Friday, December 29, 2006

"Emma at the Beach"

I digitally painted this portrait of my daughter for her grandfolk for Christmas. I used two crappy shots I took. I thought the lighting of the two would allow a "realistic" merge. Yep, I made Gramma bawl again LOL! priceless. I am embarrassed to show the original photos but, they show just how far I had to go with this one LOL.... Tracey loves challenges! However, my photography skills need some major my defense, horrible digital camera was used. Just purchased a Canon S3 IS 12x zoom digital camera. I hope to teach myself to use it this year.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Foldy Flowers

These are a work in progress. Here is a tile sample. The premise is to print between 8 and 12 of these tiles ( around 1.5 to 2 inches in size - this will be the size or your completed flower ). Cut along the lines, fold using basic squashed square fold. Cut around the petals. The folded-in parts kind of interlock together- assembled "tight" will take 8 tiles and you will have an inner circle of small petals and an outer layer of larger petals. Assemble and glue together. I generally use a teabag folding placement guide ( A circle outline with pie shaped wedges - different guides for different amounts of tiles for assembly).

EDIT: SEPT 19, 2007 - Please see this post for a printable tea bag folding guide. Thnx!

Here is a leaf. Resize, mirror, print, cut out to suit your needs :)

Here is a card sample. The flower medallion is actually 2 6-tile medallions glued on top of each other. I also digitally painted the cardfront. The flower was outlined with a clear Sakura Stardust glitter pen. I LOVE this pen! The background flowers and edge were enhanced with Twinkling H2O's watercolour paints - but they don't scan well.

WANT MORE? If you do, I have several PRIVATE albums of more foldy flowers and backgrounds. But you have to WORK WORK WORK for it LOL. I'll send you an invite ( No Sharing Please!) if you leave a comment, AND send me a scan/link of/to your completed card or project using the Foldy Flower tile. Just send the scan/link to ( please remove the "remove this") and I'll reply to your email with the invites. If you consent, I'd love to add your creation (and future one's!) to my webshots. I have more colours and variations and I am always adding more.

Again feedback and comments are always appreciated :)

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Welcome and Christmas Tiles

Welcome to my blog! I am "Fred", actually it's Tracey Miller but have had the nickname, Fred since a child. It is a wonderful name, more folks should be named Fred LOL!

I hope to offer goodies here from time to time. I enjoy drawing and doodling little creations and here is one for the upcoming holidays. I am an avid "teabag folder" and have designed this tile for a specific fold, "The Picture Teabag Fold" also known as Double Diamonds Fold arranged in a "Starflower" formation. What you get is the full poinsettia in the center with "leaves" radiating around it. I hope to show you the final medallion once I get a card completed.

The second tile here is useful for card backgrounds.

If you use the tiles or anything from this blog, I'd love to see what you have done with it ;) Comments are VERY WELCOME!

Merry Christmas!