Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Yard Pojects...

Marvin and I were sitting in the backyard yesterday and we have come to the conclusion there is just too many projects related to the house that it's a bit difficult to keep up with things. A few years ago we ripped out some perennials in the garden and had someone come and look at the backyard to draw up a plan... to make a long story short he never came back, and we just never pursued it... so this week... my sister Arlene is going to come and look at the beds we have and help us create some sort of a plan... then we will go buy perennials and shrubs on Saturday and hopefully plant everything this coming weekend. Arlene is the one with the green thumb in the family... she inherited that from our grandfather and parents. I on the other hand... am not a gardener and hence we will be looking for LOW maintenance items.

Here is what we have to work with....
Hubby will be cutting the cedars down tonight and I looking forward to what it will all look like!

What are your current house/yard projects?

Monday, May 30, 2011

Mini Album Pages

I finished a couple more pages for my Faded Memories & Inspiration mini...

This week Finding Photo Freedom will start on Thursday at BPC, but I understand Stacy will be sending out an e-mail tomorrow to get things started. I look forward to this class as I really need help sorting my digital photos and in the end this is meant to allow more time for easily finding the right photo for whatever it is I want to scrapbook, Yeah!

Do any of you search through piles of unorganized photos to do your scrapbooking, or do you have a system that makes it easy?

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Amy's Challenge...

Amy from Over At Our Place has posted a second challenge... this one is simple... take 5 photos of 5 items that will no longer be here in 5 years....

Here we go ...

The couch in this photo will definitely be gone as it has seen brighter days...

As hubby works in the industry, I know my ride will be gone...

Okay... I thought of this item and the one above before I saw Amy's second post :)...counting down the months before I can purchase an iPhone!

A lovely bottle of scotch I received from a good friend for my 40th!  This will only last a few more Friday nights!

Although I'm not certain why... but hubby assures me this t.v. will be gone soon!

There you have it... If you would like to be part of the challenge check out Amy's post...

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Birthdays & Mixed Media Freebie

May is a month full of birthdays in our family. We were lucky enough to spend dinner with my sister Arlene for her big day! Here is a few photos of the night...

We checked out a new restaurant called "Soda Jerks". I enjoyed our meal... they have at least 25 different sodas... some of which I remember from childhood, like "the Pop Shoppes" Blackcherry. I had a Stewarts Orange Creme with a shot of Vanilla Vodka... mmm... it tasted just like a creamsicle. They also have a build your own burger menu... beware the burgers are huge (as you can see in the photo with Mike taking a bite above).

I saw this on the Sketchbook Challenge blog. They have a link to "Cloth Paper Scissors" for a free digital download.  It is 4 Digital Art Tutorials for photo collage. Very interesting Mixed Media projects here that you may be interested in.

So do you have a certain month in which the majority of your family/friends share their birthday? We have 10 people with a May birthday!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

More Mail Art

It is fun reading your comments on each others blogs about the Mail Art Exchange... Alexa wants to vote to rename the Mail Art Exchange to the "Happy Hellos", and Susanne would like to see how much fun we would have sitting together at a table creating crafts... and Jacky is happy the Mail Art Exchange will continue... You women make me smile with your chatter :)

Yesterday Sian showed her mail art, so I thought it would be safe to show it to all of you... this is what I sent to her...
I have been trying to get a Mail Art Page started here so that others who want to join will have more information on what it means, what it entails and when the next one will be, but things have been crazy busy in my world so stay tuned...

In the meantime if you want to make someone's day try creating some "Happy Mail" or "Happy Hellos" and send it off!

Happy Creating!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


I have still been practising using textures with Kim Klassen's Cafe Skinny Mini class. Here is what I have come up with this time.

I think I should have done the lettering in a different colour, but that is the fun with this... I can open it up again in PSE and still play around!

I hope your day is a creative one...

Monday, May 23, 2011

Happy Victoria Day

I hope everyone is having a great Victoria Day... the weekend is flying by and I still have so much I want to do! We will be going out for lunch soon with some friends but I thought I would share what I have been working on. A while back I started this mini album. I was at Treasured Memories and fell in love with the Curio line from Basic Grey and I was contemplating what kind of project I could make with it. Lisa happened to be there and she suggested a mini "Just make a quick mini album" she said, LOL! Nothing is usually ever quick with me when it comes to crafting! I found a chipboard album in the sale rack made the base of the album by cutting the papers into 6 X 12, and gluing two sheets together. Then I let it sit for about 3 months! Anyway, I was inspired this weekend to pull it out. The album is about faded memories from my youth and inspiring quotes or moments. It's a little bit scrappy and a bit art journally (I know that's not a word, but you know what I mean :). I will share what I have completed so far...
Lisa made and amazing mini album that just floored me when I saw it... If you have a moment, check it out here...

When was the last mini you made and what was it about?

Have a great day peeps!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Art Room Improvements!

So far the long weekend has been good! Yesterday I did some cleaning and then in the evening I started a project I have been meaning to do for a couple months. I moved my art room into the smaller bedroom about 1.5 years ago and during that time I was making mental notes of how I would like to change things. I wanted to give myself that time and not rush into purchasing a whole bunch of storage equipment as I wanted to be sure of what I needed and what was going to work. After taking "Finding Your Way" with Karen Grundberg, I knew a bit more about how I wanted to make my space work for me. Part of what was frustrating was how far things were from my immediate reach. Here is a photo before...

You can see that I had lots crammed on top of my desk which left very little room to actually work.

Here are a few after shots...
I wanted my workspace to be in a U shape, so now my table is in the middle of the room which allows me to walk around it.

My cabinet holds all the things I don't need every time I craft, but even so they are closer now.

All of the items I use most frequently are within reach to my right... as well I do have my paints under the table so they are even closer. The table has lots of room to work and lay things out... Now that I have figured the layout of my art room, I will have more time to create and clean up should be easier, not to mention I now know where I will place shelves! I can't wait to start crafting!!

What about you? How does your crafting space work for you?

Friday, May 20, 2011

10 +10 +10 Challenge

Stacy Julian had a challenge the other week over at BPC for National Scrapbooking Day and they posted the challenge again on the BPC blog... so I decided to try it!

She challenged you to pick 10 items from your stash + use 10 different techniques + 10 words....

The 10 items I picked were:
  1. Cardstock (unknown)
  2. Patterned Paper (Basic Grey & Glitz)
  3. Hambly transparency
  4. Feather (Michaels)
  5. Flowers (Prima & Bazzil)
  6. Buttons
  7. Bird (Prima)
  8. doilie (Michaels)
  9. Ribbon (Unknown)
  10. Chipboard Alpha (Unknown)
Ten Techniques:
  1. Inking
  2. Tearing
  3. Stitching/Sewing
  4. Stamping (flowers)
  5. Doodling
  6. Clustering
  7. Sanding
  8. Maya Mists
  9. Journaling strips
  10. Punches
Ten Words:
The two of you are remembered and loved each day.

What about you? Have you tried the 10+10+10 Challenge?

Happy Friday!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Digi Template from Alexa...

If you are interested in dabbling a bit with some digi templates, but don't know how to, Alexa has created a freebie template with instructions on how to use it with PSE. You can find the download here.

Here is my layout...


I have lived long enough to know that nothing lasts forever and that change is inevitable... no matter the situation. It doesn’t mean I have to like it.

The arborist told me our apple tree needed this to survive and it would look better in a year or two. Seeing the leaves take shape gives me hope of better times to come. Change is how we learn to grow, it’s what makes us unique and helps us share these experiences with others.

Have a great day everyone!


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Couldn't Wait Anymore....

Alright... I have seen so many blogs using Kim Klassen's textures... and although I have so many other projects on the go right now... I caved... that's right... today I checked out a few things and very quickly I made this from Kim's Texture Tuesday.... I did not follow her steps to the "t" as I need to review a few things... like "masks". So here is my take on Texture Tuesday.

Here is my before shot... taken right from my point & shoot...

Here is the after adding some of Kim's textures....

I'm not sure how good it is for my first try, but I really like the effect.
You can play along too... check out Kim's site here.

 Hope all of you had a wonderful weekend!


Friday, May 13, 2011

You Ladies ROCK!

I Love receiving Mail!! Especially when it's mail that looks like this....

 This was some Mail Art I received from Rinda over at Gallo Organico... Thanks Rinda!

Thank you to Cheri at Scrap Dreams, for sending me this beautiful book mark! I love the butterfly theme :)

Finally, Mel over at "I Speak Melsh", created a "Mel Art" piece which I will definitely find a place for in my art room!

Thank you so much to everyone participating in the Mail Art Exchange, I have enjoyed this so much that I am planning to continue with it. So please... if you are interested in Mail Art ... then you will want to stay tuned... I am planning to have more exchanges... The next one will be in the Fall and will likely have a theme!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Art Books for Inspirtion!

Yesterday I received my order from Chapters in the mail and let me tell you I cannot wait to look at these books... (please ignore the other mess on my table!)

 I thought I would see what kind of inspiration I muster from them... :)

What about you? Do you mostly get inspiration from blogs, classes or books?

Have a wonderful Tuesday!


Sunday, May 8, 2011

House Of Three

If you have not had a chance to go over to House of Three yet to take advantage of their 5o% off Closing Out Sale, you may want to as there will be no other opportunity to purchase these wonderful digi products. Today is the last day.

I will surely miss them and thought I would share some of my previous work I have created using these amazing elements.

One of the kits I purchased this morning is the Magical Brush kit... you can see the brushes I added to this photo.. Lots of fun!

In this layout I used the Monogram Kit... you can see it in the title with the letters "ME". I just opened the files in PSE and made them a colour that would go with my layout. I then printed them out on the French Oo La La papers

I don't know how many times I have used the Inspiration Kit for some of my layouts... I still love this printable kit for hybrid projects. "Live the Life I Love" is just one of the word art elements in this versatile kit.

I cannot tell you how many times I have incorporated the Damask Kit into my digital layouts... I just love all the different uses for these.

The French Oo La La Vintage Ticket Kit is another of my favourites for printing and using as little journaling and date tags.

Here is another example of using the H of 3 products for some hybrid fun! You can see more about how I used the Summer Junque Kit to wrap this gift of jam I made for a friend.... look here

Probably my most absolute favourite item at H of 3 is this Negatives Frame Kit. You will see me use this one over and over...

I hope I have given you a bit of inspiration... what are some other online stores you have discovered? I would love to hear from you :)

Have a wonderful Sunday!


Monday, May 2, 2011


 April 14th, 1941 - May 1, 2011
 It's certainly not easy losing someone you love... let alone a mother in law who was as sweet as this woman... she served those who needed her help and never asked for anything from others... I will miss her giddy laugh and wonderful baking, including those amazing butter-cream tortes. 

Rest in peace dear Ingrid...  for you are now home...

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Storytelling Sunday....

Another month has passed and we are at Storytelling Sunday... If you are unaware of what Storytelling Sunday is you can join in by checking out Sian's blog as this is where it all starts... and feel free to tell your own story and link up...

Some of you may be aware that I accidentally published my Storytelling Sunday post last week without it being complete. This story was taken from a speech I had written for my sister's "Toast To the Bride", where it was directed at my sister Carmen and her sense of determination... but really what I wanted to share here was what life was like for my mom because Mother's Day is one week from today.

Growing up on a farm required every bit of help from all of us children as my mom had lots of chores... the chores were endless... One hot summer evening whilst weeding the garden with mom, we heard a blood curdling scream... now one might think with 5 children growing up together there were many moments of high drama requiring attention from my mother, but that was rarely the case... at least that's what my memory says.... 

The scream came from Arlene who was running towards the garden, although I could not see her, I could hear her footsteps and then the sound of thrashing trees. She was making her way  to where we were kneeling; sobbing and shaking, her only words...“MOM come quick!!”.  We ran to the house and there was Carmen in the kitchen... blood spurting out of her lip, dripping down the front of her shirt.  I was about 5 years old at the time and remember thinking... "this doesn't look good"... and then I started crying thinking my older sister was dying...

Now my mom loved us very much but thinking back at her life managing a busy household with 5 kids, gardening, yard-work and helping out with the farm... this was likely the last thing she needed... “WHAT were  you KIDS doing??”  It would appear Carmen and Arlene decided to play a game... a common game I should think...“who can hold their breath the longest?”.

It was obvious Carmen won after passing out and slamming her chin against the kitchen cupboard while biting her lip. In those days it was very rare to make a trip the hospital. The nearest one was a 30 minute drive, so mostly we were given some sort of home remedy and sent on our way, but on this occasion mom drove Carmen to the hospital where she received stitches on her lip. 

We certainly kept my mom hopping!

To my mom... Happy Mother's Day... next Sunday :)