Thursday, 11 February 2010

Techno-phobe to Techno-rocking!

........Yeeeehaw! You know I said I have a new lappy....Lionel being its name...well, I lost a load of my old filey settinging thingy's when the old one conked out...and I have been a right old grump because I didn't like the new thingy's I had to use to do my photo's and I decided straight away I hated PSPX2 and Xara...well...what a difference a few hours and an ever so patient Grim can do !!!! Check out my new blog header....honestly, if you knew how long I have wanted my very own blog header and never known how to do it...so this evening I fiddled about with Xara *under a bit of...ok, a lot of... Grim's guidance* and managed to make something a bit different. Now...do you like it???? :O)) And...I also got used to the PSPX2 jobby and have managed to do my photo's better...*please note, this techno-phobe thing of mine will never go away...just clicking the mouse and pushing a delete button brings me out in a cold sweat ROFL*




Here are the last couple of ATC's for the book I made using just Maya Road, Distress Inks and Wendy Vecchi's Studio 490 stamps. The first pic is of the front...using Dusty Concord and Mustard Seed which I think go really well together...and I have found out why...another Googley thingy done...it is because they are opposite each other on the colour wheel...well I never!




The back of the ATC was coloured using the same inks and I made a splodgy Dusty Concord watery spritz on my craft sheet and stamped a long flowery border into this, then straight onto the ATC base...drying quickly with a heatgun so it gives a more watermarky effect. The butterfly was made using Grungeboard...and adding some Idea-ology foliage and mini pins for the wings and antennae...another fab idea borrowed from Wendy herself :O))




This is the little taglet that comes with the beady chain on the Maya Road ATC book....I just DI'd it and then made an Idea-ology rose (some bloke called T!m showed us how to do this on the Twelve Tags 09 and I can't stop making them now ) which also tied in with the Sunday Stamper challenge this week...BTW, there is still loads of time for you to join in with the challenge...if you click here you can see the original post about it :O)




I have jiggled with the pic I took of the book as a whole .... it has been PSPX2'd and I think it looks heaps better now ... ah, get me...talking all techernogicallily *this is a new word I have made up to describe what it is I do with computery things... One day, perhaps, I will be able to speak like a proper knowledgeable person who knows computery things and isn't a complete dimwith like what I is ROFL All of the stash used on this book is available from The Stamp Attic.

Thanks for looking...as I type, the white stuff is a falling from the skies again...and settling on the ground...just hoping it isn't a big fall like last month tho...Ferdy is back and healthy again and I want to be able to go for a little drive in him :O)) Have a great day...keep warm!

Hels x

31 comments:

Shar said...

Metal magnificience! I love your creative spirit!

Rachel said...

Congrats on your technological savvy! And I'm so glad you've discovered the joys of colour wheels. I've heard people scoff at them, but they're such a great tool.

And then there is the art itself. Fabulous, as ever.

2amscrapper said...

This has inspired me to make some ATCs.

Wanda H said...

Love the header (I really should figure it out myself one of these days)!! Love the dusty concord and mustard seed... amazing!!! Totally love the whole book!!!!

Sandy said...

OMG this is absolutely lovely.
Really stunning metal work. Love them hun.

Cher said...

oh my..just luv that color combo...making me think on Easter already girl! Congrads on your new techi status lol...I will avoid til death! luv your art! xo cher

Diane.W. said...

Every single speck is perfection,luv it!!! :o)x

Helen said...

More marvellous magic,those ATC's rock. I love the blog header, looks good.

Jennie said...

Lurve the new blog header :) and the little book :) snowing here too! :(

Alexandra said...

Gorgeous art as ever Hels. I love your ATC's.
The colour wheel is a great help in creating, knowing tonal values comes in handy too. I've done a lot of painting and drawing over the years and these and other tools and know how are a great help in any type of artwork.
I love the new header, and well done in figuring this all out, even if you did need guidance from your clever man.
I'm not that clever and haven't even ventured a step on the way to blogging, I only have basics in this techy world.
No snow here in my wee bit of Scotland yet today, though the forecast says it's coming back.

TinaB said...

Love the ATC's and LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog header!! Well done you. Now could you help me with my photos lol! xx SYF AAHT :-) xx

Julia Dunnit said...

Oh thank God..I thought you'd already altered that stuff you WOYWW'd. And it's JUST a BOOK of the most fab ATCS EVER instead. Fell heaps better. Really. They're quite, quite gorgeous.

Linda Elbourne said...

Fabulous - loving the new header XXX

Dan said...

Loving the new blog header, and the idea-ology rose! :)

Andrea said...

what a great ATC booklet just adorable and I spotted your new header before I even looked through your posting, how observant am I sometimes, SYF xxx

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Yes I love your header, it's very you ;) Love all the ATCs - fabby. Hels I'm shocked, I thought you already knew all about primary, secondary, tertiary colours etc etc, colours next to each other and opposite each other on the colour wheel hehehe - not that I do ;) You always manage to use colours that go together anyway - you must just have an eye for it :)
Strange you should mention about a flamingo - the pink thing is a chair in the making - but I was thinking the other day about making a flamingo I don't really know why now, but perhaps it was the fabric.
Anne xx

Ann said...

Fabulous ickle tag book Hels - loving it and your computer wizardry is just fandabidozi - can you send me some of it's magic as my photo's are crap......it's not only crafty stuff you've taught me!! Hugs Ann xx

PS - Almost forgot your header is brill, I love it!! xx

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Got a little award for you on my blog hun ;)
Anne xx

Gerrie Johnnic said...

I'm glad Grim and Lionel have teamed up to make you a techno geek!, lol...your header is FAB, I do luv it!, and your photos are great..guess I'm gona' have to break down and buy me Lionels younger brother, the good looking one, so my photos can improve, cuz we all know they are bad. Your projects are da'best but these dingy words are drivin' me nutso! Color wheel? I can't live w/out mine GF...keep warm, Happy VD! hugz

Susie Jefferson said...

Well done on the header! Lots of different fonts, and nicely blended in. Now you've got the hang of it, there'll be no stopping you.

Congrats!

Lori said...

Love the header! Great job!
Oh, and the tags are FAB too! Color wheels... are we supposed to use those??

Sherry Goodloe said...

Tags are great, colors are great, blog header is great . . . you're just doing GREAT! *smiles*

Tracey said...

Fab Hels, does Grim do one to ones, it's a wonder I get anything on my blog at all LOL
x

KAT said...

Hels this is really beautiful... But a pink bathroom - I'm feeling for ya sister!!! (of course I would rather spend my $$$ on stamps and supplies than anything!!!)

Wendy said...

Ooooh Hels, a whole new you and I love it. Your metal work is amazing, the colours are stunning and of course, that book!!!

Julie Ranae said...

I want to be you when I grow up! Your creativity is so fabulous and I am so glad you share it with us!

Lorraine said...

I have got a new laptop too..well my other half decided to buy yet another guitar so I had to have my treat too!! just loaded avg as norton was making me mad, I do all my photo in picasa. Like that strange metal maya tag thing it looks very sci-fi and love the gothic header

Nancy said...

Ooohhh...I REALLY like your new header! Are you for hire? ;-)

Your creations are wonderful, as always!

Lora Oliver said...

These creations ROCK!! love your TH use and the colors you chose are super yummy!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

fantastic!

I love this design!
xxx Susi

Fun with Atc´s Candy

Sarah Anderson said...

Beautiful tags Hels! And congrats on mastering the techy stuff

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