Rainy daisy

My photo of the day for the people in Oklahoma who are facing yet more tornadoes. I think the people in Oklahoma are incredibly brave to deal with these forces of nature. I am not sure if I could do it.  We get southerly storms here but they are nothing compared to the twisters.
My computer is now up and running again after being without for a week. I have had to get windows re installed and I am now faced with the mammoth task of transferring my photos back into Memory Manager. Fortunately I was able to activate the both my Memory Manager and StoryBook Creator before the cut off time midnight last night. I will now look at using Picasa to store my photos as well so if this problem happens again I won’t lose my photos and it will be a good back up for Memory Manager. There is now no Digital Centre from Creative Memories and I suppose that at some stage I may have to look at Photoshop or Lightbox in the future as well.  However, people can still get their photobooks and other digital products printed until midnight 3rd June.  There is to be a meeting on Tuesday in Australia so it will be interesting to see what the outcome will be for Creative Memories Australia and New Zealand.  This is such as shame as the products (especially the albums and pages) are really good quality and I have done a lot of pages for my children’s albums.  It has been so easy to use coordinated products that last a long time.
While I have had no computer for the last week I have been busy with doing cards and scrapbooking and when I get the photos sorted out then I will upload them on here. So watch this space…
I hope you all have a good weekend.
Patricia

Enchanted digital sketch

 

Sometimes I need a little inspiration for my scrapbooking whether it be traditional or digital.  So some clever people have come up with scrapbook layout sketches that make it so easy to get great results.   One of these very clever and smart people is Chris Lothian who is has a Facebook page called Christine’s Creative Capers.  She has designed pages that we can download and use on our StoryBook Creator and get a great page in 5 minutes.

I have used the lovely photos I took off the monarch butterfly last week and teemed them up with the Enchanted digital kit and they went really well together.

This was so easy to do as all I needed to do was click and drag the various papers and photos onto the layout.  I did have to just add the paper to the scalloped strips on the sides by selecting them and then adding the paper to the selected element.  And to finish off I just substituted the flowers with flowers from the kit.  Easy Peasy!

First here is the original sketch:

Chis Lothian sketch #12

And this is the finished layout:

Butterfly Magic

This sketch is also suitable for traditional scrapbooking.  Please note that all sketches on Chris’ Facebook page is for personal use only.  

Have a great day and Happy Crafting.

Patricia

Autumn is coming

Hello there

Autumn is finally here and the leaves are starting to change colour and to celebrate some rain and cooler weather at last, I have created an autumn layout on my StoryBook Creator 4.0.  I have used the Fall Appreciation 2012 kit as the colours are very autumnal.

Autumn Time

 

The layout was a sketch from an Artful Crafts competition and I inserted photo boxes to create the background layers.  Other than that this layout was a matter of clicking and dragging the embellishments onto the page and resizing them as required.  I got an honorable mention for this in the competition – I don’t think they had had a digital layout entered before.

Happy Autumn everyone in the Southern Hemisphere and Happy spring for the Northern Hemisphere.

Happy crafting

Patricia

 

I found the Easter Bunny!

Today I went out to take some photos down at the Hutt River and came across an errant bunny in the bushes around the bridge.  I managed to get one photo of it before it disappeared.  I thought the timing was quite timely especially as we have just had Easter in the weekend.  However, I could not find any Easter eggs – lol!

The Easter Bunny

While on Easter I have just purchased the Creative Memories Border Maker rustic fence cartridge and I could not resist making one last Easter card with it.  I can see myself using this cartridge a lot – and distressing it with inks as well.  This would look lovely with flowers and leaves climbing up on it on a card.  This cartridge is while stocks last only.

It seems strange to put a cute lamb on an Easter card in the southern hemisphere as Easter is a sign of Autumn for us with the changing colours of leaves and cooler temperatures (?), but it is a sign of rebirth that is universal.  I also love using the Classic Stickers from Creative Memories they are so colourful and pretty. Plus they are reasonably priced.

Easter card

 

The sentiment on this card was last weeks freebie from Creative Memories that I printed off from my StoryBook Creator, as well as the background paper.

Materials used in this card:

Creative Memories Cardstock – Green Apple

Creative Memories Stickers – Easter

Creative Memories Border Maker – rustic fence cartridge

Creative Memories Reflections Digital Kit

Creative Memories freebie sentiment

I hope that you all had a great Easter.

Happy Crafting

Patricia

 

Reflections of cards

Welcome back

When I was at Crafty Angels last week I did these cards out of one piece of 12 x 12 cardstock.  I love using the Reflections range to make cards as the colours are so peaceful and serene.  The flowers are gorgeous as well, topped off beautifully by the bling from the Enchanted range.  You can also see I have made a daisy from a previous post as well as using the border maker picket fence and twinkle chain cartridge.

The background paper in the middle card was printed off from my StoryBook Creator 4.0.  I find that is a great way to get different papers when I need something in a hurry.  I have also used it for doing sentiments, as well as in the last card.

I must confess to using my Cuttlebug and Spellbinders dies as well as some Stampendous and Stamp’n’Up stamps for the sentiments.

I got the dimensions for these cards from http://scraphappywithbrenda.blogspot.co.nz/2012/03/3-cards-from-12×12-base.html.  Creative Memories card Creative Memories card Creative Memories Cards

 

Materials used:

Creative Memories Cardstock – White

Creative Memories Cardstock – Cloud

Creative Memories Cardstock – Green Apple

Creative Memories Reflections Paper Flowers

Creative Memories Reflections StoryBox Mat pack

Creative Memories Border Maker – Twinkle Chain and Picket Fence cartridges

Creative Memories Place’n’Punch Blossom

Creative Memories Enchanted Epoxy Stickers

Creative Memories Rotary Trimmer

Creative Memories Tape Runner

Creative Memories Precision Point glue pen

Spellbinders Fancy Framed Tags Two

Stampendous stamp – sorry lost the name of this stamp (I think it is no longer available)

Stamp’n’Up stamp

If you would like to know more about Creative Memories and their products please feel free to contact me.  As you can see they are very versatile for all your cardmaking and scrapbooking needs.

I hope you all have a great day.

Happy crafting

Patricia

 

 

Nature at it’s best.

Welcome back.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and taking the time to like my posts.  It is lovely to get all the feedback about my crafty endeavours.

Today I am combining my photography with my digital art.   Yesterday I took advantage of the beautiful weather to go down to the Hutt River and take some photos.  The scenery is just amazing there and I managed to get some great photos.  Today I have done a very simple artwork with my StoryBook Creator 4.0 and will look at getting this made into a photo panel to hang on the wall.

Hutt River

 

Unfortunately, some of the photo was lost translating from a 6 x 4 image to a 12 x 12 image, but the photo is still great.  I did not want to play around with it too much and lose the great colours and depth of field.

Here is my original photo:

The Hutt River looking towards the Tararua Ranges

 

In the middle of winter I can look back at this image and it will remind me that winter does end and that summer will come eventually.

To create this all I did was use a full-page photo layout and then just added the freebie sentiment.  Took all of a couple of minutes to do.    How simple is this!  And what a great gift it would be as well.  I will look at making this into a card as well and do something very similar.

Incidentally, despite the glorious weather we are still in drought conditions and we have severe water restrictions which may hamper my photography around my little garden – or it may not… I might see some very different and interesting shapes out in the garden before the big dry ends.

Have a great day and happy crafting

Patricia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Greetings

Hello

In between going out with my camera I have been busy doing more Easter cards to sell at a local wool shop.  I have used mainly the Creative Memories products, but my Cuttlebug and embossing folders have come in handy to provide a textural effect.  I have a list of all the products used after the images.

Here are my cards:

Easter Card Easter Card Easter Card Easter Card Easter Card

Materials used:

Creative Memories Cardstock – Apple Green

Creative Memories Cardstock – Cloud

Creative Memories Cardstock – Yellow

Creative Memories Classic Easter Stickers

Creative Memories  Absolutely Fabulous scrap patterned papers

Creative Memories Reminisce paper flowers

Creative Memories Epoxy Stickers PS I Love You

Creative Memories Rotary Trimmer – straight, zigzag and scallop blades

Creative Memories Custom Cutting System – ovals

Creative Memories Border Maker – Twinkle Chain cartridge and Picket Fence Border

Creative Memories downloaded freebies embellishments

Creative Memories – Reflections paper that I have printed from my StoryBook Creator 4.0

Cuttlebug embossing folders – Swiss Dots, Elegant Frame, Combo Welcome Baby

Easter Stamp – Effie Glitzfinger St Louis Design – I have had this stamp many years.

My Favourite Things Die-namics – Fancy Flourish

Please feel free to contact me if there are any questions about any of my creations.

I hope everyone has a great Easter.

Happy Crafting

Patricia