Friday, 21 October 2016

trick or treat | #tgifc78

It's hard to believe that my family won't be shopping for Halloween costumes this year that can fit over snow suits... because we are headed to the Sunshine State for a snowsuit-free Halloween. However, no matter where we go. We need candy!

Thererfore, this week's challenge at the TGIF Challenge Blog is asking you to show us what you are making!  These treats were quickly made with the Stampin' Up! Cookie Cutter Halloween stamp set and punch... and the Ghoulish Grunge stamp set... (yeah, that's the blood dripping stamp)

Come play with us!

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Playing with Mixed Media | The Paperie

The Paperie is my local scrapbooking store (LSS).  Each month they put off many classes but one that I often look forward to is with Cathie Reed from With Coffee in Hand.  She has been busy on Instagram playing in her art journal so be sure to check her out.

During the two hour class we played with mixed media.  Something I love to do but don't always have the time to take out all those products.

Again, I am continuing my quest to finish last December by the end of October.  This doesn't mean I am done 2015 at all.  In fact... I am not even close.  However, it does mean that I have a big piece of that puzzle completed.  My first layout is a combination of embossing enamel, Dina Wakely paint, Prima Colour Blooms and beads adhered with 3D gloss. This gold layout matched the photo perfectly and looked very similar to Cathie's layout - why change a great thing?

In my second layout, my friend, Sara Case Strickland from Sara Things allowed me to use her feather stencil.  Again, using Colour Blooms and 3d gloss to adhered a multitude of beads, the background was created.

The gold design on the top of the page comes from some Prima rub ons that was adhered to some vellum.

You'll notice that neither of these layouts have titles... you'll be okay... you don't always need a title and I simply didn't feel like putting one there.

Thanks for dropping by and be sure to drop in for a class with Cathie if you ever get the chance!


Friday, 14 October 2016

A Flurry of Wishes | #tgifc77

This week we are doing a sketch at TGIF Challenges!

In order to do that background, I used my aqua painter and dipped it into Stampin' Up! Tempting Turquoise refill ink.  I painted several lines across the page.  I used gold embossing powder on vellum for the sentiment and machine sewed the paper onto the watercoloured background.

I hope you play along this week.  We love seeing everything that you do! 

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Documenting a loss | Simple Scrapper

It's never easy to document a loss.  However, I was prompted by a Story Starter from Jennifer Wilson's Simple Scrapper to give it a try.  Although the layout isn't perfect in my mind, I don't believe I could ever really scrapbook it perfectly.

I started with the story and used the celebration of life cards as the photo.  However, a photo really isn't necessary. Ali Edwards had a Story Kit named "Tough" therefore; I used elements from that kit to create the clean and simple page.

As I started this process, I realized that I would pop on Facebook Live and document the process.  Check out the video if you are interested.

This was hard.  The past few weeks we knew that Natasha was not doing well. We hadn’t been hearing much from her except from a scattered message here and there.  We knew she had a hard time texting and often it was her husband or friends messaging us.  She took a turn just before Christmas and we all knew she would soon find her way as an angel.  Every thing had been pre-planned.  We had been talking about it for months.  A bucket list, quilts and knitted hats for the hospital babies were being made, funeral favours and secret tasks were planned.  But when it came, it was too quiet.  Rhea and I met in Goobies to make the trek to Natasha’s celebration of life on December 27th.  Natasha was a friend that I met through scrapbooking and as was Rhea.  It’s this hobby that brought three of us together.  She was something special and the world is certainly at a lost without her.  Her illness re-ignited my faith. Something I never thought would happen. I suppose that might be her greatest gift to me.  Even after almost a year has gone by, I find it hard to explain to those close to me what Natasha meant to me.  I wrote a card to Ray, her husband sending my condolescences and perhaps that’s the best way to describe it. 

“Dear Ray.  I am a little bit of a mystery friend.  We spoke a lot but mostly by iMessage. Natasha was my every day.  Like a cup of coffee. Only it was an every hour cup. We have many stories but my brain is too mushy to think.  It wasn’t “good morning” – it was “what’s for breakfast?” or ‘ I am worried about..’ She solved many of my day to day dilemmas (how do you cook frozen peas?) She. Was. My. Every. Day. And because of that, you all were too. From the bottom of my heart, I am so sorry for your loss.”

And so, documenting her funeral isn’t exactly something I want to do but for some reason it feels appropriate. There was pink everything. And peep favours and a release of pink balloons.  There was a coating of snow and while as pallbearers, I could hear every crunch.  I heard every breath.  And I avoided every tearful eye.  Not ready to let her go, Rhea and I left to go home with “something missing”.   I still think of her often for many reasons.  Little reasons. Like… I washed, folded and put away three loads of laundry!  Every time I reach for my Lock n Lock Tupperware containers and every time I make frozen peas.  She’s probably watching me and wondering how I make it every day without her.  I really am not sure either.  But I am ready to live this life the way she’d want me to… we are heading to Disney soon where I am sure to meet her there.

Thanks for the lessons and the friendship Tash. Love always, Cathy.

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Monday, 3 October 2016

The story needed to be told | Creative Scrapbooker Magazine

Every now and then, a story needs to be told right away. 

Months later after I had written the journalling, I finally put together a layout using Stampin' Up! All Year Long Project Life card and accessory kit.

Every month I contribute to Creative Scrapbooker Magazine.

Be sure to check out the full story on their blog.

Thanks for dropping by!

Friday, 30 September 2016

Inspired by Heather | #tgifc75

Every week, the TGIF Challenge Blog Design team brings you projects that are meant to inspire you. At the end of most months, we've been doing a "pick your favourite" challenge where by I can choose   a project that inspires me whether it be a design team member or challenger.  It's by far my favourite because I love to be inspired.  Let us know if you feel the same way either by commenting here or over on the TGIF blog. As always, be sure to join in this week!

This week I was inspired by the colour combo and layers of my friend, Heather's card.  I always love Heather's projects so its no surprise that I was drawn to it.  Thanks so much for the inspiration Heather! You can see Heather's project below.

Hope you have a great weekend! Be sure to check out the Fancy Friday blog hop going on where we are celebrating the season!

Thursday, 29 September 2016

A Grateful Heart | Fancy Friday

Welcome back to another Fancy Friday blog hop brought to you by some amazing current and past Stampin' Up! Artisans.  We love that you drop every month and hope you enjoy the inspiration as much as we do. 

You should have come from Krista Frattin's website - Don't you just love everything she creates? everything she posts? And don't you just find her the cutest little thing? (yeah. me too.)
This month's theme is celebrating the season whether that be Christmas, Halloween, Fall, etc. I certainly can feel the crisp feel of the holidays.

To start this project off, I printed my journalling onto watercolour paper. I always use Photoshop but its no trouble to do this within Microsoft word.  I created a quick background by dropping a couple ink spots on a clear block.  I then spread that on my page using the aqua painter.  But don't be fooled - use your heat gun to move the water around and to dry it.

The journalling uses the Remington Noiseless font.  This is a font that is consistent within my pages as of late.  I know that handwriting is important but I certainly love the look of the typed pages.

"We have so much to be grateful for.  But today I don’t want to list those things.  I want to remind you that it can be hard to remember our blessings sometimes. Being grateful is something that needs to be practised. Little things and big things all contribute to our happiness. Its a nice reminder to make a daily practice of this exercise and not just at Thanksgiving. “Begin each day with a greateful heart.” - Oct 10, 2016"

Edited side note: Yes. OK. It says 2016.  But you know it should be 2015.  Yes, I will change it on the layout but the truth is I make this mistake all the time.  Its kind of my frazzled character.  It makes me laugh seeing it there... I am far from perfect... can you IMAGINE that?

This was last year's Thanksgiving.  Its not the norm for us to say Grace; however, at my Grandmother's, it is.  I captured this moment and I love it.  Its a nice reminder to be thankful, of course.  I am currently doing a 30 days of Gratefulness leading into the Canadian Thanksgiving (On October 8th) - stay tuned for that project.

This layout almost exclusively uses the Project Life(tm) cards in the Hello Lovely Stampin' Up! kit.  Its a kit that you is drool worthy.  A must have.

Don't stop here! My good friend, Jeanna is next on the hop and I can't wait to see what she has created.