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.