It’s been awhile…

….a REALLY LONG while!  I'm glad to be back, I hope you'll welcome me and join me again!  I hope this time around I can keep up a little better with the blogging and not disappear for 10 months! … I can NOT believe it's been quite that long…. a lot has gone on in almost a year.

On the Stampin' Up front we have had some opportunity for travel.  Ryan and I enjoyed a trip to Alaska, I got to share convention in Sale Lake City with a group of my friends and downline and I was honored with a trip to St. George, Utah for Founders Circle!!  It was an absolutely amazing experience! With the help of pretty much the same group of friends and downline who attended convention (plus a few more), I ran a Fundraiser for Dreams Take Flight last September and I've kept up with offering clubs and classes here at home.  Speaking of home… home life has been busy (as it is for everyone) and over the past few months I've enjoyed having a little more time to share with my boys!  They sure are a lot of fun and they are definitely full of reasons to make me laugh.  

Lennon (my 4 yr old) had us laughing plenty this week with all of his talk about 'LOVE"! I do have a couple of 'love' themed pages to share with you, but first I'll share a bit about Lennon's love story.  One day this week on the way home from preschool, Lennon said to me about his 'girlfriend' at school, 'Raelynn, would be a wonderful wife for me'. I later asked him what would make her a wonderful wife.  He said, 'we'd marry' (that's what makes her his wife).  When I asked again what makes it wonderful his answer was, 'playing together'!  He also said that Ryan and I are a wonderful husband and wife because we play together and love each other.  I love his outlook on how simple things can be.  Maybe as adults we complicate things too much?!  I really think he's onto something with the simplicity of his idea on what makes things wonderful!  While he did say that he still needs me to take care of him for now, he seems to have his life all planned out!  Later that day when we picked Ethan up from school, he shared that he is going to be a teacher and a beautiful husband.  Even though his little love story is super sweet and made me laugh, I'm happy to tighten the reins a little and hold on to my little boy so we can snuggle up together, play lego or playmobil, and sing abc's! You've got a whole lifetime to grow up on me, my boy….let's just slow down a little.  πŸ™‚

With all this love in the air I wanted to devote some time to get back to my blog to share these pages with you! 

We created this first page at Scrapbook Club this month.  It was an intense one.  We had PLENTY of die-cutting to do on this page but overall most people loved it! This page was inspired by one I found on Pinterest! … one of my new favorite places to visit!  πŸ™‚  I simplified it a little and changed out the supplies to all Stampin' Up! product.  Although it was a case, it took me quite a long while to choose what products to use and to create the sample.  I do really like the end result and especially love those two boys on the page! I'll find the original creator of the page that inspired this and come back to share.  

Update: The original page was created by Nichol Magouirk.  Her work is stunning, I followed the links on Pinterest today (in my search to find her name) and ended up at her blog.  There are definitely more projects there that inspire me! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your talent NIchol!



I'll share some of the details. Here I attached the button to the heart by putting the brad right through the holes in the button and then into the heart.  It definitely won't fall off this way! 

Brad Button

I loved how Carrie Gaskin had used the negative space of the embosslit, Fashionable Hearts to create a 'Quilt Square' so I knew i wanted to add one to this page.  6 passes through the big shot later, I'm happy with how it turned out and I had plenty of hearts left over to decorate this page.  We also used an Early Espresso marker and the I Love Love wheel to stamp/roll love onto the tag. 

Quilt Square

Hearts to adorn the page

Love Hearts

I used a piece of Twitterpated Fabric and a Twitterpated button to add a little touch to this tag

Lennon Love


Here is the second page we created.  It was definitely the much simpler of the two.  I cased a layout on the cover of a magazine as inspiration and used the Twitterpated line of products by Stampin' Up! as well as Letter It alphabet set and P.S. I Love You to come up with this page.  Enjoy!

I actually prefer it without the ribbon tails, but in attempt to take them off, I ripped the DSP underneath, so they are staying put for now! πŸ™‚  Just a tip to save you a little time and cost though, it looks great without those little tails!  


Love Us


Love Token

With tokens and tickets being a popular trend in paper crafting I wanted to show them how I came up with creating customized tickets so we added this one to our page.  

Love Token 2


I hope you've enjoyed the pages today and that some of you who followed me almost a full year ago will come back again! I'm looking forward to soon sharing a new blog design and with a 10 month hiatus I've got plenty of samples piled up to share!  Have a great Sunday!

Posted on : Mar 11 2012
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Happy Mother’s Day!

I wish the Happiest of days to all of you Mothers on this Mother's Day.  Extra special wishes are sent to my own Mom for being the most amazing and loving role model!  I love you Mom!  We also send extra special wishes to Grandma Patti and to Grandma Grandma as well as to my beautiful Sisters-in-law, to my many Friends who are Mothers and to those of you who are like a Mom to someone and who have the Spirit of Motherhood in your heart!  This day is to celebrate you! Enjoy!


I had a really sweet start to my day! Ethan is always the first awake in our house on the weekend, so I awoke to him standing beside our bed anxious to show me what he had made me for Mother's Day.  Last Sunday during one of my classes he hauled a bunch of my supplies up the stairs and made me this adorable card!  All he needed was paper, stamps, ink and his own touch of creativity!  He even added some ribbon, that is a boy after my own heart!



This is what he made at school! Check out the adorable paper-pieced tulips! 


I just LOVE his poem! …and can't get over the tulips! He is pretty proud of them too! These projects will definitely make it to a scrapbook page along with some photos of us from today! 


Here is what Lennon created at Preschool!  This explains the orange finger nails one day last week!  He told me he was painting with his hands and surprisingly kept it a secret!  ..he's a good little keeper of secrets…we're in trouble in his teens!  

This is how it was wrapped!


This is what was inside, now if this doesn't tug at the heart strings, I'm not sure what will?!




Another sweet poem!


All of this sweetness was a wonderful start to my day! ..and it got even better!

Ethan set the table all by himself this morning…can you tell?!  Love the kid dishes he chose along with the sparkly cups!  He even got out the table cloth that was a special gift from Susie and family that her Dad brought back from Portugal.  Don't you love the DQ napkins?!  I just love it all!



The Boys all made breakfast and to top things off Ryan created this in My Digital Studio (all by HIMSELF) as a surprise and played nice music to set the mood.  We all loved it!  I have to admit I was quite surprised that he came up with this and that he played his hand at MDS!  This was a template that he added the photos to and changed a couple of things. I'm impressed and feel very loved!  It doesn't take much to make me happy!  A few handmade cards, love shared and time with my boys is all it takes!



Have a wonderful day!  I hope you get to share it with loved ones and that you keep your loved ones who are afar close at heart today!  


Happy Mother's Day!

Posted on : May 08 2011
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Under the Stars and Over the Moon!

Can you believe I made it back tonight?!  I'm determined this month not to leave you hanging!  I've got another project to share as well as a little more excitement!  


At the start of each Scrapbook Club year (and again part way through) I ask for my club members input as to what themes they'd like to cover throughout the year.  Camping was a popular request and even though we had snow on the ground this morning, Summer really is right around the corner so it's a great time to do a camping page!  I just love the 'Under the Stars' stamp set and the Simple Letters Alphabet Die Set.  Here is one of the four pages we'll create this month.  Hope you like it!



Anyone who wants to try their hand at coloring the bear is also welcome to do so to add a little more excitement to their page.  The main technique on this page is the letters and how to make them shine like the stars!



To create the shiny letters we patted down the front of each letter with Versamark and then coated it with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder and heat set it.  This element of the page was the most exciting to create!


Can't resist sharing this adorable bear from the Under the Stars stamp set.  Isn't he cute?!  The tent was an idea I saw on Stampin Connection (our exclusive to demonstrators ultimate sharing resource).  I may just go back and add some color to this bear and can't wait to get my photos printed of the boys that I took last summer out in the tent at night!



I hope that you like the page and especially that you give this technique a try to achieve a glittery accent!  


I've got some more excitement to share with you!  I have a couple of winners to two previous blog candy comment challenges!  Susie, you are the winner of the challenge to share about your meaningful Birthday Celebration!  Contact me to claim your prize!  Our next winner is Sheri! Thanks Sheri for sharing your story about your 'Blessing in Disguise'!  Please also be in touch to claim your prize!  I appreciate all of the comments left for me here on my blog and am happy to share these exciting wins with you! 


Onto more excitement…. I shared in my previous post that our spirits are high not only due to our achievement in earning the Disney trip but also for the victories made by our dear friend.  In honor of her victories last week and in anticipation of all of the victories she has yet to claim I want to use this venue to spread the word about an important cause, Organ Donation.   I understand that Organ Donation is an entirely personal choice to make for a variety of reasons.  IF your choice IS to donate after what I pray is a long, well-lived and healthy life, you must express your wishes.  Please sign your donor card, share your wishes with your Dr. and with your loved ones.  Be safe, live well and spread the word! Thank-you! (If you live in Manitoba, you may click here to find the donor form online).  


The excitement levels keep rising and are absolutely over the moon.  Last Thursday was definitely a day filled with excitement.  Our prayers were being answered for our friend and while that is definitely what is most important, a package arrived for Ryan and I!  This is what was in it!



An adorable Travel Wallet with a Travel Log & Itinerary, super cute luggage tags, our lanyards and our travel documents!  We are getting pretty excited and have plenty to do before we go away!  

My Travel Wallet was one that is missing the rubber stamp on the front that says, 'made for you', but Stampin' Up! is so amazing about fixing errors and will be sending out new ones.  I'm thrilled either way and can't wait to see what else is in store …this has totally set the tone for the theme of cruise! It will be so full of fun …. and I'm sure relaxation!  I'm especially looking forward to meeting so many of the wonderfully kind and giving demonstrators who I've only met so far 'online' and to spending a week with Ryan!  …we know our boys will be in wonderfully loving hands!  …and especially looking forward to next year's Disney trip already…especially if our dear friend and her husband and my Mom come along!

Have a great week! Thanks for coming back again!


We are officially Disney-bound next April on the Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip and as exciting as it was to share the news with the boys this morning, it is equally important to share our thanks with every one of you who has helped and supported us to get there!  THANK-YOU to each and every one of you who have supported my Stampin' Up! business this year!  While I definitely put a lot of heart & soul and work into sharing Stampin' Up! with you, we are truly appreciative to each of you!  


Now before we head to Alaska or to Disney, maybe I should book myself into the 'Delinquent Bloggers Bootcamp' and get back on track sharing here with all of you.  April was such a crazy busy month with plenty of 'extras' that kept us busier than usual.  Those extras included the water mess in the basment, but maybe I'll have a new stampin space to share with you when we get home from Alaska?!  I will have to pack up my entire space in order to renovate from the damage of the water when our hot water tank leaked everywhere.  

Here are a couple of photos of the boys to share their excitement and our thanks for helping us achieve the Disney trip!



The weekend's weather couldn't dampen our spirits.  We had plenty to celebrate around here.  Our Disney achievement, some personal business achievements and most of all the tremendous victories that our dear friend made this past week!  


While last week was definitely busier than most weeks, it sure was one fantastic week full of victories for which we are very thankful!  May is sure to bring plenty more excitement and celebrations.  


I can't leave you without sharing a craft today since it has been FAR too long since I've shared any projects with you! With celebrations in mind, I wanted to share a page that we created at Scrapbook Club last month.  I think this one would be great to use as page of Ryan and I on one of our upcoming formal evenings on cruise or even to save and use for photos of the castle in Disney next year! ..this page has many possibilities! 


Here are some of the details.  The Rosettes were still in stock from the Occasions Mini at the time we created the page so they were a quick and easy accent!  I loved those Rosettes and how easy they were to 'color'.  Although these are sold out and as far as we know not to return, many great items did carry over from the Occasions Mini.  Click here to see which items you might have feared you missed but can still get your hands on!  The leaves for the Rosettes were created with the Blossom Petals Punch and I'm happy to announce that it will carry over to the new Idea Book and Catalogue and is on the carry over list until then!  



We embossed the Medallion with Baja Breeze Craft ink to co-ordinate with the Elegant Soiree Designer Series Paper.  To make this job a little easier than the otherwise tedious process of using a craft spot on such a big stamp, I inked an Uninked Craft Pad with the Baja Breeze craft refill to speed up the process and then heat set it with clear embossing powder.  We also tried a little emboss resist by applying some Soft Suede ink to the stamped image and CS to help soften it up a bit.  You can find the Uninked Craft Pads here on the carryover list from the 2010 Holiday Mini.  All items on this carry over flyer are also still available.  


I hope you like the page and our exciting news!  Thanks for your patience this past month and for coming back to visit again!  I appreciate your time to stop in and share with me!


That's all for now Folks!


Please post a comment to encourage me to get back on track with the blogging!   I'll be back later today with the winners of my last challenge (and if you can believe it, the Birthday Challenge…I forgot to draw that one! )

Have a fantastic week, I hope yours is full of victories big and small!  

Come stamp with me!

If your stash is running thin and it's time to stock up on cards I hope you're free to come stamp with me this Friday, April 8th!  I'm offering a Mother's Day, Father's Day & Easter Stamp a Stack.  


We'll be creating 3 each of all 3 cards!  If you're a little rusty or in need of a workout, I can guarantee you'll solve those issues while creating these cards! <wink>  We've got plenty of techniques packed into these cards for the special recipients on your greeting card list this Spring!  If you can't make use of 3 of each theme and don't hoard at least one of each creation like I do then you can always switch out the sentiment to suit your card giving needs!  


The fee for this class is $25.  Please RSVP as soon as possible as space may be limited and I'll be prepping very shortly.  Thanks! The class will take place this Friday at 6 pm, again…that's April 8th.  


Here are the cards we'll be creating.  The Father's Day Card is one I cased from my own design of the male themed birthday card from my birthday stamp a stack last month but with a different twist.  I did use a combination of products that were used on a card I loved of Andrea Munro's (who am I kidding?! I love all of her work!).  She combined the cog punch with Plane & Simple and I just loved the duo so I used it here with the sponged edges and tone on tone like she did.  Thanks Andrea for the inspiration!  The Mother's day card is also my own creation…I've been loving the new Fun Flowers die and knew I'd use it to come up with something for Mother's Day.  After creating my card, I've come to notice how popular a combination the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder and this die are! (kind of like when you get a new vehicle you all of a sudden notice it everywhere, I love it!)  If you have these two products they go wonderfully together and you won't have a shortage of inspirational ideas out there!  If you don't yet have them, you're going to want to add them to your wishlist!  (the die is currently on back order but is available to order).  The Easter card is totally cased (except that I changed it to a Gate Fold to incorporate a new fold to the class) from Carrie Gaskin, the Artistic Avenger.  I just recently discovered her talent and am always amazed by what she comes up with.  She totally solved my Easter card dilema with this one! Thanks Carrie!





I hope you enjoyed the cards today!  I'd love to have you join me at the Stamp a Stack on Friday! Let me know if you'd like to join us!  


I'll likely be offering the Birthday themed Stamp A Stack again as well as long as there is enough interest.  Please comment or email to express your interest and I'll update you on a new date.  Thanks!


We seem to be jumping right back into the swing of things after Spring Break.  I apologize for the unintentional 'break' last week. I'll post soon about one of the events that contributed to my break from blogging!  … those stairs have really got to go! ..this time it didn't involve me, it involved my poor Lennon's face (and they're just basement stairs, but apparently we can't handle them!  Not to worry, the stairs seem to  have taken more of a beating than Lennon's face did now that he's mostly healed! 


For now, I'm glad to have made it back again so soon!  Enjoy your week, I hope it's Spring wherever you are!  

I love it when this happens!

Doesn't it feel great when you've shared something you love or have been inspired by and those you shared it with were inspired as well?!  Those of you who know me know that I take absolute delight in sharing what I love (whether it's a great deal, a new technique or a touching quote) and feel such gratification when it helps or inspires others!  

It will come as no surprise then as to how delighted I was to see that a club member took what she learned here at card club and put her own spin on it to create her daughter's first birthday card!  What a special gift. …that she loved what she made here at my place enough to recreate it (which is always what my hope is…that what we create here will be recreated again and again) and that she was inspired enough to recreate it for such a special occasion!  

Deryn, I'm so happy to have had the timing just right with this card club project that it was a source of inspiration for Juliette's card.  Thanks for sharing her special day with us and for welcoming us as 'extended family' to be a part of her life and to share her special moments.  πŸ™‚  

Here is the card that Deryn created.  I just love how the different colors and size with the same techniques looks so different and beautiful. Great work Deryn I love what you came up with!



Here is the original card we made at club.



While I'm on a sentimental, I love when this happens kind of journey, I wanted to share a little 'testimonial' with you.  I received this about a week ago.   The reason I'd like to share with you is to share with you an idea of how happy it makes me to know that what is taught, learned and shared here in my home is a blessing to others.  It brings such fulfillment to know that the efforts you put into the projects here are appreciated and bring you new memories (read Lisa's message to understand what I mean).  Please know it is a blessing to me and to my family as well.  I am truly grateful for each and every one of you who shares your time with me at my classes and here on my blog.  I hope you are as inspired as I am to share, inspire and create with the memories that make up your life.  

Lisa, thanks for allowing me to share this moment of yours.  It is definitely because of people like you (and those of you who read and/or take time to comment on my blog or share your time with me here) and moments like these that I do what I do and love doing it!  You are so kind and sweet to let me know that she loved it so much.  As I mentioned to you, it is of course because of the heart and soul and the photos that you put into it that she loved it so much … and I am honoured to have had a small part in that.  Thanks so much for taking the time to write to share this with me.  I really wish I could have been a fly on the wall.  Job well done Lisa!


Now here are Lisa's words. Thanks again Lisa!




"Just wanted to thank you once again for being so timely on the bday explosion box! My Mother just loved it to pieces. I put pics of memories of her, Dad (passed away 10 years ago) and her family from throughout her life and you could tell that she was blown away (no pun intended). She wouldn't put it down as she mingled for the rest of the party…showing it off to everyone there. She said she would never forget this.  So, thank you for the time and the idea and all the supplies and, of course, your company to make it such a success!" ~Lisa

Thanks to all of you for allowing me to share a love of paper crafting with you and also for sharing some of the most special and precious moments of your lives!

I am honoured and grateful!

Have a wonderful week!


p.s. I'll be back later today (after a slew of appts) with photos of my upcoming Stamp A Stack (to be held this Friday April 8th at 6 pm)

Posted on : Apr 04 2011
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Birthday ‘Fever’

It may not be all about the birthday, but the soon-to-be Birthday Boy is home from school today with a fever!  I sure hope this passes by tomorrow and he's back to his normal energetic self! (albeit, super energetic but that beats being sick hands down!)  After my club last night he woke up with this fever ..given that this meant I cuddled him rather than go back to work (one of the glories of working from home) I didn't make it back to the studio or to the computer to reply to emails or to create a post.  Watch your inbox today if you were waiting on a reply last night.  I think we're on the home stretch and am hoping and praying for good health for tomorrow and beyond! 

Seeing as Ethan seems to be the star of the week around here I wanted to share a couple of pictures of him as he entered the World and very quickly captured our hearts!  It's true that once you hear your baby cry (especially if they don't at first and you have seconds of angst waiting to know that he/she is okay) and you hold them close and your hearts are immediately & forever bonded & tightly intertwined, that you quickly overcome the hardships of labor, delivery and recovery!  …now if only they came with a 'demonstrator' to show you how things are done in raising a child!  <wink> 


Here's what my 10 pound 13 ounce Baby Boy looked like after his first breaths were finally taken and we were over the initial scares and then shock at what he weighed!  I remember seeing his huge hand pop out of the bassinet that they were checking him over in and not even being able to guess at his weight! Look how easy it was to cover up his parts with just a small piece of Whisper White CS, a pair of scissors and a 1/2" circle punch.  It took me literally about a half a minute and some repositionable adhesive (so that I can take the 'diaper' off to put the photo back in our album) to cover him up.  Sorry, we weren't on trend with digital yet when he was born so photos of photos will have to do.  



Here he is at 1 week old and growing steadily!  He looks so grown up at just one week old!  (I tell you we learned our lesson quickly and by our 2nd baby, we wanted to slow things down so he definitely wasn't all dressed up in jeans quite so soon!)  Can you believe that by 3 months, Ethan was already 20 pounds?! He's definitely stretched into his weight by now and I'm just amazed at how quickly time flies!  He is definitely a bright blessing in our lives and we are excited to share his birthday tomorrow!  



It's definitely been one fun 'play date' for the past 7 yrs!  Forgive me, I couldn't resist. …here's one of the pages we created at Scrapbook Club this month using the Stampin' Up! Play Date collection of DSP and rub-ons!  I'm looking forward to taking some new pictures of the Birthday Boy as soon as Spring comes and adding them to this page.  This layout was another Sketchy Thursday layout.  I hope you like it! 


The details:


I'll be back to update with the supply list.  In the mean time, enjoy!  

CHALLENGE FOR THE DAY: Post a comment to share your most favorite birthday celebration!  I'll choose a random # again and the winner will receive Play Date Rub-ons! Thanks for 'playing' along! 

Posted on : Mar 24 2011
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Fly Birdie, fly! …the Petal Cone Die ‘soars’ to new heights with endless possibilities!

I know, I know you can't believe that I'm back twice in 24 hrs (I couldn't resist coming back after the fun Lennon and I shared this afternoon)!  Are you also amazed that this cute little 'beak' is made with none other than the Petal Cone Die!  Seriously, this die amazes me!  The possibilities seem to be endless! With birthday parties on the brain, I can just imagine all kinds of pretty fabric and paper and the 'masks', beaks, party hats & more that can be created so simply with the use of this die!  

Now this 'beak' is pretty simple and if you see it in person you can see what started out as a carrot …Lennon was helping me work on some samples for my upcoming Petal Cone Die class and when he pretended to eat the carrot I looked over at him and realized how much it looked like a beak. … needless to say, my prepping time was out the window and we started having fun coming up with a beak for him to play 'dress-up' with!  How fun!  You can see he enjoyed himself and with the glory of digital photography, he was able to see how his flying skills improved from one photo to the next!  

I must share the excitement of these new found flying skills!  Enjoy! 


I can guarantee, we'll be back with more from the Petal Cone die and in the mean time, I'm off to go craft with my little Super Bird!

Posted on : Mar 22 2011
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