Sunday, 23 April 2017

Sketch - CD Sunday

We had a great response to the CD Sunday theme for our 7th birthday - don't forget to pop over and check if you've won the great prize that was up for grabs. It was Pauline's choice of theme and her Top Three will be announced in 2 weeks time (7th May). Sadly it was Pauline's last theme as she will be withdrawing from the Design Team. She will be greatly missed. I loved her cards, always so well put together with colours that complimented each other. Good luck for the future Pauline.
This time Carol has chosen the theme and she wants you to follow her sketch:



Don't forget that as well as following the sketch you must include something from a craft Cd, no matter how small. It could be the sentiment, a flower or the main image. You must also tell us in your blog post which Cd you've used.
For my DT entry I decided to 'think outside the box' - I made a shadow box frame!


The backing paper is my item from a Cd and I used Sharon Duncan's Embossibilities Curls and Swirls. Sadly no longer available as Sharon has closed her web site.
The frame is made using a Tonic Studio die set - Shadowbox Creation Die Set. It's designed to make a box that is half the width of mine but I needed a square one to fit the sketch. So I die cut 2, chopped off the shorter sides and glued the remaining 4 long sides together.
For the flowers I used a Die'sire quilling flower die - they were a nightmare to make. They looked nothing like the photo on the packaging so I had to come up with a way around it. I chopped the die cut strips into small sections and glued 2 - 3 petals on at a time, very time consuming. I then 'hid' the ugly middles by gluing on a flat backed pearl. That's one die that won't get used very often.
The 'leaves' are cut using a Tattered Lace die from their magazine (number 28) called Lush Swirls. There were small flowers among the swirls but I hid them under my 3d flowers. It was hubby's suggestion to leave the greenery unglued from the base (other than under the flowers) and he was right. I think it adds more dimension with them curling up slightly from under the flowers.
The sentiment at the top left is a Tonic Studio stamp - Everyday Stamps which I then die cut using a Scalloped Circle die from Tonic. I then layered it onto a Scalloped Square (from Tonic) which isn't part of Carol's sketch but I'm sure she'll let me get away with it LOL!
For the flower at the bottom right I used a lace flower from Create and Craft. It originally had a large sparkly gem in the middle which didn't look right so I cut it off and glued a pearl in the centre. Again I added a scalloped square mat that wasn't part of the original sketch design.

Don't forget that the challenge closes on Saturday 6th May at 1 pm and that you must include something from a craft Cd rom.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Spring Colours - C D Sunday

The next challenge at CD Sunday has been chosen by Pauline - Spring Colours. A really open theme that should have you all reaching for your craft CDs to make something using the fresh colours that we all turn to at this time of year. And if you needed another reason to join in we have a SPECIAL BUMPER PRIZE this time. April 18th will be the 7th birthday of the challenge. Last year our birthday fell on a challenge date and we had several prizes available and you all supported us by entering. This year because our birthday is between two challenges we've included it in with Pauline's Spring Colour theme.
This is the prize up for grabs:
Tattered Lace Secret Slider die set.

It's been kindly donated by one of the Design Team - a very generous, brand new, prize.
Now to my make for the challenge.
I decided I wanted to make a gift bag to send some Easter chocolate to a friend. After two aborted attempts at making the bag I changed my mind and made a card! 


This turned out so well I decided to have another go at a gift bag but this time I decorated a 'second hand' gift bag that I already had.


 This is the front of the bag to match the card. I then decorated the back of the bag using pretty spring colours. The 'eggs' at the bottom will have my friend's name put on before sending it.


And this is a photo of the card, bag and chocolate!


Items used:
The sky/grass are backing papers from My Craft Studio - Setting the Scene CD. I joined them together in the MCS program before printing it off.
I then stamped grass using a stamp from a free gift that was in a craft magazine (possibly Simply Cards?) and I also used the picket fence die from this free gift.
On the right of the picket fence is a tiny bird that was cut using a Tattered Lace border die free with one of their magazines. I just snipped one out of the border and coloured it using Promarkers.
The clouds are from a die set by Spellbinders called Rainy Day.
The bunny rabbit is a Tonic Studio Essentials die - Betty Bunny, but I think the colours I've used make it look like a male rabbit.
The back of the bag is just decorated by covering the whole area with lemon cardstock and ribbon. I've die cut small eggs and letters to spell out Happy Easter and my friends name has been added in the lower eggs. I've also wrapped a fresh green coloured ribbon around the handles of the bag.
So when the CD Sunday design team say you can enter the challenge as long as you've used something from a craft CD Rom, no matter how small, we mean it! The only thing on my card/bag from a CD is the one backing paper. So come on - rise to the challenge and have a go!
You have until Saturday 22nd April at 1 pm to enter. Don't forget to use that 'something' from a craft CD and to name it in your blog post. It would be a shame to miss out on that brilliant prize because you didn't follow the rules - Good Luck!





Sunday, 26 March 2017

Any Old Iron - CD Sunday

It's Jocelyn's turn to pick the theme at CD Sunday and she's chosen 'Any Old Iron'. She wants to see images of 'old iron', metal embellishments, metallic paper etc. Most of the Design team have gone with images and die cuts of old iron or rag and bone men. But I decided to go pretty and pink!


The background paper is from Sharon Duncan's Embossibilities Floral Dreams DVD - there's some really pretty papers on this but sadly Sharon has closed her web site and now only has an eBay shop and Facebook page.
I used Tonic Nuvo glitter drops in the centre of all the daisies, it really sparkles but doesn't show in the photo. I then die cut a layer using a Tonic Topnote Trellis die. It was cut from a paper from the same Cd printed onto sparkly card (I think it's called Iced Diamond card). I backed the die cut with plain photo copy paper as I didn't want the flower backing paper to show through. 
Next comes the 'Any Old Iron' bit! The central topper, flowers and flourishes are all cut from recycled pie dishes. OK so I cheated and swapped 'iron' for aluminium! 
The central topper was run through 2 embossing folders. First the bird in the cage which is a Darice embossing folder then I used an embossing diffuser from Sizzix while I embossed the swirly frame (which was a free gift in a craft magazine). Depending on the shape of diffuser you use it stops the die cutting machine from embossing in certain areas. The bird cage image just fitted inside a small oval diffuser.
I then coloured more aluminium with Promarkers (Cerise and Soft Green) and left them to dry completely overnight before cutting them out. The flourishes were cut using a Cheery Lynn small flourish die, I cut bits off and added them in here and there. The flowers are a Tim Holtz Alterations Movers and Shapers die - Mini Tattered Floral Set. You need the Movers and Shapers base Tray to use these. I glued 2 flowers together and then pushed a pearl brad through the middle. 


If you decide to try this then please be aware the aluminium can be very sharp and not all dies are meant to be used to cut metal. Neither I or the CD Sunday Challenge blog can be held responsible if you cut yourself or damage your dies/die cutting machine. Having said that there are plenty of YouTube videos that show how to do this if you still want to have a go.

The challenge runs until Saturday 8th April at 1pm and Jocelyn has a prize ready for whoever she picks as the winner. Don't forget you must use something from a craft Cd rom (it could just be a sentiment or small bow) and name that Cd in your blog post otherwise you won't be eligible for the prize even though the Design Team may have commented on your entry.


Sunday, 12 March 2017

Enjoy Tea/Coffee with CD Sunday

While on holiday last year Margaret, from the design team at CD Sunday, used to call into a cafe and have a coffee. On the wall of the cafe was this amazing painting which Margaret thought would make a great theme for a CD Sunday challenge.


At the top right of the photo were some ugly electricity cables so I opened the photo in Serif Craft Artist, took it into the cut out studio, removed the cables and replaced them with a blue sky. I also cropped the photo as there was a bottle of water at the centre front of the photo and it was quite distracting. I love the photo and can understand why Margaret was enchanted by it.
I wanted my card to reflect the sunny colours we tend to wear when on holiday so chose a colour scheme of pink. green and lemon.



Both the backing papers are from Sharon Duncan's Embossibilities One For The Girls CD. The brown paper has tea pots and tea cups on it and the green one has cupcakes and sprinkles.
The cake stand full of macaroons was a first for me. I rarely do any stamping and colouring but this was 2 seperate stamps - an empty cake stand and one macaroon. I stamped the one macaroon onto the top edge of a post it note and cut it out. I used this as a mask to stamp the lower row of macaroons. I then stamped 3 cakes onto a post it note and cut out the mask so that I could stamp the next 2 rows of cakes. The bottom row of cakes was then masked over so that I could stamp the cake stand. Everything was then coloured using my much neglected Promarkers. 
The single cupcake was made from a set of dies - one die for each layer of the cake. I finished the pink layer of cream off by adding some beads as sprinkles. The tower of cups was made from one die of a single cup and saucer, I cut the saucers off 2 of the cups so they would fit inside each other. The flowers and leaves are meant to be popped out but I glued them in. Everything was cut from white card and then coloured in to match. The heart doily was originally white but was coloured in with a pale Promarker and then I went over it with a sparkle pen. 
All the stamps, dies and the doily were free gifts in craft magazines.
The 3 mats were cut from cream pearl card (similar to Centura Pearl) using a Tonic die.  
The challenge runs until Saturday 25th March at 1 pm and don't forget to include at least one item printed from a craft CD and to name that CD in your post to qualify for the prize.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Punch It Out - CD Sunday

I've finally found the time, and the energy, to do some crafting and have made a card for the latest challenge at CD Sunday. The theme has been chosen by Wynn and is 'Punch It Out' - Wynn would like to see punches and/or dies used plus the usual requirement of something from a craft CD. My card is quite simple and straight forward but as I'd picked up some sort of virus everything was an effort to do so it took me several days to make it.


The backing paper behind the background die is a paper from a Sharon Duncan CD called Embossibilities Curls and Swirls. It was printed onto a pearl effect card similar to Centura Pearl so has a lovely shimmery effect. The background die is from Tonic - Deco Diamond Patterned Panels. The flowers were cut from Tonic's Craft Perfect card in Amber Yellow and Cream. I recently bought the Tonic Designer Cardmaking boxed kit and there was a sample of the card with it which I used for the flowers. It really is lovely card - shame I don't need any more card in my craft room! I used Tonic dies for the flowers and leaves - Magnolia Flora and Woodland Aster. I then finished the card by putting Tonic Nuvo Crystal drops in the centre of the flowers and Tonic Nuvo Glitter drops on the background diecut.
It was obviously the 'Tonic' I needed because after I'd finished the card I started to feel better LOL!

The challenge finishes on Saturday 11th March at 1pm so plenty of time to enter. Wynn will provide a prize for the winner of the challenge as long as something from a CD has been used and you name that CD in your blog post.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

The Gentleman Crafter's All Counties Challenge - Tonic Workshop

Last Wednesday I hung up my carer's hat and abandoned my lovely hubby for the day. Tonic Design Studios were hosting a crafters workshop to raise money for MIND. John Bloodworth (known as The Gentleman Crafter) is working his way around Britain on an All Counties Challenge. The aim is to run a workshop in all 92 historic counties and raise £20,000 for MIND. He's travelling/living/sleeping in a motor home that has been christened Maisie! The Tonic HQ is on a trading estate just over a mile away from me in Pyle. The staff at Tonic had designed 3 projects for us to make and provided everything we needed to make them as well as endless cuppas and biccies! At the end of the day we were told we could keep all the dies we'd used to make our projects - the value probably came to about £90 and there were 14 people on the workshop. They also did a raffle with the proceeds going to MIND. The prize was a Tonic die cutting machine valued at £170 - I didn't win it but I could never have carried it home as it's quite heavy. At the end of the day we'd raised over £500 which was amazing. 
Early birds waiting for the workshop to start.

This was the group I was sat with.

This is one of the boards showing the steps to make the first project.


This was my version of project 1.



My version of project 2.


My version of project 3.

John Bloodworth.

The Tonic lads recording the You Tube video next to Maisie.

John Bloodworth used to work on the shopping channel called Create and Craft so during the workshop we had a live broadcast with the TV station - you could only see the top of my head LOL! But the Tonic guys also did a You Tube video which I'm in. Scroll to 2mins 45 secs if you don't want to watch it all. 


It was a long day and I was tired when I got home but I'd had a brilliant time.