Monthly Archives: January 2016

A Distressed Heart.

Hey everyone!

I hope you are having a lovely Sunday, and that your weekend has been a good one so far.

Today I am showing you a very lovely image from Sweet Escape Digis.

She is free, as part of the Kit & Clowder Facebook Challenge which runs until 6th February.

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To bring this one to life, I decided to go wayyyy out of my comfort zone and use Distress Inks.

I’m moderately happy with how she turned out. I definitely need to practice more, but hey it’s fun so I don’t mind that at all! Smiles.

If you’re wanting to start with Distress Inks but  not sure where to begin, then click here and take a look at Tracy Payne’s fabulous Class available at Kit & Clowder.

The Distress Ink Colours I used are:-

Skin – Vintage Photo & Worn Lipstick for blush.

Hair – Walnut Stain &  Antique Linen.

Dress – Stormy Sky & Black Soot.

Heart – Fired Brick.

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I created the pink/blue background with my chalks.

And the stitched oval which frames her, I created with my By DIEZyne Stitched Ovals. Which used to be available from Dies To Die For.

Sparkle

The corners and fan were created using my Signature Dies from Joanna Sheen (which is where the scallop card base comes from too.)

And Blue Stickles to add sparkle.

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The flowers are hand rolled, and created with my Marianne Design LR0162 Flower & Leaf die set. Also available at Dies To Die For.

The princess paper and the sentiment square (with added Blue Stickles) are both from my Simple Stories – Enchanted paper pad.

The pale pink matting is from my Core – Dinations (Distressed) card pack.

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Thank you so much for stopping by today.

Hugs & Happy Crafting Everyone!

Karen.

The challenges I am entering this one into are:-

Kit & Clowder Facebook – Sweet Escape Digis Challenge.

Crafty Hazlenuts Pattern Paper Challenge – Always Anything Goes with Pattern Paper.

Hiding In My Craft Room – Freestyle!

Just Us Girls – Wild Card Week.

My Time To Craft – Love Is All Around.

If I Had Just Three Wishes!

Hello everyone and a very  happy Saturday to you all.

Today I am showing something a little different.  There is no colouring, but still lots of work involved.

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I made a Comic Strip with one of the fabulous new templates from Scrapper’s Delights.

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I loved doing this and I have to say it was amazingly easy to do, just a little time consuming.

Glitter Centre

I added my Stickles Glitter Glue to the centre..

Sparkly Wings

And to the Fairy Wings too.

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The background I have used, is an old digital paper, from a company that no longer exists.

But you can use any digital background you like for this.

Either that or you can leave it with no background, and print everything onto a background card.

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I created this Comic Strip for a very special person who is absent, yet thought of every single day.  I’m hoping she will smile lots when this arrives.

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If you would like to see how easy it is to add all of the layers to one of these fabulous Comic Strip Templates, then just follow the instructions below.

Step By Step Instructions.

1. Open up your Serif Craft Artist 2 program, go to Blank Document & Click on A4 Portrait.

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Now go to your left side bar when it says Photos and click Add.

Add your comic strip template. Go to the bottom right and click Transform. Resize it to 8” x 8”.

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2. Now go to your top navigation bar and (with your comic strip selected) click on Cut Out Studio.

You need to remove ALL of the areas within EACH box. So that it becomes PNG instead of JPG. This way you can add any background that you want.

When all of your boxes are clear, click OK to return to your main page.

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3. Now go back to Add Photos and import the design paper or background which you want to use.

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4. Lay it over your comic and make it the same size. Right click on the background and select Order Items, then Send To Back. Now you can see your Comic Strip again.

(For the purpose of this tutorial I made my background layer invisible, but right now your design will be showing the comic in front and your background behind.) So I want you to click/hold and drag with your mouse, from the top of your page to the bottom, so that your whole thing is highlighted. Now right click and select Group.

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5. Now you’re ready to begin adding all of your sentiments and imags to your comic strip. Go to photos again and click Add. I found it easier to add my images first, then my sentiments last. But you can do it any way you like. Now bring your first image across, in my case this was the Magic Dust from the Beauty In All Things Set. Resize this and rotate it so that it fits nicely in the box.

NOTE – How To Resize & Rotate:-

See those boxes at either corner of the box around your image? Hover your cursor over any one of those and drag your mouse using the click hold & drag technique.

To rotate – See that circle on a stick coming out of your highlight box? Hover your cursor over that and a curved line will appear. By click hold & dragging you can move your cursor and rotate your image as much or as little as you want.

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6. When it’s the perfect size, right click and select Copy.

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7. Now right click and select Paste. You can now drag a copy and place it in the bottom right corner of our comic strip.

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8. As in the photograph, if you want to flip the Magic Dust to make it fit your layout/box better, simply click arrange in the bottom right of the screen, then click the upright triangle and it will flip your image for you.

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9. Now bring your next image on to the work area. In my case it is the Fairy from the same set as the Magic Dust. Once she is placed, she will need bringing to the front, so that the comic strip lines aren’t over the front of her. To do this, right click and select Order Items, and then select Bring To Front.

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10. Now bring your Circle Sentiment (from the Just To Say Sentiment Set) onto your work area. Drag it over the centre circle on the comic strip, and then resize the sentiment circle so that it’s a perfect fit on top of the comic circle. Next, right click and select Order Items, then select Send Back One.

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11. Your fairy is now infront of your circle sentiment. Now you can add the Fairy Image (from the I Believe In Fairies Set) to the bottom left of your Comic Strip.

12. Now fill up the rest of your boxes in exactly the same way. Remember to right click and select Order Items & Bring Forward One if you need your additions to sit in front of your Comic Strip Template Lines.

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13. When you add the three wishes (numbered 1.2.3) you will need to right click and select Order Items, BUT this time you will need to select Send Back One. This will ensure the dotted lines sit behind your centre circle.

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14. To add text to your three wishes go to the top navigation bar and click on Text Tool.

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15. Choose your font, font size and whether you want Italics and Bold. Then add your wishes to each of the three wish lines.

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16. Now highlight everything together (by click hold and dragging your cursor from the top of your page to the bottom) and then right click and select Group.

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17. That’s it! You are now finished and ready to print! Smiles.

I think it was harder to write the step by step than to actually create the comic strip and all of it’s layers on the computer! Laughing.

DIGI SETS USED – All From Scrapper’s Delights:-

Beauty In All Things.

I Believe In Fairies.

Just To Say Sentiments. (Circle.)

Genie Sentiments. (1, 2 and 3.)

(You can find the comic strip section here.)

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

Hugs & Happy Crafting Everyone!

Karen.xx

Arielle Flora Fae Amazing One Day Giveaway!

Hello everyone!

And a very happy Friday to  you all!! I am so glad it is Friday! Smiles.

I’m still not too well, I’m half way through the antibiotics and praying they work their magic soon. It’s been a nice week though, because I have been allowed to rest up and have lots of colouring time! Tee hee.

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Today I’m urging you to jump on over to Faery Ink!! The very lovely and talented Amanda is offering this gorgeous Arielle Flora Fae as a one day giveaway!! But you have to be quick, because come Midnight, she will no longer be free!

To bring this gorgeous lil’ cutie to life, I used my Copics in these shades:-

Dress

Dress.

Eyes

Eyes.

Flowers Wing Tips

Flowers & Wing Tips.

Hair

Hair.

Skin Tones

Skin Tones.

Wings

Wings.

Background Sparkle

This is the background I created to frame my image. The stitched effect is from my By DIEZyne Stitched Rectangles Die Set – Which I got from the fabulous Dies To Die For.

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And that fabulous shimmer I created with my Shabby White Embossing Enamel (from Live And Love Crafts.) I LOvE this stuff!

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My flowers are Petal Lu and my lovely white leaves are Live And Love Crafts.

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My card base is white hammer card, cut to size.

Don’t forget to come visit our Faery Ink FB Group, everyone is very friendly, and there you will find fun challenges, and lots of free images too. Not to mention all the inspiration! Smiles.

Don’t forget that you can only grab this lovely image for free until midnight tonight! Then she will be available to purchase in the store.

Full details are on the Faery Ink Blog.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

Hugs & Happy Crafting Everyone!

Karen.xx

The challenges I am entering into are:-

1.  Crafting With An Attitude – Anything Goes.

2.  Crafty Girls Creations – Anything Goes.

3.  Cute Card Thursday – Ladies Only.

4.  Hannah & Friends – Die Cuts.

5.  Moving Along With The Times – Embossing Wet Or Dry.

6.  Live And Love Crafts – Something New. (My Stamp and my lovely Embossing Powder!)