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Thursday, May 21, 2015


Hello, my friends! May is flying by, school will soon be out and summer upon us. Here where I live it means a lot of heat, pool and beach time trying to stay cool. We tend to eat a lot of salads and cook everything else outside, either grill or the new smoker (which we love I'm afraid more than the grill).

I'm wondering if everyone is Facebooking more and blogging less these days. What do you think? I still like trying to maintain a blog because it gives me a sense of having a specific place to keep things sorted.

I am currently doing a 30-day trail of PhotoShop Elements 13 so I can decide if I like the newer changes enough to purchase it or wait for #14 to come out this fall. I'm using version 11, but I do like the larger interface of #13 on my screen. I do not like that they have done away with the magic wand tool, as I use that for so much and it helps me do things; lost without that. I will probably end up keeping two different versions loaded on my computer so I can go back and forth for the old functions that I don't wish to give up.

Today I have a FREE QUICK PAGE for you made from the kit, "Wishing For Summer" by Jan Waite of Waite For The Moment Designs over at Ivy Scraps. Their monthly QP challenge is in progress, so you can gather free QPs from all the participants by visiting the May 2015 QP challenge thread in the forum there. My page (and all others) are 12 x 12-inch, png format, 300 dpi for excellent print quality. If you prefer, you can easily reduce these to 8 x 8-inch page for easy home printing.

Here is a look at the kit preview, and below that is my QP and the download links.

Here is my Quick Page . . . 


I'm always hoping to find more time to design, but I seem to stay fairly busy helping out with my grandchildren these days. This month has been full with gymnastic competitions, lots of birthday celebrations, our famous annual Blue Crab Festival, and trying to finalize some travel plans as well as the mundane routine daily chores.  

Leave me some love if you download, and stop back by from time to time.


Saturday, April 18, 2015


Greetings, my friends.  Happy Easter, happy Spring, and so much more in my house. We always are having lots of birthdays in my extended family. At the beginning of April my folks celebrated 68 years of marriage, and my dad just turned 92 years young! Mom was 87 in February, too. I live a long way from them, and luckily they are quite independent and still have good mentation. What a milestone to be married for 68 years to the same person! Wow! I racked my brain to figure out something novel for my dad's birthday that he would like, you know, really like. Lately, I've gotten in the habit of sending them precooked food from some great websites. I figure that will help them out not to have to drag it in from the stores and then cook it. It arrives ready to eat! Dad commented recently that he feels he is "living large" getting those kinds of gifts. I've sent them their favorite kinds of wine from my favorite winery over the Christmas holidays. For dad's birthday, I finally realized they had never experienced one of those fruit arrangements from Edible Arrangements. So, I went online once again and poured over the many different styles until I landed on just the right one for their first experience. It had everything in it and was beautiful, and I ordered a small which was still huge for two people. My only hurdle was that the store was 1-1/2 hrs. from where my folks live, and they don't deliver out that far. Lucky for me, I have an old high school girlfriend and former neighbor living in the same city as the Edible store, and she offered to drive the gift over to my folks! Now how many of you have friends who would extend themselves like that??? Needless to say, it was a big hit and we visited during its arrival and consumption via phone. Very cool indeed! I gave my mom a cell phone last summer and taught her just the basics in a few days I spent with her. She can get texts and photos, has email, and can carry it with her and call people. I put dropbox on her phone, so her cell phone camera photos that she takes get uploaded automatically to online storage, and since I set that up for her, I can get in and see all the pictures she takes. I got to see the fruit arrangement and all her pictures by the next morning. Not too shabby, hey? She thinks all this technology is like magic!! I tried to get them started on a laptop when they were in their 60's, but it just didn't happen, so the cell phone is as far as I've been able to bring them up-to-date.

I've been helping out babysitting after school for my gkids, and we are doing a thing called "photo-a-day" so we can text it to the great-grandparents. Plus, it gives me a lot of scrapping material, too! They like the idea also and are regular hams these days! Can't believe how fast they are growing up!

I have a FREE QUICK PAGE for you, my monthly participation in the Ivy Scraps Quick Page Contest. For April we are playing with "Dotty" by Katlen. My page is a png format, 300 dpi, 12 x 12" and can easily be reduced down to an 8 x 8" if you prefer. Just slip your photos under it and add your own journaling on top. Done! Here is the kit preview, then my Quick Page preview, and the download is beneath that.


Don't forget there are plenty of contestants making these free QPs, so if you would like to collect enough to have a ready-made album to fill, just visit the April 2015 Quick Page Challenge thread in the forum over at Ivy Scraps. Each person designing a QP gives a direct download link to it in their forum post. Go snag all of them up by the end of this month. The first of each month we sign up to work with a new kit. The former month's links are up for 30 days after that month's contest closes. 

I hope to pop back in soon with more free goodies for you. I have them done, I just need to package them into zip files and get them uploaded so I can share. I have about three more alphas ready to go, some pre-made digital cards I know you'll like. Hang on with me and visit often. Leave some love if you download, so I know you like what I'm giving.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Sunday, March 29, 2015


Good Day, Everyone! March has again proven to be a busy month on my home-front! I honestly don't know where the time goes, but it passes quickly. The gkids are on Spring Break this coming week, their parents are both in real estate school from 9-5 daily, so my front door is already swinging both ways. Yesterday, I gathered them in from their sporting events, we made caramel apple cupcakes, they played inside and outside, then we made my homemade spaghetti and garlic/cheese toast for dinner Pawpa treated them to chocolate chip cookies before bed. Yes, they stayed over with me, as my nick-nick name is "Mimi Fun Pants"!

Today I have a FREE QUICK PAGE for you from my monthly participation in the QP Challenge at Ivy Scraps. This month we played with a kit named "Farm Mania" courtesy of Mizfit Mania there. My page was inspired from the recent photo of my hubby's grand-nephews, so I designed around that. My page is in png format, 12 x 12" square, 300 dpi. You can simply slip your photo beneath the opening, add a little journaling text on top of the page, and your DONE! You can also resize my QP to an 8 x 8" if that's the size you like to scrap. That size allows printing at home if you desire. Remember you can collect all the FREE Quick Pages made with this kit by all the March contestants by visiting that forum thread at Ivy Scraps. Each contestant has posted their direct download link in the QP challenge forum thread for March. You may have to be registered in the forum to be able to see those links. Here is a preview of the Farm Mania Kit,

Here is my finished page with the photo of three little brothers,

Here is the blank Quick Page for you with download links below it,


I hope you enjoy the free digi-scraps I can bring you. Please leave some love if you download, so I know you were here. Return often! I have three more sets of alphas to give you soon.

Take care and  have a wonderful week! I'll be back as soon as I can squash in some "me time"!


Monday, March 2, 2015


Good Day to those stopping by! FREEBIE ALERT - I'm on a nice designing roll since it's been raining here for several days, and it's just too gooey to go out there in it. Last night I was sorting out a kit I had collected last month through a site's daily download, and I discovered I had missed only one day of the downloads! Wouldn't you know it was the alphabet to the kit that I failed to collect! Darn it! So I looked at the designers preview and decided to do my best to make at least something that would blend that I could use with the cute kit. At any rate, that was the base inspiration for the eight sets of this alpha that I made. That and the fact that this is St. Patrick's Day month and, being of Irish descent, I had to make something to celebrate that!

Today I am giving you this alpha in the three "Irish" colors; green, yellow, and orange. It is upper case A - Z, individual png files at 300 dpi. They are approximately 1.25 inches in diameter. I call them sticker alphas because each letter has a round paper sticker under it. I have left it unshadowed so you can add your own type of shadow style to it. You can easily resize these larger or smaller as you need for your pages. Here is the preview, and the download is below it.


I am providing two different download links in case one of my sites runs out of bandwidth during any given month you can just use the other link.

I  have added layouts for the last two most recent months to my layouts page tab at the top of this home page, so take some time and have a look. It may help you get a tad of inspiration here and there.

My little 9 yr. old granddaughter was in another gymnastics competition this weekend. Wow! She is in good shape to be able to keep up with all that physical activity almost every weekend plus her daily practice at the gym. Fit as a fiddle, that one! So focused also! Out of 96 gals she came in at 2nd in the vault, 5th in floor dance, 9th on the beam, 11th on the bars, and 7th all around. Her scores were up from 9.250 to 9.450, so she did well. There was a score of 9.650 and 9.825, so a couple of girls absolutely "nailed it" well as sometimes happens. I have found in these sorts of competitions that it is brutal because you only have once chance to do it right. Sometimes you are at the top of your game, but sometimes not. I marvel at this type of sport! It's awesome to watch!!

I'm knitting and crocheting like a fiend this winter, so I hope to add some photos and patterns to that page tab above for those of you that like to dabble with sticks and yarns! Such fun!

I need to perform a little maintenance work on the look of this blog. I don't feel like I am very capable when it comes to that, but I see some things have disappeared from linkage in the side column. Must put that on my "to do" list!

Check back often. I will most likely post often this month to give you the other 5 or so colors I did in this alpha above. They are very springy looking and will blend with almost any fun looking kit.

Have a wonderful week! I'm looking forward to the first day of Spring and the return soon of Daylight Savings Time!!


Sunday, March 1, 2015


Lets have a big "welcome" to the arrival of March! With it comes the return of Daylight Savings Time, of which I am a huge fan because I prefer more daylight in the evening hours because I am personally solar powered, and the official coming of Spring happens this month! What could be more delightful after all the snowy weather that has been hitting so hard in many portions of our country this winter?!!

I have another free goodie for you today from my participation in the monthly challenges over at Ivy Scraps in their forum.  I found enough time to do the Element Challenge where we receive a few random items and use them to make something new.  In addition to the items we are given, we are allowed to use only two other things, so I used a shape from within my designing software program and a background paper from my stash.  Below is a preview of the element I ended up making, and the download link is below that.  My element is in png format at 300 dpi and is easily resized larger or smaller and also useful in most scrapping programs. Snag it up for your own stash, and I hope you will enjoy it.


I'll be back soon with more fun freebies for you, so check back often! Meanwhile, Happy Scrapping!


Saturday, February 28, 2015


CHEERS, everyone!  Allow me to start your day with a FREE goodie! I love designing cards and wish I would focus on it more than I do! I make quite a few for my own personal use throughout the year because I have so many digi-scraps to play with, but for your sake I need to focus on making some just for you to have on hand. It certainly ends up saving quite a bit of money when you can just pull one of these babies up on your computer and print it off when you need it. I will make an effort to supply you with more of these this year!

I was inspired to create this printable card for the February Card Challenge over in the forum at Ivy Scraps.  Such a wonderful group of scrappers hang out there, and everyone is so very helpful and pleasant to know.  If you don't hang out there, you are missing quite a lot of fun every month.

We were given some poems and quotes to play with and, of course, February being Valentine's month, there was an underlying theme of LOVE.  My card is in jpg format at 300 dpi for excellent print quality.  It is meant to be the 7 x 5" front of a foldable card.  I hope you can use and enjoy it sometime!  Here is a peek,


I hope you have enjoyed my spurt of freebies!  Leave me some love if you download, it's nice to know you were here, what you think, and that you like getting free things to use.  Knowing that you came by is the thing that spurs us on to create more.

Check back often!  You just never know what's coming at you next!


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!