Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Docrafts Papermania Bellissima Card

Hi everyone.

January seems a long while ago now but I've only just found time to make a card with the lovely Docrafts Papermania Bellissima Ultimate Die-Cut & Paper Pack which I treated myself to for my birthday.

I've always been a fan of Docrafts particularly their Papermania range and these "Ultimate" kits are among some of my favourites. You get so much for your money as they are absolutely packed with elements including die-cut toppers, tags, gift boxes, borders, decoupage and fabulous co-ordinating backing papers. In fact, don't tell anyone, but yesterday I treated myself to one of their latest kits, the gorgeous Simply Floral and it wasn't even my birthday!

As well as paper kits, Docrafts manufacture lots of useful craft tools such as dies and embossing folders. I recently bought their Xcut Rose Frame 6x6 Embossing Folder and decided to use it with some white Centura Pearl Card to make a card front. This was the starting point for this card and I worked out from there, choosing one of my newly discovered 7x7 scalloped cards for the base card and selecting a pretty sentiment topper and co-ordinating backing paper from the kit.

The black doillies from my "stash" were a surprise addition but they seemed to work with the other colours. I also "fussy-cut" (as they like to call it!) some flowers and leaves from the backing paper to make the raised embellishment, then die-cut a butterfly from silver mirror board and layered it onto another butterfly which was die-cut from the backing paper.

There is still enough left in the kit for about another hundred cards!

If you'd like to see some more designs made with this kit (and others), I'd highly recommend taking a look at the incredibly talented Katie Skilton's Docrafts Gallery for more inspiration. You can find it at https://www.docrafts.com/Members/KatieSkilton

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2105

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Valentine's Day Scrapbook Page

Hi everyone.

Well, how many Valentine's cards did you get? Or maybe you worked on the principle that with Valentine's cards it's better to give than to receive? That's my excuse, anyway.

So, last week I promised you a Valentine's Day project and here it is. A few days ago, I came across a Valentine's card I received many (with the emphasis on many) years ago when I was doing some sorting out. Inside was a poem which clearly wasn't written by the sender! However, it was such a lovely verse I decided to use it in a Valentine's project.

As you may know from a previous post, my crafty resolution for 2015 is to do more scrapbooking and I felt the poem really lent itself to a scrapbook page, if I could find the right photo. The one I eventually chose has 1916 written on the back and is of my paternal grandparents who were childhood sweethearts and got married as soon as my grandfather returned from fighting in France during World War One. Their family bible contains a very faded pressed leaf with the note "France 1917" underneath so I wanted to include an image of that on the page, too.

I designed the page digitally using Craft Artist Professional 2, starting with the photo and the poem and then a background from a digikit called My Keepsake. I put the photo in an "intelligent" digital frame that blurred the edges and scanned the pressed leaf from the bible into the heart frame. Then it was just a case of adding the flowers, the text and choosing a title for the page.

Hopefully, my grandparents would think it a fitting tribute.

Until next time, stay loved up!

Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2015

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Serif CS English Town Digikit Card

Hi everyone.

Apologies for being absent from blog-land the last couple of weeks but I finally went down with the dreaded lurgy and had to take some time off. My first proper break since last April!

Now that we are well into February, Valentine's Day is just around the corner and I hope to bring you a Valentine project in my next post. In the meantime, I'm sneaking in a card I made using the fabulous Serif CS English Town Digikit from Daisytrail. I've already done two pieces of digital art with this kit which you can see (along with all my other digital art) on my latest Pinterest board at https://www.pinterest.com/mel0020/

As well as all the individual elements for building a scene, the kit contains ready-made card "toppers" which can go straight onto the front of the card. They are lovely but I wanted to see if I could create my own topper design. I was pleased with how easy it turned out to be. It was basically like building a full scene but on a much smaller space and on an uneven shape. The background actually took longer to design than the topper as I wanted to make a floral overlay in two shades and it took me quite a while to work out that it could actually be made from one of the digital "border" punches that come with the Craft Artist 2 software.

Because the design is pretty full-on and also to keep that lovely "water-colour" effect going, I didn't matt and layer the card front but just attached it straight onto a white base card with foam tape. A few gems, some seed pearls and a tiny bow were all that was needed to embellish the card.

Stay well and I'll keep taking the tablets!

Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2015