Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Geek News- October

So a few pieces of news in Geek Land-

Michelle Batton has graciously let me stick around after my guest spot this month as a member of her Full Time CT- the girls over there are so fun, and Michelle is just a blast- the fact that her designs are tre cool is just an added bonus, I definitely am jazzed to be sticking around!

My stint as a guest CT for Amanda Carlson is over, and I want to thank her for having me for the month! Her stuff is so very fun, and I really enjoyed getting to work with it!

In October I'll be guesting with Brandy Designs (who I'll be doing a collab kit with sometime in the nearish future), The Design Girl, and Totally Twisted Scraps.

On a personal note- we are in the process of buying our first home (yay!) but that also means that I'll have less time to keep up with everything around here for a little while, we don't have an exact move date yet, but I'll likely go for a few days without internet access once the loan closes and the actual moving and packing process begins. I'm going to keep up with my commitment of a freebie every Tuesday, hopefully I won't miss one, but if I do, I'll be sure to make it up to you!

Also- I'm also joining Allison Pennington Designs CT- here are a few LO's I did with her fantabulous goodies, and if you haven't checked her out yet, you're going to want to! Just check out some of this awesome stuff!

This LO was done with Allison's 'Tweet' kit- I just love how soft and pretty this turned out!

(The ellies from this LO are actually from one of Amy Sumrall's retired kits 'Today and Everyday' the cool argyle paper is from Allison Pennington)

And here are just a few previews of Allison's awesome stuff for sale over at Polka Dot Plum!

Who wants to be a Sugar Plum like me??

It's so much fun CT'ing for Polka Dot Plum, if you're interested get your application in soon! It's a short call and expires in a few days!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Tuesday Freebie- Smooshed Penny Alpha

So I've been feeling totally inspired by county fairs lately, and I really love those machines you can put your penny into and pull the lever, and it squishes your homely little penny into some great design... and due to my strange inspiration, here you have my Smooshed Penny Alpha :) I thought it would be nice to have a good coppery freebie this week since fall is here and all those lovely warm colors just scream for some copper goodness. I'd love to see how you're using these! Link me up, I'll be sure to leave some love for ya :) Enjoy my sweets!4 Shared Download Link
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Friday, September 25, 2009

New release from Amy Sumrall!

This is one great example of why I love Amy Sumrall's stuff- a Mac and Cheese kit? Really? Awesome! It's actually a kit about love, so I had to create this:

Mac n' Cheese is being released today at The Lilypad- so go grab it up and make your own cheesy goodness with it!! :)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Tuesday Freebie- Autumn Sparkle Elements

So- my first real kit is done- This is the last installment of Autumn Sparkle- the Elements.

Next week you'll likely see a very different style from me, as I've got a whole treasure trove of goodies that I've been learning to make and design, and I'm looking forward to sharing them with you!

I have to say- the response I've gotten to my goodies so far has astounded me- I'm so glad you're all enjoying them!! It makes me want to keep going and keep learning new things and designing more and more. So, thank you all my freebie download buddies- even if you're not leaving love, I see my count going up so thank you anyway- though comments are always appreciated!

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

My new favorite kit!

Last week I got an awesome invitation from Amy and Lauren from Polka Dot Plum Designs (as differs from the store- they own the store Polka Dot Plum- which uses their name- but they still design as Polka Dot Plum Designs, confusing but true!) to be on their Creative Team! I had a blast getting to goof off with them and the rest of the PDP designers Opening Week, and of course I had to say yes to that invitation! Luckily for me, it's a very laid back creative team (which as my creative team roster fills up yet again after I just pared it down- is a good thing! LOL) I just seem to keep getting offers I can't refuse!)

So I got to work with Sweet Little Claire- and I love this kit so SO much! It's absolutely my new favorite kit, most especially for my personal scrapbook pictures (as opposed to things I create solely for CT work- I tend to not show off too many of our very personal page) I had to share this one I did today though- Kat feeding the ducks at the park where her Grandpa is a policeman :) She had so much fun, and I had so much fun scrapping this and playing with this awesome kit that I just had to share! 2 of my favorite recent LO's are from this kit- if you're smart, you'll grab it and play with it too!
Feeding the Ducks
Made using- Sweet Little Claire by Polka Dot Plum Designers
Also made using Folded Corners Vol. 8 by Karah Fredericks
Font is Batik Regular

Friday, September 18, 2009

Some of my recent CT work :)

Cutest. Girl. Ever.
Not sure if I ever posted this one, if it's a repeat- forgive me :) it's one of my favorites and my brain isn't really working lately :)

Made using Sweet Little Claire from Polka Dot Plum and a Template from Suzy Q

Kat's First Christmas
Made using Christmas Whimsy from Polka Dot Plum

The world through your eyes
Made using Blooming Doodle from Amy Sumrall

First Smile
Made using Girly Sunshine from GSD by Nikki

The Great Pie Incident of 2008
Made using Beautiful Blessing from Wimpy Chompers

It's a girl!
Also made using Beautiful Blessing from Wimpy Chompers

Thursday, September 17, 2009

September Days Revamped

Michelle Batton has revamped her September Days kit, and it's on sale over at The Digichick right now :) I got to scrap some pictures of my first fall in Michigan with it- with the snow over the colored leaves (crazy weather LOL) and I'm loving the LO that happened. I just wish I'd have found a way to use that awesome alpha- it's so cool! I guess that's just call for me to do another LO- I also used her Inked Edges as well. And if you skedaddle over to her blog there's a freebie there waiting for you from Michelle!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

New Release Day at Polka Dot Plum!

Go check it out! Lots of new goodies out today, and get 20% off! :)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Yayness :)

Just a few quick updates-
I'll be doing a collab (sometime soon) with Brandy Designs (YAY!!!)
also, I'm now an official Plummette for Polka Dot Plum Designs (so double YAY!)

More designing, and more CT'ing... scrap-life is good!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Autumn Sparkle Papers Freebie

I created a set of papers, frames, and working now on some elements to go with the Autumn Sparkle Alpha I gave you all last week... so I'll be releasing those in increments as freebies over the next few weeks.

As a challenge to myself (to keep me designing and learning and trying to get better) I'm going to do my best to offer a new Freebie here every Tuesday. Why Tuesday? Because it's such a boring day, and it's good to have something to look forward to- at least until you make it to Friday to get everyone else's freebies :)

So this week your goodie happens to be the papers from my Autumn Sparkle set- they're my first papers, so enjoy :)
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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Autumn Sparkle Alpha Freebie

While the Geek's away... :)
I'm actually spending my day at the Renaissance Faire today doing a Pub Crawl in honor of my friend's birthday- but I've set my blog up to post this for you all today to enjoy while I'm not here to play with you! I'm sure at this moment I'm giggling into my cider and staring at kilted men :)

I'm experimenting more and more with what I design, and actually have a small stack of goodies to give away as freebies during the next few weeks. I'm finding the more I get my feet wet designing, the more I enjoy it and the more proud I am of my results! This is my very first alpha ever :) so enjoy!

Leave some love if you're liking what I do! It keeps me going :)
Image is Linked- 4 Shared
Looks like 4 Shared is having issues now, so here's the link for the alpha at MediaFire

Edited to add: The C in the alpha seems to have gotten corrupted when I zipped the file, so here is the C for you :) Just Right Click and Save As :) Sorry about that and thanks for letting me know!Also- just in case you're still wanting the clipping mask freebies, I'm updating those posts with a MediaFire link as well- then bed for me :)

Friday, September 11, 2009

Geek Chic-ology

Ikea Goddess did this, and it was so cute, I decided to keep the chain going :) Your turn!


What is your salad dressing of choice?
Ranch... mmmmm

What is your favorite sit-down restaurant?
Probably Olive Garden- I always get yummy stuff there!

What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not get sick of?
Mashed Potatoes :)

What are your pizza toppings of choice?
Mushrooms and Bacon

What do you like to put on your toast?
Butter and Lemon Curd


How many televisions are in your house?
2, but we only use 1

What color is your cellphone?
Black, but I used to have a bubble gum pink one (it was the current free phone lol)

Do you have an iPod?
Yes! A purple one :)


Are you right-handed or left-handed?
Right Handed, I'm hopeless with my left

Have you ever had anything removed from your body?
My tonsils

What is the last heavy item you lifted?
Hmmm, well it's usually numerous items that become heavy when they're all lifted at once: Baby, Diaper Bag, Purse, Groceries, and Sippy Cup- all Balanced on one arm while trying to unlock the door :)

Have you ever been knocked unconscious?
A few times- my head seemed to be a magnet for heavy objects as a kid


If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?
It would be hard to resist finding out, but honestly no- I'm such an obsessive worrier that the rest of my life would be spent worrying and obsessing about that day

If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
Princess Consuela BananaHammock (heehee)

Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1,000?
Oh yeah, would I like it? no- but I'd like 1000 dollars a lot!




Day of the week?
Monday- Tim's off work, it's my only sleep in day of the week, and generally I get a break around the house!

October :)


Missing someone?
My family and friends back home

Excited to go to my friend's birthday part at the Renaissance Faire tomorrow, and get my drink on :)

What are you listening to?
My husband answering my daughter's endless "Dat?" questions :) awww

Current worry?
Money money money... and random pitbulls wandering through my yard


First place you went this morning
To my daughter's room, and got a delighted smile and a squeal of "Mama!"

What’s the last movie you saw?
26 Dresses on TV- for the 3rd time, and I still like it


How many pairs of flip flops do you own?

Last time you had a run-in with the cops
Everytime I see my Father in Law? (he's a cop LOL)

Last person you talked to?

Last person you hugged?
WeeKat (aka The Geeklet)

Do you always answer your phone?
Usually, not many people call me, and those that do I generally want to talk to

It’s four in the morning and you get a text message, who is it?
I don't text :)

If you could change your eye color what would it be?
Purple, ala Liz Taylor

What flavor do you add to your drink at Sonic
Cherry Limeade- mmmmm

Do you own a digital camera?
Yes, and it goes everywhere with me :)

Have you ever had a pet fish?
When I was little, didn't care for cleaning the aquarium so I never got more

Favorite Christmas song(s)
Santa Baby

What’s on your wish list for your birthday
A Wacom Bamboo Fun Small (graphics tablet) or an External Hard Drive

Can you do push ups?
No way jose :)

Can you do a split?
I used to be able to. I'm still pretty flexible actually, just can't do a split- intentionally anyway- sometimes I slip

Does the future make you more nervous or excited?
Excited- I can't wait to see the person Kat grows up to be!

Do you have any saved texts?
No texting :)

Have you ever been in a car accident?
A few minor fender benders, but no major ones (thankfully)

Do you have an accent?
Depends on who you ask :) I've been informed by my husband that I have a distinct 'East Coast' accent compared to the Michiganders here- but when I'm sleepy or tired (or drunk lol) the southern comes out and I start twanging and ya'lling people

What is the last movie to make you cry?
PS I Love You

Plans tonight?
Scrapping a little, working on my friend Karen's birthday gift

Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom?
Yes, more than once, it's not a fun place to be

Name 3 things you bought yesterday?
Nothing at all

Have you ever been given roses?
Yes, quite a few times, I prefer daisies

Met someone who changed your life?
Lots and lots of people- my life is always changing

How will you bring in the New Year?
No clue, since Kat's still little we'll probably spend it quietly at home

What song represents you?
Video- India Arie

Would you go back in time if you were given the chance?
Absolutely! I'd love to time travel

Do you have any tattoos/piercings?
Ears are pierced and I have one small (very mysterious) tattoo :)

Does anyone love you?
Luckily- lots of people!

Would you be a pirate?
Do a Pirate or be a pirate? LOLOLOL

What songs do you sing in the shower?’
Honestly? Today it was Elmo's World....

Ever had someone sing to you?
Actually yes, it was crazy romantic... and my husband still sings to me all the time :) even of the songs are silly!

Do you like to cuddle?
Yes please!

Have you held hands with anyone today?
I held Kat's hand while she walked around our yard

Who was the last person you took a picture of?
Kat (of course!)

Are most of the friends in your life new or old?
Mostly old, but a few good new ones!

Do you like pulpy orange juice?
No! Pulp is the debbil!

What is something your friends make fun of you for?
Oh my- ummm... one thing? That's hard- I get teased a lot- probably for my OCD planning behaviors...

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Wet Paint Masks #3-5

Hello all!
I know I promised to have the rest of the Wet Paint Clipping Masks last week, but I got so caught up in the excitement over at Polka Dot Plum that I plum forgot *snicker*

So I've bundled up the last 3 masks for you all in one download- enjoy and leave me some love if you're loving what I do!

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MediaFire Download Link

Monday, September 7, 2009

Wet Paint Mask #2 & Games!

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Here is the 2nd mask from my Wet Paint Clipping Masks collection- hope you enjoy it! If you use it in a LO, link me up! I'd love to see your work! If you love it enough to download, keep the lovin' going and be sure to leave me a comment- those comments make my day :)

Also, if you like free stuff, you should come play my game over at Polka Dot Plum! I've got a game board with 3 different $5.00 coupons hidden on it, if you guess the right square, you win! Super easy :) And I'm letting you guess once each hour until all 3 coupons are won- come on down and join the fun!! Plum Pickin' LinkSee you there!!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Butterfly Dreams

Michelle Batton just released Butterfly Dreams at The Digichick- it's so beautiful and dreamy :) I rarely do fantasy type extraction LO's but the gorgeous papers and adorable elements were just calling for it. I had to show off the kit and the LO because I liked both so very much! Check her out! You can grab the whole collection and save money- the papers, elements, the alpha, and the CU friendly glitter styles for $7.70, of course you could buy just the pieces you like- but I always enjoy the collections--- I feel like I get so much more to play with!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Clipping Mask Freebie :)

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Yes, you can haz freebie too!! :) I have a set of 5 Wet Paint Clipping masks I'll be giving away as freebies on my blog during the next week, so be sure to check back in for more goodies!

If you like it, leave me some lovin :)

Woohoo! Party on Garth!

The party is still on!!!
Come and visit Polka Dot Plum and help them celebrate their
Grand Opening Week Celebration!!

You all need to come out! The chats have been so crazy fun and silly that I've been on them almost every night this week until close to midnight. Come get to know some of your favorite designers, a few goofy CT members, and all our chat buddies! It's an absolute ball!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

PDP Day 2 Ad- and some other stuff

So the 2nd day of Polka Dot Plum's Grand Opening is underway- lots of events happening- I've already participated in two! My LO's from those challenges are below.

This is going to sound a bit sappy and silly- but I feel SO at home at Polka Dot Plum. They have some of the sweetest, most supportive members- and I can already see a huge difference in my creativity levels- I'm producing things that I really adore! I can almost feel my creativity blossoming a bit. Yesterday evening in chat I showed a few folks some papers and doodles that I've done for a kit that I was just going to use for my pictures- but now I'm seriously thinking you may see it here as a freebie in a month or two. Coming to PDP was the right thing to do, it's such a great fit for me and I love it there!!

Okay now for some LO's :)

Beach Baby- I did this one for my first Speed Scrap ever- I still can't believe I'd never done one after all this time, but it was FUN! Suzy did a great job... and this was my result!
Made using Lullaby Girl by our host- Suzy Q Scraps

A Girl's Best Friend- this one was for the Template Challenge today!
Made using:
Papers from Prismatic Backs Vol 1 by Suzy Q
Papers, Buttons, String, and Alpha from Lullaby Girl by Suzy Q
Heart String (recolored) by Pink Peacock Designs from Fresh Start Collab Kit

Me for the All About Me Challenge today

Made using: I need a Life by Skittles and Scraps
and Crafty Bits from Suzy Q Scraps

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Polka Dot Plum is Officially Open!!!!

The Big Day has finally come!! Polka Dot Plum is Open for Business! And so is my new Blog! I thought there wouldn't be much in the world better to do to launch my blog than to use Jennifer Fox's new kit over at Polka Dot Plum- Vintage Chic- to decorate! What do you all think?

There is SO much going on for Grand Opening week- and Today I am hosting Bingo! Make sure to get down to the forum, get registered, grab a card and the list of 60 words, and fill in your Bingo Card! E-mail your card along with your user name to:
and get ready for me to start calling words off around Noon EST (allowing for everyone to get a chance to do their cards!)- once you have 10 words marked off, call Bingo in the forum and after I confirm your words in our gallery- you could win a great prize! I have more than one to give away so be sure to keep hanging out until I've given out all the Gift Certificates! There are also some other fun things going on tomorrow over at Polka Dot Plum as well:
Inspiration Challenge - Hosted by CT member, Tina (you should go, my girl T is fantabulous and fun fun fun!)
Speed Scrap - Hosted by SuzyQ Scraps, 2 pm EDT (Suzy is such a doll and if you can believe it- I've never done a Speed Scrap before! I plan to be there, how about you?)
Game: Grand Opening Bingo - Hosted by CT member, Tara (mememememe! come play with me!)
Game: Layout of the Day (all week) - Hosted by CT member, Tula
"Open House" Chat - All day

So now I get to show off all the Layouts I've been making all summer long for PDP and now I finally get to post them and show them off!

These 2 are from Jennifer Fox's Vintage Chic Kit

The following 2 are made with The Cow Jumped Over the Moon by Pink Peacock Designs

This one was made with Pink and Black Backs, Basically Grey, and Mark the Date by Suzy Q Scraps
This one was made with Prismatic Backs Vol. 1, Affix the Pics, and Mark the Date by Suzy Q Scraps
This one was made with Prismatic Backs Vol. 1, Crafty Bits, and Basically Turquoise by Suzy Q Scraps
The following 2 were made with I Need a Life by Skittles and Scraps

This one was made with My Pet Dino by Wimpy Chompers Designs
The following 2 were made with Lullaby Girl by Suzy Q Scraps

This one was made with Teatime Princess by Wimpy Chompers and Jennifer Fox
This one was made with Life is a Beach by Designs by Sunflowers
The following 2 were made with In a Funk by Gone Scrappin Designs and Amy Stoffel

And these last 3 were made with The Fresh Start Collab Kit by the Polka Dot Plum Designers!