Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Playing catch up


It's been ages since I last added anything to my blog.  I've been busy with family matters and only really had time for Parchment cards.  So here is a long, long list of what I've been doing.

This is a card I made back in November from a children's drawing.

 The butterfly card is from a new book I have by Gerti Hoffman called The art of painting.  I have used my Derwent Studio pencils to colour the butterflies.

This card is made using a combination of patterns from Pat Hosking's and a Siesta Multi Grid (no 13 for the circular pattern).  I traced the violets with fine liner pens and used felt pens to add colour.

This lovely card is designed by one of my favourite designers, Judith Maslen.  It's called Bike Ride and was published in the June 2012 issue of Parchment Craft Magazine.  I have used Derwent Studio pencils for the colour.

Another of Judith Maslen's patterns, this time from Parchment Craft Magazine April 2008 and called Flight of the Kite

A lovely spring card called Delightful Daffodils by Kay James from Parchment Craft Magazine January 2013.  The flowers are coloured using Derwent Studio pencils.

This one is called Buckets of Love and is another by Kay James from Parchment Craft Magazine June 2012.  I've used dorso for the colour and Woodware punches (Daisy and Multi Sunflower) for the flowers adding little pearls.

I made this Easter card for my Mother-in-Law.  It is a pattern by Josie Davidson called Easter Primrose from Parchment Craft Magazine Marchj 2013.  Felt pens have been used for the colour.

 This little cute card is All of a Flutter by Christine Coleman from Parchment Craft Magazine June 2012.  I used dorse for the background colour and traced the rest with a fine liner.
 
 I love this little cat.  The design is called Peek a Boo and is by Gail Sydenham from Parchment Craft Magazine December 2010.  I used Derwent Studio pencils for the cat.
 
 Quiet Moments is by Dorothy Holness and was from Parchment Craft Magazine June 2009.  Derwent Studio pencils were used for the lady and felt pens on the reverse for the stained glass window.
 
 This is Home on Wheels by Judith Maslen.  It is coloured with felt pens (sorry not a great photo).
 
 This card was for a swap that called for threaded ribbon.  I used a pattern by Pat Hosking from her book Parchment Craft for Pleasure.
 
 Another Pat Hosking design from the same book.  This one is called Pop-up Dasies, which are coloured using felt pens..
 
 This lovely birthday card is from a design by Judith Maslen called In The Garden.  It is coloured using Derwent Studio pencils.
 
 This lovely design is by Tina Cox and is called Pink Flower.  It was in Parchment Craft Magazine 2008.  The flowers are coloured with felt pens.

 This is a pattern by Gerti Hoffman that was given away by the online shop Wightcat.  I used blue velum for the first layer and then ordinary parchment coloured on the reverse with dorso.  The flower is coloured with felt pens (on the reverse).
 
 This is a pattern by Ann Jennings from Parchment Craft Magazine September 2008.
 
Another lovely Judith Maslen patterns, this one called A Place in the Sun from Parchment Craft Magazine June 2010.  I've used felt pens for the colour.
 
 Tea for Two is another pattern by Judith Maslen.  I've used dorso on the reverse to give it a bit of colour.

This is Lily of the Valley by Christine Coleman from Parchment Craft Magazine January 2009.  I've used Dorso for the background colour and the leaves are coloured using felt pens.
Finally, this card is from a pattern by Christine Coleman called Three.  It was in Parchment Craft Magazine 2010.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Notebook and candle

 
 
This set I made for a Christmas swap.  The stamp set I used is All of a Twitter by Elusive Images which I coloured with felt pens, adding a bit of Sakura Stardust/bling for added sparkle.  The background on the note book is embossed using Cuttlebug Birds and Swirls.
 

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Special Earrings

On our Parchment group we were set a challenge to try something we hadn't done before.  I decided to make something 3D with parchment.


 
These earrings are from a pattern by Alison Yeates from Parchment Craft Magazine May 2010.  First I had to colour some plain parchment with fuchsia, violet and green ink on both sides.  I traced the pattern onto the coloured parchment and then shaped them by embossing.  The stamens are made using headpins and seed beads.
 
 

Friday, 25 January 2013

Christmas presents

I made a few pieces of jewellery to give as Christmas presents.
 
 
This little bracelet was a present for me.  I made it using beads that had been given to me by a very kind man called Phil.



 
I made this for my really good friend Lucy.  She has such style that I wanted to make something a little different so I made it using a beautiful leaf toggle that I set off-centre. 

 
This is a little brooch made in the shape of a Trilliam flower from seed beads.

 
These little shamabal bracelets were made for presents to go with money.
 

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Parchment Christmas cards

I made quite a few Parchment Christmas cards to send to friends and family.

 
This card is called Pretty Parcels and is by Kay James from the November 2010 Parchment Craft Magazine.
 
 
Walking in Winter by Gail Sydenham from Parchment Craft Magazine November 2012.  The background is coloured on the reverse using dorso.
 
 
This Polar Bear card is by Carol Hadlow and is from October 2009 Parchment Craft Magazine. 

 
Christmas Ducks from Pergamano Patterns M51
 
 
These Christmas Trees are from Pergamano Patterns M51.  The background is coloured using dorso.

 
Christmas Robin by Mary G Kerr in Parchment Craft Magazine November 2012.  The Robin is coloured using Derwent Studio pencils. 

 
Pinecone adapted from Alison Yeates pattern in November 2012 Parchment Craft Magazine coloured with Derwent Studio pencils.

 
Small poinsettia adapted from a pattern by Christine Coleman in Parchment Craft Magazine December 2012.

 
 
Winterscene adapted from January 2013 Pergamano News by Gail Sydenham.

 
Christmas Wishes by Judith Maslen coloured with Derwent Studio Pencils.

 
Snowman from Pergamano Patterns M51.

 
Christmas Postbox by Judith Maslen from Parchment Craft Magazine November 2009, coloured with Derwent Studio pencils and dorso on the back.
 
 
Poinsettia by Christine Coleman from Parchment Craft Magazine December 2012 coloured with Derwent Studio Pencils.
 
 
Follow the Star by Maureen Kille from Parchment Craft Magazine November 2010.

 
Elegant Dove by Tina Cox from Parchment Craft Magazine Christmas Special December 2012.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 81 - Inspired by a song

For our Christmas Challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers we'd like to take inspiration from the song lyrics of 'Time In A Bottle' written and performed by Jim Croce.  You can find it on You Tube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dO1rMeYnOmM.
 
If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that I'd like to do
Is to save every day
Till Eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you

If I could make days last forever
If words could make wishes come true
I'd save every day like a treasure and then,
Again, I would spend them with you

But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do
Once you find them
I've looked around enough to know
That you're the one I want to go
Through time with

If I had a box just for wishes
And dreams that had never come true
The box would be empty
Except for the memory
Of how they were answered by you

But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do
Once you find them
I've looked around enough to know
That you're the one I want to go
Through time with
 
We thought it would make a nice change from the usual Christmas challenge.  Just have a look at the words and see what inspires you.  It could be just one line.  Or you could create something to show us what you would do if you could save time in a bottle and spend it doing your favourite thing, or with your best friend, lover, child etc. A scrapbook page of memories perhaps, or something more practical relating to time. You can choose one of the words in the lyrics and create a theme around it.

We are sponsored by our lovely teamie Kim Reygate. As Kim told me 'I have been lucky enough to work with some fantastic companies during this last year, both teaching and making samples and most of whom are represented in the prize, so I would be more than happy to donate them to Crafty Cardmakers', represented in the list are Clarity, HobbyArt, Sir Stampalot, Stampcraft and Woodware, some of whom will be sponsoring us in 2013, so watch this space!

The items in the prize are Items from the top of the photo
Blue Magic stamp

2 Embossing Folders
2 Butterfly Stamps
Fluffy Stuff
2 ColorBox Queues
ColourBox Moulding Mat
Magnolia Stamp
Petal Stamps




We are also sponsored as usual by Milk Coffee Stamps with their usual prize of 5 digi images of the winner's choice
And as this challenge runs until 7th January we will be having a Top Ten instead of the usual Top Five.
 


 
 
Well, the song did mention a bottle, so how could I resist.  I have made a label to go over a bottle of wine that I am giving a friend. I'm not sure if we can trap time in the bottle but I know we shall have a good time sharing it.
I started with some black card.  I cut a large and a small hole in it using Nestabilities and scored fold lines so it would fit nicely over the bottle.  Next I added a layer of brown card and finally the decorated cream card with my message on.  I used stamps from PaperArtsy (Clocks 4 and Crowns & Castles 3) that I stamped in Stampin' Up Crumb Cake and Sahara Sand.  The sentiment (from Crowns & Castles 3) is stamped in SU Early Expresso.  I also sponged round the edges to give it a bit of a distressed look.