Monday, 19 January 2015

Serif CraftScapes English Town Digikit

Hi everyone.

It's definitely going to be a thermals night tonight. Minus 3 degrees? What are they thinking of? Mind you, I shall be the first one complaining when it comes to the summer heat and after all, it is the middle of January.

Talking of January, I may have mentioned before that it is my favourite month which I know most people find rather odd. I think part of the attraction is that I was born in January (yes, I'm a mountain goat) and have just celebrated my ??? birthday.

One of my birthday treats was to download one of the fabulous Craftscapes digikits from Daisytrail as I've been looking forward to experimenting with them ever since they came out. The kits contain stunning water-colour style images which you build up in layers on a blank page to create a scene. I was a bit unsure if I could get things like perspective etc right but the kits are so easy to use, even a non-artist like me could do it.

I chose the kit called English Town and this is my first design. I started by making a row of houses in the background, then moved to the foreground to create the wall, bicycle and trees section. After that I added the fountain and the surrounding flowers in the middle distance. I then had great fun adding in all the tiny details to the background such as hanging baskets, bunting and a pillar box. Once I'd filled in the stone paths, then added the church and the castle, the design really began to take shape. Finally the background went in with the addition of some very clever translucent clouds.

I was pleasantly surprised how well it turned out and I can't wait to do another one. All I need now is to find an 8 x 8 frame and I think I've got a nice piece of wall art or home decor.

If you'd like to see some more designs using this and other Craftscapes digikits, take a look at Heather Alger's projects on the Algera Designs blog. I think you'll be impressed.

Keep warm!

Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2015

Monday, 12 January 2015

French Country Digikit Cards On Folksy

Hi everyone.

Hopefully 2015 has got off to a good start for you and you are managing to stick to at least one of your New Year Resolutions.

Those of you who had some new contact lenses for Christmas may have observed that Melissa Lawrence Designs is now on Folksy. There is a link to our Folksy shop on the right hand side of this page if you scroll down a little way. You can see some of our featured products there as well.

At the moment, our Folksy products are grouped in collections relating to the digikit or crafting CD-Rom that was used to make them. One of our favourite collections is "French Country" which has handcrafted items featuring some of the lovely pastel vintage-style artwork from the French Country digikit by Daisytrail.

Below are three cards from the French Country collection that are currently exclusively available in our Folksy shop. All of them were designed by us in Craft Artist Professional2, laser-printed onto photo paper, matted onto co-ordinating backing card and then hand-finished with faux gems, ribbons etc from our crafty stash. Each card also has a blank folded paper insert so that you can write your own message.

Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2015 

Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2015

Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2015

All these cards are available to buy now, along with a number of our other handcrafted cards and stationery products. You can find them at

Hope you find something you like!

Monday, 5 January 2015

Daisytrail DigiTangle New Year Card

Hi everyone.

Happy New Year! OK, so it's actually five days into 2015 already but I think it's acceptable to wish people a Happy New Year for a while yet, although the middle of February might be pushing it a bit.

I hope that 2015 has got off to a good start for you. I'm a much bigger fan of New Year than I am of Christmas. I really love that "clean slate" feeling you get at the start of every new year and although I don't make resolutions as such, I do like to set Year Goals for the different areas of my life.

Having said that, here are three crafting/designing resolutions I've definitely made for 2015:

1. To do more scrapbooking.
2. To do more scrapbooking.
3. To do more scrapbooking.

After all, I can hardly call myself a scrapbooker if I hardly ever do any scrapbooking! So watch this space for (hopefully) more scrapbook pages in 2015.

Instead of Christmas cards, I've sent New Year cards this year and I designed them myself using the fabulous Daisytrail DigiTangle digikit. You may have already come across 'zentangle' (a way of creating beautiful images from drawing structured patterns) and this is a digital version. The decorated numbers were already in the kit and I made my own border by creating a digital punch from a frame shape. I then added some text and the floral embellishments. I've deliberately used very little colour in the design, partly to stay in keeping with the zentangle theme but also to save ink!

I kept the actual crafting to a minimum as you really need to do when you are "batch" cardmaking. Adding silver peel-offs was a quick way of creating the impression of a matt and a single-leaf insert with a small co-ordinating design gave the card a more professional finish. All I had to do then was add a few tiny clear gems from my stash to the front of the card.

I must admit by the time I got to the last few cards, I never wanted to see this particular design again but hopefully the recipients won't feel the same!

Have a great 2015.

Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2015