Sunday, 26 August 2012

CD Sunday - Game On

This weeks theme - chosen by Jocelyn -  gives another reason  to make a man's card.  And lets face it we do sometimes need a little nudge to get those made.

Here is my effort which will be for my eldest son - in due course.  You can guess what his game is!

The image is from 'Stitching Cards' and the background from MCS - World of Watercolour.  I love doing stitching cards as the finished result always looks so much better than the printed pattern.  It comes to life whilst you are stitching.  I rubbed some ink around the edge of the white card to tone it down a bit.  Added a gingham bow and a couple of my golfing charms and finished with a  coloured  peel off sentiment.

Now my apologies for my lack of comments on last weeks great entries.  I was away for part of the week and a bit sore and sorry for myself  when I got back.  I promise to do better.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

CD Sunday - Cute Christmas with Elegant Inspiration

Elegant Inspiration have kindly given us an extra Cd as a prize so we thought we would all make a card from it just  to show what is possible.
Now I used my arm as an excuse and chose one of the 'ready cards' so that I didn't have to do too much work.  I printed it out twice - once on card and then again on good quality paper so that I could do a little decoupage.  I then added white flower soft to Mole's jacket and hat and Sakura Glaze to the baubles on the tree.
I found the pretty little quilled Christmas tree in my box of embellishments.

When this timed posting hits my blog I will be having some very welcome R & R with my sister so I will see you later in the week. Physio is still pleased with progress and I can at last touch the top of my head with the fingers on my injured arm.  Believe me this is major. At one time I thought I would never be able to that again.
Thank you all for your lovely enquiries and messages.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Wreath of Flowers

This is the title given to this parchment project I found in a book I was given.  A friend of a friend of mine had given up parchment and was giving away all her bits and pieces and I gave a book a new home.  It is by Pergamano  and just called 'Parchment Craft'. In fact this project is featured on the front cover of the book.

In the book the wreath does not have anything in the centre but I decided it needed a butterfly which was made using Pergamano Grid No: 17'
It feels so good to be back doing some parchment.  Hopefully I will now be able to resume my classes and workshops.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

CD Sunday - Exotic Birds and Blooms

This is the first of my DT cards for CD Sunday that I have had to make since I broke my arm.  I printed out an image from Japanese Papers - pattern source book Nature 2 CD - directly to parchment. Working one handed on parchment isn't too difficult.   I embossed where appropriate and then stitched to the background using toning beads.  The flowers were some I had in my stash.  I am never sure about red and pink together but I think it works on this occasion.

I was so pleased to be crafting again that I made some ATC's on the same theme using the same CD.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

CD Sunday - Bingo

You will be forgiven for wondering what this title means.  I was puzzled when it appeared on our list of upcoming themes but of course it is obvious when explained - like most things.

The best way to explain is with a couple of pictures.

So you choose three elements to use as well as something from a CD.  I chose Die cuts, Flowers and Buttons and my Cd was Ooh La La - Shoes in Bloom  - for the butterflies.
Here is my card

I hope we will have a real assortment  of elements to see and that our design team cards give you some inspiration.
I must say a thank you to Claire for some gorgeous cards as our Guest DT member for July and we now welcome Michelle as our guest for August.  Michelle makes some fabulous cards so I am excited to see what she makes for us.

My arm is improving all the time and my physio is pleased with my progress.  I must say though that the die cuts I used were from 'some I made earlier'.  Bit scared of the Calibur at the moment.

Friday, 3 August 2012

New species of butterfly?

An early morning visitor to my garden today?
A pattern by Josie Davidson in the June Parchment Magazine.  I started this at our parchment workshop on Wednesday and finished it last evening.  This is a very simple pattern that would suit a beginner.  There is only one special tool used - a PCA quin - and that need not be necessary. Some other decorative tool  could be used such as a star/sun  tool.  It was good to get back to some parchment.  I can't cope yet with many of the basic card making disciplines like die cutting and using a guillotine.