Thursday, February 25, 2010

Happy Halloween

Is it really too early to scrap Halloween? LOL I had some fun with some yummy American Crafts papers!

Love these papers and I love their rubs! Well, I love everything American Crafts actually! LOL

These pictures remind me that even though things don't go the way you planned them; plan B is just as good! I was feeling soooooooooooooo guilty that I could not carve the pumpkin as I usually do because this was the year I was super sick with an infection. Luckily I remembered I had purchased a Mr. Potato Head pumpkin accessory pack and it worked out perfectly! We had so many compliments that year and the girls were super happy!

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Volunteer Day

This next layout has been sitting half finished for a couple of months, not sure why, but it was hard to put the finishing touches on it. Nonetheless, it documents one of my first times volunteering for Danielle. We absolutlely loved The Calgary Preparatory Scool. Her teacher, Mrs. Eshpeter was WONDERFUL and Danielle was so stimulated. She loved going to preschool each and every time. It is my biggest regret that we had to withdraw at Christmas due to my illness. Even though we were only there for 4 months, we have the most wonderful memories of the school and Mrs. Eshpeter. :-)

Supplies:  BasicGrey (pattern papers, rubs); Bazzill (cardstock); Heidi Swapp (chipboard alphas); Cloud9 (epoxy "brads")

Here is a close-up of the rubs I decided to layer. What I think is so fantastic about BasicGrey is the very full and amazing book of Olio rubs. I have since used all the papers from the Sultry line but I still have a few straggling rubs left. THAT is how many rubs there are in this very value-oriented accent.

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Impromptu Photos

OK I will confess, I am a Mama-razzi! My kids sometimes get tired of me following them around with the camera but they humour me nonetheless. I love taking photos, be it planned or impromptu. This layout uses 2 of my favorite photos taken during an impromptu photo shoot and is based on a sketch by Becky Fleck of Pagemaps. Supplies: BasicGrey (pattern papers, cardstock stickers, chipboard alphas, chipboard elements); Bazzill (cardstock, chocolate flower); epoxy heart (source unknown); Copic spica marker; May Arts (ribbon)
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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Number of the Day is 5

Remember the number of day from Sesame Street? Danielle loves Sesame Street and if truth be told, I do too! Sssshhhhh I don't want Danielle to think the show is educational or something! LOL

Here is a fun layout I did using the ever yummy Urban Lily papers that answers the question, "What are 5 ways you make me smile?"

Supplies:  Urban Lily (pattern papers, alphas, numbers); Tattered Angels (glimmer mist - Pearl); Pink Paislee stamp images; Kaisercraft gems

Here is a close-up of the alphas and numbers-

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

I Love You

Short on time but still want to let the special people in your life know that you love them? Try these Peek-a-Boo cards that I made for a challenge at the Scrap Shotz Passion for Fashion crop.

Honestly, these cards took maybe 15 minutes each to make. The hardest part was lining up the chipboard alphas! LOL

Supplies: SEI (pattern papers); Heidi Swapp (chipboard alphas)

Thanks for dropping by! Happy Valentine's Day AND Happy Chinese New Year too!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Valentine ATCs

Are you stumped for ideas on Valentines this year? How about trying these cute Valentine-themed ATCs?

Supplies:  Urban Lily (ATC blanks, pattern paper); Maya Road (felt stars); Pink Paislee (stamped image)

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Show Your Love

Valentine's Day is a fun day in our house. I try to do fun things to show the girls I love them...and it eases my guilt for all the times that I get frustrated with them! LOL (I have to at least try to win Mom of the Year! hee hee)

Here are two super quick projects that I am doing for the girls this year. And I am SO ahead of the game that I have them finished already!

I know my girls love little notes in their lunch kits or on their pillow or frankly, scattered throughout the house. These little note cards with a teeny bit of stamping do just the trick. Plus, it lets me use up all those scraps in my offcut bin too!

I also like to make heart shaped foods on Valentine's Day and what better way to serve them than with an "I Love You" napkin! 5 seconds to make and 5 hours of enjoyment!

I hope you'll try one of these quick ideas too! And if you have an awesome tip to share, link me up!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 8, 2010

This Face Is Cute

One of my challenges at the recent Scrap Shotz Passion for Fashion crop was the 80's Bigger is Better challenge. Here I challenged crop participants to create a layout or card adding dimension to at least one element on their project. Personally I love pop dots and I love love love the texture it gives to my layout or card. (Yes I do use alot of pop dots! LOL)

Here is my layout:

I love these photos of Danielle - she is such a happy kid and loves to ham it up for the cameras as you can see here.

A close-up of the Heidi Swapp flowers, double pop dots here and topped with an October Afternoon cardstock stickers.

And popped up American Crafts

And a raised set of borders with the EK Success scallop and embossed punch

Supplies: October Afternoon (pattern papers, cardstock stickers); Prima (gems and pearls); Heidi Swapp (chipboard alphas, flowers); Close to my Heart (cardstock); Fiskars border punch; EK Success (scallop and embossed punch)

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Scrap Shotz Gives Back

One of the things I love most about Scrap Shotz's online crops is that there is a challenge where $5 of each participant is donated to a charity of choice. The charity for the Passion for Fashion crop was The Red Cross for Haiti Relief. An extremely wonderful charity I would say!

Here is my layout for the charity/challenge:

It's a fun layout for me as I love these pictures of Danielle. Give the girl a pair of goggles, a set of rockets and she is happy for hours on end in the pool. And come on, she is one darn cutie patootie!

Supplies: Sassafrass (pattern papers, pinked border); Close to my Heart (red and white cardstock, Cranberry ink); American Crafts (brown alphas, acrylic dog, acrylic dragonfly); epoxy heart (source unknown)

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Sketch #96

I was so thrilled that Valerie Salmon asked me to contribute to her blog for Sketch #96. There is just something so special about Valerie and her sketches. Not only is Valerie the nicest gal you've ever met but she is super talented as well. If you haven't checked out her sketches, head on over there!

Here is my take on Sketch #96. These pictures of Madison just crack me up. For whatever reason she was super surprised by the sparkler on her birthday cake! LOL
Supplies: BasicGrey (pattern papers, cardstock stickers), American Crafts (alphas); EK Success (scallop punch and embosser); Kaisercraft (gems)

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day and Happy Chinese New Year

This year, Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year fall on the same day. I guess we will have a heart-shaped piece of Peking Duck! LOL

My Valentine's cards this year are clean and simple, straight to the point in fact. Here they are.

No matter what language, "I Love You" means the same!

These cards are very easy to make. With a punch or die cut machine, cut a heart from the top layer. Pop up the top layer and adhere to bottom pattern paper layer. Using your alphas, add sentiment. Voila!

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