Sunday, 12 June 2011

Carolines digi images & my photos

Good evening everyone
As well as rubber stamping I also enjoy crafting with CD's & digi images.  A friend - Caroline Rawcliffe of CaroLines has introduced digi images into her products & creates some beautiful silhouette images with many background papers, messages rings & silhouette images.

I have loved Carolines silhouette images since she introduced them as rubber stamps, but recently I found a new way to use these images in their digital form.

I love taking photographs of sunsets, sunrises, cloud formations etc,  If the sky looks different or interesting out comes the camera.  A short while ago I showed Caroline my latest night sky pictures & she wondered what her silhouettes would look like with them.  So I had to try didn't I.

This is one of the pictures.  I took about 6 or 7 - couldn't stop clicking.

The package I use for creating cards etc from my photos is "My Craft Studio".

The first thing to do was to pull the photo into MCS's work area then cut out a portion of the sky in a circle.

Once that was done it was time to add Carolines digi images.  I chose 2 silhouette frames, an owl & a flight of birds.

These are the images I chose.

In the finished image with the branch silhouette I have rotated the branch a little.

Also I had to adjust the size of the birds to fit the silhouette frame - but that is easy in MCS.

Here is the finished result.

Don't they look great?

Thank you Caroline for that inspiration

To see more of CaroLines images click on her name at the top of this post.

Crafty Individuals workshop

Hello - oh dear where has the sun gone!

Yesterday I didn't mind the rain as I was attending a workshop with Jean & Malcolm from Crafty Individuals who were running the workshop for a stamp club that I am a member of.

It was a most pleasant day & I found it very relaxing & therapeutic to just sit there & create.  Jean started the day off by explaining what we would be making & how around the hall there were many of her stamps to use & tables of embellishments & papers as well .   

The first project we made was a pendant that held one of Crafty Individuals little pictures that they have in book & sheet form 

The clear resin cover also magnifies the image beneath it.  This was a really nice easy project to start with & I didn't do much else other than stamp a butterfly on the image in white ink.

I think if I had selected an image with a lighter background I might have been tempted to do some more stamping on it - but I am still pleased with it.

Next we started to prepare the little framed project.  These are made of chipboard & take inks very well,. I had an octagonal shape as you can see.  It comes in two parts - well 4 actually as there are 2 small pieces that go together to make the stand.  Then the frame itself is in 2 parts, a solid back part & the aperture front. 

For every step of all of those projects we made there was a large choice of materials.  There were so many to choose from that I changed my mind several times before arriving at what I would actually work with.  Trouble is at the moment I seem to lean towards blue & purple colours & it is very hard to break.  So it was blue again for this project.

After selecting the paper I drew around it to get the shape for the lining, & then glued it to the inside of the back piece. For a while I toyed with the idea of putting the same paper around the frame.  Then I looked at that lovely curly shape & changed my mind as I felt I wouldn't be able to cut around it very neatly.  So instead I inked the frame with Adirondack Denim ink pad.  I also lightly rubbed Stonewashed over it after - it just softened the Denim a little.  Coloring the edges was the hardest part & was necessary even though I was going to be covering the outer edge of the frame with some braid. Whilst the ink was drying I decided how to decorate the frame.  In the end I stamped a little butterfly in black archival ink around the edge.  I then stamped 2 of a larger version of the butterfly onto the paper scraps from the frame lining paper.  Then after searching through the items available to us I found some paper flowers & gems.  I then glued one of the butterflies to the frame & the second one top of it by the body only - some flat gems highlight its body.  Then the flowers were placed at the opposite diagonal with some more gems to decorate them.  The central flower came with gems attached.  Oh yes, by the way - I did get inky fingers doing this project.

We had been given one of the lovely patterned tags to use for another project, & by the end of the afternoon session I had actually decorated two tags.

Now the biggest problem I have here is that these tags are so pretty I don't actually want to cover them with anything else.

But, I am just getting a little deeper into altering things so this was another gentle way to do some more.  I did actually stamp on this label - you should be able to see the flourish stamp at top right & bottom left.

Then it was back to more paper flowers to add to the decoration.  The one in the top right corner actually has a rather posh floral brad through it.  It's a silvery coloured filigree flower with a deep pink pearl-type brad in the centre that had been in my embellishment stash for some time.

I then found 3 more pink paper flowers & finished them off with some more flat gems.  Some pretty pink lace was used for the ties, after layering the tag onto some bright pink card.

Next came another tag - oh dear look - I am back to blue again, although it does have some other colours on it.

I tried this time to do more work on this & used one of the lovely frames we had been given which I inked - this time using a pale blue Promarker.  The card the frames are made of were slightly shiny & some inks were not drying on them. 

Then I used another of my flourish stamps to decorate the little frame.  I chose one of the butterfly pictures from the many available to us to go inside the frame.

Then after deciding where to place it I found a similar butterfly which I glued to the rectangle of card that had been the centre of the frame.

This was then placed at the top of the tag with a few flat gems each side of it.

I bought a couple of packs of those tags & I am going to try & be a bit more adventuresome with them.  So! watch this space I may let you see what I do.

This morning I discovered that Jean has a blog & have added myself as a follower.  I will add a link to the shop & blog on my main page.

Thank you for stopping by - hope you enjoyed reading about my day.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

A faux layer card

Hello everyone how nice of you to pop by.

Wow! Success, I have made my first century - this is post number 100 - at one time I thought I would never get there, but taking part in the challenges helps raise the number of posts.

Today I created another of the faux layering cards for a forthcoming workshop.  This time the layers look more like layers than torn paper.

The effect of the layers is achieved by using an acetate template with an aperture in, & sponging colour through it.  Then moving it to a different positions & sponging with different colours.

In this card I created the layers first, then stamped the image into the aperture style centre.  I didn't like quite so much white in the centre, so I stamped the flower again on a scrap & cut it out to create a mask, then over stamped the focal image with some oriental text. The acetate frame is left in place during this step.  Next I highlighted the right hand & lower edges with a grey pencil to add to the illusion of layers.

The inks I used were from a Kaleidocolor pad & I used the same pad for the sentiment.

Once again I am using techniques that I learnt some time ago & have not used much recently.  Another old technique that is going to be used a little more again.

More workshop samples to make over the next few days- so please pop back again, & do leave a comment before you leave.

Monday, 6 June 2011

Less is More Challenge - Monochrome

Hello, thank you for popping in - I hope you like what I have done with this challenge.

Actually this entry came about by chance this afternoon, when I was concentrating on making samples for workshops that I do at a local craft shop & this technique is one that I am introducing & it is called Faux Layers or Layering.

As I was reaching the closing stages of creating this card I realised it would suit this challenge - Monochrome over at Less is More.

The base card is actually white although it looks slightly pale blue in the photo.

To create the faux layer I tore a piece of copy paper & laid it on the right hand edge of the card.  Then I sponged Adirondack Stonewash ink from off the copy paper towards the folded edge of the card.

The flourish stamp is one of four in a small set of stamps (once again, as seems the norm with me & my stamps) I do not know the make.

I then randomly stamped the flourish with Adirondack Denim over the faux layer - or background!  On a separate piece of white card I stamped the flourish again along with the sentiment - again in Adirondack Denim.

The piece of card was then trimmed to a suitable size & using a piece of paper as a mask I sponged Adirondack Denim ink around the edges creating a narrow border - or faux layer. 

Voila! another less is more or clean & simple card.

Spotlight technique

Hi everyone
The Spotlight technique has been around for quite a while now, but I am re-introducing it for some workshops I am running at my local craft shop.

So today I had to get together some new samples. 

I have used the same image from a set of unmounted stamps I have for which I no longer have the packaging & cannot remember what make they are.

There is one stamp in the set which is a text plate of Chinese/Japanese writing

I stamped this image in black archival ink then stamped just the large flower head again. I coloured the small image then drew a circle around it & cut it out, & placed it over the top of that part of the main image. Then the image was cut out with a scalloped oval Nestability die, & the edges dusted lightly with green chalk.

Some pearlised paper was then turned into a lacy strip with a paper punch & everything mounted onto a white card.

In this second sample I have used the same stamped image, along with the lacy strip & the main image cut with the scalloped oval Nestability.

The spotlight this time is the whole of the small flower stem to the left of the main image.

The third image has all the basics the same as the other two but this time
I have coloured all of the main image & the spotlight this time is part of the large flower left black & white.

The square & different image card has been created after the style of a card I saw on the Internet & rather stupidly I forgot to note where I saw it.

I liked the repetitiveness of the design & the colour only added to the central panel.  This little border stamp was also part of the set that the floral image came from.  So, a set that has really proved its value & will now get used a lot more.

I had forgotten how enjoyable spotlight technique was & will definitely do some more.

Thank you for stopping by.

Saturday, 4 June 2011

CD Sunday Challenge - Scallops

I'm late, I'm late for a very important date.

I can't believe I am nearly out of time for this challenge over at CD Sunday, where the theme is scallops.

 The background paper, flower, lacy border & the focal image came from MCS Encyclopedia CD's.

It was not off one of the A-Z sections but the other sections of the CD's where there are choices of backgrounds, colour, images & embellishments.

I used a new scallop die cut that I have - & I forgot to check the name of the company as it is not a Nestability die.

The roses in the focal image are NOT 3-d, neither are they paper flowers it is a totally flat image.  The quality of the photography (not mine) that done by MCS is what makes them look so realistic.  They really do look like they are jumping off the card.

I cut out 2 of the little flowers & layered them for fullness then used them as the stopper for the easel card.
I really must get myself either a photo tent or daylight lamp - or perhaps even both, as the colours do not show too well.  the darker shades are a soft burgundy colour & the roses & background paper are a very soft dusty pink which goes well with the burgundy.

Friday, 3 June 2011

I won

I have just been onto some of the challenge blogs that I follow & found that I have won again in another challenge.

My win was over at Crafts 4 Eternity where the challenge was "Alter". My entry is HERE.  Once again this was a winning entry picked out by the random number process - but it is still a win.

I get to pick 3 digi-stamps as my prize - will show them to you when I have received them.

I started entering these challenges for inspiration & to test what I could do - winning prizes is a lovely bonus. Tomorrow I must do some more creating, there are a couple of challenges from last Sunday I have not entered yet.  Better pull my finger out or I will miss them.

Addition of a tutorial - art deco card

Hello everyone
I recently made a very bold statement on Splitcoast Stampers that I would write a tutorial for the above card.  I had written basic notes & posted that on the forum - but it really needed photos. I had also been asked by colleagues & club members if I could do this - so today I have finished all the work on it.

I still have a lot to learn if I am going to do more of these - my computer ran fairly slow at times which was frustrating to say the least.  I did prepare the writing in Word & copy & past it into the blog.  Then I added the photos on Blogger.  I am wondering if I should have done everything in Word & then copy & paste.  I will have to try a small example & see.

So - just click on the Tutorial tab at the top of the screen.  It is a rather lengthy tutorial & that is why I have put it in a page on it's own.

Please do leave comments here if you have any problems - or if you feel it doesn't work.  I look forward to some favourable comments, but I do also happily receive criticisms.  How else would I learn.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Winter Wonderland - Blue & White challenge & blog hop

Hello everyone
Well, I have finally made my card for the Winter Wonderland challenge.  I had already completed the blog hop some days ago, & was left with the card to make.

I don't know why - but I couldn't settle on an idea & some that I had just didn't work as I wanted them to.  Then this morning I had an idea - a very simple one but nevertheless - an idea.

In the past I haven't always been happy with the image from this stamp - which is from Stampington & Co - it doesn't always emboss successfully.

Anyway I decided to give it another go & stamped & embossed in white onto white card.  Then I coloured the image with Adirondack ink in Stonewashed using a felt pad & applicator. Then I matted & layered the image onto white card then onto blue card.

A favourite stamp of mine at Christmas time is the little snowflake cluster that I have used which comes from PSX.  After deciding where I was going to place the main image I masked the area then randomly stamped the snowflakes down the side & along the bottom, using the same blue Adirondack ink.

I decided to emboss a line around the main image on two sides - underneath & on the right hand side, giving it a sort of framed box to sit in.

Finally I placed the Merry Christmas peel-off greeting in the bottom corner.  It was gold & I changed it with a blue permanent pen.

Actually Father Christmas shows up better than I thought, & now I think I not only have a Christmas Card for this year, but I may make several along that line using festive colours.