Sunday, November 30, 2008

Digital Arts Cafe Blog Party -- FREEBIES

***The links have expired. Be sure to join us at the next blog party in the near future.***
The Digital Arts Cafe Blog Party has begun, and you're invited to grab loads of FREEBIES from December 1 through 7, 2008. Click on the above image to download my part and then come back here to get a list of participating blogs by clicking here. Please show these scrap-fabulous people some appreciation for volunteering these freebies to you by leaving some great comments on their blogs when you visit them.


By clicking on the above image you can grab these quickpages and bragbook pages that I made using KayJay's Digital Arts Cafe Blog Party freebie kit. Thanks, KayJay, for the use of your funtastic kit!

And if that's not enough, here's a quickpage I made using Adelina's Digital Arts Cafe Blog Party freebie kit and her "Must Be Santa" kit. Hop on over to Adelina's blog to grab it. Thanks, Adelina, for the use of your kits!

Happy Digital Arts Cafe blog hoppin'!!!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Thursday, November 27, 2008


Kits: Fall Alpha by Jennifer Rassi; Club Deco July 2008 Indulgence - Paris Designs (paper), CAZ (stitches); Club Deco Nov 2008 Heritage Blessings - RoseMade Designs (lace), Lori Staton (frames), SherryScraps (string and tag), Carol Rupley (paper), Theta (paper)

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Sweet St. Nick

Kit: Plum Pudding by BooLand Designs
Curlz MT (bold)
While visions of sugarplums danced in his head

Monday, November 24, 2008

We're Waiting to See Santa

Kit: Must Be Santa by Adelina Biswas
Font: Copperplate Gothic Bold
Journaling: We're waiting to see Santa

Product Links:
Do It Digi Shop:
Must Be Santa
Scrap-n-Tag Shop:
Must Be Santa
Must Be Santa Add-on


Template: based on one by CDuffy_05
Kit: Pumpkin Spice by Dana Conditt & Lorene Hill
Fonts: Calisto MT (shadowed), Casua Shopsign
Journaling: Sand-sculpting requires a special blend of sand that's heavy with silt. It helps bind the tiny particles of sand together when mixed with water. Each competitor is allotted 10 tons, delivered from a local sand pit. The competition is a timed event. Sculptors have only 21 hours, spread over three days, to complete their work. Competitors are allowed to use their own carving tools. To achieve heights of up to 20 feet, sculptors build steps using temporary forms. Artists can use the lower forms to stand on as they carve downward and remove the forms as they go. No structural components are permitted in the completed work. The sculptures must endure whatever nature has in store throughout the competition. Wind is often a bigger obstacle than rain. Finished works can be sprayed with a mixture of glue and water to form a thin protective veneer.
Photographs: I received these photos in an email, so I am not sure who originally took them.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

K-Joi Studios has a new Creative Team member...

Wooo-hooo! I've been asked to be a Creative Team member for K-Joi Studios. It's truly an honor to create for this very talented group of designers! We have loads of fun in the plethora of challenges there, too. Hop on over to K-Joi and enjoy yourself. See you there...

Winter Chill

Kit: Winter Chill by Adelina Biswas
Tempus Sans ITC

Product Links:
Scrap-n-Tag Shop

Winter Chill
Winter Chill QPs

Friday, November 21, 2008


This month's Lyrics Challenge at K-Joi Studios has us creating a layout using all or part of the song,"Faces" by Ed Leonard from the album "So This is Love;" 2006. This one was kind of a struggle for me, so I chose not to use photographs but instead used pictures of angels.

Title: Angels
Template: Rue Beinville by Rachael Hudnall
Kits: Rue Beinville by Rachael Hudnall, Club Daisie by SGE (angel pictures)
Font: Ruritania
Journaling: Excerpt from "Faces" by Ed Leonard from the album "So This is Love;" 2006
I see the stories of the ones that I love.
They're staring back at me through pictures I have.
In their eyes they're asking me to remember them and their
Standing ovations of love.

Scripture Challenge - Isaiah 58:11

I truly enjoyed this month's Scripture Challenge at K-Joi Studios. The verse we worked with is awesome, and I always love including photos of my grandchildren in my layouts. I changed the quickpage color from green to blue and then embellished it with wintry items in icy blue colors. If you'd like to join in on this challenge, you'll find the link below in my data.

Title: Isaiah 58:11
Template: Scripture Challenge QP by Lori Imel (recolored)
Kit: Christmas Around the World 2007 by Blueys Creative Corner
Journaling: And the LORD will guide thee continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. Isaiah 58:11

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Turkey Cheeseball Recipe

Template: November 2008 Template Challenge Template by Julie Cohen
Kit: Animals of the Zoo Collection 2 - Kenny Koala by Julie Cohen
Font: Arial Narrow

2 packages (8 ounces each) reduced-fat cream cheese
6 ounces deli smoked turkey, finely chopped
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

3 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons milk
Brown, orange and yellow paste food coloring
6 large oval crackers
1 large sweet red pepper
1 small yellow summer squash
1 cup pecan halves
Assorted crackers

In a small mixing bowl, beat the first six ingredients until combined. Shape into a ball; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.In a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and milk until smooth. Divide among four small bowls. With food coloring, tint one bowl brown, one dark orange and one light orange
(using yellow and orange); leave one bowl plain. Transfer each mixture to a heavy-duty resealable plastic bag; cut a small hole in a corner of each bag.

Winter Chill kit...NEW...& a FREEBIE

Adelina Biswas is now proudly designing for the Scrap-n-Tag shop. Her new kit "Winter Chill" is available exclusively in the SNT shop, with an introductory 25% discount. Be sure to hurry on over there and pick it up while it's on sale!

And here's a QP (quickpage) Freebie from me to you. Just click on the image to be taken to the download area. However, with the new changes at 4shared, please leave your comments/lovin' here on my blog if you download it. Thanks!

New Releases from Deco Pages...

Fall La La by Scrappygirl Designs

Blue Willow QP's by Retro Designs

Wow, there are some super special new releases at the Deco Pages shop! If you're just starting to make your holiday gifts or are already in the midst of creating, you'll want to stock up on these delightful designs for your scrapbooking and/or hybrid toolbox. Just click on the preview picture above to be taken to the product. Have FUN!

Saturday, November 15, 2008


Kit: Blooming Blossoms by Theta, Swirls by Ice Princess Scrapz
Fonts: Storybook, Tahoma

THANKFUL by Josh Groban

Somedays we forget
To look around us
Somedays we can't see
The joy that surrounds us
So caught up inside ourselves
We take when we should give.

So for tonight we pray for
What we know can be.
And on this day we hope for
What we still can't see.
It's up to us to be the change
And even though we all can still do more
There's so much to be thankful for.

Look beyond ourselves
There's so much sorrow
It's way too late to say
I'll cry tomorrow
Each of us must find our truth
It's so long overdue

So for tonight we pray for
What we know can be
And every day we hope for
What we still can't see
It's up to us to be the change
And even though we all can still do more
There's so much to be thankful for.

Even with our differences
There is a place we're all connected
Each of us can find each other's light

So for tonight we pray for
What we know can be
And on this day we hope for
What we still can't see
It's up to us to be the change
And even though this world needs so much more
There's so much to be thankful for.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Pappy's "cool" cooler-scooter

Template: jburkhart_Template_25
Kit: Club Deco Nov 2008 Heritage Blessings - Cyndi Waldmann, Amy Passmore, Jen Hanson, Deb Ammerman, Dana Conditt, Paris Designs
Font: Royal Acidbath
Journaling: Word art by Paris Designs - Do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and your children's children. Deuteronomy 4:9

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I Do

Kit: Denim Fantasy by Adelina Biswas

Rock-a-bye Baby

Kit: Denim Fantasy by Adelina Biswas
McPhatty, Fiolex Girls
Rock-a-bye baby, in the treetop, When the wind blows, the cradle will rock, When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall, And down will come baby, cradle and all.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Club Deco...November 2008

This is just a sample of some of the delightful treasures you'll find in this month's Club Deco collection, "Heritage Blessings." And I'm telling you it is totally loaded with embellishments and papers that are right on topic, yet so versatile that you'll want to have it in your scrapping toolbox for many other scrapbooking layouts and creating those hybrid projects. Read all about the Club Deco Membership by clicking here!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Blog Party Coming Soon!

Digital Arts Cafe is having a blog party from December 1-7, 2008. Be sure to visit my blog during that week to pick up your FREEBIES.

A Thankful Nana

Kit: Simply Stated by Linda Cumberland
Fonts: Marketpro, Word Art by Elegant
Journaling: There's no place like home except for Nana's house.
Being a grandmother is the most fantastic part of my life. I am very thankful for the precious little smiles my grandchildren cast my way, the endless questions they ask, their God-given guidance and protection, and even more thankful that I can send them home with their parents after I am done spoiling them for a day.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Cranberry Pear Pie Recipe layout

Brush: Cucurbita
Recipes by RoseMade Designs
Lily Paige, Magneto
You can make it with a double crust or replace the pears with baking apples. Serve it with ice cream or whipped topping.

Pastry for single-crust pie (9 inches)

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 cup maple syrup

2 tablespoons butter, melted

5 cups sliced peeled fresh pears

1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries


1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/3 cup cold butter

1/2 cup chopped walnuts


Line a 9-in. pie plate with pastry; trim and flute edges. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine the flour, syrup and butter until smooth. Add the pears and cranberries; toss to coat. Spoon into crust.

For topping, combine the flour, brown sugar and cinnamon; cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in walnuts. Sprinkle over filling. Cover edges of crust loosely with foil to prevent overbrowning. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°. Remove foil; bake 35-40 minutes longer or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool on a wire rack.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

My Layout Was Chosen & You Get to Find the Freebies

Wow, the November 2008 issue of Deco-Pages Newsletter features one of my layouts in the Community Spotlight ~~ Dana's Pick. It's titled, "Tribute to My Hero, Todd," and is about a friend of mine who... well, go here and read about it in the gallery.

Then hop on over to the Deco-Pages Newsletter and find the wheat bundles (FREEBIES) that have hidden gifts for you. Follow this link to the Newsletter. Happy hunting!

Gone Fishin'

Kit: Pumpkin Spice by Dana Conditt & Lorene Hill
Kids4Fun (shadowed)
Gone Fishin'


Template: Template by Mamrotka (Mamrotka_NovemberClutterItChallenge)
Kits: DIY4 (flower), DIY2 (flower), Ribbon by Ice Princess Scrapz
Font: Fairytale (shadowed)

Amazing Rock Formations

Kit: Ocean Breeze kit by Adelina Biswas
Gloriana (beveled and shadowed)

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Pine Cone Ginger

Kit: It's All About Love by Digital Arts Cafe
Fonts: Glorianna, Grizzly BT
Journaling: Pine Cone Ginger also known as Shampoo Ginger is easy to grow, clumping and propagated by division. Pine cone ginger is fast growing. It prefers moist soil. When it is done flowering, the bulb gets full of a clear liquid that has a light perfumed scent. The substance in the flower cones is used in many shampoos. In medieval times ginger root was so loved it was set on the table nightly as we do with salt and pepper today. .

Shampoo ginger was used as medicine for sprains, indigestion and other ailments. In traditional use, the root was ground with a stone mortar and pestle, and the pulp was placed in a cloth and loosely bound around the injured area. To ease a stomachache, the ground and strained root material was mixed with water and drunk. For a toothache or a cavity, the cooked and softened `awapuhi root was pressed into the hollow and left for as long as was needed.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Be Who You Are

Kit: Because You're Beautiful by Lynn Griffin
Late Nite
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. - Dr. Seuss

Fall for the View

Kits: My Fall Word Art, Layered Edges No. 1, and Treasure kit by AneczkaW (Anna Wierzbicka)
Evan & Estrya

Challenge Thread Link

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Aunt Doris' Collectibles

Kits: Pumpkin Spice by Dana Conditt & Lorene Hill; Club Deco Oct 2008 Full of Emotions - RoseMade Designs (ric-rac), Michaele Burkhart (ribbon, paper)
Art Gothic
Aunt Doris' collection of old kitchen items, a gong, and her living room wall dedicated to fairies.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Another Freebie from me to you...

Here's a QP from me to you made from the All These Pretty Things collaborative kit by Adelina Biswas and A-liya; I hope you enjoy using it... Just click on the image to go to the download page.

All These Pretty Things kit & FREEBIES

Adelina and A-liya of Digital Arts Cafe have teamed up to bring you this magnificent treasure trove of scrapbooking delights. Their NEW collaboration kit, "All These Pretty Things" features
15 papers, 1 folded edge, 3 laces, 2 swirled hearts, 1 pearl heart, 8 flowers, 3 bows, 3 ribbons, 2 eyeleted ties, 1 peacock, 1 swirly frame, 1 cluster frame, 1 aged frame, 2 swirls, 2 knots, 1 purse, 1 eyeleted string, 1 box, 1 framed portrait, 2 tags, 1 angel, 1 lamp, 1 green branch and 1 pin.

Hurry and get your All These Pretty Things kit now at a special Introductory Price here!

And I'm sure you'll want to get the FREE Add-on kits from Adelina and A-liya's blogs.

Pumpkin Mousse recipe

Recipes by RoseMade Designs, Recipe Cards by RoseMade Designs, COC Alpha by AFS (p and m)
Arial Black, Balloon EF Extra Bold

1-1/2 cups cold fat-free milk 1 package (1 ounce) sugar-free instant butterscotch pudding mix 1/2 cup canned pumpkin 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice 1 cup fat-free whipped topping, divided

In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Combine the pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger and allspice; fold into pudding. Fold in 1/2 cup whipped topping. Transfer to individual serving dishes. Refrigerate until serving. Garnish with remaining whipped topping. Yield: 4 servings

Nutrition Facts
One serving: 2/3 cup mousse with 2 tablespoons whipped topping Calories: 95 Fat: 0 g Saturated Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 2 mg Sodium: 351 mg Carbohydrate: 19 g Fiber: 1 g Protein: 4 g Diabetic Exchange: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat-free milk.

On a Clear Day

Pumpkin Spice by Dana Conditt & Lorene Hill
Soda Springs, Idaho September 2008

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Christmas Eve kit, Add-on, QP Album & a FREEBIE...

With the holidays fast approaching you'll want to get one, two, or all of these fantastic kits to scrap your treasured photos (or, if you're anything like me -- the well-intentioned gal, lol -- you may even have some photos from prior years that need scrappin'). These gorgeous kits are from the Adelina Designs collection.

I've created a FREEBIE for you to enjoy. You can pick up your QP here or click on the image above (please leave me a little lovin').

Wishing a scrap-fabulous day!