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The "A.B." in ABCreations stands for Anmarie Bowden, that's me! My favorite ice cream is Mississippi Mud from Baskin Robbins, altho I'm partial to Oreos crumbled on top of Vanilla Bean ice cream too! I was born on Super Bowl Sunday. I have been digiscraping since 2000. I live in beautiful sunny California. I am married to my soul mate and we have two gorgeous children. My favorite saying is, “If you think my hands are full, you should see my heart!”

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

First Tuesdays Inspiration #5


It's First Tuesdays Inspiration time! Let's talk about the giggles. My children are 22 months apart, with my son being the oldest. Being so close in age, he and my daughter can play together all day long. It doesn't matter what they play and sometimes they invent some of the strangest things that keep us all laughing. They can really crack each other up. Your prompt for today is to capture something that is laughing or something that makes you laugh. I can't wait to see what you create, leave a link below and have fun!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Let's Celebrate Cinco de Mayo! 🎊 🎈 πŸŽ‰ 🍹

Celebrate El DΓ­a de la Batalla de Puebla on Cinco de Mayo with Mexican heritage and pride! This kit has everything you'll need and then some with 10 papers and 70 embellishments! Enjoy the Mexican flag, continental food and drinks, paper tissue flowers, customary musical instruments, fireworks, balloons, and much, much more! 
Not into cinco de mayo? Check out the last layout below, these colors, papers, and embellishments are so versatile, you will use this kit again and again!

ABC | Cinco de Mayo | PU/S4H/S4O
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Friday, April 29, 2016

FREE Lesson: 5 Ways to Use Photoshop Brushes in Your Designs


Many thanks to LauraB for the wonderful images below!

Among all the impressive functions that Photoshop offers, the brushes panel is one of the most versatile. Created to make photo editing easier, brushes have also become the go­-to tool for many designers working on new kits. Throughout this post, we’ll take a look at 5 great ways to use Photoshop brushes for your next kit or project.

1. Create an eye­-catching border for a festive greeting card

Start with a blank canvas and add watercolor leaves, flowers, and twigs along the border. Play with brush opacity, size and angles. Write a custom message for your recipient or leave it blank and over several difference choices of word art.




2. Design an intricate pattern for unique gift wrap

Select a background color for your gift wrap and use it to fill up a 12x12 inch square at 300dpi (or 8.5x11 or A4). Use brushes to overlay different types of circles until you get an intricate motif that you feel happy with. Add a number or initials to mark someone’s birthday, anniversary, or any other life event. Print and wrap your gift!




3. Compose a subtle background for an elegant envelope
Lay out different word brushes over a colored background. Use a slightly lighter color in your top layer to keep the contrast low and add subtlety to your design. Play with word size, angle and opacity to create an elegant pattern. Personalize and print your own envelopes.





4. Create a chalk-­like cover for an inspiring journal

Find a quote that motivates you. Fill up a rectangular canvas with a dark blackboard tone and add a few white scratches using some chalk and crayon brushes. Type your quote, rasterize the layer, and play around with the noise filter until you get a chalk­-like feel for the text.

Alternatively, use ready-­made chalk word art and other chalk decorative elements to complete the design creating a pocket journal front cover (remember to create an additional background for the back cover!)




5. Design a quote for an original art piece
Feeling extra creative? Try designing a unique art piece to decorate your workspace or home.

Start out with a solid color of your choice, and slowly add in spongy strokes from a brush set. Think of a word that you’d like to bring into your space and use a watercolor brush alphabet to position it over your background. Have your finished art piece printed onto a canvas at your local store.



 

For more amazing tutorials, great ideas, and free advice, visit ABCreations University, or as I like to call it ABC-U!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Happy Earth Day!

It's almost Earth Day and you know what that means! Getting outside into the fresh air and making your community beautiful! You can capture the great outdoors in your next scrapbook layout with this beautiful kit! You will escape to nature with the comforting earth tones of brown, blue and green, with a hint of yellow and red for a punch of color just when you need it. This fun-loving kit is filled with a beautiful assortment of 40 earth-friendly papers and a huge 136 fanciful embellishments all in rich earth-tones to perfectly complement those outdoor shots you’ve been waiting to scrap including Earth Day, MLK Jr Day, Arbor Day, volunteering, picnics, park visits, hikes, adventures, camping, backyard play, and much more! Come meet the little frog, bee, dragonfly, and bird as they explore the flowers, trees, and mud while learning about how to keep our earth clean and beautiful!
Also includes 37 word art.
BONUS ADD-ON INCLUDED!
ABC | Reduce, Reuse, Recycle with BONUS ADD ON | PU/S4H/S4O

Coordinating alpha sold separately. Includes upper, lower, numbers, and some symbols. Each tile is 1 inch wide by 1.5 inches tall. No Shadows. 300ppi.
ABC | Wooden Alpha | PU/S4H/S4O

These CT Layouts show how versatile this kit is, you can use it for virtually any subject matter!
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Monday, April 11, 2016

Spring is in full Bloom! πŸ’πŸŒΈπŸŒ·πŸŒΉπŸŒ»πŸŒΊ

Spring is in full Bloom!

It's full-blown springtime where I live, everything is gorgeous and blooming, and my allergies are killing me, lol! I'm inside scrapping and with the lovely beauties I have for you today, you will be too! Enjoy!
 
ABC | Alice Alpha | PU/S4O/S4H $3.00  $1.00
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ABC | Alice Alpha | PU/S4O/S4H

This alphabet was inspired by the movie "Alice in Wonderland." It gives a fun and wacky feel to your fantasy, spring, easter, family, movie...
ABC | April Showers Paper Pack | PU/S4O/S4H $4.00  $2.00
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ABC | April Showers Paper Pack | PU/S4O/S4H

The April Showers Paper Pack includes 22 papers (all 12x12 inch at 300ppi) with 4 different patterns including Clouds, Big Polka Dots, Stripes, and...
ABC | Bloom Girls with Bonus FREEBIE | CU/S4O/S4H $3.00  $2.50
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ABC | Bloom Girls with Bonus FREEBIE | CU/S4O/S4H

These adorable girls love flowers and gardening and you'll love scrapping all your pages with them! They are approximately 5x5.5 inches, in PNG...
ABC | Build Your Own Flower Doodles | CU/S4H/S4O $4.00  $2.00
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ABC | Build Your Own Flower Doodles | CU/S4H/S4O

With these fun flower doodles you can build your own flower garden complete with butterflies, dragonflies, bees and ladybugs! Choose from big and...
ABC | CU Grab Bag for Spring | CU/S4O/S4H $6.00  $3.00
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ABC | CU Grab Bag for Spring | CU/S4O/S4H

This must-have CU Grab Bag contains 14 unique and high-quality items to inspire you and get that next kit created! Create beautifully layered papers,...
ABC | Cute Spring - Buttons | PU $1.00

ABC | Cute Spring - Buttons | PU

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ABC | Delightful | PU/S4H/S4O $3.00  $1.00
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This mini kit is just delightful! It's perfect for those moments when we are celebrating life.  ...
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ABC | Enamel Dots for the Strawberry edition | PU/S4H/S4O

If you are into pocket scrapbooking but like to take it to a hybrid or even digital level, then these enamel dots are for you! This set of 9 matches...
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ABC | Facebook Cover Images for Spring | PU

Now you can change your facebook cover image 8 times a season with this amazing set of 8 facebook cover images! Also check out the sets for Winter,...
ABC | Journaling Blocks for "the Olive edition" | PU/S4H/S4O $5.00  $2.00
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ABC | Journaling Blocks for "the Olive edition" | PU/S4H/S4O

These journaling blocks and filler cards coordinate with the Olive edition of a certain (traditionally paper) project 365 kit out there. I have added...
ABC | Leaves Set 7 | PU/S4H/S4O $5.00  $2.50
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ABC | Leaves Set 7 | PU/S4H/S4O

Who doesn't need a few extra leaves here and there? This set of 12 will get your stash looking like a garden and add that finishing touch to your...
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ABC | My Secret Garden - Full Size | PU/S4H/S4O

These glittery gorgeous flowers coordinate with June's blog train, these are the full-sized version with flowers at 5.5 inches, 300ppi, and stems...
ABC | Raindrops Keep Falling - Complete Kit | PU/S4O/S4H $7.00  $4.00
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ABC | Raindrops Keep Falling - Complete Kit | PU/S4O/S4H

If you like singing in the rain, then “Raindrops Keep Falling” is the kit for you!  It’s a vibrant and colorful kit with fun...
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ABC | Spa Day | PU/S4H/S4O (BONUS FREEBIE INCLUDED)

This amazing kit is featured in the July 2013 issue of Papers & Pixels! Scrap the memories of your mani/pedi party, a birthday day at the spa,...
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ABC | Splendid | PU/S4H/S4O

This splended mini kit is just perfect for those moments when we are celebrating life.  ...
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ABC | Spring Mini | PU/S4H/S4O

Are you ready for Spring?!? This kit has gorgeous fresh blooms and ivy, butterflies, charms, frames, ribbons and bows, even an easter basket to stuff...
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ABC | Spring-sational Build A Kit Bows | PU/S4O/S4H

This Spring-sational color palette is so versatile, you'll find yourself using it over and over again. Customize and build your own kit by...
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ABC | Spring-sational Build A Kit Bread Ties | PU/S4O/S4H

is Spring-sational color palette is so versatile, you'll find yourself using it over and over again. Customize and build your own kit by choosing...
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ABC | Spring-sational Build A Kit Flowers | PU/S4O/S4H

This Spring-sational color palette is so versatile, you'll find yourself using it over and over again. Customize and build your own kit by...
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ABC | Spring-sational Build A Kit Frames | PU/S4O/S4H

This Spring-sational color palette is so versatile, you'll find yourself using it over and over again. Customize and build your own kit by...
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ABC | Spring-sational Build A Kit Knotted Ribbon | PU/S4O/S4H

This Spring-sational color palette is so versatile, you'll find yourself using it over and over again. Customize and build your own kit by...
ABC | Spring-sational Build A Kit Metal Tabs | PU/S4O/S4H $3.00  $1.00
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ABC | Spring-sational Build A Kit Metal Tabs | PU/S4O/S4H

This Spring-sational color palette is so versatile, you'll find yourself using it over and over again. Customize and build your own kit by...
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ABC | Spring-sational Build A Kit Paper Pack 1 | PU/S4O/S4H

This Spring-sational color palette is so versatile, you'll find yourself using it over and over again. Customize and build your own kit by...
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ABC | Spring-sational Build A Kit Paper Pack 2 | PU/S4O/S4H

This Spring-sational color palette is so versatile, you'll find yourself using it over and over again. Customize and build your own kit by...
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ABC | Spring-sational Build A Kit Paper Pack 3 | PU/S4O/S4H

This Spring-sational color palette is so versatile, you'll find yourself using it over and over again. Customize and build your own kit by...
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ABC | Spring-sational Build A Kit Paperclips | PU/S4O/S4H

This Spring-sational color palette is so versatile, you'll find yourself using it over and over again. Customize and build your own kit by...
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ABC | Spring-sational Build A Kit Tabs | PU/S4O/S4H

This Spring-sational color palette is so versatile, you'll find yourself using it over and over again. Customize and build your own kit by...
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ABC | Spring-sational Build A Kit Tags | PU/S4O/S4H

This Spring-sational color palette is so versatile, you'll find yourself using it over and over again. Customize and build your own kit by...
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ABC | Summer's End - Complete Kit | PU/S4H/S4O

This gorgeous kit is an ode to a never-ending Summer vacation, its bright and cheery and great for all kinds of layouts and craft projects about...
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ABC | Washing Day - Clothes Lines | CU/S4H/S4O

It's time for a little spring cleaning, or letting that summer breeze dry your clothes the natural way! Enjoy these clothes lines and basket of...
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ABC | Wishful Spring Flowers | CU

Set of 6 Commercial Use Flowers with 2 leaves and 12 gem centers! All seperate .PNG files for easy recolor! Coordinating CU Paper Pack HERE!...
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ABC | Wishful Spring Paper Pack | CU

Set of 6 Commercial Use papers, 300ppi, JPG format! Coordinating CU Flowers HERE!...