Sunday, 25 November 2018

Blue and White - CD Sunday


The theme at The CD Sunday Challenge this fortnight is ‘Blue and White, chosen by Margaret.

I used a backing paper from Joanna Sheen’s Oriental Dreams CD but I opened it in My Craft Studio and changed the colour and transparency.

 

 The stitch design is one I bought from www.stitchingcards.com. It’s supposed to be worked in several colours but I wanted a sort of Willow Pattern look so did mine in all blue. 

 
I cut away the corners from the white card using corner scissors and backed it with blue card. I copied the leaf designs from the tree and stitched them in each corner. I finished the card by adding glittery peel offs around the edges.  

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.



Sunday, 11 November 2018

Winter Wonderland - CD Sunday


Wynn has chosen 'Winter Wonderland' as the theme at The CD Sunday Challenge.

I decided to use a card blank design from the Joanna Sheen magazine box kit issue 6 and also use an image that was in the paper pack that came in the kit.


 I used some pale blue card from my stash for the base layer and topped that with a really pretty bird design backing paper from a My Craft Studio CD – The Best Of MCS Christmas. The CD was free with Quick Cards magazine back in 2012.
 

The ‘Let It Snow’ was also in the free paper pack.
 

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.










Sunday, 28 October 2018

Christmas - CD Sunday


This fortnight Meg has chosen the theme of Christmas at CD Sunday. I need to start making my Christmas cards, so this was a perfect theme for me. I expect everyone else is well ahead with their cards but if not then why not use something from a CD Rom and join in with the challenge either via the blog or the Facebook page.
I’ve been chomping at the bit to use some Christmas dies from Creative Crafting World so that was my starting point for this card.
 
 I used red mirror card to cut the main backing mat die then cut the poinsettia doily die twice from red and green mirror card, keeping all the ‘bits’ that were cut out of the green layer. I used a plain circle die from another Creative Crafting World die set to cut out the middle of the red doily as well as cutting away all the outer ‘leaves’ with a scissors. By placing the two doilies one on top of the other it showed the green layer underneath. I then replaced the green ‘bits’ into the poinsettia so it looked like the leaves were behind the red petals. I finished off the poinsettias by adding gold gems to the centres.
I then added a circular topper to the middle which is also from Creative Crafting World.
 
My card blank was an 8 by 8 which I covered with a backing paper from a Debbie Moore Designs CD. All the red bows were painted with a clear Sparkle pen to add a touch of shimmer. The die cuts were then added to the card  but I felt it needed something more so cut a poinsettia from the same mirror card and added some green gems to the other three corners.
 
 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.

Items used:
Backing paper - Debbie Moore Designs CD Christmas Divas
All dies are Paper Boutique from Creative Crafting World - Merry and Bright die from set 7 (Poinsettia doily), Poinsettia die set 7 (Poinsettia flower die)
Topper - Paper Boutique from Creative Crafting World 'The Essence of Christmas'






Sunday, 14 October 2018

Off The Cutting Room Floor - CD Sunday


When it comes to anything crafty I’m a terrible hoarder – if I think I can use it in my crafting it gets kept. I also LOVE Christmas so it’s no surprise that I hoard all sorts of things Christmas related! So when Carol chose ‘Off The Cutting Room Floor’ as the theme at CDSunday I decided to have a rummage through my Christmas craft stash (which fills up a small wardrobe!). I came across these half-used Christmas papers from various CDs and decided to try and make a card with them. I must have kept them for years as most of them are printed onto photo paper and I haven’t used that for a long time.

  



It didn’t go quite to plan!!! Originally I thought I’d use several papers, rolling them up to make a tube and cutting them into different lengths. Then arranging them in size order to make a triangular Christmas tree shape. I gave up on that idea as the colours didn’t work well together. I then decided to use an embossing folder and then highlight the raised areas with Embellishment Mousse. It looked OK but I went over the edges of most of the images and it looked a right mess. So then I embossed a second piece, cut the trees and snowflakes out, rubbed the mousse over them and glued them on the first piece. I then put gems and stars over all the remaining raised areas and managed to hide the messy mousse bits! So something that should have been a simple quick make took me quite a while – Hey Ho!





Items used:

Embossing folder by Crafts-Too called Let It Snow Frame.

Red backing paper from an Artylicious CD by Glenda Waterworth called Season’s Greetings. It was made in 2007 so quite an old CD.

Tonic Nuvo Embellishment Mousse called Cosmic Brown.

Green backing paper by Hunkydory from a magazine prize.

The sentiment is a Paper Boutique die by Creative Crafting World from set 10.

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.


Sunday, 30 September 2018

Autumn Days - CD Sunday


My card for this fortnight’s CD Sunday theme is quite a simple one. The part that took the longest was die cutting the leaves and acorns in various coloured cardstock and putting them back into the main die cut.

It’s Jane’s turn to pick a theme and she’s chosen ‘Autumn Days’, so along with your ‘something from a CD’ you just need colours that are all around us during autumn.

I covered an 8 by 8 card blank with a paper from The Lace Collection Volume II CD and then just cut the die out and glued it to the card front.

I like how all the various sets of dies in the whole collection have different 'edges' on the inner mat. This one has a really nice slanting 'stitch' effect.
The sentiment is from the Volume VIII set.


I finished the card off with Nuvo Crystal Drops and large brown pearls.
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.

Creative Crafting World Products used: An 8 by 8 card blank, Perfect Papercrafting Companions – The Lace Collection Volume II DVD Rom (I think the colour of the backing paper was ‘Fig’), The Paper Boutique – Little Things Mean A Lot die set and Sentiments Dies Volume VIII, Lynda Chapman’s brown cardstock, Woodstock card stock and large brown pearls.

Tonic Studio Products used: Nuvo Crystal Drops in Autumn Red, Pearlescent Cosmic Copper and Luxury Embossed card in Peacock Feathers (it’s actually dark brown!).







Sunday, 16 September 2018

G is for...... - CD Sunday

It was lovely to see some different people entering the last CD Sunday Challenge – welcome back to you all. I wonder if the new theme will be just as popular? G is for…..  if you think about it you could come up with lots of things that would fit in with any cards you have to make. 
How about grand daughter/son/child/mother/father, god son/daughter, gold (as in wedding anniversary), good luck, get well to name but a few. I’ve gone Christmassy and chosen gingerbread!
Just a simple one from me this time as I was running out of time to submit my design to the design team. I chose to do a zigzag card with the die, cut at an angle on all three flaps from a piece of A4 white card.  The die is a Die’sire Edgeable Gingerbread man. 

I then added the three different coloured papers which are from a Polka Doodles CD Rom called Here Comes Christmas. The gingerbread men were then cut from Kraft card and coloured card glued behind each of the die cut holes for the eyes, heart, bow tie, and scarf. I then glued them over the white gingerbread men which hid the messy backs with all the little bits of coloured card. The top and bottom gingerbread men were given a hat the same colour of the backing paper and a line of Glitter Nuvo Drops added as a trim and bobble.
I also added some sentiment dies to the insides of the card. The ‘Believe in the Magic of Christmas’ is a Tattered Lace die free with one of their Christmas mags. And the ‘Merry Christmas’ is a Paper Boutique die – a range of dies from Creative Crafting World which are rapidly becoming my favourite range of dies!  


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.


Sunday, 2 September 2018

Cool Colours - CD Sunday

It's Jocelyn's turn to pick the CD Sunday theme and she's chosen Cool Colours. I thought it was time I made a few Christmas cards and I've been wanting to try the eclipse style of card for some time so combined the two.

A fairly quick design to make except for the die cutting but I was able to cut all 4 letters at the same time. I made my own DL card blank because I have a lot of DL envelopes I'm trying to start using! 
I then covered the card blank with mirri card. I'd already looked through my CDs looking for suitable papers and printed 2 off ready for when I could find the time to do some crafting. The CD rom is by Tattered Lace and is one of the CDs that has papers from the TL magazines on it. This one is Paper Collection Volume 7 and the papers I used were numbers 51 and 60 The CD is Click, Print, Go but I opened it in My Craft Studio so that I could resize the papers to fit my card blanks. 


I die cut the word SNOW from the backing paper and then 4 more times from black card so that there was some height to the letters. I could have just die cut the letters from black funky foam to save time. The alphabet dies I used are from Xcut Carnival Alphabet.
I glued the backing paper to the card blank, glued all the letters together and then placed them back into the backing paper.


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.






Sunday, 19 August 2018

Let's Go Fishing - CD Sunday

Margaret has chosen the theme at CD Sunday for this fortnight's challenge - Let's Go Fishing.
At first I thought I didn't have anything fishing related, but I found a few images on various CDs. I even thought about making a Christmas card with an image of a penguin/polar bear/Eskimo fishing through a hole in the ice!
But then I found a lovely 'fish' backing paper on a Joanna Sheen CD - Faye Whittaker Collection CD2 and decided I would use that as my 'something from a CD'. I covered a piece of white card with the backing paper and then attached a piece of black netting to it. I only glued the netting onto the back of the card and in the middle of the front of the card where I knew I would be placing a topper. The netting was originally a small bag that at one time must have contained something and has been in my stash forever! 


I then opened Serif Craft Artist and designed a topper of a man sea fish from some rocks. I know nothing about fishing, so he probably isn't using the right equipment for sea fishing LOL!

Digikits used were Craft Scapes Summer Seaside, Great Grandads, Country Gardens and Shabby Chic Seaside.


The topper was printed onto lightweight card and then layered onto some shimmery paper that I bought from Sharon Duncan when she had an online shop. I like this paper so much that when she announced she was closing I bought about 4 packs of it. Each pack has several colours in it - light blue, a darker blue, green, pink and orange. I think I've seen it being sold on Create and Craft in a pack with other papers.
I then cut a rectangle of dark blue card to go between the topper and the backing paper.
Finally, I then glued all of this to my card blank which is 7 inches by 7 inches.


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.













Sunday, 5 August 2018

Celebrate In Style - CD Sunday


There's a new theme at CD Sunday and it's Celebrate In Style - chosen by Wynn.
I was looking through some craft magazines and came across a U shaped card where they'd added a piece of card to the central section to make a 'shelf'. They then covered the card in wood paper and designed it to look like a bar at a barbeque. My little grey cells then went into overdrive and I came up with the design for my card.
There was a lot of work went into the making of this with lots of trial and error - I think it took me about 10 days altogether. I won't bore you with the details of how I made it - I'm just going to list the items I used.



The gold 'backing' paper was from Poundland, it’s called Adhesive Paper Glitter Roll - I thought it fitted the 'Style' part of the theme.
The little parcels and party hats are also from Poundland, but I've had them for some time.
The bottles of alcohol and glasses were from a craft magazine I used to buy many years ago. Each magazine had a little card making 'kit' and always contained small images that were die cut. Again, I've had them a very long time.


Something new for a change LOL! I bought Creative Stamping magazine issue 46 and used the lantern stamps. I stamped them twice on a piece of acetate and heat embossed before cutting them as close to the images as I dared. I then coloured the backs with a Tonic Glitter Marker Golden Ochre to make it look as if they were lit up.
The mirror ball gave me a really hard time! After several failed attempts I was browsing a website's sale section to add to the total of my shopping so that I would have free postage. I came across a small packet of mini Christmas baubles and bought them hoping they were small enough - the size wasn't listed. When they arrived, they were 4cms - perfect! And there were 3 silver ones in the packet too! I removed the cap from the top of the bauble and pushed a wooden kebab stick in the end so that I had a 'handle'. I then sprayed the bauble with Crafter's Companion Stick and Stay and quickly dipped the bauble into glitter. The glitter is from Tonic Studios and is called...…………. Mirror Ball - you couldn't make it up LOL! The next day I removed the kebab stick and replaced the bauble cap. The kebab stick was then covered in the gold paper and poked through the top of the card with the bauble hanging from the middle.





                                      


The bunting and balloons are my 'something from a CD rom'. I used a My Craft Studio CD called Inserts & Backgrounds Everyday. There was an insert that had plain bunting on so I cropped the insert to just have the bunting, enlarged it, printed it off and die cut triangles and balloons. By doing it this way I used less ink and paper than if I'd printed out full sheets of each colour I wanted.
The balloons were cut using dies from Sizzix - Mini Bird Crazy & Things by Tim Holtz. I then decorated them with peel offs. The word 'CELEBRATE' was die cut using an alphabet set from the Tattered Lace magazine issue 3. I cut the letters from black card with silver sparkles in it. I used the same card in a thin strip to hang the pennants from.
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.



Sunday, 22 July 2018

Anything Goes - CD Sunday



Thanks to the crafters that supported my choice of theme at the CD Sunday Challenge Blog over the last 2 weeks. I was a little disappointed that there weren’t any Facebook entries this time. I usually post about the challenge in numerous Facebook groups, but I’ve not had much spare time so wasn’t able to do it so perhaps that explains why there were no Facebook entries. Never mind I have a prize waiting for the winner who will be announced next Sunday 29th July.
On to the new theme which has been chosen by our lovely teamie Meg and she has opened it right up for you by choosing ‘Anything Goes’. As long as you include something from a CD rom you can enter, either via the blog or on the Facebook page.
I’m from a large family of 9 and have 5 brothers but I have one that is my favourite because he’s such a really special person. So for his birthday every year I make him a card which he always tells me he loves. He was born in South Wales but our Mam moved, with the 3 youngest children, to Telford in Shropshire when my brother was about 13. He’s fiercely proud of being Welsh and would have loved to move back ‘home’ but work commitments have gotten in the way. I always make him a card with a Welsh theme and look out for things to add to my craft stash throughout the year that are suitable. This year’s card is quite simple and didn’t take long to make.


 I’d recently bought a dragon die and matching stamp by Apple Blossom which I intended using on the card. The dragon is meant to be a mythical beast but I think I’ve gotten away with using it as a Welsh dragon! The green mat was cut using a die from the Card Making Magic range that I recently won in a Facebook competition. I then just covered my base card in a paper from a Sharon Duncan CD called Embossibilities Elegance. Each of the designs on the CD are available in several colours but I just had to choose yellow for these daffodils!The easel card ‘stopper’ is just a rectangle of card covered in more daffodil paper and a sentiment added. The Happy Birthday was also part of my prize from the Card Making Magic range. I then just finished the card by adding various peeloffs and die cuts that are all Welsh related images and words.




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.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

CD Sunday - A Gardener's World

Have you all been outside enjoying this hot, hot weather instead of inside crafting? We only had a few entries for the last theme at CD Sunday which surprised me as I thought it was a theme that could be used for lots of card occasions.
This time it’s my turn to pick the theme and I’ve gone for A Gardener’s World. Hopefully more of you will find this fits in with your card making designs and the hot weather (and Wimbledon) won’t stop you from joining in. I thought it would be a good choice for cards to give to the men in our lives but of course it will also be useful for women.

I decided it was about time to try and use some of the many Hunkydory kits that I have in my stash. Most of which I haven’t bought but have won them in magazine competitions /giveaways. The one I’ve used was a free gift with a Hunkydory boxed magazine. I decided I wanted to make a ‘U’ shaped card as I like how it ‘shows off’ the design and will fold down to fit in an envelope.

 

I covered all the sections of the card with things from the kit and then realised I hadn’t used the vital ‘something from a CD’ LOL! So, I started looking through my dies for something suitable such as a watering can or wellies when I came across a set of dies that was in an Apple Blossom boxed magazine. It was a small trellis die with a trailing vine and tiny flowers – perfect to finish of my card!
                                                       
 I printed off 4 textured backing papers from a CD by Creative Crafting World called Perfect Papercrafting Companions disc 2. This is my ‘go to’ CD for when I want a plain paper. I printed them onto thin card and then die cut the items including 32 purple flowers and 32 orange flowers! I layered 2 flower die cuts to make them thicker before adding them to the card and then finished off with Tonic Nuvo Glitter Drops, in Yellow Bird, for the centres of the flowers.
Unlike me 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.












Sunday, 24 June 2018

Things To Eat - CD Sunday


This time it’s Jane’s turn to pick the theme for the CD Sunday Challenge – she’s picked Things To Eat. I decided not to make a greeting card but instead have made single page cards (like playing cards). 


I searched the internet for images of food with funny sayings.
They say things like: ‘You’re my butter half’, ‘We make a great pear’, ‘Muffin compares to you’ and ‘I cherry–ish you’.
I copied these into Serif Craft Artist and resized them. I then added a black frame around them to look like they’re matted onto black card. These were then printed off and cut out.

I then rummaged through my box of papers and used up ones I’d printed off and not used I have a habit of printing off several papers at a time when I’m making cards but then only use one of them! The papers where then matted onto black card and the image added on top.

The CDs the papers were from are Perfect Essential Companions and Perfect Forever Companions by Creative Crafting World. And several Craft Artist kits – Born To Shop, Festive Fayre, A Merry Little Christmas and Birthday.

I then did a bit more stash busting by cutting up A6 card blanks and adding them to what I’d already done. The A6 cards I’ve had a very long time – they were free with a magazine I used to subscribe to and every month you had 6 card blanks and embellishments. 

I’ve made these cards to give to my husband to try and lift his spirits when the time comes. Sadly the bowel cancer has returned and also spread to other areas (his lungs and peritoneum). It can’t be operated on or cured. He’s just had his first session of chemotherapy but it may only delay the spread of the cancer and will not cure it. We’ve been told the chemo may add a further 3 – 6 months to his life, without chemo they’ve told us he may have 18 months. We’re both trying to deal with the news which has turned our world upside down.

I’m going to try and continue being on the CD Sunday Design Team although there may be times when I’m unable to make something for a challenge. I’m very grateful for the support and understanding from my fellow team mates – you’re all amazing people! Thank you.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Second time around/recycled - CD Sunday

I hope you all enjoyed the Beautiful Blooms theme at CDSunday – it was lovely to see so many entries for Jocelyn’s theme.
This fortnight it’s Carol’s turn to pick the theme and she’s chosen ‘Second time around/recycle’. This is a favourite theme of Carol’s and mine. I once made 10 ATCs for a recycle theme – we were only supposed to make 2 LOL!
I made my card sometime ago and at the time I was seeing a lot of 'bow' cards that were embellished with lots of lace, pearls and flourishes so decided to have a go at making one. I used a template to make the pieces for the card which I bought from someone on the internet. You’re emailed files for the individual pieces to be printed onto card and hand cut out. You also get files you can use in various electronic cutting machines which I guess makes it a lot easier, and faster, to cut them out. At this point you’re probably expecting me to say where I bought the template from………………. but I’m not going to give the link. I’ve heard, around various internet sites, that there’s a dispute over the ownership of this template. I’ve spent a lot of time looking but can’t find anyone else selling the template other than the person I bought it from. I’m sure they’re the legitimate owner/designer because the templates all come with a copyright printed on them. So if you want to make a bow card you’ll need to search the internet and decide for yourself if you’re buying from a legitimate source.
 

 The base card is hexagonal shaped and cut from pale green pearlised card. You get a template for this but I used a Tonic die from the Secret Spring Hexagon Kaleidoscope Box Lid and Base Set. Both layers of the bow are cut from card that was printed with designs from Craft Artist kits. The pale green striped paper is from a kit called Posy Party and the floral paper is from a kit called Occasions. They’re both designed by Victoria Nelson. The ‘tails’ of the bow are made from a base layer of pale green pearlised card and then a layer of Tonic’s Craft Perfect card in Coral Pink. I wasn’t happy with this colour, I think it swamps the rest of the colours and I should have changed it. I ran the coral pink card through a flower embossing folder and dotted the centre of each flower with Ivory Seashell Nuvo Crystal Drops by Tonic.
 

Once the basic bow card is made you can move onto the fun bit – adding all the embellishments and frills! The 'lace'  in the middle of the bow is a panel cut from a camisole. It was far too pretty to throw out, so I’ve had it in my stash for quite a while. I stitched the sides together and fussed with it until I was happy with the way it sat on the front of the bow. I then topped it with a paper rose and added some pearls threaded onto wire. Then I cut flourishes out of dark green card (Emerald Hessian by Tonic), chopped them into smaller pieces and arranged them around the bow.

 

 The card was made for a very dear friend who I’ve known for several years (possibly since 2006?) and who was due to have a milestone birthday – hence the number gems at the top of the card!


I dotted some resin flowers around the edges of the card and placed pink pearls in the centre of them. I also added strings of clear gems around the straight edges.  
The inside of the card was decorated with the same papers/card that was used on the front. The sentiment is a die from Creative Crafting World’s Paper Boutique range of cutting dies – collection number 3.
 

 I now had the problem of getting it to my friend, still in one piece, through the mail system. I found a very old box in my craft room that was almost the perfect size but was very faded and battered – so I decorated that too! Another item that was used for a second time and recycled. I’m pleased to say the card arrived safely and intact.
 

I hope you have fun with this theme and can’t wait to see what you all reuse/recycle. 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 SundayChallenge.