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Thank you for visiting me today, I hope you see something here that you like. I love colouring digital images and I am on a few Design Teams.I am taking art classes with Kit and Clowder, and Make it Crafty. I hope maybe you will get some new ideas here or you can leave comments and links so I will be picking up new ideas from you. Anyway I will put on the kettle and have some cupcakes at the ready...

Wednesday 31 August 2011

Altered art for the kitchen

I hope everyone who visits this blog had a good Bank Holiday break, we had a lovely few days off and had a brilliant meal out with the family on the Monday. I have been painting the kitchen for months's not that its a big kitchen but it's actually quite nice to go slowly with the radio on (like proper decorators and builders) so I have been tarting up my cross stitched picture frames to make a sort of european cafe effect. I used to live in Munich and my favourite cafe used to have allsorts of knic nacs on the walls...I think I quite like the finished frames, I don't think Colin is quite sure if he likes them. Anyway, I have a new rug to go under the table which I am quite excited about (I really must get out more...I used to get excited about new shoes, bags etc) and tonight I will post some photos of the finished frames.Once again, any hints and tips would be gratefully received.

Saturday 27 August 2011

Health and Safety rules? ...

I have the mcs disc Christmas with Bunny Snuffles and Friends. Again the images can be brought together to tell a story. This was put together with mcs professional with the dropshadow selected. I like the way that several 'parcel' images can be used to provide a rather rickety 'ladder'. It was printed onto glossy photo paper which I will spray with crafters companion Spray and Sparkle.

Tuesday 23 August 2011

Well caught, that teddy

I really love these images. This one was from the docrafts every occasions disc. The two teddys were in such a position that I just knew they would work together and so, along with the embellishments and papers they just told a story. The drop shadow tool really adds something special and gives a look of decoupage to the design. The rest of the papers etc are the same as for the previous designs.

Sunday 21 August 2011


Is it me or are spiders getting bigger this year? I was just finishing my last post when out of the corner of my eye I saw Aragon! Yes I know he appeared in Harry Potter but I think he or an offspring was here in my craft room! I shrieked ( setting off next doors dog)  for my husband (who I must say did get here fairly quickly)  and, armed with an original native rainstick he dispatched said spider to that great web in the sky. He showed me the evidence from under the stick. I was suitably grateful and managed to settle down again....I then thought I heard the music from Jurassic Park and there it was again!!! Ok so it was limping but still bloomin' fast. Again I shrieked, again next doors dog barked, again my husband dashed upstairs-I was actually suitably impressed as he doesn't usually move that fast (my husband not the spider) again he went on the attack with the rain stick as the spider was going down the stairs to meet him. I think the danger is over, I don't think there is much left of the spider, but tonight is going to be a very long night. I am very proud of my husband. 

Santa with a couple of tattoos

I have finally started the Christmas cards for this year. I have had this image for years now, goodness knows where I bought it from but if you would like to make one for yourself then you could go over to Craft Rabbit and there you will find it in the Download Store under Christmas. Anyway, I opened a page in My Craft Studio professional and put together the wall and window with a window box with flowers. Then using the digital punch I cut away the section of wall behind the window. In one of the winter MCS discs I found the wallpaper which I slotted behind the window frame. I resized Santa and he went behind the frame but in front of the wallpaper. Then it was just a case of choosing the greeting and placing it on the front of the wall. It was then printed out onto super smooth paper using 'professional quality...3 stars'. I ran an A4 sheet of matching card through my printer with my 'made by' on the back and stuck the design onto the front with double sided tape. A quick spray of Crafters Companion Spray and Sparkle gave the whole thing a lovely glittery shine. Then it was just a case of putting another sheet of super smooth paper into the printer and printing off an insert which was fixed inside the card with a small amount of double sided tape.
I think this is an ideal alternative to cute Christmas cards..maybe for someone who themselves have a tatoo or three? 

Saturday 20 August 2011

I'm sorry..Tatty Teddy

I bought the Especially For You double disc from Docraft. The Christmas and All occasions discs full of beautiful images to play around with. Firstly I chose the character from the all occasions selection and didn't like what he was leaning on so I went into embellishments and found the little flowers which I dragged onto the character. Then I chose the 'greeting' label and dragged it to the card front. I changed the colour using the colouriser and again added some of the flowers to cover up the stars in the corner of the greeting. I chose the background and again dragged it onto the work area. I used super smooth paper when printing from these discs as the pastel shades show up really well with a slight sheen. I also use this paper when printing an insert. Then I placed an A4 card into the printer so I could print the 'made by'. I then trimmed the finished printed design and stuck it to the card with double sided tape.  You never know when you might have to say sorry...but I am ready when it happens.

Friday 19 August 2011

Tatty Teddy by Docraft

I have the Especially For You double disc featuring that lovable Tatty Teddy. I have been having a load of fun with the designs as I have been able to almost make a story on the front of my cards with the different elements (I will take some photos this weekend)  The designs are so sweet I have a problem limiting myself to making just a few before going out or another few before cooking tea. Luckily Coronation Street is on so I have been able to sneak away and craft upstairs.

Here we go...

So, this is the start of our first Applejack blog. Anything to do with craft or baking or gardening could find its way here. I can have fun with most aspects of crafting and baking but for the gardening hints and tips its over to Colin-owner of Applejack Garden Services.