A Blog Train, A Daily Download, A New Forum and a Bunch of Freebies

As much as I would love to write and write about all things that are yummy to the senses, I must apply my abbreviator and try to keep this short.  HA!  The ol’ back pain demons are rearing their ugly, uh, arses.  LOL  There is a hurricane somewhere south of here.  Every time there is one, the barometric pressure fluctuations cause those folks with pain to have it really bad!  It sucks!  It doesn’t help, either, that there is some stress at home.  Getting things on an even keel with my daughter and her two children being here is slow.
 
Things are starting to fall into place, though.  We have my grandson in school.  He spent the summer home with me, rather than at day care, for the first time.  He’s my buddy!  I sure love that little guy.  His sister is another story.  LOL  She’s a peach, but, oh, so, mischievous!  And, fast.  She will be quiet, you’ll run to see what she is up to and you’ll find she had eaten all of the margarine off the dish.  While wiping up the spillage, you turn just in time to see her unrolling the bathroom tissue all over the room.  She is a handful!  LOL  She actually got suspended for one day from day care!  I’m not kidding!  She was ‘spitting’!  Doing raspberries, she says.  Either way, nobody wants spit on them!  Her mommy had to take the day off to stay home with her.  That doesn’t fall under my job description.  LOL
So, I have been telling you about the Maigickal Scraps move.  We are officially opening the new forum on the first, Wednesday.  Each of the ladies has made a really fun contribution to the “Grand Opening”.  Each lady will post hers on her own blog and we will all post the links for each other.  I think there are 5 total.  I’ve seen the things they’ve made and all I can say is, at least, come take a look.
For a look at what is coming,
Click on the banner to go to the new forum.  That is where the Daily Downloads will be starting on September 1, 2010.  The new slideshow, “September Song,” will be up, then, too, at the top of this page for your previewing.
And, on the same day, gosh, that’s tomorrow, come back here for my part of the goodie for celebrating the big move!
I have been uber-busy this past week finishing up some projects I was working on.  One, the Gothic Inspirations Blog Train for September, “Gothic Journey” is going to be fun.  

Click on the logo to go to the GI Blog Train Blog.

Jessica already has the previews up and mine is there, right along-side some of the uber-talented folks whose designs I have admired for so long.  I actually saw people I had no idea were involved, like SharonB.  OMG!  Her website, Scrappy Chic Boutique, is awesome!   She is an artist, through and through.  What struck me about her works is the elegance.  Her things are ‘elegant’, lady-like, yet, you get a sense that she has struggled to find a niche for women and did so with fervor.  I have the utmost respect for Sharon.  I have to mention her dolls, too.  They look like her.  You’ve got to see her dolls.  She does them with fancy backgrounds and, well, have a look-see:

Isn’t she pretty?  Sharon does custom work, too, if you want to have one tailor-made to fit your needs.   Click on the doll image to go to Sharon’s website and see what I’m talking about.  Catering to the professional photography field with her layouts and templates, if you will, for awesome finished photographs, I think she must have found digi-scrapping natural for her.  It shows in all of her work.

There’s more!  I want to tell you about another site I found.  Photo Rack is a stock photo site.  Now, before you click and run, LOL,  let me tell you about this place.  The selection of photos is very nice!  It’s easy to navigate.  And, they have a bunch of textures, which I know you will love and be able to use.  These are exceptional textures!  I don’t know who took the photos, but, they are all very good resolution and size.  Their ‘water-color’ textures are something to see.  With a blending mode, or two, these will make your own art look like it is done in water-colors.

I know as well as each of you that there are thousands of so-called ‘free-photo’ websites out there.  The rates are so totally out of my budget, though.  Still, you pay for quality.  There are some exceptions where one can get by with the free downloads that many sites offer.  Many are quite good.  PhotoRack is one of those.  Ever on the search for an easy-to-use source, with high-resolute and large images, I feel PhotoRack filled the bill.  Go have a look.  It is so easy to get around, you should be downloading soon!  LOL  

Alrighty, then.  I have so much coming out tomorrow, I must confess I don’t have anything ready for today to download.  I do have a couple of ‘backgrounds’ I have done.  They are a slight hint as to what I’ve been up to.  There is an ‘outdoor’ page and an ‘indoor’ page, if you will.  I hope someone can use them.  One reason for making these, as they are quite the popular style, is that I don’t have to worry about credit or linking to an artist.  I’m it.  LOL  These are so free to use.  You can do what you wish with them.

Click on the image to go to Box to download:

So, I’ll see you tomorrow!  I must go make my last preparations for the big day.  That’s a blogtrain, a new forum goodie, the new daily download and more merriment!  So,

SMILE!

(Unless you can give me one good reason not to!  LOL)

Hugs,

Su

SU CheshireCat

As much as I would love to write and write about all things that are yummy to the senses, I must apply my abbreviator and try to keep this short.  HA!  The ol’ back pain demons are rearing their ugly, uh, arses.  LOL  There is a hurricane somewhere south of here.  Every time there is one, the barometric pressure fluctuations cause those folks with pain to have it really bad!  It sucks!  It doesn’t help, either, that there is some stress at home.  Getting things on an even keel with my daughter and her two children being here is slow.  
 
Things are starting to fall into place, though.  We have my grandson in school.  He spent the summer home with me, rather than at day care, for the first time.  He’s my buddy!  I sure love that little guy.  His sister is another story.  LOL  She’s a peach, but, oh, so, mischievous!  And, fast.  She will be quiet, you’ll run to see what she is up to and you’ll find she had eaten all of the margarine off the dish.  While wiping up the spillage, you turn just in time to see her unrolling the bathroom tissue all over the room.  She is a handful!  LOL
So, I have been telling you about the Maigickal Scraps move.  We are officially opening the new forum on the first, Wednesday.  Each of the ladies has made a really fun contribution to the “Grand Opening”.  Each lady will post hers on her own blog and we will all post the links for each.  I’ve seen the things they’ve made and all I can say is, at least, come take a look.
For a look at what is coming,
Click on the banner to go to the new forum.  That is where the Daily Downloads will be starting on September 1, 2010.  The new slideshow, “September Song,” will be up at the top of this page for your previewing.
And, on the same day, come back here for my part of the goodie for celebrating the big move!
I have been uber-busy this past week finishing up some projects I was working on.  One, the Gothic Inspirations Blog Train for September, “Gothic Journey” is going to be fun.  

Click on the logo to go to the blog train Blog.  LOL  It begins September 1, also.  Jessica has the previews up!  Mine is on there, along with some of the most awesome designs I’ve seen.  Everyone went with a Halloween theme, so, don’t be scared.  LOL

SU CheshireCat

Freebie, Blog Train & Magickal Scraps News

My little grandson, who will be 8 on Saturday, has an attitude – a lot!  He thinks he’s grown like his cousin, in between still sucking his thumb when he’s tired.  I can change it, usually, though, with a little bit of laughter and smiles.  What they say about smiles being infectious is true!  He can have a pout going on, with his bottom lip protruding out so far he could trip over it.  He’ll be whiny or grumpy, too.  I can just look at him with a smile and, before he can resist, he is all smiles.  I always tell him, “this will pass, it always does.”  And, it does.  Believe it, or not, after years in psychotherapy, I came to the conclusion that most every situation will pass.  I can get in a major funk, as that is my on-going problem, and, eventually, it passes.   Having learned this, I can get through things better than before, as it feels like there is hope.  Experience has taught me, if I don’t like the mood I’m in, hold on a little while – it will pass/change.  It is my small comfort, but, one that keeps me sane.  Really!  Besides, my grandson has the prettiest smile.  It makes it all worth while.

One of the things that helps, too, is little prompts, like cards or pictures with little feel-good sayings.  These were a godsend when I was going through some of my darkest days.  Well, I have just the place to go to get my ‘daily dose’ of feel good!  No, not the dude in the back alley!  Jeez!  LOL  My friend, Nana, NanaBananaScraps, is an artist and a creator of some of the cutest little pixels on the net!  “Just4Today” is a series Nana does, of little cards with her special words that delight or make one feel good or make ya slap your thigh with laughter.  She has a Facebook page where you can see the cards each day.  What better way to get your daily inspiration? 

 In my own news, I decided to join in with the other designers at Gothic Inspirations, for their infamous monthly Blog Trains.  My friend, Miss Edna, from Miss Edna’s Place blog, has been involved in it for a while and told me about it.  I thought I would try.  So, starting in September, I will be a part of this monthly treat.  We’ll see.  I hope I can live up to the wonderful standard the designer have set for this event.  It will be an huge learning experience for me.  That will be fun!  I’ve placed one of Jessica’s banners at the top of my page.  Have a look-see at all of the GI blogs, including one by her own designers.  Jessica is an amazing designer.  So are the others who have participated in these blog trains, bringing the fame and notoriety the name has so well deserved.
Next, I’ve mentioned the Magickal Scraps store and how it was hacked and closed a few months back.  It didn’t affect the forums, but, Snowy, the owner/designer, has decided to let that site go.  She is going through a marvelous time in her life, of late, and has some new and other interests and obligations.  Though she is growing in so many fantastic ways, her time for designing is at a minimum, for her.  She’s already shown the world, and herself, that she is a top-notch designer.  It was Snowy and her designs that drew me to her site in the first place.  I love the Gothic look and the ‘nature-based’ spirituality of certain beliefs, which she has brought to her designs.  She gave me my first gig as a designer, letting me join in on a few events with my own contributions.  She, and the others at that place, have been wonderful!  They’ve been so supportive.  More than that, though, they’ve been friends.
So, with the future of that site nearing the end of the year’s contract, we all put our heads together and came up with the decision to start a new place, a website of our own, so to speak.  Snowy will still be a part of the team, but, she needs some personal time.  She’s crossing the ‘big pond’ to come to America to visit her beau.  On her blog, Snowraven’s Cave, she writes about her special romance with her soulmate, Erik.  Though they met online, he is known to one of the other ladies.  They have kept a relationship going for over a year, either online or by phone.  Soon, she’ll be coming over to meet for the first time in person.!  So exciting!  She’ll be an occasional contributor still.  The rest of the team, and I, have started with a new forum, which is still in the organization stage.  Much of the same content will be switched over from the old site to the new.  The “Daily Downloads” that we do each month will be switched over on September 1, 2010.  We’re getting the word out, now.
As a special event, a ‘grand opening’, if you will, the ladies are planning a treat for everyone!  Still in the planning stages, as well, we are going to offer a very nice surprise to all of our followers and, hopefully, some new members.  You are more than welcome to pay the site a visit, now, if you like.  For the time being, we’re still using the Magickal Scraps name.  Later, if we so desire, we can make any changes.  Names, places and all are not what is important.  What is is the people, the designs and the challenges and all the loverly things that make a community.  Our little community has remained strong as ever throughout all of the store-hacking and such.  We’re still creating away!  And, from the looks of the things the ladies have been creating, we’re in for a good time!

The new Magickal Scraps forum is HERE!

Check it out, if you like.  We are still setting things up and, Maitri, one of our designers and a terrific one, at that, is working on it.  Her little one has been sick, bless his heart.  It is so sad when a little one is so sick!  But, she has still managed to work her magick on the new forum!  If you pay her blog a little visit, she has a new kit that she made for scrapping photos from her son’s visit to the hospital, called, “Get Well Soon.”  It is so adorable!  I don’t think she’ll mind if I sneak a little preview in here:

  Click on any of the highlighted links in the above paragraph to go there. 

And, make plans for our surprise on September 1, and the Grand Opening.  I’ll post reminders, for sure.  LOL

You know I can’t post without leaving you with a little sump’n.  I’ve been interested in ‘collage sheets’, lately.  They are such a great concept!  I’ve got so many images stored on my hard drive that are copyright-free.  I just haven’t known what to do with them.  Ta-da!  Enter the collage sheet.  LOL  I really don’t know a lot about the specs on a sheet.  Someone suggested they be A4 sized, or the size of a piece of notebook paper.  I don’t know.  I see all different sizes, shapes and set-ups.  I made mine on the scrapbook-sized page, 3600x3600px(12inx12in) at 300dpi.  I can get lots of stuff on it.  LOL  I even tinkered around with the layout design and a logo!  Feedback would be cool, if you don’t mind.

I’m trying Box.net for this download.  Click on the image and trot on over for the download.

I labeled each of the little images because it as hard to tell what they were and what letters some of them represented.  And, please note, the ‘J’ and the ‘X’ were not in the book.

Until next time, take care!

And, Smile!

Hugs,
Su

SU CheshireCat,

Howdy!  I trust all is well is scrapland.  I could complain, but, WTF!?!  It doesn’t do any good.  LOL  (My mother used to say that, well, something like that.)  It dawned on me that whatever ‘mood’ I am in, it seems to spread to the grandchildren and my daughter, who live here, too.  I get taken back, often, by the bad moods of the children, especially, after a long day.  If I keep a smile on my face, though, and try to only speak of good things, it does help.  My little grandson, who will be 8 on Saturday, has an attitude – a lot!  I can change it, usually, though, with a little bit of laughter and smiles.  What they say about smiles being infectious is true!  He can have a pout going on, with his bottom lip protruding out so far he could trip over it.  He’ll be whiny or grumpy.  I can just look at him with a smile and, before he can resist, he is all smiles.  I always tell him, “this will pass, it always does.”  And, it does.  Believe it, or not, after years in psychotherapy, I came to the conclusion that most every situation will pass.  I can get in a major funk, as that is my on-going problem, and, eventually, it passes.   Having learned this, I can get through things better than before, as it feels like there is hope.  Experience has taught me, if I don’t like the mood I’m in, hold on a little while – it will pass/change.  It is my small comfort, but, one that keeps me sane.  Really!
Okay.  In my news, I decided to join in with the other designers at Gothic Inspirations, for their infamous monthly Blog Trains.  My friend, Miss Edna, from Miss Edna’s Place blog, has been involved in it for a while and told me about it.  I thought I would try.  So, starting in September, I will be a part of this monthly treat.  We’ll see.  I hope I can live up to the wonderful standard the designer have set for this event.  It will be an huge learning experience for me.  That will be fun!  I’ve placed one of Jessica’s banners at the top of my page.  Have a look-see at all of the GI blogs.  Jessica is an amazing designer.  So are the others who have participated in these blog trains, bringing the fame and notoriety the name has so well deserved.
Next, I’ve mentioned the Magickal Scraps site that was hacked and closed a few months back.  Snowy, the owner/designer, has decided to let that site go.  She is going through a marvelous time in her life, of late, and has other interests and obligations.  Though she is growing in so many fantastic ways, time for designing is at a minimum. for her.  She’s already shown the world, and herself, that she is a top-notch designer.  It was Snowy and her designs that drew me to her site in the first place.  I love the Gothic look and the ‘nature-based’ spirituality of certain beliefs.  She gave me my first gig as a designer, letting me join in on a few events with my own contributions.  She, and the others at that place, were wonderful!  They’ve been so supportive.  More than that, though, they’ve been friends.
So, with the future of that site not looking very good, we all put our heads together and came up with the decision to start a new place, a website of our own, so to speak.  Snowy will still be a part of the team, but, she needs some personal time.  She’ll be an occasional contributor still.  The rest of the team, and I, have started with a new forum, which is still in the organization stage.  Much of the same content will be switched over from the old site to the new.  The “Daily Downloads” that we do each month will be switched over on September 1, 2010.  We’re getting the word out, now.
As a special event, a ‘grand opening’ if you will, the ladies are planning a treat for everyone!  Still in the planning stages, we are going to offer a very nice surprise to all of our followers and, hopefully, some new members.  You are more than welcome to pay the site a visit, now, if you like.  For the time being, we’re still using the Magickal Scraps name.  Later, if we so desire, we can make any changes.  Names, places and all are not what is important.  What is is the designs and the challenges and all the loverly things that make a community.  Our little community has remained strong as ever throughout all of the store-hacking and such.  We’re still creating away!

SU CheshireCat,