Thursday, July 26, 2012

New | Halftone Patterns 2 | Halftone Brushes (and pngs)

 

Happy Friday everyone!! 

I hope you are having a great week!  My family just got home from a little weekend away and I’m feeling refreshed and renewed.  It’s amazing how a few days away from reality and email can do that, lol! 

It was a great little trip.  My aunt and uncle have a cottage at the Thousand Islands and invited us up for a stay.  My family went there every summer when I was a little girl and I LOVE to see my children playing and doing those very same things.  This time my girls were a little bit obsessed with the jet-skis and spent as much time on them as they could!  They seem to have developed a need for speed, lol!  We took a trip to TI Park for ice cream and walked over to the library one day too.  My parents were able to join us this trip which made it even more special.  Hubby and I are so thankful to have had this chance for a get away – it seems our summer has not been lazy days, but busy with activities! 

Have you had a chance for a little get away to recharge your batteries this summer?

Now it’s back to work for me, lol!  I’ve put together a set of halftone overlays.  These are so fun for designers to use creating papers or for scrappers to use to  blend two kit papers together! They are provided in transparent png files for easy use. 

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I also made some fun halftone brushes!  Use them to make masks, element bases, layered elements and so much more!  Scrappers – slide them behind a photo or in a corner for a fun design!  There are a few shapes, like a heart, frame, star, cloud and arrow head, as well as some messy, random shapes too.   12 brushes included in both .abr and .png format. 

Halftone Brushes (abr & png)

OK that’s all the news for this week!  Don’t forget to grab last weeks freebie from my Facebook Fan Page!  If you are a newsletter subscriber – check your in-box for another freebie!!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Tutorial | How to make Washi Tape for Digital Scrapbooking

Washi Tape is so trendy right now!  It’s all over Pinterest and people are using it to decorate everything from cards to party supplies to picture frames!  So, why not add it to your digital scrapbook kits and pages too? 

I can show you how to easily make washi tape to coordinate with any kit!  Are you ready?

Ok, first, download this free piece of Tape Happy.  What? Isn’t that painter’s tape?  Right you are.  This makes a perfect base – trust me!

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Now open the tape up in Photoshop or Elements (or whatever program you are using that can manage layers).

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Duplicate the layer (CTRL+J) and convert the top layer to grayscale (CTRL+B).

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Next add a pattern layer above the base layer and clip both layers to the base (CTRL+ALT+G) in PS and (CTRL+G) in PSE. Change the blend mode on the top layer to overlay or soft light. I used overlay in my example here. 

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That’s starting to look more like what we want.

I used a stripe pattern in my example.  But when tape is bunched up, the stripes won’t be perfectly straight!  So we need to alter the pattern a bit to make it look more realistic.

Click on your pattern layer in the layers palette and then use your lasso tool ( L) to select the area you want to alter. In my example I’m selecting the section on the right that is folded slightly upward.

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Now go to Filter –> Liquefy (Shift+CTRL+X) – I can’t remember exactly where this is in PSE, but it’s there in the filters menu I believe.

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Click on the warp tool on the left side of the pop up window.  Change your brush size to cover the area and lower the brush pressure (on the right side).  Check the Show Backdrop box and Show Mask Box. This will kinda show you where you need to use your brush. 

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Now click and drag in the direction you want to warp the pattern.  I’m pulling to the top right.  You may need to try it a couple of times to get it just right.

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See how the lines are less straight now and curve up with the direction of the tape?

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Ok now, you want to tweak the other areas a tiny bit so the pattern moves with the other wrinkled parts of the tape.  You can do this the same way. This time select the whole area (CTRL+A) and then go to the Liquefy filter (Shift+CRTL+X).  The tool you use this time will depend on the folds of your tape.  I used the pucker tool (on the right instead of warp) this time.  Lowered the brush pressure and very lightly clicked on the edges of the colored stripes where the bump is on the left side.  This pulls the colored sections out a bit so the lines are a little curved over the bump.

It’s very slight, but you can see it here.

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This looks better, but still not right. Can you figure out why? In my example, the bright colored sections of the tape look pretty good – and the cream colored sections don’t look like they are part of the tape. Don’t worry, it’s an easy fix!

You need to select the cream areas in the pattern. You can do this with your wand tool, or I used the color range tool. Go to Select –> Color Range. When the box pops up, use the eyedropper to click on the cream area. Use the Fuzziness slider to adjust the amount selected – the selected areas will show as white in the preview. Click OK when you have the area selected.

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Now click on the top layer in your layers swatch (the gray scale tape layer) and press (CTRL+J) to duplicate the selected sections. Then clip it to the layers below (CTRL+ALT+G). Change the blend mode to Linear Light and lower the opacity.

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I used 23% on this example.

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Now adjust any layers that you need to.  I lowered the opacity slightly on the overlay layer.  Merge them all together and lower the opacity of the entire piece of tape to about 93%.

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I know it seems like a lot of steps, but it really is easy to do and you’ll be so pleased with your new washi tape!! So pleased in fact that you’ll want to make an entire set of them!! 

Be sure to check out Tape Happy in my shop too!


Have a wonderful day!

New | Tape Happy | Happy Patterns 1-4 Bundle


I was cleaning off my desk last week and came across a roll of painter’s tape and well I’m sure you can guess what happened, lol!  I had fun whipping up this set. 

Now you might be thinking… “but Happy, I’m not doing a DIY kit so WHY would I want painter’s tape???”.   But, bear with me, lol.  These can be used for SO much more than DIY themed kits!!  You may even NEED these tape pieces, lol!!

They are a great filler item for ANY kit!!  You can easily recolor them to match any kit.  OR add a pattern to them for a fun twist.  You can even take it a step further and add your pattern and then lower the opacity on them to make some super trendy washi tape to add to your kit! 
See, I told you you’d need them!! 



Tape Happy is so easy to use too!  Here is a tutorial on how to use them to make popular washi tape.


Are you a designer who loves to create but don't have the time to whip up new patterns? Here are 24 Commercial Use layered pattern overlays for use in your Digital Scrapbook kits and pages. They can be mixed an matched for even more paper styles and will help you finish up that kit in record time!

This bundle is sets 1-4 of my Happy Patterns. It’s priced at 20% off the retail value, plus it’s on sale for an extra 20% off that!!


We are at week 3 of the Iron Scrapper Contest over at Scrap Orchard!  This week there is another new grab bag available and it’s just $4!!!



Here is the freebie that coordinates with Tape Happy – don’t forget to check out the tutorial on how to use it to make washi tape too!

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Have a great day!

Friday, July 13, 2012

New | Baker’s Twine

I have brand new set of Baker's Twine in my store today! There are some very fun and unique pieces in this set - including one that would be perfect for making banners!
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So last week I mentioned the Iron Scrapper Contest at Scrap Orchard, right? Well, it's not too late to enter - as it's based on points and the winner is a random draw... There is a AMAZING prize package... WHAT are you waiting for???


Are you playing along yet? You can get points for games or challenges and you'll have lots of chances to earn them. Your points earn you an entry for the prize packs - so the more points you earn, the better your chances!! There is also a weekly grab bag to coordinate with each challenge- you don't have to use this for the challenges- but WOW it's loaded with some amazing goodies!! 4 mini kits, 3 templates, a hybrid template and a CU product - it's only available for 1 week and it's just $4!! You can see the full previews by going to the shop page... (just click the image...)



Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Grilled Pizza

One of my favorite things about summer is cooking out on the grill!  My family loves a cookout and we’ve grilled all kinds of things.  One thing I love to make when we are entertaining another family are grilled pizzas.  They are quick and easy to make and everyone gets their own personalized combination – and that makes everyone happy! 

First you need to gather your ingredients.  We set ours up buffet style so that our guests can top their own pizzas.  Grab a variety of sauces – BBQ, wing sauce, pesto, pizza sauce, etc. Chop up some veggies – mushrooms, broccoli, peppers, onions, olives, artichokes. Pre-cook anything that needs to be cooked. You’ll also want a variety of meats.  We use shredded, cooked chicken, pepperoni, crumbled bacon, ham, pork or beef.  Two or three kinds of cheeses is a good variety.  We use mozzarella, cheddar and crumbled blue cheese – but grab whatever you like best. 

All of these things can be prepared before hand or the day before.  I use this handy little tray to make topping easy.20120616_4711_600px1

(oh – please excuse my photos –they aren’t the best, lol)

You will also need pizza dough. You can make your own, or buy it.  My local grocery store sells dough in 1 lb 12 oz containers and this is enough for 6 individual pizzas.  You want the dough to rise a little, but not so much that it’s super inflated and sticky.  Divide the dough into 6 pieces and roll it out very thin.  Spray or brush both sides with olive oil and place it on parchment paper (don’t use wax paper – if your dough rises on it, the wax will stick to the dough).  Stack the dough and place it in the fridge until you are ready to use it.  If you let it rise too much it will stick to the paper and you’ll have a mess!

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When you are ready to grill, pre-heat your grill on low and make sure your grates are clean.  Use the parchment paper to flip the dough right onto the grate.  Close the lid for 2-3 minutes to let it cook on one side. 

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Flip the dough over using a metal spatula.  It shouldn’t stick since you sprayed it with oil before putting it on the paper.  You should see some nice grill marks!

Close the lid again and cook for another 2 –3 minutes.  Grab a plate and remove the dough from the grill.  Now’s the time to be creative – start adding your toppings! Plain cheese & pepperoni is your favorite?  Sounds GREAT!  How about a buffalo chicken style with blue cheese, or bbq chicken with caramelized onions? Pesto and veggies?  Hawaiian style with ham and pineapple?  Can’t decide – make one half and half! 

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Once it’s topped, carefully slide it back onto the grill – on an upper rack if you have one.  Close the lid and let it cook until the cheese is melted – about 4-5 minutes.  The toppings will be nice and hot and the crust will be nice and crispy on the bottom.

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Serve them up along side a nice summer salad and grab a cold beverage!

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One is definitely enough to fill you up, but if you have extra dough, make a couple of extra “flavors” and put them in the middle of the table for everyone to share.  Oh and don’t be surprised if your guests invite themselves back next weekend to do it again!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Save on a Bundle!

Hello everyone!! 

I’m starting to move all of my products to my ScrapOrchard store from my guest spot at ScrapMatters last month.  First to move over is my newest product, Paper Pretties 9.  I LOVE the petal shapes of these accordion rosettes.  Can’t you just imagine all of the different flower combos you could make by layering them up or adding pretty centers?  

Paper Pretties 9

I also added a new bundle to the shop today – 4 sets of Paper Pretties bundled up together.  The bundle is on sale too – so it’s a GREAT deal this week!!

Thanks so much for stopping by – have a great week!