Friday, December 28, 2012

Project 365 + Grazzi + Freebie!

Happy Friday! I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas!  We had a beautiful time with family. Andrew and I have been married 11 years and this is only the 2nd time that we've spent Christmas morning in our own home. For our boys this was the first time. We're usually in AZ or FL for Christmas. It was nice to wake up at home this time and the boys actually obliged by sleeping in until around 8:00 AM, we ended up waking Nolan up. We had family come over to see the boys open their gifts and have Christmas breakfast and then we went over to my parents for lunch and more family came. It was a wonderful day!

But on to this week's new releases. I've bundled up Grazzi and added some add-ons to round out the collection. If you collected the freebies on my blog, at OSD, and at Quality DigiScrap Freebies, then you have most of the kit already. I have added a couple papers and elements to round the kit out. I have alphas, journal cards, and cardstocks. Everything is 20% off through 12/30. If you want to save more, grab the Bundle at 31% Off or Buy the Kit and get the Journal Cards FREE through 1/3.
Also today at OSD, we're releasing our coordinating Life 365 Products. I have labels for marking the date/month/weekday of your photos or pages, painted krafts, and cardstocks. Look for new products to be added throughout the year. The labels come with a .pdf sheet showing examples of ways to use them to date your projects. Everything is 20% Off through 12/30.

While I was celebrating Christmas, Mittens was still up to no good! I've noticed that Wish You Were Here is priced at only $2. You have a few days to snatch up this deal, don't miss out!

Kim also made you this freebie cluster frame that coordinates with Grazzi. We hope you enjoy!


Next week I will have a re-release of a mini in celebration of my upcoming birthday. See you then!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Sale + Freebie!!

Happy Friday Everyone! I hope that you all are ready for Christmas! I have two very excited little boys here. Tomorrow we will be opening gifts with my parents and they will likely be up at the crack of dawn begging to go! Andrew and I got all of their gifts wrapped on Wednesday morning while they were at school so I think that we are ready to go here. Today I got to help out with Samuel's Christmas party at school and I had so much fun helping him and his Kindergarten classmates do a Christmas tree craft. They were all having such a good time at the party, the joy of childhood is just awe inspiring.

Well, I have a lot going on this weekend before Christmas. I'm going to start with the SALE!! Everything in my store is 25% Off through 12/27, but all Christmas and Winter themed collections are 40% Off through 12/27. So head over to My Store and check out the sale!

I have two items that are back in my shop from TDC and beyond! First is Country Kitchen. I do have a *brand new* Add-on Mini for this collection though. Everything is 25% Off through 12/27. Buy the Kit and Get the Cardstocks for FREE through 12/27.
Next, I have Hark the Angels back in the store and this collection is 40% Off through 12/27.
And that naughty Mittens has been up to no good again! I just got Traditional Christmas fixed and I see that he has Silver Bells priced at $1.00! Hurry and grab it now before I get time to change the price back amidst all the holiday preparations!
And now onto the freebie! Kim made you this stacked paper that coordinates with Country Kitchen. We hope you enjoy!
I hope that you all have a blessed and safe holiday season with your family and friends! Merry Christmas from me and my family!


Saturday, December 15, 2012

DSC December Blogtrain Freebie - Let the Season Shine!

Welcome to the DSC December Blogtrain. Here is my part:

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Retro Claus + Freebie!

Happy Friday! It's Block Party time over at OSD. I have elements, papers, cardstocks, alphas, and journal cards and everything is 20% off through Sunday. Retro Claus is a throwback Christmas Kit with bright colors.

Mittens has also been up to no good again. I finally managed to get the other prices righted and today I see that Traditional Christmas is priced at only $1.00! Be sure to grab it quick!
I have a freebie for you today. Joey made this freebie cluster for you using Retro Claus. We hope you enjoy!
Stop back tomorrow because the DSC December blogtrain is taking off and I'll have something for you!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12.12.12 Dirty Dozen Promo - Chance of Flurries 50% Off!

Hi everyone! Today is 12.12.12, what a cool date and one that we aren't going to see again! It's a once in a lifetime thing so we are celebrating at OSD with a promo called The Dirty Dozen. The designers have opened the vaults and brought back a retired product which will be 50% Off today only! I've chosen my Chance of Flurries Collection. The whole collection, kit, bundle, stacked papers, worn papers, and cardstocks are 50% Off today only!

And here's a last reminder to grab Fading Fall or 'Tis the Season for $2 before I fix Mittens' misdeeds. By Friday I will have it fixed back to regular price.
I'll be back on Friday with some new stuff for you!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Hybrid Template Tutorial

Hi, CTM Stacy here with a little hybrid template tutorial for you today. But before I begin I want to thank Stephanne for inviting me over today to guest on her blog! It's so exciting to be here!

Today I'm working with the Silver Bells kit that released at One Story Down last Friday.

And with Wine Bottle Tags template set from Snickels Corner Crafts releasing today.

The thing I love most about templates is how easy it is to get just the look you want, while not having to start with an empty canvas. Here's an example, I really like the shape of the label and mat as well as the look of the ribbon behind it on Wine Bottle Tag 1. But I also really like the overall shape of the Wine Bottle Tag 2. So I'm going to combine them to get just the look I want.

The first step is to open both Tag 1 and Tag 2 in your program. I'm using Photoshop Elements 11, but the steps should be the same no matter what program you are using.

Next, Ctrl-click on the three layers from Tag 1 that you want to move over to Tag 2.

With those three layers selected, click and drag them from Tag 1 to Tag 2 (in the image window or from the layers bin).

Once the layers have been added to Tag 2, remove the oval label and mat and position the ribbon, label and mat from Tag 1.

Now I'm going to close Tag 1 and start adding my papers and elements to Tag 2.  Notice that on the template the suggested placement for elements is the top left side of the label, but I choose to use a package and two ornaments and they seemed to make more sense at the bottom right of the label. 

The last few things I'll do is merge all my paper layers and clip my paper strip and ribbon to the tag.

Finally, I'll add my text and some shadowing.

Once it's done, I'll reduce the opacity of my cut and score line layer then print it using a "coated" or "glossy" setting on my printer. After cutting it out, it is ready to add a touch of elegance to a bottle of wine I'm giving to friends this Christmas.

To learn more about hybrid projects (or to snag a couple of freebies) visit my blog at

Friday, December 7, 2012

Crazy Elf Days, Sales, + Freebies!

Happy Friday Everyone! I've had a busy day today helping out with the Christmas Shop at Samuel's school. It's so much fun watching the kids shop for their families and how excited they are to pick out special gifts for everyone they love!

There is so much going on at OSD this week! I have a few things that are back in the store for you. First is the Autumn Opulence Collection. If you didn't get a chance to grab it over at The Digichick while I was guesting, now is your chance to grab it at 20% off. I'm also running a promo - Buy the Autumn Opulence Kit and get the Cardstocks for FREE through 12/13. You can also save more by grabbing the whole Bundle. Also back in my store is Silver Bells which was released previously and also in my TDC guest store, and then Traditional Christmas is back too with a few new elements added to make it a little bit more rounded out. Those are both 20% Off too!

We also have a special visitor to OSD for the month of December: Mittens the Elf! Mittens has been up to his mischevious ways this week, changing prices of products in the shop. He's gotten into my shop and made some changes. I'll probably get around to righting his misdeeds towards the end of this week so be sure to grab these things now! Right now you will find Fading Fall and 'Tis the Season for only $2!
OSD is also celebrating the Christmas Season with a giveaway on Ali Edward's blog. You can win the whole December Captured Collection (over $175 value) by leaving a comment on Ali's Blog. The December Captured Category is also on sale for 30% Off through 12/9. These products are perfect for creating December Daily type albums. Check out my Tinsel Time products on sale for 30% Off.
OK, time for some freebies! Have you been over to The Heartistic Project yet? I'm so lucky to be one of the sponsors over there and the sponsors got together and made and awesome Collab Freebie that you won't want t miss. Go grab Shiny Happy People for FREE and check out The Heartistic Project while you are there!
I also have a couple freebies for you today. First Joey made you a December desktop which I totally forgot to post for you all last week. But here it is if you haven't gotten around to changing it yet!
And Kim made you this stacked paper freebie that coordinates with Autumn Opulence. We hope you enjoy!
I will be back on Wednesday with a fun promotion going on at OSD in celebration of 12/12/12. So be sure to check back or sign up for my newsletter to be sure to get all the info straight to your inbox!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Mittens has Struck!

It looks like that naughty elf Mittens over at OSD has been in my shop today making mischief.....something isn't priced right....I don't have time to fix it right now, so you still have a chance to grab this great deal. See what Mittens has been up to today: