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Wednesday, 23 December 2009

How too change a Jpeg in Inkscape 0.47......

Info can now be found on the New Inkscape Cutting Forum, link posted above.....

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Thank You Cards for Sister Rosaline....

Sister Rosaline asked me to make her 2 Thank You cards for 2 different people, and I have to admit that making Thank You cards really taxed my imagination so I had to rely on a few QK templates that I purchased......


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Happy 18th Birthday Ikenna.....

Was asked to make an 18th Birthday card featuring his football team, a football and a boot. Despite the fact that I had a small amount of silicone glue left to produce the 3d effect, trust me when I say that I squeezed that tube DRY.........



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Whoo Hooo..........

I have just uploaded a few of my SVG designs on the Craftsuprint website here, a lot of the files are just Nesties for layering on cards or scrapbooking frames; your imagination will determine what you use them for Enjoy.....


Sunday, 29 November 2009

Sample of New Page settings.....

I'm so excited about the Inkscape larger cutting area, I made a card using the old page cutting setting; and then I made a card with the new page cutting settings...



Saturday, 14 November 2009

Ooo What a Day for a Wedding......

Was aked to make a Wedding Card for today, and all night long there was nothing but the sound of heavy rainfall, thunder and wind. Hope today's Wedding turns out OK. As usual my favourite Wedding template can be found here on the CD called Crystal Dreams which is a steal for the amount of designs included. As usual my favourite Pearlescent papers were used for the Wording, figures and flourish pattern inside the card. I used a patterned gold foiled embossed vellum paper for the dress and jacket then Black vinyl for the hair. Final embellishments were the paper roses and some Bling......

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Friday, 13 November 2009

Back for now....

Had a little Internet problem, not convinced it is fixed yet so need to get these cards on quickly. Another Arty Farty Bottle Template, a revamped Vampiress card Halloween card and a QK Designer template version.

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Saturday, 24 October 2009

More QK Silhouette Template Designs.......

Have to keep my hand in when it comes to the Card Making drought periods, so at a $1.99 I purchased a few templates and do some sample cards that I post on the QK Digital Gallery.

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One of those times.......

Have you ever had 1 of those times when you have a drought period in your Card making, and then you get request left right and centre????

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Sunday, 27 September 2009

40 Years of Marriage.......

Was asked to make a 40th Anniversary quick card for a Pastor and his wife, put all the components for this card together with the help of 1 of the My Craft Studio CD range.
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To Leave or not To leave???

Young lady at the Skils centre that I'm obliged to attend 2 days a week to surf the net for jobs, when I can find a free computer to use and I also trawl through the daily newspapers for job adverts as well. The less said about these so called Skils centres the better!!! A new firm has taken over the contract and Ms Kellie is not sure whether she is leaving or staying, when I spoke to her on Thursday 24th Sept she was leaving hence the making of the card; when I saw her on Friday 25th Sept she was unsure whether she would be in her post or not with the new employer........The butterfly part of the Template was designed by a UKS forum member named 2magpies.


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A little behind with postings.....

I have to admit to a little slowness in updating these entries lately, have been busy designing some templates that are only half done; also learning how to use the fantastic free Inkscape programme to make SVG files that are easier to cut on my Silhouette Digital craft cutter. Here are a few cards I have made recently.

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Thursday, 3 September 2009

Another Paulo template.....

I have to admit that I'm loving these designs that this young man Paulo is sharing so freely, and he had only recently posted the design on his blog; so once again here is my example..............

What a difference the right backing sheet can make to show off the wonderful template design. Thank You Paulo for sharing so freely.
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Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Heart of the Tree....

Found this wonderful Blog offering SVG files for inspiration, and the Young man from Brazil has some wicked files on offer and this is my version of his design he calls Treetrunk......



And as usual my favorite paper media are Pearlescent paper and card, and the Heart shape is cut from Red Mirri card; scanner is not good at capturing Mirri paper or card......
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Saturday, 22 August 2009

Silhouette Cutting....









In between making cards, I have been putting my Silhouette baby through its paces with some newly purchased QK templates; you would have to own a digital cutter that uses the GSD file format to use these templates. There are definitely some talented designers on the QK Silhouette template design team, here is a small selection of those designs using my favourite media at the moment...Black Mirri paper, Bronze Pearlescent Paper and card with adhesive Glitter and Holographic sheets for added bling..
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Happy Fiftieth Earthday......


I love using the Arty Farty range of templates, so was glad to make a Champagne Bottle card, materials used was Foiled metallic paper and card for bottle top and bottle body, foam sheets for 3d effect on bottle labels, peeloffs for added embellishments and then all layered on a Gold Double sided Pearlescent card. Inside verse was printed on Ivory Pearlescent paper and adhered to silver mirri card. I also made a card bag from 1 sheet of 12 x 12 patterned paper with a silver mirri card border edging to the rim of the bag for added strength.

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Sweet Sixteen...


Was asked to make a Photo card for a Young Lady who was reaching the magic age of Sixteen, again was supplied with a multitude of photos to choose from and made a photo college using Googles free Picasa Photo software. As I had been given instructions about the wording for the front, I printed the wording on Ivory Pearlescent paper and made a frame from Patterned MIrri card. I then designed and cut three 3d frames to house the verse and 2 picture colleges....WOW..which in turn was connected together with a scored strip of card to give a ribbed effect. Good thing this wasn't to be posted!!!!
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60 Years Young...


My Friend Bev asked me to make a 60th Birthday Card for 1 of her Church Sisters, she did supply a multitude of photos for me to make a selection to do a college using Googles free Picasa photo programme. I like to use Glossy Photographic paper for printing, which was attached to Gold Mirri card and layered onto Gold Pearlescent Card. Because a lot of the Church Sisters would be signing the card I had to make the card into a thin book, that was secured by strong adhesive and eyelets threaded with ribbon for simple decoration. The lettering was cut from White adhesive Pearlescent paper.
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Friday, 3 July 2009

17 years of Marriage onwards......

Bev A also asked me to make a card for her husband Kenny to celebrate their 17 years of marriage so far, she mentioned Marriage Vows so came up with a display card. I used Blue Foil card layered with Gold Mirri Card and Gold Hearts as a shelf for the other sentiment display cards.

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Thursday, 2 July 2009

A walk on the beach......


Bev A asked me to make a birthday card for her Mum's birthday, using a photo from 1 of their holidays. Picture printed on 170gsm glossy photo paper then decoupaged using Inkjet transparency film on top of photo. Finished photo was layered on Gold Mirri card and attached to Lilac Gold Flaked card, image for Cala Lily is no longer available by the designer. I did a Print and Cut on my Silhouette and attached to Gold Mirri card. Also printed Cala Lily image onto envelope.


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Shoes, Shoes, Shoessssss.........


I was asked to make a Birthday Card for a young lady who loves shoes, I ended up making a sort of display card made from 130gsm Red & Gold spotted foil card layered on top of 200gsm Gold Shimmer card, pictures printed on glossy 170gsm photo paper layered on Red Mirri card. Lettering and flip flops cut on Silhouette.


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Saturday, 27 June 2009

Happy 9th Birthday Aaron....



My Friend Muz asked me to make a card for her friends son Aaron, she E-Mailed me on Tuesday to say I have a picture on my mobile of Aaron that I want you to put on the card for Saturday; of course I said send the picture.............
Later on I E-mailed her and said 'Where's the picture?', 'I haven't got my mobile with me, I'll send it to you this evening'. Something prompted me to ask what his interest were, she said Racing Bikes & Racing Cars.
On Friday Muz got back in touch with me to say, can you just make the card please without the picture and I'll collect on Saturday...I must stop strangling my friends in my imagination..

So I chose a picture of Lewis Hamilton and a picture of Valentino Rossi, printed 2 glossy photos of each picture and 1 acetate print for decoupaging. I decided to make him a double card so that he can choose which side of the card he wants to display.
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Ok now for the second card for Bev's Mum.....




This is the Card I made for Lovely Lady Bev for her Mum as requested. This card was a NO NO we both agreed it looked a bit tacky. So a second card was made, No it looks like an Easter Egg said her friend. Sanity flown out the window, now had half a day to do new card and the brief was keep the Pink Roses; keep the style of lettering but in silver on a white Linen look card that I had used before.
So I Googled Pink Roses picture came up with Roses in glass vase, so printed 1 image on glossy photo paper, then printed same image on inkjet acetate sheet and decoupaged it to look 3D; did the same effect for inside card verse the same as Easter Egg card. On the back of the card another decoupaged vase of the Pink Roses only smaller.
She absolutely LOVED IT, and my sanity was restored.......
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I need 2 cards for my Mum said Bev.........


Lovely lady Bev asked me to make 2 cards for her Mum's Birthday, 1 from Mum's Husband and the other from herself; instructions were not Brown,Black or Green card.......'Easy' I thought to myself.

WRONG......

I showed lovely lady Bev the first Fan card I had made for her Mum's Husband, she said 'No I don't like the colour' it was only half finished, so I made a second Fan card. YES!!! Bev said I Like it. So I removed my imaginary hands from round her neck....

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Friday, 26 June 2009

R.I.P....


Rest in Peace Michael Jackson 2:26pm Thursday 25th June 2009 USA 50 years old.

Sunday, 14 June 2009

Playing with some Vector images....

Downloaded some Royalty Free Vector Files called shopping Girls, when I find the link I will post; but for now I used my favorite mediums again. Black Mirri Paper, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder, Metallic Paper, Patterned Transparency film, my fast depleting chocolate shimmer paper and glitter paper.

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Saturday, 13 June 2009

Marbles...

This birthday card was for a 9 year old Marble Enthusiast....so went Googling and found multiple marble picture here, and big marble picture at Madmanmarbles (click on link) and the card above is the result.

I used Tesco's Glossy Finish 170gsm Photo paper, decoupaged big marble picture using Transparency Film and also put another big marble picture on back of card(which I forgot to scan!!)


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Hope......

This Birthday card was to inspire a young man on the new direction that he had decided to take and to say 'Anything is possible, follow your Dreams'.......

Print was from Gvartwork (blog no longer exists) The card above is the result of using the print. The decoupage on the card inside speaks for itself.....

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My Own Advice...


I've been told on many occasions that I'm good with the advice, shame that sometimes I don't listen to it myself....Was asked to make another couple of Women cards, my instructions were to make a 30th Birthday card similar to a previous silver and black version; and the second card was to be exactly the same as the silver version just a different name. Did I do what I was asked.....1 card was accepted the other rejected because of my hard ears, so I had to do another silver version as instructed in the beginning.

As usual used The Cuttlebug Swiss dots folder, Blk Mirri paper, Gold Glittered adhesive vinyl. The Digital Cutting Template was a combination from UKScrappers membership is required for free site access (click on link.)

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Friday, 5 June 2009

Happy 50th Sonia...


I was asked to make a card for a young lady name Sonia who will be celebrating joining the Half Century Club, which I also celebrated in May 09. I soon realised that I would need to be very inventive with the available stock of card and paper that I have at the moment, when you find yourself recently unemployed you soon need too learn 'Craft Budgeting'.

It was decided after much consultation that I would make a Champagne Bottle Card, using the ever faithful Arty Farty Template. The main bottle base was made from my beloved 135gsm Black Mirri paper adhered to 100gsm black card and embossed using the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder. The bottle top was made from 100gsm Metallic Paper and embossed using Fiskars Grass Texture Plate, I also used this technique for the bottle neck label and main bottle label, my favorite Gold Glitter Paper and Peeloffs were used for the bottle embellishments.

The insert verse was printed on vellum and adhered to a Gold Mirri card and layered on the Black Mirri paper, I cut a Black Mirri Paper envelope on my digital cutter which was in turn embossed with the swiss dots folder for a personal hand written message. The back of the card was also embellished with an embossed black mirri swiss dots label, complete with a glitter cut number 50. The Card Bag was made using 1 A3 Gold Pearlescent card and finished with a Goldy/Bronze Organza Ribbon for the handles.

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Saturday, 30 May 2009

Just Playing..

This template was designed using the Inkscape programme, 'no not by me' but by a lady name Mary Powell.

Digital cutting using my favorite paper medium of the moment Black Mirri Paper and printed pattern on 100gsm White paper.

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Mad Woman..

Sat 30th May 11:42am
Sent my 14yr old son to go to local Shopping centre to do some Iceland shopping, he was asked to hand over his mobile phone (he doesn't have 1) then because he was carrying empty shopping bags he was asked for money or he would get hurt.

Thankfully My Son gave him the Tenner that he had and the #$£* rode off on his bike, when my son returned home 5 mins later and told me I left my house in my crushed up skirt and greyish black t-shirt with NO BRA!! with a plan to beat the crap out of this person..........I did not find him. My Son is ok no injuries whatever and he does'nt want to take Karate or Judo lessons, but he will be taking the more crowed route to the shops in future..

Pardon...


Received an E-Mail from a colleague at my old work place on Wednesday 27th May, asking me to make a card for her Goddaughter for next day delivery; because she was not at work on Friday. So I said of course and she requested the woman card design..


Design is a Template combination from Gentleflower and SJBayley(Thank You Ladies).

Base is a White Linen effect 120gsm card, dress was cut from Black Mirri paper which in turn was embossed using the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder. The body section is cut from 80gsm Chocolate/Gold shimmer paper. The Bag, heel of shoes and verical font cut from 80-90gsm Silver Glitter Paper. Hair and Filmstrip cut from Black Adhesive Velvet paper.
Then she changed her mind.


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Oh Yes Success finally....


She changed her mind about the front of the card, (see original above) she did'nt like the vertical positioning of the fonts, I explained that it was representing a filmstrip but she was having none of it and she asked if I could make another card. Of course I said OK and promised that she would receive it Friday via another work colleague. I was determined that the original card was going to be remodelled, so did a second revamp; but I did'nt like it because I kept on seeing Harry instead of Happy. Finally!!!

All my friends know I require feedback ASAP, well at about 4:30pm Friday 29th May my friend called and was extremely happy with the revamped card.
(Note to self do not send picture of card via E-Mail before delivery)Check.....
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Sunday, 24 May 2009

Something Different....

I do have a small collection of stamps, punches etc.. that I need to experiment with; so here are 2 examples using My Silhouette baby to cut out the main design from Black Mirri Paper watch the finger prints....attached a thin gossamer fabric to vase base and used adhesive gems for petals of flowers.
This design was cut from white 100 gsm paper, and the vase was cut from black mirri paper and I stamped a design on vase base and embossed in gold then punched out flowers and attached to main flower section.
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Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Happy 10th Birthday from me Chyna.


Of course I had to make Chyna a card from me. The card is an iridescent mirri card which changes colour depending on the angle of the card. The card and ballerina template was created by Jenniebean. The ballerina was cut from adhesive velvet paper, the skirt was cut from fine glitter paper and decorated on both sides with bling bling. The ballet shoes were also cut from velvet adhesive paper.
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Happy 10th Birthday Chyna.





Made a Birthday card for a lovely 10 year old girl named Chyna, whose birthday I never forget because it is always 1 week after my Birthday on the same day. I used Pearlised card with embossed mirri card for the edging and photo frame, her mum gave me some photographs that I turned into a collage using Google Picasa photo software which is free to download. Inside the card the inserts were 15 sheets of 100 gsm paper with a printed pattern on either side for the children in her class to sign.

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