Wednesday, November 30, 2011

pink and green and mint and brown and rose

equals one fun color scheme challenge at Challenge Me Happy, up today!
I used my old Technique Tuesday Timberline stamps to create the patterned paper title letters. Felt good to pull them out again after so long...
And because it was a beach photo I wanted to add the Prima gem things to imitate the look of beach glass, even though a lake in Northern Saskatchewan is about the last place any beach glass will show up. An inconvenient detail I didn't let stop me!!
There's a ton more awesome inspo at the Challenge Me Happy blog that you MUST go check out, including a guest designer and a fun prize for someone who does the challenge and links it up!!

Friday, November 25, 2011

An Italian Christmas

That's the theme for today's challenge up at Polka Doodles! To make a Christmas card using the colors of the Italian flag. Which makes for a very pretty card, I think! I used a holly image from the Polka Doodle Sundae of Seasons cd, as well as the red polka dot paper from that cd. The scallop circle is made with a Spellbinders die and the rest is card stock. You could put a greeting on the front or do like me and leave it clean, putting the greeting on the inside. Pretty quick and simple, huh?

Be sure and drop by the Polka Doodles blog for scads more lovely ideas for Christmas cards! Then make sure to link up your own card for a chance to win!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm wishing all my American friends a healthy and happy Thanksgiving day!! We're having our turkey tomorrow and it will be our 2nd one this fall! We've actually already celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving with turkey and the fixin's back in Oct! Here's guessing round 2 will be just as yummy and wonderful!!

Remember the Winter Wonderland blog hop on Monday? Random Generator dot com randomly generated a winner and it is LORNA!

Lorna said...

Your DD did an amazing job on your blog Norine! She is just like her Momma....very talented!

Love the product and love what you did with it! WTG!

Lorna, I'll be in contact with you!
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Monday, November 21, 2011

A Winter Wonderland Blog hop and a giveaway and an unveiling!!

Last things first.

Check out my blog re-design! Unless you're my mom mom, you probably don't come here often enough to detect the change, so I'm pointing it out for you. Isn't it pretty?? My daughter did it for me from about 5000 miles away cuz she's totally awesome like that!! She didn't once complain when I asked her to change one thing or another. (No, try this shade. No, I like the last one better. Wait, can you go back to the first one you tried? And now can you...)

You can check out her work here. She's not only cute and stylin' but a FAB Photog as well!

Now, then.

Welcome to My Little Shoebox's Winter Wonderland blog hop!! You should have arrived here from sweet Erin's blog, but if you just happened along randomly you'll want to go here and start at the beginning so you don't miss anything!!
I live in Arizona now, but once I lived most of my life in the Great White North, aka Canada. Now that I don't have to shovel anything but sunshine I can enjoy the season ever so much more!! And the icing on THAT piece of cake, is this new My Little Shoebox line, Winter Wonderland!! The colors and patterns are SO awesome to work with; a little different than the traditional and that's part of what makes it so fun! And the die-cut stickers and the co-branded Unity stamps that complete the set are SO fun!! And if you were looking for some of your own, you came to the right place! Leave a comment and 2 names will be randomly drawn to win the collection for your own! That announcement will be made on the MLS blog on Tues, Nov 22.

So here's a sampling of what I've already made with this line.
This one has modeling paste applied to the snow line on the paper and then Martha Stewart crystal snow stuck to it. I like it, but not as much as
this one where I used Crystal Lacquer and sprinkled another Martha Stewart sparkly snow product on it. It dried clear and looks kinda pretty! If I do say so myself.
And here's a gift tag I made with the snowman stamp from the Winter Wonderland stamp set. Does he not just melt your heart?
Oh look!! Here's a bunch of them! If one is cute, 8 has got to be awesome right?!
You like?

You want?

Ok, leave a comment and I'll try and pull YOUR name out of the hat to send you a set of 8 snowmen gift tags. That ought to lighten your seasonal task list a little, right?

Now back to the administration side of things. Your next stop will be Becky's blog. If there should be a kink in the chain and you get lost, here's the list to follow.

Thanks for joining us today for our Winter Wonderland inspirational card hop. Don't forget there will be 2 Winter Wonderland collections given away to a random commenter on one of the participating blogs and the winners will be announced on the My Little Shoebox blog on Tuesday, November 22.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Aaaand...they're back!!

Scrap Your Crap challenge blog took a hiatus for a while, but now they're back, with a shiny new DT and a whack of exciting challenges lined up!

For the first challenge, we want you to pull out your mists. At least 3 different colors. Or paints, if you haven't yet fallen into the big deep misting pit!! I have, but I'm not trying very hard to climb out, I have to say. Almost every LO gets a spritz or two!!

Here's the layout I made for the challenge:
And some deets. (Weird the difference in color between the scanner and a camera, huh? The yellow is closer to the actual color tone.)
For the title block, I laid down some old (kinda ugly) letter stickers I didn't want to use anymore, but liked the shape of well enough. Then I blocked around the stickers with scrap paper and went to town with several different colors of Mr Huey and Maya Road mists. After everything dries, it's easy enough to lift off the letter stickers and this is what you get!
Now we want to see what you do with your mists! Link up back at the SYC blog and show us so we can oooh and ahhhh all over you!!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Challenge Me Happy!

New challenge today folks! Head on over to Challenge Me Happy to find out the deets! This fortnight, we have this photo to use for inspiration!
And this is the LO I created with that inspo. As soon as I saw the photo I thought of this paper from Sassafrass. Innit yummy?

Also check out my crazy mad photoshop skillz!! I don't have any kind of fancy pants iphone, but I love the hipstamatic photo app like all the cool kids are doing. So I just asked my friend Google (you're welcome, you can thank me later.) how to make this photo
LOOK like that and several hours later, I had this photo.
(The fact that the photo edit took longer than creating the layout did is in no way, a reflection on my parents, from who's gene pool the lifeguard would have expelled me.)

But who's a cool kid now, huh??

So yeah, what was I saying? Oh right, the inspo. I also loved those grid like letters so I pawed through my paper stash to find something that made me think of that. That's Cosmo Cricket paper.

Oh and hey! This yummy hand-dyed ribbon?
I die, right!?
I got it here!

So anyway, we'd love to see what this photo inspires YOU to create!! Link it up over there; awesome prizes are in your future!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Some halloween hijinks!

Well not really, just halloween layouts, but I like the word hijinks and I think it gets short shrift in literary life! So I like to use it whenever I can.

These layouts are up at the My Little Shoebox blog featuring the Trick or Treat line today too, so I thought I'd also show you some details.

First up is this layout of my BIL and SIL a couple of years ago (ok more than a couple, but who's counting.) at a Halloween party. Mirror images. Get it? I know, lol. I left the roll up flower die cuts flat for this layout 'cuz I like that look too!

And then there's the year we went all out carving pumpkins!

It might have had something to do with a certain visitor from Australia we were collectively trying to impress....

or it might just have been a new set of carving tools that got us all amped up.


Maybe my philosophy that "anything worth doing is worth over-doing" is infecting the people I live with too...!? I wish this infection would also work with the philosophy that kitchens look nicer when the dirty dishes are in the dishwasher and the cupboard doors are all shut!

That only seems irrelevant to anything if you have not looked at my kitchen today.

Sigh, but anyway, lets look at this layout! I did a fun thing with it. See all those spider web lines?
I drew over them with a glue pen and then sprinkled black embossing powder around like some kind of demented Tinker Bell and heated things up with a heat tool! Voila! I thought it looked kinda great!

And on the subject of kinda great, there's those fun roll up flowers again. Not much they don't improve!!
Thanks for stopping by, you gorgeous things!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011


Another design team gig!! For Love is in the Details!!

This one is very special to me because it's an online store and forum based in Miami, Manitoba and that's my home and native land! Well, Manitoba is. And the girls there are my peeps who I talk to everyday and even if we've never actually all met in person, it's an awesome community of caring girls! (They're the ones who keep me up to date on what important things are going on my home town, such as snow storms and good restaurants.) And Lori, whose store it is, is the most fabulous in all the land! She does it all! Runs a thriving scrapbooking mail order biz, throws amazing themed crops, (and scraps a mean layout herself!) caters, sells meals from her home kitchen and personally exemplifies what her business name means!

So when out of the blue one day, she phones me up (and it's worth pointing out, that even though we're quite close in age, Lori has the voice of a 25 year old. It's uncanny. And also a little bit unfair.) to ask me if I'd like to join her design team, I was all, um, ye-ah!
Didn't even need to think about that one!
So I'll be joining Chelsea, Lisa and Nola to help bring more fun and fresh ideas and inspiration to an already fun and friendly place!
Wouldn't it be so fun if you came over and joined us!?

So here's a couple layouts and tag cards made with product available at Love is in the Details.

Supplies used: Basic Grey - Out of Print, Dressmaker shape, bitty bags like these and these, BoBunny buttons like these, chipboard embellies, Tim Holtz ink and a few things from the stash.