Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Nuts About Sketches

Back in December of last year, I was lucky enough to get a special copy of Baby Z on the cover of Today's Parent.

Of course, on top of the several copies I ordered, I also had to create a layout about it.

This week's sketch at Nuts About Sketches was the inspiration!

I flipped the sketch to accommodate the photograph.

Cover Model

Although the sketch called for smaller photos, I chose to use squares of stamped hearts. I used a variety of retired and new Stampin' Up! DSP as well as Basic Grey Offbeat paper which has been sitting forever in my stash of stuff.

Play along at Nuts About Sketches. Thanks for looking!


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Z & Diego

On the Labor Day long weekend, we spent an evening with our friends and their amazing dogs. 4 of them. Yes, 4 dogs!

Z fell in love with Diego, a Jack Russell terrier. They spent most of the evening playing and talking to each other. Poor Diego! His ears must have hurt after all the screaming Z made.

Z & Diego

Diego was so sweet, so cute and so calm toward Baby Z that it was hard to believe that he's a Jack Russell terrier. Most people are well-aware of this breed's temperment.

I was more worried that Z would harm the dog than the other way around. ;)

Z & Diego

What it really comes down to is the training of the dog, as I was told.

Our friend, Jeff, who is Diego's owner, is a dog trainer and operates Sit Happens, a dog training company that provides dog training throughout the Lower Mainland.

Jeff and his dogs are amazing. Never once did my husband I feel scared that the dogs would hurt Z even when Z was poking and prodding them. Our evening with our friends was fantastic. The dogs & Z kept each other entertained. A few commands from Jeff - no shouting, no harsh words, no force - seriously, amazing.

This is not a paid advertisement. We were just in awe of how well-behaved these dogs were around our baby. If you're looking to have your dog trained, I highly recommend Jeff & Sit Happens.

Check out the website: http://sithappensdogtraining.com/

Thanks for visiting!


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Stampin' Royalty 89

A fabulous picture inspiration challenge at Stampin' Royalty.

Yummy cupcakes with a cookie wedge. Mmmmm.... At least, a photo is a calorie-free alternative...unless you can gain weight by devouring cupcake with your eyes?? Oh, I hope not or I am in deep trouble!

I really enjoyed putting together this card. I really love challenges that involve cupcakes.

Stampin Royalty 89

My card. I kept true to the chocolate, pink and white in the photo. I cut into a precious piece of the Flirtatious Specialty DSP for the background. I stamped the cupcake image with the Create a Cupcake set and punched the images with the coordinating set.

Can you see the stash of hoarded supplies (ribbon & buttons) that I am slowly getting through?

Stampin Royalty 89

The fun part. I used the new Dazzling Details to add sparkle and sprinkles to the cupcake. So fun. No mess. I love glitter glue!

Stampin Royalty 89

The sentiment in Whisper White craft ink.

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Color Q challenge 102

Fantastic colour combo from Colour Q

Of course, I could not resist using the Elebration stamp again. It's so cute and perfect for all the birthday parties that are coming up.

Colour Q 102

This card is another of my CASED from the catalogue series. This time, I cased the card on page 17 of the current Stampin' Up! catalogue. Not exactly like the card, but close enough and still cute.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

My Best Boys

PNE 2011

A bit blurry, but I love Z's expression. Pure joy!


Thursday, September 15, 2011

An uninked stamp

I found a craft challenge site that will help with my hoarding issues! Use It Tuesday's challenge is to create a project with an uninked stamp. I have quite a few stamps that have never been mounted, much less seen ink!

Use It Tuesday Challenge 15

This card uses the super cute a la carte stamp Elebration. Both the elephant and the sentiment have never seen ink until now...

The image was stamped onto watercolor paper and colored with markers and an aquapainter. Come to think of it, some of the markers were never used until now. The rest of the card is pretty much simple.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Nuts About Sketches 178

Check out this fabulous sketch at Nuts About Sketches. I contributed my first layout as a new member of the NAS design team this week!

I created a single page layout using the right hand side of the sketch.

Swimming Lessons

The layout, obviously, is about Baby Z and his first swimming lessons. I used a lot of turquoise and shades of blue for that swimming pool/watery feeling.

Swimming Lessons

A close-up of the journaling and the textures.

Play along with us at Nuts About Sketches! Thanks for visiting!


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

So long, summer!

PNE 2011

The end of August/beginning of September means it's time for the PNE. This year, unlike past years, I didn't take as many photos. I just wanted to enjoy the experience of seeing, smelling, eating and more eating.

PNE 2011: Fair Food

PNE 2011

Baby Z, who is nearly 17 months old, had a great time too. It was so fun, we went twice!

PNE 2011: Atmosphere

A new ride at Playland. I didn't get a chance to try it, but it sure looks fun.

PNE 2011: Prizes

Stuffed animal prizes.

PNE 2011

Baby Z picking apples at the interactive farm.

PNE 2011

...being a hockey egg.

PNE 2011

Wiped out. A great day!

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Saturday, September 10, 2011


Down the slide. He climbed up there all by himself.

The Slide

He sat down and with a little coaxing from Daddy, slid all the way down. Once he started, he didn't want to stop.
"Wheeeeee!!!!" he cried, all afternoon.

Baby Z is growing up.

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Friday, September 9, 2011

CASEd from the catalogue

Let's be real here, folks. How many of us would like to make those fancy cards with all the latest and greatest techniques and products on them? How many of us drool over the sheer creativity of fellow crafters and think,"I wish I could do that?" How many of us just want time to craft?

ME, ME, ME!!!  I want to make the fancy, schmancy cards with all the cool layers and products like all the cool kids, but not my reality. I'm sure you know the drill: work, baby, life. Add in a 2-hour commute and crafting is not a priority. Sleeping is!

Thus, I bring you: CASED from the catalogue. I made the following two cards copying the ideas from the 2010-2011 SU catalogue. (So, the catalogue is retired, but that's not the point!) Using retired stuff is kinda my theme this week.

The cards I made were simple and took less than an hour to put together. Actually, about 20 minutes...the other 40 minutes I spent looking at the catalogue over and over...never mind that it was in my possession for over a year now. I digress...

Cards CASEd from the catalogue

Simple. But wow-ee! Or so I think. If I remembered the page number, I would tell you. Alas, mommy brain.

Cards CASEd from the catalogue

Notice how these cards use Newsprint DSP. I told you I had a lot of it!!!! And this second card has a little rich razzleberry polka dot grosgrain ribbon. How 2009! <smirk>

The new 2011-2012 catalogue has lots of fabulous ideas too and - BONUS - it's current. Take a look at it under the catalogue tab.

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Conquering the hoarding Part 2

If you read my earlier post on hoarding, you will see more of the fabulous, retired Newsprint DSP on my projects. I decided to throw in the retired pom-pom trim from the last occasions mini catalogue and a stamp set from there too.

"Whoa, whoa!" you're asking me. "Aren't you a Stampin' Up! demo? Why aren't you showing the current stuff?" That's because I haven't ordered any new stuff yet. GASP! Are you kidding me?!? Nope. I have not ordered anything.

I'm trying to rid my very small space of all retired product. I have lots! If you want to help in that regard, please click on the "Retired Stamps for Sale" link above. :)

Now, onto the cards.

Newsprint DSP cards

I used the Element of Style set and stamped randomly on the paper. I spent the evening coloring in the blooms while watching TV and engaging in lovely conversation with my husband.

Newsprint DSP cards

Some pom-pom trim was added to the cards. Then, I decided to get fancy and make a banner for the sentiment. Whoo!

Newsprint DSP cards

This sentiment is from a set called Thanks for Caring. It probably didn't sell very well and I'm likely the only person who bought it. It was a great set for those cards that needed to evoke just the right amount of sympathy.

Thanks for looking!


Monday, September 5, 2011

Conquering the hoarding

Took a little break from the blog, unplugged and enjoyed the end of summer. It was busy, but I found some time to make a few cards.

If you are a paper crafter, then you know all about hoarding supplies. I was determined to conquer the hoarding issue by using up all the retired DSP in my stash. I started with Newsprint. LOVED this paper and I'm sad that it's gone. You'll be seeing a lot of this paper in several projects. I stocked up on sooo much.

Newsprint DSP cards

I took some inspiration from Mary Fish and her simple cards from a couple of weeks ago. I kept the layout and color scheme simple - Basic Black & Very Vanilla - so that I wouldn't get caught up in trying to match everything. I was able to finish several cards in an evening.

Newsprint DSP cards

A closer look. This card has a background stamped in Calypso Coral. Happily, I used up my remaining vanilla grosgrain ribbon.

Newsprint DSP cards

Can you see the shimmer? I sprayed a little bit of vanilla smooch spritz on it.

Thanks for stopping by. Stay tuned for more cards and scrapbook layouts using my hoarded supplies.


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