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FREE Digital Patriotic Greeting Cards for the Troops

free greeting cards for the troops, stars and stripesWith Independence Day (in the United States) coming in just one month, I wanted to create a kit that I have had on my heart for a very long time.  There are wonderful people and organizations all over our nation that are doing whatever they can to make sure our troops overseas know that they are loved, supported and appreciated. 

In my own tiny church there is a large group of mostly women that have been doing an incredibly good job at this.  The ministry is called "Love our Troops," and they send personal notes in greeting cards, care packages and make handmade cooling scarves to express their love and encourage the young men and women that are serving the Afghani and Iraqi people as well as protecting our nation.   

Though our family has sent dozens of cards, because of my schedule I haven’t been able to do as much as my heart desires.  I began to think about how I could enlarge the effort and realized that I can create a kit that just might facilitate a lot of other people to make cards and send them!

This kit contains 3 greeting cards, one is blank for your own message and two matching envelopes.  It is FREE for personal use or for organizations that will be encouraging the troops.  You can download the kit by clicking on the picture at the top of this post and a window will pop up from  When you click on that window it could take a while for the download button to appear at the top left of the page (a couple of minutes if you have slower internet service).  All you have to do is click on that download button and select a place to download it to on your hard drive.

For those of you who will send these cards out, bless you!!!!!  Oh, and if  you believe in the power of prayer, take a moment to pray for the service member that you are sending it to. 

The BLOG CONTEST WINNER FOR MAY IS the first commentor on this post:

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“Les Fleurs Antique” Digital Clip Art Kit Preview 2

(UPDATE:  THE KIT IS AVAILABLE NOW AT:, blue hydrangea, digital clip art, antiqued french wallpaper, scrapbooking, card making, craftingHere are the second set of previews on this upcoming kit.  It will be available soon at for $5.98 and contains 36 pieces of digital clip art including backgrounds, illustrations, art pieces, embellishments, frames and more.  This kit will work well for digital card making, scrapbooking and other crafting uses such as altered gallon cans and quart cans.

Next week I should also have a paper pack ready that coordinates with this set and the second kit that will follow later. 

paisley, paisleys, antiqued papers, french wallpaper look, quilting, stitchedI have a blog contest I run (most of the time) twice a month.  I’m late on drawing that winner and will do it in my next post, but for those who leave a comment on any post between the 1st-15th or 16th-31st you are automatically entered in to win a digital clip art kit. 

To give you and idea of what you can post as a comment, I’d love you to give me ideas of what you think could be made with this kit.

The winner of the blog contest that I will be drawing soon will win my “Lavender Fields Paper Pack” as a prize, stay tuned!

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“Les Fleurs Antique” Clip Art, Scrapbooking Digital Kit Coming Soon!

french garden art, scrapbooking, clip art, digital art kitThank you each and everyone that has emailed me to say you’ve missed my blog and hope that I’m okay!  I have been absolutely buried under deadlines for my new fabric line with Fabric Editions that will debut in September.  It’s called "Chocolate Love" and when I can finally show you the previews I’ll let you know.  It will be available in fine quilt shops all over the USA but I don’t know about the company’s distribution outside of America.

I have been working on a new multi-set collection for a while now and finally have the first set compiled.  There will be at least two art kits and possibly 2 paper packs. 

ivy, quilts, quilted stitching, antique french wallpaper digital clip art kitThese digital art kits were inspired by a magazine spread I saw some years ago about antique French wallpapers.  The papers they showed had such an amazing, faded, distressed but incredibly elegant feel to them.  I’ve tried to capture that feel while designing a contemporary art kit that woud be useful for creating greeting cards, crafts and scrapbooking.

I will have two more previews tomorrow along with a freebie as a way to say "Thanks for your patience!"  There are so many days when I wish I had a clone, but then I’m reminded about how much trouble I have managing and controlling myself let along another "rogue me!!!!!"  I guess I’ll just have to limp along.

SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY: Ps 126:4-6  Restore our fortunes, O LORD, like streams in the Negev.  Those who sow in tears  will reap with songs of joy.   He who goes  out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.   NIV


I am fast approaching the "empty nest" phase of my life and though I have read about it and walked through it with many a friend, nothing in life can prepare you to go through it until you do.  I always try to be honest and share my struggles with my readers, with the hope that there might be a little encouragement to those that are experiencing the same thing I am.

What am I struggling with?  One issue is the changing roles in my life.  I’ve invested hugely in raising my children.  I’ve loved every minute and have also enjoyed letting them go when the time is right.  So it isn’t that I won’t let them grow up, but rather that I enjoy our friendship/relationship so much it’s hard to realize I won’t have that available every day.  Our family is close.  We share our struggles with our kids and vice versa.  The reality is that it is so much more easily done when you see them every day.  Now I have to work much harder at keeping connected and staying close with my kids (and I’m really lousy about making phone calls :-)!)

I also am struggling with a doubly great loneliness, as my "empty nest" also includes that my husband has a new job that requires him to travel extensively.  I’m going from a built in social network of dearly loved friends to working hard not to become isolated.  This requires a total change in my daily schedule and weekly planning.  I’m still not sure exactly what I need to do, but the Lord has convinced me that He’ll help me to figure it out! 

Are you struggling with unforeseen changes to your life (or maybe changes you should have seen and prepared for, but have been pretending weren’t going to come?!)  Have you lost a mate, a career or another loss that has left you reeling?  Do you desperately want life to "go back to normal" but know that it’s a normal that will never exist again?  The Lord is teaching me to allow myself to grieve the changes — and don’t pretend that it doesn’t hurt.  He’s helping me to feel the pain of a losing a life I really enjoyed and treasured and still trust that He has a "new normal" life that He has prepared for me to walk into. 

PRAYER:  Lord, if I had the choice I just might want to go back and stay in the place that I’ve enjoyed for many years, but I don’t have a choice.  Life is moving on.  Life is making changes for me, that I’m not sure I would choose to make for myself.  Help me to feel the pain of that loss, grieve for it, but also let it go and not try to clutch at the past and hold it close.

Help me to find at least a little bit of joy and excitement as I ponder the future that lies ahead.  Help me to make practical changes in my life and routine that will help me cope with my "blues."  Show me new ways to keep in touch with those I love and help me find new relationships and friendships that will be a blessing to me as well as the new people you will bring into my life.  Most of all Lord, thank you for walking me through this difficult stage in life and that you have promised you will NEVER leave me or forsake me!  AMEN 

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Audrey Jeanne’s Expressions Music Boxes at

music box, music boxes, calligraphy music box, 50th anniversaryCan be found at in limited quantities.  These music boxes are my artist samples from a company that is no longer in business, so when they’re gone… they’re gone! 

Each box runs $24.95 and is in a mahogany finish with four mats.  The musical movement varies with each design and is appropriate for the occasion or relationship.

music box, music boxes, friends, friendship calligraphy, watercolors, Audrey Jeanne RobertsI am offering an introductory coupon for May and June of 2008 good for a 15% discount on your order.  To access the coupon simply use "welcometoaje" on the check out page.

 Keep checking back at the web site as I will be adding a lot of small products that I have taking up space in my studio.  These are items that I have received as artist’s samples and will be in limited quantities only!

THE SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY: Matt 25:21 "His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’  NIV

PRAYER:  "Lord, I so want to hear you say ‘Well, done, good and faithful servant!’   You’ve given me a few things to be faithful with, my children, my husband, and the talents you’ve given me.  Please teach me how to be more and more faithful with them.  Strengthen me for the task and give me opportunities to serve you more effectively that I might bring much joy to your heart.

And Lord, as I learn to be faithful with what you have given me, help me to be open to your increasing the responsibilities that you will give to me (and not resent it!)  Give me a joy in being put in charge of ‘many things!’  Enlarge my vision and show me what is possible for you to do in me and through me.  AMEN"

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Grand Opening Coupon for Audrey Jeanne’s Expressions ( Web Site

graduation, inspirational, scripture Jeremiah 29:11, personalized calligraphyTo celebrate our "Grand Opening" of our website, we are giving a coupon special of 15% discount on any order.  To redeem this coupon (which is good through the month of June, 2008) enter the code "grandopening" at check out.  It’s our way of saying both, "Welcome" and "Thank You!" 

The first day hits were amazing and we hadn’t even hit the search engines yet this morning, thank you to all who referred friends.  Hopefully, I’ll have a guest book on the site soon so I can know who stopped by and perhaps even start building an email list for a monthly newsletter. 

The piece that is shown can be used for graduation and can also come with an opening for a 5 x 7 photo in cap and gown.  The photo opening version isn’t on the web yet but will be by the end of the day (fingers crossed!)


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Audrey Jeanne’s Expressions Web Site ( is Live Today!

We specialize in personalized wedding, anniversary, family, baby and other special calligraphy gifts with many original verses written by Audrey Jeanne Roberts.  

Audrey Jeanne Roberts' framed baby handprints calligraphy personalizedAfter many years of desperately needing to have a web site  — we have finally gotten one up.  Though it is incomplete and imperfect, it’s live!!!  This site currently carries only our framed print line, which is where I began in the art business.   You can find our site at:

Many of you know me only for the art I create or the design work I do for about 35 manufacturers in the art, gift and home decor industries.  However, I began my career as the artist, author and calligrapher of a framed print line called, "Audrey Jeanne’s Expressions."

baby birth announcement, little girl, Audrey Jeanne Roberts' framed print, personalizedAbout a decade ago we had nearly 4,000 stores that carried our products, but as my licensing career grew, we cut back on our wholesale operation.  It became too overwhelming to do both manufacturing and designing.  It felt a little like trying to ride two horses at once! 

During the almost 30 years that I have created these products we have built relationships with thousands of retail customers who love to give our products as Wedding, Anniversary, Baby and other gifts on a regular basis.  Now there will be an easy way for those customers to see what is available and order online.  We do continue to do some limited wholesale sales, so if you are a really, really special store that likes to carry unique items (especially personalized items) you can give us a call.  The contact information is on our web page.

Sympathy, Memorial, Memory framed print, personalized by Audrey Jeanne RobertsSome of the things we are capable of doing, but are not yet reflected in our web site are drop shipping, gift wrapping and including an enclosure card.  So if you have an out-of-area Wedding to send a gift to, you can find the piece you like and call our office to have it wrapped and sent as a complete gift without having to leave your home!

THE SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY: Zech 4:10  Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand. For these seven lamps represent the eyes of the LORD that search all around the world."   NLT

PRAYER:  Lord sometimes I tend to feel a little "less than" when I am beginning a work.  It seems so small and puny I can’t even imagine how it can grow into anything significant.  But in this verse you said "Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin."  What was true then is still true for me today.

When I take steps in new directions, or begin new ventures, remind me that great trees from tiny acorns grow.  A "ministry" can begin by meeting the first need that is put before me.  A deep and wonderful relationship will begin to develop with the first, "Hello."  Every thing that you want to do in and through me has to start somewhere — help me to rejoice in the day of my small beginnings trusting that everything I commit to you for your blessing will grow to produce fruit in its season!

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Lavender Fields Paper Pack in Store Next Week

french lavender, lavender fields, clip art kit, digital clip art, digital crafting, scrapbookingThis paper pack should be out in the store next week at  It was created to go with the Lavender Fields art kit that is part of the May, 2008 Daisie Club set which released yesterday.

Lavender holds a very special place in my heart.  My earliest memories of the scent were from the hand embroidered sachet bags that my two dearest Great-aunts would make for me for Christmas each year.  lavender fields, digital clip art papersI remember how incredibly they fragranced my entire room when I tucked them inside my sock drawer.  They were both such talented ladies, the knit, tatted, embroidered and crocheted great masterpieces.  I wish they were alive today to see the way their genes have been passed along and how I create with a unique set of gifts that have come from the same family "stream of creativity."

lavender fields digital clip art kit papers, scrapbook, card making, craftingEach sprig of lavender that was painted to create the plaid "trellis" of lavender, was painted at full size from stalks I hand picked at a local lavender farm near where I used to live in Southern California.  The experiece of picking your own lavender is one I highly recommend if there is a farm near you!  At first I was frightened because there were thousands and thousands of bees buzzing all over the place.  I’m very allergic to their stings, but though the bees buzz all around you, they aren’t the least bit interested in humans as they are practically drunk on the nectar of the lavender plants!   The smell of thousands of lavendar bushes is too awesome to describe and the lovely purple hues of the hillside with the sun shining in a clear blue sky is a picture I have stored away in my heart and mind forever.

hybrid scrapbooking, digital card crafting kitsI’m including just one product shot of the "Lavender Fields" art kit so you can see a little bit of how these papers would coordinate to create hybrid scrapbooking layout, or how you could make your own greeting cards out of them or other crafting uses. 

You can see the rest of this art kit here: "Lavender Fields"


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By the Way… the Winner is…

The tenth comment on this post:

Congratulations!  She wins the paper pack I created to go with this month’s club selection "Lavender Fields"  I’ll be previewing it tomorrow and it will be in the store probably tomorrow. 

For anyone new, I have a blog contest twice a month and all you have to do to enter is leave a comment or comments on any and all of the posts for the two week period.  The next contest will be drawn on the 16th of May.  Good Luck!


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Today is the National Day of Prayer

Many, if not most of you may never even have heard of the "National Day of Prayer."  It was a tradition started at the very founding of our nation.  Days of prayer were declared at odd intervals as the needs of our young nation grew urgent.  However in the middle of the last century a yearly observance was declared and for a little over 60 years has happened on the first Thurday in May each year.  Today is that day and there are somewhere between 40-50,000 celebrations happening from coast-to-coast. 

I have a very special fondness for this celebration, as it was the day I first lost my heart to my husband.  Long story short, we were working together on our church’s National Day of Prayer Event.  I had recently lost my husband of 16 years to Melanoma (skin cancer).  Steve had been single for about 8 years and was seeking the Lord’s will for his life.  Neither of us was looking for a mate.  Neither of us was "putting our best foot forward."  We were simply working side-by-side on organizing this event at our church and in the process, as we prayed together and shared our care and concern for our nation, God began to knit our hearts together. 

For me, it culminated on the National Day of Prayer as I heard this special man pray the hidden parts of my heart outloud for almost 3 hours.  It was a precious and powerful experience — one that left me a little shaken and amazed.  He was (as most men are) rather oblivious for a little longer!  But eventually we both realized that the Lord’s plan was to bring us together.  Prayer was the start and it has remained the foundation of our marriage ever since.

It was in this experience that the Lord taught me the incredible power of prayer to bring two people into an incredible intimacy and bonding.  Since then I have learned a startling statistic.  If you want to virtually divorce-proof your marriage, there are two very simple things that you need to do. 

The first thing is to study God’s word together.   By study, it doesn’t mean just go to church on Sunday, but read, discuss and learn together.  Choose to apply its principles to each of your lives and your lives together.

The second thing is simply to pray together each day. 

The divorce rate for couples that do these two things is less than 1%!  In a world where marriages inside the church and outside have almost the same divorce rate, sometimes we can feel like it’s impossible to have a strong marriage.  If we would be willing to do ANYTHING to have a good marriage, are we willing to do these two humble, simple, proven things?

If you and your mate have never prayed out loud together, I would encourage you to give it a try.  It may feel a little awkward for a while, but if you keep at it and share your hearts with each other and with the Lord it will bring an incredibly deeper dimension to your relationship.  We try to pray together at least once a day and often more often. 

When not together, we pray over the phone.  We pray for our kids and grandkids.  We pray for friends.  We pray for our President and leaders, we pray as we pass a homeless person on the street.  When we see a harried mother and her out-of-control children in a store we will stop and pray for her rather than stand in judgement of her.  When we’re so mad at each other we can barely stand to be in the same room (yes, that happens to us too!) we always choose to come together and pray for wisdom and for each other.  It’s a powerful healing balm that continually strengthens our love.

Today is the 15th anniversary of the day I fell in love with my husband and the today Lord gave me the most precious and unexpected present.  Steve’s training for a new job and it has required him to be away 5-6 days a week for 6 weeks and then it might continue in a similar pattern after that.  It’s very hard for us to be apart as we’ve spent most of our married life together 24/7/365!  I wasn’t expecting to be able to see him until Saturday sometime, but he was able to come home late last night and stay through early this afternoon.  I had forgotten it was the NDP but he hadn’t and he found the Prayer event in Washington DC on TV.  We had the joy of watching much of it together this morning!  What a special treat it was, especially for my sad and lonely heart… God is so good to us!

If your marriage is a little (or a lot) rocky.  Can I encourage you to start by praying for your mate?  You might find it hard, but if you can start by praying blessings for them, praying for strength and wisdom for them and for God to change both of your hearts and help you to find the path forward, you might be surprised at how God can bring it to pass.  If they won’t pray with you, still take the time and effort to pray alone.  God answers prayer.

If you do not have a mate either by choice or by loss, ask God to provide you a special friend and prayer partner.  The depth of friendship that shared prayer brings is a treasure I pray you’ll discover!  And while you’re thinking about it, I’d like to encourage you to spend a few moments in prayer for our nation. 

SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY: 2 Chron 7:14  if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.  NIV

PRAYER:  Lord, thank you for the nation you have placed me in.  Your promises are for every land, every nation… you love each and every one.  I pray that as big as the problems in our land can seem that you would help me to remember that you are bigger than all of them!  Help our people to love doing right, hate doing wrong and most of all come to love you and your ways.  Please heal our land of all that ails us.  Make it a place of righteousness, love, joy and peace for the generations yet to come.  AMEN

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Gerbera Daisies 2 Kit Coming This Week!

Gerbera Daisy, gerber daisies, digital card, scrapbooking and crafting kit.  butterfly, dragonflyOne of my top selling kits of all time has been the Gerbera Daisies kit that I introduced early last year.  Well, I revisited it and updated it in a little bit of a new direction and created Gerbera Daisies 2 and its companion paper pack that will be coming to the store next week.

gerbera daisies digital clip art, scrapbooking, scrapbook, card making kitsI have added some wonderfully textured, chalked, inked and otherwise distressed tags, frames and other goodies.  I’ve also created some very fun buttons and embellishments.

If you bought the Gerbera Daisie Scrapbooking Album I released last year (You can find it here GERBERA DAISIE INSTANT SCRAPBOOK ALBUM, and ORIGINAL GERBERA DAISY KIT 1) this kit was created to compliment them and could be also be used to create additional pages to coordinate with and expand on the album. 

scrapbooking papers, digital crafting, digital card making, hybrid digital scrapbookingI’ve also created some really fun "paper flowers" to take it in a more contemporary and whimsical direction.  The paper pack offers several different colorways of some very contemporary papers and wonderfully complex plaids, florals and swirly papers.  My 21 year daughter thinks this is the best (which help me to know I’m on track!) 

digital scrapbooking papers, hybrid scrapbook, digital card making, pink, swirls, gerber daisies, gerbera daisies. daisyI’ll post all of the previews at the Daisie Designers/Artist’s Announcement Forum later in the day, so you can see all of the item and papers included.  I’ll come back and post a link here once I do.

I’ll be back tomorrow and try to post a little more frequently as I’m (hopefully) almost through two huge projects that have been stealing all of my time and attention.  I’m REALLY hoping to get some painting time in soon as I’m itching to create some really new things instead of graphically arranging older things (which is what I end up doing for my mfg’s projects!)


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Hummingbird Digital Clip Art Kit for Crafting, Scrapping or Card Making

hummingbird digital clip art, scrapbooking, scrapping, card making, crafting, angel policy(UPDATE: THIS SET IS NOW IN THE STORE AND YOU CAN GET THERE BY CLICKING ON THE FIRST IMAGE TO THE LEFT)  The second set in the "Hummingbirds – Winged Jewels" series is being released on Friday at  I wanted to show you the previews of the art kit today and the paper pack probably tomorrow. 

When I first saw this antique wheelbarrow I absolutely fell in love with it, it reminds me of the "Velveteen Rabbit" of a gardener, well-loved, patched together and still useful!  I painted this image quite a few hummingbird digital clip art scrap, scrapping, scrapbooking, crafting, card making, angel policyyears ago and it still is one of my all-time favorites.  It was fun to pull elements out of this painting to create these two kits.

I’ve also included a text art piece that can be used for greeting cards, accenting scrapbook pages or many other uses.  I wrote the quote on it after watching how early my hummingbirds begin their days – they’re up before dawn at my feeders outside my bedroom and often awaken me with their "trash-talking" at one another!  If you’ve never heard them, they’re actually very loud little critters.

hummingbirds, digital clip art kit, ruby throated hummingbird, rufous, card making, crafting, angel policyThe main two hummingbirds included in this kit are Rufous (the brown with green and red throat) and Ruby-throated.  Both of these frequent my feeders so I’ve had a great selection of photos and real life experience to paint from , the green hummingbird is a tropical variety that I’d love to see in the wild one day.

Hummingbirds, watercolor artwork, digital clip art, wheelbarrow, floral, hollyhocks, fuschiaI’m planning on painting quite a few more hummingbirds later this spring.  Those of you that have read my blog for a while know that I feed about 100 hummers during the summer and I have a wealth of photos to work from.  They are such fascinating subjects that bring back wonderful memories of my childhood.  My mother planting hummingbird attracting flowers in every home that we lived in and we would sit for hours watching the winged jewels flit and play in our gardens. 

I hope that you’ll sense some of that wonder and enjoyment when you’re crafting with these art kits!  This will retail for $5.98 for the digital clip art kit and will be available on Friday, April 18th, 2008

THE SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY:  Song 2:12-13  Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. 
The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance.  Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me."  NIV

PRAYER:  Lord, as I lift my eyes up and see the hills filled with the beauty of your creation this spring, my heart leaps thinking that you have made all of this for my joy and pleasure.  You paid attention to every detail in the "painting" that lies before me.  I am reminded that you also pay as careful attention to the details of my life and that I can trust you to paint a picture of beauty in it as well. 

Blow away the dinginess of winter and put a new song in my heart, give my a fresh joy and a eyes to see all that you have blessed me with in my life.  Thank you that you delight to spend time with me and that I too am a beautiful creation in your eyes!  Show me how to grow into a deeper more loving relationship with you, it’s my heart’s desire.  AMEN

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And the Blog Contest Winner of Free Digital Clip Art is…

First… I have my family draw from a jar of numbers without looking at the posts so there’s absolute and total randomness to the winner.  And for those that post here, you can win more than once.  The blog winner is the third comment on this post:

She is one of the most faithful readers and commentors and I want to say "Congratulations" to her!  She’ll win the Hummingbirds 2 Paper Pack that is coming out next week and that I’ll preview later today along with its counterpart the Hummingbirds 2 Art Kit. 

The next Free Digital Clip Art contest starts today and runs through the end of the month with the drawing to be held on the first of May.  All you have to do is post a comment on any and all posts between today’s and the end of the month and you’re automatically entered.  Good Luck!

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Free Strawberry Clip Art Digital Recipe Card With Recipe

Strawberry clip art, recipe card, strawberry chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, crafting, scrapbooking, freebieTo show you what can be done with the "Berry Sweet" Digital Clip Art kit available from, I thought I would make a recipe card with it and then of course I had to search the web for a great recipe to fill it in with.  I found this website after googling "healthy cookies."  The site is

I’ve created this freebie both with and without the recipe on it so you can put your own scrumptious strawberry goodies on a beautiful card and maybe even give them away to brighten someone’s day!

To download the file, simply click on the image and it will take you to a downloading site where you’ll be able to retrieve the file.  It will take about 30 seconds or so for the link to download to show up.  It will be in the center of the page.

Feel free to share these with friends either by directing them here to my blog, or by including all the files that are in the folder so that they know the terms of use and who the art was created by.  So if you have a message board or yahoo group that you like to share goodies with you have my permission to do so.  Enjoy!  Now, if only I had some strawberries and chocolate chips handy… must write it on my grocery list 🙂


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Whew! It’s been a BUSY week.

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This "Butterfly Garden" paper pack is available this morning at  You can go to the kit by clicking on the picture to the left and a window will pop up that will take you there.

Deb D wrote me a comment this morning that I must be really busy because I’m falling behind in my blogging.  She’s so right!  I spent my week working out a new fabric line for a new license I’m doing.  The line will be available in quilt shops across the nation once it hits the stores in September and will be shown at Quilt Market in October.  The work involved designing the patterns for 9 fabrics and 2 color ways.  I can’t tell you yet what it is, but I’m very pleased with it and with the fabric company’s art direction for it.  I think it’s going to be both very fun and yet elegant and contemporary all together.

When I get a large project like that, everything else in my life seems to grind to a halt and back up.  Can you identify?  So what do I do?  I take on another challenge… you’ve got to wonder sometimes about my sanity, LOL! 

This challenge will ultimately help me though and maybe you too.  I’ve been working with Abigail Scott DESIGN Studio on a new day planner they approached me about.  They’re using my hummingbird art and asked if I would help them design the function of the day planner.  It has really helped me to think about how I work and how I can work better.  I’ve been thinking a lot about working my priorities into each day, not just the urgent tasks that need to be done.  I’m using the first version right now to test its functionality and when we’re comfortable with it, they’ll polish it up and get it into the store.  I think those of you that are overwhelmed and disorganized at times (like me) will enjoy this set.  Having beautiful art to look at makes the task of organizing myself a little more tolerable, LOL!

Last night, my youngest daughter, Jacqui came and chatted with me about feeling overwhelmed and unsure that she’s getting anywhere in her goals on life.  I think that these concerns plague all of us, from the young to the old.  How do I know that what I do today is important, not just urgent?  How do I get everything done that needs to be done and still have time for me?  What would I do if I had "me" time?!  Most of us don’t have a clue!!!

paisley, plaid, large checked, striped digital paper pack, crafting, card making, scrapbookingIn the Day Planner, I’ve set up project planning pages which I’m using for everything from garage/shop clean up to redesigning my framed print line and getting my web site up (the most important project that is still lagging behind)  Using these have helped me to get my thoughts down on paper and filed where I can locate them again.  In a way, it’s taken the load off of my brain because I don’t have to "remember" the information anymore, it’s written down. 

Part of the process is writing down the steps to accomplishing the goal.  I just do a brain dump not worrying about if the steps are in order or not, I can look the list over and tackle the project a step at a time and then check that step off the list.  It’s amazing how doing a few little steps on several nagging projects has made me feel more accomplished and even rested this week.  I was shocked at how little time it actually took once I had written it down and purposed just to do a little. It seems like I’m keeping my life more in balance this way, tackling projects from every area of my life a little at a time.  Usually I tend to go intensely into one area and neglect the rest 🙂

Here’s my thought for the day:  ONE CHOICE AT A TIME… get control of your life one small area at a time.  Don’t worry about yesterday or tomorrow, just determine to make the next choice you make the right choice.  (Audrey Jeanne Roberts)

THE SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY: Ps 65:3-5 When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions.   Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts!  We are filled with the good things of your house, of your holy temple. You answer us with awesome deeds of righteousness, O God our Savior, NIV

The word "sin" is a word picture of missing the mark as an archer shooting at a target.  Most of us are perfectionists at heart, but when we aim at perfection, we all "miss the mark."  It is not possible to achieve here on earth, but the heavenly standard is perfection.  We all sin.  We all are "sinners."  Only Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life.  He doesn’t hold that over our heads, he offers instead to live his perfection out in us.  He gives us the power and the strength to live a more perfect life (never achieving perfection but coming closer and closer to hitting the mark) the more we trust and abide in him.

PRAYER:  Lord, I am overwhelmed at times by how far I am from living the life I imagine I should be.  I try and try to get life under control and only feel all the more overwhelmed at my inability to do so.  Bring me close to you and help me to live my life "in your courts" in your presence, power and through the perfection of Jesus’ life lived in me. 

Remind me of all your blessings, the good things you have done and will continue to work out in me.  You truly do answer my cries for help with awesome deeds of righteousness and you are My God and My Savior!  Jesus, come into my life and begin living your life of perfection out in my humble heart.  AMEN

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