Sunday, 24 November 2013

Serif Age Of Steam Digikit

Hi everyone.

You know those projects where everything falls into place and they go so smoothly, it's almost as if they made themselves? Well, this wasn't one of them! Maybe it's because I'm still not firing on all cylinders (although I'm much better than I was) or maybe it was the programme but I had at least ten "crashes" in Craft Artist Professional2 while I was trying to design the toppers and a further four when I was trying to lay out the sections for the whole card.

Of course, it didn't help that I'd already spent a ridiculous amount of time wondering what design to do. The theme needed to be "Steam Punk" and although I'd already pretty much decided on an easel card, I couldn't make up my mind what art work to use. I seem to have quite a plethora of Steam Punk which is odd, considering I'd never even heard of it a couple of years ago!

In the end I settled on designing my own toppers using the Age Of Steam digikit which is one of the kits in the latest Serif Punches & Stamps Collection. I coloured the black outline images using the "fill" tool (my latest favourite!) and then used the "picker" tool to get all the background sections the same colour. I found the quote "Steam Punk, the greatest era that never was" on the internet and added it to the small topper with the "text path" tool which was when most of the crashes occurred.

Making up the card was a lot easier than designing it, I'm pleased to say. I matted the toppers onto black card and added a back panel of silver mirror card to make them really stand out. I die-cut two tags for the stopper, then added a black ribbon and bow. I found the little gold "cogs" in my stash and added the buttons, pearls and gems. Finally the little white bow seemed to be just the right finishing touch, so I did get there in the end!

Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2013

I'd like to enter this project for the following blog challenge:  - Steam Punk

Monday, 4 November 2013

Isabel Digikit

Hi everyone.

This is just a very quick interim post as I should have been in bed about four hours ago.

One of the bunch of scrapbook pages I did last week was this one using yet another of my "rose" photos and the lovely Isabel digikit by the very talented Angie Hinksman. I'm also grateful to the always incredibly inspiring and wonderful Michelle Jackson-Mogford ( for the layout idea. I managed to leave a lot more "white space" than I usually do and I think it works quite well but I have to sit on my hands when I'm doing it!

Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2013