Sunday, 13 August 2017

Past Times - CD Sunday

The challenge at CD Sunday this time has been chosen by Jane and she has picked 'Past Times'. I knew I had a Cd that was perfect for this theme - I'd won it in a prize draw from a now defunct craft magazine. It's called 'Summer of 59' and is from Krafty Hands(who also appear to no longer exist!).
I wanted to use several of the images from the Cd and decided the best way to do that was to make an accordion card. I have a couple of Die'sire Create-A-Card Accordion dies that I bought from eBay fairly recently and chose the circle version of the accordion die for this card.

I copy and pasted the images into Word and resized them so they would fit the central circular section. I then cut 4 pages using the main die and decorated each of the pages using a Die'sire Create-A-Card Filigree Circle Overlay die cut out of Tonic Craft Perfect card in toning colours to match each of the Cd images. I made a small string of bunting using a Tonic Jubilant Jubilee Bunting die and used Promarkers to colour it to match the rest of the card. And basically that's all that I did - the accordion dies did most of the work I just had to assemble it!

This is the front of the card:

The first 2 pages:      

The middle 2 pages:      

 The last 2 pages:          

I also decorated the back of each section using the same colour as the front but different images of the women.

The first 2 pages:       

 The back of the last 2 pages:    

And finally the back of the card:

The challenge ends at 13:00 on Saturday 26th August. To qualify for the prize you must use something from a craft Cd (not a download) and you must name that CD in your post.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Anything Goes - CD Sunday

It's Carol's turn to pick the theme at CD Sunday for the next two weeks and she's chosen 'Anything Goes'. I've been wanting to try book folding for a while so this was the ideal opportunity - thanks Carol!
In a recent issue of Quick Cards Made Easy magazine (issue 164) there was a 'how to' on book folding a bird cage. It looked quite easy but I decided to also look on YouTube for any similar ideas. As I needed to include something from a Cd I thought I'd print backing papers and make flowers to decorate the bird cage but that idea changed.I found two really lovely videos on YouTube and decided to combine the two. So thanks to Debbie Raybould and Scrappy Happy Goods for sharing their own book folded birdcages.
The book folding it self was very easy and I completed it in one evening while watching TV. After that things got a bit more difficult!
So here's a photo of the completed item:

The frame was bought from The Range and I added the black gem and white pearl strip. 

I covered an A4 piece of card with a backing paper from The Lace Collection Cd by Creative Crafting World and that was placed in the frame on top of the piece of glass. I left the glass in because without it there was too much of a gap and everything moved around in the frame.
The next stage was to cut the hole where Bertie the Budgie was to sit - he was also bought from The Range.

When you remove the pages to make the hole the inside looks really untidy so I placed white card in the hole to neaten it. I also added a wooden skewer for Bertie to sit on.
The next part was where it got difficult because trying to glue ribbon onto the pages while keeping them spread evenly required more than 2 hands and a lot of patience!
I coloured white satin ribbon with a Sky Blue Promarker and then glued the white lace onto it. A length was then glued to the top and bottom edges of the birdcage. A strip of clear gems was then glued above and below the hole cut for the bird.

To decorate the top edge of the birdcage I coloured some plain dazzlers with a Aegean Blue Promarker and glued them to some ribbon rosettes. Another stage that was problematic as the dazzlers wouldn't stick to the ribbon not even with hot glue and the ink from the Promarker stained the white ribbon in places. I think I managed to hide most of the stains by the way they were placed onto the birdcage.
At the top of the birdcage I glued a silver ring to look like the ring you would hang a cage up from. And from there I hung two types of ribbon and a strip of aurora borealis gems (as in the photo below). 

I finished the birdcage by cutting a piece of the backing paper to fit over the base and filled the centres of the flowers with white Nuvo Drops. The flowers on the main backing paper had flat backed pearls glued in the centres.

Finally I felt sorry for little Bertie being locked in a cage so hung the key up to the cage door so he could let himself out if he wanted to - I know I'm mad!

I glued tiny flat backed blue pearls to the top of the key so it would fit in with the colour scheme.
it probably sounds as if it took me ages to do all of the above but it was done over 3 days with a lot of time waiting for glue and ink to dry.

If you're still with me after reading all that then don't forget the challenge runs for 2 weeks until Saturday 12th August at 1 p.m. To be in with of a chance of winning a prize from Carol you must include something printed from a craft Cd - no matter how small. And you must also name the Cd you've used. If you don't follow those to rules the Design Team may still leave a comment on your blog but you won't be eligible for the prize.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Celebration - CD Sunday

This fortnight's theme at CD Sunday is 'Celebration'.
My husband wanted a card to give to one of his work colleagues as he was leaving to start a job nearer to where he lived. The colleague lives in the country and likes wildlife so I based the card around this.

It's a really quick and simple card. I printed a backing paper and the main image from DoCrafts Digital Designer - Woodland Folk Everyday Cd. The backing paper was stuck to the base card then a layer of gold card raised up on foam tape. Then the main image stuck to the gold card. The  word 'Celebrate' was added in the DoCrafts program.
I forgot to take a photo of the inside but I printed off another sheet of a backing paper that had trees dotted here and there. I then added two die cut layers, one gold one white for hubby to right his message on. The card was handed over a few days ago and he loved it.
The challenge runs until Saturday 29th July at 1 pm. Don't forget to use something from a craft Cd, even if it's just the sentiment, and you must name the Cd in your post.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Up The Garden Path - CD Sunday

This time at CD Sunday the theme is Up The Garden path and has been chosen by Margaret.
I had a design in my mind of a gate-fold card with the front having a garden fence, flower borders and a path split between the 2 halves of the front. When the card was opened it would reveal a path leading to a cottage which was viewed through a garden archway. But that's where the design stayed - in my mind LOL! The prototype is still in pieces on my desk and I had to resort to a quick and simple card instead.

I turned to Serif Craft Artist because I knew I had tunnel cards in a digi kit and I managed to find one with a garden path leading to a cottage. The digi kit is by DaisyTrail and is just called Tunnel Cards - I've had it sometime and bought it when Create and Craft sold Craft Artist digikits on Cds. I simply printed out the pages, cut out the design and glued it together. I have added some shimmer to the butterfly at the bottom right but it doesn't show in the photo. The picture below shows the different layers.

The challenge runs until July 15th at 1 pm. You must use something from a CD and you must tell us in your blog post which CD you've used. Serif Craft Artist is accepted because it was available on a CD and digikits were also available on CDs. We don't include downloads as being acceptable for the prize but the team may visit and leave comments on your blog.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Sun or Sea or Sand - CD Sunday

For this challenge, at CD Sunday, Wynn has chosen the theme of Sun or Sea or Sand. Wynn will be happy to see just one featured on your card or you could do all three as I've done LOL! The theme is well timed as here in South Wales we're having Summer! It's due to last until the middle of the week LOL!
I was flicking through Issue 165 of Quick Cards Made Easy and came across an article featuring very summery cards so decided to make one of the cards in the article. Of course I didn't have the exact products as they did so adapted the design to fit what I did have which resulted in my card looking very different to theirs!

I started with an 8 x 8 card blank and covered it in a reddish/brown card then a stripey backing paper. The Cd is a Funky Hand one called Craft The Year Away and the folder is August Holiday. Sadly Funky Hand doesn't trade anymore.
I then covered a smaller mat with the same red/brown card and another backing paper from the same Cd by Funky Hand. A circle was die cut from the middle of this layer so that the stripey layer underneath could be seen.
I then edged the circle with more of the red/brown card and put a circle of blue card in the middle of the 'hole'. The purpose of this channel was to allow the 'sun' to move around the circle but I just couldn't get it to work. And all my efforts damaged the edges of the 2 circles leaving glue residue behind. So I glued the sun and clouds over the worse bits!
In this next photo you can see the channel between the 2 circles and some of the glue smears.

I then built my little beach scene on the lower half of the circles. The waves and wavy paper were in a kit free with a craft magazine. The sand is light brown card that I put through a wood grain embossing folder. The umbrella, chairs, cocktails, sandcastle, bucket and spade are all from sets of dies cut from white card and coloured with Promarkers to match the backing papers. 
Despite the problems I had with the sun I still enjoyed making this card and love the vibrant colours. 
The challenge runs until Saturday 1st July at 1 pm. As usual don't forget you must use something from a craft Cd (not a digi download) and you must name that Cd in your blog post. If you don't the Design Team may leave comments on your blog post but you won't be eligible to win the prize on offer.

Items I've used:
Dies - Tonic Circle Layering Die Set, Tattered Lace Decorative Circles, Creative Expressions On the Beach and Underwater Accessories, Spellbinders Rainy Day.
Stamps - sentiment stamp free in Cardmaking and Paper Crafts magazine.
Promarkers (used to colour the die cut elements) - Mandarin, Buttercup, Antique Pink, Walnut, Canary and Pear Green.