More Mid June 2014 Crafting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CARDS:

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

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

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

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

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SCRAPBOOK PAGES:

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

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JEWELLERY:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Crafting Into The 2nd Half Of April 2014

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An Update, A Few Musings, And Some Crafted Items

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He is risen!

I wish you all a happy and blessed Easter.

I’ve come back after a lovely service at our chapel, had an Easter Egg treasure hunt with the two youngest nephews, and now I’m back in bed with my laptop, relaxing and finishing off this blog post.

Rather than searching for the eggs becoming a fight between the brothers as to who’s found the most and who saw it first – I do the hunt as a clue based treasure hunt, and I hide eggs with two different coloured foil wrappings and give them a colour each to look for.  Only if they work together to decifer the clues and find all the eggs – 5 small ones each in today’s hunt – do they get their larger eggs – which this year were ones in mugs.

With it being a Sunday, and especially Easter Sunday, with the extra things going on, I’ve not got a lot of new crafting to show you – though I’m sure it won’t come as a surprise that Easter eggs have found their way in.  I hope you like the small number of items in this post today.

You’ll find my makes after my musings.

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MUSINGS:

I’m back musing on a similar theme to my last post, though not as long or as deep I hope.

Although I’d watched some craft on TV while I was still working, I’ve watched a lot over the last few years since I had to give up work due to ill health.  Sometimes a presenter asks a question regarding whether purchesers are allowed to sell things they make using items bought, be these paper kits, digital material on CD-ROMs, physical crafting stamps, or other crafting item – and quite often the answer will be – “Oh yes!  We have an Angel Policy”.  Sometimes they will go on to elaborate, but quite often it’s just left there – as if the words “Angel Policy” explains everything.  But of course it doesn’t.  Every company could have slightly different wordings in their “Angel Policy” depending on what they are selling, sometimes different terms for different items sold by the same company depending on whether they licenced artwork with specific terms or created artwork used in-house.  Yes, an “Angel Policy” usually allow some form of selling of finished hand crafting items for charities or for small scale personal profit – but some have a limit on numbers – it isn’t a “do whatever you like” policy across the board of all companies.

So what is an “Angel Policy”.

I’ve been having a read around some policies and this is the best description of what an “Angel Policy” is that I can come up with, using wording from more than one source as a basis:

“An Angel Policy is a form of limited license that specifies how an image can be used and any specific requirements of the artist. Basically, it describes under what circumstances you can make and sell items created using a company’s artwork, in whatever format you purchase that artwork.  If an Angel Policy doesn’t specifically say that something isn’t allowed this doesn’t mean that you should assume it is allowed.

As a customer, you usually buy the right to USE the image purchased, but you do NOT own the copyright to the image. The copyright of an image generally remains with the artist or company.”

So what sorts of things appear in various companies “Angel Policies”?

I’ve looked more at the “Angel Policy” or “Terms of Use” of physical crafting stamp companies and those that sell digi-stamps, but of course other items used in crafting usually have ToU, even if you can’t see them on the item itself (it is an unfortunate fact that some companies only have their ToUs on their websites – not something I’m happy about as it doesn’t give purchesers of physical, rubber or clear, crafting stamps in shops the chance to agree or disagree before purchasing – or on wrapping that becomes detached from products, but it doesn’t change the fact that ToUs exist, and it doesn’t change the fact the these items are copyrighted to the creator or company, and Copyright means the right of the creator to decide who can copy their creation – it doesn’t mean that everybody has the right to copy).

These are just a random assortment of things I’ve found in various companies’ policies, from the list of companies provided – here – so be aware that you do need to check ToUs for things you use if you intend to sell:

“Images are intended for your personal use only”
“Only the single, original purchaser has the right to use the product. Please do not share with friends and family (this is stealing).”
“This is offered only for personal use—it may NOT be used for commercial reproduction. You may sell handmade cards, but not the images themselves.”
“The image may be colored digitally or traditionally.”
“You may make HANDCRAFTED cards, scrapbook pages or home decor”
“NO electronic file sharing – please refer others to our website”
“You may not post any uncoloured, unwatermarked images on your website or blog”
“By purchasing you are entering into a license agreement.”
“When you purchase you agree with all these terms”
“Each craftwork created for sale must be personally and individually hand-stamped by the seller and may not be reproduced or copied in any form by any means, graphic, electronic, or mechanical, including photocopying”
“The selling/swapping of pre-stamped images is strictly prohibited”
“PLEASE DO NOT post my un-watermarked digital stamp images in Pinterest. Card samples and Pins from my Etsy store are OK.”
“All hand made creations must be full projects or cards, not just stamped images.”
“A maximum of 100 hand-stamped items (and NOT 100 hand-stamped items per stamp design) in the form of handmade cards is permitted for sales purposes by the artist individual.”
“Credit for the stamped images and © ??? must appear on the back of your items. Credit for the stamping company from which the stamp is licensed may also be made.  You may hand-write my name and copyright on the back of your card/item in a visible area.”
“This credit info/link MUST BE placed where ever the art is sold, used or displayed. If you do not wish to do this you MUST purchase a commercial (no credit) license”
“Give credit to us and our artists whenever possible. Your efforts are appreciated, but not required.”
“By downloading our digital stamps or buying our clear polymer stamps, you are accepting that the files/stamps are only for personal use by the purchaser in small scale craft projects.”
“Digi stamps may be flipped, rotated, scaled and cropped to suit your requirements.”
“Graphics can not be altered or added to and be claimed as your own”

So you see – some digi-stamp companies allow for flipping or cropping of their images while another say their images may not be altered; some say that you may sell handmade cards while others give a wider scope of handcrafted items; some say that you can colour in a digi-stamp either digitally or traditionally, whereas others I’ve seen say that their digi-stamps must be printed out first before colouring; some say you must clearly mark on your projects stating who’s the copyright owner of the image, whereas others say it’s nice but not a nececity, and others I’ve seen say it’s only needed if photos of the creation are put online; some allow small scale selling for the crafter’s gain, some allow small scale selling up to a certain number for either an artist, theme, or individual stamp, some may only allow selling for charities.

So please be aware that there are differences in Angel Policies and as a crafting customer you are buying a limited licence to use crafting consumables and equipment in specific ways that depend on the artist and company concerned.

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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.)

A quite simple card where the detail all comes from a cutting file.  I’ve been liking cutting layers out of patterned papers, rather than plain cardstock lately.  Fine printed patterns give a nice effect and cutting flowers out for a floral embelishment at the same time will give co-ordination to the card.

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  1. SVG Filigree Frames & Mats by Angela Burke, Strawberry Shortcake Papers by Janette Padley and I think the two lighter papers may be Past & Present Paper Pack by Janette Padley, only printed when the ink was running out so a lighter colour than they should be (I printed some of the required backgrounds onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I cut the layers of my chosen frame and mat out using my digital cutting machine from the printed backgrounds.  I also cut out some little flowers from the same backgrounds at the same time.  I used quick grab wet glue to stick the top layer to the next layer, and then used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to stick the frame to the back mat.  This was then attached to the front of my card using 1mm deep double sided foam tape.  I used glue gel to double up the flower layers and attach them to the card, which is a 6″ square, scalloped edge, card, and finished off by putting small faux sticky back pearls in the centre of each flower.  The greeting is “Diolch” – which is Welsh for “Thank You”.)
  2. An angled view of the card showing some of the dimension.

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BOXES:

As my father is a diabetic he can’t have ordinary Easter eggs, and although there are ones available in diabetic chocolate these are usually very expensive.  Therefore, so that we could give him something during out Easter Egg Treasure Hunt this afternoon, I bought some sugar free sweets that he can have (Werther’s Sugar Free) and made a special box to put them in.  This is what it looked like.

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  1. Little Chicks Backing Paper on Blue by Sheila Rodgers (I printed this background pattern out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and used it to make a gift box.  After printing I just used my Hougie Board to score where needed, cut where required, folded all the score lines and then used quick grab wet glue to attach the corners.  I tied a spotty ribbon around and put put on a little gift tag made from the left over cardstock onto which I’d decoupaged one of the chicks using glue gel for dimension.)
  2. The same box from another angle.

I bought a box full of “egg hunt” eggs for the Egg Tressure hunt.  Some of these I used as little gift eggs for family and friends as there were far too many for the nephews to have them all in their treassure hunt.  I boxed and decorated the ones I gave like this –

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  1. Easter Chickens with Daisies and Eggs Backing Paper by Apetroae Stefan (I printed the backing paper 4 to a page onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock several times.  I printed them 4 to a page because I wanted the pattern to be smaller as I was making quite small finished objects.  I used the sheets to make little boxes which are 7cm high and 4.5cm square base.  I just used my Hougie Board to score the sizes needed, folded and cut where required and stuck them together using red-backed tape.  I used my pokey tool to put a hole in the top, threaded some jute cord and attached a little gift card made from the left over background.  For the larger egg I just cut a strip of the background and wrapped around, using the same tape to attach, cut a small chick out as embelishment and used a piece of spotty ribbon to attach the greeting tag.  A Simple but effective way to jaz up Easter eggs.)
  2. The two boxes for the smaller eggs.
  3. Close-up of one of the boxes with its simple tag.
  4. Close-up of the larger egg with its simple tag.

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Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus

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St David’s Day Layout

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The 1st of March is Saint David’s Day, so – Happy Saint David’s Day – to all my readers.

St David is the patron saint of Wales and you can read more about him – Here!

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Used to make this layout were:

I put together this layout in one of my graphics programs.  I hope you like it.

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Last Post in October 2013 – Probably!

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A Bit Of An Update, 2 Cards and 1 Notebook, Plus a Discount Code

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 I’ve had a reasonably quite weekend and only done a little bit of crafting.  I’ve decorated a notebook with torn paper panels and flowers – I’ve found that buying cheap notebooks and decorating them in some way, is a good way to make cheap little gifts that are both pretty and functional, and depending how they are decorated they can be done for males or females, or even children.

I also made a card where the decorative elements have been created using paper punches.  One thing I realised is that I’m missing a couple of my punches, so I really do need to finish sorting out the crafting stuff that are still in the large box I put them into when I started my crafty stash clear-up with my niece’s help.

My third item is also a card, this time with a digi-stamp topper that I’d coloured in a few days ago.  I do hope you like htem all.

All three items are being entered into different challenges, so please keep looking.

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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.)

In my “MAKING THINGS EASIER!” section of my last blog post I mentioned that the storage of paper punches came up in one of the Facebook Groups I belong to (see the post to see how I store mine).  Well following that a challenge was set in the group to make anything using our punches.  So I printed out an assortment of backgrounds from a Stamping Dragon Design digital pack and got punching.  Other than scissors to cut out some panels before punching, everything on the card was done using punches.

Challenges entered into:

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  1. Spring Melody Papers by Janette Padley (This is the half way stage of creating my card showing the punches and scissors I used and the pieces I created with them to put on my card.)
  2. Spring Melody Papers by Janette Padley (I printed several of the papers out onto 120gsm Super Smooth white paper.  I trimmed one, took an 8″ square Crafty Bob card and attached the paper to the front using fingerlift tape.  I then took an assortment of my punches and cut some into squares and then punched into or around them, punched out a fancy paper ribbon and punched some flowers.  I also cut some leaf shapes.  I then took some quick grab glue and made a bow of part of the paper ribbon and attached the whole strip towards the bottom of my card.  I used finger-lift tape to attach the two main panels to the front of mycard, some 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape, to attach a greeting panel which says “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – and then shaped the punched flowers with my fingers and added the flowers and leaves to the card front using glue gel.)

Challenges entered into:

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  1. Bug Catching Boys Digital Stamp 2 by Angela Wenke (I printed out the design onto Super Smooth cardstock at smaller than the size provided.  I then coloured it in using my ProMarkers and cut out on the outline.  The colours I used were: Henna, Wallnut, Black, Denim Blue, Frozen Lake, Cool Grey 4, Buttercup, Green Shoot, Rose Pink, Vanilla, Blush, Ivory, plus Silver Metalic Marker.  The sky was: Frozen Lake, Sky Blue, nad Blender pen.  The grass was, Bright Green, Grass, Forest Green. I took a pre-cut, scored and folded card from my crafting stash and also used ProMarkers to colour in the front as a background.  I shaped the coloured in digi-stamp a bit and stuck onto the front of the card using glue gel.  I finished off by tieing the top with some pieces of jute cord.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know the language it will be needed in.)

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NOTEBOOK:

Challenges entered into:

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  1. M’Ladies Boudouir Card Papers by Janette Padley (I started off by printing several of the designs from this papers pack onto 120gsm Super Smooth white paper.  I took a cheep, supermarket, reporters notepad and put some glue gel over the front.  I put one of the printer papers over this and used a scissors to trim around the outside and to put snips at the top so that the paper could be pushed around the spring that held the notebook together.  The decoration, including the flowers were all made by tareing the other pieces into strips, oblongs, a leaf and spiral flowers.  I used quick grab glue to hold the flowers in place as I wound them up and then used glue gel to attach everything to the front of the notebook.)

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1st Post Of October 2013

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A Bit Of An Update, Some Info, Some Cards, and a Scrapbook Layout

I write a lot in each blog post as this helps me remember what I’ve used in my crafting in case I want to get a similar effect in the future, in addition to providing information that some of my readers might find of interest – but please don’t think that you have to read every word I’ve written. If you don’t want to know what I used and how I made a card you can just click the thumbnail images to view each card at a larger size, and then click “Back” and scroll down to the next section and just have fun viewing what I’ve made.

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With spending time sitting out the garden puttering in my greenhouse and raised bed over the summer, and using my energy watering and picking on a daily basis when things were actively growing and ripening, I’ve not done any cutting out with my Silhouette Cameo for quite a while.  And as thing started slowing down out the garden I had my niece around to help with some tidying in the garden, and also to help tidying my crafty stash and putting together some new storage for me.  I had promised myself that I’d stick to colouring and hand cutting until the tidying was actually finished – but Wednesday I gave in to temptation and got out my Cameo and started cutting out some of the many designs I’ve been tempted by during the last month or so.  My energy ran out before I’d fed everything through for cutting, but I did get enough done for several cards – some of which I’ve already put together and you can see in today’s post.  I’ve got some more to finish working on which you should hopefully see in my next post.  I hope you like today’s assortment.

Any of you who like the various assortment of items I use that have been created by Janette Padley of Stamping Dragon Designs may like to put your names down for the “Stamping Dragon Designs Newsletter” to recive updates and special offers as they happen.

Manga220x102For those of you who are thinking of starting to use ProMarkers, or expanding on a small collection you already have – Letraset currently have a special offer of 20% off on their Manga Expansion Packs.  Manga Expansion Packs contain 12 ProMarker colours carefully selected to work well together, and a free Blender pen.  The odd thing is that, while the E-mail I received is saying that they have 20% off their Manga Expansion Packs throughout October, the front page of their website is saying that it’s 20% off their ProMarker 12 Sets – so perhaps you should have a look in both sections to see which selections would suit you best and check which ones are on offer when you read this.

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CARDS:

(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards.)

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  1. Doily Layer 4…SVG by Tina Fitch (I opened the file in my Silhouette Studio software and cut out the intricate layers out of yellow cardstock and the matting layers out of white cardstock. I stuck the intricate layers diretly to the corresponding matting layers using quick grab glue with a fine metal tip on top. I created a base card from white, linen textured, cardstock, using a paper punch to round the cornes. I went round the outside of the base card and the largerst matting layer with a Canary ProMarker and also used the same ProMarker to put a dotted pattern over the background of the base card. I punched out two different styles of paper flowers using Petal Pairs punches out of yellow vellum and some slightly larger flowers out of ice white pearlescent vellum. I attached the largest layer of the doily topper to my base card using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape and the next layer on top of this using 2mm deep tape. I used glue gel to put smaller yellow flowers on top of the slightly larger white ones and then stuck these in the centre of the doily topper, and finished off by putting four of the other type of punched yellow flowers one in each corner. This is a lovely design that cut perfectly from the 250gsm cardstock I used and could be used on cards for many occasions.)
  2. Angled view of doily topper from the side.
  3. Ruperts PC Digital Stamp by Janette Padley by Boyz Room Mini Theme by Janette Padley (I printed the design out at much smaller than the size provided and then coloured it in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Chestnut, Oasis, Cyan, Aegean, Bluebell, Sugar Plum, and Dove Grey FlexMarker.  I created a card front using elements from the mini kit that I took into one of my graphics packages, moved about and resized until I was happy with the layout for an 8″ square card front.  I printed this out onto the same 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock I’d used for the digi-stamp and then cut out an aperture in the frame.  I took an 8″ square white Crafty Bob Card and stuck the digi-stamp to this at approximately where it was needed using glue gel.  I then attached the card front over the top using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  Because I’d used glue gell for the digi-stamp I could then gently ease it into the exact position behind the frame aperture before pressing it down firmly.  I’ve not put a greeting on this card yet because I don’t kow what language it will be needed in.)

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  1. Zipper Card *PDF*SCAL*STUDIO*WPC* by Rae Carr (I opened the file in my Silhouette Studio software and changed the greeting both outside, under the “zipper” to a Welsh greeting – Yn Dymuno … Penblwydd Hapus Iawn I Chi and on the inside Penblwydd Hapus – which is Welsh for Wishing You … A Very Happy Birthday with Happy Birthday on the inside.  I then printed out the inside and outside sheets onto 300gsm, Super Smooth white cardstock with the registration marks in place.  These were then fed into my Silhouette Cameo to cut out.  The main card was cut out of a redish Bazzil Basics cardstock.  I used finger-lift tape to attach the inside layers and the base layer to the front and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the top layer to the front.  I shaped the added butterflies and flower layers and attached using glue gel.  As the wording on the card can be changed it could be used for many occasions from birthdays to get well, or even as invitations.  The novelty element of the “zipper” would make it suitable for a youngster as well, or even as an invitation.)
  2. The inside of the card.
  3. Celtic Toppers *MACHINE Cut Files* by Rae Carr (I opened the file in my Silhouette Studio software and cut the layers out of gold metalic, light and dark brown pearlescent Bazzil cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo.  I made an easel card and top panel from a sheet of A4 hammered cream cardstock which I scored using my Hougie Board and then cut to size.  I also had a panel I’d cut out as waste from another card that I decided to use as a greetings topper.  I went round the edges of all the base card pieces and the greetings panel using a gold ProMarker.  I used a quick grab wet glue, applied using a metal tip nozzle, to attach the top gold layer to the light brown layer, and glue gel to attach this with a slight rise to the dark brown mat layer on each of the two panels.  The smaller of the panels was attached to the base of the card using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to act like a stopper for my easel card, and the other panel was attached to the front of the card using 1mm deep foam, using the same foam to attach the blank greetings panel.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know the language it will be needed in, or what occasion it will be used for as it could be used as a simple male card for birthday, get well, etc.  I think that these toppers, cut in white and pearlescent white, would make stunning toppers for wedding cards as well.  So many uses I can think of.)
  4. Side view showing dimension of card.

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SCRAPBOOK LAYOUT:

I’m not realy into scrapbooking, but every now and then I have a go at both digital and paper based scrapbooking.  When I saw the colours in this mini kit I thought I’d have another go at doing a digital scrapbook page using some of the pictures I’d taken of the plants in my greenhouse at different stages of growth and a photo I’d taken of one of each breed of tomato I’d grown.  I think I need to go back and add the dates to the tabs on the frames of both the greenhouse photos to show when they were taken.  What do you think?

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  1. Walk in the Park Mini Theme by Janette Padley (I took various elements from this kit, together with three pictures of plants growing in my greenhouse and some produce, into one of my graphics packages.  I resized, moved around and manipulated until I had an 8″ square scrapbook layout I was happy with.

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MAKING THINGS EASIER!

In the “Making Things Easier” section of my blog post of the 26th September I looked at some things to think about to keep the depth dimension of a card small enough to go through the UK postal system on a standard stamp.  But perhaps you’ve decided not to keep the depth under 5mm to send it using an ordinary letter stamp, but rather to just keep it smaller than the Large Letter limit of up to: Length: 35.3cm, Width: 25cm, Thickness up to and including: 2.5cm, and use a Large Letter stamp (costing 69p currently at 2nd class).  But do you realise that if your card, in its envelope, weighs more than 100g the ordinary Large Letter stamp you can buy over the counter in lots of shops, not just the Post Office, isn’t enough? In fact, to post a Large Letter weighing between 101f and 250g costs £1.10 (and a bit more if sending by 1st class post).  So a jump of over 40p for what could be a few grams more.

So this is when it is important to be aware of weight as well as dimension when constructing a card, and if you’ve decided to go for a larger card in the first place, and forget keeping the depth very small, this is when a card is most likely to weigh in at more than 100g in its envelope – or envelobox if you’ve had to construct something deeper than an envelope to protect the embelishments from being crushed in the post.

So what can be done to keep the weight of a finished card low?

One thing to consider is gutting the middle out of card layers.  If most of a mat of cardstock or paper isn’t going to be visible on the finished card because something is covering it then cut the centre out of the layer just smaller than whatever is to go on top.  This not only means that the card will be a few grams lighter but also that you’ll have the piece of paper or cardstock left over to use as a mat on another card.  If a second layer can also be gutted in the same way then thats another piece to be used again and another grams less in weight.

I mentioned in my previous piece about using lighter weight cardstock or paper, where practical, to keep dimension down, but of course, if you drop from a 300gms to a 200gms cardstock for a flat mat you will have a card that’s a small number of grams lighter.

Then there’s embelishments.  The heavier the embelishments the heavier the finished card, so think about the type and number of embelishments you use.  One or two metal embelishment may not push the weight of your card over the 100g limit to the next weight bracket, but three or four may.  And some metal embelishments and charms are more solid and weighty than others.  What I’ve found lately is Martha Stewart clay and molds.  This is a super lightweight clay that’s easy to work and air dries.  As well as the white it comes in an assorted colour pack as well, which has a guide on how to mix lots of other shades and colours.  The beauty of this clay is that it’s a paper based clay that can be coloured with things like ProMarkers, or gilding wax, or even brushed with glue and have gilding flakes put over.

If you are going to take your card to the Post Office and get it weighed and the proper stamp put on and not worry about the cost, or it’s being hand delivered, then fine – make your card as ornate and deorated as you like – but if you are going to post a card in the local post box with a Large Letter stamp on it, then be aware of the final weight and don’t suffer the embarasment of the recipient telling you in a few days time that they had to go and pay to receive the card.

(While some of the things I mention in my “Making Things Easier!” pieces are things I’ve worked out for myself, some are adaptations of things I’ve learnt from tips given by others. As others have been kind enough to share their tips I thought I’d do the same. I’m sure that most of my readers will already know much of what I’ve found makes things easier for me but if it helps one person at some point I’ll be happy.)

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CUP UPDATE:

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

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

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

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