Monday, February 16, 2015

It's Time to Read!

One of my greatest passions is reading. I started reading well fairly early as I remember... by nine, I was reading 'adult' novels, such as 'Hound of the Baskervilles' by Arthur Conan Doyle, 'The Fall of the House of Usher' and many other other such classics. At fifteen, I took on a daunting task for someone of that age by reading Margaret Mitchell's masterpiece, 'Gone with the Wind'. It took me a week to finish at that time; nowadays, I can do it in three.

Yes, I am a rapid, or should I say a rabid reader! I dont just read books, I devour them. I am so devoted to reading that if I don't have anything else at hand, I have been known to read phone books to get my fix! I freely admit that I am a word junkie and I firmly believe that there is no such thing as too many books.

Imagine my great delight in finding the free Kindle app for the PC on, and the massive number of books one could acquire for it for free. I think I lost consciousness for about a month while I snagged all the free books I could get my hands on! My Kindle reader now has 1,281 books on it, and there are 1,592 books on my Kindle book wish list there. Believe me, I am overjoyed!

Sometimes, however, I have the need to have an old fashioned hardcover or paperback book in my hands, and Goodreads is a favorite of mine. Not only can I share all the books I have read with others, make lists of books that I am currently reading, or want to read in the future, but the site features numerous book giveaways which I am always eager to take advantage of. I have won several books for them, some even autographed by the authors. This is totally AWESOME!

If any of my visitors are readers of any speed, and have not discovered Goodreads yet, I encourage you to go by the site and check it out. I am sure that you will find it as exciting as I do.

Check it out at Goodreads!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Nifty 50's Diner Scrap

Finally! At long last, after many delays, I have finished the first of the Sweet Shop Collection scraps, Nifty 50's Diner! So many things kept coming between me and getting it done, but I finally did it!

The kit contains the two alphas, Burger Joint and Nifty 50's Diner, six papers -- three each of 1200 x 1200 and three of 3600 x 3600, and 15 elements, all hand drawn by me with my little mouse!

At any rate, feel free to use if for a scrap page, or sig tags, or whatever. I have no objection to the elements being resized in order to fit into whatever format you may choose, including using any of the elements for creating alphas of your own. But please, no ripping the kit apart for any other purpose, claiming my work as your own, or any of that other TOU type stuff. And I would appreciate it if you would leave the colors as I have done them... they were chosen specifically for for the theme, and their association with the actual diners of the fifties. I remember them well, as my great aunt owned one called the 67 Grill (because it was located at the intersection of two state highways in my hometown, one of which was Highway 67.); my grandmother was the short order cook there, and my mom was a waitress, so my sister Peggy and I spent a lot of time there. The Grill was decorated in those selfsame colors, and I find them very nostalgic.

Whatever you use the kit for, I would really appreciate a link back to this blog. Word of mouth is what brings other visitors here to see what I have to offer.

Next up on the menu is the Daily Scoop Ice Cream Parlor. Hopefully, it won't take me as long to get this one done as I already have some of the elements I need to finish it. Okay... so the preview and the link to the zip at 4shared are below. I hope you will enjoy the kit, so happy scrapping!

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Get the zip here

Monday, December 15, 2014

Burger Joint Alpha

Alrigty, then, folks, here is the second alpha that goes with my Sweet Shop Collection 'Nifty 50's Diner'. It's called 'Burger Joint'. Some of you older folks, who actually lived in the fifties might recognize the Coca-Cola clock that's part of the design -- they were in practically every diner I ever visited as a pre-teen in those years. The graphic, by the way, is not a photo... it is a graphic I created with my own two little hands and my little mouse, inspired by a photo of a similar clock that I have seen. The red and white of the alpha itself was inspired by the red and white booths, tables and counter seats that were the mainstays of so many of the fifties diners.

I hope that the alpha brings back memories or the older among you, that the younger ones find it nostalgic, and that some of you can find a use for it some where, whether as a font for a scrap page or even just for your collection.

As I stated in my previous post, I only have a few more doodles to finish for the scrap, and then I should be posting it shortly. I am also working on some holiday alphas which I will get up as soon as I have completed them. Hopefully, all of my visitors will find something to their liking here!

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Download the Burger Joint alpha here!

Friday, December 12, 2014

New Alpha, Nifty Fifties Diner

Hello, Internet friend, and welcome to Blue Nile Scrap and Alpha Design! If you've been here before, welcome back and thanks for visiting again.

It's been quite a while since I have posted anything but with the holidays and the New Year coming up, I thought I really ought to get busy with some projects for that. I am working on a couple of new things for Christmas, Yule and the New Year, but I've also been working on my Sweet Shop Collection, and I'm very near completing the first of the offerings, Nifty Fifties Diner. As a small preview of what will be going on with that, today I am posting one of the two alphas that will be included with the scrap. It's called 'Nifty Fifties Diner Alpha'.. yes, I know... a very creative name. LOL! At any rate, the preview is below, along with the link to the zip at 4shared. The second alpha should be up within the week and the scrap soon after that. Happy Holidays!

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Nifty Fifties Diner Alpha Download

Friday, July 18, 2014

New Alpha - We, the People

Yes, folks, it's another alpha! *laughs* I've been busy this week! Actually, I was doing it for the Fourth of July, but I got a little behind. I realize that not everyone will want this, since not everyone who passes through here will be an American... but hopefully those folks can find something else that pleases them.

So, here is 'We, the People'... if you chose to snag it to use for something that will be displayed on the web, please be so kind as to provide a link back here so other travelers may come and see if there are other things available that they may like. It's fine to share the alpha with a group so long as you provide a link back to this blog. All other terms of use apply.

The preview is below, and the zip can be downloaded here.

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All constructive criticism is welcome. Have an awesome weekend!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

New Alpha - Geometrics

I was playing around with the effects filters in my Paint Shop Pro today, and I came up with the geometric design that I used for the fill on this alpha; I thought it was pretty groovy, so I looked around for a font that would mesh well with it. I found this font, which is called 'Boogie Nights', at 1001 Fonts (they lie a LOT, because they have WAY more than a 1001 fonts there! *laughs*), and it was as groovy as the fill, so I went with it. It sort of reminds me of some of the psychedelic posters that were on the walls at the Infinite Mind, a place on Fairfax Avenue across the street from Canter's Deli back in the days when I was a gen-u-wine, certified Sunset Strip hippie. Wow, does that bring back some fond memories!

At any rate, this alpha is the result of that little trip down memory lane. I hope there are some alphaholics and scrappers out there that will find it interesting. The usual terms of use apply - if you are new to my blog, you will find the terms of use about a third of the way down the right side bar... The preview is below, and the zip file can be downloaded here.

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Constructive criticism is always welcome; you may leave your comments in the section below. And please feel free to send your friends around if they are scrappers or alpha collectors, or just want to look! Peace!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Spring Pastels Alpha

Hello, fellow travelers! know I haven't been around recently. I've had a little period where I was not quite feeling up to snuff (I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia a few months ago... it is a pain in the neck... and the back... and everywhere else! *laughs*) , and because of it, I was a bit less than creative. Since I have gotten to feeling a little more artistic these past few days, I found myself working on this new alpha. I think it turned out fairly well, and I hope some of you will think so also. The preview of the alpha is below, as is the 4shared link for the zip.

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The zip file for the alpha can be found here.