Saturday, 8 October 2011

Two Tutorials For The Price of One

I was planning to do a quick photo how-to for the felt flowers in my October Counterfeit Kit and then got several comments and one request about how I'd made the blinking images of this month's kit-to-copy stop blinking!  Happy to oblige - just scroll down past the flowers!

Felt Flowers
The cutting mat has 1cm squares to give you an idea of scale
These are really quick and simple to make - simply cut 5 (or 6  or more if you prefer) squares from felt. Trim these squares to circles (or leaves or other fancy shapes) and cut a notch out of one end.  Take a shape and pinch the two sides of the notch together and sew through them; repeat with the next shapes and form a circle of petals; tie off your thread.  Insert a brad through the centre of the flower and arrange petals evenly.
My Tim Holtz scissors were brilliant for this as they allowed me to cut through 5 layers of felt in one go.

De-animating blinking images
First off - when you see a blinking image on a web page you seem to be able to stop the animation by pressing the ESC key (this works in Firefox and Explorer - not sure about other browsers).  There are browser settings to permanently disable animations but I'll leave you to Google that yourself.
Here's the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog blinking blinkie ... try pressing ESC and see what happens!  If you want to restart the blinking (glutton for punishment eh!), just refresh the screen.  Timing of the ESC key allows you to freeze the animation at any point in the sequence.

If you want to save a copy of just the first image (actually called a frame) of the animation - simply save the blinkie to your computer (it will have a name ending in .gif), open it with some sort of photo editing program (e.g. MS Picture Manager) then save it as a jpg file (e.g. via Export in MS Picture Manager). Simples!

The problem comes if you want to extract one of the later frames from the animation ... then you need to involve a gif editing program!   This is a bit beyond me ... but I did find an on-line gif-splitter which will separate the frames of an uploaded animated gif file.  You can then save an individual frame back to your computer or download a zipped file containing all the individual images. (Quite) simples!!


Lisa said...

your felt flowers are super cute and I will really have to have a go - the orange flower is particularly lovely.

I just tried the "esc" on my iMac (with Safari) and no joy - I'll have a look around to see if I can find out how to do it :-). If I find anything, I'll let you know.

Lizzie said...

The flowers are fabulous! They look complicated - who would guess how simple they really are. Thank you for de-mystifying the flowers!!
And thanks for sharing the clever "un-blinking" tricks too.

Maria Ontiveros said...

LOL! Glad I'm not the only blinkie-phobe. Unfortunately, the "esc" fix doesn't work for me. I'm using google chrome.

Pam said...

Thanks for the tutorial-really cute flowers

Rebecca at How I Burb said...

Brilliant! The esc key trick works for me.

And yet another reason I wish I knew how to sew and had a sewing machine :). The flowers are cute!

Sian said...

Blinkin' Blinkies drive me mad, so this is a neat trick. Thank you!

Your felt flowers are lovely - I made one a while back and it did turn out a bit big, so I love the way you included the mat so I could see perfect proportions are possible!

Heather said...

Thanks for the blinkie tip! And those felt flowers look great but far too fiddly for my podgy fingers!! xx

humel said...

I love your flowers - might give them a go with my craft class, they'll love them too :)

WendyB said...

ooh, I'll have to give those flowers a try, thank you.

Missus Wookie said...

Cute flowers - spent several minutes with a nearly 2 year old on my lap exclaiming over the buttons, brads and flowers on my various scrapbook pages. :)

Angela (Toucan Scraps) said...

wonderful flowers.

the esc key doesn't seemt o do the trick with the Chrome browser