Saturday, February 27, 2010

Sweet Berrylicious {Free Party!} Part 1

Sometimes we think that we don't have the resources to do a spectacular party with all those little details that makes a party unforgettable. But we can learn to make spectacular party decorations with just an internet connection, a printer, paper, scissors and tape!

This is one of several posts on how to make a strawberry or spring related party using the free resources on the internet, but they can be extrapolated to any party! I am doing these as a relaxation break during my free time between studying, being a mom, wife and working full time! As I mentioned before, my daughter is all Strawberry Shortcake right now, and I began to create some goodies for her.  See this cute treat box and sweet circles.

Now, as I see that lined envelopes are popping everywhere, I created a cute lined envelope and card to match the Sweet Berrylicious theme. Here is a sneak peek of the cute items.

They will be available for a free download soon... I am still thinking on what to do for my next post, are you interested on reading about how to throw a party on a budget, or would I rather write about other stuff? :o)

UPDATE: Download the free Sweet Berrylicious Collection here!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

A Sweet Berrylicious Tutorial {And a Freebie!}

Not too long ago, a sweet reader asked how did I made my Treat Boxes. Well, today I wanted to relax from school and work for a few hours so what a better way to relax than to sit in front of my computer and play with Illustrator! 

My daughter is all Strawberry Shortcake right now, her grandpa got her the new movie and all she  wants to do is watch it again and again. So I thought I could make a little box for her to play with...  I love this colors so much that now I am trying to decide between Alice in Wonderland or Strawberry Shortcake for her birthday! 

Maybe you have a little one that loves Strawberry Shortcake as well so I decided to share this wonderful design with all of you.  I am not a fan of doing heavy character birthdays, but if you go to the Strawberry Shortcake site, along with this free download you can throw a little inexpensive party for your little girl. I will probably dedicate another post for that.  

For now, here is a little tutorial on how to make a cute 3.5 inches square box (with some Sweet Circles as a bonus!!!) like the one pictured below:
 UPDATE: Download the Sweet Berrylicious Collection here.

Then follow this simple instructions:
Print the file on heavy cardstock and cut around the box template. Score on all the light pink lines. Put the parts of the box side by side as shown here.
 Glue or tape this two sides first. You should end up with something like this.
Glue or tape the side flap as shown above, then the flaps at the bottom. That's it! 
Your beautiful box should look like this:
Your little princess will have lots of fun with it...
Add a little tissue paper in bright green for a festive look.
Punch the free Sweet Circles and you are ready to party!!!
I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial and freebie, if you did please let me know by commenting below!

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Monday, February 15, 2010

How was your Valentine's Day?

I spent my day with my family taking pics of my husband's cousin wedding... it was beautiful! The bride and groom looked so happy... reminded me of my own wedding. We were terrified of course that the pics would not come ok, that the camera would malfunction, we only have done this 4 times in our lives.

But thanks to God all the pics came out wonderful! And here is a preview of a pic showing the details of the cake. I will do the digital album when I finish my studies... so this may be the only pic you see in a long time!
Take good care my friends... and how was your Valentine's Day?

Friday, February 5, 2010

Color correction in Photoshop

When my sister got married, she wanted me to take the pics of her wedding. We did not had any experience, but she wanted us to do it anyway because she knew that if we did it they would turn out ok... so we got the pics and made the album... here are some of the album pages (this was more than 5 years ago!).

Now, one of my husband's cousins is getting married and wants us to take her wedding pics. This will be of course our wedding gift! I get all nervous of course because we don't do this often and it is a once in a lifetime event so if we don't do it right the first time we won't have a second chance. I admire wedding photographers for having those nerves! Well we already did her "Love Story" pictures, here is a couple of them:
A couple of days ago the bride wanted to see if anyone in the family had pictures of her parent's wedding because she wanted to incorporate a picture of her mom in the celebration (she died of cancer when the bride was a little girl). So when she found the pictures, she realized, for her surprise that they had chosen the same color scheme... wow, what a wonderful coincidence!

She asked me to scan the picture of her mom and enlarge it to 8 X 10 in. This was a 4 X 6 photo taken from a normal camera... it was a very simple wedding. So this are the before and after pics. Mother and daughter look very alike!

Now tell me... what do you think of this color correction, does it need more work? Is it OK like this?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Featured again! {Mammalicious Finds}

I am so happy to be featured again! This time the feature was from Mammalicious finds, which tested my Valentine's Collection PDF and loved them! I am sooo happy! Oh, and they are hosting a giveaway... one lucky winner will receive my Valentine's Cards Collection, so hop over there and enter! But hurry, deadline is February 10th, 2010!

Mammalicious Finds is a blog written by several moms whose goal is to share what they think is cool and totally Mammalicious! Thank you so much for the feature!!!