Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Part Deux

Here are a few more Black River Designs Christmas in July layouts.

One of my favorite pictures of Danielle on experiencing her first Christmas. The richness and vibrancy of the colours in the Black River Designs papers is outstanding. I should also mention that these papers are heavy and beautiful on both sides; yes, they are indeed double sided.

Supplies: In addition to the Black River Designs pattern papers, the black and red cardstock is from Core'dinations. I love Core'dinations cardstock too! And the colour match is perfect-o!!! The snowflake and Christmas trees are scraps from my offcuts bin. The dies are by Cuttlebug and the shimmer is created using two different colours of glimmer mist from Tattered Angels. The alphas are from American Crafts. I also sewed along the edges as a just because...I love the stitches on my layouts!

These cuddly pictures of Danielle came from an impromptu photo shoot. She jokingly put on the Santa hat while having some hot chocolate. I think Danielle looks adorable but then I am biased.

Aren't these papers versatile? These papers can be used for summer pictures but I think they look great with my Christmas pictures!

Supplies: Black River Designs (pattern papers); Core'dinations (black cardstock); Close To My Heart (white cardstock); Cuttlebug (snowflake and Christmas tree die cuts); Tattered Angels (glimmer mist); Glitz Designs (gems)

Thanks for dropping by!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

It's Beginning to Look Alot Like...


Am I crazy? Not really! LOL At Black River Designs, our assignment this month was to create Christmassy items. And it was a cinch to create with the delicious Black River Designs papers and rubs...I must say ladies that the rubs for Black River Designs are amazing, like no other rubs I have tried before because they go on oh so easily and smoothly.

Here are a few of my projects:

Christmas does not always mean red and green. You can effectively do Christmas in non-traditional colours too - that's what I did here! Danielle had butterflies in her stomach waiting for Santa on Christmas Eve as she laid out gingersnaps and milk for him.

Supplies: Black River Designs (pattern paper); Core'dinations Cardstock (pink, black); Close To My Heart (white cardstock); American Crafts ("santa" alpha); Doodlebug ("butterflies" alphas); Cuttlebug (butterfly die)

Can you ever have too many gift tags? These were literally made in 5 minutes flat with some left over Cuttlebug snowflake die cuts and Black River Designs pattern paper...oh and a bit of Tattered Angels glimmer mist.

And lastly, here is my latest craze with presenting gift cards...a paper purse! I am constantly on the look out for different ways of giving gift cards and what I like about this purse is that you can always tuck something else in too, say some chocolates or a pen or even jewellery.

For added texture, I machine stitched around the edges of the purse before gluing it all together.
I'll be posting a few more Black River Designs layouts in the next day or two! Thanks for dropping by!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Just a Very Busy Two Weeks

Goodness the last two weeks have been crazy busy and my poor blog has been neglected! Just one month out of school and I have gotten used to the good life; that is, sleeping until 800 am! LOL But these last three weeks has forced me to wake up at 545 am every single day! Why? To get everything packed and ready, kids fed, clothed and loaded into the van to leave at 745 am! I am so exhausted...and not much scrapping in the evenings! However, this is all about to change as tomorrow is the last day of camp and next week is all about packing and getting ready for our vacation - yippee!

I'll share a fun card made for a friend. Supplies are American Crafts (pattern paper, rubs); Cuttlebug dies.; Fiskars Upper Crest border punch (dang, I love that punch!) and some Kaiser pearls.

And here is a picture of my two "angels" at the University of Calgary at 800 am in the morning - notice how smiley and alert and happy they are? Well, 30 minutes prior, Madison was grumpy bear and Danielle was stretching in bed asking for just 2 more minutes! LOL

Thanks for dropping by! I'll have more to show in a few days!


Sunday, July 12, 2009

Scrap Shotz July Reveal

The July Scrap Shotz kit is called Day Trippin' and features the Traveller line from Little Yellow Bicycle. And let me say, the add ons this month were spectacular. Every month I say, "Do I really need this?" And every month, I talk myself into, "Of course I need it!" LOL

Here are the layouts that I created with this awesome kit!

Here is a picture of Danielle. We were walking on the pathways by the house and it was the last hill to climb. And Danielle was getting tired and just getting plain tired of the hills. She just wanted some "lemonlade" and a rest. Now how cute is this picture? It is one of my favorites of her!

The compass is an embossed sticker on glossy paper that I cut out, inked the spiky edges and propped up with pop dots. And my new toy is the Fiskars Upper Crest border punch - I love that thing!

It seems that the word "Staycation" is the new buzz word of the recession. I have always wanted to take pictures of Danielle with her shopping cart and I got my wish outside the Cochrane Safeway store. Danielle came with me to my Home Care appointment and afterwards we went for hot chocolate...yummers!

I must say that the patterns and colours of these papers are phenomenal. They literally work with any type of photo in any season.

Now here is an example of using wintery photos with these papers. It just seemed so natural to pair them with Danielle's ski school photos. And the word stickers and rub ons and chipboard elements are PL-EN-TI-FUL so I just had to intersperse them with my journaling!

In Armchair Traveller, I captured fun pictures of Danielle talking about going to kindergarten in the fall and about all the future vacations that she dreamed of. She is a little rascal and I will miss her dearly this fall.

And lastly, one of my all time favorite layouts - Detour. Why? I love the colours and the shape of the paper - my dilemna I do the obvious and name it Route 66 or go for something off the beaten track? Well off the beaten track won because these were pictures of Danielle's walk with me as we ventured off on a new leg of the pathway, our own detour!

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Friday, July 10, 2009

5 Years Ago Today!

I can't believe that just 5 years ago, my sweetie pie, my little Stampede Princess and my baby was welcomed into our family.

Here she was on her birth day...

And here is my sweetheart today...

And here are my top 5 faves about Danielle:

1. When you smile, your eyes twinkle and you have a little tiny giggle.
2. You love Playmobil and can play it for hours on end. I especially love your vignettes that you share with me every day!
3. You love almost every fruit there is - blueberries, nectarines (the naked peach!), apricots, plums, strawberries and cantelope to name a few!
4. You cannot sleep without Pinkie and blankie - I just wish you would keep them together during the day so we don't spend an hour every day looking for them!
5. And my very very favorite is you tell me every single day, many many times a day, that you love me...and I love you too very very much sweet pea!

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Scrapbooks etc.

I am so blessed.

In the July/August issue of Scrapbooks etc., my layout is featured on page 68. It such a thrill and an honour.

Here is the layout; it was created with the Scrap Shotz monthly kit, Crate Paper - Prudence.

Thanks for dropping by!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Happy Canada Day

Happy Canada Day everyone! I am a very proud Canadian and am thankfully to be living in such a marvelous country!

So what did you do today to celebrate? Did you spend time with your family? Did you spend time with your friends? Did you reflect on all the great things that Canadians have accomplished? Some of the things that I take for granted every day were invented by Canadians - for example, the heart pace maker, green garbage bag, Macintosh apple, newsprint, telephone, insulin treatment, lightbulb, blackberry (how could I forget this???? Dominic is addicted to his blackberry! LOL), electric oven and a snowblower! Pretty cool, don't you think?

OK onto some scrappy is a challenge that posted at Scrap Shotz today. My challenge is called Wish Upon a Star. All you have to do is create a layout and/or a card using as many stars as you want - I would say this is pretty easy, right???

Here is my layout:

Supplies: Bazzill cardstock (burnt orange); Little Yellow Bicycle (pattern papers, alphas); chipboard stars (mixture of the stars are from Scenic Route, Bazzill and Close To My Heart); Tattered Angels glimmer mist (sage, sand)

I hope you will give my challenge a go!

Thanks for dropping by and have a Happy Canada Day!