blog design

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

lovely weather we are having :-)

I had fun with this week's challenge at Digital Whispers.  The challenge was to make something quirky with an umbrella. I used a flood filter which I think is from Filter Forge?
I wonder if anyone knows what happened to Kubivet? She used to have a fantastic blog with beautiful freebies. It has not been updated for a long time.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Challenge at Dezinaworld

Create something with lilac in it.  That's the challenge over at Dezinaworld's blog this week Click on the name to take a look.  Also check out the lovely entries for last week's stained glass challenge.
I guess my entry is called hybrid?  It started out as a card I made which wasn't lilac.  In fact it was green, but thanks to the magic of digital tampering, it now has lilac in it.
Here's my entry.  It looks dark at this low resolution.  It was really bright at 300dpi

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Digital Challenge for Autumn at Digital Whispers

I love Autumn and the challenge was to create an image in Autumn colours at 8x4 inch size. It felt to me like working with a postage stamp but I gave it a go and here is what I came up with.
This is the image we were provided with.  I just love that dress.

I still can't decide whether she looks better framed or out of the frame.  Either way, I was quite happy with the colours.

Some of the elements are from Lorie Davidson. If anyone knows who created the journal cover, I'd really like to know.  I've altered the colours on it a lot for the autumn theme and had this file for quite some time....back in the days when I never thought I'd publish anything online, so did not save the designer's name. Slap on the wrist to myself for that.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Apple house background paper freebie

I've been messing around again.  I've had this apple house half made since last year and finally got around to finishing it.  Iwas going to make a quick page for you but I decided that I don't really like quick pages.  I find the frames too small.  Of course it leaves you with the challenge of extracting images.  If you can't do it, send me the photo you want extracted in an email and I will do it for you (at least for the first 20 people who request this)
Hope you like it. I'd love to see what you make with it.  I've left it at 300dpi for quality printing because there are so many details in it.  Thanks to Efie for the Scottish outfit.  Took me ages getting Carlshalton mouse dressed in it :-)    It's for CU use.  Credits would be nice.  Please read the TOU for my terms.

Click on this link to download the file at 4shared

Friday, 17 September 2010

Balloon Freebie

Clearing out my files here and have so many freebies to share.  I got so frustrated at not being able to find a balloon I wanted for a project, that I decided to make my own.  I also have a pretty rainbow one.  If you would like it, just leave a comment and I will post it.  Likewise, if you would like the background paper I used for the preview here, just give me a shout and I'll put that up as a freebie too.  Hope the link works this time. I forgot to add it for my last freebie.  It's fun making them but I really don't like wrapping them up in zip files and faffing around with 4shared uploads.  Again I'd love to see what you make with this.  Have a great weekend.
Click here to download the 300dpi .png file  Ignore that it says preview file. It does actually contain the .png file.  Just me being dopey again:-)

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Make a card challenge at TLC blog

I only discovered the TLC blog (click here to visit)  for the first time yesterday.  There is a challenge to make a card from a provided vintage image. This was the image provided:

Credits to Raspberry Road for the background paper, and to Peter's patterns for the patterns used.

Monday, 13 September 2010

Freebie Shell Mobile CU OK

It has been ages since I gave away any freebies.  Here's a shell mobile I made, photographed and extracted to a .png file.  It is 300dpi resolution.  I'd love to see what you  make with it and will publish it here.  Don't use it for anything obscene and please don't claim it as your own, otherwise you are free to do with it what you will.

I posted this without the link yesterday. Sorry. now I can't get 4 shared to work so I have posted the .png file here.  Just click on the picture to enlarge it, right click to save as to your computer

Merging elements

Here I merged two images.  I think part of the background came from FairyGoodmother stock at DeviantArt? The foreground is original but I had to stretch the canvas, so cloned some of the grass and daisies, adding a few clovers and buttercups.  I still haven't grasped the refine edge tool in Photoshop 5 so still use a pen to extract images.  One of these days I will learn how all these marvellous tools actually work :-)  The model is my precious little grandson.

And here he is looking totally cheesed off with his Dad's taste in TV programmes

He cheered up when Mummy took him to the playground.  It's not everyone who is lucky enough to have one of Lorie Davidson's mice to join them on the roundabout. I can't remember who designed the cute car in the background. Thanks and sorry whoever you are.

Removing unwanted elements in images

I've been on holiday and haven't had a chance to post anything. Had frustratingly low speeds trying to connect from my laptop whilst travelling, but I have been busy.  I quite enjoy extracting images, though I must say this one was a challenge.  The original photo is at DeviantArt by YellowpumpkinI rather liked the photo of arches in Leamington Spa, but the car and van spoiled it.  I also like the softness of sepia so made some alterations.

 There has to be an easy way of extracting complicated images.  Easy peasy if the background is white and the foreground is dark, but when the car is behind a fence.......well if anyone knows an easy way, please pass on any tips.  I bodged this in places and just decided to grow some plants instead of discarding my efforts.
Here is the same image with a gradient overlay set on linear burn.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Transported to Wonderland, and other images


I love Alice in Wonderland. I also love fantasy, so it's not surprising that I fell in love with Marta Van Eck's Welcome to Wonderland kit which is available at Shabby Pickle designs You can click on the link to take a look at the kit.  I created the doll myself.  If you would like to use the doll in any projects, just give me a shout and I'll put it on here as a freebie. 

Here is another Alice in Wonderland creation. I coloured a drawing of Alice. Most of the elements used are from Marta Van Eck's Attic kit.  This is a kit I keep coming back to because it is crammed with interesting elements.  The kit can be found here: Shabby Pickle designs

This one was for a digital challenge. If my memory serves me, the brollies were a freebie from Granny Art.

This one was for a digital challenge at Digital Whispers. Alice and the water rat were from a drawing I colourized.

Not quite Alice in Wonderland perhaps, but I had fun with a photo of my grandson wearing a daft pair of sunglasses.  This made me think of Biggles, so I sent him on a flight.  I've used elements from Marta Van Eck's Steampunk kit.  One of the helmets is from her Attic kit.  I cannot remember where I found the leather jacket. I think the fly is from Mom4three designs