Wednesday 10 July 2024

Gecko Galz: Ocean Beauty

   

Hello

This July our customer challenge over at the Gecko Galz blog has the theme Sea of Dreams..


As always, we also have the monthly card challeng.ethe monthly Christmas Image Challenge, the monthly Stamp Challenge, an ATC challenge, a Steampunk challenge and a Gothic Challenge on the blog, as well as 4 Facebook challenges. These can be accessed by the tabs at the top of the main blog pageWe also have the new quarterly challenge.
We hope you can find some time to join in the fun.

The winner of the Customer challenge will get a $25 Gecko Galz Etsy Store voucher and the runner up a $12 voucher. There are plenty of free Gecko Galz images if you don't already own any. Each blog post has a free image to collect and, if you sign up for the monthly newsletter, there is the chance to claim a free collage set each month.  Also if you make any purchase of $2 or more you receive a free image.

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Here is what I made for my DT day:


This fantasy sea scene uses an image from Underwater Angels (one of last month's weekly 'free with purchase' gifts) and paper from the Bubbles ATC set.
I used gold and black for matting and layering and added a small lace flower  and some oxide-coloured, seaweed dies as embellishment.


Isn't the sea dragon beautiful! 
Challenges Entered:
Double D Challenge Nautical 14/07
PIP Challenges #2427 AG 14/07
Fab n Funky #599 Seaside 16/07
A Place to Start July AG 31/07

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This card also features a mermaid from Underwater Angels and paper from the Bubbles ATC set




Challenges Entered:
Art Impressions #382 Magical Creatures 17/07

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I also created a mini shaker book:


More photos of the booklet and a step by step tutorial can be seen in this post.

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And lastly some digital collages:


This features images from the Fish Camp collage set and an enlarged  Bubbles ATC background.

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This one feature's last month's Fantasy Challenge free image from the Gecko Galz blog and an enlarged Bubbles ATC background

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That's all for now!
I hope you'll join our Sea of Dreams challenge where the winner will get a $25 shopping spree at the Gecko Galz shop.


The only rule is that you must use at least one Gecko Galz product (this can be one of the freebies or, of course, you can buy at the Etsy store!) Also if you sign up for the Gecko Galz newsletter, you'll be able to claim a free collage sheet each month.

Please pop over to the Gecko Galz blog to see the fabulous designs by the very talented DT.

We also have a friendly Facebook Group where there are 4 monthly challenges, each with a bespoke digital prize. 
Do come and join us!


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That's all for now.
I'll be back in August with more Gecko Galz projects.

Here's all the info you need:Current Gecko Galz Challenge : "Sea of Dreams"
Thanks for stopping by today.

xoxo

I'd really love some feedback :)      
I read and appreciate all your comments. 
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Friday 5 July 2024

How to Create a Digital Collage + Video

 

Hello

I have been asked how I make digital collages.

I'm relatively new to it, so I'm no expert, but here I'll try to explain what I do.

I have a demo video where I make this digital scrapbook page:

 You can view it here: https://youtu.be/IYT5km7vJ2Q


Here's what you will need: 

1. Image editing software. Any program which allows you to place digital images in layers and switch the position of the layers.  

  • use PicMonkey, but there are lots to choose from; 
  • Photoshop, PaintShop Pro, Gimp (a free online download), Canva (I believe there is a free version) and My Memories Suite (free trial then purchase) are a few. 

2.. Some form of digital backgrounds (digital papers/digital images/patterns etc) and digital images.

3. Transparent background images and elements. These are usually png files. 

  *  Transparent background images: these allow your character or focal element to sit directly on the background. Adding drop shadows with your editing software makes it look more realistic.

  *  Transparent background elements: these are what we would call embellishments in traditional paper crafting, such as ribbons, bows, flowers, gems, stitching, frames, stickers etc.

  • There are many Etsy stores selling reasonably priced png digital files - read the descriptions to make sure what type of graphics file they are offering. Some of my favourite Etsy stores for png digital scrapbooking are: Artemis JournalsChezSimone Tresors, Miles Beyond the MoonArt House Whimsy. Other store selling printables may have some clip art available in png files.
  • Removing backgrounds can also be achieved digitally - your layering program can sometimes do this, but if not, there are plenty of online background remover programs and some are free. 
4. You can of course use jpg images from collage sets as your focal point and your digital project will look more like a scrapbook layout page.. 
5. Brushes (stamps), masks and painted edges (borders): These are useful for adding texture, detail and finishing touches. 

6. Words. I like to have sentiments and words on my pages. Your image editing software should be able to allow you to type with various fonts, but Alphas (alphabets), sentiments and word art can be purchased or sourced freely - just be aware of copyright laws. 

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It's not easy to describe my process. 
I recorded my screen as I created a simple project 
You can see my process in this video:

I would encourage you to have a play. Go visit some of the digital scrapbook shops - many have galleries, blogs and tutorials where you'll pick up lots of tips.

If you have other tips that I've missed, please leave them in the comments below.

Have fun!

Carole x


Wednesday 3 July 2024

Conjurer of Dreams: Winged Beauties


 Hello


Today I'm sharing some projects I made using Conjurer of Dreams images. I hope you'll pop over to the store and take a look at the Digital Art on sale for collage, scrapbooks, journals, cards and more.

The theme this month in the Facebook Group is Winged Beauty?.

Here is what I made:

This card features a humming bird from the Winged Beauty 2 set.


A white die cut card is placed on top of a Distress Oxide coloured piece of card which was also splattered with white paint. Some die cut leaves and flowers were made in complementary colours and the humming bird was fussy cut and popped on foam tape for dimension. Glitter was added to the bird image and the flowers.


xoxo
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #232 AG 06/07
The Sisterhood of Crafters #26 In the Garden 07/07
Critter Crazy #88 25/07
Triple B Challenges (birds/blossoms/butterflies) July 31./07
Paper Funday Challenges #67 AG option Critter 04/08

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These Flapper Girls with Wings are gorgeous in lovely sepia tones.
I selected some fancy dies, and some neutral papers and card to make a couple of cards.


This one uses Tim Holtz paper in the background matted upon gold card. The die cuts the image and the frame, so I had to make sure I printed the image at the right size.. I distressed the edges of the design paper with scissors and added a velvet ribbon and a knot bow to finish it off.
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I used a Sizzix die to cut some pearly cream card and matted it onto bronze coloured paper. The image was cut and the edges distressed and matted first upon bronze paper, then on the pearly card. A lace flower was popped in the bottom corner as a simple embellishment.

Pammies Inky Pinkies Challenges #2426 07/07 HONOURABLE MENTION
A Place to Start July AG 31/07
Creative Inspirations July AG 31/07
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These next cards feature the beautiful, watercolour Birds on a Branch.


I used a scalloped stitched die to cut the image and cut a larger frame from card coloured with Oxide inks splattered with water. I used a Lavinia stencil to add ink to opposite corners of the background, using two shades of each colour to add a little depth. I added some ink oxide splatters and inked around the edges of the background.



Crafty Animals #85 26/07
Stencil Fun Challenges July Stencil/Blues 31/07
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My last card features the butterfly from the Winged Beauty set.


I used simple matting and layering with the help of some dies, white card and navy blue card to create this one.
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And finally, some digital collages:

Flying SteamPunk Mice in a Magical Forest:




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That's all for now.

Here are the sets that I used and links to the shop:


Birds on a Branch


Forest Fairies

Please visit the
Conjurer of Dreams Inspiration Group on Facebook (freebies available)

Thanks for stopping by today.

xoxo


Monday 1 July 2024

Gecko Galz: Sea of Dreams Shaker Book


  Hello

It's July and we have a new customer challenge over at the Gecko Galz blog.  

The theme this month is Sea of Dreams..

As always, we also have the monthly card challeng.ethe monthly Christmas Image Challenge, the monthly Stamp Challenge, an ATC challenge, a Steampunk challenge and a Gothic Challenge on the blog, as well as 4 Facebook challenges. These can be accessed by the tabs at the top of the main blog pageWe also have the new quarterly challenge.
We hope you can find some time to join in the fun.

The winner of the Customer challenge will get a $25 Gecko Galz Etsy Store voucher and the runner up a $12 voucher. There are plenty of free Gecko Galz images if you don't already own any. Each blog post has a free image to collect and, if you sign up for the monthly newsletter, there is the chance to claim a free collage set each month.  Also if you make any purchase of $2 or more you receive a free image.

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Here is what I made as inspiration for the Customer Challenge
It's a shaker booklet (the instructions are at the bottom of this post)
and my inspiration came from a project made by the lovely 
Chrissy from Chrissy Card Land:

I used images from the Fish Camp collage set. I removed the background from some images and digitally combined them before printing out.

Here is the front of the book:
I added oxide coloured, die cut seaweed and some tiny mulberry flowers for decoration.


The first pages:


Second pages:


Third pages:





Step by step process:


1. Cut 4 pieces of card (mine is 10 inches by 5 inches), 
finger paint with acrylics, 
splatter with silver and white paint
fold in half to make a 5 x 5 inch folder
have the folded edge on the right, die cut a circle from the front of each folder

2. Print your images (making sure they are the right size to fit the aperture)
place in a cellophane bag
add sequins 
seal bag

3. Add tape or glue to the back of the cellophane bagged image
adhere to the inside of the folder (make sure the opening is on the left side)

4. Die cut circular borders using 2 dies held together with washi tape
heat emboss with silver glitter powder (or paint)

5. Attach the borders to the front aperture

6. Make the binding accordion from a 5 inch x 3 inch piece of painted card
make 6 scores along the 3 inch edge,  half an inch apart
fold into an accordion and make sharp creases

7. The first piece of the accordion is attached to the inside of your first folder to make the front of the book
(I used glue and bulldog clips, for the first page, but changed to red tape and glue as it is sturdier)

8. Attach the other 3 pages to the binding accordion
clamp the binding together until glue is dry

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That's all for now!
I hope you'll join our Sea of Dreams challenge where the winner will get a $25 shopping spree at the Gecko Galz shop.


The only rule is that you must use at least one Gecko Galz product (this can be one of the freebies or, of course, you can buy at the Etsy store!) Also if you sign up for the Gecko Galz newsletter, you'll be able to claim a free collage sheet each month.

Please pop over to the Gecko Galz blog to see the fabulous designs by the very talented DT.

We also have a friendly Facebook Group where there are 4 monthly challenges, each with a bespoke digital prize. 
Do come and join us!


I'll be back on the 10th July with more Gecko Galz projects.

Here's all the info you need:Current Gecko Galz Challenge : "Sea of Dreams"
Thanks for stopping by today.

xoxo
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #232 AG 06/07
I'd really love some feedback :)      
I read and appreciate all your comments. 
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Monday 17 June 2024

Path of Positivity: Every Dream Begins with a Wish

 

 

Hello

Welcome to the midway post for the Path of Positivity Challenge.

Our challenge is always Anything Goes with an optional theme. We have decided that our overall theme for 2024 will be THE POWER OF WORDS.

This month's option is to design a project that is inspired by quotes about Dreams.

Here are this month's quotes, but you can choose your own:

“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not’?” — George Bernard Shaw
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” ― C.S. Lewis

“No dreamer is ever too small; no dream is ever too big.” ― Anonymus

“Goals are dreams brought to life.” ― Amy Leigh Mercree  

Honours and Prizes include:
  • $6 worth of images from Scribbles Designs, for a person chosen in a random draw based on all qualifying entrants.
  • A badge for the following honours: Top PickVoter's ChoiceMost InspirationalRandom WinnerDT Delight.

Here is my midway DT project.


I chose Lavinia Stamps and a Lavinia Laurel stencil to make my fairy wish card.
The background is a gel print made with Distress Oxide inks and the Laurel stencil. I added extra Peacock Feather ink around the edges and along a landscape mask to show the ground. I ink blended around a circle mask to replicate the sun. 
The Lavinia stamps used were: Moments Like These, one of the Large Wild Hares, the Fairy Charms, Foliage set, Mystic Swirl and the Every Dream sentiment stamp.
I added watercolour pencil to the fairy wings and some sparkle with Glimmer Dust glitter.


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That's all for now.
We would love to see your creations! 
Just make sure that your entry is positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some way!

 

The link up is here: Challenge #122 Path of Positivity.


Many thanks to Scribbles Designs for sponsoring the challenge.


I'll be back with a another Path of Positivity project in a couple of weeks time.

Thanks for stopping by today!

xoxo 
I'd like to play along in these challenges:


I read and appreciate all your comments. 
xoxo