Thursday, October 28, 2010

Little Treats

So today we head out once again for a weekend retreat in Grand Bend, Ontario. As much work as it is to host 115 ladies for an entire weekend, with an on-site store, challenges, prizes, etc., it is also a lot of fun.

Whenever we go to our retreat weekends, I like to try to have something special for my table mates. This time my sister Mary and Carolyn's daughter, Amanda, will be helping us out, so I decided to make up a little candy jar for each of them.

I picked up the jars when we were in Oshawa a couple of weeks ago and I filled them with each person's favorite candy - Carolyn loves Skittles, Amanda is a jellybean person, and Mary loves peanut M&M's. Then I cut a circle of canvas, topped it with some pattern paper circles and then added a fabulous button to each!

When the candy is all gone, they will still have a decorative jar that they can store buttons, brads, floss, or any other small scrapbook item in. They will also have a sweet reminder of our weekend away.

I hope they like them!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Little Red Wagon #52

It is my turn to post the challenge at Little Red Wagon this week and I chose Halloween as the theme. I thought it would be fun to see some spooky creations! BOO!

For something different, I made up a Halloween cube. I have had a couple of Making Memories Photo Cubes in my wagon for a long time and the idea came to me to decorate one for Halloween.

I used fabulous papers from BoBunny and added some ribbons, buttons, floss and stickers from my wagon to complete this fun project.

I totally enjoyed working on something other than a card for a change and I do plan on adding a photo to the purple mat next to the pumpkin. I just have to find the right one.

Be sure to check out Little Red Wagon to see all the fabulous Halloween themed projects this week. And why not link up your own creation? I would love to see what you have made!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Happy Autumn

I know I am a little slow, but I finally picked up some paper doilies to use in my card making and scrapbooking and I made this fall card.

The doilies add such a pretty element and with just a bit of ink you can make them match any project. I applied a bit of Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the doily on this card and then added a cardstock circle and some chipboard pieces leftover from a layout I made.

Fun and easy and oh so pretty! If you haven't already, you should give them a try!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Storage Solutions

Last week when we were in Oshawa for ScrapFest, we stopped into an amazing store called Solutions - Your Organized Living Store. Omigosh! It was almost as exciting as going into a scrapbook store! There were all sorts of amazing things - from jars, bins, baskets, shelves, crates, and cubes to all kinds of kitchen gadgets, cleaning products and some home decor items. A very cool store!

Of course, I couldn't go into a place like that and not buy something, so I bought four small jars (I have a special idea for them!) and three acrylic baskets that I knew would be perfect for my scrapbook space.

They have a great flower design, a wire handle (which makes them easy to take from one place to another if necessary) and they are stackable! I like how you can still see through them somewhat and the color (or lack of!) fits in with any decor. One of them now holds my punches, another my adhesive and the third my Stamping Bella stamps. I totally love them and my only regret is that I didn't buy a few more! And since Oshawa is a couple of hours away, I don't think I will be making the trip back to Solutions any time soon.

BUT - I did hear that they are going to be opening up a location in Cambridge this winter! Oh yah! :)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Little Red Wagon #51

Good morning and happy Wednesday! Today's challenge at Little Red Wagon was brought to us by Dee and she chose hearts.

I had an awesome time on the weekend visiting with Emily from Stamping Bella and seeing all her fabulous new stamps! Of course we had to pick up a bunch for our store and I decided to use one to make my card this week.

The stamp is called Artsy House and I combined it with papers from MME Lost and Found and a ribbon from my wagon:) I double stamped the image and I cut out and popped up the top image with foam adhesive. I love the dimension it creates!

Now head over to Little Red Wagon to see all the fabulous heart-filled creations and be sure to share one of your own. We would love to see what you make ♥

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

All That Matters

We are home from a long, busy and tiring weekend at ScrapFest Oshawa and I have come to realize something.

It doesn't matter how great your booth is...

how amazing your kits are...

how fabulous your make 'n take is...

or how many customers you have.

What matters is working with your BFF and having fun doing what you do!

That is really all that matters!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Little Red Wagon Challenge #50

It may be late, but it is still Wednesday! And it is time for another great challenge at Little Red Wagon.

This week Rosanne has challenged us to use something old and something new on our creation. With all the great new Christmas themed products coming into the store, I decided to make a Christmas card.

In addition to using new papers and stickers, I was also able to use a lovely new pin that a friend of mine made for me!

The colors and the design of this pin were just perfect for this card! Thanks Tania ♥ (Now I can't wait to use the other beautiful pins you made for me.)

For something old, I used this delicious green ribbon that I have had in my wagon for quite some time.

Now pop on over to Little Red Wagon and check out all the other fabulous DT creations. Thanks for looking :)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

What do you do...

...when you wake up at 5:00am on a Sunday morning and you can't fall back to sleep?

This morning I wandered down to my office where Gilbert and Roger, our two beta fish, were happy to see me. After giving them a bit of food, I sat down at my computer and started browsing. One blog let to another and another and I ended up on a website where I downloaded a new photo mask to play with in Photoshop!

This is my original photo. It was taken at one of the many shops I visited while on my sisters weekend this past summer.

This is that same photo with a white version of the photo mask applied.

And then I changed the mask to black to see how that would look.

Very, very cool!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Little Red Wagon #49

It is a fun challenge this week at Little Red Wagon! Regan has supplied this inspiration photo for us to work with.

I love inspiration photos because you can interpret them in a number of different ways when you are creating your project. You can work with the colors or the object and it is always fun to see what everyone comes up with.

I thought the owl was just too cute, so I decided to work with an owl image and make a card.

I colored my owl with my Copics, added some Glossy Accents to his eyes and feet and then paired the image with some left-over papers, twine and epoxy sticker that I had in my wagon.

Be sure to check what the other Girlfriends have created - it is going to be great seeing what everyone creates :)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


I just couldn't wait to scrapbook one of my niece's photos, so with the rainy weather this past weekend and not having to work, I was able to do just that!

I used some paper from the Madison Avenue collection from MME Lost and Found. It worked really well with the pink rose in the photo.

I added a die-cut and ribbon from the same line and a couple of butterflies from Jenni Bowlin.

Then I created a ruffle from some left over tissue paper that happened to be the perfect color.

The addition of the musical note paper is just perfect for a page for Emily. She is an extremely talented pianist and at only 15-years-old is enrolled in a special program at the University of Michigan. I could seriously listen to her play for hours and she will often indulge me and the rest of my family when we all get together. In fact one of her girlfriends from school, also a talented musician and composer, wrote an original piece for my niece, called Emily's Song. It is the most soul touching piece and it is always my first request.

I am glad that the paper allowed me to capture a bit of who Emily is :)

Thanks for looking ~

Saturday, October 2, 2010

World Card Making Day

Today is World Card Making Day so I decided to make a card! I will use any excuse that I can to enjoy my favorite hobby:)

I had this adorable little image that I have been wanting to play with, so I pulled out my Copics and had some fun.

Then out came the glitter, buttons, ribbon and paper. Pretty sweet!

And I know just who I am going to give this to... :)

Friday, October 1, 2010

Wedding Layout

I finally had the opportunity to scrap a couple of photos from my nephew's wedding. This new paper line from Creative Imaginations arrived in our store and it was perfect for getting me started on all the photos I took from their special day.

I basically used two of the same pattern papers: one for the background and one to cut out the cake and champagne glasses. Then I layered them on top of the background using foam adhesive for dimension. I also used a scalloped border punch and white cardstock to create a bit of trim for the cake!

I had some tulle that I wanted to use on the page, so I tied a bow and added this gorgeous layered element on top.

Oh so pretty!

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