Sunday, 28 February 2010

Let's get Shabby challenge

Let's get Shabby has a great challenge this month. 

*Create a Shabby garden on your project
*Include a quote from anywhere in the book ‘ Alice in Wonderland'.
As gardens are usually full of a mix a flowers you will need to include a variety of at least five flowers on your creation.

I love Alice in Wonderland ~ who doesn't ~ and can't wait for the movie to come out.  It looks absolutely fantastic. 
And I love using flowers on my pages.  Prima is one of my favourite manufacturers.
So here's my layout.

The quote I used is from Chapter 6.  It is Alice and the Cheshire Cat discussing who's mad and who isn't ~ or is everyone?  The photo is Breanna at Whistler last summer jumping in one of those harnesses.  She went sooooo high. 

I stopped in at Unforgettable Memories yesterday and they are still waiting on orders to come in so I'm still working from my stash.  I used the same ClubScrap culinary kit from the last two layouts.  That wire netting is still just as sharp and pokey as it was yesterday.  My fingers feel like they've been used as a pincushion.
I use vellum for the clouds.
Heidi Swap ghost flowers with little flower punches behind and bling brad centers. 
I also made good use of my punches.  Two fern leaf punches,  little flower punch and my biggest butterfly punch.
The big brads in the butterflys are by Rouge de Garance.
MM journal note.
Piggy Tales title ~ got this at CKC Seattle last November.
And lastly a little stickles in the center of each mini flower.

Friday, 26 February 2010

Another sick day, another layout.

I love how this one turned out.  I used the same ancient ClubScrap culinary kit I used on the last page.  The flower is made from the wire netting that came in the box. It's not really netting, it's very stiff.  I poked myself a couple times building the flower and made myself bleed.  I was careful to keep from dripping on my layout though.
The center of the flower is a 7Gypsies brad.

I stamped the things that are important to my 11 year old. 
She loves spending time with her friends and having sleepovers and performing with her karaoke machine in her room.  She spends tonnes of time on Facebook playing games and doing quizes with her friends and chatting with them via the computer.  She's a great reader and has several authours she enjoys like Stephanie Meyers (Twilight) and Meg Cabot (Being Nikki series) and  more recently Libba Bray (A Great and Terrible Beauty) which is being made into a movie. 

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Creative Scrappers and an old ClubScrap kit.

I'm home sick today, so I thought I'd try and finish off a layout I've been working on.

I used one of Creative Scrapper's sketches for this layout.

I pulled out an old Club Scrap kit.  That's one of the challenges over at ScrapCentral's "use your stash" crop this month.  To use a kit in your stash.

My boys were such cuties and so helpful at this age.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Using up the scraps

I love this line from Little Yellow Bicycle.  Didn't want to waste any pieces.  So I glued my leftovers down on a 12 x 12 paper, covering any areas I had punched shapes from for previous layouts (butterflies and snowflakes) and built my layout on it.  The photos are behind one of LYB's clear cut frames.
The title is stamped with Making Memories paint and foam stamps.  'museum' is some old Chatterbox alpha stickers.  I finished off the layout with some randomly inserted eyelets; I haven't used them in ages.
The photos are from a couple years ago.  We took a trip to Drumheller with cousins.  I got some great photos that day and have scrapped only a few of them.

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Just because

I've been scrapping alot of challenges lately.
This page is just for me.
I splattered burnt orange paint across my background paper.  The yellow splotches are made by dipping a big straw (frosty sized) in to yellow paint, putting it close to the paper surface and blowing.
Then I just started dropping bits and pieces on to my layout.  And of course my butterfly punches were used more than once. 

This one is hanging at Unforgettable Memories for a little while.

Friday, 19 February 2010

More Blog Candy

So it's been a slow week at work and I've wasted a lot of time checking out my favourite scrapbooking blogs. Melissa hasn't posted in forever, but she's started up again with a bang. Check out all these goodies she's got up for a GiveAway. I hope I win, but if I don't I hope it's one of you guys. So go enter!

Blog candy

Prima has got a tonne of goodies up for grabs.  I love their stuff.  I buy something Prima everytime I hit Unforgettable Memories ~even if it's not something I'm planning on using right away.  I don't mind adding Prima to my stash because I know I'll use it eventually.  This stuff never goes out of style.
The pebbles are my favourite.  And the flowers. And.... Who am I kidding.  I want it all. So go check it out here and get your name on the list.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Ice slide ~Sketchy Thursdays layout

Here's the sketch from Sketchy Thursdays I started with...

And here's the layout I ended up with...

I really need to figure out how to get good photos outside when it's snowy and glarey...  I tried playing with my camera settings and I thought I had them looking not too bad, but after staring at them for a couple hours yesterday I realize they still have a greyish cast to them.  Better than the bluish cast I used to get, but still not great.

The papers are all the new Little Yellow Bicycle that just arrived at Unforgettable Memories. I love the coordinating acrylic frames.  The one on the left is an arrow ~ My scanner cut off some of the tip.

I'm going to have to check back and see if Lynette got in the snowboarding stickers that go with this line.  Seeing as how I'm a snowboarder now.  Sort of.  Daniel and I spent Sunday afternoon at Big Bam and I tried my board (I got it through the Buy 'n Sell) on the bunny hill.  I only went down 5 times all together but big improvement between the first run and the last run.  The first run I went down backwards dragging my mitts in the snow to slow me down, with my butt in the air.  By the last run I was going forwards, VERY slowely, and standing upright.  Only tumbled twice on that last run.  Not bad for an old girl, eh?  A few more times and we'll take the camera along with us.

Back to my layout ~ I punched a whole bunch of snowflakes with my two large sized punches and my one medium sized punch. I also punched a few 1/2" circles and layered them.  They're held together with clear bling brads.  I continued with more round shapes by adding bling circles and a few metal embellishments I have had in my stash forever! 

Monday, 15 February 2010

Give Away alert

I stumbled across a new blog tonight.  I love how the authour writes and inspires.  I can't believe she has only just started blogging.  Check it out... Pretty Posies and Paper Trails  And while you're there enter to win a fabulous blog Give Away with loads of Prima in it.  Who wouldn't love that!

Sunday, 14 February 2010


Here's Turbo.  All recovered from his visit to the vets the other day.

I'm still using up my stash.  Yeah me!

This layout uses more of my older Paper Loft papers and some MME acrylic flower images.
The challenge over at was to "Use a whole sheet or most of one. Create a block with words or letters or whatever you have on a rubon sheet." So I pulled out my MM alphabets.  I picked a larger set and rubbed what was left of the T's, U's, R's, B's and O's on to the lower left corner.

Rick took the photo of Turbo.

Thursday, 11 February 2010

I stumbled across another sketch site this past week and thought I'd have a go at the current sketch posted there.  There design team did an awesome job interpreting this sketch.  Go check it out on the Creative Scrappers blog. 

I pulled out some old photos of Daniel in his Jolly Jumper at about 6 months old. Look at that smile.  Doesn't he look like a happy, fun little boy?  He is still a funny guy.  He is always quick with the comebacks.  Last night Rick was teasing me about being old and Daniel came right back with 'and the old lady has an old man to stand beside her'.  Hee hee.  Why didn't I think of that.

In the spirit of our 'use your stash' crop over at Scrap Central I used all older stuff. 

The papers and journal page are Making Memories.  Lots of buttons as per Bonnies challenge. More 7 Gypsies word strips; this time from the Boy sticker sheet. Those little kitties are Prima rub-ons.

I'm thinking I should have saved those kitty rub-ons for a page on Turbo.  Daniel and I dropped him off at the vets this morning.  Tonight when I pick him he'll be a changed cat.  An 'it'. Meowing in a high, squeaky voice... 

When Rick called to make the appointment with the vets he was told Turbo had to be 6 months old.  So I phoned the SPCA to find out how old he was when Breanna picked him out. Either the lady was too lazy to look up the paperwork or she was having a chuckle at my expense, but this is how the conversation went...

Her:  "Have you felt his balls?"
Me: "NO!"
Her: "feel them."
Me: "I can 'see' two round balls in that area."
Her: You need to feel if they're nice and round and have completely dropped. They should be like two marbles."
Me: "I'm sure he's old enough. I'm not going to try feeling him up."
Her: "Okay. You could look on the paperwork we gave you when you took him home. It'll say how old he is on the first page."

When I told my teenage boys about the conversation they thought it was just the most hilarious thing.
Do you think the SPCA lady was putting me on?


Monday, 8 February 2010

my Nerd for Sketchy Thursdays

I did the sketch at Sketchy Thursdays again this week.  I really love this one. 

This was one of those layouts that just came together really quickly.  I love it when that happens. 
My boy, Daniel, loves his screen time.  It's hard to get him off.  If he's not in front of the computer than he's sitting with his PSP GO

Boys of summer

When Bern bought his family to visit this past summer we got them out on the river a couple of times.  Here's Daniel with his two cousins sitting in the boat at our favourite watering hole on the Pine River.
 I did this layout for Scrap Central's "Use your Stash" crop this past weekend.  Michele's challenge was to use those journaling pieces for something other than journaling. 
I bought the Making Memories pad of journaling pages a few months ago when I picked up the coordinating line of papers and embellishments. I used a few pages of the pad for my layouts at that time, but still have more than half the pad left. 
So on this layout I used 3 pages to matte my photo and a 4th to make the pleated strip and the piece at the top of my page.
The stickers are all 7 Gypsies from their travel line.

Saturday, 6 February 2010

"Till next year"

Another layout for Scrap Central's 'Use Your Stash' challenge. This is my second challenge for the ladies.
The photo is of my son ready to head home after his 10 day visit to Grandma's and Grandad's last summer.

The patterned paper has been in my stash for years and years. The cream coloured paper looks and sorta feels like leather.

I used:
  1. Paper Adventures paper
  2. EK Success Nostalgiques (the fasteners and possibly the title alpha though I've tossed the packaging eons ago, so I can't be sure)
  3. Kaiser rub-ons
  4. 7 Gypsies brads
  5. Chatterbox book cloth (why, oh why, did I ever buy this???)
I'm hoping to get a couple of the other ladies' challenges finished up this weekend.  As well as pop into Unforgettable Memories to see what goodies she bought home from CHA. Not that I need to add to my stash...

Friday, 5 February 2010

Slither & slide

We're starting a 'Use Your Stash' crop today at Scrap Central. I'm pretty happy to be using stuff I've already got on my shelves.  There's way too much of it!  Bad, bad scrapbook shopper.
This is the layout I did to go with my first challenge...

The photo is of Breanna's friend from this summer.  She spotted a little garter snake slithering through the grass while we were camped on the Peace River.  I wouldn't have picked it up but, of course, the kids don't have the same inhibitions.  They packed him around for a while before releasing him back to the wilds.

I used
  1. Paper Loft papers
  2. EK Success embellishments (the envelopes)
  3. Maya Rds rub-ons
  4. Skeleton leaf
  5. Making Memories alpha rubons (now i remember why they're still in my stash and not used up.  Grrrr!)
It should be a fun weekend cropping with the ladies and whittling away at my stash.

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Fort St John's High on Ice

I took Breanna and her friend to the High on Ice display this weekend.  There are some stunning ice carvings on display and this year they made a slide for the kids to play on.  What fun!  

There are 5 lanes and they are SLIPPERY!

Look at those smiles.

After playing on the slides we checked out the rest of the ice carvings.
This castle is at the entry to the kids playing area and the slides.

The carvings all have coloured lights behind them.  They look even more beautiful at night.

Check out the detail of the feathers on this carving.

The carvers did a fabulous job and the weatherman has even been accomadating.  Last year, if I recall correctly, the temperatures were above 0* for a few days and all the ice melted.  This year it's been staying around -10 to -15.  Definitely cold enough.  My fingers were frozen after taken a few dozen photos.

Monday, 1 February 2010

14 ~ this is what it looks like

He still likes to goof around in the water like a kid.  And doesn't feel the cold like us old people. 
But look at those arms.  He is strong and getting taller all the time.  My little boy is almost grown.

I used my Heidi Swapp leaf masks and sprayed over them wth green Maya Mist and walnut ink. The papers are scraps of Quick Quotes from my last two layouts.  The '14' is Tim Holtz grungeboard which I've inked with black distress ink to show up the embossing and then covered in distress stickles.
The layout was for a challenge at Scrap Central. I didn't read the challenge properly.  It was supposed to use a big number as in 'millions' and I used a BIG number as in 'oversized'.