Friday, October 24, 2008

OK so it's not Thursday!!

Guess we are all late this week! Still it's thank God it's Friday today and I have a little something for you... This is especially for Maryse who made a Quick Page out of the ScrapStreet Fall Frolics kit ( still free until the end of the month so go get yours in store!).

As a thank you I have done a little addon.
This will be available for a couple of weeks and then poof it will magically vanish! There are just 4 papers and 3 elements including Fig the frog. Get your copy here and enjoy.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Happy Sunday!

Time for some shameless kit promotion from me. I am loving everything about fall right now (still in the pre-snow days) and made a kit with a hint of a retro feel for all of my fall photos. I really had fun with the felt textures and different tree styles. Hope you enjoy it!

A few layouts playing with Funky Fall:

Hope all your pictures are fabulous this week! Happy Scrapping!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

HeY Hey Its Saturday

Well it is Saturday in digiland again. I have been looking at some of the new kits coming into Scrapstreets shop. Super wow. GingerScraps is pretty fantastic name and her kits are certainly fantastic You should see them .Take a look here

Is Kiwi and Strawberry by GingerScraps gorgeous or what. Mouthwatering layouts come to mind with such a beautiful kit.

Then we have a couple of new designers, they might be new but the freshness they bring to digiscrapping marketplace is unbelievable.

Jorinde has this beautiful offering which is a favorite of mine called Rustic Road, I just love the leaf elements of this kit. They have a real autumn feel, and look very elegant on a layout.

Now I want o gove you a sneakie sneakie peek at a truly stunning kit from our other newb designer Jopke,

Scent of Memories is not in the shops quite yet, should be in, over the next few days, but what a delightful treat. Such a delicate and pretty kit in the palest but most gorgeous color scheme. Her eis a sneaky of the previewpage. I can really reccommend this kit. I have had the priviledge of previewing the whole thing and am looking forward to making a couple of layouts from it.

Finally just for your scrapping pleasure thought I would revive an old kit of mine. I have had it as a freebie in another store in the past. so I think now it has been on the shelf a while, it might be nice to offer it o you here.

So here it is Love is (in the air) and part2

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Another Freebie

Well as promised I have another freebie for you to go with our Fall Frolics kit here at ScrapStreet. This is the Uppercase alpha to match the Witchypoo lowercase alpha last week. With letters A to Z and a small selection of punctuation, you will be able to do invites, cards or titles for your layouts.

Get your alpha here

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Photoshop In A Browser?

Before you spend any money on PSP, PSE, PS CS, and would like to try your hand at creating digital art, why not start with SUMO Paint. Sumo is one of the new "Web 2.0" web based applications. It's a very close clone to Photoshop but without the built in bloat. It's being touted as the most advanced online image editing software around and it's not just for correcting "red eye". It actually has an easy-to-learn interface and Photoshop users will love the familiarity of it. Be sure your browser is up to date with Adobe Flash as SUMO is a Flash based application, meaning it will open in your browser. I have personally tested SUMO Paint in Opera v. 9.52, Internet Explorer v. 7.0, and Firefox v. 3.03 and it worked without a hitch. Nothing to download and install and it's FREE!

Sumo's features include;
  • 1. Shape tools
  • 2. Layers with blending modes.
  • 3. Brush Tool- settings for size, opacity, scatter, random rotate, and gravity.
  • 4. Ink tool-Creates realistic ink impressions with options for "ink wetness" look.
  • 5. Text tool
  • 6. Eraser tool
  • 7. Filters
  • 8. Gradient tool
  • 9. Gravity for Vectors-similar to Photoshops Pen tool.
  • 10. Shape Trails-Creates ghost trails for the shape given, creating an interesting and cool effect. Shape trails are available in Rectangle, Circle, Pie, Star, Round Star and Blade Star.
  • 11. Custom Shape Tool-The SUMO Paint custom shape tool lets you draw your own custom shapes and fills the shape when the mouse button is released.
  • 12. Symmetry tool-allows you to draw some intricate mandala-like drawings very quickly.
  • 13. Transform tool
  • 14. Lasso tool
  • 15. Smudge tool
  • 16. Blur tool
  • 17. Line tool
  • 18. Curve tool
  • 19. Zoom tool
  • 20. Selection Modify
  • 21. Color Picker
  • 22. Swatches
  • 23. Saving Images with multiple layers
  • 24. Select Pixels
  • 25. SUMO paint start view
  • 26. Support for Cool Iris 3D Gallery-Browser Plugin, optional.
Having not read any tutorials prior to trying SUMO, I found the import/export feature a big surprise!

If you'd like to join the SUMO community, look under File, there's a login/register option for free membership. It's another great feature for uploading your art into your own online gallery and unlike other photo apps it doesn't have hooks into social sharing sites like Flickr and Facebook.

SUMO Paint is currently in beta, but the gold release of the web-based application is expected later in the fall. SUMO Paint is being offered by Finnish-based Snap Group Ltd.
Ready to try it? Click on this link and off you go! Have fun playing with SUMO!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

When you are not scrapping . . .

How do you spend your time? Other than thinking about scrapping, shopping for scrapping, or taking pictures to scrap, of course. I am a reader. I adore starting a new book on a Friday night when I can stay up late reading, then sleep a bit, then stay in bed on Saturday and read some more. Ahhhh, that is heaven for me.

Recently my ScrapStreet sisters shared a new addiction: The Twilight Books. Ok, so I know that many of you have probably read them as they were being written, but somehow we missed the initial publishing. However, we are making up for it now. We have special room with tons of threads discussing them all. Fun questions, interesting observations, and a giggle or three shared between friends.

I am last to the party and a bit scared to start. See, I am right in the middle of a heavy travel schedule for my hubby. Will have him home 4 days this month. Single mom is a MUCH harder job (huge props to all of ya out there doing it) and I am pretty sure that if I open the first book, I will not look back up until my kids are asking if it is ok to run with the scissors. But the stack of pretty books are calling my name.

If you see me here next week with a vampire kit, you will know I made it through! Anyone else want to share your opinion on the series?

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Thursday Treats

So have you been into our store at ScrapStreet and helped yourself to our free kit for October?

This is it and we have been having fun with it, go check out the CAT gallery and the contest gallery HoHo Down!

So as a treat for you this week I have some matching alphas for you.. not 1 but 3!! They are all lowercase a to z with numbers 0 to 9. I shall do the uppercase and punctuation sometime this month!

I may also have another spooky treat for you later this month.......

This is the purple version and you can get it here

This is the green one (my favourite) and you can get that here

and the last one complete with Witchypoo's hat is here

I hope you enjoy them and would love to see what you do with the kits... leave a link in the comments to let me know and I may do a little something just for you!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

'Not For Coffee' Filters

A few weeks ago on this blog I wrote an article about a great Plug in site, so today to follow that theme I'd like to introduce another great resource site. "Grafnet".

As of this posting Grafnet has over 4192 listings of Photoshop Filters. The author of the website uses the same photo to demonstrate the effects of each particular filter which just makes sense! In addition Grafnet makes it easy to locate and contact the designers of the filters with clickable links.

New finds for your favorite filters are listed in the upper right hand side of the website and the filter index is in alphabetical order. The author asks that if you discovers a new filter not listed on his website to please contact him. This keeps the list current and ever expanding. There's an easy Contact form on the site to do so.

Filters and plug ins are fantastic tools to integrate into your scrap booking projects. Try them on photos, papers, elements or make something from scratch. The sky's the limit when it comes to the thousands of filters available.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Let's play with pattern!

Are you a pattern collector? Always on the lookout for some fun and free patterns for your photoshop? I know that I am! Here are a few of my favorite sites. Enjoy!

FreePhotoshop | Graphicxtras Patterns
Patterns are provided by Graphicxtras. It includes series of vector shapes, brushes, patterns, textures, and gradient.

It provides various sets of patterns and are ready for download all at once.

Obsidian Dawn
Photoshop brushes, patterns and tutorials are available free from this site.

Have a favorite you would like to share? I would love to know about them!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Comfort Thinking

On the Life Lane board here at ScrapStreet we have been bemoaning the things our supposedly better halves do or don't do! You know the Men are from Mars theory? Well from the tales dotted around the boards, it is obviously a place we females do not want to visit! I mean, by all accounts after a good weekend with the boys, the air is poisonous to all but skunks, transport is at a standstill due to roadworks or lack of fuel. There is never any toilet paper because we females magic it out of thin air (and Mars is for men) and the place is strewn with men in various stages of dying simply from the common cold!

So to what do we turn for support through all this? Apart from our ScrapStreet friends?

CHOCOLATE! The panacea for all ills and men.

Not that we don't love our men, we just love chocolate more! So with that in mind here are some chocolate thoughts for this week.

Money talks, but chocloate sings.

A little too much chocolate is about right.

Man cannot live on choclate alone, but women sure can.

If at first you don't succeed, have a chocolate.

Nuts take up space where chocolate ought to be.

Always keep a smile on your face, a rainbow in your heart and chocolate to hand.

I only eat chocolate for you, so there will be more of me to love.

Do Not Disturb; chocolate fantasy in progress

Chocolate is Nature's way of making up for Mondays.

Anything tastes better dipped in chocolate!

Forget love! I'd rather fall in choclate.

I love you as much as chocolate itself!

I want you, happiness and chocolate.... but not necessarily in that order

I am a woman of many moods .... and they all require chocolate!

You can have chocolate on your desk and no-one bats an eyelid. Try that with a man!

and the ones for ScrapStreet girls?

Sisters share laughter, tears and lots of chocolate.
I scrap with chocolate.

Make sure you grab those freebies from last month as they are diappearing at the weekend. We hope you enjoyed them and would love to see how you use them so upload to our gallery or leave us a link via the comments.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Wednesday Inspiration - it's apple pickin' season!

One of my favorite times (and photos) of the year, for sure! Since I'm not sure we're going to get to go this year, I'm considering taking the kids and husband to the grocery store and taking pictures of them "picking" apples out of the bins. What? I gotta have my Autumn apple pics!

Gonna have to get a little fruity... searching for specifics 'apple digital' brings up too many computers and Jennifer Apples! Even FRUIT brings up a few designers - this week harder than I thought!

Obsidian Dawn - School Dayz - Fruit Labels #1 - Fruit Labels #2 - Fruit Labels #3
deviantART - Fruit Brushes
deviantART - Apple Brushes (link may not work)

Other art:
LowCountryScrappers: Wooden apple or Wooden apple

Fonts: "The lower case 'i' in the dingbat 'Fazings1' is an apple."
Summer's Apples Font by SummerNytz - FONT
APPLE Font by Flop Design - FONT

A is for Apple
An Apple A Day
Apple Of My Eye
Apple Pickin'
Apple Pie
Bushels Of Fun
Care to try my funky glass apple? Go ahead, copy it right off the blog. :)
I'm soooo in the mood for an Appletini...
Here is my apple layout for the day:

And please enjoy my sketch! Link your page back to here in the comment section, we'd love to see what you've been up to!

digital kit: Harvest Spice from, Fonts: 2Peas.