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Sunday, 17 May 2015

'Stepping Out' with Jocelyn

I can't believe it's time for another challenge at CD Sunday......don't the weeks fly by. We had some fabulous entries in memory of Wendy aka Purple Crazy. Now for the task of choosing a winner....not easy when there were so many wonderful creations. Keep checking the challenge blog to see if you were a winner of one of the yummy prizes.

It was my turn to choose the theme for the challenge last time and I set you the task of looking for 'Curious Cats'. We had some adorable images........ which isn't making my job easy to find my top three. The winners will be announced it two weeks so keep checking in.

The challenge this time 'Stepping Out' was chosen by Jocelyn. I think this will be popular too as every girl loves shoes!! There are some great CD's out there so I'm sure you'll find something suitable. This is my design.



It's from that great CD by Katy Sue 'Fabulous Shoes' . There are some fantastic designs on this CD. I don't think.....well I know actually....that I could never wear those heels. Gone are the days!!!

The layout was taken straight from the CD and I found some ribbon in my stash which matched perfectly. I made a ribbon border down the side and added matching green gems....Voila!! So easy to make. I know I usually go for fancy folds so this is a complete change of style for me. The greeting is from the CD too.

You'll find lots of fab designs from the rest of the team on the CD Sunday challenge blog (link in  sidebar). Plenty to inspire you ....so off  you pop.

Have a great crafty week. I look forward to visiting you.

Monday, 11 May 2015

#180 Use a Pre Coloured Image

Good morning from a very sunny Cyprus. I think our Summer is finally here..... phewwwww thank goodness for that. I hate the Winters here but then I suppose most people do. Our orchard is doing a great job producing fruit and the apricots, cherries and plums are nearly ready. So there'll be lots of harvesting to done by the end of the month.

Two of the fruit trees early full of lovely blossom.



Soon there'll be yummy fruit!!
 
 
Enough of my wittering about Cyprus and on to this fortnight's challenge at Ooh La La. This time Janice is asking us to use a Pre Coloured Image on our creations. So no stamps coloured in please. Last time Sue asked us go back to our childhood with the theme 'Nursery Times'. We had some lovely entries so pop over now and see who's been lucky enough to be in her top three.....link in the sidebar.
 
This is my design for you from the new Paula Oakley CD.
 
The art work on this CD is stunning. Everything on my card comes from the CD. The image, designer paper, greeting, bow and buckles down the right hand side.
 
 
Close up of the art work.
 
I'm sure we'll get lots of entries for this challenge as there are some fab images out there and of course you can make a card for any occasion.
 
So off you go and visit the OLL challenge blog (link in side bar) and see what the rest of the design team have created.
I hope you have a fun week crafting and your weather is being kind to you. 


Monday, 4 May 2015

Unstampabelles 'Family History'

Good Morning everyone. I'm a wee bit late with this post for Unstampabelles latest challenge but sometimes this PC just won't let me type in anything.....gremlins grrrrr.

Susan has challenged us this month with a theme that will be close to most peoples heart.....Family or more precisely...Who is in your family tree? The optional twist is Make it Vintage.

What is a family?

 ''You can have several families in your lifetime, even several families at once if you choose. Regardless of how you choose to define your family unit, whether it is traditional or unique, your definition is of the family unit that works for you. As the saying goes, "Family is what you make it." Whether made of blood relatives, friends, or pets, or a combination of these, your family can offer you the support you need to thrive.'' family.lovetoknow.com

But for the purpose of this challenge it is who is in your family tree. So we are looking for ancestral links e.g a mother, grandmother, aunt, uncle. father etc.

I chosen from my tree my Grandmother. She was very loving and supportive. Always there to help anyone. In fact the day she suddenly died was one such day. A old lady was ill and my Grandmother walked several miles to a pharmacy to get her her medicines. She came home and collapsed with a stroke never recovering. Bless her xx She was only 73.

This is her taken as a portraiture with my Grandfather when they were young. I have 'snipped' Grandpa off and will be using his piccie for another day.


I hope this will inspire you to seek out your old family portraits. This is one I have found only a short while ago when I got together with some of my second cousins. We got together after researching our family tree. It was a great afternoon of photo exchanges and stories. One dear cousin arrived from USA!! I couldn't believe this was my Grandmother as she looks so young and very pretty. I had never seen photographs of her at this age. In fact you never think of your Grandparents as ever being young do you. Another fact I discovered during this time of researching was about her brother. He had emigrated to Australia in the late 1800s and that branch of the family are now living in Hunter Valley. We have never met but occasionally I have emails from them. What a small world. I don't think he will have seen this photograph either. I may just have to send him a copy. So families far and wide for me and I suppose for you too.

Time for you to tell us a little about your family and make either a scrapbook page, card, memory box anything really. The prize this time is again donated my Susan. It is a great pillow box die.

 
The bottle of glue is not part of the prize . It's only been added to give you an idea of the die size.

Have fun and don't forget NO STAMPS x.You'll find the link to the Unstampabelles challenge in my sidebar.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

'Curious Cats'

It's Sunday and time for another challenge at CD Sunday. It is my turn to choose the theme and I thought 'Curious Cats' would be a fun one to do. I have a friend in the UK who adores her cats and all the antics they get up to. It was her birthday last month so she was on my mind when I decided to go with this challenge.
Last time it was Christines turn and there were lots of lovely entries for her 'Lots of Layers' challenge. I don't envy her the task of deciding upon a winner.
The challenge in tribute to Wendy aka Purple Crazy is still running and there are some fab prizes on offer for this one too.

Here is my inspiration for you.
 
The CD I used was from Joanne Sheen with artwork by Janet Kruskamp. The background paper with the small cat image is actually from an insert on the CD but I liked the idea of the small image at the outside of the scene so I went with that. The greeting is also from Joanne Sheen using another of her CDs.
 
So what are you waiting for I know we have lots of cat lovers here in blogland so dust off those CDs and create a 'Curious Cat' card or anything papercraft related. I will be choosing my Top Three when the challenge closes and will be sending you a little prize from sunny Cyprus. Don't forget to check out the rest of the team's inspirations and give them some love. The link to main challenge is in the sidebar and from there you can also go to Wendy's challenge.....so two bites of the cherry for you.
Have fun I know I did.

Monday, 27 April 2015

#179 ' Nursery Times'

Good morning from a beautiful Cyprus . Yeh!!! the sun is shining and the wind has finally dropped. So I'm a happy bunny again x The sky is bright blue and there's not a cloud to be seen. This is such a change from last week. Long may it last.

Over at Ooh La La  we have another challenge for you . This time it is Susan's turn to choose the theme and she's selected 'Nursery Times'. So plenty of scope there for a baby card. Our last challenge was 'Lots of Layers' and you really liked this one. We had a lot of entries .Pauline has chosen her Top Three' tho so off you pop to see who won ( link in sidebar) ....it might be you.

For my creation I went literally for things you find in a nursery. My teamies went for a variety of Nursery Rhymes . So you see plenty of scope for interpretation.

 
Now what Nursery wouldn't be complete without a teddy so that's what I've chosen
The CD I used was  OLL's 'Everyday Occasions'. The background paper, main image and image strip are all from the CD. I added a greeting and a tiny bib and diecut teddy which I found in my stash.
The main image is mounted on navy blue card stock and I hand cut a banner strip in the same card and placed it down the side with the small images added to it. I placed two pale blue buttons on the bottom points to 'lift' it as I thought the navy blue might seem a bit dark for a baby. Tiny bright blue gems were place on top of the buttons.....they look like googly eyes to me!!

Now who doesn't like making baby cards.....I know I do. There are a few Baby challenges out there in blogland so you could combine this challenge with others if you wished to.

Off you go and have fun creating. Speak again soon and if you visit I'll do my best to pop back and say Hi to you. All comments are read and much appreciated.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Final Count Down

It's the final few days with Unstampabelles. It was a very easy challenge this time, a baby card, but we haven't had may takers so far. There is a twist, to make your card untraditional, but it's not compulsory just something to stretch your imagination. The project should not use stamps , digi or otherwise but that leaves still plenty of scope for your creativity.

The prize is this cute die from Susan.
 

The bottle of glue is only to indicate the size of the die and is not part of the prize.
 
 
This time I've gone with a CAS card and it has a retro feel I think. Not truly non trad but I think it passes the twist challenge.
 
 
 
It doesn't have to be a card you could make anything really e.g. ATC's, a wall hanging, a gift box, scrapbook page etc. Pop over to Unstampabelles(link in sidebar) and see what the rest of the design team have created to inspire you. There are a few other 'Baby' challenges out there in blogland this week so you could combine it with any one of those too.
 
Have fun and I hope we'll get a few more taking up our challenges to win that great die.
Happy creating!!


Monday, 20 April 2015

'Oh Baby'

The Unstampabelles are still looking for all those lovely baby creations from you this month. There is a twist like every month and this time it's to come up with something Non Traditional. Please visit the challenge blog and see what the team have created to inspire you so far (unstampabelles link )

Here is some further inspiration from me using the twist Non Traditional. I created this see through card in purple.


The main card is a back to front central opening card. I cut out an arched aperture and placed the horse rocker , which I found in my stash. across the centre. Additional balloon peel offs were placed up one side with a peel off  'Congratulations' sentiment on the other. Gold peel off edging was put around archway and down the side. I also put  some peel off waste on the saddle, bridle and pole.



 The prize this time is  donated by Susan and it's a cute die and it'll be chosen as usual by Mr Linky.

      Please note the glue is not a prize it's shown only to give you an idea as to how big the die is.

So thinking caps on to create something for Baby in a non traditional way. It's not necessary to use the twist to be the DT's winner but it's good to challenge your creativity from time to time don't you think. And finally don't forget NO STAMPS please.

Have fun!!!