Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Is the name of one of the newest My Little Shoebox lines and I got to play with it before CHA! Here is one of the fun projects I made using the travel papers and stickers.

I die-cut the car shape with the Cricut Boys will be Boys cartridge and then printed various games and activities on the less busy sides of the paper before laminating each car. Oh yeah, and added wheels to the front and back covers, as well as the name on the front of the book.

For one of the pages, I laminated some of the transportation stickers and glued magnets to the back of them. Underneath these magneted stickers are the names of each one, for a fun matching game.

Well ok, fun if you're 3!

There's a dry erase marker velcroed onto the back cover

and some fun, ball chains and eyelets to loop the whole thing together!

We did frequent car trips when our kids were little and I would have LOVED making these for them then, knowing how much fun they would have provided!

Thanks for stopping by to check out this MLS project!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Oats, peas, beans and barley grow....

I love a good farmer's market. Pretty sure it goes back to my years of being a vendor at them. Loading the truck the night before and setting up in the dark and cold, early Saturday morning. Like 4:00 early. At least that's what it felt like. A nice thermos of coffee, seeing favorite customers coming in as soon as the dawn broke, pretty soon the cacophony of sounds and smells had you fully awake and it's just a good place to be!

I didn't have vegies to sell, nor baked goods or bunches of flowers.... Well, wait, yes I did, just not fresh flowers. More like dried floral wreathes and primitive folk art. But anyway, that was a long time ago, and now, I just like to be a shopper with my re-usable-eco-friendly-'cause-I'm-all-current-like-that, shopping bags at the farmer's market. And photographer.

So I went to one recently.... picked out some yellow beans, some bright orange carrots with just the tiniest bit of dirt still on them, some beets, cucumbers, new potatoes, but no tomatoes.

Not that day.

Maybe next time.

I also got some garden peas. As opposed to grocery store or frozen peas. I know they're all garden vegies, but garden just has to be part of the peas' name.

Then I got one of the men-children who live with me, to shell them. Just so's he could incorporate "shell peas" into his personal vocabulary and life experience.

A little while later, after some in and out, a bit of banging at the back, he brings me this. Like a cat with a mouse in her mouth.

He says he always wanted to know what this looked like.
2 Peas in a Bucket. Which any scrapper worth their salt, knows is a wonderful scrap-site with an inspirational gallery and design team, shopping and message boards that can provide the answers to any scrap question you might ever have. Not to mention interesting unrelated chitchat.

But how would HE know???

Apparently I have mentioned this once or twice.

Also, apparently, some of what I say is actually heard!?

Who knew.

I think I shall keep this lad.

And now, before you go, you should head on over to the My Little Shoebox blog and check out the Trick or Treat blog hop! I didn't play this time round, but I'm pretty sure you'll see some CUTE stuff. Pretty sure!

Monday, August 8, 2011

August Challenge at Crop Suey

Lol, so apparently even my brain is on vacation! The challenge was posted 3 days ago at Crop Suey and I'm remembering today(!) that I should also post it here! Oh well. No one died.

So the challenge was to use this vintage ad for inspiration.

Which I used to come up with this:
More photos of the "hot" car that was loaned to my daughter to drive while she was "between" cars. And, I used Studio Calico's June Paper Moon kit. So head on over there to see what the other girls have done with this challenge and get some inspo to do a LO of your own!

Thanks for checking in here to see what's new!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

CHA - Warning. The longest blog post I've ever posted.

Ok, so I know I'm a bit of a Suzy-come-lately to the party, and that you've already seen a ton of sneak peaks from before and during CHA, of all the fun new product that's coming down the line, but what kind of a scrappy blog would this be if I didn't show you a couple of the things I can't wait to get my hot little hands on!?

K, but first?

I have to show you this.

I had not heard about this little detail of CHA...30 minutes before the doors open and the trade show officially begins, there is a parade of bag pipers followed by the officionadas of CHA - the committee executives, and they go up and down all the aisles and it's all very grand for someone like me who's easily impressed!

So now, without further ado....and in no particular order.....I can't wait to own/have/use:

Pink Paislee wood grain alphas
and these Pink Paislee hexagon chipboard shapes!!
Right? How cute are they?? Look how they arranged them at the bottom of the framed product board! Along with all the other yumminess they're releasing!


(Her cute section of the AC booth)

Ok, well anything and EVERYthing by American Crafts is on my must have list! They really knocked it out of the park this season with more Thickers
Peppermint!? Yes please.
Mmhmm? Did I not say?

And also, American Crafts CHALK BOARD PAPER from their Nightfall line!! (sorry no photo).

October Afternoon wants to keep me very happy with their wide array of mini alpha colors!!

Tim Holtz has some competition in Wendy Vecchi! I love her style!
(Better than TH even....did I say that out loud?)
And Dyan Reaveley too. Check out her new stamps!

It was watching her demo her stamps that I found out that this Ranger Heat It Craft Tool MAKES NO NOISE!!! Ok, you probably knew that already but I don't get out much.

Can you guess where I saw this?

And while I don't consider Martha Stewart a true authentic in the scrapbook industry, I do love some of the stuff her People create and market. These cupcake papers for example. I WILL have those. And make cupcakes in the ones that are left over after I've finished making this CUTIFUL cupcake papers floral bouquet!!!

Crafter's Workshop masks and templates
This photo isn't the greatest, so you really do have to go here and check out their new releases individually! Some seriously cool designs that bring them to the forefront of the paper crafting industry. I think.

In the completely fun category is this honeycomb paper from Inky Antics! You can make some super cute pop-up shapes for cards in an array of colors!

But on the days when we don't feel so cutesy, there is SO sophisticated La Blanche! Wow. Know I will be trying this 3-d technique with a stamp, ink and some Utee.

And there's the Tattered Angels Mistables by Pink Paislee, (paper, chipboard alphas, ribbon, masks, muslin flowers, tags, fuzzy stickers) and Crate Paper's Farmhouse collection and ohmyhelpus, Maya Road goodness that doesn't quit and more clouds and wood veneers and 2 new paper lines and chipboard shapes from Studio Calico and Unity Stamp Co. who has teamed up with so many cool companies including My Little Shoebox and Spellbinders (yes!) and then there's Spellbinders' new spiral blossom dies and I could go on and on and on! And I have a bad hunger now too for a Silhouette of my own.

Happily I can report that clouds and woodgrain are not going away yet (thank goodness; I'm not even close to getting tired of them), and silhouettes and cameos are coming on strong.
American Crafts NIGHTFALL 12x12 Double-Sided Cardstock Sheet - Midnight Moon

As well, there is plenty to feed my washi tape obsession!!

Now for a couple fun pics from various booths around the show....

yes, all ribbon!

yup, buttons!

Oh HAY! I know her! (Me with our fearless leader and creator, Helen Chu!)

And there's my pretty friend Shemaine, teaching a make-n-take in the MLS booth.

One more of the whole bunch of us in the MLS booth.
These are the girls who made the whole CHA experience an over-the-top-fun-time!

And who also introduced me to this not-to-miss Chicago treat - deep dish pizza!!
Oh. My. Word.
You do not want to go there if you're not sTaR-HaR-vInG!!

And as a final note...?

So glad I didn't get rid of my foam stamps....I KNEW they'd make a comeback!!! Thank you Jenni Bowlin!!