Monday, 23 August 2010

Ooh La La Challenge #61 Elegant Ladies

I have used an image from Femme Fatale Cd - called Elegant. Printed directly to parchment and used a 'freebie' border that was designed for an ATC. I have just adjusted the size. The ribbon is also made from parchment. The BP is also from a folder on the same CD but I must confess I can't remember which one.
This border is proving to be one of my favourites. Effective and easily size adjustable.

Friday, 20 August 2010

White on Purple

I found this border as a free download on a Dutch site. It was done on a PCA Bold Diagonal Grid. The flower comes from my stash of parchment flowers. I make these when I have a moment using up scraps of parchment - plain and coloured. This will make a quickish and pretty 'Thank You' or 'Just for You' card. I am trying to have a fair selection of work to show at Sandown.
I had to take this apart and correct a mistake that someone at our workshop spotted. So a new photo.

Clip Art Glamour - Take 2

Back in July I did this image for my friend Pat from her Clip Art CD. I have sent it to her for her site and hopefully - promotions - so I decided I would like to do her again. As I never make exactly the same card twice I have made some little differences. Parchment flowers instead of ribbon, slightly different pink used and darker print for the image itself.
I just love this image - my favourite on the Cd.

Gothic Butterfly - for the Sandown Park Craft Show

Just made another of the lovely Gothic Butterflies from Pauline Loweth's pattern and then played with the photo in ACDSee. I am going to be at the The Stitch and Creative Craft Show at Sandown Park (Surrey) next month - 17th-19th September on 'The Art of Parchment' stand with two parchment tutors. I want to make several of these butterflies and others to showcase on the stand.
Please come and see me if you can make the Show. Stand F17. We were there for the first time in January and we were really pleasantly surprised at the number of visitors we had at the stand.

Link for the Show in the title. A tutor is doing a Make and Take each day at 11.00am

Wednesday, 18 August 2010



This is the third 'head' I have chosen from the Clip Art CD. I have embossed gently on the back and coloured the front with promarkers. The skin was done using polychromos pencil and Zest It. Gems have been added to the dress and the corners.

I have changed the photo for a better one and changed the title. I think she looks like Guinevere.

Butterfly Head

This is another 'head' image, on parchment, from my friend Pat's Clip Art CD. (link in the title) The border is a download from a free site and was done using a PCA bold diagonal grid. I coloured most of the flowers and butterflies on the front with promarkers. It was an experiment to see if the promarkers made the inkjet ink 'bleed' but they didn't and I was very pleased as I would like to use them more on parchment. I used rainbow paper for the backing.

Monday, 16 August 2010

CD Sunday Challenge - Buttons and Bows

I think the CD Sunday Challenge DT are being kind to us as we all have 'Buttons and Bows'.
This week I needed to make some new ATC's for the group I belong to - the United Kingdom Stampers Network (UKSN) so I have taken the oportunity to combine the two. I have used a wonderful Cd from Crafty Computer Paper - 'Crafty Image Emporium CD-rom' for the ATC backs. There is a wonderful selection on this CD. Then just added Buttons and Bows from my considerable stash.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

The Unicorn

I made this parchment card for a male friend a little while ago but wanted to add it to my gallery on here. The image of the unicorn was a download and was perfect to print on parchment so you could emboss the wonderful white mane and horn.
The border is one of my own design.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Parchment Lesson - Distressing Inks

The use of distressing ink and stamping was the subject of one of our recent lessons and I have only just finished this card as my homework. We used Tim Holtz distress ink - my colour was 'Dusty Concord'. We stamped the image and then 'drew' the wet ink with a brush. Our tutor gave us the pattern for the simple frame. It could be used for a photo - but I didn't. The 1st layer of background is a lovely suede effect from a 12 x 12 paper from Art of Craft. This is where our lessons are so we are lucky to have the whole store to search when we are looking for suitable embellishments.
I have stitched the frame with Miyuki Delica Crystal beads size 11. Silver lined Purple.

Monday, 9 August 2010

Ooh La La Challenge #60 Spots and Dots

This very 'classy' image comes from Ooh La La's CD Passion for Fashion. I have 'cut it out' of the topper on the Cd with my graphics programme (as the other ladies didn't have spotty dresses). Then used Carol Anne Studios CD for the spotty background which I have punched with my Martha Stewart financial investment.

Waterside Watercolours - Shades of Autumn

Here is the Autumn version of the first picture below. I have used the same border as before but this time the image has been printed on parchment. I think I did the first one on photo paper. I believe Tina is working on, or perhaps indeed finished, a Winter version of the same scene. I am looking forward to working on that one as well.
Link to Deb's site is on the left and in the title.

Waterside Watercolours - Summer

This lovely riverside watercolour scene was painted by Tina, lovely Mum to my dear friend Debs. Tina donated the picture to Debs to use as the basis for one of her CD's. I loved the image so I printed it out and added a parchment border to make a picture for Tina. The border pattern is one by Pauline Loweth.
Just click on the title or look at the link on the left to take you to Deb's site and her lovely fun CD's.

Sunday, 8 August 2010

CD Sunday Challenge - Music and Movements

For this weeks CD Sunday Challenge I have used 'Ballet Belles' by Fee J Designs for the images and the '18'. The music score was played about with in MCS where I also added the pink 'insert' and wording.
Now I just need to find someone who is having an 18th Birthday.

From September Sunday CD Challenge are starting a monthly challenge (first Sunday of each month) which will be sponsored by a CD producer so keep your eyes peeled. There are some wonderful sponsors lined up with lovely goodies to be won. Soooooooo, only 4 weeks till blast off!

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

The Strawberry Thief

The last of my little stock of William Morris designs from Stitching cards.
I have used Robert Addams Gingham Cd for the card and the little rosettes are from Ribbon Box. I always make straight for their stand at any Show I go to.

Snakes Head Fritillary

The third of the little stitch pictures I did whilst away. Just one more to make up after this one - all have been William Morris designs.
For the bow I have used some white satin/nylon ribbon and coloured it with a promarker - 'Blossom'.
The peel-off was coloured using Dufex Brush pens - my favourite for peel-offs.

Monday, 2 August 2010

Marigolds and Butterflies

I did several little stitch cards whilst I was away and this pattern is from Stitching Cards again - a William Morris design. I had another play with the Tool Box CD to make the background paper. I have had a beautiful piece of ribbon for ages but couldn't find the right card for it but this seems to be the one. As well as using it for the bow I have cut out a few of the sparkly butterflies and added them to the image. I have also used my Martha Stewart punch. I use it so little and it is working out at about £10.00 a punch. That is how we used to work out the cost of our golf. Annual Fee divided by the number of rounds played. Made you gulp a bit.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

CD Sunday Challenge - Anything Goes!

The CD Sunday Challenge this week seems very generous - Anything Goes!. I have chosen a card I have done for someone using inspiration from something they had. A beautiful little vase decorated with Charles Rennie Mackintosh pink roses. I took a photo of the vase with beautiful home grown Sweet Peas and used the photo for a background. This was made using Crafters Toolbox - a CD by Card Creations. I already had the pattern for the stitchwork roses and it was amazing that they were exactly the same in design and colour. The other mounts are pale pink and pale green linen mirri card and dark pink cardstock.
The stitch card pattern is Art Nouveau Rose 3 by Stitching Cards.

From September Sunday CD Challenge are starting a monthly challenge (first Sunday of each month) which will be sponsored by a CD producer so keep your eyes peeled. There are some wonderful sponsors lined up with lovely goodies to be won. Soooooooo, only 5 weeks till blast off!