Garage Sale!!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Happy IDSD!!

So this weekend, I got a lot of inspiration surfing all the digi scrap sites. I even was able to pick up a few goodies (from Scrapable) I found some Freebie Template Layouts by Cindy Schneider (Sweet Shoppe Designs) So below are the layouts I did!

This one I created using Autumn by Dream Big Designs and the Build a Kit September (both available at Scrapable)

This layout is a template by Cindy Schneider at Sweet Shoppe, and the kit is Be Very Afraid by Eva Kipler (also Sweet Shoppe)

Still working on one more that I might share!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Breakfast Sandwich Makeover...

So, I am a bit of a Breakfast Sandwich junkie.. I especially love fast food breakfast sandwiches. A sausage and cheese biscuit from McDonalds, or a Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit, a Croissandwich from BK.. So good! But since my heart attack I can't exactly enjoy these little bits of joy with all their saturated fat. I had to figure out a way that I could enjoy the same taste, but with less calories.

So here is my take on a yummy breakfast sandwich, that has a LOT of great taste and it is fast:

1 Kroger Brand Plain English Muffin (130 Calories 1 Gram of Fat 27 Grams of Carbs)
1 Turkey Breakfast Sausage Patty Great Value Brand (90 Calories, 6 grams of fat 0 Carbs)
1 Slice of Sargento's Reduced Sodium Provolone Cheese (70 Calories, 5 grams of fat 1 Carb)
1/4 cup of egg beaters (30 Calories, 0 grams of fat, 1 Carb)
Totals: 320 Calories 12 Grams of Fat, 28 Grams of Carbs, 25 Grams of Protein

Toast English Muffin
Cook the eggs with whatever seasonings you like
Microwave the sausage patty following the package instructions. Once cooked, place cheese on top and microwave for about 10 more seconds to melt the cheese.
Assemble the sandwich - DELISH!

Now I know that there are probably lower calorie English Muffins out there, but these were just what I had on hand. The Wal-Mart Great Value brand Turkey Sausage patties are very good, the have a great sausage flavor and I do not even notice that they are "lower calorie" Now I know that not everyone likes to shop at Wal-Mart but these were the best sausage patties I could find that were not a soy product.
Tell me about some of your food makeovers!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

October/November Desktop Freebie

Hey Scrappers-

I finally took the time to make something scrap related!! I have created a desktop freebie for you, using my kit Autumn Spectacular. Unfortunately it is not available in any store at this time, but if you are interested, send me a message. I have created the desktop for both October and November in several different resolutions. Click the links below to download.

Thanks everyone and enjoy!! :-)

Monday, June 28, 2010

Food, food, food, all I think about is FOOD!

Hi Scrappers-

Boy, changing your food lifestyle is a difficult endevour. I suppose that is why I got to the weight I did, and ended up having a heart attack at 35.. It has been about a month since I had my heart attack. I have pretty much cut out all caffiene in my diet, I drink 3-4 8oz portions a week now. Down from the 4-5 12oz cans I used to drink every day. My sodium intake has been hovering right around 1700-1900 mg a day. As for carbs and fat, well those are in range too, but they move around more. So far, I have lost 19lbs. I have my first cardiologist appt on Friday, hopefully he will give me the OK to start exercising! I wanted to share a few products that I have found that are helpful to me:
  • Healthy Life Low Sodium High Fiber Bread - Comes in both wheat and white, and for a diet bread (only 70 calories for 2 slices and .5 grams of fat) it is pretty tasty.
  • Krema Natural Peanut Butter - Has the same amount of fat as normal peanut butter, but it has no sodium, and best of all even though it is a natural peanut butter, it doesn't have to be stored in the fridge.
  • Nutella - God, I LOVE this stuff... About half the fat of peanut butter, and very low sodium, I am still able to enjoy a bit of chocolate now and then.
  • Alpine Lace Reduced Fat Cheddar - Low fat cheese, that is also pretty low in sodium. Not something you can eat a lot of, but it helps out in a pinch! Tastes ok, but doesn't have the full flavor that a regular cheddar cheese does.
  • Fat Free Pringles.. - Warning they are made with Olean which has been known to cause stomach upset if you eat too many in one sitting. However, if you eat the portion size (15 chips) you will be fine. They taste just like regular pringles. Sodium on these is pretty low too (less than 100 mg) The only drawback is they leave a tiny bit of a greasy taste in your mouth, but doesn't last long.
  • Kroger Low Sodium Wheat Bread - This bread is VERY low sodium at 25 mg for two pieces. It isn't as tasty as the Healthy Life bread (dryer and less flavorful), but again will do in a pinch and makes really good toast.
  • Laughing Cow Light cheese - I especially like the french onion flavor. Only 35 calories, and 2 grams of fat, a bit higher in the sodium department (about 260 mg) but if you are eating low sodium in other areas, you will have room for this in your diet..
  • NutCrisps Roasted Almond Flavor - Awesome crackers at the end of the day, when you still have some calories and fat to burn. (tastes great with the Laughing Cow Cheese)
  • Skinny Cow Truffle Bars - OK, I know that most dieters already know about Skinny Cow ice cream confections, but can I just say YUM!!! These are the creamiest, smoothest ice cream bars I have ever tasted. At a meer 100 calories a pop, these are TOTALLY worth it!I would eat one EVERY day if they weren't so expensive. A pack of 6 costs close to 5.00 where I live in Michigan..

So those are some of the things I have found that have helped me not feel like all I eat is fruits and veggies.. :-) Tell me about some of the healthy foods you enjoy!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Changes to the blog... and a recipe!!

Hi Scrappers!

I am still planning to keep this blog going, and I will share layouts that I do, and I am sure I will share any freebies that I happen to make. But I am also going to start sharing some recipes. I was just recently released from the hospital, for having a heart attack. Surprising as I am only 35 years old. However, I have been a diabetic for 22 years, and unfortunately heart disease is a complication of diabetes.

The good thing about this heart attack is, that it was a VERY small one. So small in fact they had trouble seeing the damage when they did the heart cath. Luckily for me, this could be the wake up call I needed to start living a more healthy life and eating more healthy foods. So I am now on a low carb, low fat, low sodium diet. I didn't realize how many food are LOADED with sodium! So my husband and I have set out on a journey to make healthy foods that are still tasty and delicious.

My first recipe is a vegetarian chili.

1 medium onion chopped
4 cloves of garlic minced
1 tbsp olive oil
2 medium carrots finely chopped
2 medium tomatoes chopped
2 (15 oz) cans of no salt added black beans drained
1 (4 oz) can of reduced sodium tomato paste
2 cans of water (use the empty tomato paste can)
1 pinch (or to taste) of cayanne pepper (or chili powder)
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tbsp flat leaf parsley chopped

saute onions and garlic in oil on medium high heat until traslucent
add carrots, tomatoes, black beans, tomato paste, water and spices. Place a lid on the pot, and cook for approx 20-25 minutes until the carrots are tender.

Makes 6 servings.
Nutrition per serving:
Cal: 141
Fat: 2.9 grams
Carbs: 23 grams
Protein: 7.2 grams
Sodium: 7 mg


Monday, May 17, 2010

3 Dog Designs is Going out of Business

Hey Scrappers!

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the closing of 3 Dog Designs. Honestly I started this as a way to help release tension, and have fun. The actual act of designing I still enjoy but the business side of it not so much. I already have a full time stressful job, I don't need a second one. So before I start to dislike scrapping or designing, I decided to call it quits with my store. I am still going to keep my blog, and share things I scrap, and when I design something I like I will share here as well. So as a final farewell, I am holding a sale at My Life and Scrap. All of my products are 70% off through the end of May, or you can take advantage of a special deal and buy my whole store (17 products total) for just $5!!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Happy INSD!! All products in my store 50% off!!

Happy iNSD everyone! To celebrate, all the items in my store are a whopping 50% off!! Head on over to There are contests, and sales, lots of activities!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

New CU Doodles Released 45% off this week!

Hey Scrappers!
My CU doodles have been released at MLAS and are on sale 45% off until Sunday April 25th! So head on over to My Life and Scrap and pick em up!
Clicking the picture will take you directly to my store at My Life and Scrap! :-)

Hope everyone is having a great Tuesday!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Doodles, oooohhhh dooooodles!

Sorry about the funky title!! I guess my preschooler has been watching too much Mickey Mouse today! I have been busy working on some new doodles, hand drawn by me!! I have been having a lot of fun with it! These will be my first ever set of CU doodles. They should be released in about a week at MLAS! These were so much fun to create there is sure to be more to come!!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Punked has been released!

My new kit Punked has been released at MLAS. It is on sale for 25% off through next Friday (the 16th) Below is the preview. I hope you all like it! (click the preview pic and it will take you directly to my store at My Life and Scrap!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Quick Page Freebie, and new release!

To celebrate the final release of my Songs of My Heart Collection at My Life and Scrap ( one of the girls on my CT (Heidi) made these awesome Quick Pages!!! Each one of my Songs of My Heart Mini Kits is available individually or you can buy the collection, which also includes a coordinating solid paper pack (20 papers in all) that coordinate with each of the Songs of My Heart Mini's. Oh, and did I mention they are all on sale?? 25% off through April 11th! Just click the pictures below to download the quick pages!
This QP was made with Endless Love:

This QP was made with This Love:

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A few things..

Well I have been working on another new kit, that will be released in a few weeks at My Life and Scrap. It is going through their very strict QC process right now. I just have to say that the QC (quality control) there is awesome for both the designer and the customer. We learn new things, and how to improve the kits we design, and you the customer can rest assured that you are purchasing a quality product. Sorry I got off topic there a bit, but I really believe in their process and I honestly wish more sites had a policy like that, because I for one have bought things that didn't use a QC policy and I was very disappointed. Anyway, on to the new kit.. It is called Punked. Kinda grungy, but lots of fun colors. Here is a Sneak Peek:

I hope you all like it!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Another mini kit, another preview...

Here is the next kit in my Songs of My Heart Series.. L is for... Again this should be available in about a week at My Life and Scrap!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Preview - Tainted Love

This will be up in My Life and Scrap in the next couple of weeks.. I realized I forgot to post a preview yesterday!!

Saturday, February 20, 2010


Here I am on a sunny and cold Saturday morning, starting work on the next mini kit in the Songs of my Heart Series. I finished Tainted Love last night (a kinda grungy, punky love kit) Today I am starting L is for... I am really looking forward to it, it will be bright and colorful, and doodly!!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines day Scrappers!! Hope you all had a wonderful day with all of your loved ones! I have been busy working on a set of 5 mini kits that I can't wait to unveil. They are called Songs of My Heart, and they will be released the first week of March at MLAS, as a part of my first ever grab bag! All 5 mini's will be included, for the low price of $3.50!! My blog set up is the preview for the first kit, This Love.. Here is a preview of the second kit, Endless Love.

Check back on Friday for a preview of the third kit, Tainted Love

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Grand Re-Opening at My Life and Scrap starts tomorrow (2/8)

Hey Scrappers!!! I am super excited to let you know that my Grand Re-Opening at My Life and Scrap begins tomorrow!!! I will be opening my store with a HUGE 45% off sale! Also hopefully this week I will be adding a few new things. Keep watching!

Also this week, I am the featured designer at the Forever Free Downloads Site ( I will be having a new freebie every day this week!! Make sure you check it out!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Getting excited

Next week will be my Grand Re-Opening at My Life and Scrap. The ladies there have been wonderful, and I am super excited to be working with such a wonderful team again!!! I have several new mini kits coming out as well as my new line of Blog-a-licous Blog Kits!!! :-) Make sure you swing on over to , they have a SUPER great contest going on and first prize is a Wacom Bamboo Tablet!!! Who wouldn't want that???

Thursday, January 28, 2010

New store, new blog, new kits, new year!!

Hey scrappers!

Wow it has been a while since I posted! Things have been CRAZY in my personal life, but I think things are finally settling into a more manageable rhythm so I will be able to get back into designing again! As you can see I have redesigned my blog to match the upcoming Valentines Holiday! Also, I will be releasing two new products soon! The first is a mini kit (the first of 5) called This Love. I will also be releasing a new set of Blog kits so you too can make your blog look like mine!! The blog kit will be a freebie the week of Valentines Day on the website . The mini kit (This Love) will be released exclusively during my Grand Opening at Yes, the wonderful ladies at My Life and Scrap have agreed to allow me to come back and sell in their awesome store!!! (Thank you Carolyn and Linda!!!) My grand opening will be the week of February 8th. Make sure you stop back by often to see the rest of my Songs of my heart Mini's!!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Goodbye 2009, Hello 2010!!

Saying goodbye to 2009 for me was bittersweet. I lost my mom and my beloved dog Britianie in 2009. But some good things happened too. I started on this wonderful journey of becoming a Digi Scrap Designer. So far, it has been a whirl-wind. I am sure more changes are coming for me this year, but I am excited and looking forward to see where this year is going to take me! Right now I have 4 kits in the works, (yes I said 4!!!) I can't wait to see how they all come out. All I can say is that one is definately a girly kit (with some bling) one is a boy kit (kinda punky) the third is a baby kit (boys and girls) and the last is going to be a collab with my good friend Michelle from Chickensocks scraps.. :-) I can't wait to show you all when they are done!!