Thursday, October 29, 2009

Thinking of Amber Road?

Well, stop thinking! Go out and get it! For me, Pink Paislee can do no wrong! Their collections keep getting better and better and better. When I first purchased the papers, I thought about the amazing fall themed layouts and cards I could make. When it came time to use the papers, they proved to be perfect for my annual family photos.

And a few close-ups of the journal spot printed with my trusty and very old manual typewriter.

Here are the awesome die cuts that accompany the papers.

Thanks for dropping by! I've got more scrappy things to share!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Layout Tag

Have you participated? OMG, it is so fun, exciting and nerve wracking all at the same time! The Readers' Digest version of what you do is scraplift something from the person you are receiving the layout from.

Here is my lift using My Minds Eye Bloom and Grow. All pattern papers and die cuts are from My Minds Eye. The Copics Multiliner 0.5 was used to create faux stitches. The brads are from Close To My Heart.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

I Am SO Proud!!!

I am SO darn proud of my little Danielle! She was selected as Perroquet this month, meaning, Danielle was chosen as the student in her class who worked the hardest and spoke the most French. She was invited to a special lunch with the Principal. Today was the lunch!

Lunch with the Principal, Mme. Celia Barrington, was a pizza lunch. For most kids, that would be a dream lunch but not so for Danielle who doesnt particularly like pizza. Luckily, Ì packed a ham ghost-shaped sandwich, cantelope, strawberries and some graham teddy bear crackers. Danielle was so happy to have an alternative and this is just one thing that makes her so special:-)

Just look at this sweet face...

Is it any wonder why I am sooooo proud???

Danielle has had a pretty special day...and she is one special girl who happens to sing Emilie elephant va ala ecole pretty darn good!

Thanks for dropping by! Check back this weekend to see some scrappy goodness from this weekend's Must See TV online crop at Scrap Shotz!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Oh My Darlin'

School has been in session now for 6 weeks and I still miss my little munchkin. It really is the hardest when you know it's your last child...:-(

Thought I would share a layout with you using the Bloom and Grow collection from My Mind's Eye - I love that paper so much that I've kept all the little scraps to make something out of! This photo was taken on January 1 or maybe January 2, 2009 as I was practicing with my then new 40D. I just can't believe how much Danielle has changed since then.

Supplies: My Mind's Eye (pattern paper, die cuts); American Crafts (alphas); Fiskars Apron Lace border punch; Jenni Bowlin (journal spot); typewriter; Copics Multiliner ("faux" stitches on diecuts); Close To My Heart (cardstock); pop dots

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P.S. Don't forget about Scrap Shotz's amazing Must See TV online crop this weekend, October 23 to 25. Did I happen to mention prizes????

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

In Canada, it is Thanksgiving today! It was a great day...nice and relaxing, just how I like it! My oven did eventually get fixed (darn it!) and I did up a 10 lb turkey, roasted root veggies, fingerling potatoes, stuffing and an angel food cake! Yum! I am so full that I can barely move!

How was your Thanksgiving?

So I'll re-post a layout I did awhile's very special to me. I miss Danielle's little happy face and cute conversations these days...she's in kindergarten and learning so much!

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Being Thankful

Thanksgiving is this weekend – eek! I don’t even know how I’ll be cooking a turkey, now that my oven doesn’t work – it could always be worse if the dishwasher was on the fritz! LOL Only time will tell if I will be setting a new tradition by having grilled turkey sandwiches! LOL

Thanksgiving is a time of giving thanks. As scrapbookers we celebrate all of our blessings in our layouts. Here is a layout of what I am most thankful for…my family! These two munchkins mean the world my husband and I.

Supplies: Heidi Swapp (alphas); Prima (flowers, pearls, gems); buttons (source unknown); Tim Holtz distresser

Here is a close-up of the embellishment clusters.

This layout was created using the uber awesome Prima mulberry paper. To be perfectly honest, I am not a fan of mulberry paper because I find it difficult to work with and it so “stringy” but…never say never… I have always wanted to make one of those awesome canvases and this quite frankly is the next best thing. The Prima mulberry paper is as close to the canvas as I probably will get…plus, this is much much MUCH faster! The paper is gorgeous – the picture does not do it justice. There is stitching with shimmery thread and a beautiful coloured image to complement your photos and journaling. All you really need to do is add a photo and a few embellishments and you can call it done!

This layout was so quick and easy that I will probably make a few to give as Christmas gifts this holiday season. After completing the layout, I’ll just pop it into a frame and fill in the gift card!

So what are you thankful for?

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Celebrating September with Black River Designs

I love Black River Designs - if have not heard of them or checked them, run to their website here. Their papers are graphic and bold and utterly gorgeous...and their rubs are just Heavenly! They go on like butter!

Here are a few of my September projects - thanks for looking!

And here is a close-up of how I used the amazing rubs!

Here is a Halloween layout. Alot of the times, I pick traditional colours but I do love to shake it up once in a while and I am so glad I did here!

I used the border rubs to create a fun "scallop" edge to draw attention to my journaling. Here is a close-up.

And I just wanted to share about my rather primitive Minnie Mouse! Danielle and I just love Minnie Mouse! LOL

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

World Cardmaking Day

If you want a head start on your Christmas cards or just any cards, join me at Scrap Shotz for some awesome prizes and card challenges.

Here is my gift card challenge. It is posted on the Scrap Shotz blog and in the forum. I might add to that Scrap Shotz always has some amazing if you have a bit of time....I would be feverishly making some cards! to make a gift card holder. For Christmas gifts and hostess gifts, I love to give gift cards but they don't always look attractive coming from the store. So here are two gift card holders to use as inspiration.

Here is the front. It is a regular card at 4.25"x5.5" with a landscape orientation. Papers and rubs are by Black River Designs. Flowers are Prima. Gems are from Kaiser. And those awesome punches are Fiskars.

The inside is a 3"x11" piece of pattern paper scored at 5.5" to create a pocket for the gift card. This is super duper duper easy - if I can do it, anyone can! LOL

Another gift card holder is what I have been calling a tag pocket. The tag holds the gift card and the pocket is made with pattern paper scraps. Again, the papers and rubs are from Black River Designs. The ribbon source is unknown and the fancy edge border is created by Fiskars.

Here is another look of the tag pocket-gift card combo.

Thanks for letting me share and dropping by! And yes, I am feeling much better these days!