Sunday, November 27, 2011

Shabby November

Well, I got sidetracked while working on my photos and created another little mini-kit.  This one was inspired by one of the photos that I processed.  This is the kit:
 And this is the photo that inspired it:
Ok, now I've had my fun and it is back to work.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

November-Part 4 Freebie

And finally, here is the last part of November.  I had a lot of fun making it but now it's time for me to work on some of my photographs and get my album up to date.
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My Apologies

I'm so sorry about the mix-up with the links for Part 2.  Thank you all for letting me know.  I just corrected the link and it should work now.  If there are any more problems, please let me know.

Monday, November 14, 2011

November Freebie - Part 3

What a night - wind, rain, hail, and a tornado warning!  One storm moved through as we were eating our dinner.  The wind was so strong it took the cover off our outdoor grill!  I don't mind thunder storms, but I do wish this one wasn't quite so intense.

Well, down to business, here is part 3 of the November kit.  Hope you like it.

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

November Part 2 Freebie

This is part 2 of my November kit.  There will be two more parts after this.

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Another Color Challenge and Another Freebie

The color pallet at caught my attention this month, and I decided to have a go with it.  The results are posted here as a freebie, but I didn't have the nerve to post it in the challenge.  Hope you like it.
This is only part 1.  I got a bit carried away, as usual, so there are three more parts which I'll be posting over the next several days as I get the time.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Fall Cluster Freebie

Norma, of Swheat Creations made a gorgeous cluster using my fall kit.  It always amazes me how creative people are - my attempts at doing clusters have been very feeble.  Anyway, if you love this cluster as much as I do, you can download it at Swheat Creations.  And while you are there, look around, she has a lot of goodies.  Thank you, Norma!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

I'm on a Roll - Another Freebie

The Studio has a color challenge most every month, and I loved the colors this month, so I got brave and did a small kit.  The two patterned papers were done at Colour Lovers, a great site to create patterns and color them.  The other papers were done with my own texture creations.  I hope you like this kit.  As always, if you download, please leave a comment.  They are much appreciated.  Thank you!

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Halloween Mini Freebie

I had so much fun working on the Halloween kit, that I made a few more pieces to go with it.  I uploaded the file to Meadiafire, so there should be no problem with downloading.  If you download please leave a comment - they mean so much.  Thank you.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

New Freebie from Me - Halloween

It's been a long time since I posted any freebies so I got to work and created one for Halloween.  It only took me 2 months to get done, but it was a good learning experience and I had fun doing it.  Turns out there are quite a lot of Halloween freebies out there, so I hope you like mine.  It was originally only going to be about 3 or 4 papers and maybe 5 or 6 elements, but I got a bit carried away.  There are 8 papers and 20 elements so I had to divide the downloads into three parts.  Please, if you download, leave me a comment.  They are much appreciated.  Thank you.

 Wow!  My account is out of bandwidth.  Thank you for letting me know, Ladies.  I just uploaded the files to Mediafire.  You can download the files from there.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Happy Trails - New Kit from Lady Bug Designs

Lady Bug Designs has just put a new kit in the store at Digital Design Den.  It is called Happy Trails and is just perfect for all your little cowboys and cowgirls.  These are all the elements.
 And these are the papers.
 There are also two great alphabets, one in denim and one with bullet holes.

I've done two layouts so far with this kit.  The first one has photos of a visit to Tombstone, Arizona in 1999.  We went to see the gunfight at the OK Corral.  This gunfight was nothing like the movie versions, in real life it only lasted about 30 seconds.

This second layout features two photos of my brother taken many, many years ago.  When we were quite young we both asked for cowboy outfits for Christmas.  My brother got his, but I got dolls.
The kit is called Happy Trails by Lady Bug Designs and you can get it at the Digital Design Den store here.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Simply Gray by Lady Bug Designs

Another great new kit by Lady Bug Designs, this one in soft shades of gray with a touch of peach.  It is loaded with gorgeous papers, elements, 2 photo masks and several cluster frames.  You can find it at the Digital Design Den store here.

I had fun playing with this one - two layouts so far.  The first is a tribute to my sweet Tessa.  She's been gone almost two years and I still miss her so very much.  She was the sweetest little kitty.

And the second one is my great, great grandfather.  The photo is in pretty poor condition so I blended it into one of the papers in the kit.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Let Freedom Ring - A New Kit by Me!

It has been ages and ages since I designed anything and I felt creative.  The July 4th holiday is just about here and I wanted something patriotic, so this is what I came up with.  Hope you like it. If you download, please leave a comment.  I really would like to know if anyone likes it.  Thank you!

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A special thanks to Snappy Scrappy for the flag that I used for the clusters.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Abbey Rose - Latest Kit from Lady Bug Designs

The latest kit from Lady Bug Designs, Abbey Rose, is now available in the Digital Design Den store.  It is a lovely soft kit with beautifully textured and patterned papers with 46 elements.  Right now it is 25% off and you can find it here.

Here are two layouts I've done so far.  The first one is an old photo that was found in my father-in-law's collection after he died.  There was nothing written on the back, so we don't know who these ladies are.  I just love their clothes, especially the hats.  And the fur muffs for their hands - I had a child-size one when I was a kid!

The second one is a photo of my mother and father on their wedding day in 1938.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

New Kit From Ladybug Designs

Home and Family is the sweet new kit from Ladybug Designs and is available here at the Digital Design Den.   Right now it is on sale for 20% off.  It is perfect for scrapping family times and vintage photos.  I just did two layouts with it - the first of my stepson and his girls, the second of their cat, Fred.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

More on Star Kissed

Just got two more layouts done using Star Kissed, the wonderful new kit by Lady Bug Designs, available at the Digital Design Den.  You can get it here.  And right now it is on sale - 25% off.

And here are two more layouts using Star Kissed.  This first one showcases David Whitfield, a wonderful English tenor who left us way too soon.  Anyone remember his hit song, Cara Mia?  Back when I was a teenager (many long years ago) I had the pleasure of meeting him in person and actually getting a photo taken with him.   It was one of the highlights of my life.
 The photo below was taken just last year when we were hiking on the Overlook Trail in our Metropark system.  We had a chance meeting with this deer and fortunately, I had the camera with me.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Star Kissed-New From Lady Bug Designs

Lady Bug Designs has just released a sweet new kit called Star Kissed.  Lots of lovely soft colors here, just perfect for spring and on into summer.  You can get it here at the Digital Design Den store.

I've done two layouts with this kit so far - two more are in the works.  The first one is our grandson who is currently in China as an exchange student.  I downloaded the photo of him from Facebook.  He was just getting ready to go on a boat trip somewhere in China.
The photo of orchids is from our trip to Longwood Gardens several years ago.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Still Life

The March Focus on Photography challenge at the Digital Design Den is to create and photograph a still life. My flower arranging skills are sadly lacking and the lighting in our house is not really good for doing still life photography.  Since nothing is blooming in our part of the world yet - way too cold - I used a silk flower.  My SOOC image needed help, so I went to work with textures, gradients and adjustment layers.

This is the image straight out of the camera.  It was way too dark for me and I really didn't like the background.

And this is the image after I worked on it.  The first thing I did was crop it.  Then I added a layer mask and did away with the background.  Next I added the Sweettart texture by Kim Klassen - she has lovely textures on her blog, pay her a visit and see for yourself.  I did erase most of the texture from the  flower and vase using a layer mask.  After that, I added a pale white to pink gradient, then did a levels adjustment.  And I think the finished product looks much better.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Snow and Ice

For a little over a week we had some lovely weather - warm, in the 40's - and we actually saw the grass in our yard!  But, sad to say we are back to cold, snow and ice.   We have had a series of weather fronts go through dropping the temperatures, changing the rain to ice (that was fun - NOT!), and just over the weekend we had another 8 inches of snow.  And there are two more fronts on the way with snow, sleet and freezing rain.  Enough already!!!  With the weather being what it was, I've been spending a lot of time on the computer playing with patterns and textures and I designed a small mini kit which I hope you will like.  I called it, what else, Snow and Ice.

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Precious One

Precious One, a sweet new kit by Lady Bug Designs, just arrived at the Digital Design Den store and you can find it here.  It is just perfect for little boys or little girls.  Here are some layouts I made with it.

Found this 15 year old photo in our albums.

Another photo from our albums, this one is over 40 years old!

And as you can see, the kit is not limited to babies!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Photography Challenge

The Digital Design Den has black and white photography as the technique for the month in their Focus on Photography challenge.  I had to try this so I took some photos of sea shells and combined one of them with an older photo we took of the ocean.  I wasn't sure what to expect as I really like color, but it turned out better than I expected.  And in the process, I figured out how to use and process camera RAW files.

The black and white version:

And the color version:

I can't make up my mind which I like the best, so I'm going to print them both.  LOL

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Heart of my Heart - new kit from Lady Bug Designs

Becky of Lady Bug Designs just put a new kit in her store - just perfect for Valentine's Day - lots of lovely pinks and hearts.  You can find it at the Digital Design Den.

Since I'm on her creative team, I was able to play with it and came up with three layouts in a short period of time.

This is my little grandniece when she was only a couple of months old.

This is my son when he was only a couple of months old.  I scanned the photo from an old slide.

And this is DH about 16 years ago.