Thursday, 30 April 2015

easter eggs

A 6x6 lilac Easter greeting card, done for a challenge, least I'm ready to post for next year, not that we post Easter cards, might be a tradition I get back into, lots of traditions are lost over the years so I think I will reinstate this one in our household.

image from My Artistic Adventures
backing paper Thimbles 'n' Threads by Nitwit
hobbycraft pale blue pearls
crafty ribbon
lilac card stock

wishful thinking

Vintage tag made using a Lunagirl image (resized in CAP2) , paper from Fairy Belle Collection, scrap from a doily, Santoro roses, Debbi Moore Designs paper butterflies and a piece of lace from stash.

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Tuesday, 28 April 2015


King of Diamonds, Joker of love.

Been in the knife drawer again *lol*, this time used a common saying, paraphrased -  which has always seems appropriate for this day and age, you only have to read one of the glossy scuttlebutt magazines, or watch certain reality shows. (to both I don't!!!)

image/paper from Debbi Moore Designs
small playing card
red card
entering into:
wicked wednesday - case a DT member

I took my inspiration - red, black & playing cards from SUZI who created this gorgeous atc,

Thursday, 23 April 2015


4x4 card done for a challenge & also a monthly swap.

image from Fripperies and Butterflies
orange textured paper
white card
orange gems
sentiment from Create with TLC
Used CAP2, imported the image and then copied and pasted, kept both at original (my chosen) size and used the decoupage tool on the second copy. Using the printer icon on the secondary toolbar - when the decopuaged item is selected, I assembeled the pieces onto an A4 page.
Imported and resized the sentiment, then put that onto the same A4 page so everything would print on the same paper. (original image, decoupage pieces & sentiment) And then assembled the card.
                      fripperies and butterflies - pretty little things (use image)

Monday, 20 April 2015

groovy chick

I usually make my entry for wicked Wednesday tomorrow, but as I'm doing an extra shift then, I needed to do it today before I forgot and missed this weeks challenge.

Gecko Galz - Hippy design sheet (2)

In CAP2, I cut and resized the image I wanted, and did the same for the background. I have an atc sized work page in my files to make life easier. I expanded the backing image to fit the blank space, then altered the transparency level soften the colours.

I used the Cut-out Studio to pull the girl out from the scene she was in, this was a very slow process as I tend to over work the mouse as I haven't got very steady hands so I have to go real slow when trying to follow outlines etc. When I was happy with the end result, I placed her on the page.

Using a funky font -  I think its Hermann HT or something, I placed text onto the page and then moved everything around until I was happy with the layout.

I then opened my A4 work page and copied and pasted everything onto that, so I don't have to resize again and again. I copied the background twice and the girl once and printed.

I did two copies of the background because I wanted the text to look like it was part of the page and not just stuck on.
I stuck the background on and then  using a craft knife I cut the text out of the other bit and inked the edges with a promarker (almond) to get rid of the white edges, I then stuck them over the original words on the backing paper using pads to raise them up a bit.
Did the same with the girl only used soft pink promarker to give her more of a contrasting edge and then used tape to stick her flat.

Filled the bottom left gap with a glittery foam flower I found - cut it in half & stuck it at the top, to balance it out.

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                   Gecko Galz Papercrafting Challenge Group (Facebook) - anything goes

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Happy Birthday!

Another old family photo - mum and Uncle Brian celebrating their 21st..... way back in 1960! (with Granddad George sneaking a look-in.)

digi kit - Daisy Trail's Vintage Valentine
Decided to go with a heavy, ornate look with roses, as that was what mum liked. Used the same colour as the photo's wallpaper for the backing paper and the frame.

Bertie Blue's

Over at lunagirl, the theme for the current challenge is Spring Chickens, I wanted to do something fun and created this faux vintage label, digitally.

image from Lunagirl's '55 Birds Vintage Labels'
elements from digi kits.
Using CraftArtist, I punched the main Rooster image out of the label and then placed him in the middle of my work page, I then went to work on the wording, changing fonts and sizes when needed. I then placed the wording round the image and added some edging to finish the label off.
It was a quite a simple page to do, but a lot of faff doing the writing & the positioning.
in honour of Bertie:
We used to have a cockerel named Bertie, originally when we purchased him & his little sister, we named him Gertie as we were assured that they were both point of lay.... therefore both hens. Imagine our surprise when we out in the garden a few weeks later and Gertie let out a strangled cockadoodledoo call! I don't know who was my surprised us or Bertie!! Henceforth he was Bertie and for the next three years, we and all our village (or so it seemed) woke to the sounds of his early morning crowing, he was that loud I was dreading someone complaining but no one ever did.
He also had a very good kick on him, learnt from experience never to turn your back on him as he would, if he felt like it, run up to you and launch himself at the back of you legs, giving you such a kick it would knock you flying. Rooster Bruiser! If you managed to turn round before he did it and stare at him he'd just waddle by as if nothing was wrong.
Sadly one day I went to let the gang out, we had 5 birds by then, I opened the door and Bertie had crowed his last crow ; (    He's now buried in the garden, silently crowing over his girls.


Tuesday, 14 April 2015

vintage atc

vintage style atc done for a challenge over on wicked wednesday atc blog

Jodie Lee Designs 'Fairy Belle collection' b/paper
HobbyCraft light blue pearls
Santoro packaging
I stuck a doily onto the atc blank, cut round the edges.
Using an off cut from making a card, I made it the same size as the atc - then folded it half longways, then half again the other way, unfolded it and then folded the corners in leaving some of the paper in the middle showing, then  I turned those edges back on themselves slightly - this is quite hard to explain! I took inspiration from a  Keenan Kreations tutorial over on YouTube.
I then stuck the folded paper to the atc.
I looked around for something to pop into the middle of the oblong ( didn't want to have to print something off, as once I get on the computer I get distracted and woosh! half a day gone!), and spotted this little bird/flower scene on some Santoro paper flowers packaging, perfect pic for the size and theme of what I wanted to do, so snipped that out (eventually, talk about child proof packaging!!!), it looked a little plain just put in the middle so I stuck my doily scrap to the back and it filled the space quite nicely, also mirrored the doily background. Finally, stuck some of the blue pearls onto the corners of the atc & matched them up with gems stuck to the corners of the folded paper. Voila!! Vinatge atc.
I'm thinking this would make a lovely topper, using the mirroring technique - white or cream card stock, doily, baby blue ribbon and then the topper.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

flowers for you

backing paper from Fairy Belle Collection by Jodie Lee Design
hobbycraft light blue pearls
pastel green promarker
organza ribbon
image from Gecko Galz 'Marie's Garden 2'

I cut out my chosen image and resized it for a 6x6 card and picked a suitable sentiment.
Printed both out and started to plan the card - the paper came from a freebie paper kit attached to a magazine, the paper had a soft, dreamy look about it and I thought it would fit with the style of the card. Attached the (obligatory) doily, and popped the image on top, rounded off the corners to give it a more softer look
I wanted a nice ribbon but didn't have the right colour so I used a white organza and coloured it with the pastel green promarker, thankfully it looked right, attached the bow to the card, added the sentiment (again coloured with the pastel green promarker) & finally stuck the pearls on.
 Now I've noticed its slightly off centre......

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Done for a special birthday & tied in to fit with the latest challenge over at digitally sweet

 digital photo from The Graphics Fairy or The Sum of All Crafts
backing paper from a digi kit
garden twine
buttons from The Tin
green paper torn from an old Music book
corrugated paper from packaging
dark brown mirror card
Chose my image and resized it in CAP2, picked a background (think its from a steampunk digikit) and recolored it to match the grass in the photo, also made the sentiment, tried to match the font with the image. Printed it all off & assembled onto a 6x6 card.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

bling it on

image freebie from
digital background
Hobbycraft black gems
other gems from stash
silver mirror card
silver edging peel offs
sentiment - googled
Using CAP2, I resized the image to fit the card blank(6x6), then turned it black - as it was tinted already, it isn't a true black. I then looked through my digi kits to find a suitable backing paper, once I had found it, I changed that to the colour black, again as it was coloured, it isn't a true black.
After googling sentiments for what seemed like two days............. I drew a black (colour from the image, to match)) square, wrote my sentiment in Cutly Girlz font, turned it white and placed it into the box, making sure they were both central & level, then grouped them together so it became a solid embellishment.
Copied & pasted into an A4 workpage and printed it off, then it was just cutting out and placing.
Backed the image onto silver mirror card, just to make it stand out a bit, then stuck everything down and went mad with the bling!
(please note - no doily was harmed in the making of this card!!)
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