Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Peaches and Cream

What a lovely challenge theme!  It's always a struggle to find papers to match this theme so turned to my latest purchase My Minds Eye Antique Floral and found just the thing.

I'm also loving the neutral baby color scheme, just the thing to keep on standby.

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Pink and Black Tag

Hum, I think one of my fave paper packs is almost used up, I couldn't find enough pink paper to get the affect I wanted.  Oh well, there's always another new fave paper pack just around the corner and a used one leaves space for a new one!  Like justification is necessary! :)

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Lilac and Brown Daisies

I hope I'm not blowing my own trumpet here but I am soo chuffed with this card!  The layout didn't seem to gel at first but after I added the topper it seemed to come together.  I flicked through my new pack of My Minds Eye Antique Floral papers looking for a lilac paper and I came across this brown and lilac paper, I took the brown color scheme from there and I'm absolutely delighted with the result!

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Pearls included with Carousel

Christmas Helpper

I'm loving this image!  She looks so cute struggling with that giant Christmas pudding.

Products Used:
Enchanted Christmas Ultimate Paper Pack

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Friday, 26 April 2013

Red and White Forever Freinds

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Pearls included with Carousel
Bow and Ribbon from a gift pack

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Whatever the Wheather

Typical, I go to write up this card and it starts hail-storming!  Roll on Summer!

At least DoCrafts are getting into the spirit.  Their gorgeous new ranges have arrived.  There's the divine Home To Nest by Lucy Cromwell, the very very bright Capsule Collection Spots & Stripes Summer Brights and very seasonal Ahoy There Collection.

They are available to order through our website right now and as of this moment are all in stock.  They will be counted and priced tagged over the next few days and will be showing as in stock on the website, unless they all sell before then that is.

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Summer Holiday!

My mum was a huge Cliff Richard fan so I grew up all too familiar with his Summer Holiday movie and more the sound track.  I adore this Hot Diggity Dog image, it's one of my favorite stamps and always makes me think of that old Cliff Richard song  . . . We're all going on a summer holiday . . . .

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A5 Paper Pack - Hot Diggity Dog
Hot Diggity Dog Greeting Tags
Hot Diggity Dog Stamps
Brads from Stash
Gingham (Small Check) 10mm

BlackBlenderWarm Grey 3Warm Grey 2Warm Grey 1.

I am entering this cheery card into the following challenges:
Crafting When We Can Challenge #42 - At The Movies
Sketchy Colors #160
Passion for ProMarkers Week 195 Animals
Divas By Design Challenge 81 Inspired by a Movie
Noah's Ark Challenge - Film Title

Thursday, 25 April 2013


What a difficult challenge!  But thanks to the The Best of Just Inklined 2012 CD ROM I had just the thing.

I treated myself to the utterly gorgeous My Minds Eye Antique Floral 180-page Pad.  An extra few arrived by mistake and I just couldn't resist!  Such a huge selection of stunning papers.

I'm feeling a bit a of a splurge of 12x12 papers coming on.  Many of our standard card and paper ranges are now available in 12x12 size perfect for scrapbooking.  But I also find I get so much more value out of a 12x12 sheet than A4 as I tend to do 6x6 square cards.

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Boofle Buttons

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Quickie Tulip Christmas Card

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Little Pups

Wow, I don't think I've ever assembled a card so fast!  I had the layout sorted and all the papers cut to size but in just 40 minutes flat I've cut the decoupage and stuck everything in place then photographed it with just seconds to go until the first challenge closes - phew!

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Pink Girlie

I'm loving the ruffles and organza on this card, I even added some little wisps of feathers.  

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Pink Flowers With Silver Highlights
Pink Stars With Silver Pattern
Cards & Envelopes 6 x 6 White Scalloped
Bleedproof Marker Pad
ProMarkers Sunkissed PinkBlushIvoryTanMustardButtercupCeriseRose PinkCocktail Pink,

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Crafts 4 Eternity #120 - April showers brings spring flowers
Totally Papercrafts Challenge #163 Monochromatic
CupCake Craft Cupcake 239 Monochromatic
Seems a Little Sketchy Sketch 37
Creative Inspirations Challenge 211 - Ribbons & Pearls!
In the Pink Challenge #19 - Ribbons and Ruffles
Whimsy Inspirations Challenge # 58 Pretty In Pink

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Friday, 19 April 2013

Strictly Party Time for Tea

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Happy Days Wellington

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Journalling Cards Happy Days
Embroidered Brads Happy Days
Assorted Buttons - Capsule Collection Spots & Stripes Pastels
Clear Stamps - Wellington

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Black and Gold Layout

I'm being a good girl and catching up with my scrapbooking.  This photo was taken by my OH on my birthday when he cooked me a lovely meal - bless 'im!

I'm pretty pleased with how it's come together, I think black and Gold is always a nice smart color combo.  

Products Used:
Boofle Buttons
Papermania Big Bloomers - not sure which collection!
Fabric Flowers from stash
Metal Heart embellishment from stash

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Thursday, 18 April 2013

Little Boy Gardening

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Butterfly Brad included with Carousel
Card Candi from Stash
Wooden Leaves from Stash

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Pastel Fairy Girl

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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Printing Digi Stamps - Step by Step Tutorial

Digital stamps are fantastic because they are so much cheaper and take up far less space them traditional rubber or clear stamps.  You can also rotate and re-size the images giving you the option to create a big card without having to invest in a large stamp.  


When coloring images with ProMarkers they are best printed onto Bleedproof Marker Paper.  At 70gsm this paper is very thin and causes problems for many printers.  Before loading your paper onto your printer attach a sheet of plain printer paper to the wrong side of the Bleedproof Marker Paper with a little adhesive in an unobtrusive place such as one edge.  It isn't very obvious but the Bleedproof Marker Paper does have a right side which is the side facing you when you open the pad.  

Printing Digis in Microsoft Word

Find the image you want and right click and select Copy. Open a new Microsoft Word document.  Right click and select Paste.  

Select your image and drag one of the corners to re-size the image.

You can also select the image and specify the exact height or width under the Format menu.  If you wish to keep your image proportioned as it was intended to be only alter either the height or the width not both.

If you will be using your die cutter to cut around your image it is best to center align the image so that your shape doesn't end up off the edge of the paper.  Just select the image and click the center paragraph icon.  

Click the Office icon on the top left hand corner and then click Print.  You can double check your image before printing by clicking the Print Preview option first.  

Printing Digis Using DoCrafts Digital Designer

The DoCrafts Digital Designer software is included with all of the DoCrafts Digital Designer CDs.  I find it very easy to use for printing other brands of digi images too.

Open the DoCrafts Digital Designer software and create a new project using an A4 size paper.  I adjust the zoom settings at the bottom of the screen so that I can see the whole A4 page.  This helps me to layout a few different images on one page and get the most out of my Bleedproof Marker Paper.

Click the Photo icon at the top right and find the image you want.  Double click the image and it will be imported into DoCrafts Digital Designer.

Use the ruler at the top and side of the page as a guide and drag one corner of the image until it is the right size.  You can  change the ruler from the default inches into centimeters by clicking the IN icon at the top left hand corner where to top and side rulers meet.  This will then change to CM.

Once re-sized images can be moved around the paper by simply dragging them, making it easy to arrange multiple images to make the most of a single sheet of paper.

When happy with your designs click on the Print / Share icon at the bottom right hand corner of the screen.  Select Send to Printer and click Print.

After Printing

Just like traditional rubber and clear stamped images the printed ink needs a little time to dry.  If you are impatient you can use a heat gun but I tend to print my image then design  my card while the ink dries.