October 31, 2008

See? Sometimes you've got to show off! :)

I'm trying to find a way to earn a modest income doing something I LOVE to do...papercraft and create gifts and such. I make sure that I post a picture of everything I make that I like, just in case someone sees it and decides they like it too. So, that being said...Kim saw the mini diaper cake that I had made as a gift for a friend of mine, and asked if I could make one for her for her neice. Of course I said yes! I'm really happy with how this one turned out! It has 18 size 3 Huggies diapers, a size 6 month sleeper, 2 size 6 month long-sleeve turtleneck tops, 3 bibs, one pair of sock booties, a toy phone, and a teddy bear.

October 30, 2008

Halloween already!

Elsie's class had their Halloween party today since they won't be at school tomorrow. I had bought a bunch of lollipops for her and Tanner's classes. Sat down Tues night to make the holders for them...and realized after I finished Elsie's that I had used all of them in hers! Ooooops! Not a project that you could easily remove them from. So, plan B...made up some little baggies of goodies for Tanner's class from the candies I had already purchased to give out to the trick-or-treaters.
Hope you enjoy the projects!

Not quite sure...

Sue at Memories on Main St gave me some product the other day and asked that I do a layout she can display in the store. The idea is to let customers see what can be done with it, to help move the product. I'm not quite sure I am happy with the layout, but it is done. In hindsight, I wish I had not done the watermark stamp, or found a pawprint one to use. I was thinking that the circles would compliment the circles on the patterned paper.
Anyway, please let me know what you think! Thanks!

In Heaven

So Elsie was absolutely beside herself yesterday.
It was her actual birthday. I can't believe my BABY is 5! ACK!
Anyway, I digress...at playgroup, the kids were to dress up to have a Halloween party. What Elsie didn't know is that they were also having a mini-celebration for her. Well, with the snow and sickness going around, Elsie was the only one there! She was treated like a DIVA. She had the lady running the program, and the volunteer all to herself! They did a few crafts, ate some candy, and then even walked around the centre delivering candy! Elsie was in her Cinderella costume so of course was ooohed and ahhhed over everywhere she went. I don't think her head came down out of the clouds until later that afternoon.
As an aside, we had to do new Cinderella hair. We discovered at the birthday party that Elsie really does not want to wear a wig. I think we did a pretty good substitute job...

October 28, 2008

We did it, we did it, we did it...hooray!

Made it through Elsie's birthday party, that is!
I'm pretty sure that all of the little princesses had fun. There was certainly a lot of squealing going on. I can't believe how excited Elsie got when she received a card with Princesses (and glitter) on it! The crafts turned out awesome! I had taken a 6 x 8 canvas and attached a border of pink cardstock (just at the top) as a matte. Then I used the crop-a-dile to punch a couple of holes, and attached a ribbon for hanging. I heat-embossed with black glitter embossing powder the letters for each girls' name (that I had cut with my Big Bug), and attached those ahead of time to the border. Each girl had a cup full of goodies to decorate their matte with. I took a photo of Elsie with each of the girls, and then printed them while the party went on. I put them in the frames while the girls ate their cake and, along with a small loot bag, that was their "party favor." I think they turned out great!We also played KISS THE FROG PRINCE, but I used pink heart stickers instead. No kissing in my house yet! After all, she is only just 5! :)

October 25, 2008


Gotta love Blog Candy!

Kim at Kim's Kreative Korner (see my favourite blogs list) wanted to know how we use up our extra/mismatched alphas. She had some goodies and Sheila at Scrappin' Great Deals threw in a $10 gift certificate. Well, my idea was to do ABC books. It was a randow draw, but my name was picked! YAY! Check out the goodies headed my way. I can't wait to play...I so love Halloween.

blog etiquette

Help. I want to say thank you, and that sort of thing to those that leave comments on my blog. How do I go about doing that? I doubt people are going to come back and read the comments so I'm guessing I don't leave them there? What do you do with your blog comments? Leave me a comment and let me know! :)

Better luck next time...

Well, I got the email today. I didn't make the Design Team at Scrappin' Great Deals, but I was one of the finalists close to the top! When I emailed them back to say thanks again, I hinted that maybe they would consider a guest spot in the future! LOL I also offered to teach a class or two still since I live close by. I am excited to see the winning application. It is always great to have new sources of inspiration!
So, thanks for all of your support! I'll be spending the next few weeks concentrating on getting some kits completed, and completing the "class" and "display layout" that I am doing for Sue at Memories on Main St.
Then, off to Grand Bend for a weekend of scrapping Nov 7-9th. Can't wait!

October 23, 2008

Another crafty day...

So, I thought I'd better post this here before I add it to my facebook album, since it is for one of my facebook friends!

I started making diaper cakes several years ago. I love them! Personally, I think they are soooooo adorable, and they always get a great response from the recipient and other guests! This one is a smaller version of what I usually do. Inside this cake there are 16 size 2 diapers, a hooded bath towel, 2 burp cloths, 3 bibs, 4 washcloths, 2 pairs of sock booties, and the teddy bear! Yes, all in that "little cake". Hope you like it!

Here are some of the larger version ones that I have made. Some of these even include sleepers!

October 21, 2008


Elsie has decided that she wants to be Cinderella for Halloween. And, since her birthday is 2 days before Halloween, she also wants to have a Princess Party. Oh, and her Weds morning playgroup is dressing up the Weds before Halloween (which happens to be Elsie's birthday) and having a party. Soooooo, mommy and Elsie trialed her hair today. It did not go as planned. Off to WalMart to buy a long blonde wig. We spent the last half-hour fiddling and I think it looks not bad. Of course I will need to "finesse" it for the actual events, but at least I have a foundation on which to build!

October 20, 2008

The application is in...

and now we wait.

I ended up making a new card to submit. I just couldn't decide which to pick, and I needed a new baby girl card for a friend. For the altered item I went for the clock, and I used the Sweet K layout I did for a friend of mine awhile ago. We keep saying I should submit that one to some magazine calls, too! Maybe one day!

So, here are the things I sent in..

October 17, 2008

Am I Crazzzzzzzzzzzzzyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?

One week from tomorrow I am opening my home to a dozen 4 to 7 yr olds! Darling daughter has decided she MUST have a Princess Party. Ok, she went to one in February and has been talking about it ever since...

So, the tiaras and wands are purchased. I bought some 6 x 8 canvases for each of the girls. I am going to make a cardstock matte for them to decorate, and then I will add a picture to each one of that child and the birthday girl in their finest Princess attire. Then I'll take a bite out of the canvas with my Crop-A-Dile, add some ribbon and call it a goodie bag! We may even play pin the KISS ON THE FROG if we have time. I'll make sure to post pictures. For now, here is one of the invite. I used the New Arrivals cartridge to cut the top of the dress, added the bling crown and stickles, and then sandwiched thin bling-encrusted mulberry paper in between. I'm quite happy with how they turned out...
The info is printed on to vellum and attached with bling to the back...

Tis' the Season!

It's hard to believe, but Christmas will be upon us before we even know it! I have always wanted to try altering a glass ornament, so figured why not today? Now I have one teacher/EA/bus driver/crossing guard gift done!

So, all I did was take an empty, plain glass ornament from Michaels. I removed the top before I started.

Then, I cut 1/2" by 6" strips of co-ordinating patterned papers. I took each strip of patterned paper and rolled it tightly around a pencil. I added a gluedot to keep them from unravelling, but I have seen them left to unravel and that effect looks great,too.

Then you just need to fill the ornament with your paper rolls. It's entirely up to you how many you want to add! I think I used about 20 rolls. Next pop the top back on, add a rub-on and a ribbon, and you are done!

I used a rub-on that looked like it would curve nicely around the ornament. I worked from the centre out when rubbing it on.

On my ribbon, I tied it at the bottom and added a gluedot to keep the tie at the bottom. The entire project took me around 15 mins. Quick, easy, and beautiful!

A quick and easy Gift Card holder

I was taught to make this gift card holder by a dear friend of mine. It is perfect for those hard-to-buy for on your gift lists. And, perfect for holding those new Tim Horton's gift cards I love to give to the bus driver at Christmas!

I have been asked by some of the Moms in my Wednesday moms group on how to make them, so I thought I would share the instructions here. These gift card holders are great because the gift card is held in by the ribbon! No lost cards from loose envies.

The paper begins as a 5 1/2" by 4 1/4" piece. You will be able to get 4 of these from one 8 1/2" by 11" sheet of paper.
1. Score the piece at 1/2" and again at 2 1/2".
2. I then embossed the paper after I had cut and scored it. It will just fit in the Cuttlebug embossing folder. (optional, but looks great!)
3. Fold over and crease where you have scored at the 1/2" end. With the "outside" area facing you, put glue on the 1/2" fold area. Also glue along the bottom edge of one end of the paper. Fold at the 2 1/2" score mark and make an envelope.
4. I then crimped the bottom.
5. Use a 3/4" circle punch and punch a HALF circle at the open end. Punch a 1/8" hole (reg hole punch) underneath the first punch.
6. Insert the ribbon from the back all the way through the front hole. Match up the ends of the ribbon to have a somewhat uniform length.
7. Then, you insert the gift card and allow it to push the ribbon inside the envie. Tie the ends in a bow, and viola!

October 16, 2008


I think I am FINALLY figuring this out. It kind of makes me embarassed as I am usually pretty quick to pick up on this kind of thing! But, I guess we all need to start somewhere!
And, I almost have my galleries up-to-date as well!
You can check out my layouts here.
and my altered items, cards, and paper crafts here.
I hope you get a chance to take a look and then come back and leave me a comment. Any and all feedback is always appreciated. (Especially if you can teach me how to make the link work! For now, you will have to cut and paste it into your browser! Sorry!) Or, I guess you could always just check out my slide show on this blog! :)

October 09, 2008

...and again

Geez, another post so soon?

So, I am trying to get this blog up and running. I am trying to figure out how to add a slide show and photos that aren't HUGE! I am hoping to apply for a DT position with a great store in Komoka, Ontario - Scrappingreatdeals.com - I just found out they are adding a DT member, but submissions have to be in by Oct 20th. YIKES! Time to get crackin'!

On another note, I have sold 4 of the kits that I made up for Barb in Michigan. The last show was a little slow, but I think they were overloaded with vendors. I plan to tweak the layouts a bit, do a few more new kits, and we will see what November brings.

I was in Memories on Main St in Lambeth, Ontario last week. Sue is so sweet. We got to talking about my kits "adventure" and she has asked me to do a 2 page layout that she can use as a two hour class! Also, she gave me some product to do a layout display for in the store. I'm so excited that all of this is happening, but I sure hope I don't disappoint!

OK, off to wait for the kids from school. Then I'll be back to figure out how to jazz this blog up and add some scrappy stuff!

October 07, 2008


Well, this is a little sad. I started this blog so long ago, but then life got in the way.

But, so another day begins. A fresh new start to get to those things we didn't do yesterday, or the day before.

I wanted to start this blog for a few reasons. I wanted somewhere to journal and I've always found it easier to open up to a keyboard, even knowing others would have access to my thoughts.

I also wanted to have a place to create interest about scrapbooking. It is certainly not just a hobby anymore. It is a way to carry our memories forward for our loved ones. There are so many stories of my grandparents, great-grandparents, etc that I will never hear. As a kid, they were my grandparents. As I got older and they got sicker, I realized that they were people. They had lived a life similar to mine. I would love to be able to sit back and flip through albums, read their thoughts and hear their stories. I will treasure the few that I have. And, I will quiz my parents to the point of annoyance! :)

Finally, I wanted a place to display my creations. I spend so many hours seeking inspiration and then trying to put on to paper the vision in my head. I don't want the finished products to stay in an album in my basement! So, I invite you to take a look and leave comments if you wish. Good or bad, I can take it!