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Sunday, 30 November 2014

Snowstorm snag tags


Snag tags using the cluster in the gorgeous
open layered cluster from the kit
Kiss 11 by
The kit is available at 

Extras here.


Thursday, 27 November 2014

December Magic





In this tutorial I used a beautiful tube by
You need a license to use Alex’ art, available at

I used a beautiful kit called “December Magic” from
This is such a pretty kit and can be purchased at

I used two masks, winter mask 4 from
and mask 1 also by
Dee.

Font of choice.




I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 60, blur 10.


Open a new transparent canvas 650 buy 600 pixels and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 3 into the selection and apply mask 1.

Make another layer, paste paper 9 into the selection, deselect and apply mask 4, resize 90%.

Paste element 100 and resize 70%.  Click anywhere on your canvas outside of the element with your magic wand to make a selection and expand the selection by 20.  Paste paper 6 on your canvas below the window, resize the paper 50% and position it so the tree shows through the window then hit delete to remove the excess, deselect.  apply the drop shadow to the frame and merge it down onto the paper. 

Paste your tube, resize as needed, place in position and apply the drop shadow.  I resized my tube 35%.

Paste spray 9, resize 70%, drag below the tube and position along the bottom of the window.

Paste element 28, resize 55%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 29, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 8, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste spray 3 and resize 80%.

Paste element 45d, resize 45% and position on the left, duplicate, mirror the duplicate again, position one copy on the right and one in the centre, apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 72, resize 50% and duplicate, place in position around the tube and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste element 50, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 54, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 21, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 11, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste  wordart 2 and bring to the top, resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 36c, resize 25%, drag below the word art, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 10, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste item 9, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 18b and bring to the top, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers and make any necessary adjustments. I erased a bit around the word art so my tube was leaning on it then crop your tag, add your copyright information and text and export on a transparent background as a png.
















Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Carnivale





In this tutorial I used a tube called “Trapeze” from
You need a license to use this tube, available at

I used a new kit called “Carousel” from
This is a really awesome kit, I have so loved working with it,
you can purchase it at

You will also need a mask, I used mask 92 from

I used the font



I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 95, blur 10.


Open a new transparent canvas 700 by 650 and fill with white.

Paste Board Frame, resize 50%, move over to the right a little and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Tent, resize 50%, drag below the frame and position inside on the left, erase the part showing outside of the frame.

Paste Heart 1 making sure its on the top, resize 35% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, drag below frame 2, place in position and apply the drop shadow. 

Paste Frame 2, resize 45% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Bow 2, resize 25% and rotate 70 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Doodle, resize 55% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste the tube, resize 75%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Feather, resize 45% and mirror, drag below the tube and place in position.

Paste Box, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Blackbird, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Embl2, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Torn Paper, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Fabric Rose, resize 17%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste WA4, resize 50%, drag below the rose,  place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Leaves, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Balloons, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Dice and bring to the top, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Top Hat, resize 20%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Lolli, resize 25% and roate 60 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste Dart, resize 15% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Check your layers and make any necessary adjustments, I resized my mask 105% at this point as it had got a little lost.

Paste Lights as a new layer just below the tube, resize 65% and place in position (check the position on a black background layer also).

Click on the white background layer to activate it, make a new layer, select all, paste paper 5 into the selection, deselect and apply the mask. Move it up and to the left, duplicate and move the duplicate across so just a little shows on the right then erase the part that overlaps with the original copy.

Paste Mask Drop, resize 55% and move up and to the right.  I re-coloured this yellow to better match the tube.  Now go back to Tent element and change the blend mode on it to “Overlay”.

Paste Mask, resize 45% and place in position.  Click on the original copy of thebackground mask to activate it, go to Select all – Selections Float – Selections Defloat then invert the selection, click on the mask element and hit delete twice, deselect.  Now change the blend mode on the mask element to “Overlay”.

Paste Bling as a new layer just above the Board Frame, resize 80% and place in position.

When you are all done, crop your tag if necessary, add your copyright information and text, then export on a transparent background as a png.

























Sunday, 23 November 2014

My Kind of Christmas







In this tutorial I used the beautiful layered tube
“Blueberry Pie” from the latest pack 64 from
Barbara Jensen.
You can purchase the tube at

The kit is “My Kind of Christmas” from
This beautiful kit in lovely soft colours and can also be purchased at

I used two masks in my tag, masks 7 and 8 from

I used the font



I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 60, blur 15.


Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 650 pixels and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 2 into the selection and deselect.  Duplicate the paper, close off the top copy and apply mask 8 to the original then resize it 85%.  Open the top copy, apply mask 7 and resize also 85%.

Paste element 8, resize 55%.  Select the interior of the frame with your magic wand, expand the selection by 20, make a new layer below it and paste paper 4 into the selection, deselect.  Apply the drop shadow to the frame, merge it down onto the paper and move into position. 

Paste element 4, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 3, resize 20%, position on the tree and merge down.

Paste the tube, resize 65%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 24, resize 30% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 7, resize 35%, drag below the tube, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 12, resize 45 and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 17 and bring to the top, resize 80% and rotate 90 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 24, resize 45% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 27, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 21, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 19, resize 30% and duplicate, mirror the duplicate and drag it below the flower, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 10 being sure its on the top, resize 25% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 28, resize 22%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 18, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 13, resize 15% and duplicate, mirror the duplicate and rotate it 30 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Paste item 20, resize 22%, duplicate and mirror the duplicate, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Check your layers and make any necessary adjustments, then crop your tag, add your copyright information and text and export on a transparent background as a png.











Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Bling it on!






In this tutorial I used the awesome layered tube “Fur Ball” from
the latest pack 64 by
Barbara Jensen.
You can purchase the tube at

I used the fabulous kit “Bling it on” from
Love the unusual New Year colour theme in this kit!
The kit is also available at

You will also need a mask, I used mask 84 from

Font of choice.



I used a drop shadow of vertical 0, horizontal 5, opacity 85, blur 10.


Open a new transparent canvas 650 by 600 pixels and fill with white.

Make a new layer, select all, paste paper 4 into the selection, deselect and apply the mask.

Paste element 5 and resize 55%, select the interior with your magic wand, expand the selection by 10 and make a new layer below it, paste the same paper into the selection and deselect.  Apply the shadow to the frame, merge it down onto the paper and move into position.

Paste element 13, resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow. 

Paste the tube, resize 70%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 26, resize 30%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 27, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 15, resize 60%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 11, resize 15%, drag below the bow, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 1, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 12 and bring to the top, resize 40% and mirror, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 3, resize 25%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 4, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 36, resize 20% and rotate 20 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 9, resize 35%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 20, resize 40% and flip, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 27, resize 30% and rotate 20 degrees to the right, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 34, resize 40%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 22, resize 50%, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 3a, resize 25%, duplicate, mirror the duplicate and resize it another 90%, place in position and apply the drop shadow to each.

Check your layers now and make any adjustments.  I made my mask a little larger.

Paste element 7 as a new layer, resize 70%, mirror and rotate 20 degrees to the left, position below the amber heart and apply the drop shadow.

Paste element 17, resize 60%, position just above the mask.

Paste element 6, resize 60% and position below just above the plant. 

Paste element 10, resize 20% and duplicate, position both below the tube and apply the drop shadow to each.

Add your copyright information and text.

Paste element 8 as a new layer, resize 30% and rotate 20 degrees to the left, place in position and apply the drop shadow.

When you are done, export your tag on a transparent backround as a png.