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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Mistakes of the heart


You can download this at:
This little girl with her green eyes just captured my heart.  I honestly don't know where I found her, but she is that special photograph that I found many, many years ago.  I tried to look for her this morning to give the photographer credit .... but, alas I can't find it.
Just the same .... to this wonderful capture of the heart because that is what it represented to me ... I want to thank this wonderful photo of a child.  I wonder if it was his or her child.  I changed the color of her hat and bows to green, but that is my only change.
It is the innocence that I see ... the wonderment of love ... the sweetness of a soft smile.  Isn't she just precious?
Again, I continue with the theme of St Patty's day .... just with a little twist.  And, all of you know I like doing "twists".  Hope you love her as much as I do!!!!!
And, don't forget ..... comments, comments.
Hugs, Sue

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Best Friends

Today my freebie is dedicated to ALL OF MY CYBERVILLE FRIENDS out there.  You all have hung out with me for a long, long time now and I want to show you how much I appreciate not only you visiting my blog, but also all the wonderful comments that you leave that keep me going.

I wanted to do something special not only for YOU GUYS, but also a wordart that I felt was appropriate for the St Patrick's freebies.  This is my way of saying THANK YOU, THANK YOU AND MORE THANK YOU'S.  Each and everyone of you have made this a fantastic journey for me into the creative world of words. 

All of you mean more to me then you will ever know.  So without further delay ... let's get to the good stuff. 

Here is my preview:
You can download this little cutie at:

One of the things I haven't done in a long time .... is welcome any newcomers to my site.  It is my pleasure to do these freebies for all of my CYBERVILLE FAMILY and to say a special hi to all my newest friends.  I have many freebies in many different subject matters.  All you have to do is look up whatever label you may be interested in.  I think too, that Christmas is probably my biggest number of freebies.  To all YOU OLDIES BUT GOODIES ... YOU are my rock through the hard times and always, always make me smile.

And, don't forget to leave me some comments .... afterall, you know that is what keeps all of us creating for you.

Hugs forever, Sue

Monday, February 25, 2013

St Patrick's Melody

One of my favorite subjects is Irish Folklore, and none greater than the holiday bestowed to the Irish.  The time of green and white worn by all in celebration, even those without any Irish blood.  Isn't it grand to have this special day when we all can claim to be Irish?

I, myself did the next best thing because you see I do not have any Irish blood, so I just married one.  And, to make that day even more special ... I made sure I married my Irishman on St Patty's Day.

Today I want to give everyone one of my sets from last year and than just surprise you with others the remainder of this week.

Here is preview of this set:

You can download this at:
Hope this a great start for those out there that love this holiday as much as I do.
Hugs always, Sue

Friday, February 22, 2013

Leprechaun Glasses

I want everyone to know that today my creative juices are back.  I am so happy, too.  I was starting to wonder if that part of my brain had gone of permanent vacation.

As the next holiday is St Patrick's Day and also a very important day in my life ... I just knew under all those misfiring neutrons in this brain of mine, sooner or later the good ones would go into action.  The reason for the importance of the day .... it will be my 24th wedding anniversary to my Mr John.

So without any further delay .... here is my freebie for today.

You can download this at:
Thanks everyone for being so patient with me.  BECAUSE I AM SO GLAD TO REALLY FEEL LIKE I AM BACK!!!!!!
Hugs, Sue

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Wobby legs

Just a quick release again of one of my favorites from last year.

I have been having trouble again with my stomach, so I haven't been able to make it to my blog.  I unfortunately just can't seem to get a break this month.  I am quite sure all my stress over my friend, Barbara has caused some of my problems.  My doctor is sending me to the University of Iowa.  Hopefully nothing to serious. (in July I had two stomach ulcers) and problems with my lower esphagus.  But, just the same I wanted to get something out to you all.

You can download this at:
I will definately be writing more when I feel better. 
Hugs, Sue

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Love Birds

I know that Valentine's Day is over and I will soon begin on my St Patrick's Day freebies ......

BUT ......

I want to do just one more Valentine's freebie.

Here is my preview:

You can download it at:
I want to send a special thanks out to Secondlina of
Deviant Art
the "Love Birds" are
her creation
And I think their adorable.
I sure would want my first love to be dressed like him ... hee, hee

I have included the freebie two different ways.
One with the element and one just words.
As always, thank you for stopping by my blog.  I know that I have been somewhat subdued this month, but with very good reasons.  I continue to pray daily for my friend, Barbara.  And, wish so much that I was in Texas to hug her as she needs it.  I still continue to have so many feelings of helplessness and disbelief.
Approximately one week ago I received some of what I call "hate mail" from two people; which I will not leave their names over a layout I'd posted.  I have since removed that layout.  They unfortunately shook me right down to my core.  I have never received these kind of words from anyone, especially someone I don't know.  They were hateful and cruel.  It made me question, if I even wanted to continue with this blog.  And, it completely crushed my ability to create anything.
It is only due to my regulars that have left such kind words that I will try to continue.  This is hard because I just want to "shut the door", and go back to the way my blog was before ... just for me.  So, please bare with me, because the "words aren't really there right now".  And, I am working so hard to just do anything on this blog.

I am from hard stock, though .... even though I just couldn't do that to anyone else because it is not my nature, I want to get right up .... shout on the top of my lungs and tell those "two people" you didn't win.  So, even though it is hard for me right now .... I WILL CONTINUE TO TRY TO GET MY FREEBIES OUT TO MY FRIENDS.  They may never see this entry .... but I don't care.  I just won't be bullied.
And, again please do keep those kind comments coming ... I think that is the only thing that will help me over this obstacle. 
Lots of love, Sue

Friday, February 15, 2013

Valentine's Day

Hi Guys,

One of the fun things about my special "love fests" .....

Is my putting on my thinking cap and trying to come up with a new and unique way of telling my special guy how important he is to me. 

This year, I was really going into panic mode because as of Tuesday morning I just wasn't coming up with anything new and different.

My spirits have been so much on a roller coaster these past couple of weeks, that this was really hard.    And, I feel like for the past two week I keep having this reoccuring thought.  What will I do if something happens to John? 

Barbara and Richard only reenforce how precious life is.

Well, on Tuesday ... I'd had enough.  It was time for happy thoughts and grand ideas.  Afterall, that is what my sweetheart, honey bunch, cutie-pie would expect. 

And, I just can never let him down ......

I went out looking for ideas at the stores and GOT NO WHERE!!!  I went online and GOT NO WHERE!!!  I told my brain to start working and GOT NO WHERE!!! 

Now, that is not good !!!!

Low and behold ....

I started to zero in on what makes my man special.  What does he like?  What are his hobbies?  What are his dreams?

And, I went from there ...... 

And, then I had this brilliant idea .....
So, here through photographs was  my Valentine's Day gift to him.

  I hope you enjoy my adventure along with us.

I took him on a
vintage train ride
As the engine whistles and smoke passes our
window, we travelled together back to the
Golden Age of Travel of the 1920's.
Served with his very own luxury chocolates and chocolate chip cookie.
And ...
my Keepsake of his Valentine's Card to me
on Febuary 14, 2012.
Framed Febuary 14, 2013.
This time a rose for my honey
And, I just let cupid take care of the rest !!!!
The clink of crystal glasses will soon be filled
with chocolate milk
As we watched on the huge widescreen television
our very own private showing of
the train makes its way
through the landscape green of Ireland.
Now, this is my make-believe trip everyone .....
Ireland, the Isle of Green
 is the home of family history of the
this romance of rails
of authentic culture
speaks softly to the heart of
My Irishman 
With springtime whispering to his senses
Memorable sounds of
Celtic Music played softly in our ears
 we talked of
trip to Ireland
if only in our dreams
delicious five-course dinner
of ALL HIS  favorites ...
oreo cookies with hearts, cinnamin rolls,
chocolate caramel candies
bacon and milk
(unfortunately served upstairs)
my man wouldn't eat by the fireplace in our real basement.
And he's thinking all the while ....
Our remarkable train travel ...
wasn't I lucky to get to share it with this cute little boy !!!!
(John @ age ten years)
"After all this time ....
.... I've still got the biggest crush on you."
And, my freebie today is ....
You can download it at:
Hoping that everyone had the best Valentine's Day yesterday ......
Hugs, Sue

Monday, February 11, 2013

A hug

I have just discovered that I didn't complete my 2011 Christmas Photobook, so needless to say, now I have a fresh idea for it.

I am going to do it around the poem "Twas The Night Before Christmas" by Clement Clarke Moore.
This has always, always been one of my own childhood beloved poems.  I can remember my mother or father always reading it to me.  I would look so forward to it and I would sit just a still as a little mouse, anticipating this wonderful story.

There is the first page of my Christmas Book for 2011.

Also, I have totally completed my Christmas Book for 2012 yesterday.  Now, to complete this one too.  I plan to do this one totally as scrapbook pages, with minimal photographs.

freebie for today

I am resubmitting one of my Christmas freebies because I think it is so appropriate for Valentine's Day.  It is one of my favorites.

Here is a preview:
You can download it at:
another set of freebies
for Mardi Gras
I am also enclosing a couple of my other freebies from last year .... for the wonderful holiday of Mardi Gras.  As I am from Texas, I do miss not being part of the comraderie this year.  I just love all the parades, purple, green and gold beads and King's Cake.

You can download them at:

Have a wonderful and blessed day.
Hugs, Sue

Sunday, February 10, 2013


Just another layout page
Even though our snow is melting, this is a photograph of my husband that I took of him while he was shoveling the snow off of our deck.  It is his look that I wanted to capture.
Another scrapbook page I did this morning is
one for all the cornfield's of our nation
whether they are in Iowa or another state.
There is not much to this layout because
I just didn't think it needed more.
The saying is:
They say every snowflake is different.
If that were true, how could the world go on?
How could we get off our knees?
How could we ever recover the wonder of it?
                                                                Jeanette Winterson
I just love this.
In addition, I must apologize to one of the other bloggers for a scrapbook page I put on my site.  I am in the process of making a photobook using scrapbook pages and photographs from this past Christmas.  I did use her layout because I thought it was so cute.  She has requested that I take the layout off of my site, which I have done.  My error was putting it up here.  I did not mean to imply that I was taking credit for the layout, but I understand why she felt that way.   I just wanted to let everyone see my husband and myself in this adorable layout.  So, to Vanilla Designz I extend this heartfelt apology.  I am not a person that won't tell someone I am sorry, when it is needed.  I am truely sorry.  I honestly didn't mean to make this grave error.  I hope that you will accept this, as I really meant no harm.    
Now, on to my daily freebie:
You can download this at:

Everyone have a wonderful day.
Hugs, Sue

Friday, February 8, 2013

One other thing

One of my followers ask me to do yesterday's freebie without the ending .... Mom and Dad

So, this one is for you.
You can download this at:
Hugs, Sue

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Letter From Santa

Today I have finally started doing some of my Christmas 2012 scrapbook pages for my photobook I always order.  In my photobooks I always include layouts, as well as, photographs along with my journaling.  I have been lucky enough to make a photobook for each Christmas since I came to Iowa and they are such wonderful keepsakes for me to treasure and look at in years to come.

I want to include the scrapbook layout I just completed that I have made with the kit I bought at the end of the year in December as a gift to myself.

Here is a layout of my first page called
"A Letter From Santa"
of my granddaughter, Allison
You can find the elements in a Christmas Kit called
"Holiday Hoopla"
by Snickerdoodle Designs and Kimberkatt Scraps
My freebie is the little journal I did.
You can download this at:
Just want to show everyone that I do scrapbook layout pages too, not just wordart.  All of you know that photography is my first love.  After that, I love creating with the memories of that moment and through digital scrapbooking I am able to do just that.  I unfortunately don't do quite as much as I use to; now my scrapbooking seems to be mostly Christmas Memories.  Just the same, I love doing them.
Do let me know what you think of these two in a comment or two.
Hugs, Sue
p.s.  Barbara is out of the hospital ..... God be praised

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

In the palm of your hand

I have been thinking about my grandbabies this morning.  Each and every single nine of them!!!!  I just can't believe how blessed I am.  From that moment I became a grandmother for the very first time, to the last little angel born .... my excitement and awe never changed.

I have been lucky to experience so many different personalities ... I have thinkers, I have silliness, I have quiet ones, I have loud ones and so much more.

Today my freebie is dedicated to those fantastic kiddos!!!!!

Here is my preview:

You can download at:
This is a smaller little lady ...
just perfect for that corner of a heartfelt
grandma or grandpa scrapbook page.
And a special thanks to
Phillip Martin
for his free clipart
titled "Grandparents"
Latest news on my friend, Barbara .... she is out of intensive care.  I am so, so grateful!!!  I want to thank each and every single one of you that has sent me a comment of prayers.  I am just overwhelmed with emotion.  Your kindness will never be forgotten.  I will be forwarding all of your comments to Jackie to give her mother probably over the weekend to ensure I can send each and everyone of them.  From my heart, thank you.
With all my love and hugs galore,  Sue

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A Heartfelt Request to my Cyber Family

On the most part, I don't resubmit a daily freebie that I have done ... but this one is so very important to me.
I don't want to appear that I am not grateful for all the lovely comments that I do receive, but on Febuary 1, 2013 I only received one comment in reference to this entry.  And, I continue to stuggle. 
I want everyone to know that I am not asking for myself any longer, but for my dearest friend, Barbara. 
Last night I received a call from Barbara's daughter, Jackie that her mother has been hospitalized.  She is in intensive care.  Yesterday, Barbara collapsed.  Physically they have not been able to find anything wrong with her, but she is not doing well.  I am so afraid that she just doesn't want to continue living.  And, I am so worried about my friend.  Not only is the unthinkable a possibility, I now worry about Barbara's two adult children. 
What I am asking for ... is a circle of prayers in the form of comments that I can forward onward to Jackie to give to her mother in the hospital.  She needs all the love that she can be surrounded by.  You are the most giving, thoughtful and endearing cyber family I have.  Please, please take a moment for my friend.
After the freebie, I have another copy of my post from Febuary 1st.  Please read it, if you have not.

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Today it is with a very heavy heart that I come. 
Barbara is a dear, dear friend of mine and on January 30, 2013 she lost her husband, Richard. I first met Barbara at my daughter, Angie's bachelorette party over fourteen years ago. She is the mother of Angie's sister-in-law, Jackie. After that night, Barbara and I became great friends.

As a single mother, I admired Barbara. She has two children Jackie and Anthony. She is bubbly and just a sweetheart. Life has not been easy for her either. I really don't want to share anything from her past except to say she is a survivor. And the men in her life were what I call "bastards". She seemed to only meet men that wanted her as a "trophy", never marriage. And, in her sweetness, (whatever you call it) ... she never seemed to realize what kind of men she was drawn to.

And, then she met Richard five years ago and I couldn't have been happier for her. And, when he asked to marry her ... wow. He was one of the gentlest, sweetest and most caring men, I have had the honor to call friend. He made loving Barbara look so easy, because he worshipped the ground she walked on and she has done the same in return. I know he gave Barbara the stability she had never experienced. And, in turn ... Barbara just blossomed. He's funny and just loved life to the fullest.

For five years, I have known that God sent this wonderful man into her life. He was and is the part of her life that made it whole. He made her complete. And, gave her all the happiness she has so justly deserved.

Barbara and Richard
"The day they met"
Barbara and Richard
"Last summer in New Orleans"

I want to include a photo of her beautiful daughter, Jackie
Doesn't she look just like her mother, Barbara

and son, Anthony
Her kids at Mardi Gras, New Orleans

From talking with Jackie last night, she told me that it appears that Richard may have suffered from a deep vein thrombosis. He had been complaining of severe leg pain. Jackie said, she had called her mother to find out how Richard was doing and upon talking with her mother and then Richard he said the pain had gone away and "he felt better than he had felt in days". Approximately thirty minutes later Richard said "my lips feel numb" and went to go to the bathroom. She said her mother said that Richard called her name and when her mother went to him, he collapsed. He died in her arms moments later. To me, it sounds like a pulmonary embolism. And, I honestly don't know if he'd been to see a doctor.

This is the reason, my heart hurts so deeply. I just don't feel that Barbara deserved this. I am so sad, this just seems like a nightmare. And I want to somehow go back to January 29th and find out this really, really isn't true. The funeral is tomorrow and there isn't even anyway for me to go home to be with Barbara. I have been unable to get through to her on the phone and I just feel so far away. I have already cried so many tears, but I am crying now again. I just can't imagine what she is going through.

My wordart is dedicated to Barbara and her wonderful husband, Richard. Even though, I know she will never read this, hopefully in some small way my prayers will be with her today. May God wrap her in peace and help her through the days ahead. It was the only thing I could think to do today to let her know that all my thoughts are with her and more importantly tomorrow. I love you, Barbara.

Hugs, Sue

Monday, February 4, 2013


Everyone loves to win and the game of tic-tac-toe, and especially when love is involved.  May your sweetheart be the winner or loser; no matter how you look at it ... as long as you win him or her.

Preview for today:
You can download at:
Got to make a quick run, need to get my car to the shop for an oil change and I need to leave the house in fifteen minutes.
I'll write more tomorrow.  Have a wonderful Monday.
Hugs, Sue

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Pancakes for the heart


Now, I must ask you .... what is the way to your heart?  Is it a box of chocolates?  Is it a special candle-light dinner for two?  Is it holding hands?  Is it that look that just makes your heart go thump, thump?  Or is it pancakes?

you say!!
Where is Sue going now?
And without delay .....
the last words are .....
"if you bring me pancakes instead of candy"
 You can download this at:
And, now without delay let me continue with my vacation trip:
Yesterday I ended the first chapter with our private concert ....
Now, I must tell you the only thing that my daughter, Angie kept saying from the moment we arrived and at least once an hour on the hour afterward was this STATEMENT. 
"Mom, I want you to take a family professional photo"
If, I heard that statement once, I swear it came out of her mouth at least like a broken record and I knew that the next day was already planned as the family outing to take that perfect family framed 8x10 photograph for her mantel.
Little did I know what that was going to mean.  Did you know all photograph planning means you must go shopping for new clothes for the entire Sticker family?  I was up to that ... I like to shop!!!  So off the "girls" went.  Then I learned something new .... all outfits must be coordinated around what Mom (my daughter) wants to buy!!!!  Abby's white top was next, then the boys in blue and finally it's time to look for Dad.  Angie doesn't like anything and says he's got plenty of clothes at home .... poor, poor Reggie.  As for me, do you think I go shopping without buying something.  Ofcourse not, the new clothes were my treat.
Homeward bound .... showers to take, hair to fix and make-up to apply. 
We are off on our next adventure of the day. 
Now, I want you to look at these faces.  Why do you ask?  Don't they look like they are really into the idea of having to pose for pictures.  Their Mom has turned into a drill instructor!!!!  "Look at Nana", she keeps barking.  And, do they listen .... ofcourse not.  And then disaster hit ..... no sooner had Angie said "no one jump down because there's water below the bridge"  Miss Abby just jumps and her white silver shoes are stuck in mud!!! 
 Neither Mom or daughter are happy!!!
And, what happens next .....
 is these three kids can't keep their eyes open!!!! 
It was like you were saying to them "one, two, three ... close your eyes". 
At least they smiled!!!  Please notice Abby is barefoot.
New approach
Papa decides to balance himself above the water on a rock, then leans down to get the perfect shoot and these three kids still can't open their eyes. 
All the while I keep thinking .... "John, don't fall in the creek!!!!"  Afterall, I have to think about my brand new camera that he's holding.  I THINK I'M IN LOVE WITH IT MORE THAN I AM WITH THAT HANDSOME MAN.
Now, it's time for me to show you why these kids can't open their eyes in photographs. 
Is this in their genes or what???????
My daughter is getting so frustrated with her family because by this time I think I'd already taken fifty photographs and everyone keeps closing their eyes on me!!!!  Now, I find it absolutely comical because I know her way, way to well!!!  She is my "sunshine child" and there is no sunshine for her family. 
Daggers are a better description
I suggest .... just the two of them.  The most beautiful couple in Katy, Texas.  And, there's a smile and open eyes!!!  Woo hoo!!!  Woo hoo!!!  Woo hoo!!!
Time to try for the kids again.
Finally .... isn't this a fantastic photograph? 
At least for five minutes!!!!
Sean just can't be good for tooooo long ...
It would be out of character!!!!
 Miss Abby Apple


And finally .... my sweet, sweet Abby Apple. In her eyes I still can see that precious first-born grandchild I held. She is the light of my creativity. Everything about her is nurtured in the world of art. She can draw, she can write, she can paint and so much more. She has already developed all these talents way beyond her age. She is my inspiration now with each and everything I do myself.
Onward bound ....
this is called trying to get the perfect family portrait
Just look at my daughter's expression ....
and the boy's are trying to

Angie doesn't give up ....
It's instructions as to where to stand.
Ryan thinks "Mom ... give it a rest"
Abby thinks "can I be anywhere else then here?"
Sean thinks "this is sooo tiring"
Dad thinks "kids please cooperate with your mother"
and finally

Perfect family portraits
are created through many, many tries
than just for a moment the camera captures .......
Let me welcome you to the Sticker Family. 
My beautiful daughter, Angela
her handsome husband, Reggie
their daughter, Abby
and sons Ryan and Sean
Aren't they just beautiful
and God blessed me with both.
How much I love this photograph of Angela with her daughter, Abby.  It is just speaks to my heart in volumes and volumes.  When I first saw it after downloading ..... all I could say was wow.
Now I want to include my favorites of my grandchildren.  There are many reasons why I love them, too.  Each time I look at them, I can remember their funny faces and the boy's nonstop silly ways.  They are loving brothers and a sister.

This is one of my favorite's.
And they continue .....
I just love the capturing of all their personalities.
Ryan- he's the silly one
Abby-she's the mischevious one
Sean-he's the clown
Oops, the closed eyes has returned
Ryan is frowning because
I said "smile".
There is is .... I know they wouldn't let me down!!!
now ....
No photo shoot is complete without a couple of those "I'm tired of all this" either.  So, I just had to include them as well.  Aren't kids just the greatest????  And, that is what keeps our photos what we all call FAMILY.  All the worts and all.

I just love this one of Sean faking "I'm hurt"!!!
It's called ....
let's see if I can get Abby in trouble ....

and, the three generations
No family gatherings are complete without the "Three Generation" photograph.  As you can see, my Miss Angie has my smile.  I even match the girl's, too.  Afterall, the ladies have to look good!!!!!  And, we do .... don't we?
I think the family "Sticker" session is finished.  Now, it is time for just us.  This is my life partner and I couldn't be happier.  He is my best friend and sometimes my worst enemy.  He's my shoulder I lean on and the one I want to hit at times.  He's quiet and only really is silly with me!!  He thinks he suppose to be "Dad" at all times.  But, our kids have found their way to get him not to be that "grumpy" old man they swear they grew up with.   But, out grandchildren know better
because he's Mr. Softy to them.
Yes, this day was a blessing.  It was full of much laughter, barefeet, silly faces, frowns and memories.
And with this I end my journal to you of my photo session afternoon with my family.  I do hope I have caused a couple of smiles along the way.  As for me, each and every single photograph represents a moment captured in time.  These are my memories.  And with that I close with just one more to say goodbye until tomorrow's Texas Journey continued .... just for you.
May you day be filled with the love of your family.
Hugs, Sue