Sunday, 28 June 2015

Stampbord, pan pastels and some stamping to create a box

Well this week flew by so quickly but it was a great week. The weather was gorgeous and we packed so many activities in but all the children had great fun. I suppose apologies must be sent to all the parents as I bet they had some very crabby, tired children yesterday ... but they wouldn't want it any other way. Myself, I'm shattered and after a warm bath to soak the aches, I just had to jump in to my own bed to "chill" and more importantly, enjoy the quiet!

Before I forget, I must announce my postcard RAK giveaway from We Love to Create Challenge #12 and the lucky winner of my postcard and stampbord pieces is ...

 Linda Simpson

Please email me Linda with your snail mail address and I will get your goodies (I hope) in the post to you.

Anyhow, it's inspiration week over We Love to Create Craft Challenges and I have been playing with my stampbord again to create a box with its own hinged lid. This was one of my samples for the recent stampbord show on Create and Craft TV ...

I have been trying to organise my "stuff" ... well all the images, ephemera bits, tags etc in to one place so I remember what I have and who knows, use some of the bits up! Well I found these toppers and whilst I wouldn't use them as toppers, I thought they'd be brilliant for this project.

I covered various pieces of square and ATC sized stampbord with the images and then began altering them.

I began with white pan pastel mixed with gel medium to edge the pieces and then covered all the pieces with soft gold.

Next I used my PAB Postcard stamp set to add images (stamped in brown versafine) randomly over the pieces. I then began joining four of the square pieces to make my box sides.

Next I covered all the pieces with a mixture of soft gold and copper pan pastel. I sealed the pieces with clear embossing powder. I then joined the pieces together to make my box, sticking them to a decorated ATC stampbord tile.

On all the edges, I used copper embossing powder as a sealer and also for added texture.

Next it was time to add the hinges so that the lid could open.

Once in place, I could then decorate the top of my box. I used the same stamp set and some frilly bits, sequins and brads.

I also added some decoration to the sides to tie in with the top.

Finally after faffing with the extras, my box was finished.

I do love how it turned out and have another one on the go as I think it would make an excellent gift box, come present for Christmas.

Right, I'm off to get organised for tomorrow as have loads to prep and if I can get done quickly, want to spend some time catching up with all the posts I have missed in blogland. Have a great Sunday everyone,

x x x

Products and links:

2 Creative Chicks - anything goes
The ABC challenge - L is for lace
Crafty Time Challenges: anything goes
Creative Moments - embossing
Simon says Stamp - anything goes
Craft my life - anything goes but no cards
Love to scrap - anything goes
Not just cards - anything goes
Simply papercraft - anything goes
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - anything goes
Recycle, re-purpose, re-invent - anything goes
Altered Eclectics - anything goes

Friday, 26 June 2015

Frame It with Polka Doodles

Friday and that means one thing ... we're on our way home. I have no doubt that I will be tired by the time I reach home, exhausted from our packed itinerary and also from lack of sleep. I never really sleep properly when away from home as miss my own bed but combine that with listening out for foot steps in the night, my sleep becomes very light. Next week in school there will be lots of reminiscing but for the staff, it's the next big project .... end of year production!

Now the theme this week over at Polka Doodles Challenges is "frame it" and I have cheated a little by doing the tiniest little frame ... the reason, I didn't want to take away from the elements I had used on my card.

I have used elements and papers from the Rose Budd CD (or on a download if you prefer) to create my card. I aged the papers with purple pan pastel so that they matched the pansy flowers and the butterfly has also been coloured with pan pastels.

As an added touch, I have then covered all the flowers, butterfly and papers with white pearlescent pan pastel which gives a wonderful pearlescent lustre (which my poor photography skills does not capture very well).

As you can see, there is my little frame nestling contentedly amongst all the elements ... hee, hee, hee. It is a Sizzex framelits die and behind that, you can just see a Tattered Lace flower panel die. As a finishing touch, I have added some flat backed gems in a soft purple.

Have a wonderful Friday everyone and I am hoping to catch up with you all sometime over the weekend. however that might be fleeting visit as have a busy weekend planned .... didn't plan that well did I?

x x x

Products and links:

Simply Create: Old, shabby chic, vintage
Brown Sugar: summer fun
Creative Corner: Happy birthday
Crafts Glaore Encore: anything goes
Crafting Musketeers: shades of summer
7 kids college fund: anything goes
Crafty Gals corner: anything goes
Inspiration Destination: anything goes

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

GDT for Digi Chooseday

Well it's day 2 on the school's residential trip and we are off to do some sea canoeing  and can't wait. The children are equally excited and we have our fingers crossed the weather will hold up. Unfortunately I can't join in as not sure my back/bottom muscles could cope wrestling to get in side a wet suit however will be on the shore line, cheering everyone on.

Yesterday I shared how I used "Word" to merge images rather than a publishing package (photoshop, serif or MCS) and here is how I have used the images on my GDT project for Digi Chooseday  ... happy dance but doing carefully just in case I rehurt my back and bottom (hee, hee, hee)! The theme is "tag it" and here is my take on the challenge ...

I decided to make a tag shaped card by cutting the corners off a DL card blank, which is a quick, cheats way to create the illusion of a tag. I have used the Dollie Daydream goes East collection and have to say, the papers in this collection are probably one of my all time favourites. Oodles to choose from and so versatile not just for oriental themes .... although I have gone oriental ...

Lots of layers but I have only used two of the papers to create my tag card. All the elements you see on my card are from the embellishment section. I have raised a lot of the elements up with 3D foam pads to add a little interest.

The sentiments are also from the same CD/download and I simply mounted them on to black card. You can just see a little tag on the side of the photo which has been embellished with gems and ribbon.

 I have also added some wonderful wooden buttons to my card with are new to the Polka Doodles shop and they are adorable. Other than being cute, they are also very light which if you love your embellishments, is a bonus.

Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone or should I say "Chooseday" ...

x x x

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Monday, 22 June 2015

Using Word to merge images ...

Although I do have several packages that make digi kits and merge images, I must admit for speed I often go to word. So I thought I'd share how I merge my images ... Now I appreciate that you make know some (or even all) but I have to work in a logical (ish) order ...

First add your images using "insert picture"

I have used images from Polka Doodles Dollie goes East collection. In order to move the images around your page, remember to either format the images or go to "wrap text". Just use "right click" on your mouse and the sub menu will appear.

Next start placing your images in the order you wish to use them.

Now, click on one of the images and the editing box appears ...

Leave this edit box up and then move over to the next image but this time hold down the CTRL button and then click on the image (using mouse button) and a second editing box will appear.

Repeat this process for the final image (or however many you have decided to use).

Okay the tricky bit to explain so it makes sense, so bare with me ...... move your cursor to be near all the images and click on the right mouse button. A sub menu will appear and one of the options is "Group" ...

Highlight "group" and another sub menu appears. Move across and highlight "group" again, clicking on the word.  Now all your images are grouped/merged together and no longer individual.

Photo below shows how they no longer have 3 editing boxes but one. This means I can now place the new topper anywhere on my page and also resize. Just print off as you would do normally and you have your merged/group images saving lots of time (and cutting out)!

To ungroup the images, just click on the image (to bring up the editing box), right click on your mouse button and the sub menu will reappear. Highlight "group" again and the smaller sub menu reappears. Go down to ungroup and click on this. Voila, your images are now individuals again.

Thank you for taking the time to read all of my instructions and apologies to those crafters who already knew these steps. Anyhow pop back tomorrow and I will show what I made with these images.

I'm off on the Class 6 residential trip to the Isle of Wight today (for a week), memory foam topper is safely packed and hot water bottle filled ready for the coach journey.  See I have been good resting up as this trip was my reason to follow the doctors orders.

Hope you have a wonderful week planned too,

x x x

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