Freebie Final Parts and Links

Whee!  LOL  I am caught up!  You don’t realize how much stuff you are involved in until you can’t do it all for some reason.  In addition to catching up on e-mails, there are dozens of tutorials to check out, articles to read, and goodies to snag.  I know it makes a lot of work for myself to read all I do, but, I like having my finger on the pulse of the online digital design community.  I find a lot of interesting stuff this way!  I stumble upon a previously unknown-to-me design blog, subscribe to the feed or e-mail alerts, and I’m with it.  LOL  Rarely have I ever gone back and unsubscribed.  There are lots of ways to find out what is happening.
The most obvious places to start are the ‘search engines’.  I know of three(3) of them, right off: 
(Found Another) 
If you know of any others, add them in the comments and I will add them to my list on my ‘Resources’ page.  The three I mention are there, already, near the bottom.
Pinterest, the ‘clippings’ site, is an awesome way to find out about cool stuff.  There are Photoshop sections (use the search feature at the top of any page) where there are loads of goodies and tutorials.  I think you have to have an invite, so, if you need one, comment and I will accommodate you.
One great way to find things you like are to go to any blog that has something you like, then, check that blog’s links.  Their links are usually in blinkies or ‘Lists’ on the sidebar, so, it isn’t too difficult to find them.  An excellent example would be Sugarbutt Designs.  I wrote about it a few weeks ago, and, since, have learned the dear lady’s name – Jenn.  She told me she has gone by ‘Sugarbutt’ for ever.  LOL  I think it’s a darling name!  On her sidebar, she has lists of great sites to visit.  Click on Sugarbutt – aka: Jenn’s site and check it out for yourself.  She had some I had never heard of.
Real quick, here are just a few of the places I have found lately: 
I found one new place that I am digging – Slo-Dive.  They feature a lot of Photoshop goodies and tuts, too.  They are real regular with posting, so, be sure you subscribe. 
Then, there is  They have a little bit of everything – textures, brushes, patterns, shapes, actions, etc… 
Another good Photoshop blog is ‘Hello, Streetlight’.  Right now, on their home page, there are quite a few nice brushes and textures.
As far as digi-scrapping blogs/sites, I found one where, even tho it is a store, the goodies are mostly free.  Retro-Zing is set up in a store setting, but, I think all of the stuff is free.  There may be a pay item, but, I haven’t found it.  There are some cute ‘collections’ going on, so, check it out!    
And, now, finally, here are the last two parts of this month’s collaboration with Miss Edna’s Place.  This was a crazy month, but, I managed to get everything done and posted.  Whee!
Click on the ‘elements’ preview, below, to go to Part 5 and the next preview, the ‘papers’ to get Part 6.  Then, you will see Miss Edna’s preview.  Click on it to go to her blog for her parts, if you haven’t been there already.
So, here ya go:
Part 5

Part 6

Miss Edna’s Preview

Miss Edna and I will be back at it again in April.  Here’s peek at the colors with a familiar ‘April’ theme.  You’ll see!

Until then…

SU CheshireCat

New Freebie Collaboration – “I Love…”

Happy Monday, folks!  Boy, this year is zipping right along, now, isn’t it?  I think time passes a lot quicker when you are old-er.  When we were kids, it seemed like it took forever for one’s birthday to roll around!  Or, Christmas!  Or, summer vacation!  Remember that?  Some school years, it seemed like June was never going to come!  I’m sure some of the teachers felt the same way.  LOL  But, now, as an older person, time just ZOOMS by!  What do you think?  
I’ve given you a couple of things in the past few weeks – a tutorial and some textures.  Now, I give you a couple of links to sites I know you will find of interest.  The first one is ‘Vintage Feed Sacks’.  If you fancy ‘The Graphics Fairy’ site, you’ll love ‘Feed Sacks’!  They are similar, in some ways, in that they both ‘clean up’ some of the images for you.  They also have ‘suggested uses’ in common, both offering sweet ideas to which to use the images.  But, the images are all different.  I think that, between the two sites, they have the vintage image ‘market’ cornered!  LOL  What one doesn’t have – the other has.  Not really, obviously, but, you really don’t need too much more than these two fab sites!  I’ve written about ‘Graphics Fairy’ in the past and, quite honestly, you’d have to live under a rock not to know about it!  Now, check out Feed Sacks
This next one is the perfect combination of resources for me!  Sugar Butt Designs, yes, Sugar Butt!  This perfect combination?  Tutorials AND resources!  OMG!  If you don’t heed any of my suggestions, do heed this one!  What she does is gives you a little, easy-to-follow tutorial that shows how to create say, a felt texture, for instance, in Photoshop.  She gives you the tutorial and samples to go with it for you to see what she means.  This post is all about felt, cardboard and metal textures, three different downloads.  

Each file has a sheet like the one above, then, any samples that might be included.  In addition to tuts, she also has a great list of links in her side bar!  Categorized links!!  LOL  She has other items and she sells at one of the shops, even.  So, her blog isn’t all just tutorials.  I wish I knew ‘her’ name, but, whatever it is, go check out her site!
This next site is what I refer to as a ‘PSD Blog’, meaning the site is aimed at Photoshop users as their main content.  PSD Dude is up there with some of the best.  If it isn’t, it soon will be!  It’s going great guns!  Every couple of days, I get an e-mail notification for some cool freebie or another.  Tutorials, brushes, patterns, templates, shapes, etc., they’re all available here.  Speaking of shapes, there doesn’t seem to be too many of those to download for free across the web.  But, here, they have a good selection!  There are several I have never seen before.  You have to register.  That is the only drawback as far as some folks go.  You can sign up for the e-mail alerts or the RSS stream.  Give them a whirl!  I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Winding up today’s list is Best Photoshop Tutorials.  WAIT!  Don’t skip over this because of the name of the site.  Tutorials are just a mere section of this site.  They have everything you need for Photoshop!  If they don’t carry everything, they have the links to it all.  LOL  There is quite a page full of Photo Effects, such as cartoon, out-of-bounds, Andy Warhol, etc.  There are actions galore!  The textures are the ‘cream of the crop’, to me. Same as the brushes and the fonts.  Here is an image of the most recent brushes they offer:

There seems to be a good blend of actual downloads from this site and articles of images that link to at other sites.  This is fairly common.  I do it!  LOL  The folks who post have a good eye for what is popular in the design world. Pay these folks a visit and see what all they have!  Have fun!  LOL   
And, finally, this month’s freebie from Miss Edna and I.  This month we give you “I Love…”  It’s for whatever you love!  It doesn’t have to be a person – you can love horses, or chocolate, or diamonds.  You get the idea!  LOL  Today, we give you the QP’s, two(2) of them.  This is Parts 1 and 2.  Then, next Monday and the Monday after that, we’ll give away two parts each time for a total of six(6) parts from each of us.  Three Mondays, 12 parts total!  LOL  Click on the preview to go to the download.  Then, click on Miss Edna’s preview to go to her blog to download her parts.
Parts 1 and 2

Miss Edna’s Preview

And, that’s a gonna do it for this Monday!  I’ve been spending a little more time with my  blog, so, I may be back before next Monday.  Either way, be sure to come back for the rest of this fun kit.  I’ve seen Miss Edna’s parts and they are awesome!!
Until then…

Blessings and Hugs!

SU CheshireCat

New Freebie, ‘Home for the Holidays’ and Vintage Links

Good Monday, All!  Boy, oh, boy!  Christmas is flying at us at the speed of lights!  LOL  Just under three weeks away, it will soon be all over.  Christmas is a really hard time for me, but, I won’t go into that here.  Just suffice to say, it isn’t my happiest time of year, even with my birthday a mere two days before the big day.      
On to other things, I found a website, or maybe I should say, ‘a series of websites’ that I hadn’t ever seen before.  I’m probably the last person to find out about them!  LOL  But, in case they are new to you, too, I offer you ‘Images by Kim’.  She has her store, where you can purchase all the necessary, and not so necessary, items for both digital and hybrid crafting and scrappin’.  I might add, too, that her prices are fabulous!  Her collage sheets are priced a bit lower some of the other shops.  Then, there is her blog, ‘Art and Images By Kim’.  Here, you will find Kim’s posts on ‘Altered’ Art, including, but, not limited to, tutorials, examples and resources that are free to use.  In the right-hand side bar there are links to her ‘free’ images, or, go to that page here.  You are really in for a treat!  She has all kinds of collage sheets, ephemera and vintage images!  Here’s just a sampling:

And, that doesn’t even do justice to her things!  You really must see them for yourself!
Everything I have to share with you all today is ‘vintage’.  Another interesting website that I found is the Vintage Ad Browser.  On these pages you can find advertisement ephemera, organized by decade.  Here’s a couple from Coca-Cola:
Even if you don’t use the images for your crafting, some of them are really neat to look at!  Give it a visit and see!
Have you ever visited the Smithsonian?  If you’ve never been, you can still reap some of the benefits of that amazing place!  ‘Galaxy of Images’ from the Smithsonian Institution, features some of the museum’s images.  The variety is endless, so, I won’t try to list what they have there, but, it is phenomenal!

Vintage book pages, vintage ads, and all kinds of old images are shown in the Smithsonian’s massive collections.  It’s a cool site!  Check it out!
That’s going to have to do it for today.  Otherwise, I’ll never get this posted for you all to have your newest freebie from Miss Edna and I.  We have the first two parts, the QP’s, for our December collaboration, ‘Home for the Holidays’.  When I think of Christmas season, I think of baking together in the kitchen and old, handmade ornaments my children made me in school.  I think of home.  That is what inspired this collection.  Memories are our look into the past and those things we have reserved to cherish.  They represent our own stories, if you will.  While some things are fairly standard for all, each of us has our own special memories that we have maintained, and often embellished, that identify who we are.  We get a sense of comfort from the home-spun memories we carry with us.  What do your memories feel like? 
Every month, Miss Edna and I create a freebie kit to give away.  We do our give-aways on Mondays, usually starting with the second Monday of each month.  We give away two parts each per week, for three weeks, for a total of twelve parts.  All of my past freebies are still up and I believe Miss Edna’s might be, as well.  So, feel free to go back and find all you like.
Below is my preview.  Click on it to go to to download.  Both QP’s are in one file, so, this is Pts 1 and 2.  Then, click on Miss Edna’s preview to go to her blog for her two QP’s.  They’re sure pretty!
Pts 1 and 2

 Miss Edna’s Preview

There you have it!  Be sure to come back next Monday for more of this cute kit.  Until then, 
Click here for more graphics and gifs!

Give yourself a reason to smile!

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