Sunday, 27 December 2015

CD Sunday - Ring in the New Year x 2

Hi everyone.  I hope you have all had a good Christmas and I wish you all a very Happy and Prosperous New Year.
Coincidentally  - 'New Year' is my choice of theme for the next two weeks.  I thought I would keep it seasonal and as perhaps some of you may want to make some New Year cards  -  'here be a challenge all ready and waiting'.

For my card I used a stitch pattern from here
and the beautiful tartan background paper and the paper bow came from Ooh La La CD - Yuletide Wishes.
Shaz and Jane - our Guest Designers have made some super cards for us so please have a look on the CD Sunday Blog - click on their names and you will be taken straight to their creations.  And of course you can do the same for the rest of the team.
Just remains for me to say a thank you for your support and to reiterate my wish to you - have a Prosperous and Happy 2016.

My children found I had put the new Groovi Plates (parchment) on my Amazon wish list  and bless them I received 8/9 to play with. Very generous of them.
I made this card this afternoon just to have a play.  A Groovi Plate is an acrylic transparent  plate with an etched design on to emboss and then incorporate or add to in your designs. They are especially good for borders and edges. There are many different sizes and shapes.
Here is the Happy New Year card I made and I did use an Ooh La La Cd for the background paper.

All done with Groovi Plates.

Sunday, 13 December 2015

CD Sunday - 'A Cool Yule' - chosen by Sue

Good morning .  The wind and rain has eased a little here but temperature wise I don't think it is a Cool Yule here yet.  Whilst I am writing this it is  9 pm and the outside temp is 12.0c

I interpreted the theme as more funky cool than snow cool so hence I have used an image from Ooh La La's CD - Festive Funnies.

  I put the image into my graphic programme and used the colour brush to give me a big enough border of the right colour to use for die cutting the palms.  I then just saved it and printed it out to use for the die cutting.
Here it is.

Just a hint of how to get a small matching piece of card when there isn't backing sheet the same colour on the CD.  I am probably teaching the proverbial but you never know.
This card is now winging it's way with all the other Christmas cards that were posted yesterday.

At CD Sunday we are welcoming our two new Guest Designers - Jane and Shaz.  We are looking forward to showcasing their work for the next three months and we hope that you will visit them and give them some support.
No more chat this evening except to say that I have spied some new followers.  Thank you very much for adding me to your lists.  With so many Blogs out there I consider it a great honour to be one  chosen to follow.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

A third Christmas card revisited !!

Well - sort of revisited.  A couple of years ago  I made this card in parchment.

 I had discovered the card here.
 I liked the image back then so I decided to have yet another play with it. Not parchment this time. We card makers spend ages each year hand making all our cards.  They are all different and made with love and care but there are only so many hours in a day and quite often we just run out of time and let's be honest (whispering here) pop out and buy a box from a well know High St chain just for those half a dozen or so that we still need.
So......  I went back to this image and used my graphic programme to play around with the border and colours.  Added a message from myself after playing with comparable fonts. I printed out the image and matted to a toning card and then mounted using a  good quality blank landscape 21cm x 15cm white card of which I have a stack.  It still needed a little something so I added the white die cut trees which I then glittered with a Wink of Stella.
They are still handmade and basically designed by myself but they were so much quicker to make and I didn't go out and buy them.
Here is one of them:

I hope this might give some ideas if time is running out.
Just to rub it in - I have finished mine.
Carol xx

Tuesday, 8 December 2015


Now just waiting for my swop ATC's to come.  Shouldn't be too long although there is a lot of organising for Sue and 'Slave' - the lady and husband  in charge.
We had a choice of Egyptian or Oriental for November and I chose Egyptian.
This is how mine were presented on Facebook.

I chose to do the Egyptian mini theatres from Joanna Sheen's CD 'Egyptian Adventure'. They are just the perfect size for an ATC. I have made these before and it was a good excuse to make them again.
Here is my photo of them before I sent them off.

Our theme over December/January is 'Winter Wonderland'  and here are the ones I have made and sent off ready for that swop at the end of Janaury.  These are all parchment.

The last one is using an image from an Ooh La La CD.  Other drawings and backgrounds are from various places.
Carol xx

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Parchment by Amanda, Ching-Hsiang Yeh

Amanda is a parchment/designer/creator/Mathematics teacher from Taiwan -  who I greatly admire and I buy and use her patterns when I can.
This wonderful display was posted by Amanda on Facebook recently and I asked her if I may put it on my Blog.  All those miniature handbags that I have made and posted on here were designed by Amanda.
Here is the photo of the display:
This is what appears under the photo - written by Amanda

"The work will be held at 12/25 ~ 1/25 at the Shanghai Museum of Chinese Arts and Crafts.
There are 12 pairs of shoes, I added some small decorations, and mounted the frame
Work size: 45*60 cm
Frame Size: 55*70 cm

The shoes patterns is from my book "Delightful Gifts in Parchment Craft" "

Visitors to my Blog have been very kind and complimentary about my own parchment work but  I wanted to show the work by someone I admire and who gives me inspiration.
I doubt that I will make the shoes but they are so beautiful I wanted to show them.  I have plenty more  of other patterns by Amanda for me to discover.  Perhaps when Christmas is over.

Monday, 30 November 2015

'Lucinda' - Victorian Christmas

Sadly the Saturday before last was our last Judith Maslen Workshop of the year -- and we were going down like flies.  Usually three of us devotees go together and kinda take it in turns to drive.  First to drop out was Charmaine who had the chance to go to Portugal to play some golf - who could blame her.  Then Jenny was proper poorly so that left me - who had to drive herself.  I was determined to go as I had missed the one in September.  I drove in awful weather (see I am playing for sympathy here) and after a full day of parchment concentration I was absolutely ..... well you know but I had a fabulous day as always.  I have already booked up for all of the sessions next year.
We had two new patterns as always. I haven't finished the morning one yet.  As it isn't a Christmas one it isn't a priority at the moment.
The afternoon one however has just been finished.  This is 'Lucinda'.

I am a little disappointed in the photo as some of the shading done on the front of the image seems to have suffered a 'whiteout'.  The shading is quite subtle  -  perhaps too subtle for the light outside.  My own addition to the card is to use some pretty tiny glittery snowball flat backed gems.  The last ones from my sheet and I can't remember from where I purchased them.
I have just purchased 'Daisy' from the same series so I will be busy.  I am trying to make as many parchment Christmas cards as I can this year and less decoupage type even though they are quicker to make.

Sunday, 29 November 2015

CD Sunday- Colours of Autumn - theme chosen by Jocelyn

Good Morning fellow bloggers.  The last few mornings have been a little chilly but it does seem that it is more like Autumn than Winter - so we are OK with our theme.
Before I go on to post my own contribution to the theme I would like to add a personal thank you to Pauline and Meg for the wonderful creations they have made for us over the last 3 months as our Guest Designers.  They were also so beautifully organised and as I do the posting it was a joy not to have to ask for the card - it just arrived on time. Thank you ladies.

Now here is my stitch card contribution to 'Colours of Autumn'. 

The backing paper and the acorn and leaf cutouts and the sentiment came from the Joanna Sheen CD - Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady.  The stitching pattern from here.  I used a multi coloured glitter thread by Gutermann. This gave me the Autumnal colours I wanted and was fine enough to give a delicate skeletal look to the stitching.  My own garden is bordered by quite a few large Oak trees so at the moment I am very well aware of every colour and hue in almost everyone of about a million leaves.
It was my turn to chose a Top 3 - for Something beginning with 'H' and my choice is now on the CD Sunday Blog.  I look forward to sending the winner the little prize that I have for her.
Please have a look at the wonderful Autumnal colours on my fellow teamies and Guest Designers cards.  I think you must agree that each one is fabulous.
Bye for now.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Three more for the Christmas box

Stitching this time.  Two patterns from Stitching Cards and one from - I am not quite sure where.
I had some fun with half pearls and gems on these especially the rhinestone ones with the snowman.

It was a bit gloomy in the garden this morning but I think the photo is passable.  It wasn't as cold out there as I had expected.  I nipped out wearing a short sleeved T- shirt and it wasn't too bad.

Back to some more parchment now I think.  My Sunday chores are done so back to crafting.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Another Christmas card revisited

I first did this card back in 2013.  A  Woodware Christmas stamp traced onto parchment and embossed etc-  here is how it looked back then.
I have revamped this year by adding colour and Wink of Stella and using this new border again that I am really loving using. So simple when you want to emphasise the image and not take away the look with a fancy complicated border, adjust to width and/or length and do fairly quickly.
Here it is......

Hope you like it.  Any comments are appreciated and avidly read.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Christmas repeat

It will be fairly obvious to those that follow my Blog that I am a fan of La Pashe CD's and designs.  I love the artwork and design and find that I can use it all in the conventionial way of decoupage etc or with my love of all things parchment.
I first did this following card last year and because I loved the combination of the image and the new beads that I had purchased back then I decided yesterday that I wanted to make it again - so here it is.

Slightly different colour emphasis and a different border and presentation but essentially a repeat order.
Printed on to parchment (140gsm and matt photo finish setting) and embossed from behind.  The border is the new to me one that I saw on the internet and worked out how to do it and adapt it. I have used this on several cards this year as I just thought it so simple and attractive.  This time I coloured the sun tool impressions on the back and added Wink of Stella on the front.  All stitched to plain white card before matting and layering.
I enjoyed doing this again and have decided there are a few more that I may well repeat with a few tweaks here and there.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

CD Sunday - 'Sprinkle of Snowflakes' - chosen by Wynn

Hopefully any snowflake sprinkles at this point in time will only be on cards entering our challenge. We had a few more entries last time which was great to see and one of those who entered used to be a fellow teamie. Thank you Caz for joining in with us.
As it was my challenge choice last time  I will be choosing my Top 3 in time for the next posting.
Now for a 'Sprinkle of Snowflakes'.  I decided to make a parchment card using an image given to us at a lesson by our Tutor.  This lesson was practice in using a black brush pen and some Glamour dust.  A very simple understated design but I think you will agree - very effective.  The edging was simply done with a small scallop tool and then I sewed it to the backing card with tiny white frosted beads.
The snowflake /snowball backing card came from one of my favourite CD sources - Carol Ann's Studio  A couple of sparkly snowflakes and a silver sentiment completes the card.

 I look forward to seeing you in my travels.  I think Wynn has chosen the right theme for this challenge period as everyone must be making Christmas cards at the moment.  Just have any something - big or small - from a CD on it and you can enter our challenge.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Christmas cards nos: 49 and 50 (2015)

I have had a few days forced rest after a deep cortisone injection into my spine  so I have been able to legitimately rest on the sofa and make cards. Perhaps a good thing for both the back and my supply of cards!!
First here is card no 49.  This was made using an drawn outline I found on the net somewhere.  I couldn't find to whom I should credit but if someone recognises please let me know.  I have changed the design by at least 30% and also changed it to a Christmas card using my own poinsettias and a script from Anne Quinn.  I love her fonts.

The second card (No: 50) I am going to show is  Bling Bling over the top and I enjoyed sticking every crystal on by hand!!

The card shape and border design came from Wendy Walters - in the pack I recently purchased from her.  The centre panel in her design was a beautifully coloured spray of Thistles but I used a holly image from a recently purchased Siesta Grid.  I coloured the holly on the back with pencil and spreading medium and put some dry pencil on the front for finer details.  Unusual choice of pale blue against the holly for the backing I admit but together with the staggered white mats it seems to go.
I then went to town and used a whole sheet of pale blue gems.
Off to Parchment Workshop this afternoon (at The Art of Craft) so how much work and how much spending done will depend on my back - but I know I need some pale blue gems.

Monday, 2 November 2015

Carla Prediger pattern - Christmas card

Two and a half years ago I posted a stitch card I had made using one of a groups of patterns I had bought.  I did the most time consuming one first.  Well!! 0nly a year or so later !! (June 2013)   I have managed to use a second of the patterns.  Here it is:
The circular image is the first layer of a pyramage I found in a book from Holland - Pyramids.  I bought a few of these little books from The Art of Craft.  I then chose the blue and gold threads to match the image. The gold surround to the image is a die cut.  The threads are sparkly Gutermann ones and wonderful to use.  Not inexpensive but worth the cost.  Cheap threads just keep stripping and breaking especially when going in and out of 300gsm card.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

CD Sunday - Something beginning with 'H'

Now this one is my choice of theme which  I did choose  before I thought of what I was going to do.  I made the card some time ago and so enjoyed the making of it and the effect,  that I have been dying to post it and see if you all like it as much as I do.

Here it is:

I loved the series of 6 Farmyard stitch cards that I purchased and completed from Stitching Cards so I was pleased to see that they had added this wonderful Highland Cow to their patterns.  Isn't he or she wonderful?  I think a 'She'  as she has a flower in her mouth and I have given her some butterflies.  I found the fabulous tartan backing paper on Ooh La La's CD - The Paula Oakley Collection.  The paper seemed to be just right in colour and theme. The sentiment die was a new purchase from Tattered Lace but I added the butterflies to 'hold' it up.
I showed this to my son and he said it reminded him of Ermintrude from the Magic Roundabout. Do you remember her?  If not here she is
My fellow teamies and our guests - Meg and Pauline -  have made some wonderful cards so please go visiting.  The links to their Blogs can be found above their cards on the CD Sunday Blog.

So many things begin with 'H' so please come and join us.  Think of those HOLLY cards you will be making for Christmas and as long as there is something from a CD somewhere on the card then it will qualify for our Challenge.
See you when I come calling.

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Cute Panda Birthday card

for my granddaughter next month. She is at that in between age  - will be 12 so doesn't want or need a babyish card but not quite grownup yet so I found this gorgeous Panda.  The grown up bit is the black sparkly letters for her name instead of silver or pink.
I have a great bamboo die so I googled some bamboo backing paper and used that.  Quite effective I think.
Here is the card.

Hope she likes it.  As she will probably get money I am sure she will like the inside.

Friday, 30 October 2015

Kayaking card for SIL

It is my SIL's birthday next month and he and my daughter are serious Kayakers (is that a word?) so I have found a pattern on Stitching Cards. My daughter has told me the right colours to use. Her brother joined in the discussion and asked me where his life jacket was.  Ask Stitching Cards was my reply.  I began to wish I hadn't bothered to ask.

I Googled for the backing paper by just asking for images of water and chose the one I liked best.
This is the second stitching of this image.  I thought I would be clever and stitched directly to the background paper (or one similar) rather than have white space.  I hated it when I had finished - it looked all wrong - so I binned it and started again.
Hope he likes it. I am not doing it again.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Two more for the Christmas box and a birthday card

This first one is another design by Judith Maslen called 'Christmas Crinolines'- pattern no: jm068-6.
I enjoyed this one even though my unfavourite moon tool was needed for the edging.  With all this practice Judith at least I think I am getting better and perhaps it will become a favourite.

A lovely design Judith - thank you.

The second card was made using a Woodware clear stamp.  I stamped the image on card and then traced it onto parchment using a white pencil.  After I  marked the stitch marks with black pen I then embossed the flower petals and berries and then added colour to the berries and Wink of Stella to the petals. The spaces were cut out with a two needle tool and all was backed with dark blue card.  The bow is by Sue Wilson.
The border is from  Pergamano Multi Grid No 21.

I think I am on track with the Christmas cards I want to make this year.  A few more to go but it is only October... just.

Before I go here is a birthday card made for my friend Pamela. It is her birthday today so I hope she has received it.   Happy Birthday wishes Pamela and here is your card to share.  I found this sweet little magic wand die and so wanted to use it. It seemed a perfect match with this image from Ooh La La.


Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Midnight Visitor

This is one of Judith Maslen's latest freebie patterns available on her website here.

A very pretty pattern and a joy to make.  I used white embossing instead of the gold ink that Judith used and I changed the border slightly.  This was because I made a mistake.  The pattern called for alternate embossing in the moon tool shapes and I did two together so that if I had continued they would have been odd.  So I managed to change the sequence so that it still made sense.
As I said I loved doing this one and here it is.

Midnight Visitor

A lovely mixture of disciplines and one I think that novice 'parchers' wouldn't find too difficult.

Sunday, 25 October 2015


Our theme for October is 'Occupations..  Have made 7 and will send the maximum 5.  I always seem to make more than needed as I can't decide which ones to send.  But then I have a few more for 'stock'.
I was a bit 'outside the box' on a couple - Scarecrow and Gift Organiser.  They are Occupations though - aren't they?

Here they are
They are all decoupaged and embellished.  It is amazing what you can Google. My own favourite is the Scarecrow.  I added a silver bird charm to rest on his arm.
Carol xx

Friday, 23 October 2015

Lots and lots of Holly

Now this one nearly stayed on the cutting room floor.  At least 6 attempts to get the border right. My stubborn Taurus traits kicked in again and I finally finished.
The pattern comes from the Parchment Magazine November 2012 and is by Carla Prediger.  I only used the border - which I loved - and played about with it a little.  The holly leaf embellishment I have had for years and just seemed perfect.
 I am pleased - I hope you like it.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Christmas Angel

I used a beautiful Angel Die  from 'Creative Expressions' for this card.  I changed the border on the parchment again slightly - but using the same elements. There are 7 little dies - heart, rose, present etc., with this Angel so it doesn't just have to be for Christmas.


Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Christmas parchment - different style

Now this is a freebie pattern by Anne Quinn.  I had made it a few years ago but decided I wanted to do it again. I enjoyed it just as much second time around.

This was all traced with a fine black pen and then detailed areas were embossed from the front and back.  The petals of the Christmas roses were embossed from the front except for the petal tips which were done from the back.  All to give a natural shape.  I then coloured with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils from the back and used Zest it - a spreading medium.  The pattern calls for felt tip pens but I hate them so use pencils.  The colours used were:
Permanent green - 266
Deep Scarlet Red - 219
Burnt Ochre - 187
Medium Flesh - 131
Cadmium Yellow - 107
Juniper Green - 165

The parchment has been wrapped around a sheet of 280gsm  rainbow card.  I scanned a piece of rainbow paper and then printed to card.  Tiny tiny pieces of double sided tape were put behind the bow and pine cones (where they don't show) to affix the image to the front of the card.

Hope you like it.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

CD Sunday - Baby Love - chosen by Sue

Good Morning - and it is a fine one whilst I am typing this post.
Sue has chosen 'Baby Love' as her theme and I love what our Guest Designers and my fellow teamies have done for this challenge. Please look here.
Coming from a small family and being of a certain age there are limits to the number of new babies in our circle but I do have a gorgeous new Great Nephew - Ellis - so I have made this for his 1st Christmas. He will be 10 months old.  I know he will be too young to appreciate Great Aunt Carol's stitching but it will go in his box of treasures I am sure.  I still have them for my 3 children.

The stitch  pattern comes from Pinbroidery and I have used a backing paper from Messy Rabbit Christmas CD printed direct to card for the base. I love making stitch cards.  When you first look at all those black dots on a piece of paper it is difficult to imagine what it is going to look like. It is always a lovely surprise (that is if you haven't made a mistake). The challenge is then to find a way to present your finished stitch work.
Please join in our challenge and if you feel like commenting here I would be delighted to receive them.
See you on your blogs.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Christmas Robin parchment - 2

This is the same La Pashe image as in the last post. Again printed on parchment and embossed.
I was perusing Pinterest - as you do - and I saw this simple border which I loved.  I worked out how to do it and also to change the rectangle shown to a square.  Not very complicated but you need to know what size you are going to do before you print the image. I love this simple look.
The sentiment is a peel off as all the die cut ones in my box were too large.
I will certainly be using this border again and again - easy to do, fairly quick and it doesn't take anything away from the image.

Friday, 16 October 2015

Christmas in parchment ++++

I said I had printed out some more images from the La Pashe CD - so here is another card.

The border to the image was a very simple one made using a new purchase - a Square Deckle Groovi Plate by Clarity which was gently embossed and enhanced with a white pencil.  The image has been embossed in various places and touched up with a Wink of Stella clear brush.  The white poinsettia is one of my own  ready made ones with the addition of a matching blue card petal backing.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Christmas in parchment +++

More La Pashe printed on parchment - embossed and pricked. The die cuts were a purchase from E bay and the backing paper again from Robert Addams. The frame was made using MCS with its facility for changing colours. The glitter pen was used but hard to see in the photo.
I have just printed out some more images and found some new border designs - so I will see you later.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Christmas in Parchment ++

I am still using La Pashe CD images and MCS and this time with some background card from Robert Addams.
I am enjoying this type of card making and at the same time trying to make each a little different.  As well as the embossing on here I have added some very pretty stick on gems that I bought from The Art Of Craft.  The corner triangles on the frame have been stippled.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

More Christmas in Parchment

For this one I used a La Pashe CD image again. This time I took it into MCS and added the oval frame and the Happy Christmas sentiment.   I then embossed the snow and tree and lights etc to give the 3D effect. It was then mounted on white and red card and then a lilac/blue background.
It need something else so I found a die cut deer in among my Christmas bits and as it had been cut out in dark blue it seems to blend well.
Hope you like it.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Christmas in parchment

I have just finished another couple of cards using a printed CD image on parchment which I have embossed and framed.
They are both from La Pashe.
Here they are.

Firstly I printed out the image to fit inside the border which I then embossed.  The border pattern is from a Pergamano Multi Grid.  This is the hardest part as you only get half of the border on the grid so you have to be careful to marry up everything when you turn round the grid to do the other half.  I then embossed the picture to show up the snow.  Added a little pencil colouring to give emphasis to the hedges and buildings etc. Before fixing it all to a coloured card I needed to back the image with white paper so that the image was clear and bright. Matching blue brads were used to fix to the blue card.

This was done in the same way.  Just a different simpler border pattern used. I used Kraft card as the base to suggest the Kalahari desert.
There won't be too many of these this Christmas as they do take some time to make. Trouble is I prefer to make parchment or stitched cards.  Perhaps next year I will start in January.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

CD Sunday - Bloomin' Marvellous

Good Morning. Our challenge for this fortnight has been chosen by fellow 'teamie' Jocelyn.  As there are plenty of flowers out there we are hoping for many glorious creations. Please visit my fellow 'teamies' blogs to see what they have created.

Here is my own small effort

For this one I used Ooh La La's Carnival of Colour CD with added die cut Hollyhocks I purchased from E-bay. I couldn't believe it when I found the die cuts that were perfect for this card.  I did buy lots of others (different dies)  - of course - but they will do for future projects. The top square of the image has been raised just to add some depth but only using 1mm pads.

I have made my Top 3 choice for 'Gorgeous Gowns' and you will find it here.

Thank you for reading this far and any comments you care to make will be avidly read and appreciated.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Fantasy Card

I was sorting through some cards in my 'here is one I made earlier' box for a selection of cards for upcoming birthdays when I found this one that I don't think I have shown you before.....

It comes from one of the many parchment books in my library - 'Sweet Designs' by Nadine Guenard and is just called 'Fantasy card'.
Not an easy one as it involved quite a bit of pen and ink work - not my favourite medium.

As it is such a glorious day today I took the photograph in the garden and whilst I was doing my David Bailey bit I was being serenaded by a bird way above me in the hedge. I couldn't see him clearly so I just pointed my camera in the general direction and snapped and here is who was singing his heart out.
Enjoy the sunshine.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

CD Sunday - Pearls and Lace

Good Morning.   Our challenge for the next two weeks has been chosen by team member Wynn.   Pearls and Lace are embellishments that we all use a lot on our cards so we at CD Sunday are hoping to see many beautiful creations. But please don't forget to use a CD somewhere in your creation.
Here is my very simple offering.

These are 3 decoupaged ATC's made using Joanna Sheen's CD - ATC Assistant. The hats and or roses have been decoupaged and  toning half pearls have been added.  Such elegant ladies in pretty colours.
Again Pauline and Meg have done us proud with their designs.  Please visit their Blogs  - and of course those of the rest of the team.

Thank you all for your Gorgeous Gowns and I will be choosing my Top 3 which will  be revealed in a couple of weeks.
Happy crafting.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Red and Purple for Christmas?

I had to miss my trip down to Barton on Sea yesterday for Judith's workshop.  I love going and was very cross about it.  A reaction to some medication (which has now been changed) was the cause.
So rather than sit and mope I started on some parchment for my Christmas cards.  I found a border pattern on Pinterest which I liked so I had a go.  I had to use my PCA Bold Diagonal Grid - not one of my favourites - but generally pleased with the result.

Unfortunately the scanner chopped off the scallop edges  and it is too miserable to go outside for a photo.
The decoupaged wreath was made up many years ago and in fact comes from a sheet of Mary Rahder Christmas decoupage.  Working on my plans to try and use up all the stuff I have already I was determined to use it. Hence my adding the red and purple half pearls to match the wreath. I hummed and hawed -  and then stuck it on.
Do you think it works?

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Another Gorgeous Gown

This time it is from the new La Pashe CD - 'The Wrinklies at the Movies'.
My copy arrived yesterday and I had a quick browse and found this wrinkly with her gorgeous gown from 'My Fair Lady'.  I just had to make up the card.  I also remembered that I was lucky enough to be taken to the 2nd night of the original West End Show.  I won't try to remember how long ago that was.
Here is the card:
I used another of the music notes die cuts  that I purchased from Ebay and my Sue Wilson Itty Bitty Bow die for the black bows. The rest is all from the CD.
Now just have to find a recipient with a sense of humour.

CD Sunday - Gorgeous Gowns

Good Morning. It doesn't seem possible that it is now September. The weather has been so bad that August seems to have slipped by unnoticed.
To cheer us up though we have 'Gorgeous Gowns' as our theme.  My choice this time and perhaps somewhere in the back of my mind I was hankering back to the days when I might have had the figure for one of these lovely creations.  Vaguely I remember.
Here is my 'Gorgeous  Gown'  in parchment.  A pattern by Judith Maslen called 'Beatrice'. One of three in her 'Edwardian Charm' series

The background card was made using Carol Ann's Studio 'Flutterby Purple' CD.  As usual I can't remember who made the die that was used for the flourishes.
Our team have made beautiful cards for this theme and we are especially pleased to welcome Meg and Pauline as our Guest Designers for 3 months.  They have made a couple of gorgeous 'Gorgeous Gowns' and we have been impatient to show them to you (here).
I know the team and our Guests would be delighted to receive a visit from you and any comments you care to leave will be avidly read and appreciated.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015


Time for our September 2015 ATC swop.  I am afraid the theme of Easel ATC's was my idea so I felt I had to make 5 and make a good effort so here are the ones I am posting off today.

Theme - Easels  - any subject.
I have used photos from our groups various trips to Wisley over the years  as backgrounds and then added Man and Ladies from MCS Deco Follies.  Can't believe I actually decoupaged those tiny figures. I covered them in Joanna Sheen's Glossy Transparent film (bought years and years ago) to stop them catching as you take them in and out of the sleeves.
I love these background photos I have taken at Wisley RHS - which is a glorious place - and use them quite often for different projects.  A group of us have been visiting  there for some years now and always have a great day.
It will be interesting to see how all the Easel ATC's are going to be displayed by the organisers - Sue and her husband - affectionately known by all as "The Slave".

Thursday, 27 August 2015

CAS on Sunday

I was idly looking through the lists of challenges on offer  and there are quite a few - when I spied one that wanted vellum.  Up my street I thought so I abandoned my coffee and here it is:

It couldn't be more Clean and Simple.  One plain white scallop card, one red die cut sentiment and three of my own parchment poinsettias.  I don't enter many CAS challenges as I tend to put a bit more on my cards and it does feel strange to hold back.  Meg of  'Bits and Pieces'  who is joining us as a Guest Designer on CD Sunday next month  -  seems to have the style just right.  In fact looking at her cards has been a bit of an inspiration.
I hope they like it.

I am entering this in CAS Sunday Challenge # 65

Monday, 24 August 2015

Silent Night

Another from the new La Pashe Cd  - A Gift of Christmas.

Here is the Singing Snowman in glorious technicolour with a touch of Flower Soft snow.

I first saw the music die cut on a card entered into a recent CD Sunday Challenge and liked it so I went to ebay and found some for sale........amongst many other goodies.
I know it would be more practical to make smaller cards  to avoid the expensive postage but I look upon the cost of stamps at this time of year as part of my present costs because a handmade card is really a present.  Anyway that is how I justify it to myself.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

CD Sunday - Bear with me - chosen by Sue

I have taken the opportunity here to add to my stock of Christmas cards and to use the new La Pashe CD.
The blue snowflakes are peel offs  and the sentiment is a  die cut and the rest is all decoupage from the CD - A Gift for Christmas.  I think my Granddaughter might like this one.
I love the drawings and the vibrant colours on all the La Pashe CD's and this is no exception.  I have all of the images cut out now ready to assemble.
Please don't forget to visit the teams blogs for some inspiration - and I hope to be visiting your own blogs to admire your creations.
I would also like to remind you that next time we will be joined for 3 months at CD Sunday by our  Guest Designers, Meg and Pauline. We are looking forward to sharing their own special style and creativeness  with you.