More for Men

More from my Louise Tiler kits using Serif CraftArtist. The card is the same kind of layout as the baby one I posted a few days ago. I can’t resist a pennant or banner. Guess I should have been a boy scout. Ah well. Another missed vocation.

I’m not making the most of what the software can do. Adding a drop shadow is about the pinnacle of my achievements with it so far. Oh, and making my own sentiment so I don’t have to keep re-typing Made by… every time (which, I am embarrassed to say, I was doing for way too long). Actually I can’t remember how I saved the sentiment so it might have been accidental! Still, one of my favourite sayings is “luck’s as good as brains, as long as it lasts”. Socrates? Descartes? Confucius? Dick Van Dyke in Diagnosis Murder – you get all the highbrow stuff here.

I need to invest some time in learning CraftArtist better, but for now I am happy to print and stick, same as always.

Oversized tags on gift bags make me ridiculously happy, as do those in novelty shapes. Presents should always be the most fun they can be, right?

It’s nice to be able to make stuff for men in light, fresh colours. I am pretty happy with my afternoon’s efforts. How has your day been?

Ice cream floats and Boy Ahoy!

Yesterday I made and blogged a card for a baby girl, so in the interests of fairness I had to make one for a baby boy too.

I know there are not actually any ‘fairness police’ out there, well not real ones with badges and all, but with due reference to the rule of ‘one pours, the other chooses’ that was drilled into me and my sister, cousins and friends when we were kids, fairness must always come up trumps. If you aren’t fair, there are consequences…

Ice cream floats were the trickiest to gauge just right and make compliant with the rule. As they were an occasional treat you never had much chance to practice. Not like squash pouring. That was for wimps. Ice cream floats were cutting edge, hard core. There is fizzy pop, which you have to pour, then wait for the bubbles to disperse, then even out with tiny, tiny top ups, and wait again. Then the dollop of ice cream to take into account. No science, no scales, just eyeballin’ it.  Trying to drill your way with a spoon into a block frozen solid enough to cause concussion if thrown. Trying to get the scoops even, because you really, really don’t want to have a “double dunker” second scoop in one glass and not another. That would mess up the laws of fairness so bad that the universe might implode. Ah, happy days!!

Anyway, as stated, fairness must rule so here’s the card. I used the Louise Tiler Baby Bloom digikit from Serif again. The little sailor suit is so cute.

LT boy ahoy

I think I prefer this to yesterday’s effort. It was quick and easy and the only additions are a couple of pieces of Card Candi. I was dithering whether to put them on the pennant tails, or either side of the greeting. I plumped for the former, then decided I still wanted something next to the text so just used some punched circles which, sometimes, is the difference that will make you happy with your effort. All that work and two circles from hole punch waste are the defining touch. Go figure.

 

 

Size does matter

You only find out why if you read on….

Today I was out and about. A week off work – whoop de doop – and my mother is hunting for some new furniture so abroad we went. Not in the passport requiring way, just out, really. Window shopping. Except nobody bought any windows.

Aaaaaanyway. Whilst out, I came across some cute small white pegs with heart adornments. Gorgeous. Meant as wedding stationery, apparently, but brides don’t get all the fun. £1.99 for 20 meant they had a new home at my place.

Shopping over, I am home and admiring my hearty pegs. BABY CARD shouted the inner voice, in capitals, so as to not be ignored. I wanted something quick, but really pretty, so the Louise Tiler digikits in Serif CraftArtist seemed perfect.

Happy with my choice I selected the pram filled with flowers as the main image. Then I made my own background paper using a matching floral embellishment, copied, pasted, and twisted around for randomness. Whenever I do this kind of project I try to fill the page with extra bits and pieces, maybe images I was dithering over, because you never know what might happen when you go to put it together and I hate wasting posh paper having to print that one thing you realise at the end is just what you need.

I decide to use a fancy tag die I have had for years, because it is so pretty. I cut the background paper to size for my card and the pram image with the tag die. All going swimmingly.  I fetch the hearty peg and voila!  Except the hearty peg is too big for the pram tag, and stands too proud from the top, and just looks all wrong, really. My balloon is well and truly deflated. But then good old Brain remembers what it is there for…….MATCHING GIFT BAG?? it proffers, tentatively, given my darkening mood. Hurrah. We are back in the game.

Back to Serif, make another sheet of background paper reducing the image size, dig out the trusty WRMK gift bag punch board and rustle up a bag to fit the peg. Yes, really, a bag to fit the peg. Don’t judge me. I can do it fine myself.

LT baby girl floral

LT baby girl floral plain background

And this is why size matters.

If these cards were dogs….

….my mum would call them Heinz. For those too young to know what this means, a mongrel dog that was the result of generations of non-pedigree breeding was often referred to as a Heinz 57. Because Heinz made 57 varieties of soup, so the story goes, and the dog had about the same number of DNA contributors. Didn’t make the dog any less loveable though, right?

They are a bit more ‘random’ than I normally produce, with colours I don’t usually choose and brave (or misguided?) pattern mixing, plus some added textures. If paddling at the beach is my comfort zone, this is like swimming with great whites. With a paper cut.

I might go swimming more often! With plasters though….

In case you want to know:

Base cardstock from Hunkydory
Honeycomb embossing folder from Crafter’s Companion Embossalicious
Patterned papers from Louise Tiler (using Serif CraftArtist)
Circular greetings from Craftwork Cards
Butterfly die and embossing detail from Cuttlebug
Roses made with a Tonic mould and paper clay
Can’t remember where the miniature pegs came from!