Sunday, 15 April 2018

CD Sunday's 8th Birthday Celebrations!

On the 18th April the CD Sunday Challenge Blog will be 8 years old! Are lovely design team leader, Carol, is also celebrating a very special birthday on 21st April - she will be 75. So we have combined the two celebrations and the theme for the next two weeks is Birthday. Along with the usual rule that you must include something from a craft CD you must also follow this sketch:


You don't have to use the sketch as it is, you are allowed to flip or turn the design - which is what I've done for my card. But before I show my card I must just add that there are prizes for the top two entries. Carol has donated a brand new pack of Chameleon pens as the first prize and the second prize is a set of Tonic dies - Essentials Ribbon & Bow Layering Dies donated by me.So with such a straightforward  great prizes it would be a shame not to enter! The theme runs until Saturday 28th April at 13:00.
There's not a lot of work gone into the making of my card as the sketch is so easy to follow. 


I made an A5 card blank and covered it with a backing paper from a My Craft Studio CD called Magical Midnight. The next two layers, the deep pink and the glitter card, are both Tonic Craft Perfect card. I then cut two strips of blue mirri card and run them through an old embossing folder. Remember the early days of embossing folders? There weren't many companies making them and I'm sure we all have folders for the Cuttlebug made by ProvoCraft. This one is called Swiss Dots. These were glued into position as per the sketch. I then cut the ovals and backing oval from some pearl card (similar to Centura Pearl) and glued them into place. They were cut using a Marianne Design set - Passe-Partout Oval CR1241.


I then coloured a number 4 and 0 with a Cornflower Blue Promarker to fit in with the colour scheme and finished the ovals off by adding blue gems.
I've deliberately left the description of the die cut flowers until last - they're my favourite bit!


The My Craft Studio CD rom that I used for the backing paper (Magical Midnight) can be used with several different sets of dies. I printed off the flowers from the 'Handpicked' section then used the matching die to cut them out. When you see the image printed out it looks a little odd but as soon as you die cut it the flowers come to life - at least I think so! There are 4 sets of dies that match the various images on the CD and I think I'll be using them a lot.
I hope everyone has a go at entering the challenge this time - it would be a shame to miss out on the challenge celebrations - and of course the chance of winning a prize!
Don't forget that the CD Sunday Challenge is about making items using something printed from a craft CD Rom. You can use other craft items on your card/project, such as a stamp or die, but you must include something from a craft Cd. So if you like colouring stamped images or digis you can still enter the challenge but you must include something from a Cd such as a backing paper, a sentiment or a butterfly for example. In your blog post/Facebook entry you must give the name of the Cd you've used. This is important if the items you've used can be bought as a download as well as a CD as the Design team can't tell which has been used unless you tell us. Your entry can't be considered for a prize if you haven't used a Cd or if you haven't told us the name of the CD in your post. The Design team still leave comments on your blog but there's no chance of winning if the above hasn't been followed. We now have a Facebook page if you don't have a blog.






Sunday, 1 April 2018

CD Sunday - No Patterned Paper

Thanks to everyone who entered my Rabbit, Rabbit theme last week. I'll be looking through all the entries again to try and pick a Top Three - I don't think it will be an easy task!
This time at the CD Sunday Challenge it's Meg's turn to choose a theme and she's gone with No Patterned Paper. I think all the design team have gone with an image from a craft CD (I'll have to read all their blog posts to check) whereas I've gone for a plain paper as my item from a CD.


I've had to take a photo of the card with it lying flat in order to show the inside behind the cut away front.
There were a lot of stages to this card that needed to be done in the right order so I made a prototype first. This is something I do quite often if I'm not sure how the finished card will look. I either use cheap plain white card or if I've used good cardstock I'll cut out any good parts and use them for another make.
The starting point for this card was a new item I'd bought made by Marianne Design. It's called 'Design Folder Deluxe - Anja's Flower Border DF3444'. You get an embossing folder (I think it's 6 x6) that has two different designs - one at the top and one at the bottom. There's also a die that matches the top half of the folder and a strip die with a wavy edge. There's currently 2 different designs in this range and they're both really pretty. But enough of the advertising LOL!
The first thing I did was to line the inside of the card with a paper from a Creative Crafting World CD. It's called Perfect Papercrafting Companions, Disc 2 and the colour I picked was called Seafoam - a really pretty green. I then used the embossing folder to emboss a piece of card and as I wanted a bit of shimmer I used Centura Pearl Snow White A Hint of Silver. I trimmed it to fit the card blank, turned it sideways and chopped off the corners! This was glued over the green paper and I die cut corners from the same card stock and glued them so the green paper showed through. The corner dies where in a set of dies called Marianne Design Creatables Petra's Heart. To finish the inside I printed the same green paper onto white card and then die cut a mat for the sentiment. The mat was cut using another Marianne Design Creatable set - Large Oval by Petra LR0240. The sentiment is a Tattered Lace die free with one of their magazines.


That was the inside done - now to tackle the front!
I covered half the front of the card blank with the green paper and after checking the size of the flowery die I die cut the wavy edge. I then cut and embossed the flowery die from the Centura Pearl card stock and glued it to the front of the card. I then went back to the Large Oval die set and cut out 2 mats - the larger from the Centura Pearl card and the smaller one from the green paper printed onto white card. I glued the larger oval onto the front of the card, overlapping the flowery die a little and tucking it under some of the flowers and leaves. It felt a little flimsy so I cut another large oval from plain white card and glued it to the back to strengthen it. The smaller green oval was then layered on to the larger oval using foam pads.


I then glued a ribbon flower with a gem centre to the front and pushed some handmade hatpins into the silicon glue. I finished the card off by adding clear gems to the centres of all the flowers in the die cut and colouring the leaves with a Promarker. I ran out of tiny gems and think the ones I used for the smaller flowers are too big. I also don't like the colour green (Mint Green) I used for the leaves but ran out of time to change it. Before I give the card to anyone I'll probably change the gems and try and recolour the leaves.
This is a side on photo with the card slightly open.





Don't forget that the CD Sunday Challenge is about making items using something printed from a craft CD Rom. You can use other craft items on your card/project, such as a stamp or die, but you must include something from a craft Cd. So if you like colouring stamped images or digis you can still enter the challenge but you must include something from a Cd such as a backing paper, a sentiment or a butterfly for example. In your blog post/Facebook entry you must give the name of the Cd you've used. This is important if the items you've used can be bought as a download as well as a CD as the Design team can't tell which has been used unless you tell us. Your entry can't be considered for a prize if you haven't used a Cd or if you haven't told us the name of the CD in your post. The Design team still leave comments on your blog but there's no chance of winning if the above hasn't been followed. We now have a Facebook page if you don't have a blog - The CD Sunday Challenge.  

I'd like to enter this card into the Creative Crafting World challenge.






Sunday, 18 March 2018

Rabbit, Rabbit - CD Sunday

This time at the  CD Sunday Blog Challenge it's my turn to pick the theme. As Easter is fast approaching I didn't want a theme that was blatantly Easter as not everyone sends Easter cards. So I chose a theme that could be used for other occasions as well as Easter if you want. Hopefully it will mean that more people will join in the challenge.
I wanted to join in with the next swap at Craft Telly Forum which has an Easter theme so needed to make a present and a card. I had the free gift with Die-cutting Essentials issue 34 on my desk and it was perfect for my theme. There are lots of small dies - flowers, leaves, Easter eggs, flower stalks and blooms and a strip of grass plus 2 larger dies a rabbit and a 'wicker' basket. I rummaged in my craft room and found an old round box that had chocolates in previously and decorated it. All the dies, except for the sentiment, are from the Die-cutting Essentials magazine.




The bunnies tails are made by rolling a small amount of cotton wool in your fingers with a tiny drop of glue. The glue helps to hold the cotton wool in shape.


I then saw a card design in Papercraft Essentials magazine issue 156 promoting Die-cutting Essentials and using the above dies so made my version of the card.




I had fun adding all the bits and pieces to this card!

All the card used for the two items is from Creative Crafting World, including the white card used to make the card blank. The sentiment is a die from a set also by Creative Crafting World.
I used Tonic Nuo drops for the rabbit eyes and flower centres and the top and base of the box were covered with a circle of card cut using a Tonic Circle layering die set. The aperture in the card was also cut using this die set.
The flowery paper on the box and card were printed from A Walk In The Countryside CD by Creative Crafting World.






Don't forget that the CD Sunday Challenge is all about making items using craft CD Roms. You can use other craft items on your card/project, such as a stamp or die, but you must include something from a CD. So if you like colouring stamped images or digis you can still enter the challenge but you must include something from a CD such as a backing paper, a sentiment or a butterfly for example. In your blog post/Facebook entry you must give the name of the CD you've used. This is important if the items you've used can be bought as a download as well as a CD as the Design Team can't tell which has been used unless you tell us. Your entry can't be considered for a prize if you haven't used a CD or if you haven't told us the name of the CD in your post. The Design Team still leave comments on your blog but there's no chance of winning if the above hasn't been followed.
We now have a Facebook page if you don't have a blog - The CD Sunday Challenge.


I'm entering these in the second challenge at the Creative Crafting World blog with the theme of Anything Goes. 






Sunday, 4 March 2018

In The Wild - CD Sunday

Jane has picked the next theme for the CD Sunday Challenge - In The Wild. I love most animals and have several CDs that have pictures of wild animals but I was totally stumped as to what to make for this theme. So I sat at my PC and just loaded CDs and looked through them for ideas. When I came to a Creative Crafting World CD by Pollyanna Pickering there was an image of a pheasant printed on the front of the disc. I belong to a birthday swap and the next birthday on the list is someone who has a pheasant who visits her garden regularly so I thought I'd try and combine the two tasks. The CD is called Sketch Book Collection - Chapter IV Woodland Birds.
I looked through the CD and came across a topper that was designed to look like mats and layers had already been added. So I printed off the topper plus 2 sheets of backing papers that were the same as the ones on the topper. At this point I still had no idea of the style of card I was going to make so left the sheets on my desk. When I came back to my desk I saw the sheets lying on top of each other and inspiration struck! This is what I came up with:


The topper ends at the plain green border everything else is made from the backing papers layered onto white card.

I cut the band across the middle to be the exact size as the one across the middle of the topper.


I finished the card with a sentiment from the same CD, some gold pearls and I also dotted Tonic Nuvo drops in the centre of every flower on the dark trellis paper.
I used one of the papers to decorate the insert.



Don't forget that the CD Sunday Challenge is all about making items using craft CD Roms. You can use other craft items on your card/project, such as a stamp or die, but you must include something from a CD. So if you like colouring stamped images or digis you can still enter the challenge but you must include something from a CD such as a backing paper, a sentiment or a butterfly for example. In your blog post/Facebook entry you must give the name of the CD you've used. This is important if the items you've used can be bought as a download as well as a CD as the Design Team can't tell which has been used unless you tell us. Your entry can't be considered for a prize if you haven't used a CD or if you haven't told us the name of the CD in your post. The Design Team still leave comments on your blog but there's no chance of winning if the above hasn't been followed.
We now have a Facebook page if you don't have a blog - The CD Sunday Challenge.

Creative Crafting World have a new challenge on their blog - Anything Goes and I'm entering this card - https://creative-crafting-world.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/first-blog-challenge.html?m=1



Sunday, 18 February 2018

Up, Up and Away - CD Sunday

Another Sunday comes around and it's time for a new challenge theme over at the CD Sunday Challenge blog. We're doing things a little bit differently now. The winners from last week's challenge, Vintage Love, will announced in a separate post on the blog next week. That means we'll have a new blog post every week so our blog followers will have a reminder in their reading lists. Hopefully this will give people a gentle 'nudge' about the challenge and remind them of when they need to get their entry done by.
So onto the new theme and this time it's Carol's choice and she's chosen 'Up, Up and Away'.
I knew I had a die that would be perfect for this theme (Adventure Landscape Die by Pretty Quick)but needed the 'something from a CD element' so I turned to Craft Artist and found the perfect backing paper in the Classic Transport digi kit. This was glued to a 5 by 7 card blank ready for the die cut.


I don't know if you can tell from the photo but each section in the die cut was glittered individually.


I backed the blue mirri card with double sided adhesive and cut it using my XCut Express machine. You can alter the pressure on the XCut so I adjusted it so that only the mirri card was cut. The double sided adhesive just had cuts in the backing so I was able to peel it away from each section and add glitter without it going into other sections. The topper was then added to the card using foam tape to add height.
I finished the card by stamping Up, Up & Away! down the left hand side. This was originally one stamp but I cut the words out so I could space them out up the side.
Don't forget that the CD Sunday Challenge is all about making items using craft CD Roms. You can use other craft items on your card/project, such as a stamp or die as in my card, but you must include something from a CD. So if you like colouring stamped images or digis you can still enter the challenge but you must include something from a CD such as a backing paper, a sentiment or a butterfly for example. In your blog post/Facebook entry you must give the name of the CD you've used. This is important if the items you've used can be bought as a download as well as a CD as the Design Team can't tell which has been used unless you tell us. Your entry can't be considered for a prize if you haven't used a CD or if you haven't told us the name of the CD in your post. The Design Team still leave comments on your blog but there's no chance of winning if the above hasn't been followed.
We now have a Facebook page if you don't have a blog - The CD Sunday Challenge.