Friday 26 February 2016

Watercolour Ice Cream |#tgifc44

I am back again with another TGIF Challenge for you!  

This month, we are asking you to use two of the three challenges from the month to create your project!  Here's a reminder of what we expect.

I took out my inks to do the colour challenge and one of the sketches.  When looking at the colours, I was reminded of ice cream.  The Sprinkles of Life stamp set hasn't been used enough in my house. I heat embossed in gold on watercolour paper and got set to colour using my aqua painter.

And the rest is history... :)


Thursday 25 February 2016

a rainbow hello | Fancy Friday

She said...
"Least Use Color Challenge!"

What? Valentines without pink and now you want me to paint the town "mossy meadow" or "marina mist"... or... brown. just brown... or blushing bride. Ack! Or Mint Macaroon or... gasp... wisteria Wonder... (Both mint macaroon and wisteria wonder are still in packages)

It's Fancy Friday, a monthly blog hop between current and past Stampin' Up! Artisans. 

I tried to be an artisan with this foolish theme. But every card I made disgusted me.

Finally, I saw a quote by Amy Tangerine...Yes! Rainbow.  I never do brights.  My elegant eggplant and tempting turquoise inks are dried up! All I had to do was look at my fruit loops.

Although, I still don't love the cards, its much better than what I did have.

oh. wait.
I've been busy learning YouTube so check me out as I embark on this new adventure!

I can't wait to see how my pinkalicious friend, Erica Cerwin handles this one!


Monday 22 February 2016

with my whole heart | #SCsketch

I have been receiving the Ali Edwards Story Kits every month since they began over a year ago and I still love them today just as much as I did the first day I received them.  They are my "go to" supplies.  Every month there is a theme - that theme is usually represented by a single word such as "heart".  Ali includes an acrylic word in each kit.  February's kit included the gold hearts and most of the elements you see above.

It's rare my husband and I have a date... and then remember to take a selfie.  
We are like wild banshees when we leave the house without children.... 

.... but aren't we cute banshees?


Saturday 20 February 2016

balloon punches are here | Global Design Project #023

I haven't been playing along with challenges but every time I see Connie Collins projects for the Global Design Team, I always think.. I should do that.  She's quite the inspiration.

... and what did appear but my balloon punch and coordinating stamp set from Stampin' Up!

Ta daaaa.

I just love the simplicity of the balloons.  They really are gorgeous.  And truly... I mean, you'll never get rid of that punch - it has two sizes!  Not only that but there's mini punch pack with a mini balloon.  You need it.  You really do.

Let us celebrate...
.. for the balloon punches that will stand the test of time have arrived.


Mixed Media using TH splatter brush | Paperie Classes

I was lucky enough to attend a Mixed Media class with my friend, Cathie Reed at our local scrapbooking store (LSS).  You heard that right, we still have a local scrapbooking store - it's called The Paperie.

Cathie showed us two layouts where she used a new splatter brush by Tim Holtz combined with some Colour Bloom sprays by Prima.

There's several layers on these layouts and of course, they are backed on watercolour paper. It may be difficult to see but there's some gesso and molding paste, Stampendous aged glitter, vellum, etc.

I love this photo of my parents.  We went out to a little Italian pizza spot on a random Wednesday.  My mother always talks while she's getting her photo taken... I am beginning to think she is wanting to "ruin photos" on purpose.

Thank you to Cathie and the Paperie for yet another delightful class.

Friday 19 February 2016

What I Love flower card + video | #tgifc043

I couldn't help but challenge my inner Connie Collins when I saw this sketch for the TGIF challenge this week. Try as I might move past the flowers, I couldn't make it work the way I envisioned.  

After I had played with the colour combinations for about 45 minutes... (only to go back to the very first combo I had chosen) I was inspired to do a quick video.

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Have a great day!

Thursday 18 February 2016

Him & Her | scrapbooking

I had the journalling done for over a year.  
The photo was placed with it.

But I hadn't brought it together until a few weeks ago.

It's not a great photo but it's the only one I had from the limited dates we had in 2014.

Aren't we cute?

Wednesday 17 February 2016

My Florida Happy Place | Project Life

I've been lucky.

Very lucky.

My parents recently purchased a Florida home in sunny Venice, Florida. This is quite an amazing thing when you live on the most Easternly island of North America.  One in which virtually does not have a Spring: Instead it has a 9 month winter, a beautiful one month of Fall and 2 months of summer beginning in July.  Last year, we travelled to Florida 3 times and I would imagine that this schedule will continue despite the terrible dollar.  

I decided that creating a Florida album would be the best way to suit my needs.  I remember May Flaum discussing how she has a camping album - this idea totally works for me.

The items used in creating this layout was a 'mish mash' of items but largely Ali Edwards story kits.  I love how these kits can be used for any type of memory keeping.

This journal card was from another one of Ali's story kits - I used photoshop and my computer to get the story written on the card.

I can honestly say that this home will definitely be one of my happy places.


Saturday 13 February 2016

Simple Stories Disney Mini Album | video

This past year I said I wanted to learn how to do YouTube videos and become more consistent in providing them.  This would be what I call my start. It's not pretty but it's something. You can find my channel here.

Enjoy this 12 minute video as I go through this album...

I did "notice" that I said "notice" far too often!! 

I created three similar albums in 2014.  One of the albums was for me and the other two were gifts for my mom and sister.  Although these albums were not fast to make I followed my "Mini Album" guidlelines in order to create them.


So. You took a lot of photos.

It's overwhelming, I know. 

 I printed every single one through Costco.  I selected about 8 to print in oversize and made sure to have 3 copies of each.  

Once printed, I sort all the photos into three piles: Cathy, Heather, Mom.  Although the pictures wouldn't be exact in each album, there were multiples of most pics.  

And yes. I threw pictures out. GASP.  I did.  If I didn't use them, I trashed them.

Next, I sorted each pile by day. We went for 7 days so I had 7 piles. 

I did all my journalling on Stampin' Up! Project Life (tm) grid cards.  Since I was printed these three times, printing only made sense.  I used my computer to do this rather than a typewriter.  This also helped keep it consistent.  The font I used was Remington Noiseless.

We did one park a day so for me, it made sense to divide the days up by park.  I made sure to have an insert or a title page for each day.  However, I also included a couple areas for 'hotel life' and 'swimming'.

These 'inserts' were a great opportunity for me to place some of my Memory Maker photos that weren't fitting in the smaller pockets.

When I had too many photos, I used these flips.  You can create your own but Simple Stories also makes them.  It's a great opportunity to use your Fuse tool as well!

There were plenty of videos on top of the photos so I was sure to upload all the videos to my family youtube channel.  I used website to create the QR code.

Any extra bits that I had leftover, I placed in a pocket envelope at the back.  This pocket is from Stampin' Up! but you can also get them through Becky Higgins.

Make sure to check out the video because there's a lot of pages here and I simply couldn't have them all here.

Happy Disney documenting!

Friday 12 February 2016

45 years and counting | #tgifc42

Happy 45 years Nancy and John Caines!

Today marks 45 years of marriage for my in-laws and believe me they have lived a wild ride.  No family dinner is incomplete without a story - always leaving me shaking my head and wondering whether my father in law, John is speaking the truth or pulling my tail.  It's clear to see that both Nancy and John have and always were in love.  Despite being different in many many many many ways, they make it work.  In fact, my husband and I's relationship is very much like theirs.  Our personalities are very similar. (In this case it might be true that a man marries a woman similar to his mother).  And if Ryan and I could be so lucky to live a wonderfully crazy 45 year ride in tandem like they have then we will consider ourselves to be very lucky.

Here's to you and many more years of "wedded bliss"!

This week the TGIF Design Team is bringing you a sketch challenge.  This is an awesome sketch - easy and totally up my alley!!  I can't wait to see what you make!


Thursday 11 February 2016

Gymnastics Valentines | free printable

I was stuck and I couldn't find a valentine for my daughter's gymnastics group called the Tiny Tumblers.  I created this quick valentine to share with you all.

Please enjoy this FREE PRINTABLE but please use for only personal use.

Happy Heart Day!

Sunday 7 February 2016

[Loving] right now | around here

Shimelle Laine returned and has been inspiring us with her energy and different perspective.  

This week she challenged us to scrapbook a selfie.  With that in mind, my friends had a another fast challenged where you had one hour to whip through a sketch.  That's not a lot of time.  I had already taken the photo early Saturday morning.  But I didn't know what I would say at that time.  For some reason, I thought I'd talk about guilt that Moms often feel. I'll save that for another day because inspiration arose while putting my 5 year old Jane to bed.  

"Mommy. I am thinking bad things again."

Thinking she was trying to get out of going to bed, I responded in a tough love voice, "Jane. You have to learn to think about the positive."

Jane responds, "Right. Nobody likes a gobbly gut."

This came from an earlier conversation where she was sooky and I explained that she had to smile at a birthday party because nobody likes a grumbly gut or a stick in the mud. It makes others feel sad at a party.

"Well, remember when we talk about your bad dreams? And we say that you need to think about something different. Things you love.  Like... candy."

Thinking, Jane says. "OK. Ten things I love. Candy. Watching iPad. Birthday Parties. Watching TV. Valentines. Hanging out with my family..."  "Now you..."

Holding my hands up, I began... "the quiet."

"I knewwwwwww you'd say that."

"OK. Number two. Reese's Pieces peanut butter cups."

"I knewwwwwww you'd say that."

"OK. Number three. Coffee in the mornings."

"I was going to tell you to say that.  And say you love reading with Jane."

"OK. Reading with Jane. Number 5...."

You get the point. Seriously. Inspiration is around you every day.

Also.  If you ever wondered... no. I do not re-read my journalling until its too late... And I probably never will. 

[loving] the quiet
[loving] early mornings with hot coffee in hand
[loving] listening to Jack explain what's in his head
[loving] Reese's Pieces peanut butter cups
[loving] reading with Jane
[loving] the quiet (again... I really like the quiet lately it seems)
[loving] de-cluttering
[loving] feeling loved with one touch
[loving] Downton Abbey
[loving] renewed scrapbooking energy
[loving] planning for a better me
[loving] very little snow in February
[loving] big and small adventures
[loving] being me


Play, Play, Play | Using up your alphas

These old letters have been hanging around my craft studio for years and I took it upon myself to use them up.  It's about time to use what i have or give it away.  Unfortunately my acts of "refreshing my creativity" is only happening bit by bit.

This layout was created with multi photos but its almost like you need to look twice to notice it.  Its a sneaky way for those that find it difficult to create a multi page layout.  Use a photo as if its a layer in your project.

Continue telling your stories.

Saturday 6 February 2016

Watercoloring with the Rose Bundle

This die cut is brought to you by Stampin' Up! along with the sentiment.  It's a bundle that is not really how you might describe my style.  However, when I have lost someone, the last thing you want to do is create a card.  Yet, you always need a card... for those terrible moments.  The perfect card.  And for me, this bundle makes it easy. Something that can never be easy.

I used this bundle for a swap that I did with some amazing girls: Jeanna Bohanon, Jennifer Frost, Cindy Schuster, Mercedes Weber, Krista Frattin, Allison Okimatsu, Kaitlyn Zumbach and Marisa Gunn.

As I played I had other versions  but the idea is the same.  I cut several die cuts out of water colour paper.  I then used by aqua painter and refill inks to colour over the dies quickly.  I let them dry.  In addition, I used the Stampin' Up! stencils on the base of the card with Molding/Modelling Paste. You gotta love it.

Have a great day,

Friday 5 February 2016

Colour Challenge | #tgifc41

Back again with a quick birthday card as part of the TGIF Challenge Blog's Design Team. Every week we bring you inspiration to create.  This week's challenge is a colour challenge - and, its pretty awesome.

I seriously loved this colour combination.  I didn't have a lot of time to create this card so I laid out my three Stampin' Up! inks.  I selected some stamp sets that had very small icons on it. I also selected a beautiful sentiment.  From there I stamped until I was happy...

I will say this... I can't wait for daylight savings time because its still dark here at supper time.

Make sure to play along with us!

Thursday 4 February 2016

Snuggle up | Simple Scrapper

Today I am back to show you my layouts for Simple Scrapper's Spark Magazine.  

Jennifer Wilson, the Simple Scrapper guru is always finding fascinating ways to inspire me.  This month is no exception and I am thrilled to be sharing my projects with you and her thriving membership.

This first layout was inspired by a sketch that is provided to the site's members only.  But her sketch's aren't just sketches.  They are colour coded in a way that makes it even easier. This layout began with a photo and journalling.  I do love to tell a story. 

The next layout I created was a Project Life layout.  It is actually from Valentines Day of last year.  I tend to leave pages for a long time until I feel inspired to create them.

Are you curious how I keep everything organized while mixing Project Life and traditional pages?  Here's some of my secrets as I describe them in a post for Creative Scrapbooker Magazine.

Can you see where I placed valentines in the glassine bag on the bottom row?  Of course, I only kept a few.

It's great timing to do this layout - I hope to inspire you to create your Valentines layouts.

Enjoy and I'll be back next month with more layouts for Simple Scrapper!


Note: The Premium Membership at Simple Scrapper provides skills and shortcuts to help you simplify and find more meaning in your memory keeping.

Wednesday 3 February 2016

Birthday Boutique Product Share | Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog

You get instructions for these four cards if you get a $15 Product Share from me!

Message me for details ASAP to reserve your spot at