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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Lacarolita's Sweet Heart

Another Layout Using An Old Favourite

I know that some of us have been in the scrapping game for a while and have searched the web far and wide to find those perfect kits for those perfect designs. Ever wonder if they are still around today?

This is my dilemma. Ever since I got that first link to freebie kits, I have been online, seeking, hunting and searching for those one of a kind kits that really make my designs -- both tagging and scrapping -- pop! And I have kits that take me back to 2008, when I started this ball rolling and so I had decided that I will open them up and see if they are still around.

Oops, not many, it seems. So sad to see how many scrap kit makers are no longer around, either by choice or happenstance. But, it just so happens that some blogs are still up and running, even if the designers have left for other endeavours. Which led me to Scrap Angie and her Christmas bells. LOL Because of that, I found a really cute template on her blog that worked well with an old photo I had of my son, Philip.

Here's my latest LO:

So cute! It seemed unfinished to me, at first, but then it dawned on me that it was just perfect so long as my blue eyed angel is in it! LOL

Would you like to try this template? You can find it here on her blog.

And what about this kit? Isn't it just perfect for the photo? Maybe you have a photo just like this and want to use the same kit. You can find that over at this blog. It's called "Storyteller" by Persnickety Prints. Look to the right hand side for your download!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Wow! A Nice Surprise (Cluster Frame Freebie!)

As most may have noticed, I've been away just a spell attending to every day life. So it was a sweet and wonderful surprise when I opened my email today to find a wonderful FTU cluster frame made with my kit "Christmas in a Girl's World" by Kim L! It blew me away! Not only am I new to the kit making business, but to see it made into its' first cluster frame -- priceless!

Thank you so much, Kim, for such a wonderful surprise. It made my day!

Would you like the cluster frame, too? Stop by Kim's blog by clicking the image below to acquire it!


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Template and Kit Layout

Hello Blog-o-sphere! Pinky here, coming at you with another daily dose of cuteness.

I couldn't help myself! My friend, Prissy, over at Cake Pot Pie Designs, has just placed up some really cool FTU items that I just had to snag so I can show you how cute these little buggers can be!

I used her Layout Template Pack, template 2 (which you can find here) and her extremely cute kit "Anna" (which you can find here) to create a little memorial to the little boy my teenager once was. LOL Yeah, they grow up and act all hardcore on us, I know. But I guess that hug he gave me last night just proved he's still Momma's boy and so it took me back to sweet memories of fun times with my blue eyed angel baby!

Here's my LO

I'm pretty darned proud of myself! While this isn't my first LO, it is my first "professional" LO. LOL The blues and browns in this kit just matched his eyes and hair colour. I couldn't resist finding these old pictures to gussy up. This is definitely worth trying again. Time to search the web! LOL

Did you do something wonderful with this kit? Let us know and you could be showcased as well!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

A Gifty From My Friend, Priscilla!

You know, when I went to upload my freebie kit in the last post, I was disheartened to find only 2 people downloaded my first freebie kit. LMAO Not that I expected more but that's okay.

Still, my friend Priscilla, of whom I CT for at Cakie Pot Pie Designs, DID download my kit and just sent me the most beautiful tag to match my love of pink! Thank you so much, Pris! I love it.

Scraps N Stuff's First Ever Blog Train!

Welcome to the CafeMom Group, Scraps N Stuff's, first ever blog train, called "Christmas in a Girl's World". Our kits, clusters or freebies were to be based on the colour scheme below:
This was perfect for me, as I love pink! :-) As if anyone who doesn't frequent my blog or know me from CafeMom know that.

Although the blog train isn't taking off until November 15th, I'm adding my freebie now because things are getting pretty intense with my College courses since we are so close to the end of our session.

My kit means a whole lot to me. When I thought on this topic, all I could think about was my Christmases growing up. And it was full of lights around every doorway, window, porches and porch railings in our two story house in Baltimore City.

There was a wooden platform at the bottom of our stairs that was created by my father and grandfather for the glory of all to behold. Not only was this platform wooden, they had drilled holes into certain areas and used those huge outdoor bulbs that no one sees anymore. You know, the ones with the wires covered in cloth! Yeah, not safe anymore. LOL And over those, they had these snap together houses so that the houses glowed with whatever colour bulb was there.

That wasn't all, ladies and gentlemen! They had used black electrical tape to make roads between all of the houses and had a Lionel train  that weaved in and out of the "neighborhoods" all around. *smile* It was freaking awesome!

BUT, the best part was always last. Right smack dab in the middle of the platform was what every household in Baltimore pretty much had when I was growing up -- a Pom Pom aluminum Christmas tree! We didn't have the colour wheel, but that didn't matter. That tree had so much tinsel, wrapping, ornaments and the such that it glowed all it's own!

The Christmas music flowed on the 33 1/3--vinyl to your young ones--and on an old console stereo system. Remember those, folks! If not, here's a photo similar to the one my daddy had:

As my father sang every note and hung tinsel and ornaments and placed all the tabletop decorations he could find, we kids would follow behind him and just, for once, be happy that he was happy. I STILL have a love of Christmas past and only wish I could replicate it today.

Without further ado, this is my freebie kit. It comes with 25 elements and 5 papers for you to enjoy.

Blog Train is now over.



Did you create a tag with this kit? Send me a note and your design may appear on my blog!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Scraps and the City has Closed????

No, not just closed its' doors, but slammed them in the face of all their loyal customers and the dedicated designers who worked there -- and without warning.

What the hell is going on with these tubes/scraps stores closing down so suddenly? First, the claimed "theft" at MyPspTubes (MPT), which forced those lovely designers to either find another store to sell their wares or to follow the new owner to PSP Tubes Emporium (PTE), which many of them did.

No more than a year to a 1 1/2 later, they had to yet again find another store to sell their wares at, because life had become too stressful for the owner and she closed shop. At least there was a forewarning, her designers were notified and so weren't the scraps artists. Everyone was doing well, as we were gathering our wares and were getting some great deals. Then -- SLAM -- before the expiration date of the store and before most people had a chance to get all of their tubes downloaded. No explanation as to why it was closed so suddenly. The only thing most people could gather was that she wasn't willing to go that extra mile to make sure she did her job as store owner right. Whatever the case, I'm sure not one customer, nor designer, will be at a store she creates in the future (if she decides to do it again) because of how the end of PTE was handled.

Some designers had had enough and decided to open their own stores at that time. Arthur Crowe, Keith Garvey and Elias Chatzoudis are but a few who did. Quite a few of them, however, went over to SATC; such as Jose Cano and Christine Kotlark (to name but two I followed at both MPT and PTE).

Today, I check into one of my groups at CafeMom to find that Scraps and the City (SATC) has done the same. But nothing like MPT or PTE. They gave no forewarning and SLAMMED those doors in the faces of the scraps designers, tube designers and loyal customers alike. Then they added insult to injury when they told ALL customers to send all receipts to the tube designers to get the tubes they've recently paid for! What in the world!?! That was YOUR job as a store owner, not a tube designer. And one scrap kit designer says they weren't even paid for October. Can you spell "rip off!"!?!

This is ridiculous! Can you imagine what some of these MPT/PTE designers are thinking? Not to mention the scrap kit designers who have been with this 3 year old store from the start! They are must think their cursed! And let's not even talk about how they have been ripped off of funds for the month of October for their share of all the profits the store made! These designers are feeling not just ripped off, but betrayed by a store they THOUGHT was doing them right and then turn around and slap them in the face!

I am so sorry to see this happen to really good designers and people. I think the artists, kit designers and loyal customers alike need to start suing companies when they go out of business so sudden. Maybe once they see that they cannot rip people off as they have been they'll stop this business of bad business!