Monday, December 31, 2007

I can't believe it's already New Year's Eve!

Today's the last day to get a 1 year subscription to Gotta Pixel at 30% off, which means instead of $35, you can get a 1 year subscription for $24.50! There are over 1200 items that you can download in through the Gotta Pixel Subscription Club, and more are added every single day! Click here to find out more.

Today is also the last day of my big End Of the Year Sale! Hurry over to save 35% off EVERYTHING! I will not be having a sale like this again for a while, so go shopping now while you can catch the big savings. :) Click here to go right to my Gotta Pixel Store!

For my mom and grandma I made little pocket calendar covers. I didn't have them done by the time my mom came to visit, so I had her go "shopping" in my store and pick what kit she wanted hers done with and help my decide which my grandma would like the best. I ended up using the same picture of the girls in their Christmas pajamas that I used on our cards since those were the best recent ones. I will have to make new covers in a few months though, can't leave out baby brother!

My mom picked Delicious, rather appropriate since she is a teacher. :) Here's the cover I made for her--the left side is the back cover.

And for my grandma, Tulips in Bloom! I used a tulip from the main kit and all the rest is from the add-on, Playful.

I've got a new element pack in the works and will be re-releasing two of last year's snowy kits, so keep an eye out for them!

Edited to add: I just added lots of new Scrapping Blog links, so be sure and take a peek!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

From now through the end of the year, everything in my store is 35% off! Even designer resources! Hurry over now. :)

I just realized I never posted the last layout I did! I made this with Lynne Simmon's DigiScrap Caroling mini kit.

We ended up eating all those cookies all by ourselves. Here's what neighbors got: (please excuse the bad framing, just this minute uploaded the picture)

I keep intending to take a picture of all the fabrics I've chosen for baby boy's quilt but I never seem to remember to bring the camera upstairs where my fabric is. And making an unnecessary trip up and down the stairs is just more than this 6-7 month pg body can bear. I'm working on a template in Photoshop at the moment with the quilt pattern I designed so I can easily play with the color layout before I cut into any of the fabric. I'll share that once I'm done too. :)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

You just have to head over to the Meadow at Weeds & Wildflowers! Starting today and for the next 12 days they are offering a free 8x8 quickpage! And today's is a beauty!
I scrapped! I used that cute DigiScrap Caroling kit by Stacy Carlson that I showed yesterday and a photo from Monday's backyard adventure.

The picture needed some serious adjusting--Cayley was standing partway in the shadow from the neighbors house. Here's the original:

I probably should invest in some of these fancy photo actions, but I kind of like the tinkering process of fixing them. I duplicated the photo several times in Photoshop and have one set at Color Burn, another at Screen, another with the Levels adjusted, another with the blues adjusted, another altered with the Shadow/Highlight feature. The final result could be a bit brighter but I'm pretty happy with the result. :)

Christmas hybrid projects--there are so many fun ideas out there I wish there was time to make them all!

It seems all of DST is out buying buttons for this cute button tree! There are instructions here and here. I think it will have to wait for next year's project list for me.

I intended to make some photo frames sort of like this one shown in a tutorial at the EDS blog, but again, it may have to wait until next year.

Now I do intend on making some more pocket calendar covers like the one I showed a couple posts ago. I'll be sure and share them once I do!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Once again, I'm so behind in posting! I've got a few new Christmas goodies up in my store over the last few days, taken some photos, made some crafts, it's busy, busy around here!

Just re-released Cozy Little Christmas last night! I still really like the elements but I just couldn't bear to release the old papers, so I remade them all. :) Same colors and feel as the original, but much better texture now. You can pick up just the papers or felt elements and embellishments or you can grab both together for just $4.80!

My last tutorial over at Everyday Digital Scrapbooking appeared last week. :( It's using one of these fun little Printable Ornament Templates I recently released! If you are signed up for their newsletter like I've reminded you to do several times, you got a $2 off coupon for the templates this past Sunday! (If not, check out the newsletter archives!) You can see a few ornaments I made with my own papers on the preview, another with a kit of April Staker's on the EDS blog, and I really do hope to make several more before Christmas arrives! I'd like to make special ones and add names on before I print to use as gift tags...or maybe I'll use these as the tags to go on the cookie plates I make every Christmas! (Remind me to share some recipes!)

I just have to find a little time to scrap! The DigiScrap Caroling event is still going on (through the 20th) and I've got 20 mini kits just calling my name! You can pick up 10 for only $2--one is at Gotta Pixel (mine is in there) and another at Plain Digital Wrapper. I'm not eligible for the big prizes, but over $300 of goodies and gift certificates will be given away to participants!

Here are a few of the other mini kits I'm especially looking forward to digging in to! Lynne's is in the Gotta Pixel bunch and Stacy's (the untitled preview) is sold in the PDW pack. :)

While you are shopping at Gotta Pixel, don't hesitate to let your total get up to $20! If you do, you'll get this giant mega collaboration kit free!

I'm hoping to get another Christmas paper pack up soon (the one I made our Christmas card with!) and some snowflake goodies too! I had planned on sharing our card and some snowy photos I took yesterday, but since this post is already so long I'll save it for another day. Maybe I'll even have layouts by then!

Monday, November 26, 2007

So many things to do, so little time!

I released a new product yesterday, commercial use Paper Snowflake Brushes! Click here to see them over at Gotta Pixel.

I made this layout just the other day for November's Everyday Digital Scrapbooking sponsor, April Staker. It's with her Signs of Fall kit and I based it off a sketch by Monica McGill for a challenge over at Gotta Pixel.

And speaking of the EDS blog, I've forgotten to mention several of my recent tutorials. One showed up today for a pocket calendar cover and one last week for some digital paper to use in a hybrid layout. I really need to get better paper to print on!

Sadly I've had to make the decision to step down from the EDS team--I just haven't been able to devote the time I want to it. I do have a couple more things that will show up on the blog though, and there are lots of fun projects by everyone else on the team to come!

If you haven't played my I Spy game over at Gotta Pixel, hurry over! Today's the last day to win the Paisley Blues Mini kit and tomorrow I'll post a new kit and game! (See the links in the post below.)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

I'm thankful for so many things this year. Two beautiful and healthy little girls, a wonderful husband, a new home in a gorgeous spot and a precious little boy on the way!

I'm also thankful for those who encourage me to keep making digital scrapping products! And to thank all of you I've put all my non-commercial products on sale! Head over to Gotta Pixel and you can take 30% off! Click here to go straight to my store.

Hope you all have a wonderful day tomorrow!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Eek! It's been a long while since I posted!

I've got a quick little contest over at Gotta Pixel to help me name a mini kit! The winner will get to pick the page kit from my store FREE! But, the contest ends today! Here's the kit:

Today is also the last day to play Round 2 of I Spy at Gotta Pixel! Head to this thread to see the rules and gameboard and if you correctly name all the layouts, you'll win this mini kit and an entry into the big birthday drawing at the end of the month!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Didn't get a change to post for a couple days and I've had so much to share!

This weekend I released a new kit! It's called Family Ties and coordinates with kits of the same name by Kathryn Estry and Lynne Simmons. We joined together again to host a new Brag Book Exchange! The sign-up window has already passed, so I hope you caught it! I'm amazed every time by how many people participate!

In honor of Gotta Pixel's 2nd birthday there are a ton of fun events going on every day! Each Tuesday in November I'm hosting a new week-long game called "I Spy." I post little snippets of 9 different layouts from the Gotta Pixel gallery and everyone who correctly identifies them all wins a special mini kit! Everyone who participates also gets there name added to the big end-of-the-month birthday drawing that has lots of great prizes!

Friday, November 02, 2007

November is Gotta Pixel's birthday month! To celebrate, there are lots of fun activities all month long, and now through November 7th, EVERYTHING in the store is 30% off!!! Click to go to my store.

I'm finishing up a kit for this month's Brag Book Exchange and every week this month I'll be running a fun little game that has a different mini kit prize for all the winners!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

My big news is that I've made the tough decision to step away from Digital Candy. With 2 extremely active little ones and another one on the way, morning sickness that just doesn't want to end despite being halfway through this pregnancy, and desperately trying to finally settle in our new home, I admitted that I needed to let go of some commitments.

So, for my last few days in the Candy Shoppe, you can save 40% off all my products! Click here to go to my section of the store. Sale is on now and runs through October 31st. Also, if you purchase more than $7, be sure and add the Digital Candy October Mega kit into your cart! With the coupon code "megakit1007" it's free!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

I released a new element pack and I just love it! My Autumn Bliss Silk Leaves coordinate perfectly with my last release, Autumn Bliss Paper Pack, and if you buy them together you can save even more. :) Their are a total of 18 leaves included and they measure a minimum of 4-1/2 inches tall, so you can just use one on a layout or resize and scatter them all over!

I'll post some big store and sale news tomorrow, so be sure and check back!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

I forgot to tell you all about my latest release! I really enjoyed making my Autumn Bliss paper pack, and I hope you all enjoy using it! Pick it up at Gotta Pixel!

I also posted the latest round of the Gotta Be Quick Challenge! It's a fun and quick way to create a layout and get a free taste of Autumn Bliss!

I've got one more autumn release in progress, but it's looking like winter here today! If there's anything in particular you'd like to see me release as the chilly months approach, let me know!

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

I've got a new tutorial up at Everyday Digital Scrapbooking! All week long there will be tutorials on photorealistic elements, and for mine, I went through the steps of extracting a little crocheted flower from a photo to use as a scrapbooking element!

Saturday, October 06, 2007

I finally got around to making a layout with the Everyday Digital Scrapbooking Birthday kit!
This layout with goofy pictures of my little girl is made with Sara Amarie's paper and cardboard flowers from the EDS Birthday kit and fun appliqued star by Amy Duquette (Digi-Mac Designs). I added in the glitter centers and created the slightly grungy photo frames.

I promised you a tutorial this week, so I'm going to show you how I quickly added the photo frames! It's a fun effect, and so easy in Photoshop!

* With your photo cropped and sized the way you want, right click on your photo layer in the layer palette and select Blending Options...

* Select Stroke (the last option) and increase the size. I chose 27 pixels for this layout, but you may want a different size depending on the size of your photos. Change the position to Inner. Change the color to Hue: 40, Saturation: 23%, Brightness: 94%. Fill type should be Color and blend mode Normal, Opacity 100%.

* Close the Blending Option window and right click on the "fx" icon on the right edge of your photo layer in the layer palette. Choose "Create Layer. This will make a new layer clipped to the photo from the stroke effect we just added to the photo.

* With the photo frame now it's own layer, we can add more effects to it! Right click on the new layer created from the stroke and select Blending Options...

* Add an Inner Stroke to add a bit more depth to the frame. Change the Blend Mode to Color Burn. Change the Opacity to 43%, Noise at 0% and color at Black (H:0 S:0 B:0). Technique should be set to Softer, Source: Edge, Choke: 0%, Size: 35px (this may vary depending on the width of your frame). Contour: Linear, Range: 50%, Jitter: 100%.

* Add a Pattern Overlay for more texture. Blend Mode: Color Burn, Opacity: 42%, Pattern: Clouds, Scale: 79%.

* Once you apply the Blending Options to the frame, you can go back and add your drop shadows to the original photo.

Hope you have fun adding these worn edges to you photos!

If you aren't already signed up for the Everyday Digital Scrapbooking newsletter, make sure to by the end of the day! The download links for the kit will be sent out in tomorrow's newsletter.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Another fun contest over at Everyday Digital Scrapbooking! Answer a few EDS trivia questions, and you could win all sorts of goodies, including a digital kit of your choice from my store!

I made a fun little birthday thank you note with our big birthday kit, click here for the tutorial.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Join the EDS Blog Party!

Everyday Digital Scrapbooking Blog is the leader in bringing you innovative tutorials and the hippest trends of the scrapbook industry.

Help us celebrate the first of many birthdays with a fabulous BLOG PARTY!
To participate in our October 1st-5th BLOG PARTY, create a digital or hybrid layout with a technique to share with us and have a chance to win a spot and reign as our Guest Team Member for 3 months!

How to participate and win: from October 1st to October 5th upload to your blog or gallery a digital or hybrid layout showcasing your favorite technique and include instructions.
Please make sure to include your instructions -instructions are very important here. Then leave a link to your layout with its' instructions on the Everyday Digital Scrapbooking blog during our birthday week. You can create and post as many technique tutorials as you like during our Birthday Week October 1st -5th.

The EDS team will choose one of our favorite layouts that includes instructions and pick a winner as our GUEST TEAM MEMBER!
The guest team member will reign for 3 months: November 2007 through January 2008. The Guest Team Member will receive all the benefits as our full-time Creative Team, and will be responsible for contributing at least two tutorials per month to the blog during their reign. They will also be featured in our newsletter which is sent out to almost 1000 persons world-wide.

Be sure and check back here too! Sometime this week I'll have a special birthday tutorial that you will only be able to find on my blog. :)
Have you been to the Everyday Digital Scrapbooking blog today? If not, hurry over! The big birthday bash starts today!!! If you haven't signed up for the newsletter yet, do it now! The big FREE birthday kit will be sent out at the end of the week to everyone signed up.

And be sure to head over to Gotta Pixel and pick up the gorgeous October kit! It's free to subscribers and everyone with 30+ posts--here's a peek!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Make sure you are signed up for the Everyday Digital Scrapbooking newsletter! Sign up on the right hand side of the blog today so you don't miss out on all the fun coming up!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

More free goodies for you! Today kicks off a new round of the Gotta Be Quick Challenge, and this month's quickpage kit coordinates with Gummy Grins: Anticipation too! Join in the fun of making this quickpage your own by participating in the challenge.

Don't forget that all the Gummy Grins products are 35% off right now! Hurry over to Gotta Pixel and pick them up!

Monday, September 17, 2007

I've got a new kit out! Gummy Grins: Anticipation is a special addition to the Gummy Grins series that I've created especially for pregnancy! It perfectly complements the other kits in the series and can be used for lots of non-pregnancy pages too!

And to kick off this special release (and to announce some special news of my own--we are going to welcome a new member to the family in March!) I've put all the Gummy Grins kits and Scraps to Share on a 35% off sale through September 23 at Gotta Pixel!

I'm holding a Gummy Grins crop at Gotta Pixel tomorrow (Tuesday) and will be giving away this little add-on. Several lucky attendees will Gummy Grins kits too! Find out more crop details here.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

I've got a new tutorial up at Everyday Digital Scrapbooking about making floral paper! And as a special gift, I'm offering up the finished result from the tutorial as a freebie to you all! You can download it right here, and please leave me a comment if you do! :)

(FYI--the last two images in the tut are switched)

Thursday, September 13, 2007

I keep forgetting to tell you all about my latest release! A fun paper pack called Summer Treat! It's packed with sweet colors and patterns!

I've been busily working on a new kit to the Gummy Grins series, so if there are any pieces you were wishing I'd included in Girly or Boyish, let me know now!!!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Anyone who has purchased my Lullaby for Chase kit, it was just brought to my attention that the capital letter T is missing! I misnamed the U and it overwrote the T. Please accept my apologies and download these 2 replacement letters. :)

capital T
capital U

Monday, September 03, 2007

Last day of my 25% off EVERYTHING sale at Gotta Pixel! Click here go straight to my store.

I forgot to mention, I released a special Commercial Use version of my Perfectly Pieced Templates! Just for digital designers to add special quilted papers and elements to their kits! You can find it right here and it's 25% off today!

Saturday, September 01, 2007

You just have to check out the new and improved Gotta Pixel Store!

There are so many new features--wishlists, points you can collect and exchange for savings, and right now, a ton of great sales!

From now through September 3rd, you can save 25% off ALL of my products! Page kits, element and paper packs, and for the first time ever--even designer resources!!! My store link has changed, so be sure and change your bookmarks to:

Friday, August 31, 2007

Scrapbook Dimensions magazine has got a current special going where they are mailing out free magazines to the first 50 people that they get emails and addresses for. If you are interested, send your email and mailing address to

There's a big change going on at Gotta Pixel, to be revealed at midnight tonight! I think you'll all like it!

Monday, August 20, 2007

You have to check out my kit, Delicious! I collaborated with Kathryn Mhire and Lynne Simmons, and I just love the result! We took the colors of fresh apples, added some flowers (because you just have to have flowers) and each ran with the palette. And you can get all three of our kits at Gotta Pixel for 30% off from now though next Sunday, August 26th!
Kathryn and I also have our kits up Digital Candy, and they are 30% off there too!
Kathryn made the cutest layout with her kit and a picture of my little Maddie! I just had to share. :)
You all simply have to join in our latest round of the Brag Book Exchange over at Gotta Pixel! Sign up and agree to make a 4x6 quickpage to share, and you'll recieve a free brag book kit made with all our Delicious goodies and A TON of other pages in exchange! Sign-ups close Tuesday at midnight, so hurry over! We've already started recieving submissions and the pages are great!
And if you head over to Kathryn's blog right now you can pick up some free Delicious goodies!

Monday, August 13, 2007

My first tutorial as a new CT member is up at Everyday Digital Scrapbooking today! Check it out right here!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Time for a sale!!! Every non-commercial product in my Digital Candy and Gotta Pixel Store is 50% off!!! This special end-of-summer treat runs from now through August 15th!!! You won't see another sale like this for months!

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

I'm introducing Paisley Brushes #2 today! More of the delicate and intricate designs, but all of these inclue floral designs!

To everyone who bought my Whiskers kit--I goofed! I left out 2 lengths of stitching that I mentioned in the description and showed in the preview. It's fixed in the store now, but if you bought it at Gotta Pixel before today, please feel free to download these stitches with my apologies!

Monday, August 06, 2007

A new layout and a freebie I forgot about!

I just adore these photos and had to do a layout with them! I used my Cupcake Cutie kit, Perfectly Pieced Templates #1 and one of Kathryn Mhire's new Photo Wraps!

I forgot all about this little freebie I have out now! For July's Gotta Be Quick Challenge I have up this fun little page from my Sundress Sweetie kit! All the add-on elements are all new!

Don't be a goof like me! I'd missed out on subscribing to Digital Candy's newsletter, The Candy Dish! Click here to subscribe. You'll find out about all the sales, new products, and even special goodies!

And just in case anyone is interested, I've made a little Fan of blinkie! Feel free to snag it!