Saturday, 8 August 2015

rustic christmas stars

Last Christmas a friend and I spent a day putting these stars together and staining them, We spent a second day decorating with ribbon and bells and other Christmas ephemera.

The star below was designed by my daughter for her Grandma.  I love the red berries!

Most of these stars had homes in mind, but I have a couple left. This star has a pretty printed ribbon, 3 gold jingle bells and some greenery attached.

The pine cone is dipped in gold glitter

I've used a natural burlap on this star, with the edges fringed. Christmas coloured jingle bells, some greenery and a little bird decorate the front of the bow.

These birds are very cute and realistic looking.

These stars are over 2' in diameter.  They make a great door decoration in place of a wreath at Christmas.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Concrete leaves

My girlfriends and I got together a few weekends ago and, with Rick's help mixing batches of concrete, we made these gorgeous concrete leaves. The rhubarb leaves are huge and the finished product is HEAVY, but so beautiful.

The leaves ended up drying in the garage for two weeks while we vacationed in Scotland.  Rick took the pressure washer to them to get all the dried leaf off the concrete. Love how all the veins are so clearly defined. This one is a hollyhock I think. 

We painted the leaves black with acrylic paint and then used Perfect Pearls to add the shimmery colour.  They were finished off with a couple coats of sealant so we can leave them outside.  The rhubarb leaf I did 3 years ago was starting to show the black acrylic paint through the Perfect Pearls so I added some more colour and a couple more coats of sealant.

The three leaves below are from a weed growing in the back corner of our yard.  Someone told me it was horseradish.  The leaves get longer and skinnier as the summer goes on. I'm hoping to make some more of these leaves in late August, early September when my friends from down South make a visit to Fort St John.

My garden is going to be full of concrete leaves if I have my way.  I might even make a few for gifts...

Tuesday, 24 June 2014


Here we are relaxing in the heat of Playa del Carmen. The kids' patio had a hammock ~ perfect for afternoon siestas in the heat.  Our mini patio had just enough space for a cute little table and a couple of chairs, to sit and read with a glass of wine in the cool of the evening.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Adventures in Mexico

A few Mexican vacation layouts.  I've been playing with texture pastes, paints and inks so when I saw Scrap the Boys latest challenge for May I thought I'd play along.  The challenge is to go grungy.  My last layout below is grungier than ever.
I started off with plain green cardstock and using my 12 x 12 leaf mask I sprayed green mist over all. Then I smeared bronze paint down my page.  I stamped random dragonflies using the bronze paint, white ink and black ink, then sprinkled black glitter and sprayed some coffee coloured ink mist.
This is Daniel zip lining through the jungle.
The papers on these pages are mostly Simple Stories from the Urban Traveler line.

Daniel rappelling down a cliff face into the kayak below.

Duncan's turn to rappel down the cliff.  He loved it!

Monday, 21 April 2014

Scrap Around the World

We came home with hundreds of photos from our 8 days in the sun.  I've spent the last three weeks organizing photos, planning layouts and journaling. My goal now is to complete a layout every day or two till I have my vacation album finished. 

The first group of photos I scrapped are of my rappelling for my first time.  I wasn't nervous watching my family go over the edge, or even while I got geared up, but when I had to fall back over the edge the fear set in.  I wouldn't call it fun and probably wouldn't do it again. 

Scrap Around the World is a South African challenge site I check out now and again.  This is my first time playing.  I was inspired by the quote "don't overthink, just let go" (minus the 'it'). I used it for my title.  I also love the turquoise colour, butterflies(who'd of guessed) and the texture.

Friday, 28 February 2014

Prima sketch

I used Prima's February sketch for this layout. And Prima papers, rub-ons, felt alpha, stamps, rose mask, flower and leaves, and even a piece of Prima packaging.   

Love using up my stash!
Check out all the great layouts on the Prima blog!

Thursday, 13 February 2014


I played along at White with 1 this month.  The challenge was white with grape.  Photos changed my colours somewhat; this is a very purple layout.