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It’s alive … It’s alive!!!

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Commercial Use, Personal Use, Sales | 0 comments

It’s alive! If you don’t already know, theStudio server is back up and running. As a thank you for all your patience while things were down, theStudio designers want you to have a 30% off coupon good for 2 days (through tomorrow) AND good on specials (things already on sale AND bundles)  … THANKYOU30.

Unfortunately, there was a hick-up and that coupon only works for the Personal Use store. The 2 stores are really 2 stores and they don’t talk to each other. So, for the Commercial Use store, you need a separate coupon code. However, I don’t believe this coupon code is going to be widely circulated, but I felt that I wanted my blog readers to have it — THANKYOU30CU. Again, this is only good through tomorrow (October 14th) and is good on specials and bundles.

Thanks for being such wonderful customers and, especially, friends.


p.s. If you see something that isn’t working right and was working right before the server went down, please report it. You can report it to me or to

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I’m lost …

Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in Commercial Use, Scrapbooking | 6 comments

I’m lost. It’s been a day and a half since theStudio server took a major dump … it crashed so bad that new equipment had to be bought. Fortunately, all the data is safe, but as anyone who has purchased a new computer knows, it takes time to load and configure all the software that’s needed to make that data available. BUT, it’s not the nuts and bolts I miss, it’s the family. I never realized how many times a day I poked my head into the forums to see what was up or to just look up some information I needed until I was unable to do that.

While the amazing server team is working on getting things going again, I figured I would at least show what should be available tomorrow once the store is back in full swing. It’s a pack of paper templates that I made during the creation of the great collab that I did with Manu of Manu Scraps called Wild Thing. Called Primitive Prints, they’ll be on sale for 30% off in both of my CU stores thru October 25th.


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October’s CU Specials

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Commercial Use, Sales | 0 comments

Each month I pick 5 of my older products in my Commercial Use stores and put them on sale for 60% off. Check out these previews of October’s CU Specials.


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Gatherings Collection

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Freebies, Personal Use, Scrapbooking | 4 comments

Well, it’s time once again for theStudio‘s Coordinated Collection where each Designer takes the theme and interprets it in their style.  This creates a unique collection that allows you to pick & choose from your favorites to build the perfect mega… for you.  Even better?  During the introductory sale period each piece is only $1.00! I choose to build my theme around all the Family Gatherings that happen around this time of year. Called Gatherings, this collection is perfect for your fall or Thanksgiving pages and has a definite heritage feel to it.

Through October 15th, each piece of this collection is $1.00 and is available exclusively at theStudio. Check out the previews below and click on one to go to that page. You can see my entire collection using this link —


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Just in Time for Halloween

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Commercial Use, Scrapbooking | 2 comments

Just in time for Halloween, I have some great CU products that you are really going to want to get your hands on. I had so much fun with my flowers last year, I knew I had to make some more. I had been experimenting with some, one of which was part of my goodie bag for theStudio CU Facebook Hop last month. When Manda (aka Nibbles Skribbles) saw it, she immediately demanded more … well, actually she asked very nicely. That’s when I knew I had my Halloween flowers.

Called Spider Mums, these flower come in colors that not only work for a Halloween Themed kit, but also other holidays as well. There are 7 colorful flowers that were made by hand, photographed, extracted and saved as PNGs at 300 dpi. As always, just click the preview to go to the product page.

Spider Mums

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Under the Harvest Moon Mini

Posted by on Aug 30, 2014 in Personal Use, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

The release of Under the Harvest Moon Mini comes at a special time of the year for me. It was in September 2012, without knowing what the heck I was doing, that I entered theStudio’s Next Designer Contest. The theme that year was the moon. This was my week 2 entry. Don’t worry, it’s had a MAJOR overhaul and some additions that more accurately reflect my current style.

While I may not have made it to the final round, I did get my name out there and I also made some wonderful friends. I also found out that I caught the eye of Toiny’s who’s the owner of theStudio. When I decided to take the plunge and establish a Commercial Use Store (I didn’t think I wanted to do kits), I’m sure my involvement in the contest was why Toiny took a chance on this inexperienced designer. I definitely encourage you to sign-up for this year’s contest. It’s not going to be nearly as grueling as it’s been in the past and it will give you the chance to show Toiny and the rest of theStudio’s designers what you’ve got.

BUT, back to the mini. It’s currently on sale for 30% off, exclusively at theStudio. Just click on the preview below to go to the product page.


Check out these pages done using this mini.

Some of Dona’s gorgeous sunset photos (I think she’s been to Hawaii again) …


A stunning sunset from down-under by Robyn …


… and one I did when I first created this mini. You can tell this was a while ago because we didn’t have much in the way of grapes this year thanks to the California drought.


That’s it for now, but please have faith in me and check back. I have all kinds of news and new products to share with you. And don’t forget to sign up for my Newsletter … just enter your email in the little box over there in there in the right column and you’ll not only be signed up, you’ll get a fantastic CU freebie.


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Newsletter Sign-ups

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in Blog, Commercial Use, Freebies, Scrapbooking | 4 comments

I sure hope all of you haven’t given up on me posting anything. It’s been a very busy month and I will explain why in a later post. However, I did want you to know that I’m creating a newsletter and all I need are some people to sign-up for it (no use writing a newsletter and not having anyone to send it to). To sign-up for my newsletter, take a look over on the right, top of the column; right under where it say’s “Newsletter” is a box where you just put in your email address and click the subscribe button. Like most newsletters, you’ll be asked to confirm that you’re a real person by verifying your email address. But once you’ve done that, you’re subscribed.


As a reward for subscribing, I’ve got a freebie for you … and this isn’t just any kind of freebie, it’s a commercial use freebie … and it’s one of my famous flower templates. Of course, you could always subscribe, get your freebie, and unsubscribe but what’s the use of that. My newsletter will not be a rehash of what’s already on my blog. I may mention that something is on my blog, but the newsletter will have exclusive coupons and freebies that you won’t be able to get anywhere else. So go ahead, subscribe and see for yourself what’s coming up in my newsletters.

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Glitter Edge Action

Posted by on Aug 2, 2014 in Blog, Commercial Use, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

A while back I had someone ask me why I hadn’t released any new actions. Oddly, I didn’t have any good excuses that I could give her other than I didn’t have any good ideas. Then Toiny, the owner of theStudio, asked me if I would be interested in doing an action to add glitter to the edge of an element.  Great idea, but now I was heading off on vacation. Once I finally got caught up from my vacation, I started working on my newest action. Called Glitter Edge Action, it’s now available in my store at theStudio (it will be released a little later on in my store at CU Digitals) and is 30% off for 2 weeks.


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Summer Fun Collection

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Blog, Freebies, Personal Use, Scrapbooking | 2 comments

The Summer Fun Collection was part of theStudio’s coordinated collection for July. These collections come out 4 times a year. The designers are given a color palette to work with and a general theme to design with. Then, for two weeks, the pieces are put on sale for $1 each. Unfortunately, the sale is over; however, I have created some bundles (Page Kit and Collection) along with releasing 1 more pack (Clusters) and put everything on sale for 50% off thru August 13th … except for the bundle which is already 60% off. These are for sale exclusively in my Personal Use Store at theStudio. Here are the previews:


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New CU Products – Week of July 28th

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Blog, Commercial Use, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

I’m back to show you the two new cu products in my Commercial Stores. They’re some brushes that are the product of me playing around in Photoshop CC2014. These brushes will be on sale for 30% off for the next two weeks.

First up is some Lens Flares. Adobe has really improved how their lighting filters work and lens flares benefited from it. However, not everyone has Photoshop CC2014 … so I decided to try my hand at making some brushes based on some of the results I got and they came out pretty good.


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