Monday, September 30, 2013

The Paper Girls Challenge Blog Hop

Welcome to Fall Ya'll and the Beautiful Golden Days of Autumn!!!!

It's the last Monday of September and we could not let it pass by without a treat for our followers.  The Paper Girls have put together an amazing blog hop with a ton of inspiration.  Also, The Paper Girls would like to introduce some new designers they have added to their team.  And I am honoured to be one of the newbies!!!  When asked to join, I didn't even wait a second to answer......I love their blog, their challenges and the best scrappy friends a girl could ever have!!!!  So I hope you join in and hop will find many beautiful projects that are "Fall Decor" themed!!

Here is my project!!

I am not the best at doing projects and getting all messy, but I have always wanted to do a canvas.  I have had 8 of them sitting my closet for 6 months and done nothing with them!!!  So, one evening at midnight I decided to confront my fear.  I found a piece of paper that had all of the colours I wanted, sanded the edges and glued it down with Mod Podge.  Then I covered the top with Mod Podge to seal it.  After it was dry I just started playing with paints and inks and stamps and stencils and rub-ons. Then I added the photo and twine and embellishments until it was just the way I wanted it!!  It will be a perfect house warming gift for my son-in-law and my daughter when they move into their new home they are building!!

Paint-Martha Stewart
Paper-Bo-Bunny & Amy Tangerine
Ink-Tim Holtz Distress and Staz On
Wood Plaque-Prima
Twine-Marshals Fabrics
Wood embellishments-Prima & Recollections
Stencil Template-The Crafters Workshop
Mod Podge

Here is the line up of talented designers
After me, (Cathryn) head on over to the one of my favourite scrappers, Becci.  She is so talented and when I need some inspiration I turn to her beautiful work!!

How would you like to win a gift card from Scrapbook Pal?
I'm sure you are thinking, what do I have to do to participate and win that card? 

You get an entry for commenting on each of the blog posts, "Like" The Paper Girls Challenge on Facebook, and become a follower of our blog.  All are required for an entry.  You will see some fabulous projects and be inspired to create something for your own home!!!
I am also having my own give-a-way!!!  A bag of "Fall Themed" collections and scrappy goodness.  All you have to do is to become a follower of my blog.  If you are already a follower, please mention that in your comment!  Good Luck!!

You will have until Sunday October 6, 2013 at 11:59pm MST to comment.  We will announce the winner on Wednesday October 9, 2013 at 9:00am MST.  International readers are welcome to play along but currently we are only shipping prize packs to the US and Canada due to shipping costs!

THANKS for hopping!!!!

Monday, September 9, 2013

It's a New Day!!!!!

Wow......I can't believe it has been so long since I last did a blog post!!!!!!  The last 6 months of my life have been so incredibly hectic and full of twists and turns.  There are days when I just really want to crawl in a hole......and days of complete joy!!  Without my amazing kids in my life, my sweet loving beautiful 2 granddaughters and some pretty special friends, I think I would be crawling in that hole daily.  

My other issue of late has been that I had TOTALLY lost my creative mojo :(  I am lucky enough to be surrounded by tons of new and beautiful scrapbook supplies and the harder I tried to create......the less imagination I could find.  The photo that I finally used to created today has been sitting on my desk for about 5 months!!!!!!  I was truly beginning to think my scrapbooking days were over.....for good!!!!

But today I felt a teeny little spark......just a teeny one.  I grabbed the latest Scrapbook Steals sketch......and just did something without really thinking about it.  Definitely not a favourite layout.......but a start in the right direction.  Thank heavens for Scrapbook Steals and their weekly sketches.  If you are ever in a rut and need some inspiration they are the BEST place to go.

So this is this weeks MWM  Aquamarine #9

And this is my take on the sketch

After I was finished I was a little worried that I had strayed a bit from the sketch........but it is your inspiration that counts.  And if not for that beautiful sketch I would still be starring at that picture on my desk for another 6 months :)

Here are a few close up pictures.

Pink Paislee Snow Day Collection
Additional paper : KaiserCraaft Base Coat Collection and Prima Marketing Sweet Fairy Collection
Inks : Tim Holtz Distress
Letters : AC Thickers white sprinkles and Rockabye baby blue
Embellishments : Pink Paislee Snow Day Collection
Twine : fabric store find

Hope you enjoy and I hope you pop back in soon.  I am a little over run with supplies and I think in the next week or so,  it is time to have a few give-a-ways!!!  So check back soon for your chance to win!!!!!

Thanks for stopping in!!!!!


Monday, March 4, 2013

Scrapbook Steals MWM Amber #2

My favourite place to find amazing sketches has always been Scrapbook Steals and their weekly MWM!!  For some reason I haven't done one for a long time......and coincidentally I haven't had as much creative mojo!!!!  So this week I jumped back in and got the MWM done....and done on time!!!

Here is this weeks sketch......

.....and here is my take on the sketch!

This was such a fun sketch to work with and I'm sure I will be using it again!!!!

Letters-AC Thickers Red Delight, Blue Doll, and Green Sunrise
Patterned paper-Bo-Bunny Alora Collection
Flowers-Bo-Bunny Alora Collection
Wooden Flowers-Studio Calico
Doily Tags-Martha Stewart
Brads & Pointed Flower-MME
Washi Tape-Glitz, Recollections and Unknown
Ink-Tim Holtz Distress Broken China

Practical Scrappers and Kiwi Lane Designs!!!!

Today on the Practical Scrappers blog you can check out projects that all have ruffles on them!!!
I LOVE ruffles.  Having 2 sweet adorable little granddaughters gives me many chances to include ruffles on my LO's. 
Today I chose to do a layout of my oldest granddaughter Miss Blake.
 I also decided to use some templates from Kiwi Lane Designs
If you haven't checked them out......please do!!!!  You will love them as much as I do!!!
I also decided to use washi tape to make my ruffle above my border.
Hopefully it is a little easier to see in this photo.

Supply List : Patterned Paper and stickers- Little Yellow Bicycle Hello Spring Collection
                     Kiwi Lane Templates-Bracket 1, Clara Lane 2B
                     Letters-Alphabet Stickers Prima Marketing
                     Washi Tape-My Mind's Eye
                     Ink-Tim Holtz Distress Ink Broken China

Hope you enjoy......thanks for stopping by!!!!!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Scrapbook Steals Monday Craft Madness

Wow....I am so happy to be back here at Scrapbook Steals to share some of my scrappy creations.  When I opened up my package of goodies I was thrilled to find that I would be working with 
Up here in Canada we have some pretty long, cold, and gloomy winters!  This gorgeous collection is just what I needed to beat the winter blues. The colours are simply...... pure sunshine!!!  It is also so versatile, and could be used for many different themes!!

For my first project I decided to make this little 'Dates to Remember' mini book. It's the perfect size to carry around so while out shopping, it's quick and easy to check out who you need to shop for!!

My next creation is a layout of my darling granddaughter Blake.  A few weeks ago I spotted this amazing layout on Pinterest and knew it was the perfect inspiration for the photo I wanted to use, and the title I wanted to use.  I have always wanted to 'doodle' on a layout but could never quite get it right!!!  But I decided to jump in and give it a try.  I am super pleased with the way it turned out.  I also used a new found scrapbooking love....Kiwi Lane Designer Templates!!! So much fun!!!

check out Scrapbook Steals Monday Craft Madness for a full look at my layout!!!!

Because the colours in this collection are so rich and cheerful I wanted to use them to brighten up my scrapbooking space. I like to keep a 'catch all'  bin on my desk to throw the supplies I am using in, until I am finished a project. So this clear little bin I had was transformed into a little piece of art.  I also couldn't resist decorating a few jars to match for pens, buttons etc.

Lastly, I made this sweet little card.  For the Record 2 comes with stunning Element Stickers and Letters, Chipboard Accents, Layered Chipboard, and Decorative Brads.  They make creating cards super easy and fun fun fun!!!!!

Thank you Kerys and Scrapbook Steals for the opportunity to share my projects with you.  Scrapbook Steals is like a second home for me <3

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Polaroid Fun with Practical Scrappers!!!!

Today I want to share with you a layout I created for Practical Scrappers!!!
Our project theme was Polaroids!!!  So many ideas popped into my head.......I love the Polaroid trend!!
There are so many ways you can incorporate polaroids into scrapbooking.
Not only can you print your photos in polaroid form, but many paper companies have pre made polaroid frames included in their collections.

pinkpaislee makes these amazing polaroid frames that have words or sayings on them. 
I chose 2 frames that were perfect for my layout.

I love, love, love the way this layout turned out!!! 

Patterned paper-Teresa Collins Memories Collection & Studio Calico Darling Dear Collection
Chipboard Embellishments-Teresa Collins Memories Collection
Cardstock stickers & Borders-Teresa Collins Memories Collection
Inks-Tim Holtz Distress in Black Soot, Walnut stain & Fired Brick
Twine-The Twinery
Brads-AC Elements

Thanks for stopping in and don't forget to check out Practical Scrappers. You will find many many crazy talented artists that will provide you with tons of inspiration!!!!


Wednesday, February 6, 2013


Thank you everyone for joining in the Kiwi Lane Blog Hop. I sure hope you enjoyed visiting all the wonderful blogs and that you were very inspired by all of the amazing projects, and you found lots of ideas that make you want to try your hand at using such an amazing product!!!!
Kiwi Lane is a product that once you have it you will wonder what you ever did without it!!!

Before I announce the winner of the draw on my blog.......I want to Congratulate
the winner of the $25 gift code to the Kiwi Land Shop!!!

Now for the winner on my blog.........


you are my lucky winner!!!!
Please message me or leave me your email address so I can get your address from you!!!
Your October Afternoon Prize will be out to you as soon as possible!!!
Enjoy.....and I can't wait to see what you create with it!!!!

Thanks for stopping in!!!

Friday, February 1, 2013


Welcome crafty friends!!!!
I am so excited to be a part of today's blog hop with Kiwi Lane Designs !!!!!
You should be coming to my blog from the Kiwi Lane Blog.
If not......make sure you start from there !!!!!

When Kristy asked me if I would like to be a part of today's blog hop I felt like a little kid jumping around all excited on Christmas morning!!!!  I have wanted to try out and play with these amazing designer templates for such a long time!!!  The only ones I had used were the Wildflower and Bracket Accessories....which I love !!! I think I drove my poor mail lady crazy waiting for my package of templates to arrive!!!

I was sent the 12' Clara Lane Border Set. This border set is just the greatest. It is so versatile and could be used for so many things!!!  I know that many of us paper crafters have electronic cutting machines that are fabulous......but these little babies are so great for so many reason. Sometimes I just feel like cutting.....weird I know, but I really enjoy using a pair of scissors.  And they fit perfectly into any scrapbook bag.  Perfect to take to your next crop. 

So I decided to create a layout, and I used Clara Lane 3A, 3B, and 2B....along with Wildflower 2....
and this is what I created.

I was having such a great time playing..........that I decided to make a quick card!

For this I borrowed a mini border from my dear friend Liz......Paisley Place 3B
A little folding....and stitching....and inking....and voila`.....a fast cute little card!!!

THANKS so much for stopping by!!!!
Your next stop is the crazy talented

And here is the blog hop order

Sherry Thompsom
Kristy MacKeen
Sherri Funk
Roselyn Riley
Lisa Anderson
Leslie Prinkii

Don't forget to comment on all 13 blogs including the Kiwi Lane Blog !!!! One random winner will be chosen to win a $25 gift certificate to the Kiwi Lane Shop !! Good Luck !!

I will also be giving away a prize of yummy scrappy goodness on my blog!!!  In your comment let me know that you are a follower and your name will be entered for some fun October Afternoon Swag!!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Practical Scrappers Arrows!!!!

Finally....I am back to what keeps me sane!!!!!  Scrapbooking!!!!

 Life has been so incredibly crazy since the end of November.  On November 28, 2013 my second beautiful granddaughter, Taylor Winter Grace arrived!!!  She is a real sweetheart, and looks just like her Mamma!!!  Having another little one around during the holidays made Christmas extra special. 

I also learned that I was chosen to be part of the Practical Scrappers Design Team!!!  I have never been on a design team before so I am a little nervous, but as I am getting to know everyone involved I am learning so much about how open and helpful and wonderful everyone is. It is proving to be a very rewarding experience!!!  

So today I have a Practical Scrappers On-Trend Arrows Layout to share with you!!!!  I have been waiting for the perfect time to do the first layout of my granddaughter Taylor.  And I love the way this one turned out!!!!  I have been in a bit of a creative slump of an evening with friends Liz and Kassandra was in order to get me moving in the right direction!!!! 

Here is my finished layout!!!!

I decided to go with chevron stitched on arrows to highlight my photo!!!

And a cluster of embellishments in accent colours!!!!

Patterned Paper:MME Miss Caroline All Dolled Up & Nostalgia
Buttons:AC Elements & MME
Twine:Marshals Fabrics
Wood Embellishments:Studio Calico
Wood Letters:Kaiser Craft
Crochet Doily's:WeR Memory Keepers, MME & Handmade by me!
Border:Crate Paper Pretty Party Collection
Brads:MME Miss Caroline
Ink:Pen:Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Gathered Twigs) Marker (Tea Dye)
Precious Baby Ticket:Stampin' Up That's My Ticket