Crafting Mid May 2014

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An Update, A Few Musings and A Few Cards

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I’m slowly working my way through putting together cards from the cuts I made on my machine last week, plus some left-over pieces from previous cards and cuts I’d forgoten I’d made on my Cameo a few weeks ago.  I’ve got four to show you today.  A couple of other ones I haven’t photographed yet because they’ve got wet glitter glue on them and I know I’ll mess them up if I try and move them now.  So call back again before the end of the weekend to see them.

If you are here to see my entry into some challenges then scroll past my Musings section and you should spot it.

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MUSINGS:

Today’s musings are in the form of a totally fictitious little story:

A woman’s mobile phone ran while she was making tea at the town’s community hall.

Hello

Mrs Watt?

Yes. Speaking

Mrs Watt, it’s Constable Constable here, speaking to you from Number 1, Your Street.

Oh! That’s where I live.  What’s wrong?  What’s happened?

I know it’s where you live Mrs Watt, your husband gave me your number.  I’m investigating the theft of a motor vehicle from Number 3, Your Street, and your neighbour at Number 2 said that he’d seen you drive it away.  Is this true?

Well, yes Constable.  It was sat there with the key in it, so I thought it was OK for me to drive it.

You thought what?  You are not allowed to do that.  It’s theft and illegal.

I’m not stealing it Constable.  I just saw it and thought what a nice car, and thought I’d show it to my friends at the Crafters Anonamous Group here at the community hall to see if they thought it would be the right type of car for me.  I wasn’t stealing it, just taking it to show everybody to get their input and see if anybody knew where I could get one of my own.  Of course, if I did get a car like that I’d have to customise it a bit.  I was just taking suggestions from the ladies about colours, and I know I want some flowers painted on my car.  And it’s OK to take cars left on the street to show others Constable.  My cousin told me I could.  If anybody leaves a car or something out on the road with the key in it for anybody to see then they expect others to drive it around for a bit.

Mrs Watt.  Is the car with you now.

Well, no.  It’s out in the car park of course.  I couldn’t bring it in to the kitchen of the community hall with me. Some of the ladies were looking at it and thinking that they might like one like it as well.

Wait right there Mrs Watt.  I’m coming over for a personal discussion about this with you.

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Police car draws up just as Mrs Watt is coming out of community hall.

Right Mrs Watt, where is the car you stole?

What’s the matter with you constable – I told you, I didn’t steal anything.  It was there on the road with the keys so it’s OK to take it for a drive then.  I told you, my cousin told me so when he took my car husband’s car for a drive a few weeks ago.  His friends said the same when I went over to his place to get it back.  If something is out on the road with the keys in then everybody knows that anybody can drive it, even if it’s on your own property with the key in it people know it can be driven by others.

Mrs Watt.  You are not allowed to take other people’s things without asking them.  It doesn’t matter where you see them.

But she left it out there so that others could drive it.

No she didn’t.  As it happens it wasn’t even her who put it out on the street, it was her son, who only had permission to reverse it out of the garage onto the drive to get his bike out – he hasn’t passed his driving test or got insurance to drive the car on the road.  He put it out on the road without his mother’s consent, and forgot to take the keys back in.  But in any case, it’s immaterial how the car got there – whether the owner put it there or it was put there by somebody without the owner’s consent – the fact is you didn’t have permission to drive it away.  Now where is the car?

Look here constable – don’t be nasty to me.  I know I’m right. It was just me for my personal use to drive it over here for the rest to see – it’s not as if I profited from driving the car – I didn’t charge my friend AB for picking her up and bringing her here, and I’m not charging the others for going for a little test drive in it.  One of the group members must be having a drive in it at the moment.

Whether you profited doesn’t matter.  Can I see your driving licence and insurance please?

Well my driving licence is at home and my name is down as a named driver on my husband’s insurance for our car.

In other words you are insured to drive that one car only and were not insured to drive the car you “borrowed” either.  And chances are none of your friends who’ve been driving it around are either.

Car comes back into the carpark – with a few artistic modifications done to it.

Hi everybody.  I agree with you Mrs Watt, it is a nice car with plenty of room in the boot for carying around all your crafting stash and equipment to the group.  As I was driving it past my house I thought I’d just pop in and get some vinyl stickers I had and pop them on the car’s bonnet to see how it looked.  What do you think?  Looks great doesn’t it?

And I suppose you are going to say that you shouldn’t be charged with receiving stollen goods and vandalism either?

Pardon constable – what stollen goods?

The car you just got out of!

This isn’t stollen.  Mrs Watt brought it over for us all to look at and have a drive in.  And you know what – while I was home getting the decs to put on it, my neighbour came out because she thought I was the taxi she’d ordered and I said I could taxi her to the supermarket if she wanted, for the same as the regular taxi charged her, and she was quite happy with that so I’ve done a detour to the supermarket while I was out as well and got paid for it.  Great isn’t it, more money for crafting stash for me.  And as I dropped her off another lady came over and asked about it, so I said that she could have a run around in it when I went back to collect my neighbour in an hour.  Everybody wants a car like this.

Constable Constable is starting to dispair and takes a walk around the front of the car to the other side.

What’s all these paint splodges on this side of the car?  Did you do this?

No Constable.

No Constable.

Well somebody has because the owner described it as a white car in prestine condition with just one bumper sticker.  Now it doesn’t look much like a prestine white car to me.

It was just too plain so I thought I’d brighten it up a bit with some of my crafting stash of sprays.  I think I like the purple the best so will do mine in purple when I get one.  It drives like a dream you know.  I hit 60mph in a very short time up the high street.

You are all under arrest for a variety of car crimes, you do not have to say anything but anything you say ….

A police van drives up to cart away those who’ve broken the law, and as the women are put inside Constable Constable  says to the van driver:

I’m at a loss at the mentality of these women – somebody’s told them it’s OK to take a car they see outside its owner’s house if they feel like it, and deface it, and drive around in it, even a spot of speeding up a 30mph high street, and accept money for driving others around in it.  Throw the book at them: Theft; Driving without consent; Vandalism; Car for Hire without a licence, Speeding …  And I’ll tell you something – some of them may be a bit stupid and not know it’s wrong, but her who got money for driving somebody around in it definately knows it’s not allowed – she was in the police station as an “appropriate adult” when her 15 year old son was charged with the theft of a motor vehicle just three days ago.

And as the women are being driven away in the back of the police Mrs Watt says:

You know what my cousin said as well – If you go to Google maps you can see all the cars that people have outside their houses and choose which car you’d like to drive around in next.  Of course, some have been moved since the pictures were taken, but sometimes there’s an even better car there instead.  So long as you don’t intend to sell on the car for you to keep the money then it’s OK to do that!  Google is great for finding things like cars.

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A bit of a crazy story isn’t it?  Nobody could possibly believe that it’s legal to do what the ladies were doing in the story, (though some people choose to do similar things and knowingly break the law).

I know I’m preaching to the converted here and don’t believe that any of my regular visitors are classed as either stupid or willfully breaking the law – But over the last few weeks I’ve heard practically all the excuses used in my little story given as a reason for stealing people’s digi-stamps, photos and other images from various locations on the Internet.

  • People expect things they put online to be used by everybody! – NO!
    (Copyright owners usually put stuff online for people to see, sometimes with a view to making a sale, sometimes for inspiration, sometimes for comments, etc.  And often what’s online isn’t there with the copyright owner’s consent in the first place, breaking the Terms of Use, it’s already stollen property)
  • It’s OK to use anything you find online so long as it’s for personal use! – NO!
    (If you are using something without the copyright owner’s consent then you are breaking the law, it doesn’t matter if it’s for personal use – and how personal can it be if you post a picture of your law breaking efforts on a group of 10,000+ people)
  • You can search Google and then take anything it finds! – NO!
    (Google is a search engine or directory, it finds out where everything is on the Internet, it doesn’t own anything it finds so can’t give you the right to use them – it’s just there to point you to the original location so that you can go and find out about it for yourself)
  • Pinterest is full of free stuff! – NO!
    (It may have some free stuff but a whole lot of what is on there is on there without the owner’s consent.)

You don’t have to be a legal expert to know you can’t just take somebody’s car without consent, and I know I’m no legal expert but I also know you can’t take other people’s creative work without consent either.

As for anything else on my blog, please feel free to point people at this post if you think it would be of interest, but don’t copy.

I’ve been collecting snippets of information about Copyright and how it affects crafters, and links to information sites about it, for quite some time.  It’s in a document online with me, but only visible to me at the moment.  I may give it a bit of a tidy up and make it visible to others if anybody’s interested.

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CARDS:

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

I’m entering this card into the following challenges:

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  1. Beach Fun Santa Digital Papers by Amanda Vande Zande and Penny with Butterflies by Janette Padley (I printed three of the papers, together with digi-stamp at smaller than the size provided, onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I coloured the image using ProMarkers, FlexMarkers, Wink of Luna and Wink of stella pens before cutting it out as a circular topper.  The colours I used were: Silver, Red, Violet, Light Green, Pear Green, Olive Green, Henna, Blush, Tan, Frosted Leaf, Cloud Blue, Dove Grey, Clear.  I then cut two larger circles and from two of these backgrounds and one rounded corner square panel from the other.  I cut out leaves and flower layers out of the backgrounds as well.  The base card is a white 6″ square scalloped edge card.  I went round the edge of the square panel with violet Wink of Stella, And put red Wink of Luna in the centre of the flower before using finger-lift tape to attach the base mat to the card and the orange layer to that.  I used 1mm deep double sided foam tape to attach the green to the orange, before once again using finger-lift tape to attach the topper to the green.  I shaped the flowers and leaves and attached using quick grab wet glue.)
  2. Angled view of previous card.

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  1. Romantic Framed Easel 314 *SVG* by Rae Carr, 242 Charlie by Karen Wyeth and 6 Swirl Patterned Papers by Diane Furniss (I took one of these lovely ladies, together with a couple of the paper designs into one of my graphics programs and and created a topper size panel of the right size to work with the cutting file.  I also put two other areas of the same coloured backgrounds onto my working area.  This was then printed out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock, taken to my cutting machine and cut out.  I also cut out the stopper and flourishes and flowers.  I built up my card and finished off by putting on a few sticky back faux gems.  I’ve not put any greeting on yet as I don’t know what language it will need in.)
  2. Closer look at the topper.
  3. Closer look at the stopper area.
  4. Side view at dimension of card.

The next card is made with bits left over from two cards I showed you previously.

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  1. Scalloped Shape set 2…..SVG by Tina Fitch and Digital Stamp Daffodil with coloured version too by Pamela West (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’d got two frame sets of alternating colours for my cards. For this one I used two of the pale and one of the bling, the opposite of my previous card which you can see here.  I used a 6″ square scalloped edge card and used glue gel to stick the layers and give some dimension.  The daffodil version is the coloured version from the file – I’d coloured in the digi-stamp version and used it on a card previously that you can see here.  I gently shaped the dafodils after cutting them out, and attached them to the card front using glue gel.)
  2. Angled view of the 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 small black card left over from when I’d cut up a larger black card for another project.  I cut a couple of mats from Buttermilk, Baseal, cardstock and used finger-lift tape to attach everything together.  I’ve not added a greeting yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in, but I think that this would make a loveley card for both a man or woman who love wildlife.)

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CUP UPDATE:

20% Discount

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

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

  • Tuesday, 13th May – Here! – LAST CHANCE 20% OFF Craft Supplies & Crafty Bob’s Cards 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
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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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:

20% Discount

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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1st Crafting Of May 2014 – Some Cardmaking

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

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On Wednesday I had a “cutting” morning when I had my electronic cutting machines out.  I then put a few of the cuts together as finished cards.  By the time I’d picked all the cuts off the mat after every cut, and cleaned off the mats of debri my arms and hands were aching quite a bit, but at least I got far more items prepared than I ever would have if I was cutting out by hand – and of course the most intricate stuff I’d never have been able to cut by hand in any case.  Thursday morning I spent in bed making some Jewellery.  Then I had a bit of a restful afternoon – trying to decide how much of the crafting items I’ve got my eyes on I can actually afford.  The decision I came to was – not a lot!

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MUSINGS:

With more and more people getting a ScanNCut machine now, I’ve become aware that many don’t know where to get cutting files that are already in the right format for it so that they don’t have to do any taking into the Brother on-line “Canvas” application to convert and re-download, etc..  Some designers of cutting files for various machines are also becoming aware of this need and have now started creating files for sale in the correct .fcm format that you can copy to your USB stick and put into your ScanNCut machine without having to bother about converting the files online.  One place you can get these is -> Here!  As these are put online for sale by the designers themselves, none of the designs should contraveane anybody’s copyright – just check the Terms of Use on each page/file, and if nothing is stated then the general site ToUs apply.

It is very unfortunate that there are people who think that if they’ve got their hands on a cutting file that they’ve got the right to share, or give it away, and sometimes even sell it, when it is rarely true that people can do any of these.  Even when a designer does not charge for their designs and allows others to use them for free on Personal projects, they usually ask that people who use the file point others back to the source, rather than passing on copies of the files themselves.  After all, for most designers who make their living from designing, the freebies are usually there to draw people to their site so that they can see what’s on offer, and to allow prospective customers to have a sample of the type of thing produced to try out and see the standard of what’s on offer for sale.  If somebody’s looking for a free cutting file from the person I call “The Queen Of The Cutting Files”, Tina Fitch, then pop over to her blog – here – as she’s currently got a beauty of a file being given free for personal use.

While I’ve had a go at converting .svg files to .fcm files in Brother’s online “Canvas” application (they appear to have resolved initial problems I found with importing and converting some .svg files) I suddenly thought today that I’m not totally sure that this is allowed with all files.  I think that the impression given on C & C originally was that there was no issue with converting cutting files like this – but there again they initially gave the impression that anything you saw you could scan in and save and cut as well, and I know that some stamp designers complained about C & C giving that impression, and after that C  & C presenters and demonstrated started stressing that owning the machine didn’t change any Terms of Use or Angel Policies of stamps, decoupage sheets, or other items a ScanNCut owner might want to use with the machine.  So I think I need to re-visit the Terms of Use of .svg files I’ve got to see if there’s anything in them, either way, about converting.  I know that .svg files can be used in several different software for several different cutting machines, including the Silhouette Cameo that I’ve been buying them for.  But does the fact that it’s a format that can be used in different software and machines mean that it can be converted to use in yet another cutting machine?  When I bought the .svg files that I have already bought, I did look at each of the designers ToUs, but what I was mentally noteing was whether the different designers allowed selling of creations made with items cut using their files, not whether it was allowable to use an application to change the format.

I’ve still got my Silhouette Cameo so can continue cutting any .svg files I’ve got using that machine (and in some cases of ultra detailed cutting files I think it produces better results), so it’s no problem for me either way, but I’ve heard that some are selling their Cameo, or other machines that used .svg files, on the assumption that there’s no problems with them converting any .svg files they’ve already bought for use with the ScanNCut.  It will prove less of a hassle all round if, once a crafter has bought any .svg file for use with a cutting machine, that crafters are free to cut that file out with any machine irrespective of file format.

But files such as the .studio files created specifically by Silhouette for use with their cutting machines are another matter.  As Silhouette have locked down their ToU to the point that, although you can save anything you design yourself in the Silhouette Studio software as .studio files, you can not sell or give any of them away, with sale of .studio files only being allowed via the Silhouette store.  So, I may be wrong, but I can’t see Silhouette being happy with people trying to convert files bought via the Silhouette store to be used with the ScanNCut.  Of course, if somebody designed something in Silhouette Studio from scratch themselves, then there wouldn’t be a copyright issue with them printing it out and scanning it into the ScanNCut for cutting out, but designing from scratch doesn’t include taking elements and designs available within the software or from the store and merging them into a new design.

Generally, not specifically to do with cutting files, but for a wide spread of digital items for crafting, I’m getting rather fed up with people saying that they found something on Pinterest, or using Google, and just that they just downloaded and used it.  Google is just a giant directory of what people have put online over the years, it doesn’t own the copyright to the items, or have the right to give people the permission to use them for anything – it is just there as a tool to finding things online.  It is up to everybody to trace something back to the copyright owner and checking their terms before using anything.  And it’s amazing how many people think that because something is on Pinterest it must be put there for everybody to take and use, or to copy.  Although some of it may have been uploaded by the copyright owners (who will quite often put a watermark on somewhere to make it clear who the copyright owner is – and still people will try and use it by cropping, obliterating or covering the information), some people seem to think that they have a right to give away for free what somebody else has created and is trying to make a livelyhood from.

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CARDS:

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

You’ll see that more than one of today’s cards has floral embelishments on them.  Like one of the cards from my last post – these are from my box of cuts that I make using my various cutting machines while cutting out larger projects when there are empty spaces on the working area.  While the last project had mostly ones cut out of cardstock that had background patterns printed on them, on today’s cards the flowers were cut out of coloured cardstock.

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  1. Sally Framed – Dog Stamp by Janette Padley (I printed the digi stamp out at smaller than the size provided onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I used my ProMarkers and FlexMarkers to colour the image in before cutting it out. The colours I used were: Canary, Amber, Red, Cloud Blue, Black, Cool Grey 5, Cool Grey 2, Tropical Orchid, Dove Grey.    I played around with some red satin board and red glitter card to do different, part, mats behind the image and then stuck them to the front of a black base card.  I used some yellow flowers to embelish using glue gel and then put spots of red glitter glue at the corners and flower centres.  I used Black glitter glue to write “Diolch” – which is Welsh for “Thank You” on a panel of red satin board.)
  2. Angled view of card front.

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  1. Piano Card *SVG* by Rae Carr (I took the file into my Silhouette Studio software and I used my cutting machine to cut out the base card and black keys out of a black cardstock, and the white keys and insert out of ivory, linen textured, cardstock.  I then stuck everything together using glue gel and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape for the black keys.  I finished off by putting on a peel-off greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – along the top curve of the piano.)
  2. Angled view of open card.

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  1. Lattice A Card *SVG* by Rae Carr (Having opened the file in my Silhouette Studio software the pieces were all cut out of buttermilk 270gsm cardstock using my Cameo  I then stuck a sheet of red glitter card behind the lattice front using glue gel.  I used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape, to attach the central panels.  I wrote the word “Diolch” – which is Welsh for “Thank You” – on the centre using a Ruby ProMarker.    I finished off by putting dots of red glitter glue in various places on the card.)
  2. Angled view to show the slight dimension of the central panel.

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  1. cherish scallop layered card 7×5 snc by Amanda Davis (I opened the file in the Brother online “Canvas” application and separated the layers out to separate files so that the 2nd layer would be cut out of a different colour to the 1st and 3rd layers, and also so that the main base card was in a separate file.  After putting the files on my USB stick and putting it into my ScanNCut I cut the base card out of buttermilk 270gsm cardstock, the middle topper out of Blingalicious cardstock and the other layers out of a 250gsm, linen textured, pale pink cardstock.  The bottom topper layer was attached to the card front using finger-lift tape, and the other layers were attached with narrow strops of 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I decorated using flowers cut out of the same Blingalicious cardstock as the middle layer, putting black, sticky back, faux gems in their centres.)
  2. Angled view of part of card front.
  3. Different angled view.

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JEWELLERY:

I spent a one morning during the last week, in bed, knotting this shamballa style bracelet.  The makings were from a kit I bought via Create and Craft.  I don’t often buy kits now, but I do like to have two or three in the house for when I want to make something but don’t want to have to think about what I’ll need, or what colours will go together.  Things I can do without fetching out several bead storage boxes to collect the tools, beads and findings needed.

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  1. The “bronze” shamaballa Bracelet
  2. Different angle look at the bracelet
  3. Closer look at part of the bracelet

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CUP UPDATE:

20% Discount

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

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

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

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You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
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A Look Back At 2013

Now that we are into 2014 (I hope you all caught my “Thank You and a Happy New Year” post yesterday), I’ve been steered towards having a look back at my creations of 2013, and to choose “My Top 20 Creations”, from reading the blog posts of some of my online friends who’ve done something similar.

In fact, if you go to the blog “The Manic World Of Mrs McKenzie” you will see that she’s got a link tool where anybody who’s doing something like this can add their blog post where they are displaying their favourites of 2013.

I must admit to finding this very difficult – just choosing 20 out of all my crafting projects.  And I fear that if I was to do the same exercise tomorrow I’d come up with a totally different list – but I’ve got to stop changeing my mind right now and get this published.

I’ve tried to choose a bit of an assortment of different crafts, not just cardmaking, and I’m not showing them in any particular order.  I hope you like the items I’ve picked.

(Clicking on each picture will take you to the original blog post for each project where you should find details of what I used in each case – amongst all the other stuff I made the same time.)

1.  Made as a housewarming gift for my sister and her husband – they will hopefully be moving this month.

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2. Made for a card swap, making everything other than the image white on white.NovemberCardSwap 01

3.  I like buying cheap notebooks to decorate up as an inexpensive gift.

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4. Made as a Christmas gift for a family member.  A cross between a birthday book and a card storage box.

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5.  A beaded Kumihimo necklace with the magnetic clasp at the front making it easy to do upfor a person with dexterity issues.

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6.  The image on this card was one I bought during the “Owl the Same … or Not Blog Hop” which was run by the Stamp Out Stamp Theft group to help educate people about copyright of stamps, both physical and digital, and the fact that it’s theft to make unauthorised copies.

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7. This was the first tutorial I’d done for The Dragons Den blog (well the only one I’ve done so far really, but I hope to do more in the future), and I was very pleased with how it turned out.

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8. People who visit my blog often will have seen that I love my Silhouette Cameo and the wonderful designs by the likes of Tina Fitch that can be cut out using it – even if lack of space means I can’t keep it out to use all the time, and health issues means I can’t drag it out to use as often as I’d like.  With the addition of some simple, punched, vellum flowers, this is one design that shows off the capability of the machine with minimal work on my part.

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9. This creation I love, not just because it’s one of very few decorated candles I’ve made, but because I also made the display base and put together the simple bracelet that’s around it that makes a second gift.

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10.  This selection of hand made and hand decorated cupcakes of all sizes makes it into my top 20, not because they were all made and decorated by me, but because they were a group effort with my sister having helped my sister-in-law make some of them, and my niece and my sister-in-law and myself being involved in the decoration, so it was quite a fun afternoon.

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11. I was particularly pleased with how this wedding card turned out.

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12. I like purple!

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13. I just love the muted and rustic tones of this.

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14. I put together the design for the topper in one of my graphics packages before printing off and doing traditional papercrafting with it.

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15.  Another item cut using my Silhouette Cameo, but this time a fancy box, not a card.

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16.  A little wrap I knitted for myself on one of my knitting looms to keep my shoulders warm in the spring.

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17. I love the dimensional effect of decoupage, but don’t do it very often because my hands don’t allow me to cut out anything particularly intricate, so when I do get something to look quite good I’m always pleased.

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18. I don’t often get out feathers, and charms, some buttons, some gems, die-cuts and Silhouette Cameo cuts, some glitter ribbon, etc., and throw them all at one card – but I did for this card and I love the results.cup430938_117 - card02C - Digital Stamp Garden Gate with coloured version too

19. I’ve put together pictorial guides to making several different types of paper flowers during the year, and hadn’t intended to do any more in December, but I saw the diamond waste from die-cutting out cracker shapes and just had to do a few more flower styles using the waste.

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20. And I’m finishing with one of my latest creations, because I like the fact that it has a lot of white background while still having some bits of pearls and ribbons and lace to decorate.

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What do you think of my choice of top 20?  If you are regular, or occasional, visitors to my blog – would you have picked different items from my assorted creations?  Let me know what you think as a comment below if you’ve got a moment.

Thank you for reading this far – 20 is quite a lot isn’t it?!

Even More October 2013 Crafting

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A Short Update, Some More Musings, And Cards – Including Christmas Cards

I know that I write a lot in each blog post 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.

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There’s not a lot of an update to give you this time as I’ve been having a slow start to the week.  I’ve made up a couple of cards that I started on last week, and also made some realy simple Christmas cards.  But no tidying up – I really will have to get back to it one day.

LEJ winnerOne thing I can tell you is that I’ve won in a challenge.   I’d entered the first card in my post of the 5th October into several challenges.  One of these challenges was the “LEJ Designs – Challenge No. 73 – Things with Wings”.

In this weeks post on the LEJ Designs Challenge Blog it was announced that I was the winner of the crafty goodies.

It’s quite exciting waiting to see what the crafty goodies are.  I’ve had an E-mail back to say that they’ll be in the post to me in the next few days so it won’t be long before I’ll have some more goodies to play with.

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MUSINGS:

TheBigTidyUp 09CWhy is it that after I buy something at a reasonable price some companies will then bring out an equivelent at a cheaper price?

You may remember that I showed you my neat, tidy and sorted ProMarkers, FlexMarkers and Metalic Markers.  I’d originally bought a small nuber of Companion The Ultimate Pen Storage, and when my collection of pens grew I’d bought some extras to build up my pen storage until it looked like this and I had spare spaces for further pens to be added – which you can practically guarantee that I’ll do in the next few months because there are some more pens that I just NEED.

Well now Crafter’s Companion have bought out the same type of storage, but now in black.  The Crafter’s Companion Spectrum Noir Universal Pen Trays are made from 100% recycled plastic and are quite a bit cheaper, per pack, than the earlier clear plastic trays.

I know that, if (when) I need more pen storage that I’ll be going for the cheaper variety because I’m not fussy about the colour – as you can see from my photo they look dark rather than clear when in a corner shelf all filled up in any case.

Mind you, I’m still glad I got my storage when I did because it’s given me months of neat storage and easy access to my pens – but isn’t it always how it goes?

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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. All About The Girl Elements by Janette Padley and Twenties Fashion Stamp by Janette Padley (I took several elements from this kit into one of my graphics packages and resized and moved them around until I was happy with the layout I’d created for an A5 card front with room to place a digi-stamp image in the centre.  I put second copies of the frame element, together with putting the wording “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – onto a panel on the other side of my A4 working area and then printed everything out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I also printed the digi stamp out onto the same cardstock at a small enough size to fit into the frame on the card.  I coloured the digi using ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Plum Preserve, Fresh Bloom, Rose Pink, Peony, Cinnamon, Satin, Warm Grey 1.  I then cut everything to size before sticking the card front directly to the front of a decorative edged, pre-scored, white base card using finger-lift tape.  The digi was attached to this, and then the frame and greetings panel were attached using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.)
  2. Different angle look to try and show some of the dimension in the frame element.

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  1. 4 Frame Toppers & 2 Cards *MACHINE Cut Files* by Rae Carr and Lilac silk with forget me nots background by Pamela West (I printed the background design out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at a little less than A5 in size.  I took the window frame layer file into my Silhouette Studio software then cut them out using my Silhouette Cameo – one layer from a pearlescent Bazzil cardsotk and one from a lilac 216gsm weight cardstock. I also cut a few small flowers from linen textured cardstock using my Cameo and two corner elements from Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock using a die in my Joy machine.  I stuck this background panel directly to the front of an A5 white base card using finger-lift tape, and then stuck the windows, flowers which Id coloured with ProMarkers – Bluebell and Lime Green – and corner elements onto this using foam tape and glue gel.  I’ve left the central panel blank to add a greeting to once I know what language it will be needed in.)
  2. An angled view from the side to show some of the dimension.

I don’t buy crafting magazines very often – I tend to get all the inspiration I need from the TV and the Internet – but every now and then I will get a magazine just to see what’s in there and what’s free.  Well I ordered issue 123 of “Cardmakign & Papercraft” for delivery with my groceries from Tesco on Saturday.  The free kit included some Christmas backgrounds and toppers.  I was just about to put them in my bag of Christmas crafting stash when I thought “why do that when I’ll need them made up soon” – so I decided to use them to make quick and easy cards straight away.  Only adding white, pre-scored, base cards from my crafting stash, some finger-lift tape and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape, plus peel-offs saying “Nadolig Llawen” – which is Welsh for “Happy Christmas” – I made 8 quick cards to add to the Christmas cards I’ve made already.

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:

Have a look – here – at my whole shop “Siop Crafftau MAES MIERI Crafts Shop” on craftybob.com.

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CUP UPDATE:

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

  • Monday, 7th October – Here! – Best Selling CUP Designers & Stunning Cards from our Craft Community

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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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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CUP UPDATE:

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

  • Wednesday, 2nd October – Here! – 1000 Craft Videos, 1p Verse CD & All the latest Community News

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
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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