Sunday, 30 March 2008

Doodle Quick Page - Childhood Garden

Childhood Garden Quick Page
This will be a super quick post...since Friday I have been getting to know my bathroom ...intimately!! I have had a tummy bug of some sort...the lucky men of the house are OK...seems this bug likes ladies!! Lol! Needless to say I have not been too bright and spent most of the time either in bed or in the bathroom!!

So, I will leave you a little freebie and be off back to my bed for a while. I hope you like it. Again I made it for my little Lilly's photos but I thought I would share it with you all. I am working on a set of QP's and BB for her photos, this is just one of them. Anyway enjoy and hope to see you sometime tomorrow as usual!
You can download it here
Bye for now!

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Lillys Fancy and I talk too much!

I'm late posting..I got on the phone and just talked and talked last night...I never did know when to stop talking!! I always seem to have so much to say...I must learn to press the stop button!!But here I am, better late than never. Today's freebie is a little kit called after my little sweetie, Lilly. I hope you like it.
You can download Lillys Fancy here

If you look you can see I have a new blinkie for those who want to snag it. I thought it was time for a change...but as my blinkie skills are not so great I have one made by Bobbie of One ScrappyMom , she does a blinkie of your choice and she does such a marvellous job, much better than my last attempt!! So, if you want to snag the new one, just right click and save it. Great for forums, blogs etc. Also if you need a blinkie for your blog or for a personal one for the forums check out her new shop and you will get a pleasant surprise. Communication is good and Bobbie will contact you when she has received you order and agree with you exactly what you need. She emails it to you for approval and she makes sure that you are happy with it. A fantastic service and she is sooo reasonable!!

Bobbie also has a great freebie mini kit called Renewed on her blog to celebrate opening her new shop, so drop by and snag it and leave her some love!
This weeks challenge has been quite popular and I have had lots of beautiful layouts doing clever things with the overlay. Thank you all for joining in and for sharing you layouts with us. I am amazed at what you do and the wonderful results. Chris's layout is lovely, lots of white space with the focus on the lovely photo. The title is it!! Stunning effect Chris!

Credits: Challenge overlay, paper and flower spray from Victorian moments by Cens Stuff. Heart was by Chris and font –Pristine

Karen's layout has lots of interesting little details with some great journaling too. I love the hanger and tag...a nice way to attach the tag!! Great colours and the overlay works well!! Great job Karen!
Credits: Pretty in pink, from Frosted Inspiration
Shape for the tag come from Scrap Stuff with PSP
Font used is Lucia Handwriting.

In the next one the picture says it all.. what a wonderful expression!! Here the journaling tells all and explains that far away look. The title too is great..with part just overlapping the top of the photo and the little strings and eyelets frame the photo beautifully. Superb work on this one Bettina!!
Credits: Tara Dunston-AIBW-Alpha and EasterFreebie-WebdesignzbyKristi... Challenge 12
Overlay by Cens Stuff

I love the next one too these cute twin boys certainly has fun in the garden!! The overlay work great and makes the bottom photo really look like they are sitting in the grass! Clever idea Cheryl and it works so well!!
Credits: Background Paper:Making fabric8 (slightly lightened using Photoshop Elements) - **Anneli Andersson** - Happy - Overlay: Challenge 12 Overlay Cens Stuff - Font: Trebuchet MS

Linda's layout has such cute little ones in the photo they look like little fairies! I love how you have used the flowers and scroll in matting it Linda. It is really effective..again fantastic use of white space here to. Beautiful!!

Kit Used - Little Blossoms - Copyright 2007 June Schutrups aka Cen'StuffOverlay - Copyright 2007 June Schutrups aka Cen'StuffGlitter Swirls - Graphic GoddessFont used - Vladimir Script

How about this for a fantastic photo? I love black and white photographs! Again this is clever use of the overlay and it looks really effective with the fence...just like its part of the farm yard. Maureen, that arrow is a wonderful idea for the journaling it finishes it off so well!! This one is full of great little details and a truly wonderful layout!!

Credits: Animal Farm and Challenge 12 Overlay by Cens Stuff

Great work on the challenge ladies and thank you sooo much for sharing your talents!!
Melanie and her husband are saying good bye to an old friend...their Corsa, their first car. Its new car time and they are bidding farewell to the trusty old one. What better way to mark the change than by scrapping it!! I adore her choice in of paper for this one and the car word art is perfect!
Credits: Graffiti Sampler by Cens Stuff
Last but not least is Jane's wonderful card, Party Girl. It is lovely and just the thing that I would love to receive! Fantastic job Jane!!
Credits: Fashionista by Cens Stuff

Time to go again, I have to dash as I am late starting work!! Have a great day and take care!!

Monday, 24 March 2008

Oh Gosh it's Huge...So Much to Say!

Mondays Challenge Overlay
So many nice things for you today!! I don't know where to start!! Just be sure to pull up a chair and grab the coffee! There are two freebies tonight, a challenge, plus news of a chat freebie and some great new products at bargain prices...could you ask for more?First hope everyone had a great Easter, I had a wonderful,time with Lilly and the rest of the family. Lilly was a joy to have stay and my children all came on Sunday for lunch which was fantastic as they all visit but not normally all at the same time. It's amazing how brothers and sister had so much to say to each other...I think it's different face to face rather than on the phone or email. Today is a clearing up, blogging and a bit of design..but the house is quite again, that's good and bad!!

This Weeks Challenge
I decided for this weeks challenge we would have an overlay to play with. This one is nice and easy to use, just pop it over you paper or colour and then change the blending mode to overlay etc. You can play with the opacity, blending and fill too and see what you come up with. Hope you decide to take part in the challenge but if not still help yourself to the overlay to have a play!!
You can download the overlay here

To take part in the challenge you have to:
1. Use the overlay in your layout somewhere.
2. Send me a link or a copy of the layout to by Monday 30 March.
3. Please list the credits for all items used in your layout.
So, getting playing with that overlay!!

This weeks posting bonus is a Dotty paper Pack, with 9 papers, 3 plain and 6 dotted papers.

More news.....I have a new kit and some gorgeous BB and QP pages in the shop and they are 40% off as usual for their first week in the store at SDK. The kit is has the teen boy in mind, they can be sooo difficult to scrap!! You'll either love it..or hate...fingers crossed for the former!! The BB and QP's are for little girls. They are done using my Tina Prima Ballerina Papers and Elements and the layouts have been done by the wonderful Tragedy Scrappin Anne....that girl is a marvel!!! All of the new products are at 40% off until the end of Saturday next!!!
The Graffiti kit is bold with a touch of the rebel.It consists of 8 papers: 4 textured plain papers, 4 graffiti papers. Thirty one elements: 3 paint stroke frames, 3 slide type frames, 3 rope ties, 3 cloth ties, 3 brads, 3 folded ribbons, 3 straight ribbons, 1 tag, 1 staple, 3 file cards, 3 word art stickers, 1 spray can and 1 skater boy.
Check further down as I also have a Sampler Freebie of the kit for you to have.

Graffiti Kit at Scrappin Digi Kreations 40% off this week till end of Saturday

Here is the Sampler Freebie you can Download it here

These are Tragedy's BB and QP Pages I'm sure you'll agree there are really cute.

A set of eight Brag Book Quick Pages, 6 inches x 4 inches, 300dpi, png format.
You can find them here 40% of

Tina Prima Ballerina Quick Pages Set 1. 40% off
A set of two Quick Pages, 12 inches x 12 inches, 300dpi, png format. You can find them here

Tina Prima Ballerina Quick Pages Set 1. 40% off
A set of two Quick Pages, 12 inches x 12 inches, 300dpi, png format. You can find them here

On Tuesday I have an other chat at Scrappin Digi Kreations and there is a great Attendance Gift for those of you who come along. Its a Paper Pack with seven papers made using the overlay from this weeks challenge. So why not drop in and have a chat! If you haven't been to SDK before don't forget to register in the forum first and then come to the chat room.
Chat Times are: Tuesday 25 March, EST 4.30pm, GMT 8.30pm

Chat Attendance Gift for Tuesdays Chat 25 March

Finally a couple of gorgeous layout and news of a few more freebies for you. Tracy has sent me a great layout using the Pirates Treasure Kit and she chose just the right photo for this one!! It's a fantastic layout and really has the pirate feeling Yaaarrgh!! Clever matting I love it Tracy!! Thanks for sharing!

Credits: Pirates Treasure Kit by Cens Stuff

Leaonna sent me a beauty as is using the chat gift from last week and she has used such a cute photo...look at those eyes!! They say it all!! I really like the way she has used the ribbon, it works so well! Great job Leaonna!!

Credits: Chat Attendance Gift by Cens Stuff last week at SDK

Kim has two Easter freebies for you on her blog, a fantastic Paper Pack with some great word art included too!! So drop by and snag it the colours are beautiful!

Kims Blog

Gabrielle has also got two presents for you, a cute Little Birdie Alpha and a Little Birdie Overlay, so go and have a closer look on her blog

OK, time to stop...that was a looong one!! Drop by the chat on Tuesday, I'd love to meet you or if not I'll see you Wednesday. Until then stay safe and warm!!

Friday, 21 March 2008

My Easter Gift to you - Daisy Days

It's Good Friday and for lots of us it's not only a holiday but a special religious period too. Easter has many meanings for us but what ever the meaning for you personally it is a time we associate with holidays and a special few days. Here in the UK we normally think of Easter and Spring, but this year as Easter is the earliest it has been for 95 years, there is not an awful lot of evidence of Spring at the moment. Today we have had hail and a few snow flakes!! Here in the south of England snow is rare, even in the depth of Winter!! So it is a very different Easter holiday than the norm...but as I said it hasn't been this early for 95 years and March is not a warm month for us at all.

With the Easter thought in mind I have "painted" you some papers with a promise of the Spring to come. It's Daisy Days with the feel of soft sunlight and beautiful daisies...they are such a simple flower but so stunning in their simplicity. The preview does not do it justice but I was quite happy with how it looked after I had finished. I really enjoyed painting the flowers and will have a go at some more spring blossoms soon. I hope you like it.
You can download Daisy Days here

Lots of people have asked me recently about saving jpg images of their layouts for the internet to upload to galleries or a blog. They are unsure of how to save them at the correct size so that they show up well but at the same time the file size is not too large. Most galleries have a file size limit and this has caused some people problems. Many of you I know will already know how to do this but for those of you who are just starting out or who are daffled by it the following basics may help, hope so!
OK, so you have your layout finished and have saved it normally to your hard drive or CD but now you want a copy to upload to a gallery. First make sure that you have SAVED it as a layered file psd first before you start this.
1. Now merge the layers so you just have one layer.
2. You dont need the image to be 300dpi for the internet, 72dpi is the norm and it shows on the internet well. Assuming your layout is 12x12, go to Image>Image Size and change the settings from 300dpi to 72dpi. Then change the width to 600 pixels and the height to 600 pixels, click OK. (the way you do this will vary depending on what sofware you use, but those are the sizes you want to change to).
3. Now you want to save the image for the Web. Again this will vary according to your software on CS2 you go File>Save for Web. You will then have a choice of 2 or 4 file sizes you can save it as. In general some galleries won't let you upload images more than 100kb, so it is always best to aim for that or below that for the image size. Each of the options you are offered will tell you the file size below it.
4. When you have picked the size you want to save as, click Save and you will be able to save it on your hard disc to a suitable location. Remember when picking a name to save as pick a different name so that you don't overwrite any other files.
5. So now you have a copy of your layout saved at 72dpi, size 600x600 pixels and file size below 100kb, ideal for the web!!
I know this is just a basic guide but I hope it helps!

I am very proud of all my CT girls, they all do a marvellous job and they are soooo talented, that's why this week has been lovely, it's been CT Appreciation Week. Lots of designers, myself included got together and made a huge kit for the all the CT girls to say how much we loved 'em!! There is are galleries this week where they are taking part in competitions and posting layouts, take a look at some of the great ones these teams have made...they are awesome!! Two of my girls have posted layouts using the CT Appreciation Kit and they are I just had to let you take a look.
Kim produced a stunning layout with fantastic bubbles floating right out of the photo..what an effect!! She also did a brilliant job with the alphas work...she is great at that!! A real beauty..great lo Kim!!

Credits: CT Appreciation Kit by multiple designers

Linda made a gorgeous layout too...she did a thank you one and imagine my surprise when I saw it!! I was so over whelmed by the word art, I am a softy really I know but it is lovely. I am sorry that the photo spoilt a brilliant layout...I never have turned out well in a photo yet!! People pay me to stay out of the group shots, lol!! An other awesome layout Linda and thank you so much for the sentiments, they are really appreciated!!

Credits: CT Appreciation Kit by multiple designers

Once again thank you to all my girls they are all stars!!!

OK, have a wonderful Easter and see you all on Monday for a great challenge! Stay warm...or cool, depending where you are and have a happy holiday!!

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Blog Freebie, Commercial Use OK and a Quickie Guessing Challenge.

Well the trip was a great success, a great time was had by all, despite it only being a long weekend. It would have been good to have had more time but work didn't permit that this visit. Bruge was still lovely in the rain and France as always had it's own charms...great food and wine!! We clocked up just under a thousand miles by the time we had reached home again as lots of travel but it goes quickly on the motorways, the miles just fly by..mind you early mornings make for long days!! My camera nearly went on strike as I was taking pictures in the rain and then putting the lens cover on resulting in an unusable lens when I took it off...silly me!!
Download the Patches here

When I got back there were so many emails to plough through and the chat on Tuesday plus day stuff that I did not post yesterday as promised...sorry about that. So I have done the usual Wednesday Freebie plus instead a challenge with a difference. Because we are so far through the week I thought it would be better to give you a quickie puzzle this time and back to the normal Monday Challenge next week. So...this weeks challenge is just a question and answer one. Send your answers to me and you will receive a little frame freebie!
It's an Enamelled Frame, great for vintage layouts or Spring, flowers winding around the edge.

So, the questions you need to answer are:

1. How many free items do I offer in my store, Cens Stuff at Scrappin Digi Kreations?

2. What's the name of my element and paper set with the little Ballerina (answer in the store)?

3. Name two other designers at Scrappin Digi Kreations.

That's it..simple!! Send the answers to me before Monday 24March and I'll send you the download link for the frame.

Challenge Gift

Lots of layouts today and they are all brilliant...thank you for sharing them ladies!!
Chris has done a layout with the Windy Washday freebie and it is just how I like them...a touch of humour!! That photo Chris is just so great..goes so well with the word art and you have made fantastic use of the kit...lots of imagination!! I can remember those days too..oops my age is showing....again!!

Credits: Windy Washday Freebie by Cens Stuff
The colours of Dorys layout are wonderful..these pastels work great for this one and the butterfly and flower add to the soft, gentle look..fantastic!! You have excelled yourself Dorys!! The journaling reads: "My daughter, I never thought that I could found so much love in you. I love you. Mom". How beautiful is that? I love it!!

Credits: Promise Collection Kit from Shabby Princess and template Challenge 10 Cens Stuff,

An other one with pretty bright colours and lovely little buttons is from Cheryl. Those buttons add a great touch to this and the lovey smiling photos are wonderful!! A really great layout of a special day!!A gorgeous layout of a birthday for "Miss Cheeky". Great job Cheryl!! Hope your feeling better now.

Credits: Happy Birthday - Color Line Design by creative.chaos, Font used - Papyrus, Template Challenge 10 by Cens Stuff.
Melanies layout is about her son and it has beautiful journaling and wonderful photos...he really is a gorgeous little chap!! I love the scroll, staples and stitches Melanie...great little touches!! A really unique record to add to your fantastic scrapbook!!

Credits: Faded Beauty by Cens Stuff.

Jessica was really quick off the mark with this was last nights chat gift and that girl has really moved it!! A wonderful layout Jessica..I adore that matting and Lucas looks gorgeous as usual!! A fantastic happy Spring layout, it's beautiful!!

Those CT girls have been busy with the freebies again on their blogs whilst I was away and what a great collection they have!! So checkout their blogs.

Tracy has a beautiful Spring Stitches Kit for you, pastel colours and a touch of Spring!! Pay her blog a visit and take a look.
Jessica has a new freebie paper pack so drop by her blog and take a look, its got wavy line patterns on the paper and it could be just what you've been looking for.
Kim has some more great Word Art...this time it's for cats! So take a look at her blog..lots of fantastic layouts too!
Linda has some gorgeous QP's so snag those at her blog.

Time to go ! I will be back on Friday, hopefully more organised and back to normal...well, normal for me!! Take care and see you soon.

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

France here I come... and a tiny freebie!!

I just about to set out for my weekend away!! This will be a record quick post!!! France is waiting...yippee!! So I have got a little tiny freebie today, a cute set of arrows to add to your layouts, one for every occasion!!! Hope you like them!!

You can download them here

Oh and some new too of some new Quick Pages I put in the store at Scrappin Digi Kreations. They are made from my Faded Beauty Kit and the layouts for them was done for me by the wonderful Tradegy Scrappin Anne and they are gorgeous!! All at 40% off until the 18 March, so check them out!

Faded Beauty Quick Page No 1, 12x 12, 300dpi, png format.

In my Store at Scrappin Digi Kreations

Faded Beauty Quick Page No 2, 12x 12, 300dpi, png format

In my Store at Scrappin Digi Kreations

A Set of two Faded Beauty Quick Pages, 12x 12, 300dpi, png format.

In my Store at Scrappin Digi Kreations

Jessica's layout is such a gorgeous colour and her photos of her son are lovely...he is sooo cute!! Lots of great details on this one, butterfly's, laces and lovely flowers...fantastic layout Jessica!!

Credits: Template from Challenge 10 - Cens Loft, Kit items used from 100 days of freebies from Booland designs

Hats...they seem to be Tracy's daughters passion!! An other layout with awesome colours and I love this kit!! Look at the fantastic alpha too..brilliant!! Love it Tracy!! I noticed the stitches straight away..they really catch the eye. Wonderful layout, thanks for sharing!!

Credits: Template from Challenge 10 - Cens Loft ; SBB Tropical Kit - mjv Summer Begins-Clip; Melissa Renfro-Frames

OK, I'm off!! I will be posting the Monday Challenge on Tuesday, lol, as I am not back until late Monday so Tuesday it is. Have a great weekend and take care I'll have some fun for you all too!

Windy Washday Freebie and more challenges!

It's still windy and dreadful here so I decided that I would do something with the weather in mind. So, that's why you have Windy Washday as you freebie today! Blame the weather!! Lol! I've got all of the paper from my garden after my little "mishap", looks much better. I hope that non has gone to my neighbours but I will ask and be good!!
This weekend I am going for a few days to France and from there to Belgium. I haven't been a way for quite a while...not like me at all! But this weekend hubby plus an old friend and I will be heading for Euro Tunnel for our little trip under the sea. It only takes 25 minutes and wallah France!!! It takes us about 3 hours to get to the tunnel so when we get to France we will stay in Calais and enjoy the food and wine before setting off for Belgium the next morning...mind you that's so close that your there before you know it!! I just hope the animals (cat and youngest son) behave whilst we are gone!! I know that I can rely on the cat...the son is a little more risky, lol!!
You can download Windy Washday here hope you like it!

I have a challenge at SDK this month, a Paper Cutting one. The idea is you use the shapes I provide to cut some of the papers in your layout. You have to use at least three of the shapes and post your layout in the gallery at SDK to receive the posting gift. But it's fun!! Check out the thread about it here and get the shapes!! It's posted in the Members Challenges but there are tons of fantastic challenges at SDK each month.

Have a look a few of the other Challenges on at SDK:
Scrap With a Twist with Kim
Kreative Ad Challenge with Sandy
Kreative Avatar Challenge with Jen
Kreative Recipe Challenge
March 08 Treasure Hunt Challenge

I have sone more of the lovely layouts from this weeks Monday Monday Challenge here at Cens Loft. I am still amazed at the things you ladies come up with!!
Kim has made a wonderful layout of her granddaughter, she has just won a baby contest for beautiful eyes and I'm not surprised!! She is gorgeous and so is Kim's layout!! I love the colours they work so well with these photographs. Great layout and so cute!!

Credits....All papers, elements, word art & alpha from the 'Love Me Tender' kit by DSO Design

Linda has produced a wonderful colourful layout with some adorable photos too!! Again fantastic colours and I love the kit you picked!! Nice one Linda!

Credit: Template by June Schutrups aka Cen'Stuff, Kit Used by Chris Rowe Design - Believe In Spring, Fonts Used - Papyrus & BambinoTeam and Ponytail ScriptSSK,Photos by Linda

Eva's layout has some beautiful photos of her son when he was six weeks old and what a little darling he was! I love the wristband and the birth card Eva!! A really lovely layout, fantastic work! Hope your feeling better now!

Credits: ID Bracelet by EvaRek, Kit is a July Design Digiscrap Mania. Font is Jewel.

Lots of freebies from my CT girls and a friend to pass on to you today.
First Linda has some great Quick Pages and Brag Book Pages on her blog.

Kim has some more Word Art, great for those doggy pictures, on her blog.

Jessica at Scrapaholics has a weekly freebie on their blog

And last but not least my friend Gabrielle has a wonderful glass alpha on her blog.

Well, my fingers are shouting out to stop, so I am off! Have a great day and before I go on Friday I will make a quick post with an other little freebie for you, so check back on Friday!!

Monday, 10 March 2008

Template Freebie, Monday Challenge and New Stuff

It's Monday again and the weather here is awful!! Last night was a storm with lots of rain and high winds...made for a noisy night! Today it's still going and me, being such an intelligent little soul, took out the recycling paper to the bin. Bad idea... as you have to put it in loose, not in a bag. Well, that old wind had some garden looked like the local garbage tip!! I just wish I could have taken a picture of myself...running back and forth like something out of a bad comedy film, lol!! Got most of it...after a while...and the rest is laughing at me!! I see it out the window but every time I think I'll have an other go at catching it it takes off!! Grrr! Never mind I'll get the rest tomorrow. At least it seems to be staying in my garden (for the moment!) and not visiting my neighbours...a sure way to become popular!! Not!! Lol!

I have a freebie template for all of you and this Mondays challenge is to make a layout using it. All who take part in the challenge will get a posting bonus of the Ziggy Page Kit. So join in and play along and get an other freebie!! I used the template this morning to do a layout of my two nieces using last weeks Monday Challenge Posting Bonus.

Credits: Challenge 9 Posting Bonus Kit from Cens Stuff, Teddy from Teddy Stickers Freebie from Cens Stuff

You can download the template here

The rules for the challenge are simple:
1. Make a layout using the template. You can use any colour or kit.
2. Send me either you layout or a link to it at by Monday 10 March.
3. Please include the credits for the kits, fonts etc used in your layout.

Here's a little look at the Posting Bonus - Ziggy Page Kit

The Monday Challenge Posting Bonus
I have some new items in my store at Scrappin Digi Kreations, three packs of overlays for Personal and Commercial Use. I love the satin overlays!! I had such a great time playing with these and ended up with loads of papers...not coordinated...just loads of papers!! Lol! You can use them for crumpled satin or play around and just make crumpled papers. Change the opacity, blending modes, fill etc and have fun!! The other two packs are for texture and they are a have a look, great for giving papers the texture they need. I have some patterned ones to go in next. I'll let you know when they go in the shop.

As an added bonus they are all at 40% off for the first week so if you want a bargain get them before the 17 March!!!!

You can find the Satin Overlays here

You can find Texture Up Set 1 here

You can find Texture Up Set 2 here

Chris sent me a wonderful layout of her dad, the gentle giant..I love the title and journaling must make her dad proud!! It's a fantastic layout Chris and a great challenge used the cardboard pieces well!! I love those arrows!!

Credits :- paper from Johnnys paper pack and Colors of spring by Kim’s Scrappin, buttons and paper fasteners are Chris's own and the font used was Primer Print, Torn Cardboard freebie by Cens Stuff.

Jessica came to the chat last week and with the chat freebie and part of her own freebie she made a beautiful layout with dolphins. I adore dolphins they are so clever and cheeky! The layout is gorgeous Jessica, thank you for sharing it!!

Credits: Friday Chat Page Kit by Cens Stuff, Heart and bow from Jessica's Soft Spring Freebie

You can find Jessica's freebie here

Kim has also got a freebie template on her she has some more word art. So drop by and take a look.
Drop by and pickup Kims template on her blog
Well that's all for today. I hope that where ever you are you having a good day/evening. Take care in the's not Spring yet!! See you all Wednesday.