Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Don't Blink!

15 years will fly past if you do!! Today's offering is for my sister and bil's anniversary which is later this week. I've brought the whole thing together in CAP. I used one of my own bps and a photo of their wedding to create a unique one. I did this in CAP and am very pleased with the result. The flourish is from Swirling Memories from Daisy Trail, the 'peel off' borders are from Rhapsody in Blue and the locket and flowers are from Cream Dream - both from Crafty Ann's. All were laid onto the bp and printed off as a whole and the locket and bale and flower clusters were printed off separately. The locket was layered up once and the flowers once for the large ones and twice for the smaller ones. My sister loves depth and texture so I know she'll love this. I just love being able to make something totally personal that you'd never find in a shop!
I'm entering my card into the following challenges all of which have an Anything Goes theme:

Thank you for your visit today.

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Dreamin' Of Summer...

Well, dreaming is about all we can do here in the UK just now! Our very first holiday together was in Gran Canaria, we were there for three weeks staying in a different place for each week. That first holiday was special but I have very little of it scrapped so far. San Augustin was the middle week and this was the view from the balcony of our apartment. The sea was actually a lot closer than the photo makes it look. It was a lovely place to relax and unwind.
I have to say that when I set out to make this page, this colour scheme wasn't even in the dim and distant recesses of my mind!! I've used various papers and elements from a couple of kits from Daisy Trail and a couple from Crafty Ann's to put it together in CAP. I was checking the elements on a Daisy Trail kit that I'd just downloaded, and the straight ribbon caught my eye and that became the starting point for the page. The bp and the palm tree are from the same kit so I just used them as they were, but everything else I recoloured or played around with using different to suit and I must admit that I'm very pleased with the finished result.
I'm entering my page into these challenges:

Thank you for visiting today.

Friday, 22 June 2012

CACB #68

It's Friday and another fortnight has flown by again so that means it's time for our new challenge at CACB and our theme this time is "Memories Are Made Of This!" There are lots of ways this can be interpreted such as: vintage style which could be anything (card, ATC, bookmark, tag, gothic arch etc) - or you could go down the scrapbook page/mini album route with memories of any vintage - even yesterday!
I've gone down the scrapbook route and created another page for our sepia wedding album. I'm doing two of these, a physical one and a digital one - this page is for the latter. I may have mentioned in previous posts that we had a very quiet wedding - so quiet that it was just the two of us and our two witnesses. These were they. Creating the page was both poignant and cathartic because, very sadly, Jimmy passed away very suddenly at the beginning of this month during the Jubilee weekend so this page has been created very lovingly in his memory too. I have used a template from the monthly challenge on Daisy Trail to create the layout in CAP. It's the first time I've done one of these and it did prove to be a bit of a challenge but I'm pleased with the end result. I've used a combination of elements and papers from kits from Crafty Ann's and changing some of the pieces of the template by using different special effects in CAP. My pages aren't usually this 'busy' but I'm all for trying  new styles so I did enjoy this one and I like how it has a celebratory air.
I'm also entering my card into these challenges:

That's it from me today, thank you for dropping by and I do hope you'll get the chance to join us this fortnight.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

For A Very Special Chap

Good morning bloggers, it's a lovely day here so I'm just posting this before I go out as it isn't forecast to last. This card is for our lovely no. 2 GS. He'll be 20 on Friday and I've done all the usual teenage themes so decided to go for something that might surprise him. I've had a play with CAP again to create this. If you've visited before, you may recognise the topper as one I did for my brother's birthday card in May - if you didn't see it the link will take you to it. Having stamped and inked the original up I was really pleased with the result so I photographed it before I used it and couldn't resist a play with it here. I used a bp from the Tempting Turquoise add on kit and then used the lighthouse topper over the top of it to create the main bp for the card. It's more blue in real life the camera has changed it slightly, but I love it. The frame and ribbon are both from the main TT kit and the sentiment was done in CAP. The topper has been cut out and layered up to give some dimension. I like the clean and simple look to this 8x8 card but have to admit that it's CAS because I didn't want to cover up too much of the bp.
I'm entering it into these challenges:
Hope your day is good to you and thank you for dropping by.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Delicious Damask

I hope the girls at CD Sunday headquarters have got the smelling salts handy, because this will be the second time I've entered this month!! The theme this time is delicious damask and just seemed to be rather good to team with this gold Venetian Mask. I'm getting ahead with my sister-in-law's birthday card for next month. She and my brother have just come back from a trip to Venice and have fallen in love with the place so her card was easy. I've put the whole thing together in CAP. The damask bp is from the artylicious (now chocolate baroque) filigree fusions CD. The panel behind the mask I created in cap and edged with the mitred corner 'peel offs' from the Rhapsody in Blue kit. The gold 'studs' are from the same kit but I gave them a shiny finish in CAP because the originals are more matt and as this card is for a woman, the shiny looked better. The ribbons are from the Tempting Turquoise kit and I changed the colour by using the dropper tool to pick one of the colours from the backing paper. The panel and mask were printed off separately so that I could layer them up.
I'm entering my card into these challenges:

Thank you for visiting today.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Just In Time!

I don't usually show you two cards in the same post but I decided to make an exception today because they are so similar. I started the planning back at the weekend but the week has run away from me and my mojo suddenly decided to come home and I was full of ideas - these are two of them and I'll try to get the others done over the next couple of days before they disappear again! I wanted to get these two posted today so as not to miss the challenge that sparked all the ideas off though. I've used two digi stamps - Rudolph is from Robyn's Fetish and was part of a prize I won a few weeks ago. I coloured him in photoshop then added him to a blank snowglobe from Crafty Ann's. I played around with the snowglobe in Craft Artist Pro first to get the gold base and outline. It was at this point that I printed it off and added stickles for the snow effect. I knew which sketch I wanted to follow for this so also printed off several of the ribbon diecut from the Traditional Christmas Kit from Crafty Ann's. The sentiment is also computer generated - I'm afraid that my photography is a little off on the top photo and it's come out a little blurry, I'll try and replace it with a better one.

For the second card, I decided to play around with CAP for my layout. I used a bp from the Traditional Christmas Kit and one from the 8x8 gold collection. I created the wooden piece in CAP and added the bunting from the Tempting Turquoise Kit, changing the colour in CAP. The sentiment was also done in CAP. While I was playing about I decided to see if I could create the glass part of the globe. I added the snow first then put my 'glass' piece over the top - I must say that I am thrilled with the finished result! The entire background has been printed off as one but I printed the globe off separately and shaped it before adding it to the card on 3D foam. the only other things I needed to add were the two large snowflakes and the small glittery dots from papermania. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the creative process for these two cards.

I'm entering them into these challenges:
Thank you for dropping by today.

Friday, 8 June 2012

It's A Girl Thing!

It's time for the new challenge at CACB and this time our theme is "It's A Girl Thing" so I decided to do a scrapbook page of our GD, Sophie. This photo was taken when she and her brother were staying with us in 2005. Sophie & I had a brilliant time crafting when we weren't out and about and she was so proud of this necklace and earring set she made and is modelling so beautifully here. I've used Craft Artist Pro to put the page together and to add the text. The papers and elements are all from the Imperial Purple kit. I'm really enjoying my scrapping again and the beauty is that I get to keep what I've created - and with this being a digi page, I can still share it with as many people as I like!
I'm entering my layout into these challenges:

Thank you for dropping by today, and it'll be lovely if you get the chance to join us this fortnight.

Monday, 4 June 2012

Gorgeous Green

It's an age since I joined in with CD Sunday Challenge so I decided to remedy that this week and pop another card into the Christmas box while I'm at it. The CD element is from Joanna Sheen's Victorian Christmas CD. I took the girl and holly out of the frame they were originally in and added them to this frame so that the holly is spilling out. The frame, ribbon & buckle and the ribbon threaded 'die' are from Traditional Christmas SB Kit. the 'peel offs' are from the Rhapsody In Blue SB kit (both from Crafty Ann's). The Text is computer generated and printed directly onto the bp. The frame has been cut out and mounted onto 3D foam but the card is still flat enough to go standard letter size. I'm also entering my card into these challenges:

I hope you're all having a great Jubilee weekend if you're in the UK, and a great time in general wherever you are, thank you for dropping by today.