Sunday, 27 May 2012

CD Sunday- Old MacDonald had a farm

Good morning.  Now no-one can say that we are run of the mill at CD Sunday with our themes.  I bet you didn't see this one coming.  I didn't  - but  I enjoyed it because I really had to think about it so..............
I came up with some ATC's.  I always need plenty for the two swop clubs I belong to so here they are:

I used Joanna Sheen's - Messy Rabbit CD - for the ATC backgounds and Woodware 'Peeking Over' clear stamps.  Coloured using Flexmarkers. I bought these stamps a long time ago and this is their first outing.  I hope you can see the 'Oink Oink' and the 'Moo Moo' etc
I really am looking forward to what everyone manages to do with this theme.  We always have such great entries.
Any comments you care to leave  are welcomed and  appreciated.   That way I know you have visited.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

More - 'New ATC's.

My printer died yesterday.  Well not actually died but may as well have done.  New one on it's way as I type but in the meantime I had to do something so back to the ATC's.  I had bought some new stamps by PaperArtsy  from The Fruit Pixie.  I have not bought their stamps before but I do like them.  What I particularly liked were the two Steampunk flower heads which I have used on these ATC's.  I used a paper from Carol Ann's Studio for the background. The birdcage was also one of the stamps.  I may well visit PaperArtsy and have a  browse.
The Iris ATC was inspired whilst I watched the BBC programme of The Chelsea Flower Show.  There seemed to be so many gorgeous Irises I felt inspired to get out a stitch pattern I knew I had. Just the perfect size.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

CD SUNDAY - Easy Elegance

We had some beautiful 'Reflections' last week - thank you.  It is going to be difficult for Jenny to choose a winner.

I went back to Joanna Sheen's - 'Fashion Boutique'for my card this week.  I chose one of the Paper Dolls and a toning background paper. 

The flower is from my stash and I coloured the peel off sentiment to tone with the blue mirri card.

I look forward to lots more Blog hopping.  It does get expensive though as I keep finding shopping sites that I haven't seen before - and of course it would be rude not to visit.

Friday, 18 May 2012

New ATC's - with lovely new toppers

Whilst I was Blog hopping - as we all do -   (wonderful time waster)  - I discovered this lovely place .

A few of the many many packets available fell in to my basket and I have started to use them on my ATC's.

I made 7 yesterday and had great fun just putting things together and adding charms etc as I felt like it.  I haven't titled them yet but I am leaning towards 'Pretty Steampunk'.  Not true Steampunk I know but I''ll get there.

The backgrounds were printed using MCS Steampunk but all the toppers are from Cardmakers Delight.  The charms are from Pink Cat Charms,The Fruit Pixie and Mei Flowers.  Other bits from stash.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Crafting time

Debs, Mandi and I managed to get some crafting time together during this weekend and we all made several ATC's. We always do have a great time and it is even more special when you can craft together with others. Debs did some of her new 'Art work' style, Mandi stamped and coloured and I did several different things but I did make this parchment one:

I started by using a straightforward grid pattern from Pauline Loweth's Gridwork Book.  I wanted to add something bright and different and I remembered these pretty sequins I had bought at a Show - as you do - and stitched them in place with holographic thread and a centre bead.  As an ATC must have a title we racked our brains and came up with 'Bombay Mix' as we felt the sequins looked very Indian in colour and style.

CD Sunday - Reflections

Hi everyone.  I hope you  enjoyed yesterdays sunshine.  A crowd of us  had a meet at the RHS Gardens at Wisley.  We  had a wonderful if tiring day and a restful and reflective day today is on the cards.

Here is my contribution to this weeks challenge and I hope you like it.

This is all from Joanna Sheen's - Fashion Boutique CD - except for the bronze mirri card and the ribbon lace.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Flowers and Butterflies

Here is the easier second card that we made at Barton on Sea. It has a gridwork border which I always love doing.  I added the glitter to mine.  It wasn't on Judith's sample.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012


Here is the result of our first parchment project down at Barton-on-Sea last Saturday.  Another of Judith's great patterns.  This one I found  absorbing and it took total concentration - almost into the lunch break.  There is a lot to each part of the design.  Learning to do feathers was the purpose behind this and colouring them with felt tips.  Yes --- I did say felt tips.  I did the middle one - pink- using a felt tip pen and then abandoned the felts and just happened to have a couple of pencils with me.  Judith did notice but she wasn't too hard on me.
Here it  is  and and I am quite pleased with it.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

CD Sunday - Trees and Shrubs

Good morning.  Hopefully not such a wet one as of late.  I was down at Barton- on- Sea yesterday and the drive back late afternoon was in sunshine.  At least that what I thought it was. We had  another great workshop session with Judith Maslen - but more about that later in the week when I have finished the two projects.

This week I thought I would have a go at some stamping and using my new Flexmarkers for the colouring.  When I was at the Gateshead 'Sincerely Yours' Show the other week I saw a display of Michael Powell designed stamps.  One in particular seemed to apt for this weeks theme so I bought it.  You see -  no expense spared for our CD Sunday Blog.

Here is my effort:

I did enjoy it all but decided I hadn't got enough shades of green so of course off to Cowling and Wilcox and somehow another 24 colours (not all green) arrived in the post. Ho hum!

I used MCS - Secret Hideaways -' In the garden'  for the card itself and added a few punched leaves.

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Friday, 4 May 2012

Truly - the art of craft

This is an unsolicited  big plug for my local craft emporium as well as a description of the super 'crafty' day I have just enjoyed. I already attend monthly Parchment lessons and workshops at The Art of Craft but they run many many morning/afternoon or all day workshops and yesterday I had signed up for the Cuttlebug beginners day.

Those of us who had other machines took along what we had and we had so much fun as well as learning masses from Jane - owner/tutor.
I learned plain embossing, embossing and then chalking, embossing on mirri card, on core paper and then sandpapering, die cutting, die cutting then embossing.  Colouring with a brayer. Embossing with parchment and acetate. On the acetate we then went on to colour parts of the design with Sakura Glaze pens.... amazing results.

Colouring using a brayer was brilliant.  One of my favourites of the session. I am going to have to fish my brayer back out of a box of give aways I had sorted as I hadn't used it for sooo long. 

This was all in the extended 2 hour morning session.  In the afternoon session we made cards using some of our newly learned techniques. We managed to make 5 great cards.  A little finishing off was needed at home on the tulip one - which I think is my favourite.

I shall now bore you with pictures of my proud achievments:

Needless to say several embossing folders and dies were purchased.
Thank you Jane and your ladies for another fun day at your place ....... and we learned quite a lot as well.