27 September, 2015

Another One To Add To My 'Collection'....

First of all, please forgive me
for any typos, etc. 
I'm currently battling the illness of the century
with Jedi bacteria in the form of Bronchitis...
and for the past 18 hrs. have been a wee bit
'light-headed' to boot... =/

Anyway, onto the post:

Some people collect stamps, coins... tags.
Me? I collect pirates, thieves & the like 
to add to my Wall Of Shame... apparently. >.<

I really hate blowing the whistle on these people.
And I really hate being their target.

BUT! It is what it is, I guess, which is why you
were probably sent here by one source or another to 
read the latest & to be given the knowledge of 
who to avoid in the tagging & kit designing
community. I thank you for stopping by. =)

The latest perpetrator is Angela Picard.
Some of you may know her by her 'generosity'
in the way of offering so many 'wonderful' FTU kits.
What you didn't know is that those kits contain
items she has stolen from other designers' kits-
basically taking their hard work & claiming as her own...
and to add more salt in the wounds- she's demanding others
'respect' her hard work & time she puts into these atrocities.

What I'm asking myself even now is what hard work?!?
The work of her posting on her Google+ account 
or in Facebook groups asking for people
to send her free kits she can steal from?

Here's a few examples of her 'hard work':




Last Thursday night I'd seen her post her 
'newest' Halloween kit in a freebies group on Facebook. 
I thought it rude how she demanded
people respect her & demand they add her name to 
anything they make with the kit....
and I was appalled that she ripped someone
for posting a comment in the form of a sticker 
that said 'thank you'. Like, seriously?
Gratitude is gratitude. Be thankful they 
even said thank you in way or another. Pfft!

So I ranted on my own FB page about it & went to work.
While at work, I had a funny feeling about her & decided
just out of curiosity to download her kits when I got home.
Funny thing is, her kits aren't available
for some of us:


But as I scrolled through her posts in one
freebie group, I did notice something-
At one time she took a kit from Tezza's Designs 
& slapped her designer name on it to offer as her own kit:

Apparently she got busted for that, but still...
If it's one thing I've learned-
99.9% of the time if they have ripped a kit once,
they'll continue to do so.

So, I dug further into the group & saw she even 
ripped from my 'Time 4 School' kit,
which I'd posted on my blog on Aug. 12 of last year.
Her kit she advertised on Aug. 19- a whole whopping week later:

Yet she is claiming I stole from her...???
How is that possible, Watson?

Now look at her kit preview again:
Do you see those books on the left?
How about the alarm clock?
Here's a screen shot of my kit,
opened in a folder on my computer:

Keep in mind that my kit was posted on this blog
a full week before her kit. 
...And there's a 50/50 chance those water-colours 
came from my kit too:
On a side note... the books she took from my kit
came from here:

It's a grey-scaled template, meaning 'I' had to colour 
the books that are in my kit... Colours that are part of my 
colour palette FOR that kit.

I'm not sure which offends me more-
her not leaving a 'thank you' for my kit
or her not respecting me by adding my 
name to her creation? LMAO

Oh, and Angela has accused others 
of ripping from her kits, which I find 'amusing':

And I'm betting she's still ripping from kits.
I have seen the kit previews & I recognize
stuff from other kits... so again- 
and I can't preach this enough- 
be PROACTIVE in looking at kits from
people like this. 
Chances are, they're using your kits
to make their own. 

Thank you for reading.
feel free to share this post with everyone you can.
I'll be adding Angela to my Wall Of Shame 
as well. ;)

*hugz*

23 September, 2015

PTU Tutorial- Beauti-Fall


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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 and was written using PSP X2, 
tho' any version should work.

Supplies Needed: 
Scrapkit: I'm using a PTU kit from Kristin
named Autumn Fairy.
You can find information on where to get this kit here.

Tube: I'm using the artwork of Arthur Crowe.
You can find this & his other tubes in his store here.
Do NOT use any artwork unless you have a license to do so 
& have purchased or obtained the tube legally.

Template: DD_Template_Beauti-Fall from Dee.
You can find the template here.
* Leave her some love for the template. ;) 

Mask: I didn't use a mask for this tag. 

Filters: CPK Designs 2- Glass
Xenofex 2- Constellation
Penta- Color Dot
DSB Flux- Linear Transmission
Eye Candy 4000- HSB Noise
Xero- Radiance
Eye Candy 4000- Gradient Glow 

Font: Calligraphia One

Drop shadows: 5 5 40 10, black for most of the tag
50 20 50 15, black for the fairy & butterflies
5 5 40 5, black for the name

Save your progress often.;)

Let's do this! =)

Open up the template. Duplicate it & close original. 
Delete the FONT INFO & INFO layers at the top.
Working from the bottom layer of the template, up:

LEAVES (RECOLORABLE)- Adjust- Hue & saturation-
Hue/Saturation/Lightness
Adjust the colour of the leaves to your own preferences.
This is the settings I used:

LEAVES OVERLAY- If needed, you can change your 
blend mode & opacity. 
I changed mine to Soft Light at 50%.
Then go back an add a drop shadow 
to the leaves (recolourable) layer.

WHITE RECTANGLES- Select all- float. Defloat.
Delete this layer & add a new layer.
Flood fill with a colour of choice.
For mine, I used a nice beige colour: #cab99c.
Select none. Add some noise:
Uniform/Monochrome/ 25%.
Add a drop shadow.

PINK RECTANGLES- Select all- float. Defloat- Invert. 
Delete this layer & paste Paper 2, resized 80%.
Hit delete & select none.

ORANGE OVAL- Select all- float. Defloat- Invert. 
Delete this layer & paste Paper 6.
Hit delete & select none. Crop to canvas.
Add a drop shadow.

WHITE OVAL OUTLINE- Use the manual color correction tool
to change the colour with white as your Source
& a colour of choice for your Target.
For mine, I used #dec8ae.

YELLOW CIRCLE- Select all- float. Defloat.
Delete this layer & add a new layer.
Flood fill with a foreground/ background 
gradient of choice at the following settings:
Angle- 45 Repeats- 5.
For mine, I used the following colours:
#fc674d & #860c0c. 
Select none.
Apply the CPK Designs 2- Glass filter:
Or you may use another filter of choice.
I also added a little sparkle for mine.
I used Xenofex 2- Constellation at these settings:

LARGE DOTTED CIRCLE- Use the manual color 
correction tool to change the colour with black as 
your Source & a colour of choice for your Target.
For mine, I used #fcf6c5.

WHITE RIBBON TAILS- Use the manual 
color correction tool to change the colour 
with white as your Source & a colour of choice 
for your Target.
For mine, I used #fba143.
I then applied Penta- Color Dot at these settings:
Then add a drop shadow.

RED RIBBON TAILS- Add a layer above this layer.
Flood fill with a gradient- Angle- 45/ Repeats 10.
For mine, I used these colours:
#970b20 & #6a0813.
Next, apply DSB Flux- Linear Transmission
to this layer at these settings:

Now, go back to the red ribbon tails layer.
Select all- float. Defloat- Invert. Delete this layer.
Then on your linear transmission layer,
hit delete on your keyboard.
Select none. Crop to canvas.
Again, I added some sparkle,
using Xenofex 2- Constellation at these settings:

WHITE STRIP- Lower the Opacity to 55% 
& add a drop shadow.

PIXEL WORDS- Leave as is.

MIDDLE SHAPE ORANGE- Select all- float. Defloat.
Delete this layer & add a new layer.
Flood fill with a foreground/ background 
gradient of choice at the following settings:
Angle- 45 Repeats- 4.
For mine, I used the following colours:
#879536 & #a3b939. Select none. 
Apply Penta- Color Dot at same settings
as used before. Add a drop shadow.

MIDDLE SHAPE WHITE- Select all- float. Defloat- Invert.
Delete this layer & paste Paper 1, resized 75%. 
Hit delete & select none. 

MIDDLE SHAPE SMALL OUTLINE- 
Use the manual color correction tool
to change the colour with white as your Source
& a colour of choice for your Target.
For mine, I used #441e13.
Apply Eye Candy 4000- HSB Noise at default settings.

BOTTOM PINK CIRCLE- Select all- float. Defloat- Invert.
Delete this layer & paste Paper 11, resized 70%.
Hit delete. Select none. Crop to canvas.
Add a drop shadow.

TOP PINK CIRCLE- Select all- float. Defloat- Invert.
Delete this layer & paste Paper 11, resized 70%.
Hit delete. Select none. Crop to canvas.
Add a drop shadow.

DOTTED CIRCLES- leave as is.

Add your tube. Resize as needed.
Position in the middle of the tag.
Apply any filters of choice, if preferred.
Then add a drop shadow.

BEAUTI-FALL WHITE- Add a drop shadow. 
Link to 1 in layers palette.

Raster 17- Leave as is.
Link to 1 in layers palette.
Move this word art art up slightly in canvas.

Next we'll add some elements.
For each one, I added a drop shadow to, 
unless specified otherwise.

Sparkle Burst- Resize 60%.
Place on the lower center of tag,
making sure it's even with your tube's edge.
NO drop shadow.

Divider- Resize 68%.
Position in the bottom center of tag:
The top 'loops' on the left & right of the divider 
should line up with the 'e' & the 'a' of the word art
like my example.

Dandelion- Resize 40%.
Place on the left.
Move below the word art
in layers palette.
Duplicate. Mirror. Resize 80%. 
Place on the left with the other one.

Apple- Resize 30%. 
Place on the bottom left.
Duplicate. Resize this one another 90%.
Rotate it 70 right.
Move slightly to the right of the other.
Move both below the word art layers
in the layers palette.

Lamp- Resize 50%. Mirror.
Position on the right like my example.
Move below the word art in layers palette.

Pumpkin 1- Resize 30%.
Place on the right & move below the word 
art layers in the layers palette.

Pumpkin 2- 20%.
Place with the other pumpkin,
just off to the right.
Again, move below the word art layers.

Bow 2- Resize 55%. Rotate 17 right. Sharpen.
Position in the upper right corner of tag.

Charm- Mirror.
Place in the upper right with the bow.
Move below the bow in layers palette.

Lolli 2- Resize 45%. Rotate 10 right. Sharpen.
Place in the lower right of tag.

Lolli 1- Resize 40%. Rotate 8 left. Sharpen.
Place with the other lolli on the right.
Move both lollies below the word art layers
in the layers palette.

Pinecones- Resize 25%.
Place in the lower left,
in front of the apples.

Pinecone- resize 20%.
Rotate 110 left. Sharpen.
Place on the right like my example.

Squirrel- Resize 25%.
Place on the right,
so he's sitting on the pumpkin.

Bird- 15%. Mirror.
Place him on the left on the apple.

Shroom 1- 15%.
Place on the left like my example.

Acorns- Resize 25%. Place off to the left.
Duplicate & mirror.

Leaves- Resize 75%.
Move down slightly in canvas,
positioning as desired.
Use your eraser tool to remove any excess leaves.

Fairy- 45%. Mirror.
Place in the upper left of tag.
Apply Xero- Radiance at these settings:
Add the following drop shadow to the fairy:
50 20 50 15, black

Butterfly 2- Resize 17%. Duplicate.
Rotate one 35 left. Sharpen.
Place on the lower right slightly above the pinecone.
Add the same drop shadow used for the fairy.
Resize the other one another 85%.
Rotate this one 27 right. Sharpen.
Place this one just above the 'B'.

Add any other elements, if you prefer at this time.

Now, crop/ resize your tag to your own preferences.
Then, add your proper copyrights & watermarks.

Next add your name.
Next, add a bevel:

Then add a gradient glow:
And a drop shadow at these settings:
5 5 40 10, black

Finally, delete the white background, 
merge visible, save as a PNG & enjoy. =) 

This is my tag for Arthur:

I hope you enjoyed trying this tutorial.
I'd love to see your results.
You can send them to me at:
MagikD[@]live.com
(remove the brackets in my email.)

*hugz*

20 September, 2015

New Kit- Hocus Pocus

Halloween is coming!
It's my favourite time of year
so I had to get my first kit made.

Hocus Pocus is a Witch-themed Halloween kit. 
This kit has a perfect balance of creepy 
& cute with 18 papers, 100 elements 
& 6 frames in yellows, oranges, pale green, 
lavender & black-ish brown.  

You can find this kit exclusively in my little 
store on my HIM-Addicts site.
This link will take you directly to the kit.

*After purchasing the kit, make sure you go back to 
the page where the kit is at to download your kit. ;)

I always enjoy seeing your creations with my kits.
You can send them to me at:
MagikD[@]live.com
(remove the brackets in my email.)

*hugz*

19 September, 2015

PTU Tutorial- Witching Hour

*Click 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 and was written using PSP X2, 
tho' any version should work.

Supplies Needed: 
Scrapkit: I'm using a kit from Kristin 
named Skellington. 
You can find this kit exclusively in here store here.

Tube: I'm using the stunning artwork of Keith Garvey.
You can find this & all his other amazing artwork at his store.
Do not use this artwork unless you have a license to do so 
& have purchased the tube.

Mask: MaskSet90 Mask3 from Rachel Designs
You can find this set with the mask here on her blog.
* Don't forget your manners & say thanks. ;)

Filters: Xero- Radiance
Eye Candy 4000- Gradient Glow

Font: Fairydust

Drop shadows: 2 2 55 8, black 
40 30 55 15, black for the butterfly

Save your progress often.;)

Let's do this! =)

Open a new canvas 650 X 650 px.
Copy & paste a paper of choice.
Apply the mask & merge group.

Copy & paste Frame 3. Resize 75%. 
Using your magic wand tool,
click inside both parts of the frame.
Selections- Modify- Expand by 3 px. Invert.
Copy & paste a paper of choice from the kit.
Hit Delete. Keep selected.
Copy & paste your closeup or tube
into both parts of the frame, resizing both as needed.
Hit delete & select none. Crop to canvas.
In your layers palette, right click on your frame:
Arrange- Bring to top.
Duplicate your right closeup.
On the top one, add a Gaussian Blur of 5.
Change the blend mode to Soft Light.
Change the blend mode of the bottom one
to Luminance (L). Add a drop shadow to this one.
On your other closeup:
Adjust- Backlighting at these settings:
Add a drop shadow.
Finally, add a drop shadow to your frame.

Now add your main tube. Resize as needed.
Apply Xero: Radiance at these settings:
Add a drop shadow to your tube.

Now we'll add some elements.
For each one, I added a drop shadow, 
unless specified otherwise.

Ribbon- Resize 75%.
Position on your tag like my example.
Move below your main tube in layers palette.

Swirls- Resize 65%.
Position in the lower center of tag.
Again, move below your main tube in layers palette.

Flower 3- Resize 55%.
Place on the left of tag.
Move below the swirls in layer palette.
Duplicate & mirror. Resize this one 85%.
Rotate 10 right & sharpen.
Move slightly down in canvas.

Mushroom 2- Resize 40%.
Place on the right with the flower.
Move down to just above the flower in layers palette.

Mushroom 1- Resize 37%. Mirror.
Place on the left with the flower.
You may have to move this down in your layers palette.

Cauldron- 30%.
Position this on the right side of your tube.
Move below tube in layers palette, if needed.

Ghost- Resize 55%.
Move slightly off to the right
so part of the ghost is visible on the closeup.
Move below your tube in layers palette.
No drop shadow.

Potion 2- 25%
Place on the right of the cauldron.

Bottle- 20%.
Place in front of the cauldron,
on the left side of the potion 2 bottle.

Candle & Eyeball- Resize 25%.
Place off to the left of the tube.
Duplicate & resize the other one 90%.
Mirror. Place on the left of the bigger one.

Book- 30%
Place on the left side, in front of the eyeball candles.

Teddy- 35%. Mirror.
Place on the far left of tag, 
so that it's 'sitting' on the book.

Hat- 30%
Place on the upper left,
using my example for exact placement.

Wormie Apple-  20%.
Place on the right.
Duplicate & mirror. 
Resize the second one another 90%.
Place in front of the other apple.

Cat- 27%.
Place just off to the right of the tube.

Potion 1- 15%
Rotate 70 left. Sharpen.
Place off to the right of the book.

Frog- Duplicate. Resize one 15%.
Place on the far lower left.
Resize the other one 18%. Mirror.
Place in the upper right on the frame.

Spider- 15% Duplicate.
Place one in the upper left like my example. 
Resize the other one another 80%.
Mirror & sharpen. Place this one off to the right
of the tube, near her staff.

Eyeball- I duplicated this four times.
I resized them from 4% to no more than 8%.
I rotated & mirrored a few & scattered them around 
on the lower part of the tag.

Leaves- Resize 70%.
Position near the upper left corner.
In your layers palette, right click on your frame:
Arrange- Send to Bottom.
Move it above your mask in layers palette.

Raven- Resize 12%
Place on the cauldron, on the left edge.

Buttterfly 1- Resize 17%.
Rotate 27 right. Sharpen.
Position on the lower right.
Add the following drop shadow
to give it some 'height':
40 30 55 15, black 

Sparkles- Resize 70%. Flip.
Move down in canvas.
Use your eraser tool to remove any unwanted excess.
No drop shadow.

Add any other elements if you prefer.
Crop & resize to your own liking.

Now add your proper copyrights & watermarks.

Now add your name, using a colour from your tube.
On my example, I omitted the last letter of the name
& made a new layer just for that letter.
I then mirrored that letter & positioned it 
with the rest of the name.
Merge down. Rotate 12 left.
Add a bevel:

Then add a gradient glow at these settings: 

Then add your drop shadow to this layer,
using the previous settings of
2 2 55 8, black.

This is my tag for Keith:


Finally, merge visible & save as a PNG & enjoy. =)

I hope you enjoyed trying this tutorial.
I'd love to see your results.
You can send them to me at:
MagikD[@]live.com
(remove the brackets in my email.)

*hugz*





08 September, 2015

PTU Now FTU Updated Pink For Hope

A couple years ago I had made this Pink For Hope kit.
It was in the Thrifty Scraps store for the brief time I was 
a designer there. 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month & I thought
it might be a good idea to update this kit a bit & 
offer it as a freebie. 

There was two elements that I needed to change
since the designers of those items do not allow
their items to be in FTU kits...
And when updating those elements, I added another 15
to this kit- so instead of 45 elements, the kit now has 60. =)

*I didn't update my preview for this kit (except for the text)
since the two elements I had to replace weren't showing in it. ;)

You can grab the kit from me here:
FTU Updated Pink For Hope

I hope you all can enjoy this kit 
& make some kind of use out of it. =)

All I ask is PLEASE no ripping it to make  
new kits nor sharing it in groups. 
Directing people to my blog to get it for
themselves is much more appreciated.
...And you stay out of trouble that way. ;)

Of course, it goes without saying
that comments & 'Thank You's' are 
always appreciated so very much. ;)

I enjoy seeing your creations with my kits.
You can send them to me at:
MagikD[@]live.com
(remove the brackets in my email.)

*hugz*

06 September, 2015

HIM-Addicts Newest Exclusive Goods

Back in March, I went to
the wonderfully talented Arthur Crowe
to make me a new commissioned tube
of my beloved Ville Valo
for my HIM-Addicts site & forum.
It took a while, but this baby was well worth the wait.
He is to die for, if I do say so myself. =)

I present to you, our newest exclusive tube:

I also set to work on making a special matching
kit for this tube. Since the artwork is a 'heartkiller',
I thought why not make a kit based off that song 
from HIM for the kit? =P

 Thus, the newest HIM-spired kit,
'Heartkiller' was born:
The kit is packed with lots of goodies
consisting of 18 papers, 100 elements & 6 frames.
This kit should work with any other
artwork as well. ;)

Both the tube & the kit can be earned
either separately or together as a combo pack
by members at either my HIM-Addicts site or 

Again, the kit is not available in any store 
& the artwork is not available anyplace else.
 They can only be obtained 
through my sites. ;)

Thank you for looking. =)

*hugz*

New Kit- Autumn Awaits

Autumn is literally just around the corner,
so I got my butt in gear & got a new kit made. =)

Autumn Awaits is a beautiful new Fall kit 
for some absolutely gorgeous tags...
or at least I'm hoping so. =P

This kit is packed with 17 papers, 
70 elements & 6 frames in spiced oranges, 
velvety mauves, decadent brown and red 
with a touch of sage green. =)


You can find this kit exclusively in my little 
store on my HIM-Addicts site.
This link will take you directly to the kit.

*After purchasing the kit, make sure you go back to 
the page where the kit is at to download your kit. ;)

I always enjoy seeing your creations with my kits.
You can send them to me at:
MagikD[@]live.com
(remove the brackets in my email.)

*hugz*

05 September, 2015

PTU Now FTU Two Autumn Kits

I retired not one, but two of my Autumn-themed kits
& have them available as freebies for you.

Neither of these kits
needed to be updated, so
you're getting exactly what was in the kits
when they were PTU kits in stores. ;)

The first kit I have for you is 
my Autumn Skies kit:
You can grab the kit from me here:

The other kit I have for you is 
my Visions Of Autumn kit:
You can grab the kit from me here:

I hope you all can enjoy these kits 
& make some kind of use out of them as well. =)

All I ask is PLEASE no ripping it to make  
new kits nor sharing them in groups. 
Directing people to my blog to get them for
themselves is much more appreciated.
...And you stay out of trouble that way. ;)

Of course, it goes without saying
that comments & 'Thank You's' are 
always appreciated so very much. ;)

I enjoy seeing your creations with my kits.
You can send them to me at:
MagikD[@]live.com
(remove the brackets in my email.)

*hugz*