Monday, 29 December 2008
This one is for the New Years crop at Scrapcentral.ca
The challenge was to reflect on something from the past year.
The journaling reads: "A year ago we partied in the New Years at Mary's. Then she moved. I wondered if we'd make the effort to keep in touch, stay friends. We have. I'm so glad"
The papers and felt frame are part of my prize package from Inspired Blueprints. The product is from BlueyeDezines, an Australian scrapbooking manufacturer. They have loads of fun felt products!
The 'anger management' doll has already seen some abuse. She hand sewed it out of white polar fleece using her own pattern.
The booklet includes such topics as '10 ways to make your parents proud' and 'Top 5 ways to make your siblings happy'. The cutest page was 'How to get on Santa's good boy list...'
Sunday, 28 December 2008
Breanna loves to bake so I got her a cookie press for Christmas. We tried it out yesterday with no success. I'm not sure if the recipe was faulty or if Breanna measured ingredients wrong, but the dough was way too dry and wouldn't hold together even after I tried to resurrect it with an extra helping of melted butter.
Then today we tried one of the recipes from the booklet that came with the cookie press. It still wouldn't work so I phoned the lady that sold me the thing and asked for some advice. Apparently the dough is supposed to be really sticky so again we added more melted butter and it worked. Here's Breanna finally getting some shapes out of the press.
Rick bought the kids a hockey table for Christmas.
It's been a big hit, though we have some sore losers in this family. Is it any wonder when we have winners like this...
Saturday, 13 December 2008
Thursday, 11 December 2008
Also yesterday I dropped by the Post Office to drop off a couple parcels and pick up one. It was't a Xmas parcel like I was expecting. Instead it was a package from Inspired Blueprints. They are a new scrapbooking sketch site and I won their very first ever monthly prize last month. The package came all the way from Australia and had some really great product in it. Lots of felt trim and frames, gorgeous papers and 4 rubon sheets. I can't wait to dig in to it all and build a couple layouts.
Today I got a couple more parcels out (have the cousins taken care of) and Breanna, Duncan and I decorated the stairway. On one side I have all my 'manly' ornaments hanging in the garland. These are all fishing and/or outdoorsy themed... Hmmmm. I can see a gingerbread ornament one of the kids added while I wasn't looking.
On the other side I have my '12 days of Christmas' disney balls, though we're missing a couple that have broken over the last few years. Eventually I will have enough fishing ornaments to do all the stairs in one theme.
Monday, 8 December 2008
Sunday, 7 December 2008
After cutting my 4 1/2" squares I had 3" strips of my patterned paper left so we made some smaller stars from the 3" squares. I think we may use a few of them in the different sizes to create a wreath.
Saturday, 6 December 2008
Duncan had his eyes glued to the computer screen playing on World of Warcraft.
Daniel was also on a computer. The baby one Rick bought home for me a couple weeks ago.
Breanna was busy working on her crocheting. She wanted to learn to crochet a few nights ago so I started her off with silver thread and seed beads. Aunty Louise had showed us how to make pretty jewellery a couple summers ago and Breanna got right to work. Two of the bracelets she crocheted went to kindergarteners as rewards for good behaviour during her lunch hour duty. Now she is busy crocheting a scarf for her teacher.
Breanna's fish spends most of his time lying motionless at the bottom of his tank/nightlight, but as soon as I sit down beside him with my morning latte he perks up.
We've started decorating for Christmas... I'm working on a layout of my elf.
We've started baking too...
I've done a half dozen trays of almond roca already.
Breanna and I have tried three different Ginger Snap recipes so far. The Epicure Spice recipe was 'okay'. The recipe on the blackstrap molasses carton was horrible. The 3rd recipe Breanna found through a Google search was the best. We also baked some Cranberry orange chocolate biscotte from Epicure.
When he got home Duncan insisted on being measured. He's pretty sure he's growing and he may be right; only an inch to go and he'll be the same height as me. Poor Daniel isn't growing nearly as fast as he'd like, but he was a little taller then last time he was measured.
After dinner Duncan and Rick played backgammon. Rick plays for foot rubs; Duncan plays for more computer time. Duncan won 3 out of 4 games this time round.
Monday, 17 November 2008
I've been cleaning out my scrap room and organizing all my papers. Found this great piece of embossed leaf vellum so I used it for the background. Then a piece of woodgrain paper I bought years ago ~ but it's back 'in' :) The yellow patterned papers are Doodlebug.
I love, love, love the Maya Rd trees. I just picked up a tin of them on my last shopping trip to the store. Or was it the trip before?
I inked most of my chipboard roughly with 'artprint' brown and then rubbed 'pinecone' brown ink on top. The blue ink is a Chalk ink and I used a little bling for my birds eye (him and a few friends came in the tin with the Maya Rd trees).
Thursday, 13 November 2008
The flowers were white. I sprayed them with 'Frost' Glimmer Mist. And added a pretty frosted Imaginisce brad to the center. The title is Tim Holtz Grunge numbers with 'Pinecone' ink rubbed into them to bring out the embossed swirls.
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
Friday, 31 October 2008
Thursday, 30 October 2008
A couple photos from Whistler this past summer.
And some real oldies. Remember these polar fleece hats I used to sell? Here's Daniel modeling one for me. What a cutie!
Tuesday, 28 October 2008
I stamped my corners on this layout with gold ink. And sprayed glimmer mist on my two flowers so IRL this page is quite shimmery. Teh photos are of all 5 of us last summer(2007) before Mary moved.
And lastly some photos of all three kids with Grandma Lewall. I titled the page Treat x2 because the kids got to visit with Grandma and order a treat at Starbucks. Both things they don't get to do very often.
Monday, 27 October 2008
Sunday, 26 October 2008
The Recipe For Heather Hopkins
3 parts Superiority
2 parts Savvy
1 part Devilry
Splash of Brilliance
Sip slowly on the beach
The Recipe For Heather Lewall
3 parts Panache
2 parts Beauty
1 part Moxie
Splash of Passion
Finish off with a little umbrella and straw
Guess I was more fun and less smart before I got married. LOL
Here's Dunc this past summer. The journaling reads "Duncan would't do a somersault so maybe we should have titled this layout "Cluck" "Cluck". Daniel thought it was funny :)
Saturday, 25 October 2008
This month's featured collection is -
From now until October 31st, this line is marked 25% off! See above image for some card ideas we did with this line. All papers and embellishments came from our Windsor Collection. To see what products were used and other project ideas, visit our gallery!
We would love to see what you do with Windsor. Send us any layouts or project ideas you have done or would like to do with this line to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 14th. We will pick our top 3 favorites, display them in our gallery, and give them a gift certificate to use at shopsei.com. Plus, our #1 favorite will be displayed for a week at the front of our gallery! Winners will be announced in next month's tidbits on November 21st.
Poppy Contest Winners
We had so many ideas entered this month it was very hard choosing. We hope you all will enter our Windsor contest!
Friday, 24 October 2008
The second sketch from Inspired Blueprints. I enjoyed doing this one.
I used glimmer mist on the black cardstock. First I sprayed all over with Slate glimmer mist. Then I used a couple of the Bazzill decorative edged cardstock strips to mask off waves along the bottom. I sprayed again with Blue glimmer mist, just on the bottom third of the cardstock over my masks.
Wednesday, 22 October 2008
Daniel golfing in Whistler this past summer, with Grandad. I used my little deer cutout and a chipboard scroll as a mask on the right handside and sprayed it all with 'Old Linen' Glimmer Mist. It's very pretty IRL though subtle.
Some photos of me on my 3rd birthday. The layout is a Prima Sketch from their blog.
Monday, 20 October 2008
Breanna looks adorable with her short hair and self applied barrette; Her dress and petticoat with yellow gumboots; her funny face from the fizzy coke and the nose full of bubbles.
I used Heidi Swapp leaf masks with slate glimmer mist for the design on the left side. I wasn't sure about the hearts, but Breanna insisted they stay :)