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Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Mid-Week Post - Winner of How Many and also a Ribbon Hair Tie Tutorial

For our CURRENT CHALLENGE please click HERE

Thank you all to everyone who played along with our 'Guess How Many' fun. :)
There were some fabulous guesses but no-one got the correct answer.

The amount of Beads in the Paua Shell is........
222
The closest guess was 217 -
so CONGRATULATIONS TO Jie Craft
Please contact me using the contact button at the top of the blog and let me know if you would like the coloured or uncoloured version of Lulu. :)

Now for our brilliant RIBBON HAIR TIE TUTORIAL
by our lovely Leesa aka The Navy Wife.

Ribbon Hair Tie Tutorial

Materials
Ribbon – In as many colors as you please
Hair tie
Scissors
Lighter / Candle flame

The How To –

1. Cut your ribbon into 6 inch lengths.  My hair ties are 4.5cm in diameter and I used 30 ribbons strips.  You can always cut more and add more as you go.
2.Once all my strips are cut, I like to take a lighter or candle flame lightly to both ends of the ribbons and singe them so the ribbon does not fray. 
 3. Take one of your 6 inch ribbon strips and tie onto your hair tie.  I tie just a single knot as I find a double knot makes the ribbon to bulky.  With the twisting and turning the hair tie will get being placed in the hair and with little fingers having the desire to touch the ribbon constantly, these actions should be enough to keep the knots tight.
3. Continue tie-ing the ribbon around the hair tie, filling in any gaps.  If you are using more than 1 color of ribbon, co-ordinate your colors as you go.  I usually have one or two spare ribbons left over and just squeeze some ribbons down and find room for the last few.

As you can see below, by making a simple tag to hold the hair tie, you can really turn this into a beautiful gift that any little girl would love to receive. The  Lulu Blowing Bubbles digital image from TheCrafty Pad Designs works well this girly girl project and with the added tag it makes the perfect quick, cheap and easy little birthday gift or even stocking filler!  

 Happy Crafting!
Leesa aka The Navy Wife


xxThe Crafty Pad Teamxx

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Challenge 155 - Show some Valentine/Anniversary Love,

 Thank you for all the brilliant entries we had for our last challenge. :) :)

Don't forget to try your luck at our Guess How Many game..you can find it HERE

Our Challenge this week is :-
Show some Valentine/Anniversary Love
It won't be long until Valentine's Day!

Our winner this week is.. #87 NikkiByrne
Congratulations Nikki
Fabulous mono colouring and brilliant layout. :)
Contact Debbie using the Contact Button at the top of the blog and Debbie will
sort your prize out for you. :)
Please take your Winner's Badge from our side bar. :)

Our Top 3 this week...
#21 - Theo   Now Theo is only 7 years old and what a fantastic crafter he is already.  We just fell in love with his dragon card.  Please do pop over to his blog and leave him some comments on his fabulous work. :)  If he keeps on going the way he is he could be our next Tim Holtz. :)
#38 - Pinkpapercrowns    This is a stunning card with fabulous layering effects - we all love it. :)
#51 - Jayne   A fabulous card - great colouring and attention to detail. :)

Congratulations - please take your TOP 3 Badge from our side bar. :)

Our Sponsor this week is the lovely

and this is the prize you could win...

This is 'Pinkys' last week with us as GDT - thank you Pinky it has been a huge pleasure. :)

Here are the DT Valentine/Love examples for your inspiration...
The DT ladies have all used 'Love Birds' from our shop - HERE






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

All the links for the Design Teams blogs are in the sidebar (or you can click on their names above the pics) so please go and have a look to find out exactly how they have created their projects 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.  Thank you. Please link directly to your post and not just your blog. Thanks.



xxThe Crafty Pad Teamxx

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Mid-Week post - Guess How Many?

For our Current Challenge please click HERE

Our mid-week post this week is a wee Guessing Game. :)

Guess how many beads in this Paua Shell?


The winner will get Lulu Blowing Bubbles - (coloured or uncoloured - winners choice)


 You can see the Coloured Version HERE



   Rules :- 
One Guess only per person please.   Leave a comment with your Guess. :)

If there is more than one winner then names will be put into a virtual hat and 1 winner picked out.

If no-one guesses the correct amount then it will be the one closest to the correct answer.


Closing Date - Monday 30th January @ 7pm GMT


Happy Guessing and hope you enjoy our bit of fun!

xxThe Crafty Pad Teamxx

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Challenge 154 - Lets See Something for The Boys!

 Thank you for all the fabulous entries for our last challenge - super sparkly entries. :) :)

Some news about our DT - Victoria has left us to pursue other things with her family.
Ali is having a well earned break and will be back with us in the Spring. 
Diane is having some time out too.  But we still have some super makes from the
rest of the fabulous DT ladies. :) 

EDITED to add our Winners.....
Our winner this week is #12 Lisa E
 
Super sparkly card and we love the fabulous lettering. :)
Please contact Debbie and she will get your prize sorted out for  you.
Congratulations Lisa please take your Winner's badge from our side bar. :)

Our Top 3 are :-
#7 Mary C Super sparkle on this card and the layers are fabulous. :)
#14 Tracey Brossart  Gorgeous layout, clean design and perfect sparkle. :)


#42 CraftyC   Beautiful card and layering, lovely sparkle. :)
Congratulations Ladies please take the Top 3 badge from our side bar. :)

The challenge this week is - 
Let's See Something for The Boys!

Our Sponsor this week is
Joanna Sheen
The prize is £10 voucher to spend in her fabby online store. :)

The DT ladies have got some wonderful inspiration for you this week,
they have all used Bowling - It's a Strike image
available from our Shop HERE






I think you will agree they have done a fabulous job again this week. :)

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

All the links for the Design Teams blogs are in the sidebar (or you can click on their names above the pics) so please go and have a look to find out exactly how they have created their projects 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. 
 Please link directly to your post and not just your blog. Thanks. 



xxThe Crafty Pad Teamxx

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Mid-week Tutorial - How to make a Watermark for your photos..

Please Click HERE for our current challenge. :)
 
 
How to make a Watermark for your photos!

For this tutorial I will be using an editing program called Paint.net that is available to download free from HERE.  And this technique should be easily adaptable to other editing programs.

You will need –
Photo(s) of a card or project (for this example I am going to use this gorgeous card I made using The Crafty Pad Designs digital image Lulu Blowing Bubbles)
An editing program such a Paint.net
Optional an image to include in your watermark – for this example I am using The CraftyPad Designs digital image called Flourish from the Rose and Swirl Flourish set.

 
1. Open Paint.net. and start a new document by selecting NEW from the FILE drop down menu.  A new window box will open and ask you the size you would like for you new document.  
2. Uncheck the Maintain Aspect Ratio box.
3. Change the value amount in the resolution box to 99.00 pixels/inch
4. Change the values in the PRINT size section to WIDTH 5.0 (inches) and HEIGHT 2.5
Your new document should look like this. 
PIC 1 steps 1 to 4
(To better view of the pictures please click on it to enlarge it)
5. You will need to open the TOOLS window and the LAYERS window.  You can shortcut these by pressing F5 for the TOOLS and F7 for the LAYERS window.
6. From the TOOLS Menu select the MAGIC WAND tool and click on your document.  This will highlight your document in a bluish tone, as in PIC 2.  Press the DELETE button.  This should leave your document looking like a checker board of grey and white squares like this.  Seeing the grey and white squares means your image is transparent, so if you were to place it over another image or even print your image onto designer paper, the background would be deleted and you would only print or see the true image. PIC 3

 PIC 2 steps 5 to 6

  PIC 3 steps 5 to 6

7. From the TOOLS Menu select the TEXT tool (the capital LETTER T in the tools window).
8. Click on your document and type what you would like your watermark to display.  Note - You can edit the font type and size from the tool bar along the top of the page (very similar to as you would in Microsoft word).  Use the crosshairs to place your text where you would like it on your document.  Do note though, if you would like to use different fronts or different sized fonts you will need to add each of these differences individually to your document as you cannot change fonts or font sizes or bold italics ect to select sections of your text.  What font, size and style you choose will be the same for all your text.   If you would like to use different fonts, click on the document again and this will start a new TEXT image within your document that you can than re-follow the above directions. 
 PIC 4 steps 7 to 8

 PIC 5 steps 7 to 8

9. Adding an image is optional,  if you don’t want to add an image, skip to step #17 .If you would like to add an image to your watermark; from the FILE MENU select the OPEN tool and select the image you would like to use - in this case I am using The Crafty Pad Designs digital image called Flourish from the Rose and Swirl Flourish set.  I like to make my image transparent and remove all the background while they are in the simplest form (I think it makes it easier for placement on your text document and the end picture clearer).  To make the image transparent, using the MAGIC WAND from the TOOLS menu click on all the white space in the image.  Holding the CTRL button as you click will allow you to highlight several sections of the image at one time if you have multiply white spaces.   
PIC 6 - Step 9

10. Once all your white space is highlighted press the DELETE key.
11. Next we want to go to the EDIT drop down menu and select the SELECT ALL option.  This then highlights the whole image in a bluish tone ready to transfer to your word document.  
12. From the EDIT drop down menu, select COPY. PIC 7
PIC 7 - Step10 to 12

13. Click on your text document in the top right hand corner of the window then from the EDIT drop down menu select PASTE INTO NEW LAYER.  Your image should appear over your text and there should be TWO layers in the LAYERS WINDOW.  If you are prompted by a warning box stating the image being pasted is to big for the canvas size, click the KEEP CANVAS SIZE option.   Use the image resize pixels drag one of the corners of the image inwards and adjust the image to the size you require. 
14. Drag and drop the image to where you would like it placed on your text document.
15. From the LAYERS drop down menu select MERGE LAYER DOWN.  There should only be one layer in the LAYERS WINDOW now. 
PIC 8 - Step13 to 15
PIC 9 - Step13 to 15

16.  Again we want to go to the EDIT drop down menu and select the SELECT ALL option.  This then highlights the whole image in a bluish tone. 
17. From the ADUSTMENTS drop down Menu select INVERT COLORS.  This will transform your text and image all white ready to use as a watermark. 
 PIC 10 - Steps 16 to 17

18.  From the FILE drop down menu select SAVE AS option.
19.  Edit the name your document and save the image as a PNG file type and click OK and your watermark is now finished.
PIC 11 - Steps 18 to 19
20.  To add this watermark to your photo.  Open both your watermark and photo and follow the above steps from 11 to 15 moving your watermark and layering it onto your photo.

I've used the watermark we have just made on this card below featuring The Crafty Pad Designs newly released image Lulu blowing bubbles digital image that is available from HERE.



Happy Crafting Folks!
Leesa aka The Navy Wife

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Our First Challenge of 2012 - Challenge #153 New Year Sparkle

 Welcome back to our first challenge of 2012. :)  
To begin our New Year we have some new releases for you. :)

Our challenge this week is
Show us your New Year Sparkle - 
Use some glitter and gems on your project.

Our Sponsor is
and the prize is £10.00 to spend in their fabby online store. :)

We have a lovely GDT with us for January - please welcome PINKY

Inspiration time for you - just look at what the DT ladies have created for you....
The image used is Lulu with Cake from The Crafty Pad Designs Shop - HERE.
She and others are on 'Special' this week at the Shop. :)













Debbie


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

All the links for the Design Teams blogs are in the sidebar (or you can click on their names above the pics) so please go and have a look to find out exactly how they have created their projects 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. Please link directly to your post and not just your blog. Thanks.




xxThe Crafty Pad Teamxx