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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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New CU Products

Posted by on Jul 27, 2014 in Commercial Use, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

Naturally, I’m in catch-up mode again, so I’m going to tell you ALL about what I’ve released since my last post. So, even though I say New CU Products, some of them are already getting a little dusty. They’re all available in my CU stores and are 30% off.

First up — English Roses. I have an amazing creative team; they not only make my stuff look great, they LOVE to make suggestions for products they’d like to see (as in challenge me). The suggestion for these roses came from Rae. Until she mentioned them, I never knew there were English roses, let alone what set them apart. What I found were that these roses are very similar to my favorite cottage roses, only better. After lots of experimenting, Rae finally approved of my take on the English Rose and, hopefully, you will too. Check them out —

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New CU Product – ZIA Circles

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Commercial Use, Freebies, Scrapbooking | 6 comments

I have a new CU Product that I’ve just released called ZIA Circles. They’re some doodled circles I call ZIA, which is short for Zentangle Inspired Art, Circles because the patterns were inspired by Zentangles®. These have been saved in PNG format at 300 dpi. I’ve also included the borders (without the center) giving you a total of 8 circles. They’re available in both my CU Store at theStudio and at CU Digitals. Check out the preview.


The funny thing is, I’ve already had two people ask me what one would do with them. So, I’m going to show you one idea (a journal page) and your reward for following along is a Journal Page freebie.

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CU Vintage Grab Bag

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Commercial Use, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

Have I got something special for you. It’s a CU Vintage Grab Bag that I did with LouCee Creations for theStudio’s Grab Bag Gala and it’s going to knock your socks off. You’re going to get 6 products for $6.00 … do the math … it’s a steal at $1.00 each. But to sweeten things a bit more for you, you’re also going to get a bonus pack that Lou created containing an assortment of items you’d typically find in a trinket box. So, 7 products for $6.00 (calculator please), that’s around 86 pennies for some unbelievable products … but it’s only for a VERY limited time.

Check out the previews below, which also include the previews of the products (I’m terrible at keeping secrets). This Grab Bag is available exclusively at theStudio until July 14th. After that you’ll can also find it in LouCee’s store at SugarHillco and in my CU Digitals store. However, it will only be for a short time and after that, the Bag will be broken.


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The “Artsy” Style

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in Art Journaling, Blog, Freebies, Scrapbooking, Tutorials | 11 comments

I checked in a few days ago to read Jill’s latest post and I noticed Pam’s comment about not getting that “artsy” style. As a hobbiest I can so relate! Well, I got to thinking that if Pam and I shared those feelings maybe there are other people who didn’t get the “artsy” style either. The only art training I’ve had was a  summer course in Art Appreciation at our local museum; it was part of the Art Literacy Program for our school district.  So I thought I’d share some observations about what I’ve noticed since I started scrapping. What is an artsy style and how do you achieve it. How is it different from say a traditional style. Bear in mind that this is my personal opinion and not meant to be in any way definitive on the subject. I’m such a visual person, I like pictures so perhaps comparing two layouts would be helpful.

Batik6a-Pirate This is a layout I did using Jill’s Batik Overlays and my granddaughter’s photo. What do you see when you look at it? The colors are harmonious, the corners are symmetrical, there is a photo and extracted elements. This is my idea of a traditional style: balance and harmony. It looks “formal” and seems to have more structure-the elements have a definite shape.

June 2014 Just Art Challenge_Preview

This is the layout I did for the June Just Art Challenge at Digital Scrapbooking Studio.  What do you see when you look at it? It’s not symmetrical or balanced, the elements appear looser, more “painterly” and scattered over the page and there aren’t any extracted items. Also it has a more casual appearance, like it was just tossed together even though it still follows the basics of design.

How about looking at another example? Next are the two freebie flowers, a gift for sticking with me!

Blog Flower 1 Preview                                             Circle Flower preview 2

The upper pinkish flower is what I would call a more traditional style of flower. It has more structure, IE a recognizable petal shape; and although it hasn’t been extracted, it’s more flower-like. You could use it in any style of layout but to me it doesn’t have the casual feel of the blue flower on the bottom which is more of an impression of a flower. The round shape implies petals and the colors are more non-traditional-it looks like a hankie that has been gathered into shape. I hope, like Pam and me, if you wonder about the “artsy style” you will find my comparisons helpful. Think of it as sort of as style cliff notes.

I’ll add one last thought. If, when you get dressed in the morning, you look nice then you can also dress a piece of paper that will look nice. Before you know it, you will be creating gorgeous layouts!

Both flowers were made with Jill’s newest templates:Templates-Flowers 2-4 and Flowers Kit-Circles 1-5. I used Papers-Watercolors 10 for the pink purple flower and Papers Journal Pages 2 for the blue. Additionally, I applied a kaleidoscope filter (freeware by Mehdi @ to the journal pages (before clipping to the circle template) to accent the circles. I used the “overlay” mode on most of the papers and added an inner shadow on the layers. The “glass” buttons are made by applying a glass style to a white circle and layering that over another shape so that it looks like the underside of the button has been painted.

Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes at the Digital Scrapbooking Studio Flower Kit-Circles 1-5 -

Papers-Journal 2 -

Templates-Flowers 2-4 – Papers-Watercolors 10 –

Transparent Overlays-Batiks 1 –

“The Pirate” some elements from Jill’s Spring Bling Mini -

Last but not least the freebie flowers are here –

Link has been fixed – I hope!  It still doesn’t want to be a hyperlink but cut and paste is working!

I’ve put a couple of coordinating papers in the file as a “Thank You” so please take them too.



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New CU Products – Week of June 23rd

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Commercial Use, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

Once again, I’ve fallen behind posting my new CU products. This week I have 2, flowers and bling. These products are available in both of my CU Stores — theStudio and CU Digitals.

First, I have another assortment of flowers (Assortment 7); an assortment of more of my one-offs and leftover flowers that I’ve had sitting around in my cu stash.

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theStudio Just Art Challenge

Posted by on Jun 14, 2014 in Art Journaling, Freebies, Personal Use | 11 comments

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at Art Journaling? Well now’s your chance. There’s a new challenge over in theStudio forum called Just Art. It’s hosted by the ever creative Robyn. There really aren’t any rules, but she will give you a theme or cue to work with. This month it’s Yellow and you also get a free mini kit created by Robyn and Kate (see below).

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Garden Gate

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Freebies, Personal Use, Scrapbooking | 1 comment

Once again I’ve been remiss in posting here, but I’m back and want to show you my latest collection. It’s called Garden Gate and it’s a collab I did with Diane of ADB Designs. This collection is HUGE and filled with an amazing amount of flowers and other garden goodies. Take a look a all the gorgeous previews below. Click on a preview and you’ll go to that product’s page or just click *HERE* to see the entire collection. And don’t forget to go ALL the way to the end where there’s a freebie quick page for you.


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