Friday, December 27, 2013

Santa Pants - Gift Bag

Merry Christmas everyone! I truly hope that each and every one of you had a wonderful Christmas filled with joy and happieness!

I did have a little bit of time to do some Christmas crafting.  One of the things that I made was this awesome pair of Santa Pants for a gift that Joanne and I gave to Shelby!!!  Aren't they the sweetest????  I used a FREE svg file from SVG Cuts and my Silhouette (of course).

I used glitter paper from Best Creations for the pants.  This glitter paper is the BEST!  The glitter does not fall off the paper and make a huge mess, plus it cuts beautifully in the Silhouette.  I filled the pants with some crinkled kraft paper (I purchased this at my local dollar store), along with some other treats too.

For the cuffs of the Santa Pants, I used my Cuttlebug and embossed snowflakes on to the white paper.  It added a little texture and a magical feel.

I had a great time putting these together to give as a gift.  I will definitely be using this file again for next year. 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Merry & Bright Spinner Card

Good Morning!!!  I am super excited to share a card that I made for Christmas.  I have a few people on my list that I will be giving cards to, and I wanted something special.

I decided that I would try and make a 'spinner' card.  It is an interactive card where my penguin 'tumbles' across the front of my card.....through the snow.  Fun, huh?

I made a quick little video so that you can see it in action (I am no professional at this.....and I was holding the card in one hand and trying to record with my other please be kind)!

Isn't that adorable?  I am so pleased with how it turned out.  I used my Silhouette to cut out the penguin. There are so many possibilities that I think I am going to make some more using different icons.  

We are going to be running this as a Make 'n Take at Two Scrapbook Friends this Friday, December 20th and Saturday, December 21st.  Check out the store blog later today for all the details.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Songs Of Christmas Blog Hop With Two Scrapbook Friends!!

Welcome to the Songs of Christmas Blog Hop with Two Scrapbook Friends! You should have arrived here from Ann's blog.

Our Blog Hop is all about the Songs of Christmas and the inspiration for my project comes from the song Walking in a Winter Wonderland.  Everytime I hear this song I picture walking in a park (let's say Waterloo Park) with the snow falling gently.  The snow always shows up best when you look up at a light post.....and that is what inspired my project!!!

I found this great SVG file at SVG Attic that was exactly the type of lamp post I was thinking of.  The file was designed so that the finished project would be aproximately 6-inches tall so I modified it and my finished post is about 18-inches tall.

In the spirit of Christmas, I added a silver bell to my paper bow and attached it with some bakers twine.

One of my favourite parts of this project is the hanging sign off the post.  I cut letters out using my Silhouette and added some holly for a splash of colour!

The top panels of the roof are embossed with a snowflake embossing folder.  Then I added some texture paste to the sides and added some glitter for some sparkle.  It really gives the feeling that the snow is dripping down from the top.  I added a battery operated tea light (that actually flickers) which really brings my lamp post to life.

I really, really enjoyed putting this project together.  I always amazes me what you can do with paper.  I hope I have inspired you to create something festive for your Christmas home decor.

So remember, in order to be entered to win the special prize all you have to do is hop from Blog to Blog and leave a comment on each as you go. Then simply check back at the Two Scrapbook Friends blog on December 10th to see if you are the lucky winner!

Here are the featured blogs in our Blog Hop:


This is your final stop on the Songs of Christmas hop.  I really hope you enjoyed your visits to all the blogs and that we have inspired you!!

Merry Christmas!!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Comfort & Joy - Chocolate Treats

Hey.....remember me, lol!! I know it has been a while. I have no excuses.....please forgive me :)

I am excited to share something I am making for an upcoming Christmas party I will be attending.  I am crafting them for center pieces for the tables.  Isn't it sweet (in more ways than one)!!

It is a paper mug filled with yummy chocolates.  It is so festive and I think it is going to look great on the tables.

Here is a close up of just the mug.  I filled it with shredded kraft paper and added a snowflake embellishment to the front.

This is what is inside the mug.  I wrapped up some delicious chocolates in snowflake cello wrap and tied it tight with red & white bakers twine.

I made this tag to finish off the chocolates.  I am sure that whoever gets to take home the centerpiece will feel comfort and joy :)

I think this would make a great little Christmas gift for a teacher, friend, neighbour, hairdresser, mailman, etc. I am definitely going to be making more.

I would be happy to make some up for you to give to your family and friends.  If you are interested, you can email me at for details.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Meet Jama - TSF Around the World Online Crop!

Welcome to the Around The World Online Crop with Two Scrapbook Friends!

There are great challenges and prizes to be won, so I hope you will join in the fun and play along.  You can get all the details about the online crop at the Two Scrapbook Friends blog.  Click here!

My challenge is to incorporate 'animals from around the world' in your project.  Many of us visit the zoo over the summer months, or maybe you spent the day at African Lion Safari.  One of our local parks has animals that originate from different parts of the world.  Who knows, maybe your pet has a worldly history? Whatever the case, use these as the topic and insiration for your project.

I am going to inspire you with a layout that I created around a North Chinese leopard from the San Diego Zoo.  His name is Jama!  He was born at a zoo in Germany in 1993 and I had the pleasure of meeting him in 2012.

To mat the main photo of my layout, I created a file folder using my Silhouette.  I used the tab to display his name using mini alphabet stickers.  

I created a little cluster of paper and stickers in the top right corner of my page to give my page a little dimension because the design on the paper itself is very flat.  I even managed to find some leopard paper.

I added a second photo of Jama to show the front of his very handsome face.  I found a sticker in my sticker bin that matched and helped create a little more dimension to balance my page.

My favourite part of my layout is the journaling.  I used a new font and my Silhouette Sketch Pens.  It took a little patience to set it up but I am very impressed with the results.  I also added some footprints around my page using a stamp.  They are subtle and blend in with the background.

Be sure to pop over to the Two Scrapbook Friends blog and get all the details for this awesome online crop and join in.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Around The World Online Crop With Two Scrapbook Friends!

Please join us over at the Two Scrapbook Friends forum and blog to be inspired and connect with other scrappers at our Around The World Online Crop September 20th at 3pm!

Our Designers and Joanne & Carolyn (that's me) will be issuing creative World inspired challenges to get your creativity going! There will also be games to play and prizes to be won.

Want to know more? Here are some of the specifics!

1. Each Design Team Member and the TSF will issue an inspiring and creative World/Travel based challenge along with a great example.  The challenges will be posted in the Forum and on the TSF blog.

2. Once you have completed a challenge, upload a photo of your creation to our Layout Gallery or use the LINKY tool at the bottom of our blog post (ALL LAYOUTS MUST BE CREATED JUST FOR THIS CROP to qualify for prizes).  Each project will count towards only ONE challenge. Be sure to upload no later than September 29th at 11:59 pm.

3. Now for the best part.........PRIZES!!!!!!!! There are three prizes to be won:

  • A random draw for participation
  • A random draw for completing all challenges
  • A favorite overall winner voted on by DT and TSF.

The winners will be posted no later than October 1st on the blog and in the forum.

I hope you will join us and be inspired, I look forward to seeing your creations!  Check back on the Two Scrapbook Friends blog and forum on Friday, September 20th to see all the challenges and inspiration from our Design Team.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

It Takes Rain & Sunshine - July Sketch Challenge

I am really on a roll with my blogging and my creating. I hope I can keep this up.

I am super excited to share this layout with you for a few reasons. I played along with Two Scrapbook Friends July Sketch Challenge, which I never seem to find the time to do. Christa made up a great sketch and it really inspired me to get involved.

I also used some photos that I printed from Instagram. I did a little editing using a few phone apps that I have and I love how they turned out.

Here is the sketch that Christa posted.....

And here is the layout that I created!!!

I made my own title on my Silhouette.  This was a bit fiddly to glue all the little letters down, but worth it in the end.

I used my paint and did a little splattering with a paintbrush.  This really brightened up my background and pulled in all the colours from the papers.

I added some Dew Drops and rub-ons, as well as a date stamp to record the date of this gorgeous rainbow.

I found this great quote which I used for the journaling on my layout.  It fit perfectly with my page and said everything I would say.  I added a little stamp to the bottom too.

One of my favourite parts is this photo.  I added the arrow and text using an app I have on my phone.  I do this a lot and plan to used more photos like this when I scrapbook.

I had a great time playing along with Christa's challenge.  I am definitely going to make an effort to join in with the August challenge too.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Oh Snap.......I Actually Scrapbooked!!

I finally took some time and actually scrapbooked!!!!!  It has been quite awhile since I have created anything, so I figured it was time.

The design team at Two Scrapbook Friends has some great monthly challenges and I was inspired to play along with the August Crafty Challenge from Amanda.  She wants us to use paint on our project.

I created a 2-page layout using a kit designed by Joanne and added paint behind the title.  I love how it turned out.

Here is a close up view of the painted area.  

I used photos from Jay's trip to that mean another layout is added to his album.  We visited Universal Studios for a day and the guys had a great time. This layout was perfect for some of my favourite photos.

I will be back soon with more adventures.....and maybe even more scrapbook projects.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Our New Adventure!

Remember me? It has been over a month since I have posted on my blog. A lot has been going on.....all good stuff, just really busy.  The biggest change for me ( family) is that we moved to Elora.  

We had been talking about moving for about a year and we made June our goal to have our house listed.  At the end of May we went out 'looking' at houses only to find one that we really liked.

We ended up putting in a offer that was accepted and we had our house on the market within the next week.

Our house was on the market for one day and sold.  They buyers moved our closing date up from August to July.....which meant we were moving in less than 30 days!  The next thing we knew, it was MOVING DAY!

With the help of friends and family we packed up and moved out of our Waterloo home and into our Elora home on the same was 42 degrees out and poured rain off and on all day!

It has been an exciting time with emotional ups and downs.  Two days after our move I was convinced we had made the biggest mistake ever and I wanted to undo everything.

We have been in our new house for a little over a month now, and it is starting to feel like our home.  Things are finding their place, new routines are forming, and new memories are being made.  It is really hard to move away from a home we lived in for 14 years.....where we raised our three children.

The kids are starting to hang around a little more, although they do travel back to Waterloo to be with their friends.  I hope that their friends will start to travel this way and visit us here too!  They are always welcome.

I am looking forward to hosting visits to our friends in the near future and in the years to come.  I will continue to blog about our new adventures (there have been lots already), so I hope you will visit me here and see what we are up to.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

You're A Star - LRW

Today is all about clean and simple over at Little Red Wagon!  It actually works out perfect for me because as you know, we are moving this coming Monday and all my supplies are packed up.

I have a bin of scraps and my Silhouette.....oh, and my basic supplies, so CAS is perfect for me :)

Here is my clean and simple card.

I used my Silhouette to create my background.  I cut out the stars and put different colours of cardstock behind them.  I switched out my blade for a pen and added the stitching and my sentiment.  

It doesn't get much easier than that!  

I hope you will play along with our challenge this week.  Also, take some time to see what the other ladies have created to inspire you :)

I'm also entering my card in a great challenge we are hosting at Two Scrapbook Friends this month.  The challenge is to use a negative in your paper.......which I did!  If you have some extra time, check the challenge out here!  There is a great prize up for grabs too (but clearly I can't win, lol)!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Happy Birthday - LRW

Hey everyone! Thanks for stopping by :)

Today is another Little Red Wagon challenge, and I am the hostess!

My challenge is to use only red & white on your celebrate Canada Day!

Here is the card that I made!

I am working with very few supplies because everything is packed up (we are moving in less than 2 weeks).  It was a bit challenging, but I pulled it off! 

I have not....and will not be packing up my Silhouette until the day we move so I pulled out my red pen and drew my sentiment in the bottom right corner.  I found an old template that had stars on it, so I traced the pattern on my cardstock and then stitched with red floss!  I had white cardstock and a scrap of red checked paper that matched the floss and ink colour.........PRESTO!

I hope you will have a chance to play along this week and join in the fun.  Also, be sure to visit the Little Red Wagon blog and link up your creation.  While you are there, be sure to check out what the other girls have been up to!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Santa Monica Pier - LRW

What a beautiful Wednesday!!! I am in such a good mood today. The sun is shining and we have SOLD our house (in only 2 days)!! We are scheduled to move into our new house in Elora on July 8th, which means that we have lots and lots of packing to do.

I am starting to pack up most of my scrapbooking supplies, so I am going to be limited on what I can create. I am going to try and focus on Jay's travel book (although I might slip in something different too).

Today is another Little Red Wagon challenge and this week it is brought to you by Rosanne! She wants the team to use 3 or more patterned papers on our project. That was easy........

I decided to make another 'albums made easy' style layout to finish off the Santa Monica Pier.  I just love this style of scrapbooking.  It is fun, easy and really makes me feel like I am getting somewhere with this project.

There are definitely more than 3 different patterned papers on my pages, plus I was able to use up lots of little items I had in my stash.  I found this 'road trip' sign and a curly arrow....along with this chipboard word that said 'GO'.  I arranged them in the first slot to set the tone for my spread.

I used photos that really stood out from the day and tried to pair them up with appropriate embellishments.  Look at this cool, lazy dog laying around on the pier.  You couldn't help but smile and he certainly was resting and relaxed.  

Here are the handsome tourists posing for a photo with the ocean and mountains in the background.  

I used stickers to personalize a few spots.....a super easy way of journaling the day.

I had one photo left over from a previous layout that I did just focusing on this very LARGE snake that Jay and David spent some time with.   I included it on this page to recap the highlights of the day.  

Thanks for stopping by and visiting!  I hope you will check out the Little Red Wagon blog and play along with this weeks challenge.   Don't forget to link up your project so we can all see what you have created.  

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Awesome - Little Red Wagon

It's Wednesday and I am excited to share a layout (yes, you read that correctly) that I made for the challenge for Little Red Wagon this week.

Regan challenged us to use metal on our project and I decided it was time for another layout for Jay's California album. 

With all the work we have been doing around our house to get it listed for sale, I really haven't had time to play with my scrapbooking stuff.  I found a similar layout on Pinterest so I used it as my starting point and added my own touches to make it my own.

I used a metal clip from Basic Grey's Hipster collection as my metal accent.  I love how my page turned out and it felt great to create something.  I hope you will take some time to play along.  Make sure you link up your creation on the Little Red Wagon blog

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Just Saying Hello - Little Red Wagon

It's Wednesday and that means that there is another challenge up at Little Red Wagon!! Sorry I am a bit late.....but better late than never, right?

This week's challenge is to use cork. I had a sheet of cork in my stash and I was happy to give it a home.

I was in a bit of a rush this week so I visited Pinterest and cased this card.  In my rush to get the card done I forgot to get the link to the creator's blog (oops)!  I can't take full credit for this one, but I did make a few changes to make it my own.

I hope you play along with the challenge this week and visit the Little Red Wagon blog for some inspiration.