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About Explodeycakes!

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This is EXPLODEYCAKES!, the graphics and junk journal of dorkdance at LJ. You'll find icons, wallpapers, resources, and the occasional layout tutorial here.



January 17th, 2008


jp -- dorkdance!
Please direct your attention to sparklpocalypse.

July 29th, 2007

So I was lying around in my backyard yesterday, taking pictures of my nephew running around through the sprinkler, and I thought, "Huh. The sky is pretty today." The kid gave me a weird look when I started taking more pictures of my surroundings than of him, but oh well -- cool result nonetheless.

And the images were huge, because my digital camera's resolution is so high. Which means good image quality for y'all, I guess, even though I resized them from closer to 3000px wide, down to 1024x768px. If you can use them, feel free; just don't crop them down and re-post them as your own [I expect not to recognize them if you recycle them into your own resources, dammit!] because that ain't cool.

Click to download *.zip.

Please comment if you download these, so I can track bandwidth. And, y'know. Credit would be cool. Thanks!
Because with the ginormous amounts of anticipation, and then the actual reading of the book I was pretty much a Potter zombie. Ke-razy stuff, yo. Anywho. Icons! :D Not a ton, because you know me -- I'm incapable of huge batches. There are some Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ones included [actually, to be frank, the majority of them are DH-related] so spoilerphobes, beware.

19 Harry Potter [SPOILERS for book 7]
2 Supernatural
2 Random Text-Only


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May 16th, 2007

And no, I haven't fallen off the face of the earth, icons-wise. School just has this tendency to creep up on you and try to eat you alive, y'know? I guess procrastination probably has something to do with that... anywho. New [oldish?] batch of icons today. Some challenge entries, some random stuff that I made while I was trying to make challenge entries... same-old, same-old.

30 Supernatural [includes challenge entries]
03 JC Chasez


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April 10th, 2007

Finally, about two weeks after LJ ate my original icons/graphics resources post [and about a month after I posted the original], I've completed version #2 of this sucker. Phew! It's not quite as dial-up safe as it once was, as I've revamped the whole tutorials section. In addition to using 77words' icon table generator, I avail myself of a whole slew of resources that are created specifically for iconmakers.

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March 21st, 2007

[DUN DUN] run away... Yeah, I'm a dork. But at least I'm a dork who makes icons, eh? These were fun. A couple of them are complete coloring experiments. Otherwise, they're pretty standard.

09 Supernatural [includes one pretty spoilery 2x14 icon]
06 Justin Timberlake
03 Zooey Deschanel
03 Hayden Christensen
03 Miscellaneous


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March 19th, 2007

It's been like, a year since I made seamless tiling patterns. I was a little rusty, but the end result turned out kinda pretty.

There are a few in this batch that, well. They're not your average patterns. One's very scribbly, two others are hand-drawn in PS and then filtered like crazy. I'm hoping they'll be useful to someone.

Click to download *.zip.

Commenting is absolutely necessary if you download these, because it really helps me to track my bandwidth. Credit is love.

A couple of examples of pattern use in icons. One full Photoshop tutorial and a hint or two.Collapse )

March 18th, 2007


misc -- rock on!
Yes, I realize I could have included these in yon icon post, but that like... made sense. Who wants that?

Anywho. There aren't enough grayscale grungy textures in the world, right? I mean, obviously, because I had to make some. Even though, you know. Everyone has already. But whatever! They're pretty.

Click to download *.zip.

Please comment if you download these, so I can track bandwidth. And, y'know. Credit would be cool. Thanks!

Image sources: tome 213, doortenj, and coutinho at stock.xchng.


misc -- lola rennt nicht.
That title is totally not as random as it seems. I figured, given the subject matter, the title should be a nautical phrase or word of some sort, so. ::cough:: Icons!

09 Lola Rennt
09 Titanic
06 Queer as Folk
06 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End [SPOILERS]
03 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest


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March 13th, 2007

18 Justin Timberlake: 'What Goes Around...'
09 Supernatural [including challenge entries]
06 OZ Beecher/Keller
03 Miscellaneous


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