Free Download – November ’17

Northern November
Location:  Rush Ranch, Eastern Oregon
Wx:  Beautiful fall, clear skies

Cold this morning.  20F.  I found comfort in my flannel shirt as I whipped up some oatmeal for breakfast this morning.  I shuffled around the kitchen in fuzzy slippers, sipping on a mug of hot cocoa.  Jake sat in the kitchen window and entertained himself by smacking my prism ornaments back and forth.  The sunlight bounced through them and rainbow splashes of color danced wildly across the walls.  Typical morning at the ranch.  My husband was rushing around this morning getting ready to take the truck in to have the windshield replaced.  The shop had to order one from Portland and have it shipped in.  I think I heard faint grumbling as he stuffed his checkbook in his pocket – poor guy.  He is a diabetic, so we have a checklist drill that we run through when he is going to be away from the house for any length of time:  Emergency candy bar, fluids, insulin kit, etc.

Eastern Oregon has a large number of hawk species, and we see them hunting in the fields every day.  Down in the valley below us, the farmers have large mechanical irrigation tracks that move across the field.  The hawks are incredibly intelligent birds, and have adapted to hunting in these lush fields of grain.  It seems almost like a “drive-thru” banquet for them.  When the irrigation tracks are watering the fields, the hawks will sit on the pipes and watch for the mice and gophers to exit their hiding spaces as the water starts to flood dens and nests.  One day I counted nine hawks sitting on the same irrigation track as it moved across the field – and they don’t really like to be in the same hunting area.  But I guess when the hunting is plentiful, they share the bounty.  I don’t really like to think of the hawks snatching up prey, but the circle of life is everywhere.
In case you have never seen the typical irrigation equipment, here is a photo of a set of irrigation tracks in the spring:


We had a small sparrow hawk that kept coming around our evergreens in the backyard.  It is a popular place for nesting robins, sparrows, etc.  We discovered that the hawk was attacking a nest of baby robins, so we had to keep spraying him with the waterhose until he finally left the area. My daughter took the photo of him, below.  He looks rather majestic, but had no manners whatsoever.  (That is Sunflower the horse, in the background….)


New thought:  I found a lovely new website that provides high quality free printables such as planners, calendars, digital paper, etc.  Take a look at the site if you are a planner person like me:

I have made a new mini kit for you, called “Northern November”.  The reason for the title is that in the southern hemisphere, it is spring/summer season, whereas in the northern hemisphere it is fall/winter.  So I have made a fall kit this time, and I will work on a spring/summer kit next.  Three downloads today, including Journal Cards that are 3″x 4″:







Have a glorious week and for those in the USA, I wish you a very blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends.


November ’17 Blog Hop

Enchanted Autumn
Location:  Rush Ranch – Eastern Oregon
Wx:  Fall, cool and clear

I have made a personal decision and will no longer be posting scrapbooking designs in the Pixel Scrapper’s “The Commons”, nor will I participate in their Designer Forums.    Not because of anything going on over at the Pixelscrapper community – No.  The folks there are helpful, nurturing and kind.  Really good to me.  Simply,  I have reached a personal turning point in my life where I want to do something different with the majority of my time. Walking a different path.  (Alright Lord, you can stop pushing now……)  When I design in the future – and I will continue to design –  I will be posting my designs here on this blog.   If you subscribe to my blog, you will always be alerted to a new download.  As always, my designs shall be free to download, and may be used as you wish, including CU4CU.  I simply ask that you do a kindness for someone you come across, in the future.

Things here on the ranch are gearing up for winter.  Fruit trees are being trimmed, New hay stored in the barn.  Garden and flower beds being cleaned up.  Tractors being moved into storage.  It may sound pretty straight-forward, but there is always a glitch somewhere.  This fall’s glitch is a result of the garden shovel hitting the windshield of the truck.  Windshield replacement has now been scheduled.  Apparently someone I am married to was putting his tools out on a pallet to clean and oil them before storage, but forgot that the handles stuck out to the side of the pallet, as he drove by them.  He ran over the handle of the shovel and it broke and the metal spade flew up in the air and came down on the windshield.  I ran outside and hugged him, because I knew that he would be upset with himself about it.  You never grouch at a good man, when he is down.  Here is a photo of the crack looking from inside the truck and up into the sky…….

I have a scrapbooking question for you – do you use any of those borders that I make with the curved backgrounds, clustered with flowers and leaves?  Or, would you just rather have the clusters themselves?

The Blog Hop colors were a real challenge for a lot of our designers, only because the colors and the theme didn’t seem to be compatible.  “Elegant Autumn”, with not a single rust, burgundy, gold, brown, red…………

As usual, everyone seemed to make it work.  That’s the thing that really energizes creativity, being tasked with ideas that are outside of the norm.  I hope that you will find something you can use in my kit for this Blog Hop.  By the way, I have two previews for the elements, but there is only one download needed for them.


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Have a wonderful start to your month of November!


October 27th Designer Challenge

Mini Kit Challenge
Location:  The Rush Ranch – Eastern Oregon
Wx:  Fall, cool 55F
Listening to:  The quail, clucking to each other on the front porch.

We have a new family member – a second cat named Jake, who is pretty new to the ranch.  I have to watch him closely, because he thinks that birds are for chasing, not watching.  He is four years old.  He was an abused cat and was taken to a vet clinic with severe injuries.  I won’t go into that, as I am sure that it would be just as upsetting to you as it was to me.  He has no tail, has only 3 teeth, and he is deaf.  He was at the animal shelter for six months, living in a tiny cage – I just couldn’t take it anymore, I had to bring him home.  I think that people were afraid that he might be timid, have special needs, or have emotional issues because of his earlier experiences, but he has been the delight of our family from the minute I brought him home.  Our other cat ignores him.  Jake spreads the love around.  He sleeps on my daughter’s bed, cuddles with my husband or me.  He ignores our dogs.  I  glad that he is finally in his forever home.  (I don’t know if I ever mentioned that my husband volunteers at the animal shelter a few days every month….. I can’t volunteer there, because I would bring every animal home.)  Jake has already caught a mouse in our garage (Poor mouse!) and he dropped it into the dog’s food bowl.  I’m not sure what that means……..It could be like that Godfather movie, where the Mafia can place a horse’s head in your bed as a warning.  Or, it could mean that it was a gift to the dogs……..That poker face is going to keep those dogs guessing, I suppose.

The Designer Challenge over at Pixelscrapper was to take a Halloween template kit made by designer Sheila Reid, and use it in other ways.   We could go with any theme we chose, EXCEPT for a Halloween theme.   The kit bundle is called “No Tricks Just Treats”, and is available at Pixelscrapper.  I originally misunderstood the instructions, and used more than 50% of Sheila’s items to build my own kit – but I was reminded that a designer cannot use 50% or more of any other designer’s work in the making of a new kit.  So, I deleted the majority of the things I had made in compliance with the rules.  The kit below is what I came up with, and utilizes only about 15% of her designs – a bow on the ornament, a string on the tag, etc.  I don’t think that I will ever do another challenge where I am specifically instructed to use items from someone else’s designs……….It’s just too stressful to be so careful.  And, I enjoy the creativity of making my own designs, instead.  I didn’t see anyone else participate in the challenge, so I don’t have a link to share with you to grab additional kits.

By the way, I made a color change to the strip of lace in the elements preview – I added the same lace pattern in a much lighter, cream color.  That initial cinnamon color would be just too dark to be seen on dark paper.  So there are two lace strips in the kit.  Also, the frames you see in the paper preview are in the “elements” download.  This kit can be used for CU purposes.  I did purchase the CU licenses for the parts I utilized in this kit.

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I’ll be publishing my November Blog Hop designs for you on November 1st – just a few days away!  I can’t believe how fast the months are flying by!

Have a delight filled week –




Falling 4 Fall – A Digital Download

Falling 4 Fall
Rush Ranch, Eastern Oregon
Wx:  Cool and calm, overcast

My email provider tells me to “Customize your filter strength”.  Don’t you sometimes wish that we could do that in real life?  In every facet of life, from our professional life at work to our home life as mother, wife, friend and daughter, a filter just might be the answer to all of our frustrating interactions with other people and other things.  I know, easier said than done.  And, we might not grow into the people that we are today.  Are we the sum of our experiences, or are we that which we choose to be?

Here is a collection of things that I put together just for this blog – they have not been posted to Pixelscrapper or on any other forum.  I hope that you can find something here to make your stash a little more interesting!  As always these are for any use including commercial.  I just ask that you do a small kindness for someone else in return.





Also, I was notified by a kind reader that my previous posting of the baby shower kit had an incomplete paper download!  It only had half of the papers in it.  Gads, what a silly I can be.  Apologies, and below is the revised paper download.



I will have a pixelscrapper Blog Hop mini kit for you on November 1st.  Thank you for your visit, and your lovely comments.  Please know that they mean so very much to me!


Scrapbooking Download – Oct 15th

October 15, 2017
Wx:  Fall
Rushranch – Eastern Oregon

Fall is rushing in.  The trees are clothed in vibrant colors of scarlet, copper and gold.  It was cold enough to freeze here on the mountain last night, and all of the animals are rushing to pack their food stores for the winter. We have wild pheasants living in the barn, and some came out to sit in the warmth of the afternoon sun.  We saw six males, and we are confident that we have no idea truly,  how many pheasants there really are – we are just so happy to see their numbers grow. May they continue to do so.  Last week we had a plumber over to add a new water faucet to the side of the house outside, a cold and hot water faucet so that we can wash dogs, vehicles, etc.  The plumber saw two of the males run across the field and got excited about it.  He asked my husband if he could come up and hunt them with his gun. My husband politely shut that idea down in a hurry – “these are my wife’s treasures”, he said.  Here is a photo I took of the boys coming in for their evening meal.
PheasantWe have added the dog washing station to the outside garage area, because one of our dogs thought that it was ok to chase a skunk away from the house in the dark of night.  Gads!  Abigail the dog got hit right in the face, and wow did she smell.  First I washed her in the shower so that she could breath, then I washed her with a solution of 1 quart of hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup of baking soda, and two tsp of dishwashing liquid.  I mixed that up in a one gallon container, and scrubbed her with that.  It works!  Abigail is usually rolling in something in the barn yard too, so this will ease the hassle of hosing her off.

If you are looking for some uplifting and beautiful blogs to follow, one of my favorites is Susan Branch.  Make sure you sign up for her “Willard” Newsletter.  Her watercolors are so lovely. If you like Zentangle patterns, you might enjoy the Zentangles website as much as I do!

I’ve got a mix of free things today, all available for commercial use.  One is a mini kit intended for a baby, that I designed for Marisa Lerin’s baby, over at Pixelscrapper.  My contribution was NOTHING in comparison to the amazing kits that the other designers made, so I hope you have the time to check them all out.  They really had some great ideas for things that new mothers would really use, whereas mine seemed to be of a more general scrapping nature.

I also designed a few small tags for a designer challenge at Pixelscrapper which you can find below, and I am working on another mini kit with a fall theme that I shall get out to you soon – within the next few days.  I hope that you will subscribe to the blog so that you get notice of new downloads.

Please remember to do a kindness for someone, our world sure needs that right now!


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Blessings and Blue Skies, 


September ’17 Blog Hop

At The Zoo
Rushranch – Eastern Oregon
Wx:  85F, smokey
Listening To:  Soundtrack, Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Mourning doves gracefully glide to a peaceful landing at the feeder on my front deck.  Regular, like clockwork, they are the first early morning visitors.  Their cooing to each other is a calm and soothing sound to me.  I need that soothing sound this morning.  I need all manner of man, woman and child to feel that soothing sound this morning.  I am concerned for the people of Texas and Louisiana impacted by Harvey.  So many people have lost not only their homes, but their sense of security and safety – their lifeline to who they are.  My brother and his family are in Houston. The country needs our kindness and our prayers.

Here at the Rush Ranch, things are normal.  Well, normal for us.  On my front and back decks, I grow four whiskey barrels of hops.  They grow such a dense, hardy bunch of vines and leaves that cover the deck pergola tops.  They provide some amazing shade throughout the summer.  I have strings of clothesline between the barrels and the top of the pergola, to help the plants find their way to the top in early spring, and those lines caused quite a bit of racket last night.  A deer with a huge set of antlers came by to raid the bird feeders, and somehow got caught up in the clothesline.  He struggled trying to get free, and that huge whiskey barrel went flying out into the front yard.  You can imagine the racket as he finally got free and took off for the hills. The plant is a little war torn, but will survive. The whiskey barrel?  That’s toast.  Always something going on, at the Rush Ranch.

The Blog Hop for September is called “At The Zoo”.  (Sort of reminds me of the ranch.  It can be a zoo around here at times….)  You can find all of the Pixelscrapper contributions to the blog hop at this link.  All of the other contributions are awesome, and some of the designers had some fantastic ideas!  I am always amazed at the talent and scope of imagination these designers have!  They keep inspiring me. We were tasked with selecting a particular animal, and building our designs around it.  I’m not great at drawing animals, but I gave it a shot.   I couldn’t decide if I wanted to do a polar bear or fox, so I chose the fox.  Below are my previews, and they are for any use including commercial. I simply ask that you pass along a kindness to a stranger.  Hope that you can find something in this kit that you can use.


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Thank you for taking the time to look at my designs – Blessings and Blue Skies,





Download – Journal Cards

Autumn Journal Cards
Rush Ranch – Eastern Oregon
Wx:  91F, Clear Skies
Listening to:  The Weather Channel

Thinking about family in Texas this week, as Tropical Storm Harvey turns into a Cat 3 Hurricane, and then back down again into a storm.  Prayers go out to the people of Rockport and other locales that have been hit the hardest.  I have a brother that lives outside of Houston, in a town called Katy.  So far they are well prepared for whatever may come, including an evacuation plan.  In times like these we all – the five of us siblings – exchange “I love you’s”, so that we know without a doubt that we are loved and cherished, no matter the outcomes of a normal day, or a tragic day.  Come what may.  We are faith-based people, so we trust that all will be ok in the end.  And as the famous line from the “2nd Best Marigold Hotel” movie goes, “It will be ok in the end – if not, then it’s not the end”.  I actually have that saying on a board hanging in my kitchen.  I don’t know the original author of the quote.  In my research it has been attributed to a hundred different people.

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I made some journal cards, in response to a prompt on the Designer’s Challenge Forum at Pixel Scrapper.  Instead of posting them to PS, I have posted them here.  I don’t know if you use them for anything, personally I don’t.  But I though that perhaps you might be interested in them, even to use a tags if you sized them down a bit.  I will have a September Blog Hop download for you on September 1st, but in the meantime, here is a little something:


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Please let me know if you are a user of Journal Cards, I truly don’t know the number of people that use them.  Am I wasting my time?  Thank you.

Blessings and Blue Skies,