Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Design Team Inspiration - Amy Butler Lotus Diecut Paper - Butterflies

In case you hadn't noticed, I am a little bit of a butterfly fan... in fact, check most of my layouts lately, and you will probably find a butterfly somewhere! So I was very happy when I found one of the Amy Butler Lotus Butterfly Diecut papers in my DT kit this month. This paper is extremely good value, as it has an amazing [b]30 [/b]butterflies on it, in coordinating colours of blue, green, pink, red, cream and grey. The butterflies are all lightly embossed, and all a bit different. They are just lovely, and I really enjoyed creating the below layouts.

On this page, I used 2 of the butterflies as masks. I put temporary adhesive on the printed side of the butterfly, stuck it to the page and Glimmermisted, then gently removed the butterfly masks, and rubbed off the temporary adhesive, and I was still able to use the butterflies on another layout. I then used the diecut sheet with the butterflies removed, as a stencil, placing it over the masked butterflies, then applied swirl rubons. I very gently used a kraft knife to cut around the inside edge of the stencil, ensuring I didn't cut into the background paper, only through the rubons, to make sure the rubons stayed put when I removed the stencil. It is a very effective look. I then also used 2 of the pink/red butterflies on the page. Check out the pic below for a closeup of the rubons on the masked butterflies.

I used the following products on this page, available in the shop:
Amy Butler Lotus Butterfly Diecut papers
Melissa Francis Paper - Matilda
Glimmermist - Graphite
Prima Flocked Transparency
Zva Swirls - Jet
My Little Shoebox Mini Alpha Stickers - Cream

I used 18 of the butterflies on this next layout:

First, I painted a round circle on the background page with cream paint, then adhered the body of each butterfly around the circle. I bent up the wings, then applied Kindyglitz for some sparkle. I then added the photo, title, journalling and ribbon bow inside the circle, and the page was complete. And look at all those gorgeous butterflies! Below is a closeup of the Kindyglitzed butterflies:
I also used the following product on the above layout:

Basic Grey Ambrosia Paper - Ebony
Kindyglitz - Crystalina

Here is my recent "i create" layout, on which I added one of the butterflies, using a black pen and Kindyglitz for the finishing touches.

And after all this, I still have some butterflies left. I'm sure you will see them on my next few layouts!

Tracy L

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Picasa Photo Editing

This week I thought we would do a bit of a technique on photo editing. For this Im using Picasa which is a free Google photo Editing programme which I like because it is easy to use.
Today Im going to show you the Retouch button on Picasa as it is very easy to use and is a lot of fun. When i took these photos my DD had a friend over to stay so i showed them what theyd look like with no freckles (for the friend)and with freckles for my DD! My DD also had a zit that I removed which she was most impressed with and although I would normally leave it like that I thought ..whoa this would be a useful too for those times when we want to look our best...hmmm opening a can of worms here Id say! lol
So how to? here is the original photo. Image
1. I click on the retouch button.
2. Click on the brush size tool to have a large area or small area that you are going to retouch.
3. Click on the area in the photo that you want to fix.(Ive clicked on the friends freckles).
4. Click onto another area that will fix it (i have gone to my DDs skin to get the fix).

It might take several attempts to fix it. Save your photo fix at the end before printing (which you can undo later as it only saves it in Picasa not in your Picture files on your computer.
Heres what i did ..
I removed the zit, put freckles on my DD and removed some of the freckles from the friend. (I actually totally removed them all-not shown here)
and just as an aside. Both girls thought it was fun but the friend didnt want to lose the freckles (even though she hates them) and DD didnt want the freckles but was happy to lose the zit! So before you hit delete picture (because you dont like it), have a play around with the retouch tool. But beware....this is addictive!

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Making your own Chipboard Album

Photo Log Book – using Delish Design – Petite Peppercorn Double Dipped 6x6 papers

I decided to use these gorgeous 6x6 papers to create a little album of the pictures which Abigail has taken, most of the photo’s are black and white and go very well with these papers, excite for the one photo – which is my current favourite photo which Abigail has taken of her friend’s eye.
Products used :- Petite Peppercorn Double Dipped Paper Collection Delish Design Clear stack acetate (6x6)

I tried to incorporate a different BRIGHT colour on each separate page – Abigail is very outgoing and has a very strong personality – so the bright colours are well suited to her. It is really a nice way to use up your bits of pieces, on page 1 I have used a Green Tara 10cm Hot Pink flower and sprayed some Glimmermist Tattered Rose on it, and then folded it in half and added a Melissa Frances Resin Embellishment,

Here is a collage of the whole book :-

To make the little book is really simple, I used a 12x12 sheet of chipboard which I received when I got my goodies from Adrienne and simply cut them into four 6x6 pieces of chipboard. I then inked all the edges with Black Ink, and started covering the pages with the 6x6 sheets from the Petite Peppercorn Double Dipped Paper Collection. Once I completed each page, I then punched two holes in each page and tied them together with black & white ribbon.
I really enjoyed using these papers, it's always nice to use black & white because there are sooo many different colours which can be used with it.
Thanks for looking

Monday, 1 June 2009

Birthday Card Inspiration for Queen's Birthday Weekend

Hi everyone, I hope you are all having a great long weekend.

In honour of the Queen's Birthday today, Beverley and I made a birthday card each - only not for the Queen!

Here is Bev's lovely card, intended for her daughter:

using scraps and a Delish Designs chipboard frame, similar to the one here, sprayed with Graphite Glimmermist.

And my card, intended for one of my sisters:

using: Prima journal notecard [i](sold out, but I'm hoping we get some more in... Adrienne? Pauline?)[/i], Zva crystal swirl, Websters trim, Pink Taffy Glimmermist, Slice diecutting machine, and some bling brads.

We hope we have inspired you to make some cards for you family and friends; I am sure they would be most appreciated.

Tracy L


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