Thursday, May 24, 2007

It's been a scrapping kind of day

I spent today scrapbooking at the Cat's Caboose in St. Thomas with my friend Carolyn. It was fun. (kind of nice being anonymous to customers) Carolyn treated me to lunch. She got a lot done on a baby book she is working on and I finished off a layout I had started on Saturday and started 2 more. I also have the design for my card for the CKC Swap in mind. So it was a very successful day. Thanks Dawn, you have a lovely store.
Scrapping in Collingwood: Sorry the photo has a glare on it. Title is welded and matted using my Wishblade. Still have to do some journalling here.
She: still have to do some doodling and journaling on this one too.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Assembly line stamping

Sometimes I don't know whether I'm coming or going. I just realized that I had signed up for a card swap at the Creating Keepsakes convention the first weekend in June and need 20 cards. Panic sets in. As if I don't have enough to do. Thank goodness the cards all should be the same. I still have to come up with a design though and then will be spending some time doing assembly line stamping.

Feels like summer

The sunshine was beckoning me yesterday so instead of staying home on a holiday Monday we packed a picnic lunch and headed off to Port Stanley (our closest beach). I knew the water would be cold so I didn't pack swim wear or towels for Aaron and Jenna. I didn't think they would go in. They weren't planning on it either but I could see them going further and further until Aaron fell into the water backwards. I didn't have my camera. Jenna never got quite as wet as her brother but it wouldn't have taken her much more to go in with him. Sure glad we had our picnic though because the lineup at Mackey's was out the door.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Happy Long Weekend

Its almost here! The first long weekend of the season. Hope you all get a chance to do something you like to do with those you like to be with. I'm going to spend at least some of it scrapbooking & stamping with friends. Have a great holiday weekend whatever you do.

Scrapbooking is my thing pin left
Stamping Queen Bead Lady pendant right
Penny has a variety of scrapbooking & stamping charms to choose from. Also many other themes too. Worth checking out. P.s. Penny will ship to Canada.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Just some simple cards I made last week at work
A Joy Fold Card, using Cuddlebug embossing on butterfly card and big petals using an oval punch

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Chicken Soup for the Scrapbooker's Soul

I bought an autographed copy of this book at the Mega Meet. I must admit that its been so long since I have picked up anything other than a novel that the children were reading for school or a scrapbook magazine.
Once I started reading I had a hard time putting it down. I could relate to all the stories and it reaffirmed why I love this hobby so much. Not only do I chronical the lives of those most important to me, but I have met so many wonderful people who have similar interests.

Projects from Great Lakes Mega Meet Scrapbook Convention in Novi.

Eliz and I took 3 classes and did several make and takes at the

These are some of the projects we completed:

Quick Quotes All Boy- 1 of 4 layouts and a fridge magnet

Card Carry Out-6 cards, 4 tags & a gable box

2 Cute- a make and take from a laser cut company

SEI: make and take using Velvet Iron ons.

Another Stamp and Scrap Day

Eliz hosted this Stamp and Scrap Day and I must say she is really raising the bar. Our hostess usually plans 2 cards and a scrapbook page. Well Eliz kept us busy with 3 cards, a folded accordian book and matching box. (Which I had difficulty with. They threatened to call my boss and suggest it as a great idea for a class) and supplied a sketch and papers for a 2 page masculine layout. She also provided us with a multitude of pages on how to use Pearl ex and other resources. Thanks so much Eliz it was a great day.
Ps: we really enjoyed the lunch too! Especially the chocolate chip cookies I prompted her to make with my last post.
Acetate Beach Card- not sure of source
Magic Snowflake Card-
Trifold sympathy Card-

Accordian Book in a Box- by Karen Elaine Thomas at

Ps: we really enjoyed the lunch too! Especially the chocolate chip cookies I prompted her to make with my last post

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

National Chocolate Chip Day

National Chocolate Chip Day
When: Always on May 15th
Chocolate chips are a great invention, and certainly deserve a little recognition. After all, where would chocolate chip cookies, cakes and muffins be without the chocolate chip!?
Chocolate chips are popular in cooking and baking, for a wide variety of breads, cakes, and cookies. There is an almost endless number of recipes. They are also used in decorating. Have you ever had chocolate chip pancakes? How about chocolate chips in trail mix? If you've never had these, then you're leading a sheltered life.
Rare is the leftover chocolate chip. If you don't use the whole bag, you and/or your kids will likely eat them as a snack before they make it to the storage container.

I was transported back in time.

We attended a family funeral in Windsor and after it was all over, thought it would be nice to show the children where we had lived. As we drove by the house on Moy Ave. (1/2 a block from the river) it was as though I was transported over 10 years back in time to when Aaron was born. The house looked exactly the same as we had left it with the exception of a little bit of landscaping. As we drove along Riverside Drive towards Techumseh I was telling Aaron that when he was a baby I would drive with him crying in the back seat at night hoping he would fall asleep on the way. I would then go to the Timmy's drive through for a coffee and we both would return home calmed down. At the exact spot where he usually fell asleep, Arthur looked back to find Aaron asleep once again.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Had a wonderful time at the Great Lakes Mega Meet in Novi.

Eliz and I had a wonderful time at the Great Lakes Mega Meet. We shopped till we dropped and found a few really cool new things. Enjoyed the classes and got some new ideas. It was a perfect few days and I would highly recommend going next year.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Stamp Review Program

I, with a number of others have been asked by the people at to be part of their Stamp Review Program. In exchange for stamps and supplies they ask that we "write honest reviews, post stamping and scrapbooking projects using their stamps on our blogs/websites to get the word out. That sounds like fun. So stay tuned. In the meantime check out the stamps. They offer "free shipping" and the prices seem competitive.

Friday, May 4, 2007

I'm off to Paris in the springtime

That's right. I'm off to Paris in the springtime for work. What could be better?
Off to Paris Ontario that is. I'm taking Jenna out of school early today, making a quick stop at Scrapaholics to pick up a few things to take to our booth at the Canadian Scrapbook Expo Scrapfest being held today and tomorrow. If you go look for the green and hot pink booth and say hi to Barb, Debbie and Bri.

I couldn't resist

My friend Heather had a link to Judy Morrow's blog I took joined her April/May ribbon exchange. I only ordered the gingham and the sheer polkadot ribbon with 10 colours of each. They arrived last night and I couldn't resist getting them out to look at. I separated the colours. Our kitten thought it was fun to play with them too.
ps: I did spend an evening winding the ribbons up and put them in my floss box. Now they are portable and I can see at a glance what I have

More projects from this week's stamp/scrap day

Its taken me a couple of days but here are the rest of the projects from Lizz's stamp/scrap day this week.

Baby card using lattice punch, Can't believe how much the gold peel off sticker line accented the card. Paper clip flower using a circle and slit punch
and Apple using the rounded tab punch.

Thanks Lizz, They were fun to do.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Last month's stamp and scrapbook day projects

Here are the projects we did at the stamp/scrapbook day at my house a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to finish the scrapbook page before I posted them. Sorry about the glare off the photo.

I apologize to the creator of the gamsol technique card, I saw it on your blog, fell in love with it but forgot to write down who you are.
I had to have my husband sharpen my Prismacolour pencil crayons while we were working to get the colours everyone needed. We used the Mona Lisa Odourless Mineral spirits I bought at Michaels and the paper stylus to blend the colour. I went over and blended a 2nd colour on the flower. Nice effect.
It wasn't until I finished the windmill card that I realized I have one less petal than the tutorial called for. I had a barcode on the back of the last petal I cut out and forgot to cut a new one when I was putting it together. Here is a link to the tutorial.

Another Stamp and Scrapbook Day

Our Thursday stamp and scrapbook group met today instead of tomorrow and we had an awesome time. It was Lizz's turn to host and she came up with some neat projects.

Here is my scrapbook page. We used iris folding on both frames. I added some hidden journaling using the same techniqe as for double slider cards. Stamps are Stampin up Doodle It and Title box was done with computer printed words inked and layered.
Really liked the apple using the round tab punch and the baby card using the lattice punch. Posted these in a new post May 4

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

My review of Martha Stewart line at Michaels

I had to go and see what all the talk was about. Michaels now has the Martha Stewart line of Scrapbook products. I didn't see anything I just had to go out and buy. I thought everything higher priced than other manufacturers and you can't use 40% off coupons on her line.
Nice punches. $5.00 more expensive
Stamps: very small selection. have seen nicer elsewhere.
ribbons, glitter: nice
paper collections: nice for vintage photos
stickers: left me feeling flat
18X18" album where do you get paper that size aside from the limited number in her collection
storage: canvas boxes nice but overpriced
lots of party favours and decorations.
Overall, I was much more impressed by the new products in other lines such as Making Memories and a new assortment of albums.
My only purchase today was some of the $1.50 acrylic stamps I finally found in a spin tub near the checkouts.