Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Study in Turquoise with parchment

The pattern for the border - by Sue McGuirk - is a download purchased from Craftsuprint.  The butterfly is from Pergamano Magazine M103 - coaster patterns - by Hiskia Wittenaar. The toning background card was printed from 'Enchanted Dreams' by Joanna Sheen
The turquoise beads from my stash - everyone sewn on by hand!

Sunday, 28 October 2012

CD Sunday - Beautiful Blue

Good Morning everyone. It is getting a tad colder here but no snow - thank goodness.
Thank you for your entries last week in our not quite so easy theme of Poetry Corner.  I'll be choosing a winner and letting Jenny know.

This week our theme has been chosen by Christine and it is " Beautiful Blue."  I have chosen to use parchment and I printed a willow pattern download from Alan and Barry straight to parchment and then embossed where appropriate.  I then used a fancy grid to achieve the oval shape.  My CD content this week is the background paper which is a crackle blue from Ooh La La's - Shoes in Bloom. 
The mirri card behind the oval is in fact a beautiful blue but the scanner has reduced it to black

p.s.  I am glad to report that there has been a great deal of improvement in the condition of my arm and I am now so pleased to feel so much better than I have done over the last 18 weeks. To quote our family saying.  'I am much more betterer'.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

CD Sunday - Poetry Corner

Gosh - what another wet week we have.  Still no sunshine here.  At least it isn't too cold yet.
We had some wonderful entries in our Autumn theme last week and thank you.  I always enjoy my visits to your Blogs and the consequent further travels that always happen.

This week - for some reason or other - it was my choice again.  I think we had a administrative reshuffle.  Anyway - in a moment of madness -  I chose Poetry Corner.  Not an easy one I'll be the first to admit  but as I know our regulars always manage some wonderful interpretations of our themes I am looking forward to what comes.
Our teamies have chosen some great poems so please take a moment to click on the pictures and read them.

I have chosen this one:

 "Monday's child is fair of face..."
by Mother Goose

Monday's child is fair of face,
Tuesday's child is full of grace;
Wednesday's child is full of woe,
Thursday's child has far to go;
Friday's child is loving and giving,
Saturday's child works hard for its living;
But the child that is born on the Sabbath day
Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay

I chose to do 7 ATC's and used MCS.
here they are.
I think a little political correctness has crept into MCS as the last line on my ATC reads:

"Is blithe and bonny, and good always."

On that note -- I'll see you on your Blogs.
Carol x

p.s.  If you want to find out what day of the week you were born I have found this link


Thursday, 18 October 2012

Parchment rescue

I was making a special parchment card for a friends birthday and I was really pleased with the centre image.  This involved tracing with a sepia pen, embossing and then colouring with sepia to give the right aged look.
I then went on to do the border work as per the pattern but when I had finished I really didn't like it.  I was annoyed as I  had spent so long on the image.  I  didn't want to waste it all so I cut out the oval and attached it to an ATC and gave it some bronze corner peel-offs.  The hat feathers and the fur collar originally extended beyond the oval but I had to trim them.
At least I haven't wasted some of the work.

Back to the drawing board.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

CD Sunday - Autumn Splendour

This weeks theme has been chosen by our teamie -  Wendy (Purple Crazy) - and I really enjoyed making my card for this one.
I found my image on Ooh La La's CD  - Carnival of Colour.  This is my next favourite CD of theirs after the 'Shoes'.  I chose to do the pyramage  and just mount it simply on gold mirri card and then a toning background.  The painting is good enough to stand on it's own.  I just added a couple of die cuts for balance. The leaf frond is one of my favorite die purchases and I cut this one  from an unused pyramage layer.

The Autumn colours do not seemed to have arrived in any quantity around here.  I haven't been doing much travelling of late as driving is still difficult so may be it just appears that way around where I live.  The oak tree leaves here are still very green.
Thank you all for the great selection of Christmas cards last week and I hope you enjoy this weeks challenge .

Sunday, 7 October 2012

CD Sunday - Caroline's Digis - Christmas

As it is the 1st Sunday of the month it is sponsorship time and we are so pleased that Caroline of Carolines  is sponsoring our challenge this week.  Caroline kindly sent all the team a set of her Christmas Silhouettes and we have all made our cards using them.  They are so easy to use and each folder has lots to choose from and some samples of what can be made.  I chose to follow that route and copied one of the samples but added some glitter and some corner gems.
Here is my offering - created using MCS - and I am very pleased with it and intend to use my saved copy for several of my own Christmas cards..
Caroline is giving a set of the Silhouette kits to the lucky winner (their choice) who will be chosen at random.
So to coin a phrase - 'you have to be in it to win it'.  We look forward to your entries and please take the time to look at my fellow teamies blogs to see what you can do  with one of Caroline's kits.
So lots of Christmas cards please.

I would also like to say thank you to Kevin for his wonderful cards whilst our guest designer for September and welcome  the return of Sue as our GD for October.  We look forward to more of her fab cards as part of our challenges.