This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118:24 - BGlad!

Friday, August 31, 2007

Moving Day!

Today’s the day – we’re packing up and moving the girls back to college this afternoon. It is nice that they chose to attend the same school, only one moving day! I know they can’t wait to get back down there to see their friends and get their new dorm rooms arranged and decorated. After they are gone it is always a bit sad to walk past their bedroom doors and not see “stuff” strewn all over the floor. LOL

Hope you enjoy the file. The pieces can be arranged any way you desire.

File available at Cutters Market.

I wish we could use a moving dolly – the girls both will be on the third floor – they’ve got LOTS of boxes – and there is no elevator. DH & I are thankful they have many young strong friends willing to help!!

Thoughts for the day:
*Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. ~ Ferris Bueller
*A professor is one who talks in someone else's sleep. ~ W.H. Auden

Thank you for the kind comments. It is always nice to know you can use these files. - Once things settle a bit I'll try to be better about responding personally!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007


I came across this photo of my two girls and their cousins that was snapped in 1994. These cute “little kids” are now 16, 22, 19, and 18! I think we need to have another photo session!

This photo mat is designed to overlap your 4x6 photo (my photo is smaller). For those using the EPS file format – let me know if this design will cut correctly for you.

File available at Cutters Market.

*Family Matters!
*Other things may change us but we start and end with family ~ Anthony Brandt

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Busy Week!

Between wedding plans and getting the girls ready to go back to college this will be one busy week.

I’ll design and post whenever I can sneak something in. :)

Yesterday I went with DD to try on wedding gowns in Ft Wayne. She has it narrowed down to 3 or 4. Maybe she’ll wake up today and know which is “the one”! We were in the store for over three hours and I lost track of how many dresses she tried. The sales clerk was very nice and “bubbly”; kept us entertained and had lots of ideas and suggestions – one of those people who love their jobs! Thanks Shelley!

Today we are going to the Shipshewana flea market. The girls were working all summer so this is our first chance to get there. We’re not big-time buyers, but we sure enjoy looking! Promises to be a hot and humid day, we’ll be very “wilted” when we get home.

Hope everyone has a wonderful day. – We’re off to see some fleas! LOL

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Home School

Waving “Hi” to all the home schoolers who are starting a new school year. I received a request for a home school file – hope you find this one useful. :)

File available at Cutters Market.

If anyone is looking for an interesting "field trip" take a look at the Creation Museum in the Cincinnati, Ohio area.

Our family visited a couple weeks ago – it is very well done with a variety of types of exhibits, including dinosaurs, Noah's ark, fun videos and a planetarium, that will appeal to all age groups.

It is brand new this summer and it was a bit busy, we enjoyed the museum one day and came back to visit the gardens the next.

Have a great day!

*It was from you I first learned to think, to feel, to imagine, to believe ~ John Sterling
*Home is where my School is.
*Home School is Cool!

E-mail your requests and comments!

New at Cutters Market

Newly added files available at Cutters Market.

In The Spotlight

Smokey Mountain Memories

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Soul Mates

A little lovin’– a little summer fun.
Hope you enjoy this title featuring his & hers flip-flops.

My younger DD had the goal of obtaining a pair of flip-flops in every color. I was going to get a photo - but couldn't get to her closet - she is definitely not a neat freak! LOL She's made a great attempt at her goal though!

File available at Cutters Market.

Speaking of summer fun – our family is heading out tomorrow for Cedar Point (theme park in Ohio). May not get back to the blog for a few days – have a great weekend!

Fun Quotes:

*No matter where you are, you are in my heart
*PS - I Love You
*Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart is another

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007


I had this photo showing reflections in the wet sand in mind while designing this file.

File now available at Cutters Market.

But by the time I had cut it out I had several other ideas.
Reflections in a mirror (my daughter trying on wedding gowns)
Likeness of a mother/daughter, father/son, or siblings
Title for a journal.

Hope you can find a use for it.

*What or who do you reflect?
*There's something wonderful about finding one's inner most thoughts reflected in another.
*True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul ~ Audrey Hepburn

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Tag - I'm It!

I've been tagged by my blogger friend Sue.

Thank you Sue - you are so sweet!

Now it's my turn.

I've tagged these lovely creative bloggers.
Thanks for sharing your hearts with the blogging world.

Pass it on ladies!

Happy Birthday Dear Daughter!

Today’s my older DD’s 22nd Birthday!
Don’t know for sure where the years went -

but she’s become a beautiful young lady,

of whom we are very proud!

Most of the coming year will be filled with making wedding
preparations for her June wedding. Uncharted territory – wish us luck!!

Birthday Card
File now available at Cutters Market.

*The most precious gift from heaven above, Is the gift of a daughter for a mother to love ~ Dana Roberts Clark
*A daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart.
*Oh, the places you’ll go! ~ Dr. Suess

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

New Freebies at Cutters Market

Wanted to let you know I just changed the August Freebies in my Gallery at Cutters Market. (Hint: Holidays, Household, and Titles)

Also I've marked down the price on dozens of my files - many to only $.99!!

Have a great weekend!

Back to School

It is back to school time in our area. When my girls were younger this time of year was always my least favorite. I loved having them home for the summer, having time to slow down the pace a bit, spending time together, and discovering new things to do in our neighborhood. Those “lazy” summer days always seemed to pass too quickly.

Our tradition for the first day of school was to take a photo with the carefully chosen “first day” outfit and new bookbag on the porch. This tradition had to change as the girls got older since they were worried “someone” would see us taking pictures outside (gasp!) – so we moved the photo shoot indoors. LOL

This photo shows my younger daughter ready for 6th grade. She really didn’t dislike school as much as this picture would have you believe. She had great teachers, lots of friends, did great in her studies, ran track and was a cheerleader. She had a full, fun school career, but always reminded us how much she disliked school!

Back to School Blues

File now available at Cutters Market

*A mind is a fire to be kindled not a vessel to be filled. ~ Plutarch
*Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. ~ Chinese Proverb
*Teaching kids to count is fine,but teaching them what counts is best. ~ Bob Talbert

I won't be blogging for a couple days - we're off for a few days of "Family Fun" before the girls head back to college.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Bling Challenge Winners

These are the winning entries from the Bling Challenge.

Marianne from the Netherlands used sparkling background papers and then added rhinestone shapes and flowers. The corner accent is a sparkly rosette, glitter on the cutout word adds the finishing touch.

Cara has used many different layers of glitz on her entry. Notice the sparkly mesh background, the golden ribbon woven through the accent piece, and the various shapes and sizes of rhinestone embellishments.

Congratulations ladies – I will be contacting you to find out what free file you would like!

It is so much fun to see how each crafter’s entry is so totally unique! I want to thank everyone who took the time to participate in this little challenge! No doubt I will host more in the future!

*Accept challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory. ~ George Patton
*People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing ~ Dale Carnegie
*Always a Winner

Speaking of winnersJoni has sent in this layout she designed using my “Born to Perform” title. Her pages feature American Idol contestant Ace Young, who gave her & her friends a private concert in the backyard after she won a contest. Way to go Joni!! Check out this link to find out more about Joni’s memorable experience!

**I couldn't resist, click here to see my bling title**

Monday, August 13, 2007

Weed It & Reap

I have a small garden on my parent’s farm. Due to other things going on it had been almost a week since my last visit. I had pulled a few large weeds, harvested a few cucumbers and tomatoes and left the plot looking pretty good.

On my visit this past Saturday I was surprised to see that the weeds had almost taken over! I guess the rain shower we received during the week was just what the tiny little sprouts were waiting for. Thankfully the vegetables appreciated the rain also and I left with a large bag full of produce – but those weeds had gone crazy!

This title is a little reminder to myself of a garden that is needing a little TLC.
Hope you can use it too!

File now available at Cutters Market.


*Friends are flowers in the garden of life
*Hoe, Hoe, Hoe
*And so it Grows

I wanted to share with you a card Cara created for her great-grandson using "My First Birthday" file. I love how the balloon patterned paper brings the design to life.

Thanks for sharing with us Cara!

Don't forget to send in your challenge entries today for
a chance to win a free file!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

*Bling* Challenge Reminder

Don't forget to send in your entry for the

Bling Challenge

Friday, August 10, 2007

S'mores Day!

Wow – did you know that in the U.S. August 10, 2007 is National S’mores Day?
I remember my first experience with the gooey treat – a Girl Scout camp-out; we really pigged-out and were up all night from the sugar/chocolate high! Imagine 10 sugar-crazed girls giggling through the night. I think our leaders probably limited our intake after that experience! LOL

File now available at Cutters Market.

The recipe is very simple - all you need is graham crackers, roasted marshmallows and chocolate bars. After tasting one it is easy to see how they got their name! If you’d like to know more, check out this site.
Have a great weekend!

*Sweet as can be
*Simply Sweet
*Always room for S’more

Thursday, August 9, 2007


This file fills a request I received from someone who is working on losing weight and getting fit (with great success, I might add).

Do I have one of these machines – yes I do, just don’t ask how much use it is getting. LOL

DH & I have a plan to get serious with an exercise routine once the girls are back at college. Hope everyone else is better disciplined than I and you are enjoying the benefits of a healthy exercise program right now!

Hmm . . . I’m thinking I should cut out several of these and post them all over the house as reminders to get moving!
File available at Cutters Market.

Quotes & Thoughts:

*Exercise is a dirty word. Every time I hear it, I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

*I have to exercise in the morning before my brain figures out what I'm doing. ~ Marsha Doble

*An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day. ~ Henry David Thoreau

*If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk. ~ Raymond Inmon
****Don't forget to send in your "Bling" Challenge entry!****

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Family Reunion

After looking at a bunch of bananas sitting on my counter all week and thinking “I should make a file of those” – inspiration finally hit – Family Reunion!!

Summer is prime time for family reunions. Picnics, carry-ins, potlucks, BBQs, catered events, whatever style of get-together is traditional for your family group it is always fun to get “the whole bunch” together.

File available at Cutters Market!


Page Starters/Quotes:
*Just think - it all started with 2!
*From Far & Near – See Who’s Here
*Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future. ~Gail Lumet Buckley
*Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007


Anyone up for a challenge??

Use today’s download and “bling it up.”
You don’t have to use it in a layout (but you can if you’d like) – just see how much glitz and glamour you can add to the basic title.

The winner* with the “blingy-est” (LOL) entry can choose one of my files for free – or request a custom made file – your choice!! Deadline for sending me your challenge photo will be August 13 (next Monday).

File now available at Cutters Market.

Have fun with this – the title can be as big or little as you’d like, cut from any material your cutter can handle (please don’t damage your cutter!) Don’t wait until the last minute – enter today!! I can’t wait to see what all you creative crafters come up with! (One entry per person please.)

*as determined by a panel of judges residing in my household, i.e. my family :)

Page Starter Ideas:
*Life will be your treasure box, filled with the sparkle of laughter, the gleam of adventure, the shine of discovery, the flash of magic. And through all these jewels streams the steady glow of love. ~ Nora Roberts
*Glamour & bling, That’s the thing, That little girls are made of!
*Twinkle, Glimmer, Glisten, Shimmer, Sparkle & Glow

Take the challenge - Send your submission photo today.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Shades of Green

In your hurried activities today, be sure to take a deep breath and enjoy your surroundings. As I look out my window I am amazed at how many shades of green I see. We had a nice rain yesterday so everything seems refreshed and renewed. I took a walk around the house and snapped a few Shades of Green.

What colors are on your pallet today?

File available at Cutters Market.

Great Quotes:
*Life is a great big canvas; Throw all the paint on it you can. ~ Danny Kaye

*Beauty is not caused. It is. ~ Emily Dickinson

*Art is poetry without words. ~ Horace

E-mail Me with requests and comments!

Friday, August 3, 2007

Funky Flourishes

Don’t you love all the flourishes and fancy swirls so popular in scrapping lately!
The really great thing is how flexible they are – they can look elegant or funky – depending on your paper/color choices!

From Webster
Flourishnoun - 1) An ornamental mark or design, as in writing; 2) Anything done for display alone; 3) The act of brandishing or waving; 4) In music – a short, elaborate passage; fanfare

Fanfare – I like that – how about adding some “fanfare” to your creative endeavors today!

File coming soon to Cutters Market.

Page Starters:
*My Way
*Style & Flair

Thursday, August 2, 2007

My Puppy

Animals bring so much pleasure to our lives.
Hope you can use this little guy!

File available at Cutters Market

*A dog wags its tail with its heart. ~ Martin Buxbaum

* Playful & Cuddly

*One of the family

*There's no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. ~ Bern Williams

*Every puppy should have a boy.

My nephew with his puppy Beethoven.

Check out my new freebies available this week at Cutters Market. (Hint: check out Sports & Multiple Word Titles)

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Thanks Karen!

Karen has shared a layout she designed using my Tool Border file. (She and her Silhouette work fast!)

I just love her color scheme and photo matting. Karen used Stickles glitter glue to add a bit of sparkle to the tools in the border. The layout showcases her new Scraproom – how exciting! It looks like a wonderful place to create in – so light and airy!

Thank you for sharing Karen!

Share a photo of how you've used one of my files and you'll get a free file and your photo posted on SCRAPi too!


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