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Wednesday, January 1, 2014


HAPPY NEW YEAR my sweet peeps!!  As we welcome in 2014, I want to wish you the best in health, happiness and prosperity!  Yes, All The Best!

Seems Christmas came and went in a flash, as it usually does.  I had to work my job's normal days and hours, and I was just lucky that my two days off happened to be Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  We had plenty of plans, but my family circle fell ill to the flu, one by one, starting two days before Christmas Eve; so plans had to be cancelled and remade.  My daughter went down first, then my hubby, and then my step-son.  I managed to escape illness as did my son-in-law and all my grandkids, thank goodness!  We managed a large get-together on Christmas afternoon, but most of the food I had prepared had to be saved until appetites returned.  It is the luck of the Irish we have!  In truth, we all work in and among large groups of people every day, so illness is bound to catch one of us now and then; so many viruses are airborn this time of year.  Oh well, lets hope that it's over!

The weather here at the beach has been nice and mild.  Sunny days, cooler nights, and a few scattered days of warm rain off and on.  Can't complain since it IS winter.

It seems like with working fulltime again coupled with the recent busy holiday months, I haven't had time to design or scrap as much as I like to.  I just hope I've taken plenty of pictures to scrap later on!

I had signed up early in December for some forum challenges, but time flew by and I actually had to push to get them completed.  I love doing them, but time has not been my own lately.

FREEBIE QP, CHRISTMAS DREAMS, comes to you from my participation in the December Quick Page Collection Game over at Digi Scrap Station.  The kit was provided to us by designer, Happy Scrap Arts, and each of us made one 8-inch QP from it, png format at 300 dpi.  You can collect all of the free QPs by visiting the forum there where all have posted their download link in the December Quick Page Collection Game forum thread.  Here is a look at the kit,


And here is a look at the Quick Page I designed with it,


8-inch size QP:  HERE or HERE

12-inch size QP:  HERE or HERE

Next up on our FREEBIE list is another Quick Page, this one from my participation in the monthly QP challenge (December's) over at Ivy Scraps.  We were fortunate to get to play with a huge Christmas kit called WINTER JOY, designed by Atrias Creations.  We each made one 12-inch QP in png format at 300 dpi.  You can collect all of them over the next 30 days in the December Quick Page Contest forum thread over at Ivy Scraps where the free download links are posted.  Here is a look at the kit . . .

And here is a look at my Free Quick Page,

Next, I'll show you a few layouts I've made for a shot of inspiration . . . the one below is a gorgeous template by Wendy Tunison of Scraps-N-Pieces and I scrapped it with photos of my oldest grandson making a huge craft project which you can see transform into a beautiful Christmas wreath of paper cones.  We had seen the project made from old book pages on You Tube, but we used red and green card stock for the cones, so his wreath turned out large and very firm by comparison.  He learned to use tape, a stapler, and a hot glue gun.  He did burn himself once with hot glue on his hand because he was attempting to watch a football game on TV at the same time.  He quickly learned that hot glue requires full attention!  I was very proud of him because he likes to get to finish everything he starts, and he shopped later for his decorations for the center of this wreath.  He decided on silk poinsettias to adorn its center.  He proudly hung his wreath inside his house on a large wall where his Christmas tree was to stand also.  It looked very pretty!
Next, I worked up the December Template Challenge at Digi Scrap Station hosted by Jodii Watson of Throwing Some Scraps Around.  I filled this template around the photo of my only granddaughter getting her ears pierced as a Christmas gift from her daddy because she had done so well in her academics, sports, home and civic obligations all year.

And now comes just a whimsical layout made to showcase a challenge mask made by Happy Scrap Arts of Digi Scrap Station.  I love masks probably as much as I love templates; I'm addicted to both!  Some of the forum challenges are starting to offer monthly mask challenges, so I'm all over those! 

And I'll end and wind up this post by showing you another whimsical layout done for the December Quote Challenge over at DSS.  You'll be able to tell that the well-known Elf-On-The-Shelf came to live with us during the holidays, so I put all his antics onto one page for better memory keeping in years to come.  Below that layout, I'll showcase each individual photo so you can see it better.  This is my kind of crazy humor, and this rascal is all over the net!  So it's not just me!

 And here are the close-ups for a better look at his antics!

Just a little wine, they'll never miss it, right?

I could play hide and seek all night!

Do ya ever just get caught up in what you're doing?

Have you been REALLY GOOD this year?

I just love hanging out in the kitchen!

I'll take the breakfast with the most sugar on it, please!

I'm just no good until I've had my COFFEE!!!

I'm making this spot my home for the holidays!

I foresee a lot of mischief in my future!

I've been in the house less than 30 minutes, and she's already got me crafting!

But, hey, look what I knitted myself to wrap up in!

Well now, the Mister has gotten into what I can do and we are texting me to the Mrs. at work!

Oh, the Mister is more aggressive; I'm swimmin' with his fishes!

I'm the card guardian!

Thanks for all the holiday greetings, letters, and photos!

I'm feeling overwhelmed with all this wrapping to be done!

Shhh!  I'm laying down on the job!

We're making cookies, or this may be my magic carpet ride!

Sharing secrets with my new best friend!

Lets giddy up, Dancer!  Rudolph is way out of sight!!

Tried hanging out with this guy, but he won't say much!

Taking time out for attending church . . .

And this is my new ride for the rest of next year!!
Stop by again soon.  More freebies to come.  Calendar templates are on my designing agenda!

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