PINK SATURDAY - 2nd BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY

I thought it was the Pink Saturday anniversary last week - but it wasn't - it's THIS WEEK! Hurrah! 

So here is another digital birthday card for you (free for personal use).

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Don't forget to check out my last two Pink Saturdays for another birthday card and some Word Art for you all.

My Blog of the Week is Amanda Taylor's blog TaylorMade Designs - a great scrapbooking site with some freebie papers, great tutorials and totally wonderful photography.

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Finally, don’t forget to visit Beverly at How Sweet the Sound to see all the other wonderful 2nd birthday Pink Saturday posts!

GREAT FIX FOR BLURRY/SHAKY PHOTOS

 Copyright-free image from Tack-o-Rama

I get a free newsletter from one of the It sites, and found this great (free) link for you - UNSHAKE. It un-shakes and de-blurs your blurry, shaky photos and pretty much makes them decent pix again.

You'll have to experiment (just a little bit) to get the right settings, but UNshake is 100% better than deleting or throwing those photos away!

Hope this helps!

PINK SATURDAY - 2nd BIRTHDAY

Happy Birthday to Beverly and all the Pink Saturday gang! 2 years old today!

So of course I had to make a card:

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Sending it with love to all of you in cyberspace!

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Finally, don’t forget to visit Beverly at How Sweet the Sound to see all the other wonderful 2nd birthday Pink Saturday posts!

TRENDY BLOG AWARD

The wonderfully kind and generous CC at Lace'n'Ribbon Roses has given me a Trendy Blog Award! 




So it's official, I have a trendy blog, lol lol lol.

Thanks so much CC, you're a star! And considering you had a terrible fall yesterday and fractured your pelvis, I'm amazed you could sit at a computer to send it to me. Which makes me feel doubly honoured.

In receiving this award, I have to promise to:
  • Post about the award in my blog.
  • List your Top 10 Trendy Blogs 
  • Share with them
  • Leave a link to the Trendy Blog Button 
  • Tell them they need to give this award out to 10 as well
Here are my Top Ten blogs (in no particular order):
  1. Lori at Lori's Freebie List 
  2. Stephanie at Queen of Dreamz 
  3. Kate at The Kathryn Wheel
  4. Nancy at Linens & Laurels 
  5. Helga at Granny Art 
  6. Elizabeth at The Last Door Down The Hall 
  7. Jenny at The Artistic Stamper 
  8. Ashley at A Daily Dose of Dieting 
  9. Inka at Altered Arifacts 
  10. Jessica at Chronically Vintage
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CRAFT STAMPER - MATCHBOX KEEPSAKE BOX

Happy Birthday to Craft Stamper and 10 great years - and here's to the next 10!


I'm very happy to say I'm in this issue - in the Ideas Gallery. This month, the theme was Matchboxes - and I used one of those giant boxes of household matches to make a little Keepsake Box.

Photograph copyright Craft Stamper magazine for Traplett Publications
Project copyright Susie Jefferson for Blade Rubber Stamps

Above is the page (my project is top right, using a sheet of embossable metal foil). And here it is in glorious closeup.

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I'm using my own Paris plate (designed for Blade Rubber Stamps).

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Staz-On ink is great for stamping onto metal - just allow it to dry for around 5 minutes or so, to prevent smudging.
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I think the pearls work, don't you? Maybe I should have made her a necklace!

PINK SATURDAY - HAPPY BIRTHDAY WORD ART

Pink Saturday has been going for two years!  So this week I'm doing something special and a little different: presenting my very first attempts EVER at Word Art.

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Free for PU and S4H, so download away! These are png files, 300dpi so plenty large for conventional scrapbooking plus digital. Left-click to ge the full sized image, right-click to save to your computer.


Here's another one:

and with a grungy frame (see my pic above):


Layer these in your graphics programme with any coloured or patterned background (place the colour layer above the Word Art layer) then Group With Previous to merge the images.

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Finally, don’t forget to visit Beverly at How Sweet the Sound to see all the other wonderful 2nd birthday Pink Saturday posts!

DIGITAL TUTORIALS: FRAME & MASK

Here are two great tutorial videos by Roben-Marie Smith, for any scrapbooker or digital artist.

Here's how to apply a frame to a photo:



Using Frames in PhotoShop Elements from Roben-Marie Smith on Vimeo.


Here's how to apply a photo mask:



Photo Mask Tutorial in PhotoShop CS3 from Roben-Marie Smith on Vimeo.


Roben-Marie has put the freebie mask and frame links right underneath the videos on her tutorial page.


As you all know, I do a fair amount of digital stuff (the blog backgrounds etc) but with Photoshop, there's always another way of doing things: tips, tricks etc - so I'm putting these tutorials right here so I don't lose them. For a starter (being self-taught) I never knew about that 'hold down the shift key' tip!

PINK SATURDAY – FILM NOIR

Welcome to the movies!

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Lyle Bettger & Jan Sterling – photos copyright The Bone Orchard

DoubleIndemnityPOster I love the old movies - most had a glamour and elegance you just don't see today.

Especially the old gangster movies: the Film Noir genre.

The men were Tough Guys, the women were Women with Attitude, and the plots (and one-liners) were lethal!











This week's Pink Saturday post is inspired by this YouTube film by RubyTuesday717 - I just had to share!



Watch with the sound ON for maximum effect - the soundtrack (Massive Attack) is wonderful.

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I wonder how many stars you recognised? Here are just some I recognised immediately (that shows my age, lol):
Fred MacMurray : Richard Widmark : Burt Lancaster : Edward G Robinson : Robert Mitchum : Humphrey Bogart : Peter Lorre : James Cagney : Orson Welles : Sterling Heyden : Barbara Stanwyck : Bette Davis : Jean Simmons : Carole Lombard : Ingrid Bergman 
This week's Blog of The Week is Stephanie at Queen of Dreamz - who has an enormous blog with loads of wonderful links. She hired me to help with the coding, and has completely restructured her blog from the ground up. There's a lot of work behind the scenes you probably won't even notice: extra widget boxes sized to the sidebars, vertical divider which goes right to the bottom of the sidebar/posting area etc - we worked together over several sessions for the better part of three days !

What you will see is the result - bigger, brighter, clearer, cleaner - easier to navigate and with wonderful BIG pictures. I hope you'll go and visit, and praise her for all her hard work.

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Finally, don’t forget to visit Beverly at How Sweet the Sound to see all the other wonderful Pink Saturday posts!

SORT OUT YOUR LINKS - NEW TUTORIAL ON COMPUTERY

Copyright-free image from Tack-o-Rama

Want to tidy up your sidebar? Want to move your Links list?

Here's my new tutorial in full: How to move your links to a new page.

ALTERED TOTE PROJECT

Images and projects copyright Stampington and the individual artists

Stampington has done a great altered tote bag project (3 bags, 3 artists) plus a nice little video by Roben-Marie Smith, one of my very favourite mixed media artists.





The big secret is walnut ink. I have some of that! (Been unused at the back of a drawer for around 3 years, so I'm finally going to get some use out of it, hooray!). I also like her little touches of velvet leaves etc.

Here are some more pix of the other bags. Full details including How To instructions are on my Techniques page:

Copyright Kristen Robinson

Copyright Becky Shander

I like this project so much that I'm putting the whole thing, with instructions for all three bags (therefore one HUGE post) onto my Techniques page, which is where I archive all this stuff, in case you have never looked there before (button under my header at the top of the blog).