More Mid June 2014 Crafting

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An Update, Cards, Scrapbook Layout, and Strange Elastic Bands

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Well that’s it – I’ve finished picking the gooseberries for this year, with some help from the two youngest nephews who picked a couple of pounds between then one evening.  Between the 11th and 21st of June, from three goosberry bushes, 31lbs 4.4oz of gooseberries have been picked, topped and tailed, washed and bagged.  It’s going to be gooseberry crumble for pudding today.

It’s been hard going with my back/hip playing up, but with doing it in short sessions and resting in between, and spreading it over 10 days, it’s one job in the garden that’s done.  One problem is that, with the tenseing up I’ve been doing when the spasms from tweeking my back have struck, It’s made the M.E. pains in the tops of my legs and around the back at rib level worse than usual.  And another problem is that I noticed tonight that some of the Loganberries are ready to be picked – they didn’t look ready this morning and I thought I’d have a couple of days rest from picking before I had to start on the next fruit type.  Oh well – lots more Loganberry smoshies to come over the next year if we have a good crop of those as well, which is quite a good thing.

You’ll see a scrapbook double page layout of gooseberry photos below.

I haven’t made a lot of cards this last week, but did make two simple ones using a sentiment topper and some of the flowers from my box of bits that I’d pre-cut to use up bits leftover from other project.

The other crafting I’ve made has been more pieces of jewellery using elastic bands and loom.  One of the projects is a bit different – have a good look and let me know what you think.

One of the nephews has also finished off the elastic loom bracelet he was making for me as well.

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CARDS:

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These two cards are quick and simple ones made as samples for Stamping Dragon Designs to display in the online store.

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  1. Each Flower Quote Set by Janette Padley and Blue Harmony Papers by Janette Padley (I printed the quote topper out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at smaller than the size provided and then cut it out.  I put it onto a white mat of the same cardstock and then onto a mat of one of the blue papers, also printed onto the same cardstock.  This was then stuck to the front of a 6″ square white hammered base card.  I decorated with some of the flowers and leaves from my box of cut bits – the box contains an assortment of leaves, branches, flourishes and flowers that I cut out of any “empty” areas of cardstock when I’m doing projects and then keep in a box ready to embelish.  In this case at lease one of the flowers has been cut out of the flowers has been cut out of another of the papers from the Blue Harmony kit.  I finished off by sticking on some faux pearls using glue gel.)
  2. Angled view of the previous card.

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  1. Each Flower Quote Set by Janette Padley (I printed the quote panel out at much smaller than the size provided and cut it out.  I cut an A4 sheet of white hammered cardstock in half and then scored a half in half again using my Hougie Board then folded to make an A6 base card.  I went again to my box of cut bits but couldn’t find flowers of exactly the colour I wanted – so I picked a few light ones out and coloured them with my Antique Pink ProMarker.  I gave the flowers a little shape and then used glue gel to stick them over the card, cutting some in half and sticking them over the edge.  I used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the greetings panel near the centre of the card.  I took some white “pearl” gems and coloured them using my Pink Lobster ProMarker before using glue gel to stick them in the flower centres.)
  2. Angled look at the previous card.

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SCRAPBOOK PAGES:

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  1. Age of Innocence Papers by Janette Padley (I’ve used several of the papers from this kit to create an 8″ scrapbook layout double page spread to show the gooseberries I’ve been slowly picking in our garden over the last week or so.  I took the papers and four of the photos I’ve taken into one of my graphics packages and copied, resized, digitally cut, etc., until I had a layout I was happy with.  The layout has then been saved in a digital format to send to some family members and also printed out so that other family members can see it)
  2. Closer look at 1st page of the 2 page spread.
  3. Closer look at the 2nd page.

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JEWELLERY:

I’ve seen some examples of creatures made using elastic bands on the band loom and thought I’d have a go at making an octapus.  Despite looking different colours all these photos are of the same octapus.  I’d used bands that change colour in direct sunlight.  There’s a jump ring at the top of the octopus so that I can add it to a bag charm or keyring.

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  1. This photo was taken away from sunlight with just enough light to take the photo.  The bands look practically clear with no indication of colour.  Each of the legs, and leading up through the body, are pieces of the classic fishtail pattern of combining the elastic bands.
  2. This photo was taken after just putting in direct sunlight for a short while.  As there was no way to tell what colours the bands would change into when I made the octapus in bed with no direct sunlight the pattern of pastel colours that develop are totally random.
  3. I don’t remember the octopus actually looking quite this vivid a pink so I think it may be a bit of a trick of the camera as there was a bit more blue to be sceen.

Only a few seconds out of direct sunlight and the octopus lost all its colour.

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  1. This bracelet is for my brother-in-law.  It is made using yellow, lemon scented bands, every other with two coloured green and blue banded, bands.  And yes, my brother-in-law does milk and other farm work, so it was one my nephews had stated needed a smelly bracelet to help him smel better after work.
  2. Close-up of band pattern.

This is the bracelet that one of my nephews has finished making for me.

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  1. This bracelet was made using an assortment of coloured bands all with embedded glitter.  A really sparkly bracelet.  He made it in the fishtail pattern.
  2. Slightly different angle in different light.
  3. Closer look at part of the bracelet

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Crafting Mid June 2014

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A Few Items For You To Look At

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With the good weather I’ve been trying to do short sessions out the garden and then resting to give my back/hip more time to heal, so I’ve been crafting less.  I’ve been sitting out trying to pick gooseberries.  At least this year I’m getting them before the birds – I’m sure I’ll get around to putting them into scrapbook pages to show you before long.  So today I’ve got less projects than usual to show you.

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SCRAPBOOK PAGE:

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

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  1. Christmas Basics Papers by Janette Padley (This is a digital scrapbook page I put together to show the development of the plants in the raised beds in my glasshouse and the “black mulch” area outside where we’re growing courgettes and pumpkins.  I took some papers and the two photos I decided to use into one of my graphics packages and moved, copied, re-sized and digitally punched until I had a layout that I was happy with.  I put on the date that the photos were taken as well.  As well as saving the page as a digital scrapbook page I also printed it out as an 8″ square scrapbook page so that it could be shown to family members.)
  2. A photo of inside the greenhouse.  The cucumber and the tomatoes on the right were the first things planted in the grow bags but all five grow bags now have three plants each so let’s hope that the last batch like their place as much as the first few and grow as well.  The first tomato plants now have flowers on them.
  3. Slightly different shot of the black mulch area.  You can just see the top of the potato sacks closest to the camera, then the courgette plants, tumbler tomato plants on a raised tray with compost in the bottom, then pumpkin plants ready to be planted out.  Some fruit trees are beyond that.

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JEWELLERY:

Today’s assortment of loom elastic jewellery has been made with a variety of different types of elastic bands.

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  1. This bracelet was made for my brother using ordinary black bands and lemon smelly yellow bands.
  2. Different angled view of bracelet
  3. Close-up of the pattern.

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  1. This bracelet is for my sister and is made using pink and blue spotted bands and jasmin smelly blue bands.
  2. Angled view of the bracelet.
  3. Slightly different angled view.

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  1. This bracelet is for one of my nephews.  It is made using yellow and green spotted bands with every other band being lemon smelly yellow bands.
  2. Different angled view of the bracelet.
  3. Close-up view of the band pattern.

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  1. This bracelet is for my sister-in-law.  The front of the band is made using purple as well as neon pink bands with a white band framework, and the back of the bracelet is a fishtail design in white.
  2. Angled view of the bracelet.
  3. Close-up view of the pattern at the front of the bracelet.

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Crafting And Card Making Into The 2nd Week Of June 2014

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Cards, Bracelet and Bag

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Well the good news is that my tooth is feeling much more comfortable, though I’ve still got the joy of a few visits to the dentist to go – the bad news is that I’ve tweeked my back around the top of my hip and my usual slow waddle with my damaged let is now a very painful, even slower, waddle.  It’s been a few years since I’ve done something to set it off quite this bad and it took over 6 weeks to settle down then – though it was the other hip that time.  Just what I didn’t want to happen at the moment with my trying to putter more out the garden.  Mam recons that I’ve probably been doing more than I should, even though I do the vast majority sitting down, and that’s why I’ve managed to pull something.

So between the rain and my aching muscles I’ve been doing less out in the garden and more crafting the last couple of days.  I hope you like what I’ve got to show you this time.

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CARDS:

(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)
(I try and provide some information regarding what I’ve used to make my creations below each set of photos.)

Every month on the Stamping Dragon Design Facbook Group we have a “Colouring Challenge”.  This time we were challenged to use the silhoutte stamp “Happy & You Know it”.  This posed a different challenge to the usual where we could use our prefered colouring medium to colour the image.  This time we need to colour in the background.  I think, of those who’ve already done and uploaded their June entry, most have gone for some sort of background behind and cutting out the silhouette.  It’s so interesting to see what different crafters make with the same image.  As it happened, I’d already been tempted by this image and bought it the end of last month, before I knew it would be this months challenge.

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  1. Happy & You Know it Stamp by Janette Padley and Blue Sky and Clouds Backing Paper 2 by Apetroae Stefan (For this card I took background cup545576_1051 into one of my graphics packages and re-sized it before adding a green background below it and printing it out twice onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock (should have done on 300gsm cardstock because it wasn’t quite heavyweight enough for the base card).  I used my HougieBoard to score and mark cutting lines on one of the printouts and made it into a central stepper card.  I printed out this image at a smaller size than provided, cut it out and stuck it to the 2nd copy of the background, putting a semi circle of mottled orange cardstock behind the figures before sticking down.  I trimmed around the octagon shape and around protruding limbs, stuck it to a piece of white hammered cardstock and trimmed around to leave a border.  I used 3mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach this to the front of the card.  I then raided my box of pre-cut embelishments for leafy branches and flowers to decorate around the outside of the card.)
  2. A different angle of the card.
  3. Another slightly different angle of the previous card.

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  1. SVG Tags & Mats….. by Angela Burke (For this card I cut out various layers of a tag out of 270gsm Basal cardstock using my ScanNCut.  The middle layer was cut out of the same “buttermilk” coloured cardstock as the top layer but I went around the outside quarter of an inch with a gold Wink of Stella brush pen before attaching it behind the front.  This was then added to the base layer using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  The scalloped 6″ square base card was bought in a while ago.  I went round the edge of the card with a pink FlexMarker in a bit of a deckle pattern.  I’d cut some flower layers out of the same cardstock as the base layer of my tag.  Some of these I randomly stuck to my base card as a background.  Some of the other flower layers I snipped and shaped and made into a dimensional flower before getting some leaves from my stash of cut pieces and attaching both to the tag front.  I put on a peel-off greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – that I’d also cut out using my ScanNCut.)
  2. Angled view of the previous card.
  3. Closer angled view.

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  1. Pirate Ship Circle Pyramid by Apetroae Stefan and Anchor with Rope Backing Paper by Apetroae Stefan (The pyramid sheet was printed onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and the layers were cut out.  I also printed out background sheet onto 120gsm Super Smooth white paper at half size.  I took a 7″ x 10″ base Kraft card from my crafting stash.  I attached a piece of card to a panel of the background and attached it to the card using finger-lift tape.  I went around it using a Wallnut ProMarker.  I also used the same colour ProMarker to put a double wiggly line around near the outside of the card.  I used fingerlift tape to put the base pyramid layer in place and used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach a few of the layers on top.)
  2. Angled view of previous card.
  3. Slightly different angled view of the card.

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JEWELLERY:

This beaded bracelet is actually two black fishbone/fishtail patterned bracelets – as I showed you in a different colourway in my last blog post.  I then took some jump rings and every other elastic band I joined both bands together using the jump rings, putting a small acrylic rondelle bead on the jump ring before closing it.  This gives a wider band bracelet with some sparkle from the beads.  I’ve joined the bracelet ends up using jump rings as well.

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SEWING:

This bag was made for one of my nephews to keep his knitting and textile work in.  It’s been a project I’ve had on the go for months but only got around to finishing when I had to get my sewing machine out to do a job for my mother last week.  The nephew’s learnt to knit “with sticks” with one of my sisters and has been wanting some knitting needles of his own and a bag to keep the two knitting projects he’s got on the go for a while.  I let him choose some pieces of fat quarters and strips from a jelly roll for me to make him a bag.  It is lined with cream material – I’d got a new bed sheet for odd jobs like this to keep my nice fat quarters for the outside of projects.  I’ve bought him some bambook knitting needles and then made sure that the bag was wide enough for those to fit in across the bottom before deciding on sizes.  My mother had a re-sizeable strap with hooks either end, that had come off a bag at some point, which we’ve cliped onto the loops either side – nephew had insisted that he wante a big strap that he could carry his bag over his shoulder – and as he’s a growing boy a re-sizeable strap seemed the most obvious choice.  As well as the pack of assorted knitting needle pairs I put in a pack of kniting notions that included plastic sewing needles, knitting needle point protector balls, measureing tape, etc.

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  1. This is the back og the bag with a fold over flap and a tie closure.
  2. I used my ScanNCut to cut out the pieces for this Fat Cat.  I sewed it to the front of the bag before the bag was sewn together and then did some free-motion sewing to put on eyes, nose and mouth.  My nephew is going to finger-knit a tail for the cat at some point and we’ll just attach that after it’s done.
  3. Close-up of Fat Cat.

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More Crafting At The Start Of June

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An Update, Cards, A Bracelet And Another Owl

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

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

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CARDS:

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

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

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

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

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JEWELLERY:

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

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SEWING:

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

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

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HINTS AND TIPS!

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

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

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Last Post Of May 2014

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An Update, Design Team Call, A Card, An Owl, And A Couple Of Elastic Band Bracelets

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Unfortunately I had to go to the dentist this week.  Got an absuss on on the root of a tooth.  So I’m on antibiotics and, as you can imagine, I’m feeling a bit miserable.  Doesn’t help that the pain killers don’t keep working through the night so I’ve been woken up by the pain around 3am the last few nights.  Hopefully the antibiotics will kick in over the weekend and I’ll feel better by next week.

So, I’ve not been doing much crafting the end of this week.  I did get my ScanNCut out this morning and set it to cutting a few things while waiting for Tesco to do the grocery delivery, but I’ve not put anything I cut together yet.  Something for me to show you next week hopefully.

I hope you like the small number of projects I’ve got to show you this week, but before that – A Design Team Call!

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DESIGN TEAM CALL:

Regular readers of my blog will know I’m on the Design Team for Stamping Dragon Designs, putting “Inspired by …” posts on The Dragons Den blog, creating inspiration pieces for the Stampin With The Dragon challenge blog, as well as being active on the Stamping Dragon Design Facebook Group.

Sadly, a few of the Design Team members have left over the last few weeks so our Design Team Leader is now running a Design Team Call.  Different types and levels of crafters are being looked for, so please do pop over to the information – Here – to have a look at the requirements and how to apply.

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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 card is made using an 8″ square base card and elements from the current Create & Craft club members free gift.  I just added bakers twine and dotted a white gel pen around some of the edges.

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JEWELLERY:

I’ve been making some more elastic band bracelets.  One for the nephew who likes blue and one for the nephew who likes yellow.

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  1. This is a different pattern to the elastic band barcelet I’ve shown you before.  For this one I used light and dark blue elastic bands.
  2. A different angled view of the same bracelet.
  3. Close-up of the pattern of the bracelet.

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  1. Same design as the previous bracelet but this time in yellow and green.
  2. A different angled view of the previous bracelet.

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SEWING:

I don’t often do hand sewing any more because my hands hurt or go numb or pins and needles after very little work, but I had some felt pieces I’d bought and I decided to tackle making some felt owls for my nephews and niece.  To make things easier for me I used the biggest needle I could find and used 6 stranded embroydery thread as it was.  I’ve been stitching in bed, doing a bit and then resting, while watching TV.  The first owl is complete, if a bit lopsided and quirky, and I’m well on the way to getting the second done.  I got the basic template from Blue Sky Confections, but then I adapted and added to it to make each one different.

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  1. This first owl has been made with a deep yellow breast for the nephew who’s favourite colour is currently yellow.  It is stuffed with toy filling and a small handfull of dried lavender.

Hopefully I’ll have the second complete by the time I do my next blog post.

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Still Card Making and Crafting in May 2014

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A Few Cards and Other Bits

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TTCRD_winnersBadge2bI entered one of the cards I showed you in my post of the 14th May into several challenges.  It was the card with the main image Penny with Butterflies by Janette Padley.  Well – I found out I’d won one of the challenges.  it was the “Through The Craft Room Door – TTCRD Challenge May 13″ – the results of which you can find Here!  So now I have 3 digi-stamps from Sandi to play with.  Look out for cards made using them in the next few weeks.

One of my nephews had asked me if he could make some butter.  I know he wanted to use the old glass butter churn, but there was no way I was buying enough cream to put enough in the bottom of that for it to churn, so I bought him a 600ml pot of double cream and gave him a pot and an electric whisk instead.  And as he was getting to make butter I bought a packet of make your own bread for his brother – but I added some raisins and cinnamon to it for him to mix in. Considering how much he had to taste along the way, and how bad his kneeding method is, it’s surprising how well the loaf rose in the airing cupboard.  They had to go home while the loaf was in the oven so we’ve not had a slice of it yet, but this is what the results of our efforts look like.

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Other than that I didn’t do a whole lot of crafting Sunday and Monday.  I did manage to get a photo of the card I made with the items I’d pulled out in 5 minutes for the Stamping Dragon Design Facebook Group fun challenge I told you about in my last blog post though.  Then it was just one card from a kit and one quick and easy card.  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. Nap Time Stamp by Janette Padley and Strawberry Shortcake Papers by Janette Padley (I printed the sheet out onto  250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at smaller than the size provided.  I also printed out a background sheet fromthe papers kit.  I coloured in the image using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: March Hare, Satin, Blush, Vanilla, Pastel Pink, Blossom, Pineapple Crush and Pastel Yellow.  I then cut the image out as a topper using the Perfect Squares Tool to get the shape right, and then went round the edge with the Pineapple Crush ProMarker used for the colouring.  I cut a mat from the background and attached the topper using finger-lift tape.  I took a sheet of cream Adorable Scorable cardstock, scored it using my Hougie Board, and folded it in half to make my base card.  I took a sheet of pink Adorable Scorable cardstock and cut another, slightly larger, mat to put behind the topper and also cut a paper ribbon from it.  I used finger-lift tape to attach both of these to the card front before using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the layered topper on top.  I made paper roses from the background by tareing and winding the cardstock and glueing them together using quick grab wet glue – I made the flowers using the same method as I used in my No Tools Paper Flowers 02 Making Paper Flowers tutorials.  I then used the same glue to attach the roses to the paper ribbon element on the card.  I finished off by putting some spots of toneing glitter glue on the card front.  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 the card front.

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  1. Return to Patchwork Forest Luxury Card Collection by Hunkydory (This was one of the set cards within the kit, so all I needed to do was pop everything out, fold the base card, and attach first the base image layer using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape and then the decoupage pieces using glue gel.)
  2. Closer look at the decoupaged centre.
  3. Angled view of the card.

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  1. Scalloped Topper With Christmas Tree 4 by Anna Babajanyan (I printed the sheet out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the scalloped panel.  This I stuck to the front of an 8″ square base kraft card using finger-lift tape.  I then took gold glitter glue and followed the wiggly line around the card.  I also took a white glitter glue and put a dot on all the “snow” dots on the tree itself.  I’ve not put a greeting on yet as I don’t kow what language the card will be needed in.)
  2. Close-up of glittered area.

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JEWELLERY:

It took me several sessions over two days to complete this, but I loved the beads and effect so much I decided to make it a large enough size for me.

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  1. This bracelet was made with elements from a kit by Bead Spider.  The kit had enough material to make two bracelets, so I’ve got another one to make up again.  The beads are very sparkly, which is difficult to capture in a photograph.
  2. Another angle on the beaded area.
  3. Look at the button clasp area.

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HINTS AND TIPS!

Today’s tip is – read, and follow, the “Terms of Use” or “Angel Policy” of any item you want to craft with, especially those that you’ve received in digital format, be it from the Internet or on a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM.  And if something doesn’t have any Terms of Use them assume that you have no right to use it, not that you can do anything you like with it!

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Crafting My Way Towards The End Of May 2014

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

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Well, this wet weather is annoying when I’m trying to get on with some jobs in the garden.  I’ve now got my greenhouse all cleared and clean to start again with this year’s planting, but with everywhere else being so wet I’ve not been able to sort out the troughs of herbs and other areas I can usually sit out and have a tidy up of.  I may make it down to the garden centre before the end of the day to pick up a few more items ready to get on with more gardening when it’s dry – and I must remember to take a towel out with me when I do go out to dry off the garden seats I’ve got dotted around the garden where I’ve got the areas I do work on.  It’s really annoying going out when it’s not raining, and sitting down on a chair without thinking and getting a wet behind.

I’ve been doing a bit of assorted crafting again – between my gardening and resting, although with the wet there’s been less gardening.  You’ll probably find that I’ll have shorter blog posts over the next month or so while I’m trying to get to grips with my little areas in the garden.  But in the meantime I hope you like what I’ve got to show you today.

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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. Orange Flower Topper by Paul Robinson and Delightfully Dotty Backgrounds by Tanya Hall (I printed the sheet onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstoc.  I then cut out two panels of the medium sized flower, one cut at the outside of the panel and one around the edge of the flower to give a layer to decoupage.  I also printed out a background from the kit and stuck the topper on to it using finger-lift tape.  I created an A6 sized base card by cutting, scoreing with my Hougie Board, and folding a sheet of 300gsm linen textured cardstock.  I chose a blank greetings panel I had left over from another project and matted that onto the same cardstock and both were trimmed to leave a border.  These matted panels were then stuck to the front of the card using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I used the same tape to attach the second flower layer.  I’ve not added a greeting yet as I’m not sure what langauge it will be needed in.)
  2. Angled view of previous card to try and show extra layer of flower.

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  1. This card was made using elements from a Hunkydory kit.  I scored an A4 sheet of 300gsm linen textured cardstock using my Hougie Board and then folded it in half to make the base card.  I took one of the background cards from the kit and cut it in half – keeping the other half as a front for another card.  This piece was trimmed so that it fit on my card front leaving a white border.  I attached my chosen topper to the card front uisng 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I finished the card off by going over the tops of the butterflies’ wings with a glitter glue to give them extra twinkle.  I’ve not put a greeting on yet as I don’t know what langauge it will be needed in.
  2. Angled view of previous card.

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  1. Pink Lily by Linda Whittles (I printed the sheet onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the peices.  I prepared a 6″ square card from an A4 sheet of silver satin board by cutting, scoreing and folding.  I trimmed the background panel from the sheet to cover around two thirds of my card front, leaving a silver border around the three sides.  The background was attached to my card front using finger-lift tape. I cut out the topper and matted it onto pink satin board before trimming it to leave a narrow border.  I used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the matted topper, leaving a gap in the tape at the bottom.  I then used glue gel behind the blank greetings panel and slid it under the edge of the topper to the position I wanted.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in.  I finished the card off with some sticky back faux gems.)
  2. Angled view of previous card.

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NOTEBOOK:

I’d got a really cheap (Tesco Value) A5 notebook.  I wanted to make the cover harder and decorate it suitable for using as a notebook to jot down what I’ve been doing on what dates in the garden.

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  1. Rupert with Tomatoes Coloured by Janette Padley and Coffee Cream Papers by Janette Padley (For this project I printed the image out at smaller than the size provided onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I also printed out some backgrounds from the papers kit onto the same type of cardstock.  I took a really cheap A5 notebook and measured from front right edge to the spring.  I took a sheet of green cardstock and scored at this distance from the edge and also a further eight times at half centre intervals using my Hougie Board.  I then attached the card to the front of the notebook using template tape.  I folded at the scores around the spring binding and attached the rest of the cardstock to back of the notebook using the same tape.  I cut a panel from one of the backgrounds a little smaller than the front of my notebook and used finger-lift tape to attach it to the front of the notebook.  I cut around the oval frame and overspilling tomatoes of the topper and stuck it to another of the backgrounds I’d printed out and then tore around to give an uneven edged mat.  I also tore out a smaller mat and wrote “Garddio” – which is Welsh for “Gardening” – on it using a Wallnut ProMarker.  I again used finger-lift tape to attach these panels to the front of the notebook.  I took this picture of the decorated notebook at this point, but because I’m going to use it to make notes as I’m gardening, I’ve since covered it with clear sticky back plastic – the shine off the covering makes it difficult to get a photo after covering.)
  2. Angled view of the notebook cover.

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JEWELLERY:

Another of my latest makes – this time made large enough for my own wrist.

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  1. This bracelet is a second one I made using components from a Bead Spider kit.  It is made using purple and blue Cubed Gemstone Hematite beads.
  2. Closeup of the pattern of the bracelet.

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Crafting Into The 4th Week Of May 2014

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

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

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

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

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WHEELBARROW:

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

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

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CARDS:

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

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

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

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

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

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JEWELLERY:

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

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

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Crafting Into The 3rd Week Of May 2014

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An Update, A Few Cards and Braclet

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

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

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

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CARDS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ElasticBracelet 01 01    ElasticBracelet 01 02

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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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