Scrappin’ Your Heart Out – May

Lots of rain in our area this week, and it’s bad news for the farmers.  Either their fields are flooded, or the seed that they have planted has floated out of place or away.  Not much we can do but stand by and see what the end result will be.  Praying for an end to their bad luck.  We did have an evening where the clouds lifted a bit, and sunset drenched the mountains with color.  I took a quick photo with my phone.  My phone doesn’t want to capture the darker reds, but this will give you some idea of how pretty it was.
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Enjoy your month of June – be kind to each other – be kind.  Be helpful.  It makes everything a little easier, a little better for everyone.
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Design Team:  Scrappin’ Your Heart Out
Design Theme:  Modern Mauve
Designer:  The Rush Ranch

The way that the scrapping works for this design team, is that you are allowed to add two additional colors to the chosen palette.  I am thankful for that, as I always have a hard time sticking to a set of colors.  I try to conform, but I know that I must frustrate our moderators at times.  Please check out the other designers in the blog roll below,  because they are much better at following instructions than I.

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DOWNLOAD LINKS
Elements
Patterned Papers
Solid Papers
Watercolor Papers

Blog Roll Designers:

Miggins
Digiscrap Angelhaze
AnnieCDigitals
Becky’s Creations
Crazy Cat Creations 
Moonlight Scraps 
Savage Dezines 
Kolor’Scapez!Kreated

Check out our Blog and if you are a designer and would like to contribute to the train with us come and join ourFB Page (designers only and make sure to answer the questions please)

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We Believe Blog Train – May ’19

I am still working on moving prior year’s download files from Dropbox to MediaFire.  So far, only downloads from September 2018 to current have updated links.  I will continue to work on updating links as time permits.  There is no transfer protocol between Dropbox and MediaFire, so I have to upload all of the original files again.  Yikes.

It’s Tuesday morning here at the ranch.  Yes, the silver tufts of dandelions gleam in the morning sun.  The yard is filled with them.  But I don’t want to kill them – they are the first foods of the bees, in spring.  And the hummingbirds are rather calm this year, actually sharing the feeding stations.  I counted five hummingbirds at the same feeder last evening, calmly filling up before sundown.  Their usual pattern is to claim a feeder as their own and chase everyone else off.  I only have three feeders up so far, and I have made the liquid rather sweet for them to help them cope with the cold nights.  Our temperatures still fall into the low 40’s at night.

The local high school down the road has a very robust FFA program.  They have a lovely greenhouse and garden, as well as a big barn for raising chickens, goats, and cattle.  This weekend they had their plants on sale, so I made sure to pick up a few veggies and flowers to support their hard work.  We have been working on our veggie garden soil, adding a large amount of peat to it.  The soil is normally clay-based, which makes for very poor growing conditions. Hopefully, the peat will infuse the soil with more nutrients for a great growing season.

This past Sunday there were three huge golden eagles perched on a fence down the road from us, and I wondered what they were doing…….then I remembered, they were right across the street from a farm that had lots of free-range chickens.  I am sure that the eagles were hoping to catch a few of the chickens unawares…..The circle of life.  I don’t have to like it, but I do respect it.  Speaking of chickens, a new neighbor moved into the local neighborhood with free-range chickens.  The chickens really believed in the “free-range” part, because they loved to hang out in another neighbor’s yard across the street.  That neighbor is an elderly widow, and she didn’t like having the chickens in her yard.  Once she tried “shooing” them back across the street with a broom.  Not effective.  The next time they came to visit, she turned on the sprinkler system.  But the chickens loved the sprinklers!  ALL of the chickens ran over to her yard to hang out in the sprinklers!  So now the chickens are confined to their new barnyard by a fence, which isn’t so bad.  They have an orchard of trees to run through and plenty of nesting places.  But I do miss seeing them hanging out around the neighborhood.

So on with the downloads –

Be well my friends.  Be blessed beyond measure.

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Design Team:
  We Believe
Design Theme:  Let Your Light Shine – Matthew 5:16
Designer:  The Rush Ranch

Let your light shine - Matthew 5:16

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Download Links:
Elements
Patterned Papers
Plaid Papers
Solid Papers
Watercolor Papers

Blog Train Designers
Songbird Scraps Designs
Nellie Bell
A-M Designs
Dreamn4ever Designs
Moore Blessings Digital Designs
Lori Imel Designs
We Believe Blog Train Facebook Page

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Scrap Designer’s Blog Train

Lake-4_600pxLake Livingston was a magical place for our family reunion. The scenery!  Egrets fly gracefully across the water, sailing silently upon warm currents of air. Ducks gather in groups to share the latest news.  Largemouth bass jump for the gnats that the swallows have missed during their aerobatic maneuvers.  A turtle floated by, I suppose, on his way to visit his mom.  And a delightfully green gecko kept me company in the morning sun – I named him Roger.

We would sit out on the deck catching the morning sun and sip our coffees.  We made s’mores around the fire pit after sundown.  Swing3_600pxWe barbequed, we laughed, we hugged, we cried.  We had several “demonstrations” – My brother showed us how to make jerky and fruit leather in his dehydrator.  I showed my sisters how to make a crocheted beaded necklace.  We shared books, had a movie night, and spoke about deep thoughts on long walks.  Sometimes we just sat in the warmth of silence, together, peaceful and content.  It was an awesome, glorious, precious time together.  437c8613e269f8c2e9a2f1194976d0e9I love them all SO MUCH, so much.  I am blessed beyond measure.

Thank you, Lord, for this awesome gift of family,
and the love we share between us!

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Design Team:  Scrap Designers
Design Theme: Younger than Springtime
Designer:  The Rush Ranch

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DOWNLOADS
Elements
Patterned Papers
Plaid Papers
Solid Papers
Watercolor Papers

BLOG TRAIN DESIGNERS:
Joy’s Creations
Miggins
Digijen Scraps
Promethean Concepts
Made by Angelhaze
Skinni’z Statz, Scrapz and Stuff
KJDdesigns
Kolor’Scapez! Kreated
Becky’s Creations
AnnieC Digitals
Moore Blessings Digital Design

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Scrap Downloads – May 2019

First, I want to let you know that I am moving my prior year designs from “Dropbox”, to “Mediafire”.  So if you are having an issue with downloading some of my older designs, just shoot me an email and I will send you the latest link.  In the meantime, I am working on revising all existing links.  Thank you for your patience as I work through it.

And, just a reminder that I will be out of touch from May 3 – 7th. If you have any downloading issues or questions, I will get to them after the 7th.  I apologize for the inconvenience, but I am off to have some fun!

Last month was a busy one for me – never seems to slow down.  Sometimes I get really tired and think that I need to pass some of my responsibilities to the younger generation.  They can do things better and faster.  But then, I remember this quote and know that I need to continue on.  You too.  Remember, someone needs what you have to give.  We all can contribute to the greater good, somehow, some way.  Be kind.  Be thoughtful.  Think and taste your words before you speak them.  You are the awesome ones that will not only make the world a better place but will also secure your place in eternity.

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Design Team:  Pixelscrapper
Design Theme:  Spring Cleaning
Designer:  The Rush Ranch

When I learned of the theme for this month, I almost didn’t participate.  I could not get energized about designing cleaning things – mops and brooms and pails of water?  No.  So, I must apologize for my lack of imagination and rebel ways – instead, I just (very quickly) made a mini-kit that will just add to your stash.  Please visit the blog train forum to see the other designs – they have more talent and creativity than I!

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Plaid Papers
Solid Papers
Watercolor Papers

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Design Team:  Scraptwist Free4All
Design Theme:  Exotic Destinations
Designer:  The Rush Ranch

I don’t have much experience with travel – When I was younger, I took ONE vacation to Acapulco.  I have a few memories of it: There was a man in the hotel bar that had a sad story of loss.  He had received a letter, and we heard his sad laughter for an hour, something said about how “he and Cortez had discovered the Acapulco Plaza”.  I wanted to ask him about his story because people’s stories are so real and raw.  But my husband wasn’t comfortable with me checking it out.  We saw cliff divers and children selling things on the street.  We saw armed military in the streets and poverty.  I never went back again.  I took a few vacations to Hawaii.  Those were really special for me.  I do have a few items on my bucket list, but I don’t think that I will ever be able to check them off :
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Scotland
Ireland
Egypt
Paris

I also want to visit every great art museum in the world.  I know that there are awesome exotic beaches all over the world, and yes, I would love to put my toes in the sand – but I also love history.  I love learning about places, and why they were originally settled.  What makes them special?

So if you are a traveler, perhaps you will find this theme of “Exotic Destinations” perfect for your travel layouts.  Please visit the blog train designers as they have come up with some beautiful designs.

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Elements
Patterned Papers
Plaid Papers
Solid Papers
Watercolor Papers

Blog Train Designers:
Nellie Bell
Marniejo’s House of Scraps
KJDdesigns
Songbird Scraps Designs
tp designs
Brandi White Designs
Moore Blessings Digital Designs
The Brown Owl
LEA Art Designs

 

If you participate in any of the challenges over on the Scraptwist Free4All site, you will receive these free min-kits:

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Scrappin’ Your Heart Out – April

Design Team:  Scrappin’ Your Heart Out
Design Theme:  Dusty Cedar
Designer:  The Rush Ranch

I’m really excited about a family reunion taking place the first week of May.  It will be near Houston Texas, at a house on Livingston Lake.  Only three full days, but I am SOOOO looking forward to seeing my brother and two sisters.  Our spouses will be with us, and it will be such a relaxing and sweet time together.  We are an affectionate family and hug much, laugh often, and cry when we part.

We Facetime as a group on the first sunday evening of each month.  One sister lives in Virginia, another in Tennessee, and my brother lives in Houston.  We love our time together.

I was born in Texas, but didn’t spend much time there.  My grandfather was a big cattle rancher, but my father didn’t want to join him in the business – Dad had his heart set on flying helicopters.  We moved away to California when I was five years old.  Even now, I have a few memories of Texas.  I’m surprised that I am still alive.  We neighborhood kids would tease one of grandfather’s bulls so he would chase us, then we would run to the fence for safety – somehow we always crawled over the fence just in the nick of time, falling on the other side in a tangle of legs and arms.  We would lay there laughing from fright and great relief that we escaped from harm, just one more time. Childhood – how did we survive it?!

My buddy Skipper lived across the street.  I don’t know why he was my buddy – I guess I kept hoping that I could plant some kindness in that heart of his……. Among his many challenging acts of friendship was the time he chased me around my backyard with a hatchet.  Skip was always doing something that would put me in harm’s way or get me in trouble.  Poor Skip, I sure hope he didn’t become a lifetime criminal, but he sure was headed that way.

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This month’s blog train from “Scrappin Your Heart Out” has some interesting colors to it.  I prefer working with a more muted palette.  Pastel colors are pretty, but I seem to be more creative when I have a muted palette.  We were tasked with making a paper pack only, but I “stepped out of bounds” and made an element pack, too.  Hope they don’t drum me out of the club!  Hey, please remember to visit the other great designers in the blog train.  Their links are listed below.

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Elements
Patterned Papers
Plaid Papers
Solid Papers
Watercolor Papers

Blog Train Designers:

Songbird Scraps Designs
Becky’s Creations
Crazy Cat Creations
Miggins
Fizzy Pop Scraps
Made by Angelhaze
Moore Blessings Digital Design
AnnieC Digitals
Lady DGScrap

Check out our Blog and if you are a designer and would like to contribute to the train with us come and join ourFB Page (designers only and make sure sure to answer the questions please)

 

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Scrap Designer’s Blog Train – April ’19

Design Team:  Scrap Designers
Design Theme:  Rainbow Connection
Designer:  The Rush Ranch

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Downloads:
Elements
Patterned Papers
Plaid Papers
Solid Papers
Watercolor Papers

Blog Train Designers:
Please visit these blogs to pick up your free download for Rainbow Connections!
Songbird Scraps Designs
Rush Ranch
KJDdesigns
Skinni’z Statz, Scrapz and Stuff
DigiJen Scraps
Becky’s Creations
Miggins
Made by Angelhaze
Promethian Concepts
Lady DG Scrap
AnnieC Digitals
Moore Blessings Digital Design

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