Monday, April 2, 2012

What happens when a toddler...

grabs hold of your camera.

I'm not sure what these pictures are of. His toys?

Photos by Z

Photos by Z

Photos by Z

Photos by Z

This is a self-portrait, apparently.

Photos by Z

Happy Monday!

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Project 12 | February

I finally had a moment to update my Project 12 scrapbook. Love the ease.

February 2012

Thanks for looking!

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Another Valentine's card...a month later

I made this card for a customer last month. It was delivered on time. I just got around to sharing it today.

Valentines 2012

Thanks for looking.
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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Engagement card

A card I made for my sister and her fiance.

Engagement card
I broke out the jumbo pearls and a new stamp set called Love & Laughter. I'm not sure if the pearls are called "jumbo", but they are fairly large compared to the ones I usually use.

Their wedding colors are red and black and I used Basic Black and Cherry Cobbler. The card was kept simple since I was pressed for time. Plus, Baby Z wanted a bit of the action too.

Thanks for visiting today!
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

My Buddy

A few weeks ago, Baby Z found a new friend - My Buddy - that classic toy from the 1980's. He belongs to my sister's fiance and Baby Z was able to play with the doll for that evening.

My Buddy

Z is 23 months old, so there is a lot of babbling and gesturing at this age. And screaming and tantrums and "NO!". {sigh}

It was so cute to watch him interact with My Buddy. I think everyone had an 80's flashback!

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

A month later...

Hi!

It's been over a month since I last shared anything with you. Time has been a-movin'.  Baby Z is now 23 months old. I can't believe he'll be 2 very soon.

Although yesterday was St. Patrick's Day, I thought I'd share the card I made for my honey for Valentine's Day. A month later...

This card was a complete copy from Kimberly van Diepen. The colors may have changed a bit, but that's pretty much it. Why mess with a good thing?

Valentines 2012

I used as much Sale-A-Bration product as I could and my honey said,"WOW!". I'm glad he liked it.

Thanks for visiting.


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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Elephant Birthday

The Elebration stamp is such a cute stamp! It's my go-to stamp for little kid birthday cards.

Happy Birthday!

The little balloon was cut out and popped up with some adhesive foam. It's so cute. I hope the birthday baby likes it too.

Thanks for looking!
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Monday, February 13, 2012

Nuts About Sketches #200

This will be my last month as a design team member for Nuts About Sketches. Shawn creates such fantastic sketches and I'm honored to have been part of the team for the past 6 months.

For this week's sketch, I finally got around to making that Father's Day layout. The picture is from 2010. Baby Z is almost two years old!

1st Father's Day

I used some stamps on this layout. I used the "Dad" stamp from a brand new set called Loved Ones available in the current Stampin' Up! mini catalogue. There's a stamp for almost every family member. Pretty handy when you want to customize a card.

The journaling card is leftover from my Project Life kit. I have a quite a few of those cards. They will be sure to make there way onto several layouts. Nothing like straight lines and linearity to make my day.

A close-up..

1st Father's Day

Thanks for stopping by! Play along with us at Nuts About Sketches!

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Apothecary Labels

The Apothecary Art stamp set and the labels framelits dies are taking the crafting world by storm! It's a gorgeous duo for those vintage projects.

I played, like I always do, and here are some of my projects.

Apothecary Label cards

I rarely play with Calypso Coral and I'm glad I did! I love the combination with Lucky Limeade. Plus, the new sheer ribbon makes it all the more fun.

Apothecary Label cards


Thanks for dropping by!

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Conversation Hearts

As a kid, I really loved conversation hearts during Valentine's Day. Not to eat, but to read the messages that were imprinted on the hearts. Some were sweet and others were quite funny. When I saw the Candy Conversations stamp set in the new Stampin' Up! mini catalogue, I bought it right away.

It's a single wood mounted stamp with sweet Valentine sayings.

This is a card that has been quite popular among crafters. I created my own variation of it. Still lots of glimmer paper left. A sweet and simple card.

Conversation Hearts

This second card was inspired by an explosion of candy hearts! I tried to recreate the effect onto this card. I used different colours and I like how it turned out.

Conversation Hearts

Thanks for stopping by!

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Where have I been? & Project 12

I'm still here. Just not blogging as much. Thinking a lot about this blog.

Things like...
  • Do I still want to blog?
  • What direction should this blog take?
  • Should I delete this blog?
  • Will anyone care?
The answer to the last one...probably not. The stats on this blog are not fantastic, but then again, I didn't start blogging to gain notoriety. I blog for me.

These are questions, I expect, will be answered in time. At the moment, I'm in a creative funk. Although I'm surrounded by fabulous new products, I can't seem to find the energy or the desire to create anything with them. I've had mojo issues before, so hopefully, this spell is a short one.

Onto my next project.

For the last two years, I participated in Project 365, in which I took a picture everyday for the entire year and documented the details of that day. This year, I didn't feel like doing a 366 day photo essay.

I decided on Project 12. Basically, I take relevant photos from that month and group them onto one layout. Simple. Easy. No pressure to take a photo each day. The emphasis is on relevant. There are only so many photos I can take of Baby Z dancing or playing in the bathtub, however cute he may be.
And at the end of the year, I hope to have 12 fantastic layouts. Mostly digital.

Here is January:

Project 12: 2012|January

Digital scrapbook template from Paislee Press.

Thanks for visiting!
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Nuts About Sketches 197

It's reveal day at Nuts About Sketches!

This week's sketch was a 2-pager, but I opted to do only the left side of the sketch.

Holiday Party

The photos were taken at one of my husband's work functions in 2010. We were able to take Baby Z with us and my husband loved showing him off to his colleagues. Baby Z was only 7-months old at the time.

I used Rich Razzleberry textured cardstock and Pocketful of Posies DSP. Several of the other elements such as the paper flowers, letter stickers and phrase stickers are from my stash. The journalling card is from a scrap piece of Newsprint DSP which was retired in 2011.

What you can't see here is that I used some of my (hoarded) glimmer brads as the centre of the flowers. Slowly making my way through those treasures.

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

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Letter from Santa

Baby Z and I wrote a letter to Santa Claus in December. Santa responded the week of Christmas.

I wasn't on the ball enough to photograph this for our December Daily, but the Letters to Santa DSP is perfect for preserving Z's first letter from Santa. I had to trim the sides of the letter just a little bit to get it to fit onto the page.

Letter from Santa

Thanks for visiting!

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Nuts About Sketches 196

My first layout of 2012. The layout was inspired by a fabulous sketch at Nuts About Sketches.

Celebrate Mommy's Day

The photos were taken in June around my birthday. As you can see from the open mouth which could only be letting out a shriek, Z had a great time.

Some details:

Celebrate Mommy's Day

The butterfly punch and dots embossing folder for texture.

Celebrate Mommy's Day

A ribbon charm from long, long, loooooooong ago. Remember when ribbon charms were everywhere? An oldie, but a goodie. I was happy to put it to good use.

Thanks for visiting. Let's see your layouts! Play along at Nuts About Sketches.

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Project 365 2011 | Wrap Up

I spent the first couple of weeks finishing up my Project 365 for 2011. This involved printing photos and adding some journalling that I missed as well as inserting all the photos into their respective pockets.

Let me share some of our photos.

Project 365: The final stages

Project 365: The final stages

Project 365: The final stages

Will I do this project again for 2012? No. I did it for two years and I'm a little burnt out by it. This doesn't mean I have stopped recording our daily adventures/non-adventures. We love looking back at our year and seeing how much Baby Z has grown.

I plan on taking a different approach. Maybe Project 12? One layout a month highlighting our lives. Most likely in a digital format.

Stay tuned. Thanks for visiting.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Hope 2012 is starting off the way you like it.

I'm around. I have lots of crafty stuff to show you, but I'm taking an extended break. Let's call it "The Post-Holiday holiday".

I'll be back next week. Take care.


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