October’s colour challenge at the Digital Scrapbooking Studio brought us a beautiful colour palette to play with. Autumn colours with a muted look to them which reminded me of many days just before Halloween when it is frosty but still loaded with wonderful warm hues and breezy whispers of the leaves in the trees. I added a little mask and two owls to bring in the Halloween season.
These little 4×4 Art cards, done for the Art For The Creative Mind Yahoo group, were so much fun to do. The background is metallic copper paint with a border of metallic blue paint and a matching alcohol ink. The copper is for the changing trees and the blue ink is for the bright blue skies surrounding the trees that appears in the Autumn. Both cards were drawn freehand so are a bit different. Once has something extra … can you spot it?
October’s journal page at The Art For the Creative Mind Yahoo group was all about following your dream. Dancing to my own music, to my own song has always been my dream. I try to do that at least a little bit each and every day. This journal page is my inner child and I added my grey hair. Although dancing these days is not as easy as it was when I was younger, it is in my dreams.
Quilting Memories is the third and last mini kit created for the Digital Scrapbooking Studio site during their New Designer Challenge in September. My grandmother made me a Dresdan Plate quilt as a wedding present over 45 years ago. It is now a beloved heirloom. When I want to be closer to her I wrap myself in this quilt and remember all the wonderful, loving times we had together. This little mini kit could also be used for a Christmas layout. Don’t forget to download the alphabet in the second download.
Quilting Memories alphabet
Sitting with my mother’s button bag could amuse me for hours when I was young. How I loved all those colourful buttons, running my fingers through them, building them up into towers and spreading them out again to start over again. This is the second of three kits created for the Digital Scrapbooking Studio’s Birthday challenge for 2014.
Mama’s Button Bag
Grandma’s Garden Memories was created for the Digital Scrapbooking Studio’s birthday bash, week 1 using two of the Pantone autumn colour palette. The blue and green reminded me so much of the morning glories that used to grow on my grandmother’s porch when I was just a toddler. I can still recall the heat of summer, sitting under the shade of the flowers and leaves, hearing the buzz of the bees as they flew in and out and a wonderful, peaceful, secure feeling. So this little kit is all about my grandmother and that day on her porch.
Grandma’s Garden Memories
September is all about apples …. apple pie, cider, vinegar. When Pixel Scrappers challenge was ‘red’ what better than apples; apples in red, green and yellow. Don’t forget the cozy warmth of plaid flannels and felt in the Autumn air. Put them together and you have a great little kit for all those ‘playing in the leaves’ photos.
Apple Cider Elements
Apple Cider Papers
These are papers created for other kits that were not used. When this challenge was listed I thought it was a great way of adding them as a kit. They all will match one of the other kits I have made.
These papers are in two links so don’t forget to click on both
Only Papers package 1
Only Papers pakage 2
These little ATCs were fun to do. When I think of Bombay I think of the old city and traditions and of course for a phrase who better than Mahatma Gandhi’s wise words about love.
The colour challenge at The Digital Scrapbooking Studio with ADB Designs is a great big mega kit with one theme for each of the mini kits … love music, love to dance. This little kit got my toes tapping.
Love to Dance, Love Music
It is the Studio’s birthday month and there are lots of activities, come in and join. You will find the rest of the links to the mega kit and other lovely pieces atDigital Scrapbooking Studio Don’t delay though, many of the links will be gone in October.
This little journal page was created for the Art for the Creative Mind Yahoo group. Whimsical Me was the subject and only guideline for this 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch page.
The background is an ombre tissue paper. Tissue paper is a great way to get a brightly coloured background quickly. I covered it with gel to keep it from bleeding. A simple coating of clear glitter glue went on top of that with some pearlized water paints stenciled into the corners. The green cheese moon is a piece of water colour card. My little girl with the wistful look was traced from a vintage fairytale book using my Wacom Bamboo tablet in PSE 11. I then printed onto a dictionary page and coloured with water colour crayons. Once she was dry I redrew the black lines and outlined her in grey gel pen. The words were printed on a piece of textured resume paper and torn before being pasted onto the piece. Everything was covered with another layer of gel to preserve it.
Cats and their attitudes are incredibly funny. These little furry people each have their own singular personalities and want their own way each and every time. If it doesn’t go their own way they will surely let you know immediately. I think cats and summer were made for each other, lolling in the sun and absorbing every ray than can find or chasing sun moats and shadows. I wonder what they are dreaming of? Daisies and hollyhocks? Grasshoppers and crickets?
CAT ATTITUDE !!
These ATCs were created for the Art for the Creative Mind Yahoo Group. I love getting sand between my toes and wiggling them around, it feels sooo good
The first little card has a sky made with an ombre tissue paper, torn into pieces, a washer painted copper for the sun. Sandpaper creates the sand and a piece of fine, glittery tulle on top. The gull, phrase and footprints were printed onto a piece of transparency and stapled onto the background.
This second card has a sky made from denim wallpaper and two different types of sandpaper. I wish I was there putting my footprints in the sand.
Summer is almost gone !!!!! …. see me crying in the rain …. I know many of you are burning up with the heat but we have had a very rainy, wet and dull summer here in Ottawa. Fortunately there have been a few peeks of sun out now and then. I am celebrating those few days with a bright and sunny mini kit for the Digital Scrapbooking Studio’s August colour challenge. Won’t you join us here. Butterflies, a journal card and two bright tags along with lots of summery papers to put together your summer adventures. Plus I’ve added a pretty frame for your favourite photo and a big glittery sun for all those hot, hot, hot photo days of fun.
Mid Summer’s Day
This is a new challenge at the Digital Scrapbooking Studio which started in June. The Studio offers a free mini kit to use or not, your choice and a prompt. Here are my June , July and August submissions. Come in and join us, it is a fun and friendly place … Digital Scrapbooking Studio
Yellow was the prompt for the first Art Challenge in June. This dragon and hand image is the one I created for my fabric collage for the Arts for the Creative Mind Yahoo Group. I so love how the little dragon sits in the hand so beautifully. I can imagine that little tail curling around my own hand as I walk through the sunflowers.
Imagine, Invent, Create was the prompt for July. I chose Joy because that is where I go when I am creating, inventing and imagining. The silhouette is one I created from a magazine ad. I loved this silhouette because she runs with sweet abandon. I would love to just let go and run through a field of butterflies, daisies and buttercups.
Books is this month’s prompt and as soon as I saw it I thought of the old Book of Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson and the images of children absorbed by the wonderful stories in their books. That is how I remember feeling when I first learned to read. I haven’t put a book down since. I love reading and feel books are always going to be around, even if they are published digitally.
For the challenge for July at Pixel Scrappers everybody was split into three teams, four people to a team …. here is the Team one kit …. you can download my part here and the others from their blogs as well. The links are below the previews
Pass the Kit, Cotton Arts Boutique portion
Here is the full preview for group 1
Rose Thorn Designs
Dream 4ever Designs
Check out the other 2 teams’ kits July 31 Pixel Scrappers Pass the Kit
You can check out the Pixel Scrappers site. You will find wonderful layouts and if you join lots and lots of free stuff for your next digital or print out scrapbook and great tutorials and discussion as well.
Arty is a little dragon who blows bubbles rather than breathing fire and is adorable. The White Knight of Flowers found him sleeping and blowing bubbles under a sunflower hiding from the Black Knight of Shadows. You can read his story below. The arm was scanned from an ad and the little dragon came from a free Dover image from an old storybook. Photoshop allowed me to make them one.
This is Arty’s story. Before I had finished the piece he was whispering in my ear, telling me who he was and all about him. If you ever see a sunflower field, stop and watch for the bubbles floating by …. it will be the White Knight of Flowers and his companion Arty. Don’t forget to say hello.
This little fabric collage was created for a swap on the Art For the Creative Mind Yahoo Group. If you like swapping and are working with mixed media come on over and take a look. The link is listed on the side links.
The colour challenge at the Scrapbooking Studio for July was a choice of colours for a monotone theme. I chose to use the wild roses from my wild flower garden. And if we have wild roses we have rose hips which make a beautiful tea, so pull up a chair, relax and have a cup of tea with me. The tea pot and cups were done with the templates from the Pixel Scrappers site.
Rose Hip Tea elements
Rose Hip Tea papers
Allsorts is a sugary kit for all those sweet summer photos. There are 4 special papers included in the download, created from several different papers not used in the main kit.
Allsorts mini kit with special papers
This little kit was created for another challenge. I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do until I came across the vintage pattern for the little cottage. I redid and adapted it for digital and then the rest of the kit fell into place along with the choice of colours. For the frame I created a scottie dog block pattern from a another vintage quilting pattern with lots of little squares to fill with your favourite snaps.
Country Charm scrapbook kit
This little basically blue kit was created for a Pixel Scrappers June challenge …. the challenge included the colour blue and bubbles. The rose and sunflower papers remind me of vintage wallpaper. I included some blue glass bottles and three lacy ribbons. The lace and bottles were created especially for this little kit.
Bubble Bath elements
Bubble Bath papers
June is the month of butterflies. When I was a child there were so many we could run in them and they would flutter and fly all around us, unfortunately we will be lucky to see 3 in one day. In memory of those wonderful sunny, summer days is this kit created for the Scrapbook Studio’s June challenge. Personal use only please.
Geometric patterns are fun to play with and these three overlays are different from the usual paper patterns. Have fun, they are listed as both personal and commercial use. I have included the blue papers in the file for you.
The latest challenge for the Pixel Scrapper site, created during a high stress time has lots of whimsy with owls, dragonflies and butterflies and of course a great big sun. The little purple owl is a bit peculiar, he does not know which way is up and which way is down. As always it is for personal use only.
Sunny Days elements
Sunny Days papers
Pixel Scrapper has a designer call for words and fonts and since I will not have time to create new ones I am adding four pages that I have created earlier. One spring, one winter. Personal use only on all four overlays please.
Here are two more, one states “I am beautiful” and the other is all about the word ‘beautiful’. Grab all four and tuck the seasonal ones away for a few months.
You could also transfer these to fabric and sew a pillow for a loved one’s room to remind them that they are beautiful. The winter snowflake page would be great printed on fabric and framed for your seasonal decoration.
Here is another little kit created for Pixel Scrapper site for the month of May. One kit for girls and one for boys but each is interchangeable with the other. Personal use only for these little kits.
Cat’s Play for girls
Cat’s Play for Boys
These dragonflies and butterflies are more images from old books. At 300 ppi they will be great as digital stamps or printed off on an letter sized sheet or card. They would also be great transferred or embroidered on homespun and framed.
The colour challenge at the Digital Scrapbook Studio this month was ‘magic’ and I have always believed books hold the best magic. They can take you away to foreign lands and let you travel in time, magic indeed. You can find the Studio here
Magic in Books
Another little personal use mini kit for the Pixel Scrapper site The lilacs in this little kit are taken from photos in my old garden, thus the name Lilac Memories. Lilacs not only look stunning they have a heavenly aromatic scent as well.
Lilac Memories part 1
Lilac Memories part 2
Butterscotch Dreams was created for the Pixel Scrappers site. I created a few elements and a paper especially for the boys although they could be used for girls too. A paper with dirty hand prints should be perfect for your little one.
The last mini kit for the month of April. Splish splash was created with a call for rain drops in the design. There is a rain drop paper and the rubber ducky boots have puddles just for the ducks.
Splish Splash Rubber Ducky
Fanny is a paper doll created for the Art For The Creative Mind Yahoo group. She is wearing her finest suede vest, hat, boots and wristlet with lots of gears and beads and her best silk skirt. She is gathering together for an evening of fun at the annual God and Goddess Convention and ready to party !!
Fanny is made of chipboard with a black velvet covering. Her suede hat, vest, boots and wristlet are made from the backing of an old belt, the gears are washers. I created the doll and then dressed her one piece at a time, building up the wardrobe. I found her name here: Steampunk name generator
Another weekly challenge at Pixel Scrapper … for this one I used the basic crayon box colours. Pixel Scrapper overlays were used in some of the papers. They have lots of free overlays, templates and elements … stop by and take a look.
My Crayon Box
One more Spring mini scrapbook kit … this one was created for one of the Pixel Scrapper’s April challenges….the coming of better, warmer weather means lemonade and ice cream to me
Spring is still just a whisper here in the Ottawa Valley. This little kit was created for the Scrapbooking Studio’s April Colour Challenge
Whisper of Spring
Here are some more birds, also taken from a vintage bird book … I love these images for digital stamps and embroidery like red work. They are clear and precise and easy to use.
This page of ads would make a great background for your vintage art. It could also be transferred to a pillow or framed as a poster for your country kitchen wall.
Another set of images at 300ppi to use in your art. You could use them as digital stamps or embroidered on a quilt square in redwork. They could be coloured and used as a transfer onto your fabric, remember to reverse the image if you keep the bird name in the image.
These images have been gleaned from old books. They are high resolution so they can be used either digitally or printed out and used in a mixed media piece. I would love to see what you do with them. There are a couple that are simple enough to be used for red work. The page will print off on a 8.5 x 11 inch sheet.
This cute little kit was created for the Pixel Scrappers site, their April challenge. Together can mean so many different things to different people.
Cousins together in time. I love vintage photos and this one brought back some memories of my extended family.
This kit has two downloads, one for the papers and another for the elements. Be sure to get them both. Personal use only please.
March is almost over and so is another colour challenge at the Digital Scrapbooking Studio. This is my answer to the challenge. The colours are earthy and the green of early spring when the leaves and first tree blossoms are springing out all over the place. Enjoy the kit, personal use only.
Spring Calling elements
Spring Calling papers
This is my second challenge at Pixel Scrappers. The challenge is the full month of March and you will find the kit for downloading at the end of the month. Each week I will be adding another teaser of what you will get. Don’t forget to come back and check each week. This week it was papers.
The second week of the challenge called for more papers using the same colour pallet as last week. At the end of the month there will be a full kit to download and play with. Come back next week to see what we had to create for week 3.
Third week of the challenge and elements were the request for the week. Designing to someone else’s guidelines instead of my own is very different. Don’t forget to come back at the end of the month when the full kit will be available for download
Week four and the kit is finished. There are 4 downloads, one for each week so don’t forget to download them all to get the complete kit.
Beautiful Affirmation is the title of the kit. Stating that each and every one of us is beautiful. We don’t always remember this as we go through life. Here is a page I created using an old photo that is not one of my favourites but does remind me that I am beautiful even when my hair is in rollers. I’m not telling how old this photo is though !!
Beautiful Affirmation week 1
Beautiful Affirmation week 2
Beautiful Affirmation week 3
Beautiful Affirmation week 4
This little kit was done for the Pixel Scrapper site, a little February challenge I found at the last minute. The challenge was to make a kit from a row of bingo squares. I chose a horizontal row which included 2 ribbons, stars, yellow, 3 flairs and plaid. The plaid paper was created using the marisaL287 psd template. Personal use only with this kit.
Thankful for the Children