October 31, 2010

Ponsettia Treat Box Card

A tutorial showing how to assemble the treat box card template.

Try it out and feel free to post your results to the gallery.

Treat Box Card from Melanie Schulenberg on Vimeo.
An all-in-one paper template for creating a treat box and card.

October 29, 2010

Mystic Moon

Here's a photo I nsapped the other night.  Night time photos really aren't suited for a point and shoot camera, or long range, but even at this great distance the details are still visible. 

The only thing missing from this golden glow would be the silhouette of a werewolf or better yet, a little witch on a broom.

Here's the same photo modified with My Digital Studio.  What cha think?

October 24, 2010

Spirits of the Dead

Spent the bulk of the day typing up art notes.  There were occasional breaks to play with Shakespeare, which I might add is very frisky.  She's getting along well with her own kind.

At the end of the day I had to do something creative and focused on Halloween (only 7 days away)!

This image is from the "Night Owl" digital download.  I printed out several of the designer paper black and white images on cardstock and proceeded to cut them out.

The downloads are designed to work with My Digital studio but will work just as well with any other software that supports JPEG, PNG and layers such as: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Jasc Paint Shop Pro (PSP), Microsoft Digital Image Pro (DIP), Ulead Photo Impact (PI), Corel Draw. My Digital Studio designer templates are exclusive to My Digital Studio and are not compatible with other programs.

One of the biggest advantages of using the digital images is being able to size them up and down to fit your specific needs.

Here's my card:

October 19, 2010

Pumpkin Patch

Here's the reamining images from our Pumpkin Patch visit.  To see the FULL size image (these are cropped), simply select on the image.

Check out these gooseneck gourds.

Mushrooms gourds.  How knew?

October 17, 2010

A Southern Pumpkin Patch

A spur of the moment trek to Trinity Lutheran Church for a photo op in the pumpkin patch with the boys today.

There were only 3 images altered/cropped. The lighting was perfect. It's nearly impossible to take an unworthy photo with so many brightly colored gourds in one place.

Below are a few images from our journey, and through the power of blogging you'll get to join us.  Let's go.

First up...the entrance (partial view of the full patch).  I took this through the front window while driving in.

The Warty gourd....

The REALLY Warty gourd.....

Shade, sun, oak trees and gourds.  This photo should give you a feeling of what the weather was like today.
A perfect fall day!

THIS is my FAVORITE image.  Isn't this woody stem amazing??  Great contrast against the bright orange color and ripples on the pumpkin.

An orange mass beneath a shady Southern oak.  This was my second favorite image. 

Sunny pumpkins.

A few off-color gourds.  Just as beautiful as the orange ones.

It's interesting how some interpret the word "Smile"....

That's it for now.  I'll have the remaining images tomorrow. 

October 15, 2010

Creative Take ~ Paper Parasols

Introducing the new "Creative Take" on Pockets of Inspiration NING.  Win a free issue of the Paper Crafters Sampler (winners choice).

First Creative Take is Paper Parasols.  Check out the details HERE:

Paper doilies and parasol template can be found at Papermash and were designed by:  A Field Journal.

October 14, 2010

Anthro Tour

I'm fascinated with marketing techniques. Check out this little tidbit from Anthro that popped into my inbox. By selecting a specific destination it allows you to see the product (in this case clothing) in use.  Of course being that it's Anthro the images are beautiful, crisp and the on location shoots are eye catching.

Check out those lace earrings in the "Bakery' clip.  Start from the main page HERE.

October 8, 2010

Shakespeare Antics

A few updaetd photos of the baby squirrel.  She's doing great.  Comes out of the tree in the monring and evening for a bit of milk and back to the tree.

Peanuts....YUM!  (unsalted of course). 

October 3, 2010

Frank-n-stein Character Box

Created this template by chance. I can't remember what the original template was supposed to be.  After hours of cutting and trimming I put it all to the side.  A few hours later I saw the jutting jaw of Frankenstein.  Of course, it can be suited to anything really.  Let your imagination guide you.

The boxes would make nice party favors (filled with candy or a small cupcake) and afterwards can be used for a Halloween decoration.

The template can be found HERE.