Sunday, 22 February 2015

CD Sunday - 'Everything stops for tea'

Everything chez moi seems to be stopping for tea or coffee at the moment.  I am having a new roof fitted to my conservatory at the beginning of March so that it will be usable all year round and I can turn it into my craft room.  Everything is having to be packed into boxes in order to empty the conservatory quickly on the day they start and it is exhausting and thirst making. So an apt theme for me. On reflection I may need a brandy at the end - when I have to pay for it all.
Although I unknowingly chose to use the same CD as our Sue we have managed to produce quite different  cards.
Here is my offering and I enjoyed making the card.  The CD from MCS - 'A very important date' is a particular favourite of mine.
This is a 6 x 6 inch square card with a green 'mat' under the main image.  I have decoupaged the caterpillar and the cup and saucer and then added the cupcake, watch and butterflies.  I used the MCS programme to add the Happy Birthday sentiment  to the watch. I was pleased with how the plate just fitted behind his thumb so that he is holding it rather than it just resting.
I am ahead with the next couple of our challenges but hoping that I can find everything again after the big reshuffle.
Have fun with our challenge and I will be popping over to see you.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Tucked away

in a box of earlier parchment work I found this.  It was one of the first serious parchment colouring projects I tried and it was  quite a while ago. I wasn't sure about it at the time  but now I have  decided that perhaps it wasn't that bad so I have backed it with some card and here it is.  It is from Pergamano's 'Around the World' book. The pens used were Pergamano felt tips.  As I don't  like using felt tips that is perhaps why I was unsure about the result.

 I have no idea what the hieroglyphics mean.  I tried looking the symbols up on some sites but couldn't make any sense of them.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015


The group theme for February is 'Colour Blue and here are the ones I have made and they will be in the post tomorrow.

Usually about 25 people enter from 3 to 5 ATC's so the organisers have quite some work to do at the end of the month.  It is always organised beautifully.

Hope they like them.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

CD Sunday - Floral Frenzy

Team member Wynn has chosen this theme.  I think to brighten us all up during this cold and wintery period.

Here is my Floral Frenzy

I used Jane Shasky's CD  - 'from the heart of the garden'.  I chose this image because it looked so bold and colourful and held  promise of a beautiful hot Summer after this awful cold weather.
I have decoupaged but not used it all as it makes it so expensive to post.
One of my left over 'Christmas' green scalloped cards seemed to fit the scheme perfectly size wise and colour wise.

There are  many, many  wonderful floral images on so many CD's out there so I am hoping to visit many Blogs.  Don't forget Easter is early this year and a frenzy of daffodils and primroses would be perfect for your Easter cards.

Have fun.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Pretty Crinoline Ladies

Here is a parchment project that I completed over our first two workshops of the year. These are held at The Art of Craft in North Camp.

This is pattern No: 3 - Friends - from a set of 3 patterns called 'Crinolines' by Judith Maslen.  Having done the first one (Swingtime) already,  I just have No: 2 to  complete.

This is a beautiful pattern to do as there is a fair bit of colouring involved.  Good practice for those of us who prefer gridwork and embossing and at least it was using pencils and not felt tips. 

We had a great workshop.  You can spend as long as you like - up to 4 1/2 hours - working or  working and chatting or even working, chatting and shopping. It is a veritable Aladdins Cave of goodies.
Good company and good fun.
Carol xx

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Cats with a view

In my spare moments I try to add to my ATC swop  stock and here I have used one of my favourite peel offs. The black cats looking out of the window.
I have found some images in various places and the last one is in fact using a photograph of my front garden - full of grasses.

I used MCS to play about with them and give a background.  I wish we had that beautiful blue sky at the moment.