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Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Tutorial - How to change the line colour of a digital image


How to change the line colour of a digital image
Brought to you by our lovely Navy Wife - Leesa.. :)

Please click on the pictures to bring them up larger...

1.Insert your picture into you software program – I am using Microsoft Word 2007 and for this tutorial and I am using the border from The Crafty Pad Designs - Butterfly and Verse set.

2. Place the mouse cursor over the picture and right click. This will bring up a side toolbar as shown in picture 1. Click on the ‘FORMAT’ option as red circle highlighted in picture 1.

3. This will then display the formatting toolbox as shown in picture 2. From the selection menu on the left, select ‘PICTURE’ and left mouse click to show the editing toolbar as shown in Picture 2.

4. Select the colour you would like from the selections under the ‘LIGHT VARIATIONS’ – this will change the line colour to the colour you have chosen. The ‘Dark Variations’ selections will change the background, white space and the image to the chosen colour. As you can see in Picture 3, I have chosen to change my image lines to red.

5. You can also manually adjust the colour of the lines more by adjusting the settings on the brightness and contrast settings using the arrows. As you can see in picture 4 my image is now a more vibrate red.

6. Once you have your preferred colour, ‘CLOSE’ the dialog box and you are ready to re-size and print your image.

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Challenge 127 - Bold and Bright or Soft Pastels

Happy Sunday to everyone and thank you all ever so much for all the wonderful entries - we really enjoyed visiting you all and seeing your wonderful creations. :)
Our winner this week is #1 Corry  with her gorgeous book.  This is really beautiful and full of lots of love and creativity. :)

Please take your Winners badge and click on Contact Us and email Debbie and she will sort your prize out for you.

Now for our Top 3.....

#9 Avril -  We really loved this card for the subtle colours and the great use of dies. :)
#32 Leah the Orange -  This card has such a clean uncluttered design - again lovely and soft colours. :)

#34 Jeanette 
Beautiful card, lovely and bright and very happy. :)
                    Well done ladies. Please take your Top 3 badge from the sidebar.

Our challenge this week is
Use Bold/Bright colours OR Soft Pastel colours

Our sponsor this week is the fabulous
Crafty Emma Stores 
The Prize is the fabulous
Set of Dovecraft Sugar and Spice stamps.

Without further ado lets see what the DT ladies have been up to this week to give you lots of inspiration.......

Leesa The Navy Wife


Ali





Maggie




Dawn





The Dt have used images  Bradley from

The challenge will close as always, next Saturday at 8.00pm GMT.

All the links for the Design Teams blogs are in the sidebar so please go and have a look and leave them some love. :o)

Email entries are welcome. Email using the Contact Button and they'll be popped into the post for you and can I ask you again to PLEASE, please turn off your word verification if you don't mind. It's very time consuming making comments and it really does make like easier for us without it. Thanks.

We look forward to seeing all your beautiful Bold and Bright or Soft Pastel Creations.



xxThe Crafty Pad Teamxx

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

How to Crop Digital Images from a Sheet Tutorial & FREEBIE Image

This is a great tutorial brought to you by our lovely Leesa...
You can find the freebie evening purse at the bottom of this post. :)

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If you are somewhat new to the world of digital stamps as I am you may find this extremely handy.  I know I've wasted a lot of paper, card and ink on sheet images trying to get them to print at the size I want and I have printed many of the extra unwanted images on the sheet as I did not know how to ‘remove’ them from the printing selection.  So I thought I would share with you a handy little ‘know how’ that my brother so kindly showed me how to do. 

Please click on each picture to bring up the larger size.

1. Open a new blank document in your Office Word program (I am using Microsoft Office Word 2007).
2. Left mouse ‘click’ on the ‘INSERT TAB’ along the top toolbar. (Red circle highlighted in Picture 1)
3. Then left mouse ‘click’ on the ‘PICTURE’ tab in the toolbar. (Red circle highlighted in Picture 1)) This will open a dialog box that you can select your picture from. 
 4. Select the digital image or sheet you wish to use and left mouse click on ‘INSERT’ (red circle highlighted in Picture 1).  For this tutorial I am going to use The Crafty Pad Designs - Butterfly and Verse set


5. Once your picture is imported it should automatically bring up the ‘FORMAT PICTURE’ tool bar in your menu bar along the top of the screen. (If this doesn’t happen, left mouse ‘click’ on the image so the blue box appears around the image and then you will be in the correct editing TAB).
6. To crop your image you need to left mouse ‘click’ on the ‘CROP’ tab in the toolbar. (Red circle highlighted in Picture 2).  This will bring up the BOLD BLACK alignment marks around your image sheet as I have highlighted with green circles in picture 2.    
7. The butterfly in the bottom right corner that I have circle highlighted in picture 2 is the image we are going to ‘single out’ of the sheet and use.


8. Place your mouse over one of the BOLD MARKS, left mouse ‘click’ on it and hold the mouse button in and move your mouse.  This should be cropping the image in or out depending on the direction you are moving the mouse. In picture 3 I have started to move the bottom left bold mark in and you can notice the left side of the original image has disappeared.  Do this with all the marks until you have cropped the image to your need.  You may move and crop with all the bold marks; you are not limited to only using the corner marks. 



9. Picture 4 shows the finished single cropped image. Now ready for me to re-size or use as it is.  


You can also use this technique on single digital images if they have a lot of white wasted space around them in their original image.  I often use this now when I am working with my small die cuts and want to get as big a image as I can. 

I hope you find this as handy and waste saving as I have.


 Here is our Freebie for you ........ a girly evening bag. :)


 Just click on it to get the larger image, right click and save to your pc. :)

xxThe Crafty Pad Teamxx

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Challenge 126 Something New & Couple of New Releases

Happy Sunday to everyone and thank you all ever so much for all the wonderful entries - we really enjoyed visiting you all and seeing your 'Just Because Cards'
Our winner this week is #27 Marie with her gorgeous card. We love how you have the teddies
swinging freely. :)

Please take your Winners badge and click on Contact Us and email Debbie and she will sort your prize out for you.

Now for our Top 3.....

#39 Pauline  We love your beautiful soft colouring on your card. :)
#73 Juelmarie  We are so impressed with your card and that you made it in hospital with
                             limited supplies. :)
#77 Maya    We thought your card was stunning especially the colouring of your image. :)

                    Well done ladies. Please take your Top 3 badge from the sidebar.


Our challenge this week is
SOMETHING NEW - New Home, New Baby etc


Our sponsor this week is the fabulous Joanna Sheen

Joanna is offering the winner £10.00 to spend in her wonderful online crafty store. :)


Without further ado lets see what the DT ladies have been up to this week to give you lots of inspiration........

Leesa aka The Navy Wife




Maggie





Ali
Double Diamond card




Dawn





The Dt have used images from The Crafty Pad Designs
Milo Mouse Happy Days, Rocking Horse and Twins Sentiment. 

The challenge will close as always, next Saturday at 8.00pm GMT.

All the links for the Design Teams blogs are in the sidebar so please go and have a look and leave them some love. :o)

Email entries are welcome. Email using the Contact Button and they'll be popped into the post for you and can I ask you again to PLEASE, please turn off your word verification if you don't mind. It's very time consuming making comments and it really does make like easier for us without it. Thanks.

We look forward to seeing all your beautiful Something New creations. :) :)

NEW RELEASES for end of June......please welcome POLLY
you can find her HERE



xxThe Crafty Pad Teamxx

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Cake in a Jar Tutorial

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Cake In A Jar Tutorial
Brought to you by our lovely Leesa - this will certainly make your mouth water.. :)

If you haven’t already heard of this great gift idea or in my case ‘care package item’, then you are in for a real treat today!  I recently stumbled across this idea while looking for home baked gifts to send to hubby and our military mates.

So what exactly is it? Well it’s just like the name says - It’s a mini cake inside a mason jar and it arrives moist and fresh and is delicious and the best part is ... It’s homemade! 



Getting The Cake Into A Jar

You will need –
A cake mix – (packet mix works just as well)
Jar(s) – Please see my experimental notes at the bottom on best option(s) to use.
Items to decorate jar(s) – For this tutorial I have used, cardstock scraps, paper scraps, double sided sticky tape, embellishments – button(s), plastic spoon(s), ribbon and the following digital images from The Crafty Pad Designs  –Fabulous Friend Ticket, Thank You Muchly Ticket & Daisy Chains of Summer Circle Sentiment

Making the Cake in the Jar - Method -
1. Make the cake batter according to instructions for the recipe.
2. Sterilize your jars by boiling in hot water.  I additionally then place them on an over tray in a hot oven for 5 mins (this allows the water to evaporate).
3. Grease the jar(s) by liberally spraying the inside with cooking spray.
3. Fill jar(s) no more than half way with batter.


Looks like Mummy is on the right track so far!

4. Place jar(s) on oven tray and bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  This stage is extremely important!  Do not under cook the cakes or they will spoil and possibly cause food poisoning to the recipient.  If anything slightly overcook them if you are unsure. 
5. While baking, boil jar lids in a pot of water.  (I again place these in the over after-wards to evaporate the water)
6. When cake is cooked, take one jar at a time and cover with hot lid.  Screw on tight.  If using canning jars the lid will seal as it cools and you should hear a ‘ping’ when it seals.  If you do this stage while the cakes are still hot, condensation will form on the cake inside and cause it to spoil, so ensure the cake is cooled.
7. As the cake cools it will pull away from the jar, this allows it to easily slide out.
8. Do NOT frost the cake in the jar! This will result in the cake spoiling.  You will need to send the frosting separate, though I tend to make this mix with plenty of chocolate chips in the mix so that frosting is not as necessary.  



10. Decorate the jars.  I find they look adorable with a decorative strip around the middle and something added to the lid. 
11. Don’t forget to add some plastic spoons or forks, I like to try and accommodate these onto the top of the lid by tying them on with some ribbon.
9.  Wrap the jar(s) well (bubble wrap is preferable, but newspaper or clothing and other items will protect it also) if you are posting them.

My experimental notes on jars – It is recommended to use mason jars (canning jars) but as these are extremely hard for me to find in my small town I did experiment with jars in my first trial run.  I found lids with a rubber seal worked best and also adding a thick layer of glad wrap (plastic food wrap) between the lid and jar also worked.  Both produced the same result in still keeping the cake fresh and moist for 10 weeks.  Lids with no rubber seal but covered with a glad wrap cover still resulted in the cake not spoiling but they were not as moist as the others.  All my experiments were also subject to all the elements they would endure by going through the post - They were placed on the floor of my car in a box to roll around in the hot sun, under cover, through heat and cold.   If you do use canning jars the cake should stay fresh for up to a year, I only need my cake to stay fresh for no longer than 12 weeks and therefore and am happy to use the other jars.  My hubby also (most of the time) has enough sense to not eat or continue to eat something if it doesn’t taste or look ‘right’.  The kids and I all scoffed down on the test samples and I didn’t manage to kill them (*shucks* lol) or me and we are all still fine and normal or as close to normal as what we ever where.  **Please note I am not an expert in any form on ‘canning procedures or food preserving’ and these results are based solely on my own experimentation and canning jars are the preferred option for use with this recipe**

How to decorate the outside of the jar(s)
Materials needed
Adhesive – doubled sided tape, hot glue gun
Cardstock (mine is from my scraps)
Paper (Designer paper is again from my scraps)
Embellishments – Ribbon, plastic spoon(s), button(s), bling, flowers  ect

Measure the middle circumference of the jar and cut paper matted onto cardstock to required length.
Adhere adhesive to back of cardstock and stick to jar, making sure it is centered around the whole jar and the ends kiss together.
I like to place my image over where the ends have kissed to hide this and it makes a gorgeous embellishment to the jar as well.   
For the lid, I like to cut another circle of Designer Paper that has been matted onto cardstock and adhere that to the center of the lid.
Thread some ribbon through a button and affix in the center of the lid with hot glue. 
Tie your spoon onto the top of the lid with the ribbon.
Additionally you can add ribbon or twine around the lid of the jar, the decoration options are endless according to your own taste and style likes.

Here are a few I have previously made to give you some inspiration. 




Hope you have enjoyed this yummy tutorial and please let us know if you make one. :) :)

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Challenge 125 - Just Because You Can

Happy Sunday to everyone and thank you all ever so much for all the wonderful entries - you sure are a creative bunch and we loved visiting all your Stripey creations. :) :)
Our winner this week is #57 - Rainmac  with her gorgeous card. A really lovely card, beautiful soft colouring. :)
Please take your Winners badge and click on Contact Us and email Debbie and she will sort your prize out for you.

Now for our Top 3.....
#14 Janey We loved how your cut your whole image into the stripes - lovely effect. :)
#16 JulieJ  We loved the whole front panel on your step card - fabby. :)
#37 Terry  This is just a brilliant card - it had us in stitches with the brilliant sentiment..:)
Well done ladies. Please take your Top 3 badge from the sidebar.

Our challenge this week is Just Because You Can.....we want to see cards/creations that you have made for someone just because they deserve it or you just wanted to send them love etc - please NO Birthdays or Congratulations. :) 

Our sponsor this week is the fabulous CREATIVE CRAFT WORLD
and the prize is £10.00 to spend in their online shop. :)

And now for all the creative inspiration from the wonderful DT ladies to get  your creative juices flowing....


Leesa - The Navy Wife





Maggie





Ali (an acetate card)





Dawn





The challenge will close as always, next Saturday at 8.00pm GMT.

All the links for the Design Teams blogs are in the sidebar so please go and have a look and leave them some love. :o)

Email entries are welcome. Email using the Contact Button and they'll be popped into the post for you and can I ask you again to PLEASE, please turn off your word verification if you don't mind. It's very time consuming making comments and it really does make like easier for us without it. Thanks.
We look forward to seeing all your lovely ideas of Just Because You Can.



xxThe Crafty Pad Teamxx