Friday, 3 July 2015

Fancy a Cuppa?

There's only one more sleep to go before the new release at Lili of the Valley and today's card features my allocated image to showcase, Odd Dog; Mug of Tea.

I have painted him again in reinkers (I can't remember the last time I used my beloved Copics!) and made more of a fussy girlie card this time using some pretty pastel purple and aquas in my favourite 'Promises' papers, also from LOTV.



Card Recipe:
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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 2 July 2015

Tutorials in a Winter Wonderland

We're in the middle of a summer heatwave so I thought I'd make a wintry card (no smart-arse comments from you now please Squirrel !).

This card went though a few versions, different papers, background matt colours and ribbons, and then ended up with no designer papers and no fussy stuff whatsoever!

It's supporting the 'favourite sport' theme at As You Like It Challenge, but unfortunately I'm not much of a sports fan (unless eating or sleeping count as sports).  However, I do quite a bit of walking as I walk to work most days and also usually do some kind of walking at the weekend, even if it's just walking into town and back for some noshing (there's the eating coming into the picture again!) or getting the train to the next town along the bay I live in and walking back, which is about 5 or 6 miles (with an ice-cream at the half way point!).

I did find it quite hard to find a walking image, hence I've ended up with a Christmas themed card as I was struggling to find a walking image in my stash.  And to top it off, I've added a custom sentiment which includes my 'sport', just to bring it all together.

Which leads me nicely to the tutorial part.  I was asked on a previous post if I'd do a mini tutorial on how I do my arc sentiments. I've done a couple on vellum which looks good, but this one is just typed and printed onto white card, then matted onto green to match my image.  But there's a bit of work behind the scenes to get the arc just the right shape.  So if you're interested, then keep reading and I'll include some pics on how I do it.

But first, here's my 'sports themed' card!



Arc Sentiment Tutorial:

I use Microsoft Word for my sentiments, but if you use another software the process will be similar so hopefully it helps give you some ideas!

1)  I insert a circle into my document which is the same size as the image that I want to arc my sentiment around. This is merely to use as a visual aid to get the arc of my sentiment right.  It will be deleted at the end so I don't need to fuss about colour and outline.  To insert a shape into Word, select Insert, Shape, and then select the Oval shape option.





2)  Ensure you size your circle to the same size as your image layer. My image panel has a 10cm diameter, so I size the template circle to these dimensions.




3) Next I insert some Word Art which will be my custom sentiment.  





4) I enter my text in the Word Art text box and format the font style and size to something I like the look of. 




5) Next I use the Format, Transform, Arch Up tool (as shown in the picture below) to arc the text. The Arch Down option would work in the same way if you wanted the text at the bottom of the circle.





6)  Next manually resize the text box into a large square that creates the shape of arc that you want.  Use your circle shape as a template imagining that it's your image.  As you can see below, the text box is not necessarily an even square (mine is slightly taller than it is wide) in order to get the shape of text that I think looks best.  Use the manoeuvring squares in each corner, and move the text box around over your circle template until you're happy with how it looks.  It takes some fiddling, but it's an easy way to get your shape right without a lot of printing trial and error!





7)  When I'm happy with my sentiment, I want to delete my circle template so that it doesn't print out.  However, the layers are now such that the text box is on top of the circle shape, so I can't select the circle shape very easily.  In Word you can move the layers backwards and forwards.  I move the text box that I can select backwards, behind the circle shape by using the 'Send to back' option on the text box.   If the text is at the 'back' this means that the template circle shape is therefore at the front.





8)  Once the circle shape is in front, I am able to select it and delete it. This should leave my sentiment by itself with some clean white space around it ready to print. 



9)  Once printed I use a circle the same size as my image (I could use my image panel, but this red circle is more helpful as it has a small mark in the centre).  Using a ruler I can then measure out the diameter of the circle I need to cut the outer arc of my sentiment.  Here, I have decided I need it to be an extra 1cm larger than my image panel (my desired size is shown in green below), so I need to cut the arc with my circle cutter set to 12cm diameter.






10)  I use my circle cutter to cut the arc, using the mark on the centre of my template as a guide for the centre of my circle cutter.  You could use a circle die instead for this cutting part and you wouldn't need to do steps 9 or 10, but I don't have a circle die large enough for this particular circle.






11)  I cut the sides at right angles and also trim the base as shown in the image below.  
If I want to matt the sentiment I cut a semi circle in coloured card which is very slightly larger than my sentiment arc.  I stick my sentiment down leaving a small border edge as shown below.

Tip:  If I print the sentiment onto vellum then I don't usually add a backing matt as I prefer the 'sheer' look of the vellum without it.





12) Finally I trim the edge of my coloured card leaving a narrow border, ready to slip underneath my image panel.





And here's a reminder of the finished card with the sentiment slipped behind the image panel:



Card Recipe:
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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Sunday, 28 June 2015

Hello - Flowers for You

Another Sneaky Peek from LOTV and it's another puppy.  I am loving this new character and this one's a real cutie so I've made him the focus of attention.  Hope you like him.



Card Recipe:
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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Saturday, 27 June 2015

New Stuff

I've over indulged in new stash lately.  Firstly I bought this 'hello' die a few weeks ago. Then I got some papers from the new release at Lili of the Valley.  Then I ordered these stitched speech bubble dies online. And finally I have some of the soon-to-be-released Odd Dog images from Lili of the Valley.  My allocated image to showcase is this one, Mug of Tea.  And I love him.  I hope you do too.  Don't forget the release date is 4 July. Not long to go. :0)



Card Recipe:
I've been inspired by:
  • Pinspirational Challenge - Pink
  • Creative Inspirations - Favourites (Colour - Pink, Colouring medium - Reinkers)
  • Simon's Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Friday, 26 June 2015

Little Pals Sneaky Peek

Well Friday's not come soon enough this week. I've not been sleeping very well again so have been doing some good impersonations of a zombie by midday towards the end of the week.  I'm planning some catching up this weekend. Along with some crafting!

To celebrate it being Friday I've got another LOTV sneaky peek for you using an adorable pup called Odd Dog, this one's called Little Pals.  He'd make a great 'baby' card so I don't know why he's ended up being quite a CAS masculine style card (well masculine apart from the bow die cut!). 

There are lots of new images being released at Lili of the Valley, including this one, on 4 July, so make sure you've got it in your diaries.



Card Recipe:
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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 25 June 2015

Xmas Fairies - Pink and Green

You may recall a few weeks ago I posted two pink and blue Christmas cards using images from Funky Kits.  Well I've got another two, this time in pink and green, and using another two images. They're supporting the new "anything goes" challenge at the Sugar Bowl Challenge which starts today.




Card Recipe:
I've been inspired by:
  • Dream Valley - Girlie
  • Pinsipirational Challenge - Pink
  • Fab n Funky - Christmas
  • Simon's Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
  • Creative Inspirations - Your Favourite (colour pink, fave CAS layout & die, Maja Design papers) - I liked the finished card so much that I made a pair!
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Panda with Flowers

I really love this image from WRS and it's the first time I've used him.  I love his sweet expression and the flower bouquet is lovely. I hope you like him too.





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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Fancy a Cuppa?

I'm sharing a sneak peak of a new set of images coming out at Lili of the Valley featuring their new Odd Dog. And he's adorable. I may possibly have ordered a few of the images, but this one today is called Mug of Tea.  I think he'd be adorable for a winter card and although I've used Winter Wishes paper pad it doesn't necessarily make it a winter card as they're so versatile.  The new images are being released on 4 July, so mark your diaries!


Card Recipe:
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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Friday, 19 June 2015

Congratulations

Just a quickie today with a CAS card to celebrate a colleague's recent exam success.  The image is quite appropriate as it actually resembles the intended recipient!  I hope she likes it! :0)



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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 18 June 2015

The Smallest Things....

This fortnight's challenge at at As You Like It Challenge is to use your favourite book as inspiration. The earliest book that I fell in love with is Winnie the Pooh, by A. A. Milne.

So both my projects today are
   1) for a child,
   2) contain a quote by the Silly Old Bear himself, and
   3) feature a cute bear.

I hope you like them.  There's a baby girl card, and a baby boy wall hanger.






Card Recipe:
I've been inspired by:
  • Allsorts - Flower Power
  • Cure Card Thursday - Add a quote (A.A. Milne)
  • The Ribbon Girl - Masculine
  • Bunny Zoe - Furry Friends
  • Creative Inspirations - Male Creations (baby boy hanger)
  • Simon's Wednesday Challenge - Favourite Technique/Product (I LOVE watercolour painting with DI inks and die cuts (including this great SSS Star Parade die that I've not used much before!).  I also love making gift/wallhangers and shaped cards)
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



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