Monday, November 30, 2009

For Today.....

Outside my window... it is gloomy but mild enough.

I am thankful....for the quiet in the house so I can play catch up.

From the kitchen... banana bead baking.

I am wearing... t-shirt, jeans and a hoodie.

I am reading ... Boundary Lines by Nora Roberts.

I am hoping.... for a peaceful holiday season.

I am going.... to pick up Timmy after school.

I am creating ....nothing at the moment but more Christmas cards are on my 'to do' list.

I am hearing .... One more Astronaut by I Mother Earth

Around the house .... bill paying and cleaning.

One of my favourite things....loud music while I clean (sorry neighbours!).

A few plans for the rest of the week.... Christmas prep, housework, laundry (my usual 25-30 loads a week!), cleaning out the linen closet, scrapbooking, babysitting and hopefully the weather holds for some outdoor skating and fireworks over the falls.

Here is a picture that I am sharing with you.....

This picture was taken of my littlest man 6 years ago.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Friendzy Friday

I have been doing a fair bit of sewing on my cards and layouts lately so i thought I should do a bit of research to see if there are some good tips out in the cyber world to share with you, as opposed to my approach of sticking my papers into the sewing machine and pressing the peddle!!
The following pictures and information were found online....
The first thing you want to consider when machine stitching on your scrapbook layouts is stitch length. Small stitches may perforate the paper so much that it is weakened, causing it to tear along the stitching. By using a longer stitch length you can add texture while maintaining the integrity of the cardstock. I know this tip, in particular, wold have been useful to me in the beginning.
Even basic sewing machines come with several choices for stitch designs including straight, zig zag, blind and button hole. Experiment on scrap pieces of cardstock to see how each stitch looks on paper.
Outline titles, journaling boxes, and photo mats. Use a straight or zig zag stitch to carefully sew around matting cardstock on focal point pieces.

Sewing around embellishments and down border strips continues the look of sewn scrapbook page layout and adds even more style.

Tearing paper prior to sewing adds even more dimension.

Hope this helps, I can't wait to see how you incorporate sewing into your projects.
Have a scrappy day!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A scrappy weekend

I spent this past weekend with 7 of the most important women in my life. We call ourselves the SCRAPPIN' BITCHES. And do our best to gather monthly for a crop as well as twice a year for a retreat. In past, we have attended retreats run by Two Scrapbook Friends, which have always been fun. However due to scheduling issues we could not attend their fall retreat and so I hosted all the ladies at my house. I shipped my entire gang off to family members, and had a very relaxing weekend.

My friend, Anita and I organized games, loot bags and the meals. Everyone pitched in with loot bag donations, prizes and treats to make it a very memorable event. We stayed up late, ate very well, had a few drinks, played our music loud (the way we like it!) danced, sang, laughed, cried, hugged and shared. It was simply the best retreat yet! And I cannot wait to do it again in the spring!

Here are a few of the layouts I created this weekend.....

(not sure why all my scans are coming out lopsided... oh well)

This last layout is based on a sketch from PageMaps, yu can check out their site here. Here is the original sketch.

November Product Challenge at Two Scrapbook Friends

This past weekend I finally managed to complete the November Product Challenge that I picked up from Two Scrapbook Friends.

This is what the kit looks like.

And this is my take.

You can check out how other crafters used their kits by checking out the forum here.

Have a scrappy day!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Card Swap Reveal

Isn't this a cute little card! I made 8 to use in an annual Christmas Card swap that I particpate in. I cheaed a bit as it is a scraplift, but I thought it was just so cute! Look here if you want to check out the blog I lifted this idea from... I love this blog, it is always a great source of inspiration.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Online Crop at Two Scrapbook Friends

This evening there is an online crop at TSF (click on the link and go to their forum to play along). I am spending the weekend, starting at 1pm today, with my scrappy friends (yes an entire weekend!!!) so I will not be joining in on the online crop. However, I wanted to post a challenge for those that are playing.

My challenge is to warm it up (since the weather is getting considerably cooler) with a touch of rustic! Add felt and twine to your project. Here is my take on the challenge.

This card is for my beautiful, warm and fun friend Elaine, whose birthday is on the 29th. Happy birthday Elaine!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Another Christmas Card!

So, I think I have mentioned this already... I purchased 4 pieces of Jillibean Christmas paper (one piece each of four patterns) and have challenged myself to create as many Christmas cards as possible using only these four patterns (plus co-ordinating cardstock of course). So far, I have created 6 different card designs, making to 8 of each design for a total of 40 cards. I have almost completed making enough cards to send out to family and friends this coming holiday season. Soon, I will be focusing on individual cards or one offs for my immediate family members.

This is my latest creation. I still have one card to reveal, but am holding off on that reveal til after I swap them this weekend at what is becoming an annual Christmas card swap with my scrappy friends!

I think I will work on one final design this weekend and will hopefully make 8, then I will have all the cards I need for the coming holiday season!
Hope you have some scrappy time coming your way!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A card for Victoria

Just a quick share today... a card that I made for my friend Victoria, for her upcoming birthday. I am off to bed, hope everyone has a chance to play this weekend!

Sunday, November 08, 2009

More Xmas Cards

More Christmas cards to share today, these are my own designs. The first two I created about a half dozen of each to send out over the holidays and the third card is a one off that I made for my hubby.

Hope you have some scrappy fun in your near future!

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Christmas Cards

Here is a sneak peek at some of the Christmas Cards that I will be sending out this year. There is one more design that I am keeping a secret (as they are for a card swap) and two more designs that are in the works which I will share when they are done.
I started my cards this year by purchasing one sheet of each of the four patterned papers you see in the first card. So far I have made 22 cards and still have over half a sheet left of each paper.... I wonder how many I can make before I run out! Of course I had to add card bases and a coordinating card stock, but the challenge is fun!
Hope you are all having a scrappy day!

Sunday, November 01, 2009

November Reveal at Two Scrapbook Friends!

Wow another month has flown by, I can't believe it is reveal time again at TSF. I absolutely love the Indian Summer papers by Basic Grey in this month's kit. The pinks, golds, oranges and russets were perfect for the pictures we took during a recent trip to our local apple orchard to partake in some fall festivities.

Pumpkin Bowlin' - this activity was a big hit with the kids! I added the fabric leaves, some flowers and floss to the kit from my stash... did a little hand cutting dry embossing, stitching and added some Stickles to the veining of some paper leaves.

Pickin' & Grinnin' - Timmy is ever the poser and you never know what kind of smile/grin you will get from one click of the camera to the next! It is always a surprise for me since I cannot see his face from where I stand to snap pictures nor can I tell on the little camera screen! The mystery is revealed upon downloading the pics to my laptop and blowing them up on the screen! Happy, silly or cheeky I scrap what I have as the faces he makes are a true reflection of his personality! I added a large flower, alpha stickers and some doodling to the kit.

Freespirit - Fabric and die cut leaves, as well as mini alpha stickers added from my stash. Used some stitching detail as well. Love this picture, it is so him!

4U - Flower added from my stash. "Doodled" with Stickles.

Thanks for looking... hope you all have time to play this week! I know I want to!