Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Serif Parchment Crafts - Craft Artist

Hi Everyone, tomorrow (20th November) on Create & Craft TV, Serif are launching the new 'Parchment Crafts' collections 1 & 2 during their one time only deal event. Michelle will be doing some great demonstrations to Inspire you. These will be starting from 8am onwards with shows throughout the day. These digikits are compatible with Craft Artist software.

Kits in the two collections include ...
Parchment Bows, Butterflies, Florals, Flourishes, Frames, Lace, Toppers, Words

For your Inspiration here are some ideas I created...
I have listed the kits used on each project.
Pink ornate circular dimensional card
Parchment Toppers, Florals and Butterflies
 Two tone card blue & natural with 2 matching tags 
Parchment Frames, Lace, Butterflies and Words
 Vintage photo card natural and white
Parchment Frames, Lace, Florals and Words
Lilac Gift Bag / Parchment Flourishes
 25th Anniversary card lilac (gatefold & decoupage)
Parchment Flourishes, Frames, Florals and Bows
Christmas easel card
Parchment Lace, Words and Flourishes

Here are some Hints, Tips & Ideas 
using the Parchment Crafts elements

These print beautifully on different mediums including card, vellum etc so have great scope for your hybrid crafting projects. 

Currently available at Create & Craft

*The collections - digikits will be available at Daisytrail from a future date 
to be confirmed.






Thursday, 6 November 2014

Christmas Card Making Ideas...

In the run up to the Holidays it is a great time to be creative and try out a few ideas. Below are some brand new Christmas Layouts I created today for your Inspiration. Focusing mostly on card front designs.They were created using some of the Christmas digikits I have in store at Escape And Scrap.  These kits are great for Cardmaking,Scrapbooking and crafting giving a lovely versatility to different projects you design and create.
Winters Wish
Glitter Fun
Christmas Sparkle
A Woodland Winter Add-On

(These Digikits are all currently on promotion)
Large card front idea created using Winters Wish. Cropping and layering papers,colouring the glittered ribbon and clustering the elements to make a beautiful textured look.
Using Glitter Fun, cropping papers and using as matching side borders. Replication of one element to give a central focus. The simplicity of this works beautifully. Adding additional glitter once printed would make this really sparkly and sweet.
A really traditional looking card front created using Christmas Sparkle. The elements were used to create a frame edge around the page, green material punched to reveal the lighter gold one underneath and word art added to complete.
I am a huge fan of blending as a tool to change things. So for this scrapbooking layout, although I guess it could as easily become a card topper too I used A Woodland Winter Add-On digikit. The kit is blue in theme but I wanted to give a golden hue to the finished page. I overlayed two natural tone papers. First one was given a hue blend and the second an overlay blend creating the golden theme you see here.

All Layouts were created in Serif Craft Artist 2 software.

You can see all my digikits and the current promotions 





























Thursday, 30 October 2014

Algera Designs Fabulous DSD Sale

Hi Everyone, I am having a Fabulous DSD Sale with a huge 75% saving on all Digital Scrapbooking products in my store at Escape And Scrap. This Sale starts from now until the 3rd November inclusive and is a great time to treat yourself to any digikits you fancy from my entire 'Algera Designs' range.

Please see the range in store








Saturday, 11 October 2014

Serif - Roald Dahl Digikits at Daisytrail

This week saw the launch of all the Wonderful Roald Dahl digikits in downloadable format at Daisytrail. I  previously had the pleasure of creating some samples and ideas using collections 1 & 2 when they were first launched at Create & Craft. If you missed my blog post about them you can see it here link .  This post encompasses some card making ideas using the new collection 3, containing the following individual digikits. Esio Trot, The Witches, Matilda, The Enormous Crocodile and The Magic Finger. (all compatible with Serif Craft Artist 2 software). Below are a mix of ideas for Inspiration.
A cute card created using the sweetest little mice from 'The Witches' 
Inked background, shaped toppers and some coloured gems and flower.
 Perfect for Halloween,  a fun card created using 'The Witches'. 
Once printed and cut out, I matt and layered the side and central topper, onto card that had 'mowed lawn' distress ink applied. Wording on the side panels is with ref: to the Roald Dahl Treasury - The Witches. Punched out a cloud shape for the top and finished with some gems and glitter gel painted on the witch.
I teamed up 'The Enormous Crocodile' kit and some of the Gobblefunk text for this one. Shadow really lifts the elements and a little glitter gel painted onto the Roly - poly bird for sparkle.
I love the name of the little monkey 'Muggle - wump' that naughty crocodile in the 'Enormous Crocodile' was certainly perplexed by the antics of all the animals in the story, trying to stop him eating children! This would be a good card for someone starting a new adventure, new job etc.. finished with some tiny gems and wording to pull the theme together.
Quite a simple layered card, using the 'Esio Trot' digikit. I alternated the colours of the gems. Punched a heart out of material to place behind the image and lead the eye to focus on the beautiful art work of Quentin Blake.
In the story of 'Esio Trot'  Mr Hoppy is very much in love with a widow called Mrs. Silver and in his quest for love goes to extraordinary lengths to win her love. This is him in the pet shop purchasing not 1 but 140 tortoises, hence the caption I added 'I would do anything for you'. 
This card was made using The 'Matilda' digikit. I used a circle element from the kit, making it small and replicating it to add interest to the background, then layered elements. Wording added to work in harmony with the beautiful imagery.
Cropping and layering papers on this card layout, for any occasion, finished with some delicate glittery flowers. The textured papers in this kit are great.
A Scrapbooking layout created using 'The Magic Finger' materials cropped and brush / edge finishes added.
Same kit, but one for the boys this time, papers blended a little matt and layering 
some gems to complete.

These digikits have such scope for fun and imaginative projects, the ideas here are just a taster.

Each of the kits can now be purchased individually from Daisytrail, so whether you have a particular favourite or wish to build a collection, the choice is yours.

Credit to: 
Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake, Serif and the Daisytrail Designers
Craft Artist 2 - software 
Ref tools: The Roald Dahl Treasury 


Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Serif Craftscapes and Tunnel Card - Digikits

Some gorgeous new digikits from Serif, called 'Craftscapes' compatible with Serif Craft Artist 2. The kits are called: Autumn Country, Country Garden, English Town, Summer Seaside, Twilight Forest and Winter Village. Plus they have the Fabulous Tunnel Cards. I have to admit I loved working with the Craftscape kits ... They contain the most beautiful painted elements that enable you to build your own scenes/landscapes and layouts. Each idea seen below started with a blank page and then I chose to concentrate on layering elements to build each one from scratch thus showing what could be achieved. These are great for card toppers and card designs, beautiful wall art and projects. The kits contain some wonderful ready made layouts and elements too, so there is lots of scope for different things.
Whimsical 'Thinking Of You' card
Moonscape Hanger
A Wall Hanging, great for Autumn or Halloween
New Home Card
Any Occasion Card
Bon Voyage Card
Art Piece
Shaped card
Christmas scene card
Christmas scene card 2
Tunnel Card
These print out in sections which you cut and layer to give lovely depth.
I added a little glitter to complete.

These products were originally on Create & Craft as part of the 'One Day Wonder'
currently sold out from there 

* They will be coming to Daisytrail at a future point in time*