Saturday, 29 April 2017

Card with a B theme

It's been a very very long time since I did a scrapbooking item related to a letter theme, but at The Sisterhood of Crafters I really loved their challenge of the letter B. B is for...? And to make a card using that theme, where could I go?

I picked my colours based on the B theme - black, blue and burgundy (and added purple to link them together (blue+red=purple). In my digi card I included : bling, butterfly, bird, bolt, border, beads, bricks, blossom, buttons, braid (gold braid around the B). For the title all I could think of was the word beautiful, so I used the "you are beautiful on the inside" as my text on the card. It was challenging looking for B words, but I was amazed how easy it was once I got into the groove.

digi card You Are Beautiful on the Inside Apr 2017

Cards for the guys

I never really thought about the cards I make too much, as its just something I've done for so long that its become normal to make a card to say thank you, sorry, hi, with sympathy or happy this day or that day.

So here are some cards I've made over the years for guys.In some cases I use the design of a scrapbooking page and then turn it into a guy card. I also usually put a photo of the person (or animal!) the card is for. Somehow it personalises it more. For the guys in my family I usually pick photos from the past.

Fathers Day 2014 digi card

Birthday Card 2017 digi

IRL Thinking of You card with bunnies

Fathers Day card 2016 with some of my Dad's woodwork and wood turning! digi

Happy Birthday 2017 - going for that wood/ corrugated iron lookdigi

2013 Happy Birthday card - tried to make a really
special card for my Uncle's 100th. Was really happy with this
and he loved it. He passed away on the afternoon of
his birthday. digi

Happy Birthday card - yup - find the most embarrasing
photo of my brother and put that on his card! digi

Thank you card with no flowers! 2015 digi

Happy Birthday Card 2014 digi

Sympathy Card Cat 2017 digi

Thursday, 27 April 2017

A Guy Card April 2017

One of my online scrap friends introduced me to Cards 4 Guyz which really made me think about how I make cards for my family and friends and why. I generally personalise my cards as much as possible for the person I'm giving it to. Sometimes its a stranger, but in most cases its someone I know, so I include things I know they like.

I've been creating my cards using digi scrapbooking techniques for about 3 years now. So I thought I would have a go at the Cards 4 Guyz #167 challenge ' the great outdoors' and see how hard it is to create a guy-card on the spot. Well, that was challenging and fun all at the same time! I decided to make my audience 'younglings' or 'young adults' and included wild animals (from the great outdoors!), spiders and leaves and made sure there were no straight up girly items like pretty flowers. I made up the text which seems to follow the modern taste of late; a mix of insulting, truthful and/or humorous!

Cards 4 Guyz #167 'zoo card' digi scrapbooking / card
Ingredients: Animals: Doodlebug Designs, spider - Helly Designs Immortal Beloved kit, string - Fayette Designs Beach Therapy kit, leaves - Lara's Digital World - For Lara kit, fonts: Arial Narrow and DK Cool Crayon.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Art Fix April 2017

You have probably already guessed that I LOVE DIGI SCRAPBOOKING. If not, now you know! Its the creativity outlet I'm doing when I'm not doing creativity in IRL. It's my stop-gap, my go-to and my feel-good when rubbing two sticks together makes nothing but mud or nothing at all IRL.

So when I saw the question in the 365 questions inspiration for the CSI #228 challenge, I knew exactly what that question meant to me and what the answer was.

CSI #228 challenge my page - Art Fix April 2017 digi scrapbooking

How I solved the case : Testimony : April questions, Write on an Artisan Shaped Label, Evidence: solid background, chevrons, arabesque shape, frames (not only the artisan but also the text forms a frame to the layout), monogram, architectural (house), flowers, silver metal (arabesque and bolts etc), transparent stuff (I made the jar inners transparent so it looks like those butterflies are inside the jars), jars, puffy sticker (rabbit).

I really love love loved the silver in this challenge. It rarely comes up in colour challenges. I also loved the artisan shape which I turned into both my monograms and frame for my picture rather than use it for journaling.

Whee. That was so much fun! Thank you CSI!

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Returned 2017

Only in the last 2 years was I given a tiny suitcase with a myriad of items in it belonging to my grandfather on Dad's side who died before I was born. There was a collection of coins from late 1800's to 1920's from England, South Africa, Egypt, Turkey, India and Australia. There were several post cards. There a few photographs. There was a tiny leather sachel with a gold coin it, probably from a WWI uniform.

My grandfather served in the Devon Regiment for Great Britain in World War I. He had a sweetheart before he went to war, who gave secret correspondence on moth or butterfly wings enclosed in envelopes. But when he returned he didn't marry her.

He never spoke of the war to my father, and most of his experiences were lost or from word of mouth from other relatives. He was India at Kut. He was injured there and retained a limp throughout his life. It's believed he went back to England to recuperate and then went The Front in Europe. He emmigrated to Australia with one of his brothers in 1925. He married an Australian around 20 years later and had two children.

So I thought I would do this page based on the items I found in that little suitcase (which is for storing Mason regalia) plus his medals which my father now has.

Returned 2017 digi scrapbooking layout

The Artastic April 2017 inspiration really reminded me of the items in that suitcase, so I decided to make a page from them, plus two extras from the internet, and flowers depicting Germany (cornflower), Lily of the Valley(England), Tulip (Turkey), and Poppy (France).
Artastic April 2017 inspiration


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