Sunday, July 20, 2008

Customizing your Signature...

Helen left me a comment about my new signature and asked how it was created..so I thought I'd share some of the elements that went in to making it.

WARNING - The following information may lead you into another hobby...I WARN you, if you are computer minded...it is as addictive and as fun as quilting....

I spent A LOT of time this week browsing the internet for more info and tutorials on digital scrapbooking and I'm no way an expert, but I have learnt several new ways to make my pictures more interesting....Really it all started after I found Marica's blog...a fellow quilter who showcases her photography in the most beautiful way and I wanted to figure out how I, too, could do the same. At the same time, My Live Signature wasn't working and I thought it would be a great time to put my new skills to the test.

First you need some sort of photo editing software. I use Gimp...partially because we run on a Linux system and partially because it is FREE. Once you get the hang of it, it is as easy (or hard as the case may be) to use as Photoshop.

Next I gathered my supplies...like real scrapbooking it's all the graphics that make up an image...the background paper, the frames, the doodads (ribbons, buttons, etc.) I found these are easy to find on the internet. Here are 3 websites that can get you started. DigiFree, Krissy's Scraps and Shabby Princess. Like I said, they are just the start and they have links to so much more! (You have been WARNED...)

Next I went to Youtube and searched for digital scrapbooking and there is upteen links to good videos (here's just one user) that explain the process of layering up your image. Like the real thing it's just adding layer upon layer to create the design. So in the case of my signature I have a background picture, then a strip of white where the opacity has been lowered, then a stitching layer for the graphics that go along the top and bottom of the white bit, then a layer of doodads to make up the flower, then a layer of text. Once I was happy I merged the image as one, added a drop shadow and then uploaded it to flickr.

The last bit of info you need is the html. Which is the following

<a target="_blank"><img style="border: medium none; background: transparent none repeat scroll 0% 0%;" src="INSERT THE HTTP LINK HERE" /></a>

Once you have mastered layering and using all those yummy graphics to create decorative pictures you can then explore other areas of gimp..like getting your pictures to follow a shape...like I did here.



Saturday, July 19, 2008

Wow - a Blogger award!


I got a blogger award!
Both Nancy and Linda thought they would award me with it!
Thank you!

So now I have to pass the award on to 5 Brilliant Bloggers...but I'm not going to as it is quite difficult to choose as I think you are all brilliant! Everyday that I log on to my Google Reader I am inspired by you all! There is so much talent out there!


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Have you tried to wordle?


Just a bit of fun...simple type in your blog address and hit the create button, change the font and colours if you like and presto you made a wordle!

Try it HERE




Monday, July 14, 2008

One pin, Two Pin...

...3, 4 and many more to get this big quilt basted! Little by little I got this 80" square quilt pinned and under the machine for the first lines of machine quilting.



Also, I wanted to share this little picture of a special visitor to our bird feeder. He is a European Goldfinch...though everyone here just calls them a goldfinch...not to be confused with the American ones :o)



Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Mid-week update...

It's a bit of a rarity for me to post mid-week...but I have been quite good at getting a few things stitched.

Firstly I've managed to mark to top of my Irish Chain and get it rolled onto my wood slats ready for basting the Sharon Schamber way (Here is the video link) That's them propped in the corner.



I've also started stitching the Christmas wallhanging that Cathi gave me a few months ago. It's the first time I've tried stitching with the wadding in place and I rather like it...feels a bit like quilting.



Also..I've been meaning to show you my appliqué progress of this. I'm loving the colours and the appliquéd shapes. It's very enjoyable to work on!





Friday, July 04, 2008

Friday Sewing...

I got some serious sewing done today!

Here's my Double Irish Chain top finished!!! and the backing too...The backing was a bit of a surprise as I had carefully planned it so I could use the same cream fabric for the back...and guess what, I didn't have enough!!! Grrr So after some umming and ahhing, I decided to piece together some red yardage in with the cream to make a piece large enough for the backing. I'm really pleased with how they have both turned out.



Don't forget to head over to Nicole's Blog where is has a list of bloggers on the right hand side that are making two-colour quilts.

TTFN