Friday, January 30, 2009

Yay!! Photo to sketch using photoshop

I have been playing with photo shop yesterday and I must say, I am hooked to it.
Last night, I sat on it until 1.00am and my husband had to drag me to sleep
because I have guest coming for lunch today!!!lol!!!
I woke up early today and been cooking since then.
But I got a little rest and so sat down to blog the edited photos.

This is the recent photo of my kids. I wanted to convert it into sketch and add a border.
I am so used to making layouts from sketch and I wanted to reverse the process.
Here is the result.
I love it.. Very cool!!!

I will start using photo shop more often now that I am comfortable using it and got over the initial fear. Its awesome, just that I will need more time or organise my day better!!

Today is a busy day for me with guests at home and heavy cooking Indian food. School starts on Monday Yay!!! I am so looking forward to it and so are my kids!!

Got to go, another dish and cleaning left.
Will put up today's menu later.

Have a great weekend


Tamara's card sketch and the card...

This is the Thursday card sketch at Tamara's Sketch blog
I discovered this awesome blog for challenges and sketches recently.
Each day there is a different challenge. Love it.

And this is my take on the card sketch.
I have used cuttle bug and embossed the white card stock
and also the pram stamp piece is also cut and embossed using cuttle bug.
I normally go for brights but I made this for my brother and SIL,
who is expecting a baby in April this year. I am pleased with the outcome.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A sketch, a layout and an award!

I know I told you I will upload layouts tomorrow.
But I also told you that I am scrapbooking with my friend.
So I actually completed a layout for stucksketches.
I thought I will blog it.
And here it is:

Another week and another sketch from stuck sketches blog.

Gorgeous sketch this one.And here is my take on the sketch.

I have used K & Co Blue awning paper as the base.

The papers I have used for the layers are from Cosmo Cricket.Flowers from Heidi Swapp.

Metal embellishments from my stash and Keyhole cutout from Vintage Art blog.

7 Gypsies journaling card,diecuts from SEI, bling from Prima Say it in Crystals.

Title alphas from Bella Chipboard.


I received this Butterfly award from Sharon Dalton.

Thanks so much Sharon. Very sweet of you.

I will have to postpond passing this award at this moment.

Beautiful day......

Its a beautiful day today.

Not in the sense of fine day with plenty of sunshine and pleasant cool weather

but a nice cloudy and rainy day.

I love warm cloudy and rainy days in summer especially after a hot spell!!

All the trees looks gorgeous and completely soaked.

Love how the bark becomes dark and leaves get washed and

become shiny with little drops of rain water still dripping.

Red soil is nice and wet adds superb contrast to the green trees.

Little puddle of water here and there.

Calm streets, traffic is less, people are driving slow....

Love it Love it!!!

There is still some thunder and lightening and it pours and stops and then pours.

I am sitting near the window and watching the rain, with a cup of hot tea.

What could be better?

I was disappointed yesterday. Had applied for a DT position but did not get it.

I was so hopeful of getting it and.....Anyway, its like pouring cold water on hot metal.

It only make the metal stronger and not destroy it!!!

My friend Sharon has passed on an award for my blog. I will load it later today,

Thanks Sharon, very sweet of you.

No layouts today as I am going to have a lovely time scrapping and chatting

with my friend Tracey this afternoon.

I promise there will be some photos and layouts tomorrow.

I am off to the gym to workout.

I have also organised for next week, school starts, I restart work.

But I have rescheduled my work timings

so that I get 2 days completely off to workout and organise the house as well.

Have put on some weight over the holidays and is slowing me down.

Moreover, my sugar levels have gone up!!

Obesity is not a good thing with a strong family history of diabetes,is it?

So no snacks and workout to get back my energy and maintain my ideal weight!

Got to go, kids are all ready to leave for their music lessons.

Drop them off and I am off to workout Yay!!!

Catch you all later.


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Ohhh!!! finally.....

Yes, finally it has cooled down here and it is pouring.

Feels so much better after a month of hot spell!!!

Garden is getting a nice soak. Veggie patch is looking good.

Kids are happy playing in the rain and making dams and waterways.....

I get to sit by myself and hop from one blog to another.Hehehe!!

Tomorrow is a big day. My friend Tracey is coming over

and we are going to scrap in the afternoon Yay!!

I have to tidy the house tonight.

And OH! I have some more books to cover.

Let me start right now, since I have some time.

Before I go, here are some photos I took yesterday.


Basic Grey Recipe Challenge #19

This is my take on the Recipe Challenge #19 at Basic Grey Blog.
I have used Basic Grey Stella Ruby and Urban Prairie papers.
There is a ribbon, 3 brads and a button as per the recipe! lol!!
Flower from Prima and the alpha is from Basic Grey as well.
I am so in love with these character stamps and painting them.
Wish I had more of these character stamps in my collection.
Well, will be soon I think!!Hehehe!!!

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Like to share these...........

This layout, I made using Pink Paislee sweet Cakes and Tinsel Town collection papers.

Flowers and leaves from Prima. Chipboard from A-Z scraplets, journaling tag from Bella.

I made this layout for A-Z scraplet sketch challenge.

Wanted to scrap my son's love for Subway sandwiches!! lol!!


I kept seeing blogs after blogs with beautiful and stunning cards.

They had similar stamped images on them.

Got a bit curious!!! and found out they are Magnolia stamps...

Just beautiful when they are painted.

I went looking where I can buy these stamps in Australia and bought a couple of them.

This is my first attempt using Tilda stamps and painting the image.

I love the stamps. So adorable and I will definitely want more......

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Crazy for !!!!!!

Sketch 71# from stucksketches is an awesome sketch.
Love the layers in the sketch. Perfect for a boy's layout.
I have this Cosmo Cricket papers in my stash for sometime now.
Wanted to scrap it and this sketch will be perfect for the dark distressed papers.
They will give so much depth to the layout.

Here is my take on the sketch.

I have used Cosmo Cricket Fleuriste Maize paper as the base.
I loved the texture effect it has along with the distresed edges.
The papers I have used for the layers are also from Cosmo Cricket--Primrose and Cobblestone, and from American Traditional Designs-- Coffee Botanical paper.
All these papers are distressed on the edges and inked using Black versa Color ink.
All chipboard embellishments are from A-Z scraplets.
All inked with Tim Holtz's distress inks.
I have also used a Indian Jones movie ticket and a Stawars logo as embellishments.
Dymo for journalling and American Craft Thickers for the title.

Here is a closeup of the chipboard embellishments.

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I have recieved my DT pack from Deb and can't wait to start on it.
OOOooo!! it will be my weekend project. Excited and thrilled!!!!

This is so funny, Deb was asking me this morning whether I received the pack and I was telling her that I am still stalking my postie!!! He is sure to take things differently as I am constantly looking out of the window and have a big sheepish grin when he brings the parcels!!
Everything was similar today except that the postie was a female!!!
I could not stop giggling!! She would have thought whats wrong with this girl!!!
lol! lol!lol!
Have a great weekend


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Black and White photo....

I took this photo from inside the car while my DH was driving.
These are few scattered clouds.
I converted the photo into black and white and played a bit with the shadow and brightness.
I love the effect. I like to play with the photoshop software a bit.
I like the outcome but it is too time consuming for me.
I will limit with just editing the photos.

No layouts today. Was not a good day for me.
Dehydrated and fatigued due to heat. Hope tomorrow is a better day.
Off to bed. Goodnight everybody


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

2nd Digi Print Card for BG blog....

This is my second attempt on this week's digi print card challenge at Basic Grey challenge blog.
I am having a ball at this challenge.
This time I have used the girl digi print and painted it.
Again, I have used Basic Grey Bittersweet papers.
Flowers from Bella, Ric rac from my stash.
I have used Basic Grey Wassil Alpha inside the card to say "Be mine"...

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Nat's sketch challenge.....

This is my take on Nat's sketch challenge in her blog.
I have used Bo Bunny paper as the base.
The other papers I have used to layer are from Bo Bunny, Basic Grey, Carolee's Creation. Flowers are from scrapbook blossoms and Prima.
Bling belongs to Prima Say it in crystal and kaisercraft.
Stamps from my stash. Which brand I have no idea!!!
Thats somethingI got to do. Label my stamps.
Alphas from Basic Grey.
Some closeups:

Thanks Nat for the Sketch. The sketch is awesome. Love it.

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I love sketches......

Yeah, I love sketches.
The main reason being, it gives me a rough idea what to do and saves time.
I usually take printouts of the sketches I like
and yesterday, I bought a folder and sleeves (from back to school sale lol!!)
and arranged all the sketches.
Feels so nice to organise things.
Today it is going to be stamps, which needs sorting out.
Once I finish I will put pictures of them.

Ok, This sketch is from stucksketches blog.
Every week Sara puts up a sketch and anyone can make a layout using the sketch
and email it to her.
She has a reader's gallery and towards the end of the month there is a prize for a winner!
Give it a go.

This is my take on the sketch.
I had these pictures of my DH playing "Need for speed"
and he looked so excited and I could see his inner child coming out.
He is a cautious driver. This is because he has treated many kids with car accidents in ICU.
But when he plays need for speed, the joy of driving fast cars is just..............
We know!! We know!!!

Anyway, coming to the materials used.
I have used Basic Grey Granola papers in this layout
and a piece of Basic Grey Stella Ruby paper.
Some brown cardstock to matt the photos.
Chipboard embellishments from A-Z scraplets, some inked with Bella inks,
the star brightened using Kindy Glitz Aqua.
The jute is from Rivers tag ties.Alphas alos from Basic Grey granola range.

Here are some closeups:

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Basic Grey Digi Print Challenge

This is my first take on the Basic Grey Digi Print Challenge.
This is one of Kim's lovely drawing. Thanks Kim.
I really like the shy look and body language of this boy.
My boy is something like that currently.
Well, this is my first attempt at paintng. Hope it has come out ok!!!!
I have used Bazzil brown cardstock as the base,
Basic Grey Bitter Sweet and Ambrosia papers in the card.
Flowers are from Prima. Love charm from my stash,
Heart shape cut out of a FP holly Molly piece I had leftover, "
U" alpha from Heidi Swapp.Pearls from Kaisercraft
I don't think I will give out this card because I just love the boy charater.
Will be mine forever lol!!
Will be back with one more...

Guest Designer for Scrap'n'craft with T

I am so lucky to be the guest designer for Scrap'n'craft with T for this month.
I had the opportunity to make a kit.
I used Kaisercraft Sakura Park papers nd made a kit.
The kit is available for sale from Scrap'n'craft with T for 20.oo$.
Click here to see whats in the kit.

Its an awesome kit.
I have made 2 layouts and 3 cards out of the kit. Pretty good kit hey!!
Tanyah also told me that my kit was the best selling kit so far.
So hurry into Tanyah's store and buy one and have fun.

These are the layouts I made using the kit.

The first one has a step by step with photo in Tanyah's Blog here.

The step by step for the second layout is coming soon.

Go on and have a look at the kit.

Thanks for stopping by


Wow!, Another Blog Award.....

I have received another blog award. Kylie presented
the "Kreative Award".

Wow!, I am honored. Thanks Kylie, appreciate it very much.

Here are the rules for the award:

* The winner gets to put the logo on their blog.
* Put a link to the person who sent you the award.
* Nominate 5 blogs for the award.

I like to present this award to these 5 blogs.

Monica Brady
Chiquita James

These ladies are very creative and their blogs are lovely to read...
Check it out!!!


Saturday, January 17, 2009


Well, I made this layout this morning for Stephanie's challenge at Debs.
The rules for the challenge are:
The theme of this challenge is Friendship.
The page must inlcude a photo (any size) of a great friend (it can be a family member or a pet if you like). You can be in the photo.
Make the page as if you are giving it to the friend to tell them just what they mean to you (even if you are keeping it).
You MUST include lots of journalling with at least some (if not all) hand journalling!!I would love to see a stamped title or maybe some stamped journalling.
The base paper is from Making Memories.
I have cut the photo into a long rectangle cropping the unwanted background.
I have mounted the photo on a 7 gypsies overlay.
The cutouts are from Kaisercraft Bohemian Thread papers.
I decorated them with fern leaves, Green Tara and Prima flowers,
Kaisercraft Pearls and Kaisercraft corner bling.
The ribbon is from my stash.
The star blings is what Lexie sent me in the RAK
I have used alpha stamps for the title and brackets and little people are chipboards.
Brackets are painted with Kindly Glitz Aqua and the people are inked using
Tim Holtz's Distress ink.
I hand wrote the journalling as Aditi told me.
Some closeups:

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