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Sunday, 14 December 2014

Hearts of Gold and CD Sunday

Good morning to you all from a very cold Cyprus. Cold outside that is, but warm in our hearts. I'll begin by telling you why. This week has been very exciting for us. My OH was nominated for a Hearts of Gold award for his service to charity. He has raised thousands of euros for a very worthy charity here in Paphos. It was for the renal unit at the General Hospital. For the last twelve years .....since we arrived on the island....he's been chairman of the charity and the money raised has bought essential equipment for the unit. At long last his hard work has been recognised. I am thrilled for him and very proud.




Now on to this week's challenge at CD Sunday. It's 'Stamp It' and I must admit, as I'm not a stamper or a lover of digis image, that I struggled with this one but I persevered and found a beautiful stamp that was a freebie on a magazine recently purchased.


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The image is by Bo Bunni and is a long stamp, so for me it was a little tricky to place it suitably on a card. So I had a play, as you do, and came up with the above style. I made a gatefold card with A4 card then took another piece of co-ordinating A5 card and divided it into three stamping the image onto one of the strips. Then I added DP onto the other two. The paper used is from the 'The Wish upon a Rose' CD by Gems Designs. I chose this paper for the words as I felt they were appropriate for my Grand Daughter, whom I will be sending this card to.

I stamped the image in gold then embossed it with gold powder. The 'Make a Wish' tag line is a fab peel off that I found in a bookshop here in Cyprus. 'Seek and you will find' is the catch phrase here for crafters, as we don't have a dedicated craft shop for card makers here in Paphos. The three pieces were outlined with zigzag border peel offs that I've had for eons.

The next part is essential for a good look to the card. Place the three strips on top of the gatefold card making sure there are NO gaps. This will ensure that when the recipient opens it, it looks like a 'normal' card then the surprise will come when they realise it's not!! Now carefully mark where the top strips have to be placed then adhere top and bottom to left side only and middle section to the right Voila!!

So that is my take on this week's challenge at CD Sunday. Now it's your turn. Don't forget to pop over to see what the rest of the Design Team have created......you won't be disappointed.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Summer Fun!!!

Where has this year gone it's December already. Christmas is just around the corner and time to really start getting organised. Susan at Unstampabelles has asked us to think about 'Summer Fun' with a twist of making a Southern Hemisphere Christmas card. Here in Cyprus we do get sunshine normally on Christmas day and often we spend it at the beach like our Southern Hemisphere friends. This year we got a crazy notion in our heads and decided to go looking for the snow. So we are off to Vienna. Those who know me know I don't do cold so I hope we don't regret it!!

The sponsor this month is.......



And this is the fab prize.........


Now for my Southern Hemisphere Christmas card.


I used half an A4 sheet of blue card and folded it diagonally. Then I folded it in half making sure that the 'pocket' was on the outside. I mounted the image of Santa, about to have a relaxing day surfing, and then placed it inside the pocket. I added gold peel off snowflakes and a cute Santa and his sleigh. I think this Santa is going to have a fun day surfing!!!

I hope you have fun too creating your Summer Fun cards and why not try the 'twist' too with a Southern Hemisphere Christmas card. Don't forget to pop over to Unstampabelles and see what the rest of the team have created to inspire you......you won't be disappointed.

 HAVE FUN!!!

Be inspired by a Song with CD Sunday

Good Sunday Morning to you all from Cyprus. Well it's not so sunny here at the moment. Winter has definitely come and it's bitterly cold up here in the hills. It's still fairly warm in the tourist area tho so if you are visiting soon prepare for pleasant days but very cold evenings.

Over at CD Sunday we've been challenged by Jocelyn to be inspired by a song. The song I have chosen is 'Flowers are red' by Harry Chapin. It's a folk song and he wrote it after a child came home from school with his report card saying he virtually wasn't conforming and did his own thing.....in other words a creative child who's creativity was being suppressed by his old fashioned teacher. Please click on the link and enjoy and smile as you listen to this thought provoking song.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHm2KdTTKUw

This is the card I created.



I made red ribbon flowers folding the ribbon and placing a punched out centre on top held it together with a brad. The tiny pot is a ceramic one that I've had in my stash since I began card making 13 years ago!!!. I added a string of gold beads around it to bling it up for Christmas. The flowers were mounted on white card that I had embossed with the dotty embossing folder. This was then double mounted on gold and red card to match the flowers. The two greetings are from the CD 'A Winter Walk in the Country' by Creative Crafting World.

I enjoyed this challenge and think you will too. I hope you will find time to pop over to CD Sunday and take a peep at which songs have inspired my teamies.

I look forward to seeing your creations and don't forget to use something from a CD to be in with a chance of winning a little something from Jocelyn. Don't forget to click on the You Tube link to listen to my song it's guaranteed to make you smile.




Monday, 24 November 2014

It's Christmas!!!

Yes time to get your mojo working and make a start on those Christmas cards that you've been promising yourself you'd start making!! Ooh La La is the place to be as it's a new challenge set by Susan and it's all about Christmas.

For my DT card I have chosen a design from the CD 'Shawn Jenkins Artwork'. This is definitely a must have CD in your collection as there are so many fab images on there.....not just Christmas images. M colleague at my craft group demonstrated how to make this slider card. It was a bit tricky but worth it when I finally completed it.


This is it closed. The image an DP are from the same CD.

This is it opened and reveals the greeting JOY. I added gold peel off strips to lift it and made stand from red glitter card from my stash.

I hope you find time to pop over to Ooh La La Challenges and take a look at more inspiration for your Christmas cards from my teamies......you won't be disappointed.
Have fun!!

Sunday, 16 November 2014

'P is for......' at CD Sunday

Good morning bloggers. Well we have been having a spell of great weather for November but this weekend has seen some very scary thunder and lightening storms..........fingers crossed it won't last long.

Last week it was Chrisine's turn to choose the theme at CD Sunday and now she has the task of finding a winner from all the stunning entries for coffee, peach and cream...... I don't envy her.......there were some fab entries.

It is my choice of theme this fortnight at CD Sunday and I went for the letter 'P'. At this time of year we are all madly creating Christmas cards......well some of us are anyway!! I hoped this would get your mojo working as I could think of many 'P' words associated with Christmas e.g. Pointsettia, Penguins, Polar Bears, Presents or even Pink etc.

I found a great image . It's on the Shawn Jenkins Artwork CD by Ooh La La. It's a Peppermint Penguin. I love those peppermint candy canes that we seem able only to buy at Christmas. It's a real fun image which I couldn't resist.



The main card is from a pad of card from Lidls'. I mounted the image on white sparkly card, which I thought looked like ice, but sadly on the piccie it looks more like a dirty yellow!!!  The ribbon strips along the bottom and side are also from the same CD and match the sentiment on the topper "Let it snow". The background paper is from Ooh La La 'Festive Funnies'. I added three punched out white snowflakes on one corner to finish.

I hope you find time to pop over to CD Sunday and check out the teams' fab creations. There's a little prize for the winner too, ready for posting from Sunny Cyprus. So remember to think of something beginning with 'P' and use to anything from a CD. It could be an image, a greeting, background paper, ribbon strip etc anything really. Oh and you don't have to make a card. It could be an ATC, scrapbook page, decorated tag anything that takes your fancy!!

I am looking forward to seeing your entries and visiting you in blog land. Happy creating!

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

'Farewell' from the Dragonflies.

Well it's a sad day today for us Dragonflies as this will be our last challenge. I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of this friendly and inspiring team of crafters. It has been an honour and privilege to work with you all especially our dear leader Hilde who is having a bit of a rough time healthwise at the moment. I'm sure with everyone's love and prayers life will get better for you dear Hilde. Take good care.

So on to the final challenge. Appropriately it's Anything Goes with the option of saying Goodbye/ Farewell. We are sponsored by

This generous sponsor provided the team with some lovely images. I decided to play with this cute mail box and make a card just to say ' Sad to see you go' and inside it says.....'please write soon xx'


I coloured the image with copic markers and fussy cut leaving a tiny border. I then adhered it to pale peach card stock from a Lidls' pad. The ribbon strip is from an Ooh La La CD Xmas Presence. The 'sad to see you go' word strip is from my stash. Not sure where it came from but had it for eons. I decided to add hearts down the side and along the bottom.....thinking about tears of sadness. That squirrel looks very sad too.

Well that's it, my final post for the Dragonflies. I hope you'll pop over to visit Crafting with Dragonflies and also give some love to our lovely leader Hilde.....she needs lots. I look forward to visiting your blogs soon to see how you've interpreted this fortnights' challenge.
                                    
                                      Goodbye and Farewell from the Dragonflies!!!

Monday, 10 November 2014

#169 Ooh La La ' More than one fold'

Goodmorning. Well can you believe it we are speeding through November and Christmas will soon be upon us.....where do the months go. Over at Ooh La La Julie has challenged us to try a to use more than one fold when creating our inspirations for you. I went with a simple two fold card that fits easily into a normal letter size envelope. So no need to make your own envelopes to fit this one.

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You simply need a piece of A4 card stock halved lengthways. Fold diagonally across centre. Then score and fold it to make your card. There is a pocket on the outside and inside for you to pop something inside if you wish.

I decided to make yet another Christmas card. I am getting a bit bored with the Christmas card making so making a new fold spurred me into action. I really need a push to get these Christmas cards made!!

The background paper and main image are both from Ooh La La Xmas Presence. There are some fab images for Christmas on this CD and I was spoilt for choice. I added the image to white card stock and placed it over the front pocket. The greeting 'Joy' is peel offs on a circle cut from the same DP and put on a circle of white card. I then added pearl stars from my stash and a silver star peel off in the top corner. I used the same DP inside and will add a greeting later.

So a very easy fold that got my Christmas mojo going again. I hope you'll find time to pop over to OLL and see what my teamies have created to inspire you. They have come up with some fab folds. I know you won't be disappointed. Link to challenge blog in side bar.

Don' t forget to check out the OLL shop for a peep at their inspiring CD's. Well worth a browse.

Have fun and I look forward to seeing some of you new folds.