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At The Doctor's Gimp Tag Tut and Cluster Freebie

Hi everyone!  Here with a new tutorial using a sweet doctor themed scrapkit by Creative Scraps by Crys!   I think it turned out awesome!  At the end of the tut, I'm leaving a FREEBIE cluster that I made with the kit for you to use for your personal signature tags!
If you want to make this tag:
Go get the PTU kit called At the Doctor's by Creative Scraps by Crys HERE.  This kit comes both in full size and tagger size and is really a cute, colorful kit!

Use your tube of choice... I had to go check out the sale at and wound up with this HOT psych nurse psp tube.  You need a license to use art by Ismael Rac.
I also used 2 masks from Rocked by Rachel, grab those HERE.
Ok, so open Gimp and go to FILE>NEW, enter 900 in both height and width, click OK.
With your folder open on your desktop of all the goodies within the kit, click and drag the following ELEMENTS into your new canvas:
59- duplicate & flip copy
61- duplicate and flip copy
Scale and arrange all appropriately.  Delete white "Background" layer from layers box.
Drag and drop your tube into canvas.  This tube pin-up comes with a close up and a full body, so I used both.  It's also smart at this point to add in all copyright info including name of artist, site and license number when applicable.
Next, we're going to "thread" the button- Element 72 with Element 70.  Right click on Element 70 and choose ALPHA TO SELECTION.  This will make the perimeter of the selected element blink, or look like marching ants.  Click on Element 72 in the layers box to highlight it as the active layer and get the ERASER tool from the toolbox then carefully erase the "thread" in the middle of the button.  SELECT>NONE.
See tutorial pic below on how to do so.
We're going to add masks now to the background.  So drag and drop PAPER 7 into the canvas.  Right click on it in the layers box and choose ADD ALPHA CHANNEL.  Duplicate the paper layer so you have one copy.  Next, drag and drop RR_MaskSet_1_1 and RR_MaskSet_1_4.  You will need to perform the following steps per mask selected:
Right click in layers box, ADD ALPHA CHANNEL
The mask should appear black with a transparent background (see tutorial pic below- in layers box).  Right click, ALPHA TO SELECTION then click on the copy of Paper 7 in layers box to activate it, SELECT>INVERT and EDIT>CLEAR.  The Paper 7 copy is now your first mask, so you can click the little eye icon next to the RR_MaskSet_1_4 layer to make it invisible, or just delete that layer. Repeat with other mask and arrange on bottom left of tag. 
Next, you need to trim up the excess tube that sticks out below.  Click on the tube layer in the layers box to activate that layer (see how it's highlighted grey?  That means it's the active layer) and go over to the toolbox and choose RECTANGLE SELECT TOOL.  Create a rectangle covering the area of the tube that needs to be cut.  Then go to EDIT>CLEAR.  SELECT>NONE. 

With the close up tube, I went to COLORS>DESATURATE then moved the OPACITY slider at the top of the layers box to 42%.
Add a drop shadow to every single layer EXCEPT the "thread" Element 70, close up tube and masks. Go to FILTERS>LIGHT & SHADOW>DROP SHADOW with settings at 2/2/2, click OK.
Then you want to add in your personalization, tag name, etc.  I used a font called Indie Flower in a dark red shade sized at 68 pixels.  Right click ALPHA TO SELECTION, SELECT>GROW by 2 OK, add a new transparent layer, fill the selection with white.  SELECT>NONE.  Add a drop shadow to this as well with same settings as before. 
Go up to FILE>SAVE AS with file extension .xcf so you can go back in layer by layer to make changes if need be.  When satisfied, save as .png
Thanks for checking out my tutorial!
And here's the cluster!  Personal use only!  Right click and save and leave me a comment if you do! I love comments and always want to know if you like my shares!  I'd also love to see what you create using my tutorials!


Ismael Rac Computer Screen Background!

I made a computer screen background with my Beach Party kit and wanted to share it with everyone.  I also used some hot tubes from Ismael Rac You must have a license to use art by Ismael Rac. You can get the tube, kit and license all at 

Click and it'll open in a new window that you can right click and save.
Do not share, send others here to my blog for their own copy please.  
Thanks for looking :) xoxox


#DisneySide Frozen Party Printables

 What do you think my sweet little girl wanted for her 5th birthday?  She wanted a Frozen themed party, of course.  I was lucky enough to be able to host a #DisneySide @ Home Celebration and am blogging about that on my parenting blog- Latched On Mom.   Disney Parks, MomSelect and BSM Media gifted us a box full of Disney goodies to share my thoughts and experiences.  So I had to incorporate Frozen into it all and ended up making a few Frozen Party Printables.
You can download a copy of these Frozen Party Printables by clicking on the preview above.  They are PERSONAL USE ONLY and by downloading, YOU AGREE TO MY TERMS OF USE.
There's an 8.5x11 inches sheet of bottle labels that say Melted Ice, and two table placement cards that when placed together also measure 8.5x11 inches.  I also have a blank card for you to use for name cards or for whatever your #DisneySide desires!  These cards really helped complete our party! 
If you like this freebie, leave me some comment love!


Minecraft Inspired Birthday Invitations

12 years ago, today, I became a mother.  It's an exciting day!  My son has become quite fond of the Minecraft game and has taught me a little about it.  It's interesting and popular. He told me he wanted his birthday invites to look like Minecraft, so I designed some simple invitations in Gimp and thought it'd be nice to offer them to my readers too!  
There are 10 invites total, ready for you to fill out with all your celebration details!  From 6th birthday to 14th birthday as well as one blank card (as shown in preview above).  
If you like this, please share my post on Twitter or Pinterest or Facebook!  I appreciate it!
You can read the full TOU in the downloadable file.  You may not redistribute my creations.  Just share my blog link so others can get their copy.  
Leave a comment to let me know if you like this :)

Frostie Flurry Fun Gimp Tag Tutorial & Facebook Cover Freebie

For this tag, you'll want the PTU tagger size kit called Flurry of Fun by Creative Scraps by Crys. 
It's adorable, right?
I got it at Mystical Scraps.  You can purchase it HERE
Tube of Choice.... I'm using the PTU tube called Frostie by Creative Tubes by Crys HERE.  You need to have a license granted to you in order to use this tube.
Grab the FTU mask #435 by Vix HERE!  Grab the FTU mask #36 by Rachel HERE!
I use Gimp 2.8 but you can use any version or convert this tutorial pretty easily to your digital editing program of choice.
1. FILE>NEW 800x800 pixels, hit OK.  Drag and drop the following Papers and Frame from your kit folder into the canvas:
Paper 8 (R click- ADD ALPHA CHANNEL)
Paper 10- scale to 600x600 (R click- ADD ALPHA CHANNEL)
Frame 3
2. Using the rectangle select, place a rectangle in the frame as shown in screenshot below. 
Move Paper 10 over and while it's selected in layers box, go to LAYER>CROP TO SELECTION then SELECT>NONE.  Add a drop shadow to the frame by going to FILTERS>LIGHT&SHADOW>DROP SHADOW with settings at 2/2/15 (as shown in screenshot below).
3.  Drag and drop the tube of choice in.  Do not forget to add the correct copyright information. Artist's name, website and license number, when applicable should be clearly visible.  Right click on tube in layers box and choose SCALE LAYER, 351x737. Add drop shadow as you did in prior step with same settings to the tube. Merge tube with shadow by R clicking MERGE DOWN.
Next, R click on the frame and choose MERGE DOWN with shadow and once again, MERGE DOWN with Paper 10.  Duplicate this layer by clicking the icon in the layers box as shown in screenshot below.
Then go over to your toolbox and click on the Flip Tool once and then click on the frame duplicate within the canvas.  Move one to right side, and move tube in between. R click, MERGE DOWN frames together.
4. Drag and drop the following elements from the kit folder into the canvas:
Element 59
Element 8
Element 45
Element 12
Element 23- 221x200, duplicate
Element 25- 166x278
Element 39
Element 24
Element 35
Element 64- 229x249, rotate tool 69%, duplicate, flip
Element 33- 188x137, drop shadow with same settings as prior
Element 51
Element 54- 130x121, add drop shadow with same settings as prior
Element 55
Arrange all appropriately.
5.  Drag and drop another Paper 10 into the canvas then drag it down to the bottom of the layers box (R click-ADD ALPHA CHANNEL).  Drag and drop Vix_Mask435 & RR_MaskSet36_Mask3 into the canvas.  Scale Rachel's mask to 495x495 then place on left bottom side of tag. Go to COLORS>INVERT then LAYER>TRANSPARENCY>COLOR TO ALPHA. Do this to both mask layers.  Your layers box will look like the screenshot below.
 Duplicate and flip the copy of Vix's mask, place each on the top sides of tag then merge two mask layers together. R click, ALPHA TO SELECTION then click on Paper 8 in layers box to activate that layer and go to SELECT>INVERT and EDIT>CLEAR.
Your paper 8 is now a duplicate of the mask.  See that in the screenshot right above?  With the original mask, go to COLORS>INVERT to make it white.  Place the white at top back and paper mask in the middle back of the tag.  Do the same thing with Rachel's mask, duplicate, flip, arrange, merge, ALPHA TO SELECTION, SELECT>INVERT and EDIT>CLEAR.  
Click on the little eye next to the original mask layer to make it an invisible layer, or delete.  
6.  Crop your tag, Right click on your Background layer in layers box and ALPHA TO SELECTION, go to IMAGE>CROP TO SELECTION. Then delete the Background layer.
7.  Add your name to the tag!  I'm using a font called Frosting for Breakfast in red.  R click on that layer, ALPHA TO SELECTION to SELECT>GROW by 3, add a new transparent layer and fill with white, add drop shadow with same settings as you used before PLUS add a drop shadow with settings at 2/2/2
8.  Save your tag as .xcf first so you can go back in and make layer by layer alterations if the need arises.  Then when you're happy save as .png and you're done!  Woohoo.  Awesome tag there.

Thanks for checking out my tutorial!
Here's a  FREEBIE Facebook Cover that I made with the same kit as the tutorial, Flurry of Fun by Creative Scraps by Crys.  You're welcome to use it!  Just do not change or add to it, and do not claim it as your own!


CU4CU Breastpump

Download here-
It has been forever since I have designed since I have had my baby, I have been an exclusively pumping mom & it has consumed a lot of my time. However, it is so rewarding to be able to provide breastmilk for her! I have been blogging about my parenting adventures at and offer reviews as well as giveaways ofproducts that I find beneficial!  So stop by and visit me there too!
Anyways, I made an electric and manual PSD template as well as black PNG samples. These are ok for you to use as long as you do not reshare as it is. I also require credit when using my creations. All this information is included in the TOU file within the zip. By downloading and using, you agree to follow my terms of use. Send others HERE TO THIS POST TO DOWNLOAD A COPY. DO NOT SHARE!
I hope that this is helpful to others. I did not see any freebies out there like this so if you appreciate my work, leave me some comment love!


Happy Thanksgiving! Stuffing You with FREEBIES!

Happy Thanksgiving!  I have quite a few goodies for you today!  It's my way of saying THANK YOU for being a fan of mine and supporting my work!  I appreciate each and every one of you :)
Let's start off with this Full Size CU Thanksgiving Mix has 5 PNG's including a turkey, jar, decorative pumpkin, berries and a pretty red fabric flower.  I hope you like it, just click HERE to get a copy of it for yourself & remember to send others here to my blog for their copy! 
Here's another FREEBIE Tagger sized CU Native American Pack contains 2 JPG papers and 1 PNG bead overlay, 2 frames, 3 bead spreads, Dreamcatcher, Rug, Totem Pole PNG with PSD template, Tipis PNG with PSD template, PNG Drum with PSD template, PNG Pot with PSD template, and PNG Beaded Bracelet with PSD template as well!  You may recognize some of these from my FTU kit called Native November which is Personal Use Only and available HERE... DO NOT SHARE, instead direct others here to my blog to download themselves.  Click HERE for your copy & leave me some love if you do!

I made a Ferris Wheel for my Christmas Carnival kit, which you can find out more about HERE... This is another FREEBIE I have for you today!!! The CU ferris wheel can be used for full size or tagger scraps.  It has a total of 28 customizable layers so you can have it look any way you'd like, although I included a greyscale PNG and the PNG example from my Christmas Carnival kit (tagger only).  I hope you have fun with it, I'd love to see how you use it!  Send your friends here to my blog for a copy of the file, DO NOT SHARE.  Click HERE to download your copy & comment if you can!

I also have 2 PSD Bon Bon templates with PNG examples, which was used in my kit Champagne & Chocolate, and you can find out more about that kit HERE.  Download your copy of the Bon Bons HERE.

Here I have a CU PSD Window Template with PNG example.  The template has 4 layers with a wooden look.  I used this in my A Winter Wish kit, which you can find out more about HERE.  Download HERE and as usual, DO NOT SHARE, direct others here to get their own copy. 

Wait there's MORE! LOL!  I made a Full Size antique looking house PSD template, I haven't played with it yet but I'm sure you all out there can find ways to have some fun with it.  There's 52 customizable layers... I would absolutely love to see what you do with it!  Download HERE


Click HERE to read my TOU.

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