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07 December, 2016

The Digital Press Creative Team

Yay! I have some exciting news to share.

I have been selected to join the impressive creative team at The Digital Press - a lovely digital craft store!

As you can see I'm in very good company.

I get lovely digital goodies to play with so look out for some (hopefully) awesome hybrid projects.

For now, I'll leave you with another layout I did using my Clique Kit a couple of weeks ago...

I love the cute paper by Maggie Homes featuring the polaroid frames. They're perfect for adding your own little embellishments and photos.


I mixed embellishments from the November Clique kit with stamped images.

Mixed in a few embellies from previous kits and my large stash of 'too nice to use' stuff.

Created a little shaker piece with gold star sequins *swoon*

And a sprinkle of gold sparkly things just because.
To be fair, my puppy is male, but girly stash is so much cuter!

Thanks for stopping by.

Morag x


01 December, 2016

Stuck?! Sketch 1st December!

Time is really flying!
December sketch is here already! I love this sketch - it's so easy to use.
 I had originally planned to do a Christmas/Winter layout but I hadn't got any photos. So I went with a completely different theme but stuck to the sketch.


The star was swapped for a starburst.  Unfortunately, my photo is a bit poor because the light here is awful at the moment. Dull weather!
 

I added a few odd elements for a little sparkle.

The starburst was made with a homemade stencil and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink. I like to lightly outline the edges to bring out the detail.


There are some great prizes to be won this month:



Entering the prize draw is easy! Just hop on over to the Stuck?! Sketches blog to find out all the details. I look forward to seeing what you can create!

I'll leave you with a card using the same technique. This one is a little easier to see..

You can see the lines more clearly on this example. I used other distress inks to stencil the stars, whilst there is other stamping to add a bit more interest.


This is a great fun card where you can try out different techniques.

Thanks for stopping by.

Morag x






27 November, 2016

Autumn

I have seen a lot of lovely layouts with circular cut files. In particular, I saw a gorgeous layout on the Fancy Pants blog by Zsoka. She had used a fabulous cut file which I just couldn't find on the Silhouette store. So I set about making my own version.

I bought some flower and leaf cut files and created some of my own. I then very painstakingly arranged them around a circle.
Here are a few quick tips to creating your own...

Create a circle as guide. I changed the colour so that it is easier to distinguish it from the shapes.
Grab a bunch of shapes and drop them onto your circle. It is easier to drop the larger or focal pieces first. Don't forget to move, resize, flip to get the shapes that you want.
The top tip is to weld the pieces together one at a time. This way you can correct anything that doesn't go to plan!

Do you ever have shapes that don't weld correctly? See the leaf on the right, the inner veins disappeared when I welded it to my wreath.  To fix that, I undid my weld. Then just click on the leaf and choose 'Make'.

This ensures that the leaf is a complete path before welding to the wreath.

Now when it is welded, the veins remain in tact! Simple.
My last top tip for this is to colour the welded piece so I can see what I'm doing. As I weld the next piece to the wreath, it automatically changes colour to blue in this case.

I created my own outline leaves by simply taking a leaf shape and use the offset tool. I added my cut out leaves to add a bit of texture and dimension.

Speaking of texture, I'm in love with the Nuvo Crystal drops. I mixed in some sparkles to complete the look.


Thanks for dropping by.

Morag x

Hybrid Scrapbooking

I'm just loving autumn leaves right now. They can be dressed up in so many ways. They added a bit of fun and whimsy to quick snapshots of our little puppy.

I used a fabulous little digital collection from Digital Press. The kit by Laura Passage is adorable and on sale at the moment! Bargain. 
One of my favourite ways to use digital kits is to print and cut them out on the Silhoutte.

I love the way you can recolour elements, change their hue or saturation to get different looks.

I also like to crease and fold them so they add more texture and dimension.

Here's a quick tip for those of you who have a Silhouette...
I often take the cute elements that come with a digital kit and trace it for cutting. This normally works great except where the colours are very light or do not have much contrast.
You can see in the yellow where the trace has worked successfully. If I were to outline the above, I'd get a very strange cut indeed! To fix the problem is really simple, but you do need photo editing software such as Photoshop, etc. There are lots of free programs available.
The easiest thing to do is fill a copy of your image with black (see left cup).

Then, when you trace the element there is enough contrast to outline successfully. Just create the outline then drag it over your actual image.


Whilst I'm at it here's a little card I made with another of Laura's kits  Out of this world.
I love the cute little rockets. The colours are just fabulous.

The set makes an ideal card for kids.


Thanks for stopping by.

Morag x


26 November, 2016

You Got Mail

Christmas may be looming fast, but I haven't really got to grips with it yet!

I have however, found time to do this cute little project. I saw a blank mail box that was crying out to be altered.
I covered the mail box in the fabulous My Mind's Eye Sugar Plum paper. It is my most favourite Christmas collection ever! The sparkly stars are just so pretty.


I needed a little occupant for the mailbox house. This is a robin made from a polystyrene egg shape. I punched hundreds of heart shapes which were then glued into place (yes it took a while).
Robin is wearing the latest Christmas accessory - a santa hat (although you can't really see in my photo, he does have eyes and a beak). 
The little envelopes were made from several different collections



I think this would make a great little gift for someone. I'm going to do another version for a special person in my life to stash their treasures.

Thanks for popping in. I'll leave you with a sneak peak of another layout.


Morag x