Even More July 2014 Cardmaking and Crafting

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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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More Crafting In The 2nd Week Of July 2014

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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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STAMPIN WITH THE DRAGON CHALLENGE BLOG:

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.

And don’t forget to check out the Blog Candy on offer on The Dragons Den as well – 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. 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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Crafting Into The Last Week Of June 2014

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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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CUP UPDATE:

20% Discount

You can find a list of all the Designers currently offering a 20% discount by clicking – Here!

CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Friday, 27th June – Here! – CUP News, Latest Freebies in the Vault & Prizes Galore!

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Crafting In The Second Half Of June 2014

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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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DESIGN TEAM CALL:

ChallengeAdvertisingBadgeI just thought I’d give you a quick reminder that there’s a Design Team Call currently going on for the “Stampin with the Dragon” challenge blog.  All sorts and levels of crafters are being invited to apply.  The call runs until the 30th June and you can get the details by clicking -> Here!

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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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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, 24th June – Here! – Pick of the Week, Crafter Selections, Latest Vault Freebies & More

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 the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
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More Crafting At The Start Of June

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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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BLOG CANDY:

Judith's Blog CandyJudith’s Adorable Creations currently has some Blog Candy on offer.

In fact there are two chances to win, which is great.  2 x Gift Certificates to be drawn at random.

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.

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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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CUP UPDATE:

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You can find a list of all the Designers currently offering a 20% discount by clicking – Here!

CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Friday, 6th June – Here! – WOW! Come and see Crafty Bob’s Freebie Vault

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 the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
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Crafting At The Start Of June 2014

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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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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
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Still Card Making and Crafting in May 2014

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A Few Cards and Other Bits

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TTCRD_winnersBadge2bI entered one of the cards I showed you in my post of the 14th May into several challenges.  It was the card with the main image Penny with Butterflies by Janette Padley.  Well – I found out I’d won one of the challenges.  it was the “Through The Craft Room Door – TTCRD Challenge May 13″ – the results of which you can find Here!  So now I have 3 digi-stamps from Sandi to play with.  Look out for cards made using them in the next few weeks.

One of my nephews had asked me if he could make some butter.  I know he wanted to use the old glass butter churn, but there was no way I was buying enough cream to put enough in the bottom of that for it to churn, so I bought him a 600ml pot of double cream and gave him a pot and an electric whisk instead.  And as he was getting to make butter I bought a packet of make your own bread for his brother – but I added some raisins and cinnamon to it for him to mix in. Considering how much he had to taste along the way, and how bad his kneeding method is, it’s surprising how well the loaf rose in the airing cupboard.  They had to go home while the loaf was in the oven so we’ve not had a slice of it yet, but this is what the results of our efforts look like.

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Other than that I didn’t do a whole lot of crafting Sunday and Monday.  I did manage to get a photo of the card I made with the items I’d pulled out in 5 minutes for the Stamping Dragon Design Facebook Group fun challenge I told you about in my last blog post though.  Then it was just one card from a kit and one quick and easy card.  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.)

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  1. Nap Time Stamp by Janette Padley and Strawberry Shortcake Papers by Janette Padley (I printed the sheet out onto  250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at smaller than the size provided.  I also printed out a background sheet fromthe papers kit.  I coloured in the image using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: March Hare, Satin, Blush, Vanilla, Pastel Pink, Blossom, Pineapple Crush and Pastel Yellow.  I then cut the image out as a topper using the Perfect Squares Tool to get the shape right, and then went round the edge with the Pineapple Crush ProMarker used for the colouring.  I cut a mat from the background and attached the topper using finger-lift tape.  I took a sheet of cream Adorable Scorable cardstock, scored it using my Hougie Board, and folded it in half to make my base card.  I took a sheet of pink Adorable Scorable cardstock and cut another, slightly larger, mat to put behind the topper and also cut a paper ribbon from it.  I used finger-lift tape to attach both of these to the card front before using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the layered topper on top.  I made paper roses from the background by tareing and winding the cardstock and glueing them together using quick grab wet glue – I made the flowers using the same method as I used in my No Tools Paper Flowers 02 Making Paper Flowers tutorials.  I then used the same glue to attach the roses to the paper ribbon element on the card.  I finished off by putting some spots of toneing glitter glue on the card front.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.)
  2. Angled view of the card front.

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  1. Return to Patchwork Forest Luxury Card Collection by Hunkydory (This was one of the set cards within the kit, so all I needed to do was pop everything out, fold the base card, and attach first the base image layer using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape and then the decoupage pieces using glue gel.)
  2. Closer look at the decoupaged centre.
  3. Angled view of the card.

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  1. Scalloped Topper With Christmas Tree 4 by Anna Babajanyan (I printed the sheet out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the scalloped panel.  This I stuck to the front of an 8″ square base kraft card using finger-lift tape.  I then took gold glitter glue and followed the wiggly line around the card.  I also took a white glitter glue and put a dot on all the “snow” dots on the tree itself.  I’ve not put a greeting on yet as I don’t kow what language the card will be needed in.)
  2. Close-up of glittered area.

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JEWELLERY:

It took me several sessions over two days to complete this, but I loved the beads and effect so much I decided to make it a large enough size for me.

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  1. This bracelet was made with elements from a kit by Bead Spider.  The kit had enough material to make two bracelets, so I’ve got another one to make up again.  The beads are very sparkly, which is difficult to capture in a photograph.
  2. Another angle on the beaded area.
  3. Look at the button clasp area.

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HINTS AND TIPS!

Today’s tip is – read, and follow, the “Terms of Use” or “Angel Policy” of any item you want to craft with, especially those that you’ve received in digital format, be it from the Internet or on a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM.  And if something doesn’t have any Terms of Use them assume that you have no right to use it, not that you can do anything you like with it!

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:

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

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CUP UPDATE:

20% Discount

You can find a list of all the Designers currently offering a 20% discount by clicking – Here!

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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Even More May 2014 Card Making and Crafting

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A Bit Of An Assortment

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It was too wet Friday afternoon to do anything in the garden, but I did manage a little trip down to the garden centre and picked up a few more pots of plants and some grow bags.  I’ll need to get the plants into the raised beds over the next few days, and then put a good plastering of slug pellets around them as this wet weather will have got all the sligs and snails out I think.

So, while the weather hasn’t been up to much I’ve been doing some assorted crafting.  I hope you like the creations I’ve got to show you today.

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MUSINGS:

As I’m on the Design Team for Stamping Dragon Designs I’ve been trying to think up some activities and challenges for the SDD Facebook group.

What’s the oddest crafting challenge you’ve done?

I’ve currently got a “challenge with a difference” event running in the Stamping Dragon Design Facebook Group with lots of Stamping Dragon Design Loyalty Points on offer.  Basically the challenge is:

What if … you were given a stunning digi-stamp that you’d wanted for ages and couldn’t wait to craft with, but there was on one condition to you being given the digi-stamp – that condition was that you made something with it using only crafty supplies you could gather together in 5 minutes.
Doesn’t matter how long you think it would take to make your creation. Doesn’t matter how big or small a creation you think you’d make. Assuming that you’ve got suitable cardstock to print the digi onto and a printer to do the printing – What are your must have assortment of crafting cardstock, colouring medium, tools, embelishments, ect., that you’d grab first and know that you could make something with?

– So it’s not a challenge to make anything.  The challenge is to collect together anything you consider essential to making a nice card with a digi-stamp on it, and do the collecting in 5 minutes and take a photo or two of the collection.

Basicly it’s a chance for us all to be a bit nosy and have a look at what other crafters consider their “must grab” items for crafting.

Of course, if I was asking others to do the challenge I had to do it myself (even though I can’t award myself any loyalty points).  So here are the results when I took the challenge.

  1. Most of my regular readers have probably already picked up on the fact that I do most of my crafting in bed with my damaged leg elevated, so of course my starting point was an empty bed, not an empty craft table – though I don’t think that most crafters who have a craft table would be starting from an empty table.
  2. The time stamp on this photo says it was taken 6 minutes after the “before” photo, but I actually collected all these things in 4 minutes – and then spent a couple of minutes searching for where I’d put my camera down – which wasn’t in it’s usual place!
  3. This bag is what I call my “use it every time I craft tote”.  It resides on a shelf near the foot of my bed, so only needed to lift it up and move it 6 feet.  It has bits of lots of stuff in it, from several types of glue and sticky tape, rulers and bone folders, to scissors and a craft knife.  It really needs to be emptied out and sorted as it is overflowing a bit as more sticky back gem sheets and ribbons and rub-ons have worked their way into the bag than there is actual room for.  Other than some cardstock from one of the shelving unit I could sit on the side of my bed and grab everything else from an unit of crafting near the side of my bed.
  4. Amongst the stuff on the unit by my bed was a digi-stamp that I planned on colouring so I just grabbed the ProMarkers I thought I’d need for the project.

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I coloured the image and made a card with it all within an hour.  But by that time it was dark and raining outside and I couldn’t get good enough lighting to take a tidy photo of the card.  Come back for a look at my blog in a day or two and I should have a photo of the card I made to show you.

Please do come over and join us on the SDD FB group.  I’m already thinking up another “What if …” challenge for after this one is finished and other SDD Design Team members also periodically drop in with little challenges.

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CARDS:

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

I think I’ve got Christmas, Crafters, and Men covered in this little batch.

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  1. Surf Dude Digital Stamp by Gordon Fraser, Waves Scene by Gordon Fraser and Beach Fun Santa Digital Papers by Amanda Vande Zande (I printed this digi-stamp sheet, together with the waves sheet at a little under half size, and a background from papers kit onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I coloured the digi-stamp in using my ProMarkers and FlexMarkers.  The colours I used were: Buttercup, Gold, Imperial Purple, Prussian, Oatmeal.  I took an A4 sheet of white, linen textured cardstock and scored it using my Hougie Board before I folded it in half to make my base card.  I trimmed the waves background a little and went around the edge unevenly with one of the ProMarkers used on the digi-stamp.  This was then matted onto the other background, sticking it in place using finger-lift tape.  After trimming the edge of the mat I attached it to the card front.  I shaped the digi-stamp a bit and attached it to the card using glue gel.  I finished off by putting some irridescent white glitter glue over the white areas of the waves.  Unfortunately this doesn’t show up well in the photo but it gives a nice finishing effect tot he card.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.)
  2. Close-up of digi-stamp.
  3. Even closer look of stam at a bit of an angle.

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  1. This card is made using elements from the kit that came with the latest edition of the Hunkydory magazine and a charm that came free with a crafting magazine.  I took an A4 sheet of white, linen textured cardstock and scored it using my Hougie Board before I folded it in half to make my base card.  I cut one of the backing sheets from the kit to a smaller size than the card front and went round the edge of it using an Imperial Purple FlexMarker.  After choosing my topper I stuck a strip of ultra tacky tape behind one edge and put a piece of lace from my crafting stash down the edge, pleating and folding as I went.  I stuck another piece of tape behind to stop the ruffles coming loose.  I used finger-lift tape to attach the background panel to the card front and then  2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the topper and paper ribbon.  I tied some embroydery floss to the charm and attached it using glue gel so that one end is behind the topper.
  2. Angled view of card.
  3. Even closer look at card front.

This a set of 4 notelets I made from one sheet of Hunkydory images.  I’ll probably make a box from them to give them as a gift, but this hasn’t been done yet.

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  1. The images are from the “Patchwork Forest Traditional Decoupage” kit that came free with the Hunkydory “Return to Patchwork Forest Luxury Card Collection”.  The base cards are sheets of Adorable Scorable cardstock that I cut in half, scored using my Hougie Board, and folded in half to make A6 base cards.  The images were attached to these using finger-lift tape.  I then went over the roses on the image with a swirl of glitter glue.  I’ve not put on any greeting because they will be used as simple note-cards.
  2. 3. and 4.  Were made the same way using other images from the same sheet.  On the 3rd it’s the berries that have been glittered using the same glitter glue.

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  1. Snow by Eileen Deliot and Blue Harmony Papers by Janette Padley (For this card I used the image as a simple topper.  I printed it out onto  250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at the size I required and then trimmed it.  I matted it onto another sheet of the same cardstock and trimmed to leave a border.  I then stuck it onto a sheet of the cardstock that had been printed with one of the paper brackgrounds and again trimmed to leave a border.  I took an A4 sheet of white hammered cardstock, scored it using my Hougie Board and folded it in half.  I then stuck the matted and layered topper to this.  I used finger-lift tape throughout for sticking the layers together.  I finished off by adding a peel-off greeting “Nadolig Llawen” – which is Welsh for “Happy Christmas”, and also put some crystal  glitter glue over the snow areas that appear white in the light on the picture.  The card now twinkles nicely but unfortunately it doesn’t show up in the photo.)
  2. Angled, closer, look at the same card.

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PLAYING WITH CLAY:

This was a fun project I worked on with my youngest nephews – we have a couple of other spart decorated and two more not started on – we’ll probably add some fine, clear, wire to them to hang them up as a mobile once we’ve finished decorating all of them.

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  1. Fish, H: 8 cm, polystyrene, 5 pc and Silk Clay, asstd colors, 22 tub (To cover the fish I used different colours of Silk Clay.  I just took smallish pieces of the clay and pulled and streched it for a while before making it into thin, flat, pieces and placing it on the fish.  I went all over the fish with different coloured pieces, making sure that each piece adhered to its neighbouring pieces and smoothing down as I went.  Once the whole fish was encased in the clay I used a plastic clay tool knife to put a few markings on the fish and left it to dry.)

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JEWELLERY:

A quick and easy cord necklace.

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  1. The necklace is simply made by knotting an orange bead onto a cord and then doing a standard sliding closure knot as you’d find on a Shamballa bracelet.
  2. Close-up of the “pendant” of the necklace.
  3. Close-up of the “macrame” knot closure of the necklace.

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Crafting My Way Towards The End Of May 2014

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An Update, A Few Cards, A Notebook and A Bracelet

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Well, this wet weather is annoying when I’m trying to get on with some jobs in the garden.  I’ve now got my greenhouse all cleared and clean to start again with this year’s planting, but with everywhere else being so wet I’ve not been able to sort out the troughs of herbs and other areas I can usually sit out and have a tidy up of.  I may make it down to the garden centre before the end of the day to pick up a few more items ready to get on with more gardening when it’s dry – and I must remember to take a towel out with me when I do go out to dry off the garden seats I’ve got dotted around the garden where I’ve got the areas I do work on.  It’s really annoying going out when it’s not raining, and sitting down on a chair without thinking and getting a wet behind.

I’ve been doing a bit of assorted crafting again – between my gardening and resting, although with the wet there’s been less gardening.  You’ll probably find that I’ll have shorter blog posts over the next month or so while I’m trying to get to grips with my little areas in the garden.  But in the meantime I hope you like what I’ve got to show you today.

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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. Orange Flower Topper by Paul Robinson and Delightfully Dotty Backgrounds by Tanya Hall (I printed the sheet onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstoc.  I then cut out two panels of the medium sized flower, one cut at the outside of the panel and one around the edge of the flower to give a layer to decoupage.  I also printed out a background from the kit and stuck the topper on to it using finger-lift tape.  I created an A6 sized base card by cutting, scoreing with my Hougie Board, and folding a sheet of 300gsm linen textured cardstock.  I chose a blank greetings panel I had left over from another project and matted that onto the same cardstock and both were trimmed to leave a border.  These matted panels were then stuck to the front of the card using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I used the same tape to attach the second flower layer.  I’ve not added a greeting yet as I’m not sure what langauge it will be needed in.)
  2. Angled view of previous card to try and show extra layer of flower.

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  1. This card was made using elements from a Hunkydory kit.  I scored an A4 sheet of 300gsm linen textured cardstock using my Hougie Board and then folded it in half to make the base card.  I took one of the background cards from the kit and cut it in half – keeping the other half as a front for another card.  This piece was trimmed so that it fit on my card front leaving a white border.  I attached my chosen topper to the card front uisng 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I finished the card off by going over the tops of the butterflies’ wings with a glitter glue to give them extra twinkle.  I’ve not put a greeting on yet as I don’t know what langauge it will be needed in.
  2. Angled view of previous card.

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  1. Pink Lily by Linda Whittles (I printed the sheet onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the peices.  I prepared a 6″ square card from an A4 sheet of silver satin board by cutting, scoreing and folding.  I trimmed the background panel from the sheet to cover around two thirds of my card front, leaving a silver border around the three sides.  The background was attached to my card front using finger-lift tape. I cut out the topper and matted it onto pink satin board before trimming it to leave a narrow border.  I used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the matted topper, leaving a gap in the tape at the bottom.  I then used glue gel behind the blank greetings panel and slid it under the edge of the topper to the position I wanted.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in.  I finished the card off with some sticky back faux gems.)
  2. Angled view of previous card.

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NOTEBOOK:

I’d got a really cheap (Tesco Value) A5 notebook.  I wanted to make the cover harder and decorate it suitable for using as a notebook to jot down what I’ve been doing on what dates in the garden.

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  1. Rupert with Tomatoes Coloured by Janette Padley and Coffee Cream Papers by Janette Padley (For this project I printed the image out at smaller than the size provided onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I also printed out some backgrounds from the papers kit onto the same type of cardstock.  I took a really cheap A5 notebook and measured from front right edge to the spring.  I took a sheet of green cardstock and scored at this distance from the edge and also a further eight times at half centre intervals using my Hougie Board.  I then attached the card to the front of the notebook using template tape.  I folded at the scores around the spring binding and attached the rest of the cardstock to back of the notebook using the same tape.  I cut a panel from one of the backgrounds a little smaller than the front of my notebook and used finger-lift tape to attach it to the front of the notebook.  I cut around the oval frame and overspilling tomatoes of the topper and stuck it to another of the backgrounds I’d printed out and then tore around to give an uneven edged mat.  I also tore out a smaller mat and wrote “Garddio” – which is Welsh for “Gardening” – on it using a Wallnut ProMarker.  I again used finger-lift tape to attach these panels to the front of the notebook.  I took this picture of the decorated notebook at this point, but because I’m going to use it to make notes as I’m gardening, I’ve since covered it with clear sticky back plastic – the shine off the covering makes it difficult to get a photo after covering.)
  2. Angled view of the notebook cover.

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JEWELLERY:

Another of my latest makes – this time made large enough for my own wrist.

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  1. This bracelet is a second one I made using components from a Bead Spider kit.  It is made using purple and blue Cubed Gemstone Hematite beads.
  2. Closeup of the pattern of the bracelet.

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Crafting Into The 4th Week Of May 2014

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An Update, A Wheelbarrow, A Few Cards and A Bracelet

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Gardening2014 02Gardening2014 01It feels good to have my raised bed cleared, with fresh compost, and the first of my seeds sown for this year.  It may only be a very small area of the garden, and I’ve got quite a bit of the areas I actually do manage to garden from a chair or sat on a wall left to do something with, but at least it’s a start.  Hopefully, with the mini-greenhouse cloche over the top the seeds will soon germinate.  I’ll probably do a digital scrapbook page, showing the development over the next couple of months, in due course.  But in the meantime I thought I’d show you what it looked like now.

Gardening2014 05Every one of the strawberry plants in my strawberry tower died off over the last winter.  I’ve never had that happen before, only having had to replace the plants and the compost once before when the plants went past their best and were not producing a crop like they should.  I’ve now bought a few plants to put back in from the garden centre, and hopefully I’ll be able to get a few more the next time I go down.  The tower looks rather empty with only 6 plants in it – but at least they were ones in pots that were well developed and already in flower, so I may get a strawberry or two off them this year, though I don’t expect them to crop well until next year.

Despite spending around half an hour in the garden in the morning and twenty minutes in the evening – and then having to rest a lot – I have been managing to make a few cards or do some other crafting each day, though kits have come out rather than doing all the prep work myself at the moment.  There’s a bit of a mish-mash of things in today’s post, so I hope you enjoy.  Please take a moment to leave a comment at the end to let me know what you think.  Thank you.

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WHEELBARROW:

You’ll now be wondering what a wheelbarrow has to do with crafting.  Well, our old wheelbarrow had seen better days and the frame had rusted and the wheel had dropped off last autumn, so it was time to get a new one.  My two younger nephews like helping in the garden, and each have their favourite colours, but there was no way I could get them a wheelbarrow each in their favourite colour, but the garden centre did have a wheelbarrow in blue – the favourite colour of one of them.  That left us needing to do something to customise the wheelbarrow so that the other would be happy to use it as well.  So – out came my ScanNCut and he got to choose his favourite colour – yellow – from my stack of sticky back vinyl sheets.  We then put it on the cutting mat and did a background scan to get the size of it and put on a number of circular shapes of different sizes.  After cutting out the circles we tootled out to the garden, carefully wiped down the areas the nephew wanted to put the yellow spots on and each vinyl circle was carefully added.  And this is the result –

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Each side has one, two or three spots of different sizes on it.

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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. blue flower by Karin Johansson (I printed the sheet onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I scored an A4 sheet of 300gsm linen textured cardstock using my Hougie Board and folded it in half to make my base card.  I trimmed the background element of the sheet to be just a little smaller in each direction than the card itself and then stuck it in place using finger-lift tape.  I also used finger-lift tape to stick down one of the paper ribbon elements.  I used a narrow ultra tacky tape to attach a piece of lace an inch or so from the bottom of the card.  I trimmed the other paper ribbon to make a plain greetings panel – I’ve not put a greeting on yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.  The topper and the greeting panel were attached using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I finished the card off by placing lots of sticky back, faux pearls, in various places on the card front.)
  2. An angled view of the card front.

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  1. Spring Flowers 3D Topper and Backing Paper. by Sue Foord (I printed the sheet onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I created an easel card from a sheet of 250gsm Topsy Turvy cardstock, putting the lighter shade on the outside and the darker shade of yellow on the inside.  I cut a panel from the background element of the sheet to be a little smaller than the inside of the card. I then rounded the corners of the background and card using a corner punch.  I used fingerlift tape to attach the background panel inside the card and to attach the bottom of the oval panel to the front of the card.  I used 3mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the blank greetings panel as a stopper inside the card, and glue gel to attach the extra flower layers to the topper.  I fin ished off by attaching sticky back, faux, gems to both front and inside of the card.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know the language the card will be needed in.)
  2. Angled, side view of the easel card.
  3. Closer view of the oval topper.

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  1. This card is made using elements from a Hunkydory kit.  The base card is a 300gsm linen textured cardstock that I scored using my Hougie Board and then folded in half to make an A5 base card.  I took one of the Adorable Scorable background sheets from the kit and cut it into a panel to make the card background – keeping the rest of the packground sheet for another card rather than just folding it in half to make a base card.  I went round the edge of the card using a Pink Lobster ProMarker before attaching it to the front of my card using finger-lift tape.  I then used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the circular toppers from the kit to my card.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I’m not sure what language it will be needed in.
  2. Angled view of previous card.

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  1. 3 Christmas robin and church toppers by Sharon Poore (I printed the sheet onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut the panels out.  The sheet made three cards, 1 x A5 and 2 x A6.  For the A6 I cut an A4 sheet of 300gsm linen textured cardstock in half and then scored both halves with my Hougie Board before folding to make my base cards.  For the A5 card I just scored and folded.  I had a sheet of holographic silver mirror paper which I stuck all the toppers onto using finger-lift tape and trimmed to leave a small border around.  The matted toppers were then stuck to the front of my prepared cards using finger-lift tape.  I finished off the card by putting white glitter glue over the snow areas on the image and silver glitter glue on the snowflakes that are framing the image around the outside.  Keeping the card flat like this, while still giving it a bit of extra twinkle for interest, means that it can be posted on a standard letter stamp in the UK.)

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JEWELLERY:

This bracelet is made using the same technique as the bracelet I showed you in my last post – here. But this time I’ve not used a kit but gone to my stash of beads and fished out beads that are smaller than the ones from the last project, half in orange and half in yellow.  I’ve used a cotton cord and clear jewellery wire for this one and a larger bead, rather than a button for the closure.

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  1. View looking down.
  2. Slightly angled view.
  3. Opened out bracelet
  4. Closeup of alternating yellow and orange beads.

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