Header created with a scrap kit by the incredible Kristine at WenchdGrafix called Into The Mystic. You HAVE TO visit her store HERE and her blog HERE... what a hoot she is! The swirlys came from a 200X200 gif I had laying around on my hard drive with NO idea who created it (let me know if it's yours). I have no clue about the tube of the girl either... I got it from MQQN and thought it was cute!

I CT for Rebecca PSP!
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I CT for designs by heidik!
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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

My parents, last Christmas

I did a challenge LO for MyDigiStyle... at least I tried, haha. NOT the best but I did it! These are my parents who live in Tucson. Last year for Christmas/New Years we got to go visit them in warm and sunny Arizona. I have to say I'd LOVE to NOT have snow for Christmas every year! Anyway, I'm going to try to redo this one later... I think the colors are in the wrong spot or SOMETHING, huh? Ah well.... next time...

Kit used is AtticBox2 by MyDigiStyle
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Not much to talk about really. My migraines are still persistent... almost daily. I'm still hibernating because the groundhog said winter would still be here until the middle of March. It snowed today and more is expected on Thursday, ughhhhh! I can't wait until I get to put my pool back up and can open the windows!

Friday, February 22, 2008

What a week... and a LO

It's been a lonnnnngggggg week! It started out leaving a comment on someone's blog.... and I'm NOT blaming the blogger or the blogsite! My computer CROAKED... literally. It made this deep raaaaabbb sound and then nothing... not even the blue screen of death... just DARK! Okay, panic set in immediately, I admit. After freaking out a few minutes (not a pretty sight), I took a deep breath and thought... just thought for a little while. So I decided to unplug the dang thing from the power strip and reboot (hopefully). Lucky for me, it started back up again but not without dumping a whole lot of my main hard drive... the one with Windows on it, grrrrr. Thankfully, Windows wasn't corrupted but tons of other programs were just gone! It's taken pretty much all week to get my email up and running, my graphics progs reinstalled (along with a gazillion plugins and all that goes with it), AND I even put Turbo Tax back on so I can now RE-finish my taxes! I'm not sure what made it make such funny noises when it died but I'm glad it wasn't TOO major. The only hardware I had to replace was the CD/DVD burner.... wondering if that could have caused the problem AND the noise?! Fifty-five dollars is a much better than having to buy a new computer!

So I'm back... finally. I've been using hubby's computer with Windows ME on it, ughhhh, but only to try to keep some of my mailboxes from exploding. His computer feels like a dinosaur to me, haha... and it was MINE at one time long ago....

Here's something I played around with right after I reinstalled PSP and PS. It didn't turn out like I wanted it to but... what can I say. This is princess Emma, my granddaughter, wishing she could go out and play. Click on the image to see it larger.

Kit's used: Darling Diva & Sacred Spring by S.J. Wright Creations
Paper Curls by Pineapple Plantation Designs
Commercial Use overlay by SweetMade
Fonts used: A&S Black Swan & MC Capone Outline

Well, I'm off to babysit the grandkids. Tomorrow I'll be spending the day doing the finishing touches to rebuilding my hard drive.... crossing my fingers that there aren't any more frogs haning out in my computer!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008


This one is a quicky... meaning I did it in less than an 2 hours, LOL. I joined a new group about a month ago called Digital Scrap Garden and, though I haven't done any of the challenges yet, I DID play around with their Download-a-Day kit. Here's what I came up with from the few days I've collected so far. This is Tayli... again... my granddaughter. As usual, if you want to see it larger, just click on the picture.

Horse N Love kit by Karen Wallace
AlphaRed by digiscrap.ch

NOW, I'm going to watch TV... Ghost Hunters is on!!!

Another challenge DONE

This took me FOREVER and a day to finish! I really need to get to learning Photoshop CS3 because PSP is sooooo much of a memory hog! I did a scraplift challenge over at Boo's Blossoms. The kit is really cute and they supplied FREE for doing this challenge! ANYway.... this is the LO I used to scraplift by Lois:

... and this is what I came up with... these are all my grandkids:

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Blossoms Kit by Booland Designs
Lois's awesome LO for scraplifting


Which reminds me! You really need to visit Booland Designs. She's having a 100 freebies giveaway!!!! It's day 4 now but there are plenty more to go!

Not much else going on here. I'm still trying to recover from all the COLD and the SNOW we've been getting here in Chicagoland! It seems like every other day we get a few more inches... grrrrr. YES, I've been hibernating! I think I'll go hide under my comforter now and try to stay WARM... ciao!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

SDK Challenge... did it but...

Well, I did this for a challenge at Scrappin Digi Kreations but I don't have permissions to upload to the gallery... ah well. I'm still going to share here. Love the kit they gave to work with!! Thanks for looking.

---Edit--- I finally got it uploaded to the gallery, woohoo!

Click HERE for larger image

Challenge Kit by June Schutrups - Cen's Stuff
Template used is kb-bling-template by Kimb's Designs (some modifications)
Fonts Used:
Mayuge (no TOU with font) can be found at fonts101
Tuna and Hot Dog on Rye by Kimberly Geswein and can be found at Dafont

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

... just me

I took a personality test online. Can't you tell? Not much to say about that, hmmm.

My Personality
Openness to Experience
You rarely get angry and it takes a lot to make you angry, however you experience panic, confusion, and helplessness when under pressure or stress. You are not prone to spells of energetic high spirits. You tend not to express your emotions openly and are sometimes not even aware of your own feelings. You do not enjoy confrontation, but you will stand up for yourself or push your point if you feel it is important, however you believe that a certain amount of deception in social relationships is necessary. You are guarded in new relationships and less willing to openly reveal the whole truth about yourself. Mostly you work towards achieving your best, although in some areas you are content just to get the job done.

Take a Personality Test now or view the full Personality Report.

Monday, February 4, 2008

This is sooo cool!

You have to watch this! A group from New York called Improv Everywhere went to Grand Central Station and did this. I would have stopped to watch too! You can read more about this video and the group HERE. They even had a No Pants 2K8 prank going on in January, but I'm not posting here, haha. If you want to check out that video on YouTube, go HERE.

Super Bowl Commercials...

I ONLY watched the commercials for the Super Bowl yesterday so I missed the exciting ending. BUT I watched all the commercials!!! My quarterly picks:

:::::: Edited to delete commercials... ::::::
:::::: they're not on the website anymore ::::::
:::::: and it was just taking up space here, haha ::::::

Friday, February 1, 2008

Just playing... again

Another quickie. I saw a challenge with a freebie mini-kit at DigitalArts cafe and just HAD to try it. The kit is called Happily Ever After and here's what I came up with. Go visit if you'd like to try. You still have a little time left to get more of the kit by trying. This is Tayli, one of my granddaughters, playing in the snow.

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Snow... and finally Mom's gift

Not much today. It's going to be a looooooonnnnngggg day! Yesterday it started snowing in the late afternoon and JUST stopped a little while ago. We only got about 8 inches of snow but the end of our driveway had PILES from the snowplows. It was over my knees and that was with the snowplow only plowing the MIDDLE of our road! Listening to WGN Chicago News, I heard we're in for a little more too! Needless to say, WGN reported 980 school closings in the Chicago area. This is a picture from my front window. See that red flag behind the bird feeder? That flag is 4 feet tall and there's a fire hydrant under all that snow! Thank goodness next Wednesday is supposed to be 45 degrees (F)... the snow might just go away before out next storm.

I've been wanting to post this picture forever (since Christmas at least) but I JUST got this off of my camera card. This was a gift from Mom.... she's a super-duper crafter... and had to share!!! The basket isn't part of the gift but it IS from my mom! She made me a tissue box and coaster set. Aren't they cute??? She is sooo creative when it comes to plastic canvas. Heck, she's creative in everything! You should see the house during Christmastime! Every corner of the house was decorated including bathrooms and even a "village" setup in the spare bathroom.... like walking into a craft show -slash- museum. So gorgeous. I'll have to see if I can find some pictures to show of when I visited them in Tucson last January. Oh yeah, the picture~~~

Well, I'm out of here. I have some snow-blowing to do!