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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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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 | 7 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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