Sunday, 31 March 2013

Beautiful Hibiscus

Happy Easter to you all, I hope you're having a lovely time. I've been doing a bit more of the digital 'white' embossing that I showed you in the last post. This time I've used a paper I've created myself with a fine canvas texture - if it's pure white, it's very difficult to get the embossing right but I think this is as close as I'm likely to get. I used an element from the Banners and Dividers kit from Daisy Trail again to emboss. The blue papers are my own and are part of a freebie pack that you can get from the freebies page just above this post.The digi is Beautiful Hibiscus and is one of mine. I decided to keep it simple again and the only embellishments I've used are the buttons and the heart and pin. The sentiment is part of the digi.
I'm entering my card into these challenges:

Thank you for dropping in today. :-)

Saturday, 30 March 2013

I Wandered Lonely..........

I share the same birthplace as William Wordsworth and can't see daffodils without thinking of the poem! Today's card is in the CAS bracket I think. My favourite dry embossing is when I use white card stock - I think it looks elegant - and I love the embossing folders that are coming out that do the edges or corners. I decided to try to replicate this digitally. The key is getting a 'white' backing paper that is 'white' enough - not easy when we're talking digital. This one is from Easter Song kit by Grey Dragonfly. I made a 4 sided border using one of the designs from the Banners and Dividers kit from Daisy Trail and did the embossing in Craft Artist 2. I'm really quite pleased with how it's turned out. At least this way, I can have my embossed area the size I like without a huge outlay. I decided to use the Host of Golden Daffodils digi stamp in my favourite colour way. This stamp will only be available to buy until this coming Friday, April 5th.  I enjoyed the challenge of making this card and am pleased with the outcome - more white digital embossing here I come! Lol!

I'm entering my card into these challenges:

Thank you for dropping by today, I hope you have a lovely Easter weekend.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Not A Cloud.....

You might not believe this but this page started out lilac/purple, had pansies on it and was going to be a get well card!!!! It's strange how things change as we go along sometimes isn't it??? I changed my mind completely for the get well card and started from scratch - you can see the result in the post below - and came back to the first one and started to change a bit here and a bit there and before long it bore very little resemblance to the original! I ended up with something I like though and, believe it or not, thoroughly enjoyed the process. I've used lots of different kits for the embellishments and the frame is one I've created. The little vellum envelope is from Sending Flowers kit from Template Dreams, I've never seen another one like it and I can see me using this one a lot because I love tucking journalling into little pockets.  The papers are from a kit called Dreams from Stuff to Scrap.

I'm entering my page into these challenges:

That's it for today, hope you haven't got too much snow where you are. x

Monday, 25 March 2013

Warm Wishes

The lovely Denise, co-owner of the Digitally Sweet challenge is having a bit of a rough time at the moment (you can read all about it on the blog) and as I don't have her address, I decided to send her a digital card via email. It is also suitable for the current challenge at DS which is Spring & pastel colours. Everything except the bow is from the Sending Flowers kit from Template Dreams although I have recoloured the frame and swirls to tie in with the lovely creamy yellow of the flowers on the background paper. Then I 'inked' around the edges of the paper. I've had another idea for this paper, but that will have to wait for another day, lol! I put the card together in CAP 2 and used one of the textures on the frame and the swirls.
I'm entering my card front into these challenges:

Thank you for dropping by today :-)

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Is It A......???

Two to share with you today.

Journal page? Scrapbook page? Neither - it's a card, lol! It could be a combination of all three I suppose. I got the idea for my niece's card after I did the journal pages I blogged a few days ago, I'd been struggling for ideas for this year but when I'd finished the pages it struck me that she'd like them so I thought why not do something similar for her card and this is the result - I think she might like her crown! I've raised the frame and butterfly on foam pads, the butterfly twice. Everything is from the Art Journal 5 kit from Jessica Sprague and I've experimented with some effects in CAP 2.
I hope it'll make her smile - 12 indeed! I don't know what my sister is thinking of letting them (she has a twin brother) grow up this fast!!
I'm entering my card into these challenges:

As I said she has a twin brother and his birthday is on the same day! Yes, really, lol!! Okay, I'll stop being silly now.

Jamie's card is another that could also be a scrapbook page really. I've used elements from several different kits. They've been on a couple of family cruises and he loved the travelling so I decided to reflect that as well as some of his many other interests - he loves his bike, is very arty and loves to take things to bits just to see how they work! He had to be watched like a hawk when he was little - I can remember him wandering into the kitchen when he was 2 with a fuse in his hand that he taken from a fuse box that was in a cupboard that had been child proofed and asking "what does this do Mammy?" I thought I was going to have to resuscitate my sister!!
I'm entering this card into these challenges:

Thank you for dropping by today, I hope your's is going well :-)

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Digital Art Journal??

This is something I would not have thought of doing digitally but as I was browsing the one buck Wednesday sale at Jessica Sprague, I came across some art journalling digi kits so I treated myself to one and I have to say that it has fired my creativity off in a whole new direction! I can see me creating some papers and elements of my own for this purpose. We can be just as creative digitally as we can with paper, inks and paints. Although I've used a kit to create these two pages, I've used some techniques too including paper piecing her clothes and to me, this is what art journalling is all about anyway - experimenting and trying out different ideas. I thought it would be fun to do the whole thing digitally, including the book itself but have the pages saved to print off and add to a real book at some point. The book was a freebie from our Craft Artist~Creative CAPpers  facebook group and I created a cover to add to it. I did the various techniques in Craft Artist 2 but I can see me having great fun using ArtRage for future pages too. Oh dear, I do hope I don't have a new addiction coming on Lol!

I'm entering my journal pages into these challenges:

Thank you for dropping by today, I'm trying to get stuff done before the final day of the 6 nations starts :-)

Are YOU A Winner?

It's time to announce the winner
drawn from the comments left
on my sample card for our final
challenge at CACB. has chosen:


Congratulations Sue, pop over to the
Shop and send me an email with
your choice of any one item. (This
includes the scrapbook kits). 
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Wednesday, 13 March 2013

From A Boy To A Man

Upside down post time again! It's hubby's birthday next week so I've been busy with his card. My main image comes from Joanna Sheen's Egyptian Adventures CD. I'm fascinated by Egyptology so pounced on this CD as soon as Joanna brought it out although it's been a little while since I used it. Of all the lovely images on the CD, this one of Tutankhamen's death mask is probably my favourite. Here, I've used the decoupage sheet version that's also on the CD. The papers are all my own as is the 'die cut' shape on the base of the card, the fabulous ornate corners are from Miriam's Scraps and the wonderful swirl is from a Daisy Trail kit. The cartouche is one I created myself from a royalty free black and white image from the internet in Craft Artist 2 and I'm really pleased with how it turned out.

Close up of the cartouche

I'm entering my card into these challenges:
And the reason for my title? Well Tutankhamen was still a boy when he died and is helping me to wish happy birthday to a man!


Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Sunset in Paradise

When I saw that this month's theme at Create a scene is Tropical Shores, I couldn't resist getting a bit of virtual sun on my back! I've used one of my own digi stamps, the tropical beach faberge style egg which is a combination of one of the blank faberge style eggs and the tropical beach digi. All three are available here until April 5th. I've coloured it with a mix of sponging and pen (both done digitally - I can lose hours colouring digitally, I think it's because I can get in closely and do more with shading and highlights). I separated the base and used a couple of styles in Craft Artist 2 and I must say that I love the effect. The elements, shaped mats, ribbon and papers are from various kits and the main backing paper was created by adding a holiday picture over a paper and using a luminosity filter then changing the colour. The finishing touch was to digitally 'ink' around the edge of the main bp. I must say that I'd dearly love to be sitting on one of those loungers watching that sunset right now!
I'm entering my card into these challenges:

That's it for today, thank you for dropping by and I hope you're having a good one :-)

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Fancy Butterfly

This card is made mostly with the digi kit I won recently, Distressed Elegance from Template Dreams. Trish has concentrated on 3 main colours and the result has been to make me think a little differently. Firstly, I don't think I'd have been inclined to use the mustard colour, but it works really well with the other two colours it's been teamed with. I've been wanting to use this gorgeous butterfly but to make it work with this colour way, I needed to change it's colour. The embossed paper is part of the bundle too and is gorgeous. The other things I've used are:
  • a JSP mask
  • corners from Miriam's Scraps (played about with in CAP2)
  • the ribbons either side of the central panel and watch are from my own kits. 
I'm entering my card into these challenges:
Well, that's me for today, I'm just getting dinner ready to pop in the oven later so I can relax and enjoy the 6 nations which is followed pretty much straight after by Merlin :-) Hope you're having a good weekend.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Vintage Scene

I have had a creative ball with this one! It started out with a free cutting file that I've used as a mask and played with in Craft Artist 2. From there, I chose papers to go with it then went to town with embellishments.  I usually fall somewhere between fussy & fancy and clean & simple so this is a bit of a departure for me. I've used a variety of kits and some of the elements are their original colour and some I recoloured to suit the project. The paper is one from the freebie pack available here until 5th April 2013 and the scene is a digi stamp that I coloured (there is a coloured version of it in APPATW kit) then I changed the blend mode to luminosity - effectively getting rid of the colour but keeping all the shadings etc. As the design progressed, it became increasingly vintage and I knew exactly who this card should be for! Our lovely Irene has just turned 70 and she is the queen of vintage. Her 70th birthday also coincides with our final challenge at CACB which was also Irene's 70th as part of the DT! If you get chance, do pop over and wish her a happy birthday - don't forget to leave her a comment on her final DT card too, so that you can be included in the draw for the prize.

I'm entering my card into these challenges:
I hope your day goes well :-)

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Caught In The Act!

I think this was my 5th birthday and obviously the singing had gone on too long! Either that or the buttercream and chocolate sprinkles were just too much temptation but here I am caught on camera for all time. I was lucky enough to win challenge #23 at Digitally Sweet and spent my winnings on the Distressed Elegance bundle from Template Dreams. Apart from the full kit, the bundle also contains extra papers which have a fabulous embossed effect and a pack of word art. I've used a couple of the embossed papers on the two side panels.  I have played around a bit with some effects in Craft Artist 2 but apart from the photo and the sunburst thingy on top of the cluster, everything is from the kit. I created a mask for the photo using an oval and a couple of flourishes. The page took me ages because I kept changing my mind and getting side tracked as usual but I've had a lovely morning's play.
I'm entering my page into these challenges:

Thank you for dropping by today, I hope you're having a lovely weekend.

Friday, 1 March 2013

A Fond Farewell

This is a rather bittersweet post for me today. Life has changed direction a little for me and I was spreading myself a little too thin - so I've had to do some re-evaluating. This has led to the decision to close Crafty Ann's after 4 years and also to close CACB after 31/2 years, so this is our final challenge at CACB.
It isn't all bad news though, the rest of the DT and I are hoping you'll help us to go out in style and come and join in with our final challenge if you can. Each of us will be drawing a winner from the comments left on our blogs who will win one item of choice from the shop - this includes the scrapbooking kits. There will also be 3 winners from challenge entrants instead of the usual one.
Right, onto my card now and our theme this time is The Sound of Music. I have to admit that this one almost came together by accident while experimenting with doing a digital laser cut in Craft Artist, but I do rather like how it turned out. The 'laser cut' is Music Collage 3 digi stamp and I really like how this works. I've teamed this with the Fit as a Fiddle digi - I paper pieced the kilt and coloured the rest. The quote is by the wonderful Mark Twain of course.
That's it for my final challenge sample - my blog will continue though, you're not getting rid of me that easily, lol!

I'm entering my card into these challenges:

There is also a parting gift for you on the freebies page of the shop which is a pack of 23 12"x12" papers of varying colours and textures so don't forget to collect yours before we close. Thank you for dropping by today, I hope you'll be able to join us this last time.