Saturday, January 31, 2009

Change is Good....

Well - what do you think? Do you like the new look? I'm still undecided, but I thought it was time.. Let me know what you think {and I apologize for the ugliness while I futz to get it just right...}

Now - I hope you have a drink and a snack and a comfy chair, because this is going to be a loooong post... The whole point of the "new me" is to coincide with some exciting news I have for you, and some changes to how I do things... I've been holding out on you for about a month with this, and so I'm completely overjoyed to announce: I am now a proud member of the design team at Digital Candy! :) The site has a new owner, new designers, and a whole new look! So to celebrate, they're having a Grand Re-Opening, and YOU are invited! Click the poster to be taken there. {Did you see my name on that list? Yay!}

Now, because I love you all SO much, and because you're all just SO sweet, I'm offering you a special extra discount on top of the already discounted sale prices. Enter the code SMblogFAN at checkout to receive an extra 10% off your order! You can only use it once, so stock up while the offer lasts {through the 7th}.

"What will I buy?" you may be asking yourself... Well, I would like to introduce my newest release, Alphabet Remix. In celebration of this next phase of my designing "career" I thought I'd remake my first ever design. Those of you who have been with me from the beginning - Caryn, Shell, Inge, Jonni, and many others - may see a few similarities.. but hopefully not too many! ;) I've updated and cohesive-ied the color palette, but kept the key features of the kit - circles, letters, stripes, etc - the same...

That was then:

This is NOW:MUCH better, eh? ;)

And check out these FANTASTIC layouts by my creative team...
{run on over to their blogs via their pics on the left to leave them some love}
I think this is their best work, yet!



Now - the biggest change I am making in this new phase is that I will no longer be offering all of my kits for free. And this is the first one you will have to purchase - don't forget, 40% off with the blog fan coupon! - however, I am offering an add-on freebie. But before I get to that, let me give you the link to my store - HERE - where you can check out the new kit as well as any others you may have missed.

Now... Here is your freebie...

*password is alpha*

Be sure to check back over the next few days for more info about the store, and an exciting opportunity to get a stunning freebie from me!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Candy Hearts

Here is a really cute add-on to Funky Love by Nicole. Hop on over to her blog to grab it, and be sure to leave her some love.. I'll be in and out over the weekend, but be sure to check back on the 1st for some BIG surprises.. Love to all! :D

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Quick Pages

An early post tonight, so I can make it to the speed scrap at Nicole's forum. Jen and Lori have made some quick pages for you. Click the images to be directed to their blogs..

Just a reminder - the speed scrap is TONIGHT at 7 MST HERE. If you can't make it, Simply Sarah has a great list on her blog of upcoming SS's.. check it out! :D

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

More Goodies

Quick post tonight - sorry it's late again.. Things have just been CRAZY around here lately!

First, I wanted to remind you about the Speed Scrap in Nicole's Forum. Click in image for more info...And for your freebies tonight, Nicole has a SUPER cute instascrap (QP) for you, and I've done another alpha... Enjoy! :D
click on the preview to be taken to Nicole's blog..

Freebie has expired. Purchase HERE.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Alphas!

Here are your alphas for Funky Love.. Don't you just LOVE Nicole's little tabs! Agh! So cute! :D Anyway, I hope you like them.. And THANK YOU for all of your sweet, sweet comments! Oh! Some of you asked about the font I used in my layout.. It's CK_Ali's Writing.. See you tomorrow with some surprises! ;)

Freebie has expired. Purchase HERE.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Funky Elements

I'm glad you all are liking this kit! :D Aren't collabs fun!? Well, in honor of my DS turning one today {I can't believe it!} I was going to do another page of him, but I've been down & out sicky all last night and all today - yuck! :( Luckily, things seem to be getting better, so maybe I'll have time to do a page for tomorrow's post.. Anyway, here are Nicole's elements {image is clickable} and mine.. Hope you like them.. Come back tomorrow for the alphas - yay! :D

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Funky Love

To those of you coming from Nicole's blog.. sorry you had to wait.. :(

Here's our latest collab, Funky Love.. This one was so fun to work on, and I'm so grateful to Nicole for putting up with me! ;) I was in a bit of a rut when we started working on it, but she helped me through - what a team player! Anyway, without further ado...

And here are the LOs from my great CT.. Don't they just get better and better every week!?!? Be sure to stop by their blogs and leave some love {names are clickable}..


Here are my papers, and be sure to grab Nicole's from her blog.. {image is clickable}.Freebie has expired. Purchase HERE.

Don't forget Nicole's! :D

see you tomorrow with elements...

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Another Collab

Here's a sneak peek at mine & Nicole's latest collab. Check back for it Sunday night..

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Several of you have asked how to get my blinkies - you may have noticed I have a new one for each kit... Well... Here's how {sorry, I only know how to do this for blogger..}:

  1. Copy the code below.
  2. On your blog, click "customize" then choose "add a gadget"
  3. Select "HTML/JavaScript"
  4. Paste the code into the content box.
  5. In a new tab or window, go to THIS photobucket album and decide which blinky you would like.
  6. If you hover over the blinky, a box will pop up with some options. Click on the text next to "direct link" - this will copy it for you.
  7. Go back to your blog and paste the photobucket code into the content window where it says "INSERT PHOTOBUCKET CODE HERE" Leave the "around the photobucket code.
  8. Hit "save" and you're all set! :D
Enjoy! I hope to see these popping up all over now! ;)

Special thanks to Nicole and Stephanie for helping me figure out how to get that code to show up! :D

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Yay for Simply Sarah!

So I finally made it to a speed scrap over at Nicole's forum.. Normally they do them during the day - which is just out of the question for me - but this time it was at night.. and after a rough start, I finally finished {early}.

It was hosted by Sarah - whom we all LOVE, no? Here are the instructions - which I interpreted loosely.. ;)
  1. Choose 1 picture… have it take up ¾ of the page. You can place it anywhere.
  2. Choose 4 papers… 1 worn or torn, 2 patterned and 1 notebook.
  3. Tear or cut a piece of paper into a strip of any size and shape.
  4. Hang something in your layout. It can be a tag, string, picture, etc.
  5. Use a glitter swirl somewhere in the layout.
  6. Use a minimum of 3 of the following in your layout: ribbon, hearts, staples, flowers and leaves. You can use all if you want.
  7. Add a line of journaling and date.
And here's what I came up with...

everything from "Boy's Club" by Sweet Blossom Designs, except the worn
blue paper, which I recolored from my "Sophisticated Grunge" kit.

Well... I guess that's it for the night... If you have any layouts using my stuff, send them this way! I'd love to share your talent! :) And stay tuned for a sneak peek at next week's kit - a collab with Nicole! :D

Monday, January 19, 2009

Another Speed Scrap

I just wanted to let you all know about another speed scrap at Nicole's forum. This one will be hosted by Simply Sarah - and who doesn't love her!?! Go check it out!

Here's the great participation prize.. fun, no? See you there! :D

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Pirate Princess

Nicole has just started releasing a new kit, called Pirate Princess... And it's just what it sounds like - and SO much more! But don't be intimidated.. if you don't have any pirates or princesses to scrap, you'll still want to add it to your collection.. Look what I did with it {butterfly by Sweet Blossom Designs}:

So run on over to Nicole's blog to start collecting... Papers today, elements tomorrow... you get the idea.. Oh yeah! Be sure to check out her forum and new gallery, too!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

STL Add-Ons

As promised, some excellent add-ons from my CT.. First, from Kathy:

Isn't this word art great?!? Go to her blog to grab it.. and be sure to leave her LOTS of love - this kit was her idea, after all! ;)

And Lori has done something different for you this week.. Normally she puts together a really great quick page, but this time she went all out and did a brag book. Go snag it and leave her some love too..
And finally, I just wanted to say THANK YOU again to everyone for all of your wonderful comments! I'm so amazed at how many people actually take the time to leave heartfelt and sincere comments.. {or set aside a separate folder on their compueter just for me ;)}

I know some of you have been asking about blinkies - don't worry, I haven't forgotten, I'm still trying to figure out how to include the code in my blog post and have it show up as code, and not just the blinky.. Hope to get that to you soon... Otherwise, stay tuned.. There are some big changes coming 'round here, and I'd hate for you to miss out...

Friday, January 16, 2009

STL Alpha

I'm still so amazed at how well this kit has been received! Thank you SO much for all of your wonderful comments and stories... What a fantastic day it has been! :D

Here is the alpha for the kit...

Freebie has expired. purchase HERE.

Come back tomorrow for some SUPER add-ons from my CT! :D

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Elements

Wow... I am so thrilled everyone seems to be liking the kit.. And I want to say a special "thank you" to all of you who have shared pieces of your story through your comments.. I'm glad to know this kit will be helpful to so many of you.. Here are your elements...

Freebie has expired. Purchase HERE.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Someone To Love

I'm so sorry! I totally forgot that I needed to make this post! Anyhow... Kathy, one of my CT members, made a suggestion/request a while back that I do an adoption kit. And well, here it is! I have to say a public "thank you" to Kathy for this one.. She really helped me out as far as what would be appropriate to include, ideas for different elements, and she even came up with a super-cute alpha.. AND she'll have an add-on to the kit later in the week, so be sure to check back for that... Anyway - here you go:

Check out these great LOs by my CT {and be sure to leave them some love on their blogs}:

and me

As you can see, this kit is pretty versatile with lots of warm rich colors.. So even if adoption hasn't been a part of your life, I'm sure you can find a use for the kit.... Grab the papers below..

Freebie has expired. Purchase HERE.