Wednesday, May 30, 2007

And now some Circle Papers!

This may be my last post for the day. Four paper sets should make up for my lack of posting over the weekend, lol, and I have several more to post tomorrow. So, for today's finale I give you the Circle Papers. There are 4 different colors in the download, and if you are a Photoshop User you can always select Hue/Saturation and change them (or any papers, etc. for that matter) to fit your layout's color scheme. Enjoy, and download HERE.

Seafoam Papers

I think this may be my favorite set of papers I've done recently. I made them up in Corel Painter and I called them Seafoam because the coloration/texture reminds me of the bubbly foam that is left when waves rush out. There are 2 downloads and I believe 6 papers and once again no preview so I am posting an example from each zip file. The 2 files are in one folder which you can get to HERE.

Squiggle Papers

OK, here's the next paper set. This one actually has a preview :) The brushes are freeware from the very talented Seishido. You can get the papers HERE.

Chalked Papers Phreebie

So, here is the first of many paper sets I plan on uploading today, or as many as I have time to before I pick my daughter up and we head over to her friends house. They caretake a beautiful island near us that has buildings that date back to the 1800's and have a history of first being a summer camp for kids with polio, and then a speakeasy, and the place is very cool. The doctor who originally built it had it all done in brick which was brought to the island. It's really quite amazing. He had a thing for Napolean, a historical whimsy I guess, and had a guard tower and replica jail built on the island as well. There are stables, and still reminders of the camp, metal bunks and all sorts of interesting stuff. I once again had issues creating a preview, so here is a sample paper from the pack. You can download them HERE.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Wow, I have fallen massively behind in my blog efforts. I have many freebies to post and will hopefully get some of them up today. After I said I was putting some up later in the day last Wed. I ended up spending the night at the hospital instead. And each day after that there has either been a party or I've had computer trouble. I can't believe it's been almost a week!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

New Phreebies coming up a bit later tonight.

Once again I am going to do two today for missing yesterday, during which I got to spend the majority of my evening and night in the hospital. I have another cool paper pack and some elements, not sure which yet though. I have to dig out my Photoshop CD and reinstall it so I can get everything ready to post. Unfotunately CS3 is going to have to wait a few weeks since I had to spend what we had saved for that for a bunch of medicines and a follow up at my doctor today. Makes me sad, but I can wait a bit for it. If I wait until next week after I sign up for my classes, one of which is advanced Photoshop I can buy the whole suite with all of those programs for less than $600 by buying the educational version since I'll be using it at school. That is more than 50% off the MSRP. I am still using version 7 now, so I wouldn't qualify for the upgrades, and besides, this new suite has updated versions of several other programs I use. Anyway, check back later for more goodies!

Sunday, May 20, 2007

2 Phresh Preebies & the perfect excuse for CS3

So, I don't know if I mentioned that I had my husband convinced to buy me the Adobe CS3 suite which has Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver & InDesign among others in it, but I know how to use them all, and now my want for them has possibly become a need. When I went to start up Photoshop to make a preview of todays papers, it kept telling me it had some non-fixable error and was closing. I'll try to reinstall tomorrow, because I'll still need my Photoshop fix while my new software is being shipped, and we are buying it on Tuesday. At any rate, there is only 1 example of the 5 sheets of paper in this pack to show you, but the others look the same but in different color combos. I am also putting the fabric flowers to match the painted ones up, in all 3 sets of colors. In the interest of saving time and space I am only going to post a pic of one of the sets, the other 2 are brights and pastels like my other set. You can get the papers HERE and the fabric flowers HERE. Enjoy, and let me know what you think!

Several Phreebies Later Today.

So, yesterday I didn't get around to posting before we went to a cookout for a friends birthday, and by the time I got home in the wee hours of the morning I couldn't get the internet to work for me. At the moment I have to go save my 11 year old son from the hands of my mom who has turned his relatively easy diorama project into his own abobe clay personal hell, lol. When I get back from the the rescue I have several Phreebies to post to make up for yesterday. Perhaps some fabric flowers in many shades and another cool paper pack or mini kit, not quites sure yet. So, check back later for some goodies!

Friday, May 18, 2007

Still in a Nature Mood...

So, today I decided to interupt the flower stash to instead give out some of the papers I made yesterday when I was playing in Corel Painter. They all have an interesting texture to them and some have leaves and some tendrils of vines. I love playing around in Painter almost as much as I enjoy Photoshop. I am a lucky girl; to have both of those programs along with Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw, and Macromedia Dreamweaver. I also have several other Adobe programs that I don't use as much. Before life got so hectic with kids and all of their activities I was going to college for graphic design with a web design option.I have also been a Professional Photographer for over 10 years now so I can easily rationalize buying all of this great software. I love a good excuse to play :) I was thinking it might be cool to import the leafy tendril vine from the papers to Photoshop and turn it into a fabric ribbon, so a kit just may end up being made out of these papers. I made about 20 other papers yesterday, as I played well into the night, and straight through til about 3am. That is the only time I know I can enjoy working on the computer without a whining or tattling child joining me. When I had my kids 5 years apart I remembered the good points about that same age difference between my brother and I, but now that mine are older I am definitely remembering all the bad points too, lol. Anyway, you can get the papers HERE. They are pretty big files from all the textures, etc. so it is broken into 3 downloads in one folder.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Fresh Painted Flower "Phreebie"

So, while I have not managed to plant all of my spring plants, I have had a chance to create some painted flowers based on that same favorite flower picture of mine. Which happens to be one of the flowers still sitting sadly beside the door waiting to be placed in the garden. On Mother's Day my children were going to plant them for me as a surprise, but got through a few pansies before they decided it was a boring task. I usually love to garden, but for some reason (Photoshop perhaps?) I have not gotten in the mood for it this Spring. It's been such an odd Spring here in Maryland also, hot one day, freezing the next, so that too has put a damper on my gardening spirit. At any rate, you can download the flowers here. Just like the ric rac they come in several color sets, but for some reason I only made a preview of 2 sets instead of 3. Who knows? I have been making some cool chalked papers in Corel Painter today, so look for them within the next few days.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Another "Phreebie"

So, Todays "Phreebies" are 3 sets of glitter ric rac, all 12" long in pastel, regular and bright colors. They come packaged together and if I can get the previews looking normal (this is literally the 12th time I've tried to post this) you will be able to see all three sets. Many thanks again to Atomic Cupcake for her super actions which have made my husband a Photoshop widow, lol. You can download the files HERE.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007


Hi, I want a really cool blog but am new to blogger. Can anyone tell me how to customize this? I have a relatively good knowledge base in web design and html but don't want to screw the whole thing up. Thanks!

Really Crappy Week...And My 1st "Phreebies"

So, it's been a rough few weeks here, I have been really sick and even had to miss a week of work due to a kidney stone and kidney infection. To top it off, on Friday I got fired for not making my full time hours due to the illness. I have spent the weekend in bed feeling sorry for myself, making Mother's Day a miserable event for both me and my kids, but on the plus side I got lots of Photoshop time and created a bunch of freebies, the first of which is a kit with no name. It is created from a picture of a flower that I shot and a lot of really cool Atomic Cupcake actions. I hope you like it, and I also hope I figure out how to put it on here OK.
Here is the link. (I hope, lol)