Monday, 25 November 2013

CD Sunday - F is for...

Hi everyone

Time for another challenge at CD Sunday where the theme this week is "F for ...." - so quite a wide field to play in I think.

I love the use of flourishes on cards - so that was my starting point & the CD I chose to search on was My Craft Studio Flourishes Vol 1.  As well as flourishes there are some great backgrounds & silhouette patterns, & there amongst the silhouettes were some fairies. So a double whammy!.

Here is my card;


It is funny how our card making goes in patterns isn't it - at the moment I am very much into monochrome or black & one- colour.  Here the colour with black is pink.  I started with an A4 piece of white card & in MCS created a pink sheet with black flourish overlay.  I selected a flourish & a fairy & grouped them together then placed a pink background behind it.  I wanted it cut out in a circle & then realised I might not have the means to do this.  But an earlier play with a Tonic die that had an outer circle (oval) ring showed me that I did have the means.  This was then layered onto black card & cut out leaving a very narrow border.  I printed an extra fairy & cut her out leaving out some of the fiddly pieces which would show beneath her when I mounted her on the main image on sticky pads.

During my current unpacking (which seems to be ongoing) I came across a supply of paper ribbon - it has been in a box for ages.  I used to make bows & flowers with it - there is a small piece under the card in the photo.  It is actually described as paper rope because it is wound up so tight - but you unravel to get paper ribbon. Some bling was added with pink gems.

Now all I need is for the arrival of my new envelope maker recently ordered from C&C to make the right sized envelope for it.

Do pop across to the blog there are some amazing cards each week.

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Friday, 22 November 2013

CD Sunday - Simply Square

Whoa! how did we get to Friday already.  On Sunday I checked to see what the challenge for this week was going to be at CD Sunday, then spent some time thinking about it.  On Monday I made a decision - printed off the items I wanted.

Now here it was Friday & I hadn't made the card.  So many things kept having to be done & the card getting pushed onto another day under other things on my desk.

Never mind - I got it done, & here it is;




The colour has not photographed very well - possibly due to the lateness of the afternoon - it is a more greeny-blue.

I used a 5x5 white card which I covered with black card.  The square design comes from My Craft Studio parchment delights Volume 4.  I love these designs on the parchment Cd's as you can turn them into silhouettes.  I then chose a colour from the CD & placed it behind the silhouette image.  I printed 2 of those.  I also printed a ribbon pattern & 2 different backgrounds, but I didn't get around to using the background papers as they just didn't work.

I placed the ribbon centrally across the black card & then mounted the full square design over it leaving a border. Next I cut out the centre panel on the second image which I mounted on to black card leaving a very narrow border.  This was then placed over the central design on the main image on sticky dots. A few flat backed pearls added a little bling.

I actually rather like this little card & think I might make it again in other colours to give me some standby cards for unexpected occasions.

why not pop over to the blog & see what others have been creating - or better still - join in.  Although you may now have to wait until next Sunday's challenge :)

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

CD Sunday - Pennant Parade

Wow! where do the days go - another Sunday has come & gone & it is time for a new challenge at CD Sunday.  This week it is - Pennant Parade.  Is that - bunting?  Looking at the design team's inspirational cards I think the answer is yes.

The design team are getting very good at really testing me. I didn't have much in the way of bunting on a CD - & before you all shout at me - yes I could have printed papers & cut them out.  Anyway I wanted to find something a little different - if I could.

What do you think?


I used 2 CD's that I had brought from Serif - "Lace Market" & "Hearts & Roses" (a Hearts Design CD).  Everything for the card was produced in Serif Craft Artist. Among the embellishments on the "Lace Market" CD I spotted a length of lace that looked like bunting.  On the CD the embellishments are all black so I re-coloured it by picking the colour from the topper.  The layers were made from one of the backing papers with an embroidery brush used to add the detail to the edges.  I also created a square shape & coloured that a deep burgundy for layering the topper, which I got from picking the colour from deep inside the rose.

Everything was cut out with deckle edge scissors to try & give a softer finish - cutting around the lace was fun.  Here are a couple of close-up photos;




That last photo - yes I finished this card properly - that is the inside.  Now all I need is a wedding!

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Monday, 11 November 2013

Remembrance day

We will not forget
not only those lost in conflicts past but in those that give their lives today.







Friday, 8 November 2013

Some zentangling

Good evening everyone - just popping in with a photo of some zentangling I have done.  I really do find this compulsive & once I start I lose all sense of time.

The 2 images worked are digital flowers & there is still a butterfly to work;


I can thoroughly recommend this technique for relaxing.

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Monday, 4 November 2013

CD Sunday - Stripey

Good afternoon everyone.  Well! the challenge at CD Sunday this week - is - Stripey.  Now! I can't make up my mind if I prefer those challenges with a set theme (ie - images) - or one like this where the image part is open wide for choice as long as it contains the element suggested.  I have made a card &  I still don't know which type I prefer.

Anyway - that's my problem isn't it.  Here is the card I made using My Craft Studio CD "Wings & Things" CD2


I wanted a shape other than a plain, folded in half, card - so I looked out a border die I have & placed it on the front of the card diagonally & cut away the top right portion.  I think I should have moved it up a little more then the border would really have been edge to edge - never mind.

Here is a close-up of the corner topper;


I mounted the topper onto a piece of white card leaving a very narrow border, to give it another layer & lift the pink edge from the background.  Then I printed & cut out 2 more of the flowers in the topper.  I cutout the complete flower from the first image & then the inner petal layer from the second image.  A little pressure from an embossing tool to curly them slightly & then decoupaged them onto the topper & added a flat back pink pearl in the centre.  Some more flat back pink pearls decorate the corners.

Do pop over to the CD Sunday challenge blog - there is some amazing work.

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Sunday, 3 November 2013

I made top 3!

Good morning everyone & a much brighter one it is too - lovely sunshine here at the moment.

I have just popped over to the CD Sunday challenge blog to find out what the challenge is this week & read that I have been picked for the top 3 for a recent challenge.  In fact number 1!!

The challenge was on Sunday 20 October & the theme was Foxes & Friends - here is my card again;


Now to search my CD's in order to enter this weeks challenge.

'Bye for now - I will be back later with my card.  Thank you for stopping by & if you have time to leave a comment it is always much appreciated.

Friday, 1 November 2013

CD Sunday - Travels Abroad

Oh dear - I really did struggle with the challenge this week at CD Sunday - considering I had a holiday abroad back in August in Brittany you would have thought it would be easy.  But i don't possess a CD with a French theme.  So I didn't think I would take part - but then I don't like missing them.

So! At least I had Joanna Sheen's CD - Egyptian Adventure, so that's what I used;


I had just finished sorting out a folder box with card in it & there was this burgundy coloured card with some of it missing.  I noticed it picked up the burgundy shading on the palm trees & now the other 2 images have been mounted they too have little burgundy patches in them.

I layered the 2 background papers onto the card then overlapped them slightly to fit the white card. The 2 top images are on sticky pads & the one with Egypt on it is adhered flat.

Currently there is no back to this card as I struggled to find a suitable sized card - in order to meet the deadline I have left sorting that until later.  I will probably put a hinged back on to it.

Now I must hurry & link this post to the CD Sunday challenge blog.  Do pop over there & see everyone elses creations - they are fantastic crafters.

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