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Dec 12, 2008

Now Here - Christmas Around The World!!!!

My apologies to anyone who realized I was a bit late posting my link...

Here's The Preview of the kit (not all pieces shown)

Here are the links...
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Go on ahead enjoy the offerings on the rest of the train at:
Remember to leave some love for the designers!!

Dec 11, 2008

Coming Soon!!

I'll be posting the links for the 2nd Annual Christmas Around the World right here, kit available to download on December 12th!

Here's a small peek at part of the kit...

I'm enjoying a few days off, which has provided a great opportunity to work on things link Christmas Cards, and the scrapbook being made up for someone as a Christmas gift.

Check back for the links to my contribution to the Christmas Around the World community gift!!

Nov 27, 2008

Been Busy...

I've been phenomenally busy...traveling, long hours, and not much time for anything else.
I've got more time today, in between of cooking dinner to meet challenges, upload files, etc., than I've had in a couple of weeks.

I've gotten a few pages done - but first I want to put out the links to my latest Kit!
This meets the November Design Challenge at Creative Victorian's Forum:

and the links for the downloads are:
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Nov 11, 2008

Thoughts on Veterans Day...

I received this in email, and couldn't resist posting it in memory of our troops who have, and are serving all over the world. It clearly was written in times of deployment to an Arab Nation.

Here is a new way to look at a deck of cards!!

It was quiet that day, the guns and the mortars, and land mines for some reason hadn't been heard. The young soldier knew it was Sunday, the holiest day of the week. As he was sitting there, he got out an old deck of cards and laid them out across his bunk.
Just then an army sergeant came in and said, 'Why aren't you with the rest of the platoon?'
The soldier replied, 'I thought I would stay behind and spend some time with the Lord.'
The sergeant said, 'Looks to me like you're going to play cards.'
The soldier said, 'No, sir. You see, since we are not allowed to have Bibles or other spiritual books in this country, I've decided to talk to the Lord by studying this deck of cards.'
The sergeant asked in disbelief, 'How will you do that?'
'You see the Ace, Sergeant? It reminds me that there is only one God.
The Two represents the two parts of the Bible, Old and New Testaments
The Three represents the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost.
The Four stands for the Four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John .
The Five is for the five virgins there were ten but only five of them were glorified.
The Six is for the six days it took God to create the Heavens and Earth.
The Seven is for the day God rested after making His Creation.
The Eight is for the family of Noah and his wife, their three sons and their wives -- the eight people God spared from the flood that destroyed the Earth.
The Nine is for the lepers that Jesus cleansed of leprosy He cleansed ten, but nine never thanked Him.
The Ten represents the Ten Commandments that God handed down to Moses on tablets made of stone.
The Jack is a reminder of Satan, one of God's first angels, but he got kicked out of heaven for his sly and wicked ways and is now the joker of eternal hell.
The Queen stands for the Virgin Mary.
The King stands for Jesus, for he is the King of all kings.
When I count the dots on all the cards, I come up with 365 total, one for every day of the year.
There are a total of 52 cards in a deck; each is a week - 52 weeks in a year.
The four suits represent the four seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.
Each suit has thirteen cards -- there are exactly thirteen weeks in a quarter.
So when I want to talk to God and thank Him, I just pull out this old deck of cards and they remind me of all that I have to be thankful for.'
The sergeant just stood there. After a minute, with tears in his eyes and pain in his heart, he said, 'Soldier, can I borrow that deck of cards?'

Please let this be a reminder and take time to pray for all of our soldiers who are (and have been) sent away, putting their lives on the line fighting.

Prayer for the Military. Please keep the wheel rolling.
It will only take a few seconds of your time, but it'll be worth it to read on....

Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them. Bless them and their families. I ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

There have been two defining forces that have laid down their lives for you - Our Lord, and the American Soldier. If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you're reading it in English - Thank A Soldier!

Arlington Cemetary
at Christmas

Oct 17, 2008

Been a Busy Week...and new layouts!

Been really busy this week, both at work and home.

My eldest has moved in for a period of time as yet to be determined, with her daughter (my granddaughter!), and my youngest daughter will be coming back from school on Monday evening. So - I guess the quiet time is definitely over - and we'd gotten so used to it

I did get a couple of layouts done this week as well...
both are very out of style for me, but each has a special meaning.

First is the Hodge Podge Challenge at Creative Victorian...The theme was for Autumn - featuring my favorite (and only) grandaughter, Clarissa!

Next was the Altered Art Challenge...wanting for an advertisement, past, present or future. Dan was the inspiration behind this layout ...

and lastly was the Sketch Challenge - which I also diverted from my norm for. I'd been playing around with a double page spread for a while for New York...mostly cuz of the 9-11 anniversary, and my mom. So here's what I came up with:

I've taken the day off work...and am getting ready to play Wii with my 4 year old granddaughter...and I thoroughly expect her to kick my butt! she's really good at Mario Cart Coin Runners! Maybe I oughtta scrap that!

Oct 11, 2008

Challenges Met...

It's been a bit since I posted something, so I have all kinds of stuff today.

First, is the entry for Creative Victorian's October Design Challenge. This was done using a fixed pallette...I kinda got carried away with this one...
It's HUGE!
You can click on the preview to see a larger picture, and here are the download links.....

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I worked hard creating this kit - please respect that and don't repost ... Send your friends to my blog to download!

I also did the Heritage Challenge over at Creative Victorian, and as a twist, used the kit above to develop the pages. The Heritage Challenge for the first half of October was Children's Toys, and always "Heritage" is defined as pre-1970. These pages capture a handful of moments between 1960 and 1965, and feature me, along with my younger sister and brother...

I'm not at all sure what they're going to say about this!!! And further - I'm not sure I really care!

Then there's the pages I did of my youngest daughter, Amy, for the Altered Art Challenge....

The challenge was "funny faces" and there ain't too many funnier than her! On one side are pictures from her Graduation Party, and on the other from the night of her prom...and both almost resemble the bulletin board in her room - which provided inspiration!

And lastly, is another altered art kind of layout - this one for the Color Challenge. We were given Blue and copper as our colors, and this is what I came up with.

Many many moon ago, in a place far away from Southwest Florida, Amy was the Good Fairy Princess in her kindergarten school play. She spent half the play on stage with a handfull of glitter, and at just the right moment tossed it all up in the air over everyone, casting her good spell and making all right again with the world! I made her costume, with some really cool sheer multicolored material... and grandma and grandpa came to see the play and present the Diva of the Day with Roses!!

That's all I've got today...
I'd appreciate any comments or luvins you may decide to leave...

Sep 24, 2008

New Challenges Answered...

I've got the day off...that's a dangerous thing 'cuz i have a bad habit of sitting and feeding my need for creativity...
And Netta, at Creative Victorian, has posted the next round of challenges...
so here's a few things's I've been doing....

A Tribue to
Josephine and Charles

My Grandparents

For as long as I can remember my family made the trip to Queens, New York, and spent a week or two visiting with Grandma Josie and Grandpa Charlie. And for as long as I can remember, as Grandpa read his paper and commented on events of the day, he and my mom would ... discuss ... the stories of the day - usually very energetically.

And they never did seem to agree on much of anything!

This was done to answer the Heritage Challenge at Creative Victorian Designs Forum.

Once Upon a Time...

A couple of years ago Mom and I were talking and decided that it would be a great for her and dad to spend their 50th Anniversary on a cruise ship with their family. One year and 5 million emails and phone calls later, 15 of us boarded the Carnival Cruise ship Glory. Mom, Dad, my sister and brother, their significant others and children, and my husband and I and our children all managed to find our way every day to the dining room for the 6:30 dinner seating - otherwise we all pretty much went whichever way we wanted.

This was my first cruise - and my husband Dan was very supportive of my having custom outfits made up for formal nights, and buying whole bunch of new clothes for both of us. This is a picture of us from in the Dining room on Formal Night.

The page in all white was done to answer a Hodge Podge Challenge at Creative Victorian, and the page with Dan and I is going in the book next to it!

Netta is getting me to start working on pages with only one picture on them...something I'm not used to doing - and i guess can work better than I thought.

Sep 20, 2008

Siblings Through the Years

Siblings Through the Years
Gina - Sissy - Boo
The names we all went by as we grew up - and yes I'm in there - and no I'm not a twin! I captured almost all the pictures I could get from my mom's album and scanned them in for this.
This page was done to answer a Color Challenge (use Blue and Green) at Creative Victorian Designs' Forum, using one of her older kits called Inherit Blessings.

Sep 12, 2008

I figured it out - so everyone gets a freebie!

After spending 2 days trying to figure out how to make this blog work, and getting a layout I liked, I'm ready to give something to my visitors ...

This is a kit I made to answer the September Design Challenge at Creative Victorian Design's new forum.
Right now it has no name - do any of you have any ideas?
Click on the preview for more detail - I couldn't get the preview as clear as i had wanted...but the larger one is just great!

If you Download, leave some constructive feedback, maybe an idea for a kit name, and maybe even some love in the comments!!
Here are the links - the kit is broken into 2 parts, for ease of downloading.
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Share the link, please, not the file! And give credit where credit is due if you use this kit!!

Sep 9, 2008

Slide Show of Challenge Pages

this is a Growing Slideshow of some of my recent work.
These pages were done to answer Challenges at DesignsByJ3 and CreativeVictorian (links in the sidebar.)

Parent's 50th Anniversary Scrapbook

This is a Slideshow of a Hybrid Scrapbook I built for my parent's 50th Anniversary last year. The base pages were developed on my PC, and printed, and 'finished' with a wide variety of regular embellishments, including large amounts of Jolees flowers and Anita's Outline Stickers in gold. I built the front cover from scratch. A few of the pieces were purchased during the after Christmas sales - to be used months later when I finally got to building out the book.

I'm here...

I've fought doing a blog for a long time...
But I do believe the time has come to move forward!

Hi - I'm Gina.
I'm an almost 50 year old wife, mother of 2, and grandmother of 1. I've been happily married to an almost perfect man for just shy of 20 years, having gotten it right the second time around!
My daughters have moved out - the eldest married with a daughter of her own, and the youngest is working her way to a Certified Nurses Aide Certification through Job Corps right now.

My eldest daughter got me started on the scrapbooking thing...and I've become an electronic Scrap-kit junkie!! I do Hybrid Scrapbooking for myself - my family - my enjoyment.
I'm not on anyone's CT - I like what I like - and those choices will show up on the site somewhere, along with anything I make available for folks who want it to download.

So maybe take a look around - I know I'm not the best at this - but I do have fun with it!!