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

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Thanks for your thanks...

Good evening everyone!  I wanted to stop by for a quick comment to thank everyone who has left me emails and comments regarding my "Ye Olde Dress Shoppe" kit.  I really appreciate your kind words and thank-yous.  They encourage me to keep on going and keep designing!  As I've said in the past, what good would it be for me to do the designing if no one wanted what I create?!?  I appreciate each and every one of you who take the time to comment (and even those of you who don't).

Also, send me some good thoughts, will 'ya?  I'm struggling a bit health-wise again with back and chest pain, as well as having nosebleeds from taking the blood thinners I have to take since having a stent put in my right coronary artery back in January.  It's hard not to let the depression overtake me when I'm in so much pain, but designing again really has helped me by allowing me to be creative and by giving me a purpose.  It's rough on the back and on my right hand (which I had surgery on a few years ago), but worth it to my spirit!

Well, off to continue working on my Shakespeare kit for Pixel Scrapper's June blog train which has a theme of "London."  See you on the 1st!

Blessings once again,

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Introducing "Ye Olde Dress Shoppe" Mega Freebie

Well, I finally finished this huge MEGA freebie kit!!!  I really couldn't stop myself this time.  There's everything you would expect to find in a woman's clothing store! It is 1.45GB of: Victorian women in their finery; vintage ads for apparel, corsets, shoes, sewing-related items, etc.; tons of clothing and accessories; sewing machines, thread and other sewing-themed items; lace borders, frames and papers; ruffles; fabric-inspired papers, mats, frames and tags; gorgeous vintage jewelry; fun fabric flowers; stitched mats and a line of stitches; ornaments; and so much more! There are 60 papers and 488 individual elements! It is certainly the largest kit I have ever made...and ever hope to make!  LOL 

Here are the many previews (Don't forget to click on them for a better view):

Phew...that's a whole lot of previews!  Here are the download links:

TOU and Credits, Previews
Papers 1
Papers 2
Papers 3
Papers 4
Elements 1
Elements 2
Elements 3
Elements 4
Elements 5
Elements 6
Elements 7
Elements 8

I hope you find this kit useful and worth the download time it took to snag it.  Making it was a lot of work, but it was also a labor of love.  While I am enjoying dabbling in other genres, Vintage and Victorian will always be my favorite.  I would enjoy hearing from you.  Also please check out the poll to the right regarding what kind of kits you are most interested in.

Well, now I'm going to get working on June's Pixel Scrapper Blog Train Kit.  The theme is England and I'm doing a Shakespeare and Edwardian-themed kit.  It will be a WHOLE LOT smaller than Ye Olde Dress Shoppe!  I'm also working on a Victorian Father's Day Kit to go along with my Victorian Mother's Day Kit which you can still grab if you scroll down a bit.

Happy scrapping and, as always, blessings to you and yours.


Saturday, May 9, 2015

Sneak Preview of "Ye Olde Dress Shoppe"

Hi everyone.  I've been hard at work on my vintage fashion kit entitled, "Ye Old Dress Shoppe."  It's full of fun things including great Victorian ads and ephemera, threads and other sewing-related items, Victorian ladies in their finery, lace, fantastic buttons and much, much more.  I think it's going to end up being my largest kit yet!  Thought I'd give you a sneak peek at a couple of the items:

Lace Frame:

Lace Frame

Blue thread

Victorian Ladies Paper

Victorian Ornament Paper

Victorian Lady


Gold Metallic & Plastic Button

Crocheted Flower w/Button Center

Hope this whets your appetite for a HUGE new kit!  LOL  It should be up and available by the middle of next week.  Don't forget you may click on the images for a closer look.

Take care and, as always,


Monday, May 4, 2015

Earth's Spring Renewal - Pixel Scrapper May BT

Well, I still haven't managed to get all my computer issues straightened out, but I was able to get previews made so here is Earth's Spring Renewal.  First, the previews (click on them for close-up views):


 And here are the links:

Papers 02
Elements 01
Elements 02
Elements 03

Thanks for downloading my creations and, as always, I hope you enjoy.  Remember I appreciate your comments and constructive criticism.  Also, please check out my poll on the left regarding what kind of kits you'd like to see.

Don't forget to check out all the other wonderful contributions to this month's Pixel Scrapper Blog Train.  There are tons of great things to be had!


Saturday, May 2, 2015

My Part of May PS Blog Train Delay

Sorry everyone, my portion of Pixel Scrapper's May blog train is going to be a couple days late, probably Monday, although I'm hoping for tomorrow.  I've been having computer issues.  For some reason, my computer is acting up when I copy and paste.  I can copy fine, but it gives me an error message when I try to paste telling me it can't access the clipboard.  I re-installed Paint Shop Pro and that helped for a short time, then it acted up again.  I have to keep re-starting my computer.  The kit is done but I have to make previews and then upload before I can share.  Thanks for your patience and I hope it will be worth your wait.  I'm really pleased with it and it's definitely my favorite non-Victorian thing I've ever created!  "See" you tomorrow or Monday.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Re-Release of Victorian Mother's Day Freebie

Hope every is doing well.  I'm feeling a bit better and a little stronger.  Yay!  My niece, Denise,  brought my two great-nieces and great-nephew over Saturday, as well as my new little great nephew who was born late last fall.  He is my niece, Leilani's, first child.  Such a cute and GOOD baby!  I gave them their Easter baskets (yeah, late I know!).  We then baked cookies for over three hours...cut-outs, peanut butter and orange.  They couldn't get over that I made my own icing and had never seen anyone make it before!  Go figure.  We had a ball but boy did it wear me out.  LOL  Now they want to come back and make cupcakes!  Here are a couple pictures:

Are you ready for another old kit to be re-released?  Today I have for you my Victorian Mother's Day freebie kit.  It's another big one!

Here's the previews:

You can grab them here:

Papers 1
Papers 2
Elements 1
Elements 2
Elements 3

Don't forget to come back on Friday to grab my part of the Pixel Scrapper Blog Train kit, Earth's Renewal.  I actually made a kit that is not Victorian!  Figured it was time to branch out a bit.  Here's a preview of three papers:

Well, that's all for now.  Blessings to each and everyone of you!


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Freebie For You - Mirror Reflection Add-On Kit

Good Wednesday evening to everyone.  I'm back today with an add-on to my Pixel Scrapper April 2015 Blog Train kit, "Mirror Reflections."  In includes twenty new frames, most made with the paper designs, a complete alpha with numbers and special characters, and six new decorative word arts.  I hope all of you enjoy it.

In the next couple days, I'm going to be posting a re-issue of my "Victorian Mother's Day" kit.  I was going to wait until the beginning of May but I thought, why not?  LOL  Stop back here on my blog to get it.  It's a huge one!

Here are the previews of the "Mirror Reflections" Add-On kit.  It is for personal use, please. 

Here are the links:
Decorative Word Ads

Now, on to May's Pixel Scrapper Blog Train kit - Earth's Renewal.  I'm also still working on a few other kits, including a Victorian Father's Day one.

Happy scrapping and, as always, blessings to you and yours,


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

FREEBIE: Dotted Petals CU Paper Pack and CU Paper Overlay

Hello, my friends.  I hope this finds you all well and happy!

I've been busy working on Pixel Scrapper's May Blog Train kit.  The theme is Renewal and I'm focusing on the earth's renewal after winter.

I'm also working on a "Victorian Father's Day" kit to complement my "Victorian Mother's Day" kit which I am going to be re-releasing the first week of May, as well as the "Ye Olde Milliner and Dressmaker" kit I have been attempting to do for some time.

June's Pixel Scrapper's Blog Train is going to be really special.  The theme is England and you wouldn't believe what people are already coming up with!  The subject area is so broad, and the color palette so large, that you will be seeing everything imaginable.  My portion will be focusing on Shakespearean and Elizabethan themes.

Now on to today's freebie:   Today I am re-releasing an OLD Paper Pack and Paper Overlay -- "Dotted Petals."  I had a "like" for the overlay from a Pixel Scrapper friend (thanks, Kathryn) so I figured why not re-post the whole pack!  The overlay was originally CU and the paper pack PU, but both are now for commercial use!


Here is the link:  Dotted Petals
Both the paper overlay and paper pack are included in the download.

Have fun and don't forget to check back soon for the "Reflections" add-on and the Pixel Scrapper May Blog Train on May 1st.

Many blessings,

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter and...

I hope all of you are having a great weekend.  I had a wonderful day on Friday with my BFF, Patricia.  We first went to Bob Evans, which turned into a family reunion for her!  I was running late because I couldn't find my keys, and she was running a bit later than we had planned.  Surprisingly, when we got out of her car, her aunt and two of her first cousins were also entering the restaurant.  It was great meeting them as I have heard some very funny and heart-warming stories about them over the years.  We had great food and great conversation.  Then, we went to Jo-Ann's.  First, let me say that I really appreciate the fact that they have electric wheelchairs for their patrons to use.  We spent way longer than anticipated, but as always, buying tons of scrap paper and embellishments.  Even though I love digital, I am also a paper HOARDER!  LOL  Afterwards, we went to her house where I re-designed her blog for her.  I didn't get home until after 9:30 PM, then spent the night designing.  And I do mean night!  I went to bed at about 6 AM on Saturday.  Jeesh, I really am addicted!

I also did some CU shopping online and purchased Karen's Scrap & Graphics entire store at Digital Scrap Designs for $30.00!  That's, right...her entire store for $30!  You have two months to download everything you want.  In addition to some PU items, included are a TON of CU items.  You'll be seeing a lot of designs by me utilizing her great CU work.  In addition to Karen, several other designers have specials right now on purchasing their entire store.  Karen's usually is $60.  I would have loved to purchase Scrap and Tubes store also (same prices but with reduced time of one month to download) but, alas, Social Security only goes so far!  Ha Ha.  Check out the remaining designers offering "Buy My Store" deals here:  Buy My Store Deals.

Well, once again, Happy Easter and blessings to one and all.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

WOWZA! 2 1/2 lb. more to go and I'll.....

...have lost 100 lbs.  That's ONE HUNDRED POUNDS!!!  Tooting my own horn, you betcha' I am!  LOL  It has been a loooong battle since I have limited mobility and a non-functioning thyroid.  I went to my endocrinologist today and was weighed.  Three years ago I weighed 396 lbs.  Today I finally was below the 300 threshold and weighed 298 1/2 lbs.  Yay for me...think I'll go have a hot fudge sundae!  NOOOO, just kidding.  ROFLMBO!  I weighed right about 200 lbs. when I graduated high school way back in 1970.  Only 102 1/2 lbs. more to go and I'll be back there.  It might take til' my final days but, heck, at least I'm determined to do it. 

Forgive the indulgence, but I just had to share.  I'm so very happy and PROUD of myself.

Blessings to you and yours,


Sad news...and re-share of an old kit.

My stepfather passed away.  Mel has been my stepfather for 52 years!  Mama passed away a little over 18 years ago, on Halloween in 1996.  I spent most of the day on Monday at the nursing home with him and was able to say goodbye and thank him for always treating myself and my two sisters as his kids, and for loving our mom so very much.  I told him to tell Mama that I loved her and to tell my baby sister, who passed away in January of 2015, "Happy Birthday" for me.  She would have been 58 on the 24th of March.

Mel was in great pain and was taking morphine every two hours the last two days.  His lung cancer had returned for a third time, and he had a brain tumor.  There was nothing to be done and he wouldn't have wanted anything.  He made sure we new his wishes as he had a living will.  He was an ornery son-of-a-gun and was flirting with the nurses and aides until he was too sick to do so!  I will miss him greatly and I feel like an orphan.  I was blessed with two great step-parents and a wonderful mom.  My maternal grandparents and two maternal aunts were also big influences in my life.  They are all gone and I miss them so much, and I feel so alone without them, especially at the holidays, on their birthdays, etc.

I was blessed with Mel's presence in my live...he really was not my stepfather, but my father.  I love him very much.  Please keep him and us in your prayers and send us good thoughts.

On to happier things.  I'm re-uploading my old kits and I'm going to share them again with new links.  Instead of making everyone go to the old posts, I'll make new posts as they are ready to be shared.  Today, I'm going to share my "Victorian Easter" kit.  Thought it was appropriate to share this one first.  Here are the previews:

 Download "Victorian Easter" here:

Papers 1
Papers 2
Elements 1
Elements 2
Quick Page Album Thanks, Charles, for the heads-up on the problem with this link.  It's been corrected.

PLEASE NOTE NEW TOU'S:  All my older kits are now freebies but they will have to remain personal use only.  I had a hard drive crash and lost a lot of info as to whose actions, templates, etc. that I used.  Some are mentioned in the old TOU's that are part of the zip files.  Updated TOU's are also included with the files.  In all the kits using Victorian graphics, they are royalty-free, in the public domain, commercial use graphics from a disc that I purchased years ago (and, thank goodness, still have!).  One thing I have noticed is that a lot of the CU designers I used regularly are no longer in business, like Atomic Cupcake.  I had a subscription to her site and have almost all her actions.  It broke my heart when she stopped designing.  I also especially miss Fishinmom.  I wish I had joined her Creative Team earlier than I did.  It was a blast. 

I welcome any and all construction criticism, but please be kind as they are old kits and were created before a lot of the new trends came into play...things like clusters, tattoo-type graphics, etc.

Happy scrapping and blessings,


Freebie Share - Pixel Scrapper April 2015 Blog Train

Hey there, everyone.  I finally finished my contribution to Pixel Scrapper's April Blog Train - Reflections.  My contribution is named "Mirror Reflections" and, as the name suggestions, takes it's inspiration from mirrors.  CU product credits are included in the TOU included in the papesr zip.  Here are the previews (click on them for a better look) and the links are below are the previews:

And here are the links (Dropbox):

Elements I
Elements II
Elements III

I hope you enjoy this HUGE freebie kit and don't forget to check out the rest of the parts of the blog train at Pixel Scrapper!  There's some great stuff there.

Here is my beautiful great-niece, Jenna, who was my inspiration for this kit.  I love her lots and lots.

I intend to do an alpha, more word arts, and some other things like clusters, etc.  I just ran out of time as I was in the hospital for a week.  I know, same old same old.  I hate it.  As always, I appreciate constructive criticism and if you find any of those ole' nasty stray pixels, please let me know!