Sunday, 30 November 2014

CD Sunday - Song Titles

Good Morning everyone.
We had some wonderful 'P's' in response to Wynn's challenge so we are hoping for the same for Jocelyn's challenge - Song Titles.  There are thousands of possibilities out there.
I used the opportunity to add to my Christmas card makes and here is my Song Title:

The First Noel

Artylicious - Season's Greetings  Disc 1
The mat layer and the card print came from the Artylicious CD (a Christmas favourite of mine).  The pattern for the stitching came from here. I can't remember where the bauble die is from but the bow is of course a Sue Wilson bow.  The Itty Bitty bow.   I enjoyed making this one.  The thread I used is a multi coloured thread in Christmassy colours and I think it is very effective.
I think the real Christmas countdown for many starts tomorrow -  and I hope all the plans are coming together.
Please join in with us. I love visiting your Blogs and getting new ideas as well as finding a new die or tool or some such that I need to purchase because it is yet another 'must have'...... and there is still time to add to my Christmas present list.

Have fun.
Carol xx

Thursday, 27 November 2014

ATC Group UK

This is the ATC Group on Facebook that I belong to.  The November topic is 'Beaches'.  I don't know why but that was the choice.
Here are the 5 that I sent in for the swop.  Yet again this has been copied and arranged by the organisers. Beautifully arranged and certainly make the Atc's look at their best.

Carol xx

Monday, 24 November 2014

ATC's - a change from Christmas cards

I started these on Saturday evening whilst Strictly was on and then finished them  during the results. I must admit to not having been so enthralled with Strictly this year as in the past.
Anyway -  ATC's

I have traced out about another dozen to do.  Anything but housework!!


Thursday, 20 November 2014

Christmas card No: 71

This card is made using a La Pashe coloured digital image from one of the CD's printed to parchment and then embossed.
The frame using a PCA embossing template was stippled and a further template used for the sentiment.  The parchment was then stitched with beads to the light green mat before then adding the dark green mat and the background.

I think a nice simple card.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Our last workshop for 2014

Sadly our last Judith Maslen Workshop for 2014 was on Saturday.  I was so glad to have attended this time as I have missed some for various reasons.
We had two wonderful patterns to play with and the whole day was fun, relaxing and informative.

The morning session pattern was a Christmas card called 'Christmas Jewels'.  My version is finished slightly different to the pattern but that is part of the creative fun.

Here is my version:

On Judith's pattern the snowflakes and the sentiment on the ribbon were drawn using white ink but I used some crystal snowflakes I had in my stash and silver peel off's for Happy Christmas.  I also stitched my parchment to the background using tiny crystal beads and holographic thread.

This is a lovely pattern to work and I think would be good for a beginner as it is all white work and a good exercise in embossing larger areas.

The afternoon project was No:2 in a new series called Edwardian Charm.  May I introduce you to

The only additions of my own are the five little gems on the right.  The special part of this pattern was creating the fur detail on the coat which looked very difficult but when explained by Judith turned out to be quite easy.  This pattern is a real mix of disciplines including black pen work, embossing, colour work and gridwork.

Thank you Judith for another fun packed year    I look forward to the workshops starting up again next year and I have already booked my place at them all.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

CD Sunday - 'P' is for...... with Wynn

Good Morning.  I hope it isn't too wet wherever you are.  We seem to have had non stop rain here but fortunately it hasn't always been heavy.

This challenge has been chosen by fellow teamie Wynn.  I love the letter choices as it opens up a huge range of possibilities.  This time I have chosen 'P' is for Pink Pig.  Just so I could use the 5th of the six patterns I bought a while back from Stitching Cards  I think I have managed to use the five, so far, in a Challenge.

Here is my easel card.  When I first did it I thought I had gone a bit OTT but was assured that I hadn't. What do you think?

I used Ooh La La's  'Carnival of Colour' CD for the backing card.  The same one I used for two of the others as it reminds me of the walls of a farmyard barn  and seems appropriate. I have added some die cut grass, butterflies and sentiment and some cute wooden rabbit embellishments.

I have someone in mind to receive this and I hope they enjoy it as much as I did making it.

I have chosen my Top '3' for Silhouettes and Jenny will post your names on the Challenge Blog.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Easel Birthday cards

for my Granddaughter.  Her birthday is on Sunday and she will be receiving a Laptop as a present from all the family -  for birthday and Christmas.

I found two images I wanted to use for a card - so I made both and one is going to be from me and one from her Uncle.

From me:

This is all from La Pashe apart from the keyboard which I Googled

and this is from Uncle Chris:

Hidden talents - my son.  I had no idea he could stitch like this!!!!  The pattern came from Stitching cards and the card came from La Pashe.  I repeated the outside pattern on the inside but used a graphics programme to blur the meeces and add the sentiment.

Carol xx

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Christmas stitch card using a Joy die

I attended a very good and relaxing workshop last evening at  The Art of Craft.  This was run by Linda from The Art of Craft who is the resident stitching guru - alway willing to help and advise.

We made a Christmas card which involved stitching on a template which had been cut and pricked using a Joy die - here.  The stitching on this one although not complicated and smallish in quantity was very fine and I didn't finish all the stitching in the time allocated - so I finished off the card today.
You will see by looking at the link that this is a wedding die but it works just as well as a Christmas card as you can see:

Here is the stitching in more detail:


I always enjoy these workshops and there are always a variety of crafts from which to choose. Unfortunately the Quilling one I was hoping to attend last week had to be cancelled but I am looking forward to it being re scheduled.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

CD Sunday - Coffee, Peach and Cream

This lovely three colour theme has been chosen by Christine.  Beautiful colours.  I found the coffee and cream image quite quickly on one of those beautifully printed 12 x 12 scrapbook pages you can buy.  This wasn't of course from a CD but once I had seen this image nothing else would do so I went to MCS to find a toning mat and background. Lo and behold I found what I wanted.  I can't remember which programme it was in and as I played with the colour slightly I haven't a hope of finding which one I am afraid.  I made enough card for the Sue Wilson bow and I found some coffee/brown flat backed pearls in my stash.
I have since given this as a card to a friend who has an October birthday.

Thank you to all who entered my Silhouettes challenge and I will let Jenny know my choice of Top 3 and will be sending a prize to the winner.

If you are anything like me you will be frantically making or even finishing off your Christmas cards but I hope you will find you are able to join in Christine's challenge.
Carol xx

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Halloween ATC's

Here are some ATC's that I made using up the Halloween table confetti I had been given by a kind member of the UKSN of which I am a member.  I enjoyed playing about with the tiny little embellishments.

I also had fun grouping these together using MCS.  Not something I had tried before.
Carol xx