Tuesday, January 29, 2008

nifty little ideas....

....with baking soda....

By Deborah Snoonian
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This Old House

(This Old House) -- Everyone knows this kitchen staple fights odors in the fridge. What we didn't know is just how darn useful it is everywhere else in the house


1. Remove tape residue

Make a thick paste of baking soda and water. Rub the paste onto bits of tape stuck to windows, then wipe clean.

2. Douse flames

Keep a box of baking soda in your workshop or kitchen to sprinkle on a fire if one breaks out.

3. Zap roaches

Set out a shallow dish or bowl containing equal parts sugar and baking soda. Roaches are attracted to the sugar, but the mixture is deadly to them.

4. Spot-clean a rug

Sprinkle baking soda on greasy spots and let sit for about an hour. Scrub gently with a damp sponge or brush, then vacuum to remove any leftover grime.

5. Absorb moisture

Keep an open box of baking soda in your tool cabinet to fend off moisture that could rust saws or other equipment.

6. Keep drains clear

Once a week, pour a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar down your kitchen sink. It'll help keep your pipes clog-free. This Old House: Clear any clogged drain

7. Clean a shower door

Pour some baking soda on a damp sponge, wipe the door, and rinse with warm water. This Old House: Installing a shower door

8. Uncrust your grill

Sprinkle baking soda directly on an indoor or outdoor grill. Let sit overnight, then slough off the grime with a wire brush and warm water. This Old House: Grill Maintenance

9. Scrub your paws

Rubbing your hands with warm water and a palmful of baking soda will remove stubborn odors.

10. Banish book odors

Seal musty-smelling books for a few weeks in a plastic bag with baking soda sprinkled inside to eliminate mildew and odors


one way that I use it ,,,more often than others...... sprinkling it on pee on the carpet...

it works for pee and milk, and probably other liquids too............ Hudson has accidents every once in a while in his room, so I just sprinkle it on the wet spot, let it sit and soak up everything, cover it with a rag or burp cloth, then vacuum it after it dries....it sucks up the wetness and the odor



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Monday, January 28, 2008

I finally scrapped...

it' a miracle....

for the first time in a couple months... I scrapped!!!!! yay! My newest Word Up Challenge at Gotta Pixel really got me motivated.... I really like the parameters I picked for every to get creative...

for my Word Up Challenge , "Love" at Gotta Pixel
*must use the word love
*must use at least 5 designers
*must use at least 1 patterned paper

Stitched Thoughts (notepaper) by Victoria Feemster
Purty Buttons (big button) by Christina Renee
Grocer Labels (date stickers) by Rachel Martin
Crumpled Hearts (brown wrinkled heart) by Dawn Wilson
(round scribbles) Isabel page kit by Lauraskathi
Sew Twisty (ribbon) by Karah Fredricks)
the remaining items are from the Boy Factor Collection by Faith True and Victoria Feemster at SBB (and OAKS til Jan 31st)
Loveable Luke kit - red and blue hearts, arrow, and frame
Zippity Zack kit - alpha and paper

font is DJB Janelscript

the challenge started late on the 26th and I've already had a pretty decent participation so far.... one of my fave LOs so far is by Cherie Shields

you can see her credits HERE

and ...
Hudson picks out his clothes about half of the time... but today he was even more creative than usual.... it definitely really shows off his goofy crazy self.....and he wore this to preschool today too

wordart from Kaleidoscope page kit by Faith True
paper, starscatter, and swirl from the Boy Factor collection (Adventurous Arthur page kit) by Faith True and Victoria Feemster
frame from Simply Frame Me by Cherie Shields
stitching by me


scroll down.... I have 2 coupons available below for some items in my Gotta Pixel store

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Greek Life

are you watching Rock of Love 2 on VH1? It's always so entertaining... it's one of my late night reality shows that I watch and enjoy........last night that large overly botoxed French girl finally got booted......she did a strip-tease for Bret and a couple other girls...that put her over the loony line....that and her extremely large lips... I swear they look like they must hurt so bad being as large as they are..........................they reminded me of when I sunburned my lips in Jamaica years ago and they swelled up super large and HURT ... it was so uncomfortable... how can people think that it looks good to have them at the point where they look like they are going to explode?


ok..... as a bunch of you already know.... I'm a sorority girl and I 'm still very active in Alpha Phi as our SW Regional Alumnae Membership Coordinator.....

wellllllll.... I've been wanting to come out with some Greek alphas for a while now & I finally have the beginning of my new series..........I made it so that includes the full English alphabet too... isn't that fabulous??????


Do you need a fun alpha to help you scrap your old fraternity and sorority pictures? Have you taken a vacation to Greece? How about an a fun everyday anytime alpha? That's right...you can have all of that with my new Greek Life series.

All 24 Greek Letters
The remaining 12 English letters to complete the English alphabet (the other 14 are also Greek)
* & ! { }

all individually saved PNG files, 300 ppi

To begin, I just have two sets available - Brad and Gidget......more will be added later

now time for your blog friend coupon :)
expires midnight Feb 7th
valid for ALL alphas in my Gotta Pixel store

don't forget to scroll down to find another coupon... I always have at least one available.. right now there are two :)

Thursday, January 24, 2008

spreadin' some joy

Hudson participated in the local city parks and rec Itty Bitty Golf Tourney this past weekend ....it was so cute....... a little clinic just for 3-5 year olds and then they got to play 9 very short holes........ each participant received a set of plastic golf clubs and a little visor........... there was even a best dressed contest BUT it was best dressed golfer and caddie combo....well, neither his dad or I coordinated our outfits with him, but he still received a few votes since he looked so adorable...... I have the cutest pics to scrap whenever I get around to scrapping again

and, as you can tell, Griffin tagged along too.............

Hudson was Mr. Independent....he tried golfing like a little righty and his dad kept trying to help him since he's really a lefty...and he was so determined "I do it all myself!" several times......it was so cute!

I worked again tonight and grabbed more shirts for Hudson.... I feel bad that I have barely picked up anything for Griffin lately, but I just moved a bunch of Hudson' clothes over to Griffin's closet so he does have some new to him clothes.... and he doesn't really care if he has new clothes.....Hudson is the clothes horse and just loves it when he gets something new............. can you believe that I was dressing him in size 3 shirts in the beginning of Dec and now he's in 5s.. I think he only wore 4s for a week or two.........he is almost out of his 3 jeans, but they are ok for a teeny bit longer

anyway...... if you haven't been into Gap Kids lately....you really need to.... Saturday I grabbed 12 items for $30 (after my discount)...and tonight another $20 worth....everything was between $3.97 - $6.97 each before my discount

nice, huh?????? it gets dangerous sometimes working there ....LOL...... but I love it! :)

how would you like a little freebie????????? it's been a while since I offered one on here.... well, this is a sampler of some goodies in the Party Pants collaborative collection
grab it HERE

now....don't forget to scroll down and grab the coupon for Party Pants........ I always have at least one blog coupon/special going on for all my beautiful blogging friends....you just have to scroll down sometimes to see it :) ......... enjoy!


welllllll... I have a new and fab little Gotta Pixel newsletter hook-up over on the right ...... Stacy is so fab with giving us these link-ups with Constant Contact...and newsletters are available from many of the designers......................wanna know more and stay up-to-date with what is happening in my store and the Sassy Street Studio store? then sign up now.... my next newsletter will go out the beginning of next week :)

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

it's Party Time!!!!!!

Amazing Race ended on Sunday with TK and Rachel as the winners.... I was pretty happy about it since they were my original favorites, but I would have been happy with any of those 3 teams winning....just think that if the grandfather/grandson team won, it was so incredible that they finished - just so cool and inspiring

I really would love to do this with Cooper, my oldest son, he'll be 18 in July... I think it would just be the most awesome experience for us to do together....but he doesn't think he'd be able to do it since he thinks we'd bicker too much......I think that's just crazy...enjoying life and such a rare opportunity to see so may places of the world..and do it together.........oh that would be so cool

what about you? have you given it any thought? have you already tried out?


finally!!!!!! Sassy Street Studio has another collab....and it's a party collection....

the entire collection includes the main attraction, Party Pants, as well as 6 mini add-ons:
New Years Party, Valentines Party, Christmas Party, Pajama Party, Garden Party, and Birthday Party.........
have fun mixing and matching any of these great kits together for a funtabulously wonderful time

and check out some LOs showcasing bits of the Party Pants collection

see more HERE

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spend at least $9.00 in the Sassy Street Studio store at Gotta Pixel and receive 25% off
expires midnight Feb 9th

Friday, January 18, 2008

Everyone loves glitter, right?? Well, how about mixing it with a bit of glue and throwing in on your paper and other masterpieces for some extra texture and fun? Or...better yet....just get Globbies by Sara Ellis.

You'll get little globs and clusters of glitter glue globs in a variety of colors..... 20 different ones to be exact.

see more HERE

**** BONUS ------> receive 30% off until January 26th with coupon code

only 27 hours plus remaining on my Silpada jewelry listings on Ebay...there's some fabulous goodies... don't miss out


and.......my little Gap plug........
all sale merchandise - every department -
is an extra 25% off the marked sale price - the extra 25% will automatically be deducted at the register

the cute curly ballet flats are $4.97 (addt'l 25% off that)... I think we just have the bronze and the plaid ones left...but there are pretty many available

lots of bras are $4.97
panties (I HATE that word) ... anyway...bunches are $1.97
not to mention all the clothes that are already under $10...some as cheap as $4.97 before the extra 25%

the location I work at has tons of goodies available......so I'm sure a bunch others do too......but I'm not sure about online, I haven't checked that


ok... enough enabling for today

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Lessons for the New Year

I just stumbled upon this in my e-mail today....
it really is so fabulous and I live by some of them already, but I need to live by more of them for often

Thoughts for the New Year~

For over 7 years, Regina Brett was a columnist at The Beacon Journal in
Akron , Ohio. During that time, she was diagnosed and successfully
treated for breast cancer. Regina is now a columnist for The Plain
Dealer in Cleveland , Ohio.

Lessons in Life By Regina Brett:

To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.
It is the most requested column I've ever written.

My odometer rolls over to 50 this week, so here's an update:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their
journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God
never blinks.

16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get
busy dying.

17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.

18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.

19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is

up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no
for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie.
Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years,
will this matter?"

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone, everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends
will. Stay in touch.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did
or didn't do.

35. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

36. Growing old beats the alternative - dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.

38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd
grab ours back.

41. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

42. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

45. The best is yet to come.

46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

48. If you don't ask, you don't get.

49. Yield.

50. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.


select a candidate.... this is pretty cool...........
take this little quiz & find out how you match up with the presidential candidates


I'm getting so anxious for this newest collab of mine to hit the store..... we're going to offer a little sampler of it in Gotta Pixel's subscriber area...so all of the subscribers will get it for free...if you aren't one already, you should consider joining...there are lots of fab freebies that are available from our talented designers

wanna play Valentines Bingo??????

Gotta Pixel has a super fun game of it..... you can win a GC to the Gotta Pixel store as the grand prize....and I believe there will be participation prizes, as well

just click on the link above to get started on the fun

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

just gotta share......

a couple good e-mails from a cousin of mine..........

This is good advice. Thought I would share.....

Good information. Put your car keys beside your bed at night. If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies. This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It's a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage. If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break in your house, odds are the burglar or rapist won't stick around... after a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won't want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there..... This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime. P.S. I am sending this to everyone I know because I think it is fantastic. Would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can't reach a phone My Mom has suggested to my Dad that he carry his car keys with him in case he falls outside and she doesn't hear him. He can activate the car alarm and then she'll know there's a problem.


We had to have the garage door repaired. The Sears repairman told us that one of our problems was that we did not have a 'large' enough motor on the opener. I thought for a minute, and said that we had the largest one Sears made at that time, a 1/2 horsepower. He shook his head and said, 'Lady, you need a 1/4 horsepower.' I responded that 1/2 was larger than 1/4. He said, 'NO, it's not.' Four is larger than two..'

We haven't used Sears repair since.

My daughter and I went through the McDonald's take-out window and I gave the clerk a $5 bill. Our total was $4.25, so I also handed her a quarter. She said, 'you gave me too much money.' I said, 'Yes I know, but this way you can just give me a dollar bill back.' She sighed and went to get the manager who asked me to repeat my request. I did so, and he handed me back the quarter, and said 'We're sorry but they could not do that kind of thing.' The clerk then proceeded to give me back$1 and 75 cents in change.

Do not confuse the clerks at McD's.

I live in a semi rural area. We recently had a new neighbor call the local township administrative office to request the removal of the DEER CROSSING sign on our road. The reason: 'Too many deer are being hit by cars out here! I don't think this is a good place for them to be crossing anymore.'

From Kingman , KS .

My daughter went to a local Taco Bell and ordered a taco. She asked the person behind the counter for 'minimal lettuce.' He said he was sorry, but they only had iceburg lettuce.
From Kansas City

I was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an airport employee asked, 'Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?' To which I replied, 'If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?' He smiled knowingly and nodded,
'That's why we ask.'

Happened in Birmingham , Ala.

The stoplight on the corner buzzes when it's safe to cross the street. I was crossing with an intellectually challenged coworker of mine. She asked if I knew what the buzzer was for. I explained that it signals blind people when the light is red. Appalled, she responded, 'What on earth are blind people doing driving?!'

She was a probation officer in Wichita , KS

At a good-bye luncheon for an old and dear coworker. She was leaving the company due to 'downsizing.' Our manager commented cheerfully, 'This is fun. We should do this more often.' Not another word was spoken. We all just looked at each other with that deer-in-the-headlights stare.

This was a lunch at Texas Instruments.

I work with an individual who plugged her power strip back into itself and for the sake of her life, couldn't understand why her system would not turn on.

A deputy with the Dallas County Sheriffs office, no less.

When my husband and I arrived at an automobile dealership to pick up our car, w e were told the keys had been locked in it. We went to the service department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the drivers side door. As I watched from the passenger side, I instinctively tried the door handle and discovered that it was unlocked. 'Hey,' I announced to the technician, 'its open!' His reply, 'I know. I already got that side.'

This was at the Ford dealership in Canton, Mississippi.


I found out tonight that I'm staying at The Gap post the seasonal shopping time......
YAY! Now I just have to wait for the hours to pick up again. January and February are the slowest with minimal shifts/hours.


ok........... who else is psyched that American Idol is back????? I only saw the first two singers tonight since I was at work.......I was able to catch that little smidge during my break...and that first guy, I think is name is Joey Catalone, he recently lost 204 pounds.....dang! he could sing.....just so soulful! he sang a fabulous Maroon 5 song and was just wow!


ok... that's it for now... I need to design some more before I go to sleep........I really want this collab to get in the store soon

Monday, January 14, 2008

chuckles again....

ya know something's wrong when one child cries and the other one runs in his room and locks the door...................


apparently hudson (3) did something to griffin's (2) eye...but griff was all better in no time at all

I didn't even say anything to hudson because he knew he was wrong... he cried for a little bit in his room and then came out within 10 minutes....then they watched Curious George together like usual

well... a big red and purple bruise appeared a little while later on griff's eyelid.....at least it's not a full black eye............it's only really noticeable when he closes his eyes


I received this e-mail from my SIL tonight....it's rather funny so I just had to share...

Questions I asked my new doctor. I love this guy!!!!

Q: I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life; is this true?

A: Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that's it... don't waste them on exercise. Everything wears out eventually. Speeding up your heart will not make you live longer; that's like saying you can extend the life of your car by driving it faster. Want to live longer? Take a nap.

Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables?

A: You must grasp logistical efficiencies. What does a cow eat? Hay and corn. And what are these? Vegetables. So a steak is nothing more than an efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system. Need grain? Eat chicken. Beef is also a good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable). And a pork chop can give you 100% of your recommended daily allowance of vegetable products.

Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?

A: No, not at all. Wine is made from fruit. Brandy is distilled wine, that means they take the water out of the fruity bit so you get even more of the goodness that way. Beer is also made out of grain. Bottoms up!

Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?

A: Well, if you have a body and you have fat, your ratio is one to one. If yo u have two bodies, your ratio is two to one, etc.

Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?

A: Can't think of a single one, sorry. My philosophy is: No Pain...Good!

Q: Aren't fried foods bad for you?

A: YOU'RE NOT LISTENING!!! .... Foods are fried these days in vegetable oil. In fact, they're permeated in it. How could getting more ve getables be bad for you?

Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?

A: Definitely not! When you exercise a muscle, it gets bigger. You should only be doing sit-ups if you want a bigger stomach.

Q: Is chocolate bad for me?

A: Are you crazy? HELLO Cocoa beans! Another vegetable!!! It's the best feel-good food around!

Q: Is swimming good for your figure?

A: If swimming is good for your figure, explain whales to me.

Q: Is getting in-shape important for my lifestyle?

A: Hey! 'Round' is a shape!

Well, I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had aboutfood and diets.

And remember:

"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and we ll preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways - Chardonnay in one hand - chocolate in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO, What a Ride"


For those of you who watch what you eat, here's the final w ord on nutrition and health. It's a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies.

1. The Japanese eat very little fat

and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat

and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

3. The Chinese drink very little red wine

and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine

and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

5. The Germans drink a lot of beers and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.


Eat and drink what you like.

Speaking English is apparently what kills you.


my first newsletter went out today... it looked pretty cute, if I might say so myself.............a few minor tweaks have been done to it for Wednesday's issue...............and hopefully by the end of the week it will have the huge new product announement for my newest super big cool collab..................

scroll down to yesterday's blogging to find the sign-up info for my newsletter... you know you should :)

Sunday, January 13, 2008

ya know you want to....

ya know you want to .........sign up for my new newsletter

oh! I'm getting so excited for it! The first one will be released tomorrow. You won't want to miss out. Just go to Gotta Pixel and look on the right sidebar for the newsletter subscription box ......or....... just click HERE to go directly to the subscription page. You can choose which newsletters you'd like to receive from the store (new releases, daily news, and individual newsletters from most of the design team). You have the option to receive more than 10 diff newsletters or as little as one. Mine is so super cool (I love the color palette that I chose) and will have all the latest news from me.

ya know you want to ......add some more jewelry to your collection???

I just added some more of my old Silpada Designs stock to Ebay... I decided to clean out some things from my office closet and surprisingly found a few things in there that have just been sitting there.... jewelry and display items........... now they are available to my Ebay friends

you can check out my store HERE


ya know you want to.....buy my entire OAKS store..........

Purchase my entire store for only $40! Offer expires January 31st when OAKS closes.
The downloads will be available until February 15th.
This offer excludes all collabs.........but it does include all commercial

templates, paper packs, page kits, alphas, paint, glitter, commercial overlays, commercial templates, commercial textures

Hurry hurry......some of these goodies will never be available again.

Coupon also included for use at my other store (expires 3/31)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

I work at the Gap close to me. It's a Womens/Body/Kids/Baby store and I just absolutely love it.

I'm hating my after-holiday hours...but...besides that, I love it.

I went in today to get my schedule and check ... and I ended up grabbing a few things for my little guys.

I purchased 4 coats (2 for this year and 2 for next - just in case we go up to Flagstaff or somewhere else in N. AZ where it's cooler) that were all price-killed (super marked down to move them out of the store)......anyway... each coat was between $12.97-17.97.
I also grabbed three long sleeve tees and a heavy zipper hoodie sweatshirt .... before my discount, that all came to just under $100..........one of the down coats regular price was $68.....
well, I got everything (8 items) with my discount and plus tax...for $68


oh ... I love bargains... especially when I get great clothes

the only down side is that I ended up not getting anything for myself this time.

soooooooooo.... if you have a Gap Kids near you... check out their coats and see how cheap they are...............when it comes to price killing, it's up to each individual store manager to decide that


well.. as most everyone knows by now, OAKS will be closing on the 31st.....we're all so sad about it

I wanted to share where all of our design team will be.
This is by no means a complete list. But I will update it as I get updates. Alot of us have some FAB sales going on right now too. Just click on their name and be taken right to their OAKS store.

Ann-Marie Pickleberrypop
Beth Kern NDISB & Just for the Scrap of it
Blythe Evans Purple Paper Flowers
Cherie Shields Purple Paper Flowers & Gotta Pixel
Danielle Engebretson Purple Paper Flowers & Digital Freebies
DC Designs Digital Freebies
Doreen Stolz Digital Freebies
Faith True SBB
Jennifer Barrette ????? (taking a short design break)
Jessica Gorny pickleberrypop
Kaye Winiecki pickleberrypop and Purple Paper Flowers
Laura Pitman Gotta Pixel
Manda J Designs ????? (possibly retiring)
Misty Maier Plain Digital Wrapper
Rachel Martin Purple Paper Flowers & pickleberrypop
Sara Ellis Gotta Pixel
Sarah Grimwood Plain Digital Wrapper and PickleBerryPop
Scrappin' Hillbilly Sweetpea Designs Designing Moments and Treasures to Scrap
Sherry Ferguson DigiScrapShak, ScrapDish, and Gotta Pixel
Victoria Feemster SBB
(I have no clue why some names are in diff colors..it really doesn't mean anything)

did you notice that I have 3 fab girls joining me over at Gotta Pixel??? YAY!!!!


I have a sale on my newest product right now...... scroll down to find out more :)

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

back on track again

today was Jeff's first day back at work..well, first day back in his office in almost a week..... yay!
he hasn't had a full work week in a while....... there was a 4 day weekend for both Christmas and New Years....and then he took last Friday off since it was Cooper's last day here for break & then he just decided to work from home Mon and Tue................... hello - can you say that's too long for me?

things are finally getting back on track...with him at work....and Hudson back at preschool after his Christmas break... he also had a 2 week break from his private speech therapy since they fell on Christmas and New Years days........so, yesterday he had his speech class and his therapist informed me that she is moving to CA because she accepted a new position in Long Beach.... we only have one more session with her.... I know he's going to miss her a bunch and hopefully he will click just as well with his new replacement

now...my next creation........Petal Pushers! I'm really loving this set so much. I hope you will too :)

**until January 16th - save 20% - Special Introductory Offer**

Want to have fun making your own fabric frayed flowers? How about trying Petal Pushers by Sara Ellis.

9 petal templates, 3 sample flowers.......so many possibilities
all in individual PNG files

COMMERCIAL USAGE ok - no credit required

arrange petals in desired positions and then just overlay any plain or textured paper over each one and CNTRL G (or shift ctrl G - depending on program).....adjust opacity and blend modes until you get your own perfect flower

***used Livid Vivid Morning, Embers, and Gone Streakin' Pinky paper packs to design the samples

****purchase Livid Vivid Morning papers and Petal Pushers together and save 20% ****


REMINDER about my challenge....

This is the very first Word Up challenge at Gotta Pixel....let's have some fun! On the 26th of every month I will give you one "spotlight" word and 3 twists to include in your LO.

The word for the next 31 days is BEGINNING. It is the perfect first word for this challenge since it is the beginning of great times here.

Scrap about the beginning of 2008, a new birth, a new chapter in your life, reflect on your very first LO, etc...

you MUST:
*use the word "beginning" anywhere on your LO
*black must be your main color
*use only one picture
*you must use at least three different alphas

post your LO in the Word Up gallery HERE
and then come back and link it up in the challenge thread at GP.

every participant will receive a $1.00 GC to my store after this challenge is over.....BUT.... if you use any goodies by me, you will receive a $3.00 GC instead

have a blast and Scrap Sassy Silly!!!!!!!!


stay tuned...in a day or two I will be posting a listing of all the OAKS Designers with their new homes

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Sunday, January 06, 2008

Bargain Time, Baby!

tomorrow my schedule gets kind of back on track again....... yay! jeff goes back to a five day workweek and Christmas break is over for preschool too

oh.. I love it :)


hurry up and run to OAKS

... lots of goodies are on sale...

you better not miss out........

OAKS will close at the end of the month

every single item in my OAKS store is on sale....

some for just a tiny bit off......others for up to 77% off

that's just a sampling of the goodies that I am retiring....some as cheap as 70 cents!


My old collection of layered PSD files, Silly Templates is being retired with the closing of OAKS .... so out with the old.......
and in with the new......
Tantalizing Templates.......... one basic design in 3 different sizes - 12x12, 8x10, and 5x7...fabulous for all types of scrapping - layouts, princess purse inserts, cards, etc...

for all my lovely blogging friends....
use coupon code SE_BLOG_X123 and get any of these templates for 25% off
....exp 1/13/08

Saturday, January 05, 2008

OAKS retirement sale

ok... I just have to say again...... I LOVE working at The Gap.....I've been there since October as one of the "seasonal holiday shopping" staff....I'm really hoping that they will keep me as a regular... I should know in the next couple of weeks..........I think my chances are pretty good since I am the only nights and weekends seasonal person that has been trained on the registers

the Christmas returns have been so fab.... people have been returning some super fab items that are now marked down super cheap....
like last night... I grabbed a pair of skinny cropped "fashion" denims... they are a dressier pair..not like regular 5-pockets... and oh so cute... with the clearance price and my discount...they were under $4....woo-hoo!............
I keep picking up steal bargains like that...but, so far I haven't been able to grab any killer deals for toddler boys YET.....well, every once in a while I do...but it's been a few weeks since I've found something for less than $9.99


OAKS is closing...........

so I have decided to retire my Silly Templates collection ... all 12x12 LO templates in PSD

you can get 5 templates for only $1.00!!!!!! what a smokin' deal! (regularly $2.50 a set)

**my entire store is on sale...
some just for a smidge off...but lots for 50+% off

and.... don't forget...purchase $10 or more from all the OAKS designers and get this fab grab bag for free

**Links to the free with purchase will emailed to you at the address provided in your account.
Expect to receive these normally within 2 business days**

Thursday, January 03, 2008

a new year...new changes

Happy New Year everyone! We didn't do anything special at all for New Year's Eve. I was actually trying to get Hudson and Griffin to fall back to sleep. Griffin had a really tough time sleeping from 11pm to 12:30 which isn't like him at all....and he ended up waking Hudson.

Cooper and I had an early start on New Year's Day....Mizzou played in the Cotton Bowl game that morning so we went to the "watch party" to watch with about 50 others.

Look at these outstanding stats:
Gameball goes to... Tony Temple. The Tiger senior had a Cotton Bowl record-breaking day, finishing with 281 yards and four touchdowns on just 24 carries.
Stat of the game... 160. Arkansas owns the nation's third-best rushing offense. Mizzou, the nation's 46th. Yet the Tigers outrushed the Hogs by 160 yards.

and the best news......

(6) Missouri 38, Arkansas 7


some sad news that happened very very recently...... Victoria decided to close OAKS at the end of the month.... check out the OAKS blog here for more info

It was a very tough decision, but the best one for her right now.

I have a huge store closing sale ..... everything is on sale until the store is no longer around ......
find savings up to 67% off...... some of my goodies will be staying in my Gotta Pixel store and others will be gone for good.

other designers are having closing out sales too

hurry hurry before you are too late


OAKS is still offering it's FWP gift if you purchase at least $10 in one shopping spree...

OAKS Variety Bag #1
**Links to the free with purchase will emailed to you at the address provided in your account.
Expect to receive these normally within 2 business days**

here's a peak at one goodie inside..............
my contribution, Peachy Keeny....10 papers and 5 fun painted extras


a few days ago I found out about DigiScrap Connection.....
it is such a fabulous resource for all scrappers and designers....... Mona has special sections to advertise "digital deals"
she also has an alphabetical designer listing with 193 designers


yesterday I spent a bunch of the day making a banner for Gotta Pixel and some new blinkies and I really love how they turned out

feel free to grab my stalker blinkie....
if I catch you with it, you might get a little prize :)


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Have a fabulous day!!!!!


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