Friday, February 24, 2012


As of 2/24/2012 I am a GUEST CT member at Roseytoes Designs.  She sells at


Here's my first project that I did with a brand new (2/24/2012) template pack FRESH START -P365 Vol 1 (template #3)

Here is the template pack preview -

I also used Roseytoes Designs BEAUTIFUL WHIMSY for my layout - I already had that beautiful kit in my collection!

I am excited about this new opportunity to work with Ryan of Roseytoes Designs - I love what I've seen so far! More to come ...

Here's another layout done with the same template pack, but this time I used Template #2

All paper and elements in this kit were MADE BY ME using CU products from Scrap n Tubes, 3 Li'l Monsters Designs, Kimberly Cameron, Kim Broedelet, and Denim Rose

More to come ... I did another layout with another template pack but it won't release until March 1 at Ginger Scraps ... I'll be back with it then!


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

My February 2012 Challenges at Funky Playground Designs

Funky Playground Designs had 6 challenges for the month of February, and I have completed them all ...


The template for this challenge was designed by Trish B

Here is my layout based on this template ...

Digital Credits: Jen C Designs SHABBY SPRING; Jen C Designs COFFEE TIME (brad - recolored); Font - Milk and Cereal; template - Feb template challenge.

Photos - Water garden at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center May 8, 2010.
We had to scraplift the person who posted before us.  Here is my LO

Digital Credits: FPD Facebook Fan Blog Train kits (RoseyToes - paper 3; Farynar's Wings flower; MHK Scraps Jan alpha; Trixie Scraps - paper 06, ribbon Jen C Designs COCOA AND CANDY CANES (strip - recolored) Jen C Designs IN THE WOOD (my FAV leaves)


Our challenge was to show how we color corrected a dark photo.

Digital Credits: Jen C Designs COUNTING DOWNFont - Just Another Hand (cu OK from

Photo - our annual family photo from Christmas 2009. Didn't get one in 2010, and haven't worked on 2011 yet!
Digi Deborah provided this color palette

and here is the layout that I did with the colors.
Digital Credits: Jen C Designs FEBRUARY TEMPLATE GRAB BAG LOTS OF FRAMES#4 flower from JCD CHANGE recolored; brad JCD COFFEE TIME with new inserts clipped from paper.

MADE BY ME: I made the papers for this layout using CU Overlays designed by 3 Li'l Monsters, Kimberly Cameron, and Katussia using the color palette colors and blending modes in PSP.
We were to use two separate templates and make two pages for a spread.


Digital Credits: Jen C Designs SHABBY SPRING; pink elements recolored from photo color; Jen C Designs OFF CENTER Template #4 (altered somewhat) Made by me - pink fabric texture paper (KCameron FABRIC OVERLAY cu) green gabric texture paper (KCameron FABRIC OVERLAY cu) green distressed paper with butterfly (Kim Broedelet VICTORIAN OVERLAY cu)

Photo water lily in full bloom at water gardens at Zilker Botanical Gardens, Austin, TX 11.19.2011
Digital Credits: Jen C Designs SHABBY SPRING; Jen C Designs OFF CENTER template 1 (flipped): some elements recolored. Made by me (textured pink paper using KCameron FABRIC OVERLY cu)

Photo - new water lily about to open in the water garden at Zilker Botanical Gardens 11.19.2011
Description:  These six steps were provided by the first 6 people who posted steps in the challenge.
1.  Select 5 papers, 2 for background and 3 to cut into shapes
2. Choose 3 photos, 1 large and 2 in smaller size.  Place them in 1 corner of your layout.
3. Use at least 6 flowers and two ribbons (may duplicate as needed.
4. Use an alpha in the title
5. Add a border
6. Blend one additional photo into the background (This was my addition to the challenge!)
My layout
Digital Credits: Jen C Designs FRESH START; Jen C DesignsSHABBY SPRING(one paper for arrow); Jen C Designs A MOTHER'S LOVE (flower recolored)

Photos - March 14, 2011 - earliest days of blooming Texas Spring!

My February 2012 Challenges at DIGI SCRAPS DRIVE IN

As always, I have been active at Digi Scraps Drive In for February Challenges.  Here is my list of layouts I've done for the challenges over there at DSDI

Our hostess Jess challenges us to create a layout in color and then convert it to Black and White.

Here is my original layout

Digital Credits:  Funky Playground Designs FB Blog Train (papers and elements by Farynar's Wings, Trixie Scraps, Roseytoes, Ocean Wide,Scribler, Glynis Becker) and Jen C Designs IN THE WOODS (my FAV leaves!)

I discovered that I like it much better when I worked with the layered file and desaturated each layer separately, so that I could control how it looked with layers above and below.  I love the little "shimmer" that it appears to have!


Digital Credits: Jen C Designs WINTER SPARKLES; (ribbon) Jen C Designs SHABBY SPRING recolored: (flower, foliage) Jen C Designs CHANGE recolored
Fonts- Librarian, Ballantine Serial
GO FOR THE PINKS (color challenge)
Pink is not my favorite!!!! And this color palette was FULL of pinks!  OMG ... I had to do it!

Digital Credits: Lots of CU products used to create elements and papers for a mini kit I'm working on ...
katussia, Gunhild Storeide, Scrap n Tubes, Nothing but Freebies
PU/S4H products
Jen C Designs A MOTHER'S LOVE flower
Delicious Scraps SWEET VALENTINE bow recolored

poki and Mike - still hanging out together after 15 years! (photo taken at Sandy & Mark Shulte's wedding reception, 10.27.2007)
The template for this challenge was made by Jen C Designs (I love her templates - and have an extensive collection which I use a lot!)

Digital Credits: Jen C Designs FRESH START( some elements recolored) , Jen C Designs MADE IN THE SHADE_FEB template; font - TechnoHeavy

Photo - delicate plant called Solomon's Seal in the garden at Warner Castle (Rochester Garden Club) Rochester NY
(I'm the hostess for this challenge)
poki selected 5 layouts in the gallery from 5 DSDI members, wrote descriptions of the 5 layouts.  Participants were given only the description to work with - I let the first person to complete the challenge pick a number for me! Her son picked number 3 -

Description for #3
1. several layers of paper as background, some straight, some off center
2. large focal photo in one corner, with full cluster on one edge
3. several smaller photos in portrait and landscape, arranged in diagonal across the page
4. word art title in space around diagonal photo arrangement
5. also, journaling in space around diagonal photo arrangement
6. add a few additional elements arount he page

Digital Credits: Jen C Designs FRESH START (one paper recolored); also Jen C Designs CHANGE (flower, ribbon - recolored); Jen C Designs IN THE WOODS (leaves - recolored); font - Learning curve
Photos - Linwood Gardens, Pavilion, NY, Tree Peony Festival, May 28, 2011
RADIOACTIVE (Font challenge)
For this challenge we used font Milk & Cereal

Digital Credits: Jen C Designs SHABBY SPRING; Jen C Designs COFFEE TIME (brad - recolored); Font - Milk and Cereal.
Photos - at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, May 8, 2010.
THE WORKS (Mini kit challenge)
The mini kit was from Wyld Peas Designs for February, called Puppy Love

Digital Credits: Wyld Peas Designs PUPPY LOVE (The Works mini); template - Jen C Designs FRESH START FB Blog Train

The photos are the much pampered "family members" of my friend Pat K!

I hosted this challenge for February as well - we were to highlight our parents or other family members relationship!

Digital Credits: Jen C Designs IN LOVE WITH YOU
font- Ballantine Serial

Photo - these are my parents cutting the cake on their wedding day, June 18, 1949. I came along as a nice surprise a little over 9 months later!
This layout was made into a QUICK PAGE which was given as a FREEBIE on the DSDI Blog.  It is still available through Feb 29 here on the DSDI blog!
CAN YOU DIG IT?  (Advertisement challenge)
HollyinPA provided a really cool OLD Ford advertisement for this challenge -
and here's my layout - sorry FORD - this one's a DODGE Charger HEMI

Digital Credit: DSDI collab GET YOUR GAME ON (red paper) "HEMI" extracted from Dodge website, all other product made by me. Font - Libby Script2
Mike's BIL Dick has wanted a HEMI for SOO LONG - He finally got it in January!
COOL TUNES (lyrics challenge)
The lyrics of "Don't Go Changing" by Billy Joel are included in the background of this layout
Digital Credits: Giggly Polka Dots CATERPILLAR
Don't forget to stop by GIGGLY POLKA DOTS store for her RETIREMENT SALE!
Photo of poki and Mike at Warner Castle in Rochester NY, by Pat K

Digital Credits: Sunny Day Scraps SEASIDE TREASURES; font - Techno; made by me - frame, heart shape (clipped from kit paper)
Photo - poki and Mike on the beach at Ocracoke Island NC on May 6, 2009, photo by Pat K
I love this series of photos she shot for me on my camera!
I just couldn't resist making a new signature to match
Digital Credits: Jen C Designs ONCE IN A BLUE MOON; Jen C Designs TIMELINE TEMPLATES #3
and here's another signature size layout I did in February

Digital Credits: Jen C Designs ONCE IN A BLUE MOON and Jen C Designs TIMELINE TEMPLATES
And now I have only ONE MORE CHALLENGE to go - but I still have 8 days so I think I will get it done!
ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK (Progressive Challenge)
I'll add this one as soon as I get it done!
Digital Credits: PU/S4H items used - dragonfly element 3 Li'l Monsters Designs AUTUMN CHARM; alphabet (recolored) Jen C Designs BABY MINE BOY; All papers and other elements MADE BY ME!

CU items used from these designers; 3 LI'l Monsters Designs; Kimberly Cameron; Scrap & Tubes; Gunhild Storeide; Denim Rose; Cajoline

Font - Milk and Cereal

My Layouts at SCRAPPITY DOO DAH for February 2012 challenges

I've gotten active over at Scrappity Doo Dah again this month - (shame on me, I didn't do any of their great challenges in January!)   So far in January I have done these challenges:


Digital Credits:  3 Li'l Monsters Designs FRESH START (I love this color palette, and have used it a lot - you will see it again in this post!)


Digital Credits:  3 Li'l Monsters Designs FRESH START (see I told you that you would see it again!)

The photo is my niece Julie and her newborn son, Chase, December 25, 2011


Digital Credits:  3 Li'l Monsters Designs FRESH START (Imagine that - I really DO love this color palette - and it's the latest kit from my CT designer 3 Li'l Monsters, but she has promised us a new one before Feb 24.  Can't wait!)

The photo is my mom and dad on their wedding day, June 18, 1949!


In this challenge I had  to scraplift from the member who posted above me in the Forum thread - I picked tammyshere, found a great layout in her gallery with blended photo and was happy doing this layout! 

Digital Credits:  all product in this layout is MADE BY ME with compliments to CU designers (Kim Broedelet, Teresa Belle Designs, Cajoline)

And yes, you may have seen that photo before - it is one of my favorites from the San Antonio Botanical Gardens, 9.26.2010

FONTASTIC - WITH A TWIST (font challenge)

Digital Credits:  Color palette inspired by 3 Li'l Monsters Designs VINTAGE ROMANCE (retired); all product used in layout MADE BY ME with compliments to CU designers - 3 Li'l Monsters, ScrapnTubes, Maltese Scrapper, Katussia, Cynthia C, Teresa Belle Designs.

There are a few more that I plan to do, so I will be back to post some more here soon!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Giggly Polka Dots RETIRING HER STORE sale

Giggly Polka Dots (aka Jess) has decided to go back to college, and in an effort to really concentrate on her studies, she has decided to "RETIRE" from digital designing.  I have enjoyed being on her Creative Team for the last few months.  And I've been busily trying to complete my Giggly Polka Dot collection.  I added (graciously given to me by Jess) two more template packs to my GPD collection:

Template pack 2

Template pack 3

In exchange for Jess' kits I promised her a layout for each one of them ... here's my layout for Template Pack 2

This layout was also completed for the COOL TUNES challenge over at DSDI - we were to be inspired by Billy Joel's DON'T GO CHANGING!  Mike and I have definitely changed - TOGETHER - in the 15 years we've been dating!  (We're older now, for sure! - but LIFE IS GOOD!)

This layout was done using Template # 1 from PACK 2 and Caterpillar


I just love her mix of coloras and patterns!  Be sure to check it out at the DSDI store before Feb 29 when it will be gone for good.   (Link will no longer work after Feb 29)

For Template Pack #3, I used some butterfly photos from our last shoot at Zilker Botanical Gardens in November 2011.  The gardens were still blooming, and this Monarch butterfly was very happy there! 
My layout used template #1 in TEMPLATE PACK 3 and THANKFUL FOR FALL

I just love AUTUMN (now that I get to enjoy it!)


Jen C Designs has a great new template grab bag available today 2/17/2012 at Digi Scraps Drive In (only until Feb 29) and at THE STUDIO.  It has 16 templates for an amazing price - $3.99.

I downloaded on Thursday morning and had two amazing layouts (I think they're amazing anyway) done before  the end of the day.  The first layout features my cutie patootie great nephew Chase (thanks, Julie, for sending pictures via Facebook.  I can watch him grow up there! )  I also used Jen's FRESH START kit in the layout - available at DSDI and THE STUDIO

My second layout from this grab bag was done with LOTS OF FRAMES #4 and SHABBY SPRING.  The photo shoot was at the Lamberton Conservatory in Rochester,  New York when we visited Mike's sister Pat and her husband.  Even my wrist in a cast couldn't stop me from taking flower photos - I love the Conservatory (had been there before) and Highland Park was gorgeous too (It was LILAC FESTIVAL time!)

Be sure to stop by Jen C Designs STORE CLOSING SALE at Digi Scraps Drive In.  She will only be there until Feb 29 and has promised some good SALES

Sunday, February 12, 2012

February DSDI CT work

My first CT project for DSDI this month is with

by Wyld Peas Designs

Just couldn't resist all these BRIGHT colors - didn't use the Peace Sign yet, but I will - LOVE IT!

Here's my LO with a photo from Julie T of her boys!  Couldn't miss that "Letter T" in the photo!

Wyld Peas Designs BEST FRIENDS, some kit elements have been recolored using color palette from the kit.  Items MADE BY ME - frame on photo, double label!  (Photo color didn't work, so I had to make it B&W)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Giggly Polka Dots CT WORK

Here is Giggly Polka Dots newest (and last kit for a while- she's retiring to return to college)


I just love the cute little elephant elements in the kit so I featured one of the elephants from the Cameron Park Zoo

Be sire to drop in at the DSDI store and see all of Giggly Polka Dots products on SALE!

Here's my FAVORITE kit from GPD

and a layout that I did for my vacation 2011 album with it!