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New Collections & a Freebie

Posted by on Apr 15, 2017 in Blog | 3 comments

Since I’ve been slacking once again, I actually have 2 collections to show you. Both with a spring theme, but done in completely different styles. The first one is called Blooming Spring. When I was looking for some inspiration for a spring theme, I ran across this bit from a poem by A.A. Milne: “She turned to the sunlight and shook her yellow head, and whispered to her neighbor: ‘Winter is dead.'” If the name A.A. Milne sounds familiar, he’s the author for the Winnie the Pooh books, but he also wrote some wonderful poems that have been sadly overlooked.

So, why did I chose this quote? I was and still am that little girl announcing the end of Winter … but I even add a bit of a foot stomp. I am not a winter person. Like the flowers, I wilt when winter comes along. But with the first hint of spring, I come alive just like mother nature. I captured this “attitude” for Blooming Spring with a joyous burst of color reflecting the world around me when spring once again visits us. Since my birthday sale is still going on in my stores at theStudio and Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes , you can get this entire collection is 50% off. Here’s a look …

The second collection that I’m going to show off is part of theStudio’s Garden Party Coordinated Collection. It’s called A Spot of Tea and my inspiration was a tea party out in one’s lush flower garden. Each pack is $1 thru April 28th and there’s also a collection of 8 products for $8 just in case you didn’t feel like clicking 8 times to add the entire thing. This is initially available exclusively at theStudio.

AND, as noted, I have a freebie for you. It’s a set of 3 painted edges. A matching set of 3 was in today’s newsletter. If you’re not a subscriber … why not??? LOL!!! I do keep an archive of my newsletters just in case, so you can catch-up here. So here’s the preview … just click it to download the edges.

If you are really into freebies, be sure to check my Facebook page for a set of journal cards that Dona made.

That’s it for today … HUGS!!!

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In Stitches

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Freebies, Personal Use, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

The new month comes with a new collection. The story behind this collection is my youngest daughter’s laugh. It’s an amazing laugh and when she REALLY starts laughing there isn’t a person around that can’t laugh with her. The term “in stitches” (laughing uncontrollable) comes close to describing it. Unfortunately, I found myself in a quandary on how to capture that laugh in a collection. Since a bunch of laughing faces/mouths gets kind of boring after a while, I decided to go with the more literal meaning of stitches … sewing … saving the laughter part for my Words pack. That means this collection is perfect for capturing both the sewing theme along with the moment you capture someone In Stitches.

The entire collection is on sale for 30% off at both theStudio and my personal store. Let’s take a look at it and be sure to hang around until the end to collect your freebie.

And now for your freebie … as always, just click on the preview.

That’s it for now … fingers crossed that I keep on this roll and get more done. HUGS!!!

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Retirement Sale

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Personal Use, Sales, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

I’ve been really bad about posting … but I didn’t realize it had been SO long. But hopefully I’m back and will be a bit more faithful at doing it. Today is just a quick note to let you know that my retirement sale (just products, not me) is ending tomorrow. I’ve got several PU and CU products in the sale, but I also have some stellar Collabs, that I did with some very talented designers, retiring and they can be a bit hard to find, so I’m going to show you the previews. All you have to do is click on the previews and you’ll be transported to the collection.

You’ll need to act quickly to snap these up, but you’ll get them at 75% off.

And that’s it for today … HUGS!!!

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theStudio 2016 Christmas Carol Blog Hop

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Blog Trains & Hops, Freebies | 21 comments

Welcome to the Studio’s Annual Christmas Carol Blog Hop. Every year the Studio Designers gather together to “Sing Christmas Carols” to all of our members, customers, fans & friends. It’s a way for us all to say Merry Christmas and a big Thank You for being so supportive of us.

Each participating Designer has chosen a special Christmas Carol just for you and designed a cute mini freebie around it. So put on your dancing shoes & singing voices and come caroling with us.

Here’s my mini. Just click on the preview or ***here*** to download it.

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Your last stop is Studio 4 Design*works

If you get lost along the way, just return to theStudio Blog Post (where you started) and pick up where you left off.

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Star Action

Posted by on Dec 9, 2016 in Commercial Use, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

I really am beginning to think I’m an a roll. So many ideas … so little time. I’m talking about creating Photoshop Actions. In the old days, I used to be a programmer … actually, make that more of a hack … in any case, when I would get into a groove, my house could fall down around me and I wouldn’t notice. I’d lose track of time and my family would be starving for dinner. I’d sit in front of the computer for so long, my body would just about freeze into that position. Well, it seems the old days are back. I’ve forgotten about dinner twice this week; my body is in pain from sitting in one position for too long; fortunately, my house is still standing.

This all started with my Crazy Dots Action. I hadn’t realized it had been so long since I had done any actions … almost a year. True, I did throw a simple one in during that time (Rainbow Dreams Action), but nothing that took a lot of work. So, September saw my Crazy Dots Action, October saw my Filigree Maker Action … and then I slowed down … or so it seemed. I really hadn’t, I was working on something during that time and it required me to drag out some old math books. I have always wanted to be able to create stars from my kit papers … good stars … quickly and easily. You see … doing all that rotating can leave gaps in your element, distort your paper, wreak havoc on your styles, etc. etc. etc. Long story short, I did it and I released it this past Wednesday — my Star Action. Here’s what the preview looks like.

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Sunday’s CU Moments

Posted by on Dec 4, 2016 in Commercial Use, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

This is just a quick one. I wanted to let you know that I’m doing a bi-weekly post on theStudio’s blog. It’s called Sunday’s CU Moments and it will typically feature a special product or a quick tip along with a smattering of other CU products that have recently been released.

This week, the feature product is Manu Scraps’  Doily & Snowflake Generator. Check it out … there’s even a freebie for you.  I also want to let you know that this is not just for designers … I plan on showing how these products can work as part of your regular scrapping stash.


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Beary Merry Christmas

Posted by on Dec 3, 2016 in Freebies, Personal Use, Scrapbooking | 4 comments

I am SO excited about my newest collection. When I saw the bear, I just had to use it immediately. I have no idea why polar bears remind me of Christmas … they just do. The majority of the elements are hand painted … some by me but others were purchased from some wonderful artists. The thing that’s great about this collection is that it’s not just for Christmas … you can use it for just about any of your winter layouts. Enough talking, let’s take a look at it and remember to get ALL the way to the end for your freebie.


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Christmas Korkers

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Commercial Use, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

I was finally starting to get into the Christmas spirit … that was until I started working on these korkers. Don’t get me wrong, I love how they came out. Unfortunately, my patience (due to the extraction process) AND my fingers (from needle pricks) hate them. Hopefully, your patience and fingers will love me for finding a way to prevent you from having to do the same thing.

These korkers are on sale for 40% off. Yes, that’s more than I typically do for a new release, but theStudio is having a Christmas sale and I wanted these to be a part of it. I also am having the same sale in my personal store.


While these korkers are o.k. for commercial use, they would also be a cute addition to your personal stash.


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Breath of Autumn

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Freebies, Personal Use, Scrapbooking | 1 comment

Remember the papers and elements that I did for theStudio’s Next Designers Competition? Well, I couldn’t stop designing and it turned into a collection. However, I did do something a bit different this time. Since I knew some folks had been able to download the initial pieces for free, I decided to combine those pieces and call them Mini Kit 1 and created a second mini that I called Mini Kit 2. Then I went on to round things out with borders, clusters, masks, stamps and words. You can find everything at theStudio and my personal store Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes for 30% off (bundle is 60% off) thru November 26th.

Here’s a look at everything … and be sure to hang around for your freebie.


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Annual Retirement Sale

Posted by on Nov 12, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

While I may retire bits and pieces throughout the year, I typically do a big cleaning house sale in November … and this year is no different. There are both Personal Use and Commercial Use products and they’re 75% off … but only until the end of November. You can find them at theStudio and in my personal store Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes.

Here’s a quick look at some of the personal use products.


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