using glue gel as a flat glue just to give me time to make sure it was in place central to the frame.
  2. An angled view of the card front to try and show where I’d introduced a little dimension while still keeping the card flat enough to go through the UK post on a standard letter stamp.
  3. A closer look at the Nativity scene topper.

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  1. This is just one of the background cards from the kit that I scored to give three equal panels, taking care not to score through the image of the wise man.  I then cut around the edge of the image before folding the card back.  I put on a greetings banner on the front and a large star peel-off on the back.
  2. A different angled look at the card.
  3. A closer look at the wise men.

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SCRAPBOOK PAGE LAYOUT:

This page is showing the development of one of my tomato plants – the label on the plant when I got it said it is a “Tumbler” tomato plant – so it is a spreading and falling down over an edge breed of tomato rather than one that is tied in to a cane and growing upright.

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  1. Walk in the Park Mini Theme by Janette Padley (I took the elements of the kit, together with photos taken of the tomato plant on two different dates, into one of my graphics packages and moved around, resized, digitally punched, etc., until I was happy with the layout.  I saved it as a digital page to send to a member of the family and also printed it out as an 8″ square page to give to a member of the family who doesn’t do digital.)
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JEWELLERY:

The base of this bracelet is a piece of black leather.  I’ve used a clear jewellery thread to attach the string of diamantes also the blue beads to this.

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  1. The sparkle of the gems isn’t visible from the side like this.
  2. This side view gives you more of an idea of what the beads look like.
  3. Closer look at the beads – it’s difficult to show in a photo how sparkly they look in the light.

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An Update And An Assotment Of Crafting

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I wish I could say that my mouth and face feels a lot better after having the two teeth extracted last week, but it doesn’t actually feel a whole lot better, just a little bit better.  I’m still not able to sleep all night as the last pain killers of the night ware off before the morning and if I turn onto my cheak the pain wakes me up.  And today I have another appointment with the dentist for a filling – I just hope that goes according to plan and nothing movers where it shouldn’t.  I’ll get her to check the hole where one of the teeth came out of, and the tooth next to it that’s been giving me about as much grief as the extraction site itself, while I’m there this afternoon.

I’ve been trying to do a little bit out the garden each day as the weather has been good and the fruit is ripening well – and the blackbirds have started attacking them.  You may remember that last year one of my nephews and myself made a “Scare Faces” called “Jack and Jill” (see them – here – on my old blog post if you missed them).  It got wet and the weight of the wet hair pulled it down off its string the end of last summer, but it was basicly in good shape, so “Jack and Jill” have been given a new piece of string, and some glue from my hot glue gun to cover the hole of the old string, and are now hanging out between the Loganberries and Blackcurrants.  I hope it has some effect in detering the birds until I get some more of the crop in.

Today I’ve got a wide assortment of items to show you.  I do hope you like them.

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BLOG CANDY WIN:

I’ve been very lucky in winning one of the blog candies that were on offer on “JUDITH’S ADORABLE CREATIONS” blog last month.  A BIG THANK YOU to Judith for her generosity. I got a 10 dollar Gift Certificate to the Robyn’s Fetish site and promptly spent it on 4 lovely digi-stamps.  I’ve no doubt, once I’m feeling better, and once the rush of the summer gardening is over, you’ll be seeing some of them appearing in my creations on my blog.

CARDS:

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

The first two cards were made to give to two male family members on their birthdays lately.

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  1. Jayne Netley Mayhew – The Digistamp CD and elements from a previous free Create & Craft Club gift (I simply printed out one of the sheets from the CD-ROM, cut out the panel and backgrounds from the kit, and used finger-lift tape and 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape, to attach the pieces together.  I used a gold Wink of Stella brush pen to write on the greeting on this card.  Although not shown in this photo, before I sent the card I did add a double wrap of baker’s twine, tied in a knot, near the spine of the card.)
  2. Angled view to show the small dimension I built on the card.

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  1. Jayne Netley Mayhew – The Digistamp CD and elements from a previous free Create & Craft Club gift (I simply printed out one of the sheets from the CD-ROM, cut out the panels plus cut out backgrounds and tag from the kit, and used finger-lift tape and 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape, to attach the pieces together.  I used a Wallnut ProMarker to write on the greeting on this card.)
  2. Angled view to show the small dimension I built on the card.

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JEWELLERY:

I’ve got a couple more loom elastic band bracelets to show you today.  Both are made in the same pattern but I’m not sure what it’s called – could be fish scales or dragon’s skin or something like that.  One is made over 8 pegs and one over 6 and the colour combinations used are different.

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  1. This cuff bracelet is made over 8 pegs and is made using orange and pink flurescent elastics.  I’ve kept the same colours to the same pegs throughout so that the colour pattern carries through all the way.
  2. Another view of the bracelet.

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  1. This one is made over 6 pegs and I did a whole row of one colour before moving on to another colour, so the cuff bracelet has become a rainbow of colours.
  2. Another view of the same bracelet – sorry that these photos are not as focused as they should be.  I think the different neon colours I used just sent my camera wild.

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SCRAPBOOK PAGE LAYOUT:

More of my gardening efforts.

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  1. Blazing Summer Mini Theme by Janette Padley (I took lots of elements from the kit, together with three of the photos I took of the cucumbers in my greenhouse, into one of my graphics packages.  I then moved around, resized, digitally punched, etc., until I was happy with the layout. The text on this translates as “What is hiding behind these leaves?” and “The first cucumber of the year”.  After working on it digitally I saved it to send digitally to some family members and printed it out as an 8″ square page to hand to others.)
  2. One of my cucumber plants
  3. A peep through the leaves at the growing cucumbers and flowers
  4. The first cucumber picked this year.

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CAKE DECORATING:

Strictly speaking this isn’t cake decorating as the cake isn’t actually decorated.  This platter of edible goodies was made for a family member’s birthday last month.

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  1. The “barn” is two ginger cake loafs put on top of each other so the top one is upside-down.  This was cooked by one of my young nephews, although I did the putting in and taking out of the oven.  I was most impressed with how quickly he turned the flour and butter into breadcrumbs perfectly and he did all the weighing out and mixing.  The “farmhouse and outbuildings” I did – a silicone mould and a big bag of Belgian chocolate that I melted and poured in.  After all the pieces had set hard and I’d popped them out I took my edible shimmers and some brandy and painted the colours on.  The “stepping stones” are the contribution of another of my young nephews.  They are icing coin sweets.  He loves these sweets so much I just couldn’t get him to make them any smaller to be more in size with the “farmhouse” – as far as he’s concerned they only need to be small enough to fit in his mouth.
  2. A closer look at a part of our edible creation.

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