Thursday, October 30, 2014

Digiscrap Parade





This month for the Digiscrap Parade the theme was the "scary stuff"
Halloween is great and all, but with the colors picked, I couldn't find anything scarier to design something for. I had an aunt that had a double mastectomy and recently our pastor's wife underwent surgery as well to get rid of cancerous cells.  The funny thing was, they didn't seem scared at all and were determined and confident they'd beat it - So in honor of them and all the survivors out there!
Here's my portion to this month's DigiScrap Parade: 

~Click the photo below to download~

https://www.dropbox.com/s/7l2c2cc8ivhe3cg/SDS_TheScaryStuff.zip?dl=0

Please click the links below to follow the parade

 http://snipsandsnailsscraps.blogspot.com/https://www.facebook.com/LJSDigitalDesigns

DSD is HERE!! Time to celebrate!

DSD is here and in full swing over at The DigiChick!
There are awesome sales and contests and challenges and giveaways and.....well lots of FUN for us crafty loving people :) 

Everything in my store is 40% OFF or MORE and I have lots of new releases this week that you won't want to miss!

http://www.thedigichick.com/shop/Mystery-Quest.htmlhttp://www.thedigichick.com/shop/Autumn-Days.html
 http://www.thedigichick.com/shop/You-Rock-Journal-Cards.htmlhttp://www.thedigichick.com/shop/You-Rock.html

There is also an awesome $2 chick blitz going on this weekend as well where you can grab up a bunch of my designs for deep discounts. 

http://www.thedigichick.com/shop/Witch-s-Brew.htmlhttp://www.thedigichick.com/shop/A-Ghostly-Tale-by-Sweet-Digi-Scraps.html
http://www.thedigichick.com/shop/Sparkle-and-Boom.html http://www.thedigichick.com/shop/Sort-Of-Cosmic.html
http://www.thedigichick.com/shop/Comic-Heroes.html

This is the LAST sale you will find on these products this year, so stock up to save!

*And mark your calendars......DSD means it's just 1 month until the amazing Sweet Digi Countdown begins :)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

DSD IS COMING!

DSD is just around the corner!!

Lots of brand new Sweet Digi Scraps releases are coming with lots of ways to save, win and just plain have fun!!!


Monday, January 27, 2014

Buried Under!

We're still here, hiding in the snow :) 
I'm pretty excited though, as we haven't had this much snow in a while. 
Now if the cold would just shake, then it would be perfect for sliding!! YAY! That is totally in the plans this week. 

The kids did go out and play in the snow for a little bit, but the negative windchill have made them change their minds fairly quickly to come back in. I've debated opening a Hot Coco cafe here ;)

Outside of the snow, I have been doing a lot of work with music. A couple duets in the works with all types of wonderful gushy emotional stuff LOL. Me and Johny will hopefully have a couple finished pieces here in the very near future :)

I'm actually feeling a little valentinesy lately. o.O
I honestly don't really get into the holidays as much as I do for Christmas.....but this year, well I think I just might be a little smitten LOL. Call me crazy, but this little bit of me is feeling fuzzy and warm. 
It COULD very well be the fact that I'm longing for warmer weather, but I'm going with love ;)

I finished creating this week's collection today! It's massive and totally ME inspired LOL. Between the warm fuzy feelings I've been having, and the wonderful music inspiration of some funky/fun new sounds - Well, Tadda: 



That's a sneak peek of JUST the kit....there are LOTS of add ons coming with this and I am in.....
you guessed it - LOVE ;)

Also Digi related and DEFINITELY worth noting.....There are 2 free gifts coming your way this weekend. One on the Digiscrap Parade: 


And one with the new challenges over at The Digichick - So keep your eyes peeled!
Much Love

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Comic Heroes!

Dallas inspired this week's new collection. He is a "Super Hero" lover like no other. Bub had a birthday party last year that was Hulk themed and EVERYTHING was Hulk for a while. We literally watched everything created about the incredible hulk that was available at least 3 times LOL. 

His love evolved to ALL Marvel comic heroes, and then the addition of Transformers and Power Rangers. I'm pretty sure I have played the part of every character in the line ups a few times too LOL. 
(I admit I love playing them vs. the girl toys actually - So many more options seem to come along with playing the super heroes ;)


So new this week I have a collection for scrapping all those Super Hero moments :D
It is on sale 30% through the weekend at The Digichick. 

http://www.thedigichick.com/shop/Comic-Heroes.html

http://www.thedigichick.com/shop/Comic-Heroes-Sweet-Inspiration.html


And here is some amazing inspiration with the kit in action

http://www.thedigichick.com/shop/Sweet-Digi-Scraps/http://www.thedigichick.com/shop/Sweet-Digi-Scraps/ 

http://www.thedigichick.com/shop/Sweet-Digi-Scraps/ 

http://www.thedigichick.com/shop/Sweet-Digi-Scraps/http://www.thedigichick.com/shop/Sweet-Digi-Scraps/ 

http://www.thedigichick.com/shop/Sweet-Digi-Scraps/

http://www.thedigichick.com/shop/Sweet-Digi-Scraps/ 

http://www.thedigichick.com/shop/Sweet-Digi-Scraps/


We've been holding down the fort here with all the cold upon us. It's odd really.....I don't think in my lifetime of living in this area has it ever been this cold. I could be wrong, but then again I think not ;)

I joked, because it's actually been colder here than Alaska....and the common preconception would tell you it shouldn't be LOL. 


I enjoyed having a little time off from doing the events and getting things back in order post holidays. 
Work is back on the forfront and lots of new things coming along. I will be taking over a few challenges over at the Digichick starting next month, new collections are already gearing up for release and the blog is getting a makeover onto a new platform currently. 

It will be back to blogging and hopefully sharing more with you to help make your memory keeping as sweet as possible!!

Much Love and Hugs!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Frost Bite

 Okay so the deep freeze, seriously did me a number here. 
I didn't get true frost bite, but I might as well had. 

My fingers and toes went painfully numb...I didn't take the kids out, but walking in the weather wasn't the smartest of things I have ever done. 
We went through some power surges and outtages here, which is never fun when it's freezing literally outside. Then sickness and kid watching- I just need to remember that I am not built for the north pole LMAO. 

We spent the time keeping warm as best we could and entertaining some VERY cabin struck children. Thankfully the temps were back to normal today and they could finally go back to school and enjoy some outdoor air. 

I'll be back in the grove tonight and tomorrow now that we're thawing out and have a better update then :)

The schedule was thrown off, but here is the last installment - Which should now give you this fun new kit - Focus Please.





And don't forget about the Creative Sweetie Call!
It's here! I haven't held a call since 2012- If you love Sweet Digi Scraps, love to scrap and want to be part of an amazingly sweet team, now's your chance! Get all my products and be part of my design inspiration :)


Requirements: 
  • Create 3 layouts/projects per month
  • Post to my store gallery and 2 galleries of your choosing
  • Be active in the facebook group set up for the team
  • Be active in social media outlets





Perks:
Of course the best part is being a Sweetie all together ;)
  • You will have access to all my products and early access to new releases.
  •  You also get to be part of the design process by adding feedback, requesting items etc.
  • Plus little bonuses along the way that only Sweeties get (they are pretty nice sometimes)



To Apply:
Send an email with the subject line: 2014 Sweetie Call to sweetdigiscraps@yahoo.com
Include the following: 
  • A little bit about yourself (I like to know who I'm working with)
  • Link to your best gallery or pinterest board. 
  •  Links to your social media outlets (blog/pinterest/twitter/facebook/etc that you post to)
  • List of your current commitments (Teams you design for, stores you sell for etc)
  • And tell me why you think you would be a great fit with the team. 


All applications must be received by January 12th for consideration

Monday, January 6, 2014

Ready to hunker down!

  Today I finished taking down Christmas (outside that is) 
It was warmer today (almost 50) so I figured I might as well do it now before the big temperature drop came and I'd have to wait a bit. Tree's still up though ;) I'm enjoying the 12 days as much as I can!! And secretly dreading putting it away. 
Something about the beauty of the Christmas Tree just livens things up it seems.
While I managed to get the shopping done for THIS house yesterday, dad's was not :( He called saying he was out of several things.... So today me and the kids went and stocked up for them so they had a good bit before the cold set in. Seriously not looking forward to papers tomorrow- as the kids will be staying in, but I will get to experience what -40 degrees feels like. I'm thinking it feels like BRRRRRR
 Outside of papers, church and shopping for dad today, it was a great family day. Ana got me a belated birthday present, we watched a movie together (Animals included)
And snowbell decided to be my second blanket. 

For those that remember us getting the sweet babe last year for Christmas...you remember this sweet tiny white fuzz ball. 
Well she is HUGE now. 

Then I watched Gatsby for the first time while designing. HELLO That movie was AWESOME!! Seriously, why had I never watched the original before?
So then I watched Breakfast at Tiffany's for the first time today too. Again....WHY hadn't I watched these before?? 

Tonight, we made pizza rolls and then me and my dad watched the season premier of "Curse of Oak Island" tonight after the kids went to bed. I have a feeling the adventurer in us will make that a bucket list destination here soon ;)
School's already been cancelled for both tomorrow and Tuesday. So it looks like movies, games and lots of 'snow day' activities in our forecast. 
Stay warm everyone!!! 
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After that point, it will expire and await tomorrows gift and be placed in the shop. 
Tomorrow we'll be finishing up this collection and the days of giving. Such a bittersweet way to end it :)
 
DON'T FORGET-  The first call since 2012 to be part of the Creative Sweeties Design team is now up! Check the previous posts for information on how you can get all my goodies for free just to scrap :)
And the winners have been announced. Emails will be dispatched later today. 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

The 2014 VIP is....

I am so very excited for this post! 
I have been waiting this entire week to find out who the lucky scrappers were going to be :) 


I posted on the original entry form that One Lucky scrapper would become a 2014 VIP. Winning the whole shabang plus all of the new upcoming designs for the entire year. 
I have generated 5 winners for prizes and considered those the placements in the order they were drawn. So here is a list of the prizes : 
1st: All the current Sweet Digi Scraps products and a VIP pass for all upcoming 2014 products

2nd: $50 gift coupon to my shop

3rd: A $25 gift card

4th:  A $10 gift card

5th: A $5 gift card

And the winners are.................
I will be contacting you later via the email you provided with rafflecopter with your coupon codes and instructions. 
Congratulations ladies :)

Shopping - Check!

 Today the goals were cleaning, grocery shopping and some ME time! I can gladly say I checked them all off the list :) Hopefully, by the way I shopped today with my monthly menu in mind....I should have to return to the store for anything but eggs/milk and fresh fruits and veggies in a week or two. THIS makes me super happy. 



Grocery shopping was CRAZY - It was strange because 
1: People were all out trying to stock up before the storm hit
2: When I walked into Kmart, all the island freezers were covered up with plastic, and half of the freezer cases were emptied.
(All the food was good and frozen still...they had just shut a compressor off to fix? And covered to keep the cold in?)

It didn't bother me really, just oddities that added to the day's events - plus the missing freezer stuff was the premade meals and such and we don't buy them so no sweat. Roxy however, was a bit perturbed at the plastic and REALLY didn't like how it smelled. She told me a handful of times ;)

But then she got me....
(Pardon the potty humor that will commence)

 While walking through the isles (toward the back mind you) Roxy starts to get the walking toots. She is not one to be embarrassed easy and also finds farts to be extremely hilarious. 

During the first 2 isles and me saying the politely (Roxy quit it!! Go to the bathroom) type of speech while laughing right along with her. (What? - I find farts humorous too sometimes LOL)
She decided to start being a stink......
Both literally and figuratively. 

It was bad.....like eye watering bad.....And then some people turned down the isle toward us. 
As smoothly as they entered the isle...Roxy exited. 
And this continued for a few more rows, I would hollar out ROXY- Did you do that? And she would laugh.....and I highly doubt a soul in that place believed that tiny thing was capable of all the stink. 

*Sigh* - Leave to my girl LMAO.

*~As for my me time~*

I'm about to go enjoy that now. I found these books today at the thrift store and I was SO excited! They are huge and loaded with crafty stuff. 
So I'm going to listen to my music, snack on my caramel popcorn, drink some nice hot chamomille and dig into these books. 


Hopefully they spark some amazing creativity in me :)

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PLEASE NOTE: This link will expire January 5th at 11:59 PM EST. 

After that point, it will expire and await tomorrows gift and be placed in the shop. 
DON'T FORGET-  The first call since 2012 to be part of the Creative Sweeties Design team is now up! Check the previous posts for information on how you can get all my goodies for free just to scrap :)
THE VIP Winner will be in a separate post later on, as soon as I can finish verifying all the entries :) 

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Way too cold!

Okay, going into the year so far (granite only 3 days have truly passed) but I'm screaming joy for success! 

ALL Laundry is done! Oh yes, I did ALL the laundry - Coats, bedding, pillows, ALL socks *WHEW*
I guess I should explain that this is so huge for me because I put off the laundry for about.....Oh 3 weeks (hides in shame)
Seriously- we were wearing the clothes that hide in the drawers that we only 'think' about wearing and were about out of those. And it piled up enough that I accomplished 10 loads today. 
Hey- don't judge - I'm sure there has been a time in  your life where you have put something off WAY too long ;) But since we do our clothes at the laundry mat - Yea I was putting off that hefty chunk of change I knew I would be throwing into the machine. (Can't wait to get a new washer and dryer *sigh*)

The big plus side to this- We managed to rid ourselves of excess clothes after the washing to donate, and also put away all the 'could be summer' clothes too :D 

It's way to cold, we didn't go outside and play in the snow like I had hoped. I couldn't see doing it when it was only 8 degrees for a good bit of the day (and what it is right now too) 
We did go out to the store, and for the laundry- and of course to the do the papers. Other than that- nope, INSIDE we stayed. 

Warm tea and movies all night, which made for some awesome laughs and good memories once again. 
Dinner was EXCELLENT! I made cornish hens with my own homemade stuffing, cornbread and green beans. It was a first for us all (the hens) and dang if it wasn't delicious!

In the words of the kids "Mom - you are the best cook ever!" 
Tonight- I couldn't disagree LOL

For dessert, the awesome "Snow Cream" with chocolate syrup. *It's where we take fresh snow and mix with milk and chocolate and vanilla*

It was the perfect end for the day. 

Tomorrow- I'm braving the masses to go grocery shopping in order to prepare and stock up for the deep freeze and winter storm coming our way. Wish us luck!

 
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PLEASE NOTE: This link will expire January 4th at 11:59 PM EST. 

After that point, it will expire and await tomorrows gift and be placed in the shop.

 

For those that missed the previous gift - here's what was hiding inside
 DON'T FORGET- The VIP drawing will be closing this weekend
AND The first call since 2012 to be part of the Creative Sweeties Design team is now up! Check the previous posts for information on both.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Calling All Sweeties!

It's here! I haven't held a call since 2012- If you love Sweet Digi Scraps, love to scrap and want to be part of an amazingly sweet team, now's your chance!!


Requirements: 

  • Create 3 layouts/projects per month
  • Post to my store gallery and 2 galleries of your choosing
  • Be active in the facebook group set up for the team
  • Be active in social media outlets





Perks:
Of course the best part is being a Sweetie all together ;)
  • You will have access to all my products and early access to new releases.
  •  You also get to be part of the design process by adding feedback, requesting items etc.
  • Plus little bonuses along the way that only Sweeties get (they are pretty nice sometimes)



To Apply:
Send an email with the subject line: 2014 Sweetie Call to sweetdigiscraps@yahoo.com

Include the following: 

  • A little bit about yourself (I like to know who I'm working with)
  • Link to your best gallery or pinterest board. 
  •  Links to your social media outlets (blog/pinterest/twitter/facebook/etc that you post to)
  • List of your current commitments (Teams you design for, stores you sell for etc)
  • And tell me why you think you would be a great fit with the team. 



All applications must be received by January 12th for consideration

Who will be the 2014 VIP

This is the chance to take the cake with Sweet Digi Scraps designs! 
Someone's Holiday is about to get a whole lot sweeter. The winner of this will receive all the current Sweet Digi Scraps products found here. 
On top of that, the winner will also receive VIP access to all the 2014 designs. *This means you will receive downloads to the items before they are even released in the store for all of the upcoming products.
So how do you enter?
 All you have to do is fill out the rafflecopter drawing widget below. 
Each person is allowed UP TO 10 entries in the drawing. 
On January 4th at 11:59 pm EST the drawing will close and the winner chosen. 
Best of Luck everyone!!!  




*PLEASE I ask that everyone plays fair. Each person can have 10 entries. Do not use false accounts etc. in order to gain more entries.*
The entire prize package will be delivered through digital means. Contact with the winner will be done on January 5th to arrange the store and VIP coupon packages*

White Out!

So today was the first day back to school....
I thought it was rather ridiculous to have them go back for just 2 days and then have a weekend off in the first place. 
I found it even more ridiculous for them to have school today as I opened the door to get them off and noticed the roads covered in the dreaded white stuff. (I say dreaded, but really snow is so beautiful and magical- and I kind of love it :)

Anyways- they went. Sure enough, just an hour after being there the school hotline calls saying they are sending the kids home early 2 hours. So really, there was no point in today- especially since it has already been called off for tomorrow. 

ANYWAYS :) 

With the little bit of time they were at school today, I slept. 
OH YES! I enjoyed the wonderful feeling of a peaceful and quiet home with a long nap under my fuzzy blanket. *SIGH*

When they got home, we quickly did the homework and then were given a concert by Roxy and her recorder and Dallas with the drums. 
*I'm in for a treat when the band years come around*

I LOVE LOVE LOVE that my children are musically inclined and interested. I actually can't wait for the day when we can do a whole family band thing from time to time - However, I could skip past the whole 'practice' part of it all. 

The plus side- they are REALLY good at Mary Had a Little lamb now and Hot Cross Buns!!! Now just to get them to learn some good ol' classic rock ;) LOL

In all honesty, even though some of the notes made my hairs stand on end and the banging was a little resembling of Animal from the muppets- It made me so happy and proud. 

Tonight after papers, we enjoyed some hot tea and board games. 
Again, I fail miserably at Beat the Parents (they named that game spot on!!) And I'm beginning to rethink my choice of getting the Hungry Hippos game. (Again another one of those 'not so bad IF playing' kind of things LOL) 

Then afterwards, we decided on ice cream. Nevermind the fact that it's only 10 degrees outside and snow is spitting faster than it has in a long while.....we needed the sweet frozen treat!!

Tomorrow - it's ice cream, SNOW style :)
And we're renting Turbo and Despicable Me 2 to enjoy the first snow day of the year. 
Maybe, if we're lucky and the snow gets a little heavier...some snowman building will be in order.  

Stacey, I'd be crazy if I had that much to put away- but I bet your house looked amazing :) 
My healing wishes are with you Connie- mine and yours combined...it's sure to be a succes ;)
And Shannon- I would TOTALLY be crazy with that too. I'd love to help paint though, I really enjoy that type of thing :) Good luck on getting it all set before spring!! 

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PLEASE NOTE: This link will expire January 3rd at 11:59 PM EST. 

After that point, it will expire and join yesterday's gift and be placed in the shop.

 

For those that missed the previous gift - it will be revealed tomorrow along with today's gift. 

DON'T FORGET- The VIP drawing will be closing this weekend
AND The first call since 2012 to be part of the Creative Sweeties Design team is now up! Check the previous posts for information on both. 

Much Love and Hugs!!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

2014 - You are looking succesful!

So I thought long and hard about my one word to live by today. I went digging in the dictionary and looking online through things for some inspiration. I wanted something like last years- that could work in all aspects of my life to help make not just my year or days better, but also myself. 

My word........Success

Every day this year I am going to strive for success in some way. I will make it so that when I lay my head down at night and count the things I'm grateful for in the day, that I am glad it went successfully in someway - always. 

My Goals for 2014  are MORE and LESS

Laugh More, Play More, Explore More
Create More, Scrapbook More, Photograph More
Breath More, Read More, Sing More
Exercise More, Love More, Smile More
MORE HAPPINESS, MORE SUCCESS

 LESS drama, self doubt, junk, procrastinating, defeat, pessimistic outlook
LESS excuses, letting things pass by, worry, LESS PAIN


As it's written, so it shall be - Here's to a banner year ;)

Today we spent the last day of vacation playing, cleaning, running in town and watching Garfield. It doesn't seem like much, but we accomplished a LOT! The decorations are down (for the most part) Still the outside lights and tree are left up, and will remain until January 6th :) And we had fun doing it. 

Went and grabbed some groceries for Dad, made some amazing chili and enjoyed the light show one last time (hey it's pretty awesome ;)

I sat tonight enjoying the laughter of the kids while drinking my hot tea. It made me see just how wonderful this holiday season has been. We did it- we made it through the year- happy, healthy and full of love. 

Dallas reminded me a hundred times over- just as he does every day- "Momma- you're the best!"
And every time I heard it today- my heart melted a little.
I know you told me Sherry that my kids are lucky to have a mom like me......but I think it's the other way around. 
If it wasn't for their attitudes and constant love that they give me, I don't think I would be who I am. 
They are my reason - for everything.  




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PLEASE NOTE: This link will expire January 2nd at 11:59 PM EST. 
After that point, it will expire and await the second portion to be placed into the shop and a new gift given.
 
For those that missed the previous gift
- here's what was hiding inside: 


*Please check the previous posts for details on the VIP raffle! as well as the 2014 Creative Sweetie Call* 

Much Love and Hugs!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!!

 2014 is here! Any big plans for the year ahead? Resolutions made already? OLW picked out?

This year, I am only picking a word to live by....taking lessons I learned in the last year forward and striving NOT to be a new me...just a better one :D
Today, to prepare, we did some hair cutting :)
Dallas got a nice trim (although I did mess up a few times....thank goodness it's not too noticeable) 
And I myself chopped 6 inches off:D

The kids all came together and made goals for 2014 tonight. 
Collectively they want: 
To explore more places this year, like New Jersey (totally made me chuckle)
Be nicer to each other
Help more people when they can
Do good in school
Bake more cookies (This has been one each year LOL)
Have more fun with Mommy :D

Tonight we celebrate (as I am blogging before the ball drops) 
We've dressed up, and broke open LOTS of glow sticks. My house is covered in glowing dots- which is actually pretty amazing looking. It's like we have walked out into the stars. 
We have drinks ready and confetti and we're playing games together. Sparklers are ready for the midnight strike. 

We're adding a new piece to our tradition and will be jumping off the banister at midnight too. Thanks to Johny, this is suppose to help give you a jump start in to the new year. It will be fun to jump anyway you look at it.

I did my 2013 recap a few posts back- and brought forward the 2014 VIP post. 
Enjoy everyone- I'll be back tomorrow with a new gift and my goals for the new year :D
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PLEASE NOTE: This link will expire January 1st at 11:59 PM EST. 
After that point, it will be placed into the shop and a new gift given.
For those that missed the previous two days of catch up- here's what was hiding inside: 
This coming week I'll be bringing lots of goodies your way- A new Creative Call will be posted (TOMORROW YAY!) and someone is about to become the 2014 VIP and win all my products from next year :)
*Please check the previous post for details on the VIP raffle!* 

Here's to a fabulous 2014 ahead :)
Much love and hugs,
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!