Sunday, November 21, 2010

Happy Holidays!

I can’t believe it is almost Thanksgiving! So much to do, so little time to do it in. I know it is a little late (all right a lot late), but I wanted to share this haunted tree with you. It turned out so great! Just cut in two different shades of brown, shade around the edges a little and you have got a great 3 dimensional tree! I added 3 ghosts to go along with it. I cut mine out of vellum, chalked a little grey on the bottom. So cute, ok scarey. Hope you like it! All files come in AI, KNK, WPC, GSD, and SVG. Don’t forget to read the TOU.  Download HERE.

This year has been financially hard on me as am I sure it has for many of you. Funny thing, I got a quarter raise and it put me in a different tax bracket so now I take home less money in my paycheck. I asked if I could decline raise and they told me no. Does that make sense to you? That is not why I am hurting tho. My health insurance has gone up, and up, and up! I am paying 3 times as much as I did 4 years ago! Uhggggg!

Why am I telling you this? Because this is one of the reasons I give away free files. I cannot afford to go buy someone else files, so I make my own. I do sell some files at That’s Scrap, Inc. that gives me a little bit of money for my scrapbooking habit. (sales pitch here, hint, hint)

I do have 2 more files to give away, but I am going to make you work for it. I am making some greeting cards for my daughter to have at hand. I stamped most of them, but I wanted to do some fun ones. The first one is Miss Ewe. I pop-dotted her and used googly eyes. The one on the right I flattened the wool a little before I cut it out.  The smaller piece goes on top of her head.

The second one is Ruff Day. I made him a dalmatian by cutting him on while card stock and adding spots.   He turned out so cute.

There’s two ways to get these files, buy a file from me and I will throw these in for free. Email me at If you buy from That’s Scrap, Inc make sure you send me a copy of the sales invoice.  I am Designs by Sky. Important: Put “free file” in the subject line, or I may delete you. You can buy files straight from me and get 10% off listed price. Email me which file you would like and I will send you a paypal invoice. As soon as it clears I will send the files to you, including the free ones.

The second way to get these free files is to give me a saying or two to go along with these files. I need sayings like “Miss Ewe”, “Thank Ewe”, “Ruff Day” or “My dog saw you naked... He says your birthday suit needs ironing”.   Email me a saying to go with these cards. Email me two and I will give you both. Important: Put “Miss Ewe” in the subject line if you want the sheep, or put “Ruff Day” in the subject line if you want the dog, Don’t forget to include your saying. If you give me 2 sayings please add “Miss Ewe had a Ruff Day” in the subject line and I will give you both. Don’t forget the subject line or I may delete you. Email me at This offer is good until December 15, 2010.

Have fun with it! I will be put the sayings on my blog periodically until Dec 15.

Sunday, September 19, 2010


Sorry I haven’t been around for awhile. I am not sure where my time is going, but it is not going towards cleaning my house! I keep telling myself “this weekend I am going to scrub my house down,” and this weekend is almost gone. (AGAIN!)

I also think I am going to design more files, but after I clean my house. It’s a viscous cycle.

I have 2 files up for free. I am not going to hide either one. The first one is a graveyard border scene. It’s a little early for Halloween, but I had fun doing this one. Add depth to file by cutting the tombs in different colors of grey and chalking the edges. I threw in a couple extra pieces. Download HERE.

I know a lot of people don’t believe in Halloween, and that’s ok. So I have another cutting file. It is 3 lawn ornaments; a gnome, a lady gardener, and a windmill. A lot of little pieces, but so cute when put together. I did this back when we had the lawn ornament contest last year. Download this on HERE.

All my files come in SVG, AI, KNK, WPC, and GSD. My TOU include: Do not change these graphics in some way and claim they are your own, or resell or redistribute these files in any way, either through internet, a CD, or sharing of computer files. The cut images you produce from our electronic die cuts may be given to others, but may NOT be sold to others for profit.

Sunday, July 18, 2010


Last month I told you I digitally scrapbook my whole family’s camping pictures. Well I have been collecting templates that were double page with lots of photos. I love templates, just plug your pictures in them, add a few accents and embellishments, journal and you are done! I had over 800 photos! I did not scrap them all, but I scrapped most of them. By the time I did about a dozen pages, I figured I could made my own template. It’s not bad, but I think I did it wrong. It does work. I made it in Photoshop Element 7. It has places for 19 pictures on each side to bring the total to 38, if you need all them. If not, add some patterned paper or embellishments to some of the spots. It is 24" by 12" at 300 DPI.  It has 4 yellow {4" squares}, 14 red {2" squares}, 10 blue {2" by 4" rectangles}, 8 green {4" by 2" rectangles}, and 2 orange{2" by 3" rectangles}. I added pictures by “grouping with previous.” There’s also 2 different grids included, one is a white grid every 2 inches, one a black grid that outline the photos. And since you don’t need any grid this template gives you 3 different looks.  DOWNLOAD HERE.

This year’s family camping trip theme was flamingos. It would be great if all of us could be there, but we don't do to bad.  I am not sure if I am going to digitally or traditionally scrapbook these pictures, so I made some resin flamingos PNGs. I did include some flamingo cutting files as well. You can download it all here. Next year the theme is gnomes. I got to start looking now.

I hope you all are having a great summer!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Life Ups and Downs

So much has happened in the last 3 months, I’m not sure where to start. I am having a buy one, get one free sale at That’s Scrap. Inc. Just send me your receipt to, and tell me which file you would like for your free one. This is not thru the store and these are for my files only, sorry.  The free file must be equal or less than the purchased file. OK so let get the free file out of the way. It is a swirl that I use on the striped background that I gave away last time. It comes in GSD, KNK, AI, WPC, and SVG. Download here.

Sorry it has taken so long to post, time just seams to fly by. Thanks for all those who were worried about me I am doing fine, it is that life just got in the way. To those that read my blog keep reading, there are more free files hidden in this post.

I am not sure who said this, but I love this saying. "Love puts the fun in together, the sad in apart, and the joy in a heart."

One of my “downs” is my oldest daughter moved to Chicago last August. She is 26, but no matter, you never stop worrying about your kids, especially in a big city. It takes me about 4 ½ hours to visit her, but it only takes her 3 hours to visit me. She was driving 8 blocks to McDonalds one morning when out of nowhere a car ran into her and pushed her into another car. She’s alright, thank GOD, but her just-paid-off car was totaled. The guy hit 5 more cars before he took off running out of his stolen vehicle and away from the cops.  It was so hard to hear, and see the picture.  A friend of mine from High School lost her son this way.

One of my “ups” is facebook. 99% of my family is on facebook, my 2 girls, all my sisters, and 22 or more nieces and nephews.  Also various friends and co-workers.  My second free file is a gear corner, with extra gears. It works very well for little (or big) boys tearing things apart, or building them together. Download HERE .  One day, last month or so ago, I get this friend request from Argentina. I only know one person from there, and it was the exchange student we had when I was 10 years old, this was a very long time ago. We lost touch with her when my dad died 20 years ago. It was so exciting to hear from her again! The 2 things I remember about her was she drank wine with every meal (not in America she didn’t lol,) and she would cuss in spanish, and that would infuriated my mom. I picked up quite a few spanish words that year. lol.

Another of my “downs” was CuttersMarket going out of business. I made extra spending money though them. I am not sure what I am going to do now. I still sell at That’s Scrap, Inc., but not enough to keep me afloat.  I am having a buy one, get one free sale. This is not thru the store and these are for my files only, sorry.  The free file must be equal or less than the purchased file. Just send me your receipt at , tell me which file you would like for free. No limit until July 5th. 

Another of my “ups” is also another of my “downs”. I scrapbooked last summers family’s camping trip. My family (36 out of 45) took over 800 pictures, and sent me the digital pics. I decided it might be cheaper to digitally scrapbook these. It took me about 10 months. I didn’t do to bad considering this was my first attempt to do a whole album. So I sent it off to have it made into a book. It cost me about $65.00. I get it back and it was great! 2 days later I let my sister look at it with her family. I stressed to neither drink or eat by it. Well I get it back the next day with a big blue stain on the very first page. It looks like downey fabric softener. I was, and still am, sick about it! I guess I should have also said, no doing laundry by it.  I bought 3 different blue ink pads the other day and I am thinking about “stipling” it so it is not so noticeable. Wish me luck.

There was a lot more ups and downs, but I guess that is what life is all about. This brings me to the last free file. It is a zipper frame plus. It is one of my favorites. It comes in the 5 formats listed above. Here is the download: Zip.  My “ups” are up there, and my “downs” are not really that bad. Washing machine broke, toilet exploded, kitchen sick sank, but I still have my health, my family, and my friends, so life is still good. :)

Of course there is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings. Arthur Rubinstein

Monday, March 22, 2010

Good Morning Spring!!

This month’s free file is 3 stripe backgrounds- square, horizontal, and vertical. I use these mostly on cards with a bunch of flowers on them. I hope you can use them. They come in SVG, GSD, KNK, WPC, and AI. Download here.

Ok sooooo, I finally get my computer back. They wiped it out and put all new in. I uninstalled all the software from the computer I borrowed. Reinstalled all my software, then tried to get online. Uhhgggg! The internet did not work! 2 more days without a computer!   But now I am finally up and running.  yeah!

I love spring! Last weekend, I just sat on my deck, sipping coffee and enjoying the rain. Yes I enjoyed the rain - hey it wasn’t SNOW! It was so nice last week with the sun and temperatures in the 50 and 60s. This week is spring break and it is supposed to be cold. Uhggg! Oh well I should be able to get my spring cleaning done.

For those that read the whole blog and not just to the free file part, I have another file. I wanted to see how many actually read this blog. 2 post ago I put up the melting snowman. If you read a bit further you got the snowman before he melted. For every 5 who grabbed the melting one, only 2 of those grabbed the hidden one. I may not always have two free files to put up each month, but I will every now and then. Just for all those who read the whole thing :) Download here for this month’s hidden file. It is a leafy swirl to go with the striped background. Just add flowers.

Here’s wishing you all a good spring. May all your flowers bloom, and remember, never iron a four-leaf clover, because you don't want to press your luck.