Thursday, March 29, 2012

DigiDesignResort Progressive Challenge Final Steps

What an exciting challenge this has been.  It really makes you think about what you might want to add and have a semi-plan to follow... if the steps and additons allow. 
The final steps were to add:
Element of your choice
Title, journaling and/or wordart

I chose to add another paper as I knew by step 3 that I wanted it and where to place it. 
Also added the Title:  "Song of Love".

Final Layout
I was really hoping that we could add 2-3 additional elements but it was not to be for this progresive challenge. This was a fun challenge and really enjoyed seeing where it took us.  Looking forward to participating in another progressive challenge in the future. 

But, I did decide to go ahead and add what I wanted to the layout...... the elements that I couldn't add to the progressive ---- a harp and sheet music.   They aren't very large but I think they finish the layout and add to the theme of the layout. Also added a second musical staff and notes.  This layout will be part of the Wedding Album I am working on...... very slowly.

Katie's Song Of Love

Credits:  Kit for main parts -
Tangerine Dream by AnnKa Studio
(collab by Star Song Studio and KakleiDesigns)
Key: Royal Splendor by NumbBumm
Musical Staff and notes:  Spring Song by DDR collab
Harp and Sheet music: Song of the Heart by Annka Studio

I hope you have enjoyed this journey in the progressive challenge with me.  Have more layouts coming.  Another another new kit from Annka Studio is in the works.  You will want to pop back and see this delighful kit. 

Love reading the comments, so please feel free to leave them here.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Another beautiful day and another step in the Progressive Challenge at DDR

The sun is shining and temperatures are climbing.  Lovely spring weather outside.

The fourth step in the Progressive Challenge at DigiDesignResort called for the following:
Any type of flower
Any type of leaf
flair, button or brad
musical item
And as always, we can add as many of these as we wish as long as they are the same item (same brad repeated as often as we wish, for example)

Those additons really helped me with the layout.  I now know what I hope we can add for the last step.  This is my layout after adding the blue flowers, green leaves under the corner of the photo and key, musical staff and notes, and a line of brads:

Kit used: Tangerine Dream by Annka Studio
(Star Song Studio and KakleiDesigns collab)
Key: Royal Splendor by NumbBumm
Musical Staff and notes: Spring Song by DDR collab
Hope you have enjoyed seeing the progress on this layout.  Come back in the next few days and see the finished layout. 

Monday, March 26, 2012

Now as promised, here is BLUE POPPY

I am pleased to showcase this beautiful kit -

Available at:

This is how the designer described the kit:
Blue Poppy is a bright, joyous kit filled which rare blue Himilayan poppies which I personally photographed and carefully extracted. As soon as I saw these flowers, I knew I would be creating a scrapbooking kit in their honor. 
I hope this kit brings you as much joy as seeing those blooms did for me.

12 textured papers, both plain and fancy, 12" x 12" in jpeg format

33 elements, created at 300 dpi, unshadowed, in png format
including: 3 buttons
1 frame cluster
4 frames
4 leaves
1 pin
9 flowers
3 pressed glass pieces
4 ribbons
1 scatter
1 scroll
1 tag
1 trim + 1 re-colored trim

A personal use/scrap for hire product from StarSongStudio

It is a treasure of  purple and blues in the papers and elements that call out to be put to use.  And here are the layouts I made using it.

Lula - 1945

My Angel Unaware

Missing Bill
Song Lyrics to "Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey" by Hughie Cannon

Star Song Studio has graciously allowed me to offer this freebie -
 the photo frame cluster that is shown in the Missing Bill layout.

The frame cluster is shadowed and is PU only.

Download link here

Please leave a little comment if you download.  Thanks.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Great News... I am now a Creative Team Member for Star Song Studio.

Was asked to join the rest of the fabulous CT group after she saw the layouts I did as a guest CT.  I am thrilled beyond measure.  And to celebrate - here is the newest AnnKa Studio [Star Song Studio and KakleiDesigns collaberation]... Song of the Heart that has just been released: 

Song of the heart is a vintage, Heritage kit made in gorgeous green tones and stunning, unique textures and embellishments, a perfect fit for your daily memories. The kit includes: 26 papers of 12x12 inches-JPG-300dpi and 91 unique assorted elements at 300dpi-PNG format.

It can be found at the following stores:

Here are the two layouts I designed with this kit:

Daddy's Little Girl

Words: Song lyrics- ''Daddy's Little Girl'' by Horace Gerlach

Music Fills My Life

Be sure to come back tomorrow to see Star Song Studio's new kit - Blue Poppy.  I will have a special little suprise in addition to layouts designed from it. 

Friday, March 23, 2012

Progressive Challenge at DDR continuing

Oh, this is so much fun.  Another step along the way in this Challenge. For this 3rd step we are to add: 2 photos, scatter, butterfly and fruit.  Had already selected the photos of my granddaughter's wedding in Southern California to use for this one.  She is carrying a bouquet of orange and green which fits the colors of the layout so well. 

I have to give special credits to Annka Designs [StarSongStudio and KakleiDesigns combo] for the beautiful kit - Tangerine Dream - that I am using for this challenge.  It can be found at both DigiDesignResort and CoolScraps stores. 

The key is from Royal Splendor kit by NumbBumm. 

Don't forget to check back on Monday, March 26th to see StarSongStudio's new Kit - Blue Poppy.  Will have some layouts to show how beautiful this kit is.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Freebie Quick Page Contest

Cool Scraps is sponsoring a Quick Page Contest.  We got to work with this fabulous Spring themed kit -  Spring a Ling Ding Dong by PMarie:

You can find it in the Cool Scraps Store here

There is so many fun elements in the kit that it was hard to decide which ones to use for my freebie QP.  And there are lots of wonderful papers to play with, too. 

The QPs are all 12X12 full size 300 dpi pages PU only.  There will many more from other participants in the QP challenge.  Watch the QP Challenge Posts at Cool Scraps over the next couple of weeks to see them all.

Here are a few layouts I did with the QP I made:



This is my QP freebie:

You can download it here
More exciting news.... one of my favorite designers, STAR SONG STUDIO is releasing a new kit - BLUE POPPY - this coming Monday, March 26th.  I am guest CT-ing for it.  Will be putting the layouts up that I made with this wonderful kit then.  You don't want to miss seeing the kit and the layouts I have done.  She has a FB link up for her TIME FOR TEA freebie kit posted on her blog.  Just press her name above to reach the blog.  Will be posting some of the layouts I make with it once the kit is released.

Please leave a comment if you download.  Thanks.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Layouts without photos

Trying out a new technique of making layouts without using Photos  - just using elements/papers that are in the kit.  Started working on this one... then received word that there is a challenge for DSF premium membership at  over at DigiScrap Forum  using the Feb DSF Blog Train for the layout.  Wow... perfect timing.  So, I finished my layout last night and got it posted.

The most challenging part of the layout was figuring out how to put a tablecloth on the pedestal table before adding the teapot, roses and coo-ing birds. Really am enjoying this 'different' type of layout.

Kits used were  from the Feb DSF Blog Train.  Many thanks the creative designers who took part in the Feb Bog Train and shared their wonderful kits with us:

Monday, March 19, 2012

Step 2 in Progressive Scrap at DigiDesignStudio

Oh, what a challenge and what fun it is to add more elements to the page from Step 1.  Our next additions call for:

Key, type of flower, type of leaves, Ribbon

We may add as many of each items as we wish as long as they are same item repeated

Here is my page with those additions:

Kit used: Tangerine Dream by AnnKa Designs
Key from: Royal Splendor by NumbBumm

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Progressive Scraps are FUN...

I joined a progressive scrap challenge over at The Studio this past week.  You begin with a few elements and paper that were provided to you then add elements/papers as directed each day.  Once they are on the page, they cannot be moved. 

This was the start of my layout on day 1:
Added a background paper and 2 paper strips cut from another paper.

This was at the halfway point on day 4
And today was the final additions with photos and all
What a challenge to start with no idea of what you might be required to add and come up with a layout you are happy with at the end.  The kit used for this was the Studio's  March Mega Kit - Lucky To Have You.

Yes, I am really into doing these... Just joined another Progressive Challenge over on DigitDesignResort (DDR).  It is not too late to sign up for it if you do it by Sunday, March 18th.  This one is different in that you can chose which kit you wish to use... they give you a description of what to use:
1 Paper
2 different frames
Jar or vase

Here is my layout for day 1
I am using Tangerine Dream by AnnKa Designs
It is available at DDR and CS

Can't wait to see where this progressive challenge leads us.  Come join in the fun.
Will post more of the progress on this one as it proceeds. 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

I had fun with the Cool Scraps - CU Pack for Freebie Challenge this month.

Purple Haze by BBE Designs is ready for its unveiling.  Here are a few layouts I made with the kit and the bonus clusters



And here is PURPLE HAZE
It is a full-size 300dpi
36 Elements
8 Papers

Not all elements shown

And as a Bonus - 2 Clusters

I hope you enjoy these freebies

A special thanks goes to Kaklei Designs and her wonderful Fun CU Mix kit that was the basis for Purple Haze

Please leave a comment if you download.  Thanks

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Another gorgeous day here.  Opened the house up and letting the soft spring breezes blow through the house.  Been a long while since it has been warm enough to do that. 

Spent the last few days working on the kit from the Cool Scraps Forum - March CU pack for a Freebie.

  I love this kit from Kaklei Designs. So much fun to play with. Not quite ready to post it yet, but here is a teaser for you:

Come back soon to get it. 
Almost forgot to show off my Siggy for my designs. 

Beautiful Bright Eyes Designs

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Busy day yesterday.  Spent the afternoon and evening working on a color challange at COOL SCRAPS.  Love the CU Fun Mix kit from KakleiDesigns.  Was only going to do a couple of things but ended up with lots of items.  Am putting them together in a kit.  Will be back later to post it here. 

This is one of my layouts I did this week for a challenge at Digidesign Resort (DDR). 

March 2012 Mixed - Digirecipe Challenge

Danica's day-dreamy expression started the song by Stephen Foster
 playing in my mind

Beautiful dreamer, wake unto me,
Starlight and dewdrops are waiting for thee;
Sounds of the rude world, heard in the day,
Lull'd by the moonlight have all pass'd away!
Beautiful dreamer, queen of my song,
List while I woo thee with soft melody;
Gone are the cares of life's busy throng,
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!

The soft hues in the papers and elements were a perfect compliment to the colors in the photo
Kit used: Someone Like You DDR collaboration

Monday, March 12, 2012

What a wonderful day this is.  The start of my new blog... Yeah!!

This will be the place where I share some of my interests - such as new sewing projects, my Red Hat chapter doings, and last but not least... my new interest in digi-scraping.  I will be showing some of the layouts I have been making, too. 

Yes, I have been spending a lot of time on the computer learning the Photoshop Elements 10.  My darling hubby bought the program as a Christmas present for me.  Love the program... now that I have learned how to use it a bit.  Would have been lost without the "Missing Manual - PSE 10" by Barbara Brundage - an O Reilly publication.  It is my 'bible' to PSE10.  I learn more each time I open it up and start creating a new layout with its clusters, backgrounds, elements and... of course... the photos.  So many ways to showcase those special events.

Must say a kind word about all the friendly folks I have found on several of digi-scraping sites.  Love the challenges there as that pushes me to learn and do more.  So many fabulously talented designers out there.  And love seeing all the layouts as they spark ideas and get the creative juices flowing. 

One of these days... I may even become a Creative Team member for a designer or digi-forum.  Oh, be still my heart!