Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Hokey Pokey!

andrea sent me her kit, Hokey Pokey! It's adorable.. check it out at DSO!

You do the Hokey Pokey and you turn yourself around. That's what it's all about! That song is fun and quirky, just like this kit. There are lots of fun pattern papers with birdies, gems, glitter, strings, swirls and flowers to play with. 17 Papers and 52 Elements
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Love, Renee

Monday, June 15, 2009

RAK from andrea~

andrea sent me an RAK! It is her kit, Play.. and it is so delightful! you can get it at DSO!

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Love, Renee

Monday, June 01, 2009

RAK from shannon!

Shannon sent me an RAK! It's her newest kit, Nadya's Cupcake and it is soooo cute!! you have to check it out, it's at DSO!

Inspired by her daughter's 2nd birthday and her love of cupcakes, it's a red and white themed kit perfect for summer photos, birthdays, or even a little romance.

Here are 2 Layouts I made from this wonderful kit :)

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Love, Renee

Friday, May 22, 2009

Beautiful Things Mini Part 2 - freebie

I have included more things than are shown in the preview! extra ribbons, paper etc!

download this mini kit here

Love, Renee

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Mother's Day quickpage and wordart - freebie!

for mother's day :)

Please click to enlarge.. the preview doesn't do it justice.

freebie using soon to be released parts of my Beautiful Things kit. The zipfile includes quickpage with wordart and without. Also includes the wordart in a separate file.

download here

Love, Renee

May Photo Op Stop Challenge

for Jazzy's photo op stop at DSO.

I extracted his photo, used a hue/saturation layer on the background and his photo, lowered the opacity on the quote to match.

Love, Renee

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

May Font and Scraplift Challenges at DSO

For the May font and scraplift challenges at DSO. led by the awesome andrea and loucee (respectively). Gorgeous Posting bonuses!

Yugly font
urban scrawl brushes by Invisible Snow (they are super cute!)
paper by les brumes (who has wonderful textures on flickr)
scraplift of spring thy name is colour by chaos lounge

the font was kind of 'grungy' so I thought the brushes fit perfectly. my photo is old so it had that grungy feel too, along with the paper. I used part of the paper as an overlay (hard light) on the background photo.

Love, Renee

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Beautiful Things Wordart Mini Freebie!

Please click to enlarge as blogger distorts images.

For the May color challenge at DSO led by kimb.

I have been playing with making patterns and wordart I wanted to get something out there in the beginning of the month for others to use.. I hope you enjoy this ~ sparkles are always fun! keep an eye out for additional parts!

I made this page from my mini kit.

download here

Love, Renee

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Beautiful Things and Bee My Honey - challenges at DSO and a freebie!

Click to enlarge my Beautiful Things Quickpage (blogger distorts images)!

I made this page for the May Quote Challenge at DSO, led by andrea dickinson! She is DSO's designer of the month for May - but we get the prize!! andrea has given us a gorgeous freebie kit called Bee My Honey! This is a preview of the quickpages I made from it for the May Great Exchange (led by Shannon):

Be sure to click the image to see it better!

Since you made it this far, you can have my Beautiful Things page for free!

download here

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Happy iNSD Freebie!

Please click for a better view (blogger distorts images)!

stuff that didn't make it into kits, but are still fun to use!

6 papers, 2 wordart, stickers, elements etc :)

happy iNSD!! download here
Love, Renee

Friday, May 01, 2009

Morning Glory Freebie - part 3 (and 4 hehe)

Blogger distorts pictures, so please click the image to enlarge.

I hope you enjoy the next part of my Morning Glory kit! 7 elements, 4 ribbons, 2 borders, 3 papers, 1 edge, 3 uppercase alphas and 2 wordart (not all shown in preview)! I made it for DSO's April Color Challenge, led by kimb. It is kimb's 2 year anniversary so be sure to visit her blog for some goodies!

Be sure to add my blog to your blogroll so you can be notified when I update with new freebies.

download part 3 (alphas and wordart) here

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Morning Glory Freebie part 2!

Blogger distorts pictures, so please click the image to enlarge.

I hope you enjoy the next part of my Morning Glory kit! 2 cluster frames, 1 doodle frame, 1 quilt frame and 5 papers! I made it for DSO's April Color Challenge, led by kimb. It is kimb's 2 year anniversary so be sure to visit her blog for some goodies!

Be sure to add my blog to your blogroll so you can be notified when I update with new freebies. This kit is getting pretty big and I want you to be able to grab it all!

Love, Renee

Monday, April 27, 2009

Morning Glory Freebie Part 1 - desktop, quickpage and paper!

Blogger distorts pictures, so please click the image to enlarge.

I hope you enjoy the first part of my Morning Glory kit! I made it for DSO's April Color Challenge, led by kimb. It is kimb's 2 year anniversary so be sure to visit her blog for some goodies!

Be sure to add my blog to your blogroll so you can be notified when I update with new freebies. This kit is getting pretty big and I want you to be able to grab it all!

PS: After you drop your photos behind the May desktop (png), make sure you flatten/save as jpg file. Otherwise your desktop icons will look a bit funny! (my photos are not included hehe)

download here

Please visit this post for an additional quickpage from this kit.

forgot to add thanks to irisb477 in my TOU :)

Love, Renee

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Scraplift Challenge and a freebie!

for April 2009 Scraplift challenge at DSO, using Livia's fantastic page titled : Chelly as inspiration. Challenge is being led by Beth Long. Be sure to click the image for a better view.

The ideas that inspired me : picture frame to the side with a border, the flowers, having a Word art tag and the "grungy" (yet sweet) feeling to the background paper.

all elements and paper Made by Renee from my kit entitled "Morning Glory"(soon to be part of the April 2009 Color Challenge - so watch for it!). Thanks to scrappin cop and delicious scraps for their CU items, obsidian dawn for the brush on my wordart tag.

Since you were so nice to stop by my blog, I'm going to give you this layout as a QP. Enjoy!

download here
Love, Renee

April Quote Challenge and my slide converter

Yep, that's me in that picture.

This is my page for the April 2009 Quote Challenge at DSO led by Andrea Dickinson. Be sure to click the image for a better view... and let me know what you think!

all papers, elements, cluster frame and edge made by me for my new kit Morning Glory.

CU items: thanks to delicious scraps, Tbugz, gunhild and polarfuchs. You can find their links in my sidebar.

This photo was a slide that I converted to a digital picture. The quality isn't that great, but I really love my converter because I can be assured I will have the pictures for a long time to come. It also converts negatives, which is pretty nice too. The only downfall to the converter is if your slide is too bright. I had one like that and it didn't come out at all.

Now that I have converted them to digi, I may feel safe enough to send my slides off to be developed into true photographs. I think that would be a nice pressie for my mom :)

Love, Renee

Monday, April 06, 2009

The Great Exchange April 2009

These are my 2 submissions to DSO's Great Exchange, led by Shannon! Here's how the challenge works:

Join us each month as we create items to share! Create one item to share and receive ALL that month's creations in return. For this month's Great Exchange, we're featuring Flitter Flutter and To The Moon by our April Designer of the Month - Melanie Ann. We'll continue with the QuickPage theme; this time we'll be creating 8.5x11 or 12x12 QPs. So come on, show me what you've got - post a preview (low-resolution marked with preview) in the Gallery and leave us a link in this forum. Send the full-resolution file in either PNG or JPEG format (a zip file is fine) to [Shannon] - and in return, you'll get ALL of the QPs submitted this month. How great is that!?!?

You can check out Melanie Ann's kit "Flitter Flutter" here and her shop here.
Love, Renee

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Book of Me Challenge

This was done for the March Book of Me Challenge at DSO... it is led by Livia who has a GORGEOUS posting bonus (do 3 of her challenges and you have a really wonderful kit named I heart sunflowers!). You had to scrap 5 of your favorite things (right now).

Of the scenic photos Ive taken, these are my 5 favorite (right now). I'm definitely no photographer, but these pictures evoke certain feelings when I look at them.

Thanks to Mrs Wresh for the template and pimpyourscrapbook for the "wooden" background paper.

Love, Renee

Friday, March 20, 2009

Little Roses.. Little Freebie!

I made these a while ago.. if you like them, feel free to download them! each rose is on it's own layer to make one less step in using them! 4shared or box.net

I really love Kristin's new kit.. it's so soft and the elements are gorgeous! check it out on her blog, Digi Delights (each part is just $1 right now)!

Have a super great day!

PS: stop by kimb's blog.. she has some fantastic freebies going on!
Love, Renee

Lyric Challenge

I made this layout for the Lyric Challenge at DSO led by Livia. She has 3 challenges this month and if you do all 3 you get to collect a whole kit! The kit is super cute too.. it's sunflowers!

The layout is kind of plain, but I texturized the paper and extracted the picture. It came out how I wanted it to.
Love, Renee

Friday, March 13, 2009

Making Embossed Paper (PSE)

Embossing is a really fun and easy technique that makes your paper pop!

1. Bring a background into PSE or make a new one and fill with color, then texture or pattern (if you like).

2. Create a new layer above your background. Using your brush, paint some designs. Painting them into a pattern looks really nice (using the Patterns in PSE won't work for this tute).

3. Duplicate your background layer and move it to the top, grouping it with your brushed pattern layer. You can't see your pattern yet, but don't worry! Leave your blending mode on normal for all layers.

4. Select your brushed pattern layer and apply a bevel to it. I used simple sharp inner, but you can use anything you like.

5. Play around with the opacity until you get the embossing to your liking. You can change the light source and see how different the embossing looks.

Love, Renee

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

March Color Challenge Freebie

The March color challenge at DSO (led by kimb) is up and FLYING! Here's my contribution: 4shared or Box.net

I also made this bonus mini kit just for you visiting my blog :) 4shared or Box.net

thanks for stopping by and as always, please send your friends to my blog to download and do not send direct links!
Love, Renee

Saturday, March 07, 2009

blog awards and tag-you're-it!

Shannon at Desert Designs gave me some blog love!

the lemonade stand is "..an award for the neighborhood spirit and friendship our blogs let us all share"!

wasn't that so sweet - why don't you go say hi to her? she has some great stuff to share and her daughter is a gorgeous dollbaby!

I'm going to pass them on to my good friends Holly and Shuranda!

I am also going to do the "tag" thing:


•Go to your photo folder in your computer

•Go to the 6th folder of photos

•Go to the sixth picture

•Put the picture on your blog and a description of it

•Invite six friends to join the challenge

•Link them in your blog.

so.. umm this was my sixth picture in the sixth folder LOL

I don't know what that is. but it was in my food folder so I am assuming that's what it is LOL. oh wait! I know what it is...

CONEY ISLAND CHILI DOG PIE!! it is D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S even for non-low carbers. My husband loves it!

I won't be tagging anyone.. but play along if you like (and make sure to try that recipe - it's awesome)!
Love, Renee