Sunday, 27 November 2016

White Christmas - CD Sunday

A short blog post this time as 'life' hasn't been very kind to hubby and me recently - I'm actually writing this at 5:30 am and I've been awake since 3:30.
The CD Sunday Challenge this time is 'White Christmas' so no excuse for not entering this one as I'm sure everyone is making their Christmas cards! Just remember to use something (even just a tiny sentiment) from a craft CD and to name the CD in your blog post.

The image is from a very old (2010) My Craft Studio CD called Winter Wonderland volume 1. It was then die cut using a Tonic English Picnic Layering set. The white mat and blue mirror card were also cut using the same die set. I then wanted to have a snowflake embossed layer but don't have an 8X8 embossing folder - so I used a border folder from Tattered Lace. The joins were disguised by the gems which are the type joined together in a line. The card is finished with a sentiment cut using a Creative Die that I bought from Craft Stash recently when they had an offer on - I think I paid £2.50 for it! And I couldn't resist using Tonic Nuvo drops in the centre of the flowers - which I think look like snowflakes LOL!
The challenge runs until 10th December - make sure you pop over to the CD Sunday blog for details of discount on Sharon Duncan's website.
Right I'm of back to bed in the hope I can get some sleep. 

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Sparkle and Shine - CD Sunday

Over on the CD Sunday Blog today's posting reveals the winner of the challenge that was sponsored by our dear friend Sharon Duncan. Make sure you pop over to see if you've one one of Sharon's CD Roms. Sharon is currently recovering from an operation and all of the CD Sunday design team wish her a full and quick recovery.

So on to the theme for the next 2 weeks - Sparkle and Shine. A great excuse to get all your 'blingy' stash out and enter the challenge. I chose to make a Christmas card as I always leave them too late and it ends up being a chore.


This photo doesn't show all of the embossing very well. The middle is an oval shape with swirls/scrolls around the edges and two snowflakes - one in each corner. And the backing paper is a light grey but I had to darken the photo to make the embossing show up.
The CD I used is one I bought recently from Sharon Duncan called Embossibilites Sentiments. It's a 2 CD set and the paper is from the 'Everyday Papers' CD. I printed a plain grey backing paper onto white card and then embossed it using a free embossing folder from a craft magazine. For it to then fit in with the Sparkle and Shine theme I sprayed it with a Crafter's Companion Spray and Sparkle - Pearl Diamond.
The snowflake is from the Christmas decoration section at B & M - £1.99 for a pack of 16. I bought 3 packs, silver, gold and white - they also do them in red but I didn't like them.
I finished the card off with lots of clear gems. And the inside is decorated too.

I used an off cut of the backing paper and an embossing folder with Christmas words on it. The Merry and Bright is a Creative Die bought from Craft Stash.

Pop over to the CD Sunday Blog to see the rest of the DT's cards - they're all great and may give you some ideas for your own card.

The challenge runs until 26th November - you must use something from a craft CD and you must name the CD in your blog post. Good Luck everyone and don't forget to check if you've won Sharon's challenge which had a theme of Paws.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Father Christmas - CD Sunday

After last week's sponsored challenge this week it's Meg's turn to pick a theme for the CD Sunday Challenge. The team are focusing very much on Christmas as we know that most card makers will be trying to get their cards made at this time so Meg has chosen Father Christmas as the theme.
I've made a very simple straight forward A5 card for this theme.

Both the image and the backing paper are from Christmas 2 by Card Creations Plus. It's not the BP designed to go with this image but I thought they went well together. The 'Merry Christmas' was designed in Serif Craft Artist. I picked colours that I thought would match the 'matting' around the main image. I finished the card by dotting all the centres of the 'stars' with Tonic Nuvo Drops. A really quick card, just an image and sentiment on top of the backing paper, just what we need at this time of year with so many cards to make.

You have until Saturday 12th November at 13:00 to enter - don't forget Meg will have a prize for the winner. You must include something from a craft Cd on your card and you must name that CD in your blog post - we might want to add it to our wish list LOL!

Sunday, 16 October 2016

CD Sunday - a Sponsored Challenge!

The theme this time has been chosen by Sharon Duncan who has kindly offered to sponsor this fortnight's challenge. She's chosen the theme of Paws and the prize will be one of her DVDs called Playful Pups.If you click here there's a video with some of the contents of the CD Rom. There's 490+ printable pages which is why it's on a DVD but you use it the same as a CD Rom. The design team were sent a selection of 20 files with toppers, backing papers and sentiments/accessories. I chose a topper of a terrier hiding in a flower bed. There's a matching backing paper on the DVD but we weren't sent it so I chose another very pretty flowery paper. I teamed it with a pale green striped paper which is available in different colourways on the DVD.

I made a large rosette from 3 strips of the striped paper and after die-cutting the topper into a circle I glued it to the rosette. The card base is an easel card which I covered in the flowery paper. The easel 'stopper' is a Tonic die - Scotty Dog. I used card in similar colours to the backing papers for the dog. I finished the card with 2 bones again using a Tonic die - Dinner's Up. 

I hope we have lots of entries for this challenge - it's been a long time since we've had a sponsor and Sharon has now kindly sponsored us 3 times. The challenge runs from 16th to 29th October and you must use something from a craft CD rom in the making of your item. It can be something as small as a bow or sentiment and you must name the CD used in your blog post. Good luck everyone!

Gggrrrr! Mr Blogger hasn't published my scheduled post again!

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Country Living - CD Sunday

It's my first time to pick the theme for the CD Sunday challenge! As we're into October I wanted to choose a theme that could be used for Christmas cards as I know lots of card makers will be concentrating on making them at this time. So I opted for Country Living. Myself and CD Sunday Design Team member Meg have both made Christmas cards with lovely wintry scenes - we've both used the same CD rom as well!

I knew before I chose the image that I wanted to make a triptych card. I've made one before but from a kit so the 3 strips were already the right size - the measuring and deciding on the size took quite a while! I also decided to mat the strips onto silver holographic card so that involved even more measuring and head scratching! The card base was covered with a piece of Centura pearl paper that I'd run through an embossing folder from Tattered Lace called 'Season's Greetings'. I then matted the full image, from 'The Big One' CD Rom by Just Inked Lined, onto holographic card leaving a very thin border. A second image was then cut into 3 strips and also matted onto the holographic card. I finished off the card with a strip of gems - these were cut from a roll of wide gem 'ribbon'. I found it in the wedding section of Home Bargains or it might have been B & M Bargains. It wasn't very expensive and it's quite a long length although it wasn't very easy to cut so don't use your best scissors!
I hope the DT cards will give you all lots of inspiration for this theme. I get to choose the 3 cards that I think best fits the theme and the person whose card I pick as my number one choice will receive a price from me. You have until Saturday 15th October at 13:00 to enter the challenge. Our only rules are that you must use at least one item from a crafting CD Rom on your card. It can be anything from a CD Rom - a sentiment, backing paper,image, ribbon, button, butterfly etc. And in your blog entry you must name the CD that you have used otherwise you won't be eligible to win the prize and the DT may not leave a comment on your blog. My choice of Top Three cards will be announced on the CD Sunday blog on Sunday 30th October - the day after my 60th birthday, so it will top of my birthday celebrations nicely LOL!
I'm away for almost all of the time this challenge runs but hope to have internet access in order to visit your blogs and leave a comment. But it may be a day or two after your post before I can visit your blog so please be patient with me! My favourite brother is getting married in Gretna Green which is a fair distance from where I live so we're breaking up the journey by taking a couple of days to get there and then on the way back we're staying in the Lake District for a week. I was asked to make place name settings and flower arrangements for the table so they're all ready and safely packed up.
Have fun with the challenge and I hope to see a few thatched cottages amongst your entries!
For the next challenge, on the 16th October, we have a surprise guest who will be choosing the theme!