Friday, September 28, 2007

Good Friday to everyone! Here I am again and today with a treat. Ehhhmmm, I think I've overdone it a bit this time, guys. lol I was so excited about it that I realized the size of it when I wanted to zip's yummy and different, see if you like it:

I was inspired by my daughter's wooden blocks and I thought it would be fun and unique. I love the result, it looks so cool with the peeled paint and bumpy edges! There's a whole lot of love in it, each letter took me about 20 minutes to extract so count how many hours I've been blisters on my butt, lol! That's why it wasn't finished last week... The set contains upper and lower case and numbers - those have different texture. And I also added that cute trolley for you and a paper made of those blocks. I have to warn you though - this alpha, unlike my other stuff - is not versatile at all! It comes in red, green, blue and yellow and since it's texture is so unique (see the details) it's impossible to recolor. But I'm sure it'd be great on kids layouts. I've actually used the alpha for my new header (you can find full credits for the header in the bottom of the left column). Now, since each letter is about 4 MB, the whole thing came out HUGE!!! I had to split it in SEVEN parts! So if you dare and have the patience (LOL) here are the links (the 'extras' contain the trolley and paper). SORRY, THE LINKS HAVE BEEN REMOVED! ON TO THE STORE THEY GO NOW:)

Woohooo! Okay, I promise I won't do it again! lol

Have a great weekend and please leave me some love if you DL, need to recharge (once per seven downloads is enough:))

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Hey there! Wow, two in a row today:) I was gonna post today anyway (no kidding!) but after Brooke's comment I realized you might feel lost here, hehe. Well, I've been wanting to redesign this since the beginning, that's almost a year (changed blogs) but have been putting it off. The previous I did in a rush...anyway, time for change. It looks more cheerful here, don't you think? I'm still gonna play a bit with the colors and stuff but that's not going to be today. Have to finish the freebie for you for tomorrow!:) Well, I only have the preview left but I've just spent 2 hours making a bonus paper because it was just not coming the way I wanted...And what else have I been up to? Not much, really. I have about hour or hour and a half during the day when No.2 (my DS) sleeps and the rest has to be done at night. Still not in shape though and my DH is sick now too, ufff! Oh and I finished two layouts - one is Eneko's monthly journal - not too happy with it but the mojo was just not coming, lol:

Credits and journaling here.

And this one I finished last night for this week's Digi Dare. And that one I really like:

Credits and journaling here.

Apart from that I've been saving my hubby's butt, hehe, not only his but his colleagues too!:) He works on a project for a government organization, they are rebuilding their internet portal. And on Friday he came with a question if I could take a look at the logo they gave him for one of the pages. The problem was they got a JPEG file from the government dept. how it should look like and it was tall and they needed landscape. No rush, hubby said but I was like ok, no problem, extracted what was needed and made a brand new banner over the weekend. And you know what? They loved it! lol They published it straight away because the government called on Monday morning to go live immediately. If I didn't do it they wouldn't have had anything - the company that is responsible for creating the banner didn't do ANYTHING! I was asked to do another one in different color. And the same day IƱaki came home with a question if I could make another banner for another page because the current one sucked...I did it the same evening and again it was approved and will be published next week! And today I got 4 more 'homeworks'. One of them is to design the header banner for their main page! lol. Getting quite popular over there, see if they start to pay me, hehe...

Okay, bed time for me already, I'll see you tomorrow and I'll have your weekly treat for you!

Have a great rest of the day/night!

PS Again - thank you SO much for your comments. It's one of the things I love about designing - your appreciation!

Don't freak out:)

Please don't freak out, I'm just redesigning the blog:))) This is not the final version so if you see things appearing and disappearing, don't worry, lol! More tonight!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Sorry and fix!!!

Hey guys, sweet Pamela just found out there's no bonus lace in the zip file....ggggaaaaahhh, my brain is just completely sucked out from breastfeeding, lol! Sorry guys!!! First time it happens (but surely not the last one:)) Instead of re-zipping and reloading the whole file I've just zipped the lace separately and the link is here. Thanks so much, Pamela and sorry again! Better go to bed, lol.

Hey guys, how are you doing? Hope everything is fine with you! I really wanted to post during the week but haven't I was not feeling all that well, some kind of flu and have been very lazy the first part of the week. The little ones have also been with cold but getting better now. And then yesterday I didn't touch the computer until late at night because my DD had a birthday party and I was running up and down all day. Can't believe she's 4!!! She was so excited and the first thing she said when she woke up yesterday morning was: I'm four!!! hen she went to school and had a bit of a party there and when she came home she fell asleep on the couch while I was preparing stuff for her home celebration, lol! She didn't wake up until the first kids came! She got a bunch of presents, of course:) and what she enjoyed the most was a new bike and earrings. And then a chocolate cake, that was by far the best part, lol. I've taken a whole lot of pictures. Now I only have to scrap them. Ufff, my mojo hasn't returned from vacation yet. I haven't even finished my son's monthly journal yet - I wanted to have it done by yesterday....yes, my kids are both on the 20th and exactly 3 years and 1 month apart. So in a month we're gonna have the FIRST b-day party for him! More photos, hehe. I've taken a lot this morning too when we were walking in the park. The weather was beautiful and he was happily crawling in the grass.

Oh, I know what you wanted to ask, hehe - yes, I HAVE managed to prepare a freebie for you! Originally I was gonna have something else ready (really yummy!) but it'll have to wait until next Friday because although I've been working on it for over a week, I haven't finished yet. So today you're getting some frames (8 in total) and since I kind of like the idea of bonuses you'll also get this COOOOL wrapper made of a shoe lace (from my Sketchers, lol!) The frames are grungy so the shoe lace will go very well with them. See if you like it! Here's the preview:

I doesn't look bad, does it? So if you like it, you know what to do:) Here is the link. SORRY, THE LINK HAS BEEN REMOVED. And, as usual, I'm removing the link for the star overlays. Off to the store they go! I'm so happy that you liked them and thank you so much for your comments. They really warm up my heart!

Thank you again and have a great weekend!

PS I'm not saying again that I'm gonna try to post before next Friday! lol (but I WILL try:))

Friday, September 14, 2007

Is it really Friday again???

Can't believe it's Friday again! Don't laugh, you know what I'm talking about. Life with kids flies... and you wish it'd slow down to be able to cherish every moment...How has your week been? Mine's been busy. Amaia started her preschool on Monday. She couldn't wait. She woke up early and she was so happy to hear that it is THE DAY (wasn't she happy at home, lol?!) Throughout September they only have classes in the mornings but still, she comes so tired that yesterday we even took her pulse to check if her heart was fine. She passed out before 7.30 pm and didn't wake up until 8 am! Wish I could sleep like that now! lol And then she's also started music classes twice a week, not playing an instrument but just getting to know music. I thought she'd like it because she's always liked me singing to her and playing guitar. She learns quick and know a LOT of songs by heart by now. She's only had two classes but wants to go again!

And my younger one is trying to stand up without holding, a whole lot of fun:) he's grown another 2 teeth the past week so now he's with 7. And he's behaving, trying not to bite me coz I told him I'd cut him off the breast if he does, lol. We had his monthly check on Wednesday and he's doing just great, 10 kg and 76 cm (22 lb and 2.5 ft). He's pointing at everything with his index finger and 'talking' a lot. Isn't it funny, when they start talking and say the first words we're all excited and happy and when they're older we're happy when they're quiet for a moment:)

I've finished 2 full LO this week (pretty good considering my mojo is on vacation, lol). This one for our vacation album:

Credits and journaling here.

And this one for the Digi Dare:

Credits and journaling here.

Alright, enough chit chat and straight to action:) I noticed that you liked the star overlay last time (see, I DO read your comments:)) so I've made a few more for you! I've been playing a lot with styles and stuff so they come much better this time!:) Hope you like them too! Here's the preview:

There're 10 overlays in total, not all are shown in the preview. And the preview looked kind of sad so I added 2 papers for you too. If you like it you can download it here. SORRY, THE LINK HAS BEEN REMOVED!

I also wanted to thank you for your comments on the last freebie (now you know I read them, right?lol) They mean a lot to me and I appreciate them so much. I reply or leave comments to some of you but it's impossible to reply to all, no mater how I'd love to:(

I wish you a great weekend and hope to post sooner than next Friday;) Love to you all!

Friday, September 7, 2007

Wohoo, freebie time!

Happy Friday everyone! Today I'm gonna keep it REALLY short:) It's beautiful outside and I posted a long one yesterday, lol! So today freebie is a sampler of my new paper pack. Well, 3 paper packs, actually:) It's called Painted Cardboard. Yeah, I just had a piece of cardboard and was playing with my daughter's finger paints:) And I was extremely pleased with the result! Each pack contains 1 beautiful and unique texture in 10 different colors so in total it's 30 papers. For your freebie I included a sampler of each of the textures and as a bonus I added a star overlay. Here's the preview:

And the download link is here. Enjoy! And if you'd like to purchase any of the pack or the whole set (which will be for a discounted price, of course:)) then write down that the creamy yellow paper is from Vol. 1, the orange one from Vol. 2 and the chocolate one from Vol. 3. That's just in case you like any of them. The texture is not all that visible on the previews:( So just make sure it's the right pack. I'm already uploading them in the store as I type:-) Ok, finito for today!

Again I'd like to thank you for your comments and love you leave here, at 4shared and in the forums! Thanks for popping in today and have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

HOLY COW!!!..., no, really, that's exactly what I thought when I saw your response to the ribbon wrap from last week!!! No way I was expecting it..was just playing with a ribbon, lol! I'm so happy that you liked them and thank you SO MUCH for all your comments! Believe it or not, I've read them all!:) No matter how bad my day has been, your *love* always warms my heart! THANK YOU AGAIN! Sending *LOVE* to you all!!!

P.S. Remember tomorrow is the last day you can grab them! After that they'll go to my store @ DD and you'll have to pay for them, lol. But guessing from the amount of downloads I believe most of you are set, aren't you?! lol

Some of you reacted to my 'complaint' about young babies going to daycare. Huh, I know it's quite complicated. Sometimes you just have to even if you don't want to...Brooke, I can't even imagine your situation and how sad you must have been!!! I was crying even when I was putting Amaia to preschool at three years...I didn't have much of a choice either at that time. She has always been a little advanced mentally and at 3 years (even earlier) I could tell she NEEDED to be with other kids. And the sad thing is that there are NO other kids her age (or a little younger) on the street!!! I don't have a clue what I'm going to do with Eneko in a year or so when he'll be more interested in being with other children....sometimes I just feel like going back to Prague or to Edinburgh where you can go to 'playgroups'. I've been even thinking of setting up something like that here but then I realized that it was not such a great idea since almost all kids are at daycares...:( We'll see...maybe we won't be here then! Ok, back to the topic - I know that some women just don't feel that staying at home with their children fulfills their needs and ambitions. That's ok too, I mean, I think that for the child is better to have a happy mom/dad for a few hours a day than a full day of an unhappy parent. The reason for my 'sigh' was coming from the local situation. Here, I hear all the time: 'Oh, you're SO lucky that you can stay at home with your children for so long.' And then either: 1) 'I wish we also had such a long maternity leave!' or 2) 'We can't afford it. We both have to work to pay the mortgage. Housing is so expensive here!' My point is - Ad 1) The ML in Spain is 16 weeks right now, and 28 in the Czech Republic (quite a difference...) BUT in both countries you can enjoy a 'leave of absence' up to 3 years of age of the child with almost the same conditions (keeping the job and monthly contribution from the state/social security). Ad 2) Housing is VERY expensive here, that's true BUT it's not only that, it's the lifestyle people have here. People have a house (or two), two cars, the newest electronic gadgets (not everybody, I know!!!:))...Plus Bilbao is famous for how well people are dressed here. So add designers' paying for the daycare and often somebody to drop off/pick up the kids and do some house cleaning....That's all fine with me, I'm not envious or anything, we live quite well...what upsets me is that these people DO complain that they can't afford enjoying their kids for the first few years! WHY??? Ahhhh, sorry for the's just one of the things that makes me 'boiling' every time I hear that...ok, on to less deep things:)

You might have noticed that I added a subscription button in the left column so if you don't want to miss a freebie, it's a good idea that you put your email addy there...You know I'm not posting THAT often so don't worry about getting tons of alerts, lol!

And other than that there's not much new over here. My ribs are almost fully recovered (after 6 weeks!) and I'm already thinking when to go horseback riding again:) My two little angels are keeping me quite busy so I haven't managed to prepare stuff for this weekend's GRAB BAG sale @ DD...:( Oh well, next month for sure! Be sure to check it out though!
I've only done two new LO's this week (and you can tell I'm in minimalist mood:)) I've done this one with the fantastic new collab between Gina Marie Huff and Gina Miller - Shabby Fall Garden:

Credits and journaling here.

And this one for the last week's Hodge Podge - scrapping somebody new (=not our children):

Credits here.

I have another two in works but my mojo seems to be on vacation lately, hehe...Haven't even touched the new gorgeous stuff from Heidi - Seeing Stars! Shame on me...Would you believe that until tonight I haven't even had an idea for a freebie for you...?lol But now it's uploaded and waiting until tomorrow:) Have been playing ribbon but it turned out excellent! Be sure to stay tuned!

Ufff, it's been a long one again:) And it's way too late here (or too early, it depends:)) and I better go to bed. Have a great evening and see you tomorrow! *LOVE*