Saturday, October 31, 2015
Croupy and cranky here. Weather has been bouncing around so sinuses are going crazy. Coughed so much last night, despite meds, that I got little sleep but did get a sore throat. Going back to bed in a bit. Tomorrow it is Novemeber! So much to do before holiday season and so little energy! Be safe!
Hope you have a fun filled Halloween - lots of treats and no tricks. Be safe. There are some mean people out there. Today I've got 4 more clusters for you that include word art. The wooden sign you see in preview comes with 3 word choices. And there is a surprise paper included in this zip too. Hope you have enjoyed this year's Halloween Treat from SherScraps4CU & Wonderland Scraps. http://www.4shared.com/zip/NR4JbuSOba/ws_HalloweenTreat_Clustersextr.html?
Friday, October 30, 2015
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Here it is Thursday. Where did the week go? Tuesday was interesting. Our grandson, Tyler turned 17 and, having received his driver's license, was given my husband's Chrysler. We bought the car from a friend's father when Tyler was just a toddler. Tyler went to the bank with my husband to finish the paperwork and when they got home, my husband told me, "One day that car will be Tyler's." Can't wait to get a photo of Tyler driving it. Had meant to put something on blog and facebook Tuesday but we lost power after about 9pm when I would have gone online. There were outages in Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach that I know of, Could have been in other local areas too. Dominion Power claimed it was due to "contamination" by saltwater. Something about recent high humidity and rains etc and air coming off the ocean and bay. Odd, I've lived her most of my life and never knew this to happen. Power was out for us until 2:30am Wednesday then went out again about 5:45am for another 4-5 hours! "Papa" delivered the car to Tyler's parents Tuesday afternoon along with a card with a little gas money. I finally got to speak with him yesterday afternoon and look forward to taking him out to dinner on Friday night. Here is the boy who has given us such joy: http://www.4shared.com/zip/WkbawPR9ba/ws_nearlySolids.html? Other news? Not much. Saw the pulmonologist yesterday and did a walk test. Pulse-ox stayed good but I got out of breath sooner than usual. So, since that is happening more often lately, I was given a new inhaler that only has to be taken once a day and is a powder, making it easier to use than the pressurized sprays. I'm to give it a month and see if it improves my breathing.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
This time I have a miscellaneous zip for you - things I was going to put into the kit but didn't. http://www.4shared.com/zip/hfn6m5r7ba/ws_HalloweenTreatMisc_1.html?
Monday, October 26, 2015
I was just finishing up some previews of a couple Halloween art journal pages I've made when I received a comment from a newcomer, Handmaiden Dotty, about the Mermaid Musings journal kit I published previously. I wanted to make an art journal page for myself to write in on Halloween. Browsing in Wilma 4 ever the other day, I came across an interesting template from Rayes design. It is, in fact, this month's challenge template in the forum. I decided to adapt it to journal page size, which is 8.5" x 11" for me. Then I decided to try it with my Halloween Treat kit. Here is what I came up with http://www.4shared.com/zip/wHwsAk1oba/ws_HalloweenJournalPg_1.html? I also saw that the many patterned patterned papers in the kit aren't so conducive for journal work. Therefore, I've made 6 lightly grungy papers that are mostly solids that I will load for you later. I do want a page to journal what we do on Halloween this year. Not that much will happen. We don't get trick-or-treaters here so don't know what I'll do with the photo slots. But maybe my husband & I will do something fun or I'll just want to jot some thought down. Anyway, here is the 2nd page I made for that purpose http://www.4shared.com/zip/0h-DSdyJba/ws_HalloweenJournalPg_2.html?
I was having some fibro issues this past week so didn't accomplish much and must try to make up for it this week. Fortunately, I have a bunch of freebies all ready. Here's another Halloween one http://www.4shared.com/zip/_Xh31lHLba/ws_slightlyspookyframes.html?
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Halloween seems to be a particular favorite with graphic designers. Every year there are dozens of new kits in the stores and an abundance of freebies. I belong to a Yahoo group, Digital Scrapbook Freebies, and have seen lots of posts about new Halloween freebies, plus I'm posting mine there. I can't say I have one particular favorite from this year but I've collected a few and sometimes get the notion to do a little something with one. I've posted the tag I made with one of Za Za's kits which, I am pleased to say, she liked. While waiting on my father's Sunday visit, I played with a freebie called Chills & Thrills from Miggs. Here is my result:
Today something for your Halloween scrapping that is a little different http://www.4shared.com/zip/jzrvqUymba/ws_RibbonPLay.html?
Saturday, October 24, 2015
While there are some frames in the Halloween Treat element pack, you can always use a bigger selection, right? The Vine Frames today will be useful for Halloween but also any fall layout. There are 2 in the zip, the plain vine frame, and one decorated with gourds. Hope you like. http://www.4shared.com/zip/4MB9SlwJba/ws_VineFrames.html? Have a great weekend!
Friday, October 23, 2015
If you have been keeping up you should have a set of 12 full size papers for the Halloween Treat kit. Here are the elements ( I didn't count): http://www.4shared.com/zip/XSNxBZmFba/ws_HalloweenTreat_elements.html? And a small Cu gift: http://www.4shared.com/zip/NCyNvRKDba/ss4cu_LittleHalloweenCuties.html?
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Sorry, almost into Friday but here is Thursday's zip of Halloween Treat papers: http://www.4shared.com/zip/5TgvBgapba/ws_HalloweenTreat_papers_3.html? I'll set up Friday zip of elements right now. Just playing around, I made this ATC using Poser from Dragonsbreath and word art from Antisocial Distortions.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Wednesday - mid week and I don't feel like I've accomplished a thing! Doctor visit yesterday and re-check on contacts tomorrow. Saturday my Red Hat friends and I are supposed to be going to see an Elvis impersonator who's a friend of two of them. Laundry is piled up, haven''t planned dinner and have some bills to pay. But we did make a decision yesterday in regards to hubby's pension benefits. Anyway, how about zip 2 of the Halloween Treat papers? http://www.4shared.com/zip/CG7fXtSKba/ws_HalloweenTreat_papers_2.html? and another small treat: http://www.4shared.com/zip/VDflJMnrba/ss4cu_VintageHalloweenCutouts.html?
In my Halloween folder is another kit from Za Za aka Scrap and Tubes called A Halloween Day. I can't say whether this is one from 2015 or an earlier kit but it caught my eye when I wanted to play. Here is what I came up with:
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Just spent some time packing up all the little pieces of your Halloween Treat. There will be a few more CU zips from Sher Scraps 4 Cu line and lots of PU zips from Wonderland Scraps. This is the color swatch I went with: http://www.4shared.com/zip/X8emu2Dnba/ws_HalloweenTreat_papers_1.html? That leaves us 11 more days until end of the month and I've got 13 zips after this so here is another: http://www.4shared.com/zip/O_lwouWRce/ss4cu_HalloweenDecosCatTag.html? Enjoy!
Za Za over at http://scrapandtubes.blogspot.com/ is so generous, giving away many of her creations for free. She just posted a free, personal use Halloween tagger kit called Bewitched. I had fun playing with it and made a tag for her in return for her charming gift. Hope she likes it.
Monday, October 19, 2015
In between cooking, I'm uploading a little taste of what is to come. Halloween Tags & Smalls _ 5 tags made with papers from Wonderland Scraps Halloween Treat (2015) and some small vintage images. Images are also included so that you may use as you wish. CU4CU provided you do not simply repackage and sell as a competing package. Add to kits and other projects. http://www.4shared.com/zip/PHvcnaTRba/ss4cu_HalloweenTagsSmalls.html?
In recovering from my trip to Atlantic City, I think I forgot to post the elements to A Touch Of Color_Purple? http://www.4shared.com/zip/Wd-SQ_cJce/ws_TouchOfPurple_elements.html? I know, I could go back and check but lots on my mind at the moment, so will just post.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
This weekend I was reminded of a trip we took to Busch Gardens when my son was in elementary school. Jeremy wanted to ride the log flume. We tried telling him he really wasn't ready for it yet but he persisted. So we went over and made him watch and listen for awhile. He still insisted on going. My husband took the front seat so he'd be the one to get most drenched. I sat behind him and made Jeremy sit between my legs so I could hold onto him. All was well as we made the first couple gentle dips but then when we came to the first big drop, he screamed, "Don't you ever let me do this again!" Nothing to do but tell him to yell and scream with him. What does this have to do with my weekend just past? My Red Hat chapter decided it would be fun to take a bus trip to Atlantic City. For $65 we got a seat on the bus and when we arrived received a $30 game credit and a $20 meal credit. Sounds pretty good, huh? But bear in mind that all of us were over 50, actually all over 60 but for our Pink Hatter. Six of the chapter went plus one husband. We left Norfolk at 7am, stopped for 20 minutes on Eastern Shore for a McDonald breakfast and a couple hours later had a 10 minute stop at a WaWa for bathroom break and to grab a sandwich or snack if we liked. A lot of people slept, or tried to sleep on the way to and from. Got into Atlantic City at 2pm. We grouped, split up and regrouped throughout our visit but by about 10 pm we were all worn out and ready to go home. But the bus didn't come back until 12 am and didn't leave until 1 am. It was seriously miserable on way home - most of us in pain from one or another of our health problems and all exhausted, even the few who had managed to get some sleep on the way up. When Mary's husband dropped me off at home, I spent maybe 30 minutes talking to hubby then crashed. Sunday was totally lost and I didn't do much on Monday, just a little laundry. We won't be doing that again! I'd be back in bed again now (it is just after midnight), only I didn't want to cook so we had pizza delivered and I've got indigestion! http://www.4shared.com/zip/MRuNsLb9ba/ws_TouchOfPurple_papers.html?
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
What a day: didn't sleep well last night so it was a struggle to get up but I had an 11:00 am appointment to fit my new contact lens (hard gas-permeable). I barely made it to the office on time and then had trouble opening my car door. Unlock, push, still closed. After playing with lock several times, I was able to get out of the car. When I checked in, I was told my appointment was for 1:40 pm! Apparently I was remembering the original appointment time for Friday when I had to cancel. Too much time to sit there, not enough to go all the way home. So I drove up to Pembroke and went into the K-Mart there but they didn't have items I was looking for. I did have a book with me, so headed down the street to Wendy's and got an early lunch. Back to eye doc and again trouble with car door. Playing with the lock worked so I figured I'd just have to get my BIL to check it for me at earliest convenience. Picked up contacts and they fit pretty good. Not uncomfortable for first day of wear in over a year. So, I'll just stop at Walmart on the way home, I thought. I wanted to pick up a full zip sweatshirt jacket - nothing fancy - so WalMart seemed a good choice. I get out of the car, hit the door lock and shut the door. No, door just bounced, refused to close. Played with the electronic key fob lock switch, played with the manual switch - no go. Not about to leave the car open. Messed around with the part of lock I could see in the door edge using fingers to try to get it to move, using old key, no go. And doesn't it figure? I'd left my cell phone home because I'd been charging it and was in too much of a hurry when leaving to grab it. What to do? I got back in and tried to put seatbelt through door handle and then fasten it but it wouldn't go that far. Finally, knowing there was a Pep Boys just a couple businesses over & same side of road, I looped the seatbelt through door handle multiple times, pulled it tight and slowly drove over to Pep Boys. Not easy but got there safely. After better than an hour and $50 debited to my credit card, I was able to get in, close door and drive home. They'd had to take the door panel off to unjam the latch, loosened and lubed it. Skipped picking up presriptions because I'd called and left word for husband and didn't want him to be on way to me. Instead, I find him on phone, arguing with Health Equity. Seems the Health Equity account he'd been talked into through his company, has monthly fees once account is below certain level. No one had told us about this. Also, they wanted to charge him a $25 maintence fee just to close it out! Righteous indignation and persistence won out in the end with them agreeing to send him a check for remaining balance and waive fees. Just wait until he tells the other employees about this at Union meeting. Now I'm going to post your Touch Of Color_Red elements and call this day quits. Take out food tonight and TV. http://www.4shared.com/zip/37xiLAgsce/ws_ATouchOfRed_elements.html?
Monday, October 5, 2015
Sunday, October 4, 2015
It has been gloomy and raining for days now due to meeting of a Nor'Easter and Hurricane Joachim. Poor South Carolina! They have major problems due to these storms. We have been lucky. Lots of flooding in low lying areas (& most of Norfolk qualifies) due to above normal tides (as much as 6 ft above normal) have got everything over saturated. I haven't had to go out since Thursday and the water wasn't bad then so I've been lucky save for the migraine I had on Friday. My house is dry and undamaged and I'm very thankful. Following a migraine I'm not worth much in terms of doing anything. Did manage to catch the laundry up yesterday evening but that is about it. Hubby was in the mood to cook this weekend and asked for suggestion on Friday. I thought beef stew sounded comforting, so he went out early yesterday morning, got a couple things he needed and filled the crockpot almost to overflowing. Stew for dinner last night and again today. Yummy and no cooking for me. The only other thing I did was work on some bookmarks for Banned Books Week. Turns out DigiChick is doing a hybrid challenge this month that is for bookmarks, so I've created a couple using their designer's work. Planned to post those tonight but upon printing out one page, I discovered I had somehow reversed the text so need to do those again. Your freebie for today is A Touch Of Color_ Red. Papers. http://www.4shared.com/zip/L7mg031Lce/ws_ATouchOfRed_paper.html?
I hear that weather forecasters now think Hurricane Joachim will miss my area. Good news. Meanwhile, we are soaked! It's been raining for days and there is minor flooding all around. The barometric pressure has been driving those of us with sinus problems, migraines, arthritis and other ailments crazy. So glad neurologists finally acknowledged that barometeric pressure does effect health! For me, it's been sinus problems over last couple days and this morning I woke with a migraine. So much for going to get my contact lens fitted. Fortunately, they were real understanding about me needing to reschedule. Headache finally gone so thought I'd check in and offer a little something I've been playing with off and on over last few days. I've had these public domain images in my Halloween resource folder for ages. The one of the two costuned kids was from an old, torn out page of a magazine, or maybe someone's scrapbook. Both images were in bad shape. The drummer had part of his leg missing and both images had worn, torn spots. I worked on each separately, filling in blank spots, smoothing, etc. These are kind of cute and I didn't want to lose either so decided to combine the two like a grouping. I think it's useable. The witch was a different thing. McLeod Coffee used to issue paper dolls premiums. I had one of their dolls but not the one meant for the witch outfit which originally was badly printed in a sickly green and yellow. I played with cleaning up the costume and re-coloring it and "borrowed" the head from the paper doll. It's not the best but maybe someone can use it? http://www.4shared.com/zip/ulrjISzXce/ws_vintage_halloween-_figures.html? http://offtheshelf.com/2015/10/13-important-stories-to-celebrate-banned-books-week/ How many of these have you read? Which ones haven't you read but want to read? I was surprised to learn I've only read 8 of these. So I need and want to read, The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (I know a lot about this one, but never got around to reading it), The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, Friday Night Lights: A Town, A Team, And A Dream by H.G. Bissinger (football - yuck - tough read for me), and Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. ***This ws written on Friday and I thought I'd published then oops!