Sunday, 8 October 2017

For The Love Of Dogs - CD Sunday

At CD Sunday this time the theme is 'For The Love Of Dogs' which has been chosen by Margaret. When I saw the theme I wasn't too happy with Margaret! Cats I can do - I adore them, but did I have anything dog related? So I started looking through my stash and came across some cat stamp and dies that I'd bought recently and there were dogs as well as cats! Phew - Tim Holtz to the rescue LOL! You're forgiven Margaret!
My most recent sister - in - law runs a dog walking business and it's her birthday on 23rd Deember. She misses out with her birthday being so close to Christmas so I thought I'd go over the top and make her something really special. As well as running her business she owns two gorgeous dogs. Bess has been with her for a few years and Denver is one year old. I talked my brother into emailing me some photos of the dogs so I could personalise my project. So I now had loads of doggie images to use and decided a pop up box card would be the best way to show them off. I've never made one before so turned to YouTube where I found a brilliant video that shows a very simple way to make one. I you want to look it up search for 'pop up box card' and find the one by Sabrina Radeck.
As my SIL's dogs are mainly black I made the box out of black card from Creative Crafting World - Linda's black card. I also needed an element from a CD so printed off a paw print paper from Sharon Duncan's Embossibilities Celebration Cd. Out of the 22 colours I chose a light grey. I found it easier to decorate the sides and flaps of the box while it was flat, before gluing the sides together. You can do it afterwards if you want as the box closes flat for putting into an envelope. The pop up dogs were all added after the box was made in order to have them at different heights and so they could all been seen from the front. They're glued to stripes of acetate of varying lengths.

There's now lots of photos following this and you don't have to read any thing after them if you don't want to. After the photos I've explained how I did all the pop up dogs as I used a clever technique to line up stamps and their matching dies. And also there's a little bit about the real dogs.

This is the box closed ready to go in the envelope. The paw print paper is the one from the Cd. I added more die cuts from the same set as the dogs. The paper clip is only there to hold it closed for the photo. 

The CD Sunday challenge is all about making items using craft CD Roms. You can use other craft items on your card/project but you must include something from a CD. So if you like colouring stamps or digis you can still enter the challenge but you must include something from a CD such as a backing paper, a sentiment or a butterfly for example. In your blog post you must give the name of the CD you've used. This is especially important if the items you've used can be bought as a download as well as a CD as the Design Team can't tell which has been used unless you tell us. Your card can't be considered for a prize if you haven't used a CD or if you haven't told us the name of the CD in your post. Now you may think that these instructions are easy enough but in every challenge we have entries that can't be picked as a winner. The Design Team still leave comments on the blogs but there's no chance of winning if the above hasn't been followed. 

This theme runs until Saturday 21st October at 13:00 and Margaret will choose her top three favourites from the entries. Her chosen number one will receive a prize so make sure you get your entries in on time and to include something printed from a craft CD - Good Luck!

Aligning stamps with the matching die cuts:

The stamps I used were from Stampers Anonymous by Tim Holtz and is called Mini Cats and Dogs CMS272.
The matching dies are Sizzix Framelits by Tim Holtz and they are called Mini Crazy Cats and Dogs 661594.

I can't claim this technique as my own, I've read it in several craft magazines and also on Face-book craft groups.
Take a piece of card and cut out your die - keep the 'waste' piece that you would normally throw away. I used the Tim Holtz/Tonic Stamping Platform to do my stamping but you may find other ways of lining things up. I placed a scrap piece of card onto my stamping platform, put my stamp in the middle of the card and closed the lid, which picks the stamp up. Ink the stamp and close the lid to leave an impression on your piece of card. Now take the 'waste' piece with the die cut shape cut out and line it up over your stamped image. Make sure you don't move the stamped image while doing this. Either tape the die cut waste down or use magnets to hold it in place. Now place your die cut shape from earlier back into the piece of card you'd cut it from. Re-ink your stamp and close the lid, when you open the lid again you will have the image stamped centrally onto your die cut! Simples! 
There's no other way I would have been able to stamp and die cut these eyes/noses/tongues etc.

Introducing the stars of the show:

This is Bess, she's a working dog and helps my SIL keep the other dogs under control when they are being walked. She's always waiting to be given instructions on what is expected of her from my SIL. She was ring barer at my brother and SIL's wedding last year and she stole the show and everyone's hearts.
This handsome young man is Denver. He's only one year old and he's grown so big in that time. He's full of energy and loves nothing more than to be splashing around in water. He also likes watching TV especially the sheep dog trials on Country File - I kid you not!

This is the two dogs together - Denver certainly knows that Bess is the boss!

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Mellow yellow - CD Sunday

The CD Sunday challenge is all about making items using craft CD Roms. You can use other craft items on your card/project but you must include something from a CD. So if you like colouring stamps or digis you can still enter the challenge but you must include something from a CD such as a backing paper, a sentiment or a butterfly for example. In your blog post you must give the name of the CD you've used. This is especially important if the items you've used can be bought as a download as well as a CD as the Design Team can't tell which has been used unless you tell us. Your card can't be in considered for a prize if you haven't used a CD or if you haven't told us the name of the CD in your post. Now you may think that these instructions are easy enough but in every challenge we have entries that can't be picked as a winner. The Design Team still leave comments on the blogs but there's no chance of winning if the above hasn't been followed. OK enough of that onto my card for this theme.
Mellow Yellow is the new theme for the CD Sunday Challenge picked by Wynn. 
Mellow Yellow brought to my mind an image of a sun with the rays branching out from the centre. So I was quite pleased when I opened Papercraft Inspirations magazine, issue 167, and found a guide on how to make Starburst cards. 
I had to use yellow in the design, as per Wynn's theme, and knew that Kraft card went well with yellow so I set about looking through my craft CDs for backing papers that went together.
This is my finished card, which includes a few 'firsts' for me:

I started with a cream card blank and covered it with Kraft card which was then covered with the first of the backing papers - that was the easy, quick bit done LOL!
For the starburst/sunray effect I chose 3 further backing papers which were cut into 11 cm lengths but different widths. Here comes one of the firsts! Each piece had to have the edges inked and I always shy away from this as I make a right mess. I used Frayed Burlap Distress Ink and I'm pleased with how it turned out although it's not very noticeable in the photos. These rectangles were then cut in half to make triangles which were glued onto Kraft card. 
A second, smaller rectangular mat of Kraft card was covered with the spotty backing paper and the triangles were then arranged to form the sunburst. I used foam tape to raise them up from the spotty paper. The triangles are made to be too long for the mat so you then cut off the overhanging edges.
Time for the another first! A faux stitch effect was added to the papers with a black fine liner. I made a right mess of this with different sized stitches and wonky lines. I've since read somewhere to use a piece of card in order to keep the lines straight. If you use a plastic ruler the ink can stay wet on it and then smudge your paper.


I then added my own take on the design by making a faux bow and sticking the bow and a length of ribbon to a piece of Kraft card and placing it along the lower half of the design. The ribbon was taken around the back of the mat and glued in place. The whole layer was then glued to the prepared card blank. To cover the area where the 'rays' join together I die cut a scalloped circle from Kraft card and a plain circle from yellow card. A sentiment was then stamped onto the yellow card.
I finished the card by glueing yellow dew drops onto the centre of the ribbon and the centre of the sentiment. Finally I added some really tiny dew drops to the top right and bottom left of the second layer of Kraft card - again they're difficult to see in the photos.

The challenge runs until Saturday 7th October at 13:00. Please don't forget to include something from a Cd!

The CDs I used are all from Creative Crafting World - Perfect Essential Companions, Perfect Forever Companions and Perfect Floral Companions.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Clean and Simple - CD Sunday

Thanks to everyone who entered my challenge 'Let's Hear It For The Boys'. I'll be picking a Top Three and the winner will receive the prize that I have ready and waiting to go in the post. Sadly a few people either didn't use something from a CD or didn't name the Cd in their blog post so can't be considered for the prize.
This time it's Meg who has chosen the CD Sunday theme and she has picked 'Clean And Simple'. A perfect theme if you need to make a card in a hurry as there's no need to use loads of mats and layers or embellishments.
I decided to add to my Christmas card supply and I knew where to head for some lovely papers and images - DoCrafts Digital Designer. Sadly this isn't available anymore which is a shame as it has some really lovely designs. 
I chose Henbury Lane - Poinsetta.

I put the design together on screen using an image of some presents layered onto a very pale green paper,a sentiment in a darker shade of green and a pale green mistletoe design backing paper. I was going to print it out as one layer but decided the image surrounded by the pale green paper wasn't standing out and that it needed a white mat between it and the mistletoe paper.
After I'd printed it I cut the image out using a Tonic Studio Essentials Mixed Edge Oval Layering Basic die (could they have made the name any longer?). I thought I'd used the right size oval die but it was a little to big and left a very small white edge. When I tried the topper on the backing paper I decided I liked the look so I then cut the BP slightly smaller than the card front leaving a small border of the white card to match.
I only added holly corner peel offs to finish the card and my Clean And Simple card was complete!

Meg's theme runs until Saturday 23rd September at 1 pm. Don't forget to follow the 2 rules - you must use something from a craft Cd and you must name that Cd in your blog post. You can use a download on your card as long as you also use something from a Cd. So you could use a downloaded image with a backing paper from a Cd for example. Meg will pick her Top Three cards/projects and has a prize for the winner - good luck!

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Let's Hear It For The Boys - CD Sunday

It's my turn to choose the theme for the next 2 weeks at CD Sunday. I know we all find male cards difficult to make but do we find it easier to make cards for little boys? So I chose 'Let's Hear It For The Boys' as my theme but your make doesn't have to be for a young child it could be for a teenager or a grown man.
I knew I had a project Cd that had several makes that would fit the theme - I just had to pick which one I wanted to do.
So meet Metal Mickey!

On the Cd he's called Robot Ralph which I didn't think was very roboty so as I've used craft metal to decorate him I changed his name to Metal Mickey. The Cd is from PolkaDoodles and is called Paper Boutique. It's from 2011 so quite old but the projects are still useable. The Cd gives you a template to print and cut out to make the card base plus another sheet with all the parts of the robot to cut out and stick to the template. From this printed sheet I only used the face, with the teeth included, as the other parts I used as template and cut them from funky foam and craft metal.
The blue craft metal has been embossed with a hessian embossing folder and the green with a dotted matrix folder. I didn't run the folders through a machine as I thought the pressure would make holes in the metal as it's quite thin. Instead I put the metal in the folder and then just rubbed over with an embossing tool which worked really well.
For the eye area I cut out the printed rectangle and layered a smaller craft metal layer on top. I then pushed 2 green jewel brads through the 2 layers for eyes. This was then put on foam tape to lift it up from the face. The teeth were already printed onto the face so I just used glossy accents on them. 
Are the things sticking out of the side of his head aerials? I wanted them to look 3D so firstly I glued a black button on and then a small circle of silver card on the top..
I drew an 'M' onto a piece of holographic plastic and cut it out then glued it to the top of his head. Now everyone knows his name begins with the letter M LOL!

The arms and legs were cut from red funky foam with the hands, knees and feet cut from black funky foam with metal brads added just for effect. At this point he started to look like Father Christmas which is why I then did the rest of him in different coloured metals.
My favourite part is his belly! On the Cd he just has lights, buttons and Happy Birthday but I wanted to add cogs to make it look like the workings inside him. These were also cut from craft metal using a Sheena Douglass die set - Perfect Partners Time Traveller Geared Up. I then used the printed lights as a template to make the yellow and orange lights, layered them up and coated the top layer with glossy accents. I glued all this to the embossed green craft metal but it all looked too flat. So then I set about trying to find a square plastic 'bubble' to fit over it all. I like to recycle items - ask anyone who has received an ATC from me when the theme has been 'recycle' LOL! So I had lots of plastic bubbles cut from old packaging but none of them fitted or were too deep. So I decided to make my own. Using a piece of thick plastic packaging I scored around it and bent the edges to form the bubble - perfect fit! I had to use red liner tape to get it to stick to the craft metal as no other glue would hold it. To finish it I glued a green 'go' button and a larger red 'stop' one to the outside.

For the inside I printed off 2 sheets of backing paper from the Cd that has rockets, stars and planets on it. I also used the printed 'Happy Birthday' from the sheet that should have been on his belly but layered it up on the inside of the card.

My theme runs until Saturday 9th September at 1 pm. To be considered for the prize I have you must use something from a craft Cd. It doesn't matter how small the element is, it could be a sentiment, a tag, a bow etc. but it must be from a Cd. You can use a download on your card as long as you also use something from a Cd. So you could use a downloaded image with a backing paper from a Cd for example. You must also state the name of the Cd in your blog post. The design team may visit your blog and leave comments but if you haven't followed these 2 rules then your entry won't be considered for the prize.
I hope the new school term (in England and Wales) doesn't stop you from crafting and entering my challenge - I look forward to seeing your entries.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Past Times - CD Sunday

The challenge at CD Sunday this time has been chosen by Jane and she has picked 'Past Times'. I knew I had a Cd that was perfect for this theme - I'd won it in a prize draw from a now defunct craft magazine. It's called 'Summer of 59' and is from Krafty Hands(who also appear to no longer exist!).
I wanted to use several of the images from the Cd and decided the best way to do that was to make an accordion card. I have a couple of Die'sire Create-A-Card Accordion dies that I bought from eBay fairly recently and chose the circle version of the accordion die for this card.

I copy and pasted the images into Word and resized them so they would fit the central circular section. I then cut 4 pages using the main die and decorated each of the pages using a Die'sire Create-A-Card Filigree Circle Overlay die cut out of Tonic Craft Perfect card in toning colours to match each of the Cd images. I made a small string of bunting using a Tonic Jubilant Jubilee Bunting die and used Promarkers to colour it to match the rest of the card. And basically that's all that I did - the accordion dies did most of the work I just had to assemble it!

This is the front of the card:

The first 2 pages:      

The middle 2 pages:      

 The last 2 pages:          

I also decorated the back of each section using the same colour as the front but different images of the women.

The first 2 pages:       

 The back of the last 2 pages:    

And finally the back of the card:

The challenge ends at 13:00 on Saturday 26th August. To qualify for the prize you must use something from a craft Cd (not a download) and you must name that CD in your post.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Anything Goes - CD Sunday

It's Carol's turn to pick the theme at CD Sunday for the next two weeks and she's chosen 'Anything Goes'. I've been wanting to try book folding for a while so this was the ideal opportunity - thanks Carol!
In a recent issue of Quick Cards Made Easy magazine (issue 164) there was a 'how to' on book folding a bird cage. It looked quite easy but I decided to also look on YouTube for any similar ideas. As I needed to include something from a Cd I thought I'd print backing papers and make flowers to decorate the bird cage but that idea changed.I found two really lovely videos on YouTube and decided to combine the two. So thanks to Debbie Raybould and Scrappy Happy Goods for sharing their own book folded birdcages.
The book folding it self was very easy and I completed it in one evening while watching TV. After that things got a bit more difficult!
So here's a photo of the completed item:

The frame was bought from The Range and I added the black gem and white pearl strip. 

I covered an A4 piece of card with a backing paper from The Lace Collection Cd by Creative Crafting World and that was placed in the frame on top of the piece of glass. I left the glass in because without it there was too much of a gap and everything moved around in the frame.
The next stage was to cut the hole where Bertie the Budgie was to sit - he was also bought from The Range.

When you remove the pages to make the hole the inside looks really untidy so I placed white card in the hole to neaten it. I also added a wooden skewer for Bertie to sit on.
The next part was where it got difficult because trying to glue ribbon onto the pages while keeping them spread evenly required more than 2 hands and a lot of patience!
I coloured white satin ribbon with a Sky Blue Promarker and then glued the white lace onto it. A length was then glued to the top and bottom edges of the birdcage. A strip of clear gems was then glued above and below the hole cut for the bird.

To decorate the top edge of the birdcage I coloured some plain dazzlers with a Aegean Blue Promarker and glued them to some ribbon rosettes. Another stage that was problematic as the dazzlers wouldn't stick to the ribbon not even with hot glue and the ink from the Promarker stained the white ribbon in places. I think I managed to hide most of the stains by the way they were placed onto the birdcage.
At the top of the birdcage I glued a silver ring to look like the ring you would hang a cage up from. And from there I hung two types of ribbon and a strip of aurora borealis gems (as in the photo below). 

I finished the birdcage by cutting a piece of the backing paper to fit over the base and filled the centres of the flowers with white Nuvo Drops. The flowers on the main backing paper had flat backed pearls glued in the centres.

Finally I felt sorry for little Bertie being locked in a cage so hung the key up to the cage door so he could let himself out if he wanted to - I know I'm mad!

I glued tiny flat backed blue pearls to the top of the key so it would fit in with the colour scheme.
it probably sounds as if it took me ages to do all of the above but it was done over 3 days with a lot of time waiting for glue and ink to dry.

If you're still with me after reading all that then don't forget the challenge runs for 2 weeks until Saturday 12th August at 1 p.m. To be in with of a chance of winning a prize from Carol you must include something printed from a craft Cd - no matter how small. And you must also name the Cd you've used. If you don't follow those to rules the Design Team may still leave a comment on your blog but you won't be eligible for the prize.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Celebration - CD Sunday

This fortnight's theme at CD Sunday is 'Celebration'.
My husband wanted a card to give to one of his work colleagues as he was leaving to start a job nearer to where he lived. The colleague lives in the country and likes wildlife so I based the card around this.

It's a really quick and simple card. I printed a backing paper and the main image from DoCrafts Digital Designer - Woodland Folk Everyday Cd. The backing paper was stuck to the base card then a layer of gold card raised up on foam tape. Then the main image stuck to the gold card. The  word 'Celebrate' was added in the DoCrafts program.
I forgot to take a photo of the inside but I printed off another sheet of a backing paper that had trees dotted here and there. I then added two die cut layers, one gold one white for hubby to right his message on. The card was handed over a few days ago and he loved it.
The challenge runs until Saturday 29th July at 1 pm. Don't forget to use something from a craft Cd, even if it's just the sentiment, and you must name the Cd in your post.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Up The Garden Path - CD Sunday

This time at CD Sunday the theme is Up The Garden path and has been chosen by Margaret.
I had a design in my mind of a gate-fold card with the front having a garden fence, flower borders and a path split between the 2 halves of the front. When the card was opened it would reveal a path leading to a cottage which was viewed through a garden archway. But that's where the design stayed - in my mind LOL! The prototype is still in pieces on my desk and I had to resort to a quick and simple card instead.

I turned to Serif Craft Artist because I knew I had tunnel cards in a digi kit and I managed to find one with a garden path leading to a cottage. The digi kit is by DaisyTrail and is just called Tunnel Cards - I've had it sometime and bought it when Create and Craft sold Craft Artist digikits on Cds. I simply printed out the pages, cut out the design and glued it together. I have added some shimmer to the butterfly at the bottom right but it doesn't show in the photo. The picture below shows the different layers.

The challenge runs until July 15th at 1 pm. You must use something from a CD and you must tell us in your blog post which CD you've used. Serif Craft Artist is accepted because it was available on a CD and digikits were also available on CDs. We don't include downloads as being acceptable for the prize but the team may visit and leave comments on your blog.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Sun or Sea or Sand - CD Sunday

For this challenge, at CD Sunday, Wynn has chosen the theme of Sun or Sea or Sand. Wynn will be happy to see just one featured on your card or you could do all three as I've done LOL! The theme is well timed as here in South Wales we're having Summer! It's due to last until the middle of the week LOL!
I was flicking through Issue 165 of Quick Cards Made Easy and came across an article featuring very summery cards so decided to make one of the cards in the article. Of course I didn't have the exact products as they did so adapted the design to fit what I did have which resulted in my card looking very different to theirs!

I started with an 8 x 8 card blank and covered it in a reddish/brown card then a stripey backing paper. The Cd is a Funky Hand one called Craft The Year Away and the folder is August Holiday. Sadly Funky Hand doesn't trade anymore.
I then covered a smaller mat with the same red/brown card and another backing paper from the same Cd by Funky Hand. A circle was die cut from the middle of this layer so that the stripey layer underneath could be seen.
I then edged the circle with more of the red/brown card and put a circle of blue card in the middle of the 'hole'. The purpose of this channel was to allow the 'sun' to move around the circle but I just couldn't get it to work. And all my efforts damaged the edges of the 2 circles leaving glue residue behind. So I glued the sun and clouds over the worse bits!
In this next photo you can see the channel between the 2 circles and some of the glue smears.

I then built my little beach scene on the lower half of the circles. The waves and wavy paper were in a kit free with a craft magazine. The sand is light brown card that I put through a wood grain embossing folder. The umbrella, chairs, cocktails, sandcastle, bucket and spade are all from sets of dies cut from white card and coloured with Promarkers to match the backing papers. 
Despite the problems I had with the sun I still enjoyed making this card and love the vibrant colours. 
The challenge runs until Saturday 1st July at 1 pm. As usual don't forget you must use something from a craft Cd (not a digi download) and you must name that Cd in your blog post. If you don't the Design Team may leave comments on your blog post but you won't be eligible to win the prize on offer.

Items I've used:
Dies - Tonic Circle Layering Die Set, Tattered Lace Decorative Circles, Creative Expressions On the Beach and Underwater Accessories, Spellbinders Rainy Day.
Stamps - sentiment stamp free in Cardmaking and Paper Crafts magazine.
Promarkers (used to colour the die cut elements) - Mandarin, Buttercup, Antique Pink, Walnut, Canary and Pear Green. 

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Shabby Chic - CD Sunday Challenge 4th June

I'm a week late blogging for the CD Sunday Challenge - I'm so sorry fellow teamies.
Meg has chosen Shabby Chic as her theme. I love to see shabby chic cards but have never tried to make one. This was my attempt:

I printed a backing paper onto the both sides of a piece of card using a paper from My Craft Studio - Inserts and Backgrounds Everyday CD. I then partially cut a die from the front using Tonic Topnote Trellis Base Die Set and folded half the front back on it's self. I then embellished the card using some pink jute roll from Poundland, lace and flowers from my stash. At this point I really liked this card but thought it wasn't very shabby chic so inked the edges and scuffed them with the blade of a scissors. That's when I decided this type of card wasn't for me.
I hope we have lots of entries for the challenge so I can learn how to do this style as I do like Shabby Chic cards. 

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Say It With Flowers - CD Sunday

This time around it's my turn to pick the theme for the CD Sunday Challenge Blog. The design team try to come up with themes that will encourage more people to take part so I'm hoping my theme will inspire lots of you to make something (it doesn't have to be just cards) and enter the challenge. The theme I chose is 'Say It With Flowers' and I decided to make something other than a card and go over the top with the flowers!

I'm sure most people have come across one of these before - it's called a floating cup because it appears to be staying up on it's own. The secret? A bent fork LOL! Basically you glue the prong end of a fork to the saucer and then the handle end to the lip of the cup. If you go to YouTube you will find loads of tutorials showing how to do this.

First I bent the handle of the fork so it would curl into the edge of the cup and used a hot glue gun to stick them securely together. Once it was stuck I then glued the prongs of the fork to the saucer after bending them so they would fit flat on the saucer. I needed to support the weight of the cup until the glue had dried. At this point it was a little unbalanced so I rescued some small stones from the garden and glued then to the saucer. The stones and the fork handle were then covered in green paper so that if they showed through any gaps in the flowers it would look like foliage.

Next I printed papers from CD roms onto card and paper and set about die cutting lots of flowers. I've listed the Cds and dies used at the end of this post.
Once I'd made enough flowers I then glued them to the cup and saucer, overlapping some as they would if growing in real life. I then glued pearls, gems and stamens to the centres of the flowers and added some foliage. Looking through my stash of gems I found the small silver beads that were joined together. I wound it in and out of the flowers to make it look as if it was flowing through them.
People usually use a cup and saucer bought from a charity shop but I wanted a plain white set so that I could also decorate the outside of the cup with more flowers and not be dictated by the colours in the design of the cup. I bought these from the Range, I think they were about £4 - £5.

I used several Cds from Creative Crafting World - Perfect Essential Companions Disc 1 and 2, Perfect Papercrafting Companions Disc 1 and 2 and Perfect Floral Companions Disc 1. I also used a Serif digikit called Frou Frou Elegance and some Sharon Duncan and Kanban Cds but didn't make a note of the names.
There's a long list of dies I used!
Sue Wilson Camellia - Open Petals, Complete Petals and Faux Quilled Blooms.
Tonic Dies - Apple Blossom, Magnolia Flora, Gerbera Daisy, Sweet Melia, Woodland Aster and Sunburst Gazania.
Crafter's Companion dies - In Bloom, Pretty Petals, Leafy Flourish, Die'sire Itsy Bitsy Bloom, Die'sire Blossom - Fleurs and Die'sire Petal.
An X-Cut flower die, one by Memory Box and 3 that were free in craft magazines.
The theme runs until Saturday 3rd June at 1 pm. Don't forget to use something from a craft Cd - just one small flower or butterfly or sentiment counts! And remember to name the Cd you've used in your blog post. I'll pick my 3 favourite entries and the winner will receive a prize from me - Good Luck!

I'm also entering this into:
Crafty Gals Corner - Add Flowers. I made the Design team's Top Three!
Country View Challenges - Flower Power

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Anything Asian - CD Sunday

Pop over to the CD Sunday blog to see if you were the lucky winner of our birthday prize!
This week the theme was chosen by Jane and she wants 'Anything Asian'. I decided to include the Giant Panda on my card which was very simply made.
I took a backing paper from Joanna Sheen's Oriental dreams Cd rom and opened it in My Craft Studio. The colour was slightly too yellow for what I wanted so I altered it to be greener - I like this colour a lot more. I glued the backing paper to an 8 by 8 card and put 3 drops of Tonic Nuvo drops in 2 of the opposite corners. I embossed a plain piece of dark green card with an embossing folder, the edges look like foliage while the middle isn't embossed.

The embossing folder came with a set of stamps and were free with Papercraft Essentials magazine. I stamped the 2 pandas onto white card and cut them out - the string on the balloon was tricky! I added a little colour to the female's hair bow and the balloon the male was carrying. I also used Glossy Accents on the balloon. The panda's were then glued to the embossed layer. Quite a quick, simple card so I decided to knit a little panda!

I'm afraid he/she turned out a little scary! I'm not the best knitter and the pattern was a bit unclear in places. Panda's don't have white around they're eyes but it would have looked really odd with 2 black patches and a black bead so I cut a circle of white felt before adding the bead. 
The challenge runs until Saturday 20th May at 1 pm. Don't forget to include an element from a craft Cd rom and to name the Cd in your blog post.

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!