Thursday, April 30, 2009

PGD Quick Tutorial: Clipping Photos to Words

Check this out! Christine over at Pixel Gypsy Designs has posted a quick and easy tutorial to Pixel Gypsy University. This tutorial shows you how to create a title or other words that are "cut" out of your choice of photo. Here's an example Christine showed of a beautiful page she created using this technique:

So "RUN" on over to PGDU and learn how easily you can do this on  your own scrapbook pages! (Pun intended... sorry! ;) )

Go to: Pixel Gypsy University

Monday, April 27, 2009

National Scrapbooking Day ~ this Saturday!

So this Saturday is National Scrapbooking Day ... we scrappers are well aware of this awesome day celebrating our favorite pastime. And yet I just spent the last several minutes convincing my *husband* that it is "for real!" lol There will be some awesome online celebrations all over the internet, with plenty of events for digital scrappers as well as traditional and hybrid scrappers. For those of you doing digi, like me, I wanted to share this *amazing* DOORBUSTER sales event going on over at my favorite digi community ... Pixel Gypsy Designs.

While you're there grabbing some awesome scrapping supplies, be sure to stick around for the special NSD Speed Scrap at 4pm (Eastern). You might also want to check out the monthly challenges going on at PGD - you can win the entire store if you just get the most points for the month!

Well, I hope to see you all around PGD on Saturday, and maybe even more than that if you stick around to check out PGD & see why it's my favorite place to be! :D

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Smoke & Coal & Heavy Metal

Smoke & Coal & Heavy Metal.

No, not some special effects at a rock concert... ha ha! :D No, actually I spent the day with my hubby at our friend Pawnee's annual Hammer-In. A fun, all day event for those interested in the old-time craft of blacksmithing. Three men have forges going - one in a shop & two under open-sided tents. Each man has their own style, their own niche in the world of blacksmithing. Each has a unique way of demonstrating their craft and of engaging the observers. The observers range from those simply wanting to see old-time craftsmanship in action, to novice smiths anxious to learn techniques, to experienced smiths there to swap favorite techniques and share their knowledge with the group. Amazing stories were swapped on many, many topics - blacksmithing, of course, but also stories of hunting, military service, motorcycles, and much more. There was a real nice potluck lunch, too. It was, as always, a fun, interesting, and educational day.

The three demonstrators today were:

Francis "Pawnee" Buckley - Metal Artist Gallery

Ray Rantanen -

Bob Alderman - Tracker's Forge

(Ray Rantanen with sparks flying!)

One of the best highlights of today was when one of the demonstrators, Ray, decided I'd been so "quiet and watchful" that I should receive one of the wonderful creations he was working on!  While we watched, he created a very beautiful, decorative (yet fully usable) fire poker. He even customized the handle for this left-hander! :D Ray followed this up by giving Jim (my hubby) a few items, as well, including a nice coal rake for use in Jim's own forge. And then he made a beautiful letter opener which also was given to me!

(My poker! Ray told us how to finish it up with a bit of sanding & polishing wax, which we'll be doing right away.)

It was such a treat! I must say, though, the real treat was the warm and wonderful conversation Ray carried on with those of us gathered around. We truly enjoyed our visits with each of the demonstrators, each of who has impressive abilities with anvil and hammer. Be sure to check out their sites and galleries - you will be amazed!



Friday, April 24, 2009

Sunset Palm Trees

Have you ever sat and watched the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean? I had that wonderful, awesome privilege a couple years ago when hubby and I traveled to southern California. We were in San Diego and drove out to Sunset Cliffs to sit on the red rocks and watch the glorious scene unfold before our eyes. It made the emotions just well up inside to see the limitless beauty of God's handiwork. I took many photos that evening, and plenty on other evenings there from other vantage points. On one evening I caught a couple palm trees silhouetted against the colorful sky at dusk. I decided to scrap that particular photo today, and I just love the results.


All items from
Elements by PGD Designers from Uniquely You Mega Collab Kit
Paper by Sherrie Piegdon from Expressions Dark
Paper by Sherrie Piegdon from Debbie's Camp Hilaka
Photo frame by Sherrie Piegdon from Artisian Frames
Font: Eight Fifteen

I want to remind you all not to miss the awesome opportunity to get the *huge* mega collab kit, "Uniquely You", for FREE this month at PGD - with just a $10 donation to help families dealing with autism. Get the details here!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Luscious Lemon Meringue

I always make a lemon meringue for our Easter celebration, and this year I decided to take some photos of this delicious dessert. When I decided to scrap the photos, the new Springster kit at was a perfect choice! Isn't it just yummy??


All items by Abish Allen from
Springster at
Fonts: Hog Book - HMK, My Nerd

Daffodils and Easter Baskets ... It Must Be Spring!

Good morning all! I have a couple layouts to share that I've created with the newest kit from IMD: Spring Is In The Air - an adorable kit with lots of fun spring pieces to use on all those fresh spring pages!


A host of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
- William Wordsworth

All items by Inspired Mommie Designs from
Spring Is In The Air at
Fonts: Inkburrow, Gentle Redhead


Handmade Easter Baskets

All items by Inspired Mommie Designs from Spring Is In The Air at
Font: Howser

Friday, April 17, 2009

All Kinds of Fun!

Hi all! I've been having a great time creating some new layouts, and I've also been getting out into some wonderful spring weather for some hikes & geocaching with my hubby. Last week we hiked a steep, rocky trail - the Mickinnick Trail. It was beautiful! Yesterday we went out and hiked most of the Long Bridge at Sandpoint - had the unusual opportunity of getting to visit with lots of folks in their cars as there was quite a long line of traffic sitting still waiting for a crash to be cleared near the other end. The crash was a shame, of course, but the visiting was a delightful & unexpected bit of fun. Afterwards, we just had to stop in at our favorite Irish pub for dinner - MickDuff's always hits the spot! :D

If you haven't been over to today, you ought to head over there and click on New Products - there are sooo many new things and some new designers, too! AND, as today is Fantabulous Friday at PGD, you can get any of the new products at 30% off! As a Guest Gypsy Girl at PGD this month, I had the privilege of playing with several of the new kits in my latest layouts. Here are a few to share with you:


This fun LO chronicles 3 of the best days hubby & I have ever had! :D It features a beautiful wordart we received in a special event at PGD last night - if you missed this one, be sure you join in the next Word Artistry Crop! See the new PGD Events Calendar for details!

All items at
Scroll & paper by Sherrie Piegdon from Candy's Fairy Dreams
Staple & ribbon by Amanda Carlson from Wild Thing (Zoo)
Hearts by Abish Allen from Springster *NEW KIT*
Frame & wire swirl by Amanda Carlson from Cup Of Joe
Bookplate by Sherrie Piegdon from Urban Edge
Paper by Sherrie Piegdon from Paper Bazaar Damasks
Inner Child WordArt by Sherrie Piegdon
Font: A Little Pot


All items from
All papers & elements by Sherrie Piegdon from Denim & Daisies Mini Kit *NEW KIT*
Alpha by Elise Hansen from Love Me Do
Font:CK Fresh


Alicia Murphy is one of the newest designers at PGD, and has this bright fun kit available!

All from
Papers & elements by Alicia Murphy from Sunny Daze *NEW KIT*
Grass by Abish Allen from My Garden

Fonts: Pea Mary, Pea Leigh Leigh, Jump Start

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Fly Fishing in Spring

Yep. Hubby went fly fishing already this season ... a week ago today! It was a beautiful sunny day for the most part, and Grouse Creek was just too welcoming! Unfortunately, the fish weren't nibbling a bit, but he got to walk a good portion of the creek and I got to take some nice photos when I picked him up! :D

Fly Fishing In Spring

Button, alpha, tickertape, leaves, and papers by Tami Miller from
Spice of Life at
Button, leather tag, and metal tag by Sherrie Piegdon from Urban Edge at
Black string and worn mat by Sherrie Piegdon from {Into The}Twilight at
Alpha by Ami Collofello from Table Scraps at
Tape by Cari D. Cruse

Fonts: Plastique, Pea Monica

Meerkats Are So Cool!

I just love meerkats - they are soooo fun to watch! I took this pic of a meerkat two years ago when we visited the San Diego Zoo. I decided he'd be perfect to use in the latest Pixel Gypsy Designs Blog Template Challenge, along with the Wild Things (Zoo) kit from PGD.

Meerkat In Charge

WELCOME to MY zoo!
No matter what they tell you ...
I'm really the one in charge around here!
- King Meerkat

All items at
Template Style Plate 1 by Sherrie Piegdon
All papers & elements by Amanda Carlson from Wild Things (Zoo)

Fonts: Tany Patty, Teen Light, Dear Teacher-Normal

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Sunflowers and Trains

The new Busy As A Bee kit from Inspired Mommie Designs is now available at This kit is bright and beautiful and so versatile, too! I really enjoyed playing with this one!

Autumn Train Ride

what an awesome anniversary & a gorgeous autumn day! -XOXO-

All papers & elements by Inspired Mommie Designs from
Busy As A Bee at

Fonts: Pea Frankie, Pea Dolce Bello


Momma's Sunflowers

All papers & elements by Inspired Mommie Designs from
Busy As A Bee at

Alpha by Sherrie Piegdon from Wishes & Whimsy Add-On at

Font: Pea Frankie

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Special Kit, Special Price, Special Charity

Special. Very special. The designers over at have created a beautiful huge digital scrapbooking kit called "Uniquely You," and you can get it for a mere $10 donation to a very special charity, Helping Hand - Financial Aid for Autism Families.

Of course, if you'd like to donate more, that's great, too! And that wonderful PGD will even give you something back for that - anything you donate over $10 will earn you a gift certificate.

Get the details now - PGD Helping Hand

Here's a preview of this marvelous kit:


A Garden Dream

I found some beautiful watercolor papers over at this week, and had to play around with them. I ended up using the coordinating elements kit, too, as it is just too beautiful: Candy's Fair Dream Papers & Elements

A Garden Dream

All papers & elements by Sherrie Piegdon from Candy's Fairy Dreams at
Lavender by Cari D. Cruse at
Font: MA Sexy

Monday, April 6, 2009

Clowning Around & A Garden Visitor

I had a lot of fun playing with the clown stickers in the latest kit from Inspired Mommie Designs: Under The Big Top. I've been dressing up as a clown since I was very young, so a kit full of clowns and clown cars is just too much fun!

Cari the Clown

Credits: Papers & elements by Inspired Mommie Designs from Under The Big Top at

Font: Pea Cammi-Pea


I also loved the gorgeous purple/lavender papers in the kit, and couldn't resist doing something totally different with those, hence my layout using lavender and oregano blossoms!

A Garden Visitor

Papers and elements by Inspired Mommie Designs from
Under The Big Top at

Artisian Frame by Sherrie Piegdon from Artisian Frames at

Herbs/foliage by Cari D. Cruse at
Font: Pea XOXO from Karen


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