Crafting At The Start Of August 2014

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An Update, A Few Musings And A Couple Of Cards

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Well we’ve finally had some rain here, which is good for the garden and means I don’t have to water everything outside, though I still need to water the plants in the greenhouse.

I’ve had over 20 mini-cucumbers so far this year – they are as round as ordinary cucumbers but only half as long.  In the hot weather I was making quick chilled cucumber “soup” for lunch using everything straight from the fridge – just peel any marks off the cucumber and drop into a liquidizer goblet with half a large pot of yougurt (natural is good, but it also tastes nice with a honey flavoured yougurt or a coconut flavoured yogurt), then add anything else I felt like – so one day it was a clove of carlic, another just salt and papper, another a splash of wostershire sauce, and once a handful of walnut pieces.  Then just a whiz until completely liquidized and into a bowl or cup.  It was great for a quick something during the hot weather when I just didn’t feel like eating anything else.

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MUSINGS:

I know that most of you love something that’s free – Well! –  there’s a new item for August in the “Free Samples” section of the Stamping Dragon Designs store.

I know that I love a freebie myself, but with so many people putting up things on the Internet, and saying it’s free when it isn’t theirs to give for free in the first place, I’m rather cautious about downloading anything that says it’s free if it’s not from the website or FB group of the copyright owner him or herself.  But in this case it’s on the designers site so is a great freebie.

I just don’t understand why there are so many people who think that it’s not only OK but desirable to pass copies of graphics on to all and sundry without a thought to the fact that the graphics are actually the graphics/artwork/photographs/etc. are their creators/owners means of getting an income and putting food on their table.  But even if the owner is giving things for free, sometimes for a short period, and sometimes always available as freebies on the owner’s site, I believe that passing on the information and link to others is the nice way to go about sharing, not downloading and then posting on FB or sites like Pinterest or E-mailing all over the place, especially as some have been removing details of the copyright holder from the images before passing on.  By pointing people to the original location at least they are aware who exactly is giving the item for free, and the copyright owner gets a visit to their site with a chance that visitors may stay around and buy something else.  It’s so sad that artists/designers are having to spend so much of their time sending notifications to get their work removed from various places on the Internet where they have no permission to be – time when the artists/designers could spend better creating more lovely creations for us crafters like me who are not able to draw their own images.

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. Simply Lovable Collection CD Rom by Janette Padley, Dragons Lair Designs  (Various papers and elements from the CD-ROM were printed out onto 250gsm Super Smooth cardstock.  I then took an 8″ square white base card, cut out pieces, matted and layered and attached using finger-lift tape and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I used some of the printed cardstock to make paper flowers following the same style as in my tutorial – No Tools Paper Flowers 02.  I took some leaves I’d cut previously from my box of cut bits and attached these and the flowers using glue gel. )
  2. Angled view of card showing dimension.

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  1. 20 Crosses for all Occassions by Vicki Avcin and Lace Frames – White by Lynne Crosskill (I took two of the crosses together with a lace mat into one of my graphics packages and resized the lace to be smaller than an A5 card front.  I then layered up the two crosses, slightly offset, to give a different look.  The topmost cross was also placed a 2nd time on my working area.  This was printed out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I cut out the card front and also the butterflies from the 2nd copy of the cross.  I took an A5 white base card, attached the card front panel using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape, and then used glue gel to attach the extra layers to the butterflies after I’d shaped them a bit.  I finished off with a greeting “Gair o Gysur” – which is Welsh for “A Word of Sympathy” which I’d cut out of silver holographic peel-off sheet using my ScanNCut.)
  2. Diferent view of the card which shows up the holographic nature of the peel-off material used.
  3. Close-up, angled view showing the decoupaged butterflies.

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Inspiration For “Stampin’ with the Dragon” August Challenge

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Design Team Card

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Today a new challenge starts on the “Stampin’ with the Dragon” Challenge Blog.

New July 2014 - Challenge TeamPrizeEach ”Stampin’ with the Dragon” 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 kit, full of papers and digital elements, from the Stamping Dragon Designs store. Although we’d love to see Stamping Dragon 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 1 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 August the theme is : SAND, SEA & SUN

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CARD

As the theme this month is “SAND, SEA & SUN” I had to pick a digi of one of the fun loving dragons on the beach.

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Thumbnail photos of angle from both sides of card.

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Please click on these thumbnail images to see the larger close-ups

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Method:

I printed out the digi-stamp twice at smaller than the size required.  I then extended the palm tree on the right outside the box a bit on one of the images before colouring in the images using my ProMarkers, only colouring the palm tree and ball, plus the bucket and spade on the second copy. The first image was cut out as a rectangle and the corners rounded with a punch while the coloured in elements were cut out of the second copy.  Having measured the main image I used my ScanNCut to cut out mats to go behind it as well as waves and the sun (using cutting files inbuilt into the machine). I stuck the waves, overlapping each other, onto the base card and used the white gel pen to give white tips to the waves. I stuck on the sun layers.  I then matted and layered the coloured in digi-stamp and attached it to the card front.  I used glue gel to attach the cut out pieces of the digi-stamp to give some dimension to the card. I used one of the brown ProMarkers I’d used on the image to put a dotted line around the outside of the card.

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Please go over to the “Stampin’ with the Dragon” Challenge Blog and have a look at my fellow Design Team members’ inspiration pieces and to register your entry for the challenge.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Stamping Dragon Designs Links

  • If you fancy trying out some of Stamping Dragon 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).  There is even a Free Samples section if you want to have a play and a look at the quality before buying.
  • And why not join the “Stamping Dragon Designs” Facebook group. It’s a small, fun, group where we have lots of different activities which include exclusive challenges, lots of inspiration and an album of exclusive freebies – and there’s a loyalty club for those who take part as well where taking part in some activities gets you points, winning gets you more points, and get enough points and you get a voucher to spend in the shop – a big incentive to join and take part I think.
  • “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
  • Etsy Shop – Instant downloads!
  • Stamping with the Dragon – Challenge Blog : new challenge every month
  • The Dragon’s Den – Blog : a showcase/inspiration blog for lots of different crafting made using Dragon Designs.
  • Then of course there’s the Dragon Boss Lady’s own blog – Straight From The Craftroom

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Card Making Towards The End Of July 2014

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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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Card Making In The Last Week Of July 2014

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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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  • Friday, 26th July – Here! – CUP TV With Robyn Cockburn, New Crafty Card Game, New in Vault & CUP News

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You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
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More Card Making And Crafting In Mid July 2014

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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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More Crafting In The 2nd Week Of July 2014

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An Update, A Few Cards and A Few Other Bits

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Although I’m still in a bit of pain with my mouth and the tooth extraction sites, but the pain is much better than it was and I can concentrate a bit better than I could a week ago.  I’ve still got the visit back to the dentist the week after next to look forward to for more fillings and extractions, so I suspect it will be a while yet before I’m back to my regular self and my full assortment of varied crafting.  I have however still been working on quick and simple projects.  I hope you like what I’ve made lately.

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STAMPIN WITH THE DRAGON CHALLENGE BLOG:

New July 2014 - Gift VoucherJust a reminder that there’s a challenge currently going on over on “Stampin with the Dragon“.  The challenge is quite simple really – just make an “Easel Card” using something from Stamping Dragon Designs on it (it would help confirm your creations eligibility if you mentioned the name of the item in your blog description to make sure that your creation isn’t disqualified in error).  It doesn’t have to be made with all SDD items, just make sure you use something SDD.  Read the full rules on the blog – Here!  There’s a voucher to spend in the store for the winner – who gets chosen by Random from all eligable entries.  And the really good thing is that you can enter using any of the freebies that are available to the Stamping Dragon Designs Facebook group members.  So if you are not already a member – pop over – and join us.

And don’t forget to check out the Blog Candy on offer on The Dragons Den as well – Here!

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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. On the Farm Bundle by Karen Wyeth (I took several items from this kit into one of my graphics packages and resized and moved around until I was happy with the layout for a card topper.  I then printed it out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I took a 6″ square scalloped edge card from my crafting stash as well as background papers for matting and layering, a tag and some leafy twigs. and stuck everything to the card front using finger-lift tape.  I used a Walnut ProMarker to go round the edge of the largest mat and decorate the outside of the card.  The greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.)
  2. Angled view of previous card.

And now back to some more quick and easy Christmas cards made using elements from the same Hunkydory kit I’ve used for items in previous posts.  Today’s selection all feature the sheep on the hills.

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  1. This is a little square pre-foiled card with just a small topper added using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape with a peel-off greeting added to finish.
  2. I cut one of the background cardstocks from the kit in half and stuck one half to the front of an A4 cardstock that I’d scored using my Hougie Board and folded in half.  I added a sticky back foiled paper ribbon down the left hand side and then put on a greetings banner.

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  1. The other half of the sheet of cardstock used on the previous card was stuck to the front of another base card made a another card.  This time I added a topper and a greetings panel using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.
  2. An angled view of the same card.

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  1. This time I scored a sheet of A4 of Andy’s Cards cardstock using my Hougie board.  I added a piece of foiled paper ribbon near the left hand side of the card.  I put on the topper using finger-lift tape and used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to add the frame and greetings panel.
  2. A close-up angled view of the same card.

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  1. For this card I used an A4 sheet of hammered cardstock that I scored using my Hougie Board and folded in half.  I added a piece of sticky back paper ribbon near the left hands side and put on my topper using fingerlift tape and the frameing element using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I finished off with a peel-off greeting.
  2. An angled view of the previous card.

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SCRAPBOOK PAGE LAYOUTS:

I think the birds got more of the blackcurrents than I did this year.  Every time I looked at the bushes it didn’t look as if any more blackcurrents were ripening, I think that this was because the birds were eating them off as they were ripening every morning before I got out to the garden.  In any case, I think I’ve finished picking the blackcurrents now and this is the double page spread I made.

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  1. Crop 4 the Cure Papers by Janette Padley, Floral Meadow Elements by Janette Padley and Floral Meadow Papers by Janette Padley (I took papers and elements from the kts into one of my graphics packages, together with an assortment of photos I’d taken of our blackcurrant bushes and picked currents this year, and made a two page spread layout up by resizing, moveing, digitally cropping, copying, etc., until I had a layout I was happy with.  I saved the two pages as digital pages to send electronically to family members and printed them off as 8″ square layouts to give to other family members.)
  2. Closer look at the first page of the spread.  Cwrens Duon = Black Currents; O’r Llwyn = From the Bush.
  3. Closer look at the second page of the spread.  I’r ty = To the House.  Pigwyd o’r 7fed i’r 9fed Gorffennaf = Picked between the 7th and the 9th July; Dodwyd yn y rhewgell 9lb 11.6oz = Put 9lb 11.6oz i the freezer.
    Remember to click on the thumbnails to see a larger version of the image!

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JEWELLERY:

You may remember that, in a previous post, I showed you an octopus that I’d made using elastic loom bands, and the octopus changed colour when put in sunlight.  Well I then got my hands on some Pony Beads that are UV Change, so change from a white/clear to coloured when they get placed in sunlight.  The cuff bracelet was made using the same pattern as the cuff bracelet I showed you previously – here.  But this time I added beads to the two central bands on every other purple row before working with them.

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  1. This is the cuff bracelet from the side.
  2. I’ve put it flat, in the shade, for this picture.
  3. I then moved it into the sunlight and you can see the beads changeing colour in this picture.
  4. A side view of the bracelet cuff.

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Further Early July 2014 Crafting And Cardmaking

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An Update And An Assotment Of Crafting

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I wish I could say that my mouth and face feels a lot better after having the two teeth extracted last week, but it doesn’t actually feel a whole lot better, just a little bit better.  I’m still not able to sleep all night as the last pain killers of the night ware off before the morning and if I turn onto my cheak the pain wakes me up.  And today I have another appointment with the dentist for a filling – I just hope that goes according to plan and nothing movers where it shouldn’t.  I’ll get her to check the hole where one of the teeth came out of, and the tooth next to it that’s been giving me about as much grief as the extraction site itself, while I’m there this afternoon.

I’ve been trying to do a little bit out the garden each day as the weather has been good and the fruit is ripening well – and the blackbirds have started attacking them.  You may remember that last year one of my nephews and myself made a “Scare Faces” called “Jack and Jill” (see them – here – on my old blog post if you missed them).  It got wet and the weight of the wet hair pulled it down off its string the end of last summer, but it was basicly in good shape, so “Jack and Jill” have been given a new piece of string, and some glue from my hot glue gun to cover the hole of the old string, and are now hanging out between the Loganberries and Blackcurrants.  I hope it has some effect in detering the birds until I get some more of the crop in.

Today I’ve got a wide assortment of items to show you.  I do hope you like them.

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BLOG CANDY WIN:

I’ve been very lucky in winning one of the blog candies that were on offer on “JUDITH’S ADORABLE CREATIONS” blog last month.  A BIG THANK YOU to Judith for her generosity. I got a 10 dollar Gift Certificate to the Robyn’s Fetish site and promptly spent it on 4 lovely digi-stamps.  I’ve no doubt, once I’m feeling better, and once the rush of the summer gardening is over, you’ll be seeing some of them appearing in my creations on my blog.

CARDS:

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

The first two cards were made to give to two male family members on their birthdays lately.

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  1. Jayne Netley Mayhew – The Digistamp CD and elements from a previous free Create & Craft Club gift (I simply printed out one of the sheets from the CD-ROM, cut out the panel and backgrounds from the kit, and used finger-lift tape and 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape, to attach the pieces together.  I used a gold Wink of Stella brush pen to write on the greeting on this card.  Although not shown in this photo, before I sent the card I did add a double wrap of baker’s twine, tied in a knot, near the spine of the card.)
  2. Angled view to show the small dimension I built on the card.

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  1. Jayne Netley Mayhew – The Digistamp CD and elements from a previous free Create & Craft Club gift (I simply printed out one of the sheets from the CD-ROM, cut out the panels plus cut out backgrounds and tag from the kit, and used finger-lift tape and 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape, to attach the pieces together.  I used a Wallnut ProMarker to write on the greeting on this card.)
  2. Angled view to show the small dimension I built on the card.

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JEWELLERY:

I’ve got a couple more loom elastic band bracelets to show you today.  Both are made in the same pattern but I’m not sure what it’s called – could be fish scales or dragon’s skin or something like that.  One is made over 8 pegs and one over 6 and the colour combinations used are different.

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  1. This cuff bracelet is made over 8 pegs and is made using orange and pink flurescent elastics.  I’ve kept the same colours to the same pegs throughout so that the colour pattern carries through all the way.
  2. Another view of the bracelet.

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  1. This one is made over 6 pegs and I did a whole row of one colour before moving on to another colour, so the cuff bracelet has become a rainbow of colours.
  2. Another view of the same bracelet – sorry that these photos are not as focused as they should be.  I think the different neon colours I used just sent my camera wild.

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SCRAPBOOK PAGE LAYOUT:

More of my gardening efforts.

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  1. Blazing Summer Mini Theme by Janette Padley (I took lots of elements from the kit, together with three of the photos I took of the cucumbers in my greenhouse, into one of my graphics packages.  I then moved around, resized, digitally punched, etc., until I was happy with the layout. The text on this translates as “What is hiding behind these leaves?” and “The first cucumber of the year”.  After working on it digitally I saved it to send digitally to some family members and printed it out as an 8″ square page to hand to others.)
  2. One of my cucumber plants
  3. A peep through the leaves at the growing cucumbers and flowers
  4. The first cucumber picked this year.

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CAKE DECORATING:

Strictly speaking this isn’t cake decorating as the cake isn’t actually decorated.  This platter of edible goodies was made for a family member’s birthday last month.

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  1. The “barn” is two ginger cake loafs put on top of each other so the top one is upside-down.  This was cooked by one of my young nephews, although I did the putting in and taking out of the oven.  I was most impressed with how quickly he turned the flour and butter into breadcrumbs perfectly and he did all the weighing out and mixing.  The “farmhouse and outbuildings” I did – a silicone mould and a big bag of Belgian chocolate that I melted and poured in.  After all the pieces had set hard and I’d popped them out I took my edible shimmers and some brandy and painted the colours on.  The “stepping stones” are the contribution of another of my young nephews.  They are icing coin sweets.  He loves these sweets so much I just couldn’t get him to make them any smaller to be more in size with the “farmhouse” – as far as he’s concerned they only need to be small enough to fit in his mouth.
  2. A closer look at a part of our edible creation.

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My 4th “Inspiration by Gwyneth” Post For “The Dragons Den” Blog – July

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It’s time for another inspiration post from me on the “The Dragons Den” blog. Hopefully I can inspire you with a crafted creation made using a download that is available in the Stamping Dragon Designs store.

I thought it was time I went for a card suitable for a man this time.  I also decided to go “back to basics”.

I know I’ve built up quite a collection of crafting consumables and equipment over the years, but I’m also aware that many are either starting new with cardmaking now, or are not as fortunate to be able to afford lots of crafting goodies.  So for today’s post I decided to use very little to make a simple card, and to show you the steps I took to make it.  I’m sorry that some of the photos are not as good as they should be – I was working in the sitting room and shooting pictures as I was making, so the light was not consistent.

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This is what I came up with –

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Stamping Dragon Designs Item:

  • “Coffee Cream Papers” – found – Here – in the shop.

Consumables:

  • 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock – 5 sheets of any printable white cardstock of 250gsm or more will be fine – you can also do the printing onto lighter weight paper or cardstock, but some of the lighter weight stuff buckles or crinkles when used with wet glue if you don’t apply the glue thinly enough.  One sheet does need to be a heavy enough cardstock to make the base card.
  • Glue – I’m using PVA type white glue that dries clear
  • Ribbon – a bit that came holding a tag inside a new dress, so recycling

Equipment:

  • Scissors
  • Ruler – no need for anything with a steel edge as I didn’t use a craft knife, just using it to draw lines
  • Pencil
  • Black Pen – I used a fine tip pen but a gel pen or handwriting pen, anything you are comfortable with will be fine.

Method:

This is how I made the card –

No packs of backgrounds and no guilotines or paper trimmers –

After getting the backgrounds kit from the store and unzipping the file I chose four of the backgrounds to print out onto white cardstock.  I then collected everything I needed for the project together.  As the backgrounds in this case are square, and I’d printed them as “fit to page”, I’d got white edges – I cut these off next, keeping the cut off white strips.  Doing this makes it easier when marking the back of the cardstock for strips as I know that the whole of the front I’m left with is printed.

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No score board or bone folder –

I took the unprinted sheet, used my ruler to find the middle point and put a few marks down the half way point.  I put my ruler down the central line and started folding the card against the ruler edge.  Pressing it against the ruler to give a straight line until it is completely over onto the ruler.  I then removed the ruler and used the back of my scissors to burnish the fold.

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Preparing the pieces – scissors, pencil and ruller – no paper trimmer –

I took the darkest of the backgrounds I’d printed and marked it on the back at 1.5″, 3″ and 4.5″ to give me three 1.5″ strips.  These were then cut out using my scissors.  I took the other three backgrounds and marked on the back and cut 1″ strips out of them, cutting 2 x strips of 1″ out of the lightest strip.  I then layed these out on my created card to see how they looked.

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Minimal decoration with a pen –

I decided that the paper ribbon strip across the middle needed something else, so I took the paper ribbon piece, my ruler and the black pen and drew a wiggly line down either side.  Holding the ruler on the cardstock while drawing the wiggly line stops the pen going all over the panel so helps get a controled wiggly line.  When I put it back on the card I liked the look better.  But the paper ribbon is shorter than the card because there was a white edge when the background was printed out.  It’s easy enough to disguise this – just slide the strip to one edge and then, looking at the downward hanging strip, cut the paper ribbon in two and pull apart where the break won’t be seen under the downward haning strip.

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No fine border peel-offs –

I then decided that the whole card needed something more so did a wiggly line along each side, again using my ruler to have the control of the line staying where I wanted it just in from the edge.  Now it was time to start sticking.  To get the paper ribbon strip level I put my ruler against the bottom of the card, put a line of glue along the back of both pieces of the paper ribbon, and stuck them in place.  I then put a line of glue along the centre and put down the ribbon, leaving the ends hanging over the edge for the moment.  This required pulling and pushing down hard.

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No sticky foam or glue gel for dimension –

I cut the strips that hung down the card, making the largest 5.5″, with the strip on it being a quarter of an inch shorter.  The next strip was three quarters of an inch shorter and the next again three quarters of an inch shorter.  These were stuck down onto the card front, again I only put a thin line of glue down the centre of each strip.  The smaller the amount used the less chance of any buckling of the cardstock, plus, with the edges not glued tight down it does give a bit of a raise to the edge and no chance of glue seaping out.  I then got to work at cutting out the greetings panels.  The bottom, mat, layers of both are 1″ wide strips of the darkest background, cutting them to size by putting them over the card to see what looked best.  The top white layers being a little over 0.5″ deep cut out of the spare, unprinted, area that I’d cut off the background edges at the start – but I didn’t stick these down yet.

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No greetings peel-offs or bought in greetings toppers –

What I did was take a bit of “waste” cardstock and write out my greeting.  I then held it up to of the white, trimmed, greetings label and roughly centered the wording.  I could then see where I needed to write the greeting on the trimmed piece.  I then did the same for the second greeting.  You can draw a faint pencil line to get the wording perfectly straight if you want, or print some wording off on your printer.  And by writing before sticking, if you are not happy with how your wording looks you can cut another greetings panel strip from the white bits of cardstock and try again.  But with the wiggly lines used already as decoration I decided that my writing was more in keeping with the card.  The greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.  Writing your own means that you can make your card in whatever language you want, and being in your writing makes it even more personal.  By the time I’d finished writing and stuck the greetings in place the glue holding the black ribbon had dried so I just finished off by trimming off the ribbon ends at either side of my card.

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And that is it from me for today. I hope my little creation will inspire you to visit the Stamping Dragon Designs store and have a play with some of the digital downloads available to buy yourself.

Please keep visiting”The Dragons Den” blog over the next few weeks as you’ll find various “Inspiration by …” posts appear from the other design team members, as well as colouring tutorials and other posts. I’ll be back with more posts for “The Dragons Den” over the coming months as well, so keep an eye out for those too.

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Inspiration For “Stampin’ with the Dragon” July Challenge

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Today a new challenge starts on the “Stampin’ with the Dragon” Challenge Blog.

New July 2014 - Challenge TeamNew July 2014 - Gift VoucherEach ”Stampin’ with the Dragon” 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 voucher for £5.00 to spend in the Stamping Dragon Designs store.

You can enter as many times as you want but there MUST use something Stamping Dragon Designs used within ALL entry projects. If you don’t have anything designed by Janette Padley of Stamping Dragon Design in your digital library – never fear – there’s an album of freebies available to members of the Stamping Dragon Design Facebook Group – so just request to join and you’ll have access to the freebies that can be used on your entry project.  So why not consider joining in with us this month.

For July the theme is : Easel Card

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CARD

As the theme this month is “Easel Card” I couldn’t resist going the whole hog and making a “Tripple Easel Card”.  But even though I’ve chosen 3 digi-stamps from the store to put on the card, I’ve only used 4 different ProMarkers to colour them in.  I hope that this will inspire those of you who have a limited number of any alcohol markers to jump in and have a go at colouring in digi-stamps.  And also show those of you who are reticent to buy any digi-stamps because you think you need to buy dozens of alcohol markers, before you can colour in anything, that just getting a small number can get you started – but of course you can colour in digi-stamps with other mediums as well, so don’t think it has to be alcohol markers.

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Thumbnail photos of each of the three images on the “easels”

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Please click on these thumbnail images to see the larger close-ups

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You’ll notice that the whole card, including the coloured in digi-stamp toppers and floral embelishments, were all made from 2 sheets of card for printing and two sheets of card for construction.

I took my Hougie Board and scored one sheet along all the lines as shown here:

Wedding Easel card 10I then cut along the solid lines and folded and burnished at each of the dotted lines.

I scored the 2nd sheet as shown here:

Wedding Easel card 11I then cut at each of the solid lines to give me three panels of exactly the same size as the front of my card – the long strip left over wasn’t needed for the card.

I took backgrounds from the kit into one of my graphics packages and re-sized them so that they were smaller than the panels that would form the front of my easel card.  I then took each of my chosen digi-stamps into the same page in the graphics programme and re-sized them to a suitable size to sit comfortably on the panels.  I also took in a floral element and a paper ribbon from the kit and re-sized them.  All these elements were spaced out over one A4 working area before printing them out.  I again re-sized the background panels so that they joined together to make the larger panel for the inside back of my card and printed this out onto the other A4 card.  I used the roller glue pen to attach the cardstock panels to the easel front, making sure to only glue on the bottom halves so that they would lift up.  I attached the background panels to these, making sure that the two outside panels were facing inwards towards the centre so that they would sit right when lifted to the easel position.  I colured in my digi-stamps – going over some areas a second or third time with the same pen to build up colour dept to give a little dimension to the characters.  I was having a good day when I made this card and decided to cut out all the characters, leaving just a fine white border of cardstock around them to give a little lift against the background.  I shaped them a bit and used glue gel to attach them to the easel fronts.  I then used foam tape to attach the paper ribbon, onto which I’d written “On Your Wedding Day”.  I used the same tape to attach the little floral elements I’d cut out, two on the base as stoppers for the two sid easels, and the rest as embelishments around the card.

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Please go over to the “Stampin’ with the Dragon” Challenge Blog and have a look at my fellow Design Team members’ inspiration pieces and to register your entry for the challenge.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

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You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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1st Post Of July 2014

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An Update And Some Christmas Cards

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Last week you may remember I told you that I’d spent over a hour in the dentists chair while she tried to clean out the root cannals of a tooth that had an absess earlier in June.  Well yesterday I was back in the dentist’s chair again, and after another inspection it was decided to extract the tooth – along with another extraction I was already booked in for before the problem with the other tooth.  And both teeth shattered and had to be pulled piece by piece. To say that my gums and jaws were in pain after the injection wore off is an understatement.  And pain killers have only slightly dulled the pains overnight.  I hope I get a better night tomorrow.

So what with the dentist and other things happening over the last couple of days, I’ve not done a lot of crafting.  Today’s crafting assortment are mostly cards made using toppers and cardstock from a kit, to make quick cards to build up my stock of Christmas cards.  I hope you like them.

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BLOG CANDY:

Den Blog Candy - July 2014The Dragons Den – which is the inspiration blog for The Crafting Dragon (incorporating Stamping Dragon Designs and Dragons Lair Designs) – is offering Blog Candy.  The details of what you need to do to be in with a chance of winning the lovely package of goodies can be found on the blog – which you can find by clicking -> Here!

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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. Christmastide Collection – Page Kit by Janette Padley – Dragons Lair Designs (I took several elements from the kit into one of my graphics packages and resized, moved around, etc., until I was happy with the layout for a digital card front.  Nadolig Llawen is Welsh for Happy Christmas.)
  2. Christmastide Collection – Page Kit by Janette Padley – Dragons Lair Designs (The digitally constructed card front was then printed, trimmed and stuck onto an 8″ square card. I then got my Zig 2 Way glue pen and added dots to the backgrounds and over holly berries and some other elements on the card front. Once it had dried clear I added foiling. I also went round the outside and inside edge of the lace frame with irridescent clear glitter glue – which unfortunately doesn’t show up in the photo but twinkles nicely in the light when the card is moved.  Not such good lighting conditions when I took this photo as it looks better in real life.)
  3. Close-up view of an area of the card.
  4. Another close-up of the card front.

In my last blog post I mentioned that I make a variety of styles of Christmas cards, some more elaborate involving more work and more dimension, and some quick cards from toppers and cardstock from kits.  The next few cards are from this year’s Hunkydory Christmas kits.  I’ve simply chosen a sheet of the cardstock from the kit, scored it using my Hougie Board, and then used foam tape to attach a topper from the same kit.  I then finished off with a peel-off or banner greeting.

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CUP UPDATE:

20% Discount

You can find a list of all the Designers currently offering a 20% discount by clicking – Here!

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

  • Tuesday, 1st July – Here! – Crafty Bob’s Pick of the Week, Latest Vault & Crafter Selections

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

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You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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