Stampin Up Party
I had so much fun at the weekend sitting around with the girls making cards at a Stampin Up party, that I've decided to have one myself! I haven't allowed myself the time to do any paper crafting lately, and I'm not really a card-maker at all, so this was a really nice change. Nothing like that to freshen up the creativity. I enjoyed the process so much, just cutting, pasting, asking questions, seeing other's diversify their own creations. Felt like I got to grow a bit more. So I came home and made 12 more cards before bathing the boys! Very happy. It's something you don't have to have a lot of time to do. A lot of the girls just make up a few cards to use up their scraps after making a scrapbooking page. It's so small and quick and do-able. Have already used two of them to accompany gifts too. Love it! There's even the idea of making up a pack of co-ordinated cards in a box, tied with ribbon, and giving them as gifts in themselves. Nice.
So, the party's at 2pm on July 6, for those of you who are local. Just don't be gate-crashing me like that idiot Corey, ok? RSVP me via email or phone instead. And yes, it's a silent number so only friends have it.
Here's a peek at my cards.
These are made using my own DCWV papers. Stampin Up has a range of designer papers which are very pretty, very suitable to this project. Here are the cards I made at the workshop last weekend.
The photo is terrible and doesn't do them justice, it's taken at night, inside, in poor conditions! The paper is Groovy guava and Celery green pin stripe.
I have designed some Christening invitation photos for baby Dee. I plan to adhere them to powder pink cardstock with all the details written or stamped on the back.
I just need to upload this image to a place called www.getdigital.com.au which charges only 10c per 4x6 matte photo, with $2 pick-up fee from my local chemist, and I'm laughing!
Also did a 12x9 inch version to make a hybrid LO later on. Added a grungy border and revealed Dana's blue eyes too.
Very simple process in Photoshop Elements to do this technique. You need to make a duplicate layer of the original colour photograph. Then adjust the hue/saturation of this new layer until it becomes B&W (or shades of grey if you like). Then, with the new layer active, erase bits and pieces of the B&W layer, to reveal the coloured layer beneath. Lovely! Just like colouring in, only with a mouse. It must be easy, because I did it all with my right hand, and I'm left-handed in real life! Just make sure you enlarge/magnify the image a lot so you can work without squinting too much! And remember to do lots of clicks as you drag, because you will need to "undo" a lot when you accidently erase outside the lines.
Then I just whipped up a quickpage LO by zooming in of various aspects of the series of photos I had taken, concentrating on the hands, feet and eyes. Recoloured them B&W. Cropped them to squares. Pasted them behind the quickpage windows. Whaa-la. Done. Now I'll print this out and stick it to 12x12 cardstock, add the date and a line or two of journalling, tie a ribbon around in to incorporate the lot, and its another page done!
Time to go. TFL!