Sunday, 25 August 2013

CD Sunday - On the Beach

Good Morning.  If all has gone well I should be home by now being pampered and waited on by my sister.
Caz has chosen our theme this week and for this one I went to what is by now my favourite CD - The Best of La Pashe 2012.  Before I took up parchment decoupage was my favourite discipline and I just love the decoupage on the La Pashe CD's.


For the card itself I scanned a piece of sandpaper and then printed it out on 280gsm card and I was pleased to see that it does look just like beach sand.
The green mat is some holographic found in my stash and the second mat and the image are both from the CD.

I have found too that all these images on the CD  reduce down in size beautifully to make ATC's.  Here is the one I made using this image for a recent swop.  And it is decoupaged.


All for now.

Friday, 23 August 2013

Crafts-Too Challenge You (C2cu) Challenge #2 - Summer Days - Twist 2 - Beach Colours -

Hello for the second/third week of our Twist 2 challenge - 'Beach Colours'.

I decided I would really like to do some parchment for this challenge and I went to my favourite designer Judith Maslen for inspiration.  I have done this pattern before but I have taken some liberties this time and there are a few alterations to fit the challenge. (sorry Judith).

Isn't he just gorgeous?  I have re-designed the border, added a blue band of colour and some blue and white striped ribbon and buttons from Crafts-Too - all to accentuate the beach and sea feel. He has been traced in black ink and then embossed and coloured.  I think he is definitely an 'Edward'.

Carol xx
C2cu DT

Sunday, 18 August 2013

CD Sunday - Add a Number

Good Morning.
Starting with today I am afraid that all my postings for the next few weeks will be scheduled ones. I know this is very impersonal and please bear with me,  but I will be back to 'live' postings once I am fit and able again.
This weeks challenge - Add a Number -  has been chosen by Jocelyn - and for this card I went to the new House Mouse Triple Collection - CD 2.  They are so cute.

Everything except the die cut tulips ( which are Memory Box - if memory serves me correctly!) came from the CD.
Even though I won't be replying  I look forward to receiving  your comments and looking at your blogs when I can.

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Keeping busy

finishing off a stack of birthday cards.  I will need some of these in the next few weeks and months.  Decoupage is something that I can sit and do quietly without any undue strain on my arm and I love doing decoupage - especially using the La Pashe 2012 CD.
I enjoyed making them and here they are.

 I really don't know what I am going to do when I can't craft for a few weeks.  I don't read a lot so it will be back to jigsaws I expect.

Friday, 16 August 2013

Crafts-Too Challenge You(C2cu)- Challenge #2 -Summer Days - Twist 2 - Beach Colours

Good Morning and welcome to Twist 2 of our August Challenge - Summer Days.  This time we would like you to use some beach colours

Here is my creation which I hope will give an idea of what we are looking for, or perhaps even give some inspiration.

For this easel card I have used from my pack from Crafts-Too  - buttons, ribbon and the striped backing paper. The Beach Hut and shell stamps used came from the free set with Creative Stamping (I think Issue 10).  I thought the beige buttons looked a bit like pebbles and I used the blue striped ribbon to look like a wave. The beach huts are coloured with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils.

I look forward to seeing more of the wonderful creations that we have been receiving.
Carol xx
C2cu DT

p.s.  I won't be making any comments for a while I am afraid but my fellow team members will be doing my turns for me.  

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Patchwork - Grid 37

Pergamano have fairly recently released two more multi grids - in fact nos: 36 and 37.  I bought them as soon as I knew about them directly from Pergamano and have just now had a chance to play with no: 37.  This one is all about patchwork and I think it is going to be one of my favourites.
Until my arm is sorted out I am a bit a restricted in what I can and can't do craftwise.  I can do parchment as that is quite easy one handed and I can use my Big Shot one handed as that is so stable.  But the guillotine is difficult.

For this card I embossed all but three of the little patchwork scenes.  I then made a patchwork using the smallest die of a set of hexagons I have just bought.  They are not the perfect size but near enough.  I cut several in red, green and yellow and stuck them in a pattern to a backing paper.
The striped card was printed using a Carol Ann's Studio CD.  I then offered up the parchment to the hexagons and  fixed them by using brads and some Perga Glue.

I don't think I will be making many more cards but I might try and do some finishing touches to ones almost complete.  I have to try and keep busy.

CD Sunday - Quick and Cute

Good Morning.

I think there is a slight chill in the air - at least compared with how it has been.  I can't say I am sorry as I don't like it very hot.

'Quick and Cute' has been chosen by Sue-b and for this I have chosen a couple of Yorkshire Terriers from The Best of La Pashe 2012.

They certainly look cute and it was a quick card to make so all the boxes ticked.

There is plenty of scope for all sorts of themes and styles.  I look forward to my last week (for a while) of blog hopping and commenting.

Have a good week.

Friday, 9 August 2013

Crafts-Too Challenge You (C2cu) - Challenge #2 - Twist 1 - Fun in the Sun

Good Morning. We are so pleased to have received  many wonderful entries in the 1st week of our second challenge.  Thank you all for your continued interest and support.
Here is my second card on this theme of 'Fun in the Sun' and for this I have been doing some stamping and colouring.

This is 'Making a Garland' using Marianne 'Snoesjes stamp', Marianne backing papers and Crafts-Too buttons.  The Rectangle Parenthesis dies (X cut) and the  'Dancing Tulip' die (Memory Box) , purple and green card are from my stash. The butterflies are cut from a piece of backing paper in the selection I received.
We are looking forward to receiving many more entries.  I love looking at all the different styles used and of course what else is new to buy.

Carol xx
C2cu DT

Sunday, 4 August 2013

CD Sunday - Transportation

Good Morning to everyone.  A lovely weekend here in the South after a late night thunderstorm on Friday.  It didn't last long enough to cool everything down but it did water the garden.

Yet another new month and we have a lovely sponsor this month - Lynn of 'Crafty Linby'.  Lynn has very generously offered a CD as her prize - Debbie Moore's Shabby Chic  Mechanical. As well as choosing the theme, giving a prize and choosing the winner  Lynn is also going to be our Guest Designer for this month.  Thank you so much Lynn for your support of our Challenges.

Now the team have all been thinking outside the 'box' this month and I know you will enjoy the cards that they have made for your inspiration.  I think I am way out of the box this time and here is my offering:

His legs and pose have been much admired by the team.  The pattern came from Stitching Cards and the palm fronds are from a die that I have - Marianne I think.

I can hear you saying - now where is the bit from a CD?  and here it is:

The insert which  is  from Robert Addams - Ancient Egypt CD
I thoroughly enjoyed making this simple card and I look forward to seeing how many more 'out of the box' creations we receive.

On a personal note - the count down to my op has started.  I now have a final date (20th August)  - the last of 4 alterations and change of hospital - and I have my pre - op assessment and physio consult on Tuesday.  Let's hope I pass after all this.

Carol xx

p.s. In answer to your question Margaret - yes I have ridden a camel.

A wonderful holiday in Egypt in 2005.

Friday, 2 August 2013

Crafts-Too Challenge You (C2cu) - 2nd Challenge - Summer Days. Twist 1 - Fun in the Sun

I can't believe we are already into the second month of our new Challenge but we are and we have chosen 'Summer Days'.  It is also difficult to believe that we have had Summer days but we certainly have and I for one am slowly melting.

For the first week of Twist 1 I have chosen to go to one of my favourite CD's (La Pashe 2012) and together with the decoupaged image I have used backing paper, ribbon and Marianne Craftables die cut utensils - all from my DT pack from Crafts Too.

I hope that everyone is having their own 'Fun in the Sun' and I look forward to visiting many blogs in the coming month.
If you look here you will find all the details about how and when the prizes for last month will be decided and the links to my fellow teamies wonderful creations for your inspiration.

Many congratulations to the winner of our mega Give Away - Susan @ Scrumplescrunch