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.

Digitally Sweet Challenge - #11

The challenge over at Digitally Sweet Challenge this week is "Trees & Leaves.

As I have just made a page to record a day out on Friday that consists of a lot of trees I thought I would make it my entry for this challenge.

 
It is a little difficult to see the top & right edges of the page as after selecting one of the photos to be my background paper I increased the transparency to make it fade & also softened the edges. 
 
I then chose 3 of the best tree photos I had taken & popped them into the frames that give them torn look edges.  The tree on the right is also the one I chose for the background.  Some leaves were found from a Daisy Trail kit & I repeated them down the left side after which I embossed them. I found a frame that went well with the theme & popped the photo of the entrance to Powis Castle in it.  I then embossed the frame to make it stand out more.  Having done that I decided the leaf border was lacking something so I changed its colour to match the frame - which brought it alive.  Then a plaque was created to hold the title, after which I increased the outline a little & changed its colour - completing by embossing just the edge.  Drop shadows were added to some of the items to make them pop off the page more.
 
I have more photos from this day out - so can see there being 2 or 3 more pages.
 
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Thursday, 15 November 2012

some cards

A couple of days ago I stamped some images ready to make into cards.  This morning I managed to find the time to put them together.

The photo of this card has come out a little light - but it is white card with an image stamped in Versamark ink & embossed with gold EP then matted onto gold card.  The sentiment is also gold EP.


This image has also been stamped with Versamark Ink & embossed with gold EP & layered onto gold card.  I then coloured the image with water colour pencils using my water brush.  I decided to stamp & emboss the sentiment in gold then layer on to gold card.  When I tried to find the best placement I tucked the sentiment under the side of the main image.  I had tried this some months before & it seems to work quite well.

I made 5 of the Santa card - so that is a few more done toward my quota of stamped Christmas cards.

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Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Some cards & stamping

Before I tell you about my stamping session I need to welcome another new follower - Welcome Marleen I hope you enjoy your visits to my little space in blog world.

A few days ago I had quite a good session with my stamps although I did only use one image & made 4 cards;



The image is from Crafty Individuals & the sentiment part of a little freebie set on the front of a magazine.  I found myself working with lilac shades & needed something to go with it.  I decided on the yellow as the colours reminded me of  crocuses in spring & I do so look forward to the spring - especially next year as there is a very special event happening.  But more of that later.  I made 2 cards with the lilac edging & 2 with the yellow edging.

I stamped the image in black archival ink on white card, then coloured the image using watercolour pencils & a water brush.  After deciding to put them on square cards I needed a little more to lift them as the cards were white also. So I placed them on some more white card leaving a small margin all round then went around that edge with felt pens to match the colour in the image.  As I tried to decide where to place the image on the card I had the idea to create the frame with embossed lines then completed with the happy birthday sentiment.

I did make one other card that day - it was the one for the latest Less is More challenge with the little house on it.

I hope to have another session like that tomorrow & yesterday I did stamp a few images out but need to complete them into cards.  So will perhaps show those tomorrow.

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Monday, 12 November 2012

Less is More - Houses

The challenge this week over at Less Is More - is Houses.

I didn't think I would be able to join in this one as I couldn't remember having a house stamp that would suit. Then this morning, when I sat down to look for stamps for birthday cards I need to make I spotted a little set of stamps that had been free on a magazine & there was this really cute house.  So here is my entry for the challenge

I love the quirkiness of this image so I hand wrote the "new home" message underneath not really worrying about my handwriting.  The image was stamped with Versamark ink & embossed with gold EP.  I then coloured it with watercolour pencils & my trusty water brush.

Now all I need is to hear of someone moving house to give it to.

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Sunday, 11 November 2012

A new follower

I am popping in tonight to say welcome to a new follower - Mel Field.

Welcome to "Ink on my fingers?" Mel - I do hope you enjoy your visits.
 
 
We will remember them
 



Each year, on 11 November, we pause to remember all those who have died and suffered in conflicts around the globe.

It is something we have done every year since 1919. 
 
It was an opportunity to honour those who gave their lives in the First World War.
 
Now it is also a time to remember those who have died and suffered in modern conflicts.



Friday, 9 November 2012

Another challenge page

Well, a second post - that will help make up for missing a few days.

I have entered a digi page in a challenge over on Daisy Trail - where the challenge I have entered is - Alphabet Challenge & the letter G for Great Gardens.

Back in September last year I had a really lovely day in Portmeirion village in North Wales & took loads & loads of photos.  So I have tried to pick up some of the gardens rather than the village for this challenge;


After adding a light & very pale green background I added a copy of the photo that is in the multi frame & faded it into the background - blending the edges as well. You can just see the round frame that the photo was taken through. I tried different frames & photo edges but thought the one with the ribbon & butterfly worked well & used one of the multi frames for the first time.  This multi frame breaks the photo into different sections it is not more than one photo.  It needed some colour so I decided to include the lace cap hydrangea & then changed the little flowers & butterflies to match along with the brushed border of flower heads.

I created the page in Serif CAP2 & used a kit from RDH called "Miracle in Time".  RDH stands for Russian/Dutch Heart.

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Sketches in Thyme #92 - challenge

Goodness - 3 days without blogging - I can't start falling behind again.

Today I have entered a challenge over at Sketches in Thyme

This is the sketch we had to interpret -


I decided to have a look through my holiday photos over the last few years which I am still frantically trying to get into albums.  I have produced my page through Serif CAP2 & used "Heart of Winter" digi kit by Lindalou Creations.


It is a little difficult to see the edge of the page - which is 8x8 - as I blurred the edge to get a soft finish.  I created the shapes with the basic shape tool & colour picked from the photo to get the colour for those. The kit had a rather nice photo frame which I copied & flipped so that the pretty border was all down both sides reflecting the little border on the sketch.  Popping back into the kit I spotted the icy looking flourish to complete the sketch.

As you can see this was during our holiday in 2010 when we stayed just outside Carcassonne & we could see the mountains from our gite.  So we just had to go for a drive amongst them.  What we ended up doing was driving across into Andorra. An absolutely amazing drive.

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Tuesday, 6 November 2012

CD Sunday - Pink Christmas

Yes - that does say Pink Christmas & it is the theme of the challenge over at CD Sunday.

That tests my creativity somewhat.  Anyway I went ahead & this is the outcome -


It is a 5x5 square card & I used one of the Daisy Trail CD's - "Cozy Christmas".  Nothing - or at least very little - on it wasactually pink, so it was necessary to recolour everything.  Fortunately I managed to find elements that didn't look silly re-coloured.  The snowman gets a light pink tinge, but he is not totally pink. I used the 3-d tool on the snowman then copy & pasted him twice & reduced the size.

You know something?  I quite like pink Christmas cards.  I might give this to someone this year. 

If you want to see what others have madein this colour - click on the link above.

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Sunday, 4 November 2012

Digitally Sweet Challenge - sketch

Today I have created another digital page of my lovely April when she was around 12 months old for another challenge.

I have used the photos before - but I like to see them in different set ups.  The challenge over at Digitally Sweet Challenges this week is a sketch.

 
 
& here is my take on this sketch
 
 


I have rotated it slightly to accomodate that I had 2 portrait photos & 1 landscape photo I wanted to use.  The page was produced in Serif CAP & I first softened the edges of the background paper. The digi kit I used was Serifs Daydream - which I felt was really suitable for these photos.
 
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New follower

Just popping in to welcome a new follower - Henny.  Welcome to my little space in blog land - I hope you enjoy your visits.

Now I am off to wite another post with a challenge project.  See you there shortly.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Cards Galore challenge - Silhoiuette

Earlier I entered a scrapbook challenge & found that they also have a card challenge too - Cards Galore Challenge & this week the theme is - Silhouette.


The silhouette image is one from Lavinias Stamps.  I cut an oval aperture in some thin paper & sponged Distress Inks - using Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade & Dried Marigold through it onto white card.  The image was stamped in black archival ink.  some layering onto black card & over black ribbon with a little faux bow put around the stems of the flowers to complete the image.

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Show us your Twinchies #09

A little while ago I started entering the challenge over at Show Us Your Twinchies  - those cute little pieces of art work that measure 2" x  2".  The for some reason I forgot to pop over there - so I put that to rights today.  This week the challenge is "Hot Colours"


Not sure how hot these colours are but they were the best I had.  The little framed flowers image is from a set from CaroLines.  It was coloured with Distress Ink for the background & various gel & other pens for the flowers.  Some little flat backed gems to finish it off.

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Cards Galore Scrapbook challenge - Autumn

I have just discovered a new challenge blog for Scrapbooking where they accept either paper or digital pages.  Their challenge this week is "Autumn" & the blog is called Cards Galore Scrapbook Challenge.

I thought I would make another page with the beautiful tree that I photographed a couple of weekends ago & looked for some words that would suit as well.

 
I softened the edges of the photo then after some work on the page decided to 3-d the photo which suited it much better.  Stopped the photo looking a bit flat. I used a digi kit called "Kicking the leaves" from Serif.  The leaves on the background paper looked almost like skeleton leaves & originally it was green - but I altered the colour by picking the colour from one of the leaves in the photo.
 
As you can probably tell from the websites name they do card challenges as well - so I am now going to post this on my blog, enter the page into the challenge & find out what the challenge is on the Card blog.
 
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Thursday, 1 November 2012

another baby page

I settled down today to create another baby page in order to get those lovely 12 year old photos into an album.  Before creating the page I had a go at creating my own digi kit - which would actually be my second one.

I chose a photo I had taken of some flowers.

 
Then using Serif Craft Artist I created plain background papers picking up the colours from the flowers.  I created a frame by removing a shape from the photo & then using the various punches available I created embellishments such as flower heads & butterflies & sprays, again from the photo.  I did produce an upper case alphabet but when I used it I didn't like it.
 
Here is the page
 
 
I wanted to do something to the edges of the background paper before putting evereything on the page - but for the life of me could not remember how - so I need to go & read up about that for another time.  Now that it is finished - I am pleased with it, but I think I would create another digi kit & use the flowers in April's photo to create the papers & embellishments.  Then I would reproduce the page & see which I prefer.  It's all a learning curve & great fun too.
 
Because I wanted to save the kit to possibly use again I had to give it a name - I called it Sherbert Dip!  What do you think.
 
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