Feb 062015
 

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Design Team Card

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Today a new challenge starts on the “Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog“.

DLD CB_BadgeDLD DT Badge Sept 2014Each ”Dragons Lair Designs Challenge” goes live the first Friday of the month with a new theme each time. The winner will get picked by “Random” so that it is fair for all levels of crafters. The winner gets a prize, as well as a badge for their blog, and the winning entry will also be highlighted on the challenge blog the following month. Although we’d love to see Dragons Lair Designs items on your creation, you may ENTER the challenge using ANY MATERIAL you wish as long as you clearly follow the set theme. You may enter the challenge with ONE entry per month. So why not consider joining in with us this month – go to the challenge blog and have a look at the rules and the inspiration created by my fellow Design Team members.

For February the theme is : Hearts & Flowers

The title “Hearts & Flowers” can be interpreted in so many different ways. Of course Valentine’s Day jumps to mind, but the theme could also be used for wedding or anniversary cards, birthday cards for loved ones, or home decor projects.  Go on – pop over to the blog and have a go.

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CREATION:

I decided to go for a wall hanging (or perhaps something to give to a bride to carry) for my project for this challenge.

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Close-up of main heart.  “CARIAD” is Welsh for “LOVE”.

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Close-up of small, dangling, heart.

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Angled view of heart to show dimension.

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Consumables:

Equipment

I printed out several sheets of background from the collection, as well as resizing and building up a layered look heart embelishment in My Craft Studio software before also printing it out along with bow embelishments from the collection.

I set up a file in the Brother on-line Canvas application to cut out large heart frames as well as lots of different sizes of small hearts.  After putting this on an USB stick and putting in my Brother ScanNCut I used the files to cut out the various heart shapes out of the backgrounds from the kit.  I cut three of the larger heart frames and layered these using foam tape to make them more sturdy, sandwiching the ends of a strip of acetate between the layers before sticking the last two layers together.

I also used the ScanNCut to cut out the word “CARIAD” twice from two background shades and stuck them together offset before attaching “floating” on the acetate strip.

Some pieces of twine were tied together and glued to the top of the heart frame using glue gel and the cut out paper bows were added over the top.  The crop-a-dial was used to put a hole and set an eyelette in the small heart before adding some twine to that and glueing the twine to the side of the heart.

The smaller hearts were shaped and glued together to make different flowers – so while the theme of the month is “Hearts & Flowers”, in this case it’s “flowers from hearts”.  The flowers were then attached in clusters over the heart frame.

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Please go over to the “Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog” and have a look at my fellow Design Team members’ inspiration pieces and to enter your creations.

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Design Team Call

Dragon’s Lair Designs is currently holding a design team call.  You can find details – Here!  There’s plenty of time to apply as the call doesn’t finish until the 14th February.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Dragons Lair Designs Links

  • If you fancy trying out some of Dragons Lair Designs, please do visit the Store to find all sorts of digital goodies for crafting, and the minimum spend is only £2 (you’ll find great digi-stamps and lots more).
  • And why not join the “Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group” on Facebook. It’s a small, fun, group where we have lots of different activities which include exclusive challenges, daily inspiration and giveaways – and there’s a loyalty club for those who take part as well where taking part gets you points, winning gets you more points, and get enough points and you get a voucher to spend in the shop.
  • “Like” Us on Facebook
  • While I’m not a fan of Pinterest and especially people’s habit of posting images, digi-stamps, etc., to the site that they’ve got no rights to, you can follow designer Janette Padley on Pinterest!
  • See us on CraftsUPrint
  • Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog : new challenge the first Friday of every month
  • Dragons Lair Designs Information Blog : a showcase blog for lots of different crafting made using Dragon Lair Designs
  • Then of course there’s the Dragon Boss Lady’s own blog – Straight From The Craftroom

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Aug 142014
 

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A Few Bits Of Papercraft

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Had to take my car in for an M.O.T. on Tuesday – thankfully it passed without needing anything this time, but there are a few advisories of things that look to be geting near the end of their life and may need to be replaced over the next few months.  So no major cost this time but it will need a bit of money spent on it before the next M.O.T.

I’ve had one or the other of my youngest nephews in and out of here for periods over the last few days, so haven’t done a huge amount of crafting as I’ve been doing things with them when they are here, from starting to tidy the spare room – one of their Bobcat toys was missing believed to be in the spare room so nephew was very keen to start help with the tidying – toy found!  Same nephew had also bought over a jug full of blackberries that he’d picked so that I could help him make a blackberry tart – he has a wonderful touch with breadcrumbing the pastry and mixing it up – better than me I think, so basicly all I had to do was give him the weights and measures of flour, etc., needed as he couldn’t remember.  And I just sat and watched and gave a couple of hints.  Of course I had to take the pie out of the oven for him.  He then took it home – so didn’t get to taste it.  But he had made some Marmite biscuits with the spare bits of pastry and it was really beautifully made.

Wednesday morning I had my ScanNCut machine out again.  I have started putting what I cut together – some complete which I’ve got to show you today, and some left to finish – so keep an eye out over the next couple of weeks for what I’m working on.

I hope you like the things I’ve got to show you this time.

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CARDS:

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

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  1. Digital Stamp Fuschia with coloured version too by Pamela West and 398 Shaped Card 1 *ScanNCut* by Rae Carr (I printed the digital stamp sheet out at a much smaller size than provided onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and then coloured the digital stamp using my ProMarkers and a FlexMarker.  The colours I used were: Tropical Orchid, Spring Lilac, Pink Pearl, Yellow, Olive Green.  I then cut it out and went round the edge using n Imperial Purple FlexMarker. I cut out card shape from Basal cardstock and mat layer from Topsy Turvy cardstock using my ScanNCut machine.  I’d taken the cutting file into the online Canvas application, resized together to keep the proportions, and then downloaded the cutting file to my USB stick to take it to the ScanNCut. I used my Hougie Board to score the fold line of the base and folded in half. I wrapped a piece of lace ribbon around the mat before attaching it to the card front using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I used the same foam tape to attach the panel with the coloured digi-stamp.  I finished off by using glue gel to attach some flowers, also cut using my ScanNCut from the same duo cardstock as the mat but used the darker side here, and placed flat back faux pearls in the centre.  I’ve got room to put a greeting near the bottom left once I know what language it is needed in.)
  2. Angled view of card front showing dimension.
  3. Close-up of coloured in digi-stamp.

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  1. Cute vintage dog topper & decoupage by Toni Martin (I printed the sheet out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the peices.  I scored a pale yellow Adorable Scorable A4 sheet and folded it in half to make my base card.  The card front layer was attached using finger-lift tape and the topper was attached to this using 3mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I don’t know what greeting or language will be needed yet so I’ve attached the blank greeting panel using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.)
  2. Angled view of topper showing the dimension of raised fopper.

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OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE COLOURING:

On the Stamping Dragon Designs FB group our design team leader has challenged us to a fun challenge to “COLOUR A SDD IMAGE IN COLOURS YOU NORMALLY DONT USE”, with loyalty points going to anybody who takes part in the challenge.

Now I took a look at my quite substantial range of ProMarkers and FlexMarkers and couldn’t see anything there that I don’t normally use over time.  What I did realise was that I tend to be quite co-ordinating and that there were some colours I haven’t used on the same image.

So I printed out a Stamping Dragon Design digi-stamp and went a bit mad and messy with the colours – How does a Starfish coloured dragon with Sky Blue coloured feet and tail grab you?

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  1. Lulu Dragon Painting Digital Stamp by Janette Padley (I printed the digi-stamp out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and coloured it in using my ProMarkers and FlexMarkers.  The colours I used were: Starfish, Sky Blue, Poppy, Tropical Orchid, Amber, Terracotta, Island Lagoon, Imperial Purple.  As the challenge was simply to colour in an SDD digi-stamp I’ve not made this up into a card yet.  Hopefully I’ll be able to do that at some point over the weekend or next week.  I’m thinking of a child’s card.)

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BAG:

A really sweet little bag that would be great for a little gift. Decorate in a way that’s appropriate for the contents and recipient.

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  1. 239 Tag Bag Template *ScanNCut* by Rae Carr (I took the cutting file into the online Canvas software and downloaded it onto my USB stick after resizing.  I then cut the pieces, including the front panel and whale – which were cutting files inbuilt into the ScanNCut – from a single sheet of blue Topsy Turvy cardstock.  I folded at all the scored lines and made the bag with the darker side out, glueing in place using quick grab wet glue.  I turned the panels front and back over to the lighter side out before glueing in place using the same glue.  I attached the whale and then went round the outside and over the lower jaw with a grey ProMarker before finishing off by attaching a ribbon to the top and flat back faux pearls.)
  2. View of decoration on front.

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

  • Tuesday, 12th August – Here! – Prizes Galore, 49p Paper, The Nets Hottest Designs, New Froms and Community Cards

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

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Aug 072014
 

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An Update and A Few Cards

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The weather is now back to being changeable – in other words more like what we are use to around here, but still with lots of sunshine in amongst the patches of heavy rain.  It does mean that I have to do less watering in the garden of things like the pumpkins and courgettes, although eveything in the greenhouse still needs watering every day, as does things like the potatoes in the potato sacks as not enough rain water gets into the sacks through the thick leaf coverage.  Two of the breeds of potatos are now in flower with me and the earlies should be ready for picking in a week or two.  I’m really tempted to do a bit of a dig around the side to see what I’ve got now, but I think I’ll give them a bit of a chance to grow a bit more before I go look.

It was good that the weather was nice on Sunday afternoon because I went to a Pig Roast, held to celebrate a family friend’s 90th birthday.  I’d made a card for my parents to give him as well as one for me to give.  You can see both in this blog post, as well as one other card I made lately.

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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. Papers from Create & Craft Members’ Free Gift and foiled topper from Hunkydory spring kit. (For this card I used my ScanNCut to cut out the “Penblwydd Hapus” greeting – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – and the number 90 out of gold uncut vinyl peel-off material.  I then took papers and tags and bunting embelishments from the Free Gift pack and went around the edges using a green ProMarker, and I also took a topper from the Hunkydory kit and used fingerlift tape, glue gel, and foam tape to build up the design on an 8″ square card.  I put some bakers twine through the bunting using a large eyed embroydery needle to put the twine through.)
  2. Angled view of card showing the little dimension.
  3. Closeup of bottom tags and penants with age number and greeting.

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  1. 601 Shaped Double Easel *SVG* by Rae Carr (I took the cutting file into the online Canvas software, resized and separated out the layers and saved onto my USB stick before putting into the ScanNCut.  I cut out of brown and cream Basal cardstock. I also cut out a greeting and 90 out of the peel-off vinyl at the same time as I cut the greeting for the previous card.  I then built up the card using finger-lift tape, 2mm deep, foam tape and glue gel.  I finished off with leafy branches from my box of bits that I’d cut out on my ScanNCut previously.)
  2. Slightly different angled view of card.
  3. Close-up of stopper.
  4. Side view showing the easel mechanism.

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  1. 455 Folded End Card *ScanNCut* by Rae Carr (I took the cutting file into the online Canvas application and grouped it before resizing the whole thing a little.  I then downloaded it to my USB stick and put it into my ScanNCut machine.  I cut the main card out of brown Basal cardstock and the inside panel out of blue.  After folding into shape I then decorated the card with a greeting “Brysiwch Wella” – which is Welsh for “Get Well Soon” – and some flowers and leaves also cut using my ScanNCut. I went all round the outside edges using a gold Wink of Luna brush pen.)
  2. Different angled photo of the card.

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

  • Tuesday, 5th August – Here! – Crafty Bob’s Pick of the Week, Latest Vault & Crafter Selections

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Jul 312014
 

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An Update And Two Cards

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It’s a very short post from me today – only 2 creations to show you.  I’ve been trying to do little bits of tidying in the garden and having to do more resting and less crafting because of that.  I must admit that I don’t like how hot it’s been and suffer because of the heat, so try and do a little in the garden each morning and evening and rest in between.  Thoug this morning I went out with my loppers – and it started raining before I’d settled down in my chair properly to start working – so in I came again.  I have done a few other bits of crafting than on show today, but they are for Design Team work and so they are items you will see over the next few months, so lots of reasons for you to keep poping back for looks in the future.

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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. Rock a Bye Jiggy Stamp by Janette Padley and Baby Things *SVG* by Rae Carr (I printed the image out onto 250gsm Super Smooth cardstock at smaller than the size provided and coloured it in using ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Tan, Raw Sienna, Fuchsia Pink, Pink Carnation, and Red.  I then cut it out  I made a box card out of an A3 sheet of pink Adorable Scorable cardstock and panels out of white Adorable Scoreable cardstock.  I also cut out baby motifs out of pink Basal cardstocks using cutting file in my ScanNCut machine.  I used finger-lift tape to attach the panels to the box, and foam tape and glue gel to attach the baby motifs to the outside panels.  I put two acetate bridges across the inside of the box from side to side.  This had pieces sticking up onto which more of the baby motifs were attached using red back tacky tape.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in, but there are plenty of room on the “helicopter” and “rocking horse”.)
  2. Angled view from the other side of the box card.
  3. Closer look at the digi-stamp panel on the front flap.
  4. The box card put flat for boxing up for posting.

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  1. Fishing Boy Digital Stamp 7 by Angela Wenke and Fishing Rod Backing Paper by Apetroae Stefan (I printed the digi-stamp out at smaller than the size provided onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and coloured it in using my ProMarkers and FlexMarkers.  The colours I used were: Tan, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Henna, Satin, Olive Green, Red, Sky Blue, Surf Blue, and Cloud Blue.  The base card is A5 in size and onto this I stuck a panel of brown Basal cardstock.  I printed the backing design onto 120gsm good quality white paper and cut out two panels, one with only a single fishing rod on it.  The larger panel was stuck to the mat on the card using finger-lift tape and the same type of tape was used to stick the little panel and the digi-stamp topper onto blue Basal cardstock.  I used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the matted image to the card front.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what langauge it will be needed in.)
  2. Angled view of the same card showing the little dimension given to the toppers by using the foam tape.
  3. Fishing Rod Insert by Apetroae Stefan (I printed the insert onto 120gsm good quality paper, trimmed it, folded it in half and then attached inside the previous card using finger-lift tape.)

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  • Tuesday, 29th August – Here! – Crafty Bob’s Pick of the Week, Latest Vault, Crafter Selections & CRAZY Card Game

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Jul 272014
 

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An Update and A Few Cards

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How are you all (well all of you in the UK at least) copeing with the hot weather?  I’ve been finding it far too hot to do much of anything remotely strenuous.  I have sat in bed and put a few cards together, but not a lot else.

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MUSINGS:

At the begining of the year I said that one of my resolutions for the year was with regards to do with my level as a Registered Crafter on the craftsUprint site.  I said I wanted “to steadily work my way up to the magic 2,000 figure before the end of the year” to get to being a “Platinum Crafter”.  I noticed this weekend that I’ve reached over 1900 photos of made up items uploaded, so less than a hundred to make before the end of the year to reach my goal.  I may even make it before then if I manage to keep up a steady rate of creation.

Although I’ve not got any male or child themed cards in today’s post I have also been regularly making cards and other creations for men and children.  So I’m quite happy with how I’m keeping up with my New Year’s Resolutions.

So, as we are now over half whay through the year, I’m wondering how everybody else is getting on with their New Year’s resolutions, whether they were to do with crafting or not?  I wonder how many are keeping up with their resolutions in whole or part, and how many have given up completely?

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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. 624 Triple Easel *ScanNCut* by Rae Carr (I took the file into the online Canvas application and resized everything and split the layers onto different mats before downloading to my USB stick.  I used my ScanNCut to cut out the pieces out of green and yellow Topsy Turvy cardstock.  I used finger-lift tape and 2mm deep double sided foam tape to attach all the pieces, turning some of the green pieces over to the lighter side.  The flower and leaf decoration was also cut out of the same cardstock using cutting files inbuilt into the ScanNCut  I put flat back pearl embelishments at the centre of the flowers after putting those on the card front.  The greeting was cut out of peel-off vinyl using welded letters.  “Penblwydd Hapus” is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.)
  2. Side view of the card showing how the easel mechanism works.
  3. Closeup of the flower toppers.

When I showed you a card made using the Simply Lovable Collection CD Rom in a previous post I used a pre-layed out card front sheet.  This time I’ve used lots of individual backgrounds and elements and decided on the layout myself.

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  1. Simply Lovable Collection CD Rom by Janette Padley, Dragons Lair Designs (For this card I just printed out a lot of backgrounds and elements off the CD-ROM, without doing any manipulation in any graphics program, although I did resize some of the pages at the printing stage.  I took an 8″ square kraft base card, used my Hougie Board to score half way along the front, and folded the front back.  I cut a panel from one of the backgrounds and used finger-lift tape to stick it to the inside back of the card.  I also cut out one of the paper ribbons and attached it around half an inch in from the right hand side of the back.  Another paper ribbon was attached towards the left of the fold-back front as well.  I cut out one of the mat elements and punched it at each corner to give a decorative element before attaching it to the fold-back front along the left hand side.  I then cut out some of the flower elements and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach these to the card front.)
  2. Different angled view of the card front.
  3. Close-up of the topper area.

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  1. 367 Interlocking Gatefold *SnC* by Rae Carr (I took the cutting file into the online Canvas application and used the inbuilt fonts to put the names of the happy couple this card is for, together with the date of their wedding on the pieces.  I downloaded the cutting file on my USB stick and opened it in my ScanNCut deleting the cutting lines and making the machine draw out the wording.  Then, without removing the mat from the machine I re-loaded the file and this time deleted the wording before making the machine cut out the pieces.  I used Basal cardstock for this card. The flowers were cut out using an inbuilt cutting file out of the same cardstock as the white layer.  I used foam tape and quick grab glue to build up the card and used Wink of Luna blue pen to fill in the letters.)
  2. View directly to the front of the closed card.
  3. View from the front of the partially opened card
  4. Close-up of the interlocking central panel.

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  1. Purple And White Spotty Insert, With Pearls by Susan Heanes (I printed the sheet out onto 120gsm good quality white paper, trimmed it, and folded it in half, before sticking it in side an A5 card using finger-lift tape.)
  2. Purple And White Spotty Paper, With Border by Susan Heanes (I printed the sheet at half size onto 120gsm good quality paper and cut it out.  This was stuck to the front of a white A5 base card using finger-lift tape.  I’d got a panel, flowers and leaves cut out using my ScanNCut over a period of time and put into a “stash” box so I used these to decorate the card before adding a bow and flat back pearls.  I’ve not added a greeting yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in.)
  3. Angled view of the card showing the little dimension created by the bow and floral topper.

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Jul 252014
 

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An Update, A Few Cards and Double Page Scrapbook Layout

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In my last blog post I showed you a foot-stool that I’d re-upholstered.  I’m quite pleased with how it turned out, but boy did I pay for it the following day – I’d had a nephew use the staple gun while I pulled the hessian on the bottom into place, but I’d done the hammering in of the tacks around the top myself after he’d been collected by his father – and by late that evening my arms were really paying for it – I’d sware I’d been hammering the tacks into my forearms, not the foot-stool.  One of the affects of doing stuff when I suffer from M.E., but I keep on trying to do different small projects to see how badly, or not, the activity affects me.

So I rested for a couple of days – though with this heat I wasn’t up to doing much else in any case.  Then, of course, it was a return visit to the dentist for another extraction and one filling.  Thankfully the extraction site isn’t as painful as the previous extractions three weeks ago – the tooth came out in one piece so the dentist didn’t have to gouge pieces out.

What I have done this week is have a session sat down in front of my ScanNCut feeding in cardstock to cut out some fancy shaped base cards and some embelishments such as flowers.  I’ve also done a bit of colouring in as well – though some of it was for Design Team cards so I can’t show them to you yet – but keep your eye out from now and the end of the year.

Gardening has involved a short session out watering and picking soft fruits first thing in the morning and another session of watering in the evening, getting my loppers out every couple of days to chop back some brambles that insist on growing out of the hedges so that they don’t scratch my damaged leg as I’m moving from a chair at one location to a chair at the next to do the watering.

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CARDS:

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

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  1. Lattice card 1…..ScanNCut Only by Tina Fitch (I put the cutting file on my USB stick and took it to my ScanNCut.  I cut all the pieces out of one sheet of 12″ square Topsy Turvy Card which was red one side and pink the other.  This meant that I could have one colour to the front on the card and another for the flowers and flourishes.  After cutting it was simply a case of folding in half and using glue gel to attach the flower and add the flat back pearl centre.)
  2. Angled view of the card showing dimension of flower.

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  1. 602 Shaped Easel *ScanNCut* by Rae Carr and 437 Keys *SnC* by Rae Carr (I took the file into the online Canvas application and resized to the size I wanted before downloading to my USB stick.  I cut all the layers out of sheets of Topsy Turvy cardstock, as well as some flowers usieng a cutting file inbuilt to my ScanNCut.  I cut a greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” and “18”, as well as a key at two different sizes, out of sticky back peel-off vinyl as well.  I then used finger-lift tape and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to build up the card. I put on the peel-offs I’d created and then used wet glue to attach the flowers, finishing off by attaching leaves from my crafting stash that I’d previously cut out and also some flat back pearls.)
  2. Angled view of card showing a bit of the dimension.
  3. Further angled view showing the easel mechanism at the back.

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  1. Swirl flourish card ScanNCut Only by Tina Fitch (Having put the cutting file on my USB stick I used my ScanNCut to cut out the base card out of blue Topsy Turvy cardstock.  I used a pale green sheet of 250gsm cardstock to cut out the flourish layer and pale yellow cardstock from the same pack to cut out the flowers using a file inbuilt in the ScanNCut.   I used quick grab wet glue to attach the flourish to the card front and put the flowers on top.  I finished by wrapping a ribbon diagonally around the card and by adding little flat back pearls to the flower centres.)
  2. Close-up view of part of the previous card.

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  1. Swirl flourish card ScanNCut Only by Tina Fitch (Having put the cutting file on my USB stick I used my ScanNCut to cut out the base card out of 250gsm linen textured cardstock.  I used a pale green version of the same cardstock to cut out the flourish layer and pale purple cardstock to cut out the flowers using a file inbuilt in the ScanNCut.  I also used my ScanNCut to cut out the greeting “Penblwydd Priodas Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Anniversary”.  I used quick grab wet glue to attach the flourish to the card front and put the flowers on top.  I finished off by putting on the greeting peel-off and adding little flat back pearls to the flower centres.)
  2. Angled view of the detail and dimension of the card.
  3. Slightly closer angled look at the card detail.

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SCRAPBOOK PAGE LAYOUTS:

Today I took my camera out with me when I did my watering this morning.  Then I came in and went back to bed with my laptop and created this double page layout showing a snapshot of what’s growing in the garden today.

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Fun in The Sun Mini themeSpring Melody Papers and Spring Melody Elements all by Janette Padley of Stamping Dragon Designs where you can also find digital kits to use in scrapbooking.

I took the digital items and my photos into My Craft Studio software and layered up, resized and moved around until I was happy with my digital layout.  I saved in the digital format as well as printing out at 8″ square size for family members who want printed copies.

  1. The first page showing things outside in the garden.  Translations: Afalau – Apples; Ciplun O Ardd Maes Mieri – Snapshot Of Maes Mieri’s Garden; Pwmpen – Pumkin; Melyn – Yellow; Gwyrdd – Green; Letis a Moron – Lettuce and Carrots; Tatws – Potatoes.
  2. The second page shows the things inside the greenhouse. Translations: Blodyn Cyntaf y Melon – First Flower on the Melon; Tomatos a Cicymerau yn Cyrraedd Y Tô – Tomatoes and Cucumbers Reaching The Roof; Pupurau – Peppers; Persli a Letis – Parsley and Lettuce;

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Jul 212014
 

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Some Cards And Some Re-upholstery

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I know, with so many lovely crafting blogs online, finding the time to visit the ones you like to look at is difficult, and taking the time to comment is so kind of you.

I love visiting so many of your fantastic blogs and seeing what you’ve been crafting, but time constraints does mean that I don’t manage to comment on each and every post I look at, though I do try and comment on one of the latest posts on each blog I visit each time I have a blog browsing session.  Please accept my appologies that I don’t manage to comment on every post you all make.

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I’m still trying to beat the birds to my loganberries every day, and stuff is still growing nicely in the glasshouse, potato sacks, etc., so I’m hopefull that we’ll have good enough weather and that I’ll have a bit of a crop of tastey stuff to eat from the garden this year.  One of the young nephews wheeled a few bags of compost in from the car for me this afternoon so I can finish filling the last potato bags and a few re-potting jobs soon.  I’ll have to try and do another scrapbook layout to show how things are getting on before to long.

I’ve not done a lot of crafting the last couple of days since my Christmas card marathon, but I have got a bit of crafting that I’ve not blogged before to show you today – 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.)

On the Stamping Dragon Designs Facebook group we have a monthly “Colouring Challenge” – where we get given a digi-stamp, or some other SDD item, to work with for FREE provided we upload a finished project with that item on it before the end of the month.  Of course, some cleaver members of the group have managed to combine this SDD group challenge with the “Stampin’ With The Dragon” challenge blog challenge for this month – which happens to be to make an easel card with something SDD on it – so, in addition to the album of free designs on the FB group, and the free samples in the store, this is another way to get hold of free SDD items to play with for “Stampin’ with the Dragon” challenge entries.

This month the group colouring challenge image is “Snitch with Holly and Wild Rose” (which you can find – here – in the store and – here – on CUP.)

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  1. I decided to go from black to white via some shades of grey and silver – with the addition of some red – for my creation for this month’s colouring challenge.  I used FlexMarkers – Blue Grey 1, Blue Grey 3, Dove Gray, and Crimson ProMarker.  I also used some silver irridescent glitter glue.  The base card, plus matting and layering are all foiled Adorable Scorable cardstock in black or white with silver foiling.  Everything is attached using finger-lift tape.  I finished off with a greetings banner that says “Nadolig Llawen” which is Welsh for “Happy Christmas”.
  2. Slightly angled view of the card.
  3. Another different angled view of the same card.

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  1. Fancy Doily 3…..ScanNCut Only by Tina Fitch (I decided to go for some contrast for this card, so chose an 8″ square base card and resized the layers to make them bigger to make a real statement topper on this.  I chose yellow and orange Basal cardstock to cut the different layers out of.  After cutting everything out using my ScanNCut I used wet glue to attach the various layers together and to attach the topper to the base card.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in, but I did use my finger to dot a circle of wet glue around the  topper and then put ultra fine crystal glitter on it, which really sparkles in the light even though it doesn’t look at its best in the photo.)
  2. Close-up of a part of the design
  3. Angled view of the card front – I was trying to show the sparkle of the crystal glitter, but it looks more white and less sparkle in the photo than it does in real life.

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  1. Winter Wonderland by Karen Wyeth and Donkey by Karen Wyeth (I made these cards by taking two of the backgrounds and two donkeys into one of my graphics packages.  I resized and moved the items until I was happy with the layouts.  I then printed the sheet onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out both card fronts.  For the 1st card I matted onto a piece of white hammered cardstock before attaching to the front of a card scored, folded, and cut to size made out of satin board – on this one I’ve put a greetings banner “Nadolig Llawen” – which is Welsh for “Happy Christmas”.  The images on both have had the addition of clear Wink of Stella and white glitter glue, though the twinkle doesn’t show up in the photos.)
  2. Winter Wonderland by Karen Wyeth and Donkey by Karen Wyeth (I matted this 2nd card onto satinboard and then onto the front of a base card made by scoreing and folding an A4 sheet of white hammered cardstock in half – I’ve not put on a greeting on this one yet as I’m not sure what langauge it will be needed in, but I’m thinking of a funny greeting for a winter birthday.)
  3. Angled view of 2nd card.

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UPHOLSERY

The covering of my father’s footstoop was in a bad condition, having w0rn through and shredded a bit at the centre and where it went over the sides – so I decided it was time to re-upholster it.

First job was to take off the damaged material.  It’s in a bit of a state isn’t it!

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Thankfully the foam underneath the material only looked a bit scuffed but hadn’t started coming apart and disintigrating, so I didn’t have to attempt replacing that – or I might just have given in before I started.  I’d bought a Large Remnant pack of assorted materials from Craft Yourself Silly and the pack happened to have a nice piece of upholstery material in it.  So I lay the piece of material I’d taken off over the new piece and cut it to size.  The hessian over the underneath of the tool was also rather tattered, and as I had a big piece of hessian for making proggy matting, also from Craft Yourself Silly, I started off by putting that over the underneath of the stool and attaching it using a staple gun – thankfully I had the help of a nephew to get some of the old staples out and get the new ones in – leaving me to pull a bit for tenssion and keep my hands out of the way.  After that I put the cut to size upholstery material over the foot-stool and pulled it into the right place and attached with suitable tacks.

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And there you have it – one re-upholstered foot-stool.

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Jul 172014
 

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An Short Update and Four Cards

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Not much of an update this time – my mouth is much better than it was (but of course I’ve got another appointment with the dentist next week for another extraction so more pain to be expected). The plants in my greenhouse and other small areas I manage to work while sitting down are mostly doing well. The birds are still getting half my loganberries every day, and all the blueberries I think.  I’ve managed to make a few Design Team samples this week – some of them being digital creations and some involving cutting and sticking – which you’ll see on my blog in due course.  And I’ve made a small number of other cards.  I do 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.)

As we are now around half way through the current “Stampin with the Dragon” challenge to make an easel card using anything SDD (Stamping Dragon Design item by Janette Padley) on it, I decided to make a second easel inspiration piece to show you. (You can see the first challenge DT piece I made on a previous blog post -> Here!)

This time I’ve gone for a single, simple, easel, but cut the top of my created topper to give it shape.

 

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  1. Deco Daze Collection – Page Kit by Janette Padley of Stamping Dragon Designs (I took several elements of the kit into the My Craft Studio software and resized, moved around, and layered things on top of each other until I had the pieces I wanted to make my card all layed out on my working area.  I then printed the sheet out onto 250gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock.  I cut my base card out of 300gsm hammered white cardstock, scoreing it twice using my Hougie Board.  After cutting out the pieces I attached them to my base card using finger-lift tape, 3mm deep double sided foam tape, and glue gel.)
  2. A more angled view of the card showing more of the dimension.
  3. View straight from the front of the card.

Just a reminder to those of you who might want to take part in the challenge but haven’t, as yet, bought any items from the SDD store, or anywhere else where Janette Padley the tallented SDD designer sells her designs – FREE SAMPLES of her work are available at the store – here – and by joining the Stamping With The Dragon Facebook group – here.  Using any of the free samples as an obvious element on your creation does allow you to join in with the challenge.

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I know I usually get Stamping Dragon Designs/Dragons Lair Designs digital items as downloads either from Janette Padley’s own online store – The Crafting Dragon -> here – or via craftsUprint -> here – but sometimes, if I want a lot of items from the same range all at once, then getting them delivered on a CD-ROM can be much less of a hastle than downloading section by section.  That is what I went for when I wanted to get my hands on several items from the “Simply Lovable Collection”.  No interface, no downloading to PC/Laptop (unless you are lucky enough to have lots of hard drive space and want to drag them all accross as a named folder on your drive), just simply opening and printing from the CD-ROM or taking items from the CD-ROM into software such as My Craft Studio or Craft Artist to digitally layer and re-size before printing.

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  1. Simply Lovable Collection CD Rom by Janette Padley of Stamping Dragon Designs (The sheet of card front and added layers and elements for this card comes ready prepared on the CD-ROM, so I simply printed it off, cut it out, and built it up onto the front of an A5 base card using fingerlift tape, 3mm deep foam tape, and glue gel.  I did use a Red Wink of Luna brush pen to just edge the outside of the card front panel, the central panel and some of the letters.  I also used a Sakura clear glaze pen over the cnetre of the floral elements and the “thread” through the button.)
  2. A more angled view of the previous card.
  3. The same card from the front.

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  1. 553 Frilly Border *SVG* by Rae Carr (I took the .svg file into the online Canvas application and downloaded it to my USB stick.  I then cut the file out of Buttermilk Basal cardstock using my ScanNCut.  I put a piece of gold mirror card behind the fancy cut out border using ultra tacky tape each side to hold it in place.  The mat was cut out of the same cardstock and I went round the edge using Sleighbells ProMarker as well as edging the base card with the same ProMarker.  I also used my ScanNCut to cut out the flowers out of vellum, the leaves out of Blingalicious cardstock, and the greeting out of sticky back vinyl.  I used foam tape to attach the panel to the card front and glue gel to attach everything else in place, finishing off by adding some faux pearls to the flower centres.)

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  1. Fancy Window Easel Card MACHINE Cut Files by Rae Carr (I took the file into the online Canvas application and downloaded it to my USB stick.  I cut the various layers out of Buttermilk Basal cardstock and green Blingalicious cardstock using my ScanNCut.  I also cut out some different sized flowers from two colours of vellum.  I played around with the layers and built up my card how I wanted it, sticking things in place using foam tape and glue gel.  Glue gel was also used to stick the flowers in place and the pearls in their centre. I’ve not put a greeting on yet as I’m not sure what language the card will be needed in, or for what occasion.)
  2. Angled view of previous card.
  3. Slightly different angled view of card.

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Jul 152014
 

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An Update And A Few Cards

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What can I say about the last couple of days? – my mouth is a bit better than it was, though I didn’t have a call from the dental surgery to say they could fit me in before the dentist went away, so I’ll have to wait till the middle of next week now to have the next extraction and other work done.

I’m still fighting a loosing battle with the birds getting to my loganberries before me.  A few days ago I was getting over a pound of fruit a day and now I’m getting around half a pound, and it’s not down to the fruit not being there – every day the ground around the loganberry canes is littered with bits of red fruit like confetti – so annoying.

I’ve finally managed to start putting together some of the cards I cut out on my ScanNCut a week Saturday.  Got the first 2 to show you today, as well as some more of the quick and easy Christmas cards.  I hope you like them all.

CARDS:

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

For an aunt’s 90th birthday.

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  1. 601 Shaped Double Easel *SVG* by Rae Carr (I took the cutting file into the online application, Brother Canvas, and downloaded it my USB stick for use with my ScanNCut.  I cut all the layers out of Buttermilk Basal cardstock.  I then made one layer slightly smaller than the stopper layer and put the wording Penblwydd Hapus – which is Welsh for Happy Birthday – in the middle of it.  I also put a 9 and a 0 on my working area at a size that would fit inside the two easel card toppers.  These were cut out using the same machine from encapsulated glitter sticky back vinyl.  Flowers were cut from gold and ice white vellum and leaves from Blingalicious cardstock.  I then used finger-lift tape and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape, glue gel and wet glue to build up my card, finishing off with some faux pears attached with glue gel.)
  2. Angled view of previous card.
  3. A slightly different angle.

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  1. Deco Card…ScanNCut Only by Tina Fitch (I cut the card base and layers out of two shades of blue Blingalicious cardstock.  I also cut out some velum flowers and leaves out of green Blingelicious cardstock.  I then used foam tape and glue gel to construct the card, finishing off by adding a greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – that I’d also cut using my ScanNCut, this time out of holographic vinyl.)
  2. Same card at a slight angle and standing up so that you can see through the cut work better.

There follows another small batch of Nativity themed Christmas Cards made using items from the same Hunkydory kit as previously.  Quick and easy cards that still look nice, and even using kit elements there’s very little chance that a lot of the purchesors will create all their cards using the same layout, so individuality can be seen with cards made using kits as well.

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  1. This is simply a sheet of the background cardstock, scored using my Hougie Board, and then folded in half.  I then used foam tape to attach a topper and a greeting banner.
  2. Angled view of previous card.

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  1. For this card I took a background sheet and scored it twice using my Hougie Board.  This time I scored it to make an off-set gatefold card to show off the images on the background to their best.  I then added a candle and a star peel-off before using foam tape to attach a greetings banner – “Nadolig Llawen” is Welsh for “Happy Christmas”.
  2. Slightly different angle’d view of the card.

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  1. For this card I took a sheet of foiled Adorable Scorable cardstock and scored it using my Hougie Board before folding it in half.  I took a piece of paper ribbon from one of the topper sheets and attached using finger-lift tape befoe using some foam tape to attach the three toppers – sorry but the light shining on this card hasn’t made the colours and images look their best in this photo.
  2. Angled view of previous card.

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  1. I wanted to make a larger card with this topper, so rather than scoreing it at the half way point I scored it at 8″ and 9″ and then cut it off at the 9″ line and folded at the 8″ line.  I used ultra tacky tape to attach a sheet of white hammered cardstock as a back to the card, cutting off the excess once it was firmly in place.
  2. Angled view of previous card.

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Jun 102014
 

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Cards, Bracelet and Bag

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

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

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CARDS:

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

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

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

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

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

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JEWELLERY:

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

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SEWING:

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

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

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