I made the sparkles and finally figured out why I couldn't make the grey bubbles work, so I had to do something with it. It is not transparent, the background is the same as the pages.
The following images are the original image I obtained from CD's or made myself
My background was made as a seamless background tile. I opened a new image, used the options in the book to make a textured background using parchment as the texture. Using the rectangle tool, I selected a small section to make seamless. Under selection, converted to seamless. Saved it as a gif.
On my image map the flowers in the border were under the images, and I didn't know how to get rid of them. Bout drove me crazy until I finally realized that I had set the table background using my background image instead of a solid color. I have tried playing around a little with an image map for my main web site. I created it in Front Page Express and uploaded it using WS_FTP95LE. I've tried and tried but for some reason I can't get the proper background or the 2 blank images to show up. They've been uploaded. I'm going to keep messing with it, so if it looks okay you know I got it fixed. If you'd like to see it. Go to Image Map
As you can see in the next few images, I finally learned how to make images using tubes and/or textures transparent.