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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National Scrapbooking Day – what fun!

Hi, I thought I would briefly share my NSD activity, a great day was had by all! Thank you to all who attended, as usual I didn’t remember to take photos before most had left. We all got the “bare bones ” of the project recipe done, some even managed to get photos added. After a break for lunch, one lady, having got the base project done, asked about making envelopes, so I got the envelope maker out and after a bit of instruction she made 8 envelopes as well! Great job!

Another managed to get some less “formal” layouts done.

Well done everyone! Thank you for coming.

Quite a busy day for all, it is always nice to look over what we had done. It also gives me time to work out which photos to attach.

Now, just a couple of photos.

Virtual Scrapbooking! Not what you think….

Well, two weeks and a lot has happened.  Went to Camden and had a great workshop on Friday night, where I completed a 2-page layout, minus a few small embellishments which were added on Sunday night.  My partner came along as well, but he was making use of some of the border maker punches which we don’t have yet, as you do!  So, here are the two pages I completed:

The layout and papers are from last year’s Croptoberfest.  I didn’t participate last year but purchased the kit because I liked the papers, our hostess on Friday didn’t have anything specific for us so we worked on our own projects and this was mine.  I still have another 3 layouts to complete for that kit and I have Croptoberfest 2017 coming up in a months time.

So while I’m here I might as well give Croptoberfest 2017 a plug, as I will be holding one, in Australia of course.  CM Advisors in the US will also be holding Croptoberfest events so if you’re interested, go to the website (this is in Australia) but once there you can change to USA or whichever relevant.  For those in Australia, you can check for an event near you here, not sure where the American list is located, sorry.

The next event I participated in was the Virtual Crop, on Sunday, 17th September.  What is a Virtual Crop you ask, well, you are given a template to follow shown on the CM Blog and  for each challenge you have 2 hours to complete and upload to the relevant FB page and of course you can’t be too pedantic which was my downfall for the first challenge but I learnt quick and the rest of the day went much better and I even won a prize.  Hard work, tiring and certainly got your brain working quickly but also fun.

So with all that as well as my normal card making, I’ve had a busy couple of weeks.  You may or may not have seen my Virtual Crop contributions but for now, I will just show my winning card.  I will show the layouts from the Virtual Crop later.  Until next time.  Thank you for visiting.

 

Black and White blog hop

Hi everyone,

Today is unusual for me, I am actually taking part in the Michael Strong Black and White Blog Hop.   With the “Black and White” theme and at least one of Michael’s stamps on the card, what better stamps to use than – Penguins.  I and some other members were fortunate to be gifted these stamps by Michael and what better way to show them off.

Hopefully you will have arrived here from Herma Fitche’s blog and would have seen all her beautiful work.

Penguins are a perfect subject for a black and white theme!  I have some placemats which have the “Antarctica” theme, with ice peaks and penguins of course, so I decided one would make a great backdrop for Michael’s wonderful new Penguin stamps.  Of course, I could only use one and because there was a “party” of penguins on one of the placemats that is the one I chose to print and re-size to fit the card.  I then stamped the penguins onto white cardstock, cut them out and using foam mounts added them to the card.  So, I hope you like my card.

Please leave comments on all the blogs you visit and if you would like the chance to win some blog candy, also leave comments on Michael’s blog, which you can access through this link where you can also see Michael’s beautiful stamps.

So, here are my “Penguins” which I affectionately call Pingu – I picked that up from the Antarctic Centre in Christchurch NZ:

Now it is time to  visit Dorly Weitzen’s blog and see all her beautiful work.

Just a quick note that if you have “lost your way” through the blog hop you can start again at Hetty’s blog.

Have fun visiting all the blogs and don’t forget to leave comments on all you visit.  Thank you for visiting!  Enjoy.

National Scrapbooking Weekend!

Hi folks,  National or International Scrapbooking Day/weekend was enjoyable, hard work but worth the effort.  It was a pity that my customers were unable to attend, because they missed out on a very productive and enjoyable day.

The aim was to have four 2-page layouts completed, preferably with photos but in our case we had the layouts complete one day and attached photos the next.  Because of some of the mat sizes on the layouts, it was a little difficult to find appropriate photos to cut to size so we have left some of the layouts blank until we can find suitable photos or manage to reduce some in size.

For those new to scrapbooking, using templates is the way to go but that is unfortunately a drawback because photos don’t always fit the templates, but hey, you have to start somewhere.  Once you get the idea of putting things together you can use your own designs to “scrap” or “dress up” your photos to make them even more fun to go through.

We have several albums of scrapbook pages, mostly made by me until this year when my partner started.  Anyway, I had better get to the photos for you to see what we did.

I also made a digital version which is a PDF version, this version has different photos to that in Set 2, Digital NSD.

Thanks for reading and looking.  Cheers, until next time.

First set – Layout 1
First set – Layout 2
First set – Layout 3
First set – Layout 4

Set 2 – Layout 1
Set 2 – Layout 2
Set 2 – Layout 3
Set 2 – Layout 4

Card of the day – Technique Thursday – Michael Strong Stamps Group

Hi everyone,

Have you been waiting with “bated breath”?  Today being Thursday, it’s time to share a technique, well I think this card will be appropriate as it has three techniques:

1st – find patterned paper or as in this case a photo of a postcard cut to size and attached to a piece of white card 10.5cm x 14.8cm (approx.)  Watercolour paper is best if using more watercolour pencils than I have.  I normally don’t give sizes because it depends on personal choice how big or small you make it.

Once cut to size, attach the photo/patterned paper where you’ve decided you want it, leaving room to stamp an image or as in this case use a border embossing folder (technique 2).

Next (technique 2) – I used a border embossing folder to fill the space, which was then painted with watercolour pencils and alcohol pens to give extra colour.

The watercolour pencils were used in an unusual way – you wet your brush and then apply to the colour pencil you want to use, you can apply direct to your project or you can build up a supply on a plastic sheet or placemat and then apply to your project.  Or simply colour in as you would with a normal colour pencil and wet the brush just enough to smooth the colouring but not too wet.

The alcohol pens used for the lighter flowers and leaves – use the brush end of the alcohol pens, brushing with the brush on its side (not tip down) so that raised embossing grabs the colour from the brush.

Then technique 3 – I stamped the dragonfly stamp 4 times onto patterned paper (saves painting them) and glued 2 toger and worked out where I wanted to place them and attached with mounting foam (small pre-cut squares).  The patterned paper used for the dragonflies is the same as the “mat”.

Finally, I decided I wanted to put a sentiment on as well, and having gone through the few I have, found one I thought was appropriate and stamped on smooth side of watercolour paper off cut and edged with black and attached with mounting foam.

So, ingredients:

  • card blank – brown cardstock
  • photo or patterned paper – for feature
  • patterned paper – for mat
  • white card but watercolour paper is better if using more watercolour pencils
  • watercolour pencils
  • alcohol or copic or similar pens

as well as the usual scissors, cutter/trimmer, mounting foam (sentiment), double sided adhesive tape, glossy accents or glue (for dragonflies).

I think I’ve covered everything but as always if you have any questions, I’m happy to answer them.

For those interested the “frugalcrafter” has a few videos on watercolour pencils and there are others as well: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_pR1d2QM9MlashFgTbJQlw

 Well, there you have the first Technique Thursday for 2017.  Thank you for all your lovely comments and I’ll see you tomorrow.  Cheers for now.

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Happy Christmas to friends, family and followers of my blog.

Just want to wish all my followers a very happy and safe Christmas.  Reach out to those you haven’t seen or spoken with for some time/years.  With all the chaos in the world our family and friends are precious, we should never forget them, and especially at this time we should forget our petty differences and appreciate the famil and friendships we each have.  Enjoy your Christmas and New Year festivities, be safe, relax and come back in 2017 to start it all again:)!  Cheers!!!

Here’s a quick Project Life compilation I put together to wish everyone on my blog and Facebook a Happy Christmas. Enjoy.  See you in 2017.

By the way, you can make your own project simply by clicking on this link:  http://www.shopbeckyhiggins.com?rfsn=426668.a8c507.

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