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Sunday, 15 April 2018

CD Sunday..... Sketch challenge .....theme 'Birthdays'

 
Good Morning and a very Happy Birthday to CD Sunday. It is our 8th Birthday. Also it is a special birthday for  our lovely leader Carol. ''Happy ???? Birthday Carol. I hope you have a lovely day and are thoroughly spoilt!!!'' There are special prizes on offer for this special Birthday challenge. Please pop over to CD Sunday (link in sidebar)to take a peep at the prize.
 
For this challenge Carol has chosen a Sketch for us to follow.
 
                                                Here is my interpretation of the sketch.




                                         Using the CD by  Debbie Moore 'Elegant Moments'

I started with white card stock folded landscape orientation. Then covered it with designer paper from the CD. I die cut a scalloped frame for the image . This was added to the border strips which you can also find on the CD. To the corner I added some embellishments from the CD and finally the sentiment to the other border strip.

I hope you'll be tempted to join us. As usual there's a yummy prize on offer. Pop over to the main challenge blog for more inspiration. Don't forget to use something from a CD, however small, and tell us which CD you've used.

Have fun!!


Saturday, 14 April 2018

Dragonflies 'Dies and Punches'

 
Good Morning. Another quick scheduled post from me.
 
It's time for another challenge at Crafting with Dragonflies. This time we like you to use dies or/and punches for your creation.
 
Here is my inspiration for you.
 
 

I started with embossed white card stock. The corners are die cut, as are the hearts ....bottom right....The trellis arch and larger heart are also die cuts. Also the greeting 'Congratulations'. The card was finished off with gems and a ribbon bow. The photograph peeping through the trellis window is of the happy couple.

For more inspiration please pop over to Crafting with Dragonflies (link in sidebar)
Remember this is a cards only challenge for fun.

Have a lovely weekend and take care.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

CD Sunday 'No Patterened Papers'

 
Good Morning crafters. I hope you are enjoying your Easter weekend. Happy Easter to you all.
 
I have scheduled this post so not sure what the weather will be like but if you're in the UK I hope there's some sunshine as I'm visiting there at the moment. Catching up with friends and family !!
 
At CD Sunday this fortnight our challenge is for you to make something that does not make use of patterned papers. It has been chosen by Meg. Ooohhh a bit of a challenge eh! But go on I know you can do it.
 
Here is my inspiration for you. (Appropriately for this time of the year I have made my challenge card as an Easter card.)
 

 
 
CD Joanne Sheen ' Hollyhill Pond'
 
 
I have used a new fold...to me. It's quite simply card stock folded tent style with the bottom corners folded back then covered with a matt to hide the join!! I covered the inside with paper from a Lidl's pad. I used a border embossing folder for the top strip and a damask folder for the 'triangle' matt. The tag was an image from the CD 'Holly Hill Pond' from Joanne Sheen. I die cut card with a scalloped oval die then added the image. Then I added some ribbon to the top so the tag can be removed easily. This is where I'll put my hand written message. The Easter egg baskets were snippets from the decoupage sheet on this CD. The sentiment tag is also on this CD and as there is a facility to add your own text I was able to add my own greeting.
 
 
A view showing how the card stands up.
 
I hope you'll be inspired to join us for this challenge. For more inspiration pop over to the main challenge blog (link in sidebar) and see what the rest of he team have made. Last time's challenge winner for 'Rabbit Rabbit' will be announced next Sunday.
 
Don't forget there's always a great prize on offer and the main rule is that you must use something from a CD and tell us what it is.
 
Have fun!!
 


'Unstampabelles' new challenge for April.

Happy Easter to you all. I hope you are enjoying your Easter festivities with your family and friends.

A new month and a new challenge from Unstampabelles. This time we would like to see your creations using vellum or acetate. The twist is to create a new view to look at.

This is my inspiration for you.


I have made a Wedding card for two people who will be looking at life from a new perspective now that they are beginning a new life together.

The main A4 card was embossed with my favourite A4 embossing folder in the Jacobean design. The main image is a cut and emboss die which is new and recently purchased in the UK by one of our crafters for the group to use. I added acetate to the open aperture which I embossed with a raindrops embossing folder. I then placed a silver matt of mirri card behind the acetate. The bride and groom were die cut and adhered to the acetate. The greeting was computer generated and double mounted on silver mirri card.

I hope you'll be inspired to join us. Don't forget there is always a yummy prize on offer kibndly donated by our lovely leader Susan. Click the link in the sidebar for Unstampabelles to see what it is and to also see the creations the rest of the design team have made. Remember also NO STAMPS please as this is a challenge from UNSTAMPabelles!!

Have fun!!

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Crafting wih Dragonflies 'Criss Cross card with tag'

Good Morning and a quick scheduled post from me as I'm off visiting friends and family in the UK.

Our new challenge at Crafting with Dragonflies is a 'Criss Cross card with tag'. Some crafters, like myself, call these envelope cards. So what ever you call them, we would like to see your version of them.

Here is my inspiration for you, made with a card kit.....not sure who the artist is....if you know let me know and I'll give credit.


The Youtube channel has many video tutorials for Criss Cross or Envelope cards if you want to see how easy they are to make., Their instructions will be much clearer than mine. Everything for this card I got in the kit so even easier to make. I just added some pink ribbon to the tag and Et Voila!!

I hope you'll join us for our fun challenge. Don't forget it's cards only. For more inspiration pop over to Crafting with Dragonflies and see what the rest of the team have created (link in sidebar)

Have fun!!

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Midway at 'Unstampabelles'

Good Evening everyone. We are halfway through our challenge at Unstampabelles. This month we are asking you to decorate something wooden and the Twist is 'Get messy with paint'

There are lots of wooden things you might like to paint or some may be in need of some TLC. You could use wooden embellishments or simply a twig or branch from the garden of hedgerow. What about a wooden spoon, spatula, picture frame? Any of these would be suitable.

Here is my inspiration for you.



I used some wooden letters that I had a box of from eons ago. The person the card was for is a dolls house maker so I thought something made from wood was appropriate. The messy paint bit came when I added gold paint to them. The paint just sunk into the wood and even after several coats still looked a drab yucky colour!!.....dull gold I suppose. I added a matt of embossed old gold to the front cover ands a 'belly band' and 'Happy Birthday' of mirri gold.

                                                              This is a pop and twist card.


                                                                                   Inside

You can get a die to cut the pop and twist cards but I just use my own measurements and design......quite easy really once you've done a few ....as I have!! Lots of tutorials on Youtube if you want to have a go!! Great fun!!

Please pop over to Unstampabelles for more inspiration. ( Link in sidebar)

There's always a yummy prize on offer for this challenge and don't forget NO STAMPS please including digis. We are UNSTAMPabelles!

Have fun!!




Cd Sunday 'Rabbit Rabbit'

 
 
Good Morning everyone. I hope you are tucked up warm indoors and the snow has finally disappeared if you are living in the Northern Hemisphere. I know you are coming into Autumn days Down Under so it may cooling down there too.
 
It's time for s new challenge at CD Sunday. Jane chose 'In the Wild' for our theme last time . We had some lovely entries and her Top Three will be on the CD Sunday blog next Sunday. This time it's Pamela's turn and she has chosen 'Rabbit Rabbit'. This shouldn't be too difficult for you with Spring around the corner and those Easter bunnies arriving soon!!
 
Here is my inspiration for you.
 

I have chosen the CD from the Bebunni Love Collection by Crafters Companion.
 
I started with white card stock and embossed a white matt  with a lovely Jacaobean design folder. Then I die cut  some edging and made a frame. I also used this framing around the image. I added some die cut hearts to the corners of the image and scattered some across the bottom of the card. The greeting was in my stash....not sure where it was from but it may be from a CUP design.
 
I hope you'll be inspired to join us. Don't forget there's always a prize on offer donated by the design team . Please remember this is a CD challenge so you need to use something from a CD and tell us which CD you have used. Also it doesn't have to be a card it could be anything as long as it follows the challenge theme and you use a CD. I'm thinking Easter baskets or bonnets would be fun this time!!
 
So get your thinking caps on and join in our challenge. Go on you know you can do it!!
Have Fun!!

Saturday, 17 March 2018

'Easter' with the Dragonflies.

Our new challenge at Crafting with Dragonflies is very appropriate for this time of the year so we are expecting lots of lovely entries. Yes it's 'Easter'!!

Here is my inspiration for you.



I started with a yellow DL card blank that I'd had in my stash for eons. I added a matt of green then hung a wooden plaque from the top with some green and yellow ribbon. The plaque is held in place at the top only so it swings freely and can be removed with ease. So it can double up as a gift. I added a wooden butterfly on to the knot of the bow. Finally I added the greeting, which was printed from a Joanne Sheen CD.

I hope you'll be tempted to join us and I look forward to seeing your yummy Easter cards. Don't forget this is a fun challenge for cards only.

Have fun!!

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Unstampabelles

An new month and a new challenge from Unstampabelles. This time Susan would like you to use something wooden with the added twist of  getting messy with paints.

Here is my inspiration for you.


This small wooden box was painted with a coating of plum coloured paint and then a top layer of cream paint. I then sanded it to create a 'shabby chic' effect. I then added the 'Lavender' images using decoupage papers. They were allied with varnish then when dry I sanded them to create a worn look.

 
                                       The same method was used on the inside of the box.

I hope you'll be tempted to join us for this challenge. As always there's a great prize on offer. This time it's embossing folders and some yummy lace donated by our lovely team member Dale. Thank you Dale x

Have Fun!!!

'In The Wild'

Good Morning everyone.. I hope you are managing to cope with the snowstorms in the UK. It's an ideal time to stay in the warmth and craft! It'll stop you from going stir crazy if you can't get out of your front door!!

The new challenge at CD Sunday is 'In the Wild' chosen by Jane. You can certainly let your imagination 'run wild' with this one....sorry couldn't resist the pun!!

Carol's winner for the last challenge. 'Up Up and Away' will be on the CD Sunday challenge blog next week. (link in sidebar)

Here is my inspiration for you this time.


I used a CD from Creative Crafting World. The artwork is by Pollyanna Pickering. It's the Woodland Birds Sketchbook Collection Chapter IV. I chose to use the post card section for my make this time. I plan to make a set of these and put them in a box as a gift....watch this space!!

As always the rule for our challenge is to use a CD and tell us which one you've used.

I hope you'll be inspired to join us this fortnight for another great challenge.

 Don't forget there's always a prize on offer from our design team.

Have fun!!

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Crafting with Dragonflies

Good Morning crafters. Today we have a new challenge for you at Crafting with Dragonflies. Hilde has chosen the theme of 'Birds'. We had some very interesting folds from you all for our last challenge. I really enjoyed visiting your blogs and seeing what you had created. I do love a different fold!!

Here is my inspiration for you his time.


This was made using a new fold for me. It's a top folded card with the two bottom front corners turned back to create a pocket. I covered it with some new papers from Hunky Dory and created the 'bird' tag with an image I had in my stash.....sorry not sure who designed this but it is lovely. I embossed some white card stock and placed it over the seam on the front of the pocket.

More pics.

 
'Bird' tag
 
 
Inside
 
 
I hope you all have a lovely weekend planned. And for those trying to cope with the snowstorms in the UK ....please take care and only venture out if it's really necessary!! A great time to craft eh folks!!
 
Thank you in advance if you are leaving a comment. They are all read and appreciated.
 
Have fun.
 


Sunday, 18 February 2018

Midway at 'Unstampabelles'

We have started off our 2018 challenges with the ever popular 'Anything Goes' and we are midway through the month of February already!!

The TWIST this time is to use something new from your stash  that you got over the Christmas break
which you can have purchased yourself or been given it. Don't forget this is UNstampabelles so NO STAMPS please.
 
Here is my midway inspiration for you.
 
 
The card was made with white card stock embossed with a large A2 dotty folder. The central image was from a new CD 'Bebunni Love Collection' by Crafters Companion. The LOVE strip across the bottom was from a new paper pad from Lidls. I used a border die cut to edge the image and added two die cut hearts to the top corners. To finish I scattered tiny die cuts across the image.
 
I hope you'll be inspired to join us this month. As usual there is a lovely prize on offer donated by Susan.
 
This time it's a very useful leaf spray die.
 
Have a great week and I look forward to visiting your blog soon.

'Up, Up and Away! '

Good Morning everyone. Thank you for visiting my blog today.

Our latest challenge 'Up, Up and Away! ' has been chosen by our leader Carol.  The challenge last time, chosen by Jocelyn was, ' Vintage Love ', so it was a great opportunity for you to create some Vintage Valentines. We had some interesting designs too. Thank you to those who took part. Don't forget if you don't have a blog you can still enter via our face book page. The winner of ' Vintage Love' will be up on the blog next week. As we've decided not to make you wait so long to see who's won. Just a reminder too that there's always a lovely prize on offer for the winner, donated by the design team .
Enough of my waffle and on to my inspiration for you this time.



The CD I've used for the background is one of  Debbie Moore's , ' Elegant Moments '. It from the insert section and I felt it would make the perfect background for my hot air balloon. I loved the fact it had sailing boats on it too to add extra interest to the scene. The balloon is a die cut using multi-coloured card. The sentiment was 'googled'. So a simple CAS card from me this time. It makes a change from my love of different folds!!

As always the rules of the challenge are simple....use a CD somewhere on your creation and tell us which one you've used.....You can make anything you wish, so it doesn't have to be a card, it could be ATCs, altered books, scrapbook page etc. etc. Anything really as long as you've used a CD somewhere on your project. For more inspiration pop over to CD Sunday (link in sidebar) to see what the rest of the team have created.

Thank you for visiting and if you've left a comment double thanks as they are always appreciated.

Have a good week and I look forward to visiting you soon.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

'Special Folds'

Good morning crafters. Our new challenge at Crafting with Dragonflies is my all time favourite 'Special Folds'. Those who follow my blog know that I love a challenge of a new fold. So this theme is perfect for me!!

Here is my inspiration for you.


It's a step card with a difference. As you can see I have made it into a baby's 'room' with chest of drawers and wardrobe. The idea came from one of my craft group, Christine. She always has some clever ideas. When she showed us this creation I thought it would be perfect for this theme.

I made the basic step card from white card stock and added panels of blue checked card on to the wardrobe doors and drawers. The central panel was covered in the same designer paper. The bottom edge of the main step card was cut with a die to give the shape of the 'feet'

Then came the fun part of adding the embellishments. The 'Baby' element is from an Ooh La La CD, 'Everyday Occasions'. The birth weight chart is from Kay and Co.


The little wooden 'baby' was bought locally and the bootees were knitted by an online crafter and given to me as a RAK, thank you Angie. 'Congratulations' is a die cut as is the baby vest.

I hope you have as much fun as I did trying out 'Special Folds' for this challenge. I am excited to see what folds you use to create your cards. Remember this is a fun challenge for cards only.
Have a great week crafting!!

Sunday, 4 February 2018

#76: Anything Goes (no stamps)TWIST use anything newly acquired

Wow!! We're back.....have you missed us? We've had a lovely long break at Unstampabelles but we are now raring to go to bring you more 'challenging' challenges!!

We starting off gently though so don't panic. It's Anything Goes!! The twist is to use some of your new stash that you may have received in your stocking at Christmas!!.....but NO stamps please.

This is my inspiration for you.


The card was created using one sheet of A4 card stock folded equally into four panels. I used a die from a set of fancy frames borrowed from a fellow crafter....so new to me. The die was placed on the edge using only half of it to cut the legs of the panel. The fancy top was created using a new die punch that I got from Lidls just before Christmas. The blue designer paper was in my stash and the added flourishes were die cuts from another borrowed die....so again new to me. The sentiment 'Best Wishes' was a new die that I got as a prize from Hunky Dory. So lots of NEW things used in my creation.

I hope you've been inspired to join us. For more inspiration pop over to Unstampabelles (link in sidebar) and see what the rest of the design team have been up to.

As always there's a great prize on offer kindly donated by our lovely leader Susan. This month it's a really useful leaf spray die.



Don't forget this challenge is to create anything as long as you don't use stamps!! Go on.... you can do it!!

Have fun!!

'Vintage Love'

We are thinking of Love at CD Sunday and why not it is February and the month of Love after all!!

Before I get to the challenge inspiration I just need to tell you that the Top Three are up on the blog (link in sidebar) for my 'J is for....' challenge which started our year off at CD Sunday. Also thank you for the few 'brave' people who entered ' Winter in the Mountains' Margaret's challenge last time. Why did we have so few entries? It was a lovely theme and perfect for you to start next year's Christmas cards early.

Now on to the new challenge from Jocelyn. This time Jocelyn asked us think of 'Vintage Love'. I think my thoughts went outside the box for this one and I thought of 'Vintage Mother Love'!!

Here is my inspiration for you.

 
I started with white card stock and covered it with designer paper from a Debbie Moore CD 'Vintage Weddings'. The image is googled and I mounted it with brown card stock. The verse/sentiment was printed using the CD 'Greeting Card Factory'. This was also mounted on brown card stock.
 
 I hope I've inspired you but if you still need more please pop over to CD Sunday to see what the rest of the team have created. Don't forget if you don't have a blog you always enter via our new facebook page.
 
Have fun and remember there's always a yummy prize on offer donated by the design team.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

'Valentine/Romantic'

Hello February!!! It's the month of Love and for us crafters it means Valentine cards!!

Over at Crafting with Dragonflies our new challenge theme is of course 'Valentine/Romantic ' cards only. We had some fabulous entries for 'Anything Goes' and Hilde we have a difficult task choosing her winners. Here is my inspiration for you this time.


I started with A4 card stock and embossed it with my large A4 dotty folder. The Love heart is diecut from a die I got from Joanne Sheen online shop. I added white ribbon down the side and added the heart on top. The sentiment 'Happy Valentines Day' is computer generated. I mounted it with red mirri card.

Don't forget this challenge is cards only and is a fun challenge!!

For more inspiration for your loved ones cards pop over to Crafting with Dragonflies (link in sidebar) and see what the rest of the team have created. You won't be disappointed.

I hope you're having a great weekend and enjoy whatever you have planned!!

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Coptic Storms

For those of you who have asked me about Coptic storms that we have annually here in Cyprus.

 
The Ancient Weather Lore of Arabia listed a series of gales, which occur regularly in the Eastern Mediterranean area. They generally set in from the South West & veer to the West * North West. The average duration is three days & their occurrence rarely deviates more than forty-eight hours from the dates shown below.

 Coptic table:
 
Date
Arabic Name

Translation
27 SeptemberEl Saleeb WindsCross Wind
21 OctoberEl SaleebishCrusade
26 November*El MicknessBroom Gale
6 DecemberKassimGale
20 DecemberEl Fedra El SaggiraSmall Feeder Gale
11 January *UnnamedGale
19 JanuaryEl Fedra El KebiraLarge Feeder Gale
28 JanuaryUnnamedGale
18 February *El Shams El SeghiraSmall Sun Gale
10 MarchEl HossoomEquinox Gale
20 March *El Shams El KebiraBig Sun Gale
25 MarchHawaWind Gale
29 AprilKhamseen WindsSand-Laden-Wind
 
* These gales are supposed to be exceptionally strong!
 
The above states that, for a gale to be "Coptic", it should start on the given date ±2 days, it should last three days, it should start in the SW quarter and it should be "gale", at least for all the winter ones (November to March). By definition, a near gale or a gale should blow with average wind speeds in the range 14 to 24 m/s.
 
 
Table above will be good for those planning holidays here between September and April. It's usually pretty accurate. A lot of the storms carry red or yellow dust which is difficult to clean off cars and outdoor furniture!! The rain is also monsoon like and if you're out driving it's best to stop as windscreen wipers have little or no effect. Many of the scary thunder and lightening storms seem to happen overnight for some reason.
 
 
Hope this helps.

'Winter in the Mountains'

Good Morning crafters. I hope you are settling back to crafting now that the festivities are well and truly over.
We've had an exciting few days here!! There has been a very bad Coptic storm this week which resulted in losing power to the house for 24 hours....not good! An electric sub station very near the house was struck by lightening. It was very scary when it happened and left me a wee bit shook up. But all is good now and no damage down to life or limb!!

Enough waffle and on to the new challenge at CD Sunday. Thank you to those brave souls who entered my 'J is for....' challenge last time. The few entries we had were very imaginative and I'm going to have fun choosing my winner which will be announced in two weeks. Meanwhile the challenge winner for 'Christmas Flower and Foliage' is up on the main challenge blog. Don't forget if you don't have a blog you can still enter via our facebook page. Link on main CD Sunday challenge blog.

Here is my inspiration for you this time.


I started with white card stock and using two sheets of A4 card made a large square card for the base. I found this great layout on an Ooh La La CD Paula Oakley art work. I simply printed it off and added it to the front of the card Et Voila!! A simple but perfect card for the challenge me thinks.

I hope you have fun crafting and I look forward to visiting your blogs soon. Any comments you add are greatly appreciated and always read.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Anything Goes with the Dragonflies!!.....

.....as long as it's a card!!

This is our first challenge of 2018 for Crafting with Dragonflies. We hope our followers old and new had a lovely Christmas and our hope for 2018 is for a peaceful healthy one for you all.

I must apologise for the lateness of this post. We lost power to the house for 24 hours and I hadn't scheduled this post as I usually do!! We had bad storms here and lightening hit a sub station near by. Scary times!!! All good now tho.

Here is my inspiration for you this time.



I started with white card stock and covered half with pale pink designer paper and half with raspberry mirri card. The image was in my stash and not sure where it is from....sorry. If anyone knows please let me know so I can give credit.
I added a spray of flowers and die cut ivy leaves in the raspberry mirri card. The die and flowers are from Joanne Sheen. The flowers are called Downton Abbey I think.
I die cut a circular Happy Birthday in the raspberry mirri too.

Sorry for the shortness of the post but I'm aware it's late so hence the rush to get it up!!

Hope you'll be raring to craft again and join us for this fun challenge. Link to Crafting with Dragons in sidebar.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

'J is for.....'

Good Morning crafters and a Happy New Year to you all. I hope 2018 will be a happy and healthy one for you and your family.

We start off the 2018 at CD Sunday with a new challenge chosen by myself. It's 'J IS FOR'.........The design team have been very busy and have some great inspiration for you on CD Sunday (link in sidebar) I think the team have excelled themselves when finding 'J' images. Lots of ideas for you including  jam , jelly, jumper, jewellery etc etc.

Here is my inspiration for you.



 
'J is for .....Jazz!'
 
I found the image on an Ooh La La  CD 'The Paula Oakley Collection' There are so wonderful pieces of artwork on this CD and it's fast becoming a go to CD for me.
 
The card shape is also new....to me. One of my crafters here in Cyprus showed it to us a wee while ago. (Thank you Christine) A simple but effective shape for showcasing a central image. It uses one piece of A4 card scored and folded at intervals...... as you can see in pic.
I added light green embossed card to the white panels. Each panel was then matted with matching designer paper from the CD. The image is mounted on blue card stock with a music notes designer paper from my stash. The greeting is high lighted in the same way. To add interest to the side panels I also matted a layered some of the music notes paper in the same way.
 
I hope you'll be inspired to join us. The main rule for entering is to use a CD and tell us which oone you've used. It doesn't have to be a card. It could be a scrap book layout, a box, a calendar,gift tags, ATCs.........anything really as long as you have used a CD for some element.
 
Have fun and don't forget there's always a yummy prize offered from the design team.