Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas Cards

So, I did it - I caved and bought a Cricut. I was never really sure about the machine. I knew a lot of scrappers love it and say that they cannot scrap without it, but I just didn't see it fitting my style. Well, M's had the Expression on MAJOR sale this weekend (and I couldn't get anything other than the best, right?!), so I bought it! And, this thing rocks! I made some quick cards with it just to play as soon as I got home, and here they are. I can't wait to play some more (and make some more detailed projects!).

So, here's just a little sneak of the inside (because this little guy is sooo cute!).

Patterned papers: My Mind's Eye
Cardstock: American Crafts
Cart: Winter Frolic

Ohh.. And before I forget, the winner for the blog hop is


Pamela said...
LOVE this!!! Great Job! And Merry Christmas! :)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Paper Secrets Holiday Blog Hop!

Welcome to your 9th stop on the Paper Secrets Holiday Blog Hop! I'm very excited to share with you this ATC mini book that I made for the hop. A small group of uber talented scrappers exchange ATCs a couple of times a year and I like to create these little books to showcase them. They're really easy and of-so-cute!

Patterned papers: Crate Paper
Embellishments: Jenni Bowlin, Basic Grey & Crate Paper

Remember to leave a comment on all 25 blog posts for your chance to win 1 of the 3 treats Paper Secrets is giving away.

If you are or become a follower of my blog & leave a comment letting me know your favorite holiday tradition, you will also be entered to win some BDay Bash goodies by Imagainsce from me!(shipping to US & Canada only)

Your next stop will be Vickie's blog!
And, if you didn't join me from Julie's blog, find the full list here! Happy Holidays!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Cutie Pie

I had a pretty laid back weekend of scrapping and cleaning - and I really only enjoyed one of the two (I'll give you a hint, it doesn't include dusting!). It's nice to have those chill weekends where you don't really accomplish everything you wanted to, but you feel relaxed and realize that figuring out your garage door opener or you winter car mats can probably wait a week (I hope longer - I'm really dreading the winter, and we've had amazing weather thus far!).

Here's a layout of my babe - I do think he's the cutest thing in the world, and if you don't agree, keep it to yourself, LOL . And sorry it's not that straight. I was running out of sun, so I didn't have a lot of time to get it straight on!

Created using this week's Sketchy Thursday sketch

Patterned papers: Basic Grey
Embellishments: Basic Grey
Alphas: American Crafts
Cardstock: Bazzill

Hope you enjoyed your weekend, too!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, everyone! We've had a lot of chilren tonight - I think we've hit a record (we've kept count. At 167 right now, and the night's not finished). We even rat out of candy and I had to send Josh to the store for more.

Now, to switch seasons, here's a layout that I completed using the sketch by Paper Poppy Kit Co.. I just realised while loading the picture that I forgot a title. Who does that?! I'll add one here this week, and maybe I'll post it later (again)

Patterned papers: Cosmo Cricket
Embellishments: Cosmo Cricket

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Man's Best Friend

I've had these Jolees's stickers for about 4 years now, and I really didn't think I'd ever use them - they're not really my style. But, they just went so well this photo of Josh and Brodie (and it's probably a good 4 years old as well), that I thought I'd give 'em a go!

Created using this week's Sketchy Thursday sketch

Colors inspired by the challenge at The Paper Variety, and the

"My Guy" song challenge at Scrap it with a Song

Patterned papers: Basic Grey
Embellishments: Jolee's, Jillibean Soup

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Brodie's birthday was near the end of September, and since he was turning 10, I just had to have a birthday BBQ! We had a bunch of people over (and a lot of food), and he even received a few gifts! He also received a pup-pie, a little doggie birthday cake. He must've just loved that thing, because he devoured it!

Created using this week's Sketchy Thursday sketch

Patterned papers: Iamaginisce
Alphas: American Crafts
Embellishments: Iamginisce

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Winner, Winner!!

First off, thanks so much for so many kind comments. And secondly, I cannot believe how many of you like candy corn!

So, here's the winner:

Lilygirl said...
I love your banner!! I am your 100th follower!! My favorite type of halloween candy is candy corn.

October 17, 2010 1:25 PM

Congrats, Lilygirl! Send your address to b_aldous@hotmail.com for your prize!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Paper Secrets Spooky Blog Haunt

Welcome to your 20th stop on the Paper Secrets Spooky Blog Haunt! I'm very excited to share with you this Spooky banner that I made for the hop. I was so into the Halloween craftiness, that I decided to make a Haunted house, too!

Patterned papers: Echo Park
Bo Bunny Pom-pom ribbon

Remember to leave a comment on all 31 blog posts for your chance to win 1 of the 3 treats Paper Secrets is giving away.

If you are or become a follower of my blog & leave a comment letting me know your favorite type of Halloween candy, you will also be entered to win this from me! It's the 6X6 Bayberry Cottage Paper Pad from Pink P
aislee!(shipping to US & Canada only)

Your next stop will be Robin's blog!
And, if you didn't join me from Pamela's blog, find the full list
here! Happy Haunting!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Technical difficulties..

As some of you may know, I've been having computer problems since July (yes, July). And since I was on a couple of design teams (up until Firday - so sad my terms are done), I wasn't able to part with my computer for an extended period of time, so I had it on safe mode for a LONG time (hence, the oddly shaped photos, LOL).

Anyways, I totally fixed it with the Prevx blackscreen fix - for a whole week, and then it died on me again. Now, it's kind of working, but I'm without a desktop again and unable to download/upload anything. Just wanted to let ya'll know that I haven't forgot about you!

And, just for reading through my little technical difficulties blurb, I wanted to let you know that Studio Calico has a brand new blog! Check it out. They're giving away a bunch of goodies, and let them know that Brittney A sent you for a chance to win.

Thanks, loves!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Summer Lovin'

**If you're here for the blog hop, scroll down!**

I have a confession to make - I absolutely LOVE the new "Restoration" collection from Crate Paper. It's so yummy. I may just have to go pick some more of it up! And how fab is this pre-stitched cardstock? It's totally for gals like me who cannot figure out how to thread their sewing machine (and it's been collecting dust for 4 years....)

Patterned papers: Crate Paper, My Mind's Eye
Alphas: American Crafts
Embellishments: American Crafts (brads) & Prima (pearls)

Created for this week's challenge at American Crafts

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Paris - the City of Love

**If you're here for the blog hop, scroll down!**

Now that the summer has come to an end, I finally feel like I have some time to myself again. "Stay-cationing" all summer long definitely isn't the most relaxing thing in the world, but it sure was fun! Now I just need to get all the summer photos developed, and because of that, I dug a little into the archives to grab these pictures from 2008 for this Sketchabilities sketch.

Here's the sketch:

And here's my take:

Patterned papers: Studio Calico, Basic Grey & Making Memories
Alphas: Pink Paislee

Sketchabilities Blog Hop

It's SKETCHABILITIES first ever Blog Hop!

First, the rules:

This blog hop is run a bit differently than others. There is an order for you to hop!

[1] Follow the hop by visiting
Karan Gerber's blog first, find the word, and go to the next blog listed.

[2] For our followers to be considered for the final Sponsor Giveaway, you need to hop to Design Team Blogs that are participating in the blog hop in order …On those blogs, you will find a highlighted word in Orange. Find the highlighted word, make note of it and leave some feedback. All these highlighted words combined form a catch phrase about Sketchabilities.

[3] You need to comment on each Designer Blog to be considered for the individual RAK the Design Team Members are offering (and become a follower of my blog), and your last step..

[4] You will need to put that “catch” phrase together and bounce back to the Sketchabilities site to leave your final comment and the “catch” phrase.

You'll have 5 days to complete the hop dates are Sept 15th until 20th!

Winners of each DT Blog Rak and the Final Sponsor Giveaway prize will be posted Sept 22nd!

Here you will find links to all the Sketchabiliies designers participating in the bounce. Each of them have a RAK to give away and all you need to do is leave them a comment on their blogs.

Now, for the fun!

Sketchabilities is such a fantastic sketch blog. I'm a huge fan of sketches, and their blog won be over BIG TIME! So, I hope when the blog hop is over, you will come and play with us twice a month (the sketch reveals come out every 15th and 30th).

And, for a RAK! Here's what's up for grabs:

Everything you need to make 8 designer cards!
-8 cards & envelopes
-four sizes, two of each size
-die cut sheet, chipboard and rub-on embellishments
-step-by-step instructions on how to assemble
-over 100 pieces!

And finally, the word I'm offering up today is "Participating". So, now it's time to hop on over to
Amy's blog, where you'll find an enormous amount of inspiration!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Have you seen this week's Sketchy Thursdays sketch? It's fabulous, so I just had to play along. Here's my take:

Patterned papers: Echo Park
Stickers: Echo Park
Embellishments: Jillibean Soup baker's twine

Oh, and don't forget to come back tomorrow for a Sketchabilities blog hop!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Ticket to Ride

This was our year to go to the rodeo at the Calgary Stampede (Josh's parents have season tickets, but they're split between Josh and his sister). The seats are AMAZING (front row, right above the chutes!), so I was able to take some pretty great pictures. Here's one of the layouts that I've made, and I'm sure there will be plenty more to come!

This layout was created for the GDT challenge at Magistical Memories. Their challenge was to use their sketch and incorporate chipboard into the layout. For this layout, I used a chipboard ticket from Maya Road and covered it with patterened paper for part of the title. Also, the journaling is done on a Maya Road chipboard frame (also covered with patterened paper and misted).

Patterned papers: Jenni Bowlin, Crate Paper, Sassafras Lass
Alphas: Cosmo Cricket
Chipboard: Maya Road

Friday, September 10, 2010


Summer is pretty much done, and as much as we didn't have a summer, I'm pretty excited for things to slow down around here. Hopefully, that'll give me some much needed scrappin' time!

Here's a layout that I completed for Scrapbook Sussies:

PP: Sassafras "Indie Girl"
Embellishments: Prima (flower brance & pearls)
Alphas: Prima

Monday, August 30, 2010

A Perfect Match

It's time again for another great Sketchabilities sketch. Check out the blog for amazing inspiration.

Here's the sketch:

Here's my take:

Studio Calico's kit