Sunday, 31 March 2019

CD Sunday - Challenge #7 - 'Anything Goes' using a craft CD - hosted by me

Good Morning on Mother's Day  I hope the weather will be fine for the day.  I always write this a couple of days in advance so I never know what the weather is going to be.

It is my turn to host the Challenge and here is the card I made (a birthday card for a member of our Facebook Group):

The image and background all come from 'The Best of La Pashe' CD.   I have done a little decoupage and added a few strategically placed gems.  I am afraid I cannot remember the make of the Birthday banner die.

I hope you will join in with us and talking of joining in please don't forget that Challenge #8 will be our 9th Birthday Challenge and there will be prizes.   I can't believe that it is 9 years since the Blog was started.  I joined in the challenges during the first or second week and have been doing so ever since.

As it is Mother's Day I wanted to show you the card I received from my daughter.
It is good that I have the same sense of humour.   In fact would rather this than a slushy one .

On that note I will say -  See you on your Blogs.

Happy Mothering Sunday.

Thursday, 28 March 2019

More for Christmas 2019

This time I used die cuts, gems and some La Pashe circular pictures .

These were fun to make and I plan to add some more .

My fellow CD Sunday teamie Margaret has just come back from a trip to the far North and she brought back a couple of Babushka dolls. They are on her Blog and I liked the look of them so I made her a couple of ATCs using her photos and adding some words in English and Russian.  Margaret has received them so it is safe to show them here.


Thursday, 21 March 2019

Christmas 2019

Sorry about this but I have started in earnest on my Christmas cards.  I have various things coming up during the year one of which is an op for cataract removals so I am getting on whilst I can.

I have been using my La Pashe CD's .  I copy and paste them into my own graphics programme so that I can add borders and sentiments. I then print out each one twice so that I can do a little decoupage ( only one layer) and fimally sprinkle a little glitter.

I must confess to having used these images before but I do love using them and as long as I don't send the same ones to the same people I should be OK.....for a while at least.


Monday, 18 March 2019

1st of our 2019 visits to Judith Maslen's workshops

As usual at our Judith Maslen workshop on Saturday (first of the year) we had two super new patterns to work on. Below is a photo of the morning session card jm105. It was designed for a wedding and as I don't have any that I know of in the near or distant future I altered the bottom of the pattern to exclude the words and have attached a very temporary sentiment. This was all after discussion with Judith. The sentiment is very quickly and crudely made and stuck on with removable tape. It isn't even straight.

This is my favourite image of all time from Judith and I really loved doing it.  I must admit though that some of the close and fine work was a struggle.  I have been told I have cataracts that need to be dealt with and I discovered that this is affecting my parchment 'abilities'.  I don't think I will be doing much more until after they have been dealt with.  Ordinary card making seems to be unaffected in the same way - at the moment.

Here is the card:

As I was struggling Judith kindly drew the stick for the sweep's brush. I couldn't bear to think of my clumsiness spoiling the work I was enjoying. And I did enjoy the pattern.

Here is a closeup without the crudely made sentiment.

If any one reading this enjoys parchment work I  can recommend them buying this pattern from Judith  It might be a week or so before it is added on her site. (see sidebar).


Sunday, 17 March 2019

CD Sunday #6 - 'Anything Goes' - hosted by Jocelyn

What a windy week we are having.  I don't like the wind.  Rain I can cope with but wind somehow I find very unsettling.  Giving them names seems to make it worse.

Our 'Anything Goes' themes are still proving to be more popular than a set theme.  I have quite a few birthday cards to make each year as I belong to a Facebook birthday group as well as having friends and relations to make for, and my annual total is about 65-70 at the moment.  I am finding that I can combine my CD Sunday makes with my birthday lists.

For my card for this challenge I have turned - yet again - to La Pashe. I don't think I will ever run out of La Pashe images. They are all so well drawn and when combined with one of the fantastic backing papers  I don't think you can go wrong.

So  I have used - La Pashe - The Big One Vol 1.  Anemones are one of my favourite flowers and I love this bold colourful image. Appropriately the name Anemone means 'wind'.

I have done some decoupage. I still love doing decoupage even after all this time. I have also used my new favourite sentiment die yet again. There is something so pleasing about the font that has been used.
Please come and join in with us. With such an open theme I am sure you will have something to offer as long - of course - that you have used a CD somewhere in the making.

Thank you  for visiting and taking the time to read. Any kind comments you care to make will always be appreciated.


Monday, 4 March 2019

Some Groovi parchment

Our Parchment Lesson in February was based on a Groovi plate instead of using a traditional parchment pattern.

The Groovi plate we used was one designed by Tina Cox and it is called Tina's Henna Corners 2. These patterns are based on Indian henna designs from Tina's background. They are beautiful and I prefer them to many of the other Groovi designs.

Marilyn (tutor) designed several cards using many of the patterns from the plate and this is the one I chose:
I chose the same colouring that Marilyn had chosen as this colour range is one of my own favourites.
The colouring on the parchment was done with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils.

At the class I studied a small Groovi book showing at least 20 designs using this plate and one other.  I purchased it and hope to use some of the suggestions in some Christmas cards this year.


Sunday, 3 March 2019

CD Sunday - #5 - 'Anything Goes' - hosted by Margaret

It is pouring with rain. Quite heavy in fact. It was glorious sunshine when I wrote this yesterday. What a shame!

We have another 'Anything Goes' challenge which is appearing to be popular with everyone including the team.

I chose to combine this challenge with the birthday of one of my two Great Nephews.  I don't see much of him but my sister (his Grandmother) tells me he is just a typical 4 yr old.

Here is the card I made:

It was made using the Boofle CD for Docraft Digital Designer. I designed it and then printed it out to matt  and layer. The sentiment was added using my ACDeeSee programme.  I love the Boofle character and this was fun to make.  Just a nice image for a 4 year-old.

We hope you will join in with us. Just please don't forget to use a CD somewhere in your creation.

We are now over halfway towards our Blog Birthday when we will giving a prize or prizes so please look out for challenge #8 when it comes.

Thank you for visiting and if you feel like leaving a comment I would be pleased to read and then visit you - but please not the lady from America who placed lengthy advertising comments on my last 5/6 postings.