Saturday, 27 September 2014

Serif Craft Artist Calendars 2015 & more

Hi Everyone I had some time to work with the 2015 calendar kits from Click Artistry Masks by Cottage Arts and Nature's Sketchbook Art Blends.

Below are a few ideas of different ways you could use them combined with the Daisytrail kits from the 2014 collection set.

Here is a Table Top Calender idea

 This was made using a combination of the Chalkboard Calendar and Woodland Walk kit. The backgrounds have a lovely texture and also re-colour beautifully. I blended papers together, clustered elements as finishing touches. Included a little word art and hand finished with distress ink.

 How about a Grungy Mini calendar flip book this one was made using the Polygon calendar kit. I created mini calendar cards for each month of the year, then printed and cut each one out. Distressed them to give an aged look then punched and tied with ribbon to complete.

Here's a Shabby Chic year at a glance calendar page . Combining the Ombre calendar kit plus elements and papers from Ruffles and Frills and Dreamcatcher.
This worked well... Combining the Nautical calendar kit with Art Deco Cruise...
I made a one month page to show what could be achieved if you wished to make a whole calendar
I also got to work with the Click Artistry Masks by Cottage Arts
these are intelligent frames that you can drag and drop your photos into.

This simple yet effective card is a little visitor to our garden, I edited the photo slightly to make the colour a little sharper. Added a fun caption and a little tip * Once the page was made exported it as a jpeg then brought that back into Craft Artist and printed that page.
Then last but not least a lovely gift idea... this matching notelet and keyring set 
There are so many possibilities and its great fun combining the calendars with kits to make some unique designs of your own. All editing was done in Craft Artist 2 software and each design finished by hand.

These Digikits will be shown on Create And Craft today at 10am and 4pm with Michelle showing you lots of Ideas and Inspiration.

You can see the products at Create And Craft

All products are also available as digital downloads
from Daisytrail

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Serif - Victoria Nelson Floral Collection

Hi Everyone, On Create And Craft today  three great digikits in a beautiful floral collection, designed by Victoria Nelson. They are 'Bird Garden, Butterfly Meadow and Pretty Posies'. compatible with Serif Craft Artist 2 software. I designed a mix of cards, sweet gift ideas and hybrid crafting to gave a little taste of what could be created using the kits...
 Mini stationery set: notelets, envelopes and slim wrapper. Including printing some of the papers to make matching envelopes. this was done by printing 8x8 inch squares cutting and then scoring to size on an ultimate pro before folding and adhering to finish.
 Here I have also used distress inks to colour the ribbon, lace tag and on the Easel card.
As seen on Create And Craft TV
the CD collection can be seen here

you can also buy each of the kits individually at Daisytrail.

Friday, 12 September 2014

New Creative Digikit In Store 'Imaginarium'

Hi Everyone I have a New Digikit in store called 'Imaginarium' which is devoted to the joy of Imagination. It has a beautiful mix of blended papers and rather interesting elements ready for you to create with. If you love making Arty layouts and pieces this is a great kit to add to your collection. It contains a little Altered Art imagery mixed with Vintage, pretty word art and more...
While working on the kit I spent some time looking at quotes here are a few for your inspiration.

Vision is the art of seeing things invisible - Jonathan Swift

Everything you can imagine is real - Pablo Picasso

A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something - Frank Cappra

The world is but a canvas to our imagination - Henry david Thoreau

When you start to develop your powers of empathy and imagination, the whole world opens up to you - Susan Sarandon

Here are some Creative layouts I made using the kit...
Depth of colour is enhanced by using the papers in the kit as an overlay and blending.

Heather W made two super layouts below
I love the way she used the elements from the kit to make the cluster.

Natasha took some of her own Gorgeous photos, blending onto the papers, what wonderful rich Autumn colours.
Using the postcard in the kit Natasha blended a photo on to it.  Adding a beautiful focal point to this layout.
Mel captured this beautiful swan in his photo and page.
Micheline came up with some Arty and Quirky layouts 
How cute is this Gorgeous page
A Great Out of Frame effect on this, its wonderful.
Gill created the Gorgeous layouts below...

Beautiful clustering and page

You can see the kit in store available in compatible formats for both photoshop and craft artist software.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Digital Mixed Media Ideas

This morning I was playing with a few ideas and came up with a new Digital Mixed Media Piece. I used the photolab / filters / pro edit / threshold effect on a Vintage photo to resemble stamping. Then using one of my Digikits layered and blended, papers and elements to build the layout. Subtle word art was added to complete this stage.
There are lots of ways a project like this can be used
i.e. print onto Tap Paper and add to various surfaces from t shirts, to bags.

The Digital Scrapbooking kit used was 'Gothic Autumn'.
on promotion currently in store at Escape And Scrap.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Playing with Colour & Blends in CAP2.

When working in Craft Artist 2 You can have great fun layering different coloured materials and applying effects such as transparency so glimpses of them show through. This can add extra interest to a layout. I created this layout today using three papers together and applying a mix of transparency plasma to the top one of them and some blending. Then I grouped them together and used tools convert to picture. Elements were added on two further layers to build depth and interest. Some items colour changed to match the tones of the paper created. Finally I created the word art with light shadow and a coloured edge to help add interest. 
You can have great fun just experimenting and making your own papers doing this.

I used my 'Gentle Touch' kit which is currently on promotion in store.