Friday, 26 February 2016

The Craft Cupboard

As well as all the crafty things I love doing I also love Jigsaws.  I hadn't done one for a while so while I was under the weather recently and seemed to have lost my mojo I went to my cupboard and fished out a puzzle by Colin Thomson - my favourite puzzle artist.  His puzzles are so whacky and colourful and an absolute devil to do and  I can't resist them.
This one is called No 2. Curious Cupboards and this is what it will look like when
I have finished.  I have about 100 pieces left out of the 1000 to do:

I am so nearly there that I am neglecting other things that I should be doing.  The puzzle is a Ravensburger by the way.
This was another of Colin Thompsons that I posted a while ago

I said they were whacky - but such fun ...... and it is all finished now.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

CD Sunday - Thank You

Good Morning everyone.  I hope all are well.
The theme for the next two weeks is my choice.  I thought it good to choose something that we all need a supply of - Thank you cards.  So as long as a CD has been used - and it is a Thank you card or project -  the subject/design can be anything you like.
Here is my card.  I really did enjoy making this one.  I went back to parchment this time and also used a new Woodware large stamp.  I stamped the image onto card and then used it to trace with white pencil onto parchment.  I then embossed and coloured and general played about - adding this and that in the way of patterns etc.

The wonderful stripey backing paper comes from one of my favourites - Carol Ann's Studios - her Glitz and Bitz CD.  The butterflies are just three of a large selection of different coloured ones I bought sometime ago. They are made from a wonderfully thick crinkly paper that is more like fabric with just a single lozenge shaped gem as the body. I chose the backing paper before I made the topper so I could match the colours using my Faber Castell Polychromos pencils. I used a PCA Easy Embossing plate for the shape of the parchment topper which gave me some more places to colour.
As I said I enjoyed making this one and I hope you like it too.

Before I go I want to say a personal thank you to Jane and Shaz who are our Guest designers.  This is their last week with us and they have been a joy to work with - talented and prompt.  What more could we ask?  Together with Meg and Pauline they have added so much to the CD Sunday Blog over the last 6 months.

Thank you for looking.

Saturday, 13 February 2016

ATC Swap UK - February 2016

These are the ATC's I sent in for the February swap on the Facebook ATC group.  The theme is "Love" obviously -  and here they are.

I don't think my presentation is really up to scratch but the organisers do a much better job.  I have gone for a mixture of styles this time.  Three stitched, one Victorian and one modern.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

CD Sunday - Add a button or buttons - chosen by Sue

Good Morning.  I hope all are well, dry and have not been blown away.  We have had a good mixture of all sorts of weather since our last CD Sunday theme.
Our teamie Sue has chosen  buttons for her theme.  A great choice because if you are like me you have oodles of them in all shapes and sizes.  I have a lot of novelty buttons but typically instead of reducing my stash of those I had to use plain and simple for........

The background comes from Grandma's Button Box - a CD by Katy Sue and the topper is in parchment .  For the topper I used a couple of PCA embossing plates.  The diamond crosshatch is  PCA TP3270E and the butterfly from TP3198E.  I have used tiny white buttons on the wings of the butterfly as decoration and the topper is fixed to the card using white button brads. The little butterflies and the sentiment are die cut from white Centura Pearl card.

I did post a  scanned card to show on here which unfortunately flattened the butterfly but I have now managed to photograph the card outside and it is a much more true to life image.

Please don't forget to visit the blogs of our guest designers, Shaz and Jane as well as my fellow teamies for some inspiration and have fun with your buttons.
I look forward to receiving your comments - if you feel inclined - and visiting you at home.