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Sunday, 22 March 2015

'Sentiments' with Carol

I hope you're all enjoying your weekend. We are both  suffering from nasty, chesty coughs here so best to steer clear!!!

Now on to this week's challenge at CD Sunday and it's Carol's turn to choose. But before I reveal all I want to say a big thank you to those who joined us for the last challenge, 'Shabby Chic'. We only had a few entries but they were all fab and I know Sue is tearing her hair out trying to choose her top three. Don't forget to check out the blog to see if you are a lucky winner.

This week it's 'Sentiments' and Carol wants the Sentiment to be the main feature in your creation. This is my inspiration for you.

The image and sentiment are from 'Grandmas Button Box' by  Katy Sue. As you can imagine there are lots of images on this CD featuring buttons but you will also find patchwork and embroided images too. This card was a simple make with A4 card folded in half landscape orientation. I printed out the embroidered floral border on to card and then the patchwork circle with the sentiment and placed it inside the square. So a very quick make!! The card will go into my 'Thank You' card box as I always seem to need a few of this type of card.

Do pop over to cdsundaychallenges and check out the inspiration from the rest of the design team. and don't forget, if you are tempted to join in, to use a CD for a chance to win a fab prize from Carol.

I hope you all have a wonderful week crafting and steer clear of those nasty germs!!!

Monday, 16 March 2015

''She's in Fashion'' Ooh La La

Good Monday Morning to all my crafty followers. I hope you are well and the weather is being kind to you. Spring is on the way here with the almond blossom in full bloom.....beautiful. We have an almond grove nearby and it's breathtaking to see when in full bloom.

This fortnight at Ooh La La we are looking for ladies in fashion on your creations. The theme was chosen by Lynn who loves her fashion. Last time's choice was Julie's and she was asking you to create something with lots of folds. There were some wonderful entries and I know she's had a difficult task choosing her top three. It may be yours, so pop over to Ooh La La challenges and check it out (link in sidebar).

For my card I used a CD from Ooh La La called 'Yesterday's Memories'. This CD of fashion in days gone by shows what an elegant time this was. I had problems choosing just one image as there were so many fab ones.

My starting point was an Art Deco template that I found in my stash and I thought that this style just cried out Art Deco so that's what I went with. After printing off the image I mounted it on black card stock. The Art Deco shape was covered with matching background paper from the CD. I picked out the lines with gold peel offs and added the fancy corners and then added the topper. The whole thing was then mounted on black A4 card folded to create an A5 card.

I also added gold matching corners to the main card and finished the Art Deco image off with black flatbacked pearls. I think you'll agree it looks very stylish and I'm wishing I'd lived through this age of fashion.

You can find all Ooh La La CDs on their website ooh-la-la-creations. There are some free taster images on there too. So if you don't have any of there wonderful CD's off you go to take a peep. You won't be disappointed!!

I am looking forward to visiting you all and seeing which fashion era you portray.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

'Peace and Harmony' Unstampabelles final week.

This is the final week to find Peace and Harmony at Unstampabelles. You are challenged to create anything craft related that portrayed either Peace or Harmony with an added twist to incorporate flight in your creation. The only rule is that you don't used stamped images including digis. Not too difficult is it and there's a fab prize on offer.

It's a beautiful Spellbinders die donated by Susan.
                                                           This my inspiration for you.
I have created a peaceful scene of hot air balloons floating over the Med!! I used papers for the balloons from the Nit Wits paper pad, 'Bonnets and Bowties' LOTV, I got this as a freebie in a magazine.....can't remember which one. It came with a 'Happy Birthday' stamp which I haven't used yet. The 'balloon' was made with three balloon shapes stuck together, back to back, and then 'fanned' out to give a 3D effect. The template was given to me by my crafting partner. I think she got it in a magazine and that's where the idea had originated from.  I used corrugated card for the 'basket' and straight line peel offs for the 'ropes'. Not sure where the scene came from. I found it when browsing through my many images on the PC. The white bird/dove is a diecut that one of my crafters gave me. I add the words Peace and Harmony which found when I googled the words. I found some lovely images and inspirational quotes when Googling . So if you're stuck for further inspiration that's another source you could use.
So only one week left to get your creative juices flowing for this challenge. Grab a cuppa and pop over to Unstampabelles (link in sidebar) for more inspiration from my teamies. You won't be disappointed!!
Have a peaceful week crafters.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

'Shabby Chic' with Sue.

Good Morning fellow bloggers.

I'll begin this time's blog with some really sad news we had recently. One of our past teamies Wendy Rayner, aka Purple Crazy, has sadly passed away. Her family and friends are in my thoughts. Wendy was a lovely lady with a passion for card making and all crafts. More especially she loved the colour purple. She'll be sadly missed by many crafters here in blogland. So sad. RIP Wendy x.

Wendy RIP

The challenge last time was 'Everything stops for tea' and Jocelyn is having a busy time sorting out her top three as we had some fab entries from you all. It's Sue's turn this time and she's chosen Shabby Chic as her theme. So I am expecting to see lots of girly, lacey cards. This is my inspiration for you.

I have combined seveal elements to create this card. The background paper is from a Joanne Sheen CD 'Dancing with Shadows'. The shoe image and the flowers and sentiment are from the artwork of Janet Briggs at CUP. The lace edging is a Martha Stewart around the page punch.

I was going to put a link to You Tube tuts on here but if you search you can find many tutorials yourself for this style of card. So I'll leave the choice to you as when I searched I found many and I also found circular ones which I know I'll be trying out watch this space!!

 I began with black cardstock from my Lidl's pad......what would we do here without Lidl's. I swear my card stock pads are reproducing on the shelf. I seem to collected so many as each time they are on sale I HAVE to buy one. I daren't tell you how many I have but you can guess!!

After making the main shadow box I edged it using a Martha Stewart around the page lace punch. Then added the background paper to box and shelf and the stopper. I raised the stopper up to hold the greeting rather that lying it flat. This was a design I had seen by Janet Briggs at CUP and I thought it looked effective. The image and flowers are designs by Janet Briggs. I added flat backed gems to the centre of the flowers to bling it up.

So this is my idea of shabby chic but for more inspiration pop over to CD Sunday and  visit my teamies. (link in side bar) There are some fab card by the Design Team.

. I am looking forward to visiting you and have a fun week crafting!!

Challenges: theshabbytearoom.....#247 'pop of pink'

Monday, 2 March 2015

#175 'Lots of Folds' with Julie

It's time for another challenge at Ooh La La and this time Julie would like you to create a card using lots of folds. Our last challenge was to 'Add Something Green' #174 and Avril's been busy trying to decide her top three. To see if you're a winner pop over to Ooh La La (link in side bar) and check out the blog.

I love trying out different folds so this challenge was 'right up my street'!! I used a fold I'd found earlier last year on You Tube and it's a Pyramid card . This is the link to the tutorial

I found some lovely Springtime images on OLL Everyday Occassions CD and used these to create my card.

                                                                                side 1

The base card was from my stash and after making the pyramid I just added the background paper and played around with some of the images on the CD. I added a metal green flower brad to the bottom left on side 1.

                                                                                side 2

                              On side 2 the extra embellishments are 3 ceramic green flowers.

side 3

                                   Finally on side3 I added 3 blue buttons, one on each point.
                                        The card folds flat for posting so no problems there.

I hope you have as much fun as I did creating your card with Lots of Folds. For more inspiration from my teamies pop over to OLL and see if there's a fold you haven't tried yet.

Happy Crafting x

Sunday, 1 March 2015

'Peace and Harmony ' with Unstampabelles

Wow it's March already where is the time going this year. Over at Unstampabelles Susan is asking us to think about Peace and Harmony for our creations. In these troubled times this seems like an apt theme to be working with. The world needs a lot of Peace and Harmony at the moment. As usual there is an optional twist of flight. So plenty to choose from here don't you think. The only tiny rule is not to use stamping in any form either digi or otherwise. We are UN stampabelles after all. Last months challenge National Symbols sadly didn't prove popular but there were some fab entries from those who dared to take up the challenge. Susan will announce the winner and DT's fave later in the month so look out for that too.
This is my inspiration this month for you.

I made this at my craft group where my colleague demonstrated this Forwards and Backwards card......that is how she describe it and had seen it in a magazine but couldn't remember which one......someone out there may know so shout out so I can give credit for the design.

You begin with a piece of A4 card . I used pale blue from a Lidls pad, It was cut equally across the middle...landscape orientation. Then both pieces were folded in two. I hope you can see in the piccie that the top one is placed normal way and bottom one is turned around so opening is opposite way around. They are joined by two 1cm strips of card inside. So it can't be fully opened like a normal card put partly opened (as you can see in piccie) so it stands up no probs .

I cut two strips of background paper which I had in my stash. This is the flight element on my card.....birds in the sky......could be doves not sure.
I then went to trusty Google for Peace and Harmony images and found a perfect quote from the Deli Lama. This was mounted on white card stock with the corners round with a corner punch.
The top left symbol is the Ying and Yang for Harmony and bottom right is the symbol from Ban the Bomb for Peace.

So there you have my inspiration. I went for both Peace and Harmony with the twist of flight but you could go for either. Just let your imagination take flight!!!

Off you pop now to Unstampabelles (link in sidebar) and take a peep at my teamies inspirational won't be disappointed. Don't forget to click on their links and visit their blogs to give them some Love.

Have a fun week crafting and see you all in blogland. Bye for now from a bit warmer Cyprus x

Sunday, 22 February 2015

"Everything Stops for Tea' with Joycelyn

Brrrrr Good morning from a bitterly cold Cyprus. We woke up to snow and ice this week not good when this is supposed to be sunny Cyprus. My friends tell me that we'll have wall to wall sunshine in 6 weeks which I can hardly believe at the moment. It's almost too cold to type up my blog. My hands are frozen even tho I have a gas fire next to me brrrr.

At CD Sunday we had some fab entries for 'Floral Frenzy'; which was my choice. I haven't yet decided on my top three as you've made it sooooo difficult for me with your frenzy of flowers. Keep checking out the blog to see if you're a winner and I'll be sending a little something to you from this very cold island!!

This fortnight it's Jocelyn's choice of theme, 'Everything Stops for Tea'. Now I'm sure you'll agree that this is a great choice. I am hoping to see lots of yummy cards. Please pop over to CD Sunday (link in side bar) and check out the DT's inspiration for won't be disappointed.

I was spoilt for choice when looking through my selection of CD's but finally I went with a lovely image from a CD by Joanne Sheen with artwork by Janet Kruskamp.

The main image and top background paper are from the CD. The background paper is supposed to be an insert but I loved the little image in the corner that I couldn't resist using it for the front of the card. The bottom is from some paper stock in my stash. I used a border punch and some pink paper from a Lidl's pad to create the edgings. The ribbon is some from my trusty ribbon box. Being a true crafter I never throw my ribbon bits out so there's usually a piece in there that matches my colour combo and this time it didn't let me down.....perfect match and length. The butterflies were made using a mini punch. The sentiment was also from the CD . As you can see I am going to use this card as my Mother's Day. Hope she'll like it and I don't forget I've made it early and then make another nearer the time lol.....old age is a bummer!!!

I hope you find time to pop over to CD Sunday and brush off those CD's and get crafting. I'm off to get warm now hopefully. You have no idea how difficult this has been to type with frozen fingers!!!