Friday, January 29, 2010

A Little Bit of Inspiration?

I'm sorry, I don't have any freebie add-ons or QPs for you this week... I just hadn't the time to do any extra this week because of the flood (see previous post) but I was hoping to provide you with a little bit of inspiration for designing your own LOs with my kits...

Here's one I did today using my new kit, '1950s Reminiscence'

... and I'm thrilled to have received permission to show you this next LO created by my friend, Cee.  She created this using my kit, 'Party Time'.
(If you'd like to leave her some 'love', the image is linked to her Stuff to Scrap gallery.)

So, are you inspired yet?

You can download the kits I've created thus far for the Designer Darling Contest at the Stuff to Scrap Forum (look for the download links in the Designer Darling Competition section for the Designer Darling Weekly Challenges threads).

Until next time... Happy Scrapping!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

My Kit for Week/Round 3 of the Designer Darling Contest

My basement was flooded on Monday (it's a finished basement - our family room) so the mess and clean-up (which is still going on) threw a BIG monkey wrench into my plans and time for working on the contest kit.... blah, blah, blah... (that's life, right?).   Anyway, my husband, being the extremely wonderful and supportive guy that he is, took on most of the clean-up work so I could continue with the contest.

So, YAY, I finally finished my kit for Week/Round 3 of the Designer Darling Contest and with only a couple of hours to spare!

We were given 4 photographs of a quilt that one of the judges is making and were told to create a kit based on whatever the photo inspired us to do.  Here's one of the photos:

I didn't have an idea right away but after looking it over for a bit I found that the fabric squares reminded me of the decor of the 1950s (not that I REMEMBER that time, LOL).  The muted colors, abstract yet symmetrical patterns, plaids, clean lines and basic shapes, etc., all said retro to me.  So, that's how I came up with this kit I call '1950s Reminiscence'.  I created everything in the kit myself but I worked the hardest on that telephone, which I did by hand.  Anyway, I'm happy with the results and I hope someone will be able to use something from here for their heritage scrapbooking.

To get the kit for FREE, you must be a member of Stuff to Scrap and then you can download it from the Designer Darling Contest threads in the forum.

Happy Scrapping!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Good News! and another Freebie mini kit for my Followers

I'll start off with my GOOD NEWS... I made it to the next round (week 3) of the Designer Darling Contest over at Stuff to Scrap!  WOOT!  I'm so excited.

This week we were not given a color palette to work with, instead we were given a photograph of a quilt; we're to do whatever the photograph inspires us to do.  I haven't come up with a theme yet but I've some thoughts floating around in my head.

It should be interesting to see what all the contestants come up with this time round so be sure to keep an eye on the Week 3 Challenge Previews thread over at the Stuff to Scrap forum so you can download the contributions as they come in (there's a photo of our inspiration quilt there also).

Now for your Freebie!  I created a mini kit to contribute to this month's Color Challenge hosted by Kim B. over at DSO (DigiScrap Obession).  I just love the color palette on this one.

And here's my contribution; it's called 'A Touch of Femininity':

If you like it, click on the preview image to download it (download expired).

And when you're finished, visit the DSO Gallery and check out the other contributions to this month's Color Challenge.

If you like my creations and have a moment, I'd love it if you left me a comment or sent me an email.

Bye for now and Happy Scrapping!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Freebie Addon to my kit 'Party Time'

Hello again!

Today, for you, I have a Freebie Addon to my kit 'Party Time'.  Here's what it looks like:

I know I said yesterday that the addon would have 7 papers but, well, uhm... I miscounted, sorry; it has only 6.  But that's still good, right?  It also has a few elements similar to what you'll find in the full kit.

To get the full kit for free (and the kits created by all the other contestants of the Designer Darling Contest at Stuff to Scrap) you'll have to be a member of Stuff to Scrap Forum (but membership is free!) and then you can use THIS LINK (link expired) to go directly to the thread containing the download links.

If you like my designs, I'd love to hear from you and I'd love your support with a vote in the polls at Stuff to Scrap, which should be opening sometime to day and be open until midnight (MST) tomorrow.

This round of the contest will have some eliminations... only 20 people will make it onto Week/Round 3.  We'll find out sometime on Sunday and I'm thinking that I won't be getting much sleep the next couple of nights in anticipation; please wish me luck!

Oh, I almost forgot... to download the Freebie Addon, just click on the image preview above.

Happy Scrapping!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

My 'Party Time' Digital Scrapbooking Kit - Week/Round 2 of the Designer Darling Contest at Stuff to Scrap

I've created my 2nd digital scrapbooking kit for the Designer Darling Contest over at Stuff to Scrap:  'Party Time'

Here's a LO I created with it:

For this round of the contest we were restricted from using most all CU (Commercial Use) items and many of the tools that come with our digital-image-editing software programs and asked to get creative... use our cameras, scanners, etc. and show the judges what we can do ourselves.  It was difficult for me getting started, but once I got going I enjoyed it immensely!

This means that my kit is a unique, one-of-a-kind creation... and I think that's pretty cool!

Here's the preview to my kit:

You can get the kit FREE (along with the other contest entries) in the Stuff to Scrap Forum - you'll need to be a member though.

NOT a member of Stuff to Scrap Forum yet?  Well, what are you waiting for - who doesn't want free digital scrapbooking kits?

Also, as a member, you can vote for your favorites in the contest (... and I'd LOVE to have your vote); the voting polls should open in the forum sometime on Friday morning (Jan. 22nd).

Well, that's all for now.  I'll have some add-on items for this kit available free here, from my blog, soon (maybe tomorrow) - 7 more papers that I created from scratch but decided not to include in the final kit and a few more elements (more of the same ones that are in the kit but of different colors).  So, if you're interested, come back and visit me here.

Happy Scrapping!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Round 2 - Designer Darling Contest at Stuff to Scrap

Well, Round 2 of the Designer Darling Contest at Stuff to Scrap started today and, for me, it's going to be a tough one I think.  Here's the color palette we were given to work with:

I'm not sure WHAT to do with it but whatever I come up with I'll give it my best try.

So, if you're following me, or you're following the contest, watch the Stuff to Scrap Forums  this week for the links to the contestants' contributions (you'll need to be a member to access this site).  And whether or not you're a member at Stuff to Scrap, you can always Preview the kits in the Stuff to Scrap Gallery, in fact you can still see the contributions to Round 1 there now; look for the gallery titled 'Designer Darling Competition Kit Previews'.

Friday, January 15, 2010

'An Eclectic Blend' Add-on Freebie AND 'The Voting Polls Are Open'

I wasn't sure I'd get this finished today but turns out I did - I have a Freebie Add-on to my 'An Eclectic Blend' kit.

Here's the preview:

Click on the preview to download.

The Voting Polls are officially open (I'm not sure when they close, perhaps sometime on Saturday evening - MST Time).  If you're registered at Stuff to Scrap, here's the link to the Polls: Link Expired

OK, I think I'll be taking SOME a break from designing this weekend so I can spend some time with my family... 'see' you next week!

Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

'An Eclectic Blend' - My kit for Round 1 of the Designer Darling Contest at STS

Well, I've finally finished it!  And boy am I tired and yet at the same time, strangely 'pumped-up, LOL.

Here's the preview of my kit 'An Eclectic Blend'

If you like it, you can get the links to download it (free), and those of the other contestants' kits, by going to this link at STS (Stuff to Scrap)Link Expired

And remember, you'll need to register with STS before you can see and access the links.

I hope you'll consider following my progress at STS and I hope you'll consider voting for me too; the voting polls with be open sometime on Friday morning (MST).

Also, there's been a separate gallery created at STS for the layouts created using the Designer Darling Kits; if you use my kit to create any layouts of your own, I'd be honored if you'd consider posting there.

... and OH, I almost forgot, I'll have a few addon FREEBIES here on my blog for you very soon (they coordinate with the color palette used in these kits), so be sure to come back to snag those.  :-)

Thanks for your interest and Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Color Palette for Round 1 of the 'Designer Darling' Contest at Stuff to Scrap

OK, I'm plugging along on my creating and you know, it's taking me a LONG time!  LOL, I don't know if it's just because I think too much (a slow creative mind) or if it's just the inexperience at this side of the digital scrapbooking design thing...  or perhaps a combination of both.  I'm having fun though!

This is the color palette for this first round of the contest.

Nice huh?

As excited as I am to be a part of the competition, I'm equally excited to see all of the other design contributions.  There hasn't been any postings yet but I'm thinking there's going to be a lot of fabulous creations in this group once they get going!

Be sure to register with the Stuff to Scrap forum soon so you can have access to all the download links once they've been posted and, of course, so you can vote!

Happy Scrapping

Monday, January 11, 2010

A New Blogger

Well, I never imagined I'd be blogging...

I've joined a digital scrapbooking Designer Contest at 'Stuff to Scrap' and I needed a way to get the word out about my creations so here I am... BLOGGING!  LOL, one never knows where one will end up in life.

I discovered the 'Word of Digital Scrapbooking' back in January, 2008; I was on a search for a way to create a genealogical scrapbook to give to my niece as a wedding present and I've been a true addict ever since!  I've been on a couple of creative teams in the past as well (CanDesigns and Stone Accents Studio) and have learned so many things about the art of working with photographs.  Now I thought I'd try my hand at designing and see where that takes me.  I'm about as nervous as one can be but I'm hoping in the end, above all else, I will have learned more, improved upon my skills and have some fun while doing in the process.

The contest starts this week, with the first round due by midnight (MST) Thursday, January 14th.  If you're interested in downloading (for free) the kits being created by the contestants and in voting for your favorites (maybe mine, hint... hint... :-), then you'll need to become a member at 'Stuff to Scrap'.  I hope you'll consider joining and watching all the fun!

Thanks for reading my blog and I hope to see you at 'Stuff to Scrap'!

Lady of the Thorns
(aka Rose)