Sunday, October 10, 2010

New Quick Page

Hello, all, last weekend my family went to Santa Cruz and my daughter-in-law sent me some wonderful photos via email. Well, I just had to make a layout using the photos, didn't I? The preview below all contain their photos but the quick page itself, of course, has no photos. The title bar is on a separate layer and can be is just for placement if you want/need it. There are two sizes of this quick page: 12x12 inches and 6x6 inches. You are welcome to size them smaller for your use.

Here are the links for you: 12x12 link is here and the 6x6 link is here.

I do have some sad news. The only store that I sell design for, Secret City Treasures, is closing its "doors" on October 31. A number of issues came into play that made the decision for the owner and it is with reluctance she has to close it. However, everything in the store is on sale. All my stuff is 50% off as well as other designers' creations. Be sure and take a look for the end of the month. You don't want to miss out on any bargains!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Oak alpha freebie

It is sure easy for the week to spin by, isn't it? I hope you enjoyed the gold alpha and here is the alpha I made a few nights ago. Again, the letters here are quite large that can be headers or re-sized for other use on your scrap pages.

There is no drop shadow on the letters and they are created at 300 dpi as always. You can pick up the file here.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Gold Light Alpha

Hi, again! I promised you some freebies so here is the first one. I have no idea why I didn't finish the steps necessary to send this alpha to you. I created it in June but didn't upload it to 4shared or make a preview, much less upload it to Photobucket!
In any event, I now have TWO alphas to share. This is called Gold Light since I had previously made a gold alpha and this is a lighter gold with fancy designs in it. The alpha was created using a style by Graphics by Liz (the link will take you to the Secret City Treasures store where you can buy the styles). I tested this style for her and there are several in the group that are truly awesome.

I have uploaded the zip file to my 4shared account and you can click this link to get the file.

I have another alpha that I'll be sharing in the next day or two depending on my time here. Hope you enjoy this one!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Purple Petunia

Hello, everyone....I took a break during the summer from all things related to scrap stuff. The last item I shared was my spring alpha. I have a new flower tube that I have put in the Secret City Treasures store just now that I hope you like. Hubby went out and bought more petunias not knowing that the end of summer wasn't a good time for their lasting very long. Thankfully, I did get a photo of this purple one before it withered in the heat. :)
purple petunia

This flower is nearly 2 inches by 2 inches, saved at 300dpi. There is no drop shadow on the tube itself. It is saved in PNG format and you can get it for only $2 here. Be sure and take a look around the store. There are some wonderful designs. I will have a new freebie for you in a couple of days.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Americana scrap kit

Well, finally, I bring you my newest freebie, the Americana scrap kit. I wanted to get this posted on Saturday but I had too much to do and it took all day to create my preview. Why? I had my "resize" settings wrong in Paint Shop Pro and the paper samples looked awful. Why does this happen - that it converts itself to a default setting? I have heard and read of others with the same experience...not so much the resizing but save options. Oh, well! Here is the preview:


This is a large kit - 24 papers, clips, buttons, bows, flowers, journals, tags, etc. that add up to 105mb! So there are 3 zip files for easy download. Independence Day is coming to the U.S. soon (July 4th) but I am hoping that all of you around the world can use the kit. Obviously, the word art is America-specific but other than that, you can use the majority of it no matter where you live. Head on over to Secret City Treasures, login and take a look at all the new stuff. Just click on my store or this preview which will take you to the download page. You can also get this at my 4shared account at link 1, link 2, and link 3. Please leave a comment or share a layout with me! Enjoy.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Purple and White Pansies

Hello, all! I finally got the cast off and start physical therapy on Friday. I can, at least, two with 2 hands which is a major benefit. Below is my newest scrapbook tube (element or extraction, whatever you want to call it). Again these a part of the wonderful flowers growing in our yard.
It is on sale at Secret City Treasures for only $2. As always, there is no drop shadow on the element. Head on over there and be sure and look at all the new goodies. Also, there is an awesome grab bag for purchasing $5 or more at the store.

I am working on a new kit for you which I hope to post on Saturday. Be looking for it!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Spring 2010 Alpha freebie

Hello, everyone! I am managing with one arm but typing is a real challenge. My good friend, Liz of Graphics by Liz created some new styles (a Photoshop feature which I love) and she asked me to test them. They are awesome and I particularly like the Wind Chime style which is in her store right now! I am slowly working on a new kit but last night, I just had to make an alpha to go with it using the new style. In her product description, she says, "Windchime Styles for Photoshop By Graphics By Liz A set of 25 Photoshop Styles made in CS3. Range of soft colors. CU/PU/S4H/S4O". With so many colors, I was able to use one to make this FREE alpha! The best news is that if you hurry over to Secret City Treasures, you can grab this for 50% off!
Just login at the store, click on "Graphics by Liz" and take a look. As usual, you can pick up the alpha there and at my 4shared account here. The letters are about 1 inch high and various widths depending on the specific letter. Enjoy!


Friday, May 14, 2010

Blue Pansies

Hi, all - I managed to get a new tube done for you. Hubby bought a bunch of flowers for our planter boxes and these are another of our pansies. It is almost 3 inches width and height and I love the water drops on it. You can get this pretty tube at Secret City Treasures for only $2.00! Head on over to the store and look at ALL the new goodies the designers have made! Aren't they pretty?

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Thinking about you!

Just a short note to let you know that I am limited here on the computer - I fell on Friday and broke my left arm. It is not fun at all to be unable to use both hands! :) I see an orthopedic doctor next Monday so hopefully will get something less bulky, So I won't be doing a whole lot of designing for a while and wanted you all to know why.

Thinking about you!

Just a short note to let you know that I am limited here on the computer - I fell on Friday and broke my left arm. It is not fun at all to be unable to use both hands! :) I see an orthopedic doctor next Monday so hopefully will get something less bulky, So I won't be doing a whole lot of designing for a while and wanted you all to know why.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Two New Flower Tubes

I finally got the flower photos off my camera and tubed a couple today for you. Hubby bought a lovely basket of flowers which included pink petunias. That is the only flower I actually know. lol The price for this tube is $2.00 and it is approximately 2 inches by 2 inches, 300 dpi and no shadow on it.

The next flower is an iris. Although there are several in the yard, this is the only one that has finally bloomed. I almost missed taking a photo of it due to the rain. It is so pretty and, let me tell you, this is a BIG tube! It is a little over 1 mb and at least 3 inches by 3 inches, again 300 dpi and no shadow. It sells for $2.00 too.

Head on over to Secret City Treasures, log in and take a look! I think these will be pretty in any kit but especially those featuring nature or flowers.

Baby Brights Alpha and new template

Below is the newest alpha I made for you and it is free! You can pick it up at Secret City Treasures as well as purchase the gray scale of the alpha for only $1.50. They are two separate files, just so you know. :)
See the gray "A" at the left-hand bottom? That is a scaled down version of the alpha for sale. These letters are over an inch wide and over 2 inches tall so you can use them as titles or resize for other uses. The gray letter has been resized 35% and the red letters have been resized 50%. You can also pick up the free alpha at my 4shared account here.
Don't forget to take a look around at Secret City Treasures to see all the newest kits, scrips, etc. Have fun with the alpha!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Baby Brights Tagger Kit

Well, better late than never, I say. I didn't realize that I hadn't sent the post notifying you that the tagger kit for the Baby Brights Scrap was ready for pickup until a friend said she hadn't seen anything about it. There was a good reason for that - I hadn't posted it yet. lol Anyway, I have one more item to post so I'll just give you the links below after the preview:
You may get the file at Secret City Treasures simply by logging in and clicking on my name or you can pick it up at my 4shared account here. Enjoy and be looking for another blog entry this evening. :)

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Baby Brights Scrap Kit

Hi, everyone - I bet you thought I'd fallen off a log or the earth or something. I have been busy, that is for sure, but I have also been creating this new kit for you:

There are 18 papers, and a little bit of everything else including some baby toys. Why did I call it "Baby Brights", you ask? Well, after watching my children and grandchildren and other newborns/infants, I noticed that the colors that drew their eyes (does that make sense?) were bright, vivid, primary colors. Everything in the stores for new babies is usually pastels, am I right? I wanted to give you (and me!) some bright colors for scrapping stuff for the new babies in your family. There are pastels too, have no fear there!
Remember, you can get this kit at Secret City Treasures by logging in and clicking on the preview. It should be included in the new products. Don't forget to check all the other new things the designers are offering! You may also get the two zip files for the kit at my 4shared account: File 1 and File 2 . I would love it if you'd share your layouts or quick pages when you use this kit. I will be uploading a kit for the taggers tomorrow. Have fun!

Monday, March 22, 2010

New March Flower tubes

Hello, everyone! The bulbs have finally started peeking up. I have been waiting for them and, so far, we have had purple crocuses and orange tulips. However, the orange tulip that bloomed has a gorgeous black center. Needless to say, I took photos and have now tubed them. Below are the previews:

Orange Tulip 1

Orange Tulip 2

Purple Crocus 1

Purple Crocus 2 - my personal favorite. I love how the light hit the center.

You can purchase these tubes at Secret City Treasures for only $2! Once you log in, be sure and take a look at all the wonderful new scripts, kits and other stuff. All our designers have been busy.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Hanna Update

So many of you have emailed me with thoughts and prayers for Hanna. She met her goal (lol) and got to come home yesterday. I stopped over there with Aly yesterday and she looked really good. She didn't go to school today so that she could stay quiet but she is so much better that it'll be hard to keep her down, I think. She is still hoarse and coughing quite a bit but that is normal and to be expected. My daughter was just exhausted since she stayed with Hanna in the hospital and didn't get a lot of sleep while she was there. I am sure she was in bed by 8 last night. Thank you all for your prayers and thoughts for our sweet girl. :)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

New Flower Tubes

Wow, I meant to post this announcement two days ago but have been involved helping my daughter with Hanna, who has been very ill. In fact, she is in the hospital and has been since yesterday. She has pneumonia and was not responding the antibiotic prescribed for her and took a turn for the worse yesterday afternoon. That was when Sue (my daughter) took her back to the E.R. and the hospital admitted her. So I took care of Joshua both Monday and Tuesday and Aly today - been crazy here. I am pleased and blessed to tell you that Hanna is doing much, much better. When I went to see her late this afternoon, she had color back in her face, was no longer on oxygen and not running any fever. Her goal, she told me, was that she wanted to go home tomorrow. She says the food isn't good and she didn't sleep well last night. :)
Anyway, I uploaded these two new tubes to the store at Secret City Treasures over the weekend and had intended to tell you all about them on Monday. The first is another lavender rose - can you tell how much I love these? The funny thing is that the actual flower is not all that pretty; it is the opening bud that I love so much.

The second tube is one I did from a photo of one of the beautiful orchids that my daughter-in-law has grown from my mom's orchid plants. Both she and my son take good, loving care of the plants and the results are stunning. It is normally not a warm enough climate here for them but they fixed up a "lean-to" type thing along with shade cloth to protect them from the hot sun and keep them warm in our cold winters. My son then put a mister system over them. Well, they are just lovely!

Click on over to Secret City Treasures, log in and take a look at all the designers' new items while you are there. Oh, just so you know, my friend, Liz, is the owner of Secret City Treasures and she offers a service of tubing elements for you. She is an awesome tuber too. Come check my new goodies!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

St. Patrick's Day Addon

As promised, I have made some more papers and flowers for the St. Patrick's day kit. I also created some accents and linen backgrounds that are included. I will be posting tonight some new "professional" tubes that I will be placing in the Secret City Treasures store later today. I'll send the previews through then.

You can pick up the zip for the above (everything is shown here, by the way) at Secret City Treasures by simply logging on and, after looking around :), click on this preview to get the download. Also at Secret City Treasures is the kit for the taggers, both the main kit and this addon.
If you'd rather pick these up at my 4shared, here are the links: Addon kit here and the addon kit for taggers is here. The main kit for the taggers you will find here. This should you all busy, I think! Please enjoy.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

St. Patrick's Day kit - FREE!

Hi, everyone, I trust you all are well and busy as I am. :) I realized last weekend that my goal of doing a kit for St. Patrick's Day wasn't going to happen until I started! I intended to do a mini-kit but, as usual, I got carried away and the kit is over 65mb. What can I say? That is the reason for only 9 papers. I will create some more papers and perhaps some backgrounds for you over the weekend.

Also, there aren't that many flowers and I want to make more of those. The preview is a sample of what is in the kit as far as elements. There are lots of each category for you.
You may get the kit at Secret City Treasures - just click on the link and log into the store to get the files. There are two zip files which I hope helps those of you on dial-up. Be sure and look around the store at the beautiful work of the designers and script writers. There are also services being offered now. The kit is also uploaded to my 4shared account - the links are zip1 and zip2. Have fun with the kit!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Fixed the Sales on the Tubes

I am sorry, folks, I totally forgot that I had to go in and change the prices on the tubes and some of you saw that I hadn't. It was just too easy for me so I figured something was going to go wrong for me. lol Anyway, they are now marked $1.00 and you can buy them until the 28th at this price. Go to Secret City Treasures, log in and check it out! Thanks for your patience.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Showing Off and Tubes/Extractions in store

Hi, all, I have to show you what my 9-year-old granddaughter, Hanna, made last weekend for her parents using my Lovemusic kit. Now, you should know that she has never used any kind of image manipulation software in her short life but she wanted to make something. We opened Paint Shop Pro (version 9) and I showed her a few basics like how to open a file, copy, paste, move, etc. She caught on so quickly that I added very little instruction past that. Then she sent it to her parents from the program. I was so proud of her and amazed at how quickly kids in this generation learn technology. It is not just 12-year-old granddaughter helped ME use new software for creating slide shows. The two of us got the first slide show done in about an hour but it would have taken me hours to do it since I had never worked with this software before. Aly has something similar to it on her laptop so had no problems showing me what to do. Anyway, here is is Hanna's card:

The rest of the new flower tubes are next. First is a grape hyacinth. I think it looks like it has ruffles along the edge. Bear in mind this flower is very tiny in real life....maybe 3/8"? It does look similar to grapes too.

Next is a tube from a photo taken last summer of one of the lavender roses. The buds and partial opening of the flower are much prettier than the completely open flower, for some reason. I love the color too. It will flower for months as long as we keep it cut back.

Last is a pink rosebud from the other rose bush we have. What is really strange about this bush is we never know what color the flowers are going to be each year. Why is that anyway? Last year was pink, year before it kind of a dark red, another year dark red with pink inner petals. Always a surprise! We have a new rose bush that promises peach roses and I can hardly wait to see them!

Remember, there is no drop shadow on the tube. Please read the Terms of Use carefully if you purchase the tube. They are all $2.00 but, if you buy before February 28, they are half off! Only ONE DOLLAR! Click on over to Secret City Treasures and see what is inside. You'll find my tubes in my store, Digital Art by Steph. We also have new designers so, if you haven't checked us out, do so!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

A Freebie and News

Hello, everyone - I realized today that I hadn't sent you all the link for the Lovemusic kit for taggers! I hadn't even zipped the file yet. Wow, am I lagging. Below is the preview to refresh your memory. Your link is here.

On to the news! As I mentioned in a previous post, I will be offering tubes for sale at Secret City Treasures. I finally put together a Terms of Use for the tubes which is what was holding me up as far as putting them in the store and posting the previews here. I have four ready to go but I will just share the first one tonight so this isn't a long one. Below is a preview of a daffodil that I photographed last year and tubed last month. All my "professional" tubes are 300 dpi. There is no drop shadow on the tube, of course. I will share the other three previews tomorrow night. I am eager to see what you all think of this idea too!