Feelin' Under the Weather!

Howdy all!

I have been under the weather for a few days. Celebrating Christmas well trying to make a happy holiday is much harder than expected. I didn't really get to enjoy any of the holiday goodies or my Mom's great cooking either. Oh well!!!

Hope everyone had a great holiday! Stay tuned to the blog as the Sweet Pea Scraps reveal is just around the corner! You'll love all the bright colours of the new kit!!!

Happy Holidays all!

Cool New Ezine for Card Makers!

I found the neatest site today..... Sheet Loads of Cards.

It's a Ezine that talks all about creating cards using very limited materials!! What a fabulous idea to share with other crafters!

They are trying to promote their blog and Ezine and are offering a whole load of fun stamps as a RAK! Check out their blog for details as to how you can get entries into their contest!

Good luck Sheet Load of Cards... I love your concept!


Here's a link to their December download..... Check it out HERE!

Tooty Toot Toot!


No... this is not the train station!!! LOL!


I receieved a call this evening from Sandi and Kim owners of Scrapperie, asking me if I wanted to be a Tres Chic Girl for the next 4 months!


Ahh..... YEAH!!!!!!


Sandi and Kim also welcomed 4 more new designers to the team. Congrats to my fellow design team members Shannon, Michele, Marie and Megan.


I'm SOOOOO stoked!!! The kits at Scrapperie are AMAZING! Make sure you check them out here! I believe everything but the December - "Glad Tidings" kits are 20% off until the end of the month! Have a ball!


Yeah... more scrapping for the New Year for me!!!!! Wooohoooo!!!!


Feels good to be Scrappin'!

It feels so good to be scrappin' again!! I have been sick for almost 2 weeks and I am just now starting to feel like myself (except for still not being able to hear properly yet).


Here's a page I just finished the other day. Can I say that I am LOVIN' the Basic Grey Figgy Pudding line. I think it's may very favourite BG paper ever!!!!




I also have a few sneak peeks of the FUN and FLIRTY Sweet Pea Scraps January kit for you too...


Here's the January kit......




And here's a few sneak peeks...






Happy Scrappin' Everyone!

Many Birthday Wishes...




Well our family is jammed packed full of birthdays in December... my sister, my parents, my neice, my cousin and a few more close friends too!

Happy Birthday today to my Mom and my neice Emma! Happy Belated Birthday to my little sis Christie too!




Broken!

Well I went to the Doctor's last Monday and had an x-ray done of my hand. I went back to see him and I got told this past Monday that I indeed broke a bone in my left hand! So I spent about 1 hour in the ER on Tuesday morning getting a removeable cast put on. It makes a big difference in the pain already! I'll try and get a picture soon!

I was discussing the cast with my Mom and I think I'll be adding a few holiday touches to my cast soon! Stay tuned!

Sweet Pea Scraps... Here I Come!

Well it's officially December and I can now share with you all the lovely projects that I created with the Sweet Pea Scraps AMAZING December kit!

In the kit we got these great chipboard tags from GinX! I made this super easy tag book all about some of my favourite winter memories. I used the Creative Imaginations paper to compliment the photos!




I loved all the gorgeous Basic Grey papers in this months kit! I had these amazing photos of my sister and just had to showcase them using these yummy papers!

Last fall we cut down this enormous maple tree in our back yard. I have had these memorable photos in my digital folders and knew once I saw the tree theme papers that these photos would suit the theme for this 2 page layout!


My darling husband and I just got back from our honeymoon as many of you know and we had an opportunity to feed, pet and swim with the sharks in the Domincan while we were there. This is one of the many honeymoon themed layouts to come!

This is my favourite layout by far using this month's kit! I loved this cute picture of my son taken last summer. I just love the expression on his face! I knew he was "My Little Star" right off the bat!


I hope you continue to come back and visit me. Don't forget to check out Sweet Pea Scraps to get your kit (...would make a great Christmas gift.... *cough* *giggle*) and also to check out all the COOL creations my fellow Design Team have created using this AMAZING kit in the DT gallery!

Happy Scrapping everyone!!!!

Christmas Craft Show

The next four days are going to be CRAZY! I am displaying my work at the London (Ontario) Christmas Craft Festival. I went and set up tonight and I'm excited to see how my first craft show experience will be.

If you are near by and would like to attend, go to the craft site and print off a $1.00 off coupon for you and your buddies! Parking is FREE!!!

Wish me luck!!!! I would really like to sell SOMETHING!!! Or at least sell so gift certificates for some albums or other items! I'd like to sell some cards too!!!

Have a great weekend everyone!!!!

A Few Honeymoon Photos



This the reason why we picked Caberete, Dominican Republic.... the kiting!!


One of our honeymoon highlights was visiting Ocean World. We were able to participate in feeding, petting and swimming with some of their animals. This photo is of Todd and I with a Nerf Shark named Flipper.

This is the two of us feeding the sting-rays.

This is Todd and I on our last day in the Dominican. Notice Todd's shiner??? Nope... I didn't give it to him..... hahaha... he got tossed around in the surf boogie boarding and someone's knee hit him in the eye! Nice eh?


We had a great time!!! Sometime we hope to return... hopefully to more wind!!!!

I'm HOME!!!

Yes.... we made it home... safe and sound! Our honeymoon was certainly eventful to say the least!!

Day two saw a fractured bone in my left hand and 3 dislocated fingers.... OUCH! All caused by the rolling surf!!

Day four I fell on a slippery wet floor and bruised my butt!!! Another ouch.... and all the time doing this with my left hand in a splint!!!

Day 12... Todd was out boggie boarding and got a shiner due to someone's knee hitting him in the eye socket... wowsers!

Just call us the Accident Prone Honeymooners!!

I will aim to get some photos and more details up in the next few days! It's good to be home!!!!

And I'm Off.....



Off on my honeymoon!!! Just DH and I....

Have a great two weeks everyone! I know I will!!

My Wittle Wion!

So we had a great night trick-or-treating! Here are some pictures...

Grandpa helping him put on his costume....





Here's a close up his costume....




Little lion and his grandma....




Playing in the leaves with Auntie Christie...





And last of all... me and my witty wion....

And I Ain't Lion!

It's tradition to go trick-or-treating with my Mom and sister so DS and I are off to Grandma's house tomorrow to stay the night.

This year, DS is going as a little lion. Isn't it the cutest costume ever? I bought it off my SIL last year and hoped it would fit this year and it does! *Thanks Heidi!*



Happy Haunting everyone!

Friends

I am very lucky to have not one but two very close friends in my life.

I have known Amanda since I was 5 and I have gone to school with her almost my whole life! She was one of the first of our group to get married and have children. She lives about an hour and a half away from here but we always make time to visit when I'm home to visit my parents. She's the one that always has some home related project on the go!! I admire her vive for life!!!

My very best friend is Dianne. She and I have been best friends since we were 15. I can even picture the very first day that she came to my house for the very first time... it's a very vivid memory for me. She unfortunately lives 3 hours from here but we tend to talk about every 2 weeks or so. She is one of the only people who I talk to on the phone on a regular basis (I'm not a phone person!). She knows me the best!!! I can't image not having her in my life!

I'm very blessed to have these women as part of my life. Sometimes life gets busy and we don't talk for weeks but when we do, we always seem to catch up quickly and seem like we talked yesterday. We always have a great time together! I specifically go home just to see them! I wish we lived closer together some days because it would be nice to get out of the house some days just to chat or have a coffee together.

It's funny... but I don't have a lot of pictures of the 3 of us together... we were supposed to have our pictures taken together at our wedding but I never had them taken. I know they both have pictures of the 3 of us, maybe I'll have to bribe them for copies!!!

Here's a funny picture of Amanda... a picture I stole off her facebook.... LOL!



Here's a picture of Dianne with 2 of her 3 sons.... she has a step-son that lives in New Brunswick.



Life just wouldn't be the same without them both!!!! (((hugs))) girls!!!! I miss you both!!!

My Fantabulous News......

Yes.... it's true... I have just become one of the newest Design Team members along with Jana Eubank, Angie Hounker and Chantel Grismer *another fellow Canadian* of...

Sweet Peas Scraps!!!!

Check out the offical announcement on the Sweet Pea Vine.

Woooohoooo! I'm SUPER excited!!! I can't wait to get to know all the lovely ladies at Sweet Pea Scraps!!!!

Congrats Jana, Angie and Chantel!!!!!!

I Have Fantabulous News!

... but I can't share it until later today!

Stay tuned!!!

***REVISED***


I'm still waiting for the final news to break in another place first... then I can spill my news! Hopefully that will happen this afternoon or at least later this evening! I'm SO excited!!!!

Gratitude!

I am so thankful for a lot of things in my life so when the blog prompt came up for Scrapperie today I thought this might be the perfect time to share with all of you! GRATITUDE.....

G = Grandparents.... I am SO thankful for the wonderful grandparents that take care of and spoil my son to death! I couldn't live with out them! *Photo by Heidi Brand*

R = Rain.... I am thankful that we live in the part of the country that gets some rain so that farmers can grow the gorgeous fruits and vegetables.

A = A loving husband and father to our son.


T = Technology...... I'm thankful for the means to be able to use all the cool kinds of technology like the computer, cell phones and the internet.


I = Incredible and creative friends!

T = Talent.... I am blessed, in my mind, to have a talent in the world of scrapbooking. Without this hobby in my life, I would be a much more stressful person!



U = Understanding family..... I'm so lucky that my husband understands my addiction to scrapping! I love that he supports my creativity! *Photo by Heidi Brand*

D = Dedicated family.... without my family I would be a different person! *Photo by Heidi Brand*

E = Etremely funny friends... to make me laugh and have lots of fun with!

I have been Scrappin' like MAD!!

I recieved my second Guest DT kit of the month from Scrapperie this month! And it ROCKS! It's filled with an amazing array of goodies: Daisy D's and My Mind's Eye patterned papers, Bazzill cardstock, Daisy D's & 7Gypsies stickers and all kinds of other beautiful scrappy goodies!



Here are some of the pages and cards I have created with this beautiful kit.....





*Photo by Heidi Brand.



Cool eh? And I have only made a small dent in the kit's contents!


Don't forget to check out Creative Crafts and Stickers the next 4 days. We're having a Creepy Autumn Crop from the 18th to the 21st! Hope to see you there!


Here's a page I made with the Addicted Scrapper's October kit for the CCAS crop...


It's that time again! CROP time!

Over at Creative Crafts and Stickers we will be having a crop from Thursday Oct. 18 until Sunday Oct. 21.

Please come out and join in our fun at the Creepy Autumn Crop!

There will be lots of challenges, some games, some projects, lots of laughter and some PRIZES!

Hope to see you there!

I'm an Addicted Scrapper and I need Counseling!

I received my Addicted Scrapper kit yesterday in the mail and I am in love! The October kit is filled with glorious autumn coloured Cherry Arte papers, edged Autumn Leaves papers, beautiful beads, blossoms and bobbles, and even some specially designed stamps just for the kit and some awesome Hambly Studio's and Imaginisce's rub-ons!
Check out what I've already made with this gorgeous kit....



World Card Making Day Today!

Happy World Card Making Day everyone!

Over at Creative Crafts and Sticker's we're having a mini celebration! We'll be posting a lot of challenges throughout the day for everyone to take inspiration from to help celebrate the day!

Come on over to CCAS and join in the fun! There are lots of prizes and RAKs being offered up!

Who knows... maybe you'll get that one awesome idea for your Christmas cards this year and get inspired to create your own!

Hope to see you over at CCAS

Have a great day!

Using Scrappy Sketches...

Sometimes I get creative blocks. I know almost everyone does at sometime so I tend to scout out some of my favourite sketch sites for inspiration!

Some of my favourite sketch sites include....
Got Sketch?
Caardvarks
Cheri's Sketches

Do you use sketches???

Don't forget about my blog RAK..... check it out here! You could win a copy of the new book, "Simply Cards Today" and a $10.00 gift certificate!!!!

'Tis the Season...

'Tis the season.... to decorate for the holidays!

I used to love to decorate for all the seasonal holdays at home. I always put a fall themed wreath on the door for Thanksgiving, lots of cool Hallowe'en decorations up and of course Christmas lights and garland outside.

But for some reason, when I moved here, I stopped. I'm not 100% sure why but it's probably because the house really didn't look like a house and I almost never had (or wanted) guests and I was busy being a new Mom.

Now I don't decorate because my little monster of a son would probably wreck it all within the first few days of it being put up. I think this year, I will do the same.... the decorations will stay in their boxes! Oh well! Maybe next year!!!

I did how ever make some Thanksgiving cards to send out to my immediate family....









Win! Win! Win!


WIN this beautiful NEW book, "Simply Cards Today" AND a $10 gift certificate (from me) just by participating in the Creative Crafts and Stickers contest to celebrate "World Card Making Day" on October 6.


PLUS.... You will also be eligible for the CCAS prize!!! For each card you make and post to the gallery, your name will be entered into a draw for a prize from Jen, the ower of CCAS!

Check out the site on October 6 as the Creative Team will be posting challenges and sketches throughout the day for you to use too!

All you have to do is register on the CCAS site and also in their gallery.
To check out the contest details, see this thread.

THE RULES.....
In order to be eligible to win the book and gift certificate, you must post a minimum of 2 cards AND you also must post back here in this post;
- your name (first name and last initial is fine)
- email address (example: yourname AT gmail.com) and
- your CCAS username
If you do not post these items, you win NOT be entered regardless of if I know who you are or not!

DEADLINE to post & link here.....

October 6, 2007..... 11:59 midnight EST.

PRIZE SHIPPING.....
Your prize will not be shipped until the book is released (in early October).