Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Holidays!

One last post before we leave for our family xmas. I wanted to post a picture of my mom's jewelry box but wrapped it before I took some pics so will do so after she opens it. I have been having brain farts alot lately :)

Every year since my son was born I have been making these little cd calendars for family. My mom and brother received one last year that I had put magnets on the back so they could mount it on the fridge as the cd case I used did not open like the jewel cases. I like this better as they can store the other months in the case. This year I made one for my inlaws as well. This year I ran out of time to design my own so I bought a template from Sweet Shoppe Designs- 2010 CD Calendar by Dani Mogstad . Easy to do and a great gift. I had to swap out a few of the months with a kit I bought last year from Shabby Miss Jenn Designs.
Thanks for looking and Happy Holidays!
Keep your fingers crossed for me as Crop Suey still haven't picked their design team yet - so I still have a chance!

Monday, December 14, 2009


I am so excited! Check this out! I am the winner of The Next Step's November RAK! I entered my Good Night page for their 'around the kitchen' theme as I did this layout out of paper towels. Yipee! Hope everyone is keeping warm out west and everyone around here have found their way out of the massive amounts of snow!


Friday, December 11, 2009

Stationary Sets

I had sooooo much fun making these! I am soooo inspired by Tara Anderson - I just love her work. I had this kit from My Minds Eye that I had purchased for a class I was teaching and cut the pattern paper into strips along with some vintage sheet music and text paper. I adhered teh strips to some cardstock and then cut them lenghtwise into strips, stiched the edges and made some note cards, a bookmark and for one of the gifts I made a birthday book with some chipboard, binding ribbon and some old ledger paper (insde of book). I also used the pattern paper and adhered some pebbles on them and then stuck some magnets on the backs. I hope they like their cute little stationary sets! Thanks for looking. And wish me luck as Crop Suey will be announcing their design team this weekend!
If you haven't been here in a while keep reading as I have done 4 posts tonight! :)
Bye for now... have a few more things on my craft table - a jewelry box and some craft carry-alls for 13 little kiddies!

Snowmen Ornaments - Family members do not read further

Ok... post number 3 today! I had SOOOOO much fun with these! I have been so inspired by Linda Albrecht's snowmen that I wanted to try my hand at them. I had bought some paper mache clay a while ago and with some styrofoam balls I was able to make the heads. I was a little scared they looked like scary old men with no teeth, but after painting them and glittering them up I just love them! I had some left over blocks from last year's ornaments and again using scraps from my Martha Stewart xmas pack I made the blocks, accordian collars and hats. I hope the recipients enjoy them as much as I did making them! Thanks for looking!

Gift card holders - family members do not read further!

As per my usual self, I try to make most of my gifts and I LOVE to make nice packaging for my store bought gifts. This year I am giving some giftcards and thought it would be nice to make some nice holders for them. I also have a collection of toilet paper rolls for my son to craft and thought that I would use them myself. So by using some new stamps I bought, some staz-0n, fabric, scraps of music paper, lace, and some old holly I could make some pretty nice gift card holders.

I took the toilet paper rolls and using my decorative cutters I cut the ends then stiched the one end closed. I then stamped some fabric with some staz-on and my Prima bingo stampo. Then I stiched that onto some Martha Stewart xmas papers. I had also stamped my new xmas stamps onto some tags then stiched around the edges. I also then stiched on some lace and music sheet paper onto the paper then adhered the stamp and holly on. The gift cards (still have to purchase - yes I am a last minute xmas shopper!) are then wrapped with tissue paper and adorned with ribbon and glitter stars. Easy peasy! I did do it like a factory line and it went by so quick. Also used some Making Memories little letter stickers for the recipients name. Hope they like it. Think that next year I will make an advent calendar out of these with numbers on the front and using wire or pipe cleaners will make little 'buckets' out of them!

Happy holiday crafting!

Christmas Ornament


Sorry it has been a bit since my last post. Been busy doing xmas presents and dealing with the massive amount of snowfall in the last three days! Our area has been called a state of emergency! Crazy! So happy we live in town now and not in the bush!

This picture is of the ornament I made for my son this year. It was done at the Art Hive's Crafty Girls night. It's a family tradition to do ornaments so this is my son's this year. Lots of fun, something I have never done before. Minus the few jabs to the fingers it was so much fun to make!

Hope you are having fun making all your xmas pressies this year!


Saturday, November 28, 2009

It's here!

It's here!!!! My copy of the winter Canadian Scrapbooker came to my door and there it is on page 29! So excited! My first time being published! Then what was even more cool is that I am sharing the page with the super talented Jessi Lute! Jessi is another Canadian girl who was on the One Little Word design team as well as Kenner Road's, don't you just love her page! So don't forget to grab your copy Dec 1! Also resubmitted the layout at Two Peas and and I was in the top Ten By Views and Top Ten by Votes!
Getting started on some xmas presents - at the moment working on some gift card holders made of good old toilet paper rolls :) Will post some pics when done. I get the day today to scrap as my hubby is watching Parker :)

Don't forget to put in your submission for Crop Suey's design team call for their new challenge blog! Hope all our friends below the border had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Sorry the pics are not the best.... Raining outside like crazy!

Bye for now,


Sunday, November 15, 2009


I just wanted to do a quick post of these super cute little Christmas bows. I first saw these on and left a comment asking if Mandee would do a tutorial and within a few days she sent me an email with a link to her fabulous site here with the tutorial. Thanks Mandee! So I have Tuesday set to make some with a friend and thougth I would try to make a few first. But instead of using old magazines I used some scrap paper (Martha Stewart Christmas paper). I did do a few little changes to her tutorial. The piece that gets cut off for the shorter piece I punched two holes with my cropodile on each end (see second last picture) and then made a loop and put the brad inside it to form a loop within the bows! Also used cropodile to pre-punch holes on each end and in middle. I was also thinking of printing some smaller pictures side by side (1" high) on the back of some patterned xmas paper so that you would see the little pictures on the bows. Thanks for looking and have fun making all your xmas presents! I would love to see your bows if you make any! :)


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Check this out

I am so excited that Crop Suey is starting a new challenge blog! I just love their blog and the creative ideas that they come up with. They are also looking for a new design team so if you think you are the one of the four lucky ladies they will chose hop on over and send in your application. I did.

Working on a new page that will be up soon! Also don't forget to mark your calendars for Dec 1 as the new Canadian Scrapbooker magazine will be on shelves and somewhere will be one of my layouts! I am soooooo excited!

Along with Crop Suey, I also applied for Two Peas in A Bucket's design team call for hybrid scrappers. I love using hybrid elements and thought I would try my luck and apply. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Bye for now,


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Two new pages - Crafty Ladies

Make sure to check the previous post as well if you are just stopping in :)

This page is about my mom, grandmother and great-grandmother. They were very involved with crafting with me when I was little and I thank them for taking the time to craft with me. My grandmother used to teach me to sew, and I remember many summers with my great-grandmother crafting. Both grandmothers are passed and I miss them very much! The lemonade papers from BG were perfect for this picture taken in 1976. I also used some hybrid images I got from a Shabby Miss Jenn Designs kit. The title is also from the same kits. I also used some vintage sewing pattern as the ruffle around the circle and some items from my grandmother's craft box I inherited (lace, trimmings, and the smaller buttons). Also used a few elements from a My-Minds-Eye kit I bought for a class I was teaching (teal paper and transparency frame). Thanks for looking,


Two new pages - Puppy Love

Well I was able to get some crafting in this weekend - yah! The first one I did (in this post) is a picture from last fall. I have been wanting to scrap this one for a while as I have so much dog and cat products that I haven't used in so long. They are outdated a bit so I tried to make them a little more current with some new techniques - my spray mist, strips, stiching.... Most of the products are from Deja Views - Dog Days 8x8 paper and punch out tablet. The background paper is from Costco (I think) - and is again old stock. I even got to use some old ribbon I got years ago from a scrapbook shop in Oshawa when I was just starting out and had no child - except for the four legged kind :). Also used some old (I mean old as didn't even peel off sheet -old) of Sticko dog classified stickers on the swirls and then spray misted them green and stiched on it. Thanks for looking,


Saturday, October 17, 2009

Falling for You

I have to admit that fall is my favourite time of year and I just love all the fall related products out there. The colours are so beautiful. I had this digital word out that I printed on transparency paper - but it didn't turn out as crisp as I would of liked so I also printed it out a few times on paper and cut it out to add dimension to the transparency. Used some more of my cosmo cricket leaves, the cutest little owls I got at Michaels. I made the 'vine' from stamping hearts on some paper. The cloud was made from fun foam, the corner rubons are from BG. Also used some ribbon from my grandma's lace box I inherited, and some scrap paper. I am on this little kick that I love the look of some digital pages and try to make it non-digital and frames are big right now in digital pages so I thought I would try my hand at it. (Also did it for my Grateful page). Printed my journaling on some transparency and also the circle word art.

Thanks for looking!

At Last

Finally able to upload this page. This page is about how my son finally met my dad - at last. My dad lives in Peru and doesn't come up very often so I was happy to finally have a picture to scrap from Parker's first birthday party. This shot captures the first few minutes when my dad finally saw Parker. Lots of different papers here. Some BG, some from the dollar store and some old pieces I have had around for a long time. Distress the papers and picture a bit, some more stiching, a sticker of a vintage plane from the dollar store, I sprayed the flowers to match the colours on the page, used some of my evalicious flowers I won from OLW, and some dollarstore lace stickers. Also used one of my new stamps on the BG paper.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, October 16, 2009

OLW - Gratitude

Just under the wire! I tried alot of new things on this page. I used my own handwritting for the title, crushed beads as well and glued them on the title, used some of my many brads and some hemp, also printed up some hybrid leaves and cut them out, more stiching, some handmade flowers, distressing and I got to use some of my evalicious goodies that I won with my Sweet as Pie album from OLW!

This is my first page about my son's recent diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. It's been a rough month and we are still learning. The journaling reads:

Even in these dark times of your recent diabetes diagnosis, I am grateful. I am grateful you are young and won't remember a life without diabetes. I am grateful that you have an amazing daycare provider (Jenni) who loves you and has been so involved with meal planning and taking care of you. I am grateful that you will grow up with Teagan, who also has type 1 diabetes and that you will be there for each other as you grow up. I am grateful for the diabetic clinic and all they support they have given. I am grateful for all the people who love you and who will be there for you. But most of all I am grateful for you. You have been such a strong little man and I am so proud of you!

Thanks for looking!


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Be back soon!

Hello everyone! Wow... 24 followers and I haven't posted in over a month. I am sorry in the delay in posts lately but we have had a busy 6 weeks. My son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on Sept 10th and we have been trying to learn a whole bunch of information and it's been a little crazy. I do have 3 new pages to show you and will do one of them tomorrow as the deadline for the OLW is tomorrow night! Please come back soon!

Thanks for your patience :)


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Man oh Man! Good things happen in 3s!!!

I am the winner over at One Little Word for the word up Sweet!!! Yipeeeee!!! Check it out!

Thanks to everyone for all the wonderful comments!


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Pretty Cool!!!

Just wanted to share with you something exciting! My Sweet as Pie album is featured on Scrapbook Crazy for Mini Albums blog! Check it out! Also, I have some exciting news but you will all have to wait until December 1st, 2009!


Friday, August 7, 2009

Life is Sweet - OLW

Life with Parker is Sweet as Pie (most of the time anyways)! This mini album was made for another One Little Word entry. This week the word up is SWEET and right away I thought of Sweet as Pie and wanted to make a pie album. Because I wanted to cut down on the thickness and I didn't have any of the cute new cherry related products that are hot right now, I used digital kits (click here & here) and printed them on cardstock and matte photo paper and cut them out and adhered them to my scalloped album. For the top I used the digital paper and made it like a pocket with batting inside and stiched around it. For the 'crust' I wrapped paper around pipe cleaners and inked it. Lots of fun to make! The cherry on top was just a wooden bead that I painted and glued in a piece of leather that I got a whole bag at the second hand shop for $0.25!
Thanks for looking and wish me luck!