Sunday, July 5, 2015

Seaside Holiday

I have more pictures that we took this day, and they are scanned, but right now I just cannot find them ugh! I scanned them many years ago when my computer had a small hard drive and I had to back everything up onto disks.....so somewhere is a disk with the pictures on. hmmmm might be easier to locate the pictures and rescan....still this will work for one side of the double spread...

Great kit, right up my street!




Cathy Krenek's 'Beach Fun Kit' Just look at all the delightful goodies in there!



Heading into a busy week, but hope to have a freebie available soon!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hybrid Cards - New Baby

I have no stamps that are particularly suitable for a new baby type card, so the logical alternative for me was to go 'hybrid'. By that I mean using digital images (in this case digital scrapbooking supplies) and making a real life card from it. Besides, my old (very old) printer died recently and I wanted to try the new one for size!

I started with a digital kit by Kristin Aagard. To me,  nobody does 'cute' quite like Kristin does. I'm sorry I don't have more reason to buy/use her cute designs! (even so I have more of her goodies than I probably need...)

This is what I used 'Peas in a Pod'



I designed the card in Silhouette Studio, working on a card base from LD - Step Cards. Which worked just fine. ( I do wish they took more care to add some sort of images of finished projects to the files though) 
The front panels for the card I designed in Photoshop which enabled me to add shadows to some elements. That meant I could reduce the bulk seeing as both cards were to be mailed internationally. For a hand delivered card, it would be much nicer to make it more dimensional!

I used the 'print and cut' feature to get the Cameo to cut the elements for me. The light wasn't good when I snapped this quickly, with the tablet, but you get the idea.




All that was left to do was to assemble the bits and pieces.






The alpha letters used for the names are also from the digi kit.




The only item actually popped up with a bit of foam tape, is the little bear on the front.






I like how it has the illusion of dimension even though it is flat for easy and safe mailing




I added a sheet of pink copy paper to the back of the cards as I did not like to look into a 'black hole' when the card is opened.







I was very pleased indeed with the results. And that printer? It is welcome to stay with me in my studio!


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sweet Treat Birthday Card

A simple - meaning no fussy - birthday card. This one came together super quick. I was done before I started! Ha...and as I used the heat tool to dry the water colour paint it came together even quicker. Using the heat tool also prevented the colours from bleeding on her top. There was a lot of water there at the time.

I used the Cupcake BFF's set by Art Impressions for the card




In the end all I had to wait for was for the glitter glue frosting to dry.







Thursday, June 18, 2015

Tri-Fold Card

I've been wanting to try these Try-Fold card stamps from Art Impressions for a while, so when Jo-Ann's had a sale on recently I decided to get one set.

This is the set I used :  Garden 


I did the colouring with coloured pencils.
I added a tiny flower stamp to the pot of flowers next to the bench, and also sketched in a few birds flying over.



I love all the little details in the images.





The free loose style of drawing of the stamps lends itself beautifully to water colours, which is what I plan to use for the next time I use these images




I am very pleased indeed with the card and I definitely have more of these stamp sets on my wishlist now!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Birthday Wrap Cards

When I received a parcel wrapped in this brightly coloured paper, I knew I had found the 'designer' paper for my next card!

All I needed to add was a stamp or two and pinking shears.

For the first one I used an image from Penny Black's 'Bubbly' Those furry friends are having waaaay too much fun celebrating!



For the next one I chose another stamp from Penny Black's 'Bubbly'




And for this last card I used an image from 'Every Which Way' also by Penny Black
On this one the wrapping paper shows some creases, but I really don't think that matters, do you?



I added an (older) Provocraft  Happy Birthday stamp to the side, popped the balloon up with foam tape and attached the tag to the card with a raffia style bow.



I'm making good progress on building up a good supply of cards and enjoying every minute of it!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Miss You My Friend Cards

Just posting a couple of simple little cards. Cards do not need to be elaborate to bring a smile or a bit of encouragement.

I've been digging into my older paper bits and pieces. Cards are such a good way to use up little scraps and strips! I thought this forlorn looking little dog is a good picture to go with the sentiment(which is an oldie from Provocraft) The stamp is from the 'Bubbly' transparent stamp set by Penny Black and I coloured it with coloured pencils.



Another quick and 'simple' card for when one wants to send a note - the image (again coloured with colour pencils) is from the same 'Bubbly' stamp set.  The sentiment is by BoBunny from the 'Sentiments' set.
I used a punch for the edge and decorative scissors to cut the circle. All old style, but since I have the tools I see no reason not to use them. :-)



I'm off to take more pictures of more cards. I've fallen behind on the 'cards' page...

Monday, June 8, 2015

Yearbook - May 2015

Getting on with building the greenhouse. It was a big job, but turned out so nicely...more pictures coming next month LOL.



I used the kit and one alpha from the 'Go Camping' Bundle by Cathy Krenek for my page.



I'm already looking forward to having this book printed. The yearbooks are soooooo nice to hold in your hand and look at again and again. They are also very helpful when trying to remember what happened when!