Saturday, March 10, 2018

Crochet Mini Mermaid Tail Bag

I am using a G hook. You may use whatever works best for you.
I am using Worsted weight yarn.
Round 1 - Chain 3. 10 dc in starting ch. Slip stitch to top of ch 3. (Crochet over tail as you go, making sure loose end is behind your work so it stays on the inside of the fish).
Round 2 - Ch 3, dc into same stitch. 2 dc into each stitch around. Slip stitch into top of ch 3. (20 stitches).
§Round 3 & 4 - Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1) dc into same stitch. (First v-stitch made), ^skip next dc... {Dc ch 1 dc} in next dc. ^repeat 8 times (10 v stitches made). Skip stitch into 3rd chain. The next "round" is on the same row. Worked on the V-stitch... Ch3 work 4 dc onto right post of v-stitch ch1 work 5 dc onto left post of v-stitch. ^Skip next v-stitch. 5 dc onto right post of next v-stitch ch 1 5 dc onto left post of v-stitch. ^repeat 3 more times. Slip stitch into chain 3. 5 scales made.
Round 5 & 6 - slip stitch into v-stitch behind the scale. Ch4 (counts as dc ch1) dc into same stitch. V-stitch into each V-stitch from previous round making sure to go under the scales! Slip stitch in 3rd ch of beginning ch4. The next "round" is worked on the same row. Worked on the V-stitch... Ch3 work 4 dc onto the right side post of the V-stitch ch1 work 5 dc onto the left post of the V-stitch. ^Skip next v-stitch. (Your scale should not be directly above scale below.. These will be staggered). 5dc onto right side post of v-stitch ch1 5 dc onto left post of v-stitch. ^repeat 3 more times. Slip stitch into ch3.
§ repeat rounds 3-6 two times more... There will be 4 total rounds of scales.
Round 11 - slip stitch into v-stitch behind scale row. Ch 3 (counts as dc). Working into v stitch row only, dc in between each V-stitch and ch1 space of each V-stitch around. Slip stitch into top of ch3. (20 dc).
Round 12 - ch3 dc in each dc around. Slip stitch into top of ch3.
Round 13 - ch1 sc in same stitch. (Ch3, sc in next stitch) 19 times. Ch3 slip stitch into fist sc. Tie off weave in ends.
Draw string :
Lay work flat. Cut 2 lengths of yarn that are about 2" longer than 4 times the work. Starting on right side of work, weave one piece of yarn behind and in front of post of the dc in round 8. Tie the two ends together after making them even. With second price of yarn, begin on opposite side of work weave the opposite direction around the same post (If first strand is behind the post, this one needs to be on the front). Tie the same way. Each side of your work should have a tied end.
Mermaid tail fin:
Round 1- With your work still flat. Turn it So that the bottom is facing you. Being sure to line up the "tie" strings on the right side of your work, attach yarn onto post of a dc of round 2 of Body, lining up with the draw strings. Ch3 (acts as first dc) 2dc on same post, hdc into stitch 2sc on post of next dc (from beginning round). 2 sc on next post from first round. Slip stitch into center hole (either side). 2 sc onto next post from round 1. Hdc into next stitch. 3 dc onto next post.
Round 2 - ch2, 4 dc into same stitch. Skip 4 stitches sc into next sc, slip stitch into next slip stitch, sc into next sc. Skip next 4 stitches 3 dc into top of ch 2. Hdc in same stitch. Sc in same stitch and the off.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Irene aka Zirconia PTU

Hiya everyone...
There was some confusion regarding the Elias Limited Edition tube "Irene"
He has painted this interesting model several times as she is a personal friend of his...
Only the ones with blue in her hair are named "Zirconia" at PTE
But if you check out this tube at his deviant art she is named Irene aka Zirconia.
My friend Alika Scraps named this lovely kit after her according to Deviant Art.
So...  we are using the kit "Totally Zirconia" with the Irene tube which it was made to match...
Gotta love fun stories!!

On with our TUT!

Materials needed:
Limited Edition Elias "IRENE tube - which is available through the end of the month at PTE
 The 5 other tubes of the same Model...
Which to my knowledge are:
PTU Scrap kit by Alika can be purchased at Twilight Scraps or any of her other stores
 MuRa's Meister Filter
Vix big mask 008
Font = Grado Gradoo

Open a new Transparent Image 600 x 600 72 DPI
Select all
Copy paper03 and Paste into Selection
Apply your mask
Merge Group

Resize element as15 by 61%
Copy and Paste as a new layer on your image
(be sure to close it without saving it)
Use MuRa's Meister Copies with the following settings:
(Blend Mode)
Number = 10
Shift X and Y = 50
Cycle = 100
Scale = 100
All others = 0
Click ok

Copy and paste your Close Up (CU) as a new layer
Move it down below the stars frame you just made
Center the CU as desired
Erase any excess tube showing below the frame
Blend Mode = Luminance (L)
Opacity =62
Effects - Edge Effects - Enhance

Resize element as08 by 75%
Copy and paste as a new layer - use your pick tool to place as desired
Duplicate and use pick tool to turn sideways and place as desired
after turning element may blur - use Adjust - Sharpen to fix

Copy and paste each of your tubes
(if you have them all it should be 6)
Erase each bottom half of the tubes
Use your pick tool to place in desired spaces behind the film layer (element as08) and its duplicate
Effects - Photo Effects - Black and White Film
*Add a raster layer below the Black and white tubes
Flood fill = white
Merge the three Black and white tubes that are meant for the bottom most film strip
onto the white layer
With your Magic Wand select the inside of each of the 3 rectangles on the film strip
(HOLD down the shift key)
Modify - Expand = 2
With white layer selected - Delete
Repeat steps from * for the other film strip

Copy and paste element as 21 as a new layer - place as desired with pick tool

Copy and paste element as 60 as a new layer - place as desired and resize as needed with pick tool

Copy and Paste your main tube over the top of all other layers.
Adjust - Gaussian Blur = 3
Blend Mode = Soft Light
Opacity = 60

Add your credits
Add your name

Your Done!  Thank you for playing!!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Halloween In Bed FTU

At Siggy Showdown we get bonus 500 charms for using the same tube in all our entries this week, this tag is for the Template Challenge.  This is easy to do with Barbara Jensen's collection of layered tubes!  I am making this tut with one of my entries, and I will share my others at the bottom of the tut....  so you can see how versatile the tubes are this way!  Love it!


Tube: I am using the gorgeous artwork of Barbara Jensen which you can find here the tube is PUL 7-1 "In Bed by 9".  You must have a license to use her work.
Template: I am using template 141 by Punky Butts, you can find it here
Scrapkit: FTU Halloween kit by Alikas Scraps you can find here be sure to leave some love!
Fonts: Wordart = Quiff ,  Name=Avalon (Paid font)
Plug-ins: Alien Skin Eye Candy 5: Nature

Prepare your template:
Remove the credits and word art.
Resize by 86% (this will allow the width = 600 which is usually the widest allowed in most forums)
Select two colors from one of the papers from your kit - make these a gradient
Using your Change to Target Brush -  color the frames - alternate between the gradient colors in the foreground and back ground so that they are colored as desired.
Merge the Square Frames together (Make sure the layer is above the Squares)
Merge the Left and Right Squares together
Merge the Left and Right Circle Frames (make sure the layer is above the Left and Right Circles)
Merge the Left and Right Circles together

Prepare your tube:
Resize tube 90%
To help my tube match the kit I selected I have made the following layers visible:
Top Black
Bottoms Black
Shoes Violet
Hair Black
Lip Nails Black
Eyes Hazel
Stocking Black
Black Bracelet
Black Necklace

Let's get started!
Resize element as22 by 90%
Copy and paste as a new layer above the background layer
Use pick tool to move it to the left of the tag
Duplicate Flip and Mirror the layer.
On the Merged Square layer Select all Float and Defloat
Copy aspaper02 Paste into the selection
Select none
Resize element  as06 by 70%
Copy and paste as a new layer - move layer above square frames
with Pick Tool move to bottom right of tag
Duplicate - flip and mirror so that the duplicate is on upper left of tag.
On the Large Circle Select all Float and Defloat
Copy aspaper03 Paste into the selection
Select none
On the Merged Circle layer Select all Float and Defloat
Copy aspaper04 Paste into the selection
Resize element as18 by 50%
Copy and paste as a new layer so that it is above the right rectangle layer.
Duplicate and mirror the element layer
Resize element as33 by 90%
Copy and paste it as a new layer so that it is the top of the entire template
Copy and paste element as13 as a new layer - erase excess
Copy merged your tube and paste her as a new layer
Adjust the last two layers to your liking.
At this point I have made my word art - using the glitter fill provided with the template (colored with my gradient), added my credits and name.
I also went back and used Gradient Glow on all frame layers, the glitter layer of my word art and to the name.

I'll be back with the results of the other challenges...  And I'll Edit this post!

Edit #1 - make any Holiday tag using the same tube.
I gave a new look to my old tut here
Edit #2 - Old School Challenge NO Kits - No Templates!
I had fun with this one!
Edit #3 this is for the FTU Scrap Challenge...  I hope I can get the other two done tomorrow.  What is interesting is another member is now using the same tube!  What a challenge!
Edit #4 We were to use the Firefly animation in the background for one of the challenges, I am not happy with the pixellization of my set in animation so I made Barb both animated and non.  :o)
Edit #5 - Last Tag challenge for this round...  was anything goes.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Hey Cowgirl - FTU

PSP Party is the place to be!!  WOOT!!
Sassy really scored when she invited her friend Bengals1 to join the Party!!
She will be releasing a new tube every two weeks from him of his lovely wife!
Thank you so much for this!
On with our TUT!

Tube:  I am using the artwork of Keith Garvey which is copyright Bengals1 for the commission as it is his lovely wife.  You may be get your tube at PSP Party as she is an exclusive there, but you must earn her and use your assigned license.  Otherwise you may find the artwork of Keith Garvey at PTE.
Scrapkit:  Born to Ride by Stef you may be able to find it on the Freebie Friends blog here
Font:  MTF Elegance by Miss Tina Fonts here
Filter: Alien Skin Eye Candy 5 Impact Gradient Glow
This is just going to be a mini tut...  
I will tell you some details but mostly I used parts of the scrapkit and
used my pick tool to re-size and place the elements to my liking.
Drop shadow as desired unless specified.
Elements in the order they appear from bottom to top copy and paste as a new layer (re-sized):
element 25
element 19 (2 times)
frame 4
element 34
element 3 (4 times various sizes) Merge all with
element 4 (3 times various sizes) Merged
element 31
element 32
frame 2 (rotated)
element 4
element 2

After placing the elements as desired duplicate the following and change the blend mode to burn on the duplicate layer(s)
All elements 3 and 4 (flowers merged and non-merged)
element 2
frame 2
Merge duplicates to the originals

*Select paper 2 - copy to clipboard
 Using your magic wand - select inside the right side of the frame
Modify - expand by 3
Create a new raster layer
Paste inside selection
Select paper 3 - repeat from * for left side of frame
Merge paper layers
Duplicate and change blend mode to Burn - Merge again

Select two colors (foreground and background) and set the palette to gradient

With the merged flower layer selected paste your tube in it's original size erase body and legs
move remainder of the tube so that it is in the middle frame.
Adjust - Mirror
Duplicate the tube
Select the bottom tube layer
Modify - expand by 1
flood fill with your gradient
merge the tubes together
duplicate the tube again
move one above the frame layer
erase the bottom most portion of the top layer so that the tube appears to be coming through the frame.

With the very top layer selected
Paste your tube as a new layer again and re-size to your liking.
Adjust -  Gaussian blur = 3
Blend mode = hard light

Add your credits
add your name as shown.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Private Independence FTU

Before I start the tutorial I have to put a plug in for a new free money site!
I got my first $2 bucks today from them after being there a week only!
Yes I bought a new tube!  Woot!!
You can join too, it's easy and free,
You only have to give them your PayPal e-mail...  everything else is up to you
You don't have to even give them your true name...
The "Surveys" are more like a poll than a survey and they are fun!
One of my true friends won one of the $50 daily drawings!!
She got me started hoping to win big too and I am hooked.
Join us!

Next I keep forgetting to share my blinkie...
Mindy Mae made it for me and I love it!!
As soon as I learn how to make one of them boxes with the code for you all, I will....
in the mean time here she is!
If you are in need of a fabulous Blinkie visit PSP Party Central for the Blinkie Service!!

Now on with our Tutorial!

Tube: I am using the very first Neoracer Forum Exclusive!
She was privately obtained by myself and donated to PSP Party Central.
In order to own her you must have earned her and you must use your PPC license.
Scrap kit: A gorgeous FTU Scrapkit by Jessica at Gothic Inspirations called Independent Woman
Thank you sweetie for your part of the Blog Train by Bits N Bobs.
Template: Deb & Kristin 2011 Collab Temp 4 available at Creative Misfits - Thanks ladies!
Fonts: Thank you to Staci for the font challenge for showing me these fonts!!
Word art is Ol' Cowboy Font and can be found here
and the name is Special Type Font and can be found here
 Plug-ins: DSB Flux

Lets begin!
Select Two Colors from your tube
(I selected mine from her eyeshadow for contrast to her socks)
Make them into a gradient of your choice

Duplicate your template (shift + D)
We will be begin at the bottom
*Select layer 7 float & defloat
insert a new layer
copy and paste paper 6 into your selection
modify expand your selection by 5
with the original layer selected - flood fill with your gradient
DSB Flux - Bright noise setting at 75
Select none
NOTE: Drop shadow as desired throughout - that is personal preference
Repeat from * with layer 6
Select Layer 5 float & defloat
insert a new layer
move the layer below layer five
modify and expand by 5
flood fill with your gradient
DSB Flux same settings as before
Select none
Select Layer 4 float & defloat
Paste paper 6 inside selection
Select none
Open frame 2
Image - rotate left or right

Image resize by 55%
Copy and paste as a new layer
use your pick tool to place at the top of layer 4
Make sure it pick tool is on scale settings
pull bottom of frame so that the frame literally "frames" the layer.
Open the element called Parchment piece
Image Rotate - either direction is fine
Copy and paste as a new layer
using your pick tool place it over the top of layer 3
use the layer as a guideline to resize the parchment using the pick tool
You may delete layer 3.

Using Ol' Cowboy Font type word art as desired.
I typed Party (top) and Time (bottom)
font size 48
with a color chosen from her hair
Blend mode is Burn
Transarency of the layer is 65%
Select layer 2 float and defloat
Copy paper 7 and paste it into selection
Select none
Resize the netting element by 75%
Copy and paste it as a new layer
Adjust - Mirror and move to the left of the tag
as shown over layer 2.
Select layer 1 - float and defloat
insert a new layer
copy and paste paper 1 inside the selection
making sure you are on the original layer
modify and expand by 5
flood fill and add DSB Flux just as before
select none
Open your tube
Resize the Close up layer by 80%
Copy and paste as a new layer
Copy and paste over the newest layer made
Select the top paper layer - float defloat
Invert - and with the tube layer selected hit delete
Change settings to luminance (L)
Opacity = 50%
If needed resize full-bodied tube by 42% to get her to fit the tag
Copy and paste.
Add any other elements you'd like from the scrap kit
add your credits
Add a name and we are done!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Steamed - PTU

Click image to see credits and view at full size
I searched high and low for a "Steam Punk" mask and could not find one for my tag.
So I decided to write a tutorial for you and include my mask in the supplies.

Tube:  I am using a Graphic Groupies exclusive tube by Elias Chatzoudis.
You must have earned the rights to use this tube from Graphic Groupies and be issued their license.
Come and join us for some great times!!

Scrap kit:  I am using the gorgeous Steam Punk style kit Guarding Elias by Bello Scarto 
Jay I really enjoyed your kit, and as I said it is perfect for this tube!
I bought mine at Scraps and the City here - I just love that store.

Font: Summertime I am using the TrueType version of the font.

Supplies: I have included my mask (I made today just for this tag) and my sparkle;
you can download here
If anyone is looking for a Steampunk Mask please direct them here,
but please do not share my mask.

Plug-ins:  I used Alien Skin Eye Candy 5:Impact - gradient glow.

Let's get started on this very simple tut!
Open a new transparent image 72DPDI 600x600
Select all and Copy and Paste paper 9 into the selection.
Select none.
Apply your mask
merge group
Copy and paste element 5 as a new layer
move this towards the right hand corner slightly
Add a new layer
Select all Copy and paste paper 10 into selection
Select None
Using your pick tool (scale setting)-resize the paper to fit the train image under the Element
Erase the outer portion visible outside the element
Copy and paste element 1 as a new layer
move this towards the bottom left of element 5
add a drop shadow with the following settings:
Offset both Vertical and Horizontal = 0
Attributes - Opacity = 68 Blur = 18.84 Color = red
Add your tube of choice
(Note I used my pick-tool to resize my tube)
Duplicate the tube layer
with the bottom tube selected
Adjust Blur - Gaussian Blur with radius=3
add the same drop shadow as before
add the supplied sparkle layer on the top of the tube
Apply your credits
Add the name to the tag using the Summertime font
Adjust Add Noise Gaussian 23% Monochrome Checked
Apply Gradient Glow with the following settings:
Outside Glow
Mask Selection checked
Glow radius = 5.0
Soft Corners = 0
Opacity = 100
Distort = 0
Lump = 55
Smoothness = 54
Color = black
Apply the same drop shadow as before

Thank you for trying my tut!

Monday, August 1, 2011

PSP Party Central Exclusive - Kinky Angel

Hello everyone as you may or may not know I am part of the CT for PSP Party Central which I am also a mod of sorts LOL.  I say of sorts because you know I am sick just all the time (right now I have the hives and no clue why!!) so my Mojo is not the greatest.  :o)

So as CT I was around to fulfill the request for the Monthly VIP tag for this month.  Congrats Anni!!  I hope you enjoy your perks!  The Forum is sponsored by Pics for Design and so one of the perks for being chosen VIP is a free Month of their Exclusive Club!  That is one lucky gal!

There are ways of winning tube prizes from Pics for Design there too...  The Tutorial Contest, and Monthly Tag Contest as well as a drawing for those who have a Birthday and check into the Birthday Party!

Not only do we have those great things in our forum, we also have awesome Exclusive tubes and scrap kits and other Party Favors!  Our Exclusive tubes are some of the easiest to obtain, Mindy's philosophy is to have fun earning the tubes but the more people able to earn them, the more able to use them!

So on with our Tut....
Materials needed:
PSP Party Central Exclusive Kinky Angel tube by Lady Mishka you must have a PPC license to use this tube.  You may purchase the tube in the PSP Party Shop with Party Cash earned at the forum.
PSP Party Central Exclusive Kinky Angel Scrap Kit by Myztic Designzz (Thank you Shazza!)
Vix Mask 34 You can get at her here Thank you so much Vix!
Font is a Free Font called MaryHelenJF
Filter used Alien Skin EyeCandy 5:Impact - Gradient Glow
I am using Corel X2 but any version will work.
Drop Shadow as desired -  that is a personal preference.

Let's get started:
Open a new transparent image 600x600 DPI72
Open your Circle frame in your kit and resize it to 67% copy and paste it as a new layer into your new image.  Duplicate 2 times.  Using your Pick tool on the Scale mode resize each of the duplicates - and move them using my tag as a guide.
Open your papers of choice... I will tell you those that I used below.
For the bottom duplicate frame - using your magic wand select inside the frame modify - expand = 3, add a new layer. Copy and paste paper 2 into the selection. Deselect.
Repeat for the top duplicate frame using paper 1.
Repeat the process two times for the original frame - with Paper 8 and paper 16.
Use your eraser tool set on a grunge brush if you have one or a default brush like Marble or Smoke...
erase about half of the top-most paper layer of the large frame.
Select all on the very bottom layer (which should be blank) and paste your background paper choice into your selection.  I am using paper 10.
Apply your mask.
Merge Group and Duplicate the mask and Rotate the new layer 90­°.
Copy and paste the "Kinky Angel" Element to a layer above your bottom frame.  Place her to the left of the frame as shown in my tag.  Duplicate and move a copy below the frame.  With your eraser tool (reset to normal) erase the bottom of the top element so that the frame shows.  Now with your magic wand, select the inside of your frame, Modify expand = 3 and invert, with your bottom Kinky Angel selected, delete.  She now looks like she is coming through the frame.

Place your medium Close Up (CU) layer below the top (small top frame) most frame. Adjust as necessary with your Pick tool (I mirrored mine).  With your magic wand select inside the frame,Modify expand = 3 and invert, with your tube layer selected, delete.
Repeat (not mirrored) with the large CU for the middle frame (small bottom frame).
For the top close up change the Blend mode to Luminance(L), Opacity 72%
For the bottom most close up the Blend mode is Overlay, Opacity 69%

Use any elements you desire to further decorate your tag, remember this is your creation, be creative!
Place your full size as a new layer to the top of your creation
Add your credits to the tag and your name.

For the name I created a gradient using two colors in my tag and added noise of 20% and added the factory gradient glow.

And we are done!

Lady Mishka has started a Goth style Gallery and so I made her a tag using the dark version of her tube...  The tube comes in both the Purple and the Black.  :o)