Sunday, September 30, 2007

missin' and a pimpin'


I really don't hang out at DST that much........but, dang, I do miss it.......apparently there are server issues.......hopefully it will come back's already been over 24 hours .......
it's our OAKS Scrapz Sack week and sale week too ....... oh well, at least I've been receiving some fab reviews from some girls on HELLO about my sack so that's super cool of course! :)


wellllll.....I have another collab at OAKS too...... I think I've been averaging one a week lately .....

this includes:
20 textured papers (7 solids/13 patterns)
3 ribbon wraps bows (1 glittered)
2 bows
2 brads
2 frames
4 glitter strokes
7 individual leaves
2 leaf piles
1 paisley element
3 paperclips
2 pipecleaner elements
1 wordart (frolic in a big messy pile of leaves)
1 tree overlay
2 stitched overlay borders
1 alpha (lowercase a-z, 0-9, and 4 symbols)


purchase the Unbe-leaf-able Autumn collaboration kit by Sara Ellis and Jessica David and get the story 4x6 brag book for free until Oct 15th ........or buy the brag book separately

and......don't forget........Royal Chaos mega collab with Danielle Engebretsenand Not So Spooky collab with Faith True...and the coordinating brag book
and.....I have three more collabs in the works about a roll, huh?


well, tomorrow is a big day of firsts for Hudson ......

both Hudson and Griffin have their first dental appointments in the morning's Hudson's first day of's sooo exciting!!!!! I'm still just giddy that he's in this program and that it's FREE (scroll down to read all the news about this fab thing)


ok.......enough for now..... back to designing a few more elements

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Scrapz Sack time!!!!!


5 brand new element a fab bonus!

and......... ..

35% off everything in my store....... ..yep, I said everything, that includes my commercial goodies ............ . (one tiny exception... my Scrapz Sack is not on sale)

shop HERE

grab all my deals (Scrapz Sack and sale) until Oct. 5th

bunches of other OAKS Scrapz Sacks are in the store more will be coming this weekend


and..........exciting news update about Hudson's speech therapy......

I had my meeting yesterday with Hudson's preschool teacher, speech pathologist and somebody else..the school psychologist maybe (all from our school district)?? Hudson ended up scoring a 77 on some evaluation and that is the cut-off for being accepted into the 3 day program. If he would've been scored at 3 years, instead of at 2 y 11 mo, he would've scored alot lower which would have definitely put him in the 3 day without any kind of issue. The speech pathologist suggested that the 3 day would be better for him so he can build his social and language skills. I'm so excited about this program! Half of the kids are very normal for their age and have been through testing themselves to be good models for the other half like Hudson that needs extra assistance in some areas. It's also pretty much 50/50 for boys and girls. There is a mixture of reasons that the kids need help for, but there is more of a variety in the morning class. Hudson's is for 2.5 hours each day. There is one girl that has a very bad cleff with her face and one other issue, but no wheel chairs, hearing or vision disabilities. The 4 day program with autistic kids is next door with 4 students. They are mainstreamed with Hudson's class for story and music time. When he improves his language skills, he will be able to move into the 2 day program which is only 30 min & it's sole focus is speech.

I have a huge binder to read and keep all of his info in and two welcome packages. We also have school supply shopping this weekend. There is a different theme and letter as the focus every week. Next week is picnic fun and the letter M.

He's going to start next Monday. yay!!!!!!!!

Tuesdays are going to be crazy because he has his private speech therapy in the morning and then school an hour later, 30 minutes away. Since we'll only have an extra 30 minutes to spare, we won't really have time to get out of the car anywhere for lunch and it won't be fair to go to the park just for a short bit, so we'll probably just opt for fast food in the car those days.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

here we go again....

one week since I last blogged.....I'll learn someday.........instead of having this pretty lengthy like I have easily done before....I'm going to try to be as short as possible with each little bit.....
HA! is that even possible with me since I ramble so much???


I am soooo tired of our ants. I don't know if it's because we've had more rain than usual, so our summer hasn't been as dry as usual....we've actually had humidity here in Phoenix............whatever the reason....we've been invaded by ants in various places inside the house and all of our front and back yards.................and......we are not alone...apparently it's pretty common

after the boys found a few more ants in the house last Friday morning and Griffin's left foot getting totally covered by them later that afternoon in the backyard (oh yea, his foot looked
black)........our bugman sprayed again on Saturday morning......he said he's gotten so many new customers lately for the same reason.........he found at least 5 ant colonies in the front and back ........ after all the time he spent and potent stuff he put on them, most are still's crazy! he said the only other thing he could do is basically bomb them, but a couple weeks later, they'll be back.........soooooo, we just need the cold weather to hit us

oh...and Griff's foot....I counted at least 32 bites on his little left foot alone...and 4 on his right one ........he was soooooo good too, all he did was say "ants, ants!" (I was sitting at our little kids picnic table with my back to him).......I immediately picked him up and hosed his feet down ... besides saying ants twice, he never cried or anything...........he's only 23 months old............. if it was me, I would've been miserable


the only other exciting thing since then is that I have an appt. with Hudson's soon-to-be new preschool teacher and a speech pathologist this morning ........ we've been trying to get him into our school district's special ed preschool for speech & the time is finally here....his evaluation with the district was 3 weeks was a very lengthy 11 page report that basically boiled down to the same thing we know....his articulation is horrible...he just turned 3 a couple weeks ago and he is in the 1 percentile range for sounds in words.... he does try to put 2-3 words together, but he can't pronounce anything very well ..............and he's been going to a private
speech therapist since June....................

two huge diff with being accepted into our school district's program ---- it's FREE and it's more time with him ........................... today's meeting will determine whether he's in the 3 day program with 2 hours each day or the 2 day program that is only 30 min each day ......... wish us luck with the 3 day one

************************ for pimping time ........

you can get this FREE for the rest of September with the purchase of the coordinating Not So Spooky collab kit by Faith True and Sara Ellis....

see more details and grab it HERE

I've been having lots of fun making some commercial usage ok paper textures and templates (personal use great too) this week and they are in both of my stores at DSB and OAKS ...
I have a total of 6 sets available right now at only $3 each...
here's a small sampling of each .... hopefully have already heard that OAKS is going Collab crazy this month...and I don't think it will stop .........
I have 2 in the store now...with Faith True (Not So Spooky) and Danielle Engebretsen (Royal Chaos)....... ...........................
and.... Unbe-Leaf-Able Autumn with Jessica David should be in the store very soon .......

I am finishing up my portion to another one with a very cool designer that isn't at either of my stores .................... and then I have a couple more that I need to start working on


ok.....time to go so I can hop on the train...the DST blog train ......... and get back to designing (before my appt that's in a couple hours)

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Back in action....

sorry I've been slacking with my blog lately..........just busy with life, kids, designing (even more fun coming soon), and what-not.... I'll try to do better


I have been the featured designer on Hummie's Blog for almost a week now...I was so thrilled when she asked me to be a part of her weekly featured designers a little more than a month ago.... I shared a tutorial for extracting pictures....... please feel free to check it out and share your LOs with extractions with me...please leave your links here :)


Royal Chaos is available in the OAKS store again!!!! yay!!!!! (scroll down for previews) we had a few zip issues right after it was put in there and advertised it........and a few delays getting it fixed since Dani and I had to coordinate our schedules again.........this is one huge mega collab from us (over 30 papers, 2 alphas, and a plethora of elements) of yesterday, all is fabulous again

oh...OAKS is going Scrapz Duo collab crazy this month....look at all of the goodies in the store have to check it out


and........last Friday was Hudson's 3rd birthday.......yay! I haven't even u/l the pics from my camera yet (sorry) ........ we just had a little family birthday party for him on Sunday....his fave presents were from his grandparents, a Thomas the Train suitcase, a Caterpillar dump truck that has the bells and whistles (press various buttons to make it automatically dump it's load, go forward and backwards, and the noises too), and a long wooden semi truck. My fave presents that he received was his little black Crocs and his Ikea Brum chair. I've wanted Crocs for both Hudson and Griffin for a while, but my dh thinks they are too girly (whatever!). I was able to get my MIL to get them. (smiles!) And..the chair...well, that was one of the things I got for him. It is just too fun! It was super cheap too! On their website, it's advertised for $59....well, at the store, it was only $19. It's bendy and comfy. I love it!


oh.... I keep forgetting....... Fantacy tagged me a few days ago...if you aren't familiar with her, she is a super sweet girl and is a fairly new designer at OAKS....her design name is Scrappin' Hillbilly Sweet Pea Designs ......she reminds me of KB & Friends....very cool stuff!

soooo...she asked me to state 7 unique things about me......
here goes......
1) I'm the only me that could possibly be me :)
2) I really love fried chicken livers....but i can rarely ever make them since my dh doesn't like them or the smell.....and very tough to find them at restaurants ...Lee's Chicken in STL has scrumptious ones and so does Jack's Stack in Martin City (KC, MO)..I've never found any here in Phoenix
3) I'm 40 and still active with my sorority, Alpha the SW Regional Alumnae Membership Coord
4) I'm so picky with food that I didn't even try corn until April this year and now I absolutely love it (you can find a LO about it somewhere on my blog and in my galleries...I did it for the ADSR).............and I was 35 when I tried mashed potatoes (yum!)
5) I used to look like Molly Ringwald back in the Molly days in the 80s.......believe it or's soooooo true!
6) I used to play varsity doubles tennis at my first high school (my second one didn't have tennis teams then)
7) I've never broken a bone in my body. it's time for me to tag a few girls........
1) Rachel (angelextreme) .... super sweet & on my CT...she's also starting he luck at designing & has some super cute things so far..including a freebie QP with all goodies by her on her blog
2) Dani (Danielle Engebretsen)... another super favulous designer buddy of both OAKS and DSB
3) Jeannie Papai.... I've just recently gotten to know her...and she is goofy, sweet, and fun....and her super talented designs are at PDP and DSS

I have more fab digi-friends that I'd love to tag...I just don't have the time right now to look up their blogs sinc e my dh will be home soon three.........give me 7 unique things about yourselves........share shar share away :)


ok...this was extremely long again..........
I really need to blog more than once a week again

Monday, September 17, 2007

two new collabs :)

Not So Spooky, a goofy fun Halloween collab by me and Faith True

there are soo many fab papers and elements that can be used all throughout the year, not just in Halloween

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grab it HERE


Royal Chaos
, a fun, funky, crazy collab by me and Danielle Engebretsen

for boys and girls...........
princes and princesses....
rock stars and barbie dolls.......
skaters and divas......

something for everyone.........



grab it HERE

(ETA...8:47am Monday...I removed Royal Chaos from the store until a few of Dani's zips get fixed later today...I'm so sorry for any inconveniences...please check back later for the availability)

and...purchase any 2 collabs at will get a special collab filled with goodies from many designers, including two alphas, two templates, some element sets, and bunches of coupons

and.......don't forget..

sooooooooooo...purchase two collabs and get two freebies (the special FWP collab and the regualr FWP collab)

Friday, September 14, 2007

more vacation pics..and an announcement

a bit more from our vacation to Ventura last week......

Hudson and Griffin had fun trying on Nana's beach hats...

aren't they goofy?

here they are....being cheesy and cute

and a couple of us all together....too bad that the best one was of us teeter-tottering...maybe the group one will look better if i make it b&w ..I haven't done anything whatsoever to any of these pics yet

it's a bummer that Cooper wasn't able to join us.....but this was the week that my FIL was able to grab us......and Coop was in school........perhaps he will next year if it's before his college begins (gosh that's scary thinking that he'll be out of high school in the spring)

a new store for me.......... yay!!!!!!

take a gander HERE


and this weekend I will have a couple of collabs with other OAKS designers in the stores (OAKS first, then DSB)............they are soooooooooo cute and exciting!!!!

so please stay tuned :)

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

9-11: The Healing Garden

ok...... I just had to blog for a 2nd time today......

After Hudson's speech class I took him and Griffin to The Healing Garden at Tempe
Town Lakes.....

wow! it was soooooo much more emotional than I thought it would be.........

there was a flag for each person that died with a yellow ribbon that had the name, age, and homeplace for each....a few didn't have names.....and then all of the children had special little flags and flowers at the base of each flagpole a lady that worked there came over to give the boys mini flags and within a couple minutes they ran over and laid them down at the base of someone's know they didn't really know what it meant....but dang...tears flowed from me at that was so just happened too quick for me to get a pic of them doing it and they didn't want to pose there.........

the boys were actually more interested in the firetrucks that were had a huge memorial painted all over it......and then there were 2 that were there to hold up the Unity Flag that's signed by all of the Senators anyway............oh...I don't have any pics of that flag because it was down because of the wind...they are only hanging it during the special ceremonies (early morning and tonight)

enjoy the pictures ( I haven't touched any up yet, I just u/l a few minutes ago)..........
I'll scrap them later

I'm back in town

ok....well, we got back in town on Saturday night

the weather was sooo beautiful in Ventura and Oxnard.... I thought it was going to be too chilly for the beach, but it definitely wasn't was maybe 75 at the most and it was so fabulous! Jeff and the boys all got some good color & then started peeling a tad (well, Jeff has peeled a ton)... I already had a great base, so I didn't have to worry about that

the boys did soooo well during our roadtrip each ended up being right at 8 hours with 4 little rest stop pit stops for all of us to stretch...they didn't even watch one DVD in the car.... Hudson did get a little antzy the last 40 min or so both times, but that's it.... and that's with only sleeping about 30 min each.....they just snacked and played and danced to their music (lots of dead air time in the desert, so They Might Be Giants and Laurie Berkner came in pretty handy......we LOVE TMBG's ABCs CD and DVD)

we ended up staying on the Ventura Harbor...and

tide was very busy....the high tide moved up pretty aggressively and soaked our little campmy FIL and step-MIL's place is just 5 minutes away in Oxnard Shores, right off the we went back and forth a bunch ..........Sunday, the 2nd, was our first day at the beach and the with our towels and chairs within 5 minutes of first getting to the actually got us three times that morning (along with a bunch of other people there) ....... at least the camera was saved each time (it's brand new because I killed my last one in April with the tide in Mexico)......BUT....this scared the boys of the water.......they loved the beach, but not the water, they never got used to it....who knows if it was the noise of the surf, how large the body of water was, or just that we were all startled within the first few minutes of being there ..........soooooo, it was tough to get any pictures of them in the water....but Friday we were right next to this huge piece of took forever for them to get close to it, but once they did I just kept snapping away & I ended up with my very fave picture of the whole trip (and that's with almost 100 pics).........isn't this just toooooo wonderful???? I love it sooo much! I have tons to scrap with. Yay!

ok.......there's more pics to share with you...but I"ll add more next time so this time isn't tooooo lengthy...........because I need to share a couple other things here now too :)
our patio was just a hundred feet away from the harbor with tons of huge sailboats.....this was our was so spectacular to sit on the patio, eat a little a breakfast and watch the boats leave for the can't really tell right here, but there are 100s of sailboats and yachts deeper in the harbor here ....and just a smidge to the right is a little point where it opens up for the ocean


Have you checked out Scraps For Charity yet??? If not, you really should. There's so many talented designers that contribute there each month (Beth Kern, Bren T Boone, Danielle Engebretsen, Jessica David, Jessica Gorny, Jolie Molina, and me-Sara Ellis) and Dodo makes some fab freebie QPs (one is available right now & another will be available next week)

it's really a fabulous charity site........ a new charity is featured every month...this month is the Cystic Fibrosiss Society

customers have the opportunity to purchase any individual mini or the mega (all minis combined at a discounted price)

here's the mega...and it's ONLY $7.00 (valued at $17.50 if bought separately)

here's my mini's only $2.50:

what are you waiting for?????? hurry hurry and skidaddle over there


it's been a while, sorry....but I did add one more goodie to my OAKS store late late last night...
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Looking for something a little different to describe your masterpiece?

How about these 17" wordy borders???
border a page, layer over a solid ribbon, trim an edge of a paper, etc...there are so many ways to have fun with these words

There are soooooo many different ones to choose from and there are some girly ones, boy ones, and very neutral.

They include:
train, and

Every strip is in black for easy coloring.

Grab them HERE


a couple days ago I came across a couple of super fabulous blogs........... they are all juicy positive lovin' ones...............tooting outstanding LOs and designs...sometimes polls.......just loads of goodness from pretty silent fans (it surely doesn't seem like anyone is favored at all)

fall in love with Scrap Praise HERE
and Hot Digi Picks HERE

I swear you'll visit them daily


and..........exciting news......
.....I have added a 2nd store and it's a super fab opportunity! this place is huge...........I'll share more later when I get goodies in the store :)


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