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 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. :)