Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Simple Stories

This month I have not been able to find time to do everything I want to do especially scrapbooking. That's why I was really excited when I saw the link to the Simple Stories blog. It is a new kit idea being introduced by Memory Works designed to help us get our pictures in albums without the stress of worrying about scrapping every picture or never being caught up. The kits combine pre-made elements with divided page protectors and binders from We R Memory Keepers. It is totally something I could do. Unfortunately Memory Works products are only available in the US, but I think I can easily put together something similar using American Crafts albums and page protectors I already have.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

A Little Canadian Humour

I got this in an e-mail this week and it made me laugh which I really needed. So I thought I would share and hopefully brighten up someone else's day.

Little Canadian Humor,

Forget Rednecks,

Here is what Jeff Foxworthy has to say about Canucks.

If your local Dairy Queen is closed from
September through May,

You may live in Canada.

If someone in a Home Depot store

Offers you assistance and they don't work there,

You may live in Canada.

If you've worn shorts and a parka at the same time,

You may live in Canada...

If you've had a lengthy telephone conversation

With someone who dialed a wrong number,

You may live in Canada.

If 'Vacation' means going anywhere

South of Detroit for the weekend,

You may live in Canada.

If you measure distance in hours,

You may live in Canada...

If you know several people

Who have hit a deer more than once,

You may live in Canada.

If you have switched from 'heat' to 'A/C'

In the same day and back again,

You may live in Canada.

If you can drive 90 km/hr through 2 feet of snow

During a raging blizzard without flinching,

You may live in Canada.

If you install security lights on your house and garage,

But leave both unlocked,

You may live in Canada.

If you carry jumpers in your car

And your wife knows how to use them,

You may live in Canada.

If you design your kid's Halloween costume

To fit over a snowsuit,

You may live in Canada.

If the speed limit on the highway is 80 km --
You're going 90 and everybody is passing you,

You may live in Canada.

If driving is better in the winter

Because the potholes are filled with snow,

You may live in Canada.

If you know all 4 seasons:

Almost Winter, Winter, Still Winter,
And Road Construction,

You may live in Canada.

If you have more miles

On your snow blower than your car,

You may live in Canada.

If you find 2 degrees 'a little chilly',

You may live in Canada.

If you actually understand these jokes,
And forward them to all
Your Canadian friends & others,
You definitely live in Canada.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A New Challenge

I posted a new Challenge at Kindred Creations yesterday that will run for November and December. It is another build-a-layout challenge but this time I am giving 2 choices for each step since the challenge is running over 2 months. If you follow the first choice you'll finish with a monochromatic layout. If you follow the second choice you'll finish with a Christmas layout. I'm not quite sure what kind of layout you'll have if you mix up the choices, but I guarantee you'll have fun doing it! LOL

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

I Love Playing Layout Tag

Whenever I play layout tag at Kindred Creations I know for sure I am going to get at least 1 layout done that month. October's layout tag has just been posted and as usual I am amazed by how much the layout changes from start to finish. I kept my layout fairly simple this month, I didn't even dress my chipboard, but I love how it turned out.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

2 of My Favourite Things

I love carving pumpkins for Halloween and I love the Calgary Flames hockey team! So, it should be no surprise that I combined the 2 at Pam's annual pumpkin carving party last night. What was a surprise however, was winning the award for 'Most Creative' . LOL

Friday, October 23, 2009

My Challenge Layout

I had so much fun last month doing the Sweet 16 Blog hop at Candy Shoppe Designs, I decided to use that as my inspiration for my challenge at Kindred Creations this month. I did a build-a-layout challenge and I played along with everyone else and Just finished my layout this week. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

New Etsy Shop

I make a point to visit Pam at Classic hobbies every week. She is so much fun to talk to and I love all the cards, mini albums and other paper craft samples she has on display. They provide me with so much inspiration. And now she has added a Classic Hobbies Etsy store to her already busy life and she is adding new items almost daily. Also check out her blog for more inspiration. Right now she is doing a month long challenge to do something crafty every day of the month.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Rant of a Frustrated Hockey Mom

This is not my usual scrappy post today, but I need to get something off my chest where hopefully I won't offend anyone.

Why is it not okay for me to want my kids to be challenged, even pushed, by their hockey coaches to learn and become better players? I don't have any false expectations of my son or daughter playing at an elite level. I'm not asking coaches to turn them into superstars. I do expect to see my kids work hard at every practice and play their best at every game. I'm not spending a small fortune on hockey every season for them to just have fun. And you know what, my kids agree with me! They want to be challenged, they don't want to take it easy. I firmly believe if players are challenged to do their best and they see improvement in their skills as the season goes on, they take pride in that and that is where their fun comes from. I started my kids in hockey because it is a competitive sport that can teach them important lessons in teamwork as well as pride in individual accomplishment. Not to mention improve their fitness level. My son set a goal last year for himself to get as many goals as the number on his jersey (37) and he was justifiably proud when he exceeded it and scored 40 goals. Guess what his goal is this year? To get at least 41 goals. I like that he is learning to compete against himself as well as other players. Unfortunately it seems like individual accomplishment is something else that is frowned upon nowadays. There are coaches who won't award the medals for 'Most Improved', 'Most Sportsmanlike' and 'Most Dedicated' because they think the other players would feel left out. It's too bad they don't ask the players for their opinion because I know they would like to have the recognition. If they don't win a medal this year, it gives them something to work towards next year. A player who has never played hockey and can barely skate at the start of the season that improves to be one of the best skaters on the team certainly deserves to be rewarded. I don't understand how that can be bad.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Candy Shoppe Designs 'Sweet 16' Blog Hop Layout

I was able to get my layout done today and I am pretty happy with how it turned out. There were 10 steps given for the "Sweet 16' blog hop and I was challenged to try things I don't normally do. For example I used chipboard as my base instead of cardstock and painted around the edge. I even distressed one of my wedding photos for the layout. LOL Who knows maybe I'll even win the Lollipop Guild kit from Studio Calico. The Candy Shoppe Designs blog is fast becoming my favourite place to look for inspiration.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

It's Been A While...

... since I did a digital layout, so I decided to make one for the September Layout Tag at Kindred Creations. I used the 'Antique' kit by Nandinha Menezes Designs that I bought last year from Polka Dot Potato.

I'm also working on a layout for the Candy Shoppe Designs "Sweet 16' blog hop. I am incredibly inspired by the layouts and instructions from their DT, unfortunately the hopping is extremely slow when your are stuck with a dial-up internet connection. Hopefully I will have it finished by the time the blog hop ends on the 28th. I would really love to win the prize of a 'Lollipop Guild' kit from Studio Calico.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

A New Layout

As I mentioned in my last post, I love the Candy Shoppe Designs blog. I did this layout for their 'Striptease 101' challenge using the colour palette and sketch they had posted. I love how it turned out!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

A New Blog and a Birthday Card.

I discovered a new blog this weekend called Candy Shoppe Designs. They have challenges and tutorials and lots of blog candy. I love that the challenges and tutorials are easily doable by all levels of scrappers and I love the inspiration to be had from all of their amazing samples. And did I mention the blog candy? LOL There are also some great prizes up for grabs on this blog! Take a look at this and this and this. Their 1st blog hop is coming up on September 16th and I can't wait to see what they have planned.

I also want to share with you a card I made today for my niece's 13th birthday.

Happy Birthday Katelyn!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Another Toot!

I just found out I was picked as a guest designer for November for the Christmas Cards All Year 'Round blog. I have to admit, I didn't do anything more than submit my name for a draw. LOL But, it is exciting none the less and great incentive to get started on this years Christmas cards.

Basic Grey Toot

I submitted the layout I did yesterday to the Basic Grey Gallery and it was accepted. It has been a while since I've done that and it makes me feel like I finally have my mojo back. Even better I got another layout done today using the September BG sketch. It is another 1st day of school layout for my DD's album.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

I Love Basic Grey!

I can't help it, I just love the distressed look of their papers and their buttons are my favourite to work with. I just finished a layout today with one of my fave lines 'Romani' . I used it as a sample layout for my September Challenge at Kindred Creations. You can check out the challenge here. Also the Craft Critique blog is giving away 3 of the new BG paper packs and all you have to do for a chance to win is post about it on your blog, Facebook or Twitter. Just like I just did. LOL

Here's my layout.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Prima, Prima and more Prima

I love checking out the Prima Blog for inspiration and I certainly found plenty in the Prima Product Picks. It is great seeing what the Prima design team has done with them too.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

I Nearly Missed It!

We've been so busy with hockey school this week, I nearly missed that today's KC Deal of the Day features another one of my layouts. It uses 3 Bugs in a Rug 'Cotton Shop Collection'. I've never had any 3 Bugs in a Rug product before and it was great to finally see it in person. The family theme of the collection and the colour palette make it a set that I will get a lot of use of. I absolutely loved the cardstock stickers and I used my Cuttlebug and scalloped nestabilities dies to make some scalloped circles to layer under the flower stickers. I love how they look!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A Good Day at the Ex!

Yesterday was the first day of our local rural fair, rather grandly called the Annapolis Valley Exhibition or the 'Ex'. It is considerably smaller than the 'Ex' I grew up going to, the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, but it is also much more relaxing to attend. This year the kids and I decided we were going to enter some of the cooking and crafting events and last night we went to see how we did. To our surprise almost everything we entered got a ribbon of some kind. My son entered the Junior Cooking 'Drop Cookie' category and he won 1st place. My Daughter had 3 entries and her entry for the Junior 'Bead Work' category came in 2nd, her Junior 'Rubber Stamping' entry got a Special Mention and her Junior Cooking 'White cake' didn't place.

I had 6 entries in and my results were:

Christmas in August - Rubber Stamping - Card - 1st place
Paper Crafts - Rubber Stamping - Greeting Card - 2nd place
Photography - Nature, Wildlife only - Special Mention
Photography - Miscellaneous Photo - 2nd place
Cooking - Quick Breads - Any fruit or vegetable muffin - 3rd place
Cooking - Flax Flour - Cookies or Squares - 2nd place

For our first time entering, I was really surprised at how well we did and I'm sure after their success this year my son and daughter are going to be even more enthusiastic about entering next year.

Here are my cards.

And my 2nd place photo.

Monday, August 10, 2009

I Haven't Done so Well...

... keeping my blog updated. I really had good intentions, but we had family here from Ontario and my good intentions went straight out the window. LOL Now we are into swimming lessons, then hockey school followed by back to school and then we're into hockey tryouts and pre-season hockey. Hmmm, I think this time I won't make any promises about staying on top of the blog. LOL

Today, I'm excited to share a new layout with you. It was made using the beautiful Chatterbox 'Love Bird' kit that will be posted shortly as the Deal of the Day on the Kindred Creations blog. I was so excited when Becca sent me the kit to make up a sample layout for her. The kit has 8 beautiful papers (2 x 4 designs) a full alpha set, great chip board pieces and 2 sizes and designs of brads including bling brads. How cool is that! I used Pencilines sketch #146 to create the layout because it allowed me to showcase all 4 of the papers in the kit. And because I just loved the sketch. LOL

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Shipwreck Point

In my husband's hometown of Frederickton, Newfoundland there is a ship called the Ahern Trader that ran aground in 1960. Here is what remains of it after nearly 50 years.

Friday, July 10, 2009

And a Few More.

Our dog Jazz watched from the wharf every time we went out in the boat. The first couple of times she actually cried thinking we were leaving her behind. It was so sad.

There is nothing to compare to a big feed of lobsters.

We were in St. Johns for Canada and went to watch the fireworks down at Quidi Vidi Lake. There was fog drifting in and out of the area and it made for some interesting effects with the fireworks.

We went on a day trip to Twillingate last Saturday and visited the Long Point Lighthouse as well as seeing the icebergs. We went all the way up to the top of the lighthouse. The view was fantastic but it was also incredibly hot up there.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

A Few More Pictures

My husband's cousin is a hairdresser in Carmanville and she gave my daughter a fantastic haircut. For the first time in ages I'm not having to fight to get the brush through a matted mess. Hurray!

Here is the before pic.
And the after.

Here are a couple of more pics from the trip.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

It's Good To Be Home!

I love my in-laws (you won't hear any Mother-in-law horror stories from me), but after almost 3 weeks of staying in other people's homes I am really looking forward to having a long, hot soak in the jetted tub tonight and sleeping in my own bed. By myself. No cat. No dog. No child.

The downside to coming home after 3 weeks away is a big stack of mail to go through, close to a 100 e-mails and pages of posts to catch up on my favourite scrapbooking forums. I've also downloaded close to 1000 pictures that I need to sort through. I plan on posting at least one a day for the rest of July to get me blogging more regularly.

Here is the first one taken at my Father-in-law's wharf. It's just an old pulley, but it has so much character.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

I'm So Sad

That I won't have time to do a kit for the June digi collab at Kindred Creations. I just love the colour palette that was picked for this month.

Sign ups opened today for digi designers who want to participate in the collab. You can get the details here.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Taking a Break.

Summer will soon be upon us and we seem to be busier than usual, so I probably won't posting very much over the next couple of months. Look for pictures of our trip to Newfoundland when I get back.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

One More Day

There's just one more day before the KC Collab is moved into the store .

Until then you can download my part 1 here, and part 2 here.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

May Collab Pt. 2

As promised, here is part 2 of my portion of the May digi collab for Kindred Creations. I hope you like it!

Part 2 can be downloaded here.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Free Digi Collab from Kindred Creations

The May digi collab will be out soon from KC. I loved the rich colours we had to work with this month and I gave my portion a bit of a classic feel.

You can download it here. And check back soon for part 2.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Alphas are the Deal of the Day at KC!

I'm addicted to alphas and today's Deal of the Day at Kindred Creations has not one but 2 alphas in it. I love the font of the white 'Rockabye' Thickers from American Crafts and the 3" Around the Block chipboard alphas are great too. They are the perfect size for altering. You can't beat the deal Becca has on shipping too. Pay just $2.00 shipping for the deal of the day and you can order up to $15.00 more in product from the KC store with no additional shipping charges.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Great Deal of the Day at KC

If you are looking for a kit for the boys in your life check out today's deal of the day at Kindred Creations. And don't forget to check back daily to see what is up next. I've heard that Becca will have Chatterbox and 7 Gypsies in upcoming deals. I love 7 Gypsies. LOL

More New Layouts

Here are the last of the layouts I did on NSD. I even did one with a picture of me. LOL

Monday, May 4, 2009


I just got the final total from Myleta and the Paper Arts a Thon raised $12,163.63. What a generous group of people paper crafters are!

New Layouts!

I had a great time at the Paper Arts a Thon this weekend and it raised over $11,400 for the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation of Canada.

I managed to get 10 layouts done and 5 of them were either school or hockey layouts. Hurray! I have to admit some of the layouts are fairly simple but I really want to get, if not caught up, at least not so far behind on my pictures.

Here are some of the layouts. I'm not going to post them all as some of them contain class or team pictures that I don't like to post online.

Come back tomorrow to see the rest.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

New Layouts Coming Soon!

It's been quite a while since I've posted any new layouts. And it's one of the reasons I'm so excited to go to PAAT this weekend. Last year I got 8 layouts done as well as a few cards and I can't wait to see if I can get even more done this year. I am taking my Basic Grey page of the month kits with me and I am going to try and get them done. They are for 'all about me' pages and I don't have any pics for them yet, so it will be a first for me to do a layout without the pictures. We'll see. I also want to work on getting some hockey and school layouts done and maybe some older pictures from my pre digital camera days. I was so busy with hockey this year, I took very few pictures in the last 6-7 months. Needless to say, my kids will be sick of the camera by the end of the summer. LOL

I hope everyone enjoys all the wonderful National Scrapbooking Day activities planned online this weekend. Check out Kindred Creations and Lovebug Scrapbooking as they both have things planned for May 2nd.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Deal of The Day - New at Kindred Creations

Kindred Creations will be offering a Deal of the Day on their blog starting today. Products will be offered at up to 90% off of retail and there will be a new item everyday. Today's deal is the 'Playful' kit for only $6.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Just 10 More Days...

... until the Paper Arts A Thon (PAAT)! I am going with my sister and we are so excited. PAAT was started 3 years ago by a wonderful group of ladies as a way to raise money for charity. It is a 20 hour crop for all types of paper crafters and instead of a registration fee, they ask you to collect pledges for the charity they have chosen. They also have make and takes, ticket auctions and raffles and the prize donation list has over 60 names on it already. We went last year and had a wonderful time and met some amazing crafters. Here are the details:

Specifics of PAAT 2009

When: May 2nd and 3rd, 2009
Where: Family Life Center, Middleton, NS
Time: 9 am Saturday (registration starts)
Paper Arts A Thon begins at 10:00 am and runs to 6 am Sunday
(You do not have to stay for the full event. We suggest you stay as long as you feel able.)

Charity of Choice: Prostate Cancer Research Foundation of Canada

And here is a picture of one of the items that are being raffled off, isn't it adorable!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Another Source for Free Blog Backgrounds

I just discovered the Background Fairy and I love the free blog backgrounds they have. The ones I saw had a shabby chic feel to them and I just couldn't resist trying out the aqua and cream script one. I hope you enjoy the change too.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

DT Search at Creatively Yours

I'm sad to say my term as a member of the design team is nearly up at Creatively Yours. I have been so inspired by the wonderful sketches Noella and Ali create! However, my loss means that they are now looking for a new DT for the next 6 month term. Head on over to Creatively Yours to read all about their DT search and try out for it. I guarantee you won't regret it.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Creatively Yours Sketch #53

I really love how my layout turned out for Creatively Yours sketch # 53 . I haven't been taking a lot of pictures lately, so I've been going back and using pictures I took before we got a digital camera. This picture is from December 2006 and I love how it worked in this sketch.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Brand New Kit Up at Kindred Creations

My newest kit has just been uploaded to the Kindred Creations store. It is called Chocolate Ice and it originally started out as a boyish kit, but my daughter loved the colours so much I added some girly elements too. I hope you like it!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Creatively Yours Card Sketch #24

I used paper and elements from the digi kit I made for the KC March collab to make my card for Creatively Yours this week. I printed out the paper and stars the exact size I needed them for the card. I glued the stars to chipboard and attached them to the card with pop dots to give them some depth. I also added some rhinestones to my sclloped border and used a silver Happy Birthday sticker from Peel Offs to finish it off. I love how it came out!

If you want to pick up the digi kit I used to make this card you can get the freebie here.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Free March Digi Collab at Kindred Creations

I finally finished my portion of the March collab. The colour palette was great to work with and I was able to include elements for boy or girl layouts. You can see the previews for the other completed portions here.

You can download my portion of the kit here.

My Newest Layout for Creatively Yours

I just love Ali's Sketch #9 for Creatively Yours this week! It inspired me to doodle more than I have on any other layout and I really love how it turned out.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

A Halloween Layout in March.

I did this layout for March's layout tag at Kindred Creations. I was the second scrapper on the list and I had no idea that the original layout Theresa had chosen was one of mine. LOL

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Creatively Yours Layout Challenge

It's not too late to get a layout entered into the Creatively Yours Layout Challenge. TWO lucky artists will have their interpretations posted on the CY site as a special treat! And Ali and Noella will be choosing a guest designer for April from among the entries. Here is the sketch, why don't you give it a try!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Win Thickers at Kindred Creations

Starting today, Kindred Creations has a posting challenge on their forum and the top poster every week wins a package of the new Thickers in the KC store.

Also new at the KC Store this week are custom felt designs that are absolutely adorable. Here are a couple of my faves.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Cretively Yours Sketch #7 by Ali

The best thing about being on the Creatively Yours DT is I am finally getting layouts done on a regular basis. Ali and Noella's sketches truly do inspire me and I am trying new things and finding uses for products that have been sitting in my stash doing nothing. A good example is the layout I did for Ali's sketch #7. I won the rub-ons I used in it at Paper Arts A Thon last year and I had no idea what to do with them until I saw this sketch. The result is a layout that is much softer and simpler than I normally do.