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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

'Buttercups and Daisies' - parchment pattern by Judith Maslen

Here is the second project completed at our last workshop - 'Buttercups and Daisies.'
The important point to this pattern was to emboss the buttercup petals from the front to give a curved and shaped look.  I think this works. My colouring was done with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils although Judith designed the pattern for the use of felt tip pens. As frequent visiors to my site will know - I hate felt tips and don't use them. Judith knows this only too well and there is a certain gleam in her eye when she hands me the pattern at the workshop.

Here is the finished work:

I love our trips down to Barton on Sea and I am looking forward to the next trip in September. Judith is such a fabulous designer and teaches us so well.
Hugs
Carol
xx

Sunday, 23 July 2017

'Sepia Owl' - A Judith Maslen Workshop

A week ago was our 3rd workshop of 2017 with Judith Maslen down  in the New Forest.
We had two new patterns (as always) and this is the first - 'Sepia Owl'.
A beautiful design - as are all Judith's designs.  I worked away quite steadily and was enjoying the work but there was a 'likkle' problem.  In the border design Judith had used a 'moon' tool. Stupidly I have a thing about moon tools - I don't like them if they are to be embossed.  But I thought that if  I concentrated and took my time I would  conquer this stupid dislike......but I still made a pigs ear of it.
I tried to sort it out when I got home but made it worse so in desperation I 'took out' the owl which was OK and had taken a great deal of time to complete -  and then set about remaking the card.
I traced and embossed the pattern as before except that instead of the 'moon' tool I used a semi circle with 'sun' tool additions.  I embossed the greeting instead of using the sepia pen and where the pattern called for the tracing and embossing of the owl I used the owl I had saved from the first card.  I very carefully used perga glue on the very edges of the owl and stuck it to the pattern where the drawn owl would be.  So now I have a card I like with an owl that looks very 3D.
Here is my version of Judith's pattern. I hope she doesn't mind.

Hugs
Carol
xx


Sunday, 16 July 2017

CD Sunday - 'Celebration' - chosen by Jocelyn

A broad field of choices for this challenge by Jocelyn  Could be - Wedding - Engagement -  Anniversary -  Birthday -  Special Birthday -  Graduation -  New baby- and I am sure many others.
I have chosen a Birthday celebration for my card. Not a special birthday but the birthday of a special friend.
Anne (the friend) and I are belong to a group of six who have been celebrating their respective birthdays together for more years than I care to remember. I first met Anne when we sold our house to her about 30 years ago. The birthday girl chooses where we go to Celebrate and we have an extra outing at Christmas.
I loved Anne from the first moment we met.  After they had looked round the house Anne said she loved it and wanted it. Her husband said very cautiously - we must be careful dear. You never know there could be an artesian well under the kitchen floor. I don't care says Anne.  I'll stick a pot of flowers on it and make it a feature. (you have to imagine the accents - they are both from Scotland) We have been friends ever since.
Here is the card I made for her. It was her birthday on 10th July.

I used MCS - 6th Anniversary Collection - Elegant Ladies - Design Set 4 for the beautiful background. It looks like velevet in reality. The stitch pattern came from I know not where. I would like to be able to attribute it but cannot - at the moment.. The little piece of lace and velvet ribbon I have had in my 'box' for sometime and it seemed perfect for this card. Gems and peel offs used for the finishing touches.

Anne opened the card early - at her birthday dinner - and loved it so I was pleased.
If any one would like the pattern just email me using the CD Sunday blog email address.

I will have been to another of our Judith Maslen workshops yesterday so hopefully will have some parchment work to show you fairly soon.
I'll catch up with you all on my visits.
Hugs
Carol
xx

Monday, 10 July 2017

More for the Christmas box

I found this image on the net. It was unamed and unclaimed so I do not know to whom to give credit. I printed it onto parchment, embossed it from the back and did one of my favourite borders which is very simple but I think effective.

Carol
xx

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Christmas Snowman from La Pashe

A simple parchment border.  The Snowman has been embossed from the back and he has been backed with a square of snowy background card from La Pashe. The lovely brads and  silver supports are from Nellie Snellen. I used a simple silver peel off greeting. There wasn't room to emboss one into the parchment.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Two very different cards

This first card is for this Christmas.  The image is printed straight from a La Pashe CD onto parchment and then embossed at the back. The border was found in an old Parchment Magazine (2009) and was designed by Gwen Paxton. It proved to be a tricky pattern and I accepted the help of a couple of fellow parchers at our last Wednesday workshop. I finished it this evening and here it is:
This second card is so so different,  I was playing about with  'A Very Important Date' folder on MCS. I had something in mind as a Birthday card  and this is how it finished. I have one layer of decoupage to add but it was too hot this afternoon and it was making me fractious. I will add it later.

So a couple of very different cards but additions to the box.
Hope all are well.
Hugs
Carol
xx

Sunday, 2 July 2017

CD Sunday -' Up the garden path' - chosen by Margaret

Well it certainly is a bit cooler whilst I am typing this and we have had some much needed rain - which seems appropriate for Margaret's challenge -' Up the garden path '.
I am off out to a Garden Party in a little while.  Our parchment tutor has a beatiful garden and every year about this time we 'parchers' gather in her garden and chat and put the world to rights.  We hardly ever chat about parchment.  Funny that!

Any way - my card for the challenge.  Much to our Wynn's amusement I have strayed from my 'square is a shape' philosophy and voila!

I used an image etc from the  Behind Closed Doors Pop Up Card CD  by La Pashe. To add drama I have made it as an easel card.
I had great fun making this but must confess there were a few mutterings - but what's crafting without them.  We do get more when doing parchment.  That's because you can't just print another piece and start again.
It really does look better in real life. I know we all say that - but it does. The lovely little sprigs of trailing flowers were from my embellishment pot. They are stitched and I bought them from a friend at a show many moons ago.
The stone paving effect backing card is brilliant.  It looks so realistic that when you touch it you expect bumps. It was a free download.
The folder on the CD is called ' Secret Garden' and HERE I found this beautiful music of the same name 

Our team have made some super cards to give you inspiration. I will be showing those when I do the blog. Please visit their own blogs and share their enthusiasm. They always seem to make the challenge come alive.
Bye for now - off for some eats and perhaps a glass or two.
Hugs
Carol
xx

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Card for a Christening

Son No: 2 told me that he will be off to a Christening  tomorrow.  A baby boy born to a couple of his  closest friends. I had a look through my 'go to' box of cards but there was nothing suitable there so I showed him a few images and he chose one - and here is the card that followed:

The image and both matching backing papers come from a CD - Messy Rabbit by Joanna Sheen. The frame is a new die I bought from Hunkydory. The letters and numbers were diecut using a freegift - I think from one of my monthly magazines?  This little Alphabet die is becoming a favourite as I like the fonts and the letter size is perfect.  I decided not to do any decoupage.  I'll just put the other image into my box of bits to be used later!!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

'ATC Swop UK'

Here are the ATCs I made for the current swop - 'Nautical'.

They look so cool - I wish I could join them. The 'seaweed' and the fishes and the seahorse are all die cuts but the sealions are stamped from a new set of clear stamps by Marianne.  When I stamped them I used my new Tim Holtz stamp pad for the first time and I was very impressed.  It worked just like it did on his video demo. I stamped using Stazon on smooth watercolour paper and then painted them with my Lyra Aquacolors - also new.

On days like today I wished I lived by the sea.

Keep cool - if you can.
xx

Sunday, 18 June 2017

CD Sunday -' Sun or Sand or Sea' - chosen by Wynn

The perfect weather is here for Wynn's challenge choice.  Now Wynn lives in Cyprus so I am assuming that  Wynn enjoys this sort of weather more often than we do here in the UK.
So if you need to make a card for someone with a Summer birthday this challenge is the one for you.
Two of my children and my Nephew are all Summer babies so my challenge card will do for one of them.
Here is my 'Sun and Sand and Sea' card for your delectation:

A couple of close ups.


 I used La Pashe - the Best of (2012) CD for the image and the sentiment stopper. For the easel I printed on both sides of the card.  The outside was blue sky and clouds and the inside was 'sand'.   I have 'go to' 'sand' backgrounds that I made by scanning pieces of gold glitter card and  sandpaper. They do really look like sand.

The gulls and crabs are die cut. The eyes of the crabs are minute blue/black pearls that I found and again look very realistic.
I look forward to visiting many sunny climes  so that if it rains at least we will have something sunny to look at..
I would love you to leave a comment when you visit. They are always much appreciated.
Hugs
Carol
xx


Thursday, 8 June 2017

A special Anniversary

Today is a special Anniversary for my dear friends up in Northumberland.  It is their Diamond Wedding Anniversary. I managed to grab a moment to telephone them this morning and wish them a lovely day and here is the card that I sent them:

This is made of parchment using various Groovi plates, some special brads and lots and lots of tiny crystals.
Joyce always make beautiful inserts for her cards.  I don't I am afraid.  Because I used to sell my cards I got into the habit of just inserting plain sheets so that the purchaser/sender could add what they wanted to say - not what I wanted them to say.  Anyway this time  I made a special effort and found somewhere where you can buy inserts already designed and printed with appropriate messages and verses. Joyce was very impressed but I had to fess up.

I loved making this and I am very happy for them both.
Carol
xx

Sunday, 4 June 2017

CD Sunday - Shabby Chic - chosen by Meg


In the past I have always found the concept of 'Shabby Chic' cards difficult to grasp.  What is 'chic'?
One definition is - elegantly and stylishly fashionable. So how do you make it 'shabby' as well?
Difficult one but I have had a go.
I got carried away with the central image and some papers I found - some of which I tore to add the shabby bit.  Then I added a couple of manly looking die cuts to match the man on the bicycle. All was looking good until I realised that nothing had come from a CD.  Silly whatsit I thought . You are making this for CD Sunday. Then I remembered that Ooh La La have some great ribbons and bows on some of their CD's so that is where I went -  and found some on their Yesterday's Memories CD.
So I have proved that if I can then anyone can do Shabby Chic and that we mean it when we say that the smallest item from a CD counts. It doesn't all have to be from a CD.

Looking forward to seeing lots of Shabby Chic.

Hugs
Carol
xx

Sunday, 21 May 2017

CD Sunday - 'Say it with flowers' - chosen by Pamela

Teamie Pamela has chosen a challenge that has plenty of scope and I hope you will enjoy joining in with us.
I decided to combine stitching with die cutting:

I discovered that I had - at sometime - purchased a  batch of stitch patterns that included an old fashioned gramophone playing musical flowers and I also had a die of a similar gramophone so then I just needed something from a CD to put it all together. I found a suitable music backing paper on a
La Pashe CD - The Best Of 2012.
Thank you by the way to those who entered my 'Sketch' challenge.  I think I might like to design another sometime in the future.

(On a personal note I have had the steroid injection for the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in my right wrist and so far all seems well so I am hoping to be back to 'proper' crafting asap.  And for anyone who may have to have this 'jab' in the future it wasn't nearly as bad as I had imagined it might be. My GP did it.)
Hugs
Carol
xx

Monday, 15 May 2017

Jigsaw by a different artist just finished

I liked this one when I saw it online.
Called  'The Craft Shed'  and it is by Steve Read.  It looks idyllic and a bit too tidy but I enjoyed it as a change from the more challenging Colin Thompson.

Now tomorrow I am having my steroid jab into my wrist so I will not be crafting for a wee while. How long I don't know.  So I am organising a new puzzle to keep me occupied and this is a doozy by Colin Thompson:

It is called 'Flying Home' and lt looks a little difficult so it should keep me quiet.
I will see you when I come out the other side.
Hugs
Carol
xx

Friday, 12 May 2017

ATC SWOP UK

Whilst waiting for the 'Easter' swop ATC's to arrive I thought I would show the ones I have made for the May Swop - Book Titles.
I have chosen all James Bond books:
This is my own very plain presentation.  The ones the organisers do are so much better.
The book fronts do look a little dark.  They are all from the net and I think they are pictures of used books and in fact are a bit dog-eared in places. I am especially proud of the Golden Gun.  I found a silver one in my box of charms and used my gold pen on it and it seems to have been successful.

I wonder what the next theme will be.
Carol
xx

Sunday, 7 May 2017

CD Sunday - 'Anything Asian' - chosen by Jane

I think Jane has been very generous with her challenge choice as when you look up Asia in Wikipedia here is what it says: 

Asia is Earth's largest and most populous continent, located primarily in the eastern and northern hemispheres and sharing the continental landmass of Eurasia with the continent of Europe and ......

So we have a vast geographical area to choose from and we can make anything with the theme..... but don't forget to use a CD.

I haven't been very adventurous though I am afraid and have stuck to making a card and here it is.


The background is from a CD of Japanese Papers given to me by my friend Debs a long time ago. Topper given by a friend which I scanned and took the whole lot into MCS.  The parchment butterflies look clearer and more obvious in real life.
I hope you enjoy Jane's challenge.
I will be choosing my Top 3 for my Sketch challenge to share with you in a couple of weeks and thank you to those that entered.

So I will see you somewhere in Asia.
Hugs
Carol
xx


Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Latest jigsaw by Colin Thompson

This one is called 'Fantastic Cityscape' and oh boy isn't it just.  I did enjoy doing this one. Bizzarely It wasn't as hard as it looks.


With the ones I have been given and the ones I have bought I have another 8 to do.  I can't start a new one yet as 'the girls' are coming on Saturday for our craft day and we will need the table.

Two of them are going to be studying Serif.  One learning , one teaching and the remaining two of us are just going to be messing about.  Some stamping I think.

I read today that Colin Thompson is colour blind.  Can you believe that? - I find it very difficult to believe it.  Wow - what an artist.

We have our Parchment Workshop tomorrow and I have a new toy to play with - my Cutterpillar Glow arrived .  Can't wait.
Have fun and hugs all round.
Carol
xx

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Two Parchment Owls

Although the pins and needles are still ever present I went to our Parchment Lesson last Wednesday.
I am glad I did because our tutor Marylin had chosen a Woodware stamp for us to work with. They are my favourite stamps to work with for parchment.  For her sample she had made an easel card which looked really good especially as the owls had been very gaily coloured and she had done a very delicate border around the image.  I started to trace the owls but didn't like what I was producing as the tingles were making it difficult.  So I decided to leave it and try again at home.

So over the last two days I have managed to produce a card in between tingles and here it is:

I stamped the image on to the parchment with white ink and then embossed all the lines from the back.  No other embossing or shading was needed.
I used a Siesta grid for the parchment circle.  It was easier than attempting a complicated border of my own.  I used Faber Castell Polychromos pencils for colouring on the back and used a spreading oil.  The wonderful striped background comes from CD14 - Carol Ann's Studio.  I never tire of using her CD's. I used some pink and pale purple for the two mats and the purple  for the frame and sentiment.
I bought a box of 'eyes' recently and have been dying to use these pink and blue ones so here they are and don't they look fab.
I really really enjoyed making this and finishing it.  I have the tingles now whilst typing so I think a rest and a coffee is called for.
Hugs
Carol
xx

Thursday, 27 April 2017

A parchment birthday card

sent recently to a friend.

This pattern is by parchment designer Linda Williams and is in the Pergamano book M88.  It is one of six very feminine patterns in the booklet and I loved making it.

Here it is:





When my pins and needles are over I intend to make it again perhaps with different flowers.

My pins and needles etc have now been diagnosed as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in both wrists and trapped nerves in both elbow and neck.  Am having a steroid injection into my right wrist first so I had better get up to date before then so I can rest afterwards.  Not the thing a crafter needs.
Hugs
Carol
xx

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
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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