Mar 262014
 

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An Update And A Few Cards

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

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

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

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

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

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CARDS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MAKING THINGS EASIER!

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

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

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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:

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:

  • 25th March, 2014 – Here! – NEC Show Photos now LIVE, FREE Online Card Creator & Crafter Selections

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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New Design Team Position

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Sep 162013
 

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A Bit Of News!

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Today I have a bit of news for you –

You may have noticed that, amongst the wide assortment of cards and other crafty items I make, that I’ve used a fair number of digi-stamps, scrapbook backgrounds and elements, etc., designed by the very tallented designer Janette Padley of Dragons Lair/Stamping Dragon Designs.  Well – a few weeks ago I was invited to join a small design team who will be posting inspiration posts on “The Dragons Den” blog, in rotation, at the begining of every week.  These “pick of the week” posts started on Monday the 2nd with a post by our leader Marleen, and was followed by a post by the tallented Fran on Monday the 9th.  And on Monday 16th it is my turn to post my first Design Team item.

I used an image I’ve used before for my first post, and went for a rustic look for a masculine card.  Well we all know how difficult it can be to make a generic card for a man, especially if he’s not intereste in either sports or drinking, so I thought it would be a good idea to get an inspiration card for a man uploaded before I get carried away with more feminine cards – one of which will be coming up in my next post in three weeks time.

CARD

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Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

Giraffe Digital Stamp

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Method:

After printing the digi-stamp I coloured it in.  Rather than try to go for colouring a large background area smoothly I decided to go for a camouflaged look background (an idea of how I did this can be seen in my Pictorial Guide “Colouring In – 19. Dappled Backgrounds).  I also did a separate panel of the camouflaged background for cutting out the leaves – because I wanted the colours to match and also wanted my leaves to look dappled rather than a flat colour.  I also did a panel of the same browns as used on the giraffe to be used for the branches. I just tore around the digi to create my topper, and tore two mats of Kraft card and Glitter card to go behind it, and used an assortment of dies to cut out branches and leaves.  One sheet of Kraft Card was simply scored and folded in half to make the base card. I stuck everything together with tape and glue – but I kept these to the centre of each piece so that the edges could just lift – it gives a bit of a dimensional look without making the card too deep to go into an ordinary envelope.

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Look out for my next post on The Dragons Den on the 7th October, 2013.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Here are some links you may like to check out:

and last but not least

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Then of course there’s the Dragon Boss Lady’s own blog – Straight From The Craftroom

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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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