Tuesday, December 30, 2008

ok ok. I am getting SERIOUS now,lol.

This year...2009....

blog more
more scrapping
more freebies
get health
join the project 365 challenge

you watch me...I'll show you,lol.

here is my 365 blog...still have to fix it up. thanks for the inspiration to get w/it petra

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

edited to add...this was supposed to be posted yesterday but I was having technical difficulties,lol.

Hi sweet scrappers! So good to be here with you. First of all...thank you to all of our Veteran's and soldiers! We are appreciative for all you have done!

We are home today...no school. Chase's boyscout Pack will be marching in the parade today!!! Yayyyyy! Though it is cold and overcast. yuckkkkk.

Life has been good....hanging with the family and enjoying lots of preschool time with Hayden. They are growing so fast.

It has been awhile since pics....

my mom celebrating her 60th bday

the boys at the pumpking farm....in front of the display our preschool made.

where I would like to put the boys sometimes.

my webslingers

heheheheh. I love those guys.

and I forgot to announce my suprise winners.....




connact me at tmblankenship at gmail dot com for your giftie!!!

I also have a new set of templates (sketch templates that is) up in the store...on sale.

and new stuff in the $1 day spot at FPD

and I put a lot of other stuff on sale....and what...more???

yup....a promotion.

spend $5 in my store and get my set of stitches for free. This just shows the natural...but it comes in five colors...with another set of stars and a set of blooms thrown in.

and spend $10 and get the stitches AND this cute little kit too.

check back soon....I have a new freebie almost done for ya!

hugs and happy scrapping!!

Thursday, November 06, 2008


october came and went like a dream or mist. I know it was there...I remember feeling and seeing it...but cannot quite get a grip on it. I was sooooo soooooo
busy. Between a TON of birthdays, family visiting, the boys school, cubscouts (which is getting a lot more involved) tons of homework for my poor second grader (;) ), watching my grandson etc etc. I cannot believe it is NOV. We say that half jokingly all the time...but I really mean it.

So. I am starting to get a little better at juggling it all...but will really be glad when the holidays are over. Not that I want to wish time away...it is too fleeting as it is and my boys are growing way too fast....but I would like to be less stressed and frantic. I am not one of those put together has it all under control mom's. I am one of the means well forgets a lot no make up on fall asleep with the kids mom. lol.

Chase turns seven this weekend. Wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. We are doing just a family thing this weekend...the friends next. Now that the boys are all getting older...my tiny house is just NOT big enough to hold them all....especially when they are all hyped up and crazy. I looked into having it somewhere else...but they are all SOOOO expensive. Geesh. I just don't know what we are going to do yet. I wish my guys had summer birthdays instead of fall/winter. The park would be so welcome!

I have been loving working with the girls over at Funky Playground still. They are so sweet and loving. They really take good care of me.

I have been working on lots of element packs....but am going to be doing some more sketch templates...some brand new ones. yayayaya.

today I have a new set out for one dollar...and a couple more on sale.

here's todays dollar deal

and some others I have out

and as a little hey I am still alive and happy to see you gift...a little template for you. PSD format. If you grab it...leave me a little hi and email addy and I will pick someone for a suprise gift!

click here to download

well....since I am out of practice with this whole blogging thing...I will leave it simple for today. It is actually sunny here so I am going to take the little munchkins for a walk (us) bike ride (hayden)! we need it!

hugs and happy scrapping lambchops!!

Monday, September 29, 2008

hi scrappers. hope all is going ok today! all is good here. a little warm still. a freak little 4 min rain. got myself a cuteeee new haircut.... sing with me...."If you think I'm sexxxyyyy...and you want my bodddyyyy...come on sugar let me knowwww". That is what I was singing as I strutted into my hubbie's office after my appointment. He just smiled, patted me and said he loved me, giggle. (will have to show you a pic soon.) Did some stuff at both boy's school, got some stuff from the boyscout store for my friend's son and for Chase...came home and tackled homework and dinner...got stuff ready for the consignment store and here I am!

I must make a commentary....skip if you want.

I am a stickler for Customer Service at stores, diners etc. It doesn't matter if you are happy, sad, cramping, fighting with your kids/hubby/cat etc. You fake it till you make it. You make the customer happy. You smile and are polite and do your best. It is your JOB for goodness sakes. You are lucky to have that job. And in today's age especially...you CAN be replaced.

Yesterday was hysterical. Hubby and I went out for the day. We went to lunch and had the WORST service in history. They were understaffed and making mistakes for everyone's orders. (ours was actually ok...but all three tables around us had mistakes. Took forever to be served. Then...we paid. waited for our change. and waited. and waited. got the gal on the way by. Ummmm. we are waiting for our change. chewing of gum...oh..yeah...and left. no sorry. or omy....be Rightttt back. Waiting. waiting waiting waiting. she comes by...slaps it on the table without looking at us and goes to the table by us. the look on my hubby's face was so funny I burst out lauging and said...uhhhh ok. she turned around. oh. sorry. I am just really busy. turn around again (after she had just been shooting the breeze with ppl she knew at another table for like 4mins before we snagged her). so we left. went to office max. walked around on my own searching for something...none of the ppl around bothered to stop talking to each other to ask if I needed help. finally I gave up and asked someone who SIGHED and turned around and just looked at me after I politely said..ummmm excuse me. I said....Well..I am looking for xyz. He said....over there....by that display. and turned around to his coworker. I shook my head. Then we went to another store. more of the same...won't bore you.

ALL three stops. Rude, bored and unhelpful staff. WTH is going on?! I was amazed. And where are their bosses? In today's tough times...you really need to make the customer feel like they are spending their dwindling cash in a place that is worth it.

ok. phew. doneeeee! just crazy i tell you. If IIIIIII were queen....things would be different. lol

So....if you ever have a problem with anything you ever get from me. Please let me know. I WILL make it better. With a smile. And a thank you for shopping with me! I think that is why I give a way so many freebies....(ppl have asked me why I do). Because I know times are tight. I know ppl could shop elsewhere. I know that we are all in hte same boat. And I like to make ppl happy. So...those things all combine in sharing the love.

(though I have nada for today, sorry ;) ). You KNOW I will be here soon with a giftie!

I want to let you know about my new product released today at FPD...and on sale for a limited time.

here you see a boy's life exploded. lots of fun templates that are sure to delight.

These are so versatile.....many things can be used for layouts and kits not geared toward any gender.

Add shadow and flatten to use just as is (texture applied already)

add your fave papers etc and use on layouts or in your kits

commercial use ok....no extra license needed!

you have your choice of Tiff, Psd or individual png files

and a CD album!!!

10 cd album sketch templates

1 cover template

1 back album template

fun layouts that you can use to create your own album. you can also use them on regular layouts by dragging them on.

so...that is it. have a great night. smile and be lovable!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

hi kids! so sorry I couldn't post my freebie yesterday...turned crazy! but we had funnnnnnn at the carnival! I was there at 1p to help set up. It was so CRAZY hot. my goodness I could NOT stand it. I am such a wimp when it comes to heat. and we had the cotton candy stand. what a flippin mess. I don't know why we have it. it made a huge mess...flying all over hte place (they didn't give us hoods for the machines) and it was melting. yikes. but then I got to walk around with the boys and actually see them have fun. and I ate yummmmmmmmy Indian Food that Chase's teacher and some ppl she knew made. OMG it was seriously yummy. And she is just the sweetest. So nice and calm and in control. As soon as I get around her...I feel my blood pressure lower. Something about her spirit. I so need to just follow her around. And I got to chitchat very briefly with Mrs O...our teacher last year. I love her. Chase has been so lucky in teachers....or should I say WE have been lucky.

The boys didn't seem to mind the heat. Played tons of games and ran with their friends. I chitchatted with ppl. My mom, aunt, Bran's sister and my dad all came. How cool is that? We seriously have such a supportive family. I count my blessings daily. Thank you for my life....it might be stressful. Things might be tight. I might have problems. But man. I have the greatest friends and family and the boys are SUCH HAPPY little people.

Today I am resting and going through boxes of clothes for all of us. What to get rid of what to keep.

tomorrow is BIG TIME CLEANING. Tops of those shelve like things around a lot of the tops of my walls. dust collectors I tell you. windows. cabinets. scrub the grout. Scrub the bathrooms. Bleach tub toys. Clean doors, knobs etc. I don't really do a spring cleaning. I do fall cleaning. I hate the idea of closing up for the winter with out a huge cleaning.

So...here is the promised freebie. HOpe you like it. It is totally layered so you can adjust and add things to make it yours. psd or individual png files

No selling, claiming, giving away, using for any commercial use. Just have fun and say hi and thanks.

click here

Have a great weekend!!

hugs and happy scrapping

Thursday, September 25, 2008

just wanted to let you guys know about my new packs released today.and they are a dollar for $1 thursday at Funky Playground Designs.

I have no updates today....I am in full speed clean (hubby is coming home from bus trip today ;) ) and then doc appts this afternoon.

I will have a really cool freebie up for you tomorrow, though. (well...IIIII think it's cool,lol).

ok loves....off to scrub the floors and glass and counters. ughhhh

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Hi friends...hope all is well in digi land. I have been having fun enjoying the cool mornings and warm afternoons. Hitting the pumpkin patch for it's first weekend open. seeing friends. playing puzzles and board games. I am healing nicely....I go in for my follow up on Thursday. I am feeling so much more relieved having this done. I feel a ton lighter.

Chase's carnival is Friday, so we are excited about that.

Not much is going on other than that. I am a little overwhelmed with homeword for a second grader...lordy that is a lot after a day in school. but we are working through it.

so tonight will be quick as I have to do that and baths, dinner,etc.

I am having a tonight only sale.

a couple things on for one dollar. a 30% coupon for any order of $3. (use coupon code TB1daysale)

included are these halloween element templates and bonus sketch template. Boooooo

and a new freebie.

click here to download and leave a hi and howdy~

so stop by the store to grab what you don't have....and enjoy my gift. Hope you all have a great day....pics coming tomorrow~

Saturday, September 13, 2008

thanks so much for all the well wishes! But I have to tell ya....I wasn't clear....my surgery/biopsies are tomorrow....oops. but man...with all these ppl thinking of me....I am sure to be just fine!!!

someone asked me what exactly they are doing.

I am going in for actual outpatient surgery (not the one in the office that they just give you a big old helping of local). He will then look at both lumps. If they look "ok" to him...he will take a good chunk of both and sew me back up. If they look strange...he will take more and a bit of surrounding tissue. then they go to pathology. They said there is a slight chance I will have to stay overnight depending on how much they have to do and if they have to put in a drain. Also...last time I had a minor surgery....I was REALLY sickkkk from the knock em out juice.

but. It will all be ok. How could it not with so much lovin from you guys.

One thing I really love about the commuity of scrapping. we band together. we worry and pray for each other. when someone needs help...they jump right on it! There are the bad seeds that so many ppl want to dwell on. But by golly. I want do revel in the goodness I see everyday among you girls.

the ppl who put together charity kits for a family who lost their mom/wife. the gift package someone sent a lady who was sad. the messages of hope and kindness I get any time I feel blue.

Man. I wish I could fill the world with ppl like you!

hug yourselves from me.

so....enough about that! yuck!

I have been busy with the boys. getting stuff going at the preschool...trying to get chase's homework done before he goes to his free golf lessons (his poppa teaches golf..my dad....so he gets free lessons. but this is through a golf academy here in town...they give a week of free lessons every month from may-october!) how cool is that I ask you. but bad part. Chase is whooped! and wants nothing to do with homework. Think this is the last time we do something that is everyday for a week. too much for an almost 7 year old.

Funky Playground designs announced their new designers!!! We have some awesome new girls. They are all so sweet and such a great addition to the store. And we relaunched with a new look too! To celebrate all this...we loaded the store with new goodies and are having a big sale through tomorrow!!!! All my goods are 30% (except my dollar deals). come take a look.

here are some new things I have out at my store.
for today's dollar day:

other new goods

then Traci Murphy and I teamed up for these beauties. I used her product w/mine to create this fun set of templates.

and if you spend $10 in the store during our sale...you get September's Designer Collab (w/two templates by me in there)....for FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

and...of course...I have a little goodie for you!

Thursday, September 11, 2008


I am ready for fall. I love everything about fall.

the crispness

the colors associated with fall....golds, deep browns, greens, dark reds...yummy

the pumpkin farm


being able to wear long sleeves and pants and not be hot (I am ALWAYS hot)

school carnival

no airconditioner

which leads to the windows open and airing out the house

walking in the neighborhood

leaf hunting

bike rides

apple cider

sat mornings on the front porch with breakfast

I could just go on and on,lol. I love it. not quite here yet...but so close I can feel it's presence haunting my mind

school is in full swing for both boys....hayden is in preschool...last year of it. he still misses his old school, but likes jack and jill. he also goes to speach once a week. great people there.

chase's teacher is great....his schoolmates are fabulous and I just could not be happier there right now.

I serve on the board of Jack and jill and the board of the parent's club for chase's school. I NEED to be involved....I believe that if you want something done right...make sure you're involved,lol.

we are in full planning mode of Barry's Carnival. It will be so awesome this year! YAY!

On the negative note...I have been dealing with a health issue...breast lumps. I wasn't going to talk about it here...but so important to check yourself.

they say the very last day of your cycle....first with no signs of blood...tmi but important to know....check yourself. don't do it too many times...you will grow too accustomed to your lumps and not notice if they grow sometimes.

so. I have two. a tad abnormal. we had the mammogram and ultrasounds. going in for surgery on friday to see what they are. I am feeling positive that all is ok. this is just my wake up call to live better. eat better....more veggies and cancer fighting goods. less soda. less stress. drink only ever oh often. excersise more. spend more time with familiy.


check yourself. don't wait for them to find them. and I am large chested (very) and still found them.....so it can be done.

so I have been dealing with this crap for a few weeks and it is all consuming.

but I am feeling ok with it.

we went camping for our end of summer trip. my mom and aunt. my oldest daughter and boyfriend. brans dad and uncle. the ocean. oh how I love thee. let me count hte ways. Saturday was THE best day I have EVER had at Fort Bragg CA beach. WOW. all I can say. Thank you God!

I am trying to tap into my creative side...made a few new goodies you will be seeing next week.

today I released a little element template pack for bdays. Chase is turning 7 in November...so I am a little preoccupied. They are good for CU with no extra license needed. You get tiff, psd and individual png files. and you get a candy bar wrapper template included...I love those (perfect for hershey bars).

a dollar till sat morning. and you get a little bonus of 4 goodies to go with it till then too..mailed to you seperately.

click here to go to store.

and I made this template to share. I really like this one...I like them all, don't get me wrong. but this one makes me happyyyy!

ok my friends. I have a request. time to update momma's ipod.

tell me some fave songs of yours. I like all types...so lay em on me.

I could also use some good book titles to read....with surgery on Friday..mom is coming up to baby me and watch the boys. I will be able to sit on my porch and watch them ride bikes and read while she cooks/cleans. whooohoooo.

I am almost done w/time traveler's wife. read keeping faith, memory keepers daughter, mermaid chair, autumn leaves, eat love pray, kite runner and a thousand splendid suns for book club. I like mysteries and the likes of deen koontz, kellerman, sandra brown etc. I like it all in books too! so tell me. I haven't gotten into the twilight books yet.

hugs and happy scrapping!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

happy sunday! hope all is good in the world for you.

I am so happy...I purged more clutter from my house today! woohoooo

bday party for nephew last night. good times. bad food. sighhhh. I gained a pound back this week. Back to being more watchful. And need to get that exercise in.

I am going to scrap a bit today. yayayay! I miss scrapping. too much business stuff and house stuff.

For those who bought the magic of childhood templates and needed the png files. I am sooooo sorry. I thought they were attached. It is all fixed now. You can either go back into your order history and download again or forward your receipt to me at tmblankenship at gmail dot com and I will send you the link. or email me from the email attached to your paypal...I will look up your order.

as for the template freebies. I don't always do them in png. sorry about that...don't always have time. I will make the last freebie into a png file for you...probably tonight after bookclub. how does that sound? check back tomorrow for it.

and I picked six names for a three dollar GC to my store at fpd.

email me for your code tmblankenship at gmail dot com

Grace, yoko, stacey towers, realrach, nancypinct and Becky S. woohooo.

Friday, August 29, 2008

another quickie today. going to speed clean after the boy goes to school. I am taking little grandson and my youngest son to the water park today to play.

I just added four kits to scrapdish...marked to a dollar! and lots of other goodies down to a dollar there too!

and over at funky playground designs I put these templates to a dollar...along with the journaling templates I just released. If you purchased FPD's august designer collab, you have these already!

and I have a new freebie template for you too....hope you like it.

leave first and last name or initial in your comments for this post...will be drawing three names for a GC on sunday.

hugs and happy scrapping

Thursday, August 28, 2008

hi scrappers. how is everyone in digiland? all is ok here. playing, dr's appts, hanging with my aunt yesterday, still trying to juggle life and love and the pursuit of happiness.

I am feeling a little under the weather....but hope it is just being tired mixed with allergies. no time to be sick.

I have some of the best IRL friends. I have had some stuff going on here and they put together a little goodie bag and dropped it off yesterday! It had a notepad for journaling, a scented eye mask, candy, coffee card, trail mix, diet coke, candle, bath and body lotion and the sweetest card. Man. I am a blessed girl. I don't know what I did to deserve such a wonderful family, great friends (irl and digiland) and full cupboards...but I am so grateful.

My sweet little four year old starts preschool on Wednesday...sniff sniff....his last year before kindy. wahhhhhh.

I am feeling the need to sign up for a painting class and a jewelery making class....like I don't have enough to do,lol. now to just find one that I can afford and fit into my schedule.

so....lots of fun stuff in the works at FPD...can't spill yet...but those girls are rockin some surprises!

I just released another toolbox...journaling templates. $1 until Sunday! Commercial Use okie dokie by me! and they are layered...so you can use them for elements, for journaling...with just the outlines or with the paper shapers....so it's like a double pack of goodies!

and...these templates were part of August's FPD collab (if you bought the collab, you have these). I just put them on sale for $1. click on image to go to store.

and tomorrow I am putting a TON of stuff up at Scrapdish for $1! Cleaning house I say.

Speaking of cleaning house. here is a mini kit I made way back when....but still kind of cute I think. Hope someone can use it!

Click here to download...leave me some hi's and howdies if you want...it really does make me smile. I know my loyal girlies always do and I think you are all just so darn sweet it gives me cavities.

ok. off to start loading the store for tomorrow's goodie fest.

hugs and happy scrapping

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Happpyyyyy Sunday.

We are having a cool morning full of sun and the voices of little handsome boys playing. Daddy is home this morning and I was informed by the three of them...we are having a Star Wars day. They are building ships from leggos and tinker toys etc. They are cooking at this moment...eggs, biscuits, sausage, gravy and fruit. Poor momma on her diet....just keep swimming just keep swimming. I must chant...I have lost 13 pounds I have lost 13 pounds. arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Yesterday was fun. The boys and I went to a birthday party for one of Chase's school friends. I have known them and a few other families since Chase started kindy....he is now in second. They all get along and I like the parents. They have a big yard and had this set up inflatable slip and slide it is HUGE and has sprinklers raining down on them....they loved it! That and a trampoline, fort, squirt guns, toys, snacks, lunch, cake...phew. lots of fun!!! But boy did I get way too hot. I tried to stay in the shade...but phew. I actually feel a tad sick from it today.

And how bout a yummy easy inexpensive recipe??

first. dice up some onions. saute with garlic and olive oil. throw in a crock pot. add low sodium tomatoe condensed soup. low sodium cream of mushroom soup. pepper, oregano, any other seasoning you like. stir up. Throw in london broil. cook on low for 8-10 hrs of high for 4-5hrs. I added carrots and potatoes 40mins before done. Makes it's own gravy and meat was soft. The boys ate it upppp!

Easy dessert.

butter pats on bottom of cake pan. sprinkle generous amount of brown sugar. followed by some marachino cherries cut in half. Then crushed drained pineapple. Then pour on yellow cake mix made to directions on box.


ok. I picked some numbers with random number generator. from 4shared comments and from blog comments.

will these gals email me at tmblankenship at gmail dot com.

from 4shared

maria who posted on the 23rd at 1:56pm


Trish Aug 23, 2008 10:35:00 PM

and from blogger comments

noel and joy!!!

and our last cd album freebie (for now ;) )...I like this one!

click here to download. no sharing, claiming, selling, linking, etc! you know the drill.

hugs and happy scrapping

Friday, August 22, 2008

Hi all. Quickie today. Boys are good....Chase loves his class and Hayden is missing him like crazy (as does mommy).

I am still purging stuff from the house. It has heated back up here. uckkk.

The teacher's pet program at Funky Playground Designs is going full swing still and they did some gorgeous collabs with the existing designers....and they are awesome! and FREEEEEEE.

I also have new element templates at FPD and they are $1 through tomorrow. and commercial use is ok...no extra license needed.

And Template w/Attitude set 10 is $1 at Scrapdish through tomorrow too! wohoooooo

and today's cd template freebie

click here to download and leave me a hi!!! I might pick somebody for a little giftieeee. hint hint! (leave your email or check back Sunday Morning!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

sorry haven't been here for a couple days...had some craziness taking place lol. always something eh?

but I have TWO freebie CD templates for ya today.

And I just released this...and it is a dollar for a day or two....Commercial Use ok too.

I made this layout using the above templates and lots of new products from FPD:

laura bratcher's It's elementary
lauraskathi's 1+1 The kit (for papers for cicle, bus covering and school
house background
Cori gammon's flat pack scraps (ribbon pack)

I was also Racked (which rarely happnes to me so I happy danced around the house) by Michelle Godin of Scrapbook Graphics. This is one talented and sweet gal. I thought so before she raked me ;)

Check this gorgeous kit....love my boy (heaven to a mom of boys I say.)

here is just ONE layout I have done for it...almost done with another. loveee it I say.

now....here are two more cd templates for you! I hope you like them.

click here to download....links will be removed Sat morning. leave me a hi if you will....let me know if you make something with them. my tou tells you what you can and cannot do! thanks.

hugs and happy scrapping.

Monday, August 11, 2008

I decided to put template set 13 on super sale....$1.99 til 12a PST 8/12. And those who already bought it...will get a little giftie from me as soon as it is done!

click here to go to store (preview of set is in post below)

thanks for being scrappy!
happy monday scrappers! how are you all doing today??

I hope wonderful. My house still looks wild....it looks like we had a breakin or I am moving out,lol. But is ok. It will look great when I am done.

don't forget I am having a guest CT call (see post below this one).

I also just re-released this set at Funky Playground...woohoooo. and it is 30% off until Wednesday night.

and here are some layouts with them. by angela, missy, rona and robin

and I am making a CD album for myself....and will give a piece out at a time....grab it up...I will take it down tomorrow night.

some things you can make with it.

-you can take a bunch of old CD's...print out finished layout and adhere to the cds. Then drill holes in and use ribbons or jump rings to hold together for a great album.

- or you can make a wall hanging like this one. (made this last year using traci simm templates and kit by eva kipler)

-or you can put on a regular sized layout and add some things or journaling.

click here to download....leave me a hi and howdy if you will! personal use only...no reselling, putting on another site, direct linking etc.

hugs and happy scrapping! don't forget to check back in for the other pieces.