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Sunday, February 27, 2011

First time EVER since I join DSDI in October

February 2011 is the first time EVER that I have completed EVERY challenge at DSDI:

Alphabet Soup - Letter N

Digital Credits:  Bonnie Blou Designs COZY & WARM; Font - Traveling Typewriter, clipping mask scalloped square - made by me; overlay There's NO PLACE like HOME! made by me, word art made by me.

Photo - my house, May 2007, with PJ (my cat) in the yard - I miss him!

Altered Art - pencil drawing

Digital Credits:  DSDI Collab GET YOUR GAME ONE (chess board - recolored); Font - Librarian.  Sketch done in PSP X2.1 from same photo that appears on the layout, and blended into the background!

Photo - Cape Hatteras Light House, May 2009

Blast from the past

Digital Credits:  Melly Scraps THAT'S WICKED; clipping mask made by me with Mommy Me Time LONE STAR ADDON (paper); Font - TechnoHeavy.

Yes, we really danced at Mark & Sandy's wedding reception! October 2007

Can you dig it? - advertisement scraplift

Digital Credits:  Joni Gray THE LAKE HOUSE, Font - TechnoHeavy

Photos - from our week on Ocracoke Island, May 2009

Cover Tunes - scraplift from the gallery

Digital Credits:  Jen C Designs A DAY IN MY LIFE (paper, frame, leaves); HOPE FOR TOMORROW (ric rac - recolored) WINTER'S DAY (ribbon - recolored); CU Items used DBS Digiscraps RIBBON; Scrap n Tuebs LEAFY SWIRLS; Cajoline BUTTERFLY;
Overlay "in the garden" made by me, white scalloped mat - made by me using paper from A DAY IN MY LIFE
Inspiration scrapastrophe RELAXED her gallery  Yes, her picture was really done on January 2, she lives in Australia, and it's SUMMER there now!

Photos - from Denver Botanic Gardens, June 2010

Cool Tunes - lyrics challenge

Digital Credits:  Kathy Winters SMITTEN, Font - Librarian (I tried to match the lettering in the wordart)

Photo - Bryan with Gaby (at 15 days) July 2010

Go for the Pinks and Blues  - color challenge

Digital Credits:  Jen C Designs IN LOVE WITH YOU, Fonts - Florence Script, TechnoHeavy
Clipping masks - oval and scalloped square made by me.

Photo - wedding portrait taken by me at Julie & Joe's wedding, Sept 28, 2002

Get With It - desktop challenge

Digital Credits:  Jen C Designs WINTER'S DAY; template by Amy Scraps for the challenge, Calendar - made by me.

Photo - our only snow in 2010, Feb 23

It's a Fad - DSDI collaboration GET YOUR GAME ON

Digital Credits:  DSDI collab GET YOUR GAME ON (some elements altered by me); Font - Throw Your Hands up in the air

Photo - My Bunco girls at December 2, 2010 Christmas Party

Made in the Shade - template challenge

Digital Credits:  Jen C Designs I HEART YOU, clipping mask (made by me); Font - Script MT Bold, Times New Roman, template Scrapastrophe.

Photo - Jolon & Sarah on wedding day, Aug 2003

Picture this  -
Digital Credits:  Jen C Designs A DAY IN MY LIFE (background); Bonnie Blou Designs CHOCOLATE KISSES (heart); Fonts - Throw my hands up in the air, Techno

Couldn't resist using that shadow picture of us taking pictures! Nov 2008 in Colorado.  Other photos are from various years of photo ops together.

Off the Line - inpired by a quote

Digital Credits:  Jen C Designs IN LOVE WITH YOU, Font - Honey Script

Photo of ME as Fran Templeton in Vive Les Art's production of George M!  Oh, how I loved that SPOTLIGHT song!

Order Up -

Digital Credits:  Jen C Designs IN THE WOODS, white tag -made by me with K Cameron CUT FABRIC OVERLAY;

Photo - from top of Mt Evans with Nikon 3100 (pocket size) Aug 2003

Radioactive - font challenge Traveling Typewriter

Digital Credits:  Bonnie Blou Designs COZY & WARM, Font Traveling Typewriter

Photos - from November 2010 trip to Texas Hill Country, Enchanted Rock, Lost Maples.

Rock Around the Clock progressive scrap

Digital Credits:  Jen C Designs BUTTERFLY BLISS, Font - Script MT Bold, Librarian

Photo taken in Pam's Garden, 9.16.2010 - love that butterfly!

Spice it Up - hearts

Digital Credits:  Bonnie Blou Designs CHOCOLATE KISSES; Font - TechnoHeavy
Photo - Julie & Joe on Christmas Eve, 2010

The Works - it's a mini kit challenge

Digital Credits:  Jeanie's Designs VICTORIAN MEMORIES (Feb mini kit); Marisa Lerin CU swirled heart mask, Font - Tabitha
Photo - Immanuel Lutheran Church circa 1902 from church archives

What's Cooking Good Looking - "recipe" challenge

Digital Credits:  Jen C Designs IN THE WOODS (paper, flower, leaves, heart tag) JUST ANOTHER DAY (swirls); HOPE FOR TOMORROW (doodle frame); Font - TechnoHeavy

Photo - entering my 48th State! May 2008

A Busy February at DSDI

Wow! What a busy month February has been - and exciting too!  I joined the RAZZ TEAM over at DSDI ... my job, leaving comments on layout posts.  I've done my best to make a comment on every layout that was posted over there.  Along with my regular Forum posts, and my layouts too, I have posted over 700 times at DSDI during February!  That's a WOW! (But, writing is not an issue for me ... right?)

Then, on Feb 22, I became one of 4 new PAPER SHAKERS at DSDI:  Creative Team members ... my job, designing layouts with kits from DSDI store for promotional purposes!  You've already seen one of my promotional layouts for Daphadilly Art.  The kit is called ETERNAL and it debuted on Friday, February 25.  It is currently on sale at DSDI for $4 for the bundle!  You can find the bundle  here  and check the gallery here  The Paper Shakers have done some beautiful work with ETERNAL already!

I have also worked with two other Designers in February!  (I know, I had to work fast since February was almost over when I got the job!)  Bonnie Blou Designs created a kit called COZY AND WARM, with the perfect color palette (AUTUMN COLORS) for so many of my recent photo ops! You can find it here at DSDI and don't forget to go see the gallery of layouts done by Paper Shakers for Bonnie Blou Designs.  (I'm sort of partial to Bonnie Blou since she's a TEXAS GIRL! - lives in Dallas area!)

 I just love the colors in her kit ... and have used it quite a lot!  Here are some of my favorite layouts I have done with Cozy and Warm

Digital Credits:  Bonnie Blou Designs COZY & WARM, Font - Porky's

Just a note ... the scalloped mat is made by me, not part of the kit, although I used a paper from the kit to make it! 

Digital Credits:  Bonnie Blou Designs COZY & WARM, Font - Honey Script

One of my favorite Wintertime shots of  "3rd  finger cove" where I live - taken from my friend Karen's back deck (around the corner from me)

Note:  tag is made by me, frame on photo is made by me, using colors from the color palette of the kit!

Digital Credits:  Bonnie Blou Designs COZY & WARM, Font - Cindy Loo Who

I did this layout for a Speed Scrap at DSDI hosted by the designer Bonnie Blou on February 13, 2011.  During the course of an hour, Bonnie left prompts in the chat room at DSDI ... this was my finished project and I'm really proud of it.  It shows lots of the papers and elements without too much clutter.  I like to keep it simple and smart!  Check out other layouts created for this Speed Scrap in the forum here.  I don't think you will have to register in order to read the Forum, but you might want to in order to participate ... it is a GREAT bunch of girls from ALL OVER THE WORLD!!!

So do you recognize my house?  This is an old photo, taken in May 2007.  I was pleased to see my cat PJ in the yard ... I miss him! 

Kit is Bonnie Blou Designs COZY & WARM Font is Traveling Typewriter. 

Note:  there's my scalloped template in use again.  I also made the overlay that says There's NO PLACE like HOME!  (And no, I wasn't channeling Dorothy that day!)

And here's one more - from our overnight trip to the Texas Hill Country in November - I ALMOST made it to the top of Enchanted Rock!!! (I will make it this Spring!!!!) and our visit to Lost Maples to see the final days of the AUTUMN COLOR! 

Digital Credit:  Bonnie Blou Designs COZY & WARM ... I started this one with a template from Jewel Goodwin, Mad Genius Designs but very quickly diverted away from her template.  I do love the rounded corners on the photos and the paper pieces!   Font is Traveling Typewriter again (It was February's FONT CHALLENGE at DSDI)

My third PINK LADY (that's what the Designers at DSDI are called) was CJoy2Day  - and her kit SPRING FOLLY is such a complete departure from my typical  choices.  But, it is good to challenge oneself, right?  The kit is available here  and be sure to check out the gallery too (I just discovered I still need to put my layout in her gallery ... it's a good thing I checked!)  Here's the previews:

and my layout ...


Digital Credits:  Cjoy2Day SPRING FOLLY, Font - porky's

Note:  the title was made with clipping mask and a paper from the collection, not from an alpha! 

The photos are from Zilker Park Kite Festival, March 14, 2010 - it is actually 3 photos which I attempted to make look like ONE!  I think it worked!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Exciting new Daphadilly Art kit at DSDI store

Joelle at Daphadilly Art shared her beautiful new kit called ETERNAL with me yesterday so that I could play with it.  When I saw the colors in the kit, I immediately thought of my photo shoot on 10.3.2010 behind Christ Church in Temple Tx (in the butterfly garden) ... the color palette of the kit was just perfect for those Monarch and Queen butterflies that hang out there in the Fall!

Here's the preview for the kit: 

 An Alpha:

Great templates:  I love Template 1

 and you can buy it all right now as a  bundle for $4.00

Here's the first (of probably several) layouts that I did with ETERNAL:

Everything (with the exception of the font Verdana, which matches the alpha pretty well) is from Daphadilly Art ETERNAL!  Go check it out at DSDI  store

So far I love being on the CREATIVE TEAM at DSDI! (3 days!!!)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Exciting things have been happening here...

I've been gone from this blog but I've been so busy with layout design ... and I have exciting news.  I am now a member of the Creative Team for Digi Scraps Drive In, a forum that I joined last October!  It has kept me hopping with all the ideas and challenges ... I am really pleased with all that I have learned while participating in this forum! 

One of my favorite designers at DSDI is Bonnie Blou Designs.  With my love of all things in the autumn palette, I found the perfect kit of me in her store ~ it's called COZY AND WARM, and I just love it!

The kits includes: 
9 textured solid papers, 15 textured patterned papers, 30+ unique elements many in different color combinations! The bundle is priced at $5.00, and is delivered by download from the store.  You will need to register with the store in order to make a purchase, but PayPal makes it so easy to pay!!!

I've done 5 layouts with Cozy and Warm since I purchased it ... and keep thinking up new ideas for it all the time!  Go check it out!