Sunday, 28 April 2013

CD Sunday - Purple Paradise

A couple of ATC's for Wendy's choice of Purple Paradise.  The lingerie comes from one of my favourite CD's - Glitz 'n' Bitz  from Carol Ann's Studios.  They have been decoupaged and just at the time I made them my lovely daughter popped in to see me for Mother's Day with this pretty little  posy of carnations. The colours of the flowers and container could not have been more perfect for the photograph.
Will see you on your Blogs. Please leave me a note when you visit - if you care to.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

My own Thank you

I just wanted to thank everyone for their lovely Birthday Wishes and for the wonderful cards I received. They will be shown off for quite a while and then be put into my treasure box. I had a fabulous evening on the day with my children and their husbands/wives and Grandaughter - and many old friends. A surprise party had been organised by them and it was quite an emotional evening. I then was taken to another little party last night organised by all my parchment buddies including my parchment tutor. Another lovely evening. I have about 40 cards - many many handmade - which have been so admired with ooh's and aah's of admiration from card makers and non card makers alike. So thank you. Carol xx

Monday, 22 April 2013

The ultimate handmade card

I just had to show this. My birthday present last evening from my children was a Kindle Fire HD - which I knew about as I had chosen it but the surprise part was the birthday card. This was made by my son Chris who said that he couldn't make himself go out to buy a card because of all the cards I make so this is what he did: I don't think any further comment by me is needed except to say that of course it will be treasured. I had a wonderful evening - never to be forgotten.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

CD Sunday - Majesty

Good Morning.  I am doing a timed posting as I expect to be a little busy tomorrow (today).  The weather is beautiful as I write this.
The theme was chosen in celebration of the Queen's birthday .....and to be honest because it is also my 70th birthday.
As a child I always felt a little closer to our Queen because we shared birthday's and my Mother used to tell me that they fired the gun salute in Hyde Park just for me.  The things you believe when you are young.
As it happens our GD Margaret and I seem to have had the same idea for our cards. Margaret was born in Coronation year so have both felt the same connection.

I used the Best of La Pashe 2012 for all of the card with the addition of some pearls, gems  and patriotic ribbon.  The ribbon came from a cake and was saved knowing - like a true crafter- that it would be useful one day.

A personal thank you to all who entered my Sponsored challenge.  Allison has chosen her prize CD and it has been ordered and will be with me in about 10 days.

I look forward to viewing many many 'Majestic' cards-  and please leave a note when you visit me.  Lovely to know you have called.

Monday, 15 April 2013

From Brazil

This is the name given to this piece of parchment work designed by Carla Prediger in the May Parchment Magazine.  I have made a few tiny alterations in the pattern to my taste but most is the same as prescribed.

The flowers were drawn as  part of the pattern but the leaf sprays were made using a die which I think has worked well with the parchment.  The pressure of the parchment paper against the foam in the die has produced a feint impression like the surface of a leaf.  I was very pleased with the result.  The whole has been stitched to the card with lilac coloured holographic Gutterman thread in the corner square piercings.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

CD Sunday - 'Thank You'

Good Morning.  Hopefully a little drier than it has been over the last couple of days.

Thank you to those who entered  the CD Sunday Challenge that I sponsored last week.  The team and I will enjoy looking at all the cards again and choosing a winner.

The CD Sunday theme this week is 'Thank You' - chosen by fellow teamie Beryl.  A good choice Beryl as we can never have enough of this kind of card in our 'something I made earlier' box.

For my card I used two CD's.  First Docrafts Boofle Collection for the card which is a tag and sentiment enlarged to A5 size. Second CD was Robert Addams  'Printable Gingham etc' which supplied the decoupaged flower.  Just a few gems and a small piece of pink ribbon completed the card.

I have exactly a week now before the '0' birthday and I am getting a little excited.  I think the family have something planned for the day.  I do know that they have bought me a Kindle Fire HD so of course I am looking forward to opening that parcel.

Please leave a message when you call - if you feel so inclined.  It is always lovely to know you have visited.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

CD Sunday - Through the Window

Good morning.  Is it getting warmer?  I keep thinking it is and then it tries to snow again.  Best thing is to stay in and keep crafting.

There is a lot going on for me this month.  I am taking over the posting of the CD Sunday Challenge Blog whilst our Jenny takes a well earned rest.  We have all been trying to persuade her not to leave as such but just watch from the sidelines.  I hope I don't make a mess of it.

We are welcoming a new member to our design team at CD Sunday - Sue from Sue's Crafty Corner.
I have met Sue a few times now and it was because of CD Sunday that we met.  We started to enter the challenges at the same time and realised that we don't live too far away from each other.  One North and one South of the M3.  Good excuse to meet for a coffee.  I am sure you will all join us in welcoming Sue.
I have also met Margaret of Margaret's Designer Cards who is joining us this month as our Guest Designer. Margaret and I met at a coffee table at the Bristol Parchment Show a couple of years ago.
Welcome Margaret and I hope you enjoy your month with us.

This month is also my 70th birthday and CD Sunday has allowed me to be the Sponsor this month and the details are on the Challenge Blog.

Time I got to my card and here it is:
I have used the  Best of La Pashe 2012 CD for all of the card with some bronze linen look mirror card for the mats.

Please enter the challenge and the team is looking forward to choosing the winner.  The winner will be able to choose any CD or CD's to the total value of £15.99.  They must of course be ones currently easy to source and buy.  Whoever wins and chooses just needs to allow a little time for me to  purchase it and send it on.  I am looking forward to visiting lots and lots of Blogs.  Good Luck.
Carol xx