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Friday, October 16, 2009

New shoppe in town!

Come and check out the brand new store. There are lots of great items and many grand opening deals!

You can visit it here:

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Gorjuss Alley Cat (FTU)


Gorjuss Alley Cat

This tutorial was written by me on October 14, 2009 and named by my husband lol. It is entirely my own idea and any similarities to any other tutorial are pureply coincidental. Please do not copy and paste my tutorial. Send people to my blog if they want to try it. Thank you! You can click on my images to make them full sized.

I am using the adorable artwork of Suzanne Woolcott, which you can get at her store, GorjussArt. Please do not use the same without the proper license (purchase)!

Mask of choice, or the one I'm using by WSL, mask81, which you can get here. She has a lot of very nice masks that she freely provides for our use. If you don't already have this in your collection, be sure to leave her some love!

FTU scrap kit by SkyScraps called Maxou, which she made in memory of her cat who recently passed away. You can download it at her blog and leave a thank you!

Font of choice. I used SweetheartScript-Limited.

For any of you who know me, you know I have a strong love of cats. We have 5 of the furry room mates!

Here we go.

Start with a 600x600 transparent canvas. Selections, select all to get the marching ants going around the edges of the canvas.

Open Paper1. Copy and then paste it into selection on your working canvas. Selections, select none. Apply your mask of choice. I used WSL_Mask 81. Right click on your mask layer on your layer palette and merge, merge group. Ok let's start building your tag.

Open up Frame 1. Copy and paste it as a new layer on top of your mask layer. Take your deform toolPhotobucket and squeeze in the left side of the frame a little bit and then drag the node at the top and pull it up a little bit.

Decorate your tag any way you want to! I used the Kitty Heart and copied and pasted it onto the right side of the frame. Open element 12 and resize it 30% Smart size. Copy and paste it over the heart and drag that layer down in your layer palette so the bottom edge of the cat grass is under the heart.

Open either element 7 or 8. It's your choice. Resize 40% Smart size and place it on top of the kitty grass and under the heart. Take your eraser brush and erase the tiny bit of the stem that is hanging out of the lower part of the heart.

Open element1. Resize by 30% smart size. Copy and paste it so it's sitting on the bottom edge of the frame opening.


Add anything else you want to. I took one of the word art phrases from the kit and just typed it out myself.

Add your tube and resize it to fit.

Go back through and add a drop shadow to all the layers except the mask layer. My standard drop shadow is 2 , 2, 55, 5 .

Go ahead and merge everything if you are happy with it. Image resize and resize by 80% BICUBIC. Use your crop tool, crop to layer opaque. Now, add your copyright and license number if applicable. Save as a .png.

Thank you for trying my tutorial. I hope you enjoyed it!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Gorjuss Fall -- FTU


This tutorial was written by me on October 2, 2009. Any similarities to another tutorial are purely coincidental. This my own idea. You may text link to my tutorial, but you may not copy and paste it and place it anywhere online. If someone wants to try it, send them to my blog. TY.

For this tutorial, you will need:

Scrap kit of choice. I am using a beautiful free kit from Bel Vidotti called It's fall, which you can get here.

Mask of choice or the one I used by Weescotslass, mask # 110. You will find her wonderful masks here.

I am using the adorable art of Suzanne Woolcott, which you can get here. Please do not use the same tube without the proper license!

Fonts of choice.

To see the full screen shots, you can click on them to view larger.

A note before you get started! When resizing scrap elements, I use smartsize because it doesn't distort them so much! But, the choice is yours.

Open a 600x600 transparent image. Copy and past paper 12 as a new layer. Layers, load/save mask and choose WSL105 Right click on the mask layer in the layer palette and go to merge, merge group.

Open element 26. Copy and paste as a new layer above the mask. Image, resize and resize by 65% SMART SIZE. Move to desired position. Add a drop shadow of choice. Image, duplicate, image mirror. Here's what I have so far:Photobucket
Copy and paste your tube as a new layer. Image resize BICUBIC. I resized 65% again. Add drop shadow of choice.

Open Element 19, which is the owl. Copy & paste as a new layer. Image, resize. I resized by 65% and then by 50% SMARTSIZE. Place to your liking. Add a drop shadow of choice.

Open element 22. Copy and paste as a new layer. Image, resize 10% Smartsize.

Open up the leaves in the kit. Resize them 10% smartsize. I duplicated each one several times and used my deform tool to rotate them until I got the look I wanted. I arranged them all on the left side and then hid all the layers except the leaves. Right click on one of the leaves and go to merge, merge visible and move your merged leaf layer over however far you want it to be. Duplicate and mirror. I did that a few times and moved them into position. After you have all you leaf layers arranged how you want them, making sure all of your other layers are still hidden, merge visible again and drop shadow. Here is what my leaves look like without the rest of the tag.Photobucket
Add any other elements that you want. I used elements 58, 60 & 67 and resized each one by 35% smart size and moved then into position.All of these layers are positioned under the leaf layer to hide some of the bottom. If you're using the same tube as me, it will also hide the open end of the fence!

Make sure you have everything placed where you want it. Click on your top layer and go to merge, merge visible. If you started out with a white layer to begin with, make sure you hide that before merging if you want a transparent tag! Image resize. I resized by 80% bicubic.

Add your desired text and drop shadow it. Add the proper copyright and license number.

Crop your tag and save as a .png.

Thanks for trying my tutorial!