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Sunday, September 11, 2016

I SCRAPBOOKED! I really, really scrapbooked!

I'm sorry I have shared in such a long time. This summer has been quite cathartic for me. I was in a horrible funk last year; those of you who know me know why. The Day(s) Our Lives Changed Forever..., in case you're interested. But ya know what? We're recovering. We're strong. We're resilient. And we have loads to live for. Not the least of which are these three! 
OMG! Our grandkids are so much fun! Kolten is 6-and-a-half and just started 1st grade. He's a pistol. Very smart, very good-looking, very fun to be with. Caddie is going to be FOUR in November!!! WHEN did that happen?!? She's the sweetest thing. Smile that won't quit, very mischievous, dimples that dig for miles and allow her to get away with way too much. Best part is she really loves to be with us. She's sad when she has to leave and gives us HUGE hugs when she bounds in the door to visit! Hunter. Oh our Hunter. He's a boy's boy! Into EVERYTHING! We had those two for a month this summer. I don't think I've said "no", "stop", "don't do that" as much in my life as I did in that month! But he's just a joy. What better way to wake up in the morning than to have a 1-year-old reaching up to have you pull him up for a hug? 

(font: zephyr     program: GIMP)
But one of the highlights of my summer came at the technical end of summer. The day after Labor Day, I received an email that I'd been praying for. I'd made the Pickleberrypop Layout Creative Team!!! Holy cow! The designers there are amazing and there's SO MANY of them. I've followed Created by Jill for years, along with Jennifer Labre, PrelestnayaP, Designs by Laura Burger, and too many others. Now, I work for them, creating layouts with their wonderful kits! HERE is the FIRST!

                  Blendits Layered Template 21                 Silly Silly Shenanigans ~ MEGA Collection
                   Blendits21 by Created by Jill            silly silly shenanigans by jumpstart designs             
                                                Unconditional Love - Fusion Kit (a PBP Exclusive!)
                          (grandchild word art) unconditional love by created by jill

That's all for now! 
Have a GREAT day!
Be Safe!
Love and Blessings!

Monday, August 8, 2016

PixelScrapper Back To Nature August 2016 Blog Train

Well, I've done it again. Waited entirely too long to post anything new. I like templates. That's what I feel good at. So, that's what you're going to get. Here's a template I created from a layout I just completed for my 2016 Relay for Life of Lakeville.

There's still time to donate to my cause if you're interested. I've walked in memory of my dad, Craig, for 18 years now. I've raised over $1000 this year. Would love to add to it.

Back to business. Here's a look at the template.

Here's a picture of the layout I made.

And here's the link to the rest of the amazing blog train.

Have a GREAT day!
Be Safe!
Love and Blessings!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

A New Template for YOU!

It amazes me how long I go in between posts and I'm sorry. I have discovered that I am really not nearly as good at kits as some of the amazing ladies I work with online. So, I'm going to regale you with templates and word art. I used a similar sketch recently for a challenge and liked it so much, I decided to create a template of my layout. I'll try to get you something at least once a month, but really hope to have a template for you at least every other week. If you have any ideas for templates you'd like to see, please let me know and I'll try to do something up for you! 
The PV was created with, the now defunct, CM Grunge Graduation kit.

As Always,
Take care. 
Stay Safe.
Love and Blessings.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

DECEMBER FIFTEENTH?!? (fast forward)

How sad is that? I haven't posted a thing, here on my blog since December 15, 2015? Wow. I knew that the holidays were a mess and I sorta shut down, but I had no idea I hadn't been back here in all that time.
A lot of things happened last year. We joyously welcomed Hunter Reed Cooper into our lives on March 30th. We celebrated an absolutely wonderful day, when Shawn and Lacy finally got married on May 1st. Then the world came crashing down when we lost Shawn on May 28th. Everything kind of spiraled after that. The summer came and went. So did fall. Every month, every day brought new heartaches as we though of all the things we'd planned and weren't able to fulfill due to Shawn's death. I tried to keep my head, but often that didn't work.
Everyone dealt with Shawn's death differently. We tried to hold it together. We tried to be supportive. We tried to help when we could. Sometimes things just didn't work. I don't want to blame anyone here, publicly. It just is what it is.

Thanksgiving everything just BLEW UP! For the first time, in my life, 55 years, I left my mom's before dinner, didn't spend Thanksgiving with my family and didn't intend to spend Christmas there either. And we didn't.
Freddy and I chose to go to Florida for Christmas. One of the hardest choices we've ever made. Didn't want to be home. Didn't want to be at Mom's. Didn't want to be with either of the girls, for VERY different reasons. So we bailed. We went somewhere that reminded us of no one. Somewhere completely new and different and NOTHING like Minnesota at Christmastime. It was wonderful and terrible. We had a great time and forgot about all our troubles and strife... for a little while. Christmas was really hard, without the family and chaos. I'd never do it again, like that. But it was worthwhile to get away from everything and everyone this year.

But we came back to all of the same'ole'same. So, it was just a respite. And it took several months for things to begin to figure themselves out. We saw Kolten in January, for lunch and a movie. My therapist told me to write Lacy a letter, so we wouldn't get into a verbal argument and I could say all of the things I'd been needing to say. I did. And then I re-did and re-did and re-did. It began as a thrashing, getting it all out, blaming her for everything. Then I rewrote several times and even had my therapist look it over and change several things. It had to be about my feelings because that's what hadn't been taken into account. I couldn't blame her for how I felt, but she needed to know how her actions made me feel. I gave it to her and told her that we didn't have to discuss it until she was ready. Guessing that will be, never.
Anne and Tyler figured out that they'd gotten way in over their heads in ND and decided that they had to make a move. Their seller graciously allowed them to get out of the contract and move by March 31st. Lacy and Kolten were getting on with their new "normals" and doing a pretty, darned good job. Lacy reached out to Anne and attempted to mend fences for their sake and the sake of the cousins. We started to come back together, as a family. So far, so good.
Anne, Tyler, Caddie and Hunter (oh yes, and Gauge) came to live with us in between houses. They found a nice place in MacGregor, IA. A good hour closer than Valley City, ND, thank goodness. Still too far away for Grammy, but closer.
And we lost BettyJane two weeks ago. Wow. She went into the hospital on March 6th, with pneumonia and respiratory and heart failure. Three days later, we put her in hospice, thinking it was only a matter of days. Well, that spunky, spicy, little spitfire pulled out an additional three weeks. She wasn't happy, but she just didn't want to die............ and then she did. She was so weak. She was so unhappy. She wanted to be with her Jackie again. We had a beautiful service for her, right at the Fountains, where she last lived. The Atrium was FULL! It was so moving to see so many people who really loved her.

So, now you are where we are. It's April in Minnesota. One day gorgeous, windows open, in the 70s. The next day (or previous) you're back in your winter coat! Gotta love it here. I'll try to keep up more often. I'll try to show off some more scrap layouts and kits. I'm on five different CTs (creative teams) is several different capacities, so I don't do nearly as much designing anymore as there are SO many who do it better than I.
That's All.
Love and Blessings.
Stay Safe.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

PS Let's Get Festive Blog Train!!!

It's the MOST wonderful time ..... of the year!!!  Sing it with me!  Well, okay. Maybe you're not quite ready for the seasonal onslaught of shopping, wrapping, singing, and family.  I get it.  So, let's escape to a marvelous hideaway called Digiland!  The folks over at PixelScrapper have done it again.  You will not believe the fantastic offerings that the designers have created for you.  Paper, embellies and templates, OH MY!  (ooops, wrong season)

I had a lot of fun playing with this template.  While doing so, I created a layout for my own 2014 Christmas album.  My Aunt and Uncle always put on an amazing spread for Christmas Eve.  They don't let the reason for the season slip by either.  Every year, before any of the festivities, the children gather at the dining room table and sing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus.  Last year, you'll see, that my cousin even created a real, edible Yule Log!  All of the papers and elements that I created and used in the layout are also included for you in the template zip!

Please be sure to share the love with the amazing designers over at PS.  They appreciate every word of thanks.

Head on over to my FaceBook page, aka Coop's Custom Creations, and snag a QuickPage made from the same parts and pieces.  Here's what you'll get.

Hope you like it as much as I enjoyed making it for you.  Well, as I said, it is the most wonderful time of the year.  We've had a tough year, but we've survived.  Thanks to the love and support from friends and family and all y'all here in Digiland.  I can't tell you how much your words of comfort and encouragement have meant to our family as we've navigated this new world of life after death.  We're getting stronger everyday.  I want to share two additional things with you.  The first is a poem I was given after my Daddy died.  Then I took the picture on a vacation years later and the two just "fit".  It's now the card I give to anyone who's suffered a loss.  I "give" it to you, for any of you who want or need it.  Please feel free to share it with anyone who you believe needs it.  The poem has given me comfort all year long, but it means so much more at earthly Christmas time, when we can celebrate together.

And this is my Christmas Wish For You.  Health, Happiness, Joy, and Peace.  God Bless us, everyone!

Stay Safe.
Love and Blessings.

Winter Wish 3

Sorry Expired.

December 1 - January 10 then it will expire.

Stay Safe
Love and Blessings

Saturday, November 7, 2015

PixelScrapper Thankful Harvest Blog Train

Late again!  So what else is new.  HAHAHA!  I just had ZERO motivation this month, so when push came to shove and I really wanted y'all to have something, I created this template.  It's similar to one I created for a summer vacation and I may provide that along with a blog train next spring.  No additional QP on my Facebook page this month.  But please, Enjoy!  Have fun.  Can't wait to see what you do with the template.
There IS a huge PixelScrapper Blog Train going on right now too, so head on over and collect as many as you like.  Be sure to share some love with the talented designers along the way.  

Take care.  Stay Safe.
Love and Blessings.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

PixelScrapper Teenage Life Blog Train

I am SO sorry this is so late.  I had ideas, but none were coming together the way I wanted.  So this weekend was the BIG PUSH!  I got it done and sorta please with it.  Hope you like it too.

Working on a QP for my Coop's Custom Creations FB page as we speak.

Thanks for your patience. 

Head on over to Pixel Scrapper Teenage Life Blog Train to check out the rest of the posts.  
Enjoy, leave some love and have a wonderful trip.  HOO! HOO!  

Take care.  Stay Safe.
Love and Blessings.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Hummie's World September Digi Hop

Time for another blog train. It's what I do. Well, to be fair, this one's called a digi hop and it's "sponsored" by a great group of scrappers at Hummmie's World. The theme is TODAY and there are a bunch of kits for you to choose from and enjoy. The palette is pretty, subtle fall tones.

Here's my portion

Head over to HW Facebook Digi Hop page, click on Sept 2015 DigiHop to grab the rest and make sure to leave some love for the designers as you pass through.

Take care. Stay safe.
Love and Blessings.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

PixelScrapper Bohemian Breeze Blog Train, Baby!

OH MY GOSH!  The rich colors, the amazing theme, it's SO ME!  I truly think of myself as a forgotten flower child, so this theme fit me so well.  And I've had a sneak peek at what the other designers have to offer and YOU are going to have a GREAT TRIP!

Head on over to Pixel Scrapper Bohemian Breeze Blog Train to check out the rest of the posts.  Enjoy, leave some love and have a wonderful trip.  HOO! HOO!  

Take care.  Stay Safe.
Love and Blessings.

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