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Star Action

Posted by on Dec 9, 2016 in Commercial Use, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

I really am beginning to think I’m an a roll. So many ideas … so little time. I’m talking about creating Photoshop Actions. In the old days, I used to be a programmer … actually, make that more of a hack … in any case, when I would get into a groove, my house could fall down around me and I wouldn’t notice. I’d lose track of time and my family would be starving for dinner. I’d sit in front of the computer for so long, my body would just about freeze into that position. Well, it seems the old days are back. I’ve forgotten about dinner twice this week; my body is in pain from sitting in one position for too long; fortunately, my house is still standing.

This all started with my Crazy Dots Action. I hadn’t realized it had been so long since I had done any actions … almost a year. True, I did throw a simple one in during that time (Rainbow Dreams Action), but nothing that took a lot of work. So, September saw my Crazy Dots Action, October saw my Filigree Maker Action … and then I slowed down … or so it seemed. I really hadn’t, I was working on something during that time and it required me to drag out some old math books. I have always wanted to be able to create stars from my kit papers … good stars … quickly and easily. You see … doing all that rotating can leave gaps in your element, distort your paper, wreak havoc on your styles, etc. etc. etc. Long story short, I did it and I released it this past Wednesday — my Star Action. Here’s what the preview looks like.

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Sunday’s CU Moments

Posted by on Dec 4, 2016 in Commercial Use, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

This is just a quick one. I wanted to let you know that I’m doing a bi-weekly post on theStudio’s blog. It’s called Sunday’s CU Moments and it will typically feature a special product or a quick tip along with a smattering of other CU products that have recently been released.

This week, the feature product is Manu Scraps’  Doily & Snowflake Generator. Check it out … there’s even a freebie for you.  I also want to let you know that this is not just for designers … I plan on showing how these products can work as part of your regular scrapping stash.

HUGS!!!

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Christmas Korkers

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Commercial Use, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

I was finally starting to get into the Christmas spirit … that was until I started working on these korkers. Don’t get me wrong, I love how they came out. Unfortunately, my patience (due to the extraction process) AND my fingers (from needle pricks) hate them. Hopefully, your patience and fingers will love me for finding a way to prevent you from having to do the same thing.

These korkers are on sale for 40% off. Yes, that’s more than I typically do for a new release, but theStudio is having a Christmas sale and I wanted these to be a part of it. I also am having the same sale in my personal store.

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While these korkers are o.k. for commercial use, they would also be a cute addition to your personal stash.

HUGS!!!

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DSD 2016 Sales

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in Commercial Use, Personal Use, Sales, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

So much going on this weekend, but I’ll try to keep this short. To start, this grab bag is what happens when 3 good buddies get together and create a Grab Bag. We each did 2 products containing what we thought most represented our CU styles and have put it on sale for $6. Full reveals are on the product pages. You can get this at both theStudio and Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes.

There are also some $1 Flash Sales happening this weekend. DSS has broken it into 2 days — Friday and Saturday … but at Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes the whole batch is available and you can get them thru Sunday, October 2nd. Here’s a peek at what you’ll find …

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Note About My Gesso Products

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in Commercial Use, Scrapbooking | 4 comments

I wanted to let you all know that I’ve decided to confuse you when it comes to my Gesso products. When I first started making the overlays, I had NO idea how popular they would become. I also didn’t know which format (transparent or textured) was the best. I started with 2 overlays and saved them as both PNG and JPG. That became my Vol. 1 bundle. I did the same thing for 2 more overlays. That meant I had Gesso 1, 2, 3, and 4 transparent/texture overlays. Bear with me … I’m getting there.

After the first 2 bundles, I decided to only do the PNG format (it seemed to be the more popular one). Unfortunately, when I went to number the next 2 packs, I called them 3 and 4. Don’t know what I was thinking, but that’s what I did (I claim a senior moment). I did 2 more packs with the numbers 5 and 6 … and that’s when I realized I had duplicated 2 version numbers. Having no idea what to do, because I didn’t want to confuse my wonderful customers, I just ignored the problem … for a while.

Those who know me well, know that I’m overly picky about how I name and version my stuff. Ignoring the problem wasn’t going to work … it kept eating at me. SO … I finally bit the bullet and decided to fix things. Since the last 4 versions (3, 4, 5, 6) were actually pieces of gesso done large enough to fill an entire page, I decided to call them “Gesso Bits” … which mean redoing the previews and renumber stuff. Long story short, this is how things got renamed —

Gesso 3 (the second one) -> Gesso Bits 3
Gesso 4 (the second one) -> Gesso Bits 4
Gesso 5 (the original one) -> Gesso Bits 2
Gesso 6 (the original one) -> Gesso Bits 1
Gesso 7 (the grab bag one) -> Gesso 5

I’m MUCH happier now and I’m really sorry if I’ve confused any of you or muddled up your filing system. I’ll try to behave myself in the future.

HUGS!!!

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CU 3-2-1 Sale and CU Facebook Hop

Posted by on May 22, 2016 in Blog Trains & Hops, Commercial Use, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

3-2-1-SALE

It’s time once again for the CU 3-2-1 Sale at theStudio and to go along with it, we’re having a CU Facebook Hop. Here’s a look at the 3 products that I have on sale for $2 —

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Splashes 8

Posted by on Mar 23, 2016 in Commercial Use, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

There’s been a lot of painting going on in my little craft room and I’ve taken some of the “splashes” that I made and turned them into brushes. These are available in my shops at theStudio and Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes and they’re 30% off. Check them out —

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Quick and to the point — HUGS!!!

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CU Sampler Grab Bag Sale

Posted by on Mar 20, 2016 in Commercial Use, Sales, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

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Once a year the Commercial Use designers pool together a bunch of goodies and have a CU Sampler Grab Sale. This year, there are 3 grab bags and you’re going to want all three. You’ll want to move quickly on this, because they’ll only be around for 2 weeks. Here’s a look at 3 of the samplers  —

There are full reveals on the product pages. Be sure to check back and I’ll show you the rest of them. HUGS!!!

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New CU Brushes – Curls 2

Posted by on Mar 10, 2016 in Commercial Use, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

I’ve just released a new set of brushes — Curls 2. They are on sale for 30% off at both theStudio and Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes shops.

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Boy … that was quick … HUGS!!!

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Watercolor Leaves

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in Commercial Use, Scrapbooking | 0 comments

When someone puts in a simple request (or at least one that I’m already set up to do), I’m on it. When one of my fellow designers let me know that she was looking for some paper or non-realistic leaves, I knew exactly what to do. I’ve been working a lot lately with my watercolors trying to create non-abstract kinds of things (kind of a challenge when one has been doing abstract art for so long). Sort of realistic, but not. OK … I’m rambling. Anyway, I decided to try my hand at painting some leaves … and that’s what this week’s CU product is — Watercolor Leaves. They’re currently on sale for 30% off at both theStudio and Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes.

This pack contains 5 leaf stems, some grass, and a build-it-yourself leaf stem consisting of 4 leaves and 1 stem (I included an example). Check it out —

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That’s all for today … HUGS!!!

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