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Sunday, November 30, 2008

♥ A Friendship Award ♥

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Wow! I'm honored to receive this award from
two sweet friends
Thank you Sylvie of Sylly Creationz &
Beaches of Blame Beaches!
wo0t! Thank you both! ♥
This means so much to me!
Now I get to pass this on to 5 other
treasured friends.... ♥
Adelina of Adelina Scraps
Mirella of Scrapity Scrap and More

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

New Tutorial ~ Baier Bauble


 
This tutorial is written for those with a working knowledge of PSP.
Supplies Needed:
 
I am using Corel PSP X2 version but any version will do.
Animation Shop
Tube of choice. I am using the stunning artwork of Steve Baier. You may obtain a license to use his work at Up Your Art
 FTU scrap kit called In Xmas Gold Mine found HERE
GG_snowfall Mask found HERE Thank you Gina! ♥
Snow animation supplied HERE
 Font used is called Portfolio Regular, a pay font
 
  * * * * *
 
 Open up a new transparent image 625 x 600 pixels and flood fill white.  You can resize later in A/S.
Open gold frame # 43, resize 20% copy  'n paste on working image.
Rotate 90 degrees to left. Sharpen
Using magic wand, click in center of the frame, selections ~ modify expand by 10.
Open star item # 18, resize by 50%. Copy 'n paste as a new layer.
Selections ~ invert ~ delete.  Do NOT deselect.
Open tube of choice. Copy 'n paste as a new layer. Delete. Selections none.
Move gold frame layer above tube and star fill layer.
D/S frame with your favorite setting or 3,7, 80, 7 blur, black.
D/S tube with setting of choice.
Drop opacity of the star fill layer to 69%.
 
(Note: item # 18 will be referred to the 'star fill layer' thoughout this tutorial.)
 
Open gold tree item # 40, resize 20% 'n 75%. Rotate all layers 90 degrees to right.
Move tree layer above the white background layer on your layer palette.
Use a light D/S of 0, 0, 50, 5 blur, black
 
Add a new raster layer above the white background layer.
Flood fill this layer with any gold fill pattern, supplied with your PSP program.
I used 29goldfill pattern.
Open mask, minimize. Layers ~ New Mask layer ~ from Image ~find mask  'n apply.
Delete mask on layer palette, merge group.
Resize this mask layer by 105% ~ smart size.
 
Open gold bells # 36, resize 15%. Copy 'n paste as a new layer, on top of the gold frame.
Rotate 90 degrees to the left. D/S. Move to upper right hand corner of frame. D/S 3, 7, 80, 7 blur, black
Open gold bow # 58, resize 15%. Copy 'n paste as a new layer over top the gold bells.
D/S with light setting or 0,0, 50, 5 blur, color #400000
Open gold poinsettia ~ resize 15%. D/S.
Place on top of gold bow.
Open item # 34 (gold bell ribbon) ~ resize 20%. Copy 'n paste as a new layer, below the poinsettia flower.
D/S
Open red felt flower # 4 ~ resize 20%. Copy 'n paste as a new layer, moving to left of tag.
Adjust ~ brightness, contrast ~ Brightness -40, contrast 5. Repeat.
D/S.
 
Add any other embellishments to personalize your tag. D/S each.
 
Add copyright, URL, watermark and name.
For name, I used fill only, color # 9a0000
Adjust add noise ~ random 43%, monochrome checked.
D/S ~ 1, 1, 100, 1 blur, black. Duplicate name for added effect.
 
If you do not wish to animate, 
Merge all flatten and save as a .png or .jpeg.
 
* * * * *
 
If you wish to animate with snow,
delete white background layer, close off all layers ABOVE your tube, close off tube layer as well
Only 3 layers should remain open ~ gold tree, mask & star fill layer.
Edit ~ Copy merged, these 3 layers
Paste in A/S as a new animation.
Duplicate for a total of 20 frames (to match snow animation) Select ALL, propogate paste.
 
Open snow animation in A/S. Select ALL ~ copy.
Drag first frame of snow animation over first frame of tag. Centre in middle of tag.
 
Back to PSP, close off the 3 layers previously copied, and OPEN all layers ABOVE the tube
and including the tube.  Edit ~ copy Merged.
Paste in A/S as a new animation. Duplicate this frame for a total of 20 frames.
Select ALL ~ copy.
Drag first frame of this animation over top first frame of main tag,
aligning as necessary.  Refer back to PSP for a reference point if need be.
View animation. If happy, change animation properties to opaque white.
Crop animation and/or resize animation 90% bicubic.
Optimize ~ save as a .gif.
 
 Hope you enjoy your new tag!
 

Sunday, November 23, 2008

New Tutorial ~ French Harlem


 
This tutorial is written for those with a working knowledge of PSP.
Supplies Needed:
 I am using Corel PSP X2 version but any version will do.
 Tube of choice.  I am using the sexy artwork of Olivia. You can purchase a license at CILM.
FTU scrap kit by Sabre called French Harlem ~ found HERE.  Thank you Sabre! ♥
Mask of choice ~ any circular mask will do.
Supplies HERE
Plugin Mura's Meister ~ Copies
Optional plugin:  DSB Flux ~ Bright Noise
 Font used is Yolanda Princess, which is a pay font and cannot be supplied.
 
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 Open a new transparent image 650 x 575 pixels and flood fill white.
Open Sabre French Harlem black/beige frame ~ resize 75%.
Copy 'n paste onto your working image.
With your selection tool, draw a rectangular selection beyond the inside of the frame
Open paper 5, resized to 450 pixels wide, copy 'n paste as a new layer. Sharpen once.
Selections invert ~ delete
Open beige ribbon, copy 'n paste as a new layer, centering to middle of frame.
Selections ~ delete. Selections none.
Move frame layer above ribbon and paper layers.
D/S frame 2,3,50, 7 blur, black
Give the ribbon a more subtle D/S like 0, 0, 50, 5 blur, black
Using rectangular selection tool, draw a rectangular selection over the beige area only of the ribbon
See my reference tag
Adjust Hue & Saturation ~ colorize ~ hue 250, saturation 60.
Selections ~ none.
 
Open sequin from supplies, Adjust hue & saturation ~ colorize  ~ hue 250, saturation 60.
Copy 'n paste as new layer, making it the very top layer on your layer palette.
Using Mura Meister ~ Copies ~ Encircle ~ setting: # 31, shift X = 83, shift Y = 90, all other settings remain.
D/S this sequin layer ~ 2, 3, 50, 7 blur, black
Move this sequin layer above your white background layer.
 
Open flower 13 ~ Adjust ~ Hug & Saturation ~ colorize ~ hue 250, saturation 78
copy 'n paste as a new layer.
Using Mura's Meister ~ Copies ~ Wallpaper ~ setting: # 129, 50, 50, all other settings remain
Feel free to adjust these settings to fill the layer with the flower completely
Open mask of choice, minimize
Layers ~ New Mask Layer ~ From layer ~ find your mask 'n apply.
Delete the mask from your layer palette and merge group.
Move this masked layer above your white background layer.
 
Open both stamps from kit, copy 'n paste as a new layer, moving stamps above the masked layer and to the left.
Rotate one stamp 15 degrees to left and one stamp 10 degrees to left. D/S both.
 Open flower 9, Adjust hue & saturation ~ colorize ~ hue 250, saturation 60
Copy 'n paste as a new layer, move to left, above the stamp layers but below your sequin layer. D/S
 
Open tube of choice, copy 'n paste as the very top layer  D/S
 
Add any other embellishments of choice. I colorized the tag and placed it behind the tube. D/S
Open the pin, using the freehand selection tool ~ point to point, I drew a selection around the ribbon of the pin only, press delete on your keyboard.
selections ~ none. Copy 'n paste the pin as a new layer ~ place above ribbon layer inside of frame. See reference tag.
I chose to colorize the head of the pin by drawing a selection around the head only ~ freehand selection ~ point to point.
Adjust hue & saturation ~ colorize hue 19, saturation 60.
Adjust brightness/contrast ~ brightness 20, contrast 0. Selections none.
Duplicate pin, mirror. Using rectangular selection tool, delete any part of the pins to make it appear to
thread through ribbon. Selections none. D/S both pin layers.
 
Resize complete tag at this point if desired.
 Add your copyright, watermark, URL and name
 
If you don't wish to animate your sequins,
 Merge all flatten and save as a .png or .jpeg.
 
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If you wish to animate,
close off or delete the white background layer
Find the sequin layer, using plugin DSB Flux ~ bright noise ~ intensity 33, mix ~ apply
(If you do not have this plugin use Adjust ~ add noise ~ Uniform 33, monochrome checked.)
Copy Merged
Open Animation Shop, paste as a new animation
 
Back to PSP, undo your noise, add noise again but hitting the Mix button once.
(If you use the add noise effect, simply hit the uniform button once.)
Copy Merged 'n paste in A/S after current frame.
 
Back to PSP, undo the noise, add noise again by hitting the Mix button once again.
(if using the add noise effect, simply hit the uniform button once again.)
Copy Merged 'n paste in A/S after the current frame.
 
View animation, if happy, Select All, change animation properties to opaque white.
 
Optimize, save as a GIF. Enjoy your new tag!
 
 

Thursday, November 20, 2008

New Tutorial ~ Winter Fairy






 
 This tutorial is written for those with a working knowledge of PSP.
Supplies Needed:
 I am using Corel PSP X2 version but any version will do.
 Tube of choice.  I am using the beautiful artwork of Marjolein Gulinski. You can purchase a license to use her work at MPT.
FTU scrap kit by Adelina ~ Last Days of Summer found HERE. Thank you Adelina for all your help! ♥
Omask046_LT HERE.  If this is your mask, please contact me so I may credit you or remove it.
Optional:  Plugin FM Tile Tools ~ Blend Emboss
Font used is Fancy Pens found HERE
 
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 Open up a new transparent image 650 x 600 pixels and flood fill white.
 Add a new raster layer, select all ~ Copy Paper 3, paste into selection.
Open Omask046. Minimize.  Layers ~ New Mask Layer ~ from Image ~ find Omask046. Apply.
Delete mask on layer palette. Merge group.
Apply ~ Texture Effects ~ Weave ~ 1, 4, 1 weave and gap color F8F6DA, fill gaps checked.
Optional:  use plugin FM Tile Tools ~ Blend Emboss ~ standard settings
 
Open Frame 1, resize 18%. Copy 'n paste to left of tag.
Using magic wand, click inside of frame, Selections ~ modify expand by 10.
Open paper 1, resize to 500 x 500. Copy 'n paste as a new layer.
Selections invert ~ delete. Do NOT deselect.
Open lace ~ resize 15%. Copy 'n paste as a new layer.  Delete.
Open tube of choice.  Copy 'n paste as a new layer.  Delete. Selections ~ none.
On layers palette, move frame layer above paper, lace 'n tube layers. D/S 2,3,69, 7 blur, black
Add a light D/S to the lace ~ 1,1, 45, 5 blur, black
Sharpen the paper once.
D/S tube if desired.
Do same with Frame 2. See reference tag.
 
Now add all the embellishments to personalize your tag, resized 15 - 20%.
Open bow 4, resize 10%. Open ribbon 2, resize 15%. Copy 'n paste above masked layer. Duplicate ~ flip. 
Open beads, resize 18%. Duplicate.
 
Open ribbon wrap 1, resize 15%.  Copy 'n paste as a new layer over frame 2. Use pic tool to fit around frame.
Open branch 1 ~ resize 15%. Copy 'n paste. Rotate 80 degrees to right.
Open corner2 flowers ~ resize 15%. Copy 'n paste as a new layer where desired.
Add flowers, button, tag, resized 15 - 20%. Rotate tag 25 degrees to left.
D/S all your embellishments.
Resize your tag at this point if desired.
 
 Add your copyright, URL, watermark & name on tag.  Merge all flatten and save as a PNG or JPEG.
 Hope you enjoy your new tag!
 

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Sneaking This One In...

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I have to thank Randi of RBrown Kreationz for this award.

Thank you Randi! ♥ I'm honored and tickled you chose me.

Now I get to share 7 things I love with you all:

  1. I love my baby brother..he means the world to me.
  2. I love late night phone calls from a special someone.
  3. I love the sound of rain and thunderstorms.
  4. I love to ski, my favorite winter pastime..next to hockey of course.
  5. I love shopping though I don't do it as often as I'd like.
  6. I love travelling...I'll be off to Australia the early part of next year. wo0t!
  7. I love surprises..be it a hug or thoughtful gesture.

Now I get to pass this on to other fellow bloggers 'n since

I haven't had time to blog as much lately...I'll gladly choose

one person who impresses me....namely

Beaches of Blame Beaches; she is an amazing tutorial writer

and inspires me daily. She makes it look so easy.

Congrats "B"...well deserved! ♥

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

New Tutorial ~ Classic PinUp


 
 This tutorial is written for those with a working knowledge of PSP.
Supplies Needed:
 I am using Corel PSP X2 version but any version will do.
 Tube of choice.  I am using the seductive artwork of Justice Howard. You can purchase a license to use her work at MPT.
Two Add-on Kits ~ FTU scrap kit by A-Liya ~ All These Pretty Things Add-On Part 2 found HERE of November 4, 2008 and
All These Pretty Things Add-On Part 1 by Adelina found HERE
NM Bow used from FTU scrap kit by Net Maus Design HERE or bow of choice.
Optional:  Plugin FM Tile Tools ~ Blend Emboss
Supplies HERE includes mask, flowers and ivy.
If any of these supplies are yours, please contact me for credit or to remove.
Font for the name is Beurre Regular, a pay font
 
 * * * * *
 
 Open up a new transparent image 625 x 550 pixels and flood fill white.
 Add a new raster layer, select all ~ Copy Paper 2, paste into selection.
Open dmsk0670. Layers ~ New Mask Layer ~ from Image ~ find dmsk0670. Apply.
Delete mask on layer palette. Merge group.
Repeat this mask again.
Optional:  use plugin FM Tile Tools ~ Blend Emboss ~ standard settings
 
Open Doiley ~ resize 550 pixels wide. Copy 'n paste on top of mask layer. D/S with a light setting or 1,1, 45, 5 blur, black
Open Frame 2, resize 20% Copy 'n paste as a new layer. Place to right of tag and upwards slightly.
Using magic wand, click in center of this frame, Selections ~ modify ~ expand by 5.
Open paper of choice or paper 3, resize to 500 pixels wide, copy 'n paste as a new layer.
Selections ~ invert ~ delete. Move frame above paper. layer. D/S the frame. I used 2, 3, 69, 7 blur, black
Open tube of choice ~ copy 'n paste as a new layer.  Duplicate.  Move duplicate copy beneath
frame layer. Erase any overhang on bottom tube and and on original tube layer.
D/S your tube on a new layer. I used 5, -5, 80, 17.85 blur, black
Optional:  depending on tube used, Adjust ~ brightness/contrast ~ clarify ~ setting of 3.
 
Add resized ribbon of choice over top frame. D/S 2,2, 50, 5 blur, black
Use pic tool to fit ribbon around frame if needed.
Add flowers and ivy supplied. I duplicated the ivy and flowers, resizing the copy of flower by 75%, mirror.
See reference tag. D/S flowers and ivy.
Open Pearls ~ resize 600 pixels wide. Copy 'n paste. Duplicate.
Move duplicate copy of pearls beneath all flower/ivy layers.
Open tag ~ resize 15%. Copy 'n paste as a new layer. Rotate 25 degrees to right. D/S
 
Back to original pearl layer, erase any part of the pearls to make it appear to thread through the tag,
frame and flowers. When happy, D/S this pearl layer with a light setting or 1, -1, 50, 5 blur, black
 
I also chose to colorize the flowers by making a point-to-point selection of the flowers, excluding the leaves, with a hue of 1, saturation of 152 to match ribbon.
Add any other embellishments to personalize your tag.
 
Add your copyright, watermark & name on tag.  Merge all flatten and save as a PNG or JPEG.
 

Saturday, November 15, 2008

New Tutorial ~ Just For Me


 
This tutorial is written for those with a working knowledge of PSP.
Supplies Needed:
 I am using Corel PSP X2 version but any version will do.
 Tube of choice.  I am using the lovely artwork of Olivia. You can purchase a license at CILM.
FTU scrap kit by Thaliris called Just For Me ~ found HERE. Thank you Thaliris ! ♥
 Sg stencilFloweredCircle Mask by Essex Girl  found HERE on page 22.
 Wordart found HERE of November 10, 2008
Font used called Inspiration which is a pay font.
 
  * * * * *
 
Resize 5 papers of choice to 600 x 600 pixels. I used paper 6,11,12,17, & 24.
 New transparent image 625 x 575 pixels and flood fill white.
Add a new raster layer ~ select all
Open Paper 11 ~ copy 'n paste into selection. Layers ~ new mask layer from image ~ find sgstencil2dflowered2dcircle mask. Apply.
Delete mask ~ merge group.  Resize this mask layer by 95%.
 Open star frame elements 14 & 16, resize both to 500 pixels wide.
Copy 'n paste on working image. Mirror one of the star elements 'n arrange; see reference tag.
Using freehand selection tool, point-to-point, draw a selection within one of the stars.
Copy 'n paste paper of choice as a new layer ~ selections invert. Delete.
Move paper layer below star frame layer. D/S the star frame 3,3, 80, 7 blur, black.
Do same with other star frame element.
On the uppermost paper layer on your layer palette, select all ~ float, defloat, selections invert
Copy tube of choice and paste as a new layer.  Centre as desired in star frame. Delete. Select none.
D/S tube with favorite setting.
 
Open ribbon elements 36 & 38, resize to 500 pixels wide.
Copy 'n paste on star frames, on different layers.
Duplicate ribbons and erase some of the top ribbon layer to make it appear to intertwine around star frames. D/S.
Mirror one of the ribbons if desired;  see reference tag.
Open frame element05 ~ resize to 450 pixels wide. Copy 'n paste as a new layer above your masked layer.
Using magic wand, click inside this frame, selections modify expand by 5
Copy 'n paste paper of choice ( I used paper 12) as a new layer
Selections ~ invert ~ delete. Select none. Move paper layer below frame.
D/S the frame layer.
Decorate tag with various elements. I resized elements 75 & 75 by 15%. D/S. Arrange as desired.
Resize element 34 (rope) to 600 pixels wide. Copy 'n paste as a new layer on top of star frames.
Erase any overhang.  D/S.
Open nameplate element 73, resize 25%. Copy 'n paste as a new layer.
Using magic wand, click in centre, selections modify expand by 3, selections invert, paste paper of choice or paper 24.  Delete. Do not deselect.
Open element 19 (chain link), resize 20%. copy 'n paste as a new layer over top paper layer. Delete. Select none.
Move nameplate over top paper 'n chain link layers.
D/S the nameplate.  Add your name to centre of nameplate ~ color #152c39 fill only. D/S
Open element 63 (screw) resize 10%. Place on nameplate, duplicate. Arrange at each end of nameplate. D/S
 
Open wordart of choice ~ resize to 500 pixels wide ~ copy 'n paste as top layer.
Change blend mode to soft light. Duplicate.
 
Add your copyright & watermark.
 
Merge all flatten and save as a .png or .jpeg.
Hope you like your new creation!
 

Monday, November 10, 2008

New Tutorial ~ Country Christmas

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 This tutorial is written for those with a working knowledge of PSP.  Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidence. 
Supplies Needed:
I am using Corel PSP X2 version but any version will do.
 Tube of choice.  I am using the gorjuss artwork of Suzanne Woolcott. You can purchase a license to use her art HERE.
FTU Country Christmas Kit by Mirella HERE Thank you Mirella! ♥
Template by Ali_98 found HERE. Thank you Ali! ♥
Becky_Mask42 HERE Thank you Becky! ♥
Plugin Xenoflex2 ~ Constellation
Optional:  EyeCandy 4000 ~ Gradient Glow for name
Golden bead pattern HERE
Font Rickles found HERE
 
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Open Ali's template 98, delete top credit layer.
Select Shape 1 layer using magic wand ~ selections expand by 1
Copy 'n paste Paper 22 as a new layer ~ selections invert, delete, select none.
Select Shape 1 (copy 2) using magic wand ~ selections expand by 1
Copy 'n paste Paper 4 as a new layer, selectons invert, delete, select none.
Select Shape 1 (copy) using magic wand ~ selections expand by 1
Copy 'n paste Paper 24 as a new layer, selections invert, delete, select none.
 
Select Shape 14 on your template, D/S 2,2, 55, 5 blur, black
Optional:  Add Xenoflex 2, constellation effect
with these settings:
2.13, 6, 1,1, 100, 55, 45 degrees, keep original image, random seed 1.
Select Shape 16, select All, select float, defloat, selections expand by 1,
Open Paper 7, resized to 400 pixels wide, Copy 'n paste as a new layer. Selections invert. Select none.
Open tube of choice, resize if necessary, copy 'n paste as a new layer.
Centre in middle of template.  Duplicate. Move duplicate copy below the Shape 16 layer.
Erase an overhang on both tube layers. D/S top tube layer using your fav setting but with dropshadow checked on new layer.
Erase any undesired dropshadow.
On Shape 16 layer, Select All, float, defloat, selections expand by 1, add new raster layer and fill with gold bead pattern.
Selections none.
 
Now to personalize your tag, add any embellishments resized to 50% or 75% as a guide.
See my reference tag.
Add ribbon wrap of choice. Use pic tool to adjust to size to template.
When done, D/S all layers with your fav setting.
I used a heavy D/S on the paper layers 3, 7, 80, 7 blur, black 
and 2,3, 55, 5 blur, back on the beaded snowflake layer.
 
Back to white background layer, add a new raster layer, select All
open Paper30 or paper of choice, copy 'n paste into selection. Select none. Sharpen.
Open BeckyMask_42. Layers ~ New Mask Layer From Image ~ find mask 'n apply.
Delete mask from layer palette. Merge group.
Duplicate this masked layer several times to enhance.
If you wish, resize tag now.
 
Add copyright, watermark and name. If you don't wish to animate, merge flatten. Save as .png or .jpeg.
 
To animate:
Close off white background layer
Back to Shape 16 layer, using magic wand, click inside centre of this layer.
Find Raster 3 paper layer (uppermost paper layer)
Add Xenoflex2 to this paper layer ~ constellation ~ same setting as above
Select none. Copy merged.
Paste in A/S as a new animation.
Back to PSP, undo last command, undo constellation effect
Re-apply constellation effect but hit random seed. Select none. Copy Merged.
Edit ~ Paste after current frame.
Back to PSP, undo last command, undo constellation effect.
Re-apply constellation but hitting random seed again. Select none.
Copy Merged.  Paste in A/S after current frame.
View animation, if happy, change frame properties to opaque ~ white.
Optimize and save as a .gif.
Hope you enjoy your new gorjuss tag!


Sunday, November 9, 2008

Well I'm Excited To Say The Least ....Yay!!!

I'm thrilled to say I've been asked by Mirella to join her CT team. woo hooo!!! I was impressed with her work when I first found her blog.
I'll be anxious to use her kits in my upcoming tutorials.
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New Tutorial ~ Snow Buddies

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This tutorial is written for those with a working knowledge of PSP.  Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidence. 
Supplies Needed:
I am using Corel PSP X2 version but any version will do.
 Tube of choice.  I am using the gorjuss artwork of Suzanne Woolcott. You can purchase a license to use her art HERE.
Two FTU Mini Kits by Lisa called Snow Buddies Freebie 2 and Snow Buddies Freebie HERE (dated November 6th & 8th). Thank you Lisa! ♥
WSL_Mask236 by Weescotslass found HERE ~ click on Navigate ~ downloads. Thank you Chelle! ♥
Optional:  EyeCandy 4000 ~ Gradient Glow
Font is Brace Regular which I do not know if it is a pay font, therefore cannot supply.
  * * * * *
Open up a new transparent image 700 x 700 pixels and flood fill white. 
Add a new raster layer, select All. Open paper of choice or Snowbuddies Paper01 ~ paste into selection. Select none.
Open WSL Mask 236, minimize.  Layers ~ New Mask Layer from Image ~ find mask, apply.
Delete mask ~ merge group.
Resize this mask layer by 95%.
Open Snowbuddies Bulbframe01 ~ resize to 500 pixels wide ~ copy  'n paste.
Using selection tool ~ point to point, trace a selection around the frame
Open paper Snowbuddies Paper02 ~ resized to 600 pixels ~ copy 'n paste as a new layer.
selections invert ~ delete. No not deselect.  Move frame layer above paper layer.
Open tube of choice ~ Resize to liking ~ copy 'n paste over paper layer.  Delete excess. Selections none.
D/S frame with heavy D/S 3,7, 80, 7 blur, black
Using your preshape tool ~ circle ~ width 15, foreground color white, fill blank
draw two different size circles, see my reference tag.
Convert to raster layer.  Using magic wand, click inside of the circles, selections ~ expand by 5
open paper Snowbuddies Paper02, resize to 600 pixels wide, copy 'n paste as a new layer
Selections invert ~ delete. Select none. Move paper layer below frame.
  Do same for other small circle frame.
D/S both of these white frames using 2, -2, 55, 5 blur, black.
Merge down the white circle frame to their respective paper layers and D/S again using 2, 2, 55, 5 blur, black.
Open Snowbuddies Flair01 ~ resize 20%. Copy 'n paste as a new layer to right of tag.
Duplicate twice.  Resize both duplicates 50%. Move to inside of one of the two circled frame we made.
Resize other duplicate flair01 button by 80% and move to centre of other smaller circled frame.
D/S all three Flair01 buttons.
Decorate your tag with the black bow ~ resized 25%. D/S;  the Bulb02 ~ resized 20% and then again resized 60%. D/S
Duplicate twice to make a row of three, see my reference tag. Decorate with bow & ric rac. D/S.
Open Snowbuddies Sticker01 ~ resize 20%. 
Optional:  To delete some of the white edge around the sticker,
Select All ~ select float, defloat ~ selections modify contract by 7 ~ invert ~ delete ~ selections none.
D/S. Copy 'n paste on tag.
Close off the white background layer. While on masked layer, using crop tool ~ crop merged opaque. click on centre to apply.
Resize tag further if desired.  Open white background layer.
Add your copyright, watermark and name.
For name, use fill color #723441.  Add effect texture weave ~ gap size 1, width 5, opacity 1, color fdf6da, fill gap checked.
 Apply EyeCandy4000 Gradient Glow with color #fbf6da if desired. D/S 2,2,55, 5 blur, black.
Merge all flatten and save as a .png or .jpeg.
Hope you enjoy your new gorjuss tag!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Another Award *blush*

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Thank you to Lyn of Lyn Designz Tutorials for this award! ♥
The rules of this award are to name 7 things that we love and then pass the award onward.
This is easy..
I love Surprises
I love animals
I love meeting new people
I love writing tutorials
I love making people around me laugh
I love learning and
I love my boyfriend ♥
I cannot think of 7 bloggers to pass this award on to
but I do wish to give it to one deserving person..
Her blog blows me away, her scrap kits are amazing
and her creative talent is unending.
Congrats Mirella! Well done! ☺

Thursday, November 6, 2008

New Tutorial ~ Cookies For Santa

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This tutorial is written for those with a working knowledge of PSP.
Supplies Needed:
 
I am using Corel PSP X2 version but any version will do.
 Tube of choice.  I am using the sexy artwork of Val Aren. You can purchase a license to use his work at MPT.
FTU scrap kit by Mirella HERE called 'T Was The Night. Thank you Mirella! ♥
SabreChristmasMask2quill by Sabre HERE.  Thank you Sabre! ♥
Plugin Mura's Meister ~ Copies
Optional:  Plugin Xenoflex 2 ~ Constellation
My wordart suppied HERE 
Font for the name is Monika found HERE
 
Thank you Mirella for making my day today!  This tut is for you!☺♥
*Please note for the purpose of resizing in this tutorial, I used the full size kit, not the taggers size*
 
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 Open up a new transparent image 625 x 575 pixels and flood fill white.
Add new raster layer ~ selections ~ select all
Open paper1 ~ copy ~ paste into selection. Select none. Sharpen.
Layers ~ New Mask Layer ~ from Image ~ find SabreChristmasMask2.
Delete mask ~ merge group.
Resize this masked layer by 105% smart size.
Open doublebow4, resize 20% copy 'n paste on working image
 Using mura's Meister copies ~ Encircle ~ settings: Number 14, Shift X ~ 58, Shift Y ~ 58 all other settings standard.
Sharpen ~ unsharp mask ~ 1, 30, 3 luminance checked. D/S
Open frame4 ~ resize to 550 pixels wide.
Copy 'n paste. Selections ~ select all ~ float ~ defloat ~ modify expand by 1.
Open paper of choice or paper6, resized to 550 pixels, copy 'n paste as a new layer
selections invert, delete. select none.
Move this paper layer below the frame layer.  Back to frame layer, change blend mode of this layer to Multiply.
Using magic wand, click inside all three openings in frame, pressing shift key.
Open paper2, resized to 550 pixels, copy 'n paste as a new layer. Selections invert ~ delete. Select none.
Move this paper layer below the frame layers.
Add Xenoflex2 ~ Constellation to paper ~ settings: sz 2, 16, 6,1,1,100, 55, rotation 45, keep original image checked, random seed 1.
D/S green frame layer using 2,2,59, 5 blur, black
 
Open 3 gingerbread cookies, resized 20%. Copy 'n paste one cookie in each of the three circles of the frame. D/S.
Open Leaves2, resize 20%, copy 'n paste ~ rotate 90 degrees to right. Duplicate. Mirror. Flip.
Rotate 10 degrees to right. D/S both leaf layers.
Place one leaf layer on top of the bow wreath we made and one below.
Open FoldedWrap1 ~ resize 25%. Copy 'n paste. Place ontop green frame as desired. Use pic tool to fit frame as if wrapping around. D/S.
Open String1 ~ resize 25%. Copy 'n paste as desired or see reference tag. D/S.
Open FoldedRibbon3, resize 20%. Copy 'n paste. Duplicate ~ Flip.
D/S both ribbon layers place as desired.
 
 Open Flower1 (red poinsettia) resize 20-25%. Copy 'n paste, duplicate and place as desired. D/S each flower.
Copy 'n paste tube of choice. D/S 2,3, 59, 9 blur, black.
Copy 'n paste wordart supplied if desired. Add another gingerbread cookie, resized, if desired. D/S.
 
Add your copyright, watermark & name. Merge all flatten. Save as a PNG or JPEG.
 Hope you enjoy your new creation!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

New Tutorial ~ Lost In Me

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This tutorial is written for those with a working knowledge of PSP.  Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidence. 
Supplies Needed:
I am using Corel PSP X2 version but any version will do.
Plugin Xenoflex 1 ~ Distress
 Tubes of choice.  I am using the gorjuss artwork of Suzanne Woolcott. You can purchase a license to use her art HERE.
FTU Mini Kit by Irene Alexeeva called Just So (November 2/08) Thank you Irene! ♥
Font 2Peas Ice Cubes, a pay font.
 
I named this tut after the mood I was in whilst making the tag.
 
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This will be a quickie! 
 
Open up a new transparent image 625 x 575 pixels and flood fill white.
Resize all your papers 500 x 500 pixels.  Resize most elements 20%. This is a rough guide only.
Find paper bg 3.
Use Xenofex 1 filter ~ Distress ~ edge width 11, irregularity 57, choose jagged edge.
Copy 'n paste on your working image. Rotate 5 degrees to left. D/S 2/2/50/5 blur, black
Sharpen once.
Do same for other papers. See my reference tag.
Rotate in opposite direction. I resized the second paper layer by 95% and the third paper layer by 90%.
Open AC paper frame, resize to 500 pixels wide. Copy 'n paste.
Rotate 5 degrees to left. Using magic wand, click in center of frame
Selections ~ modify ~ expand by 5
Copy and paste paper of choice as a new layer.
Selections invert ~ delete. Do Not deselect yet.
Copy tube of choice and paste as a new layer, delete.  Selections none.
Move the frame layer above your paper and tube layers.
D/S your frame as above.
Copy and paste Ac Doodled frame. Rotate 90 degrees to left.
Use your pic tool to resize to liking; move to left of tag.
Using magic wand, click in centre of this frame, expand by 5,  paste another paper as a new layer
selections invert, delete
Copy another tube of choice, paste as a new layer. Place to liking, delete.
Selections none. Move frame above this paper & tube layers.
D/S both tube and frame. 
Copy Ac doodled flower and paste to right of tag. Rotate 5 degrees to right.  D/S.
Copy Ac ric rac.  Paste as a new layer.
Using magic wand, select layer of the AC paper frame, click outside the outter edge of the frame.
Back to the ric rac layer, press delete. Selections none.
D/S ric rac.
Paste the ric rac again.  Rotate to left 10 - 20 degrees or to your liking. Use magic wand again
on frame layer outter edge, move back to ric rac and delete overhang. Selections none. D/S
Add your resized button and doodle. D/S.  Duplicate doodle and place on different layer for dimension. Rotate as desired using pic tool (deformation tool).
 
Add your copyright, watermark and name.
Merge all flatten and save as a .png or .jpeg.
Hope you enjoy your new gorjuss tag!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Promoting An Adorable Nature Kit

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Anyone who knows me, knows I love nature and this kit caught my eye. I love the sweet mix of colors and the flowers are so realistic; I can almost smell them. You can find the kit at Sunshine Studio Scraps ♥ ☺

Sunday, November 2, 2008

New Tutorial ~ Santa Baby

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This tutorial is written for those with a working knowledge of PSP.
Supplies Needed:
 I am using Corel PSP X2 version but any version will do.
 Two tubes of choice.  I am using the artwork of Oren Kramek. You can purchase a license to use his work at MPT.
FTU scrap kit by Bluey HERE called Tis The Season. Thank you Bluey! ♥
Snow animation supplied HERE.
Plugin In EyeCandy5 ~ Nature ~ Snowdrift.
Optional:  Plugin In EyeCandy4000 ~ Gradient Glow
Optional:  Plugin Xero ~ Porcelain
 Font I used for the curved text is CK Huckleberry
and the font for the name is AmoreATT which is a pay font.
 
Grab a coffee and let's get started...
 
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 Open up a new transparent image 675 x 625 pixels and flood fill white.  You can resize later in A/S.
Open Frame 3. Resize 85%. Copy 'n paste on canvas, moving slightly to right and down, to centre to canvas.
Using your selection tool ~ circle, draw a circular selection to encompass the centre and small holes of the frame.
Open paper of choice; I used Paper 7 ~ copy 'n paste as a new layer.
Selections ~ invert ~ delete. Do NOT deselect.  Move paper layer down below frame.
Open tube copy and paste as a new layer above the paper ~ delete.  Select none.
Add D/S of choice to tube 'n frame layers.
Optional:  Tube layer ~ use plugin Xero ~ Porcelain ~ standard settings (softness 50, strength & brightness 128) 
 
Open Frame 4 ~ resize 85%. Copy 'n paste on top of other frame layer.
Move frame 4 to match other frame (you do not need to be precise here)
When happy with placement, erase some of the bow area if desired (we are only interested in blurring the frame)
 Adjust ~ Blur ~ Gaussian Blur ~ Radius 30.
Move this blurred layer below your paper layer.
Add texture effect ~ weave ~ Gap size 1, width 5, opacity 1, both colors white, fill gaps checked.
 
Back to original Frame 3 layer, add EyeCandy5 ~ Nature ~ Snowdrift
Settings as below:
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Lighting direction 85, shadow strength 10, color #092e65.
 
Open other tube of choice, copy 'n paste as desired. D/S.
To add curved text, use Preset shape ~ Eclipse ~ choose circle ~ create on vector ~ width 2 px ~ color black foreground only.
Draw a vector just beyond the outer edge of the circular frame. Objects ~ Align ~ centre to canvas.  Move if needed to surround frame.
click on text, choose font of choice or CK Huckleberry, color dark green #1f2704
Point cursor to top 'n midline of frame, click on vector til you see 'A' in cresent shape.
Type Wording of choice ~ sz 36 px ~ apply
on layer palette, click on + sign on your Vector 1 layer 'n 'X' out the black circular layer. Right click on text layer ~ convert to raster layer.
D/S this text layer with a light setting or 1,1, 50, 5 blur, color 404040
Add any embellishments you desire to customize your tag.  D/S these.  I chose to not add any.
 Add your copyright, watermark and name. 
For name, I used the same color dark green with a gradient glow of choice and added same snowdrift setting as above. D/S.
Save as .png or .jpeg if you do not wish to animate.
 
To animate:
delete the white background layer
close off all the layers ABOVE the circular paper 7 layer
You should have only the paper 'n blurred layer visible ~ copy merged
Paste in A/S as a new animation ~ make 20 frames to match the snow animation ~ select ALL ~ propagate paste
Open snow animation ~ select all ~ copy
Drag the first frame of the snow animation over the first frame of the new animation
Centre to canvas. The animation won't fill the centre but the top layer should rectify that.
 
Back to PSP, 'X' out the blurred 'n paper layer (the ones we first copied) and UN 'X' the remaining top layers (face tube layer 'n above)
Copy merged ~ paste in A/S as a new animation
duplicate frame to make 20 ~ select ALL ~ copy
Drag first frame of this top layer over the working animation, centre as desired.
You may need to undo this paste 'n drag method a few times to get snow in desired location.
When happy with animation, change animation properties to opaque white.
Resize tag in A/S using 90% bicubic if desired.
 
Optimize ~ Save as a .gif.
 Enjoy!