Crafting In The 2nd Week Of July 2014

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A Few Bits Of Papercraft

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Had to take my car in for an M.O.T. on Tuesday – thankfully it passed without needing anything this time, but there are a few advisories of things that look to be geting near the end of their life and may need to be replaced over the next few months.  So no major cost this time but it will need a bit of money spent on it before the next M.O.T.

I’ve had one or the other of my youngest nephews in and out of here for periods over the last few days, so haven’t done a huge amount of crafting as I’ve been doing things with them when they are here, from starting to tidy the spare room – one of their Bobcat toys was missing believed to be in the spare room so nephew was very keen to start help with the tidying – toy found!  Same nephew had also bought over a jug full of blackberries that he’d picked so that I could help him make a blackberry tart – he has a wonderful touch with breadcrumbing the pastry and mixing it up – better than me I think, so basicly all I had to do was give him the weights and measures of flour, etc., needed as he couldn’t remember.  And I just sat and watched and gave a couple of hints.  Of course I had to take the pie out of the oven for him.  He then took it home – so didn’t get to taste it.  But he had made some Marmite biscuits with the spare bits of pastry and it was really beautifully made.

Wednesday morning I had my ScanNCut machine out again.  I have started putting what I cut together – some complete which I’ve got to show you today, and some left to finish – so keep an eye out over the next couple of weeks for what I’m working on.

I hope you like the things I’ve got to show you this time.

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CARDS:

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

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  1. Digital Stamp Fuschia with coloured version too by Pamela West and 398 Shaped Card 1 *ScanNCut* by Rae Carr (I printed the digital stamp sheet out at a much smaller size than provided onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and then coloured the digital stamp using my ProMarkers and a FlexMarker.  The colours I used were: Tropical Orchid, Spring Lilac, Pink Pearl, Yellow, Olive Green.  I then cut it out and went round the edge using n Imperial Purple FlexMarker. I cut out card shape from Basal cardstock and mat layer from Topsy Turvy cardstock using my ScanNCut machine.  I’d taken the cutting file into the online Canvas application, resized together to keep the proportions, and then downloaded the cutting file to my USB stick to take it to the ScanNCut. I used my Hougie Board to score the fold line of the base and folded in half. I wrapped a piece of lace ribbon around the mat before attaching it to the card front using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I used the same foam tape to attach the panel with the coloured digi-stamp.  I finished off by using glue gel to attach some flowers, also cut using my ScanNCut from the same duo cardstock as the mat but used the darker side here, and placed flat back faux pearls in the centre.  I’ve got room to put a greeting near the bottom left once I know what language it is needed in.)
  2. Angled view of card front showing dimension.
  3. Close-up of coloured in digi-stamp.

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  1. Cute vintage dog topper & decoupage by Toni Martin (I printed the sheet out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the peices.  I scored a pale yellow Adorable Scorable A4 sheet and folded it in half to make my base card.  The card front layer was attached using finger-lift tape and the topper was attached to this using 3mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I don’t know what greeting or language will be needed yet so I’ve attached the blank greeting panel using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.)
  2. Angled view of topper showing the dimension of raised fopper.

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OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE COLOURING:

On the Stamping Dragon Designs FB group our design team leader has challenged us to a fun challenge to “COLOUR A SDD IMAGE IN COLOURS YOU NORMALLY DONT USE”, with loyalty points going to anybody who takes part in the challenge.

Now I took a look at my quite substantial range of ProMarkers and FlexMarkers and couldn’t see anything there that I don’t normally use over time.  What I did realise was that I tend to be quite co-ordinating and that there were some colours I haven’t used on the same image.

So I printed out a Stamping Dragon Design digi-stamp and went a bit mad and messy with the colours – How does a Starfish coloured dragon with Sky Blue coloured feet and tail grab you?

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  1. Lulu Dragon Painting Digital Stamp by Janette Padley (I printed the digi-stamp out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and coloured it in using my ProMarkers and FlexMarkers.  The colours I used were: Starfish, Sky Blue, Poppy, Tropical Orchid, Amber, Terracotta, Island Lagoon, Imperial Purple.  As the challenge was simply to colour in an SDD digi-stamp I’ve not made this up into a card yet.  Hopefully I’ll be able to do that at some point over the weekend or next week.  I’m thinking of a child’s card.)

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BAG:

A really sweet little bag that would be great for a little gift. Decorate in a way that’s appropriate for the contents and recipient.

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  1. 239 Tag Bag Template *ScanNCut* by Rae Carr (I took the cutting file into the online Canvas software and downloaded it onto my USB stick after resizing.  I then cut the pieces, including the front panel and whale – which were cutting files inbuilt into the ScanNCut – from a single sheet of blue Topsy Turvy cardstock.  I folded at all the scored lines and made the bag with the darker side out, glueing in place using quick grab wet glue.  I turned the panels front and back over to the lighter side out before glueing in place using the same glue.  I attached the whale and then went round the outside and over the lower jaw with a grey ProMarker before finishing off by attaching a ribbon to the top and flat back faux pearls.)
  2. View of decoration on front.

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More Crafting At The Start Of August 2014

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An Update and A Few Cards

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The weather is now back to being changeable – in other words more like what we are use to around here, but still with lots of sunshine in amongst the patches of heavy rain.  It does mean that I have to do less watering in the garden of things like the pumpkins and courgettes, although eveything in the greenhouse still needs watering every day, as does things like the potatoes in the potato sacks as not enough rain water gets into the sacks through the thick leaf coverage.  Two of the breeds of potatos are now in flower with me and the earlies should be ready for picking in a week or two.  I’m really tempted to do a bit of a dig around the side to see what I’ve got now, but I think I’ll give them a bit of a chance to grow a bit more before I go look.

It was good that the weather was nice on Sunday afternoon because I went to a Pig Roast, held to celebrate a family friend’s 90th birthday.  I’d made a card for my parents to give him as well as one for me to give.  You can see both in this blog post, as well as one other card I made lately.

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CARDS:

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

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  1. Papers from Create & Craft Members’ Free Gift and foiled topper from Hunkydory spring kit. (For this card I used my ScanNCut to cut out the “Penblwydd Hapus” greeting – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – and the number 90 out of gold uncut vinyl peel-off material.  I then took papers and tags and bunting embelishments from the Free Gift pack and went around the edges using a green ProMarker, and I also took a topper from the Hunkydory kit and used fingerlift tape, glue gel, and foam tape to build up the design on an 8″ square card.  I put some bakers twine through the bunting using a large eyed embroydery needle to put the twine through.)
  2. Angled view of card showing the little dimension.
  3. Closeup of bottom tags and penants with age number and greeting.

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  1. 601 Shaped Double Easel *SVG* by Rae Carr (I took the cutting file into the online Canvas software, resized and separated out the layers and saved onto my USB stick before putting into the ScanNCut.  I cut out of brown and cream Basal cardstock. I also cut out a greeting and 90 out of the peel-off vinyl at the same time as I cut the greeting for the previous card.  I then built up the card using finger-lift tape, 2mm deep, foam tape and glue gel.  I finished off with leafy branches from my box of bits that I’d cut out on my ScanNCut previously.)
  2. Slightly different angled view of card.
  3. Close-up of stopper.
  4. Side view showing the easel mechanism.

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  1. 455 Folded End Card *ScanNCut* by Rae Carr (I took the cutting file into the online Canvas application and grouped it before resizing the whole thing a little.  I then downloaded it to my USB stick and put it into my ScanNCut machine.  I cut the main card out of brown Basal cardstock and the inside panel out of blue.  After folding into shape I then decorated the card with a greeting “Brysiwch Wella” – which is Welsh for “Get Well Soon” – and some flowers and leaves also cut using my ScanNCut. I went all round the outside edges using a gold Wink of Luna brush pen.)
  2. Different angled photo of the card.

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Card Making In The Last Week Of July 2014

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An Update and A Few Cards

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How are you all (well all of you in the UK at least) copeing with the hot weather?  I’ve been finding it far too hot to do much of anything remotely strenuous.  I have sat in bed and put a few cards together, but not a lot else.

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MUSINGS:

At the begining of the year I said that one of my resolutions for the year was with regards to do with my level as a Registered Crafter on the craftsUprint site.  I said I wanted “to steadily work my way up to the magic 2,000 figure before the end of the year” to get to being a “Platinum Crafter”.  I noticed this weekend that I’ve reached over 1900 photos of made up items uploaded, so less than a hundred to make before the end of the year to reach my goal.  I may even make it before then if I manage to keep up a steady rate of creation.

Although I’ve not got any male or child themed cards in today’s post I have also been regularly making cards and other creations for men and children.  So I’m quite happy with how I’m keeping up with my New Year’s Resolutions.

So, as we are now over half whay through the year, I’m wondering how everybody else is getting on with their New Year’s resolutions, whether they were to do with crafting or not?  I wonder how many are keeping up with their resolutions in whole or part, and how many have given up completely?

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CARDS:

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

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  1. 624 Triple Easel *ScanNCut* by Rae Carr (I took the file into the online Canvas application and resized everything and split the layers onto different mats before downloading to my USB stick.  I used my ScanNCut to cut out the pieces out of green and yellow Topsy Turvy cardstock.  I used finger-lift tape and 2mm deep double sided foam tape to attach all the pieces, turning some of the green pieces over to the lighter side.  The flower and leaf decoration was also cut out of the same cardstock using cutting files inbuilt into the ScanNCut  I put flat back pearl embelishments at the centre of the flowers after putting those on the card front.  The greeting was cut out of peel-off vinyl using welded letters.  “Penblwydd Hapus” is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.)
  2. Side view of the card showing how the easel mechanism works.
  3. Closeup of the flower toppers.

When I showed you a card made using the Simply Lovable Collection CD Rom in a previous post I used a pre-layed out card front sheet.  This time I’ve used lots of individual backgrounds and elements and decided on the layout myself.

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  1. Simply Lovable Collection CD Rom by Janette Padley, Dragons Lair Designs (For this card I just printed out a lot of backgrounds and elements off the CD-ROM, without doing any manipulation in any graphics program, although I did resize some of the pages at the printing stage.  I took an 8″ square kraft base card, used my Hougie Board to score half way along the front, and folded the front back.  I cut a panel from one of the backgrounds and used finger-lift tape to stick it to the inside back of the card.  I also cut out one of the paper ribbons and attached it around half an inch in from the right hand side of the back.  Another paper ribbon was attached towards the left of the fold-back front as well.  I cut out one of the mat elements and punched it at each corner to give a decorative element before attaching it to the fold-back front along the left hand side.  I then cut out some of the flower elements and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach these to the card front.)
  2. Different angled view of the card front.
  3. Close-up of the topper area.

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  1. 367 Interlocking Gatefold *SnC* by Rae Carr (I took the cutting file into the online Canvas application and used the inbuilt fonts to put the names of the happy couple this card is for, together with the date of their wedding on the pieces.  I downloaded the cutting file on my USB stick and opened it in my ScanNCut deleting the cutting lines and making the machine draw out the wording.  Then, without removing the mat from the machine I re-loaded the file and this time deleted the wording before making the machine cut out the pieces.  I used Basal cardstock for this card. The flowers were cut out using an inbuilt cutting file out of the same cardstock as the white layer.  I used foam tape and quick grab glue to build up the card and used Wink of Luna blue pen to fill in the letters.)
  2. View directly to the front of the closed card.
  3. View from the front of the partially opened card
  4. Close-up of the interlocking central panel.

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  1. Purple And White Spotty Insert, With Pearls by Susan Heanes (I printed the sheet out onto 120gsm good quality white paper, trimmed it, and folded it in half, before sticking it in side an A5 card using finger-lift tape.)
  2. Purple And White Spotty Paper, With Border by Susan Heanes (I printed the sheet at half size onto 120gsm good quality paper and cut it out.  This was stuck to the front of a white A5 base card using finger-lift tape.  I’d got a panel, flowers and leaves cut out using my ScanNCut over a period of time and put into a “stash” box so I used these to decorate the card before adding a bow and flat back pearls.  I’ve not added a greeting yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in.)
  3. Angled view of the card showing the little dimension created by the bow and floral topper.

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More Card Making And Crafting In Mid July 2014

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An Update, A Few Cards and Double Page Scrapbook Layout

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In my last blog post I showed you a foot-stool that I’d re-upholstered.  I’m quite pleased with how it turned out, but boy did I pay for it the following day – I’d had a nephew use the staple gun while I pulled the hessian on the bottom into place, but I’d done the hammering in of the tacks around the top myself after he’d been collected by his father – and by late that evening my arms were really paying for it – I’d sware I’d been hammering the tacks into my forearms, not the foot-stool.  One of the affects of doing stuff when I suffer from M.E., but I keep on trying to do different small projects to see how badly, or not, the activity affects me.

So I rested for a couple of days – though with this heat I wasn’t up to doing much else in any case.  Then, of course, it was a return visit to the dentist for another extraction and one filling.  Thankfully the extraction site isn’t as painful as the previous extractions three weeks ago – the tooth came out in one piece so the dentist didn’t have to gouge pieces out.

What I have done this week is have a session sat down in front of my ScanNCut feeding in cardstock to cut out some fancy shaped base cards and some embelishments such as flowers.  I’ve also done a bit of colouring in as well – though some of it was for Design Team cards so I can’t show them to you yet – but keep your eye out from now and the end of the year.

Gardening has involved a short session out watering and picking soft fruits first thing in the morning and another session of watering in the evening, getting my loppers out every couple of days to chop back some brambles that insist on growing out of the hedges so that they don’t scratch my damaged leg as I’m moving from a chair at one location to a chair at the next to do the watering.

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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. Lattice card 1…..ScanNCut Only by Tina Fitch (I put the cutting file on my USB stick and took it to my ScanNCut.  I cut all the pieces out of one sheet of 12″ square Topsy Turvy Card which was red one side and pink the other.  This meant that I could have one colour to the front on the card and another for the flowers and flourishes.  After cutting it was simply a case of folding in half and using glue gel to attach the flower and add the flat back pearl centre.)
  2. Angled view of the card showing dimension of flower.

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  1. 602 Shaped Easel *ScanNCut* by Rae Carr and 437 Keys *SnC* by Rae Carr (I took the file into the online Canvas application and resized to the size I wanted before downloading to my USB stick.  I cut all the layers out of sheets of Topsy Turvy cardstock, as well as some flowers usieng a cutting file inbuilt to my ScanNCut.  I cut a greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” and “18”, as well as a key at two different sizes, out of sticky back peel-off vinyl as well.  I then used finger-lift tape and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to build up the card. I put on the peel-offs I’d created and then used wet glue to attach the flowers, finishing off by attaching leaves from my crafting stash that I’d previously cut out and also some flat back pearls.)
  2. Angled view of card showing a bit of the dimension.
  3. Further angled view showing the easel mechanism at the back.

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  1. Swirl flourish card ScanNCut Only by Tina Fitch (Having put the cutting file on my USB stick I used my ScanNCut to cut out the base card out of blue Topsy Turvy cardstock.  I used a pale green sheet of 250gsm cardstock to cut out the flourish layer and pale yellow cardstock from the same pack to cut out the flowers using a file inbuilt in the ScanNCut.   I used quick grab wet glue to attach the flourish to the card front and put the flowers on top.  I finished by wrapping a ribbon diagonally around the card and by adding little flat back pearls to the flower centres.)
  2. Close-up view of part of the previous card.

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  1. Swirl flourish card ScanNCut Only by Tina Fitch (Having put the cutting file on my USB stick I used my ScanNCut to cut out the base card out of 250gsm linen textured cardstock.  I used a pale green version of the same cardstock to cut out the flourish layer and pale purple cardstock to cut out the flowers using a file inbuilt in the ScanNCut.  I also used my ScanNCut to cut out the greeting “Penblwydd Priodas Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Anniversary”.  I used quick grab wet glue to attach the flourish to the card front and put the flowers on top.  I finished off by putting on the greeting peel-off and adding little flat back pearls to the flower centres.)
  2. Angled view of the detail and dimension of the card.
  3. Slightly closer angled look at the card detail.

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SCRAPBOOK PAGE LAYOUTS:

Today I took my camera out with me when I did my watering this morning.  Then I came in and went back to bed with my laptop and created this double page layout showing a snapshot of what’s growing in the garden today.

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Fun in The Sun Mini themeSpring Melody Papers and Spring Melody Elements all by Janette Padley of Stamping Dragon Designs where you can also find digital kits to use in scrapbooking.

I took the digital items and my photos into My Craft Studio software and layered up, resized and moved around until I was happy with my digital layout.  I saved in the digital format as well as printing out at 8″ square size for family members who want printed copies.

  1. The first page showing things outside in the garden.  Translations: Afalau – Apples; Ciplun O Ardd Maes Mieri – Snapshot Of Maes Mieri’s Garden; Pwmpen – Pumkin; Melyn – Yellow; Gwyrdd – Green; Letis a Moron – Lettuce and Carrots; Tatws – Potatoes.
  2. The second page shows the things inside the greenhouse. Translations: Blodyn Cyntaf y Melon – First Flower on the Melon; Tomatos a Cicymerau yn Cyrraedd Y Tô – Tomatoes and Cucumbers Reaching The Roof; Pupurau – Peppers; Persli a Letis – Parsley and Lettuce;

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Even More July 2014 Cardmaking and Crafting

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An Update And A Few Cards

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What can I say about the last couple of days? – my mouth is a bit better than it was, though I didn’t have a call from the dental surgery to say they could fit me in before the dentist went away, so I’ll have to wait till the middle of next week now to have the next extraction and other work done.

I’m still fighting a loosing battle with the birds getting to my loganberries before me.  A few days ago I was getting over a pound of fruit a day and now I’m getting around half a pound, and it’s not down to the fruit not being there – every day the ground around the loganberry canes is littered with bits of red fruit like confetti – so annoying.

I’ve finally managed to start putting together some of the cards I cut out on my ScanNCut a week Saturday.  Got the first 2 to show you today, as well as some more of the quick and easy Christmas cards.  I hope you like them all.

CARDS:

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

For an aunt’s 90th birthday.

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  1. 601 Shaped Double Easel *SVG* by Rae Carr (I took the cutting file into the online application, Brother Canvas, and downloaded it my USB stick for use with my ScanNCut.  I cut all the layers out of Buttermilk Basal cardstock.  I then made one layer slightly smaller than the stopper layer and put the wording Penblwydd Hapus – which is Welsh for Happy Birthday – in the middle of it.  I also put a 9 and a 0 on my working area at a size that would fit inside the two easel card toppers.  These were cut out using the same machine from encapsulated glitter sticky back vinyl.  Flowers were cut from gold and ice white vellum and leaves from Blingalicious cardstock.  I then used finger-lift tape and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape, glue gel and wet glue to build up my card, finishing off with some faux pears attached with glue gel.)
  2. Angled view of previous card.
  3. A slightly different angle.

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  1. Deco Card…ScanNCut Only by Tina Fitch (I cut the card base and layers out of two shades of blue Blingalicious cardstock.  I also cut out some velum flowers and leaves out of green Blingelicious cardstock.  I then used foam tape and glue gel to construct the card, finishing off by adding a greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – that I’d also cut using my ScanNCut, this time out of holographic vinyl.)
  2. Same card at a slight angle and standing up so that you can see through the cut work better.

There follows another small batch of Nativity themed Christmas Cards made using items from the same Hunkydory kit as previously.  Quick and easy cards that still look nice, and even using kit elements there’s very little chance that a lot of the purchesors will create all their cards using the same layout, so individuality can be seen with cards made using kits as well.

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  1. This is simply a sheet of the background cardstock, scored using my Hougie Board, and then folded in half.  I then used foam tape to attach a topper and a greeting banner.
  2. Angled view of previous card.

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  1. For this card I took a background sheet and scored it twice using my Hougie Board.  This time I scored it to make an off-set gatefold card to show off the images on the background to their best.  I then added a candle and a star peel-off before using foam tape to attach a greetings banner – “Nadolig Llawen” is Welsh for “Happy Christmas”.
  2. Slightly different angle’d view of the card.

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  1. For this card I took a sheet of foiled Adorable Scorable cardstock and scored it using my Hougie Board before folding it in half.  I took a piece of paper ribbon from one of the topper sheets and attached using finger-lift tape befoe using some foam tape to attach the three toppers – sorry but the light shining on this card hasn’t made the colours and images look their best in this photo.
  2. Angled view of previous card.

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  1. I wanted to make a larger card with this topper, so rather than scoreing it at the half way point I scored it at 8″ and 9″ and then cut it off at the 9″ line and folded at the 8″ line.  I used ultra tacky tape to attach a sheet of white hammered cardstock as a back to the card, cutting off the excess once it was firmly in place.
  2. Angled view of previous card.

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Crafting At The Start Of June 2014

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An Update, A Few Cards, An Owl And A Few Other Bits

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I’m still on antibiotics for the tooth absuss, so I’m still not feeling even up to my usual which, let’s face it, isn’t totally well to start with.  I’ve been spending more time in bed – the problem is that, when I’m worse than usual, I tend to do more browsing online rather than creating, and that means I see more “must have” stuff – and my purse won’t allow me to get everything.  And I’ve certainly not got the space to store any more crafting goodies.  I have managed to put a few items together – the cards are ones I’d used my ScanNCut to cut out the pieces and none are particularly embelished or difficult.  I do hope that you like my latest creations.

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CARDS:

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

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  1. Boy & Girl Folded Card HAND & MACHINE Cut Files *SVG* by Rae Carr (I took the .svg cutting file into the Brother online Canvas application and downloaded it in the correct format for my ScanNCut onto my USB drive.  I then cut out the card out twice, once out of purple and once out of buttermilk 270gsm Basal cardstock.  For this card I used the purple back and the buttermilk back.  I folded the back at the score line, put glue on the top strip and attached it to the front.  I then decorated using two sizes of sticky back faux pearls.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.)
  2. A slightly different view of the previous card.
  3. A side angled view of the same card.

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  1. Delightfully Dotty Backgrounds by Tanya Hall (I printed two of the backgrounds out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then chose some of the cutting files built into my ScanNCut digital cutting machine and cut out an image of a dress, some flowers and a few other elements from the cardstocks.  I also cut out two white mats out of 300gsm Hammered white cardstock.  The base card is also a 300gsm Hammered white cardstock that I scored using my Hougie Board and folded in half to make an A5 base card.  I used quick grab wet glue, finger-lift tape, and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to build up the card front, finishing off with a greeting peel-off “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – which I’d also cut out of sticky back vinyl using my ScanNCut.)
  2. Angled view of previous card.
  3. Slightly closer angled view.

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  1. Music Lover Pop-up Insert *SVG* by Rae Carr (I took the .svg file into the Brother online Canvas application and then downloaded the file to my USB in the correct format for my ScanNCut.  I cut the insert out of Blingalicious 216gsm cardstock before folding it and sticking it inside the base card cut from 300gsm Hammered white cardstock using finger-lift tape.  I then used the cut out pieces to decorate the front of the card.)
  2. An angled view of the insert.
  3. An angled view from the other direction.
  4. (The card front decorated with the cut-outs from the insert attached with quick grab glue, a blue frame line drawn using an Indigo Blue coloured ProMarker, and a “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – peel-off greeting cut using my ScanNCut from holographic peel-off vinyl.)

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DESIGN TEAM CALL:

In case some of you missed my blog post of the 31st of May I thought I’d mention the Design Team call for Stamping Dragon Designs again today.  Different types and levels of crafters are being looked for, so please do pop over to the information – Here – to have a look at the requirements and how to apply.  The closing date is the 30th of June so that gives you some time to think about it and get your application in.

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In fact there are two chances to win, which is great.

Please click – Here – to go to the relevant post on her blog to see what you need to do to be in with a chance of winning one of a couple of vouchers Lisa is offering as Blog Candy.

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SEWING:

Another quirky stuffed felt owl.  You can see the first quirky owl in my previous post – here – together with some details.

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  1. Like the first owl this one is stuffed with toy filling and dried lavender.  This one has a pale blue breast for the nephew who’s favourite colour is currently blue.

I’m currently working on a third owl which will be for my niece.

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HINTS AND TIPS!

Today’s tip is – Whether you use a die cutting machine or a digital/electronic cutting machine – have a good look at the “waste” that’s left, be it the card you’ve cut out of, or the pieces that drop out of your cut.

Have a look at the card below.  It is actually made with the “waste” cut out from the first card above.

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I took an A4 sheet of 300gsm Hammered white cardstock, scored it using my Hougie Board and folded it in half to make my base card.  Before I made the 1st card above up I put the card front on the centre of this card.  I put some quick grab wet glue on the back of the “waste” pieces and put them back in place within the card front.  Once all three pieces were stuck in place I removed the card front leaving the waste in place on this card front.  I then used a ruler and an Aubergine ProMarker and did a double row of lines around to frame the picture.  I finished off by adding some sticky back faux gems and a “Penblwydd Priodas Hapus” greeting – which is Welsh for “Happy Wedding Anniversary” – which I’d cut from a holographic peel-off sheet using my ScanNCut.

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Crafting Into The 3rd Week Of May 2014

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An Update, A Few Cards and Braclet

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

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

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

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CARDS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Friday, 16th May – Here! – FREE CD, CUP Competition Winners, New Froms & Designer Discounts

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Further May 2014 Cardmaking

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I had a quiet weekend, but did do a bit more cutting out using my ScanNCut on Saturday after Tesco delivered our groceries.  I’ve now got several cards to construct and loads of flowers, leaves and flourishes to use for embelishing.  Hopefully I’ll have a project made using some of those to show you in my next posting, but in the meantime – here are the few cards I have constructed.  I hope you like them.

CARDS:

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

You’ll notice that I’m keeping up with my resolution to make a variety of cards, including ones suitable for men.

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  1. Male birthday wishes sailing by Ceredwyn Macrae (I printed the sheet onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut the pieces out.  I took a silver, linen textured, A4 cardstock and scored it using my Hougie Board before folding it in half to make my base card.  I used finger-lift tape to attach the base layer to this and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the three panels to this.  I’ve not added a greeting yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in.)
  2. Slightly angled view of the previous card.
  3. A5 Incert Mens Birthday Wishes Sailing by Ceredwyn Macrae (I printed the sheet out onto 120gsm Super Smooth white good quality paper, trimmed around the edge, folded it in half and stuck it inside a card shown previously using finger-lift tape.)

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  1. Delightfully Dotty Backgrounds by Tanya Hall and Stand Out Insert Card SVG by Rae Carr (I printed out several of these backgrounds onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then cut out card and stand out insert from the various colours using my Brother ScanNCut – having previously taken the .svg file into the online “Canvas” application for downloading in the correct format to the USB I insert into the ScanNCut.  I also cut a wide strip for the card front and various floral and flourishes from them as well.  I then used finger-lift tape to attach the panel to the front and red-backed ultra tacky tape to attach the insert before using quick grab wet glue to attach the floral and flourish embelishments.  I finished off by using a violet Wink of Luna brush marker to fill in the flower centres and put some dots on the project.  I’ve not put a greeting in the card yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in.)
  2. The inside of the card.
  3. Another angle of the inside of the card.

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  1. Diagonal Tag Card *SVG* by Rae Carr and Lush Green Mini Theme by Janette Padley (I printed the plaid pattern and the stripe pattern background from the mini theme, plus some other papers from an assortment of Janette Padley’s scrapbooking kits, onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I took the .svg file from this kit into the online “Canvas” application and downloaded the file in the right format for my ScanNCut to the USB stick I use with the machine.  I then set about cutting out the diagonal pocket, the two tags, an assortment of flowers, flourishes and leafy branches, and I also made an opening card to place behind the diagonal pocket.  I used red-backed ultra tacky tape to attach the flaps inside the pocket and then attached the embelishments to the front with quick grab wet glue.  I went round both the pocket and the tops of the tags with dots of green Wink of Luna brush pen, as well as using that to put centres on the flowers.  One of the tags has the greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” written on it.)
  2. These are the two tags side by side.  I used a variety of papers from various Janette Padley kits for variety, but also because there was a challenge running on the Stamping Dragon Designs Facebook group to make either 2 ATCs or 2 Tags using anything Stamping Dragon.

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  1. 6 Swirl Patterned Papers by Diane Furniss and  Katarina Ballet Suite by Karen Wyeth (I took three of the patterns from the kit, together with one of the ballerinas into one of my graphics programs and resized, moved around, etc., until I was happy with the layout for a 6″ card front.  I also put a second copy of the ballerina to one side of this on my working area.  I printed the sheet off onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I cut out the card front with a scalloped area and stuck it to the front of a 6″ square scallped edge base card using finger-lift tape.  I then cut out the balerina’s body from tutu to one extended arm and shaped it a bit before decoupaging on the card front using glue gel.  I finished the card off with a piece of baker’s twine.  I’ve not added a greeting yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.)
  2. Angled view of card to try and show decoupage on ballerina.

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Crafting The 2nd Week Of May 2014

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An Update, A Few Musings, And A Few Cards

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

CARDS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

  • Friday, 9th May – Here! – 20% OFF ALL Supplies & Merchandise, CUP News, FREE CD & What’s New!

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Some More Crafting In May 2014

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An Update, A Few Cards and A Bracelet

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Bits and Bobs 02I had a bit of a cutting session with my Brother ScanNCut on Tuesday – then on Wednesday I managed to up-end the box, I had the bits from that cutting session and one with my Cameo and ScanNCut last week in, and all the bits went flying to the floor, so I decided to put them in a plastic box with a lid with a locking mechanism.  If the box lands on the floor now it shouldn’t spill everything to the floor – well not if I remember to close the lid and put the clips in place.

Bits and Bobs 03I’ve been cutting flowers, leaves and flourishes out of any spare areas of cardstock on the mat when cutting out designs so that I’ve got embelishments ready to use and not a box of “just in case” small pieces of cardstock.  After picking as much as I could off the floor into the box I decided that I would actually be better off if I separated these “extras” from the pieces cut for specific projects, so I set to sorting out the flowers into one box and leaves and flourishes into a different compartment in the same box.  So hopefully I can now put my hands on a suitable colour of flower to finish off some projects without having to go and cut some specifically.

I have started to put together some of the projects I cut out using my ScanNCut as well.  Not finished yet though, so more for you to look at in the next few posts.  But I have got some cards, including one I’d cut out using my Silhouette Cameo previously, and a bracelet for you to look at today, so I hope you like them.

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CARDS:

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

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  1. Scalloped Shape set 2…..SVG by Tina Fitch (For this card I went for the square version of the scalloped shapes.  I took the file into my Silhouette Studio software and cut out all the layers out of yellow Create and Craft Blingalicious cardstock and also out of 250gsm linen textured pale yellow cardstock.  This means that I’ve got two frame sets of alternating colours for my cards.  For this one I used two of the bling and one of the pale.  I went round the outside edge of a 6″ square, scalloped edge, white card with a Gold ProMarker pen before sticking on the frame layers, using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the bottom two layers and glue gel to attach the top layer.  I decorated with some flowers I’d cut using my other machine from the same type of cardstock and some leaves cut from green cardstock.  I finished off with small, sticky back, faux pearls.)
  2. Angled view of the same card.

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  1. Jiggy Dragons Pool Fun Stamp by Janette Padley and Baby Boy Backing Paper 1 by Apetroae Stefan (I printed the image onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at smaller than the size provided.  I coloured it in using my FlexMarkers and ProMarkers then glazed the footprints, duck and Jiggy’s eyes using a Sakura Clear Glaze pen.  The colours I used were: Glacial Blue, Celestial Blue, Cloud Blue, Twilight Sky, Tulip, Yellow, Gold, Sky Blue, Sapphire. I printed the background onto the same weight cardstock and the matching insert onto heavier, 300gsm, Super Smooth cardstock.   I trimmed the insert then scored it using my Hougie Board before folding it in half with the design inside – thus using the insert as my base card.  I used my ScanNCut to cut out an the coloured in digi-stamp as an oval topper and also cut out mats for my card from the printed background and a plain white sheet of the same cardstock.  I went around the base card and all the panels with the Sapphire pen I’d used on the image.  I then used finger-lift tape and 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach everything together.  I’ve not put a greeting on yet as I don’t know what language or occasion it will be used for.)
  2. Baby Boy Insert 1 by Apetroae Stefan (This is what the inside looks like.)

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  1. Fancy Aperture Step Card SVG by Rae Carr (I printed the .pdf of the flower layers onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut them out.  I took the .svg file into the Brother online “Canvas” application and downloaded it for putting on an USB flash drive which I then put in my ScanNCut.  I cut the card out of Buttermilk 270gsm Create and Craft Basal cardstock. I then folded at the score lines and attached the flower inside using 3mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I finished off by embelishing with some sticky back faux pearl.)
  2. Different angle of card showing a bit of the side dimension.
  3. A slightly different angled photo of the card.

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JEWELLERY:

Like the bracelet in one of my previous blog posts, this was made using some contents of a Macrame and Shamballa Bracelet kit I’d bought via Create and Craft.  I’m not sure my hands were up to pulling the knots tight enough, but I quite like the effect I’ve created in any case.  I hadn’t tried threading beads onto the knotting cords, rather than the central cord, previously.

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  1. One photo of the bracelet I made.
  2. Not sure which picture shows the bracelet off best so I thought I’d show you both pictures I’d taken of the same bracelet.

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CUTTING WORK FOR RAE CARR:

I’’ve been cutting a couple of designs out for the designer Rae Carr, to test a couple of her designs cut using my ScanNCut, the begining of this week.

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  1. Amazing Grace Cross Pop-up (Cut from Buttermilk 270gsm Create and Craft Basal Pack with the blade at 6, the speed at 3 and the pressure at 1.  I then coloured in the words using a Gold Wink of Luna brush pen.)
  2. Heart Rocker Card Template (The base, rocker, layer and the top heart layer were cut from Buttermilk 270gsm Create and Craft Basal Pack with the blade at 6, the speed at 3 and the pressure at 1.  The largest heart was cut from 216gsm American Crafts cardstock with the blade at just over 4, the speed at 3 and the pressure at 1.)

I’ll be putting the insert in a card and decorating the rocker card before long so hopefully I’ll have those to show you in my next blog post.

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CUTTING WORK FOR TINA FITCH:

I’’ve been working on some more stuff for the talented designer Tina Fitch lately as well, but haven’t got it put together yet, so that will be another projet for another post.

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CUP UPDATE:

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

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

  • Friday, 2nd May – Here! – NEW FROMS, FREE CD Volume 96, CUP News & FREE Card Creator
  • Tuesday, 6th May – Here! – Top Selling Craft Supplies & Crafty Bob’s Card of the Week!

Craftsuprint have a “Mailer Archive” where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months. This can be seen by clicking – here.

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