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Friday, February 27, 2015


GOOD MORNING!  With coffee in hand, I'm getting your day off to a good start! My coffee comes from a K-cup made by The Donut Shop, medium roast; is then brewed through a Bunn single cup brewer, then has two tsp of Coffee-Mate added and a slurp of Nestles' liquid creamer in the Creme Brulee flavor! Oh wow, it's a good concoction!! And quick too!! Over the years I've even managed to convert my own brother to a K-cup brewer for convenience, and he was a die-hard bean roaster and grinder gourmet!

Today I have an interesting freebie for you. It's a Quick Page with a February 2016 calendar grid on it, so you fill it up and use it for next year for yourself or as a gift. It is made from the same kit my February QP was made from, "Clowning Around" by Lizard Dau Designs over at Ivy Scraps. This was made for the Feb. 2015 Calendar Challenge. So here is a look at the finished layout I made,

My QPs are in png format at 300 dpi for excellent print quality and are 12x12" square. They can easily be resized to 8x8" if you prefer.  Below is a look at the QP ready for you,


Be sure to stop back by tomorrow to snag a free printable 5 x 7" card!


Thursday, February 26, 2015


February has been a busy month for me, and it's almost over!  Yeah!  I don't care much for the winter months of January and February, even here at the beach!  They are two months I could just delete from my calendar and never miss them at all.  The best parts of them are several family and friend's birthday celebrations.  I did do a weekend of traveling with my daughter and her family to see my only granddaughter perform in a state-wide gymnastic competition, and that's always fun!

On the 18th of this month, my dog, Duffy, who will be 3 yrs. old on St. Patrick's Day, had his first seizure of some type which scared the life out of me and my hubby.  We suspect epilepsy, though this is the first sign of it.  Though my husband is very emotional, he is able to cope better in crisis mode than I do, and he handled the dog's symptoms while I called and found a vet who was still open at the 6 p.m. hour of the day. My hubby is very used to doing "mouth-to-muzzle" resuscitation to get a dog's breathing started again, so he performed that immediately when he saw the distress.  Duffy came out of the seizure quickly and returned to his normal self much faster than we did. The vet gave him an quick physical exam, some blood work; and we are scheduled for a recheck on the blood in early March just to make some comparisons in a few of the values.  Everything seems pretty normal. I know that seizures are a neurological disorder, and there is very little warning of them occurring, so we are going to watch him and eventually decide if he needs medical treatment based on how often they occur.  Such an event changes the way you live.  I don't feel comfortable leaving him unattended now.  I find myself scheduling my outings for errands, etc., when the other half is home to watch the dog.  You know how pets become such a large part of your family.  If anyone has experience with this type of thing, please feel free to leave me some comments or advice.

I have three FREEBIES lined up for you, and I will post one each day for the next three days, so be sure to check back.  I'm doing them now and will put them on "auto post" so there will be no messing up or not getting it done!

For today, I have my monthly FREE QUICK PAGE from my participation in the QP Challenge in the forum over at Ivy Scraps.  This month's kit we worked from was "Clowning Around" by Lizard Dau Designs.  Here are the kit previews,

Here is the layout I made with this kit,

and here is a look at the more blank QP without photo and journaling,


My pages, as always, are in png format so you can just slip you photo beneath the opening behind the page and write your journaling on top. They are 12x12" square at 300 dpi for excellent print quality. You can, of course, easily resize them smaller to an 8x8" square in your own software program if you like. If you would like to collect all the other free QPs made with this kit, just visit the February 2015 Quick Page Challenge forum thread over at Ivy Scraps. Each participant will have a post in that thread with a direct download link for their page. You may have to be registered in the forum to be able to see the whole thread. This will certainly be a pretty album, and I'm excited to collect them all.

I've been knitting like crazy on some new cowl patterns since our weather is cooler here. I'm very spastic with my hobbies, moving from one thing to another during different seasons. I make a lot of jewelry when the weather is unbearably hot, then I gradually shift into textiles during cooler weather. I'll show you what I'm making on my "knitting/crochet page" tab above after I resize my photos for the web. I'll try to put a link to get the free patterns when I post the photos. Need to add some layout photos on that tab too! I do my digi-scrapping in all seasons!

You all stay warm, and don't forget to pop back by tomorrow and the next day for another QP and a printable card freebie!


Thursday, January 22, 2015


Happy 2015!  My apology for being "missing in action" for about six months!  Geez!  Even I would think I could do better than that, but my only explanation is that "life happens" and sometimes you get completely off track!  It's reality!

To fill you in quickly in a very condensed manner:  I finally built and got my new desktop in late August which was a "have to" situation.  It's a humdinger with all new stuff, several large internal hard drives, new Windows, new keyboard, and a new much larger monitor to boot!  I am still working to learn its operations and working kinks out of it.  I completely put my digi-scrapping aside to focus on learning this new equipment.  In the meantime, a friend at work rekindled my desire to make jewelry; so we've joined forces and have made a ton of pretties to sell at local fairs and festivals together!  I retired completely from work on Halloween, then came the holidays, and now here I am, finally!  I'm finally at home every day, all day as I have dreamed of for a million years.  I'm a total crafter by heart, so I stay busy with all sorts of hobbies and so many things that need me to finish what I started (no matter when that was).  My three grandchildren are also getting a lot more of my attention than ever possible before!  We've had sleep-overs and tons of fun!  My daughter graduated in November from The American School of Broadcasting and has begun the pursuit of her life-long dream to have a career in broadcasting.  She currently hosts DJ Bingo and Trivia in local restaurants in her evening hours and is doing an internet radio show weekdays from 7-11 a.m. at Smooth Jazz and Friends (dot com).  She continues to do voice-over work from home, so I help her out with her children when she needs me.  It's been busy!!  I've always heard people say you have to adjust to being retired, but so far, it's been about the same pace as working, just busy in a different way!

I missed giving you a few Quick Pages that I had done, but I will eventually catch that up at some point and attempt to get my digital work back on track.  I did manage to make a Thanksgiving album and get it printed for a Christmas gift!  Woohoo!!

Today, I have a FREE QUICK PAGE for you!  I have participated in the January QP challenge over at Ivy Scraps to get my feet wet again.  We played with a kit called "SHELLBY" by Gloria Val Verde and made a 12 x 12", 300 dpi QP in png format.  If you visit the the January 2015 Quick Page thread of the forum there, you can pick up about 12 or so free Quick Pages, and you'll have enough to make an album by the end of this month.  The download links should be posted in each participants post and should be active at least until the end of February so you can collect them.  You may have to be registered in the forum to see the links.  Here are the previews of the kit and the QP I made for you with download links below,


I've revisited a bunch of my favorite digital scrapbooking websites trying to catch up on what is trending these days.  I've also found some of my old favorite sites have closed down, and some have merely changed their format.  

I found a wonderful Art Journaling challenge going on monthly over at The Studio, and I'm particularly interested in that because it is way outside of my own comfort zone.  I think this year I will push myself to do those and maybe eventually I will become more comfortable.  The pages over there that have been made for that challenge are simply out-of-this-world beautiful and very inspiring to me.  It always amazes me how people can create so many different images using the same basic supplies.  Everyone's mind works so differently, and it's always a thrill to see all the creativity involved with the finished pages!  I tried to make a tribute page about my daughter's journey in life from achieving becoming a certified dog groomer to finishing her degree in broadcasting.  We were provided some supplies to work with, and here is the layout I designed with them.

Maybe with some monthly practice I will get better and more comfortable with this style!  I had fun making this although I didn't feel as though I  had a plan.  It just sort of happened as I went.  Maybe that's the whole concept, I'm not sure!  

Well, if you've stopped and visited with me after all this time, I must thank you profusely!!  Please leave a comment so I'll know you were by.  I hope to bring you lots more free goodies as I jump back into my digital fun!

I'm in the process of putting more of my jewelry in my online Etsy store, and the little gadget at the top of this page will take you there if you care to look at some of my hobby work.  I have a ton of earrings to put in there, some bracelets, and a few necklace sets so far.  I've taken some metal-smithing classes to learn a few new tricks of the jewelry trade.  It's winter now, even here at the beach, so I've also got my knitting needles in hand!  

Take care, the weekend is almost here!


Wednesday, June 25, 2014


Here is my layout from which I created the Quick Page for you . . .

Happy official SUMMER, my peeps!  It's already super busy at my house, and there's no sign of letting up.  My grandchildren are buzzing my swimming pool on a daily basis, and this year the two 8-yr. olds can finally swim the width and length of the pool on top of the water, stroking and breathing rhythmically!  I've long awaited this day so I can relax a little more while they are swimming!  Yeah!

My desktop is back to having issues that are irking me beyond my capability to be patient with it.  So I'm hobbling along on my laptop for now.  I have limited design resources on the laptop, so I'm feeling crippled in that regard. 

However, I've managed to crank out my June QP FREEBIE for the monthly challenge at Ivy Scraps.  We used a kit by Lizzy QX Designs called "Just Summer".  My QP is, of course, a 12 x 12-inch png format at 300 dpi, ready for you to slip your photo underneath, add some journaling, and call it done!  Here is the kit preview first . . .

And here is a look at the QP you'll be getting . . .
Remember that you can collect enough free QPs to have a nice album just by visiting the forum thread for the June 2014 Quick Page Challenge over at Ivy Scraps.  It's a monthly challenge, so there are always lots of free quick pages to be had. 
I'm keeping this a short post as I have much to do, as always.  Hubby wants to get up early and head downtown for breakfast since he has a gift card he wants to use up.  Isn't that just a bummer!  LOL! 
Stay cool, and make every day count!  Check in again soon!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


Good Morning!  Once again I'm in a rush, so I'll keep this post very short.  I have too many things on my list to accomplish today.  Hubby is off with me, and we are going to "move mountains"!  LOL!

I wanted to pop in here and give you my May FREE Quick Page which I designed as part of my participation in the monthly quick page challenge over at Ivy Scraps.  This month we used a kit called "LIFT OFF" by Sweet Dreamer Designs.  The kit has all kinds of space elements in it, and I'm sorry I don't have a preview of it to show you.  But, here is a layout I made with only a few of the elements included . . .

Those are two of my grandchildren heading out to their respective baseball games.  They are brother and sister and are very competitive on their different teams.
My FREE QUICK PAGE comes to you as a 12x12 page in png format ready for you to insert your own photo and add your own journaling.  Of course, you can scale it down to an 8 x 8-inch page in your program if that's what you prefer to work with.  Hope you like!

Leave me some love in the comment section if you visit here and download my goodies.  Also, take a tour of my other pages with the "page tabs" at the top of this home page.  You'll find some good recipes of mine that I add here and there, some other layouts I've done, and occasional knitting and crochet patterns I've been working on.  Enjoy!
I'll be back again before this month is over since I have a few more things I'm working on and want to give you.  Drop in again soon! 
I'm off to start today's chore list!

Monday, May 26, 2014


Greetings, Peeps!  Hope you're having a marvelous May!  Mine has been super busy with birthday celebrations, remembering Mother's Day, doing my regular job, and working a weekend festival we have annually here at the beach; the Blue Crab Festival.  It was a major success this year with lots of vendors, artisans, food, and huge crowds of lookers/buyers!  I haven't personally seen the festival that good since 2008 as the national ecomony was taking a nose-dive.  Maybe things are beginning to mend, or else folks just need fun for mental therapy.  This area has been buzzing with the sound of motorcycles as we have an annual Harley Davidson rally here every May followed by a Ninja bike week over the Memorial Day holiday.  We get so used to that sound that it will seem quiet when they all depart the beach.

I didn't want this month to get away from me without sharing a special word art I designed as part of my participation in the May Color Challenge over at Ivy Scraps.  We use the pre-selected colors chosen by the challenge host to make a layout, mini kit, QP, paper or element of some kind to share with others.  I was inspired by the soft colors to try to design a word art for Mother's Day, so I hope you still have some photos to scrap of your Mother's Day this year.  My download will contain a transparent png file to use on whatever background you choose.  Hope you like this.  Here is a preview,


Leave me some love if you download so I stay inspired to share my creations with you!  I'm keeping this post short but plan to be back before this month is gone to share a few other goodies with you.  Check back tomorrow for a free Quick Page coming at you!


Thursday, April 24, 2014


Hello fellow scrappers!  I hope you had a wonderful Easter spent with church and loved ones, maybe a good meal and some relaxation time!  My employer is open for business on Easter Sunday, and, being that I worked it last year, I asked for the day off this year.  I had such a nice day off, and, of course, it just seemed to fly by so quickly.  My little Mason cherub (who is 8 yrs. old now) traveled with his dad to Florida to get in a quick visit with his paternal grandmother who winters down there from Pennsylvania.  The kids were on Spring Break combined with Easter, so there was plenty of time for travels.  My other two grandkids had traveled north to WV to visit their paternal grandparents, but they were back home in time for Easter.  My daughter did the cooking and hosting of Easter luncheon at her home, and I made two cakes, plenty of my special deviled eggs, and a huge pitcher of strawberry/peach sangria.  We served a total of eight guests, and it was so pleasant.  My baby is such a superb chef and hostess!  I took plenty of pictures to scrap soon!

FYI:  Click on my "Recipes" tab at the top to go visit my recipe page.  On April 8th I posted an ample recipe for my "White Bean Chicken Chili" made in a 6-qt. crock pot, complete with photo!  I must say, it is super yumo!!

However, I've been delayed in getting this post made as I've been fighting with my computer again for a few days.  It takes bouts of working well, and then not working well at all.  I've spent since last August deep in it's guts fixing this and that, and it flies well for a long time, but then all of a sudden when I least expect it, something causes it to go crazy on me!  I've learned how to do a selective start-up, which allows me to at least work around its problems, but I don't consider that to be a cure.  Arrghh!!

I want to thank you ladies who take time to post a comment after downloading my freebies!  It's so nice to see a few words of encouragement as I plod along in my designing efforts!  I appreciate you all so much for taking a second or so to make a comment for me.  It sort of makes all this very real when someone will speak to you occasionally.

My FREEBIE for you today is a Quick Page from my participation in the monthly Quick Page Contest over at Ivy Scraps.  We got to work with a beautiful kit by KatLen Kreations called "MISTY MORNING", and here is her kit preview . . .

My QP can hold three photos, or one photo and two papers in the photo place-holders, however you like.  It is a 12 x 12-inch, png format at 300 dpi.  You can, of course, size it down to an 8 x 8-inch page easily in your scrapping program.  I haven't worked up my own layout with it as yet because of my computer issues, but here is the preview of it . . .


Now don't forget if you are interested in collecting all the FREE QPs from the April Challenge, just visit the April QP Contest thread in the forum over at Ivy Scraps.  You will need to register in the forum if you are not already, so you can see the posts which contain the direct download links to each participant's page.  There are normally enough to make a wonderful album!  If you like to make Quick Pages, think about getting involved in these monthly challenges.  Everybody is so helpful there, so if you need any help along the way making your page or cutting out the holes for the photos, someone is always ready and willing to help you.  So dive in and don't be afraid.  It's great fun and great experience!

Now just for inspiration, I'll show you two layouts.  One is mine and one belongs to another gal.  There is a template making challenge over at The Studio during the month of April to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Toiny owning the site.  I love templates and pretty much love to make them when I really have enough designing time to myself.  I posted the one I made as a FREEBIE in my previous post.  Hope it inspired you and that you snagged it already.  If not, you will want to get it after you see what Foxinsocks did with it!  Just have a look what she created below . . .

She won "Layout Of The Day" with this, and deservedly so!  I think it is just gorgeous beyond belief.  The photo is so perfect for the mask, and her kit colors are a spendid match for the photo!  I'm so pleased to see how she used my template!  Makes me so happy!!

Before I made my template, I had grabbed one that she designed from the contest and made myself a layout of my little Mason with the Easter bunny this year! 

I'm telling you, getting involved in some of the monthly forum challenges at the digi-scrapping sites is so much fun and a wonderful way to further your skills, not to mention getting some scrapping done in the process!  I'm so looking forward to the day when I can call my own shots and create more time in my days, weeks, and months for lots more scrapping!!  I'm so addicted; it's definitely my favorite hobby!

Of note, just FYI, I've been a faithful user of Carbonite backup service for many years, and it has definitely served me well right up until my computer problems started occurring in August of 2013.  From then until now, it has been touch and go getting anything to work correctly.  I've had to change my backup service, so I just recently (after much studying up) selected BackBlaze as my service to continually backup my entire system.  I signed up for two years with them; my monthly cost is $3.96, and it will backup my two internal drives, and any USB external drives that I plug in at least once every month.  Not bad, hey??  Just passing along some good information for you all.  You can have a 15-day trial of BackBlaze free so you can see just how easily it works.  Their website is great, and you can read all about it there. 

That's all I have for you today, peeps!  I hope to chat again soon and have some more goodies for your stash!  Don't forget Mother's Day is coming soon!  I should design something for it for you to snag up.  Check back often!  Happy Scrapping!