Sunday, 30 September 2012

CD Sunday - Tea Time

Good Morning and welcome to another CD Sunday Challenge and .... thank you for all the wonderful entries for my theme choice of 'Awash with Flowers'.  I will let Jenny know my 1st, 2nd and 3rd as soon as possible.

This weeks theme should be another one with appeal as we all love our tea and there are many suitable images out there on all those CD's.  My  CD choice was a Joanna Sheen CD - Jane Shasky's  'from the heart of the garden'..  I made an easel card and used some parchment embossed with butterflies as a background for the main image.  A parchment butterfly made using a pattern from a multi grid and  teapot and teacup charms are the embellishments I used.  I will add a sentiment later.

 I look forward to some more Blog hopping.  Any comments you care to leave here are avidly read.  It is always  nice to know you have visited.
Carol x

Monday, 24 September 2012

Show report

We were very busy at our stand at the Show.  We met lots of  people interested in learning to do parchment as well as those who are old hands and surprisingly quite a lot who have tried it but fallen by the wayside.
It was nice to see some familiar faces- a forum friend Rona and  fellow CD Sunday teamie Jocelyn who came to see me and we managed to sneak off for a coffee break.

I worked on several things in between chats and demonstrations and did manage to complete a project from start to finish:

This is from a pattern by Judith Maslen and making this one enabled me to demonstrate embossing (deer , lettering, sun tool and edges)  Use of a grid to make the snowflakes and then  to show how to fix the finished glittered topper to the backing sheet I sewed it on using beads.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

CD Sunday - Awash with flowers

Good morning.  This is a timed posting as I am busy today at Sandown Park, Esher on the last day of the craft show.
The theme this week is my choice and I am hoping we have lots of entries from which to choose the top three.  I will be looking out for a 'little something' at the show for a prize.

For my card this time I decided to do some stamping because I saw this gorgeous stamp at The Art of Craft when I was there for a Parchment lesson - and I couldn't resist it.  Two other ladies at the lesson saw what I had bought and promptly added them to their own shopping basket.  The stamp is by Woodware.  I have coloured using Sakura pens. Added a little glitter and glaze and some flat backed pearls from stash.  The parchment/card  butterfly is from my stash made using Artylicious - Butterfly Bliss CD.
Hope you like it.  I thoroughly enjoyed  making it.
 The two ovals were cut using a Go Kreate XXL frame dies and the green card is from a Create and Craft special offer of linen look card.
My fellow teamies have made some fab cards for this theme so please visit their blogs.  Any comments you care to leave are always much appreciated.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Christmas ATC's

I found this cream metalwork 'distressed' card display stand whilst on a recent visit to Bristol.  I did wonder at the time how I was going to use it to effect as I wasn't sure about the birds.  But is was too good a bargain to pass by.
I really needed to use it on our Stand somehow (Christmas theme) and suddenly had a brainwave.  Make the birds into Robins.  So I roughly cut out 6 'breasts' in red card and here it is.

The photo isn't brilliant I am afraid and I am hoping it will look better when it is displayed with everything else.  A couple of the ATC's (small bauble and Robin) are a new style copied from freebie patterns here.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

CD Sunday - Feline Friends

We had some really interesting and different takes on our Need for Speed theme last week.  Thank you for those.  I expect to see a bumper entry this week as a great number of you seem to love and have cats.   I don't have cats but I don't mind them.  We always had dogs at home.
Anyway here is my offering:

The image and backing paper came from Joanna Sheen's - Pamela West Cd.  I used a new die for the black embellishment and did a little decoupage.  No sentiment as yet so it is destined for my 'here is one I  made earlier'  box.

It will be my theme choice next week and I will be at the Show on  the 23rd so I hope to find a little  something 'different'  for the winner.

Friday, 14 September 2012

Angels for the tree - part 2

I have now finished 6 for the Show and here they are.  They have loops on them ready to hang from the display stand.  I will have some prepared to finish off whilst the Show is going on -  in the best Blue Peter tradition.

Talking of Blue Peter - I bought a sheet of sticky backed holographic gold glitter from The Art of Craft and it is proving perfect for the halos.  I only found it in time to do the last couple but it is a good tip for any one wishing to make halos.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Peacock - pattern by Judith Maslen

I bought this pattern when I went down to the workshop on Saturday and made it this morning. This is a simple one that could easily be created by a beginner.  I  chose what I thought was a turquoise colour for the feathers around the body but after I had used the pen I realised it was too green.  Needless to say it was a felt tip I used.  I should have stuck to my principles but I thought that it would be OK as it was just a tiny bit to be coloured.  If I had used my pencils I could have rubbed it out.  So I then had trouble finding gems to match and ended up using little nailheads which are almost right.
The original pattern is in a series that Judith has designed all suggested by Pub signs.  I changed it slightly by leaving off the gold crown and the gold pen work.

A days shopping tomorrow with girlfriends and then back to making Angels.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

More Workshop Wonders

down at Barton on Sea.
Yesterday was our September visit to the New Forest for our parchment workshop with Judith Maslen.  It was a beautiful sunny day and a friend drove us this time as it was too far me at the moment.
We had a lot of hard work to get through but it was fun as always. I was a very tired bunny when I got home but it was worth pushing myself.  I have just managed to put the finishing touches to our two projects and here they are for your delictation.

Poinsettia Wreath.  This project was practice in using mediums straight to the parchment as it is taped to the pattern i.e. no tracing.  We were given the choice and instruction in using felt tips (not this lady), paints or blendable pencils.  I used pencils of course as they are always my medium of choice.

Whitework Convolvulus.  The only colour used here was some blue and green on the back of the image.  Blendable pencils again.  The space at the bottom of the image is for a sentiment - to be decided later.

Thank you Judith for another splendid day. And also thank you to Charmaine for doing the driving.

CD Sunday - Need for Speed

It's that time again.  We had some great entries last week  and I wish everyone good luck in the draw.  You will enjoy using your prize whichever CD you choose.

For the theme this week  I have used two CD's.  First an old favourite and standby - Robert Addams - Vintage Transport -  for the background and the image, which has one layer of decoupage -  and Rachelle Anne Miller for the sentiment.

As always I look forward to week of Blog hopping and I hope that you will pay a visit to our teams Blogs to see what they are all up to.

An update on my arm:  I have now driven twice but only very short journeys.  I have been restricted to local journey's only - like Sainsbury's and the physio.  I can drive quite safely but still get tired.  But Oh - the joys of being mobile again.
Have a good week.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Angels for the tree

I have made enough snowflakes for now.  I will be making more during the Show so I thought I would show you the first two Angels I have made:

The stencil and the pictures for the faces come from Pergamano.  Using the stencil you can make several layers using different coloured parchment as I have done on the first one.  Multi grids can be used for embossing patterns and then as many gems as you like or can spare.

CD Sunday - Allsorts - Funky Hands Sponsorship

I can't believe that it is already September. This month we welcome Anice of Funky Hand as our sponsor - and we also welcome Kevin as our Guest Designer for this month. I know you will love his cards and on a personal level I look forward to seeing his inspirational work on our Blog.

Anice kindly sent us a CD each to play with and mine was 'Craft the year Away'.  I loved the papers and enjoyed using the word book facility.  I made an early birthday card for my Grandaughter.  I had to hide it when she came round last Wednesday and just hope I can find it again in time for her birthday in November.
Here is the card - yet to be completely finished with more embellishments and a greeting.

The prize for the randomly drawn winner will be a Funk Hand CD to the value of £15.99.  A very generous prize.  I liked my 'to play with' CD so much I bought two  -   'Dreams Come True' and 'Twelve Crafters Crafting'
I would like to say thank you again to Michelle for her fabulous cards as our GD for August.

I am also entering this card in: goes

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Snow comes early to the South

Here are some parchment snowflakes that I have been making.  They are from patterns by Tina Cox - and are for our Christmas Theme at the Sandown Show.  I have had to make a pro-forma for them as it is so easy to put a hole in the wrong place.  Best to take the time to do a perfect one and then use that as a stencil.  There are many occasions when you can do that with parchment.  We all have favourite borders and motifs and it is useful and quicker to keep the patterns to be used over and over again.