Saturday, 28 September 2013

Happy Birthday

I've been doing a bit of experimenting with this one. I love the look of white on white using die cuts so I thought I'd have a go at creating something similar digitally using CAP2. I did a tutorial here to show how to create a white embossed paper look and adapted that. When you do the embossed part it is actually separate to the main paper until you group or merge them together, so at this point you can make the embossed section into an embellishment that you can see through which allows you to add a shadow to 'lift' it from the page. Having created my cut out section I used a solid shape for the middle and another one to make the outer border before grouping them all together. If you make the shape into a punch, it makes it really easy to do. I created the cut out section as a rectangle and used the punch of the shape to cut it out. The punched corners are an embellishment that I turned into a punch in CAP2, and the embossed parts of the paper were done as per the tutorial mentioned above. To finish it off, I embellished with flourishes, flowers and some ribbon and a couple of bows. I'm not sure if the bows are a step too far though - I'd be interested in your opinions.
I'm entering my card into these challenges:

Monday, 23 September 2013

Brotherly Love And A Little Advice!

I have two offerings for you today - I'm a bit like buses at the moment, nothing for ages then two come at once! Lol!

I just had to scrap this photo of my great-nephew and niece - Elena was just a few days old when her big brother gave her this bottle, but he looks like he was born to it! I created the page in Craft Artist, using several different kits and one of my own papers which is part of a freebie pack you can get from the Freebies tab at the top of this blog if you want it. I created a mask to add the photo to and then blended it into the paper using luminosity, transparency and the glow edge brush to soften the edges - all in Craft Artist. I also did some re-colouring of elements to tie everything in.

I'm entering my page into these challenges:

This one is a page for an inspirational journal and has some sound advice that both Lewis and Elena could do worse than to follow as they make their way through life - or indeed, the rest of us for that matter. The paper is another from the freebie pack I mentioned above that I overlaid some elements from an art journal digi kit on then changed to white and altered the transparency in Craft Artist. The word art was also created in Craft Artist. The opera singer digi is from Make it Crafty and the dancing fiddle is one of my own. Both were coloured in ArtRage - except for the kilt which was paper pieced. The locket  that has the photos in is one of my own elements as are the two brads.

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

Saturday, 14 September 2013

A Lovely Day

We had a lovely day out at Buttermere while Sophie was staying. It's one of the loveliest lakes in the English Lake District. While we were there we decided to have lunch at one of our favourite pubs - The Fish. We'd been to Vindolanda Fort on Hadrian's Wall (we are so lucky to live where we do!) the day before and I couldn't manage the walk down to the lake so while Tom and Sophie wandered down there, I waited in the pub with a pot of earl grey and a good book. I used a template from Fiddle dee dee Designs, elements from a couple of kits from Pam Lefors and Template Dreams, one of my own backing papers and various effects in Craft Artist 2 to immortalise the day.
I'm entering my page into these challenges:

Thank you for dropping by today, I hope you have a really good weekend.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Funny Face

Goodness but it's been a long time since I blogged! Real life has been getting in the way of both crafting and blogging but that's how it is sometimes - unfortunately, it's likely to be so for a while yet so I'll just be doing what I can, when I can.
We had our lovely GD to stay at the beginning of August and despite being a beauty, she has a tendency to be self concious and pull faces for the camera so when I saw the Soprano digi stamp from Make it Crafty, it gave me an idea for using some of these photos. I coloured the digi in ArtRage using the no lines technique - it's the first time I've used this technique and it took me ages but I really like the end result. I put the page together in Craft Artist 2 and gave her (and just about everything else!) a shadow to make her 'pop' from the page a bit more. I'm entering my page into the Anything Goes at Digitally Sweet this week.

Thank you for dropping by and I hope it won't be quite so long next time.