Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Resolution #1 ~ Less caffeine. Still not drinking pop, my coffee is about half caffeine, half decaf. Been like that the whole year. Could be better, but I haven’t gone back to straight caffeine, so I’ll take this one.
Resolution #2 ~ Update my BLOG. Well I started strong posting a couple times a month. Now it is once a month. Most people come here for the free files, so if you are reading this BLOG, here is your free file for December.
Resolution #3 ~ Smoke less - nope, moving on...
Resolution #4 ~ Loose weight. I should have said loose weight and KEEP it off. I did loose weight. Does that count?
Resolution #5 ~ Scrapbook more. Probably about the same. I have made more cards this year, both cutting and stamping.
Resolution #6 ~ Pay my bills on time. I should have said spend less money. I received my COLA in June (which we haven’t had for 6 years!) My insurance went up in August, and now I am bringing home less money than before my Cost-of-Living increase!
My resolutions for 2010? I decided not to make any more News Year’s resolutions.
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Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Today's free cutting file is one of my favorites from a couple years back. I think I give him away every Halloween. He has changed over the years. I have used the Reaper when someone hits a milestone birthday. Next time when someone at work turns 25, 30, 40, 50, or 60, hire a Grim Reaper to follow the birthday person around for a couple of hours! He doesn't need to say anything, he just needs to stand there where the birthday boy/girl can see him.
This cutting file cuts in just two pieces and comes in SVG, GSD, KNK, WPC, and AI. Download HERE.
PS: Sorry about the ghost card from yesterday. No matter what it looks like, he is not flipping you off :0
Friday, October 30, 2009
This had been a bad month with the swine flu in the school system. I have been down twice because of feeling crappy and both lasted 4 days. Drivers have been out so I had to drive. Between those 2 times I was out sick I did something with my right rotator cuff, which connects my shoulder to my arm. It’s one of the hazards of driving a bus. I couldn’t even use my mouse without it hurting like $%*^$.. I will need to have surgery if I ever want to move it without hurting. They say recovery time is anywhere from 6 to 14 weeks! I used all my sick days, my personal days and some vacation days just this month!
I know some people don’t celebrate Halloween because of religious beliefs or the country they are from. I don’t celebrate Halloween because of pagan rituals, I like it for the costumes and the candy. Where else can you dress up in anything you want to be and get lots of candy for your efforts? Saying that, let's get down to the free stuff.
I made 3 sets of card fronts. Little late for this year, but there is a haunted house, a skull, and a ghost. You can also use these for stencils. I make card fronts instead of cards. The card fronts have been tested at 4.25 by 5.5 inches. This freebie cutting file come in SVG, AI, KNK, WPC, and GSD. Download here. Look for another free file, an oldie but a goodie, this Saturday. Next Sunday I will upload a recipe card gift file. In the meantime, Happy Haunting. Bwah-hahahahaha....
Monday, September 14, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
This is my tacky lawn ornament. I used vinyl for the lettering, and added rickrack and ribbons. People at work said it wasn’t tacky enough so it was stained brown and yellow. This is a before picture. It may not be the tackiest, but it sure is the grosses.
Here's hoping you all have a wonderful and memorable summer!
Sunday, July 5, 2009
I just got back from visiting my sister down in Tennessee where they were having a heat wave. 113*F in the shade. My girls and I actually had a very good time despite the heat. We went shopping, out eating, and to the museums. All indoor activities. But this reminded us of the last time we went on vacation during a heat wave.
You know Murphy’s Law "If anything can go wrong, it will"
I rented a cabin at Wisconsin Dells off the internet. The picture looked nice, the location was great and the price was reasonable. It got 3 and a half stars. It should have been a nice, relaxing time for my 2 girls and myself. Ahh, let me tell you the real story.... We started off for what should have been a 6 ½ hour drive. Traffic, road construction, weather, and Chicago, turned our reasonable drive time into an 11 hour excursion. We finally get to our location at 8:00 at night - which meant we got to see what our cabin looked like. I now wish it was dark when we got there. Our cabin was about 2 feet away from the (over flowing) trash dumpsters. Not only did it reek, it had huge, biting horseflies.
The inside of the cabin had so many things wrong with it, it would take me another 2 days to list it all. Broken air conditioning, "sorry but the maintenance man has the weekend off and won’t be back until Monday" This was Saturday and we could only open the windows on the one side of the cabins, since the other side was next to the trash dumpsters! The cabins were about 3 feet apart, so that really didn’t do much good, and you could hear everything the family next door was talking about.
All the bedrooms with lumpy mattresses were on the side of the cabin where the dumpsters were located. The couch had coil springs poking out. We slept on the floor and prayed that nothing would crawl on us.
They did have TVs, but no cable or antenna which meant you couldn’t watch anything but the local weather channel, you know the one that has the robotic computer voice.
Their "own private beach" was an old boat dock. It did have sand going down to the dock, but the bottom of the ramp was covered by slimy sea weed.
The next day we tried to look for a hotel. All were booked, and we had to give the cabin owners 48 hour cancellation for the rest of the week. We decided to stay where we were.
We did have a good time away from the cabins. We road the Duck and did a horse and buggy ride with a guy who looked just like Ernest. Both tours stopped in the middle of nowhere so they could sell souvenirs. We had dead batteries in our cameras, so we bought some post cards.
Since this was our vacation from h*ll, this month’s free file is a set of Hot Stuff, the little devil. This file comes in GSD, AI, KNK, WPC, and SVG.
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Thursday, June 18, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Download the file here: PASSPORT
I didn't have gold paper the first time I cut, so I cut 2 of the blue covers and used one for a stencil. I ran my stencil thru my xyron and placed on yellow cardstock. I tapped on embossing ink and gold embossing powder. Took the stencil off, heat embossed it and put the other blue on. Little bit extra work, but I love heat embossing, and the shiny gold set it off.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
If you don't already receive Thats Scrap newsletter then you are really missing out on a lot of bargains, freebies and tips. Check out their newletter here: http://tinyurl.com/oneyearsale
One of the specials that might interest you is a "buy one get one free" deal going on between the 6th and 16th of June. During this time if you purchase one of my files from TSI then you can select another of my files (of equal or lesser value) FREE from ThatsScrapInc.com/DesignsBySky-Rita.aspx. Don't forget I also have files for sale at http://designsbysky.cuttersmarket.com/. All you will have to do to receive your free file is email me (link is at the top of my files section at TSI) with your invoice and let me know which files you want and what type of file GSD, KNK, SVG, AI, or WPC.
The design team has also launched a new membership called the N'Titled Club. It's a monthly cutter file membership which guarantees 20 or more files each month, each available in AI, EPS, SVG, KNK and GSD for only #10.00 a month. This month only get 6 months for $50.00.
Check out the rest of the deals that TSI is having.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Uncle Ron and Kili....These 2 links will take you directly to the poll site to cast a vote. They aren't there yet, but they're in the top 5 finalist!! Your vote could make a difference!
"73 and still able to burn rubber...you can't help but love an example who won't let life pass by---not only "Living the Life", but giving it a good run with everything he's got! Uncle Ron and his dog Kili have entered a contest sponsored by the Bayshore Apartments where he lives---residents made a short video of why they like to live at the apartment complex, and the grand prize is a year of free rent. "
Thanks, Gracias, Merci, Danke, Grazie, Obrigado, Dank, English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, or Dutch. No matter how you say it, this is my way of saying- Thanks
Monday, March 2, 2009
My Uncle Ron (my mom's brother) is living in Bayshore apartments, and they are having a contest with the most votes or hits on his site. The grand prize is a year of free rent. Uncle Ron asked if I could send this out.
Everyone does a short video of why they like to live at the apartment complex. Uncle Ron is confined to a wheelchair, not only because of polio but something else that happened to his spine. He almost died. I hope you can open this up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22eH2qbbNZA&feature=PlayList&p=C79F3AABAD3CC82F&index=40
Saturday, February 7, 2009
February’s challenge: Use at least 2 shapes from one of the bundles you purchase on a scrapbook page or card. Upload picture to the TSI forum, under galleries, Designs by Sky. 2 lucky winners will receive another "Around the World" bundle of their choice, absolutely free! Challenge ends February 28, 2009.
And don’t forget Vegas. 1 week only price has dropped to $1.67. Get yours today before the price goes up!
Sherri over at TSI is having a sale on Opalite Inks (While quantities last) Enter discount code valentine in the discount field at checkout and get 25% off.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Ireland bundle has a Country flag, a clover corner accent, an Irish Dancing Costume PP, a Mug of Beer PP, a Derby, a Lucky Horseshoe PP, and 2 pub signs.
England bundle has a Country flag, Big Ben, London Bridge, a Guard Bear Hat PP, a Double Decker bus, a phone booth, a Jousting Knight, and Shakespear.
Besides dressing up those photos from visits overseas, you can use these files for school projects, themed parties, Epcot Center, and the World’s Fair.
I would like to thank these people for test cutting my files: Esther WB from CA, Hailey B in Idaho, Lisa M in MI, Debbi B in IN, Kim J from MO, and Lisa B from NE. Without these ladies help, my files may still be just sitting on my computer.
Monday, January 19, 2009
The Castle bundle come separably. This is two of the 4 castles in this bundle. Buy 3 of the ‘Around the World’ Series and get this one free. Email me at email@example.com to find out how.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
My oldest, Jaclyn, went to Australia when she was 17 with the People to People Student ambassador program. A group of about 40 students (grades 9 thru 12) from around our tri-state area went to Australia for 3 weeks.
Jaclyn road a skyrail over a rain forest. She visited an Aboriginal Cultural Park and a diamond mine. She explored a crocodile farm at night and snorkeled in the Great Barrier Reef. She climbed the Sydney Arbor Bridge and visited the Opera House. She held a koala bear and lived as a local for two nights with a home stay family, and much more. This is her bundle.
The Australia bundle comes with a Country flag, the Opera House PP, the Sydney Arbor Bridge, the Sydney Skywalk Tower and Symbol, a koala bear, a boomerang, a coral reef, snorkeling gear, and of course the Tasmanian devil.
These bundles will be up for sale at http://www.thatscrapinc.com. Look for them soon!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Italy bundle has a Country flag, The Coliseum PP, Leaning Tower of Pisa , a wine silhouette, a Greek column w/Ivy PP, and 2 Gondolas.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
The France Bundle comes with Country Flag, a sidewalk café, a fleur symbol, the Arc de Triumph PP, a simple Eiffel Tower, a Wine county accent, and a Beret.
The Holland Bundle comes with a Country Flag, 2 Windmill PP (one is less detailed than the other), Tulips, Clogs, a Bicycle, and Dutch girl and Dutch boy tag.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
My daughter just got back from Vegas where she won $16.76 on the penney machine. Whoo hoo! (That was a good whoo hoo, not a sarcastic whoo hoo. Anytime you can come out ahead is good.) She went out with a few of her friends, and brought back lots of pictures. I made this file for her scrapbook. I made another one and after I got it all together I used UTEE embossing powder to give it a resin look. It turned out great!
Look for the Vegas Bundle coming soon to http://www.thatsscrapinc.com/ for a special, one week only, sale of $1.67.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Reminder this week Ivy Hollow Scrap Fusion is on sale at 30% off at http://www.thatscrapinc.com/ from the January 11th through to the 17. It is perfect when you are looking for a permanent glue for gluing buttons, beads, glass & Plexiglas elements, page pebbles, gems, glitter, and more to paper. (sshhh... the discount code is 'JanSale' at checkout)
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
If you think you might be interested then give me an email with your name, file preference (AI, GSD, KNK, WPC), and what types of files you may be interested in (single, set, bundle, Japan, western, jungle, kids, borders, titles, etc)
Send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘test cutter’
Monday, January 5, 2009
Frosty has lost his hat! If you happen to find Frosty's hat on one of the TSI designer blogs, look around. There is a free cutting file somewhere on her blog. But hurry, you will only have a couple of days before it will blow away to another designers blog. Weather alert: A cool, easterly breeze is sweeping thru the states.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
One way to pay bills on time is to get them caught up first. Friday after I got my paycheck I went to the bank that has my car loan. Around Christmas time they have a "skip a payment" option. Usually it is in December and I go Christmas shopping. This year it was in January. I figure if I skipped this payment I would have enough leftover from my paycheck to get the rest of my bills caught up. It cost $35.00 to ‘skip a payment.’
I go inside and wait my turn. I went up to the teller and told him what I wanted to do. He started typing, stopped, and then he went to go get the manager. Oh no, I thought, I have skipped to many of these payments and they won’t let me do it again. So much for getting caught up on my bills. No--- it just happened this kid has never done this before. Whew. Ok.
The manager is telling this kid what steps he needs to do. I asked if it was still $35.00. "Yes" she replies "would you like us to take it out of your savings account?" I don’t have a savings account here. "Yes you do" No I only have my car loan here. "Rita Simmons, birthday _____, Social Security number ___-__-____?" Yes that’s me. "Then yes, you have a saving account here. You have $257.26 in your account." You’re sure? I asked. "Yes when you applied for your car loan you had to open an account with us." Then yes, take the $35.00 out of that account. Can I also withdrawal $50.00? I asked.
I went shopping at the new Michaels that just opened up.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
If you are wondering why I skipped resolution #4 - lose weight. It is because it is Saturday. You should never start a diet on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or Monday. Not that I am going on a diet. Diets don’t work, we all know that. I am changing my lifestyle and eating healthier - - - but not until Thursday. Lol
Back to resolution #5. Scrapbook more. Once a month my co-workers and I have an all day crop the first Saturday of the month. There is about 15 out of 40 of us that scrapbook, so we all pack up and head to the Auburn Center. This is our training site. It has enough tables and chairs to comfortably fit 45 -50 people. Even if all of us that scrapbook showed up we would each get a 8 x 4 foot table. Nice empty tables. No kids, no husbands.
I don’t know how I am going to scrapbook more until I get my photos organized. Tammy Brown had an interesting article on separating and organizing photos in the January TSI Newsletter. If you don’t get the newsletter, subscribe here. http://02af4c4.netsolstores.com/index.asp
I have scrapbooked all my current pictures. I am scrapping my wedding from 25 years ago, and getting a start on separating pictures. I have 30 years of pictures to separate. Ugh.
I did make a watermill paper piecing that turned out great (I do need to find those pictures before I can scrapbook it). Here is the paper piecing. I chalked the bricks in, added diamond glaze to the water, green flock for the trees, and flowersoft for the grass and flowers.
Friday, January 2, 2009
So what are your New Year's Resolution? Do you have any traditions, or superstitions? Ours are cabbage (either stir fried or cole slaw), for luck.
I told you earlier I am working on a Around the World sets. Each bundle will be sold separately. For the Germany bundle I have a Map Flag (the outline of the country with the colors of their flag), a Pretzel PP (paper piecing), a Beer Stein PP, a Leiderhosen PP, a Beer Barrel PP, and a Cuckoo clock. For France I have a Map Flag, a sidewalk Café, a Fleur symbol, Arc de Triumph PP, a simple Eiffel Tower, a Wine Bottle PP, and a Beret PP. For Italy I have a Map Flag, The Coliseum PP, Leaning Tower of Pisa , a Wine Tag, a Column w/Ivy PP, and 2 Gondolas.
Ireland bundle has a Map flag, a Clover Corner accent, an Irish Dancing Costume PP, a Mug of Beer PP, a Derby, and a Lucky Horseshoe PP. Japan has a Map Flag, 2 different Fans PP (with either a dragon, blossoms, or birds), a Geisha Girl, a Rickshaw, a Pagoda, and a Bamboo Border. The Bamboo Border is one of my favorites. Scotland has a Map Flag, a Bag Pipe, 3 Bag Pipers, the Lochness Monster PP, a Celic Cross, and a Kilt PP.
London has a Map Flag of England, Big Ben, London Bridge, a Guard Bear Hat PP, a Double Decker Bus, and a Phone Booth PP. Sydney has a Map Flag of Australia, the Opera House PP, the famous Bridge, the Walkway Symbol & PP, a Koala Bear PP, and a Boomerang. Holland has a Map Flag of the Netherlands, 2 Windmill PP (one is less detailed than the other), Tulips PP, Clogs PP, and a Bicycle.
Besides the "Around the World" sets, I also have a San Francisco bundle with a Trolley Car PP, Fisherman’s Wharf PP, entrance to China Town, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Vegas bundle comes with the Welcome to Vegas sign PP, chips, dice, and cards. A Western theme set bundle come with a 2 wood fence borders (with cattle skull and wagon wheel), 2 photo matts, and a hanging sign.
Look for these bundle sets by the end of the month at http://www.thatsscrapinc.com/
Thursday, January 1, 2009
2. Update my BLOG.
3. Smoke less. Yes I would like to quit, but that resolution has never worked for me, so I am going to slow down, smoke less.
4. Lose weight
5. Scrapbook more
6. Pay my bills on time
Now all I have to do is find a solution for each resolution that will work for me.
The "less caffeine" I have already started on. I no longer drink Pepsi, except on a few occasions, and as of last week I know longer drink caffeinated coffee. I am trying to wean myself, so I am drinking decaffeinated. Decaffeinated coffee to me is like non-alcoholic beer - what’s the use. Next week it will be water in the morning, which should help with resolution 4.
Resolution #2. Updating my blog. The group over at http://thatsscrap.yuku.com/ forum have a game going on this month on searching the designers blogs for Frosty’s hat to get a free file. I wanted to play also, but I am not that knowledgeable about blogs and stuff. Hopefully by the end of the month I can start participating in the forums games, and you can come here and get free files and news on what cutting files I am working on. Beside designing at http://designsbysky.cuttersmarket.com/, I also design for http://www.thatsscrapinc.com/
This month I am working on "Around the World." I have completed France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Ireland, Japan, & Scotland countries. The cities I have completed are London, Sydney, San Francisco, and Vegas. Each set will include 4-6 memorabilia.