Sunday, October 31, 2010

November Reveal - ScrapMuch?, My MInd's Eye,

This month I received the following  pieces of My Mind's Eye 'I Believe" collection  in my kit from the ladies at ScrapMuch?

I really liked this line when I saw it, but after I started working with it I liked it even more.  As always My Mind's Eye has great paper quality, then add on to that that all papers are double sided, means a lot of bang for your buck.

I created this single page layout of my little guy posing in front of last year's tree.  The banner I created to house my title was super fun to make, watch for an upcoming tutorial on banners.  I also hand cut one of the ornaments on the background paper from a spot that I was going to cover up any how.  The hole I created is not visible on the layout, but by doing this I was able to pop up the ornament to add some dimension to my layout.  some poke holes for fun and random, brads placement all add to a whimsical look.

This double page layout documenting my husband,Timmy and I cutting down our family's first ever real Christmas tree was a lot of fun to create.  I knew I wanted to put a tree on the layout but I wasn't sure which technique I wanted to use, especially with so many great papers to choose from.  Then I decided on this rolled tree.  It is pretty easy to make, though admittedly a little time consuming and you do en up with sticky fingers (LOL).  It  was a great project to make while watching television, and would be equally good if you were having a crop with friends.  It's simple so you can chat or focus on your favourite show, no problem..  anyway I also wanted to make some of the tree paper a focal point and did so by creating a hand made die cut paper for the right side of my layout which nicely house the title.  a fan fold flower and some journaling finish the layout off nicely, leaving the focus mainly on the story in the photos.

And finally, for my altered item this month I created this cute box of Christmas tags.  The box itself was simple enough to make, though I did make a little math boo boo (shows me for thinking I can do fractions in my head, LOL).  The tags were cut from my Cricut and embellished with little bits of papers, die cuts and brads from the kit.  I think they turned out great, like little bits of sweetness.  I will definitely be making more of these.  As a boxed set, they'd make a great little gift, and individually they'd be perfect on a gift for a special someone (okay maybe not the kidlets, they don't even really read the tags anyway!) but for your Mom or hubby or BFF they'd be perfect.

Thanks for stopping by to see what I have done with this months kit!  There is lots I have to look forward to this month, so hopefully it will be a better blogging month than October.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

A different kind of creative

This week I have been busy being creative.  Though a completely different kind of creative.  I have been painting and planning and plotting and scheming (LOL) okay not quite that bad, but I have been working on transforming our new house into a home.  As much as possible before we move in on Wednesday, anyway.  I have had help from my friend Anita, my hubby and my little Timmy.

Here is a little sneak peak of a before and midway shot of the new living room.

And here is a little picture of my Timmy painting the laundry room, the boy was seriously chomping at the bit to help with the painting!

back with more sneaks soon, have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

A month of change

October is shaping up to be full of changes, new house, new city... kids leaving...

I am hoping they will be good changes in the long run.

Last friday my second baby moved out into his own apartment, with a friend.  You see he didn't want to make the move to a new city with us, feeling it was important to be near his friends.  So while he was at work, my husband and oldest son, moved all of his belongings into his new place.  It's a nice apartment, clean, renovated, in a good area.  All the things a mom hopes for.  But it's still hard to see him go.  He's not quite old enough (though he would disagree), life is hard enough, so why go it alone any longer than you have to.

We love you Jonny, stay safe and PHONE YOUR MOTHER!

Saturday, October 09, 2010


Today was a busy day... It started out with Timmy's football game at 10 am.   Then we went off to pick up our Capons for our big dinner tomorrow (we just don't seem to be turkey people, Capons are so tender and do not contain all the nitrates that makes everyone want a big nap after Thanksgiving dinner).  Next we did a power grocery shop and stocked up on all the things we love to eat on Thanksgiving.  After that, we went to our final visit of our new house.  We took Timmy with us, turns out the house wasn't quite what he expected, but once he got inside and checked it out it seemed to meet with his approval!   Then we headed off to Homesense and Michael's (a couple of favourite haunts) and finally the Petsmart (just because).

After a late dinner and some play time with Timmy, I was feeling crafty, so this is what i did.....

I picked up these frames from Homesense.  They are really intended for memorabilia that you want to change up regularly as they have hinged front panels and cork board behind the muslin background.  But I was looking for something to mount these starfish and seahorses on.  The starfish and seahorses were something my husband picked up on a childhood trip to Hawaii (they are real dried little crustaceans).  Somehow Timmy ended up with them in his treasure box and I thought they'd look really cool framed and hanging in one of the bathrooms in our new house.   (I think I want to go back for more frames to hang some of Timmy's sports medals in!)

Then I decided to make these........

I am making enough for Timmy to give his current classmates and also to give his new classmates, as he will start at the new school two days prior to the Halloween weekend.  Timmy will stamp and decorate some tags to attach to these little yummies!  He loves to craft.

Are you up to anything crafty?

Happy Thanksgiving all!

Thursday, October 07, 2010

New Addition!

Holy heck, I can't believe I forgot to mention this.  On September 18th we added this little bundle to our family!  Her name is Mollie and she is an Olde English Bulldogge.  And we have one happy boy!

With the move and everything else, what's one more thing, like house training to deal with! LOL   Anyway, she is a sweetie and loves to cuddle.  We're hoping that it will make the big move a little easier for our little man.

Friday, October 01, 2010

October Reveal - ScrapMuch?, My MInd's Eye,

The kit I received from the ladies at ScrapMuch? this month, was so super fun to play with! Check it out...

I love Kraft paper, I love black and how can you not love flocking? Every paper from this kit has some flocking on it, so kewl!!

I started out creating a two page layout documenting my little guy's halloween last year, from decorating the house, to getting his costume on etc.

The kit had lots of great little dies and tags.

Here are a couple of close ups....

Then I created this fun card!

Another close up.....

Lots of black inking, crnkling and some Glassy Accents help to add to the festiveness of these projects.

Here's another fun project, and super easy to make with your kiddies, too!

Halloween crackers.... simply fill a 4 inch piece of paper towel tubing with assorted candy, wrap with tissue and tie off ends (I used pipe cleaners). Next wrap with decorative papers, add a few dollar store spider and ta da!

For my next project I wanted to show how versatile this paper pack is......

These papers struck me as so beautiful and totally me, I wanted to use them to scrapbook my anniversary picture from earlier this year. (thanks again to Timmy for taking a great picture of daddy and I).

And a couple of more close ups......

I hand cut this flocked chandelier from one of the papers.

I created a flower using my Spellbinders die with my Cuttlebug, used the die cut flourish that came with the kit with a little added Glassy Accents.

And lastly, a cute little thank you card.

If you are looking for a fun paper pack for your Halloween pictures this year, I highly recommend this one, it's called haunted by My Mind's Eye. The neutral colour scheme is great for scrapping mutli-coloured costumes, too.

Thanks for stopping by!