Digital Download – Free Stuff

Thank You All
Rush Ranch – Eastern Oregon
WX: 62F, rain

Ah, the peace that comes upon good news, after a long, hard wait. My daughter “J” will be fine.  Just irritations and lesions that will heal on their own.  Thank you, everyone, for sending prayers and positive thoughts.  Your comments really uplifted me when I was scared and greatly concerned.   In this time of our lives when the world doesn’t quite make sense anymore, and there is hatred being practiced in all of its tormented forms, you have proven the truth that there is precious goodness in this world.  Again, thank you all for your encouragement – it meant so much to me.

I have a couple of free downloads for you, one is for a challenge called “The Letter B”.  We were asked to come up with a mini kit that contained a bird or butterfly, borders, button or brad, and a balloon.  I included all of those items, except a balloon – call me a rebel if you must.  Truth is, I forgot it.  My mind had been on J, and I was beyond distracted but I still needed to try to focus on something other than waiting for a diagnosis.  Hence, the absent balloon. I did throw in a few bees, just because I love them. And, I have been on a “kick” lately of making blended papers.  I can’t help myself – I love the way the colors ebb and flow into each other.  I have always wanted to paint watercolors, but I never approached that art with any confidence.  But here on paper, I am exploring what it means to be in the midst of a liquid colorbox. The emotions of color have no better display than in watercolor, yet I suppose Mr. Rembrandt would challenge that theory.

Here are the previews and downloads for “The Letter B”.  The elements have two previews but just one download.  I wanted to show you the full content of the element download, and it is better seen in two separate previews.  I wish I was one of those designers that could just pile it all together in one big center lump, but when I do that, I am never happy with the result.    As always, these are free to you for any purpose – I just ask that you do a random act of kindness for someone else – pass it on.  My official “TOU” is at the bottom of this post.

Download Papers

Download both element previews


I also did a small number of frames for an entirely different challenge, so if you are interested in the frames, here they are:
Download Frames

Official TOU Stuff:

Until we meet again,




Digital Download – March Blog Hop

In The Pocket
Rushranch, Eastern Oregon
Wx:  35F, mostly sunny

There is so much to be thankful for – the magical month of March brings the beginnings of spring, summer birds return, babies are being born in the cattle fields far and wide.  The days are longer and colors change from their faded and tired browns, to hopeful starts of green.  Something inside of me awakens – perhaps the part of me that wants to garden, walk in the warmth of the sun, or sit in the shade of a bountiful tree.  The hands that punch this laptop keyboard are missing the feel of soil, rich, dark, and cool.

March also brings many changes to my life as a Mother.  No matter how old your children become, you are still mother to those adults that make their own choices, their own way in this world.  My oldest daughter “A” has moved away as of Feb 25th, back to Alaska.  I will see her and my granddaughter less often.  It is a good move for them, but a conflicted heart for me.  Thank goodness for texting, phone calls, and Skype.  My youngest daughter “J” has a CT scan scheduled for March 3rd.  She had a chest X-ray two weeks ago, which revealed a nodule in her lung. She has had a persistent cough as well, so I am worried about the results.  She smokes.  She will be 40 years old this year, so she makes her own choices. I worry.  I pray.  I am in the midst of an internal storm, at times angry or frightened that cancer may have entered our lives once again.    Some things I have no control over – I can’t change the darkness, I can’t change the course of disease.  I can’t fix this for J.  Perhaps I am overreacting and the CT scan will reveal nothing. Either way, God is good.

Over at, the theme for this month’s blog hop is “In The Pocket”. The focus is on Journal Cards.  If you are not familiar with them, many people use them to record daily, weekly or monthly life.  Some print them out and keep them in a binder.  Others are involved in the “Project Life”  activity, formally documenting family life.  First, I have to apologize.  I don’t use Journal Cards.  Therefore, my designs for them may not be helpful, applicable, or useful.  But, I did put together various style hoping that SOMETHING in my downloads would be of use to you, even in general scrapbooking. I placed the journals cards in four separate downloads, so that you would only need to download those items that suited your style.  I also have papers and embellishments for you.

As the usual, my designs are free to you, for personal and commercial use.  There are no limitations.  I simply ask that you do a kindness, a random act that blesses someone.  My official Terms of Use are at the bottom of this post.

pixelscrapperpreview_papersDownload Papers

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psmar2017_rushranch_pocket_jc1Download Journal Cards 1

Download Journal Cards 2

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psmar2017_rushranch_pocket_jc4Download Journal Cards 4

Download Journal Cards 5

Until we meet again, many blessings –


Digital Scrapbook downloads

The Mix of Stuff  
Rush Ranch – Oregon
Wx:  Cloudy, 30F

It’s amazing how fast the weather can change in the Grande Ronde Valley.  It’s been much warmer the past few days and the warm wind is melting the snow down to the soil line.  There is even some green shoots of grass springing up in the fields.  I am most concerned for the baby calves being born at this time of year – it can get very cold at night, but I suppose being snuggled up to a mother that weighs over 1,000 pounds would keep the little one snug and warm. Our house cat Oscar has even ventured outside for 10 minutes at a time to feel the edge of spring so near.  Funny how each one of us in this household have stood outside on the deck during these past few days, eyes closed, face forward, feeling the faint breath of spring.  I think that we all have had cabin fever!

I have a mix of downloads that I haven’t linked to my blog in the past, so I thought that I would put these additional resources up for you.  They don’t have a particular theme, but may be useful in filling out your digital library.

Download Papers

Download Flower Library

Download Winter Papers

As always, I hope these come in handy for you.  These are free to you.  I simply ask that you pass along a small kindness to those around you.  Here is the official terms of use:


Be well,


Digital Scrapbook Download- Love

Love Is In The Air
Rush Ranch, Oregon
Wx: 45F, overcast, high winds

February is blowing in with the wind, wild and reckless.  The air is warm, and the heavy snow is disappearing as fast as it can.  Streams of water run down the mountainside, and farmers in the valley below are upbeat and hopeful about this year’s crops. We will have high water tables to nourish those fields of plenty.

I’ve had a good week.  My Sunday school craft went over well with the kids, thanks to the abundance of ideas at the website  We did a cute little bear that holds a heart.  I modified the hear3t to say “Jesus Loves You”.  I only had boys in the class today, very unusual but fun.  They sputtered a bit when they thought the bear had on a skirt instead of just an apron, so several of them modified the apron to look like a pair of shorts.  Can you tell the boys are all very young?  1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders.

Being a Sunday School teacher is not something I would have EVER imagined that I would be.  But when we want to hear God laugh, all we have to do is tell him our plans.  He puts us where he needs us.

I have a new download for you.  The Pixelscrapper designer challenge was to make a mini kit for the theme “Love is in the Air”.  We were also challenged to pick an unusual color palette, something other than the usual pink or red.  So, I chose a sage green and plum.  Well, I *THOUGHT* I was choosing a sage green, but then I have since discovered that it is rather a gray-blue.  I am slightly color-blind when it comes to the color green.  I hope you think that it turned out OK. As always, these are free to you, for personal and commercial use.I simply ask that you pass along a kindness to someone else this week, no matter how small.  My Terms of Use are included at the bottom of this post.



I have used three poems from other artists as Word Art.  If you have an opportunity, I encourage you to follow Christopher Poindexter on Instagram and Tumbler.  He also has a store on Etsy.  His typewritten poems can be rather stirring and lovely. I also used a sweet poem from John Mark Green.

I will have some additional downloads for you within the next few days.

Wishing you a lovely week,



Digital Scrapbook Free Download

Winter Fun                                                                 Current Temp:  15F
Rush Ranch – Oregon
February 1, 2017

The theme this month for the Pixelscrapper Blog Hop is “Winter Fun”.  If you have been in the midst of this winter blast, I’m sure you are like me and are looking forward to the weather improving.  We have about 18″ of snow and ice, and the cold has been down to minus 22F (30C).  Gads, it has really been a rough time for farm animals and wildlife.  Not to mention the number of driving accidents across the state too numerous to mention.  But it’s not all bad.  The neighbor children are having the time of their lives sledding down the hill, and the hoarfrost on the trees make everything look magical.  Below is a photo that I took outside my bedroom window:
Yes, a winter wonderland.  But you see, I spent 46 years living in various parts of Alaska.  I was so looking forward to much milder weather when I relocated to Oregon.  Yes, Alaska is beautiful, majestic, and remote.  All of the things that I loved.  But after a certain age, the cold became too cold for too long, the dark became too dark for too long……I wanted to spend my “Retirement years” in the Pacific Northwest, but with a much shorter and warmer winter.  Alas, winter has followed me here like a dog follows a trail………..But it’s all good.  I received my first garden catalog in the mail just yesterday – Spring is on its way.

Here below are my designs for the February blog hop.  You can find the other designers at the Pixelscrapper Blog Hop Forum.

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Be well,

Digital Scrapbooking – Free Download

Rush Ranch, Eastern Oregon
Wx: 41F, cloudy with high winds

The Pixelscrapper Design Team has provided the theme of “Texture” to this month’s commercial use (CU) blog hop for templates.  If you are not familiar with the CU Blog Hops, the participants create from 1 to 3 items in the scope of the theme, and then publish the results by the 15th of the month.  They must be for Commercial Use to our audience, but you may use them as personal use (PU) as well.   As always, the group is very talented and offer very high-end products; I am honored and humbled to be among the group.

Here below is my offering, which can be downloaded from my dropbox account. As always, my products are free to you, I simply ask that you pass the kindness along in some small way to keep the positive vibes going.  My formal Terms of Use are provided at the end of this post.  Please feel free to sign up for my Newsletter, so that you are notified anytime I upload more designs for you.  Just a reminder, these are JPEG templates that you may recolor as you wish. You can find the other designer’s templates at this forum link.




Thank you for visiting my blog.

From the Rush Ranch,


New Day – New Way

Rush Ranch, Eastern Oregon
Temp: 40F

Here I am.  A new blog on WordPress as I transition from Google’s Blogger platform.  I hope the change isn’t too inconvenient for you.  It just seemed time to make the switch with the advent of the near year.  Snow is falling, the world outside my window is grey and cold, therefore, I need change.  I need beauty and color and the ZEN of creating something new.  And I FEEL it!  I feel the joy surging through me as I extend my thoughts and dreams upon this page.  I am in the right place.  I am in the right space.  I am home.

Let me go fetch myself a mug of hot chocolate on this dark winter’s night, and then I shall tell you my story – well, a bit of it.  I don’t want to bore you with minutia, but I do want you to know what inspires me, what keeps me sailing in calm waters…………

I’m back. Mexican chocolate in a pottery-thrown mug.  I love my mug.  My sister bought it for me as a gift this summer.  The yellow and blue glaze across it reminds me of a large field of summer wheat, white clouds billowing in the sky.  See?

Things have influenced my dreams and desires in the past few years.  I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 (Triple Negative Invasive Carcinoma).  I went through a double mastectomy and chemotherapy.  Of course, I didn’t go through it alone – my darling husband and family was with me every step of the way.  So supportive.  So loving.  And I had the most caring and skilled physicians.  I was blessed.  But the Chemo took a hard toll on me.  My bone marrow stopped making platelets.  I was near death.  The Chemo burned my insides, right down to the bottoms of my feet. I had to have more surgery to repair the holes that had formed in my bladder and colon.  My memory and thinking was impacted, including my skills for graphic design.  I had to learn some things from the very beginning, and all things from a cloudy memory.  I am still re-learning my skills, and I shall endeavor to regain my flow.  But no matter, it’s all good.  It’s all a lesson from God, who shows me his mercy, his grace, his love EVERY SINGLE DAY.  I am truly blessed in enormous ways.  I am grateful for all things.

I volunteer on a regular basis.  My church has kindly allowed me the privilege of teaching the Sunday School craft to match our lesson.  I am the church clerk and keep track of our five missionary families all over the world.  I am also the Assistant Treasurer.

I love watching old black and white movies, eating summer dinner outside on the back deck, photography, reading, etc.  I love watching the garden grow and eating the fresh harvest there.  I love watching the many birds sharing our five bird feeders and three hummingbird feeders.  I use too many commas in my writing.  I don’t worry about the rules of writing, I just write.  I write like I think, sometimes a free flowing rush of words. My husband and I write love notes to each other in erasable marker on each other’s bathroom mirror.  He is 71 years old.  I am 65.  And we still make sure we tell each other that we love each other every single day.  We hold hands often.  We hate to be apart for a few hours, much less for a few days.  We have a “Fifth-Wheel” RV that we take out every now and then to wide open spaces that smell of pine or sea salt.  We always take Murphy where ever we go. He is our “Baby”, since our children are all grown adults now.  We have lovely grandchildren.  But then, all children are lovely and precious.

That’s a little bit about me.  Feel free to answer any questions.  Thanks for visiting my blog, and I shall have new digital scrapbook kits up soon!

Be well,