Sunday, 26 February 2017

Punch It Out - CD Sunday

I've finally found the time, and the energy, to do some crafting and have made a card for the latest challenge at CD Sunday. The theme has been chosen by Wynn and is 'Punch It Out' - Wynn would like to see punches and/or dies used plus the usual requirement of something from a craft CD. My card is quite simple and straight forward but as I'd picked up some sort of virus everything was an effort to do so it took me several days to make it.


The backing paper behind the background die is a paper from a Sharon Duncan CD called Embossibilities Curls and Swirls. It was printed onto a pearl effect card similar to Centura Pearl so has a lovely shimmery effect. The background die is from Tonic - Deco Diamond Patterned Panels. The flowers were cut from Tonic's Craft Perfect card in Amber Yellow and Cream. I recently bought the Tonic Designer Cardmaking boxed kit and there was a sample of the card with it which I used for the flowers. It really is lovely card - shame I don't need any more card in my craft room! I used Tonic dies for the flowers and leaves - Magnolia Flora and Woodland Aster. I then finished the card by putting Tonic Nuvo Crystal drops in the centre of the flowers and Tonic Nuvo Glitter drops on the background diecut.
It was obviously the 'Tonic' I needed because after I'd finished the card I started to feel better LOL!

The challenge finishes on Saturday 11th March at 1pm so plenty of time to enter. Wynn will provide a prize for the winner of the challenge as long as something from a CD has been used and you name that CD in your blog post.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

The Gentleman Crafter's All Counties Challenge - Tonic Workshop

Last Wednesday I hung up my carer's hat and abandoned my lovely hubby for the day. Tonic Design Studios were hosting a crafters workshop to raise money for MIND. John Bloodworth (known as The Gentleman Crafter) is working his way around Britain on an All Counties Challenge. The aim is to run a workshop in all 92 historic counties and raise £20,000 for MIND. He's travelling/living/sleeping in a motor home that has been christened Maisie! The Tonic HQ is on a trading estate just over a mile away from me in Pyle. The staff at Tonic had designed 3 projects for us to make and provided everything we needed to make them as well as endless cuppas and biccies! At the end of the day we were told we could keep all the dies we'd used to make our projects - the value probably came to about £90 and there were 14 people on the workshop. They also did a raffle with the proceeds going to MIND. The prize was a Tonic die cutting machine valued at £170 - I didn't win it but I could never have carried it home as it's quite heavy. At the end of the day we'd raised over £500 which was amazing. 
Early birds waiting for the workshop to start.

This was the group I was sat with.

This is one of the boards showing the steps to make the first project.


This was my version of project 1.



My version of project 2.


My version of project 3.

John Bloodworth.

The Tonic lads recording the You Tube video next to Maisie.

John Bloodworth used to work on the shopping channel called Create and Craft so during the workshop we had a live broadcast with the TV station - you could only see the top of my head LOL! But the Tonic guys also did a You Tube video which I'm in. Scroll to 2mins 45 secs if you don't want to watch it all. 


It was a long day and I was tired when I got home but I'd had a brilliant time. 


Saturday, 10 December 2016

'Twas the Night Before Christmas - CD Sunday.

The next theme for the CD Sunday Challenge is 'Twas The Night Before Christmas.



The card was designed in Serif Craft Artist using two different digikits. The design is simply printed onto an A4 card and folded in half.
Sorry for the short post but I'm afraid crafting is one of the many things that has to take a back seat at the moment. Two weeks ago hubby had an emergency operation to remove part of his bowel along with a tumour which they think may be cancerous. He's home now but his recovery isn't going too well, we've had our GP out 3 times since he's been home and for the past 3 days I've been really worried about him. He has his 2 week checkup at the hospital on Wednesday but I'm not sure that we can wait that long.




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.