Monday, 28 June 2010

In Full Bloom

This is my entry in this weeks CD Sunday Challenge - 'In Full Bloom'. It is also my first ever easel card.
The Cd I have used is another firm favourite of mine - Patchwork Petals by Carol Ann's Studio. The backing papers alone make this such a worthwhile CD to have.
The card and the flower image are all from the CD. The Linen look pale pink mirri card is from QVC. The 'Bloom' is decoupaged. The little flowers at the front are Anita's dimension stickers. The parchment 'garter' with the ribbon has been made using Pergamano Grid No: 11 and the butterfly pattern - from where I can't remember. I will decide on the sentiment when I use it.

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Now a prize winning ' Butterfly'

I posted this earlier this month as my entry in a competition and was very pleased to be told this evening that I had won two weekend tickets to the Newbury Craft Show.
I am very pleased as this is the first time I have entered a card in a competition.

Magic Dots

I am lucky enough to have The Art of Craft store almost on my doorstep. This is where I go for my Parchment Lessons and Workshops and most of my 'goodies'. Jane and her staff are a great group of ladies who between them run many other workshops . This one I went to during the week was for Magic Dots. The cards above were two of the ones I made. It was interesting, and even more so was the fact that this can also be be done on parchment. I didn't manage to do one in the time.
I can't see that I will be doing a lot of this but it is a new 'style' to use in one of my classes.

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Horizontal or Vertical ??

I ordered the MCS Parchment Delights Volume 4 from C & C and it arrived this morning. I hadn't been interested in the previous volumes but this one looked interesting. This is the first image that I decided to try and print and then had to decide what to do with it - and I came up with this topper. I have used a flower and brad from the new Papermania Capsule Collection and ribbon from stash. The crackle bp is of course from Shoes in Bloom CD - where else!
Well - should it be horizontal or vertical?

Butterflies by Tina Cox

Tina has produced a pattern pack called Butterflies 1 and this pattern is one of them. I have been lucky enough to attend one of Tina's workshops and she is such a lovely and talented lady.
This card I have adapted slightly as I haven't got a Moon perforating tool. I have made the card for some friends of mine as it is their Wedding Anniversary today.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010


This is a free pattern by Anne Quinn. Felt tips were used on the back for the colouring. For the border I used a Siesta fancy ruler grid No: SPB008L1.
The backing card came from Ooh La La. I think this has a refreshingly different look.

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Broderie Anglaise Border card

This is a pattern by a lady called Susan McGuirk and I bought it as a download. I love the design and simplicity of it. I think I could have done the bobble embossing better and I'll be more careful next time I do it.

CD Sunday Challenge - Have a Heart

I used Ooh La La's CD8 - Fleur D'Imagination for all of the card. The pyramage is flat and I added a second bow with a rosette from Ribbon Box and a brad. For the words I used MCS.

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Sample cards shown on the Create & Craft Show for Ooh La La

Sample cards shown on the Create & Craft Show for Ooh La La

Sample cards shown on Create and Craft Show for Ooh La La

Sample cards shown on Create and Craft Show for Ooh La La

Sample cards shown on Create and Craft Show for Ooh La La

Sample cards shown on the Create & Craft Show for Ooh La La

The Coasters that were on C & C

Not a brilliant photo I am afraid as the plastic kept catching the light. I did make one for Dave, which isn't in the photo, and I have promised to send ones in for Hayley and Lotti.
The 'Watercolour Memories' for the guys were printed on photo paper and the 'Shoes in Bloom' on parchment, embossed with an added motif.

Hayley and Lottie have now received the promised coasters.

Friday, 18 June 2010

Reminder of Ooh La La debut on Create and Craft TV tomorrow

19th June at 10.00 am.

Ooh La La Creations are showcasing two of their many wonderful CD's - 'Shoes in Bloom' and 'Watercolour Memories'.
There will be lots of samples to see that have been made by the Ooh La La Design Team.
I know you will love the CD's as much as I do.
So join me in the morning, cup of coffee, feet up and your plastic.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Parchment Flowers

A new collection of flowers made from parchment scraps.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

White work butterfly

Another pattern from the Parchment Magazine. This time from June 2007 by Josephine Davisdon. This was worked on the PCA Fine Grid. I altered the edging as I didn't have the tool as per the pattern so I had to adapt with one I did have. The pattern called for a corner tool and then embossing with a sun tool. I used a half square and then embossed two lines and then snipped out the central triangle that was left.

Quick Flower Vase card

I came accross this pattern by Pat Hoskins in a Parchment Magazine from April 2005. She has two versions to do but I chose the 'black ink' one as I wanted to try out a new 0.2 black pen that I have just bought. I still think a fine mapping pen and ink gives a better result. The edging is done using a Quin tool with embossing around each central hole and then snipped out. I like the randomness of this edging. The pattern also gave me some more practice of colouring using polychromos and dorso oil.

Monday, 14 June 2010

Ooh La La Blog Challenge - Flourishes and Pearls

This is our current challenge on Ooh La La. (link in the title) The crackle backing paper used is from their CD 'Shoes in Bloom' - my favourite CD.
Don't forget that 'Shoes in Bloom' is one of the two CD's being showcased on Create and Craft this coming Saturday (19th) at 10.00am.

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Special Butterfly Card

This card was a joint effort between myself and a special friend for another mutual special friend. I made the butterfly, which is another designed by Pauline Loweth, and my friend made the card. The card was designed to be bright, colourful and very 3D as the mutual friend is having eyesight problems which we hope and pray are temporary.

Birthday Butterfly

The border is from a pattern in the Parchment Magazine - July 2009. The butterfly (pattern by Pauline Loweth) and the half pearls are my addition in place of the coloured Irises in the original design.
This card has now been entered in a competition. I'll keep you posted.

Friday, 11 June 2010


This is the Fan on the cover of Pergamano Parchment Craft by Martha Ospina.

Black and White

I made this a little while ago but I have just borrowed the frame to use for a sample to go to C & C so I thought I would take a photo for here whilst it was out. The border pattern is from the Parchment Magazine and the motif (which is an iron-on one) was purchased from a friend.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Using a Download

I used a digital download which I embossed and added a little colour. Then created a border and attached to crackle backing paper from Ooh La La 'Shoes in Bloom' CD with tiny brads.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Anniversary Card

This is a Wedding Anniversary card I have made for a couple of dear friends. I have used another Sarah Kay image. There seems to be one for almost any occasion. I have printed on parchment and painted from the back again and used a border I have used before as I like this particular one a great deal.

Monday, 7 June 2010

Butterfly Grid

I recently purchased another Pergamano Multi Grid. This time No:17 which is all butterflies. There are two good borders with corners and 8 butterflies of varying sizes. I had a bit of fun just using the grid only and my polychromos pencils in 4 colours. I found the piece of splodgy backing paper in my box of leftovers - where from I can't remember. The second bp which looks like linen was made using my photo manager. I scanned a piece of linen look mirri card in pale pink but it was too small to use so I changed the colour tones etc in my programme and printed out an A4 sheet. An experiment I will certainly repeat.

Friday, 4 June 2010

SATURDAY 19TH JUNE AT 10.00 AM ON..........

Create and Craft TV is a date you must keep. Ooh La La Creations are showcasing two of their many wonderful CD's - 'Shoes in Bloom' and 'Watercolour Memories'.
Debs Mitchell, a great friend of mine, is going be doing some wonderful demonstrations and the DT have been working their socks off to produce some wonderful samples. Boasting I know, as I am one of the team, but I know you will love them all. I'll make no bones about the fact that I love all of the work produced by Emma and Wendy of Ooh La La and I consider myself lucky to be one of the team.
I'll be glued to the TV - I hope you will be as well.

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Photo Frame in Parchment

This is my interpretation of a pattern, by Jenny Hunter, in last month's edition of Parchment Craft. I have been searching for some time for a suitable frame for one of my daughters wedding photographs and finally have found this one. Not for the feint hearted as the gridwork takes time and patience to prick out but I think it is worth the effort. As it is a repeat pattern the sizing is flexible.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010


The image of the Magnolia flower was printed from a CD on to parchment and then embossed to show colour and shape. A border using a pattern by Pauline Loweth was added and then mounted on bronze mirri card held with bronze brads.