Sunday, 27 January 2013

CD Sunday - Hello Doily

No - you are not seeing things - it does say Doily and not Dolly.  An unusual and clever twist and has been chosen by Jocelyn.
I used this theme to make a birthday card for my parchment Tutor.  One has to be very brave to make an all parchment card for a parchment tutor so this one has just a touch.

The lovely tea service topper came from La Pashe.  The blue scalloped round mat was bought at a show and the parchment doily was made using a Pergamano Multi Grid.  The mat and the doily were stitched to the background with blue glass beads.  I found the backing card on Joanna Sheen's -  'from the heart of the garden' CD by Jane Shasky.  I couldn't believe how well the flowers matched those on the tea service in colour and shape.
My fellow teamies have made some fabulous cards so please have a browse on their Blogs and I know they will be inspirational .

Sunday, 20 January 2013

CD Sunday - Forever in Blue Jeans

Good morning from very snowy Surrey.  About the same as every where else I think.  We only managed one day at the show instead of the three but at least we did get to see some of our regulars.

This weeks theme has been chosen by Sue and what an unusual one.  I struggled a bit to begin with and even had friends emailing me various bits and pieces that might have been suitable but then I popped an old favourite Cd into the machine and found the perfect image.

 This all came from Crafty Computer Paper - Card Kits for Men CD.  All except the button - which is real.  I decoupaged the pocket and the phone.  I think that the artwork on this image is amazing.  It really looks like jeans material and even the worn threads look as though they could be pulled and snipped off. So from struggling at the beginning I ended up very pleased with the card I achieved.  Just need to find a suitable recipient.  So it will go into the 'one I made earlier' box.
I hope you have fun with this one and please don't forget to say Hi when you call.

Friday, 18 January 2013

No Parchment Stand at Sandown today

It has been  decided that it would be daft to struggle in  as it is snowing now and the forecast says it will be continuous.  We will then be worrying all day about getting home - especially in the dark.  I was up and ready to make the effort but our 'leader' made a sensible decision.
We will see what tomorrow brings.  I did bring all my things home last night just in case  and for once I made a sensible decision.
Carol  xx

Sunday, 13 January 2013

CD Sunday - Vintage Vogue

Parchment with a 'photograph' is my choice for this theme chosen by Jenny.  I think my fellow teamies have made some really great cards so please visit them to have a look.

Here is my contribution:

This pattern - which I have used before - is a CraftsUprint download by Susan McGuirk.  It is designed as a photo frame but it is easy to adapt and use as a card. The centre image is from MCS 'Deco Follies' which I created and printed out on photographic paper. The gold dots on the frame were made using a new gold pen purchased from Pergamano.  Gold pens are notoriously difficult to use on parchment as the flow seems to break up on the slightly shiny surface but I have been very impressed with this pen.
I look forward to your visits.  Please leave a messsage so I know you have called.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

I need a hug

This is nothing to do with cards, DT's or parchment.  Just me feeling sorry for myself.  I had a 3 month check at the # Clinic today and the x-rays show the possibility that one of the screws in my arm is sticking out beyond the bone.  No boring medical details but it looks as though another op is seriously on the cards (depending on the result of a planned CT scan).  This time to remove all the screws and plate.  I am afraid it will put me back several months in my recovery and to say I am unhappy about it is an understatement. 
So much for my hopes that 2013 couldn't be any worse than 2012.  What a start!

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Easter Card - parchment

I am frantically getting projects made and things ready for the Sandown Show - see sidebar.  Have only  9 days left to get organised. 
I am concentrating on an Easter and Spring theme and to this end I have just finished a parchment Easter card  using a Gilly Howe pattern.  I love Gilly's patterns and have done a few.  The 'egg' itself was quite easy but as they say the devil is in the details.  I found it quite difficult - believe it or not - to get the parchment rainbow liner to fit perfectly.  I am pleased with it though.

Do you remember all those miniature handbags I made?  I have decided to use the open basket style ones and fill them with miniature chocolate eggs.  I hadn't got quite enough of that style so I have been busy making some more.  I then discovered that if I fill them with the eggs they are going to be too heavy to hang from my Fotofall thingie so off to Amazon I went and purchased a more substantial necklace tree.  Well a girl can never have too many of those and it will always be useful for future shows - if not I will have to buy more necklaces.
I am now planning some parchment butterflies and spring type flowers.

Sunday, 6 January 2013

CD Sunday - Art Nouveau

Good Morning everyone. Well the New Year has well and truly started and as usual we have a Sponsor for the 1st Sunday of the month.  This month we are delighted to say that we are being sponsored by Peerless Designs.  Sarah has given us a copy of their Cd - Floral Jewels -  to be given to the lucky randomly drawn winner.
The design team were each given a different folder from the Cd to work with and this is what I have done with mine:

I used MCS to play around with the images and backing paper and then printed everything out and assembled the card.  For the first time I used the punch element and had great fun with it.  I went a bit mad with this newly discovered tool and punched out so many.  I wanted to use them all so I came up with this design.  I am still in love with  swirly dies so an  Art Nouveau card was the classic place to use one.  I did have to very carefully cut off one of the swirls as it covered the face.
I have now given this  as a birthday card to someone who loves Art Nouveau and Art Deco so it has gone to a good home.

Thank you Lynn for being our GDT for December and for your beautiful creations - and welcome again to Sue.  Sue had started as our GDT last October but sudden family commitments cut short her stay with us so second time lucky.

Thank you to all who entered our challenge last week - Think of a Number - and I will be choosing my top three later and will have a small gift for the winner.
Have a good week and please feel free to leave a message when you visit.  It is always a delight to know you have called.