Thursday, October 27, 2011


With so many amazing blogs and video tutorials out there, it's difficult to narrow down a list of favourites to follow.  One of my favourites happens to be SA Crafters ( has shared numerous video tutorials on making flowers, trims, altered projects and layouts.  She is a very talented and inspirational crafter and also has an online store ( you can order her ready-made embellishments or products to make your own.

Sa recently celebrated a birthday as well as her 2000 subscriber milestone on u-tube.  She offered a beautiful hand crafted box to one lucky subscriber.  And guess what ... I was the lucky subscriber!

And this is what arrived in the mail today, from Sa ...

Isn't it beautiful?!  And look what else was in the box ...

... it was like Christmas morning!  So many beautiful goodies that will keep me in crafting embellishments for a long time to come.  Thank you so
much SA ... the box is stunning and the goodies will definitely be put
to good use.

Be sure to check out Sa's u-tube channel and her store on Zibbet.

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Saturday, October 22, 2011


Last night was my turn to host our workshop and I decided on Christmas cards.
The first one was relatively simple with the image stamped in blue ink and then 
glitterfied with Glitter Ritz Warm Highlight.

The second card began as a relatively simple one too but ended up as anything but.
I was anxious to use my new SU Bigz Holiday Stocking Die, so that was 
the inspiration for the card.  The stocking was cut out and then embossed using a Cuttlebug snowflake folder and the top, heel and toe were cut from glitter c/s.  
I used my Grand Nestie Labels Four for the card base.  The card front became very heavy, so the back of the card was reinforced using 
two cardstock nesties and one thin chipboard nestie.  
Lot's of glitter, a big jingle bell
and a white feather boa strip completed the project.

The inside was finished with a triple circle of baja breeze, cherry cobbler (which has become my favourite go-to Christmas red) and a
focal image from the DP.

 You know how sometimes when you finish a design, you really feel good about it? 
.... well, that's how I feel about this card.  It was well worth the
time I invested in it. 

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Saturday, October 8, 2011


... since I posted what we have been up to in our Workshop Friday's.

The first card was Cathy's workshop and was titled "When Life Gives You Lemon's"
It's tri-fold card with tons of layers (Cathy is the Layer/Detail Queen!)  We even used our ball-end stylus to round the lemon and the mice to give them even more dimension.  I love the colours that Cathy chose for us and I'm afraid this is one card I will be selfishly keeping for myself!



The next Workshop Friday was Kristy's turn and we made these three cards 
with a bird theme.  I always enjoy Kristy's crisp and clean style.

 The most recent project was Carolyn's, where we made an explosion
card with a "tea with friends" theme.  This was a very unique project which 
Carolyn seems to always surprise us with.  Love it!

This is the lid.
View from above when the lid was removed and the
box "explodes" open.

This was the 3-D tea cup that Carolyn cut out for 
each of us, using her Cricut.  The cup was filled with
tea bags!

And last but certainly not least, was a happy mail card that I received from
my pal Gail (  She knows that I am NOT a Halloween girl, so she made this Halloween card in pink!  You should check out
her blog ... she has a crazy sense of humour, is very talented and always has something interesting to post on her blog.  Thanks for thinking of me Gail ... even if it
was about Halloween!!

Well, that's it for now.
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Sunday, October 2, 2011


Abby needed a new FOREVER home and she has found it with us.  She is a 2 yr old female brindle Boxer dog and she is full of beans!  (And no Curt, I have not changed my schnauzer love ... just added to it with another breed).  Having had mini schnauzers for years, we had forgotten how different life with a large breed dog can be. Case in point ... don't leave any food near the edge of a kitchen counter ... don't stress about your hardwood floors ... budget for a much larger monthly dog food allowance ... keep the toilet lids shut ... keep your central vac hose handy for dog hair on the floor ... have a cloth ready at all times for 'goober' on the walls and lastly, treasure the new-found love and devotion you will unconditionally get from your new friend.

 Abby is such a pretty girl and has adjusted to her new home and family so well in such a short time.

She loves the freedom of running in our backyard and can be seen here, stalking a
bug on the other side of the fence.

And when she has had enough action, she loves to crash on my hubby's feet.

I have been trying to get a photo of Abby with Lily but no luck ... Lily is not at all impressed with the new girl (although she does like to hoover up the kibbles that Abby
leaves behind around her food bowl!).

We feel so blessed that she came into our lives and we hope that she
will be with us for a very long time.

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