Saturday, December 6, 2008
I swear, I was really thinking that photos for this year's card wasn't going to happen. I'd tried before, but got no cooperation on the part of my daughter. And what I did get just wasn't cutting it. But, we tried again yesterday, and I'm happy with these photos. So, I got a card together lickety-split, and it's now uploaded for printing. The final version has a bit of a wording difference from this web version, but it's the same. So, if you're getting one, this is a preview you're only going to see here. (Sorry to spoil the surprise!) And everyone can consider this a virtual card from me!
Monday, December 1, 2008
Meds are working now and I'm much better. Whew!
Anyways, I had mentioned I was knitting my daughter a hat, and last week I finished the hat part. Today, I stitched it together, made the chin strap, and added the buttons. So, it's done!
*I have pictures, but I'm on the "wrong" computer right now. I'll post them in the morning.*
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
This does mean that, while I know I need to, I can't say for sure I'm going to get over to the Digitals forum and hand out bonuses for Q & A today or tomorrow. But I don't want to wait too much longer, so hopefully I'll get a quiet moment to do that. Sorry for the delay!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
So now you know why I have all these projects and books around...to keep my sanity! :)
I'm thinking I need to get cracking this morning on my next S4H project, and get some more work done on those Xmas elements!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Oh, and of course I have my kids to watch. ;) And dishes that are piled in the sink. So yeah, you could say I'm a bit busy today.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I'm also glad to say that my son is feeling better today; yay!!! :) I was starting to think I was going to have to drag him to the doctor, but you'd hardly know he was sick now, he's acting so normal. He may not be 100% healthy, but he's much improved. It also helped that WALL-E came out on dvd today, and he's WALL-E obsessed. So it's given him something to watch (and watch and watch!) while he recovers.
OH, and I never mentioned on here that there's a new Dream Trip freebie over at Seebee's Freebies, if you haven't already popped over there. I woke up early on Sunday, and the idea for it came to my mind. So I dropped everything and created this mini-set before the idea left my head. :)
Monday, November 17, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
As far as designing, I'm finishing up my final 2008 Christmas Card set (2 of these are already available, and I'm working on the "multiphoto" set). I'll have 3 sets available this year, plus the 2 from last year. So, if you're Christmas/holiday card shopping, check them out at Digitals. :)
I've been good about keeping myself logged into 4shared regularly, so all my Seebee's Freebies are still available. I wouldn't want to go through another data loss & reload if I can help it! Also, since I haven't mentioned it in a bit, don't forget I run a monthly challenge at Digitals, the Questions & Answers challenge. There's a freebie every month for completing that. And I still try to get a couple of video tutorials each month for Digitals.
Anyway, I'll *try* to do a bit better job of updating this blog, at least. I can't guarantee anything. I suppose it doesn't help that I'm the middle of changing computers. (I needed to go to our faster desktop in order to run CS4.) And on top of my normal design duties and Scrap4Hire stuff, I gotta work on my own Christmas card! :) But I'll try to pop in and keep everyone abreast of what's happening better than I have. That's it for now!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Also, check out the Kaboodle box on the side, because I've got a brand-new kit out! It's Appletime! :)
Friday, August 22, 2008
This was my fifth SD concert, having gone to the ones in 2000, 2003, plus 2 in 2006 (Dallas and San Antonio). I think the 2000 one will always be the gold standard for me, but I certainly enjoyed last night. We got The Royal Scam again, which hasn't been done here since it was the opener after the 2000 intermission. I finally got to hear a Donald Fagen song live (The New Frontier). Walter Becker sang a song again, after skipping any vocals in 2006. (Walter, maybe you're not the casual fan favorite, but I & others enjoy you and would LOVE to have heard something from Circus Money, a d*** fine album.) I was missing Carolyn Leonhart a bit since I'm a fan of her, but I can't argue with the wonderful trio of ladies they currently have.
And it almost didn't happen, but I got to see a Fez Guy. Every SD concert we've been to in town, I've seen some guy(s) wearing a fez. I now make it a point to check for Fez Guys; it just wouldn't seem like a SD concert without 'em. :) So, Fez Guy at the souvenir stand after the show, we caught ya and we salute you! I was hoping to see one before the show, because I figured they'd be happy to hear (if they already didn't know) that The Fez was *finally* part of the setlist this year, albeit in instrumental form.
Due to our smidgen of a budget, we couldn't spring for close seats this year. We were up in the balcony, but I think it worked out pretty well because there were only about 8 people in our section. So we had some privacy,which was nice. (This is assuming you can call a concert with thousands of people "private". LOL)
Mr. Fagen announced in an article earlier this year that there would be the possibility of a solo tour in the fall. If either Donald or Walter do this, PLEASE COME TO DALLAS. We usually get overlooked in favor of the coastal cities. So, somebody pass it on, ok? :) Thanks!
I've had a busy couple of days, so I'm looking forward to trying to relax before Monday arrives. (Monday is THE DAY: kindergarten for my firstborn!)
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Oh, and I'm still picking Mark as the Mole, Craig as the winner, and Nicole as the loser. We'll see soon! :)
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
I'll go ahead & make my prediction for who goes home next week: Paul. This is just based on some web readings. Plus, the preview for next week showed Mark & Nicole reacting (or in Mark's case, not really reacting) over the next execution. I can envision Nicole reacting that way about Paul.
One week to go to find out, though! LOL!
And I'll make another prediction. (What the heck? We'll all have a good laugh if I'm wrong. :) ) Supposedly the text clue for tonight's ep is EP 1245. Most people are speculating that the number "3" is missing in that sequence. And usually these text clues point to whoever is going home on that episode. I've looked at some thumbnails of screen shots of tonights show, and Clay (and his wife) are sitting in the number 3 spot. So, I'll guess Clay is leaving. We'll know for sure around 10:55 Eastern!
The reminder: Friday is the last day of the Christmas in July event. All my Xmas stuff at Digitals is 50% off through then, plus there's a non-Xmas related Product of the Day that's 50% off each day. (Today it's the Neutrality paper pack, which will give you 16 "go-with-anything" papers for $1.75!) And we're on day 8 of the Christmas quickpage givaway. Check out my Seebee's Freebies Blogspot for that.
I also got up a new product in the store over the weekend: it's the Fairyland brush set, for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. It's a fun way to add some "pixie dust" to your layouts. :)
That's all for now!
Monday, July 14, 2008
And if you want my current opinion on who The Mole is, I'm choosing Mark. (Now, watch him get executed tonight!)
The following Digitals designers have part or all of our designs on sale July 14-25 so you can do some Christmas in July shopping for yourself! Click on each name to go to that designer's products.
Alessandra Designs 20% off entire store!
Amanda Thorderson 15-75% off everything, 35% off Christmas designs
Dea Spina My entire store is on sale, up to 70% off!
Diana Burton 30% off entire store.
Elka Romero 25% off entire store!
Georgia Oliver My entire store is on sale for 25% off.
Glenda Ketcham EVERYTHING in my store is on sale for 25% off. Don't forget to get your Christmas gift from me. You can find the clue here. Also jump on my blog for some wonderful free downloads.
Hybrid Physical Albums 12% off everything including Cosmo Cricket, Basic Grey, 7 Gypsies and More!Jennifer Maceyunas All of my Christmas themed items are 30% off July 14th thru midnight, MOUNTAIN time on July 19th! And don't forget to check out my blog after NOON, EASTERN time each day to download my Jack Album created with my Christmas Glow Kit.
Joyce de Jonge
Katey Green 22% and 40% off. Some items will be further discounted upto 60% for odd days.....so keep checking back .......as new items are going to be included!
Kathryn Estry 50% off Christmas items!
Katie Mann 25% off entire store!
Lifesong Kreations Hey folks my Christmas stuff is on sale for 50% off I have a remake of my Christmas Hope and the Family Traditions series. All other items are 30% off.
Lynne Simmons 25% off entire store!
Nini's Notions 25% off entire store!
Scrap4Brains My ENTIRE STORE is on sale for 30% off!
Shawn Walter All Kits, Albums and Templates are on sale 30% off! And while you are visiting my store, don't forget to look for your gift (the clue is here). And then stop by my blog for daily freebies July 14-25th.
Silvia Romeo 30% off Christmas products!
Sophia Davies Everything in my store is 35% off! You may find some extra savings if you find my hidden Christmas present!
Spellweaver 35% off entire store!
Stacey Mann 25% off everything, even my brand new kit!
Tallula Moon Designs 50% off entire store through July 19.
Twisted Sisters 25% off everything!
Wendy Page Enjoy 25% off everything in my store, CU included!
And, if you didn't already see it, pop over to Seebee's Freebies Blogspot to pick up my freebie each day of this event. When the event is over, you'd have an entire album's worth of Christmas themed quickpages for the Cosmo Cricket "Jack" album.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
It's just a fun little toy, and it's been keeping me off the computer a bit. But I'm still around some! :)
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Anyways, if you're a paper or digital scrapper and you haven't already checked out Digitals revamped hybrid section, I'd recommend it. We kicked off the selling of the Cosmo Cricket chipboard albums on Tuesday, and it's been going very well. I did do a set of "That Happy Feeling" Quickpages for the Kate album, and even though I threw it together as quick as I could so it would be done for launch day, I think it's still a nice album. It would probably make a good little gift for someone, too. My hope is to get the Jack album finished in the next week or two, plus one more Jack album.
Ok, sleep, toddler. Sleep! (sigh)
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Anyways, there's all sorts of stuff to look at there, so you might find it worth a visit. ;)
Friday, May 16, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Have fun shopping & scrapping!
Friday, May 2, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
For those curious, I'm currently working on a new set of video tutorials about using the Brush tool in PS & PSE. I also have a mini kit I need to finish for next month's Q & A challenge at Digitals. After that, I'm not exactly sure what I'll be doing!
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Taken sometime during this last week, this photo is one of the ones I've been taking while I play with my new flash. I love my daughter's expression here, although I couldn't tell you what kind of expression it is! LOL! But I like it, whatever it is. :) For those who care: ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/60 second, and the lense was at 135mm on my Canon 28-135 IS lens.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
One's about custom shadowing that goes with the vellum one that was posted a week ago, one is for learning how to use templates in PS/PSE, and the one I worked on this morning is about doing a quick "color pop" and vignette on a photo. Well, now you know. :D
Monday, March 10, 2008
So, since I need my photos backed up pronto, I'm currently using an online backup service. Once I get my dvd situation straightened out, I'll use that, too. But at least I can get SOMETHING done today so I feel a little better.
Hope your Monday's going a bit better than mine!
Friday, March 7, 2008
I'm thinking seriously of getting this printed for display somewhere in my house. I love bluebonnets and we're creeping up on that time of the year again. :) Man, I love flowers! Of course, as I'm writing this there's snow on the ground. We've had several late winter cold spells here, which is pretty unusual for our area.
So, last year was my first time getting bluebonnet shots. I trooped out before 7 in the morning to drive 20 minutes away to get some sunrise pictures of a local bluebonnet field. It was a little cold and I was sitting on the concrete or kneeling in the mud a few times, but it was worth it. Then we took the kids there the next day around sunset and got some more wonderful pictures. I also went to the Dallas Arboretum a few times during Dallas Blooms to shoot some pics. Did I mention I love flowers? :)
Thursday, March 6, 2008
*The sale ends tomorrow if you're interested. $199 for the flash.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
For a long time now, one of the things I've been saying I'm going to do is get my Disney World pins on display in the house. My plan has been to make some sort of background, affix it to some cork, and then mount it in a frame after I stick my pins in the background. I've been collecting pins that relate to rides, places, & events at WDW since our first trip in 2000. So I have quite a few now. :)
I finally felt motivated today to get to work on a background, and this is what I have so far. I say "so far" but I'm pretty happy with this, so I'll probably get it printed & see how it turns out. The main background paper is from my Retro Mouse paper pack that is over on my freebies blog. Each photo at the bottom was taken during our trips, then I ran the Cutout filter on it until I got the look I wanted, joined them all together, and then faded/lightened and gave it an extra saturation boost. Then the white border frame was added with a stroke, plus I painted in dividers with white and a square brush. The "Walt Disney" font is Waltograph, and the World is something I keep in my word art stash, because it's a comination of a couple of fonts plus an extra bit on the "W" is removed.
I'll post an update if I get this framed & finished the way I want it to be. :)
I'm pretty excited today because we're expecting a few mail orders today & tomorrow. Today we're getting an extra guitar for Guitar Hero, and tomorrow I get my first external flash. Fun new toys! :) I have some design things to do today, but I just *might* be a little busy shredding my new guitar. LOL.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
I made the word art specifically for this, but I'm thinking a set of word art similar to this would be a good idea. You never know. :)
Monday, March 3, 2008
And, what REALLY made the day different is that it snowed a bit tonight! Our first snow of winter, and it's in March. LOL! I hadn't watched the weather in a few days, so it was a surprise to me! If it's still around tomorrow, I might be able to get a pic for the ol' scrapbook.
Sunday, March 2, 2008
While I'm calling this The Photo of Today (which, btw, is not called Photo of the Day since I doubt I'll have a new photo to post ever day), it was actually taken yesterday. It took me over 12 hours to get this off my camera and into Photoshop because I had a Photoshop crisis last night. Somehow PS lost my registration information/serial number and it wouldn't open. Well, that was annoying enough but then I couldn't find my PS disk anywhere and I needed it to reinstall & have my serial number. Holy moley, I was panicking! One hour (at least) later, I found the disk...exactly where it should have been. (Don't you hate it when that happens? Or is it just me that sort of thing happens to?) So, I got Photoshop reinstalled, everything was hunky dory, but it was bedtime. This morning, I still wasn't able to open the file because I needed to reinstall the latest version of Camera Raw. Ahhh, the joys of computers! :) Finally, everything is back to normal and I was able to edit the picture & get it ready for you to be The Photo of Today!
If you're wondering what this is, it's a flower/bloom off the tree in our backyard. This just goes to show that it's getting closer to spring, at least here in Texas. If I was a fancy-schmancy person, I'd call this picture "Springing" or something clever. When I saved it for uploading, I just called it Treeflower.jpg . LOL! For anyone who cares about such things, this was shot with my Rebel XT with my 28-135 IS lens racked out, using a Canon Close Up filter with manual focus, and handheld. (Yes, I know, Scott Kelby, you said I MUST shoot Macro on a tripod. But my tripod wasn't available to me at the time. That's my argument & I'm sticking with it! I used the IS plus steadied my camera on the bench where I was sitting.) ISO of 200 shot in Manual mode at f/18 and the shutter speed was 1/100. It was underexposed a bit but I shoot in RAW so it was bumped up in there. It also made the usual visit to the PS playground for some cropping,defog, noise reduction, sharpening, Soft Light color pop, and vignetting.
Gee, Chris, couldn't you have just said, "Here's a pretty picture of a spring bloom" and left it at that? Guess not! :)
Saturday, March 1, 2008
I went with a friend to see Semi Pro last night. I'm a big SNL & Will Ferrell fan, so I guess that means I'm the type of audience member they're expecting to get. We thought it was very funny; there were a few parts where I had difficulty breathing from laughing so hard. Gotta love all those 70s clothes & hair!