Saturday, 22 August 2015

CD Sunday - photo inspiration

For the theme this time CD Sunday have chosen 'photo inspiration'. This is the photo:

As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to use the photo on a card and not just the colours as inspiration. I opened the photo in Dazzling Reflections which is an application used to turn photos into kaleidoscopes. I bought it many years ago and love making pretty pictures from it but don't often actually use them in my card-making! 
So next I needed a card design to show the picture at it's best. I was flicking through issue 142 of Quick Cards Made Easy magazine and found the perfect card design. It's called a cathedral window card and uses a design from patchwork quilts.

The mats and bow are made from papers off my favourite 'go to' CD Rom - Creative Crafting World's Perfect Paper Crafting Companions. I chose peach and opal to bring out the colours of the original photo.
I've used circle and square dies from Tonic and the bow is a Sue Wilson die. The card is finished off with navy blue gems again picking up the colour from the photo. You can't see from this photo of the card but there's tiny navy gems in the centre of each patterned square.
I haven't put a sentiment on it yet but some of my work colleagues are being made redundant so the card may be given to one of them.
I've enjoyed this challenge - thanks for picking it Jocelyn!

I came first with the above card.

Saturday, 8 August 2015

PC Problems

I think I should have stayed in bed this morning! I intended making a card in order to enter the CD Sunday Challenge which has a theme of Rock Star. I found a great card on Greeting Card Factory Deluxe 10 with a funny insert as well. First of all I couldn't get the backing off my double sided tape, then it tore as I peeled it off the topper and I had to try and get my pokey tool under the topper to get at the remainder of the tape. Then when I opened the card I'd stuck the topper on the back of the card!  I then put the computer on and had just started writing this post when there was a loud BANG from outside. Hubby was cutting the grass with the electric mower (he usually uses a petrol one) and had run over the wire. Luckily he uses a current breaker so he wasn't hurt. So now thinking all my problems were sorted I turned the PC back on and tried to scan the card. It's the first time I've used the scanner since upgrading to Windows 10 and I was told the drivers needed to be installed. So I took photos of the card and inserted the SD card into the PC. The program I use to upload my photos is called and came preinstalled on the computer (it's an Acer product). isn't compatable with Windows 10! I also can't use Internet Explorer to upload photos to my blog so clicked on the Google icon........and nothing happened. I've had to uninstall and reinstall Google and it's taken me 4 hours to get this far. So I'm sorry CD Sunday ladies but I'm VERY late in entering this challenge.
Here's the card:

And the insert:

I now need to go for a lie down in a darkened room LOL!