Sunday, December 21, 2014

CT Tags featuring "Alanna" and matching kit "Wonderful Christmas"

Today's tags feature the beautiful Christmas poser "Alanna" by Designs by Norella and the matching kit "Wonderful Christmas" by Mariel Designs.

Alanna is a sassy Christmas present poser. She is PTU and available for purchase at Designs by Norella's store.



The beautiful made-to-match kit by Mariel Designs is full of wonderful Christmas items.  The kit includes 15 gorgeous papers, 7 fabulous frames, and 90 christmasy elements.

Below are two sample tags made using the fabulous combination.






Tuesday, December 16, 2014

CT Tags for Frances and matching kit

Today's tags features the glamorous flapper era poser "Frances" by Designs by Norella and the matching kit "Frances" by Amy Marie.

Frances embodies the sass and class of the 20's flappers complete with glamorous accessories. She is PTU and available for purchase at Designs by Norella's store.



The beautiful made to match kit by Amy Marie is filled with elegant and glamorous items which capture the spirit and beauty of this unique poser.  The kit includes 20 gorgeous papers and 96 fabulous elements.

Below are two tags made using this classy combination.






Thursday, December 11, 2014

CT Tags for Tubes 4 Taggers featuring "Christmas Ball" by Wendy G

"Christmas Ball" by Wendy G available at Tubes 4 Taggers.


This glamorous vintage style Holiday tube comes in three beautiful colors.  There are a total of 3 tubes in this download. All are shown in previews. Each one also has a close up included. Personal use only.

For my first tag I paired her with the kit "Dark and Luxurious" by Kissing Kate

For my second tag, I paired her with the kit "Holly Xmas"  by Tainted Angel Designs.


Come check out the beautiful tubes and kit featured here plus more at Tubes 4 Taggers.


Sunday, December 7, 2014

CT Tags for Clarice and North Pole

Today's tags feature the whimsical Christmas poser "Clarice" by Designs by Norella and the matching kit "North Pole" by Mariel Designs.

Clarice is a fun Christmas helper complete with a red nose and reindeer antlers. She is PTU and available for purchase at Designs by Norella's store.



The whimsical made-to-match kit by Mariel Designs is full of wonderful winter fantasy items.  The kit includes 10 gorgeous papers, 5 fabulous frames, and 70 christmasy elements.

Below are two sample tags made using the fun combination.





CT Tutorial featuring "Jess 2" by English Rose Designs

**This tutorial was written using Photoshop CC. I believe the instructions should work with various other versions, but they are not tested on any other version.  This tutorial is my own creation.  Any similarity to any other tutorial is not done purposely or knowingly (aside from the fact that the process is pretty similar in most tutorials).  If you do not know how to do some of the things I mention here (like mirroring an image, adding a drop shadow, resizing elements, etc.), check out my “Tips and Tricks” tutorial. **

Supplies:
PTU Poser – “Jess 2” by English Rose Designs.  You can purchase this elegant beauty at her store, English Rose Designs.

PTU Kit- “Peacock Christmas” by Amy Marie.  You can find all of Amy Marie’s beautiful kits for sale at her own store, Amy Marie’s Kits.

Abbreviations:
DS – Drop Shadow

Settings I use:
DS Settings - Blend Mode set to Multiply, Opacity set to 75%, Angle set to 120 degrees, Distance 5, Spread 0, Size 5

Ready…..Set….Tag!

Create your background mask:
Open a new canvas (Ctrl +N) 700 x 700, transparent background.  This will be referred to as the working canvas in my directions when switching between canvases.

Add Element 26 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the width of the canvas.  Position at the top of the canvas. 

Add Element 29 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the width of the canvas and position below the previous element.

Add Element 93 to the canvas.  Resize to about 460 pixels wide.  Position in the lower right corner.  Add DS.

Add Element 46 to the canvas.  Resize to about 500 pixels wide and position in the upper right corner.  This should overlap the snowflake.

Add Paper 14 to the canvas.  Resize to fit over the opening in the frame.  Move the paper layer below the frame.  Use the eraser tool to erase any overhang of the paper showing outside of the frame.

Open the poser in another canvas. Use the marquee tool and draw a rectangle around the top half of the poser.  Copy (Ctrl + C) the poser and switch back to the working canvas.  Select the frame layer and paste (Ctrl + V) the poser onto the canvas.  Resize the poser to display to your liking and position in the center of the Frame.  Right click on the poser layer and select “Create Clipping Mask” this will clip the poser to the paper underneath it and hides the rest.

Click on the frame layer to make it the active layer. Add Element 91 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the height of the canvas.  Position on the left side.  Add DS.

Add Element 50 to the canvas.  Resize to fit under the frame by the tree slightly overlapping the tree.  Add DS.

Add Element 62 to the canvas.  Resize to about 290 pixels wide.  Position in front of the gift and tree.  Add DS.

Add Element 90 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the width of the canvas.  Position at the bottom of the canvas in front of everything. Add DS.

Add the full body pose of your poser now and resize to fit the height of the canvas.  Position her on the left of the canvas and add DS.

Voila!  The focal point of your tag is now created.

Now decorate your tag with any of the colorful Christmas elements from the kit.  Resize the elements as you add them to fit the proportions of your tag.  Experiment with rotating them and mirroring them for more variety.  In addition duplicate elements and use multiple times to fill in holes and add more pizzazz.  In this tutorial to indicate when I used more than one of the same element I will add (X#) by the name to indicate how many versions of the element I used. 

Here are all the additional elements I used from the bottom layers up.
  • Element 59
  • Element 71
  • Element 72
  • Element 15
  • Element 75
  • Element 49
  • Element 78

Add your license and copyright info to the tag.

Add name and any other text of choice.

Save as PNG and go share with all your friends!


Thank you for trying my tut! I’d love to see how your tags turn out so if you like what you made, please post a copy here or show me on Facebook!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

CT Tags featuring PTU "Ivy" by Designs by Norella

"Ivy" by Designs by Norella available here.

 Don't miss this PTU Holiday beauty!

I paired the magnificent festive Ivy with the beautiful PTU Kit "Winter Wedding" by  Amy Marie


For my second tag, I paired Ivy with the festive PTU Kit "Olde Yule" by  Honored Scraps

Come check out Ivy and all the other beautiful work at



Sunday, November 30, 2014

CT Tags for Tubes 4 Taggers - Featuring "Winter Dreams" by Dance in the Rain

"Winter Dreams" by Dance in the Rain available at Tubes 4 Taggers.


This beautiful winter kit features 113 Elements, 24 Papers, and 10 Clusters. Lots of variety available in how to match up the elements of the kit.  Kit is in various shades of blue and white.

For my first tag with this beautiful kit I paired it with "Rose" by Di Halim


For my second tag, I paired it with "Skates"  by Alehandra Vanhek.



Saturday, November 29, 2014

CT Tags for Kikina and Legend of the Snow Dragon

Today's tags feature the beautiful fantasy poser "Kikina" by Designs by Norella and the matching kit "Legend of the Snow Dragon" by Mariel Designs.

Kikina is a beautiful winter fairy frolicking with her pet dragon. She is PTU and available for purchase at Designs by Norella's store.


The fabulous made-to-match kit by Mariel Designs is full of wonderful winter fantasy items.  The kit includes 10 gorgeous papers, 4 fabulous frames, and 70 magical elements.
Below are two sample tags made using the fantastic combination.




Thursday, November 27, 2014

CT Tutorial featuring "Ranger Quinn" by English Rose Designs


**This tutorial was written using Photoshop CC. I believe the instructions should work with various other versions, but they are not tested on any other version.  This tutorial is my own creation.  Any similarity to any other tutorial is not done purposely or knowingly (aside from the fact that the process is pretty similar in most tutorials).  If you do not know how to do some of the things I mention here (like mirroring an image, adding a drop shadow, resizing elements, etc.), check out my “Tips and Tricks” tutorial. **

Supplies:
PTU Poser – “Ranger Quinn” by English Rose Designs.  You can purchase this elegant beauty at her store, English Rose Designs.

PTU Kit - “Softly Falls the Snow” by Graphics of Fantasy Designs.  You can purchase this elegant winter kit at PicsForDesign.com.

FTU Mask - "Mask 05 - Dreamscape" by Aeval Amore.  Available for download on my blog, Aeval's Art.

Abbreviations:
DS – Drop Shadow

Settings I use:
DS Settings - Blend Mode set to Multiply, Opacity set to 75%, Angle set to 120 degrees, Distance 5, Spread 0, Size 5

Ready…..Set….Tag!
Open Paper 5 in a new canvas.  Double click on the layer to unlock it.

Add the Mask to the canvas and resize if needed so it is the same size as the paper.  Then drag the mask layer below the paper layer.

With the mask layer selected, select all (Ctrl + A) and copy the entire canvas (Ctrl + C).  You will see dashed lines surround the canvas. 

Click on the paper layer to activate it, then turn on quick mask (Press the Q key on your keyboard).  The dashed lines will disappear and that is ok.  Next Paste onto the paper (Ctrl + V) and turn your Quick Mask off (Q again). 

You will now see a dotted outline of the mask on your paper.  Press the button on the bottom of layers side bar that is a rectangle with a circle cut out of it.  The mask will now show. 

Right click on the paper layer and select Convert to Smart Image.  This releases just the mask.  The background layer of the mask will become invisible on its own.

Open a new canvas (Ctrl +N) 700 x 700, transparent background.  This will be referred to as the working canvas in my directions when switching between canvases.

Add the paper/mask combination from above to the working canvas.  Resize to fit the canvas.

Add Element 53 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the width of the canvas and position at the bottom.  Add DS.

Add Element 4 to the canvas.  Resize to about ¾ the size of the canvas.  Move this layer under the Element 53 layer and position so part of the church is visible behind the trees.

Select the Element 53 layer to make it the active layer.  Then add Element 50 to the canvas and resize to fit the width of the canvas.  Position at the bottom of the canvas overlapping the hill.  Add DS.

Add Element 31 to the canvas.  Resize to your liking and position on the left side on the canvas.  Position the deer so it looks as though it is stepping onto the snow covered wood.  Add DS.

Add the full poser to the canvas.  Resize to fit and position on the left side of the canvas in front of the back half of the deer.  Add DS. 

Voila!  The focal point of your tag is now created.

Now decorate your tag with any of the winter elements from the kit.  Resize the elements as you add them so they fit the proportions of your tag.  Experiment with rotating them and mirroring them for more variety.  In addition duplicate elements and use multiple times to fill in holes and add more pizzazz.  In this tutorial to indicate when I used more than one of the same element I will add (X#) by the name to indicate how many versions of the element I used. 

Here are all the additional elements I used from the bottom layers up.
  • Element 101
  • Element 77
  • Element 67
  • Element 110
  • Element 39
  • Element 33
  • Element 1
  • Element 40
  • Element 107
  • Element 28

Add your license and copyright info to the tag.

Add name and any other text of choice.

Save as PNG and go share with all your friends!


Thank you for trying my tut! I’d love to see how your tags turn out so if you like what you made, please post a copy here or show me on Facebook!

CT Tags for "Madeline" by Designs by Norella + Holiday Snaggable

"Madeline" by Designs by Norella available here.

 Don't miss this PTU vintage Christmas poser!

For my first tag I paired Madeline with PTU Kit "Elizabeths Christmas" by Amy Marie

This beautiful vintage feeling Christmas kit was made to match "Elizabeth" another beautiful Christmas poser by Designs by Norella.

For my second tag, I paired her up with PTU Kit "Christmas Joy" by Niqui's Designs.

Come check out Madeline and all the other beautiful work at

And finally a Holiday Snaggable:




Friday, November 21, 2014

CT Tags for Tubes 4 Taggers - Featuring "Let It Snow" by KissingKate

"Let It Snow" by Kissing Kate available at Tubes 4 Taggers.


This kit was created to match the Snow Maiden tube by Kajenna available at PicsForDesign, but can be matched with any tube.

This beautiful red and white winter kit features 86 Elements, 10 Papers, and 3 Frames. Lots of variety available in how to match up the elements of the kit.

For my first tag with this jolly kit I paired it with "Katrina" by Designs by Norella


For my second tag, I paired it with "Miss Snowflake"  by Misticheskaya.



Monday, November 17, 2014

CT Tutorial for "Jingles 1" by English Rose Designs


**This tutorial was written using Photoshop CC. I believe the instructions should work with various other versions, but they are not tested on any other version.  This tutorial is my own creation.  Any similarity to any other tutorial is not done purposely or knowingly (aside from the fact that the process is pretty similar in most tutorials).  If you do not know how to do some of the things I mention here (like mirroring an image, adding a drop shadow, resizing elements, etc.), check out my “Tips and Tricks” tutorial. **

Supplies:
PTU Poser – “Jingles 1” by English Rose Designs.  You can purchase this elegant beauty at her store, English Rose Designs.


PTU Kit - “Christmas Treasures” by Honored Scraps.  You can purchase this fun little kit at Berry Applicious.

Mask of your choice

Abbreviations:
DS – Drop Shadow

Settings I use:
DS Settings - Blend Mode set to Multiply, Opacity set to 75%, Angle set to 120 degrees, Distance 5, Spread 0, Size 5

Ready…..Set….Tag!
Open Paper 4 in a new canvas.  Double click on the layer to unlock it.

Add the Mask to the canvas and resize if needed so it is the same size as the paper.  Then drag the mask layer below the paper layer.

With the mask layer selected, select all (Ctrl + A) and copy the entire canvas (Ctrl + C).  You will see dashed lines surround the canvas. 

Click on the paper layer to activate it, then turn on quick mask (Press the Q key on your keyboard).  The dashed lines will disappear and that is ok.  Next Paste onto the paper (Ctrl + V) and turn your Quick Mask off (Q again). 

You will now see a dotted outline of the mask on your paper.  Press the button on the bottom of layers side bar that is a rectangle with a circle cut out of it.  The mask will now show. 

Right click on the paper layer and select Convert to Smart Image.  This releases just the mask.  The background layer of the mask will become invisible on its own.

Open a new canvas (Ctrl +N) 700 x 700, transparent background.  This will be referred to as the working canvas in my directions when switching between canvases.

Add the paper/mask combination from above to the working canvas.  Resize to fit the canvas.

Add Paper 1 to the canvas. Resize to fit the entire canvas.  Use the Rectangular Marquee Tool to select a section of the bottom of the tag.  Inverse the selection (Shift+Ctrl+I). Right click on the layer and select Rasterize Layer.  Press the delete key to delete the paper from that section.  You now have a floor.  Use a soft round brush and the eraser tool to erase around the edges to give it a softer finish.

Add ChristmasStars2 to the canvas and resize to the width of the tag.  Position at the top of the tag.  Add DS.

Add Frame 5 to the canvas.  Resize to about 250% of the original size and position in the upper right corner.  Add DS.

Add Paper 5 to the canvas.  Resize to fit over the opening in the frame in the element above.  Move the paper layer below the frame.  Use the eraser tool to erase any overhang of the paper showing outside the center of the snowflake frame.

Add the wordart HappyHolidays to the canvas.  Resize to fit in the upper left corner.  Add DS.

Add Fireplace to the canvas.  Resize to about half the width of the canvas.  Position toward the bottom left of the tag.  It should slightly overlap the frame area above.  Right click on the layer and select “Blending Options”.  Turn on “Satin” at the default settings.  This will darken the fireplace.

Add Tree2 to the canvas.  Resize to fit in the bottom left corner overlapping the fireplace and fitting below the word art.

Add the full poser to the canvas.  Resize to fit and position to the center of the canvas in front of the tree.  Add DS. 

Voila!  The focal point of your tag is now created.

Now decorate your tag with any of the jolly elements from the kit.  Resize the elements as you add them so they fit the proportions of your tag.  Experiment with rotating them and mirroring them for more variety.  In addition duplicate elements and use multiple times to fill in holes and add more pizzazz.  In this tutorial to indicate when I used more than one of the same element I will add (X#) by the name to indicate how many versions of the element I used. 

Here are all the additional elements I used from the bottom layers up.
  • GingerBreadBoy
  • GingerBreadGirl
  • GingerBreadHouse
  • Flower1
  • ToySoldier1
  • Gift7
  • Gift6
  • Gift5
  • Gift4

Add your license and copyright info to the tag.

Add name and any other text of choice.

Save as PNG and go share with all your friends!

Thank you for trying my tut! I’d love to see how your tags turn out so if you like what you made, please post a copy here or show me on Facebook!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

CT Tags for "Adnarel" by Designs by Norella

"Adnarel" by Designs by Norella available here.

 Don't miss this PTU winter angel!

For my first tag I paired Adnarel with FTU Kit "Icy Blue" by Inzpired Creations

For my second tag, I paired her up with PTU Kit "Winter Garden" by FwTags Creations.

Come check out Adnarel and all the other beautiful work at



Thursday, November 13, 2014

CT Tags for Vampire Love by Mary's Designs

"Vampire Love" by Mary's Designs available at Sensibility Scrapping, Low Budget Scrapping,  Sweet-Pinup and Render Art World.


This gothic style vampire kit comes with 99 Elements, 25 papers/backgrounds, and 2 frames. It is ideal for your gothic tags.

For my first tag with this vampire kit I paired it with "Demetria" by Designs by Norella


For my second tag, I paired it with "I've Lost My Paradise"  by Gaetano Di Falco.



Monday, November 10, 2014

CT Tutorial for "Cute Clown" by English Rose Designs


**This tutorial was written using Photoshop CC. I believe the instructions should work with various other versions, but they are not tested on any other version.  This tutorial is my own creation.  Any similarity to any other tutorial is not done purposely or knowingly (aside from the fact that the process is pretty similar in most tutorials).  If you do not know how to do some of the things I mention here (like mirroring an image, adding a drop shadow, resizing elements, etc.), check out my “Tips and Tricks” tutorial. **

Supplies:
PTU Poser – “Cute Clown” by English Rose Designs.  You can purchase this elegant beauty at her store, English Rose Designs.


PTU Kit - “Snowy Christmas” by Designs by Joan.  Currently not available for sale, but was sold at SATC when they were still open.

Mask of your choice

Abbreviations:
DS – Drop Shadow

Settings I use:
DS Settings - Blend Mode set to Multiply, Opacity set to 75%, Angle set to 120 degrees, Distance 5, Spread 0, Size 5

Ready…..Set….Tag!
Open Paper 4 in a new canvas.  Double click on the layer to unlock it.

Add the Mask to the canvas and resize if needed so it is the same size as the paper.  Then drag the mask layer below the paper layer.

With the mask layer selected, select all (Ctrl + A) and copy the entire canvas (Ctrl + C).  You will see dashed lines surround the canvas. 

Click on the paper layer to activate it, then turn on quick mask (Press the Q key on your keyboard).  The dashed lines will disappear and that is ok.  Next Paste onto the paper (Ctrl + V) and turn your Quick Mask off (Q again). 

You will now see a dotted outline of the mask on your paper.  Press the button on the bottom of layers side bar that is a rectangle with a circle cut out of it.  The mask will now show. 

Right click on the paper layer and select Convert to Smart Image.  This releases just the mask.  The background layer of the mask will become invisible on its own.

Open a new canvas (Ctrl +N) 700 x 700, transparent background.  This will be referred to as the working canvas in my directions when switching between canvases.

Add the paper/mask combination from above to the working canvas.  Resize to fit the canvas.

Add Element 50 to the canvas and resize to your liking.  Position at the top left corner of the canvas and add DS.  Right click on the layer and select “Duplicate layer”.  Drag the duplicate layer to the middle of the top area of the canvas.  Duplicate the layer again and position it in the right corner.  This will create a garland of snowflakes across the canvas.

Add Element 61 to the canvas and resize to about the width of the mask.  Position at the bottom of the tag in the center.  Add DS.

Add Element 6 to the canvas.  Resize to fit the width of the canvas.  Position in the center of the canvas.  Add DS.

Add Paper 7 to the canvas.  Resize to fit over the opening in the frame in the element above.  Move the paper layer below the frame.  Use the eraser tool to erase any overhang of the paper showing outside the center of the snowflake frame.

Open the poser in another canvas.  Use the marquee tool and draw a rectangle around the upper portion of the poser.  Copy (Ctrl + C) the poser and switch back to the working canvas.  Paste (Ctrl + V) the poser onto the canvas.   Position the poser in the frame to your liking. If there is overhang of the poser off the paper you can right click on the poser layer and select “Create clipping mask” this will hide any of the element outside of the shape of the paper.  Right click on the layer and add DS and Inner Glow (use the default settings for Inner Glow).  Also apply Bevel & Emboss with Style Inner Bevel and Technique Smooth.  Everything else leave as default.

Add the full poser to the canvas.  Resize to fit and position to the right of the canvas.  Add DS. 

Voila!  The focal point of your tag is now created.

Now decorate your tag with any of the fun elements from the kit.  Resize the elements as you add them so they fit the proportions of your tag.  Experiment with rotating them and mirroring them for more variety.  In addition duplicate elements and use multiple times to fill in holes and add more pizzazz.  In this tutorial to indicate when I used more than one of the same element I will add (X#) by the name to indicate how many versions of the element I used. 

Here are all the additional elements I used from the bottom layers up.
  • Element 17
  • Element 54
  • Element 51
  • Element 4
  • Element 44
  • Element 43
  • Element 45
  • Element 49

Add your license and copyright info to the tag.

Add name and any other text of choice.

Save as PNG and go share with all your friends!


Thank you for trying my tut! I’d love to see how your tags turn out so if you like what you made, please post a copy here or show me on Facebook!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

CT Tags for "Tatiana" by Designs by Norella

"Tatiana" by Designs by Norella available here.
 Don't miss this PTU whimsical winter lovely!
For my first tag I paired Tatiana with PTU Kit "Winter Fairy" by Mariel Designs
For my second tag, I paired her up with FTU Kit "Winter Wonderland" by Digicats (& Dogs).
Come check out Tatiana and all the other beautiful work at