Thursday, August 18, 2011

My Thank You Book link is corrected


The link to download MY THANK YOU BOOK is now corrected! :-)

Just click the link(s) and enjoy! It's here ...

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Starting over....

Here you'll find out why almost all download links in this blog do not work, why I will have to start over and the Plan B on how my new graphics will be published.

So here's the story....

The day after I published my last blog post, I got several emails reporting that they could not download the graphics from the download links I provided in the goodiebag email (new subscribers), and a colleague of mine said she didn't manage to download My Thank You Book...

Oh dear, this had never happened before...I thought it would only a temporary server problem or something, until in the evening when it was my schedule to upload the new graphics as planned...I COULDN'T EVEN ACCESS MY OPENDRIVE ACCOUNT!!

That was such a pain! I was in the middle of my excitement of having new artwork ready. After so many attempts which resulted in "access denied", I emailed the support dept at OpenDrive and the next day I got their reply, giving me a new password to login.

Strange, huh? I didn't request a new password. Was there somebody trying to access my account? I have no idea. didn't answer my question, they just gave me a new password and reset my account.

So finally I managed to access my account again. And I thought all the download links were restored.


My colleague still couldn't download My Thank You Book. I couldn't either. I still couldn't download all the PDFs and Zips files stored in my OpenDrive account. My new subscribers still couldn't download the graphics in the goodiebag...even if my account was already reactivated.

I checked again the files in my OpenDrive account...they were all there, in the same folders. How come that the download links didn't work? Then I noticed... since the account had been reset...the URLs changed!!


Which means, I would have to change ALL the incorrect links in the blog. Well, I thought, probably it is a sign I had to change everything and just start over? And I thought, again, it's good that I know about this OpenDrive resetting now than later when I already have sooo many links with my graphics.

OK, now the problem's figured out. Next step is finding the easiest way to restore the links and to display my new graphics.

Then I thought it would just be easier if I start over with new fresh contents and so I transferred the existing contents to my old blog. And to minimize the zip files, I will just display my new graphics (free version) on the blog.

Okay we'll see! I hope I can start very soon :-)

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Graphicalicious diary: the whimsy woodland fairy school

A little reminder of what's soon coming to Amretagraphics! : a bunch of cute fairies in coooolorful fairy dresses. They can be a bunch of happy classmates at a fairy school, right? So last night while I finished the last basics of these webset, the Whimsy Woodland Fairy School at Amretasgraphics was born.

Oh dear, I thought, now I have the whole whimsy woodland as my graphicalicious playground. Yippii! And today, besides the previously published graphics (I'm putting together all my existing autumn graphics as one set now) I  have finished drawing 25 fairy characters, various dresses, hats and shoes, based on these background tiles (the dotted tiles are from my previously published decoflora set).

It's typically me, you know. I really have to limit the color palette otherwise the variations of the graphics would grow uncontrollably, and the set would never be finished :o)

Even with those 10 color themes above, I could make more than one hundred elements for dresses and other accessories.You can imagine the variations...

Anyhow, I will have to publish what's ready tomorrow or Monday at the latest, depending on the internet connection (as I might wrote earlier, I still have no stable internet connection at home, so I'm moving places...for my heart's delight, too! :o))

And there are always happening at the whimsy woodland, no? *wink*. So, our little friends at the fairy school will be very happy to help out. As I have promised you earlier in my previous post I will use this blog as a diary to report the progress made on my drawing board. Now, I will say: the progress and what's up in Whimsy Woodland :o)

(besides the fairies, my fuzzycuddly kindhearted bears, puppies and bunnies that some of you already know from before will be residents of the whimsy woodland, too! no worry, they will join soon. And the little girls and boys will also come to the woodland as well when it's time to play).

Do you have any great idea, question about the whimsy woodland or request? Please post them in the comment box below, or in my Facebook Page.

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Birthday Thank You! and New Plan for the Blog

Hello all!

What a lovely, amazing feeling to read all your 'birthday wishes' that came to this blog, my facebook pages and emails! Thank you sooo much! They all made my day!

And guess what, I took a break after writing the birthday post, and yesterday, too. And I feel so good now. Fresh and more motivated :-) I do think that giving myself a break is really a good treat. You know I work full time on weekdays, and mostly work on my graphics on weekends and in the evening after work. And so if I take a break from my fulltime job on weekend, it's just so fair to take a break (and recharge!) from my graphics on weekdays! *LOL*

During the break, I couldn't help but pondering how my 11 years online have been. It wasn't an easy route, but most of all everything in it has brought me joy. And lovely friendships. And a lot of lessons.

If there is something I regret, it's that I realised I never really took note of how I created my graphics. Some of my earlier work has been gone with two server crashes, and the physical journals I wrote in are also gone with the big floods...especially the one in 2007 when the water reached 2m high in our place, and I didn't have the chance to save many of my belongings.

Now that I kinda want to start (almost) all over again with my site and blogs, I see a great potential for this blog as a tool and place to chronicle my 'endeavor', my 'trial-and-error' on creating graphics and www, thus it will make it easier for you who might be curious about how I created my artwork, my blogs, etc... I've received emails asking me these questions and I felt so bad that I didn't always have the time to answer. Now hopefully with my plan to chronicle what I call my "graphicalicious journey" on this blog, it would help!

That's why I'm happy about my previous decision about 'recycling' my existing graphics and start all anew. I hope you, too. Besides publishing the updates, the plan is to also to write around those graphics my inspirations, actions taken, and lessons learned.

PS..PS...I'd like to warn you, though, that what you'll read here about me creating graphics is a self-taught thing.

You might know a more efficient and easier way of drawing graphics your style, so here my intention is rather sharing what I know and what I do on my artwork, chronicling what I learn day by day. See if that could serve as inspiration to others too :o)

PSS..PSS...the picture you see above is a sneak-peek of the first update this coming weekend :o) See you soon!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Amretasgraphics 11th Birthday!!!

TODAY is Amretasgraphics' 11th birthday! Yippiiii! It's a celebration!!

And as you will see .. the website, the shop, the artwork and the blog are in the process of being totally

Bit by bit. Since I can only work on my graphics on weekends and in my sparetime, that's how the site, the shop and the blog will be updated. 

I'm so glad to say I've made a plan for the next 52 weeks! Yay! :o) 52 weeks of graphicalicious updates! And hopefully my 4 year-old dearest only laptop will behave well so the plan can run smoothly *knock on the wood* (yes it run into some troubles lately - so I'm determined to run the shop extremely seriously this time - so that I can get extra income especially to buy a new computer with more powerful and updated programs) *wish that for me!* :o)

The 'recycled' materials (updated with new, blogging-related stuff) and the new graphic kits, photobooks, etc will be added weekend-ly, so you can have a reason to come back and visit me at least every week! :D

So voila the update for today. I'm celebrating Amretasgraphics' birthday now, doing the first updates + sipping my favorite green tea with lemon (my absolute favorite!).

PS: attention members: you will get the link and password to access the 'secret page' in about a week from now through the mailing list (you can subscribe if you haven't done so), and you will get with the first week update: the first "recycled" web+blog sets, my ever growing tile collection and one of the graphic kits. Yummy, no? *wink*

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