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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Wednesday card – Day 3

Hello again, well here we are Wednesday and Day 3 of cards.  Another simple card using Michael Strong fan stamped several times and  “fussy cut” then spaced to fit along the patterned paper to give a decorative border.  I attached the three main fans to the back of the patterned paper first, then attached the two lighter coloured fans behind.  Added double sided tape to ensure it stayed together, then attached to the lighter card before attaching all to the card blank.  Not complex but effective.  Until tomorrow…

Cherish the moment

Tuesday – Day 2

Here is my Tuesday card, another simple card.  A background of die cut dots over a piece of coloured card approximately 4″ x 3-3/4″  to give the lovely effect with the “flowers”.   The card blank is the normal size Australian paper size A5.  I stamped and fussy cut Michael Strong flower stamp.

All that is needed is to add a sentiment when I’m ready to use it for whatever occasion.  Hope you like this cute little creation.

Thank you for looking and following.

 

Card Captain this week – card 1

This is a simple little card approximately 5” x 3-1/4” (finished).  A piece of patterned paper from which I had pinched some flowers with a new punch I had just had delivered.  Then added some Creative Memories Washi tape instead of ribbon.  Stamped and “fussy” cut the butterflies and added using foam adhesive for more dimension.  Stamped the sentiment and card done.

So, enjoy.  Why not share your version?

Card 1 – May 2018

 

Backgrounds and Art Journaling

Hi everyone,

Today I’m going to catch-up on a technique which I promised some friends on my online groups that I would share here.  They have been waiting a couple of weeks so I thought it was time to get down and dirty, well I won’t but Kim Dellow does.  Now, Kim’s technique is a little different from the method I actually used in making some of my backgrounds – which raised the query about my technique.  My technique, came from a combination of Kim’s videos and a course I was doing called “Coloring made meaningful” on “Determined to Shine“.  I sort of “blended” the two techniques to fit my purposes at the time.

What you will need:

  • a plastic craft sheet or workspace you don’t mind getting dirty/messy,
  • acrylic paint – choose two to three colours which blend/go well together,
  • an old credit card (cc) or similar item to spread the paint, you can use a palet knife if you prefer;
  • stencils, stamps to make different shapes, effects
  • of course watercolour papers (A4 or A5 or A6 I’m using Australian paper sizes or what they call International) – normal “copy” paper is too thin and will be unusable after one coat.
  • I used a “brick” stencil, a “honeycomb” stencil and one other stencil with flowers, and a couple of Michael Strong Stamps.

Method: (this is the messy bit):

Place a piece of your watercolour paper on your plastic mat, put a reasonable dollop of each colour, not too close to each other on your paper, then using the cc begin spreading the colours so they mix as you spread.  Once you have a reasonable coverage and the mix you like, place your stencil on top and go over it with your cc/palet knife, to push the stencil in, to give some dimension.  Slowly pull stencil off and wash stencil before paint dries on it.  Stamp – if you wish, for the effect you want, again washing stamp as soon as you’re done.

Also, you can place a piece of paper over the top while you still have the stencil in place and again using your cc or palet knife to “impress” the top piece of paper, essentially using Kim’s technique of closing two “pages” together and pull apart to give a background effect on both pages (videos).

Once you have the backgrounds done, let them dry and you can use as a base for scrapbooking or even making cards.  I used one for a card and the other as a scrapbook page. (see below)

I got about three or four backgrounds, some may  look a bit thick and colourless but the final effects look good, to me anyway.  Admittedly when I first saw the videos and began my “Coloring made useful” course I thought the process would be too difficult and messy, but it was more fun than anything, even for someone like me who doesn’t like getting her hands dirty – I had paint even on my elbows! lol.

So here are two videos by Kim Dellow:

Here is the card and scrapbook page that I specifically set out to do:

“Smile” card made for a swap
Scrapbook page made for “Coloring made useful”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here are two examples I haven’t used for anything yet, the one on the left is clearly using the honeycomb and flower stencil, the one on the right is using the brick stencil, but the paint is a little thick to get a clear look but still usable as a background, these are untrimmed:


 

I hope you enjoy the technique and give it a go, you are welcome to try it and attach your example to your comments.

Thank you for looking.  Until next time…. cheers.

 

 

 

 

 

Winter in the wings!

Hi there,

Well, it seems I missed spring and summer!?  That is not to say that I wasn’t doing anything since my last post.  I was making cards and scrapbooking and on holiday on and off over December and January.  Also, even after three and half years, trying to get unpacked and getting rid of unwanted “stuff” I still have heaps to toss.  I have got rid of a great deal of clothing which was trying to “drown/bury” me, and I still have plenty to give away to charity, but I can at least see the light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak.

Anyway, back to Creative Memories.  Trying to set up a regular workshop and finding people to attend is not at all easy, I never expected it to be but you’d think there would be at least a handful who would be interested.

So, I am again holding National Scrapbook Day (NSD) on Saturday, 5th of May 2018 to get you all interested, inspired and attend my workshop.  I have put a flyer on Facebook but I have extended the deadline to Friday, 6th April.

Some other relevant information is that we have heaps of good stuff to give away to new Advisors, so this is a great time for you to join me and my team to get your freebies.  You like freebies don’t you?  I sure do so what’s to stop you from joining me, check out this link and see if we can whet your appetite.

The latest catalogue can be found here and you can check out the latest new products here which also includes the latest new products.

Well, I think I’ve given you enough to mull over so, until next time.  Cheers, thanks for reading.

Virtual Crop and other things

Hi folks,

I haven’t been here for a while but I’ve been busy getting things ready for Croptoberfest, making cards and other scrapbooking challenges.

You may (or may not) have seen my Virtual Crop participation on Facebook in September, my goodness it seems so long ago.  In case you missed them I will include a couple here but my main purpose today is to let you know of all the new products which have been released since my last post.

First of all the lovely “Countryside Comfort” and “Sugarplum” papers, embellishments, washi tape for Halloween,  and the related mat packs as well.  Gorgeous papers I aim to get them all, if not physically then digitally.  Simply gorgeous both sets.  Then there are the albums, punches and border maker cartridges etc.

It’s hard to keep up with all the great new products coming out. Plus the gifts for those joining http://trck.me/449927/ Creative Memories, wow! While you’re joining up, why not use your bonus and order some (or all) of the new products released in September/October.  I’m sure you’ll love them.

I have included some fliers for you. Have a look, join me and get scrapbooking!

I have also attached a copy of the new catalogue ISSU.

You can find the new September products here browse through and download so you can pick out all the goodies you like.

Here are the October new products for you to browse through.  Have fun and come and join me.

Now, I did promise some photos of my Virtual Crop participation. So here are three of my efforts.  The first one is my winner, I won a Croptoberfest kit for this card.  The next one is my favourite scrapbook layout, not sure why but it seems to have a lot of life in it.  Thank you for looking and I’ll see you next time.

Virtual Crop - Challenge 2
Virtual Crop – Challenge 2
Virtual Crop - Challenge 1
Virtual Crop – Challenge 1
Virtual Crop - Challenge 4
Virtual Crop – Challenge 4
Virtual Crop - Challenge 5
Virtual Crop – Challenge 5