Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Wishing that everyone has weathered the storm safely.  I think the worst of it is over, our city is going through a little clean up (mainly cleaning up tree limbs) but everyone is very understanding, patient, and willing to help everyone pull through together.

We have finished the jellyfish costume and happy with how it turned out, it does weigh a bit so and even with the ribbon to tie it under her chin Anna will have to hold onto it when she is sprinting from house to house.  The shower puffs as tentacles worked out fantastic, you can't tell in the photo but every other tentacle has glow lights strung through them (which we will 'crack' and light up just before heading out tomorrow night) and the jelly fish is definitely more 'blue' than 'white'.  The dome does light up (see previous post for pic) but I have them turned off as it was still daylight outside.

So in the car today Anna throws out that she has a Halloween party at school...huh? (umm...this costume is a bit too big and cumbersome to take to school ) so with the leftover supplies I made a baby jellyfish!- I used the hula skirt as the tentacles (easy peasy..just glued the skirt around the dome) and you have instant tropical jelly fish!

Happy Halloween!

Updated post Halloween- here's a photo with the glow sticks, it was raining but the jelly fish dome kept her dry!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Jellyfish..part 1

Weather forecast for Halloween this Wednesday is rain, rain, and more hoo :(

We are having way too much fun putting this jellyfish costume to worry about that for least the dome of the jelly fish should keep Anna dry, I hope!

I think the trickiest part is to get this jelly fish dome part looking good.  The tentacles are easy...we are going to unravel the shower puffs and they will look squiggly and translucent.  Did you know that shower puffs are about 12 feet long when you unravel it? just in case you were ever wondering ,lol.

So back to the jellyfish top.  I cut a piece of foam core a little larger than the hat.  I rolled up some thin styrofoam sheets and created a frame around the hat. Hot glue and styrofoam do not mix (found that out when the glue seeped right through the foam and onto my fingers (hot!) so tip is to apply the hot glue, let it cool down and then squish the styrofoam onto the glue.  I piled a bunch of unraveled shower puffs into the middle, some shimmery silver packing shreds, and 2 strands of battery operated LED lights.  Cover with bubble wrap into a shape of a dome, the photo shows the bubble wrap loose because I just wanted to see how it would look---not too bad I think! 

Friday, October 26, 2012

A little DIY'ing this weekend...

Anna has given me her costume wish for her Halloween...can you guess what it is?

So we have a pirate's hat, bubble wrap, shower puffs, and some hula skirts.

If you guessed a jelly are correct!

We'll be spending this weekend, hot glue gun in hand and we'll see how we can make this work...

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Cropfest- 10 days and counting down!

It's been raining for the past few days but I am not letting a little icky weather put a damper on things because I am so excited and gearing up for Cropfest in Cambridge, Ontario. This is a smaller and more intimate event put on by Scrapfest and without a doubt Lisa Furtney and her team will make it oh-so fabulous!!  Karen Ellis of The Art House Studio and I are teaching and there will be 2 on-site stores, The Scrapping Bug and The Art House Studio.

I am thrilled and honoured to be invited to teach at this inaugural event.  I have 3 workshops planned for the weekend. One is making Christmas layouts (2 double pages) and cards featuring My Minds Eye- this workshsop is sold out. 
Christmas Pages and Cards Workshop- Sat. Nov 3, 2012

There are still spaces available in two other workshops, the Onion Envelope and Boxful of Memories where we use the awesome Scor-pal tool to make some fun projects.  There are videos links below if you want to click on the photo to check it out (excuse my nasal-y voice, I was fighting a little cold when I filmed it but I think you will get the idea of how these inter-active type projects flip and flop for tons of fun!)

Video Link to Onion Envelope class- Saturday Nov 3, 2012- spaces available

Video link to Boxful of Memories class- Friday Nov 2, 2012- spaces available
Class kits are available (Onion envelope and 3D Boxful of Memories) if you wish to purchase one , they come with instructions for you to complete on your own.  The class kits would be available for pick up at the Cropfest in Cambridge, please contact Lisa at Scrapfest if you are interested.

So that is the scoop- as I write this, below is a peek at what my table looks like at the moment, I am prepping the My Mind's Eye Christmas page and cards class...loving all the bits and bling!  Hope to see you at Cropfest!

Prepping for classes.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

DCWV Autuman Medley

Ooops...I had the wrong day my album was going up on the Scor-pal blog (it is today not tomorrow)

I had so much fun playing with DCWV's Autumn Medley collection and using the latest Scor-pal innovation the Scor-pal Envi!   I created a mini-album with envelopes using the Envi template for 3.5 x 6.25 cards.   I trimmed away the right edge to create an open envelope pocket.  Using envelopes as album pages gives you sturdy pages with nice folds all around for a more finished look.  I then cut out page mats measuring 3.25 x 6 .25 inches.  On the side where the envelope is glued together I cut out a little circle on the right edge of the pattern paper so that you can see the tag underneath.

Here are few pics into how I decorated the album pages, each pocket page has a tag that you can pull out to include more photos or journaling.


Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful day!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Week long Scor-pal and DCWV

It's Scor-pal meets Diecuts with a View (DCWV) for some bloggin fun! 

Visit both the Scor-pal blog and DCWV blog each day this week to see more project ideas and to enter for chances to win some great prizes. To be entered into the random drawing for a Scor-buddy prize simply leave a comment over on the Scor-pal blog each day for a chance to win.  Deadline to enter is Monday Oct 29, good luck!

There will be other ways to earn extra chances to win as well, so be watching for those announcements each day.

Here is my sneak peek of an Autumn mini album.  Full photos of the project will be posted on the Scor-pal blog this Wednesday.

Have a great day!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Thank you Scrapfest Oshawa!

Just wanted to shout out a Thank You! to all the ladies that attended my workshops at Scrapfest Oshawa!  It was so nice meeting everyone and I hope that you had some craftin' good times. 

When I wasn't teaching, I had fun spending Saturday morning with Catherine at the Scrapbook and Cards Today booth - so wonderful to see my scrappy friends and catching up!

Thank you to Lisa and her awesome Scrapfest team for a wonderful show.  In just a few weeks (November 2, 3) it is Cropfest in Cambridge- yay!  My kitchen table will soon be filled with paper bits as I prep and kit 3 classes that I will be teaching at Cropfest.

Friday, October 12, 2012

All packed!

for Oshawa Scrapfest!! Yay!  I am so excited for Scrapfest- a happy place for a scrappers, shoppers, and croppers!  Supplies are packed and class kits made for 3 workshops I am teaching.  Hard to believe everything spread out in my living room, dining room, and kitchen table all fits into a few bags and boxes, ha!

When I'm not teaching or busy shopping I will be hanging out at the Scrapbook and Cards Today booth- please drop by to say hello!

Anyways, gotta go and hit the road!

p.s. Thank you to all the ladies that joined me in my Scor-pal card class yesterday at the Toronto Creativ Festival.  You gals rocked the class and am so happy that you had a great time!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A Halloween Candy House

My turn today for a blog post at Scrapbook and Cards Today's blog.  I was at Creative Bag in Mississauga and came upon this triple wine gift box and thought this would be a perfect to make a Halloween candy house.  The three windows in the front are hinged and are the perfect size for little hands to reach into for a candy treat.  I made a hinged roof at the top with paper strips trimmed into banners which flips up to refill the box or for 'big kid' hands to grab a treat too!  These boxes also come in red and gold, hmm ideas spinning in my head about a cute little Christmas scene, what do you think?

K, back to the Halloween house, the pattern papers I used are from the Recollections stack from Michaels and the diecuts are K&Co.- love the ghosts, monsters, and mummies.  This Halloween house is sitting on a table in our foyer and the candy supply is definitely dwindling down..(not my waistline though, ha!)

With a ton of paper supplies leftover I thought it would be fun to make a few cards to celebrate October birthdays with a little Halloween twist.

Have an occasion you might want to use these cards? Be the first person to let me know (via email) and I'll plop them into the mail to you.  Have a great day!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving, gobble gobble...

Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving! May your day be filled with love and hopefully some turkey, stuffing and a little pumpkin pie! 

Just wanted to share with you a Thanksgiving card I created for Scrapbook and Cards Today's World Card Making celebration over their blog which consisted of hourly inspiration using various Page Maps sketches AND lots of goodie giveaways which are still up for grabs!

I haven't posted too many scrappy projects lately because I am still buried under a huge pile of scraps.  Since the beginning of September I have been busy with a finishing a client album, a family wedding album, various team assignments and prepping class workshops that I will be teaching later this week at the Toronto Creativ Festival and Oshawa Scrapfest so yes, September has been one c-r-a-z-y month! 

Friday, October 5, 2012

World Card Making Day Oct 6

With the days of emails and texting I think sending a card is extra thoughtful to let you know friends and family you are thinking of them.

Scrapbook and Cards Today is celebrating World Card Making day on Saturday October 6 with hourly design inspiration.  Each designer will share a card sketch and and their spin on it, should be fun! I also hear there will be prize giveaways along the way too! Just click on SCT's blog link here!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday weekend!