Friday, December 5, 2008

3 December Desktop Calendars done, new desktop wallpaper

I have 2 more December desktop calendars done, for a total of 3. I also have a few new desktop wallpaper done and uploaded. I'll try and get to the blinkie calendars as soon as possible. And I still have stationery to finish getting ready and uploaded. I'll keep you informed.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

December Calendars delayed

I'm so sorry but, due to some intense back pain (in my right shoulder blade) when I'm at the computer the last few days, my December calendars will be a few days late. I'll get them finished as soon as possible. I tried taking yesterday off to heal it, and it felt better last night, but as soon as I got at the computer this morning, it came right back. I do have the components for them done, just a matter of assembling them. I also have some very nice Winter and Christmas stats and desktop wallpaper to assemble and get up online. Give me a few days ok? Thanks so much for your patience. I'll let you know when they are done and uploaded.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Blinkie calendars for November up

I've just uploaded the blinkie calendars for November.
See my right sidebar for one example.
I'll try and get at least one scrap calendar done but not promising anything as I hate to break promises and I tend to break that one. LOL
I've got shopping to do then I'll try and get to that new stationery to match the wallpaper I uploaded yesterday.
Have a great day!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Update-5 Desktop Calendars and 4 Desktop Wallpaper and tutorial news

Hi everyone. I've just uploaded 5 new desktop calendars for November and 4 new desktop wallpaper for you. I will make the matching stationery tomorrow.
I also have some tutorial news, Sandra of Le Jardin de Tutos just translated one of my tutorials into French here, my Golden Straw Frame. It's also been previously translated into German. Thanks ladies!
Have a great night, everyone. I'm running back and forth to the door for the Halloween monsters so I've gotta go! LOL
Happy Halloween.

Friday, October 17, 2008

8 new stationery and wallpaper, some Halloween and Autumn

I have 8 new stationery and wallpaper for you. They are the ones that match the tutorials I posted about yesterday, 3 Halloween ones and 1 Autumn one. The stationery is, as usual, in Incredimail, Outlook Express and Eml formats. I have a new size of wallpaper I've just started making, the large widescreen 1680X1050, that fits my 22"widescreen monitor. One of the papers, Practical Magic, is made in this size. I will continue making them as well in the usual 1280X1024 size to fit most non-widescreen monitors and 800X600 to fit the smaller widescreens, such as my 15" laptop.
Find the new stationery here and the new wallpaper here.
Now my back is killing me from sitting here since 6 this morning, so I am off to watch some TV and read! Have a great night!

4 new desktop wallpaper

I have 4 new desktop wallpaper up, the ones to match the 4 tutorials listed in the last post.
Click here for the new wallpaper.
Now on to my next project. I have soooo many new stats and wallpaper to get ready for you, tags all made, just waiting for the assembly line! LOL

Thursday, October 16, 2008

4 Translations done and lots of new stationery

I've got 4 translations done for you, that's right, a whopping 4 of them! LOL
2 of Duchessa's beautiful blends and 2 of Futura's cute animated tags.
I finished them for the most part during the summer while on my trip and then just didn't have the energy to get them online, but feeling guilty here, so thought I'd get them done!
Stationery to match is also done and online, wallpaper coming next.
Click this link for New Stationery
Here are some small examples of the tutorials and the links.
You can't see it here, as blogger (for me anyway) doesn't show the animation, but they're all animated, but you can do them either way. I did!
Gold (Duchessa)

Love Blend (Duchessa)

And I'll Love You Always (Futura)

Don't Stop The Music (Futura)

Hugs, Ellie

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


Sonel passed this questionnaire over to me...thanks Sweetie! :-)
Well, you guys know I never do these but Sonel's a good friend so for a friend . . .
1. How long have you been using PSP?
2. How did you get into making tags, scrapkits?
3. Who is your favorite artist?
4. Who is your favorite scrap designer?
5. Which 3 blogs do you visit every day?

1. I've been using PSP, along with a ton of other programs, for about 8 years now, I think.
2. I used to use Photoshop for very basic stuff, as that's what hubby used. I admired all of the things made by others but never in a million years thought I'd be able to do it, and write tuts as well! I took a free online course from PSP Imaginarium and that got me started. Then I took a free online course from PIRC for PhotoImpact and that got me started in PI, which is my favorite program.
3. My favorite artist, I don't have just one. My very favorite, of course, is my daughter Rachel Mumford. She'll be famous one day! I love Barbara Jensen, Jamie Kidd, Rachael Tallamy, Pinup Toons, Jasmine Becket-Griffith, Joel Adams, Renee Biertempfel, Caron Vinson, so many more!
4. My favorite Scrap Designer is Bel Vidotti, but I really love so many of the talented scrap designers. I go collecting every single day!
5. I don't visit blogs so much every day (but often!) but I do visit my daily downloads forums every day-3 Scrapateers, Arts Variety, Digital Design Den, Digital Divas Designs, Digital Craft Cottage, Gotta Pixel, Groovy Scraps, StudioStyleDesigns (a blog! LOL), The Daily Scrapper and The Scrapping Garden. I also love to visit Ikea Goddess as she has freebie lists every day.
I'll have to pass this questionnaire on to others later, when I get some time to think about that!
This post is failing to save and I don't want to lose it, so I'll publish it.
Hugs, Ellie

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

October Calendars up-Desktop, Scrap and Blinkie and personal news

Did you think I'd disappeared? LOL
I have October Blinkie, Scrap and Desktop calendars up.
Go to the calendar index page here.
You can see an example of one of the blinkie calendars at the top of the right column.
I hope to make one more scrap and one more simpler Desktop by tomorrow. I'll try and get the November ones done earlier in the month so the pressure isn't so bad at the end of the month for me to get them done. Go check them out, I hope you like them. I know many of you have written and were missing the blinkie calendars.
I have a few stationery and wallpaper to finish getting ready and hope to have them up shortly.
For those that wrote and enquired about my health, I can eat a bit more than I could before so that's a good thing! I'm still having trouble with lots of meats, so I'm careful there, but can eat a lot more stuff than before, very slowly and carefully. LOL
I was having trouble with the medication for my fibromyalgia and was in a deep depression due to the meds for months, and finally realized what it was. I stopped the medication a couple of weeks ago and suddenly feel like my old sunny self again. I am just not a depressed kind of person and that was simple awful! I hope to never go through that again. I'd rather live with the pain.
Thanks to so many caring people that wrote and asked if I was ok. I am now and you are all appreciated for caring!
On a brighter note, my youngest daughter had her second child, a little girl called Keira Mikaela, Sept 5th, on our anniversary! What a beautiful anniversary gift! I'll share a picture of her later.
Have a wonderful day everyone

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

I'm still around!

I'm so sorry for the lack of updates lately. I've been having a hard time getting back to creating and updating since coming back from my long summer trip. We just got back and got a call that my youngest daughter had her baby, a beautiful little girl, Keira Mikaela. A beautiful name for a gorgeous girl. We went up to see her and when we got back I still am dithering about getting back to work. I do have some translations done and almost ready to upload. A lot of new stationery and wallpaper to add as well. It's just getting to it! Kick me someone, please! LOL I just came on here to customize my blog some more, adding blog lists and blog follower. Check along the right column for those. A new layout coming soon, I hope! Take care, everyone.
Hugs, Ellei

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Update-second one for today-calendars, wallpaper, stationery uploaded

OK, I felt so guilty leaving you without desktop calendars for 2 months (and more counting the months I've missed) that I went and made 2 desktop calendars for August and 2 for September. There's new desktop wallpaper and stationery as well. Now I can go on my trip with a clear conscience. LOL
Have a great day!
New Stationery New Wallpaper Desktop Calendars

Update-apology for lack of calendars-trip coming up

I apologize for not having calendars done every month. I seem to have lost my creative spark and the summer has been so busy. I was so long recovering from my surgery and then it was summertime!
I am leaving on a long trip soon, going camping to Northern Ontario and then west, not sure how far, so I won't have any new calendars for you till the September ones. I will have my laptop with me so will work on them and hopefully have a few to choose from for September. You won't be getting any updates from me while I'm gone, but hopefully I'll get tons of stuff done during my trip.
I have translations to finish, lots of stationery and wallpaper to finish, those calendars to do, and lots of new things buzzing in my brain. Let's just hope the buzzing gets to my fingers! LOL And I'm not talking about the buzzing of all the bugs I'll run into on the trip.
Worst thing about camping, in my opinion, is the bugs. BZZZZZZZZZZZ BZZZZZZZZZZZ BZZZZZZZZZZZ

Sunday, July 13, 2008

New translation uploaded-scrap tag

I've just added a new translation from Steffi's Tutorials, called Greetings, a scrap tag.

Here's a small example.

I hope you like it!
I've also agreed to translate for Grafica di Duchessa, an Italian site, so look for those as soon as I get one done. If you go to her site, don't worry about the little popup window. It's only to ask you to vote, so just either say ok to vote or cancel to close the window. Nothing will happen.
We'll be gone camping for 5 weeks, from the end of July to the end of August, so you won't see any updates from me during that time, but I'll be doing translations on my laptop while I'm gone so I hope to have quite a bit to share with you when I get home again. Have a great week!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

New translated tutorials, more link corrections, thanks from me

Hi everyone. I've just added two new translations for PSP. One is a scrap tag called Romantic Scrap by Jet of PSP Tutorials by Jet,
here is a small example:

The other is a scrap tag as well, called Grungy Elegance by Lien of X-Clusive Designz
Here is a small example:

Lien has also changed her site address for those that lost track of where it went, and also Marynez of PSPIArtes has just changed her site address. Click on the links in their site names here to get to their new sites. The addresses have been fixed in their index pages on my site as well as each translated tutorial.
I still have a few more translations that are nearly done to work on. We are going to visit family later this week for a couple of days, but I'll get them done as soon as possible.
I've also found out from some site visitors that FontLoader, mentioned in my Managing Fonts tutorial, is no longer at the link I provided. I went and checked and it is there, but it's incorporated into another freeware program there called ShellTools. I've corrected the link to download that program. It's a fantastic program and I use it daily.
I want to take this opportunity to thank those who so generously have donated to my site over the past couple of years. I have bought a membership for a tutorial site I love, called Carolaine and Sensibility, which I mentioned before, and just recently bought a number of tubes so I can freely use them without worrying that I'll have to remove the tutorials or stationery and wallpaper later. And I'm saving enough of it to help pay for my website renewal and domain name renewal when they come due. I really appreciate those of you who have helped me out with this. Thanks from the bottom of my heart. Even those that can donate just a dollar, it all helps me tremendously. I'm retired on a disability so I have no other income of my own coming in, so you can understand how much this helps.
Till next time, keep smiling! Makes people wonder what you've been up to! LOL

link correction and latest news

I just changed the website address of where you can get the newest version of FontRenamer (v2.16) on my Managing Fonts page.
I've recently come back from camping and have a few new tutorials translated. They now need to be assembled onto their web pages and uploaded and I hope to have that done soon. Some needed final animation steps added as I found out, to my surprise, that my laptop did not have Animation Shop installed. That is now remedied for my next camping trip. LOL Since I don't do a lot of animations, I never noticed before, but Futura's tutorials often have animation in them.
I also have a few calendars to make so best get my rear in gear!
My friend Sonel just changed her website address and I have a number of pages to change that on, as she often does my tuts and sends them to me and I then add them to my tut pages with a link to her. In the meantime, check out her new site. She translates Snakelady's tutorials as well and does a wonderful job. If she hadn't snagged Snakelady, I had been thinking of it, but she got to her first. Wonderful tuts! Sonel's site is here:
Have a great day!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Update-June Desktop Calendars, new desktop wallpaper and stationery

I've just finished creating and uploading 4 new desktop calendars for June.
I've also uploaded 10 new desktop wallpaper in regular and wide-screen sizes and 8 new stationery in Incredimail, Outlook Express and eml formats. In both the wallpaper and the stationery, 2 are summer ones and 1 is a Father's Day one.
I hope you find something you like!
I may make a scrap and blinkie calendars tomorrow if I find the time, but no promises. I really would like to get back to it though, so keep your fingers crossed. I'll announce it here if I do make them.
Have a great weekend!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

New translation from new tutorial writer to my site

An Italian tutorial writer, Futura, asked me to translate her tutorials into English and they are beautiful! I've just done my first one for her, a Father's Day one called Festa del PapĂ .
Here's a small example:

I've included extra words with the tutorial so you can make it without a date on it, to use in other years. I've also included the font I used in case you want to make your own words for it. If you head to her site to see her tutorials, they are password protected, so you'll have to write her for the password. Or you can wait and see them here. LOL
I have a few stationery and wallpaper to make, I've done the headers, just have to get around to making the rest of the parts, such as backgrounds, etc. and get them assembled and uploaded. I hope to have that done soon.
Hubby wanted to go camping this weekend, sprung it on me as a surprise, and I was glad he changed his mind as it's still a bit chilly and we aren't really prepared yet. We are heading to the Toronto Zoo tomorrow, my health has improved enough with all of the weight loss (68 pounds so far) that I can do all the walking (it's huge)! Woohoo!!
I still can't eat many solid foods and I see another surgeon on June 5th to see what the problem is, as my original surgeon was extremely rude and unpleasant about helping me out. Apparently, the only thing he wants to hear from me is that I'm fine. Anything else is either ignored or criticized (after 6 months of no solid foods, apparently I'm being "too impatient", even though I was supposed to be able to eat solids after one month. Does that make sense? No, not to me either LOL).
Enough about me, at least I'm a lot healthier and continuing to improve in health all the time. Thanks to Atkins Protein shakes and bars (a little plug for my favorites). Have a great weekend everyone!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Update-Mother's Day and Father's Day stationery and wallpaper plus more!

I have 3 new Mother's Day stationeries and 1 new Father's Day stationery, in all formats (imf, exe and eml) with matching wallpaper for all.
I also have 3 new simple background wallpapers and 2 new wallpapers with "My Desktop" on them. I hope you like them!
Find them here: New Stationery New Wallpaper
Have a super weekend!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Third update today-Mother's-Father's day sections in wallpaper and stationery, new stationery and wallpaper

Third update today: I just created and uploaded two new sections, Mother's Day-Father's Day Wallpaper and Mother's Day-Father's Day stationery.
I also added a few more New Stationery and New Wallpaper.
I would like to make a couple more Mother's Days stationery and wallpaper in the next day or two, but don't hold me to it! LOL I'll try.

Second update today: 16 new links to English PSP Tuts-Great Beginnings page

I added 16 new links to English PSP Tutorial section on my Great Beginnings page, corrected link to Hood's Tutorials and deleted a few dead links in the same section.

New translation-With Love Scrap Tag

I've got a new translation up, one of Marian's scrap tag tutorials, called With Love and it's for PSP.
Here's a small example:

I have some new stationery and wallpaper to upload today and I'm working on adding a new Mother's Day-Father's Day section to both the stationery and desktop wallpaper sections. I'm hoping to have it done later today. So hopefully, this won't be the last of me you see today! LOL Have a great one!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Desktop calendars, stationery and desktop wallpaper

Hi everyone. I have three different desktop calendars ready for May on the Desktop Calendar page.
I also have 2 new stationery in Incredimail, Outlook Express and eml format, with matching desktop wallpaper in regular and wide-screen formats.
I hope you like them!
New Stationery New Wallpaper

Monday, April 7, 2008

Update - April Calendars

Hi folks: Believe it or not, I have calendars. So far I have one Desktop Calendar up, in both regular and wide screen and I have one Scrap Calendar up. I hope you like them! I hope to do a couple more, time permitting. Not today though. Maybe tomorrow, but I do have a Dentist appointment. Have a great night!

Friday, April 4, 2008

Update #2-stationery and desktop wallpaper, plus a note about me

I've just finished uploading the stationery (Incredimail, Outlook Express and Eml formats) and desktop wallpaper to match the tutorial "Red" that I announced earlier today. All of my New Stationery and New Wallpaper can always be found on these linked New Stationery and New Wallpaper pages. And I wanted to mention that I hope to work on a scrap calendar tomorrow as well as some desktop calendars. I know I haven't been good about that but I hope to get into some kind of routine where they are done regularly again. Maybe even a Blinkie Calendar or two! Keep your fingers crossed. LOL
For those that are wondering, I am not completely recovered from my surgery last November, I believe I have some internal scar tissue causing me problems, I haven't eaten solid foods in nearly 5 months, and my surgeon will not lift a finger to help, so I am in the process of trying to get into another surgeon right now for a second opinion. Wish me luck.
Have a great night.

Update-New translation-tag from Jet

Hi everyone: I've just finished a new translation, Rood (Red) by Jetje's PSP Creaties. I hope you like it! I can see lots of possibilities for it, give it a try and see what you come up with!

Here's a small example:

Have a great night.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Stationery installation and use tutorial updated

I've just updated my tutorial Installing and Using Stationery to include tips and tricks for using OE stats in Windows Mail. You can find it here:
Also, I've started formatting my newer stationery into eml files as well as the Incredimail imf files and the Outlook Express self-extracting exe file. The eml files can be used in Outlook Express and Windows Mail, possibly some other email programs but I can't guarantee that.
I hope you find the tutorial and the new format useful!

Update-American Idol stationery and desktop wallpaper

I've just uploaded 4 new desktop wallpaper and 6 new stationery, all American Idol. I've created a new section in both the wallpaper and stationery directories, TV-Movies. The new wallpaper and stationery can be found on that page as well as in New Stationery & New Wallpaper.
Have a beautiful day! I'm enjoying the sunshine at the moment but calling for more snow tonight. Will it ever end????? LOL

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Second update-new stationery and wallpaper

I just uploaded 2 new desktop wallpaper, a St Pat's one and a Fairies one.
I also uploaded 3 new stationery, a St Pat's one called Little Miss Shamrock, and two fairy ones, one of them matches the Fantasy Parrot tutorial I uploaded earlier.
New Stationery New Wallpaper
Tomorrow I will make the Fantasy Parrot desktop wallpaper and maybe some Desktop Calendars if I get some time. A little late but better late than never! LOL
Have a great evening.

Update - New translated tutorial

Hi everyone, I have just finished and uploaded a beautiful new translation called Fantasy Parrot, originally written by Paola of Grafica Paola in Italian.
Here's a small example:

It's very easy. I hope you like it! Have a fantastic day!

Monday, February 25, 2008

More updates-2 revised translations and an Easter Tag translation

I've redone two scrap tag tutorials, from Marian's PSP-Lessen, that were removed a few months ago while Marian rewrote them. Past and Faith . Past has been slightly rewritten and Faith only had to have the frame tube removed from the supplies (the small frame around the woman's face-see example), for which you'll have to choose one yourself to replace it.
Here are small examples, Past on the left and Faith on the right:

I've also translated a beautiful and sweet Easter tutorial from Jet, of Jetje's PSP Creaties, called Celebrate Easter.
Here's a small example:

Isn't it just gorgeous! I haven't done the stationery and wallpaper to match this one yet.
What I'm going to try and get done today is separate the holiday and seasonal tutorials out into separate index pages, so you can find all of the Easter tuts together, Valentine, Winter, Autumn, etc. Have a wonderful day everyone!

Update - 2 new translated tutorials-note about synching software

I've got 2 new translations done from Violette at Violettegraphics.
A beautiful frame tut called Cadre Valentin and a gorgeous blend tag called Amour Toujours. Here are small examples:

I hope you like them! I haven't done the matching stationery and wallpaper yet, I hope to get that done in the next day or two. Hubby's home on vacation next week so I'm not sure how much I'll get done.
I've been having major computer problems. I started smelling really strong burning plastic a few days ago so frantically started burning things off on DVD's, like my website. Then it started shutting itself down, with no word of warning. John got it going again and I would back up more stuff and it would shut down again. Finally I convinced him that yes, you can fix the power supply yourself. So he did! He said the only thing he's never fixed on a computer yet is the motherboard, and I told him he may find out this week how to do that too, depending on if any damage was done to the motherboard during this little adventure. So wish me luck! It's been a rough winter trying to get things done for my site, between my surgery, lack of energy and now computer problems. Thank goodness I lost no data though. Yet.I'd been procrastinating about setting up a backup program, but there's nothing like the feeling of OMG, I'm going to lose everything to kick you in the bum about getting that done. I bought a 500 gig external hard drive (at half price!) and started backing up everything. I actually found out I didn't need a backup program as much as I needed a synching program. So I found AllSync and I love it. After the first batch of backing up the original folders, it now backs up 270 gigs of my data every night in 20 minutes! All it does is look for changed, deleted or added folders and files and it mirrors the original folder exactly, leaving the unchanged files alone. What a great program. Have a great night everyone!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Update-new tutorial, desktop calendar

I have a new tag tutorial, a scrap tag called To Love . . .
Here's a small example

This tutorial can be done in any graphics program, including PSP, PhotoImpact, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, any version.
I didn't make the matching stationery or wallpaper yet as I wanted to get the tutorial uploaded for Valentine Day, it's this Friday already! I'll be working on the stationery and wallpaper and get it up soon. I'll announce it here when I have it ready. I also put one more desktop calendar up. I'm still working on my Valentine and Love & Romance stationery and wallpaper pages and I'm adding what I've done as I go along. I've written two more tutorials, one for Fiesta Strip stationery and one for Stacked Border stationery, but don't have them ready to upload yet. Soon, I promise!
Hugs, Ellie

Monday, February 4, 2008

February Desktop Calendars, new Translated Tutorial, new stationery and desktop wallpaper

Hi everyone. I'm having a little bit of problems in my recovery from surgery but I'm back in gear and hopefully can start bringing you new stuff regularly again. And I have new stuff for you today! Desktop calendars, a new translated tutorial, stationery and wallpaper!
I have 2 desktop calendars ready for you for February. The previews can be used as mini calendars as well. Hopefully I'll have some blinkie calendars and scrap calendars for March when the time comes, I'm getting into the swing of things slowly.
For the tutorial translation, I translated Scrap Valentina created by Violettegraphic. I also created matching stationery and desktop wallpaper, both with a Valentine theme and without so you can use it all month if you like.
Example of the new tutorial:

New Stationery New Wallpaper
I'm revamping my Love & Romance stationery page as the page itself is old and the stationery on it is old, and they're not converted to OE yet, so I'm refreshing the look of the stationery and page as well. I'm working on that right now and hope to have it done today or tomorrow. I hope to be back within a few days with more stuff!
Have a great week.

New stationery and desktop wallpaper

Here's an update I forgot to post at the time so I'm doing it now. . . . Surprise everyone! Did you think I got lost? I was just about done recovering from surgery when I came down with a nasty head and chest cold. I still have it but getting better. I want to thank everyone for the hundreds of emails enquiring about my health. It's so nice to know that you guys missed me and worried about me.I thought I'd get my feet wet by doing someone else's tutorial. I love Carolaine and Sensibility tutorials so I did one of theirs. New stationery, Always be my Valentine, and 3 new wallpaper to match.
Here are some small examples, first one is the stationery, next two are the wallpaper, there's also one more wallpaper with "My Desktop" in gold script on it.

New Stationery New Wallpaper
I hope to do a translation this week. Hopefully I'll continue to recover and can keep updating my site. Sorry for the long absence. I did get a lot of reading done! LOL I hope you're having a great weekend!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Surprise, it's me!

Hi everyone. I bet you thought I'd fallen off the face of the earth. I survived my surgery and am starting to recover quite nicely. Not a lot of energy yet and still can't wear clothes all day (hurts my stomach), so it's been nightie time around here for a long time! Good thing it's winter and I don't go far in the winter. I'm hoping to start picking things up around here pretty soon. Thanks for your patience. I don't spend a lot of time on the computer yet and my creative streak has deserted me for the most part, but hopefully it will make an appearance soon! Been doing a lot of reading and watching TV. I hope you are all doing well after the holidays and hopefully you'll be seeing much more of me soon.
Hugs, Ellie