Monday, December 15, 2014

New Blog Train: From Paris to New York blog train Christmas Tales and Songs

I saw an invite on a blog to join the from Paris to New York blog train and decided to jump aboard. This is my first trip on the train, but I'm sure it's not my last. The train theme this trip is Christmas Tales and Songs. I love Christmas carols, and based my kit on the many that we sing about the birth of Christ at this time of year.

Stop by at all these stations to receive all parts of the blog train:
Don't forget to check out the previous posts for freebies and a coupon for my store.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

New in the Store

I'm sad that no one took advantage of the coupon a few weeks back. How about another one? Hmmm, just might do that. Perhaps you should keep reading. I know that I'm slow about getting news out. I'm willing to admit I'm not workaholic. I'm more likely to rust out than to wear out. But I still keep plodding along. I do get kits done. It's the promoting that lags. But I do have some new kits in the store and I think you will like them. There's even a Christmas kit. I haven't spent so much time doing Christmas kits, but rather have worked on other kits. I'll have a new winter themed kit coming out the first and I know you'll like it. Now here are the new kits.

First is my Christmas kit, Heart of Christmas. What does Christmas really mean to you. I thought about all the things that Christmas usually means to many people, from a church service to the tree to being home with family to candles and snow, and the Nativity. Those are the things that are the heart of Christmas.

Next is the exciting remake of a previous kit. It has brand new colors, some new elements and papers, and a brand new set of wordarts. I really love the new color palette I used this time. Got A New Attitude anyone? You can get yours in the shop.

  Available here in my Etsy Store

A Moment In Time was originally done for a color challenge, but has now been enlarged and updated a bit. It is still a pretty kit in lovely pastels.

Available here in my Etsy Store

I love the colors in this last kit. It is a very feminine kit, because it's all about being a lady. I'm sure you'll agree you have some photos tucked away someplace that are just prefect for scrapping with She's A Lady.

  Available here in my Etsy Store

Oh, I didn't forget about a coupon. Not at all. From now until January 2, you can purchase any item in my Studio Linda Renee store for 50% off, no minimum purchase required. I admit it, I would like to get a little business, and 50% off is always a bargain. Oh, yes, you need the code: 2014CHRISTMAS50OFF

Happy Shopping!

Color Challenge

Anyone who has been to my blog over the years knows I do like color challenges, especially the ones at the Studio. Way back when it was Stone Accents Studio I got my start there in digiscrapping and designing by doing the color challenges. Boo of Booland Designs was doing them then. Diane of ABDesigns now does the challenge. I don't always do something every month, but this month I got a mini done. You can pick it up here or use the links in the gallery at the Studio.

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Christmas Is Coming…

…quicker that I want it to. I have gifts to make and just a short time to make them, besides working on new kits and bags. Oh, well, what gets done is done and what doesn't will go undone and I refuse to worry about it.

We had a quiet lovely Thanksgiving. Our daughter came and a friend who would have had to sit in a nursing home all day if we hadn't brought him over to our place. Dinner was simple but delicious. Being vegan, we have to be creative. A very low fat diet calls for even more creativity. So I made a pan of vegetable lasagna with tofu instead of cheese. It happened to be quite good. Along with my popular-with-family cranberry relish, a pumpkin pie made with a Grapenuts crust, greens, and bread, it was a filling meal. I'm going to have to think of something different for Christmas dinner entree, though.

I've been working on new Christmas kits for my store. One is completed, and others are in some state of work. I did finish a mini kit for the Pixel Scrapper blog train. Without further ado, here it is.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving, A Freebie and A Coupon

Good Morning, Scrappers. Since this is the week of Thanksgiving in the US, I want to first wish each of you a very Happy Thanksgiving, no matter where you may live, for we all have much to be thankful for. I find these words meaningful: "Ground that has absorbed the rain falling upon it repeatedly and brings forth crops useful to those for whom it is cultivated receives a blessing from God." Hebrews 6:7. We are indeed blessed.

Many are traveling this time of year as well. Our daughter will be coming for the day while our son's family will be heading to his wife's family for the holiday. And wouldn't you know, it's me son calls for advice on how to cook some dish he is contemplating making or to tell me how he has actually cooked something. Actually, he is a very good cook and has been since he was a teen. Daughter can cook, but didn't seem to take to it the way son did. But if you should see her pinterest boards, half of them are cooking. I don't know for sure what I'll be making. Since my husband has had to radically alter his diet (finally!!) it won't be the usual vegan fare we once had, but with the help of some cookbooks, it will be tasty. I have to say that the changes have been a blessing to both of us. He is finally dropping weight and he needs a belt (and probably suspenders) to hold up his pants these days. Not that is a really good thing. His PCP is happy as his last blood work was great. Of course, his cardiologist is still saying he needs a bypass. It will take awhile to show that he doesn't. The won't know the true state of his heart until they do another heart cath, but that won't be for another year at least.

I have put two new kits in the store today. First is the major overhaul of an old kit, Old and Faded. If you have the original kit, released several years ago, you will quickly see a lot of changed have been made. It is now more versatile while still retaining its original vintage style. Heirlooms are wonderful things for families to have. They are reminders of those who came before, sometimes generations before. But with time the old becomes faded. The stories themselves may become faded in the memory. But scrapbookers are preserving those memories, writing down the stories and preserving them for their future generations. Old and Faded is a vintage kit in shades of mauve and green for preserving the memories of the past, the present, and even the future. Write down the stories you remember your grandmother telling you. Add the photos of her that will let you and your descendents put a face with the name and the stories. The kit has 50 elements and 14 total papers, 4 of which are solid colored.

Next is a kit that was inspired by a song that is still popular decades after it was written for a production. You've probably heard it, When You Walk Through A Storm. It's a beautiful song meant to build courage when facing the life's low points. Every one goes through storms in their life. Losses, disasters, pain, ill health, the causes are many. How do you cope with the storms? Do you hold your head up and walk on, knowing that somewhere there has to be a blue sky? Sunshine? A Rainbow? When you are filling out your scrapbook pages, do you concentrate on only the pleasant memories, or do you also record those not pleasant memories as I do? Some have said that life is no bed of roses, but I say it is—because every bed of roses has its many thorns that prick and poke and cut. Here is a kit that gives you all the papers and elements to document the storms of life from the start of the storm to the blue sky at the end. The kit has 65 unique elements, including 6 wordarts/clusters and 12 papers, and 6 solid papers.

Now for the goodies. I do have one freebie for you today, a quick page from When You Walk Through A Storm.

I also have a coupon for you for my Etsy store for your holiday shopping.
Here is the code: SLRBFCM14NOV
The coupon is for 30% off an order of $10.00 or more and is good from now until Nov. 30. And I'm seriously thinking of having another coupon before Christmas.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Thanksgiving and Gratitude

In a day when claiming to be a Christian can bring all kinds of negative responses from the public, I am willing to say I am a Christian. I believe that all good things come from God. I also believe that the things that troubles that enter our lives are permitted by God to draw us closer to Him. God is not evil, the fallen angel we know as Satan is the origin of evil. God has promised that He will make all things work together for good to those who love Him. Out of trouble can come something good, even if we can't see it at the time. While we take one day a year to offers thanks and gratitude, as a Christian, I know that everyday must be a day of thanksgiving for God's blessings to me.

Today I have a new kit in the store, The Grateful Table. I have never done the Digi Hop before, but really liked the color palette. I had been working on a Thanksgiving kit, but it just wasn't coming together. Once I started with this color palette, it just came together. At the end of this post you will find the preview of the mini kit made for the Digi Hop. But first, I want to show you the main kit now on sale at Etsy.

Here is your mini kit:
Click on the preview to download or click here.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

DSD has come and gone

I let it slip away. When I finally thought about it, I knew I could never get anything ready in time. If you read my previous post, you know that I have had personal issues to deal with, plus a few more not blogged about. I'm getting back to business. Now I'm looking forward to Cyber Monday when I do plan to have some things ready to go. I have several kits waiting to go into the store, and a number of freebies to give away. I uploaded some kits a few weeks ago, but haven't advertised them. Well, better late than never, I think. Today I want to introduce you to Distractionitis, Moon River, Fresh Spring Morning, A Bit Old Timey, and My Heart Remembers. While first one is all new, the last four are reworked kits, some very much reworked, including color changes to the palette. So if you have an old version of these kits, I can tell you these are new, improved, and expanded. Let me show you these kits.

This funky kit came as a result of my husband found something in the fridge that didn't belong there. Getting distracted is an age old problem. Notice it's not an old age problem; it affects everyone.You put the milk in the cupboard and the cornflakes in the fridge. Distracted! Mind is somewhere else. I'm sure that everyone has a memory of being distracted and doing something thoughtless. Now you can scrap about it with Distractionitis

I am an Andy Williams fan. I loved the song Moon River. This kit began life as a play along kit in a design contest a couple of years ago. Now updated and expanded, Moon River pays tribute to the song the Williams used as his signature song. Is there a real Moon River? I don't know, but you can sail down this one on a scrap layout any day or night.

Begun as a blog hop mini, Fresh Spring Morning has bloomed into a full size kit. Spring seems rather far away for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, but in reality, it's just a few months away. We just have to get through winter first. In the meantime, why not scrap some of those lovely photos you took last May?

A Bit Old Timey? Some days I feel like that. Just a bit old and timey too. I do love my rocking chair. LOL.

This has been one of my favorite kits since it was originally made for a contest several years ago. It's undergone some changes along the way since then. But I finally had to do something I wanted to do with it—brighten it up. I changed the color palette a bit and what a difference it has made. Of course I've added on and changed some things, and now My heart Remembers is better than ever.

Now I'm doing the old eeny meany miney moe, which freebie do I put up and which one goes in my (hopefully) soon to go out newsletter. I think it will be..............

Ahh, the choice is made. A quick page from Moon River. Not only will it be great from musical photos but travel photos, too. Enjoy!

Speaking of that newsletter (I need the embarrassed smiley right about now for not having sent one earlier) I will be adding a freebie, at least one, to it. I'll give you a look-see. It's another QP, this time from My Heart Remembers.

Hope you'll visit my store and find something you like enough to purchase. And thank you to those who do. And everyone else who visits.