Sunday, 24 September 2017

Mellow yellow - CD Sunday

The CD Sunday challenge is all about making items using craft CD Roms. You can use other craft items on your card/project but you must include something from a CD. So if you like colouring stamps 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 you must give the name of the CD you've used. This is especially 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 card can't be in 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. Now you may think that these instructions are easy enough but in every challenge we have entries that can't be picked as a winner. The Design Team still leave comments on the blogs but there's no chance of winning if the above hasn't been followed. OK enough of that onto my card for this theme.
Mellow Yellow is the new theme for the CD Sunday Challenge picked by Wynn. 
Mellow Yellow brought to my mind an image of a sun with the rays branching out from the centre. So I was quite pleased when I opened Papercraft Inspirations magazine, issue 167, and found a guide on how to make Starburst cards. 
I had to use yellow in the design, as per Wynn's theme, and knew that Kraft card went well with yellow so I set about looking through my craft CDs for backing papers that went together.
This is my finished card, which includes a few 'firsts' for me:

I started with a cream card blank and covered it with Kraft card which was then covered with the first of the backing papers - that was the easy, quick bit done LOL!
For the starburst/sunray effect I chose 3 further backing papers which were cut into 11 cm lengths but different widths. Here comes one of the firsts! Each piece had to have the edges inked and I always shy away from this as I make a right mess. I used Frayed Burlap Distress Ink and I'm pleased with how it turned out although it's not very noticeable in the photos. These rectangles were then cut in half to make triangles which were glued onto Kraft card. 
A second, smaller rectangular mat of Kraft card was covered with the spotty backing paper and the triangles were then arranged to form the sunburst. I used foam tape to raise them up from the spotty paper. The triangles are made to be too long for the mat so you then cut off the overhanging edges.
Time for the another first! A faux stitch effect was added to the papers with a black fine liner. I made a right mess of this with different sized stitches and wonky lines. I've since read somewhere to use a piece of card in order to keep the lines straight. If you use a plastic ruler the ink can stay wet on it and then smudge your paper.


I then added my own take on the design by making a faux bow and sticking the bow and a length of ribbon to a piece of Kraft card and placing it along the lower half of the design. The ribbon was taken around the back of the mat and glued in place. The whole layer was then glued to the prepared card blank. To cover the area where the 'rays' join together I die cut a scalloped circle from Kraft card and a plain circle from yellow card. A sentiment was then stamped onto the yellow card.
I finished the card by glueing yellow dew drops onto the centre of the ribbon and the centre of the sentiment. Finally I added some really tiny dew drops to the top right and bottom left of the second layer of Kraft card - again they're difficult to see in the photos.

The challenge runs until Saturday 7th October at 13:00. Please don't forget to include something from a Cd!

The CDs I used are all from Creative Crafting World - Perfect Essential Companions, Perfect Forever Companions and Perfect Floral Companions.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Clean and Simple - CD Sunday

Thanks to everyone who entered my challenge 'Let's Hear It For The Boys'. I'll be picking a Top Three and the winner will receive the prize that I have ready and waiting to go in the post. Sadly a few people either didn't use something from a CD or didn't name the Cd in their blog post so can't be considered for the prize.
This time it's Meg who has chosen the CD Sunday theme and she has picked 'Clean And Simple'. A perfect theme if you need to make a card in a hurry as there's no need to use loads of mats and layers or embellishments.
I decided to add to my Christmas card supply and I knew where to head for some lovely papers and images - DoCrafts Digital Designer. Sadly this isn't available anymore which is a shame as it has some really lovely designs. 
I chose Henbury Lane - Poinsetta.

I put the design together on screen using an image of some presents layered onto a very pale green paper,a sentiment in a darker shade of green and a pale green mistletoe design backing paper. I was going to print it out as one layer but decided the image surrounded by the pale green paper wasn't standing out and that it needed a white mat between it and the mistletoe paper.
After I'd printed it I cut the image out using a Tonic Studio Essentials Mixed Edge Oval Layering Basic die (could they have made the name any longer?). I thought I'd used the right size oval die but it was a little to big and left a very small white edge. When I tried the topper on the backing paper I decided I liked the look so I then cut the BP slightly smaller than the card front leaving a small border of the white card to match.
I only added holly corner peel offs to finish the card and my Clean And Simple card was complete!

Meg's theme runs until Saturday 23rd September at 1 pm. Don't forget to follow the 2 rules - you must use something from a craft Cd and you must name that Cd in your blog post. You can use a download on your card as long as you also use something from a Cd. So you could use a downloaded image with a backing paper from a Cd for example. Meg will pick her Top Three cards/projects and has a prize for the winner - good luck!