Sunday, March 31, 2013


I recently applied for a couple of design teams. Now, I accepted a position over at
I was checking out the forum and the galleries of other members...

Well, I was inspired to try to challenge myself to step out of my comfort zone.

I don't k=normally create using purple. Not sure why but I don't. I have purchased beautiful paper and never touched it...until now!

So after checking out my Pinterest boards I had decided to use one of my pins for inspiration.

I found this to be such a great inspirational piece. If you click on the picture a link will take you to the original source.I used the picture to form my illustration on the dictionary page I used to be the background to my layout.

I had wanted to be able to add this layout to several challenges on the DADR forum. I used brads and decided to cluster them to add some bling and character ~ Challenge #1

I used an old dictionary page and some Christmas bulb hangers. Unique recycling options ~ Challenge #2

I used a scrap piece of pink lace ribbon on my layout to accent the photo - imagine that - a photo on a layout I created... crazy idea! Lace used on a project ~ Challenge #3

Ribbon had been laced through the border I had punched with my new punch I bought on clearance - yay! Two border punches now - hope to add more... Punch used for border ~ Challenge #4

Personal Challenge to Self ~ Step away from my comfort zone... Success! I love how this worked out.

Products Used:
Bohemia MME Cardstock
Webster's Dictionary
Smooch Inks
Thicker Letters
Lush MME brads
Tim Holtz Word Bands
Tim Holtz ChitChat Stickers
Unknown Chipboard Shapes
Unknown Paper Flowers
Close To My Heart Pink Lace Ribbon
Close To My Heart Liquid Glass
Close To My Heart Smokey Plum Ink
Close To My Heart Desert Sand Ink
Close To My Heart Edge Distresser
Christmas Bulb hangers
Martha Stewart Border Punch
Uniball Signo gel ink pen - Black
Harmonie Stamp

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Celebrate Life ~ Create to Live Challenge {March}

I created this page for a challenge over at Susan K. Weckesser's blog. She posted a Create To Live Challenge for March and used this photo for inspiration.

 Now I grabbed a sheet of cardstock and a few stamp sets and gathered my ideas. I wanted polka dots to mimic the upper washi tape and chevron pattern in the cupcake wrapper... While looking I saw this amazing argyle pattern and was set....away I went stamping and spritzing...

I stamped some polka dot patterns and some chevron and polka dot butterflies onto the cardstock and grabbed my white gel pen and started to doodle on the page. Faux stitching around butterflies and for the paths they take to signify my new journey I embarked on last fall. My CIBC Walk for the Cure - my way to celebrate life by giving to those fighting for it. I am adding another journey to my life this year and participating in the Arthritis Walk for my 6 year old daughter with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.

I decided to doodle my title in part because we all celebrate differently and for different reasons. March is a bittersweet month for me. My daughter was born 6 years ago this month, it is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness month, and my grandfather would have celebrated 73 years of life this year...falling short at 46....  So...for them I chose to celebrate life ~ ups and downs happen ~ life happens ~ it's how you look at them that matters ~

I choose to Celebrate!  


Thursday, March 14, 2013

I Have Returned...

After such a long time I have returned to my blogging friends... I have spent some time learning new things and just getting over this awful winter slump I have felt like I have been in...

There are so many things that have changed and I think you will notice some new changes here on my blog too shortly...
  • I have learned how to sew...I'm still no expert but plan on continuing to learn and I will share with you all some projects. My first project will be the Apple Core Quilt I made for my daughter as a Christmas present...
  • I applied for a couple design teams...I accepted one and then got accepted for the second one the day after..I am still with Close To My Heart and just want to expand my horizons and share with you all some new products I am playing with and some new projects and techniques as well...I am a Creative Team Member over at Down A Dirt Road Scrapbooking. This is a local Saskatchewan scrapbook store and online store as well. I will be sharing projects and challenges on the forum over there as well as here and encourage anyone to come join in on the fun!
  • I have started to venture into more rustic designs and playing with Barn Wood or Reclaimed Wood as well as Horseshoes...Look forwards to some projects being shared as well...

 I look forwards to sharing all the exciting new projects and challenges with you!