Wednesday, 26 August 2015

DaisyTrail CraftScape Country Garden

Hi everyone.

I promise I won't mention the weather! British summers are something of an enigma, aren't they?

I'm still on my run of things going wrong in the house. A couple of days ago I was woken at 5am by a loud and regular beeping noise which was impossible to sleep through. At first I thought it was the battery in the smoke alarm but it turned out to be the carbon monoxide detector telling me it had reached the end of its life. (At least it wasn't telling me I'd reached the end of mine.)

I tried everything to make it stop or to loosen it from the wall but to no avail. In the end I had to go down to the garage in my nightwear, fetch a large hammer and give it a few good thumps. I've not heard a peep out of it since but of course, now I need to get a new one.

Thank goodness for the sanity of crafting although once again that has been on the back burner and it's been another week of designing. I couldn't resist buying another of the wonderful CraftScape digikits in the DaisyTrail summer sale the other week and this time it was the lovely Country Garden digikit. Like all the CraftScape kits, the artwork is fantastic and makes you feel like a watercolour artist even when you are anything but.

I have three projects to share with you, all of which demonstrate the versatility of the kit and how you can do both simple and complicated designs. The first is a square card using one of my favourite embellishments, the gorgeous poppy. I didn't put a background on this card but left it white to add to the watercolour painting effect.

The second project was considerably more complicated. I used a Public Domain photo of some beautiful cherry blossom trees in a park and resized it to fit an A5 landscape page. I then copied the photo and put one on top of the other. Next I placed three blossom tree embellishments from the digikit on top of the photos and added a different blend mode from my Craft Artist Professional software to each tree.

The kit contains a number of flower bed embellishments and I used those for my foreground, rotating and then blending them in to look like grass. More blend modes were added and a digital frame put round the whole picture. I found an appropriate quote by googling "quotes about blossom".

Here is the original photo and underneath it is my project which I think would make an attractive piece of home decor.

Finally, another much more simple project. In fact this card front only took about ten minutes to design as I used one of the ready-made toppers from the kit as well as some of the word art which meant I only had to add the background, a piece of digital material, the stitching and the extra embellishments and it was done. Sometimes the simplest things can be the most effective.

I really enjoy working with the Craftscape kits and cannot recommend them highly enough whether you are new to digital crafting or a seasoned pro.

Have a great couple of  weeks and I'll see you soon.

Monday, 10 August 2015

DaisyTrail Regency Love Scrapbook Page

Hi everyone.

Have you ever been on a run where all your equipment seems to go wrong at once? Well I seem to be on one of those runs now. First of all it was the computer which threw a wobbly to the tune of a hundred pounds. Then the shower packed up, fortunately not while I was standing under it with shampoo all over my hair. Next, when I switched on the lights in the sitting room... a big, fat nothing. I was sure that must be my three things but no. The colour on the television has now gone faulty and is making everything look yellow so I'm having to watch Create and Craft in black and white.

I'm not sure if all this is what has given me a bad case of "crafter's block" this week but for the first time for as long as I can remember, I haven't done any actual crafting. My craft room remains a desert of inactivity as last week's projects sit silently on my desk waiting to be attended to.

Fortunately, I haven't had designer's or scrapbooker's block (I never have designer's block, it's the only thing that keeps me sane) so I do have something to show you, at least.

One of my few remaining relations (a second cousin on my mother's side) sent me a lovely photo recently, depicting her grandfather and grandmother on their wedding day which probably took place sometime during the mid 1920s. Her grandfather was my grandmother's brother so he was my Great Uncle. We were able to exchange what little information we had about him, including that he was temporarily blinded by a gas attack during World War One but survived the atrocities and later became a very highly respected teacher.

The photo also means quite a lot to me because on closer inspection, I realised that the gentleman standing just to the back of the bride is my grandfather and the little bridesmaid is almost certainly my mother.

To try and do justice to the photo, I used a beautiful digikit called Regency Love from DaisyTrail which is part of a collection of three digikits, all on the theme of love. I really like the delicate, hand-painted style of this kit which seems to lend itself really well to scrapping a vintage wedding photograph.

Overlaying a black and white or sepia photo with coloured sections is very "on trend" at the moment and although the way I did it was quite fiddly to achieve, I think the result is surprisingly effective. Take a closer look at the bride's pearl necklace as well because that is taken from the embellishment in the top right-hand corner of the design using the eraser tool from CraftArtist2 and overlaying onto the original necklace in the photo.

The final finishing touch was to add an overlay mask (coloured to match the photo) to the background paper to give it a bit of texture and make the background a little less bland.

I intend to email the finished design to my second cousin when I get a moment and hopefully she will be pleased with what I've done with her and my family history photograph.

Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2015