Thursday, 30 January 2014

My Memories Site Wide Sale and more Freebies
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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Card-Making-Magic is my favourite resource site

I have been a keen follower of this site since I started cardmaking and has learned so much from her.  Christina Griffiths is another really inpirational lady, not every one likes her cards but I love them and thinks her tutorials and videos are simply the best.  If you are new to cardmaking then Card-Making-Magic is designed especially for you.  The website is easy to follow. All the catagories are are on your left and you can even get a FREE copy of "Card Making Sketches".  This booklet explains how to use sketches and show you a few variations on the same sketch.

She has two websites Card Making Magic as well as Flowers Ribbons and Pearls that is her blog and her own Youtube Channel and Facebook page.  As I was about to post this I also foud out that she is now on Twitter, wow what a busy lady.

A great place to start would be with Card-making-equipment you may need or Basic Tools that explains the basics you will need in detail and follow on with links to all the other fun stuff cardmakers come to believe they can not live without. 

Other useful links can be found on the Card-Making-Techniques, Card Making Tutorials, Video Tutorials, and useful resources. Actually just pop over to her websites and click on any of her links as they are all brilliant. 

Just a quick word to say thank you to Griff, her hubby and  her camera man, you make a great team and we love watching all the videos.

Christina please keep on sharing, no matter what other may say I love your work and share this as a very special thank you for all I have learned from you.

One of the most Inspirational site I have found

Hi today I want to share this site with you as I find it very inspirational and am sure you will too.  Not only is it full of tips, tutorials and videos but it is all being done for a super good course. 

It was started by Sandy Allnock and as you can see on the Chart below, that I stole from their Pinterest page you can see just how many tutorials, sketches and videos you can find there.  Sorry I could not think of a better way to tell you just how much is on offer on this site without this image I am sure they will forgive me this naughty but it begs to be shared.

Here is just a few links you must have a look at if you suffer from crafters block:

Interactive Cardmaking Project The perfect place to start if you are new at cardmaking

Cardmaking Glossary This Glossary contains definitions of terms used in crafting, and answers to questions new comer might.

Tutorials  These tutorials are divided into “101″ level for newer crafters; “201″ for those ready to try something a little more advanced; and “301″ for those who aren’t faint at heart!

Sketches  and how to use and adapt these sketches to suit your needs.  Most of their sketches comes with measurements for all layers making them super fast and easy to use.  Please note that thse are for the American A2 Size.  Here is a post and video to explain the difference between USA and a UK card sizes just in case you are not sure.

Sandy's Personal BlogYoutube Channel and her Before and After page 

Making Card Kits for group crafting fun.

Stamp Surgery how to make the most of your clear stamps by changing them a little

And of course you just have to subscribe to their youtube channel as well:  Operation Write Home

Ok I am stopping now as these should keep you busy for tonight.

MyMemories Suite 5 with discount code




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This award winning software will help you create beautiful albums, projects, and custom gifts in a matter of minutes.


What's New in MyMemories Suite?

Completely Redesigned Interface.

New Content for Version 5:
     12 Designer Templates including 241 Backgrounds
     952 Embellishments and 540 Monograms!
Quickly move objects up and down using Layers Palette
Double Page Spread or single page view options for your workspace
Pull on page Guides from ruler
Transparent Background option for PNG Export
Recolor Embellishments and Backgrounds All New Color Palette. Featuring Color Combos!
Browse into iPhoto with Gallery
Browse All Subcategories at the same time or select subfolders to see smaller groups
Project List will display the name of all files used to create your project
Create your own Custom Background Categories and stay organized


 MyMemories Suite 5 Feature List

MyMemories Suite 5 scrapbooking software provides the design tools that will help you to build entire albums effortlessly using the many installed templates, or starting your own pages from scratch. This user-friendly software is great for beginners and design pros alike.

Creating your project
Use one of the large selection of designer templates to jump start your project or start from scratch to make your exactly the way you want it.
Drag and drop photos and embellishments easily using the gallery.
Project Sizes
Custom Canvas Sizes to fit your project needs.
Use the Global search to quickly find embellishments, backgrounds, shapes and imprints installed in the software.
Use papers installed in the software or browse for other content on your computer. With the “Apply to All” feature the software will automatically add the same background paper or color to all of your pages.
Use elements installed in the software or browse for other content on your computer. Add a drop shadow or change the color of your page elements. You can also resize, mirror, flip and rotate them individually or as a group.
Edit your photos with Crop, Flip, Mirror, Color, Matte, Drop Shadow, Red Eye, Rip, Tile and Shape. Add a filter like Fish Eye, Black and White, Sepia, Darken, Brighten, Blur, Sharpen, Negative, Emboss, Sketch and more.
Choose font, size, bold, italic, alignment and color. Use Word Art Designer to create custom Headlines with bevel, emboss, gradients, color, outline, drop shadows, warp or shape, or paste images into text.
Fill shapes with papers, images, color or text. Also add a matte and drop shadow. Export shapes as SVG files for your electronic die cutter.
Imprints act much like a stamp. Change color or size and add drop shadows.
Our interactive calendar feature will let you easily change from one year to the next. Customize the font, color, size, numbers, borders, month and year.
Create your own paint layer on your page. Change the color and size.
Check or change album properties, interactive preview, Spell check, Error check and select the Project Supply List to see a list of all the items used in creating your pages.
Export your project directly to professional printing services for your photobooks or calendars or print at home. Export your project as a png, jpg or svg file formats.



Computer System Requirements
Prior to installing MyMemories Suite 5, ensure that your computer meets the following technical specifications:

Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
Pentium IV 2 GHz or better or comparable AMD processor
64 MB Video RAM
DVD-ROM drive
Available Hard Disk Space: 10 GB

OS X 10.6.8 or later (with the latest JavaTM updates)
Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GHz or better processor
64 MB Video RAM
DVD-ROM drive
Available Hard Disk Space: 10 GB

System Settings
Monitor Resolution: 1152 x 864 or higher

Other Recommendations
Broadband Internet
Digital Camera

MyMemories Suite Weekly Freebie

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Available free until February 9th.
1 Quick Page


5 Digital Papers and 10 Page Elements

10 Digital Papers, 23 Page Elements and 82 Monograms


Additional Information about using and downloading these kits

Image Quality
High-resolution (print quality) JPG and PNG files (with transparency).

Download Options
Easy install directly into MyMemories Suite Scrapbooking software. Purchase My Memories Suite scrapbooking software Here or General use installer for other software applications (i.e., Adobe Photoshop & Photoshop Elements, Paint Shop Pro, etc.). Please Note:  Album and Photobook templates are intended for installation in the MyMemories Suite software only.  The General download will still contain all of the digital paper and page element files and template pages in a flat jpeg format so that you can recreate the template. The layered pre-built pages are not available in the general download.

Download Access
You do need to create an account on this website as all download options are available after checkout by clicking the “Access Your Downloads” provided on the order confirmation page. You may also access your downloads after logging into the My Account section located at the top right of the website.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Trick for shading when colouring

I was browsing some blogs and found a  really good idea for working out where shading should be on your image when colouring.  It's super easy and all you need is some acetate and a permanent marker with your stamped image.  I even made one for my 10 year old that loves drawing and colouring and it has improved his work as well.

It was written by Anice from Funkyhand and posted on the Get funky and craft blog.  I hope that It will help you as much as it has help me.  Have fun Colouring and thank you to Anice for sharing her great tip.

You can find the tutorial here

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Dimension Stamps Project Club - December 2013

The December Club Set was the first valentine's set for them since the start of the stamp club some time ago but was well worth waiting for.

I love the set and think that it is very versaitle.  I made quite a few cards from this set mostly feauring the rosebud as you can see in the photo's below.  Hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed making them.

 Love is.....

Card Front
Card Inset

I made this card for The Outlaws Challenge group last week, I was ment to enter it in to the following sections:  Tuesdays Colours, Wednesday Sketch and Thursday's Twist before the PC decided to stop working, so I never posted in the challenges but thought I will still share it here with my readers.

Tim Holtz Distress inks in Fired Brick, Broken China
Memento inks in Rosebud and Lady bug
Ranger Archival  in Jet Black
Tim Holtz Distress inks in: Spiced melon
Memento inks in:  Canteloupe

Promakers in Fresh Meadow, Tropical Orchid  and Pink Lobster

Anti Static Bag
Ribbon Slot Punch (unknow brand)
Martha Stewart Crafts - Embroidered Floral Corner Punch Around the Page
Spellbinders - Classic Hearts
Bigshot and Magnetic Platform
Non - Stick Heat Resistant Crafting Sheet

Turquoise ribbon from my stash

Heat Embossing
Resist Sponging
Matting and Layering
Die Cutting

Just for you.....


Ranger Archival  in Jet Black

Distressed markers in Peeled Paint, Fired Brick, Victorian Velvet and Wild Honey


Damask Rose by Jennifer Ellory (free gift Exclusive to Cardmaking and Papercraft)

Centura Pearl in Lavender
Black for matting from stash

Sizzix Tim Holtz Valentine Background and Borders Set Embossing Folders
Corner Cromper

Unknown die cuts a friend shared with me

Matting and Layering

Happy Valentines Day:

Card Front
Card Insert





Matting and Layering

Die Cutting

The Rose:

Card Front
Card Insert
This card was inspired by a song by Bette Midler called The Rose, an old favourite of mine.

Ranger Archival  in Jet Black

Spectum Noir Alcohol Markers

Centura Pearl in Yellow
Red Card for insert

Martha Stewart Punch DOILY LACE TRIM Deep Edge Edger

Matting and Layering

  Hope you enjoyed looking at my samples for this club set, but it is now time to start plaaying with the January stamp sets.