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It’s time for Custom Collection Sundays. Yay! This is my favorite part of any week.

What is a Custom Collection Sundays? It is a chance for each of you to request a Custom Collection from one of our Designers. Every week one person wins their request.

This week I have a brand new Custom Collections Sunday to show off! On February 1, Barbara won her Custom Collection request from  Carin Grobe Design:

3rd time a charm? I would love to see an outdoor woodland type kit with variations of green, tan, brown etc. but with blend-able colors, not the bright garish colors that stand out to much. Backgrounds blended. Masks to blend photos into the background as well softening everything out. I haven’t seen a soft blend-able colored kit in a long while. Nice trees, bushes, flowers etc. Thank you so much. Here is the site address for soft palette colors I love. Foggy tones1 done on 12/8/14.
http://design-seeds.com/index.php/home/entry/foggy-tones1

from: Barbara Christensen

Introducing the stunning new Woodland Wonders:

Woodland Wonders Page Kit

Deep in the forest ‘neath the cover of trees, a fawn grazes quietly, a butterfly floats on the breeze.  Tiny birds watch their eggs, the squirrels lighten the mood.  A beaver, a hedgehog, an owl hunting for food.  The smell of pine needles, leaves covering the ground, the sounds of Woodland Wonders are all around.

Woodland Wonders will be your choice for scrapbook pages and project where you need a soft, natural camo look – perfect for memories of outdoor days, trips to National Parks, picnics under trees, hiking, geo-caching or maybe just a walk in a park. It is filled with animals, flowers and trees and a variety of papers from gently shaded to bold stripes and patterns.

Woodland Wonders Masks
Woodland Wonders Realistic Paper Pack
Woodland Wonders Cardstock Papers

Save even more on the entire collection!

Woodland Wonders Collection

Here is a special 10% off coupon for our blog readers! Code: CCS_WOODLAND (expires Mar 31, 2015). Coupon is valid on: Woodland Wonders Collection and Woodland Wonders Page Kit. Barbara, check your email to get this magnificent collection FREE!

I very much appreciated the slightly less specific requests. It is easier to get those completed than once with complex, specific elements. Continue to ask me something fun! Ask me something in your favorite color! Or favorite colors! Request flowers, winter or love, and let’s see who I can make happy next. And go ahead & try with something a little more specific. I know there were some great ideas out there that can be fulfilled! Give it another go?

The bad news is, I’m not picking a new Custom Collection Sunday Winner.  Until the new store is up, all my energy will be focused on this (BIG Store Announcement).  However, I will be picking a winner from among the comments on all our Custom Collection Sunday new releases for the next few weeks on April 19! So please, comment away & request what you would most like to win in a custom collection.

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Cole really needs our prayers.  His hand is not healing, in fact it’s doing the opposite (Westberry’s Only).  He originally had on a half cast that caused him nothing but pain.  He refused to go back to the ER, insisting on school, activities, etc. I finally ambushed him on Saturday and dragged him back in.

I almost cried when they took the cast off.  His hand was so misshapen, so swollen, so horrific.  The pain he must’ve felt, and here was my baby being stoic.  His cast had been put on wrong, and way too tight.  Even the ER doctor was shocked at the state of his hand.

A lovely one-armed tech, Sven, put a new half cast on absolutely beautifully.  He took his time, he made sure all Cole’s pressure points were relieved, and he made sure to have it snug but not too tight. It’s entirely possible Cole fell a little bit in love with Sven.

Yesterday was our ER Surgery appointment. Again the cast came off.  This time was equally horrific.  His hand was much better, still swollen but no longer misshapen, but his eczema had flared-up exponentially.  The vast majority of his skin was peeling and bleeding, the skin in between his fingers gone.  Again the ER surgeon was shocked at the state of his hand.  So shocked he was speechless.

Finally, there really was nothing left to do but treat the eczema (with cream, and special cotton finger coverings, and oral medications) before recasting in another half cast.  Surgery is not an option. The risk of infection to his bone with that much open wound is not acceptable.  Unfortunately the half casts are not protecting his bone enough and in the past week it’s shifted even more out of place.  We are talking millimeters, but millimeters matter in a hand bone.

For  now we go back every two days for a new cast and eczema treatment.  The good news is they can put each new cast on a little tighter to help the bone shift into place and heal.  I have fingers & toes crossed it’s enough.

I am obviously not sharing gruesome hand photo’s.  That’s a little much to bear with our morning coffee, and Cole would not be happy with me.  Instead, one of my favorite memories from my too-brief trip away from it all.  On our way to Giants Causeway we swung by the Dark Hedges.  Something everyone who has done the drive to Giants Causeway recommend.

It was everything I expected, and more.  These 300-year-old beeches are another land within a foreign land.  They are spooky, ancient, hauntingly beautiful and something I could’ve spent a day & a night photographing. I’ve had the hardest time picking out just one photo to share.  I actually love the black & white photo more, but the luscious green of the Irish countryside insisted I share it.  I love Ireland.

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I was going to wax poetic about Ireland today, and it’s still coming, you can’t stop me!  But, gosh there’s always a “but” isn’t there?  I was at the emergency room again last night.

I know, I know, I barely skimmed over Lindsay’s break in my Week I Review of Sorens visit home (Whirlwind).  But she did break her wrist (the scaphoid bone) snowboarding in Garmisch, beautiful, sunny, perfect Garmisch, while she was here.

Lindsay (Sorens girlfriend) was a Trooper!  I had no idea she’d hurt herself halfway down the mountain. And we snowboarded allllll the way down the mountain (Garmisch Hausberg, 1.3 km long).  Not only did we snowboard allllll the way down, but Lindsay wound up carrying Tess’ poles most of the way down.  Tess gave up. She hates skiing. She hates snowboarding (I think I’m disowning her).  Soren carried his sister down, while herding rocket-boy Dane.  Lindsay carried her poles, with her broken wrist, while I carried her skiis.

To top it off, Lindsay & I got lost.  Somehow we wound up off the run, on the other side of the mountain, on the other side of the small but raging brook.  Thankfully there was a fabulous, wobbly, rickety wooden plank we could use to cross the raging brook.  An elderly German man watched us cross it with great trepidation (carrying boards & skiis).  I asked him;

“Is it safe?” In my best German, of course.
“Yes.  Try it.” Says he.  “Then I can cross too.” Though I imagine he would not have crossed had the board snapped under my weight, and the raging brook carried me away.

The next day we took Lindsay to the ER, because she was stoic & fine that first day.  However. I caught on very quickly when she couldn’t brush her hair, teeth, or feed herself properly.

Last night Cole came home, with Dave, and I took one look at his hand & knew we were going right back to the same ER. He had a broken bone too.  Cole was stoic too, not a a tear was shed, but, LOL, he broke it horsing around with a buddy.  Really just talking with his hands, with his whole body, the way we all do, and his hand connected with his buddies moving knee.  The buddy is fine, not even a bruise.  Cole… well… he & Lindsay are now twinsies & I think they’ve put up a “Westberry’s Only” sign at our ER.

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Round Robin: Garden Gate

by Toiny Westberry 10 March 2015
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It is time for  week TWO of the SnickerdoodleDesigns Round Robin. This week is a collab with Mel, of Mel Designs. This collection is gorgeous, a little vintage, and perfect for all us with a little love for our gardens. Here is what Karen has to say about this stunning new collection: Just one of […]

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Custom Collections Sunday: New Winner!

by Toiny Westberry 8 March 2015

It’s time for Custom Collection Sundays. Please comment away below to WIN a custom collection of your very own. What is a Custom Collection Sundays? It is a chance for each of you to request a Custom Collection from one of our Designers. Every week one person wins their request. I have no new release […]

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Round Robin: Fly Away Home

by Toiny Westberry 3 March 2015
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It is time for the first week of the SnickerdoodleDesigns Round Robin. This week is a collab with Katie of Just So Scrappy, the kit is fun, playful and bright! Here is what Karen has to say about this fabulous new collection: I have been a traditional scrapper for many years, and started exploring digital […]

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Whirlwind

by Toiny Westberry 21 February 2015
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I am bursting with happiness. I’ve got words spilling out of  my fingers faster than they can type.  My oldest, my golden child, my beautiful first born, Soren is here!  He arrived safe & sound & full of energy to explore the world early Sunday morning.  It has been a whirlwind ever since. We’ve been […]

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Custom Collection Sunday: Spring Beginnings

by Toiny Westberry 15 February 2015
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It’s time for Custom Collection Sundays. Yay! This is my favorite part of any week. What is a Custom Collection Sundays? It is a chance for each of you to request a Custom Collection from one of our Designers. Every week one person wins their request. This week I have a brandnew Custom Collections Sunday […]

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Round Robin: Capturing the Moment

by Toiny Westberry 10 February 2015
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It is time for week two of the Nibbles Skribbles Round Robin.   I’m pretty excited about this weeks new collection.  Photography is a big love of mine, a hobby second only to my love of scrapbooking & quilting! This one fits me to a “T”… no pun intended. Here is what the designers have […]

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Custom Collection Sunday: February 8, 2015

by Toiny Westberry 8 February 2015

It’s time for Custom Collection Sundays. Yay! This is my favorite part of any week. What is a Custom Collection Sundays? It is a chance for each of you to request a Custom Collection from one of our Designers. Every week one person wins their request. This week I have only a new Custom Collections […]

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