Saturday, February 27, 2010

Some scrapping fun!

My CT gals have been working hard lately, and I just have to show off some of their great layouts! I’ve also had the pleasure of having some pages scrapped by my new guest CT’er, Aska, from Germany!

Memories from the Past – by Aska [Kit: Olde Tyme Junque]

Jenny and Seppel by Aska [Kit: Olde Tyme Junque]

Prettiest Flower by Holly [Kit: Pink Ice]

Geohashing by Debbie [Kit: Hike and Seek]

Blessings & happy scrapping y’all! :D

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Friday, February 26, 2010

My digi-scrappiness! New today …

What’s new in my SUN shoppe today?? Well, take a looksie! :D

These newly released kits are all 30% off for the whole weekend! :D


In honor of my re-release of Romantic Dreams, I want to again offer my *free* Romantic Dreams QP for anyone who may have missed it the first time around! (Please pardon the old packaging shown in the QP zip – I haven’t updated those! :) )


- DOWNLOAD here -

Blessings & happy scrapping y’all! :D

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Alice in Wonderland – Kit Naming Contest!

Name The Kit Contest
Help me find a name for my upcoming Alice In Wonderland digiscrap kit and you could win the whole kit!!

I'm stumped! I want a really unique, creative name for the Alice in Wonderland kit I am currently working on, and need ideas! Think you've got a catchy name for the kit? Just post it on my Facebook Fan Page or in comments on my blog, and everyone’s names will go into a random drawing for one person to win the kit when it's released (date to be announced)!

BONUS: If I find a name I really like in the entries and end up actually using it, I'll give that person the full kit AND a $10 gift certificate to spend in my digiscrap shoppe!! :D
*(Any ties in the contest will be decided by random drawing.)

By the way, make sure you include a way for me to contact you in any blog comments you leave – an email, a link to your blog, etc. If you post on my Facebook page, I will be able to just send you a direct message on there!

Here’s a tiny peek at what’s in the works:


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

February Fitness

We received the neatest gift this week – the manager out at Pend Oreille Shores Resort (POS Resort) heard about what Jim’s been going through and very kindly offered us both a one year membership in their Athletic Club! Now, to be honest, I’ve never been fond of athletic clubs – too crowded, too many posers, too little clothing on folks. But this athletic club is a small quiet one out around the lake, mainly used by the folks at the resort who drop in on the weekends to use their condos. Plus, we have some special memories at this athletic club...

Years ago, when our boys were quite young, we were treated by friends of a friend to the use of a condo out at POS Resort on two different occasions. It just so happens, by the way, that both of those occasions fell in the month of February of their respective years, which makes the memory even stronger for me right now. Those weekends were some of the best times for the four of us – we spent every spare minute at the athletic club, playing basketball, ping pong, racquetball, and swimming, swimming, swimming. We laughed and played and came home sore as could be after two days. It was wonderful!

So now here it is, February, and we get a full membership for the 2 of us. The memories flow back, and it is wonderful. And right now this membership is especially a blessing because swimming is one of Jim’s biggest loves, as well as an exercise he can do easily and that he benefits from greatly. We went for our first visit on Saturday, and spent three hours having a great time. We swam, we sat in the hot tub outside on a gorgeously sunny day with temps about 40F! :D We sat in the steam sauna with the eucalyptus – wonderful! We played ping pong (boy, I am so uncoordinated, even at ping pong! lol).  Jim was able to make use of their amazing assortment of weight machines that work just one body part per machine, which makes it especially helpful to Jim as he doesn’t have to worry about his being off-balance or anything. So Jim doesn’t have to worry any more about the toll it’s taking on his body to be laid up with this strange illness, now he can get the exercise his body needs as well as the relaxation his body needs, and hopefully ease some of the pain he’s in, too. What a blessing! I, of course, am thrilled to have this opportunity to get in shape, too. We’ve had a wonderful and amazing winter here with not near the snowfall we usually get – thus I haven’t had to shovel much at all, which means my winter fitness program (lol!) hasn’t been what it usually is. :D

Blessings all!

Blessings & happy scrapping y’all! :D

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Young Love + A Template

With all I’ve been doing with family and such, I decided my only new digiscrap release in my shoppe this week will be a new Timesaver Template! I used it to scrap this fun layout with my sons and their young ladies …

Young Love

Credits: Timesaver Template ScrapIt #4, Olde Tyme Junque kit

You can grab this great template throughout the weekend for 30% off – that’s about 88 cents loves! :D

One of the CT gals over at SUN, Janel, scrapped this beautiful page using the template, too …

Love Nest

Credits: Timesaver Template ScrapIt #4, Scalloped Tomatoes Mats 2 by Jennilyn Designs, Love Out Loud by LDrag Designs (all available at SUN)


I had some heart doodles on hand and decided I’d package them up & share them with you all in this month of *love*. :D

Doodle Hearts – 2 acrylic, 1 fibers, 1 colored pencil


- Download here -

Blessings & happy scrapping y’all! :D

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

My Prince Charming

Just scrapped a page of my dear hubby and wanted to share it with you all!


Papers & elements by Ami Collofello from Charming kit at
Wordart by Bethany from Elegant WordArt Week 38 at
Hearts by Cari Cruse from Doodle Hearts blog freebie at

Blessings & happy scrapping y’all! :D

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Moose Trail Acres: Photo Roundup

This past week we had our son Justin home from the Navy for a visit. He will be on his way to his new duty station in HAWAII next week where he will join his submarine, the USS Louisville. We also had our son Aaron home for a visit over the weekend and we celebrated his 24th birthday! Also in attendance for the celebration were Aaron’s girlfriend, Amanda, and Grandma B’J. :D While we were celebrating, a few more visitors joined us! Below are photos from this very enjoyable week we’ve just had …

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This is our resident squirrel, whom I long ago christened “Chumba Wumba” (technically, there are several squirrels, all of whom I call by this name :D ) – most mornings he can be seen perched atop this old walking stick that is propped between three pine trees in my backyard garden. I was glad to finally snap his picture at his fav spot!

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Testing the Ice - Justin outside on an early morning stroll around our place last Sunday before church

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Sipsy ran out to say good morning to Justin in the yard

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Justin showing me his awesome new jacket! I just love this, & may need to find a girl’s version for me! :D

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MMMmmmmmm Cinnamon Rolls! Yep, I baked these yummers up early Saturday morning, & everyone enjoyed having them with dollops of butter slathered on top! :D

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2010-02-13 14-50-20 - DSC09606_exposureMama Moose … here she goes, following along after Junior (off-camera here). We all loved seeing them pass by out our front window, and my mama laughed over how that moose is taller than her pickup. :D

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Dessert Time!! I baked these scrumptious dishes, selecting my sons’ favs: Cherry Cheesecake for Aaron and Coconut Meringue Pie for Justin! :D

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Birthday Time!!! Happy Happy Birthday Aaron! :D Uncle Bryan even called just as we were lighting the candles, so Grandma B’J held the phone to Aaron’s ear so he could hear Uncle Bryan sing Happy Birthday along with the rest of us! Awesome fun! :D

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Mooses! Meeses! Oh my!! Those beautiful, huge moose both came lumbering through the backyard – some of you may recognize our little pond and my bench. At this point I was cringing as I waited to see if mama moose would step in the frozen pond, and whether any damage would be done to the pond (it has happened in past winters), but thankfully she detoured around at the last moment. Her young one was already ahead of her over in front of our little blacksmith cabin, so mama headed over and joined him …

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Definitely *not* small animals! :D

Blessings & happy scrapping y’all! :D

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Happy President’s Day!

George Washington & Abe Lincoln … great fathers of our country! Today we celebrate them and their accomplishments, and the awesome contributions they made to this United States of America that I love!



On to some digiscrappiness … have you checked out the fun challenges over at SUN? Here’s what’s going on this week:


This week, in The Race Track there are two LOVEly challenges running. Lina of Ldrag Designs is hosting a Love themed challenge requesting that you show us your lovely new layouts! MandiN is hosting an element challenge focusing on hearts. Remember no more points... if you play, you get rewarded! Also, checkout our newest monthly challenge.


I just have to show you all some of the beautiful layouts created by the CT at SUN using my kits, you will certainly be inspired by these:

by Jane [Using ScrapIt #2 Template & Herbal Garden kit]


by Mara [Using Herbal Garden kit]

by Jane [Using Pink Ice kit]

by Janel [Using Pink Ice kit]

Aren’t those beautiful??

Stay tuned folks … I’ll have another blog entry today full of wonderful photos from our weekend – wildlife visitors, cinnamon rolls, birthday celebration, and more! :D

Blessings & happy scrapping y’all! :D

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Disney Parks

Disney Parks

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Got Pink? . . . New Junque + A Freebie!

It’s the weekend, which means the SUNny deals are already on at Sunshine Studio Scraps! This week I’m bringing you some great digiscrapping junque! (And it’s 30% off through the entire weekend!) :D I’ve spiffed up a couple kits you may recall seeing before – making them better than ever. For starters, how about some PINKness! ;)

Pink Ice

Herbal Garden

I’m also releasing some great templates to make your projects come together quickly. This week you’ll find three 12x12 page templates, and one 4x6 postcard that’s ready for you or your child to send someone a special “thank you”!

And did someone mention a freebie?? Yessirree, I did!! I’ve decided to offer my 2010 Timesaver Printables Calendars+Desktops as freebies for you! Drop in a photo on these 4x6 quick-pages and you are ready to print, or display them as desktop wallpaper on your computer! Just think how happy Grandma would be to have one of these as a desktop with her favorite grandkids smiling up at her! Today I’ll give you January & February’s – you can always use the January calendar as an accent on your scrapbook pages! Don’t forget to follow my blog or join my Facebook fan page so you always know when the next monthly calendar becomes available.


- Click here to download -

Here's a peek at what you'll have by the end of the year if you collect them all!


Blessings & happy scrapping y’all! :D

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