Watercolor Brush Strokes

The latest…

I’ve been busy creating some watercolor painted strokes using Photoshop and using a Wacom tablet.

PDR wcstrokes DDR1


PDR wcstrokes DDR2


I love how they turned out and think they’ll be wonderful for creating shop banners, logos, invitations, journaling tags and so much more.

If you open them in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements you can copy and stack the layers (Command or Control J), merge down and get less transparency with a richer color. Play with them and see how creative you can get.



I’m also excited that they will be part of my a new king of product – Digital Design Resource products (DDR)

Terms of Use for DDR products allow for small business commercial use without any credit back to me.  DDR products can be used to contribute to an overall new design without the credit acknowledgment hassle.

Download free watercolor strokes samples here. (Available for a limited time).

I’d love to know what you think of them.

Full set is here in my Etsy shop.






January Color Challenge


I was up late designing for the January Color Challenge sponsored by the Digital Designers Etsy Team.

Color Pallette courtesy of Design Seeds

Color Pallette courtesy of Design Seeds


 My contribution t0 the link party design challenge is a fun collection of 34 graphics with a vintage feel.

300 dpi pngs and generously sized at around 6 inches.

Everything was hand drawn by me including the word art using a Wacom tablet.


wedding clipart

image for wedding clipart


If vintage isn’t your thing, you might prefer glitter



or chalkboard style graphics


Perfect for invitations, scrapbooking wedding or Valentine photos and other creative projects of the heart.

Head over to the Digital Designers Etsy Team January Color Challenge. Sample freebies and checkout products created by a talented group of digital artists.

What’s in your designer toolbox?



Grateful Table Scrapbook Linkup

Grateful Table Mini Kit

Grateful Table Mini Kit

Scrapbook Linkup Party  hosted by DigiHop Community

Update:  After posting I noticed something “off” with two of the papers and uploaded a revised Mini-Kit Freebie download here:

That’s what happens when you get in a hurry and don’t QC everything properly!  I am leaving the download link below in order not to break the connection to the DigiHop linkup party.

You’ll also get two more coordinating scrapbook papers not show in the preview! Please take a moment to like my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PixelDesignResource. Sure makes me feel good and is a great way to say thanks!

Mini kit Download Freebie (please use the revised link ABOVE to get my contribution to the linkup party)


If you like the floral wreath used to make the mini kit tag element, you’ll find it and many others in my Etsy shop here.  They are high resolution pngs and the colors can easily be altered using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. You can even use a free online software program like PicMonkey to change the colors. A hue and saturation adjustment layer does the trick. Just play with the sliders until you get some colors you really like.



floral wedding clipart





Digital Designers Fall Linkup

So excited to be part of a linkup party courtesy of the creative Digital Designers Etsy Team!

My contribution to the link party is free bunting in fall colors.

Hurry cause this freebie is only available for a short time!




Get a free 2015 Printable Calendar  from the Digital Designers Etsy Team too!

My contribution:

PDRP Calendar-preview1


Now’s a wonderful time to visit my shop PDR Printables.  The Fall Sales Event is happening!!

You’ll find 50% savings on instant download digital design items to help you create beautiful invitations, scrapbook layouts, labels, stamps, cards, and more.



floral wedding clipart

Wedding Clipart




wedding clipart





Scrapbook Paper

Shabby Scrapbook Paper

Test Link

Scrapbook Paper 2



Personalized Printables





Pretty Snazzy Prongs


image of scrapbook prongs



Prongs are a pretty simple element to create in Photoshop.

What sets good prongs apart from not so good is having quality layer styles and fine-tuning them.


To download a nice selection of free prongs that’ll really snazz up your layouts…

Click here







CU Friendly Digital Tape

image of digital scotch tape for scrapbook embellishment


To download my free commercial use digital tape click here  

If you’re wondering about the preview photo, it’s of my new hiking boots taken right after our Bryce Canyon National Park trip. They are the most comfortable hiking boots I’ve ever worn! Plus, they are pretty stylish…for hiking boots.

I created the green patterned paper using Illustrator and Photoshop. I plan to have some of these patterned papers available on this site soon.

So stay tuned.







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







Old Fashioned Retro Slides

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Slides…do you remember when slides were an alternative to photos. Yep, me too.

When I was in school, many presentations used slide images loaded onto a carousel and projected onto a portable screen or wall. Family vacation shots were often slide presentations that felt like they went on forever..especially to a kid that just wanted to go outside and play. Oh my those were the days.

As a tribute to those days and to Hummie’s class on making slides, here is one basic and one vintage shabby chic slide.

Love to hear your comments about these vintage slides.


Download these slides here


Had a great time using one of my cactus flower shots to create a grungy slide…





Free Silver Chains

image of digital scrapbook element - chains


This week’s lesson was about how to make digital chains in Photoshop.  I made a simple straight one and played with the puppet warp tool to create the second one.

A great lesson! One I’ll come back to again as I continue to improve my custom drop shadow and dodge and burn techniques.

Hope you enjoy them!

Click to Download these chains


Inked Elements Technique

preview image of download for Word Art and Element

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It’s interesting where and how our design inspiration takes shape. For some reason that lovely song “I Hope You Dance” was playing in my head as I began working on Lesson 39  (Inked Edges technique for scrapbook elements). The song inspired me to create these scrapbook Word Art elements I’m sharing with you today.

To make the elements unique, I began in Illustrator using the blob brush to draw the words and dancing hearts. (I could have use Photoshop for this step but I wanted to play in Illustrator.)

I placed the plain vector shapes into Photoshop. Then I colored and inked the edges using one of the techniques from the video tutorial. Of course, I added layer styles to the small element.

For a step-by-step video tutorial on creating inked edges in Photoshop subscribe to Hummie’s World. Her video tutorial describes several ways to get this look.

I found yet another technique for inking edges here. I haven’t tried this approach yet but it does look interesting!

I hope you enjoy these free unique scrapbook elements.

I welcome your feedback and of course, I hope you dance!


Download here


I Hope You Dance

Artist: Lee Ann Womack

Writer(s): Tia Sillers, Mark D. Sanders


I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

I hope you dance
I hope you dance

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Livin’ might mean takin’ chances, but they’re worth takin’
Lovin’ might be a mistake, but it’s worth makin’
Don’t let some Hellbent heart leave you bitter
When you come close to sellin’ out, reconsider
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

I hope you dance
I hope you dance
(Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along)
I hope you dance
I hope you dance
(Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder, where those years have gone?)

I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

(Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along)
I hope you dance
I hope you dance
(Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder, where those years have gone?)


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