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7/29/2011

August O'Scrap Blog Train *CU/PU FREEBIE*



These are simple textured ribbons with a bit of glam to them... All 5 ribbons are in 1 PSD file to make it easier for you, and the size is approximately 300 x 900 pixels per inch (tagger size). Click the preview above to download. And if you download, it would be nice to see a thank you!
TOU state that this product may not be redistributed as a stand alone product, nor as a CU product... I hope you enjoy finding ways to use these ribbons :) xoxox


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Annaica's Place (YOU ARE HERE)



Black Widow Creationz



Charlieonline



Crystals Creations



Connies Pages



My Sweet Tater



Pamkez



Red Butterfly



Tasha's Playground



Wicked Creations


7/27/2011

NEWSTORE! Come over and SAVE :)

THIS OFFER IS NO LONGER VALID.


Come over for 50% off any purchase of $6 or more in my store! Offer is good only until the 31st!


Lots of CU items and 3 great kits at unbelievable prices, only for items made by me :)



S.S. Steampunk Fairy Gimp Tag Tutorial



I am a big fan of Sarah B. Seiter and put in a tube request over at The Zone Groups and there it is. I just look at it in awe LOL thank you so much Mona, for tubing this gorgeous fairy! Sarah's art can be found at Deviant Art and a couple of her tubes are available over at The Zone Groups :)


I used a kit called Cornelia Marie Quincy by Wicked Princess Scraps which is currently on SALE!!!! HERE and HERE!




This tag should be something even beginner Gimpers can do! Let's get started!




1. Make a new image- size it 600 x 600. Go to LAYER>TRANSPARENCY>COLOR TO ALPHA to make background transparent.


2. Open as layers the patio fence. Scale to 235 x 396. Duplicate and flip. Place them together in the middle, overlapping the center. Merge these 2 layers.


3. Open the pansy and scale to 92 x 345, then LAYER>TRANSFORM>ROTATE 90 degrees and place on right side of fence. Duplicate, flip copy and place copy on left side of fence. When they're places, merge these 2 layers.


4. Open the rosevine. Scale to 192 x 321. LAYER>TRANSFORM>FLIP VERTICALLY then duplicate and flip. Set these in the middle of the fence. Merge the 2 layers.


5. Open the tube of choice. For this piece of art, I scaled it to 696 x 354. Place accordingly.


6. Open photobracket. Scale to 67 x 67.


7. Open fragipini flower. Scale to 88 x 123. Go to COLORS>COLORIZE, levels at 353/23/13 and then OK. Go to COLORS>BRIGHTNESS AND CONTRAST and set the levels at -60/-5. This flower should now be a dusky rose hue. Place it on top of photobracket. Merge the flower and photobracket layers. Duplicate and flip. Move this copy BEHIND the tube layer. Then duplicate the copy. Move this copy IN FRONT OF the tube layer. Right click on tube layer, ALPHA TO SELECTION. Click on merged flower/bracket layer in layers box that is IN FRONT and go to EDIT>CLEAR. Now the fairy's wing looks as if it's peeking up over a bit.


8. Place your correct copyright on your tag, include the copyrigth symbol, artist's name and website as well as license numbers, if applicaple.


9. I used a font called Vivaldi Italic Condensed size 60 in white. I used the picker tool to get the blue shade from the tube. Right click the text layer in layers box, ALPHA TO SELECTION then add a new layer and fill it with the blue shade you picked. Add noise- FILTERS>NOISE>RGB NOISE 20/20/20/0 and then add a drop shadow- FILTERS>LIGHT AND SHADOW>DROP SHADOW 3/3/15. Click on the white text layer once more, go to FILTERS>DECOR>ADD BEVEL with thickness 5 and work on copy checked.


10. Use the rectangle select tool to crop your image, make the selection and while marching ants are showing, go to IMAGE>CROP TO SELECTION.


11. Save as a .xcf file so you may come back and redo things if necessary. When satisfied, save as .png




Thank you for viewing this tutorial :) xoxox

Breastfeeding Resources

Are you in need of breastfeeding info? Want to know where to look? Here's some places I recommend!

1. The Breastfeeding Moms group on Cafemom! The ladies in here are VERY supportive and will encourage you to continue thru the weak moments, when you think you're gonna give up. I am very thankful for this group, it has helped me NUMEROUS times.
2. LactMed. This database will inform you of trials that have been completed with each drug and the outcomes. It gives accurate information and is always up to date. Great for anyone that has to take prescription medication! I think it's always best to check things out yourself and not just trust what others say.
3. The Quintessence Foundation. They encouraged me to start a local competition for the annual global record they have. We placed 99th globally for Largest Site! My local site has a Facebook page, it's link is to the right of my blog... Feel free to like that page! I want to say to other breastfeeding mommas to look into this and either find their closest local competition OR start one if they can't find one. You can also count yourself from home! Check it out :)
4. Infant Risk Center by Dr. Hale. This webforum along with helpful articles is a multitude of knowledge.
5. The Peaceful Parenting blog. This blog is fun, relaxed and promotes natural parenting techniques. I love reading the posts on there :)
6. Kellymom is the number one source I hear referenced.
7. La Leche League International is another site that is used by breastfeeding mothers round the world and has local support groups!
8. The World Health Organization says, "Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond." And has all the statistics in one place to look thru.
9. Your local WIC office (you can find an alphabetical list of state offices HERE). The website says, "WIC participants who reported having received advice to breastfeed their babies from the WIC clinic were more likely to breastfeed than other WIC participants or eligible nonparticipants."
10. Your local Health Department, or their website geared for women's health HERE. There often is a certified lactation specialist that works at your county health department and can help you find resources in case you need more!

These are the sites I have used for resources and I have found alot of support and help by visiting these sites, so I hope you may find them helpful also!



"My Dad Rocks" Gimp Tag Tutorial




For this tag, you can use any photos of your choice! It is a tag to commemorate Dad... I used photos of my main squeeze and our two lil munchkins. These are photos taken by me!
You will want the PTU kit Daddy's Special Day by Creative Scraps by Crys, which you can find HERE.
While you're over there, pick up the FTU template Crys made HERE.
And grab the mask pack I have on my blog HERE because I used the wavy mask in there :)

Let's get started.
1. Open a new canvas, size 800 x 800. Go to LAYER>TRANSPARENCY>COLOR TO ALPHA to make background transparent.
2. Open up as new layer paper 3 in kit. Right click this layer in layers box and choose ADD ALPHA CHANNEL.
3. Open up as new layer the masks. Delete the top and bottom layers, you want to use the WAVY mask. Right click on this layer and choose ALPHA TO SELECTION and then click on paper 3 layer of kit to make active. Go to SELECT>INVERT and then EDIT>CLEAR. The paper layer now should be your mask layer. So delete the original wavy mask layer, then duplicate the new paper mask layer. We'll come back to this in a bit.
4. Now you need to open up as new layer the template. Delete Raster 1, 3, 4, merged and 6. Then colorize Raster 2 to a medium to dark blue, and add a drop shadow (FILTERS>LIGHT AND SHADOW>DROP SHADOW with settings at 3, 3, 15). Right click on Raster 5 in layer box, choose ALPHA TO SELECTION. Make a new layer and make your color box have a light turquoise blue as foreground and a medium/dark blue as the background color. Click on the BLEND TOOL and check settings- make sure the shape is spiral cw, then starting from middle to the the upper left corner draw a line. The text should now be the blended colors... Add noise. FILTERS>NOISE>RGB NOSIE with settings at 20/20/20/0. SELECT>NONE and delete the original Raster 5 layer from template. Use the eraser tool to erase the stars that are a part of this layer, if you like, at the bottom... Then right click and ALPHA TO SELECTION then SELECT>GROW by 2. Add new layer and fill with white. Add a drop shadow with same settings used as above.
5. Open as layers frame 4 in kit. Scale to 330 x 207. Add drop shadow.
6. Open as layers grass #1 in kit and scale to 250 x 208, duplicate and place on each side.
7. Open as layers frog 2 in kit and scale to 148 x 172 , place accordingly. Add drop shadow.
8. Open as layers boat in kit and scale to 185 x 121. Add drop shadow.







9. Open as layers fishing pole and scale to 153 x 338. Add drop shadow.







10. Open as layers bow 2 and scale to 122 x 55 then duplicate and flip and place accordingly. Merge bow layers and add drop shadow.







11. Go back to the mask layers and make sure that you can see it on both top and bottom. so just put one above the other just slightly. Or you can grow just the one if you'd like. Just use the slider for opacity on the top and move it to about 50% if you use both.







12. Open as layers the photos you want to use. Right click on each layer and choose ADD ALPHA CHANNEL. Then use the rectangle or ellipse tool to crop out excess. Make the selection and go to SELECT>INVERT and EDIT>CLEAR. Repeat per photo. This may take a couple tries, but it gets easier as you do it.







13. When you're done, add your tag name and any copyright info if necessary. Use the rectangle select tool to crop your tag. Make selection, then IMAGE>CROP TO SELECTION. Save as .xcf so you can get back in and make changes as necessary and save as.png when you're satisfied.














Thanks for viewing this tutorial! Hope you like what you saw :) xoxox

7/23/2011

FREEBIE CU OK MASK PACK

Ok, I am really new at making masks LOL... But I had these laying around for a little while and wanted to offer them! You can use them for commercial use or personal use. TOU state that they can't be redistributed as a stand alone product, or redistributed as CU when in original form. There are 3 in the pack, all in one PSD file to make it easier. I hope you can find some use for them! Click the preview to go to 4shared... And please, if you download, leave some love :) xoxox

Twilight Scraps Collab!

EMO is the thing these days, so Twilight Scraps put together this fabulous store collab in bright and fun colors for you and it's FREE with any $10 purchase at Twilight Scraps!! This collab is HUGE! There is a total of 24 products in the collab, mostly all Personal Use kits but there are some Commercial Use packs also :)

Visit Twilight Scraps now to get yours before it's gone! Only available until Jul 31st!



7/15/2011

Showing Off Tags I Made :)

Here is an avatar and a couple tags I made using my scrapkit- EMOtionally Yours, which can be purchased right now at Scrappin Hens... It will soon also be at my other stores! I used the art of Lady Mishka in these tags and you can find it at Scraps and the City. The second tag uses a tube of hers which she shared with all her friends in her Facebook group :) Her tubes have such great colors that match with my kit! And she is a wonderful person, very talented artist! So I just wanted to show off these tags I made, thanks for looking :) xoxox



















7/14/2011

EMOtionally Yours Kit & Wordart Freebie








This is my newest kit and is available right now at Scrappin Hens

and soon to be at Twilight Scraps as well!



And below is a PNG wordart you can snag!



It can only be used for personal use...



I hope you like it :) xoxox

7/06/2011

♥ Please Vote For My Daughter To Be The Next Gerber Baby ♥

I really would appreciate some votes for my lil princess in the Gerber Baby Contest! Just click the link below or search HERE for Khloe for the name and Wilton for the city and she will be the cute girl in pink sitting in a big patterned chair and the frame they have her in is green! Winner gets a $50k scholarship! thank you so very much to those who vote!!!!
http://apps.facebook.com/gerberphotosearch/entry/140948/khloe.aspx

7/05/2011

Hotter Than A Firecracker Gimp Tag Tutorial



For this tag, you'll want the following:



HOTTER THAN A FIRECRACKER freebie tag template/wordart by Creative Scraps by Crys.




The PTU kit EMO 4th OF JULY by Crystal's Creations.




FTU mask #25 by Creationz by Witchys Heart.




The tube is FTU by David Collins and is found at The Zone Groups :)





Let's get Started.




1. Open up the template.



2. Open up the mask. COLORS>INVERT and LAYER>TRANSPARENCY COLOR TO ALPHA.



3. Open up paper 11 from scrapkit. Right click, ADD ALPHA CHANNEL. Right click on mask layer, Alpha to Selection. Click back on paper layer and go to SELECT>INVERT and EDIT>CLEAR. Add noise- FILTERS>NOISE>RGB NOISE levels at 20/20/20



4. Right click and Alpha to Selection Raster 7, add new layer, fill with royal blue. Add noise. Alpha to Selection, SELECT>SHRINK by 9. Add new layer, fill with white. Go to FILTERS>DISTORTS>ERASE EVERY OTHER ROW. Keep presets. Repeat these steps with Raster 8. Delete original Raster 7 and 8 layers.



5. Open element 26 from kit (fireworks) and duplicate. Set them appropriately.


6. Right click and Alpha to Selection Raster 2. Add new layer. Fill with red. Repeat with Raster 3. Delete original Raster 2 layer, but keep Raster 3 layer for dimension...


7. Right click, Alpha to Selection Raster 6 and add new layer, fill with red. Add noise. Shrink by 9, add new layer, fill with gradient blend (blend tool/bilinear blend) of red/white. Delete original Raster layer.


8. Open tube of choice, duplicate (total of 2 copies) then make one copy invisible (little eye needs checked in layer box) we will work with this one in a bit... Meanwhile with visible tube, COLOR>DESATURATE then duplicate and flip the copy. Arrange in the red/white blended rectangle we just made in step 7. When placed right, merge these 2 together and Alpha to Selection on blended rectangle... SELECT>INVERT and click on tube layer, EDIT>CLEAR.


9. Open as layers element 9 from kit. Scale to 178 x 353 and position on right side of tag.


10. Open as layers element 26 and scale to 126 x 136. Duplicate and flip copy. Arrange appropriately.


11. Open as layers element 4 from kit, sclae to 156 x 83. Duplicate, flip copy, place.


12. Open element 36 and scale to 90 x 92, duplicate, flip and place.


13. Make other tube layer visible again. Then scale to 220 x 466.


14. Open as new layer element 21, duplicate and place scattered across.


15. For the wordart- you may want to scale it down a bit...Keep the HOTTER THAN A black, but with the FIRECRACKER- Alpha to Selection. Add a new layer and use the paintbrush tool to draw blue and red into it and add noise. Delete original wordart layer. Then while still selected, grow by 3 and add new layer. Fill with white. Keep wordart merged all into one layer.


16. I used a font called Dreamed About You in blue, grew by 2 filled new layer with white and grew by 2 and filled new layer with red. Link layers, use rotate tool.


17. Add drop shadow to red text layer, wordart layer, to the centered colored tube, element 9, the red rectangle in template,
the firecracker in template, and both of the blue layers in template.


18. Add the correct copyright info to your tag. Copyright symbol, the artist's name and website along with any license numbers should be clearly legible.


19. Use rectangle tool to crop- IMAGE>CROP TO SELECTION.


20. Save as .xcf so you can come back in and make changes if necessary. Save as .png with final product.




Hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Thanks for viewing :) xoxox


7/01/2011

July O'Scrap Blog Train *CU OK BOTTLECAP*


SORRY FOR THE DELAY BUT HERE IS MY PORTION OF THE JULY O'SCRAP BLOG TRAIN :)
There are 2 files- a PSD template so you can customize the bottlecap/heart/bones & there is a PNG file already ready to use. Both are acceptable for commercial and personal use. Please read the TOU in zip file. And as always, click the preview to download... if you like it, please leave me a note here on my blog so I know my creations are halfway decent LOL. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit the rest of the train :) xoxox


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Annaica's Place





Black Widow Creationz





Charlieonline





Crystals Creations





Connies Pages





Freeks Creations





My Sweet Tater





Pamkez





Tasha's Playground





Wicked Creations













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All my creations were made with my own ideas. If my templates, tutorials, wordart, scrapkits, etc. resemble other designs, it is purely coincidental. Please feel free to use my PERSONAL USE creations for personal use only and my COMMERCIAL USE creations for personal and/or commercial use :) Do not claim my creations as your design. TOU must be followed when using my CU items. Sale of my personal use items is not allowed. If you post my designs in your online group, please be sure to also post a link directly to my blog. If you have any questions about my creations just email me at iloveluci09@gmail.com.


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