Friday, 30 August 2013

Flourish with a Bling August 2013 Quote Challenge (layout 299)

Ever since I discovered Amy Prior I have been in love with Flourish with a Bling and was over the moon when my local scrapbook store started carrying them.

This month FWAB's challenge was to use the quote "it's the little things that make life wonderful." This automatically made me think of my son who is my little miracle. As you may or may not know he was born at 29 weeks (11 weeks early), and we spent 7 weeks in the hospital (we got out 4 weeks early - - i say it was on good behaviour). When Kyle was born he was just 3lbs10.5oz, although I needed two hands, my husband could hold him with just one hand (he was very long though).

Here is my take on this month's challenge:

I punched the squares and then punched hearts out of them to make the confetti. I tried to make this layout as neutral as possible (since that is how they "decorate" the NICU) but wanted to make it soft and pretty. I used FWAB Pearls in Teal to accent the K&Company die cut.

Thank you for stopping by and taking a look <3

All About Scrap - Amy Prior sketch (layout 298)

I love Amy Prior's sketches, they are so different and unique and SO MUCH fun to work with. This month she teamed up with All About Scrap with this sketch:
tn_All About Scrap Sketch By Amy Prior

This sketch is so different than what I do because usually on a one-page I use 1 or 2 photos so had a little bit of a challenge with it but definitely LOVED the way it came out :) here is my take:

There is still time to play (just over a day):

Monday, 19 August 2013

August Create to Live Challenge (layout 297)

I love working with Susan's inspiration. With all the baby and wedding albums I worked on last month and then having holidays take up the second half of the month, I just didn't get to the July Challenge so I made it my personal mission that I was going to get August's done. I came back from holidays late Thursday night (1230am) and started scrapping Saturday evening after I got home from a wedding and this was the first layout I started with.

Here is August's inspiration:

This month was a little more challenging since I don't have any photos of my son eating berries, but I was going through the photos I just printed off and found the following photo which doesn't have anything to do with berries except that berries are best in the summer which is kindof like my family. Because we live so far from each other, we usually only get together as a family for a family event (reunion, wedding, funeral). When I saw this picture it jumped out at me mostly because of the dress my cousin Rachel (the bride we were celebrating) and then ran with the idea and this is what I came up with:

Supplies used:
alphas: doodlebug
papers: momenta
washi tape: unknown
bling & flourishes: recollection

There is still time for you to play:

August Sketchy Challenge (layout 296)

Another fabulous sketch from Sue Sykes (Contributing Writer at Canadian Scrapbooker):
Aug 2013 Sketchy Challenge

Here is my take:

This is my niece Sadie and she is the cutest little thing. She is 8 months old and is so chubby it's so cute!!!! Here I took a picture of her sitting my herself in a chair.

Supplies used:
Paper: Momenta
Borders: recollections, bazzill
Ribbon: unknown
Washi tape: unknown
Title: Heidi Swapp, Glitz
Flowers: recollection
Words: my mind's eye
Bling:  Kaiserraft, Flourish with a Bling, recollection

Thank you for stopping by and hope you play along:

Back from holidays and busy scrapping - DCWV August stack-a-holic challenge (layout 295)

As you may or not know, I celebrated my 33rd birthday when I was on holidays. My brother and sister-in-law know my love of scrapbooking so they got me a new punch, some stickers and DCWV's Celebration Stack!!!!

My friend Natalie was taking pictures and just happened to snap a picture of me opening my new stack so of course I had to scrap it using my new stack!!!

Here is August's sketch:

Here is my take (I flipped it so it would work with my pictures):

You still have until the end of the month to enter yours:

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Operation Goodbye 80s designers DONE

I am still on holidays, so unable to scrap but that doesn't mean that I am not hard at work. I am visiting my parents on Vancouver Island and they still live in the house I grew up in. They have owned their house for 33 years. When they moved into the house the kitchen had carpet (oh yes i said carpet) as that was the style back then. As the years have come and gone, my parents have renovated their entire house - except for the kitchen and one of the upstairs bedroom.

We have been harassing my dad for years. . .yes YEARS to get rid of the carpet in the kitchen but he did not want to do it until they renovated the kitchen. A couple of years ago when they were moving in their new fridge, stove and dishwasher (still no renos) the carpet ripped to reveal linoleum underneath. Still my dad didn't want to rip it up.

Well Sunday morning dad and I are sitting drinking our morning coffee watching the news and he casually tells me that he spoke with mom the previous night about ripping up the carpet but mom doesn't think their is anything underneat and doesn't want to walk on bare floors. I said that there was linoleum under atleast part of the carpet because you could see it under the hole. He agreed and we talked about how maybe when things at worked slowed down (he has been working 12-15 hour days for the last two weeks) that he would do it.

When I came home from visting my girlfriend at the hospital (she gave birth Saturday night to a beautiful baby girl). I told my mom about the conversation i had with dad that morning and told her that we should rip up the carpet today before dad gets home from work because he may change his mind but if the carpet is already gone then he can't change his mind. Mom agreed.

Hence our job: operation goodbye 80s designers


Carpet taken up to reveal rubber padding:

My son Kyle (21 months) helping grandma clean up the rubber she is scrapping off:

Trying a DIY method of loosening up padding and carpet glue using newspapers and hot boiling water:

My son loves to help:

Mom and kyle scrapping (hot water and newspaper method didn't work):

End of day 1 (still so muc hwork to do):

Day 2 (hard at work):

End of day 2, we found an amazing product that worked to remove the glue/padding:

End of day 3, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel:

Day 4, it's done!!!!!!

Friday, 2 August 2013

My newest crafting venture

This crafting adventure actually started back in December when my niece was born and after two months of searching I said screw this instead of buying one (which was impossible I couldn't find one ANYWHERE including ebay and etsy) I decided to make one - easier said than done, I couldn't find the supplies ANYWHERE.

I was just about to give up hope when a new home-based busy Little Monkey Boutique (seriously check her out on facebook she has the most amazing DIY supplies that are affordable and she ships world-wide ) opened up in Cold Lake and got all the supplies I needed to make one for my niece and my girlfriend who by this time also had a girl.

So now I was on the hunt for the centrepiece. . .also more difficult than I could imagine but then stumbled upon another home-based business DapperDan's N SwankySue's in Edmonton (also located on Facebook: ). She makes bottlecaps with all different logos on them so I thought great, I sent her a message and placed my order. Although she ships, I figured since I would be going to Edmonton the next weekend I could just pick them up so that is what I did.

So finally I had all my supplies and I was such a happy girl. I then did some youtubing and some googling to find out how to actually make them (since I have never actually done this and I didn't want them to fall apart) and this is the final result:

My cousin like the Canucks ones I made so much that when it came time for her daughter's birthday I made her an Edmonton Eskimos one:

We were invited to go to our friend's daughter's 1st birthday. When discussing with my husband what we were going to get as a present he requested that I make her a couple of headbands so this is what she got for her birthday:

Since being on holidays I have requested a whole bunch more supplies from Little Monkey Boutique (since her christmas stuff is coming in) so i have a feeling my niece is going to have a bunch more!!!!!