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    Monday, March 23, 2009

    Back to work!

    Hi all! Nothing really new this week. We're getting ready for the Grand Opening of Nuthouse-Scraps on the 1st of April. Still finding and working out all the bugs in the shop. I have been working and will have all kinds of goodies for you on the 2st as well as the two new sets of Jumpstarts that will be finding their way into the shop and an extra here on the blog for you all. So make sure you stop back by. Until then I'm back to school so I'll see you all soon. (Oh, my class this session is Illustrator and that's a new program for me. So if you don't see much of me, know I'm just learning something new in order to make you all better goodies!)

    Misty has some extra pieces form her Flying High kit for you!
    Bao-scraps has a beautiful Spring QP up for grabs!
    Stacey has the most adorable word art for her Monster kits!
    Simply Sweet(Kim)has a nice set of solid pastel papers HERE & a huge kit Don't Be Blue HERE.
    Plus Simply Sweet (Kim) is retiring so her whole shop is on sale for 40% off until the 31st, then it's all gone! So stop by and take a peek.

    Tuesday, March 17, 2009

    Happy St Pats!

    Hooray St. Patrick's Day to y'all! I have a little goodie for you all to enjoy.
    It coordinates with the Mixed Nuts - Lucky Feeling mini kits over at the Nuthouse!
    Download Lucky Feeling word art

    Here's my coordinating mini kit That Lucky Feeling.
    (Cluster tag in kit w/o words or clover)

    Speaking of my new shop, Nuthouse-Scraps, we're open!
    Here's the info from our boss lady TJ:
    Also now in the shop from my beloved Manu-Scraps is her newest kit Missing You.
    You can grab the whole bundle or get each part seperately!

    And Manu has a lovely QP made from Missing You on her blog!
    Swing by and check it out. Hope you all have a great St. Patrick's Day!

    Monday, March 09, 2009

    So very many blessings

    I don't know if you all know my dear friend Mrs. Miles (aka Barb). If not you should take a chance to stop by her blog. It's filled with inspiring stories and some wonderful photos and scrapbooking. She has often been an inspiration to me over the past couple of years.
    (Love you girl!)

    Well last year she made me realize I could do something to change the life of one special child and so I'm now a sponsor through Compassion International for a cute little guy in Ethiopia. As you may know it takes a few months for our letters to go back and forth and to be translated. Well this weekend I got his thank you card for the Christmas gift we sent him. We gave him $30 for him to buy whatever he needed, he chose a mattress. A mattress. He wanted to have somewhere soft to sleep rather than on the floor, he shares it with his siblings.

    We also bought a new mattress for Christmas and it cost a lot more than his did, it reminded me how very much we all have. All the wonderful blessings that seem to have been heaped upon us. Our country is going through some hard times right now but how many of us can at least claim to have a nice comfy soft place to sleep on? Enough food to eat? Shelter over our heads? Access to medical services? Just remember when times are looking a little bleak and you may be feeling those pennies being pinched how blessed you truly are.

    And let's not forget those who are lacking so much in their lives. Do you have the $32 a month to spare to make a difference in a young child's life? Click HERE to take a look at all those in need. Can't afford a regular payment? Then click HERE to donate a couple of dollars to Compassion International's 12 general usage funds. Take a look at where the money goes and realize how far they make that $32 a month stretch for each child in their care.

    Still want to make a difference but at no cost? Go to Free Rice and earn grains of rice from the sponsors to donate through United Nations World Food Program just by answering some trivia questions. We can all take part in stopping poverty.

    So as we continue this season of Lent think of all the wonderful blessings you have and how you can make a difference in the lives of others.

    One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. -Proverbs 11:24-25

    Thursday, March 05, 2009

    Hi, I'm still alive!

    As most of you know this is my first session of school for my bachelor's degree and I'm jazzed because it's finally classes where I get to doodle and design art. That being said it takes a lot more time for me to create art that I think worthy of turning in than in writing a paper where I'm just stating the facts. So I've been super busy creating, just not for scrapbooks. Sigh. I have some time off here in a couple of weeks and hopefully I can finish off a kit or two then for you all to see and possibly snag. Either way I miss and love you all very much!

    Giant hugs & happy scrapping!

    See here was one of my assignments, what do you think?