Tuesday, 14 September 2010

There's that phrase again!

Yes, I have a stamp with my blog name on it...lol !
I finished this card today. The sentiment is by Elusive Images, the frame by Stampers Anonymous (my alltime favourite stamp company) and the female image is called 'Studio Angel' and is by Acey Deucy, now made by Stampington, I believe. The background is stamped using a Paper Artsy mini and the beautiful marbled paper is the real deal..... a piece from a pack I bought in Il Papiro in Florence.

Here's a detail from this card. I mounted the stamped frame image on some heavy card after painting it with watercolours,Distress Inks and H2Os before cutting and tearing around it and then raised it on some sticky fixers above the Acey Deucy image.

If you ever go to Florence and visit the Duomo - which of course you would - you'll find Il Papiro right in the shadow of that impressive confection of a building. Anyway, they have several shops in Florence and at one of their other shops you can see a demonstration of marbled paper being made. It's fascinating. So, this is handmade marbled paper.
And here's a photo of me outside the shop after buying my paper bits back in February.....
Here are a few more photos from our fabulous city break to Florence - oh how I loved that place but it was freeeeeezing cold when we were there!

Go there if you ever get the chance and if you love old cities and art!!

Monday, 6 September 2010

Digital Scrapbooking

Well, I've been and gone and done it. Ideal World shopping channel had a special offer on Serif Digital Scrapbook Artist 2 by the wonderful software company Serif....whose stuff I really LOVE! So I took the plunge and took advantage of the offer.
I have it installed and have been playing with it ever since, getting to know my way round it. I've never done any digital scrapbooking before but have wanted to have a go at it for some time so this is quite exciting.
Well, here is one of the first pages I've done to get the hang of it all and I'm quite pleased with this. I have no idea if there are any 'rules' to this game so I just went for it!

I'm really very impressed with this software and it does all I hoped and more. It's really very reasonably priced and Serif just make life so easy for the user....it's idiot-proof, you can take it from me, lol !!

Everything but the beautiful frame is from the installed Daisy Trail kits or from free downloaded Daisy Trail items. That beautiful frame is a freebie from a brilliant site called Raspberry Road Designs.