Sunday, 25 May 2014

CD Sunday - Tots to Teens

Good Morning everyone.
There are to be a couple of changes at CD Sunday but Jenny will tell you all about those so I will just tell you about the theme and my own DT card.
The theme this week has been chosen by Sue and should offer a deal of scope as the age range is quite good and it can be for a girl or a boy.
I think there is no doubt that mine is a male card as the gorgeous little machined embellishment I have added is definitely a boy -  and a very smart looking one at that. I bought this embellishment - along with many others -  from a friend at a local craft show.
The card -  which is an easel card
comes from the 'Rachelle Anne Miller Collection' CD.  There are some great images on here suitable for lots of Tots.  I chose the train image as I wanted to use a new die of a Choo Choo train purchased quite recently. The card is very bright and colourful and so easy to make.  The Happy Birthday sentiment is on the back - in an unusual place but why not be different?
Please visit my fellow team members Blogs to see their wonderful ideas on Tots to Teens and we look forward to visiting some more of your amazing creations.
Have a good week.

Sunday, 18 May 2014

CD Sunday - One for the boys

Good morning - and what a beautiful morning it is - as I write this. Time will tell.
When I first tried this morning to fire up the internet nothing happened.  I had seen a man kneeling by the telecom box at the top of our lane yesterday and I thought perhaps he had crossed some wires but it seemed that I just needed a reboot.  Me or the computer?
Jocelyn has chosen Team B's theme this week and it is a golden opportunity to add one more 'male' card to your box.
Here is my offering which is decoupaged and uses some new die purchases.  Well one has to have a play with them.  There are too many bought just to look at.....and I am sure I am not the only one.

I have used 'The Best of La Pashe' CD.  A wonderful supply of images for almost every occasion.  I haven't actually added which occasion to the card. It could be celebrating a New Job, Birthday, Fatherhood, Promotion etc etc.  That can be added inside at the appropriate time.  I loved using the balloon die and I can see it being used many many times.
I look forward to seeing all the entries on the Challenge Blog and please feel free to add your comments here.  I love to know that you have visited.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

A very special card

Eve - one of our group of parchers sadly died at the beginning of March.  Eve is greatly missed by us all.  A truly lovely lady with a really wicked sense of humour and despite her illness a twinkle in her eyes.
We decided we wanted to do something as a group and I asked Judith (Maslen) if she would consider designing a parchment pattern for us all to do in Eve's memory.  Of course Judith did and in fact she was bubbling over with ideas as we chatted.  Judith wouldn't take any money from us for her work and suggested that we contributed to a charity.  We did in fact raise £80 for the Hospice that took care of Eve.
So over the last two lessons and some homework we have all been creating our own interpretations of Judith's design.
Here is mine - just finished.

Judith has told us that this has inspired her to do a series of similar designs so it won't be too long before this one and others will be available on her site.
I hope you like this as much as we all do.  Thank you Judith for your design and inspiration.

Friday, 9 May 2014

'Wedding Flowers' - pattern by Judith Maslen

On the eve of our second Judith Maslen workshop for the 2014 season I have finally finished a design from the last workshop  in March. 
This is a lovely design but I struggle with creating realistic roses on parchment so I have done a bit ...put it away....done a bit more and have now done as much as I can.

It is the rose on the left that bothers me.  The centre looks more like a jam roll but the frustration with parchment is that you can't take your marks away.
I know we are going to have a most enjoyable day tomorrow.  I am just keeping my fingers crossed for no roses and no felt tips  - please Judith if you read this.

Have a good weekend.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Parchment card using a Multi Grid

Multi Grids are made by Pergamano for use with parchment and fine embossing and pricking tools.  The are so useful for borders and embellishments and are now being used by most 'parchers' even if it is just as little something extra to the traditional ways of producing some wonderful creations.

There are now about 40 Multi Grids and I must confess to having purchased all but a couple and these involve 'baby' images which I have never needed to use.

Here is a birthday card I made using Multi Grid 17.  A favourite of mine especially when I have to make a card fairly quickly but still want to use parchment. The border and the butterfly are on the grid and I have added the 'trail' with a sun tool, and glass beads for decoration and  fixing the parchment to the card. The sentiment was written using a PCA embossing template.  I have added some 'oofle' dust but it doesn't show well in the photograph.

I think you will agree that the use of the grid produces the basis for a bright and eye catching card that can be made by anyone. Perhaps a way to try out the wonderful pastime that is parchment crafting before deciding if you want to then learn all the techniques  and then get hooked .... like I did.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

CD Sunday - Ribbon, Lace and Gems

Lovely blue sky and sunshine whilst I am writing this.  Let's hope it stays that way for the Bank Holiday.
Wendy has chosen our theme for this weeks challenge and strangely I found it difficult to make up my mind about what I would do for this one. My fellow teamies seemed to find it easier and time was getting on and I hadn't produced anything.  It was something to do with using lace and ribbon together.  Don't ask why - I don't know - I have plenty of both.
Anyway I have made a card that I like and here it is .......

 Yes it has ribbon and gems but the lace is the lace effect of the fan blades. It does look like lace in real life even though it is card.
I used a blue backing paper from Joanna Sheen's 'Elegant Fans' Cd  to outline the blades and the support.  The flowers were made using the same backing paper printed on parchment.  There is plenty of space on the back of the fan on which to add a sentiment. The bow and gems were from stash.

I have chosen my Top 3 for the 'Deco Drama' Challenge and the results are on the Challenge Blog. I look forward to hearing from the winner.

So have a good rummage for ribbons, lace and gems and I will see you on the Blog.
Have a good week.