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Today I’d like to share a picture of a card I made using Serif’s Craft Artist programme.

Floral Birthday Card

Floral Birthday Card

I do like the versatility of the programme and that you can be just as creative as if you made the whole thing on your desk from the various elements.

With Craft Artist I chose papers, elements which I altered and duplicated so there is a lot of scope for adding your own mark to projects. When times are lean and budgets are too, digital kits are a fabulous way of making you pennies go further. They even offer a free trial of the software and some of the digikits are available for free. So trying it out doesn’t have to cost you anything but the download time.

Hope you give the programme a try, its amazing. I still love my inks and getting messy but I am also a fan of digital crafting like this too.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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For those of you who like to make New Years Resolutions, and those like me with bad memories. Perhaps you want a quick n easy way to remind you when birthdays are coming up. A short tutorial today, that is quick n simple to do but should help you to remember the birthdays of those you cherish.

Birthday List with Serif Craft Artist

Birthday List with Serif Craft Artist

You Will Need

  • Computer
  • Serif Craft Artist
  • Digikit: Season of Giving
  • 160 gsm card stock
  • Printer

Method

  • Open Craft Artist Program
  • Go to Blank Projects and select your paper size, I wanted A6 so I went to the custom section and typed in the dimensions there.
  • From the digikits choose: Season of Giving
  • Add the ‘Gift log’ from the embellishment section of that kit, by doing a single click onto it, you could add the whole digi kit if you wish or just the specific items you want. Also add a material in the colour of your choice.

You will now see a blank page on the work area of Craft Artist, this is where you put the items you want to print. On the left of your screen, the items you added from your digikit will be in the tabbed sections marked; Backgrounds, embellishments etc.

  • Drag the gift log picture from the embellishments tab area, on the left, onto your blank page. As you ‘drop’ the embellishment will stay on your page, you can move it around, or resize it, till it is where you would like it to appear.
  • Next go to the materials section and bring over a piece of material. Click on the SCISSOR tool, then choose PUNCHES and the square punch to cut a narrow strip from the material. Place the strip of material over the words Gift Log and drag on the corners of the piece of material until it fits the area you want.
  • Go to the TEXT tool at the top of the page, click it once, then click on your page, this activates the tool. If you go back to the top of the screen you can select from any font on your computer. Type the words ‘Birthday list’ on top of you material. When the text is selected like this, you can also drag the corners of the box around it, to resize the text larger or smaller. Move the text to where you would like it on the page by dragging it there using your mouse.
  • Click save and then print onto your chosen cardstock.

You can create this project any size. The original is for you to list all the birthdays on one page. If you have lots of people to buy for, an alternative would be to make a separate page for each month. Like this one.

Birthday List with Serif Craft Artist.

Birthday List with Serif Craft Artist.

Hope you can follow this tutorial ok and I’d love to see what you make, do leave me a link to your projects with your comments. If I can work out how to add pictures from screenshots, I’ll try to share more complex tutorials with Craft Artist.

Links

I highly recomend the Craft Artist Professional Program and the Photo Project software too. If you haven’t got the Craft Artist software yet, get in touch with Serif as I believe the PhotoProjects programe includes Craft Artist Professional and gives you even more tools.

There will be more projects from me using these programs, so if you want to join in, rush over to Daisy Trail and get some software and digi kits ;)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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As the year comes to a close I thought it would be a good time to look  back at some of my favorite things of 2011. Today I’d like to share;

My favorite products of 2011

Like last time there are two products that stood out for me this year.

First place by a country mile is; Serif Craft Artist software.

Craft Artist Platinum Edition by Serif

Craft Artist Platinum Edition by Serif

I adore this product as it is so simple to use but has so much versatility and superb digikits. It has a lot of the features of products like Adobe Photoshop Elements but without the HUGE learning curve.

My wonderful husband gave me a copy of this and I’ve had so much fun with it this year and have collected lots of digikits. I love to use it to try out ideas and techniques and especially love that all the wonderful elements can be used over and over again, which when you are on a small budget makes a big difference. Serif have digi kits on their Daisy Trail site and some of them are even free :) Perfect when you want to treat yourself but the budget says no.

In second place; Brittany Birch knitting needles

Brittany; Birch knitting needles

Brittany; Birch knitting needles

Trying to knit with RSI is foolish! It hurts, but if you are mad enough to risk it, try these birch needles. I can only knit a row or two at a time and have to rest for some time between attempts but these needles are warm to the touch and so much kinder to the hands than anything else. Super smooth like metal no drag like plastic and they are nice and light to hold too.

How about you?

Those were my favourites of the year, but how about you, what product have you tried this year and now love? Would love to hear about it.

Links

To find out more about the items I’ve mentioned, follow the links below to their original posts.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share a picture of the hand-warmers I made for the family for Christmas.

Hand warmer, with gift bag and instructions tag

Hand warmer, with gift bag and instructions tag

Often hand warmers are scented, which not everyone likes. My husband’s family have wheat intolerance and often the hand-warmers sold are filled with wheat. I have filled these with dried lentils and no fragrance :)

There is an inner bag that contains the filling and then an outer cover, this allows the cover to be removed and washed as needed. These are a small size, so they will fit into your coat pocket. Great for when your hands get cold when walking the dog/ de-icing the car.

Hand making Christmas gifts are a great way to share meaningful presants with friends and family. You can create them in the warmth of your home, no long cues, no bad weather and if you start making them early in the year, no rush :) Take the stress out of Christmas and hand make your gifts. Short notice for this year, perhaps, but make a plan for next year for a more relaxing build up to the holidays.

The card explaining how to heat the hand-warmer and what it contains, I created in Craft Artist :) Really pleased how professional they look. I also layered papers to make the gift bag using digikits in Craft Artist, plus matching gift tag. These were a lot of fun to make and I’ll be showing a video tutorial on how to make the gift bags next year, once the brighter weather returns.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share some pictures of gift bags that I recently made. This years Christmas card has a holly theme and I found the perfect gift bags in John Lewis BUT when I tried to order them online they had sold out of the size I needed. {sob}.  After a plea for help, my dear friend Lynn (Garden Pinks) pointed me to a tutorial that had printed gift bags. The tutorial was excellent but the bags themselves were not quite to my style, so as Tricia Morris would say, I made it my own, and here are the results.

Medium/Large Gift Bag. Christmas Holly 2011

Medium/Large Gift Bag. Christmas Holly 2011

From the tutorial I took the basic measurements and tried them out on paper, learned how it all went together then went to design some papers. Opened Craft Artist from Serif but in my own collection of digi kits I didn’t have any holly. Luckily my computer was online at the time, and after scrolling through lists of elements, I discovered that there was a digikit available that had THE most perfect holly. DH helped me download and install ‘Yuletide Joy’ digi kit and I put some papers and images together to make the bag.

After a play, I also worked out how to make a smaller gift bag from a single sheet of A4 card. I redesigned my layout to work in that format. I worked out where the scorelines would be so I could place my main image (holly) in the right place and in the later bags I’ve also added a seasonal greeting. LOVE LOVE the versatility of Craft Artist, there are plenty of projects that you can print out or just add background papers too. Once you get going though, the only limit really is your imagination.

Medium/Large and small Gift Bags. Christmas Holly 2011

Medium/Large and small Gift Bags. Christmas Holly 2011

Craft Artist is ideal for crafters of all levels and is really easy to use, great if you don’t have much room to craft in.

Not got Craft Artist yet? You so need it, if pennies are tight there is a free version of a cut down version of the software available and there are also some free digikits too. Treat yourself to a craft room on your computer, the embellishments and papers in the digikits are stunning, best of all you can use them over and over again, and you don’t need to find shelf space for all the stash :)

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Really wish there was more light so I could film a video tutorial of how to make these. Autumn/winter in the UK though is very low light and I need very bright sunny day AND all the lights on to get something worth watching. Made lots of notes along the way, so there will be a video tutorial of this when the light allows.

Hope you like them and give Craft Artist a try, it’s so much fun.

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie :)

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Is it just me or does time move faster when a holiday is getting closer? Christmas is just round the corner and I find it really hard to keep track of the cards and gifts, what I have and haven’t bought and somewhere to make a note of something I’ve seen that I might want to get for someone.

Well, I had a play with Serif’s Craft Artist and made this;

Christmas List 2011. Front Cover

Its A6 in size, so small enough to fit in your bag to carry around. One side you make a list of people you want to send cards too, next side is for people you want to get gifts for, then finally on the back is a list of people you want to thank ;)

Christmas List 2011. Inside pages

Christmas List 2011. Inside Pages

Now when you get a gift you make a note of what you bought and who it was for, REALLY handy when you get home and wonder who you bought ‘that’ for etc. Just tick items off as you give/send them and you’ll always know where you are with your holiday plans :)

Christmas List 2011. Back Cover

Christmas List 2011. Back Cover

Keep an eye on Fridays this month as I’ll be sharing some downloads to try to make your holiday planning a bit less stressful.

You can download a taster of Craft Artist from Daisy Trail and they also have some free digi kits available too. Go on treat yourself, its a great way to make creative projects on a budget.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing;

Craft Artist Platinum Edition by Serif

Craft Artist Platinum Edition by Serif

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Serif Craft Artist, Platinum Edition
  • RRP at time of writing: Around £40

Reason For Buying

My lovely husband had already given me Digital Scrapbook Artist v2 a couple of years ago, having taken a year and an online class to get my head around Adobe Photoshop Elements, I was wary of facing another momentous learning curve to learn this new software. I’m not a scrapbooker BUT have dabbled a little with digital scrapbooking and did enjoy it. Firstly as it is much more cost-effective you buy a digi kit of elements (like a pile of virtual stash) and the great thing is they never run out. Well, this Craft Artist is the next generation, it has all the elements of Digital Scrapbook Artist but lots of cool new features too. I want to use this for Art Journalling, making background papers to use in my own projects, to make card designs with. To make dimensional projects. They call this hybrid crafting, taking digital images or elements and combining what you create there with your more traditional skills of stamping, inking etc.

Pros/Cons

Pros

In the links section I will add a link to the Serif Daisy Trail site, where they list the difference between Craft Artist and Digital Scrapbook Artist.

  • A whole craft shop of goodies at your finger tips. You can re-use the elements in digi kits as often as you like. No more running out of letters half way through a project, or finding the shop has discontinued you favorite papers etc.
  • Mobility! I admit my laptop is quite a fast one, but if you put this software on your laptop you can create where ever you like! Great if you like to create with others, or want to take your creativity on holiday.
  • An excellent way to craft if you have limited space or limited dexterity. I recommend using a graphics tablet if you have limited hand dexterity, as its more comfortable than a mouse for long-term use. All the digi kits are available either to download or as collections on discs.
  • All the choices of card bases to design onto. Rather than just a square starting page as was the case with DSA2, although it had the option of creating your own custom sizes, it meant you had to work the sizes out for yourself. Now you have all kinds of card designs to play with.
  • Templates, as well as the card templates, this also has boxes, bags, bunting all kind of fun things to design onto.
  • You can design your own digi kits
  • Daisy Trail Community. Not in the box or anything, but this is a free to join online community with lots of friendly people. This is a great place to meet friends, ask questions and share your finished work.
  • Very handy for last-minute cards

Cons

  • As this is such a new program, there are a few reported kinks still in the program. Serif has excellent customer service and through Daisy Trail reported issues are being ironed out and resolved with updates to the program.

Build Quality

This program has been great, I haven’t had any major problems with it, a few printing issues but they are known and there are simple work arounds to any niggles that are still to be resolved.

Value for Money

Fantastic! Seriously this is superb value for money. You can do so much with this program. I highly recommend you get some of the Digi kit CD ROMS to expand your creative possibilities with the program, but you can create so many different projects and elements to use with your crafting. I love it.

Would I buy it Again?

Totally. The new features like card templates and gift bag templates are excellent and mean you don’t have to work them all out for yourself, just create onto what is there. I highly recommend this to anyone with youngsters as well. Kids can quickly work out how to use this to create their own pictures, books, cards and other projects.

Summing up

A superb program, the only limit is your imagination. Use the digi kits when you start out and as your confidence grows you can create your own digi kits from your own photographs. Personalise any project. I was anti digi crafting at first but I’m totally hooked.

It’s so much fun to play with, and you can create endless projects with this software. This will make the most wonderful gifts for friends and family. If you have celebrations coming up this will help you create your own stationary for those occasions, and with extra digi kits available either individually or as collections on DVDs you have a huge choice of themes.

If you are on the fence, download the trial version of the program and a few of the free digi kits to see if you like it. I really do love this program, it has changed the way I craft. You will save a fortune on background papers and there are lots of alphabets and embellishments on there too. Its like having your own craft shop on your computer. The best thing is, you don’t run out of things. If you want that paper again, you just print another one ;) You can get as involved as you want to. Either create the whole project to print, and give as it is, or print multiple sheets with elements to layer on after printing, create your own decoupage.

Links

  • Daisy Trail Online community for Craft Artist and Scrapbook Artist.
  • Free Digi Kits A selection of free digi kits you can download to use with the software. Be sure to choose the one that matches the program you are using ;)
  • Daisy Trail shop You can buy the program from here, as well as other digi kits.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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