Monday, December 31, 2012

My Favourite things...1 year in review.

So a couple ladies over on CC have decided to showcase their favourite things that they have done this year and I thought maybe I would join in..
AS you will notice not all of them are scrapbook related.

 I don't remember why I did this acrylic album but one lucky person got it in the ,mail.It was a challenge but I liked it and since I don't use mini albums I thought I would just give it to someone that does.

 I love this layout and about two minutes after completing it..I lost those stamps...somewhere in my scrap room but I have yet to find them...

 This past spring we were informed one of our cats had feline leukemia and we were advised to put him down.This picture reminds me of how much we love him...and we chose not to put him down..he is doing well and hasn't been sick since.So glad I listened to my gut instinct instead.

 This was a challenge based on your favourite book.Inside is a dragonfly for DRagonfly in Amber.
I added a picture of my mom as a child also but she told me it looked better without it so I removed it..

 This past Thanksgivig we went camping and it was honestly my favourite camping trip ever.

This was my bigest project and I did this for Octobers DT.
Probably the most time consuming but I just love it.

Lastly my most favourite of them all...

Hope you had a great year and see you in 2013.

Saturday, December 29, 2012


 And the winner is....

Super cute! Those spiders are neat...I wonder if the legs are the only solid bead part or if it is all beading. Either way, very pretty! Love the boxes, too. Can't tell if that's the lovely celery ribbon or just the buckle, but it goes so well with the box! =D

As soon as I hear from you I will get your little spider in th email.
Have a Happy New Year!!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Last Minute Christmas Gift

It's almost here!!!
Yes I do love it but this year has been well kinda blah..maybe Christmas morning will change things.

Well if you are looking for a last minute Christmas gift and have no money left here's an easy solution.
All you will need are a few scraps of material,a sewing machine and some rice.

That's all?
I decided at the last minute to make all the little kiddies some hand warmers to keep their fingers toasty.
These would have been great when we went camping this past Thanksgiving.

Cut your chosen material into squares,sewing them right sides facing,sew three sides,turn inside out and stitch around the three sides again.
Fill with rice and turn last edge over and sew closed.

30-60 seconds in the microwave and you have a sweet little handwarmer for when the kids come in after playing in the snow or maybe for their pockets if you are going for a walk.

I think you can even put them in the freezer for when they
 have a boo boo...

Well that's all for today and if you are interested in winning a sweet little treat head on over to 
post and leave me some love.

Have a Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

December is Almost over.

First off I want to send my love and condolences to the families in Newtown that just lost their loved ones.
My heart breaks for you and I pray God will be with you and help lift you up in his arms in this horrible time of great sorrow.

Today is a new day and even if we don't want to,we must go on.

Christmas is almost here!!
Can you feel it yet?
I can I just finished my shopping and oh my...puts my hubby in  a bad mood.

These next two DT projects should make him feel better!
We continue on with our 
Relections of{You}
projects this month with  Michelles layout

I love her photo transfer technique.
She's having a contest on her blog 
so go check that out.

Next up is Jennis layout.

I just love how she celebrated her 40th and her layout is a great way to remember it.Looks like she had fun.

There are just a few more days until Christmas and if you scroll down to the last blog post you will see I have a contest.Leave me some love and I will draw a name..I am thinking Christmas Eve sounds like a good early Christmas present for someone.
So until next time....

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Need a box?

Make one!

I have these little gifts for my friends,
even though we aren't exchanging this year
(the economy has hit so hard we aren't exchanging!
But it's Christmas!!)
I bought these months ago before we agreed no presents,so they are getting them anyway.

These beautiful little spiders are made by my friend Cassandra.
Cassandra has Chiari and had surgery this past year to fix her head..

In case you are wondering what Chiari is check out THIS link 

The story of the Christmas Spider goes like this...

 A long time ago in Germany, a mother was busily cleaning for Christmas.
 The spiders fled upstairs to the attic, to escape the broom.

When the house became quiet the spiders slowly crept downstairs for a peek. Oh what a beautiful tree!

In their excitement they scurried up the trunk and out along each branch. 
They were filled with happiness as they climbed amongst the glittering beauty.

But alas! By the time they were through climbing, the tree was completely shrouded in their dusty grey spider web.

When Santa Claus came with the gifts for the children, and saw the tree covered with spider webs, he smiled as he saw how happy the spiders were, but knew how heartbroken the mother would be if she saw the tree covered with the dusty webs. So he turned the webs to silver and gold.

The tree sparkled and shimmered and was even more beautiful than before!
That's why we have tinsel on our tree, and every tree should have a Christmas Spider in its branches. 

Here are the boxes I made to hold them,and how fits this weeks challenge on CC.
From by belle:

On your project (LO, card, altered item, home decor, etc) combine ribbon with an embellishment like a brad, buckle, charm, sticker, bling, etc. Feel free to get wild! :)

 I used Authentiques~Festive Collection
After a little trial and error I got them to work...

Leave me a comment here or on my post on facebook and I will pick one lucky person to win a spider of their own.
Have a great day!


Friday, December 14, 2012

All about ME!

That's right,it's all about me today.

Our last DT challenge for this term was to do a project that reflected us.
Say what?
I knew a layout was out,I haven't had a decent picture taken of me in ages..I mean AGES!!!

So instead I let the whole thing stew in my head and finally something clicked.

I chose to show you all about me in a slightly different way.
It has all the elements of me.

If you look closely I bet you can guess...well let me help

Here are the things you can learn about me from looking at this picture.
  1. I love to paint.
  2. I love my friends and family.
  3. I love roses.
  4. I love music.
  5. I love sparkly things.
  6. I love old things.
  7. I love travel(though we rarely leave Huron County...)
  8. I have dreams.
  9. I am inspired.
Although I am not a  lover of is pretty.

This is a journal,a place to reflect a place to add my favourite quotes,pictures..ideas.
Someday my kids will pull this out and remember I wasn't just a mom.

I had a great time during this DT term.

I can't wait for the next one to start.I have been pushed beyond my capabilities to learn and grow and I have been so inspired by the amazing woman I have been working with.

Thank you CC for giving us all the chance to grow as artists and share our projects with everyone.

 Until next time.....

Monday, December 10, 2012

More great DT Projects

Check out Ninas beautiful layout.
For more info head on over to Cropchocolate blog
The Crop the see how she made this.

And don't forget to checkout Miwas layout.

 Miwa has a great tutorial on how to make those cute hearts.Check that out HERE
Speaking of hearts..this weeks challenge on CC comes to you from Miwa and Brittany

"Who says hearts have to be pink or red? NOBODY! In fact, Brittany and Miwa challenge you all to use at least 3 hearts - all with a different patterned paper - on your project (whether it be a card, LO, home decor, altered item, etc.). Have fun!"
Here's my take


I cut two hearts and began sewing them together.
Before I closed it up I added a bit of batting to the inside.
Include a little twine before sewing up and add bling.I think I may need to make a few more..
See you next time..

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Fellow DT Members

If you haven't checked out  Cropchocolate lately you need to..there are so many great projects over there and awesome deals too!
This month we were challenged to create a project that reflects ourselves.Here are a few of my fellow members projects.

I LOVE this awesome frame by Julie , fellow DT member.

You can check out Julies blog HERE 
or The CROP to see more of this great idea.

Monday we had Kathy from UpintheNightwithKat

Isn't this a fabulous project!
You can see more of this project over on The CRop also.

They are a bunch of talented ladies for sure!
Stay tuned in the coming weeks to see more great projects from my fellow DT members.

Here was this weeks challenge...

Now that we are at the end of our 'Thankful for" month, create a card, LO, altered art, etc. of something you are thankful for and include twine. For a double entry, create an embellishment made from twine.
This was my entry...
I got a little carried away with the bling but once it was stuck wouldn't come,it stayed..

See you next time.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Quick update

I picked a winner for my little thankyou..
Char!!You win.

That's all today..too much to do..see you soon.

Monday, November 26, 2012

November DT Project do-over..

Well as I said before,I had finished my block letters THANKFUL but then realized Julie had done that before me so even though Amber said it was ok,I decided to do a different one.

I didn't mind at all because I had been wanting to do this project for a while anyway.

I am truly thankful for my family even if they drive me crazy some days.
Having two teenagers is really nuts and my DD is turning 10 today with the attitude of a 16 year old so the next few years are guaranteed to be rough going.

Even still,I love them,I wouldn't trade  them in for anything...not even a pony.

I chose to do a 3d star with photos of my family.
Here is the pin that inspired this project.

I made this from cereal boxes!I was going to paint it black but decided to leave the brown of the cardboard.
I made the mistake of printing my pictures smaller thinking it would be easier to cut to fit but next time I would  keep them 4x6.

I used Summers End paper pad from CC and the chipboard accesories to finish it off.
All the edges are distressed with brown ink.
If you would like instructions on how to make this, head over to Instructagram by clicking on the link at the bottom.

Leave me a comment here and go back to to let me know you did and I will pick one lucky person to recieve a little thank you in the mail.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Mini Album

I finished it!!
Didn't think I would but Idid and I entered in the race to win the Cameo!!
This is a Christmas present for my MIL so I am glad I got it done.
I just need a few more pictures and it'll be ready to ship.

I used EP~Mini Rectangular Album
EP~For The Record Paper
with a few other bits along the way.


And the winner of my movie night snacks is....

Love that popcorn container! Great projects!

Send me your address and I will get you some goodies ..

Thanks to everyone who commented.
Have a great day!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Miwa's Dt Project

I have decided to post each of my fellow DT members projects each time they are in the spotlight.
Maybe a few more people will see just how talented my fellow DT members are and head over to CC to join in the fun!!

This is Miwas project for November.It is a great layout!


Isn't it beautiful?


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Traditions and other things

Thanksgiving is behind us but our friends to the south are just about to celebrate.

So many of us have traditions each year that we love to do,so for
Novembers focus group project we were challenged to make a project showcasing our family traditions.

While we do have a few holiday traditions in our home,I don't really have many pictures of them.I am also not in the scrapbooking mood lately so creating a layout just wasn't going to cut it for me.
Instead I chose to create something with a weekly tradition.

Movie Night! 

We love popcorn around here and so this is my take on a family tradition.

 I started by making a gift bag from cardstock.You can find the pin HERE
I made a bag topper for the top,
You can also find the bag topper link HERE
I cut windows in the sides and added some embellishments.
Then I filled it with popcorn...then I ate it.

I recently went to a crop and donated a couple prizes.That gift bag pattern came in handy.
You can change the measurements to suit your needs also.

This weeks challenge on CC:

From Nina and Chris:
Incorporate more than one color in your background using paint or ink.

 I embossed my card with Zing Embossing Powders and used my daubbers to "paint" the background with Tim Holtz Distressing Inks
I used a saying from Winterland and dyed my celery ribbon pink to match.It looks better IRL.

 For Novembers DT challenge,I really struggled.It took me a long time to figure something out.
Our challenge was to be inspired by ...Being Thankful.

I started with a mini but that just ..sucked.

Then I thought I could go back to my old school style.Painting wood.

I chose to paint the blocks and adhere paper from Summers End.
It really is a great collection for Fall.

Well after checking the DT wall..I found out someone else had already done wood blocks...Opps!

You can see the instructions for Julies project HERE

And here is mine.

 Great minds think a like....

You'll have to wait a few more days to see my new November project!

This is just a little fun board I was playing with.The wood is really old and has a great colour to it,I think I am going to change it a bit though..when I get a minute or two...

Well that's all for today,
be sure to check back in a few when I reveal my November DT project and maybe I'll have a little contest for that too...

Contests I love them...
Leave me some love and head over to CC to check them out.
Tell me in your post you did so and I will send one lucky winner  a package of Movie Night snacks.
I will draw my winner on Monday November 19.
Be sure to check back!

If you are intested in contests check out these two great ones

Win a Cameo! Click HERE for details!

 Win a Kitchenaid! Click HERE for details!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Haunted House

For Octobers DT challenge we had to do a project inspired by candy!!

 Wow this one was great I love candy and with Halloween...what a better project could you think of than a haunted gingerbread house. 
Can't eat this one but I love it!

 and here are few detailed pictures.

  For details on how to build one for yourself check out Instructagram.

So this weeks challenge on CC was:
From Jenni:
Based off of Christina's Haunted House, create a project which contains an image of a house or the word home or both.
For added challenge, use something found in your house - twine from garden, string from toolbox, bottle cap, pull tab from soda can, etc. This is not a requirement but just an added element.

This is my entry

 The plan is to make a whole village for Christmas but...that may not happen.

Have a great day!