More May 2014 Crafting

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An Update, Three Cards And A Bracelet

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I’ve managed to photograph a few more items I finished at the weekend, but the sun went in, it went dark, and it started raining, before I managed to photograph the cards I put together this morning after coming in from the garden.

I did a bit more tidying of the greenhouse and put some plastic items to soak in a solution of Jays Fluid this morning, so things are coming along slowly, but hopefully surely, there.  I need to make a return visit to the garden centre at the top of town before the end of the week to get some new grow bags to put in there, but before I do that I need to get the rest of the compost I bought during my last garden centre visit out of the boot of the car.  Hopefully I’ll manage to get some help with that during the next couple of days, as soon as I tip the mess I’ve collected in the wheelbarrow out.

I hope you like the small number of items 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. any reason pretty in pink by Terri Hawley and Fancy Cross Card & Mat MACHINE Cut Files by Rae Carr (I printed the sheet out onto  250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I stuck the main layer to a white, linen textured, cardstock and trimed around to leave a small margin.  I took a black 7 x 10 inches base card and stuck the matted layer to it.  I used my ScanNCut to cut out cross topperfrom the same type of linen textured cardstock as used previously.  I used quick grab wet glue to build up the cross layers before using double sided foam tape to attach the cross to the card front, overlapping the pink topper.  I used foam tape behind each of the circular embelishments to put them on the card front before using glue gel to attach the flowers and paper bow.  This card is to be used as a sympathy card and has a suitable greeting inside.  I wanted something with a bit of a religious tone to the front but not totally somber and this card front just caught my eye.)
  2. Angled view of previous card.
  3. Slightly different angled view.
  4. I used my ScanNCut to write on the insert.  It says “Yn Meddwl Amdanoch Yn Eich Colled Fawr”, which is Welsh for “Thinking About You In Your Great Loss”

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  1. Christmas Scene Watercolour Insert 10 by Apetroae Stefan (I printed the sheet onto 120gsm good quality paper then trimmed it, scored it and attached it inside a card with finger-lift tape.)
  2. This is the card I put the insert in that I showed you in my previous blog post.  You can read the details – here!

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  1. Dark Dreams Iris Card Topper by Tammy Clarke (I printed the sheet onto  250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I went round the base layer with a violet metalic marker.  I cut a sheet of yellow cardstock a fraction larger than the edge of the of the base and went around that with the same marker.  I also cut a narrow panel of the same cardstock the same height as the first yellow piece and also went round the edge of this with the marker.  I took an 8″ square base card and stuck a mat of golden Satin Board cut to be a little smaller on top using finger-lift tape.  I cut a square of purple cardstock a little smaller again and stuck onto the card.  I used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to put on the strip and matted topper and 2mm deep, double sided foam tape to add the second layer of the topper.  The card is for a 60th birthday so I used the metalic marker to write on 60 onto the yellow strip before raiding my box of pre-cut bits for flower layers which I shaped and stuck together using quick grab glue and put on the card to embelish.  These had the same metalic marker put on their centers.)
  2. An angled view of the previous card.

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JEWELLERY:

Although I usually make jewellery from beads in my large stash I do have a few kits put by as well.  I decided that I’d sit in bed and make this one up while watching TV one evening.

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  1. This is a bracelet I made using components from a Bead Spider kit.  I haven’t started and finished it off exactly how they in their example, but it looks close enough.  I put clear nailvarnish on the ends and let it dy so that the knots don’t slip loose.
  2. This shows the button and loop clasp of the bracelet
  3. The clasp is open in this photo

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Crafting Into The 3rd Week Of May 2014

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An Update, A Few Cards and Braclet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Crafting The 2nd Week Of May 2014

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An Update, A Few Musings, And A Few Cards

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I’ve made up a few more cards over the last few days, as well as decorated one I’d made up and showed you before.  I 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.)

This card is one I’d just done the cutting and constructing for in my last blog post.  I’ve now put some simple decoration on it.

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  1. Amazing Grace Cross Pop-up by Rae Carr (The base, rocker, layer and the top heart layer were cut from Buttermilk 270gsm Create and Craft Basal Pack with the blade at 6, the speed at 3 and the pressure at 1.  The largest heart was cut from 216gsm American Crafts cardstock with the blade at just over 4, the speed at 3 and the pressure at 1. The bow and flower embelishments were cut out of the red cardstock at the same time as the heart.  The flower is made using 6 layers of one of the flower shapes provided within the ScanNCut itself.  I shaped them with my fingers and glued the layers together using a quick grab wet glue before using glue gel to attach to the card front.  The bow shape I made myself by putting together shapes that are within the software and resizing them and welding them together.  This was also constructed using quick grab wet glue before attaching to the card front.  I finished off by putting lots of ruby coloured, sticky back, faux pearls around the rocker and a few on the top heart.)
  2. Different angle of same card.
  3. Another angle of the same card.

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  1. Digital Stamp Daffodil with coloured version too by Pamela West (I printed the sheet out at smaller than the size provided onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then coloured it in using my ProMarkers and FlexMarkers.  I chose quite muted tones for it.  The colours I used were: Starfish, Pineapple Crush, Daffodil Bloom, Meadow Green, Bright Green, Blue Grey 1. I took a spotty card from my crafting stash – I think it’s a patterned Adorable Scoreable, as well as some lace and spotty ribbon.  I scored the card with my Hougie Board, used red-backed ultra tacky tape to attach first a piece of lace and then a piece of dotty, beige, ribbon around the card.  I cut out the coloured digi-stamp as a topper and cut a larger panel of the same cardstock at the same time.  I used the mid-tone colour that I’d used on the image and coloured the panel before going round both the coloured and the digi panel with the darker toned colour I’d used on the digi.  These were then attached to the card front using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape between each layer.  I finished off by making a small bow from an extra piece of ribbon and attaching it, and some card candy, to the card front using glue gel.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in.)
  2. Angled view of same card.

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  1. Polyanna Pickering’s World Wildlife DVD ROM (I printed the image out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut the topper out.  I took a base card from my crafting stash, trimmed a panel from some patterned cardstock from my stash – I think this was Adorable Scorable from a kit I’d bought at some point.  I used finger-lift tape to attach the panel to the base card before going round the edge of it with a French Navy Promarker.  I then used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the topper to this.  I’ve kept it simple at the request of a family member but I’ve not been told what greeting is needed on it yet.)

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  1. Double Fold Back Card MACHINE Cut Files by Rae Carr (After using the online Brother “Canvas” application to save the .svg file included in this kit in a format suitable for my ScanNCut, I cut the card out of one of the Lights C&C Basal cardstock using my cutting machine.  I wanted to keep the look quite fresh so used some papers with a very faint green pattern for the panels on the card and tag and also the leaves and branches.  I’m not 100% sure which digital kit this background came from as I went mad and printed out lots of different backgrounds in different colours and patterns one day, just so I’d have a bundle ready to craft with, and now I’m not too sure which kit each came from.  The flowers were cut from two shades of pink 250gsm linen textured cardstock.  I used a roller glue tape pen to attach the panels to the card and some quick grab wet glue to attach the flowers and leaves.  I finished off with some sticky backed, light pink coloured, faux gems.  A general card that could be used for lots of different occasions I think.  The tag could have a secret message written inside and the pocket could have a gift voucher or money put in it as well as the tag.)
  2. A closer look at the card which I think shows the green background a bit better.

 

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  1. A Floral Artist Trading Card by John Bloodworth (I downloaded the file and put it on my USB stick and inserted it into my ScanNCut.  I cut the whole design out of one sheet of American Crafts 216gsm cardstock.  I then used a Violet Wink of Luna brush pen to colour over the lattice, “Spring”, and to edge both oval panels.  I sued quick grab wet glue to attach the lattice to the card base and the word to the top oval.  I then used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the oval layers on top of each other on top of the lattice. On the original seen on his site, John Bloodworth has shaped the star shaped layers and doubled them up as flowers, but I decided to just put one at each corner on my creation.  I’ll be using it as a topper on a larger card and making up some flowers to put around on the card.)

On the Gentleman Crafter blog you will also find a list of useful sites/documents for the ScanNCut.  Here are some of them:

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1st Crafting Of May 2014 – Some Cardmaking

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

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On Wednesday I had a “cutting” morning when I had my electronic cutting machines out.  I then put a few of the cuts together as finished cards.  By the time I’d picked all the cuts off the mat after every cut, and cleaned off the mats of debri my arms and hands were aching quite a bit, but at least I got far more items prepared than I ever would have if I was cutting out by hand – and of course the most intricate stuff I’d never have been able to cut by hand in any case.  Thursday morning I spent in bed making some Jewellery.  Then I had a bit of a restful afternoon – trying to decide how much of the crafting items I’ve got my eyes on I can actually afford.  The decision I came to was – not a lot!

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MUSINGS:

With more and more people getting a ScanNCut machine now, I’ve become aware that many don’t know where to get cutting files that are already in the right format for it so that they don’t have to do any taking into the Brother on-line “Canvas” application to convert and re-download, etc..  Some designers of cutting files for various machines are also becoming aware of this need and have now started creating files for sale in the correct .fcm format that you can copy to your USB stick and put into your ScanNCut machine without having to bother about converting the files online.  One place you can get these is -> Here!  As these are put online for sale by the designers themselves, none of the designs should contraveane anybody’s copyright – just check the Terms of Use on each page/file, and if nothing is stated then the general site ToUs apply.

It is very unfortunate that there are people who think that if they’ve got their hands on a cutting file that they’ve got the right to share, or give it away, and sometimes even sell it, when it is rarely true that people can do any of these.  Even when a designer does not charge for their designs and allows others to use them for free on Personal projects, they usually ask that people who use the file point others back to the source, rather than passing on copies of the files themselves.  After all, for most designers who make their living from designing, the freebies are usually there to draw people to their site so that they can see what’s on offer, and to allow prospective customers to have a sample of the type of thing produced to try out and see the standard of what’s on offer for sale.  If somebody’s looking for a free cutting file from the person I call “The Queen Of The Cutting Files”, Tina Fitch, then pop over to her blog – here – as she’s currently got a beauty of a file being given free for personal use.

While I’ve had a go at converting .svg files to .fcm files in Brother’s online “Canvas” application (they appear to have resolved initial problems I found with importing and converting some .svg files) I suddenly thought today that I’m not totally sure that this is allowed with all files.  I think that the impression given on C & C originally was that there was no issue with converting cutting files like this – but there again they initially gave the impression that anything you saw you could scan in and save and cut as well, and I know that some stamp designers complained about C & C giving that impression, and after that C  & C presenters and demonstrated started stressing that owning the machine didn’t change any Terms of Use or Angel Policies of stamps, decoupage sheets, or other items a ScanNCut owner might want to use with the machine.  So I think I need to re-visit the Terms of Use of .svg files I’ve got to see if there’s anything in them, either way, about converting.  I know that .svg files can be used in several different software for several different cutting machines, including the Silhouette Cameo that I’ve been buying them for.  But does the fact that it’s a format that can be used in different software and machines mean that it can be converted to use in yet another cutting machine?  When I bought the .svg files that I have already bought, I did look at each of the designers ToUs, but what I was mentally noteing was whether the different designers allowed selling of creations made with items cut using their files, not whether it was allowable to use an application to change the format.

I’ve still got my Silhouette Cameo so can continue cutting any .svg files I’ve got using that machine (and in some cases of ultra detailed cutting files I think it produces better results), so it’s no problem for me either way, but I’ve heard that some are selling their Cameo, or other machines that used .svg files, on the assumption that there’s no problems with them converting any .svg files they’ve already bought for use with the ScanNCut.  It will prove less of a hassle all round if, once a crafter has bought any .svg file for use with a cutting machine, that crafters are free to cut that file out with any machine irrespective of file format.

But files such as the .studio files created specifically by Silhouette for use with their cutting machines are another matter.  As Silhouette have locked down their ToU to the point that, although you can save anything you design yourself in the Silhouette Studio software as .studio files, you can not sell or give any of them away, with sale of .studio files only being allowed via the Silhouette store.  So, I may be wrong, but I can’t see Silhouette being happy with people trying to convert files bought via the Silhouette store to be used with the ScanNCut.  Of course, if somebody designed something in Silhouette Studio from scratch themselves, then there wouldn’t be a copyright issue with them printing it out and scanning it into the ScanNCut for cutting out, but designing from scratch doesn’t include taking elements and designs available within the software or from the store and merging them into a new design.

Generally, not specifically to do with cutting files, but for a wide spread of digital items for crafting, I’m getting rather fed up with people saying that they found something on Pinterest, or using Google, and just that they just downloaded and used it.  Google is just a giant directory of what people have put online over the years, it doesn’t own the copyright to the items, or have the right to give people the permission to use them for anything – it is just there as a tool to finding things online.  It is up to everybody to trace something back to the copyright owner and checking their terms before using anything.  And it’s amazing how many people think that because something is on Pinterest it must be put there for everybody to take and use, or to copy.  Although some of it may have been uploaded by the copyright owners (who will quite often put a watermark on somewhere to make it clear who the copyright owner is – and still people will try and use it by cropping, obliterating or covering the information), some people seem to think that they have a right to give away for free what somebody else has created and is trying to make a livelyhood from.

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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.)

You’ll see that more than one of today’s cards has floral embelishments on them.  Like one of the cards from my last post – these are from my box of cuts that I make using my various cutting machines while cutting out larger projects when there are empty spaces on the working area.  While the last project had mostly ones cut out of cardstock that had background patterns printed on them, on today’s cards the flowers were cut out of coloured cardstock.

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  1. Sally Framed – Dog Stamp by Janette Padley (I printed the digi stamp out at smaller than the size provided onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I used my ProMarkers and FlexMarkers to colour the image in before cutting it out. The colours I used were: Canary, Amber, Red, Cloud Blue, Black, Cool Grey 5, Cool Grey 2, Tropical Orchid, Dove Grey.    I played around with some red satin board and red glitter card to do different, part, mats behind the image and then stuck them to the front of a black base card.  I used some yellow flowers to embelish using glue gel and then put spots of red glitter glue at the corners and flower centres.  I used Black glitter glue to write “Diolch” – which is Welsh for “Thank You” on a panel of red satin board.)
  2. Angled view of card front.

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  1. Piano Card *SVG* by Rae Carr (I took the file into my Silhouette Studio software and I used my cutting machine to cut out the base card and black keys out of a black cardstock, and the white keys and insert out of ivory, linen textured, cardstock.  I then stuck everything together using glue gel and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape for the black keys.  I finished off by putting on a peel-off greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – along the top curve of the piano.)
  2. Angled view of open card.

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  1. Lattice A Card *SVG* by Rae Carr (Having opened the file in my Silhouette Studio software the pieces were all cut out of buttermilk 270gsm cardstock using my Cameo  I then stuck a sheet of red glitter card behind the lattice front using glue gel.  I used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape, to attach the central panels.  I wrote the word “Diolch” – which is Welsh for “Thank You” – on the centre using a Ruby ProMarker.    I finished off by putting dots of red glitter glue in various places on the card.)
  2. Angled view to show the slight dimension of the central panel.

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  1. cherish scallop layered card 7×5 snc by Amanda Davis (I opened the file in the Brother online “Canvas” application and separated the layers out to separate files so that the 2nd layer would be cut out of a different colour to the 1st and 3rd layers, and also so that the main base card was in a separate file.  After putting the files on my USB stick and putting it into my ScanNCut I cut the base card out of buttermilk 270gsm cardstock, the middle topper out of Blingalicious cardstock and the other layers out of a 250gsm, linen textured, pale pink cardstock.  The bottom topper layer was attached to the card front using finger-lift tape, and the other layers were attached with narrow strops of 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I decorated using flowers cut out of the same Blingalicious cardstock as the middle layer, putting black, sticky back, faux gems in their centres.)
  2. Angled view of part of card front.
  3. Different angled view.

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JEWELLERY:

I spent a one morning during the last week, in bed, knotting this shamballa style bracelet.  The makings were from a kit I bought via Create and Craft.  I don’t often buy kits now, but I do like to have two or three in the house for when I want to make something but don’t want to have to think about what I’ll need, or what colours will go together.  Things I can do without fetching out several bead storage boxes to collect the tools, beads and findings needed.

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  1. The “bronze” shamaballa Bracelet
  2. Different angle look at the bracelet
  3. Closer look at part of the bracelet

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Last Post Of April 2014

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An Update, A Few Cards and A Bracelet

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I’m finding it hard to believe that April is almost over.  Where has the month gone?  I’m sure I’ve lost a few days somewhere – so if anybody’s found them, please send them back. LOL.

Today’s post has a lot of items that have been cut out using my ScanNCut.  There were fewer problems with cutting most of these than with some designs I’ve been cutting (see my previous blog post for my musings about some problems I’ve encountered) as, although intricate, there are less of the really tiny areas that the machine struggles with.  I did have to keep an eye and pause a couple of times, but not nearly as many times as with some of the items I’ve cut lately.

I’ve also got a simple bracelet to show you.  I hope you like today’s assortment and will take a moment to leave me a comment/response at the end.

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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. Clock Hanger Topper…SVG by Tina Fitch (I bought this file for cutting out using my Silhouette Cameo, but then I had the idea of testing out the Brother, online, “Canvas” application to convert the .svg file to the format needed for my Brother ScanNCut machine.  The file imported nicely into “Canvas” and I resized everything together so that the maximum size, across the top hanger, was just over 7″ with all the pieces just filling the 12″ square working area.  I downloaded and put onto my USB stick and put this into my ScanNCut.  I cut the whole lot out twice, once out of white cardstock and once out of a deep maroon bordering on brown cardstock – both cardstocks were American Crafts 216gsm.  For this card I’ve used every other layer out of each colour, and I’ve also got a topper in the opposite colours ready to make up another card.  I used took an 8″ square black card and chopped an inch off the bottom.  I built up the topper attaching some layers with quick grab wet glue and some using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I used two of the circles that had cut out from the centre of some of the layers to make my greeting panel.  I’ve made it as a retirement card with the greeting “No More Working 9 to 5” covering the 9 and the clock hands set at 5.)
  2. Angled close-up of “clock” face.
  3. Closer look at part of “clock” face.

This is how I decorated the card I’d cut out and put together that I showed you at the end of my last blog post.

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  1. Corner Flourish Scalloped Layered card…ScanNCut by Tina Fitch (When cutting out designs I do try and drop on some flowers, flourishes, etc., into the spaces on my cardstock to maximise what I get out of each sheet.  For the decoration of this card I simply used 3 flowers that I’d cut out previously, shaped a bit and then stuck on with quick grab wet glue.  I finished off by putting on some little sticky back faux pearls – I use my pokey tool to pick up and position these as there’s no way my fingers will work well enough to work with such small items.)

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  1. Fancy Doily 1….ScanNCut Only by Tina Fitch (This is such a pretty design that I decided to make a “white on white” card with it, with just a little silver mirror paper as a highlight.  For this card I cut every layer out of the same sheet of 216gsm, American Crafts, white cardstock.  The design cut very well in my ScanNCut with the base layer being around 5.5″” accross.  For a base card I used an 8″ square white card.  I cut a panel of white cardstock at 15cm square and a silver mirror paper panel at 16cm square.  I used a corner punch on the corners of the base card and the white mat.  The mats were then stuck in place using finger-lift tape and I also attached the base layer of the fancy doily using finger-lift tape.  I then used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the next two layers and glue gel to attach the top layer.  I punched some stars out of the silver mirror paper using the same corner punch I’d used previously, and stuck these at the top corners of the base card and the centre of the doily.  I didn’t add any other embelishment and I’ve not put a greeting on yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.)
  2. Angled look to try and show the dimension.
  3. A closer angled look.

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  1. Ballroom Dancers Stamp by Janette Padley and Butterflies 2 by Andrea Hippenstiel, with the floral and leaf embelishments having been cut from Past & Present Paper Pack by Janette Padley,  Strawberry Shortcake Papers by Janette Padley, and  Green Green Grass Papers by Janette Padley (I printed the dances image out at smaller than the size provided onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  After cutting it out I went round the edges with a black ProMarker to disguise the cut edge.  I also printed out the butterflies onto the same cardstock, cut out three of different sized purple ones, added violet Wink of Stella Brush Pen to the body and clear Wink of Stella to the wings.  The base card is a 7″ x 10″ black card.  I cut out the centre 3cm from the sides and 4 from the bottom – I’m using the cut-out to make a second card, but I’ve not finished it yet so can’t show it to you today.  I then scored an A4 sheet of acetate using my Hougie Board and attached it in the card centre using ultra tacky, red backed, double sided tape.  Every time I do any cutting out, either with my electronic cutting machines or using dies, I cut out some flowers, leaves, flourishes, etc., out of any unused area to maximise my use of cardstock.  For decoration of this card I just raided my “box of cut bits” and had fun dotting an assortment of cut items all over the card around the dancing couple, putting the butterflies flying around as well.  I used glue gel for the sticking.)
  2. While the first card is photographed against a black background, for this photo the card is photographed against a white background to show ut the silhouette more.  Whatever background is behind the card will show through because the main body of the card is clear acetate.
  3. Close-up of the central area of the card to show some detail.
  4. Angled view to show the dimension of the card.

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JEWELLERY:

A multi coil bracelet.

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  1. This bracelet was made by turning a loop at one end of a 5 coil memory bracelet wire and then feeding on clusters of different types of semi-precious stone chips.  I finished off by turning another couple of loops at the end to prevent the stones coming off, which is why the whole bracelet isn’t 5 coils all around.
  2. Flipped the bracelet ove.
  3. This is the tower of different types of semi-precious stones chips that I used.  This is what was left after finishing the project (and I’d used some of the contents for previous projects as well) so you can see I’ve got enough left to make some more stuff again.

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Crafting Into The 2nd Half Of April 2014

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He is risen!

I wish you all a happy and blessed Easter.

I’ve come back after a lovely service at our chapel, had an Easter Egg treasure hunt with the two youngest nephews, and now I’m back in bed with my laptop, relaxing and finishing off this blog post.

Rather than searching for the eggs becoming a fight between the brothers as to who’s found the most and who saw it first – I do the hunt as a clue based treasure hunt, and I hide eggs with two different coloured foil wrappings and give them a colour each to look for.  Only if they work together to decifer the clues and find all the eggs – 5 small ones each in today’s hunt – do they get their larger eggs – which this year were ones in mugs.

With it being a Sunday, and especially Easter Sunday, with the extra things going on, I’ve not got a lot of new crafting to show you – though I’m sure it won’t come as a surprise that Easter eggs have found their way in.  I hope you like the small number of items in this post today.

You’ll find my makes after my musings.

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MUSINGS:

I’m back musing on a similar theme to my last post, though not as long or as deep I hope.

Although I’d watched some craft on TV while I was still working, I’ve watched a lot over the last few years since I had to give up work due to ill health.  Sometimes a presenter asks a question regarding whether purchesers are allowed to sell things they make using items bought, be these paper kits, digital material on CD-ROMs, physical crafting stamps, or other crafting item – and quite often the answer will be – “Oh yes!  We have an Angel Policy”.  Sometimes they will go on to elaborate, but quite often it’s just left there – as if the words “Angel Policy” explains everything.  But of course it doesn’t.  Every company could have slightly different wordings in their “Angel Policy” depending on what they are selling, sometimes different terms for different items sold by the same company depending on whether they licenced artwork with specific terms or created artwork used in-house.  Yes, an “Angel Policy” usually allow some form of selling of finished hand crafting items for charities or for small scale personal profit – but some have a limit on numbers – it isn’t a “do whatever you like” policy across the board of all companies.

So what is an “Angel Policy”.

I’ve been having a read around some policies and this is the best description of what an “Angel Policy” is that I can come up with, using wording from more than one source as a basis:

“An Angel Policy is a form of limited license that specifies how an image can be used and any specific requirements of the artist. Basically, it describes under what circumstances you can make and sell items created using a company’s artwork, in whatever format you purchase that artwork.  If an Angel Policy doesn’t specifically say that something isn’t allowed this doesn’t mean that you should assume it is allowed.

As a customer, you usually buy the right to USE the image purchased, but you do NOT own the copyright to the image. The copyright of an image generally remains with the artist or company.”

So what sorts of things appear in various companies “Angel Policies”?

I’ve looked more at the “Angel Policy” or “Terms of Use” of physical crafting stamp companies and those that sell digi-stamps, but of course other items used in crafting usually have ToU, even if you can’t see them on the item itself (it is an unfortunate fact that some companies only have their ToUs on their websites – not something I’m happy about as it doesn’t give purchesers of physical, rubber or clear, crafting stamps in shops the chance to agree or disagree before purchasing – or on wrapping that becomes detached from products, but it doesn’t change the fact that ToUs exist, and it doesn’t change the fact the these items are copyrighted to the creator or company, and Copyright means the right of the creator to decide who can copy their creation – it doesn’t mean that everybody has the right to copy).

These are just a random assortment of things I’ve found in various companies’ policies, from the list of companies provided – here – so be aware that you do need to check ToUs for things you use if you intend to sell:

“Images are intended for your personal use only”
“Only the single, original purchaser has the right to use the product. Please do not share with friends and family (this is stealing).”
“This is offered only for personal use—it may NOT be used for commercial reproduction. You may sell handmade cards, but not the images themselves.”
“The image may be colored digitally or traditionally.”
“You may make HANDCRAFTED cards, scrapbook pages or home decor”
“NO electronic file sharing – please refer others to our website”
“You may not post any uncoloured, unwatermarked images on your website or blog”
“By purchasing you are entering into a license agreement.”
“When you purchase you agree with all these terms”
“Each craftwork created for sale must be personally and individually hand-stamped by the seller and may not be reproduced or copied in any form by any means, graphic, electronic, or mechanical, including photocopying”
“The selling/swapping of pre-stamped images is strictly prohibited”
“PLEASE DO NOT post my un-watermarked digital stamp images in Pinterest. Card samples and Pins from my Etsy store are OK.”
“All hand made creations must be full projects or cards, not just stamped images.”
“A maximum of 100 hand-stamped items (and NOT 100 hand-stamped items per stamp design) in the form of handmade cards is permitted for sales purposes by the artist individual.”
“Credit for the stamped images and © ??? must appear on the back of your items. Credit for the stamping company from which the stamp is licensed may also be made.  You may hand-write my name and copyright on the back of your card/item in a visible area.”
“This credit info/link MUST BE placed where ever the art is sold, used or displayed. If you do not wish to do this you MUST purchase a commercial (no credit) license”
“Give credit to us and our artists whenever possible. Your efforts are appreciated, but not required.”
“By downloading our digital stamps or buying our clear polymer stamps, you are accepting that the files/stamps are only for personal use by the purchaser in small scale craft projects.”
“Digi stamps may be flipped, rotated, scaled and cropped to suit your requirements.”
“Graphics can not be altered or added to and be claimed as your own”

So you see – some digi-stamp companies allow for flipping or cropping of their images while another say their images may not be altered; some say that you may sell handmade cards while others give a wider scope of handcrafted items; some say that you can colour in a digi-stamp either digitally or traditionally, whereas others I’ve seen say that their digi-stamps must be printed out first before colouring; some say you must clearly mark on your projects stating who’s the copyright owner of the image, whereas others say it’s nice but not a nececity, and others I’ve seen say it’s only needed if photos of the creation are put online; some allow small scale selling for the crafter’s gain, some allow small scale selling up to a certain number for either an artist, theme, or individual stamp, some may only allow selling for charities.

So please be aware that there are differences in Angel Policies and as a crafting customer you are buying a limited licence to use crafting consumables and equipment in specific ways that depend on the artist and company concerned.

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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.)

A quite simple card where the detail all comes from a cutting file.  I’ve been liking cutting layers out of patterned papers, rather than plain cardstock lately.  Fine printed patterns give a nice effect and cutting flowers out for a floral embelishment at the same time will give co-ordination to the card.

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  1. SVG Filigree Frames & Mats by Angela Burke, Strawberry Shortcake Papers by Janette Padley and I think the two lighter papers may be Past & Present Paper Pack by Janette Padley, only printed when the ink was running out so a lighter colour than they should be (I printed some of the required backgrounds onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I cut the layers of my chosen frame and mat out using my digital cutting machine from the printed backgrounds.  I also cut out some little flowers from the same backgrounds at the same time.  I used quick grab wet glue to stick the top layer to the next layer, and then used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to stick the frame to the back mat.  This was then attached to the front of my card using 1mm deep double sided foam tape.  I used glue gel to double up the flower layers and attach them to the card, which is a 6″ square, scalloped edge, card, and finished off by putting small faux sticky back pearls in the centre of each flower.  The greeting is “Diolch” – which is Welsh for “Thank You”.)
  2. An angled view of the card showing some of the dimension.

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BOXES:

As my father is a diabetic he can’t have ordinary Easter eggs, and although there are ones available in diabetic chocolate these are usually very expensive.  Therefore, so that we could give him something during out Easter Egg Treasure Hunt this afternoon, I bought some sugar free sweets that he can have (Werther’s Sugar Free) and made a special box to put them in.  This is what it looked like.

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  1. Little Chicks Backing Paper on Blue by Sheila Rodgers (I printed this background pattern out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and used it to make a gift box.  After printing I just used my Hougie Board to score where needed, cut where required, folded all the score lines and then used quick grab wet glue to attach the corners.  I tied a spotty ribbon around and put put on a little gift tag made from the left over cardstock onto which I’d decoupaged one of the chicks using glue gel for dimension.)
  2. The same box from another angle.

I bought a box full of “egg hunt” eggs for the Egg Tressure hunt.  Some of these I used as little gift eggs for family and friends as there were far too many for the nephews to have them all in their treassure hunt.  I boxed and decorated the ones I gave like this –

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  1. Easter Chickens with Daisies and Eggs Backing Paper by Apetroae Stefan (I printed the backing paper 4 to a page onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock several times.  I printed them 4 to a page because I wanted the pattern to be smaller as I was making quite small finished objects.  I used the sheets to make little boxes which are 7cm high and 4.5cm square base.  I just used my Hougie Board to score the sizes needed, folded and cut where required and stuck them together using red-backed tape.  I used my pokey tool to put a hole in the top, threaded some jute cord and attached a little gift card made from the left over background.  For the larger egg I just cut a strip of the background and wrapped around, using the same tape to attach, cut a small chick out as embelishment and used a piece of spotty ribbon to attach the greeting tag.  A Simple but effective way to jaz up Easter eggs.)
  2. The two boxes for the smaller eggs.
  3. Close-up of one of the boxes with its simple tag.
  4. Close-up of the larger egg with its simple tag.

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Further March 2014 Crafting

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I haven’t done as much crafting as I’d hoped so far this week – although I’ve got heaps of stuff printed, coloured or cut out ready to work with but haven’t had enough time to make up the lot.

One of my little nephews has been off school sick and has been here for a few hours on Monday and Tuesday while his father got on with a few farming jobs.  And as he knows I’ve got all sorts of crafting equipment and consumables he decided he’d have a go at doing his school homework for next week.

Now I must admit that I thought he must have had a higher temperature than was thought and was delerious when he came through the door and said that he wanted an inside toilet roll only bigger, some paper doughnuts, and some pieces of straw to make a tower of pizzas.  Of course I had mis-heard the last bit and what he was going to make was a model of the Tower of Pisa.

What he wanted was the inside of a kitchen roll to use as the centre of the tower, some circles of cardstock with the centres cut out (paper doughnuts) to slide over this to make the different levels and pieces of drinking straws to make the columns between the levels.  He’d already made the sketch of the tower and knew exactly what he wanted.  And of course I’ve got equipment that could easily make “paper doughnuts” – some 300gsm white cardstock and a circle scissors.  I don’t think he fancied the idea of drawing round tea-plates and bottles and cutting out circles with a scissors, which is what he’d have to do if he was at home, but he didn’t take long to cut out his “doughnuts” with my circle scissors.  Then he raided the jug of drinking straws to fish out all the yellow ones and chopped them up into bits of about 1.5″ in length – it’s amazing how far those bits can ping across a room when cut if the person cutting doesn’t hold onto them!  Then there are some arches between the collumns, so out came the ruler and a small circle to use as a template and with me holding and him drawing we soon had a template of a strip of arches – which we scanned into my new ScanNcut machine and he’d soon cut far more strips of arches than were needed – but it’s so much better fun watching the blade go back and fore and the card on the mat go in and out than cutting by hand – and all completed with him snuggled up in his oneses on the sofa just resting – something he did a lot of in between the crafting, bless him.

Of course he knew that I had glues for all eventualities and so out came the paper glue, the glue gel and the hot glue gun.  Then came the rather a lot of “hold that there”, “push that in there”, and “don’t let go until it’s hard” – and by the time he’d finished glueing at the end of the second day my hands were prety well covered with glue of all types, and his were not much better, and I did have to suggest that perhaps a paper clip might be a better option than giving me everything to hold until the glues set while he went on glueing some more and building his construction

I wonder what his teacher will make of his tower?  He’s taken a photograph with his camera that you can find near the bottom of this post so take a look and let me know.

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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. I showed you this card in a previous post (click – here – to read the details) but I forgot to show you the insert – obviously a brain not in gear day, so I thought I’d start by showing you the insert in this post before I forgot –
  2. 1950’s pin up girl Alice May (Yellow) Insert by Gordon Fraser (I printed the sheet onto 120gsm good quality paper, trimmed it and scored it.  I used a corner paper punch to give decoration to three of the corners and put a flower to match the embelishment on the outside of the card on the other corner.  I used finger-lift tape to put the insert inside the card.)

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  1. Vintage Garden Clock Stamp by Janette Padley and Rainbow Butterfly 2 Backing Paper 1 by Sheila Rodgers (I printed the image out at smaller than the size provided onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then coloured it in using my ProMarkers.   I used a gold Wink of Stella brush pen to do the clock hands.  I then cut the image out as an octogon shape and also made a white mat in the same shape to go behind it.  My base card is a 300gsm white linen textured cardstock, scored using my Hougie Board, and folded in half to make an A5 card.  The same type of cardstock was used to create the greetings panel, which is “hung” from the backing using bakers twine.  All these pieces I went aroudn using a Heatwave ProMarker.  The background itself was printed out onto 120gsm good quality paper and cut out in a zig-zag pattern.  The background was stuck directly to the base card and the image was stuck directly to the mat using finger-lift tape.  I then used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the greetings panel and the matted image to the card front.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I’m not sure what language it will be needed in.)
  2. Denim and daisy little miss card front by Sharon Poore (I printed the sheet out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and then cut out the pieces.  I prepared a tall card by scoreing a sheet of 300gsm, linen textured, white cardstock using my Hougie Board and folding it in half before trimming a bit off to make it the same size as the card front.  I used finger-lift tape to attach the card front to the base card and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the oval image toppers.  I finished off by adding two different sizes of sticky back faux gems to the front and adding an insert.)
  3. Denim and daisy insert 2 by Sharon Poore (I printed the insert onto 120gsm super smooth white paper and then trimmed it.  After scoreing it using my Hougie Board I stuck it inside the previous card using finger-lift tape.)

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  1. Fancy Cross Card & Mat MACHINE Cut Files by Rae Carr (I’ve cut this out as a small card and used it as a topper.  I cut the pieces of this file all out of the same cardstock using my cutting machine.  I also cut out a silver, sticky back, frame from vinyl.  The base card is also a linen textured white cardstock, cut, scored and folded to an A6 card size.  I stuck the silver frame to the card front and then stuck the cross card to this.  The layers have been built up using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape, and glue gel – I alternated the layers between the front and the back of the card facing forwards so that the layers would have different textures.)
  2. Angled view of previous card to show dimension.
  3. Cross Pop-out Insert MACHINE Cut Files by Rae Carr (This file was used to cut the pop-out cross out of white linen textured cardstock using my cutting machine.  I then gently pushced the pieces until they came forward and folded it in half so that the cross formed the shape required.  I used a roller glue pen to attach the insert inside the previous card with the cross front and finished off with a peel-off greeting I’d cut myself from vinyl that says “Gair o Gydymdeimlad” – which is Welsh for “A Word of Sympathy”.)
  4. Slightly angled view of previous card to show more of the dimension.

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  1. FUZZY BEAR WITH PINK & LILAC FLOWERS A4 by Nick Bowley, Lilac daisy pattern insert by Sharon Poore, New Borders….SVG by Tina Fitch and ‘Daisy Embossed’ Backing Paper by Carol Clarke (I used this design as both the insert and base card.  I printed it out twice – once onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and once onto 120gsm good quality paper.  These were then trimmed, scored and folded in half.  I used finger-lift tape to attach the insert inside my base card.    The topper I used on the card was printed onto 160gsm Super Smooth white lightweight card at half size before cutting it out and shaping it using my fingers.  I used glue gel to attach this to the card front..  For embelishment I used a piece of one of the borders and some flowers I’d cut from background other background using my cutting machine.  I finished off with some sticky back faux gems.)
  2. Lilac daisy pattern insert by Sharon Poore (This is how the inside of the card looks with the insert inside.)

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BAG:

This bag is made using two sheets so is reasonably sized and holds quite a lot.

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  1. Springtime – Large 19x15x6cm Gift Bag by Christine Crowther (I wanted a sturdy bag so I printed the sheet out twice onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I scored both pieces using my Hougie Board and cut them out.  I plated three strands of bakers twine to make a handle and sandwiched this between the two side panels when I attached them to each other using super sticky double sided tape. I used the same tape to glue the bottom in place as well.  I printed the sheet out quite small to get the same image to make a little tag to put on the bag.)
  2. Angled view of bag.

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NEPHEW’S CREATION:

The Leaning Tower of Pisa.

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More February 2014 Crafting

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An Update,  A Couple Of Cards and Other Crafting

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 Yes – I know!  It’s March now!  But those of you who follow my blog, or have read some of my FB posts lately, will know that I’ve had broadband problems for a while with slow and intermittent problems all year and loosing my access completely mid-February.  This resulted in me being without online access for a while, and then depending on a mobile Internet dongle with a low data allowance for the last couple of weeks -which meant that I couldn’t do all my usual blogging.

But – I’ve now got broadband access back – Hurray!  And it looks as if it’s faster than it’s been at any time the last few months – though I do feel it could be faster but I can live with it like this, and the BT engineer who came out and did some tidying up of our BT master socket and capped it off properly did say it could take some 10 days to find its optimum speed again.

So now I can show you some of the progress I’ve made with some of my longer term crafting projects as well as a small number of items finished in February that I’ve not shown you yet.

I did spend some time in February watching bits of the winter Olympics with some craft projects on my lap slowly working on them, but not pushing myself to try and do so much in any session that would result in making my hands and arms too painful.  These included knitting on a knitting loom and rag rug making.  You can see how I’m progressing below.

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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.)

A very dear person who’s became a friend through crafting was having a hip opperation in February, so I made her this simple card.

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  1. Peach Blossom Papers by Janette Padley (This is quite a simple card made with an 8″ square ivory card as a base.  Several of the backgrounds in the papers kit were printed onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock and the pieces were cut out.  I did a faux stitching line around the outside of a mat I’d cut from one of the backgrounds, and used a gold pen to edge flowers I’d cut out.  Gold glitter glue was used in the centre of the flowers.  I also added a piece of white lace.  “Brysiwch Wella” is Welsh and basicly means “Get Well Soon”.)
  2. Angled view of previous card to try and show some dimension.

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  1. Digital Papers-Vintage Horse and Cart by Di Simpson and Vintage Ladies, Gents, Horse and Cart Silhouette Set – PDF by Kim Paley (For this card I printed my chosen colour of background paper from the kit onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then trimmed this to fit on an 8″ square, ivory, Crafty Bob base card, and then went round the edge with a brown ProMarker.  I attached it to the card front using fingerlift tape.  I added a piece of brown ribbon and dots of two shades of black and brown glitter glue.  The silhouette topper was cut using a template cup239442_1307 and this was attached using glue gel before the card was finished with a peel-off greeting that says “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.)

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MIRROR:

My two youngest nephews went for a beach walk with their mother, her friend and the friends young son, at the start of the half term week.  They brought back a bag full of shells and a stone and gave me instructions that they’d brought them to me as they wanted to decorate a mirror with them.  I actually got quite a cheap mirror delivered and we got to work on the project when they spent some time here towards the end of the holidays.

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  1. Mirror, 19x27x1,5 cm, poplar, 1 pc
  2. The decorated mirror.  Decorated using Maimeri Iridescent Paste, plus shells and stone stuck on using hot glue gun.

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RAG RUG MAKING:

I’ve show you the start of my rag rug, and the tool used, in a previous blog post – so I thought it was time to give you an update of how I’m progressing.

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  1. This is how the rug looked the end of January when I showed you the tools and “work in progress” – here.
  2. This is as far as I’ve got now – as you can see I’ve gone all the way around bending under the edge and putting in the strips.  I’ve also worked all the way around, working inwards, adding more to the sides, with quite a wide band at one end now.  As I’m not pushing through the double thickness of hessian, to give a neat edge, any more it is now easier to work the material strips through.

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SEWING:

I made this bag to hold my patchwork templates.  It’s one of my creations that I finished in the last few weeks.  It was the “work in progress” I showed you at the start of February in my post – here.

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  1. For this bag I started off with two pieces cut from a bed sheet of the correct size for front, sides and flap.  Onto one I sewed strips off a Jelly Roll of co-ordinating materials.  I then cut a piece of wadding/batting the same size and did some free-motion quilting on every other strip – the ones without a defined pattern.  I then sewed the quilted outside, face to face, with the inside – leaving a section unsewn in the inside lineing piece.  The bag was then turned inside out, the gap in the sewing finished.  I also stiched across the front of the flap to make it a flatter finishe.  I finished off with the Yo-Yo’s I’d made using my “Clover Yo-Yo Maker Round – Extra Large” that I showed you in my previous post – here.
  2. A close-up of the free-motion embroydery on a strip visible on the flap.
  3. A close-up of another piece of free-motion embroydery on the last strip of the flap – sewn by one of my youngest nephews as he wanted a go after seeing me moving the material about – much more fun than trying to go straight I think.  Of course he was strictly supervised to make sure he didn’t do anything silly like putting his hands too close to the needle.

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FLOWER LOOM WORK:

It’s been a while since I did any yarn flowers on a flower loom.  So long ago that I’ve long since lost the little one sized loom I had when younger (a lot younger), so a while ago I got my hands on a new loom.  It’s just the sort of easy thing to do while watching TV, especially when waiting for the next push in curling or the next competitor off a ski jump, or whatever.

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  1. The flower loom I’ve got is the Clover Hana-Ami Flower Loom.  It comes with several different shaped pieces with pegs.
  2. For my current project I’ve cosen to use the largest square shape and the middle size of the circular shapes.
  3. I’m using purple yarn for the square shape, yellow yarn for the circular “flowers” on top, and white yarn to both sew the “flowers” to hold their shape (the large, plastic, needle that came with the loom, and the fact that the spaces between the “petals” are easy to go through mean that I can manage this sort of hand sewing provided I do it on a day when my hands are not in pain) and to crochet the squares together.  I need to do a lot more becore I have the little blanket complete, but this is another of my “works in progress”.

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KNITTING:

This creation will also be a blanket when finished – a baby blanket.

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  1. It’s being knitted out of three different colours of knitting yarn.  The colours don’t appear very “true” in the pictures with the darker pink appearing more red than it is in reality.  I’m working this on an Authentic Knitting 18 Inch All-In-One Loom.
  2. But I’m not knitting it “in the round”, but rather I’m turning around at the end of every row and turning back.  I’m knitting it in a two stitch knit, two stitch purl, moss stitch pattern.
  3. This is a closer look at the textured effect I’m creating.

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Crafting Mid February 2014

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An Update, A Few Musings, and A Few Cards

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I’ve still not got broadband or phone connection so am depending on my pay-as-you go mobile phone and a mobile Internet dongle to keep incontact with the outside world.  The dongle doesn’t have a large data allowance so I’m only putting some cards, and not the other crafted items I’ve made lately on this post.  I will keep taking photos of the crafting I do and get them online at some point so please do keep popping back to check whether I’ve made any new blog posts.

There’s a new collection of lovely digital downloads available in the Stamping Dragon Design shop this week.  It’s called the “Home Tweet Home Collection” and it can be found by clicking – Here!  The initial inspiration for this kit came from a pair of curtains that hang on our Design Team leader’s window.

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MUSINGS:

A couple of things have caught my attention when I got back online with the mobile dongle last weekend –

Anybody read “A Stamper’s Poem” as can be seen on this web site – Here? The images that illustrate it are so cute, and the poem, in a witty vein, very nicely gives an important education message to crafters.

It’s a sad fact that if crafters do share and give away artists designs then artists don’t get paid for their work, and if they don’t get paid they have to find another way to put food on the tables of their children, which means that there will be no more good artwork and digi-stamps for crafters to work with.

Another thing that effects an artists income, that I’ve also mentioned before on my blog, is when less tallented “artists” trace or copy bits of their artwork – sometimes combining bits of several pieces of artwork from the same or different artists work.  These copiers sometimes sell their combination creations at a lower cost in competition to the artists who’s original work has been copied. Sometimes these combination works are so much in the same style as an artists work that crafters believe they are by the same artist, but often the quality of the artwork isn’t quite as good as the original artist so crafters might think that the standard is dropping.  And if an artist allows one person to get away with copying their work without permission without challenging them, then it opens the door for more to think it’s an OK thing to do.

It isn’t often the people of the “Stamp Out” group of designers and crafters do it – but this week they’ve put a new company on the “Stamp Out Wall of Shame“!

As usual, various designers and crafters who are members of the “Stamp Out” group, including a designer who believes parts of her work have been directly copied, have tried to communicate with the company concerned repeatedly before taking this “name and shame” route.  You can read a report about the company, including side by side images of some of the digi stamps that are believed to be copies, on the “Stamp Out” blog – Here! – so that you can make up your own mind. The group would welcome relevant comments.

Many people who are approached by the group – both crafters who “share” images they have no rights to share and artists who don’t realise that including even parts of somebody else’s creation within their own work isn’t legal under international copyright law – respond well to the information and explanations provided by the leaders of the Stamp Out group.  So the group believe all avenues of communication have failed before they put anybody on the “Wall of Shame”.  Naturally the person accused of copying, her family and friends, disagree with what the “Stamp Out” group believe, so crafters can only look at the evidence, and what people on both sides of the “argument” (and it has certainly turned into a big argument, some would say it isn’t a sensible discussion but a case of blatent trolling) have said, and make up their own minds about whether to buy digi-stamps from the company in question or not.

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CARDS:

(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)
(I’ve not put in links to as many of the items I’ve used as I usually do this time because I don’t want to waste my data allowance in searching for the links – I hope I’ll be forgiven for this lacking.  If anybody does want specific details on items I’ve used that are not linked please leave a message in a comment at the end and I’ll try and get back to you.)

This first card was made to meet the requirements of more than one different challenge on the Stamping Dragon Designs Facebook Group.

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  1. Piggie Love by Janette Padley and Peach Blossom Papers by Janette Padley (For this card I printed several of the sheets from the paper kit, together with digi stamp, onto 300gsm, Super Smooth white cardstock. After colouring the digi-stamp with ProMarkers in tones to go with the papers.  The colours I used were Starfish, Blush, Rose Pink, Sandstone, Satin.  After choosing the size I wanted to cut the topper with the digi into, I set about cutting mats of various sizes from the papers to layer up my card.  I also cut out an assortment of flower shapes from the printed out papers and shaped and layered them before adding to the front of my card. To finish off I went around the outside of the pre-cut and scored card that I used using one of the ProMarkers I’d used on the image and added a bow and a loop of ribbon.)
  2. Pretty Watercolour Wash Flowers Backing Paper by Carol Clarke (I printed the sheet out at half size onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I made a decorative edged mat from part of the sheet and from the other part cut out lots of the flowers.  I also cut a white mat out of the unprinted half of the sheet of paper I’d used.  I took a decorative edge card made of a toneing perleascent cardstock and went round the edge of this and both the mats with a toneing ProMarker before using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the mats to the card and glue gel to attach the flowers after I’d shaped them.  I finished off by using glue gel to add some card candy and wrote “Diolch”, which is Welsh for “Thank You” at the bottom left corner in the same ProMarker as used previously.)

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  1. Lone Wolf Digital Stamp by Lynne Crosskill (I printed the digi stamp onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at smaller than the size provided.  I then coloured it in simply using three shades of cool grey ProMarkers.  I used: Cool Grey 1, 2 and 3. I then added some white glitter glue to the bark of the tree. I cut the image out to create a topper and made mats from white, black and holographic silver papers and cardstock.  I also cut out a shield and some foliage from the same papers.  I took a pre-cut and scored decorative edged 6″ square base card and stuck everything on, adding some dots of black glitter glue as a final embelishment.  The words written on the shield “Penblwydd Hapus” are Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.  This is a stunning image, and I kept the colouring simple in keeping with the image and the monochrome card I wanted to create.)
  2. Angled view of previous card.

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  1. Potting Shed digital stamp and watercoloured digital stamp by Pamela West and Peach Blossom Papers by Janette Padley (I printed out the sheet onto 300gsm, Super Smooth white cardstock.  I also printed out several sheets from kit onto the same type of cardstock.  For this card I’ve used the coloured in version of the digital stamp.  I cut it out and rounded the corners and then set about making mats from an embossed gold mirror board and the printed out backgrounds from the kit.  I also cut flower shapes of two different sizes and a paper lace border from the backgrounds.  The base card was made from white, linen textured, cardstock which also had rounded corners.  I went around the base card, layers, flowers, etc., all with a ProMarker before building up the card layers using finger-lift tape, 1mm and 2mm deep, double sided foam tape.  I used glue gel to attach the embelishments and added some toneing glitter glue to finish off the flowers, etc.)
  2. An angled view of the same card to try and show some of the dimension.
  3. Family Photo Stamp by Janette Padley (I printed the stamp out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at much smaller than the size provided.  I then coloured it in using ProMarkers and FlexMarkers.  The colours I used were: Aubergine, Plum Preserve, Gold, Amber, Summer Sun, Red, Berry Red, Dove Grey.  The digi-stamp was then cut out close to the outline.  For this card I’ve gone for a bit of a mixed look.  I started with a card with a decorative edge from my crafty stash and cut a panel of a suitable size from a sheet of star embossed cardstock.  I went round both of these using a red ProMarker before using wet glue to attach the panel to the card.  The next panel is of red, linen tectured/printed, cardstock which had it’s edge cut with a paper punch.  Then a triangular panel of embossed, gold mirror cardstock before adding the digi-stamp.  I’ve also added a shield shaped panel onto which the age of the child who will receive it will be put.  I’ll also add a greeting on the red background along the edge of the golden panel once I know which language the card will be needed in.)

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  1. Puff the Puffer Fish Stamp by Janette Padley and Turquise Dream Mini theme by Janette Padley (This is a hybrid card where I took this digi-stamp, together with several elements from the mini theme kit into one of my graphics packages.  I created three puffer fishes at different sizes and coloured them in differently, and use elements from the kit to create a background for them.  I put separate copies of the fish to one side on my working area before printing the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then cut out the pieces.  I took a pre-scored and cut card with a decorative edge from my crafting stash and stuck the card topper I’d created directly to this using finger-lift tape.  I then shaped the puffer fish slightly and attached them using glue gel.  I printed out the greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – and cut it out as a speech bubble and used glue gel to attach this.  I then used three different colours of glitter glue as embelishment, using a white for the fish’s bubbles and two shades of blue for the wavy paper ribbons and the scallops of the card.)
  2. A different angled view of the previous card.

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Further February 2014 Crafty Makes

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An Update, A Few Cards and Other Crafted Items

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 I hope that none of you are badly effected by the very bad weather we’ve been having in these parts lately.  The wind has been blowing very badly here, especially yesterday and overnight.  Schools were closed early and even our closest town was closed due to the danger from flying tiles, etc.  There’s even mention of the Tesco at the top of town having to close because it’s roof started lifting off.  Plus there was some white stuff on the ground when I went out this morning to let our dog out of her night kennel for a run around the garden before being put into her enclosure for the day – I rather think she did a quick dive into her kennel in the enclosure as soon as she was in as well – she’s not a dog who likes being outside in bad weather.  It looked like a mixture of hail and snow blown into the corners by the shed, the door, etc., not a big enough covering to cause any problems, and I don’t think it was freezing on the the ground underneath.

We did have a few short power cuts yesterday, which meant the TV and stuff not being available.  But I had my rechargeable battery OttLight and could carry on with some crafting until it came back – mind you it only went off for around five minutes at a time, but it must have gone off at half a dozen different occasions.

I don’t suppose the bad weather will have helped the intermittent Internet access problems either.  I’ve mostly got access now, but slow access.  By the time I’ve check my E-mails and done important stuff like paying bills, etc., its taken so much longer time than usual that I’m exhausted before I get to Facebook, and even more exhausted before I get to blogs – both writing my own (which is why this is only the 2nd blog post of new stuff from me this month – plus the one showing an old card swap) and visiting others.  So once again I must appologise that I’ve not been commenting on all your latest blog posts – I have been visiting some and loved the work but have been having timeout notices.

It’s been quite a few days since my last blog post so I’ve got a bit of a variety of crafted items to show you today – starting with five cards –

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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. Digital Stamp – Framed Orchid by Sheila Rodgers (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock.  I coloured it in using various markers. The colours I used were: Forest Green ProMarker; Crimson, Celestial Blue and Dove Grey FlexMarker; Gold, Violet and Clear Wink of Stella brush pens. I then put Anthresite  Glitter glue in the centre of the red flowers.  I cut the image out and stuck it to a sheet of embossed gold mirror card using finger-lift tape, trimming to leave an even border using a Perfect Layers ruler.  I then used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the matted topper to the front of a sheet of foiled Adorable Scorable cardstock.  I also added a panel of the embossed gold card ready to add a greeting when I know what language the card will be needed in.  A lovely image that can be used on a simple square card, or blinged up for a bigger card, and is suitable for many occasions depending on the colours used to colour it in.)
  2. Nautical boat design card for male birthday or father’s day by Toni Martin (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock.  I then cut out all the pieces.  As I think the card will bee needed in Welsh I flipped one of the greetings panels over and cut the centre out of the other before sticking it on top to make a blank greetings panels.  I made a base card by scoring an A4 sheet of turquoise pearlescent cardstock at the half way point using my Hougie Board and then folded it in half.  I stuck the base image to this using finger-lift tape.  I then used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to add the topper and greetings panel.  I finished off by going over the sea and some of the rope elements on the card with clear Wink of Stella brush pen to add a twinkle – although this doesn’t show up in the photo – and I also added some dots of turquoise glitter glue.)

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  1. Ellie Elephant by Janette Padley (I printed the sheet onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock.  I then coloured the digi-stamp in.  I used Cardinal Red, Cool Grey 1, 2, 3, and 4 ProMarkers, Dove Grey FlexMarker, and Gold Wink of Stella brush pen.  I then cut out the image.  It was then matted onto old gold frosted paper, and cut to leave an even border of a quarter of an inch using a Perfect Layers ruler.  Then it was matted onto red Satin Board and trimmed to leave a border of 1/16″ before being stuck to the front of a base card of approximately 15cm square in size mad of linen textured white cardstock.)
  2. (Card made using a cut down piece of background and a topper from the kit that came free with the Hunkydory magazine number 15 with the addition of a piece of yellow ribbon that I further coloured with a Gold ProMarker to make it tone in more with the daffodils.  I also went round the edge of the background with the same ProMarker before sticking it to the front of an A5 base card made from a white hammered sheet of A4 card.)

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  1.  ‘Flying Home’ Bird Card Topper by Tammy Clarke (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock.  I then cut out the pieces.  I stuck the base layer directly to an embossed gold cardstock using fingerlift tape.  This matted image was stuck to an A5 base card made by scoring an A4 sheet of white hammered cardstock in half using my Hougie Board and folding.  I then used  1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the panel layers in place.  I haven’t added a greeting yet because I don’t know what language it will be needed in, but I have taken a clear Wink of Stella brush pen and added a little glitter shimmer to the bird’s wings and tail, and also the little “starlight” areas on the three panels – though unfortunately this added twinkle isn’t showing up in the photograph of my card.)

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CAKE DECORATING:

In my post of the 9th February – here – I told you that when my two youngest nephews were staying over a few weeks ago I’d told them that they could design a cake and I’d attempt to decorate it.  I showed you the first one I made previously.  Well I left over a week before making and decorating the next one – leave them plenty of time to finish eating the first one and for them to settle down after the sugar rush – though I rather think their parents and their friends ate a lot of it from what was said.  In any case.  The second cake, made and decorated to the design of the second nephew, was suppose to look more like an old farm with the house based on an Iron Age fort house (Castell Henllys is an Iron Age village less than ten miles away that they’ve visited a few times and he’s facinated by it – plus he loves it when I get my giant cupcake silicon mould out.)

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  1. The Iron Age house is a giant vanilla sponge cupcake decorated with fondant icing around the sides and chocolate icing as the roof, with a moulded piece of chocolate as the door.  The yellow icing ducks were placed on the jelly “duck pond” before they arrived for tea after school.  The “grass” and “duck weed” in the pond is green edible shimmer powder.
  2. There are two chocolate horses and a foal going round the house and one foal behind the open door of the animal shed.
  3. The animal shed is a loaf of “bara brith” that I bought, with it’s top cut off at an angle and a sheet of chocolate icing put on top.  I marked the chocolate icing on the shed and house with the point of a kebab skewer to look like really old thatching.

The one thing on his plan that I failed to make that disapointed my nephew were a herd of cows.  Just couldn’t make those out of icing, my other animals are a bit dodgy and the sheep coming out of the shed is only the front half and the head.  What I did do was make some “cow pat” burgers – nice mince beef burgers with some capers and other things inside, just shaped into balls, put on a baking tray and half flattened and cooked in the oven rather than frying flat on both sides.  I told him that I’d tried to make icing cows but they kept producing cow pats and vanishing – once he got over the disapointment of no cows on his cake farm I think he got the joke and loved the burgers in a roll – Big rule of coming here for a meal is that they have to eat savory “proper food” before they can have anything sikly sweet!

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SEWING:

In my post of the 28th January – here – I showed you the first half a dozen Suffolk Puffs I’d made using my new little circular YoYo/Suffolk Puff template gadget.  After using up nearly a whole charm pack of squares to make up puffs for this project (the other half a dozen have been put asside to decorate a quilted bag for holding quilting templates) I threaded the resulting Suffolk Puffs onto a round elastic.  I created a cone shaped tail and a round shaped head from felt and pulled either end of the elastic through and knotting off before finishing to stuff and sew around.

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  1. View from the top of my “catapiller”.
  2. A more frontal view.
  3. Catapillar curled completely round so that you can see the face.  As you can see I’ve sewn the mouth and nose dots and glued on two googlie eyes using glue gel.

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KNITTING:

In my blog post of the 28th January – here – I showed you a piece of kniting I’d done on one of my knitting looms out of “Wash + Filz-it! Felting wool”.  Well I’ve now put the piece into the washing machine to felt, and this is how it’s come out (I’ve put the same knitting loom in the photo so that you can compare the size with the photo of the piece pre-felting.)  It is now stiff and felted and ready to be used to make a slipper.

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Keep an eye out over the next few weeks for photos of the finished slippers to appear once I’ve made them.

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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!

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

  • Friday, 7th February – Here! – Amazing 49p Wedding DIY Card Kit, CUP News, FREE CD 85 & New From our Designers
  • Tuesday, 11th February – Here! – Valentines Day Cards, SVG on Brother ScanNCut & Crafty Bob’s Cards of the Week

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

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