Wednesday, 27 January 2010


Hi Raven38- welcome to my blog. I wondered who you were and then visited your blog and recognised all that Alabama work you did:)

Sunday, 24 January 2010


A new challenge has just been posted at Sunday Scrappers
It has a pop art theme and there will be a posting bonus.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Buttons for you

I have scanned some buttons for the course I'm doing. They are mostly from my button box with buttons from about 1920s onwards, one was made digitally.

Monday, 18 January 2010


Welcome Connie and Jenni and thanks for looking at my blog. I hope you find some things of interest from time to time:)

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Isle of Wight

We have just returned from a short break on the Isle of Wight. There was still a bit of snow around, but we visited Osborne House (home of Queen Victoria) and Carisbrooke Castle where donkeys demonstrate the treadmill which provided water for the castle.

Monday, 11 January 2010

Rolled Background Preview

Instructions for “Rolled Paper Preview”, using PSP.
I was asked yesterday about how backgrounds can be presented with a "rolled" look.
Hoefully, you can follow this in other programs. This is how I do it:

Open a new file at your usual page size e.g.12x12” @300ppi.

Fill with a black to transparent gradient (with the black running vertically)
With your pick tool, drag the fill to the centre of your page keeping the black at the page edge. Duplicate the layer and mirror the new layer. “Merge down” the upper layer. You now have black at each edge and transparency in the middle.

However  many paper rolls you want, divide 12” by that number. Let’s say you want to display four backgrounds. Each roll would need to be 3” wide. Again with the pick tool, drag the gradient across the page until it fills 3”.

Select the blank part of the page (selection tool) and then invert the selection. Edit, copy,  then edit paste “as new selection”. Repeat across the page. Merge layers if you need to, but in PSP using “paste as new selection” you will not need to.

When using this gradient, have it as the top layer, with your backgrounds stacked below. Taking the appropriate selections from the gradient page, select each background layer in turn, deleting the unwanted parts.

You may need to lower the opacity of the gradient and try “overlay” and “hard light” to see which gives the better result.

Friday, 8 January 2010


I did a new kit today called "In the Dark"! for the challenge at Hummies World.
Here is the link

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Green Woodpecker

I get great pleasure from watching birds. Today a green woodpecker came to the garden. From time to time it searches in the same small spot for ants, but this morning he was unlucky! It is a scraplift of work by Sailing Sue, who is a real expert on bird photography and has some amazing LOs. Here is her gallery.

Monday, 4 January 2010


Hi Beth- welcome to my blog:)

A new challenge has started at Sunday Scrappers. It is something a bit different as it has an educational purpose and involves scrapping about your local area. Lisa, my co-host at Sunday Scrappers chat, has set this one up. It will be exciting to see contributions from around the world. Read all about it HERE. Oh yes, and there is a pretty, wintery page kit as a posting bonus, kindly donated by Shana.
I'm not sure yet what my contribution will be, but as I live by the "Jurassic Coast, World Heritage Site" I think I shall have to include a dinosaur or two.

Friday, 1 January 2010

Some Scrapping

I actually found time today to do some scrap pages. Here they are, all using products from Club Digital at DSP and photos taken around Somerset.