Freebie Friday and Valentine’s Staycation 2015


Freebie Friday Valentines 2015

Hullooo…long time no see…. ;)
So we had planned on going out to the lake house this year for Valentine’s weekend (since it’s a nice long weekend & everything…) but due to multiple reasons *coughmoneycough* we’ve decided to stay in this weekend & we’ll go next weekend for Boo’s birthday. :D

Speaking of Boo… he doesn’t read this blog (he really online plays games online, really) so I have no fear sharing some Valentine’s goodies with all of you here today!! :D I used the ever-amazing Rhonna app to make myself a cute little “Valentine” card background, which I printed off & wrote a sweet love letter on & then also added some of our personal cute-couple-doing-cute-stuff-cheesy-goodness photos to, which I’ll frame & present to him as a token of my affection. We had agreed to do “DIY only” gifts this year (we’ll see how well he sticks with that!) so I’m trying my darndest!

Before I plastered my sweet nothings & charming photos all over it, I saved two different copies of the Valentine’s Love Letter background to share with you all, so you can grab your FREEBIE below! (Just click the pic for the larger image, then print!) :D

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Here’s what I ended up doing with the photo one that I’ll frame tonight:


Gotta have that glitter!



Happy Valentine’s, y’all!! I’ll see you next week!
Share what you do with those cute letter backgrounds with me in the comments! I’d love love LOVE to see!

— Elise M. Gross


BAM!! Im back with BamaLaser and more!


So I’m mostly back in action on the blog-o-sphere after my slight hiatus. I have been working, though –not relaxing on my laurels! I’ve taken on multiple odd jobs here & there doing graphic design work (yes, I decided to jump back in that pool…though right now it’s more of a tentative dip.) I’ve discovered the joys of Fiverr (what a site) & have been doing things there & outside IRL for folks I know & hold dear.

I’ve also been working on my book again – it’s been quite exciting! I had hit a bit of a research slump, but connected with someone well equipped in U.S. History knowledge who was able to point me in the direction of some excellent resources regarding sites & books (bless you, Diane.) So I’ve been going nutso on the research, and doing graphic design stuffs while away.

My biggest task thus far, though, was actually for my Papa, (who hails from ‘Bama country…a HUGE fan of the Crimson Tide…) who manages his own company where he sells laser etched gun parts (technically, I guess he could etch anything, but his thing is for guns. No judging!) So I had created a really spiffy flyer for him to take to shows, then used this same “feeling” of the flyer for the rest of the items, like the logo & business card. Surprisingly, I didn’t create the logo first, as he requested a flyer at first. Afterwards, he sent me his sketch of an idea (based loosly on his favourite crimson team ;D ) that I modified in to a good, solid graphic logo. Check out the befores & afters below, followed by his business card designs.

alabama crimson tide logo Alabama Crimson Tide Logo — the inspiration for my Papa’s design

My Papa’s rough sketch idea of what he wanted for his logo. AR-15’s make the “A” (get it, ’cause he sells gun parts?? Ha!)
The final logo design. Pretty sharp, eh? :D

Here are the flyers…the original (eep!) plus the redesign, & then the top portion which I’ll make the main banner on his website (right now I’m just using a simple basic WordPress….DON’T JUDGE!)

The original was one from a friend
who also does the same thing..
I got my Papa to get his own site, thank goodness!!

The final…much more clean…and “Manly” lol!

Now obviously, I’m not being paid to endorse this or anything…I’m just sharing what I’ve been doing. I don’t think anyone who reads this is interested in laser etched gun parts, but HEY if you are, obviously check his stuff out, or if you know anyone who would be, send them his way! xD (I am, like, the best daughter EVER…rofl!!)

Lastly…& this is the best…check out these super sexy business cards….mmmm-mmm!!

The original…its, like, a Vistaprint basic one…just…just, no… 

The front side…mmmm!
Ooooh! Lookit that backside! Ow-ow! 

And here they are all “made-up” like….mmm-mmm! So shmexy. :D
(Am I tooting my own horn too much, here?)


SO, that’s what I’ve been up to! I’ve got a few more posts coming y’all’s way, but we don’t have the interwebs for now (we’re doing one of those “tech diets” or whatever the kids call ‘em nowadays…) so it’s libraries & Starbucks wi-fi for me…! xD Ah, well…

What do you kids think? Exciting stuff? 
I’ll share some of my other logo designs I’ve done soon!

Have yourselves a wonderful Valentine’s weekend & President’s Day as well!!

— Elise M. Gross


Return of the Holidays

custom didjya did you miss me photo image banner picture chevrons arrows titleWell hey there, guys. This seems to be a pattern: after Geek month I disappear for a month! :O

I’ve decided I can’t have that again – since it gets so busy around this time of year, I’m going to work with this scheduler-thingy to get stuff up in advance — I already have some Halloween posts ready & scheduled for next year. Yeah, I’m that ready. Honestly? I had completely intended on posting it this year, but…well, busy. Life. All that.

Also, I’m thinking I’ll semi-convert this blog from a solely DIY/Crafting/Geekery blog to a DIY/Crafting/Geekery/Lifestyle blog…don’t be scared, it just means I’ll be posting a little more about the random things I do or experience, instead of forcing myself to always have to come up with “crafty shabangs” for y’all. Again, though, no worries, as I’ll still post plenty of more crafty/geeky goodness, I’ll just have a little more of my life thrown in the mix, which hopefully means I’ll be able to post more often!

They* say that you learn a lot, & make a LOT of mistakes the first few years you start blogging, especially if you plan on doing things such as I’ve done. Well, I have DEFINITELY learned a LOT, & there are some pretty awesome bloggers out there I hope to be even a fraction as awesome as (as ever, looking at you, Sev!)
    *Seriously, Google it!

With all that thrown out there, I just wanted to let y’all know I’m still alive, just been busy making gifts, food, running around, shopping, trying not to stress…you know, holiday stuff. >.<

Fun Fact of the Day courtesy of ThinkGeek's twitter! xD

Fun Fact of the Day courtesy of ThinkGeek’s twitter! xD

Some pretty stellar news, though!! After, like, 7 years of not seeing my family for the holidays, I finally get to go “home” to see them!! (Home = Las Vegas, where my family is from.) Wooooo! This will also be the first time I’m going home since I turned 21, too, so I’ll actually be legal to gamble & drink while there…that’ll be nuts! Hoho!

Expect many photos of that adventure, for certain..! In the coming weeks, I’ll be posting photos of the stuff I’ve been up to since September, like when I got to go visit the AWESOME exhibits at the Perot Museum, or when we celebrated Friendsgiving, our annual trip to have Cheeseburgers with Baby Jesus, & plenty of crafting/gift making posts thrown in.

On another note, I’ve dicovered the joy/sorrow of Reddit…needless to say…oh my…. My name on there is egcom, so feel free to hit me up! So far, my fave subreddit is /r/TrollXChromosone …those ladies are hilarious, mean, & nice all rolled in to one. <3 I also seem to enjoy the /r/RPG subreddit a lot as well. Some supremely talented people in that place; if you play RPG table-tops I highly recommend y’all check it out.

Lots of love finding ones own people. xD

Also, regarding Twitter, I generally post fairly regularly there, so also check that out @CheekyGeeksBlog. You can hit up my Facebook, too, though that’s not as regular as Twitter.

Alright kiddos! See you soon! :D
— Elise M. Gross

P.S. I’ll have some freebie goodies this Friday!! Hint: Holiday Printables!!! [wiggle dance]