Friday 27 May 2011

Forgotten Friday 18 - Take Time

Well Friday is here again, and it's time for me to have a rummage for any forgotten and unused stash. This week I have used an Inkadinkado stamp from the Birds Galore set, which I bought on a trip to Florida in 2009. Sadly it has been in the cupboard since then, until today. I also used a Foliage stamp which is from the Essence of Nature stamp sheet from Chocolate Baroque, the swirl stamp used on the background is from the Birthday swirls, and the backing paper is from the Stucco Brights collection which is a download, both of these are from Chocolate Baroque as well.

The card was a 6 X 6  card base, and I used gold mirri card for matting. The background of the topper was coloured using distress inks in Peeled Paint and Broken China, the foliage was stamped with Forest Pine distress ink and a little bit of colour was added to the heads with a promarker. I stamped the bird with Archival Black and again added a bit of colour using a promarker. The sentiment was made on the PC.

Why don't you have a look in your cupboards and see if you have any unused or forgotten crafty bits make, something, post it on your blog and pop along to Judith's blog leave her a comment and she will come and visit your blog. It does not have to be today, you have all week.

Thanks for looking, your kind comments are appreciated.


Wednesday 25 May 2011

CD Sunday - Under The Weather

The Challenge over on the CD Sunday blog this week is Under The Weather. A great challenge for making a Get Well card, I like to keep a couple of these in my card box. You never know when you are going to need one. 

For this card I have used MCS Wings and Things, and this lovely image of a bluebird sitting on a blossom branch. It is a 6X6 card base using pale pink centura pearl card. I printed off the main image, a sheet of backing paper to match and the sentiment. Matted the backing paper onto some silver mirri card,  and added a bit of ribbon around two of the corners. The topper and the sentiment are also matted onto silver mirri card. I then just added some flat backed gems into the other two corners.

I'm glad I have managed to get this posted today, I tried yesterday but blogger was not playing.

Thanks for looking, your kind comments are appreciated.


Friday 20 May 2011

Forgotten Friday 17 - Secret Garden

Well it's Friday once again, so it's time for me to have a rummage in my cupboards and see what I have that's been sitting there unused for a while. Today I have found this wonderful stamp of a sundial that was part of a collection of stamps that I bought from Create and Craft the first time that Glenda Waterworth from Chocolate Baroque (formally Graphicus) appeared as a guest. I was so blown away with what she did with the stamps, I had to buy them. However the sundial has remained unused until today. I have also used some tapestry stamps that I bought a couple of years ago at a show and had not used.

I started by masking the bottom of the card off and stamping the sundial so that I did not have the bottom of the sundial in the picture. Then I added a bit of colour to the top of the card using Distress Ink pads, I've tried to give the impression of the the sun somewhere in the background as well. Then using the tapestry stamps and a Big and Juicy ink pad , and a couple of green colours from the Distress Ink pads range, I stamped at the bottom of the card to make it look as though you are looking over an over grown Clematis hedge. The sentiment is from the Lovely Sentiments stamp sheet, also from Chocolate Baroque. The backing paper is from the Artylicious Essence of Nature CD. I just added a little ribbon from my stash across the middle.

Why not have a look in your craft stash to see if you have anything that you either have not used or not used for a long time, make something, post it on your blog. Then pop along to Judith's blog, leave her a comment and she will come and visit you blog.

Thanks for looking, your kind comments are appreciated.


Tuesday 17 May 2011

CD Sunday - Die Cutting/Yeehaw - Part 2

When I made my card this week for the CD Sunday challenge, I was going to combine both die cuts with yeehaw. Then I decided why not do 2 entries, one for each. So this is my second, Die Cutting, and has been made for a baby boy that is expected any day now. The image is from Sugar Nellie, and I didn't need much of an excuse to buy this beautiful digi. I coloured this with promarkers.The backing papers are a Sue Smith CD Stripe and Co, and the Dies are , Teddy - Sissix, Booties - Sisslet, Oval and scalloped Oval Spellbinders and the wording from the Cricut Beyond Birthdays cartridge. Then just a bit of white ribbon on it to finish.

Thank you for looking, your kind comments are appriciated.


Monday 16 May 2011

CD Sunday - Die Cutting/Yeehaw

Well another Sunday has come and gone, how they rush by. The challenge over at the CD Sunday blog this week is Die Cutting or Yeehaw. I have chosen to do a card for Yeehaw, I may be back later with one for Die Cutting. I have used MCS Hollywood Greats for this card. All of the elements are from the one CD so all I had to do was cut out and mount it onto a 6 X 6 card base with some matting and layering.

Thank you for looking, your kind comments are appreciated.


Saturday 14 May 2011

Forgotten Friday 16 - Christmas Bauble

I'm a little late for the Forgotten Friday Challenge this week, due to being ill yesterday, and spending the day in bed. Thankfully I am better today, and have now managed to make something for week 16. As I still had my Christmas stamps out from last week, I decided to have a rummage into that to find some stamps that had not been used for a couple of years. This one comes from the Snowflake Flourish sheet from Graphicus (now Chocolate Baroque). For this card I used a 6 x6 square card base in red card, the backing paper is from the Artylicious Seasons Greetings CD, which is mounted onto gold mirricard. The baubles where stamped with a black Momento Ink pad, and coloured with promarkers. The sentiment was from the same stamp sheet and embossed using a gold sparkle embossing powder. I stuck some ribbon onto the card and stuck the baubles on and added a bow in the same ribbon.

If you have some unused of forgotten craft stuff/stash in your cupboards why not make something, post it on your blog, pop over to Judith's blog leave a comment and she will come and see your work.

Thanks for looking.


Wednesday 11 May 2011

Beardsley And Kelmscott

Last Friday I posted a card that I had made using the beautiful bauble stamps from Elusive Images (Chocolate Baroque). I stamped all of the large images from all 6 set before settling on the one that I posted.  I have now finished another 2 , so I thought that I would share these with you today. The first is from the Kelmscott set, and the backing paper is from The Artylicious Decadent Brocade CD.

This second card is using the Beardsley set, and the backing paper is from The Artylicious Blissful Butterflies CD.  Some ribbon and corners added just to finish them. I now have another 2 card to add to my store cupboard.

Thank you for looking.


Ribbon Girl Give Away.

The Ribbon Girl blog has got a give away at the moment to coincide with the new release of the Lili Of The Valley stamp range. These are some wonderful boy themed images. Pop over and take a look.


Tuesday 10 May 2011

MCS - A Short Lesson.

After posting my card for the CD Sunday blog challenge yesterday, I had a comments from both Val and Christine about tips for importing images into MCS and using the picker tool. This is for you ladies, and anyone else who would like a bit of help.

For the purposes of this I will explain how to take a snapshot of a PDF, and how I take it into MCS.
Open the PDF document that you wish to use, and with the snapshot tool highlight the image you wish to use.
Once this is highlighted, open it in a Graphics program, (I use Paint Shop Pro for mine, but any Graphics program you have on your PC will do) in PSP you have to go to the tool bar along the top, go to edit and when it drops down it says paste as new image. Once you have done this, save this image to a folder, this can be where you like, maybe on the desktop or in my pictures. The important thing is to save it as a jpg, I find that this is the format that works best. Now open MCS and rather than open my artwork look for the file that you saved your image into. When you open the folder you will be able to move the saved image on to the work space as you would normally. You can now resize and do all the things that you would do with an MCS image, with your saved one. When printing the images remember that in the new MCS pro you will need to go to the tool bar at the very top, and select print. Here you will be able to change the print quality from normal to best and even professional. I always use the professional setting and change the preferences on my printer to the paper I'm using which is normally Matt photo or Glossy photo for images.

To make a coloured sheet using the picker tool which is in the brushes section of MCS, you need to click onto the picker tool and it will change the cursor into a pen, point this onto the colour that you wish to use, click, and it will change the box on the bottom left of you screen to the colour that you have picked. If you are happy with this colour then click on set and it will turn the background to that colour. If you do not like it click clear,and start again, untill you have a background that you are happy with. You can also use this tool to colour the text that you create with MCS. This tool is great for coloring Centrua Pearl card to a colour that matches your project. You will never have to worry about having a piece of card in the right colour because you  can now create your own.

I hope that you find that this helps you. If you have anymore questions my email is in the normal place, I will try and help if I can. Please let me know how you get on.


Monday 9 May 2011

CD Sunday - Oriental

Where are the weeks going to? I can't believe that it's Sunday once again. This week the challenge over on the CD Sunday blog is Oriental. I have used an old favorite for this week's card, Joanna Sheen's Oriental Dreams. I cropped a single image, rather than print a whole sheet of the same, and took it into MCS. I created a sentiment to go on the card in MCS as well. I then made a sheet to match, for matting and layering by using the picker tool and making a sheet from a colour within the flowers. I just needed to add a bit of ribbon and a flower to finish.

Thank you for looking, your kind comments are appreciated.


Friday 6 May 2011

Forgotten Friday 15 - Not Christmas

It's Friday once again, and I can't believe how quickly the week's seem to be flying past this year. Of course it's that time of the week where I have a rummage to see what I have, that's not been used either at all' or for a long time. A few weeks ago I was looking in my box of Christmas stamps, and I came across this one. It is from a collection of stamps that were released by Graphicus (now Chocolate Baroque) . These were sold a Christmas stamps and all the sentiments with them are Christmas, however they are so beautiful and the images are all designs in the style of different artist's. This one is in the style of De Morgan , the others are Mackintosh, Kelmscott, Morris, Beardsley and Klimt. As you can see from this image while they would make lovely Christmas baubles to put on a card or other projects, they can also be used as  an everyday image. I have chosen not to put a sentiment on this yet, but will put it in my box of ready made cards until it is needed.

This card was made using  the De Morgan  Bauble stamp sheet, stamped with a black momento ink pad, and then coloured using promarkers. I then mounted it onto a couple of scalloped nesties, one in a matchingblue colour and the other is a very pale pink centura pearl card (it dosen't show very well I'm afraid). I then used a backing paper printed from the Artylicious Blissful Butterflies CD mounted onto the same pale pink card. The corners are cut using a Marianne die, and I added a pearl to the corner of these in a matching colour.

If you would like to join in with the Forgotten Friday challenge, pop over to Judith's blog to find out all about it.

Thanks for looking.


Sunday 1 May 2011

CD Sunday - Stamping

It seems like only yesterday when I was posting for last week's CD Sunday challenge, but then I was a little late last week. This week the challenge is stamping, and I have chosen to use this wonderful image from La Pashe. I coloured him using promarkers, and then added some distress inks around the outside. The backing paper is from Carol Ann's Studio, Handyman CD, they go so well with this image. I have added some brad's that are shaped like men's tool's just to finish it off.

Thank you for looking, your kind comments are appreciated.