Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Egg and Bird banner for Spring/Easter

Close up
Alexis helped me make this banner by painting my paper with a marble in a cake pan.
Our painted paper.
I cut the eggs out of the painted paper and the birds out of scrapbook paper and stapled them to a ribbon.

Monday, February 27, 2012

New Challenge Word Discover Sketch

Discover Sketch for February 26 Bird is the Word Challenge

For this sketch I wanted a torn paper look for one of my layers. To do this I used an action in my effects pallet.
First I opened my paper in a new layer and ctrl click on that layer (the layer now has the “running ants” around it).

For the action I chose, the tear color is the color of the foreground color, so I clicked on the foreground color used the eyedropper to pick a color from my paper and set the foreground color.
Then I just double clicked the “action” in the effects pallet and clicked continue. The action I used on this was from Atomic Cupcake called Torn Ink.

To install actions or styles I followed the how to I found at

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

New sketch for Bird is the Word Heart

Change a photo or element Black and White with Adobe Photoshop Elements.
The doily in the Heart sketch was a pink one and I wanted it to match my black and white sketch so I changed it by first selecting it in the pallet menu then going to enhance and click on convert to black and white, and clicked OK. Yes that simple. You can change any element or photo Black and White this way.

Change any element color to match your layout with Adobe Photoshop Elements.
If you want to use an element but it just don’t match the colors on your page you can simply change the color to match.
Open your paper; I am using a valentine paper from the Luv U 4ever line by Emily Powers. Place your frame (any element) on the paper; I am using a brown frame from the Just So Scrappy Fall Leaves Kit. I want the frame to be the blue that is in the background paper. So I-

Set the foreground color in the tools pallet, with the eyedropper I chose the blue in the background paper, click on it, and click OK.
In the layer pallet with the frame highlighted, Ctrl click the frame that put the “running ants” around the frame. Then I clicked the Half Moon in the layer pallet, it is the button to “create adjustment layer”, in the drop down menu I clicked Hue/Saturation. Then I put a check in the box next to “Colorize” by clicking in the box. Now I slid the Saturation and Lightness bars tell I got the look I wanted and clicked OK. Then I merged the layers by using the shortcut keys Ctrl E.
Now I have a blue frame that matches my background paper.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Pinterest Pantry

We finished our Pantry! I found the tutorial on Pinterest (my favorite place to be on the net) The link to the tutorial I used is

A friend gave us this old glass door knob and plate for it.

All filled up!