"Wake every day with a WINGED HEART and give thanks for another day of LOVING." (Khalil Gibran)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy, Happy Thanksgiving Freebies!

Well, gals, my freebies have been MIA for a whole month...and I'm so sorry but my health issues took precedence for awhile.  What a rough Autumn I had!  However, I'm now back and you are all stuck with me!  LOL

First, I want to wish everyone who celebrates a Happy Thanksgiving.  For those in other countries who do not celebrate this US holiday, please join us in having a grateful and thankful heart tomorrow (and, hopefully, every day).  I am so thankful to be alive!

Secondly, I am re-releasing an old kit from 2006, plus an add-on from 2007.  I really like this kit, if I say so myself!  LOL

Here is Victorian Thanksgiving:

This is a layout I made from the kit way back in 2007.  The pictures are my niece, her husband and her two oldest kids.  These are the kids I just spent last Saturday with doing Christmas crafts and Taylor is the great-niece going to the Adam Lambert concert with me in 11 days!  Little Wes (Wesley III) is not so little anymore, but he told me he doesn't mind still being called by that name.  They sure have grown up!  Check out the post below this one for current pictures.

Here are the links:

Victorian Thanksgiving
TOU and Previews

Victorian Thanksgiving Add-On
TOU and Previews

I hope you enjoy these freebies and, as always, I would love to see what you create with them!

Blessings and with a grateful heart for all of you,

Did 'Ya Miss Me?!?

Can't believe it's been a month since I posted here...and I'm so sorry!  My health issues took precedence for a while.  I still feel guilty not having a share for November Pixel Scrapper's blog train, but I promise I'm making up for it with December's!  I just can't stop designing stuff for it and it's going to be HUGE even by my standards!  LOL

I hope all of you are having a wonderful start to the holidays.  I know I am!  This last Saturday, my niece, Denise, and my great-nieces, Taylor (11) and Jenna (7), and my great-nephew, Wes III (9), came over for a craft day.  It was so much fun!  We made Christmas crafts, ate pizza and chocolate chip cookies, took bunches of pictures and had a great time!  The girls LOVE to pose and have their pictures taken, but Wes and Mommy...not so much!  The kids are growing up too fast!  They sure wore this old woman out!

Here are some pictures I wanted to share:

Thanks, Denise, for coming over and bringing my greats.  I love you all so much and can't wait for Christmas!

Hope all of you, my faithful blog readers, are surrounded by love, family and friends during this holiday season!  Always remember to have a thankful heart for all you have.

Blessings to you and yours,

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Thanks, a request, and I'm going to a concert...OH, MY!!

Hey there, everyone.  Just wanted to catch up and make a request of all you wonderful people.  First, thanks to everyone for the thanks on my latest kit!  Maggie, I'm really happy to know it brought back pleasant memories for you!  Holly , thanks for taking time to stop by and leave a comment.  Regarding those "actual instruments" you mentioned, I had almost an impossible task trying to find images of real instruments (not clip art) to use for "The Music of My Life" kit that were okay to use.  If any of you have an instrument around your household, I'd really appreciate it if you would consider taking a photograph of it against a solid background (like a wall or rug), sending it to me, and allowing me to use it for subsequent update kits.  I would be so very grateful and you'd then be able to scrap an actual page with your's or your kid's actual instrument!

I've decided to start, once again, selling a kit here or there to help with the financial end of acquiring images, programs, etc.  As most of you know, I'm on disability and Social Security only goes so far.  I've also decided the first kit I sell will be heritage and genealogy themed, as this has been requested a number of times.  Hopefully, this will happen in January or February.  Also, I had a request in the comments for the music kit to do a friendship theme and I think that would be a fantastic idea.  Not sure if it will be a freebie or a paid kit.  Thanks, JASPER1, not just for your suggestion, but for always leaving me a sweet comment.  Don't worry everyone, even if I do PTU kits, I'll never stop making FTU kits for all of you!  It gives me great pleasure.

Speaking of finances, I giving myself a Christmas gift this year!  On the 7th of December I'm going to a Cleveland radio station's holiday concert with my fave, the uber-talented Adam Lambert (and also Echosmith of "Cool Kids" fame).  My stented and bypassed, little heart is bursting with joy and anticipation.  I saw him back in 2011 right before I ended up in the nursing home.  It is a highlight of my concert-going past, and I've been to everything from high opera to heavy metal!  So few artists are as good in person as they are recorded...and Adam is even BETTER!  I've been a Glambert since the American Idol days back in 2009...in fact I'm officially Glambert #3945 so you know I was an early fan! LOL  It's a perfect logistical situation for me.  In December, as in 2009, he's performing at Playhouse Square.  The Greyhound bus station is only two blocks away and the hotel is right on the Square.  Makes wheelchair travel as easy as it could ever be!  Yippee! Well, I've gushed enough but I could go on and on!

Hope all of you are having a wonderful week.  I'm off now to try and put together something small for Pixel Scrapper's November blog train.  Yikes...I only have three or four days!


Friday, October 23, 2015

I hear music!!!!

Well, I finally hear the music around these parts!!!  I've finished "The Music of My Life" base kit at long last.  There's a bit of everything:  some more modern, some more vintage, hopefully something for everyone.  It's a huge one!  I'm almost finished with the first era/genre add-on kit...classical.  However, that will have to wait until I create my contribution to Pixel Scrapper's November blog train, Thankful Harvest.  I'm going back to my Victorian roots for that one.  The color palette is a real beauty.  Check it out:

I'd give you a preview, but first I have to design something!  Funny how that works.  LOL

BTW, on the TOU's for the music kit, you can see a REALLY old picture of me from my Freshman year of high school (1966-67).  I played violin in the orchestra.  Don't laugh now, we all get old sooner or later if we're lucky!  It's a scan of a partial paper-scrapped page that is part of an entire album I made about my high school, my family who also went there, the famous alumni, and President William McKinley who the school is named after.  You'll have to enlarge it to see it very well.  Oh, what the heck...here it is:

Okay, here are the previews for "The Music of My Life" base kit:

Here are some layouts for inspiration from my Flight Crew Member, Patti.  Her Aunt Lucille celebrated her 95th birthday last weekend!

Lucille likes to talk about how she still exercises and can put her foot up by her head.  I Photoshopped a special picture for Patti to give her that is a hoot, if I say so myself. Take a look:

Patti said everyone got a "real kick" out of it!  Pun intended...ROFLMBO.

And now, without further ado, here are the links you've been waiting for:

TOU and Credits

I hope you enjoy and find it to be worth the wait!  I'd love to hear from you and see what you create with it.  Please remember to check back on the 1st for Thankful Harvest and shortly thereafter for the Classical Add-On.


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Why I go to Pixel Scrapper

As you all know, I participate in the blog trains at Pixel Scrapper.  This site is much more than a typical scrapbook site...it is a community of scrappers, designers, digital artists, etc.  When I say a "community," I mean it.  You can always find tons of freebies, yes, but more than that...you will find know-how, encouragement, kind words, and friends.  Marisa Lerin, the site creator, has posted a Pixel Scrapper manifesto and I want you all to read it, please.  It will explain just what I am trying to say.  Here's the link:

Pixel Scrapper Manifesto

Whether you are looking for a new scrapbook home or not, this is one great neighborhood to be in!

Thanks, and hope to see you around Pixel Scrapper.


Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Teenage Firsts

Links are now working!  Thanks to my faithful blog readers who let me know they weren't.  I just forgot to link them.  So sorry for the lapse of memory.  LOL

Hi everyone.  Hope all of you are well, happy, and thriving!  Today I'm sharing my portion of Pixel Scrapper's October Blog Train, That Teenage Life.  My part is a paper pack commemorating some teenage firsts.  I've had a rough month health-wise with a gut bug, UTI and sinus infection, which all impacted by blood pressure and diabetes, so a paper pack was all I was able to get finished.  It is the first cartoon'y and cutesy thing I've created...and probably the last!  LOL  I'm not thrilled with it and went back and forth on whether to even share or not, however, I put a lot of work into the designs so I decided to offer the pack anyway.  Hopefully some of you will find a purpose for it.

Here's the previews (don't forget you can click on them for a larger view):

Here are the Dropbox links:

Previews and TOU
Papers 01
Papers 02
Papers 03

I'm still working on the music kit and the base portion of it, plus a classical add-on, should be finished in the next week.  Keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I'm really struggling to stay upright!

Blessings to you and to yours,

Friday, September 18, 2015

Update, Kit Preview and a Re-Shared Freebie!

First, the update:  My music kit has been slow-going because I'm sick.  I was hoping I was just having my usual flare of colitis, but nooooooo, I have a virus of some kind and I'm miserable.  Nausea, trouble eating, bathroom issues...you get the idea.  Because my health is poor anyway, when I get something like this it really takes a toll on me and knocks me for a loop.  On top of the GI issues, I'm pretty sure I have a sinus infection because I'm having headaches, a lot of pressure in the sinus areas of my face, and I'm dizzy, which is usually a good sign that a sinus issue is affecting my equilibrium.  I'm also running a low grade fever.  Even my eyes hurt, which makes the detailed work difficult. Boo Hoo for me!  Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers.

Now, the preview:   I'm so sorry that the music kit is going to be later than I'd like.  I have, however, restructured this first kit.  Instead of it being focused on classical music, I've decided to make it the general base kit and have classical be the first add-on theme. This first kit is going to be a huge one!  LOL  I've got a good start on it...most of the papers are done (I'm up to 56) and a good bit of the usual elements like frames and bows, etc., are also finished.  I'm now working on most of the images that need extracted and/or need more intensive work.  I've chosen a broad color palette, take a peek:

Here's a few previews:

There's a whole set, in varied colors, like the latter element that explains what musical terms mean.  Well, I hope this will keep you excited for the upcoming "Music of My Life" kit!  It won't be too long in coming; I promise you I'll work hard to make it happen as soon as possible.

And, lastly, the freebie!  Today, I'm re-sharing my Victorian Halloween freebie kit with all of you.  I think it turned out pretty darned good way back in 2007, if I say so myself! LOL  Hopefully, you'll agree.

Here's the previews:

Here's a couple layouts Patti from The Flight Crew made at the time.  That's here in the middle picture of the first layout.

And, here are the links:

Hope you enjoy this kit and I would REALLY love to see what you create with it.  

Blessings, as always,