Shine On

Good morning, y’all.

Mom’s doing great.  She no longer needs PT, or the walker.  However, she still prefers to use it when she leaves the house, which is fine.  Whatever makes her feel safer and more secure.  She’s also well enough to start bitching about the lack of salt in her food.  Her doctor’s reply to that was “Tough.  Get used to it.”  The doctor is also talking about reducing her insulin.  They’ll be doing a bunch of blood work during her next appointment, and we’ll see how that goes.  Oddly, her eye doctor says there is no sign of diabetes in her eyes.  There are a few little blind spots in her right eye due to the stroke, so driving is a definite no-no, but no sign of diabetes.  It’s odd, and that’s something else we’ll be discussing with her regular doctor.

Anyway, I’ve found some time to play in PSP, and the result is the kit I’m post today, and one I’ll be posting next week.  They sort of grew from each other with similar color palettes.  Today’s kit is about spring.  It has warm, yet earthy, colors, lots of flowers, and cute little birds.

Shine On contains:

  • 19 papers
  • 10 frames
  • 3 frame clusters
  • 25 flowers
  • 8 birds
  • 3 curled ribbons
  • 7 journal arrows
  • 7 journal arrow stickers
  • 7 glitter tiles
  • 7 sequins
  • 7 gems
  • 1 alpha (upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols)

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Here’s a better look at the papers:

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The font I used for this alpha is Georgia by Matthew Carter.  This is a Microsoft font that usually comes with Windows.  If you don’t have for whatever reason, you can download it from the Fontzone.

Download links:  In full or in dial-up friendly pieces.

Next week, it’s summertime!  Here’s a peek:

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Refreshed

Hi, y’all.  Long time, no scrap.  But, today, I finally have a new freebie for you to download.  Refreshed is all about rainy days.  Rather apropos, since it’s been raining all night, and will continue to do so for the rest of the day.  This kit makes me think of spring.  In fact, I actually started making it last spring.  I was inspired by the Deck the Halls Colour Challenge last May over at Digital Scrapbook Place.  After saving the palette, I started experimenting and doodling, but nothing really seemed to work right.  Nothing “jelled”.  So, I put it away for awhile.  This happened a few times, until I brought it back out a few weeks ago.  Everything finally started coming together.  I changed the colors some.  Darkened a few, added saturation to others, and so on.  Here’s the result.

Refreshed contains:

  • 21 papers
  • 21 flowers
  • 16 frames
  • 8 labels
  • 2 rain layers
  • 3 dragonflies
  • 1 rainbow
  • 4 sets of falling raindrops
  • 4 ric-rac
  • 3 scalloped edges
  • 7 sequins
  • 8 glitter tiles
  • 5 clouds
  • 7 string flowers
  • 1 waterdrops layer
  • 2 alphas (one lower- and uppercase letters, numbers and symbols, one lowercase letters only)

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Here’s a better look at the papers:

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The water alpha was created using Water Script by Yaqi Huang, you can download it from dafont.com, and this tutorial:  How to create realistic mass waterdrops on a surface.  I then added a some sparkle to the hightlights with this one:  Create sparkle on any object!.  Both are for GIMP.  The waterdrop tutorial was also used to make the waterdrop layer (duh, right), some of the falling raindrops, the drops on the square frames, and the dragonflies.  The font used for the second alpha was Dream Orphanage Regular by Typodermic Fonts.  It and Romance Fatal Serif (created by Juan Casco), the font on the labels, can also be downloaded from dafont.com.

You can download this kit in pieces, convenient for dial-up, or in full.

Goode Ole Tyme

In a complete 180, this week I decided to try for something vintage.  Something with a nice antique, retro, feel.  And so we have us a Goode Ole Tyme.

Goode Ole Tyme contains:

  • 17 papers
  • 12 flowers
  • 19 frames
  • 6 sequins
  • 6 glitter tiles
  • 2 scalloped lace edges
  • 2 phonograph records
  • 2 radios
  • 1 television
  • 4 bottle caps
  • 1 alpha (upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols)
  • 6 buttons
  • 6 round labels
  • 4 stickers/labels
  • 3 sheets of notepaper

The alpha itself was made with the font Rockwell Extra Bold.  If you have Windows, you should already have this font.  If you don’t have it, you can get it here.  Inside the alpha, the text is from The Epic of Gilgamesh, because you can’t get much more antique than that, and the font is Lucida Calligraphy.  This is another font that usually comes with Windows.  If you don’t have it, you can purchase it here.  Other fonts used in making this kit are:  Loki ColaContribute, Creampuff, and PowerChord.

To get the worn, vintage look on the papers and labels, I used several grungy type brushes from Obsidian Dawn and Touchstone Art.

The following tutorials were used in making this kit:

In the “Awesome” sticker tutorial, you are required to use the High Pass Sharpen filter in Photoshop.  I don’t have Photoshop, and the High Pass Sharpen utility in Paint Shop Pro doesn’t give the same effect, but I found this plugin for GIMP that does:  Highpass Sharpen Filter for Gimp.

Download:  In Parts or In Full

Wicked Awesome

Obviously, Mother Nature heard me whine, or rejoice, about the lack of winter, because it’s suddenly gotten a might chilly.  There was frost this morning.  Brrrrrr.

Today’s freebie is Wicked Awesome.  A kit with lots of bright, dramatic colors and techno toys for our teenagers.

Wicked Awesome contains:

  • 13 papers
  • 14 frames
  • 8 control buttons
  • 8 sequins
  • 8 glitter tiles
  • 7 circles
  • 4 scalloped edges
  • 3 cellphones
  • 3 iPods
  • 3 Nintendo DSes
  • 1 iPad
  • 1 iPhone
  • 1 alpha (lowercase letters only)

The alpha was created using the font Fanzine by Digital Graphic Labs.  I acquired it from dafont.com.  I also used some grunge brushes from ::Touchstone Art::.  The DSes were made using this tutorial:  Create a Nintendo DS Open Icon by Aaron Nichols.  And the iPods were based on this one:  Realistic iPod.

Download:  In Parts or In Full

You could pair Wicked Awesome with my previous kit, Byte Me!, for some “wicked” layouts!

Retro Chic

Last week, when posting Play, Learn, Create I said:

The last time I made anything even remotely “shabby”, it was an accident.  Well, this time, I did it on purpose.  Y’all know how much I like to try new things.  🙂  Still, it’s also got this retro, hippie feel to it, doesn’t it?  That was purely an accident.

So, this week, I took pretty much the same color palette, just making the darker brown a little darker and replacing the lighter brown with a purple, and went retro chic.  Most definitely on purpose.  This kit has bright colors, lots of flowers, peace signs, love beads, and plaids.

Unlike Play, Learn, Create, Retro Chic is not a brag kit.  It is 800 x 800 pixels.

Retro Chic contains:

  • 16 papers
  • 14 frames
  • 24 flowers
  • 7 love bead dangles
  • 7 peace signs
  • 7 sequins
  • 7 glitter tiles
  • 5 journal blocks
  • 3 wordarts
  • 1 rainbow
  • 1 alpha (upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and some symbols)

The font for the alpha is Ayosmonika. You can download it from dafont.com.  All other fonts used in the creation of this kit are from Blue Vinyl Fonts (you can also get them at dafont.com).  They are:  60s Chic for the journal blocks, Pandamonium for the flower frames, and Giant Head for the wordarts.  Also, if you’re interested, the title font on the preview is Chick.  You can get it at dafont.com or Fontalicious.

Download:  In Parts or In Full

Spring Back

With this new kit, I went on a bit of a bird kick, and, after drawing the birds, I decided to draw a bird bath.  I’m not completely satisfied with either attempt (the bird baths), but I’ll keep trying.  Anyway, all of this stuff about birds put me into a springtime frame of mind, so this kit takes us back to spring.

Spring Back contains:

  • 10 papers
  • 10 heart jewels
  • 10 doodles
  • 8 flowers
  • 9 frames
  • 5 sequins
  • 5 glitter tiles
  • 5 birds
  • 2  bird baths
  • 4 beads
  • 3 curled ribbons
  • 1 banner
  • 1 alpha (upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols)

The alpha was made using the font Dinova Black, and the doodles with Aierbazzi Regular.  Both can be downloaded from dafont.com.

Also, in making the circular frames, I used some glitter brushes from Obsidian Dawn.  Lots of awesome stuff there.

Download:  In Parts or In Full

Chatterbox

We desperately needed some rain, and we got some last night.  I swear it thundered all night.  One right after the other from midnight to sunrise.  We still need rain, but, at least, we’re not as dry as Texas.

This kit was cobbled to together using a hodgepodge of idle doodles.  It really doesn’t have a theme.  I drew random stuff using the same color palette.  Some of it I kept, some I didn’t.  I didn’t know what to called this kit, so I named it after the journal boxes.  They looked so cute with the papers when I doodled them that I just had to keep them.

Chatterbox contains:

  • 16 papers
  • 8 buttons
  • 5 glitter tiles
  • 5 journal boxes
  • 4 sequins
  • 3 frames
  • 3 curled ribbons
  • 2 butterflies
  • 2 scallops
  • 2 alphas (uppercase letters only)
  • 1 ladybug

The font for both of the alphas is Arial.

Download:  In Parts or In Full

Enchanted Summer and Summer Days

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything scrappy.  Well, last month, I finally started doodling again.  Just experimenting with different color schemes and seeing what came of it.  The results are two summer kits:  Enchanted Summer and Summer Days.  I’d planned to post these in time for iNSD, but Mother Nature interfered.  We had a thunderstorm come through that morning and lightning fried my ethernet card.  The computer itself was fine.  Only the ethernet card was affected.  It also took the living room television, one of the telephones, and the Wii out of commission.  So, anyway, after replacing the card, I can now wish all of you a belated iNSD and give y’all your presents.

Enchanted Summer contains:

  • 15 papers
  • 10 flowers
  • 24 sequins
  • 6 frames
  • 6 glitter tiles
  • 6 shrooms
  • 4 butterflies
  • 4 dragonflies
  • 2 alphas (both are lowercase only)

Download:  In Parts or In Full

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Summer Days contains:

  • 9 papers
  • 14 frames
  • 10 buttons
  • 5 stitched stars
  • 5 glitter tiles
  • 5 arrows
  • 4 doodles
  • 2 hot air balloons
  • 2 alphas (one lowercase letters only, the other both upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols)
  • 2 beach balls
  • 2 curled ribbons
  • 1 pool

Download:  mediafire

Glisten

It’s shaping up to be messy day.  First snow, then ice, then rain, then everything will freeze overnight.  Nothing’s falling yet.  There’s snow on the radar, but it’s not reaching the ground.  And, this, weekend, there’s another storm coming, and one early next week.  Hopefully we’ll get a good snow out of at least one of them.

With all of this wintry weather, it seemed the perfect time to my new kit, Glisten, filled with lovely pastels, snowflakes, and ice.

Glisten contains:

  • 13 papers
  • 16 frames
  • 7 beads
  • 3 fallen snow layers
  • 2 falling snow layers
  • 1 icicles
  • 6 snowflakes
  • 7 trees
  • 1 snowman
  • 6 glitter tiles
  • 1 alpha (uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols)

The font for the alpha is Impact.  I also used Faux Snow BRK in making the papers and snowflakes.  You can download it at dafont.com.

Download:  In Parts or In Full

Also, I’ve uploaded an old Christmas freebie of mine, Alpha Mints, to mediafire.  It was already at 4shared.  There are three alphas in the pack:  Peppermint, Spearmint, and Chocolate Mint.  At 4shared, each alpha is in its own zip file, at mediafire, they are all in the same file.

Download Alpha Mints:  mediafire

Comfort and Joy

Hi, y’all.  Geez, it’s cold.  Seems we just skipped December and went straight to January already.  But, alas, only a little bit of snow.  And that only stuck for a few hours before it switched completely to rain.

One thing about the cold, though, is that it sure gets us all in the Christmas spirit.  This kit was inspired by some wrapping paper I’ve been using, and some of the ornaments are renditions of ones hanging on my own tree.  I wanted a nice, homey, holiday feel for this one.

Comfort and Joy contains:

  • 15 papers
  • 14 frames
  • 13 labels (1 blank)
  • 7 ornament sheets (32 all together)
  • 5 trees
  • 4 bead swags
  • 4 tinsel swags
  • 3 falling snow layers
  • 4 stars
  • 4 lights (2 lit, 2 unlit)
  • 2 strings of lights (1 lit, 1 unlit)
  • 2 poinsettia
  • 2 snowflake overlays
  • 2 stockings
  • 1 wreath
  • 5 glitter tiles
  • 3 alphas (all have uppercase and lowercase letters and numbers, but no symbols)

The red and green alphas were created using the font Times New Roman.  Dinova Black was used for the other one.  The font on the labels is Santa’s Sleigh.  You can get it and Dinova at dafont.com.

The following tutorials were used in creating this kit:

That last one was used as inspiration since I can’t get Copies to work on my computer.  And, yes, I’ve tried FM Patcher.  It says it can’t open the file, even after I “elevated” the Patcher.  If anyone can tell me how to get Copies to work, I would be tremendously grateful.  I use Paint Shop Pro X2 Ultimate Edition and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.  I’ve found plenty of advice for Vista, but not for Windows 7.

Download:  In Parts or In Full