Monthly Archives: December 2010

All Good Things…

Life has many changes…but it begins and ends with family.

I’ve always loved that quote and so it seemed very fitting to end the year on my blog with a family project. They are my treasure.

This 6×6 inch family mini album is just the place to keep some of my treasured photos. I’m pretty thrilled with how it came out. The die cut edges were so much fun to do. If you’re looking for details, you can find them today in the CLASSroom. I hope you’ll join me! Ellen has some amazing giveaways for the 12 days of Christmas so be sure to check that out there as well. Speaking of giveaways…you have until midnight tonight to comment on the previous post for a chance to win that fun Hero Arts stamp set. Good luck!

2010 was a wonderful year for which I am most thankful. All good things must come to an end though but I’m looking forward 2011 to see what it brings. Thank you again for all the lovely comments and support this past year. I truly appreciate each and every one of you.

Wishing you a very happy new year and a year of blessing to come…

Brighten My Day

Many things brighten my day.

Family. Friends. Creating. On-line friends. Crafty mail. Sharing with others.

Even challenges.

I thought I’d share a little haiku poem I wrote the other day when Paper Crafts Magazine on Facebook challenged us to write a paper crafting one. I tried to distill how I felt about designing. I’m not usually given to poetry (grade 12 English was the last time I’m sure) but I hope you’ll enjoy it.

dream, design, create
emerging from hand and heart
expressions of joy

You Brighten My Day

Quick Tip: die cut paper bags for a great way to recycle and add a unique look.

Supplies: kraft cardstock by Bazzill, Woodgrain Pattern Design Block by Hero Arts, pearl flourish by Zva Creative, white pigment ink by Clearsnap, Jet Black Archival Ink by Ranger, lace trim by Webster’s Pages, Tiny Attacher, flower by Basic Grey, Tattered Florals Die by Sizzix

I thought I’d wind up the year by brightening one of my reader’s days. Anyone interested in a giveaway? I really love the Hero Arts new Type stamp set. I mean REALLY, REALLY love it. Somehow I ordered two copies of it and since I only need one, can anyone use the other one? Just leave me a comment here on this post by 11:59 pm EST Friday December 31st. I’ll randomly draw a name from the comments to send out the set to. One comment per person please.

Have a fabulous day!

a look back

2010 was a wonderful year.

I had so much creative fun I thought I’d take a look back at my favorite projects and memories. I feel so blessed to be able to do what I do. Sometimes it’s good to look back  and count your blessings before moving forward. If you enjoy top ten lists, make sure you check out Moxie Fab World this week. I’ve loved Cath’s look at the trends of 2010.

Card Patterns sketch meets Hero Arts and Cosmo Cricket…

I love the canvas and banner trends…

The Paper Girl line had me at hello…

Alterables and Glimmer Mist make me a happy girl…

I now have a slight addiction to October Afternoon…

Some more banners and I’m thrilled to be scrapbooking again…

Moxie Fab challenges are so much fun. This one is paired up with lovely Lily Bee…

2010 was my year of addiction to the Tattered Florals die…

Basic Grey Curio is so perfectly vintage…

Summer memories are my favorite of all…

A printer’s tray to decorate my creative space…

And finally, a white Christmas…

Notable Creative Moments of 2010 – my favorite and not so favorite memories of 2010

  • January found me crafting away in my new craft room. I’m still loving every moment in it.
  • February was a busy month. I challenged myself to create 30 layouts in 30 days. It really stretched my creativity and I’m back scrapbooking.
  • I was thrilled to make the Lily Bee Design Team in March
  • My dog peed on one of my submission layouts for the Lily Bee Team. I blotted and dried it, took my submission photo and then threw it in the garbage. I was NOT thrilled!
  • I had my first three scrapbook layouts picked up for publication
  • CKC Buffalo was the highlight of May. Finally meeting Becky Olsen along with Susan Opel and Megan Hoeppner was a wonderful 24 blur.
  • The same very bad doggie ate my very large Two Peas in  Bucket order that the mail delivery had left on my porch.
  • My small little 8×8 craft room appeared in Creating Keepsakes Creative Spaces column.
  • I started teaching monthly at my local scrapbook store
  • The Creative Scrappers and Card Patterns sketch teams were lots of fun
  • I spent 6 months on the Zva Creative team
  • Computer woes had me tied up for weeks. I had to buy a new version of Photoshop Elements. I’m now the “proud” owner of two versions of PSE 8.0  Duh moment when I bought the Mac version first when I have a PC
  • I loved designing for Paper Crafts Card Creations: Favorite Occasions and Color Inspiration issues
  • Susan Opel shared my messy crafting secret on facebook with a photo of my exploded room after a creative spree
  • Up the Street Scrapbooking has me designing bi-monthly for their kits
  • I had the opportunity to product design again
  • Just recently, I said a very fond farewell to the Ways to Use it Challenge after almost 6 years of hostessing it on

I’m excited to see what the new year brings. If it is half as wonderful as 2010, I know it will be a very happy and creative year. Why not take the time to trace your creative journey this year?

Thanks for letting me reminisce!

my bliss

I love being a stay-at-home mom. With five kids and design work to keep me busy, I never get bored. There are times when I’d love to get out more but all in all, I’ve found that for me, the sacrifices are worth it.

Today’s layout is about being at home and uses the Domestic Bliss line by Lily Bee Design. This line is a wonderful marriage of pattern and color and I love how happy it is.

@ home

Today I’m sharing this layout on the Lily Bee Blog with an easy way to make a rub-on into an embellishment. Hope you can stop by!

Take care,

sew what’s new?

What’s new with you?

We had a wonderful Christmas and were blessed with fun times with family and lots of lovely gifts. I’m thinking that this week, a serious toy clean out will be in order to tidy things up and bless someone else with things the little boys no longer use. They grow up so quickly. I hope yours was wonderful as well.

Today’s card is a simple stamped design with a bracket edge. It’s super easy to create this edge by simply die cutting it with the Tim Holtz On the Edge Bracket die. I’ve stitched around the edges for a little visual interest.

Sewing related product is still really hot right now. This sentiment and dress form is from the Hero Arts Sew Artsy stamp set and is stamped in Jet Black Archival Ink and then paper pieced. Sewing related accessories always work well on this type of card and I’ve added a little knot of velvet ribbon, a Hero Arts clear button and a Making Memories Garment Pin.

Have a beautiful day…

a very merry christmas

It’s Christmas Eve and there is always so much to do. Today I’m busy baking pies, cleaning and getting the last few presents wrapped. The little boys are especially wound up as they can’t wait for morning to arrive. I’m looking forward to seeing their faces when they open their gifts. Priceless.

I will let them open one gift this evening though. It’s part of our Christmas Eve tradition, just as reading the story of the birth of Christ from the Bible is. I want to be sure that we all remember just what we are celebrating. Christmas is a beautiful time, a gift of hope.

Sleigh Ride Card

Here’s my last Christmas card of the year that I created to share with you today. I had so much fun creating it with lots of layers and details, distressing and stamping. The “snowy” accents are distress crackle paint and Melissa Frances Mica Flakes.

Supplies: cardstock by Bazzill, Father Christmas 6×6 paper pad & Father Christmas Punch Outs by Pink Paislee, felt Pearl Blossoms, Kraft Envelope, Chipboard Snowflakes and Pearl Trinket Pin by Maya Road, twine, Sanding Block and Tiny Attacher by Advantus, Picket Fence Distress Crackle Paint, Mica Flakes by Melissa Frances, Jet Black Archival Ink by Ranger, Christmas Greeting Stamp set by 7 Gypsies

I just want to thank you all for stopping by each day and wish you a very happy and joyful Christmas.

Blessings to you,

just sayin hi

Yesterday I had a few minutes to play. I was so excited to pull out some of my new Hero Arts stamps and create a quick card. Have you seen the new 2011 Hero Arts releases? I keep going back and ordering more. These were the first stamps I got inky as they were just begging me to put them together. I simply adore that phone image.

Supplies: cardstock by Bazzill, Dictionary Greeting & Just Saying Hi stamp set by Hero Arts, Jet Black Archival Ink by Ranger, rhinestones by Zva Creative, Tangelo and Rosebud Memento Ink by Tsukineko

Happy creating!