Thursday, June 9, 2011

What I’ve been up to lately….

First it seems I’ve been on a beachy kit buying spree lately!  Which makes no sense living in Minnesota, and have really only been to the beach once in my life, that I really remember, so I guess I’m just wishful thinking, hee-hee.  But I bet these will be great for all the aquarium visiting pix and Hub’s SCUBA diving days. 

(In this group of beachy stuff I don’t CT for any of these designers I just have to show you this awesomeness!  Cause it’s not so much about who we CT for as it is about the memories we are keeping, right?)

It kinda started on iNSD (Inter National Scrapbook Day) in May when I found “Paradise Found” by One Little Bird. I love her shadows tutorial, which if you haven’t checked out is pretty fantastic and worth a peek.  I was so inspired I made my own styles in CS!  Here’s a pretty straight forward link if you’re interested in making your own too.

folder (I know it’s not a great preview of the kit, but I can’t get it from her store,  this is the preview I got with the kit.)z
Isn’t that way the greatest?  That’s the single biggest reason I bought the kit, I couldn’t get that fantastic wave out of my head, it’s sooo gonna be a siggie soon!

And as you can tell from my blog decorations, I am a HUGE Kristin Aagard fan (huge I tell ya!) and she has the stinkin’ cutest little “shots”…



That of course coordinates with the After Five Designer’s Collab “Paradise Found”.


Which is similar is theme with last’s month’s A5D collab “Little Traveler” which isn’t available anymore but you can buy it in shots from the designers. See, like Kristin Aagard’s,


And Kay Miller:


And this one is on a super sale today only at The Studio, “Beach Wave” by Julie C Designs.7fff98ba450bca7ab2994f7ce1f43c39.image.297x300[1]
Only $1.49 today!!

Or even better (and you’ll like this) the Bundle only $3.29 today!!  {Swoon!} I had to pick it up, love the alpha!!!


And last but not least  one of my top 5 favorite designers, Lliella, “Aloha”.


A-doooorr-able!!!! (insert Joanne Whorley voice here)

How can I forget this one?  Kay Miller and Flergs collab “By the Sea”.


Who are my top five designers?  Well first off let me say I love my CT Designers and they are fantastic ladies and do fantastic work, but outside of my CT duties, who are my favorites? Who’s kits will I buy pretty much regardless of what they are?….

In no particular order:

Kristin Aagard


Mary Fran/Nitwit Collections

Lorie Davison

Suzy Q Designs


I found a new designer who had me hooked from her first preview, from that preview I begged to be on her CT, I mean come on, Pink and Dragons?!?! Oh my Pinkness, here is A Little Love Designs and her “Pink Dragon” kit.


And fantastic accompanying alpha:


I used both in this layout:


Oh and guess what, she has a new freebie!!!  And it’s CU ok!!


So run over to her blog, sign up for the newsletter, grab a freebie, then run over to the store and get the kits.  Come on, you know you want to!  And wait till you see what she’s got coming, oh my, fantastic stuff, she’s a designer you’re going to want to keep an eye on.

And WendyBird Designs has a fantastic “Small Popcorn Box” this month for the hybrid challenge at Brownie Scraps.


I’ll have mine up soon, school gets out (finally!) this week so hopefully I can get caught up. :)

And finally I wanted to show you the hybrid template I came up with for Zig Zag Scraps hybrid challenge this, ya really I made the template!


Come on over to Zig Zag Scraps and join us in the challenge, we’ve got some fantastic entries so far, but I’d love to see yours!

Ok, I’m gonna stop for now, I have ton more things to tell you, but I’m pace myself and not overwhelm you with the goodies.  ;)  Oh and I have Sweet Shoppe portfolio layouts to show you!!

See you again soon!!  Psst… Amy Stoffel has an super (as always) kit coming out tomorrow you’re gonna want to see!