I'm gonna have to say that I think these posts (even though this is only my second SHINE)... they are my favorites! #1) because it shows me that people are actually using my designs and #2) I get to showcase some fabulous scrappers! #3) It's just too darn fun!And just for kicks... I'm going to send each of these gals a fun little *extra*... they'll be recieving this paper from my ISLAND WOODS collection (which hasn't been released yet)... so check your emails ladies :) I hope to get loads of LO's this comming week to showcase in next Friday's SHINES of SVdesigns... and who knows what next weeks little *extra* will be. Have I enticed you yet to share your LO's - LOL
Thursday, March 29
Wednesday, March 28
Also, stay tuned for this weeks SHINES! can't wait to share them with you... there hasn't been too many so I've got plenty of space for all of YOURS -- so share them with all of us (by emailing me a link - email is just under my profile)... let's see... while I have everyone's attention is there anything else I want to say... hmmm... nope.. just HAVE FUN SCRAPPIN'!
(link has been taken down but this set of papers is available for purchae at my store)
written by Shandy at 3:55 PM
Monday, March 26
Hi and welcome to my blog this fine, happy Monday! My boys are all on spring break this week... so wish me luck in surviving - LOL. My friend Heather (aka Scrappy Pony Designs) shared a few of her ingenious tips on making some awesome grunge papers... and here's the end product! I named it "if you dare" because basically -- these are BOLD, RAW and GRUNGED OUT to the max... and only use them if you dare - LOL. These definitely are not for the faint of heart. I challenged myself to use them and came up with this. Credits can be found here for the LO. Also, just one more thing. I'm quite curious on the different creations you guys can come up with using these... SO... anyone who emails me a link to a LO they've done using IF YOU DARE... I'll give 2 more papers that go with this set (I had too much fun playing after I'd already *packaged* these up for the freebie - LOL) My email is located just under my profile :) Download If You Dare
written by Shandy at 7:35 AM
Thursday, March 22
What's more rewarding than seeing your goodies put to good use??? Well.. I guess I can think of a few things, but I must say - it's pretty darn cool! Several of you have emailed me links to LO's you've designed using SVdesign products and so I decided to start doing a fun little thing each week. I'm going to call it "SHINES of the week" and bascially I'll make a little collection of LO's that showcase my work in action and post it here on my blog. If you'd like to be considered for future weeks, just drop me an email :) - my address can be found just beneath my profile. Here are this weeks SHINES... enjoy! and I hope to hear from LOTS of you this week! (oh, and it doesn't have to be the latest freebie.. it can be any of my goodies).
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Tuesday, March 20
Hi everyone... just a quick post...
here's a cool layout by Jolie using my latest Template - I just LOVE how it's so fresh and sunny! ... She gave permission for me to post it here to inspire all of you!!! Keep sending in links to LO's using my goodies (who knows.. you could be next to apper here - LOL)
written by Shandy at 9:29 PM
Monday, March 19
alright.. it was brought to my attention that when you save the word art from the blog here... there is a white background with it... SO SORRY LADIES! thought I'd make things simple.. guess not - LOL
so... HERE is the link for it. It's not zipped.. but it is in .png format so just click the "download here" once you're at 4shared.
written by Shandy at 5:17 PM
Sunday, March 18
It's Monday again and you all know what that means, right?? Yep.. it's MGM (My Giveaway Monday) time again at SVdesigns! I hope everyone's week is starting off on a fantastic note! We've had such gorgeous weather that I just can't help but smile :) I've been making some more templates and thought I'd share another one (I don't think I really like this one... but someone may have the perfect pictures for this design so GET IT HERE ). Also, here's the quote word art that I used when playing around using Jessica Spragues handtinted tutorial (read next blog entry for details) and thought I'd share that today with all of you as well :) Again, just wanted to say thanks for all the awesome comments that you all leave me here (and also at 4shared). I DO read them :) and they give me warm fuzzies - thanks! oh, just right click on the word art picture and select "Save As" to download to your desktop. It's in .png format. If that doesn't work, I'll go ahead and link it up to 4shared.
written by Shandy at 11:05 PM
So call me crazy but I had no idea that Jessica Sprague did photoshop tutorials each friday! I've been checking out different blogs and came across a link to hers on this tutorial that I used to create this handtinted and frame effect! I'm so pleased with the outcome! Her instructions were so easy to follow! Thanks! This is a photo of my littlest guy this past Thursday during our home photo shoot :)
written by Shandy at 1:03 AM
Thursday, March 15
Hi everyone! I know TONS of people make Templates out there (and they are awesome at it!!) but thought I'd give one a try... I actually think it turned out pretty cool and used it to do a LO this morning with (papers are from Meredith Fenwicks Technogrunge kit and the brushes are by Designfruit) ... Here's the LINK to download it (do it fast, tho.. I'm limiting this to just 400 downloads! edited: wow! I didn't realize it would exceed 400 within 10 hours. Sorry, but the link has been taken down. I'm thinking this template will be available in the near future, though.) I hope you all enjoy it and feel free to show me what you do with it.. who knows.. I might just ask to showcase it here on my blog :)
written by Shandy at 9:47 AM
Tuesday, March 13
Alright everyone... first of all I guess I have an "announcement" to make - :)
A brand new site will be opening up in the near future (shooting for a May 1st debut) and I have accepted an offer to be one of their designers! Originally I had planned on just selling from my blog so (1) I wasn't under any "pressure" to produce X amount of product by a certain date and (2) so I could keep my prices low by not compensating for paying a store commision. Well, needless to say, I found an owner that addressed BOTH of these points! They encourage us to "design at our own pace" -- which is a concept that I LOVE!!! Designers are given a certain amount of shopping cart slots in their store and basically they are ours to do with what we want... to fill with kits, alphas, elements, templates - whatever! and obviously, if they are all filled, that's more beneficial to us... and number 2: There are no commission to pay. ever! Paypal will be the method of acceptable payments and only the coresponding paypal fee will be taken from the payment. I found the official call for this in the digishoptalk forums (which gives more info and the contact information) -- so check it out if you're interested!! I believe she is down to looking for only 4 more designers to climb on board! So don't delay if you're seriously interested! In talking with the owner, I am VERY impressed with her designer/owner co-op concept! I am so thrilled that this opportunity was extended to me and that it will fit into my life and let me keep my priority on my family and have fun with the whole designing journey :) - plus I'm relived that I have over 6 weeks to "build up" my inventory to have some awesome things ready for the big release day - LOL. Oh, and here in a few weeks it looks like I'm going to have to be putting out a call for my very own CT -- wow - that sounds sooooo official! a bit intimidating to me... but exciting at the same time!... so keep a watch out for that too (if you're interested :)
written by Shandy at 10:51 PM
HI everyone! I realize that Monday came and went and there wasn't a freebie here - EEEKS! It's just been a bit extra crazy around here... I've got something just about ready to post... so check back soon :) I totally love and appreciate everyone coming here to check out my designs... I'll be back later - promise :)
written by Shandy at 11:38 AM
Wednesday, March 7
Hi everyone! I've got one final goodie that coordinates with my Vintage Floral Kit. It's a set of chipboard blocks and alphabets. Everything comes in its own seperate png file so you can easily mix and match and customize your layouts! I've really enjoyed working with this specific color palatte and with the floral theme, but think this is the last set of elements I'll make for it. On to the next kit! So for those of you who have purchased my Vintage Floral kit, I THANK YOU! and hope you have enjoyed the additional free addons to it :) and a big THANK YOU to everyone who has left such wonderful comments -- they really have made my week!
Click here to download
written by Shandy at 11:06 PM
Tuesday, March 6
Today has just been GORGEOUS! All 3 older boys played outside the entire afternoon and I actually took the time to get caught up on cleaning and laundry and (ya know.. all the *fun* stuff of life) while Nathan napped. Of course I would rather have been creating something. After all the boys were tucked safely into bed after haircuts and showers, I did scrap up our week in review page. It was my goal at the new year to do a week in Review page this entire year and so far, I have kept up on it! If you're interested, it can be found here.
Then I also did up this one of my sweet boys... after my second said said this (how his little baby brother was "drowning in his love", I just knew I had to get it scrapped for posterity! Both of these use my Vintage Floral Kit. I also wanted to thank you all for your kind and positive words about my freebies and kits. You guys really know how to make a scrapper feel L.O.V.E.D.!!
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Monday, March 5
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