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Saturday, March 28, 2015

SPRING IS HERE CHALLENGE AT DI'S DIGI DESIGNS!

Happy Saturday to everyone!   More soccer this weekend and temperatures today only expected to be in the 30s, so going to be a chilly one:(  Hope everyone is doing great and had a fabulous week.  My kids are off school for the next 9 days, which I am excited about b/c it means not having to drive them all to and from school daily, but also a little nervous that they will spend much of their time off fighting with one another.  Hopefully the latter will not happen!

We have a NEW CHALLENGE for you over at DI’S DIGI DESIGNS and it is SPRING IS HERE!  I don't know about you, but I cannot wait for the arrival of spring type weather!  You have until 11:55pm EST on Friday, April 10 to come join the fun. Remember, you don’t need to use an image from DI'S DIGI STAMPS to play along, but if you do, you have a chance to win 2 images from DI'S DIGI STAMPS in addition to a chance at the sponsor prize.

I hope you will check out DI'S DIGI STAMPS as Di has so many wonderful images, many that would be perfect for our challenge.   You can also check out her CandiBean rubber stamps line - Set 6 has been shown on Create and Craft UK and can be purchased there as well as other online retailers.


Today my creation uses one of the newest adorable images from DI’S DIGI STAMPS "Bunny Greeting."   I had so much fun coloring this image with my Copics.  I'm really pleased with how it turned out.  Image it cut with Cheery Lynn Designs die and I added Prima flowers and a sentiment from Scrappy Moms cut with Nestie.  DP is from Doodlebug Designs.  Sure hope you like it and will come play along!!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I Heart Kitty with Karleigh Sue Digis

Hello everyone!  I can't believe it's almost the end of March and we have snow on the ground - yuck!  I was ready to be done with winter some time back in January LOL!  I am sharing on the Karleigh Sue Inspiration blog with another creation using one of the brilliant images from Karleigh Sue Digi Shoppe

Today, I am using I HEART KITTY image which can be found in Karleigh Sue Etsy Shoppe and Karleigh Sue Digi Shoppe.


I have kept this creation pretty clean and simple so as to showcase this gorgeous image.  Image is colored with Copics:

Hair YR31, Y35, Y26 and E34
Skin E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R22 and R21
Pants and vest G20, G21, G24, G28
Shoe E41, E42, E43 and E44
Shirt RV14, RV25, RV29
Kitty W1. W3, W5, W7, W9
Ground C1, C3

Image is cut out with Tonic die.  I chose DP from Prima - love the kitty background.  I added some sheer Offray ribbon and sentiment is from Taylored Expressions, cut out with Nestie and Prima bling added.

I sure hope you like how this came out and hopefully it has provided some inspiration for you:)  Remember to check out New Karleigh Sue Digi ShoppeKarleigh Sue Facebook Fan Group and Karleigh Sue Challenge blog.  Have a great day!!

Hugs:)


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Layering Tutorial with Inky Impressions

Hi everyone, I hope you are having a wonderful day.  Today I am sharing a tutorial on layering over at INKY IMPRESSIONS INSPIRATION BLOG.  I hope you will go check it out.

Do you ever get JPG images and want to layer them, but have trouble getting them to look right?  Well, I have an easy and FREE way to help you get those clear, layered images you've always wanted.

Today I am working with 2 images from INKY IMPRESSIONS STAMPS New March Release.  The first one is Carrot Patch Background and the other is Bunny Ears LiLi.

Your first step is to convert those JPGs to transparent PNG files (you can also convert to GIF files).  You can do this in 2 easy steps using Free Online Image Editor.  Open the program and go to where it says Choose File and then follow the steps to find your image and press "Upload"


Once you have uploaded your image, you will be looking at the screen below, click on the Wizards tab at the top and then click on "Transparency" (I have it highlighted with my cursor on it,


After that, click on the part of the screen where your image is and voila, the background is transparent while the rest of the image (or at least solid parts) should remain white - this makes layering much easier.  Make sure to save your image (upper left of the choices bar) before opening another one.


After you have completed your uploads of all the images you want to layer, you can use GIMP - another FREE program - you will need to download this one.


So first you want to make a place to put your new image.    Change the image size to inches and put in 12.000 in both width and height.  Click on advanced options and choose Transparency in the "Fill With" line.

Next, find the image that will be the bottom layer of your combined image and open it.   Then you will copy it and past into the transparent box.


Now it's time to resize and then move to where you want this image on the page.


Once you have the image in place, go to Layer and click on Anchor Layer.


 Within the Layer tab, you will next find New Layer and click on that.


You will now repeat the process of Opening the file you wish to add, copying and pasting, then resizing and move it to where you want it on the image underneath.


Once everything is in place, you will choose Export from the File menu and then choose the name you wish to save it under and the folder you want to find it in and click save.


 And VOILA!  There is your nicely layered image:)


(Please note that mine is double watermarked so as not to be copied.  You will obviously be able to save a clean image.)



Hope you have found this helpful.  Hugs!!

Monday, March 16, 2015

NEW RELEASES AT KARLEIGH SUE - MERMAIDS!!

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Are you ready for New Releases at KARLEIGH SUE DIGI SHOPPE???  I bet you are!  Images can also be found at KARLEIGH SUE ETSY SHOPPE.  This month we bring you the fabulous Mermaid Collection - 6 brand new, and totally amazing, images!  Hope you will check out what the DT gals have done with the New Releases by visiting Karleigh Sue Inspiration Blog.


The New Release image I have use is called "Mother's Heart Mermaid."  She is colored with Copics and cut out with Nestie.  This image has a lot of nice details that were really fun to color, especially the mother mermaid's beautiful hair and her tail.  I know you will love coloring her as well.  I chose Papers from Bella Blvd. and Echo Park to go with this gorgeous image.  I added circle Nestie die cut and SU buttons.  Sentiment is from Craftin' Desert Divas and is cut out with die from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.


Hugs:)

NEW MARCH RELEASES AT DIGI MY WORLD!!


Hello everyone and welcome to the Digi My World March NEW digital release - images will be available in Digi My World Shop on Friday, March 20, but the DT will be showing off sneak peeks all week long at Digi My World Blog!   Everyone has made some wonderful inspirational projects to share with you!


My Project today uses 2 of the kitties from the Bonnet Kitty set (there are 3 total kitties in the set).    I have colored these cuties with Copics, added Sakura and Staedler pens for the dots below their noses and cut image out with Nesties.  DP is from Kaisercraft and corners also cut with Nesties.  Sentiment is from Jadded Blossom and cut with Nestie.  I added bling from Doodlebug Designs on sentiment piece and Darice bling on bottom left.   I sure hope you like it!

Hope you will also join us at the  Digi My World March New Release Facebook Event.   Pop over and check out everything we have going on and see all the wonderful releases!!

Also, you can win some of these new digital images by playing in our:

***BLOG CANDY***
Its easy and fun to do!
Each day we will pick one random winner from the comments made on the blog!
To enter all you need to do is:
1- Follow  Digi My World Blog
2- Follow the DT's blogs (see listing in Digi My World Blog side bar)
3- Leave a note in the comment section

You may enter EVERYDAY you wish.  We will randomly select names and which digital stamp set each day.  Thank you!!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

NEW CHALLENGE AT ALL DRESSED UP!

I am now here to announce our New Challenge at ALL DRESSED UP BLOG.  Our challenges are always ANYTHING GOES with an image from ALL DRESSED UP - you can find a large variety of our images at ALL DRESSED UP ETSY SHOP and they are amazing, so you will want to visit there and pick some up!!!  Wendy has also generously offered some freebies and you can find them HERE - please be respectful of the rules regarding the freebies.

You can see all the Challenge samples made by the DT Team B at ALL DRESSED UP BLOG.  Trust me, you will be inspired by all the beautiful projects.  I also hope you will join us on our ALL DRESSED UP FACEBOOK GROUP page where you can chat about All Dressed Up and share your creations as well.  We also have challenges at the ALL DRESSED UP FACEBOOK GROUP, so another opportunity to win more All Dressed Up images!!


My creation today features Festival Lily digi image from ALL DRESSED UP ETSY SHOP.    She is colored with Copics and cut out with Nestie.  DP is My Mind's Eye and CS is American Crafts.  I added Prima and Darice bling to the bottom.  Sentiment, which says "Hope your Birthday is as Colorful as you are" is from Jaded Blossom, cut out with Lifestyle Crafts die.  Sure hope you like it and will come play along!!

NEW RELEASES AT INKY IMPRESSIONS

Another post from me today!  Busy day here on the blog as it seems the middle of the month always is.   Hint, I will have one more post today, so stay tuned...

We have some AMAZING NEW RELEASES from Inky Impressions, so I hope you will check those out  - the DT has done a great job showcasing them and you can find their samples at Inky Impressions Challenge!   Reminder, we also have our FOR A SPECIAL LADY challenge going on - you have until Tues., March 17 to come play along in our challenge, so come link up your project at Inky Impressions Challenge - you can use any images you like.


My card today features New Release digi Carrot patch background from Inky Impressions.   I have combined the background with LiLi coloring Easter Eggs  digi and Happy Easter Banner from last month's new releases.   Sentiment is colored with Copics and cut with scissors.  Image is colored with Copics as well and cut with Nestie.  Paper from Doodlebug Designs, ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon and bling from Prima.  Sure hope you like it!!

INSPIRATION WITH FAERY INK!!

Hello everyone and Happy Sunday!!  I'm here to share some inspiration with you today - you can also see my card posted on Faery Ink Designs Blog.  You can find at the image I used, Beauty - Jan. 2015 Fae of the Month at the Faery Ink Shop.  I absolutely adore this image, I really love images which include scenery, so you can see why I had such fun coloring this image with all the gorgeous scenery.


I have colored this beautiful image with Copics.   I chose color combos to match my Bo Bunny papers.   Dress is BG78, BG18, BG49, BG57, and BG53.  Flowers are done with 2 different red combos - R89, R46 and R27 for the flowers on the left and R39, R29 and R24 for the right side.  Centers are BG 18, BG15, BG13 and B34, B32 respectively.   Green combo I used was G28, YG17, YG13 and YG11.  Main die cut frames done with Sue Wilson dies, sentiment cut with Sizzix die.  Bling is Doodlebug and pearled flower is from Prima.  

Sure hope you like my creation and hopefully it has given you some inspiration.  Make sure that you visit the Faery Ink Shop to see all the wonderful images there!!  Also, remember to play in our challenges which you can find on Faery Ink Challenge Blog and at Faery Ink Facebook Group.

Hugs:)


Saturday, March 14, 2015

LOTS OF GREEN CHALLENGE AT DI'S DIGI DESIGNS

Happy Saturday to everyone!   First soccer tournament of the season, temperatures only expected in the 50s and it's supposed to rain all day, but this is my older son's last season of select soccer - next year he moves to high school and club soccer - so I intend to go to as many games as possible.

We have a NEW CHALLENGE for you over at DI’S DIGI DESIGNS and it is LOTS OF GREEN!  You have until 11:55pm EST on Friday, March 27 to come join the fun. Remember, you don’t need to use an image from DI'S DIGI STAMPS to play along, but if you do, you have a chance to win 2 images from DI'S DIGI STAMPS in addition to a chance at the sponsor prize.

I hope you will check out DI'S DIGI STAMPS as Di has so many wonderful images, many that would be perfect for our challenge.   You can also check out her CandiBean rubber stamps line - Set 6 has been shown on Create and Craft UK and can be purchased there as well as other online retailers.


Today my creation uses one of the newest adorable images from DI’S DIGI STAMPS "St. Patrick's Mice."  I had lots of fun playing with different greens in this creation.  Image colored with Copics and Atyou Spica pens, cut with Tonic Studio die as is flower piece.  Pearls and bling from Prima and Your Next Stamp.  Ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon, Shamrock bling stickers from Jolee's Boutique.  Sentiment is from Jaded Blossom and cut with Sweet Stamps die.  Sure hope you like it and will come play along!!

Monday, March 9, 2015

HIPPIE LOVE WITH KARLEIGH SUE DIGIS!

Hello everyone and Happy Monday!  Today is my first post on the Karleigh Sue Inspiration blog and I'm so excited to be part of the New Release and Inspiration DT!!

Naturally, when I saw Hippie Love image in Karleigh Sue Etsy Shoppe, I knew I had to create with her!    I am very systematic about how I color my images.  I start with the hair and then I do the skin.  For her hair, I used Copic colors Y21, Y26 and E33.  Next I do the skin, and my standard skin combo, which I used here is E000, E00, E21, E11 and E04 with R21 added for cheeks.


Next in my "process" is that I pick out my papers.  For this card I chose DP from Bo Bunny.  I typically color my image to match my chosen papers, so that is why I choose them prior to finishing the coloring of my image.  I colored the skirt with E40, E41, E42, E43 and E44 and the waist band in E47 and E49.  Shoes were done with E43, E44, E47 and E49.  Ground drawn in using E31 and E33.  I pretty much always try to ground my images so they don't look like they are floating in space.  Obviously there are exceptions to this, such as if the image is to be floating in water or in the sky, etc.

Next it is time to bring in color and I like lots of fun, bright color most of the time and since I chose DP with fun, bright colors, I used them on my image as well.    Flower is done with E57 and E59 in center and petals are YR21, YR24 and E33.  Greens (hair feathers, purse, jewelry) used are G99, YG67, YG, 17, YG13 and YG11.  Pinks (head scarf and jewelry) RV09, RV17, RV19 and RV69.  Oranges (shirt and on purse stripe) YR02, YR04, YR07, YR09, YR18 and E19.  I also added some touches of Sakura glaze and Atyou Spica pens on some of her jewelry to bring a little sparkle.

For my die cuts, I chose some of my newest Nesties for the 3 layered flower piece and the sentiment.  I added some Doodlebug bling to this as well for some more color and sparkle.  Bling at bottom is Your Next Stamp.  Image is cut with new Couture Creations dies.

I sure hope you like how this came out and hopefully it has provided some inspiration for you:)  Remember to check out New Karleigh Sue Digi ShoppeKarleigh Sue Facebook Fan Group and Karleigh Sue Challenge blog.  Have a great day!!

Hugs:)

Saturday, March 7, 2015

NEW RELEASES AT ALL DRESSED UP!!

Happy Saturday!   It has been a very long week due to many issues with my oldest daughter.  I'm looking forward to a relaxing weekend and hopefully some peace and quiet.

We have New Releases to share with you today from ALL DRESSED UP ETSY SHOP!   All together we have 4 new digi stamps which you can find at ALL DRESSED UP ETSY SHOP and they are amazing, so you will also want to visit there and pick up these beauties!!!

You can see all the New Releases being used by the DT for their gorgeous creations at ALL DRESSED UP BLOG.  Trust me, you will be inspired by all the beautiful projects.

I have created my card using the New Release "Party Frock" digi image from ALL DRESSED UP ETSY SHOP.    I sure hope you like it and that it provides you with inspiration:)


I colored this stunning image with Copics and Shinhan markers and cut her out with Scissors.  I showcased her on top of Bo Bunny DP and Doodlebug CS using Create and Craft Couture dies.   Other dies used are from Tonic.  Sentiment is from Craftin' Desert Divas and cut with Sweet Stamps die.  I added Prima bling to the sentiment cut out as well as for the centers of the flowers.

Don't forget, we also have an Anything Goes Challenge that you can find at All Dressed Up Challenge.  Make sure to use an All Dressed Up image to come play along.  Hugs!!

Monday, March 2, 2015

JUMPING FOR JOY WITH DIGI MY WORLD

Hi everyone and happy Monday!!  Hope you have all enjoyed a wonderful weekend.  It was a wee bit warmer here this weekend - I think it made it up to the 30s, although we did get a good bit of snow this morning.

Today I get to share my newest creation with you, using one of the adorable images Digi My World Shop!  This time I chose an image from the Give A Cheer Set.  4 fun girly images in this set, so lots of fun options:)


Image is colored with Copics - I used Y21, Y26 and E33 for her hair. Pinks used are RV02, RV04, RV06 and RV09, blues are B000, B02, B04 and B06. Flower is Prima. Sun die cut is from Jaded Blossoms Spring 2 die set. Sentiment is from My Craft Spot and cut with Sizzix die, Prima pearls added. I sure hope you like it and will pay a visit to Digi My World Shop.

Hugs!!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

BIRTHDAY CHALLENGE AT DI'S DIGI DESIGNS!!

Happy Saturday to everyone!  Thought heat in my daughter's apt. was fixed today, but sadly, it is not.  So, first thing when I wake up, another call to the heating company - ugh!

We have a NEW CHALLENGE for you over at DI’S DIGI DESIGNS and it is BIRTHDAYS!  You have until 11:55pm EST on Friday, March 13 to come join the fun. Remember, you don’t need to use an image from DI'S DIGI STAMPS to play along, but if you do, you have a chance to win 2 images from DI'S DIGI STAMPS in addition to a chance at the sponsor prize.

I hope you will check out DI'S DIGI STAMPS as Di has so many wonderful images, many that would be perfect for our challenge.   You can also check out her CandiBean rubber stamps line - Set 6 has been shown on Create and Craft UK and can be purchased there as well as other online retailers.


Today my creation uses an adorable image from DI’S DIGI STAMPS, "Penny's Balloons."  I love this image and she was such fun to color with my Copics and Atyou Spicas.  I added DP from Doodlebug, cut out image with Sue Wilson die.  Sentiment, from Jaded Blossom, is cut out with Simon Says Stamp die.  Corner dies are from Cheery Lynn and button is from Papertrey Ink.  Sure hope you like it and will come play along!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

SNOW MUCH FUN WITH FAERY INK DESIGNS

Hello everyone!!  Back to share some inspiration with you.  You can find at the image I used, Autumn Rose Snow Bunny at the Faery Ink Shop.  I absolutely love this image, although after a month of horribly cold weather and way too much snow, I am not sure I am agreeing with the sentiment right now LOL!  Right now I am thinking snow is nature's punishment ha ha.


I have colored this beautiful image with Copics.  I love purple, royal blue and teal together.  I chose also cool greys for the bunny, bunny ears and skates.  I added some Sakura glaze pen for sparkle as well as Stickles on her vest and cuffs.  Image is cut out with Sue Wilson die.  I chose these fun winter papers from Doodlebug.  Die shapes cut in upper left with Sizzix die and sentiment, from Papertrey Ink, is cut with Nestie.  Sparkly bling is from Your Next Stamp.

Sure hope you like my creation and hopefully it has given you some inspiration.  Make sure that you visit the Faery Ink Shop to see all the wonderful images there!!  Also, remember you still have time to play in our Enchanted Tea Party Challenge as well as our February Facebook Challenge - Shimmer, Sparkle, Shine

Hugs:)