Sunday, 21 May 2017

Say It With Flowers - CD Sunday

This time around it's my turn to pick the theme for the CD Sunday Challenge Blog. The design team try to come up with themes that will encourage more people to take part so I'm hoping my theme will inspire lots of you to make something (it doesn't have to be just cards) and enter the challenge. The theme I chose is 'Say It With Flowers' and I decided to make something other than a card and go over the top with the flowers!


I'm sure most people have come across one of these before - it's called a floating cup because it appears to be staying up on it's own. The secret? A bent fork LOL! Basically you glue the prong end of a fork to the saucer and then the handle end to the lip of the cup. If you go to YouTube you will find loads of tutorials showing how to do this.


First I bent the handle of the fork so it would curl into the edge of the cup and used a hot glue gun to stick them securely together. Once it was stuck I then glued the prongs of the fork to the saucer after bending them so they would fit flat on the saucer. I needed to support the weight of the cup until the glue had dried. At this point it was a little unbalanced so I rescued some small stones from the garden and glued then to the saucer. The stones and the fork handle were then covered in green paper so that if they showed through any gaps in the flowers it would look like foliage.


Next I printed papers from CD roms onto card and paper and set about die cutting lots of flowers. I've listed the Cds and dies used at the end of this post.
Once I'd made enough flowers I then glued them to the cup and saucer, overlapping some as they would if growing in real life. I then glued pearls, gems and stamens to the centres of the flowers and added some foliage. Looking through my stash of gems I found the small silver beads that were joined together. I wound it in and out of the flowers to make it look as if it was flowing through them.
People usually use a cup and saucer bought from a charity shop but I wanted a plain white set so that I could also decorate the outside of the cup with more flowers and not be dictated by the colours in the design of the cup. I bought these from the Range, I think they were about £4 - £5.


I used several Cds from Creative Crafting World - Perfect Essential Companions Disc 1 and 2, Perfect Papercrafting Companions Disc 1 and 2 and Perfect Floral Companions Disc 1. I also used a Serif digikit called Frou Frou Elegance and some Sharon Duncan and Kanban Cds but didn't make a note of the names.
There's a long list of dies I used!
Sue Wilson Camellia - Open Petals, Complete Petals and Faux Quilled Blooms.
Tonic Dies - Apple Blossom, Magnolia Flora, Gerbera Daisy, Sweet Melia, Woodland Aster and Sunburst Gazania.
Crafter's Companion dies - In Bloom, Pretty Petals, Leafy Flourish, Die'sire Itsy Bitsy Bloom, Die'sire Blossom - Fleurs and Die'sire Petal.
An X-Cut flower die, one by Memory Box and 3 that were free in craft magazines.
The theme runs until Saturday 3rd June at 1 pm. Don't forget to use something from a craft Cd - just one small flower or butterfly or sentiment counts! And remember to name the Cd you've used in your blog post. I'll pick my 3 favourite entries and the winner will receive a prize from me - Good Luck!

I'm also entering this into:
Crafty Gals Corner - Add Flowers. I made the Design team's Top Three!
Country View Challenges - Flower Power

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Anything Asian - CD Sunday

Pop over to the CD Sunday blog to see if you were the lucky winner of our birthday prize!
This week the theme was chosen by Jane and she wants 'Anything Asian'. I decided to include the Giant Panda on my card which was very simply made.
I took a backing paper from Joanna Sheen's Oriental dreams Cd rom and opened it in My Craft Studio. The colour was slightly too yellow for what I wanted so I altered it to be greener - I like this colour a lot more. I glued the backing paper to an 8 by 8 card and put 3 drops of Tonic Nuvo drops in 2 of the opposite corners. I embossed a plain piece of dark green card with an embossing folder, the edges look like foliage while the middle isn't embossed.


The embossing folder came with a set of stamps and were free with Papercraft Essentials magazine. I stamped the 2 pandas onto white card and cut them out - the string on the balloon was tricky! I added a little colour to the female's hair bow and the balloon the male was carrying. I also used Glossy Accents on the balloon. The panda's were then glued to the embossed layer. Quite a quick, simple card so I decided to knit a little panda!


I'm afraid he/she turned out a little scary! I'm not the best knitter and the pattern was a bit unclear in places. Panda's don't have white around they're eyes but it would have looked really odd with 2 black patches and a black bead so I cut a circle of white felt before adding the bead. 
The challenge runs until Saturday 20th May at 1 pm. Don't forget to include an element from a craft Cd rom and to name the Cd in your blog post.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Sketch - CD Sunday

We had a great response to the CD Sunday theme for our 7th birthday - don't forget to pop over and check if you've won the great prize that was up for grabs. It was Pauline's choice of theme and her Top Three will be announced in 2 weeks time (7th May). Sadly it was Pauline's last theme as she will be withdrawing from the Design Team. She will be greatly missed. I loved her cards, always so well put together with colours that complimented each other. Good luck for the future Pauline.
This time Carol has chosen the theme and she wants you to follow her sketch:



Don't forget that as well as following the sketch you must include something from a craft Cd, no matter how small. It could be the sentiment, a flower or the main image. You must also tell us in your blog post which Cd you've used.
For my DT entry I decided to 'think outside the box' - I made a shadow box frame!


The backing paper is my item from a Cd and I used Sharon Duncan's Embossibilities Curls and Swirls. Sadly no longer available as Sharon has closed her web site.
The frame is made using a Tonic Studio die set - Shadowbox Creation Die Set. It's designed to make a box that is half the width of mine but I needed a square one to fit the sketch. So I die cut 2, chopped off the shorter sides and glued the remaining 4 long sides together.
For the flowers I used a Die'sire quilling flower die - they were a nightmare to make. They looked nothing like the photo on the packaging so I had to come up with a way around it. I chopped the die cut strips into small sections and glued 2 - 3 petals on at a time, very time consuming. I then 'hid' the ugly middles by gluing on a flat backed pearl. That's one die that won't get used very often.
The 'leaves' are cut using a Tattered Lace die from their magazine (number 28) called Lush Swirls. There were small flowers among the swirls but I hid them under my 3d flowers. It was hubby's suggestion to leave the greenery unglued from the base (other than under the flowers) and he was right. I think it adds more dimension with them curling up slightly from under the flowers.
The sentiment at the top left is a Tonic Studio stamp - Everyday Stamps which I then die cut using a Scalloped Circle die from Tonic. I then layered it onto a Scalloped Square (from Tonic) which isn't part of Carol's sketch but I'm sure she'll let me get away with it LOL!
For the flower at the bottom right I used a lace flower from Create and Craft. It originally had a large sparkly gem in the middle which didn't look right so I cut it off and glued a pearl in the centre. Again I added a scalloped square mat that wasn't part of the original sketch design.

Don't forget that the challenge closes on Saturday 6th May at 1 pm and that you must include something from a craft Cd rom.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Spring Colours - C D Sunday

The next challenge at CD Sunday has been chosen by Pauline - Spring Colours. A really open theme that should have you all reaching for your craft CDs to make something using the fresh colours that we all turn to at this time of year. And if you needed another reason to join in we have a SPECIAL BUMPER PRIZE this time. April 18th will be the 7th birthday of the challenge. Last year our birthday fell on a challenge date and we had several prizes available and you all supported us by entering. This year because our birthday is between two challenges we've included it in with Pauline's Spring Colour theme.
This is the prize up for grabs:
Tattered Lace Secret Slider die set.

It's been kindly donated by one of the Design Team - a very generous, brand new, prize.
Now to my make for the challenge.
I decided I wanted to make a gift bag to send some Easter chocolate to a friend. After two aborted attempts at making the bag I changed my mind and made a card! 


This turned out so well I decided to have another go at a gift bag but this time I decorated a 'second hand' gift bag that I already had.


 This is the front of the bag to match the card. I then decorated the back of the bag using pretty spring colours. The 'eggs' at the bottom will have my friend's name put on before sending it.


And this is a photo of the card, bag and chocolate!


Items used:
The sky/grass are backing papers from My Craft Studio - Setting the Scene CD. I joined them together in the MCS program before printing it off.
I then stamped grass using a stamp from a free gift that was in a craft magazine (possibly Simply Cards?) and I also used the picket fence die from this free gift.
On the right of the picket fence is a tiny bird that was cut using a Tattered Lace border die free with one of their magazines. I just snipped one out of the border and coloured it using Promarkers.
The clouds are from a die set by Spellbinders called Rainy Day.
The bunny rabbit is a Tonic Studio Essentials die - Betty Bunny, but I think the colours I've used make it look like a male rabbit.
The back of the bag is just decorated by covering the whole area with lemon cardstock and ribbon. I've die cut small eggs and letters to spell out Happy Easter and my friends name has been added in the lower eggs. I've also wrapped a fresh green coloured ribbon around the handles of the bag.
So when the CD Sunday design team say you can enter the challenge as long as you've used something from a craft CD Rom, no matter how small, we mean it! The only thing on my card/bag from a CD is the one backing paper. So come on - rise to the challenge and have a go!
You have until Saturday 22nd April at 1 pm to enter. Don't forget to use that 'something' from a craft CD and to name it in your blog post. It would be a shame to miss out on that brilliant prize because you didn't follow the rules - Good Luck!





Sunday, 26 March 2017

Any Old Iron - CD Sunday

It's Jocelyn's turn to pick the theme at CD Sunday and she's chosen 'Any Old Iron'. She wants to see images of 'old iron', metal embellishments, metallic paper etc. Most of the Design team have gone with images and die cuts of old iron or rag and bone men. But I decided to go pretty and pink!


The background paper is from Sharon Duncan's Embossibilities Floral Dreams DVD - there's some really pretty papers on this but sadly Sharon has closed her web site and now only has an eBay shop and Facebook page.
I used Tonic Nuvo glitter drops in the centre of all the daisies, it really sparkles but doesn't show in the photo. I then die cut a layer using a Tonic Topnote Trellis die. It was cut from a paper from the same Cd printed onto sparkly card (I think it's called Iced Diamond card). I backed the die cut with plain photo copy paper as I didn't want the flower backing paper to show through. 
Next comes the 'Any Old Iron' bit! The central topper, flowers and flourishes are all cut from recycled pie dishes. OK so I cheated and swapped 'iron' for aluminium! 
The central topper was run through 2 embossing folders. First the bird in the cage which is a Darice embossing folder then I used an embossing diffuser from Sizzix while I embossed the swirly frame (which was a free gift in a craft magazine). Depending on the shape of diffuser you use it stops the die cutting machine from embossing in certain areas. The bird cage image just fitted inside a small oval diffuser.
I then coloured more aluminium with Promarkers (Cerise and Soft Green) and left them to dry completely overnight before cutting them out. The flourishes were cut using a Cheery Lynn small flourish die, I cut bits off and added them in here and there. The flowers are a Tim Holtz Alterations Movers and Shapers die - Mini Tattered Floral Set. You need the Movers and Shapers base Tray to use these. I glued 2 flowers together and then pushed a pearl brad through the middle. 


If you decide to try this then please be aware the aluminium can be very sharp and not all dies are meant to be used to cut metal. Neither I or the CD Sunday Challenge blog can be held responsible if you cut yourself or damage your dies/die cutting machine. Having said that there are plenty of YouTube videos that show how to do this if you still want to have a go.

The challenge runs until Saturday 8th April at 1pm and Jocelyn has a prize ready for whoever she picks as the winner. Don't forget you must use something from a craft Cd rom (it could just be a sentiment or small bow) and name that Cd in your blog post otherwise you won't be eligible for the prize even though the Design Team may have commented on your entry.