Wirework Tree inc. Video

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Wirework and Semi Precious Stones Tree
inc. YouTube Video and Giveaway

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Tree Of Life Style Wall Hanging

I have new videos (Welsh and English versions of the same one) live on the Crefftau Maes Mieri Crafts YouTube channel today.

I decided to do a video to show one way of making the round framed, tree of life style, wall hangings I’ve been makeing.  I only tackle a project of this type when I’m feeling reasonably OK, but even so it took me lots of short sessions over 3 days to make the tree, but I’ve edited the video down to under 13 minutes, cutting out the shakeing hand and semi-precious stone chips flying all over the place because my grip had gone, so it won’t take you hours to watch how I made it.

While a set of jewellery pliers are good for this project, you could get away with using wire cutters and pliers from an ordinary tool set if you are makeing a large wall hanging. You would probably get markes on the wire you didn’t want, but OK if you are going for a distressed look tree.

I have made these types of circular ones smaller than an inch diameter before, and for that size you definately need the most dainty jewellery pliers you can find.

The other items I used were – Metal ring; Gold Coloured Copper Wire – 20 gauge; Gold Coloured Copper Wire – 26 gauge; Semi Precious Amazonite gemstone Chips.

You can see :

The Welsh Video – Here!

The English Video – Here!

This is what the creation looks like when finished.  It is around 14.5cm in diameter.

I do dome the centre up a bit while doing the final tidy up.  This means the wall hanging casts a bit of a shaddow onto the wall behind it and appears more dimensional.

I’ve even made a box, ready to be closed, addressed, and posted – see giveaway information below!

I’d love to see any wirework projects that you have hand made, so please do pop photos into the album I’ve created to go with this post and video.  You can find it – Here!

Blog/Facebook/YouTube Giveaway Draw

The winner of this giveaway has been drawn – winner details can be found – Here!

As it is only a short time since I announced that my first two (Welsh and English) Crafftau Maes Mieri Crafts channel YouTube video were live, and that I’d started a Page on Facebook to draw together the various Crafftau Maes Mieri Crafts online presences, I thought it would be a nice idea to do a giveaway draw as a sort of cellebration that I managed to actually get things started with my video making project, and not only get one, introduction, video done, but a couple of demo videos as well.

And what better thing for the giveaway than to give away the Tree Wall Hanging that I demonstrated in the video that is going live today.

I’m allowing up to four entries per person –

  1. Leave a comment below.  Any comment, provided it’s not Spam, or nasty – in fact any comment that makes it through my usual moderation, will go into the hat.
  2. Leave a comment on the album that goes with this project on my Facebook page – Here!
  3. Put a photo of any of your wirework projects into the album – Here! (Any wirework project, be it wire encased beads, wirework brooches, wirework lettering, etc. I do like to see what others are doing.  Leave a link to your blog post if you have one with details of your make.)
  4. Comment on either the English or Welsh version of the Wirework Tree videos on YouTube – Here or Yma! (I do want to know what you think of my videos, and if you have a suggestion of something you’d like to see me demonstrating then please let me know in your comment.)

That’s up to four chances to have your name in the draw.  I’ll be collecting the names together from each location on the 1st March, 2019, and drawing one to win the wirework tree.  The winner will be announced by the 3rd March in all locations.

Good Luck!

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I have several bits of different crafting on the go at the moment, so keep an eye out for them over the next few weeks.

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Catchup Post 5 – Some Bracelets

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Some Bracelets

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After a not very nice year last year between everything, I had hoped that this year would start better – but that was not to be.

I’d had problems with one eye towards the end of last year, with more than one visit to the optitian to keep an eye on it in case it was the start of my retina becoming detached.  Over the Christmas and New Year holiday the other eye started with the same flashing symptoms and floaters, except it was interfearing more with my vision. So after a discussion over the phone with the optitian it was down to the optitians to have my eyes looked at again on the first Thursday of the year. He wasn’t happy with what he was seeing and referred me to a hospital around 30 miles away, making an appointment for me the following afternoon.  The consultant/surgeon of course wasn’t there, it being a Friday afternoon at the end of the holiday period, so when the doctor who examined my eyes realised that I’d got a tare in my retina and that was causing the retina to come away from the eye, she had to refer me on to another hospital for an emergency eye operation.  It was gone 6 pm by the time she got things sorted.

I had to be at the Bristol Eye Hospital for an emergency operation by 7.30am the following morning. A journey of over 100 miles further. Oh, and I had to put some drops in on the way so that my eyes were already dilated before I got there.

So, off I went, and after form filling, further looking in my eye, etc., followed by the opperation, I was  sitting back in the ward by 11.00am and not allowed to lie down for five days because they’d put gas in my eye to press against the tare, and gas rises and with the tare at the top of my eye the gas bubble had to be kept there.

I’m now awaiting a further follow-up checkup to see how things are progressing.

The reason I’m telling you all this is that, of course, I needed someone to drive me to these places, (as, even if my eye wasn’t causing me problems, my M.E. means that there is no way I could have driven myself those sort of distances) – and the people who drove me were various members of my family.

I wanted to make something for them as a thank you and decided on some jewelery.  And while I was at it, make one for myself as well.

And that is what I’ve got to show you today, made towards the end of January when I was alliwed to hold my head downwards again after the gas bubnle had gone.

I did start off with a pack of kits to make several bracelets of the same design, but of different colour combination, which included very clear instructions.

The kit was by TotallyBeads and is called –  Next Generation Elastic Bracelet Kit with Czech Cabochons and Superduos.   The only problem was that I have very big wrists so had to source the beads for my bracelet from elsewhere. I gave people the choice of which colour bracelet they wanted to receive.

I’ve still got a fewfrom the collection of 7 to make up. They may be given to charities, I havent decided yet.

This is the one my youngest sister chose.

I didn’t tie the bracelets off until they had been chosen as it allowed me to get a perfect fit by removing some beads.  This first one was chosen by my youngest sister who made the journey to Bristol with me, not only for the opp but a fortnight after I came out she took me back for the first checkup.

This is the one I made for myself.

And hopefulky you can see the difference in sizes in this photo.

For my niece, who drove me to the ‘local’ hospital and then on to my youngest sister’s house, I made this bracelet.

After adjusting the bracelet to fit her I had enough beads left to make these earing drops.

I added a pair of silver fishook ear wires to the drops before giveing then.

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So, what to work on next? Not quite sure.  I’ve got so many different types of crafting projects either on the go or ready to start, so I guess what I do next depends on where my aches and pains are worse.

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Catchup Post 3 – Assorted Beaded Projects

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A Couple Of Beaded Projects

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I’m still working my way through partly written draft posts in my blog interface, as well as photos in my folder on my laptop that’s marked as photos of unblogged items.

Today’s post is showing a couple of items I’ve got photos of and think they haven’t been blogged previously. I may be wrong about that.

I don’t have many details about the makes either as I ohly have vague memories of making them.

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I’m not sure whether I’ve shown this first one before.  I found just one picture of it in my album of unshown items. So it might have been that I only took one useable photo, or that I sorted and deleted previously but missed deleting this one.

It’s a wire work bangle made over a circular jig.  I then used thinner wire to add some beads.

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This is another beaded item that I’m not sure whether I’ve already blogged or not as it’s still in my unblogged photos file but I’ve also got one photo trimmed and watermarked in my sorted bundle.  I can’t actually find it in my blog, so I might have just shown it on a group on FB the Christmas before last.

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As you can see it’s made from clear faceted acrylic beads and “star” shaped beads worked on a heavyweight wire frame with the beads attached using a thinner wire.

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So, just a small, quick post today, but I’m on a roll now. Who knows, I may even get blog posts of some sort published for all the items partly written in drafts. As well as writing quick pists from scratch for more photos stored as unblogged. And, of course, I need to take photos of the few items I’ve made the last 18 months or so that I can find that I missed taking a photo of because I was too exhausted and in pain to think of photographing at the time.

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A Necklace And Bracelet Set

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Some Jewellery

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Just a short post today everybody!

In between my little bits of crafting I’m working on now I’m still working my way through photos I took of my makes during the previous year.  This time it’s the time of a set of jewellery I made as a birthday gift.  I hope you like.

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JEWELLERY:

This is a kumihimo jewellery set of necklace and bracelet with some fine beaded additions.  It came as a kit.  The only problem is that I can’t remember now what kit, and from which company, it was.  I know I gave it as a birthday gift to a family member last September and had made it ready a month or two before that, so quite some time ago, so it’s no wonder I can’t remember where the kit came from, but I really don’t like blogging without giving an indication of where others can get find what I’ve used.

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These are some of the photos I took as I was working on the project.

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More Crafting In The 2nd Week Of July 2014

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An Update, A Few Cards and A Few Other Bits

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

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STAMPIN WITH THE DRAGON CHALLENGE BLOG:

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

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CARDS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SCRAPBOOK PAGE LAYOUTS:

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

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

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JEWELLERY:

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

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

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Further Early July 2014 Crafting And Cardmaking

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An Update And An Assotment Of Crafting

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

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

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

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LindasBlogCandyJuly2014Linda’s Crafty Piece of Heaven is offering Blog Candy.  The details of what you need to do to be in with a chance of winning one of 3 surprises can be found on the blog – which you can find by clicking -> Here!

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BLOG CANDY WIN:

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

CARDS:

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

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

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

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

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JEWELLERY:

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

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

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

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SCRAPBOOK PAGE LAYOUT:

More of my gardening efforts.

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

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CAKE DECORATING:

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

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

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More Crafting At The Start Of June

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An Update, Cards, A Bracelet And Another Owl

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

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

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CARDS:

(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)
(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards.)

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

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

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

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JEWELLERY:

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

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SEWING:

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

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

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HINTS AND TIPS!

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

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

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Even More May 2014 Card Making and Crafting

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A Bit Of An Assortment

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

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

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MUSINGS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CARDS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PLAYING WITH CLAY:

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

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

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JEWELLERY:

A quick and easy cord necklace.

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

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Crafting Into The 4th Week Of May 2014

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

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

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

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

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WHEELBARROW:

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

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

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CARDS:

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

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

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

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

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

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JEWELLERY:

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

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

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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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CUP UPDATE:

20% Discount

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

CUP Mailer – Links to mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ lately:

  • Tuesday, 29th April – Here! – £5 Gift Voucher, NEW CUP TV, Designer Discounts & Stunning Community Cards

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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