Monday, 24 December 2012


I hope that you all have the very best Christmas you can possibly have and that 2013 is wonderful to you!
Thank you all for your support this year. x

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Totally Tranquility

I really didn't think I was going to find the time to enter the sketch challenge at Digitally Sweet this week but I was feeling a bit 'Christmased out' so decided to snatch a wee bit of time to do a card front for one of the birthdays I have in January. It isn't very often that I go with using just one kit but that's what I've done this time. The kit is called Tranquillity and it's from Cool Scraps. I bought it a couple of months back because I love soft sages and khakis. I put it all together in Craft Artist Pro 2 using one of my own punches for the scalloped layer.

Well better get back to Christmas - thank you for the lovely sketch and challenge girls!

Monday, 17 December 2012

Magic of Christmas

I was inspired to make this card while I was creating the inside of hubby's Christmas card (see post below). I love the robins on the boot and thought they would make a lovely card in their own right. Created in CAP2 using the following kits:

I'm entering my card into these challenges:
Thank you for dropping in.


This is one of my upside down posts today. The card I'm sharing with you today is my hubby's Christmas card and doing the write up first lessens the chances of him seeing it before I give it to him so there is method in me madness! lol!
I put it together in Craft Artist 2 and used several kits from:

  • Crafty Ann's - Trad-temporary Christmas and Imperial Purple
  • Molemina Scrap - White Christmas
  • With Love Studios - Life's Moments. This one was the bird. The one that comes in the kit is a black and white line drawing and isn't a specific bird which I can see could come in very handy. I gave it the 'watercolour' and 'promarker' treatment in ArtRage to turn it into a robin on this occasion and I'm delighted with the results.

 I'm entering my card into these challenges:

I decorated the inside too, but had written in it before I remembered that I hadn't done the photos - all is not lost though, I can still show you the layouts just not in the card.

They will enlarge if you click on them but I wanted to be able to have them side by side as they are in the card. After feeling so rotten for the last couple of weeks, I've really enjoyed creating this. I hope your Christmas preps are going according to plan too and thank you for dropping by at this busy time.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Rogues Gallery...

...not really, but I couldn't resist! lol! This card was inspired by the challenge at Digitally Sweet this week which is called 'Ornamental Inspiration' and there's a photo to help inspire you too. Now, I'm not quite sure why this worked the way it did because I love using Christmas baubles/ornaments on my cards in any case but for some reason, it created the idea of using our gorgeous GCs and their parents on the ornaments. I love the end result so thank you girls and in keeping with their challenge criteria being totally digital, this first picture is the layout for the card front.

This is it made into the finished card. The red bp and all the elements (including the gold garland) are from Crafty Ann's, the embossed bp is from Pam Lefors and the gold bp is from With Love Studios. The red paper and the baubles/ornaments are a freebie you can download here. I put it all together in Craft Artist 2.
I'm also entering my card into these challenges:
Thank you for dropping by today, I hope you are having a good day. :)

Friday, 7 December 2012


I can't believe we're at that time of year again already, but it's time for our final challenge of 2012 at CACB! This time our theme is I'm dreaming of a white Christmas and we're looking for a white on white background with a coloured image/topper or purely white on white. As you can see, I've gone for the former. I decided to see if I could manage to do digital paper weaving using white papers - I managed and am very pleased with the result, but I have to tell you that it would have been a lot quicker to do it the old fashioned way with real paper! What I've used:

  • Snowflakes and red bp from Trad-temporary Christmas, white pearl from Imperial purple and the gold garland - all from Crafty Ann's.
  • A mask from Jessica Sprague to create the mount.
  • Craft Artist to create the card and for some of the special effects.
I'm entering my card into these challenges:
I love putting red and white together at Christmas and really enjoyed doing this - I hope you'll get the chance to come and play along for our last challenge of the year :)

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Christmas Greetings

The original idea for this Christmas card came from the current challenge at Digitally Sweet, which is buttons and is the reason I'm showing it to you twice. This first picture shows the digital card front and the second one is it made up into a card.

I used items from several kits from Crafty Ann's (white circular mount, gold studs and the green and gold papers), With Love Studios (red bp, poinsettia, buttons and bows) and Cool Scraps (lace). 
I'm entering my card into these challenges:
I hope your preparations are going well x

Christmas in Turquoise

I've had hardly any time to create this week, but I've managed to get another couple of Christmas cards done and this is the first of them. It's a simple one really but one I'm pleased with because I like the clean look of it. What I've used:

  • Turquoise bp and snowflake from Trad-temporary Christmas, ribbon & bow from Tempting Turquoise, Pearl from Imperial Purple (the colour changed using Craft Artist 2), Silver Garland. All from Crafty Ann's
  • Masks from Jessica Sprague to create the mounts.
  • The white paper with the embossed lines is one I've just created and isn't part of a kit.
I'm entering my card into these challenges:
Thanks for dropping by today, I hope you're having a good one and I might be back with another post later! x

Friday, 23 November 2012

Proud As A Peacock!

Goodness but I'm late with my post today! My apologies for this but I hope you'll think that it's better late than never.....
Challenge #79 at CACB is Animals or Birds - no people or insects for this one. I decided to use the Peacock digi stamp and thoroughly enjoyed myself colouring it in. The papers are from Trad-temporary Christmas (the large one) and Eggstravaganza (the scalloped one). The ribbon and bow and the bunting are from Tempting Turquoise. All are from Crafty Ann's. The mount the peacock is on is from a photo masks kit from Jessica Sprague that I changed in Craft Artist 2 by playing around with the textures in the styles tab. The fabulous outline happened with no help from me! I also created the lovely coppery 'brads' in CAP.
I'm entering my card into these challenges:

Thank you for dropping by today, I hope your's is going well and that you'll find time to join us this fortnight x

P.S. I forgot to tell you that all Crafty Ann's Scrapbook kits are now less than £1 at either 95p or 75p!

Monday, 12 November 2012

Deja vu!

It's barely 2 minutes since I was sharing GS's 21st card with you and now it's one for my nephew! At first glance they resemble each other, but the only things they actually have in common is the box with a framed photo in it. I've still used 2 kits from Cool Scraps (One for the boys and Industrial Way ll) plus 1 from Crafty Ann's (Rhapsody in Blue) but have used different elements and papers from them both. I'm not sure my nephew will forgive me using this photo, but it's long been one of my favourites of him and I couldn't resist! I created the card front in Craft Artist so it's ready for me to print off when I get in inside done

I'm entering it into these challenges:

I hope the days goes well for you, thank you for dropping in.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Let it Snow

Today's effort is another Christmas card for the box. It is made mostly from a kit called Requiem of December from Cool Scraps with the addition of the silver bp and one of the snowflakes from Trad-temporary Christmas from Crafty Ann's. It's one of the simplest and quickest I've made this year, even the snow is part of the kit although I gave it a 'glow' edge in Craft Artist to soften it and used it twice so that I could bring a couple of the trees forward and still have the snow coming up around the lower bark. After printing, I've added some stickles glitter glues to the trees and the centre of the snowflakes and that's it!
I'm entering my card into these challenges:

Thank you for dropping by today and I hope your Christmas box is starting to fill up nicely too.

Friday, 9 November 2012

CACB #78

It's Friday and time for our next challenge at CACB (these fortnights just seem to flash by!) This time we have a Tic Tac Toe challenge for you set by our lovely Kym

I've chosen the top row, gems. ribbon & flowers - although I've just used the one flower. It's the main feature though so I think that makes up for not using more. :)
I've used items from several kits: Cream Dream, Sweet Sage, Imperial Purple, Eggstravagana and Traditional Christmas. In the process, I've got one of my SILs Birthday cards ready for next month - happy days, all I have to do now is remember to post it!
I'm also entering my card into these challenges:

  • Sketch 'n' Stash - I've used sketch #84 and my neglected stash is the bp from the Sweet Sage Kit.
Thank you for dropping by today, I hope you'll get the chance to join us this fortnight.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

21 Years? Really???

Yes, really! I'm far too young to have a 21 year old GS of course......but then, he is my step GS and I was only 35 when he was born. I love him like he's my own though and always refer to him as my GS and he returns the favour. I must admit that I was a bit stumped for his card this time so I went in search of a suitable kit and found two at Cool Scraps Digital Boutique. This is a new company to me, but I'm very impressed with the quality of the kits. I've used both in the making of this card and am not sure what is from which kit, I'm sorry. They are called One for the boys and Industrial Way II though if that's any help to you.
As I said, I was really struggling this time then I spotted the handle with care box and it just seemed to fall into place. The photo was taken when he was only a day or so old and he's being held by his delighted and very proud Grandad. I added the picture to a frame from one of the kits before adding it to the box then I had great fun creating the rest around it. He's principally training to be a carpenter but learning other skills too so I designed the card around much of what his life is about now. He's a wonderful pianist too and I've exhausted most of those possibilities in previous years but couldn't resist adding a piece of crumpled music paper which was also in one of the kits. I created it in Craft Artist Pro 2 and have decoupaged the the box and picture to make it pop a bit.
I'm entering my card into these challenges:

Thank you for dropping by today x

Pink Christmas

Another Christmas card for you this morning. I treated myself to a new kit from Digital Crea called Holy Night and promptly changed the colours! This isn't because I don't like the original but because I was wanting to use the kit but also wanting a pink card! Never mind, I'll make another with the original colours soon. The cluster border down the left hand side is almost how it comes in the kit (apart from the change of colour) apart from the 'star' centres which I've added. I rather like the effect because it's slighlty reminiscent of a dream catcher. I've added other things from other kits to create what I wanted to achieve too - in this case it was some items from Trad-temporary Christmas and one of the silver baubles from Crafty Ann's. I created it all in Craft Artist.
I'm entering my card into these challenges:

Thank you for visiting today x

Monday, 29 October 2012

Snow is fallin'

This is another card that ended up creating it's own journey. I set out to create a blue based Christmas card for this week's CD Sunday Challenge and had every intention of going down the pale blue/white what went wrong??? The short answer is that I'm not really sure, it just seemed to evolve this way by itself! I like it well enough so that's okay though. :) My starting point was the image which is from Joanna Sheen's Victorian Christmas CD which I laid onto a mottled stone bp and then added a glass 'tile' that I created in Craft Artist pro2 The other two bps and embellishments are all from Crafty Ann's kits although I played around with the ribbon, photo corner and brads using a couple of effects to make them all match.

I'm entering my card into these challenges:

That's another one for the box - and the beauty of creating cards in CAP is I can print as many off as I want to when I want them so no last minute rush when mojo has gone awol! :-)

Friday, 26 October 2012

Christmas in October

Given that I'm seeing various public places decorated for Christmas already, the title of this post doesn't seem all that outrageous! On this occasion though, it relates to our new challenge on CACB.I decided to make a page featuring one of our GDs. I created this layout in Craft Artist Pro 1. The hat on Sophie's head is one I drew and added and I decided to make this one a glitter globe rather than a snow globe so added the glitter in CAP too. Apart from the mount the text is on, everything is from Trad-temporary Christmas from Crafty Ann's. Even though this layout has been designed as a scrapbook page, it wouldn't take much to adapt it for a family Christmas card too.
I'm entering my layout into these challenges:

Thank you for your visit today and I hope you'll get the chance to join us this fortnight.

Monday, 22 October 2012

'Twas the night.......

I have barely been able to get on the computer for the last week, let alone getting anything creative done! Hopefully I'll get more chance this week.......anyway, I have managed this card which I created in Craft Artist. It's another black & white + 1 and was triggered by the challenge at CHNC.
What I used:

  • White bp from Denim Lace (from Miriam's Scrap)
  • Red bp, silver brads and snowglobe from Trad-temporary Christmas (from Crafty Ann's) The black bp is the red bp re-coloured in CAP 
  • Label from Swirling Memories (from Daisy Trail) and recoloured in CAP
  • Digi stamp from NanaVic digitals.
I was originally going to have two of the scalloped edged strips and used the punch feature in CAP2 to punch them out side by side and inadvertently created the piece of 'ric rac' as a waste piece which I kept to one side. In the end I decided to use only one of the punched out shapes and used the piece of 'ric rac' down the middle of it. I've also used it around the edges - I do love a 'happy accident' don't you?? Incidentally, the punch I used is one I created myself - just so you don't drive yourselves mad trying to find it, lol!

I'm entering my card into these challenges:
Thank you for visiting today and I hope your's is a good one.

Friday, 12 October 2012

Yum! Yum!

Hello bloggers, it's time for another challenge at CACB and this time our theme is black & white + 1 other colour or black & white + a coloured topper. I've kind of combined the two here - mostly because I knew what I wanted in my head but struggled with it in reality! I used the red crinkle paper and turned the same paper black & grey to use with it. The digi stamp is Santa's treats and coloured digitally. I created the card in Craft Artist.
I'm entering my card into these challenges:

Thank you for dropping by today and I hope you'll be able to join us this fortnight.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Going for Gold....and Silver!

I hate to say it, but "that" time of year is getting ever closer! Do you like to prepare in advance or are you someone who thrives on rushing around at the last minute? I have to confess to being somewhere between the two, but I'm getting better at spreading the load when it comes to cards and I'm finding that even easier this year thanks to Craft Artist. When I have a spare few minutes I'm designing card fronts - some come together in one go and some I come back to several times, usually because I run out of time in one session. At the moment this one is still just a card front created in CAP2 but it will be finding it's way onto a card blank soon.

What I've used:

  • Main bp from 8x8 silver collection, peel offs from Rhapsody in Blue and snowglobe from the Trad-temporary Christmas kit (all from Crafty Ann's)
  • Rudolph inside the globe is from Robyn's Fetish and coloured digitally. The snow inside the globe was done using one of the new brushes in CAP2
  • The gorgeous flourish is from All in the wood by Miriam's Scraps and was changed to gold in CAP2.
  • The red flowers are from Christmas Gifts from Daisy Trail
I'm entering my card into these challenges:
Thank you for dropping by today and I hope your day is a good one

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Lady in Red

Another lovely play with CAP2 for this one. This is our GD's birthday card - she's at that in betweeny stage where she thinks she isn't still a child but we know she is, lol! I originally started out to use a photo to make the backing paper which I did by cutting just Sophie out using the Cutout Studio in CAP2 then using a blending mode and an edging brush. The only trouble was that I was really pleased with the effect and didn't want to cover it up so after much trial and error I came up with the design above - hopefully she'll like it! The only things that are their original  colour are the backing paper I blended Sophie into, the silver layer and the original photo in the round frame, everything else has been re-coloured. Although the photo doesn't show it, the card has been layered up, using the methods in this tutorial to keep paper and ink wastage to a minimum.
What I used:

  • Backing paper from Tropical Popsicle (this was a recent prize from the lovely Ann at More Fun Scrapping - lucky, lucky me!) Flourish made to look as if it's been embossed into the backing paper is from Sparkle Sky and the three straight ribbons from Summer Fun all by Daisy Trail
  • Large ribbon and bow from Aged Wedding from Miriam's Scraps (I'm afraid I can't add a link here right now)
  • Circular frame, and large bp from Imperial Purple kit and silver bp from Trad- temporary Christmas, all from Crafty Ann's
I'm entering my card into these challenges:
Thank you for your visit today, I hope yours is as good as it can be!

Friday, 28 September 2012

Mystic River

Another fortnight has gone by and it's time for our next challenge at CACB - this time we are being inspired by a film title. I've chosen Mystic River for mine although I haven't actually seen the film yet. I designed the card in Craft Artist and coloured the image in Photoshop. What I used:

  • tag from Sweet Sage kit
  • backing paper from Eggstravaganza kit
  • 'peel offs' and steampunk cogs from Rhapsody in Blue kit
  • silver material behind picture from 8x8 silver paper collection, edge created in CAP
  • 'glass' panels created in CAP
  • Narrow boat scene digi (all from Crafty Ann's except CAP) 
I'm entering my card into these challenges:
Thank you for dropping by today and I hope you'll get the chance to join us this fortnight.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Happy Days

I haven't done much creating for nearly a week now - just as this 'orrible chest cold seemed to be improving, whack! it walloped me across the back of the 'ead again! Fingers crossed that feeling a bit better today isn't another lull into a false sense of security! Anyway, enough of that - let's get down to business. This layout is a real departure for me for a couple of reasons: 1. it's rare for me to leave so much of the main paper unadorned and 2. I hardly ever use a sketch for a scrap layout even though I like them for cards. The main reason for this is because I usually feel daunted just looking at them and I don't like my pages to be too 'fussy'. So, you're probably wondering why I have this time - well, I've thoroughly enjoyed the first two challenges at digitally sweet so wanted to enter this week too............and it's a sketch! So, I pulled my big girls pants on, told myself not to be such a wuss and went for it! It probably took me longer to do than just about any other layout I've done, but I must admit that I do like the result. I've used elements from quite a few kits and have to confess that I changed my mind so many times that I can't remember just what came from which one so if there's an element you like just leave a comment asking me and I'll hunt it out for you.
I'm entering my card into these challenges:

Thank you for visiting today x

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

A Purrfect Christmas!

Good morning bloggers - I'm not feeling at my tickety-boo best just now. I started with chest cold at the weekend and every time I cough, my chest and head hurt - so I thought I'd try and distract myself and make something for some challenges. I certainly distracted myself because this card has taken so many twists and turns that it bears no resemblance whatsoever to what I originally had in mind! For a start it wasn't going to be a Christmas card, lol! I started out to make an entry for this week's CD Sunday Challenge, feline friends. Having rejected several perfectly good images, I finally settled on one from the very first Joanna Sheen CD I ever bought, Victorian Christmas. I haven't used the whole image though. I took it into Craft Artist Professional 2 so that I could meddle with it. I used the eraser tool to make a rough shape and edge around the shape so that I was just left with the cats and the hearth. Then I used this to make a punch of the shape. This allowed me to punch the exact shape out of 3 different bps to add mats behind the original image. I've played around with different edges and shadowing with the layers too. I'm really quite pleased with the overall effect. All the papers and embellishments are from various Crafty Ann's kits and the sentiment was done in CAP2.
I'm entering my card into these challenges:
Thank you for dropping by, see you soon!

Monday, 17 September 2012

Daisy Chain

Another play with CAP2 and I think I may need help with this addiction! I was bad enough with CAP1, but now that CAP 2 can do even more.......oh boy! What I used:
  • Everything is from the Daydream kit that comes with the CAP2 program from Daisy Trail, except:
  •  the two corner vellum pieces from Rhapsody in Blue, Silver bp from Trad-temproary Christmas, both from Crafty Ann's
  • Daisies from Denim Lace from Miriam's Scraps

The main bp looked a bit pale and I didn't want anther layer, so I used one of the new brushes that comes with CAP2 (bristle 10) to ink around the edge.

I'm entering my card into these challenges:

Thank you for dropping by and I hope you're having a great day :-)

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Soft and Gentle

I treated myself to Craft Artist 2 Professional yesterday and seem to have 'lost' 24 hours! I loved CAP1 and when I saw how much more CAP2 can do, I couldn't resist. There is so much to learn that I've spent hours trying things out and have still barely scratched the surface I suspect - that's brilliant though, because it will grow with me as I learn. This is my first creation done with it and I'm loving the muted shades. I've done a lot of colour changing and such like so hardly anything has escaped! The only things that remain exactly the same are the bp and the pearls! What I've used:

  • White mount, torn edged 'handmade' paper and the pearls are from Imperial Purple. The ribbon is from the Eggstravaganza kit and the leaves are from Pretty in Pink. (All from Crafty Ann's)
  • Bow from Aged Wedding (from Miriam)
  • The flowers and birdcage are from the Dayydream kit which comes as part of CAP2
  • Backing Paper from Beaches (& CAP2 from Daisy Trail)
I'm entering my creation into these challenges:
Thank you for dropping by today.

Friday, 14 September 2012

CACB #74

It's Friday and another fortnight has gone by and that can only mean one thing - a new challenge at CACB! This time we have an either/or challenge and you can either use the sketch or autumnal colours or both. I've just gone with the sketch this time. I decided it was time to start scrapping some of the photos from our honeymoon 5 years ago and this is one of the pages. I put it all together in Craft Artist Pro. I sometimes struggle with the scrapping sketches that have a lot to them so using a simple sketch like this appeals to me - especially for a photo like this one. It has an ethereal feel to it and I wanted to keep that. What I used:

  • Backing Paper from Funky Collection 1, silver backing paper from Trad-temporary Christmas and given an edging in CAP, diamond border from Tempting Turquoise, frame from Imperial Purple and colour changed to suit and buttons from Rhapsody in blue. All from Crafty Ann's
This is one of those pages I'm really pleased with and I think that looking at those lovely dolphins will always have a calming effect. I'm also entering my layout into these challenges:
  • PTW - Things that make you go awwwwwww!
  • CYP - Blast from the Past - choose one of their past challenges. I chose The Power of Three (Use 3 of something)
  • Milk Coffee - Use at least 2 different shapes.
Thank you for dropping by today and it would be lovely if you get the chance to join us this fortnight.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Disney Bubbles

Okay, I'll 'fess up now - I couldn't think of a better title for this post! I've been inspired again by the team at Digitally Sweet and couldn't resist another go at the current challenge which is to use more than one photo and seeing as I was already out of my comfort zone, I thought I'd stay there a bit longer. As usual, I've put this page together in Craft Artist. I decided to use the snow globe and turn it into a glitter globe instead and used one of the glitter brushes that comes as part of CAP. I'm not quite sure why, but I fancied a bubble effect to go with it so created a 'glass' bubble to put over the other photos. These were backed with a silver paper that was given an edge. What I used:

  • Backing paper from Eggstravaganza kit, snow globe and silver paper from Trad-temporary Christmas kit (both from Crafty Ann's)
  • Element at the bottom of the page from Aged Wedding (from Miriam's), changed by adding an effect I created myself. The same effect was used on the text.
  • Craft Artist Professional (from Serif)
In case you're wondering whose first trip these are from, it was mine! We went to Florida for our honeymoon 5 years ago and when my hubby realised that I'd never been, he decided we should remedy that! The Epcot Centre was my favourite which is why it got centre stage.
I'm entering my page into these challenges:
Thank you for dropping by today.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Life's a Beach!

This page took me out of my comfort zone a bit because it isn't very often that I use more than 1 or, occasionally, 2 photos on a page and don't tend to pile the embellishments up too much so this is quite a packed page for me! I enjoyed making it although I'm sure it could be improved on so I may come back to it at some point.The multi frame is from Tempting Turquoise from Crafty Ann's and everything else is from Beaches from Daisy Trail. The backing paper I created by using one from the kit and overlaying it with the same photo you see in the rectangular part of the frame at the bottom then playing with the blend modes and the transparency to merge the two. The blend mode that worked best here was multiply. All of this was done in Craft Artist.
I'm entering my card into these challenges:
Thank you for dropping by today, I hope you are enjoying yours.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Being Led Astray.........

Not that it takes a lot!! I'm supposed to be doing other things this morning but have ended up making this card instead - all because I wanted to use this gorgeous flower created by the lovely Catherine Carney. I'm sure that you'll agree that this comes under the category of 'mitigating circumstances', lol! I'd better be quick with the rest of the post though or I will be in trouble!
What I've used:

  • the two bp's are from the eggsrtravaganza kit, the photo corner and the frame is from the tempting turquoise kit (although I played around in CAP to make the frame look like it was embossed into the bp) and the pearl and gold border is from the Imperial purple kit. (All from Crafty Ann's
  • The flower is by Catherine Carney.
  • The card was designed and put together using Craft Artist.
I'm entering my card into these challenges:
Thank you for visiting today, and thank you Catherine I've loved making this!

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Let it Snow.......!

This is the second card I promised you using the new Trad-temporary Christmas Kit from Crafty Ann's. I've used the contemporary colours for this one, and I love it even though I tend to be a traditionalist at heart. Everything is from the new kit except the silver ribbons which are from the Eggstravaganza kit, the greeting plaque and the Kai in the snow digi by Mo Manning that I coloured digitally before  putting it behind one of the silver snow globes. The idea of the globes is to put photos or images behind so you could also use them to make a great family Christmas card. I put the card together using Craft Artist then printed then layered up the snowglobe and the greeting.
I'm entering it into these challenges:

Thank you for dropping by today.

When Santa Got Stuck In The Chimney...

I'm all Christmassy right now...well, might as well go with the weather I suppose!! No, seriously, we've just released a new Scrapbook Kit into Crafty Ann's and it's mega! It's the biggest kit we've ever done with 7 backing papers and 25 elements and is just 95p. It's called Trad-temporary Christmas because it caters for both traditional and contemporary and I've been having a ball playing with it. I've gone for a traditional look with this first card - everything is from the new kit except  sentiment and the Santa Stuck in the Chimney digi which I coloured digitally and put it behind the snow globe.

I'm entering my card into these challenges:

  • Sketch 'n' Stash - I've missed one part of the sketch off, so I hope this is still acceptable, team. If it isn't let me know and I'll remove it.
  • Inky Impressions - Primary Colours
  • Sweet Stampin' - Inspired by a song or film (When Santa got stuck in the chimney! Had to be, lol!)
  • 2 Sisters - Primary Colours
  • OSAAT - Use a digi
I'll be posting a contemporary one shortly too but in the meantime I hope this one makes you smile.

Friday, 31 August 2012

CACB #73

Good friday morning fellow bloggers - I'm running a little late with blogging my card this morning. It's time for the new callenge at CACB and this time it's a little more specific. For challenge #73, you have a choice of either a monochrome card in shades of turquoise/aqua, or lilac/purple or you can do a duotone card using both of these colour palettes. These colours only please, this isn't a general monochrome challenge. 

Half of the team have gone monochrome and the other half duotone. I'm in the second camp (just in case you hadn't already guessed!) I love these colour combinations together and given the very grey summer we've had here in the UK, it was nice to make something bright. I created my card in Craft Artist then printed it off and layered it up. What I used:

  • Turquoise backing paper from Tempting Turquoise, Purple paper on nested shape from Imperial purple, silver backing paper from a new kit hitting the shelves imminently.
  • Silver leaf stems from Pretty in Pink, flowers from Sweet Sage (the colour changed in Craft Artist)
  • Peacock Fan digi stamp - coloured digitally. All of these from Crafty Ann's
  • Circular flourish from Modern Lace from Daisy Trail and colour changed in Craft Artist.
I'm entering my card into these challenges:
Thank you for dropping by today and I hope you'll be inspired to join us this week. Do pop over and visit the rest of the DT too, their samples are fabulous!

Friday, 17 August 2012

Christmas in August

I wasn't sure if I'd get this posted at all today - mega computer problems that I won't bore you with! This one is for our new challenge at CACB and our theme this time was Christmas in August. I wasn't feeling too Christmassy, but I enjoyed making it anyway and it's another for the box and they all help. I put it all together in Craft Artist. The bp is from the embossed dots brights collection and the garland is a digi stamp that has been treated with a mixture of colouring and paper piecing. The peel offs around the edges are from Rhapsody in Blue - all are from Crafty Ann's. The text was done in Craft Artist and the swirl is from It's all in the wood from Miriams. The 'glass' piece behind the garland was done in Craft Artist.
I'm entering my card into these challenges:

Thank you for dropping by today and I hope you'll be ready to take a break from the summer (assuming you've had one, unlike some of us!) and share a Christmas project with us.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Still wishing I was there!

This is going to be a title page for an album I'm doing devoted to Gran Canaria. We've been a few times, but the photos I'm scrapping are from our very first visit in 2005 when we went for 3 weeks, staying in 3 different resorts. Our first week was spent in Puerto de Mogan and was the week we expected to enjoy least but in the event we ended up wishing we could have stayed there for all three. I've used one of the bp's from the new eggstravaganza kit then laid the photo on top and played with various effects in Craft Artist to blend the two to create my backing paper. The frames have been created from letters and the same photo dropped into them. There's a great tutorial as part of August's monthly challenge on the Daisy Trail forum which I did this page for.
I'm entering my page into these challenges:

Thank you for dropping in today - I'm off to take a break in the garden and close my eyes and pretend I'm there!

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

I Sooooo Wish I Was There!

This is the other page I was talking about in the previous post, using the new Eggstravaganza Kit and a couple of other elements. The backing paper is one of my favourites in the new kit and I'll admit that I looked for a photo to go with it. I found this one - it's Puerto de Mogan in Gran Canaria which has to be one of my favourite places on the planet.
What I used:

  • Backing paper, egg, flowers, ribbon and slider from the Eggstravaganza kit, the tag from Cream Dream kit and gold bp from 8x8 Gold Collection (all from Crafty Ann's). The gold bp was cut into the corners and a swirl using the punches and had an edge added in Craft Artist
  • Sparkly swirls behind the blue flowers from Sparkle Sky kit (from Daisy Trail)
I'm entering my card into these challenges:
I'm loving making the pages for our sepia album, but it's been nice to have a change and I really like the brightness of this one, it's really helping me to remember the glorious sunshine we had out there - well, let's be honest, our own weather won't do that just now!

Thank you for popping by today.

Don't Be Fooled By The Beer!

This is the first of two pages I did yesterday. I'm all eggscited because of a new scrapbooking kit we've just got into the shop. (Sorry - couldn't resist!) It's a bit different in that there are 'glass' domed eggs to put pictures behind and that some of the elements have gold and silver 'embossed' outlines - and the best bit is that it's at a very special price, just 95p!
I've created another page for our sepia wedding album and believe it or not, this one was inspired by something we bought on honeymoon.  It was one of those engraved glass ornaments - you know the sort of thing I mean - the engraving is done on the inside. They took our photo and made it from that. I was looking at that while I was dusting it the other day and was just thinking how lovely it would be if you could have the same sort of thing on a FabergĂ© egg - although it would be way out of my price league!! I was remembering this as I sat down to play with the latest kit and that was when I thought that I could give myself the next best thing so I decided to create another page for our sepia wedding album. I've created the page in Craft Artist (where else??) There is a tutorial on how to use the eggs here - it's really very easy when you see the intention behind them.
What I've used:

  • Pink paper strips, rosebuds, roses and leaves and egg from Eggstravaganza Kit (from Crafty Ann's)
  • Rings, champagne bottle and champagne glasses from Aged Wedding (from Miriam's)
  • Scroll from Swirling Memories and Plaque that I added the journalling to from Modern Lace (both from Daisy Trail)
  • The heart shaped 'brads' I created in CAP
I'm having a lot of fun with this kit as you'll see when I post the other page I did! In the meantime, I'm entering my page into these challenges:
Thank you for visiting today and I hope your day is a good one.

Friday, 3 August 2012


It's another page for "that" album from me today - I hope you aren't getting too sick of it because I'm loving doing them. This one is my sample project for our challenge #71 that's just gone up at CACB today. The theme is to have more than one circle on your project. What I've used:
  • Large bp and gold ribbon from a new kit that will be in the shop within the next couple of days
  • Gold paper from the 8x8 gold collection, scroll mount and circular frame both from Imperial purple, watch and wire heart from Cream Dream (all from Crafty Ann's)
  • lace from British Street Party from Daisy Trail
  • Key from Denim Lace kit from Miriam's
  • The four buttons or brads (or whatever they look like to you, lol!) in the four corners were made by using the same round frame and filled with anther of the gold bps.
I changed the colour of all the elements except the lace and ribbon in Craft Artist so that I didn't have too much gold.
I'm entering my page into these challenges:
Thank you for dropping in today, do check out what the rest of the fabulous DT have done and I hope you'll get time to play along with us this fortnight. We certainly look forward to visiting you :-)

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

I'm On A Mission....

to find ways to turn 12x12 layouts that I've created in Craft Artist into 12x12 pages using my an A4 printer. I've already posted a couple of ways and this is number three. I showed you the original page a couple of weeks ago (click here if you didn't see it). I changed the page set up from 12x12 to A4 landscape, move the brads and added a ribbon. You can't see it so well in the photo, but I also digitally inked the edges then printed it off. I chose a 12x12 sheet from my stash then went in search of some embellishments for the bottom of the page. I used a ribbon and lace strip to put behind the rosebuds and a ribbon in front of them. The rosebuds are a digi stamp that I used twice and coloured digitally in photoshop. All of the embellishments are made from card and cut out and layered up on pinflair glue gel as is the photo and frame.
The extras that aren't listed on the original post are:

  • ribbon & lace and bow from Aged Wedding (Miriam's)
  • ribbon on the A4 design from Tempting Turquoise and Rosebud digi from Crafty Ann's
  • 12x12 paper from a huge pack I got from Costco a couple of years back and I swear elves come in during the night and replenish what you've used because it doesn't seem to go down! 
Seeing as this is not entirely a new piece I've decided not to enter it into any challenges. Thanks for visiting today.

Monday, 30 July 2012

Vintage Elegance

Today I'm sharing a card with you that is the result of wanting to test something but I'm rather pleased with what came out of it! I've been designing some new papers in a new program on an iPad - also new to me. It's been very therapeutic to do, sitting in front of the TV but before I went too far (having designed 8!!!) I decided I ought to make sure they'd work in the scrapbook kits. I'm happy to report that they work fine and this card came about while I experimented. I don't tend to do full blown vintage that often but might be tempted to now. As usual, I've mixed and matched items and papers from several kits to get something that works for me. What I used:

  • The top bp is from Pam Lefors' Embossed papers 1 set, the bottom one is the one I was testing - it'll be in a kit sometime soon
  • The main topper and bow are from Aged Wedding and the keys are from It's all in the wood - both from Miriam's.  I created the Gold Mount that the topper is on in Craft Artist
  • The Pearls are from Crafty Ann's Cream Dream kit
  • The lace is from British Street Party and the lovely gold swirl is from Swirling Memories - both from Daisy Trail (the swirl is black but I changed it to gold in Craft Artist)
All in all, I'm quite pleased with how this little play session turned out and I'm entering it into these challenges:

Thank you for dropping by today and I hope your day is as good as it can be.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Filling A Gap!

I'm an old fashioned kinda gal and most of my reading is still done from real books (remember them?? lol) and I fancied myself a new bookmark so I decided to design some and have a play with Craft Artist at the same time. I've made a file to store them in so that they are there whenever I want one. I thought they'd be handy to slip in with cards as a wee extra and also to fill up a bit of space to make the best use of paper when I'm printing stuff off. I decided to share the idea with the lovely peeps on the Serif Craft Artist Users Group on facebook and some wanted to know what kits I'd used and as I'd used a mixture of kits, I thought it would be easier to list them on here - so are you ready?? Working on the basis that 1 is extreme left and 4 is extreme right:
Bookmark 1: 
  • Backing paper, flowers, butterflies & watch are from the Sweet Sage kit. The butterflies were overlaid the the gold outline from the butterfly 1 digi stamp set (now coming free with the Sweet Sage kit.) The studs are from the Rhapsody in Blue kit and the gold paper is from the Gold Collection (all from Crafty Ann's)
  • Flourish from Aged Wedding (from Miriam's)
Bookmark 2:
  • Backing paper and straight ribbons from Summer Fun (from Daisy Trail)
  • Pearl Studs from Cream Dream (from Crafty Ann's)
  • Topper, bow, 3 swirly embellishments from Aged Wedding (from Miriam's). These were all changed in different ways in CA such as changing colour and using metallic effects to make a monochrome design.
Bookmark 3:
  • Backing paper, handmade paper, flowers, ribbon and buckle all from Imperial Purple. Studs from Rhapsody in blue changed from matt to shiny in CA (from Crafty Ann's)
  • Flourishes from Aged Wedding (from Miriam's)
Bookmark 4:
  • Blue backing paper and cogs/gears from Rhapsody in Blue kit (from Crafty Ann's)
  • White backing paper, pin, daisy & threaded eyelets from Denim Lace. Key from It's all in the wood (from Miriam's)
  • Crochet flower from Happy Christmas (from Daisy Trail)
Phew! Having created these, I couldn't decide which one to use first so I decided to make a tent fold one so that I could use all for and switch them about as the fancy takes me. I hope you have as much fun creating your own.

Friday, 20 July 2012

Nicely Indulgent!

I'm getting ahead with my sister's birthday card for next month. It's quite a big one with more depth than I usually do these days but I know that it's going to a home where it will be appreciated. Our theme at CACB this time is a simple one - Easel cards! I haven't made one in a while but do enjoy them. I decided to go for a differently shaped one this time so have gone for an octagon. I created it in Craft Artist so getting the mats the right size was nice and easy. The photo doesn't show it very clearly but there are several layers both top and bottom. What I've used:

  • Host of Golden Daffodils digi (coloured in photoshop), purple bp and diamond shaped gold and pearl border (used 3 times) from Imperial Purple kit. (All from Crafty Ann's)
  • Bow from Happy Easter kit, flourish and lace from Swirling Memories kit. (Both from Daisy Trail)
I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Thank you for dropping by today, and I do hope you'll join us this fortnight.

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Take Three!

This is another page for the sepia version of our wedding album and I have loved making it. It was triggered by a challenge on the Serif Craft Artist Users Group on facebook which is to make a page using 3 of your favourite techniques. I must admit to having more than three, but 3 of my most often used are: drop shadow, changing colours to suit and the metallics special effects. I went for copper rather than gold for this one because it seemed to suit what I was doing better and because it seems appropriate seeing as hubby is a plumber :o)
I've used a mixture of kits (another favourite technique) for this one including one that's only in progress so you're also getting a bit of a sneaky peak. What I've used:

  • Backing paper, lace doiley, leaves and bow from Aged Wedding by Miriam
  • Book plate and brads from Cream Cream by Crafty Ann's (changed slightly in CAP)
  • Flowers and frame - sneak peak! 
I'm entering my page into these challenges:
It's been a busy old week and this is the first real crafty stint I've had and I feel so much better for it - thank you for visiting and I hope your day is a good one.