Sunday, 9 November 2014

On a break!

Hi Everyone, I am going to take a bit of time away from the computer.

I hope to see you in the not too distant future. 

In the meantime here are a few photos I took this week of Llansteffan Beach and Llansteffan Castle, the castle is overlooking the River Tywi as it enters Carmarthen Bay near the village of Llansteffan in Carmarthenshire.
It was 10C with a stiff breeze, but as you can see beautifully sunny.

Click on each picture to enlarge to see the beauty of the area.
Looking out to sea 
The Castle and it's placement on the coast

The Castle framed
The Castle in silhouette 

Looking across the Estuary to Ferryside
Looking further inland across the Estuary

Looking out to see from the car park
Looking inland from the beach

The coastal train
Closeup of the train 

Rolled seaweed left by the tide
I believe this is a sedum, below tide level

Friday, 7 November 2014

DSC # 113 Sparkle N Sprinkle

Firstly today I want to welcome back to Digitally Sweet Challenges Denise Pustelniak, she was such a great help in my very first DT post with DSC, thank you again Denise.

It's time for a new challenge at

 Digitally Sweet Challenges

the Theme is 

Cosy Winter Moments

sponsored by  Sparkle N Sprinkle

I chose this image as my cosy moments, as it reminds me of a cheese and wine party we had with friends. that really was cosy winter moments! Especially towards the end of the evening LOL.

I coloured the image "Wine Tableau" from Sparkle N Sprinkle in PS, I am so happy with my colouring, as I am understanding more about the way to use brushes and layers.  

Tips on colouring in PS as I did, with trepidation, originally.  (Especially for a great blog friend Mary H)
  1. right click and duplicate the main image twice, hide the original layer by clicking on the "eye" to the left of the image in the layer column. 
  2. right click choose blending options, change the top layer to "multiply"
  3. start painting with a basic brush on the 1st copy layer. I would magnify the image for this to make it easier.
You will be able to colour without having to worry about painting over the lines as the "multiply layer" is on top with the lines intact. You'll see this if you hide the painting layer. I hope that will help you start your colouring.

It is possible to just use the 2 layers to colour the complete image, professionals use different layers for different colours and blending options. I am not a professional so have found a way to do it without making it very complicated. I'm not saying it is the correct way, but it gives a bit of confidence and if you go really wrong, you still have your original image and you multiple layers to start again, (just remember to make another duplicate layer from your original to start again.) You can progress to more layers as you feel more confident with this way.

I've used a few techniques in this, i.e. dodge & burn to add shadows, brushes for the snow in the window, blur for the wine in the bottle, stainless steel style for the knife, embossing for the holly swirl overlay.  It did take me a few hours to complete, but I am very happy with it.

I laid out the images I wanted on the page in PS, printed and added them to the card. I decided to add a tag and lots and lots of sparkle and it does too, shame it can't be picked up in the photo, hopefully you will see I added it to all the frosty part of the card in the closeup. 

Wine Tableau Sparkle N Sprinkle
Holly overlay by Brooke Gazarek at Pixel Scrappers
Frost overlay, sorry no file name.

Friday, 31 October 2014

DSC # 112 Anything Goes

It's time for a new challenge at

 Digitally Sweet Challenges

the Theme is 

Anything Goes

sponsored by  Scrappiness Designs

Hi Everyone the challenge today is Anything Goes, but I decided to go with a card as I have just the person this can go to.  We had a fabulous digi kit "My Back Yard" to play with this time and it was difficult to choose. In the end I chose a sketch that would use a few of the DP's and then made a little "picture" of the elements. I suppose I shouldn't say it, but I love it, it makes me smile.

Original PS layout.

This is it printed and layered.

Go and see what my Team mates at DSC have created here

Challenges  Anything Goes  Anything Goes  Anything Goes

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Vellum lampshade

I had a few people ask what the lampshade was like lit up, so thought I would add a short post to show you. The first one is with the crystal glass of the original post, the second one is taken on an ordinary wine glass.   The crystal shapes show through, which was a surprise to me.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Bags and card

Hi Everyone, sadly this is my last GD post for Deedee Digis, I have enjoyed the experience and fun so much this last month and want to thank Deedee for the opportunity to be GD for a whole month, plus the use of her fabulous images and sentiments, also for being the kindest and most generous person I could have been GD for. Also  Kathy D for help with the intermediate challenges I decided to do as well.

For my last GD post I decided I had to do a little extra, so a card and 2 bags is my offering today.  I used Deedee's "Dashing through the snow" kit to make the digital paper in PS to use on the card and the gift bag and that fabulous penguin image.

I used a cut file for the gift bag by Shirley's Cards Here and used the jpeg shape in it, to make the shape in the card. I made the gift bag slightly larger to accommodate the canvas bag.

I suppose this is quite a simple project, I'm not one to over embellish as you know, but not quite CAS either. I'm actually quite pleased how the set worked out and I Love those penguins they are such fun. The sentiments are from the same kit.  I have just realised I haven't made a gift tag, - no problem will do it and add it before giving this gift. Oh! yes and I WILL pretty pack the canvas bag with the same DP paper I made.

This is a picture heavy post - you have been warned LOL.

The set
The gift bag
side view of the bag

The card
The canvas bag

I added Decoart Snow Writer and then glitter

The effect peeled off after I moved the bag to a different location oh! well. at least it didn't mark the image.

To prove the bag was able to be packed into the little Gift bag.

Gingham DP by Just So Scrappy
canvas bag from Hobbycraft

Monday, 27 October 2014

Snowman card

Hi Everyone, here I am again with another of Deedee's digis, I'm having a lot of fun this GD month.  My card today is another one of the Snowman tags I used from the Snowman tag kit, but I decided to do an "over the top card" it includes the sentiment from the kit, with a little addition from me.

I used DP paper from Delicious Scraps, the large snowflake was printed on A4 card, using a glitter style effect from ADB Winter Frost Glitter styles in PS, then cut using a file from Birds Cards,  I also added lots and lots of glitter with Glamour Dust.

Sunday, 26 October 2014


Hi Everyone, due to the talented Marie - Greece being hostess of the Addicted to CAS challenge this month, I decided to show her that I can VERY occasionally do a little CAS LOL.  Whether this will be allowed I'm not sure, but here goes.  It's a lampshade cut from a file I found on the web years ago, so sorry I do not have who it is designed by.  The tree die was a freebie in a magazine either last year or the year before.  VERY simple, cut the shade and trees out of vellum, stuck the trees on the shade and glittered them. - Simples!