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Welcome. Glad that you made it!

Hi, hi all:

I am designing a few freebies again. Enjoy!


Monday, December 29, 2014

One For The Boys Week 4

Hi everyone. How was you Christmas??!!! I hope you had a great one with family and friends.

Here is week four,and we will be finishing up this kit this weekend :) Happy New Year!!!




Part 4/5
Direct Download HERE



Wednesday, December 17, 2014

One For the Boys...

Hi everyone. Just a quick hi between jobs today... I am felling good. I went back to work just days after my surgery and have hardly had any time off since. eek! Doing well. It's now just a cram session to get ready for Christmas as I have company coming. LOL!

Here is week three, sorry that it is a few days off schedule!

 Complete kit with parts 1-5



Part 3/5
direct download HERE

Sunday, November 30, 2014

I Made it Through!

Hi hi everyone!!

So there I was lying flat on my back on a flat surgery table in the catheter lab during my heart ablation procedure. I was having low heart rates, swelling, and an irregular heart beat, especially a lot of PVC's, pre-ventricular contractions. So my heart was working 20% harder than it was supposed to be. We needed to do this procedure to avoid congestive heart failure.  Also my body was backed up with toxic fluids.

The procedure took ten hours. I was awake for most of it. They went in something like they do in an angioplasty procedure from the arteries. They had a camera and electrodes in there. They ended up burning twenty-four positions in the heart lining and around my pulmonary artery valve. phew! I am so glad I made it through all that!

I went back to work the next Monday, not even a full week off. I should have taken a full week and came back after Black Friday. lol. Best Buy was nuts!!!

Anyway, I can now walk without getting light headed or out of breath. My swelling is gone and my body is no longer all stiff and sore. I feel 10 years younger!!!

Thank you so so much for all the kind thoughts and prayers. It is so much appreciated.

Well... I am starting a new kit today. Sorry I did not get to it sooner. I have been back working and still tire a bit easily yet. My stamina will be back soon, I am sure. This post introduces the My Boys kit. It will be a five part kit. So here is the first part...

 
Week 1
Direct download HERE.

Week 1 of 5

ENJOY!

oh, and I'd love to see any layouts made with my stuff :p - Crystal



Sunday, November 16, 2014

Last but not Least... Week 4 of Amalie

Well, I'm having my heart procedure (surgery) done this week. All prayers and kind thoughts are most welcome! I am excited to get this done so that I can feel better. :)

With that on my mind a bit I can't come up with anything else to post so I'll just say, " See ya later my friends!"

Direct download WEEK 4 HERE

I will see you next week: same time, same place :)

I am thinking maybe a boy kit again!
Happy Scrapping, Crystal

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Week Three- Amalie Freebie and Eight Great Recipes

Hi everyone! I have been a busy lady lately. I missed my post last week. I have been working both jobs and putting in some 60-70 hours a week working.I just could not find enough energy to do a post. I simply could no think of anything to say either. So I have decided to search a few good recipes for you.

I just love All-recipes.com (Sorry that there are no pictures here about these but I do not have permission to post them here.)

Recipes-

My favorite...

For the slow cooker-

Something good to try-
Classic at Home versions...

 Now for the Digital Scrapbooking Freebie that you have been patiently waiting for...

Here is week three of Amalie...
 Direct Download Part Three HERE

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Start of Something Great... Part1

I am starting a kit for you today!! 
How great is that?  
This one is also a previously sold kit from my designs stash.

Amalie
Direct Download Part 1 /4  HERE

Come on back next weekend!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Columbus Day Weekend

Commemorating in America the discovery of Columbus to the Americas. Well, at least it gives the kids in school a day off on Monday :)


Guess what? A very nice lady left me a long stem red rose on Friday for offering her great customer service. I commented on her being so polite and pleasant. Her husband behind her was being a real tool to her. So just remember the power of our words... She felt so appreciative that she left the restaurant and bought a rose and came back to leave it for me. I must have made her day! Then... she made my day!

This is the last part to the Apple Pickin' Digital kit. Sorry I did not get it posted Friday The creative urge took over and I was working on a new kit... shhh it's a secret. Anyway,...

Here is the last part to Apple Pickin'
download Part 6 HERE


Saturday, October 4, 2014

October is ...Octo-Brrrrr

Hello All,

I don't know about your corner of the world, but mine is definitely feeling like fall! We had our first snow this weekend. Temps were in the upper 40's F all day and got down to below freezing overnight at night. Brrrrr.. And I sneezed for about an hour when I had the heat on for the first time this season. Ack!

Not much to say this week as I don't really feel well and I am taking things easy this weekend.
I had social plans to go visiting friends in Owatonna and Woodbury but was not up to it. Sometimes staying home is the perfect solution! Mrhahahahaha!

I just remembered... I have some recipes to share. I had a Ton of apples to use up and preserve so... I am going to share a few of my favorite recipes with apples and comfort foods for cooler weather.

RECIPES- The first one is from Pioneer Woman- Strawberry Oatmeal Bars
cut these like breakfast oatmeal bars!! yum!

Apple Crisp recipes...

Apple Crisp II  by All recipes.com      
Apple Crisp from Pillsbury Cookbook by Spark Recipes 





Here is the Freebie for the week
Week 5 of Apple Pickin'

 
 Week 5
Direct Download HERE





Sunday, September 28, 2014

Hello.

Hello!!!

Sorry I am posting this a bit late. I was really busy this weekend having fun :)
My Father was over to help me cut up apples and make apple pie and spice cookies. Unfortunately they were not my best efforts... I've had a lot on my mind.

The number one son also came over and gave me a couple of nice hugs!! I just love him to pieces even if he is all grown up! lol.

I also met up with an old friend, Alise, about an hr and a half drive away and we saw the new Jane Fonda movie This is Where I Leave You. 4 1/2 stars. I really liked it!

So my health has been a little shaky lately...

Here is a snippet from my personal Facebook page...

"To all my favorite peeps...Facebook friends, scrap-booking buddies and designers. I have been informed that I need a heart ablation procedure. Things are a bit rough right now so if I may ask you to please send prayers. My surgery is scheduled for Wed. Nov 19th. It's been a few days now and I have finally decided to post this. It should improve things as I find movement, stairs, and physical endeavors a challenge with the erratic rhythms and low heart rates. - [Hugs]

AND.. here is the next section of ...
Apple Pickin' Week 4 is here! 
Week 4
 Direct Download:  HERE

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Apple Pickin' Week three

Hi all!!!

Speaking of Apple... did anyone stand in line to get the new Apple i-phone 6 on Friday??? I know Our local Best Buy was a zoo! mrhahahaha.

Electronics- Did anyone know that Samsung and Verizon and AT&T have started the pre-order process for the new Galaxy Note 4 mobile cell phone on Friday at BestBuy? Woo-hoo. I know I want one!

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My favorite feature of these Note version Galaxy phones is the ability to multi-screen. You can run two apps at the same time or as an example... two internet browsers. i.e. a map and your contacts. shows the map and directions via GPS to your contact's destination AND view the contact address. THEN with the help of Air View with the S-pen, (stylus). You can also view and pull up a phone app to call the contact as in for direction or ETA of arrival, etc.  I LIKE!!!

Not only that but the note will also come out with an EDGE version... the Note Edge phone.


This one has a special curved viewing screen on the EDGE of the phone.. How Great is that?!!!!

Now for Week 3 of Apple Pickin' ...

Direct download HERE










Friday, September 12, 2014

Hello There!

Well Hello! Thank you so much for the prayers! Things are ok so far. My doctors now find another nodule on my thyroid so I hope things go as well for the thyroid and that it is benign as well. I will find out Thursday 9-18 at my consultation.   :) And watch during this week for a secret bonus!!!

Here is week two of my digital kit 'Apple Pickin' 

Direct download HERE

Saturday, September 6, 2014

NEW! Freebie for Fall - Apple Pickin'

Hello All-

I'll be doctoring this week so I don't have the where-with-all to come up with a big post for you today. If you can find a little time to send a prayer for me it would be greatly appreciated. I'm having heart issues and a CT scan on my lung as they found a nodule there.  So...

Anyway, I am starting a new six week kit for you... Here is Apple Pickin' and the first weeks' mini kit!!! How great is that!!???

direct download HERE

Friday, August 29, 2014

Labor Day Weekend ... Lil' Lady Finale!

This is the last zip section for the Lil' Lady scrap kit download and I am removing the He's Got Game links. Also, there is a BONUS greeting card for you from the elements and papers from the Lil' Lady kit too! Woohoo! How great is that?

RECIPES- Felling fallish?? Here is a yummy salad offering: Autumn Pear Salad from Cooking Classy .com. This looks AMAZING!!! I love fruits and veggies! It has candied walnuts and dried cranberries. wooooo!

Another amazing salad for you... for those warm evenings as summer winds down.

I love a refreshing dessert with a light meal. I hardly ever bother with dessert for other types of meals but this one looks too good to pass up...

This is a pairing of my favorite tropical flavors. woooo. looks and sounds amazing! 

Now for the digital scrap-booking freebie... the last segment to the Lil' Lady kit.



Direct Download HERE.

And a bonus greeting card for you!



Download HERE.

This prints out as a portrait image. Then you fold it into a greeting card :)

I print on card stock 8.5 x 11 paper from Wal-Mart or matt photo paper works well too.

Enjoy!
 






Sunday, August 24, 2014

It's So Hot and Cold

Temperatures have been rising lately. We have had the hottest day on record for our summer so far today. 89 (F) degrees but really, really muggy. The heat index today was in the mid nineties (F). But, temps next week will be a lot cooler because of another arctic vortex.

So, I finally had some time today to get to the Lil' Lady kit section for you. Everything is OK here. Just extremely busy. I sometimes work 16 hr days a few in a row toward the end of the week and that happened this week. Oy! This weekend just seemed to come and go as well. phew... Here comes Monday...do it again! LOL!

ENTERTAINMENT: I've even been too busy to watch my soap opera program. I am a die-hard General Hospital Soap fan. I really miss the other soaps that were on ABC as well. Jason is alive! woot. And Nathan is a sweetie (hottie) hee hee. And Dante and Lulu are so cute together. I am sure Nathan and Maxie will be a great storyline too. I am disappointed that Sonny and Olivia did not work out as a couple. I also would like to see Sabrina come back on the scene. 

ELECTRONICS:  Anyone excited for the fall technology show debuts??? I am! hee hee... lol.

SOCIAL/ RECIPE: I met up with my good friend Lorinda and her family this weekend and had the most awesome mouth watering mixed berry-peach cobbler...mmmmm...from Betty-Crocker, of course!





Now here is the section 7 piece of Lil' Lady digital scrap kit.
Sorry for the delay.


direct download: Part 7 HERE

Friday, August 8, 2014

Very Veggie Summer!

**** Last week for "He's Got Game" kit links ****

I usually leave up my kit links for about 6 weeks after I have finished with a kit. It's about that time for "He's Got Game"links. So... next Friday, they will be removed. :)

RECIPES - I was given several humongous overly large zucchini squash this week. So I had to go research for some good recipes to share with you. Here are a few links to get you started...


Mom's zucchini bread- "A moist and delicious zucchini bread flavored with walnuts and cinnamon. Easy to bake and freeze, this recipe makes two loaves." from All-recipes.

Lemon Cake - "Looks really yummy" I love citus flavored desserts. I am going to give this a try." By Ina Garten on the Food Network site.

And finally...
Summer grilled salad side dishes. - this is several short video segments highlighting salads made grill side with veggies and whole grains instead of pasta salads for your side dishes this summer. I am definitely going to give several of them a try! especially the quinoa one, again, on the Food Network site.

Digital Kits -  Here is this week's portion of the Little Lady kit...


Direct download HERE

Enjoy! Have a great week!






Friday, August 1, 2014

Wow! amazing technology forecast for fall.

Hello,

yes, I was very busy these last two weeks working hard 16 hr day 10 days in a row at both stores so I got the kit out a bit late last week. lol. Sorry abut that. Things get a bit quiet on the social side of things so a bit lonely around the edges here. :)

Work- Well our good old store at 19th street McDonald's is closing up on Sunday. The franchise corporation is building us a new restaurant down several blocks from it near a movie theater and a Costco. It's really exciting!!!

OLD one...


And the new one will be similar to this! Wow! it will be quite a big change. A good thing for me is a live in the middle to both of them so I am not any more further away than before. :)






Technology - Here is an illustration of a new smart watch coming out by HP collaborating with designer = Michael Bastian this fall, a good designer, indeed! NICE!

So if you have a device capable of Bluetooth wireless, you can add a wireless speaker or wireless headphones. S-weet! Samsung Level series. And their new just out Gear Live smart watch too!! Awesomeness!


And finally...  here is this week's portion of the Lil' Lady kit.
Direct download HERE
Have a good week!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

More for the "Lil' Lady" Scrapbooking Kit.

Hi all!

It's been a wonderful sunshine filled week here. The temps have been a bit cold and chilly in the 60's degrees F and about 16 degrees C . They say we had a polar vortex. It is strange to see such cool temps in mid July. But it is much more comfortable than the very hot hot July summers that we usually get. and now for a recipe...

Recipe- Strawberry Cheesecake Supreme

 Strawberries stand as sentinels around a colorful cloud of coconut-citrus cheesecake topped with more fruit and tufts of whipped cream.This recipe is found on the American website for Kraft Foods. And I pinned it on my Pinterest board as well...

Technology- Another one for my flash drive and stylus collections :)

LEGO's... Yay! This one is so much fun...
You can find this one online at BestBuy.com and in BestBuy stores in the computing section!

Now...

For This week's post on
 
 Digital Scrapbooking-Simple Scrapper has a nice way of saying it too!
 
 And...I have another piece, part 3 of my Lil Lady collection kit freebie, 
 
here you are...
Completed kit with all pieces collected and...

Part three
 
 Download Part 3, HERE.

Enjoy, my friends.




Friday, July 11, 2014

Another Week for the Ladies

Well goodness another week has went by already. My how the summer time flies. Between the two day jobs that keep me busy. I love to have the laptop out and off my feet for a while designing goodies for all of my scrap-booking friends. :)

Technology- I have a Chomecast already for streaming Netflix to my TV. I enjoy Netflix and Hulu+ on that device. Netflix is a movie streaming service. Hulu+ is a television service. Both can be watched with a Chromecast.

It is available at BestBuy stores here in the united States for $35. It has an HDMI connection on the end of the dongle device. You just plug this in to an HDMI port on your TV. You have to download the Chromecast software to your phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. You can even then use your phone or tablet to control your TV. (example... Samsung Galaxy phone or tablet).

I have one and love it.I even cancelled my cable television account and bought a digital tuner antennae for local broadcasts and now just enjoy streamed TV and movies using my connected DVD player or my Chromecast device.

Now... For the weekly freebie portion of the Lil' Lady kit.

Direct Download Part 2 Here