Crafting My Way Towards The End Of May

I’d like to thank all of you who’ve been so kind as to leave comments on some of my previous blog posts.  I really appreciate that you’ve taken the time to comment on my crafting efforts.

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I’ve not made a lot of any particular craft, but have been puttering with several, in the week since my last post.  I had an order in for a birthday card so I completed that.  Then today the same person phoned with a special request of another birthday card, only the person is going on holiday by the end of this week so the card is needed sooner than expected.  Quick look on craftsUprint for a suitable design (50th birthday of a woman who plays golf – hope she doesn’t read my blog) and out with the scissors and glue.

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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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Here are the small number of cards I’ve made over last weekend and so far this week.

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  1. Side stepper lady golfer by Carol Dunne (This is more of a “kit card” than I usually do, but short notice meant I didn’t have time to mull over and come up with a design myself.  Although there are decoupage pieces involved, they are all thick lined and quite an easy, flowing, shape to cut out.  There isn’t anything very fiddly.  All cut out with a tidy sized pair of scissors, other than getting the craft knife out to do the slit in the side stepper base card.  I used 300gsm Super Smooth card for the base and the numbers, and 250gsm Super Smooth card for the decoupage pieces.  The envelope was printed onto A-may-zing decoupage paper.)
  2. Chestnut Horse Pyramid by June Young (Only straight edged cutting for this card so it was easy to cut and put together.  I used Tesco 190gsm photo paper for printing out onto and a pre-cut, deckle edged base card.  I went round the edge with a golden tone die ink pad and stamped the greeting with a brown coloured ink in a “rustic” sort of finish.)
  3. This is a closer look at the bottom right corner of the pyramage and a greeting panel, together with the deckle edge.
  4. Horse Rearing – Pyramid by June Young (Again, only straight edged cutting for this card so it was easy to cut and put together.  I used Tesco 190gsm photo paper for printing out onto and a pre-cut, deckle edged base card.  I went round the edge with a golden tone die ink pad and stamped the greeting with a brown coloured ink in a “rustic” sort of finish.)
  5. This is a closer look near the bottom right corner, showing the dimension of the pyramage and greeting panels.

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  1. Piano Music Congratulations Pyramid by Amy Cummings (Another card where the background element and the pyramage topper were printed out onto Tesco, own brand, 190gsm, photo paper. And another card that only required straight edge cutting so easy to do.  You’ll notice that I’ve put the topper at a jaunty angle on this one.  I’ve stamped the greeting firstly in pale gold, then in black but slightly offset to give a slight shadow effect.)

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KNITTING:

A bag.  This one will end up similar to the one I showed you in my previous blog post – here – but this time the yarn, while still being a Wendy Frills yarn, is completely black but with a fine silver edge.

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  1. This is how I started off making the bag – knitted four pegs on my circular knitting loom using the whole yarn wrapped around each peg and going back and fore until the required strap length was achieved.
  2. I then took the starting end of the strap and hooked the first four stitches over four pegs that were opposite the starting pegs on the loom.
  3. I then went round the whole knitting loom, wrapping the whole yarn around each peg to create new stitches all around, but knitting (hooking over) the four stitches at either side of the strap.  I then kept wrapping round every peg and have knitted (hooked over) a whole row of stitches around the loom in this picture.  I need to do this twice more before I revert to only knitting with the top loops of the yarn.  This knitting with the whole yarn, rather than the loops gives a firmer strap and top to the bag, but it is much harder on the hands and wrists than knitting with just the loops.  For that reason it’s taken me three sessions of knitting to get this far with the bag.
  4. This is the yarn itself.  I think you can just see the fine silver strand.  Although this is not very obvious in the strap and bag top, because of knitting the whole ribbon yarn, it will be obvious in the finished bag.

Keep checking back on my blog to see how this progresses and to see the finished article.
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JEWELLERY:
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  1. This is another lariat and earrings jewellery set, this time with the main colour being pink and with small highlights of purple.  The lariat has clusters of three pink, magnetic, hematite beads which hold the lariat together in whatever shape you want to ware it.  In this picture the lariat is shown as a long necklace.
  2. In this picture the lariat is wrapped around at about the size it would be when worn as a bracelet.  The beads are an assortment of clear glass and metallic spacer beads, purple beads with AB finish, and various pink and clear acrylic beads.  The beads are quite sparkly.
  3. The lariat is wrapped around at about the size for a choker in this picture.

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  1. This is a set of bracelets made from acrylic pink beads on stretch elastic.  Each bracelet is the right size for a child, although, obviously, a bracelet shouldn’t be given to a very young child because of the small parts.  Each of the bracelets has different feature beads – flower, butterfly, star, heart.
  2. This is a closeup of the bracelet that has flower feature beads.
  3. This is a keyring/bag charm with a tail of blue, glass, beads.  I like this type of clasp for putting keys on as it just unscrews, you slip the key in, then screw back up.  Much easier than trying to work a key around a split ring I think.

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  1. This is a very sparkly set of jewellery.  It is made of clear glass beads with the main, feature, beads being faceted.  The necklace and bracelet are strung on strong, clear, beading thread and all the findings are silver tone.  It is presented in a purple box with a white liner.
  2. This is a closeup of the necklace showing  the main, feature, bead in the centre with other faceted glass crystal beads working back, inter-spaced with clear seed beads as spacer beads.
  3. This is the bracelet, made up of a selection of the same beads only not as long.
  4. The larger of the beads used in the necklace and bracelet were not used in the earrings, but they are made up of a selection of the other types of beads strung on head and eye pins making up three drop earrings.

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:  

craftybob.com is a growing craft marketplace both for crafters to sell their surplus craft consumables and equipment to each other, and for crafters to sell their finished, hand crafted, items to anybody who’s interested in buying quality, hand crafted, items. As I’m writing this there have been 112 crafty shops opened.

I’ve put up 5 items in my craftybob.com shop since my last blog post:

Have a look – here – at my whole shop on craftybob.com.

CUP UPDATE:  

CUP Mailer – A copy of the E-mailed mailer sent out by the team at CUP HQ on Friday, 25th May, can be seen by clicking – here.  There’s a showcase of some work by some of the Silver Designers on CUP to be seen in this mailer.

Another mailer has also been sent out since my last blog post.  The mailer sent on Monday, 28th May, can be seen by clicking – here.  It’s the Gold Designers turn to have some of their work showcased in this mailer.

Discount – CUP have released a Discount Code that’s worth 20% off orders placed on the craftsUprint site until 31st May 2012 at Midnight GMT. To get the discount you’ll need to type the word ‘SUNNY’ into the REDEEM VOUCHER box on the basket page BEFORE you check out then click UPDATE BASKET.

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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.)

You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

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(Hi All – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it, but due to the fact that I’ve had some problems with Spam/advertising posts, that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog, I now moderate all comments before they go live.  Genuine comments will go live when I’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.)

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Decoupaged Floral Card

I’ve just made a new card that I’d like to enter in a challenge as follows:

  • Crafty Bloggers Network – Challenge #21 – ‘Decoupage’ – lots of layers of flowers decoupaged for dimension in the central panel.
  • Crafter’s Companion Monthly Challenge – Challenge 24 – Here Comes Summer – I can’t think of anything that tells me that summer is here than loads of flowers all over the place.

Here’s the card:

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  1.  Closeup of greeting panel – “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.  (Click on thumbnail image for a closer look)
  2. Side view of oval flower panel showing dimension of decoupaged flowers (Again, click on thumbnail image for a closer look)

This is how I made it:

I designed this card front and decoupage myself in one of my graphics packages using two different Designer Resources that I’d bought via craftsUprint.

  1. Background is 1 of ones from – Semi-Transparent Pretty Rose ‘Organza’ Digital Embellishments by Carol Clarke
  2. Flower elements are several components from – Floral Frames and Ornaments lilacs by Susan Wood

I wanted a card front that would go on an 8″ square card but still allow me space to further decorate with some peel-off so I first put the background in place and decided on the size.  I then added the outside frame and an oval frame of flowers.  On the rest of the graphics package page, off the main card front, I took several other oval frames, resizing them and placing on top of each other to create an oval panel of flowers.  The straight banner of flowers were taken and a greetings panel was added.  Other little groupings of flowers were also dotted about to fill up the space on the page.  I then printed off the created page out onto Crafty Bob Paper and cut out the main panel and all the other individual pieces.  The main panel was stuck to an 8″ square, white card front onto which I’d lightly dusted some distress ink to take the starkness out of the white to tone it in with the card front.  I then put on fine gold border peeloffs around the main panel.  The card was finished off by sticking on all my floral decoupage layers using glue gel.

craftybob.com Update:  

There’s an EXCLUSIVE LAUNCH OFFER on the crafbybob.com site for this weekend only.  Every craftsUprint customer who places an order on craftybob.com this weekend gets a £5 CUP voucher! This fantastic offer is for this weekend only and all CUP £5 vouchers will be placed into your CUP Crafter Control Panel within 72 hours of your craftybob.com purchase.

I know that most of my followers will be crafters in their own right, so probably won’t be in the market for handcrafted items like they would make themselves.  But if you are a card-maker, not only might other handcrafted items, such as knitting or jewellery, be of interest to you, but you should check out the “Craft Supplies” and “Craft Tools” sections on the craftybob.com site for what’s available.

Don’t forget that you can see the items I’ve already uploaded to craftybob.com by clicking -> here.

CUP Update:  

CUP Mailer – A copy of the CUP mailer sent out on Wednesday, 9th May, can be seen by clicking -> here.  Lots of cardmaking ideas to be seen, as per usual.

A copy of the mailer sent out on Friday, 11th May, can be seen -> here.  If you like cards with dimension then you’ll see plenty of ideas in this mailer, including several styles of pop-up cards.

May Card Making Competition –  The theme for the May Card Making Competition has been announced.  This time you need to make a “Wedding” themed card using any CUP download.  Details are on the Craftforums site and you’ll find your “Upload Competition Entry” link part way down your “Crafter Control Panel” on the main craftsUprint site. The last entry date is the 22nd May, 2012, with the winner being announced on the 30th.

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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.)

You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

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Some Knitting And My New Online Shop

I haven’t done a whole lot of crafting over the last few days since my last post, only some knitting with unusual yarns using my knitting boards.  You can see pictures below.

What I have been concentrating on is setting up my new online shop.

Since I had to take early retirement due to health and disability issues over a year ago I’ve been using any time when I’m well enough to sit up in bed or the sitting room to do little bits of different crafts. I can’t do a lot, or big batches, of anything in one go, but do enjoy puttering and trying things out, and especially the satisfaction of having managed to create something.  But building up a stash of crafting equipment and consumables takes money, so, while I know that I’ll never be well enough to devote enough time to crafting to make it into a full time job, paying business, I am hoping that I’ll be able to sell a few of my hand crafted items via the new online shop to help me buy further consumables, and also bits of crafting equipment that will make it easier for me to continue crafting despite my fluctuating disabilities.

At the end of last week a new platform opened its doors to allow crafters to sell both completed, hand made, hand crafted, items, as well as any crafty stash items they may want to sell on.  The name of this new “shopping complex” of online craft shops is “craftybob.com”.

Over the last four months I’ve been involved in doing some low key testing of the site as a prospective seller, and now I can let everybody know that it is live. I’ve still got a long way to go though before I get all the items I’d like to sell uploaded, but I prefer to upload a small number of items at a time.  I’m not aiming to make myself stressed about uploading everything straight away, or worrying if things don’t sell immediately.  Though obviously I am hoping that I’ll sell some stuff.

So there you are – that’s what I’ve been up to lately.  Details of my shop address and sections of items for sale can be seen below.

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Knitting:

As a change from knitting the baby blanket in Tiddly Pom yarn (shown in my previous post – here) and my throw/snuggle blanket in Wendy Frills yarn (shown in my post – here), which are long term projects, I decided to do a quicker project in a yarn with much larger “pompoms”.  So I knitted this scarf in Snowball yarn.  After taking pictures of the yarn strap and a piece of the yarn itself I forgot to take a picture of the part done work before I finished it, but I knitted it on five pegs spaced out on one of my circular knitting boards.

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  1. The yarn is a large pompom one.
  2. This is what the yarn looks like – one stitch per thread between each pompom
  3. The completed scarf with a pompom fringe.
  4. A closeup of the knit of the scarf

My current quick project is another Wendy Frills yarn scarf which an aunt has asked me to knit for her.  She’d seen the sapphire coloured one I knitted not so long ago, and showed you in my post here, and wanted one similar but in a different colour.  This is how far I’ve got so far – no rush as she doesn’t think she’ll need it before next autumn.

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  1.  This is the yarn ball strap with information on the yarn itself.
  2. This is what a piece of the ribbon yarn looks like – you knit into the loops at the top of the yarn.
  3. This is what the front of the piece of scarf I’ve knitted so far looks like.
  4. This is the back of the piece of knitted scarf.  You can see how the stitches lie over the pegs on the circular knitting loom.

I hope that this colour will be OK for my aunt, she wanted a reddish scarf and therefore we chose the yarn that was titled “Ruby”, but this looks to be more a pink shade with maroon to me.

craftybob.com Update:  

My new online shop “Craftau MAES MIERI Crafts” on craftybob.com is now open for business.  Please click – here – to have a look at the small number of items I’ve uploaded, and come back often to see the additions I’ll be putting up slowly, but surely, over time.  I hope that some of you will find something you like and want to buy on the site as well – if not for yourself then for a gift for somebody else.

I’ve currently got several sections in my shop:

Let me know what you think of it so far.

As the whole craftybob.com site is new, only having gone live just before the weekend, I expect that there could well be issues occurring.  If you find something doesn’t work, or isn’t easy to use, the please leave me a comment below to let me know so that I can pass it on to the site’s technical guru.

 

 CUP Update:  

CUP Mailer – A copy of the mailer sent out by the CUP Team on Wednesday, 2nd May, can be seen by clicking -> here.  Once again there’s a wide assortment of digital downloads in many styles to be seen – from cute to cars, from floral to fashion.  Please click through to have a look.

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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.)

You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

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(Hi All – A big thank you to all who’ve left me comments lately.  If anybody wants to leave me comments I’d love to read them.  You should find a box below where you can leave a comment, but due to the fact that I’ve had some problems with Spam/advertising posts, that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog, I now moderate all comments before they go live.  Genuine comments will go live when I’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.)

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