Just a Quick Note

I wanted to post a quick message and let everyone know I am still here. I also want to thank everyone who downloaded my latest kit and all of the wonderful comments. Thank you. It made my day and made me feel special.

I also want to apologize for not being around a lot lately. I have been suffering with a terrible head cold for the last week and trying to get better. My immune system does not let me fight off germs, virus' or infection very well, and nothing I can do about it. I have checked with several different doctors, and none of them seem to have a suggestion for me. So, I stay home and try to avoid situations where I might come in contact with germs, bugs and virus'.

My doctor suggested that I get a flu shot to try and keep me from catching it this year, and I turned to him with a horrified look and asked him if he was nuts, or what. Intentionally introduce something into my body to make me sick, are you kidding? I don't think so! Not unless I want to die and I don't think I am ready for that, yet, so I think I will take a pass.

Anyway, I tried the homeopathic and herbal route for a while and it didn't work, so I finally broke down and bought some over the counter meds. We will see how that works. When you get to the point that it feels like your face is going to fall off from all of the sinus pressure and your head hurts constantly and can't think straight for more than a few seconds, it is time to do something about it. I am not a big baby, I have a pretty high pain tolerance. But when it gets to where you can't sleep, (I'm not kidding, 6 hours in the last 72) because you can't breathe from blocked airways, you get desperate and will do almost anything so that you can breathe again. I took some Nyquil and am hoping that will help me get some sleep tonight and wake up refreshed in the morning and can get back to work. So much to do and so little time left before the deadline.

I am working on several different projects. Can't let you in on all of them, because then it wouldn't be a surprise. I have 3 new kits coming up in the next few weeks and some surprise CU freebies. So keep your eyes open and check back often.

Time for me to trundle off to bed and try to catch some of those long-awaited zzzz's. Roxy is beside me looking at me like, 'are you ready yet'? So I am off. I will try to be back tomorrow with a sneak peek of some upcoming items. TTFN.

New Layout and a Freebie

Sorry I am late posting today. I had internet issues this morning and it took me 2 hours to fix it.

Today is the day. It is finally here. So, pull up a chair, grab your smokes if you need them, a cup of coffee or tea, (or whatever you prefer to drink), maybe a box of Kleenex (if you don't need one, can you pass me one) and sit a spell. This is going to be a long post. There is a long explanation behind this, so please bear with me and I hope you enjoy.

The name of my new kit is called 'A Father's Legacy'. It was inspired by a few different circumstances. The first was a layout challenge on DSP for Meryl's Heritage. One of the participants had an idea for scrapping antique furniture that had been in our families for a long time and who the family member was that owned or made the furniture. At the same time, the SNL scrappers challenge was to do a Masculine Heritage kit, focusing on fastener.

I decided to create a kit dedicated to my dad and combine the two challenges. I didn't get my layout finished in time for the Heritage challenge, this layout has been in the works for over a month. I wanted it to be perfect. The kit was inspired by and created for the only father I have ever known. Just in case you haven't read my earlier posts, my real dad was killed in a car wreck after coming back from Viet Nam when I was a baby. My grandparents raised me, until they adopted me when I was 5 years old, becoming my parents. My real mother then became my sister. It can be very confusing at times.

I loved my dad very much and miss him terribly. He was the greatest influence in my life, my hero and my inspiration. He taught me everything he knew. He had the best sense of humor of anyone I have ever met. Life could never get him down, he just laughed and persevered. He was a carpenter, mechanic and general handy man all of his life. Even after he had his hand blown up by a car tire in the 50's, (crushing every bone in his hand), he exercised his hand daily with a tennis ball to get the use of his hand back. He wasn't supposed to ever be able to use that hand again, but he did. He never gave up and he never complained.

I lost him in 1997, but he is still with me in my heart. This has been very emotional for me, more so than I thought it would be. This is a big day for me because I can finally debut this kit for everyone to see. I worked very hard on it to make sure it was perfect and reflected my dad's personality. My dad wasn't in to a lot of fancy things. He did with what he had, and if he didn't have it, he would make it. He was very creative and talented, and I like to think that I got a lot of that from him.

The layout I put together hopefully reflects that creativity. He decided I needed a toybox to store my toys in, so he made one. Yes, the pictures are of me sitting in my new toybox, plastic pants and all. LOL.

There is only one element on this layout that was not created by my own hands and that is the journaling tag. Credit for that goes to Anneli Andersson of Attic Treasures. You can download the tags from her blog, Attic Treasures at happy-digiscrapper.blogspot.com.

Okay, enough of my blathering. Without further ado, I give you 'A Father's Legacy'.

This is the original preview for SNL scrappers.

And this is a preview of some of the new items I have added. Not all are shown.
All of the papers are full size and everything is 300dpi. There are 12 papers and 20 elements.

Kit Contains:
12 Background Papers
4 tags
1 bookplate
1 brad
1 brass eyelet
1 brass hinge
3 photo prongs
1 staple
1 hammer
1 old fashioned drill
1 photo frame
4 photo corners
1 word art

Download the papers here.
Download the elements pack here.

I am very nervous and am hoping that you like it. Please leave comments here or on my 4shared account and let me know what you think, like, dislike, problems, changes or constructive criticism. Thanks.

Also, I wanted to take a moment and post a blog blinkie I made for Brenda of Cuddlebeez Scraps. Thank you so much, Brenda, for giving me the opportunity and the wonderful comments on your blog. I am glad you like it. When you have a chance, cruise by her blog and check out her totally awesome kits she has available. They are a must have. Here is her blinkie. Feel free to snag it and post on your blog.

Okay, time for me to take off. Got to dry my face off and go watch the Boise State game. They are ahead, so far. Take care and have a wonderful day.


I apologize in advance for any inconveniences, but I am in the process of updating and fixing some things on my blog. I did not realize until a couple of days ago that my blog blinkies were not working, so I am working on updating those. Have to start all over from the beginning to get them set up right. Also, I guess stupid me did not realize, until just now, that I should be uploading my pics and layouts to photobucket and uploading to my blog from there. I started doing that, but forgot. That appears to be what is lagging my computer so much. So if you notice anything strange in the next little while, that is why.

I'm Back In Business

Hi everyone. I am back. Sorry I have been MIA the last few days. I have had to spend the last few days going through and cleaning out my computer. At this point, I think all of the issues have been resolved and taken care of. I surfed around the net and other blogs most of the day yesterday, and did not have one pop-up the whole time. That is a first. IE is finally leaving me alone, thank goodness. It only took adding another virus protection software, 2 full scans of my computer (at 4 hours each), defragmenting my hard drive and a tune up that took 6 hours to get it accomplished.

During this time, I was accessing my email and other sites through my husbands computer. Unfortunately, I was not able to create any layouts or design any new elements, as my program was on my computer.

I am soooo excited to be back on and am ready to rock and roll now. I have a lot of catching up to do. And a lot of wonderful designs coming up very shortly. The first of which is 'A Father's Legacy', due to be released this coming Saturday. I was working on some new elements to be included in that kit last night and it is really shaping up nicely.

Okay, so a recap of the last few days activities from the land of chaos. My son, Anthony came over for a visit with his new girlfriend a few days ago. She seems to be really nice. Chelcey knows her from school and says she will be really good for him. They seem to be happy. He may or may not be graduating the end of this semester, still not sure yet. They may decide to make him take another semester and finish out the school year in order to graduate, which he is not really excited about. We all sat down and watched the newest 'Indiana Jones' movie, which I thought was way better than what the movie critics rated it. I highly recommend it to anyone who is an 'Indiana Jones' fan that hasn't already seen it. I thought it was just as good at the first ones.

I couldn't kick DH off of the computer Saturday, because BSU was playing a home game on the 'smurf turf'. No way we were going to miss that. It was a hard fought game, but they won 49 - 14, I think it was, and rated 9th in the nation with a winning streak of 9-0. Go Broncos. They have a chance to play in the BCS bowl now. Maybe we will see them in the Fiesta Bowl again.

Anyway, Sunday was a pretty lazy day. I spent all day scanning my computer, removing unneccessary programs, emptying my cache and temporary internet files and then doing the tune-up. That pretty much took all day. Which of course, did not allow me to do anything else on the computer while it was doing that, so it was pretty boring. I have been chomping at the bit to get back on the computer and get busy again. My desk is a mess with all of the clutter. I have about 4 stickie notes full of reminders of what I need to be working on and not able to do it. Which means I guess I better shut up and get down to business. No new layouts or pics to post, for now, and the kits are not finished, yet. I will post them when they become available.

BTW, as a side note, in my wanderings around yesterday and trying to update my blog blinkies, since I did not realize they were not working, yada yada yada, I ran back across a blog I had bookmarked a while back. It is Cuddlebeez Scraps and she has some wonderful kits available. I am using a couple of her kits to help her create a blog blinkie for her blog, at the same time as I am working on one for my own. If you haven't already been there, you need to check it out. I don't just say that lightly either, she has some wonderful creations. Here are previews of her latest kits. Click on the previews and it will take you to her blog where they can be downloaded.

Okay, time for me to say goodbye for now and get back to work. Lots to do. Take care everyone and have a great day.

As Promised, Finally

Today has not been a very good day for me. I got a lot done, as planned, but am a wreck physically and mentally. I was recently diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis throughout my body, but mostly in my spine, so my back is in constant pain and meds do not help with it. I am paying for the last few days bending over and cutting out fabric and sewing scrubs together. Hopefully, tomorrow will be a better day and I will have a better outlook on things. It doesn't help that it has been rainy and gloomy and cold where we are. Winter is starting to set in.

Okay, on to a better subject. I have 3 layouts I created using 'Victorian Grandmother' Kit by Linda of Tirza's Treasures. I have been having trouble trying to post them to my gallery at Stone Accent Studios and Treasures to Scrap accounts, so I am going to post them here for now, until the site issues are resolved and I can get in to post.

The first one is of my real mother on her wedding day. I am not real pleased with the picture, but it is the only one I have and is a newspaper clipping, unfortunately.

This one is of my great grandmother and her parents shortly after they migrated here to the United States from Germany. My great grandmother was born in 1898 and was about 18 months old in this picture.

This one is of my dad's family, (actually my grandfather). This picture was taken shortly after he came back from serving in WWII. He was the second oldest of 12 children and they are all pictured here with my great grandparents.

For this layout, I used 'Bearly Remember' by Tracy of Ambowife Designs. I wanted to change things up a bit for this creation. This is a picture taken of my mother (grandmother) and her brother and sisters around the same time as the previous picture was taken. My mom is on the back row on the left.

Those are the layouts I have been busy creating. I checked my 4shared account today and noticed that my Fall Fruit Freebie is not doing so well, which is understandable with the preview posted. I had decided not to create an additional preview because of the time constraint to get the freebie posted, but have decided to go ahead and post the additional preview for the extras and re-post the freebie.

This is the original freebie preview.

And this is a preview of the 14 extra items included in the kit.

I hope you enjoy and thank you for downloading.

Also, I have decided to post a sneak peek preview of another freebie coming up. I will not be able to post this freebie until Nov. 15th because of rules from a different site. So please check back in around the 15th of November, and it should be available for download.

I have not finished the layout I have planned for this kit, yet, but will get it posted here as soon as I do.

That is all for today. I will be back tomorrow. Take care everyone and have a wonderful day.

Great News

Hi everyone. Just wanted to let you in on some great news. Tracy of Ambowife Designs has her store open at Stone Accent Studios and is having a 50% off sale on ALL of her kits for the next two weeks. Here is a preview of her latest kit, 'Bashful Romance'.

Hurry on over to Stone Accent Studios and check it out. Here is a link to her store.
I haven't had a chance to create any layouts with this kit, yet, but here are some layouts I created with Tracy's 'A Charmed Life', which is also on sale right now.

This layout is of my son Anthony and his sister Chelcey after his latest high school theater performance where he played one of the leads in 'Rumors'. A really great play. It was a riot and all of the actors gave a wonderful performance. I will post some pics from the play at the end of this post.

This is my little mommy, Roxy, and my daughters and her boyfriend, Nick's kitten, Hogarth. Roxy is a miniature pinscher and thinks that she is Hogarth's mother. She has helped take care of him since he was orphaned at about 1 1/2 to 2 weeks old. He is a spoiled little monster.

You should see the two of them play. It looks like they are killing each other at times, but she is a very tolerant and patient mommy. When we ask her where Hogarth is, she will run and find him and then turn as if to say, 'Here he is'. She keeps him occupied and out of trouble, most of the time, until he gets caught on the computer cords. Then it is 'Grandma' to the rescue. He is biting my ankles right now. Poor thing thinks he is more of a dog than a cat, since he has been raised with 3 full grown dogs.

This is him sleeping with his mommy, Roxy.

And Hogarth being a ham with Chelcey's lab, Sam. He is a character. But, then again, all of our pets are characters in one way or another. We call D 'Lilah our insane clown princess, Sam is OFD which stands for Obsessive Fetch Disorder, Roxy is my luggage rat and then we have 4 insane cats, besides Hogarth.

OK, now for the grand finale. Here are some of the pics I took of Anthony's play.

Anthony is the tall one on the left standing up. LOL.

And here he is with Dad and Grandma after the play. What a clown.

This is Anthony and Skylar clowning around afterwards. These 2 were the hit of the show as far as I was concerned.

Oh, wait. I just have to show you a couple of pics I took from our hunting trip a couple of weeks ago. They turned out way better than I thought they were going to.

You won't be able to see them in this picture, but just inside the shadow below the curve of the hill in the foreground are 3 does walking up the hill in a line, right by the arrow. I tried to edit this photo to bring them into focus, but it came out really grainy. I am not sure if you will be able to see them.

This is about as good as it gets. I was just too far away, and they had just walked into the shade. The picture turned out a lot better than I thought, though. I couldn't even see them in the picture viewing it on the camera. It wasn't until we got home and I uploaded the pictures to the computer that I found out that they were definitely there.

And these are pictures of my companion on our little adventure.

She is quite the little adventurer herself, bouncing around on a 4-wheeler all day.

Okay, enough show and tell for this post. I will be back later with some more pics, layouts, a treat and a sneak peak I promised a few days ago. TTFN.

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