Saturday, November 1, 2008

Next in a series of At-The-Last-Possible-Minute

Here's my little contribution for the Aspiring Digi Scrap Designers November blog train. I had such exciting ideas for this, and so little time. Check back later in the month for additional bits, including perhaps individual irish instruments, which it turns out are harder to extract than usual because of the reflective bits.

The After Dark Collab was intended to highlight fun things we do in the evenings "after dark." Like everyone else with little kids, my after dark activities at the moment consist of trying hard to stay awake long enough to design or scrap anything... but back before kids, I used to go down to the nearest Irish pub and play the flute for the weekly jam sessions. Definitely the most fun evening thing I've done.

When you're in a hurry, something always gets missed. Here's a mistake I discovered which I plan to update later today when I'm back on my laptop. In my TOU, I neglected to credit Scrappycats for the grosgrain ribbon I fancied up to make my ribbon here. I'm lousy at ribbons -- thanks for the help, and sorry for the oversight!

Here is the link to download my mini kit!

And here is where you can get all the other parts:

abyscraps by Sheila
Adele of Blind Sight Designs
Anne at Creative Dreams
Arvita's at Elam's Flights Of Fancy
Brooke at Ahhh Scrap
by God's design
Carolyn at Digi Cyber Scraps
Chiara at Creative Digital Scraps
Cyndi, Wetfish Designs
Deanna at Flower Scraps
Deb AKA The ScrappinCop
Debbie at Digital Keepsakes
Diana at Sass n Scrap Designs
Erika {aka PinkuPixie}
HeatherStokes ~ HSDesigns
jeanniebs designs
Julia at BeaconScrap
Julie aka Bits 'N' Bobs
Kathy Goldstein at The Scrap Loft
Lady V dZine
Lei at Fairydustprincess-magicmaker
Lindas Dream Designs
Lois at ScrappinwithLadye
Lori at ScripityScrapDesigns
Lynn at Heavenly Crafts
Mags at MagsGraphics
Manda at Disaster In Designs
Marie at EmCee Scraps
melanie aka sweetasmel
Nicole at Digi-Designs by Nicole
Scraping with Jen
Shabby Tagger
Shel at Shel Belle Scraps
Stacy at Kalo Designs
Sticky Kisses Scraps
Teri At Teris-Thing-O-My-Jigs
Wendi at Willow Grace Designs
WillowRaven at Purple Dragonfly Creations

Friday, October 31, 2008

It's the 11th Hour -- Inspirations freebie mini kit

It's the 11th hour... literally, 11:30 p.m., and I've got about 20 minutes left to post my mini kit for My Scrap Shop's October Design a Kit challenge. So here it is! I had big ideas and big dreams for this little kit... but not so much with the time. I may be revisiting this theme sometime in the future.

You can download it here: InSpirAtions

By the way, if you want more papers and elements that coordinate with this, check out the other entries at My Scrap Shop. You do have to join the website to view the forum, but joining is free and there's just TONS of great stuff over there!

Tomorrow comes another freebie for the ADSD collab kit, After Dark. I was hoping to have it up early on the first, but I'm, alas, still working on it (Halloween is a big deal with three little kids). If you're looking for it, please check back... I promise it will be up by 11 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Girly Halloween Kit Personal Use Freebie

I love Halloween layouts, but Meg is a real girly girl, and her pink princess, ballerina and fairy costumes always clash with the traditional Halloween papers. So every year I have to choose -- jarring color mismatches, or layouts with no Halloween flavor. When I saw the color palette for this month's DSO color challenge, I knew exactly what to do! Here's the kit -- "Miss-Chief" Night. Hope you enjoy using them as much as I enjoyed making them! Email me a link or post a comment if you use them -- I'd love to see what you do with it!

Here are the links:

Papers Papers2
Elements Elements2 Elements3

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

ADSD Blog Train Freebie - Sugar Shoppe!

It's the first of the month and that means it's time for the BLOG TRAIN! I've been sending people to this blog train the last two months to pick up the killer freebie collabs (Zoo Spirit and Cornucopia of Colors), but this time I decided to participate myself!

This month's color pallette and sweet shop/candy theme brought to mind a poem from my childhood, "The Sugarplum Tree" by Eugene Field. The poem was on the last page of a poetry collection I hardly remember otherwise, with a huge, vivid, full-color drawing. I used to imagine the Sugarplum Tree and all its goodies when I had difficulty going to sleep at night. And I see a certain similarity to that tree and this blog train full of delicious goodies. So to start things off, I decided to share the poem with you:

Have you ever heard of the Sugar-Plum Tree?
'T is a marvel of great renown!
It blooms on the shore of the Lollipop sea
In the garden of Shut-Eye Town;
The fruit that it bears is so wondrously sweet
(As those who have tasted it say)
That good little children have only to eat
Of that fruit to be happy next day.

When you've got to the tree, you would have a hard time
To capture the fruit which I sing;
The tree is so tall that no person could climb
To the boughs where the sugar-plums swing!
But up in that tree sits a chocolate cat,
And a gingerbread dog prowls below--
And this is the way you contrive to get at
Those sugar-plums tempting you so:

You say but the word to that gingerbread dog
And he barks with such terrible zest
That the chocolate cat is at once all agog,
As her swelling proportions attest.
And the chocolate cat goes cavorting around
From this leafy limb unto that,
And the sugar-plums tumble, of course, to the ground--
Hurrah for that chocolate cat!

There are marshmallows, gumdrops, and peppermint canes,
With stripings of scarlet or gold,
And you carry away of the treasure that rains
As much as your apron can hold!
So come, little child, cuddle closer to me
In your dainty white nightcap and gown,
And I 'll rock you away to that Sugar-Plum Tree
In the garden of Shut-Eye Town.

Here are the previews and links for my papers and elements:


Hope you enjoy... and have fun checking out the other 54 (!) designers who all have coordinating freebies for you to enjoy. If you have any questions with my part or issues with downloading, please leave a comment, or send me a message through 4Shared. This kit is commercial use OK! I'd appreciate a note in your acknowledgements, and I'd love to see what you do with it. Here are the other designers participating in this blog train:

A Zone for Digiscraps
Adventures in Scrapland
Andrea Whitt
Ann (mumsy)
Arvita Elam
Blind Sight Designs
Brooke & Joni of Ahhh Scrap!
Burkhart Scrapzone (Michaele)
Buzybee (Penny)
by God's design
Carolyn Ritter
City Scribe Scraps
Creative Digital Scraps by Chiara
Deanna at Flower Scraps
Deb aka The Scrappin Cop
Doodle's Designs
Erika {aka PinkuPixie}
jeanniebs designs
Jody of Munchkyn Scraps
Judith of Just Another Scrap
Kalo Designs
Kathy Goldstein Designs The Scrap Loft
Krystal of Scraps Sealed with a Kiss
Late Night Scraps
Linda's Dream Designs
Lynn of Heavenly Crafts
Mags at MagsGraphics
Manda at Disaster In Designs
Mandy at Scraps With Spunkitude
Mardesia at Crafter's Boutique
Melanie aka Sweetasmel
MJ at My Sweet Tater
Monica at Random Inspirations
Nadine at Scrappinmamma's Digitals
Scrappy Cats at Moving ON
Shabby Tagger Shannon of ScrappyShannon
Shel at Shel Belle Scraps
Silver Fae (aka Karen J)
Stacey Crossley
Teri at TerisThingOMyJigs

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Some new layouts and a cu image freebie

Well, with the DSO Color Challenge kit posted (Fall Fantasia), and my ADSD kit for the October Blog Train ready to go, I finally have a minute to catch up on some scrapping! Here are two I did this week.

Little Eagle is my daughter participating in the kids games at the lake front this summer. Little Eagles was the name of her age group -- the youngest kids able to participate in beach activities. The papers and elements on this kit are all from Scrappassie's All Those Greens kit.

I almost never use arrows in my layouts, or use a retro style either, for that matter, but this kit was just perfect for my pictures of Meg's drawing of the world this weekend, which I had to scrap right away. These are the kind of memories that get away from us. Twenty years from now I want us all to look at this page and remember how much fun everyone had in the mountains and how just stinkin' cute Meg is at this age. All the papers and elements in this LO are also by Scrappassie, from her Retrocolors kit. I stayed up way too late last night finishing this one, but I was having such a great time playing with this layout. Rarely do things just fly together like this one did!

Since Scrappassie is the featured designer at TTS this month, all her kits are on sale for 30% off until the 30th, so if you can't live without either of these kits, now's the time to grab it.

Finally, a freebie. This image is for my friends from the Pixel Dust digital scrapping critique group on (and anyone else who might be interested). It's a photo I took of some rhododendrons on the two mile walking path around the lake near where we vacationed this weekend. As soon as I saw them, the phrase Fairy Playland popped into my head. I knew some of your fairies and pixies would love to visit. It works great as a texture too... I used it as the background for some of my papers in Fall Fantasia. You're welcome to use it for personal, S4H or commercial use... please just mention my name in your acknowledgements sections. As always, please don't share it as-is with others -- send 'em to my blog to pick it up for themselves! A link back to my blog would be awesome, but is not required. I'd love to see what you do with it though!

And here is the link: Fairy Playground


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

CU Freebie Kit -- Fall Fantasia

Wow... I finally finished it -- my kit for the DSO September Color Challenge! It's a freebie, and it's commercial use OK. Enjoy! Send me an email or a link back if you use it -- I'd love to see what you did with it!

Here are the links!

Papers 1
Papers 2
Papers 3

Thanks for looking!

-- Florrie

Monday, September 8, 2008

What I Learned Today

1. How to use a fill layer to repeat a pattern across a page in PSE.

(Now if I could only learn how to do a pattern that lines up seamlessly, or how to come up with a pattern that's worth repeating).

2. How to use the Texturizer Filter to convert any photo into a PSE texture.

(Now, if I could only figure out how to get it to consistently size the textures the way I want them too).

3. No matter how much it seems like a good time and how much you want to get the kids tired out, don't take them to the nearby bottanical gardens with just their feet and the leashes... TAKE THE STROLLER. DOH!

Ten thousand apologies to anyone who wanted a peaceful walk this afternoon and got team screamers instead.

Here's the pattern/texture thing I made while I was messing around, FWIW.

I can't imagine anyone having a use for it, so I'm not bothering to put it up on 4shared. But anyway, sometimes it's interesting watching a work in progress, I think. Or maybe I'm just super-narcissistic. Whatever. I'm tired -- listening to them scream (not to mention carrying their twitching, throbbing, irritable bodies back to the car) really takes it out of a mom. Jenny, we'll be discussing this incident on your performance review. I have to go clean the kitchen now. It looks like a pizza night. How 'bout you?