Welcome to Starry Sparkles, a button request site owned by me, flotsam43, or you can call me Justine. Starry Sparkles was founded on September 23 and was greatly revamped on October 1, both on the year 2012! This site aims to give users a variety of button styles to choose from and a sparkling button to advertise their site! You can also enjoy requesting a button through story mode. Enjoy browsing through the palace! Proceed to story mode?
You gaze up on the sky, and wonder what makes the stars twinkle. They are so pretty, yet mysterious. You have read a book once on why people think stars are so magical. It is because they represent dreams and fantasy.
While looking up at the stars, you find that you have lost track of time. You turn around and run home. At night, before you go to bed, you walk up to your window and make a wish. After that, you walk to your bed and fall into a deep sleep.
Why, hello there! - a gentle voice says.
Your eyes flutter open, and you find yourself floating? No, not floating. It is more like you are standing on a thin piece of cloud. Wh-Where am I? - You ask.
You, my dear, are in the land where the stars reside. You have made a wish, no? Well, I am here to grant you one. Follow me. - the girl replies.
As she is walking, you study her a bit more closely. She has dark wavy hair that is as dark as the night sky. She has a gentle face and warm eyes with a glint of mischief in them. W-wh-who are you? What is your name? - You ask nervously.
My name is Justine. I'm the guardian of the stars. It is my duty to grant wishes made by the pure and innocent hearts of people. These wishes makes the stars shine brighter. - She says with glee. Still confused, you look around the very place you're walking through. It's as if you are exploring space just by walking. Ahh... here we are. - Justine says, snapping you out of your dream.
You follow her gaze, and find four glowing orbs, or are those stars? It is hard to tell from afar.
A clearer and more vivid picture of the orbs are depicted as you come closer. These are your wish choices. Little star trinkets I call "starlets" are to be made out of the orbs in front of you.
A starlet is a symbol of luck, and magic that is a mere guide in fulfilling your wish. Now, go ahead and explore the wonders of these orbs. All you have to do is walk up to one of them and you will be able to tell what unique properties it has to offer. - Justine explains.
You nod and walk up to the orbs. Before you could get any further, you hear Justine's voice. Before I forget, you need to agree to some terms before receiving a starlet. Remember what I said earlier? "I grant wishes made by the pure and innocent hearts of people". If you really want your wish, you need to abide by the rules! - Justine says.
Are you done? Good, you may now choose which of the four orbs floating before you will be the source of your wish. - Justine eagerly states. You choose based on the characteristics of the orbs.
You approach the orb which changes shape as you touch it. There is one way to control it other than continuously touching it. Close your eyes and put your mind at ease. Imagine how your starlet would look like. You close your eyes and ease your mind. You see many possibilities and combinations for your starlet. You decisively imagine your starlet's shape and form.
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You approach the orb that gradually changes its colors. You know, only one of those colors will form your starlet. You need to choose one and I'll do the rest. You choose your color and Justine begins to work.
You approach the one with an abstract shape. This orb is the greatest of them all! You'll never know what shape it'll form even if you try to imagine it. You can specify some things, but it'll still turn out into something else. Want to try? Still puzzled, you choose the abstract orb.
You approach the orb which multiplies as you touch it. Just imagine how many starlets you'd like. You can even imagine what your starlet would look like and it'll form into your heart's desire. Be careful though, too many may disrupt the starlet's power. You close your eyes and drift into your imagination. You imagine how your starlets would look like.
You wait inside Justine's house while she creates your starlet. Her house is small fit for two only. She has a fluffy cloud theme around her house, making you feel extra comfy. As you lay around and relax yourself, Justine comes in and has finished creating your starlet.
I'm back! I'm finished with your starlet. It's kind of
This type of request deals with the requester's taste and perception of the button. All parts are to be dictated by the requester. There are instances, however, that the requester may leave a certain part blank. This means that they trust me to customize that part to his/her liking.
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This type of request deals with those who have a theme for their site or want a specific theme for their button. The button created will always match the theme given in the form or of their site. Hover over the examples to see their themes. This is a unique type of request exclusive only at Starry Sparkles.
This type of request is great for those who want a button but doesn't know what his/her button would look like. Here, the whole button is going to be customized by me. In the form, you can make some specifications that you'd like to have in your button. Sometimes, giving me the freedom to experiment may lead to a more customized button!
This type of request deals with those who want more than one button per request. All buttons will be customized by me due to some quality problems. Due to the large amount of buttons created, I'll only be accepting 1 of this type of request per week unless specified in my updates.
Buttons will be moved to the portfolio after 5 days of inactivity or if it isn't picked up within that time period. Please do not delete the link back. Neomail me if your button was deleted from the Pickup list and I'll add it back.
These are the most recent buttons I've made. If you like their animation and design, feel free to include their name in the 'Specifics' part of the form and what part of the button you liked.
This section tells the story of how Starry Sparkles was formed.
This is a handy list of questions that may have already answered your own question.
This extra is currently under construction. Be sure to check back soon!
Supernovas are stars that have exploded due to loss of energy. These are the retired buttons that used to advertise Starry Sparkles.
This is where all the awards and feats of Starry Sparkles could be found. It makes us all feel proud!
Here are some guides on how I make my buttons. Send me a suggestion as to what guide I should make.
Ever wonder how Starry Sparkles came to be? You came to the right place. This section will tell you all about how Starry Sparkles began!
It all started with a pet application. I was going to request a button on a button request site for my pet app (they make buttons for pet applications), but I failed to read the trick word (I literally read the rules without even seeing it) which led to rejection of my request.
I still wanted a button for my application, so I tried asking the HC if they know how to make buttons. One user directed me to Soroptimist. I then found Lucy's Button Tutorial. Following the tutorial, I made the button on the left. I was super proud of it, so I continued making buttons for me and my guild back then.
As I was scouring the PC, I came upon a board saying that they want their applications to be reviewed. I volunteered to review it and at the end, I offered to make her a button. The end result is the button at the right. She then told me to open a button request site because of my button making skills (I was doubting how good I am at that time).
And that was how Starry Sparkles was born. I hope you enjoyed the story.
Question not answered? Neomail me! Please make the title of your neomail, "Star Question".
Q : Do you take requests for sites that are under construction?
A : Yes. Under construction is fine by me!
Q: Do you take requests for sites that are non-existent / no content?
A : I'm sorry, but no. I will not be sure if you will use my button since it's not yet created so I will not make buttons for non-existent sites.
Q : Can images that are non-Neopet related be used on your buttons?
A : This just depends on the image. It must be appropriate for Neopets. If you'd like, just slap it in a petpage and I'll see what I can do.
Q : Help! My neomails aren't going through! What should I do?
A : Because of the glitch, linked neomails sometimes don't go through. Please don't put the full URL. If this still doesn't solve the issue, kindly put the form on a petpage.
Q: What program do you use in making your buttons?
A: GIMP and Photoshop CS3 depending on the animation. I usually edit images in Photoshop. If the animation is simple, I use GIMP. When it's complicated, I use Photoshop.
Q: How many multiple buttons requests can I request per site?
A: One only per site. As much as I love the attention, this is exhausting on my part. Coming up with different designs for one multiple buttons request is already a challenge to me. Please refrain from ordering 2 multiple buttons request for one site.
Q: What are we supposed to put in the What's Starry question if not Flowers?
A: Anything! Anything but Flowers. Please do remember that simply putting not flowers is still against the rules. The word itself on that specific question is a trigger for me. Be creative!
Q: Why do you not accept not Flowers as an answer to your trick?
A: Simply because this is another way of bending the rules. Just because you put not before Flowers doesn't erase the word Flowers. Since it says "to put Flowers when you didn't read the rules", the word itself, no matter what you say, on that specific question is a trigger for me. This is simply bending the rules and I'd appreciate it if you didn't do this.
Q: Can I use one of your SS Exclusive Borders/Animations for my site?
A: Yes, but you must leave visible credit somewhere around the site. If I see one button with my own animation/border, I will first send out a warning. If you still refuse to credit me, I will not hesitate to report you.
These are the stars that were previously used to advertise Starry Sparkles.Most recent listed at the top
Before you use any of these resources, please take a gander at the rules.
These textures are best used with the modes Multiply, Screen, Overlay, and Soft Light.
Here are some guides for button making:
Have a suggestion for a guide? Feel free to send in your suggestion below.
Making the "Snow" animation has many different methods, but I think it's time I make a guide about this since 3 people have already asked me how I make my "Snow". I use Photoshop CS3 for this, but feel free to incorporate this with other PS versions. This is not available in GIMP though. This guide depends on both the text and image guides. Drag the images to the address bar to see them in full view. I'll be using this image throughout the guide.
First, open a new layer and name it as "Snow". Make sure that this layer is below the text layer.
Next, select the Brush tool and set the "Hardness" to 0%. Change the Master Diameter to 9px.
Click on 4-8 spots on your button. Make sure that the "Snow" layer is active.
Change the Master Diameter of the Brush to 5px and click on 7-11 spots on your button, still making sure "Snow" layer is the active layer.
Click on one spot at the bottom part of your button as a marker.
Now, duplicate the "Snow" layer. It should now look like this:
Using the "Move" tool, make the duplicate go off the canvas by pressing the "up" key. Look at your marker as you go up. If it disappears (no edges are shown), stop moving it. Make sure that when you press the down key, the marker will show its edge. Here's a visual example of what I mean:
Merge the duplicate and the original layer.
Bring up the "Animation" palette. Make a new layer, like so.
Using the "Move" tool, make the "Snow" layer go down until the (earlier off-canvas) marker will go to the original position of the (original) marker. When this happens, move the "Snow" layer 1px up. Here's a visual example of the end product:
Select both layers and click on the arrow beside "0 sec". Click on other and a window will show up. Set it to 0.07 seconds.
Making sure that the second frame is active, click on the highlighted part below, then select "Tween". A new window will show up. Retain all settings except "Frames to Add". Set it to 30.
Play and see the "Snow". This is how mine ended up:
Congratulations! You have now made "Snow"! Be sure to credit Starry Sparkles if this wonderful guide has helped you make "Snow"! Feel free to neomail me for suggestions and questions about the guide.
This is an extension of the first guide. This guide has the same outcome but with a longer process. This is exclusive to GIMP users. This guide depends on both the text and image guides. Drag the images to the address bar to see them in full view. I'll be using this image throughout the guide.
First, open a new layer and name it as "Snow" (or just leave it in its default name). Make sure that this layer is below the text layer. If you want the "Snow" to go behind the text, do not merge the text layer to the background. The "Snow" will always go in front of the text when the text is merged with the background.
Next, select the Brush tool. Create 7-12 snowdrops with variety of sizes.
Duplicate the "Snow" layer and move it upwards, using the layer boundary as a guide. Stop when the bottom part of the layer boundary is outside the image canvas.
Merge the duplicate "Snow" layer down with the original "Snow" layer.
Duplicate the "Snow" layer again. Nudge the duplicate 1 pixel downwards. Repeat this (duplicate then move) until the top edge of the layer boundary has a 1 pixel gap from the image canvas.
Duplicate the background layer and move it under a "Snow" layer. Repeat until all "Snow" layers have 1 background layer underneath. Merge down (not merge visible or flatten) all "Snow" layers, making sure the background layers are all visible.
Skip the next two steps if you've already merged the text layer with the background layer. Duplicate the text layer and put the duplicate above each background layer. Repeat until all background layers each have a text layer above them.
Merge the text layers with the background layers underneath them.
Playback and save your button! There are two outcomes that can be made (drag to URL bar for greater quality animation):
If you want the first outcome, export normally. If you want the second outcome, export your button using these settings:
Congratulations! You have now made "Snow" using GIMP! Be sure to credit Starry Sparkles if this wonderful guide has helped you make "Snow"! Feel free to neomail me for suggestions and questions about the guide.
Button Burst is a button request site owned by the very kind and gentle Millie. Her style of button making is unique and is very eye-catching. I would definitely recommend her to someone looking for a cute button!
I may have surpassed the number of buttons Millie has done, but I still look up to her. I'm proud to be Button Burst's sister site!
+ Envelopes, Send in your request sign, request status/speed resources & wavy shine tutorial © The Lunch Box.
+ Bullets (diamonds) © Details.
+ Back buttons © Bedazzled.
+ Sparkle 3 is an animation from Saranghae's Tutorial.
+ Story by Parchment.
+ Story mode is an original idea by Turnip. I have received written permission to use it.
+ Quote used (All stars are created....) is an original quote by me.
+ Counter from boingdragon.com.
+ Please neomail me if there are things I forgot to credit. things that are out of place (i.e. Original SS animations/borders that aren't original) or if you ranked/recommended Starry Sparkles.