My Daughter was born on Feb 14, 2010 and she is wonderfully healthy! Thank you for all the wonderful emails about everything. I just wanted to say that for right now since life has gotten so busy I am working mainly on tags and layouts. There will be the occasional tutorial but not as many as before. I am sorry if this causes any problems, but family comes first! I hope this finds all my followers doing well! Blessed Be! ~Lori

Quick Links

These are the Quick Links to my most used supplies =]

Alien Skin
Squirlz Water Reflections
Animation Shop

Friday, May 28, 2010


Thursday, May 27, 2010

Make Believe

Today I have a tag that I have created using the wonderful kit Sweet Dreams by I Don't Give A Scrap and that kit can be purchased HERE
The art work is a freebie by Maxine Gadd (you MUST have a MPT license) and can be found under the free tubes at MPT HERE  The tube is called Snow White

Thursday, May 6, 2010

April Showers


For this kit I used the Rain Drops kit from PolkaDot Scraps found HERE
Animation Shop found in my quick links.
Squirlz Water reflections found in my quick links

Open your background paper of choice
Place Frame 7 on the paper.
Using your magic wand selection tool on Replace, Brightness, 0 and 0 click inside the frame, invert.
Click on your paper layer, and hit delete on your keyboard (this should leave the paper only inside the frame.)
Add Grass, Clouds with rain, tube, ALL copyrights, and greenery on the frame.
Resize as needed.
~Open Squirlz, and using the oval tool, select around the inside of the frame the best you can.
Go to the icon in the top bar that looks like falling rain.
I changed my direction to 164 and made sure 'within the outline only' was checked,
hit run in the popup box
if this looks OK to you hit gif in the top tool bar. (might have to hit it twice to get it to regester)
Make sure Rain/Snow only is checked
Hit OK, name the file and save. (Don't lose it we are not done)
~Open Animation Shop
Open the file you just saved.  You should have around 20 frames from your animation.
~Back to PSP
Add your flowers to your frame.  You can save several on a layer (I saved 2 each) but do NOT merge these with the tag!
Add the rest of your wording
Now it gets tricky.
You should have at least 3 layers now.  The tag layer, a flower layer (possibly more then 1) and your wording layer.
Hide your tag layer
Hide your wording layer
Show only 1 of your flower layers
Paste as a new animation in Animation Shop
Do the same with your remaining layers all as new Animations
On each of these new Animations right click
Insert Image transition FADE make sure you have 20 frames
On each one hit CTRL+A and CTRL+C to copy all your frames
Hit CTRL+A and CTRL+E to paste them into your tag layer after clicking over to your tag layer.
Run Animation.
Hit Ctrl+A and under animation in the tool bar, hit reverse animation

Rain Drops

For this tutorial I have used the following:
Rain Drops kit from Polka Dot Scraps available HERE
The art of Suzanne Woolcott found in my quick links
Alien Skin Eye Candy Impact available in my quick links.
Animation Shop available in my quick links.

Let us begin...

Open your paper of choice, this is going to be your frame for your tag.
Using the preset shapes cut out your frame by first making your outside by inverting your selection and then hitting delete on your keyboard
Select none
Now remake your shape for the inside of your frame.  You can do this using another shape or the same one for different effects.  Hit delete.
Select none. 
Resize as you would like it to appear.
Now using your Alien Skin Effect go to Bevel.  You can play around with this the settings I used were the factory Default.  14.15, 68, 39, 0, 8
Now you have your frame.
Place element 18 inside the frame as your base
follow with Element 3.
Decorate the outside of the frame as you wish. Do not add your boat yet.
Place your tube on the bottom left of your tag.
On your tube, if needed to highlight the face, resize it.  I had to resize to 200%.
Crop so you have just the face (or whatever part of your tube you would like to shadow)
Paste in the bottom right of your tag.  Change transparency to 70 on the transparency slider.
Add ALL copyrights and wording.
Merge Visible
Resize the whole tag as needed
Add your boat.
Copy merged
Open Animation Shop
Paste as a new image
Back to PSP
Slightly rotate your boat and copy merged again
Paste after previous frame. (to do this click on the blue bar, go to paste, and then after current frame.
Repete as you would like for your boat 'rocking'
Run Animation