Blog Hopping Along and tidying up

Hopping along and practicing some cools new techniques/challenges I'm learning from DHD for my digital scrapbooking.

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I know I been absent for eons now, but as I have given up my SU demonstrator status, I've had a bit of a break from crafting.  My craft area is finally organized how I like and I've even pared down on some supplies (gasp!) so I can get back to the inks and papers soon.

I will soon be selling some older stamp sets and have loads of older SU catalogues to give away.  If any SU demo out there would like SU bags and a few other demo supplies, drop me a line.

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

George Bernard Shaw

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I’m so challenged

As a Stampin’ Up demonstrator, I have the pleasure of having the best upline in the whole world – not sucking up – it’s true.  Okay, you sideline girls rock too.  My direct upline is one of my best friends and her upline is a star in the stamping world.  One day, we all hope to be a quarter as good as Carrie is!  She inspires us to create and every once in a while challenges us with a new project.  It’s a love/hate thing when she does this though.

Last meeting, she gave all of us a lovely rectangular, clear topped tin and challenged us to make it into something other than just a tin.  That’s where the love/hate thing comes in.  I can get creative with paper and ink but throw in a tin and I’m hooped.

My inspiration came from another demo in Carrie’s downline and her awe inducing 3D scrapbook page that she housed in a shadow box picture frame – yes, Carol, you!  After some thought, I decided to create a tribute to my mom that I can keep on my desk at the library.  Mom is a breast cancer survivor and a hero to all in my family.  Especially appropriate is the stamp set that Stampin’ Up came out with recently for their Strength and Hope campaign where $2 from each set goes towards breast cancer research.

Want to help kick breast cancer to the curb?  Don’t forget to cope a feel and check for lumps, ladies!  Or click on the link to my Stampin’ Up site and buy this beautiful set.  Take a look at this great site, one of my hubby’s faves (he’s made some purchases on it, too): http://www.savethetatas.com/

Cancer is a word, not a sentence.

John Diamond

Scrapbooking and stuff

As May is National (or as some sites are billing it {inter}National) Scrapbooking Month, I’ve managed to venture to the basement to scrap a bit.  One page that I’ve finished was one that I started years ago as a simple 6×6.  Finally it’s a 12×12 which is my preferred scrapping size.

In paper crafting there is a saying that there are no mistakes just opportunities for embellishments.  Soooo true!  In this next shot, my orange butterfly didn’t stamp dark enough on the one wing, so I added a cute button.  Then I journaled inside the card and slipped it into a die cut envelope that had been run through my Big Shot inside an embossing folder.  Too cute.

Remember when I was working on the mini album to put my girls’ school photos in?  Well, I did a bit more work on it (but haven’t put pix into it yet!).

The plan is that I can put a photo of each girl from preschool to Gr. 12 is this sweet book.

 

Life is just a scrapbook waiting for us to put it on acid free paper

Author: Unknown

Post dating my blog

I’m sitting at the kitchen table, with the laptop, eating a yummy cheeseburger (apologies to vegetarians, Orthodox Jews, and Tim).  It’s Sunday, April 17th and I thought I’d dabble in advanced blogging.  There aren’t a lot of opportunities when I have computer access AND feel the need to do something other than play Bejeweled Blitz (curse you, Reanna & Stephen) or browse Facebook.  So, I’m seeing if I can get the deferred posting option to work for me.  I’ve tried it before to no avail, but I think the problem with my blogging was pure operator error!

Anyhoo,  I said that I had indeed done some crafting before so here is an example:

First up, the hybrid scrapbook page I made.  It is not pure Stampin’ Up as I am quite happy to look about online for free digital elements and even have a few delivered to my inbox daily.  But all of my digital work is created in My Digital Studio and with the exception of not being able to use the freebie alpha sets from some sites, I have no complaint what so ever!

My parents have (so far) been blessed with an even dozen grandkids.  I say so far, ’cause we are hoping that at least one or two more will pop out – and no, not from me!  Three is just right.

Heather was invited to a party a couple of weeks ago, so, of course, I made a card.  The little birthday girl really likes Hello Kitty 😦  So trolled online and found another SU demonstrator who had created a Hello Kitty card and I copied here!  Thanks to creatingthehive.com I found her and was able to create this little item in spite of my intense dislike of all things Hello Kitty.  However, at this point, I can’t mention her name as my stupid browser won’t open the site!  But, if I have success with advanced blogging, you will never know as I can go in and change this info!!

It’s nowhere near as good as the original that inspired it, but not too bad considering I made it in 20 minutes without following her instructions to the letter.

(I’d did manage to look her up and her name is Lynn Pratt – she’s pretty awesome)

 

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.

Albert Einstein

Contest entries

Hi all,

I’ve been a bad girl and haven’t posting in eons!  But as the snow gently drifts down, I’m suddenly feeling the need to post.

A while ago Stampin’ Up held an amazing contest for both demonstrators and customers alike.  The challenge was to use only My Digital Studio and SU downloads in order to create 2 scrapbook pages and a card.  I decided it was time to actual submit something.  well, I didn’t win but that’s okay.  I set a goal and achieved it and have some great work to show for it – if I may say so myself.    Now that the winners are chosen, I can go ahead and show you all what I made.

The first one is of K’s feet, well not her feet, but the cool shoes she picked out to wear when she started preschool this year.  We were down in Oregon and she was so excited about her sisters’ getting back-to-school shoes that she decided to find some for herself.  Turns out she has pretty good taste in shoes.

My second entry was designed around the colours and patterns of K’s purplish flowered pants.  We were at Fort Langley and I couldn’t tear the girls away from the adventure playground.

I didn’t have to do a card – the contest was quite flexible but I thought I’d push myself and submit the maximum.  So at the last-minute, almost literally, I threw a Christmas card together.  This evening, with the snow, can you pretend it’s still Christmastime when you look at it??

So that’s what I did!  If you like what you see, let me know.  I’m going to try to be a good girl and post more.  One of my girls has already told me that I’m on the naughty list for next year, so I have a lot to do to redeem myself before next Christmas!

 

 

Art has never been a popularity contest.
James Levine

It’s mine, all mine – except when it’s not!

Yes, I’ve mentioned previously that Pete has created a crafting area for me – and, it’s mine, all mine!  Mostly…

As the mother of three young, impressionable girls, I strongly support their creativeness and have given them much encouragement, especially when they show an interest in stamping and paper crafts.  So, in my new area, there is a little table with three little chairs for their little bums.  In my extreme generosity, I have allowed them to use an entire cupboard for their crafting supplies.  They have stamps, inks, rollers, papers, stickers and gel pens are their disposal – otherwise, I’d never get their mucky mitts off of MY stuff!

So, you ask, what does this glorious space look like??  Well, let me add a disclaimer – this is not the original area that my craft space was supposed to be in.  We have had a slight change in our redesign plans for the next couple of years as we are hoping our household grows by three members next fall.  No, not like that!  No more pitter patter of tiny feet for us.  Just wait and see.

My new area is in the basement where there was a cupboard and counter top already.  We haven’t repainted it and have no plans to do so. Be prepared, it is very dark green!   Anywho, want to see what it looks like?

First here is a shot of where it was supposed to be.

Now here’s a look at where all my stuff has been piled for ages and ages.

A look at the work in progress.

And, finally, the finished space.  Already the counters are covered in glitters and scrap bits as these pix are a couple of weeks old already.  Once Pete got down to it, he was done in one day.  I, however, took several evenings to get my stuff sorted and, gulp, purged.


I also have a closet that I can use to store my old catalogues (anyone want one?), retired papers, contraband from the LSS, and alterables.

Soon to come are photos of the retired stamp sets that I know I will no longer use.  As hard as it is, I will part with them in order to get some cash to BUY MORE.  If you look closely enough at the photos, you can see a few empty spots that need to be filled with more stamps, papers and embellishments!

 

One of the advantages of being disorganized is the joy of discovery.

A.A. Milne

Here a chick, there a chick

So what did you do for the last long weekend of the summer?  We went away in our RV.  The site was gorgeous – well treed, overlooking a pond, electric hook up and water when needed – all for the low, low price of NOTHING!

One of  my many sisters recently moved to the other side of the world, also known as Ryder Lake, just outside of Chilliwack.  As we hadn’t seen her place and felt it was too long a drive  just to drop in, we planned a trip.

Little did we know that the neighbours are just a few metres away and that they have livestock.  Two cows simply called Meat (they are not long for this world), 34 laying chickens and several dozen chicks.  The fluffy little ones arrived not long before we did.  The future is not bright for these chicks but such is the world and the food chain.  The girls were okay with the truth as we are not vegetarians and they have understood for a long time that they’ve been eating animals.  Regardless of your opinions on our food choices, you still might enjoy the digital scrapping I did of our weekend.

When we arrived home, K informed me that our house was boring!  Too bad we only have a dog, a cat and a fish tank to entertain them.  BTW, anyone have any eggs recipes?  We arrived home with 30 fresh eggs straight from the chickens’ butts.

Q. Why Did The Chicken Cross The Playground?
A. To Get To The Other Slide.