Friday, 1 August 2014

A decision has been made

Hello everyone

It is an obvious fact that I have not been blogging for just over 2 months now & for a while as well my posts have been fairly intermittent.

I first started this blog on 1 January 2013 & used it to showcase my digital crafting interest.  - showing my scrapbook pages & items for digital challenges that I entered.

I already had a blog for my rubber stamping interest & at first I showed the digital work on there, then after some consideration decided to start a separate blog for the digital work, as the title of "Ink on my Fingers" did not fit. For quite a while the 2 ran quite nicely alongside each other. But I now think I have stretched myself too far.

If I don't do any digital work - nothing gets blogged & vice versa with stamping.  So the decision is to put them back together again along with any other crafting interest I take a liking for.

BUT to that end I am starting a NEW blog.

This blog & my rubber stamping blog will stay "live" for quite a while & I will put a link on the new blog for anyone who might like to take a peek back in time.

I would like to say thank you to those of you who became followers of "Digitally Me" & hope that perhaps you will join me in my new blog.

First post on the new blog .............. Friday 1 August 2014............... 12 noon

'Bye for now

Oh dear - it just shows you my head is not in its right place - how do you get to my new blog?

Click HERE

& make your way to "My Crafty Corner"

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

cd sunday - one for the boys

Good afternoon everyone & I hope you too have the lovely sunshine that is streaming through my craft room window.

The challenge at CD Sunday this week is a card for the boys - always a difficult subject.  Last week I treated myself to a couple of very reasonably priced stamp sets & one of them was geared more towards mens cards.  So I wondered if I would be able to combine it with CD crafting to meet this challenge.

The CD I used for this challenge was Jem's Designs "Cardz 4 Men" & the design I chose was Travel.  The background paper has been created to print on paper/card or vellum - so I chose the vellum version but printed it on ordinary copier paper.  I then tore all around the piece to make the size I required for my DL card & used Vintage photo Distress Ink on the edges to make it stand out from the cream card.  I liked the way the torn edges curled a bit as I applied the ink which helped the aged look quite a lot.  I printed 2 toppers & cut out the image in the bottom right corner & also the globe & stuck those over the design on sticky pads.  I stamped the sailing ship in Versarmark ink & heat embossed in gold EP, then cut it out & layered it onto black card leaving a thin border.  I also layered the topper in the same way.

I haven't put any greeting on it so that I can add an appropriate greeting when I use it.

Thank you for stopping by today, please pop over to the challenge biog - link at top of this post - & see how creative others have been.

I am also going to enter this card in another challenge via my stamping blog.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

CD Sunday - Victoria Beauties

Good afternoon everyone I hope you are all well.

Finally I have been able to join in again with CD Sunday.  I had experienced some problems with my printer so had been unable to join in as printing was completely all over the place.  But it seems to be fixed now - so here I am.

The challenge over at CD Sunday this week is "Victorian Beauties" - so I turned to My Craft Studio where I knew there was a section with Victorian ladies on.  The CD is "Victorian Follies" & I chose a lady called Clara.

Here is my card;

My base card is a white card onto which I have layered some plain paper that is like a dark teal (it is one of the background papers on the CD), plus a second background paper which has on it the lacy pattern that is on the bodice of Clara's dress.  I used a floral edge punch down the sides of the paper to give a more lacy effect.  That was nearly a disaster as the punch got jammed going down the second side.  But as luck would have it I managed to release it & was able to trim off the damaged piece & still had room to create the border.  Clara's image came on a shaped tag & so I printed it twice & cut away all the background image from the second tag.  Then I glittered the lace on her dress & fan & placed her over the other image on sticky pads.  A ribbon in one of my ribbon boxes was just the right colour & some gems for extra bling.  I have a box on my shelf that hold the ribbons cut from clothing which of course come in colours to match the clothes - by saving them you can get quite a collection of very useful colours.

Here is a close up of Clara to show her glittered dress;

I think you can see the glitter.

Thank you for stopping by I hope you enjoyed your visit.  Why not pop over to CD Sunday using the link earlier in this post & see how others have interpreted this theme. 

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Making sample cards

Hi everyone - did you see that sunset tonight?  Wasn't it glorious?  I couldn't take my eyes off the changing colour.

Having set aside some time today for me to have a play making some samples I got a little despondent when things didn't work out quite right.  Plus added to that I appear to have lost a set of pigment ink pads.  They are the small square ones & I had them in a little clear plastic box with a lid.  I think I used them at at least one club night when we were doing the Thumping Technique & also the Ghosting Technique & I think I took them to a workshop I attended as well - but I have no idea after those events.  They were pads I have had a while but had started to use again as they were suitable for several new techniques.  Never mind - either someone will say "I have your ink pads" - or - they will turn up - or - I will never see them again.  Life goes on.

So! these samples - a couple didn't work too well but then I realised there was a reason why not & I could still use them in my demo.

You know how sometimes you look amongst your stamps for something to use for a particular technique or card & just cannot make up your mind.  That was another problem today - but then like a crafting angel - I had, right on time today, a delivery from C&C.  Three stamps I had ordered from a Stamps Away show. All 3 were floral & one in particular really suited what I wanted to do. One of the others will work just as well also - but the one I am going to show you was just perfect.

The technique is called Faux silk & it is the project for tomorrow evenings meeting of Mold club. Mold II club & CSNW will be doing this later on.

So here are my samples - I am not going to explain the technique here - just wait until it comes to your club night.

I just love this technique it is so delicate, & aren't those tulips gorgeous.  The other flowers in the set were Lily & Snowdrops.  The snowdrop may not work too well with this technique - but the Lily will.

So there you are - that is what I have been doing.

More tomorrow.
'Bye for now.  Night night.

Friday, 11 April 2014

New follower

Hi everyone, as I posted my last post I noticed that I now had another follower.  Looking carefully at the followers I have I am certain the new lady is Marina.  So welcome Marina I hope you enjoy your visits.

cd sunday - something beginning with D

Just popping back in to edit this post - as I forget to add the link to the CD Sunday blog - sorry ladies.

Good afternoon & isn't it good to see the sunshine?  I am keeping fingers crossed it will be reasonably good tomorrow (Saturday) too as I have plants to put in the garden.

The challenge at CD Sunday this week is "something beginning with D" - that makes it quite open but the mind keeps stopping around the same things.  Anyway I did come up with a "D" & have made a card;

My "D" is for Daffodils & Decoupage (although only a little bit!).  I used My Craft Studio CD "Just for You", Design set 7.

I used the daffodil background paper & one of the toppers. I didn't have a ready folded card to fit the background paper so I created one from a white A4 card & used it tent style, & used Distress Ink - Crushed Olive - around the edges of the bp.  When sorting the work on MCS I cropped the topper twice to have 2 copies of the bottom left corner, & from one of these I cut out the 3 daffodils & mounted them on sticky pads.  I had this really lovely yellow ribbon which I wrapped around the topper & bp before mounting it onto the base card & adding the 3-d flowers.  Some yellowy flat backed pearls were added at the base of several of the leaf bases.  The "happy birthday" was stamped using Distress Ink - Vintage Photo to match the leaves & fronds.

Thank you for stopping by & why not pop over to CD Sunday by clicking on the name at the start of this post, & see what others have created.  I am about to pop over there - so! I will see you there.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

CD Sunday - Sketch with Jenny

Good afternoon everyone.  In this post I am going to show the card that I have made for this weeks CD Sunday challenge.

The theme this week is open - but we have a sketch to guide us on layout.  Now - I love sketches because I love the inspiration they give me & I store them away for when my mojo takes a holiday!

Here is the sketch;

Here is my card;

The base card is cream with a gold shimmer - which I cut from an A4 sheet to suit the design. Now, the CD I used is a freebie on a magazine called "Digital Essentials" (well, there were 2 CD's actually).  They contain images, paper, embellishments etc from a variety of companies & designers.  For example, Dreamees, Kim Dellow, Kate Hadfield, Hot off the Press, Lilac & Lavender & others.

The floral images were taken from Lilac & Lavender's section.  I trimmed the images & placed them on these Kraft tags which I had to trim to suit the toppers.  The trim behind the images is a strip of the same card which I cut with my picot edged scalloped scissors & I lightly coloured it with Vintage Photo distress Ink to create a contrast.  I also coloured the tag strings & stamped the sentiment with the same ink. A group of pearl gold coloured gems at 2 of the corners to finish. The other thing I did was to "scribble" a random squiggle line around the card edges to give it a frame. I used a very fine Signo Uni-ball pen in green. Not sure what I think.  I like the squiggle frame - not sure about the green.

Thank you for stopping by I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

cd sunday - Going round in circles

... & that is what I have been doing all this week, hence my very late entry, for the CD Sunday challenge.

So this will also be a quick post;

For this card I used MCS Pretty in Porcelain CD, Everyday & Contemporary Floral section.  The images on this CD are to make very pretty plates - but I have just gone for  topper style.

I layered the square image onto a deep purple paper, then printed 2 more images & cut out the circular fame of one on its outer line & placed that on foam pads & from the second image I cut the central panel on its inner edge & raised that on foam pads too.

With a piece of the background paper I die cut one of those roll around (circle) flowers & placed a gem in the centre.  Adding the ribbon & bow completed the card.

Must dash to post this on the CD Sunday site.  Do pop over there & see how others interpreted this challenge.  Back soon.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Just chatting

Hi everyone
This morning I popped into the CD Sunday Challenge blog to see what our challenge was this week & found that my entry a couple of weeks ago for the theme "Simply Red" had been chosen for the top 3, not only that had been placed first.  I get a little surprise as well.

You can see the card that won - here.

That is all I have to talk about today - having a little blow of my own trumpet - hope you don't mind!

Right, time to see what I can make for this weeks challenge, which is "Going round in circles". Hmm! that one is going to be interesting.

'Bye for now - thank you for stopping by.

Monday, 10 March 2014

using a spare image

Hi everyone - just popping in to show you a second card I made with the elegant lady in this weeks CD Sunday challenge.  It's not for the challenge I just thought seeing as I had printed extra images I should set to & use them, otherwise they get put in a box or drawer for use later & get forgotten. There is no time like the present.

It is quite similar to the challenge card - different colour & I changed the elements.  

I am wanting to have a play with flowers over the next few days, as I have several flower dies - some with matching stamps.  This flower was made from some white paper flowers that I have had for quite a long time which came with matching stamps.  They were by a company called Orinoco - I don't think they are around anymore.  Anyway I used my Promarkers on these rather than try & stamp them - apart from which I  didn't have the right blue in an ink pad.

Thank you for looking - please call again.
'Bye for now.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

CD Sunday - Simply Red

Good evening -  & it is time for another CD Sunday Challenge - where the theme this weekend is "Simply Red".

I had to do quite a bit of searching for this one, as I new I wouldn't be able to print out anything with too much red in it.  It is also very difficult to get reds to match.  Anyway I found what I wanted to use in - My Craft Studio CD - "Festive Disco Follies" & used the NSR (No Stamp Required) section.

Here is my card - "Lady in Red";

The scalloped edge card does look a little orangey here but it is red & my Poppy Promarker was virtually identical.  The elegant lady is called Dorial & her companion is Cordelia.  I coloured with Promarkers & to the small images added glitter around the hat & a little on the pom pom too.  For the elegant lady I stamped her twice onto white card & coloured both of the images. Then from one I cut out the top layer of the dress including the wrap, remembering to remove the little triangle at her bent arm, & placed it on sticky pads over the other image.  I trimmed the various elements with some scalloped edge scissors to mimic the card.  The main image also has glitter on the wrap & the brim of her hat.  Before attaching the images I wrapped some white satin ribbon down the left-hand edge & added red flat backed pearls.

Thank you for stopping by my little blog I hope you will call again.  I am off now to link my card to the challenge blog.  Do go & take a look at what everyone does - there are always the most fantastic cards to look at & gain  inspiration from.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

CD Sunday - Easter Parade

Hello everyone - well here I am again with my entry for the CD Sunday Challenge which this week is Easter Parade.

The papers & embellishments are from a Serif Craft Artist Digi kit CD called April Morning by Peppermint Creative.

I changed the colour of the papers in CA from a strange green colour to more of a creamy yellow, & added the flourish & two Easter Eggs on the plain paper.  On a separate piece of card I printed two more of the large eggs & reduced the size & printed 3 smaller ones plus the April tag & the Easter Tag.

After cutting out the tags & the eggs I covered them with Glossy Accents leaving them to dry overnight. This morning I cut them out.  I layered the plain paper onto the stripe paper leaving a shallow opening on the left hand side.  I then wrapped the ribbon around the papers (it was just ideal for this card as it has a yellow flower with a lilac border).These were then adhered to the base card.  The three small eggs were popped into the shallow pocket & the two larger eggs were adhered over the printed ones with sticky pads, as well the two tags.

Thank you for visiting my blog & please call back again.  Why not pop over to CD Sunday and see what others are creating - just click on the name at the start of this post.

'Bye for now.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

CD Sunday - Quotations

Yes it is me already - & it is still Sunday.

The challenge over at CD Sunday this week is Quotations.  So there should be lots & lots to choose from then.

I eventually chose the following quotation;

I had already had a look through some CD's for inspiration & had found a rather nice garden, the quotation then came to mind, & my choice was made.  The CD was Joanna Sheen's Royal Horticultural Society Collection & the image was from CD2 the Beautiful Gardens section.

I made an easel card covering the base card with the background paper from the selection.  The main image I printed twice, cut the image from the frame & around the arch & placed it over the other one on sticky pads. Then out of the blue I decided to give it an acetate dome cover. Unfortunately this means that you can just make out my reflection whilst taking the photo.  :)
The quotation was cut out in an oval & I used 3 little flowers as my easel stopper held in place under the quotation.

Here is a close up of the main image showing the acetate dome.

Thank you for stopping by my blog I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

cd sunday - All about spring

Good morning everyone

Well! I finally made it - I printed everything off for this challenge at the beginning of the week & have only just found time to make the card.  The challenge this week at CD Sunday is - "All about Spring".

Here is my card;

I used Debbie Moore's - Shabby Chic CD Victorian Botanical.  I used the background paper one of the toppers (which I printed twice) & the little sentiment onto an A5 scalloped edge card.

Here is a close up of the topper.   From the second print I cut away most of the background between the tulips then mounted it over the first image on a few foam pads & to finish covered it with Glossy Accents.

Right I am sorry but I must dash as I am running out of time to place it on the CD Sunday challenge blog.  'Bye for now & thank you for visiting my blog I hope you enjoyed looking around.

Friday, 31 January 2014

CD Sunday - Year of the Horse

Good afternoon everyone - my goodness where has the morning gone!!

Finally, after missing the CD Sunday challenges for 2 weeks, I have once again joined in.  This week the theme is Year of the Horse.  I got a bit worried as I searched amongst my CD's for anything to do with horses - & I didn't seem to have anything.  I need to work out a way of cataloguing the contents of my CD's - but feel it is a job that will take forever.  Anyway! enough wittering on - I did find something & here is the card I made;

The image & background paper is from Joanna Sheen's Victoria Animals & Nature CD.

The base card is a landscape cream deckle edged card.  I trimmed down the background paper & rounded the corners then distressed the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I took the main image on  the CD & reduced its size a little & printed 2 copies.  From one I cut out the image leaving me with the frame.  I then cut a piece of acetate which I attached to the reverse side of the frame & placed it over the image using some thin foam dots to raise it a little above the image.  I placed the whole thing on foam pads & adhered to the front of the card after catching some beaded chain behind it.  Some small peel off letters were put in the corner of the frame - friends.

You may notice there seems to be lines across the image.  Well, there is, it appears my printer is getting low on some inks - but I thought I would still use it.

Thank you for stopping by my blog I hope you enjoyed your visit.  Why not click on the link above & see what others have created.

'Bye for now.  Back soon.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

CD Sunday - Tantalizing Turquoise

Last week (CD Sunday 5 January) I decided on what I was going to do, printed off everything I needed - then got involved with a lot of domestic things & missed the date.  I will probably still make the card & show it here, seeing as I have it all printed out.

But more importantly right now I must not miss this weeks challenge at CD Sunday, where the theme, as you can see, is "Tantalizing Turquoise".  This is a colour I always have a problem with - is it blue? - is it green? & just how much of either shade is it.

Any way here is my offering & I will explain afterwards;

I haven't used this faux book template in ages - but when I spotted the bookmark I knew what I had to do.

This just shows the bookmark out of the book.  

The digital image for this is the bookmark & is from My Craft Studio - Celebrations vol 1 - Butterflies.  I hold my hand up & say that the only thing I have done to this bookmark other than print it & cut it out is mount it onto black card to make it sturdier. By sheer luck I found the polka dot paper in one of my paper boxes & it was the perfect colour.  It was part of a number of sheets from a magazine amongst which was the label which I have put my book title on.  In the photo it looks like it is layered on red - but it is in fact black - I think the light was playing tricks. A straight black peeloff marks the position of the spine from the front.

Just the other day I bought some background stamps & one of them was "definitions" set out like a section across a page - so I repeat stamped it down the inside of the "book" to make it a little more realistic.

I must pop over now & link to the CD Sunday website & have a good look at what everyone else has done.  Why don't you pop over there when you have finished reading my blog - there is bound to be some great ideas.

Thank you for stopping by I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Monday, 6 January 2014

I made top 3.....

.... in the CD Sunday challenge for Sunday 22nd December with a DL card with Die-cut & Decoupage.  I was chosen as number 2 - with this card;

The challenge this week is Pretty in Pink - so I had better get my thinking cap on.

Thank you for stopping by.

Friday, 3 January 2014

cd sunday - we are sailing

Hi everyone.

Another testing challenge this week at CD Sunday, as it says above the theme is "We are sailing". Hmm, definitely not sure how I was going to deal with that.  At first I had what I thought was a brilliant idea of creating a scene with a camel in it.  Camel?  Sailing?  See, I had remembered it was also known as the "ship of the desert".  But as hard as I tried I couldn't get together what I had in mind.

Then yesterday I had an idea & here I am.  The CD I used was from My Craft Studio - Papercraft Expert.  Hang in there all will be revealed.

Here are a scan of the papers I used;

and here is my card;

I used a white 5x5 square card, then from another piece of white card I cut the shape of the sailing boat & decorated it with the papers using the Iris Folding technique.  I trimmed it with deckle edged scissors, then created a border around the square card with some of the brown paper strips to frame the image.  I edged the cut edges with silver border peel-offs & found some borders that looked like waves so added those once I had mounted the image on the card.

The iris folding design i found courtesy of the Circle of Crafters - click on their name to go to their website. This link will take you direct to the pattern for the sail boat - but there is lots more on there.

Thank you for stopping by I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Happy Blogaversary - Number 1

Good morning - I cannot believe that I have been writing this digital blog for one whole year. There have been some long gaps - but gradually I am doing more.

To those of you who have visited, & left comments, thank you.  I look forward to more visits from you in the new year & my first post should happen in the next day or two - so watch this space.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year

Wishing you  Happy New Year

Thank you for visiting my blog - I look forward to your future visits in the New Year.