Monday, March 31, 2014

Our new Creative Team and April sale

~~~~~~~~~~~~A FAREWELL WISH~~~~~~~~~~~~

NanaConniePatti PainterLyn TomlinCharlene MitchellSusan SierackiDana Colbourne, and  Sarah Taylor

Before I announce the new members of our Creative Team, I'd like to say a heartfelt thank you to those members whose terms came to an "end for now".  These ladies shared so much of their valuable time and creative crafty ideas for the benefit of Doodle Pantry, and I was so blessed to have them!
To those ladies, I hope you had fun and were inspired along the way while being a part of the Creative Team with us.  Thank you for oooing and aweing me with your wonderfully clever designs!
I wish you the best in your crafty adventures where ever they take you and I am sure to see you n blogland.

~~~~~~~~~~~~OUR NEW MEMBERS~~~~~~~~~~~~
Our newest members are the following, in alpha order:

I first want to thank all those who expressed interest in applying for the Creative Team!
I am honored with all the talented folks out there who were inspired enough to want to design with Doodle Pantry products.  Thank you so much for sending me your info for consideration.
It was a difficult decision, but I chose 11 new ladies to be the Summer Creative Team to design alongside the 14 Senior Creative Team.
Why so many?  There is usually something going on, either there are vacations or family emergencies or sickness, or moving, so to have a few extra folks just in case that "life" thing happens to some of the members, then we still have plenty of product inspiration.

I am excited to have these new ladies on board through September this year and I hope I can provide images that inspire them and that are fun to create with!  Looking forward to making new lasting crafting friendships!

~~~~~~~~~UPCOMING SALE~~~~~~~~~~
And as a special Birthday celebration, because I turn 40 in April, I am giving ALL OF YOU a special discount from April 1st through April 10, 2014.
40% OFF sale on almost everything at!  The only items EXCLUDED are gift certificates, anything labeled as a "bundle" and anything in our Fundraiser category. Everything else will have 40% deducted off when you use the coupon code and click submit!  Including all the NEW April products being released TOMORROW!!!
If you have had some items saved up in your wishlist..... APRIL 1-10 is THE time to get them.
 Hope you can come back and enjoy a sweet little gift from me to you for my birthday!
Coupon details announced TOMORROW, April 1, 2014.

Thank you for visiting us today and I hope that tomorrow we can provide some sweet crafty inspiration for you to get craft with digi's!

Craft Your Passion Sponsorship

Good morning! Today Doodle Pantry is sponsoring Craft Your Passion and their challenge is anything but a square. All three ladies took it one step further and did shaped cards! First up is:
Ellen with a gorgeous shaped butterfly card using New Butterfly

Glenda made this amazing Teepee card (so cool) using Holy Land Flowers 1

and I (Dawn) used Holy Land Flowers 3 for my circle card.
You do NOT have to make a shaped card, you can make any card as long as its not square. Drop on by Craft Your Passion and give their challenge a try!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Winners of the Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge #44

 BIG thank you to all our challenge participants for the Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge 44 (DPDC#44)! Two winners have been chosen and everyone using a Doodle Pantry image should have received their complementary  'Carousal Pig' stamp set (please check your spam and junk folders if not yet received)!
What wonderful projects you have made and linked up, it was a delight to see them all! 

The two winners and recipients  of the $15.00  gift coupon to spend at Doodle Pantry .com   as chosen by Random.Org are:

Random Integer Generator 

 Here are your random numbers:
71 9
Timestamp: 2014-03-25 14:55:40 UTC

Winners are  # 71 Ingrid   &  #  9  Gail

Congratulations ladies !!  I have e-mailed you about your prize. If you have not received the e-mail please check your spam and junk folders.  Coupons must be used by Apr 5th, 2014. Thanks again to all who played and we hope to see you back on April 1st (12 noon eastern) for the start of the Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge #45!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

613 Avenue Create Sponsorship

Good morning! Today Doodle Pantry is sponsoring 613 Avenue Create and the theme for their challenge is anything goes/optional twist birds of a feather: birds, feathers, wings its open to your interpretation. We've got lots of inspiration for you and first up is:

Both Marsha and Lori used Pretty Peacock

and both Linda and I used Flying Dove

I hope we've inspired you to drop on by 613 Avenue Create and give their challenge a try. There's still time to enter our challenge as well! Good luck and happy crafting!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Creative Teamie Call

We're having a Creative Teamie Call!
I'm looking for 5 to 8 new crafty people to compliment our talented Senior Creative Team.  Are you up for it?  See details below.   A decision will be made and those chosen emailed by March 24, 2014.

WHEN TO APPLY:  March 14 - March 24 noon, 2014
REQUIREMENT:  Must have a personal crafting blog
TERM LENGTH:  6 months from March 26 thru Sept 26  

Expectations of a Creative Team member:
  • Confidentiality and honesty regarding products received for being a Team member
  • Create 4 different quality crafty cards or projects per month AND post each separately on your personal blog with details, with posts spread out throughout the month
  • Clear and focused photos of your work
  • Close communication within our own Creative Team Private Group at the CDAC site
  • Some limited monthly participation support for our outside challenge sponsorships

Benefits of a Creative Team member:
  • Receive ALL new products released during your term length
  • Bonus free limited selection of previously released products
  • Have a team full of crafty inspiration to help support you

EMAIL the following to laurie at doodlepantry dot com
  • SUBJECT Creative Team Call 2014
  • Your personal blog link
  • Not required but helpful:  If you have used Doodle Pantry images before, please find and include 2 or 3 specific blog post links (please no photo attachments)
  • List of Design Teams you are currently on--if you have none, that's OK!
  • Please tell me, Do you prefer to use printable pre-colored images or hand color your own (and what medium do you use?)
  • Include anything else about yourself you deem relevant, in a short paragraph
I am anxiously awaiting to hear from you.  Everyone who meets the criteria is seriously considered!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 Sponsorship

Good morning! Today Doodle Pantry is sponsoring Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 and they have a fantastic sketch for us.
We have lots of inspiration for you and first up is

Ellen, Patti and I all used Tweet Birdhouses

Drop on by Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 and give their sketch a try. If you use a digital stamp you can enter our challenge as well. IF you use a Doodle Pantry image (freebies here) when entering our challenge you receive an image for free! This month the image is Carousel Pig, happy crafting!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

A few more new products

Hello!  There's a few more new products ready today.  They weren't quite ready on the 1st, it took me a few extra days to get them finished up.
These are 6 products that were illustrated for a previous online digi shop and/or clear stamps, but I have updated them for being released today.  It's like they are brand new again!

The Doodle Pantry 30% off sale is still going on and can be applied to these products as well as all the other new products released on March 1.  Coupon code  NEWMARCH30

KITCHEN CLUTTER - The papers that were with these images were sorely outdatted. I created a whole new set of papers and slightly updated the shading on the images.

SHELTERING LIGHTS - I started over from scratch and re-digitally painted these lighthouses.  Also, I created new papers for this one.

FLYING DOVE - This lovely bird was a clear stamp. I added a few sentiments to go with it.

VEGETABLE GARDEN - I completely digitally re-painted these vegetables.  I liked them before, but I really love them now!  Also, all the papers are brand new. Much more choices for versatility.

BUNNY KIDS - Aren't these bunnies cute?  These were a clear stamp set waaaaaay back when.  I just had to color them up for a digi set.

FLORAL CROSS - This was one of the first digi's I did for CDS.  I digitally re-painted the crosses and created a whole new set of digi papers.

Thank you for visiting us to see the latest releases, hope you are inspired to create!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Fab 'n Funky Sponsorship

Good morning! Today Doodle Pantry is sponsoring Fab 'n Funky and their challenge is a Summer theme Heat Stroke. Its finally starting to warm up here so summer is a great challenge. First up for inspiration is:  

    Ellen using Critter Tales 

and I used Palm Trees, Flip Flops and Sentiment from Summer Suits

Drop on by Fab 'n Funky and give their Summer challenge a try. If you use a digital stamp you can enter our challenge as well! If you use a Doodle Pantry image you receive Carousel Pig free!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Wedding Card Color Change Tutorial

Happy Monday, right?   I don't know about you, but this 6 more weeks of winter is almost unbearable.  Here in southeast Texas, we just aren't used to this much cold.  I sure admire those northerners who can brave this weather year after year.

I'm dropping in today to show you a wedding card I made this weekend.  I used the February release Pretty Peacock and Card Cut 2 SVG cuts. I made some alterations to the digital image and papers for a unique color look.  The brides favorite colors were pastel purple and pink, and the papers/colors in the product were not even close to that. But I wanted to use the peacock image for this card.
It's super easy!   I have stepped out the instructions for you.  You are sure to want to go make a bunch of color variations of your own favorite digital patterned papers after you see how easy it is!
This is the card I made, finished. I added just a few dots of stickles on the tail feather eyes.

To change the color of the lines of the outline image:
I followed this YouTube tutorial by Holly Young. Her tutorial is for Photoshop Elements, but in Photoshop CS5 it is the same, and probably very similar if not exactly the same for other versions of Photoshop.

When I finished changing the Peacock outlines color, I simply went to "File", then "Save as" and selected to save as a JPG.
When it asked for file size, I made sure to make the quality setting to the maximum.  The maximum quality setting is important so that you don't lose the resolution in the lines and when you resize to print in Word or another program, it won't become fuzzy.
I saved my JPG a different name as the original, so that I can keep the black outline version for another occasion.

Photoshop CS5 tutorial for a simple modification of color to papers/images.  The actions are probably pretty similar to other versions of Photoshop, but I don't know that for sure.  I hope you can use these steps to figure out your steps in a different version of Photoshop.  It's very similar to Holly's tutorial to change outline color, except the choice from the pull up menu at the end is different.

To modify the color shade of a background digi paper:
#1 - Create NEW document in Photoshop and Give it a unique name if you want to save this Photoshop paper to recolor later. Set your width and height to whatever dimensions you want the final JPG or PNG to be. Make sure the document initial resolution is at least 300 and color mode is 8 bit RGB, for normal results.

#2 Once the document is ready, go to "File" then "Place". A browsing window pops up for you to navigate to the original paper you want to recolor. Find it and select it and OK.  Once it appears in your document, move it centered on your document size opening. To save the placement click on any icon from the left side, I usually use the main selection arrow icon, and Photoshop will ask you if you want to apply the changes. Select yes.

#3 Create a new layer above the paper and click the fill bucket icon at left. Use the "new layer" button underneath the layer section at bottom right, for a quick new layer addition.
Then click a color from your swatches or set a color using the Color tool slide bars. (Color slide bars appear when you click the little paint pallette icon). Then click once anywhere in the middle and the entire document will change the new color.
Make sure your new solid color layer is above the paper layer. If it appeared below, then just click and drag and drop it above the paper layer.

 #4 - Now while the new solid color layer is selected at the right, click on the "normal" word where there is a arrow and a big menu list pops up.  Select the word "color" near the bottom of that list.  Viola!  The entire paper turns to shades of the color you picked and filled using the bucket.
How easy is that!?

#5  Just save the paper file as a new name.
Saving as JPG options

Saving as PNG options

You're done!   Now you have a new paper color but with the original pattern.!

For the inside of the card, I used the same digi paper and coordinating label shape that comes in the Card Cut 2 file.  Sentiment from Pretty Peacock set and I changed color of the outline feather and sentiment the same as for the peacock image.

Here you can sort of see the dimensional thickness.
Now doesn't this tutorial make you want to go make a bunch of color variations of all your favorite paper patterns!?
I hope  you enjoyed stopping in today and hope that you have been inspired to go create something special for a special someone.
Many blessings to you!
Material supply list for my card:
Images and digi papers: (modified colors digitally) Pretty Peacock
Shapes and cuts:  Card Cut 2 SVG 
Cardstock: Neenah white and PTI royal velvet and wisteria
Ink: Printer 
Accents and Tools: Wild Orchid flowers, pearls, stickles, sewing machine, SU ribbon, foam dimensionals, Crealies die CLCS12, Tacky glue for flowers