Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Want to win a new kit?

Hi everyone!  Tonight I have a couple announcements and a freebie template! 

How would you like to win one of these fabulous Sunshiney kits?

Well, you can!  Sunshine Studio Scraps is starting a new promotion where you can add a preview and little advertisement for a cool new kit to your blog and in return be entered in a drawing to win that kit for free!  It's that easy!  Check out this thread for all the details and to enter for these three kits and then check it often for new offers to pop up.

And here are a couple awesome new kits from 2 Sunshiney designers, they are awesome as usual!
The first is All About Funk by Kristi...check out those cool colors and funky elements..I love those flowers!
And next up is Veralyn by Kelly.  It is so soft and pretty and fresh!  Love purple, my favorite color, so this one is easy on the eye for me!  And she has a freebie on her blog that coordinates!  How cool is that!
Now, if you made it through all that (it was worth it, don't you think, those are awesome kits!) then your reward is a template!  I made it based on this LO I did.  I just thought it was a cute expression he had on his face and it needed to be scrapped!  If you want the story on what's going on in this photo, then scroll down to my last entry for pictures and the full story...

And here is the template:

Please do not share links or files, send other fans to my blog to pick up the template for themselves, thanks!

So, that's it for me...I am going to try to fit in 1 or 2 more layouts tonight.  Don't forget we still have Sunshine Wonder Week going on at Sun Studio and tomorrow is the last day for the QP Olympics featuring mgl Scraps Cinnamon Breeze kit.

As always, if you do any work with my designs, I'd love to see!

Nite Nite!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Bye Bye Butterflies!

Well, the kids and I have been raising caterpillars into butterflies the past few weeks.  (Thanks Nana for the kit) And today, we released them!  They flew off into our backyard to enjoy their life, free from the "butterfly habitat" they have been living in.  The kids did really well, both raising them and letting them go!  If you want to see more pictures of the caterpillars and their chrysalises, visit my family blog here and check out the last few entries.

Danger:  6 year old reader present...we went to Barnes and Noble today to redeem Alex's reward for reading 8 books.  They are running  a summer reading promotion.  Anyway, she must have been "reading" the magazine covers while I was paying (yes, we got more than the free book, can anyone get out of there without buying something, I love that place!) because on the way out to the car she said, "Mom, why did that book say 'why can't women read maps and men don't listen?' "  So, I am giggling when she goes on to say, "it had a picture of a lady holding a map upside down and a man covering his ears"  I am now laughing out loud trying to figure out how to explain the 'Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus' phenomenon to my 6 year old daughter.  Out of the mouths of babes!  Anyway, gave me a chuckle, thought it might give you one too.

And on the scrapping front, don't miss this brand new paper pack from Kiki Halbert at Sunshine.  This and all her paper packs and kits are really rich and textured, not to mention pretty!

And, last but not least, here is another LO using my template!  Thanks for sharing Amanda!  I thought it was a very appropriate subject considering all the butterfly talk!  Great job Amanda on the LO, it shows off the dragonfly really well with the natural papers and flowers and the pic is fabulous!

That's it for me for today!  Off to feed the kids and scrap!  Toodles!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Some neato kits and lots of news...

From lliella Designs.  Have you seen how cute her kits are?  I am a big fan!  And she has a new kit coming out at the end of the month...and MAN is it freakin' cute... to quote Sunshine Girl Amy, "Holy Cuteness!"  And I have to say, I agree!  Here's the sneak peek...

And check out this LO I did using Mandy Mystiques newest kit Serendipity:

And here's the kit, go to Mandy's store to check it out!  It's on sale too!

Also...I just found out that I am a Scraps Matter Gang girl!  Check out my new blinkie in the sidebar...isn't it cute?  It is kind of a cheerleading group.  I consider Scrap Matters and Sunshine Studio my digi-scrapping homes, so I am very glad to be part of this team at Scrap Matters.  I am already so involved over there with challenges and now I feel "official"  hehehe.  Look for more to come from us at Scrap Matters!

And back to the news of the Summer Sundress links..I am utterly frustrated!  I have a comment again that the links are requiring a password.  I did not set up a password on the brand new folder I set up for these new links.  So, I just don't know what is going on.  I double checked too.  I can see that some of you are downloading just fine.  So, I guess since I have noticed that 4Shared has been intermittent lately, maybe just keep trying and eventually one time it will work.  Sorry.

OK--Gotta go eat lunch...and do "Mommy School" with the kids.  Catch ya later!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Thanks for the layouts and new DL Links

I have been honored by some awesome scrappers...they have been using my templates and kits! Thanks for sending them, it is really rewarding to see the creative ways you all use them!  
(If you have contacted me that you used something of mine and I have missed it below, please let me know again, I am not leaving you out on purpose.  You know when you get that funny feeling that you are forgetting something, happening to me right now!)

Here they are, please go to their galleries and leave them some love!

Sunshine Designer Greedz used my Freebie Template 1:  (see credits)

Fellow Sunshine Wonder Girl Teri used my Honey of a Mini kit:  (see credits)

And my Mom also used the Honey of a Mini kit and Freebie Template #2:

Thanks also for all your comments, I read them all!  I have them come to my email so I don't miss any and I really appreciate each one and it is nice to see some of my digital friends stopping by!

Did you notice I added a feedblitz sign-up for my blog?  Just enter your email and you will be notified whenever I update the blog.

AND did you notice the countdown I have at the top of the sidebar???  HUBBY IS FINALLY COMING HOME!!!!  YAY!!!!!!!  Ok, out of my system...for now...  So, mid-August, I may go off the radar for a couple weeks.

OK..and about these Summer Sundress links...ACK, 4Shared!!!!!!!!!  I have NO IDEA why they would all of a sudden stop working, but 4shared has been kicking me out for no reason the past couple days, so maybe something's up.  I have re-done and re-assembled all the links here in this post,so hopefully this will work.  Thanks everyone for telling me!  I'm glad you are looking forward to getting the rest of the kit!

Here they are:

I hope these work, I tried them all myself and got no errors, so fingers crossed!'s late, nitey nite!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Isn't this cool?! And LOTS of freebies!

Bead Letter J e- Dismantled Neon Letter u i N e-sf
The NonScarlet Letter, \"A Buyer\ R T I S T R y4

I was reading Scrapkitty's blog today and she linked us up to this cool site where you can get a "photo montage" name from photos loaded on flickr!  Isn't that cool?  You can get yours here.  When you type in your name and your montage comes up, click on the letters and the image of that letter changes, so you can pick ones you like.  Then, below, are the links to the photos on flickr and below that the html code in case you want to blog yours too.  Thought that was a fun little Friday tidbit...

On to's Sunshine time!  Here's the schedule of all the fun events that will be going on all week, starting this Sunday.  Make sure to stay tuned in the forums and on the Sun blog for all the details.  OK, here's the schedule, it's gonna be big girls!

And, if you participated in SWW last month, you have already seen this and probably have it!  It was our Wonder Girl mini-kit for June.  If you missed it, you are in luck!  The Wonder Girls are having a blog party!  And this is the kit we are giving away!  So, make sure to visit the Sunshine Blog at 8am Saturday for all the links to the Wonder Girl blogs, then go hopping and collect all the pieces.  Hope you enjoy it, we sure had fun creating it!  Here's a preview of the whole kit...

And for my portion, I have three download links:
And, last but not least, as promised, I separated the layers of my template from yesterday into PNGs.  Link is below...

As usual, no file or link sharing please, just send them here!

That's it for me, I am off to scrap a little, yay!!  See you over at Sun and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Sunshiney Announcements and a Freebie

Hi everyone...just a little light housekeeping before I get started...thanks to some fabulous help from none other than the Wonder Girl leader himself, Vasco, and some testing by my friend Joanne and my Mom, I have now figured out how to remove those "extra" files from my download folders.  So, you can now download my freebies, junk-free!  LOL!!

OK...on to the fun stuff...

Check out this CUTE CUTE CUTE kit by Beckie Wallace on sale now for a limited time in the Sunshine Shop.  It's called Sadie's Garden and it is super fun, just my style!  And, if you visit Beckie's blog...she has a little coordinating freebie for you, that's cute too!  Check it out on her blog!

In WONDER GIRLS news today, we are all working hard to get ready for our next Sunshine Wonder Week (SWW) starting this Sunday.  Hint-Hint:  Have you seen my blinkie in the sidebar?  It might give you an idea of this month's theme...  It will be a week filled with fun games, challenges, events, prizes and freebies!  I am really excited, everything is bigger and better this month, you won't want to miss it!  Check out the Sunshine blog for a little teaser of what's to come...

And make sure you are signed for the Sunshine newsletters...Besides all the fabulous info from the designers, articles and inspiration from the gallery, I had a hand in this week's...hmm..hmmm...issue...that's all I can say....Click the blinkie on my sidebar to sign up!  Or just click here to sign up!

FOR FUN:  My fellow Scrap Matters scrapper, aka Kandy Kane Kreations, has the coolest little bit of entertainment for all the Moms in the world on her blog today.  You should definitely go watch it...cute and true!!  Visit her here.

And finally...your freebie...this is one of my own favorite layouts lately...I did it at a Speed Scrap at Scrap Matters.  I really liked the look and feel of it...

And so I made it into a template for you!  Hope you like it!  Now, I am sorry, but it is 1:30 a.m. and so I did not make individual png's for this one, YET!  But I will...stay tuned for that.  Bookmark me and check back, I will get that done.

As usual, please no file and/or link sharing, just send people here to my blog to pick up the freebie.

So, that's it for me, waaaaayyyyy past my bedtime!

Off to la-la land!  Catch ya over at Sun this weekend!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Thanks Beckie and Mandi!

My blog was awarded!  My first time!

Beckie Wallace, Sunshine Girl and MandiN, fellow Wonder Girl have both awarded me!  Thanks gals!  Go to their blogs and check them out!  They are both fantastic members of the Sunshine Studio Scraps team, it wouldn't be as Sunshiney there without them!

The rules of the award are:
1. The winner can put the logo on her blog.
2. Link the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs of the girls you’ve nominated

I am nominating the following 7 fabulous blogs!

(she just started it this weekend)
My new Sunflower teacher:  Nicole at Sugarplum Paperie
My fellow sunflowers:  Crystal, Ale (Madame Wing), Dani and Andrea
(did you know she makes blinkies?)

Ok, off to leave love on your blogs, congrats, you all do a fantastic job!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

"Extra" Files in folders...

So, I learned today, that since I am on a Mac, when I zip up files to post, Mac puts extra files in the folder.  Learn something new everyday!  But, I tested them and confirmed that they are "extra" and all the pieces that should be there, are there.  So, you can delete the files that have the "._" in front of them.  

Also, I am working on a method to be able to take out these extra files so that you don't get them in the future.

Thanks vedette for bringing this up, I wouldn't have known, but you should be good to go by using all the "other" files in the folder and just ignore or delete the extras.

Thanks Dani and Mom for helping me sort through all this!

Until later...

Friday, July 18, 2008

Short link...

Well, again, WAAAAAAAYYYYY past my bedtime, but I just get caught up in all my projects! So I am going to post quick here.  Tonight I give you the final part to Summer Sundress, the alpha.  I hope you all have enjoyed this, I think you have based on the comments, which I appreciate tremendously.

Now that you have the whole kit, when you make a layout with it, and you would like to share with me the rest of the readers, please email them to me at jengregory14 at cox dot net.  I will post them here so we can all oooh and aaahhh over them.  Include your gallery link too so we can see your credits and leave you some love!

So, here it is...

(LINK HAS BEEN REMOVED-see 7/28 post)

Thanks for visiting...I'll try to get a template done this weekend for you:)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Have you ever Speed Scrapped?

I just got done doing a speed scrap over at ScrapMatters.  Have you ever done one?  They are popping up around a lot lately...  Go to this thread to see what it is all about.  Basically, for an hour, there is one instruction (pick your photos, use 3 papers, use a heart, etc) given every 10 minutes.  In between instructions you work on your LO and chat in the forum with all the other participants.  At the end of the hour you have one more hour to complete your LO.  It's really fun!  This was mine look familiar?  

Have you all been to all 24 blogs from Sunshine to gather all your blog party goodness?  It is awesome ladies, I am already seeing it used out there.  Make sure to post your layouts using it in the Sunshine gallery, I know we would all like to see our designs shining!

And now for the fourth part of Summer Sundress, the second elements:

(LINK HAS BEEN REMOVED-see 7/28 post)

And that's it folks, it's past my bedtime and I'm hungry...that's bad!  So, off to have a snack and then dreamland!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Time for a Sunshine Blog Party!

And this time instead of just blog hopping (and believe me I will be), I get to be part of it!!! That's right, I got to create a piece of this amazing mega-kit! I am beyond excited! Sunshine has a new designer intern program called the Sunflowers and I was invited to be one, I get to learn the tricks of the trade from the Sunshine Girls, yay! And the Sunflowers got to participate in the blog party too! Pretty awesome! That was my huge news that I couldn't spill in my last post...see why I was bursting? This thing is HUGE and ROCKIN! Wait until you see the awesome goodness you get for free! Here we go...

Ok, it's time for a Sunshine freebie kit called Mango Tango! Who doesn't love a Sunshine blog party?!! We are celebrating the new designers at Sunshine, they will all be in the store on Friday, so be sure to check that out! Mango Tango is a fabulous color palette and all the designers', new designers' and Sunflowers' pieces are amazing! Check out the Sunshine Blog for all the details about this celebration and for a full list of the 24 designers participating and their blog links.

Here's my portion:

I have TWO parts, make sure to get them both.  
Here's where to download my papers and elements.

This is an international party, so if you don't see someone's freebies up yet, be sure to stop by again later today!  And don't worry, the links will remain active for a long time so you will have plenty of time to collect your goodies.

Hope you all enjoy and remember to leave these hard working freebie makers some love when you stop by their blogs, I know they'll appreciate it! And I have to say sharing files or links, just send them to the Sunshine Blog where the whole list of links is available!
Happy scrapping!

And if you are here looking for day three of the Summer Sundress freebie kit, keep scrolling, there is another post for it.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

I'm bursting to tell you...

...some VERY exciting news...but I can't, my lips are sealed!  But, I can tell you it's happening tomorrow and you'll want to come here to see...that's it, I have to stop before I spill it...

So, a couple of you took the quiz I posted yesterday and you all scored higher than me!  Well, that's what I get for taking it at 1AM!  It was fun to read your comments and scores.  Thanks!

On to other news...This is a layout I did the other day.  Recognize the kit?  Wink!  There are a few special things about this layout...first, it was done for my fellow Wonder Girl at Sunshine, Wendy.  The Sunshine Sweeties and the Wonder Girls traded photos and did LO's for each other, fun, huh?  When I get mine, I'll post it too.  Second, the template I used for it is made by another fellow Wonder Girl, JoAnne and she is giving it away on her blog for free!  She has 2 other templates and some wordart there for you too.  Rumor has it, she has a layout posted using my Summer Sundress kit.  So, go check her out.  Leave her some love while you're there.  And last, of course, I used my own kit to do the layout. 

And last but not least, today's link for Summer Sundress:

(LINK HAS BEEN REMOVED-see 7/28 post)

And, I love your comments, so boost my ego will ya, and leave me some love!

So, that's it, it is late, late, late and I need to go to bed, but I was working on the secret I mentioned above...shhhh!

See ya tomorrow!