Monday, August 30, 2010

September Desktop Freebie

Just in time for the new month, I have a desktop freebie for you:

September {the desktop}

This calendar is a PNG (72 dpi) so you can add your own photo behind the cutout & display it on your computer’s desktop! Enjoy!

Happy scrappin’ ya all! :D

`·.¸¸.·´´¯`··._.· Cari `·.¸¸.·´´¯`··._.·


Sunday, August 22, 2010

My Week In Pictures

I’ve some random photos I shot over the past week and thought I’d share them with you all. I just took the last one this evening as the sun was setting…so beautiful! All of these were shot right here on Moose Trail Acres. Be sure to click on the thumbnails to view a larger version of each! :D

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• a view of Schweitzer • upward at the trees • contemplative *me* enjoying the sunrise •

• little sunflower • a visiting deer heads for pasture •

• my origami collection (compliments of my dear hubby!) • 2 does + 2 fawns out back •

… and a fiery sunset!


Blessings ya all! :D

`·.¸¸.·´´¯`··._.· Cari `·.¸¸.·´´¯`··._.·


Friday, August 20, 2010

Back 2 School *SALE* & Colour Splash

As the school season rolls back around, I thought I’d put my Back2School kit on sale for an unbelievable price of just TWO BUCKS!!!

Back2School {the kit} :: $2!!

The SUN CT gals created some beautiful pages with this:
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:: by jaye ::  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  :: by mara ::
I also have some amazing news for digiscrappers everywhere:
The SUN is bringing back its Colour Splash program! What this means is the designers at SUN will be creating coordinating mini packs of papers, elements, and more using a chosen color palette every month. These packs will all be set at special low prices so you can mix and match and choose as many or as few as you like! Here is the marvelous palette for August, along with a preview of my new Colour Splash packs!

If you saw my last blog post, you already saw a page I scrapped with these new packs, but I’ll share it again in case you missed it:
|| . . . . . by Cari . . . . . ||
credits: all items from Colour Splash Pretty Bits {the papers & elements}
Be sure to visit the new Colour Splash category to see all the coordinating packs to choose from! The packs are all 30% off this weekend, so stock up quick! :D

Happy scrappin’ ya all! :D

`·.¸¸.·´´¯`··._.· Cari `·.¸¸.·´´¯`··._.·


Thursday, August 19, 2010


No, I don’t mean that sweet, tangy red sauce we all like to dip our fries in—also known as catsup, or ketchup (lol!)—I mean “catching up” on … well … life, I guess! I’ve neglected my poor blog for far too long, other than quick updates about my latest designs, and I am really hoping to remedy that.

Our summer has been very busy, especially with our oldest son getting married and me making the cake for it. Plus my husband’s medical issues that started a year ago are continuing, and we are still trying to get not only a diagnosis but also some sort of disability assistance to help us pay the bills since he hasn’t worked in all that time. I spend a lot of time doing paperwork, making phone calls, sending faxes, and being a little frustrated and overwhelmed, too, at times.

Yet, I truly enjoy the blessings God has put in my life … starting with the blessing of caring for my husband. That service is an honor and a blessing I am thankful for in spite of the situation that we are in. I also am so blessed to start every morning with a stroll through the dewy grass (yes, barefoot! :D) of our front yard, a sit on my porch to drink in the view, and a little time spent with my devotions and prayer journal. The early morning air is so sweet and fragrant, the view is breathtaking, and the nuggets of gold I find in those daily devotions are awe-inspiring. Additionally, I’ve acquired a new talent … I can now estimate the air temperature fairly accurately based upon how quickly my feet reach the point of “painful cold” when strolling barefoot through that dewy grass! lol!

I scrapped a page today that shows a peek of what I get to experience every day here on our little Moose Trail Acres …


Such peace and joy! :)


I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the wildlife around here, as always, and have a couple pics to share.

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Seriously, I get *no* respect … even the deer stick out their tongues at me! lol! That doe comes daily to eat wild berries and drink from our pond’s little cascading pools. She has two little twin fawns that are always somewhere close about, and they all would just love to get past our motion-activated sprinklers and eat from my salsa garden! :D My very young moose friend here was strolling down our road just ahead of my Jeep one morning as I headed out. Notice how he turns his head to look at me as if to say, “Nothing to see here, move along!” :D

Well there’s a quick dose of “catchup” from me … how are you all doing? :D

Blessings to ya all! :D

`·.¸¸.·´´¯`··._.· Cari `·.¸¸.·´´¯`··._.·


Sunday, August 15, 2010

Featured in The Fix!

The Fix is now available at DSA for the month of August, and I am so thrilled to be one of the featured designers!


In this issue, you will find a great coupon to use in my SUN Shoppe plus a fabulous new kit I created exclusively for The Fix! Be sure to grab your copy!

Shimmering Summer {the kit}

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Happy scrappin’ ya all! :D

`·.¸¸.·´´¯`··._.· Cari `·.¸¸.·´´¯`··._.·


Saturday, August 7, 2010


Our oldest son, Aaron, took himself a bride yesterday!!! :D It’s been a long & busy week as I made the cake for the wedding (started baking & frosting last Sunday!), but it all went *perfectly* and we now have the most wonderful daughter-in-law, Amanda!

I thought I’d share a collage of photos …

And in other news, I want you to hear it here first: I have discovered a new & serious condition and have decided that I have this condition known as “facebookitis” … the primary symptom of this condition is looking for a “Like” button everywhere I go & in every email or online convo! lol!

Have a wonderful day all! :D


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