Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Sea (& the Great Lakes too)

I did 2 layouts of photos my sister-in-law took (where the Great Lakes part comes in - lol)I also made a couple of quick pages for you.Oh, & one other bit of news as to sales starting tomorrow - Hearteatz Creationz has a special collab available.
Enjoy.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Oriental Beauty & sale news





July 1st all Scrappy Luv designs at Butterfly Blush are only $1! Check it out & save!

The other big happening July 1st is the huge starving artist mega blog sale starts.
This is my first tag size kit & is available in all 3 of my stores: Heartbeatz Creationz, Butterfly Blush & DigiFox'sStudio in the Starving Artist section, starting July 1, 2009.
Today I played with Bluebird's Oriental Beauty kit available here:
I made 2 quick pages for you, & I made a tag with tutorial in which both kit & poser are available free.
Tutorial for “Oriental Beauty” tag

What I used:
Oriental Beauty free add-on kit from Bluebird Designs available here:
http://bluebird-ddu.blogspot.com/2009/05/oriental-beauty.html
Tohaku silk screen graphic from Helga Stolzenwald at http://grannyart.blogspot.com/
Free poser from Graphic Allusions http://graphicallusions.com/

What I did:
I used Adobe PSCS 4 to create this tag.
1. Begin with a transparent canvas 600 pixels x 600 pixels. Use circular selection tool to draw a circle. Fill with background of choice (paper 15).
2. Choose a fan from the kit. Copy & paste, resizing as needed, align top edge of fan with top edge of circle.
3. Copy, paste, resize & position one of the silk screens (1t) below the fan.
4. Copy, paste, resize & position poser or tube of choice (pbeautiesv1202).
5. Add text in font of choice (nuptial bt 30). Use smaller font to add tag info along bottom.
6. Merge visible & save.
(quick page 1 is also in 2400x2400 pixel size thanks to a small goof on my part)
Enjoy.



Green Goddess tags & tuts

Funky Fever has a new tag kit out & I just had to play with it. You can find it here. No quick pages because the kit was created at 72 dpi, but I have 2 tags with accompanying tutorials.


Tutorial for “Fairly Enchanted” tag
What I used:
Tag kit by Funky Fever called “Green Goddess” available here
http://butterflyblushdesigns.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=8_42&products_id=223
Free poser from U f designs http://ufdesigns.com/

What I did:
I used Paint Shop Pro XI to create this tag.
1. Open a blank canvas 600 pixels x 600 pixels. Use the selection tool to create a medium circle. Fill with background of choice (paper 3).
2. Choose a frame (fancy frame 2) & copy & paste onto circle.
3. Copy & paste the poser of your choice (st.pat109). Use the pick tool to adjust for size as desired.
4. Create new layer. With another background of choice loaded as both foreground & background (paper 7), use ellipse tool to draw a large circle that covers the tag.
5. Switch to text tool & click at edge of circle where you want text to begin – make sure the icon is the A with a curve shape. Change foreground to colour of choice (black) & background to colour or pattern of choice (silver glitter). Type text in font of choice (Easy Street EPS 16).
6. Move layer with this large circle & text to back.
7. Create new layer & move this layer to front. Using some font & text colour(s) type desired name. Apply Effects>3D>chisel>transparent thin. Switch to a small font & a single colour in both background & foreground to type tag information along bottom of tag.
8. Merge visible & save.

Tutorial for “Natural Beauty” tag

What I used:
Tag kit by Funky Fever called “Green Goddess” available http://butterflyblushdesigns.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=8_42&products_id=223
Free poser from Ayumi K available http://areyoume.net/
What I did:
I used Paint Shop Pro XI to make this tag.
1. Begin with a transparent canvas 600 pixels x 600 pixels. Use the selection tool to create a circle & fill it with the background of your choice (paper 1).
2. Choose a frame from the kit (floral spray frame) & copy & paste onto the circle.
3. Copy & paste the poser of your choice into tag.
4. Add text using font of choice (brush script std 12) & apply effect if desired (3D>inner bevel>groove). Use a smaller font for tag information along bottom (Arial 3).
5. Merge visible & save.

Enjoy.

Child of Summer quick pages

Arkansa Outhouse Scraps has an adorable kit called "Child of Summer" which comes with both full size kit & tag kit as a single product available for 75% off here.
with her permission, I've made a set of 2 quick pages you can download.

Enjoy.

Awards

I'm going to be making multiple posts today, provided my internet connection holds. Otherwise I'll be getting myself confused - lol.
First off, my friend Joanne, whose scripts I just love has given me 3 awards.

Thank you, Joanne, it's appreciated.
Now to pass the awards along. It's always so hard to choose.
Ladies, your blogs are a pleasure to visit.
Now I have to visit each of my choices to let them know about their awards.
Then I will be back with another post.
See you soon.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Delicate Ways quick pages

Foxy's Designs has a lovely kit called "Delicate Ways". One look & I saw quick pages - lol. http://digifoxsstudio.net/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_3&products_id=503

I designed a tag, with tutorial & made 2 freebie quick pages for you.




Tutorial for “Beauty Lives” tag




What I used:
Tag kit by Foxy’s Designs called “Delicate Ways”
http://digifoxsstudio.net/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_3&products_id=503
Free Poser from Outlaw by Design http://www.outlawsdesign.com/psptubes3.html

What I did:
I used Adobe PSCS 4 to make this tag.
1. Open a new blank canvas 600 pixels x 600 pixels. Use the circle marquee tool to create a large circle. Fill the circle with the background of your choice (paper 11).
2. Choose a flower (flower 7). Copy, paste & resize, centering on the tag. Adjust opacity to 60%.
3. Choose a frame (frame 3) & copy & paste onto tag, resizing if necessary. Apply bevel & emboss effect.
4. Copy & paste poser of choice, positioning in center of tag, resizing as desired. Apply bevel & emboss effect.
5. Apply desired text. I used Monotype Corsiva 48, applied bevel & emboss effect, & then satin effect. Use a smaller font for tag information (Arial 6).
6. Merge visible & save.

Enjoy

Mediterranean Dream


Athena Designs has a kit called "Meditterranean Dream" I was able to do a couple of very nice layouts with this one.
Enjoy.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Girl Vintage


"Girl Vintage" is a lovely kit by Angele Designs. I picked it up the other day & had to play with it.
I made a tag, with tutorial, & then did 2 layouts from which I then created 2 quick pages for you.




Tutorial for “The Past’s Touch of Class” tag

What I used:
Scrap kit from Angele designs called “"Vintage au fĂ©minin" or “girl Vintage”
http://thecreativitybox.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_249&products_id=3447
What I did:
I used Adobe PSCS 4 to create this tag.
1. Open a new transparent canvas 600 pixels x 600 pixels.
Use preset shape to draw a large heart. Decide on background. Use define pattern to enter a paper (papiere froisse 3) into your palette. Use new fill layer, checking off “use previous layer to create clipping mask”.
2. Choose the tube or poser you wish to use (sujet). Copy, paste, resize as needed & position slightly off center.
3. Choose vintage elements (carriage, broche 4). Copy & paste. Adjust size to taste & position as desired. Adjust opacity to “fade” the elements slightly into the background. Keep both elements appearing about the same opacity, even if it means using different levels. I n this case, the carriage is at 50% but the jewelry is at 60%.
4. Choose your text colour, font & font size. I used a brown lifted from the poser, Edwardian Script ITC size 10 for the saying, size 18 for the name, & then applied a glitter style. Use a smaller font for tag info along the bottom (Arial 2).
5. Merge visible & save.

Enjoy



Beautiful Dreamer quick pages


Crystal's Designs has a lovely new kit out called "Beautiful Dreamer" & she let me play with it, so I made 2 quick pages for you & did a tag with tutorial using a graphic I created with the help of an action by Roseli Scraps. Crystal's kit is available here or at any establishment carrying her designs. Please note - all freebies on my blog, including the graphic for today's tag are personal use only. The rare CU freebie I may make available will be clearly noted as an exception to this rule. Please respect these terms of use, as the availability of the materials I use from other designers is contigent upon this.






Tutorial for “Bee-Loved” tag

What I used:
Scrap kit by Crystal’s Designs called “Beautiful Dreamer” http://digifoxsstudio.net/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_38&products_id=772
Graphic extracted after running a frame action by Roseli Scraps http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=2321a75da143a94219747bd91027d4dd2984530e1bd0ed43

What I did:
I used Adobe PSCS 4 to create this tag.
1. Open a blank canvas 600 pixels x 600 pixels. Select desired background & make it available using Edit>Define pattern (paper 2). Use preset shapes to create a large heart. Use Layer>New fill layer with “use previous layer to create clipping mask” checked & fill heart with background.
2. Choose a flower (daisy 3), copy, paste, centering & resizing as needed. Apply bevel & emboss effect.
3. Download bee graphic or use a poser or tube of your choice. Copy, paste, resize as needed & position as desired.
4. Type desired text. In this case I used Bix Antique HMK Bold, in purple, size 12 for name & size 10 for tag title, then applied a glitter style. Use a smaller font for tag information (Arial 2).
5.Merge visible & save.

Enjoy




Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Love me qp

Sanie has graciously given me permission to share the quick page I made with one of her lovely freebie kits available here. Check out her blog, it's really wonderful.

Enjoy

Bee n Buzy





currently on sale 40% off


I have made a quick page for you to download now, a tag with tutorial, & a September desktop calendar that I will post here in late August.

Tutorial for “Whadz the Buzz” tag

What I used:
Tag kit by KnC Scrapz called “Bee N Buzy” http://heartbeatzcreationz.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_107&products_id=1382
Free poser from Ratanga http://ratanga.yuku.com

What I did:
I used Adobe PSCS to create this tag.
1. Open new transparent canvas 700 x 700 pixels.
2. Use the marquee tool to draw a large square in the center of the canvas. Fill with the background of your choice (paper 3).
3. Copy, paste & resize poser of your choice (8z0jyo), positioning a little off center. Apply bevel & emboss effect, then apply drop shadow.
4. Copy, paste & resize elements of your choice (bee 14 & 15). Apply bevel & emboss effect.
5. Enter desired text in your choice of colour, font & size. I used white, Comic Sans sizes 14 &16. Apply bevel & emboss effect. Use a smaller font to add tag information (Arial 3).
6. Merge visible & save.
Enjoy

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Birds & Bees

Well, I just finished playing with the new kit from Crazed Creations "Birds & Bees", on sale now

I made a tag with tutorial, & 2 quick pages
Tutorial for “Bee Happy” tag

What I used:
A scrap kit by Crazed Creations called “Birds and Bees” available here
http://digifoxsstudio.net/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_59&products_id=769
A free poser from Ratanga http://ratanga.yuku.com/

What I did:
I used Adobe PSCS 4 to make this tag.
1. Open a blank transparent canvas 700 pixels x 700 pixels. Use preset shape flower 6 to draw a flower in the center of the canvas. Save paper of your choice as “define pattern”. Layer>New fill layer>“use previous layer to create clipping mask”>fill with pattern of choice (paper 15).
2. New Layer>use circular marquee to create a circle in the center of the canvas. Fill circle with pattern of choice (paper 6).
3. Copy, paste & resize frame of your choice (frame 4). Apply bevel & emboss, then drop shadow.
4. Copy, paste & resize beehive of your choice (beehive 2). Move layer down so beehive is on the layer below the frame.
5. Copy, paste & resize poser or tube of your choice (Alyssa). Move one layer down so tube layer is below frame but above beehive. Apply bevel & emboss, then drop shadow.
6.Copy, paste & resize flower of choice (flower stem 3). Move layer to be above beehive but below tube/poser level. Apply bevel & emboss.
7. Copy, paste & resize bee of choice (bee 1), into the top left hand corner of tag.
8. Type desired text, using colour & font of choice. In this case I used Palermo 30 in gold, then applied tile mosaic effect. Use a smaller font to type tag information along the bottom (Arial 3).
9. Merge visible & save.

Enjoy.

Summer Time Blues


I had such fun today! I got to play with a beautiful kit from Funky Fever called "Summer Time Blues". It's available in both tagger & full sizes, & comes with its own poser. Both versions are currently on sale for more than 50% off! The links to the kit are in the tag tutorial below, plus I have 2 quick pages for you.


Tutorial for “Dreams Take Flight” tag

What I used:
A wonderful scrap kit by Funky Fever called “Summer Time Blues” http://butterflyblushdesigns.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=8_42&products_id=206 (full) http://butterflyblushdesigns.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=8_42&products_id=204 (tagger)
The lovely poser is included in the kit.

What I did:
I created this tag in Adobe PSCS 4.
1. Open a new, transparent canvas, 700 pixels x 700 pixels. Use the circular selection tool to draw a large circle. Fill the circle with the background of your choice (paper 11).
2. Choose one of the 2 butterflies. I chose the second butterfly. Copy & paste, resizing smaller to fit nicely in upper half of your circle. Adjust opacity of butterfly layer to 80%.
3. Copy & paste the gazebo, resizing to about 10% of original size. Adjust opacity of gazebo layer to 70%.
4. Copy & paste the poser, resizing so she can stand off to one side & not substantially block other elements. Apply bevel & emboss effect, then apply drop shadow.
5. Choose text colour, font & font size. I used dark blue Lauren Script size 18 for the name & size 14 for the other text, & then applied a glitter style. Use a smaller font to type tag info along bottom (Arial 3).
6. Merge visible & save.

Enjoy.

A Variety of tags, tuts & freebie quick pages

Please be patient with me, this is a long post, as I have some catching up to do.
Ok, as I may have mentioned, I haven't been feeling very well. Well, I can still manage to do CT work, but when I'm really sick, my typing skills really suffer, so I don't want to actually type up my tutorials for tags I've created. Today I finally got the fingers flying on the keyboard & got tutorials done for 3 tags I've done.

I found this super cute tube at My Paint Shop Tubes & used my latest kit "Always a Lady" to finally make a tube for myself.

Tutorial for “Mama Raised A Lady” tag
What I used:
Always a Lady scrap kit by Scrappy Luv available at Heartbeatz Creationz, Butterfly Blush, and Digifox’s Studio.
Tube by Erica Currey http://sugarpencil.com/. You must have a license to use her work, which may be purchased here http://www.mypsptubes.com/.
What I did:
I used Adobe PSCS4 to make this tag.
1. Open a new canvas, 600 pixels x 600 pixels, transparent background.
2. Use either circular marquee tool or preset shape to draw a large circle in the center of your canvas. Fill with your choice of background (paper 02).
3. Choose a parasol (parasol 02) & copy & paste onto canvas. Adjust for size as needed, tilt slightly & align with top portion of circle. Apply drop shadow.
4. Choose a fan (fan 02). Copy & paste onto canvas. Adjust for size as needed. Tilt slightly, place along bottom of circle. If desired use lasso tool to select strings hanging from handle of fan & delete. Apply drop shadow.
5. Select the tube or poser of your choice, copy & paste in center of canvas. Adjust for size as needed. Apply drop shadow.
6. Choose a flower (flower 17). Copy, paste, adjust for size as needed & position where desired (top left). I did not apply drop shadow in this case, but you may, if you wish.
7. Select your font & type desired text. I applied a satin FX & slight bevel to the text. (I forgot to record the font prior to applying the effects, & the software changed the layer to no longer be editable type, so the font does not display, sorry.) Use a smaller font to apply tag information along bottom edge.
8. Merge visible & save.

I also made a quick page with Always a Lady. I had a particular vintage family photo in mind when I created it & now I just have to bug my cousin into giving me a copy of that photo! I also snagged a really cute kit by Reeces Scrap Pieces on sale at a very low price. The frogs in "Daisy Crazy" are going to make you smile. Visit April's blog for a complete list of her stores & pick up some cool freebies http://reecesscraps.blogspot.com/. I couldn't resist playing with this one so I made a tag, with tutorial & a quick page for you to download (all 3 quick pages are in the same download file but not zipped together).Add Video Tutorial for “Hoppin’ Hello” tag
What I Used:
An adorable scrap kit from Reece’s Scrap Pieces called “Daisy Crazy” available here
http://heartbeatzcreationz.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_89&products_id=1943
Check out her blog (there’s freebies) http://reecesscraps.blogspot.com/
A poser by Anita Lee, http://www.posertubes.com/, one of her wonderful freebies.
Please always read & follow terms of use.

What I did:
I used Paint Shop Pro XI to create this tag. Users of other programs may have to experiment with FX to achieve the look of the text.
1. Begin with a new transparent canvas, 800 x 800 pixels. You can make the tag smaller if you wish, either by starting smaller or by resizing when complete.
2. Use preset shapes, a flower shape (flower 5) to draw the background shape.
You can either set your desired background as both foreground & background material prior to creating the shape, or select with magic wand after creating the shape & fill with desired background (paper 7).
3. Choose a flower (daisy 8). Copy & paste onto center of canvas, adjust so flower nearly fills the canvas, but not completely. Application of drop shadow optional.
4. Choose your poser or tube (Dollie One Piece 02). Copy & paste onto tag, adjusting size & position as desired. Drop shadow may be applied if desired.
5. Choose a frog (froggy-daisy-for-you). Copy & paste, resize & position as necessary & as desired. Drop shadow is optional.
6. Choose your font & type desired text. (I used Art Brush size 18 for the name, size 12 for the theme words.) To make the words stand out I applied the following effects: Effects>3D>Cutout>Blue edge gold, modified to change the blue to the green colour of the frog followed by Effects>3D>Inner Bevel>Angled.
7. Merge visible & save.
The quick page I made with this kit is at the top of this post.

Last but far from least, a kit I've had my eye on since it came out went on sale, so I scooped it up to play with & you benefit. "Always Alice" by Baby V designs is a very nice kit, that appealed to me even though I'm not a Twilight fan. I made a tag & a quick page with this kit as well.




Tutorial for tag with “Always Alice” kit
What I used:
A kit from Baby V designs called “Always Alice” which can be purchased here
http://heartbeatzcreationz.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_130&products_id=1811 for full size and tag size here http://heartbeatzcreationz.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_130&products_id=1812
Poser from Anita Hill Creations http://www.posertubes.com/
What I did:
I created this tag in Adobe PSCS4.
1. Start with desired background shape. In this case I used the preset shape that I would describe as a squared off star. (I have been frustrated trying to get the program to allow a preset shape to be filled with a background & finally figured it out!).
2. Choose your background. If you want to use a pattern make sure you have used Edit>Define pattern ahead of time to make the pattern(s) desired available to you. Layer>New fill layer> check the box for “use previous layer to create clipping mask”>select your fill>ok. (I used paper 3)
3. Create a new layer & use the preset shape tool to create a flower shape centered onto the tag. Follow step 2 to fill with your desired background (paper 9).
4. Choose a flower (flower 1). Copy & paste, position over flower shape & adjust size.
5.Choose a heart (heart 3) Copy & paste, resize & position as desired. Move it around until it looks good to you.
6. Choose a glitter splotch (glitter splotch 2). Copy, paste & resize. Once I had it resized to my satisfaction, I copied the resized splotch & pasted it onto the tag as well, moving both splotches about until I liked the look.
7. Copy & paste your poser or tube of choice (baby blue 03). Resize as needed & position as desired.
8. Choose a flower. I used flowers 1, 3-6). Copy, paste & resize, positioning where desired & repeating with as many flowers as you think looks good. (I have 8 flowers scattered about.)
9. Type your desire text. I used Lauren Script 20, in a purple colour & then applied a glitter FX. Use a smaller font to type tag information along bottom edge (Arial 3).
10. Merge visible & save.

Whew. That's the lot thus far. Hope you like.

Enjoy.