Sunday, October 30, 2011

SSIC - Fall Colours

Good Sunday morning!  We have a new challenge going at Stampin’ Sisters in Christ Challenges where every challenge is inspired by Scripture.  The challenge this week is to use Fall colors such as crimson/gold/orange and the like.  I think this fits the bill?!

Our hostess this week is my friend and co-founder of SSIC, Lisa Hjulberg.  The Scripture she chose is: Isaiah 1:18 "'Come now, and let us reason together,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.’”  I encourage you to pop on over to the DT BLOG to read her devotional about colors – you see God’s beauty in nature in a different light!
Our sponsor this week is Lily of the Valley who’s offering a £10  gift voucher to their online store! 

For my card, I used a stamp called Melissa from the D’Amour Allure line at McMahon Five Designs.  I wanted a note to send someone that let her know I was thinking of her… this cute li’l girl does just that.  The paper is by Basic Grey – I think it’s called Ambrosia?  And again I used the new sketch at Sketches by Carly, except I didn’t have room up top for the sentiment so I put it down lower.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Sketches by Carly & Whimsy n' Stars Studio

WHOA, Is it FRIDAY already??  This week just flew by!  I think our schedules are getting crazier by the minute!  Last night was parent-teacher conferences and I’m happy to report both girls have all A’s and nothing but positives were mentioned!  Woohoo, so we made a li’l stop at Dairy Queen on our way home *Ü*  OK, onto today's card!!
There's a new sketch up at Sketches by Carly today!!  And our sponsor is the very sweet Mabelle from Whimsy and Stars Studio Digi Stamps!!  One player will win a gc worth $9 in digis *Ü* 
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GREAT NEWS!!  Mabelle is extending this awesome offer to her store until
Dec. 12th!! 
Well, I can’t believe it’s 10 p.m. already!  So I’m gonna leave you with some links for the things I used (below) and I invite you all to come play along in Carly’s Sketch Challenge!  Have an Awesome TGIF today  *Ü*


Monday, October 24, 2011

Pastor Appreciation Card – SSIC & ODBD

Hi, are you having a great Monday so far??  I am.  I am on vacation today and tomorrow—at home, but it’s nice to be home doing whatever I’d like and have the rest of the fam busy about their days at school and work *Ü*  This past weekend I took my girls to our annual “Girls Night Out” where we stay at a fancy hotel out of town with a pool, and we dine out at a fancy restaurant that we only go to once a year, see a movie (we saw the Mighty Macs this time) … and let’s see, oh what they would say is the best part… (but the employees worst nightmare I’m sure) we go to a shoe store and try on the funkiest high heels and wedges and strut down the shoe aisles like we’re in a fashion show.  Yep, we had a blast!  *Ü*

Anywhoo… I am a bit late in posting my card for this week’s Stampin’ Sisters in Christ challenge, which is *TIME*… to use something that resembles time/seasons etc.  This may not look like it fits, but I did use the word “TIME” in my sentiment.  It’s that time of year when we show appreciation to our clergy/pastors.  So this will go to our pastor this Sunday, along with some delicious home-made “canned” pears (my MIL gave us a dozen jars that she canned this year--Yumm!)  You can read my sentiment closer up in my 2nd photo. 

I’m also entering this into this week’s Geometric challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs, which is to use 3 shapes;  I used a square, a rectangle, and an oval. 

The wood you see here is real wood paper from McMahon Five Designs!

Here is  the inside of easel card.  I will write on the vanilla c.s.

If this sentiment looks familiar, it’s because I used it for another P.A. card I made in 2008.  Funny how I totally forgot about that card until just last week when one of my blog readers left me a comment saying she found my card from 2008 and loved the sentiment and copied it for a card for HER pastor this year.   It’s all good… we are actually attending a different church so we have a different pastor.  And even if I did give a different card with the same sentiment to the same man 3 yrs. later, chances are he won’t even remember.  Funny story, my mom gave my dad the same Father’s Day card to him for about 3 yrs. in a row to see if he would notice.  Of course… he didn’t!!  LOL.  

Now it’s “TIME” to pop on over to SSIC blog to read Marilynn’s devotional and enter our challenge!!  One player will win 3 digis of your choice from Digital Delights by Louby Lou store!! 
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Doodle Pantry Quirky Owl

I got my October Key Ingredients kit from Taylored Expressions yesterday, so I broke it out and made this card using the Quirky Owl from Doodle Pantry!  Speaking of which… we have the DPDC #17 challenge going on right now at Doodle Pantry and all you need to do is use ANY image from Doodle Pantry and enter by the 24th.  Everyone who enters will be sent the QUIRKY PENGUIN dig set FREE!!  So come on over and play along *Ü*  (If you don't have any DP images yet, you'll find LOTS OF FREEBIES in the store HERE)
 The sketch for my card can be found at my daughter’s sketch blog, Sketches by Carly:  (her sponsor is The Digi Garden)
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Awesome Blog Candy & Support for Kids Blog

My girls are 2 of the 4 kids that are hosting a kids' challenge blog at La-La Land Crafts 4 Kids and we'd love to get more support the blogging community!  The kids host contests bi-weekly and also share tutorials for the crafts they make!!  So Irina is doing a big GIVEAWAY of the whole NEW RELEASE of Rubber Stamps for those who show their support of the Kids!!

There are several things you can do to be entered into the drawing!!  One way is to grab this code for the Kids' BLOG BUTTON and display it on your own blog:
Come Join the Fun!
Please see THIS POST on the LLLC blog to read all the deets!! 
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Whimsy & Stars Studio New Releases

Today’s the day!!  Whimsy & Stars Studio is releasing their Christmas digis today… plus when you buy 2, you can get 1 FREE of your choice!!  Come check out the new releases and some fabby inspiration from the Design Team on the Whimsy & Stars Studio Blog!

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

SSIC - 2 of Everything... and a Freebie

Happy Sunday everyone!  Boy has it ever been a busy week at the Breach household!  The weekends are always a welcome change.  Today begins a new challenge at Stampin’ Sisters in Christ where every challenge is inspired by Scripture!  This week’s hostess is our sweet  friend Miesje who shares this verse…

 Matthew 11: 28 – 30  “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” AMEN!  I know this verse has touched all our lives at the SSiC DT.  We are so blessed to have each other to share our burdens and to pray for each other.  We know that in taking each other’s request to our Father and leaving them in His loving care allows our hearts to “find rest”.   It also is just very comforting to know we have so many “sisters” who care for us and about our problems as well as delight in our accomplishments too!!  

So the challenge this week is to use 2 of everything you use!!   

I have used 2 designer papers, 2 colors cardstock, 2 stamps (1 rubber stamp and 1 digi stamp) 2 snowflakes (green one underneath the blue), 2 stick-on brads (twice) and 2 sets of stitching. 
AND… what perfect timing this challenge is because this digi stamp I used is a Sneak Peek of what’s to come at Whimsy & Stars Studio this Tuesday, the 18th!!  Not only are we releasing lots of new Christmas digis, but we’re having a sale… BUY 2, Get 1 Digi of your choice FREE!!
Here’s a close up of the Fluff on her trim.  I didn’t realize when applying it that I had to get it very even.  I figured when I heat set it that it would puff up to fill in the un-evenness, but guess not.  OH WELL… gives it character right??  :) 
Hope you’ll pop on over to the SSIC BLOG to read Miesje’s wonderful devotional, see the fabulous DT cards and enter to win!!  One player will receive a $10 coupon to Designed 2 Delight store!!  *Ü*
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Friday, October 14, 2011

Sketch by Carly #42

Hey all... it's Friday and that means a new sketch up at Sketches by Carly!!  My daughter draws some really great sketches i must say.  Some are kinda challenging, but this time she went easy on us!  *Ü* 

Our sponsor is The Digi Garden and one player will win 5 digis of their choice!   The Digi Garden provided our DT with some cute digis and I chose Shawna with Bow and colored her with Copics.  Come show us what you can do with this sketch.  There's lots of inspiration by the DT too!

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

M5D New Releases - Psalm 106:1

Hello and happy Thursday!  I’m back with a New Release from McMahon Five Design… and one of my own digi creations *Ü*  The sentiment is from M5D and is Psalm 106:1, a perfect sentiment for this season of giving thanks! 
The digi stamp below is one of my creations … inspired* by a similar “Spellbinders Compatible Stamp set” by a popular rubber stamp company ;)     (*okay, more like copied… I just loved the stamp set and I knew I had similar silouettes in my Photoshop, so I set out to see if I could possibly create something similar that would work with the Nestabilities that I own!!)  *Ü*  I was happily surprised how it came out!!  I have a few ideas for more with Christmas coming up and even a masculine one.  So… we’ll see how that goes!  I’ll share here if they come out!
McMahon Five Designs has lots of other great new digis released today, so why not hop on over to the BLOG and take a peek at all the gorgeous DT creations!!  *Ü*  
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Sunday, October 09, 2011

He's Got the Whole World in His Hands

Good Morning!!  It’s Sunday and that means a new challenge at Stampin’ Sisters in Christ Challenges today!!  Our challenge is really easy…
Linda is the host and she shares a wonderful Scripture and devotional on the SSIC blog, so I encourage you to head on over and read that and play along in our challenge!  One player will win an exclusive clear stamp set from our sponsor, Simon Says Stamp, and 3 will be chosen as our SHining STars for the week!! 
I colored up a new release set from Doodle Pantry called Vintage Globe My husband has a vintage globe and I thought it was interesting that the water was black on instead of “vintage brown” or the typical blue water.  So I colored this to represent his old globe.  Most of this is colored digitally in PS, except all the parts that appear tan.  Those I left white and then colored with my clear sparkly gellyroll pen which gives it a shiny gold appearance.  My camera didn’t capture that.  :( 
I asked Laurie (owner of DP) if she could create this sentiment for me for today’s card and she did *Ü*  PLUS… it’s available to all of YOU  for FREE!  No purchase required, just go HERE and download it!   I just wish now that I would have printed the sentiment larger.  *Ü*
Matthew 19:26, “And looking at them Jesus said to them, "With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
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Thursday, October 06, 2011

Tutorial ~ Coloring Digis in Photoshop

Thank you so much for all your wonderful comments on yesterday’s tutorial on Paper Piecing in PS *Ü*  A few of you said you'd like to know how to color your digis in Photoshop, so I'm back to show you how!  I use an old version of Photoshop, PS7 in fact.  So your screenshots may not look exactly the same but you should be able to find similar buttons etc.   KRISOWL2wm
For my tutorial today, I'm going to work with Doodle Pantry’s Quirky Penguin ~ complimentary digi set if you come play in our Doodle Pantry Challenge going on now thru Oct. 24th!!   The Quirky Owl above is also from Doodle Pantry… aren’t they just the cutest?? 

Tutorial ~ Coloring Digis in Photoshop
* I do have a PDF of this tutorial suitable for printing, if you are unable to open that link, please email me at krisb33 (at) yahoo (dot) com and I will gladly send it to you!**
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**Note, I am using a white-filled PNG digi here.  This will also work for JPG’s or non-filled PNG’s. If you are using a non-filled PNG, you will get to skip a few steps *Ü* 

STEP #1)  Open your digi in PS. 
STEP #2)  Resize your CANVAS (not image) a li'l bigger than your digi so you can add a shadow w/o it getting cut off.  You can do this by going to the IMAGE tab at the top and clicking on CANVAS SIZE and changing the measurements.  I usually go about 1/2 inch larger both width and heighth.
*NOTE: if you are working with just a black outline png (not white-filled), then skip steps 3-6 and go to step #7.
STEP #3)   Make sure you can view your LAYERS.  If you cannot, go up to WINDOW tab at top and click on LAYERS until a box shows up similar to mine below. Now RIGHT-CLICK on "LAYER 0" and click "DUPLICATE LAYER" and name it "OUTLINE"
STEP #4) Uncheck LAYER 0 by clicking on the eyeball, and click on OUTLINE so that it's highlighted.
STEP #5)  Click the MAGIC WAND in your tools (to the left) and then click on a white-filled part of the penguin and hit the DELETE button.  (If you are still seeing a white-filled wing, then you did NOT do step 4 correctly.  MAKE SURE that you have the LAYER 0 unchecked so you are not seeing that layer, and then be sure you have the OUTLINE layer highlighted!!) 
STEP #6)  Repeat STEP #5 until all white-filled parts are gone and you are left with a black outline.  Click the eyeball on LAYER 0 now so that your original white-filled layer is showing.
STEP #7)   We are now working on LAYER 0 so be sure to click it so it’s highlighted.   On the TOOLS bar, click the MAGIC WAND.  Now click on the outter body of the penguin.
STEP #8)  Go up to the LAYERS tab at the top and create a NEW LAYER and name it OUTTER BODY
STEP #9)  Click on the PAINT BUCKET tool (on left) and then click on your color palette (the black/white squares) and choose your color.  A normal penguin would be black, but since he’s “Quirky” I’m making him some fun colors  ;) 
STEP #10)   Repeat STEPS 7-9 making sure you go back to LAYER 0 before you select a new part of the penguin, and making sure to create a new layer to “fill” the color.  When you get to his TUMMY, do the same as the other layers, but color it white.
*NOTE:  you should now have each part of your penguin colored!  Now I’m going to show you how to add dimension and drop shadows to your li’l guy! 
STEP #11)  Let’s start by giving his white tummy some shading.  On your LAYERS window, click to highlight the TUMMY layer.
STEP #12)  Go up to LAYER up top and click on LAYER STYLE and then INNER SHADOW.  (Make sure you on on your TUMMY layer)
STEP #13)  You’ll want to change the color of your shadow from black (default) to whatever color you desire.  I did a light turquoise color for mine.  Also you’ll want to play with the DISTANCE and SIZE sliders until you get something you like!  See my photo for reference:
STEP #14)  Now let’s give the wings some depth!  In your LAYERS window, click on one of the WINGS layers.
STEP #15)  Go up to LAYER tab up top and click on LAYER STYLE and then INNER GLOW.   Now look in the “ELEMENTS” section ~ there are two boxes.  Check the one that says CENTER.   Now move the SIZE slider until you get the desired amount of glow!  Mine is set at 90 pixels here.  Click OK.
STEP #16)  Now let’s give it more dimension by adding an inner shadow.  So Go back up to LAYER tab up top and click on LAYER STYLE and then INNER SHADOW.  Change the color to be a DARKER SHADE of the color you used for his wings.  Then change the DISTANCE and SIZE sliders until you get what you want!  Notice how much it changes when you slide them?  Click OK.
STEP #17)  Now to get the same styling on his other wing, you’ll want to RIGHT CLICK on the same WING layer you were just on and click COPY LAYER STYLE.  Now RIGHT CLICK on his other WING layer and click PASTE LAYER STYLE.  That will make them exactly the same. 
STEP #18)  Just repeat Steps 11-16 until all your parts have glows and shading!  Here is mine so far:
**SAVE YOUR WORK**  Make sure to save it in both PNG format as well as PSD so you can work in layers later!  The PNG format will allow you to place your digi directly on digi paper and not have that white background behind it.  So **SAVE YOUR DIGI NOW**
STEP #19)  Now let’s give him an outter shadow and/or drop shadow.  We’re going to be working with LAYER 0, so click on that layer in your LAYERS box.    Go up to LAYER tab up top and click LAYER STYLE and then OUTTER GLOW.
STEP #20)  Change the COLOR of the glow to a turquoise (or whatever color you desire).  You can change the SPREAD & SIZE and the OPACITY until you get something that suits you. Remember that it’s a bit hard to see with the checkered board in bg but when you save as a jpg it will be much stronger.    (see pic beneath this one)
Penguin9-2 Here’s my Penguin with an outter glow:
NOW… if you’d like to put this guy directly onto digi paper before you print out, here’s what you’d do:
STEP #21)  You need to work with the PNG version of this guy, so Go to FILE, then OPEN, and find your colored PNG penguin and click OPEN.  Then go back up to FILE, then OPEN, and find a digi paper you want to put him on and click OPEN.
STEP #22)  Click the MOVE tool and then click on the penguin layer and drag him onto the digi paper.  Now you can resize him by dragging the corners of the square around him.  If you do resize him, you’ll prolly need to validate that change (mine has a checkmark in top right corner on my taskbar and says “commit to transform” if I hover over it.  Yours may ask in a different way?)
STEP #23)   Go up to LAYER tab up top and click LAYER STYLE and then DROP SHADOW.  Make sure you are on LAYER 1 in your LAYERS box.
STEP #24)  Leave the color black (or you can change to a dark grey) and change the DISTANCE, SPREAD & SIZE to get the desired results!  Click OK
Here’s he is on DP!!
*Doodle Pantry has the cutest Quirky animals line… as well as many other kinds of digi sets and many of them come with DIgi Papers like I used here!  Please come visit us at Doodle Pantry Store & Blog!  *Ü* 

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. 

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Tutorial ~ Digitally Paper Piecing in PS

Hello!  So *HAPPY* you dropped by!!  Doesn’t this cutie remind you of “Happy Feet”??  He looks like I paper pieced him, cut him out and popped him on the blue doesn’t it??  But I DIDN’T!!  I’m going to show you how I used Photoshop to digitally paper piece this li’l guy with digi papers, but FIRST… I’ve gotta tell you that you can get this digi set FREE at Doodle Pantry when you play in our challenge right now!!  It goes til the 24th and all you gotta do is USE ANY DIGI (not just a sentiment) from DOODLE PANTRY STORE and you will receive this QUIRKY PENGUIN set in your inbox!!

Now let’s get to the tutorial.  I didn’t realize until I made this tutorial how quickly I do this, and therefore didn’t realize just how many steps there are!!  So I took lots of pics for those who need to SEE what I did.  (just ask my mom… she’ll tell ya I’m one of those “Have to see it” type people, LOL)
TUTORIAL ~ Digitally Paper Piecing digis in Photoshop

(*I am working with a white-filled digi in png format here.  If you are working with just a black outline png, you can skip Steps #2-5)

**I don’t know how Laurie (owner of Doodle Pantry) digitally colors hers… 
but this is how I do it. 

STEP #1)  Open your PNG digi & digi paper in PS

**If you are working with a Black Outlined digi only (not white-filled) then skip steps 2-5 and go directly to step #6)

STEP #2)  In your LAYERS toolbox, right-click LAYER 0 and click DUPLICATE LAYER and name the new layer OUTLINE
*If you don’t have “LAYERS” showing, just go up to your “WINDOWS” tab at top and click on “LAYERS”

STEP #3) Click the "eyeball" (or uncheck) on LAYER 0 so it doesn't show.  Then, click on the OUTLINE layer so it is highlighted.  Also click the MAGIC WAND on the tools (left)

STEP #4)  Now click on the white-filled parts of your digi (one at a time) and hit DELETE button on your keyboard

STEP #5)  Click on LAYER 0 in your LAYERS box, making sure it is highlighted

STEP #6)  Click the MAGIC WAND in your tools (left) then click on penguin’s wing; it should show that the wing is selected (mine has a dotted line around the wing)

STEP #7)  Now click the MOVE TOOL on the toolbox to the left and then click on the digi paper and drag it onto your digi

It will look like something like this, but you should still see the wing selected. 

STEP #8)  Go up to the EDIT TAB up top and click CUT

STEP #9)  Go up to the LAYER TAB up top and click NEW > LAYER

STEP #10)  Go back to the EDIT TAB up top and click PASTE.  Then click the “eyeball” on the LAYER 1 so that layer no longer shows

STEP #11)  Making sure the MOVE TOOL is selected (on left) click the pattern wing and drag it into place

STEP #12)  Repeat steps 5-11 until all parts you want pieced are pieced, making sure you start each time on LAYER 0 so that it selects the parts on the original layer.

STEP #13)  Click the OUTLINE LAYER and drag it to the top of your layers.  This will put a nice black outline on top of your patterned pieces in case parts of them got covered up *Ü* 

I’m assuming you know how to then color the rest of your digi in PS??  If not, let me know and I’ll make another tutorial for you on how to color digis in PS and add drop shadows like my penguin on my card.  He isn’t cut out at all, just given a drop shadow and layered onto digi paper!  *Ü*

Thanks for stopping and hope this helped someone out there!  See you at Doodle Pantry!!