Monday, 23 April 2018

Birthday Weekend

I had a fantastic Birthday weekend.  Great friends around for the day yesterday which we spent crafting and laughing and sometimes we couldn't craft because we were laughing so much.  We then went out to dinner and I must confess I got a bit tiddly.  Don't do that very often but I didn't have a 'head' this morning so I couldn't have been too bad.
I wanted to show you some of the lovely cards I received but thought I would start off with one that only one sister to could send to another!!!

Here are some of the beautiful handmade ones from friends.

I belong to a Birthday group on Facebook (UKSN) and here are the cards I received:


Sunday, 15 April 2018

CD Sunday - 8th Birthday Celebration - with prizes

Yes - the 18th April is the official 8th Birthday for CD Sunday and the 21st is my own birthday too so I have hijacked the Blog - with the team's permission - and chosen the Birthday theme and designed the sketch for everyone to use.
Here is the sketch
and here is my Birthday card based on the sketch.
I used Docraft Digital Designer  - Me to You  CD - Spring Chic - Mother's Day.   This is only the third sketch theme that I have  done and I did enjoy making the card.   Sketch cards are growing on me.   I was quite resistant I remember when we first did one at CD Sunday way back 2012.  Perhaps we ought to do more.  Three in 6 years isn't excessive!
There a couple of super prizes on offer for the 1st and 2nd place winners. If you go to the Blog (here) you will see what we have for you.  The winners will be chosen by the whole team and because of that it will be a couple of weeks before the result is announced.,
I have some small celebration  planned for my own Birthday.   A crafting day and dinner out with some dear friends and I have already received  a present from the  'Government'  - a free TV licence.   What more could a girl want?    Yes you've guessed it - I will be 75.  Whilst I am on these steroids I don't feel old at all but I am waiting for the bump when they stop.
Please have a look at the wonderful  cards by my fellow teamies  for inspiration and then join in.   All you need to do is make a Birthday card following the sketch and use a CD somewhere along the way.
Don't forget that if you haven't a Blog then you can join in on Facebook here.
Looking forward to seeing you in my travels.

Monday, 9 April 2018


Whilst I am waiting for my swops to arrive for our March theme 'H' is for..... ( in the post apparently) I will show the ones I have sent in for the April swop -  'April Showers'.  I have never know a more apposite theme as it hasn't stopped raining here for 3 days.
I found a background on MCS that looked just like a large puddle on a very dark and dismal day which it is at the moment.

They are all parchment this time. My own favourite is the middle one.
This - I believe -  is the 36th month for me as a member of this group. Doesn't time fly. It doesn't seem possible.
Carol xx

Thursday, 5 April 2018

'Summer' - from Seasons by Judith Maslen

Here is "Summer" one of the Season series of patterns by Judith. - jm057 - 2.  I did this at one of Judith's workshops and have now just finished making it into a birthday card.

I used a colour toning backing card for the card covered in' Happy Birthday' in several fonts and styles. The long curly bow die is the finishing touch.  Love this die.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

More for the Birthday Stash

Today I managed to make two cards from scratch and finish another that I had started. All down to the effect of the steroids I am on. It has gone midnight and I am still busy.
The first card is the one I had started. It is a Judith Maslen parchment  pattern and is a design we started at one of her workshops - when I can't remember.

It is called 'Staffordshire Dogs'.  These I believe (not old enough to remember myself) used to grace the mantelpieces of many homes in Victorian/Edwardian times. The little detail at the bottom is to represent the lace that used to be hung from the mantel.

The next two are ones that I made using new dies. The first one is an Amy die called Brick in the wall. I had a great deal of fun with this one choosing the 'view' and whether to use brick or stone. I diecut 5 different holes  in the wall to see which worked best.  It is a great die.
The second is using a Pamela West image and a 'trellis' die and then a selection of garden tools. I cut these out in different colours so that I could make them look more realistic and have some left for another day.

I had fun but I really think I must go to bed.  Of course it is absolutely pouring down yet again. I find it difficult to sleep when the rain is lashing against the windows.

Sleep tight.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

CD Sunday - 'No patterned paper' - chosen by Meg

A Happy Easter everyone. I hope the weather is being kind to you where ever you are and the chocolate fairy has visited.
This challenge is a little different in that Meg has decided to say what you can't use but you can use any theme or subject you like.
It is always hard craft wise to be told to exclude something as we always like to use the full range of our supplies. Even harder for us dedicated CD users as that is where we usually get out patterned papers.
But no patterned papers to be used.  For my card I went to a favourite at the moment  Docraft Digital Designer - Tulip and Friends CD.
Here is my card:

I kept it as simple as possible and it was made for a member of the Facebook Birthday list to which I belong.
April already. The year seems to be rushing by.  I now have my op date - 1st May.  I am so glad that I have got all my crafting up to date. How soon after the op I will be able to use my hand I have no idea but plan to watch TV and or do Jigsaws - left handed.
Have fun with the challenge and I will see you on your Blogs.
In the meantime I was looking in You tube to find some Birthday music to go with my picture and I found THIS...
Love to hear from you as you pass by.

Friday, 30 March 2018

Girl with bouquet

I managed to do this little bit of parchment at the session on Wednesday. It is just a picture printed onto parchment and taken out with a circle from a Pergamano Multi Grid.  I stitched it with beads to a circle of backing paper and then used brads to attach to the second layer. Both layers were die cut.

The card is made from a piece of embossed  card that I have had for some time and the sentiment is die cut from card matching the second layer.

Here is the little card:

Even though it was such a little piece of parchment I enjoyed it.


Tuesday, 27 March 2018

More Birthdays

These are ones I made for the Facebook Birthday List I belong to. They have had them now so I can show them here.

This was made using the Papercraft Factory  Funkyhand programme - Alphabet Books and so was this one.  Love making these - a bit different.

And this one has me stumped. For the life of me I can't remember where the image comes from. It was made using one of my graphics programmes but which one?  I will have to search.

I made some more  for for the ladies on the list but can't show them yet.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Birthday Card

A dear friend had a Birthday yesterday and here is the card I made for her.
I used Serif Craft Artist 2 and Daisy Trail - Botanical Garden.  It was one of those images that once you have seen you have to use. So here it is:

I did do some 3D with the central image but mostly let the artwork speak for itself.
I did make an ATC as well using a small piece of the second printing.

The friend did tell me she loved them both  so I was very pleased.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

CD Sunday - Rabbit, Rabbit - chosen by Pamela

Good Morning.
I hope the Mini Beast from the East has missed you where ever you are and that you are nice and warm and ready to join in with us at CD Sunday.   With Easter being so early this year I don't  think that there is much hope for real Spring like weather for the holiday but most of the team have tried to bring some Spring sunshine to you with their rabbits.
Except for me.... I must have known and I have gone for a Christmas card.

Here is my card:
I have used Joanna Sheen's  - House Mouse - The Gruffies and Happy Hoppers CD with added die cut bows, sentiment and pine needles.
I loved the image and needed to start on my Christmas cards so voila.

I hope you all have a fun and chocolatey weekend.

Now I am going to be naughty here - because I can - and drop a reminder that next month will be CD Sunday's 8th Birthday  (can't believe that I have been on the team for all those years and made over 350 cards). We will be having a special challenge and there will be two super prizes.  We will be doing a first and second for this event. So please don't forget to check the challenges.

Now if you are making some Easter cards with bunnies on them and have used a CD then please enter Pamela's challenge - on our blog or on Facebook.

Just as I finished writing this (Saturday) to schedule for tomorrow it has started snowing.  It looks as though the Mini Beast from the East is with me already.
Don't forget to have a chat as you go by.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

More jewelled ATCs

I enjoyed making the jewelled ATCs for Wynn's recent challenge 'J' is for so whilst I cannot parch and must keep busy I thought I would make some more for my 'stash'.
They haven't all turned out as good as I would wish but here they are - warts and all.:

What a lot of gems!  Good job I buy them in bulk.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Amazing Hats - Judith Maslen workshop project

I went to Judith Maslen's workshop yesterday - 1st of the year - and we did two patterns as usual. This is the first parchment I have done for weeks because of my hand and I admit I struggled especially holding the tools. So here is the centre piece of the first project. I cut off the badly done border. Pattern No: jm084-2. A beautiful pattern I would like to do again post op.

I don't feel that this is as good as it could be but just so pleased that I could go and join in. I would hate to miss any of the workshops but fear that that will be inevitable when I have the op.
Thank you again Judith for a super day and a pattern without masses of embossing which I really can't do at the moment..

Friday, 9 March 2018


It is time for another ATC swop with this Facebook group. I didn't join in with February's as I was busy with other things but have joined in with March.  The theme is 'H' is for... and here is my presentation which I am sure will be better done by organiser Sue.

For the Honey Bee ones I used a new (to me) die set by Dovecraft and their matching paper pad for the backing papers. Piglet and the hat came from the 'net. I decoupaged the flowers on the hat using a second print and my Pinflair punch. Wouldn't be without that punch - brilliant.
Now just have to wait to the end of the month and see what ATCs I get in return .
Can you tell I love making ATCs?

I was tidying up after the ATC making session yesterday and found this extra I had made - strutting his stuff.  Now known as  Hubert -why I don't know.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

CD Sunday Challenge - 'In the Wild' - chosen by Jane

Good Morning fellow cold mortals.  I really wish I hadn't had this 'British Gas see how much you are spending gadget'  fitted. It is giving me the horrors every time I look at it but somehow can't unplug the thing.
Despite that I hope all are well and not actually snowed in.
Jane has chosen 'In the Wild' for her theme and a great one it is. At the moment  I am doing more digital work from my CD based graphics programmes and the accompanying CD's whilst awaiting my hand op.  (I have actually seen the surgeon now and will be having the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome op sometime. The waiting list is 4/5 months).
Here is my offering and I loved doing it. I shouldn't say it I know but I love the end result..
The fabulously coloured sky and land in the background was found on the 'net. It was there as a tag. I have no idea who to thank for it but I do.  The silhouette frame is a die that I bought from 'The Art of Craft'.
I used MCS - 'Setting the Scene' for the frame and the matting layer. The sentiment and the corners are peel offs.
Yes I love it and I hope you like it too. I think a painting of this image would look good on the wall but I don't think I could manage that.
I would love to hear from you as you are passing by. Don't forget we now have a Facebook page and you can visit us here.
Keep safe and warm.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

CD Sunday - Up, Up and Away - chosen by me

Good Morning. The challenge for the next two weeks has been chosen by moi.  A wonderful opportunity to make a card for the fellas which is what I did.  The husband of a dear friend of mine had his birthday at the beginning of this  month so this was made with him in mind.

This all came from a CD by Joanna Sheen - Victorian Ladies & Gentlemen Disc 1.  I loved the image,. The man reminded me of one of the Marx Brothers.  When I posted this to our Admin site the girls were making comments about how fast he would have to pedal to keep the balloon up etc.  My son looked at the card and said it wouldn't matter how fast he pedaled the balloon wasn't big enough to hold him up anyway. Typical man!.
Anyway the large wheel is decoupaged and attached with a brad and does actually go round.

I enjoyed making this one and in fact might make it again for another gentleman of my acquaintance.

Please don't forget that you can now enter our challenges via Facebook - here and that we will be announcing our Top 3's in a separate posting a week after the challenge has finished - so my Top 3 will be announced on 11th March.

I look forward to visiting your Blogs and if you have enjoyed your visit here I would love to hear from you.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

A special ATC

I belong to a few Facebook groups. I only have an account so that I can join in these particular craft and parchment groups. I don't do Facebook chat as such.
One of the parchment groups I belong to has added a new sister group for 'other crafts'. This is so that those who do other crafts as well as parchment can show off their makes.
One of our members - Jo-Ann - posted a picture of a painting she had done. This is how she described it
"The colours and wonky houses reminds me of the small towns in the Magdelene islands.(furthest eastern point of province of Quebec)"

This is the acrylic painting she had done 

It fascinated me and still does and I asked Jo-Ann if I could use it to make an ATC and she kindly agreed and here is my version. A decoupaged ATC (3 layers)  - printed on matt photo paper with the addition of punched daisies.

I have called in 'Wonky Houses' and Jo-Ann says she likes it.

I hope you like it. I love it and it will stay in my ATC makes to keep.


Friday, 9 February 2018

Back to the Jigsaws etc

Followers of my Blog will know that I love doing Jigsaws when I can't craft properly. The arthritis is still ever present so I retrieved the puzzle I had started before Christmas from under the sofa and got started again.
It is a Colin Thompson one - of course - and here is the picture from the box.
It is called 'The Red Box' and like all Colin's puzzles - difficult.

'Parching' - if there is such  word - is proving very difficult and painful at the moment so as well as doing jigsaws I am doing more stamping, decoupage,  general card making - using my CD's of course - and some digital card making.  I belong to a group of crafters that exchange birthday cards throughout the year and for next month I have to make 4 and in April 6. So I am creating them digitally with either Serif, Docraft or MCS and then printing them out.  Not what I usually do but at least I am still crafting.
Here is one I have made using Serif and Daisy Trail.

I am finding it quite challenging working with Serif.  I think it is a whole different world and I am only just dipping in one toe but enjoying  the challenge.
Good news is that the hospital rang and brought my appt forward so not too long now until hopefully I will receive some treatment so I can get back to 'proper' parchment work.
Hugs and happy crafting.
Carol xx

Sunday, 4 February 2018

CD Sunday - 'Vintage Love' - chosen by Jocelyn

An appropriate theme for a February Challenge.
I don't have someone to whom I can send a Valentine. I might have done to Harrison Ford a few years ago.  For anyone who doesn't know who he is here is a little reminder for you ....and for me!!

Stop dreaming Carol and back to business. 
So I decided to make some ATC's for this  'Vintage Love' theme and I turned to the ATC Assistant CD by Joanna Sheen.  These CD's (a pair) are a veritable treasure trove for ATC makers.
Here are the ATCs:

I used the CD for the photos and the backgrounds and embellished using peel off borders, corners and gems.  They seem to have a Vintage air about them.

Now back to Harrison.....

Have fun and I will see you on your Blogs and on Facebook - here.
Carol xx

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Quick cards

I am almost finished with my marathon craft sort out.  I have found things that I had forgotten I had and some I have never used.  Why is it that we crafters do that?   The advertisers are doing a really good job - we can't resist stuff.   I am going to try and be good in future - watch this space.

Anyway putting that aside I felt the need to do some crafting of some kind but didn't want to get out 'more stuff' so I thought  I would do some digital crafting.

I have the Docraft Digital Designer Programme - which I love.  I particularly like Tulip and Friends.
This all came on CDs by the way so I can use it for cards for CD Sunday if I wish.

Here are two cards I made for a couple of birthdays coming up next month.

Apart from printing out and sticking to the blank card all I have done is find a couple of bows from my rediscovered stash.

I then went to another programme I have installed (again from CDs) -  Funkyhands.
I made another word card - this time a birthday one for a friend. (This friend doesn't have a computer so won't see this)
I plan to add some embellishments nearer the time.

I also made another using MCS but this is for CD Sunday and it turned out to be one of my favourites but I can't show it yet.  Dying to but can't or rather daren't.
Have fun.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

CD Sunday - 'Winter in the Mountains' - chosen by Margaret

Good Morning.
I am writing this a bit earlier than I usually do and we had a smidgen of snow this morning on my car. I see from the news that it is a lot worse further North. I hope everyone is OK and not too badly affected.

It seems appropriate then that Margaret has chosen 'Winter in the Mountains' for our theme for the next two weeks. As I said on the main Blog it could be an opportunity to make your first Christmas card for 2018.  I bet some have started already including me as mine could be used as a Christmas card.

Here is my 'Winter in the Mountains'

All of the card comes from  'Winter Snow Globes' - Daisy Trail using Serif Craft Artist 2  The embellishments added are the half pearls on the bottom edge of the globe, the single crystal at the top of the base and the glitter peel off edging around the image.
Perhaps I have taken a very tiny liberty with the theme but the snowy village does look like a mountain village to me.
Thank you for looking and I hope to see you on your blogs. Please join in with us and have fun.

p.s .Because our Blog is called CD Sunday it  means that a CD must be used and stipulated somewhere in the making of your project or card. My card this time helps clarify a point we have made about using digital or computer generated  images.
The Serif Craft Artist Graphics programme was bought as a CD and loaded onto my computer. Many many of the Daisy Trail additions were purchased as CD's.  This is very different to purchasing an image or card as a single download or indeed purchasing and downloading the contents of a CD when it is available as an actual CD (that you pop into the coffee drawer).

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Just a few more ATCs

Thought I would post a few of my recent and older  ATC makes. They are some I have made for a  swop group to which I belong.

A couple of parchment Clowns. The image was from the internet. I printed out onto parchment and then did some embossing.

The next one is 'E' is for....I chose E.T.    I actually have a talking E.T. and I took a photo and added some googly eyes.

This one was for 'The Wild West

And lastly this one was for the theme 'Fruity.'
I love making these little treasures. Great to do when you  feel like just exploring and fiddling.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

CD Sunday - 'J' is for ..... chosen by Wynn

Good Morning everyone.  I hope you had a good Christmas and that 2018 is starting off well for you.
I managed to see all my immediate family over the week so I had a good time.

Now for this challenge Wynn has chosen a letter challenge. I always like those because as long as you have chosen the one stated - obviously -  then you can do almost anything (but don't forget the CD).
I chose 'J' for Jewellry and decided to add to my ATC stash.

Here they are - two pendants and three brooches:

I had a lot of fun making these. The images are all from the internet and the backings are from these CD's   - Magical Christmas Moments and Carol Ann's Studio.
I went mad with the bling. Some are gems and some are peel off gems . For the Peacocks tail and the round pendant I used the peel off gems as they were the perfect shape and the two Owls, the Frog and the body of the Peacock are all decorated with  gems.
I hope you like them as much as I enjoyed making them.
No please don't forget that you can enter via our Facebook page (here) .
Please come and join us if you can and then we can come and visit you. Don't forget there is always a prize for the winner of the Top 3 chosen by the challenge creator.
See you on your Blog or on Facebook.

Sunday, 17 December 2017

CD Sunday Challenge - 'Christmas Flowers and or Foliage' - chosen by Meg

Good morning crafters. This is my last CD Sunday card until after Christmas. Our challenge has been chosen by Meg and what a  super one to have to finish off the year.  Here is my offering:

I loved making this card.  I used Funkyhand Papercraft Factory - Twelve crafters crafting - Wintery Magic.  What a mouthful!  Very sadly Funkyhands are no longer active but I am very pleased to have a good few of their fantastic CD's.  With them I have a wonderful source of backgrounds and these so useful  'word' cards.
The Christmas Roses are some that I bought earlier in the year (can't remember from where) and the leaves were punched using one of my favourite punches.  They are in fact punched using green parchment.

I would like to thank you for your support of the  CD Sunday Blog and indeed of my own Blog.  We hope to have your continued support in 2018 and also to welcome new challengers via  Facebook.

May I wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous and successful crafting New Year.