Monday, 31 December 2012

news **** special announcement **** news

Good morning!
 
This post will stay at the top of my blog until the end of the first week of January 2013, & it is to let you know that I will be making some changes to my blog which will be effective from
1 January 2013.
Gradually over the last few months I have been working on my copious amounts of photos to produce various scrapbook pages that are long overdue for making, & I am doing them digitally. Also from time to time I produce greetings cards digitally too & of course enter digital challenges.
 
"Ink on my fingers?" is essentially my showcase blog for my rubber stamping - so I have decided to keep it for this & start another blog purely for my digital work. 
I am currently working on setting this up & this message will change slightly once the new blog goes live.
 
Thank you.

Sunday, 30 December 2012

A new toy

Well - 8 days since my last posting - mind you it is not surprising really given we have been busy with Christmas.

I hope you all got some lovely crafting goodies amongst your pressies - I did - some more Pan Pastels & tools & a new toy .............. an Ebosser!

Today I finally got to have a play with it.  I had earlier looked on Google for any tutorials & tips & techniques.

Here is my play


This folded rose cutter worked well.  The 2 small buckles came out well although the fancy one was a little trickier to remove from the die.  Then the bits left on the die took a while to remove too.


I hadn't used this butterfly before as it was rather thin & I am really pleased with the finished image.
The die took quite a long time to clear of the bits that stayed in it.


This was cut (or not) from a very thin metal die.  As the photo shows it seems to have cut around the edges but not in the middle.


This is the reverse of the tree where it looks like it has cut well. 
It looks like I am going to need another shim.  I used the sandwich that the Ebosser manual gave but I think the shim needs to be a bit thicker.  I did try it again with a piece of A4 card added to the sandwich - but the machine threw it out - which it does if the sandwich is wrong.  How great is that?  I have the "No more shims" from Once Upon A Stamp so I might give that a try - using it instead of the one provided.



These were 2 embossing folders I had bought recently & not got around to using. The oval one is just asking for stamping to be put inside it isn't it.

If anyone knows how to get over the cutting of thin dies I would love to hear from you. In the meantime I will try different sandwiches & hope I get a result.

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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Show us your Twinchies Challenge

I discovered the Show Us Your Twinchies Challenge blog a couple of months back but I think I have only entered once or twice.  So I thought it was time I had another go.  The theme this time is "Let it Snow" - so quite a test really.

Anyway after a little think about which way to go this is what I made

Proof it is 2" x 2"
 
 
An Easel Twinchie. 
 
I stamped the snowflake (a freebie from Craft Stamper magazine) in Versamark Ink & embossed with Clear EP.  When it had cooled I used an Adirondack blue Dye based ink pad to colour the square -  can't remember which shade of blue - think it might have been Stonewashed. Then I wiped the square with a soft tissue to remove ink from the snowflake.  In a bits box I found the snowflake button - so I removed the shank & placed it on a sticky pad for the stop.  Remarkably in this photo the button looks white but in fact it was a very pale cream - so that worked well. 
 
I love that snowflake stamp & it went on a lot of my Christmas cards this year.
 
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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

digitally sweet challenge - sketch

Hello! I found time for another challenge this evening.  This time at Digitally Sweet Challenges - where the theme is a sketch.

Here is the sketch

 
 
It is a lovely clean & simple design so I decided to make a card - well the front of it anyway.  Now that I have finished it I have decided I am going to save it for next Christmas - here it is
 
 
I created the card in Serif craft Artist (a 5x5 square), & just used a couple of random embellishments  & one piece of background paper from the many kits I have on my laptop.  The layers are made by creating shapes & filling them with colour which I "picked" from the photo.  The image is a Christmas decoration I made in the first year I lived here in North Wales - so 20 years ago this Christmas.  It comes out every Christmas & is one of my favourite decorations.  Believe it or not the base is a plaited black dustbin liner.  Then all the greenery & bits & bobs are wired into it.  The green ribbon is that papery florists ribbon & I actually stamped on it - a group of reindeer - the full length of the ribbon.  The photo was another one from the 2010 attempt to take a photo a day.
 
I rather like it & I think I really will keep it & use it for my 2013 Christmas Card.  That's forward planning isn't it.  All I have to do is remember that that is my decision.
 
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sketches in thyme - #96

Sketches in Thyme set challenges about 3 times per month & the next one for December that I am entering is #96

Here is the sketch

 
 
For these sketches it is more an interpretation of space rather than the number of placements for photographs - although they sometime specify whether there is to be 2,3,4 etc on the page. During the day yesterday I was looking for something in my bureau & on the top was a photo of Bob & I (an old one) & I thought "it is about time that found its way into a scrap book page".  Because the photo was landscape I turned the sketch 90 degrees to the left & chose to put just the one photo on the page.
 
Here is my page
 
 
 
Oooh! we look so young!!!!
 
I know where this photo was taken perhaps we should return there & have one taken of us as we are now.  It's a thought.
 
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Popped back afer publishing to correct a spelling mistake in the title.
 

Monday, 17 December 2012

anything goes - part II

I mentioned in my last post about the Anything Goes challenge over at Cards Galore Scrapbook Challenge & how I had decided to do more than one.

So here is my second entry I decided to make this rather pretty little box.  Take a look at the photos & I will give details after.

 
front

 
back

 
back showing tag

 
front showing

Whatever was made for the challenge had to include a photo - & this box does - the photo is of my basket of flowers, including a poinsettia, given to me by a friend 2 Christmases ago.

The basket template is from Serif Craft Artist & the background paper, bow, gem in the handle & the gem circle on the handle are from CaroLines Creative Stamp (Digital & Rubber). The whole box is digital it is the clever software that makes it look like you can pick the photo & tag off the box. The design actually should have holes in the handles but I decided to fill them in with the gems.

Had I realised how easy these boxes were to make & how delightful they look I would have made more for Christmas - but there is always next year & birthdays & other occasions.  It will look lovely with tissue inside & the handles glued closed.

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Popped back after publishing to add the link to Cards Galore.

Anything Goes Challenge ........

....... is the theme at "Cards Galore Scrapbook Challenge" & it isn't anything goes on a scrap book page it is anything goes as long as it contains a photo.  Ooh what shall I do?

So as you are allowed to enter more than once I am entering twice & this is the first item a scrapbook page

 
This is a photo of one of the palms in my garden after the snow back in January 2010 which I am just getting around to using.  I have used a multiple frame that takes one photograph & displays it through all 3 sections.  The background papers are from one of CaroLines Christmas Digikits.  Brr! just looking at it again makes me feel quite cold.
 
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cd sunday challenge - teddy bears

The theme on this weeks CD Sunday Challenge is ..... Teddy Bears.

Although I love Teddies to bits - I don't have much on CD for them - I chose Do Crafts Best of British CD & used Do Crafts Digital Designer to sort the elements & print them.

Here is my little card

 
I created an easel card, layered some striped paper onto the front flap around which I wrapped some red Christmas ribbon, & used the striped paper again for the floor of the card.  I chose a tag topper as the focal image & duplicated the little bear so that I could decoupage him.  From some labels on the CD I created the greeting which I also used as the stop for the easel. I added some glitter to the sentiment label & to various lines of the post box.

 


 
Close-ups of the sentiment label & the tag topper.
 
After I had made the card I remembered I had another CD somewhere with Teddies on it - so must remember that for another time.
 
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Saturday, 15 December 2012

Sketches In Thyme #95

I hadn't realised it has been a few days since I last wrote a post.  I can only excuse myself with the build up of things to do for Christmas.

However I took a little while out this afternoon to enter the Sketches In Thyme Challenge (#95).

Here is the sketch

 
I chose some more of April's baby photos (my step-daughters granddaughter) for this sketch.
 
Here is my take on it
 
 
 
I wanted the photos to be a little less formal than with frames around them because of her cheeky face.  Look at the expression on her face in that bottom right hand photo - what is she thinking!
 
The photos are in their original black & white - the photographer took some black & white ones & some coloured ones.  I think the black & white ones allow April herself to shine through.  That is also why I have used very light papers with no extra embellishments - it is the sketch as you see it.
 
I love these challenges as these photos have been sat on my laptop for some time, or in boxes, so finally now that are being treated with the love & care they deserve.
 
Thank you for stopping by my little space, please leave a comment - or just say Hello - comments & greetings are very much appreciated.  Oh yes! - don't forget to pop over to Sketches In Thyme to see what everyone else is doing.  Just click on the name at the start of the post.

 
 

Monday, 10 December 2012

Comment moderation

I have taken the option of initiating "comment moderation", at least for a while, as I have recently had comments that are nothing to do with the content of the blog.

I want to ensure that anyone reading my blog & looking at comments is not offended by anything said.  I had hoped to avoid doing this in case there were any gaps of several days when I didn't get to look at the blog.

Thank you for the lovely comments you leave it is so nice to receive them.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

New follower

Popping back to give a warm welcome to a new follower. 

Welcom Lori Comeau, thank you for joining my little band of followers, I hope you enjoy your visits.

I made top 3

It's great fun - I have had one of my digital entries picked for top 3 over at Digitally Sweet Challenges - the one for using buttons.


I had great fun with this one using one of CaroLines digi kits.

'Bye for now - that is all I wanted to pop in & say.  :)

Less Is More - One Layer, Rows

Well, as I said in the last post I really should be making my Christmas Cards.  But then the card I am entering for the Less Is More challenge is a Christmas Card - so it is another one towards the collection.

The challenge this week at Less Is More is to make a one-layer card with a design that is in a row.

I came up with 2 ideas & at first wasn't sure which one to use until I studied them closer.  I will show both here but it is the first one that I am really entering in the challenge.

In this card I have used, once again, the freebie snowflake from a recent issue of The Craft Stamper.  I stamped 3 images on the diagonal & then trimmed away the corner with a pair of scissors with a similar shape edge.  I stamped the greeting & cut around that too, embossed the edges & the edge of the diagonal cut. Then I placed the greeting on the inside of the back of the card to show in the cutaway.  I hope that little bit doesn't stop it being a one-layer card.


My camera doesn't show the gold too well.

This is the second card


I didn't make a very good job of spacing it - but then found that the greeting would sit between the top 2 images.  My stamping also was not as good as it could have been as one of the little stars on the bottom 2 images have smudged & just look like blobs.

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CD Sunday Challenge - Frosty Days

I really should be sitting down making the last of my Christmas cards - but I just had to take some time out to enter a couple of challenges.  The first one is at the CD Sunday Challenge Blog where the theme this week is Frosty Days.

I used My Craft Studio "Magic of Christmas" CD & chose the Contemporary section.


I have mounted the blue background onto silver mirror card then placed that on the front of the white base card.  The wintry trees image I cut with deckle edge scissors following the height of the trees.  That was then layered onto more silver mirror card & cut again (It almost looks like frosty hill tops).  I stamped my star burst cluster on the blue background & embossed with Silver EP & added some glitter to the trees.


The glitter just about shows up in this close up of that section.


As I should have been making Christmas cards to send I used one of the other background papers for an insert & stamped the sentiment so that I could use this card.

There are always some fantastic cards for these challenges.  Not found the blog yet?  Then click on the link above, take a look & why not enter one of the challenges. It is great fun.

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Thursday, 6 December 2012

I am so excited .............

.......... one of my digital entries has been chosen as one of top 3 for November



and............

they have invited me to be a Guest Designer.  What a start to the day!  They are as you can see from the badge -  Sketches in Thyme.

This is the page they selected


It was the first time I had tried a double page spread too.

Right, feet back on ground & off to get my shopping done.

'Bye for now.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Digitally 'Sweet' Challenges #13 Buttons

Buttons!  That's quite a challenge from Digitally 'Sweet' Challenges blog this week so shall I make a page, a card, or something else.  In the end as I am still trying to create some more Christmas cards in different styles I went for a card.  A little different in its colour scheme as well- rather wintry - here it is....................


I produced it through Serif CAP using a digi kit from CaroLines called Christmas Patchwork Party  plus some buttons & ribbon from amongst the embellishments in my various digi kits.

The card has a white background which I edged with cross stitch then layered one of CaroLines background papers from the kit. Next I created a punch from  the shape tool & then punched the shape from the background paper.  When I added a drop shadow to the shape it has made it look like the shape is sitting on top of the background rather than being a hole in it.  I then created a design with Carolines patchwork shapes to create a sort of snowflake design & added buttons & ribbon & a greeting in a darker blue.

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CD Sunday challenge - Oh Christmas Tree!

The theme at CD Sunday Challenge blog this week is - Oh Christmas Tree.  I thought today I would not drag my heels thinking about what I would do, then finding I have run out of time.  So I decided to sit down now & make a card.  Here it is...............


The images I have used are from My Craft Studio CD "Magic of Christmas" (Traditional Volume 1) & they are called - "Fetching the Tree",  The sentiment is also from My Craft Studio this time the CD is "More than Just Words"  (Christmas Carols & More") - Oh Christmas Tree!

I decided on an easel card & used an 8x8 fancy edge card.  I trimmed the backing paper to go inside & layered it onto silver mirror card leaving a very narrow border.  I gave the image a blue border in MCS, then layered that as well on silver card & did the same with the sentiment.  I printed out an extra topper & cut out the little bunny & decoupaged him - only 1 layer - but it is still decoupage :).  I felt something else was needed & put a little bit of glitter on the topper to highlight the trees - I don't do much glitter - but this card called for it.  Then before putting it all together I laid a piece of silver ribbon across the centre of the easel.

Here is a close up of the main image & the easel stopper which is a silver snowflake peel off placed on silver mirror card.



& a close up of the sentiment.
 

Another Christmas Card made & I think I know who I will sent this one to.

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Saturday, 1 December 2012

Less Is More - Week 26 - Colour

This week on the Less Is More blog the challenge is Colour & the colour is Red & Green - very festive.

Just as I thought I had probably had enough of red & green I get a little inspiration.  Tidying my craft magazines I saw that I had not taken the freebie stamp off of December's issue of Craft Stamper - a beautiful snowflake courtesy of Chocolate Baroque. I had my inspiration.

Here is my entry


I stamped the snowflake around the edges of the square card with Versamark Ink & embossed it with Clear EP.  Then I stamped the snowflake onto a piece of white card using Fired Brick Distress Ink & managed to get it emboss with Clear EP.
Next I layered it onto red card leaving a very narrow border, then ran some green Christmas ribbon down the fold edge. Means I have introduced a little gold - but I don't think that matters too much.


I took this close up of the corner to show the clear embossing - I think it just about shows.


Then I had a thought - does it look better in this orientation so that the ribbon words read naturally.

I still have Christmas Cards to make & I think I may do a few like this..

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Thursday, 29 November 2012

Sketch & Scrap challenge #21

Last week I discovered another scrapbook challenge blog - Sketch & Scrap - unsure whether they acacepted digital layouts I emailed them & waited to see.  The answer was that they are happy to have digital layouts.

Here is the sketch ...........


and here is my layout ................

 
 
The page layout was created in Serif CAP2 & I have layered 3 different papers in very subtle shades & added a drop shadow to the top 2 to "lift" them.  After adding the floral embellishments I "embossed" them for more texture.  Drop shadows have been added to the ribbons, flowers, & frames.  The photos were taken a couple of winters ago & I have obnly just got around to doing something with them.  The top photo is of my back ground & the lower photo the view cross the road at the front of my home.  As my photos are landscape I turned the sketch layout 90 degrees so that I could use them, & as I couldn't cut a curve off the corner of the top layer - I "cut" out the corner with "scissors" with a fancy edge.
 
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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Less is More - Glamour & Glitz

The challenge this week over at Less Is More challenge Blog is, as you can see - Glamour & Glitz.  Now can I do glamour, glitz & clean and simple all on one card!  As it happens I think I have the perfect stamp for that task.


This lovely flourish Christmas Tree is a recent purchase from Indigo Blu.  Part of the 2-stamp set is a beautiful Merry Christmas sentiment but it was too big for this design so I used one that belongs to a little freebie set from a magazine.  

I have embossed the tree & the sentiment in silver EP - (I don't know why the photo makes it look grey rather than silver - I photographed it a couple of times in different lights to try & get a better effect).  The card is pure white but looks a little bluish here.  The ribbon is a fairly coarse weave silver & I have decorated the tree & the ribbon with crystal flat backed gems.


Here is a little close up of the top of the tree & ribbon with the crystal gems.

This is about the fourth card I have made with this stamp & these lovely scalloped cards - although I did the others on an 8x8 card - I think this one is more 6x6.  I think there are a few more cards to come from this image.

Do pop over to Less Is More, by clicking on the link at the top of the post, & take a look at the lovely cards that are entered in the challenges.

Thank you for popping in to my little blog space I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

A Christmas Card

Recently I have shown here a lot of my digital work.  So I thought it was time to let you know that I have still been stamping - it has not been put aside but at this time of year I am busy, like you all, with making Christmas Cards.  A big percentage of these Christmas Cards I make are for the members of my 3 clubs, so I don't like to show them on the blog until after they have been received.  So will possibly show them some time over the Christmas break.

Today I did make one for a specific purpose so thought I would show it here


It's a lovely big 8x8 card & the tree image is one from Indigo Blu that I recently purchased.  The greeting is part of the set too.  The little star burst image is a wood mounted stamp I have had for years & seems to come out every Christmas.  I created the border on the card by scoring a vertical line, followed by another .5 cm apart, & repeated that along the top on the horizontal.  I then laid a gold straight peel off border between the 2 scored lines.  The "i" in Christmas has a gold gem for the dot & there are a couple of gold gems on the tree.

Now that I look at this card it would probably be suitable for the challenge over at Less is More this week - but I think tomorrow I will create a variation of this one for it.

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Monday, 26 November 2012

sketches in thyme #94

Yesterday I started playing with the latest challenge over at Sketches In Thyme.  It is a double page spread & to-date I have not made one, at least not digitally. Today I went back & looked at it to see if I had done everything I wanted to do. 

Here is the sketch

 
I decided to once again go back to my pictures that I had been taking for my 2010 project of a Photo Per Day & decided on some that I took on a walk along the River Dee, Chester.
 
This is my page - or correctly - pages
 
 
The pages were created in Serif CAP & I used a digikit called Hurklewood - also from Serif.  After choosing a background paper I flipped it for the second page so that the plant in the lower corner came together as one plant.  (Mind you most of it is covered by the ribbons going across the pages now).  I also flipped the 2 picture frames so that the plant on that came together in the centre.  For the circular image I chose a large yellow daisy style flower & made it even larger.  After getting everything laid on the pages I didn't like the empty-ish look of the right hand page.  So I took one of my other photos - taken looking down the river - & reduced its transparency, softened the edges then merged it into the background page.  This effectively creates another background page.
 
I enjoyed this double spread layout & I think I might be doing more of them now.
 
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Sunday, 25 November 2012

Digitally Sweet Challenge #12

Back in 2010 I gave myself a project to take a photo every day of the year.  Part way through the year I had a health problem & the challenge went by the wayside.  But I did get quite a few taken & I am gradually working my way through them to create scrapbook pages.   Now the challenge this week at Digitally Sweet Challenge blog has inspired me to create an overdue page from one of those photos. 

Their challenge this week - is a photo inspiration one & here it is .............

Hmm - interesting!  The inspiration can be the colour, the image or whatever this little fellow makes you think to do.

So after some thought & a search amongst my photos, here is my page for the challenge....


I took that photo on 28 February 2010 & later I will go back & add the date then file it in my Photo Per Day folder.  The digi kit I used is from Template Dreams, which is part of a site called Scrapable, the kit is called Falling Autumn, & is one of the kits I won for a recent Digitally Sweet Challenge (mentioned it yesterday). I converted the image into a punch & then used it to punch the shape from some dark material.  The embellishment to top left is meant to mimic the turkey tail.  A fun page that I created using Serif CAP - the package that I use for all my digital work.

I will be really pleased when I can manage to add that stitching line in a straight line.  I always seem to drop down at one edge.  Guess the magic word is - practice.

I think next year I will again try & take a photo a day on the days I couldn't in 2010 - the album would still be a year of photo taken just different years!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Saturday, 24 November 2012

I have won with one of my digital pages

I was very surprised last night to find that I had won one of the challenges at Digitally Sweet Challenges.  It was for their 9th Challenge a couple of weeks ago, where we had to use a sketch.

This was the page


I get to choose items to the value of $5 from their sponsor for that challenge.  They have got some lovely digi kits too.

This little darling is now 12 years old - still it was worth the wait for putting the page together.  I must pop over & find out what the challenge is for this week now.

Thank you for popping in - so nice to see you.

Friday, 23 November 2012

A digital Christmas card

Good heavens! it's nearly a week since I wrote something.

It has been a funny week with lots of little things to run around & see to.  plus I have been reasonably busy at times making Christmas Cards - but they are to give to my lovely club members - so I cannot show them here yet.

As you can see from my post title I have been playing with my digital craft a bit & have worked with a lovely new digital kit from Carolines - this time her Christmas patchwork digikit.  Here is my first attempt at creating a tree with her diamond patchwork images.

 
 
The patterned background paper is CaroLines too.  I created this in Serif Craft Artist.  First I selected a 5x5 in square base then using the shape tool created a square green background onto which I placed a square of patterned background paper. Then using the punch tool I cut out the shape you see effectively creating an aperture in the patterned paper.  But after I added a drop shadow to the shape it looks more like a piece of green layered onto the patterned paper.  The wonders of digital work.  Next I created the tree shape by using the diamond shapes from the kit.  Final touches adding the greeting & the cross stitch borders.  Great fun to do & very satisfying too.
 
Now all I need to do is print it & see what it looks like.  There are many more shapes in this kit I shall be playing some more.
 
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Sunday, 18 November 2012

Two digital challenges

This afternoon I made a start on creating pages for a wedding that took place 2 years ago.  Not too sure which ones to start with I went & had a look at what challenges were about to use as inspiration.

What I found was "Sketches in Thyme" with sketch #93 - (was that obvious?) & "Cards Galore Scrapbook Challenge" where the theme is "Kids".

Here is the sketch;



Here is my - very colourful page -

 

I created it in Serif CAP2 - creating the blocks of colour without using a digikit, although I did pinch
some butterflies & a flower & the frames from a kit.

I had to hunt high & low to find the way to create the 8-sided figure for the patchwork & it does have one slightly wobbly edge.