Want to have some real fun!?!?  Switch e-mail accounts!  LOL  I’m switching my e-mail account from Yahoo, where I have been since I’ve been online, to G-Mail, where I have an account that I use occasionally.  For some reason, “A Comedy of Errors” comes to mind!  LOL
A month or so ago, Yahoo came out with their new ‘UpGraded’ mail account.  Ha!!  Ha!!  Ha!!  Ever since, the e-mails take for ever to load, then, half of them don’t and you have to “ReTry”.  I even tried switching to Chrome, to no avail.  I don’t know about anyone else, but, to go through a list of new e-mails should be a piece of cake.  It used to be!  I would delete, right off, those that I knew I didn’t want.  Then, I could start at the top of a page and zoom through, taking care of the easy stuff, saving to read later the remaining messages of interest to me.  I could knock out a page of 50 messages in, oh, about 10 minutes, providing there weren’t any real distractions along the way.  Now, I’m lucky to get through 2 messages in that same amount of time. 
The first dozen times this ‘hang-up’ happened, I went straight to the ‘Help’ pages to see why.  I would get a message number or something with each error, so, I sought that out.  Their excuses were lame, but, their remedies even lamer!  They directed me to log out of my Yahoo account, clear my cache, reboot my system, then, log back in.  I’ve done that so many times I can do it in my sleep!  FOr someone who doesn’t work outside the home, I am a busy person!  I don’t have the time, nor the patience, to sit and wait for Yahoo to do their thing.  So, I finally had enough!
Both e-mail servers have ‘forwarding’ features than enable the user to forward their e-mail from one mail server to another.  At Yahoo, you have to have their premium account to be able to export them, but, importing is free.  At G-Mail, there is a feature that lets you import another mail in to it, but, guess what?  It doesn’t work with Yahoo, because of some POP thingy.

SU CheshireCat


Essential Gore Freebie

Greetings, all!  I have been promising you all a goodie and I am back tonight to deliver.  In celebration of Hallowe’en, I made a set for ya’ll.  I don’t call it a kit, because the parts aren’t meant to match each other.  It is just a collection of things, both papers and elements.  You might say that I have been working on this set of goodies for two or three years now.  I started with a concept a few years ago and just played with it, here and there, since.  This month, with Hallowe’en on the way, I spent more time on it and got it to where I think I can let it go.  LOL 
Before you all start worrying about me, this is my ‘dark side’ showing through.  Lots of us have a dark side.  It is that place that we hide from others, except maybe those close to us.  It is that part of us that allows one’s self to think bad thoughts.  We’d never act on any of those thoughts – they’re just there.  I see them as a kind of counter-balance to my ‘good’ side.  My dark side is my phobias and my fears.  It’s the memories of things that hurt, or really affected me, yet, normally, I don’t like to recall.  It’s secrets and hushed tones.  Ya’ll know what I mean!  
It may sound crazy, but, expressing this darkness with my craft, yields more creativity.  I think that is why I have worked on it for so long.  When I needed an outlet, I would play around with the elements or add a bit more texture to a paper.  I was noticing how much better I have become with a couple of years of experience in Photoshop.  There are a couple of items in here that I did in the very beginning that aren’t all that great!  They will do, though!  LOL  I don’t know what I will do now that it is done.  LOL  I suppose I’ll start another!
There isn’t anything in this set that will be disgusting to anyone, I hope.  It’s just a lot of blood, tombstones, bats, you know, blood and gore.  There are some whimsical goodies, as well.  I separated the papers from the elements for the previews, but, clicking on either one will take you to Minus.com for download.  At Minus.com, there are 4(four) parts for you to download.  Click on either the list of files or use the arrows to the side to scroll to the next download link.  I really hope you enjoy!
That’s all I have for today.  I will see you next time!  Until then…

SU CheshireCat

Final Parts of ‘Fall Festival’ Collab and Links

Good Monday, All!  I couldn’t get out of my nice warm bed this morning!  LOL  It was a little cooler last night and it felt so good to nestle down in the covers.  Alas, one can’t spend the day in bed, so, I made it up and to the coffee maker.  Now, I sit before my pc, bundled in my throw, sipping a good cuppa!  Mmmmm!  LOL
This is, by far, my absolute favorite time of year.  I hate it when it is super hot out!  It is a heck of a lot easier to get warm, bundling up, than it is to get cool if it’s hot.  In my old wooden house, one that is built up off the ground about a foot, it gets cold!  Air circulates up under and the floors stay cold.  My family has been the recipients of many a pair of slippers or booties through the years.  My husband used to have a big ol’ fluffy pair of ‘Gumby’ slippers.  
The cats loved them!  Gots to keep the feets warm!  LOL
I have a few links for ya, mostly scrapbooking!  I dunno.  You may already know of these.  But, just in case.  Then, we’ll get on with the freebie.  First up is Zirconium Scraps.  Sophia makes some pretty goodies!  She has these Deco Elements that are to die for!  There’s a beautiful Autumn kiit there and some very pretty Victorian sets, too
You really must check them out!
Another nice scrapping site is JennyArt.  There are some wonderful sets of goodies free to download for you.  Much of the content is in Czech, but, there is English where it is crucial.  Give it a visit.  I think you’ll be pleased.
Another one is One Cel.  Here, you’ll find quite a nice selection of pretties.  There are Circus, Super Heroes and Wedding sets if you are interested.  They’re pretty!
One last link for you.  This one is HG Designs.  There are brushes that are different.  There are also some freebie ‘packs’ that contain a myriad of elements for CU/PU use.  Check it out!
Oops!  I meant to show you something from DeviantArt!  Inspyretash-Stock is the place to visit there!  The list of contents, by categories, will give you a little idea as to what all she has there.  If you don’t check out any of the other links, do take a look at this one!  She has EVERYTHING!!  LOL
Hopefully, there is something for you at some of these sites.  Personally, I think it’s neat to visit these sites, see what the person is into, a little slice of another person’s life.  I find that fascinating! 
Alrighty, then!  Here is the last two parts for “Fall Festival’.  Miss Edna and I give away freebie kits three(3) Mondays out of each month.  Click on my previews to download each of my two(2) parts, then, click on Miss Edna’s preview to go to her blog for her two(2) parts.  The first Monday is QP’s for you.  Then, the next two Mondays bring you the elements and papers so you can create your own layouts.  That’s a total of six(6) parts from each of us, totaling twelve(12) parts!  All of my previous kits are still posted and available.  Just check them out and enjoy!
Part 5
Part 6
Miss Edna’s Parts/Blog
And, that’s a gonna do it for this month’s goodies!  Next month’s is already on the hard drive; well, almost.  Because of the season, I am also working on something else which I will bring you shortly.  Muwahahahaha!!  LOL  I sure do hope you enjoy what we have to offer.  Until next time…
Enjoy these beautiful Autumn days!

SU CheshireCat

Freebie Collab Parts for Fall Festival

Good Monday, everyone!  I hope everyone is doing well.  It’s all good on this end.  That’s what I keep telling myself, at least.  Positive thinking!  LOL  I finally got fed up with Firefox.  Geez!  I don’t know if any one of you has had problems with the most recent updated versions.  Everything from about 5.0 on up has been awful!  They constantly froze up and the last one crashed around 4 – 8 times a day!  I am using Google Chrome now and it seems good.  It’s hard changing old habits, though.  Downloading is different.  The toolbars across the top are, too.  But, I’m getting it.  I would get so frustrated with FF.  So, we shall see with Chrome.  
Chrome doesn’t seem to be very compatible with Yahoo mail.  Either that, or, it has to do with their recent mail over-haul.  G-mail would make a lot more sense, but, good grief!  When you’ve had the same e-mail address for forever, I don’t even know what all would be involved!  LOL  I checked to see if you can forward Yahoo mail.  You can if you subscribe to their Mail Plus for 20 dollars a year!  I’m not ready to pay Yahoo 20 dollars just so I can receive all my mail at G-mail!  With G-mail, it’s free!  Every piece of mail I get with G-mail gets delivered to my Yahoo inbox.  It was something you can select in the ‘Settings’.  It was nice.  Yahoo will import, but, it will cost ya for them to export!  Bummer!  LOL
So anyway!  I’ve always been thrilled with those roadside produce stands you see in the fall.  Apple cider, gourds, pumpkins, pies, all kinds of autumn-y goodies!  It is rather like the county fairs that seem to pop up all over the place in the fall.  Ours is usually the same week as Halloween.  So, apple pies and Ferris wheels, quilts and blue ribbon jellies and jams!  Mmmmmm!  I love that stuff!  I love autumn!  This kit is a reflection of that.  I didn’t do so much Halloween-y stuff.  (I’m thinking of doing a mini(yeah, right!) kit for ya’ll!)  But, I made up for it in popcorn wagons and livestock!  LOL  I sure hope ya’ll like it and enjoy it!  I had a blast making it!  I’m sure Edna did, too!

Here are the next 2 parts of my collaboration with Miss Edna’s Place.  I have a confession to make.  I had forgotten to place the little tag I put on the preview that says it is a collaboration with Miss Edna’s Place.  I went and fixed these previews.  But, the previews inside the zipped files were zipped and uploaded already, so, just keep that in mind.  This kit is a collaboration.  Sorry ’bout that!  LOL  Anyway, as usual, we give away 2 parts a week on the first three(3) Mondays for a total of 6 parts a month – each.  Last Monday we gave away the 2 QP’s for Pt 1 and Pt 2.  That is the post right before this one.  (All of my links are still posted, too, if you want to go back and see what you might like that you’ve missed.)  These are the kit parts, the papers and elements.  These are for you to create your own layouts.  Click on my element preview, the first one, to get Pt 3, and my paper preview for Pt 4.  Below that, you’ll see Miss Edna’s preview. Click on it to go to her blog to download her two parts.  
Pt 3

Pt 4

And, last, but certainly not least, Miss Edna’s Place’s preview:(Click to go to Miss Edna’s blog.)

I still have so much much fun making these kits!  I hope ya’ll have some when using them!  Thanks, you guys! See ya next week, if not sooner.  Until then…


SU CheshireCat

Fall Festival Freebie and Links

Good Monday to you!  It’s a new month and, so, we have a new kit for you.  Autumn is my favorite time of the year.  It’s cool, here, this morning.  I think it around 45 degrees out.  I know!  For many, that’s a heat wave.  For Floridians, it’s the first time we can shut off our air conditioners.  Savings!  LOL  My last utility bill was over 400 dollars!  That is outrageous!  
Halloween is fast approaching, too!  It’s fun dressing up the children and seeing them trick-or-treating.  To me, the whole year is hinged on these few weeks.  Historically, this is the time of the harvest.  This is when we reap what we have sown.  People give thanks for a bountiful crop and healthy livestock.  Festivities abounded the world over.  This was the time when folks stocked up for the long, cold winter months.  Long ago, your goal was to have enough from the harvest to endure these months.  What you didn’t grow, you traded or bartered to get.  Obviously, you dealt only with other local folks, assuring the freshness and quality.  These occasions are what maintained a sense of community.  What a long way we have come, eh?  Now, it is almost a novel concept to ‘buy locally’.  Do you know where your head of lettuce came from?  Maybe humanity is coming full-circle.  Localized trade and resources are the goal, these days.  Our ancestors could teach us a few things. 
True to the season, I found a cute website that you will get a kick out of.  ‘Haunted Portraits’ is a trip!  I can’t give you an example here, but, you’ll see why if you go there.  Check out the menu panel for all of it!  It is fun!
Textures are addictive!  Anyone who has ever applied a texture with an ‘Overlay’ or ‘Multiply’ Blending Mode will attest to this.  They can change the entire theme of an image or piece.  I’ve shown quite a few folks’ websites who deal in textures, but, I guarantee they are only the tip of the iceberg.  I keep one eye out for them while perusing the web.  So, it came as no surprise to stumble upon another one.  This one is different.  Free Textures at ‘Hadania’s Blogspot’ is unique.  Across the top are choices in which to view the textures, such as ‘Classic’, ‘Flip-Card’, ‘Magazine’, ‘Mosaic’, etc.  The link I give is for the ‘Classic’ view, which sets up the textures in a blog-type format.  ‘Flip-Card’ shows collections.  Click on one and a page will open up with all the textures in that collection or artist.  As for the textures, they are some of the best I have seen!  Some have been ‘pre-made’, in that there is some design or pattern in them.  Others are just the textures.  Either way, they are NICE!  Here is one of the textures with a floral theme blended in.
And, one without any ‘theme’.
You really must check out these Free Textures!!
Want to take a little trip down Memory Lane?  Then ‘Museum of Childhood’ is what you want!  They have collections of antique toys, games to play and neat things for children to make.  The Museum is a place you can go to at the Victoria and Albert Museum, if you live nearby.  The online pages give but a glimpse into what they have at the museum, but, it is awesome!  Give it a glance!
The last link I leave you with is special to me.  If you like anything ‘Victoriana’, then, this is your Nirvana!  LOL  Victoriana is a magazine that exhibits and goes into anything from the Victorian age.  What I liked is that there are ‘e-books’ that you can download, for free, on a variety of topics.  I clicked on the ‘Blog’ menu item to see what they had.  That led me to an article on Fabric Swatchbooks.  They feature vintage fabrics that are gorgeous!  At the end of the article, they credit ‘PowerHouseMuseum’, with their ‘Electronic Swatchbook’ as their source.  Select a year and/or colors and they give you fabric swatches for it.  Their large, easy for downloading.  They list their swatches as ‘Public Domain’ in Australia. You really should check it out!
Okay, I lied!  LOL  I’m giving you one more.  This one has a bunch of Photoshop goodies!  Camxso’s DeviantArt site has a great assortment of patterns, brushes and shapes.  There are also ‘scrapbooking’ goodies.  You really must check it out!
So, we come to the monthly kit/freebie.  Miss Edna and I have been busy again, this time with ‘Fall Festival’.  Today, we are giving you a couple of Quick Pages(QP’s) to use.  They are Pts 1 and 2.  Then on following Mondays for the next couple of weeks, we’ll give you the elements and papers, the kit in 4 more parts, for you to create your own layouts.  Below are the previews.  Click on mine and you’ll be taken to the download page at Minus.com.  Then, Miss Edna’s preview will take you to her blog for her parts.  If you are interested in previous freebies, all of mine are still up. Be sure to come back for more!
Mine(Pts 1 and 2)
Both QP’s are in the zip.  
Miss Edna’s Place Preview
So, that will do it for now.  Do come back for the rest of the kit.  I think you’ll find it a little different than many of the Halloween-themed goodies out there, tho, there are some awesome goodies!
Until the next time…

SU CheshireCat