Saturday, October 29, 2011

Wee Memories Challenge 74

Hello!  Happy Saturday!  Can you believe that we are at the last weekend of October already?  :>  Today I am here with a new Wee Memories Scrappy Saturday Challenge!  This week we have a new sponsor Jay Gee's Nook!  Jay Gee's Nook is a little online shop in Australia!  She offers product that is new to Australia market at reasonable prices! 

This week our challenge is Brands, Buttons or Bows!  The 3 important B's!  You can create with all 3 or just one!

I decided to create with a bow.  Usually when I think of bow's I picture ribbon but I realized that I make bows with twine all the time!  I decided to make a sympathy card as I want to be prepared with them.  I used my go to color combo for it (because it's good for both men and women)

I stamped the envelope background by Hero arts in Antique Linen distress inks by tim Holtz, stamped the leaves over top from the With Sympathy set and embossed the sentiment!  Added some baker's twine with a bow to finish it off!

I have a cute story to share.  I was cutting Carter's nails after bath time and trying to keep him still so I was asking him questions and such.  I asked him how many fingers do you have?  Without missing a beat he says:  many!  I had a good laugh!  He is right but it wasn't the answer I was looking for!

I hope you will join us this week!  Please check out the Wee Memories blog for more info and to be inspired by my fellow design teams creations!  You have until Friday November 4th to play!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Fall Card Exchange!

Hello!  It's been a busy couple of days as I have been working on a lot of different projects and some of them crafty.  :>  The major one is Ariel's birthday invites!  Still slaving away with it!  I wanted to pop in and share two cards.  A few weeks ago I organized a fall card exchange in the Hero Arts Flickr group!  I love organizing these card exchanges, I love bringing friends together sending cards that they love to make to each other!

I made this card for Kathy:

I embossed the flower and leaf from the Floursh Flower and Leaf set by Hero Arts and than colored it with several Distress inks!  I also colored the lace with spiced marmalade ink, I was really pleased with how it turned out!  

I received the most lovely card from Brenda:

I have her card sitting on my side coffee table and I so enjoy seeing it through the day!  The rhinestones glitter beautifully!  It's so fun to open an envelope and find a gorgeous handmade card!

Have a great night I am off to bed!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

All Things Grow With Love

Hello!  I hope your having a great weekend! :>  I am a bit late with my Wee Memories Scrappy Saturday Challenge post as I was away for a few days!  We went on a little vacation to a close city in the US with our kids and with some friends of ours who also took there kids.  We had such a fun time by the pool, eating out and spending time together!  And I did get some shopping in there!  With a few new crafty items! :>  We ended up joining Chad's family at the next city (an hours drive) so we enjoyed spending time with the cousins, and I got more shopping done!

This week our sponsor is Annabelle Stamps!  They have such a great selection of stamps to work with!  They were so generous to us and provided us with stamps, I totally loved and All Things Grow With Love and got this one:

I have so many ideas and can't wait to play with this set again!  With being busy packing (why is it even a small trip results in so much to get ready?) I only had the chance to make one card!  

This week our challenge is Free For All!  How could you not join us and play along?

I loved stamping these leaves over and over in various shades of green!  :>

It's always fun to travel but with little kids it is quite exhausting so we are looking forward to a relaxing day today.  Well I still have to go grocery shopping as our fridge is empty!  This was our first time traveling since Carter has been sleeping in a bed so it was interesting!   Ariel usually falls asleep right away at night and Carter usually takes a bit to fall asleep.  Even though they were both exhausted it took them a little while fall asleep!  We had them sleep in separate beds but the third night they slept together.  That was so hard!  Because they were so exhausted they were even more worked up! And they woke up earlier than ever it was cute to hear them giggling when they woke up!  On the drive home Carter slept for 2 and a half hours of the 3 and a half hour drive home!  Ariel slept too, it was funny them conked out!

Here is a cute photo from the weekend,  at the restaurants we had the kids sit at there own table, we learned that Carter still needs to sit in a high chair otherwise he is roaming the whole restaurant! (Well at least the first night they sat us upstairs alone!)
When we met up with Chad's family we visited a sports store that has a ferris wheel inside:

I am feeling quite inspired which is really good since I have a lot of crafty deadlines.  But the list is a bit stressful.  Currently working on Ariel's birthday invites, I was going to go the easy route of a printed invitation or store bought but inspiration has struck at least I am halfway done!

I hope that you will join us this week!  You have until Friday October 28th 11:59 pst to play!  Please do check out the Wee Memories Blog for more deets and to be inspired by my fellow talented DT!!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Zebra Shoes!

Hello!  Happy Wednesday! :>  Can't believe it's Wednesday already!  Fall may be over as it's so cold here and it snowed a little bit last night!  We've had to pull out winter coats!  Yikes two weeks ago today it was so hot you could go swimming (my friend invited me to but I didn't feel well!)  So fast the weather has changed!  

I wanted to stop in with a card that I made for the Market Street Stamps special edition First Anniversary Block Party!  Market Street Stamps has just turned one and I am so excited for them!  Angelica one of the owners really is a sweetheart and I couldn't be any more happy for her!  I had to make a card and play along!  I so enjoyed being there guest designer this past July! 

I had to play with the Fashionista set!  I have a funny story to share, when I created with this set I "lost" the sentiment I used on today's card.  I turned my craft table upside down looking for it!  Time I could have been using to create!  I looked everywhere.  I have a  good memory so it really bugged me!  After some time I came to the sad realization it was gone!  And you know nothing is worse or more annoying than losing a stamp!  And I went on and created without it!  A few days later I found a package of candy (I love candy and hide it all over the place so the kids don't find it, they have before and have a great time!) that I had forgotten all about.  When I picked up the package I found my stamp!  It was at the bottom of the bag of candy!  It got stuck to the bottom! I know you understand my joy when I found it!  I had had the candy on my craft table but you know I quickly hid it from the kids!  Whoooo hoooo so I was so happy to create with this sentiment today!

I made this card for a close girl friend who celebrated her birthday yesterday!  This card is so her and I know she will just love it!  Ever since I've had this set I have planned to  make her birthday card with it!  We are currently on baby watch for her with her second as she is 7 days overdue right now!  Can't wait!  I may be bringing her this card when I go visit her and her new baby!  :>  It really is so fun when your friends don't find out what gender they are having!

Well I am off! I am so excited to share some very exciting crafty news hopefully next week!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Embossed Wildflowers

Happy Monday!  Another start to the week!  Hope you've had an amazing start!  Today I enjoyed a playdate with a girlfriend and her two boys!  Carter had been asking to play with him last week so I am glad they were able to come over!  And what a fantastic playdate, as a mommy to a busy boy who doesn't always keep his hands to himself the joy that comes from a day when he does and you have a hassle free playdate where they play amazing all day really is special!  And my friend and I had such great conversation!  I love friends you get along with and is a great person!  Carter was so sweet he took a short nap after they left and when he woke up he told me he missed his friend!

While I cook dinner (super easy mushroom pork chops and rice) I thought I would stop in with a card! I really like this card, love the design and made it quick.  But picking out which pp I wanted to use took 3 days, no kidding!  But it was worth it no?

Still working on cards for my church bookstore!  But I am in the mood to do so, so it's all good!  :>  I used Stella and Rose pp by My Mind's eye, realized that I've had it for a bit so I should stop hoarding it already!  Am I the only one who tries to save 1 piece of each pp for future use? I made this card on Saturday night.  Chad was out with the guys watching our city's hockey and football game.  I picked up some thai food from my favorite thai place as a treat as I don't eat out that much.  And enjoyed creating!  I got a peanut stir fry, it was amazing with a coconut base.  I am in love with peanut stir fries lately and want to try to make my own.  But I did a few years ago and it was horrible!  So know of any good peanut stir fry recipes? 

Products used:  Vintage Cream cardstock by PTI, Stella and Rose pp by My Mind's eye, Wildflowers and Butterflies stamp set by Hero Arts, Zing Chestnut embossing powder, versarmark, sentiment from PTI.

Well I better get back to dinner! :>

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Wee Memories Challenge 72!!

Hello!  Happy Saturday!  I am here with another fabulous Wee Memories Scrappy Saturday Challenge!  This morning maybe while your reading this I am currently at a baby and kids sale, selling all my baby toys, clothes and what nots!  It's nice to clean out my basement!  And sorta sad to close the door to that part of my life!  :>

This week our sponsor is the cutest stamp company ever, Lawn Fawn!  Our challenge this week is Holiday Madness!  Create a card for an upcoming Holiday!  There are so many holidays coming up!  :>

I decided to make a Christmas card!  I played with a few of my Lawn Fawn stamps!

I played with winter bunny and say cheese by Lawn Fawn!  So enjoyed it!  Maybe a fun Holiday photo!  Soon this will be a major past time for my children, sledding!  I used some Hero Arts stamps too (sentiment and snowflakes) and the pp is October Afternoon!

I wanted to share some cute stories with you.  Last week my MIL took Carter to the cabin with his cousin who is the same age as him.  They had a blast!  Playing together!  My MIL said they chatted the whole drive and she did not understand how they understood each other sine she couldn't understand them!  Than last Sunday we had a family gathering and they started playing together again.  It was so sweet to see them sitting on the floor pushing a car back and forth to each other!  Cameron loves Carter just as much so it's so cute to see there friendship bloom!  Carter is just 3 but seeing him making buddies is so sweet!  Today all day he has been asking to play with his friend Hudson over and over and over.  I called my friend to ask her over for a playdate next week, she told me that Hudson had been doing the same to her the other day!  We let them talk on the phone to each other and heard I heard Carter say "I want to play with you!  I miss you!  Your my friend!"   So cute!

Well I hope you will join us this week with our challenge!  Can't wait to see what you create!  Please check out the Wee Memories blog for more deets and to see the always fabulous design team creations!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

WildFlower Christmas

Hello! Happy Thursday to you!  It's a dreary cool day here, one that reminds us that winter is on it's way!  I've been enjoying my day at home with Carter and I babysat my friends two little boys today too.  It was good they had a lot of fun and the youngst is just 1.  I very much enjoyed cuddling him and by the end of the day thought to myself I could just keep him!  :>

Today I have a card that I made for the current Hero Arts October challenge.  One of the challenges is to make Holiday cards with non Holiday stamps!  At first I was a bit thrown off and didn't think I would play with this part of the challenge.  But than I started thinking of using a small stamp in the Wildflowers and Butterflies Hero Arts set to make a colorful background and realized I could do a Christmas one!  Here it is:

I stamped one of the small flower stamps from the Wildflowers and Butterflies HA set over and over to create the background.  Than I tied the bow and than stamped the sentiment from a HA Christmas sentiment set. Added some rhinestones for a bit of bling, foam squares for depth and there you go!  I love how this background looks.  I think it works really well for a Christmas card!

Well I am off.  Chad is out watching hockey with a good friend and the kids are in bed.  It's quiet here!  Lately I've been very inspired so I am off to get creative! I have a whole bunch of card ideas in my head!  Plus tonight is a good tv night with grey's anatomy, private practice, the mentalist, big bang and the office!  Yesh too many good thing we PVR them and watch them through the weekend!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Cards for Card Drive for Kids with Spina Bifida

Hello!  Happy Wednesday!  Always find that the week after a long weekend just flies by! Tonight I am looking forward to my dance class!  :>  Oh and my skor dip, I had cream cheese that was close to expiry so I whipped some up last night and have been enjoying it with apples that are in season right now!  Check out the recipe here, soooo yummy! Although I warn you it's soooo addicting!  And I added more cream cheese as I found it sweet so maybe put less sugar...

I wanted to share with you a card drive that my friend Giovana is doing.  "Card Drive for Kids" with Spina Bifida. October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month  I think it's really great that she is collecting cards for these kids and families and wanted to support her so  I made two similar cards to send.  Please consider making cards for this also for more info please check out her blog here.

I couldn't resit coloring the girl robot pink!  I masked the robots when I stamped the graph background over the robots.  I had fun using up scraps for the banners.  I'll be honest I really like this fun design!  :>

Products used:  Robot Trio, Sending Smiles, Graph Background by Hero Arts, lime twist by My Mind's eye, derwent colored pencils, recollections cardstock.

I wanted to share with you my friends that I quit my job!  I hardly worked but I've hardly worked for almost 4 years at the children's clothing store!  I would say on average a shift a week, every so often during a busy stint maybe 3 or 4 and at times nothing (winter)  I really enjoyed it. I loved my discount! Shopping while I was there!  Chatting with people (I love to socialize!) But there were a lot of negatives like call in shifts that I would need to call in an hour before and see if I am needed, and were talking 2 of those or more a week!  With becoming a real estate agent in the near future I would have needed to quit anyways.  In the end they had changed the job description and the amount of hours needed, and it was too much on a weekly basis for me and my family.  With Ariel being in school all day now I had a really hard time leaving to go to work and the thought of so many more hours I broke down and had a good cry which told me it was time to go.  It's a good break for me to focus on my course, my kids and family before I start my new career!

Well that's it for me!  And don't forget to enter my blog candy you can click here!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving and some blog candy!

Today here in Canada it's Thanksgiving!  Happy Thanksgiving!  (don't miss reading to end of this post I have some blog candy!) We are enjoying this long weekend very much with some relaxing time at home!  Last night we had a great big fun family dinner with my husband's family.  It was also a great night as our city had it's first NHL game in 15 years!  We lost our team back than and just got it back!  Sadly they lost but still played a good game and it's our team again!  My hubby is one of the really lucky ones who got season tickets (with friends) they sold out in 3 minutes!

I have a card that I made for my hubby's parents to share, I can't seem to get enough of playing with these rich fall colors!

I stamped the leaves as if they were flying around, we had a very very windy day here (the kid that tress fall over!) made me think of it!  Embossed the sentiment (so happy to have a Happy Thanksgiving sentiment finally) in chestnut and added some twine and a button, there you go!  Oh and remembered how much fun it is to distress the edges!

Products used:  Delicate Leaf clusters, old Letter writing, celebrate everyday and button by Hero Arts, Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo, Barn Door, Wild Honey Distress Inks by Tim Holtz, Versamark, Chestnut zing Embossing powder, twine by the Twinery!

Thanksgiving is a time to think of what you are thankful for (not that I don't more often than that!)  I really am blessed in the small and the big.  Trying to live each day being thankful is a goal of mine and one that I think leads to happiness.  I wanted to thank you for being my crafty friend.  For taking the time to read my blog and for always leaving me kind encouraging comments!!  What better way to say thank you than to offer up some blog candy?

Anita's Thank You Blog Candy!

This blog candy consists of:

Daisy Label by Hero Arts Cling Stamp
Vintage Music background clear stamp by Market Street Stamps
Basic Grey Lauderdale 6 by 6 paper pad
Sea Pearls and Gems by Hero Arts
Sea Ribbon by Hero Arts
Mixed Earth Buttons by Hero Arts
The Fine Details:

You must be a follower of my blog to enter (if you subscribe by email please say so)
Please leave me a comment on this post.
Please leave your email address in your comment.  You can leave it like 
email at gmail dot com  
so no spammers find it.
IF you would like to post about this on your blog, or tweet it, or facebook it please do you can leave as many comments for each (so up to 4 comments per person) (you do not need to to enter but if you do you can have more comments)

I will leave this open until Tuesday November 1st, 2011.

Good luck and thank you!!!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Wee Memories Challenge 71!!

Hello!  Happy Saturday!  Here in Canada we are celebrating Thanksgiving this weekend and it's a long weekend!  I am here with a new Wee Memories Scrappy Saturday Challenge! 

This week we have a great sponsor, Paper Smooches!  They have the cutest stamps!! Kim has been so generous to provide two prizes, so two winners! Isn't that wonderful?

Our challenge this week is Halloween!  Perfect for this time of year!  And if you don't celebrate a fall creation!  Since I don't celebrate I made a fall card!

I love that we have the option to make a fall card for the challenge as not everyone celebrates:

I am still working on cards for my church's bookstore since I got this PTI set that is all faith and bible verses! 

Products used:  Beautiful Blessings, Mat Stack 4 by PTI.  Delicate Leaf Clusters and old letter writing by Hero Arts, barn door, spiced marmalade, vintage photo distress inks by Tim Holtz.  Ek Success punch, prima lace.

Last night Chad and I went on a double date with a good couple friend of ours.  We went to a restaurant in what's called the exchange district close to downtown.  It's not an area that since we've had kids and such we've gone to much!  The restaurant features healthy fast food with healthy homemade sauces.  I ordered peanut chicken stir fry.  They call it noodles in a box and it came in a takeout box!  So yummy!  We went there because this restaurant has an amazing deal of dinner and a movie at the your choice of downtown movie theaters for not much more than what a movie ticket is!  It was a lot of fun and going to an area of town that you don't usually go to made it feel like we were in a different city!  Kinda nice to break out of the norm!  We saw:

And really enjoyed it!  :>  Great guy movie that you will enjoy too!  :>  What a fun night we had!

I hope that you will join us for this week's challenge!  Please make sure to check out the Wee Memories blog to see all my fellow DT's creations!!!!  You have until Friday October 14th 11;59 pst to play!!!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Praying for You

Hello Happy Thursday!  It's a been a busy week here.  On Tuesday I worked the provincial election here.  It's a long day I was there from 6:30 in the morning to 9:30 at night!  It's almost like losing a day in the week!  I really enjoy working the election though, I worked in my area so I knew so many people.  :>  My MIL took Carter and his cousin who is the same age to the cabin for the night!  The weather couldn't be better it's hot like summer still!  Carter is going to have so much fun! I had the afternoon to myself as Ariel was at school.  Tonight the three of us went to see Mr Poppers Penguins, great family movie!

I did want to pop in and share a card that I recently made.  At scrapfest when I went to do the Authentique make and take they asked me if I was a facebook friend, and I said yes.  Apparently I was the first all day!  They gave me a bunch of there 6 by 6 papers to play with.  Here is my first card using them:

I embossed the flowers from my new HA set Butterflies and Wildflowers added some twine.  I went with the praying for you sentiment as I am working on cards for my church's bookstore.  :>

I am reading a book right now that I can't put down, maybe you've read it too:

And yes it's as good as you have heard!  I really wanted to read the book before I see the movie!  I can't wait to see the movie! Tomorrow when Ariel is at school I better be good and not read but study my course!

Well I am off to watch a bit of tv before bed with my hubby!  Thursday is such a good tv night!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Happy World Card Making Day!

Hello!  Happy World Card Making Day!  I am here with both my Wee Memories challenge blog hop and my post for World Card Making Day!  I love that there is a day that celebrates Card Making! I have a few things to do today but plan to get some craft time with my daughter!  I think celebrating World Card Making Day with someone I love will make it better!  For the Wee Memories Blog Hop you should have arrived here from Amy's blog!

 This week's Wee Memories Challenge is all about your favorites!  So create with your favorite technique!  Our sponsor is Unity Stamp Company!  We have a stamp set for your winner as our prize!

Today I have my last Think Pink card to share.  In total I made 9 (a few of each design) but when I went to drop them off I left one at home!  And it's kinda perfect as I am going to send it to my family friend.
When I came up with the idea for my card yesterday I was actually working on this one.  I used two of my favorite techniques for this card.  Stamping and embossing!

Your next stop along the hop is Brandi! 

I really hope you will join us for this week's challenge!  And for our blog hop too!

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