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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Further May 2014 Cardmaking

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An Update And A Few Cards

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

CARDS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CUP Mailer

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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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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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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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Even More April 2014 crafting

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An Update, Three Cards and a Wall Hanging

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Hello everybody.  I’ve not got quite as many items to show you today.  The third card is a ballerina which is quite a classic image for a little girl’s card, but the first card has a little girl in a wheelchair on it.  Something a bit different I thought, remembering that there are children who are confined to wheelchairs and can’t run around on their own two legs for whatever reason.  The second card is quite a general card as dolphins are loved by males and females, young and old.  For this card I’ve purpously off-set the layers from each other for a bit of a different look.

I hope you like what I’ve got to show you this time and will leave a comment at the end.  I love reading your comments and finding out which card or other creation has caught your eye in each post.

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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.)

The photos are not as good as I’d have liked today, due to bad light conditions I think.  The colours are a little more washed out than they are in reality.

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  1. Disabled Kids Digital Stamps 2 by Angela Wenke and Pastel Tartan Paper 9 by Sheila Rodgers (I printed the digi-stamp out at smaller than the size provided onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then coloured it in using my ProMarkers and Flex Markers..  The colours I used are: Tulip Yellow, Gold, Cool Grey 3, Cool Grey 4, Cool Grey 5, Fushia Pink, Peony, Blush, Green Shoot, Grass, Forest Green, Dove Grey. I then put the sheet into my ScanNCut machine and used the Direct Cut function to cut out the stamp, as an alternative to using scissors, without doing any saving of the image.  I also printed out the background onto the same sort of cardstock.  I used my ScanNCut to make mats using the background and some white Bazzil cardstock from my crafting stash.  I also used my ScanNCut to make little floral and leaf embelishments, and found a strip of previously cut out lace border in my box of bits which I coloured green to match.  I went round the edge of the mats, and a 7″ square white card with two of the green ProMarkers I’d used on the image before using  glue gel, finger-lift tape, and 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach all the elements to my card.  I finished off by adding sticky back, faux pearls, to the centre of my flowers.  I’ve not put a greeting on the panel yet as I’m not sure what language the card will be needed in.)
  2. Close-up of an area of the card at an angle to try and show dimension.

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  1. Ocean Blue Dolphin by Pauline Black (I printed the sheet out at smaller than the size provided onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then background scanned it into my ScanNCut and placed a shape from within the machine over it to cut out the round ended topper panel.  I also cut the same shape, made larger, from a green and a blue Bazzil cardstock to make the mats, and some flourish frond shapes out of the green as embelishments.  I took an off-white A5 card and went round the sides using an Aegean coloured ProMarker.  I built up the topper, offset, onto the mats using glue gel, and wrapped some of the embelishments around.  This was then stuck to the front of my card using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I used glue gel to attach the rest of the shapes to the card front and finished off by putting on some sticky backed, faux gems.  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 previous card.

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  1. Ballerina Girl Digital Stamp by Angela Wenke (The digi-stamp was printed onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at a smaller size than provided.  I then coloured it in using my FlexMarkers.  The colours I used were: Auburn, Terracotta, Light Fawn, Almond, Heather, Wild Orchid.  I then put the sheet into my ScanNCut machine and used the Direct Cut function to cut out the stamp, as an alternative to using scissors, without doing any saving of the image.  I took a 6″ square cream coloured card, went around the edge with a purple FlexMarker and then put strips of white lace over it, attaching on the inside using ultra tacky tape.  I took three pieces that I’d cut out using my ScanNCut that were leftovers from previous projects and also went around the edges using the purple FlexMarker.  I used glue gel to attach all the pieces, finishing off the card with a bow of lace and some sticky back, faux, pearls.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in.)
  2. Close-up of an area of the card at an angle to try and show dimension – the white lace has caused a bit of a white flare on this picture and isn’t as clear as on the first.

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WALL HANGING:

This is what I made for the “Stamping Dragon Designs” Facebook Group‘s “colouring” challenge for this month.  Each month we get a digital download from Stamping Dragon Designs to work with, the only rule being that if you request the digital file you post a photo with something crafted with it before the end of the month.  This month we were given one, circular, element form the “Home Tweet Home”collection.  I decided to challenge myself to make something using just the provided element with paper, cardstock and glue.  In the end I did add some clear jewellery wire as well.

The wording on this says: “Of all things that inspire and delight, the best to behold is nature in flight!”

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  1. Home Tweet Home”collection  (I took the element into one of my graphics packages and re-sized it, making two copies and making one smaller than the other.  I then made a second copy of each size to decoupage.  I found some printable, silver, acetate in my crafting stash and printed onto this.  I cut out one element as a complete circle and cut out the rest as pieces.  I cut out a circle that was just larger than the element out of silver mirror paper, and a larger circle out of black cardstock.  I used glue gel to attach the layers together.  For the smaller bird I poked a hole through at the wing level and threaded through the clear beading wire with a knot at the end.  I then put glue gel over this and put a wing to decoupage over the top. The bird on the round plaque also has an added wing layer.  I stuck the other end of the clear wire behind the circle using ultra tacky tape, and used the same tape to attach a loop of black card at the top of the circle as well.)
  2. The “hanging” bird against a white background.
  3. The “hanging” bird against a window.

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Crafting Towards The End Of March 2014

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An Update And A Few Cards

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

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

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

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

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

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CARDS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MAKING THINGS EASIER!

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

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

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Even More March 2014 Card Making

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A Few Cards

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My last post didn’t have anything particularly masculine in it, so I’m making up for it in this one with one “pirate” card for a yougster, and another “student” card for a young man.

I’ve also had a multigrid out to make a little parchment element for one card.  Something a bit different for me as this is the first time I’ve added a cut-off of material from a sewing project on a card.

There’s also another couple of simple cards.  I hope you like what I’ve made.  Please leave a comment at the end if you’ve got a moment to let me know what you think of this assortment.  Thank you.

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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’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:

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  1. Dress up – Pirate by Janette Padley, Seaside Embellishments (Sepia) by Gordon Fraser, Peach Blossom Papers by Janette Padley and Tranquil Beach-Themed Card Toppers by Sarah Edwards (All the sheets were printed onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock, some being printed at smaller than the size provided.  I coloured the digi-stamp in using my ProMarkers, the colours used being: Heatwave, Berry Red, Black, Cool Grey 3, Tan, Azure, French Navy, Raw Sienna, Cinnamon, Chestnut. I then cut out all the pieces I needed and created a chain from a few jump rings.  The base card was made by scoreing and folding in half an 300gsm Linen textured white cardstock.  I added the background using finger-lift tape and used glue gel to attach the rest of the elements. I’ve not added a greeting yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.)
  2. Angled, close-up view of an area of the card.

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  1. Student Dude Decoupage Sheet by Gordon Fraser, Brick wall background sheet Landscape by Liz Harrison and 12 Wood Papers CU4CU by Janyce Cotterill (I printed the sheet out at half size onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I scored an A4 sheet of linen textured white card at the half way point using my Hougie Board and folded it in half to make an A5 base card.  I took a piece of wall background and a piece of wood background to make a sort of plinth or counter and atached this to the card front using 2mm deep, double sided foam tape and glue gel so that the student had something to lean against.  The decoupage layers were then attached to the card front in order using glue gel.  I finished off by using a fine pen to add a border and a greeting – “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.)
  2. Angled, close-up view of one area of the card.

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  1. Beautiful Purple Space Card by Tammy Clarke (I decided to keep this card simple.  I printed it at a little less than the size provided onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock and cut the panel and the blank greetings tag out.  I scored an A4 sheet of star embossed cardstock using my Hougie Board and then folded it in half.  Because of the texture of the base card I used glue gel to attach the image panel and tag to the card front.  I’ve not put a greeting on as I don’t know what language it will be needed in yet.)
  2. Cute Swimmer Girl Purple Decoupage Sheet by Gordon Fraser (I printed the sheet off at half size onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and then cut out the pieces.  I took a 6″ square with a scalloped edge from my crafting stash and attached a piece of background, also from my crafting stash which I’d gone around and emphasised areas with a Island Lagoon ProMarker.  I then built up the decoupage, attaching the pieces using glue gel.  I used the ProMarker to colour co-ordinate a peel-off greeting that says “Llongyfarchiadau” – which is Welsh for “Congratulations” – making this a card to congratulate a youngester for getting a swimming certificate or doing well at a gala.  I also used the ProMarker to give an irregular framing around the top of the card.  I finished off the card by adding glitter glue to the edge of the water.)
  3. Angled view of card front.

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  1. This is something a bit different for me.  I used a multigrid to do the design on the parchment.  The material underneath it is a scrap from my stash that I had left over after cutting out a “Fat Cat” for a sewing project (Only done the cutting out yet so not ready to show you my progress, but it will be appearing on this blog in due course).  The base card is an old gold pearlescent cardstock that I scored using my Hougie Board and folded in half.  The other items on the card are from an Embellishment Attic kit with some of the items edged using a Chestnut ProMarker.  Everything is glued together using glue gel.
  2. Angled view of an area of the card front.

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February Stamping Dragon Card Swap – Cards Received and Sent

Just a quick post this time to show you one card I received and one I sent.

My partner for the February Card Swap on the “Stamping Dragon Designs” group on FB was Jacqui Robinson. Photos of the card I received from her, together with the card I sent her, and the details of what I used to make it, can be seen below. The theme for the February Card Swap was – “valentines/love”.

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CARD RECEIVED:

This is the card I received from Jacqui.

Thank you so much Jacqui. I love purple, and with the gold your card looks very opulent.

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Outside and inside are gorgeous.

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CARD SENT:

This next one is the card that I sent Jacqui – I’ve used a digital download created by Janette Padley of Stamping Dragon Designs on this card.

(Clicking on the medium or thumbnail sized images brings up a larger version of the image that shows the quotes off better. Clicking on the text links below takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the card.)

Front View

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I wanted the card to look nice with the tag removed as well.

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Both sides of tag

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Details:

Family Photo Stamp by Janette Padley (I don’t often do tags on my cards, but I thought it would be appropriate for this one.  One of the quotes I’ve used is Biblical and the other is one by Charles Kuralt that I read somewhere and noted at some point in the past.  The digi-stamp, quotes and two backgrounds for the tags were printed out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock. I coloured in the digi-stamp using my alcohol markers.   The colours I used were: Peony, Tropical Orchid, Red, Canary, Spring Lilac, and Purple ProMarkers, and Celestial Blue, Sapphire and Dove Grey FlexMarkers. The digi-stamp and tags were then cut out and the two sides and two greetings of the tags were stuck together using wet glue before tieing a ribbon through the holes.  The base card is an A4 cardstock that I scored using my Hougie Board and folded in half.  I then stuck a layer of deep purple cardstock a little smaller than the card front on top using finger-lift tape.  The patterned paper is from a pack of 6″ square papers that I’ve got in my crafting stash – I cut off the right hand side of the sheet and cut the butterfly I’ve decoupaged on top out of that before sticking the paper in place using finger-lift tape as well.  Brads have been used to attach the “bar” that the digi stamp is sitting on, and glue gel was used to attach the digi to the bar – mostly covering the brads with the tails.  I finished off with some card candi and tucked the tag under the bar.)

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Further February 2014 Crafty Makes

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 I hope that none of you are badly effected by the very bad weather we’ve been having in these parts lately.  The wind has been blowing very badly here, especially yesterday and overnight.  Schools were closed early and even our closest town was closed due to the danger from flying tiles, etc.  There’s even mention of the Tesco at the top of town having to close because it’s roof started lifting off.  Plus there was some white stuff on the ground when I went out this morning to let our dog out of her night kennel for a run around the garden before being put into her enclosure for the day – I rather think she did a quick dive into her kennel in the enclosure as soon as she was in as well – she’s not a dog who likes being outside in bad weather.  It looked like a mixture of hail and snow blown into the corners by the shed, the door, etc., not a big enough covering to cause any problems, and I don’t think it was freezing on the the ground underneath.

We did have a few short power cuts yesterday, which meant the TV and stuff not being available.  But I had my rechargeable battery OttLight and could carry on with some crafting until it came back – mind you it only went off for around five minutes at a time, but it must have gone off at half a dozen different occasions.

I don’t suppose the bad weather will have helped the intermittent Internet access problems either.  I’ve mostly got access now, but slow access.  By the time I’ve check my E-mails and done important stuff like paying bills, etc., its taken so much longer time than usual that I’m exhausted before I get to Facebook, and even more exhausted before I get to blogs – both writing my own (which is why this is only the 2nd blog post of new stuff from me this month – plus the one showing an old card swap) and visiting others.  So once again I must appologise that I’ve not been commenting on all your latest blog posts – I have been visiting some and loved the work but have been having timeout notices.

It’s been quite a few days since my last blog post so I’ve got a bit of a variety of crafted items to show you today – starting with five cards –

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CARDS:

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

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  1. Digital Stamp – Framed Orchid by Sheila Rodgers (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock.  I coloured it in using various markers. The colours I used were: Forest Green ProMarker; Crimson, Celestial Blue and Dove Grey FlexMarker; Gold, Violet and Clear Wink of Stella brush pens. I then put Anthresite  Glitter glue in the centre of the red flowers.  I cut the image out and stuck it to a sheet of embossed gold mirror card using finger-lift tape, trimming to leave an even border using a Perfect Layers ruler.  I then used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the matted topper to the front of a sheet of foiled Adorable Scorable cardstock.  I also added a panel of the embossed gold card ready to add a greeting when I know what language the card will be needed in.  A lovely image that can be used on a simple square card, or blinged up for a bigger card, and is suitable for many occasions depending on the colours used to colour it in.)
  2. Nautical boat design card for male birthday or father’s day by Toni Martin (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock.  I then cut out all the pieces.  As I think the card will bee needed in Welsh I flipped one of the greetings panels over and cut the centre out of the other before sticking it on top to make a blank greetings panels.  I made a base card by scoring an A4 sheet of turquoise pearlescent cardstock at the half way point using my Hougie Board and then folded it in half.  I stuck the base image to this using finger-lift tape.  I then used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to add the topper and greetings panel.  I finished off by going over the sea and some of the rope elements on the card with clear Wink of Stella brush pen to add a twinkle – although this doesn’t show up in the photo – and I also added some dots of turquoise glitter glue.)

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  1. Ellie Elephant by Janette Padley (I printed the sheet onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock.  I then coloured the digi-stamp in.  I used Cardinal Red, Cool Grey 1, 2, 3, and 4 ProMarkers, Dove Grey FlexMarker, and Gold Wink of Stella brush pen.  I then cut out the image.  It was then matted onto old gold frosted paper, and cut to leave an even border of a quarter of an inch using a Perfect Layers ruler.  Then it was matted onto red Satin Board and trimmed to leave a border of 1/16″ before being stuck to the front of a base card of approximately 15cm square in size mad of linen textured white cardstock.)
  2. (Card made using a cut down piece of background and a topper from the kit that came free with the Hunkydory magazine number 15 with the addition of a piece of yellow ribbon that I further coloured with a Gold ProMarker to make it tone in more with the daffodils.  I also went round the edge of the background with the same ProMarker before sticking it to the front of an A5 base card made from a white hammered sheet of A4 card.)

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  1.  ‘Flying Home’ Bird Card Topper by Tammy Clarke (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock.  I then cut out the pieces.  I stuck the base layer directly to an embossed gold cardstock using fingerlift tape.  This matted image was stuck to an A5 base card made by scoring an A4 sheet of white hammered cardstock in half using my Hougie Board and folding.  I then used  1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the panel layers in place.  I haven’t added a greeting yet because I don’t know what language it will be needed in, but I have taken a clear Wink of Stella brush pen and added a little glitter shimmer to the bird’s wings and tail, and also the little “starlight” areas on the three panels – though unfortunately this added twinkle isn’t showing up in the photograph of my card.)

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CAKE DECORATING:

In my post of the 9th February – here – I told you that when my two youngest nephews were staying over a few weeks ago I’d told them that they could design a cake and I’d attempt to decorate it.  I showed you the first one I made previously.  Well I left over a week before making and decorating the next one – leave them plenty of time to finish eating the first one and for them to settle down after the sugar rush – though I rather think their parents and their friends ate a lot of it from what was said.  In any case.  The second cake, made and decorated to the design of the second nephew, was suppose to look more like an old farm with the house based on an Iron Age fort house (Castell Henllys is an Iron Age village less than ten miles away that they’ve visited a few times and he’s facinated by it – plus he loves it when I get my giant cupcake silicon mould out.)

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  1. The Iron Age house is a giant vanilla sponge cupcake decorated with fondant icing around the sides and chocolate icing as the roof, with a moulded piece of chocolate as the door.  The yellow icing ducks were placed on the jelly “duck pond” before they arrived for tea after school.  The “grass” and “duck weed” in the pond is green edible shimmer powder.
  2. There are two chocolate horses and a foal going round the house and one foal behind the open door of the animal shed.
  3. The animal shed is a loaf of “bara brith” that I bought, with it’s top cut off at an angle and a sheet of chocolate icing put on top.  I marked the chocolate icing on the shed and house with the point of a kebab skewer to look like really old thatching.

The one thing on his plan that I failed to make that disapointed my nephew were a herd of cows.  Just couldn’t make those out of icing, my other animals are a bit dodgy and the sheep coming out of the shed is only the front half and the head.  What I did do was make some “cow pat” burgers – nice mince beef burgers with some capers and other things inside, just shaped into balls, put on a baking tray and half flattened and cooked in the oven rather than frying flat on both sides.  I told him that I’d tried to make icing cows but they kept producing cow pats and vanishing – once he got over the disapointment of no cows on his cake farm I think he got the joke and loved the burgers in a roll – Big rule of coming here for a meal is that they have to eat savory “proper food” before they can have anything sikly sweet!

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SEWING:

In my post of the 28th January – here – I showed you the first half a dozen Suffolk Puffs I’d made using my new little circular YoYo/Suffolk Puff template gadget.  After using up nearly a whole charm pack of squares to make up puffs for this project (the other half a dozen have been put asside to decorate a quilted bag for holding quilting templates) I threaded the resulting Suffolk Puffs onto a round elastic.  I created a cone shaped tail and a round shaped head from felt and pulled either end of the elastic through and knotting off before finishing to stuff and sew around.

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  1. View from the top of my “catapiller”.
  2. A more frontal view.
  3. Catapillar curled completely round so that you can see the face.  As you can see I’ve sewn the mouth and nose dots and glued on two googlie eyes using glue gel.

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KNITTING:

In my blog post of the 28th January – here – I showed you a piece of kniting I’d done on one of my knitting looms out of “Wash + Filz-it! Felting wool”.  Well I’ve now put the piece into the washing machine to felt, and this is how it’s come out (I’ve put the same knitting loom in the photo so that you can compare the size with the photo of the piece pre-felting.)  It is now stiff and felted and ready to be used to make a slipper.

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Keep an eye out over the next few weeks for photos of the finished slippers to appear once I’ve made them.

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First Crafting Of February 2014

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Firstly I’d like to appologise profusely for not getting around all the blogs I usually visit lately.  The intermittent Internet access that we had at the begining of last month has struck again and I’ve been without access for days.  Did get access back on Thursday mid-morning, but who knows how long it will last.  It is seriously slow at times, and connection went down a couple of times for ten to fifteen minutes Thursday afternoon, and again a couple of times on Friday while I was trying to update the AntiVirus software on my parents PC, so I’m currently trying to catch up with my E-mails, paying bills, etc., and a few projects I’m working on, and once the backlog is cleared I will be back blog browsing and commenting again.

I have been doing crafting while the access was down, but it has mostly been bits of projects, with not a lot complete.  I will be showing you what I’ve been working on as I finish them, but I have got a small assortment to show you now.

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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’ve gone for quite exotic colours on for the birds on this card.

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  1. bird collection by Paul Fitzsimmons (I printed the sheet off at half size onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then coloured in two of the birds in bright, exotic, plumage, using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Canary, Aubergine, Bright Green, Poppy, Cyan, French Navy, and Cardinal Red, plus Imperial Purple FlexMarker. I then cut them out.  The base card is a 6″ square pre-cut and scored scalloped edge card sprayed with Canary, Cyan and Bright Green ProMarkers using a Perfect Spritzer tool.  It is decorated with a flower and leaves made using Martha Stewart clay, as well as smaller flowers punched out of yellow vellum using a Tonic Petite Petal Pairs punch and decorated with red Glitter glue.  Everything was attached to the card front using glue gel.)
  2. Different angled look at the card to try and show some dimension.

Various challenges are often run on the “Stamping Dragon Designs” group on FB, and one run lately was that the Stamping Dragon designer Janette Padley gave group members a chance to request a free mini-kit.  Those who requested the kt were required to upload a photo of an item made using the kit within a couple of days.  This is what I made.

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  1. Jiggys Daffodill – Rugby Welsh – Coloured by Janette Padley and Rustic Pleasure by Janette Padley (This card is a bit of hybrid crafting.  The back panel was put together from a background and a ribbon element from the kit in one of my graphics packages before it was printed off.  The flowers were resized and printed out on the other side of the same sheet.  I printed onto 120gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  The paper for the frame element was printed out onto the same paper type, printing one of the backgrounds from the mini-kit onto one side and then putting the paper back into the printer to print the other background onto the other side.  I also put the coloured in dragon image onto a panel of the green background at the size I wanted and printed that out.  I cut a star embossed cardstock from my crafting stash into a suitable size, trimmed and then folded the double sided paper into the frame shape and then fixed the flaps in place using brads and jute twine.  I used finger-lift tape and glue gel to attach everything in place on the front of an 8″ square Ivory Crafty Bob card.)
  2. Angled view of previous card.

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  1. This card is A4 in size, made using a pre-cut and folded A4 card that has a bottom deckled edge and items from the kit that came with the Hunkydory magazine 15.  I’ve added some green jute twine and a greeting panel which says “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.  I went around the various panels, after I’d cut them to size, using a Gold Metalic Marker.  I used finger-lift tape, 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape, and glue gel to attach everything together.
  2. This card is also on a pre-cut and scored card, this time a scalloped edge 6″ square card.  The image is from a pad of Lili of the Valley line drawings coloured in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were:  Cool Grey 2, Tan, Cinnamon, Fire Wood, Olive Green, Twilight Sky, Satin, Pear Green, Pineapple Crush, Pink Carnation.  The background is from my crafting stash and I’ve used a gold Wink of Stella brush pen to put dashes all the way around.  I took a scalloped edge 6″ square pre-cut and scored base card and went round the edge using the same Pink Carnation colour I’d used on the image.  I also put spots of Pink Carnation and Olive Green on the scallops.  I used a Tonic Petal Pairs punch to punch flowers shapes from the rest of the sheet of paper I’d cut as a background.  These were shaped and stuck together to make three layered flowers which were stuck at the bottom left of the card front together with a couple of sprays of small flowers that I’d also coloured with the Pink Carnation ProMarker.   I used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach digi to background and then background to card front.  I used glue gel to attach the flower embelishments.

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CAKE DECORATING:

When my two youngest nephews stayed over a few weeks ago I told them that they could design a special cake each and I’d try and make it.  So with sketch and instructions in hand I set to putting together the first design (with a few modifications) last Saturday.  His concept was a sort of rustic cottage look.

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  1. He wanted chocolate, and lots of icing – even extra white icing as snow on the roof and chimney – no points for guessing that this particular nephew likes chocolate and icing.
  2. The framework for the flower borders down the side are also pieces of chocolate, with lots of icing roses and other flowers – doesn’t matter that it’s snowing, his vision needed lots of icing flowers.
  3. I have to admit that I did cheat and buy the chocolate cake that’s inside – in fact I bought 3 x chocolate loaf cakes.  Two were put on the bottom and the other cut diagonally to create the two halves of the sloaping roof.  I didn’t bother with any trimming, just used butter icing as “cement” to hold the “bricks” together.  As you can see from this giant slice – it was over 6″ from side to side – so each slice was enough for more than one person.

Keep an eye out over the next few weeks when I’ll be attempting to put together the other nephew’s idea.  Hint – it’s suppose to have a giant cupcake style cake at the centre.

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SEWING:

In a previous blog post I showed you a little felt bag I’d made to hold my cheap little MP3 player.  I’ve since made another two, one each for both of my youngest nephews to hold the MP3 players I gave them.  As they were boys I left off the felt flower this time.  The backs are the same as mine with the felt loops.

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I am progressing with the flat bag I intend to use to store my patchwork templates as well – this is the progress I’ve made so far:

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It’s stripy with a cotton batting as padding inside.  I’m free-motion quilting along every other stripe tha doesn’t have a distinct pattern on it.  Hopefully this will be finished in the next couple of weeks as well.

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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:

craftsUprint Crafter of the Year 2013 – Winner Announced!

Voting has closed and the winners have been declared.  Congratulations to:

  • Crafter of the Year 2013 – Margaret Mccartney
  • Runner Up – Dianne Jackson
  • 3rd Place – Davina Rundle

The full list of the top 30 can be seen – Here!  With close to 700 Registered Crafters who have uploaded photos of their finished creations to the craftsUprint site I was delighted to finish in 24th place.

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, 31st January – Here! – 20% Off Designer Discounts, CUP News, FREE CD Volume 83 & 99p Crafty Bob Paper
  • Tuesday, 4th February – Here! – FREE UK Shipping, Cardmaker of the Year Winners, New Froms & Crafty Bob’s 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
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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