Monday, 30 June 2014

Vacation time and a little bit of Christmas :-)

Hi everyone. Schools out for Summer and Andy came home on Friday night.

I am so excited :-)  We are off on our vacation this evening, we are flying to Las Vegas and then we have three weeks of road trip, covering 7 (4 on the route, but we go off this route daily too) states and over 3000 miles :-)

I am going to show a map of the route we are doing.  Anti-clockwise from Las Vegas.  If you don't hear from me in a week or so, could you please send a search party LOL!

And of course what better way than to go off on vacation, but to share a Christmas card with you :-)

Nikky  (Polkadoodles) has been and done it - she has her whole DT in awe of this fabulous new Work & Play Festive Hollybobs CD.  Full of amazing Christmas goodies, characters, papers, embellishments, sentiments, templates, design sheets just so many wonderful things for your crafting.

I used one of the pre-coloured design sheets.  All the elements are from the CD, including the backing papers and little envelope sentiment.

I added some Sakura Stardust Gel pen on the tree and some of the holly berries.  Adding a little foil star to the top of the tree.  The Santa, is layered up to add some dimension.

For the inside, I used some complimentary papers and added some little Christmas trees stamped in the corners.

I inked all the edges of all the layers with CTMH Cotton Candy ink.  The little trees are from a little CTMH stamp set called Nature's Delight Petite Perks.

This really is such a fun and fabulous CD collection.  

This is the new collection.

**FESTIVE HOLLYBOBS Work & Play Collection

I am entering this card in the following challenges.

The Squirrel and the Fox - Challenge #73: Christmas in July (closes 10 July)

Christmas Card Challenges - Challenge #31: Anything Goes (closes 6 July)

I apologise if I don't get chance to comment and visit, although I will try :-)

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to be back now and again, with a few photos of our adventures.

Happy crafting.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Lets Fly Away :-)

Hi everyone.  Hope you have had a fabulous week.  Sorry I haven't been about much but we are getting ready for our vacation.

Andy returns home this evening, and we have him with us for a whole three weeks.  We are off on vacation on Monday - yippee!  I am going to share our route with you on Monday in a post and will try and post a little bit of our vacation when I get chance :-)

As for today, it is the start of a new challenge at Polkadoodles and this fortnights theme is Red, White and Blue.

I just had to make this shaped card, as we will be flying on Monday - not in a hot air balloon though, thank goodness!

The hot air balloon, flowers and sentiment are from the fabulous Bonbon Belles CD.  I used the black and white digital stamp of the balloon and flowers, digitally coloured them using Silhouette Design Studio and then cut them out with my Cameo. 

I added a little bit of bling and ribbon to finish off the outside of the card and inked all the edges of the layers with CTMH Cotton Candy.

For the inside, I made a smaller balloon in red and white for somewhere to write a note.

And there you have it, a reasonably quick card after the designing was done :-)

I hope you will take the time and go along and enter the challenge.  You have until Noon GMT on Friday 11th July to enter.  I am sure a lot of my American friends out there are busy getting ready for their celebrations on the 4th, so there is no excuse :-)

Here is the collection I used.

Bonbon Belles Double CD Collection

I am entering this card in the following challenges.

Craftin Desert Diva's Craft it Up & Link it Up #34: Red, White and Blue (closes 6 July)

Paper Pretties - Challenge #PWC316: Red, White and Blue (closes 1 July)

Digistamps4Joy - Challenge #95: Shaped card (anything but square or rectangle)(closes 8 July)

4 Crafty Chicks - Challenge #200: Stripes (closes 2 July)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Somewhere Over the Rainbow - sort of :-)

Hi everyone.  How has you week gone?  We are on count down to going away on our vacation.  In another 10 days, we will be flying to Las Vegas and we are doing 18 days of road trip.  National Parks, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, drive over the Rockies, Disney and last three days in Las Vegas to chill and enjoy the sights.

We are so looking forward to this fab trip, lots off the bucket list too.  I will have a few posts scheduled for whilst we are away, and I hope to maybe post a few pics, time permitting.

For today however, we are inspiration week at Polkadoodles for our challenge Somewhere Over the Rainbow.  I used a plethora of CD's for this card and love how it turned out.

So, this little lady is from the new Work and Play 4 Collection, and I just had to use her as Dorothy :-) The little teeny dog is actually cut off a digital stamp that is on the Dollie Daydream Girl Talk CD.  I have coloured these using Copics and Spectrum Noir.

Here are the colours I used.

The village scene on the card is a pre-coloured background from the fabulous CD collection, Double Sprinkles of Kraft.

I couldn't resist adding some gingham papers from the wonderful Cherryblossom Lane CD.  Used it on the inside too.

The blue birds and the hot air balloon are pre-coloured embellishments from the Bonbon Belles CD collection

I popped up one of the blue birds and "Dorothy" to add a little dimension to the card.  And there you have it, Dorothy is off to the State Fair ;-)

Here are the Collections I used on this card.

Double Sprinkle of Kraft CD Rom       ** Work & Play Collection 4             Dollie Daydream BONUS EDITION Girl Talk Collection      
                               Cherryblossom Lane CD Rom Collection       Bonbon Belles Double CD Collection

Did you know that some of these collections are now available as immediate downloads?!  You can check them out here :-)  Also check out the Digi Download section, for lots of goodies.

So now it's your turn to get creating and go on over and enter this current fortnights challenge.  You have until 12 noon GMT Friday 27 June to enter at Polkadoodles.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Birthday Wishes and a huge Thank You!

Hi everyone.  Happy Hump Day :-)  How is your week going?  I have a Pot Luck Lunch today with some of my friends.  We have one every year before the end of school.  I was being lazy this year and offered to take some fizz and OJ to make some Bucks Fizz for everyone.  There was so much food already promised I didn't want to add to it - we always have too much :-)

I have to say a very big Thank You to my friend, Andie of Contagiously Crafty, for the most fabulous gift - that I received in the mail on the weekend.  Now, Andie had said she would love to send me something for being such a fabulous friend and I was not expecting what turned up in the post.  Andie, you will never truly know how thankful I am for your most wonderful gift and your special gift of friendship.

Andie, sent me the Heartfelt Creations Delicate Asters Dies and Stamp set.  I had mentioned in passing that I would probably ask for them for Christmas - well I didn't have to wait :-)  Thank you, my dearest friend for this and your most wonderful card and note.  Look at the card she made for me, isn't it gorgeous.

Andie shares here blog with her friend Brandy, and they both make the most amazing cards you really do have to check them out.  Also, Andie wrote this amazing post which I read yesterday morning and I was so full of emotion and gratitude, that I couldn't even write a comment until later in the afternoon. You can see her post here :-)

Now after all that is said and done, I just had to play with these new stamps and dies and, a birthday card needed for today was all the encouragement I needed.

I found the perfect papers to set them off in a First Edition 6" by 6" card stock stack called Spring Feast. All I had to do was give it a base layer and add the Happy Birthday.

For the stamping of the flowers and sentiment I used CTMH Cranberry ink and the leaves are stamped with Stampin' Up Old Olive.

For the inside, I had to use the same fabulous papers.

I just loved using these dies and it's the first time I have used the stamp and die together, they really add so much dimension and detail to the flowers.  

I added some teeny tiny rhinestones to the base layer, just to give it that bit of sparkle.  So pleased with how this turned out.

I can't say thank you enough to Andie for her amazing gift, so Thank you Andie :-)

I am entering this card in the following challenges.

Crafty Sentiments Designs - Challenge: CAS or Full On (closes 23 June)

Cuttin and Stampin - Weekly challenge 14-24: Birthdays (closes 23 June)

Tuesday Throwdown - Challenge #200: Celebrations (closes 23 June)

Crafting From the Heart - Challenge #23: Always Anything Goes (closes 22 June)

Through the Purple Haze Challenges - Challenge #46: Anything Goes (closes 21 June)

Vintage Stamping Challenges - Challenge #21: Summer Blooms (closes 6 July)

Sweet Stamps Challenge Blog - Challenge #174: Anything Goes (closes 23 June)

Digistamps4Joy - Challenge #94: Flowers, Flowers, Flowers (closes 24 June)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Summer reading, need a bookmark! And a tutorial :-)

Hi everyone. Where are the weeks going?  Shannon finishes school on Wednesday, and then only goes in for exams.  Emily finishes on the 27th and then we are on Summer break.

It's my turn to share a project with you all here and over at She's a Sassy Lady blog.  Thanks so much Sheila.

I decided that I need a few bookmarks this summer for some great reads that I want to get through.  I decided to have a play in Silhouette Design Studio and make a scalloped edge bookmark.

Here is the bookmark I made using all elements from the new Polkadoodles CD - Rose Budd Papercrafting Collection.

I thought I would share with you how I designed the bookmark in Silhouette Design Studio and how to add the scalloped edge.

Firstly, I am using a rounded rectangle that I have sized to 6" by 2.50".  Then make a little oval to the size that you would like your scallop to be.  I have made mine 0.5" wide and 0.75" high.  I then made five of them and grouped them together for easy manoeuvring.

Now you can move the set of ovals into place.  I have placed them so about 2/3rds of the oval are inside the line of the bottom of bookmark.  You must position them so that the natural curve is on the line, as below.

Now you want to select both the rectangle and the ovals, then right click and select Weld.

This is what your screen should now look like.

You can then resize your bookmark using the scale.  I made mine back to 6" by 2.5".

You could now resize this to what ever you wish.  Also If you want more scallops to the edge, you can play around with the size of the oval at the start, and the amount of them.  Hope that this has made sense.

Here is a close up of the image from the Rose Budd Papercrafting CD, this is Miss Millicent.

Her dress was digitally pieced together (may be another tutorial on the way, if you like) with papers from the CD and then highlighted with Copics.  Here are the Copics I used to colour her in.

Everything is from the CD, I layered up the little roses and Miss Millicent, but that is all.  After all it's meant to be a book mark and I didn't want it too thick, or else it would get squished :-)

I added a little ribbon to the top.  I did double sided printing, so that the back of the book mark was not white.  Also inked the edges of the layers to finish them off.

This is the collection I used.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting.

Monday, 16 June 2014

Jane Austen meets Polkadoodles :-)

Hi everyone.  I took the girls to see How to Train Your Dragon 2, on the weekend.  Emily went in to see it in 3D, but Shannon and I saw it normal view :-)  It was such a wonderful movie.

Well, I am finally feeling a little of the mojo returning.  So, today I thought I would share a make with you that is from the absolutely stunning new collection at Polkadoodles, this is the new Rose Budd Papercrafting Collection CD.  If you are a fan of Jane Austen or maybe the Bronte Sisters or maybe all things vintage, you are going to love this new collection.

  *****Rose Budd Papercrafting CD Collection


I made the little house on the right and the cottage in the centre, from templates on the CD, then Nikky put it all together to make this fabulous scene, from other makes by our fabulous DT.

Here, however is the card I wish to share with you today.  Every element on this card is from this fabulous new CD.

This is Rose Budd, and isn't she just so adorable.  She has been coloured with Copic markers.

Here are the colours I used.

I really enjoyed putting this card together.  I distressed the edges of the base layer and then inked all the edges of all the layers to make them pop.  

Do you see those fabulous gems?  Well, they aren't real gems, they are paper, but Nikky is so detail oriented that they look amazing.  I have added dimension by cutting out the butterfly, gems, bow, and popping them up with foam dots, as well as Rose Budd.

The little envelope has been cut twice, and I then added the front only of the second envelope, again this gives it a sense of depth.

For the inside I used complimentary papers.

This collection is truly amazing and if you have the chance there is a wonderful gallery on the Polkadoodles site for you to check out.

One more look at my creation.

This card is being entered in the following challenges.

Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - June: Always Anything Goes (closes 30 June)

DL.ART - June Linky Challenge: Always Anything Goes (closes 30 June)

Digistamps4Joy - Challenge #94: Flowers, Flowers, Flowers (closes 24 June)

Inky Impressions - Challenge #163: For the Girls (closes 18 June)

Sister Act Card Challenges - Challenge #61: Always Anything Goes (closes 19 June)

Craftitude Challenges - Challenge #67: Use Flowers and/or Lace (closes 25 June) 

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Two posts in two days - wow :-)

Hi there every peeps :-)  Happy Hump Day.

Summer has finally settled in here, in Canada, and boy was it a long time coming. The only thing that means though, is that winter will soon be here again LOL!

Anyways, in the meantime, whilst the nice weather is here, how about a nice game of golf.  No, I don't play, however, I made a great shaped card using the fabulous Golf Set from Imagine That Digi's - thanks for letting me play Kris.

I used my Silhouette Cameo and made another shaped card.  I did a tutorial for shaped cards in Design Studio, and you can find that here :-)

Using the pre-coloured image and the wonderful sentiments from the set.  I inked around all the edges of all the layers with CTMH Chocolate ink.   Mmmmmmm, chocolate :-)

Perfect for a birthday, but could also be used for Father's Day, don't you think.  For the inside, I cut a small version of the golf bag, in white for somewhere to write a note.

This card is being entered in the following challenges.

Crafty Sentiments Design - Challenge: Father's Day/For a Male (closes 16 June)

Inky Chicks - Challenge #31: Special Shape (no squares/rectangles) (closes 21 June)

Silhouette Challenges - Challenge #14: Shaped card (closes 30 June)

I appreciate you all stopping by and thank you for continuing to support me and my little blog.

Have a great rest of the week.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Tee'd Off and a quick tutorial.

Hi everyone.  Hope you are all well.  It has been just over a week since my last post; sounds like the start of a confession doesn't it :-)  Sorry about that - just life getting in the way :-)

Anyways, Andy was home for the weekend.  He went back to Winnipeg yesterday :-(  It was good to have him home though.

My card today is for a man in your life, and it's from the June new release at Imagine That Digis, this is the Golf Set.  Kris, kindly let me have a play :-)

I used the pre-coloured images from the Golf Set as well as the sentiments.  The papers are from my stash.

I added some dimension by layering the image, using foam dots.

For the inside, just using some complimentary papers.

I am also including a little tutorial (as requested) on how I trace digital images, using my Silhouette Cameo.  I know that there a lot of good video tutorials out there, however I thought I would share a pictorial here too :-)

Open up your Silhouette Studio Program.  Top left, Click on File, then Open, and locate the digital image in your stored location and double click on the file, this will bring the image onto your mat in Design Studio.

Now to trace the image.  You need to click on the little blue butterfly top right.  This will open up the trace window.  Then click on Select Trace Area.  Trace around the image, I uncheck High Pass filter and then up the Threshold to 100%.

Next, click on Trace Outer Edge.  This will give you a cut that is directly on the outline of the image.  I have separated the digital image from the cut edge just to show you what I mean.

Now, you can put them back together and select both, then right click and group together the image and cut line.  You can then size your image accordingly.  I try and put several images on one page, so that I don't waste paper, then print out and cut your image.

Sometimes, you might want to add a little white border to your image.  To do this, you will need to use Offset.  So before grouping your image and cut line, at the above stage, click on the traced cut line, then right click and choose Offset, this will put a rather large outer edge to your digital, but you can resize this however you wish.

Over to the right, you can adjust the width of the Offset. I tend to go for 0.050 and then click on Apply.

Now you will see that you have two cut lines and you need to remove the inner one.  Just click inside close to the inner line, this will select it and then all you do is delete it.

Then re-position your image inside the Offset cut line and group together.  Then print and cut.

I hope that this tutorial has been useful to some of you out there and you were able to follow along.  At some stage, I will get brave enough to do proper video tutorials for my blog.  Maybe that is a summer project for me, to learn to do videos :-)

Here is the card once again to finish off.

This is the collection I used.  Click on the picture and it will take you to the Imagine That Digi Store.

I am entering this card in the following challenges.

Ooh La La Creations - Challenge #158: Father's Day/Male (closes 22 June)

Crafting from the Heart Challenges - Challenge #22: Always Anything Goes (closes 15 June)

Craft your Passion Challenges - Challenge #217: Father's Day/For the Boys (closes 15 June)

That Craft Place Challenges - Challenge: Men (closes 21 June)

Bearly-Mine challenges - June Challenge: One for the Boys (closes 28 June)

Sisters of Craft - June Challenge: Anything Goes (closes 30 June)

Thanks for stopping by today, I have another card for you tomorrow, using this set. (Yep two days in a row, LOL!)

Happy crafting.
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