I am still plugging away at my Mother's Heritage book. It may not make it for Christmas. Since she wanted it right up to the day I send it to the publisher I thought that I would need to include a page or two for her to write any additional births or marriages. I found the top part as an image in a Google search. I added a punched squared background and matched it to what was already behind the image so that it blended. For the corners I wanted something ornate. So I opened my photo editing program, brought in the Frame It Stamps and cropped a few corners and sides. I then saved them right back in the same folder with a slight change of the file name. I was then able to open them just like any other stamp in MDS and alter them just like normal. The lines I also created in my photo editing program (Microsoft Picture it) saved it as a png file in the Frame It folder and I was able to alter the color to match once I placed it on my page. So if there is ever a stamp in MDS that you just want a part of, you don't have to mask it, make it work for you! (If you do accidentally save it without changing the name after altering it, you may have to re-install or re-download)
Monday, November 21, 2011
One thing I get stuck in a rut with when doing the heritage book is what to journal on. I have soooo many census and immigration sheets and write out what they say, since they sometimes can be hard to read. Here I layered a bunch of oval punches (since they seemed to match the background pattern. )After I had them how I wanted them, I grouped them together and added a drop shadow. Then I threw a couple of antique brads on the end. I think it had a cool look to break up the monotony of all of the charts. Now to get this book done and sent it to print before Christmas gets here....
Friday, November 18, 2011
These colors are sooo out of my norm but when I was going through the catalog and I saw the cute card on page 168 I wanted to keep it bright and cheery. I used the color wheel to decide what colors I wanted to use. There are so many different avenues to get inspiration from.
|Stamps: Bring on the Cake|
|Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso|
|Ink: Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso|
|Accessories: Big Shot, Elegant Bouquet Impression Folder, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack-Flower, Basic Rhinestones, Early Espresso Quilted Satin Ribbon|
Monday, November 14, 2011
I am still working on my Mother's Heritage book. Do you think I will get it done for Christmas? Why is it that the month of November always seems to be the busiest month for me? This is a page that I did with my Great-Great-Great Grandmother. I love seeing these old pictures and reading about the history behind these wonderful people.
Friday, November 11, 2011
This card was a complete accident on my part so I guess it just designed itself. I cut the paper for another card and did not like how it fell together so it just sat on my shelf for a few days until I decided that I needed to use it. I love how the chair fit perfectly in the frame of the impression folder. I embossed the chair to give it some dimension since the paper flowers are a velvet. I think the 2 1/2" circle punch is a perfect backing for the frame. Now if we only have an oval punch that fit it so I did not have to cut it out. Lol
|Stamps: Have a Seat|
|Paper: Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Mocha Morning DSP|
|Ink: Versa Mark|
|Accessories: Black Embossing Powder, Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Impression Folder, Flower- Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Basic Pearls, Designer Frames Impression Folder, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Basic Black Grosgrain Ribbon|
Monday, November 07, 2011
I have not had much time to work lately with my MDS. I do have a good reason though. My son, daughter-in-law and grand-daughter came and spent the week. I took lots and lots of pictures so I have plenty of pages to work on when I find the time. She loved playing with a puppy app on my phone and would talk to it, scold it when it was naughty and give it lots and lots of kisses. I do not have much use for the Play Date set in MDS (but I had to have it) since my kids are older but it looks so good with her pictures and will work great on my outdoor pictures of her playing in the woods.
Friday, November 04, 2011
|Stamps: Need for Speed, Bring On the Cake,|
|Paper: Lucky Limeade, More Mustard, Early Espresso, Island Indigo|
|Ink: Lucky Limeade, More Mustard, Early Espresso, Island Indigo|
|Accessories: Big Shot, Houndstooth Impression Folder, Stripes Impression Folder, 3/4" Circle Punch. 1" Circle Punch, Curly Label Punch|
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
My son needed a birthday card for a friend who is an avid hunter. He went through my sets and picked this one out and asked if I could make him one with a deer, please. How could I say no? Of course I headed to my Designer paper to try to get a color idea of where I wanted to go and of course I was drawn to the Well Worn DSP that I love sooo much. I thought the wood grain background would be perfect for the background but after I roughed up all of the edges and laid it all together ( I never glue it all together until it is just the way I want it, plus I hate brads etc showing on the inside of the card.) it needed just a bit more color, so I added the small squares panel under the deer and it added the perfect amount of extra color. Plus it gave me a place to tie a bit of Baker's twine which I had been trying to find a home for. The edges were roughed with the cutter's tool and sponged around. The background behind the deer was done with sponges rubbed on the ink pad. To do the sun I punched out a circle and sponged around it with Daffodil Delight, then I used the punch out to sponge the Bashful Blue through it. I sponged over some of it with the Calypso Coral and the dark areas with Cajun Craze.
|Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Natures Silhouettes|
|Paper: Well Worn DSP, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla|
|Ink: VersaMark, Cajun Craze, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Bashful Blue|
|Accessories: Word Window Punch, Early Espresso Bakers Twine, Cutter Kit for Distressing, Metallic Brads, Black Embossing Powder|