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.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Getting a bit personal

For those who follow my blog, you know that I don't talk a lot about my personal-personal life. The double words are intentional. I'll talk about personal things, but usually not things that are very close and intimately personal. That's what I mean by personal-personal. Well, sometimes the lack of activity calls for some explanation. This has been a stressful week. My DH had a mild heart attack a little over two years ago (see, I don't talk about my personal personal life much) and had a stent put in. That was a wake up call for him to make some changes. But what he made was not enough. This week he had an angiogram which looks at the arteries in the heart wall. He has some major occlusions. The doctors wanted to immediately schedule him for bypass surgery. At least they didn't do what some doctors do and take him immediately to surgery.

Here's a piece of advice: be very careful about signing a consent form that virtually gives the doctor carte blanche to do what he thinks is best. People have awakened to find they'd had major surgery that they weren't expecting without being given an opportunity to consider their options and make an informed decision. If the consent form my husband had to sign had been on that let the doctor take him in and do a bypass, I'd have protested loudly. I believe he would have as well.

With the test time and recovery, then sitting in the cardiac surgeon's office for three plus hours, it was a very long day. We came home and didn't make any decisions. That was on Wednesday. On Thursday, he had decided to not have the surgery, but to make some radical changes in lifestyle. I know that some people will think that's crazy. But how many realize that bypass surgery is only good for a few years before those also clog up. How many of you have watched the documentary or visited the website, Forks Over Knives? Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., MD and Dr. Colin Campbell are the two main doctors in the video who talk about their research into heart disease, it's prevention and reversal. We are going to follow this plan, myself included. It's time to simplify our diet and cut out the oils and sugar. That doesn't mean a tasteless diet. I went to Amazon (where you can watch the video) and ordered three books: Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure, The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook: Over 125 Delicious, Life-Changing, Plant-Based Recipes , and Forks Over Knives - The Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year .They will be worth their weight in gold. We have already made changes. This was the big, very big, wake up call for the hubby.

All of this has kept me busy and stressed the last few days. Not upset-worried-paniced stress, but just the stress that comes with dealing with a new situation. God has given me peace through most of it, though I got a little testy with DH this morning over something minor. It was time to go do something else and quite down. And do a bit of praying. God is never far away.

I had finished and uploaded my mini for round 2 of the designer contest before all this testing, etc. started. I just didn't get it posted here on the blog. I haven't uploaded new kits to my Etsy store either. They're waiting on my HD for upload. I plan to get them up next week. As for round three, it's started but will it get finished, I don't know. I have my son coming in tonight, and my daughter coming by on Monday. So we'll see how it goes.

Here's the preview for round 2 mini. The download is not longer available, and I have turned the mini into a full size kit which will soon be available in my store at Etsy.

Friday, September 19, 2014

More on the desiger contest

Today the poll went up at the Studio to vote for best (favorite, whatever) kits in the designer contest. I doubt that I'll vote. I almost never do. And I never win, but this time around, I'm not really caring whether I come even close to winning. I've already struck out three times. The fourth time is surely not going to make a difference. So, if you are already a member at DSS, head over and vote if you wish. I always say to vote for what you like best, not for someone who asks you to. In the meantime, I'm also working a layouts for the build-a-book challenge which I don't expect to finish nor, of course, win. The winners (3) will get their books printed. But what do you know? Yesterday I got an email from Joannes with a coupon code to get a free 8x8 book printed. Okay! I have until November to use it. I can get pages done by then I think.

I also enjoy the digi dectective, looking for a new kit each week. If you find it and send the correct guess to Min (the designer hosting the challenge) you win the kit. I've won several kits over the last couple of years playing DD, two so far this year, and a third and fourth coming. And there's still another week to go.

As far as the contest goes, we'll see how next week goes. The instructions go up on Saturday, but that is the Sabbath and I'll be in church. I will find out what they are Saturday night, then go from there. I like the challenge of having a set of directions to follow. Don't forget to go grab the freebies. There are a lot of them in the contest gallery with two more challenges to go.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Designer Contest at theStudio

After sitting it out for three years, I'm doing it again. Probably a little crazy, but I'm not stressed about it this year. After three years of striking out, I don't expect anything different this time. I'm just enjoying it. Actually, it has a way of motivating me. Lately, I've been making more time for prayer and Bible study, and I know that I am reaping the rewards. I am realizing that I have so many blessings I need to be thankful for. The mini kit I made for this week's designer challenge is about blessings. I call it blessed. You can find the download links only at DSS. Preview is linked to the gallery.

I also have made a quick page with the kit. You can download it her on my blog. 4shared or Sendspace.

I also contributed to the member mega. You can download my portion here. Be sure to check the gallery at DSS for other contributions.
4shared or Mediafire

Sunday, August 31, 2014

If it's the First, then it's blog train time again.

It's time for the Pixel Scrapper blog train. This month's theme was At the Fair. I'm not much of a fair goer. I haven't attended a fair in I can't remember how long. I have liked state fairs in the past, but these days I just don't want to bother with the traffic. So I don't go. Not being very fair savvy any more, I made a generic kit with tags and tickets and papers and frames and such that you can use with other kits in the blog train to fill out a page. The folder tabs are in both png and psd layered. Recolor however you need. Everything is in one zip file.

Download at 4shared
Download at mediafire

The list of other contributions to the blog train can be found Pixel Scrapper.