Saturday, January 28, 2012

Hooked on Digis

I admit it. I adore the immediacy of the internet. I sign in at my public library (6th busiest in North America) and I can download audio books directly onto my ipod or EPUB books into my Adobe Digital Reader and eventually onto an e-reader (don't pop my dream bubble - I would love to have one!).

There are several reasons I love digital images; They come without postage and are relatively inexpensive. I love the immediate gratification of placing my order with any number of digital image companies and my images are in my inbox within the hour and occasionally within 24hours. They don't take up room on my overflowing stamp shelves. A key factor is that it feeds the anal control freak in me that doesn't get to surface very often - I can re-size the images to fit my creative vision. I adore that!

The down side is that I only know how to print in black or tones of black. There's no pink, red, blue or green. I only print on white card stock because my printer sucks and doesn't print in colour anymore, even with brand new cyan, cadmium, and magenta cartridges.

I don't use digital paper designs because I haven't advanced technologically beyond black and white. I don't digi scrapbook either because it's really too technical for me. I find a place of great calm and peace as I copy and paste digi images from my computer files into a word document and then fiddle with the size until it is so perfect, I can hardly stand it!

This darling image is A Special Flower from A Day For Daisies. My colours are all from an older Basic Grey paper, Sultry. I do love that pink and green combination!

This card is very thick and I doubt it would make it safely through the mail. There is something that appeals to me in making a card that is so decadently thick that it has to be delivered by hand with some for real face to face time!

I used my Spiral Blossom 1 die from Spellbinders to create the pink part of this flower. This die cuts a flower so much bigger than I had imagined it would be! My fault, not the die's fault. I cut it, rolled it, became alarmed with it's size, squished it, then cut off the smallest third of the length from the center. Then, I grabbed a mulberry floral embellishment and re-curled the spiral blossom around my pre-made flower. I worked the pink petals a bit to create some additional texture, and let a little sigh of happiness escape from my happy place. I ran a narrow bead of glue around the petal edges and dipped it in glitter. While the final product is bigger than the original die cut flower, it isn't as thick - it's a much flatter flower which works better with my card.

I love this little sentiment. It's from tlc Creations in their word art section. I have several pages of their sentiments printed and ready to go should the urge jump up and grab me. And I can re-size it to fit whatever die I want to use to cut it out! *DIVINE*

As with the flower, I ran a bead of glue around the pink Labels 16 layer and dipped it in my glitter. I coloured my image with copic markers and added a little magic to her background using stardust stickles.

copics used today; E000/01/11/74/77/79, B0000/00/01/02, YG01/05/07/09, RV11/13/17, YR 01/02/04, colorless blender, 100 special black

stamps; a special flower (adfd), sentiment (tlc creations)
paper; sultry (basic grey), slipper dotted swiss, green tea, maltball, white canvas (bazzill), x-press it blending card stock (copic)
accessories; lg classic square nestabilities, label tag trio, spiral blossom 1, eyelet squares, labels 16 (spellbinders), sultry button (basic grey), crystal ultrafine glitter (art institute), mulberry floral embellishments (recollections), old olive striped and pink pirouette taffeta ribbons (SU!), stardust stickles (ranger)

colour create - pink and green
paper crafting journey - floral
my mum's craft shop - flowers
my time to craft - favourite embellishment (ribbon)
cardmadfairy's - ribbon and bows
papertake weekly - happy highlights
stamping with the dragon - anything goes
sew many challenges - circles
whoopsie daisy challenge - let's bling it
AUD sentiments - inspiration challenge (love)
crazy4 challenges - lots of layers (c4c121)


Tracey T said...

What a fabulous card, Loretta and I love the sentiment! I know exactly what you mean about the weight/thickness of handmade cards. I just need to get better at making boxes to put them in! Hugs, Tracey x

Diane's Card Designs said...

Awww this is lovely! Such a sweet image and love the layout and all the detail. Thanks for joining us at MMCS Challenge this week.
Diane xx

Kerry Steger said...

OMG Loretta!! This card is divine!!!! I love the image but also have you have finished the card off beautifully and the pretty stickles added around the image!! I love this card! Thanks for playing along with Colour Create and good luck!!

Kerry Steger said...

Just adding that you now have a new follower - I love your creations!!

Angie said...

Gorgeous card love the sweet digi and your papers are fabulous.
Thanks for joining us at Papertake weekly.
Angie x

Pat said...

Beautiful card, super layout, image, and lovely image. Thanks for sharing with us at MTTC this week.

Pat xx

Conniecrafter said...

Awww she is so sweet, and your coloring of her is Beautiful!! Love the papers you've chosen and very cute sentiment too :) I haven't tried digital images yet, even though I googled for free images to give it a try.

Shelby said...

Beautiful card with rich striking colors! Thanks for joining us at MMCS


Judi said...

This is so sweet and I just love the flower you made. You are right, too, about the pink and green. I tried a digital image last October and it was kind of fun. I guess I am just addicted to rubber, tho.

Cheryl First said...

Oh WOW! All the details, layers and dimension on this is amazing! Thanks for joining us at Stamping with the Dragon!
Cheryl First
Stamping Dragon DT

Stamping Becky said...

Wow! Such a beautiful card! The sentiment is so funny. I really like that pink and white, glittery blossom you made. Lovely colouring, as always, Loretta.

Lesley said...

Gorgeous card! Lovely image and colours. Fab card! Thank you for taking part in the MTTC challenge xx

Splashbunny said...

Love the colour palette.
Thank you for joining us at PCJ for our Floral challenge. Hope to see for our next challenge!

Antonella said...

This is adorable!!! Hugs, antonella :-)

Crafting Adventures said...

Love the colors! Beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Sew Many Challenges this week!

Tracey said...

This is stunning Loretta, I love everything about it!

alethea said...

What a sweet card and I love that sentiment!! Thanks for joining us at PCJ for our Floral challenge!! Hugsxx

sandra's crafty corner said...

what a fabby creation thanks for joining us at cardmadfairy's digi days and good luck xxxx

Shanna Shands said...

I love everything about this creation. I love digis too. Thanks for playing along with Colour Create. Hope you join in for the new challenge tomorrow.

Carol said...

Beautiful card Loretta, thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments this time. Carol DT x

Gemma said...

beautiful card! thanks for joining in at the Digi Days challenge this fortnight! Gemma :)

Arielle ~ SnappyStamper said...

Hi Loretta! This is gorgeous! Love your coloring! I was looking for an email address for you, can you email me? ~ Arielle, ADFD DT

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