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3:57 PM | Posted by annaica | | Edit Post
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 :)
11:20 AM | Posted by annaica | | Edit Post
It's adorable, right?
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.
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)
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 23- 221x200, duplicate
Element 25- 166x278
Element 64- 229x249, rotate tool 69%, duplicate, flip
Element 33- 188x137, drop shadow with same settings as prior
Element 54- 130x121, add drop shadow with same settings as prior
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!
6:27 PM | Posted by annaica | | Edit Post
Download here- https://www.dropbox.com/s/bnuesrq1rx3z84e/AP_CU4CU_BREASTPUMP.zip?dl=0
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 http://latchedonmom.blogspot.com and offer reviews as well as giveaways ofproducts that I find beneficial! So stop by and visit me there too!
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!
8:24 PM | Posted by annaica | | Edit Post
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!
3:03 PM | Posted by annaica | | Edit Post
Here's a tag I made with the tube named Ginger by FourXDesigns, which requires a license when using her art. You can get both the tube and license here- http://www.fourxdesigns-store.com/
And I used a FREE TO USE kit called Green Queen Emo by Crystal's Creations, just click HERE to check that out!!
2:36 PM | Posted by annaica | | Edit Post
Here's a kit that I just made inspired by all the back to school shopping we've done here lately... It is tagger size, has 12 colorful patterned papers & 40 fun elements.
This year, my son is going into 5th grade and my daughter is starting preschool! It is exciting, and we're pretty much ready. We also have our baby expected within the next 3/4 weeks, so a lot is going on right now! I hope you all are doing great, and enjoying these last days before school begins once again.
I wanted to offer this kit to all of my readers. It is PERSONAL USE ONLY- this means that it is for your own use, you can make things with it and offer your siggies/tags, or flattened images to your friends for free, but you're not OK to sell anything you've made from my kit, or reoffer it in any way either. This means you can not share it, if someone wants it they're more than welcome to stop by here and download a copy of it for themselves... If you have any questions feel free to contact me and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
I hope you enjoy using this kit, and would love to see what all you've done with it, just click the preview above to download :)
12:00 AM | Posted by annaica | | Edit Post
Here's your CU freebie from me this month on the Scrappin' Your ♥ Out Blog Train!
Click preview above for your copy... Do not share my creation, instead send others HERE to my blog to download themselves.
Please click the link below to go to headquarters for all the links to visit on the train!
I'm happy to help you with your design needs! Feel free to EMAIL me to discuss custom graphics. Please fill out this form to expedite your interest in my services: http://goo.gl/forms/KCP6gfvjhc