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Friday, October 31, 2008

We're open!

Grand Opening Digital Sesigners Den

Big News! New Store Opening & Gits Too



I haven't blogged in ages because I've been working on a new venture. My partner in Vintage Vixens, Echo, and I have decided to open a new store! A designer friendly site. And we are still looking for a few designers even thought the store will open today.

I'm having some computer trouble so will have to post our grand opening ad later on. Good sales will be going on and there are some gifts throughout the store too so please stop by. More later!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Re: Nightmare at Scraphead freebies

There have been some additions to the blog train because some designers got a late start and we also discovered the first list had some errors. Here is the updated list of blogs for you to check:

Snowraven http://silversnowyraven.blogspot. Com

Michelle Powell http://scrapheadspot.blogspot.com

Renata http://www.serenebyrw.blogspot.com

Creations by Rachael http://www.creationsbyrachael.blogspot.com

By God's design http://digibygodsdesign.biz

Jennifer Wambach http://jennartdesign.blogspot.com/

MoveFearlessly Designs http://movefearlessly.com/blog/

Cathy Joes Designs http://cathyjoeskorner.blogspot.com/

Sherry D http://ambrosiaartsva.blogspot.com/

Cindy Ritter http://cindyritterdigiscrap.blogspot.com/

Tiffani http://totallyrawkindesigns.blogspot.com

Digiheaven http://www.digiheaven.blogspot.com3

2 new kits from Vintage Vixens!

New at Scraphead, Scrapping Whispers, and ScrappersZone are Autumn Essence and a Halloween add-on to Autumn Essence.

Perfect for all your autumn photo occasions, here are twelve backgrounds in the earthy colors of the season. Included for embellishment are 23 elements which include a large acorn and leaf wreath frame, an antique photo frame, 2 large tapestry borders, decorative corners, flowers of the season, darling autumnal figures and more.


Autumn Essence (above) is already in the stores. The Halloween Add-on (below) will be in later today (it's 1:24am here and I'n ready to call it a night).

A new masculine kit



This just went into my D'Ambrosio Arts stores today. I named it Thom after my brother who used to live in jeans and flannel shirts when he lived here in Virginia. (Now in Florida so it's T-shirts and shorts.) Lots of bright plaids, denim, some shirt type prints for backgrounds and office sort of supplies that any guy might use.

Kit is only $3.50 at Scraphead, Scrapping Whispers, and ScrappersZone.

My last day of Nightmare At Scraphead freebies

Hope you are enjoying the Nightmare at Scraphead brag book pages and have been collecting from all our blogs. We'd love to hear what you think. If you let us know you've enjoyed them, we might do more of this sort of thing.

Here's my last page:



Cuta nd paste this link into your browser window to collect it:
http://www.4shared.com/account/file/65184493/fe21e949/DAA_NightmareScraphead_bb3.html

And don't forget to check the other blogs listed in my last Scraphead post.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Nightmare At Scraphead continues - freebie 2



Here is the link & yes, you will need to copy and paste to your browser:
http://www.4shared.com/file/65184442/3c88a792/DAA_NightmareScraphead_bb2.html?dirPwdVerified=4c81dd0f

Don't forget to visit the other blogs and collect more pages!
Snowraven http://silversnowyr aven.blogspot.com

Michelle Powell http://www.kutnkudlyskreations.com/

Renata http://www.serenebyrw.blogspot.com

Creations by Rachael http://www.creationsbyrachael.blogspot.com

By God's design http://digibygodsdesign.biz

Jennifer Wambach http://jennartdesign.blogspot.com/

MoveFearlessly Designs http://movefearlessly.com/blog/

Cathy Joes Designs http://cathyjoeskorner.blogspot.com/

Sherry D http://ambrosiaartsva.blogspot.com/

Cindy Ritter http://cindyritterdigiscrap.blogspot.com/

DigiHeaven (Patricia) http://digiheaven.blogspot.com/
Serenebbyrw http://digiheaven.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Closing Books Shuts Out Ideas

It's banned books week!
“Intellectual freedom can exist only where two essential conditions are met: first, that all individuals have the right to hold any belief on any subject and to convey their ideas in any form they deem appropriate; and second, that society makes an equal commitment to the right of unrestricted access to information and ideas regardless of the communication medium used, the content of the work, and the viewpoints of both the author and receiver of information. Freedom to express oneself through a chosen mode of communication, including the Internet, becomes virtually meaningless if access to that information is not protected. Intellectual freedom implies a circle, and that circle is broken if either freedom of expression or access to ideas is stifled.” (Intellectual Freedom Manual,ALA, 7th edition.)


Consider what you can do to fight censorship and keep books available in libraries. Here are some idea from the American Library Association (ALA):
1) Stay informed. Do you know which books are on the most frequently challenged list? Find out here: http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/oif/bannedbooksweek/challengedbanned/frequentlychallengedbooks.cfm

2) Organize your own Banned Books Read-Out!

3) Get involved in events that discuss freedom to read and issues of censorship.

4) Speak out. Write letters in support of the freedom to read. Post messages on your blog.

5)Exercise your rights! Read a banned book; give one as a gift; join in a discussion group about these books.

From ALA here is a list of the 10 most challenged books for 2007:

1) “And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
Reasons: Anti-Ethnic, Sexism, Homosexuality, Anti-Family, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group


2) The Chocolate War,” by Robert Cormier
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Violence


3) “Olive’s Ocean,” by Kevin Henkes
Reasons: Sexually Explicit and Offensive Language

4) “The Golden Compass,” by Philip Pullman
Reasons: Religious Viewpoint

5) “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” by Mark Twain *
Reasons: Racism

6) “The Color Purple,” by Alice Walker *
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language,

7) "TTYL,” by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

8) "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” by Maya Angelou *
Reasons: Sexually Explicit

9) “It’s Perfectly Normal,” by Robie Harris
Reasons: Sex Education, Sexually Explicit

10) "The Perks of Being A Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

Off the list this year, are two books by author Toni Morrison. "The Bluest Eye" * and "Beloved," * both challenged for sexual content and offensive language.

I've put asteriks by the ones I've read and I'll add that I found something of value in each of these. In fact, some of them are among my favorite books.

What banned books have you read? Did you feel there was something to be valued in them?

Topic open for discussion.

Nightmare at Scraphead!

It's starting! right now! Carol Burns, DigiHeaven, and SnowRaven created a kit for this event and many of the designers made brag book pages for you to collect. I've made 3 so be sure to come back over the next couple days. Here is the first one:

And you can get it here:
http://www.4shared.com/file/65184279/84fa516b/DAA_NightmareScraphead_bb1.html?dirPwdVerified=4c81dd0f

***Please note: Ann wrote saying this link doesn't work. However, the link does work if you copy and paste it into your browser window. The problem is with Blogger. When I tried using the widget to insert the links, it takes the code but when the message is published, the code disappears! Sorry for the inconvenience but you'll have to copy and paste until I can get this straight.

Be sure to visit these blogs to collect more pages:

Snowraven http://silversnowyraven.blogspot.com

Michelle Powell http://www.kutnkudlyskreations.com/

Renata http://www.serenebyrw.blogspot.com

Creations by Rachael http://www.creationsbyrachael.blogspot.com

By God's design http://digibygodsdesign.biz

Jennifer Wambach http://jennartdesign.blogspot.com/

MoveFearlessly Designs http://movefearlessly.com/blog/

Cathy Joes Designs http://cathyjoeskorner.blogspot.com/

Sherry D http://ambrosiaartsva.blogspot.com/

Cindy Ritter http://cindyritterdigiscrap.blogspot.com/

DigiHeaven (Patricia) http://www.digiheaven. blogspot. com