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.