Thursday, March 31, 2011

Something Very Exciting.....

...that I can finally share today! Been about to BUST with the news but had to hold it in until today!! Check it out here!
Here are the projects I submitted for the DT call at My Little Shoebox....
I'm THRILLED to have been chosen for the 2011 Design Team at MLS and am SO looking forward to all the fun coming down the pike for the next 12 months!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Like Mother, like Daughter!

How cute are we, huh????These photos are of myself and my daughter, taken around the same age and in virtually the same "place"! I did it for my Monday challenge on Mar 7, at Sisterhood of Scrap - to scrap two photos that showcase either 2 different but related people separated by time, or the same person at 2 different times of their life. You can still join us if you're up for the challenge!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Do you know....

That old song from like, the 70's....? From a movie called Mahogany which I've never seen but I do remember it's theme song....Diana Ross sang it....remember? Oh nevermind, you probably weren't even born yet!
This photo of my daughter was taken last summer in Kenora while we were At The Lake. There were quite a few that came from this photo sesh and I've loved playing with them! The journaling is just the lyrics from the aforementioned song, Do You Know and the design sprang from this sketch from PencilLines.

Sunday, March 13, 2011


One more Hawaiian family vacation layout, if you don't mind. I was feeling chilly *yes, here in AZ* a few weeks ago and this seemed to help!
I did this layout for a challenge at Sisterhood of Scrap to take inspiration from a Canadian Group of Seven Painter AJ Casson. It was the color and light and the clouds that inspired me for this one. As well as that beautiful family, including Mr Cool with the popped collar and rolled up pants.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

An oldie, but a goodie....

Both the photo and the layout!

Ohmygoodness I was so excited to see a tutorial and learn how to make these chiffon melted flowers! So I had to use one on a layout immediately!!
This layout was done for Sisterhood of Scrap, using distressing and inking techniques. It also fit the Color Combos Galore challenge #178 and even got noticed there as the layout of the day! Cool beans, huh?

Friday, March 11, 2011

Footprints in the Sand

Another photo from the family Hawaii trip of 2007. This is of our daughter in law, a girl who makes everywhere she is a brighter place to be!

The layout was done for several February challenges at Sisterhood of Scrap, to use ribbon 3 different ways, 3 different sizes of fonts in the title, and using this PageMaps sketch.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Happiness is...

2 buds and a kitty.
From the olden days, when we lived in QC and the two little stay-at-home brothers were best buds! And we had a little orange kitty named Oliver and loved him up one side and down the other. I know, awww, right?
Done for the February scraplift challenge at Love is in the Details.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Beach Boy

Digging into the photo archives for this layout. Our family trip to Hawaii in 2007. Good times, good times!

Done for a Love is in the Details challenge and Maggi's Sisterhood of Scrap challenge and using this Sketchy Thursday sketch.

Monday, March 7, 2011


Chocolate butterflies....

Creme Brulee.....

fabulous food photography....

just a couple of my favorite things.

This layout was done for the ACOT trend challenge to use mini alphas, as well as Tabitha's Sisterhood of Scrap challenge to use journaling strips, and Lisa's sketch challenge at Love is in the Details.

Isn't it kind of weird how a layout on white background doesn't show up at ALL on the blog background screen??

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Mixed tapes...

But not the kind with songs from the 70's and 80's.

I wonder where all mine have gone anyway? Not that I have any way to listen to them now, but it would be cool to have them. I guess at some point I must have just decided to CHUCK them?!

But I ramble....

These mixed tapes are something of the latest and greatest. Heidi Swapp introduced some a few years ago. I loved them then. Still have some too - not chucking them! No way. More recently 7 Gypsies have introduced some that remind me of masking tape, and Pink Paislee have some very groovy designs and if I ever stop into a stationary store like I did recently in LA, I'm sure to find some very interesting Asian tapes like these from Kamoi! (Secretly, my favorite, but don't tell the other children.)

So it was happy news that the challenge at Crop Suey for this month is to use tapes. Any kind, any way. I altered the Making Memories butterflies with Pink Paisley tapes and the top and bottom of the layout are edged with 7 Gypsies tapes.

This card was also done for Crop Suey, using one of the keyUTE! digi stamps from Digi Stamp Characters that Heather so generously gave us to play with!! And of course, some tape! Heidi Swapp's and some Pink Paislee.

You should join us at Crop Suey - make your card, layout or altered project using tapes, and link it up at the Crop Suey blog for a chance to win something awesome!!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Happy Birthday Dr Suess!!

It's Arizona, so I don't think the in-like-a-lion weather measurement actually applies here. It's mostly always fairly lamb-like here, but we can still get excited about the prospect of spring!! And there's fun stuff springing up all over the place!! Check out Sisterhood of Scrap where we're starting off the month with some March Madness!! Fun games and challenges galore!!

Here are two challenges I'm issuing over there.

It's Dr Suess's birthday today and if he were still alive you can be sure he'd be starting his day with a blast from the Birthday Honk-Honker from up on Mt Zorn who'd be wishing him Happy Birthday with his big Birthday Horn!

But we can still party like we live in the Birthday Pal-alace over in Katroo! Just make a layout and use some Dr Suessism for your title or journaling! See? It's as easy as this!

This next challenge is to mark Harry Houdini's birthday!! By using some hidden journaling! Tell me you didn't see that coming from a mile away...!

Here's my sample layout for that.
I tried to capture on the layout what I expressed in the letter to my daughter inside the envelope, about how hard it was to say goodbye when she left (at the tender age of 19) to travel to Australia to live and work for a year! How even though we were saying all the right encouraging things we just really wanted to keep her safe at home!