Dec 23, 2010

I wish...

I wish I wasn't so insecure...
I wish I wasn't ashamed to tell people I have a blog. I wish I was at peace with the person I am and not constantly second guessing myself. I wish I was content.
I will be all of these things in 2011 and I know it will be a tough journey but I know I can do it.
I wish...

Dec 7, 2010


enjoying : blog hopping

scrapping : nothing at the moment but considering scrapping a photo of myself and my dad when I was 5

drinking : coffee w/ cream

wearing : pj pants & hubby's T-shirt

wondering : if I'll get the motivation/energy to get out of the house today

listening : to the sound of my happy pooches each chewing a new rawhide bone

pondering : whether I should go to Treasured Memories tonight for their Show & Tell

loving : that I have the week to myself ~ sometimes I just love being alone.

procrastinating : getting my grocery shopping done, blegh...

Nov 23, 2010

New Card

Hello again ;-) ... It's been months since I participated in a blog challenge & I'm very happy to be back at it. It's also the perfect time to be indoors crafting as the windchill outside is -33C (-27F) brrrrr.
This card was made using the TESC134 sketch from the Taylored Expressions blog and will be entered into the Basic Grey challenge "Wings" as well.
Supplies used:
  • Basic Grey Kioshi DP, Magnolia Stamp, Momento Ink Pad, Copic Markers, Stickles - Star Dust, Bazzill Cardstock, Bazzill Ribbon, Kaiser Craft Pearls, Spellbinders Dies, Fiskars Punch
Thanks for having a peak & hope you have a wonderful week.

Jul 23, 2010

Digital Magic

Today is the day to venture into the digital world...

I made the move from a point & shoot to a DSLR over a month ago, so exciting, but now I want to do so much more with my photos. Hence the reason I have declared this the day I venture into new territory. It is definitely a place I have been meaning to explore but I keep putting it off as I thought I was unable to do anything because I don't own any "fancy" software. However, after listening to the Paperclipping Roundtable podcasts on iTunes I realized that playing with my photos to shrink 6 into a 4 x 6 is considered "hanky panky" in the digital world I decided I could take baby steps and get started now. Woo Hoo!
Side Note: If you've never had a chance to listen to the Paperclipping Roundtable I highly recommend it as they cover different scrapbooking related topics each week. I like that they are broad general themes & they usually have a guest on who relates to the topic of the week. I jump onto iTunes and listen to the episodes on my iPhone (at home, hooked up in the car, etc). All of the Roundtable discussions are FREE so check it out! -> link
I'll leave you with a favourite photo taken with my new camera.

Jul 5, 2010

Feeling Challenged

I'm posting a layout on my blog for the 1st time. The L/O is of my family: my fabulous hubby, & our 2 kids. Daisy, our beagle is on the left and Rosco, taking up almost all of Dad's lap, is our Basset Hound.
My greatest personal champions!
As I sit down at my table to scrap I find I'm often confronted with a feeling of anxiety that leaves me creatively blocked. From there I get lost in thought only to find I've been staring out the window as time quickly passes by. I feel overwhelmed by my massive collection of product & the desire to use all the wonderful things I have plus incorporate so many of the nifty techniques I have come across. Pile on top of that my expectation for nothing short of a "FANTASTIC" end product & you can see how I find myself in a place where my output is minimal. I have pretty much stuck to card making for just over a year now.

When I read a blog post by Ali Edwards this past February about One Little Word I was inspired. CREATE is the word I chose to focus on for this year. I am making a conscious effort to force the chatter in my brain to quiet as I sit down to create. I refuse to continue to give it power & let it distract me. I have also decided to choose 2 or 3 items to work with & stick with them, & go from there. The most important change to my approach is changing my mental focus to always be cognizant of the joy my hobby brings me and why I like doing it. I love scrapbooking because it is a way for me to tell the stories of my life . I don't scrapbook to receive accolades & approval from others. I do it to chronicle & record cherished memories of loved ones while playing with wonderful materials. For many years I had never considered myself "creative" & assumed I was "not that kind of person". I now realize I need to be patient with myself as I evolve & explore this side of myself. With time I'll continue to grow, experience more joy & less self doubt while trying out different creative endeavours.


Apr 16, 2010

Card - You're "Toadily" Amazing

Hello, I hope you all had a great week!

The following is my entry for the Basic Grey Challenge this week where we were to follow Martine's sketch. I really like working from sketches & was happy that this card came together rather quickly.

However, I almost forgot to take a photo & get it posted & linked to the challenge blog, lol.

For this card I used the following:
  • Adorable stamp from my Penny Black "toadily" clear stamp set
  • Basic Grey paper (green) for the background
  • October Afternoon dp's
  • Jewelled brads (? origin)
  • American Craft eyelets
  • Petaloo Flowers
  • Queen & Co. Rox Ice - grass green
  • Prismacolor Markers
Thanks for stopping by & have a hoppy weekend!

Jan 23, 2010

Punch It - Birthday Card

I am entering the birthday card I made for a family member, who is having her birthday next week, into a challenge where this week's theme is "Punch It".


Jan 5, 2010


Party, Party, Party!!!
That's the feeling I get when I look at my Penny Black stamp, "The Sensations", so it seemed fitting that I make it the focal point of my PARTY themed card for the current Simon Says Challenge.
For this card I used the following:
  • DP from LUXE & Heidi Swappe
  • Prisma Color Markers
  • Organza ribbon from Savvy n Sassy
  • Bazzill flowers
  • Stampendous & Doodlebug glitter (for the purse)
  • Swiss Dots Cuttle Bug folder
  • 2 random brads from my stash