Tuesday, March 29, 2011


I found myself lamenting that I don't have any great shots of my babies and I  in the hospital. When I did force a camera into my hubby's hands with our second son, The resulting photos were a little too intimate, and I cringe at the triple chin created by the angle of my head and hospital bed as I strained forward to see the baby. After all the complaining I did, I don't blame him for not getting me in the pictures this time around.

This time around, the morning we were scheduled to leave the hospital ( after 1 night only) I decided to take matters into my own hands and snap a couple of shots with my phone. Not perfect by any means, but at least I have them.

The title of this layout is Perfect. not the photo, but the sweet angel in my arms, the memory and the moment. Perfect. ( oh heck, maybe I have to go back and change my journaling now!)

Pp: My Mind's Eye- Stella and Rose
Cork: Magenta
Vintage Lace
MME Journaling spot
Ranger Distress Ink
Gems: Dollarama
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist 
Gutterman thread

Saturday, March 26, 2011


I am the first to say that I don't really see myself as a cardmaker, although I haven't given a store bought card now in years, and all our friends expect their handmade creations at every event.  I just don't make a habit of making cards "just because". Since I've been asked to make some cards for my LSS showcasing new stamps though, I find I'm slowly starting to gravitate towards wanting to make more cards...

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Prism Simply Smooth
Pp: Doodlebug Design Inc, WRMK
Copic Markers
Distress Stickles
Ink: Memento
Stamp: La La Land Crafts

Materials: Bazzill Basics Paper
Stamp: Penny Johnson
Ink: Memento
Copic Markers

This next one wasn't for a sample, but for a very special little girl born on Thursday to our good friends.

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Prism Simply Smooth
Flowers: Prima
Brads, Basic Grey, Dollarama
Rub-On: American Crafts
Copic Markers
Ink: Memento, Distress Ink
Stamp: Impression Obsession
Digi Stamp: Mo Manning (diaper crew)

Definitely more pink on these three than I've used in a long time!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sooo tired.

Busy as usual, working on less sleep than should be legally allowed.  To add to the crazy nights in this house, I just removed the side of Parker's crib and made it into a "big boy" bed today. Naptime went off without a hitch, but if any of you know Parker, mayhem is inevitable.

Today after nap, Parker and I are having a little snack with milk, and I'm busy filling out a field trip permission slip for Ethan's preschool. Parker looks at me and says " MA-MA! don't draw and drink!" I had to laugh and reply " don't draw and drink?"  Parker says " No, just drink!"

Here are a couple of pages I managed to do on Saturday, when the girls came over for an all day baby friendly crop.
You'll notice how sad Parker looks in the bottom photo- let's just say Gingerbread house construction was stressful this year, and poor Parker seemed to get the brunt of Mommy and Daddy's impatience. I've mentionned it before, but royal icing and two year olds are not meant to go together- EVER.

Cardstock: Kraft ( Unknown)
Pp: American Crafts, Echo Park
Chipboard: Bo Bunny
Felt: Artemio
Stickers: Echo Park, Kaiser Kraft
Tattered Angels Glimmer mist ( Candy Apple)
Distress Stickles ( Picket Fence, Rock Candy )

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper
Pp: Sassafras Lass
Diecuts: Sassafras Lass, Jillibean Soup
Stickers: American Crafts
Bling: Prima Marketing
Felt: Hero Arts
Chipboard: MME

Monday, March 14, 2011

hello paint, it's been awhile...

The last few projects I did which involved paint, were large scale murals for babies rooms. fun, but not particularly artistically rewarding. I calculated the other night that it's been close to 8 years since I've touched a canvas, perhaps even more, as I recall being deep into fiber arts and drawing in my last year of university classes. I shouldn't have been surprised that many of the tubes of acrylic paint lying in the bottom of my dusty red metal toolbox were dried up and ready for the bin. I was surprised at how easily the memories came flooding back when I examined the contents of my paintbox. I could remember the excitement of acquiring a new shade, or a new brush, projects I worked on, people I worked with, a different time, a different me, but I remember totally loving art, and my creative process.

My first canvas done for a workshop that I'm currently taking called the She Art Workshop from Christy Tomlinson, is a mere 6 x 12 inches- miniature compared to canvases I've worked on in the past. I knew I didn't need to take the class to learn techniques but I did hope to gain a kick in the pants, and an excuse to paint again. What I have come away with so far, is permission to allow my craft to intermingle with my art. My aha moment was as I was applying much neglected rub-ons from my scrapbook stash to the layers of paint, paper ink and gel medium on my canvas- I thought "now I know where I can use these damn things!"

I have to admit, I took a lot of liberties, and changed things up a bit from Christie's instruction, but then again, I wouldn't have had as much fun had I copied her process and design.
Here's my first She Art girl:

Paper: Bazzill Basics Paper, American Crafts, Bella Blvd., Jillibean Soup
Stamps: La Blanche, Gel-a-tins, unknown
rub-ons: Heidi Grace, Prima Marketing, Basic Grey, Hambly
Ribbon: Doodlebug Design Inc
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink, Colorbox, Staz On
pens: Pilot V7, Bic Mark-it
Paint: Liquitex
gel medium: Omer de Serres
Sealant: Mod Podge

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Busy busy

Having 3 little boys is definitely proving to be a handful! In addition to being on the admin team for Practical Scrappers, I'm busy making samples with new CHA products for my local scrapbook store, and have just hijacked the store's blog from the owner. I've also been busy preparing for an upcoming manufacturer design team call- the first call this year that I just had to make time for! I'm doing an online workshop too, and hope to be digging out my canvas and art supplies again soon- oh! this could get messy...
I know I've been posting less recently, but here are a few layouts to hold you for now:


cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper
pp: October Afternoon, Sassafras Lass, MME, Bo Bunny
chipboard, diecuts: MME
pearls: Basic Grey
pen: Uniball Signo, Copic Multiliner
self adhesive cork

pp: Jillibean Soup
diecuts: Jillibean Soup
stickers: Jilllibean Soup
pen: Bic Mark-it
pearls: Basic Grey
brads: Doodlebug design Inc.