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February O'Scrap Blog Train Freebie!

Here is some wordart I made that you can use :)  Made 300 DPI and full size so it can be used for tagging, scrapbooking or print it out for cardmaking.  PERSONAL USE ONLY.  DO NOT SHARE.  Just tell others to come here to download if they want a copy.  Click preview to download.
I really hope you enjoy using this freebie :)  xoxox

Follow links below to keep riding the train!

annaica's place (you are here)


Fairytale Winter Snags

Here's a few snags for you that I made with the cutest winter kit called Fairytale Winter by my friend Crystal just check out that kit by going to her blog: Crystal's Creations
The tube is by Ismael Rac :)  Hope you like!  xoxox


Sweet Surrender Gimp Tag Tutorial

I made this tag with my scrapkit called Sweet Surrender which is PTU and can be found HERE or HERE.
I used the art of Jose Cano, which requires a license to use and you can go to PSP Tubes Emporium to get the tube and the license.
The template is made by my good friend Crys, you can get that for free HERE!
I used FTU masks by the Creative Misfits :)  Click HERE to grab them for yourself!

Let's get started :)

1. Open Gimp, FILE>NEW size 800 x 800.
2.  Open the template made by Crys as a new layer.  
3.   Open and scale the following from the scrapkit (also R click on each paper layer in layers box and choose ADD ALPHA CHANNEL):
Paper 8- 600 x 600
Paper 4- 700 x 700.  Duplicate & scale them to 600 x 600
Paper 11- 700 x 700 and duplicate this twice 
Paper 10- 600 x 600 and duplicate
Paper 9- 300 x 300
4.  Move paper 4 and paper 11 to the bottom of the layers box, they'll be the masks... So open the Melissa file in the download and pick mask 1, you'll want to scale it up a bit so it's peeking out over the sides.  Then go to COLORS>INVERT and LAYER>TRANSPARENCY>COLOR TO ALPHA to make it transparent, right click on this layer in layers box, choose ALPHA TO SELECTION.  Then click on paper 11 in the layers box and go to SELECT>INVERT and EDIT>CLEAR.  Delete original mask.  Now open the Aqua file in the mask download and choose mask 17.  Repeat the steps above with this mask and paper 4. 
5.  Raster 7 layer is going to be the paper 11 copy, with the border made from the paper 10 copy.  This is simple to do, just right click on raster 7 layer, ALPHA TO SELECTION, then click on paper 11 copy in layers box and up to SELECT>INVERT and EDIT CLEAR.  Do the same with paper 10, then deselct.  ALPHA TO SELECTION again, SELECT>SHRINK by 6 and EDIT>CLEAR. 
You will want to continue doing this with several layers of the template- raster 3 is paper 10 with border of paper 11 copy 2, raster 2 is paper 8 with border of paper 4 copy. For raster layers 5 and 6, just colorize to white, ALPHA TO SELECTION, add new layer, fill with pink, add noise by going to FILTERS>NOISE>RGB NOISE with levels at 20/20/20/0.  Raster layer 4 is paper 9 with border of paper 4 copy 2. 
6.  Now open your tube of choice, and place within the border and template layers.  This is when I went thru and started adding drop shadows too.  Go to FILTERS>LIGHT AND SHADOW>DROP SHADOW with levels at 3/3/3 and black as the color.  Do this with your tube to make it stand out more and with every border you've made.
7.  Now open the following and scale and position appropriately from the scrapkit:
Element 46
Element 3
Element 24- duplicate
Element 1
Element 32
Element 18- duplicate
Element 20- duplicate
Element 5
Add drop shadows to these elements also.

8. Add your copyright information to your tag- copyright symbol and artist's name, along with their website and your license number if applicable.
9.  For the wordart on the template, I opened paper 3 from the kit, scaled to 300 x 300 then right clicked on the LOVE part and chose ALPHA TO SELECTION then clicked on the paper layer in the layers box back up to SELECT>INVERT and EDIT>CLEAR.  Added a drop shadow.  For the ME FOREVER part, I colorized the words to a bright deep pink and then ALPHA TO SELECTION and added a new layer, SELECT>GROW by 2 and filled that new layer with white.  Added a drop shadow.
10.  For my name I used a font called Glider Girls in a shade of red and just like the wordart on the template, added a new layer and filled with white.  Link the two layers and use the rotate tool.  Then added a drop shadow. 
11.  Save your file as .xcf so you can come back and make changes if necessary.  When satisfied, you can save as .png

Thanks for viewing this tutorial :)  xoxox

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I just put a free snaggable Facebook cover banner on my Facebook profile, using my kit called Vicious Valentine and a wicked tube by Robert Alvarado! You can purchase his art at PSP Tubes Emporium!

I also made matching avatars, offered in a group I am in on Cafemom called A Day Dreamer's Designs, so if you're a member of Cafemom come check them out HERE!

Hope to see you around more :) xoxox


What Kind of Valentine Are You?

Well, first off, take THIS little test and see what it says about you... Here's my results:

You Are an Anti-Valentine

As far as you're concerned, Valentine's Day could cease to exist and the world would be a better place for it.
You don't hate love and romance, but you hate the commercialization of it.

You also can't stand the idea that you need to be in a relationship to be happy. In fact, you really resent that.
For you, the perfect Valentine's Day is to forget that it even exists. Your normal life is nice enough as is.

LMAO well doesn't surprise me, but by the scrapkits I made for this holiday, you'd never know which one is more like me :P

Both kits are available both in full size for digital scrapbooking layouts (or you can hybrid scrap, print out the papers/elements you like and put together your layouts the old fashioned way) and in tagger size for those who like to make signature tags!

To purchase, click HERE or HERE :)


ASD Closing Sale

I have been selling my designs at Aussie Scrap Designs for several months now and have enjoyed the time I had there!  It has been a great store to work with... and I wish the best for everyone there :)  I am running a 50% off sale for the remainder of the month of January, so check it out quick!  xoxox

Free Commercial Valentine's Day Pack

The commercial use pack as shown above can now be purchased HERE or HERE
It has:
1 heart/metal frame PNG
this is available to customize with the included PSD template
1 ringed frame PNG
this is available to customize with the included PSD template
1 layered heart PNG
this is available to customize with the included PSD template
1 metal heart lock and key
this is also available to customize with the included PSD template
1 old lettter PNG
1 red envelope PNG
1 pink floating hearts PNG
1 gift box PNG
1 bow PNG
and THREE papers with marvelous texture added!!!
I am sure you'll find alot of use for these items :)

Below, if you click the preview, you will be able to download 4 extra elements also commercial use OK.
Please read the TOU provided in the zip file
and also, let me know if you like this freebie :)


How to Make a Heart in Gimp

 Here is a quick and easy tutorial for anyone who uses Gimp.  You can make your own heart :)
First, just create a rectangle using the rectangle select tool... Fill it in with whatever color you'd like your heart to be.
Then make a new layer and create an oval, I filled with black to show the contrast.  Position this oval (rotate and move tool) so that it is just under the top of the rectangle and just coming thru in the center of the bottom left angle.  If you lower the opacity slider, it may make it easier for you to position properly (see third screenshot).

Now right click on the oval layer in the layers box and choose ALPHA TO SELECTION.  You'll see marching ants around the selection... Click once on the rectangle layer to make it the active layer.  Go to SELECT>INVERT and EDIT>CLEAR.  You should have what looks like half a heart.  Well just duplicate the layer and use the flip tool to make the other half. 
Zoom in so you can line it up right. Put the two together and then right click on the layer in layers box and choose MERGE DOWN.

Now that ou have your heart, you can scale it to fit the project you're working on.  See how I made a multi-layered heart? 

Hope you liked this tutorial :)  thanks for viewing!


FTU Animated Gimp Tutorial- Winter's Love

Here is an animated tag that I made using the FTU kit WINTER'S LOVE by Wicked Princess Scraps, which you can snag for yourself HERE
I made a tutorial in our Gimp Siggy School class in Gimp Siggy Creations on Cafemom to learn how to make it HERE so feel free to join our group if you're interested in learning how to make signature tags and stay copyright compliant! The full tutorial with photos is available only in this group.  This is a shorter version for those more advanced...
I used a FTU mask from the Creative Misfit blog HERE "Suz Xmas Mask1"
And all the photos in the tag are ones which I own rights to of MY FAMILY ♥

Here is what we're gonna make :)
1. Open a new image, I usually size at 800 x 800 and scale down at the end...  Make the background transparent >LAYER>TRANSPARENCY>COLOR TO ALPHA
2.  Click and drag the following elements into your Gimp window from the kit's ELEMENTS folder and scale to:
WP_WL_FOLDEDSTAR.png  73 x 73
WP_WL_BRANCH2.png  190 x 152
WP_WL_REDRIBBON.png  257 x 81
WP_WL_CRUMBLEDTAG.png  107 x 118
WP_WL_STRINGCURLIE.png  560 x 100
AND from the PAPER folder:
Arrange like shown above, and to cut the spaces in the middle of the filmstripframe, just use magic wand tool while holding shift.  Each window space will be selected, so go to SELECT>SHRINK by 10 and hit OK.
Add drop shadows by going to FILTERS>LIGHT AND SHADOW>DROP SHADOW
3.  Add your photos, or tube of choice.  Use the rectangle select tool to crop around the frame and then go to SELECT>INVERT and EDIT>CLEAR to erase excess paper and photos.
4.  FILE>OPEN AS LAYERS the mask, resize to 775 x 325 then go to COLOR>INVERT and LAYER>TRANSPARENCY>COLOR TO ALPHA... right click on this mask layer in your layers box choose ALPHA TO SELECTION then click on the PP2 layer and go to SELECT>INVERT and EDIT>CLEAR.  Now you can delete the original suzxmasmask1 layer since the paper has become the new mask layer.
4.  Add your name and any copyright info to your tag.  If you're using photos, it is best to include "photos by (insert name)." When you have everything set, then make sure you stop and SAVE!  Save as .xcf first.  Then you can save as a .png so you have a non animated background to begin the animation with.  You can stop here or once that is saved, click on any layer in layers box and choose MERGE ALL VISIBLE LAYERS to continue on with the animation part.
5.  Open as a new layer WP_WL_SNOWFLAKE2 from the scrapkit and scale them down to around 70 x 70 or so.  The beginning position have the snowflake just beginning to be visible from the top.  Make a duplicate of each layer and arrange so it is every other in layers box- SNOWFLAKE copy then BACKGROUND copy and merge the copy layers every single time you position the snowflake. Add other snowflakes in the same fashion.  If you rename each layer as soon as it is done (#1, #1, etc), it makes it soooooo much easier! I admit this does take alot of time and patience to have to move the snowflake a little, duplicate layers, merge copy to background and rename that new layer,  move snowflake a little, duplicate layers,  merge copy to background and rename the new layer... until you get the snowflakes all the way across.  But it turns out awesome so keep trying.  You'll end up with at least 16 layers at the end.  So at the end, rearrange the layers to a descending order. Make sure white is your background color, then right click on each layer in the layers box and choose REMOVE ALPHA CHANNEL so a white background will be added to each layer. 
6.  You can now check your animation by going to FILTERS>ANIMATION>PLAYBACK and hit the PLAY button.  If it looks good, then you just need one last thing before you save.
Go to IMAGE>MODE and click on INDEXED. When the window pops up, click on the arrow on the color dithering and choose Floyd Steinberg- REDUCED COLOR BLEEDING & click the ENABLE DITHERING OF TRANSPARENCY.  Then click CONVERT.
You can save this now... YAY!!!!!! LOL
File>Save as (yourfilename.gif) and on the first pop up window- SAVE AS ANIMATION.
If a window askes you to crop, just do it. I never had problems with Gimp having to crop it... It turns out ok. Make sure on the next window SAVE AS ANIMATION is checked. Hit EXPORT.
Then on the next window choose 300 seconds (or a snaller number if you want it to be faster) and make sure USE DELAY ABOVE is checked.  Click SAVE.  Upload to your photobucket or Fotki account to keep the animation!

Thanks for checking out this tutorial :)  xoxox


A Winter Wish Freebie Template & 4X's Design Tag :)

Here is a tag I made with the art of 4X Design, you can purchase all of her fantastic tubes at PTE:
And you can follow her here:
I used my kit, A Winter Wish with this tag and it really compliments this tube!
You can find out more about my kit HERE
And here is the template I made for this tag! It is intended for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
 Click the preview below to download.  A thank you would also be very appreciated :)

EMOtionally Yours Cluster Frame Freebie

Here is a cute little cluster frame Mary made with my kit, EMOtionally Yours!
♥ thanks Mary, I love it ♥
You can download the frame HERE
You can find my kits at any of the stores I sell at, the links are embedded into the blinkies on the left hand column of my blog :)


CT Tag by Stefani!

What a cute tag made for me by Stefani!!
She wrote a tutorial for this tag and it can be found HERE :)
It uses my kit called A Winter Wish...
♥ I love it Stefani, TYSVM ♥

CT tag by Lavendar Angel

Look at this lovely tag made by Lavendar Angel using my kit, A Winter Wish!
You can check out her blog HERE :)
♥ Thank you so much Lavendar ♥

A Winter Wish Scrapkit & FREEBIE

Here is my newest kit, which you can purchase at any of the stores I sell at.
Click HERE or HERE or HERE.
It is a kit I made full of all my winter wishes :)  Very beautiful and enchanting!
Below is a freebie PERSONAL USE ONLY mini kit (add-on) of my "A Winter Wish" kit!
Just click preview below to download, you can also click HERE for your copy...
And leave a note letting me know if you like this freebie :)  xoxox


Click HERE to read my TOU.