31 December, 2011

Jay Trembly- Crawling Out

My last tag for 2011:
* Click tag for bigger

I made this tag for Tragedy. I used the artwork of Jay Trembly. 
The name of the tube is Ancilla & can be found at Scraps and The City.
The scrapkit: is called Risque (PTU) from Naughty's Angelz Creationz

*hugz*

Happy New Year


I wish you all a happy, peaceful, healthy & successful New Year. 
Stay safe when celebrating tonight- I'd like to see you again in 2012. ;)

*hugz*



New Years tag from Angi

I got a new prezzie from Angi.
It's a New Years tag & its absolutely gorgeous!
She used my 'celebrate' word art which is part of my New Years set, offered below.
Stop by Angi's blog here
Thank you so much, Sweetie! =)
*hugz*

29 December, 2011

Cluster Frame Freebie- Freakish

I have another cluster frame for you.
I made this frame with the Freakish kit 
from Addictive Pleasures a while back,
but I never had a blog to 'share' it at the time. 
So, I'm offering it now for you. ;)

In the download is a PSP & PSD version.
I also have included a .PNG file for those would rather 
use that type of file. 
You can download this frame here:

Here's a tag I made with this frame:

Hope you enjoy this cluster frame.=)

*hugz*

28 December, 2011

New Year's tag from Audrey


I got a new prezzie from Audrey.
It's a New Years tag & its just gorgeous!
Stop by Audrey's blog here
Thank you so much, Sweetie! =)
*hugz*

27 December, 2011

FTU- New Years Wordart

I was trying to work on a tag tonight & ended
 up making some word art.
The word art is on multiple layers which will allow 
you to colourise, dropshadow, etc. 
to your own preferences.

There is a PSP & PSD file in the zip.
Here's a preview:





I'd love to see any creations you make with any of the word art.
Enjoy! =)

*hugz*

Keith Garvey- Black Tie Affair

Made a new New Years tag.
                                             I wanted to gift some to a few friends:




For this tag, I used the amazing artwork of Keith Garvey named New Year 2012, 

which you can purchase at PTE.
The template (template 49) comes from Kandi Kissez.

*hugz*

Creative Chicks Rawk'd it

Last week, the Creative Chicks used my Kandykane Krismas cluster frame.
All those who participated, rawked it. 
Here's a few of the tags made by them.

Nicky:

MizTeeque:

Charlie:

Sandra:

Rhonda:
Jen:
Bwitchen:


Thank you again, Chickies for the awesome tags & for trying the frame.
You all rawk! =)

*hugz*

23 December, 2011

Merry Christmas!!

I just wanted to take the time to wish you all a very Merry and safe Christmas.
I hope Santa brings each of you many reasons to smile 
and that your holidays be filled with love. =)

*hugz*

21 December, 2011

PTU- Jolly Santa


* Click tag for bigger

This tutorial is borne from my own manipulated lil' mind. 
Any similarity to any other tutorial(s) is purely coincidental.

This tutorial was written for those who have a working knowledge of PSP.
This tutorial was written using PSP XI, tho' any version should work.

Supplies Needed:
Tube of choice. I am using the artwork 
of Ismael Rac. The name of the tube is Naughty Or Nice 
& can be found by visiting his store.
Do NOT use this artwork unless you have a license to do so 
& have purchased the tube.

Scrapkit is Red n Black Xmas from Addictive Pleasures
This is a pay to use kit.
Any other 'Christmas' kit should work nicely- 
as long as there's a string of lights in it. ;)

Template: Jolly Santa which can be found at AngiRique's 
awesome blog.
*Show the love when downloading.

Filters: Xero- Porcelain (optional for the tube)
Tramages: Tow The Line (optional)
Eye Candy 4000 Gradient Glow (optional for text & parts of temp)
Eye Candy 4000 HSB Noise (optional for animating the lights)

Font for name: Satisfaction (FTU font)

Let's do this! =)

Save your progress often.;)

Open up the template. Duplicate it & close original. 
I re-sized mine so it was 700 px in width.
Delete the credit layer at the top.
If you are animating: also delete the mask layer & the rectangle shadow layers.

If you are animating this tag & wish to have your background transparent like mine-
DO NOT drop shadow anything.

Working from the bottom up-
Both rectangle layers: - Selections- Select all 
- Selections- float
- Selections- defloat
- Selections- invert
-Paste paper 11 (or choice) 
- Hit delete on your keyboard
- Selections- select none. 
Then delete the original layer you had 'floating'.
On both my layers, I added a gradient glow to mine:
Settings were 3, 25, 100, Fat in a red colour.

For both the small circles, 
- Selections- Select all 
- Selections- float
- Selections- defloat
- Selections- invert
-Paste paper 8- resized 80% (position as needed)
- Hit delete on your keyboard
- Selections- select none. 
Then delete the original layer you had 'floating'.

For the center circle, Selections- Select all 
- Selections- float
Layers- new raster layer.
Flood fill with a foreground/ background gradient
I used #c00000 & #000000. Angle 45 & repeats 2
Select none & delete the original layer.
On your gradient circle layer,
Effects- Tramages- Tow The Line at these settings:


Next, go back to your Circle Frame layers.
Add noise:



Next, on your Bottom Left Circle Frame layer,
use your magic wand & click inside.
Selections- Modify- Expand. Expand by 2
Paste tube of choice, position as desired & hit the delete key.
Do the same for the Top Right Circle Frame.
Move this layer below the frame in your layers palette.
On the top right frame, after I added my tube,
 I duplicated my frame & moved one below the tube in the layers palette.
Then, on the top frame, I erased a little of it to give the illusion of her coming out of the frame.

Next colourise your word art to your own tastes.
On mine, I duplicated the layer & added a thin gradient glow in white
& then added some noise to that layer.

Next, add your main tube & position.
Add Xero Porcelain with these settings:


Next, add your elements of choice & position. This is what I added:
stocking (2): resize 35%, resize one an additional 80%
baubles2- 55%
bells 50%
mug- 80%
gift2- 55%
gift3- 35%
holly- 35%
candycane- 45%
lolli- 45% (rotated 25 right)
lights- 80% (I erased some of the 'excess' on both sides)

Crop & resize your tag as desired.
Now's the time to add your copyrights & watermark.

If you're not animating, you can add your name,
delete the bottom white layer & save as a .png

If you're animating, don't add your name yet. 

I tend to do my animating a bit differently,
so this part may seem lengthy, but it works for me. ;)

If you are animating, open a new image & add your name to it.
 I duplicated my layer, added a gradient glow at these settings:


I added some noise to the top layer.
Merge visible & save as an animation shop image. (Mine was saved as name.psp)
We'll be using this again in Animation Shop. ;)

Back on your tag, delete your bottom white background layer.

Close out your lights layer.
Merge the rest of your tag visible.
Rename this layer 'tag base'.
Duplicate your merged layer twice so you have three.
Close out two of these duplicated layers.

Next rename your lights layer to 'lights'. 
Duplicate your lights layer twice so you have three.
Close out the bottom two light layers.

On the top lights layer, use your magic wand to click on the bulbs
to select them. The whole bulb does NOT have to be selected.;)

Once selected, on your layers palette, right click & promote that layer.
Rename 'bulbs'.
Duplicate it twice so you have three. Select none.
Close out two of these layers for now.

On your opened promoted bulb layer
go to Effects, Eye Candy 4000 HSB Noise.
Here's the settings:


Once your lightbulbs are set, merge the opened layers visible, rename to '1' & close.

Open one of each layer:  Tag base, lights & bulb.
On your bulb layer, apply the HSB noise again, except hit random seed first.
Merge all visible, rename '2' & close this layer.

Open your last layers:  Tag base, lights & bulb.
On your bulb layer, apply the HSB noise again, except hit random seed again.
Merge all visible, rename '3'.

Open all layers. 
I tend to save this 'base' for opening up in Animation Shop 
if I'm wanting a transparent background for my tag, or to make multiple tags.
If you wish you can copy & paste each layer into Animation shop to proceed 
or save it as an animation shop file.

Once in Animation shop, open your saved tag base you created in PSP. & your name file.

On the tag base:
Select all- Animation- Frame Properties. I set mine to 20.
* I tend to save this as a 'base' file at this point if making multiple tags.
Below is the optimization settings I have when saving my base.
Then when making more than 1 tag, I duplicate the base for how many I need. ;)

On the name file:
Animation- Insert frames- empty
Number of frames- 2
Insert before frame- 2
(leave the other settings as they are)
My example:


Once you have the three frames needed for your name,
Edit- select all /edit- copy.

Go to your tag base:
 edit- select all
CTRL & E key
position your name where you want it & then click your mouse to set it.

If the animation looks good when you play it back, you can save.
Here's the 'best' settings I could get when saving:



You're done! =)

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial & that it wasn't too confusing.
I'd love to see any results any of you have trying this. =)

*hugz*



20 December, 2011

Gifts- CSI- Koufay

I have to post this.
I got this awesome gift from my girl, Angi. I absolutely love it & had to show it off:






Thank you so very much, Sweetie for this kick-ass tag!
I owe you one. ;)

*hugz*

15 December, 2011

PTU- Winter Wonderland

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This tutorial is borne from my own manipulated lil' mind. 
Any similarity to any other tutorial(s) is purely coincidental.

This tutorial was written for those who have a working knowledge of PSP.
This tutorial was written using PSP XI, tho' any version should work.

This tutorial is a bit lengthy & might not be good for the faint of heart. lol

Supplies Needed:
Tube of choice. I am using the artwork of Ismael Rac
The name of the tube is Warm Winter 
& can be found by visiting his store.
Do NOT use this artwork unless you have a license to do so 
& have purchased the tube.

Scrapkit is Winter Solstice from Addictive Pleasures.
This is a pay to use kit.
Any other 'Winter' themed kit should work nicely also. ;)

Mask of choice. I used Vix_Mask440 which can be found at Vix PSP.
Look under 'Goodies'.;)

Template: Kandee Christmas Temp 8 
which can be found at Kandi Kissez.
Look under Kan-Dee Mega Christmas Collab Templates ;)

Filters: Penta Jeans (optional)
Xero- Radiance (optional for the tube)
Eye Candy 4000 Gradient Glow (optional for text)
Eye Candy 4000 HSB Noise (optional for text)

Font for name: Plymouth Rock 'Snow Dusted' (FTU Font)
Make sure to leave some love when downloading the temp & mask. =)


Let's do this! =)

Save your progress often, since we'll be doing a lot for this tag.;)

Open up the template. Duplicate it & close original. 
Delete the credit layer at the top.


Now, for most layers of the template, you'll be doing the following (unless I specify otherwise):
- Selections- Select all 
- Selections- float
- Selections- defloat
- Selections- invert
-Paste paper of choice (resize & position if needed) 
- Hit delete on your keyboard
- Selections- select none. 
Then delete the original layer you had 'floating'.
Do not add drop shadows to your papered & flood-filled layers just yet.

Here's the papers I used (resizing, etc. included) from the bottom, working up:
P7- resize 80%
p4- resize 80%
p1- resize 80%.
* I also added Penta Jeans filter (optional) to this layer on the default settings.

For the white oval layer, here's what I did:
Selections- select all then float. 
Add a new layer & flood fill with a foreground/ background gradient:
# b5c0c4 (foreground colour)
# 6a7376 (background)
Angle- 36
repeats- 4
Select none. Delete the white oval layer. 
Make your new oval layer active. 
Adjust: add noise at these settings:
Random/ 60/ Monochrome.
Sharpen (adjust, sharpen).

Next, working upwards again, continue with your papers:
p3- resize 80%
p8- resize 80% 
On this layer, go to Effects, texture effects, weave at these settings: 
Gap size- 1, Width- 6, Opacity- 2
colour- white for both
Fill gaps box ticked

The green strips layer I just colourised to this grey-blue colour: # 6a7376

For the gold rectangles layer, I did the same as the white oval layer, using the same gradient.
Then add Penta Jeans (optional) default settings to this layer.

The gradient rectangle layer, I did the same as the gold layer, except filled with this gradient:
# dce5ea (foreground colour)
# a7bec6 (background)
Angle- 45/ Repeats- 2

Now, for the following step, you can skip & keep the overlay layers if you wish.
You might have to recolour them, so they work with your tag.

I used bg2: resized 60% for this next step (unless you're skipping it).
On the 'overlay multiply ok to delete' layer,
I did the same as adding the papers to the other layers.
 I then changed the blend mode of this layer to Multiply.
Delete the orginal layer & the screen layer.
Duplicate your new background layer you just made.
Change the blend mode on this duplicate to Soft Light at 80%
(or whatever blend mode you like best).

Optional- Select All on the top bg layer (the soft light layer).
 Float, defloat & invert. Paste a copy of your close up tube. 
(Resize if needed.) Hit delete key.
Change the opacity on this closeup layer to 30- 40%.

Skip over the wordart & snowflake layers & on the top layer for now. 
On the dotted lines layer (at the very top of the template), 
you can leave them as is or change the colour of them to your liking.
I changed mine to # 42474d.

Next, on the wordart back layer, I selected all, 
float, add a new layer & flood-filled with the first gradient colours I used, 
keeping the angle at 45 & repeats at 2. 
Next, add noise at these settings:
Uniform/ 65/ Monochrome.

I added the same noise to the snowflakes layer.

Next, crop your tag to the canvas size.
This eliminates any 'phantom shadows' showing up on the outside edges of your tag. ;)
(*This is esp. good to do when using papers that you can't resize.;))

On my small circles & rectangle layer, I did a small gradient glow. 
This is completely optional & not needed.


Next, go through your layers & add a drop shadow to these layers.
- the small circles (first layer)
- big circle
- rectangle
- glittered oval layer
- glittered word art.
- snowflakes
The drop shadow settings I used was 1, 4, 40, 4, black.

Now add your tube of choice. I resized mine to 60%.
Position where desired.
I used Xero Radiance at these settings:


Add drop shadow.

I merged my wordart layer down to my glittered wordart layer
& moved them to the top of the tag, however you can leave them where they are
or move them elsewhere on your tag.

These are the elements I used. 
Position as shown on my example or to your own liking. 
Sharpen & add drop shadows as you go:

- Medi_tree2- resize 50%
- tree- resize 40%
- lamppost- resize 50% 
Drag this under your tube in your layers palette 
& position behind your tube on the canvas
- dove- resize 30%, duplicate & postion both.
- diamondbling- resize 60% NO drop shadow 
(Drag this to just above your closeup in your layers palette.)
Add any other embellishments you choose.

Copy & paste a paper of choice above your white layer on the bottom in the layers palette.
I used p9.
Add mask of choice. Merge group in your layers palette.
If using the same mask as me, resize 110%.

Delete your white layer.
Crop/ resize your tag, if preferred.

Now's the time to add your copyrights & watermark.

For the name, I used this colour # 58687a.
Duplicate your name layer.
On the top layer, I used Eye Candy HSB Noise at the default settings.
On the bottom name layer, I used a Gradient Glow at these settings:


Add your drop shadow to this bottom name layer.

Last, merge visible, save as .png & you're finally finished.
Enjoy your tag! =)

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, even though it was a bit lengthy.
I'd love to see any results any of you have trying this. =)

*hugz*





14 December, 2011

Cluster Frame Freebie- Red N Black Xmas

I have one more cluster frame for you.
This is a set of two using the Red N Black Xmas kit 
from Tamie at Addictive Pleasures.
In the download is a PSP, PSD & .PNG file for both frames.
The one frame has two optional 'drop shadow' 
layers to be used with either frame.



You can download this set here:
Red N Black Xmas Frames

Here's a tag I made with one:



I hope you enjoy this set.
I'd love to see anything you make with either frame. =)

*hugz*

13 December, 2011

Cluster Frame Freebie- Christmas Candy

Yup, I have second cluster frame for you tonight
This one was made with the FTU Christmas Candy kit 
from Jens Sweet Temptations.
In the download is a PSP & PSD version.
I also have included a .PNG file for those who use GIMP.

You can download this one here:

Hope you enjoy this other frame I have for you.=)

*hugz*

Cluster Frame Freebie- Kandy Kane Krismas

I have another cluster frame for you.
This one was made with the Kandy Kane Krismas kit 
from Addictive Pleasures.
In the download is a PSP & PSD version.
I also have included a .PNG file for those who use GIMP.

You can download this frame here:


Hope you enjoy this clusterframe. =)

*hugz*