Monday, May 27, 2013

Cocoa Creators Challenge #2

This week is DeeDee's week.
She has provided us with an amazing sketch for this weeks challenege.
She is also hosting a challenge on UmWow Studios blog.
Check out the details here UmWow Studios

Now for Cocoa Creations's challenge.
Here is the sketch provided by UmWow Studios

I did a layout and a card.

 I took this sketch quite literally.I tried using some Dylusions inks but that failed.
Here I used white paint
( still haven't figured out how DeeDee dribbles her paint)
UmWow studios layered clouds,take note arrow,misc arrows and a little hexagon.
I used Everyday Eclectic paper and some new washi I bought.

It was my DD's first day of school and last first day of school at ZPS...sniff.

Here I used some more arrows from UmWow Studios
(I'm all out now..time to reorder..)
A couple VLVS stamps.
Liveloud stamp from CC
more Washi from...umm..Peachy cheap I think.
The card base is from Stella and Rose card set.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

They're Back Baby!!

So with the retail side of CC closing we were all wondering what was goingto happen to the rest of the site.
Well the current design Team got together and decided to restart the weekly challenges.
Thanks to Jon and Amber we are currently running on the same site the same way we all love!!

So each of us have signed up for a week to offer the challenge and the winnings!
This is my week to offer up a little goody package.

This past week my husband celebrated his birthday and I thought it would be a great challenge to make a birthday related project.
There are already some great projects!
Here is my birthday card.

I used Well Travelled 6x6 pad
Christmas Day CS 
UmWow Studios Hexagons

I love this paper and hexagons seem to be my new favourite shape!

Be sure to head over to CropChocolate and join in the fun!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Farewell my Friend

Well today is the last day that Cropchocolate will be selling product.
Very sad day indeed.
We all love this family and will continue to support Jon and McCall anyway we can!

That also means my time on the design team has come to an end.I was really looking forward to seeing what the next team could cookup for us.
Our last theme was Family.
How appropriate.
All the ladies I have shared this great adventure with have truly become extended family for me.
I wanted to show a project that would help to remind me of these great ladies everyday.
I came up with a canvas that I think you might like.

 I covered my canvas with wrinkly paper and used ink to highlight the wrinkles.

 I printed out maps of the US and Canada and the cut pieces for each state and province.America,you have a lot of tiny states.

I next made flags with everyone on the DT's names and hometowns. 

 The heart is for CC and Amber.I used some of UmWow Studios arrows to point the way.

I used up a bunch of my 6x6 paper pads for this project.I tried to make sure that every single state and province was  a different paper.
I have this hanging on my wall as a reminder of a wonderful group of ladies I will likely never get to meet but I can call them


Monday, May 6, 2013

National Scrapbook Day!!!

So as you all know..or should know..Saturday was NSD
Over on Cropchocolate it is a bittersweet week for us.

We are celebrating NSD all week long !!Yay!!

Yet we are losing the retail portion of

What does that mean?Well Jon will be letting us know exactly whats going to happen but basically,they just won't be selling product anymore.
The rest of the site and the blog will continue.
It is a great big family over there and as sad as we are for losing the best deals in the world!!
At least we still have the site to chitchat and share.
All week long the Design Team has offered up some challenges for us.

There are prizes along the way and lots of great projects to see.
           I have most of the challenges complete,check back to see if I get them all done!

NSD 2013 Challenge #8: The Scrap & New Sketch Challenge


I used fine and dandy paper
UmWow Studios chipboard frame
some glossy accents
The rubber cafe butterfly stamp

NSD 2013 Challenge #7: This is the card that never ends...

                                                                Paradise Beach CS
                                                                  Beach Babe CS
                                                                  VLVS stamps
                                                             Magnetic stamp kit
                                                                    TH Inks  


NSD 2013 Challenge #6: Crafting is the window to our souls.


 Christmas time CS 
Tim Holtz distress Inks 
VLVS stamps 
Random stamps 

NSD 2013 Challenge #5: Bling, Bling, Bling!


 Fine and Dandy CS
 Believe and arrow stamps 
watercolour pencils 
MM butterfly 
 Rhinestones and Perfect Pearls mist 
Tim Holtz Distress ink

NSD 2013 Challenge #4: Bugs


card and envelope springtime paper 

bug stamps and flower stamps

Tim Holtz distress stain


NSD 2013 Challenge #3: Buttons & Bows


                                                          Mini Album for Fathers Day
                                                                  It's Your Day CS
                                                WAshi tape,buttons,twine,ribbon.
                                                             TH distress ink
                                                              Father and Son CS



NSD 2013 Challenge #2: Tic Tac Toe

I used ribbon heart and punch

Dylusions Inks
Magnetic stamps
Happy Go Lucky Rubons
SU heart punch


NSD 2013 Challenge #1: Homage to Summer


 Christmas Time CS
 Lime Twist balloon frames 
UmWow Studios cloud w/zing embossing powder
 Jillibean Twine 
Remarks phrases 
Pink is coloured with my Spectrum markers 

Stay tuned to see the rest and the winners from a 
few weeks back...

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Art Journal Blog Hop

Oh my goodness! I m so excited to be a part of this hop.
I still am not sure what an art journal is but I gave it my best effort!!
I hope you enjoy it!
You should have come from Julies blog

I started this page one day with no clear idea of what to do but I knew I wanted blue all over.

The next day I got the news my cousin had taken his own life.
I wasn't sure how to feel about this,he battled a drug addiction for most of his 45 years and burned a lot of bridges.

I  tried not to think I just grabbed some stuff and created.
I think this page sums up how I feel.
Sad  for such a loss.
Years of bitterness and desperation now all left to one feeling of sadness for a life lost.
A life wasted.

Two weeks later with the sun shining on my feet,I felt much happier.

I guess for some people an art journal is an expression of their talent.I think for me,it's going to be about the emotions I feel.
Whether that is sadness,confusion and despair or happiness,love and renewal.

I love Spring,it represents a chance to start over,to grow,to appreciate beauty once again after a long bleak winter.

Hope you have fun on your journey today.I am sure you will see some amazing projects on your way.

Your next stop is... Tameko Mays 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013


As you can see I used one of DeeDee's chipboard clouds. You can find DeeDee's stuff at UmWow Studio

Friday, April 26, 2013

UmWow ChipBoard

If you haven't already PLEASE check out my friend DeeDee's new business adventure.
Her and her hubby are making chipboard embellishments and theyare to DIE for!

I am just an idiot whe it comes to figuring out how to use really I am.I can't count how many times I have tried to use them and not been happy with the results.
It's strange because when I look at her stuff it makes me giddy inside and I just HAVE to have some...wierd I know.

So here is a little tag I came up with after a little trial and error.

Can't wait to get my mojo back and create again.I have another box of stuff coming!

Thursday, April 25, 2013


OK so there were so many people to be inspired by
Every month there are amazing projects! are a the links to the projects that inspired me.

My little jar has cracked glass on it.
I was inspired to use glue on this project.
I was inspired by the beautiful papers in this collection
I have had these butterflies for ages so thanks for the inspiration!
Looking back through all the DT projects I can see that there were plenty more places for inspiration.These ladies are so talented!!

Since no one got three out of all get a chance to long as you tried!
The winner is...

OK, I guess Kàthy, Nina, Jasmine and me ;). I love this project Chris!! GREAT upcycling!!

Pm me and I will send you your goodies..if you hurry I'll do it today!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Grandmas Quilt Project

First off,my grandma never made a quilt.
She didn't sew or knit but she did live beside a golf course.
(That's what you just thought to yourself)
 does a golf course have to do with grandma?
Well as a kid I remember walking through the fields collecting golf balls.
We'd give them to my aunt who would sit and peel them.Ever seen the inside of a golf ball?
It's not that exciting.
When I saw this next piece at the secondhand store,I knew I had my project plus it reminded me of a patch work quilt.

I have been wanting to do a shelf or something for my DD to hold her nail polishes and I thought this would work quite well.

I saw a tutorial on using Almers glue to create dimension to a project so i decided to try it out.

First I stamped an image and then ran a bead of glue around the image.I added a resin flower to the center and waited for it to dry.

Next I layered my paints and sanded each back a bit.Last I distressed it with ink.

After cutting all my papers to fit and adding a bit of embellishing,it was ready to go!

I used a little inspiration from a few fellow DT members.

Can you guess which ones?
I will put everyone's name in a hat to win a prize if you get 3 out of the 4 I was inspired by.

Good luck!!
ETA:For those of you that don't know where to look check out The Crop and see if you can guess who I was inspired by

Monday, April 22, 2013

Love my Fur Babies

I just came home from hosting a crop this weekend and I met some really awesome people!
I didn't get much done only a two page layout but I did have fun.
I managed to also squeeze this one in for this weeks CC challenge.

From DeeDee and Corrie:
Today's challenge is a "Little bit of everything" mix! Make sure your project includes buttons, ribbon and an image! Your image can be stamped, fussy cut or die cut. No specific theme or colors :) Ready, Set, GOOOOOOOO!

I think I managed to squeeze a little bit of everything into this one.I used washi tape instead of ribbon's becoming my new favourite thing!


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

CC Weekly Challenge

This week I recieved some AMAZING chipboard from fellow DT member DeeDee Catron.
Checkout her new store

I have struggled on exactly HOW to use this stuff!I love it but my mojo went on vacation!

It finally came back and I managed to make a project to submit into this weeks challenge on CC.

What do you think?Did my mojo come back?

Monday, April 8, 2013

Up Up and Away!!

This weeks challenge on CC is
From Jenni and Nina:
We love the fresh, bright colours on Jenni’s layout, so our challenge is to use a combination of bright colors, and only 1 (yes 1!) neutral color on a project!

My creativity has been lacking lately..thank goodness for Pinterest!
My interest was sparked when I saw this cute card and I knew I had to give it a try!

HERE  is the original's so sweet!!

This is my version..

You can see how Imade my heart balloons here

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Egg- celent!

This months theme for the DT on Cropchocolate was nature inspired.

Nature inspired..hmm grass...trees...animals..sheep!
We have sheep!!See how cute they are....

Hmm I can't open the doors to the barn,the lambs may get out and I don't know how the dogs will act with them...wonder how they would be with chickens?
Dogs like chicken,I want laying hens someday but I guess they can't roam free...hmm chickens...EGGS! I know I will decoupage Easter eggs!!

So now you know,I'm crazy.

From what I hear..I'm not alone either.

CC Product
FP/Artist Edition
TH Distress inks
Jillibean Soup twine
Detour jewels
Glossy Accents
It's The Little Things/rubons

Non CC
Spanish Moss
Florist wire
SU /Close to Cocoa Ink pad

Can't wait for next months project!
Here are a couple other things I have been working on.

I am holding a crop next month and this is our door prize!!
Can't wait to get there seems like it's the only time I actually get any layouts done and my books are sadly lacking.

Wouldn't you just love to win this!!
Most of the goodies come from Hot Chocolates (goodies bags) from
go check them out!

Until next time!!