Card Captain Day 4 – Technique Day

Hello there,

I’m back with Day 4 of being Card Captain.  Sorry it’s a little later than intended, however, as you know life tends to spoil plans when you least expect it.

Thursday’s card is a digital compilation of a couple of photos, one a landscape orientation and the other portrait orientation.  Both of sunsets in Cooma and I think even in different years but both around June, which is winter for us.

I simply could not resist the colours, so when I was “rummaging” in my computer files to find a technique and found these, I thought doing a digital card with these photos would be a great idea.  But how to overcome the fact they are different orientation.  Then I remembered that I also had to include a Michael Strong Stamp so it could not be completely digital, and of course a flower was the perfect choice because it would cover the “empty” space between the photos.

Step by step (as best as I can):

    1. Pick two photos that complement each other – one landscape and one portrait orientation
    2. Open your application – in my case Microsoft Publisher – copy and paste the photos, you will need to resize as you go depending on the sizes of your photos and where you wish to use the finished image, and place them beside each other, and yes, you will be making one image out of the two photos.
    3. To work with the images as one you will want to join them as I did, once you have the arrangement you want them in and making sure you have the correct size you want for your card (when you have the 2 photos together) you need to group them.
    4. Just click on one, and holding the shift key down, click each of the others in turn, once highlighted, right click on one of the images which will give you a drop down menu and click “Group”, now that you have them grouped you can copy and paste as many times as you like – I have attached a copy of the sketch to give you a better idea.  The original sketch  was too pale to see properly, so I went back and tried to draw the outlines to make it more visible.
    5. One tip here: when you group the images you need to “ungroup” by doing step 4 – only this time you highlight the one image and right click to “Ungroup”.  Just be careful, sometimes the individual images may move and you might need to re-adjust them and to do that you will need to “Ungroup” them.  But once done you don’t have the same painstaking job again.  Especially if you have saved in a workable file.
    6. For a card you will only need one “grouped” image but for a scrapbook page you might like to simply enlarge the one image, you need to be careful how large because the one image could be “fuzzy” so you might need to paste 4 for a 12″x12″ size scrapbook page.
    7. Once you have the image you want simply print and trim to the size of your card, add an embellishment such as a flower, add a sentiment and ta dah! Your card is made and ready to use.
Technique – Thursday 10 May 2018
Good Vibes!
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A quick post!

This is just a quick note to let you know I’m still alive and kicking.  Been a little busy the last few months and been too tired to make enough sense to write a decent post so … of course nothing got posted.  I’ve also been trying to work out how to actually get my cards sold, which means I have to find an appropriate online site, not as easy as you’d think.  Even finding a physical store willing to display and sell isn’t easy.

Anyway, my next event will be a Creative Memories National Scrapbook Day on Saturday, 5 May 2018, 10am to 5pm.  So if you’re local to me, and you enjoy making cards or making the occasional page to show your photos come and join us.  Space is limited so get in quick.  How to register, simply send me an email via contact me or via messenger on my Facebook page.

Well, that’s it for a quick post, while I’m sitting in a breezy alleyway selling raffle tickets (in front of a supermarket).

I’m told by the experts that I should write about what I’m doing, so, that’s what I’ve done.  I hope you found it interesting enough to visit again.  Bye for now.

Day 5 Penguin framed!

Hello everyone,
I didn’t realise how many cards I had made on holiday and since coming home.   It was encouraging to see just how many I had made.  Some I cannot show as Card Captain because they do not have Michael Strong stamps on them but will show them here on my blog over the coming weeks.
Well, here we are at the end of another week of cards.  The instructions for Day 5 card are shown below.   I was going to use this as Thursday’s technique but thought it was not really very technical.
As of today I am starting study again so I may not be so productive with cards but I’ll be back later in the year to share another week of cards.
Here are the instructions:
The frame is made with a 6″x 6″ piece of patterned paper.  I used a sheet from a 6×6″ pad.  You need to have paper that is sturdy but foldable.
I stamped the smaller of Michael’s penguins onto white cardstock to give a “picture” effect and then used some Ranger Distress ink “Stormy Sky” to “distress” the frame, the “picture” and the patterned background as well as the card blank before assembling the card.  Only double sided tape was used for assembly, but for the frame I used just a couple of  pieces of mounting foam, because it was made as a sample which could be taken apart to see how the fold works.
Now:  With the paper face up square in front of you, fold bottom up to meet the top edge, bone score to make the crease sharp, then open up and fold from left to right and crease.
Next fold each side into the centre starting from left into the centre, open and repeat on right, turn paper so you can repeat.  You should have folds showing small squares.  When you fold the sides to the centre it should look like a little  cupboard.  Your paper when opened up should look like a sheet of little boxes.
Then open and turn paper face down and fold from bottom left corner to the top right corner – giving a triangle and crease, and repeat the other way.
To save having to read my chaotic explanation which would also take twice as long, I have attached the PDF copy of the original article AccordionBookInABox .  There is also a video on YouTube here.
What I have done is simply use one of the six frames in the article, so it is totally up to you whether you make the actual little accordion album and the box it goes into, or simply make one.  Another way you can use, is perhaps make 4 and use on a card if you use smaller squares or use the 6″ x 6″ squares and include on your scrapbook page, you can make two or three perhaps for a scrapbook page depending on your photos.
So there you have it, the Framed Penguin card.  You also have all the instructions to make your own.  Let me know if you make one,  or show on my Crafty Things page on Facebook.
Have fun and thank you for visiting.   Cheerio until next time.

Watch this space!

Hi there,

This is just a quick post to let you know to “watch this space” because there are some great new items coming in July, but in the meantime check out some of the other goodies.  Remember how I said they might bring some new CCS items, well stay tuned for my Tuesday post.

I may have already shown you this flier but because the offer runs out on 4 July 2017, I thought I’d run it by you again, and this is where you can order.  So until Tuesday.

Final instalment on CM Custom Cutting System

Hi,

This is the last instalment I have for you on the Custom Cutting System.  I’m sure Creative Memories will bring something similar to these at some stage, these are older ones I had when I first started with Creative Memories some years ago.

Anyway, here are the examples that I found, I had made them some time ago, when I had to make a card that was not square, circle or rectangle.  Enjoy and thanks for reading.

Here is part 2 – CM Custom Cutting system

Hello again,

I have some more examples of using the Custom Cutting System (CCS), and no it is not a machine as someone thought.  That is the beauty of this system you don’t need a machine to use it – well unless you call your hands a machine :).

The way the CCS works – it has a groove into which you place the cutting tool – if you look closely you can see the two little buttons, they go into the groove and the yellow you can see is the blade shaped like a ‘V’ which allows you to cut either direction..

 

To get the most out of the CCS you need to have all three blades: blue, red and green.  The three blades give you the different sizes.  You can cut on the outside of the guides as well as the inside, which means you can get 6 different sizes of whichever style you want – circles, ovals, rectangles or squares, oh and there is also a hexagon one.  If you watch the video here  you can see how it works, there are a couple of other videos which also show the border maker.  Once you’ve watched the video you’ll want to get your own, which you can do here. 

 

This one shows the CM Cutting mat, the hexagon CCS and the three blades.  You can see the grooves into which the 2 “buttons” fit and guide your cutting blade around the shape.  Also, a handy point with each of the shapes they have little “feet” doesn’t lift them off the paper, they just help the shape guide to stay in place so it doesn’t move while you cut.  The video is a helpful tool to show you exactly how to use these wonderful, portable cutting tools.

Now for photos of the examples I promised.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next two show the different shapes available and also the wavy ones which come as a paper trimmer.

Enjoy the photos and videos.  Cheers for now.