Thursday, September 4, 2008

Some Scrappy Stuff... make up for my very un-scrappy post yesterday!

So I thought I should show you the few things I HAVE done over the summer... The first 4 are LOs done for Scraphoria for their August and September kits... Sadly September will be the last kit, so Head on over and check it out, Tracey is going out with a fantastic kit!
The rest were a few I managed to do in between chaos! Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

It's Been a Long Time...

Bad Blogger! This always seems to happen to me in the summertime... it's so darn nice out I forget about the "online" world for a while! So much catching up to do... so much to tell! Let's see, I'll try to do it in a nutshell for you... Since my last post, this is what I've been up to...

- 2 Wedding Showers
- 2 Bachelorettes
- 2 Weddings (in one of which I was MOH)
- a brand new Boston Terrier Puppy (full time job in and of itself!)
- minimal scrapping (oh the horror!)
- a family reunion
- a trip to the beach
- several "away" work trips
- shopping shopping shopping... (I may have bought a brand new Cricut!)
- 3 Birthdays
- and I know I'm forgetting stuff here... feel free to make up some stuff on your own!

So I HAVE to show you some photos right? First up... The Wedding (The one I was MOH)... The photographer did an ah-maz-ing job... the photos are gorgeous! If anyone in central-ish NS is looking for some photos done... Babineau Photography! And I actually like some of the photos of me! Nuff Said... here's some proof!

Now some photos of the boobers we call Rocky... I wan you now... he's pretty adorable!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Scraphoria Design Team Apprentice

Scraphoria has allowed me the honour of being a Design Team Apprentice for the Months of July and August! My projects for July are up on the site but here's a little taste:

Check out the site here to see the work from the talented Design Team! July's kit includes product from Cloud 9's Sunrise Smoothie collection... absolutely perfect for summer and so easy to work with! Don't forget to check back in August for my final month as Apprentice!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

A Tattoo and Fireworks for Canada Day!

Not that kind of tattoo! The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo 2008 kind of tattoo! So it's only been going on since before I was born, but just yesterday I made it to my first show... I see what all the fuss has been about all these years! I LOVED it! I am definately making this and annual tradition. The bands, performers and military acts were a-ma-zing! There was this one German Drill Team that totally blew me away... I have never seen unison like that in my life!

Here's the ad for the tattoo on YouTube:

So after the Tattoo, we went to the Halifax Public Gardens which are also pretty darn cool. Of course I took way too many photos but what else is new...

After the Public Gardens, we had time to kill before the fireworks so we had dinner at the Argyle. It was crazy busy, but amazing food very worth the wait. For the fireworks we watched from the Dartmouth side... less people and then you get a view of the city too. I think this is my new favorite place to watch from...

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Card Crazy

I have been in card mode the past little while... I don't usually make many cards unless I need them but I figured it's easier to have them all ready to go for when you do need them right?? So here are just a few of 'em!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Not the Brightest Bulb in the Pack!

I think when you don't use it, you most definately lose it! - - - Your mind that is! I've been waiting to go back to work FOREVER (relative term) now, and I am losing IQ points by the day. Last week I was checking my VISA statement and was positive there was a $700 charge that wasn't mine. I was freaking out! I called VISA in a panic and was totally embarrased when the woman told me what he charge was for and I instantly remembered that I HAD paid my car insurance with my VISA... Woops! Yesterday I sent an e-mail that I swear I checked the address on at least 10 times... cause it was an important one... and then this morning I had a reply that it was the wrong address... I looked at it for like 10 minutes before I found the little "r" I had forgotten... CRAP! At least the poor person who received my wayward e-mail was kind enough to tell me so!

Anyway... there are lots more examples I could tell ya but instead here's some stuff I've been working on...

Monday, June 23, 2008

ScrapCentral Summer School

So ScrapCentral is having Summer School this year! Not the boring kind, the kind where SC members get to teach each other some nifty techniques! I got to do the very first class today, so hopefully I didn't let the ladies down. I did a tutorial on using embossing paste with brass stencils that I learned from the ladies at the Scrap Shack in May.

Here's a card using the technique (forgive me, I know it's Christmas... but it's never too early to start making these things!!!). Head on over to SC to check out Summer School, there is lots of great stuff coming up!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

My Beautius Scrap Space

OK... I have been a very bad Blogger, but I have a good excuse... I overhauled my scrap space AGAIN! I know I just did that a few months ago but it wasn't the way I wanted it, so I finally got some brackets and shelves and made kind of a built in out of a 5 foot corner in a room. It isn't the most beautiful room I've ever seen but it was pretty cheap to do (about $100.00 for the shelves, brackets etc. and another $100.00 for some additional storage drawers and boxes to add to the ones I already had). I have organized everything as it went back into drawers... everything has a space now and it is so much easier to find things... we'll see how long this lasts!! ;)

Isn't it Beautius?! I love it! And I crammed everything (as neatly as possible of course!) into this one corner, so it takes up waaay less space than it used to!

This is my little stool, it's not ideal but it'll do for now. My ideal seat I think would be something like a piano bench... one because I like to curl up my legs sometimes and there aren't a whole lot of safe ways to do that on this little tiny stool! And two, I would like to add more storage for rarely used items and storage in a bench would be perfect!

I bought those black photo boxes at Walmart and organized all my non-digi photos into categories such as events, travel, people, pets, scenery etc. I also want to replace the pizza boxes on the top shelf with something a little more aesthetic but for now they'll do!

I bought the 3 white sets of drawers at Walmart also. I think Kent Building Supplies sells similar drawers as well. The middle one keeps all my cardstock, the one on the right keeps oversized flowers, adhesives and specialty items like overlays etc., and the set on the left keeps wooden stamps and paper stacks. The black baskets on top of the drawers keep my paints, stickes and glitter glues, pens and markers etc. All of my CTMH sets are bursting out of the one box and my sets that fit in cd holders are in a cd holder that I bought at Staples ( they can also stack vertically). All other stamp sets are in that black binder in heavy duty page protectors (also from Staples) that have a flap at the top so things don't fall out.

This area still needs a little work. I may go looking for a narrow drawer stand and then re-arrange some stuff, not sure yet, it's an odd little space left over, I'll have to think on it for a while.

My clip-it-up is packed to the rafters, so I also have a drawer for this type of stuff that catches the overflow! I keep all my rub-ons, stickers, masks and a wide variety of stuff on here.

Finally, I had to show you my table, because I keep a lot of crap on it! It feels naked if I don't have all this stuff next to me... all my most used adhesives (glue dots always and I am in love with Zip Dry right now... that's me finishing up my very first bottle on the table there and I only bought it in April! Wish I had bought more than 2!). I don't know why I have 4 pairs of scissors, but they are all different and I like them for different things. I have my mini misters, 2 always with water and on with walnut ink mixed up in it (although I can't remember the last time I used walnut ink). My little jar with sponges in it, paintbrushes, glue pens, markers, pencils, sanders etc. You name an essential and it's likely in this mix! Als I ALWAYS keep a nailfile in this area... you wouldn't believe how many times I've broken a nail scrapping! Seriously... it's a dangerous hobby!

I know that was a little long winded but I just love my new space and wanted to share! If anyone has any ideas how to improve anything, I'd love to hear them! Especially about that little odd space! ;)

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Scrapping older Photos

I recently sorted some old photos that I'd taken before I had a digi camera... sounds funnynow... I barely remember those days! But... I found some that I really wanted to scrap... most were not fantastic photos but they marked times in my life I wanted to remember... so for the past little while I've been walking down memory lane and getting some pages crossed off my "to do" list.

Here are a few of the ones I've done... I have more but I don't want to overload ya!!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

National Scrapbook Day

I know it's a few days past National Scrapbook Day, but I was in another province on the actual day and couldn't get online (well... reliably anyway!). I was attending a crop put on by the wonderful ladies at the Scrap Shack in Moncton, NB. This was my third year going and every year is even more fun that the last! Learned some new stuff and even blew my last year record of 2 LOs for the week-end out of the water with 6 whole LOs this year!!! (I think sometimes I do too much talking/shopping and it really cuts into my actual "cropping" time! ;) I didn't take any pictures... again... but I will see if I can "borrow" someone else's to share with you!

Thanks Shirley, Debbie and Amy for another great year! I already can't wait till next year!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

I Love Playing With New Stuff!

Since my return home from ScrapFest, I have been scrapping like crazy! All the new Goodies have me totally inspired and the MoJo is definately flowing! So here are a couple of the layouts that I've done the past couple days...

This one uses the new Heidi Swapp paper (which I didn't buy nearly enough of!) Most of the sheets were so graphic and bold... I just loved them! I also used one of the 5th Avenue spiral bound journal boxes and some cool clear ribbon that I bought by the yard so I have no idea the manufacturer but it's totally cool (I wish I bought more of this too! ;)

And here are some of the details close up....

For this LO I used the new Fancy Pants "About A Boy" line. Again I'm in love with the colors, if it's bright and bold, I totally want it! Initially I wasn't too excited about a FP line called "About A Boy" but then Michelle took me down to the marketplace and showed it to me... Thanks Michelle!!! ;)

And here are some close ups of the details for this one too...

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


I had such a great time at ScrapFest! Sorry I am just now getting around to posting about it! Here is the ScrapCentral gang (minus a few) outside our VIP room! There were 19 of us in total that were able to go and it was so much fun getting to meet everybody for the first time, even though it felt like we all knew one another! I wish I could do this every month, and if I get the chance, I definately want to go back next year!

Bobbi-Lynn was so sweet to let Teresa and I stay with she and her family and they all treated us like gold. I am sure she is the reason ScrapCentral feels like home to so many of us! Thank you Bobbi-Lynn and thanks to your family for putting up with us for 2 days!!

I also got to meet Lucy, who so kindly dropped us off at the airport with her handy dandy GPS! I`ve known Lucy from both ScrapCentral and Scraphoria so it was a special treat to meet her as well and finally put a face and voice to the talent I`ve come to admire!

Now that the mushy stuff is over... the shopping and classes were fantastic! I bought so many goodies but some of the stuff I picked up that I`m most excited about were some Spellbinders dies, the new Dew Drops and Stix 2 Anything. I`ve already started playing and will post some pics soon, so stay tuned!

As for classes I took 2 from Jen Starr and one from Vicki Boutin. Each class exceeded my expectations and I came out with some great projects and some new skills too! And both ladies are super sweet!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Big Post... Lots to share!

First... Here are the canvases I promised to share... They were my very first attempts, so be kind ;)

The first is kind of inspired by the wizard of OZ, and I tore the illustrations out of a copy of a book. They really are just fun to do but I have no idea what to do with them now... I think a bunch of them on a wall would look really cool maybe.

Here's my second canvas. I think I like it better maybe although it didn't take nearly as long to do as the first one. The word in the circle is WANDERLUST because it's my favorite word right now... I am feeling the urge to travel and go somewhere... unfortunately it is not in the cards right now, so this week-ends trip to Ontario will have to tide me over!

OK... that brings me to my second bit of Information... I am a Scraphoria Apprentice! What does that mean?? Basically there are three of us that are apprentices and at the end of 6 months one of us will be added to the Design Team... clear as mud? You will have to check out the site and follow our progress... the other two Apprentices are amazing and it's worth the click just to check out their work! So huge congrats to Jennifer and Danielle! Can't wait to work with them and the DT. Check it out... it's cool! ;)

Now... the last bit of news it that I leave for Scrapfest on Thursday! Woo-Hoo!!! The event actually starts on Friday and I am going to get to meet a ton of other women that I chat to on ScrapCentral. I am stoked! I think there are 19 of us in total going from one site and we even have our own VIP room at the event! How lucky are we??? I am sure I will have a ton of photos to share when I get back!

That's pretty much it for now!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Spring Cleaning

I have totally been bitten by the spring cleaning bug this year! I've unloaded, cleaned, painted and reloaded! So my scrap stuff is currently in a state of reorganization! It feels so good to have a place for everything and to purge the things I realistically know I don't need. And with Scrapfest coming up this weekend it was the perfect time to make room for some new stuff too! ;)

I've done my first two canvases too! I'll try and post pics later (in the light of day!). I just Love Donna Downey and her blog, and have long been inspired by her paintings so I finally tried my hand at them too. There will be more in my future! I love playing with paint!

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Some Eye Candy after a long absense!

I know it's been a while since I've posted, but hopefully that won't happen again... I'm going to have LOTS more time to do this in a couple days so I'll try to be a better blogger!!!

I got my wisdom teeth out a few days ago so that kida put a halt to productivity for a few days. I don't know how they managed it (I was completely under) but they cut my lip quite badly and had to stitch it, and there are stitches on the inside of my cheek too (no where near my teeth)... I'd be handling this a little better if they'd told me about it but they basically shoved me out the door before all my wits were about me.

Sorry for the rant... had to get it out! So without further ado... here are the LOs I have managed to do since my last entry.

This was a LO done for a challenge on ScrapCentral. I'm quite happy with the way it turned out, but that liquid glass took FOREVER to do in the background... I doubt I'll do this again anytime soon! But it really does look awesome in person.

This LO was completed for this week's Apprentice Challenge over at Scraptivity and uses this month's Kit.

Here's a LO of my Baby Max. He was laying on my crop tote watching me scrapbook one day when I snapped this pic... sadly some days it's the only way he can get any attention! Poor thing!! LO was done using the March Kit from Scraphoria plus a few extras I had laying around.