Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Happy Hump Day

Well here we are almost into 2011, where does the time go to!? I hope everyone had a nice Christmas. We had a pretty quiet one since none of the kids were with us. We had a nice sleep in and then my hubby made us Eggs Benny for breakfast - yummy, I could eat those everyday! We had a couple of gifts from my sister to open as we didn't buy anything for each other as we booked a trip to Las Vegas on January 9th for 5 days. After phoning all the family and wishing them Merry Christmas and finding out what Santa had left for all of them we just relaxed all day and for dinner we cooked up a big feast of crab (that our friends caught about a week ago) and some lobster. Wasn't your traditional turkey dinner but it sure was good!

I did manage to get a few scrap pages done, finally using some more of the MCS November LE Kit. This first one is of my granddaughter taken back in May 2004 when she was three. I love this photo of her. I took it into my Paint Shop Pro program and gave it a soft focus effect and a double glass frame.

This next one was photos taken a few weeks ago when we were out celebrating my stepdaughters 19th birthday. I used the MCS November LE kit for this layout also. TFL!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas Everyone!

I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season and lots of love and creativity in 2011!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

2 more shopping days.....

So I've been painting our en suite this afternoon. This has only taken since the summer to finally doing this. We had a leak in our shower, that was leaking down into our dining room one floor below. Luckily the back of the shower has a free wall behind it so we were able to cut out the wall and fix the leak. We replaced the back of the wall, but between mudding and sanding we've been on slow mode, lol. We decided since we were going to have to paint the one small wall we fixed we may as well paint the whole thing in a new color, so I picked out a nice light kind of wine color which would pick up the same color in the wallpaper that we have on one wall. I did manage to get two coats of paint on half of it, so I should be able to finish the other half tomorrow. I think it will look nice once it's all done.

I finally finished my friends wedding invitations last night. She was so happy with them, which makes me very happy. I do think that they turned out pretty good if I do say so myself, lol. So last night I was actually able to get another layout done. This is my 3 year old great nephew Jackson. My nephew (his Dad) was in the hospital Halloween weekend with a kidney stone and just got out on the Sunday. On the Monday morning his wife noticed that Jackson was kind of stumbling when he walked and wasn't really talking properly so they took him to a walk in clinic, who advised them to take him straight to emergency. Once they got him to emergency they immediately sent by ambulance to Children's Hospital. It turned out that he had had a stroke, I didn't even know a 3 year old could have a stroke. The doctors told them if he even lived through the night that he would be severely brain damaged. Every day he got a bit better, totally amazing the doctors and after about 3 weeks they sent him home and  now you would not even know that he was so sick. The doctors have said he still may have a few learning problems but they won't be able to tell until he is older. Hence, the title "An Early Christmas Miracle".  TFL and have a great day tomorrow!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

3 more shopping days....

Wow can you believe it's only 3 more days until Christmas, boy that went up fast! I hope everyone is ready and all the shopping is done. My DH and I decided not to buy gifts for each other this year and instead we are going to go to Las Vegas on Jan 8th until the 14th. It should be fun, we haven't really gone anywhere (except camping) since we went to Cancun 5 years ago before we moved up here to Campbell River.

I am a little sad that my kids and grandchildren are not able to make it up here for Christmas :-(  I was hoping to go down for a few days this week to see them but unfortunately that didn't work out, so this will really be my first year without them. Maybe Santa will surprise me and drop them off on my front door on Christmas Day.

I have finally got to play with my November kit from MCS - pretty slow since I just received my December kit yesterday, lol. I did the layout below of my nephew and his wife at their wedding back in 2006 with the Basic Grey papers from their Curio line of papers that were in this kit. I must say Pam really spoilt us with all the wonderful goodies in this kit! The Prima flowers are to die for! Thanks for looking and if I don't get back in here before Christmas I hope Santa is good to everyone!

Friday, December 17, 2010

My version of the 12 Tags of Christmas

As promised earlier here are my 12 Days of Christmas tags. Day "1" - Rickety House.

As soon as I saw Tim's Day 1 I thought "Okay I haven't even started and I have to quit already? I didn't have any of these Tim Holtz dies so what to do, hmmmm. I can't remember if I had talked about the program "Make  the Cut" where you can basically take any of your own graphics, once you have turned them into an SVG file, and cut them on your cricut machine using any cartridge you had in your Cricut. Since my DH was nice enough to buy me this program for my birthday at the beginning of Dec I figured this would be a great opportunity to try it out.

So I printed out the rickety house, the picket fence and the fir tree from the web and traced them and then scanned them into my Paint Shop Pro program. I then made them into a png file which I could  take into a program called "Inkscape" (which is a free download program) to turn it into an SVG file so I could cut them with my Cricut machine using "Make the Cut". Since I don't have the deep cutting blade for my Cricut machine I printed out duplicate copies (3) on cardstock and glued them together so they were more like chipboard/grunge board.

Since I didn't have the "notebook texture fade" embossing folder what I did for the house was to run it through my cutter but instead of using a blade I used my stylus to embossing lines across the house from top to bottom making them about ¼" apart. So now it looked somewhat like Tim's rickety house after I used my blending tool and some Vintage Photo Distress ink.

I made my little wreath out of a white pipe cleaner which I dyed with some "Meadow" Rangers ink. Not quite as cute as Tim's but you have to work with what you got, lol. I was actually quite pleased with the way this tag turned out.

"Day 2"
Well if you checked out Tim's Day 2 tag I'm sure you must have thought his idea of your own custom ink pad was so clever. I didn't have any of the "cut & dry felt" so I just stamped and embossed my holly stamp the old fashioned way, lol. Since I didn't have Tim's fancy flourish stamp I download a copy of the stamp and then copy and pasted it onto a scan of my tag and then printed it out onto my tag (after a lot of playing around with taping the tag onto a regular piece of letter size paper at the right spot, lol). I didn't have a large "Happy Holidays" stamp so I used one of my other Tim Holtz stamps and embossed it with red. The bird I cut on my Cricut using the "Joy of the Season" cartridge and some pretty silver cardstock that I had left over from my friend's wedding invitations I'm making and of course cut 2 more so I could glue them together so they were a bit more like chipboard. The pearl embellishments were some earrings I bought from the dollar store - I can find so many goodies at the dollar store for using with my scrapbooking!

"Day 3"

So for Day 3 since I didn't have the text stamp and tree stamp that Tim uses I did the same as I did for the stamp from "Day 2" and downloaded a copy of the stamps  into Paint Shop Pro then printed them onto my tag. I was very pleased with the way they turned out. I do have Tim's (oh look at me here, calling him Tim like we're best friends - I wish, lol) "Caged Bird" die - yeah me! I also didn't have any of the "tissue tape" but I did have this pretty lace rosette that I made using one of tutorials from MCS that almost looked the same. I didn't have the seasonal stickers so I downloaded and printed out a vintage tag from the internet. Lace is from my stash that I died with Rangers ink and the tinsel is out of from Christmas decoration box - a little bigger put I trimmed it up a bit. So what do you think so far? They don't look to bad.

"Day 4"

The Santa  stamp I didn't have so I downloaded a copy from the net and then printed it off onto my tag after I colored it in my Paint Shop Pro program and printed the word Mistletoe onto the bottom. I drew up the ticket stub myself in PSP - saved a blank copy so I could use it for other projects.. The lace with the beads I had in my stash as well as the bling and the pearls are dollar store earrings again - love that dollar store, lol!
"Day 5"

So here's my Day 5 version which I did the same as Day 4 and printed Santa onto the card. I didn't have any metal numbers so I painted some pink chipboard ones with white fabric paint to give it a bit of dimension. I had a Merry Christmas stamp but as you can see it's quite a bit smaller than the one Tim uses, that's one part of this tag I'm not really liking. 
I drew up the green cardstock shape in my PSP program and then turned it into an SVG file to cut on my Cricut using the "Make the Cut" program. I'm still not to sure how the company that makes this program are able to do it as I would think that Cricut would not be pleased about it. I must do some research on this. 

"Day 6"

This tag was another one that I was quite pleased at  how it turned out. The flourish stamp and the tall trees I downloaded into my PSP program, did my coloring and then printed onto my tag. I also downloaded a copy of the deer die cut into PSP and turned it into a PNG file, which I then imported into "Inkscape" and made an SVG file and cut it on my Cricut using the Make the Cut progoram again. I duplicated it a few times so I could glue the cuts outs together to get a chipboard look. I used some blue shiny type cardstock for this reindeer and before I glued them together I took one of them and ran it through my Big Shot using a snowflake embossing folder I had, then used some distress ink over the embossed flakes to have them stand out. 
I braided some pretty green ribbon I had to make the wreath on the reindeer's neck. As I said earlier I didn't have any of the tissue tape so I printed out a line of musical notes onto regular paper and then did a bit of folding and gluing to get the same effect as what Tim had done on his tag. I stamped the Happy Holidays onto card stock and embossed it and then used some distress ink on it and popped it up with some foam. Used a metal "wish" tag that I had in my stash and attached it to the ribbon. Onto day 7...
"Day 7"
You can obviously tell that I don't have the "wood grain" embossing folder so I used a Cuttlebug holly one that I had. I used a few different colored distress ink on the tag to highlight the embossed hollies. 
For my poinsettia i used some flowers from my stash. These were from a big bag of white flowers that I bought from a scrap store on the mainland when I was down visiting one time. They're great because there is all different sizes in the bag and you can color them any color you want to match up with your paper colors etc. One of my best investments I made! I think it was Rangers "cranberry" ink that I used on these ones. The leaves are from my stash. The flourish was another of the Tim Holtz dies that I didn't have so I traced it and turned it into an SVG file to cut in the "Make the Cut" program - I'm really loving this program! 
I used some more of the silver shiny paper that I had for this flourish and cut out duplicates so I could glue them together for a chipboard look. The letters I cut out on my Cricut using Cricut's "Base Camp" cartridge. I painted over them with stickles glitter as well as outlining the petals and leaves of the flower.
"Day 8"

This tag doesn't look terrible, but I don't think it looks that great either Again, I didn't have the Santa and reindeer mask so I took a copy of it and traced and scanned it into PSP, then into Inkscape to turn it into an SVG file and cut it out on my Cricut using "Make the Cut" again, only this time I used a transparency to make my own mask. The only thing I didn't like on here was that I had used a lighter shade of red first on the Santa and reindeer and then when I went to use my "Fired Brick" the color didn't really come out right - oh well, live and learn I guess. I used one of my own flourish stamps on this tag and a couple of metal corners I had in my stash.

So I did the same thing with the houses as for previous shapes and cut it with "Make the Cut". I used some dark teal cardstock for the houses then painted over them with glossy accents and for the snow on the houses I used puffy paint. I didn't have a metal clock so I stamped one onto cardstock and cut it out and used one of Tim Holtz game spinners I had.

"Day 9"

Are you getting bored of listening to all of this yet? Only a few more to go, lol. For the musical note stamp I did the same as before and downloaded and printed it on my tag as well as some plain cardstock for the rosette. I've never made one of these rosettes before and was surprised to find out how easy it was, I was quite pleased at how  mine turned out. I used some buttons from my stash for the center of the rosette as well as for the three on the side. I didn't have any of the Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls so I sprayed my rosette with some Shimmery mist that I had.

I cut the letters on my Cricut. I must say I've never used the "glossy accents" over top of letters before but I really like the look and depth it gives to the letters.  I'll be trying this a lot more often I can see. As before the pearls are earrings from the dollar store.

"Day 10"

I love the look of this tag using the plastic packaging materials and embossing it - how does Tim Holtz come up with these really cool things he does? I would never have thought about that in a million years! I cut the Santa using the "Make the Cut" program again and made a couple of extra's to glue together for a chipboard look and then one to cut up for his hat, nose and arms. I didn't have the washers to use with the brads and I also just noticed I forgot to add the metal tag to the tie at the top - oh well I can add that in later, lol.
"Day 11"

This tag didn't turn out to bad except that my embossing of the snowflakes on the side didn't turn out quite right, I used the "Make the Cut" again for the fir tree and used puffy paint on the branches for the snow. Luckily I had some of Tim's bookplates for this tag, I love those bookplates! I made up the tag saying in my PSP program and printed and cut it to fit the bookplate.

"Day 12"

Woohoo, we made it to Day 12 and hopefully you didn't die from to much boredom, lol. Of course I had to draw my own ornament in Paint Shop Pro and turn it into an SVG file since I didn't have this die cut of Tim's, The little pine cones and fir tree branch are from my stash of goodies I had when I use to make dried and silk flower arrangements. The calendar I printed out  from a copy I took of one of Tim's stamps and then used some distress ink on it to give it that vintage look. The metal corners I had in my stash.
So that's it, my version of Tim Holtz 12 Days of Christmas tags. If you would like to see some other versions of these stamps you can see some that my friend Paulien made on her blog here: http://paulienvandenbosch.blogspot.com/

 Thanks so much for stopping by and I would love to hear your comments on my tags. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tim Holtz 12 Days of Christmas Tags

Well I'm sure if you're like most scrappers you probably love Tim Holtz 12 Days of Christmas Tags. If you haven't seen them before you can start at "Day 1" of his tags here: Tim Holtz Blog. Every year he never ceases to amaze me with all the wonderful ideas he comes up with and great ways to use your scrapping and card making products that you probably never would have thought of - he is beyond talented, I absolutely adore him! 

Anyway, this year I decided to try do all of his tags and I am so excited to say that I managed to get them all done - yeah me! LOL. As I wasn't sure what items I would be needing or improvising on for each of his tags I didn't do them in the order that he did so I didn't want to put the ones I had done, up on my blog, until I had finished them all so as not to confuse you. I will be putting these up on my blog later this evening so if you have any comments (good or bad) I'd love to hear them. I will try and give you a run down on each one as it's posted so you will know what I did to hopefully achieve a look to the tags similar to Tim's. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will stop by later and check them out!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

17 more days......

Wow hard to belive there is just a little over two weeks until Christmas! I have all of my shopping finished and wrapped -yeah me! Got my tree up and decorated last night. I usually put up my big huge tree in out living room but the kids are not able to make it up here for Christmas this year (so sad :-( ) so I went out and bought a smaller tree this year to put up. It's got the lights already in it which is great as that is the only thing I hate about putting the tree up is putting the lights on it. Since this one is  much smaller I've put it up in our familyroom by our wall unit. It's cute, just a smaller version of our other tree. I've posted some pictures below. The first one is our big tree from last year. The second one is the smaller version I put up last night.

I've been busy making wedding invitations for my friends wedding next September. They have family and friends from New Zealand that they are inviting so she wanted to send those ones out now just to give everyone time to be able to plan if they will be able to come to Canada for the wedding. I really like how they turned out and my friends is so happy with the cards. Here are a couple of samples of the outside and inside of the card. I hope everyone is having a great week, TFL!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Only a month late..

Well I finally sat down to do a layout of my grand kids Halloween pics. The only problem was I was having scrappers block, didn't have any idea how I would do this page. Then I thought I should try my new Cricut Cartridge "Halloween Haunting". I was having so much fun playing with the cartridge and all the cool things I could cut out I sort of forgot the photo until the end. But when I put it all together it looked not to bad - not one of my best layouts but I just love all the cool embellies I was able to cut with my Cricut. I know when my grand kids see it they will love it, they always like me to cut things out for them on my Cricut when their visiting so they'll love these being on their layout.

If you like these Cricut cutouts you shouold head on over to my website, Scrappers Heaven, and check out the prices on the Cricut Cartridges - $40 to $50 and if  you don't see what you want just email me and I'll bring it in for you! Right now I think I have about 3 of the Happy Haunting cartridges left. This is such a cool cartridge you can even cut out 3D objects with it - like a haunted house which looks so cool - your kids would love decorating your house for Halloween with all these cool 3D objects!

Well here's my layout, thanks for looking and don't forget - only 24 more days till Christmas!

Monday, November 29, 2010

The snow finally found us

I guess that will teach me for laughing when everyone else got it, lol. Last week on Wednesday night it finally started snowing here. The only problem was though is that because it had been so cold (-6 Celsius) as soon as the snow hit the roads it just turned into a big sheet of ice, which was not good for anyone driving in it. It snowed all night so I thought when we woke up on Thursday morning we would have at least 4 or 5 inches but there wasn't that much in the morning, maybe an inch or so. It kept snowing all day so by dinner time there was about 4 inches. I didn't go out of the house all day. Even my DH came home from work just before noon because there was no way with the weather that it would be dangerous loading and unloading big machines to the job sites plus the city was closing a number of roads because they were to steep to try to drive up them safely. It worked great for me because I didn't have to shovel the driveway, my DH did it. Anyways about 7:30 in the evening the temperature really started to warm up and the snow turned to rain, so by Friday morning it was just a slushy mess on the roads and now it's all gone - thank goodness!

One thing about being stuck in the house I was able to make a few more Christmas cards which I've posted down below. Two of them feature my own mouse drawn hedgehog, One of them is ice skating, the other is looking up at the big star in the sky. The other two feature a couple of the cute fairies from Charmed Cards & and Crafts. I used a lot of puffy paint and stickles glitter on the cards and used foam to pop up the hedgehogs and fairies for that 3D look. I think they turned out quite cute. Thanks for stopping by and having a peek at my cards. Hope everyone has a great week!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Brrrrrr, I think winter is here...

So last Friday we got a bit of snow coming down and according to the weatherman we were suppose to get all this snow overnight. We woke up Saturday to no snow at all - yeah! Then last night there were all these snow and wind warnings for Vancouver Island. So we wake up this morning to no snow at all, just beautiful blue sunny skies but it was windy and very cold - about minus 2 Celsius. So while I'm making dinner I turn the news on and they are showing how the rest of Vancouver Island were having major snow and wind storm all day. Closing schools for today and tomorrow and a lot of businesses closing. Even just down the highway from us in Courtney, which is only like 45 klms from us had major amounts of snow. That was just to weird but I was happy we didn't get any of the storms the rest of the Island and the mainland were getting, It's suppose to be sunny here again tomorrow but very cold, about -6 Celsius and with the windchill factor it will bwe more like -18. I'm thinking that staying in bed under all of the covers with my matress heator on will be high on the agenda for me tomorrow, lol.

I did manage to get a quick card done today using some Bo Bunny papers from last year that I had. This one features my own little mouse drawn hedgehog. I used puffy paint on his hat trim and also around the whole card and popped the hedgehog up with foam for that 3D look. I think it turned out not to bad - what do you think? Well thanks for stopping by and having a peek at my work. I hope everyone has a great week and bundle up for the cold weather!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Happy to be home...

I was happy to be home and in my own cozy bed this past Monday. I like going to the mainland to see all the family but I sure don't miss the crazy, busy place Richmond has become. Every time I go there is a new building or old ones torn down, the people are always rushing around like there is a big race going on. 

The craft fair wasn't to bad, but sales were down from the past few years. After talking to a number of other crafters everyone agreed that things were much slower. People just are not spending money the way they use to. I guess everyone is on a tight budget what with so many people out of work etc.

I did mange to finish another layout tonight, finally. I had the slows or something. This was a layout for the "Big Sketch" contest going on over at My Creative Scrapbook. I even managed to use some more of my October LE Kit from MCS. This is a couple of photos that my son took of my grandchildren when he took them to downtown Vancouver for dinner at Kobe's. That is one of those Japanese restaurants were they cook your food up in front of you, I wish we had one of those here in Campbell River because their food is always so yummy! You can't really tell in this photo that well but I took a duplicate piece of the background paper and cut out the two bottom corners and then used foam to pop them up on the layout. The flowers I made myself and the "bling" at the bottom of the page was some clear ones I  had in my stash and I took some of my Rangers ink to color them to match the layout. I'm quite happy with the way the layout turned out. TFL and I hope everyone has had a great week!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A few quick cards

A big thank you to all of our fallen soldiers, Veterans and those who continue to serve our country!

Just a few quick cards I finished last night.

I got my sister to send me a photo of one of her pictures she makes to sell in the craft fair. She calls these "Sea Sites".

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The leaves just keep falling........

Okay so I know all the stupid leaves have to come off the trees but you would think they could do it all in one day. Last week I raked up all the leaves in the front yard from our cherry trees, which filled up at least two huge paper recycling bags. Then 2 days later I had to do it all over again. Then I decided to cut back our laurel hedge in the backyard, which I believe I mentioned the other day. So by the time I finished doing that and cutting up all the branches and raking up all those leaves I had 16 huge paper recycling bags for the recycling pick up yesterday. So of course it decided to be windy and raining again yesterday but we we woke up to beautiful blue skies this morning. And what else, more stupid leaves on the front lawn again. So off I go again this afternoon and raked up the rest of those leaves and then I had to pick out all the ones from the flower bed in front of the veranda - which is a pain in the butt because the people who owned the house before us have all those nice little white rocks in the garden. They look nice but it takes for ever to pick the leaves out of it because you can't rake it because of the rocks - grrrr. So now there are only a few leaves left on one of the trees, one more big wind and the rest should be down, thank goodness cause I'm beginning to really hate raking leaves - who invented trees with leaves that have to fall off every year any how, lol. 

Tomorrow is Remembrance Day, which is a stat holiday here in BC - so there will be a parade tomorrow morning to pay our respects to all of those who have died serving our country and all of those who still do serve this great country of Canada and of course our US neighbors to the south as well as veterans everywhere. In the early afternoon we head to the Legion where everyone gathers to raise our glasses to the Vets and enjoy the music.

We usually stay there most of the afternoon but tomorrow I am flying down to the mainland (Vancouver - actually Richmond is where I will be) to visit my kids and grandchildren and on Saturday I am helping my sister out at the craft fair I spoke about a few days ago. I am going to be selling my cards that I have been making so I hope to get a few more done this evening to take with me as well as a couple of my pre-made scrapbook pages and my digital scrapbook kits.

I did mange to make another quick card last night, using my Tim Holtz Santa stamp which I've posted below. Well I better get going if I want to get any cards done tonight. Thanks for stopping by and I hope everyone has a great rest of the week and please don't forget to pay your respects to all of the veterans tomorrow.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Card being published

Very excited again. I just got an e,mail from Scrapbook news and Review to say they are publishing one of my cards in their December issue. Wow, two  months in a row getting published is so cool! When I was looking around their online magazine last week when the new issue came out with my 3 scrap pages in it I noticed they has a call for cards based on a sketch they posted so I decided to send one in and they actually picked it. I have posted a copy of it below - I will have to take it down from my blog while the December issue is out and then I can put it back up on the blog.

I've also done a couple of  more cards which I've posted below. One is with one of the cute fairyies from Charmed Cards & Crafts - I just love their pixies/fairies, they're so cute. The other one I used one of my Tim Holtz stamps from his "Mini Holidays" collection. I love the vintage Santa for cards and doing his "12 Tags of Christmas" tags. Thanks for looking and I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Busy few days this week

The weather here in Campbell River has been so nice the past few days, sunny and about 16 degrees (that's 62 F, for those of you in the US). I got out and raked up all the leaves in the front yard from our cherry trees. Then I got all industrious and mowed the backyard which sucked up all the leaves back there, I'm pretty sure that's the last mowing in for this year that we'll get. Made my DH all happy as he's been working 12 hour days all week. so would not have been able to get it done. 

Then since I was on such  roll I started cutting back our laurel hedge in the back yard, which pretty much added another 5 feet to the side of the yard it runs down. I managed to finish off the whole thing yesterday so I was quite pleased with myself. Of course my poor back is paying for it now - this old thing really sucks, lol.

In between all of this I managed to get a few more cards done. Trying to stock up before I go down to the mainland next week to help my sister out in her craft fair she is going in on Nov 13th. My sister makes these beautiful beach/ocean pictures in shadow box frames. When ever she comes up or if I'm at the beach with my grandchildren we collect up shells, seaweed and any other little treasures from the beach and she mounts them all in these shadow boxes. They are so pretty and they sell pretty fast at the craft fairs. I will have to get her to send me a photo of a few of them and I can post them for everyone to see.

Anyway back to my cards. This first one I just finished today and I'm so pleased at how pretty it turned out. I must thank Paulien from MCS for this idea on using the puffy paint on the outer edges of the cards, it looks so pretty and adds such dimension to the cards, especially when you're doing Christmas cards. So thank you Paulien and I hope you don't mind me scrap lifting your idea - or is that card lifting, lol.You can visit Paulien's blog and see more of her beautiful work here:
This paper is from the Christmas Magic line from Fancy Pants last year. I distressed the edges and then cut out a couple of the ornaments and popped them up with foam and then completed them by adding a bow to each and then the gold ribbon hanging down to the bow.
These next two cards are made with this cute little fairy/pixie from "Charmed Cards and Crafts". Isn't she adorable?I made two cards with her, I printed out duplicates of her and colored in her wings, dress and boot trim and headband with stickles glitter and then popped her up with foam for the 3D look.

These next three cards I made with some of my own graphics that I drew in my  PSP program, this pretty poinsettia and ice skating snowman. On the pointsettia I duplicated the graphic and then outlined all the leaves with stickles glitter and used red stickles on the end of little shoots and popped it up with foam. For the snowman I used puffy paint on his hat and gloves trim and also popped him up with foam. These graphics are ones that I sell in my Digital scrapbook kits from my website here: Scrappers Heaven

I hope you enjoyed looking at my cards, I know I had fun making them. Have a great rest of the week everyone!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

I know it's Halloween today but I'm trying to get ready for Christmas already, lol. Boy I didn't realize I had so much Christmas paper in my stash until I pulled it out yesterday. I'm thinking I could be making cards till the cows come home - or at least until Santa arrives, lol. The little hedgehog is one that I drew in my Paint Shop Pro program, fashioned after one of the Penny Black stamps - I'm not  great stamper so this works better for me - plus it saves me a few dollars not having to buy the stamp, lol. I used some puffy paint on the tree branches and on his hat trim and popped him up with foam for the 3D look.

The other card is more of a vintage shabby/chic look using some Tim Holtz stamps and embossing powder. I just love all the Tim Holtz stamps etc., this year I hope to finish off my "Twellve Tags" of Christmas following Tim's tutorials. I did a lot of disdtressing on thisone and am quite pleased at how it turned out as I really didn't have a layout in mind for this one, I just kind of made it up as I went along.

I hope everyone has a safe Halloween tonight and the kiddies get lots of goodies! TFL

Friday, October 29, 2010

Very excited....

I got an email yesterday from Scrapbook News and Review, http://www.scrapbooknewsandreview.com/, to let me know they have chosen three of my layouts to be published in their online magazine which comes out on October 31st. The layouts they've chosen are:
The Eyes are Windows to the Soul - posted on my Blog May 22, 2010
Urban Angel - posted on my blog April 5, 2010 and
Chic! - posted on my blog April 2, 2010
I've had to take the layouts down from my blog while this issue of the online magazine is up, but I can reload them on the blog again in December. I feel very honored to have these layouts published, especially three in the same issue! So I h ope everyone will stop by the magazine when the new issue is posted October 31st, after 8pm. Thanks for stopping by and I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Love, love , love these papers....

Bo Bunny's "Winter Joy" line of paper is so nice. As soon as I saw it I knew I had to make some Christmas cards with it. It's so nice that all of these companies are coming up with so many different papers for winter instead of the traditional red & greens.

My next one of the winter lines that Bo Bunny has that I want to play with is "Midnight Frost" - it's beautiful, for all those gorgeous winter photo's that you take, this is definitely one to use! You can see this line on Bo Bunny's website here: http://www.bobunny.com/midnightfrostcollection.html

So these are a few of the cards I made today with the "Winter Joy" line. The snowman I drew and colored in my Paint Shop Pro program. I used puffy paint on trim of his hat and then stickles glitter on his scarf. I popped him up with foam on all of the cards for a 3D look. TFL

Monday, October 25, 2010

New Scrap Kit....

Got my October limited Edition kit from MCS on Friday so I finally got to play with it last night.These Websters papers from their Wonderfall line are awesome - I'm going to be having fun scrapping pages with these for sure.I'm quite pleased at how my first layout with these papers turned out. This is our daughter and her friend at Hyde Park Fountain in Sydney, Australia. TFL and hope everyone has a great week!


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Another quick layout

Just trying to caught on on my scrap pages for our daughters Australia trip she is was on- she's back now but still on the mainland at her Mum's place. She should be back up here in another week or so, I think she's still trying to get back onto BC time as it was 19 hours ahead of us for her in Australia. We are looking forward to her coming home her in Campbell River.

This layout is for a sketch challenge at MCS. This is Justine and h er two friends while they were in Sydney sight seeing at the Sydney Opera House. TFL and have a great day!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Happy Friday!

Another week has flown by - why is it when your a kid the days just drag by, then suddenly you get older and the years fly by. Aahh, to be a kid again!

Well I've been playing more with the My Creative Scrapbook Limited  Edition kit. Did this layout of my daughter for a challenge at MCS. We had to do a layout using flowers we had made ourselves. I think my flowers came out pretty good. I followed one of the DT members, Gabi's, tutorials. Gabi always has great tuts, you should check out her blog here: http://gabriellepollacco.blogspot.com/

Anyways here it is, TFL!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Photo's of myself....

I don't know about the rest of you scrappers but I am always the one taking the photo's, very rare that I'm actually in the photo's. I noticed the same thing when we got our video camera years ago. I had tons of videos of the kids and family gatherings etc but none of them had me in them, just my voice. 

I've never considered myself very photogenic, so I always hate having my picture taken, but since starting to scrapbook I've realized that I really need to force myself to let people take my picture. So when I'm no longer on this earth and my family goes through all of the scrapbooks, not only can they read all my thoughts on their photo's and what was going  on but they will actually be able to see photo's of me too. It would kind of defeat the purpose of doing my scrapbooks for my family if they didn't include all of the family  in them. This is a lot easier since the invention of the digital camera and timers. I can actually play around taking photo's of myself until I finally get a decent one and then erase all the others, which believe me are a lot of terrible pictures, lol.

So along these lines we had a challenge over at My Creative Scrapbook to "Scrap the Scrapper". Since I had already used one of the few photo's of myself that I liked when I did my scrap page celebrating my 12 years of being caner free. So, now what to do? I finally remembered I had one other photo of myself that my husband had taken about seven years ago (see that shows you how often I let people take my photo, lol) that I actually liked. Now the big problem, I had to search through all of my CD's with my photo's on them to see if I could find it. Well it took me a while but I did finally find it, thank goodness. So the layout below is what I came up with for the challenge, using this photo. *Note to self - take some more up to date photo's of myself.