Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas Addon

I bet you all thought I had fallen in a hole or something. Nope, just been busy with Christmas stuff. Today was the last event until the "BIG DAY". The girls (Aly and Hanna) came over and built/decorated gingerbread houses and had a wonderful time. This is the 5th year I have done this with them but the building part is a first for them. I figured at 12 and 9 that they could put the houses together, right? They did pretty good too. Photos later - I want to scrap them, of course.

Two things to share with you. First, I uploaded the CmasJoy taggers' kit this evening to my 4shared site. In case you want a reminder of what the kind includes, see previews below. You download link for the taggers' kit is here.



For the taggers, there is just ONE zip file, however. I didn't upload this zip to GBL Creations so 4shared is the only place to get the file.

Second, I made an Add-on kit for you over the weekend. I recently updated the tuts by Dizzie (Dizzinc) and she has lots of fun, new things to do. Check this page for a preview of all the tutorials included for $20. When I first started learning Paint Shop Pro, I found her website with tons of tuts. Most were way beyond my ability at the time but loved her creations. She is a very talented tutorial writer and each tutorial in this zip (you can also get them on a CD) has plenty of screen shots and the steps are explained very well. Be sure and took a look if you want some great tuts. There are not only things for scrapping but furniture and other things to make. Below is the preview of the Add-on:

This zipped file is available at GBL Creations AND 4shared. Simply log into GBL Creations and navigate to my store and pick up the free download. The link for 4shared is here.
Reminder! I will be deleting zip files at my 4shared on January 15 so be sure and take a look at previous posts to see if there is anything you'd like to have.
Please enjoy all! :)

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Finally! 2009 Christmas Joy kit

Well, I hope you didn't give up on me but this has been one hectic week through today even! With the normal weekly pick up of grandchildren, I had Christmas and birthday shopping to do plus I had a get-together today of the Local Chapter of Paperback Swap. I came home after that (and thank God we broke off early) and worked on my laptop so my daughter could use it as a DVD player tonight for the BIG slumber party. Hanna turned 9 on Wednesday and she is having her first, ever, slumber party tonight. She has had a big week. Oh, for her birthday present from her parents, she got her ears pierced. She was SO excited by that.

Okay, now on to the kit. I actually finished it a few days ago but just wasn't here at my computer long enough to get all that needed to be done to get it published here. It is now ready. Whew! As I mentioned, it IS a big kit (almost 200mb) and I hope you enjoy all of it. There are two sections to it: first the papers.

There are 24 papers and I honestly don't know why they are so big in kb size but they are. There are TWO zip files that you can get at GBL Creations - once you log in, click on "add" and proceed through the checkout pages, you'll see both zips to download. I split them up for those of you who have slower connection speeds. Freebie is no longer available. Now the elements:

This is just a sampling of the elements because there are so many different things in this kit that you'd get a fuzzy idea of what it all is if I put everything in this preview. As usual, there are no drop shadows on them - ever! Again, just hop on over to GBL Creations and grab the files there. Freebie is no longer available. I do hope you make some fabulous pages for your scrapbooks with all this stuff. I really had fun learning new techniques and using shortcuts. I love making grayscale elements and then colorizing away! :) Please remember if you have any problems getting the files at GBL Creations, you can email me or Liz, the store owner for help. Please enjoy! Oh, the letter ornaments are in a separate file that I'll send you tomorrow night. I can barely keep my eyes open here.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

First Christmas Alpha

Hello, everyone! I hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving (those of you who live in the U.S. anyway). Did anyone brave the shopping on Friday? My daughter thought that she'd drop by Walmart on her way to work and get a couple of items on her shopping list that were on sale for a good price (just in case Hanna reads my blog, I am not saying what - lol). The WalMart by her work is right off the freeway so she is thinking she can just hop off, zip in there and get the stuff and get out. Foolish woman that she is! When she was telling me this story, I was smiling, knowing what was to come. First of all, there was NO parking at all. I need to mention here that it was 5:20 a.m....yes, you read that right, and there was NO parking! She cruised the parking lot until she finally got a spot, ran to the place in the store where the items are sold. On her way there, she notices that the lines are clear to the back of the store. It took an hour to get two items! Oh, by the way, the items she wanted to buy were not in stock but she could get the next model up (of course) for a greatly reduced price. She went ahead and bought them since the gifts are a major part of the kids' Christmases. Once Christmas is behind us, I'll tell you what they are. :)
Anyway, I got off track here. I have been working on a huge Christmas kit for you all and, in fact, may have to send it to you in parts. I keep getting ideas for it and, if I don't know how to make it, then I try to find a tutorial in either PS or PSP for it. Slows me down some, needless to say. Your first item is the alpha I made. I saw these sparkly initials for sale at the drugstore and actually found a tutorial for something similar. This alpha is also part of the kit but as ornaments on the tree - I have added a small gold ring for "hanging" the initial.

I will make one more alpha for Christmas later for you. You may download the zip file at GBL Creations. I hope you enjoy the alpha.
Please NOTE: since everything from apples to zucchini has gone up in price, money is tighter in my household. I don't believe I will renew my large folder at 4shared in March and will have a regular sized folder. Due to that reason, all my zip files will have an expiration date from now on. This file will expire January 15, 2010. To give you all time to grab whatever you want at my 4shared, I will not retire any zips until January 15, 2010 and I will remind you at least one more time of the coming expiration. I am sure you understand since all of us are feeling the bite of our worthless dollar. :(

Sunday, November 22, 2009

More Autumn Frames

Hello, everyone, hope you had a great weekend! It rained (finally) here on Friday and it was, for us, a cold rain. The last two days have been unusually cold for this time of year. We normally don't get cold weather until the end of December. I guess we will have a longer winter than normal. I am not complaining either about it since the heater takes less money to run than the air conditioner. :)

I made some new frames using the papers from my Autumn09 kit. I seem to need frames that are "unique" or different on a page instead of using the same ones over and over. I hope these are useful to you. I did learn some things recently...in order to cut out things like these frames you need a special knife (Exacto is one brand name I know) and a paper punch. If you do cutting like this, make sure you have a "self-healing mat" under the design you are cutting out to avoid damaging your table or desk. You probably already knew this but I didn't! I decided to have a look around some scrapbook sites to learn what is done in "real life" and really got an education.

With regard to my little survey, most of you wrote that you have no problems getting files from GBL Creations. However, there were a few of you who had various issues with the store, all of which I totally understand, having had problems myself at other stores out there. So, with both sides in mind, I have put the files in both places so you have a choice of where to download. If you wish to use GBL Creations, that is great - you know what to do: log in, and click on my designer name and click on this preview for downloading. Freebie is no longer available. I hope you enjoy the frames!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A little survey for you

I would love for you to leave a comment here and let me know if you have problems downloading files at GBL Creations, whether you even TRY to download them and/or would rather I go back to using 4shared for sharing my creations. I know a couple of you have written to me and had some issues so I'd like to get a sense from you what works. Thanks so much.
I was going to make a Thanksgiving kit but I realized last night that Thanksgiving is next week! Gosh, what happened to this week, this year, even!? So I will start on my Christmas kit instead and I saw a great idea for a special alpha.
Oh, for those who leave a comment, you can have the train alpha for free! Sort of a motivation to get your input. lol

Friday, November 13, 2009

Autumn Taggers Kit

No, I didn't forget the taggers! I hadn't resized the items in the Autumn kit until today. Just for a reminder, here is the preview of the kit.

I uploaded the taggers' kit to my 4shared account. Remember, the papers are still large (1200x1200 pixels) so you probably will want to resize them more for tags. Freebie is no longer available. Oh, you might have noticed that I finally made a new signature tag for my blog. I loved the one Jeanette made me but I think it was time for a change. Please enjoy the kit!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Another Autumn Alpha

I told you all that I had made another alpha that goes with my Autumn kit using Paint Shop Pro. I think I actually like it better than the first one...looks grungier or something. The grungy effect was created by applying a brush to the finished letter. If anyone would like a tutorial on it, let me know and I'll do one. It isn't hard at all.

You can pick up the zip file by logging in at the GBL Creations and clicking on my designer name/store. It is one of the newer previews, I think. Again, I did get an error when I put this in the store so please let me know if you have any problems getting the zip. My email address is on the right here. Oh, I forgot to tell you that both alphas are at least one inch in size so they look great at the top of a page or whatever. Please enjoy.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Autumn Quick Page

Hello, all! No grandchild today since it is Veteran's Day so I did some tubing (extracting) but will be a good girl and not do any more for a couple of days. Hands hurting is not fun but I sure do love to tube! Bummer. Since it is Veteran's Day, please take a moment and thank God for our military. I know it isn't "fashionable" to do that any more but many men and women have lost their lives in wars and skirmishes. I am a war orphan myself. My father, who was in the Army Air Corps, died one month before I was born. The only information I have about him is stories told to me since I was little. There are thousands out there like me. Some of you may be one too. Remember this: many, if not most, of the people serving in the military in the past and now volunteered to put their lives on the line for US. They are not fighting for a person, or a superior officer or a political party...they were and are fighting for their nation.
Your freebie today is a quick page that I made after looking at a scrapbooking magazine. What an eye-opener that was! I had NO idea that this was such a big thing. There are all kinds of tools you can buy for cutting, crimping, gluing, etc. not to mention what you can make sewing or on your computer. Wow. Anyway, the quick page is 12x12 inches at 300 dpi so you can print it. Inside the bookplate and frame is transparent for you to place your photos.

The people in my quick page are my son and his family. The photos are a few years old but it is hard to nail them down for photos. :) Mikey is now 15 and about 5'10" and Aly is now 12 and my height (5'6") and both are growing like weeds. I have a feeling that they both are going to be very tall. I mentioned above about my dad - well he was 6'7"! His brother was 6'4" so the genetics are there for the grandchildren to be tall. I suspect Hanna and Joshua will be tall too. My son is 6'2" and my daughter is 5'10" so, tall is it! I am the short one now. How did that happen? lol
You can get the zip file for the quick page at GBL Creations by logging in, clicking on my designer name and then taking a look. It should be on the first page. Be sure and look at some of the other new things my fellow designers have put together while you are there. I did get an error message when entering my new items at the store so please let me know right away if you have any problem downloading the file.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Autumn09 Alpha1

I played yesterday in Photoshop. Using a style that I created, I came up with a new alpha that uses the colors of the Autumn09 kit that I shared a couple of days ago. I did the letters so that every sixth color is repeated - so there are six of the dark green, six of the dark brown, etc. Hope that makes sense. I used a brush that ships with Photoshop for grungy look. I made a quick page today using the kit that I'll share in a day or so. THEN I made another alpha today in Paint Shop Pro. I really like alphas on scrap pages...I have seen some awesome layouts using large letters around the 'net and in magazines.

I also have made some new elements and papers for the kit. I am using this kit to test new ideas so I hope you like them! As usual, you can get this alpha FREE at GBL Creations. Log in the store and you'll see all the new things I made! Be sure and look at the new items and scripts; there are some awesome ones! Enjoy.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Autumn09 Freebie

Hello, again, and, as promised, here is my newest kit for you. I think I have mentioned this many times but autumn is my favorite season. The weather is getting crisp so I can bake and cook things in the oven without overheating the house, holidays are coming and the trees are beautiful. I recently saved a new photo taken by a professional that had the prettiest autumn colors in it. I used the photo for my kit colors.

The kit isn't huge but it does have 12 papers, bows, brads, buttons, flowers, all kinds of other fasteners, ribbons, frames, etc. A little of everything. You can download the kit at GBL Creations right now. Head on over there, log in, look around then click on my designer name: Digital Arts by Steph and click on the preview. Add it to your "cart" and check out. There are some beautiful new scripts by Joanne (JDD) and Bonnie (Cancer Moon Creations), tubes and kits by all the designers so be sure and check them out. Please enjoy the kit!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Apple Basket

Hi, well, my babysitting is over for the week and I can get caught up a bit. When I was looking at my 4shared account, I noted that the least set of the backgrounds I did for the Apple Basket kit was sitting there and I had never shared the link with you or the preview. Without further delay, here is the preview:

Freebie is no longer available. I will be sharing the new kit with you all tomorrow. :)

Sunday, November 1, 2009


Hello, all. I apologize for being away but had a busy week and took a break from creating. Instead, I did a lot of tubing (extracting in Photoshop) and now have to take a break from THAT! My hands started hurting because I did so much. Anyway, I wanted to let you know I am back. I did complete a new kit today but before I send the link to it, I wanted to let you know that I made tagger's version of the Feminine kit. Here are the previews again for you:

I have uploaded the tagger's version of these files to my 4shared. Freebie is no longer available.
I have a bunch of stuff to share with you all but this is a good start for tonight. Please enjoy. :)

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Sorry about Delay

I tried to get to my Dashboard on Thursday night and got a very weird error message three times. Couldn't get my blog page to open either (any of them). Finally I went to the Help Forum and typed in my error - apparently Google was aware of it because there was a post from a Google technician that some of the blogs were down and they were working to get the problem fixed. I didn't get on here last night since I had to get to bed early and get Hanna up for her soccer game.
Anyway, here is the last zip of the Feminine kit for you.

You can (really!) get the zip file at GBL Creations. It is fairly large and remember there are no drop shadows on the elements themselves. Just head on over there, log in and take a look around! There are some beautiful new kits and scripts there. To get the zip, click on my designer name (Digital Arts by Steph) and this new kit should be on page 1. Please enjoy!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Shirley told me!

I am SO sorry that I sent you all on a wild goose chase. See, I have trouble remembering all the ins and outs of what to do at Zen Cart too. So although everything was uploaded (the zips), I hadn't entered the information Zen Cart needed for the previews to show up in the store! It is now fixed and I am also introducing the papers below.

For real this time (lol), please go to GBL Creations, log in and click on my designer name (Digital Arts by Steph) and the Feminine kit stuff is first to see! I checked it just now so I KNOW it's finally right. I really appreciate Shirley sending me an email to let me know the previews and links were missing. Please, don't hesitate to email me if you have any problems getting my freebies. I may not answer immediately but I DO answer eventually (within a couple of days). My email address is always on the right side of the blog here. Please enjoy and I'll be sending the elements tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Backgrounds #2 for Feminine Kit

Here you go - past midnight too. I am sorry - I am just dragging tonight. I am not sure why either. Normal Monday, I guess. Here is the preview for the second zip of backgrounds I made:

There are 18 backgrounds in all. You can get them by going to GBL Creations, logging in and clicking on my designer name "Digital Arts by Steph" (yes I know that it is wrong since I use Digital Art by Steph but Liz didn't know). Most of these backgrounds are 2400x2400 pixels at 300dpi. Take a look at my tutorial/thoughts blog; I updated it using items from the Feminine kit. Enjoy!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

First Feminine Background Set

Hi, happy Sunday. lol I hope you had a nice weekend. I did and really didn't do anything all that spectacular. Well, that is not true. My daughter and her husband took hubby and me to dinner on Friday night as a "thank you" for helping out while she was in Texas. Yesterday I went to Joshua's soccer game and saw him get two goals! Those boys play so hard. Today, I literally just played. I finished a book and then we watched "Sunday Night Football". It was a pretty good game too.
I once again made backgrounds to go with this kit and they are big. I divided them into two zips and this is the first one:

These are once again backgrounds from Thaty Borges. Gorgeous, huh? I hope you like them anyway. :) Again, you can find your FREE backgrounds at GBL Creations. Once you log in, click on my "Digital Arts by Steph" and it'll take you to my "store". I would love to see what you create!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

October 17 freebie

Hi, all! I wanted to share my newest alpha with you that features one of the color of the Feminine kit I finished today.

The alpha was made in Photoshop using a couple of different styles that I created! I was pretty proud of that. This is a full alpha, which means it has upper case, lower case and numerals. The background I put the preview on is one of the backgrounds I made in the kit. I will share the link for you tomorrow to get that. Head on over to GBL Creations, click on me on the left there and you'll find the link for the alpha.

Before I forget, you DO have to register to see the items in the store. They do NOT share your email address with anyone so don't be concerned that by registering you are going to get lots of junk mail. Oh, one more thing, because this is Zen Cart software, to get the freebies, you must add them to your "cart". It involves clicking through several pages but if you will look, you'll see there is zero in the store total. The first time I went to a store like this, I have to admit I was a bit leery that I was buying something instead of getting something free as advertise...you know, like a "bait and switch" kind of thing. I assure you that it is not that at all. When you get to the last page, you'll see your download link, click on that and your download will start. I don't like all the clicking either but Zen Cart is the cheapest there is and for small businesses such as scrap kit stuff, it is the best we have.
I will be back tomorrow! Don't forget, your download for the alpha is here.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

New stuff!

Well, I have a few goodies for you and I apologize for not posting sooner. As I have mentioned, Monday and Tuesday are my "grandma days" and although I didn't pick up Hanna yesterday, I worked at the school. I really had fun too. You really can't call it "work" at all. I read the kids several chapters of the book Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Then today, Hanna's mama called to ask me to pick her up at school because she wasn't feeling well. She definitely didn't look good and was running a fever. Daddy picked her up about an hour later and kept an eye on her the rest of the day.
The first thing I wanted to give you is the preview of the full Apple Basket kit. There are 4 downloads at GBL Creations - one for the alpha, another for the papers and backgrounds and (I think) two for all the elements. As I said, this is a HUGE kit! I tend to get carried away once I start creating. :)

This is (obviously) the preview for the papers and backgrounds.

Head on over to GBL Creations and get the full kit. It is faster than 4shared, for sure. Be sure and take a look at the other designers' creations while you are there. I'll be sending a new alpha tomorrow. Enjoy!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Last send for Apple Basket

Hi, everyone - I hope you had a great weekend. We did and the weather was lovely on top of it. Today is the last zip for the Apple Basket kit. As I mentioned, I uploaded ALL of it to GBL Creations I have a snag with getting the stuff in the store so I can give you the link. No, it is not for sale; it is still free but you can get all of it (there are 5 or 6 zips) all at once. As soon as I connect with Liz, the store owner, to get the information I need, I'll let you know the links. I have also been working on a pretty new kit that I am calling Feminine. I hope you like it too. Here is your preview for the last of the elements for the Apple Basket kit:

I love the apple ribbon! Freebie is no longer available.

Friday, October 9, 2009

More Elements

Yesterday was another busy day but, hey, it is over! My daughter is home for good and all of us are glad she is. I apologize for this being so late but apparently 4shared was down last night. I was finally able to upload the zips a bit ago. Maybe they were doing maintenance or something? Below is a preview of the elements in this zip.

Sorry for the delay! I have one more blog post to send you the last zip file and preview and the entire kit will have been uploaded. If you have missed any part of the kit, go through my recent posts for the zip locations. Freebie is no longer available.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Day Late!

I am sure sorry but I totally forgot to send you yesterday's papers...completely gone out of my mind. I didn't even remember until I came back from the dentist. It was not fun...the extraction required stitches and I was hurting pretty bad this afternoon. I did the old ice pack thing and, you know what? That really works! I applied it twice and the swelling is way down tonight and the pain is nearly gone. I still can't bite down to eat but I am amazed at how well the ice did the job.

This previews shows you the rest of the papers in the Apple Basket kit. I finished the kit this afternoon/evening. I got a little wild with this one - it totals almost 200 mb!! It is hard to know that it is that big until the end, I guess.
I have another announcement. As I told you all, I am no longer a designer with Groovy Scraps and have been on a leave of absence with GBL Creations. I have decided that I simply want to give my designs away but will be offering them, FREE, through GBL Creations. This way I will also not fill up my 4shared with kits but can use it for quick pages, etc. This will be the last kit that I'll be sending with a 4shared link. The one I am working on now will be offered at the GBL Creations store. Still free! Be sure and take a look at the other designers there and we have two great script writers too - Bonnie and Joanne. They do fabulous scripts.
Oh, one more thing, there are two more zips for this kit which contain the remainder of the elements (flowers, ribbons, etc.). I WILL be sending them through here so, let's just say starting next week, I will be sending links to new kits at the store. I plan on sending the last two parts tomorrow and Friday. Let us hope I remember! :) Freebie is no longer available.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Apple Basket papers, part 1

Hi, I realized this evening that I had never shared the papers with you. In an effort to keep the downloads from being too large, I split them up into two zip files. Today, I am sending papers 1 through 12.

There will be twelve more tomorrow. Freebie is no longer available.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

October 4 - Apple Basket stuff

Hello, all - I hope you had a great weekend! Too short, right? :) Today's freebie consists of the frames and dishes I made for the Apple Basket kit. The dishes, as I mentioned, I made using a tutorial for Photoshop. I think they would be prettier if the original image had been larger. Fun to try, though.

Freebie is no longer available.