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Today I’d like to share a picture of one of the Christmas cards I designed using Serif Craft Artist software.

Christmas Card 2013

Christmas Card 2013

I was going for clean and elegant with this card, more contemporary colours to my usual red n green but its nice to have a change sometimes.

Are you hand-making any elements of your Christmas this year? Would love to hear your Christmas traditions and see your projects, especially any this blog inspired you to create.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Just wanted to share a Christmas card I designed using Serif Craft Artist and Hears and Roses digikit collection. Simple but elegant :)

Created using Serif Craft Artist software and Hearts & Roses Digikit

Created using Serif Craft Artist software and Hearts & Roses Digikit

Best wishes and see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s posting I’d like to share a way to share your favorite holiday snaps. Using Serif Craft Artist I took some of the photos from holiday and turned them into cards and postcards, I’m thinking of combining them into a set for a Christmas or Birthday gift.

Shakespeare Collection: Mary Arden's Farm; card

Shakespeare Collection: Mary Arden’s Farm; card

As well as Craft Artist software, I used Vintage Paraphernalia digikit also available from Daisy Trail. This photo was taken at Mary Arden’s Farm.

This one was taken at Nash’s House;

Shakespeare Collection: Nash's House; card

Shakespeare Collection: Nash’s House; card

I love vintage don’t you? Thought it went really well with these kinds of images too. I mounted these images onto Centura Pearl card for the cards and onto white cardstock and stamped a postcard layout on the backs of others to create postcards. They turned out nicely and I’m pleased with the results. What do you think, would they make good gifts?

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share a card I made using digital crafting and mixing it with real life crafting, otherwise known as hybrid crafting. Making use of Serif Craft Artist and my favorite rubber stamp to create this;

I will Write Peace Upon Your Wings; Card

I will Write Peace Upon Your Wings; Card

The background was created using Serif craft artist software and digikits, next I added text using a font style called Papyrus which I adore. I printed this out and stamped on my favorite stamp HJ009 Singing crane.

The base card is Centura Purl cardstock.

On the inside of the card I made a panel again using Serif and the same font as on the front of the card. I bought a plaque with this poem on, a short while after my father passed away and it really summed up how I felt, that as long as I remembered my Dad and spoke of him then he wasn’t ever gone, he would live on in my heart and mind.

I will Write Peace Upon Your Wings; Insert

I will Write Peace Upon Your Wings; Insert

This particular card is a sympathy card but it would also work well as a card for support for someone going through stressful times, although I’d use a different insert if I used the design again in that way.

To keep the theme continuing though the project, I also stamped the crane on the envelope.

I will Write Peace Upon Your Wings; Envelope

I will Write Peace Upon Your Wings; Envelope

Haven’t made a card in AGES. A lot of that is down to the fact that now Paper Mill are only available mail order and postage charges are so high, getting more card-stock is so expensive. As is posting anything too dimensional.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share a new way to share your favorite holiday snaps. Using Serif Craft Artist I took some of the photos from holiday and turned them into cards and postcards, I’m thinking of combining them into a set for a Christmas or Birthday gift.

The Shakespeare Collection; Part 1; Shakespeare's Birthplace

The Shakespeare Collection; Part 1; Shakespeare’s Birthplace

As well as Craft Artist software I used Vintage Paraphernalia digikit available from Daisy Trail. This photo was taken at Shakespeare’s Birthplace.

This one is from Ann Hathaway’s cottage, more designs in the coming weeks. I love vintage don’t you? Thought it went really well with these kinds of images too.

Shakespeare Collection: Anne Hathaway's Cottage; Card

Shakespeare Collection: Anne Hathaway’s Cottage; Card

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

PS Soz about the typo, I only just spotted it oops!! Dear old dyslexia strikes again. I blame my Mother for telling me to spell things as they sound!

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Oriental Card

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It’s AGES since I’ve made a card. A friend of DHs is poorley in hospital at the moment and she is a fan of Chinese brush painting. I adore all things oriental so I created this card to cheer her up.

Oriental Card

Oriental Card

I have some notion that red cards bring good fortune? (or was it just a TV advert?) So hoping the red card will speed her recovery by cheering her up.

Turns out its my 5th blogging birthday with WordPress. (Good job they told me ;) ) Many thanks wordpress for being a fabulous host.

Sending virtual birthday cake to all my loyal readers and to those who just dropped by today.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share a picture of the Mothers Day card I made for my MIL. Its the first card I’ve made in ages.

Mothers Day Card 2013

Mothers Day Card 2013

Created using digikits and Craft Artist v1. Digikit used True Romantics by Angie Hinksman. I’m a big fan of Anna Griffin and this kit reminded me of AG style papers. Especially the roses. The large pearl in the picture isn’t part of the digikit and isn’t on the card, its to cover the photo of DH & his Mum, who aren’t keen on having their photos being on the internet :)

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Hope she likes it :)

What are you making Mum for Sunday?

A nasty surprise at the bottom of the garden!

When I went out to my studio at the bottom of the garden to collect a rubber stamp, I discovered a nasty shock. Most of my stamps are stored in  metal drawers, inside a cupboard, inside an unheated garage. I have feared the rubber may not like this situation but DH reassured me that given the stamps were inside drawers, inside a cupboard they would be fine.

After seeing Indigo blu on C&C the other day, I decided to hunt out my checkered stamp and off mount it (remove it from the wooden block), so that I could try a technique shown on the demo. I wanted to apply just part of the stamp, rather than the whole image and have been considering ‘offing’ this stamp from its block, for some time. Now the stamp in question is elderly! It was an elderly stamp when I got it in the sale in a shop and has been ignored in the drawer, save for an occasional coating of stamp conditioner to ward off the worst of any issues its dislike of the storage situation might create. I have noticed that very old stamps have a tendency to leave their foam backing and to lift a bit. Having decided to remove this stamp from its block, I dug my nail under the edge of the rubber stamp itself and it lifted off the foam easy as pie. Now in this case, that was a good thing, but I had the idea that perhaps a couple of other stamps may be more useful off their blocks, so I found those too. I was horrified that these newer stamps, also lifted off their foam backing just as easily eeekkkk!!! :(  :0

Terror set in at this point and I left the studio in shock, afraid to touch any more stamps and risk damaging any of them further. Now the question is, has storing the stamps in these conditions caused the glue in the backing to perish and therefore most of them will be in this condition? Or is it just because it’s winter and very cold, perhaps this happens each winter and they will be ok by the warmer weather. I don’t normally mistreat my stamps by digging at them with my fingernail, and they have been stored like this for about 5 or so years.

Dilema

Have you un-mounted any of your wood mounted stamps? Did you regret it?

  • Do I un-mount my precious wood mounted stamps so I can store them in a smaller space and maybe as a result have room to bring them indoors or hope for the best and leave them where they are?
  • I haven’t done a great deal of rubber stamping in the last few years, partially due to poor health the digi side of crafting has taken more of my time.
  • Think I might use the stamps more if they were unmounted as they would be easier to store and easier to position on a project.
  • I’d like to use the stamps in a different way to in the past. I am tempted to use some (OMG am I really going to do this?) maybe even with acrylic paint or mediums. This seems more the way my creativity is going and I’d like to try using them with a brayer, ie rolling a brayer over the stamp so using the stamp flat on the table, would make that easier.

DH just got back and said it could be that the glues often get weaker bonds in the cold weather, it might all be fine when it gets warmer. Given the stamps are over 5 years old it could just be that the glue has come to the end of its natural life.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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