Friday, August 31, 2012

"Let's go the the Ex!"

I have not been to 'the Ex' (CNE- Canadian National Exhibition) in eons, I would hazard to guess...hmmm probably at least 25 years ago was the last time I visited.  I remember growing up the Ex was the end of summer event to look forward to- the rides, games, and shopping- memories of the  Food building with pasta and pizza specials for $25 cents a serving.

Anna had her first adventure to 'the Ex' planned out.  She envisioned it to be a daughter/daddy day and their mission was to win lots of stuffies.  I received updates over the phone (that's why they are a little blurry on the layout) throughout the day, every time a new pic with a new stuffie in hand , they even had to make a trip back to the car to unload!

When they returned home (exhausted) but super happy I asked what sort of games they played to win their haul- the water squirting targets, the ground hog whack-a-mo, the slip a ring onto the coke bottle's neck, the guess your weight game, the throw the ball into an apple basket, etc- the same games I remembered, comforting to know some things just don't change!

My thinking for the layout was to celebrate each of her memorable wins.  Anna took an individual photo of each stuffie and I created a ribbon awards across the page so that each stuffie get's their own celebratory limelight, anymore stuffies, I would have had to go to a 2 pager, lol!

Challenged to find pattern paper for the base that had the right 'blue' sky...couldn't find anything in my stash so like my previous layout posted this week, I just went with a totally contrasting colour of a yellow pattern paper from  Echo Park's Hello Summer line.  The rest of the award ribbon elements were made with My Mind's Eye Lime twist papers.  Glittered AC thickers make up the title.  I purposely put the 'let's go to the Ex' in small alpha letters as 'win stuffies' was the main event. 

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday weekend!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Something old, something new, something borrowed...

A few weeks ago I got a 'scrap emergency' call from hubby asking me to make a wedding card for a colleague of his who was getting married.  Normally I say yes! happy to make one-  problem was that hubby was going to swing by from work in half an hour to pick it up.   Ack!..into the scrap cave (aka basement) I descend gathering and reaching for my go-to items without hesitation.  Minutes later, kraft cardstock, a few diecuts, glitter, bling, and paper scraps were on my desk. Here is the card I came up with:

The something old is my Tim Holtz birdcage die and my glitter- these items are always in reach!
The something new is the fine and delicate heart border from Memory Box- cuts like butter!
The something borrowed is the idea of using banners.  Seen it everywhere and so easy to make!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Hanging on to the last...drop of summer....

New pencils, new notebooks, fresh erasers, new clothes, new shoes...signs that school days are about to begin and the end of summer vacation is near- boo hoo!

I can't believe how our summer has flown by!  We kept busy with day trips, boat trips, and road trips.  As much as I like to have activities planned for the summer, some of my best memories are enjoyed just spending it at home.  Here is example of just chillin' at home.  In the morning, we picked up a few bare wood pieces at Michael's- they were on clearance and we scored ( a buck each!) on a pool sign, family tree, and some nested boxes.  Anna finished painting the pool sign by around noon, and then we spent the rest of the afternoon in our pool.  Later that night, I scrapped a layout of our day- full circle you could say! 

It was a challenge to find pattern paper with the right 'blueness' to complement the water blue in the photos so I opted for a complete contrasting colour combo of yellow and orange.  The pattern paper is Hello Summer by Echo Park and the diecut embellies are Kaiser Kraft Fine and Sunny collection. I did have some Queen & Co. washi tape that matched- yay for washi tape!

On a side note, I love watching HGTV and one of the shows I was following this past Spring was HGTV's- House of Bryan on the Rocks.   They are airing the series again now if you want to catch Brian Bauemler (the host) build his dream cottage on Georgian Bay.  During the show, I was more interested in the scenery because I was recognizing familiar bits and pieces of Georgian Bay that we like to boat and explore around.  Every show with a new vista of a cluster of trees, rocks or a shoal was giving me another piece of the puzzle so it became a bit of a challenge like 'where is waldo?'.  The puzzle was finished and out of the vast number of nooks and crannies within Georgian Bay, his cottage is where I thought it would be and what a gorgeous cottage it is!  I took this shot from far away, didn't want to seem be like a TMZ photographer or anything like that, LOL! 

Have a wonderful week,  looking ahead the weather is suppose to be beautiful- enjoy!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Scrapfest Oshawa Registration today!

Woo hoo!  Scrapfest Oshawa is the place to be for lots of shopping, learning, cropping, or just hanging out and feeling the awesome vibe of creative scrappers.  Where else can you have so many stores in one place and be giddy over so much scrappy goodness !

I am so excited to be teaching at Scrapfest and since it will be in October I was thinking this would be the perfect time to focus on some Christmas craftin' (either for yourself or making something special for friends and family)

In my first workshop we'll create 3 beautiful double page layouts.  We'll be playing with the gorgeous paper collection from My Minds Eye- these papers are embossed, glittered and flocked- textures that make your pages sing!  We'll be mixing in lots of die cuts and shiny elements making your Christmas photos and memories the focus and in the spot light. 

6 Pages Christmas Celebration - Friday Oct 12, 2- 4 pm
Love to send Christmas cheer in the mail? Then I think you will like the projects we will create in my Christmas Inter-Active cards workshop.  These are not ordinary cards, some of them are like little mini-albums that can hold lots of photos and memories.  We'll be combing the awesome Scor-pal tool with festive My Minds' Eye Christmas papers and you'll create some festive projects that will be flopping, flipping, and swinging- how fun is that!

There is a little video on the side-bar on my blog -->

Christmas Inter-Active Cards-Friday Oct 12, 6 to 8 pm
Lastly, Christmas wouldn't be the same without a little sparkly glitter- combining some reindeer, ornaments, stockings, and snowflakes elements you have an awesome recipe for creating Christmas magic! Not only will you learn a plethora of ideas using micro-fine glitter, you will create a festive sparkly 12 x 12 Christmas canvas with a special photo frame centre piece cherishing your favourite Christmas memory

This project will look gorgeous displayed on your table-top or mantle and the best thing is that you won't have sparkly bits to vaccum up because this is the beauty (no mess!) of the burnished velvet technique!

Glittered Christmas Magic- Saturday Oct 13, 1to 4 pm
Scrapfest Oshawa-you can find all the details and information about registration on their website- hope to see you there!

Monday, August 20, 2012

I scream for ice cream!

Hey all, a favourite summer treat in our family is ice cream!  I was delighted when Echo Park designer, Lowri McNabb asked me if she could use my ice cream book template for a project she was going to feature on the Echo Park blog.  I love how her ice cream album turned out, check out Lowri's blog here!

You can find the instructions for the ice cream album on an older post in my blog here

Have a sweet day!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Entwined Mess

I have been digging the trend of coloured twine and have loved adding them to my projects.  The sampler pack of twine I purchased from the Twinery is awesome but it just takes the wrong pull of some twine and your bundle gets all into a twisted mess.

When the Olympics were on last week and since I was already plopped in front of the t.v. I decided to tackle my entwined predicament.  I used the Sizzix tag diecut for my tags and along with some patience I am so happy that my mess is now Twine-tastic- feels good to say that!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Got scraps? File it!

For my 3T's (tips, tricks, and techniques) post at Scrapbook and Card's Today I wanted to share how I organize my scraps.  I use a file box (regular file size) readily found at any office supply store and file my cardstock scraps by colour.  You could also use this same type of system for pattern paper eg. you could organize by manufacturer or theme.

One further tip, when you pull out a scrap to punch out a shape, leave the negative in the scrap, ie. don't trim down the length because if it's too short then it's harder to see the scrap piece when you file it away again.

Have fun tackling your scraps, I know when I did..if felt good!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Have you been soaking in all the excitement of the Olympics?  I have, so much that I'm seeing the Olympic logo appear on my scrapping table, tee hee.  I've been working on my class projects for Scrapfest Oshawa in October...and the overall theme in my classes will be Christmas!

Oshawa Scrapfest registration is August 22 so don't forget to mark that date down!- tickets sell out FAST!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Just wanted to share a page of my cousin and her hubby.  The brick and window in the photo are really vibrant and I used Amy Tangerine and American Craft pattern papers/embellies. The journal tags are also AC and you get so many in a package I thought it would be fun to layer them adding some texture to the page.  I had purchased the sampler pack from the Twinery a few months ago and I think I have used twine on almost every project and I still have tons left too.

Thanks for dropping by, have a wonderful day!

Friday, August 3, 2012


We have been enjoying some beautiful weather here in Southern Ontario.  We have been away most of last month on the water and for one week we travelled with a group of 50 boats on a rendezvous- leaving our Midland/Pentanguishene home port, winding our way across Georgian Bay and into Killarney.  We had a blast- along the way we visited some favourite anchoring spots, explored new areas, fished, and swam lots.

The rendezvous, it was a bit of a puzzle to fit all the boats onto the docks in Killarney.
A trip to Killarney would not be complete without dropping by the famous 'bus' in town aka Herberts Fisheries where the fish is caught daily and served (it is a building and the 'bus' is at the front).

The fish is perfectly cooked with a thin crisp batter and well I'm a sucker for thick potato fries.  We have been coming here for many years, the red and white bus is the same, the yummy fish is just a delicious as I remembered when I ate it for the very first time.  I'm so glad nothing changes here, it's a memory that I will always remember.  After dinner we make the mandatory trip to the local ice cream shoppe for a perfect end to our good eats.

Returning home I had some happy mail.  The new Scor-pal idea book, in colour print and in my mailbox!  Thrilled to be asked by Diana Crick, owner of Scor-pal, to contribute a project to her inaugural book!  There are so many wonderful projects, cards, 3D displays, scoring templates etc.  in this book and I can't wait to spend some time soaking it all up.

I created a house clock and is on the cover at the bottom left hand corner.

Here are a few photos up close of the project. The clock face is an actual clock mechanism and the roof is a cascading mini album.

tick tock tick tock...

roof doubles as a mini album
Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!