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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Grab more great kits via the BLOG ROLL, below:

Marniejo’s House of Scraps
KJDdesigns
Nellie Bell
Songbird Scraps Designs
LEA Art Designs
Moore Blessings Digital Designs      (Won’t be released until Wednesday, Oct 3rd)
The Preacher’s Gal
If you come over to the scraptwist forum and participate in the challenges, you can pick up these free posting bonus designs:

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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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BLOG ROLE:
Crystal’z Colorz
Songbird Scraps Designs
Nellie Bell
A-M Designs
LEA Art Designs
Amanda’s Digital Studio
Moore Blessings Digital Designs

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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BLOG ROLE:

Sugarbutt Designs
Songbird Scraps Designs
KJDdesigns
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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Sept ’18 Scrap Downloads

Groups:  Pixelscrapper & Scraptwist
Designer:  The Rush Ranch
Location:  Eastern Oregon

September.  Starting off with a “Bang”, as they say – I woke up early this morning, fed the cats and dog, started up the Keurig……………forgot to put a mug under the stream of Chai Tea Latte being served….dang it!

Cooler weather has arrived, and we have had some soft rain – yet some of the wildfire smoke still remains.  The smoke has confused some of the animals, and we have seen several different groups gather together in their formations and head for warmer climes.

I have seen one of the gatherings only twice in my life, because it is so rare and so AWESOME!  Last week I saw approximately 50 eagles gathering together in the sky, circling around and around, climbing higher and higher until I could barely see them any longer – then they flew onto their long journey.  I couldn’t get a decent video of it, as my phone is just not up to the challenge.  I have seen this amazing thing only once before years ago, in Ninilchik, Alaska.  And then there were HUNDREDS of eagles, both bald eagles and golden eagles. I was transfixed by the sight of it.  It reminds me of our cabin there.  The one regret we have is that we sold our vacation cabin in Ninilchik, when we retired to Oregon.  It was my favorite place.  It rested on the banks of the Ninilchik river, and had a view of the Mt. Redoubt volcano across the inlet.  It wasn’t anything special – but it was special to me.  In the photo below you can see the main house, the woodshed and the two car garage.

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I did something for my selfish self last week – I signed up for a digital art class, called “Photoshop Artistry“.  It was more funds than I wished to expend on a luxury, but, every once in awhile, I remind myself that art isn’t a luxury.  We, all of us, are driven to create, in whatever medium or matter we choose.  We shall see how it goes.  I don’t have any ambitious plans to make masterpieces of art, but I would like to learn how to do some more “artsy” techniques.

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The Pixelscrapper Blog Train theme is “Cozy Kitchen”, so my elements are filled with recipe cards and vintage labels.  I love vintage things, and it is HARD to stop making every kit a vintage looking kit.  Sigh.

As always, my kits are for your commercial use, as you wish.  I only ask that if you download, please perform a kindness for someone.  Start that ripple that travels worldwide – make a difference.

Please visit the blog train forum to pick up all of the kits in this month’s train.

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The Scraptwist Blog Train’s theme for this month is “Rustic Autumn”.  I think that you will really enjoy the lovely colors of this theme.  The designers have really made some awesome kits for you – I know that I always say that, but it’s ALWAYS true.  Please follow the blog train role below the downloads:

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Blog Roll:
Dancing Tiger Designs
Marniejo’s House of Scraps
KJDdesigns
Nellie Bell
Songbird Scraps Designs
The Brown Owl
LEA Art Designs
Moore Blessings Digital Designs

And, if you are interested in more free downloads, joint the scraptwist forum challenges this month – Here is a preview of all the free downloads for forum participants:
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Scrapping Your Heart Out – Aug ’18

Design Team:  Scrapping Your Heart Out
Theme:  Enchanted Forest
Date: August 20th, 2018

This month I am 67 years old.  And, it is never too late, even after 50 years, to say “Thank You” for a kindness.  And sometimes, I think that God plans it all out that way.  Let me explain.

Brenda and I were in High School together.  We lived in the same area outside of a small town, so we rode the same school bus every day.  We just clicked – two geeky wallflowers.  We were both very tall for our age, and skinny.  She had the bluest eyes, and hair that had never been cut.  My family situation was pretty rough, so Brenda’s home was a welcome refuge to me.  I loved walking through her family’s apple orchard together as we shared hopes and dreams for the future. The scent of a thousand apple blossoms, the buzz of busy bees, the promise of a fruitful harvest in the fall…. I can still hear her laughter ringing across the canyon of the Columbia River……She was full of light, for no other reason than her open, loving heart.

Brenda died from a brain tumor a few years after high school.  Always ever brave and positive, she touched so many lives in such awesome ways and in a short amount of time – but that seems to be the way of it, with God’s special people.  His angels move in and out of our lives, leaving such indelible, precious memories.  For me, life happened.  I moved away from the town and never stayed in touch with her family.

Two years ago, my adult Sunday school teacher asked us if we had ever thanked the person that had encouraged us to make the commitment to be a Christian.  I thought about all those years ago with Brenda, and how her family always welcomed me to attend church with them on Sundays.  In fact, they bought me my first bible.  So I wondered, after all this years, would Brenda’s parents still be living? After a bit of Internet web search, I found Brenda’s mother, still the active and loving person at 93 that she was in my youth.  I sent her a letter, thanking her for her guidance and affection all those years ago.  And to my delight and many blessings, we now have a regular snail-mail correspondence.  In fact, if she doesn’t hear from me on a regular basis, she calls my husband to check up on me. She still provides love and guidance through her letters.  She is a widow now, so I do try to mail her every few weeks.  It is a great privilege.  I feel that God prepared both of us for this loving connection, all those 50 years ago.

So, I encourage you to reach out to those adults that had a positive impact on your youth.  A teacher, a neighbor, a friend – Make their day.  Show them that their investment of time and energy many years ago, was appreciated and made a difference – and that you will do/have done likewise to pass it on to the next generation.

This month’s Blog Train for the Scrapping Your Heart Out Team of designers is “Enchanted Forest.”  The other designer’s work is really awesome for this theme, but I really couldn’t find my groove.  I’ve thrown in a few of my brooch extractions, but as usual, the images could be much sharper than they are – but they are just scans from various jewelry catalogs.  I hope that you can find something in my pack that you can use.

Please visit the designers in the blog train role – they have worked hard to bring you some very creative work. Please remember that some are in different time zones, so their downloads may not be available today, so come back and check it out tomorrow!  The list is below.

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We Believe Blog Train – Aug ’18

Theme:  Trees of the Forest
Location:  Rush Ranch, Eastern Oregon
Wx:  Hot, smokey

Yes, Portland has a chicken beauty contest.  The quirkiness of Oregonians is on full display at the annual Lents Fair, where the winning beauty is chosen by popular vote.  I love the “Silkies”, and the “Frizzles” chickens, but frankly, they all make me smile.  There was even a sweet blind chicken that competed last year – she was a plump black beauty that made sweet and low clucking sounds when she came up to you.  I must have had an awesome experience with chickens when I was young, because every time I see our neighbor’s free-range chickens, they just make me feel good.  I smile or laugh as they scamper along looking for bugs or grain.  I can’t say the same of the one neighbor down the road – she is not too fond of the chickens crossing the road and searching her manicured lawn for worms and bugs.  First she would turn on the sprinklers every time the chickens would come over, but she soon found out that the chickens loved the cool water during these hot August days.  She changed her tactics.  Just last week she was seen scooting the chickens back across the road with a broom.  It appears that this week the chickens are now grounded, and are no longer free range.  They are in an enclosed yard now, so I shall miss them very much as I walk by their former gathering spots. I don’t raise chickens, but I would love to do so.  Unfortunately, my daughter has a dog that would go after the poor ladies, and I couldn’t bear to have them in jeopardy.

And speaking of chickens, have you seen the chickens wearing sweaters?  Yes, apparently it is a “Thing”, for chickens in a cooler climate.  Very fashionable, these ladies…….
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Here below is my contribution to this month’s We Believe Blog Train, with the theme of “Trees of the Forest”.  The color palette was a mixture of mauves and greens, which, to me, set an atmosphere of peaceful, cool serenity.  I included the same Vatican Cross that I had provided you in last month’s kit, because some folks didn’t see the separate link for the cross.  (The emerald and diamond one).

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Nellie Bell
Songbird Scraps Designs
A-M Designs
Dreamn4ever Designs
Crystal’z Colorz
LEA Art Designs
Amanda’s Digital Studio

Here is a sneak peek of all the designer contributions to this month’s blog train:
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