Scrappin’ Your Heart Out – Oct’18

Design Team:  Scrapping Your Heart Out
Theme:  Shades of Fall
Designer:  The Rush Ranch

Another beautiful fall morning at the ranch.  Skies are blue, and the color changes across the valley are fantastic.  Fall is my favorite season.  Look at the photo of the valley floor, below:

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I don’t know about you, but the news around the world today seems so harsh and scary. It’s hard to stay focused on the priorities of our lives, but we’ve got to do it.  We’ve got to guard our home gates first – taking care of ourselves and our loved ones. In my last post, I encouraged you to do something kind for yourself, to practice self-care.  I’ll bet the majority of you just breezed right over those words.  Women often feel like we don’t have the time to spend on ourselves, or  that we don’t “deserve” it.  Some of us don’t even know what “self-care” looks like!  But hey, it looks different for everyone.

Here is what it looks like for me:
Fall & Winter:  I love candles — especially spice–scented candles. Their glow and aroma seem to enhance a peaceful atmosphere for me. I love a cup of hot cocoa, or tea.  I love to wear warm, soft socks to pad around the house in. I like a more quiet atmosphere, with either soft music, or no music.  Baking bread, soup in the crockpot, or cookies in the oven.  I like to read with a blanket across my lap, or a crochet project on my hook.  A bubble bath in the evening is a wonderful way to relax.  And don’t forget nap time!!  I’m pretty much at the black belt level when it comes to self-care in cool seasons.  I guess that comes from living for 46 years in Alaska!

Spring & Summer:  I love to be outside on the deck, writing notes or letters to friends as I gaze out upon the valley below.  My hair is usually in a ponytail or hair clip, no makeup, and sneakers on my feet.  I also like to take a craft project outside to work on, such as beading, polymer clay, or Kumihimo braiding.  And napping.  I love to nap where the sun puddles across my bed. Cuddle cat is optional.

What do you like? What calms you? What kind of atmosphere is beneficial to you? Know those things about yourself and make them happen as often as possible. These are small but effective ways to take care of yourself.

Here it is, my preview of Shades of Fall.  As always, my mini kit is free and may be used for commercial use.  Please visit the other designers in the blog train below to pick up their kits, as well.

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We Believe Blog Train – Oct ’18

Design Team: We Believe
Theme: Rest – Psalm 62:1-2
Designer: The Rush Ranch

Things are a bit crazy at the ranch – in other words, pretty normal!  Getting things taken care of around the ranch, the church, the Parsonage……..Sometimes it’s hard to fit it the self-care that I need.  And I hope that you are remembering to add self-care to your weekly routine, as well.  We all need it.  We can’t take care of others, if we don’t first take care of ourselves.  We find that hard to do sometimes, because if you are like me, I feel like I need to take care of everything and everyone first, THEN use any spare time for myself……So this month, how about making YOURSELF your target for a Random Act of Kindness?  I vote for that.

This is the “We Believe” Blog Train, and this month we are focusing on Psalms 62:
“I am at rest in God alone;
my salvation comes from Him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my stronghold; I will never be shaken.”

Please visit the other designers in the blog train, I know that you will enjoy the other awesome designs.  And remember – I’m counting on you to perform a Random Act of Kindness at every opportunity!

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Moore Blessings Digital Designs

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Scrap Designers Blog Train – October ’18

Design Team: Scrap Designers
Designer:  The Rush Ranch
Theme:  Popcorn & Movies

I received a phone call yesterday from one of our church members.  She was calling to start a prayer chain on behalf of another member.  Their beloved grandson had committed suicide.  Another young person, lost to the darkness.

I don’t know.  I don’t know why, but I know it’s a darkness that must cause great pain and suffering.  It is a darkness that sucks the life out of our young people, destroying all vestiges of hope and reason.  And I don’t know the solution.  Darkness pours into the cracks of their broken vessels, and shatters all that remains.

But I know two things – yesterday a young man LOST his life.  And yesterday at the hospital, I held the door open for an elderly gentleman in a wheelchair,  headed to chemotherapy as he tried everything imaginable – and unimaginable – to EXTEND his life.

So – let’s keep working at it, you and I.  Let’s keep trying to make a difference with a kind word, or a kind action toward others.  You never know if it is the one spark of light in their heavy world of darkness.  Ensure people around you feel valued and engaged.  LISTEN with your heart and see their needs with clear eyes.  Are you disengaged with siblings, parents or children?  Be the change.  Step up and reconnect.  Forgive.  Forget.  Be the light.  Start today.  Be Awesome!

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The theme for our monthly blog train is Movies and Popcorn.  I love movies.  I love going to the theatre, getting a bag of popcorn and a cherry coke, and holding hands with my hubby.  It’s our way to continue “dating”, and being sweethearts.

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Please visit the blog train designers at the end of my previews!

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Skinni’s Scraps and Stuff

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Nellie Bell

DigiJen Scraps

Promethean Concepts

Moore Blessings Digital Design

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Digital Downloads – Oct ’18

Design Teams:  Pixelscrapper & ScraptwistFree4All
Designer:  The Rush Ranch
Location:  Eastern Oregon

Rockaway Beach, Oregon.  It was delightful, peaceful, renewing.    I wish that I could properly convey to you the beauty of it all.  OF. IT. ALL!  The way the sun sinks into the sea, and the night sky fills with stars.  Seagulls soaring high, then crashing with all speed into the sea to capture fish.  Colorful kites dancing on the wind.  I wish I could describe the cadence of the surf, and the way the waves spill out upon the shore.  Or the way the scent of the sea breeze fills you up, clears your mind and refreshes your soul.  Perhaps this picture is worth a thousand words…..  Photo taken with a Samsung phone.

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The theme for the Pixelscrapper Blog Train is “I Dig It”.  It was in response to a few folks wanting dinosaur themed items that would work for children.  I was quite at a loss, as I don’t do well drawing animals.  I thought perhaps that I would take this theme in another direction, and focus on gardening – but I’ve done that already this year.  And so I forced myself to play around with my shapes and warp tools, and actually put together a few dinosaurs that aren’t too bad!  I was like a little kid when I was done, wanting to hang my dinosaur pictures on the kitchen refrigerator.  Anyway, I hope that you can find something in this kit to add to your stash, even if the dinosaurs don’t fit your needs.  (Next month I am making Owls!)
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Please visit the Blog Train list at Pixelscrapper, for all of the other designer kits.  My items are Commercial Use Allowed, in exchange for a Random Act of Kindness to a stranger.

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The theme over at the ScraptwistFree4All group was a general “Character’s Theme Party”, and  we were to choose a particular character and make a kit that could be used for a child’s birthday party, including printables.  It was a great idea, but one that really challenged me.  So I only have a few printables, and the rest – well – it is what it is.  I chose Holly Hobbie as my child’s theme.

Please visit the blog role list below my downloads, for additional character kits!

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Marniejo’s House of Scraps
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Nellie Bell
Songbird Scraps Designs
LEA Art Designs
Moore Blessings Digital Designs      (Won’t be released until Wednesday, Oct 3rd)
The Preacher’s Gal
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Scrappin Your Heart Out – Sept ’18

Design Team:  Scrappin Your Heart Out
Theme:  I Could Have Scrapped All Night
Designer:  The Rush Ranch

Sorry this is a short note this time.  It’s been a busy week of organizing some church activities and coordinating various paperwork items.  Our Pastor is retiring, and some of the activities that he led have to be covered by others in the interim, until we get a new shepherd in his place.  Life goes on, we move forward knowing that all is accordance with HIS great plan.

We are traveling to the Oregon Coast this weekend, taking the three dogs with us.  The horses and other animals will be tended to well, by my grandson. I need a small break to walk the beach, breath in the sea air, and listen to waves crash upon the shore.  We will only have two days, but it will be two days immersed in one of my favorite places.  My mind clears, my thoughts become uncluttered, and I feel renewed.  There is something so AWESOME about sitting on the beach at sunset, watching the sky change and the setting sun fade into twilight.  I love the mornings, too, but I am usually the only one up at that hour.  Makes for a peaceful and slow morning, as I meander along the foggy shore.

This month’s theme is called “I could have scrapped all night”.  I encourage you to visit the other designers in the blog train, as they are much more creative in their work that I.  My designs are free for CU, all I ask (again) is that you perform a kindness for someone.  It’s up to each one of us to change the world, one kindness at a time.  And honestly, don’t you always feel really good yourself, after performing a kindness?  Of course you do.

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We Believe Blog Train – Sept ’18

Design Team: We Believe
Theme: God’s Word – Psalm 119
Designer: The Rush Ranch

This is the “We Believe” Blog Train, and this month we are focusing on Psalms 119. The chapter is filled to overflowing with sweet goodness!  I used verse 90, in making my scripture cards:   “Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.”   I really connect with the “Faithfulness to all generations”.  I love genealogy, and I can see how, through faith, my ancestors moved across the face of this earth in all directions.

Please visit the other designers in the blog train, I know that you will enjoy the other awesome designs.  And remember – I’m counting on you to perform a Random Act of Kindness at every opportunity!

As a side note, I am moving to a new file storage provider – normally you would be downloading from Dropbox, but today you are downloading from MediaFire, so if you have any issues, please let me know in the comments section.

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On a more personal note, I want to talk about the quality of my design work. I receive critical comments from time to time,  from folks that have a different scrapping style than mine – and that’s ok. Honestly, I appreciate their feedback. It’s a big world of scrappers out there, so it’s easy for them to just move on and connect with those that design in their preferred style. I’m sure that Rembrandt would have provided MAJOR commentary on Monet’s or Picasso’s masterpieces. Everybody has different creative visions, and all are valued.

I certainly recognize that my endeavors in designing watercolor papers or digital art papers are not for those that prefer more structured or precise images. And, I’m just learning, exploring how I can push my art a bit further. Personally, I am most happy with explosions of watercolor and foggy or veiled images. I simply say “Thank You” to those of you that keep visiting my blog to download my designs. Thank you for YOUR kindness and support. I have had the pleasure of connecting with you in the comments section or via email, and you bring great joy to my efforts.  Sincerely – Thank you, for being you!

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Blog Train – Farm & Fair

Designer Team:  Scrap Designer’s Blog Train
Theme:  Farm & Fair
Location:  The Rush Ranch, Eastern Oregon

Hey, we inherited another dog.  My husband’s friend that passed away last month had a dog that needed a home, so here we are with three dogs.  Every animal on the ranch is a rescue, except for Murphy the yellow lab.  Anyway, “Doug” is fitting in just fine with the rest of the fur team.  Here he is snuggling up with Jake the cat, for a nap.
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Doug has a few quirks that we are recognizing – he loves to be covered up with his blanket when he sleeps.  He likes his head covered.  He also has to have someone standing next to him while he eats – or else he won’t eat. I think that he misses his former owner, and he frequently crawls up into our laps for cuddles, even though he is a rather large dog.  A very sweet guy, we already adore him.  We have a checkup scheduled with the vet this coming Tuesday, to get him up to date on vaccinations and a general checkup.

Our lab Murphy has a birthday on Monday – He will be 10 years old.  My husband wants to give him a Birthday Party, and bought some ice cream to share with the dogs.  It may not be the healthy thing to do, but, a bowl of vanilla ice cream has Murphy’s name on it.

Have you done something kind for a stranger this month?  I’m counting on you!
And because you are kind and thoughtful to others, this new download is yours for commercial use.  By the way, the download for the word art is included in the elements download, even through there is a separate word art preview.

I encourage you to visit the designer’s in the blog role, below my previews.  They have really exceeded the “awesome” level with this theme.  There are times that I struggle with a theme, but not these designers!  In fact, I can’t wait to download them myself!

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Sugarbutt Designs
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Promethean Concepts     (Delayed posting until 9/11)
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Skinni’s Scraps and Stuff
DigiScrap Angelhaze
Nellie Bell
LEA Art Designs
DigiJen Scraps
Moore Blessings Digital Design

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