Tuesday, 25 November 2014

PRETTY PAGES FROM THE PINK REPTILE GALLERY

Let's see what Carrie's favorites are from layouts recently uploaded to the Pink Reptile Gallery at the Lilypad.
by carrie

Paarl by Eyeore [Stefanie]
Carrie: I just love a layout that uses so many wonderful papers and this layout definitely does just that. All of the embellishments are perfectly placed on the page. It's just so bright and cheery!

http://the-lilypad.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=169115&title=paarl&cat=549
Say Aaaaaaaah! by lorryfach [Lorry]
Carrie: For a page that is supposed to be documenting a time that most parents try to avoid, this page just screams cuteness to me. I love the use of the themed embellishments like the doctor, band-aid, and thermometer. I also love when a scrapper finds creative ways to use a frame.

http://the-lilypad.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=169478&title=say-aaaaaaaah&cat=844

XOXO by elitka
Carrie: How beautiful is this page?! I just love how she used the hearts on the paper to create the flow of the page. Even without a photo, this page just speaks to my romantic heart. It makes me want to get married all over again (obviously to my husband...lol).

http://the-lilypad.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=170234&title=xoxo&cat=566

Hope you enjoyed these pages and got as inspired as I did....remember to keep posting your layouts to the Pink Gallery, and keep an eye here as your page could be in the spotlight next month :)

Friday, 21 November 2014

DOCUMENT YOUR DECEMBER

It is Friday, and it is finally here! Document Your December [DYD] is what is new and HOT today at the Lilypad!

http://the-lilypad.com/store/Pink-Reptile-Designs/

December is around the corner, and it is time to get your stashes ready and scrap all the daily goings on as the countdown begins towards the holidays! I have 4 amazing new packs at 20% off through Sunday 11/23.

[*If you are a newsletter subscriber there is a great bundle price where you will get all 4 in the bundle at a 50% off savings!] Click here to subscribe to the Pink Reptile Newsletter.

WOODYBITS CHRISTMAS | ELEMENTS
Includes 15 unique decorated wood veneer shapes in both plain and colored in versions, which makes a total of 30 elements in total.

Add them as eyecatching elements on your pages or print and cut them, add a string and they will make lovely little hybrid ornaments too!

http://the-lilypad.com/store/Woodybits-Christmas.html

HIPSTER HOLIDAYS | PAPERS
A set of 7 quirky and timeless patterned papers & 5 beautifully textured matching solids. These papers will go with all of the DYD packs and a lot of what you already have in your stash.

http://the-lilypad.com/store/Hipster-Holidays-Papers.html

HO HO HOLIDAY WORDART

Contains 20 awesome holiday themed wordarts which are all seperate .png's & also included is the .abr brush file.

Add interest to your pages or use the Wordart to make cute gift tags and holiday cards!

http://the-lilypad.com/store/Ho-Ho-Holidays-Wordart.html

TWINKLINGS
A pack of 38 cute little elements that will add an instant handmade feel to your pages and give them that extra little oomph!


http://the-lilypad.com/store/Twinklings.html


http://the-lilypad.com/store/Pink-Reptile-Designs/
INSPIRATION
Here's a peek at how the Pink Ladies will be documenting their December.


by barbara
by iva
by ferdy by susanne
by anja
by li li by dorota
by ellen 
by mary

Have loads of fun and Happy Scrappin'!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

COUNTING DOWN TO CHRISTMAS WITH THE CUTEST HYBRID ADVENT CALENDAR

Wait until you see this hybrid advent calendar Géraldine made! You will be counting down to December instead of Christmas so you can start unpacking those cute little origami boxes!



While I was browsing the Pinterest boards I stumbled upon this super cute advent calendar and instantly fell in love with it!

https://fr.pinterest.com/pin/434245589045241640/

It's very cheap and super fun and easy to make!

I wanted a mix between pastels and bright colors so I made a selection of different papers from different Pink Reptile products [Belvedere, Drawn To You, Forget Me Not, I am Not Perfect, Pop and Ta-dah].

Once I printed those I started folding 24 boxes in origami while following this step by step tutorial I found on YouTube. A slightly different approach but also very easy to do can be found here on the Mr. Printables blog.



As gifts I added small wooden christmas figurines in every box.


On each box I glued a date label [from 'Put A Label On It' that I printed and cut] so it's obvious which box should be opened when, leading up to Christams and which of course is the whole idea of an advent calendar!

And when all boxed were finished I put the in a cute wooden container. Now I can't wait for December to arrive!


As always I hope you enjoyed my post and if I inspired you in any way, shape or form then by all means make a photo and upload it to your gallery so you can leave a link in the comment section below! I'd love to see what you made!

Saturday, 15 November 2014

NOVEMBER BLOG CHALLENGE

Hello & welcome to the November Blog Challenge!

Is everyone exhausted from all the partying that went on last month with the Designiversary Celebration and then iDSD?! Such a great time of year. Hopefully you have recovered from all the fun and excitement and are ready for a new challenge, but before we begin, let's find out who won October's Celebration themed challenge. I loved seeing how everyone celebrates. Your pages were fun and filled with so much happiness! Check them all out here.

Mr. Random had the difficult task of picking just one lucky winner from all the entries and he chose: Gaëlle!

Congratulations Gaëlle!!! You have a PM on your TLP account.
All other participants also received their 25% discount coupons via their Lilypad gallery accounts. Please make sure you check your messages everyone!

Here's Gaëlle's beautiful page:


Welcome to the November Blog Challenge! For this month's challenge we are looking back to last week's Gradient Tutorial, where we recolored stitches and brushes, with gradients, to create a whole new colorful look for our elements. The idea for this tutorial came from this paper page created by Paige Evans.


I love the look of the over-sized stitched word art and the way the stitches and watercolors have an overall, rainbow colored look to them.

Your challenge is to create a page inspired by this layout with an item recolored in a similar way. You can interpret this anyway you wish: recolor stitches, recolor a brush or any other element your heart desires.

To help you with your page, Mirjam created a Mini Kit for you as a gift. There are two different colored word art stitches, holes for the stitches, a paper and a brush to help you recolor the stitches. You can recolor the word art stitches with a gradient, with the gradient brush provided in the mini kit, or any other method your creative mind can think up.

I hope you enjoy the free mini kit! Just click on the image to download.

http://bit.ly/1EzwmmJ

 Here are some fun sample pages from the Pink Ladies to get the creative juices flowing!

by jenn
by hélène
by géraldine

Make sure you use at least 75% of Pink Reptile Design products on your page. Once completed, just upload your page to one or all of your galleries and post a link to your layout in the comments section of this post before December 15.

FACEBOOK
Off course there's always a little something for free under the Free Gift Tab at the Pink Reptile FB

ONE random winner will receive a 10 dollar coupon to the Pink Reptile store but really everyone is a winner as all other participants receive a 25% discount coupon to my TLP store, so all the more reason to join in on the fun, right?!

Wishing you tons of fun and Happy Scrappin'!


Tuesday, 11 November 2014

TUTORIAL | COLORING WITH A GRADIENT IN PHOTOSHOP, PSP & GIMP

Hello & welcome to our tutorial for November! Here in New York, we've had some really blustery, windy days lately. From my office window, I am watching the beautiful autumn leaves fall and blow away. Soon there will be nothing to look at but brown grass and bare branches.

After enjoying months of summer's vibrant colors and autumn's rich jewel hues, November leaves me nostalgic for color! So, if I can't see it outside, I am determined to create some color inside ... with Photoshop! I hope you'll consider playing along and creating some colorful pieces of digital art with me.

I have Photoshop CC open, but this can be done in PSE too and guest CT Hélène is sharing how she created the same effect in GIMP.

I am using a lovely piece of white stitched word art created by Mirjam of Pink Reptile Designs. My PS document also has a paper made by Mirjam too. Under the stitched word art, I pulled in some gesso from the Under the Weather Collab. [You can use any brush you like!]


I want to make this piece of stitching really vibrant and colorful, so I am going to use a gradient. As you can see in my screenshot below, you need to click on the half white, half black circle at the bottom of your layers palette & select Gradient from the drop down box.


Once you do that, you are now ready to select the look of your gradient. If your foreground and background colors are set to the default black and white ... your gradient will probably default to something like this image below. Simply click on the gradient to edit.


Now you are ready to create an awesome gradient in any colors you can imagine. Or simply choose one of the many gradients that are already available to you. I choose the transparent rainbow.


Once you have the look and colors set, click OK. Next you want set the type of gradient. I decided to go with radial, as you can see in my example below. You also need to scale the gradient so that it fits the element or object which you are trying to color. I set mine to 86% and it covered the stitching perfectly.


Now you just need to clip the gradient to your object. In my case it is the word art stitching. In your layers palette, use Alt or (Option on a Mac) Click, while hovering over the space between the gradient and the word art stitches (or your object) to clip the gradient to the word art stitches. That's all there is to it. Look how vibrant and colorful those stitches look now!


You can do this with just about any element or brush. Here's how the Under the Weather gesso looks with a splash of color added via a gradient. (Note: I turned off the gradient for the stitches, so you can see the gradient clipped to the brush a bit better.)



I am starting with the same word art and paper as Jen, I am just adding a layer above my word art and I will work on this layer to add my color.
Then I am selecting the gradient tool.

There's several default gradients offered in the tool. Pick the one you want to use [in this example I am using the Full Saturation Spectrum CCW gradient] and change the orientation.


Up to this step, the gradient is not yet visible in the layout.
So to create this gradient and the lenght of this one, you need to trace this one on the layer above the word art. The length you trace will be the length of the radius if you choose the radiale shape. You can find the perfect radius for your word art by trying different options and experimenting a bit.

Now we optain a gradient above your word art. Something like this:

Now you just need to adjust the gradient to your word art. In your word art layers, select the pixel by right clicking in the layer and selecting Alpha selection in the options box.

Then select your gradient layer, inverse the selection by ctrl + I and remove the selection.
The final step is to change the layer mode of the word art from normal to screen

If you decide to play with coloring your brushes and elements with gradients, we'd love it if you share your pages with us! Link us up to what you create!

And if you enjoyed this tutorial and are coveting that awesome Stitched Word Art, make sure you come back on the 15th for our November Challenge. Hint Hint ... there just may be a little something special waiting for you! 

Until then, there's still time to play in the October Monthly Challenge.