Sunday, 29 April 2018

CD Sunday - 'Anything Goes' - chosen by Wynn

OK - back down to earth for me with a bump as big birthday is over and on Tuesday I have the op on my hand.  I will make my apologies now about my probable lack of commenting in the few days afterwards.  I hope it is only a few.

Here is my card:

I used Docraft Designer - Tulip and Friends #2 - Hot Diggity Dog. I think this a very sweet image and it was made with a friend in mind hence the name. I made all the card using Docraft except for the name and sentiment. I have a little graphics programme that came with my camera called ACDSee and it is much better at adding text etc than any of the others that I have found.
I will catch up with you when I can and if you feel like sending me some good vibes they will be much appreciated.
Don't forget that you can enter via Facebook here if you haven't a Blog. Our link to CD Sunday is in my sidebar.
I'll be chatting later sometime.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Playing with Parchment

At our parchment session yesterday I took along some images that I had created.  As there weren't really enough of us to have our lesson (only 4 of us) we played with some of  those images that I had taken along.

I had such fun making the patterns and here is what I did with mine to make it into  a very simple card.

There is so  much scope to play about with these by using any border that you like and adding other patterns around or in the picture itself.  In the centre of mine I did use a very fine grid to prick a pattern of holes filling the 6 white segments. The border was made by drawing outside and inside the same hexagonal die and then embossing between the lines  with a white pencil. The scallop edge was made using a Fine Large PCA Scallop Edge Tool and a scallop template. This was then filled in with a Pergamano Star Tool impression.
I hope to have more fun with these as the patterns I can make are endless - and that is no exaggeration.
We then ate lots of cake as I had taken a huge Minion cake along that I had made.  I like it when Birthdays last all week.
Hope you like this new image.

Monday, 23 April 2018

Birthday Weekend

I had a fantastic Birthday weekend.  Great friends around for the day yesterday which we spent crafting and laughing and sometimes we couldn't craft because we were laughing so much.  We then went out to dinner and I must confess I got a bit tiddly.  Don't do that very often but I didn't have a 'head' this morning so I couldn't have been too bad.
I wanted to show you some of the lovely cards I received but thought I would start off with one that only one sister to could send to another!!!

Here are some of the beautiful handmade ones from friends.

I belong to a Birthday group on Facebook (UKSN) and here are the cards I received:


Sunday, 15 April 2018

CD Sunday - 8th Birthday Celebration - with prizes

Yes - the 18th April is the official 8th Birthday for CD Sunday and the 21st is my own birthday too so I have hijacked the Blog - with the team's permission - and chosen the Birthday theme and designed the sketch for everyone to use.
Here is the sketch
and here is my Birthday card based on the sketch.
I used Docraft Digital Designer  - Me to You  CD - Spring Chic - Mother's Day.   This is only the third sketch theme that I have  done and I did enjoy making the card.   Sketch cards are growing on me.   I was quite resistant I remember when we first did one at CD Sunday way back 2012.  Perhaps we ought to do more.  Three in 6 years isn't excessive!
There a couple of super prizes on offer for the 1st and 2nd place winners. If you go to the Blog (here) you will see what we have for you.  The winners will be chosen by the whole team and because of that it will be a couple of weeks before the result is announced.,
I have some small celebration  planned for my own Birthday.   A crafting day and dinner out with some dear friends and I have already received  a present from the  'Government'  - a free TV licence.   What more could a girl want?    Yes you've guessed it - I will be 75.  Whilst I am on these steroids I don't feel old at all but I am waiting for the bump when they stop.
Please have a look at the wonderful  cards by my fellow teamies  for inspiration and then join in.   All you need to do is make a Birthday card following the sketch and use a CD somewhere along the way.
Don't forget that if you haven't a Blog then you can join in on Facebook here.
Looking forward to seeing you in my travels.

Monday, 9 April 2018


Whilst I am waiting for my swops to arrive for our March theme 'H' is for..... ( in the post apparently) I will show the ones I have sent in for the April swop -  'April Showers'.  I have never know a more apposite theme as it hasn't stopped raining here for 3 days.
I found a background on MCS that looked just like a large puddle on a very dark and dismal day which it is at the moment.

They are all parchment this time. My own favourite is the middle one.
This - I believe -  is the 36th month for me as a member of this group. Doesn't time fly. It doesn't seem possible.
Carol xx

p.s. Here are the same ATCs as presented by the organisers of the swop. So much better than I can do.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

'Summer' - from Seasons by Judith Maslen

Here is "Summer" one of the Season series of patterns by Judith. - jm057 - 2.  I did this at one of Judith's workshops and have now just finished making it into a birthday card.

I used a colour toning backing card for the card covered in' Happy Birthday' in several fonts and styles. The long curly bow die is the finishing touch.  Love this die.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

More for the Birthday Stash

Today I managed to make two cards from scratch and finish another that I had started. All down to the effect of the steroids I am on. It has gone midnight and I am still busy.
The first card is the one I had started. It is a Judith Maslen parchment  pattern and is a design we started at one of her workshops - when I can't remember.

It is called 'Staffordshire Dogs'.  These I believe (not old enough to remember myself) used to grace the mantelpieces of many homes in Victorian/Edwardian times. The little detail at the bottom is to represent the lace that used to be hung from the mantel.

The next two are ones that I made using new dies. The first one is an Amy die called Brick in the wall. I had a great deal of fun with this one choosing the 'view' and whether to use brick or stone. I diecut 5 different holes  in the wall to see which worked best.  It is a great die.
The second is using a Pamela West image and a 'trellis' die and then a selection of garden tools. I cut these out in different colours so that I could make them look more realistic and have some left for another day.

I had fun but I really think I must go to bed.  Of course it is absolutely pouring down yet again. I find it difficult to sleep when the rain is lashing against the windows.

Sleep tight.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

CD Sunday - 'No patterned paper' - chosen by Meg

A Happy Easter everyone. I hope the weather is being kind to you where ever you are and the chocolate fairy has visited.
This challenge is a little different in that Meg has decided to say what you can't use but you can use any theme or subject you like.
It is always hard craft wise to be told to exclude something as we always like to use the full range of our supplies. Even harder for us dedicated CD users as that is where we usually get out patterned papers.
But no patterned papers to be used.  For my card I went to a favourite at the moment  Docraft Digital Designer - Tulip and Friends CD.
Here is my card:

I kept it as simple as possible and it was made for a member of the Facebook Birthday list to which I belong.
April already. The year seems to be rushing by.  I now have my op date - 1st May.  I am so glad that I have got all my crafting up to date. How soon after the op I will be able to use my hand I have no idea but plan to watch TV and or do Jigsaws - left handed.
Have fun with the challenge and I will see you on your Blogs.
In the meantime I was looking in You tube to find some Birthday music to go with my picture and I found THIS...
Love to hear from you as you pass by.