Monday, 29 June 2015


another entry for the GG challenge group on Facebook - summertime

made an A6 card, love how it turned out.

flying the flag

Over at the Gecko Galz Papercrafting Challenge Group on Facebook, one of this months topics is 'flying flags'. I wanted to use the British flag - it was very hard to find a vintage/retro image with one. Finally found a couple over at The Graphic Fairy, this was my favourite.

I removed the white space surrounding the image using photolab in CAP2, then started digitally crafting the page, everything came from a free DaisyTrail kit - Street Party. With the blue material I changed the edges to 'rough' and also colour picked the blue from the boys trousers, so the hues would look as similar as possible. The writing is in red taken from the flag. Added a few embellishments.

I would have rather fancied a more vintage looking material, but for some techno reason my transparency, and other right hand sided tools are not working, think I may have to reinstall CAP2 programme......... *eep*

did you know the whole 'Keep Calm' phenomenon started in Alnwick, Northumberland at the world famous second hand bookstore, they opened a box which had been stored for years and found an original poster in there....... and the phrase was reborn in various disguises.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

seeing red

Over at wicked Wednesday, the challenge theme for this week is 'seeing red'

this is my atc, using Gecko Galz 'industrial age' stamp number 8, I resized it too fit an atc, put some text on it and printed it off, then coloured in the trellis/flowers (whilst watching Love Your Garden with Alan Titchmarsh - wowza, my life is so exciting!) using a red promarker. Finally stuck it onto a piece of card to ready for the atc backer.



Whilst flicking through my favourite blogs, I came across a Butterfly challenge blog and I love to use butterflies in my cards etc, so this was going to be perfect for me to join in with, so this weeks theme was flowers (with a butterfly)

this is my entry:

image from Gecko Galz 'Nature's Bliss'
backing paper Gecko Galz 'Coquette' papers n4
pastel blue pearls
After choosing which image I wanted to use, I resized it to fit my card and then chose my baking paper, I didn't want a strongly decorated one as I wanted the card to be quite simple. I picked number 4 and then colour matched it to the blue in the butterfly wings.
I printed two of the images and decoupaged the butterfly. 
Sentiment was produced in CAP2, with the colour matching the background of the topper.
Printed everything off, and assembled the card. Looks very simple and graceful.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

fly me

On bit of a downer today, just one of them days. So forgive my attempt at trying to brighten my day, over at cheerful stamp pad, the theme for the challenge is 'travel to faraway places'. Whilst looking through my bits and pieces I came across this pretty little lady from the Gecko Galz.

image from 'Summer Cheesecake' Gecko Galz
map from 'old maps' Gecko Galz
DC10 plane from Google search
other moon from Google search
I cropped a map image out of the design sheet and put it as my background, changing the translucence of it to make it fade away. Used the cutout studio on the girl till I was happy with the image, then placed her onto the page.
Once I'd picked a suitable plane, did exactly the same to that image, then Copied and pasted it, and turned one of the images around and made it smaller.
Ditto for the moon, but I also colour matched it to the ladies moon, faded it away and changed size twice.
if digital isn't allowed, please accept my apologies and delete my entry - but hopefully I've made you smile x

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

by the sea shore

last week saw us camping at Robin Hoods Bay, not been for a few years, but nothing (thankfully) had changed. Fantastic camp site (Middlewood Farm), beautiful rugged coastline, great doggy beach & really hot. Couldn't have picked a better week to go.

So with the seaside still being on my mind, I spotted this little mermaid some packaging and the words popped into my head, quite an apt sentiment as it was mentioned on Radio 2 that camping without any access to media devices is the best way to reset your body clock & mind.
couldn't agree more!


Thursday, 4 June 2015

heart to heart

now, that was a favourite program of mine whilst growing up, and now, of course we can see the delicious Robert Wagner as DiNozzi Senior in NCIS.

Anyhoo, on the card.

Black & white is the current theme over at Lunagirl, current as in the challenge closes in a few hours - just getting mine in, in the nick of time.

I found this adorable image over on The Graphic Fairy's site, and thought it would be perfect as a heart shaped easel card. Only problem was I had to find a template! Good ole' Google!!

found this lovely link to a template recipe  on a lovely blog  - craftycardmakers blog

backing paper from a digi-kit
Hobbycraft white pearls & heart pearls
image from the Graphic Fairy
black pigment ink
doCraft paper roses x 2
Docraft paper posy x 2
black card
Tattered Lace 'Cherished centres' die
white card

Using the CAP2, I drew the heart shape card, printed it and cut round, remembering not to cut the 'fold'. I then printed out the heart again, this time to use as the topper, printed out 3 lots of backing paper (needed to be a certain size) and using the topper, cut out the heart shaped papers and stuck them onto the relevant sides of the card. I imported the image and resized to fit the topper, printed it out and inked the edges with black pigment ink to give it a distressed edge and stuck it to the blank topper. I then inked round all the card edges with the black ink.
Started to assemble the card by affixing the topper onto the front (used pads to raise up so it stood out slightly), to make a stopper I used the Tattered Lace die 'with love' stuck on a black dot, but it looked a bit lost....... had a fumble round my desk and found the big paper roses, perfect! Stuck the sentiment next to the roses..... then the bottom piece looked empty.... another fumble and I came up with the paper posy's/posies and the 3 little pearl hearts.

                      cheerful stamp pad - black and white