Sunday, 30 October 2011

CD Sunday - Puss Cat

The challenge this week over on the CD Sunday blog is Puss Cat. A lovely choice, I have so many CDs with cats on, but my favorite has to be Ivory Cats from Joanna Sheen. This week I decided to go with something a bit different than a card, and I've made this little stationary set with notelets in. It is a perfect gift to give to someone, and with Christmas just around the corner will come in handy.

First I started by printing off the notelet sheets and envelopes from the CD, and then trimmed them and made the envelopes up. Next I picked an image that liked to go onto the front of the wallet and printed the matching backing paper twice. I used a sheet of centura pearl card for the wallet. The measurements that I used for the wallet was 17cms depth, and 28 cms across, this I scored at 13 and 15. Next I made a small pocket on the inside, I used card that matched card I had used for the wallet, but plain white would also do. This measured19cms x 12 cms, then I scored the card down the two shortest edges and then along one long edge at 1 1/2 cms and again at 3 cms. When you fold these in you will see that it will give you an area to stick to the inside bottom of the wallet, you will have to trim a small amount away for this to fold easily, but it should be quite easy to see which bit this is. By adding a piece of ribbon around the middle of the wallet it can be tied into a bow when finished but this I do before putting any matting on. I have used a darker colour for the matting for both the back and front and the insides. By carefully trimming the backing paper there is enough left to also add matting onto the pocket. For the front I have used the largest image from the sheet of images, but trimmed it slightly to fit, and added a stamp to the corner saying "Just a note...". All that is left is to pop the notelets and envelopes inside.

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Friday, 28 October 2011

Forgotten Friday 37 - Halloween Again

What a beautiful sunny Friday it is today, and as it's Friday it time to join Judith with another project using something that is unused or forgotten. The stamps that I have used this week defiantly qualify for this challenge, I bought them last year from Chocolate Baroque because I really liked them and just had to have them, but I don't do Halloween, so they have sat in the back of the cupboard. Earlier this week I got them out and used them for the Halloween challenge over on the CD Sunday blog, so rather than just put them away again I've used them for this card. I stamped the house onto some white card stock along with some extra bats and a sentiment.I then used scattered straw, dried Marigold and spiced marmalade distress inks to colour the background and all the bits I stamped. The backing paper was a free download from Bearly Mine blog, and it went so well with the image and the colours that I'd picked. The image is mounted onto some brown card long with the sentiment, and the backing paper is mounted straight onto a 6x6 brown card blank, I used a little spiced marmalade around the edge of the backing paper just to pull it altogether. Finally I just added the bats.

If your wondering what Forgotten Friday is all about, pop over to Judith's blog and take a look.

Thank you for taking the time to look, your kind comments are always appreciated.


Monday, 24 October 2011

CD Sunday - Halloween

This week the challenge over on the CD Sunday blog is Halloween. I don't normally do Halloween (I can hear you booing and hissing now), but last year I did buy some stamps from Chocolate Baroque because I liked them. They have sat unused in my cupboard until now. I stamped out the image and sentiment and then coloured them in with promarkers, I used 3 different shades of orange for the background and then used a darker orange and ran the colour around the edge, then mounted them onto some brown card stock. I cut around the cat stamp and used the darker orange for the eyes and around the edge. The backing papers are from Bearly Mine Designs Designer Extreme volume 111, I finished the card off with a piece of ribbon coloured with the orange to match.


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Friday, 21 October 2011

Forgotten Friday 36 - A Little Extra Sunshine

Well Friday has come around very quickly, I can't believe we've been home from holiday nearly a week. As it's Friday it's time for a Forgotten project. and this week on my rummage I found this lily stamp from Chocolate Baroque, like most of my stamps. I stamped the image 3 times, and once onto a piece of copier paper this I cut out and used as a mask. I coloured the image with promarkers, and parts of the other 2 images. Then after masking the main image I sponged some colour onto the background using Adirondack ink pads in colours Lemonade, Sunshine Yellow and Sunset Orange. I then cut out the parts that I wanted to decoupage from the other pieces I'd coloured, and layered these onto first some brown card and then some gold mirri card. The backing paper is from the Damask Delights CD also from Chocolate Baroque, I went around the edge of this with the Sunset Orange ink pad, I mounted this onto some gold  mirri card. I've added a bit of brown organza ribbon onto the corner of the  backing paper and onto the corner of the image, then just added some card candi. The sentiment is from another Chocolate Baroque stamp sheet, which I thought matched the feeling of the main image.

If you have any forgotten of neglected stash in your cupboards and think you would like to join in, or just find out what Forgotten Friday is all about, pop over to Judith's blog and take a look.

Thank you for taking the time to look, your kind comments are always appreciated.


Tuesday, 18 October 2011

CD Sunday - Around The World

The challenge over on the CD Sunday blog this week is Around The World. My biggest problem was which of the many CDs was I going to use for this. After looking at quite a few, I finally picked Joanna Sheen's, Jayne Netley Mayhew Collection 2, and one of the wonderful African Big Cats. I have used a dark brown card base for this card, and some textured gold card stock. The backing paper is the one that matches the image, this I ran the Vintage Photo distress ink around the edge. The topper is mounted onto a piece of the same brown and gold card and set at an angle. The sentiment is from a words stamp set from Chocolate Baroque. I have finished with some card candi, and a bit of dark brown ribbon.

This will make a nice ready card to add to my box.

Thank you for taking the time to look, your kind comments are appreciated.


Monday, 17 October 2011

Forgotten Friday 35 - Hats and Handbags

Well I'm back from my Holiday in Florida, we had a really great time, although it was rather wet for some of the time we were there. We had 7 1/2 inches/19 cms of rain in 36 hours the middle weekend, needless to say we did not do much for those 2 days that it rained. We were lucky though there were other areas not to far away from where we were staying that had 11 inches/28 cms in the same time period. Still we saw lots of sun as well and it does dry very quickly there. We stayed in a beautiful villa, on a small residential estate, and slept in the biggest bed I have ever seen (my husband is 6ft and could lay on the bed sideways and not touch the edges). Still it was back to reality yesterday, unloading cases and sorting the washing etc.

I did make some crafty purchases while away (hubby allowed me a small corner of the case on the way home). As well as Halloween at the end of the month, which the Americans start decorating for at the beginning if October, it was also Columbus day on the 10th, the 2 big Craft shops Michael's and Joannes had sales the week before leading up to the day it's self. I managed to get 6 cricut cartridges (3 from one shop and 3 from the other)the dearest 2 were $39.99 about £25.50 in British money 3 were $34.99/£22.25 and one was only $19.99/£12.70, I also bought replacement blades again cheaper than here. I needed new cutting plates from my Cuttlebug so picked some of these up from what I thought was $7.99 only to find out as I went through the checkout that they were on sale also and only cost me $4.35/£2.75 (I went back and got another set while I was there). My final bargain was the Tim Holtz weathered clock die, a very kind lady in front of my gave me a 50% off coupon that had to be used that day on any item of regular price. As the Tim Holtz products were not in the sale I went and found the clock die, this should have been $19.99 (my first thought at seeing this price was that I would probably get it in the UK for about the same price once I had converted the money) with the coupon this took the price down to $9.98/£6.35. I bought a couple of other things as well but these weren't in the sale.

Anyway back to forgotten friday I will admit to making this card before I went away so that I would have something ready to post when I got home. I made this while we were having the heatwave before I went, so it was inspired by sunny days where a hat could well have been needed. The stamps are from Chocolate Baroque which I've had for a long time and they have been very neglected, which is a shame as the are beautiful stamps to use and to colour. The images were stamped with Memento black ink and coloured with aqua pencils in shades of lilacs and pinks. I then cut the main image out with a spellbinders oval and made a frame using a scalloped edge oval and a plain one in the middle. The backing paper is from the Filigree Fusion CD also from Chocolate Baroque, I mounted this onto the same gold card that I used to make the frame with. I added a pale pink ribbon around the middle of the card and added the handbag from the same stamp sheet as the lady, and the umbrella from a matching stamp sheet, these had been cut out and added as embellishments.

If your wondering what Forgotten Friday is, or would like to join in, pop over to  Judith's blog and find out what it's all about.

Thank you for taking the time to look, your kind comments are always appreciated.