Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Sketch #101

Here's my take on Sketch #101 over at Creative Scrappers. I really liked this sketch and will use it again I'm sure! Thanks for stopping by :)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Back to Reality

Well, it's back to work for me tomorrow. That will be a bit of a shock after almost 2 months off! No doubt it will cut back on my scrappin time too. So, here's the layout I created today of my mom back in the 50s. Even though I'm back to work my goal is to accomplish at least two layouts per week. Thanks for stopping by :)

Friday, April 23, 2010

A Different Kind of Challenge

I'm celebrating with Creative Scrappers for their Birthday Bash this month and Wednesday's challenge was a fun one! We were to bake a cake so Emily and I made this one together. It was a nice change from scrapbooking but if you look closely, I still used some paper embellies lol. How could I not?? After all, I'm a scrapper, not a baker! lol

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Dear Lizzy and Mojo Monday

What a fun line Elizabeth Kartchner, Scrapbooker of the Year created with her Dear Lizzy series. It is so darling to play with! Above is a layout I created last night along with some cards I made with my new Elzybells stamps that just arrived. Elizabeth...these are just too darling for words! I love them! My first card I designed with some inspiration from this week's Mojo Monday #135. Thanks for stopping by :)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Loving the Challenges!

My first layout is for Mission 0015 over at Mission to Create. The concepts for this challenge was to use a playing card or game piece, 3 ribbons, cardstock only, no patterned paper, computer journalling and stamping. I used 4 of the 5 concepts.

My second layout is my take on Sketch #100 over at Creative Scrappers. Congratulations Kristine for hitting the 100 mark! I love your blog and all your sketches! I've been so creative this past month. Thanks for all the inspiration DT members!

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you're all having a great start to your week!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Another Sketch

Here's my take on the great sketch over at Creative Scrappers this week. Be sure to check out the adorable layouts by their DT members. Of course I just had to order the April kit after seeing them!

Friday, April 16, 2010

What a Horrible Week!

Everything was put on hold in my life when I received a call from my mom's doctor last Monday afternoon advising me that I needed to take her to the emergency department due to some blood test results she had received that morning. She underwent a blood transfusion while in emergency and received 2 pints of blood. I was there until 1:30 am. She was admitted and after a series of grueling tests was finally released last night. The procedure she had done ruled out the nasty things it could have been, thank God. We still have a bit of a mystery on our hands but she is now able to do the additional tests on an out patient basis. She is being closely monitored by her physicians so I am feeling confident that she is ok to be at home. Of course I'll be checking on her. I'm hopeful with some new medication my mom is now on the mend and with some careful diet hopefully she will get stronger and this will all be behind her. It has been an exhausting week and of course I was beside myself those first 24 hours. I'm feeling better today and had to do a little scrapbook therapy to unwind from the stress of the week. I also drew the name of the winner for my blog candy. Sorry for the delay ladies. Congratulations goes to Hayley! I'll be sure to get your prize to you as soon as possible girlfriend. Please keep my mom in your thoughts and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Sketch #99 Layout

Here's my take on Sketch #99 over at Creative Scrappers.

I also want to share with you all two of my purchases this past weekend. I am so excited to finally own my own little sewing machine! I picked this half size baby up at Sears during Sears Days. It has both a straight stitch and zig zag stitch of varying lengths. Of course I plan on using it for scrapbooking only! lol I don't sew, knit, or iron. I know, I know, my grandmother would be shocked and dismayed! But...I do plan on putting this new little baby to good use! I used it for the first time on my layout above :)

I also picked up this shoe organizer for $10 and was able to clear off an entire shelf that stored my collection of punches. I can't remember who's blog I saw this on but I thought it was a brilliant idea!

How many of you use different household items to store your scrapbooking supplies? The possibilities are endless!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Bright, Springy & Blowin the Dust off my Cricut!

All my Scrapaholic friends are up at Timberline Ranch this weekend scrappin their little hearts out and I am so sad that I am missing it but I just received a call from my friend Sue F. who put me on speaker phone and I was able to say hi to all the girls. What a riot! I am missing them so much! They really made my day! Thanks so much for calling you guys! I feel truly blessed to have such wonderful girlfriends like all of you! I have already marked my calendar for the next retreat and won't miss it for the world!

Since I was going to miss this fun retreat, I decided I was going to scrap all weekend too. So, last night I completed these two layouts. I recently discovered Debbie's blog through Creative Scrappers and was inspired by her fun whimsical style and particularly her Springtime at the Zoo layout where she used some adorable tulips on her page. I realized I hadn't used my Cricut machine in a very longggg time and shamefully had to admit to myself that I hadn't used any of the adorable images from my Walk in My Garden cartridge that I have had for months! In fact, all of my cartridges, except for this one are fonts that I have used for titles on my pages. The Walk in My Garden cartridge is the only one that I own with images and thanks to Debbie I am going to use this one a whole lot more now! I'll also admit that I had to blow the dust off my Cricut before I could use it, but I think I'll be using it a whole lot more now! Thanks Debbie!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Some More Layouts & A Little Blog Candy

I've been following the challenges over at Creative Scrappers and really loved Sketch Challenge #98! I know I'll use this one again and again. And, no....we did not plan our outfits that day! lol

Below is Mission 0014 over at Mission to Create. Jessy Christopher, Guest DT inspired me with her layout. Be sure to check out the rest of the DTs layouts. They're all gorgeous! The concepts for this week's challenge was to use the word TIME in your layout, use a black and white photo and a hybrid element on your page, some pom pom trim and doodle around your background paper. I used 4 of the 5 concepts.

My layout below is my own design using my yummy Prima papers and embellies. After creating this layout it prompted me to pull together a little RAK of vintage goodies for my blog buddies. Would you like to win this RAK? If so, become a follower to my blog and tell me what your favourite line on the market is these days. I'll announce the winner on Tuesday, April 13th.
Blog Candy

Monday, April 5, 2010

More Easter Photo Projects...

Silly me, I forgot to post the funnest project...yarn Easter baskets! I got this idea from this super cool site called Eighteen25. You really should check it out. So many fun projects to create! Emily and I got in a real sticky mess making these, but it was super fun! I love the way they turned out!
First we dipped our yarn in a water and glue mix and then started draping the strands over and around our molds. We let them dry over night, well actually a bit longer and then...this is how they turned out. Aren't these fun?!

Some Easter Photos to Share

Emily and I decorated some Easter eggs with my Glimmer Mists, punches and Stickles. We blew the insides of the eggs out so we can save our creations for years to come. I love the way they turned out!
I found this Easter tree at Costco about 11 years ago and it has always been one of my favourite decorations. When Emily was really little we use to play Eye Spy with it and try to find all the coloured eggs. Funny, how you can get so attached to a particular ornament. I've always loved the wee little houses and the whimsical family of bunnies. I know when I was a kid I always wanted to live in a little tree house. Even now as an adult, I look at this and still wish I could lol.

My sister-in-law put on a lovely brunch for all the family and everyone contributed.We had some delicious quiches, some Irish ham, croissants and a fresh baby lettuce salad. Hubby made this fluffy and light pineapple angel food cake.
I used my Elzybells stamps to make some fun Easter cards for my family.
 Here's a photo of my sister-in-law, Tricia's beautiful Spring place setting.

Of course Emily had her traditional Easter Egg Hunt early this morning. She was a happy girl!

And, here's a family portrait. I have to remember to take more of these! I'm always behind the lens it seems.

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter too! Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Elzybells Has a Special Offer

Be sure to check out Elzybells this weekend as Elizabeth is promoting an Easter Special. She's also going to be releasing some new stamps next week and the sneak peak is adorable!! Oh....and she's offering free worldwide shipping over $25! Can it get any better than that?!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Happy Easter Peeps!

Ack!! Cute or what? LOL I just loved this! Check out Eighteen25 for this adorable download!