Saturday, January 27, 2007

new coffee cards

I thought I would share with you all what I've been working on for the past few weeks. I added 4 new designs to my coffee card line. Most of my customers work for Starbucks and are always wanting cards to celebrate their coworkers anniversaries and birthdays, so I created 2 new designs for each occasion.

For those of you readers who are stampers or scrappers, these designs are very similar to digital scrap booking. I used Photoshop to create them. Some of the elements were hand drawn, inked, then scanned. Other elements were decorative papers that I scanned, then changed a bit in Photoshop. I had the most fun working on these designs!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

a new toy!

I've been having soooo much fun with a new toy I got for Christmas. It's a Wacom Graphire pen tablet. It's so cool! All I did was install the software, plug it in to the computer and PRESTO!, I can draw right on to my screen. At 1st, I tried to do it freehand and just started trying to draw something, but it was really shaky looking, so I figured out that I needed to make a sketch, scan it, then increase the size, so I could draw just sections at a time. That's what I did with the swirly pattern in the "Nikki's Red Shoes" layout. So much fun! I can't wait to figure out more cool things to do with it and to get better at the technique. Anybody out there that has one of these and has any helpful tips, let me know! Until then, I'll be playing with it and sharing any insight I get from trial and err.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

a sneak peek

I thought you all might like a sneak peek of the props I made for the window of the A Muse shop. I recreated 3 of our stamps on a large scale - Kissing Couple, Fence and Skywriter. This picture shows them in progress. I added color (red and pink) after the picture was taken. If you get a chance, come down to the shop and see the finished display. It turned out so fun! If you don't live around the Seattle area, I'll try and take a picture of it and post it in the next few days.

It feels good to be moving on after the holidays and working with fresh colors like pink! I'm also busy working on new card designs for my coffee line using a variety of blues, greens, oranges and of course pink! So fresh, so fun.