Wednesday, January 18, 2017

My 2017 Family Calendar

I got this absolutely wonderful calendar from Kathryn Estry as Gotta Pixel was closing and I am thrilled to death with it...since I want it in my published Blog Book (I am having it printed as well)...I am putting it here!
This template calendar comes with the image and the same image with the clear openings over the dates so you can put the photo or info or whatever between them. I simply adore it and it is so easy to work with, I have her name linked to her facebook account if you want to contact her! That is all for now, chat more later! Many hugs, Mat

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Happy 2017 Y'all!

Yes, I know I should have posted this about 17 days ago, but for one reason or another, I haven't been able to sit at my computer long enough! First off, the holidays were hectic (with lots of clean up to do) and then we had gorgeous weather so spent some time outside doing a few projects, then it got incredibly cold (x 2 days) before spring came back around. Checked on all my plants that I put inside to protect from the freeze, wrong....they all froze anyhow! New Year's day I spent cooking for myself and an ill and shut in friend (pulled pork, black eye peas, steamed cabbage, cornbread).
Then I came down with a case of bronchitis that left me dragging and not wanting to post...then my 93 yr old neighbor had another mini stroke...my renters had family members visiting....we had another round of freezing temps (x4 days this time) even a light dusting of snow and again spring came back by and yet another round of bronchitis (Mountain Cedar was horrible), this time sending me to the doctor's office. I've also been doing a family tree for another friend and trying to visit with her and lots of phone calls with my sister or my niece, tree trimming with a lot of clean up, bad storms with lots of wind and rain (3.9 inches) (some flooding) and 6 tornadoes, the Cowboys losing to my second favorite team the Packers and, and, and....blah, blah, blah...you know how it is...I was simply lazy and didn't want to do it! Go ahead laugh at me, but...I am so enjoying this being retired and not having to account for my time (or get dressed)! LOVING IT REALLY!
This is a birthday page I created for Miss Ruby who turned 8 on the 31st of December. Purple is her favorite color!

This was a collage of the Christmas pages I created to say Happy New Year! Can you believe it is already over half way into January?
I did a couple of pages for Amy of her girls using a QP I created....aren't they cute?
Then had to do one for Papa and Mimi of their 5 grand babies. If you look closely at the ones on Papa's lap, Wayne is lying on a sleeping Hayden. They are simply growing too fast!
 Today is my SIL's, Inez, big day and I had found this photo from 1979 of her with Kathy's Jason and Jeff on her lap and the neighbor boy, Dewayne Preas that I put in a QP by Miriam and posted on FB for her!
Okay, the washer has quit and I need to put the load in the dryer, so think I will cut this short and chat with y'all later, I need to do some blog reading, (if I can stay awake) because I am so behind! Anyhow, we are supposed to get more rain this afternoon and most of the evening. I have been up since about 2:45 a.m. and am beginning to drag...trying to stay up and not nap so I can try to kick this insomnia in the butt....LMBO!! Y'all have a fantastic week and keep making all those memories to share. Hugs, Mat


Sunday, December 25, 2016

Happy Birthday Jesus!

Here's all the CHRISTmas pages I created this year...posting them so they are printed in my Blog Book! I love all of you and am very thankful you are in my life, yes, even the cyber ones! Merry CHRISTmas All!
(They are in order that they are named in my file folder since there were so many of them...LMBO)
First one is ME in a page created for all my FB friends and family using a Christmas Card from Neli, a frame from Miriam and the background music paper is from (uh oh forgot to write it down).

Amy, Michael, Annabeth and Eliza in a lovely QP by Valentina at Digital Scrapbooking Studio.
For my friend Anne with me and her DIL Jannette in a page I offered on Miriam's Scraps.
My friends Bill and Jan with their son Billy and fur baby Wukee in a QP created using freebie from Manda King.
My cuz Nancy with her Al in a cute frame from Lugar Encantado Da Neli.
My friend Christine (Turkey 1967-1969) in a frame from Neli.
My friend Diane (School chum 1961-1962) in a frame from Miss Edna!
My sweet friend Debbie in a frame created using kits by Kimeric Kreations.
My nephew Jason with his family, Christina, Jade, Ruby and Jayson. This is a Christmas Card by Neli with the frame from Fecnikek.
My nephew Jeff and his lovely bride Tiff in a pretty frame from Neli.
My dearest friend Kaye (longest Texas friend) in a creation using BooLand Designs OSB 85 kit.
My sister Kathy with her Groom of 48+ years in a lovely frame from Neli.
My sweetest SIL Inez with her spousal unit, Larry...love them dearly...in a gorgeous frame from Neli.
My nephew Lance, his Maggie and Hayden, with Calvin and Wayne in this lovely train themed frame from Kimeric Kreations.
My friend Sugar in a frame from April The Scrapaholic called Home for the Holidays!
And one of Me in this gorgeous free QP from GTD.
My dearest friends, Jannette and Mike, in a QP I created for Miriam's Scraps.
And in another QP I created for Miriam's Scraps, my SIL Myrl with her friend Thomas.
My sister Penny and hubby Weymond with their children and grandchildren in a love QP from Vero's Yuletide Season Album at DSS
And my niece Sebrina with her honey Jeffrey and his Thomas in a QP from Arlene, CT at With A Russian Dutch Heart.
My friend Teri with her brother Jimmy and sister Shannon in a lovely QP from ETDesigns
And dear "sister" Nina with her family in a beautiful frame from Miriam on a Christmas Card by Neli.
I think that is all my friends for this post! I just watched a lovely sermon by Charles Stanley, let's not forget the reason for the season....Happy Birthday Jesus.  May there be Peace on Earth and may we always be kind to each other.
To all the FABULOUS and very GENEROUS Designers that make my scrapping so much easier, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you share. Appreciate each and every one of you!
Until next post...many hugs sent to all and enjoy making soooooooo many memories with your loved ones!
Love, Mat
























Friday, December 23, 2016

Merry CHRISTmas Y'all!

Merry CHRISTmas from my fur babies and me! We hope it is a very merry one and that you are able to share it with all your family, friends and loved ones! Can you believe another year has come and gone so fast?  I have been busy (but for the life of me, I can't tell you at what) and haven't posted in a few weeks! We had a bout with the cold frigid temps (dropped 50 degrees in a couple hours and stayed below freezing for 40+ hours), but no snow yet this year. Not likely to get any either as the temps are going up again. This yo-yo weather has lots of us sick and out of sorts....me included with a case of bronchitis.  Sucks when you have so much you need or want to do! On the bright side...I am very happy to still be here to celebrate the holidays! YES I AM VERY GRATEFUL!
I have made a couple of birthday pages for this month and missed a few birthdays even...guess you do begin to slip with the sharp memory when you get old....LMBO! Here's a page for Jade, can you believe she turned 10 on the 15th? She looks so cute in Neli's Birthday Frame!
The 22nd, Maggie celebrated another birthday and I made this card for her and put it on Facebook.  I used a photo that is on canvas (it's gorgeous) and the cluster is from Kimeric Kreations.
These 2 are from a TBT post I did while scanning some older photos. The one of Amy and I is probably from about 2003 or so... the QP is from Manu Scraps from her Whispers Past kit and the one of Jan and Scotty is their wedding day back some 20+ years ago (I was her maid of honor). Their page is by Neli and WA is by Miss Boots.
I have also put quite a few Christmas themed freebies on Miriam's Scraps too if you are interested, check them out, you might find something you like.
I have created about 2 dozen Christmas pages for family and friends that I will share with you later. don't want to make this post too long. I need to get up from this chair and stretch out a bit, this crap just makes me feel tired and weak...so think I will take me a short restorative nap and a quick snuggle with my fur babies. It is misting rain here and just cool enough with the wind to give you a chill if you go out, so I'm staying in...LOL! Y'all have a great day and as I said before a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!  Make lots and lots of terrific memories to share. Until next post....HUGS! Much love, Mat


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Wow, time is flying!

This year was on a bullet train, can you believe 2016 is almost over! Don't know what I did all year, but I stayed busy for most of it...LMBO! Can't even believe I've not posted on my blog since Thanksgiving either!  I've not done a whole lot of scrapping (except for some Christmas presents) and making a couple of things to put on Miriam's Scraps! I have finished all I intend to do for Christmas and even got my (drastically cut down) cards in the mail....now I can relax a little.  I have downloaded some of the World Wide Christmas freebies, but not all yet! I need to do some reorganizing of my computer and unzip all that I have downloaded so far! I have been reconnecting with some old acquaintances by RAK pages (that has really been fun)!
We are experiencing a 2 day spurt of below freezing weather, so I have been vigilante with putting plant pots in the storage barn and covering those I cannot move...got all the hoses put away and outside faucets are covered...all the fur babies have clean beds and warming blankets are all plugged in for them to stay out of the weather and I think my vehicle and home are as protected as I can get them so I really think I can just sit back and relax a little...now it's time to pay the yearly taxes and insurance and get a new lease signed by my fabulous renters. 
All my family seems to be doing pretty good and nieces and nephews (and "great" ones, too) are all asking me to come home for the holidays, but just will not be able to this year! I really miss them, but when I finally do manage a trip home, they will appreciate it more right? (Really ROFL here)
Here is a page I created for both my sisters...it's our mother (who's in Heaven watching over us) with her 8 great grandchildren. My how they have grown since the last one I did...
Here are a couple of frames I did for Miriam that you can find on her blog if you want!
This one is a duo, the frame by itself or as an overlay with snow...the background and the shadows are for display only.
Anyhow, news is rather short, so will hush for now and wishing all of you a marvelous weekend of making lots and lots of memories to share! Chat more next time...hugs, Mat

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving to All of You!

As I sit here drinking my 3rd cup of coffee and reflecting on all I am thankful for, I decided to update my delinquent blog!  I am very thankful for my life, my fur babies, my family, my friends and all the awesome and very generous designers that share their talent with me. So, I want to take this opportunity (in case I have told you before) to wish you and yours a most wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving! I hope God shines his grace on you and your family this day and always! I'm also sending all of you a big hug! (This is a QP I created for Miriam's Scraps using a "Thankful" circle from Marisa Lerin at Pixel Scrapper).  The Scarecrow photo was a selfie from last May.
I have been busy being a lazy bum....LMBO....yes, I have been binge watching some TV, been winterizing my home inside and out, finishing up with all my medical checklist for the year, trying to get ahead of the Christmas holiday by purchasing and mailing off some packages early, creating some of these gifts too (since the budget always seems to be tight this time of year because of house insurance and taxes) relaxing by coloring and/or scrapping or reading and generally goofing off! I surely do love retirement! Of course, all the fur kids just had to have a hand with helping me! Especially with getting all their beds freshly washed and litterboxes all cleaned!
Last Sunday was my sister Penny's birthday....so I created a couple of special pages for her on Facebook!
The first is a photo of her sometime back in the late 70's or early 80's in a frame that I doubled and layered that was created by Neli at Lugar Encantado Da Neli...she is so very generous with offerings for free daily on her site...give her a visit...you will NOT be disappointed! Thankful for you and your friendship Neli!
Then I did this one of her that Maggie sent when she took the photo in Penny's office.  She is holding her oldest (Hayden) and youngest (Wayne) grandchild in her lap.  I just adore the red nose! The page was created using several kits from Kyra at With A Russian-Dutch Heart. The border is a free gift from Snickerdoodle at Digital Scrapbooking Studio.  Kyra, too, gives very freely of her talents with marvelous kits and special treats from her CT Arlene! Kyra and Arlene, so very thankful for you and especially your friendships!
 This page I just had to create! While scanning some albums and photos (Photomyne) I ran across the b/w photo of Penny (about 1961) and noticed the remarkable similarities of her and child Amy and her granddaughters Annabeth and Eliza.  What do you think?  Amy just adores the page that was a freebie offered by Katalin Thurzo at 7szindizajn, I love this free QP.
I also HAD to create this page for my sister Kathy....she is looking a lot better here lately! I am really thankful for that, I love you sis! I can't find where I wrote the information down on this QP, so will have to get back with you a little later, but she loves purple and orange and this QP fit the bill for both! LMBO!
This page I created for Veteran's Day to post on FB to thank all those that have served in the military! Of course, there is no way I can list them all because there are way too many. The photo is of my mother's brother, Worley Frank Dugger, who was killed in Luxembourg on Christmas Day 1944.  The page was created using freebies from Digital Scrapbooking Studio!
I think this all I can share right now, there are others, but they are surprises for Christmas and will have to be shared at a later date!
The lawn folks were by yesterday, sharpening up the edges, mowing, and leaf gathering so that all will look nice for Thanksgiving! My fur kids have all been wiped clean, fed and played with (loved on too) and are all sacked out, with one lying on top of my hand as I try typing this....my little man, Sideways (otherwise known as Bubba)....He got up when I tried to snap the photo, isn't this sweet? I desaturated the photo so you could see how gorgeous he is...he is sitting above my keyboard.  I used a couple of clusters from A-Manda Creations' Blue jean collection and Brendas Scrap Designs Christmas glitter paper and the grunge overlay is from Carin Grobe Designs at DSS
OK...so I got distracted and stepped away for a bit, but am back now to finish what I started at 7 a.m. (It is now 10:30).  I want to thank all the designers I have not mentioned in this post...keep an eye out for when I do post something of yours that I used and if I haven't given you proper credit, let me know as I will correct that as soon as I can...I adore all of you and appreciate so very, very much all you share!
Weather is a little nippy but is supposed to warm to 65F and the wind is to quieten down too! Tomorrow is supposed to be gorgeous...so, with that, I will say chat later, have a very Happy Thanksgiving and make sure ou make lots and lots of memories to share! hugs, Mat