Yay!! Photo to sketch using photoshop

I have been playing with photo shop yesterday and I must say, I am hooked to it.
Last night, I sat on it until 1.00am and my husband had to drag me to sleep
because I have guest coming for lunch today!!!lol!!!
I woke up early today and been cooking since then.
But I got a little rest and so sat down to blog the edited photos.

This is the recent photo of my kids. I wanted to convert it into sketch and add a border.
I am so used to making layouts from sketch and I wanted to reverse the process.
Here is the result.
I love it.. Very cool!!!
I will start using photo shop more often now that I am comfortable using it and got over the initial fear. Its awesome, just that I will need more time or organise my day better!!

Today is a busy day for me with guests at home and heavy cooking Indian food. School starts on Monday Yay!!! I am so looking forward to it and so are my kids!!

Got to go, another dish and cleaning left.
Will put up today’s menu later.

Have a great weekend


Cards, Tamara 's sketch

Tamara’s card sketch and the card…

This is the Thursday card sketch at Tamara’s Sketch blog
I discovered this awesome blog for challenges and sketches recently.
Each day there is a different challenge. Love it.

And this is my take on the card sketch.
I have used cuttle bug and embossed the white card stock
and also the pram stamp piece is also cut and embossed using cuttle bug.
I normally go for brights but I made this for my brother and SIL,
who is expecting a baby in April this year. I am pleased with the outcome.

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Award, Stuck Sketches

A sketch, a layout and an award!

I know I told you I will upload layouts tomorrow.
But I also told you that I am scrapbooking with my friend.
So I actually completed a layout for stucksketches.
I thought I will blog it.
And here it is:

Another week and another sketch from stuck sketches blog.

Gorgeous sketch this one.And here is my take on the sketch.

I have used K & Co Blue awning paper as the base.

The papers I have used for the layers are from Cosmo Cricket.Flowers from Heidi Swapp.

Metal embellishments from my stash and Keyhole cutout from Vintage Art blog.

7 Gypsies journaling card,diecuts from SEI, bling from Prima Say it in Crystals.

Title alphas from Bella Chipboard.


I received this Butterfly award from Sharon Dalton.

Thanks so much Sharon. Very sweet of you.

I will have to postpond passing this award at this moment.


Beautiful day……

Its a beautiful day today.

Not in the sense of fine day with plenty of sunshine and pleasant cool weather

but a nice cloudy and rainy day.

I love warm cloudy and rainy days in summer especially after a hot spell!!

All the trees looks gorgeous and completely soaked.

Love how the bark becomes dark and leaves get washed and

become shiny with little drops of rain water still dripping.

Red soil is nice and wet adds superb contrast to the green trees.

Little puddle of water here and there.

Calm streets, traffic is less, people are driving slow….

Love it Love it!!!

There is still some thunder and lightening and it pours and stops and then pours.

I am sitting near the window and watching the rain, with a cup of hot tea.

What could be better?

I was disappointed yesterday. Had applied for a DT position but did not get it.

I was so hopeful of getting it and…..Anyway, its like pouring cold water on hot metal.

It only make the metal stronger and not destroy it!!!

My friend Sharon has passed on an award for my blog. I will load it later today,

Thanks Sharon, very sweet of you.

No layouts today as I am going to have a lovely time scrapping and chatting

with my friend Tracey this afternoon.

I promise there will be some photos and layouts tomorrow.

I am off to the gym to workout.

I have also organised for next week, school starts, I restart work.

But I have rescheduled my work timings

so that I get 2 days completely off to workout and organise the house as well.

Have put on some weight over the holidays and is slowing me down.

Moreover, my sugar levels have gone up!!

Obesity is not a good thing with a strong family history of diabetes,is it?

So no snacks and workout to get back my energy and maintain my ideal weight!

Got to go, kids are all ready to leave for their music lessons.

Drop them off and I am off to workout Yay!!!

Catch you all later.



Ohhh!!! finally…..

Yes, finally it has cooled down here and it is pouring.

Feels so much better after a month of hot spell!!!

Garden is getting a nice soak. Veggie patch is looking good.

Kids are happy playing in the rain and making dams and waterways…..

I get to sit by myself and hop from one blog to another.Hehehe!!

Tomorrow is a big day. My friend Tracey is coming over

and we are going to scrap in the afternoon Yay!!

I have to tidy the house tonight.

And OH! I have some more books to cover.

Let me start right now, since I have some time.

Before I go, here are some photos I took yesterday.


Basic Grey blog challenge, Cards

Basic Grey Recipe Challenge #19

This is my take on the Recipe Challenge #19 at Basic Grey Blog.
I have used Basic Grey Stella Ruby and Urban Prairie papers.
There is a ribbon, 3 brads and a button as per the recipe! lol!!
Flower from Prima and the alpha is from Basic Grey as well.
I am so in love with these character stamps and painting them.
Wish I had more of these character stamps in my collection.
Well, will be soon I think!!Hehehe!!!

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Cards, Pink Paislee

Like to share these………..

This layout, I made using Pink Paislee sweet Cakes and Tinsel Town collection papers.

Flowers and leaves from Prima. Chipboard from A-Z scraplets, journaling tag from Bella.

I made this layout for A-Z scraplet sketch challenge.

Wanted to scrap my son’s love for Subway sandwiches!! lol!!


I kept seeing blogs after blogs with beautiful and stunning cards.

They had similar stamped images on them.

Got a bit curious!!! and found out they are Magnolia stamps…

Just beautiful when they are painted.

I went looking where I can buy these stamps in Australia and bought a couple of them.

This is my first attempt using Tilda stamps and painting the image.

I love the stamps. So adorable and I will definitely want more……

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Stuck Sketches

Crazy for !!!!!!

Sketch 71# from stucksketches is an awesome sketch.
Love the layers in the sketch. Perfect for a boy’s layout.
I have this Cosmo Cricket papers in my stash for sometime now.
Wanted to scrap it and this sketch will be perfect for the dark distressed papers.
They will give so much depth to the layout.

Here is my take on the sketch.

I have used Cosmo Cricket Fleuriste Maize paper as the base.
I loved the texture effect it has along with the distresed edges.
The papers I have used for the layers are also from Cosmo Cricket–Primrose and Cobblestone, and from American Traditional Designs– Coffee Botanical paper.
All these papers are distressed on the edges and inked using Black versa Color ink.
All chipboard embellishments are from A-Z scraplets.
All inked with Tim Holtz’s distress inks.
I have also used a Indian Jones movie ticket and a Stawars logo as embellishments.
Dymo for journalling and American Craft Thickers for the title.

Here is a closeup of the chipboard embellishments.

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I have recieved my DT pack from Deb and can’t wait to start on it.
OOOooo!! it will be my weekend project. Excited and thrilled!!!!

This is so funny, Deb was asking me this morning whether I received the pack and I was telling her that I am still stalking my postie!!! He is sure to take things differently as I am constantly looking out of the window and have a big sheepish grin when he brings the parcels!!
Everything was similar today except that the postie was a female!!!
I could not stop giggling!! She would have thought whats wrong with this girl!!!
lol! lol!lol!
Have a great weekend



Black and White photo….

I took this photo from inside the car while my DH was driving.
These are few scattered clouds.
I converted the photo into black and white and played a bit with the shadow and brightness.
I love the effect. I like to play with the photoshop software a bit.
I like the outcome but it is too time consuming for me.
I will limit with just editing the photos.

No layouts today. Was not a good day for me.
Dehydrated and fatigued due to heat. Hope tomorrow is a better day.
Off to bed. Goodnight everybody


Basic Grey blog challenge, Cards

2nd Digi Print Card for BG blog….

This is my second attempt on this week’s digi print card challenge at Basic Grey challenge blog.
I am having a ball at this challenge.
This time I have used the girl digi print and painted it.
Again, I have used Basic Grey Bittersweet papers.
Flowers from Bella, Ric rac from my stash.
I have used Basic Grey Wassil Alpha inside the card to say “Be mine”…

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