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.