Sunday, February 22, 2009

Papers - Icy Vines at Niagara Falls

Commercial Use
Niagara: Icy Vines
Today's freebie is a set of commercial use textured papers made from a photograph of icy vines at Niagara Falls, Ontario. The papers are at 300 ppi, 12x12.  They are in 12 colors (coordinating with my previous CU designs), and in two shades of grayscale, so you can use color overlays to make them any color you like.
Click HERE to download grayscale papers.
Click HERE to download colors Part 1.
Click HERE to download colors Part 2.
Click HERE to download colors Part 3.
Notes for the day:
Well, hello again to everyone!  Thank you for all your messages of concern, wondering where I've been. Here's the short story - basically, I got so busy with my mommy duties that I was not able to find time for designing. Also, honestly, I felt so guilty about not having managed to find time to properly address and pass to others the tags/awards I had so kindly been given.  But, I do intend to try to keep designing, at least once in a while, and I plan for all of it to be OK for commercial use.  I will not be able to take time to go through all the 4Shared files to view comments, and my apologies for that (they just don't have any efficient way to see just the new comments), but any comments you leave directly on my blog post will go to my e-mail, and I read every one of those!  :)
Now for the longer story, if you're interested...
When we had our three foster children, things became very hectic as they prepared for returning to family right when we were preparing for the holidays, as well as my trying to keep up with the girls' homeschooling.  Right before Christmas, we became a family of 4 instead of 7 again.  After Christmas, the girls and I took a month-long driving trip - we went to see a friend in Nashville, then to my parents in North Carolina (where we hiked in the mountains and visited the Cherokee Museum. After that, we spent a few days learning early American history in Colonial Williamsburg, then spent a week skiing in the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts. (My husband was hired to do video production for a ski resort there, and we were invited to tag along!) Then we headed to Niagara Falls and learned about erosion and geology, then North Buxton, Ontario where we visited a museum at one of the endpoints of the Underground Railroad.  Next, we visited my uncle at the farm in Michigan that was built by me great-great-great grandfather. Finally, we learned to quilt at my mother-in-law's house, then came home.

Today's freebie comes from our visit to Niagara Falls - there was heavy snow while we were there, and the mist from the falls freezes everything facing it!  It made for a beautiful winter wonderland, with lots of interesting patterns of ice formation.  As you can see from the photos below, only the side of objects facing the falls was iced over, but the other side remained visible. Isn't that lamppost funny??  
The papers in the freebie were from the following photo of some vines coated by the falls' icy mist.

A special bit of happy news - another reason things are hectic for us right now is that a surprising and wonderful turn of events is happening for us.  For the last three years, we have been planning to adopt a child, expecting it to happen via foster care eventually.  However, a series of events took place that led us to a lovely young lady, orphaned in Ghana (in West Africa). She's about the same age as my oldest daughter, and very sweet.  We are well into the process of adopting her, and I hope to be traveling to Africa to bring our new daughter home in the next 6-8 weeks.  We all feel so blessed by this, and are very grateful for this path that God chose for us!
Hugs to everyone,



Kristine said...

Thank you so much from a Canadian who lives close to the Niagara Falls!

Joni said...

Thank you for these beautiful papers and welcome back, we all missed you, glad to hear everything is fine.

Snowdrops said...

Thankyou so much. I am just starting out making my own kits.. and I know how much a Thankyou matters !

deerwilderness said...

Thank you so much for shring these beautiful papers with us.

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 22 Feb [LA 07:00pm, NY 10:00pm] - 23 Feb [UK 03:00am, OZ 02:00pm] ).

Dinphy said...

Hi Jeanie.
So glad to see you back on line again. You sure were missed!

What a wonderful wonderful news you bring!! I couldn't help but smiling for you all while reading about your new daughter/sister! What a joy!
I bet you can't wait till the weeks have gone by and you can go to bring her home!
I wish you all the best.

You sure made a great trip with your girls, awesome to do such a thing!

Thanks for the freebie, I love the paper! Also great fun to see what the original photo was!

I have a bit of news for you too, I'm now actually a designer selling in a store. Can you believe it?? :)

Elisabeth said...

Happy to see you're back.
Thank you for the freebie

Angel said...

Thank you so much... you always have such nice designs for us.
Have a blessed day!

Jody said...

Oh I am so happy to hear from you again and know that all is well. I was sooooooo worried that your health was the problem. You have been so generous with your outstanding talent.

I am so excited for you and your family with the news of a new addition! You will be perfect for her and I know with all your home schooling skills you will have her blending in to your family in no time. Congratulations and I look forward to seeing photos of her in the future.

Just want you to know also that I love using your ctions that you have given out in the past. I never realized how great actions acan be till I tried yours! :)

Thanks so much and welcome back!

Elizabeth said...

So happy to hear from you, it sounds like you had a wonderful trip! Congratulations on your great news about your new daughter, and thanks for the papers, it is "cool" to know that they are from Niagara Falls frozen.

Shel said...

I'm so glad to hear that everything has been going so well for you. And I'm glad your back--your stuff is wonderful.

Congrats on the new addition to the family!

Lisete said...

Thanks for sharing your amazing work, Hugs from Venezuela.

klara said...

Thankyou very much for the beautifull papers. I wish you Gods blessing for your family and the trip to africa. I hope this child will bring you as much happines as our adopted grandson.

Lilly said...

Thank you for sharing these wonderful papers.

Sue said...

I'm so glad to hear everything is OK with you. When you didn't post anything for so long, I imagined something was terribly wrong with you or your family. I'm glad the opposite is true. What a blessing to adopt a child! I pray all goes well.

Thanks for the lovely papers!

LadyFox said...

These are lovely. Thank you so much

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! I love your textures!

EAL Designs2 said...

I'm so glad all is well, I have been worried about you, and kept you in my prayes, as I would stop by to see if you posted or not.
Must say a big thank you for the wonderful freebie, I too am in Canada, used to live in Niagara Falls actully, (secreatly wish I was back there, lol).
Sending hugs and hope all goes well with your adoption.
Hugs, Lisa

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Scrapbook Freebies Search List, under the Do Not Show post on Apr. 16, 2009. Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Thank you! These are very nice!

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