New Product and Freebie: Hand-Painted Glass Beads

Last year I inherited some intricately hand-painted delicate glass beads from my mother-in-law.   I can only imagine the tiny brushes, the strained eyes, and the hours that went into creating these beautiful pieces.

I have scanned and extracted these pieces of art. I can just envision them being the perfect addition to the right scrapbook page or kit.  They are CU/S4H, but are also perfect for the personal-use layout artist.

You will find Hand-Painted Glass Beads at:

SnickerdoodleDesigns    |     theStudio     |     CUDigitals


And here is a Sample for you to try out. Click HERE or on the Hand Painted Glass Bead Sample image below to download.


If you are looking for an easy way to string these beads together, or just want to create a string to attach one bead, check out my String Photoshop Styles!


Consider mixing and matching the Hand-Painted Glass Beads with Polished Stones!



The String Styles and Polished Stones are offered in a value-priced Collection for your savings!


Enjoy! And thanks for stopping by!

Tutorial: Using Lighting Effects in Photoshop

Light plays a very important part in digital design and in our scrapbook pages.  It can be used to add drama to both our photographs and layouts.  Today let’s look at the Lighting Effects filter in Photoshop and see how we can make that work for us.

The Lighting Effect Filter is not available in Photoshop Elements; however, the Lens Flare Filter, which we talked about last week, is an option for you.  In case you missed that tutorial,  you will find it listed below, along with other Filter tutorials you might find helpful.

Using the Lens Flare Filter in Photoshop

Using the Shear Filter in Photoshop

Using the Liquify Filter in Photoshop

Read this tutorial on theStudio’s blog, and learn how to create dramatic lighting effects in your layouts!



Tutorial: Using the Lens Flare Filter in Photoshop

Thank you for once again letting me know that you are enjoying exploring Filters in Photoshop.     Based upon your feedback and interest, I will take the next few weeks to explore a few more filters that I think you will find useful in your scrapbooking layouts.  Today let’s look at the Lens Flare Filter.

This beautiful layout was created by Priss (forum name pssequimages), using Rocky Mountain Dreams. 

I asked her to create a layout for me with this tutorial in mind, so she did not include any light in the lantern.  Perfect for our needs! Let’s add our own light using the Lens Flare Filter. But first, let’s convert the layout to a Smart Object. (Right click on the layer > Convert to Smart Object.  Doing so will allow Photoshop to place the filter on it’s own layer, giving us the opportunity to adjust it if we like.  For more about Smart Filters:  How Smart ARE Smart Filters.)



Read the rest of this tutorial on theStudio’s blog here.

Learn how to get THIS result!


Border Buddie Freebie!

Today one of my Border Buddy Sets will be the “Deal of the Day” at theStudio!  Pop over to the store to see which one and save 70%!

Are you signed up for theStudio newsletter?  There is a Border Buddy Sampler in today’s issue!  Not signed up?  Well, you can find today’s newsletter HERE.  To be sure you don’t miss future free samplers, sign up for theStudio newsletter HERE.


Digital Scrapbooking with Photoshop Elements with Michelle Stelling


cL-michelleIn case you missed Michelle Stelling’s (NAODS) FREE 3 day class at creativeLIVE, it will be rebroadcast, starting TODAY!

Join Michelle for 3 full days of learning not only the basics not also some advanced techniques in Photoshop Elements. Not a PSE user? Not a problem! Many of the concepts she will be teaching can easily be translated to whatever digital scrapbook program you use.

Just go to creativeLIVE, and click on the “Watch Now FREE” link at the top of the page, and you will be allowed access to watch Michelle’s class!

If you decide to purchase the class, I believe creativeLIVE will be offering special pricing on it.  If you enjoy Michelle’s teaching style (I know you will!), and prefer to join her site for continuous teaching, you can review her membership rates here or enjoy a FREE 3-day Trial Membership here.