Handmade, Unique and Crafty Goodness

Fair warning this post is not about scrapbooking.

The holidays are coming and it’s time to start shopping for someone besides ourselves!

I’m posting some shots of crafty handmade items I love and you may too.

Save time and gas money and get a gift that’s truly unique from one of these crafty online sellers.


8 x 8 iPhoneography photography print .Walk in the park.unmounted photo.wall art . - ChambersGreetingCardPurse Burlap mustache print Handbag red mandala print canvas - WapatangaRchard Fridcaux & Kay Bynum Studio Art Pottery Bowl Zebra Animal Dot Black White 1992 Free Shipping - Hopeartcollectables

thank you card - cottage card - shabby chic - handmade greeting card - SouthernShabbyGal Necklace Earring Set . Peacock Feather Necklace with Freshwater Pearl . Pearl Earrings . Bridal Party, Bridesmaids, Mothers, Gift - queeniejewels Clothespin Set Pink Grey, Little Clothespins, Set of 6 - MAKINGtheNESTofIT Southwestern Jewelry Collection -  Kingman Turquoise Disk Necklace "KINGMAN DISKS" - DesertJemzz
lime green feather wooden - bead elastic bracelet - TabeasTreasures Owl Crayon Wallet, Crayon Roll, Crayon Holder,  Owls in a Tree, Green Fabric with Purple and Blue Owls,  Crayons and Paper Included - DesignsbyRJD Necklace green choker beaded - LarisJewelryDesigns Birch  bark cover mini coptic handmade journal, handmade mini art pocket book with blank pages and birch tree bark, Item Number 0301 - ExiArtsConceptWorlds
Emerald Green Necklace. Faceted Pearl on Sterling Silver chain.Teal Peacock Bridesmaid Jewlery - happylittlegems Gingham Lime/Brown & Orange Patchwork Print Upcycled Market Bag - vintage bed sheets, vintage linens, upcycled, reusable, Eco-friendly - MFYBM Wolf Wood Carving Design - Wall Hanging - Dream Catcher - Native American Wall Art - Wall Wood Carving - Tinesandtailsoutdoor Horses Bag, Belt Bag, Amusement Park Bag, Joggers Bag, Diabetes Pump Bag, Hunter's Bag - LilCountryStore
Newborn baby beanie, newborn baby girl hat, baby beanie, baby girl booties, newborn booties, newborn girl beanie, white baby beanie - KeishasKreativity Amazonite Necklace, Short Necklace, Statement Necklace, Amazonite With Mother of Pearl - MichelesAManoDesigns Real Butterfly Wing Blue Mountain Swallowtail Necklace,  Large Glass Pendant, Antique Silver 1920s style Jewelry - ChrysalisStudios Printable Rustic Shower Invitation - Wooden (PDRP7) - PDRPrintables

 ‘Handmade (really)’ by DreamsOfMay

Iron On Letter - Applique Iron On Letter "E" - 6" - Applique - Alphabet - Letters - Iron On - Appliques - LadybugKissesAndHugs Apple Wall Art - Autumn Wall Hanging - Thanksgiving Decor - Primitive  Halloween - Rustic Red & Green Handmade Jute 13" - Exotiflora Boot Cuffs Hand Knit of Bright Red Wool and Silk With Cable Design Handmade Boot Toppers - NiseesNeedles Halloween owl decoration, fabric stuffed owl doll - Halloween -  autumn decoration, holiday doll - sparrowandberry
Red, White, and Black Wooden frame (3x5) - TheTinyPeach Sunstone Stretch Bracelet with a Sterling Silver Bead, Stacking Bracelet, Gemstone Bracelet - CrazyGemLove Original  ACEO ,ATC ink and pencil illustration of fantasy world series for collectors,"Magichaal Maahkri's house"-2,5" x 3,5" - ExiArtsConceptWorlds Flowers painted on reclaimed wood art - flowersnstars
Princess Party Banner, Pink and Lime Green Printable Party Banner, Instant Download - PDRPrintables Crochet woman's slippers, mary jane slippers, house slippers, woman's booties, adult slippers, house shoes - KeishasKreativity Blue Bead Loom Aztec Tribal Pattern Beaded Bracelet - TabeasTreasures Rainbow Obscure Octopus Cuff Bracelet - WyckedPrettyThings
scratch free baby mittens - double sided flannel - durable thick elastic- made with love - elephants - EasyBreazyBaby Wise Owl Bag, Amusement Park Bag, Joggers Bag, Diabetes Pump Bag, Fanny Pack - LilCountryStore Miniature painting, cute king, bunny, garden, thirfted frame, "The Decision Maker" - TheWhimsyInTheWillow Clothespin Clips, Magnets, Orange, Pink, Brown, Mini Size - MAKINGtheNESTofIT

‘Blue’ by rosaliebucknor

Game of Thrones Khaleesi Statement Necklace, Real Butterfly Wing Jewelry, Blue Morpho Pendant - ChrysalisStudios Bowler blue HAT with jeans siamese CAT - Pleaseshopaccbypeach TARDIS Doctor Who Blue LED Glow Lights Hair Flower Rose Fascinator - LittleAsianSweatshop dainty navy blue and gold memory wire beaded bracelet - TabeasTreasures
ON SALE**  Blue/Gray Melted Crayon Art w/ Blue Flowers 9x12in - CrayonArtCreations Blue Flower Earrings. Gift for Gardener Nature Lover. Garden Wedding Jewelry. Bridesmaid Earings - happylittlegems Glass Candle Holder Cobalt Blue Stained Glass - GailsGlassGarden Mermaids Tail- Stretchy Mobius Bracelet, Stretchy Bracelet, Childs Bracelet, Mermaid Bracelet, Multicolour Bracelet, Unisex Bracelet - rhiannonscastle
Thin Blue Lines - Original Encaustic Painting by CD Carter - cdcarter Nebula Blue Pleiades Galaxy Bow - ItsABowThing12 Vintage Zuni petitpoint bracelet - turquoise bracelet - Signed Zuni bracelet - Turquoise jewelry -  Navajo - vb1055 - GregDeMarkJewelry Cat imitates Katy Perry Pillow Cover, Blue, Classic, Style, Playful, Animal, Cute, Dreams, Home Decor, Creative - WeekendFamily
Printable Floral Wedding Invitation - Blue Flowers (PDRP3) - PDRPrintables Backpack, Elven bag, elven fashion, royal blue bag with dragonfly, woodland - BSerene Blue Pinwheel Pattern in a Stained Glass Circle - HummingawaysGlassArt Turquoise Necklace and Pendant, Chandelier Pendant, Short Necklace - MichelesAManoDesigns

‘Pink Ladies’ by kellyacollins

Gorgeous rosy goodies for my inner romantic. I tried to feature mostly new,

undiscovered shops- they’re all absurdly talented so make sure to check them out!

Paper Flowers - Flower Embellishments - Table Decorations - QTY: 10 - Cutandpunch Queen of Hearts XL: White w/ Red Hearts & Daisy Stripes and Denim Reversible Stash Pocket Bandana by BandHäna - BandHana Rasberry Cowl, Crochet Pink Tweed Infinity Scarf, Oversized Cowl, Chunky Infinity Scarf - WillowAndSparrow Pink and White Polka Dots Hair Bow - Pink Polka Dotted Hair Clip - TwoSparrowsStudio
Pink teardrop earrings, 14 KT gold filled wire wrapped. Gold filled leverback. Pretty handmade faceted pink glass briolette earrings.. - GemsByKelley Love Relationship reading - Is he or she the one - Free Celtic Cross reading with the purchase of this reading. - DivineCartomancy Toy stuffed owl - Handmade plush doll,  pink & green girl hoot owl, child friendly, woodland nursery decor - sparrowandberry Printable Rustic Shower Invitation - Wooden (PDRP7) - PDRPrintables
Red Poppy Original Art Card CANCER RESEARCH DONATION  StudioSabineI Cancers Surviver 5"x7" - StudioSabine Retro 8-bit Miniature Bow, Fused Plastic, Perler Bead  Pair of Hair Clips, Badge or Pair of Earrings - PuffyTheSlayer Blanket for  Baby Girl made from Acrylic pink 39 by 29 inches Renaixcrochet - Renaixcrochet Nursery wall art nursery wall decor canvas nursery art 10x10 canvas art orginal handpainted art custom nursery art "Butterfly Kisses" - BugABeeDesigns
Set of 4 Rustic/Natural Christmas Card - Mix and Match with other coordinating sets - KyMadeCrafts Gemstone Wrapped Hoops -- Rhodolite Garnet and Sterling Silver - ShinyGirlDesigns Abstract silhouette style landscape: Cloudy Sunset, autumn night, urban colors - theBEASTandDRAGON Sterling Silver Drop Shell Earrings - Tan & Ivory - AndreaWatsonDesigns


‘Autumn Daydreams’ by LBLastChanceAuction

Halloween Dish Pot Scrubbers Crocheted Dish Scrubbies Crochet Pot Scrubbie Set of 3 Scrubbers Ghost Jack O Lantern Black Cat Eco Friendly - DreamsOfMay Orange Neon - Chainmaille Bracelet - Boho - Jewelery - Bracelet - Halloween - GULDENTAKI Ornament sachet  leaves for home or house warming gift of any occasion filled with whole cloves - bannerandsail Halloween Sale Picasso Jasper Round Beads - JewelleryEssentials
Notebooks journal gift favor blank book 'Just smile', Smiley face hand-drawn art notebook w\40 pages and soft creamy covers, Item Number 004 - ExiArtsConceptWorlds Glass Elm Leaf Mobile, Reclaimed Belgian Ale Glass Elm Leaves, Unique Wedding Gift - westernartglass Etsy Shop Banner and Matching Avatar -Two Ducks Graphic Design Banner - PDRPrintables Brown orange autumn leaves nature print, 8x10 - hayagold
Boont Amber Ale Wallet - ShannasDesign Original Art, Fire and Hearts: Driftwood Mosaic on Watercolor & Rustic, Kumbaya-Campfire - EarthHearts Handmade Crochet hat - HoosierHeartlandAlpa Halloween beanie, halloween hat, orange & black beanie, crocheted unisex beanie - KeishasKreativity
Autumn Spice Button Necklace with Rust, Pumpkin, and Mustard Colors - buttonsoupjewelry SALE Felt Owl Mask for Halloween, woodland, forest, brown - lupin Flowers Bow Wall Door Arrangement  Anniversary  Gift Free shipping - LeatherAndRoses Glass Acorn Necklace in Autumn Tones by Bullseyebeads - bullseyebeads


Too Cool Engraved Wooden Elements

image of engraved wooden scrapbook elements


Elements created during Design Class lessons at Hummie’s World)

Some thoughts from this lesson:

  • One size does not fit all when it comes to layer styles! Play around with layer styles and alter the settings to fit the image.
  • Use a good high quality texture image to get a good high quality element. (Keep your camera handy and take your own texture photos. It’s easy!)
  • Create your own vector graphics when you want something unique. This also allows you to set the terms of use.

Also…think about ways to add impact.

For instance, try out Photoshop’s lighting effects filter to create a spotlight layer. It really makes the texture of the wood grain pop!

How to create the spotlight effect using Photoshop’s Lighting Effects filter-
click on the graphics layer (in this example, the hummingbird or flower graphic layer),
add a new layer in Overlay mode and fill this layer with 50% gray.
In Overlay mode, 50% gray is neutral and doesn’t alter your graphic layer.
Now create the spotlight, choose Filter > Render > Lighting Effects and set up your lighting.
Position the light to be brightest in the left hand corner.
Play with the spotlight effect by dragging inward on the bottom control handle making it more circular.
Click ok.
Because the spotlight is on it’s own layer, it’s easily modified.
Experiment with other blend modes and reduce the opacity.
I liked Overlay and reduced the opacity to 85%.
Now return to your graphics layer and experiment with blend modes.
I liked soft light and a Fill opacity of 25%.
Reducing the Fill opacity doesn’t alter the qualities of the layer styles.
(For more information on fill opacity vs “regular” opacity see this post.)
image of embossed hummingbird element layers

Enjoy these free elements and I’d love to see/hear about what you do with them!


To download these free elements click here







Scrapbook Kit Name and Color Palette

Hummie’s World Design Class assignments (continued) -

For this designer class assignment the word sojourn came to mind first as a possible scrapbook kit name.

 “It is a comman saying, and in everybody’s mouth, that life is but a sojourn.” 


Now to describe our  imaginary sojourn…the word blissful popped into my head for obvious reasons. Who wouldn’t want a joyful journey?  I also thought Desert Sojourn would make a nice kit name.

For part 2 of the lesson…selecting a color palette -

In this post, I wrote about how wonderful the kuler.adobe.com website is for color inspiration. Creating and downloading color swatches for design projects is easy and fun!

Naturally, I headed there for this part of the class assignment.

I love these these earth tones.They remind me of the desert southwest.

What do you think….do you like the kit name and color palette?


image of color palette for scrapbook kit


Wanna Rock Digital Scrapbook Design?

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Fun Online Digital Scrapbooking Community


If you wanna rock digital scrapbook design and get past the monkey-see-monkey-do stage with Photoshop.  Come join us at Hummie’s World. You’ll have a knowledgeable and patient teacher (Hummie) in your corner and digital scrapbooking resources to keep you busy for years.Hey, free internet tutorials are helpful but when you want to dig deeper into digital design and Photoshop; it’s sure helps to have an experienced teacher to ask questions and get feedback.

Shortly after starting this site, I enrolled in a scrapbook designer course at Hummie’s World.  Stumbled onto this fun online scrapbooking community and was amazed at the educational resources available for a low subscription rate of $5.50 each month.


After You Subscribe and Sign Up for a Class…

you’re placed in a credit thread and your progress is monitored. You earn icons after completing set goals. Through class forum threads; you’ll find assignments, videos and written tutorials. After uploading completed creations to the gallery, Hummie and her staff provide helpful feedback and encouragement. Your submissions are checked for overall quality (if requested) via your download links. Fellow students and community members provide additional encouragement and resource information. We help each other out!

I love that once you subscribe you have access to ALL class videos and lessons. Say you’ve signed up for the Design Class but are curious about Template Class...just click on the thread and you’ll have access to everything. (The Fun Extras class sure sounds tempting.)

Of course, you don’t have to subscribe to participate in many of the happenings at Hummie’s World. There are free sample lessons available, access to public forum threads, photo gallery upload/view, freebie Designer downloads and more.

I discover new cool resources every time I visit the site!

Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking Designing…

that’s the name of class I’m taking at Hummie’s World. Here’s a very brief summary of content from Set 1 lessons taken so far:

Here are the scrapbook brads created during Lesson 6 to share for personal use…5 brads, 300 dpi, png format

image of digital scrapbooking preview for freebie digital elements


I hope you enjoy using these brads in your personal design projects. As you can tell, I’ve incorporated information from many of the designer class lessons. I can honestly say the experience has been fun, challenging and addictive! I find it hard to stay away for very long!! That means I’ll have lots of other digital design goodies to share soon.

Please give me your opinion and I’d love to see what you create with them!




Free Seamless Repeat Patterns

An excellent resource for high quality seamless repeat patterns

Patterrific.com offers many free seamless repeat patterns in vector AND pixel format. They are available in a JPG format, dimensions 400 x 400 pixels and may be installed in Photoshop by defining the jpg as pattern. The author is a graphic designer from Germany working as a pattern surface designer creating things like wallpapers, gift wrap, stationery and greeting cards.

Terms of use appear to be very generous. To be on the safe side, contact the designer before using a pattern download for any commercial purpose including web freebies.

Here are a few of the wonderful free seamless repeat patterns available:

Japanese inspired…

image of seamless pattern from Patterrific.com

Copyright © Patterrific

abstract and modern…

Image of seamless Photoshop pattern

and one of my favorites…colorful mosaic flowers. Image of Photoshop seamless pattern - mosaic flowers

These are only a few of the beautiful and high quality seamless patterns available. Be sure to explore the other resources available — videos, links and pattern related books too.

What’s your favorite resource for quality seamless patterns?


Simple Painterly Effect Using Filters

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Simple Painterly Effect Using Photoshop Filters (after filter effects)


Playing with Photoshop’s filters is so much fun and you can create some really interesting effects in your images!

If you’ve never played around with the artistic filters in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, what are you waiting for?

To create this cool yet simple painterly effect using standard Photoshop filters begin with an online video tutorial from Gavin Hoey at

Gavtrain.com entitled “Super Quick Painterly Effect in Photoshop”

At the beginning of the video Gavin says the photo he’s using is 8 bits per channel and the image size is around 3,000 – 4,000 pixels. Unfortunately, images from my older model digital point-and-shot camera aren’t high-res enough to easily follow along and get similar results. To keep things simple, I’m using a beautiful stock image from

 http://free-images-etc.rb-d.com/  -

Go there when you need free high-resolution stock photographs for blogs, newsletters and design projects.

Do be respectful of their Terms of Use policy. (Terms of Use: you are allowed to copy, distribute and adapt images. You are Not allowed to use images in a stand-alone manner or sell them.)

If you do download an image from these generous folks, please take time to say thanks and leave some love!!

Here’s the before image….
image of bright colorful mexican balcony_no filter effect

Image of Bright Colorful Mexican Balcony (before filter effects)

To see the beautiful high resolution original image …be sure to check out free-images-etc.rb-d.com (link mentioned above).
Hope you found this information helpful and have fun experimenting with Photoshop filters!

Need Color Inspiration for Your Next Project?

image of kuler website create theme by color


Creating Color Themes using Kuhler

If you’re looking for color inspiration for your next design project, check out Kuhler. Kuhler.adobe.com is a free online application allowing anyone to discover, create and share color themes (aka swatches). Create and share your own or get inspiration from themes created by others.

Tip: If you plan to save your color theme, you’ll need to register for a free Adobe ID. If you already have an Adobe ID, just sign in using your current account information.

To get started click Create > From a Color.

Your options are to:

  • Change the colors by moving the color markers around the color wheel.
  • Select a different color rule.
  • Select the Custom rule and use the wheel or sliders located at the bottom of the screen to adjust colors.

Color Wheel’s Rules:

Analogous – matches colors with adjacent hues.

Monochromatic – focuses on one color with varied intensity and lightness in a single hue.

Triad – spaces your color in a triangle around the wheel for a contrasting theme.

Complimentary – oppose two colors on the wheel for a simple theme based on two hues.

Compound – combine interesting colors from multiple hues.

Shades – create supple variations of the base color’s hues.

Custom - drag individual colors around the wheel with complete freedom. Clicking this rule unlinks the color markers so they can be moved independently.

After you choose how you want your colors to relate by selecting a rule, you’ll need to pick a base color. The base color is the color you want to build your theme around. Then play around by moving the color markers to see how your theme changes. The slider bar under the color wheel controls the color brightness.


Creating Themes from an Image

Click on Create > From an Image > a default photo and color theme appear to get you started.


image of kuler website create by image


Click and drag on each of the circular markers on the image to alter the color theme. You can also upload one of your own images or browse for a Flickr photo.

Click Select a Mood to explore by color atmosphere:

Colorful > Bright > Muted > Deep > Dark > Custom 


Themes Created by the Online Community

Themes can be private or shared publicly with the online community too. Search for Themes by tag words, title, creator, or hex color. Using tags (descriptive keywords) allows others to search, comment on and rate your themes easily.

Quickly bring up a group of shared swatches by choosing Most Popular, Highest Rated or Random.


After signing in with your Adobe ID, you’ll see three icons allowing you to add a selected theme to Favorites/delete theme from Favorites, download the theme as an Adobe Swatch Exchange or make changes and view color values.

Selected themes can be downloaded as a JPG, GIF, PNG or BMP file.


image of adobe kuler home page for post


Under the Mykuler  section you’ll find -

Themes > click here to find themes you created and saved.

Favorites >  if you’ve saved themes created by others as your favorites, click here to find them.


Loading Downloaded Themes

In Photoshop CS2 and CS3, make your Swatches palette window visible (Window > Swatches) click on the arrow button located at the upper right of the panel to reveal the pop-up menu. Click Load Swatches and go to the .ase file downloaded on your desktop. Open the .ase file and your colors will appear in the Swatches palette.

For Photoshop CS4 and 5, choose Window > Extensions > Kuler to find the Kuler panels.


I’ve touched on some of the main highlights at Kuler. Hope you’ll go explore this great free resource when you need a bit of color inspiration for your next project.






Make a Scrapbook Rosette and More!

Image of digital rosette for scrapbooking

Scrapbook Rosette

If you like making your own scrapbook elements (paper or digital) and are always looking for fun tutorials…head over to Papers and Pixels magazine. Their free July 2011 issue has a great tutorial on making paper or digital rosettes.

What an amazing variety of fun and informative goodies for paper and digital crafters!

Sample of the July 2011 edition contents:

  • Creating paper and digital rosettes (Photoshop Elements scrapbook tutorial)
  • Paper and digital pinwheels (Photoshop scrapbook tutorial)
  • Digital designer of the month interview & interviews with other designers
  • A special freebie from the designer of the month (free scrapbook kit with 8 papers and 12 elements)
  • Fold-over paper medallion
  • Create your own paper watermelon basket
  • Hot Air Balloon embellishment tutorials (Photoshop and Photoshop Elements scrapbook tutorial)
  • Crafting Paper Cards
  • Digital French Memo Board tutorial (Photoshop tutorial for creating and using element in your scrapbook pages)
  • Sketch Template Challenge and free scrapbook template
  • Monthly Scrapbook Challenge
  • How to use Paint Shop Pro Scripts
  • And more!!

Register to download 12 free back editions (September 2010 through August 2011). Go to the Forum . You’ll see a welcome message at the top. Click to get registered. After you’ve registered, log back in and you’ll see a link for Paper and Pixels Magazines - Back Editions. Click on that link to access and download each back edition containing lots of freebies and goodies.

After September 2011, magazine downloads are by subscription only. The subscription rate is $12/year or $1.50 an issue. Download some of the older issues and see what you think. Seems like a pretty amazing value to me for all you get!

If you’re new to Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, consider taking a Photoshop fundamentals class. You’ll find information in the website forum section: look for FUNdamentals class taught by some extremely patient and knowledgeable teachers.

I did that when I first started working with Photoshop and consider it was money well spent.

Download my free scrapbook rosettes if your rather not create your own.

(click thumbnail image to download)

preview image of digital scrapbook rosettes

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