Saturday, November 29, 2014

PixelScrapper December 2014 Blog Train: The Nutcracker

(The link to the official PixelScrapper blog train post: HERE.)

Once again, I was NOT feeling the colours - the red + green of the holiday season is just... YUCK, in my humble opinion. And I am not a real big fan of nutcrackers; they're freakin' creepy. BUT, I LOVE ballet! 

I took ballet class and performed in holiday shows and a yearly company-wide show until I was a teenager. I quit the year before I would join a show/competition troupe and graduate to toe shoes. (I did graduate to my high heel tap shoes - God, I loved those shoes!) I loved to dance, but I was becoming quickly aware that my body type was not desirable in a dancer... my mom used to heckle me about it. But, anyway - that's the past and not the can of worms to open now. (lol, baggage.) What I was getting at is that I will always have a love and affinity for dance.

My great aunt once took me to see the Nutcracker performed by the Kansas City Ballet, and it was one of those life-altering, I-will-remember-this-forever, this-has-shaped-the-way-I-see-the-world events (my great aunt gave me a lot of those kind of events). And the part I remember liking the most was the Flight of the Sugarplum Fairies. So, I really tried to channel some of that into my portion of the blog train.

I was thinking about gentle snow falling, the patterns on the ballerinas' costumes, the fluff of their skirts and sleeves, and the twinkle of pixie dust. <3

So, without further ado, my contribution to this month's blog train:

(Download from Google Drive HERE.)

(Download from Google Drive HERE.)

(Download from Google Drive HERE.)

(Download from Google Drive HERE.)

(Download from Google Drive HERE.)

And, as always, thanks for visiting and please enjoy! ;)
Have a happy holiday and be safe! <3

Friday, November 21, 2014

When Christmas Barfed

While I was working on my contribution for the December PixelScrapper blog train, I made what was, IMHO, a really ugly paper in Christmas colours. Then I decided to make some more of them! Because, Christmas time is famous for really ugly sweaters and some other colour/pattern combos that make an onlooker wonder what the heck the designer was thinking!

So, without further ado, this is what I think it would look like if Christmas barfed all over someone's house!

(And, just to make things clear, I mean the title of this kit very humorously. I am a Christian, and I certainly mean no disrespect of this holiday. I more or less mean to poke fun at the consumerism of this holiday, which I think anyone can appreciate. So, I hope I have not offended anyone.)

Available to download through Google Drive: HERE.

Friday, October 31, 2014

PixelScrapper November 2014 Blog Train: Our House

(The link to the official PixelScrapper blog train post: HERE.)

I have to admit that I was really not feeling the colours for this blog train. I tried and I tried, and it was just not working for me... /sigh.
So, I decided to go with some word art - that a way I can contribute something and not mess with the colours that are just... so not my thing right now. lol.

So, these word art stamps are sized in 4x6 and 3x4 variations, intended for ProjectLife and other pocket scrapbooking, though I think they're versatile enough that a creative scrapbooker can make them work wherever. ;)

And, also with these, I am making a special request that if you use these CU4CU that you NOT distribute just the stamps - please either do something creative with them (beyond simply recolouring or distressing them) or just distribute my whole file with your stuff (as a special "gift" would be fine by me - because I would rather ya' not be selling my unaltered work as your own). Does that make sense? I hope I am not making this too complicated (I don't think I am).

(Download from Google Drive HERE.)

And, as always, thanks for visiting and please enjoy! ;)

Friday, October 3, 2014

PixelScrapper October 2014 Blog Train: Autumn Art

(Here's the link to the official PixelScrapper Blog Train post: HERE.)

I almost missed this one! In fact,it was Oct 1st when I saw the train go live, and I decided on the spot that I wanted to participate. So... that's why these are late! And, of course, I got totally carried away... which, I hope, is totally yo your benefit! LOL.

Apparently, these colours were really speaking to me about stripes - dotted stripes, straight stripes, ziz-zag stripes, etc! :D
Quite a few of the packs ended up dark (and LARGE - so beware the file sizes, sorry), but I was really thinking of backgrounds that spots and splatters might look good on, like drop cloths. In the end, my kits kind of remind me of the gypsy-style caravan tapestries and clothing I'd see at my local Renaissance Festival - which is rather fitting since it starts up in Sept and runs through Oct. ;) I was going to go with the leafy theme that everyone else seemed to be going with, but I just wasn't feeling it. /shrugs

Download from Google Drive HERE.

Download from Google Drive HERE.

Download from Google Drive HERE.

Download from Google Drive HERE.

Download from Google Drive HERE.

Download from Google Drive HERE.

Download from Google Drive HERE.

Thanks for visiting and enjoy! ;)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Re-Design: DONE!

Woot Woot!

The re-clothing of the blog is officially done! Yay!!

Everything should be good to go. Links should not have been affected, but, as always, let me know if something wonky is going on. ;)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Please Forgive Our Dust

I am re-clothing this blog with some pretty new graphics, so there's gonna be quite a bit of dust, and probably some really ugly clashing colours.

Okay. Maybe not so much dust, but TONS of ugly clashing colours.

Please don't mind the mess. No links will be harmed in the making of this blog re-colour (I hope). And all the colours should be back to pretty in a few days (hopefully).

Thanks for understanding!! :D

Monday, June 30, 2014

PixelScrapper July 2014 Blog Train: Old Brass

(Here's the link to the official PixelScrapper Blog Train post: HERE.)

I am really excited to be able to participate in another blog train! I am thanking God for every day that I am able to enjoy my computer and create more art to share with the world!

There wasn't a prescribed theme for this month, so I kind of floundered for inspiration at first. A few scrappers were doing a "4th of July" theme, but I just wasn't feeling it... until I thought about brass!

I LOVE brass. It's mainly a turn-of-the-(20th)century steampunk obsession, but I also think of brass when I think of the military. The buttons and insignia on soldiers isn't made out of brass any more, but most of it is still made to LOOK like brass. And any high-ranking officers are often called "The Brass". But brass isn't reserved just for the military; it also has adorned all kinds of other uniforms from police officers to Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

When I think about celebrating Independence Day, I think of the brass. BUT, I know that digital scrapbooking is an international community and, while I LOVE my country, I didn't want to make it patriotic and exclude any international friends. So I decided to just stick with celebrating the brass. The beautiful, beautiful brass. ;)

I am especially happy that the colours this month included the grays and blacks and I wanted to use them a bit, too... because sometimes celebrating the brass, and all that it is used to represent, calls for more somber colours.

So, without further blabbing, here we go:

Download from Google Drive HERE.

Download from Google Drive HERE.

Download from Google Drive HERE.

Download from Google Drive HERE.

Download Part One: Buttons from Google Drive HERE.  
Download Part Two: Flowers from Google Drive HERE. 
Download Part Three: Gems from Google Drive HERE. 
Download Part Four: Other from Google Drive HERE.  

On these elements, your computer will probably tell you that they are not 300 dpi, but it is lying. They ARE 300 dpi - they were saved through Photoshop's "Save for Web" feature and that feature strips metadata, including the dpi tag. And then your computer just makes up whatever it wants. I am too lazy to go back and resave them so they have the 300 dpi tag, but they ARE 300 dpi.
And, the elements aren't 12x12, but I am too lazy to go back and change the preview right now. So, yeah. I apologize. 

Also, there's a shadow on the elements in the preview, but that's just for the preview. The elements in the packs are shadow-free. ;)

Enjoy! ;) 

I apologize for any difficulty or confusion the .RAR file format may have caused.

If you're interested in obtaining a program that opens .RARs, here are a few options: The program I use is WinRAR (available here as a trial). Other programs that open .RAR files include: 7zip (free here) - I use this one as well, RAR File Open Knife (free here), and Open the File has some other options, too (check it out here).

If you have the ability to open .RARs, then feel free to use the links above. Otherwise, I am posting some .ZIP files below:

Paper Pack 01
Paper Pack 02
Paper Pack 03
Paper Pack 04

Seeing as the two filetypes don't seem to produce a measurable difference in file size, and that .RAR causes confusion, I will provide my stuff in .ZIP files from this point forward. Sorry for the confusion. ;)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

At The Beach - PixelScrapper Aug 2013 Blog Train

Nine months ago, a tragic experience in my life cause me to lose all of my electronic devices, including but not limited to the laptop where I created all of my art. I did not have many things backed up, so I lost a lot, including my promised participation pieces for PixelScrapper's August 2013 blog train. All I had remaining were the resources I had downloaded from PS (thank God!) and the previews I had uploaded to the forums.

It would be an understatement to say that I am excited today. This week has been the first opportunity in nine months that I have had to access a computer able to recreate that work. So, I've been working my tushie off these last two days, and have been delighting in every minute of it!

I have prayed incessantly for the opportunity to make digital art again. God has answered my prayers and I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge that He continues to bless me beyond what I could ever comprehend! As Luke 6:38 (NIV) says, "a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap," indeed!

So, to be true to my promise, here is the recreation of my contribution to the blog train "At the Beach"... with interest. ;)

I hope that these papers will be a blessing in their own way. Enjoy!

Click HERE to download from Google Drive!

Click HERE to download from Google Drive!

Click HERE to download from Google Drive!

(Bonus Papers 1 actually contains more papers than what is shown - 13 papers, to be exact.) Click HERE to download from Google Drive!

Click HERE to download from Google Drive!

2014-07-25 EDIT: Files now hosted at Google Drive (instead of 4Shared) and are now in .ZIP format (instead of .RAR). Both changes made to provide easier accessibility. Thanks for the feedback!! ;)