Movin’ On Up

Hi all,

Okay.. I have to move the blog again.  It’ll look just the same, but I’ve found a hosting solution that I just couldn’t turn down.  Scrappy Station is offering a killer deal for hosting and this means I get to have my blog looking just the way I like it including javascript (which WordPress didn’t allow).  So my new blog address will be http://designsbycrazydiamond.com.  Hope to see you over there soon.

Off to Camp Sale and Freebie

I’m home from camp, but I’m going to leave the care package treat up.  Here’s an “add on” for a kit I’ve been working on.  The kit will be packaged up and available in the stores next week but you get a sneak peek here.  This is the Believe Add On and you can get it here.  Look for the Believe kit next week.

My First Blog Award

Check out what I got from Kelly of Scrappin’ with Jersey Girl.

Cool, huh?  I sure thought so!!!

Now, the rules of receiving the award are pretty simple.  I pick out seven blogs that I think should receive the award.  Then I have to

1. The winner can put the logo on her blog.
2. Link the person you received your 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 girls you’ve nominated

Cool!  So the blogs I picked are:

H.S. Designs

PinkuPixie’s Bits -n- Pieces

Carolina Girl Scrap Creations

Lighthouse Scrapping and Harbor Designs

Ahhh Scrap

Creations by Rachael

Sweet as Mel

The ladies that run these blogs are wonderfully talented which you can readily see on their beautiful blogs.  Thanks to all of you for such wonderful inspiration!

New CT Layouts

Hi everyone,

I’ve been so slammed at work and with this camp that I have coming up (100 9-10 year old boys… what was I thinking) that I’ve been letting my wonderful CT down and not posting their LOs and such.  And they’ve made some absolutely beautiful ones! 

Check out this marvel from Margie!

And then head over to her blog and let her know how much you love it!

And then Karen made this two page LO …. I just love the Student Body one.  That is so cool!  And I thought I went to a small school😉

 

Please do stop by her blog too and leave her some love. 

Both of these marvelous ladies used my Celebrate Freedom elements.  If you wish to see more of what’s available, please check out my stores.  I’m in Busy Scrappin’ and Ahhh Scrap.  And y’all be prayin’ for me this time next week…. staff for my camp arrives on Wednesday and campers arrive Thursday.  And come Sunday I’ll be crashing for sure! 😉

And I Quote: Brad Paisley – Online

Good morning everyone!

Here’s another freebie.  This one’s from my “And I Quote” series.  One of my favorite singers these days is Brad Paisley.  Some of his songs are soooo beautiful (“Whiskey Lullaby” and “When I Get Where I’m Going”) and some of them are just hilarious – like this one.  If you haven’t heard his song “Online” yet you need to find it and hear it.  And if you have a older child or teenager at home, use it as a jumpoff point to discuss how people can misrepresent themselves on the web and how dangerous it can be.

But enough of all of that… you want the freebie, right?  Here it is!  Click on the image to download and please leave me some love here if you like it. 

Ahhh Scrap Cool Dude Kit Now Available

Celebrate Freedom

In America today is the day that we celebrate our independence.  Today was the day that the Founding Fathers put pen to paper – risking everything they had including their lives should the cause be lost – to explain why it was necessary for us to separate ourselves and be, not just a colony, but a nation unto our own. 

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

With these words, our nation was born.  The Declaration of Independence goes on to explain our grievances against the crown and government of England and it is fascinating reading.  You can read a full copy of it here.  My children don’t know it yet, but tonight we’re going to read the Declaration and then tomorrow they will work together to put it into today’s language.  I think it’s important for them to understand that Independence Day means.  Our young men and women in uniform have not fought over the years to safeguard barbeques and fireworks, but freedom.

Can you tell I’m just a bit patriotic?  Honestly, the older I get the more I realize just how special what we have in America is.  Of course, we still have problems.  We always will.  And it’s difficult to balance the needs and rights of one group of people against another but if everyone is to be free that is what we continually have to struggle to do. 

So Happy Birthday, America!  In celebration, I’m giving you the present.  Here’s a 4″x4″ quick e-card that you can send your friends.  Just type your text in the frame (over the fireworks) and off it goes, ready for you to share your feelings of pride in our country and thankfulness of our freedom with your friends.  Enjoy.

Download here.