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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.