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Sunday, 23 April 2017

CD Sunday - 'Sketch' - chosen and designed by Moi

I decided to choose a Sketch for my challenge theme because the Blog hasn't had one for quite a while and I think I have only ever done one sketch challenge before and that was on CD Sunday.

So here is the Sketch:

and here is the card in parchment that I made for the challenge:


The Robin is my own watercolour painting executed some time ago now when I was attending Evening Classes.
I scanned the painting and then printed it on to parchment paper and then embossed in various places to give it life.  I then made a border around the image to make a smallish topper.
Then I used a Groovi plate to give me the larger square and I traced the Merry Christmas sentiment on all four sides rather than just the one and then gave it all the same border that I used on the topper.
The larger backing square comes from a  Robert Addams Cd - Let it Snow.  The two layers were then attached to the backing card with brads - the two groups of three to match the sketch.  Also to match the sketch are the two circles and these are my own parchment flowers with fancy brad centres.

I enjoyed making this card and I hope to see many different  interpretations of the Sketch design. Please though don't forget to use a CD somewhere in your design and let us know which one you have used. More things to read here.
Thank you for looking.
Hugs
Carol
xx

Friday, 21 April 2017

The Queen and I are having a birthday today

and I thought I would show you just  three of the fabulous cards I received .  I love my parchment, stitching and decoupage but these first two cards are so different.

The 1st one from a forum friend:

The stitching is beautiful.  Not something I would attempt.  Thank you Yvonne.

The 2nd is from fellow CD Sunday DT member Margaret:

I was thrilled to receive this fabulous card as Margaret knows I love the Minions.  I have a talking Kevin  and Margaret sends me many Minion quotes when she can find them.  But this done in Tatting blew me away.  Thank you Margaret.

The third is a beautiful card from my great friend in Northumberland. Beautifully made and a lovely verse inside.  Thank you Joyce.

The reference to the Queen is because my Mother used to tell me that the guns firing a birthday salute on this day in Hyde Park were especially for me. I was only lickle and I believed her.

Hugs
Carol
xx


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

More art from Colin Thompson

Yes - I have another finished Colin Thompson jigsaw to show off to you.  I just love his work.  He is a British Artist who now lives in Australia and he has the most incredible imagination.  I can't afford to buy his artwork  or even if I could I haven't the room to display it so I have resorted to buying his jigsaws.  I love doing jigsaws - always have - so this way I get the best of both worlds.

This one is called 'The Inventors Cupboard' and here is the picture from the box:

Now here is my finished one. This is the best picture I could get indoors.  Bit difficult to cart it outside without losing pieces.  There are a 1000 of them.
Whilst tracking down Colin's artwork looking for future jigsaw purchases I happened on a site in America that sells items made using his artwork.  Of course I was tempted and here is what I purchased:
A Mug - obviously
and this that arrived this morning:
A Tote Bag
Both these items depict "The Bizarre Bookshop 2" - my favourite (so far) of his designs.

So later today I will break up 'The Inventors Cupboard' and start on the next one.  I have four new ones at the moment.  They keep me occupied whilst I still have the trapped nerve.  Although a little better it hasn't untrapped itself yet.
Keep well.
Hugs
Carol
xx

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Christmas 2017

I know - I know - it is much too early but I did promise myself last year that I would start making them sooner this year .......and I have.

To start with just a simple parchment one using Groovi plates and punched flowers:

The frame is from the larger of the two frame plates, the centre pattern is another plate with added sun tool and 5 needle tool patterns.  The white dots are from a Pergamano grid and the flowers are punched from 150gsm coloured parchment paper. The 'Merry Christmas' is traced from the larger Groovi plate.
The wonderful brads and spacers are from Nellie Snellen and I bought them from The Art of Craft.

My pins and needles etc are still here but a bit less in severity hence I have managed some crafting. Now off to tackle some unfinished projects and make myself feel very good.

I see we already have some fabulous entries in our CD Sunday Birthday Challenge.  If you don't know about us please come visit.  As you see it is our 7th Birthday and we are celebrating with a special prize for the winner -  to be chosen by Pauline.  Here is where you will find us so that you can join in.  Still a week to go.

Hugs
Carol
xx

Sunday, 9 April 2017

CD Sunday - "Spring Colours" - chosen by Pauline

A great choice for a challenge by Pauline.  So many colours of Spring to choose from  and use on your card or project.  As long as a CD has been used for any part of your creation you are in with a chance of being in Paulines Top 3.  So many CD's have some wonderful Spring ideas.

Now Paulines Top 3 is a bit special for this challenge as it is CD Sundays 7th Birthday on the 18th April and in celebration we have a special prize that will be added to the top prize.  More details and a picture are viewable here so I won't spoil the surprise now.
Now that the CD Sunday Blog post is there for all to see I will show you the special prize on offer.

Secret Slider
A fabulous prize to win I think you will agree.


My contribution to the teams ideas are these colourful Spring-like notelets.
These little beauties come from Jane Shaskys' - 'from the heart of the garden' CD2.  I like to have a few notelets in the drawer as it is often nicer to sent a physical note rather than an email.  The ones I made for a recent CD Sunday Challenge 'Shades of Autumn' (last September) have all  been used so  I needed a fresh supply - voila!

I also made a matching envelope to keep them in so I can find them quickly:
I am looking forward to viewing some stunning 'Spring Colours' and to see who wins our special prize.

I hope you all have a very Happy Easter and lots of yummy chocolate.

Carol
xx

Thursday, 6 April 2017

ATC Swop UK

Our Facebook group swop theme for this month is unsurprisingly Easter. The last theme I joined in with was the Dec/Jan Winter Wonderland so I felt I must join in with this one.  My crafting is still limited as the trapped nerve?? is still ever present.

I chose some simple but colourful images which I obtained on the 'net:
My favourites are the two 'HAPPY EASTER's'.  Each letter is decoupaged and they look as though they are made of stitched material.  Some stragetically placed gems to finish off.
Carol
xx

Sunday, 26 March 2017

CD Sunday - 'Any Old Iron' - chosen by Jocelyn

Good Morning.  I hope you are all well and enjoying Mothering Sunday.

For Jocelyn's theme I decided to take the theme literally and chose a Trinitage from La Pashe showing a Rag and Bone man with his horse and cart to represent the 'Any Old Iron' song which I remember hearing when I was very very young.

I have added a die cut bicycle to go with his very crumpled one and a die cut Happy Birthday banner in blue. A very simple card but I think effective.  I particularly like the brick wall background.
I visited You tube and found this.
I had never heard of Harry Champion and it does sound a very old recording.

I hope you will visit and leave a word or two.
Hugs
Carol
xx

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Happy Birthday to a special friend

Tis a special friends birthday today and this is the card I made for her using MCS - Elegant Ladies.

I am afraid that sadly this year the only little bit of decoupage is the bow.  I have been making  more 'graphic' cards recently than ever before whilst I have these trapped nerves.  It is good practice though and I am losing some of my prejudices.
Whilst I am not doing parchment crafting etc I am still doing jigsaws. The one I am doing at the moment is 'The Bizarre Bookshop  2 '  by Colin Thompson:


 I have discovered a Ravensburger Colin Thompson Colouring Book and I am having fun colouring the puzzle that I am actually doing:
I haven't made a very good job of the scanning but you get the idea.
An unexpected parcel from Amazon arrived this morning and on opening I found an early Mother's Day gift -  two more puzzles from my wish list.

Carol
xx

Sunday, 12 March 2017

CD Sunday - "Enjoy" (tea/coffee) - chosen by Margaret

Hi everyone.  A slightly unusual theme for our new challenge chosen by Margaret.  Fascinated by a poster in a cafe that she and her husband visited whilst on holiday Margeret has chosen the tea and coffee depicted that we all enjoy -  hence the challenge.
Here is the poster
It is a clever image - even if she isn't the most beautiful of maidens.   Her wind blown hair to me means the wafting of coffee aromas and her attire means holidays.
Enough psychobabble - here is my card:

It had to be the 'Mad Hatter' for my tea or coffee.  Actually coffee for me.  I am a great coffee drinker and very rarely drink tea.   I don't need much pressure to use one of my favourite CD's -  A Very Important Date from MCS. I just love all the artwork on this CD and will use it at the drop of a hat.
The coffee cup and spoon have been decoupaged.  A card I thoroughly enjoyed making.

I hope you are going to enter Margaret's challenge.  I will look forward to seeing how you interpret her theme.

Carol
xx



Sunday, 26 February 2017

CD Sunday - "Punch it out" - chosen by Wynn

Now Wynn has said that dies or punches or both may be used for this challenge- but please don't forget something from a CD.
I have used both dies and punches and added to my ATC stock at the same time. I am still limited in my crafting abilities by this trapped nerve? or whatever so I chose ATCs as being an easier option.
Here they are:
The letters are die cut and the flowers are punched.  The backgrounds of all the ATCs are from CD's. The middle two are from Funky Hands - 'Happy Birthday' and the other four are from Carol Ann's Studio CD's.  I put them all together in MCS using one of their backgrounds and then took it into my ACDSee Graphic programme and added the border and the writing. (Harrington font if you are interested). I added lots of gems and pearls all over the place.
Please leave a comment if you feel so inclined and I will see you on your Blogs.
Carol
xx

Thursday, 16 February 2017

More Jigsaws - I'm afraid

Whilst I still have this trapped nerve thingie my actual card making etc is still sporadic. Trouble is that parchment work and stitching - my favourites  - need fine muscle control and that is lacking at the moment so.......... jigsaws to the rescue.

I finished this one quite quickly because as you can see the colour blocks are quite distinct.

It is another Colin Thompson one called 'Bizarre Babble'.

But the one I have started now is another story.  'The Artist's desk'.   I loved the image when I first saw it and I think the subject is very apt but Oh boy!  is this one a ....... or should I politely say - difficult.

I don't know what possessed me but I will finish it.  The artist - Aimee Stewart - is American.

See you later.
Carol
xx

All finished.  Certainly not an easy one but enjoyable to do.
xx

Sunday, 12 February 2017

CD Sunday - Friendship, Love and Romance - chosen by Meg

It's that time again so Meg has chosen an appropriate theme.  For me it's a bit like Halloween.  I don't do  either (except Halloween ATCs) but in true team spirit I have made a card and here it is:

The stitch pattern comes from here and the gingham background pattern come from Robert Addams - Printable Gingham etc CD.
 I loved the stitch pattern especially the bees that I think look very realistic. I used a holographic thread for the wings hoping to give them some shimmer.
Robert Addams Printable Gingham patterns are so useful.  Different sorts of ginghams and lots of great colours. I have been using this CD for quite a while and very often. It is one of my 'go to' CD's.

You will see on the CD Sunday Blog that we have a new teamie - Jane.  Jane has been a Guest Designer in the past and has been helping us out whilst Pamela and Jocelyn have been MIA.  We have decided that we want her to stay and join us and we are pleased that she has said yes to our invitation.  There are now 8 of us and there will be 8 posting as soon as Pamela has rejoined us.
I know Valentines' day is only a couple of days away but your card can be a friendship card, an Anniversary card or just an 'I love you' card.  You don't have to wait until the 14th to say that .....or you could have one ready for next year!!
Looking forward to visiting you.
Carol
xx

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Groovi plates and Woodware stamps

I love using Woodware stamps on parchment and I know I have said that before -  but I love the clean clear lines of the designs.
I am determined to start using my Groovi plates.  I have bought a fair few and it is time to stop just looking at them.  I have been copying and storing many example cards that I have seen for ideas but have started with one that is all my own idea (helped a little by fellow parchers at our Workshop).
The stamp has been stamped in white and then embossed.  The 'bubbles' are quite large and take quite a bit of slow careful embossing. The frame is from a Groovi plate and the curly stem and leaves are from another plate.
Hope you like it.
Carol
xx

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Unbelievable !!!

Another Jigsaw with a piece missing.  I don't know yet whose fault it is - but I will check the car even though it was missing before I went out anywhere.

This is the one I am doing now


Another of 'The Curious Cupboard' series - The Kitchen Cupboard.
I like this one much more than the last Christmas one and am speeding along.
All this jigsaw doing is because I can't do much crafting at the moment because I have trapped nerves in my neck (arthritis) and my right arm, hand and fingers are badly affected with pain and numbness.
I seem to be able to do the jigsaws as you don't need such fine control and it keeps me from going round the bend with boredom.
I have an appt for something called Nerve Conduction Studies.  It appears to involve needles a bit like acupuncture!!- Ouch.

I have Parchment Workshop this afternoon.  Not much will be done but at least I can chat to the girls and spend some money.
xx

P.S.  I found the missing piece so no ones fault but mine own.  It was right down the side of my new electric armchair.  Lucky it didn't get mashed in the works.  Lesson learned - look harder next time.
xx

Sunday, 29 January 2017

CD Sunday - 'Do what you love' - chosen by Pamela

Although teamie Pamela is still 'on leave' she has managed to choose a theme for our new challenge and a good one it is.  You can choose any subject and style to show off what you love most but do remember to use something from a CD in your creation.

Here is my own creation:


I particularly like combining my love of parchment with my love of making and swopping ATCs.
So here are four ATCs made using parchment butterflies  which have been made using a Pergamano grid and stitched to the background with beads.  I love beads as well.  I have hundreds possibly thousands if you count all the seed beads individually.  I must have been a Magpie in another life.
Today whilst I was preparing and thinking about doing this post and the CD Sunday one I also made a Banana loaf cake - another love of mine - the baking and the eating.
The backgrounds come from a CD -  Artylicious Butterfly Bliss by Glenda Waterworth.

I do hope you will enjoy Pamela's challenge and I look forward to visiting your Blogs - and perhaps you might be kind enough to leave me a comment or two.
Hugs
Carol
xx

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Every Jigsaw lovers embarrassment

I am pink with embarrassment after I had contacted Amazon about the missing piece from my Jigsaw - because I have found it.
I said it wasn't anywhere in the house - it was in the car.    I had to go to a very early hospital appt this morning and as I got into the front passenger seat I saw the piece on the floor between the seat and the door.
We can only think that it must have caught unnoticed on my clothing and just dropped off as I sat in the car.
To make me feel worse a brand new replacement jigsaw arrived this morning from Amazon free of charge.  It is now relabelled and waiting go to the PO.

So I can't blame anyone but myself.

Here is a photo with the found piece.  Now I can put it all back in the box.
I have already sorted out the edge pieces for the next Cupboard jigsaw.  This time it is The Kitchen Cupboard.

Carol
xx




Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Every Jigsaw lover's nightmare

A MISSING PIECE

I started a Jigsaw after Christmas and it took me until last evening to finish it.
This is the Jigsaw:

This is in a series called The Curious Cupboard by a wonderful artist Colin Thompson. I love all of his puzzles that I have done so far and this one is certainly the hardest I have done so imagine my distress when I found I was missing the last piece.  All those hours!!
I have searched the house and even emptied the cleaner bag - but no piece.  I have sent an email to Amazon and asked them to enquire with the manufacturer.

This is my finished effort (the lighting is a bit naff I am afraid).  Can you spot the missing piece?


 Hugs
xx
p.s. When I told my son (who has watched my efforts closely as he has to pass the jigsaw on his way up to his bat cave) all I got was a sort of chuckle...............I wonder!

Sunday, 15 January 2017

CD Sunday -' Make it Male' chosen by moi

Good morning.  I hope all your snow has gone but if you still have some that there isn't too much of it and you don't have any storms.
The challenge for the next two weeks has been chosen by me.  The usual cry is that we don't make enough cards for the men in our lives so to readdress this a little I have chosen to do something for our Males.

My card comes from a CD that I have had for quite some time - 'For Men' by Diane Dorward.  I have met Diane a few times - a lovely lady - but not seen her for quite a while. I hope you are well Diane if by chance you should read this.  I loved this image when I first saw it and it made me smile - still does.  I have done a little decoupage.

It seemed appropriate as a 'Retirement' card so I added the sentiment using my graphics programme.
I look forward to some blog hopping and also to the speedy return of our missing teamies.
Take care.
Carol
xx

p.s. I have found the site for Diane Dorward and it would appear that her CDs are still for sale and here is the link.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

CD Sunday - 'Something New' - chosen by Pauline

Happy New Year to one and all.  If you have attended celebrations I hope that no heads are banging.

'Something New' is a good choice for the first challenge of our new year. There can be many new somethings.

I have chosen a few with my team contribution:
The CD I have used is by Robert Addams - Nautica.  Not a new CD as such but the background is from the CD and is one I have not used before.  The stitch pattern - 'Tall Ships' - is a new one to me. In fact I bought it for this very card.  The sails are stitched with a particular thread that I have not used before and the die I used for the sentiment is not new but this is the first time I have used it.

Does everyone keep those New Year resolutions that we seem to make so easily.  I sometimes think that I should make some and then don't bother or can't be bothered.  But this year I really want to start making my Christmas cards earlier and use my ever growing pile of groovi plates so perhaps I can combine the two.  So here is hoping that I can manage to keep my resolutions and that you can keep yours.
I look forward to another happy year of crafting, receiving visits on here and making visits elsewhere.  What a wonderful thing the WWW is.
Hugs
Carol
xx