Friday, 13 October 2017

Free on Friday 13th October 2017

Welcome to Free on Friday, the raspberry canes have been cut down in my garden and the last of my raspberries are safely in the freezer, waiting for Christmas!  I don't eat Christmas pudding or mince pies, but I do enjoy Eton Mess (broken meringue, raspberries and cream all mixed together).  I seem to have more raspberries in the freezer this year, I don't think the crop is any bigger, but the fact my grand daughter has gone off them :)   

I am addicted to free files and I have found another site, full of goodies.  Pixabay has loads of free images, which is where I got these Victorian beauties:

I just love the little girl in the blue hat.  I am looking forward to a day out with my son and his family tomorrow.  A birthday treat - garden centre with craft shop followed by a meal out.  Lovely!  Have a great weekend and come back soon.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Free on Friday 6th October 2017 - Halloween craft

Welcome to Free on Friday.  Today I bought a few Christmas presents and this year I am determined not to leave the wrapping till the last minute when it turns into a big chore!  

Last weekend I made a stack of Christmas cards with the grandchildren - more a case of sitting with them, supervising and making sure the glue caps were being put back on.    Hopefully this weekend I can do some myself.    I have also put together some craft packs for my daughters young Rainbows group and then she asked me to come up with a toilet roll witch!  Having browsed Google,  and using bits from children's colouring pages, I put together 3 print-outs for her to use.

These fit on an A5 sheet, so two side by side on an A4 sheet.   All you have to do after colouring in, is cut the top half out down to the strip below the arms, the rest of the paper gets bent around the cardboard inner of a toilet roll and sellotaped or glued at the back.  Your witch/monster/pumpkin man will then stand up ready for Halloween.    Hope you have some fun with these.  Take care x

Monday, 2 October 2017

Progressive challenge at The Outlawz

The Outlawz have enough challenges to keep you going every day of the week!  This one was for the September's Progressive Challenge.  They now have a new image for October.  The image is given free, in exchange for your entry of course.

See you soon x

Sunday, 1 October 2017

October challenge at 2CraftyCritterCrazies.

We have a new challenge at 2CraftyCritterCrazies and we are being sponsored by MHKDesigns, the design team got to play with the PetPuns set, which includes a cat, dog and fishbowl with sentiments to match.  Do pop over and see the rest of the design teams creations and when you have done that, check out the fabulous designs at MHKDesigns

If you check out my blog post yesterday you see the little card with the two dogs available for freeHoping you are having a great weekend x

Friday, 29 September 2017

Free on Friday 29 September 2017

Welcome to Free on Friday.  Today I have come vintage dog cards for you.  The last one I used on a card today, but our new challenge at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies doesn't start till Sunday, so I will be posting it then.  You can see I took part of the card above, filling in the background, because I liked the two dogs together and they fitted well the theme of my card.

I do hope you enjoy these dog images.  I'll be back tomorrow with a cat card!  Till then, take care x

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Free on Friday 22 September 2017

Hello there and a sleepy welcome to Free on Friday this week, there are 15 minute to go before it's Saturday in the UK so I am hoping I get this posted on time.  Having spent the week sorting out my craft stuff after being away and generally having a change around in my craft room, I haven't done much crafting this week.  I started yesterday trying to do a stained glass design for an ATC.

This was my first attempt, trying to draw the pieces.  The I had the idea of using the Stained Glass filter in PSE.  Almost any picture will do for this if all you want is the outlines.  I went for the biggest cells and these are the outline and coloured versions.

I used the sponge filter in PSE to give a vintage effect.

I added some flowers and leaves that I made.

Then I added a quote from Psalm 103.

I decided to outline my flowers and leaves with a cream colour.
You welcome to all or any of today's images.  Thank you for visiting, please say hello in the comments x

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Resizing a digital stamp tutorial

This is a tutorial on changing the size and ppi on a digital image in Photoshop Elements.  I can't show you the whole image because of copyright.  There are various reasons why images don't download at the correct ppi.  Sometimes people save the preview for example.  It goes without saying you shouldn't download anything without permission.   Marks on images can occur when saved at a too low resolution and if you print them out to colour you probably won't even see them.  This image is magnified and hard to see even now, but if you are resizing they can be a problem.

Around this image there is a lot of shadowing, not caused by the artist. And the image is only 72 ppi.  Click on Image > Resize > Image size and you will see the screen below.

Change the 72 to 300 and press OK.  You can also change the size here, but we will do that later.

In order to get rid of the shadowing, press Enhance > Adjust Colour .> Replace Colour and a box will appear with a little eyedropper.

Point the eyedropper on a shadowy area.  Then slide the lightness button all the way to +100

All shadowy areas gone!

Now go back to Image > Resize > Image size and change the size.  The width and height in mine are shown in inches, but if you press the downwards arrow you can change this to centimetres.  If your version is older/newer it might be slightly different.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Free on Friday 15th September 2017

A warm welcome to Free on Friday.  I am back at home with full Internet access (wonderful) after 3 months away in the caravan.  Of course you know what coming home entails after a holiday - emptying the caravan, putting everything away, not to mention all my craft stuff - where did it all come from because it doesn't want to go back neatly :)  

This week I have a digital stamp for you.  I based it on this vintage print.

Here is the digital stamp, I do hope you like it.

I would love to see what you make with this design, have a great weekend x

Friday, 8 September 2017

Free on Friday 8th September 2017

Welcome to Free on Friday, hope your week has been going well.  I have a new colouring card for you today.   If you have any requests for the Free on Friday event, just ask away, no guarantees, but I will always do my best.   I have been working away at this one for a good part of today.  I have wanted to draw simple figures for some time and have not been pleased with the results.  Today I read on Facebook about someone who was upset because her art work was rubbished by someone else.  She had started to doubt herself and wanted opinions from others in the "A Colourful Place To Play"

group.   This was my response:

Okay first that is a spiteful thing to say to anybody at any age or stage of art.
Secondly I find your artwork joyful and inspiring.  I have a husband who would prefer me to paint lovely watercolours and considers my mixed media stuff as playing.  But it is through play we learn And being creative is not about producing a saleable piece of work, but expressing yourself.  Please be encouraged, I expect they didn't mean to be spiteful, but have a very limited idea what art is x

I thought her art work was actually tons better than mine.  One of her pictures was of a happy girl, a simple figure and I thought I would have another go.  So here she is:

Have a great weekend x

Friday, 1 September 2017

Free on Friday 1st September and Fairytale Unicorn

Welcome to Free on Friday, I hope the sun is shining wherever you are.  We have blue skies and sunshine this morning, which was how yesterday started, but then it rained!  As it is the first of the month we have a new challenge over at 2CraftyCritterCrazies.

This month we are sponsored by , they have some great digital stamps so please go and have a look.  I chose the marvellous Fairytale Unicorn.  I just love this stamp.

My paint pouring experiment was a total flop as far as the original idea went - even the WD 40 ones! However, determined to get something out of the experiment, I dabbed with kitchen roll, lifting some of the paint and got some fabulous backgrounds.  I photographed the backgrounds and one of them was used for this card.  I changed the colour hue/saturation in PSE for each layer.  
I copied the bottom layer, selected the unicorn's mane, tail and hooves, and pasted into the selection, moving the selection till I got the desired effect.  Let me know if you would like a tutorial.

Finally your Free on Friday design for this week.  It is another colouring card, I do hope you like it.

I do hope you like this card.  Until next time take care x

Friday, 25 August 2017

Free on Friday 25 August 2017

Welcome to Free on Friday, we are nearly at the end of August now, so we are heading into Autumn.  The last few days have had an early Autumn feel, windy, wet and colder!  I do hope we haven't said goodbye to the summer here in the UK.  I did say I would show you the results of my pouring paint experiment.  As an experiment it was a bit of a failure, but I did eventually get some nice backgrounds with additions of gesso.

Today I have made a colouring page for your Bible or for a card.

I do hope you like this one.  I started off thinking about the verse "My Father's house has many rooms", but changed my mind at the last moment.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Free on Friday 18 August 2017

Welcome to Free on Friday.  I have finally got my get up an go, as far as crafting goes, back.  I have looked at several YouTubes for Pouring Paint pictures and decided to give it a go.  The idea is to make "cells" and apparently there are several methods - one of which involves a blow torch!!
One method adds glue to a paint and water mix, another adds WD 40 and yet another adds glycerin.  I tried the glue one first and was totally unsuccessful at at getting any cells to develop.  I did, however, enjoy myself and make a whole stack of backgrounds for index cards, tags and a couple of A4 backgrounds.  I started with 2 large cereal packets, opened out and cut into A4 sizes and tag sizes.  I also had several index cards for the paint that was bound to drip.   Now I am not sure if I got the recipe right, but as I said no cells so the next experiment will be the WD 40 mix.  I hope to show you some pictures tomorrow.

 I have made a colouring card for you today and I have used part of a verse from a hymn written by Brian A Wren.  I hope you like it.


Take care x

Friday, 11 August 2017

Free on Friday 11th August 2017

Welcome to Free on Friday.  I have another colouring page or tip-in for your Bible.    I do hope you like this one.  The crown was part on an image which was free from Inkydeals who do a variety of freebies, graphics, photoshop actions etc.  I modified it slightly to make it more suitable for colouring in.

Do let me know what you think.  Take care x