Sunday, December 21, 2008

Last Day to snag the Bloghop Freebie

I just wanted to post a reminder that this is the last day to grab the Frosty The Snowman freebie below - starting tomorrow it will be in my store at SAS - so start snagging!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

We have a winner!

Yeah! Suruha got it when she guessed the location as Lakes of the Clouds.

The Lakes of the Clouds are a set of small ponds located at the 5,032 ft col between Mount Monroe and Mount Washington in the White Mountains of the U.S. state of New Hampshire. The lakes form the source of the Ammonoosuc River, a tributary of the Connecticut River.

Suruha check out my store at SAS and email me the name of the kit you'd like and I'll get it to you right away. Thanks everyone for playing along - you made it fun!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Photo hint

Blog Hop Freebie still available below until the 20th!

Here's another photo of  the location that isn't made into a background paper. My grandson standing there gives you a better idea as to size - the part of the water you can't see is about the same size as the part you can see and there's another body of water there about the same size or slightly larger.

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

A free kit of your choice if you guess!

Don't miss the blog hop freebie below!

The Blog hop Freebie will be here for one week and then it will be available in my store at SAS.

There's a free kit of your choice from my store for anyone who can guess the EXACT location of background #4.

Here's some hints: It's well known, it's in the state of New Hampshire and it's not easy to get to. When I was there it was October and it really wasn't that snowy - some of that snow is digital :). The name is 4 words long.

Okay - a few more clues, some of you are so close!
amsangel was close in name, but this is further north.
LJD has the right general area for location, but this is more specific.
One last hint - you can't drive to it - it's a 4 mile walk. I think the angle of this photo makes it look larger than it really is.


Saturday, December 13, 2008

Frosty the Snow Man Blog Hop Freebie

Welcome to Millstream Cottage. Grab your hot chocolate and I'll sing for you while you download Frosty The Snowman. If you look at what I came up with you'll know I grew up with the generation that each year watched the movie by Rankin - Bass, which if I'm not mistaken is still on every year.
Hope you enjoy your goodies and be very thankful you can't hear me sing!

There are two previews, but the papers are the same - 4 snowy backgrounds and 27 elements for you to make your own frosty scene.

Starting 12/22 this Kit is available in my SAS store for $1.50


You have a lot of stops to make, so bundle up and head on to the next stop and have fun!

Enaideel Scraps
Scrappin Diva
Skrapper Digitals

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

6 Sailors will receive gift packages

Well I finally got my scanner to cooperate so I could share with you what I was able to buy with proceeds from the Navy Kits. I should get another statement soon so I'll probably be sending another one, but they probably won't get it in time for the holidays.
I'll share with you what the items were for two reasons, in case you ever want to send one out on your own and also because I want everyone to know that these are things these guys need out there that are not being provided for them - okay, don't get me started LOL! All of these items were on a list I received from the ship. They put together packages they call "shoe boxes",  so I got enough to make up 6 good size boxes with some of everything they had on their list except the TP (called battle paper).
The only things I got them that weren't every day necessity items were a tin of popcorn and a couple of Pepperoni sticks, hopefully to be enjoyed at a holiday celebration.

Cotton swabs, Gold Bond Powder, Shampoo, snack crackers, Ricola cough drops, Cup O Noodles, bars of soap, baby wipes, toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss and deodorant.

So thanks so much to everyone who bought the kit - they will appreciate it and it will brighten their day to know someone from home is thinking of them!


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Free Mini

Today Dotty's gone Retro to give you a little treat. This mini includes more tags from Amberpony.
The papers are in the SAS newsletter among the many wonderful freebies you'll find there.
Snag the elements HERE - Enjoy!


Tuesday, December 2, 2008


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Wednesday Freebie

Here's the next installment of the SAS newsletter/blog freebie. The papers are in the SAS newsletter which is always jam packed with freebies for you and there's still a few days to get in on the great challenges and grab those posting bonuses.
The elements are Here. I switched to file savr because I missed your comments. You don't really need to put in the code, just hit download now. Dotty is on vacation and Santa & the Mrs. decided it was time to Deck The Halls , included this week is a vintage tag from Amberpony Creates in 3 different versions- enjoy!

Don't miss the free frame below or the free qp on Amberpony's blog!

Freebie Frame for my New Kit

I have a new Navy kit in the store just in time for the holidays. A very Navy Christmas is a tribute to our Sailors serving away from home and their families this holiday season.
This kit has some Christmas elements added in Red, White and blue and also some awesome vintage Navy elements by Amberpony Creates. The 28 word mask frames from Softerimagegrl are still there too. At $3.00 it's a great value.
Like In The Navy Now, all proceeds (100% of your cost) will be spent to send every day items to the sailors on the USS Ramage.
I can't promise they will get there in time for the holidays now, but they may and they will still need these items when the holidays are over. They are currently in Bahrain and surrounding areas.
I've switched to file savr because I missed your comments! You don't really need to put in the code, just hit download now. Let me know if you have any problems. Here's the freebie frame:

So throw someone overboard and have some fun. This cute idea was Amberpony Creates and the water frame without the silver frame is included in the full kit. Hop over to her blog because she has another freebie for you from the kit!
I'm away celebrating the Thanksgiving Holiday and sent the boys one package before I left. I'll be scanning and posting the receipt early next week when I get back.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Free Mini Kit

Here's the next installment from Dotty

This week we have 4 overlays in png format, more buttons, some layered elements and word art - one of the word arts uses a hand drawn flourish by 88 designs by M - great stuff! Hope you enjoy them!
Download #1 is in the SAS newsletter and download #2 is HERE

Monday, November 17, 2008

We're In The Navy Now Kit

I'm afraid this post finds me very upset. When I created my Navy Kit I used some wonderful elements created by Lady Shannon of Memories Made Easy. I had her written permission to use her things as CU and if you have the kit, you know that several of the elements in there have her name on them and she is mentioned as a collaborator in the TOU.

Someone who knew nothing of our agreement used her name to accuse me of piracy, both here on my blog (post removed because it came from "anonymous") and to the administration at SAS. I'm not sure if there are posts in any of the forums out there.

If you did buy this kit please rest assured that 1. There was no piracy involved in the making of this kit. 2. 100% (I realized TOU says 75%, but decided to do 100%) of the proceeds will go toward Christmas boxes for the sailors on the USS Ramage. I will scan receipts when I make the purchases and post them here for everyone to see. Also if you did buy the kit you'll know that Lady Shannon was given full credit as a collaborator and named on several elements in the kit as the creator.

Do I have a personal interest here - yes, I do, and I also tried to be honest about that. My grandson is one of the sailors on the Ramage and he sent me several of the photos that I used in making papers for the kit (which were my original inspiration for the kit) The boxes will be addressed to the ship, not to him personally.

If I knew who did this I would address them personally, but since I have no idea I'm asking them through this blog to undo the damage they have done by checking with Lady Shannon and removing any posts they may have made to any forums and blogs - whoever you are, you must have quickly looked at the preview and you don't have the kit - I'll be glad to send you the whole kit so you can read the TOU and see the credits given. Just get in touch with me. Everything was done on the up and up here between all parties involved and you've created a problem for all of us.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Wednesday's Free Mini

Here's the next installment of Dotty's Christmas Kit as always the papers are in the SAS newsletter and click on the preview to download the elements (if you look at the papers you'll know why I was tempted to call this one Dotty Goes to Target ;) - hope you enjoy it!

More of Dotty's Christmas Treats:

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Free Christmas Mini

This is part one of a little Christmas kit. I know, it seems too early to think about that, so download it now and you'll be prepared when the time comes - besides, you know there's still pictures from last year you haven't scrapped yet! I'll be adding on to this kit over the next couple of weeks - anything special you'd like to see in it? Let me know! Enjoy

Download the papers in the SAS newsletter and click the preview for the elements.


Thursday, October 30, 2008

The fun doesn't end with Trick or Treat

Two more fun events planned for our important customers!
Yes- that's you! Come join us for these funderful events! Have loads of fun with us in our Skype Chatroom and get loads of free gifts, then on to the sale!



Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Trick or Treat blog party!

Here's your treat from me. There are 3 downloads:

Download #1 papers and scarecrows
Download #2 Elements
Download #3 Quick Pages


This weeks Free Mini

Here's the newsletter/blog free mini for this week. I decided to stick to the fall colors again since it seems like no one can get enough of them! This kit goes in the "Thanksgiving" cagegory.

Get the papers in the SAS Newsletter  and click on the image to get the elements. Enjoy!


An Award and trick or treat for our customers

The designers at SAS would like to thank all of our customers with lots of freebies. We're having a blog train tomorrow (10/30) with lots of designers joining in. You'll go trick or treating from blog to blog collecting lots of treats! Sounds like fun?  BE THERE!


I'd also like to thank both mITYSBELLE and Cinderelly for an award they both gave me and I'll be back later to pass it along to other deserving bloggers.


It is a friendship award called the Proximidade, it is an award for those friends around the world who have a blog that has given you pleasure and it offers the hand of friendship

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Free Mini Kit

Here it is Wednesday again and that means a jam packed newsletter is due out from Stone Accents Studio! This weekend I'm selling my whole store for 40% off (except the In The Navy Benefit Kit - please read below and you'll see why I'm not discounting that one). This sale will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday - so grab some bargains and relax and scrap this weekend! Don't forget my CT Call is still on - I accept guest CT's one month at a time too :)

Here's this weeks free mini. This week it's "Into The Woods" which is where I wish I was going as I usually do at this time of year, but  my "hiking buddy" is overseas and I need to find a new hiking companion. This will definitely coordinate with last weeks "The Hidden Path"  - that one was all about the leaves, this one's more about the trees. Download the papers in the SAS Newsletter and click on the image for the elements. Enjoy and as always please no hot linking or direct sharing.


Monday, October 20, 2008

Free Quickpages

Hop on over to Linda's Blog and pick up the two new quick pages she just made for you with my new In The Navy Kit.  She made some great layouts to inspire you!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

This Just In

I'm so excited - I just got these photos of the first packages being delivered to the guys on the USS Ramage off the coast of Bahrain!
How cool is this?????



Saturday, October 18, 2008

Free Sampler from my new benefit kit

Well as you all probably know by now this cause is near and dear to my heart. Here's a little freebie to thank all of you blog readers for taking this cause to heart! Don't forget Veterans' Day is right around the corner and I'm sure you'll have military or patriotic layouts to do. There are also solids in the kit for other uses and the frames are great too - I'm sure you know a "hero" of your own.

Click the image to download your sampler. Included are 1 scenic background, 1 red ricrac, 1 tag with ricrac, 1 medal of honor and a full "button" alpha with upper and lower case, numbers, punctuation and blanks. Sash and button in upper right corner are from the full kit (sorry jar not included).


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Newsletter Freebie and New Kit in the Store

I'm so excited, my new kit was just released in my SAS Store and this one was a labor of love for me. It's a collab kit with Softerimagegrl who made the frames and Lady Shannon who made a lot of the elements and some of the overlays for the background papers! It's only $3.00 and 75% of that will be used to make holiday boxes of every day items for the sailors on the USS Ramage currently serving in the Persian Gulf. I'll be posting receipts in a couple of weeks so those purchasing the kit can see what the $ is spent on. I have a small add-on I'm working on that I hope to have up later today. Here's the previews - kit is all inclusive and not all elements are shown in all colors. I have lots more sleeve ranks in there. Do you need something for a military layout that's not in here - email me at and I'll make if for you if it's within my capability.

Here's the papers - 13 scenic and 7 solids - elements shown here are also included.
Elements: (not all shown in all colors)
Here's some of the frames:

This weeks free mini is The Hidden Path - it's all about the leaves
The Papers will be available in today's SAS Newsletter Click on the image for the elements and enjoy! Don't forget my CT CALL!


Monday, October 13, 2008

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Wednesday's Freebie Mini Kit

The newsletter link is only working in the HTML version - sorry to those of you who had a problem with it- I'm trying to reach each of you, but if you need the papers and didn't get them please email me at


Here's this weeks newsletter/blog freebie - I hope you like it! I'm now taking suggestions/requests for these weekly kits if you have something special in mind you need for your stash of digi scrap supplies.

Here's this weeks mini which I thought would work nicely with any fall photos or other fall kits you might have. Plaid N Paisley, two of my favorite things to work with. Elements are deep copper. I also have my Falling Into Autumn kit now in the store for 10% off making it only $1.80 which will coordinate nicely with this one. While you're there don't miss my newest full kit the Science Fair, now 35% off and also available separately is the word art for 25% off. There's a free add-on for that kit in a previous post below.


In case you don't know how this works, the first download, which is that papers, is in today's SAS Newsletter. Several people told me the newsletter link wasn't working, I just tested it (Sat. 10/10/08) and it seems fine now. Please email me if you still have any problems. Click on the kit preview to download the elements. Enjoy!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Free Awareness Ribbon

October is Breast Cancer  Awareness Month so here's a ribbon for anyone who would like it. Click on image to download.

awareness ribbon preview

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Freebie Mini Kit and don't miss the add-on below!

Yes, it's Wednesday again and that means another free mini! I haven't done any kids kits in a while - so that's what this week is all about. Don't miss all the news in the SAS Newsletter and pick up the papers for this mini there. Click on the preview below to grab the elements. Then head HERE to Angela's blog to grab these adorable paper dolls she made that go perfectly with my mini! How cute are they? Have fun!



Freebie Add-On for my New Kit

My new kit The Science Fair comes out today and I'm so excited. The papers are really unusual and themed for any science project you might want to scrap. You'll also find many other uses for this kit like telling someone you "love them with every single cell" or you have "great chemistry" . There are over 90 elements included, many of them word art in the form of flair buttons, binder clips, dymo labels or large decorated word art. This kit will be in my store at SAS starting October 1st and on sale for 35% off for a limited time. The word art may be purchased separately and will be 25% off. To see layouts done with this kit check out my CT's new blog HERE - they've done a wonderful job with it already!Here's the previews:
























Here's the Add-On for you for FREE! (click on image to DL)


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

FREE Mini Kit

Here's this week's newsletter/blog freebie Diamonds and Dust, which is denim and bling! Don't miss the SAS Newsletter with the first download which is the papers. This weeks newsletter will give you the updates on all of the goings on at the exciting SAS-y Birthday Bash.

Click on the preview to download the elements. ENJOY!


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Free Mini Kit

Well it's Wednesday and time for another newsletter/blog freebie! I didn't want summer to end this week so here you have -

folder-preview One Last Bit of Greenery.
Get download #1 in the SAS NEWSLETTER there are 49 freebies in the newsletter - so don't miss it
Download #2 is HERE
As always please no hot linking or direct sharing - there's enough for everyone who visits the blog! Let me see those layouts!

The new SAS mega is out with a Halloween theme - see the previews and download a free sample HERE

Sharing a comment

I got this comment on 4 shared from someone calling herself "M" and I loved it and wanted to share it with you.

"Thanks! I especially love water lilies because they are part of my Chinese name. My dad picked it because he thought it was amazing that such a beautiful, white flower could flourish amid swampy waters and hoped that his daughter would likewise flourish and always stay true to her values despite negative pressure she might find around her to not do what is right."

It's so true, when I kayak to the weediest, swampiest part of our lake, that's where the water lilies are the prettiest and actually where the original photos for these papers were taken.

Here's a layout d'jean posted in the SAS Layout design challenge week #2 gallery using another of the papers from day #9
Luxembourg2004-Sm-gds-0908 Isn't this gorgeous?

Are you missing out by not downloading this kit? It's not too late to start - there will be downloads available every day for the rest of the month. HERE

While you're there, don't forget the 25% off sale going on in my store all month long.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Did you miss Day 9?

Kel told me she missed day 9 of the SAS Download a Day. That was the file that contained the water lilly papers (one shown in my layout below) that I made the flower cluster to go with. Kel, (or anyone else) if you email me at I'll send you the zip. Just put day9 in the subject. I'd hate you to have a little lonely flower cluster and no background paper to go with it!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Free Add-on for Download a Day

First of all I'd like to thank you for your wonderful comments, both here and on 4 shared - I know you've heard it from designers before, but it does make our day!

I have a little something for you today - it's an add on to my part of the SAS Download a Day (DAD). My 4th download which I believe was day 9 of the DAD was made with photos I took of Waterlillies out on the lake. I loved the papers, but when it came to extracting flowers from my photos I wasn't happy with the results. I was disappointed because to me that part of the kit really needed those flowers. I got a couple of singles, but was unable to get a cluster without losing too much detail. Finally yesterday I found some pix that were "legal" for me to use and I got the extraction. Hope you like it. The format is png and there's also a single bud for you. I put together a quick layout with a family photo also taken that same day so you could see what it looks like.


I left it a little larger than I normally would so you could see it.
HERE is the download for the waterlilly cluster and bud.
The DAD is now up to day 12 - so get in there and get this whole wonderful kit. Now available in the
SAS Store under SAS gifts.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

To Sharon

Sharon from Texas left me a comment and said she was having trouble unzipping download #1. I tested it and I had no problem. Anyone else having problems?

Sharon (and anyone else having a problem) email me at and I'll email you the zip file - it's 2 background papers. I can also compress it more if they're too big and that's what's giving you the problem. You might want to consider whether or not you plan to print them and the quality of the printer.

The other 3 parts of this kit are still available in previous posts, so if you didn't grab them before don't miss them!

Free Mini Kit part 4

Here's part 4 of my newsletter/blog freebie Summer Sunset mini kit. This is the final part of this kit. I went a little more muted this week as we're getting closer to real fall weather and photos and also Summer Sunset could mean the Sunset of Summer lol.
preview part 4

I sort of picked up on the SAS party theme and gave you sequins, bling ribbon and wine to keep the festive spirit going!

You really won't want to miss the SAS Newsletter this week. It's got the scoop on all of the big Birthday Bash happenings - you're not too late to join the party, but don't wait too long and miss all the fun. The first part of this weeks mini is in there. Here's the blog portion of the freebie.
Download #1 is HERE
Download #2 is HERE

Starting next week I'll be making different page kits each week with a different palette and theme. So much to cover this time of year, Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving - is there something you're looking for? Let me know because it will vary week to week.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Free Quickpage!

Here's another free quickpage made with the SAS Download a Day kit - this includes day 5. If you haven't gotten over there to download yet, hurry before you miss any of it. Julie moved it to another server so that it's much faster now. Day 8 has now been added and you can get all of it HERE. After day 8 all links will be posted in the store and available for 3 days.

Here's my layout:ava_butterfly-giggles

And here's the quickpage in png format for you:


Thursday, September 4, 2008

New Links for Download a Day

There have been so many people taking part in the Birthday Bash at SAS that they had to move the Download a Day to another server.

HERE is the post with the new links for days 1-5. If you still have trouble getting your download, please let either me or the SAS admin team know.

Free Quickpage

I made you a free quickpage out of the Download a day for day 3 - the plaid paper on the frames is from day 2. All items in this layout were designed by Skrapper Digitals (Sherah Kraan). All of the downloads so far are still up because the traffic generated from the Birthday Bash has slowed the site down somewhat. They will all be up for the week, so don't miss any of the huge, beautiful mega kit.

Here's your quickpage  I hope you enjoy it!


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Free mini-kit Part 3 Summer Sunset

It's Wednesday and that means the release of a new SAS newsletter and a new piece of the Mini-kit for you! Download #1 is in the Newsletter and HERE is download #2.
Here's a preview of part 3.

brendamascari_SummerSunsetpart3 There is so much fun going on at SAS, I can barely keep up with it all!
We have new challenges, a template exchange, a designer contest, a layout contest.
Head on over to the SAS-y Birthday Bash forum and see what looks like fun to you.

Don't forget to get todays Download A Day #3. This huge kit contains 137 papers and 183 elements in a beautifully coordinated color palette (see previews in previous post). When you put together a layout with this kit, don't forget to post it in the special DAD gallery.
Whatever you choose to do, remember it's a party and the main objective is to HAVE FUN!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Don't forget the SALES at SAS

You don't want to miss these store wide savings - this is the perfect time to build your stash for holiday gift scrapping!

And Candee has a beautiful free kit for you!

CanDesigns-Annive coupon

Get today's Day 2 Download a Day HERE ( if we're still on day 1, check back - we're just giving everyone a chance to get day 1 downloaded). Check out the layouts already made with Day 1 in the gallery

Don't forget the fun and games in the special Birthday Bash forum we also have our regular monthly challenges going with coordinating posting bonuses. In my elements challenge you must use two different shaped leaves - not done scrapping those spring or summer layouts yet? No worries, they don't have to be autumn leaves - just two different shapes.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Happy SAS-y Birthday!

Well, it's here! The big happenings are going on - what are you doing here reading my blog - grab a fork and get over there and join the party! What? Can't find your party dress or your dancing shoes - don't worry - we've got those for you too! Check it out
Download A Day starts today - as in right now- as in right HERE. Don't forget to put your layouts in the gallery!


Sunday, August 31, 2008

A Wonderful Award

Before all the SAS-y excitement starts I want to thank Mitsybelle for this wonderful award. I really want to pass it on, but that will have to wait for now.


I also got tagged by 2 people Candee and Nadine (scrappin mama), but I'm trying to think of 7 interesting things I didn't tell you in my last tags, so I'll be back with that too.

Don't forget my whole store is 25% off to celebrate for the whole month of September and the download a day starts tomorrow at SAS - you won't want to miss that one!