Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Formatting digis for a "softer" or sepia-toned look

Hey everyone! I often like to have softer lines on my digis for a "no line" effect . . . and sometimes I prefer a soft "sepia-toned" look. So, I thought I'd do a little tutorial on how I do this.

Disclaimer: I am not at all computer literate . . . and there may be other, even simpler ways of doing this . . . but this is how I do it! And, trust me, it's pretty simple! Oh . . . also . . . I can only do this on a PC! I have no clue how to achieve these effects on a MAC/iPad (sorry).

For this tutorial, I used a cropped portion of Mo Manning's darling "I Dunno (Redux)" image. This process will work for any and all digital images that you have saved to your computer!! Oh . . . and this entire image is available for purchase in Mo's online store HERE. OK . . . here we go!!


  1. Locate your saved digi image in your computer picture files (or wherever you store them). 
  2. Copy your desired image to a Word document for re-sizing.
  3. Once your image is the size you want to use, position the "cursor arrow" over the image and right click. This will give you a drop down box. 
  4. Scroll down to the highlighted area that says "Format Picture" . . . left click on that. 
  5. Slide your cursor down to "Picture Color" and left click on that. Now slide your cursor arrow over to the button that says "Presets" . . . 
  6. Left click on that "Presets" button . . . and you'll get a screen that looks like this . . . 
  7. This is where the fun begins!! If you'd like to "recolor" your digi image so that it looks sort of "sepia-toned" . . . move your cursor arrow to the lower right image. When you hover over it, It will tell you that it's orange . . . but, trust me, it prints "sepia-toned"! Then simply left click. And . . . voila! Your image is now sepia-toned!! 
  8. Now simply left click on the "Close" button and proceed with saving and/or printing as you normally do!
  9. If you'd rather have your image a very light grey . . . this is nice for a "no line" effect . . . but still allows you to actually see the lines!! Go back to step number 7! Instead of left clicking on the "Orange" image . . . slide your cursor up to the top row . . . 
  10. The 4th image from the left on the top row looks almost like it's no image at all. Don't worry . . . just move your cursor arrow over that . . . it will say "Washout". Left click on that. And voila . . . your image will magically turn a very light grey
  11. Left click on the "Close" button and you can now proceed with saving and/or printing as you normally do!!
And . . . it's as easy as that!! I hope this helps!! Have fun!! See you soon! Hugs.

Flowers, Flowers, Flowers . . . at Sassy Cheryl's

Hey there my sweet friends!! Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit!! Lot's and lots happening these days. For instance...

Have you heard?
Sassy Cheryl has been busy creating new characters and updating some of our fave "older" characters...
Charlie's new "Do" (My personal fave!)
Handsome Max
Maddie's Blue Hat
And these are just a few of the new additions to the store!! 
Check them all out HERE!
Oh...and Sassy Cheryl's is now selling Gift Vouchers! Perfect for the "crafter" who just needs a little extra "sassiness" added to her/his life!

Cool, huh? Okey dokey . . . now,  since it's Tuesday, it's time for another fun challenge over at Sassy Cheryl's Challenge Blog! Our sassy "hostess" is my sweet friend and DT sister, Cathy and she's chosen the theme . . .

"April Showers Bring Lots of Flowers!"

So . . . showers . . . and/or flowers! Easy peasy!! Here's what I came up with . . .
Say hello to Li'l Miss Joey (one of Sassy Cheryl's newest images)! This cutie patootie image is called "Hold that Pose Please" and is available HERE in Sassy Cheryl's online store. Here's a peek at the little tag sentiment . . . 
And a bit of a side view . . . 
My card "recipe" . . .
Image printed on "Cryogen Metallic" white cardstock
Very Vanilla cardstock: Stampin' Up
DPs: "Flower Shower" by DCWV
Square Doilies die: Quickutz
Shasta Daisy flower die: Cheery Lynn Designs
Trellis punch: Martha Stewart
Tag die: Magnolia
Lucky Limeade ink: Stampin' Up
Roses: Wild Orchid Crafts
Front sentiment, buttons, twine: My stash
Inside sentiment: Stampin' Up
Shin Han & Copic markers, & colored pencils

And one last photo . . .
Not too many flowers . . . but a few! Now . . . please pop on over to Sassy Cheryl's Challenge Blog and take a look at all the fabulous creations by my fellow Design Teamies! Then, we'd love for you to pull out some of your own craft supplies and at least one Sassy Cheryl image and join in the fun! Oh, and remember . . .

Up for grabs  . . . 
TWO Sassy Cheryl Digi Images!
(randomly selected)

Oops . . . I nearly forgot . . .
I've decided to enter this card into "Sketch & Stash" Challenge #137. I've rotated the sketch . . . but it's there, trust me! ;-)

Thanks, again, for visiting . . . and, as always, for your kind comments! See you soon! Hugs . . .

Thursday, April 10, 2014

We're Doing "Perfectly Pinkalicious" at Mo's!

Happy Thursday!! I've been busy, busy, busy again! I just spent a week studying at the Ani Academy in Pennsylvania . . . which was amaaaaazing!! I learned so much!! And I've been spending lots of time hanging out over at Bronte & Bella's Clubhouse. What a fun experience! I love seeing everyone's creations . . . and chatting with fellow crafters! Not to mention all of the fabulous little "extras" that are just for Clubhouse Members!! If you haven't had a chance to join . . . what'cha waitin' for?!! Trust me . . . you're gonna love it there!!

Besides traveling and spending time in the Clubhouse, I've even had time to squeeze in a couple of new cards!! Which is perfect since it's time for another fun challenge at Mo's DP2 Challenge Blog!!

So . . . our hostess for this fortnight's challenge is . . . ME!! And I've chosen a "color" theme!

"Perfectly Pinkalicious!"

And here's my little pinkalicious creation . . .
I can't believe that I have never colored this adorable little Mo image. It's been around forever, I think!! This sweetheart is called "Baby Fairy Kiki" and is available HERE in Mo's online store. Isn't she precious in pink?! Here's a close-up . . .
I love coloring skin . . . so this image was extra fun since little Kiki is a little bit naked! Here's a side view . . .
My Card "Recipe" . . .
Image printed on Cryogen White Cardstock
Melon Mambo cardstock: Stampin' Up
DPs, ribbon, rhinestones, & pearls: My stash
Lattice punch: Martha Stewart
Lacy die: Marianne Dies
 Flower: Wild Orchid Crafts
Shin Han & Copic markers; Prismacolor pencils

Here is a full list of mediums/colors used on this image:
Skin:
 ShinHan YR133 & 132
Copic E000, 0000, and a little E13 for darkest shadows
Pencils - Nectar, Peach, Light Peach
Cheeks:
ShinHan R139
Copic R00
Pencil - Pink
Hair:
ShinHan BR107, 97, 95
Pencils - Terra Cotta & Goldenrod
Pinks:
Copic RV55, 52, 09, 00, & 000
Pencil - Process Red
Greens:
Copic G46, 43, 40
Pencils - Dark Green & Marine Green
Shadow around image:
Copic RV000 & 000

And . . . last but not least . . . 
Please be sure to pop on over to Mo's DP2 Challenge Blog to check out the fabulous projects created by my clever DT sisters! Then, please join us for this fortnight's "Perfectly Pinkalicious" challenge!

Oh,  and don't forget, Mo is awarding (selected at random) one $5.00 shopping spree at her online store for every 25 challenge participants! What an easy and fun way to get some new Mo images, right?!

See you soon!! Hugs . . .

Monday, April 7, 2014

The "Queen of Mean" . . . and her sisters!

Hello!!! And a happy Monday to all y'all! Have you checked out the fun new challenge going on over at Sassy Cheryl's Challenge Blog?! My sassy DT sister Miz Dawn is this fortnight's challenge "hostess" and she's decided she wants to see something silly! So, she's chosen the theme . . .

"Just Foolin' Around"

And here's what I came up with . . .
OK. . . so, here's the deal . . . Sassy Cheryl has been busy as can be updating some of her digi images . . . and creating delightfully fun new characters! So, of course, I just HAD to get in on some of the fun!! Allow me to introduce Sassy Sally's TWIN SISTERS, Annabelle (she's the sweet one with the Teddy Bear) . . . and Joey (short for "Josephine"!) Joey is quite the tomboy . . . and is a dirt magnet!! Try as she might, little Annabelle just can't seem to let herself get dirty! LOL!! Well, as you can imagine, Sally is so "over" her goofy little sisters! She will always be THE QUEEN!!

You can find "Queen of Mean", "Annabelle and Theodore", and "Joey's Got Spunk" in Sassy Cheryl's online store. Here are a couple of side views . . .
  
  My card "recipe" . . .
Image printed on Cryogen Metallic cardstock
Sky Blue Cardstock: Stampin' Up
DPs: "Sunkiss Collection" by Prima
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Sentiments: Hampton Art (front) & DRS Designs (inside)
Pearls: my stash
Shin Han & Copic markers, Faber Castell & Caran d'Ache pencils

And one last photo . . .
And there ya have it!! These girls just crack me up! I hope you enjoyed my latest creation . . . 'cuz I had fun making it!! Now . . . please pop on over to Sassy Cheryl's Challenge Blog and take a look at all the fabulous creations by my fellow Design Teamies! Then, we'd love for you to pull out some of your own craft supplies and at least one Sassy Cheryl image and join! Oh, and remember . . .

At least one lucky participant (but maybe more), selected at random, will win . . .
TWO Sassy Cheryl Digi Images!

Thanks so much for visiting . . . and, as always, for your kind comments! See you soon! Hugs . . .

Thursday, March 27, 2014

K is for . . . "Kissy"

Happy Thursday!! I feel like it's been ages since our last challenge at Mo's DP2 Challenge Blog!! But . . . I've been keeping busy, busy, busy hanging out over at Bronte & Bella's Clubhouse. Mo calls it "BBC" . . . while I call it "The Clubhouse"! Whatever we call it, it's FUN!! If you haven't stopped by to check it out, please do!!

So . . . on to this fortnight's challenge!! The very talented and super sweet Miz Anja is our hostess!! And she's chosen an Alphabet themed challenge . . .

K is for . . . !
(Kisses, kick, kite, Kansas, Kady, etc.)

And here's my little creation . . .
Hehe! This image just tickles me!! This cutie is called "Kissy" and is available HERE in Mo's online store. Here's a close-up . . .
I wanted to go for a softer look . . . so, instead of printing this digi image with black ink, I used sort of a sepia ink color. I love how it turned out!! Here's another view . . .
I made a little "Crossover" card . . . some people call it "Criss Cross" . . . other's call it a "Pocket Card" . . . I just call it FUN! I love making these! Here's a peek at the card insert . . .
My Card "Recipe" . . .
Image printed on Cryogen White Cardstock
So Saffron & Melon Mambo cardstock: Stampin' Up
DPs: "Sidewalk" by October Afternoon
Lace & butterfly punches: Martha Stewart
So Saffron ribbon: Stampin' Up
 Pearls & flower stamp: My stash
Shin Han & Copic markers; colored pencils

Here is a full list of mediums/colors used on this image:
Skin:
 ShinHan YR133 & 132
Copic E000, 0000, and a little E13 for darkest shadows
Faber Castell pencils - Sanguine, Cinnamon, Med. Flesh, & Light Flesh
Caran d'Ache pencil - Apricot
Cheeks:
ShinHan R139
Copic R00
Faber Castell pencil - Med. Flesh
Hair:
ShinHan BR107, 97, 95
Copic E07, 15, & 18
Caran d'Ache pencils - Brown & Orangish Yellow
Aquas:
Copic BG 10, 000, 00, 32, & 72
Caran d'Ache pencil -Turquoise
Pinks:
Copic RV14, 10, 00
Caran d'Ache pencil - Raspberry
Yellows:
Copic Y18, 13, 11
Caran d'Ache pencil - Orangish Yellow
Greens:
Copic G46, 43, 40
Caran d'Ache pencil - Green Ochre
Shadow around image:
Copic BG 10 & 0000

And . . . finally, my "artsy" angled view . . . 
I hope you've been able to survive this lonnnnnng post!! Be sure to pop on over to Mo's DP2 Challenge Blog to check out the fabulous projects created by Anja and the rest of my clever DT sisters! Then, please join us for this fortnight's "K is for . . . " challenge!

Oh,  and don't forget, Mo is awarding (selected at random) one $5.00 shopping spree at her online store for every 25 challenge participants! What an easy and fun way to get some new Mo images, right?!

See you soon!! Hugs . . .

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Layers & Layers of "Sassy"!

Happy Tuesday!! It's time for another fun challenge over at Sassy Cheryl's Challenge Blog! And this fortnight's challenge "hostess with the mostess" is my sweet friend and DT sister, Joann (a.k.a. Sassy Raggedy!) and she's chosen the theme . . .

"Lots of Layers"

No problemo!! I am very comfortable with lots of layers . . . so this one was an easy one for me! Although, I will admit . . . I increased the degree of difficulty by pulling out my colored pencils!! And here's what I came up with . . .
This little image is called "Patience Secret" and is available HERE in Sassy Cheryl's online store. Here's side view . . .
A look at the inside . . . clean & simple . . . 
  My card "recipe" . . .
Image printed on Strathmore Bristol paper
Black Cardstock: Stampin' Up
Digi DPs: "Ladies & Gentleman Too" by Mary Fran for Nitwits
Rectangle & square dies: Nestabilities by Spellbinders
Flower die: Cheery Lynn
Sentiment stamps: Stampin' Up
White seam binding, brad, charm, & pearls: my stash
Faber Castell, Caran d'Ache, & Prismacolor pencils

And one last photo . . .
OK . . . full disclosure . . . coloring with pencils is definitely me stepping far out of my "Copic" comfort zone!! Copics give me deeper, richer colors . . . and pencils are softer!! I love them both!! Now . . . please pop on over to Sassy Cheryl's Challenge Blog and take a look at all the fabulous creations by my fellow Design Teamies! Then, we'd love for you to pull out some of your own craft supplies and at least one Sassy Cheryl image and join! Oh, and remember . . .

At least one lucky participant (but maybe more), selected at random, will win . . .
TWO Sassy Cheryl Digi Images!

Thanks so much for visiting . . . and, as always, for your kind comments! Stay warm! See you soon! Hugs . . .

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Ribbon Rosettes - Tutorial

Ribbon Rosettes

Hello everyone!! Hope you're having a great day!! This is my first "crafting" tutorial! I've written educational manuals for families of babies in the hospital . . . and for nurses and doctors! But, never one for my fellow crafters!! So . . . be kind! hehe! Ready? Here we go!

I've always loved these little Ribbon Rosettes (they have other names, I'm sure . . . but that's what I call them!!) So . . . you'll need just a couple of items to get started:
  1. Card stock (white or a complimentary color)
  2. Double sided tape (I use Sookwang for all my cards . . . also known as Score-Tape)
  3. Ribbon
  4. Scissors
  5. Die (I used a round Nestabilities die . . . although I'll bet a square die would make a fun variation!)
  6. Machine to cut your paper shape (e.g., Cuttlebug, Big Shot, etc.) *Even a scissors will do!
  7. Embellishment for center (I used a button . . . but a paper flower, jewels, etc. will work beautifully too!)
Step 1:
Place several pieces of double-sided tape side-by-side on your cardstock:
Step 2:
Cut out your desired shape:
Step 3:
Remove paper backing from your "taped shape" and place end of ribbon at the center of the sticky side:
Step 4:
Begin twisting ribbon, laying it down on top of the sticky taped side of your shape . . . taking care to press ribbon into the tape so it stays secure:
Step 5:
Continue in this fashion, pressing ribbon down as you go:
Step 6:
Once your entire die-cut shape is covered, it's time to cut your ribbon . . . leaving a little bit of a tail:
Step 7:
Bring ribbon tail around to the back side of your die-cut shape, securing it with double-sided tape:
Step 8:
Now it's time to embellish your Ribbon Rosette! Let your imagination run wild!! Here I used a big button . . . which I simply glued to the center (using my trusty hot glue gun!):
And voila! Your beautiful Ribbon Rosette is ready to be secured onto your card, scrapbook page, or other paper project! (I generally use double-sided tape to secure my rosettes to my cards!)

And that's that! Easy peasy! I hope you enjoyed this simple little tutorial!! Keep checking back . . . I plan on creating a few more!! Until next time . . . 


Thursday, March 6, 2014

We're doing "Anything Goes" this week at Mo's!

Happy Thursday, my lovlies!! I'm back with a card for this week's challenge over at Mo's DP2 Challenge Blog!! This week's theme is:

Anything Goes!

So . . . I went with Clean & Simple . . .
This adorable image is called "Big Girl Pants" and is available HERE in Mo's online store. Here's a close-up . . . 
That clever sentiment is a digi . . . and I think I may have gotten it from TLC. It's hilarious, don't you agree? And goes perfectly with this Mo Manning image!! Here's a side view . . . 
My Card "Recipe" . . .
Image printed on "Aquabee" White Cardstock
Pistachio Pudding & Bashful Blue cardstock: Stampin' Up
Digi DPs: "Petal Fresh Too" by Mary Fran for Nitwits
Trellis punch: Martha Stewart
Ribbon & pearls: My stash
Inside sentiment:Hero Arts
Shin Han & Copic markers; colored pencils

A quick peek at the CAS inside . . . 
And . . . last, but not least, the "artsy fartsy" angle . . .  
So, besides shoveling snow and recovering from oral surgery . . . that's what I've been up to! hehe!! OK . . . now it's your turn . . . but before you get craftin', you'll want to head on over to Mo's DP2 Challenge Blog to check out the fabulous projects created by my clever DT sisters! Then, please join us for this week's "Anything Goes" challenge!

Oh,  and don't forget, Mo is awarding (selected at random) one $5.00 shopping spree at her online store for every 25 challenge participants! What an easy and fun way to get some new Mo images, right?!

Have a great week! Hugs . . .