Friday, July 30, 2010

Vacation BEGINS!

So as you can see I am currently on vacation! Yes that is right! I do not have any big plans to go away, I prefer to stay home this year and relax... in fact the next three weeks already look to be busy! I was up early this morning and out the door by 0815 to get groceries for the BBQ we are having tomorrow. It will be the usual suspects... my sisters and brother-in-laws and Torrie & Tyler. I'm hoping Aunt Linda and Uncle Cal will be able to make it as well as I have already made one type of ice cream especially for U. Cal (he is an ice cream fanatic). When I was younger ... oh about 18yrs old, I happened to live with them and U. Cal would grab the ice cream out of the freezer ever night (I kid you not) and eat a bowl. So tomorrow's dessert is for him. I'm also planning on making a frozen strawberry yogurt!
At the grocery store I saw this book....

Ohhh I cannot wait to read this one... okay... so I'm a bit of a Jamie and Claire addict.... so I stopped at Chapters on the way home to make sure I had my copy.... perhaps this will be my summer read... but I still have to finish the current book I'm reading, "the Poisonwood Bible".... (also liking this one).

Alright, my time is up, I promised myself a short time on the computer before getting into the housework! Ta Ta for now!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Why buy it when you can make it?

I like salads, but I really dislike store bought salad dressings... salad dressings are so easy to make yourself and they taste so much better. As well, because they are fresh they do not have any preservatives... all very good things for a healthier lifestyle.

All you need is oil and vinegar; red wine, white wine or balsamic vinegars are some of my favorites (I really like Raspberry vinegar as well). Just remember this rule of thumb, it's usually 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar. If you like it more tart, then you add more vinegar. You can add honey or sugar, I prefer honey as it gives the dressing a more natural taste. Dijon mustard is wonderful too. As for oils why not try something different like walnut or hazelnut? I grab a jar, add all my ingredients, put the lid on and shake it all up. This helps the oil and vinegar to emulsify.

Here is a quick and easy recipe.

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
2/3 cup olive oil (or try walnut or whatever oil you have)
2 tsp Dijon Mustard
1 Tbsp Honey
1 Clove minced garlic
Add salt and pepper to taste if you like.

Mix it all up and there you have it... so easy and so yummy! This recipe can be changed to suit your tastes (add less honey if you don't want it too sweet).

I hope you enjoy your evening!


I want to thank my readers... Recently I put a number counter on my blog to see if there is interest.... When I first started blogging over a year ago I said I was going to create this space even if no one looks at it... I have surpassed anything I ever expected... So thank you for checking out my small world as we all know it is so much bigger out there!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Movie Review

Alright, so a friend of mine told me I HAVE to watch the Twilight movies... she said I will LOVE them...  She borrowed her dvd's to me with the agreement that I would not take too long to watch them as she does like to re-watch them every two weeks or so.........! So on the weekend I watched "Twilight" and then "New Moon".... and.... I'm sorry.... I just don't get it... in fact I was a bit creep-ed out by Edward.... the white face and red... RED lips... really didn't do much for me....not to mention that the movie just did not have my attention.... Okay, so I was bored.

Now here is a movie I want to see!

Have a great night everyone!

Sunday, July 25, 2010


Well, I watched the final stage this morning, I actually was up at 0630 to see the start of the race (usually I watch the taped version). It was great, yesterday no one thought Schleck would ever come as close as he did in the time trial to rival Contador. Schleck did not win... but he sure made it close... and very exciting. In the end Andy Schleck was 39 seconds behind the Spanish rider, he came in second and for the third year in a row wins the best youngest rider competition... one thing is certain... Schleck will win the Tour de France, just not this one. I look forward to next year!

More photos can be seen here.
Have a great Sunday everyone!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

@ Home with Claudine... Week 2

I'm a little behind in my assignments and projects in this latest class I am taking at Big Picture Scrapbooking, however.... I am on VACATION in less than 1 week... Woo Hoo! so I will have plenty of time to play catch up... but, for now... I do have my week 2 project finished (a gorgeous card) and I have to say, this one was lots of fun.

For this I used the following products from Claudine Hellmuth or Ranger:
 Watermark Resist
Sticky Back Canvas  
Dash of Red Paint 
Multi-Medium Matte
Extra Time

Other products used were Stampin Up Stamps, Melon Mambo ink, paper and border punch. I'm not sure where the newsprint paper came from or who makes the ribbon.

To make the larger heart you take a piece of newsprint paper, either scrap paper, or dictionary paper works well too. You paint it with the Multi Medium, let it dry. Then grab some stamps and use the watermark resist (now Claudine says the watermark resist from Ranger is "juicy" and that versamark does not work as well) to create the resist stamp on the paper. Have your paint color ready and use water to lighten it and paint over the stamped images... this creates your resist image. Let it dry.

For the smaller heart, cut out a heart shape from the sticky back canvas. Take the Extra time and mix with your paint color (3:1 ratio). Use a brayer to mix it. Take the brayer and roll the mixture onto the stamps then spray them with a mist of water and quickly stamp the image onto the sticky back canvas. Let it dry.

Cut the paper for your card, my card is a folded 11 X 8.5 piece of textured cardstock. Cut out a narrow piece of paper, use a border punch and attach ribbon. Use ink, or paint if you like, to stamp the images onto the ribbon. You could use a rub on for your greeting or a stamp like I did and use different punches to give it some interest and dimension.

Cut out the larger heart when the paper is dry and attach to the card base. You can then glue the smaller heart to the larger one. I just eyeballed it. To give the card more dimension you can add dots around the heart, I used an ink marker from Stampin Up in the Melon Mambo color. To finish it off I added stickles to the centers of the flowers on the sticky back canvas, and Voila! You have a beautiful card!

Hope you enjoyed it!

Pink Paislee & House of Three

House of Three and Pink Paislee have come together to bring us some gorgeous papers & embellishments. I am so excited about this release! You can see a video from the ladies at House of Three showing you all kinds of projects you can make with these goodies, video here. I can't wait for TM to get this in... It has a beautiful and elegant feel... so pretty... check it out!
Another great use for our distress inks!
Happy Saturday!

Time Trial

Here were are at Stage 19, today will tell the tale as to who will be wearing the yellow jersey on the podium in Paris tomorrow... Today is critical for my man Andy! He remains 8 seconds behind Contador.... Contador is a time trial specialist, so this shall be an interesting day. Today is about racing 51 km against yourself... Schleck needs to gain time here if he is going to win. I find it interesting that Contador has not won one stage in the tour thus far, and yet may end up winning the tour... Stage 17 in the Pyranees was exciting... Schleck did win the stage, he climbed the Col du Tourmalet with little difficulty....

Yesterday Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz watched the tour in style!

You can see more photos here

Monday, July 19, 2010

Claudine Hellmuth Class

Here is something for you crafty people out there. This is one of the techniques Claudine has shown us in our class. This one is using the sticky back canvas, mixing some extra time and paint, rolling it onto a stamp with a brayer and then stamping that image onto the sticky back canvas. I added a few things to give it some dimension.

I'm really loving this class... I'm a bit behind, because I'm waiting for a few items yet... like printer cartridges!
Cheers Everyone!

Expensive Dog Bone!

You might remember on my post a couple days ago, I mentioned purchasing a big Bison bone for Edwin to chew... yes he was very happy to see that bone... move forward to lunchtime today.  I came home for lunch and let Eddie out to do his business, when I was getting ready to go back to work, I called him in... then I noticed blood all over his paws and down the front of his chest... I assessed the situation and could see that he was using his paws to try and pick something out of his mouth... So... off to the vet we went... and they put him under to check things out. I came back... and the friendly receptionist showed me the big chunk of bone he had caught between his teeth. So what was a $7 bone actually cost me $137.00... and there you have it....


I'm stunned to say the least... I cannot believe what happened today on Stage 15 of the Tour... Andy had a mechanical problem with his bike - the chain came off!! Schleck made a huge move on the climb and looked as though he was going to get ahead of Contador, but then the issue with the bike happened and that gave Contador the ammunition to move on without Schleck... incredible... the thing is... now we will never know what could have been today. So.... the damage.... going into this stage, Schleck had a 31 second lead on Contador... now he lost the yellow jersey and is 8 seconds behind.... Here is what I have to say.... IT AIN'T OVER YET people!  We still have two more days in the Pyranees.... mountains baby... that's what Schleck does best... climbing mountains.
Here are a few photos for your enjoyment!

You can see more photos here

Have a great night!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Weekend Recap!

So far I have been having a great weekend! I love having a Friday off... it comes around every 4 weeks and it's awesome. So this Friday was extra special because both my sisters were off as well. We took Aunt Linda out for lunch to Pack Rat Louie's mmmm..... it was so tasty! I have not been there for quite some time, but I remember how good it is. If you have never been... may I suggest you try their signature dish... The Lemon Pizza... if you love cheese, and you like lemon.... you will love the Lemon Pizza! Here are some photos...

A. Linda and Carmen had the Snapper.... which had some roasted cayenne pepper potato wedges (very good!).

A. Linda and Arlene.

Carmen and Me.
What a great way to spend a rainy day!

Yesterday we spent two hours doing yard work!! With all the rain we had, our mushroom patch became that much larger and very stinky!! Unfortunately, the roots to our large spruce tree are contributing to this and there is nothing we can do short of having the tree removed. Marvin made up his mind to rota-til the whole side of the house. Next Spring it looks like we will have the same guy who just redid the front sidewalk come back and lay down interlocking brick on that side of the house... yeeshk! Nothing ever slows down with home ownership!

After we finished the yard,  I picked up a few things and we had an early dinner (BBQ burgers). I bought Eddie the biggest Bison knuckle I could find and he was in doggie heaven... We then headed out to the River Cree and saw Peter Framptom, he sang all my favourites, "Baby, I love your way", "Show me the way", and "Do you feel like we do?". It was great! He also did an awesome version of Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun"

Marvin left early this morning to fly out to Virginia for work this week.... so I will be enjoying cooking for one, and hopefully having more time for crafting! LOL!

Hope you all have had a wonderful weekend so far!
Enjoy your Sunday.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Chicken Dinner!

Here is a LO I did yesterday evening for Camp Scrap... I finished it in 2.5 hours... not bad... I'm getting better at just doing, rather than, just waiting and seeing (my friends know what I'm talking about) ... Ha Ha! Hope you like it!

Have a great evening everyone!

Andy's the Man!

If you haven't heard already, I have a bit of an addiction to watching the Tour de France... This weekend was great! Once I recovered from Tuesday's catastrophe of Frank Schleck crashing and breaking his collar bone in 3 places, I was able to watch the rest of the week... Yesterday they were in the mountains with some very steep climbs and my man Andy was able to sneak past Contador (last years winner) and with his first ever stage win.
Lance Armstrong had a very rough day. He caught his pedal on a curb and crashed, and was involved in two other crashes that unfortunately removes him from any chances of winning the tour (he is at least 10-11 minutes behind the leaders).

So there you have it... a stage win for Andy Schleck, with two more weeks to go (today is a rest day, so no t.v. tonight!)


Rain Rain Go Away!!

Well we cannot complain about the rain unlike our poor neighbours to the east of us... My mom says they have had 22 inches of rain since that is a lot of moisture and much of the land around them is under water and many farmers will have no crops... not to mention the wreaking havoc of infrastructure...

This picture is taken from the Maple Creek area which is the far south west corner of Saskatchewan. I hope things get better soon for everyone.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Cruising the net....

Here is a giveaway Lisa is doing on her blog... she has four prizes and one of them includes an original designed t-shirt! Check it out here.

Here is a creative painting KC did, her inspiration? Vincent Van Gough's Starry Night... love how it looks.... You can see her blog here for some more inspiring finds....

I love this sewing machine...
 (Found at weheartit here)

(via weheartit)

Not much creativity happening here!

I have to say I feel like I'm in a creative slump... I don't much feel like doing anything right now in my art room... perhaps it is the hot weather and all the other things I feel I need to get done around the house, (or it could be watching the Tour de France for 3 hours every evening this week ...!!!), or maybe it's just that I need a vacation!! That will be coming in 3 weeks! Yeah!
Anyhoo... here is a LO I did last week. I used the new BG paper called Olivia...

Have a great Sunday everyone!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Free Class @ Big Picture Scrapbooking

Hi Again!

Here is another free class, "Big Idea Festival" at Big Picture Scrapbooking and it looks like it is going to be so much can check it out here.... It is for 13 days in August where each day one instructor will share 3 projects, they will have prizes and challenges as well... So if you if you are in for some fun check it out... remember...if you don't have time you always have forever access and can look at the material another time!

See ya there!

Free Class @ Jessica Sprague

Hi Everyone!

Yesterday I posted some photos of cards I made in a free class Jessica Sprague is offering. It just happens that she has opened up the registration again... so if you are interested, check it out. It's a hybrid class, so it's using PSE and you get lots of free downloads! Here is the website

Enjoy your evening!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

le Tour Anyone??

Are any of you following "le Tour de France"?? Well I am, and I'm worried it's going to cut into my craft time!! In case you don't know this, I am HUGE Andy Schleck fan...that's right, I love the guy... and I'm hoping he can pull up his socks and win the tour this year (even though he has had a bad start... but we won't talk about that)... I just finished watching Day 1 and there were lots of crashes, including one where someone's dog ran into the peloton... the dog is okay... but geez...why didn't the dog have a leash...

At one point there was a crash just moments from the finish line that stopped more than half the peloton from moving! Exciting and stressful...

For those of you who are Lance Armstong fans he is still in 4th place....

Unfortunately, Andy suffered a knee injury late last year so there is some question as to whether he will be able to perform this which case I will be cheering for his brother Frank! Anyway you look at it... I'm cheering for the Schlecks!! Go Saxo Bank!!
Happy Sunday!!

What have I been up to??

This has been a fun week! I have started the @ Home With Claudine Hellmuth Class, if you are still thinking about taking it, I will show you what we have been doing (hopefully to pique your interest) and you still have time to sign up!

Here is our project for the week, it is a gesso transfer of a photocopy of a photograph that Claudine has made into a printable download you get in class.


I'm loving the pace of this class, so far it is not time consuming... so that has allowed me to work on some other things!

Jessica Sprague is another place you can take some cool classes... mostly digital scrapbooking or illustration, but she has offered a free Computer Tricks for Cardmaking class.... this is right up my alley because it is a hybrid class... Originally she was going to offer it for 1 week, but when class started last Monday, she announced she would be extending it to 2 weeks because one was not enough!! How cool is that??!! With this class she has given so many free digital downloads and I have had so much fun making these cards and have lots of new ideas! I will show you what I mean....

All the papers you see here are a digital download and have been cut out. Dimensional details were added with a scallop edged punch from Stampin Up, and the ribbon is also from Stampin Up.

I love the colors in this card. The design is a digital template where the papers were added to the template and then printed off. I added the flower for some extra punch and dimension.

This card was SO much fun to make!! You see the kraft paper with the cameras on it? You can make that yourself if you have PSE. The cameras are brushes from here  they are from "Lizzabeth" at The other cameras are from a Vintage Camera Kit made by Kitschy Digitals you can purchase from here.
The knotted wood paper can be purchased from here . Inside the card is a loose piece of notebook paper from a kit as well. Like I said... lots of fun!

This was another card that I enjoyed making... there are a bit more details to making it, but it is cute as well... The Happy Birthday greeting is from the Funky Fresh "Oh Happy Day" kit by Crystal Wilkerson, and the Tree is from a kit called Funky Fresh Forest Elements.

What's fun about this card is the pop up inside! Check it out...

So that is what I have been up to! 
I hope you have found some ideas here.... Happy Creating!!