Almost Forgot!

Keep scrolling for the Hopping Halloween blog hop!

With all the excitement for the Halloween Bash at The Lilypad this past weekend, I forgot to post a new card I did with lots of Sahlin Studio goodies, including some new releases and some October BYOC products.

How gorgeous are they?! 😉 Here is my card:

Happy Halloween card


Halloween Blog Hop

What better kit for a blog hop that the awesome Hopping Halloween by the designers from The Lilypad and Oscraps? 😉 The collab is on sale this weekend, so make sure to grab it now!

My favorite Halloween picture is one from kindergarten. I was dressed up as a witch, and my mom had made me a lovely lil’ broom. So I scrapped this page with it:

Little Witch

and I turned this into a quick page for you all to have! I hope you like it! Make sure to leave me a comment if you download. 🙂 ETA Nov. 5 – thanks for your interest, the freebie has expired.

Now, it’s time to head over to the next spooky fabulous stop of the blog hop, Diane’s blog. If you get lost, head back to the blog at Oscraps and keep in mind the blog is scheduled to go live on Saturday, so be patient if not all the links are there. And have fun! 🙂

Stop by the forum at The Lilypad for fun games and prizes!

I’m in Rad-Love

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been talking DH into letting me buy RadLab. Why? Well, here’s my thought. I dislike photo editing. I have a bunch of free photo actions installed in my Photoshop, but end up running the same 2-3 all the time. I thoroughly hate having to run an action to know what it will look like, just to end up not liking it 95% of the time. It is such a huge loss of time. So when I heard about the new product by Totally Rad, RadLab, I immediately thought it was made for me: instead of running actions, you apply stylets to the photos. Technicalities aside, the point is that you get an instant preview of what your photo will look like, without having to wait for any action to run! Magic!! And the interface is really cool and easy to use. Anyway, the price is pretty steep for me (especially since I just confessed I don’t like to edit photos… 😉 ), so I’ve just been dreaming about it for a while. But then the people at Totally Rad (I guess the name didn’t come out of nowhere, huh? 😉 ) put out a 30-day trial of RadLab, so I went and installed it. It really is magic like it sounds. Here is the first example I ran. I started with a very crappy photo DH took of me last Halloween.


Yak. I just played around with the ‘actions’ I liked the most, and ended up with this:


Now, if I were to show it to DH, I’m sure he’d say that it looks a bit yellow. 😉 He’s unartistic like that. Umpf! 🙂 Honestly, though, I have never received so many comments in the gallery for my photo processing. Here are some of the comments I got in the galleries for this LO: “LOVE the effect on the photos – makes them look kinda spooky :)”; “[…] great photo effects too”, “This is beautiful! I love the edit on the photos! Great choice for the background paper.”; “This is awesome!!! Love the photo, love the patterned paper!”

Here’s the close up:



OK, let’s look at another example. It’s yet another horrendous photo of me taken by DH. Last year he botched all of the photos of my birthday, but I really wanted to salvage this one.

Horrendous before

A few months back, I used a mish mash of actions to produce this result, of which I was (and still am) very proud:

Horrendous after

Now, playing with RadLab, I came up with this instead:


Here are the close ups. Before (clearly! 😉 ):


After bunch of actions:


After RadLab:


The result is clearly over-processed to compensate for the awful picture (in fact there is plenty of color noise, especially on the dress, and what not), but I think I do prefer the RadLab result.What do you think? I asked DH and he also likes the RadLab edit best.

Speaking of crappy pictures, I also edited one of the pictures my mom took with her point-and-shoot during out train trip last May. Here’s the before:


And the after:


Pretty cool, huh?

As a last example, here’s how I edited a photo that was already pretty good. Before:


And after:


As much as I’ve been loving RadLab, there are a few things I wish were different. Here are the complaints I have:
  • I wish you could zoom in and out of the photo (there are only 2 options possible, full – which is way too close – or fit – which fits the photo to the screen). I’d like to be able to zoom freely like in Photoshop.
  • I am not happy with any of the black and white actions. They all end up a bit dark. I probably just need to learn how to tweak them. And the cool thing is that once you’ve tweaked the actions as you see best, you can then save the recipe and reuse it in the future.

In conclusion, I have to say after just a few days of using it, I am totally sold on RadLab. The price is a bit high for my pocket, though, so I am hoping to score a Black Friday sale or something (fingers crossed!)…

Haunted by MKC

I cannot say that I care much for Halloween. All I do is hand out candy, and decorate the house. This year, I won’t even be doing that, since I will be on a business trip (bummer!). But I do love Halloween kits! Too bad I never have enough pictures to play with all of them! Here’s Mari Koegelenberg’s new Halloween kit, 20% off throughout the weekend:

And here is my page, using the only 2 Halloween pictures I have from last year. (OK, well, I do have a couple of pumpkin pictures that still need scrapping)

Halloween 2010

Haunted – the kit by Mari Koegelenberg
‘2010’ on potion tag uses Just the Basics: Stamped Alpha Vol. 3 by Mari Koegelenberg

I love the patterns in Mari’s designs, and this kit is no exception!


It’s my favorite day of the working week: SOSN day, with beautiful old and new products 50% off! Simply irresistible! Here are a few of the goodies on sale today at The Lilypad:

And here is my page:

3 Days of Autumn

White and Black papers by Emily Merritt
Wax Werx and Funk-a-Dellic Falling by CD Muckosky
Girls Rule alpha by Kelly Schmidt
autumn moon papers by Sahlin Studio
Glue and Scraps element pack by Karah Fredricks
Halloween Kraft Alpha by Kelly Schmidt Designs
The Typewriter font by Heather Hess

Autumn is such a beautiful season. We’ve had gorgeous weather for the past week, although it looks like it will soon turn for the worse.

October BYOC and Special Saturday

It’s BYOC time already!

I have had a very busy week, and more craziness to come in the next week, but I was able to scrap a bit during the first days of the week. I made this page with some of the BYOC goodies and I love how it turned out!

Mom's Visit Day Thirteen: They Love Her

After leaving the restaurant, we saw this gorgeous dog outside a shop, and DH approached it and tried to socialize, encouraging me to take a picture of them. But as soon as my mom got close, the dog went right over to her. There’s nothing we can do about it, dogs just love my mom! So I wasn’t able to get a picture of DH+dog, but plenty of mom+dog! 🙂

Falling Leaves papers by Emily Merritt
Autumn Stamps by Jenna Desai
The Fall Breeze photo actions by Heather Hess
Quickly Outlined alpha by Kaye Winiecki

And as if all the gorgeous BYOC products weren’t enough, the designers have some more new products out today for Special Saturday! I grabbed these by CD Muckosky and one of the October guest designers, Micheline Martin:

And this is my last 2012 calendar page! I’ve ordered the calendars and I hope to get them well before Christmas!

May 2012 calendar topper

Geek Chic and Sticky Tape v1 by Micheline Martin
Fingerpaint Frenzy alpha by CD Muckosky

I looove that sticky tape!

Sahlin Studio Goodies

It’s Wednesday (yay!) and this means it’s SOSN at The Lilypad: select old and new products are 50% off! Including these gorgeous new flower pack by Sahlin Studio:

Check out the preview in the store – there’s a close up of the flowers and you can see how fantastic they are! I made this card last night:

Love You A Bunch card

Background and tag from Grandma’s Dresser by Sahlin Studio

ETA: I got a gallery standout at MeSoScrappy!

Also, the October featured kit by Sahlin Studio is Art and Soul. This means the kit is 30% off and if you do a page and post it in Krista’s gallery at The Lilypad, you get a chance to win a gift card to her store! Details here.

Here’s a card I made using this gorgeous kit:

Be Yourself card


and a detail:

Be Yourself card

I bought some Distress Stains by Tim Holtz and I had so much fun using them on this card!

ETA 10/19: I got a GSO at MeSoScrappy for this card too! 😉

Operation Calendar

Lately I have been super busy and drained out with work, so I haven’t been scrapping much at all, but I’ve been concentrating the little scrapping I’ve done almost exclusively on getting my 2012 calendar done. For the latest couple of pages from the weekend, I’ve used designs by Allison Pennington, who recently joined The Lilypad and is having a grand opening sale:

Allison’s creations are really unique, and she also has some gorgeous doodled alphas (with brush file) that are a must-have! Here’s my June page; I made it for the October Formula Challenge.

June 2012 calendar topper

Secret by Allison Pennington
Acrylic heart and doodled ticket word art from 100 Things by Lauren Reid
The Future Freaks Me Out font by Heather Hess

And check out the doodled tree on this page!!



Last night I went on a roll and finished the last two pages I still had to do. Here’s one of them; I will share the other one later this week:

January 2012 calendar topper

Along Came Winter by Valorie Wibbens and Rachel Young
Little Pockets by Valorie Wibbens
Be Merry alpha by Designs by Lili

This kit it so gorgeous! The color combination is unique and so much fun, and Lili’s alpha goes so well with it!

I only need to finish the cover now, and then I can place my order! Yay!