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Saturday, August 20, 2011


To my beautiful firstborn,

I miss you every minute of every day and always will. You will forever live on in my heart and memories.

September 24, 1971 - August 20, 2009

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


We'll jump right into the heart of things as I post late tonight! The August Quick Page Contest is in full swing over at Cool Scraps Digital, and I've just finished creating my page with the beautiful kit, AFTERMATH, by Chili Designz, which was provided free to all participating in the contest. CSD is running the contest a little differently this month, and you can still sign up to participate this month until August 29th if you can complete and submit your QP by the end of this month. That's just awesome and more relaxed for those with a super busy schedule and those of us that have a hard time keeping up with dates and deadlines.  If you're not familiar with this great contest, hop on over to the forum at Cool Scraps Digital, and check out the QP Contest thread.  If you haven't been there before, you may want to register in the forum so you'll be able to download all of the Quick Pages made by everyone!  There is also a QP Contest gallery where you can see all of the pages made this month and probably for previous months also.  And, last but not least, there is a Freebie thread in the forum where you will also find these pages to download eventually.  I can't say enough good things about Cool Scraps Digital and all the wonderful designers and visitors there.

Here is the kit preview of AFTERMATH by Chili Designz . . .

We were instructed to make our pages in 8 x 8" png format so that those collecting the entire album would have pages that match up in size already, easy to print at home, etc.  Here is a preview of the page I made . . .

Below is a closer look at my page and my finished sample . . .

My completed sample page . . .

You can visit Cool Scraps Digital to download my free QP in the 8 x 8" png format.

And for those of you who prefer the 12 x 12" png format, I'm offering that right here as well.  Of course, both of these are 300 dpi for best print quality.  I chose to slip just one photo I liked behind the element I opened up as my frame; but, if you are slick, you could also slip nine different photos into position behind that frame!  I challenge you to see what you can do with this one!  Have fun!


Alrighty then!  In other news, I'm working on a big, but fun, new project of my own right now.  I've always been a very free spirited crafter all my life.  In my younger days I ran the circuit of fairs and festivals throughout each year with my crafting soul sisters, and we would have a royal blast selling our lovelies.  I had a street-front shop from 1978 to 1995 (until I moved south) where I sold supplies, finished items, and gave classes.  OMG!  I just realized that was about 17 years of having a shop!!  Time flies when you're having fun, for sure!  At any rate, I am "more mature" (snicker) and still crafting away, always learning new things.  Life is about all the knowledge you can soak up along your journey, my friends.

The news is:  Since I am "more mature" these days, I've decided to let the internet save me some leg-work!  I am opening a shop online at Etsy, and I plan for it to go live on September 1st!  I hope you are familiar with Etsy, which is just wonderful.  They only allow the sale of three things; handmade items, craft supplies, and vintage items (things over 20 years old).  I have my storefront up and visible.  The name is SunBum Studios.  I am still working on all the listings I will put in the shop, and those won't be visible until September 1st.  I will have a nice array of handmade lovelies offered there, so do drop in for a visit, bookmark the site, and visit frequently to see what's new there.  I don't plan at this time to offer any digital creations there, any of those for sale will still go into "The Mason Jar" here on my blog, which remains my effort to help my very special angel baby grandson, Mason, with his needs in the future given his special circumstances.

Here's a very small tidbit of what you'll see in my new shop . . .

Woofie Wraps (hand knitted, easy on/off cozy jackets for dogs) . . .

Vintage hair accessories . . .

And lots more to come soon!

Again, thanks for stopping by my blog for a visit!  I'll be back soon with the second set of circular word stickers for you real soon, so stay tuned!

Meantime, get those kids ready for school, and don't forget to take pictures as you go!



Friday, August 5, 2011


Welcome to August already! Can you believe how fast summers always seem to fly by?! It seems that my grandchildren just got out of school, but they are registering now to return. I will have two in the first grade, a boy and a girl; and my eldest will be in the fourth grade. My, my, growing up so fast! We've managed to cram in lots of activity over the summer, and I know when they hit their beds at night, they sleep well! Haha!

Right now our temperatures here in the coastal south are extremely high along with unbearable humidity, the normal for July and August. We've just begun to get some rains in the last week that are enough to drench the ground. It's been dry all year until now, and like a lot of places, we have our share of wild fires popping up all around us. The rain is welcome!

Our highways are still overflowing with tourists and will be until after Labor Day. They, too, are a welcome sight; but it makes just getting to the grocery store and back an all-day affair. It's bumper to bumper out there, and the lines are long everywhere. You can forget getting ice cream from the store to home between the long delays and the heat. Rather we opt to pick up melons and fruits of any kind that we can cut and cool quickly. I must say I've had the good fortune to pick some great melons this season. Yumo!

A highlight of the coming weekend in our area will be the annual Carolina Classic Arts & Crafts Show held in one of our convention centers. It's a huge juried show, so all the items are top-notch. It's a pleasure to simply sight-see the whole thing and enjoy the specialty foods along the journey. It's a 3-day event, and this year they are issuing a free return ticket with admission so one can shop all three days. Good idea given the state of the economy.

I have for you today a fun FREEBIE which you may find useful over and over again. I was browsing Tiffany Tillman's blog and happened across a video link which I decided to go watch. The tutorial taught how to make a dotted circle or text circle in PSE. Wow, Tiffany is an excellent instructor with a beautiful crisp clear voice! I've been playing around in my program since the middle of 2008 or so, had fleetingly wondered about this technique, but had just not stopped long enough to get "into" the idea and pursue the method. Afterall, there is so much to learn, use and do that one could potentially stay busy in that program forever! Haha! Anyway, I was inspired after the tutorial to play, and I made some word art stickers type thingys. I decided to give you the basic black png versions as they will serve more as a template. You can resize them, recolor them, clip papers to them, add shadows, add backgrounds, and well, you get the idea. Go crazy creative! I made 36 today and will divide them into three sets of 12 for you to pick up here. I'm including a blank one so you can add you own text to it in your very most favorite font! These are all 300 dpi. Here's a look at the preview . . .


If you like this type of element, leave me some love to inspire me into more creativity.

I tried to clean up the out-of-date links on my side bar, and I added my DD's grooming site.  She's been super busy with vacationers bringing in dogs to board while they are here at the beach.  Seems more folks prefer to bring their pets on vacation and board them close to their hotels than to leave them behind at home.  They come to visit their pets and take them out for outings, then return them for overnight when they have to be in hotels that don't allow the pets. 

Hope all is well where you are and that you're managing to stay cool.  I'll be back soon with more digital fun for you, so do stop back by.  Meantime, Happy Scrapping!