Saturday, 31 December 2011

Happy New Year!!!

Hi Everyone,

Here we are, on the cusp of another year. I've still no idea where this current one went, so very quickly. 

It had some very sad times, with the loss of Selene Mama Cat, and a very good friend, Marian. But there were also lots of good times, and I am holding the expectation that 2012 is going to be a magnificent year.



I'm never much one for New Year's Resolutions, but I do intend to try and be more organized this coming year - allowing for a better work-life balance, and more digital art time.

I even hope to create some more little freebie kits - if anyone has subjects of interest they would like covering, please leave a note in the comments and I can see what I can come up with.

For now I'll wish you all a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year. May 2012 be a good'un for you!


Page created in Craft Artist. Kit used was "Happy New Year" by Zirconium Scraps and the clock face is one made by me for last year from Quick Shapes.

Blessings,

Karen

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Krystal's Beautiful Christmas Kit Freebie

Hi Everyone,

So much for thinking I wouldn't be making another post before Christmas...

It suddenly occurred to me that I hadn't mentioned that my very good friend Krystal has also dabbled her toe into the Freebie Kit waters. Well, actually, it's probably truer to say that she's dived in head-first!

Having "met" on DaisyTrail, Krystal and I soon learned that we lived just a mere 6 miles away from each other, and in fact she is only a couple of minutes drive away from where I work.

So over the last few months we have got together a few times now, and recently she told me she fancied having a go at producing her own little mini-kit freebie; perhaps half a dozen papers and two to three dozen embellishments.

She asked me if I would do a test drive for her and sent me over the kit. I had a little play - it was just perfectly timed to make a card for a work colleague who has two dogs and a cat on which she dotes, and Krystal's kit had some ideal bits that I could use.




I told her I thought it was a great little kit, and she asked me over to help her get a blog up and running so that she had a platform to release it from. Krystal's Krafty Place was thus born.

When I arrived, she told me she was just in the process of tidying up the kit ready for uploading, and also mentioned that it was a bit bigger than when I had seen it a few days previously. While she was sorting out dinner, would I like to give it the once-over for her, to see if there was anything she had missed?

A bit bigger than previously - something of an understatement! There were now 269 embellishments, 15 papers and 11 frames. So, just like Topsy, this "mini" kit just grew and grew!

Unfortunately, since it's release I haven't had a chance to play with it because of my eye limiting my time, but it is a corker of a kit. It may be a bit late for Christmas cards, although there are always those last minute ones, but if you want a Christmas kit to use for those post-Christmas scrap book pages for all those family photos you've snapped, this is certainly one to consider.

It's so big you have to download it in 4 parts from Krystal's blog.


Not only can you find this great kit but Krystal is also producing some lovely quote pages; you must pay a visit.

Blessings,

Karen

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

The Winter Solstice 2011

Hi Everyone,

Tomorrow (Thursday) at 05.30 GMT marks the Winter Solstice, here in the Northern Hemisphere. A Sacred Time from time immemorial.

Not being a Christian I don't celebrate Christmas, but I do celebrate the Winter Solstice. On my work blog I have posted a meditation that I like to carry out on this occasion and this is the page that I have used to illustrate this special time of year.


Created in Serif Craft Artist the Stoenhenge images are from Flickr.com (CCby2.0) bocan_2005 and VicWJ; and mysticrealms.org.uk. All other images my own.

It took the best part of three days to put this page together as I've been having a problem with my right eye, diagnosed as PVD (Posterior Vitreous Detachment). It sounds horrible and perhaps quite serious but is in fact quite benign, thankfully! It will prove an interesting little challenge to work on (if you are interested there are more details here) but the main thing is that I can't spend too much time in any one go at the PC as the vision becomes more blurry the longer I'm on and it's not very comfortable.

It took three separate sessions to extract the mistletoe from one of my photos, but I got there in the end. I just have to listen to my body and when the eye tells me it is tired I know it's time to go and do something else to give the precious little peepers a rest.

Tonight that meant starting on the rum truffles as I need a dummy run to ensure that I get them just right for a Boxing Day buffet. They are a Delia Smith recipe, and look quite diabetes friendly so that the OH can indulge a little. They will be ready for the first test-taste tomorrow.

As well as receiving the news that my eye problem wasn't anything serious, which certainly made me feel a lot happier in the run-up to the Festive Season, today I also learned that the page I used to showcase my Festive Gift Tags and Baubles Freebie Kit and as a Festive Greetings to my SBF Friends was awarded an Editor's Choice. Was I chuffed or what!

The "Eye" is starting to grumble again so it's time for me to finish for now. I doubt there will be another posting before Christmas so I take the opportunity to wish you all the very best for a Safe, Joyous, Peaceful and Lovely Festive time, in which ever way you celebrate this sacred time of year.

Brightest of Solstice Blessings,

Karen

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Dipping My Toe into the Freebie Kit Waters...

Hi Everyone,

 

I needed some gift tages for my festive presents and decided to make my own. Last year it took a lot longer to dress the tree because I was taking photos of the baubles, etc, before they went onto the tree. 

We had had a new camera in September so it was much better at taking close up shots that still looked good.

So in the last couple of weeks I started extracting the images from the photos and putting together some backing papers. It gave me the first real opportunity to have a little play in Art Rage Studio - the 2 glitter and sparkle pages are the result. I'm definitely going back to play with that!

Here is a sheet of the finished tags, left blank, for you to use, if you don't want to make your own. This is the first time I have done this, so hopefully, when you right click on the image you should be able to either save or copy them to your workspace.

Having spent the time collecting all the bits and pieces together I decided it might be nice to offer it as my very first FREEBIE KIT! So here we have it - Festive Gift Tags and Baubles Freebie Kit.

Festive Gift Tag and Baubles preview - not all elements shown.

Festive Gift Tag and Baubles Papers preview
For those with Serif Craft Artist, you can download the .pack file, ready to put into the folder you keep all your digikit packs in. Some Craft Artist Brushes are included.


This is my first foray into this sort of thing and I hope it all works as it should. The links should allow an instant download for you. If there are any problems, please let me know.

I hope you enjoy using the kit, and I'd love to hear any feedback or see links to pages made with it. I would respectfully ask that you abide by my TOU which are included with the kit and can also be found on my TOU page.

And just in case I don't find time to post again before Christmas, may I wish you all a happy and joyful time!

Blessings,

Karen

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Medicinal Alcohol - Work and Play Mixing Again....

Hi Everyone,

It being the sniffles time of year I thought I'd put up a post on my work blog about the use of elderberries for coughs, colds and the 'flu.

Being a natural health therapist, and a qualified medical herbalist, although not practicing as such, I had a bash this year of making my own elderberry tincture (Elderberry Vodka) and these are the pages I made to illustrate the post.

Elderberry Tincture/Vodka

This tincture came out a lot better than the first one I ever made, using hawthorn berries, used for cardiovascular problems. 

I must have got the proportions of alcohol to berries wrong because it became so thick and gelatinous due to the mucilages in the berries the only way to get it out of the bottles was to whack the base, like you would with ketchup.

I couldn't use it for my clients, so after that I stuck to buying in my tinctures, and making my own elderflower cordial until the OH got diabetes, so the cordial-making had to go because the sugar is too much for his blood glucose control.

I have made sloe gin, with sloes we gathered the last day of one of our holidays in Yorkshire, quite a few years ago now. That does have sugar added to make it a liqueur type of tipple and I might make it again if I can find more sloes, as I quite like it, but the OH doesn't care too much for it.

It also makes a very nice present for the festive season, if decanted into decorative little bottles. Hmmmm, ideas for next year; must try and find a source of sloes.....

This elderberry vodka is totally sugar-free, yet still very yummy - it tastes like unsweetened Ribena.

Next summer I might do the same with the elderflowers; make a tincture of them. They are good for hayfever and the like. 

I created these in Craft Artist, as usual, using my own photos of elderflowers, berries and the tincturing process. I even made my own labels for the bottles.

Blessings,

Karen

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Accession Day - 17th November 1588

Hi Everyone,


I have had a great love of history since before I was 10 years old. When I reached 10, I was allowed, with my parent's permission,  to roam free in the Adult section of the local library, and the historical novels and the Historical Non-Fiction sections took a weekly pounding from there-on-in.

My main period of interest is the late 15th century; the Wars of the Roses and the last Plantagenets. However, I have also had a longstanding interest in the period of 1509 to 1603, with the wives of Henry VIII, and his children. 

After my favourite English sovereign, Richard III, the next one has to be Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen, Gloriana.

Today, 17th November, marks the 453rd anniversary of Elizabeth's accession to the throne of England. 

Daughter of Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, who he had executed in 1536, Elizabeth had a very strained and dangerous childhood.

She survived being a prisoner of her half-sister, Queen Mary I (Bloody Mary) in the Tower of London, where her own mother, her stepmother Katherine Howard, and her cousin Lady Jane Grey, met their deaths.

On the death of Mary, the 25 year old Elizabeth was now Queen of England, and remained in that role until her death on the 24th March, 1603.

This page was made to commemorate that occasion, which I understand continued to be celebrated as a public holiday for many decades after her death, possibly even as late as the reign of Queen Anne, the last of the Stuart sovereigns who reigned between 1702 and 1714.

Created with Serif Craft Artist Professional, the main images on this page came from the Wikipedia entry for Elizabeth I, including the background image of Hatfield House, Elizabeth's main residence as princess.  The Tower of London image also came from a Wiki entry. The Tudor Rose brush was made with an image (CC by SA 3.0) from Sodacan from the Wikimedia site, and the Royal Arms of Elizabeth also came courtesy of Sodacan.

Blessings,

Karen


Monday, 14 November 2011

New Christmas Kit from G & T Designs

Hi everyone,

This evening I have had a chance to play with a new kit. It is the very first freebie kit that Gracie and Tracy from G & T Designs have put together, on their new blog G & T Blogspot.


Well done, girls! It is called A Christmas Mix - Part 1, and is a lovely vintage Christmas style kit. I'm already looking forward to their next collaboration.

Blessings,

Karen

Friday, 11 November 2011

Meditative Page for 11/11/11

Hi Everyone,

Today is Armistice/Remembrance Day, and at 11 o'clock I spent a few minutes in silent contemplation in respect for those who lost their lives in the fights for freedom down the years.

As well as this day being Armistice/Remembrance Day,  in some quarters today, 11/11/11, is a special day at an energetic level, especially at 11 minutes and 11 seconds past the hour of 11 am. 11/11/11/11/11.

After posting the page - Time to Remember.... I listened to a meditation that came to me in a newsletter yesterday. This page came to me out of a that meditation.

11/11/11 Meditation Page

If you want more details about the meditation then please pop over to my other blog for the post. Some may consider it all a load of nonsense, but I am open-minded about it
all. 

It seems to me though, that spending some time in meditative reflection on the hope that Universal Love, Light and Peace may be really becoming a world reality isn't a bad thing to be doing, or a waste of my time. 

I do believe that what we send out into the world returns to us, magnified over, and I'd much rather be getting positive things back, rather than dwelling in a state of fear on all the negatives.

And see, it got the creative juices flowing as well. Wonderful bonus!  

Created in Craft Artist, I used images from www.hubble.org. Crab nebula and  2 copies of Comet 73P-Schwassmann-Wachmann blended all together for the background; the Earth image was from Wikimedia; and the Amethyst geode cave I found at bestcrystals.com

I used a Glass effect on the heart and the man image and various Glow effects on the "energy rings" and the heart. The wings were made from the Fractal Wings brushes by flashtuchka.  

Blessings,

Karen


Thursday, 10 November 2011

11/11/11 Time to Remember....

Hi Everyone,

Now the PC seems to be working again, after a second time in PC "ICU" undergoing diagnostic tests after it died on me for the second time within 4 days (at least I got a number of other outstanding jobs finally finished ) , I am able to upload the page that I made for a challenge on SBF that had to feature at least 3 clock faces.


With Remembrance Day approaching, I decided that would be a suitable focus, allowing me to pay my respects to all those who have lost their lives in conflict since World War I right up to the present day.

11/11/11 is also the day for PTSD and Trauma Awareness Day. Many who have served in the military come home bearing invisble scars and trauma, even if they bear no physical signs. 

If you are interested, you can learn a bit more about this on my other blog - Time to Remember.... and 11/11 PTSD and Trauma Awareness Day

Edited today - 11/11/11 at the end of the challenge to add that my page was picked as the Challenge Owner's Choice, so I am well and truly chuffed about that. Thank you very much, Krystal. It was so unexpected, but is very much appreciated!


Kits used Digicats and Dogs "Tempus Fugit"; Cindee's Designs "Steampunked"; Lori Davidsons "Poet's Keepsakes"; Efiesblogspot "Steampunk". The poppy wreath I made last year from a poppy off the 'net. The background images come from various sites - ww1battlefields.co.uk; oshsch.com; jaunted.com; stcuthbertscolinton.org.uk

Blessings,

Karen

Monday, 31 October 2011

The Meaning of Halloween For Me

Hi Everyone,

Today is Halloween, or Samhain (pronounced Sow-en) in the Pagan calendar. For the last couple of weeks lots of scrapbook pages with a Halloween theme have been appearing on SBF and Daisytrail.

Most have taken the modern viewpoint to this festival and ranged from cute to quite creatively scary, but I decided to create a double page that summed up the meaning of this sacred time for me.



Images - Flickr.com CCbySA HM Hedge Witch (Castlerigg Stone Circle); CCby H.Zell (Hazel images); Flickr.com CCby2.0 spcbrass (candle); Hubble.org (Moon); Apples off the 'net; Chrysanthemum yellow - my photo.

In pre-Christian days this was the time of commemoration of the beloved dead, as the Wheel of the Year turned towards winter.  

You can learn a little more about this festival here and here.   The Celtic Connection site has lots of interesting information if you wish to investigate the Old Ways further.

For me, the candle still burns on my altar tonight, along with the Frankincense, and will be lit each night until the 7th November, in remembrance not only of my late beloved father, but all the other loved ones, human and animal, who have gone before on the Great Journey, including those most recently, Selene and Marian.

I ask the blessings of the Goddess and the God upon each and everyone of us and look forward to the next great festival, that of the Winter Solstice or Yule.

Karen

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Guess My Name?

Hi Everyone,

I actually managed to find some time to make a couple of pages up yesterday - yay.

One of the Daisy Trailers has produced her very first freebie kit, as well as starting blogging for the first time. Well done you, Ifagan! The kit is lovely and I have used some of the elements in my two pages.

The kit is in a format that can be used by anyone, not just in DSA2 or Craft Artist and you can find details at Ifagan's blog, Lotharin Creations.

A Congratulations and Thank you page

This first page was made using some of the lovely elements in the kit. If you like horses there are five to choose from, plus trees and foliage, the flying critters, some flowers and, of course, the well. Frames and background papers are also included.

Guess My Name?
I made this page for fun based on a comment my hubby made earlier in the day.

Recently we seem to have acquired a part-time cat. He belongs to a nearby neighbour but spends a lot of time on our shed roof, and when the doors are open he will happily saunter in, and demand cream, although when you go near him he hisses like a steam engine! 

It is a bit embarrassing when he goes and sits himself on the front window ledge. One day his real owners are going to go by and spot him, although we have told them if they need to find him, check with us first.

My husband was watching him sit on the shed roof and idly wondered if we could think of anywhere that sold very large cups. ????? was my first thoughts, and then the penny dropped. The clue to PTC's  (Part Time Cat) name is on the page. Please do leave a comment if you think you know what it is.

Kits used - parts of Ifagan's new kit; parts of Digi Crea's Lonely Moment; kitty photo mine, and the crockery is from the net - irishco.com.

On Friday I am looking forward to meeting up with some scrapbooking friends from Daisy Trail and ScrapBookFlair. I have already met with one of them a few times as she lives just a few minutes from where I work. It's going to be really nice to meet the other ladies behind the forum names and pages. Hopefully a good time will be had by one and all!

Blessings,

Karen.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Celebrating the Autumn Equinox

Hi everyone,

It's been a while since the last post as we have been in Scotland on holiday the last two weeks, so getting ready for that, and the OH having a leg problem in the runup which needed a lot of TLC meant there has been no spare time to craft.

Now I've finally caught up with the washing and ironing and begun to get back into the old routine I've found some time to make up a page.

I could have done two in the time it took me to do this one - because I had to start pretty much from scratch - making brushes and all - as I managed to lose all my work because I was too involved to remember to save.

When the Craft Artist programme stopped responding, instead of just leaving it to tick over and sort itself out I tried to do it myself. All would have been well, except I hit the wrong button when the unsaved work was flagged up. So there we were, the best part of a couple of hours work gone - just like that!

I took it very well, actually. There was some intense muttering about what a twerp I was, and why oh why does this only happen on those occasions you forget to save, and never on those ones when you have only lost a few moments, but at least I knew exactly what I needed to do, and I already had the pngs for the brushmaking second time around.

So here we are, the finished article - finally.


This is one of my favourite times of the year - and I do need to stop and take stock of things and count my blessings.

I used  Autumn kits from Minky's blog and enjoyed making some brushes from the leaf embellishments - first time around at least

Moral - always, always remember to save frequently. And to put brain in gear before fingers do the walking.....

Blessings,

Karen

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Farewell, Silver Dragon.....

Hi Everyone,



Just as I was closing down last night I came across a message from a mutual friend with the very sad news that our Daisy Trail Friend, Marian (Silver Dragon) had died on Sunday evening.

I never actally got around to meeting Marian. She lived up in the north east, not far from Durham, the photo of which often appreared in her pages, as you can see from one of the ones she made using my Word Art Frame tutorial. The other pages she made were of her beloved feline companion, Phoebe, and Scotland, which she also loved.

Our friendship isn't really of that long-standing, but very quickly became a firm one. We started "chatting" when I asked her about a swirl technique she had used on one of her pages - only back in February of this year. 

She noted that I had put my tagline up as this being my half-century year. "I see you are at your half century. I will reach my seven score year and ten in October, can't wait to put that as my punch line."

I replied, "I hope you mean you reach your 3 score year and ten, in October, otherwise you are doing very well for 149."

To which the response was, "Whoops, put that down to senility May look 149 at times feel about 20 and sometimes act like 5 year old."

Alas, she was never able to get around to putting that tagline up.

Despite the 20 years age difference we shared a lot of interests; predominantly a love for our cats; our love of the north country; and we both liked fantasy books, especially the works of Anne McCaffrey (Dragons of Pern series) and Mercedes Lackey; and of course the crafting. Marian loved any pages that had dragons or unicorns on them.

We "chatted" very regularly, almost every week, keeping each other updated with the goings-on in our lives; the antics of our kitties and sharing tips and hints about the use of Craft Artist. Marian loved to have a go at the challenges on Daisy Trail. When my birthday did arrive I was totally surprised and very appreciative of the page she made for me.



As she said to me, she hoped it reminded me of Pern and the fire lizards.

Marian was very supportive and always commented on my pages (and lots of others too) and encouraged me to produce my Word Art frame tutorials. She was also extremely caring when our Selene died. She was a truly lovely lady.

She last wrote to me  on the 13th July as we sorted out a font download problem between us and she seemed fine then - she was in the process of making a hands-on steampunk card for a friend. Marian's last scrap page was posted on the 19th July. It was only after I next wrote to her on the 25th apologizing for not getting back sooner when I noticed she had changed her tagline to read that she was ill and unable to comment.

After a couple of weeks without hearing from her I became concerned, along with another friend. We were able to contact someone who knew Marian and learned that she had been taken into hospital and was having tests done. 

The last I heard was that Marian was doing a little better and hoped to be home soon to await further test results. I sent her a Get Well card that should have got there last weekend. I do so hope it managed to get to her in hospital so she knew I was thinking about her!

And then, last night, such sad news......

With much regret and great sorrow I pass my condolences and sympathy on to Marian's family and any others who knew her and hope that Phoebe doesn't pine.

Blessings, Marian, Silver Dragon, as you soar free, making the Great Journey. Thank you for your friendship. It meant a lot to me. You are very missed.

And whenever I see, or read, a Dragons of Pern novel, I will remember you with affection. 

Credits - BG - www.hubble.org; coloured dragon http://getfreeimages.tripod.com/; candle is a Flickr image (spcbrass - CC by 2.0); silver dragon - DT Myths and Legends kit; Phoebe and Durham Cathedral from Marian's profile.

Blessings,

Karen




Sunday, 28 August 2011

"Just Pink" - the September Faerie-Nuf Challenge

Hi Everyone,

Minky of Minky Things has set us another little challenge with a delightful pink mini-kit. You can go and read about the challenge here and download the mini-kit from here.

The idea is to make up a layout, card, quick-page or whatever with this kit, and before the 17th September, send a copy (and a link if it's on your blog) to Minky and in return you will receive a lovely looking kit called "Just Pink".

The kit that I received from the last challenge was fantastic - all I need is a bit of spare time to play around with it and come up with some pages. Soon, perhaps, she promises herself. 

This is what I have come up with this time.




Made with Craft Artist, the lower one was actually my first attempt, using the floral sheaf embellishment provided in the kit four times to make the central frame, and extracting the bow for the corner embellishments. I used the same floral sheaf to make a brush, which I used around the edges.

When I added the word art sentiment, hearts came to mind, so I copied the existing page and then removed the frame, added a heart quickshape, edged with the same brush. I popped a slightly larger bow to the bottom of the heart. 

Using "Convert to Curves" in the Tools bar I found I could split the spangly scatter and spotted the component parts around randomly.

Personally I prefer the heart one - it is slightly more delicate. The colours in this little kit are beautiful and there are seven more elements that I didn't get to use.

If you like fairies and fantasy, Minky has some lovely kits. There is still plenty of time to have a go at her little challenge. I'd love to see what others come up with.

Blessings,

Karen

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Bosworth - Loyaulte me Lie

Hi Everyone,

Today is the 22nd August, the 526th anniversary of the Battle of Bosworth, where the last Plantagenet King of England, Richard III, lost his life through treachery of the basest kind.

I'll not go too deeply into the ins and outs of the medieval politics of the times - suffice it to say that I am a loyal Ricardian since the age of 11, and a member of the Richard III Society since about age 14. 

If you want to read more about my interest in this most controversial of English kings you can read a blog post of mine from 2009 -The Last Plantagenet - In Memory of Richard III - Battle of Bosworth 22nd August 1485.

I did have a bit of fun this evening creating a page to commemorate the battle using photos I have taken on previous visits to the re-enactments held on the weekend nearest the date.



Created in Serif Craft Artist, the brush edge is made from images of my Yorkist White Rose lapel pin, and my pewter White Boar livery badge. The portrait of Richard and the image of his Royal Arms are from Wikipedia. The background, what little can be seen of it, is the Yorkist colours of murrey and blue. 

Blessings,

Karen

Sunday, 7 August 2011

The 2nd Birthday Faerie-Nuff Challenge

Hi Everyone,

Minky of Minky Things has set another little challenge to produce a card, tag, QP or layout before the 17th August with a little mini-kit provided on her blog.

For those that do she has a lovely sounding gift-bag of 110 elements and 37 papers.

So here is my little play around with this sweet little mini-kit. I added extra fungi, having extracted them from the original BG paper, to allow me to build up some additional depth, and brought in a frog from another of Minky's kits - Magical Mix. I changed the colour of the sparkles the faerie holds in her hands to match the colour of her wings and used the same effect upon the text.

I had my first slight problem having moved over to Win 7 in that the brush effects in my newly re-installed Craft Artist didn't want to play ball, but a Ctrl start-up soon put things right - phew!

There is still time for you to pay Minky a visit and see what you can come up with. Why not have a go!

Blessings,

Karen

Saturday, 6 August 2011

XP to Win 7, and Hoorah, Harley has finally found a home!

Hi Everyone,

I think I'm finally back up and running having moved everything (well, actually  I'm sure I've missed some things.... ) over from Win XP to Win 7 during this last week. 

Still, all the important programmes and files/folders are in situ, and hopefully all working the way they should. I'll doubtless find some things here and there that I will need to re-download, but I'm happy to do that on an ad hoc basis.

It took 5 days to do it - I didn't realise I had so much on there. Still it has been an opportunity to streamline things, and get rid of stuff that I never, or only rarely use. Which means more space free for crafting stuff!

It's a bit odd navigating around a new OS, and I've also moved on from Office 2003 to Office 2007, so more unfamiliar things to get used to.  

It is a little frustrating at times as I go to do things the old way, and then have to stop and think and experiment, but I am sure it will soon become second nature. In the meantime, I have a very effective way of dealing with the sense of frustration and irritation that may arise.

Photo by Oreosmeow - http://scrapsbyoreosmeow.blogspot.com/

As a result of not wandering over the Internet as is my daily wont, it was only on Friday that I learned that Harley the cat has finally found a home. Oreosmeow had posted a page on ScrapBook Flair with the details and I was delighted at this result.

I do so hope that this will be a permanent, happy home for Harley, and he gets at least the same amount of love and attention that our Lord and Lady of the house receive. Which means lots!


Blessings,


Karen

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Harley Is Still Looking for a Home... and a Slide-Show

Hi Everyone,

It looks as if Harley is still on the lookout for a long term home.

It seems that one of the things that might be against him is the fact that he is a black cat. Often black cats are considered unlucky, although personally I've always liked having a black cat around.

Perhaps they don't look so glamorous and cute as other coloured cats. Pye certainly looks funny when he tries to do cute; he is much more successful than his predecessor Tasha, but I like more than cuteness in my cats. I like character.

I have got around to putting together a scrap-page slide-show of the entries for the Harley's Angels challenge set up by Oreosmeow (Scraps by Oreo's Meow)  to continue highlighting Harley's need for a good home.



I really quite enjoyed putting this together in Photo Story 3, and am once again grateful to Iris, Trulytango on the Daisy Trail Forum for showing us how to make these in her Slideshow Enthusiasts Group

I do hope that someone, somewhere will consider taking on this little fellow. From what I've heard, he does indeed seem to be a Cat of Character and certainly deserves a chance of a good home and bringing joy to the family who takes him in. 

Blessings,

Karen

Friday, 15 July 2011

More Harley's Angels Challenge Pages

Hi everyone,

Harley is still looking for the home of his dreams. Alas, not only do we already have two cats, so don't meet the criteria of allowing Harley to be an "only" cat, but we also live the other side of the Atlantic, otherwise I'd offer him a home like a shot.

Anyone in New Jersey looking for a feline companion? If so, please do get in touch with Oreosmeow, Angel Paws, or Harley's foster mum. 

There have been some beautiful pages made for Oreosmeow's SBF challenge to help highlight finding a "Furrever Home" for Harley. All the Harley photos were provided by Oreosmeow.

Aren't they absolutely fabulous?! 











If you want to view any of them in close-up, then hop along to the Harley's Angels Challenge page at Scrapbook Flair.

Alternatively, over the weekend I am going to have another go at making up a slideshow, using these pages. So if you want to come back and see how that turns out - watch this space!

The challenge finished today, and I was absolutely amazed and delighted that my blue page was chosen as the Challenge Owner's Choice. Thank you very much, Oreosmeow. It is much appreciated.

Blessings,

Karen