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Sunday, 28 December 2014

A Winter Walk with Carol

Wow it's all over and nearly the end of 2014. Where does the time go. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and are relaxing now before the New Year's celebrations begin.

We have a lovely theme for you this week at CD Sunday. It was originally Caz's choice but as she stepped down recently Carol is now hosting it. I love walks in the Winter in the UK with the crisp frost on the ground and the sun shining. It's not the same here and that's the one thing my OH always says he misses about the UK.......frosty mornings!!

I found the perfect CD in my collection. "A Walk in the Countryside" by Crafters Companion.

I began with a piece of A4 card stock in cream. I scored it four times equally across the long side. Then I shaped the top of each section into a tag shape. The background paper and toppers on the front section are from the same CD. I added the background paper and shaped it leaving a 5cm border. The two bows are also from this CD. I decorated the three remaining sections with various greetings that are also from a CD but can't remember which one .....sorry. The two sparkly snowflakes I have had for eons in my stash and catch the light beautifully. Finally I added two flat backed white pearls on to the bows and Voila!!!

Now it's your turn. So pop over to CD Sunday and be inspired by what the rest of the team have won't be disappointed. Remember to follow the theme and use something from a CD on your creation and tell us which CD you've used......cos we are nosey and want to know!!!

Have fun!!!

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Final inspiration for Unstampabelles

Well we're nearly there folks!!! Hope you're ready for the big day. Over at Unstampabelles it's the final week for your Southern Hemisphere Christmas cards. I didn't think I was going to make this in time but if you put your mind to anything you can achieve it. This is the lacee technique.........don't have an acute symbol so hope you know what I mean. I got the template from someone on facebook.....sorry forgotten the name but if anyone knows let me know and I'll give credit.

The main card is A4 white card stock. I placed the tree template on the gold squiggle background paper and cut the lines with a craft knife. Then I folded each section down to form the branches. I added gold gems and gold peel offs to the branches which catches the 'sun' light. The gold greeting under the tree is a peel off too. The gold star on top finishes it off. It was then mounted on green mirri card.

So my idea for a 'down under' Christmas card......not a snowflake in sight......just the colour of the golden sun. There's more inspiration for you over at Unstampabelles and a great prize to be won too.
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So what are you waiting for. Off you pop to Unstampabelles and join in this final week of Summer Fun with a twist......a Southern Hemisphere Christmas card. Have fun......I did and a very Merry Christmas to all my followers and fellow bloggers. See you in 2015. Have a good one!!!

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.



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 won't be disappointed.