Saturday, November 28, 2009

Freebie add-on for the new kit!

I decided at the last minute to create a little freebie that will coordinate with the kit we just put into the store...

You can get it here at 4Share!!

Old Fashioned Thanksgiving by Paris Designs

An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving by Paris Designs

Old fashioned charm and whimsy are found in this delightful kit by Paris Designs. From fun loving turkeys and birds to old fashioned frames, you can create pages full of whimsical fun for your family and their Thanksgiving memories!!

This kit was created in 300 DPI, 12x12 backgrounds and elements in png that can be enlarged, made smaller or turned to your hearts desire.

14 backgrounds
33 assorted elements

The kit can be found "here" at our store at!!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

New pages from one of our CT's!

Looking for the ghost train kit? See further down in posts!!

Nelleke, who normally does not do pages for halloween, (as they don't have it where she is from) did these for me anyway. I could not stop laughing... and the others were a bit frightening which is just what I wanted!!

The fun/funny ones first... and to find the kits, just see the last post!!

On to the dark side...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Love Halloween Kits!

To end up living in a country where Halloween takes on an entirely different meaning, I find I really enjoy creating kits for Halloween. I just put 2 more up in the store...totally different from each other. One for more fall/fun the other dark...eerie. Here is the fun one!!

Of course that leaves the dark and eerie one!

Both can be found in our store at!!

Monday, September 28, 2009


Joyful was a kit that recently hit the store. One of our team members just 'had to have the kit', bought it, did a quick layout and ended up getting LOTD! Talk about Joyful!! Here is her page click on the preview to leave her some love...

Here is the kit she made it from!

It can be only found at!!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Track and Field time!

It is fall, that time of year where our kids get out and do their track and field or a variety of other sports. From professionals to amateurs, everyone needs recognition for their accomplishments!
Have you checked out our Track and Field kit by Paris Designs?
The kit contains 23 backgrounds, 56 assorted elements as well as 4 folders of action sports'people' in gold, silver, blue and assorted colors.

Here are just a few LO's done with it by our talented CT team!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Coupon 40% off

Just in case you don't pick up the sampler... I am posting our coupon for 40% off anything in our store, minimum purchase of $2.50. Now is the time to snag some kits cheap if you want some!

We always love to see any pages you make using our kits, please let us know!

Also, as always, if you ever have a problem with any of our kits or something is not right in them, we try hard to not have that happen but at times, things just goof up. Don't hesitate to contact us!!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Spring Breeze by Paris Designs

I was just working in the gallery at Deco and one of the CT's there has done a very pretty LO using our kit, Spring Breeze. Thought I would show 'them' off!

If you want to see it in the gallery and leave her some love, go here!!

If you would like to actually purchase the kit... go here!!

This kit was part of a 5 part get the entire 5 parts... you can get it together here!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Back in Paris

Well...that was fast! It feels like we barely left. It was 1 day short of being the coldest summer on record. That said, we hit the lake 3 times where we actually got into the water. Another time for a picnic. The roof got done! It was way over budget but then considering it had 6 layers on it (code is 3) probably dating back to close to when the house was built judging by the color and degree of decay. I did keep a small piece of each shingle for my scrapbook later. Under it was the oddest assortment of boards in sizes and shapes, you could see where there had been a fire near an old chimney (well, where it 'had been but was long since gone') and how the house was built in sections...the original, an add on, another add on. The thing saving the house with all of that incredible weight was the fact they built it using real 2x8's. Otherwise the house would never have withstood all of that weight. You could almost feel the house taking a huge sigh and saying thank you. The roofers found our very large nest of 'bats' which left due to all of the noise and open areas during the 3 weeks of work. We also plugged in a sonar to keep them out until cold weather hits. 3 weeks you think of work on the roof? It rained. And it rained...and rained some more. We lived under huge tarps and did have some rain damage, but nothing that a little paint can't fix later on.
Just about the time the house was completed and we were draining our savings account, the car developed a very large, bad problem and had to be towed away. The engine. Not sure what exactly... rod.... valve.... but they are suggesting a new engine or a different car. So we spent the last 10 days with no transportation. That was the biggest bummer of the summer. We are still debating what we will do with it. 1985 Nissan Sentra with only 145,000 miles. The body is in excellent shape due to the fact I rarely ever drove it in the winter. I think it saw 2 winters only when my mom had the car. Battery is good, tires, etc. So we are debating. As we are still only in the US for 6 weeks a year, I will not buy an expensive car, we want something that gets decent gas mileage, can haul a trailer or items and take another 2-3 people. Not fussy. Just need to find something. IF we decide not to replace the engine, the body I will try to sell to a private person as it is way too good to have it junked out. It was repainted on each side due to 'deer running into me' 2 different times, which also helps keep it in wonderful condition. :) Once I even got the deer for their effort in my freezer!! Sounds bad, but tasted wonderful....especially if you like good venison. Most of them in that area feed on the corn in farmers fields.
We did not get to see many friends this time. Between being super focused on the roof and then no transportation, that part did not work out well. We had a wonderful family reunion on my dad's side. Was nice to catch up with my brother and sister
along with all of the cousins and aunts and uncles. Brushed up on my euchre also. It happens every year the last weekend of July. Makes it easy to remember and we try and manage to be there for it. Spent time with my mom and brother, some friends of hers, Roger and Mack but missed Lois and Linda this year. Also got to see my daughter and granddaughter.
We went to a Pow was great. I had never seen one before. As drums are my favorite instrument to listen to, it was wonderful for me. Their 'singing' which at one time I thought was all basically the same, I was able to realize each 'song' is totally different but difficult to hear the difference if you don't understand the language. There were several tribes taking part and the outfits were amazing. The young men
make their own and before taking part in the celebration of their passage into manhood must have it done. One lady was telling me that the young man doing his dance and showing his outfit or attire (they do not call them costumes, costumes are something worn in plays or at Halloween) he had to kill the animal/bird the outfit was utilizing, prepare the items himself, as well as share the meat from the animal/bird with the community. The outfits can take years to complete. It was very interesting to hear all about it and see the incredible detail. The women also did their own outfits and there were dances with them showing their work and honoring them.
There were tents set up off to the side away from the area you see in the photos to be able to buy things. Things for tourists and souvenirs , food, and a couple of tents just for those needing items. Beads, bones, furs, herbs, it was very interesting to see the huge assortment available that I have never see anywhere else.
If you have never been to a Pow Wow, check on the net for your area during the summer and see if there is one near you that you can go and see. The one we went to was not one of the larger ones but was very interesting and well worth the trip!
Back home and unpacked (but not all put away) and trying to get our bodies back into Paris time. The trip back was uneventful although very hot in the plane. All was great at the apartment when we returned. Friends took care of our plants and getting our mail for us. Hubby returns to work Monday or Tuesday and I will take it a bit easier for the first week, getting our apartment freshened up and start getting ready for fall and craft fairs before Christmas.
We also went into the woods and took a ton of photos for new kits. I must get caught up at Deco and back to designing as well. I see a busy year ahead!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Awesome Blog Award

What a wonderful surprise! I was awarded the Awesome Blog Award from "The Best Digital Scrap Links" blog. What a spirit lifter that was! It is in my listing on the left under blogs...go and visit!

We are struggling to get everything done as we head out for 6 weeks to the US on Friday morning. It comes around so quickly every year...but it goes by like a blink of an eye when we are there. I have been working daily, it used to be 3 days a week, sometimes 4, but this week, if I work today, it will be 7 days in a row this week, 5 before that... and it just continues. Gotta pay the bills and eat! So we are both ready for a rest but the trip to get there is approx. 24 hours from door to door. Of course we don't sleep well in the plane.

But we are so excited to be going. Spend time with relatives and friends, go to Lake Michigan and play on the beach and in the water, have big family picnics, and shop at those stores I know I can find some clothes that fit me without having to try everything thing on! Can't forget food... eat some of those american foods I miss all year, taco bell, burger king, beer battered fried cod and of course a 'real american bar hamburg'. I get a fix of 1 time for each item while there except the last and that usually means 3-4 times. Lucky for us we can walk to the bar, we have 1 in our little town, and I get a cheese mushroom burger and a draft...Killians Red. Then walk home. No driving and drinking!! Not luxury food by any means, but a miss all the same.

Also put pizza in that above list. We get them here, but I have yet to get used to very little cheese, not the same pepperoni, hard to get onions and never pineapple... but for me, they put eggs or salmon or tuna on the pizza's. Oh my... not my idea of yummy pizza. I want none of those things on mine.

But!! In defense, when we are there we miss the wonderful supply of cheese, bread and wine we get here with such ease and lower cost. Every country has things that are wonderful and no matter where you go, you get great food, but also miss some of those 'back home' items. I will also miss the huge open air marche's we have here, just outside our apartment actually that come and bring fresh produce, meat, cheese, fish and assorted other items as jewelry, clothing, books, etc 3 days a week. Now I am thinking food and must really get moving for the day! Have a wonderful day everyone!!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

The B's Have It! Or do they??

Good morning everyone! Spring, so they say, is here. Ha. Cold, windy, rain..rain..and more rain. I have not seen the sun more than a handful of times here in Paris...or blue sky. We actually added an additional blanket to the bed last night. That is more than we had all winter! Of course it does not help they have turned off the heat in our building. They say it is spring. We don't need it. Happens every year, normally in March, sometimes April, this year they waited until the first of May.
Yesterday it was 10°C here. And cold! Feels even colder today but I am not going to look, just tell myself it is not cold and put on socks and a sweater. But the reason I am going on about this? Of course there is a reason. Our CT, Nelleke put out a bunch of great pages for a kit we had done last spring, The B's Have It by Paris Designs. Thought it was a great time to re-look at it as, they tell us, it is Spring. Perfect kit for spring and summer pages. Filled with flowers, bee's, buttons, bows... here is a preview of the kit. Of course it can only be gotten at Deco-Pages! If you have not checked out that site before, you should now. Many new designers and kits in the store, new challenges, the gallery is hopping! Oh... yes. Preview of the kit! Not all is shown!
Some of Nelleke's great pages she made using the kit are:

Friday, May 15, 2009

Help Wanted

Memorial Day

This spring my daughter and grand daughter came to visit here in Paris for 2 1/2 weeks. We had a wonderful time. We went through the catacombs, we spent 2 days at Euro Disney, we went to Normandy and saw the American Cemetery, one of the famous beaches, the point where so many lost their lives trying to overtake the area. Just this month here in France, the end of the war is celebrated, honoring the dead who fought so bravely to give freedom to so many. Knowing that Memorial Day in the US is coming at the end of May I decided to do a kit. For one of the backgrounds I actually used a photo we took of the crosses at the American Cemetery in Normandy.

There are flags, crosses and lots of flowers and clusters to decorate your pages. Let Paris Designs new kit, Memorial Day, help you to create pages to remember those you have loved and lost.

Here is a preview of the kit...found at Deco Pages in the store!

Nelleke has created some wonderful layouts using this kit as well!