Archive for July, 2009


This is for the Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge, #42, Amazing Grace.  Today is the last day of the challenge & I really did plan on seeing this movie, but crazy week & DH is away so we didn’t rent it.  (I like it when he’s there with me to watch a movie, so if there are scary bits/graphic stuff, he can tell me when to open my eyes, pathetic, I know.)

Anyhow, I haven’t miss a challenge yet, so there’s no way I would let that stop me, especially when the movie title is centred on God’s Grace.  With that in mind, I made up a quick card, with a sentiment from Martin Luther.

Used:  Kraft CS, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP SU, Nestabilities, Corner Rounder, Friend to Friend & Tangerine Tango Ink, putty double faced Satin 7/8″ Ribbon.

Berry Picking

This is for a Scrappy Sunday Challenge from Paper Craft Planet.

The Digi Kits I used are from Two Peas:
Betsy Tuma’s Fenced In, Jen Allyson’s Organic KraftPapers, Jennifer Pebbles Fresh Forest, & Crystal Wilkerson’s Spring Fling, 2Peas Cross Eyed Type Font.

Traveler’s Inspiration {FOUR}

This weeks Traveler’s Inspiration Challenge {four}, hosted by Tina at Travelingmama, comes from Savitri, at Scrapbit, who has this gorgeous picture she took in Rothenburg, Germany:

I thought I’d try one of those fun Flower Pot Pocket Cards, from Stephanie at SplitCoastStampers.

It’s a twist on the regular pocket card, that I thought was such a fun idea.  Pull out yur dirt & flowers & there’s your message.  Honestly, people are so clever.

Used:  Picket Fence & Vintage Photo Tim Holtz Crackle Paint, Fabric Brads, Sage Ribbon from Michaels, Really Rust CS, EK Success Edge Punch, Silk Flowers, Garden Green CS, Super Sticky Tape, Distressing Ink:  Antique Linen & Weathered Wood.

The Envelope, Please

This weeks 3D Challenge, 3D21, from Adela, was “The Envelope, please”.  Make anything with an envelope.  I’ve made Bag-a-lopes before (FUN!), but this time I wanted to try an Envelope Book.  I’ve seen a few before, they have little pockets, they looked fun.  The tutorial I used was from Meadowlark Days.  Very easy to follow.

Mine, was a 4×5 booklette.  I used the So Swirly SU Wheel in Kiwi Kiss Ink, Friendly Forest Bubble Top Brads by ColorBox, Making Memories Chloe’s Closet Epoxy Clips, Tim Holtz’s White Crackle Paint, Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch, Hero Arts Mini Stamps, Bashful Blue Ink, Bind-it-All, Patterned Paper from Michaels, Stamp-a-ma-jig (for positioning the small Hero Arts wood stamp.

Campsite Flood

So just a quick update:  Ya, so we’re camping & it rained.

and ya know, when it rains over night, the ground soaks up the excess water?  Not this time.  It was a deluge, all night, each time we thought, “it can’t rain any harder, oh wait, now it’s like a fire hose on our tent.  Oh yes our tent, it rained, inside & from below.  This was taken this morning, after the flood & we had dried it up a bit.  During the night, our airmattresses, were in much, much, water.  I’ve never experienced camping, in that way before.

This is NOT a lake, it is a campsite, 6 hours after the rain “stopped”:

Talk to you later,


Seasonal, baby!

I love Fruit & Veggies local & in season.  The Rhubarb is from our backyard, very local :)  Strawberries, because I was lazy & didn’t tend my patch before the bunnies did, are from Richmond Nursery in the West End of Ottawa, where the kids & I went Strawberry picking last week.  I had to freeze some of the berries, because I just had way too many to use up this week.

I love Rhubarb Pie with crumble topping (I use a different crumb topping from Martha, but I’m sure hers it good).  Like so good, really.  The Jam is super sweet, but my kids like it super sweet.  I even cut down the sugar in 1/2 (because I added fresh strawberries) to this recipe. (be sure to boil it for 5 minutes on high, stirring, as per the recommendations)  Still Sweet, still good.

Here were SOME of our fresh grabs, local Ottawa, BABY!

Man, I love to eat & love to bake.  Always a dangerous combination!

Creepy Bird Cage

Time for the Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge.  This weeks challenge #41, is Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets.  Honestly, yes, I know I’m the oldest 30-something in the world, but I don’t ‘get’ Harry Potter.  Haven’t seen them or read the books.  I did check on You Tube to see what I could get a quick inspiration from & I went with the Freakie Bird Cage thing I saw.

I used this Sewing Wire Frame from Cherie Mask at Two Peas.  I printed it out on cellophane on my old printer, it’s not broken & I don’t use it often, so we keep it.  Put Packing tape over it & pushed it down so the ink bubbled a bit.  Oh yes, that is my “unexpected twist”, hope that cellophane meets the criteria.

The “Sea Gull” was first painted with White Crackle Paint (Tim Holtz) & then stamped with the “Along the Shore” SU Stamp Set in Stazon Timber Brown Ink.  Also used some SU White Ink with the Ranger Ink Distressing tool on the PP, Martha Stewart Doily Edge Punch, Pearl Adhesives, Mini Glue Dots, Brown Craft Ribbon from my stash, Close To Cocoa DSP.

This picture is out of focus, not enough coffee for me to use my eyes, I guess.  But this is the effect that the “Crackle Paint” has.  It’s a cool texture.

Traveler’s Inspiration: {three}

Traveler’s Inspiration Challenge: {three}, from Tina at Travelingmama and I am excited to say that Tina picked my picture of Liam getting ready to jump off the Cottage dock on Lac McGregor in Western Québec for this week’s Inspiration!

Lac McGregor, is one of the many lakes in Western Québec.  Québec is absolutely beautiful, IMO, especially in the autumn with the rolling hills & colourful trees.  For me to simplify:  La Belle Provence is skating/skiing in the Winter, it’s hiking/biking/driving in the Autumn, it’s maple syrup in the Spring, and it’s outdoor markets and cottages by the lake in the Summer.  Warning: the roads can be brutal (relatively) to get deep into cottage country, but that’s what makes it so beautiful–it’s so far from suburban life for us & only an hour away.
We are blessed to have friends who invite us up every year to this serene & friendly lake.  They have a floating dock with a canopy that we putter around the lake & when you feel like it, the kids just jump in the deep lake to cool off.  I think the water was low (really low) 70’s (F)/ low 20’s (C) temperature the last time we were there, but perfect for cooling off.  My kids love it there.  MalcolmLiam, and Emma-Sian all love it because it means times with family & friends, with food & laughter in a gorgeous setting.
Here’s my card, made with some left over wool, sewing maching & thread, toothpick, Kraft CS, Really Rust CS/marker, Sahara Sand Ink/CS, Martha Stewart Clear Stamps, & some dimensionals.

I made one more for the challenge, because I love that dock.  Here’s my Woody Card:

Okay, okay, maybe I used a few too many brad/nails, but honestly, such a cool technique, for cryin’ out loud, it makes WOOD PLANKS!  How neat & super easy.  The tutorial is from  Kim Teasdale at SplitCoastStampers.  I forgot to sponge the edges of the planks & I didn’t use nesties, just a paper trimmer & an exacto knife for 45 degree mitres.  :)

I must admit, I own a few CB EFolders, but I didn’t have this one, because I couldn’t see what on earth I would use it for.  Psych!  I ventured out when I saw the SCS tutorial.  Here’s the Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes close up:

Used:  More Mustard CS, Close To Cocoa Ink, Chocolate Chip Ink, & Creamy Caramel Ink, MM Antique Copper Brads, Distressed Stripes Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Chocolate Chip CS, Vanilla CS, Copics:  CO Cool Gray, N3 Neutral Gray, B06 Peacock Blue, B14 Light Blue, dimensionals, Clear EP, Versafine Black Onyx Ink.  One of a Kind SU Stamp Set, Pacific Point Ink.  I bought the little owl stamp & twig branch from Heather’s Stampin’ Haven, individually, but they’re from Hero Arts.


I was just having some fun with some kits from Erica Hernandez (Tree Brush Single), Carina Gardner (Photocuts), Michelle Underwood (Live out Loud), Jen Allyson (Urban Chic Boutique) & Katherine Teague (Dirty Stocks).

All Available at Two Peas.


Time for Kristina Werner’s 56th Colour Inspiration!  This challenge had a lot of colours, so I had a few false starts to the card, before trying to figure out what I was going for.

Here is Kristina’s fun inspiration photo:

Here’s my card.  For each “flower” I poked two holes, for each of the thread to be tucked in, in the centre & at the end of the spiral wrap.  To make the spiral, I just used some tombo glue to hold down the embossing floss/thread.  It dries very quickly.

Used:  So Saffron CS, Apple Cider (I believe) SU DSP, metal ringed tag from Staples, dimensionals, So Saffron Gross Grain 1/2″ ribbon, SU Cute & Curly Stamp Set, Ballet Blue Marker, White CS, Stapler, Embossing (Embroidery Floss) Thread.