Wednesday, 30 May 2018

my finished Mold meeting cards

Good morning everyone.

Yesterday morning I popped in to my craft room & looked around wondering what I would sit down & do.  In the box on my desk are things that I have planned to do or to complete & on the top were the 3 "toppers" that I made at the May Mold meeting when Joanna showed as "Partial scene masking with dies".

So I set to & turned them into complete cards.

For this one I cut a slightly larger piece of white card & coloured the edges with the same colour I had used on the topper.  I then added the Happy Birthday & the butterfly.

This card I followed the same idea but coloured the edges of the card layer with the two colours in the topper so that they were the opposite way around.  
Then I added the Happy Birthday along with 2 butterflies.

Again, as I did with the others I created an edged layer card using the same ink.  
Also I used the same Happy Birthday & added the butterfly.

It is amazing how different the toppers look once they are layered & put them on a card.  A big thank you to Joanna for showing this technique I am definitely hooked.

That's me for today - bye for now.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Mold II photos - part 2

Good morning everyone.

Today I have the second set of photos from last Tuesday's Mold II meeting & they are of their project for the evening.

The project was shown by Annette  is of the "Penny Roller - or - Spinner Card"

Carolyn used the circle spinner shape with a butterfly spinner.
Very delicate card & love the matching background paper.

Chris also went for the circular spinner with some beautiful large daisies.
Chris has not been for a while as she has been unwell & didn't know what was being made that night.  So well done Chris for coming up with a lovely design & I hope your health continues to improve.

A really colourful fun card from Dot who used the little wavy spinner die-cut. 
It was free with a recent magazine.

Dot's card was made with Hunkydory card & embellishments (I am positive that is what they are) & used the circular spinner shape with a lovely big round embellishment for the actual spinner.

Elma has the same card & paper as Dot but on her circular spinner is a lovely watering can embellishment. Really cute.

Ah! Rita too has the Hunydory card - seems like some sharing went on (well, that is what it is all about isn't it).  The 2 little birds on the spinner are really sweet.

Carol has delicate shades of blue for her background paper & like Carolyn a really delicate butterfly spinner.

Fabulous cards ladies & a big thank you to Annette for showing how these were done & helping you a lot to get them right.  Also a big thank you to Carolyn who once again took the photos & sent them to me for the blog.

Hope you all had an enjoyable weekend.
'Bye for now.

Happy birthday

Birthday Greetings

Today is May 29th

& a CSNWclub member has a birthday

Have a lovely day Claire

Monday, 28 May 2018

mold II photos - part 1

Good morning everyone.

This morning I have the photos from the Mold II meeting last Tuesday, kindly taken & sent to me by Carolyn once again.  This set of photos is of their Show & Tell which was the second note pad holder that they were shown by Dot last month.

On the evening Dot took along 2 designs for the ladies to make - they made one on the evening & I have shown you those photos last month.  They decided to make the other design for this month's Show & Tell.  Dot provided everyone with the tag shape, a peg, & a pencil & flower.  The ladies had to provide their own papers & any other embellishments.

Here is Annette's version in shades of pink. I like the different coloured bows on the spiral of the notepad.

Carol's version uses a shorter pen which fits well & double flower on a very pretty bronze coloured paper.

Carolyn has a multi strand bow on her pad & a different style of pencil. 
 Also she has covered the face of the peg.
I think Annette did that too.

Pretty lilac shades for Elma's note holder & she has either covered the peg with lilac paper 
or painted it.

Lots of pretty bows on Rita notepad holder & some lovely flowers  & again a decorated peg.

Dot also suggested that this note holder wold be good with a magnet on the back - sorry, I cannot remember if any of the ladies did that.

Tomorrow I will have the evening's project photos to show you, but in the meantime I am going to update the Mold II page with information on their June meeting.

It will be closely followed by the same information for Mold club.

Enjoy the last day of the bank holiday.

Sunday, 27 May 2018

a recent project

Good afternoon everyone.

I am not so sure it is that good as we have just had a thunder storm start, & go very quite straight after.  Is it the calm before the next storm?

Anyway my project.

Last weekend I decided to try another mini album project - I really like making these & it serves two purposes.  It is using up my stash little by little & they will make nice raffle or fund-raising projects for my friends scout group.

The one I made last weekend was - the Wallet album;

This it closed up complete with belly band.

I made it from a file folder.  I have quite a few as before I slowed down on workshops I was going to run a workshop at the garden centre, with the mini file folder album that Carolyn showed us last year.

This shows the top flap open

This one shows it with top & bottom flaps open.

The central panels also open & this one shows the left hand side flipped back

This shows it with the right hand flap now flipped back as well,.

Those side flaps also fold back. This shows the left hand flap opened out.

This one shows the right hand flap opened out.

I couldn't take a photo of it completely open as it was too big for my camera.   

I used a 6x6 paper pad that I had to decorate the pages, & inked all the edges with Distress Ink - Vintage Photo, & also all the folds of the base wallet.

No pockets in this one, although there is a slightly different version that does have pockets & fold out concertina pages.  I think that will probably be my next one.

I am still working on the special album I first wrote about back in early May - it has now been put together & has some decorative pieces on it - the next stage is to get some content into it ready for giving.  Once it has been given I will be able to show you photos. I am really very pleased with how it has turned out.

I did set myself up with a project for 2018 of going back to creating tags in different techniques etc - but that has rather been pushed to the back burner by the albums.  But I will return to them later.  

Tomorrow I hope to have a member showcase for you - at the moment the photo is on my phone so I need to download it.

'Bye for now, enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Friday, 25 May 2018

Mold photos - extras

Good afternoon everyone.

Oops! where has the sun gone.  I feel so sorry for all those people going away for the weekend to find they have rain after all that lovely weather we have had over the last couple of weeks.

Today the photos I have for you are of projects & show and tell cards brought in by a couple of the ladies in the club.  They weren't at the meetings or didn't finish the cards at the time.

First I have three cards from Maureen & they are of Show & Tell cards which she made but didn't get to the appropriate meeting;

This one was using a sketch & the colours yellow & grey  (January)

The card using black, white & silver  (March)

Using a sketch (April)

The next 2 photos are from Sheelagh & are of her finished project card from April;

The lovely little pop up card shown by Rachel.

It is so nice to see cards that have been made following meetings, & it doesn't matter how long after you learn a style or technique that you use it to make a card - please show it to us.

That is me for today.

Enjoy the bank holiday weekend & if it is to be a wet one I hope it doesn't spoil what you have planned.


Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Mold II meeting last night

Good morning everyone.

Last night I went along to the Mold II meeting more to socialise with everyone than anything. So I did not join in the project for the evening but my apologies for doing this, or not doing it I suppose, happily were accepted by everyone. 

It was a most enjoyable evening & I hope to have photos for you soon, thanks to Carolyn. I did offer to take them as I wasn't doing anything else but she was quite happy to continue with that job.

We had a rather nice surprise when at the start of the evening 2 ladies entered the hall & I heard someone say - "Ooh, who are these ladies?"  I turned thinking they were for another meeting being held at the time & was ready to tell them which room - when I realised they were for us.  One of the 2 ladies was Madeline who had been a member of the group some time back - well - 6 years to be precise, as we discovered when we asked "how long has it been?"

It was really nice seeing you again Madeline, & it seems your friend Kay enjoyed the evening & may well come back to another meeting as well.  We look forward to seeing you both again.

Well ladies, I must try & do something productive today - so I will close for now & be back when I have photos for you.

Have a nice day.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Mold photos - part 2

Good afternoon everyone.

This afternoon I have the second set of photos from the Mold club meeting last Thursday, & they are of their project.

The project subject was introduced by Joanna which she described as "Partial scene masking with dies".

This first card is the one that Joanna sent me to show on the Projects Photo page

If you look at the coloured oval you will see that the colour doesn't completely cover it. 
At top right it is still white - just under that branch. 
That is the main idea behind this technique plus using a die-cut aperture of any shape you like.

Here are the toppers made by Janet on the evening.
True to Janet's style there is some glitter.
I particularly like the one on the left it is so delicate.

This set is the work of Joan.
You can see that the centre one has a white space at top right. The one on the right is completely coloured & the one on the left - very cleverly - the die-cut shape is implied but the stamping around the aperture & there is no colour. 
Great idea Joan.

These are my efforts.
At first I was a bit heavy handed with the ink - I used the foam applicator.,
My last attempt was the bottom one & I applied the ink on that one with a tissue wrapped around my finger.  Wendy from Card-io uses a similar method with a dry baby wipe.

From Lynn there are some different ideas with this technique.
I really like the pink one that has had the shape outlined with a fine line pen & a "shaky" line.
Then the right hand one the die cut has been left white & the remainder of the card coloured.

Mair obviously enjoyed this technique as she has produced 4 pieces.
I really like the one with the bird where the leaves take your eye into the centre, & the one on the left really is a lovely scene.

Maureen kept to the faded colouring for her pieces, where the top of each shape has been left white.  Her designs really show some lovely off the die-cut shape stamping.

Rachel stayed clear of foliage & birds & shows just how good this technique looks whatever images you use.  I particularly like the one on the right with the die-cut shape outlined, & the flowers peeping out from behind the shape. Rachel would have used the positive piece of the die-cut to mask her work so that the flowers are in the background.

The next 4 sets of photos are the work of Joanna.
Some of these she brought in with her & she also showed us all the technique & how to achieve the results, before we had a go. They really show how different types of stamps also work - outline or solid.

Amongst these samples Joanna has given lots of ideas of different ways to use this technique & obviously you can see from the other photos above how much she inspired us all.

Thank you Joanna - that was most enjoyable.
All I have to do now - is turn mine into cards.

I have a few more photos from that meeting to show you & I will put them here tomorrow.

Right now I had better get in my craft room & see what I can do with my Partial Scene creations, Although before that I had better sort things out for tonight's Mold II meeting.

'Bye for now.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Mold photos - part 1

Good afternoon everyone on another beautiful afternoon.

Today I have the photos of the Show & Tell cards from Mold club's meeting last Thursday.  The challenge set was "Feature a Creature";

This is Joan's card & features a cute little mouse with a balloon.
The mouse has been cut out & placed on sticky pads.

This is Joanna's card featuring a very delicate bird & some very apt words.
It is also a little sneak peek for the evenings project.

Lynn's card has this sloth on it.
As soon as I saw it I was reminded of a couple of episodes of "The Durrels" on TV.
They had a sloth hanging on a branch of a tree in their house.

Whoo! weird alien creatures bursting out of Rachel's card.

Sheelagh made 2 cards for this Show & Tell.
She wasn't sure if fairies were "creatures" so did a unicorn as well.

I will have some more photos tomorrow of the project for that evening, but for now - that is me done.

I am off to see how warm it might be in my craft room & get some cards started,
'Bye for now.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

member showcase

Good morning everyone.

What a beautiful day the royal couple have for their special day.  I may take a peek at the TV about noon when the main event starts - or as it is such a nice day, too nice to be in doors - I may just look at highlights over the weekend.

To our showcase.

This one is from Rachel of the Mold club - she brought along a piece of her work for us all to see.

Rachel said she is not sure why she made it - she just did & that dress is really quite amazing - it is the inside of envelopes.  The dress stamp was not as long as on the model so Rachel created more layers. Just in the black & white with some bling it is stunning & the embossed background is perfect.

Thank you for showing it Rachel.

That's me - have a great weekend.

Royal Wedding

To Prince Harry & Megan

Have a beautiful day
a wonderful life together

Thursday, 17 May 2018

A recent card

Good afternoon & I have another of my recently made cards to show you.

It is a stamped one you will pleased to hear;

I love this old car stamp. I have had it years & every so often it comes out of the box.  Each time I use it I try to make sure I create a different design.

This one I coloured the base card & then used a cog stencil at the corners, using the same blue Distress Ink.  In fact I used the same ink all the way through this card.  The second layer I used the same cog stencil again onto white card & coloured the edge of the card with a blue Promarker pen that went well with the Distress Ink.

The topper & greeting I edged with the same Promarker, then stamped them in black ink.  The stencilled background to this layer was a hexagon shape used randomly & fading out the ink. I used the Distress Ink & some glycerine on my mat to paint the car.

I made this card for a friend in France.

OK I had better check my bag as I am off soon to the Mold club meeting.

Some sad news regarding Chocolate Baroque

I received an email today from Joanna of Mold club with the link I have placed below.  It is from a newsletter fro  Crafty Individuals who are very close to Chocolate Baroque - the couples have known each other for years.

One word just comes into your mind when reading this - why!  I am sure we all wish Lesley & David well.

On a much lighter side - take a look at the first couple of photos & there is a familiar face - certainly for the members of the Mold II club.

I will be back later with a recently made card & I am also hoping to be at the Mold club meeting tonight.  To stay for a while this time & then to also be at Mold II club meeting on Tuesday 22 May. This hopefully will be followed by a visit to CSNW meeting on 6 June.

'Bye for now.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Another recent card

Good morning everyone.

Today I have another of my recently made cards.  This one was for our son & daughter-in-law (Russ & Nadine) for their wedding anniversary which is on the same day as Russ's birthday.

I found this card style whilst having a good look around the Internet for inspiration.  I thought it looked a little different - so chose to try it for their card.

This is the card laid flat on my desk.

This is it stood up. 

I was a little disappointed that it leant forward a bit.  But Russ & Nadine were pleased with it. 

I made it using a plain 6 x 6 card & some pretty designer paper layered on to silver mirri card.  I added a few flat back gems for some bling & die-cut the greeting out of the same silver card.

After making it I had an idea how to do a different version of it but retaining that arrow head type fold at the front. I will show you what I came up with in a few days after I have tried it out.

Enjoy the rest of the day.
'Bye for now.