Saturday, February 28, 2009
I wanted to remind you all the the Adore Challenge and the Fan Challenge both end tonight at midnight! Get those layouts in to receive your gift(s) while there is still time! The Challenge Gifts will be emailed out on Sunday. New challenges and gifts are in the works for March!
Have a good weekend everyone!
Until next time...
Friday, February 27, 2009
Did you have a better week then I did? I sure hope so!
Our wonderful layouts tonight come from two very new Digi Scrappers! Let's welcome Laura and Sherry to the very friendly and helpful Digi World! Welcome Lady's!
This first wonderful layout comes to us from Laura. Laura says that she has been a traditional paper scrapper since 1995. She says that this is her first ever digital layout! A Digi virgin no more! hehe! You did a wonderful job and I would like to thank you for sharing with us! The Adore Gift link will be in your email on Sunday!
Sherry had this to say:
"This is only my 2nd layout EVER! Could never get in to paper scrapping. Discovered Shutterfly photobooks and thought digi-scrapping might be the way I can go.
I always do a major retelling of any vacations my family and I take, so the empty space is a continuation of our day 1 travels. Not very interesting, so didn't include that. My daughter's nickname is "bug", hence all the ladybugs on the page. It was a trip she and I took as her "welcome to the teen years" trip!"
Sherry-What program do you use? I may be able to help you with some of your questions. Also Since your Layout does not fall into the Challenge categories I am going to give you the choice of what you would like, The Adore Challenge Gift or the Fan Challenge Gift? Just let me know and it will be in your email on the first! Thank you for sharing with us!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
The last 24 hours have been very frantic around here for me.
About 2 am I was just getting ready to shut things down for the night and head to bed. All of a sudden there was a "BANG" and the computer went dead! This bang was loud! it scared the living crap out of me! After quickly determining nothing was on fire I took the side of the computer case off to look around. Nothing visibly wrong but there was no power. I know it wasn't the surge protector because the TV and lamp are both plugged in to it and they didn't flicker or anything when it happened. After a bit I was getting to sleepy to investigate further and unplugged the whole computer to be on the safe side.
This morning I replaced the power supply, nothing! I then tried another different power supply to no avail. At this point I'm thinking electrical short. Power supply and now maybe even the motherboard since a brand new power supply didn't work. So I grabbed the kids computer(dinosaur old and slow). Pulled my hard drives out of mine and put them into the kids. Still nothing. Can't even salvage the hard drives. After a day of testing all the different parts it has been determined that I fried the entire computer. EVERYTHING IS FRIED! The only thing still good is the case.. Thankfully it did NOT fry my external hard drives that were on at the time or the monitor, keyboard and mouse.
I thought bad things came in 3's and we have had 4 this year alone! Our stove quit on Valentines weekend. The microwave gave out in Jan. the computer on Wednesday night and Thursday we got a call that one of our tenants is moving out. I think that's 4. Are we done yet or do we still have two more things to go?
On an up note to losing all of this stuff with the computer. Wednesday afternoon while Michele and I were chatting I did some computer house cleaning and filing. So most of the stuff I had ready for the next two weeks was put away on the external and was saved! Yippee! Template wise that is. I did lose the Adore gift, and a new kit I was going to release this Sunday. some QP's and a few things that Michele and I had been working on together. Hopefully she still has these things and I can get them from her. One way or another the Adore Gift will be given out on Sunday. Michele does have a copy of that!
The one true thing I lost was a grab bag I was almost finished with!
If you would scroll all the way to the bottom.
Take a look at that hit counter!!
go ahead we'll wait for ya....
100,000 Hits!! Yippie!!
Thank you to everyone who has stopped by!!
I will try and make up another grab bag for you all to celebrate the 100,000 hits but it may be a few days now. Sorry, I wanted to have it ready as a surprise but, well it's fried! I hope you understand. We will still celebrate but just a bit late.
I also wanted to thank the lady's who sent layouts in today. Because of the computer issues I have not been able to get them ready for the blog. I will share them Friday night instead.
There has also been some comments and suggestions that I would like to talk more about, but I will wait till Friday for those since this is getting pretty long as it is.
Lastly tonight before we get to the freebie I would like to thank everyone who has stopped by to download last nights project 365 template. When I created it I didn't think it was worthy of being posted but I said to my self you never know till you try so I released it. And I am over whelmed by the number of downloads and comments! I'd say it's a hit! Thank you! thank you! Would you like more in similar styles?
Now before this post drags out any longer lets get to the first of the freebies that almost wasn't!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
First off I'd like to apologize for going off last night. Some times you just have to let it out. It has been a much better day around here. I went over to my grandfathers and played with the saws and sanders this afternoon. Couple of weeks ago I got a freebie glider rocker and foot stool. Nice chair, clean, rocks great, but it was missing one arm! So today I made patterns from the other arm and went and cut and sanded all the pieces today. Power tools I love em!
Until next time...
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
How's it going? Been a good week so far? I hope so! Been OK around here but I have to say I am a bit disappointed.
Disappointed you ask? Well Yeah! This is the last week for both the Fan Kit Challenge and the Adore Challenge. I have only received 1 layout for each challenge! Come on people! If your not willing to share, why should I share! It does go both ways! Some of you even leave comments saying you will send one in and then I sit and wait and rarely if ever receive them! Some days I just want to throw in the towel and give up! I even make extra freebies for those who are willing to share.
Although I must admit that this blog has given me one very awesome gift! That gift is my dear friend Michele. With out this blog and her willingness to share I never would have meet her! She has kept me from going insane many times! Thank you for being the awesome friend that you are Michele! Click here to go to Michele's Blog A Small Scrap Of Our Life.
Some of you may have noticed the little CT tag on the right of the blog. Michele has graciously excepted the first CT position. Depending on how this last week of February goes with you guys submitting layouts will determine if there is a true CT announcement this weekend. Whether you guys share or not there is big changes happening here on the blog. Which way it goes all depends on you.
When you guys submit your layouts it's like receiving a long awaited gift to me. It is the final step in all the work that I put in on all these freebies. I could go sell them in a shop some where and maybe someday I'll be invited to, but I like to give things out for free. We all don't live high on the hog and some of us have very tight budgets these days. I know I can't afford to go digi shopping. I would love to be able to! There is so many wonderful things out there!
I'm sorry about being a nag and a downer but sometimes you just have to get it out or it will just fester away at you.
Now on to those happy freebies!
The Fan Kits will be retiring on March 15th get them while you still can!
Adore Challenge ends Saturday at Midnight.
Fan Challenge ends Saturday at midnight.
For those of you still working on your Valentine scrap booking I just wanted to point out another older set of heart themed Templates. This is just one of the grab bags I did for last years NSD.
click the preview to download
no hot linking please
I do have one question for the LANDSCAPE scrappers...
the 8.5 x 11's, How many of you re size these to 8x10 for printing? I have read a few comments saying you do this and was wondering just how many do this? I have not printed any yet so I am clueless. Is this the "norm"? If so should I just make them 8x10? or leave them as is? I don't know so you tell me!
Everyones comments, suggestions, and requests are always welcome. You can leave a comment here on the blog or if you prefer you can always email me (found in the about me). Just put "Blog" some where in the subject line so the spam filters let it come through!
Until next time...
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
How did the weekend treat you?
Not so bad around here. Re-arranged the living room once again. This time more so for my plants then any thing else. The kitchen window gets way to hot in the summer so I move them back into the east living room window. But they have grown so much, that the way they were last year didn't work this year! Yes I'm thinking spring already and we still have at least 4-5 more weeks of this icky winter left!
no hot linking please
Until next time...
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
We had an unfortunate situation in our neighborhood this morning. The house four doors down and on the other side of the street went up in smoke about 9 am. As far as I know no one was home at the time. The kids had all left on the bus at 7:30. This evening the boy and I sat down and talked about what would happen to the family now. He knows the kids that lived there and just walking by the place coming home from the bus stop upset him a bit.
The oldest had another orchestra concert this evening. All the Public High Schools got together for this one. It was one HUGE orchestra! She went home with grandpa after the concert and he will take her to school in the morning. There is also only one more week of practice left for there musical "The Wizzard of Oz". They have 8 performances of it scheduled. I just wish she would put half the effort she does to orchestra towards her grades and we'd be good. (two F's at midterm, is not cool)
The youngest was at it again today. This time she was asking how to spell all the different body parts, eye, leg, fingers, ect. She really gets into it and does this little sing song thing. Now if only we could get the naps in at regular basis. It has been 5 days since she had one and she could defiantly use one! By 6 o'clock she is such a grumpy thing that bed time can't come soon enough.
Oh heck, there's the phone again! I spent over 5 hours on the phone already today. But that's tax season for ya!
Freebie Template # 166
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Michele has sent me these wonderful Layouts of her youngest son's First Christmas.
This was created using the Adore Mega kit and tonight's Freebie Template #165
Freebie Template #165
Click the preview to download and as always please no hot linking.
See you tomorrow night with the next template for Project 365 week 8
Until next time...
Monday, February 16, 2009
I'm not feeling so hot tonight, so this is gonna be short and simple. I do have a couple of LO's to share but I will save those for tomorrow.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
This one uses Template #165 (still to be released)
This one uses Template #12
Freebie Template #163
Click the preview to download
Until next time...
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
I found out what my Valentines gift is today. Well I actually had to pick it out. I'm getting a new phone! A camera phone! I know I'm a bit behind the times, camera phones are old news now! But the boyfriend will be getting one of those big fancy blackberry style things. This phone has wi fii and everything! Everything but an FM transmitter that is. He was actually bummed out that it didn't have it. Heck man, it's a mini computer with a phone for crying out loud! I don't see the point in those fancy things. We are all tied to those damn cell phones! Even my Dad drives me crazy, when he calls he expects me to answer no matter the time or place. Sorry my phone is not glued to me. I do not live for my phone and most of the time I'm not even in the same room as my phone! My new phone is a very basic one with a 2 pixel camera for those rare occasional pictures. It's a phone not a PDA or Camera.
One other thing to mention tonight is kind of cute. Our two year old today started asking how to spell words! From the back seat I hear " Mommy how do you spell age?" So I spelled it for her and then she wanted to know how to spell city, place, changes and half a dozen others! Tonight when I was practicing the boys spelling words with him she was spelling them out loud with us!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Well so it seems tax season has officially started. Well last week the phone side of things started and today the first clients dropped off there stuff. I usually have all the clients wrapped up and finished by April 1. I hate waiting till the last minute and love it when it's over!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Project 365 Week 7 Template
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Sorry it's been a couple of days but with 4 kits in a week and two double templates I just had to take a breather! But looking back over the last week I see I have been neglecting my faithful single template followers. So tonight is for you guys! But first we do have some things to take care of.
First off tonight the voting has closed on this months Participation gift for the Fan Kit Layout Challenge. I'd like to thank everyone who voted! The Single Template wins this month! I will have the preview ready tomorrow night for you.
Secondly to earn the Participation Gift you need to submit a layout using any of my Fan Kits before the end of the month. You can find my email in the about me section on the right of the blog. Layouts will be shared here on the blog and placed in the slide show at the bottom of the page. The Link to the Participation Gift will be sent out to the participants via return email on March 1st.
Please remember that ALL Fan Kits will be retired on March 15th. Get them while you still can! In August I will start taking team requests again. We will have a whole new round of Fan Kits. All depends on what you the readers request when the time comes.
I'd also like to thank everyone who has commented on the Adore Kit. I do this all through word of mouth with some aid from the freebie search engines. I don't go looking for places to advertise. So every comment you leave means multiple things!
Like I said in a previous post, word of mouth is always the best advertising a person can get!
Thank you to all of you who have stoped by, whether you downloaded or not, it still means you heard about the freebie/blog somewhere and was curious enough to stop by! Thank You!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Do we have a wonderful gift for you all tonight!
Friday, February 6, 2009
OMG! Have you seen it? IkeaGoddess picked up Wednesdays Project 365 week 6 Template and has it listed on her Friday freebies! I'm so excited! It is the first time that IkeaGoddess has picked up/ listed anything of mine! Thank You IkeaGoddess!
On the downside of things you Cardinals Fans better be thanking IkeaGoddess! If it weren't for her posting one of my freebies you would be in for a very long RANT! So In a nut shell. I never wanted to do both a Steelers Add On and a Cardinals Kit! I even said in last Sundays post that I was waiting the out come of the game before I started the kit for the WINNER. But because a few of You Asked Nicely so I did do a Cardinals Kit. Why did I bother? For only ONE comment. Talk about greedy Fans! All right Rants over on to better things!
First off I would like to point out the 2 new slide shows at the bottom of the blog! One is for the February "Fan Kit Challenge" If you send in a layout using any of my Fan Kits your Lo will be shared in the Slide show and you will receive a special gift for Participating! Your Participation gift depends on what you vote for! Vote on the right side of the blog. Times running out to vote so get yours in soon!
Finally tonight we come to our Friday Double Template. But only because I promised you all double Templates on Fridays. Tonight's post almost didn't even happen. Thank you IkeaGoddess for pulling me out of my slump!
Double Template #14
Until next time...
Thursday, February 5, 2009
I still live that way, and when I say I'm going to do something I will try my best to fulfill whatever it is I agreed to. I believe your word is your honer and that's all anybody actually ever has in this world that they can call there own. I can honestly say that when it comes to the blog there is only one promise that I have not yet fulfilled. Let's hope that Daytona brings back the creative juices for that kit!
Remember this month's "Challenge" is to submit a Layout using any of the Fan kits that I have given out as freebies here on the blog. You can find a complete list on the right side.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Sharon has used both of the Steelers kits for her wonderful layout. The background and frames are from the original Steelers Fan Kit and the streamer overlay and key chain are from the Steelers Add On.
Looks like a lot of fun Sharon! Thanks for sharing your layout with us!
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
I would like to point out that ALL the Fan Kits are listed alphabetical on the right side of the blog. -------->
Melissa, you will find the Broncos Fan Kit included in the list of avialablie kits.
For you Cardinals fans, If they would of won you'd be finding your kit here tonight instead of the Add On for the Steelers. No promisses but I will see what I can do for a Kit for you guys.
Cara - I'm so glad you like the Bears Kit! Maybe you would be willing to share a layout with us?
Febuary Challenge - This month I challenge you, my readers to submit a layout to share using one of the Fan Kits. My dear friend Michele has sent in a couple of layouts using the Broncos Fan Kit and I have shown a few using the Raiders Fan Kit. But I would really really injoy seeing some of the other Fan Kits in use.
Your Participation gift I'm going to leave up to you.... 1) Single template, 2) Double template, or 3) Mini Kit. You can vote on the right side of the blog. ----->
If you chose a Mini Kit I will put up some color schemes for you to vote on.
Have a good night everyone!
Until next time...
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Been a busy but relaxed day around here. If that makes much scents!
But lets get down to business.
Juli sent in this wonderful layout and because she got it in before I posted tonight, Juli will receive the Sharing Bonus Template. Juli I will email the link to you in the morning. The rest of you that shared a layout. I sent your links this afternoon if you submitted a layout but have not received a reply back please email me again.
How many of you watched the Super Bowl?
I only watched parts of the second and forth quarters. I started working on a new kit and it is about half done. Speaking of the game though. You Steelers fans be on the lookout some time this week I will be posting an Add On for the Steelers Fan Kit. I have not started it yet because I was waiting to see who won the game first so I'm not going to promise a certain day, just some time this week!
Freebie BEARS Fan Kit
Click the preview to download
sorry this item no longer available
No hot linking please
Until Next Time...