Tuesday, July 29, 2008

My Robot

Blogger is letting me post my photo now, so here is my robot.

Happy Tuesday

I don't have much to post, but it has been almost 2 weeks since I posted and I wanted to post at least once a week, so I guess I am behind as usual. I have been super busy the past 2 weeks. My health is still giving me problems. My MS flare has subsided for the most part except the fatigue and heat intolerance has been worse. However, the steroid treatment I did for the flare has left me diabetic. Most of the time, steroid induced diabetes only lasts the duration of the steroids, but I have been off of them over 3 weeks and I am still having elevated blood sugars. I am on insulin now. I am trying to be very careful about my diet. I have gone back to weight watchers and I am working on my weight. It is so hard for me to stay away from carbs. I love carbs. I don't know how people eat on the Atkins diet. I can eat vegetarian if I had to, but carb free is so hard for me. I am trying to eat only complex carbs. Last night, I splurged and had some ice cream with my son. I took him to see Space Chimps and we went to Amy's ice cream after the show. I was shocked that my blood sugar was normal after that. Sometimes, it makes no sense.

I am working on a new kit. It is called Robbie the Robot and Friends. I made some cute robots for this kit along with some of the regular LO elements, like bows, ribbon, flowers, clips, buttons, etc. I tried to post one of the robots so you could see it, but blogger is having problems and I get an error every time I try to post a photo. I'll try again later if I have a chance. This is the last week for Savior of the World practice and the show is on Friday and Saturday. I doubt I will be home much this week.

I hope everyone has a great week. I'll try to post more often.

Monday, July 14, 2008

My first blog award

I just got my first blog award. I was so excited. This was given to me by Snowraven. Snowraven designs with me at Scraphead. I have really enjoyed getting to know her in the few short months I have been designing at Scraphead. Snowraven's kits are so unique. They have a sort of midieval look to them. I'm not sure that is the right word, but I can't think of how else to describe them. I would also use antique as a good word to describe her designs. They are really pretty.

This award is to be given to 7 bloggers. I was one of her 7 and this is what she wrote:
Six to Patricia http://digiheaven.blogspot.com/ for her ability to cope -Patricia has MS and has difficulties seeing colours due to a damaged nerve -but she does not give up and designs more stuff all the time. I admire that !!! We will be doing a collab kit soon.

I mentioned to her once that I had to use a color palate when I designed. I have had optic neuritis 3 times. Optic neuritis is very common among MS patients. It can cause colors to become muted. My color vision is really bad when I am in the middle of a bout of optic neuritis, but in between, it gets better. However, I cannot easily use the hue/saturation slider in Photoshop and match the color without using the number of that color. I can't trust my eyes to match the colors properly. Even when I use Artrage to design something, I use the RBG color numbers to get the exact color. I wouldn't want any of you to unzip one of my kits and the colors don't match. That would not be good.

Now the hard part. I have to nominate 7 people for this award. It actually won't be that hard. These are in no particular order except the order in which they come to my brain.

First- Amy: Still a Mom. Amy is a member of a forum with me. This forum is called January 2002 Mommies. I joined this group when I was pregnant with Jeremy. I have been chatting with these women since then. We all have children born in January of 2002. Amy joined the group after Cal was born. She has 2 beautiful boys. Both of her boys have autism. She blogs about her family. Her boys keep her running. She is such an inspiration to me. Her boys keep her running and her little Charlie is going to give her gray hair.

Second- Corrine: 4kids no dog. Corine is a friend of mine from church. She and her family just moved to Hawaii. I miss her. I love reading her blog. She is an excellent writer. She can make the simplest story so interesting. She comes up with the funniest things. She recently figured out where the wicked witches of the east went to retire. I never would have guessed they were in Hawaii, but apparently they are. She recently tagged me and I have still yet to answer that tag. I haven't forgotten Corrine. I'll get to it.

Third- Robin's World of Scrap or Crap. Robin is one of my CT members. She has a great blog. I don't get to read it as much as I should. I get busy and check it out every 2 weeks or so. She makes some great layouts for me and her blog is really interesting.

Fourth- Kim Cameron: Our Journey. I am on Kim's CT. I also "work" for Kim. She and Tracy own the soon to be opened Groovy Scraps. I am one of the designers there. They use to be part owners of Make it Scrappy before it closed down. She is one of the sweetest people I know. When I first started designing, she was the only person that gave me constructive criticism about my designs. She taught me so much about how to be a better designer. She has also been a great friend. I noticed that Kim was nominated by Tracy Drane for this award. This just goes to show you what a wonderful person she is.

Fifth-Confessions of an overwhelmed and immeasurably blessed mom.
This blog belongs to a woman I do not know. It is one of those blogs that I found by following the links on other people's blogs. I almost never keep reading blogs this way, but this blog really touched me. When I first found the link, I read everything she wrote about her wonderful son Jack. Her son was not suppose to live. However, he is 2 years old now. He has a lot of medical problems that will plague him the rest of his life, but he seems like a normal 2 year old in many ways. You can tell through his mom's writing how blessed they are to have him in their life.

Sixth-Bridget: Digiscrapper4life. Bridget is a designer with me at Scraphead. She and I have been helping each other out by critiquing each others designs. She has given me some very good feedback on my designs. I have really enjoyed getting to know Bridget and I look forward to seeing our friendship grow.

Seventh-Suzanne: Here is another of my January 2002 mommies. She runs a blog about decluttering your house. I pop in there and read it occasionally, but I talk with Suzanne a lot more in our forum. She has been a huge support to me as I learn to deal with having MS.

So there is my list. If you have been given this award, here are your instructions:
1. The winner can put the logo on her/his blog.
2. Link the person you received the award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs of the persons you've nominated.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Look-alike Meter and a sale

I have several enteries for today because I couldn't get all of the Look-alike meter ones to post at the same time. In addition, I am pleased to announce a huge sale at Scraphead. Everything is 75% off for today only. Tomorrow, everything will be 73% off and it will drop by 2% each day for the next 7 days. Don't miss out on this huge sale. You can find my Scraphead store here.

MyHeritage: Family trees - Genealogy - Celebs - Collage - Morph

Look-alike Meter

MyHeritage: Look-alike Meter - Genealogy research - Historical pictures

Celebrity Collage by MyHeritage

I have been playing around on one of those "you look like this celebrity" type sites. These are so funny. It is amazing how you can get different results depending up the picture you use. I am not surprised that this says I look like Rickie Lake. I have actually been told that quite a bit. I have a new haircut now that frames my face even more and I think it make me look even more like Ricki Lake.

MyHeritage: Family trees - Genealogy - Celebrities - Collage - Morph

I did my daughter, Rachael and it says she looks like Rachel Stevens by 78%. I didn't know who Rachel Stevens was, so I looked her up. She is a British pop star. Next, she looked like Ashley Simpson, then Lacey Chabert (I don't know her either), then Brook Burns, then Shirley Temple, then Jennifer Love Hewitt, the Cynthia Nixon, then Zoe Lucker and lastly JK Rowling. I think some of these are so funny. If my daughter looks like all of these people, then do all of these people look alike? I don't think Shirley Temple looks anything like Jennifer Love Hewitt or JK Rowling. I also did my husband. It didn't quite know what to do with him. The first match was Minnie Driver. WHAT??? It also said Buddy Holly and Hugh Heffner. He is my stud, but I don't think he looks anything like Hugh Heffner. That is fine too. Hugh is ancient.

The other thing that is a lot of fun on this site is the Look-alike meter. It will tell you whether your kids look like mom or dad. Everyone always tells me that Rachael looks exactly like me, however, this site says she is an even blend of Stan and I. Jeremy looks more like me by 13%. Andrew looks more like me by 21%. These results are completely opposite of what I would have expected. Andrew is always getting told he looks like his dad.

I think this would make a fun scrapbooking challenge. What do you think? If this was a challenge on your favorite forum, would you do it? The challenges I run are a mix of many different things. I don't have a common theme to my challenges. I am always looking for new challenge ideas, so if you have something you would like to see done in a challenge, feel free to leave suggestions. I want my challenges to be something people really want to do and I don't want them to be boring.

Lastly, here are some layouts I have been working on. Some of them are for challenges at Scraphead and Scrapper's Zone.

There is a lot more, but I should have put the LO on here first. I wish blogger would allow you to post a photo below the text instead of only giving you a choice of above and to the side. When I write out my entire post first, then I have to drag my photos down under my text. I know you are probably thinking "Why is she telling me about this?" so I won't bore you with it any more. I hope everyone has a great day.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Lots of new things

I have been meaning to post for a while now. I have just been behind this past week. I am recovering from a flare of my multiple sclerosis. I just finished my IV steroids yesterday and started the oral part today. They make me feel like crap, but they do the trick in shortening the flare and making it more manageable. I have a lot of new things done now. At the time of my last post, I told you about my faerie kit. I have since finished it and have it in the stores. I took suggestions on how to name this. I got one very good idea on a name. Candleworks, who happens to be a forum member at both Scrapper's Zone and Scraphead, gave me a suggestion of using my name on one of those "this is your faerie name" sites to name the kit. I decided to use Digiheaven Designs rather than my own name. That is how I came up with the name Oak Iceshimmer for the name of this kit. Candleworks won a free copy of this kit for her idea. Here is what the final product looks like. You can get this kit for the low price of $2.99.

At Scraphead, I am running a challenge to make a bookmark. As a part of that challenge, you can find this free bookmark template in my store. I have put it in all of my stores so there are plenty of places for you to get these templates. They are mix and match, so have fun with them. I'd love to see what everyone comes up with. You can click on the links to my stores in my side bar to find these templates and also to find the kit above.
Along with the bookmark templates, I have this freebie in my stores also. Some of you may recognize the papers. I gave them away as a freebie a few months ago. Since then, I have added some flowers, some photocorners and an alpha. Most of the parts have been given away as challenge gifts at some point. You can get the entire thing in my stores.
I finally got this kit put together and into the stores too. Again, some of you may recognize this and probably already have it. I gave it away for National Scrapbooking Day in May. I have it all packaged together and for sale at my store for the low cost of $3.99. That isn't as good as when it was free on my blog, but I think it is still a pretty good price for a cute kit like this.

Now for my 3rd gift to you today. I have made some Independence day templates for those of us in the USA celebrating Independence day on Friday. These are available in both PSD and PNG formats. If you use these, or any of my other products, I would love to see your LO. Please leave some love if you download these templates. Also, please do not share my links. Send your friend to my blog so they can download the freebie themselves. You may like Captain Jack Sparrow, but no one really likes a pirate.

I hope you all have a good week and a Happy Independence day to my fellow US followers.