Tuesday, March 29, 2011

So Pretty...

I have a new layout to share. It is Kimmee, my daughter. We did a photo shoot last summer. I love these photos of her.
The large corrugated shape is from Magenta, isn't it AWESOME!! Seriously, you need it! If your lss doesn't carry Magenta, tell them they should!!!

I traced a bit of it onto the blue paper to duplicate the wonderful design.
I love this layout, it is my current fav!
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Monday, March 28, 2011

Pincushion Teacup

I had this idea to alter my Grandma's teacup for some time and I finally got around to doing it. I only had 1 teacup, no saucer, no friends, just one all by itself.
I never used it and never planned too, it just sat on the ledge in my scrapbook room.

To begin I used a large styrofoam ball from the dollar store and wrapped it in the yellow polka dot material - which I found at the second hand store. I find almost all my material at second hand stores.

Next I hot glued the fabric ball into the cup, then decorated with lace and ribbon. The white lace is also from the second hand store and the daisy ribbon is from Making Memories.

I added a flower and 2 antique buttons. In the buttons I put the sewing needles, and the pins all around.

I love it and think it looks so cute by my sewing machine. :)

I hope you find some time to be creative this week!
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Friday, March 25, 2011

Vacation Mini Albums

Today the challenge over at The Inspired Scrapper is Travel, Vacations and Getaways.
Here is what I created for this challenge. Pop on over to The Inspired Scrappers Blog to see what the other girls have done!

These mini albums are so easy to create when all your papers and elements match like a Basic Grey kit.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

2 more scallop cards

Here are the last 2 scallop cards I created.
A cute little whale and hippo.
The set of all the animals is from Stampin Up, as well as the water colour pencils I used to colour them in. Forgot how much fun that could be. Had to dust them off, it had been so long since I used them.

Enjoy your day!
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I stink you're sweet!!

Catchy title eh! lol
It is a cute little Stampin Up skunk image and sentiment. I used him on another scallop circle card I created. Isn't he the stinkiest!! If you look close, I used the puffy white snow stuff on his stripe. Hard to see in the picture, but it is cute!!
I also used October Afternoon papers, Bazzill cardstock, Snow Marker by Marvy Uchida

We have been pretty productive today, love that feeling! The kids did some cleaning, colouring, had a treasure hunt and then we had waffles. I made lots of extra waffles to freeze for a later date. They are sausage, potato and cheese waffles; yummy! Grandpa was here to mud the stairwell - we are renovating that area. And I took some photos of more projects to share.

If I feel up to it in a bit, we might make some caterpillars from the egg carton that is staring at me.

That's it for today, have a great one!
thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 21, 2011

A New Look

I think I finally found a look I like!
What do you think?
I like yellow, but couldn't find a set with mainly yellow, then I found this set with clouds and that cute owl and I was sold.
Yes I bought this design. I bought it from The sweet Shoppe, you can find the link on the right. It came with step by step instructions on how to do it and it was only $6.00. I figured I could squeeze that into the paper budget! teehee.
It makes me happy, that is what matters.

On my desk right now I am working on a double page layout!
I know I don't do them often!
AND it is a birthday one!
I know! I don't do those either often enough!! lol

I got my motivation form the The Scrapping Nook, a site I joined just recently.
I was invited by my friend Dee many moons ago, but just got around to joining.
So far they are a lovely bunch of ladies, with some great motivation, challenges and inspiration. Come join us!
I haven't belonged to board in a very long time, it is kinda nice to be 'somewhere' to say hi and share this great craft again.

I will share that double page layout soon too.
Kids are still home this week, so time to myself is a bit limited. We made paper airplanes this morning and tried to see who could get it out the boys room the farthest. The boys bed are built into the wall, high up so they have the floor space to play. Jaxon did the best.

Here is a card I created over the weekend. I have been wanting to create scallop circle cards for awhile and finally got to it. And I used my water colour pencil crayons, forgot how much fun those are too!

October Afternoon papers, Bazzill cardstock, Stampin Up stamps, ink and watercolour pencils, Nestabilities. I hand cut the inner circles as I don't have the nestability circles - yet! lol

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sunday Morning

It is beautiful outside! The sun is shining, it is warm(ish) and glorious!
The boys are off to church - no I am not attending yet, but soon - then when they come home, they are packing up and heading down to the river for an afternoon of quading, wienie roasts and playing in the mud/water/rocks.
I won't be joining them, there are no bathrooms to be seen down there and right now that is important to me with Crohns and Colitis! No wholes in the ground, behind some bush for me! lol Sorry if that was too much information!
I shall stay home, organize a bit, possible sew and scrapbook.

My wonderful friend Jillian nominated me for stylish blogger award, thanks Jillian!
I am supposed to list 7 things about me, so here goes:

1. I have Crohns and Ulcerative Colitis - I am newly diagnosed so fumbling my way through these diseases and what they mean to me.
2. I love Survivor, Amazing Race and American Idol, watch them every week!
3. All 4 of my children are mine, even though they all have different hair colour, they all came from me. I get asked that alot. I have a blonde, very dark brown, orange and light brown haired children.
4. According to my friend Kari, I have 'freakishly' small feet! I can take a child's size 4. :)
5. Most people know, but I am addicted to paper crafting. I love playing with paper, glue and scissors.
6. Hubby and I met at a work BBQ and have been together ever since.
7. If I could only do one thing in life, it would be to cure diabetes for my daughter and the millions who live with it.

I am now supposed to link to 7 other bloggers, but my friends are terrible bloggers - Kari, Renee!! And everyone else has been awarded already.

This is my son, right after he pulled out his tooth!

Enjoy your day today!
thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Last Few.....

I created just a few more Grey and Yellow cards. And now all the supplies are packed up.
I pulled out my stash of October Afternoon and created a layout and 6 cards that are almost done.

Here are the last grey and yellow cards:
I made 4 of these little robot cards, great for a grab and go birthday boy card. Robots are Maya Road, paper is Crate Paper, Bazzill cardstock and strips, Stampin Up sentiment.

I used a bunch of my edge punches on this one and another one of those FAB Magenta stencils.
Bazzill cardstock, paper is Crate Paper, Magenta stencil, Stampin Up sentiment, Close to my heart ink, handmade ribbon flower.

This is the layout I did, need to add the journaling yet. It was my son's birthday and we had water balloons. I remember Kimmee daring me to get her, and so I did. I don't think she thought I could. ;)
I used almost all October Afternoon, except Maya Road chipboard alphabet, Bazzill cardstock, and Martha Stewart little heart and green journal block.

Thursday I went in for another round of Remicaid. The days before Thursday were bad days. Yesterday was okay and today is better. Tomorrow might be great, or......
I always feel better after Remicaid, but not forever. But must keep positive and just deal with what comes. I am so thankful things are not as bad as they could be. I am cooking every night, doing some cleaning and able to play in my scrapbook room. God is good and has blessed me with so much. I am thankful.

I hope you got out and enjoyed the sunshine today; that is of course if you saw it in your area. We did, it was a blessing, we haven't seen it much lately. Tomorrow is supposed to be another great sunny day.
Prayers going to Japan and to my husbands cousin. :(

thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A few more Grey and Yellow....

Here are the last few Grey and Yellow cards I created. I loved working with this colour combo. I found it to inspiring to also have all the materials on my desk.
I pulled out what yellow and grey paper and cardstock I had, oh plus white, then pulled out ribbons, tags, gems, sayings, letters, and anything else in those colours. Made creating more fun and easy. And it helped me use up stuff.

This first one is my favourite one, I just love it. The old kettle, the fabric and sewing.

The paper on this card was from my son, from Christmas. I think he found it at the dollar store.

This one was another lift from Cardmaker magazine, I didn't write down the creators name, so sorry! I sent the book along with a friend already. eekk!

I created the background paper using my Stampin Up craft ink, embossing powder and stamps. The little butterflies were at the dollar store. Yellow paper is Crate. Sizzlet die for the little tag and Stampin Up sentiment. I think the ribbon I got at Michaels.

Oh and I have one more thing to show you. I was playing with Magentas stencils and created this cute little holder that I will probably fill with Easter Candy of some sort. I put the stencil down on the cardstock, then used a sponge to dab the ink in. I just love it! The set comes with a few different branches and some trees and some other shapes I see that would be perfect for Christmas!!! If you see some of these, grab them up! EASY and beautiful! The little flowers are punches from Magenta papers, ribbon from Michaels and sentiment from Stampin Up.

I had my Stampin Up party last night, was a great deal of fun catching up with the ladies, doing some creating, learning from our FAB rep Tara and of course doing some shopping! Thanks ladies for coming, I really enjoyed seeing each one of you! I hope you are all inspired to create this week(end).

Today was a bit of a bad day for me, okay it was a bad day. Hubby thinks I have been doing too much lately, and well maybe he is right. I am off to the hospital tomorrow for another round of Remicaid, keep me in your thoughts and prayers please. Hoping this will give me another pick me up or something! :)

Enjoy your evening and get out and enjoy the forecasted sunshine we are supposed to get tomorrow!
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Spring Break has started...

It is the first week of spring break here and so far my kids didn't get the memo. No sleeping in.
Not that I am sleeping in. Ever since the hospital stay, I have been getting up early. I have tried to sleep in, but can't.
But the kids couldn't either because today is the day the big tractors and trailers rolled right in front of our house, shaking the whole house, to replace the big pipes. And the school beside us - private - is still in, guess they start spring break next week.

The kids have spent the morning building lego, what a great invention. My kids will play with that stuff all day. I used to play with it when I was a kid, and am so glad they love it too.

I have some more cards to share with you. Made some more over the weekend, and today I am working on a few more.

I am still playing with the grey and yellow colours, just can't get enough of them!
I did change it up a bit though, I created a St. Patty's day card, very simple with older supplies:

Then I switched it up again and used purple. This was Erica's idea, and it is so pretty!! The rubon on the back is really old and half peeling off, of course after I rubed it on it started to fall apart, not before. sigh. I wish now I had rounded the top corners of the cake layers. The color is much more vibrant, but grey dreary day here makes for hard pictures!

And another of the grey and yellow colours. I seem to use white with them too. So pretty! I used a shipping tag and sprayed it with gold smooch. The old sewing machine stamp is from Stampin Up and is in the catty. I love 'old' stamp images. And I played with fabric, found that yellow stuff at a thrift store, and the silver netting on the back is from Websters Pages - which was a gift from my friend Bev, thanks Bev!

That's it for today! Hope you are having better weather than us! If not enjoy your day inside.
Sending prayers to Japan
thanks for stopping by

Friday, March 11, 2011

A great Friday

Today was a great day. I had full intentions of blogging this morning, but my day filled up quick.
Chatted on the phone with a great friend and made dinner plans and a doggie/kid play date.
Then a great friend came over, we scrapped a little then went shopping and did some errands, including a trip to Tim Hortons for an apple fritter! yum!

Hubby came home early today, so we spent the afternoon together. First to the doctor. Things are going well. I am having a great week, no episodes, no pain, things feel normal, well except my massive amount of swelling and the weakness still. But otherwise I feel pretty good. So he put me on a schedule to slowly wean off the steriods and then go on this different med. I also found out that I am not to take Advil again. Too harsh on my system. I am to stick to the meds he prescribes or just regular tylenol.
Hubby and I then popped over to pick up my prescriptions, including the super drug and found out that Safeway gives you 7x airmiles on the full amount of your prescription - even if you don't pay the full amount. The superdrug - Remecaid - cost $3000.00!!!! so yeah, we totally racked the airmiles today! And will do the same for the next round! woohoo!

We picked up kids from school, came home and prepared a wonderful meal of ham, scalloped potatoes and fresh fruit and veggies. (no fruit or veggies for me) Then had a wonderful family over for dinner. They brought a yummy apple pie! mmmmmm! Yum!

One of the kids is staying here for a sleep over and he asks my son 'hey wanna ask your mom if we can do crafts?' I was like, uuhhh YEAH! let me get some stuff out for you!
So I had 3 boys creating cards and posters and whatever else they did here in my scrapbook room. And no I didn't get any pictures, totally forgot! lol

Kids are all tucked into bed now and I am finally getting a chance to get in here. I have tons of stuff to share, but I am so tired now, so I am only going to share a bit. Will hopefully get back here tomorrow and share some more. I have been creating like crazy! Mainly cards, but still creating!!

First here is the Magenta layout I did following their sketch. It is a pretty simple easy sketch. If you have a chance you should play along, then load up over at Magenta! I used older 4 x 6 photos and cut them down to fit the sketch. Look at the little kid chipboard shapes! Are they not cute or what! And the outlined chipboard hearts, love those too! Even the corrugated scallop piece is Magenta! They have really cool stuff! Look on the right of my blog page and you will find a link directly to Magentas blog!

And here is another of the grey and yellow cards I have made. I actually made 5 of these, very simple!!! I used the owl punch from Stampin Up. Love that little guy/gal! lol

Well off to bed for me! Thanks for stopping by, hope your Friday was a great one!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Grey and Yellow.....

I have been totally inspired by the colours grey and yellow lately. Loving them, espeically when mixed with a bit of white or kraft.
It started while I was in the hospital and my friend Lisa brought in a copy of Paper Crafts Magazine Jan/Feb issue. They have an article in there about Grey being the new black, and some incredible samples!!! They mainly focused on grey and pink, but had a few with yellow.

Well I have been itching to create with these colours ever since and I got started the other day. Right now my desk is covered with all things grey, yellow, white, kraft........... and I am loving it!

Here is the first card. It is a plain scraplift of Maile Belles, her card is in the Paper Crafts Jan/Feb issue page 65. It is simple and beautiful. Thanks Maile!

That card got my mojo going and I have more to share later.

Crate Paper also has a challenge going featuring these colours, so I played along with that too. Their challenge is on their BLOG and you must use Grey Yellow and Kraft. Here is what I did:

My sons football team. More pictures in the scrapbooks, woohoo! You can barely see him in the pictures, but I know he's there. :)

Today is a great day. Yesterday was a pretty great day too. With the help of my mother in law, I went grocery shopping, out for lunch, put the groceries away and baked a bit with the kids when they got home from school. Thanks Mom, for helping to make a great day!

And today, I am creating more cards and working on building more muscles in my legs. Going to go up and down 1 or 2 stairs and try getting up out of chairs without pushing off. I would love non-wobbly hips and knees! lol

Doctors tomorrow, praying for good news!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Monday Monday

I love Monday mornings, almost more than Fridays.
The boys go to school and hubby off to work, that leaves me in total silence with a cup of tea. Total silence is a blessing on a nice sunny Monday after a busy loud crazy weekend.

Thank you so much for all the recommendations on teas! I didn't know there were so many 'tea specific' stores. And I am really looking forward to trying some of your favourites!
This morning I am have a lemon zinger, it is just from a box of tea samplers hubby bought for me. It is nice, but I expected a bit more of a lemon bite. Can't really even tell there is lemon in it, oh well.

Besides the regular crazy weekend routines, we had birthday parties, sicknesses, an extra service at church, visitors and more.

Hubby actually opened the trailer on the weekened too, just to see how things were going. We have a tent trailer, a large tent trailer that we want to keep free of mold and mildew.

I think I am starting to look like I have the mumps. My face is getting so fat! Even my eyes are feeling squished! lol Oh I am a site, let me tell you! lol
I had a pretty good weekend, besides this terrible cough. It seems to be going through our entire household. Right now Kolton and I have it. And I have a head cold, bleh! Can't take much for it because of all the other drugs I am on.

The doctors on Friday didn't go as well as I had wanted, again. sigh. He reminds me all the time that I am sick, must rest, take it easy, don't take too many chances with food and on and on.
I was sent for blood work, and we talked about weaning off the daily dose of steriods to another medicine. We talked about my next round of super drug 'Remecaid'. And he gave me a different prescription for pain, the other drugs were making me wide away in the middle of the night.
Basically, I was hoping he was going to say you are doing great, you are healing, you are almost done................ I hope for that and want to beleive it everyday.
But he reminds me differently. He is a great doctor and he does really care. He just gives you the facts in plain english, while at the same time encouraging you. He really listens and pays attention to all the little details, I really like him.

Anyways, today I am going to try to put together a meal plan for the next 2 weeks, and I need to weed out Jaxon and Danny's clothes. Wednesday I might try grocery shopping - with my mil, not by myself.

And tomorrow I have a great layout to share featuring Magenta products and following the next Magenta sketch. The sketch was a great one! I used photos from just over 10 years ago! Love that! It is the first page I have created since being sick. And I have another on my desk almost done. Loving this hobby again!

And because I cannot leave you with a picture - or 2 - here are 2 older layouts again, sorry if you have seen them, but maybe they will inspire you to create.

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your day!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Yeaaahhh its Friday!!!

You know, that really doesn't mean much to me. I don't have a job and I don't go to school.

BUT my hubby and kids do, and Fridays mean they are home and that makes me happy!
(Don't get me wrong, I love the quiet during the day when they are gone too!!)

Today I am feeling better. A few days ago I tried a new food; carrots. And well carrots are no good for me and will be added to me 'DO NOT EAT LIST'.

Carrots, a simple enjoyable raw or cooked vegetable. sigh.

So far on my DO NOT EAT LIST:
Decaf Coffee - hearing some pretty bad stuff about this so going to just have herbal teas. I am not liking Green tea, but do you have suggestions of some great teas to try?
Skins - like beans, potato, fruit

Off to the docs today, but lunch first with a friend - yippee! Hoping doc lessens the meds again, I am tired of this big fat 'MOON FACE'!!! lol

Hoping for a great weekend!

I have been creating! I am almost done 2 different projects using Magenta products. Both will be shared a bit later, need to finish and wait for Magenta to load first on their site.

One is a great little mini album with a theme of 'Girlfriends'. One of the stamps I used looked exactly like a family members little one, so I am having her fill it with her beautiful girls and info. That will be shared at the end of the month.

The other is a page made following a sketch. The sketch and samples will be up on the Magenta blog on the 8th I beleive. Then I will share it here. I used photos from 10.5 years ago, that felt great!! Outta the sleeves and into the scrapbooks!

My friend Lisa shared some great card creations dhe did with the colour combo of grey and pink, they were so beautiful! I am really looking forward to doing some too, but I am going to do grey and yellow. That will be my next little project I think.

Do you have crafty plans this weekend?

And because I cannot leave you without a picture - but it is older, might have shared it already, sorry :)

This time will be coming soon! And I can tell you my hubby is excited about riding again!
Have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Stampin Up Party!!

I am going to host a Stampin Up Party! I love so many of the stamps and accessories in the Occasions Mini Catalogue I can't help it! PLUS it is Sale-abration time! That means free stamps just for buying a qualifying amount! Who doesn't like free stuff!

The party will be March 15th, my house, starting at 6:30. I figure I can handle this, as all I have to do is sit. And hubby is there to help me if needed. Time to start trying to get back to some kind of normal.

I de 'seem' to be feeling better these past two days. Still weak and my hips have been bugging me. But I am hopeful things might be turning around.

Went out for coffee last night with the ladies, lasted about an hour when I started to feel enough. Was great to see the ladies. I of course did not have coffee, I had a hot caramel apple cider! YUM!

Must be running, my friend Mari is coming for another Reiki massage session. They are so relaxing and wonderful. If you are interested in learning more, get in touch with me and I will get you in touch with her. :)

Oh wait, must leave a picture!
Here is a layout I did awhile ago - before I was sick - using lots of Magenta products. LOVE the paper and the cork! They have so much self adhesive fun cork shapes to play with!!!

Enjoy your day, stay safe in the wind storm that is coming!
Thanks for stopping by!