Wednesday, August 18, 2010

New Releases, a FWP and a QP Freebie!

I'm a little late this week presenting my new releases but never fear, everything is still on sale through Sunday! :)

I have a gorgeous kit this week. I'm in LOVE with this kit and I don't say that often. The colors were inspired by some clothes my daughter chose for back to school but the kit took on a life of its own and I couldn't be happier. Meet Dixie... spend just $5 on designs by Sherri and get her FREE! Valid through August 22nd.

And now for the freebie! See that last layout there? That's my sweet little girl when she was 14 months old (almost 7 years ago!). I've had these pictures tucked away all that time because I couldn't find the perfect kit to scrap them with. I was so excited to finally scrap these! I created a quickpage using my layout and have also included an alternate for those of you who want some place to journal other than right on the page. You can snag the quickpage HERE.

Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!

Monday, July 26, 2010

New Releases and a freebie!

Happy Monday, scrappers! I hope your Monday is off to a better start than mine! While my Monday may not be going so hot, I did have a very productive week last week and I wanted to share with you the new goodies I released today. Stay with me and keep reading and I'll have a little freebie (and a coupon to boot!)

First off, this week at Elemental Scraps is Release 2.0 week. We were challenged to revisit an old kit, color scheme or theme and make it new again. I had a lot of fun with this one! I chose two old favorites to freshen up. My original kits, Caitrin and Declan, were inspired by and named after my kiddos. These kits were first released 3 years ago. Like kids tend to do, Caitrin and Declan have done a lot of growing and changing in the last 3 years and I thought it was time to update their kits to reflect who they are today. It was a fun challenge! Want to take a look at the results?

I started with Declan. I ditched the old dated elements (I kept the name tag and the cute stickers though!) and then I re-did all of the papers from the ground up. You'll notice some of the papers look very similar to the original. I really liked some of the original papers but felt the scale was off and also wanted to go with a cleaner look instead of the shabbiness of the original kit. I finished off by adding an alphabet and lots of new elements perfect to scrap those little boys with! Let's take a closer look at the revisited kit...

Next I pulled out Caitrin and got to work. I loved the colors of this kit but I wasn't thrilled with the way the papers flowed so once again, I started fresh and redesigned this kit from the ground up. I tried to keep the original light and airy feel of the kit while updating it to be more substantial than the original. I enjoyed every minute of working on this kit and I really loved the delighted look on my daughter's face and the squeals and she yelled "Its perfect!" when I was finished. :)

Here's a closer look at Caitrin 2.0. Its perfectly delightful, feminine and sweet. :)

This week, for my fellow designers, I have some CU layered overlays. These are so easy to use. Just recolor each layer (use clipping masks or color overlay feature or what ever your preferred method is!) and then finish off with your own textured overlays and personal touches. There are lots of ways to make these overlays your own. Turn off some layers, add more layers of your own, etc. I have two great sets newly released today.

This week is FWP week at Elemental Scraps and in that spirit, I am offering the Designer Stash - Layered Overlays 3 as the FWP if you purchase Designer Stash - Layered Overlays 2! This week only you can get 10 layered overlays for the price of 5! Just add the first set to your shopping cart and the links for the second set will be included!

And, finally, I have some page templates for you! Its been a long time since I've released any templates so this is kind of fun for me! This set, Scrap Maps - Challenge Edition were primarily used for recent forum and blog challenges. If you missed the original challenges (mostly at Inspiration-Lane) then you can still pick up this set of templates. And, these are CU okay as well! :)

Now... if you're still reading then kudos to you for getting through my rambling! Today I have a coupon for you AND a QP freebie. :)

The coupon is good for $5 off your next purchase of $10 or more (valid through July 31st so don't delay!). Just add $10 or more in products at regular price to your cart and use coupon code st_5off to take $5 off your total. :)

And.. here is the freebie! I created this quickpage using my new Scrap Maps templates and Caitrin 2.0 kit. I scrapped my daughter and one of her friends using this page and I love the results.


You can :: Download Here ::

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Saturday Sneak Peek and Giveaway

I FINALLY have some new releases to share! Its been a while since I had any design mojo (which is okay since I'm taking the summer off anyway) but it hit this week and I just had to go with it. So, here we go... This week I teamed up with Bianca of Project B. Designs and we worked on this fun summertime kit that makes me want to take a good book and sit out under a tree with a cold drink!

My next kit is completely different from my typical style. I went with colors that are brighter than what I am usually comfortable with but I really think this one turned out pretty cute. See what you think...

Both kits will be available Monday at Elemental Scraps. You can stop by to pick them up... but... I am going to give away one copy of each here on my bloggie. You just have to leave a comment saying which sneak peek you like best, what you like about the sneak peek or what you think you would scrap with it and I will randomly chose a winner for each kit. :)

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Summer Blowout at Elemental Scraps

We are having a huge summer clearance/retirement sale at Elemental Scraps. There are over 400 products marked down to just $1 each. If you purchase 10 or more products from the Big Summer Blowout Sale category then you will automatically save 10% off your order. That makes each item just 90 cents! How awesome is that?? Hurry though, this sale ends July 11th and then these things will be gone from ES forever. I have over 100 items in the retiring category so be sure to check it out!

Watch Your Inboxes!

I just scheduled my first newsletter using my new newsletter service. It should hit your inboxes tomorrow morning. Read carefully as there is a $3 off coupon to newsletter subscribers that will be good July 12th - July 31st at my Elemental Scraps store!

If you aren't signed up for the newsletter, I suggest you do. I plan to have coupons and freebies for subscribers at least once a month. You don't want to miss out!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Last Call!

I will be sending out $3 coupons in my next newsletter and it is coming soon! This is just to let you know that you can still sign up as a subscriber and receive your coupon! I am working with a new newsletter service and will be sending more regular newsletters now. :)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Slowly but Surely

I'm making over my blog. If you pop in and see things completely wonky, don't fret. I'm trying to spruce up the place a little!

Its been quiet around here lately because I'm taking the summer off. Well, mostly... I will have a few posts here and there and a few new products (and a few GREAT sales!) but for the most part I'm just relaxing and spending the summer with my family. My husband is working lots of overtime right now and with the kids home from school that makes it hard for me to think sometimes, let alone sit and design!

So, in case you were wondering... yep, I'm still around. I'm just laying low and having fun this summer! I hope you are all enjoying your summer (or winter as the case may be!) as well!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Its Officially Summer! How about a Blog Train?

Can you believe it? Its officially summer? The past month has been hot and humid and we are already feeling summer full force so I fear that July and August are going to be absolutely miserable! Fortunately we have a pass for the pool, great AC and lots of electronic gadgets to keep the kids busy and out of the heat. Never the less, the first day of summer should be celebrated!

The designers at Elemental Scraps have gotten together to entice you with a sampling of our great talent. While you are chugging along, we would love it if you would sign up for our individual newsletters or join us on facebook and/or twitter. The downloads to each portion will be hosted in the store. For best results and hopefully, one smooth download, keep one window open and logged into the store, so that hopefully your cart doesn't clear.

**Sign up to receive my newsletter and receive a $3 off coupon! Coupons will be sent out to all subscribers in the next newsletter. To sign up, simply enter your email address in the box on the right under the 411 tab**

Sorry, this has expired, check back for more freebies soon!

In case you are lost, here is a list of participating designers.

Friday, May 14, 2010

PU Ladies Night QP

Sherri has a new kit out that can be found HERE
You can find the QP HERE
Personal Use Only Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Free margaritas anyone?

Happy Cinco de Mayo!! Its the 5th of May, Cinco de Mayo and I don't know about you but my favorite way to celebrate the day is eating my favorite Mexican food favorites and sipping a nice cold margarita! My new Ladies Night kit is just perfect to scrap some of those Cinco de Mayo pictures too (and remember, right now you can get it FREE with a $5 purchase at Elemental Scraps! To sweeten your deal, today and tomorrow only (May 5th and 6th) you can save an additional 40% when you use the coupon code st_cindodemayo at checkout! (Valid on purchase of $2 or more) If you missed the iNSD sale, here's your chance to grab what you were spying!!

And now... did someone promise a free margarita? Oh how I wish I could send everyone real ones but after all of my recent computer woes, I think I'll stick with sending the digital variety! Here's a decorated frame created using my Ladies Night kit, perfect for your Cinco de Mayo pictures!

Download ::Here::

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Personal Use Quick Page

Hello Cindy here with a quick page for you!!
You can find the elements HERE and papers


Monday, May 03, 2010

color play, a contest and freebie, oh my!

Its been way too long since I blogged. I have spent the last month fighting major computer woes. I had to reformat my entire system not once but twice in 30 days. That's just crazy! Worst thing was, I couldn't get Photoshop to work for almost an entire month. No designing, no scrapping... it was like a nightmare! Tell me you feel me, scrappers!

Anyway, I'm back (and trying to restore 115 GB of photos but more on that later) and do I have some stuff to talk about!

First off, iNSD weekend was last weekend and boy was it fun. I hope you all took advantage of the sales and freebies and even got to scrap a little when you weren't shopping!

Are you all still on a high after the weekend? I know I am... which is why the news I have now is PERFECT! Elemental Scraps is having an AWESOME contest with some AMAZING prizes. Its too bad I'm not eligible to win because I just had my external hard drive kick out on me and a Western Digital 500GB EHD is one of the prizes! Yes, I'm serious!! Crazy, huh? Crazy in a good way, of course!

The contest is being hosted entirely on the blog (though there is a place in the forums for questions and chatter about the contest). The first challenge was unveiled today and its a fun one. Be sure to check the Elemental Scraps Blog often (or add it to your reader) because challenges will be added regularly throughout the month and you never know when a new one will pop up!

Now... since Color Play is the theme of the first challenge of the contest, I thought I'd show you what new Color Play goodies I have for this month. For those who don't know how Color Play works, let me explain. Each month we have one color swatch to work with. Designers create paper packs, element packs, alphas, templates and more using the color swatch provided. The items go in the store (Color Play products are exclusive to Elemental Scraps) for just $2 each. The first week they are only $1 so its a good time to grab them... and today is the first day of our May Color Play promotion so you can get in on that $1 price all week!

Here's what I have this month... SeaScape. The colors this month screamed summer and water and splashy fun. This kit is perfect for pool pictures or beach pictures or even pictures of your aquarium or whatever you can dream up!




You can grab any (or all) of these or even Color Play products from other designers at Elemental Scraps. And, while you are there, check out my FWP promotion! There are just a few more days left. If you spend just $5 in my ES store you can get one of my newest kits, Ladies Night, FREE.

And, finally... I have a fun freebie created with my new Color Play products.


I had a lot of fun with this page (especially since I haven't scrapped in a MONTH!) I know it will be perfect for some pictures of my kiddos at the water park (once I get them restored from Mozy... highly recommend online back up services like Mozy too!) You can download it ::HERE::

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Blog Train - For Real This Time!

Thank you everyone for being so patient with me. This time I really have something for the blog train! Did I mention why I'm so scatter brained right now? In the midst of all of my fabulous - well, I think so ;) - March Madness celebrations we're getting ready to take a family trip to Arizona (something really worth celebrating as we haven't been back 'home' in 6 years!). So, things are crazy here as I try and get a month's worth of work and planning done in a week. Thanks for sticking with me though!

So... two more days (today and tomorrow) of my Double Your Dollars promotion at Elemental Scraps. For every amount you spend you will receive a coupon good for the same amount to use towards a future purchase!

Here's my little contribution for this blog train. You can download it ::HERE::

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Shine On Blog Train

Okay... epic FAIL for me! I totally forgot to have my contribution for the blog train ready. Sorry everyone! If you'll check back tomorrow I'll have something for you though. ;)

In the meantime, head on over to MikkiDesigns to continue your trip! Remember... check back tomorrow!

Wearin' Green QP Freebie

First ... how about a challenge? I'm hosting a template challenge over at Inspiration-Lane! You can check out the challenge and pick up the template just by clicking HERE!


Now... its freeeeeebie time! I picked up this fab pack of templates from Chrissy W this week and just had to use them to make a page with my Wearin' Green mini kit. St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner and I still have last year's pictures to scrap! We go all out for St. Patrick's Day here so I need to be prepared! Since the templates are CU OK, I wanted to share this page with all of you so that you can be prepared for some serious Irish celebratin' too. ;)


::Download HERE::

Need a mid-week pick me up?

There's something W-one-derful about Wednesdays this March! Every Wednesday you'll find select products in my store for only $1! Look around, you never know what you'll find!

There is also just 3 days left of my Double Your Dollars promotion at Elemental Scraps. Remember, for every purchase you make between now and the 5th of March you will receive a coupon for that amount good on a future purchase.

Click on the 'My Stores' tab on the sidebar to check out each of my stores.

Stay tuned... March Madness continues all month long and I have lots of fun in store for you!

Monday, March 01, 2010

March Madness - Double your dollars!!

This is so EXCITING Sherri has put together a fantastic concept for March!!!

DOUBLE YOUR DOLLARS! Its so easy for every dollar you spend you get a coupon for a dollar back!

I can't wait to go shopping.. the more you shop.. the more you get back in vouchers.. which means you can shop more... which means you get more vouchers... for a scrapaholic like me its heaven in a voucher!!

Heres a link to Sherri's shop this is for March 1st - 5th only so you better be quick!!

Friday, February 05, 2010

A Sunshine Blog Train

Wow! I can hardly believe how long its been since I participated in a blog train. I had so much fun with this one. I hope that you enjoy it too. If you haven't already, take a moment to subscribe to my newsletter (box to the right). Very soon my newsletter will be back on track with news of sales, subscriber coupons and freebies! Happy Saturday!

Here's my contribution to Rainbrella.

Download Here.
If you're following the train tracks then you came here from Cari Creates!
The next stop on this train is Valerie Ostrom Designs. Enjoy!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Scrap and Save two of my favorite things!

Its true, two of my favorite things are scrapping and saving money. Its best when I can do both together but I'll take 'em how I can get 'em!

Over at Elemental Scraps we've been talking about ways to find 'free' money. This has been a big hobby of mine the past year. I paid for nearly all of our Christmas presents using Amazon gift cards I got through SwagBucks.

SwagBucks is a search and win site and so much more! You can earn SwagBucks by searching the web using their search engine tool bar, by shopping, and now there are even special offers you can do to earn SwagBucks. In the past 2 days I've cashed out for 3 $5 Amazon gift cards! There are all sorts of gift cards and prizes you can snag with your SwagBucks though. If you haven't already signed up, you really should check it out. I installed the SwagBucks tool bar and I use it to navigate from one site to another (instead of using bookmarks for sites like FaceBook that I use often, I just type it in the search bar). I usually earn a $5 gift card about every other week.

Another site I tried recently is Cash Rocket GPT. I joined in November and made enough money to cash out (I love that you can cash out with only $5. Some sites make you hit $30 or more!) and then waited to see what would happen. There were some payment delays as the site waited for payment from sponsors but lo and behold, I logged in to my PayPal account today to find a payment from Cash Rocket GPT. That's another cool thing, you can cash out right to your PayPal account. Then you can spend your free money on anything you want! There is now the option to cash out for Amazon cards too which I will likely do in the future since I'm saving up for something big. :) Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here's a little screen shot of the payment in my PayPal account. It turned out a little smaller than I thought it would but its the one highlighted there at the bottom. Click on the image to see it larger.

Other popular ways to earn gift cards and cash are My Points, Inbox Dollars, Opinion Outpost (surveys) and Opinion Place (also surveys). I just did 2 surveys at Opinion Place good for $4 in Amazon gift cards and I did one the other day for $1 in Amazon gift cards. In the past I have done surveys for cash and they paid out to my PayPal each and every time. I love getting surprise money!

So, if you would like to find some 'free' money, check out some of these sites! And, while we're at it, since this post is about scrapping and saving... Here are 3 ways to save at my Elemental Scraps store! Coupon codes are valid through the end of January!