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Today I’d like to share a birthday card I made using Serif Craft Artist software.

This was the card with some Polychromos highlights in areas

This was the card with some Polychromos highlights in areas

The image is from the Hearts and Roses collection, which has become a bit of a favorite of mine. Hope you like it. I’ve added some highlights to the shadows with the Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils, which worked well over this card-stock.

For comparison, this was the card before I added the highlights, I think the highlights help the design, what do you think?

This was the original card before the Polychromos highlights were  added.

This was the original card before the Polychromos highlights were added.

Best wishes

Billie :)

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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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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’m sharing a little Gift Box I created using Serif Craft Artist. They have pre made templates that you can decorate and print out.

Poinsettia and Music Gift Box

Poinsettia and Music Gift Box

The digikit I used to design this box’s embellishment is called ‘Season of Giving’ it is by Sahlin Studio and is my favorite because of its vintage styling. I like classic styles for Christmas.

If you have Serif Craft Artist in whichever format I highly recommend this digikit as I’ll be featuring more projects with elements designed with it in the coming weeks.

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Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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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.

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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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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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