Sunday, December 28, 2008
'Round about the day after Christmas, I start getting this uncomfortable sensation in the pit of my stomach. Kind of like Sunday night before a week of finals, in fact. It's silly, but it's my response to the knowledge that I'm going to have to take all the Christmas decorations down.
I'd like to think that this is not just a dread of physical activity (ha, we all know that's PART of it, though. I am as sedentary as a... well, I can't think of anything suitably sedentary to insultingly compare myself to, so use your imagination). It's kind of that whole letting-go-of-fantasy-land thing - acknowledging that the period of time where everyone's goal is to get you whatsoever you desire (even if it's only in your mind, and not your husband's, LOL) is about to come to a screeching halt and January bills are looming large... Somehow, putting the decorations away has become symbolic for the return to reality, and I really don't wanna.... and yet, there's something oddly comforting about having everything neat and tidy and back to normal, too. It's just the JOURNEY from beautiful fantasy to tidy reality that I hate, LOL.
For someone who loves to complain about taking down Christmas decorations, it was kind of foolish to decorate my blog, now wasn't it? ::sigh:: Should have thought that one through a little more, LOL. At least I won't have to put anything into a dusty box and try and resurrect it next year :)
In the meantime, I have a new kit in the store called Photo Op. It's made from the dark dusky colors that I love, and there are lots of goodies included to help you scrap almost any event. It didn't occur to me to make an alpha to match until the kit was already in the store, but I wanted one for a layout I'm working on, so I figured I might as well do it right and share it with you :) You can use it as an excuse to scrap... and not put the Christmas decorations away!
Download Alpha HERE.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Scissors and Paste and I do not get along very well, so Donna has provided these instructions (and honestly, I think even *I* can do this!):
Print the sheet of tags out on Avery sticker paper, then cut out to use as sticker type tags. Print the regular tags on Matte Photo paper, cut out, used a hole punch, and string ribbons through.
Easy Peasy! Thanks, Donna! Be sure to check out the store at Plain Digital Wrapper for lots more holiday hybrid help, and some great free-with-purchase offers!
You can download the tags HERE.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
You can download both HERE. And then be sure to visit these blogs from my friends from Plain Digital Wrapper anytime during the last 12 Days before Christmas (13-25 December) to collect them all!
Catriona MacGregor: http://catriona-
Brandi White: http://brandiwhited
Tammy Moore: http://digicollage.
Tracy King: http://urbandragond
Tammy Kat: http://puuurfectdes
Denise Zavagno: http://scrapdzines.blogspot.com/
Friday, December 12, 2008
And how much progress did I make? you ask. Perhaps you didn't ask OUT LOUD, but for the purpose of this intellectual argument I'm trying to make, let's say you did.
And the answer would be: NONE (quelle surprise!)
And it's the dog's fault. Because he chose yesterday to RUN AWAY FROM HOME.
Apparently spending the weekend at the "Spa" (i.e. boarding at the vet's while we kicked up our heels at the company party downtown) was just a wee bit too confining for his taste, because he took advantage of my distraction at having the UPS man deliver 2 packages at my door and then decide that one of them wasn't mine but that there should indeed BE 2 packages and therefore the second package must still be in his truck. When I followed the Man in Brown, eager to claim the fruit of what little shopping I HAVE done, Gus must have taken the opportunity to slip through the slow-to-close screen door and do a little exploring and shopping of his own. Unbeknownst to me. Which is a bit hard to believe, I mean, Chubby black dog, white snow... you don't need a degree in rocket science, if you know what I'm saying. But then, I AM the person who put the pot lid in the flour cannister (about 3 posts back if you're new to this), so perhaps it isn't so very unlikely after all...
So after about 20 minutes of gloating over my boxes and various other little time-wasters, I decided some lunch would be in order, and grabbed my leftovers from the fridge and threw them in the microwave (ok, so I didn't ACTUALLY throw them. Work with me, here). And no hopeful black face appeared at my side, prepared to help me dispose of said leftovers in an efficient and dedicated manner. Odd. I checked his bed. His other bed. The couch. I opened the back door and called.
I have an inkling by this time that my day has taken a disturbing turn. I make the rounds again, this time adding the garage to my route, in case he followed me in when I put the garbage cans away (the garbage cans I felt so virtuous wheeling to the curb BEFORE the garbage truck got to my side of the street, and so amused by the guy across the street having to move his to MY side of the street because he was five minutes too late...and yes, this is much more enjoyable when it's your neighbor that it happens to and not yourself, thankyouverymuch).
At this point you may use your imagination to imagine me driving up and down every doggone (yes, I used that on purpose) street in our subdivision. Be sure to imagine my makeup being on and my hair being curled... they weren't, but I'd rather you pictured it anyway :) Imagine this process for about 40 minutes, and then me driving into my driveway, going inside to check the house phone to see if there are any messages (because the only info on the dog tag is our house phone and "Angus.") Of course, no one has found him, or if they have they aren't fessing up, so I quickly email my husband's blackberry with a pathetic, sympathy inducing email (which pretty much fails) and I'm off to hunt again, a slightly wider arc, and with significantly more mumbling under my breath. And because I'm going 10 miles an hour and craning my neck to see more completely, about every two minutes my car reminds me with a shrill and incessantly persistent beep that I have failed to fasten my safety restraining device. More mumbling under my breath (had it been more distinct I'm pretty sure it would have been at least PG-13 with vague occasional lurching near the "R" territory.)
Following another fruitless search, I return home to check for messages, and curl my hair and put on a scrap of make up, because all that mumbling and craning and getting beeped at has not improved my appearance (thank you for your valiant but doomed imagining effort on my behalf). On my way to the computer to check email, I decide to just check out the front door one more time JUST in case he's just been sitting on the porch waiting patiently for me to notice him for the last 3 hours...
And lo and behold. Straight across the street from my door, there he sits. Kind of looking around, like, Hmmmmm, I thought it was ONE of these houses...
Of course I call, and he comes cheerfully racing and I forget all my mumbling and craning and beeping and I slobber all over him and get him drinks and treats and a kingly perch on the couch for the next hour or so. But by this time all momentum is gone. There will be no accomplishment. No wrapping, no shopping, no risking more beeping and mumbling and most definitely no craning...
After all, tomorrow IS another day, and if I buy stuff online in the meantime, the UPS man will bring it to me....
But not until I lock Gus in his room.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Moving on (not quite rapidly enough, perhaps.)
I scrapped with Industrial Elf - here's my daughter Kate at the tender age of 3 :)
Cute, huh? :)
Here are some of my new goodies in the store:
Fireside is a warm, versatile kit with lots of rich textures and beautiful elements It can be Neutral:
(Layout by Annette)
(Layout by littlebehr)
Or, it can be Seasonal:
My babies (when they were, well, babies!)
Also new in the store, and on sale for 30% off is my latest kit, Eggnog & Gingerbread :)
Warm hearted and festive, it's perfect for scrapping your favorite elf, or visits to Santa :)
Or maybe even celebrating getting the tree up!
And here's a little "taste" of Eggnog & Gingerbread for you - every time I write that it makes me hungry! This download will be available until Saturday!
(sorry, link has expired)
Friday, November 28, 2008
First, a favorite of mine - Industrial Elf. I love the way the colors work with the silvery aluminum elements. It works well for masculine layouts, but can be elegant, as well.
(Layout by Miss Chris)
The second kit, Mulberry Candle, is elegant and subtle. With the exception of a few elements, it is not holiday specific, making it extremely versatile.
(Layout by atpce (Denise)
And don't forget, everything in my store is on sale through Sunday :)
Here is a bonus that matches Mulberry Candle - the link will be active until Monday.
(sorry, download has expired)
And that's exactly what you can do today! Plain Digital Wrapper is having a huge Black Friday Blitz! All the designers have amazing sales going on and there's lots of new product in the store at the sale prices. And if that isn't enough...
This Calendar Kit is amazing, and HUGE!! This is one goodie you won't want to miss, and it's just in time to make those family calendars you were planning to give Grandma for Christmas!
And if you need some ideas on what to buy to get to the $15 purchase, stop by my store:
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Being Thankful, mostly centered around finding out that I'm nuts, but not crazy (a distinction so fine as to be indecipherable to the naked eye)
Let me preface this by saying that the older we get, the more we tend to do things on auto pilot. Let's face it, by the time you're ::ahem:: forty-something... you've brushed your teeth HOW many times? so you may find yourself drifting off into Other Thoughts That Might Be Slightly More Interesting a time or two. Same goes for vacuuming, starting coffee, routine cooking chores, unloading the dishwasher. This is my justification, or explanation, or at the very least an attempt to justify the fact that I lost the lid to my 2.5 quart saucepan.
Yeah, that's right, you heard me. I lost the glass lid to a cooking pot. An item that never leaves the kitchen, that is used on a near-daily basis, that even a 3 year old can keep track of, and all of the sudden one day mine is POOF! completely obliterated from existence.
It actually took me an indeterminate period of time before I even really noticed that the lid was gone - more like a gradually dawning awareness that it wasn't in the sink, or in the dishwasher. Finally, though, all dishes were clean and the dishwasher was empty, and there was no lid.
I have to confess that this is the point where I became suspicious of my husband :) He suffers from what I consider an almost manic tidiness, which often requires him to put things away even if he has no idea where they belong. Because I do NOT suffer from tidiness of the manic sort (or any other, really), I tend to view the trait with a barely-restrained disapproval tucked under a veneer of impatience (kindly note how there are NO redeeming virtues in that list of my own attributes - I want credit for full disclosure, seeing as how I will likely deserve no credit for anything else). So this bad attitude of mine drove me to look in the most unlikely corners of kitchen cabinets - even behind and under stuff (funny how motivated we can be when it means catching a loved one in a perceived wrong-doing. However, for all the effort I put into my search, there was no sign of the pot lid.
Gradually, hope of pinning the problem on my husband began to fade, ironically at about the same rate as a growing conviction that I had done something stupid began to flourish. I turned over some scenarios in my mind which would explain this ridiculous little mystery, which was both so unimportant and yet so unlikely as to be oddly consuming. After mulling the possibility of the dog hiding it in his bed (having mistaken it for a curiously shaped bone), checking the back of the dishwasher to see if it got jostled out of the rack, pondering on the possibility of aliens with a warped but impish sense of humor spiriting it away for their cosmic kitchen.... perhaps the most feasible suggestion was that the lid had been mistakenly set on a disposable cardboard item, such as a box or a pizza tray, and simply swooped into the garbage unseen. I confess to a preference for this one, because as the not-so-tidy inhabitant of a two-person household, the onus of the guilty behavior (intended or not) probably wasn't on me. And having reached this conclusion, I gave up the search, resigned to having the next largest lid serve double duty in the future. Tacky, sloppy, but no more than I deserved for my carelessness.
Last night, I trudged into the kitchen to make pies for today. I was feeling kind of sorry for myself, muttering under my breath about the unfairness of a holiday that sends one member of a family into the kitchen for the better part of its duration; cooking, doing dishes, cooking some more, and in general making nearly every kitchen mess known to mankind which then had to be set to rights, entailing even MORE time in the scullery (yeah, I was waxing melodramatic by this point). As I clattered bowls and measuring cups and measuring spoons with a little extra fervor, I grabbed the lid from the flour canister and stuck my hand in to grab the measuring cup I keep there on a permanent basis, I heard (and felt) the distinctive clink of fingernails tapping.... glass.
Grabbing the canister and peering inside, sure enough, there was my pot lid. I cannot even conceive of the mental process I must have undergone to put it there. And sadly there is no way I can blame this on my beloved husband, because he does not cook or bake, and therefore he does not use flour. So that leaves me with me, because the dog is no way TALL enough to get to the counter, even if he were SMART enough to plot a Lid-hiding Confidence-busting coup.
So yeah. I'm grateful for family, and friends, and plenty, and blessings of every sort. And I'm especially grateful to know that I may be nuts enough to accidentally stash a pot lid in the flour canister, but not crazy enough to actually throw one out (or worse). And I may just be coming around and faintly reconciled to baking pies. I'll get back to you on that after another slice with extra whipped cream, and a quick inventory of the baking utensils...
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I'll admit it. I have been in deep Blog Rebellion. Not only did I not have anything to say, but I really didn't think very much of life was very amusing, LOL. I think I'm starting to come out of it, though - there are certainly many good things going on in my life, so I had just better darned well get my act together, right? Right!
One thing that's really exciting to me is the expansion of my Creative Team. I've really been blessed with a handful of good friends who have been willing to scrap layouts for me and check over my things. Now I've added a couple more wonderful ladies that I've met through the forum at Plain Digital Wrapper. I'm gathering information and I will introduce them to you soon, I promise!
My children have had their challenges the last month or so. Kate broke her leg (see her blog at Korean Saga) and Molly has had frustrations with her campus job, love life, roommate... you name it, LOL Those things have been consuming, but things seem to be settling down so Momma can get her own act straightened out, now :)
So. Browse LOLcats, laugh out loud, and I'll be back soon with fresh vim and vigor. Pinky swear :)
Saturday, November 1, 2008
PDW Designers Have
HUMONGOUS One Day Sale in honor of
Digital Scrapbooking Day
Nearly everything in the Plain Digital Wrapper Shoppe has been
marked down to $1.50 for one day only!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Download (LOL, or not) HERE
Monday, October 20, 2008
And because I thought it was a respectable layout, I've turned it into a quickpage for you:
I got what was left over, and it turns out that was "snakes." Yeah. Woo Hoo. Pardon me while I take a moment out to Not Celebrate.
DH and his group of buddies disposed of a dozen the day they poured the cement in the side yard last month. That's right, I said a DOZEN. This is approximately 13 too many snakes in my yard. I don't CARE that they love all the rock-gardeny goodness, nor the semi-arid climate-y attraction of slithering blithely along in the afternoon sun IN MY YARD.
Well, as I said, the guys disposed of them. With great glee, candidly. Snakes were flying up and over the back fence with alarming frequency that day (much to the chagrin of a pedestrian down on the path at one point). And as pouring the cement eliminated a lot of weeds (yeah, I know, expensive weed control, cement is, but hey, it's long-lasting!) we figured that was the end of THAT little party.
Unfortunately snakes' psyches are a bit too durable for my taste (let me assure you with haste and no wavering that when I say taste I am in no way referring to taste BUDS but rather to preferences of a general sort, as I have absolutely and unequivocably NO desire to investigate the old chestnut about snakes tasting like chicken). There have been several sightings since, including about 5 more fence-flinging frenzies this past weekend. And just this afternoon I was holding the new handrail for the new steps in place so David could fasten it down, and sure enough, another hardy reptilian soul was stretched out in the sun on one of the flower beds (dear reader, kindly use the term "flower" bed with Very Low Expectations in the accuracy area of your mind - perhaps "Plant Growing Area would be a more apt descriptor).
The sad thing is that out of respect for me and my girlie squeamishness, my husband didn't squish it with a post, so it hightailed it (I know, I know, work with me here) under the deck. Where it lurks. And waits.
Other than the fact that I can no longer go out into my backyard, recent life has been relatively uneventful. We took a nice drive in the hills yesterday, then came home and cooked hot dogs over the very suburban gas firepit, LOL. No end to our willingness to "rough it..."
Sunday, October 19, 2008
And don't forget to come check out the Header Hunt contest and win some prizes!
I love doing the Design Challenge at Hummiesworld based on a color palette - it's always interesting to work from a prescribed palette, and it's fun to see what everyone else does with the same colors. Plus, to be honest, I love that I get to give it away and not feel guilty, LOL!
So without further ado, here is Industrial Spook, a classic Halloween theme that has been twisted just a bit. And I think you'll find that other than the bats, everything else is really quite neutral and can be used for almost any layout.
Download elements and papers, and enjoy!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Starting October 15 through October 31, Plain Digital Wrapper will be decorating for Halloween!
Every other day (Oct. 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29 & 31) we'll redecorate the store header.
Figure out which 3-4 products from the shoppe were used to make the header & you just might be the winner!
Send a PM with your answers to Betsy AND Julie.Itis. no later than 12:01 am EST on Friday, October 17 (that's midnight, plus a minute .)
We'll draw a name or two from all the correct answers to win the prize(s)! Julie will be dishing out the prizes! (Yippee!!!! Thanks Julie!!!)
The prizes for the October 15 header are:
A $5 coupon from Gypsy Couture and a $5 coupon from Tammy Moore
We'll pick two winners... one for each coupon!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
So it's no surprise that I found myself drawn to this color palette, and even less surprise that I settled on the fantastically creative name of "October." I guess it's just lucky that I had my colors chosen before the last three days which have been grey, rainy, foggy, and anything but vivid... :)
October (the Page Kit, LOL) will be specially priced at $3.50 at my PDW shoppe through Thursday. We're also adding some fun new challenges to our forums and there's a fun Halloween game to enjoy as well, so be sure to check it out!
Kit contains a full alpha - upppercase, lowercase, numbers and punctuation.
A layout showcasing some Colorado scenery -
And some Wyoming scenery :)
And here's a little sampler for you :)
Monday, October 13, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Thanks for your patience!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
And because she's generous as well as talented, she's made it into a quickpage for you :) The photo is linked to her blog - make sure to leave her some love!
A while ago, I started to make an alpha to go with the kit of obsession (Lady of the Lake for those of you who are new to my silly passions, LOL). I got the upper and lower case characters finished, and then for one reason or another the project got shelved.
Ok, the project got shoved to the furthest corner of my hard drive.
The other day, I got it out, intending to add the numbers and punctuation. There was just one tiny little problem.
I can't remember the name of the font I used. I don't even know what letter it started with so I can go look it up, LOL. You would think I would plan for this - I know me. But at the time I figured I would be finishing it the next day, and....
So here it is, in all its numberless, punctuationless glory. It's still kinda purty :) And if you think you know what font it is, leave me a note and I'll finish the job!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
So here's my little compromise, available today at Plain Digital Wrapper - Midnight Pumpkin: The papers are not Halloween specific, so you are free to use them for other things, and because all of my kits are Scrap4Hire friendly, it's a good choice for your stash!
The elements include several full page overlays with various Halloween themes, as well as lots of spooky elements to compliment your little spooks, but I added a few neutral items, too.
Lastly, I included two full "scenic" overlays which you can use with the paper of your choice:
There's also an included alpha with uppercase letters, numbers, and basic punctuation.
Here's a little sample for you to play with - there's a plain bracket mat, an iron Trick or Treat overlay, and Trick or Treat wordart :)
Download your sampler here!
So here we go.
1. Where did you meet? On a blind date. He was in my city visiting his sister over Christmas break and she set us up.
2. How long did you date before you got married? 17 months
3. How long have you been married? 26 years
4. What does he do that surprises you?
5. What is your favorite feature of his? His eyes.
6. Does he have an annoying habit? Yes. He keeps thinking that we should actually do things instead of just think about them :)
7. What is your favorite quality of his? His sense of humor. And, if I'm going to be honest, I like that he gets things done. I just don't like it when he wants me to participate :)
8. Does he have a nickname for you? Jules.
9. What is his favorite color? Blue. Just as long as it isn't carpet or walls. Or bedspreads.
Ok. He likes blue clothes.
10. What is his favorite food? Mexican. Y'know, the food of his people. Except he's Yugoslavian, but whatever.
11. What is his favorite sport? Currently, drag-racing. Football and Basketball when he was a lad.
12. When and where was your first kiss? Well now. That would be telling? no?
13. What is your favorite thing to do as a couple? Go out to dinner, watch a movie at home
14. Do you have any children? Two gorgeous daughters. Yes, they read my blog :) ::waving::
15. Does he have a hidden talent? He's very artistic. And he can pick things up with his toes. I mean, he has all the bases covered.
16. How old is he? Ten weeks younger than I. Ten weeks of the year I truly find this annoying.
17. Who said "I love you" first? Did you NOT see where I said we'd been married for 26 years? LONG time ago.(pause for thought)
Ok, he did.
18. What is his favorite type of music? 70's Rock
19. What do you admire most about him? His commitment to his principles.
20. Do you think he will read this? Hmmmm. Probably not. Unless one of the aforementioned gorgeous daughters prods him to. That's right, I said "prods him to." I am NOT the one teaching Engrish.
Ok, Dani and Sue, Tag, you're it!
Friday, October 3, 2008
And speaking of the microwave, why is it that I can put grated cheese on some chips, and after 30 seconds it isn't even melted, but boy, put a bottle of honey in there for the same 30 seconds, and you have molten hot lava on your hands? And I do mean on your hands, because the silly plastic bear couldn't take the pressure... Yum, I always love melted plastic in my tea :)
And honey makes me think of my last trip to KFC (on a day when there were no plastic bags of frozen veggies in my freezer). Did you know that they actually have stopped giving out little packets of honey??? No, instead we are blessed with honey "sauce." Come ON. Honey "Sauce?" What, the bees had a rough day and went out and got plastered before they hit the hive? Sheesh. And funny how they managed to make the "sauce" out of corn syrup. Tsk Tsk. Harlan Sanders is rolling in his grave. Next we'll find out that there are no 11 secret herbs and spices... No worries. I'm sure there's a frozen microwaveable bag SOMEWHERE in the freezer.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Oh look, you might say. That tree turned yellow first! None of the trees around it are yellow, isn't that interesting! And then one might muse (if wise, one will muse to oneself), "I wonder if it happens that way every year!"
One would be totally justified in thinking that, perhaps, that particular tree DOES turn yellow before every other tree in the row. Particularly if one had seen it happen, oh say, for perhaps 4 years.
But I'm not gonna say it. Nosiree.
Love you, sweetheart :)
Monday, September 22, 2008
New kit in my store today, Belinda. A little feisty, sassy, with a touch of retro and decidedly pink, LOL.
Belinda will be on sale for 20% off just today!
And here's a little bonus that goes along with the kit:
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Ridiculous Bargains! Fun & Goodies everywhere! Treasure Hunts! Here's my biggest bargain:
If that's just a little too ambitious for your taste, all of my pagekits are on sale for $2, and everything else is $1. Whew! Lots of fun, please come join us :)
And now, here's a little fall Quickpage for you using some of my upcoming Element kit "Leaf" Me Alone...Download HERE.