Monday, November 30, 2009

Lit up ~

Why does everything take longer then you think it is going to? I had a plan, I thought it was a good plan but only half of it worked ... lol. We did manage to get all our outside lights up. The inside ... well, that's now my 'today' job. The weekend flew by and we spent alot of it putting lights up and taking them down and trying them this way and then that way ... lol. We FINALLY finished the outside ... I think!. We were really lucky as far a the weather and about an hour after we were finally done it started raining out. I couldn't take pictures of our front because of the rain but I did manage to stand outside for a minute to get a picture of the gazebo.

Ha, Ha ... are you blinded by the light? The reason we put so many lights on it is because we face a conservation area and you can see the gazebo from the road on the other side. Taking pictures of Christmas lights isn't easy. They say to use a low aperture and a tripod. I didn't have my tripod handy but I'm going to try again maybe tomorrow night if it isn't raining. Mind you because of the rain the lights reflected in the walkway ... kinda neat.

Anyways, I have to say it did put me in a Christmasy mood. So today my plan is to get cracking on the inside decorations. December is all about Christmas~!

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Sooooooooooooo ... being in the Christmas mood I put some Christmas items into LLL Creations Dollar Mart today.

First ... Candy Cane Alpha. You get the full set of Upper Case, Lower Case, Numbers 0-9 and Symbols for only $2.00~!!! That's 65 pieces.

Below is a detailed view ...

And the below layout shows the size on a 12x12 (3600x3600 pixel) paper.

Get the Candy Cane Alpha here or just go through LLL Creations Dollar Mart under the Alphabets Category.

And ... sticking with the Candy Cane theme ...

This Candy Cane Cluster Frame went into the store as well ...

It pretty well takes up a whole 12x12 inch page as shown below ...

The Candy Cane Cluster Frame is only $1.00 and you can get it here or just go through LLL Creations under the Frames category.

And today is the LAST DAY to get in on my November Promotion. See details at the store.

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Today I just stuck with the whole theme I had going on ... so here is your freebie for today ;

Download Christmas Frames


You get 2 Christmas frames and you can see the size on a 12x12 inch paper above in the Candy Cane Alpha layout.

You can comment below or in my CBox on the right side of this blog.

Thursday, November 26, 2009


Ok, that's it. Enough procrastination. I've been procratinating getting out my Christmas stuff. By the end of this weekend I plan to have everything out (inside and out!). I do this every year. I think about it, and then think about it some more. But December is always such a busy month that I always regret waiting too long. The problem is over the years I've accumulated ALOT of Christmas stuff ... lol. I have about 8 large rubbermaid totes full plus the other larger stuff I can't fit in the totes, like a 3 foot Snowman, wreaths etc. I never put it all out but I still have to go through everything and it's alot of work. I just can't seem to part with it! Well, my daughter is building a house and next year I'm going to give a bunch of 'stuff' to her Maybe I'll even start 'sorting' today ... but that means getting off the computer ... so here we go ...

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Today I put some Christmas Word Art into LLL Creations Dollar Mart ...
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Christmas Word Art #1

7 Word Art for only $1.00 ! Available here

And here's a detailed view ...

Christmas Word Art #2

7 Word Art for only $1.00 ! Available here

And a detailed view ...

And a few 12x12 inch layouts to show you some of the word art ...

Get them both here or just go through LLL Creations Dollar Mart under the Word Art category.

~ And only 4 Days Left for my November Promotion ~See details at store.

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And staying with the Christmas theme here is your freebie for today;

Download Christmas Paper Pack #1


Happy Thanksgiving to all you American Scrappers out there~!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Finally ... I Can Tell You~!

Yesterday was my daughters 27th birthday. It was great to go down and see her and her fiance. His birthday is in November too so one of the things I gave to both of them was a Digital Photo Book I had done of their engagement pictures. I ordered it from Artscow and received it over a month ago and was super happy with the quality of it. But ... I couldn't talk about it on here because it was a surprise. Well, now I can talk about it and show you what a great book Artscow printed for me.

First of all I was ordering a 12x12 inch hard cover book that has 30 pages. Artscow also has 8x8 inch books etc. You can order books that have 20,30,40 pages etc. You also design the front and back covers of this book and even the spine if you like.

So here is the cover I created;
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I'm obviously not going to post pictures of all 30 pages but here are few of the pages to show you the great colours and give you an idea of how nice the books are.

And here is the back of the book.

I am very happy with the quality of this book and Artscow has better prices then I've seen anywhere. They have tons of promotions on all the time and I ordered it when they had free shipping. (They ship anywhere in the world!) It does come from Hong Kong and I did wait almost 3 weeks for it to get to Canada but it was worth the wait! I believe its only the photo books that take long to ship because of the many pages. But since then I have ordered personalized playing cards and key chains and only waited just over a week for them. They were really nice too.

They loved it and my daughter couldn't stop looking at it. A gift from the heart. ♥

I have created a page you can go to here to see all the details and my tips and tricks for creating a fabulous digital photo book at Artscow.

I would HIGHLY recommend Artscow for all your digital printing ... you really should go see all they have to offer~!

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And today I put this new Love Mini Kit into LLL Creations Dollar Mart ...

You get 11 elements and that's not all ... you also get these 6 bonus papers ...

All the elements and papers for only $2.00~! The below layout shows one of the papers and a few elements.

You can get them here or just go through LLL Creations under the Mini Kits category.

And ...
You still have time to get in on my November Promotion~!

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And since I need to get into the Christmas spirit ~ here is your freebie for today;

Download Tis The Season Frame


And the layout below shows the size of the frame on a 12x12 inch paper.

By the way, thanks for all the nice comments and well wishes for my cat Nemo. We are so happy to have him back~!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

My Heart In My Gut ...

Yesterday I had the most horrible thing happen. My cat Nemo is a little bugger. He is an indoor cat and trys to sneak out every chance he gets. We do let both cats out in a large cage almost everyday (weather permitting) but I don't let them 'roam' around. Or we let them out on the upper deck if we are out there. It's a proven fact that outdoor cats don't live as long as indoor cats and are subject to so many dangers. Because I live behind a treed conservation area we have many wild animals around including fox, coyote etc. Whenever Nemo has snuck out, we usually catch him before he gets out of our backyard area. (It's not fenced in).

Anyways, there has been this large orange and white cat hanging around for a few weeks. At first I thought he must belong to someone in the area but realized soon enough that he was a stray. Nemo and Mischief have been watching him out the back window and going nuts. So my husband and I decided we would catch him and bring him to the spca. I would rather him at least have a chance of being adopted then freezing or starving to death. We planned on doing that yesterday after he got home from work.

So yesterday at 10:30 am. I went to step out the back patio doors (looking around for Nemo first ... he was no where in sight) and just as I opened the door a few inches ... bam ... Nemo was through my legs and out the crack. I have NO idea where he came from! But the stray cat was in the backyard and he immediately started chasing him. Before I could even get two steps outside they had run over 200 ft into the brush and over the hill. OH MY GOD! There was nothing I could do except call him and it only took a few seconds for me to realize that it was not going to do any good. So I ran back into the house and called my husband at work and he came home (luckily he wasn't in a class, just in his office). I was sooooooo upset. Nemo has NEVER been outside and he's declawed! My husband came home and we walked through some bush and over the hill. We used binoculours to look through a farmers fields and called and called him. He was no where in sight. Now I'm devastated! My husband had to go back to work but he said for me to make some flyers and as soon as he got home we would go out looking again. So I made up some flyers ... while going outside every ten minutes and calling him. About an hour later the orange and white cat came strolling back by himself. Oh noooo ... the worst thoughts were filling my mind. Now I'm picturing Nemo laying somewhere hurt or worse. I spent the next few hours just pacing outside, calling his name and crying. UG! At about 2:30 pm and after 4 hours of him being missing my heart was in my gut ... I had little hope. My husband doesn't get off until 4 pm and it gets dark by 5 pm now.

At 3:30 (now it's been 5 hours) I stepped outside for the 50th time to call him and noticed something on the back grass 3 doors down by a swingset. I called his name and seen his head turn towards me. OH MY GOD! I ran towards him (slowly, I didn't want him to run again) and called his name and talked all nice to him. When I got up to him he was laying on his stomach with his feet tucked under him and looked fine but when I got closer he started hissing at me and growling like a dog! He is NEVER like that. There is no way I could of picked him up. So I sat a few feet away and just talked to him. If I even slightly made a move to get closer he would growl again. I decided to run home and get some food and his cat carrier. I had to take the chance that he would still be there when I got back ... and he was. So I put the bowl of food in front of him and he immediately started eating. I eventually just started patting his head and he calmed down a bit. After a few minutes I felt comfortable enough to pick him up and took him home. WHAT A RELIEF!!! He is fine, no scratches or anything on him but he was shaken up. We will never know where he went or what he ran into but I think his reaction when I first got to him was from pure defensive terror. It only took him about an hour to get totally back to normal and we are thrilled to have him back~!!!

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This Sunday my daughter turns 27~! Where does the time go??? We are going to Hamilton to see her on Saturday and staying over night. Sooooo... since I have the return of Nemo and my daughters birthday to celebrate, I decided to put this into LLL Creations Dollar Mart today.

And below are detailed views ...

They could be used for so many occasions and celebrations ...

You get the two large Metal charms for only $1.50. You can get them here or just go through LLL Creations Dollar Mart under the Word Art category. And see other Metal Charms here and here.

And ... you still have time to get in on my November Promotion;

See larger views of free frames here.

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And today I have something a little different for you. These Page Frame Overlays are just like a border for your page. You can use any paper underneath to change the look. You can see one in the above Party Time layout. They frame a 12x12 inch(3600x3600 pixel) page.

Download Page Frame Overlays #1


And because of the extreme downsizing for the preview here is a detailed view of the 4 of them:

Monday, November 16, 2009

Computer Woes

If you never experienced the dreaded 'oh, oh, my computer won't turn on' ... then you are lucky. Just out of nowhere the other day my computer died. No lights, no running, no nothing. Even though I am pretty good at backing stuff up I hadn't done in it a few weeks. I hadn't backed up the pictures of our trip to Cuba or anything I've created for those 2 weeks. Could of been worse but it's still a sickening feeling. I did a little bit a research on my laptop and soon came up with the possibility it could be the power source unit. I've installed things in my tower before like ram etc so I wasn't worried about installing a new power unit. So off I go to the store and buy one. I figure $50 is better then having to buy a new computer. So I install it and right away it starts up, lights come on and I can hear it loading windows. But my monitor is blank. Hmmm ... more research and I decided to try my husbands monitor on my computer. So I switched monitors and bingo ... everything is fine! Whew! Looks like my power source blew and screwed up my monitor at the same time. Still better then losing everything.

I gave my husband his monitor back and thought I would look around for a new one. Well, after 5 days I still haven't found one, I'm going keep checking the sales. So I've taken his monitor back and he can wait until I find one Actually he uses his laptop more then anything so he'll be fine.

But the moral of this story is ... DON'T PROCRASTINATE BACKING UP!! These type of things don't give you a warning. It can happen anytime. Hard drives do not last forever and from previous experience if your hard drive dies ... and you haven't backed up ... there is NO turning back. So Back up, back up, back up~!!!

And another shocker ... in my previous post the freebie is the date stamps. I gave these away last January and I had 756 downloands. But I thought I would give it away again for those who missed it because 2009 is almost over. Well ... I've already had 815 downloads~! I never get even close to that many downloads. So I'm glad you liked them and thanks for the comments. I wish I could think of something else that would be so popular ... lol.
Any suggestions???

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Today I've put some more word art into LLL Creations Dollar Mart.
(Click on any picture for larger view)

Dance Word Art

You get 5 Dance Word Art for only $1.00. You can get them here or just go through LLL Creations under the Word Art category.
The layout below shows you the size of one against a 12x12 inch paper.

and ...
Live Love Laugh Word Art

You get 5 Live Love Laugh Word Art for only $1.00. You can get them here or just go through LLL Creations under the Word Art category.
And again the layout below shows you the size of one against a 12x12 inch paper.

And don't forget about my November Promo - see previous post for info or at LLL Creations Dollar Mart.

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And todays freebie is this Green Paper Pack;

Download Green Paper Pack #2


Enjoy ~!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Confused Cacti

My Christmas Cacti is in full bloom. I think it's a little early ... lol.

Yes ... it has 2 different coloured flowers. The flowers are so gorgeous~! I wish we knew exactly how old this plant is but we aren't sure. We know it's over 25 years old. It was my husbands mothers plant and it's huge.

As far as the timing maybe it's just me. I am shocked at how many people already have their Christmas lights up and their tree up! I was walking down one of the streets in the neighbourhood last night and it really surprised me. Does that make me a scrooge? lol

I have to admit I don't enjoy Christmas like I used to. But I guess for years I just didn't even think about Christmas until my daughters birthday was over which is on Nov 22nd. Wow ... she is going to be 27 ~!!!

Time flys ... my great nephew is 2 months old already~!

And that brings me to the new items I put into
LLL Creations Dollar Mart today;
(Click on any picture for larger view)

Baby Girl Mini Kit

Baby Boy Mini Kit

Each kit contains 13 elements and as usual the previews do them no justice. Each Mini Kit is only $2.00. You can get them here or just go through LLL Creations Dollar Mart under the Mini Kits category.

AND ....

I've decided to have a November Promotion.

See one of the frames in the layout above of my great nephew.
Or go here to see closer views.
Get all 4 frames FREE with a $5.00 purchase from my store.
NOTE: They will be sent automatically with your order.

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And your freebie today is a freebie I posted last January. But I thought I would post it again ... 2009 is nearly over and for those who missed it last time ...

Download 2009 Date Stamps


Have a great day~! I would love to hear your comments ~