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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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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Crafting Late April 2014

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An Update, A Few Musings On My ScanNCut, A Few Cards and Some Jewellery

I’ve used some more of the pieces I cut out using my ScanNCut on Wednesday, some digi-stamps I’ve coloured of an evening while watching TV a few nights ago, as well as more or less finished a set of jewellery I’ve been working on slowly for the last 10 days or so.  So there’s a bit of an assortment of items for you to look at today.  I hope you like them.

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MUSINGS:

I’m gradually getting familiar with my new electronic cutting machine, the Brother ScanNCut.  There are some things it is handy for – and some things that are not quite as good as my Silhouette Cameo, so I’m thinking of it as complimenting rather than replacing my Cameo.

As I don’t have the space to leave any electronic cutting machine out all the time, and as the ScanNCut doesn’t need to be connected to a computer/laptop, it’s quicker and requires less space when wanting to cut a series of mats with matching flowers, or other cutting job.  But not having a computer attached with software where you can do quick editing if a shape needs to be altered, or for designing patterns from scratch, and not having access to every font on the computer, isn’t so good at other times.  I don’t believe that Brother’s on-line application the “Canvas” is anywhere near as good as the Silhouette Studio software either, though the latest upgrade does make a better job of converting more .svg files to the ScanNCut format, many of which were not opening at all prior to the upgrade.  So plusses and minusses.

Following my cutting out of various items on several cards using my Brother ScanNCut I’ve been asked about what settings I used.

I’ve been doing a lot of playing around with different settings and different cardstock, but the cardstock I’ve used most of lately is the American Crafts 216gsm (which I think is 80lbs weight).  For this I upped the pressure from 0 to 1 as it wouldn’t cut at all on 0.  I took the speed down – I think it was down to 3 as I’d had much more problems at the top speed of 5 during a previous cutting session.  I gradually upped the blade depth to between 4 and 5.  It wasn’t cutting through properly at 4, but didn’t need to be at 5 which was marking more of the carrier mat.  I also cut out some non-intricate mat pieces out of 250gsm Original Super Smooth cardstock and I did have the blade depth at 5 for that.

After I’d done some cutting the middle of the week I went looking on the GentleMan Crafter, John Bloodworth’s, blog and found that for one project he’d been using the same cardstock and had used practically identically the same settings I’d settled on in the end.  It is nice to know that I’m on the right track.

As you’ll see on the last card I’ve got in today’s post – the ScanNCut cuts very narrow bands of flourishes beautifully, but simply doesn’t have a good tight turn for the very small areas.  Some of these it’s barely marked the surface of the cardstock and others it hasn’t cut through cleanly.  Some of the areas that it did cut through it pinged the little pieces of cardstock out as the blade lifted after going round, half of these little bits of cardstock landed up going into the holder up the side of the blade, which prevented the free motion of the blade.  I must have paused the cutting over a dozen times while cutting out the one layer on this card, and one of the layers of the card I showed you in my previous post, to empty out the blade holder.  But even with an clean blade holder it couldn’t do the smallest areas.  (I’ve started doing this pausing and emptying of the blade holder because I rather think that letting stuff build up in the blade holder, thus preventing the free motion of the blade, could have been what was causing the blade to chip off the tip or blunting quicker than it should on previous days when I’ve done cutting.)  I considered whether the fact that some of the smaller bits cut out were pinged off the mat was down to the mat not being tacky enough, but the cardstock is staying in place when cutting the really narrow flourishes and other small areas, and finished cuts all need to be removed with the provided tool, they don’t just flip off easily.

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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.)

There’s a cross section of very pretty, feminine, cards to more masculine ones, including cards for youngsters – so I’m still keeping to my resolution to make a mixture of cards even if every post doesn’t show the variety.

This image would be great for a child’s card, or an invite to a “Teddy Bears’ Picknic” event, but I’ve done it quite masculine as I think it would also work as a card from a child on Father’s Day or for a father’s birthday.

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  1. Teddys Day out ( Butterflies) by Janette Padley and Green Green Grass Papers by Janette Padley (I printed this digi-stamp out at smaller than the size provided onto  250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock .  I also printed some backgrounds from the papers kit onto the same type of paper.  I coloured the image in using my ProMarkers, FlexMarkers and Wink of Stella Brush Markers. The colours I used were: Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Walnut, Glacier Blue, Cloud Blue, Leaf Green, Forest Green, Holly, Shale; Violet and Clear Wink of Stella. I then fed the various sheets into my ScanNCut machine and cut out the topper, various mats, paper ribbons and leafy branches.  I took a 6″ square base card and used finger-lift tape to attach the largest mat layer.  The finger-lift tape was also used to attach the topper to a mat.  I used 1mm deep double sided foam tape to attach the paper ribbons and the matted topper and quick grab wet glue to attach the leaves.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.  As the card is only 6″ square and I’ve only used 1mm deep foam for attaching some elements, this card is shallow enough to go through the UK post on a standard stamp.)

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  1. Time 4 Tea 5×5 Decoupage In Lemon by Rebecca Brindley (I printed the sheet onto  250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut the pieces out.  Although great for a 5 x 5 card I decided to use this as a topper for a larger card made from hammered cream cardstock.  I stuck two doilies bottom right and top left of the card before sticking the base image down using a roller tape pen.  I then used a very narrow, red backed, double sided tape at the top right and bottom left corners to add strips of lace from my crafting stash.  I shaped the decoupage layers and added them using glue gel before finishing off the card by putting on 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. Angled view of part of the card to try and show the dimension I got with shaping the decoupage layers.

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  1. Luka with Crayons by La La Land Crafts and Blue Harmony Papers by Janette Padley (I printed the digi-stamp out at the size I required onto  250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and coloured it in.  The colours I used were: Poppy, Ruby, Chestnut, Bright Orange, Bright Green, Grass, Canary, Blue Grey 1, Almond, Blush, Light Fawn.  I also printed a sheet from the blue kit onto the same cardstock.  I used my ScanNCut to cut out the topper panel and mats.  The base card is a 6″ sqhare white card and I used a roller tape pen to attach everything to the front, giving panels a bit of a twist and making them just touching.  I finished off the card by writing on a greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – using an Indigo Blue ProMarker.  I also added a dotty border around and spots in the corners of the panels using the same ProMarker.  Another card for a child that’s flat enough to be posted on a standard letter stamp in the UK.)

This is how I decorated the card that I showed you at the end of my last blog post.  It was cut and stuck together then, but now I’ve decorated it as well.

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  1. Deco Card – SNC by Tina Fitch (When cutting out designs I try and maximise the use of the cardstock by filling in unused areas with flower shapes or small panels for greetings, etc..  When cutting out layers of this card I’d cut several different shapes and sizes of flowers.  With the aperture being in the back as well as the front of this card I thought that it would be an ideal card for putting in a “floating” element.  I cut a narrow strip of acetate and attached it to the back of the card using ultra tacky double sided tape.  I then used the same tape to attach a flower to it.  I added layers to the flower using quick grab wet glue.  I finished off by putting lots of very small, sticky back, faux pearls on various areas of the card front – No way I could handle the faux pearls with my fingers, so this is where my Pokey Tool was invaluable for picking up and placing in the correct place.)

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  1. Teen boy text star Decoupage Sheet by Gordon Fraser (I printed the sheet out onto  250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at half size.  I then cut the pieces out.  I took a 6″ square white card and went around the edge using a Crimson ProMarker.  I cut out two panels out of red linen textured cardstock and an oval panel out of white, which I also went round the edge using the ProMarker.  The panels were attached to the card front using 1mm deep double sided foam tape.  I then build up the decoupage, shaping each piece and gluing in place using glue gel.  I just added a piece of knotted bakers twine as an embelishment.  I’ve not added a greeting yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in.)
  2. Angled view of previous card to try and show the dimension of the decoupage.

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JEWELLERY:

This is a set of jewellery I’ve been working on for days.  Because of the small nature of the beads and some of the pieces I’ve only been able to do small sessions of making at a time.  I’ve also had to use a flat nose pliers to hold the wire to pick up the beads and feed it round the outside circle.  I love the look, and have some more pieces with different beads planned, but it does take me quite a bit of time because of having problems with my hands.  I’m sure that each piece would be taking less than an hour if it wasn’t for my problems.

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  1. A set of “Tree of Life” jewellery.  The pendant is on the four tone green braid I showed you in my last post, though I’ve not finished off the other ends yet with the attachment to the chain and clasp for the back of the neck.
  2. A closer look at the “Tree of Life” pendant.  I used a spray can as a form for making the circle and fine wire for the roots and branches.  The beads are green seed beads.
  3. This is a ring made of memory wire, so expands to fit anybody’s fingers.  But it can also be used with the ends of a fine scarf threaded through at the neckline.  I cut the piece so that it had several loops to go round the finger plus two loops to turn at 90 degrees to use as the circular form of the “Tree of Life” decorative top of the ring.
  4. Smaller drops for earrings.  As I ware sleepers I haven’t put ear wires on these as I just open the sleepers, slip on the drops and close the sleepers – If you have problems with the shepherds hook or kidney wires that come on earrings then consider getting sleepers and either making your own drops or buying and taking off the wires they came with.  For these I used two loops of ring size memory wire as the base of the shape, cutting around 1cm longer to turn a hoop at the top.  I used gold toned thin wire and green seed beads for the “Tree of Life” pattern exactly as the other pieces, though these being small like the ring top needed the use of flat nose pliers to do all the manipulating as I couldn’t work the pieces by hand.

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CUTTING WORK FOR TINA FITCH:

I’’ve been working on some more stuff for the talented designer Tina Fitch.  This time cutting out another design using my ScanNCut.

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  1. Corner Flourish Scalloped Layered card…ScanNCut by Tina Fitch (All the layers of the card were cut out of 216gsm American Crafts cardstock.  Most of it cut out beautifully, but I’m not totally happy with the cut of the smaller details in the palest pink layer just below the white flourishes.  No matter what I set the settings at, the ScanNCut doesn’t appear to like cutting out the smallest shapes.  I’ve used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape and quick grab wet glue to attach the layers together.  I’ve not decorated the card yet so I’ll probably be back with the card to show you again once I decide what to put on it.)

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Crafting Into The Last Week Of April

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An Update, A Few Cards and Some Jewellery Making

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On Wednesday I had a bit of a session cutting out items using my Brother ScanNCut machine.  I really should have made it a bit of a shorter session because I had to work at the kitchen table as that was the only free space (sitting room set up as a giant town and farm by youngest nephew) so no sitting in a comfy armchair, and I ended up in agony when I tried to move.  So I haven’t actually put together quite as many items as I’d have liked.  I’m working on some jewellery pieces and sets, as well as having digi-stamps coloured ready to be used on a card, and lots of cuts from electronic cutting files to add onto cards.

Hopefully I’ll be able to make a blog post or two again soon to show you these part made items in their finished form, but in the meantime you can have a look at what I have finished.

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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. A6 Sparkling Night Kimono Card in Purple Decoupage by Rebecca Brindley (I printed the sheet out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I decided to use this on a card a little larger than A6 in size so prepared a base card from an A4 sheet of hammered white cardstock, scoreing it in half using my Hougie Board and then cutting so that it left a border of 1cm all around the image.  I stuck the base layer in place using finger-lift tape and then attached the other layers in order using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I finished off by putting some glitter glue shapes in the corners.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.)
  2. An angled view to show how the kimono is built up in layers towards the centre.

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  1. Beautiful Pyramid red roses for love by Ceredwyn Macrae (I printed the sheet out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the layers.  I then made a base card from 300gsm White hammered cardstock and cut it to size to match the base image layer, which I attached using finger-lift tape. I then built up the layers using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach each layer.  I finished off by going over the edges of the petals and the leaves with a clear Wink of Stella brush pen, and added dots of red glitter glue at each corner.  I’ve not added a greeting yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in yet.)
  2. An angled view to show the pyramid layers.

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  1. Sew Lovely range by DoCrafts (This card has been decorated soley with items from the docrafts Sew Lovely range that I received as part of a docrafts goodie bag I’d ordered.  I used some backgrounds from the 12″ square pack, a piece of ribbon, some die-cut embelishments, mat and frame, and a pinwheel from.  The goodie bag also included some items from other docrafts ranges so I may have a play with them at some point over the next week or two.)
  2. Angled view of part of the card to show dimension

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  1. Disabled Kids Digital Stamps 6 by Angela Wenke, Strawberry Shortcake Papers by Janette Padley, Past & Present Paper Pack by Janette Padle and Green Green Grass Papers by Janette Padley (I printed the digi-stamp out at smaller than the size provided onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and coloured her in using ProMarkers and FlexMarkers.  the colours I used were: Raw Sienna, Black, Imperial Purple, Frosted Jade, Satin, Blush, Starfish, Canary, and Gold.  I also printed out one background from the Strawberry kit and two backgrounds from the Past & Present kit onto the same type of cardstock.  I cut out panels from white cardstock and the backgrounds.  I also cut out flowers from the same backgrounds and leafy branches from a background from the green kit. I went round some of the panels with a Blossom ProMarker and around an 8″ square Kraft card with a Grass ProMarker.  I used a roller glue pen to attach the background panels, 1mm deep double sided foam tape to attach the white panel and glue gel to attach the coloured in digi stamp.  I shaped the flower shapes and doubled them up before attaching them and the leafy branches to the card front.  I coloured in some Card Candi with an Imperial Purple FlexMarker and put them in the centres of the flowers using glue gel.  I also put some dots near the edge of the background mats.  A few uncoloured Card Candi finished off the card.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in.)
  2. Part of the card front at a different angle.

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JEWELLERY:

As these pieces of jewellery take a bit of time, and a whole lot of breaks and wiggleing of fingers, for me to create I have several not quite finished and put onto necklaces at the moment, as well as a few part made pieces.

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  1. A “night time” “Tree of Life” pendant.
  2. Close-up of the “moon” and “leaves”.
  3. A braid I’ve been working on.  It’s in 4 shades of rat-tail cord and will be used with another “Tree of Life” pendant I’m working on that has green seed bead “leaves”.
  4. A close-up of the braid.

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CUTTING WORK FOR TINA FITCH:

I’’ve been cutting out some more cards, using my Brother ScanNCut, that the super tallented Tina Fitch is currently designing.  I’m not totally happy with the cutting of the second layer of this card, but the top layer is stunning, with very fine lines of arches and scrolls cut beautifully.

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  1. Deco Card – SNC by Tina Fitch (All the layers of this have been cut out of American Crafts 216gsm cardstock.  I used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the second layer to the card front and quick grab wet glue to attach the top layer.)

I’’ve got some more work on the go for Tina, so keep an eye on my blog over the next few weeks for more to appear.

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Further April 2014 Crafting

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An Update, A Few Cards and Other Bits

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 Well at least I’m feeling better this week than I was last week, and have managed bits of crafting, though I’m still feeling very tired.

Some of you may remember me saying that I didn’t intend to rush out and buy the Brother ScanNCut from the first batch that Create & Craft advertised – not until I was sure I’d have good use out of it and that it would do more or different things than my lovely Silhoutte Cameo can do – plus I’d need to save up for it if I did decide to go for it.  Well I could see me using it, and my mother said that I’d be getting some money for my birthday from her, which I’d get before all the flexi pays were due, so I went ahead and got it.  If you call round my blog regularly you’ll already have seen some of the things I’ve done using it, including my Mother’s Day card for my mother, but today I’ve got more than one card to show you that I’ve used my ScanNCut to cut out matting and layering and embelishments – plus a card that really shows how intricate you can go (right at the bottom) – I hope you like them all.  You’ll be seeing me use it more over the coming months I think.

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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. Hoppy takes Cover by Janette Padley (I printed the sheet out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at smaller than the size provided and then coloured in using my ProMarkers and FlexMarkers.  The colours I used were: Red Violet, Canary, Nutmeg, Shale, Meadow Green, Buttercup, Dove Grey.  I put the sheet into my ScanNCut machine and background scanned it before choosing a shape, re-sizing it, and putting it at the position required to cut out the topper.  The same shape was enlarged twice to cut out two mats to go under the image from assorted cardstock from my crafting stash.  I also used my ScanNCut to cut out a snail embelishment using a cutting file that’s included in the machine and a flourish frond.  I went round the outside of a 6″ square, scalloped edged, white base card using a Apple Cider ProMarker before using glue gel, finger-lift tape, and 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach everything to my card front.)
  2. Angled look at part of the card to try and show dimension.
  3. Slightly closer look than previous.

I’m sure most of you who visit my blog regularly will have realised that I’m not realy into “steampunk”, but I thought I’d have a go at makeing a card in this style just in case I was called upon to provide a card for somebody who is really into the theme – but I must admit to useing a background where the elements of the theme were already in place and just stuck a hot air baloon on top, so didn’t have to do anything really grungy or messy myself.

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  1. Red Vintage Steampunk Backing by Karen Wyeth (I printed the sheet at just under half size onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and then trimmed it.  I matted it onto red satin board and trimmed it to leave a small border using a Perfect Layers ruler, before attaching to the front of a white linen textured A5 base card using finger-lift tape.  I used my ScanNCut to cut out an oval and piece of the hot air baloon out of Bazzil cardsotck using shapes inbuilt into the machine.  The pieces were gently shaped before attaching them to the front of the card.  I finished off by drawing in some lines between ballon and basket.)
  2. Angled view of previous card to show the little dimension I’ve put in the hot air baloon.

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  1. Princess and Prince Digital Stamp 4 by Angela Wenke (I printed the image out at smaller than the size provided onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then coloured it in using my ProMarkers and FlexMarkers.  The colours I used were: Terracotta, Nutmeg, Light Fawn, Almond, Blue Grey 3, Blue Grey 1, Purple Velvet, Aniseed, Canary, Gold, Dove Grey.  I also used silver and gold Wink of Stella brush pens on the crown, star, and boy’s tunic and sward.  I put the sheet into my ScanNCut and chose a shape for cutting out my topper, background scanning in the sheet to place the shape in the correct place at the correct size before cutting.  I then used the same shape, made a little larger to cut out a mat to go behind the image.  More Bazzil Bling cardstock was used to cut out a base card as well as embelishments for the card.  I used finger-lift tape, 1mm deep, double sided foam tape, and glue gel to attach everything to the card. )
  2. An angled, closer, look at part of previous card.

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SCRAPBOOK PAGE:

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  1. Francheska Elements by Janette Padley (I’ve used this kit to make a digital scrapbook layout.  I took a photo I’d taken years ago of some flowers in our garden, together with several elements from this kit, into one of my graphics packages.  I then resized, moved arround, added drop shaddow, etc., until I was happy with the scrapbook page layout and saved the resulting page.  Without the year on, and perhaps with a pyramage of the photo, I think that this would make a lovely card front as well.  The colours are quite autumnal, so would work with autumn photos, or would be great for male or vintage orientated projects.)

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EASTER HAT:

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This is an Easter Hat with a difference – well it’s certainly no traditional Easter Bonnet.  Over the last few years I’ve provided crafting consumables and equipment, and assisted the youngst nephews with a second pair of hands to hold things while they stuck, etc., for them to make Easter hats in the shape of top hats, boaters, feathery chicken hat out of an egg box with elastic under the chin to hold it in place, etc.  They really do like to be different each year.  This year we started making hats in more of a blowler hat shape.  But things were just not working as they should – probably because they were rushing because time was short and were not allowing enough time for the glue to set on one piece before having to try and shape the next bit.

The end result of the first attempt was that we had to admit defeat after quarter of an hour and get them to get their thinking caps on to come up with another idea.

Now some classes in their school make these hats as homework, and they get judged by the school cooks – the chosen winner receiving a large Easter egg at the end of term, and the rest receiving smaller eggs.  So the nephews had a brilliant idea that they’d have a much better chance of grabbing the cooks attention if they made their hats in the shape of chef’s hats!  Brilliant or what?!  Now I’d got bits left of the material I’ve been using as backs of quilted cushions, bags, etc., so out came that, and a big rotating board and some scissors, and we cut all the way around using that as a template to get big circles of material for the tops of the hats.  While one nephew tacked around the edges of both circles with his grandmother, I helped the other size strips of cardboard to fit around their heads, and then he used his hands and fingers to pull and curve the strips so that they went round their heads more comfortably once made into a circle.  To overcome the problem of glue drying time I got some of the red-backed ultra tacky tape out of my crafting bag and this was used to both attach the ends of the band together and to attach the gathered in top of the hat once the tacking was complete.  Good thing the boys fingers are small enough and nimble enough to get off the backing of the tape as I don’t give them craft knives to pick at the edges to lift.  After the youngest of the two was happy that he’d pressed and pressed all around enough to hold the top of the hat in place we put several sheets of Kitchen Paper inside the hat to help it hold its shape (didn’t want fancy tissue – kitchen paper was much more appropriate according to him).  A piece of ribbon was attached around the rim using the same strong tape.  Then he went through our paper stack to find a yellow sheet of paper in a shade he was happy with, onto which he drew lots of eggs using a template before cutting them out.  I gave him a syringe of glue gel, a small nozzled pot of wet glue, and a new vial of glitter, and off he went to decorate the rim of his hat.  More glue gel, rafia, feathers and Eggs were stuck to the top of the hat – well cooks do need lots of eggs to do their cooking don’t they!  Thankfully it was agreed that real eggs would have been a bit too large and the risk of scrambled eggs was too high to use them as decoration.

The second hat has been formed but isn’t completely decorated yet – the youngster has started platting something to put round the rim.  We’ll have to wait to find out how his turns out and I’ll show you that at some point in the future if I manage to get photos before he takes it away.

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CUTTING WORK FOR TINA FITCH:

This is one of Tina’s designs that she asked me to cut out using my Brother ScanNCut for her.

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  1. With Sympathy Fancy Topper…ScanNCut Only (I created this base card by scoreing an A4 sheet of linen textured cardstock using my Hougie Board, folding and then trimming it to make a 5″ x 7″ base card.  I rounded the corners with a punch.  The layers of the cutting file were sized to fit this size of card ad cut out of a plain white 250gsm cardstock and a pale yellow, 250gsm linen textured cardstock using my Brother ScanNCut.  A lot of the little bits were left on the mat when the layers were lifted but I did have to use my pokey tool to push out others.  I then shaped the flowers and used wet glue to glue them.  I used both finger-lift tape and 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to buld up the layers of the topper in order, and then used some glue gel to attach the greetings, and flowers.  A really stunning topper I think – but please note, due to the very fine detail of the different layers of this topper I don’t think it’s suitable for cutting at any smaller than this.  The same design of topper is also available in different cutting file formats as well.)
  2. With bad weather and poor lightling I just couldn’t get a photo of the card I was totally happy with. This was another attempt at getting a good photo.  The yellow of the card is closer to the colour it appears on this one on my screen, though perhaps this one doesn’t show the depth of layers as well.
  3. A side view of the card in an attempt to show the depth of the card topper.

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I had started putting together this post over the weekend, but hadn’t finished it.  Today I’ve been to the dental clinic for a dental surgeon to extract a problem molar.  So today’s post is going to be quite short.  I hope you like what I’ve made the end of last week.

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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.)

This is the card I gave my mother on “Sul Y Mamau” – “Mother’s Day”.

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  1. All parts of this card have been cut or written using my ScanNCut machine.  I used the online “ScanNCut Canvas” to put together a cutting file of the pieces I needed as it is easier to view and move shapes on a laptop screen than it is on the small screen of the machine.  (Please note – the “ScanNCut Canvas” doesn’t work in the Firefox browser, but does work in Internet Explorer – I hope that this is addressed soon because I hate switching to use Internet Explorer for online work.)  I merged a semi circle with a rectangle to create the main base of the card.  This was cut out twice, once with the wording written in the centre and once with three apertures – an oval in the centre and two elongated shapes either side.  I also cut out the oval frame in red, two elongated frames in red, and two wider elongated frames in gold pearlescent vellum.  I also cut out paper bows and flowers that I’d drawn myself, scanned, and then cut.  I used my Hougie Board to score the card front and back in the relevant places.  I glued the wider, gold frames behind the side apertures using wet glue.  I also used the same glue to attach the red frames in front of the card front.  I attached the front to the back at the two side wings using 2mm deep double sided shaker tape.  I then used glue gel to attach the bows and flowers.
  2. Photographed from the bottom to show the boxed shape of the main card dimension.
  3. Angled view of the card front.

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  1. lace easel 4 scan n cut by Amanda Davis (I put the cutting file on my USB stick and took it to my ScanNCut.  The main card base was cut out of white, 300gsm, cardstock.  I then cut one layer out of pink, linen textured 250gsm, cardstock and the other out of some unusual, pearlescent finish, aper I had in my crafting stash.  I also created a panel that a wrote a greeting “Brysiwch Wella” – which is Welsh for “Get Well Soon”, and a frame from the pink cardstock.  I drew some flowers and scanned them into the ScanNCut and the resized them and cut them out of the same pearlescent paper as the layer.  I then scored the base layer using my Hougie Board and used glue gel to build up the layers, 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to atach the stopper layer and greetings panel.  I finished off by using glue gel to attach the frame and flowers and put some sticky back gems in the centre of the flowers.)
  2. Angled view to show easel shape dimension

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  1. Aperture topper set…..ScanNCut by Tina Fitch (I put the cutting file onto my USB stick and took it to my ScanNCut.  I cut out two layers from very pale yellow, linen textured 250gsm, cardstock and two layers out of gold vellum. I also cut out a base card out of 300gsm white cardstock and had the machine draw the greeting “Penblwydd Hapus 80” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday 80”.  I drew some flowers, scanned them into my ScanNCut, resized them, and cut them out of the same gold vellum as used for the layers.  I shaped the flowers using a ball tool and then constructed my card, using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to stick some layers together and some glue gel to attach the vellum layers and flowers.  I finished the flowers off by adding some sticky back, faux gems to the flower centres.)
  2. Angled view of card to show dimension
  3. Slightly more of an angled view.

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PHOTO FRAME:

This is a plain photo frame that I decorated quite simply as a Mother’s Day gift to give to my mother.

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  1. Double Frame, 21×15 cm, pine, 1 pc (Firstly I painted the frame with a watered down white acrylic paint.  After it was dry I mixed white acrylic paint with a small spot of ultramarine paint to make a pale blue and dry brushed it over the frame to give a hint of colour.  I then used some shimmer paint to paint swirls over the frame. I drew some flower shapes, scanned them into my ScanNCut machine, resized them, and cut them out of gold vellum.  I used a ball tool to shape the flowers before sticking them onto the frame using glue gel and putting sticky back faux pearls in the centre.)
  2. Closeup of an area of the decorated frame.

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SCRAPBOOKING:

For this layout I used a really old photo of members of my family – well you know that it’s really old because I’m one of the three girls in the photo.

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  1. Mothers Love Mini Theme by Janette Padley (For this 8″ square scrapbook digital layout I took lots of elements from this kit into one of my graphics programs, together with an old picture of our family, and resized, moved around, etc., until I was happy with the layout.  The beauty of a kit like this is that they can be used for a totally digital layout like this, or printed out and used in traditional, paper based, scrapbooking.)

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Crafting Towards The End Of March 2014

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An Update And A Few Cards

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I think that most of the cards I’ve got to show you today would be suitable for sending to males – from a youngster to adults, though some would also be suitable for females as well.  Which means I’m keeping up well with my resolution to keep making male and children’s cards regularly to keep a bit of an assortment in my boxes of finished cards.

I have actually made more feminine cards as well, but one is for a cards swap and one is a Design Team project, so those will appear in future posts.

I think that there’s a bit of a variety in this post, so I hope that you like them.

In addition to card making, and a bit of other crafting that I’ve not finished yet or got to a stage where I can show you, I’ve also been working at collecting together a page of links to all my previous posts that had a “Making Things Easier!” section in them.  I was finding that, as a reference, it wasn’t working just being in the posts.  I’m thinking I may go on to actually put a copy of the information as part of a page, rather than just the links.  But that will be something to come back to in the future.  I’m also working on some more “Making Things Easier!” pieces – but they are not ready to be posted yet.

Lots of bits of things part done at the moment that I really do need to get on and finish – and that includes a batch of around a dozen cards as well, some coloured, some decoupage cut out, some cutting file work.  So many ideas but not enough time in the day when I’m well enough to do stuff.

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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.)

This first card has been made solely with freebie digital downloads that are available for members of the Stamping Dragon Designs Facebook Group.  It was made for a group challenge to make anything using any of the freebies on it.

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  1. I took the items I wanted to use into one of my graphics packages and resized and moved around until I had things in a suitable size for the front of my 6″ square, scalloped edged, card.  I built up the two background layers which come from the Luck of the Irish kit and gave the second layer a drop shaddow for a bit of a dimensional look.  I cut out the centre and put on two digis, the flowers in a pot and the sun.  I put the welly to one side on my working area before I printed the design out onto 250gsm Smooth cardstock.  I then coloured in the digi-stamps using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were Canary, Buttercup, Gold and Moss. I cut out the main card front panel and the coloured welly.  I used fingerlift tape to attach the main image to the front of my chosen card and glue gel to attach the welly over the pot of the flowers.

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  1. Gin Mouse! Digital Stamp by Gordon Fraser (I printed the sheet out at half size onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and coloured in one of the images in using my ProMarkers: Black, Henna, Walnut, Cocoa, Bright Green, Forest Green, Holly, Blossom, and FlexMarker: Dove Grey.  As I wanted to use the image on a Get Well card I added the wording “Strictly Medicinal” to the label with a red glitter gel pen before cutting it out.  I took a scalloped edged 6″ square base card from my crafty stash and attached a piece of material from a charm pack, also from my crafting stash, using ultra tacky double sided tape.  I took a plastic spoon and coloured it with a ProMarker because the original colour didn’t go with the colours on the card.  I also cut out and wrote “Get Well Soon” on a tag, put a ribbon through it and attached it round the neck of the bottle.  The pieces were all attached to the card front using glue gel.)
  2. Angled view of previous card to show dimension.

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  1. Builder Dude Decoupage Sheet by Gordon Fraser and Brick wall background sheet Landscape by Liz Harrison (I printed the sheet out at half size onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I printed wall background cup257723_15 onto 120gsm, good quality white paper.  I scored a sheet of A4, linen textured white cardstock using my Hougie Board and folded it in half to create my base card.  I attached a mat of brown, pearlescent cardstock, that was 1cm smaller height and width than my base card, to the front using finger-lift tape.  I cut a panel of the wall background and matted it onto a sheet of cream perlescent cardstock and trimmed to leave a fine border before attaching this to my card front – also using finger-lift tape.  I the shaped the decoupage layers and built up this wonderful character using glue gel to attach the pieces.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in.)
  2. Angled view of previous card to show dimension.

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  1. Elephant topper with decoupage by Alison Sulley and Peach Blossom Papers by Janette Padley (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I also printed out a panel from kit cup349408_1749 onto 120gsm, good quality white paper.  From this I cut a square panel of around 5.5″ square and punched the corners with a decorative punch.  I went round the outside edge using a Chestnut coloured ProMarker.  I took a 6″ square, scalloped edge, white base card from my crafting stash, coloured a little near each corner where the decorative corner would show it through, and stuck on the background panel using finger-lift tape.  I also used finger-lift tape to attach the base image layer.  I then used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach three of the other layers to the card.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.)
  2. Angled view to try and show build up of layers.

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  1. Mini Dude Fireman Decoupage Sheet by Gordon Fraser (I printed the sheet out at half size onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I took a 6″ square, scalloped edge, white card from my crafting stash and put it through my ScanNCut to add an off-set double border and a greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.  I then shaped the decoupage pieces and attached them to the card using glue gel.)
  2. An angled view of the previous card to try and show some of the dimension.

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  1. Lattice Card 1….ScanNCut Only by Tina Fitch (I cut the lattice card out of 250gsm, linen textured, pale blue cardstock using my ScanNCut electronic cutting machine.  I also cut out a large white panel to put behind the lattice and a small white panel to put over the centre rectangle, a darker blue frame and a banner in the same colour as the main lattice card.  The ScanNCut was also used to cut out the greeting out of plain, peel-off, vinyl.  Once I had all the pieces I used ultra tacky double sided tape, 1mm deep double sided foam tape and glue gel to stick everything together.  I then finished off my adding some blue sticky back faux gems from my crafting stash.  Kept plain and simple like this I think it would be suitable for a male when you are stuck for a themed card to give, but the lattice could also be decorated up with flowers, or trailing leaves, to make a more feminine card – so a very varsitile cutting file.)
  2. Angled view of card to try and show dimension of banner.

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MAKING THINGS EASIER!

I’ve not written up any more for this section for a while, though I have got two or three pieces part written which you can expect to see in the next month or so.

But what I have done now is to make a list of the previous “Making Things Easier!” pieces I’ve written and put the list on a new page so that it is easy to refer back to.  I’ll probably actually copy the previous “Making Things Easier!” posts to the page when I have time.  But in the meantime, if you missed any of my “Making Things Easier!” posts you can click – Here! – to see the list.

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1st Post Of October 2013

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A Bit Of An Update, Some Info, Some Cards, and a Scrapbook Layout

I write a lot in each blog post as this helps me remember what I’ve used in my crafting in case I want to get a similar effect in the future, in addition to providing information that some of my readers might find of interest – but please don’t think that you have to read every word I’ve written. If you don’t want to know what I used and how I made a card you can just click the thumbnail images to view each card at a larger size, and then click “Back” and scroll down to the next section and just have fun viewing what I’ve made.

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With spending time sitting out the garden puttering in my greenhouse and raised bed over the summer, and using my energy watering and picking on a daily basis when things were actively growing and ripening, I’ve not done any cutting out with my Silhouette Cameo for quite a while.  And as thing started slowing down out the garden I had my niece around to help with some tidying in the garden, and also to help tidying my crafty stash and putting together some new storage for me.  I had promised myself that I’d stick to colouring and hand cutting until the tidying was actually finished – but Wednesday I gave in to temptation and got out my Cameo and started cutting out some of the many designs I’ve been tempted by during the last month or so.  My energy ran out before I’d fed everything through for cutting, but I did get enough done for several cards – some of which I’ve already put together and you can see in today’s post.  I’ve got some more to finish working on which you should hopefully see in my next post.  I hope you like today’s assortment.

Any of you who like the various assortment of items I use that have been created by Janette Padley of Stamping Dragon Designs may like to put your names down for the “Stamping Dragon Designs Newsletter” to recive updates and special offers as they happen.

Manga220x102For those of you who are thinking of starting to use ProMarkers, or expanding on a small collection you already have – Letraset currently have a special offer of 20% off on their Manga Expansion Packs.  Manga Expansion Packs contain 12 ProMarker colours carefully selected to work well together, and a free Blender pen.  The odd thing is that, while the E-mail I received is saying that they have 20% off their Manga Expansion Packs throughout October, the front page of their website is saying that it’s 20% off their ProMarker 12 Sets – so perhaps you should have a look in both sections to see which selections would suit you best and check which ones are on offer when you read this.

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CARDS:

(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards.)

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  1. Doily Layer 4…SVG by Tina Fitch (I opened the file in my Silhouette Studio software and cut out the intricate layers out of yellow cardstock and the matting layers out of white cardstock. I stuck the intricate layers diretly to the corresponding matting layers using quick grab glue with a fine metal tip on top. I created a base card from white, linen textured, cardstock, using a paper punch to round the cornes. I went round the outside of the base card and the largerst matting layer with a Canary ProMarker and also used the same ProMarker to put a dotted pattern over the background of the base card. I punched out two different styles of paper flowers using Petal Pairs punches out of yellow vellum and some slightly larger flowers out of ice white pearlescent vellum. I attached the largest layer of the doily topper to my base card using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape and the next layer on top of this using 2mm deep tape. I used glue gel to put smaller yellow flowers on top of the slightly larger white ones and then stuck these in the centre of the doily topper, and finished off by putting four of the other type of punched yellow flowers one in each corner. This is a lovely design that cut perfectly from the 250gsm cardstock I used and could be used on cards for many occasions.)
  2. Angled view of doily topper from the side.
  3. Ruperts PC Digital Stamp by Janette Padley by Boyz Room Mini Theme by Janette Padley (I printed the design out at much smaller than the size provided and then coloured it in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Chestnut, Oasis, Cyan, Aegean, Bluebell, Sugar Plum, and Dove Grey FlexMarker.  I created a card front using elements from the mini kit that I took into one of my graphics packages, moved about and resized until I was happy with the layout for an 8″ square card front.  I printed this out onto the same 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock I’d used for the digi-stamp and then cut out an aperture in the frame.  I took an 8″ square white Crafty Bob Card and stuck the digi-stamp to this at approximately where it was needed using glue gel.  I then attached the card front over the top using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  Because I’d used glue gell for the digi-stamp I could then gently ease it into the exact position behind the frame aperture before pressing it down firmly.  I’ve not put a greeting on this card yet because I don’t kow what language it will be needed in.)

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  1. Zipper Card *PDF*SCAL*STUDIO*WPC* by Rae Carr (I opened the file in my Silhouette Studio software and changed the greeting both outside, under the “zipper” to a Welsh greeting – Yn Dymuno … Penblwydd Hapus Iawn I Chi and on the inside Penblwydd Hapus – which is Welsh for Wishing You … A Very Happy Birthday with Happy Birthday on the inside.  I then printed out the inside and outside sheets onto 300gsm, Super Smooth white cardstock with the registration marks in place.  These were then fed into my Silhouette Cameo to cut out.  The main card was cut out of a redish Bazzil Basics cardstock.  I used finger-lift tape to attach the inside layers and the base layer to the front and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the top layer to the front.  I shaped the added butterflies and flower layers and attached using glue gel.  As the wording on the card can be changed it could be used for many occasions from birthdays to get well, or even as invitations.  The novelty element of the “zipper” would make it suitable for a youngster as well, or even as an invitation.)
  2. The inside of the card.
  3. Celtic Toppers *MACHINE Cut Files* by Rae Carr (I opened the file in my Silhouette Studio software and cut the layers out of gold metalic, light and dark brown pearlescent Bazzil cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo.  I made an easel card and top panel from a sheet of A4 hammered cream cardstock which I scored using my Hougie Board and then cut to size.  I also had a panel I’d cut out as waste from another card that I decided to use as a greetings topper.  I went round the edges of all the base card pieces and the greetings panel using a gold ProMarker.  I used a quick grab wet glue, applied using a metal tip nozzle, to attach the top gold layer to the light brown layer, and glue gel to attach this with a slight rise to the dark brown mat layer on each of the two panels.  The smaller of the panels was attached to the base of the card using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to act like a stopper for my easel card, and the other panel was attached to the front of the card using 1mm deep foam, using the same foam to attach the blank greetings panel.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know the language it will be needed in, or what occasion it will be used for as it could be used as a simple male card for birthday, get well, etc.  I think that these toppers, cut in white and pearlescent white, would make stunning toppers for wedding cards as well.  So many uses I can think of.)
  4. Side view showing dimension of card.

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SCRAPBOOK LAYOUT:

I’m not realy into scrapbooking, but every now and then I have a go at both digital and paper based scrapbooking.  When I saw the colours in this mini kit I thought I’d have another go at doing a digital scrapbook page using some of the pictures I’d taken of the plants in my greenhouse at different stages of growth and a photo I’d taken of one of each breed of tomato I’d grown.  I think I need to go back and add the dates to the tabs on the frames of both the greenhouse photos to show when they were taken.  What do you think?

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  1. Walk in the Park Mini Theme by Janette Padley (I took various elements from this kit, together with three pictures of plants growing in my greenhouse and some produce, into one of my graphics packages.  I resized, moved around and manipulated until I had an 8″ square scrapbook layout I was happy with.

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MAKING THINGS EASIER!

In the “Making Things Easier” section of my blog post of the 26th September I looked at some things to think about to keep the depth dimension of a card small enough to go through the UK postal system on a standard stamp.  But perhaps you’ve decided not to keep the depth under 5mm to send it using an ordinary letter stamp, but rather to just keep it smaller than the Large Letter limit of up to: Length: 35.3cm, Width: 25cm, Thickness up to and including: 2.5cm, and use a Large Letter stamp (costing 69p currently at 2nd class).  But do you realise that if your card, in its envelope, weighs more than 100g the ordinary Large Letter stamp you can buy over the counter in lots of shops, not just the Post Office, isn’t enough? In fact, to post a Large Letter weighing between 101f and 250g costs £1.10 (and a bit more if sending by 1st class post).  So a jump of over 40p for what could be a few grams more.

So this is when it is important to be aware of weight as well as dimension when constructing a card, and if you’ve decided to go for a larger card in the first place, and forget keeping the depth very small, this is when a card is most likely to weigh in at more than 100g in its envelope – or envelobox if you’ve had to construct something deeper than an envelope to protect the embelishments from being crushed in the post.

So what can be done to keep the weight of a finished card low?

One thing to consider is gutting the middle out of card layers.  If most of a mat of cardstock or paper isn’t going to be visible on the finished card because something is covering it then cut the centre out of the layer just smaller than whatever is to go on top.  This not only means that the card will be a few grams lighter but also that you’ll have the piece of paper or cardstock left over to use as a mat on another card.  If a second layer can also be gutted in the same way then thats another piece to be used again and another grams less in weight.

I mentioned in my previous piece about using lighter weight cardstock or paper, where practical, to keep dimension down, but of course, if you drop from a 300gms to a 200gms cardstock for a flat mat you will have a card that’s a small number of grams lighter.

Then there’s embelishments.  The heavier the embelishments the heavier the finished card, so think about the type and number of embelishments you use.  One or two metal embelishment may not push the weight of your card over the 100g limit to the next weight bracket, but three or four may.  And some metal embelishments and charms are more solid and weighty than others.  What I’ve found lately is Martha Stewart clay and molds.  This is a super lightweight clay that’s easy to work and air dries.  As well as the white it comes in an assorted colour pack as well, which has a guide on how to mix lots of other shades and colours.  The beauty of this clay is that it’s a paper based clay that can be coloured with things like ProMarkers, or gilding wax, or even brushed with glue and have gilding flakes put over.

If you are going to take your card to the Post Office and get it weighed and the proper stamp put on and not worry about the cost, or it’s being hand delivered, then fine – make your card as ornate and deorated as you like – but if you are going to post a card in the local post box with a Large Letter stamp on it, then be aware of the final weight and don’t suffer the embarasment of the recipient telling you in a few days time that they had to go and pay to receive the card.

(While some of the things I mention in my “Making Things Easier!” pieces are things I’ve worked out for myself, some are adaptations of things I’ve learnt from tips given by others. As others have been kind enough to share their tips I thought I’d do the same. I’m sure that most of my readers will already know much of what I’ve found makes things easier for me but if it helps one person at some point I’ll be happy.)

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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 my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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(Thank you for reading this far. I hope you like what you’ve seen and read – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it – if you can’t see the comment box then there should be a link that says “Responses” and clicking on that will bring up the box but due to the fact that, like many I’m sure, I’ve had some problems with Spam/advertising posts that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog, I now moderate all comments before they go live. Genuine comments will go live when I’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.)
(Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.
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The Last of My April Crafty Makes

I’m finally feeling as if I’m getting over the virus, so on Monday I got my Silhouette Cameo machine out and did a bit of cutting out.  Then put the cards together.  Nothing too adventurous, but I did get them done.  Felt exhausted afterwords, and aching badly again, so didn’t manage to get this blog post ready, which explains why I’m posting my last April crafty makes at the beginning of May.

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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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1cup314111_596 - Scalloped Layered Cards 27 - card02  2cup309688_1337 - card01 - Stained Glass Butterfly & Card - Sil Studio

  1. Scalloped Layered Cards 27 & 28…..STUDIO by Tina Fitch (I cut the base card and all the layers out of various shades of Satin Board using my Silhouette Cameo, and stuck it together using double sided tape in places and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape for the frame dimension.  I simply decorated with paper flowers and ribbon from my crafty stash.)
  2. Stained Glass Butterfly & Card – Sil Studio by Stacey Alleyne (Another card cut out using my Silhouette Cameo.  For this card I cut the base card out of blue card-stock and all the other layers out of metallic vellum.  I attached the layer with most cut out to the outside, suing glue along the body outline.  All the other layers were stuck on the inside, in order.)

Knitting:

I’ve now finished the ruffled scarf I showed you a few posts ago – here.

1Scarf 06 09  2Scarf 06 10

It was kitted from Wendy Frills yarn on one of my circular knitting looms.  The first picture shows it as it would be worn with one end slipped through a loop knitted near the end on the other side, which can be seen in the second picture.

I’ve now been asked by an aunt to make her one in red, and a neighbour wants one to go with her brown winter cape, but the exact colour of that one is to be confirmed.  Looks like I could be making scarves and throws throughout the summer at this rate.

Cutting Work For Tina Fitch:

I’ve been working on some more stuff for the talented designer Tina Fitch lately.

These are some reasonably simple cutting files that can be cut out of whatever colour and texture card-stock you want and then embellished or left plain, however you want.

1Rose heart card - card02  2Christmas Cut out SS - card02  3Arched shape card - card02  4Birthday Scalloped card - card03  5Birthday Scalloped card - card04

  1. Swirl heart Cut Out Card…….STUDIO (For this card I cut the design out of Adorable Scorable cardstock and put a panel of red Satin Board behind.)
  2. Christmas Tree Cut out card (The card itself is cut out of green Satin Board and inside I’ve put an insert of gold vellum.)
  3. Arched Shaped Card ….Studio (The arched window card was cut out of a black cardstock and I put an insert of gold vellum inside so that the arch details could be seen as the card was black both sides so the detail wasn’t visible against the black inside without an insert.  The black card-stock I used is a little bit lighter than I’d use if I was going to decorate a card with embellishments, but is fine for just using with a vellum behind like I’ve done here.)
  4. Birthday Cut out Card ….Studio (The card itself and the top layer of the panel are cut out of very pale yellow Adorable Scorable card-stock and the other layer of the panel and the panel I put inside the card to show off the cut out detail were cut out of a sheet of purple Satin Board.)
  5. (This is the same card as above but I’ve embellished it with paper flowers, leaves, and a ribbon bow, from my own crafty stash.)

As well as selling via the craftsUprint site, Tina also has her own site – here.

I’ve got some more work on the go for Tina, so keep an eye on my blog over the next few weeks for more to appear.

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CUP Update:  

CUP Mailer – A copy of the mailer sent out by the CUP Team on Monday, 30th April, can be seen by clicking -> here.  The “Exclusive Designer Spotlight” this time is the very talented Gordon Fraser.  Gordon is known for the “Dude” character he creates.  I think one of my favourites is the “Doctor Dude“, although this isn’t one of the ones shown in the mailer.  As usual, the mailer has a wide variety of designs for you to look at, so why not click through for a look if you haven’t seen it already.

The mailer sent out on Wednesday, 2nd May, can be seen – here. The “New From” feature this time are some “Animated Large Wobble Head Card Kits” by the ever popular designer Carol Clarke, but there are lots of other desings for you to look at in the mailer as well.

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You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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

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(Hi All – A big thank you to everybody who’ve left such nice comments on my previous posts.  Any comment you leave under this post will go live after I’ve had a chance to moderate them to weed out any Spam.)

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