Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The Weekend starts

How excited I am! I am now off until next Tuesday, and lovin every minute of it! LOL

Tonight I need to pack for my weekend away and my mom is picking me up early tomorrow. We have a few errands to run which could include EM we'll see. I know Michaels will be on that list though. Then off to Navcan for a weekend of some wobbly pops, great snacks, sleeping, watching hockey, swimming and oh yes SCRAPPING!!!!!!!!!! WAHOOOOOO!! Adding in my bestest friends!

I can't wait... it's been forever since I have seen my YAYA-BUGS!!


Monday, May 28, 2007

LOs to Share

Silly Boy.. a scraplift from my girlfriend Dali!

One of the LO's I did as Di Hickmans sketch girl

I love 2 call U... this is based on the half maps from Becky Fleck and i am in LOVE!!!!

I've been scrapping lately!!!! Here are some of my recent Lo's!! I have a few more I need to scan so I'll post the later on!

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Challenge Sunday #3

Good morning scrappers/stampers! I trust your weekend has gone well so far. I hope my US friends are kicking back and enjoying their long weekend, and my Ottawa group is shaking their heads over the ridiculous amount of money they had spent yesturday at scrapfest!! LOL

The weather isn't looking too nice here today... looks like it may rain... so AH NUTS... guess I have to scrap..LMAO

Here is your third week of challenges.... there is never an expiry date on these and please e-mail me if you complete any of them and I will ensure that you're work is posted on my blog here. So here's hoping you feel inspired!!

Maria Bell is a lady that just does the most amazing work. She owns two blogs .... Cards Inspired by Maria and Stampin Inspirations by Maria. I came across this tutorial for a "mini project" accordian file. The link for the instructions is here. Here is a sample picture of what the finished accordian file would look like....

So print off the tutorial and you are challenged to give this a try. Be sure to go back and leave Maria comments on her blog, if you complete this...

Scraps..scraps.. scraps... Oh you know what I am talking about. i have tons and I know you do too!! LOL USE EM UP!!!! Make a card, mini project, mix and match em, do another LO. JUST USE SOME!!!!!!!

Art Challenge... this is one of my all time fave kind of chalenge because interpretation is so varied. So here is your art image, compliments of . Use the colours, the design, anything... whatever inspires you!

BOM Challenge
"If I could ______, I would ______!"
You fill in the blanks. Now be personal. this is a challenge for your book of me!!

Making Memories Challenge. I know you have tons in your stash... so splash your LO/Card/Project full of MM...

Hope you enjoy... HAVE FUN!!!


Saturday, May 26, 2007

WHAT an EXCITING day planned!!!

Well last night I went out Katie to do some clothes shopping. As we are looking thru the racks don't I hear a familiar voice... STEPH... EEEEKKKK it was so awesome. She was there for a bit beofre having to go to the Sportplex for Scrapfest. Had a great dinner at Kelseys, and then bought a few fun summer outfits. We treated to ourselves to some DQ after that, and then teI headed home exhausted.. VERY FUN!!!

Well today the day starts early... as i sit here typing it's just after 0630..YUCK...LOL In a few minutes my mom will be walking thru my door, ready to go.. LOL We are heading to the Scrapfest at the Nepean Sportsplex for the better half of the morning. Do some looking around, some shopping and just hanging out.

This afternoon I am taking my mom and my girls to the ballet Cinderella at Centrepointe Theatre. We took Alexa lasy year and she just loved it.. I am hoping that Ang takes to it too. LOL

After that we usually go to DQ (OMG twice in a, and then we'll be coming back to my place. John and I are hosting a BBQ for my parents and my brothers family tonight. So busy indeed!!!!

Tomorrow hopefully will be my rest day... I think after today I just may need it!!!




OMG what a fun and fabo day.. I am utterly exhausted... The scrapfest was fun and I only spent $100 which for me is Here are a couple of pics of us girls waiting to get in....

Pic #1 - left to right, Katies cousin Jen (ok she rocks), Katie, Me, Mellisa
Pic #2 - left to right, Jen, Katie, Me, Steph, Mellisa

The ballet also went so well and we had an absolute blast. My girls loved it... they got all dolled up in the dresses their Oma bought them too.. It was too sweet!! Here are a few pics of them!!!

Pic #1 - Alexa (have to photoshop out that
Pic#2 Ang in her carseat ready to go
Pic#3 - My girls and I in our seats at the theatre
Pic#4 - My ballerina Angelina
Pic#5 - My ballerina Alexa
Pic#6 - My ballerina Alexa
Thanks to my mom and my YAYAs for a fun day!!!!

Friday, May 25, 2007

Off early today

Well I brought in Cinnamon buns this morning to my co-workers just cause it's Friday and it was nice out and I was in a great mood. Well I must of struck a happy cord as I was given the afternoon off.. So surfin with my new laptop dh bought me... and enjoying the AC!!! LOL I so do not do heat well.. no wonder the cold north pole and I agreed!!! LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So on to fun finds!

A great card blog is Cards inspired by Maria ... I tell you the cards this woman makes are unbelieveable... she also does some sketches so be sure to check her out!!!!

How to make Wine cork stamps... yup I couldn't believe it either... here is the link

Great Quote
"One must think like a hero to behave like a merely decent human being."~ May Sarton

Gee I am having a hard time keeping my eyes open while surfing... YAWN I am gonna cut this early and enjoy some shut eye... I have a shopping excursion with Katie tonight, lord knows I need energy for that!!! LOL


Thursday, May 24, 2007

Congrats Jordin

CONGRATS Jordin!! The newest American Idol.... I was so happy for her and had tears in my eyes when she sung her last song after she found out she won. She is an amazing girl, big voice and I think she'll have an awesome career. I still can't get over that she is only 17...

Monday, May 21, 2007

LO/Findings to share!

I actually got to scrap yesturday... I did 3 LOs, 1 card and started a project! I can share one LO right now but can't share the others until the newsletters are out!!!

I did this one of my YAYAs, based on a sketch challenge at Scrapbook Centrale. I have meaning to scrap these pics forever. Katie was very preggers here... and I love that this was one of our typical "natural" days, we just showed up and scrapped...LOL

So I am on my second cup of java, already had breakie... and just surfing. Here are some finds! Notice they are all craft related.. OH BOY!! LOL

Doncha love this idea... it's just a basic ikea storage box that was wallpapered.. Stunning. Can you imagine the creative ideas with the billions of sheets of pattern papers we all have in our stash! A great decorative place for all those trinkets.. Did I meantion I LOVE TRINKETS...LOL Here is the link to the artists blog

OH I LOVE THESE KNITTED SOCKS!!! I am making them as soon as I can! Here is the link (with full instructions/pattern) if you are interested! They shouldn't take too long either!!!! ENJOY!

Oh another YUMMY project. How many times have you gone to a flea market or an antique based store, garage sale etc, where you find a piece of furniture that you'd love to get your hands on. Well this has inspired me! I love this, especially the abstract feel to it. I could see this in my home...LOL Keep your eyes peeled for some prospective pieces folks! Here is the link with step by step instructions... which I will be printing..LOL

How very ELSIE...LOL I adore this and hey it's creative... think of all the funky colours that you can use!! LOL Link here

Well off to my moms for a BBQ today. I guess Fallingbrook mall has the mini amusement park today so we'll be taking the kids!! Should be fun!


Sunday, May 20, 2007


Good morning my lovlies... Here is another week of challenges. Be sure to e-mail me if you complete any of these and I will ensure your work is posted on my blog... most of all ... HAVE FUN!


Sketch challenge curtosy of Queen Geek Sketches. I love this one..the design is brilliant and I love that you can add several pictures!!!

This is a little different but fun just the same!

Use this word... SCRAPPIN and incorporate each letter into your LO/Project.. For example

S - sketch
C - chipboard
R - ribbon
A - aqua
P - pattern paper
P - pen (black)
I - ink
N - new picture

You can use that one or make up your own list!!!

Basic Grey Challenge. Use products from Basic Grey on your LO/Project. Since I know we all have a ridiculous amount in our stash this challenge should be

Scraplift Katie Squires! Katie is one of my bestest friends and one of my all time fave srappers. She is the queen of Shabby Chic. This is her beautiful dd Kayleigh... I love the design and the colours of this LO. So why not scraplift

Crack out those outdoor pics. Be it your kids, nature, friends, BBQs... whatever... if the picture is outdoors.... scrap it!!!

Well I hope you guys feel inspired.... ENJOY!

Saturday, May 19, 2007

I'm a craft whore!!!

Seriously I am.. it's ridiculous really! I cannot stop getting my hands dirty in this and that, and to tell you the truth it's starting to hurt my pocket book! I love knitting and am knitting a cabled blanket right now. I love cross stiching and am working on a Dimensions Gold kit right now too. I am now discovering Mixed Media and bead working and I am afraid it is going to become an obsession. Where does this madness stop????

Then there is scrapping. OH MY DEAR SCRAPPING!!!!! You see it's not just the LOs that I love doing... it's now the altered EVERYTHING! If it can be altered then you'd best believe I want it! LOL And this is the worst craft of all cause it is full of trinkets... TRINKETS is my true addiction.

So beside my little family room chair I have my collection of craft goodies.. and depending on my mood, anyone of my "desires" will be indulged. I am a craft whore.... it's true, but hey if you have to be a whore then maybe this is the one to be!!! KWIM???


Friday, May 18, 2007

PHWEF... what a week!

Well I am home today but this was the first week back to my normal life and routine. It went very well.. but I am utterly exhausted! Funny how you take for granted just how much energy you need to get thru your days. I forgot that my day actually starts at 1600 when I am finished work! LOL I am in a new position and it's going to take a while to learn all the different aspects of it, but I think I am up to the challenge! LOL

Today I am alone, off work, sipping my coffee getting caught up on e-mails, internet stuff etc. Then I am gonna tidy up around here and scrap! WAHOOOOOOO!! LOL

So a few things found this morning that I am loving

Check out the latest card sketch from my girl DI. I didn't get a chance to get to this but I can't wait too!!! Be sure to check out her blog for her latest entries this week. She doeas amazing work and great newsletters. ENJOY!

Another great card site just added another sketch and article... you can see it here

Basic Grey May newsletter is up

CPS is having a card sketch contest due 31 May 07. Check it out. Also CPS Sketch #13 is up!

New KI Memories challenge

Chris Stoneman has an awesome log and I love reading of her adventures abroad. She takes the most amazing pics too... want a good read, check out her blog

Elsie has a new challenge on her blog. Take a self portrait... Give it a try. You can find the details here

Katies Blog has been rocking with creativity and awesome links lately. Do yourself a favour and go check her out!

Lucy has posted another 2 pager on her sketch blog... Love the scalloped edge... I have a few ideas already! Thanks Lucy!!

Pencil Sketch #32 is up. Enjoy!

This entry on Barbs blog made me smile today!

GO STEPH... she posted her take on Elsies self portrait challenge, check it out here

That's all for now folks... have a great day!

Sunday, May 13, 2007



Good morning scrappers... I hope you all have a wonderful mothers day. If you have scrapping plans then perhaps my challenges will provide you with a spark of inspiration. This is just for fun, meaning I am not sponsored or anything... so no prizes, but atleast you'll get some PAGES DONE!!! LOL Do all, do a couple or just one.... but challenge yourself to try and get something done. I will try and keep these interesting.


Use a mix of Alphabets
- this could be the stacks of rub-ons that you have, letter stickers or even crack out your stamp collection. Create something that has a few different fonts and mix it up baby!!!

Title selection
- use one of the titles on a lo or card!!!
"It's a Spring Thing"
"Loves Grows"
"Drenched in Fun"
"Inspired by Springs"
"The Many Things of Spring"
"Spring has Sprung"
"Life in Full Bloom"

Ad Inspiration

Isn't this gorgeous? So you can use the design, the colours, the pictures, any element that jumps out at you. Ad curtosy of Just Ad Inspirations

Sonya Shaws "Junk it Up class"
Yes I am talking about "our" Sonya. Our beloved friend on the DT at LM. Well I was over there for the NSD crop and she gave a class that was absolutely amazing. As most of you know she is very collagy and busy in her scrapping and she does it so well that it often leaves me with a "Good lord.. how does she get so much on a page and it looks so good"...LOL Well here ya go. Create this LO thru her class and you'll find out how her amazing creative mind works. Now in all fairness to LM, I am just going to link her class... best LM gets the hits...LOL Her class is HERE

Journal inspiration
- journal using a list... it could be a top ten, dialog, anything that inspires you

Most of all scrappers HAVE FUN! If you do infact complete any of these challenges I will post a few of them on my blog... so please e-mail me



Saturday, May 12, 2007

Saturday Findings

Good morning my lovlies.... as I browse the net with my cup of java ( I put cinnamon in for a yummy change), here is what has sparked interest!!!!

First off... I'd like to mention that I was selected as Member of the Month over at my girlfriends
Lucy Chesna own website. Memories From Scrap. So a bit of a public Thank You hun.... I am having a blast!!!

1 - Great sketch on Janelle Richmonds
blog. She is a sketch artist that I came across.. I think she scraps 8x11, absolutely gorgeous!!!

2 - I came a cross this blog as well. The sketch artist is
Erica Hildebrand and her work is awesome. She is also a fellow Canadian residing in Winnepeg Manitoba. Take a few minutes and check out her work here.

3 - Are you interested in reading Company blogs? If so there is a mega list at
scrap blogs. Truth be told there is alot more than that on this site so ENJOY!

4 - BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.. saw this on
Robyns blog today and almost PIMP.... too funny!

A blonde calls her boyfriend and says, "Please come over here and help me. I have a killer jigsaw puzzle, and can't figure out how to get it started." Her boyfriend asks, "What is it supposed to be when it's finished?" The blonde says, "According to the picture on the box, it's a tiger."Her boyfriend decides to go over and help with the puzzle. She lets him in and shows him where she has the puzzle spread all over the table. He studies the pieces for a moment, then looks at the box, then turns to her and says: "First of all, no matter what we do, we're not going to be able to assemble these pieces into anything resembling a tiger."He takes her hand and says, "Second, I want you to relax. Let's have a nice glass of wine, and then” he sighed................ "Let's put all these Frosted Flakes back in the box."

5 - REMINDER... Becky Fleck Page Maps contest ends 23 May 07... make sure you submit one of your layouts that is based on one of her many gorgeous sketches!!!!!

6 - Nat posted this on her blog yesturday and I just love it... it absolutely describes motherhood to a tee!! LOL Thanks for the laugh Nat... I needed it!

7 - I sub to All Recipies newsletters and their latest one was all about Farmers Markets... they offer recipies for all those fresh assortments we love to buy locally this time of year. One of my fave things is to pack up my family and go into the Ottawa Market.... Oh I can't wait! Here is the article.. ENJOY!

8 - Another great sketch from Lucy... here it is. Be sure to let Lucy know if you have used it. She'll likely post it on her blog!!!!

9 - I love CRAFTZINE.... so many ideas for so many crafts... Do yourself a favour and check them out!!!!

10 - Elsie.... you are some kind of beautiful!!!! WOW WOW WOW
12 - Prima blog here... I just discovered it and must say I am excited to have a good look around!
So there ya go for now... Stay tuned as I am going to start posting challenges on every Sunday! Starting tomorrow.... perhaps a way and place to find a bit of creative inspiration.. Hope you enjoyed the read!!!

Friday, May 11, 2007

Better Today!

Thanks for the well wishes e-mails that I got .... I had a good cry last night and got it out. I guess you sometimes just need to release. I woke up this morning feeling better and a little more into taking on the world again!! As my mom would say.... I have put on my big girl panties again...LOL

So on to happy postings......

Did you see the weekly challenge at 2 Peas?? If you haven't check it out here. It's about making a clear LO... very cool and very unique. Who's up for it?

Speaking of 2 Peas... they also have a great idea and instructions to a make and take... It's a wrap of PP that is embellished to hold flowers... How smart considering that Mothers day is around the corner. Here is the link.

Well I am going to get caught up on some e-mails and some blog reading today. Here's hoping that we get our router all figured out... cause I am loving the idea of being able to sit in my little yard at my little table and sip my coffee. Of course enjoying the nice weather, watch my kids play. and surf the scrappin life!!! LOL

Have a good one..


Thursday, May 10, 2007

Today I hang on by a thread!

It's been a terrible couple of days. It was suppose to be good!

I got my laptop which one would think would be amazing news right.. well initially it was, until we had to figure out the easy to install wireless router, which still isn't working despite all we have done, and left me with out internet for two days...

I have had huge headaches that I cannot seem to shake. It's just awful and I feel like I am gonna barf any minute... I hate that.

I lost my patience with my children today. They have been very whiny and demanding, they have been fighting, disrespectful, just plain ole bad... I had ENOUGH!!! I lost my temper, and just yelled. I feel awful for it but I couldn't take it anymore... I feel like I need to cry!

I feel like I am at odds with so much. John tells me it's the reintegration process ( and after his tour to Bosnia he felt the same way)but every little damn thing seems to make me sensitive and sets me off. I don't feel like myself.... it just sucks..

Sorry for such a crap entry... but hey I guess everyone needs to do this every now and then. I think I need to step back and reevaluate some things in my life... I am not going to make any hasty decisions today... wait it out, go back to work and into a routine... let things just sit.

Hopefully tomorrow is better!

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Internet findings

Well I have had comments that many of you like these kinds of posts and it has been over a week since I have done one...I have my java, and here we go!!

1 - Ali Edwards blog has two challenges from her latest E-ZINE... I love these and I'm adding them my list! You can find them here

2 - CPS #12.... I love that they leave the cards so open for design.. I mean they give you the basics and you can determine just how much you want to fancy it up... if at all


3 - ALPHABET SOUP CHALLENGE.... do you have some of that yummy alphabet soup from KI?? Well KIs blog has posted a challenge to use them up.. you can find details here

4 - Kid Sites.... this is the best link I have ever come by...
All the yummies you find in there from games to colouring pages, craft ideas, recipies... AND it'll all parent approved. LOVE IT!!!!!!

5 - Imagination Project blog ... they have contests and project ideas posted alwyas... it's a great place to see creative way to use up those embellishments we've stashed away!

6 - Neve Campbell gets married.. You can read the article here.. I am so happy for her.. she seems to have a good life.

7 - Marlene just bought a new lense for her fantastic camera. Truth be told that she is the envy of our little scrapping group You can see the pics she took with her new baby on her blog here

8 - Nat Vs latest post on her blog made me smile. I love that her dd isn't afraid to get dirty and help her dad with "dirty chores". I had posted that this is the making of a strong independant woman... she should be so proud!!!

9 - Becky Flecks newest HALF MAPS have me very intrigues. I am going to attempt this size and see what happens. I am getting bored of the 12x12 now.. and still scrap the occasional 9x9/8.5x8.5/8x8. Just time to change things up!!!!

10 - Speaking of sketches... here is the latest creation from Pencil Sketches... #31

11 - My YAYA Stephs latest work... I am in complete awe of this girls talent... SIMPLY AMAZING!

12 - OH .... I so want to make this.... what a fun and funky little camera case. Now if you happen to have one of those big honkin cameras... you'll have to get a lot of fabric.. LOL You can find the instructions here
Well that is it for now. John and I are going laptop shopping this afternoon and I am very excited!!!! Have a good one!

Monday, May 7, 2007

Another LO

Well I didn't get as much done as I had wanted to this weekend... but 4 los is better than none... so here is my last one... Thanks for looking!!!

Sunday, May 6, 2007

LOs to share

So I have been playing on two sites. The first one is Memories from Scrap and the second one is Lifetime Moments

Here is what I have done as of this morning... with more to follow today!

1 - A Colour challenge at MFS. I was to use pink, blue, black and white
My grumpy

2 - The second was at LM.. a quote challenge

3 - A DT inspiration at LM. Original LO was from Franny.


Saturday, May 5, 2007


I hope your day is scrappilicious!!!
logo curtosy of NSA

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Card - UR Loved

Here is a card that I made for my sick uncle. I am one of many sketch girls for sketches designed by Di Hickman .Here is her latest card sketch and my submission to her. Be sure to check out her blog for previous sketches and ideas. TFL!!!