Sunday, 18 December 2011

CD Sunday - Fifties Fun

What a great two weeks we have had with 'Things with Whiskers'. Fifities Fun is also going to be a 2 weeker to take us over the Christmas festivities and we will be starting the New Year with a new challenge and the return of a favourite sponsor. More of that later.

For my Fifties Fun I used one of my favourite CD's - Nostalgia (Joanna Sheen). Where else would I go for the fifties as the artist Kevin Walsh - although born in 1950 - paints many pictures depicting that era.

I printed out two of the notelets with matching envelopes and then made a wallet using one of the backing papers decorated with ribbon and a few of the smaller images. These are are included with each main image and I think are a great feature of this CD.

It is my turn to choose the Top 3 for 'Things with Whiskers'. It is not going to be an easy task as we have had such a bumper entry of great cards. Thank you all so much for supporting us at Cd Sunday and I will have little something for the winner. Jenny will announce the names in due course. Please though allow time for post and holidays. Something will arrive eventually.

I hope everyone has a great Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

CD Sunday - Things with Whiskers - Week 2

Here is my second card for this challenge. This time I have used The Rachelle Anne Miller Collection CD from our Sponsor. We are giving away two of these great Cd's - one each week. So if you haven't been lucky this week there is another chance.
All of my card except for a small piece of dk purple card is from the CD. I printed the image on to parchment, embossed and did a very simple double dot border. I used a small part of the decoupage page to add some interest below the parchment and the sentiment is from the CD. There is a great deal to this double Cd and it will make a very useful addition to your sources - so I wish you luck.

Well done Hazel for winning the CD Prize for the 1st week. 16 seems to be your lucky number.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

'Apple Tree'

This is a project that I started at a Judith Maslen Workshop back in September. I didn't finish it then as there is quite a lot of work involved. I finished it yesterday at our own monthly workshop at The Art of Craft and here it is.

It was a really good practice piece for ink work and the colouring is just dry colouring from the back with polychromos pencils. One of the trickiest things to get right after you have finished a piece of parchment work is a good background paper or card. The wrong colour can completely' kill' the effect. I found a mottled background on Dancing with Shadows CD but it wasn't the right colour so good old MCS came to the rescue. I have changed the grey/white to a pale blue/white just to give an intimation of some sky behind the trees.
I enjoyed this very different project.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

CD Sunday - Things with Whiskers

Another exciting Cd Sunday Challenge with the start of a new month, a new Sponsor and a new Guest designer - and my turn again to choose the Top 3.
Our Sponsor this month is 'Elegant Inspiration' who are generously giving our drawn winner a copy of their new Cd as a prize . As Jenny has written on our Blog we will be showcasing cards made using this new Cd - The Rachel Anne Miller Collection - next week. Because we know that December is such a busy month we have decided to just have two challenges - each one to run for 2 weeks.
We had some wonderful cards last month from our Guest designer Sue and we hope that she will join us again next year sometime but now we welcome Beryl, our GT for December and January. I am sure you will admire her creations as much as we do here at Cd Sunday.

Here is my first card for this challenge. From Joanna Sheen's 'Nostalgia' CD.

I look forward as always to visiting your Blogs.

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Christmas Wishes

Here is another of Judith Maslen's great patterns - and yet one more to add to my 'Christmas cards done' pile.
With Judith's encouragement I have purchased a new pen called a Rotring Isograph. This isn't a new new pen - just new to me. The nib - for want of a better word - is incredibly fine at 0.18 and it is taking some getting used to - hence this pattern which calls for white pen and ink work. A little wobbly around the holly leaves but hopefully it will get better with practice.
The colouring - on the back - has been done with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils. Back in my comfort zone. No felt tips unless I am told to use them!!