Tuesday, July 27, 2010


I got together with my bestest scrappy friends on Friday night, for some much, much needed girl time. We had an amazing dinner, with wine and dessert... always love it when everyone brings something for us all to try. We didn't scrap much and we started late, it was just great to sit and talk and eat and catch up... can't wait to do it all again!

Here is a look at what I created ....

Ignore the discolouration on the second page... scanning each page in two sections then piecing all four together is a royal pain ... wishing there are 12 x 24 inch scanners!

All products except flowers, bling, wood flourishes and letter stickers are Close to my Heart, letter stickers are Jillibean, flowers are Bazzill and the wood flourishes are kaiser craft, I think;)

Thanks for popping by!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Magical Express

I am away on a little trip but I thought I'd leave you with this.....

During the summer I have been / will be getting together with another foster Mom, along with both our natural and foster children, biweekly to help the children create layouts for their life books. There are 10 children all together ranging in ages from 3 to 14 (our bigger kids have opted out, go figure!) and I am thrilled with how skilled they are. I learned a lot the first week... most importantly to make up kits at home and pre-cut everything so the the kids just have to adhere and embellish. Most of the children are too young to use a paper trimmer and it takes way to long to cut it while the children wait. Not to mention, 10 children and downtime are not a good mix, lol!

I have been creating layouts so the children can see the end result, but I don't have a copy of the layout from our first session as I gave it away. This is the layout for the second session.

I'm not sure why my scans have a fishbowl effect, but trust me the layouts are nice a straight!

Have a scrappy day!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Flying Fish

Wow, I can't believe it's been so long since I have posted on my blog....

I was scrapping a couple of weeks ago with my friend Victoria and this is what I created.

I'm not really sure why the second page scanned with a fish bowl effect but you get the idea, imagine it straight!

Now I must get back to packing for a little trip I am taking with two of my boys and the hubby!

Have a great week!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Quick and Easy

Just a couple of quick and easy cards to share, made for some kiddies in my life!

Hope you also have a hoppy day!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

LRW Challenge #37 - Trees

Hello, This week's challenge over at Little Red Wagon is to use a tree on your project. I took a little inspiration from Debbie Olsen, when I saw her card while I was blog hopping. I thought it was so super cute, I wanted to give it a whirl!

I worked on it last night and here's how mine turned out.....

Hope you get a chance to play this weekend!

We have a winner!

Thanks to everyone who played along with my blog candy draw! The winner is..... (insert drum roll) DARLENE!

Congratulations Darlene, email me with your mailing info and I will sent you your prize!

On a crafty note, I had some scrappy fun tonight with my friend, Victoria, will post pics soon! off to bed, have a good night!

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Blog Candy

I have received a fair bit of feedback on my flower tutorials so I am offering this stamp set as a Blog Candy RAK, to let you know how much I appreciate you popping by to see what I have been up to! To be eligible to be entered into the draw simply leave a message letting me know which of the 11 flower making tutorials that I have posted is your fav.

For an extra chance to win, invite a friend to play along, if they leave a comment with their favourite flower tutorial and mention your name in their comment, they are entered into the draw AND you get another ballot in the draw!

I will draw and announce the winner next Friday July 16th, contest closes at midnight on July 15th.

Good Luck!

Monday, July 05, 2010

Happy Anniversary

Today is the 5th anniversary of Timmy's adoption! I am so very proud of this little man and so blessed to call him ours. We love you, you crazy little man, keep on being the funny, smart, curious and lovable boy you are.

Also, I want to send out happy birthday wishes to my brother, hope you have a good one!

Sending happy day wishes out to you!

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Die Cut Denim Flower Tutorial

Another flower tutorial for a quick and easy flower using my Spellbinder's flower die and some more scrap denim.

After layering a couple of sizes of die cut denim I added a button and some punched leaves, easy peasy! And a quick way to add some texture to a card or layout.

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Oh Canada, eh!

Happy Canada Day to you! Hope you are spending the day celebrating and relaxing.

Today is my birthday (meh), while I was tucking in Timmy last night he said "Don't tell Dad I told you but, we are bringing you breakfast in bed tomorrow!" So cute! And the best part is Timmy always let's me share my breakfast with him!

My plans for the day include a run, some me time in my scrappy space, a nice dinner with the fam fixed by my hubby! Oh, and probably laundry as there is always laundry! lol

Today will also be bittersweet ... the sweet has to do with my New Year's resolution to be healthier. After boot camp ended in May, I decided to take up running to try to maintain some of the new muscles I had gained and maintain a healthier lifestyle. I was super impressed that I could run 2km right off the hop, boot camp had really paid off as in past I couldn't run more than a couple of blocks! I set a new goal to be able to run 5km by today, my 44th birthday. This week I have run 5km three times, woo hoo for me! It is haaaarrrrdd, I feel it in every fibre of my being, but I am pumped when I am done my run (although the first time I did 5km, I didn't know whether to cheer or cry, it was sort of odd). That said my weight is still an issue, but I am strong and healthy so I am guessing the weight will come off, eventually, especially if I follow my diet better! But a girl has to live a little, too!

The not so sweet part about today is that one of my son's is moving to Kitchener to be closer to his girl friend :( and while I sort of get it on some levels, I feel he is too young and am not really ready for this phase in his life. Now, two of my three boys live away from home, in different cities from each other and me. Thankfully, Timmy is only 7 and much too young to leave me, so glad we have our little man!

That said, the house is not getting any emptier, we have had two new foster children placed with us in the past two weeks. Which also means we have had a whirlwind of appointments, meetings, shopping for necessities, play dates, phone calls, etc. Things should slow down in the next week or so and we can get on with enjoying our summer.

And speaking of summer Ian has one more week of work until he is off for seven weeks, yaayy, soooo looking forward to that!

Timmy and I also wrapped up our homeschooling this past week, too. He did so well and came such a long way, I am so proud of him. He gained 6 reading levels, and is a math whiz! We registered for grade 2, back at the 'real school' on Tuesday, so we have that to look forward to for the fall. The VP put Timmy in a class with a young, energetic and hardworking new teacher. I am really looking forward to seeing how that plays out. (And as a aside, if you have been following along with our homeschooling journey from the beginning... the teacher Timmy started grade 1 with, will no longer be teaching grade 1! No offense to her, she is a nice enough person, it's just that grade one is too important of a year for someone a little on the wishy-washy side. Best of luck to her, though.)

Now we just need our silly old house to sell, so I can work on starting the next chapter in this saga we call life!

Oh and by the way, this is what i got for my birthday, for my scrappy space!!

Enjoy your day and thanks for popping by!