Saturday, 11 October 2014

Serif - Roald Dahl Digikits at Daisytrail

This week saw the launch of all the Wonderful Roald Dahl digikits in downloadable format at Daisytrail. I  previously had the pleasure of creating some samples and ideas using collections 1 & 2 when they were first launched at Create & Craft. If you missed my blog post about them you can see it here link .  This post encompasses some card making ideas using the new collection 3, containing the following individual digikits. Esio Trot, The Witches, Matilda, The Enormous Crocodile and The Magic Finger. (all compatible with Serif Craft Artist 2 software). Below are a mix of ideas for Inspiration.
A cute card created using the sweetest little mice from 'The Witches' 
Inked background, shaped toppers and some coloured gems and flower.
 Perfect for Halloween,  a fun card created using 'The Witches'. 
Once printed and cut out, I matt and layered the side and central topper, onto card that had 'mowed lawn' distress ink applied. Wording on the side panels is with ref: to the Roald Dahl Treasury - The Witches. Punched out a cloud shape for the top and finished with some gems and glitter gel painted on the witch.
I teamed up 'The Enormous Crocodile' kit and some of the Gobblefunk text for this one. Shadow really lifts the elements and a little glitter gel painted onto the Roly - poly bird for sparkle.
I love the name of the little monkey 'Muggle - wump' that naughty crocodile in the 'Enormous Crocodile' was certainly perplexed by the antics of all the animals in the story, trying to stop him eating children! This would be a good card for someone starting a new adventure, new job etc.. finished with some tiny gems and wording to pull the theme together.
Quite a simple layered card, using the 'Esio Trot' digikit. I alternated the colours of the gems. Punched a heart out of material to place behind the image and lead the eye to focus on the beautiful art work of Quentin Blake.
In the story of 'Esio Trot'  Mr Hoppy is very much in love with a widow called Mrs. Silver and in his quest for love goes to extraordinary lengths to win her love. This is him in the pet shop purchasing not 1 but 140 tortoises, hence the caption I added 'I would do anything for you'. 
This card was made using The 'Matilda' digikit. I used a circle element from the kit, making it small and replicating it to add interest to the background, then layered elements. Wording added to work in harmony with the beautiful imagery.
Cropping and layering papers on this card layout, for any occasion, finished with some delicate glittery flowers. The textured papers in this kit are great.
A Scrapbooking layout created using 'The Magic Finger' materials cropped and brush / edge finishes added.
Same kit, but one for the boys this time, papers blended a little matt and layering 
some gems to complete.

These digikits have such scope for fun and imaginative projects, the ideas here are just a taster.

Each of the kits can now be purchased individually from Daisytrail, so whether you have a particular favourite or wish to build a collection, the choice is yours.

Credit to: 
Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake, Serif and the Daisytrail Designers
Craft Artist 2 - software 
Ref tools: The Roald Dahl Treasury 

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Serif Craftscapes and Tunnel Card - Digikits

Some gorgeous new digikits from Serif, called 'Craftscapes' compatible with Serif Craft Artist 2. The kits are called: Autumn Country, Country Garden, English Town, Summer Seaside, Twilight Forest and Winter Village. Plus they have the Fabulous Tunnel Cards. I have to admit I loved working with the Craftscape kits ... They contain the most beautiful painted elements that enable you to build your own scenes/landscapes and layouts. Each idea seen below started with a blank page and then I chose to concentrate on layering elements to build each one from scratch thus showing what could be achieved. These are great for card toppers and card designs, beautiful wall art and projects. The kits contain some wonderful ready made layouts and elements too, so there is lots of scope for different things.
Whimsical 'Thinking Of You' card
Moonscape Hanger
A Wall Hanging, great for Autumn or Halloween
New Home Card
Any Occasion Card
Bon Voyage Card
Art Piece
Shaped card
Christmas scene card
Christmas scene card 2
Tunnel Card
These print out in sections which you cut and layer to give lovely depth.
I added a little glitter to complete.

These products were originally on Create & Craft as part of the 'One Day Wonder'
currently sold out from there 

* They will be coming to Daisytrail at a future point in time*

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 were shown on Create And Craft TV 

All products are 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.
Originally seen on Create And Craft TV

you can now 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.