Saturday, December 27, 2008

Finding his muse

Today, I received an e-mail from a dear friend. Her father was featured in the New York Times today. It's a heart-warming story of how art is someone's life, not just a job.

Friday, December 26, 2008

The celebration

Merry Christmas!

It’s been a long time since we’ve had a white Christmas in Vancouver. There was so much snow that cars got stuck and were abandoned in the middle of the street.

Here is a photo of a quiet street in our neighbourhood. Not a single person in sight.

We celebrated Christmas Eve at my parents’ place. My sister, uncle and I sang Christmas carols. Jon prepared dinner and my mom was his sous chef.

Before dinner, we goofed around. This could be my brother, but he is not. This poser is my brother’s best friend, Eugene. I said if he posed for me I would blog it. So here it is.

Jon made a wonderful turkey. Moist and juicy with an herbal rub. Look at how golden it was! Mmmmm... I love turkey.

Our version of the “blast chiller”.

After midnight mass, we decided to pose for a quick family photo. Not all that quick as I was trying to figure out the features of this camera. It took a few tries, but the photo turned out well. There were a few photos of my sister and dad doing a weird dance, but I deleted those.

Christmas Day.

Jon and I took a walk to Kensington Park and watched the big and little kids hurtle down the hill with their toboggans, magic carpets and plastic bags. Jon, unfortunately, still cannot participate in those activities, so he was restricted to watching.

We did find this snowman and decided to take a picture with it. We cannot take credit for this snowman. It was already there when we arrived. It was a great snowman. It even had a carrot nose. Thanks to the person who took the time to roll up this dear Frosty.

Apparently, there are some great Boxing Day sales today. Electronics, TVs, clothes… Don’t think so. I’ll just drive on over to my LSS and see what papery goodness they have on sale. ;)

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Our 2nd Married Christmas

A layout about our 1st Christmas as a married couple. Do you recognize the photo? I used it for this year's Christmas card.

The patterned paper is from
Basic Grey, one of my fave scrapbooking companies. The papers were not even Christmas themed at all, but I love how it all came together. Ribbon & letter stickers are from another of my fave lines, American Crafts.

Hope you're having a wonderful Christmas.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Our Tree

Our pathetic Christmas tree…

Since we live in a condo, our strata laws state that we cannot have a live tree, only artificial. As a kid, my family always had a real tree, so this was a disappointment.

Jon always pulls out his Christmas “shrub” just in time to “save the day” (his words). It’s a sad excuse for a tree, but, under the circumstances…it will have to do. Jon loves this shrub. He relishes the moment when he can pull it out of the box and put in a place of honour. Jon’s idea of the place of honour is the TV.

The bright side of this tree/shrub…It complements the Yule Log on TV.

Merry Christmas!

We will be going to Mass tonight followed by dinner (yay turkey!) with my family. Mmmm.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Snow daze

Saturday night.

J and I went to the Sutton Place Hotel with friends to enjoy the delightful Chocolate Buffet. It was the same yummy buffet I remember back in July.

When we left, it was snowing! Lots of snow! It rarely snows in Vancouver, so what was going on here?

Ever the voyeur, I took some photographs of our snowy adventure home.

The slowing traffic along Burrard Street.

We were travelling quite slowly. I managed to take photographs of the Lights of Hope display at St. Paul's Hospital.

We also passed by the Easter Seals and Bear Vader who was bravely battling the snow.
According to Environment Canada, Vancouver is expected to get more snow. I guess we finally get the white Christmas everyone else talks about.
Have a good day!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Firing up the card-making mojo..

Last Friday, my sister, Steph, her friend, Liz and I went to a Stampin' Up! event. We had blast. Our demonstrator, Colleen Thomas, showed us some really snazzy ways to dress up our cards.

I feel my cards have just so-so lately and this was a great opportunity to get my card-making and craft mojo back.

Here are the cards we made:

For you
I love the button on this card. I don’t usually like working with buttons, but it gives this card a sweet touch. We used a pre-cut card called "Fresh-Cut Notes". This card is so quick and easy. It took minutes to make.

Happy Holidays
This card is a pocket card. Now, why didn’t I think of that? We used a really cute set called “Punch Pals” and stamped the background and sentiment.

Afterward, when I got home, I decided to make variations of this pocket card.

A peek inside the pocket. It's a perfect card to tuck a gift card.

Colleen has amazing projects on her blog. Check it out! Also take a look at her calendar of events if you are interested in taking a class with her.

Stampin' Up! has several promotions going on right now. We just took advantage of the free shipping promo which goes until December 23, 2008.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Monochromatic cards

Another set of cards. This time, I went with a monochromatic theme. Red, white or blue.

I stamped and heat embossed the image using the snowflake acrylic stamp set by Inkadinkadoo and the sentiment from a retired Stampin’ Up! Set. Then, I added some gems for contrast and extra bling. A ribbon completes the picture.

It was a quick card to make on snowy Vancouver evening.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Smells like Christmas...

Last weekend, J and I went to the Hyatt Regency Hotel to visit Gingerbread Lane. The displays were magnificent and HUGE! The hotel chef and his staff created a ginormous gingerbread house -- 11 feet high and 16 feet wide. (I wonder if this is where Hansel and Gretel stayed.) ;)

We really enjoyed seeing such talent from professional bakers and high school students.

Even gingerbread celebrate with turkey!

Something new this year. We loved the gingerbread cut-outs.

You can’t catch me…

Sunday, December 14, 2008

More cards..

I have been on a card making kick lately. Maybe it's because of my new Sizzix Big Shot, but I think it's mostly due to the cool scrapbook papers I have in my stash.

More variations of Christmas cards on the way...

Friday, December 12, 2008

My scrapbook room

The scrapbook room/study room…

Before...a big mess. Junk everywhere.

The boxes which contained the shelves to hold all my craft supplies...courtesy of Ikea.

After…organization. I’m happy. Very happy. Finally! I am not using the kitchen table anymore. I can leave my supplies out and J will not complain. Love it!

Look closely and you can see my Sizzix Big Shot. An early Christmas present to myself. This machine is amazing, but more about that in another post. For now, I want to enjoy my space before I have to hit the books for another semester.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Variations on a theme

Coming to a mailbox near you...

I made several of these accordion folded cards for Christmas mailing. The front of the cards vary, but the greeting inside is all the same.

I tried to keep it simple, using very little embellishment and basic techniques.

Rather than writing out a long Christmas message, I wrote a short note. Then, I resized the photo and the note to fit the size of the card and printed them at Costco. Super-quick and easy.

Send me an e-mail if I don't have your current address.

More holiday cards and crafts to come.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Chocolate cupcake face!

What the holidays should be about: Finding joy in the simplest of things.

In Holle's case, it was a "choclit Dowa" cupcake. (Translation: chocolate Dora cupcake)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Stocking Stuffer

Now that my exams are over for the term, I can get on with the business of Christmas! I haven't done any holiday activities with all the studying involved for this course.

I wanted to share this layout of George the rabbit from a few years ago. We were amazed that George cooperated for this photo. Too cute!

Off to find some stocking stuffers!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Happy December!

December is here! How crazy is that?

I don't think we will be putting up decorations in our tiny space this year. We've just got too much stuff to organize. We're still purging, reorganizing and minimizing.

Soon, I'll have photos of my new scrap space (provided J fulfills his end of the deal). :)

Stay tuned!

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