New Awards, Blog Trains and Updates

Hello everyone. It's me again. Sorry for the lack of posting the last two days. I didn't have very much computer time lately. I had to take Mike into the ER Wednesday morning for a severe allergic reaction to some medication he was given by a Dentist he went to see on Monday. He had a tooth go bad in a big hurry last Thursday and they gave him Clindamyacin, which he is allergic to Penicillin. Not to worry though, he is doing okay. He just looks like he has a really bad case of measles mixed with chicken pox, all at the same time. I have just been keeping an eye on him and spending time with him through this very uncomfortable time. He should be all better by this weekend.

Speaking of which, I have another blog train coming up for you on Saturday, February 1st, for the ADSDesigner's Chocolate Cherries Blog Train, and another one on Valentines Day for the Valentines Convoy for Twisted Convoys. So I have 2 more freebies coming up for you, plus, a bunch of Brag Books and Album Pages.

I have some other really great news, but that will have to wait until this weekend. Sorry.

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to get much of anything else done, but I am slaving away, working on it as you read this later this morning. I won't make any promises on when I will post again, though. You probably have a pretty good idea by now how things work in the land of chaos. I will get it posted when real life allows me to. I have stopped trying to plan in advance and set schedules and time tables, it just doesn't work. Something always gets in the way. Not that I am complaining mind you, just being realistic about it. I definitely will be posting the freebie before Saturday morning, that you can count on.

In other news, it won't be long now before we hear the pitter-patter of tiny little feet. LOL. Another week and a half and Roxy will have PUPPIES. She is starting to get big and looking awkward.

Also, I am going to be making some changes to my blog background, so please bear with me. I have changed my blog background before, but from templates. This time, I am going to be creating and posting my own background, so it could get interesting. I am hoping it goes smoothly.

Now, on to the blog awards. Well, it is actually only one, but was given to me by two different designers, Elemental Pixie and Bits N Bobs.

The rules on this award are a little bit different.

1. Put the logo on your blog or post
2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude
3. Link to your nominees within your post
4. Let them know that they have recieved this award by commenting on their blog
5. Share the love and link to this post with the person from whom you recieved your award.

That sounds easy enough, so.... I am going to pass this on to. . .

Foxy and Impy

Congratulations ladies and enjoy.

Well, time for me to take off again. Time for me to wake Mike up so's he can go to work. LOL. I have been at work all night long and still not done. Oh well, I am getting closer. Talk to you all later. Take care. TTFN.

Thank You

I wanted to take a minute and say Thank You to everyone that visited my blog this weekend, for all of the wonderful comments (I am blushing) and all your well wishes. It warms my heart to see how many visitors stopped by, the number of downloads, and the amount of comments I received. I must be doing something right.

And just to let all of those who left comments know, your well wishes are working. The bite is finally healing quite nicely. It is about like a bee sting now, still hurts a little, but itches too. LOL.

Chelcey has a new layout on her blog. She is working on a bunch of layouts for Tracy, right now. I will post some of them here with a link to the rest on her blog later this afternoon. Got to take off for right now and get some work done. TTFN.

Winter Convoy Freebie and an Update

I am running behind. Sorry guys. I was going to post my portion of the Winter Convoy last night, but my son was borrowing my computer for a few minutes and I went and laid down to wait for him to get done. I know that doesn't sound like a real good excuse, but I have been putting massive amounts of time in on the computer working on several different projects and a lack of sleep. I worked on the computer from about 4 pm Sunday, until about 9 pm Tuesday evening, straight, with maybe 2 hours sleep. Then, I was on the computer again from about 10 am Wednesday until about 9 pm last night again, straight, with maybe 2 hours sleep yesterday afternoon. I was exhausted last night. Brandon was supposed to come and let me know when he was done with my computer, but I guess he decided to let me sleep instead. So, here I am 4:30 in the morning, finally posting what I should have done last night.

Some other quick news before I get down to business.

I guess at some point in time while I was working on formatting my computer and putting everything back on it, I got bit by a spider on the top of my ankle. I was so busy working, and probably tired, too, that I did not notice a spider had crawled up on my ankle and bit me. My ankle was so stiff and sore the next day, I thought maybe I had resprained my ankle or chipped a bone. I already have massive amounts of Osteoarthritis in that ankle from being fractured, twice in one year, so I didn't think much of it other than icing and Tylenol. About 2 in the morning yesterday morning I got to looking at it and realized it was swollen and red with a funny looking spot right in the middle that was starting to turn purple. It is so swollen and tight, it is hard to move my ankle.

Well, needless to say that is when I realized it was a spider bite, possibly from a Hobo Spider. So, I am keeping an eye on it, put alcohol on the bite, taking Tylenol for the fever and antibiotics to help prevent a secondary infection from the venom, since I am so prone to infection and unable to fight it off. It doesn't look like I will need to go in and have anything removed, since the neurotoxins in a Hobo's bite can break down the tissues and cause them to deteriorate, causing something close to flesh-eating disease. I had a freind of mine I used to work with get bit three times on her elbow, before she finally realized what was going on. She ended up having to go to the doctor. I won't gross you out with the gory details, but lets just say it was pretty nasty. She later found out that the spider was hiding on the back of their queen size waterbed headboard, and coming out at night while she was asleep. Eewww. I am going to be tracking the little buggers down and eradicating them, but I have to be careful, with all of the other pets in the house. I don't want to accidentally make them sick, or worse.

On to a better subject. I have great news to share. I recently found out that one of my 'daughters' is getting married to one of my son's friends this June, and another 'daughter' is pregnant and due some time in August, so I am going to be busy making baby clothes, diapers and accessories, Yeah. I am excited and looking forward to being an honorary Grandma.

In other news, it appears that 'Our Little Mommy' is going to be a mommy for real, sometime around February 18th. Roxy is just starting to show, her belly is starting to round out and get plump. I swear I can see her belly grow day by day now that she is starting to show. So, we should be having puppies here in about 2 weeks. I will take lots of pictures of the new members of the family, heehee.

I am trying to get pictures of all of my children with their significant others for Valentines Day, but you know how real life is and doesn't always work out the way we would like it to. LOL. I will post as soon as I have some. We are also in the planning stages of taking all of the children and their significants with us to the McCall Winter Carnival coming up here the first week of February. It is going to be an adventure. So far, we are talking about taking about 10 people. It will take at least 2 vehicles to get us all there. It is the most fun time of the year, outside of Christmas, of course. We go up and spend the day looking at all of the ice sculptures, the massive amounts of snow, and the winter scenery, before we drive back home. I always take lots of pictures every time we go.

I started using Soto's Winter Mine Bracket Album she has posted on her blog at Twisted Scrapper, to create layouts with all of the pictures I have from our Winter Carnival trips. Needless to say, I was on the second rotation through the bracket album, with 40 more pictures to go and decided I needed more pages to choose from for them all. So, rather than pester her to create more, I decided to put my own Bracket Album pages together. That is one of my many little projects to get done, along with everything else. And I am going to be taking more pics here shortly to add to the collection of memories.

I think this year, the memories are going to be even better. It is getting to that point that it may be the last time we are all together, in one household, as a family. There possibly could be a couple more weddings coming up in the future, and I am not sure if I am ready for it. My full-time job for the last 20 years has been to be a mother, and when the children leave the house and your job is done, what is there left for a mother to do when her job is complete? So, I am dealing with those issues, LOL. I think I have done a good job. I mean, it could have been worse. Besides, every one else's children come and hang out at our house to get what they don't get at their own home. That is why I have so many 'children' that call me mom, LOL.

Okay, enough of my blather. I have tortured you long enough this early in the morning. Time to jump on the Convoy, so buckle up and get ready. Since I tortured you so badly with all of my yapping, LOL, I am going to give you not 1, not 2, but 3 freebies. So here goes.

I am going to be a little bit of a tease, though, and do a little bit of a plug, too.

The first freebie is a Brag Book I put together with Carolyn's portion of the Winter Convoy from Digi Cyber Scraps. It is a Scallop Album and will fit on the Basic Grey Scallop Album pages, if you so choose. Here is a preview of one of the pages. There are 8 pages in all, 4 fronts and 4 backs. Sorry, I ran out of time with everything that has been going on and haven't gotten my Animation Shop program re-installed yet, so I didn't get a proper preview made. I hope you like it.

Download here.

password is winter.

Next up, I have 2 Bracket Album pages that I created for Laura of Curtisam Creations with her portion of the Winter Convoy. They will fit on the Basic Grey Bracket Album pages, if you so choose. Again, I didn't get a proper preview made of them, so I will show you both pages.

Download here.

password is winter.

And finally, last of all, what you all have been waiting for, I hope. There are 22 papers and over 47 elements included in this kit. Not as many as I would have liked, but I will make up for it with my Valentines kit. Here is a preview of my portion of this Convoy.

Download the Elements here.
Download the Papers here.

password is winter

Here are the links for the rest of the Convoy and a link to go back to the hub, just in case you happen to get lost along the way.

01 - SotoCreations
02 - Curtisam Creations
03 - MoveFearlessly Designs
04 - Bits N Bobs
05 - Damc
06 - WillowRaven at Purple Dragonfly Creations
07 - Desert Bloom Designs - <<< You are Here
08 - Moonlight Scraps
09 - CandysTreasures
10 - JIC Creations
11 - Melinda's designs
12 - Carolyn at Digi Cyber Scraps
13 - Kolor'Scapez
14 - outbackdezigns
15 - Digital Scrap Fun
16 - EA-Gra-Fx by Endora Aphrattos
17 - Elemental Pixie
18 - Supersuzi
19 - Vintage Paris Princess Designs
20 - Willow Grace Designs
21 - Twisted Angel
22 - Foxylady Creations
23 - TammyJo's Creations
24 - Moo's Scraps
25 - BlueVelvet DeZigns
26 - Jen
27 - Teri~
28 - Blind Sight Designs
29 - PinkuPixie Digital Designs
30 - Angel Flower
31 - Angi's Place
Bonus - Crystal's Creations CU Item

The Hub

As you can see, there are a lot of designers and a lot of wonderful contributions to snag along the way. Hope you have your traveling gear ready and have lots of fun picking up these wonderful gifts.

Alright, I think I am done for the time being. Think I will slip back off to bed and get some much needed rest. Take care everyone and enjoy. As always, please leave me some love in the comments section, on 4shared if you can, or send me an email and let me know what you think. And just as a reminder, if you can make a donation to help out with the amount of time and effort I put into these creations, it would be greatly appreciated. Every little bit helps. Thanks guys.

Okay, I will catch you later. TTFN.

Chelcey's Blog

Just to let everyone know, we have Chelcey's new blog set up and running. Alanna's DigiSkrap Designz. I still have a lot of work to do on it, but it is there now with just the basics for now. It may take a little while before all of her info is done. We have one computer at our disposal right now to access the internet, and both of us can't use it at the same time. Not until I can get her a wireless network card. I have to get my post for the Winter Convoy ready, so it will be at least tomorrow before we can get to it. I would really like it if everyone could go check it out and let me know how it looks on different size monitors. We really had to do some doctoring to get it to fit on the screen right and I want to make sure that it looks the same for everyone. You can leave comments for me here or send them to my email address on the right hand side bar. Thank you.


I have been sooo busy, like a mad hatter. LOL. I have lots to report, also. I haven't been around much lately, sorry. I have had so much going on, my head is spinning. Not good, LOL.

Okay, so lets get down to business. First off, I am back up and running, but in a limited capacity. I had to format the hard drive again, not just restore like I did last time. Hopefully, I got the trojan this time. Watch out for this little bugger, it is malicious. It is a trojan downloader that accesses the internet and downloads malicious software onto your computer. The name of it, BTW, is TrojanDownloader:Win32/Bredolab.B That is where all of my issues have stemmed from lately.

So, I have spent all day today going through and formatting and re-installing most of my programs. I still have to get my PSP program registered before I can use it, but it is installed at least. I apparently have misplaced my Microsoft Office program disk somewhere, but that is small beans right now. At least I have my internet back, I thought I was going to go nuts without it. Shows just how addicted I am to the internet to not be able to live without it for one day, LOL.

In other news, it is official, I am now a CT also for Carolyn of Digi Cyber Scraps and Anna of Delicious Scraps. Woohoo, I am so excited and honored to be working with these ladies. Keep your eyes peeled for some new creations I am working on for them.

Also, Tracy has a gorgeous new kit out in her stores at Stone Accent Studios and Treasures To Scrap, called 'A Kiss is Just a Kiss'. Blogger won't let me upload the previews right now, but I will post them just as soon as I can. But you can go to her blog and check it out, tell her I sent you by the way. (You wouldn't believe what I had to do to get this preview in here.)

Linda of Tirza's Treasures has some new kits out in her store at Scrapping Out Loud. You've got to go check it out.

Anna of Delicious Scraps has a new store, Delicious Scrap Shop, and a new kit called 'Sweetest Love' with a freebie add on, also. You really need to go and check it out. She has put a lot of hard work into it and done a wonderful job. I wish I could upload the previews to show you.

And I have a bunch of Braket Album Pages for Carolyn of Digi Cyber Scraps, but I can't show you those, because the kit has not been released, yet. . . but soon.

I have more CT news for you too. I am so excited, I am bouncing in my seat. LOL. I told you a while back that my daughter had finally given in to the scrapping bug and started creating layouts, also. Well, she has been bitten by the bug and applied for a few CT positions. And, *drum roll please*, she is now a CT for Tracy of Ambowife, also. *Yay* So, we definitely get to work as a team for Tracy.

She is jumping for joy and chomping at the bit for mom to get some of her layouts posted. LOL. I keep trying, but something always manages to get in the way. So, we have decided it would be best all the way around if she had her own blog. A little less confusing and less congestion that way. We will still be working as a team and I will still post some of her layouts here for everyone to see, and her Quick Pages she offers up as freebies, with a link to her blog for download. Then she can have control of her own blog and posting her layouts when she wants to. I think that will be simpler and not doubling my work load. Teehee. I will post a link to her blog as soon as we get it set up and ready. Wish me luck, I am going to need it.

Oh, and just as a reminder, the Winter Convoy is just around the corner. So come back on the 24th with your tennies handy and be ready to snag lots of goodies. I hope to have all of my little extras done by then, here's crossing my fingers that dear little computer doesn't have a stroke on me in the process. Here is a sneak peek of my portion of the Convoy.

(You wouldn't believe what I had to do to get it here.)

I am also working on my portion of the Valentines Convoy, and it is going to be HUGE. I may have to split it up into smaller sections to pass out at different times. AND, I am also working on another kit all my own, no outside influence on this one. I decided I wanted to create my own blog background so that I can get it to look the way I would like it. In order to do so, I need to create the papers and elements to use for it. So, since I need to create a kit, to create my blog background, and blinkie, finally, I decided I would put it together as a scrap kit. So that is 3 kits coming up in the near future from me. I am not sure when it will be available. At this point, I really need to concentrate on some other responsibilities I have been letting slide for way too long. But I will post it as soon as it is finished and uploaded.

I have even more goodies for you, too. Remember I said a while back that I was thinking about doing a few CU items? Well, I very recently learned how to record and edit scripts to make them interactive for other users. I have a couple of them in mind, just need to find the time to sit down and do it. Then, I will offer the first ones up as freebies, also. See, I told you I had a lot going on. LOL.

OKAY, I think that about covers everything. Time for me to take off and crawl into bed and see if I can get some sleep. I pulled two all-nighters in a row Sunday and Monday night. Not good. Sign me up for insomniacs-r-us. ROFLOL. Later guys. TTFN.

2 New Awards

Sorry it has taken me a few days to get to this. I suddenly came down with a bout of stomach flu yesterday and am just now getting to feeling better.

Woohoo, I have received 2 new awards. I am shocked and thrilled all at the same time.

The first award is from Poppy of Popcorn Alley. Thank you so much Poppy. She has a LOT of totally gorgeous kits available on her site. I know, I have almost all of them. You need to go check it out, and tell her I sent you.

Now, on to passing this award on. I know it usually is passed on to only 5 other designer's, but the choices are just too hard and I think that everyone on this list deserves it, sooo... I am going to pass it on to as many as I can think of off the top of my fragile little brain, and hope I don't leave someone out by accident.

First up are all of the Designers Creative Teams that I am on.

Tracy of Ambowife Designs
Linda of Tirza's Treasures
Carolyn of Digi Cyber Scraps
Anna of Delicious Scraps

Next, I would also like to pass this award on to SEVERAL other designers that I visit and admire. They are in no particular order of favoritism, just how they pop in my head.

Starfire Designs
Kolor 'Scapez
Twisted Scrapper
Wench Designs
Debbies Digi Digest
Bits and Bobs
Twin Mom Scraps
Whisprddreamz designz
Fall3n Angel Scrapz
Memories Made Easy
Whispy's D'zines
Scrappy Redhead
Laurie Made Me Scraps
Baby Cakes Scraps
Scrappin Cop
Blue Dream Designs
Annie's Digital Things
Stolen Moments
Flower Scraps
Annie's 4 Corners
Purple Dragonfly Creations
Teri's Scrappin' Playtime
Willow Grace Designs
Sweet Blossom Designs
Distinctively Auri Scraps
Witchy's Scrap Dezignz
CuddleBeez Scraps
Kimmies Kreations
Candy's Treats
Tizzys Angel
Creations by Jo
Misfits Scrapz
Clarey's Designz
Heavens Designz
Candys Treasures

All of these ladies have awesome talent, work really hard and create beautiful designs, and I feel they all deserve this award. I hope I didn't miss anyone. If I did, I apologize, and consider yourself counted among the many.

The second award comes from Candys Treasures. She was really sweet in passing this award on to me. Not sure if I deserve it just yet, though, LOL. Thank you.

I can only pass this on to 5 other designers, and again, it was a hard decision, but I am going to pass it on to those I feel are the most giving of themselves, their time and their talent, though all on the above list deserve this award.

Tracy of Ambowife Designs
Carolyn of Digi Cyber Scraps
Anna of Delicious Scraps
Soto of Twisted Scrapper
Kolor 'Scapez

Thank you ladies for everything you do.

Fixed Link

A big thank you to Barb for letting me know that the Holly Jolly papers download was still asking for a password. I could have swore I took that stupid thing off, but apparently it didn't work. I think I have it corrected now, but if not, the password is jolly.

I will be back early tomorrow morning with a huge post and lots of info with the latest goings on. See you then. TTFN.

Introducing a New Designer and a Freebie

Woohooo, I did it. I am soooo excited. I have a new designer in the family. My daughter has finally decided to follow in my footsteps and start designing layouts of her own. She has been watching me create layouts for years, and finally has become interested enough in creating for herself. She is not taking over for me, but creating designs of her own in addition to what I create. Yea.

So, now we are a team. I am so excited.

Here is a look at her latest one, a quick page, which she has also decided to offer up as a freebie download. Layout was created with a pic of Chelcey's BFF Reyna, one of my other 'daughters'. Kit used for this layout is 'Seductive Grunge' by Lisa of Sophisticated Scraps, Chelcey's favorite designer.

Here is what the Quick Page looks like without the picture in it.

Download Quick Page here.

Since she is just starting out, she does not have a TOU yet. All of her creations are for personal use only, no commercial use allowed. Please do not claim as your own. Credit will always be given to the designer of kits used.

Okay, we are off to go do some more designing and creating. Will be back later this afternoon with more. Please leave her some love and let her know what you think. TTFN.

FINALLY.... Holly Jolly Add On Freebie

I finally got it done. Paint shop Pro cooperated this time and I got the preview finished.

Kit Contains:

16 background papers
1 frame
2 Christmas ornaments
2 Diamond Bows

The elements were hand scrapped by me, no CU items used this time. The background papers were created using some free to use tubes and tiles, listed in the credits included in the zip file.

Download from 4shared here.

I hope you enjoy and happy downloading. As always, please leave some love in the comments, at 4shared or via email and let me know what you think. And just as a reminder, if you really enjoy my creation and can, please make a donation so that I can continue to offer out freebies. Thank you and God Bless.

News and Updates

I figured I had better hurry up and post something, before everyone thinks that I have disappeared. Life has been hectic and chaotic for us once again, or should I say, still. I am trying hard to fight the negativity around me, but it gets difficult at times. Mike's mom had to spend the day in the ER day before yesterday and spent the night in the hospital under observation.

She has congestive heart failure and every once in a while, her heart will go out of rhythm. This time was the worst it has ever been. She has what is called Atrial Fibrillation, where the electrical impulses to the heart will get mixed up and cause her heart to beat out of sequence. Kind of feels like a mild heart attack and is brought on by stress. I am thinking that it was brought on because she recently went in and had her annual mammogram and they called her and wanted her to come back in to repeat it and do an ultrasound, all without telling her why. I think she stressed herself out about it and brought on this latest episode. I can't blame her though, under the circumstances.

Chelcey is staying with her until Saturday or Sunday to keep an eye on her and make sure she settles down and takes it easy and doesn't do anything she isn't supposed to. Chelcey is her home health nurse and has all of her qualifications and requirements under her belt. She knows what to watch for and to contact me ASAP if something comes up and needs my attention right away, so I am not too worried unless I get a call. Chelcey is the 3rd generation of nurses in our family, Mike's mom, me and now her. With her there keeping an eye on mom, I should be able to concentrate and focus on getting some other things done around the house now.

I was gone all day Tuesday and was up until about 7 am Wednesday. I slept for a couple of hours, until mom called to say she was ready to go home. I was up the rest of the day yesterday, but just didn't get much done. The kitchen was yelling at me with dishes piled high, the laundry was screaming at me and my computer was whining. It took me most of the day yesterday to wade through all of my emails and send replies, etc. The kitchen is no longer mad at me, I did 3 loads of dishes this morning and made a dent in the laundry pile in the wash room, so I feel a little better about that.

The worst part is that I have not had a chance to work on all of my projects and get them finished. I started working on the preview for the Holly Jolly Add On, then I couldn't find my Mura's Cylinders filter. Once I found it and started working on the preview, PSP died on me and shut down, so now I will have to start all over again. And I was hoping to have it finished and posted by tonight. It doesn't look like that is going to happen, though. Hopefully, I will have it done, zipped and uploaded to 4shared tomorrow morning. The other parts of Holly Jolly that I wanted to do are just going to have to go bye-bye. I have the Winter Convoy and Valentine's Convoy coming up and need to start working on them, along with everything else, so it just isn't going to work out. I also have lots of CT layouts to get done and a bunch of Brag Books and Bracket Albums to make for the Winter and Valentines Convoys. Busy, busy, busy.

In other news, I went to my Arthritis doctor's appt. on Monday and found out some good news. It seems I do not have Rheumatoid Arthritis after all, but fibromyalgia. It also explains the tiredness, lack of concentration, memory loss, pain and fatigue of the last few months. No new drugs to take either, it is cured with exercise. I wasn't excited at first, but have done 5 minutes a day on the recumbant bike we have here at home, and it actually helps. A few more days to a week and I should be getting back to my old self, I hope. It will be an improvement, anyway.

Alright, enough of my blather for right now. I just wanted to let everyone know what was going on and why I haven't been around lately. I am really going to try to get some things finished up by the morning or early in the morning and get it posted for everyone. So I am going to take off and try to get some more work done before I hang it up for the night and go to bed. Night all. TTFN.

I Need Some Advice

I don't want to come across as totally blonde here, but, I need some input. I have been looking at other scrap sites and reading there requirements for their stores and, as I am sure everyone who has visited my blog knows, I don't do well with deadlines. So, I am trying to find out either how to create my own store or find one that I can sell at that does not have a lot of requirements. I am totally clueless on how to do this.

Any assistance with this would be greatly appreciated. You can send me an email with info at or

Thank you in advance for any assistance.

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