Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Last Chance for Awesome Mega Kit - FREE!

The month of March has been an awesome birthday celebration at PixelGypsyDesigns.com, and I thought I'd send out a "last call" reminder for anyone who hasn't grabbed the beautiful  Wishes & Whimsy Mega Collab Kit. This kit is *free* with any purchase of just $1 or more at PGD. I love the kit - it is loaded with papers and elements perfect for birthday celebrations, and yet useful for so much more. Here's a preview of the kit - don't miss this, the offer ends today!

Friday, March 27, 2009

My *first* Gypsy Girl LO!

Well, I saw the brand new kit *just* being released today at PixelGypsyDesigns.com and knew I had to scrap something with it!  Here is my layout, "A Real Family Heirloom" - I just love it!

A Real Family Heirloom

Alpha by Ami Collofello from Table Scraps at PixelGypsyDesigns.com
Handle, tile, tomato, & onion by Ami Collofello from Table Scraps Element Pack at PixelGypsyDesigns.com
Papers by Ami Collofello from Table Scraps Vol. 2 Paper Pack at PixelGypsyDesigns.com
Paper by Sherrie Piegdon from Paper Bazaar Damasks at PixelGypsyDesigns.com
Tin stars by Elise Hansen from Cowboy Cool at PixelGypsyDesigns.com
Alpha by Sherrie Piegdon from Urban Edge at PixelGypsyDesigns.com

Fonts: CK Academia, Southern Accent Belch

This kit collection includes an alpha, an element pack, and two paper packs. The really *awesome* part is that today is Fantabulous Friday on PixelGypsy and that means all new products are 30% off, so you can get this collection for a really fantastic price if you grab it today!

Here's a preview of the entire collection - click it to see the items at PGD:

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Woohoo! I'm a Guest Gypsy Girl!

That's right...a Guest Gypsy Girl! For the next several weeks I will have the thrill of creating layouts for the fantastic designers at PixelGypsyDesigns.com!

You might remember the special layout I did for the "I Love PGD Challenge" a couple weeks ago:

Well, that is what won me a spot on the PGD Creative Team! I and another gal, Teri, shared the honor of winning the challenge contest. Woohoo!  Here's my new blinkie from PGD:

So keep an eye out for some new layouts featuring *even more* great stuff from PGD! :D

Monday, March 23, 2009

Aaron Is... ~ Digital Scrapbook Layout

I'm working on a few layouts for the Creative Team I'm on, and really enjoyed creating this one of my son Aaron. (I've fixed the link to the larger version - it should work now.)

Aaron Is...

Aaron Is...


...our son

We are so blessed to have you in our life!

All items by Inspired Mommie Designs from Forever And A Day at PrettyScrappy.com

Fonts: Times and Times Again, Tagettes, Castellar, Chocolate Box, Sybil Green, Carrington, DJumble, Candy Bits BT, Cry Kitty, 2Peas Drama Queen, Auburn

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Irish, Heritage, & Navy Layouts To Share

Hi all! Well, after being incredibly busy the first half of this month, I have finally had some time to do some digi scrapping - woohoo! So I have a few layouts to share with you today.

The first two are very GREEN - in honor of March's St. Patrick's Day...


*All from PixelGypsyDesigns.com*
Rectangle Design Template by Sherrie Piegdon
Button, striped bow, glitter heart, & green glitter from Wishes & Whimsy Collab
Papers by Sherrie Piegdon from Corrugated Autumn
Frame by Elise Hansen from Cowboy Cool
Papers by Sherrie Piegdon from Mari's Rustic Lane
Leaves by Amanda Carlson from Sweet Child of Mine
Leaves by Abish Allen from My Garden
RicRac, & papers by Elise Hansen from Touchdown
Frame by Sherrie Piegdon from Artisian Frames

Fonts: Crazy Milktop Girl, Sherwood, Carrington, Papyrus


LUCKY. The word
doesn’t even begin

to describe how

I am
to live herein the woods

of North Idaho
surrounded by
& a gorgeous view,

& the serene beautyof

all around me.

at PixelGypsyDesigns.com
Alpha by Elise Hansen from Letterman Alpha at PixelGypsyDesigns.com
Papers by Sherrie Piegdon from Serene I Papers at PixelGypsyDesigns.com
Felt shamrock by Jennifer Fletcher from March Daily Download at ScrapOutsideTheBox.com
Leaves & fern by Petra Thomas from Falling Leaves at PixelGypsyDesigns.com
Twine frame, burlap scraps, & branch by Sherrie Piegdon from Mari's Rustic Elements at PixelGypsyDesigns.com
Stitches & holes by Amanda Carlson from Just Stitches at PixelGypsyDesigns.com

Fonts: 2Peas GG Mix, CK Wanted, Fleur Corner Caps, Kelt

Then a heritage page...


My moma, grandma, & uncle on a sled in the snow at Christmastime 1952.

Paper & alpha by Amber LaBau from My Life at StolenMoments.blogspot.com
Knotty ribbon, newspaper flourish, & worn mats by Sherrie Piegdon from Twilight Elements at PixelGypsyDesigns.com

Font: Milk & Cereal

And our son, Justin...


March 11, 2009

Confirmation of Enlistment
I, Justin Cruse, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend
the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic;
that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same;
and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States
and the orders of the officers appointed over me,
according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
So help me God.

Paper & tab by Ami Collofello from Old Fashioned Charm at PixelGypsyDesigns.com
Photo mask by Leisa Hennesey from Photo Masks at Naturespixel.com
Paper & mesh by Elise Hansen from Touchdown at PixelGypsyDesigns.com
Wire fencing by Sherrie Piegdon from Mari's Rustic Lane at PixelGypsyDesigns.com

Fonts: Cornerstone, Bergamo-Caps

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

PGD How Do I Love Thee? :D

I had some fun doing this layout - it's all about WHY I love PixelGypsyDesigns.com! Remember, you can click on the image to see it larger at my PGD Gallery.

Pixel Gypsy
How Do I Love Thee?
Let Me Count The Ways!

10. Fantabulous Fridays!
9. Fun & informative GYPSY JOURNAL newsletter!
8. Fun to follow BLOG!
7. Awesome contest prizes!
6. Oh-so-challenging digi challenges!
5. NON-expiring digi downloads!
4. Wonderful, genuine praise & input in the GALLERY!
3. HIGH-quality, beautiful digi products!
2. Those awesome Wednesday Indulgence deals!
1. All the AWESOME MEMBERS & STAFF who welcome me like a FRIEND!

I discovered
in January 2009
& immediately knew
I'd found my
digi HOME!

ALL items from PixelGypsyDesigns.com
Papers by Sherrie Piegdon from Corrugated Autumn
Papers by Sherrie Piegdon from Paper Bazaar Damasks
Paper by Sherrie Piegdon from Mari's Rustic Lane
Stitching & holes by Sherrie Piegdon from Urban Edge
Foliage by Abish Allen from My Garden
Glitter heart by Amanda Carlson from Cup of Joe
Staple & paperclip by Ami Collofello from Old Fashioned Charm
Daisy, tab, paper hearts, & hearts envelope by Elise Hansen from Love Me Do
Paper by Sherrie Piegdon from Autumn in Sedona

Fonts: Freeze!, DJ Doodle Stitch, Rough Linen, Adolescence, Girls Are Weird, CKMarissa, A Little Pot, Grumble, ABCKids, CKAcademia, HighlandPerk, I Love Derwin

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sweet, Sweet Surprise!!

What a wonderful, awesome, sweeeeeet surprise I just got! After being told Wednesday night in a 40-second phone call from Justin that he would not be able to call again for 3 weeks, I just got a phone call from him!! His commander decided to work it out so all the guys in his division could make a call home today. Awesome! Turns out their division is on hold clear until Thursday while they wait for a 2nd division to get in so they have someone across from them. Until then, they are stuck in the dorm (not even in their barracks), and not a lot to do. The mess hall is connected to the dorms, so they hadn't even stepped a foot outside there until they went out to make these phone calls today. I guess when they all got in so late Wednesday night, they were initially told they would be allowed to make a 5-minute call home. Then it got so late and there were so many that it got changed to only ONE minute (thus my 40-second call from him). I guess their commander decided to give them another shot since they are all stuck holding right now - he even told them today to keep calling until they reached someone! Awesome! What a blessing and a joy it was to answer the phone and hear my son's voice so totally unexpectedly! It was also great to hear that he is currently assigned as the Section 1 Leader for his division! I understood that to mean that he leads the group in their marching. I'm a mom, and I am just so dang proud!! :D

My Bucket List

Well, I can't believe it! I've checked and double-checked, but it appears that I never shared my Bucket List LO here on my blog! It was such a fun LO to do, and I posted it on PGD back in mid-February.

Most of you are probably familiar with the movie "Bucket List," but for those who aren't, a bucket list is a list of things I'd like to do before I "kick the bucket!" :D When I created this LO I decided to throw in a pic of an actual bucket...just for *kicks!* ;D

Brownie & Cocoa papers by SherriePiegdon from Corrugated Autumn kit at PixelGypsyDesigns.com
Mesh & Victory chipboard pennant by Elise Hansen from Touchdown kit at PixelGypsyDesigns.com
Paper, frame, and clover by Abish Allen from My Garden kit at PixelGypsyDesigns.com
Leaves and silicule by Petra Thomas from Falling Leaves kit at PixelGypsyDesigns.com
Tack by Ami Collofello from OldFashionedCharm kit at PixelGypsyDesigns.com
Leaves by A Work in Progress from Fall Memories kit at vicki20.blogspot.com
Heritage Brad by Michelle Shefveland from Heritage Pak at CottageArts.net
Dream chipboard by Tonya Doughty from Refresh AlphaTitles kit at ScrapGirls.com
Galvanized Bucket & Treble Clef by Cari D. Cruse at caricreates.blogspot.com

Fonts: Doodolonomy Fred, Crazy Milktop Girl

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

He Did It

We had the wonderful privilege of seeing our son, Justin, be sworn in to the United States Navy this morning! woohoo! Thumbs Up The ceremony was wonderful - we were amazed at how they go out of their way to include the family. They even had all us moms with cameras come stand ON the stage on either side of the Lieutenant leading the ceremony so that we could take pics of our sons as they took the oath, AND they made sure that our sons were the ones up in the front row to be sure we'd get their pics. Not that anyone without parents there was treated less, it was just amazing how kind and thoughtful they were of us. Justin is in the air now somewhere on his way to boot camp at Great Lakes, Illinois. We are proud!

Here he is taking the oath:

Justin in the Navy

We were able to spend time with Justin for a bit last night at his hotel & over dinner. Then this morning we  needed to be at the Federal Building & Courthouse by 0830. We made it, but it was close even though we gave ourselves plenty of time - you see, the parking garage around the corner is where we planned to park, but at 0800 this morning the lousy thing had a chain across the entrance with a "closed" sign! So we had to drive past, which took us on a one way street and ended up having to just settle for a parking spot at Riverfront Park. This meant we had to walk several blocks in 5 DEGREE temps (!) in thin dress slacks and cut through the Riverfront Plaza and a few more blocks over to the courthouse! We were soooooooo froze! Then, of course, we had to go through security (just like at the airport). We made it in plenty of time, thankfully, but what a crazy start to the day! We were able to take lots of photos (and video) and we got to see Justin take the oath & sign & give his fingerprint on his contract. Then we got to hang out and visit a bit more, and then say our teary good-byes! We both gave him some motherly and fatherly advice, and then trusted him to God's protection. We will certainly keep him in our prayers in the days and weeks to come!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Hi all! Just a quick note to say HELLO and let you all know that I've not forgotten you! ;) Things have been terribly busy as we prepare to send our son, Justin, off to the Navy TOMORROW! We celebrated his 21st birthday Friday, and had an Anchors Aweigh party for him after church on Sunday. Earlier last week I was sick as can be so that put me behind on everything, but I am recouping and will definitely be sharing some layouts and hopefully some more freebies in the next week or so.

And here's a photo to share with you all... a beautiful shot taken from Talache Landing on Lake Pend Oreille recently.


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