Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Crazy Color Ladies :)

Hey folks,

Long time no post; I know but, well, just keeping it real. hahahahahahah  The reason for this one is that I just watched a video about a woman who loves the color yellow and it inspired me to begin curating a collection; a collection of colorful ladies (and men, if any crop up).

The first is Kitten Kay Sera, The Pink Lady of Hollywood.  My best friend's favorite color is pink; so, when I saw this video I just had to share it with her :).


Next is Ella London, "Your Dose of Sunshine" from L.A.  She's just as bright and happy as the color :)!

And last, but not least, for now, is Elizabeth Sweethart: The Jolly Green Lady of Brooklyn.  She maybe my favorite but, they all just seem so happy to be immersed in color that it's really hard to say.

I love these ladies so much that I fancy the idea of becoming like them, some day :).  If I did, I would be The Rainbow Lady, though.  Right now, my favorite color is orange, unless I'm in the mood for another but, I prefer rainbows to any one color all of the time.

As I discover more ladies of color, I will add them to this post in the hopes that, one day, I will (of course) have an entire rainbow :).

What is your happy color and why?  Can you see yourself ever immersing yourself in color like these ladies have?

Thanks for looking :)!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Free Quick Card & Ben Carson’s Wife Spends $31k on Dining Set for His HUD Office!

Hi folks,
I'm not sure how often this will happen, but I am feeling the need to vent a lot lately and have decided that, since I don't really have much else to talk about, I may as well do it here; so, here goes:

The excuse: “$5,000 will not even buy a decent chair.” So, let me get this straight: The people you are supposed to be helping with that $31k are deserving of what you consider to be substandard places to sit down and eat, yet it's OK for you to live large at their expense?  Not even live, work!  This is for their office?

Not to mention that I could buy a very nice dining suite for $5k. Hell, my sweet ass cushy $300 office chair cost me $25 because there's a ding and a scratch on the arm! People get rid of awesome furniture all the time and places like Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity ReStore sell it on the cheap! I could turn my house into the freakin' Taj Mahal for $31k!

If HUD recipients shop second hand, why can't those in charge of helping them? Why wouldn't they? Why the fuck are the people who are in charge of helping the less fortunate benefiting at their expense and why do some of "us" think they deserve to?

Republicans who believe that their "stocks earning dividends" justifies this type of B.S. and worse: This is just so fucked up in so many ways! (And, yes, that is the response that I have gotten from several of you in regards to all of the really bad things that this administration has been doing.) This is why you are against guns not being sold to the mentally ill: You people need some serious psychiatric help!

On a happier note, I added some really cute St. Patrick's Day cards to my shop, if you want to take a look.  There are quick cards & toppers, as well.

And you can have this one for free :).  Just right click to save it to your computer, print, cut & assemble :).

FFS! Time for some art therapy: I need to go create more pretty pictures now.
Thanks for looking :)!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Free Layered Plaid Templates

Hi folks,

Friday's update is more than a bit late, I know, but I need a break in order to regroup.  Ever since I got my computer back up and running I've felt like I was in a constant race to catch up; so, instead, I took a step back to get back on track :).  That being said, the plaids are here!

The plaids are all monotone patterns but, while creating them I discovered some wonderful color combinations that I thought you might enjoy discovering for yourself. I shy away from combining colors in the patterns that I create because it limits their usefulness; however, if you have a graphics program that will allow you to use a PSD, then you can create your own custom plaids to suit any design.

There are 12 patterns in the set and I've included Pantone's 2018 NY & UK palettes, along with the classic colors:

This coming Friday I will add the florals, tropicals & rainbows and, if I can swing it, a few St. Patrick's designs.  If I can't swing it, then St. Pat's will have to wait until next week Tuesday.

Happy Crafting :),

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Pantone Ginghams :)!

Hi folks,

Here you go: 47 paper packs using Pantone's NY & UK 2018 Spring/Summer trend and classic color palettes, including the color of the year, Ultraviolet, of course.  Next up will be the plaids and then I will start on the tropical prints next week.  As this rate, I will be creating rainbows just in time for me to start on St. Patrick's Day cards.  Couldn't have timed it more perfectly if I'd tried. hahahahahaah

In creating patterns that follow this year's trends, I'm trying to mix it up a bit and give you things that you've never seen before; so, there may be one or two "eh, maybe not" sheets in there.  Coming up with 12 different way to do gingham that didn't involve overusing the same 4 patterns was a challenge :). A fun challenge, though, and overall, I am happy with the results.  Hopefully you will be, too :).

Well, on with the show!  This is, obviously, just a small sample of today's update.  You can find the entire collection on my Recently Added Items list.

I'm too busy creating to think of anything more to say; so, I'm just gonna leave those there :).

Happy Crafting :)

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Free Rainbow Zebra Floral Background

Hi folks,

Well, it took longer than I thought to assemble them all but, I did it: 42 regular paper packs of assorted prints rearranged into packs of assorted colors = 24 bumper kits :).  Not really, but close enough.  While rearranging them I was inspired to toss in a couple of new ones, as well. hahahahahah  Either way, you can now have your stripes and animal prints however you like them best :).

And, whew, that was a lot of work! Fun work, though.  So fun that now I'm off to do it again with tartans, plaids and floral prints :).

Today's "thank you for reading" gift is a free rainbow zebra floral background using the NY color palette.  Just right click, save and enjoy :).

Happy Crafting,

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Free Pantone Color of the Year Background

Hi folks,

I added a whopping 42 sets of background papers all done up in the colors from Pantone's UK & NY Spring & Summer 2018 Color Palettes.  There are animal prints, stripes done 12 ways, glitter, satin, and rainbow sets all ready to be used in your fabulous creations :)! For Friday's update I will work on regrouping the animal prints & stripes so that they are in packs of assorted colors, rather than packs of assorted prints; so, if you prefer them that way, wait a few days before shopping.

If I have time, there will also be tartans and ginghams added on Friday but, I'm a bit busier than usual this week; so, that may have to wait until next Tuesday.  We'll see :).

Here is a wee sample of today's update:
As usual, you can see the rest on the recently added items page of my shop and, here is your free background for this week.  Just left click and save :).

Happy crafting :)!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Pantone 2018 Spring & Summer Color Fun

Hi guys,

Pantone has released their top 12 colors for spring & summer of 2018; so now I have new colors to learn. And, well, what better way to learn them than to play with them :)? Today's update is all about mixing and matching and playing with tones to get a feel for the new palettes (London & New York): 21 sets of background papers featuring beer, tools, a butterfly damask, romantic butterflies and grunge flowers in both monotone and color combination styles. It's a veritable rainbow smorgasbord :)! 
As you can see, the palettes have quite a few colors in common but, there are also several notable differences. The colors they share are Cherry Tomato, Blooming Dahlia, Meadowlark, Lime Punch, Pink Lavender, Almost Mauve and, or course, the color of the year: Ultraviolet.  The differences lie in NY's Emperador (brown), Arcadia (teal), Little Boy Blue, Spring Crocus (pinkish purple) and Chili Oil (dark red) and London's Ash Mauve, Nile Green, Palace Blue, Rapture Rose (pink) and Spice Apple (dark red).

In creating the combination packs I tried to match up different sets of colors so that, if you buy both packs, you won't be getting many duplicates. You can see the combination packs in my shop.

The trending patterns for the warmer seasons are tropical prints, animal prints (which are apparently always in style hahahahahaha), glitter, satin, rainbow patterns, multi-directional stripes, monotone tartans and ginghams, and florals: soft, 60's style, and micro.  These are what I will be working on next.  After that I will start on St. Patrick's Day and whip up a few vintage beauties using a new style of card that I recently fell in love with before delving into Hindu inspiration, again.

Stationery and journaling sets will reemerge when I return to India :).  In the meantime, I hope you're able to use the papers in your cards, scrapbooks and other creations.

Happy Crafting :),

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Free Vintage Valentine Pocket Card Making Kit

Hi folks,

I'm baaack! Did you miss me ;)?

Hard drive crashed and, unbeknownst to me, my automatic backup had stopped running in August.  Four months of templates, plans and potential bumper kits gone, just like *that* - not to mention all of the terrific graphics I'd hunted down to use in all of that.  Oh well, nothing like a new beginning, eh :)?

I tried to create a new card last week but, since I was using my son's computer to tie my over, that didn't go so well.  I needed more power :).  Although, I did discover that his computer is better for gaming than mine; so, now I have to find out why. hahahahaha

After dealing with all of that, I decided to just create something simple to get my imagination working again.  The result is a wonderfully romantic Hindu inspired gate fold card full of elegant lacy patterns with satiny trim.  To keep things as simple as possible, I worked with Pantone's Spring/Summer 2018 color palette and, quite frankly, if I hadn't accidentally overwritten the template with a merged image, I'd have probably created another dozen!  As it is, there are only 13 :).

You can find the complete collection in the usual place and, to tempt you into peeking, here are some of my favorites: Fold/romantic-red-white-all-occasion-gate-fold-heart-leaf-card-making-kit.cfm Fold/romantic-purple-red-all-occasion-gate-fold-heart-leaf-card-making-kit.cfm Fold/romantic-blue-brown-all-occasion-gate-fold-heart-leaf-card-making-kit.cfm Fold/romantic-green-yellow-all-occasion-gate-fold-heart-leaf-card-making-kit.cfm Fold/romantic-pink-white-blue-all-occasion-gate-fold-heart-leaf-card-making-kit.cfm Fold/romantic-purple-green-blue-all-occasion-gate-fold-heart-leaf-card-making-kit.cfm

And, as promised, this week's freebie is a Vintage Valentine Pocket Card Making Kit :).  It is the kit that resulted from the aforementioned failed attempt at graphics creation that led to me needing a break. hahahahaha

Happy Card Making :),

Friday, January 5, 2018

Free CU4CU Sassy Cheryl Valentine Clipart

Hi folks,

This week's update is one kit smaller than usual because the cold weather just did me in. hahahahahaha  I'm a light-weight Floridian; so, freezing temps make me want to hibernate.  And, by freezing I mean 60's. hahahahahaha  Although, the temperature did drop to actual freezing for a day or two.

I've had nothing like you folks north of me are getting, though.  I've heard a lot about the awesome weather, but nothing of damage or suffering as a result; so, here's hoping you're all keeping safe & warm.  And, of course, have a blast playing in all that snow once the danger has passed!  I am so envious of you for that :).

Here are this week's goodies:

As usual, there is more than meets the eye; so, pop on over to see the rest.

While on your way to check out the new stuff, stop by Facebook to share CraftsUPrint's post celebrating their 10 year anniversary so that you can snag yourself some free CU clipart!  After sharing it, just click on the link in the description to download the freebie.

7 more rose themed stationery sets and 8 more qua-trefoil shaped Valentines to go before I start on new designs :).  I even found a bit of inspiration to create Valentines for men with; so, look for those with the paper packs that I mentioned last week.

Stay warm ... brrrr,