Monna Lainson Designs

Friday, July 10, 2009

New Half n Half Challenge at OSS!

Isn't this an adorable kit? Paula Duncan at has started the monthly challenge off, and you can read all about it HERE.

The rules are simple - purchase this darling FIRST half of the kit at an amazing price of $2.00, do a layout with it, post it in the gallery and put a link in the above thread to the layout (just so it doesn't get missed and we can all oooh and ahhhh) by July 31st. Paula will then send you the SECOND half FREE! A very fun challenge!

You can find the first half of the challenge kit HERE.

Sorry, but the links to the freebie quick pages made by the designers at One Single Seed have expired, but look for them as an ADD ON to this great July Mega Kit.

And my links to the My Favorite Guy blog train are still active...scroll on down to get it. FABULOUS huge kit, and if you haven't made all the stops, time is running out.

I am heading out tomorrow to pick up my third Australian Shepherd. I am so excited about him! He is Keno's littermate and he's a blue merle with one darling blue eye. Pictures coming soon! This is it, folks - NO MORE AUSSIES! LOL Although, they tell me Aussies are like potato chips, you can't have just one! All of the dogs - Izzy, Pearl and Keno, have been in obedience training and are doing well. We found an amazing instructor who uses operant conditioning methods. As soon as they hear the "click" of the clicker, we have their full attention. They see it all as one big game and get so excited when we all load in the car and head to Katherine's house. And best of all, Eric and I are learning right along with the dogs. I think we needed instruction more than they did. Enjoy your week!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

All Aboard! OSS July Mega Kit Blog Train Freebie QPs!

Oh my! The designers at had such a good time with the YUMMY color palette this month! In fact, we had so much fun we decided to create quick pages to share with our blog readers.

Travel from blog to blog, get to know the designers at OSS, grab a couple of quick pages from each blog, and when you are finished you will have enough for a WHOLE album. How COOL is that?? Pretty cool, especially in this HOT month of July! But you need to hurry - they will only be available until July 6th as freebies. After that, they will go into the store at Have a peek at the preview, but I have to tell you, the preview doesn't begin to show all the beautiful items in this mega kit. Hurry over here to check it out.

Here are my contributions - I hope you enjoy them!


Head on over to the other stops on this month's Blog Train and grab your beautiful goodies! p.s. Don't forget to leave some lovin' for the designers of these fab quick pages - I can promise you we LOVE your comments!

Flower Scraps -
Paula Duncan -
Truly Scrap Designs -
Ambowife Designs -
Mad Scrapper Designs -

Have a great week and I'll see you soon!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

DST June Blog Train is leaving the station!!

Allll aboard! DST's June Blog Train is titled "My Favorite Guy", and it's FABULOUS! Here is my contribution:


The next stop on your journey is Mad genius Designs at

Hurry on over and please don't forget to leave some lovin' for the many designers who have contributed to make this FABULOUS mega kit! For full details, and a list of ALL the designer's blogs, please visit

Have a peek at the goodies that await you on June's Blog Train!

Please remember that designers from all over the WORLD are participating, so if a blog on the list doesn't have their contribution up yet, just consider the possible time difference and check back a little later. Enjoy the blog train and I'll see you soon!

The Newest Addition to Our Aussie Family

Those of you that know me are aware of my love and fascination of Australian Shepherds, which started with my beloved JJ. JJ was with me for 11 years and went to the Rainbow Bridge last December at the age of 13. Since then, Riveroaks Traveln' on Route 66, better known as Izzy, came to live with us. And I'm proud to announce that two weeks ago, Meenzer's King High Ticket, aka Keno, has joined our family!

Although my heart has longed for another Blue Merle like JJ, fate has brought two beautiful Black Tri's to me, and I'm perfectly okay with that. To me, black tri's are elegant and and their coat patterns are interesting. And on the plus side, they usually don't carry as much coat as the merles which is a bonus for a working person like me! Less brushing, grooming and vacuuming! LOL

Keno is 14 weeks old now, and is a bundle of energy. He is SUCH a sweetheart! Gentle and absolutely fearless, thanks to the excellent start in life that Angela (the breeder) provided for the litter. I was amazed and impressed that Angela spent so much time and effort socializing these puppies - many breeders do not do that. But Angela's puppies go to their new homes as happy and confident puppies, ready for their new lives, whether it be as a pet or in the competition ring. THANK YOU, Angela, and thank you for trusting me with him!

Our plan is to show Keno, although it will be a new experience for me. I hope Keno will forgive me for the mistakes I am bound to make! LOL

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check back tomorrow when we launch the June DST Blog Train. Oh my - the color palette is AWESOME, and with almost 100 designers participating, it is one huge mega kit! I promise you will love it! See you soon!