Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Holiday Sale and New Freebies!

It just goes to show you how busy the holidays are. I can't believe I haven't made a blog post since the end of November! December sure is flying. The weather has been so yucky in the NE that I've done most of my Christmas shopping online. I have just a few more things to get. I sure hope they all arrive on time.

Gianni is really getting into Christmas this year. If you ask him what he wants, he'll tell you a truck and a crane. Thank goodness I finally found a crane! I don't think I'd hear the end of it otherwise. I'm still hoping to get him a kitchen set, but the one I want is out of stock until the 17th.

I've been busy putting out some new Christmas designs. You can see them all here in the store. Everything storewide is 60% off, so take advantage now! And don't forget to check out my freebies section in the store.

I also have another freebie today that you can download right here from 4shared. It's kind of a hodge podge of items that I haven't really found a home for in kits or element sets.

You can grab them here.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Christmas Cheer Freebie and My Amazing CT

I know I tell them often how much I appreciate them, but somehow it's never enough. I love my creative team. They always go above and beyond the call of duty and the results are always amazing. I'm so glad they're a part of my scrapping "family."
Here are some of their most recent layouts.

Thank you ladies!

If anyone is looking to join a new CT, drop me an email at I'm always looking to add to my Kaleidoscope Girls.

Today I have a freebie for you made by one of my CT members Linda F. I like to call her the queen of extractions because she has so many amazing effects in her layouts. Her favorite subject these days is her grandson, and he makes for a great layout everytime. I just wish I could get some great shots of Gianni so I could scraplift some of Linda's ideas!

Here's a layout she did using the freebie she made. Isn't he cute! He's got that face you just want to squeeze.

The freebie is two with the striped bow like in the layout and one with a red bow. Linda used the ribbons, wreath, and frame from my latest kit Christmas Cheer.

Available at Divine Digital and Karla's Kaleidoscope Designs.

She added lights from her own tree. See what I mean about the queen of extraction? Then she transformed the wreath it looks like it's actually balancing on the frame. I love it! Linda has graciously said I could share this great frame with all of you. You can download both frames here.

Note that the files are saved in png format and come in two separate files. I just combined them for the preview only! :) Enjoy!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving, Sale Reminder, and a Freebie!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I'm taking a break from making my Black Friday list. There's no real must haves on it, so I'm starting to wonder why we're getting up at 4:00 AM to go shopping. Seems silly doesn't it? I wanted to get Gianni a kitchen set that I saw in the Sears catalog...they'll email me when it becomes available. They have it at Walmart too, but only free shipping from site to store. Great if I had a way to get it home! Not sure what I'll do now.

I just wanted to remind everyone that I'm having a big sale at KKD. I actually changed the sale to make it even sweeter for all of you! Now nearly everything in the store is 75% off and you can buy the store for just $20.00. That's a steal!

I also have a freebie for you today. It's a quickpage that coordinates with the set I just released at Divine. They're 63% off this weekend making them just $3.00 for the set of 6. How can you beat $.50 a quickpage?

Here's a pic of the freebie. Click here to download.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Gearing up for Black Friday + a Freebie

I love the holiday season: family gatherings, the hustle and bustle of shopping and sales, making and buying gifts, decorating the house, baking cookies, and so much more. I love it all! This year we're going to my parents' home. It will be pretty quite, as my sister and BIL are going to his parents' house this year. So it's just Mom and Dad, Grandma, John, Gianni, and me.

We be stuffing our faces with my Mom's delicious dishes. She's a great cook. I could never make a spread quite as good as hers. My contribution is an allergen free pie for my little guy. He's allergic to dairy and eggs, so we had to find an acceptable substitute. I ended making a pumpkin pie and a chocolate pie last weekend as a trial run. Today I tweeked the chocolate recipe a bit. I'm crossing my fingers it will set up as well as it did last time. I wasn't able to find a single non-dairy whipped topping here in the middle of nowhere, so Gianni will actually have a bit of decorator frosting on his pie to make it look as much like the rest of the family's as possible. The pie is in the fridge cooling now.

Don't forget to stop by my store this weekend-the sales are already set so you can actually stop by now if you like! I have 10-75% off all items in the store. I'm also have a sale at Divine as well. Everything is marked down. And if you want it all, I'm still running my Buy the Store promotion. With the 10% mark down that means you can get everything at KKD for just $22.50!!!! Take advantage now before I come to my senses.

Here's the freebie. It's a great overlay I made this fall. I've used it several times in my ads. I just love it. I hope you do too! You can download it here.

It's a png file with a transparent background although it doesn't look like it in the jpeg preview.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

New Challenge, New Freebie, New Products!

I'm running a new challenge now through November 26th. Purchase any of my latest holiday designs from Karla's Kaleidoscope Designs or Divine Digital and create a layout with them. Send me the link to your layout and you'll be entered to win the coupon code to buy my store! I'll be picking two winners. One will be picked randomly and one will be picked based on my favorite layout submission. Submissions can be emailed to

Christmas Cheer Cards at Divine Digital
Christmas Cheer Cards at Karla's Kaleidoscope Designs

Jolly Holly Days Mini Kit at Divine Digital
Jolly Holly Days Mini Kit at Karla's Kaleidoscope Designs

Angel Bulbs at Divinie Digital
Angel Bulbs at Karla's Kaleidoscope Designs

Faith Bulbs at Divine Digital
Faith Bulbs at Karla's Kaleidoscope Designs

Blessings at Divine Digital
Blessings at Karla's Kaleidoscope Designs

Christmas Cheer at Divine Digital

Christmas Cheer at Karla's Kaleidoscope Designs

I also have a new freebie for you. It coordinates with my Christmas Cheer Kit and Cards. You can download it here.

Buy the Store Promotion and a Free Kit Freebie!

I've decided to start my Black Friday/Thanksgiving/Christmas Sale promotion early! You can buy my store for just $25.00. That's over $250.00 worth of product for just $25.00. You can visit my store here.

I also have a new free kit up at KKD as well.

You can get the kit here.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Blessings Add-on Freebie

Today I have an add-on to my latest kit blessings now available at Divine Digital and Karla's Kaleidoscope Designs. The preview below shows the add-on. It includes, 3 papers, 2 bows, a tag, 2 frames, an index card, and 2 stickers.

You can download it here.

Here are previews of the complete kit. I hope you will stop by Divine or KKD and purchase it. It's perfect for scrapping Thanksgiving recipes, traditions, memories, and more.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

CT CALL! I need you!

I'm opening a new CT call. I am now selling at Divine Digital and need to add more members to my team. I'm looking to add 8-10 new creative team members and several guest cts. You will be joining a wonderful group of ladies. It's a warm, friendly group of gals that love to scrap. They are very supportive of one another and you'll find that I'm very flexible and willing to work with the team's needs. I am looking for short term (1-3 month commitment) and long term positions. Only want to do a one kit guest spot? I'm game for that too!

Here are the details for applying...

2 layouts per kit. 2 layouts a month. Post to DST and Divine. Post to my CT Yahoo Group.

If interested in applying, please send an email to with a link to your most up to date gallery.

You can view my designs at and


Karla Marano
Karla's Kaleidoscope Designs

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Digital Scrapbook Day Freebie!

I hope everyone is enjoying DSD so far. I've already dropped a lot of money. I love a good digi sale! Today in celebration of DSD, I have a quickpage freebie for you. It's made with elements of my DSD kit that you can get for free by spending $5 at Karla's Kaleidoscope Designs. The store is 75% off this weekend. Don't forget to stop by and take a look. You can see the DSD kit in the previous post.

You can get the quickpage here.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Digital Scrapbook Day Mega Sale with a Free Kit!

I'm celebrating Digital Scrapbooking Day with a mega sale at Karla's Kaleidoscope Designs. Everything storewide is marked down 75%. Spend just $5.00 and get my new kit for free! Take a look at the kit...

It includes

10 papers

3 frames

1 metal sign

1 tag

2 roses

1 gemstone swirl

1 glitter swirl

1 lace

2 ribbons

2 bows

1 notebook paper

1 clipboard

1 hinge

3 paper clips

1 gemstone flower

1 gemstone vine corner

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Free Digital Scrapbook Day Collab Kit

The designers at Tina Williams Designs have put together an amazing free kit for Digital Scrapbooking Day. You get the kit free with any purchase of $10.00 or more on November 2, 3, or 4. The kit will be emailed to you when Tina returns from her trip. It's an amazing kit not to be missed and you can get it free!

Visit TWD here!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Welcome to Divine Digital and a freebie

I have very exciting news! I am now selling at Divine Digital. I have just added four brand new products that are only available at Divine. Take a look!

Available here.

Available here.

Available here.

Available here.

I have a freebie from one of the sets. It is a vintage style Christmas ornament inspired by my favorite Shiny Brite ornaments. You can grab it here.

You can get all the coordinating ornaments at Divine.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Last day of grab bags at TWD + Freebie

Today is the last day to get your $2.00 at TWD. They're great vintage Halloween grab bags. You'll love mine! I have a little sample today as a freebie. You can get the freebie here.

You can get the entire grab bag here.
It's just $2.00, but hurry! Today is the last day of the sale.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Brand New CT Call!

I'm opening a new CT call. I have been invited to sell in another store and will be making the official announcement very soon. Since I'm adding an additional store, I think it's time to expand the team. I'm looking to add 8-10 new creative team members. You will be joining a wonderful group of ladies. It's a warm, friendly group of gals that love to scrap. They are very supportive of one another and you'll find that I'm very flexible and willing to work with the team's needs.

Here are the details for applying...

2 layouts per kit. 2 layouts a month. Post to DST and two other galleries. Post to my CT Yahoo Group.

If interested in applying, please send an email to with a link to your most up to date gallery, a note about yourself, and the names of any other CTs you are on if any.

You can view my designs at or

Thursday, October 18, 2007

TWD Grab Bags, Early Bird Special, and a Freebie

This weekend is grab bag weekend at Tina Williams Designs. The TWD designers have coordinating grab bags this weekend. The theme this month is Vintage Halloween. I know you're going to love my grab bag. You can pick it up all weekend long for just $2.00, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. If you head over to the store tonight, you can grab the bags for an amazing $1.75, that's Thursday only. Here's the link to my grab bag.

And if you hurry, you can still grab my designs for 80%!
That sales ends today!

I have a freebie today from my Heritage Harvest Kit. This card is also available in the Rustic Index Card Set. Both are available at TWD and KKD.

You can grab the freebie here.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Awareness Day Freebie Kit- Beautiful Angel

September 28, 2006 Congress passed H.CON.RES.222.- October 15h as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.

Here's info about that resolution...

H.CON.RES.222 Passes in Congress supporting the Goals and Ideals of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, October 15th of every year

Too many parents grieve in silence when suffering a pregnancy or infant loss. 983,000 babies died in 1996 from miscarriage or stillbirth. In 1995, 15.7% of pregnancies ended in fetal demise (miscarriage or stillbirth). These statistics do not include neonatal loss, SIDS, or other causes. (Center for Disease Control Trends in Pregnancies and Pregnancy Rates by Outcome Vital Health Stat (21) 56 - updated March 2001)

On September 28, 2006, Congressman Tom Latham from Iowa brought before the House of Representatives, House Concurrent Resolution # 222. The House Concurrent Resolution was passed in the House of Representatives supporting the goals and ideals of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. Many families watched this take place live on C-SPAN Television, watched live on the internet, and listened on news radio.

The House started out with several speakers including Georgia Representative Lynn Westmoreland, Illinois Representative Danny Davis, Iowa Representative Tom Latham, Georgia Representative Phil Gingrey, and ended with California Representative Brian Bilbray.

California Representative Brian Bilbray told of his own personal story 22 years ago. He and his wife lost their precious baby at the age of 3 months to crib death which is now known as SIDS. Soon after, they agreed to pass the House Resolution.

Quote by California Representative Brian Bilbray:

“Mr. BILBRAY. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to thank Mr. LATHAM and both the majority and the minority for presenting this resolution today. I do not talk about a situation that occurred over 22 years ago in my family. Actually it was 22 years, 2 months ago that my wife and I lost our child at 3 months to crib death. I am sure you have got to believe that 22 years should be able to cover up the pain and the hurt and the scar. But it does not. And though we have been blessed with five healthy children, we will always have that missing spot that that little 3-month-old baby filled. But I want to thank you for today, and I stand up here today and speak of this matter to represent the men and women who have gone through what my family has gone through, and thank you for this.

If I may leave you with one message: more important than us grieving for
our losses of those young ones that have died and are not here today, the
best way for us to really remember them is to appreciate and worship and
thank God for the blessings of having healthy children and babies that we
can take care of. Because they truly are the best memorial for our babies that we have lost, by preserving and protecting the treasures that God has given us in healthy children.”

In honor of this day of rembrance, My Beautiful Angel Kit is free at KKD tonight through the 15th. You can pick it up here. To all of you who have lost babies, my heart goes out to you. I know no greater pain that the pain of losing a child. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


Friday, October 12, 2007

TWD correction

Oops! Grab bag weekend is not until the weekend of the 19th. I was so anxious for it to get here I messed up my weekends. The TWD 80% sale does start tomorrow, so make sure you stop by and pick up tons of amazing deals.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Halloween Card/Brag Book Page Template Freebie

Well, it's been a few days. The week was a strange one. In some respects it went very fast and in others it dragged on and on. Next week we have another week of trips to the fertility clinic. It's hard to believe it's that time again. I'm not looking foward to those 4 AM mornings and four hour car rides. I just have to keep my eye on the prize!

I want to give you the heads up on some sale information and grab bag news. This weekend is grab bag weekend at TWD. All the TWD designers have $2.00 grab bags with a vintage Halloween theme. I really love how mine turned out, and I hope you will pick it up starting tomorrow. You will also find a huge sale at TWD this weekend. Many of our designs are slashed by 80%. Yes, that's right! 80%!!! You can find the store here.

I have other Halloween grab bag in my own store at Karla's Kaleidoscope Designs. It's also $2.00 and has three brand new products. You can get it here.

I have a freebie template for you today. It's saved in PSD format. It's a 4 x 6 card or brag book page just perfect for those Halloween pics.

Here's a preview...

You can download it here.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Columbus Day Weekend Sale

I hope to have more time to blog this weekend. There's a lot going on here that I'd love to share, but right now I need to take a deep breath and relax. I'm glad for the 3 day weekend, because teaching has been hectic and stressful this week.

I just wanted to stop by and let you know about my Columbus Day Weekend Sale. The KKD store remains 50% off all weekend.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Amazing Freebie Chat on Thursday

Trying out a new designer's designs can sometimes feel like a gamble. I want to take the gamble out of trying my designs. I'll be giving away a huge element sampler at my chat Thursday night. I've picked some of my favorites from my element sets and kits.

I'll be hosting the chat in the chatroom at Tina Williams Designs. The chat begins at 8 PM Eastern time on Thursday, October 4th.