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. 

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Shabby Chic - CD Sunday Challenge 4th June

I'm a week late blogging for the CD Sunday Challenge - I'm so sorry fellow teamies.
Meg has chosen Shabby Chic as her theme. I love to see shabby chic cards but have never tried to make one. This was my attempt:


I printed a backing paper onto the both sides of a piece of card using a paper from My Craft Studio - Inserts and Backgrounds Everyday CD. I then partially cut a die from the front using Tonic Topnote Trellis Base Die Set and folded half the front back on it's self. I then embellished the card using some pink jute roll from Poundland, lace and flowers from my stash. At this point I really liked this card but thought it wasn't very shabby chic so inked the edges and scuffed them with the blade of a scissors. That's when I decided this type of card wasn't for me.
I hope we have lots of entries for the challenge so I can learn how to do this style as I do like Shabby Chic cards. 

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.


Sunday, 12 March 2017

Enjoy Tea/Coffee with CD Sunday

While on holiday last year Margaret, from the design team at CD Sunday, used to call into a cafe and have a coffee. On the wall of the cafe was this amazing painting which Margaret thought would make a great theme for a CD Sunday challenge.


At the top right of the photo were some ugly electricity cables so I opened the photo in Serif Craft Artist, took it into the cut out studio, removed the cables and replaced them with a blue sky. I also cropped the photo as there was a bottle of water at the centre front of the photo and it was quite distracting. I love the photo and can understand why Margaret was enchanted by it.
I wanted my card to reflect the sunny colours we tend to wear when on holiday so chose a colour scheme of pink. green and lemon.



Both the backing papers are from Sharon Duncan's Embossibilities One For The Girls CD. The brown paper has tea pots and tea cups on it and the green one has cupcakes and sprinkles.
The cake stand full of macaroons was a first for me. I rarely do any stamping and colouring but this was 2 seperate stamps - an empty cake stand and one macaroon. I stamped the one macaroon onto the top edge of a post it note and cut it out. I used this as a mask to stamp the lower row of macaroons. I then stamped 3 cakes onto a post it note and cut out the mask so that I could stamp the next 2 rows of cakes. The bottom row of cakes was then masked over so that I could stamp the cake stand. Everything was then coloured using my much neglected Promarkers. 
The single cupcake was made from a set of dies - one die for each layer of the cake. I finished the pink layer of cream off by adding some beads as sprinkles. The tower of cups was made from one die of a single cup and saucer, I cut the saucers off 2 of the cups so they would fit inside each other. The flowers and leaves are meant to be popped out but I glued them in. Everything was cut from white card and then coloured in to match. The heart doily was originally white but was coloured in with a pale Promarker and then I went over it with a sparkle pen. 
All the stamps, dies and the doily were free gifts in craft magazines.
The 3 mats were cut from cream pearl card (similar to Centura Pearl) using a Tonic die.  
The challenge runs until Saturday 25th March at 1 pm and don't forget to include at least one item printed from a craft CD and to name that CD in your post to qualify for the prize.

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.