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:
 ShinHan YR133 & 132
Copic E000, 0000, and a little E13 for darkest shadows
Pencils - Nectar, Peach, Light Peach
ShinHan R139
Copic R00
Pencil - Pink
ShinHan BR107, 97, 95
Pencils - Terra Cotta & Goldenrod
Copic RV55, 52, 09, 00, & 000
Pencil - Process Red
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 . . .