Monday, February 22, 2010

Monday morning time wasting in the very best possible way :)

I have a new toy. My dear husband graciously allowed me to pummel him into agreeing to a Photoshop upgrade and oh my. I feel like I just went from a VW to a Benz. So I spent a bit of time this morning playing and trying to get the seat adjusted, LOL. (Plus it has been snowing all morning, so why not do something fun?)

I might add that the new toy totally lets me use all those wonderful photo actions available out there on the web, which is a whole new world unto itself! This little snapshot from the sliding glass door this morning has some Monday morning glam applied courtesy of Coffee Shop Photography and chewed up the better part of a couple hours of OOoohing and AAaaahhhing ;)

Thursday, February 18, 2010


LOL, I know, it's technically only Thursday evening. But tomorrow is TGIF at PDW, and I'm ready!

I had a lot of fun working on this new kit:

Something about the color palette, and the textures - mmm, just got my creative juices in a happy, happy place!

And since I WAS in a happy happy place, I made a bit extra for you!

Download your freebie HERE.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Something relevant

I had something to say this morning; I thought of it while I was in the shower. Unfortunately, by the time I got dried off and pried into my clothes, the wisp of thought had vanished into the atmosphere. So if you will bear with me, I'll riff a bit and see if I can get there...

1) I made it a couple of kits without glitter... that's quite an achievement for me. After all, I determine whether I like a shampoo or not more or less by the degree of sparkliness. I almost didn't use Olay body ribbons AT ALL because I was so disappointed when I squeezed a bit into my palm and it looked like curdled frosting instead of all pearly and alluring...

2) It's interesting to me how heartily I whined last August when both daughters moved home. This weekend the little one is off visiting friends in Seattle AND IT'S TOO QUIET IN THE HOUSE. Sheesh. Take off points for consistency. Take off more points for not fixing food she hates while she's gone.

3) The dog misses the little one more than I do, seeing as how she has adopted the habit of letting him sleep in her room at night. He has gotten a bit confused and now thinks her room is his kennel. He must be getting a bit nearsighted, as his kennel is actually quite a bit tidier.

4)I cleaned a spot on my desk. I realize this isn't as good as cleaning my whole office, but at least it was the area that had bills in it.

5) All the Valentine's cheesecake is gone. I'm blaming that sad fact for my loss of memory in the shower this morning.

6) I had some introspective thoughts this weekend, but they seem to have disappeared in the shower this morning as well. It lends credence to my supposition that one can shower too often. Especially when one had to get up too early AGAIN. Plus it's cold and dry (in Colorado! Imagine!) and my back itches something fierce due to dry skin.

7) Hmmm. I ordered a book from Amazon which will supposedly help me figure out how to use my camera. After all, I've had it for ten and a half months. Probably about time to learn how to do more than just push the button.

Ok, I give up, I don't remember, and none of this matches the title of this post, because it isn't terribly relevant, but at least I won't forget any of it because now it's written down!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

We have a new project at Plain Digital Wrapper - it's called "Designers A La Carte" and it gives you a chance to build your own collaboration kit from several inexpensive options. This is one of my pieces this time:

And since it's Valentine's Day, I thought I'd share it with my readers - click the link to my store, put Paisley MiniKit into your cart, and use the coupon code ALa_Paisley to receive it free!

Plus check out the rest of my shoppe - everything is on sale for a sweetheart of a deal!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

A little treat :)

I was cleaning up my coupons in my store, and thought I'd try a little experiment. So the first ten people who use the code BlogTreat will get 2 dollars off in my store :)

Friday, February 5, 2010

A Boy's Heart

It's TGIF! Plain Digital Wrapper is now releasing new goodies on Fridays, so there's lots to look forward to besides the usual Friday stuff (as in, thank goodness I got it finished, LOL).

Here's the new kit:

And a couple of layouts I scrapped with it:

And now I had better go clean up the house before my husband gets back from his 5 day business trip - it's amazing what slobs three grown women can be...

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A new challenge for you :)

As some of you may know, I'm hosting a new challenge at Plain Digital Wrapper called "Talk to Me." We're working on developing our journaling skills, which is admittedly funny considering my general lack of enthusiasm for journaling, LOL I just posted the February challenge where we will examine the emotions our photos evoke and practice communicating the reasons in our layouts. Come join in the fun!

Here's the layout I did as an example:

I hate to admit it, but this was another one of those "windshield photos" - I was driving along and everything was just so beautifully pristine with the fresh dusting of snow. I had to crop a little bit but I think it still turned out pretty.

In a general sense, life is plugging along pretty well. The only ripple in my pond was yesterday's "jury duty" excursion, but it turned out to be pretty benign. Boring and cold, but in the long run I think that's better than the potential of being sequestered and threatened, LOL. Like anything would ever happen in Douglas County Colorado that would require sequestration (is that even a word?) It did remind me of my past jury duty experiences though. I'm going to have to search my computers and see if I can find the silly story I wrote about Julie the Alternate Juror...