Saturday, 10 May 2014

Stolen Moments for Crafting

Good morning Crafters and welcome to my Blog.

As the title of the blog states  I am stealing a few moments from whatever important housework thing I should be doing, to blog and post about things crafty.  Shameful, I know but it is either blogging / crafting or sorting washing, matching socks or hoovering. I guess you can see what has come put on top.

I am posting today about the current obsession with making my own backing papers with the help of my Photoshop photo-editing software.

That great source of information and teaching tool that is Youtube has been a great help with improving my Photoshop skills. A little bit of digging and searching comes up trumps when you find the right (and simple) tutorial to help with the 'How To's .

I have to confess that finding our how to create seamless patterns and designs in Photoshop has turned into a bit of a craze for me. I keep coming up with new ideas and combinations to try out and it keeps me entertained for hours. Or until my conscience kicks in and I empty the dishwasher or fold the ironing.  :-)

Here are couple of test 12 x 12 backing papers I had a go at today. I've started with Gingham  and Check patterns and trying out some colour combinations I've selected from photos we've taken.  The eye-dropper tool allows you to select pin-points of colour and create large blocks of the chosen for use as you please.

Roggenburg Tartan

Pink Gingham

Blue Red Yellow Check

Based  on how pleased I am with this test I will be continuing with the creative Photoshop process a bit more.

For now  I suppose I should get on with some housework.  Thank you for stopping by to read my blog and visit. Your time and comments are always appreciated.

Wishing you a great day today.

Angela x

Friday, 2 May 2014

New DT Spot - New Challenge- Craft for the Craic

Hello and welcome to my crafty blog.

Today my post is about my new DT spot at Craft for the Craic a blog for local Irish crafters to join in and show off the local talent. I am delighted to be part of this team as I have recently returned to Ireland from 25 years working and living abroad and I was keen to get involved with crafting in Ireland.  Looking forward to my time as part of the DT and being inspired by the clever talented members of the group.

Thank you to Craft for the Craic for allowing me to be part of this great team!

The latest challenge, starting today, at  Craft for the Craic is 'Something Suitable for Baby'

I chose to make a card using some freebie backing papers from Scrapbook Magazine, a LOTV stamp and organza ribbon from my stash.

The base is a  5 x 5 tent fold card with a matted yellow gingham background decorated with some yellow organza ribbon. The image is coloured with Copics and framed with a Lea'bilities die-cut frame. The sentiment is from a Fiskar's clear stamp set 'Baby'. 

So now it is over to you! Pop along to the blog to be inspired by the DT makes and join in. We would  love to see your entries for our Something Suitable for Baby challenge, just make sure you read and comply with the rules before you submit your entry.  Good Luck to all who enter the Craft for the Craic  challenge.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Your time and comments are appreciated.

Angela x