Monday, November 3, 2014

Welcome to Our November Linky Party, DT Christmas Challenge and New Retro Card Set

Hi Everyone and welcome to our Nov Linky Party and DT Challenge. This month our Design Team  is doing a Christmas theme and I even joined in and played, plus we have Guest DT this month Birgit Nelson joining us!  Any theme is okay if you want to join our Linky Party which runs until Mon., Nov 17/14. See details below on what you can win and also a link to our Blog Giveaway!

Please visit each of the Design Team Members Blogs to get all the details on their projects

Birgit did a wonderful tutorial on making Button Cards using our Retro Christmas CD 
and has created many samples to inspire you!


 I love the chalkboard look and last year I did a tutorial on inverting some of our stamps on our Winter Wishes Digital Set. This year I played with our Christmas Express Digital Set and used a 4" x 6" piece the green chalkboard paper from our Chalkboard Paper Set - which I've made our FREE Gift this month when you place any order in our store.   I hope you will try it out as many photo editing programs have a 'Invert' button and it's so easy to just hit your back button if you don't like anything and try again. You can see below I left 3 in black and inverted all the rest which turns them into white and I just added them to the green 'postcard back'. You can see I had to copy the border of the kids and paste it on again.

You can find the 'Invert' button under the 'Filter' Tab, and then under 'Adjustments'.

As soon as you click it on your image will invert and it can be a little hard to see the white but it will show up as soon as you place it on a darker background and then you can move it around, re-size and tilt the direction if you like.

Next, I left them in plain black on this photo from my sundeck a few years ago. This photo doesn't go in the right direction but I wanted some snow to add the snowman and girl to.


 Here's the sample I did last year and a longer tutorial explaining more details.

 Here is a new card set called Retro Kitchy Ad Cards  and you can enter our Blog Giveaway and see all our NEW Kitchen Kits and Digital stamp sets and just leave a comment and say which style you like best - the Retro or the old Vintage? 2 lucky winners will receive the one they pick with both the Kit and Stamp Set and I will add this set of cute printable cards!

 Okay, now it's time where you can enter our Nov Linky Party and automatically WIN either our coming soon Vintage Santa Digital Stamp Set, or Bedtime Kids Stamps.  Both will be large sets and filled with a mix of great art and words. 

Wishing you joy and creativity

Sandy Redburn
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Elizabeth said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial on chalkboard effect. I'm going to have to try some experiments when I get home.

Cynthia said...

Thanks for the fun challenge and great DT inspiration!

Sheila Rumney said...

Love the chalkboard look! Super sweet!

DIANA L. said...

awesome DT projects

sandys7118 said...

Awesome projects! Great ideas and inspiration! Thank you!

2amscrapper said...

great inspiration from the dt. I like the button cards made by your gdt. I love the Bedtime Kids set. Helene

LeAnne said...

LOVE the DT samples...those button cards are adorable, as are the others! Thanks for the tutorials, as always! Very helpful!