Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Digitally Sweet challenge #8

Over the last couple of days I have gone down with a nasty cold - the runny nose sort?  You know the one - can't go far without a tissue.  Not really conducive to rubber stamping.  So to fill the time I created a digital page for this weeks challenge over at "Digitally Sweet"

The challenge this week is called -  "Paw"sitively Digital.  I have quite a lot of photos of my Yorkshire Terrier & the 2 Poodles I had before her but they are not saved on my computer.  I must get round to scanning them.  But I do have my favourite one of Misty - my Yorkshire Terrier - which I have used as my Internet/Blogging picture.  So I have created my page with that.

Unconditional love was certainly something she gave all her life.  As you can see I have been without her for 16 years & I still really miss her. She was really tiny - but had the biggest heart - oh yes & I think she thought she was an Alsatian because if she ever saw one she ran off to join in their fun. I think I might have a photo somewhere - obviously I had better look that out & make another page.  I am doing a scrap book of photos that were taken of her & I think this might be the first page.
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Monday, 29 October 2012

Less Is More Challenge - Sketch

Well, I found time today to enter another challenge this time one with stamping.

The challenge is for the Less Is More Challenge blog & this week we have a sketch to follow

A nice clean & simple sketch & here is my interpretation of it

I decided to go for a monochrome look - although for a while I toyed with the idea of a small amount of colour on each of the squares, but changed my mind.

I cut a strip of white card & embossed frame outlines on it, then because I was using a white card I layered this strip onto some black card leaving a narrow border down the sides.  The images are stamped in black archival ink & the stamps are from CaroLines, & a little "with thanks" sentiment, which was a freebie on a magazine, completes it.

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CD Sunday challenge - Beautiful Blue

The challenge this week over at CD Sunday Challenge Blog is Beautiful Blue.

For my card I used a My Craft Studio CD from the 3rd Anniversary Set - called Nursery Rhymes Volume 1. It contains images & papers to do with the days of the week - "Mondays child is fair of face" etc.  I chose Thursdays Child as it had blue backgrounds & images.

I trimmed the background paper to leave a small border all round. Then I  reduced the size of the topper a little & printed it out along with a separate image of the boy.  I made him a little bigger than the one in the topper.  I placed him at bottom right of the card on sticky pads to try to give more of an impression of the journey - the far to go. Some twine & small buttons just to finish it off.

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Thursday, 25 October 2012

Two digital cards

Hmm! this digital crafting comes in very useful when there are cards to send a fair distance.  They can be made to look very 3-d but come nice & flat for posting.

I had to make a card this week to send to the States.

I am not too sure what sort of things he is in to - I know he works with computers - so thought a bit of steam punk might go down well.
I also decided to make a digi card for a female birthday due soon - mainly because I decided to use a photo of her cat - although this one doesn't have far to be sent.  Here it is
This photo was taken of him when I was making the flowers for Nadine & Russ's wedding & Gizmo (that's the cat) wanted to see what I was doing.  I think he wanted to be part of what was going on too. Of course the one I send here will not have the white watermark on it.
Now I am off to do some stamping & who knows I may get inky fingers?


Tuesday, 23 October 2012

CD Sunday challenge - Poetry Corner

The challenge over at CD Sunday Challenge Blog this week is Poetry Corner. 

Now that is a large area & I was unsure how I would be able to participate. Then whilst I was taking a look around the Daisy Trail site I spotted that they also had a challenge - "In a Word" - & the word was "Tree".  Now the little grey cells could start to work.  Here is the result;

The tree is one that I photographed just over a week ago - it was in the grounds of the crematorium where my parent's ashes are laid.  I had been wondering how to use it on a page although after the challenge I may change the page to contain some journalling to say when & where it was taken.  The background & layering papers were taken from a CD digikit called Hurkledale Wood from Lindalous Scrap Spot & background images were from a Serif CD - Birds & Trees.
I am going to enter this page in both of the challenges mentioned above.
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Sunday, 21 October 2012

New followers

Just popping in to welcome 2 new followers to my blog

Aussie Annie
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Digitally Sweet Challenge - #6

Time for another challenge over at Digitally Sweet Challenge blog - & this week we are using a sketch

The sketch shows 4 photos & the measurements 3" x 3" for each.  As I don't have an A3 printer I have made my page 8" x 8" so I have had to reduce the size of my photos. When I enter these challenges I try to create a page that I am going to print off & put in an album.  So I hope this is alright for the challenge.  Here is my take on the sketch -

I have a lot more photos of this little girl at around this age that I still have to do pages for.  No pressure - she's only 12 now!!!!

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I had better look out some more photos.  'Bye for now.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Less is More - One layer - Wings

I almost didn't enter this challenge & I am keeping my fingers crossed I am still in time.  The challenge over at Less is More this week is a one layer card featuring wings.  I think they have done things with wings before & I really only have butterflies.  So it was a case of thinking of a a different way to show them.

Then last night at one of my club meetings one of the ladies was using a very unusual stamp & when I commented about the challenge she lent me the stamp ............

I have just stamped it in Vintage Photo Distress Ink & left it to speak for itself.  Whilst wondering what sort of wording to put on it & looking through my word stamps I re-found the little row of open circle stamps (there was a set of open squares as well), & I have a tiny alphabet I have not used in ages that just fit inside  - voila! my wording.  So! I have new & old stamping items used here.

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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

New follower

Hi - popping in to say hello & welcome to a new follower.

Hello Chris S & thank you for becoming a follower I hope you enjoy your visits.

Off now to start on some Christmas cards - or I will never be ready in time.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

CD Sunday Challenge - Autumnal Splendour

Doesn't time fly?  I haven't posted anything for 6 days where, as I often ask, does this time go?

Part of it was the fact that I have been away for a couple of days - so now it is time to join a challenge or two & get my creative mojo working again.

Over at CD Sunday the challenge is for Autumnal Splendour.  Here is my take on that...............

I created this 8x8 page in Serif Craft Artist2 - affectionately known as CAP2. Amongst my digi kits was one called Autumn Fire.  So all the images, with the exception of the text, came from that.  Unusually for an autumnal kit it didn't have autumnal colour backgrounds.  They tended to be a bit grey looking - so the first thing I did was change the colour.  The border down the left hand side was created by repeat pattern of the leaf cluster, & then they were given a drop shadow & an embossed finish.  The text I found by Googling "autumn poems & quotes" - & this one really appealed to me.

There is another challenge that has chosen autumn as its theme - but has given a photo as inspiration.  This page doesn't fit that challenge, so I think I will pop off now & see what I can do for that one.

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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Candle decorating

Yesterday evening I had a really pleasant couple of hours with one of our local WI groups.  I had gone along to show them how to decorate candles with paper napkins.

I was very surprised when a couple of ladies said they had never seem napkins used like that which made it all very new to them.

I had bought some napkins with Poinsettias on that were almost an overall pattern, so just to be sure I bought another pack that had groups of beautiful Christmas stockings.  As it turned out it was a good idea to take both packs to let the ladies choose the one they wanted.

Here are some examples of their work.  Some ladies didn't put their candles forward to be photographed which was a shame.  But at least I have a little record of what we did.


Some ribbon, Christmas peel off greetings & flat backed gems finished them off nicely.

I have 5 of these candles left over - so it looks like I might be busy decorating those.  They make nice raffle prizes.  I really must find some stamps to use though.

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Monday, 8 October 2012

decorating candles ....

.... is something I have been doing this morning.  Well, not actually in the plural - just one.

Tomorrow evening I am visiting a local WI & showing them how to decorate candles with paper napkins. Last night whilst thinking of the different bits & pieces to take with me I realised I didn't have a candle that was decorated.  So I set to this morning & corrected that situation.

This is the main image with sum flat backed gems added for interest & finished off with a blue happy birthday ribbon.  You can just about make out the writing on the ribbon

This is the other side of the candle with the smaller image.  Can a candle have "another side"?
Tomorrow the ladies will be making a Christmas candle & I hope to be able to give them ideas on how to display it.  Hopefully they will buy some candles & decorate a group of them.  I had originally wanted to show them this technique with rubber stamped images but then was a bit concerned about heat guns so decided to go with napkins.
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Saturday, 6 October 2012

A canvas

A couple of days ago a crafting colleague visited one of my clubs & showed the ladies how to decorate a small canvas as a piece of art.  I actually have 3 clubs here & she will be visiting the other 2 later in the month.

This afternoon I thought I really should have a go as well, so here is the result --

The canvas is a thin one & measures 4" x 4".  I used 2 shades of Adirondak inks throughout.  The Crafty Individuals stamp was still on my desk after making a couple of cards a few days ago, so I thought I would use it here too.  I stamped it onto fairly thin paper & then gave it a torn edge rather than a cut one which I thought would merge into the background better. It was then applied to the canvas with a quick (ish) drying pva glue.  I found those little round embellishments in a box - they look like little shells - & strung them on some very fine cotton.  The flower gem was used to hold the cotton in place, but the "shells" hang free. Next a couple more flower gems added for interest.  The little 6-sided stone (I forget - were they called Style Stones?) was coloured slightly with the inks then I stamped the wing of the butterfly on it to link to the butterfly in the top corner.  The ink didn't seem to like being stamped directly onto the canvas - but it gave quite a nice effect.  Metal corners on 2 opposite corners completed the canvas.  I think I would have preferred silver corners - but I only bought gold.  Will rectify that next time.

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Thursday, 4 October 2012

Allsorts challenge - Scrapbook page

Scrapbook page.  Ooh where to start - so many photos to be scrapped, no - I mean put into a scrapbook.  We had a wedding in the family back in 2010 & I have only just started working on those photos - so here is one I can add to the small but growing collection.  It's for the challenge over at Allsorts where the theme is - yes I have already said haven't I - Scrapbook page.

Most of my scrapbook pages are being created digitally with Serif Craft Artist 2, because I have so many to do & wouldn't be able to cope with them all hybrid.  I have looked at the rules over at Allsorts & cannot see if there is any exclusion to digital work.  So I will just have to wait & see.

The wedding flowers, bridesmaids dresses & men's ties were a pretty shade of burgundy.  I couldn't find amongst my digikits anything that came near to that colour.  So rather than spoil it with the wrong colour I kept everything else fairly neutral.  I quite like the finish & will probably print it off at the weekend.  It is amazing how realistic these digital pages look when printed.

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Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Some ink on my fingers

Yes, today I actually got inky - but not too much.

I managed to find time to have a little stamping session - first one for a while, & made 2 cards.

I am feeling in a rather monochrome mood at the moment - but it does make for some really nice clean & crisp cards.  These 2 images are from Crafty Individuals & I have stamped them in Adirondack inks - each a different blue shade.  The layering card has also been coloured with the same ink - by using my little shaving brushes.  The border stamp is one of a freebie set some time back, as is the greeting.  I like the font of this greeting & use it a lot.

My creative juices stamping wise have not been too good of late but I am hoping the play today has kick started it again.  Let's see what tomorrow brings.

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Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Digitally Sweet Challenge #4

Today I am entering the fourth challenge over at Digitally Sweet Challenges where the theme this week is ribbons.  I was stuck for a little while but then today I downloaded a lovely kit which included some ribbons & was ideal for a photo I had wanted to scrap for sometime.  All will be revealed ...............

..... yes my lovely little Yorkshire Terrier whose devotion & love epitomises this sentiment & whose photo I use for my avatar.  Wow! that's a big word for a Tuesday.  The digi kit is from BellaGypsy Designs.

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Monday, 1 October 2012

CD Sunday challenge - Tea Time

I have decided to do something a little different for the challenge over at CD Sunday Challenge.  The theme is Tea Time & I have to admit that I haven't ended up making what I set out to make. 

I spent time looking through My Craft Studio Cd's (not difficult as they are all on my hard drive), trying to find something a little different.  As always I changed my mind several times & who knows perhaps I should have stayed with an early idea - but anyway this is what actually evolved - a fun piece.

You will have to excuse the tiles of my kitchen worktop showing but it was the lightest area to take the photo.  Everything in this little tableau is from My Craft Studio.  The background paper is from Illustrious Illusions CD2; the teapot easel from advanced Encyclopedia CD 1; the cake from 3rd Anniversary Set - A piece of cake & the sentiment from All About Words. In order to show it all together I created a rectangular base to put it all on.
This is a closeup of the teapot which is an easel card, although I am not sure how it would go through the post as I couldn't see how to lay it flat. Which is why the tableau came about. i added some peel off borders to mark certain points & some gems to brighten it up.

This is a closeup of the cake which I have stood up by creating a little stand behind it, & finally a close up of the sentiment.


I think I shall put this somewhere safe as it could make a cute little centre piece on a birthday table.

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Less is More Challenge - Love & Marriage

Love & Marriage - very topical in this household at the moment.  So I thought I would enter the challenge over at Less is More, where the challenge is exactly that.

Now I am not sure whether they will accept my card, as I have produced it digitally, so we will have to see what their feelings are regarding this.  It will eventually be printed out & used.

The design has been created on a 5x5 card which I have tinted a very pale shade of the colour of the ribbon.  The ribbon is created by taking a piece of "material" & cutting the edges with "scissors", & a shadow has been pulled beneath the ribbon to give the appearance of depth.  The words & the heart embellishment have been treated with an embossed effect to make them stand out a little more.
When these digital images are printed they are very very effective.
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