Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Quickest page ever...

This might be it, my fastest page ever, or maybe just the fastest to come together that I liked.
This week's challenge at Practical Scrappers was to use bingo cards or markers on a project.
I printed a photo, pulled out the only bingo style thing I owned ( stamps from Maya Road). The cork that I stamped on and papers that I used were all sitting out on my desk waiting to be put away ( I knew there was a reason I wasn't cleaning up!).
I even grabbed some Distress Ink and Glimmer Mist to give the newspaper print a bit of sparkle.

PP: Echo Park-For the Record
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Staz On
Stamps: Maya Road
Stickers: Echo Park- For The Record
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist-Marshmallow
Cork: Karen Foster


From this:

To this:

It's been awhile since I've tackled an altered project, and this box has been hanging around forever waiting to be re-purposed. All it took was some fun papers and stickers from Momenta to inspire a cute set for Rowan's room. 

I am so planning on making a matching lampshade too.
Products used: 
Momenta ST-1650 Sticker Kit 
Momenta PA-1992 Super Paper Pad
Momenta PK-2150 Scrapbook Pad ( green cardstock)
Momenta ST-1740 Pur Bubbles and Bling Stickers
Judykins Diamond Glaze
Tim Holtz Fragments
Harmonie Acrylic Shape- Hearts
Green Tara Mini Tassel Ribbon- Blue
The Robin's Nest Large Dew Drops- Clear
Crayola Model Magic- White
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist ( Riptide and Denim)
Washi Tape (Omer De Serres)
Crafter's Acrylic Paint

Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Middle Child

Thanks to my friend Ursula, I have decided to read The Birth Order Book by Dr. Kevin Leman. I won't get into the details of what I'm learning about myself and my birth order, but I will tell you it is extremely interesting, and I'm hoping to gain some valuable insight into all my children's personalities, especially this one:

This past week or so he's developed an interest in all the locks on the bathroom doors and our bedroom door. Not so bad when he locks himself in and you coax him to unlock it, not so fun when he locks it and then runs from the room and closes the door behind him.
 He's been quoting random things lately too, all in his crazed sing song Parker way, so there is little chance of figuring out where the original quote came from.
tonight at dinner he says "Call the fire brigade, my tongue is on FII-IRE!"( although he says brigand instead of brigade, I think this is from a game he plays on Boowa and Kwala)
Another thing he likes to say again and again, is "We'll get you what you want" ( I think this is from Backyardigans music we play in the car) and "KA-BOOOOO!" while he's trying to make his baby brother laugh, or drive his older brother crazy. He is a non-stop little ball of climbing, rolling, singing,roaring,bouncing-of-the-walls with energy little boy.
maybe this week I'll try and keep a little list of what my little hooligan gets into, it might make a fun page all on it's own.

The page was brought about by a friendly challenge we had between the admins of Practical Scrappers this month to use everyday tape on a project. I used scotch tape to seal some punched shapes and sequins to my background cardstock. I then had a blast doodling and adding details like stamps and Pearls with my Pearl Pen and Glitter Liner from Viva Decor.

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper
PP: Scenic Route, MME, Momenta
Sequins: Unknown
Letters: American Crafts
Pearl Pen, Glitter Liner by Viva Decor
Ink:Colorbox Ink- Quicksilver
Stamps: Outlines, unknown
Metallic pen: Pilot Super Color Silver

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Rainy Day

Today was a rainy day. I used to love rainy days, I'd curl up with a big mug of tea, read a book, do something creative, have a nap.  Now I have 3 kids. Three very active kids. ( well ok one REALLY active, 2 kinda active kids). I really dislike rainy days.

Today's craft took all of 2 minutes to prepare, and unfortunately it kept the kids attention just about as long. I need to find something easy enough for them to do that will also keep them busy for at least 10 minutes.

I had to make one to show them how to do it, and I applied the glue and drew the smile. I love Ethan's rainbow hued guy. We also put magnets on the backs so they could play with them on the fridge downstairs. Too bad I banned them from the room about 20 minutes later for being too rambunctious.

In other creative adventures, here's a page I made a couple of weeks ago for a store sample using the new BabySaurus line from Little Yellow Bicycle.

The best part of this one for me was the orange swirls which were scraps left over from a diecut  I made, and getting to use one of my new paper/pearl pens from Viva decor. These are my new go to scrapbooking supply. They are really just too much fun to use.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Dadbots

Well that's what I'm nicknaming them...
My first challenge as a Design Team member for Momenta, was to create something for Father's Day. With the Canada Post strike still going strong, I decided I couldn't wait for my product to arrive to start creating. Luckily, I was able to find 3 locations nearby who carry a selection of ATD Momenta product.
These robot stickers just had to come home with me! Perfectly themed for my Sci-Fi television loving hubby:

Ethan had fun telling me which robot was him, which one was Parker, and which one was Rowan. He changed his mind a few times, but it seems Rowan will always be the smallest robot no matter what.
Here's the inside:

Happy Father's Day to all the great Dads out there!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Do's and don't for crafting father's day gifts with the kiddos

**ETA do not post Father's day gifts to your blog/facebook before giving the gift to your spouse. ( I feel so dumb)
  • do prepare as much as possible ahead of time.
  • do keep things as simple as possible
  • do try and make sure it's something dad will use/love
  • do keep 2.5 year old away from paints after application
  • do try and keep your patience under control while controlling paint smeared 2.5 year old
  • do not try and paint a 6 months old  hands and expect a clean handprint on anything except what you are wearing.
  • do not think you can juggle 20lb baby in one arm, hold back one painted limb, and apply second painted hand/foot to paper.
  • do not panic if baby eats green tempera paint ( try not to at least)
  • do not attempt getting paint anywhere near the 6 month old without another adult around for help...
  • do try and craft as near as possible to  an area where everyone can be easily hosed down!

do try this at home- it was worth it!

I got the idea here

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

more flowers?!

Can you believe I'm still making flowers? me? mom of 3 boys!? This time it's for our weekly feature Challenge me Tuesdays over at Practical Scrappers, This week we're featuring the scalloped circle. Good thing I own 4 different sized punches! Here's a quick card I made using every one of them!

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper
pp: Echo Park| Little boy
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Scrappy Cat
Rub-On: Creative Imaginations
Stamp and Die Cut: Die-namics
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Brad:Heidi Swapp XL Brad
Paper pens: Viva Decor

I cut petals into each circle between the scallops, and then embossed and curved them with a stylus to give dimension. If I had a few more sizes of punches, I could have made an impressive marigold.

I used a Paper Pen to create the yellow dots on the brad in the flower center. you have to do this in layers and let it dry well in between, or the "pearls" will merge together. I also drew the veins on the leaves with my green Paper pen, and once dry, inked a few green shades of Distress over top.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Blog hopping, and loving summer!

Practical Scrappers is hosting a Summer Kick-Off Blog Hop! Christine has assembled a great line-up of blogs for you this week, each with a variety of different ideas to share.  to start the hop, and check out opportunities for some great prizes, go to Practical Scrappers.

Saturday, June 4, 2011


 It seems after we finally get the boys fed, bathed and tucked in bed, I have very  little energy to create. Even if I was waiting all day to work on a specific project, by the time I can actually tackle it, the motivation and drive are gone. If I am lucky enough and the stars align, I usually can bet that's the night the baby will be up several times  and need to be nursed back to sleep. So when the mood strikes,  I gotta jump on it, even if it means staying up  into the wee hours to put the  finishing touches on a layout. Having a page that I actually like in my hands the next morning, makes the extra grogginess worth it. 

I broke out some old Sizzix Die to cut the cork, and used a pearl pen to make the grass.

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper
PP: Echo Park/Little Boy
Trim: Doodlebug Design Inc.
Chipboard letters: Best Creation
Pearl pen by Viva Decor
Sizzix Dies
Adhesive Cork: Karen Foster
Tiny staples: Tim Holtz

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


My newest Design Team!

I'm really looking forward to a new challenge, and to working with some great ladies!