Sunday, 21 August 2016

Hot! Hot! Hot!

I'm sure you've guessed the title for this post is nothing to do with the weather LOL! What a terrible summer we've had - here in Wales it's been more like November.
Hot! Hot!Hot! is the theme Jocelyn has chosen for the next CD Sunday Challenge. The design team have used the theme in a number of ways, pop over to the blog to see what I mean. I have friends living in Australia and decided to use the theme for their Christmas card.

The red backing paper was from a pack I bought in Poundland and I think the holographic card was free in a craft magazine. It was only A5 in size but I managed to squeeze out a sentiment and small images as well as the layer for the topper. I used a topper from an Ooh La La CD rom called Festive Funnies. You can't blame Santa for taking a dip in the sea during his busy schedule!
All the diecuts including the sentiment are made using Tonic dies.
Jocelyn will have a prize for the person who's card she chooses as her favourite and you have until Saturday 3rd September at 13:00 to enter.
Please remember you MUST use something, no matter how small, from a CD Rom and you must name that CD in your blog post to qualify for the prize.
Good Luck!

EDITED TO ADD: Once again Mr Blogger failed to publish my scheduled post. In future I'm going to do it manually before I go to bed on the Saturday.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

CD Sunday - Let's Shape It Up

Margaret is one of the new Design team members at CD Sunday and it's her turn to pick a theme to run for the next 2 weeks. She's chosen 'Let's Shape It Up' and wants to see shaped cards.
I decided to make a handbag shaped card and had seen a demo on the TV from Jodie Johnson (who used to be at Tonic) where she'd created a quilted effect on her card. It's quite simple to do - first cut your chosen die out, I used plain white card. Leave the die cut in the die but carefully remove all the cut out bits. Then put your good card stock over the blade side of the die. You should have the die, white card then good card. Run this through your machine with the embossing mat against your good card. Because you already have a die cut in the die it won't cut your good card stock but emboss it to look quilted. The die I used was particularly suited to quilting - Classic Quatrefoil Patterned Panels by Tonic. I then hand cut the quilted card into a handbag shape.

The design I printed onto card was from the Embossibilities Curls and Swirls DVD rom by Sharon Duncan. It's a coffee colour with gold effect spots. If I was to make this again I'd use the plain coffee coloured version without the spots. I then used narrow peel off borders along the embossed lines. I die cut a 'clasp' for the top of the bag, in gold Mirri card, using a die from Marianne Designs Creatables Dies called Anjas Vintage 2 Ornaments (LR0270). I finished decorating the bag with a flower die that was free from a magazine.
Mirri card is difficult to photograph so I took a second photo with the bag angled slightly.

The challenge runs until Saturday 20th August at 13:00. Which ever shaped card Margaret choses as the winner will receive a prize from her. Good luck and have fun everyone!

EDITED TO ADD:  Once again Mr Blogger hasn't published my post! I think I'll give up on scheduling and manually post from now on.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

CD Sunday - Fab 'n' Feminine

This time at CD Sunday it's the turn of Wynn to chose a theme and she's gone with Fab 'N' Feminine. Members of the design team are given the themes weeks before they are published on the blog. Well thank goodness we do get them early! I spent 2 weeks trying to make a design in my head into a card but eventually gave up and thought of something else to do. All went well until I decided to add Tonic Nuvo drops to the card as a finishing touch. I left the card to dry for a while then pulled it towards me to check if the Nuvo Drops had dried. What I didn't realise was there was a pair of scissors with the blades hanging over the card and as I pulled it towards me the scissors smeared the drops all the way up the card - aaaarrrggghhh! As the backing paper was printed onto photo paper there was no way I could rescue it. I tried to carefully take the layers off but they tore and all I was left with was the diecut lady. So I had to start again - thankfully all went well this time and I submitted it a few days before the deadline.

The backing paper and one of the layers are from a Sharon Duncan cd - Embossibilities Curls and Swirls printed onto photo paper. The other layer is cut from mirri card. The dies are a Tonic set called Art Nouveau Layering Die Set. The flowers are cut using a set of X Cut dies that were free in a craft magazine (Crafts Beautiful I think), I used scraps of card left over from making the 2 layers. The lady is cut from a Tattered Lace die free with their magazine, number 26. From the waist up she's paper pieced from various card. The skirt is a piece of material wrapped around the die. I finished the card with a sentiment and those pesky Nuvo Drops!
The challenge runs until 13:00 on Saturday 6th August and Wynn will send a prize to the person whose card she chooses as her favourite.
Sadly one of the design team, Sue B, has decided to leave us as she has a busy time ahead and will have to pack her craft stash away for sometime. Hopefully she will want to return when she has time. Meanwhile I wish her all the best and hope she doesn't get to many withdrawal symptoms from not being able to craft. 

EDITED TO ADD: Ggggrrrr! Mr Blogger hasn't published this scheduled blog so I've had to do it myself.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

CD Sunday - Summer Vacation

I love beach huts so when I heard that Meg had chosen 'Summer Vacation' as the theme at CD Sunday  I just had to include them on my card.

I decided to make a side stepper card so that I could use the image of the long line of beach huts. The scene was created in Serif Craft Artist and then printed onto 3 separate sheets of card before cutting out and sticking to the base card. 

I used 10 different digikits in Craft Artist which I've listed below in case anyone is interested in buying them. The line of ice creams and shells were created by grouping 5 together and then using the 'stamp' button to make a line of them.It took my quite sometime to get everything the right size and in the right place.
The challenge will run for the next 2 weeks and ends on 23rd July at 13:00. Don't forget you must use something from a CD on your card to in with a chance of winning a price. Good Luck!

Digikits I've used:
CS Summer Seaside - beach sign/star fish/some of the shells.
Beside the seaside - single beach hut/deck chair/wind break/spade/some shells/donkey(isn't he cute?).
On The Beach - sun umbrella/bag/2 sand buckets/some ice lollies/tri coloured cornet/sand castle
50s fever -pink cornet.
Summer At The Seaside- dog/girl/boy.
TGL By The Sea - line of beach huts.
Zoo Friends - clouds.
Cs Country Garden - sun.
Playground - blue sky.
Pirates - sand background.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

CD Sunday - Once Upon A Time

This time at CD Sunday it's Carol's turn to pick a theme and she's chosen 'Once Upon A Time'. I rarely make cards for children/young people as I don't have children and therefore no grandchildren. So my stash contains very little suitable for children. But I knew I'd find something in Serif Craft Artist and the Daisy Trail digikit called Snow Queen fitted the theme.

I used a backing paper from the Digi kit that was a pale shimmery blue colour but I then used a snowflake brush to 'draw' the sprinkling of snowflakes. I then added the frame and the image of the Snow Queen. Once I'd printed it out I covered the frame and the image with a piece of paper and sprayed the backing paper with silver Spray and Sparkle by Crafter's Companion. The dark blue backing paper is from one of my 'go to' CD roms from Creative Crafting World called Perfect Papercrafting Companions.I finished the card off by using Tonic Nuvo Crystal drops in the centres of the snowflakes and adding blue gems to the frame over the printed ones on the original frame.
This challenge runs until Saturday 9th July at 13:00 and the winning card receives a prize from Carol. Good Luck everyone!