Tuesday, March 31, 2009

It's almost here...

Blog Train
Not long until the Michelle's Angels Easter Egg Hunt Blog Train leaves the station...How exciting!!! :)

Before the blog train begins, here's what Michelle writes about the rules :
"1. Visit each participate to receive their portion of the the Easter Blog Train.

2.Make sure you leave some luv when download *LOL*

3.Unzip all your new goodies and look for the Magic Egg.
 
The Magic egg has been randomly placed in 2 of the zips.  One egg will contain a coupon for $2 off a $10 purcase at Michelles-angels store. The other Magic Egg will contain a coupon for 20% off your entire purchase at the store.  *Only one coupon redeemable at a time*  Coupon had no limit on how many times you may use it until June 1st. 

4.Make a purchase using one of the found coupons!

*BONUS*
Make a LO or Tag using items from the Blog Train and post your creation in our Gallery, in the folder called Easter Egg hunt Contest, between May 1st and May 20th.  Be sure to credit the designer who created the items you use.

Beginning May 21st we will be voting for the top 3 Layouts/Tags. Register in the Forum to vote for your favorites!

*PRIZES*
1st Place - $10 Store Gift Certificate
2nd Place - $5 Store Gift Certificate
3rd Place - $2 Store Gift Certificate

Blog Train and Contest will run April 1st thru May 31th.  Winners will be announced on the Store Blog on June 1st.  Good luck to everyone and can't wait to see all the entries!

*Note to Participants*
Please leave your portion of the Blog train available until after the contest has ended on June 1st.  Thanks so much!

Visit www.michelles-angels.com/blog/egghunt.html

Credits:
$10 G.C. donated by Michelle (michelles-angels.blogspot.com) and Roxanna (movefearlessly.com/blog)
$5 G.C. donated by Jody (jiccreations.blogspot.com)
$2 G.C. donated by Lisa (mysticalsscrapdesignz.blogspot.com)

Deb http://shilohshepherdbreed.blogspot.com  Thanks for the use of her Bunnykins to make the
blog train blinkie...you can purchase this cute little bunny with all his Easter Eggs in the store."

So that's the rules...but did you read them?!? There are magic eggs in a couple of the files AND there's a contest where you can win gift certificates to the Michelle's Angels store!!

There are 51 stops to make on this blog train...and it all starts tomorrow (April 1st)!

Enjoy!! :)
--Liv--

Friday, March 27, 2009

CHILDHOOD FRIENDS: TUBBY available at TKO Scraps

Tubby

This is Tubby! He & Ted have been best friends since they left the factory together! Tubby may be a little on the chubby side, but he doesn't mind - he says it makes him cuddlier! Tubby loves to cook...and sample his own dishes! 
Tubby is the second toy to join the Childhood Friends collection of commercial use templates.

He was created in 300 dpi, is greyscale, comes in 3 formats, and is available exclusively at TKO Scraps for $1.50 (US).

Enjoy! :)
--Liv--

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Sale: Super Saver Saturdays at TKO Scraps!!!

TKO Scraps Super Saver Saturday

3 New Tuts by Scraps by CWD...+ an award!!

Sarah from Scraps by CWD has spoilt me...again!!! :) She has written 3 new tutorials using my kits!!!

Click the tags to go to the tutorials :)

First, is "Just A Girl", which was done using my For The Girls kit:
Just A Girl

Then there's "Groovy", which uses my Carnaby Street kit:
Groovy

And last, but certainly not least, is "Dreaming of You..." - using my new kit, Cascade:
Photobucket

Of course, all three kits used in these tutorials can be purchased exclusively from TKO Scraps!!

Also, back at the start of March (sorry for the lateness!), my friend Danielle from DMK Designs gave me an award! It's the Determined Woman award! What a priviledge...thank you, Danielle!! :)
Determined Woman Award
The rules for the award are:
1. Post this award on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who gave you the award.
3. Select 10 women who you think deserve this award.

So, without any further ado...
* Sarah @ Scraps by CWD
* Leigh @ Heartfelt Perfections
* Michelle @ Michelle's Angels
* Gina @ Shades of Gina
* Paola @ Mundo Grafico
* Tracey @ Soxsational Scraps
* Kathy @ Designed by K
* Helly @ Designs By Helly
* Laura @ Laura's Designz
* Judy @ Scrap Pocket

Well...I think that's about it from me!! I'm exhausted!! I saw Madness in concert last night - it was fantastic! I didn't stop dancing the whole time they were on!! It was an awesome night! :)

Hope you've all had a great week! :)
Until next time...
--Liv--

Tutorial: Girls Night

Girls Night

This tutorial was written by Livia @ Liv Luvs Scraps on March 26, 2009 and is my own creation. Any resemblance to another tutorial is a coincidence! DO NOT take anything from this site and claim it as your own, including my ideas. Anything you create from this tutorial is yours, as long as you don’t make any money out of it. Please remember to only use images/tubes that you hold a license to, or are free for personal use. (Check an artist’s TOU before using their work!)

Supplies you’ll need:

2 Tubes of choice – I’m using 2 tubes from the scrap kit I used for the first tag, and two from Carolina Seabra (aka Queen Uriel) for my second tag.

Scrap kit of choice – I’m using I Sleepovers by Scraps by CWD, which may be purchased from TKO Scraps

Filters: * Filters Unlimited 2.0 (a pay filter, sorry!) If you don’t have it, I will give you an option that will give you a similar effect.
              * Eye Candy 3.1 (now a free filter) – you can find it for free if you search for it on Google :)

Font of choice – I used Angelina, which can be found at dafont

REMEMBER…Save your work often!!!

I will be referring to specific elements from the kit I’ve used, so if you aren’t using the same kit, use the elements you like from your kit of choice. At the bottom of this page, I’ve included an example using one of my own kits, to see that you can make this tag with any kit of your choosing. :)

This tutorial assumes you have knowledge of Paint Shop Pro and its features.

Open up a 600x600 canvas – you can resize it later. Fill the canvas with white (for our background).

Open up the tubes you will be using, duplicate them and close the originals. Minimise them for now.

From your kit of choice, open up a frame you like – I chose the pink frame. If your kit doesn’t have a frame included, you can either make one yourself using a paper, or choose a frame that comes with PSP! :)

Now open up a paper of choice from your kit, duplicate it and close the original.

Go back to your tag canvas. With your magic wand, click inside the frame (where it’s empty), go to Selections/Modify/Expand, and make it either 2 or 3.

Add a new raster layer, and drag this below the frame layer. Go to your paper of choice, copy it, go back to the canvas, and paste into selection.

Now you can add a drop shadow of your choice to the frame.

Pick one of your tubes to go inside the frame. Copy it and paste it on top of the paper layer. Resize the tube so that it fits inside the frame. Lower the opacity of the tube to 40.

Open up another paper of choice from your scrap kit, preferably a mid-dark coloured paper, but you can do whatever you want! :) Duplicate it, and close the original.

With your selection tool, select a rectangle as big as your frame. Copy it.

Back to your canvas - click on your very bottom layer (which should be the white background). Paste your new paper as a new layer.

If you have Filters Unlimited 2.0: Go to Distortion Filters/Twister, and drag the arrow to 94.

If you don’t have Filters Unlimited 2.0: Go to Effects/Distortion Effects/Ripple, and have your settings at Horizontal=100, Vertical=76, Amplitude=63, Wavelength=21, Edge Mode=Wrap.
Now, go to Effects/Distortion Effects/Twirl, and put the setting to 720.

Change the opacity of your ‘twisted’ paper to 4.

It’s time to add your other tube! Copy it, and paste it on your canvas, making sure this layer is on top of all the others. Resize your tube as needed.

Now for your text – using your font of choice, at a size of your choosing (mine is at 90), type your text. Convert to Raster Layer. [I also italicised the font, and stretched it out a bit.]

Go to Eye Candy 3.1/Drop Shadow, and in the dropdown menu, click on Faint. Change the colour to a lighter colour of the text, or leave it as black...up to you!! And accept it! :)

Crop your canvas to a size you like. Add a new raster layer at the top, and fill it with the same colour as your text. (Don’t worry, it won’t stay like this for long! LOL)

Go to Selections/Modify/Contract, and set the number to 5. Delete the selection, then go to Selections/Invert. You will now have your border highlighted. Add a bevel of your choice.

Now all you have to do is add the copyright/licensing info, and your watermark!

Save it as a JPG...and you’re done!!!


Girls Night

Monday, March 23, 2009

CHILDHOOD FRIENDS - TED available at TKO Scraps

Ted

Say hello to Ted!! He is, of course, a teddy bear - cute & cuddly (and he loves to dance!)...
Ted is the first to join the "Childhood Friends" collection of commercial use templates.
 
He was created in 300 dpi, is greyscale, comes in 3 formats, and is available exclusively at TKO Scraps for $1.50 (US).

Enjoy! :)
--Liv--

Sunday, March 22, 2009

CASCADE - available at TKO Scraps

Cascade

I've just released my brand new kit, Cascade - and it's available exclusively at TKO Scraps!

This kit comes in two sizes - tagger size for $3.00 (US), and full size for $4.00 (US).

Cascade is for personal use only, was created in 300 dpi, and comes with:

30 Papers, all in JPG format

50 Embellishments, all in PNG format:

10 Bows (5 Satin, 5 Stitched Cotton)
5 Glittered Ric Racs
5 Buttons
5 Pearl Drops
5 Tags
5 Pebbles
5 Flowers
5 Brackets
4 Beads/Glass Brads
1 Beaded String

Enjoy! :)
--Liv--

Freebie: CASCADE Sampler Kit (Personal Use Only)

Hello!
I have just released a new PTU kit at TKO Scraps, and it's called "Cascade".

Like always, I've made a mini sampler kit for you to try out! :)

Cascade sampler kit
click the preview to go directly to the download page

For all the info about the full kit, please see the post above this one.

Enjoy! :)
--Liv--

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Tutorial: IN THE CITY

In The City

This tutorial was written by Livia @ Liv Luvs Scraps on March 18, 2009 and is my own creation. Any resemblance to another tutorial is a coincidence! DO NOT take anything from this site and claim it as your own, including my ideas. Anything you create from this tutorial is yours, as long as you don’t make any money out of it. Please remember to only use images/tubes that you hold a license to, or are free for personal use. (Check an artist’s TOU before using their work!)

Supplies you’ll need:

Tube of choice – I’m using a tube from Carolina Seabra.

Scrap kit of choice – I’m using Sex in the City by Soxsational Scraps, which is unfortunately no longer available for purchase :*(

Filter: Eye Candy 5: Impact (or 4000) – Gradient Glow (optional) – this was only for the copyright info, so it’s not necessary, unless you really need it!! :)

Font of choice – I used Segoe Script

REMEMBER…Save your work often!!!

I will be refering to specific elements from the kit I’ve used, so if you aren’t using the same kit, use the elements you like from your kit of choice. At the bottom of this page, I’ve included an example using one of my own kits, to see that you can make this tag with any kit of your choosing. J

This tutorial assumes you have knowledge of Paint Shop Pro and its features.

Open a 700x700 blank canvas - you can resize it later.

Now open up the tube you will be using, duplicate it (so you don’t accidently do something to the original!) and close the original. Minimise this – you won’t need it for now.

Open up a dark paper from your scrap kit. I used Paper 10 from the SITC kit. Go back to your blank canvas –choose the rectangle preset shape, with your paper as your foreground pattern (and nothing for your background colour), and a line width of 5 pixels, draw a rectangle on your canvas. Once you’re happy with the size and shape, convert to a raster layer.

With your magic wand tool, click inside the rectangle – you should now have marching ants around the inside of the shape. Add a new raster layer. Go to Selections/Modify/Expand and expand by 1 pixel. Copy your dark paper from the previous step, and paste it in the selection. Do not deselect.

Add a new raster layer. Move this to the bottom of your layer list (on the right of your screen). Fill this layer (with the marching ants still around the inside of the rectangle) with white. Deselect.

Go back to your layer filled with the dark paper (not the rectangle frame!) and lower the opacity to about 60.

Maximise your tube, copy it and paste it as a new layer on your tag canvas. I’ve kept mine at 100% size for this one. Lower the opacity to 14.

Go back to your filled layer (the one from two steps before this one!), and with your magic wand tool, select the area outside the rectangle, then go to your tube layer, and hit delete. You should now only have your tube inside the frame.

Now open up a paper from your kit of choice that is the same or a similar colour to the paper already used, but with a pattern on it (in a lighter colour, preferably). (I used Paper 11 from the SITC kit.) Copy it.

Back in your tag canvas - again, with your magic wand tool, select the area outside the rectangle layer. Go to Selections/Invert.  Add a new layer to your tag canvas. Paste your new paper in this selection. Deselect. Lower the opacity of this paper to 24.

Find a long embellishment in the kit you’re using, eg. Ribbon (in the Sex In The City kit, there are a couple of Skyline embellishments, so that’s what I used.)  Copy it, and add it as a new layer on your canvas. Make sure this is your top layer. Resize it if you need to. Add a drop shadow of choice (I used H&V=0, Opacity=50, Blur=5, Colour=Black).

Now, add an embellishment from your kit of choice to the bottom right-hand corner – it can be a button, flower, bow...completely up to you!! (I used the disco ball from the Sex In the City kit!) Add a drop shadow to it, and then add a drop shadow to your tube.

At this point, I added some bling to the top right of the tag. This is optional!! :)

It’s now time to add your text/name! Open up your font of choice, with the colour white (or a light colour from your tube), type out your word. Convert to a raster layer, and position it to wherever you want it. I put it at the bottom, almost centred, and positioned it so part of it was ‘hanging’ off the edge of the tag. Add a drop shadow of choice.

All you have to do now is add the copyright/licensing info, and your watermark.

Save as a JPG...and that's it!!

In The City

Monday, March 16, 2009

Tutorial: HARD ROCK

This tutorial was written by Livia @ Liv Luvs Scraps on March 14, 2009 and is my own creation. Any resemblance to another tutorial is a coincidence! DO NOT take anything from this site and claim it as your own, including my ideas. Anything you create from this tutorial is yours, as long as you don’t make any money out of it. Please remember to only use images/tubes that you hold a license to, or are free for personal use. (Check an artist’s TOU before using their work!)

Supplies you’ll need:

Tube of choice – I’m using a tube from Annies Tubes – (for reference, the image is PPT 018).

Scrap kit of choice – I’m using Designs By Helly’s Hard Rock Mama kit, which may be purchased here

Filter: Eye Candy 5: Impact (or 4000) – Gradient Glow (optional)

Font of choice – I used Biometric Joe (free font, found at dafont)

REMEMBER…Save your work often!!!

I will be refering to specific elements from the kit I’ve used, so if you aren’t using the same kit, use the elements you like from your kit of choice. At the bottom of this page, I’ve included an example using one of my own kits, to see that you can make this tag with any kit of your choosing. :)

This tutorial assumes you have knowledge of Paint Shop Pro and its features.

Open up a 600x600 blank canvas – you can resize it later.

Open up the tube you will be using, duplicate it, and close the original (so you don’t lose it!)...paste it as a new layer on your canvas and resize as you see fit.

Open up a paper of choice. I have used paper 10 from Hard Rock Mama. Paste this as a new layer under your tube. This will be your ‘frame’ for the tube.

Leaving plenty of room around the tube, select a rectangle, invert and delete.

On this same layer, go to selections/select all/float and selections/defloat, so you now have the little marching ants around your paper. Now, Selections/Modify/Contract by 10.

Open up another paper of choice. This time, I’ve used paper 12 from Hard Rock Mama. Copy it, and go back to your canvas.

As a New Raster Layer, paste into selection. So, the order of your elements should be first paper (frame), second paper (fill) and tube on top.

**If you’re using Eye Candy’s Gradient Glow** Click on your tube layer. Go to your plugins and find Gradient Glow in your Eye Candy folder.
If you have EC 5: Impact, you can use the ‘Subtle White Glow with Distortion’ setting, and change the Glow Radius to 12.78.
If you don’t have EC 5, you can use a thin white glow – radius approx. 13, soft corners 35, opacity 100.


Time to add embellishments!!

Firstly, something for the bottom-left & top-right corners. I used Star1 from Hard Rock Mama, and resized it to 30%. Add a drop shadow of your choice. (I did V&H 0, Opacity 50, Blur 50, colour black.) Repeat for opposite corner.

Next, add an embellishment to the top left of your tag (doesn’t have to be in the corner!). I used the Silver Charm from H.R.M. and kept it at 100%. Add a drop shadow.

If your embellishment looks like it’s sort-of hanging off nothing, you can add a brad or fixture of some sort. (I used the Fabric Flower from H.R.M.) Again, add a drop shadow.

It’s now time to add your name. Open your font of choice and minimise it (if you haven’t got it in your font folder – if you do, don’t worry about it! LOL)

With a dark colour from your tube as your foreground and a lighter colour from your tube as your background colour, and with a stoke width of 4, type your name and change the size as desired.

Rotate your text 90 degrees to the right, and place it on the right hand side of your tag. I’ve aligned it so that the bottom of most of the letters touches the frame.

Next, add the picture’s copyright & licence info. And, if you want, you can add your ‘made by...’ mark.

Save as a JPG...and that’s it!!

Friday, March 13, 2009

TKO Scraps' Spring Break Sale: March 14-16


TKO Scraps' Spring Break Sale!!

All my tagger size kits will be down to 65 cents!! BARGAIN!!! :)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

CARNABY STREET - available at TKO Scraps

Carnaby Street

I have just released my newest kit, "Carnaby Street" - and it's exclusive to TKO Scraps!

This kit is available in two sizes - tagger size for $3.00 (US), and full size for $4.00 (US).

Carnaby Street is for personal use only, was created in 300 dpi, and comes with:

20 Papers, all in .jpg format

45 Embellishments, all in .png format:

6 Word Art
5 Bows
5 Records
5 Stitched Mats
5 Flowers
5 Ribbons
4 Hoops [two metallic - silver & gold; two plastic - black & white]
4 Tags
3 Buttons
2 Buckles
1 Pair of Sunglasses

Enjoy! :)
--Liv--

Freebie: CARNABY STREET Sampler Kit (Personal Use Only)

I've just released a new kit at TKO Scraps called "Carnaby Street"!

As usual, I've decided to give you all a little freebie sampler kit to go with my newest kit! :)

Carnaby Street sampler
click the preview to go directly to the download page

For information about the full kit, please see the post above this one.

Enjoy! :)
--Liv--

TKO Scraps' March Charity Collab Kit: March of Dimes

TKO March of Dimes Charity Kit


Please help us this month as we try to raise funds for the March of Dimes Foundation!

9 Designers -- 256 Elements -- 126 Papers -- 5 Glitters

All these pieces for only $2.00 (US) - all of which goes to the charity!

Click HERE to purchase

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

GLITZ & GLAM (CU set) -- available at TKO Scraps

Glitz & Glam

"Glitz & Glam" is my very first commercial use set, and it's available exclusively at TKO Scraps.

It was created in 300 dpi, and is only $3.00 (US). 

The "Glitz & Glam" template set includes: 
5 Glitter Curls, in .png format
2 Jellybeans, in .png format

2 Lipsticks (in dark & light shades), in .psp format (layered), .psd format (layered) & .png format
2 Nail Polishes (in dark & light shades), in both .psp format (layered), .psd format (layered) & .png format
1 Eyeshadow palette, in both .psp format (layered), .psd format (layered) & .png format
1 Eyeshadow brush, in both .psp format (layered), .psd format (layered) & .png format
2 String of Pearls (one with rings/clasp, one without), in both .psp format (layered), .psd format (layered) & .png format

Enjoy!! :)
--Liv--

Freebie: GLITZ & GLAM CU element

My first ever commercial use set, "Glitz & Glam", is available exclusively at TKO Scraps.

As I do with my personal use kits, I've decided to give you all a CU freebie! :) I hope you can use it....it's a hand mirror! :) [All girls can use one of them, can't they?!?]

Glitz & Glam CU freebie
click the preview to go directly to the download page

I hope you like it! :) If you do, please leave a comment... it'd give me an idea as to whether or not I should keep making CU items :)

If you're wanting more info on the full CU set, please see the post above this one.

Enjoy!!
--Liv--

FOR THE GIRLS -- available at TKO Scraps

For The Girls

My new kit, For The Girls, is now available at TKO Scraps.

It comes in two sizes: Tagger size for $3.00 (US), and Full size for $4.00 (US).

For The Girls is for personal use only, was created in 300 dpi and comes with:

20 Papers, all in .jpg format

47 Embellishments, all in .png format:

8 Jellybeans
5 Bows
5 Curled Ribbons
5 Lollipops
5 Lipsticks
5 Nail Polishes
5 Glitter Curls
1 Cupcake
1 String of Pearls
1 Pearl Necklace
1 Invididual Pearl
1 Chocolate Bar
1 Individual Chocolate Piece
1 Eyeshadow Palette
1 Eyeshadow Brush
1 Hand Mirror

Enjoy! :)
--Liv--

Freebie: FOR THE GIRLS Sampler Kit (Personal Use Only)

Hello! It's been a while, hasn't it? :) Sorry about that...
Anyway, I have just released a new kit, both in tagger size & full size, at TKO Scraps called "For The Girls".

As always, here's a little freebie sampler for you - it's tagger sized and gives you a little taste of what the full kit is about.

For The Girls sampler
click the preview to go directly to the download page

For information on the full kit, please see the post above this one.

Enjoy! :)
--Liv--