Monday, 23 May 2011

Digital Designer Shop is Closing

As you may have heard Digital Designer Shop is closing at the end of May so all goodies are on sale!

I am moving to a new shop so all will be revealed when I am up and running there!  It is all very exciting and I have a lot to do and prepare!

Thank you so much for everyone who supported me in DDS – hope to see you in the new shop!

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Metallic Flowers

Things have been very hectic for me in the last couple of months so my designing has taken a back seat for a while!  But did have a play at making some very bright and colourful flowers, with an added touch of metal to them!  They are in the shop now!  ps – and at 20% off too!!

Lynne has made this beautiful layout using a couple of these flowers :

Such a gorgeous layout!

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Cool Blue Glimmers

These are in the shop now :

Cool Blue Glimmers - Click Image to Close

6 delicate glittery glimmers colored in soft shades of blue with just a touch of other lovely colors.  These are perfect for tucking behind and around your photos for soft clustering.  Also great for blending into your background papers for just a touch of glimmer to your page

Friday, 4 March 2011

Linens and Grungy Linens–new in the Shop

I made two different paper packs which are both Linen look based :


And these have been grunged up :


Look at the beautiful layout Stacy created with the Grungy Linens :


and she used all these in her layout :

Grungy Linens 01 Papers
Lynda Papers
Berry Crush Papers
Scuffy Overlays Xmas
Days of December Elements 1
Days of December Tags Elements 2
Blue Winter Bundled Kit

Lynne has created this beautiful layout using her kit :  A Bedtime Story  
and my matching papers : A Bedtime Story Papers

Honey Scraps_A Bedtime Story Papers : A Bedtime Story Papers
Aria_A Bedtime Story : A Bedtime Story
Aria_Its Raining Luv_roses : It’s Raining Love

This is so beautiful, from Kate who did the following : “Also took a paper from Honey Scraps A Bedtime Story Papers and layered it below a white paper and then changed the blend mode to overlay which allowed Veevs’ beautiful texture to come through on the white paper. image

Thursday, 24 February 2011

New Papers and New Textures

In the shop now!

A Bedtime Story Papers – these have got beautiful texture and grunge in them and colour coordinate with Aria’s new kit (coming soon).


CU Textures 03image

4 12x12 jpg files that are wonderfully realistic textures. You can overlay on patterned paper or solid colors and change your blending mode, or use with Photoshop's Texturing tool, apply as a Fx Layer texture style.  Try mixing them up too and using your masks to erase parts for a blended look.

See Designing with Textures Tutorial here in the shop for more in-depth tutorials and also Technique Thursday Color & Texture FREE tutorial.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Beautiful Layouts

Wow, once again our fantastic CTs have been creating beautiful layouts!  Feast your eyes on these beauties!  Click on each photo to take you to the gallery!










Friday, 18 February 2011

Did you see Cilenia’s awesome Technique Thursday?

Go over to the Digital Designer Shop Blog and Cilenia shows you how to create beautiful textured papers using my Textured Overlays pack.  Actually her tutorial is so good that I am putting it in my blog too!  In case you didn’t know there are loads of amazing tutorials on the blog!  Go check them out!

Technique Thursday - Color and Texture - Digital Designer Shop

When I saw Veevs's, (Honey Scraps), new CU Textures I just knew I had to use them!  And I thought what better way to use them then to show you a little of my process that goes into it and one way how to use these wonderful Textures.  Veevs has done all the hard work for us by creating these little sweeties.

So the first thing I do is look for color inspirations.  I can find them everywhere.  A flower, a piece of clothing I love, an advertisement, or an article about Benjamin Moore paint colors for your home!  Which is where I found my inspiration for these in last month Better Home's and Garden Magazine.  

I usually like the darker muted Mediterranean colors, but with my soul craving spring, these more modern colors inspired me just perfect.  And the textures shown in the ad also appeal to me too especially the top multi colored one under the Lenten Rose flower.  It looked just like one of Veevs's textures she just released today in her Honey Scraps CU Textures 01.

So I started with a scan of the page from the magazine.  Opened it in my Photoshop.  Then I used my eyedropper using a 5x5 picker area and picked each color from the page adding each to my color palette.

I then saved my colors to a new color swatch palette and called it ModMediterranean.

I opened a new file 12x12 300ppi and created a new layer for each color.

I then used my paint bucket tool and applied each color to each layer.

I then opened the Honey Scraps CU Textures 01 kit file HS_CU Textures 01 01.jpg and dragged it to the top of my layers.

See a screen shot of my layers to the right here.

I changed the layer blend mode to Soft Light and took the opacity down to 50% where I thought it looked just right for a nice texture over my colors.

That was it!  I then saved my file as a jpg turning off my layers as I went down on each color saving each one as I went.  Easy peasy!  I now have a nice linen type texture just perfect for this color palette! 

Like it?  You can get this sweet little paper pack today for free here called Modern Mediterranean Color Inspiration!  


Hope you enjoyed and you learned how easy our CU textures really make it creating your own papers from your own color inspirations!

Cilenia – those papers are beautiful and wonderful tutorial!  I will be making more yummy texture packs!