Wednesday, 30 November 2016

More 'White Christmas'

I thought that the comments I received for my CD Sunday 'White Christmas' card were so nice that  I would make some more - but slightly different versions.  I have made another four but here are just two of them:


This time I used my graphics programme on the image to add the frames and sentiment.  Some of the trees have been cut from Centura Pearl to show the sparkly side.
Thanks for looking again.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

CD Sunday - White Christmas - chosen by Margaret

I know that secretly in our hearts we would all like a white Christmas but with our practical heads on hope that we don't have one -  so we get our 'White Christmas' fix from cards and decorations and .songs

So for CD Sunday's new challenge Margaret has chosen 'White Christmas'.  Our team have made some beautiful cards and I am sure they will be of inspiration to you so please have a look here.

In the meantime here is my contribution

I used two of Robert Addams CD's - 'White Christmas' for the image and 'Christmas Carols' for the background.  I use these Christmas CD's quite often and I love the images from the first one and the backgrounds from the second.  The bridge with the lanterns has always been one of my favourite CD images and I have used it quite often.
I have added the deer, tree and sentiment diecuts.  Black mirri card for the deer and white card for the trees. Just plain gold card for the sentiment.  I also used black mirri card behind the image to act as a frame.
This was a very simple card to make and hopefully you will try it.  I can recommend Roberts CD's.  I have long been a fan.
Please say hello as you are passing.  I always love to read any messages.

Friday, 18 November 2016

Last Workshop with Judith Maslen for 2016

On Saturday we had another great day down in Barton on Sea with Judith and all our fellow workshopees.  The weather was apalling but that's not new and our chauffeuse Charmaine successfully battled hard again aginst the wind, rain, dark and motorway drivers.
This time we made a quickish Christmas card in the morning using a star tool to emboss the Christmas Tree and added a few gems to represent the decorations. We used a semi square tool for the borders.  The inset surrounding the tree was coloured with pencil and spread with dorso oil.

I added some Wink of Stella to the tree and the star tool impressions in the border but it didn't photograph well. This pattern is called 'Snowy Tree' and will be Pattern No: jm 068-15

Our second card made in the afternoon was quite tough one.  A lot of work.  In fact I didn't finish it until this morning. It is called 'Shoe Heaven' and will be Pattern Sheet No: JM043-5 in the Boutique series.
Here it is:
To complete this pattern we did painting on the back with felt tips (or some of us did - I used pencils and dorso oil).  We did tracing with black ink. grid work, embossing and using the Almond tool.
I added some Wink of Stella to the embossed segment of the fans and glitter peel off to the diamond in the centre and a glitter scallop peel off to the edge of the pattern.

I already looking forward to starting again in March next year.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

CD Sunday - 'Sparkle and Shine' - chosen by Wynn

With Christmas looming so large we at CD Sunday are continuing with our Christmas themes and 'Sparkle and Shine' should be a good one for you all to enter.

I have done a stitched card for this theme and I bought the pattern on line from Cardmaking Online in Australia and the very talented designer is Emelie.

Here it is:

The CD content is the backing paper from La Pashe 'Big One Backing Papers'. The colours were perfect.  The stitch pattern is very very fine and took quite a while but I really like the finished effect.  I have added some red chalk to the bow to give it some depth and shading and sewed very tiny glittery seed beads inside the green stitching and on the little red stars.  The Merry Christmas is a glittered peel off.   I can't remember who made the die I used for the bows.

Please visit CD Sunday - not only to see the cards for this challenge but to see the winner and runner-up  of the Sharon Duncan Sponsored Challenge - 'Paws' .  Thank you again to all those who enter our challenges.

I look forward to seeing all the 'Sparkle and Shine'.  See you soon.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Parchment - Christmas and La Pashe

The image is from a La Pashe CD - 'The Christmas Box' - one of my favourites.  It is called The Gingerbread House (for obvious reasons) and makes a super card for a younger person.
I printed it onto 140gsm parchment paper using my Canon printer on Matte photo setting highest quality.  Just remember to let the ink dry before touching as of course parchment paper is non absorbent.
I added a border using one of Wendy Walters designs that you can adapt to any size.  Such a simple idea but I love the effect.

Here is the finished card
I embossed most of the image with emphasis on the white.  The image was then stitched to the red matt using red glass beads.  I also added 5 little black beads to the snowman.  The card is a white 7" x 7" 300gsm - also from La Pashe.
I can't make all my Christmas cards from parchment as they take so long but try to do as many as I can. I started this one in our Parchment Workshop at The Art of Craft on Wednesday and finally finished it last evening - of course I have done other things in between.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Stitched Birthday Card - plus another.

for a friend who is also a fellow CD Sunday teamie.

This year I decided to do a stitched card.  I thought an easel card would be different having not previously made a stitched easel.  I needed something to act as the 'stop' so I decided to stitch a nameplate using the stitching font (here) that I had purchased many moons go but not actually used.
Here is the card:
The pattern for the card came from here but the deco roses that I liked came with the Get Well Soon sentiment so I had to change that for the Happy Birthday.  I found a tag somewhere in matching pink and used Microsoft Word to add Pamela's name in the stitching font.  To this I then added the double rose spray by pricking them out from the main pattern.
As you can see a special birthday for Pamela so I added the very pretty transparent glitter peel off numbers.  I can't remember where I got that particular sheet and the numbers are running out - so when they are gone they are gone!
I loved making this and now I have braved stitched fonts I will try this again.

I said I would like to try this again and I have.  A friend saw Pamela's card and said how much they liked it so I here is one I have made for her.
Her birthday is at the end of the month so all done in plenty of time.