Wednesday, July 30, 2008


We made it Convention 08!

Day 1:

530 am the anticipation has begun. My 2 other roommates are all excited to go to convention center so we can shop and check out the new catalog!

7am were off to breakfast...

More to come later!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Writing in the Sand/Dirt tutorial

This tutorial is for Photoshop Elements but can be done very similar in Photoshop itself.

Step 1: Open up photo that you would like to edit.

Step 2: Choose Horizontal Type Tool, choose font, choose color and type where you want your writing to appear in the sand or dirt.

Step 3: Goto Effects>Bevels then choose pillow emboss and drop shadows.

Step 4: Go to the layers styles to change some of the dimensions of the writing.
Step 5: play with the settings you will play with them a few times to get them to look realistic. This is what I used.

Step 6: Change the Opacity

Step 7: Simplify Layer

Step 8: Now change the perspective of your layer

Step 9: Now you will play with the box to make it look as real as you can.

File Save!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Photoshop - Beach

I did these next two photos for a friend of mine. We went to Playa for vacation and they had a nice photo shoot while there.

I will attach tutorials in the next few days to these photos so you will know how to create them yourself.

I did this in photoshop elements 6

1st Photo is writing in the sand technique

2nd Photo is Black and White with a touch of color

Both pretty simple once you get it.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Pre-Order Fall 2008 SU Idea Book & Catalog

Pre-order your idea book & catalog today!
$10.00 use pay now link below.
Don't let mr. brown pass you up this Fall!

What will I be doing July 29th?

Don't know? I am going to Salt Lake City Utah! I am joining 1000's of other SU demonstrators at SU's annual convention. Stampin Up is celebrating 20 years this year, and I am marking my 5th year with Stampin Up as well!

What do we do at convention?
We CARD SWAP, We SCRAPBOOK PAGE SWAP, We 3D SWAP, We goto the SCS dinner, We goto the 80's party, We goto the Pizza Party, We meet new friends, We hang out with old friends from all over the US and Canada, We see lots and lots of samples, We get FREE PRODUCTS!, We get PRIZES from the PRIZE PATROL! We goto some business classes, We listen to inspirational stories, We goto the awards ceremony, and WE STAMP!

What do you do in July?

When I get back I will share lots and lots of photos with you!

Who Hearts HodgePodge?

Well if your like me and you do then you will want to take advantage of this great special! 25% off all HodgePodge Hardware from Now till August 10. (while supplies last!)

Decor Elements- New to SU

Our Decor Elements product line is an extension of our Definitely Decorative home d├ęcor line. Decor Elements is vinyl artwork for walls, mirrors, windows, or other hard, smooth surfaces.
Starting July 1st you can purchase some of these Decor elements!
If you like what you see and want to try them. Drop me an email today!

Say GoodBye

Take a look at the retired Stamp Sets for 2008.
Once August 1st comes you will no longer be able to get these stamp sets.
If you would like to place an order email me at as soon as possible. I will be taking orders up until July 26th.

Who Hearts Buttons?

I do! Take a look at these new buttons we are going to be getting!
Button Bouquet that will appear in the Fall-Winter 2008 Idea Book & Catalog. As shown in the picture, the catalog assortment includes buttons in Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette, and Riding Hood Red. It contains 30 buttons in five styles (six buttons per style). The bouquet will cost $7.95.

New In-Colors!

I love the fact that we get 6 new colors every year. Its sad when the old one's retire but that just means new ones for us to play with! Check out these 6 brand new colors that are coming!

Scalloped Edge Punch!

This is so awesome I absolutely love it. And this might be a good sign of some new punches to come!

New Designer Paper

This double sided designer paper is so pretty! Rose is its color.

New Catty Sneak Peak....

I just wanted to share a few sneak peak items that you can pre-order! Email me at and be one of the first people to grab some of these sneak peak items!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Another Invitation Set

This is the second invitation I did for an SCS swap. I like this one its simple but elegant. I can picture it on very shimmered paper it would look so pretty. I used Boroque Motifs as the stamp set. Chocolate Chip and Pumpkin Pie. I used a versamark B&W technique on the thank you. I turned the photo into black and white. Then I took the versamark pen and put it on the flowers where I wanted to add color. You will see I added colors orange and brown with pastels on the flowers. Its as simple as that. I call it the photoshop for stampers technique.
I also used the half pearls in the pretties kit to give it the pop that it deserves. I think if I did this as a real invitation and not a swap, I would have to find something else to use for the pearl part. I love the way this came out.

PocketFold Invitation

Pocket Fold Invitation set I created for a SCS swap.
I used Lovely Lilac Designer Paper and Cardstock.
I cut the template for the pocket fold using my cricut machine and the design software. On the front I normally would have done a pretty monogram using computer software, but because it was a Stampin Up swap I decided to use fine cosmo glitter.
I like the way this came out for the first time doing an invitation.