Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Christmas card

Hi Everyone. Here I am with my GDT post for Deedee's Digis with, would you believe it, a Christmas card, now that is something I don't usually do this early LOL.  I thought this magnificent Stag / Moose coming out of the forest looked so peaceful, it had to be the Peace on Earth sentiment included on the Winter Woods kit.

I printed and cut out the stag and background and printed his head and antlers again, which I cut out and 3D layered on the background layer, I added lots of glitter - of course.

I cut a 3D frame & box card on my Cricut with a file from Shirley's cards, I think it suited the image coming out of the woods.  I cut some snowflakes and added bling to the centre and a bow to one of them.   The sentiment colour was matched to the image and I embossed it in PS, the DP by A Heimann in 2012 was also matched from it's original colour to the image. I cut the included box and added the DP and a snowflake, plus a label for the addressee. I forgot to take a photo of the card in the box with the ribbon around it duh!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Black and Orange

Hi Everyone, as GD I saw that I could use another of Deedee's images, however, I have done a bit of playing in PS and have achieved something I haven't done before, nothing new on that front LOL.

I used the original image, clipped to a circle, added a layer mask to show the cat only, and a graphic pen filter, this way I left the original layer whole, but made the rest into a, shall I call it a "line drawing?"  I have to say this was all in "playing" I didn't know what I would come up with and something I hadn't done before, but I love the effect.

I then had to do something with it, I searched my files and came across one I hadn't used before, not unusal, as I have more than I should have!  The cutting file is by Krewella Kreations here. The paper is also from KK. I changed the colour in PS to match the card. I changed the sentiment from the file too, as I found this freebie (no longer available) by When the Scrap Hits the Fun blog, and liked it,  after cutting out I added 3D gloss to the nose and eyes of the cat and paw pads then added ribbon. Something New - 1. new use of PS filters. 2. Digi is new 3. Haven't used the cut file before, so I suppose that is new too.

Monday, 20 October 2014


Hi Everyone another GD card for Deedee's - subject Party Celebration for the challenge going on at the Outlawz.

I used the same sketch as Here love how they look so different. The DTs and image are all from the Fun and Festive kit at Deedee's Digis, it's a FREEBIE, go to the Try It section and download. The kit also has outline images so you could change the colours of the cake.

Friday, 17 October 2014

DSC # 110 Your Hero

It's time for a new challenge at

 Digitally Sweet Challenges

the Theme is 

Your Hero

sponsored by  Bugaboo Digi Stamps

My Hero, of course it is my Mum, a stylish, elegant, lovely lady who worked hard throughout her life, she was still working in her early 70's.  A fit, beautiful woman, who lived through hardship and still maintained her lovely smile.  

Due to what I call negligence, after a knee replacement, she had to have an amputation above the knee when she was 83.  The hours after the operation, one of my brother's and I entered her room imagining she would be very ill, in fact we didn't think she would survive the operation, but, we should have known better, with the temerity of this remarkable woman, she asked us "What have I missed today?".

Within 24 hours she was travelling around the ward in a wheelchair and never looked back.  She didn't take to a prosthetic limb so lived the next 8 years doing everything in her "little flat" (as she called it) in her wheelchair, on her own. She had carers come in, but they only went there for a chat as she had already done what they were supposed to do.  I was working full time and did what I could but, she insisted that I had enough to do than look after her!  She loved going out in the car each Sunday when she would tell hubby - "follow your nose" when asked where she would like to go. It didn't matter where, she just loved the countryside and the sea.

There is one story I have to recount, which I think shows how she loved to be centre of attention too.

 When she was 89, she told everyone she was 90 - just in case she didn't reach 90!  as she wanted to have a celebration, she certainly did, with at least a hundred cards, she was thrilled and couldn't stop smiling. One of her friends said to me "she doesn't look 90 does she?" I had to agree, what else could I do?  I didn't lie though, as she certainly didn't look 90! We, the family, had to laugh though.  

When her real 90th birthday came around, my youngest brother planned her 90th birthday celebration, which took place at the Celtic Manor Hotel in Newport, (NATO have been there recently) he arranged surprises all night, with over 100 family and friends invited from all over the UK and family from the USA, a Welsh Male Voice Choir from her home village singing for her, amongst other things, and fireworks  to finish the most memorable evening.  The evening is still talked about within the extended and close family.

She saw her 90th birthday and her 91st.  The Minister at her funeral also regaled the story of her twice over 90th birthday, which had people nodding and smiling in recognition, this was my MUM.

After sending the layout to the family, one of her granddaughters sent this reply which I thought I had to add.
"I miss her so desperately, and as I get older I miss her even more !  She was such a "Force" in my life, and maybe, some of her style did rub off on me ! haha
One thing Nana did,  which we all took for granted, was that she loved her children and family so much, it was at an exclusion of everybody else, we WERE HER LIFE !  A very selfless act, that we all took for granted, as she was always there for us, and especially for me!"

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Baby Boy

Hi Everyone, my 3rd offering for Deedee's Digis is this baby card for my son's Community Psychiatric Nurse, who has just had a baby boy, well his wife has LOL.

I printed the image on printable acetate, so it hopefully looks like the stork is flying to the house, I then coloured the image from behind with marker pens to make it a stronger colour for the acetate.  The house is made from the blue paper from the same kit "Special Delivery" (it also has pink for a girl and different skin tones for the baby).

The house was prepared in PS, by adding the door and windows on top of the main background. I printed out another layer for the door. I added the included sentiment to the corner of the card.  The inside was also done in PS with the another sentiment included in the kit and of course the smashing stork again.

The roof is a cut file, so is the flower border to which I added red Stickles.

I know I use PS. but I'm sure this can be done in any program including Word, by you clever people but, which would baffle me LOL.

Inside - Baby delivered and hanging on door knob LOL

roof border by  Heather M 
flower border by SheryKDesigns

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Gardener card

Hi Everyone, my offering to you today is a card I was asked to make for a friend's Dad.  I was asked to make a "funny garden card and he is a Scarlets supporter" the Scarlets are the Llanelli Rugby Team.  I incorporated their logo on the T shirt. I added the Leek in the corner as it is the emblem of Wales.

The layout was a case of this card, that I thought lovely. I added a gradient to the sentiment and shaped the logo across his big tum! I have to say I love the digi kit, it is so bright and cheery. I coloured Gus in PS, I think I may be getting the jist of it now LOL. The sentiment circle, leek and Gus are 3D layered.

This is the inside, I collected the veg images and placed them into the box included in the kit the sentiment is from Create with TLC.

Image Dr Digi - Gardening Gus
DP's from Pixel Scrapper by Marisa Lerin and Melo Vrijhof from the kit The Veggie Patch  Anything Goes using digital elements - Yep!  Patterned paper - Yep!  Something for a boy or Man - Yep!

Just a couple of photos of the amazing sunset we had on 12th October at 5.45pm, they are untouched photos, these were the actual colours of the sky.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Snowman Tag

Hi Everyone, another Deedee image, isn't he the cutest little snowman.  This and the sentiment are from the Snowman Tags kit. I didn't use the ready coloured version on this I coloured him in PS to match the DP I used, printed and added Glamour Dust. I added the DP to each side of the bottom part and the top of the box.

The sides of the box

Top of the box
Snowman by Deedee's Digis
Cut file from Lettering Delights - Holiday box
The DP is by Ziggle Designs