Friday, 31 August 2012

A Black & White Christmas workshop

Some photos I wanted to show you.  Not of cards made by me but by some ladies at a workshop I ran yesterday for Christmas Cards with a Black & White theme.

Due to the space available I am afraid some of the photos have filing boxes in the background - but you can see the card results clearly enough.  These  are not rubber stamped cards;

Some of the cards are not quite finished & some of the ladies held back cards they were not happy with from being photographed.

A really enjoyable morning was had by all.

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Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Another digital page

Hello again

On another of the Bank Holiday days we had a day out & visited Little Moreton Hall near Congleton in Cheshire.  It is a most fascinating black & white house well worth a visit if you can get there.

I decided to change the photo of the building to black & white then went for different shades of grey to create the page. The left hand photo is the view as you approach the hall & the right hand photo is the view of the inside courtyard.

Do go & visit it if you can.

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some more cards

Good afternoon everyone I hope you all had a good Bank Holiday weekend despite the rather grey weather.  Still we did have some sunny time as well, didn't we?

Sadly one of the cards I made over the last few days, is a sympathy card  -

I use this image for most of my sympathy cards - I feel it is just right for these sad occasions & then the insert varies according to the recipient. I change the colour of the rose as well - which is the only part of the card that has colour along with a matching layer giving a narrow border.

This is a birthday card which went wrong.  I used a 5" square card & stamped the image in the bottom left hand corner.  The intention then had been to put the same image coming down from the top right hand corner, almost meeting.  But when I lifted the stamp the centre had not stamped properly.  I  was going to throw it away then noticed that it was possible I could cut between the images.  So I laid my ruler across & there it was enough room to make a nice clean diagonal cut.  With an off-cut of card I created the border which I adhered behind the diagonal edge after colouring with the same ink that I used to colour the flowers. Then I closed the lower edge with double-sided tape to create a pocket.

This is the insert card which I edged again with the same ink as the flowers.

The card complete with the insert.  It might have happened by accident but I think I may make more square cards this way in the future.

The image is from a Woodware set called Art Deco.

Thank you for popping in & I will be back later with some of my digital work.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Some more digital work

Hello everyone

Due to a wasps nests just under the window of my craft room the last couple of days I have been able to work in the room.  It has been too warm not to have the window open.

So instead I prepared some digital work & have it hear to show you.

The first item is a card for our grand-daughter who recently received very good exam results.  She is a very arty young lady - so I chose a steampunk kit to help me with the card.

I printed it a couple of hours ago & it looks as it does here.  the shadow feature really makes the images look 3-d.
The second image is a page I created this morning with pictures I took on a day out yesterday.
I haven't printed this one yet.  But some of my earlier pages & they do look as good as they do here.  The right hand side of the background on this page is one of my photos that I have added a transparency level to.  I am rally pleased with this page.
Thank you for stopping by I hope you enjoyed your visit & that you are having a good Bank Holiday weekend.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Some more digital cards

Good afternoon everyone & today I have been having another play with Serif Craft Artist along with CaroLines Digi Kits, in particular Daffodil Delight & Poppy Parade.

I played with this one a little more than with the poppies by making another background using one of the existing backgrounds & putting it through a photo lab process.  It's the plain green one - which looks embossed, but I didn't use the embossing feature.

I haven't printed these yet - but I did print the Happy Birthday one I created last week & it looks really good.

Tomorrow must get down to some stamping again.

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Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Playing with embossing in digital cardmaking

Good morning everyone

A little grey here in North Wales so it doesn't look like it will be hot like yesterday.  Still must be grateful it is not raining.

I have been playing & practising with the embossing technique on Serif Craft Artist.  I thought I had got the hang of it, then yesterday couldn't get it right but this morning - success again.

The base is a 5x5 card onto which I pulled in a pale pink background. Then using the small fairy & frame from one of CaroLines digi kits & adding the word "Fairies" I applied the embossing technique.  As I said - with success.  I then searched for a fairy image which I put in the centre of the frame.  Now I need to be as successful with some scrapbook pages.

Then in true crafter form - I had to play with it a little more.  I wanted to see what it would like if I gave the embossing a different finish or effect.  This is what I did -

I really wanted to use a soft pink or green - two of the colours in the fairy image - but they were not in the options.  There was a pale blue which would have picked up on the little flower- but I didn't like that finish.  There is a slight purple/lilac tinge to her wings. It is quite amazing when you apply these finishes how the highlights on the embossing show up differently - more intense.  I am still making up my mind whether I like it this way.

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'Bye for now.

Monday, 20 August 2012

another card for my collection

Good afternoon everyone

After making a digi card I thought I ought to get myself in order & stamp a card too.

The images are, once again, those from the freebie set on the current issue of Creative Stamping.  i had actually stamped this image earlier when making another card & had stamped 2 extras just in case.  So rather than stamp something new I decided to make a card using both the images.

In order to use both images I created a gate-fold card & then cut the images in an oval using my Coluzzle cutting template.  This tool only sees daylight every so often.  Around the images I used a "dotty" stamp which I bought years ago from a Company called "Because Your Special".  When I first saw it I just couldn't see the point in it - but after seeing it in use I had to have one & it is one of my essential items.  On this card it sort of hides the fact that the card was a different white to the base card.

The inside has a similar oval which holds the sentiment - one of my favourites & has been given the spotty treatment too just to keep the theme running through.  The corners of the front were rounded too soften the finish a little more.

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CD Sunday Challenge - Cute Christmas

Hi everyone

Time to start entering these challenges again.  They are so good for getting the creative juices going.  Of course whether I am successful or not achieving these things is another matter.

I liked the sound of the challenge over at CD Sunday this week, & as I have been playing with Serif Craft Artist for my digital pages it seemed a good idea to use it for a Christmas Card;

The fairy image is from MCS NSR Snowflakes & Sparkles CD  (NSR = No Stamp Required), & the materials & embellishments were from the Yuletide Joy digi kit, with a silver background.

This card is totally not my usual style - but I liked the idea of using the scissors & cutting the materials or roughening the edges.  Along with the buttons it made it a haberdashery Christmas card.  I enjoyed the challenge.

I have only printed it out "on the flat" at this stage - but I am looking at printing the components & putting it together that way.  I hope that doesn't stop it suiting the challenge.

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Saturday, 18 August 2012

Another card

Hi everyone

Here I am with another card,  in a colour-way very different to my usual style.

The image is from  Dimension Stamps.  When I first picked up the stamp to use I had no idea what colour or technique I was going to use. Then amongst some papers on my desk I spotted (I have already used that pun somewhere else) this paper.  A little poke around in my ink pad drawer revealed an ink pad that was virtually the same colour as the background. The ink pad was called Topaz.  Then another pad was a lighter shade of the colour. I squished the ink pads on my glass mat & coloured the image using my faithful water brush. I then stamped the sentiment in the Topaz ink & embossed it with clear EP. I cut around the image leaving a thin white border then mounted it with sticky pads.

Some (almost) matching ribbon with a little faux bow tied in it completes the card.

I hope the weather is being kind to you this weekend & that you have a lovely time.

Thank you for visiting.  'Bye for now.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Another digi page

Hi everyone

I have another digi page to show you.  I was unable to do any stamping over the last couple of days due to having to wait in for a couple of workmen.  As my craft room is upstairs it means I cannot get easily to the door when people call.  I have had the problem before when people don't wait long enough - it is so frustrating.  Then to make matters worse one of the men has to come back today so I am tied again.

So as I had to remain downstairs yesterday & when I had the time to play I worked on another page of my digital scrap booking.

My new learning curve in this page was the multiple frames.  In an older version of the software putting a photo on a page with more than one frame meant the photo went across all frames.  I found a video on how to overcome this, but when I went to my software it was no longer a problem.  So much easier to do than in the video I watched.  A nice reminder of a great day out, & there are still more pages to come.

Now! if only that workman will arrive fairly early I might get some stamping done today.

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Monday, 13 August 2012

Two very different cards

Good evening everyone

Quite productive today - making 2 cards!

Two very different cards too - as one is stamped & the other one is a digital creation.

Here is the stamped one to show you first

Another clean & simple design & monotone too.  Both the images are from the recent freebie on Creative Stamping magazine - all very art deco style.  I stamped the main image in black archival ink & then quickly embossed with clear EP.  The corner images were stamped with an aubergine pigment ink pad & again embossed with clear EP.  I then squished some ink from the ink pad onto my glass craft mat & coloured the main image using my water brush.  I like using that way so it is getting quite a bit of use at the moment.  The main image has been layered onto matt black card & then onto the base white card.

My second card - the digital one - is my first attempt at a card, rather than a scrap book page.

The card is as you see it in the photo - there are a couple of other things I would have done but I happy with the first attempt.  One of the things that can be done as you will be able to see is give items drop shadows which gives a little more reality.  I forgot to put a drop shadow on the patterned paper layer so it looks flat on the background. The background is actually a frame because to start with I had left a small border of the white card showing - then when everything else was on there the white edge looked wrong - so I put the frame around it as if it was another piece of paper behind.  All the flowers & elements are added individually.  Tomorrow I am going to print the card to see how it looks in print.

I hope you all had a good weekend.  Thank you for visiting I hope you will return at some later time.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Previous post - embossed digi page


I have just popped back to say that after publishing the post - I went into View Blog, & when the page was displayed I clicked on the photo to enlarge it.  That is whenyou can see it is obviously embossed not debossed.  Phew!  I thought my mind was going.


Another digi page - with a new technique

Hello everyone!

Another day, another page.  I really have had time to do quite a few pages but I wanted to get to know how to do the embossing technique.

First thing to do was to have a look at some You Tube videos & read some instructions that various ladies had made & written.  Then off to Craft Artist to try it all out. I had a fairly successful first attempt just playing with a shape & letters.  Then I decided to include a photo to make a proper page of it.  Here is the "proper" page

I am intrigued by how the finished page looks here & in my folder.  As to me the hearts & "April" look debossed rather than embossed.  I don't think I put enough shadow into it. Two things make the embossing - the amount of shadow put on the image & a thing called elevation - which really is where the light is coming from & at what angle.  I needed to have had more elevation.  But even so I am very happy with the page.  I wanted it clean & simple - nothing fussy.  The photo is one I have been meaning to use in a scrapbook for a very long time - if I tell you that that baby is now 11 years old you will see what I mean.

Take a look at my trial run -

On here as I look at it - it looks debossed in places.  I think its an optional illusion - the longer you look the more the shadow moves & creates the opposite impression. I just noticed that if I peer a little cloer at the picture ir looks embossed - it is when you look at it further away the appearance changes in some places to debossed.  Fascinating.

I really enjoyed using this technique & will use it more - but I think I will practise a little more too.

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'Bye for now.

Less Is More -- Fur or Feather

Good evening everyone

Today my card is for the Less Is More challenge where the theme this week is One Layer Card with the feature of Fur or Feather.

Unusually for me I have used a cute image

A cute rabbit in a flower pot which I stamped in archival ink, embossed with clear EP, then coloured with dye-based inks using my water brush.  I decided that if I put the sentiment across the other side of the card it really did needed to be grounded, a when I spotted this line flourish as I looked through my stamps, thought that it suited just what I had in mind.

The rabbit image is part of a freebie set from a magazine -

Now that I have used him I can see him being used a few more times, along with the standing rabbit in the set.

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Saturday, 11 August 2012

another digi page

Good afternoon - how are you all?

I have been having a little play again with my digi scrap booking.  Here is the page I  made  -

As you can see it is about Portmeirion which is the village in North Wales that featured in the TV programme "The Prisoner" during the late 60's.

I used the small photo in the lower right-hand corner for the background as well.  On the day I visited I just didn't stop clicking the camera & I took 104 photos.  That many makes it very difficult choosing them to go on pages.  So I can see there being a few more pages about this day out. It is such a beautiful place.

I hope you are having a good weekend & that the sun is shining where you are.

Thank you for visiting.

Friday, 10 August 2012

A digi scrapbook page

Good evening everyone
Tonight I have one of my digital scrap booking pages to show you.  Over the last couple of days I have been playing with the technique of using letters as frames for pictures.  It was quite a frustrating process as one word would work & the next would not - even following the same instructions.  Don't you sometimes hate computers & their software packages?

Anyway I eventually mastered long enough at least to create a page.  Who knows what the next page will do.

Back in 2010 we had a holiday in Carcassonne & one of the villages we visited had a church with some really lovely stained glass windows.  Now stained glass windows are one of my passions - I can often be seen in a church with camera poised. The village was called Montolieu.

Here is the page -

Originally I found a background page that had a damask style design on it which seemed to suit.  But after loading the various window pictures I felt it needed something about the church as its background.  So, I converted the central photo of the 3 windows into a background page after increasing it's transparency to make it muted.  As there were quite a few photos I needed to include I had to work out how to show them - this is always a problem. In hybrid scrapbooks they can be put into mini books on a page - but digital is more difficult - so I hope I have not overdone this page.  The layout almost happened by accident.  One photo came in smaller than the rest & that was how I arrived at the graded sized photos.  I could have done lots more like fade out the edges of each photo or put them inside soft circles etc.  I may copy this page & try something like that - after all it is all about experimenting.  So this page could look slightly different later.

As you can see the title of "windows" has sections of the stained glass windows in it.  Each letter was created separately - there is more to this technique & I could have changed the appearance of this title even more.  But too much would have been too much - if you see what I mean.  I am very pleased with this page - but of course it lacks a couple of the main criteria for scrap book pages.  They are, at least - where & when.  I may add that in, discreetly, some how later - for when I produce a printed copy.

We are told that this lovely weather we have experienced today is going to last over the weekend - so do have a lovely weekend whatever you are doing.

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birthday cards 3 & 4

Good afternoon everyone & what a beautiful day.  I do hope this sunshine is also where ever you are.

Before I show you my next 2 cards in my task to produce at least one a day I would like to say welcome to a new follower.  Welcome Barbara thank you for joining my little following & I hope you enjoy your visits.

For the two cards I am showing today I received some inspiration to kick start me from a video on StampTV by GinaK.  I will put the link here - so do go & have a look if you have not seen these videos before.  Lots of inspiration there & would not have been able to describe it well enough to do it justice.

Here are my cards

The topic of the video is the background which has the delightful title of  "pillow top background".  I used Adirondack's ink pad Stonewash for the background & the focal image. The various sections were layered onto navy blue card with the focal image on 3-d pads.  Another piece of inspiration taken from this video is the placement of the sentiment to the side.  I really like it & will be using it again.

I had enjoyed making the background - so decided to create another one for my second card.  To keep things relatively tidy on my desk I went for the same colours.  This cloche hat lady is one of my favourites & this is another different way to use her. I have only coloured the hat & the coat.

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Have a lovely weekend - I understand this weather is to last the weekend.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Just a little chat

Today I have fallen by the wayside of making a card a day - today should have been card 3.  A commitment during the day lasted longer than thought & so play time ran out.  So it looks like 2 cards tomorrow if I am to keep up.

Last night I had a little more play with my digital scrapbooking & learnt how to turn words into masks& frames to hold photos.  I say learnt my first slow step by step following of the tutorial didn't work, the next one did.  I found a you tube video that showed a different way to do this & tried that - it worked first time, then failed the next time.  So some practise needed - lets see what the next couple of days brings.

Hope to have a card for you tomorrow.

'Bye for now.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Another card

Good afternoon everyone on quite a pleasant day in North Wales.  Not a lot of sunshine but at least it's dry.

I have made my daily card this morning & here it is -

One card a day does seem a bit pathetic but one a day would gradually add up & I am sorely in need of some back up cards.  At the moment I am putting happy birthday on them as I do have some birthdays coming up,  But I will also start making some without a sentiment to cover any other occasion that may occur.

These stamps were a freebie from a magazine & I have used the corner floral image a couple of times before.  All images were stamped in black archival ink & quickly embossed with clear EP.  The colouring I have done by using a waterbrush with pigment inks.  That is with the exception of the small amount of yellow that is on the card - as I don't have a yellow ink pad.  So I put my Pan Pastels to work & applied that also with a waterbrush.  The leaves are green - it was an unusual shade - but here it looks almost blue.  At the end of the flourishes are some little gems which were also green - in fact identical to the ink - so they look blue-ish too.

After I have dealt with domestic matters, I am going to play some more with my digital scrap booking.  Last night I watched a couple of You Tube videos for certain techniques & now need to try them out.  So watch this space!

Thank you for popping in & it would be lovely if you left a comment after your visit.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Another digital page

Hi everyone

I am back again today to show you another of my digital pages.  I am really getting into this again now & having great fun going through my photos to see what I can turn into a page.

This page uses a photo of part of a bouquet I received for my birthday last year.  The background is the photo which has been turned into background paper.  Then the small photo in the corner is the same photo but I have used a technique where you can keep colour on chosen areas leaving the rest black & white.  I have wanted to try this for a while & thought this would probably would be a good image to try it with.

I am very pleased with the end result.

black & white - not quite

Hello everyone

Here, it is rather damp so I hope all of you are having better weather.  On top of the damp we have the local council digging up the road at the side of the house - very noisy & smelly.

I am trying to make at least one card a day - from today - so here is my card for today.

I love this stamp & keep trying different ways to use it.  Here I stamped it in archival black ink which I quickly embossed with clear EP. Then I stamped it a second time & cut out just the ladies head & shoulders. I decided as I looked at it that I didn't want a lot of colour on it - so as you can see just coloured her hat red. I then remembered that I had bought a pack of die cut flourishes from C & C some time back & decided to use one of those. When I popped it out from the sheet it fell near the photo in a way that made me use it like a photograph stand.  A little happy birthday greeting & a few red gems & voila!

Now what card will I make tomorrow?

Thank you for popping in - I hope to see you again soon..

Monday, 6 August 2012

Show us your Twinchies - challenge #3

Hi everyone

Today I have made my first challenge item for quite a while.  Over at "Show us your Twinchies" challenge #3 is for Bright Colours.

I had actually gone to my desk to look for something & there on the side were these 3 ink pads.  I am not sure if they are Bright enough - but as there was also a motif left over from another card on the desk - I thought I would join in.  Here it is -

My ruler is so well used that you can only just read the inches marked on it. The central strip is actually a very pale version of the deep lilac colour - it looks almost white here.  My inkpads were actually quite wet so I embossed the square with clear EP to give it another dimension.

I recently introduced my club ladies to Twinchies - here are a couple of simple ones that I made in order to show them what they were& how easy to do.

They are great fun & it is so easy to make one at the end of each crafting session from items left over from a project.

Thank you for visiting my blog - please leave a message.  I must go & link this to the challenge site now.

Another digital page

HiNow I have got started with my digital scrap booking - I can't seem to stop.

The photos on this page have been sitting around for a while - since 2005 in fact.

These are my neighbours fan tailed doves & at the time we had a bird feeder stuck to our kitchen window.  They gradually realised it contained free food & set about finding out if they could get at it.  As you can see - this one did.  In the top photo he was actually looking into the kitchen almost as if he was checking if anyone was watching.  I had heard him land on the windowsill, grabbed my camera & waited for the best shots.  I called Bob & he went outside - but this bird was hungry for someone elses food & took no notice of him.

Today we have workmen digging up the road at the side of our house - relaying the road surface I think. I had to get up & move my car out to the front of the house as the exit from our drive is on that road.  This meant rising a little earlier than usual !!!! - so I thought I would use the time to create this page - then I thought I would post about it here.  But now it is time for the domestic side of life & who knows I might have time later to do some rubber stamping.

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Sunday, 5 August 2012

A scrapbook page

Hello again everyone

I have just finished creating a scrapbook page for a day back in 2009.  We visited the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire in May that year & I took quite a lot of photos. I have tried several times to scrap it - but couldn't find the right way.  In the end I let the Arboretum & a couple of photos say what was needed.

It is all digitally created.  I have so many photos to do - that I cannot do them all the hybrid way.  The background was a photo I took of the main area as we walked in.  I use Serif Craft Artist to do my digital albums & there is a feature that allows you to place a photo in the work area & then you can drag it to the background tab at the side & then when you pull it from there to the work area again it becomes a background paper.  Clever!  I then increased the transparency of it to create this finish.  The poppy border was made from finding a poppy image, reducing it, copy & paste to get more & then grouping them together for a ribbon.

I am very pleased with this.  It doesn't need anything else on it.

The weather today has gradually gone from poor to bad - we are currently having quite a heavy thunderstorm - but no rain!  It accounts for my headache.

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Where have I been all this time?

Hello everyone I am sorry I haven't been her for such a long time - about 6 weeks in fact.  So I do owe an apology to those of you who became followers.

My last post was on 19 June just one day before going on holiday for 2 weeks in Brittany.  I didn't like to advertise the fact that we were not to be at home.  Since then I have been fairly busy with wedding preparations - the early stages of organisation - what, where, when & how etc.  Back in my post on 31 May I did mention that my partner Bob & I were going to tie the knot next year.

Initial work has now been completed & from now on it is a case of gradually working on flower arrangements, cake & other things.  The save The Date has already gone out & the basis of the Invitations has been started.  So things are underway.

Along with this I have three rubber stamping clubs that I run & there is work to do for them, plus I run a blog for them - so I do tend to write daily on that.

Now that I feel on top of all this organisation a little more I thought it was time to get back to this blog.

A couple of days ago I joined Facebook group for digital scrap booking - which is another interest of mine - so I thought I would also start sharing those pages with you.  But first some stamping that I have managed to do recently.

I am very much a Clean & Simple style stamper - although if it calls for it I can do more on a card.
I also really like using inks to just lift the whiteness of cards - here I used Victorian Velvet Distress Ink sponged down the side of the card.  The long-stem rose is a stamp from Dimension Stamps which I stamped in black archival ink & coloured with Promarkers.  I then cut the rose out leaving a narrow white border around & attached it with thin 3-d pads.  The greeting is from a freebie set on a magazine.

This little card is a delightful rocker card with a stepper style, which a member of one of my clubs introduced us to.  Again my Clean & Simple style. Having created the rocker card I embossed a piece of white card & cut it to shape to fit across the part circular base.  The flowers again are from a freebie set & were stamped in black archival ink & coloured with Promarkers.

So - I am back.  Hope this post wasn't too long.