Friday, December 9, 2011

Stencil Cards

Hi there!
I received a blog post from Lisa's blog and just had to share her great idea!  First- I just love the simple lines and clean look of these cards!  They are just GORGEOUS.  Second- how easy can it get?!  I just love when things can be done quickly and still look fabulous!  Third- I can not get enough of my CTMH Cricut cartridge.  And what a great use for my scraps!

This idea could be used for so much more than Christmas Cards. You could make any kind of card with this technique, but also you could use this to on your scrapbooking layouts as well!

To check out Lisa's blog post, click here.  I think I have sent you to her before as she is one amazingly creative lady!

I hope you can find some time during this busy season to try out these ideas or some other ones!  And if you do, be sure to share! I've love to see what you are creating!

Until next time, Happy Scrappin'!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Ripped Marble Technique

Hi there!
I saw this technique on a blog and just had to share!  I've never seen it before and what a neat look it makes! 

This blog is also one you want to follow if you don't already.  It's the Card a Day blog.  Many different people contribute to the posts so it's a great way to see blog posts and creations from many different people.  Unfortunately for me, it means my list of those I follow via email gets longer and longer... I can't keep up!!  But there are SO many talented people out there!

Anyway- click here to see this technique.  Also if you like tutorials, go to (which is the author for the post) and you will find many great videos.

Enjoy!  Be sure to send me pictures if you try this out! I'd love to see it!
Until next time... Happy Scrappin'!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Holiday Tags- easy breazy!!

Hi everyone!
Go to this blog  here to see a video about using the Cricut and our Art Philosophy cartridge to make quick and easy gift tags.  If you have a Cricut, you need to have this cartridge!  There are so many great card bases, cards and other shapes.

Remember if you want to place an order for Christmas it needs to be to me by today!
Thanks!  Happy Scrappin'!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Dear Santa...

Wishing you could get what you REALLY want this Christmas- some scrapbooking or card making supplies?!  I’d be happy to work with the “Santa’s” in your life to put an order together or a Gift Certificate so you can go shopping yourself. 

Please see the letter below (which includes a little poem I wrote for the occasion J) and give a copy to your Santa and have them contact me.  (please note- I got this idea from Angie on her blog here.)  Orders need to be placed by Dec 5th in order to be here by Christmas but I can do a Gift Certificate at any time!

Feel free to pass this along to other friends or family who may want items for Christmas.  Better yet, put all the orders under your name to increase the amount of rewards you will receive!  After all, more stuff for FREE always brings added cheer!

A safe and Merry Christmas to you and your family this holiday season!  And of course, Happy Scrappin'!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Kards for Kids

Hi everyone!

Sheri, my "grandmother" in the CTMH consultant world, sent along this and I think it is so worth while sharing!  What a great use for those extra Christmas Cards you may have and what a difference you can make!  Please consider sending them some cards.  See their blog here

If you are looking for card ideas, I'll be posting some I've made with instructions shortly! 
LOVE this time of year!  So much scrappin' to be done!
Happy Scrappin, All!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Paper flower Christmas ornaments

Hi there!
So I know I haven't been great at posting all the things I've been working on.  But I thought today while I was looking at the many email blogs I get that if I can't post my own stuff, at least I can showcase some of the amazing work that is out there!  I absolutely LOVE Christmas so I really enjoy seeing what people are making this time of year.  I'm in search of a great, non-edible idea for an advent calendar! 

So, I've showcased Jayma's blog before.  But her creativity has struck me again!  Check out her blog here to see her latest creation.  These ornaments are so cute.  Made with the amazing CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge for Cricut- a must buy for any Cricut owner!  If you don't have it yet, give someone special my card and tell them to contact me so you can receive the perfect gift for Christmas!  It's amazing everything this ONE cartridge can do!

Anyway- check out her blog to learn how to make one yourself.  She uses bible pages but really you can use anything.  I think I may make some with our kids.  Our tree is completely decorated in homemade ornaments.  It started when hubby and I were first living together and couldn't afford to buy ornaments.  So I made some.  It started with felt I had laying around and some glitter glue LOL.  For the next few years as more money was available, the ornaments became more advanced.  It became such a tradition we stuck with it. The only bought ones you'll see on our tree were gifts. So also very special.  Now with 3 kids, I love that they can be a part of making new ornaments!

If you are interested in making these and don't have a Cricut, contact me and maybe we can set up a workshop!  It will force me into being creative!

Enjoy the blog!  And I hope you can find some time for crafting!
Happy Scrappin'!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Multi-colour stamping

  Hi there!
Wondering how to do multi-coloured stamping?  Jeanette has a post today showing you one way to do it.  To see her post, go here
Then be sure to try it out!
Happy Scrappin'!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

LAST DAY to register for the Christmas Card Workshop!

I am SO excited about the upcoming workshop on November 19th!  These workshops are my favourite things to do and I love giving out the cards once I'm done!  Today is the LAST DAY to register so if you wanted to attend or purchase a kit, you need to let me know TODAY.  The pictures are 8 of the 10 designs we will be making at the workshop.  You will make 2 of each design for a total of 20 cards.

The cost is $30.  If you cannot make it on the day, we can prepare a KIT for you with the stamped images done for you, and a picture and instructions for each card for $35.  When you RSVP let me know if you'll be attending that day or if you want a KIT.

The workshop runs from 10am-5pm on November 19th
Hope Fellowship Church, Courtice ON (
1685 Bloor St (just East of Trulls Rd)
Email me today at if you want to participate!

Please note the pictures of the cards come from all of the consultants who are participating.  So I'm not aware of who credit is due to for all of them.  The top 2 cards are mine (Joy and the one with the raccoon).  The ideas came from the Idea Book but I've changed them some.

The card with the tree and the leaf Krista Ritskes created based on the card made by Carla.  You can visit her blog at  The other cards I don't know about so if the idea is yours, I apologize.  I was just given the picture and wanted to share the ideas with my followers who may be interested in attending.  I will be contacting the other consultants to see if any more credit is due here that I haven't been informed about.  Want to ensure all those bloggers out there who are busy creating get the credit where is due and are happy.  As always to those who share their ideas, as I've said many times here, thanks for sharing your creativity.  Unfortunately for me I have to run a business at home to pay for my hobby so I don't get the time to create I would like to. So it's great to see so many ideas out there.
Happy Scrappin'!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Holiday stamp set for only $5!

Is there anything better than getting a deal?  Well CTMH not only has a deal for you, but they have made it available earlier than planned!  Starting now until Nov 30th, if you purchase $25 in stamp sets, you will get this Holiday Wishes set for only $5!  What is even better- if you have the Cricut cartridge from CTMH most of the images on the stamp set coordinate with shapes on the cartridge!  LOVE IT!

I'll be placing an order tomorrow so if you want to take advantage of this NOW, get in touch with me.  Otherwise you can contact me in November.  Ensure you let me know you want to place an order so I don't place one without you!  As always, any questions let me know!

Happy Scrappin'!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Yet another use for the Cricut- faux letterpress!

Just a quick post- I was amazed by this!  I love the look of what she is calling Faux letterpress but to me I think dry embossing.  But maybe you don't have a lot of dies to go with your cuttlebug or Big Shot, or maybe not the right one.  Well- here is your answer! 

Check out Lisa's post to see how you can use an image cut out from your CTMH Cricut cartridge and use it with your Cuttlebug.  AMAZING!!  See her post here .

If you haven't yet seen the CTMH Cricut cartridge you really need to.  Especially if you make cards as there are numerous card bases, tags and envelopes.  It is one of my favourite cartridges.

Happy Scrappin'!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

GREAT tip for stampers

Hey there!
Check out this video from Fancy Melissa's blog on how to get the best image when stamping.  I can't wait to try it.  To see the video, click here.
Happy Scrappin'!


Hi there!
I've just created my designs for the workshop!  I'll be posting them here once I get the thumbs up from the other consultants.  I can't WAIT!
PLEASE RSVP for the Christmas Card workshop and let me know if you are coming that day or want the KIT option so I can let the other consultants know how many are coming. Here are the details.
Mega Christmas Card Workshop

Join us for some Christmas fun. Complete 20 mail-able cards (2 each of 10 designs) with envelopes to get a head start on your seasonal cards. Come by when it’s convenient f...or you; but be sure to book at least 2 hours to finish all your projects.

Date: Saturday, November 19, 10am to 5pm (last entry at 3pm)

Place: Hope Fellowship Church, 1685 Bloor St. E.

Cost: $30

Final deadline to register: November 1.

Can’t make the date? Purchase a pre-stamped kit for $35. (RSVP deadlines still apply.)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

RSVP for Krista's card workshop today

Hi there!
If you have been looking on my calendar and saw the card workshop on September 24th at Krista's and wanted to attend, you need to RSVP today to reserve your spot.  Only $10 and it's great to walk out with cards you made yourself!  I'll be there.  Go to my calendar (link at the top of my blog) and click on the date for details.  Or contact me.

Hope to see you there for some fun!
Happy Scrappin'!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

3T Tuesday- I made it!

Hi there!
I know I've been a stranger!  Things have been rather crazy while the kids get back to school.  Connor and Kaylee both love their teachers which is great!

So- for 3T Tuesday this week I'd like to direct you to a blog I received a post from with a technique I had NEVER heard of!  It involves using BLEACH!  But so simple!  I can't wait to have time to try it!

Check out the blog right here for the Bleaching and Pastel's technique.

Here is another blog I follow (there are a few!)  This was also a neat technique using crayons!  Yup- ordinary crayons!  Check out the post  here 

So a couple new techniques for you.  Enjoy!!
Hopefully you can find some time to try these out!  Happy Scrappin'!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Scrappin' Simply Spotlight- Mom n Me!

HELLO!!!  I know- I have been bad!  Getting back into the routine after returning home from a month and a half at the trailer has not gone so well!  With school starting on Tuesday though, it is what it is!  On a happy note, Al has been busy de-junking our house and has created a little crafting area for me in the basement.  I am SO DARN EXCITED!!!  I'll post some pictures of my little area soon.

So, I know I have missed many of my regular posts but I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things now!  Actually I even have some scheduled scrapbooking time with my AWESOME neighbour, Nicole, scheduled for this weekend.  AND I have a new Cricut Expression, compliments of my AWESOME hubby (thanks Al!).  So my CTMH cartridge is on the way and I can't wait to get it!  Until then, I've been trying to find some time to play with the cartridges which came with the machine.

So- onto the Spotlight- I'd like to mention Mom n Me Scrap- otherwise known as Shirley Ross. I know I have mentioned her before but have not had her officially in our spotlight.  This lady is just amazing!  If you don't follow her blog, you really must!  She does regular tutorials, she is always showcasing great things on other blogs and stuff going on.  In her most recent post she was part of a Card a Day blog.  SO Much fun and what a great card she made!  If you want to see that post in particular, click here.  Otherwise, to hit the home page of her blog, click here.

I have been doing some fun cards for different events and have been trying out some techniques I have been wanting to try but haven't had the time or confidence to yet.  So I'm hoping to get all of that into a post soon.

I hope you are all having a wonderful Labour Day weekend! I just can't believe it is September already!  I hope you can find some time for yourself during this busy weekend!

Until next time... Happy Scrappin!

Thursday, August 18, 2011


Ok so at least it's a "T" day- right?!!

SO much going on this week with getting back from our one and a half month trip at the trailer (miss you all!!), payroll week for our business, plus this weekend we are having a yard sale with our neighbour (if you're in the Oshawa area send me a message and I'll tell you where to find us so you can check it out!).  If that isn't enough, today is my youngest (Ben's) birthday, tomorrow is Al's and my Anniversary, and we have company coming this weekend for more crazy events going on!  Phew- anyone else tired?  Here is a picture of our darling Benjamin- he was so excited to have us sing Happy Birthday to him today- he turned 2 so really he doesn't have any memory of other birthdays.  His eyes just lit up when we brought out the cake with candles, and also when he got to open our gifts!  What a sweetie!  These balloons are compliments of Auntie Leanne, Uncle Brad, cousins Jacqueline, Victoria and Olivia (love you guys!!!).  They are out in BC and every birthday they send our kids a balloon bouquet.  They are AWESOME.  Here is Ben with his:

Isn't he the cutest?!

OK- onto scrapbooking!!  As promised I am going to focus on flip flaps.

What are flip flaps?  Well- they are basically memory protectors (page protectors) for pictures BUT you can use them to add more pictures (or journalling) to your layout.

I don't have any that are empty to post a picture- you can see them on page 122 of the Idea Book.  They come in different sizes but I have just used the 4x6 as frankly usually that is how I print my pictures so that is what I work with.

When you see them they look like a photo sleeve made from a memory protector but they have an added flap which has an adhesive covered in a paper.  That way you can stick it to your layout the same way you close one of those self stick envelopes.

So here is what it would look like on a layout with it closed.  Both the pictures on the page (left page layout) use the flip flaps.  The one at the top will open to the side, the bottom one will open up. 

So- now to show you what it would look like with the flaps open

I opened them both and took a picture for you- so that picture on the top left instead of having 1 photo now has 3 (one on the mat and 2 in the flip flap- the journalling you are seeing is from the 2nd page of the layout).  The same with the picture on the bottom.  So 2 pictures become 6- AMAZING!  And if you are trigger happy with the camera like me, you need those extra spots.  But you just get so many fun pictures that way.  So you can have your nice behaved children in the layout- but hidden you can also have your crazy pictures! LOL

Here is the 2nd page which goes with the 1st (after all- you can't really just have a 1 page layout in a book, can you?!)

HUH- I apologize for that- although my picture is turned the right way- I guess blogspot wanted to give your little neck a stretch after all this reading so turned it on the side.  So just to even yourself out, ensure you stretch your head to the other side as well and continue on!

Here is another example of a layout using the flip flaps.  Now- while I was working on this, my girlfriend, Jacque, wanted to use 4.  This created a bit of trouble- to understand that first I'll give a little training session in how to use the flip flaps.

When you decide on an area you want to us it, the best thing I have found to do is measure out where your mat or photo will go that will be attached to the layout.  Then slide the "flap" with the adhesive under that to ensure it will be covered, you have it bending the right way and all that stuff.  Then, when you are happy, attach the adhesive flap first, then the layout picture over top.  That way it will be extra stuck down (that is the technical term so be sure to use it) and also you won't have a line through your photo or on your layout from the flap.

When you are ready to put your page in your memory protector, you put the page in, then mark with a pencil or pen the line where the edge of the flip flap is (the side where it opens from- right near where the bend is to open it).  Then TAKE YOUR LAYOUT out- get a small whole punch and make a hole at each end of the line on your memory protector where the flip flap will end (again I'm only talking the side where it attaches to the layout).  Ensure you have a cutting board or mat INSIDE your memory protector so you don't cut through both sides.  Then take a ruler and your knife and cut along the line from hole to hole.  The holes prevent the memory protector from tearing.  Then you put your page in, pull the protector as wide as you can and feed the flip flap through your cut.  Once through, you don't even notice it!!

SOOOOO- now that you know how to do that- the issue being when you put 4 photos in flip flaps all the same size as your layout photo so that they each open out is that when you put your 4 lines, you will end up cutting out a square of your memory protector.

How we got around this is she put a mat down that was a bit larger than her 4x6 flip flaps.  So it was 5x7.  Or whatever size- you get the idea.  She may have used a 5x7 photo in there but if you only print 4x6 that is fine, you just have a larger mat around your layout picture.  Then when she did her 4 flip flaps, there was some memory protector in between each one.  NOW- that being said- it was NOT easy to feed all those babies through the slits knowing there wasn't a lot of room if she was to tear her memory protector.  So be careful- and use that method sparingly.

Here is what my 2nd layout looked like closed (sorry didn't take any pictures of Jacque's so you're stuck with my fewer flip flaps :) )

And here is what this puppy looked like open:

I just love how I can incorporate so many pictures.  Here is a close up of the top picture open so you can see what it looks like with the matting and maybe see where the flip flaps are attached underneath

So there you have it- flip flaps!! I hope you'll give them a try- I'm sure you'll love them.  If you need any help figuring out how to use them or any questions post me a comment and I'd be happy to give you a hand!

Until next time... Happy Scrappin'!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Technique- Stamp Kissing

Looking for a new stamping technique to try?  Check out Jeanette Lynton, from Close to my Heart, for some great ideas.  You can go to her blog here.

Stamp Kissing is when you take your inked stamp and push it or "kiss" it against something else so that you can get a different image or texture on the stamp.  You can use a background stamp, some ribbon you have, scrap paper or anything that has either a raised or an indented image.

She has lots of ideas I haven't heard of before so even if you are familiar with the technique, check it out!

Then be sure to try it out yourself!  Have fun and Happy Scrappin'!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

3 T Tuesday....not again!!

Hi there!
I'm sure you have been on the edge of your seats waiting for my 3T post.  Good news is, all my family is back in one place-we are back home from the trailer.. and it's payroll week... and my reader went all funky on me today which involved an hour long online chat with Sony- it wasn't pretty- there was a lot of frustration on my part- but a very friendly and helpful staff worked with me.  Still issue is NOT solved- I am VERY sad as my book is there- wanting to be read. But I can't get it onto my reader because I'm not authorized.  Sigh.

Anyhow- that chat meant kids bed time was late which that meant the payroll I was supposed to be working on tonight got pushed back.., you see where I'm going with this!

Yup- life got in the way!  Maybe I should call it 3T sometime during the week instead?  What do you think? 

So I will post tomorrow- be sure to check back as I'm going to talk about our flip flaps.  One of those odd birds that is in the catalogue and you think "Huh, that sounds neat" but really can't picture it.  Well... I have pictures to help!  They are AMAZING!  Not new- but any scrapbookers best friend!  Especially for trigger happy people like me who take multiple pictures of the same shot.  Gotta love digital!!

Anyway- until tomorrow.... Happy Scrappin'!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Scrappin' Simply Spotlight- Fabulously Artsy!!

Hi all!
So Kaylee and I are now back at home- Al, Ben and Connor will be joining us on Monday.  It's great to be home again- hot water, a large shower and bed.  But with that also comes the little messes that need to be cleaned up and all the stuff around here I've been wanting to do and haven't yet done.  So... I'm glad to be home... but a little sad too. 

The very exciting part is tomorrow we are having a CTMH Team Meeting- it's always so great to get together with other consultants- so inspiring!

Speaking of inspiring, I have an AMAZING person to tell you about for the Spotlight this week (hey, do you like that segue?  That was not planned at all- gotta love it when stuff just works out! :) )

The blog I am spotlighting I have been following for some time.  She is such an incredibly talented lady.  She is so amazing at sharing her creativity as well- creating videos and tutorials.  She really is someone you MUST follow if you are not already! 

Without further adieu,  you need to check out Tresa Black who is Fabulously Artsy

She won 1st place at our CTMH convention for the best album contest.  On her blog you can connect to a video she made of the album- YOU HAVE GOT TO CHECK THIS OUT.  It is honestly the most amazing album I have ever seen.  I was almost in tears watching this.  What an amazing thing to create- and what an incredible thing to leave for her children.  See the post here.  And be sure to start following her today- you will never be short of inspiration if you do!

Until next time... happy Scrappin'!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

3 T Tuesday.... ah Wednesday?!

Well- doesn't life always get in the way of best intentions?!  As I told you this week, one of my regular posts was going to be my 3T Tuesdays where I would post info on new tools or products, on Tips or Techniques.  And last night, during the time I had scheduled in my brain to do this, suddenly our 2 year old started throwing up and came down with a fever.  Not a huge deal with our other 2 kids... but for Ben it often means a seizure and a check up in the ER.  And did I mention, yup, we're still at the trailer... 25 minutes from the hospital.

So- instead Al took him for a trip to Granny's place and all plans for my blogging flew out of my brain.

I was hoping that my post showing you Kelly's great technique idea would get you all through to today!  So... here goes with the 3 T T-Wednesday :)

I think I have mention oh only a few times that the new Idea Book is now out and I am SO darn excited!!  There are so many great changes and new products.

One of those who you would know about already if you follow any other CTMH blog is the new pairing with CTMH and Cricut.  Now you can order a Cricut cartridge which has 700 images, 3 stamp sets which pair with the cartridge and 3 pages of dimensional elements (tags, mixed shapes and banners) all for only $109.95!  Alas... I do not OWN a Cricut so you will not see samples on my blog. BUT if you want to see some, you can go to any of those listed that I follow as I think every other consultant I know does! :)  You can also see the images and info on the CTMH website here.

What I CAN show is you one of my favourite new embellishments.  As you may be able to tell from my blog, I LOVE butterflies!!  Too cute!  And these new embellishments are great- you get 68 butterflies with the Just Blooms Paper Shapes Flutter Paper Shapes for only $6.50!  You can decorate them with other embellishments like our Sparkles, our Opaques Adhesive Gems (all of which already have the adhesive on them and are SO easy to use!), or even some brads (and who doesn't love to use a brad?!).  You could also ink up the butterflies to have them incorporate with your page or card.  SO many great things to do, so little time!

These babies also come with one of the Workshop on the Go kits now available- the Elemental Kit!  This is a must have for me- LOVE it.  But frankly most of them are! This kit comes with the Level 2 package of Elemental paper (6 pages of patterned paper- 2 of each of 3 double sided designs card stock weight plus 6 sheets of cardstock), 1 My Acrylix Stamp set only available with this set, the Flutter Paper shapes, 1 pkg of Antiqued Copper Designer Brads and the Instructional Brochure all for $33.50.  If you have not yet used one of these kits, they are a MUST have. Especially for anyone who is short on time!  The brochure gives you all the cutting instructions for making a 2 page layout or a stack of cards. PLUS you have product left over for more.  With a bit of extra paper, you can go online and make the great bonus project of a 6x6 mini album.  I am SO doing this- how adorable!

Here is some examples of what you would get with the kit and what you can make with the papers.  For the flyer (first image) if you click on it then click again it will get bigger- I tested it and it worked for me anyway!

Here is a card which Krista, my Upline, created while at Convention.  She gave me permission to share this with you all.  If you don't follow her blog already, you can check her out here.

And here is Krista's card

The paper is the new Sonoma paper just released.

Anyhow- there is a intro to some of my favs from the new IB.  If you don't have a copy yet, let me know and I'll get one to you!  I can't tell you how many times I've already looked through mine!  And don't forget those great promotions for the August Stamp of the Month and for National Stamping Month.  Well looky that!  I just went through my blog to put a linkhere for you to the post where I blogged about the sales... and I HAVEN'T blogged about the sales!  It was just in my Monthly newsletter (see why you need to subscribe! LOL).  So... I guess I have a topic for another post!  If only I can remember...

Until then, happy Scrappin'!

Upcoming Events for Cardmaking and Scrapbooking

Hi all!
So many fun events are coming up!  I wanted to share some with you that my Upline, Krista, is running. 

Up at the top you will see a menu bar now which includes my Calendar.  Be sure to keep your eyes on there for events that are coming up. 

This month on Aug 27th Krista is having a Card Making workshop using her new Cricut cartridge that is paired with CTMH.  I'll be attending- if you are interested be sure to let her know!  Or let me know!  You can see some of the details on my calendar when you click on the date.  Or go to Krisa's blog here.

Also although it's down the road, anyone who wants to have some good scrapbooking time will want to keep their calendar free for her All day Crop in October.  Again, the details can be found on my calendar.  The date for this event is
Saturday October 22nd.

Let me know if you'll be joining me for any of these events!  Can't wait!
Happy Scrappin'!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Scrappin' an image

Hi there!
Oh how I will miss the trailer- if for no other reason than because I have time to search the net and find all sorts of neat ideas!  My current search has been to find more blogs which use the Silhouette, a machine I own similar to the Cricut but you can do a lot of stuff yourself and you save everything on your computer instead of using cartridges.  Anyway- from hopping from blog to blog I came across a blog for Kelly Purkey.  She is one creative gal!!

On her blog (which you can access here ) she has a tutorial on how to make a map for your scrapbooking page.  I thought this is such a neat idea and you could use it for so many things.  You would want to be sure the image you are scrapping is not too complicated and that you could see the imagine without details- so you'd want it to be recognizable just with the outline- since you will be filling it in with paper.  But how fun! I can't wait to try this!

To help you understand what I'm talking about, here is one of the pictures she has on her blog
Isn't that neat?!  If you try this, be sure to send me a picture!  I'd love to see what you are creating!  And be sure to check out and follow Kelly's blog!  Happy Scrappin'!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Have you seen all the new stuff on my blog?!

Hi there!
So- I hope you have noticed- I have been adding a LOT to my blog! I'm so excited!  My hubby, 3 kids and I have been at our trailer since June 29th.  Al and I both work from home so we are blessed with the opportunity to work from- wherever!  So in the summer we get away and come here and we focus on family time and work.  I get SO much more done than I do at home!  And this summer I really wanted to focus on getting my blog and such set up while I had some time!  Which is why I am so excited! 

For this post, I wanted to point out some of the new features for you to ensure you didn't miss anything!  So here goes!

First, let's start with some of the regular posts I will be doing.  Tuesday's will be
3 T Tuesdays- Tips, Techniques or Tools
What does this mean?  Well, there are so many great things to share- I have lots of tips and techniques to show you for card making and scrapbooking, plus there are lots of products I just LOVE, most of which will make your crafting a lot easier!  With the new Idea Book just coming out, the number of tools and products I can show you are plentiful!  So every Tuesday I will do a special post with one of these "T's".

Saturday will be...
Scrappin' Simply Spotlight!
You may have already experienced this as I had one last week where I focused on work that Jayma does.  Those who know me know I am a promoter of momprenewers and small businesses.  Also I have been inspired by so many blogs and get so much info from them.  So Saturday's I will be spotlighting a special blog so you all can be inspired too.

I am very proud of myself as I had done some research and got some great detailed info from Heather's blog on how to make blog buttons (see the instructions on her blog here) And voila- I made a badge to give to those who I spotlight if they want to post it on their site!  Yay me!  If you know of a blog you think deserves to be in the spotlight, feel free to send the details along!

Now- along the right margin you will see a lot of the new stuff I have added. The first is that blog button I just mentioned- yup, I did that! With Heather's help!

Next you will see the "Follow by Email" area- so if you are like me and like the posts from your favourite bloggers to come to your inbox- just enter your address here and it will happen!  I LOVE this feature on blogs so I wanted to offer it as well!

The next item you can read and learn more about me... and there are a few places like that on the menu. 

The other new item is the "Subscribe to my Monthly Newsletter".  I just created my first newsletter this month!  It went out last week to those who I thought would enjoy getting it.  If you would like to receive it, just click the link!  I will not send more than 1 newsletter a month so I promise not to overwhelm your inbox.  If you missed the first one and would like one, just email me at and I will forward you a copy.

So- there is a little tour through my blog!  I hope you are enjoying it!  Be sure to let me know if there is anything YOU would like to see! 
Have a wonderful day!  Happy Scrappin'!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The FIRST Scrappin' Simply Spotlight

There are SO many creative people out there.  And no one is as kind with sharing their tips and tricks as Close to my Heart consultants!  I am always amazed by this group of crafters!  So, in honour of all those sharing their craftiness with me, I have decided to start this spotlight of inspiration.  Each week I will pick a new blog to spotlight.  For my readers, you will be introduced to some of my favourite blogs I follow.  Most will be papercrafting but there will be others as well.  After all, anyone who knows me knows I like to support all those hard working businesses out there- especially the home based ones!

For my first Scrappin' Simply Spotlight, I'd like to shine it on....

Jayma Malme and her Playing with Paper blog

Her works is just amazing!  Here is a sample of something I created based on the Name Frames I saw on her site:

This name frame is something I made for Kaylee's teacher for her year end/ maternity gift.  I saw the idea on Jayma's blog and knew I just HAD to make one!  Luckily I know a lot of pregnant people!  It was actually VERY easy to make as amazing Jayma gave all the dimensions on her blog!  The hardest part was picking what paper and embellishments to use!  Well- and getting out my supplies.  Oh how I dream for a crafting room!  Anyway- this family hadn't settled on a name yet for the baby but knew they were having a girl and with some investigation work I found out the colours for the baby's room was pink and white.  I incorporated some green and brown and well to bring in some other colours.  I was very happy with how it turned out and the family was thrilled as well! 

Be sure to visit Jayma's blog to see all of her amazing work.  Connect with her blog here to find the instructions for this piece- but don't stop there! She is someone you MUST follow!  I follow her blog with my email so I never miss a post! My in-box is jammed pack with ideas I have gotten from her!  Now go check out her blog, get inspired, and get Scrappin'!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

New Facebook Page address!

Wahoo- I have 25 "likes" on my facebook page and now have a smaller URL! I'm SO excited!  Although small, this was a goal of mine! 

If you haven't done so yet, visit my facebook page at or click here.  Be sure to share it with friends and family so they too can get tips, techniques and inspiration for scrapbooking and card making. 

I have lots of pictures to upload but being at my trailer, my internet is slow.  We will be back next week and I'll start showing some samples then.

Thanks to all my followers!  Keep it coming!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Dry Embossing Technique WITHOUT a machine

I just LOVE the look of embossed cards!  But sadly my budget has not yet allowed me to purchase a machine- although I look for sales ALL the time hoping to get one! 

Check out Shirley's blog post today for how to get the embossed look without the machine!  So easy and it looks so great!

If you don't already follow Shirley's blog, she is a must!  She has great ideas and tutorials!  One of my favs!

HERE IS THE LINK (it helps- I forgot it the first time LOL)

Happy crafting!

Stamp sets for Sale 
Here is a link to my Upline's Photobucket.  She has a bunch of stamp sets for sale, new and used, all great prices!  I have already claimed some LOL.  I am a stamp junkie!  But contact her if you are interested in any.  You can also email me at and I'll forward your email along.  She is in Oshawa.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Check out my Facebook Page

So- I find I'm in a bit of a bind.  I have big ambitions for my blog, but finding motivation is a little hard with only- sniff sniff- 2 followers.  SO- I decided to start a facebook page!  I will be doing a lot more updates on that but will also direct those people to come and check out my blog.  If this starts building up, I'll do both! 

So go to my page at
  Even if you don't have a facebook account, you can still view my posts.  And if you want me to keep the blog updated, be sure to message me so I know there are people out there reading and I'll keep going for ya!

Thanks all for following my love of scrapbooking!  Happy Scrappin!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

AWESOME kits!!

OK- I just love the CTMH kits which come out for National Scrapbooking Month!  If you look at the post below with my "angel" you will see an example of what I created using the kit from last year.  Those chipboard pieces are SO neat as they come all white. They have a pattern on them so when you add ink, the pattern comes through!  The best part of the kit is they come with an instruction brochure including the cutting instructions to create the layouts or cards in the kits.  So no thought is needed.  Or, if you'd rather, get creative with it.  It's up to you! 

I just LOVE the current one!  More to add to my collection! :)  This is only available in May and I have some people already who want one so please contact me ASAP if you don't want to miss the order!

Of course, I can't figure out how to get the flyer I have into this post LOL.  So you can see the You and Me Kit HERE for now and I'll see if I can figure this out!

Or email me and I'll send you the PDF flyer!  If you are a blogger and know how to make this happen, feel free to enlighten me!

Happy Scrappin!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wow...where does the time go?!

Hi there!
I'm not sure where the past month has gone!  Simply crazy!  I have so much to post but not enough time!  I did want to share at least 1 layout I did from the AWESOME WEEKEND RETREAT I was on!  It was so great to have a full night sleep!  Oh- and scrapbooking too LOL!!  Actually that was the best- to just leave my stuff out, work and stop to eat, then go back when I wanted.  I didn't get as much done as I had wanted but, do you ever?

I have a 2 page layout I did with the Miracle Scrapbooking Kit.  The funny thing is, I got this kit last year, but now they have it as a paper package!  The kit worked great with my photos.  I did 2- 2 page layouts and still have more to use!  Everything was included as well as an instruction brochure so no thought was involved.  Well, a little as I never have the right sized photos.  So I do the layout then move my pictures around until I get them to work.  Sometimes I need to add some matting, sometimes the paper in the background is enough.

If you have any questions about the layout let me know!  The picture was taken with my Blackberry so quality isn't great but it will work!  I want to take pictures of my other layouts.  I'm especially excited to show you what I have done with Flip Flaps.  On my list of things to do!

Here is the layout- I'd love to hear what you think!  Have a fabulous day!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

addition to Tips & Techniques page

Hey there!
I created a handout for a workshop I was doing and decided to post it here for you.  Check out my "Tips & Techniques" page (see the bottom of the options along the left hand menu bar) to see the handout.

WAHOO- hello to my 1st follower!

I'm so excited!!  Hi Jacque!!  My first follower!!  Thanks for checking out my site everyone- even if you don't officially follow!  Lots more info will be posted here!

Have a great night!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Looking for techniques and inspiration?

Be sure to check out the blog for Jeanette, founder and CEO of CTMH.  She has a great addition to her blog over the next 52 weeks called 52 Weeks of Wonder. Each week will bea different technique for you to learn.  This week she will be showing us how to do "generational stamping with a twist." Click here to check it out.  If you do not know what generational stamping is, Jeanette will explain the process to you in her post.

Also remember to check out CTMH TV for more ideas! There are lots of archieve projects there for you.  See my "Techniques and Inspirations" page for links.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Welcome to Scrappin' Simply!

I am SO excited! I have wanted to get a blog started for so long but have never had the time.  Well- still no time but I just can't help myself!   I have been a Blog Hopper for awhile and although I don't have a lot of time to craft, I wanted to create somewhere to share what I have been doing!

Since I have become a Close to My Heart Consultant, my crafting has come into many different areas of my life.  First- I always try and catch any full day Cropping sessions I can!  There is no better way to get a lot of stuff done than to have a full 12 hours dedicated to crafting with no interuptions.  Our church also as a Craft N Chat each month and I, along with my bestest gal friend Jacque, help make the creations we do each month.  My kids are crafty critters themselves and come swarming every time I take out my stuff.  We often create birthday cards for friends, birthday party invites, Valentine's cards, gifts for teachers.  The options are endless!

Be sure to check back often to see the creations and moments in my life which I want to preserve.

Thank you so much for coming by!