Monday, April 30, 2007

Stamping Birthday gift idea

My niece who just turned 13, often makes comments about the handmade cards I gave her over the years for her birthday. She is on a cheerleading team and when I saw the Its a Cheer stamp set from Stampin Up, I knew what to get her for her birthday. I put together a package with the stamps, navy, orange (team colours) and white cardstock, navy and orange ink pads, blank cards, envelopes and ribbon. I made a card using the stamps and told her to invite 3 or 4 friends and I would show them how to make cards and a scrapbook page using her stamp set. I decorated the box with a cheerleader die cut I cut with my Wishblade and tied the card to it with ribbon. I couldn't be there when my husband and children gave her the gift but I hear she loved it.

Scrap Weekend in Collingwood

Wow what a wonderful boss/friend we have. She took her staff on a Scrap weekend to a friends' chalet in Collingwood. It was more like a ski lodge for the 7 of us. Lots of room to scrap but also lots of room to relax.

My preliminary planning and supply gathering paid off. I worked on 19 double page layouts. Some I had already started and then finished and an equal number I started and just have a few minor things to finish on them. Here is my favourite of the weekend.

The weekend could not have been any more perfect. We shared good food, good drinks, good company and did what we all love.
Cropped til we dropped. Bonnie is not in this photo as she left the chalet to measure up her new cottage. Would have loved to have been able to stay longer but plans are in the works to go to Bonnie's cottage in Tobermory in September.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Where does the time go?

It feels like I just got home from Niagara and now am off to a scrapbook weekend with the girls from work in Collingwood. Have lots of page kits ready. It could be a very productive weekend if I get this nasty cold under control. Will post some creations next week.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Weekend In Niagara Falls

We had so much fun in Niagara Falls. Visited a wax museum, Lego Brickland, Harley Davidson store, the Hershey store and of course enjoyed the weather and the scenery at the Falls itself.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Sakura Glaze and Souffle Pen Class

Had a great time at Elaine's (from Heinz Jordan) Sakura Glaze and Souffle pen class. We used a sheet of Peel off stickers, Identipens, Glaze pens, Souffle pens, Quickie Glue pen and glitter on dark cardstock, watercolour paper and transparencies. She had us write cheat notes on each card so we would remember what we did. Awesome class. Can't wait to play.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Remember the shape and letter templates?

While reorganizing our craft room yet once again, I came across a box full +++++ of shape and letter templatesIf the truth be known there are more than one of these treasures that have never been used. So here is my challenge to myself and to anyone else who wants to participate. Create something using a template or texture plate that has not seen the light of day for a while. You'll feel better that you used something you had instead of going out an buying new. In the comments section let me know what you used.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Needed a new look for Spring

I'm tired of the cold and snow and want Spring to be a reality, so I decided I needed a new look for my Blog to celebrate Spring. Even if the weather looks a bit grey my page will be green.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

I must have an addictive personality.

Ok I admit I'm a chocoholic, a scrapaholic, a stampaholic and now a blogaholic. On a daily basis I've been increasing the amount of time I check up on stamping/scrapbooking blogs. I don't want to miss any posts and keep finding more blogs I want to check out. Its really crimping my creating time so I have to do something about it. I read somewhere that google had just the thing I needed. Google reader will keep track of most the blogs I want to read on a regular basis to and will show me which ones have been updated since I read them last. So I added my favourites. A few I frequent could not be added to Google so I subscribed to their feed directly.
Edited to say. Wow. This does save time. I only visit the blogs now that have new posts. Works like a charm.

Went out for binder rings and came back with baby Crocs

I went to Just a Buck for some binder rings I needed for my Lil Davis "All Mine" by Michelle Hill kit that I received at the Open Page Retailer Education Event. I almost bought some of the large wooden clothespins but couldn't resist pink baby Crocs for Jenna's Buildabear. They are just soooo cute! Wouldn't you know it! My camera batteries are low so I can't post a photo of the shoes right now.
Anyway on to my original reason for the trip out. Here is my version of the chipboard tag book. The photos were silly ones we took while at Disney. I printed the out in black and white on cardstock because I didn't have any photo paper in the house last night. I sprayed the whole project with a coat of matte finish krylon spray before putting the painted chipboard tags together with the binder ring.

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Jenna's cards to her Daddy and Mom

Jenna has been busy making Easter cards. Here are her creations. I only helped her with the braiding of the ribbon. She was so proud to give me mine and leave Daddy's on the table for when he got up to go to work. Nice job sweetie. They are beautiful!

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Easter Wishes

Happy Easter
Hope you all have an Easter that will make you smile.

I thought it was Spring!

"I thought it was Spring? What's this white cold stuff coming out of the sky?"
Our kitty is not the only one wondering. She's even decided she's not going outside while this snow is falling. I don't blame her.

Eliz's class

Here are the projects from Eliz's class the other day. A Tulip Easter Basket, Faux Leather background on Easter card and a scrapbook layout challenge. We were all given the same 4 patterned papers and 2 cardstock and told to create a layout. Here's my MGM Studios page. I used my new Stampin up round tab punch and spiral punch. I also used the faux eyelet technique I saw on Splitcoaststampers using the leftover piece from the faux leather. I'll post Eliz and Lizz's versions of the challenge layout if they'll let me.
Thanks Eliz, It was a very fun productive session.
Now I really have to come up with something creative for my turn in 2 weeks.

Friday, April 6, 2007

A little disappointed

I used my new Stampin Up Spiral punch yesterday and had so much fun with it I tried to use it for spiral notebooks I bought but the holes don't line up. Next time I'll have to take a sample piece with me to make sure I buy the right notebooks. Oh well can still decorate the front and did use the round tab punch for the tabs of the books.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

You know when your kids are growing too fast!

You know your kids are growing too fast when:
you think you can buy a bike with 24" wheels for them because they have outgrown their 20" wheels.
But actually they needed a 26" wheels to be able to get more than 1 season out of them.
We ended up spending twice as much on them as we had planned but now we won't have to buy bikes for a while.

Its a stamping day!

Today was a stamping day. When I got up this morning and looked out to see all the snow I sang "Should I stay or should I go now?". The weather didn't look good although Jenna didn't see warnings for Arkona on the weather channel. By the time I was ready to go, the sun was shining. It was a good omen when I turned onto Hwy 22 and was following a snow plow. The roads were more wet than snowy.
We had lots of fun at Eliz's today. She had tulip Easter baskets for us to make, faux leather technique and a scrapbook challenge for us. I even used the new punches I just got.
I had to call her though when I turned back onto Hwy 22 and was again following a snowplow.
Someone was looking out for my safety.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Do you know Sleeping Beauty's name?

Do you know "Sleeping Beauty's" name. While at Disney we discovered her name was Aurora.

Cosmo Cricket Rocks

The new Cosmo Cricket Halfway Cafe line was perfect for this Minnie & Me. (Not my idea. Scraplifted from their website)

Monday, April 2, 2007

Love Heidi Swapp

I really enjoyed the Heidi Swapp How to Class I took last week. Those floral masks(bottom right corner) are so much fun. I thought the journalling spots were chipboard but they are actually layers like a post it note pad of journalling spaces. We used paint daubers, chalk ink and stazon. Also got a couple of really nice stamps to use in the store. But my favourite product was the strips of self adhesive bling rhinestones. It was nice to be able to play with these products.