Thursday, December 30, 2010

~2011~ New Year … New Shop! Plus a freebie!

Now selling exclusively at! Kicking off with a new kit: Vintage Island

For my debut at GingerScraps, I am offering Vintage Island and Olde Tyme Junque each for 40% off!

Vintage Island {the kit} :: Aloha! Bring the spirit of the islands to your scrapping with this collection of Hawaii-inspired elements and papers. From footprints in the sand to vintage-style postcards and brightly-colored blossoms, you will find all you need to add a little “aloha” to your pages!
Contains: 18 papers + 40 elements + 1 alpha

Vintage Island {the kit}

 Olde Tyme Junque {the kit} :: Aged to perfection, the papers and elements in Olde Tyme Junque are beautifully worn and rustic. Rich textures and antique pieces add a nostalgic heritage feel to any scrapbook page. The newspaper-covered chipboard alpha coordinates perfectly, and gives an extra touch of nostalgic dimension to your pages.
Contains: 12 papers + 55 elements + 1 alpha

Olde Tyme Junque {the kit}

In the coming weeks I will be busily unpacking and settling in at GingerScraps, so be sure to watch on my blog, twitter, & facebook for new products as well as re-releases of old favorites at great sales prices! I will also be looking for some *fantatic* new CT members – watch for my CT Call in just a week or two, and be sure to tell your really talented scrapping friends to apply! :)

Be sure to bookmark my new shop:

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::Scrappy Inspiration::

by Kayla - Vintage Island {the kit} 


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::Freebie Nook::

Vintage Island Add-On

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☆,.-~*'¨¯¨'*•~-.¸- Have a truly wonderful & happy New Year 2011! -,.-~*'¨¯¨'*•~-.¸☆

Happy scrappin’ ya all! :D

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Holiday Letters made simple!

This weekend I have some products in the shop, and 30% off, to help make creating your holiday letters quick and easy!

To make wonderfully customized letters with your choice of scrap kits, I offer TimeSaver Templates, ready for you to add your own papers, photos, and embellishments, along with the text of your letter. Print them out and your ready to send out a beautiful, customized holiday letter!

TimeSaver Templates::Holiday Letters – Volume 1

If you’re in a big hurry, I offer my TimeSaver Printables version, all scrapped and ready for you to drop in a photo, type your letter, print and send!

TimeSaver Printables::Holiday Letters – Volume 1

Here’s how either of these can look with photos added …

And here are some more marvelous ideas from the SUNshine Sweeties & my own CT gal, Debbie!

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Happy scrappin’ ya all! :D

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Winter Days on Moose Trail Acres

CariCruse_StuckOnStickersI_Last week I made all the yummy Thanksgiving fixin’s and took them (along with my hubby) for a long drive several hours south to the home of our son, Aaron, & daughter-in-law, Amanda, to have Thanksgiving with them. We stayed a few days and had a wonderful time. We deep-fried our turkey and left lots of yummy leftovers there for the kids to enjoy. However… I still wanted to roast a turkey here at home and have yummy leftovers to enjoy as well! Besides, I’d gotten an extra free turkey with my groceries last week, so this morning I injected my nineteen-pound bird with all the Creole Butter marinade I could get in there, rubbed it with a full cube of butter, sprinkled it with my homemade Cajun Spice blend, and put it in the oven. Actually, I put it in one of those turkey oven bags and in a roasting pan, then put it in the oven. :) I just love how those oven bags give you such a juicy bird and it cooks in nearly half the time!

After I got that gobbler in the oven, I realized it was starting to drizzle a freezing rain which was going to make the 8 new inches of snow reallllllly heavy & I’d better get started on my shoveling chores. So I bundled up and headed outside. Me and my trusty snow shovel went to work on the walkways, the mail trail, and the woodshed trail, plus a few other miscellany areas. It was hard work, but I caught it before it got completely saturated, so that was good. The snow looks beautiful, as do the icicles, and I keep laughing at the ludicrous amount of deer tracks I awaken each morning to find criss-crossing the yard! :D


After I finished shoveling, I realized I barely had time to finish preparing the rest of our meal before our turkey would be done. Thankfully, my dear hubby, Jim, volunteered to peel potatoes. While he decided which peeler was going to actually have enough edge to remove peels (yep, we need a new one!), I was able to get the giblets all diced up for the giblet gravy… mmmmmmmmm! While I worked on this, I thought of our son, Justin, as he always comes up to me with a silly grin and pleads for a bit of the liver. Yes, liver. I *only* eat it minced up in our giblet gravy and cornbread dressing. That’s it. But Justin loves liver. Crazy kid takes after his grandma, that’s for sure! ;)

We got those spuds boiled and whipped up super creamy, the turkey came out looking and smelling fabulous, the cornbread dressing got drizzled with a bit of melted butter, and I grabbed out the orange cranberry relish that I love (totally alone on that one, tho… no one else in the family likes it so far. :( ) Then the two of us sat down to quite a meal!

Now, normally kp is my job (kitchen patrol), but Jim started getting everything rinsed and stacked for me while I got all the leftovers put away, including all that I finished carving off that nineteen-pound bird! So that made cleaning up go a lot faster. :D By the way, nineteen pounds isn’t terribly large for our family – in the past our sons always helped dive to the bottom of the turkey bin and fished out the *biggest* turkey we could find, so we have had some amazing turkeys, even some 30 pounders! :D

Kitchen got cleaned up pretty quickly, and I got to sit down and relax for a few. After a bit I checked the woodbox to see if it would have to be filled, and decided it could wait till tomorrow. Oh, but tomorrow we have a lunch invite up to a neighbor’s place… she called and said she’s serving shrimp primavera pasta! yummm! So, I’ll fill the woodbox in the morning before our lunchdate! :D

Have a marvelous evening/day everyone!

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