19 June 2015

DSC Reminder

Hi Everyone, thought I would post a reminder today for the Digitally Sweet Challenges  you can see my original post HERE .  Thankfully my 'puter is holding out for me to fulfil my DT work.

You are asked to follow the colour or the fruit option of this colour sample.
I followed this sketch, then realised that this post would be after the closing date of the sketch challenge duh!

Here is my card from the Fun and Festive kit by Deedee's Digis the fabulous Sponsor of the challenge. I used the outline images also in the kit, so that I could choose the colours of the challenge to colour it. The sentiment also comes in the kit. The sketch design was laid out in PS as usual and was printed, I cut them out, layered them, with a ribbon around the centre band. I shaped the sentiment and added cord tied buttons. I added 3D'd Gloss to the stars and Ultra Fine Glitter to the cake.

DP's Vicki Stegall "Happy paper"

14 June 2015

Divin Daniel!

Hi Everyone, I have a DT post for Deedee's Digis a

Reminder you still have time to play in the
 Digi of the Month Progressive challenge.

I have used the outline images from the kit and used my own colours, if you don't have time, Deedee has ready coloured images to just print and go. I added a few more fishes, a sandbank and a weed overlay, some bubbles and the sentiment is from the kit. Coloured and printed it from PS, I decided to cut it short to add a punched border. (oops! if you believe that you'll believe anything LOL.) then I printed and fussy cut Daniel and 3D'd him.

Deedee's Digi of the Month Diver Daniel
Water drops Kimberkatt
Delicious Scraps scalloped curved edge overlay
Delicious Scraps curve overlay
Martha Stewart border punch

13 June 2015

Silhouette cutting 50th Anniversary card

Hi, it's me AGAIN. Here is a card I designed and cut using my Silhouette to cut the 50 etc out. The paper and flowers, butterflies etc are from digi kits. The mirror gold heart I designed in Photoshop using PS shapes. The flowers and butterflies were print and cut and the heart was cut out of mirror card the glitter card was cut (by hand as it was self adhesive and I didn't have time to check the settings to cut it. I made a box to fit it.

Asstd Digi kits are by Sheila Reid at Pixelscrapper

http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/challenge-110.html  Anything Goes

Contemporary Art!

Hi Everyone. Sorry you are getting the 3 posts on one day, as I want to enter the challenges and I'm not sure if my 'puter will last for me to post over a few days, so decided to do it all today, and there were you thinking you would would have a rest from me LOL.

You didn't think I would be naming a post Contemporary Art would you? To be true I couldn't think of anything else, this is soooooooo not me! It all started with me subscribing to the mail list of The Eastwind and this is the freebie we got this month.

I keep reminding you I am digi colourer not a hands on colourer, so what do I do with this? I thought and thought and then Marilyn Monroe came into my mind, do you remember the famous picture by Andy Warhol? This is my interpretation. I copied the image and placed them in a block, printed them out and coloured them with - yep! you've guessed - water colour pencils, after I had done the background I went over the eye, nose and mouth again, making the colour stronger. I then embossed it all and decided to use a new purchase (I had to try) metallic gilding wax. I was going to pick up the details on the embossing, then noticed that the black printed image turned violet. I loved it so much I added the wax to the entire page and then shone it with a paper towel. I love the sheen. I added the page to violet card and drew around the blank card front with the water pencils, spreading the colour out. I couldn't decide how to add a sentiment either, so embossed a piece of vellum and placed it on the bottom line.

Showing the sheen

Watercolour pencils
Scruffy Little Cat "Chic" embossing folder
Phill Martin Metallic gilding wax
Tattered Lace border embossing folder

http://www.theeastwind.com/ challenge #32 Dots and stripes  I hope the embossing lines look like stripes or even the lines in between the images, the dots are in the image.

Water colouring

Hi Everyone, I'm on line - today - I hope it will last 'til I get my new 'puter, I'm going to to 3 posts today - in case! You'll have to wait for 2 though LOL.

Anyhow, my card today is a progressive challenge at Art by Miran and this little lady has to be coloured in by hand!!!!!!!!! I took this on as a real challenge for me, you know I am a digi colourer and it's my first love.

I have Reeves Water Colour Pencils and not many of them, at least there are a few colours to choose from. Off I went paintbrush in hand and painted the colour from the pencil to the image, spreading it out with a wetter brush. I admit it's not good, but I thoroughly enjoyed doing it. I decided on a different colour choice for me. I added 3D gloss to the bubbles and her eyes. added a piece of matching card embossed with a bubble embossing folder, punched out a border, used my brand new die which was a freebie with a magazine, it's been layered twice, it was the only way I could get it out of the die, and both layers came out together. I even layered cling film to remove the card out of the die, I wasted a few pieces of card until I tried the 2 pieces together. I would NOT be beaten LOL.

Scruffy Little Cat "Bubbles" embossing folder
Martha Stuart punch
Magazine birthday freebie die.

I'm entering the blog challenge of Art by Miran and Facebook challenge,
http://artbymiranchallenge.blogspot.ca/2015/06/challenge-34-anything-goes.html Anything Goes

12 June 2015


Hi Everyone, My computer is about to die!

I am letting you know I may or may not be posting for a while, only my scheduled posts will go ahead, I have trouble starting my 'puter and my son has been starting it in "Safe Mode" to get it going for me, looks like I will HAVE to have a new one.  UGH! I could do without the expense, but what would I do without it? There are a couple of progressive challenges I would like to carry on with so will try and post them, otherwise I will "see" you when I can.

Anyhow, I will be spasmodic in posts and comments, as I am spending HOURS and HOURS backing up, changing me emails subscriptions, (as I didn't have an on line email address).  My son has found one he would like me to have, but!!!! it costs a bit more than I would have liked. We'll see if they can bring it down somewhat. I never thought I would say it, but I am getting sick of sitting in front of this screen and me a 'puter lover! Just hope I can get it started tomorrow and at least until I get all my work done first. Keep your fingers crossed

Have a GREAT weekend

10 June 2015

Ladybird / Ladybug

Hi Everyone, my second DT post for Deedee's Digis today, Deedee is sponsoring a challenge at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 and we had this great sketch to work with. I have been waiting to use this wonderful Ladybird (as we call her in the UK) image, it is the cutest isn't it? I used the outline image and coloured her to match the DP's I decided to use. I also used this kit Here who would have guessed they are from the same kit?
After watching a few TV craft shows about dies and them saying to look how else they could be used. I decided to take a "border" die and cut it up. I used one of the patterns in each corner and used 3 patterns to link them. I am pleased with the effect around the card and will now look at the other dies I have and, NOT used - hang head in shame! to see what else I can come up with. Keep a look out LOL.

The sketch was copied into Photoshop and I laid out my DP's as per the sketch. I added a double copy of the flower that the Ladybird holds, enlarging it slightly to add to the corner as per the sketch. I found a Ladybird "button" in my files and copied it 3 times, and some Ladybird scatters and added them to the main image. After printing it all, I cut them out and layered on top of the die cut edge with some ribbon from my stash. Added Stickles and 3D gloss.

Ladybug Deedee's Digis
Sketch 2-57 Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2
DP's Karen Lewis "Hello Sunshine" freebie kit
Ladybug brad by Snickerdoodles Designs "Fly Away Home" kit, add on.
Ladybug line by Kristin Aagard "Buggin Out" kit.
Die Spellbinders "Morrocan Accents"
Cuttlebug "Swiss Dots" embossing folder

http://disdigidesignschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/use-die-cuts.html Use Die cuts
http://simplypapercraftsforalloccassions.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/challenge-6.html  Anything Goes

Life's a Beach!

Hello Everyone, a DT post today for Deedee's Digis a sponsored challenge at Crafty Gals Corner Challenge the theme is "The Great Outdoors".

My outdoors today is the beach and this fabulous image from the "Life's a Beach" kit by Deedee's Digis. I like to take the outline images from the kits, so that I can colour to match any DP's I use, that's the wonder of Deedee's kits, you have so much choice to use the ready coloured image or as I do (most of the time) use the outline images and colour them yourself.

Anyhow on to my card. I used the piggy in the "rubber ring" as it was to us, shows my age doesn't it LOL. The sentiment is also from the kit, great - no looking for something to match.

All designed in PS - of course LOL. I printed the layers and layered onto black card. Added some Stickles and 3D gloss.

I used a cut file to make the ice cream cone, yep! even the cherry is included. I used the solid image included in the file, as I was cutting such a small cone, like a button.

You can find the (choice of 2) Ice Cream Cut file by Shirley's Cards
DP's Amanda Wittenborn Aloha kit.

07 June 2015

Purrfect! 50th birthday

Hi Everyone, I though I would give you an update of my Son's health scare before showing you my card of today. The update is, he was given 100mg tablets to be given twice a day in February, he has control of his medicines and after another less severe incident on Thursday we spoke about them as his blood test in hospital had shown a high raised level. It seems he has been given 200mg by the Pharmacy and instructions 1 twice a day, he hadn't realised and so has been taking a double dose, for how long we don't know. The Pharmacy hadn't informed us of the change, I rang the GP and he arranged for my son to have a blood test before taking any more of the tablets. He still isn't that well, but at least we know the reason, hopefully. The lesson learned, ALWAYS read the dosage and instructions on your medicines and don't assume you are having the same as always.

On to my card for today. I wanted a 50th birthday card for a friend, it had to have a cat on it. I came up with this. As it is lilac season, (ours are still in bloom - just!) I used paper and lilacs from a digi kit and made a corner from them and other elements in the kit. The cat is one I had in a blog train in 2013, I've never used it, it is a perfect match methinks!.

I designed and laid out the the different elements in Photoshop using Garamond Italic font that, I thought, matched the cat's tail. I altered the colour of the cat just a shade or two to match the paper. I printed the front out and saved the corner layout and the cat with an extra head! as a PNG file and sent it to my Silhouette, have I told you I LOVE the Print and Cut feature. I then did the inside to match the outside. The recipient has an aversion / phobia to glitter so I couldn't add any, but I think the colours don't really need any. Quite simple, but I love those lilacs and the cat.

Booland Designs   "Sentiment"                         

Millstream Cottage blog"Whiskers on Kittens" kit DST Blog Hop January 2013

04 June 2015

Watercolour Vellum

Hi Everyone, sorry to have been AWOL, my son had a disturbing reaction to his prescription tablets, he's been on them since February, but it seems they have built up in his system, he collapsed Monday morning, unable to stand or speak, he couldn't see properly and was vomiting, to cut a long story short, he is home and apart from slight stomach problems he is now OK, after being told that he has to reduce the tablets from 200mg to 100mg. It has been a really worrying time. However thankfully all over - this time! I just hope he will have regular blood tests now. If not I'm going to have to do some shouting!  The NHS is wonderful and I couldn't fault the care he had, but sometimes it can fall on it's face. I'm thinking that he should be having regular blood tests due to the amount of prescription medicines he is on. It's not often I shout out about what is happening at home, but I have been so worried and so very tired of all the incidents we have to go through. I just had to share my burden - Sorry.

Oh! well lets get on to the reason you are here. The Outlawz has a progressive challenge and my offering today is a mix of digital and water colouring, Yep! I have made a couple of cards with my water colouring AND on vellum AND wet and dry embossing. AND I quite like them too. LOL They are Poppies so are suitable for 2 sympathy cards I had to do today for friends who have lost their Father's.

The first I did was digitally colour on printable vellum. As it came out of the printer I noticed there was a lot of ink, I quickly found some clear embossing powder and embossed it all. I like the shine it gives to the sentiment and frame as well as the poppies.

I was lucky to win prize candy from Cindy recently and it came in the post yesterday, in with a mass of other lovely things, was an embossing folder, which I used to emboss the background card and the top of the vellum, (trying to match it up). Layered it with black paper, wrapped a ribbon around it and added it to the card. I did the same with the others, but used watercolour pencils on the back of the vellum. The vellum is only attached at the top, the wind wouldn't stop so they are shown flapping!

The first card is digitally coloured in PS the others are the watercolour cards.

01 June 2015

Easel card

Hi Everyone, something I do very rarely is an easel card, but I decided to incorporate 2 challenges in one. Outlawz Wednesday Sketch Challenges where I got the sketch and another, but I missed it by a couple of hours duh!

Anyhow onto my card, I laid it all out and coloured the image in PS. I cut it all out and layered it onto the card blank. I added 3D gloss to the bouquet flowers and Stickles to the butterflies. The photo isn't too good, blame the weather LOL.

Image Tiddly Inks
Papers Snickerdoodles
Butterflies A J Roberts
Sentiment Create with TLC

A cuppa!

Hi Everyone, a DT post today brings me to an image that fills me with joy - yep! a cuppa! LOL. Deedee's Digis is sponsoring a challenge at House of Cards blog hop and they have supplied the inspirational photo. My card reflects the shelves, the boxes and the frames and of course the colours. I hope you think so too.

I used Deedeee's Coffee Cup Greetings and the ready coloured images in the kit. I just added a Tattered Lace die, cut from the same striped paper. I laid everything out in Photoshop and printed just what I wanted, I layered them onto the card, arranged the die cuts and 3D'd the flower frame and the lower cups, I added Stickles to the flower and 3D gloss to the cup.

Just in case you wonder how. In PS I made a template 6 inches x 12 inches the open size of the card, then arranged the papers and images, (copying the sketch, which has been reversed), on the right side of the template, when I was happy with it all, I spread the papers and images over the whole 6 x 12 and send to print on an A4, it just needs cutting out and placing onto the card.

This is the way I laid it out for printing, it is fitted to a 6x6 card, but printed on an A4 sheet of paper.
If you would like it, you are welcome to contact me and I'll send you the jpeg, ready to print.