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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You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
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Even More November 2013 Crafting

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An Bit Of An Update, A PaperCraft Creation, Some Cards and Some Jewellery

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I’ve not got a lot of anything to write this time, other than show you my latest bits of crafting.

During the end of last week and over the weekend I’ve been working on a project to give as a Christmas gift.  Also some assorted cards.

5 of what I made I’m entering into a variety of challenges (– so if you are popping over from a challenge blog please scroll down to find the blog name to find my entry into your challenge.)

After my challenge entries there are even more of my creations for all my visitors to have a look at.  I hope you like what I’ve made.

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CHRISTMAS GIFT:

Challenges entered into:

I wonder if you can work out what this is? – without scrolling down to see the rest of the pictures!

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OK – I admit, that isn’t much of a clue is it!  What about if I show you this photo?

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Still not got an idea?  The first picture was the “spine” of the gift, and the second the front of the gift.  Need to see some more before you can decide?  I’ll show you a picture from the oposite side to the “spine” then –

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Got it now?  If put on a shelf with this side out, rather than the “spine” side it looks more like mini magazine holders sorted side by side, but it’s not for magazines.  OK – it might be a bit more difficult for you if you don’t speak Welsh – but the word “Cardiau” on the front is Welsh for “Cards”.  And the labels are the months of the year in Welsh.

Shall I show it opened out for you?  OK then –

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There you have it – the outside of the pockets have a panel with the dates of each month on for people’s birthday’s to be written on, and the pockets themselves hold an assortment of cards (I’ll also add the matching envelopes before packing).  The recipient will be able to write in the dates of family birthdays, anniversaries, etc., and sort out the cards to suit people they may want to send cards to.  What could be better than a supply of hand made cards ready in the house?

I used lots of A3 and A4 Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock to make my Cards Book, using my Hougie Board to score and ultra tacky tape and quick grab glue to attach the pieces together.  I’ve gone around all the pieces with a silver patterned washi tape.  The outside is decorated with pieces of one of the backgrounds from Fun in The Sun Mini theme by Janette Padley printed onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and matted onto a piece of silver mirror paper before attaching to the Cards Book.  For the image on the front I used Rupert Banner by Janette Padley, with the word “Cardiau” typed in before I printed onto Super Smooth white cardstock and coloured in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Lipstick Red, Ruby, and Fresh Meadow.

The cards I’ve made to put inside can be seen below.

I’m planning to make up some boxes of different cards to give other family members, but the rest won’t be as elaborate as this one.  Spmething for you keep an eye out for on my blog in the next couple of weeks.

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CARDS:

(If you click on the thumbnail and medium images on show in this section you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)

Every one of the cards that will be included in the Card Book were made up using base cards that came as a pack of different sized cards with matching inserts and envelopes from Debbi Moore Designs.

Unless otherwise stated, all the images are from a “Collection of 3, A6 Black and White Sketch Pads” of Lili of The Valley images.

I’ve also had my Joy machine out to die-cut a shaped topper panel of the coloured in images.

A lot of the cards have been left without greetings as they could be used for different occasions.  I intend to put a cello bag with different greetings in Welsh and English into the Card Book with the cards and envelopes so that a suitable greeting can be added before the card is used.

Challenges entered into:

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  1. Coloured the image in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: French Navy, Canary, Yellow, Tan, Tawny Owl, Burnt Sienna, Cocoa, Gold, Satin, Grass, and the Wild Orchid FlexMarker.  The image was then cut out using a Spellbinders Gold Square die and a Spellbinders Square die.  A piece of silver foil paper was stuck behind and cut to the same size as the image square.  I used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach this to the card front, put white corner peel-offs at each corner, and put a greeting “Dymuniadau Gorau” (which is Welsh for “Best Wishes”) in the bottom right corner.  I then finished off the card by going round the edge with the yellow ProMarker I’d used on the image.
  2. Same card at a slight angle.

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Challenges entered into:

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  1. This image was coloured in using Cool Grey 2 and 3, Ivory, Pastel Pink, Leaf Green, Lipstick Red, Satin, Sleigh Bell, and Cinnamon ProMarkers and clear Wink of Stella.  The panel was cut out using a Spellbinders label 1 die and attached with 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to the front of a card, that I’d embossed using an embossing folder.  The card was finished off with some small sticky back pearls.
  2. Previous card at an angle showing the minimal dimension given by the embossing and foam tape.

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Challenges entered into:

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  1. This image was coloured in with ProMarkers of colours: Meadow Green, Chestnut, Cocoa, Yellow, Pastel Pink, Satin, and FlexMarkers of colours: Lemon Chiffon and Celestial Blue.  I used Spellbinders label 18 die to cut out the coloured in panel.  I went round the edge of the panel and the base card with the pink ProMarker I’d used on the image, and then used Clear Wink of Stella both over the embossed margin of the image panel and over the wings and flower centres on the image itself.  1mm deep, double sided tape was used to attach the coloure in image to the card front.

Challenges entered into:

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  1. This card is all in white.  White peeloffs in each corner and die-cut Spellbinders label 18 and Spellbinders crosses cut from linen textured white cardstock with the panel being attached using 1mm deep, double sided tape and each cross layer being put on using glue gel.  I went around the panel edge with Clear Wink of Stella, as well as some details on both the cross layers.
  2. A different angle of the previous card.

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  1. I printed digi stamp “Jiggy Dragon” by Janette Padley, at smaller than the size provided, onto Super Smooth white cardstock and coloured in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Lipstick Red, Ruby, and Fresh Meadow.  I also printed out one of the backgrounds from the “Fun in The Sun Mini theme” kit by Janette Padley onto another sheet of the same type of cardstock.  The image was cut out using a Tonic circular Celtic die and the background using a Tonic square Celtic die.  I went round the edge of the base card using one of the ProMarkers used on the image, and also coloured in a “Cyfarchion” silver peel-off (Cyfarchion being Welsh for Greetings) before attaching it to the card front. I used finger-lift tape to attach image to mat, and 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach matted image to card front.
  2. The decoration on this card is built up of a die-cut frame and some flowers, together with some sticky back coloured pearls and some sticky back glitter flourishes.  I’ve left the panel empty so that it can be used for any occasion.  The double flower layers were cut using dies from a Spellbinders die set and the single flower with a Joy die.  The frame was also cut using a Joy die.  This card was finished off using sticky back faux pearls and some glitter flourishes from my crafting stash.
  3. An angled view of previous card showing minimal dimension on card.

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  1. The ProMarkesI used to colour this were Grass, Cool Grey 4 and 5, Black, Amber, Satin, Tulip Yellow.  I also used Honeydew FlexMarker and Gold and Clear Wink of Stella.  I cut out the coloured in image using Spellbinders Labels 29 using my Joy cutting and embossing machine.  I also used a larger die from the set to cout out a toneing mat to go behind it.  I went round the edge of the peachy coloured layer using gold Wink of Stella and around the outside edge of the base card with a ProMarker I’d used on the image.  I then used finger-lift tape and 1mm deep, double sided foam tape, to attach the pieces together.
  2. I embossed the front of the base card for this one, then added a panel, flowers, flourishes and a butterfly that I’d die cut using my Joy machine.  The flowers are cut using dies from a Spellbinders die set.  The panel and flourishes are a Marianne die set and the butterfly is from a Joy butterfly die set.  I finished off with some sticky back pearls and brushed a clear Wink of Stella brush pen over the embossed details on the butterfly and white flower layers.
  3. An angled view of previous card showing that the card has a little dimension.
  4. The ProMarker colours I used were Cool Grey 5, Grass, Canary, Cinnamon, Cyan, Satin.  I used a couple of dies from the Spellbinders Distressed Edge set to cut out both the coloured in image and a green mat to put behind it. I used the green ProMarker that I’d used when colouring in the image to go round the outside of the base card before I attached the elements to the card.

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  1. This time the ProMarkers I used were: Morning Mist, Meadow Green, Yellow, Twilight Sky, Satin, Denim Blue, Pastel Pink, Burnt Sienna, and Sandstone. This was cut out using a Spellbinders label 1 die and also a mat was cut from some embossed/foiled Adorable Scorable cardstock using a large die from the same set.  As for other cards in this batch I used finger-lift tape and 1mm deep, double sided foam tape to attach the image and mat.  I finished off by putting some white corner peeloffs on the card front.
  2. The ProMarkers used to colour this image were: Morning Mist, Satin, Lipstick Red, Burnt Sienna, Winter Berry, Bright Green, Rose Pink, Blossom, Cinnamon, Denim Blue, Sleigh Bell.  I cut the coloured image panel out using a Spellbinders label 1 die and went round both the edge of the panel and the card itself using pink ProMarkers I’d used on the image.  1mm deep, double side, foam tape was used to attach the coloured image panel to the card front and I finished off the card by attaching some roses corner peel-offs.  I’m thinking that this would be a nice engagement card, as well as a “be my Vallentine” card.
  3. Cut out using Spellbinders labels 25 and matted onto a dark brown cardstock cut using a larger size die, this image was coloured using Pastel Pink, Sandstone, Burnt Sienna, Bright Green, Satin, Black, Cinnamon, Pear Green, Denim Blue, Morning Mist, Cool Grey 2 and 4 ProMarkers, and Antique White FlexMarker.  I used finger-lift tape to attach image to mat, and 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach matted image to card front.  I went round the edge of the card using one of the brown colours I’d used to colour the image on the card.

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JEWELLERY:

This first three are beaded Kumihimo using red and green Magatama beads.  Each piece has an end cap on either end and a red glass pearl on a head pin as a charm on the bottom.  The tops of each one are attached to a different type of finding.

So that’s another three cracker gifts made and ready to go in the crackers when I make them.

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  1. Phone charm attachment.
  2. Bag charm attachment.
  3. Keyring attachment.

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  1. This necklace is made using a twisted cord, that I bought some time ago and put into my crafty stash waiting for an idea of what I wanted to use it with, and a set of Kumihimo Findings.  Onto the pendant slide I attached five purple glass pearl beads that I’d hung on ball end headpins and cut to a couple of different lengths before rounding the top.
  2. Closeup of pendant area.
  3. Two different sized Sodalite beads from my crafting stash threaded onto stretch beading elastic to make a bracelet.

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CUP UPDATE:

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

  • Wednesday, 20th November – Here! – Nick Bowley Goes Titanium, Carol Dunne CUP TV & All the Latest News
  • Friday, 22nd November – Here! – Free CD Vol 73, 1p Paper Pack, HOT SELLERS & 14 New Froms

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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Further November 2013 Crafting

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An Update, A Few Cards and Some Jewellery

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 I’ve finally finished making up a card for the “colouring in” challenge on the “Stamping Dragon Designs” Facebook group.  I’ve had the image coloured in for ages, and collected the other bits for my card several days ago, but only finished putting the card together this morning.  It’s not as if it’s a complicated card, just that I was distracted with other crafting and other things – most of which are “works in progress” so not ready to show you yet.  I’ve got so many things on the go, and so many ideas in my head, of things I want to make for Christmas – but of course, as I’m fishing out things to make my Christmas gifts I see other bits and have a flash of inspiration and then I just have to have a go at making something else.

Mind you, you will find a batch of Christmas cards I’ve made, from free images from a magazine I’d bought lately, in this blog post, as well as some jewellery, so it’s not as if I’ve not done anything for Christmas.

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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.)

Challenges entered into:

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  1. Lucy Lion Stamp by Janette Padley of Stamping Dragon Designs (I printed the digi-stamp at smaller than the size provided onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then coloured it in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Sleigh Bell, Sandstone, Pastel Pink and Canary.  I then cut the image out close to the outline.  I took a sheet of two different foiled and embossed Adorable Scorable cardstock and cut panels out of these, one larger than the other to mat and layer.  I created a square base card from white cardstock as well.  I used finger-lift tape and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to layer up the card and shaped the coloured in digi-stamp with my fingers before attaching it using glue gel.  I went round the card and added dots of gold glitter using a gold Wink of Stella brush pen and tied a red ribbon in a bow around the left hand side of the card. I finished off with some flowers as embelishments that I’d bunched together using glue like the Paper Flowers : 05 in my Making Paper Flowers section.)
  2. As the shine of card and foiling gave a bit of a whiteout on the photo of the card straight on I took another photo at a bit of an angle to show the real colours.
  3. An angled view of the card showing dimension.

A batch of cards made using backing papers and toppers from the latest issue of the “Making Cards” magazine.  I went over the main star in each image with a Glitter Shake Silver pen, as well as dotting the same pen over the spotted area of the provided backgrounds so that the cards glitter when moved in the light.  Most of the cards are A6 in size made from either hammered white, or matt black, base card, though the first two are larger.  I’ve used silver holographic paper as a layer behind the elements on most of the cards, and finished off with a “Nadolig Llawen” peel-offs – which is Welsh for “Happy Christmas”. These are all stuck together using finger-lift tape to make sure that every one will go through the UK post on an ordinary letter stamp – the family and friends who buy cards off me really don’t want to have to go up to a Large Letter, or more, stamp for posting so only want more dimensional cards for hand delivery, not posting.

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JEWELLERY:

This is a set of neckalce and bracelet made from a kumihimo card created from one colour of rattail cord – a 2mm Rattail Satin Cord Thread.  The ends of the cord are glued into gold end caps using Zap glue.  I’ve then added magnetic clasps with jump rings.

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  1. Necklace and bracelet.
  2. Necklace by itself.
  3. Closer look at bracelet and the kumihimo cord detail.

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  1. This is a quick charm bracelet made with items that have been in my crafting stash for a while.  The chain was bought with the clasp already on it at a standard bracelet length.  I put sodalite beads onto ball head headpins and looped the ends to make an eye using a looper tool.  These, and a flower charm from my stash, were attached to the chain using jump rings.

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CUP UPDATE:

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

  • Monday, 18th November – Here! – 1p Paper Pack, Free CD 72 & CUPs Best Selling Designers and Crafters

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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