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Sunday, 28 June 2015

'Flitter and Flutter!

Good Morning. It's time for another challenge at CD Sunday and this time Jenny has chosen a great theme "Flitter and Flutter'. I'm sure this will be a popular challenge.

Last time it was Carol's turn and we had some fab entries for 'Four Legs and a Tail". Don't forget to check the challenge blog soon to see if you're a winner.

For my inspiration for you I went for a great CD by Joanne Sheen "Holly Hill Pond'.

As you can see the colours of the images are not true to the original. When I printed off the background paper and then found some yummy pink matching card in my stash I decided to change the colour on the main images. So everything co ordinated and became pink and blue. Does it work? I'm not sure......looks pretty though.
I have gone with a new style of card I do!! It's one sheet of A4 scored to make side panels with a strips cut away. When it folds the two smaller images overlap. I hope you can see from the photo how I've made it. I know, I should have done a step by step for you. If anyone wants more detail let me know and I'll email a template.
The 'Flitter and Flutter' element is the butterflies which were also from the CD, as were the sentiments. 
I'll be interested in your comments as to how you think my transformation has worked......or not!!
The link to the challenge is in the side bar. So grab a cuppa and take a peep at the rest of the inspiration from my teamies. Don't forget to visit their blogs and give them some love too.
I hope you have a great week crafting and find inspiration to join in our challenge at CD Sunday.

Monday, 22 June 2015

#183 'Happy Birthday' with OLL

Good Morning. I am still in the UK so I am again scheduling a post.

It's time for another challenge at Ooh La La. We had some great entries for 'Here Comes Summer' and Allison has chosen her top three. So don't forget to pop over to the challenge blog (link in sidebar) to see if you're a winner.

This time Avril has chosen 'Happy Birthday'. We also need birthday cards so I know you'll enjoy this challenge and I think we'll get lots of entries.

I have chosen an image from the new Paula Oakley CD and it's a card I made for the launch of the CD on the Create and Craft TV show.

All the elements on this card are from the CD. I did add some flower gems. I however resisted the temptation to 'bling' it up as I didn't want to detract from the wonderful artwork. I made a gatefold card and closed it with the topper and bunting strip along the bottom.
Close up of the artwork. The camera doesn't do it justice. You can see every brush stroke. A work of art from a very talented lady.
I am sure you'll enjoy playing along with us and if you want to buy the CD pop over to Ooh La La where you'll find it and other fab CDs for you to enjoy.
Have fun and fingers crossed my scheduled post has worked.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

'Four Legs and a Tail'

Good Morning. Well it's time for another challenge at CD Sunday. I am scheduling this post as I'll be visiting family and friends in the UK and access to a PC will be tricky. No doubt I'll be battling the elements and feeling tired out as everyone wants a little piece of me when I visit and as I haven't been for three years......long story.....there's a lot of catching up to do.

Last times challenge was to add Glitter and Bling. I think you had fun adding all those sparkles and were covered in glitter no doubt. Sue is busy sorting out her top three for this challenge so pop back soon to find out if you are a winner.

The challenge this fortnight is Carols choice and it's 'Four Legs and a Tail'. So time to dust off those CDs to find animal images. There are some great CDs out there and the team have come up with a variety to inspire you. I chose an image from the adorable Thelwell Pony range by Crafters Companion. This is part of a freebie CD I got with a magazine.

All the elements on my card are from the CD including the buttons, ribbon and greeting. The bottom layer has an interesting 'file tab' element to it. It could be use as a pull out tag but I use it for the main card. There are some really fun images on this CD. Worth investing in if you don't own it already.

Grab a cuppa and pop over to CD Sunday ( link in sidebar) to see what the rest of the DT have created and don't forget to visit their blogs to leave them some love. 9Fingers crossed this scheduled post has worked !!!)

Have a crafty fun week!!

Monday, 8 June 2015

# 182 Here Comes Summer

Good morning. Can I begin by saying that we had some fab entries for the # 181 'Circles and Squares' challenge that a chose for you......thank you. I have had a really difficult task trying to choose my top three. There were some very creative uses of circles and squares.......we have some very clever crafters in blog land.  If you pop over to the challenge blog now ( link in sidebar) you'll find out if you were a winner.....fingers crossed!!

Now for the next challenge at Ooh La La Allison is asking you to think of Summer. This is a favourite time of year for a lot of people with thoughts of sun, sea and sand or maybe camping and caravanning 'floats your boat'. What ever you think of when Summer is coming we want to see it in your crafty creations.

I thought about 'trying to keep cool' as Summers here in Cyprus are always really hot. So what better way to cool down than ice cones and ice lollipops. I found the perfect image on an Ooh La La CD, with the fab artwork of Shawn Jenkins. This is what I created......

It's a ice cream vendors stall using a shop awning idea from a You Tube 'shop awning'. This is only one of the many tutorials using the same basic idea. I'm sure if you do a search for 'awnings card' on You Tube you'll come up with many more. It was fairly easy to make and great fun.

The striped awning was card I had in my stash. The rest of the designer paper, ribbon strip, bow,sentiment and images are all from the Shawn Jenkins CD courtesy of OLL.

If you wish to purchase this CD just click on the OLL link
ooh-la-la-creations and it'll take you straight to the online store.
I hope you enjoy this challenge and I look forward to visiting you soon.
Have a great crafty week!!!


Sunday, 31 May 2015

Who's your Hero or Heroine?

Susan has challenged us this month to create a mixed media creation depicting our Hero or Heroine. The twist is to journal it on your blog. The prize kindly donated by Susan are two fabulous Memory Box stencils.

I knew straightaway who I would choose.....Emmiline Pankhurst and the Suffragette Movement.

I did some research online and I have tried to precise her bio below.

"Emily Pankhurst was born in Moss Side, Manchester in 1858. Her family had a tradition of radical politics, and she stepped into that mould becoming a passionate campaigner for women’s right to vote.

In 1903 she formed the more militant Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU). It was through the political action of the WSPU that the term women’s suffragette movement was created. She led a passionate group of women who were willing to take part in drastic action such as tying to railings, smashing windows and launching demonstrations. One such protest sadly ended in tragedy when Emily Davison threw herself under the Kings horse (1913).

Women in other parts of the world were able to vote before those in Britain.

New Zealand was the first self-governing country to grant women the right to vote in 1893 when all women over the age of 21 were permitted to vote in parliamentary elections.[3] Women in South Australia achieved the same right and also became the first to obtain the right to stand for Parliament in 1895.[4] In the United States, women over the age of 21 were allowed to vote in the western territories of Wyoming from 1869 and in Utah from 1870, and in most states outside the South by 1919.
 With the ratification in 1920 of the Nineteenth Amendment the suffrage was extended to women across the United States in time for the 1920 presidential election. Women over 21 were allowed to vote in Canada (except Quebec) from 1919.

Eventually, largely due to the efforts, and not to forget the suffering and imprisonment of the Suffragettes, women in Britain over the age of 30, meeting certain property qualifications, were given the right to vote in 1918, and in 1928 suffrage was extended to all women over the age of 21

However, in 1928, Emmeline fell ill, and died on 14 June 1928.

The colours of the Suffragette Movement were Purple, Green and White. These colours were chosen by Emmeline Pethick Lawrence because "Purple...stands for the royal blood that flows in the veins of every suffragette...white stands for purity in private and public is the colour of hope and the emblem of spring"."

With these colours in mind I began my creation.

I began with three pieces of appropriate coloured card stock . The central white strip I dry embossed .I found many images on the web and finally went with one of Emily and some flags and a ticket for a procession from Hyde Park. I added ribbons from the image to give it the look of a  rosette.

I enjoyed researching facts about my Heroine and I hope my precise of her life's work inspires you to think about your Hero or Heroine. It could be anyone from history, fiction even or someone in your family.
For more inspiration please visit Unstampabelles and visit my teamies to read about their Hero or Heroine, you won't be disappointed.

Have fun and I look forward to visiting your blogs and reading about your Heroes.

'Add some Bling or Glitter'

Good morning crafty bloggers. I hope you all enjoyed your Bank Holiday last week end. WE are a week behind the UK so ours is this weekend. There'll be lots of fun down at the harbour with the usual 'tat' stalls. Now the Cypriots really like there 'Bling' so the challenge at CD Sunday this fortnight would really suit them!!

We had some fabulous Stepping Out entries last time and I know Jocelyn has a hard task choosing her top three. This time it's Sue's turn and she's chosen 'Add some Bling or Glitter'. Now we are all glitter girls at heart.......well most of us are anyway. As usual there will a Top Three and Sue will be sending a lovely prize to the winner. Please remember when creating your card to use something from a CD and tell us which CD it's from.....cos we're nosey and like to know.....thank you x.

It's my Grand Daughters birthday next week so this challenge came at the right time for me as she's a real girly girl and loves her bling and glitter. She'll be a teenager too so I had to find something appropriate. I went for an image I had in my stash.....not sure where it's from....if you recognize it please let me know so I can give credit. As you can see there are lots of appropriate images for teenagers on this topper.
For the background papers and sentiment I used a Crafters Companion CD 'Halcyon Days'.
I add matching ribbon with pearls on wire across the top and bottom and added some flower gems and butterflies. The sentiment reads 'Cherish your Dreams and follow your Passion'. I also added a lovely glittery No. 13 which I bought at the local bookstore.......we get our craft stash from a variety of outlets here in Cyprus!!
So what are you waiting for.....get that bling and glitter out ....and your CDs of course. For more inspiration from my Teamies pop over to CD won't be disappointed... (link in side bar)
Have a lovely crafty week and I look forward to visiting your blogs to see what CD's and yummy bling you've used.

Monday, 25 May 2015

#181 'Circles and Squares.'

Good Morning everyone it's my turn to choose the challenge theme over at Ooh La La.
 Its 'Circles and Squares'. We had some fab entries last time for 'Use a Pre Coloured Image'. Don't forget to pop over to Ooh La La and see if you're in the top three (link in sidebar) 
I have chosen a pretty image from 'Fleur D' Imagination' you'll find it under Doiley if you have this Cd and if you haven't put it on your wish list as there are some fab images on this CD.

For the challenge I chose to use a circle easel card. The base is covered in co ordinating background paper from the same CD. The fancy circle on the top is a die and was sent to me as a RAK from an online crafter friend....thank you Irene.....not sure which die it is.

I fussy cut one of the doileys and used it as the stopper. The two smaller ones are have also been cut out from a sheet of toppers. The square topper was placed centrally and I added silver sparkley border peel offs to outline it and added matching square pink gems to accent the corners.

The sentiment is a freebie from a magazine .....think it's Hunky Dorey.

As you can see you can let your imagination run wild with this one. It could be reflected in your layout or the images you use. You could also use up all those left over bits and pieces of background papers that you have hoarded away and simply cut them into squares and circles to make  interesting's up to you.
 The sky's the limit when like me you let your imagination run away with you!!
Have Fun!!!