Monday, April 30, 2012

New from Digi Deborah

Digi Deborah Designs has a great new kit inspired by the "nature lover" in all of us called


I love all the greens and browns, and had a great time creating this layout with my photo of a Variegated Fritillary (butterfly - you know how I like them!!!)

You can find Digi Deborah's kit at FUNKY PLAYGROUND DESIGNS

Monday, April 23, 2012

Saturday, April 14, 2012

New from Roseytoes Designs GOTTA GRAB IT

Roseytoes Designs has a great new kit called


that is part of Gotta Pixel's special called GOTTA GRAB IT, April 14 - 17

Each piece of Ryan's lovely kit is $1 - and there are 60 pieces in the promotion, all color coordinated.  Like it says it "Gotta grab it!"

Here are the pieces in Roseytoes Designs HEART OF SPRING

I used one of the templates along with paper and elements to feature these cute photos of my great niece Gaby on Easter (Thanks for sharing the pix, Tami!)

Be sure to stop by Gotta Pixel and check out the GOTTA GRAB IT SALE during April 14 - 17!
While you are there, be sure to check out Roseytoes Designs store!

Friday, April 13, 2012

New from Jen C Designs

Jen C Designs has a great new kit called

available today 4/13/2012 from Funky Playground Designs!

I also used her LOTS OF LAYERS 2 template pack (it was part of the MARCH TEMPLATE GRAB BAG which is now available as separate packs)  available at Funky Playground Designs

These photos are from a photo shoot on FM 439 in Nolanville!  Even though a Dollar General has been open on the corner for about 2 years now, they have left it wild all around the store (it's really not IN TOWN!)  and it has always been a great place to photography specimen wildflowers!  I also was able to identify at least 4 of the 6 or 7 different butterflies I say there on Wednesday.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Hummie's World - Elements Challenge

I also joined the Elements challenge at Hummie's World for April.  Our goal in the Elements challenge is 5 projects, and I've already done 3 of them.

1 - Eyelets

Digital Credits: Roseytoes Designs BEAUTIFUL WHIMSY, Roseytoes Designs BIG AND SMALL TEMPLATES; Nothing but Freebies VALENTINE EYELET RIBBON (recolored), Photo - water lily pond at San Antonio Botanical Gardens April 1, 2012.    

2.  Frames

Digital Credits: Jen C Designs SINGULAR FOCUS template; papers and element by poki's projects etc MADE BY ME!!! for Destination Design project (CU credits: 3 Li’l Monsters Designs, MDK Scraps, Scrap and Tubes Designs, Cutie Fruiti Designs, Scraps Happen to Me, Kim Broedelet, Kimberly Cameron, Cajoline Designs, CU-Freebies and Delicious Scraps. This is all of CU used in complete kit - not sure which are actually in this layout!) Font - Jenna Sue - CU ok, Photo - at San Antonio Botanical Gardens April 1, 2012   
3. Slides

Digital credits: Hummie SLIDES; font - Jenna Sue (CU ok); papers - made by me with CU product from Cajoline Scraps, Photos - wildflowers on trip home from San Antonio, April 2, 2012   

4. Chain

5. Tags

Hummie's World - Scraplift

I joined the Scraplift Challenge at Hummie's World on April 1.  Our goal (in order to remain in the class!) is 10 scraplifts during April - I am well on my way with 5 done ...




Digital Credits: papers - made by me (CU products from Scraps Happen to Me, and 3 Li'l Monsters Designs) font - CHUNK FIVE (cu ok) and Techno, Photos - field photos of bluebonnets by poki 4/7/2012  




Digital Credits: paper, tag, template - made by me (using CU products from Lorene Hill Designs, TeresaBelle Designs, RedJu Designs) Font - Helena's Hand CU ok



Digital Credits: all papers and elements made by me (poki's projects etc) using CU products from Scrap and Tubes Designs, Kimberly Cameron, Kim Broedelet, and 3 Li'l Monsters Designs, Photo - Silver-bordered Fritillary butterfly on Blackfoot Daisy near Nolanville, TX - a most successful photo shoot, 6 different butterflies, and 10 wildflower species! April 11, 2012   


 Digital Credits: Paper - made by me (with 3 Li'l Monsters Designs CU overlay) Font - Komika Axis (CU ok), Photos Cypress Gardens in Monck's Corners, South Carolina - The Wedding Bridge (many brides have their portrait done on this bridge out in the swamp!



Digital credits - Paper made by me (CU from MDK scraps); Polaroids on a string - Gunhild Storeide CU ok; font - Chunk Five - CU ok, Photos: taken in San Antonio Botanical Gardens on April 1, 2012 (No foolin' - it was beautiful there!) 











Hummie's World - Photoshop Class course 1

At the beginning of March, I subscribed to Hummie's World, and began taking her Photoshop class ... I have learned so much about the program ... go take a look at her sample tutorials 

COURSE 1 - completed to date

1, 2, 3, 4 (no layout required)

5 - First layout

Digital Credits: all papers used in the LO were MADE BY ME poki's projects etc (using CU products by Kimberly Cameron and Kim Broedelet) Font - Santa's Sleigh and TechnoHeavy

6a, 6b, 6c, 6d (no layouts required)

6e - cutting paper into shapes
Digital Credits: all papers and elements Made by Me- poki's projects etc (using CU products from Cajoline, Kimberly Cameron, Lorene Hill Designs); Clipped shapes:
Circle - paper and overlay made by me, Tag - paper made by me/ tag shape made by me with rectangle and circle. Photo - Linwood Gardens, Pavilion NY during Tree Peony Festival, 5.28.2011

6f (no layout)

6g - changing colors
Digital Credits: Roseytoes Designs BEAUTIFUL templates; Roseytoes Designs BEAUTIFUL WHIMSY (some elements recolored), Photos - Tree Peonies in the collection at Lindwood Gardens (collection began in 1940, gardens built in 1900) - this is a private residence but hosts public events each Spring and Summer to help maintain the collection!

6h - stroking

 Digital Credits - all paper and elements made by me "poki's projects etc" (using CU products from Kimberly Cameron, Scrap N Tubes, Gunhild Storeide, Denim Rose). I used the colors in the photo to recolor papers and elements.   

6i (no layout) 6j - rounded corners

Digital Credit: Papers - made by me using CU overlays by Scrap and Tubes; elements - ribbon Gunhild Storeide (recolored); butterfly - Cajoline; flowers - Danielle S Designs (all are CU of CU4CU products)  

6k - paperclip

digital credits: Jen C Designs SO LUCKY; Jen C Designs IN THE WOODS (leaf, ribbon); Hummie PAPER CLIP; fonts - Chunk 5, Calibri (both CU ok),  Photo - gecko fight in Zilker Gardens 3-17-2012   

6L - template

 Digital Credits: Jen C Designs SO LUCKY (CU products from 3 Li'l Monsters Designs, Scrap and Tubes, Gunhild Storeide, Heavenz Designs) template - Hummie   

7a (no layout) 7b font organizer - I could use  "the font thing" because it doesn't work in Windows 7 but I was able to find one called AMP font viewer  that allows me to temporarily load a font to use, and then it is removed when I close PSE.  That keeps the load of "too many fonts" from slowing down your computer!  Here's my layout with a temporarily loaded font ...

Digital Credits: all papers made by me (with CU overlay by Kimberly Cameron) Fonts - Amaranth temporarily installed with AMP Font viewer since "the font thing" doesn't want to work in Windows 7. Also Freestyle Script

8a - visual weight

Digital Credits: all paper and elements made by me (with CU product from MDK Scraps, Kimberly Cameron Designs, Denim Rose, and Scrap and Tubes) Photo - specimen bluebonnet in the field 4/7/2012.

8b - patterned paper

Digital Credits - papers, elements, wordart made by me (poki's projects etc) using CU products from Katussia, TeresaBelle Designs, Cajoline Designs) I followed Hummie's tutorial for making striped paper and love the way my paper turned out!!! Photo taken 3/18/2012 in Austin Texas (first photo shoot with my new camera - on 4/11/2012, I passed the 2000 photos mark!)   

Still to go  8c - color picker (will add layout when it is done) 8d - harmonious color palette selected from photo (will add layout when it is done).  And as soon as I complete course 1, I'm going to start right in on course 2 (which I've been told has 80 more lessons in it!




New today from Brenda Neuberger Designs

Brenda Neuberger Designs has a brand new template pack called
available today 4/12/2012 at Funky Playground Designs

I combined it with her cute kit BEST FRIENDS available at Funky Playground Designs

and created two layouts!  The first layout was created with template #1 and some butterfly photos I took at the San Antonio Zoo on March 31, 2012 with my new Nikon V1 camera (my birthday present from Mike!)

My second layout features "my boys" Blake and Chase who will be FOREVER FRIENDS I'm sure!

Be sure to drop by Funky Playground Designs and check out Brenda Neuberger Designs store

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

New from 3 Li'l Monsters Designs

The Daily Download for April 1 - 15 is a kit from 3 Li'l Monsters Designs calle


You can start your daily download here on April 3

I created this layout with photos from the 84th Annual Zilker Park Kite Festival on March 4, 2012

I also used one of the "Stunning Streamers" templates from 3 Li'l Monsters Designs 2012 GRAB BAG # 1 available exclusively at Scrappity Doo Dah

Amy has a WORD BIT freebie for YOU LIFT ME UP on her FB Fan Page here

Monday, April 2, 2012

Ginger Scraps Buffet: Happy Hopscotch

Roseytoes Designs has a great template pack in the Ginger Scraps Buffet:  Happy Hopscotch

There are lots of matching pieces - I counted 43 in the store - and they can be mixed and matched!  And they are all on sale for $1 each from April 1 - 5!  Be sure to check out Roseytoes Designs HAPPY HOPSCOTCH templates while you are there ...

I did this layout using HAPPY HOPSCOTCH templates and Roseytoes Designs BEAUTIFUL WHIMSY

This layout also features Roseytoes Designs HAPPY HOPSCOTCH templates and Digi Deborah Designs NATURE'S WONDER

New from Roseytoes Designs

Roseytoes Designs has a new kit called NATURAL BLISS that just fits my photo-style perfectly!  I just love green!


I love these shots of Monarch butterflies in the Zilker Botanical Gardens on November 18, 2011 - yes, it really was November and there were still flowers blooming in the garden!

Here's another layout that I did with NATURAL BLISS - more butterflies, but these are Queen butterflies from Christ Church butterfly garden 10.3.2010.

New from Digi Deborah Designs

Digi Deborah has a great new kit called


Since I really love nature photography, this kit was PERFECT for me! I love these waterlily photos from Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin

Brenda Neuberger Designs - new kit

Brenda Neuberger Designs has two new mini kits at Funky Playground Designs 4/1/2012. 

I have used both of the templates and the mini kit!  I also used her previous release SPRING HAS SPRUNG

All the photos in my layouts were taken Easter Sunday 2011 at my mom's house ...

 Brenda Neuberger Designs SPRING CLEANING templates and SPRING HAS SPRUNG

Brenda Neuberger Designs SPRING CLEANING and SPRING CLEANING Templates