Monday, February 25, 2013

3 More Days to Get your Freebie!

Did you grab your FREE DIGI yet??  My first progressive FREEBIE challenge will end this Thursday!!  This first freebie is for EVERYONE!  Just pop over to our challenge blog and grab it from the post.  You'll need to link up your creation using the freebie and ALL who enter will be emailed our next challenge image FREE!

Here's a sneak peek of the freebie...

and here's what people are doing with it!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Boys + Bikes = Happy!

.... well unless your bike all of a sudden hits pavement, flings you over the handlebars and puts you in the ER with a chunk of chin missing  (that really happened to my nephew several years ago.  Poor guy!)

Anywhoo... my nephew Matt inspired my latest digis Matt's Bike & Damon's Bike, available now in the store! Or you can combine them together to make a cool "Friends" card like this...

And please don't forget.... I just started a Progressive Freebie Challenge HERE!  I'm really hoping this sparks interest from those digi lovers out there, so please tell your friends about it and hope to see YOU on the challenge blog!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Today's the Day ~ Freebie Challenge

Today I'm kicking off our first "Progressive Freebie Challenge" over at Imagine That! digis by Kris" blog!!

Here's how it'll work...  I'll post a new digi on the 1st and 15th of each month and that will be the "challenge image" for you to use.  Just use it in a creation and link up to our challenge post.  If you have a blog or online gallery, we also ask that you please link to our challenge post.  If you don't have a blog or gallery, you may email me your creation and that will count.  There's no other challenge to go by, just use the free image!!

Everyone who enters our challenge WINS!  You will receive the next challenge image FREE (it will be emailed to you)!!  So I encourage you to start now while the image is free.  For those who come in after the first challenge has ended, they can still jump in and play if they purchase the challenge image in the store... then they will get the NEXT challenge image FREE!  :)  See how that works??!!  Sound FUN?!!!

Here is our first challenge image....
 (I'm showing the watermarked versions - please hop to our challenge blog to grab the Free non-watermarked version)

also available in the store...

Hope you'll join me in this fun new adventure!!  Have a beautiful day  From Millan.Net

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Good News, Bad News, Great News

Hey everyone.... it's so nice to know that when I come back from a break, you're all right here  :)  Wow, so much going on these past couple of weeks.  This is kindof a loaded post, just warning ya.... but you'll see some pics and a fabby birthday card/book I received if you make it that far down my post!  LOL

First, I want to get the bad news outta the way... in case you haven't heard, Daydreams Designs store has closed.  I say "Bad news" because that's how it can be perceived by all her wonderful customers... however, her Design Team knows that it's all in God's plan, which can only be a good thing!  The owner, who happens to be a very dear and close friend of mine, made this  necessary decision to focus on some much needed personal issues.   The Lord is so good and is already revealing to her His plans for her near future, so as hard as it is to close the doors on her dream store, she is at peace.  Being in God's will is always comforting and I pray He showers her with blessings.  I'm so thankful for Diane... for all the encouragement she gave me in my creative pursuits in designing and illustrating for her store and for the wonderful friendship that we share...  a bond that goes well beyond crafting, so I'm grateful for that!   

Some of you may know that I just recently started illustrating my own line of digi "stamps" and were sold exclusively thru Daydream Designs store.  Since it is now closed, and after much consideration, I've decided to open my own store to sell my digi stamps & papers as well as my daughter's line of digis, "Carly's Cuties."  I hope you'll stop by soon -!  (badges in my sidebar--->)
I've got quite a few more digi paper packs to re-watermark and I'll be adding those as I have time.  In addition, we're going to start a Progressive FREEBIE challenge (bi-weekly) on our store blog, starting this Friday, so keep an eye out for that!  :) 

And lastly, I wanted to share some pics of my birthday yesterday!  I turned the big 4-0.  It was very sweet.  My 2 girls had off school Monday & Tues. this week, so Monday, I took the day off work and we went to "big town" to see a movie which we loved!!  Have you seen Les Miserables yet??  Oh, the actors were sooo good in this movie!  I had no idea beforehand that it was a musical.  There were a couple parts I would've left out, but for the most part, and maybe because I loved seeing Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried in it, we loved it!   Then yesterday, while I was at work in the a.m., my youngest daughter, Maddy (12) made me a birthday cake.....a HUGE birthday cake!!  Very sweet!!

She went a li'l crazy.... this cake was 4 layers and she even left off the top 2 layers because the cake lid would not fit over it all, lol.  So we froze those layers for much later.  I think it might take us a good week to finish off this monstrosity, but it sure was YUMMY and lovely!  Thank you sweetie ♥

And when we all got to the restaurant for dinner, there was a bouqet of flowers for me on our reserved table ~ my hubby had taken them there at lunchtime so they'd be there when we walked in.  Awwwww!!!  Best hubby ever!!  My mom came over that afternoon and brought me a card, box of chocolates and a li'l sumpthin' from her trip in Hawaii. Sister, Kathy sent me a cute card (made with my Hot Air Balloon set) and a Scentsy wickless candle heater dealy and yummy smelling wax for it.  In the background you can also see a couple cards made by Juble (Julie) and Kat9 (kathy) from Splitcoast Stampers birthday RAK group.

And last but certainly not least... I received this most amazing card from my lovely friend, and owner of Daydream Designs, Diane Noble.  Take a look at the very personalized pages.  WOW... what a work of ♥heART♥  Thank you sweet friends and family!!

from my lovely friend Diane...

(you can click the pics to see them larger) 

Psalm & Irish Blessing....

The first part opens up like a book....

Then lift up the page on the right to reveal "Ways You Bless My Life..."
up close pic.... of course I cried ~ 
Diane, what a treasured gift!!!

then you open the top portion like a book ....

up close pic .... she used 3 of my hand-drawn digi girls and cut out pics of she and I to place in our Garden of Friendship.... 

up close of the last inside page....

Papers used throughout are from my Sassy Frassy digi paper pack

What a talented & treasured friend ~ indeed I'm very blessed!!  A million thanks couldn't come close to my gratitude for the good friends I've met thru crafting.  We'll miss your crafty treasures in blogland Diane, and we'll wait patiently until you return :)  
♥   ♥   ♥
Couldn't close without sharing with you the birthday locket I wore yesterday.... 
another gift from my wonderful hubby,
(if you'd like to build your own locket, I'm an independent consultant for Origami Owl Custom Jewelry)

MANY THANKS to all my wonderful creative friends who filled my Facebook wall with birthday wishes too.  You girls bless my life every day ~ THANK YOU!!!!

Monday, February 04, 2013

A li'l Sneak Peek... in honor of Jacqui

Thanks to all who left me such warm comments in regards to the passing of my friend Jacqui.  I know she was a friend to many of you too.  Her love of sunny days and kitties inspired me to draw a digi in her honor.... huh, Imagine That!  *Ü*   I'm sharing just a li'l sneak peek today but will share my card and the rest of the set very soon.  Have a great day everyone!