Wednesday, January 3, 2018


The Monday sketch challenge at Creative Inspiration was a good one and I pretty much stuck to the sketch for mine.  I used Photo Play papers.
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Wednesday Stash Challenge

Today is my first day to post a challenge on Creative Inspiration.  Wednesdays are stash challenge days and my challenge was to dig into their stash of photos and to use at least 6 photos from their stash on their layout.  If they didn't have 6 photos to use at least 6 squares of paper with buttons or brads in the centers of their papers.

Here is my inspiration for them.

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year

I would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!!  As you ring in a new year, I hope you are doing it with Jesus Christ as your leader for it is only with Him that you look forward to the future knowing that no matter what the year brings, you can face it with peace in your heart.  With prayer, He can bring you through the hard times as well as the good times.  He answers ALL your prayers, sometimes it is a yes, sometimes it is a no and sometimes it is a later, but He does answer them all. He knows what is best for us all and sometimes He will give us what we want even if it isn't good for us because we just demand it, the same as we sometimes give in and give our children what they want because even though we know it isn't good for them we just can't say no to them.

If you don't know Jesus Christ as your personal saviour I would like to take this opportunity to ask you to now invite Him to come into your heart, to take away all your sin and to come in and live in your heart and live with you. He is waiting for you to accept His gift of salvation.  He shed His precious blood on the cross just to cover your sin so you could live eternally with Him.  He will never force Himself on you, it is a gift that you have to reach out and accept.

You WILL live eternally, where is up to you, either in Heaven with Jesus Christ, or in Hell with Satan and his demons.  I hope your choice is a wise one.

Personally, I am looking forward to the New Year.  I am sure it will be an exciting one.  It is starting out a sad one because we are loosing our wonderful Pastor who we care about very deeply.  However, we look forward to getting to know our new pastor and I am sure he will have many things to teach us.

I am starting a new term with Creative Inspiration on their Design Team and I am very excited about that. I am sure I will learn a lot with them.  I have been with the group for a long time now and I know that the team is a great team.  It is also a wonderful group of ladies and I am looking forward to the next year with them.

I am hoping to have a more productive year this year in the scrapbooking field than I had last year. I had way too many negative things happen last year, but God got me through them all in a positive way and I am grateful for that.  In that past, those things would have pulled me into a deep depression, but now that I have Jesus Christ taking care of me, it didn't happen this time, He kept me positive through out all that happened and kept me going through it all.  First through my stroke and then through my husband's stroke.  Through my husband's bought with Pheumonia, through a major illness of my own, then my husband got sick again.  Driving everyday back and forth from Wallaceburg to Chatham, the stress of the cost of gas and hospital parking... those things would have normally put me in the phsych ward.  However, I may have had some stress from it all but none of it put me down.

I can look forward to a new year with peace in my heart knowing without the shadow of a doubt that no matter what comes, I can handle it. :)

God Bless You

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Exciting News!!

I know it has been a long time since I posted but I have been very busy.  I've been busy making Christmas Cards and creating items for a DT.  Yes, that is my exciting news, I have been accepted to the Creative Inspiration DT and am so looking forward to working with them. Since I start the 1st of January I have been getting some work done ahead of time and getting it ready to be able to post it.

I have been a member of Creative Inspiration for some time now and I love the group and to be a member of the DT is very exciting for me.  The DT there is very good so I am going to have to be on my toes to keep up with them.

With Christmas just around the corner, I have also been busy getting ready for the holiday. It is an exciting time to be celebrating our Saviours birth.  To know that he came into this world as human baby, knowing that he was going to die on the cross just to take our sins upon himself so that we could be saved and go to heaven instead of going to hell. To know that someone loved us that much, is mind boggling. To know that some people would rather go to hell than to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ is also mind boggling.

I am praying that at this Christmas Season, people will see and understand the true meaning of the season and will ask for his forgiveness and invite him into their lives to live with them and give them the love, peace and hope that they are searching for.

Have a wonderful blessed Christmas everyone. Stay safe.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


Today I created a layout for a challenge for the mini crop at Creative Inspirations as well as for the new sketch at Sketches in Thyme. The Challenge at Creative Inpsiration is to have a pet in your layout and I incorporated my baby Oliver (Ollie) in the sketch, to cover both challenges.

Ollie has been sick for over a week and while he was sick he would only sleep on the floor at the end of the sofa, so when he jumped up in my lap the other day, I knew he was well on the road to recovery and I was so happy it was hard to hold back the tears. Ollie has been the most loving cat I have ever owned. He wants to be with me wherever I am and whatever I am doing, especially if I am scrapping, so when he didn't want to get up with me, it hurt to know that he was hurting that bad. He had a lot of fluid in his upper abdomen cavity, but we don't know how it got there and he didn't eat for a and didn't drink so he became dehydrated requiring IV fluids and several blood tests and X-rays over time to keep check on his abdomen to see how the fluids were doing in his abdomen. It required a lot of medication and if you have ever had a sick animal you know that these things come with a high cost. So I was very happy when every thing was cleared up, so was my bank account.

These photos show the first time after he was ill that Ollie came and jumped up for some loving, which I was very happy to give him. :)

For this layout I used Photo Play Roxie and Friends papers.

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Busy busy busy

Although I haven't been making any posts, I have still been busy. The mini crop has been going on over at Creative Inspiration which has kept me pretty busy. Plus I have had a sick pussy cat on my hands which has had me pretty worried and has kept me side tracked quite a bit.

Here are some of the mini challenges that I have completed so far for the mini crop.
My challenge to you today is to use circles;

For this one I used Photo Play Imagination papers, I popped the circles with pop dots.

my challenge for you is to add Squares or Frames to your Project

My challenge is an easy one- use leaves on your project. These can be diecuts, fussy cut leaves or leaves on your patterned papers. Any leaves count.

My challenge is to use buttons on your project.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Beautiful is a good term to describe this lady. My future grand daughter - in - law.
I created this layout for a sketch challenge at Stick it Down.  I love how it turned out.
Since it was so late when I did it, I was too tired to take individual photos of the steps I took to create it.  I used Kaisercraft Papers, The flowers and lace is unknown. The ribbon is Floral Garden.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017


My oldest grandson just got himself engaged to a beautiful young lady and I have the priviledge of scrapping their engagement page.  I suspect I will have the priviledge of scrapping all their pages in the future and I am really looking forward to that.

I have used the Monday sketch challenge from Creative Inspiration to create this layout. I choose S.E.I. Black Orchid papers for this layout.

I started with a sheet of black Prism cardstock and I used a piece of cardboard stencil that I found lying around, I don't know where it came from. I mixed Daler-Rowner Simply acrylic Mother of Pearl Structure Gel with Gelatoes and used it with the stencil to form a border on the lower left of the page.

I then used my Kreations circle cutter and Kreations stencil to cut the frame for my photo, and glued those together.

Then I fussy cut some flowers from the paper to use. I wanted a bit of a variety.

Here is the finished layout.

Here are some close-ups of the finished layout. Click on the photos to see a larger version.

These are the products I have used;

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Mommy and me

Such a gorgeous Saturday morning here with the sun brightly shining but it is cold, very very cold.
I decided yesterday to do another one of Sketches in Thyme sketches. I really loved this sketch. I am starting to like these layouts with lots of empty space instead of the heavily loaded pages. I never used to like them, I always felt that something was missing.

I started with a sheet of pale yellow Prism cardstock, and used a TCW stencil with Simply Acrylic Mother of Pearl Stucture Gel.  Once that was dry I smudged on some Lindy's Maidhair Fern Green ink.  Then I cut a couple of strips of PhotoPlay Roxie and Friends Paper. I distressed the paper a bit and adhered it to the cardstock. I cut a couple of flourishes from a cut file from the Silhouette store with my Cameo and adhered those, then I made a couple of flowers with a cut file with my Cameo and picked some from my stash and adhered those, until I thought it looked good. Then I cut the title with my Cameo and adhered that to complete my layout.

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Friday, November 10, 2017


Well last night I decided to do the challenge from Sketches in Thyme .  Here is the sketch they gave us to work with.

I chose to use only three photos.  I used Photo Play Plaid4Fun papers. Scenic Route Chipboard stars which I first coated with Gesso, and then embossed with Stampendous sunny yellow embossing powder. I then coated them with Stickles Frosted Lace.  I cut the title with my Cameo and did a little "faux' Stitching around it with my Pitt Artist pen. I used Bazzil cardstock to back my photos. The admit one sticker is from the Photo Play package, I mounted it in some chipboard to give it some dimension, the rest of the stickers are also from the same package. I also used a Martha Stewart punch to create the edge.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Home made Buttons

Well Ginni gave us quite the challenge for today at Creative Inspiration,  she posted these pieces of wood for our scraplift challenge.

To be sure I have no little pieces of wood sitting around here anywhere so I had to come up with something else. Now sometimes my imagination is totally missing but today it was bursting with ideas. So my first thought was all the sheets of chipboard I have sitting doing nothing.

So I cut some circles from my Chipboard and coated them with Gesso and set them aside to dry.

Next I choose some small stamps that I might like to use.

Once they were dry, I start stamping them.  I choose some Gelato colours that I wanted to use and rubbed the colours on a piece of waxed paper and added some drops of water to mix the Gelatos to make them into a bit of paint to paint my stamped images.

Once I had all my buttons stamped and coloured, I used my Inkssentials, Crackle accents to completely cover the buttons and then set them aside to allow them to dry.

These are my finished buttons. I can now use them on a layout or a card as an embellishment, or I can poke a hole through them to put string through them to  hang them on a tree.

A very easy project with a very pretty outcome.
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Happy and Merry Christmas

Yes, it is that time of year again. I am afraid I couldn't stop it from showing up. I did try to avoid it, but I guess my skills in avoidance need to be worked on. Anyway, after giving it some thought I took on a new client last week. I was somewhat worried that maybe I wasn't really better just having a spurt but then I realized that this was no spurt. I have watched a little TV but really have no desire to watch it anymore and I am always anxious to finish whatever I am doing so that I can get back to scrapping.So, yeah, I am back to full time scrapping. Anyway this is going to be fun to say the least. My new client has 2 young boys while the client I have been working for also has 2 boys, not to mention the fact that I have 3 grandsons. Designing pages for males, as you know (if you are a scrapper) can be quite challenging as there are so few embellishments you can use.

Anyway, I completed two layouts today. One for the Tuesday Tools, Tips and Technique challenges and one for the Wednesday stash challenge at Creative Inspiration.

This is my new clients youngest son celebrating his very first Christmas in 2013

This is her eldest son celebrating Christmas 2013
I used Bazzil cardstock, I marked the circles with my white gelly roll pen. The paper is Bo Bunny A gift of Love.The snowflakes were cut with a cut file from Sihouette by my Cameo and then I used Stickles angel dust on them. The title stickers are from the Dollarama. The stamps are Martha Stewart. The ribbon is unknown. The brads are unknown. I inked the paper using Tim Holtz Distress Ink Gathered Twigs. The Faux stitching on the papers were done with a Faber-Castel pen.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

My Fair Lady

The Monday sketch challenge from Creative Inspiration was a fabulous sketch and I choose a photo of my niece to work with. If you like working with sketches I suggest you hop on over there and take a peek.

I started with a border stencil(no name), using Liquitex Natural Sand which I brushed with silver ink once it was dried.
Then I used some netting from a bag of oranges and a doily which I also coloured with the silver ink and the flowers were from RAKs from the Flying Unicorn so I have no idea what kind they are.  The beads were from the Dollarama. I cut the Title using a set of dies from Art-c. The cardstock is all Bazzil.

Here is my finished layout.
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Monday, November 6, 2017

Using dies and stamps

This morning, very early this morning, I decided to play with a couple of new dies and some stamps that I have had for years but never used.

I started with a red background and then embossed a piece of white cardstock with an embossing folder from Sizzix.
 I used a Memory Box die to cut my tree, and an Impression Obsession  die to cut my sentiment. I stamped the Christmas gifts and the candy cane with unknown stamps and used my Kimberly Water Colour pencils to colour them. Once I had them glued to the card, I then used Stickles to give them some sparkle. 

I popped up a couple of the gifts with some pop dots to give the card some dimension.

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1st Christmas and others

Oh my goodness, can you believe that it is already the 6 of November?  Where is the time going?  It is just flying by and if I am not careful I am going to be old before I know it. I am going to be over 29 before my daughter's 44th birthday..ouch, that should never happen. 😉

However, I am still young enough to continue playing with my paper and my other toys.  Well of course I have spent a small fortune on them so I have to use them, I have to show my husband how much I really need all those machines and things.  He insists that I only want them so I have to prove their need. 😏

All these challenges were from Creative Inspiration .
The first one was the Wednesday Stash challenge and it was to use Washi Tape on a project.  I don't have very much Washi Tape as I don't use it much because I would prefer to use ribbon or to cut a matching strip of paper.  I created this card for the challenge.

The next challenge was the Thursday Scraplift challenge, this is the one challenge I don't like doing.  I am not good with these and I always have trouble doing them. This is what I came up with.

Up next was the Friday Inspiration Challenge, another challenge I am not good doing.. I did this one once and was so unhappy with it that I tore it up and created another one.  I am still unhappy with this one but will let this one stand.

Saturday all sorts was next on the challenge list. For this one we were to create something other than a card that had the word "Thanks" or some derivative on it. So I created this tag.

Sunday was the Sunday  card sketch challenge, now I love me my sketch challenges so this one was my favourite challenge.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

All Done

I am very proud of myself this month. Things are starting to turn around for me. Before I had the stroke, I never watched TV other than for the news and I scrapped all the time. After I had the stroke, I very rarely did any scrapbooking and all I did was sit and watched TV all the time. My life was turned upside down. The past few months things have been slowly turning around again. I am proud to say that this month I have completed every challenge posted at Creative Inspiration the group that I am very proud to belong to where the people are very nice and inspiring also encouraging.
This card was the last challenge.
For this card I used a cut file from the Sihouette store using my Cameo. The ribbon and stamp are both unknown. I used Photo Play paper, Prima flower, Bazzil cardstock and Pitt Artist pens. The Brad is also unknown.
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Me, Myself and I

Yes, that is correct, this layout is all about me.  The challenge at Creative Inspiration was to do a layout with a photo of myself.  I was lucky to have one, my husband shot this photo a little while ago after I had shed a few pounds. I was feeling pretty darn proud of myself, but as you can see, some of the weight came off my face and I am not too happy about the rolls it left on my cheeks.  Oh yeah, those are NOT wrinkles on my eyes, they are laugh lines :)

Once again I have used my favourite paper, Photo Play.. I can wait til the end of the month or there abouts when I get more of those fabulous papers.  My LSS is ordering in 4 more packages for me.
I am getting "This Guy", "Luke 2", "My Imagination", "and "Roxie and Friends".. can't wait. LOL So far I have only had the two packages of Plaids to work with and I have been getting so much out of them.. just check back over my past posts to check out how much I have been using them. I can't rave enough about these papers, they are absolutely the most versatile papers I have ever worked with not to mention the quality is fabulous as well.  Okay, enough said about the papers, go try them out for yourself you won't be sorry.
I used Bazzil cardstock, the only one I will use, actually it's the only one my Cameo won't mangle. I used my Cameo to cut the flowers and the title. I used my white gel pen to create the circle.
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Monday, October 23, 2017


With this layout I have killed two birds with one stone so to speak.  I have completed the challenge at  Creative Inspiration to complete a layout with a family theme, and a sketch challenge from Sketches in Thyme. Please visit the links to check them out.

 To do this challenge I have used my favourite papers, Photo Play Plaid4Fun. Bazzil Cardstock. I used an EK punch for the borders.  I used my Cameo to cut the flowers from the Silhouette Store. Inks used were Tim Holtz distress inks. The ribbon is unknown as are the stickpins.

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Happy Birthday

Today's card is a challenge from Stick it Down. It is a sketch challenge, hop over to their site to see the sketch.  Here is my take on the sketch.

For this card I used: Photo Play paper, Bazzil cardstock, Stamp is unknown, Tim Holtz distress inks, and Pitt Artist pens.
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Thank you

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sunny Sunday

I am so happy that Sunday has arrived.  I love Sundays it is my favourite day of the week, right next to Wednesdays. It is church time and I love to listen to our Pastor, he can teach the word of  God better than anyone I have ever heard.  Therefore, I love the days that he is teaching.  :)

I have completed two more challenges from Creative Inspiration . One was to create your own background. Now I have to admit that this one did not turn out as I had imagined it.  Yes, I did do it exactly the way I planned but some how I thought it would be prettier than it is. I thought the colour would "pop" more. I used Golden's soft gel with Daler-Rowney's blue paint on a TCW stencil. The Butterfly is an unknown stencil. The Celebrate and flower sticker are both from Studio 112.

This challenge required the use of a die cut. The frame is my die cut. On this card I used papers from Photo Play. I just can't get enough of these papers. They are most definitely the best papers I have used.  Their quality is remarkable and they are so versatile. As a matter of fact, I have asked my LSS to order in 4 different packages of them for me because right now all I have are two packages of the Plaid4Fun. The frame was cut using a cut file from the Silouette store and cut with my Cameo from plain white cardstock. The lace is Floral Garden. The flower is cut from a cut file from the Silouette store and cut from Bazzil cardstock using my Cameo. The I love you is from the Plaid4Fun package.

I have also done a sketch challenge for Stick it Down
Once again I have used PhotoPlay papers, Plaid4Fun, Bazzil Cardstock, I used my Cameo to cut the flowers.  I used Liquitex Blended fiber's with a Tim Holtz stencil for texture and I used Faber-Castell Pitt Artist pen for the "Faux" stitching.

Okay, that's it for now I am off to see what other challenges I can dig my teeth into.
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