Wednesday, January 21, 2009

CU Metal Bead Alpha

Well I will tell you the story of my brilliant idea.  The other night while working I was doing a walking beat (the only two stores open in my town after midnight are Wally World and Meijer) and I always have to check the craft section for inspiration and ideas.  I have seen these cool beads a million times and I know that there are many digiscrap stores that sell them.  I bought a set of plastic ones when I first started digiscrapping and I was not too happy with the set that I bought.  Anyway, I thought the metal block beads were cool and I thought how neat it would be to make an action that would create a bead with your choice of font and letter.  The idea was that I would come up with a metal layer style and try to come up with a realistic looking block.  But that didn't happen yesterday.  They all looked like a square, not three dimensional, and the layer styles didn't help much.  So while working last night I went back to same store and paid $3 for the set that I photographed and extracted today.  They are much more realistic and of course everyone can use them, not just the PS/PSE users.  So I think this was the better choice, less frustration and better results.  I used my twine for the preview, but you can put the beads on a chain or ribbon or your own string.  They are all in individual .png form and around .8 to .9 inch each.
SC_CUMetalBeadPreview
or HERE

146 comments:

Gail said...

LOVE these cube alphas - thank you!

amber said...

My, aren't you ambitious! I'm sad your action didn't turn out, but definitely glad to get these little goodies.. Thanks so much! :)

Sue said...

What a fun alpha! Thank you very much! :)

Tiffany said...

love love love these. So creative and cute. Thanks.

Ann said...

I'm with everyone else. LOVE THEM

xashee's corner said...

Absolutley WONDERFUL!!!! Thank you so much for sharing your AMAZING extractions!! These are truly WONDERFUL and they go soo well with your twine! Thanks, again!! Have a GREAT evening! :D

Amanda said...

adorable alphas!! thank you!

Carolyn said...

Oh my gosh, these are so CUTE! Thanks for all of your hard work doing these!

Susan said...

Wow..you have great patience with extracting!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

Wendy said...

Oh wow! These are so awesome! Thank you so much for sharing your time and talent with us.

EAL Designs2 said...

These metal alpha beads are awesome thank you so very much, I can think of a million uses for them!! Can't remember if I wrote yesterday so if I did a double thank you for the Cupid Bear, if I didn't sorry been a nutty couple of weeks.
Hugs, Lisa

Deanna said...

This is an AWESOME idea! Thanks a bunch!!!

Barbara said...

Deb,
Can I tell you how much I love this little metal alpha! It's so versatile. I'm so GLAD that you got that lightbox! I get a present every time you use it! Thanks for your time and talent! I use your stuff all the time. You are greatly appreciated.
~Barbara

grammy201 said...

Love the alpha; thank you very much!
Thanks for sharing your time, talent and wonderful creations; I truly appreciate what you do for us!

((hugs))

Michelle said...

Love this. Thank You so much.

KylieM said...

These are absolutely awesome! I know what you mean, I have always loved these beads! Thankyou so much! I love everything you do.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for all the time and thought you put into making this great stuff for us to use! I love your site! Thank you again!
-Rachel

Tina said...

wow, thank you so much for this wonderful cube alphas, love it totally! HUGS
Tina

BrittneyFerguson said...

omgosh I love these! Thank you soo much for doing this!!

Digi Free said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 21 Jan [LA 09:00pm] - 22 Jan [NY 12:00am, UK 05:00am, OZ 04:00pm] ).

ladybug said...

These are so cute thanks so much. I cant wait to use these.

LouCeeCreations said...

wow! these are absoloutely amazing.. thankyou.

Anne said...

Oh! My! Goodness! Deb, you're a genius. These beads are way too cool! Thank you so much for making my day! :)

Hugs from Germany,
Anne

MaryEllen said...

these are fantastic thank you

hukari said...

What a great idea! Thanks!

Angela said...

thank you Deb, they're fabulous. I find craft stores a great place to walk a sleep-resistnt baby around.

Nina said...

Thanks for all your hard work.

Sandy said...

LOVE these, Deb! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing..
Greetings from Holland

Katootje

makeyesup said...

Great alphas, don't understand though how you can find the time to do all that you do. You must be a miracle lady or do you have 48 hours in every one of your days?

txbubbles said...

Deb, you are absolutely brilliant! These beads are fabulous, I am in awe of your talent! Thanks so much.
Hugs,
Vicki in Texas

Mystic_Mom said...

Everything you do is awesome...keep it up!! You rock!

Julie E. said...

These are awesome! You are so creative and talented! Thanks for sharing.

vettep said...

Thank you for doing these bead for us. Your are great.

scangel said...

you do a great job on extracting items from photos. i always have a problem with that.

that for the great alpha.

Lynette said...

Thank you so much! These are fabulous!

Jewel Goodwin said...

WOW you totally rock my world - that must have taken you hours! Thank you sooo much!

Shel said...

These are awesome. Thanks so much for all your hard work and generosity!

SassyDesignz said...

These are fabulous and just what I needed Thank you.

Fawn said...

These are cool! Thank you so much!

Cari D. Cruse said...

Awesome! TFS!

Lydia said...

Wow! Thanks so much!

sdwrdt said...

thank you so much for sharing! Hate to say but I wish your action had worked, would have been really cool!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much--these are really unique!
BettyC

Kris said...

Fabulous work!! I have given you an award. It's on my blog :)

Deatles said...

WoW!!! I'll say what my kids are saying now... "These are WICKED kewl"... Thank you soooo much for sharing your hard work. I LOVE THESE - THANK YOU!

Traci said...

These are outstanding! I have a set here, but I never thought to do the extraction! DUH! Thanks so much for your time, talent and effort! I can use these BIG time.

the51mom said...

You have the patience of a saint, I'm sure! LOL !! Thanks so much for these.

M u s s said...

These are HOLY COW AWESOME!!!
THANK YOU!!!!

Scrapping All the Way said...

Sweet! TYVM! (And I totally LOLed when I read about Wally World and Meijer: I'm from the "home state" of Meijer, and I can't imagine living somewhere that you can't shop at 3am for donuts, toys, engine oil, and yoga mats. ;)

Lezlee said...

Like the little guy says on the movie The Incredibles..."TOTALLY AWESOME!!!"

Thank you!!! Love them!

cblueyes said...

Thank you so much luv these

Judy said...

Thnx much for once again providing such creative & USEFUL digi scrap elements! Y'know, I do wish it would work that I could go to St Louis in March just to meet you & say THANK YOU in person!!

Stacey said...

Thank you!!!!

Kris said...

This is super, thankyou!

Anonymous said...

I love these alphas!!! Thank you so much!

moune said...

Thank you so much for sharing !

Amanda said...

Thank you for all your hard work!

ISASCRAPFOREVER said...

you rock girl !

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! I have been looking for metal bead alpha quite a long time! Thanx!!!

Lisajo said...

Wonderful! Thank you so much! I also want to thank you for the cute cupid bear!

Toni said...

Thank you !!!

Tammy aka bunchie said...

tyvm for these! Deb you have outdone yourself again!!!!

Kate said...

Thank you, these are cool!!

Nicole said...

This alpha is AWESOME!! Thanks so much.

saxonia44 said...

Danke für deine wunderbaren Kreationen.

La Scrapping Mad-ison said...

I'm seriously wondering what you'll come up with next. Every time I head towards your part of Scrapping World, I'm always amazed at what I find.

You're the best!

AND AND AND the best part is that they're great for girly AND boyish layouts!

Thanks a million!
~LSM

Manu said...

WOW, these are the coolest beads I've ever seen - and I have more than one digital set *lol*
Thank you so much, I LOVE them *hugs*

Michelle from MD, USA said...

Super fabby alpha! I love it. TFS

RedShoes said...

Thank you so much. These are fantastic and will work with so many layouts:-)

Mrs E of Scrappy Freebies said...

thanks for the freebies!

Mrs. Miles said...

THANK YOU so very much, this is absolutely BRILLIANT!

tawyn said...

so cool - thank you

Raine said...

As always, your stuff is amazing ! One of the best on the web next to Gunhild Storeide's blog. Thanks so much for all your shares.

Patamomma said...

yay!!!!! Thanks so much. This alpha looks super! Patty

Margaret said...

So nice, thanks so much

Crystal said...

Fantastic! Thanks so much.

Prized Possessions said...

Thank you so much - I love these!

Denise said...

These are awesome. Your extraction is superb and a great idea.

Rozie said...

Thank you so much, these bead alphas are terrific!

vicki said...

these are just wonderful - you do such amazing extractions!!!

thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talent and goodies with us!!

Dreamer In Denim said...

wow! these are AWESOME! thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

26 THANKS!!!! I LOVE THESE!!!!

Rebecca said...

I love how these are turned and give a very realistic look. Thanks so much

Michele said...

How cool looking is that?! Thank you so much!

Janet said...

I LOVE how realistic these look. Thank you for what must have been a LOT of effort on your part...way to stick with it to get what you wanted!

scrpmnga said...

Thank you so much for all your work. They are a great inspiration.

Sue said...

Brilliant alpha you must have alot of patience to extract all those beads, thank you so much for sharing them with us

Linda Walton aka bobbysgirlforever said...

You have TOTALLY, TOTALLY rocked it on this one girlfriend!!! I'd say you've OUTDONE yourself, but then I am sure I will be saying that MANY more times!!!

THANKS SWEETIE!

XOXO,
Linda :)

sylvie said...

merci beaucoup

walking-girl said...

wonderful alpha and thanks for the tut

Lori said...

Very cool! Thanks bunches!

Anonymous said...

Wow. It`s super!! Thank you very much.
Birgit

Stephanie said...

Oooo thank you so much for sharing this great alpha!!!! I love it!

Muriel said...

Thanks for the great bead alpha!

demingglobal said...

COOLEST EVER!

Elaine said...

Wow - these are so awesome! Thanks so much for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Ty so much for these awesome alphas!!

RACHELLE said...

LOVE these. Thank you so much!

Sabine said...

This alpha is beautiful! Thank you :)

MaryE said...

Thanks so much, these are adorable!

Tracy said...

These look AWESOME! Thank you so much for your efforts with these: I would have given up long ago!

Christine said...

These are superb. Thank you for purchasing them and taking all the trouble to share them.

Crissie said...

Wow! This alpha is wonderful!! Thank you so much for sharing such a fantastic treat :)

Lynn said...

Great alpha, thank you!

Diana said...

Thanks so much. I love this metal bead alpha!

Debb said...

These are great - thank you! I never noticed you were from the Midwest but knew you had to be when I read "Meijer", lol. I am a native Mid Westerner too.

Anonymous said...

These metal bead alphas are sooooooooooo coool! Thank you very much!!!! :) -k

Ellay said...

Love it! Thanks sooo much!

VJ's Scrap Room said...

I agree..these are sooooo cool!! Thank you so much for sharing them with me.:)

Marianna said...

These are so fun! Thank you!

Elka Romero said...

So cute! Thank you!!! :D

Angels Digi Scraps said...

These are too cool, thanks so much for sharing them with us!
Hugs,
Jennifer

Cricket said...

These are fabulous - thank you so much for sharing!! :)

Chris said...

This is great! Thank you!

Amberpony Creates said...

My Goosh This Is Way Cool!
Thank You!!

Moon Is Gone Designs said...

Thank-you!

Anonymous said...

WOW! Just WOW! Thank you so much!

Lynn Pierce said...

Such a wonderful idea! Can't wait to idgi scrap these! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Bits N Bobs said...

Stunning job Deb and thank you for purchasing them to share with us :)

thescrappywife said...

Superb! Thank you!

♥♥audray♥♥ said...

thanks

Dinphy said...

Awesome, stunning, gorgeous, fantastic, wonderful... I just can't explain how happy I am with these! LOVE them! Thank you SO much for all the work in them!!

Anonymous said...

these are awesome!! thank you so much!!

Deanna said...

WHAT A HIT! These are just fantastic. Thanks so much!

tigger said...

These look great! Thank you!

Latte' Dah said...

You must have one great camera. Thanks for sharing the alpha with us. :)

Karen said...

This will be your 128th comment - WOW! This was obviously a very popular download, and it's easy to see why... it's great! Thank you for sharing.
Karen from Moscow

Jenni said...

Thanks so much, these are great!!!

Charmed by Gorjuss said...

Thanks bunches!

Erica Choba, Atlanta, GA said...

Oh no you didn't! these are amazing!!!

J9 said...

The first word that came to mind was AMAZING! And they are. TYSM!

DarkPheonix said...

Love this alpha!! TY!

amber said...

Thanks (again) MY EHD crashed over the weekend, so I'm slowly working on re-stocking.. You'll be seeing me quite a bit for a while.. ;)

lammogliagirl said...

How wonderful of you to go through all the trouble but gosh was it worth it! This is just awesome! Thank you SO much for sharing all your hard work :)

Isabelle (Zaza) / Magik Creations said...

Again, thank you !

bestsides said...

I know this is an old freebie, but I am new to digital scrapping. This is a very cool alpha set. Thank you for sharing. I am finding some wonderful things on your site!

Rosemary said...

Soooooooooooooo cute!!! Thank you very much!!

Anonymous said...

wonderful beads, thanks a bunch

Stacy said...

These are fantastic. You are so generous to share your time and talent with us!

hoodsmom said...

Thanks so much!

Linda said...

Hello and Thank you for this metal alpha...

Anonymous said...

Thank you!!!

Metal Beads said...

Wow! Great instructions. I had fun reading your feed that really sound pretty impressive and interesting. I just love your work and collection. they're all cool and fantastic. Thanks for this great blog!

Crystalnva said...

LUV THESE ;~} THANK YOU ;~}

Rachel said...

Oh, these are beautiful!! Thank you SO very much!!