Monday, March 8, 2010

March - Spring is near!

Well, it has been almost a month since my last post. We have been a busy family and somehow, that has all been good.

The Etsy store is plugging along well. I don't expect it to accomplish great things so soon, but growth is coming along nicely. If you haven't been to my Etsy store, check it out on the right sidebar.

Scrapbooking...where to begin. After leaving the DET I have really struggled with scrapping. I haven't had any desire to even open Photoshop until recently. Last month I created a some digi papers and this month...drum roll please...I created a layout! After easing back into scrapping, I finished a layout and uploaded it last night to DSP. It is made from elements available in the Scraps of Style - Storybook Fantasies CD. I had taken the photo a couple of years ago for an online portrait photography class and had never used it. All the night time elements on the CD just reminded me of the photo and a sweet dreamy girl I love.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

More Scrapbooking Goodies!

I have been digitally creating paper! I have a yummy new turquoise and chocolate paper pack. I have been trying to better my grunge techniques and also I have been trying out some new paper pattern creations. I hope you like them.

I also have created two birth announcement cards for my Etsy store. They are a bit boyish and are created from my latest two paper packs. I will be working on some more girly cards this weekend.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Where does time go?

Where does it go? It seems like there is never enough time and I want to do more than it seems I have time to do. At least that is my reason for not posting again for almost a month! I've been busy crafting and scrapping so I have a couple of new things to share with you.

First, check out the new pendants in my Etsy store. They are the popular glass tile pendants and I am featuring some of my photos in them. You can also send me your photo and I'll gladly make a custom pendant for you.

Also, I've been creating some digital scrapbooking kits and even did a couple of layouts last night with my new kit. I really like the color combinations and I have to thank the girls at DSP in Saturday Night Live forum for that. SNL is a group of scrappers who are practicing their digitizing. We are challenged to create a mega kit with the same color combination each month. Everyone who creates at least 4 items and submits them to the group, gets all the other submitted kits free. It's like one huge mega kit! Tons of Fun!

Here are my two layouts. I hope you like them! And who knows? The kit might end up in my Etsy store one day!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Still Crafting

I have been crafting again! Savannah was gone over the weekend on a Ski Retreat with our church youth group. Ron headed off to the mountains! I crafted! It was a great weekend!

I'll show you a new Valentine Card tonight. I have racked my brains (again) trying to remember my Photoshop Pen Tool lessons that the very talented Lisa Carter taught me a few years ago. "I know how to do this," I kept telling myself. I mean, I worked with Illustrator on a daily basis for two should be stuck in the grey matter of my brain somewhere. But, still it took me all night to accomplish what should have taken 2 minutes. Why? Because one little button on my screen was clicked that shouldn't have been clicked and THAT nearly drove me to insanity. So, here it is!
This is available in my Etsy store in two formats. First, you can get in as a high resolution jpeg in either a 4x6 or 5x7 format. Great for sending to your photo processor for the perfect card. Or, you can get it in a PDF file set up to print 8 little trading card size Valentines. Perfect to print at home and then trim, hole punch and attach a ribbon. The great part on both of these is that I will take your photo, crop it, touch it up, recolor it - whatever needs to be done - and send you back the perfect little card.

Later, I'll show you a new tote bag I made this weekend too. It's a prototype for a tote I've been mulling over in my brain. It's not perfect yet, but pretty close...

Friday, January 8, 2010

Valentines...but it is still January!!!

I hate jumping the gun on holidays. I like to savor each one as it comes. And with Christmas over it's time to look forward to Valentine's Day. I've added four cards in my Etsy shop that I will personalize for you and then you can have them printed at your local photo printer. You can choose either 5x7 or 4x6 and all the text is customizable. I will also edit your photo - brighten it, change it to black and white or sepia - whatever you need.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Happy 2010!

Ok, so I'm a few days late but late is on time for me! LOL! Hope you are enjoying your start to the new year. I have had a snow day with Savannah today. Schools were closed today and I was able to stay home. Slept in late and played around with some different items.

I posted some goodies in my Etsy Store - Go check them out! I played with our puppy and got a kick out of watching her lick snow off our deck. Tonight, I plan to curl up in the recliner and watch the BCS Football game.

I received a huge compliment today. Last year I took some family portraits at our church to publish in our directory. I've done this twice now and have always been pleased with my results. Usually, when folks ask for copies of their prints I send them to the photo lab downtown. However, one of the ladies at church asked me for another copy and I didn't want to make a trip downtown for one photo, so I decided to use a "corner drug store" to process my one 5x7. I've used them before and they do a nice job. Well, this afternoon I got a call from them asking for the photographers copyright release since the photo looked professionally done. I kinda snickered and told him that I was the photographer. I had to explain myself but it was quite nice to be considered a professional photographer by someone else...not related to me...or a good friend...

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