Monday, June 19, 2017

Aurora Wings Challenge #52


We have another great challenge over at Aurora Wings, and there are so many gorgeous images that could be used for it, from sultry sirens to adorable merkids.

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I've used the fabulous Whisper of the Sea image and paired her with a card cut using my silhouette. Add some sparkle, netting and liquid pearls and she was done. Popping up the layers and adding the different embellishments give the whole project such a fabulous depth and texture while letting the Mitzi's stunning art still be the hero.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the AMAZING DT inspiration on our BLOGWe also have a very active Facebook Fan Group with additional contests, challenges and inspiration.  We hope to see you there. 

Copics Used
Skin - E11, E04, E00, E000, R24, R20, R11
Eyes - B06, B02, C2
Hair - YG13, B06, B05
Kelp - G28, YG17, YG13, E97
Large Shell - R08, R02, E99, E97
Decorative Elements - E99, E97, R08, R02, Y38
Plus - White paint pen, Liquid pearls, Sakura glitter gel pen

Photo/Colour Inspiration in La-La Land


This week in La-La Land we are using this gorgeous photo and colour palette for our inspiration. This turned out so much nicer than I thought it would - the pops of orange work so beautifully with the muted neutrals and the cheeky black detailing I threw in.
Don't forget to pop over to our BLOG where you can check out inspiration from my amazing teamies and remember La-La Land Crafts also have a Facebook Page HERE and La-La Lands Facebook Group HERE. We love seeing your amazing creations using La-La Land Stamps and Dies too.


Copics Used
Skin - E11, E00, E000, R20, R11
Hair - E74, E71, E70
Clothes - YR68, YR15, YR09, C3, C1, C00 
Books - C10, C8, C6, C4, C3, C1, YR68, YR15, YR09
Bag - E89, E74, E71, E70
Glasses - YR09

Romance is in the Air at Teddy Towers

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OH MY I just HAD to play with this image from Teddy Bo when I saw it. Don't you just love Teddy Bo and Teddy Bea dressing up and dancing together - soooo romantic. Of course these guys aren't the Beauty and the Beast, but I have nick-named them Bea Beauty and Teddy Bo Beast - or as the Teddy Bo DT have called them,  Bea and her horny bear Bo!

These guys are in the June Bundles but will be available as a single image in July. My card shape was cut using a silhouette store file.

Copics Used
Teddy Bea
Fur - R20, E33, E31, E30
Hair - E79, E37, E35, E33
Clothes - E99, E97, Y18, Y11, YR27, N5, N3, N1, N0
Teddy Bo
Fur - R20, E49, E44, E43, E42, E40
Hair - E43, E42, E40
Clothes -  E99, E97, Y18, Y11, YR27, B29, B24, B18, N7, N5, N3, N1, N0

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Bloobel Progressive Challenge - June


It's time for the next Bloobel Progressive Challenge and this month the theme is "Fantasy". Lisa has created several fun new images to choose from for this challenge including dragons, fairies, unicorns and flying pigs. I chose to pair Roaring Dragon and Shy Fairy together for a little Get Well themed card. Looks like the dragon is roaring because he's hurt his finger and of coarse magical fairy dust will fix him up - LOL. As always it was a lot of fun to come up with something with these quirky images.

Copics Used
Dragon - V28, V25, V22, R29, R24, R21, R01, YG99, YG97, YG95, YG93, YG91, Y21
Fairy - E11, E00, E000, R24, R20, R11, YR09, YR07, Y21, Y19, YG17, V28, V25, V22, C4, C2, C00

Monday, June 12, 2017

Celebrate Fathers/Males in La-La Land


This week in La-La Land we are celebrating Fathers/Males. I know a lot of guys who love nothing better than to spend some time fishing and I just love this little Luka so he was perfect for this challenge, 

Don't forget to pop over to our BLOG where you can check out inspiration from my amazing teamies and remember La-La Land Crafts also have a Facebook Page HERE and La-La Lands Facebook Group HERE. We love seeing your amazing creations using La-La Land Stamps and Dies too.


Copics Used
Skin - E11, E00, E000, R20, R11
Hair - YR24, YR23, Y21
Hat - E44, E43, E40
Clothes - YG99, YG97, YG95, YG93, R29, R22, C2, C00, Y15, YR14
Fishing Line - E44
Fish - YG91, YG17, YG13, BG07
Can of Worms - R85, R83, R81, 100, YG95, YG93, C6, C3

Teddy Bo Exam Time

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It's time to show you my next make for Teddy Bo and this image is perfect for what's going on at my house at the moment. My son is currently sitting his mid-year exams for uni and although I never see him falling asleep over his studies I know he is studying hard. My daughter also has a big exam coming up so GOOD LUCK to them both.

This guy is part of the June Bundles which are incredible value, but he will be available as a single in July.

BTW - you can tell who the stressed one in the house is at exam time - ME - can you see why??? Yup the scrabble tile paper is upside down, maybe I should study my design harder before glue is applied LOL

Copics Used
Teddy Bo - E59, E39, E35, E33, E31, R20
Bo's Clothes - YG67, YG63, YG61, B39, B28, B26, B24
Desk - 100, C6, E15, E13
Chair - 100, C10, C8, C6
Papers & Poster - E42, E41, E40
Background & Floor - C4, C3, C1, E17, E15, E13

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Simply Betty Birthday Blog Hop



WOW 7 years of Simply Betty Stamps!!! How excting - and to think i was on the DT when it all began and here I am back for this extra special event - am in my happy place and hope you like my makes with these 2 new images - Birthday Betty and Fifi.

Today we are going to PARTY all weekend long! Who's got the cake!!??
Betty Has! See...here she is holding it for us all to share in the gorgeous Birthday Betty image I used in my first card, AND there's enough for everyone!!

Now, don't think the party is nearly over just because I'm the last stop on the blog hop!! There's heaps of fun coming your way with these new images and chances to win....YAY!!!

Let's make sure you have know all you need to know - the 7 FUN new BIRTHDAY images are all bundled up for you! What's the best part? If you buy the bundle which happens to be discounted as well, you get a gorgeous beautiful mermaid image FREE!!! A BONUS 8th!! {Offer good through Sunday June 11th at 10 PM PST} So that's 8 Images for $14! WOW!!

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Find all of the new images HERE

I hope you've left a comment on EACH blog for a chance to win a $10 SBS Gift Certificate!! Winner will be announced on the SBS Blog along with other winners from our fun filled weekend event over on the SBS Fan Page on Facebook

Now, if you have lost your way, or came here by other means, here is the list from start to finish all in one place for you:
Lat Stop - ME {Debbie}

Copics Used
Birthday Betty
Skin - E11, E04, E00, E000, R24, R20, R11
Hair - C10, C6, C3
Clothes - E99, E97, Y19, Y04, R39, R37, R35, R32
Balloons - Y11, Y000, B01, B000, B0000, R21, R01, C2
Gifts - B06, B04, B02, B01, C3, C0, E99, E97, Y19, Y04, R39, R37, R35, R32
Cake - E37, E33, E31, E30, R24, Y19, Y11, Y000
Confetti - Y19, R24, B04, Sakura glitter gel pen
Ground - E31, E30

Fifi
Fifi - C7, C3, C0, E40, R20, R11, G19, YG17, YG05
Crown - E99, E97, Y19, Y04, Sakura glitter gel pen
Collar - R29, Y19, 100, Sakura glitter gel pen
Gifts - G94, G43, C10, C6, C3, V09, V06 
Balloons - YG03, YG00, R21, R01, V05, V01
Confetti - Y19, R24, B04, Sakura glitter gel pen
Ground - E43, E42, E40

Friday, June 9, 2017

New Release for Aurora Wings


Today we have a special event over at Aurora Wings .....

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This is one of the new images - Wings and Petals - and she was just stunning to work with. Gee I wish you could see this in real life - the sparkle from the glitter pens and the glitter paper make it something a little special if I do say so myself. I also love the embossed frame around the image which encloses her in her circle with a gentle subtlety that suits the image. I hope you like it too.

As part of the celebrations I have a little teaser of the freebie that will be on offer - she looks cute doesn't she?!?!? She'll be free from 6pm EDT on June 10th and for the 24 hours thereafter. 

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There are several new images being released today - go and check them out and see the DT's gorgeous makes on our Showcase Blog.

Copics Used
Skin - E11, E04, E00, E000, R24, R20, R11
Other - C4, C2, YG13, YG11, YG00, BG07, BG05, BG01, BG000, Y15, YR16, YR12, YR09, YR01, YR000, Clear and blue Sakura gelly roll glitter pens

Thursday, June 8, 2017

My Cookie Stamps from Teddy Bo


Not only does Teddy Bo have some gorgeous animal images with Teddy Bo, Teddy Bea, Oli and Molly, there are also some fabulous images under the My Cookie Stamps section. This is one of 2 in a set called Darcy's Book Set but I highly recommend you check out the others in the section.

Copics Used
Skin - E11, E04, E00, E000, R24, R20
Hair - E99, E97, YR23, YR20
Clothes - BG07, BG05, BG02, BG01, BG000
Book - E99, E97, YR23, C4, C2
Background - BG45, BG34, YR23, C2, C0

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Changing Opacity and Merging Images to give the Illusion of Movement


After this images was published I had a few people ask me how I had created the image. It's simply a merged image but the trick is to change the opacity of some of the images and then colour them with a decreasing hints of colour. I use a free downloadable progarm called paint.NET.

Note - you can use a similar process to create your own watermarks for your projects - just type in the text and reduce the opacity.

I am a visual learner so have done step by step screen shots of the process so it's picture heavy. For my coloured image I worked on each character separately and then merged the 2 clusters - there are 2 layers for Teddy Bea and 3 for Molly.

So grab a coffee or your poison of choice and I'll show you how it's done.....


First of all import your image from the file. This time I'll do 3 layers of Teddy Bea. 

Then select "Layers" and  choose "Layer Properties" from the drop down menu.


Where you see "Opacity" change it to 100. My medium image was set to 100 and my lighter one was set to 75.


You'll see your image has lightened - make sure you save it under a different name from the original - I just add 100 or 75 to the end of it's name. Repeat to get your lightest image starting with the original.

When you merge you start with the one that will be furthest in the background and layer up. This means you start with your 75 opacity image. Once you have it uploaded you need to create more space to add your other images to. Select "Canvas Size" from the drop down menu under "Image".


Work out what the best position is for your the current image in relation to those you'll be adding and use the boxes to position it. Since we're adding images at the same height and to the left of the image I placed it in the lower right corner. I then changed to canvas width to accommodate the new layers we'll be adding. I always add more than I need because you can crop back at the end.


The white space on the left is your new canvas.


You can use the magic tool to create a clear background if you wish. Just select the tool and click on the white area which turns blue. Then simply hit the delete button.


To add a new image select "Import from File" from the drop down menu under layers and select the next image. 


I kept working on my image in it's original png format with the clear background - but for this tutorial I changed it to a jpeg which gave it a white background and makes it easier to see. Simply select "save as" jpeg under the save as menu if you wish to do this yourself. 

Note - it's easy to change any digital stamps from jpeg to png and vice versa using this method. 


So here we have our jpeg image with out 100 opacity image imported and postioned over the top. This is the only tricky part of the process! Because the images are opaque the layer below can be seen through it. It'takes a few minutes to fix this up but it's worth the trouble in the long run.

Unfortunately in paint.NET you can only work on the upper most layer so you need to use the back arrow and remove the 100 opacity image and revert the screen to the single layer. 


Select the eraser tool and change the brush width if needed so the eraser is larger. 


Erase the areas that are covered by the next layer but show through. You also erase the background which is why you the check shows up. Fill this in using the paint bucket tool in white.


Layer in your next image to check your progress and remove again if you still need to erase more. If you've erased too much keep pressing the back arrow when you get back to the image you are working on and it will replace what you deleted. Mine still needs more erased under where the top image's skirt sits


OK I'm happy with this - it's not perfect but the minor imperfections will become part of the whole "blur" of movement once the colour is added in.


Luckily the original image is strong enough to cover anything below it so layering this one on is simply a matter of importing it and moving it into place.



Time to crop it and save it. You will be asked to flatten it - this just means it glues the layers together to make one image. I usually save as either a jpeg or a png. 

I hope this makes sense to you. it always makes sense to you when you KNOW what you're doing...hopefully I have passed on enough information for you to know too, but I am happy to answer any questions if needed.

Happy merging...
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