Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Cute Crazy Cousins

Holidays are still going strong for my house....and I am LOVING the sleeping in! Yesterday we went on a family sleigh ride - it was SO fun! The rest of the week is supposed to be COLD so I am ready to hunker down and scrapbook...I am suffering serious withdrawal!!

I did this layout awhile ago, but forgot to post it! My girls were sad to not be with their cousins this year for Christmas - they always have so much fun together! This layout has Sienna and Noah...love how they would give me smiles and then goofy faces, smiles and then more goofy faces...ahhh four year olds....so adorable!!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!!!!!!

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!!! We are having a wonderful day with family and I hope are too!!! I don't have a family picture to share yet, but all I asked for this Christmas was everyone to sit down and take a family pic! Crossing my fingers.... Here is one of Sienna...she is home with me most days and is always willing to pose for the camera:-)

Have a wonderful day!!

Saturday, December 18, 2010


Each month, on the 15th, over at Art Freckles, there is a "try this" idea on the blog. It was my turn this month and here is my post:

I just LOVE these paper stars and this year, I decided to make a bunch to decorate my mantle. They look amazing! And the best part? They are so quick and easy to make!
I used a template found HERE.
1) First you just print them out onto the backside of your paper.
2) You will need to print and cut out 5 pieces in total.
3) The template shows you where to fold.
4) Fold and then glue the edge. Do this with all five pieces.
5) Glue the five pieces together to make your star.
Super easy so try one today! I used the Teresa Collins music paper found in this month's kit and you can pick up a kit HERE.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Cards from Dec. Art Freckles kit

Today I have a couple of cards from the December Art Freckles kit that is packed with Teresa Collin's Noel collection. I should probably actually SEND a few cards by now.... :-) Oh well, better late than never!

I hope you have been stopping by Teresa Collin's blog...EVERY day she has a different fantastic giveaway!

GCD Studios also has an amazing giveaway for some of the new collections so be sure to head there to enter and check them out!!

Gotta LOVE this time of year!!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Art Freckles Holiday Hostess Gifts Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Art Freckles Hostess Gifts Blog Hop! I am the last stop on the hop and you should be arriving from Shannon's Blog. If you want to start at the beginning...head to the ART FRECKLES blog.

This is such a wonderful time of the year to get together with family and friends and it always nice to bring a little something along for the host. So for my project, I made this cute paper bag that you could fill with anything. Mine will be filled with some delicious holiday baking (as soon as I do some holiday baking...the earlier I do it...the more I eat...lol). I also made this coordinating card. Cindy Liebel did a tutorial on paper wreaths here (she is so amazing) so I gave it a whirl miniature style for my card.

BUT..after I finished my card, I decided that the wreath would make a beautiful ornament. So I attached a gem with some wire and VOILA.

The gorgeous papers used in my project are from the NOEL collection by Teresa Collins as well as the gem from her BLINGAGE collection. The December Tinsel Town kit from Art Freckles is filled with Teresa Collins goodies and is only $25 Canadian so be sure to stop by and pick one up before they are all gone...

Thank-you so much for stopping by! Have a WONDERFUL day!!

Teresa Collins Favorite Things Giveaway

Have you been checking out Teresa Collins Favorite Things Giveaway??? It is AMAZING! Every day there is a prize to be won so head over and see for yourself HERE or follow the link on my sidebar! Today she has paired up with Echo Park and you can win THREE collections!!!!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Art Freckles December Kit

'Tis the season to be jolly.....and this month's kit from Art Freckles sure makes me jolly!! It is filled with amazing product from Teresa Collin's Noel line. And you KNOW that I LOVE Teresa Collins!!!!!

The kit comes with this gorgeous tinsel garland and it immediately made me think of decorating the tree so... I decorated a little paper tree with it! This layout documents how Sienna loves to play with the ornaments as she hangs them up. She spent about two hours playing with them before they actually all got on the tree! I remember doing the same thing when I was little:-)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


December has arrived....and so has the winter issue of Canadian Scrapbooker! I was so honoured to have been asked to do a layout for the cover! Unfortunately, my layout was not selected for the front but it was one of the top five and is published in the magazine as one of the "other takes" on the cover. So fun!

Speaking of FUN...hurry on over to Teresa Collin's Blog and check out her 25 days of Christmas....today is only day one so be sure to check back daily for chances to WIN!!! Yippeee for DECEMBER...let the countdown begin:-)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Grateful everyday Mini Album

Monday already? Today I have a mini album to share with you. I LOVE these monthly journaling tags from Teresa Collin's giving thanks line. They gave me the idea to use them in a mini to journal about each month in my daughters lives. But for this mini, the journaling is on the pull out tags, where I have written some private thoughts to my girls. Each month, I highlight the important things that happened that month and how very proud I am of them:-)

Since I have SO many photos of my girls, I thought it would be fun to highlight a photo month so I could glance over it and see the gradual changes!

Teresa Collin's lines mix together beautifully and in this mini I mixed giving thanks, celebrate, and freestyle. And of course, lots of blingage!!!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Frog hunt

Can you believe that these cute little frogs are frozen solid right now? Yeah, it's true. Their hearts actually stop beating while they are in this frozen state, so it is not like hibernating where the heart slows down. AMAZING.

I am constantly in awe of the natural world and find peace when I am out in it, exploring all of the wonderful creatures that we share this planet with. I am so happy to be able to share this passion with my girls. They especially love frogs and we are so lucky to have them just behind our house.

I hope you are having a fabulous weekend!!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I feel so lucky to have such wonderful daughters and even more lucky to be able to be with them each day! And just look at them together, they love each other so much! Don't get me wrong, I am sure that not five minutes after this photo, they were bickering like cats and dogs!!! But, overall, they do get along very well!

This layout uses mostly product from Teresa Collins Giving Thanks line. It was featured in the November Teresa Collins newsletter along with lots of other great inspiration from the other members of the DT. To subscribe to the newsletter go HERE.

Each month, over at Art Freckles, there is a monthly layout and card sketch challenge and I used the November sketch for this layout. So come on over and join in the fun!

Have a fantastic day! It is -30 C (-22 F) here today so I am staying inside as much as possible!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Gift tag set

Another project today for gcd studios!

With the Christmas season quickly approaching, I love to have special gifts on hand to take with me to give to the host of a dinner party or for my kids teachers...there are just so many people who deserve a little special something! And this project, doesn't break the bank!

I made a set of four Christmas tags using the lovely papers from the Joyful Peace collection. I simply adhered some scraps on paper to white cardstock and then cut out my tree shapes. I then added some yellow stickles to some some gcd studios star chipboard! Simple! Adding a quick paper bow to the box really finishes it off!

Happy creating!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Christmas Ornaments

For my project this month for gcd studios, I decided to make some ornaments out of paper. I used these gorgeous papers from the Christmas Sleigh Collection...and I WISH you could see and feel the texture and shimmery goodness, so beautiful! Perfect for my ornaments! I really like them in this dish to use as a centerpiece on my table but now I need to make some more to hang from my tree :-)

Here is close up:

Want to make one? It is not as hard as it looks but grab a coffee and I'll go through each step with you!

First gather your supplies: You will need paper, glue, and a punch (if you have a 1" or 2" circle punch this will make it soooo much easier...I used a coluzzle which took a bit more work). So go ahead and and make your "template" circle out of cardstock.

Fold your circle into a triangle shape by folding in three sides to the middle.

Go ahead now and punch out 20 of these circles from your patterned paper.

Use your "template" circle to help you fold all of your circles so they are all folded the same.

Now that they are all folded, we can start to adhere them together.

Glue five of them side by side until you make a "hat".

Make three of these "hats" and leave the other ones for now.

Next, glue two of these hats together on one side.

Now take a single piece and adhere it to where you see the open triangle space in the photo above.

Next, ahere another "hat" directly below where you just adhered the single piece. The hat will can be adhered on three sides. To fit in the spot shown in the photo above.

Ok, if you are still with me it should look like the photo above. See how there are three triangle spots? This is where you will adhere three more of the single pieces.

Alright, now there is just one piece left to adhere!

Congratulations! You are now done! Happy creating!!!