Starting All Over….Again!

Once again, I have changed the way my blog is handled, as far as domain and hosting, etc. I just applied my own domain, suruha.com, to this WordPress blog. It costs, in addition to the domain ownership fee, but, it will be worth it.

For now, I am just getting the blog up and running under my domain name. All of the old posts will be archived as the links are no longer valid with my old host. Even the photos have gone awry! LOL I know so little about this stuff.

I plan to repost the freebies, the ones that I think are worth it, on a designated page. Then, as I post new goodies, they, too, will be added. What this will mean for you, my precious reader, is you have a choice! For anyone who is interested in what I have to say, read the posts. Folks who don’t care for the ramblings of this ol’ hippie chick, just skip on past to the downloads! I do not mind that at all!

My ‘Lists’ of resources have been here and there, between blog/host changes, but, I am working on those, as well. There’s nothing more aggravating, to me, at least, than a page full of links to resources that is out-dated or incorrect. Be patient. I just updated the ‘Blinkies and Banners’ page.  That is to say that the blinkies that are there all go to the sites designated. I will add more recent blinkies as my interests have broadened and new ones have replaced some of the old interests.  The ‘Resources’ page is yet to be updated, but, the links are there. Many of them are still good since these are the ‘diehard go-to’ sites even now.  Same thing with the ‘Links – Stock’ page.  I also plan to add an ‘Art Journal’ page with links to some great resources and tutorials. I used to have a page for it on another edition of this blog, but, I have no idea where it went! LOL

I adore digital art! And, Photoshop(PS)! I cut my teeth on PS by joining the digi-scrapbooking community. The people on those sites and forums are some of the nicest and most helpful people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. It is an awesome community! I can honestly say, without a shadow of a doubt or fear of contradiction, that they taught me the most about the craft!  As I got to know my way around PS, I gave away the goodies that I had made while practicing. Some are, well, less than ‘good’ies! LOL  As time went on, I started trying to find a way to translate my art, any art, into digital. I love fantasy, folk, hand-painted, photo-manipulating and collage arts!  I like to see actual hand-made art, only in digital format. As I ventured into new things, I encountered Art Journaling. If you’ve ever kept a journal or a diary, that is what it is, only you do it with art.  You can add journaling text to the art, but, either way, the process of creating a piece is as therapeutic as the writing! If the writing is personal, I can cover it up, or turn off that layer before posting.

In the past year or so, I have worked at creating resources for one to use in their own art or art journaling. I have made brushes, patterns, textures, overlays, gosh – all kinds of stuff! I will start posting that stuff and giving it away to anyone who may be interested. My old format on past blogs was to post some tutorials on topics that I liked or felt would be helpful to others. Those will return! For all the help I received from other people whilst learning PS and digital art, I want to offer my expertise in any way possible. Karma is a value I live by – you get back what you put forth.  I want to give back and this is the place I intend to do that!

I do hope you will come back and visit. I will put a sign-up form back in place so you can get updates by e-mail, if you feel it is what you would like!

Meanwhile, thank you for coming here and do come again. Oh, and…

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SMILE!

Su

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My Sincerest Apologies

Hello, folks!  I guess you have noticed by now that I am late with my part of this month’s collaboration kit with Miss Edna’s Place.  I had literally slapped some things together to finish it in time and decided against it.  I can’t do that just to make a deadline.  It isn’t fair to you.  As it is, this isn’t easy for Miss Edna, either, I’m sure.   I’m nearly done and will post it, if not this afternoon, then tomorrow.  I appreciate your understanding so much!  Ya’ll are the best!

I’ve had to re-think my priorities in lieu of the way things have panned out with my grandchildren.  In my last post, I think it was, I mentioned, too, that Digital Whisper is back up and running.  I have always been so inspired there.  The support is awesome and, while I am one who handles two ‘technique’ groups writing tutorials, I always learn something.  Because of my exposure, once again, to the digi-art community, my creativity is making a transformation to a more ‘artsy’ style.  I am trying to work that in to scrapbooking.  It is working wonderfully, too!  You will see!  LOL

In between nursing my g-daughter’s toothache and watching as my g-son impresses me with his game-playing expertise, I have been doing some experimenting with new concepts.  I have even been making more of my own ‘tools’ – brushes, patterns, overlays, blends, etc.  I have become quite a fan of art-journaling because of the hand-worked style and the propensity for a more original design outcome.  So, this will all be for the best – I hope.

In the meantime, though, all of this is wreaking havoc with my usual routine.  I am really a creature of habit, but, once I get my routine better established, I will be fine.  The children are my first priority.  Period!  They have been put on the back burner for so long, I am working hard to make them feel better and to let them know that they are important.  My god and goddess!  The response is awesome!  My granddaughter is doing 90% better at school already!  My grandson is also turning in to quite the young man.  After them, my art and my scrapping is next.  I will always love digi-scrapping, but, I have to flex my artistic muscles with my art, too.  If I don’t take time for myself, all of this will have been in vain.

I promise to keep you all in my loop.  You mean so much to me.  Without your wonderful responses and kind comments, I would never had made it this far.  Besides, it has been you and this community that have given me what I needed to become involved in design and I want to give back.  I have a good handle on the Photoshop program after 5-6 years of learning and practicing daily.  From here, all I can do is spread my wings and soar!  I want you all to come along.

Once I get this installation of parts for the monthly kit to you, I have a really good tutorial for ya’ll.  Not only that, but, I will start sharing my creations of the brushes and other resources I have made.  I think you’ll be pleased.

So, let me get going and I will return later with my ‘parts’.  Again, I really do appreciate everyone’s patience with me as I make this transition.  Well, both transitions, actually.  One, from granny to ‘mom’ again, and, two, to a more artistic style.  Whee!  It’s all good!

Until then,

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Smile!

Hugs,

Su

My Apologies

I am just so awfully sorry, but, I am in need of a little time.  I’m home and feeling better. I thank you all for your good thoughts!

There are some things happening, though, with my family that is just tearing me apart.  I will get back as soon as I am able.  Right now, I just don’t know even what to think or say.  So, best I leave it as it is.  I just need a little time.  Thanks, ya’ll!

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Blessings to you all.

Su