Friday, June 25, 2010

This Bunny has HEART

Well, today is the deadline for a challenge that Shanna posted on her blog, and it was definitely a challenge that I just couldn't resist! Anyone that 'knows' me, knows how much fun I have with my punches, and this challenge was just right up my alley!
Back on June 11th, Shanna posted a punch challenge. She has asked that we use a minimum of 2 punches on a project, card or layout. In her original post she used her punches on some cards to show us how fun they can be and how they can add the perfect embellishment for our projects.

Well, I like to take punches to a whole new realm and see what can be created from them other than what they actually are. I LOVE shapes and love to be able to transform them into fun embellishments for my layouts, cards and projects. I see shapes in a whole new light and I love the creating process it brings to me.

Here are a couple of the projects that I have created to meet Shanna's challenge:

This pail would be perfect for any Easter Bunny to leave your treats in. The bunny on the front of the pail is created completely of hearts, and an oval added for the egg he is holding. The heart punches are 3 various sizes by Marvy. (small, medium and large/Jumbo) His feet are actual a folk heart from a Sizzix die.

This second project is a plaque that I made for my scrap room wall. It uses a paper shaper flower punch and the Punch Bunch fern punch. The barrel was hand cut.

I also teach classes at my LSS, and this layout was done by request of some ladies that take my classes on a regular basis. I was asked if there was anything out there to do with Backyardigans, and upon looking, found the availability for scrap booking was not there. I decided to see what I could come up with and this is the layout I created. Each of these characters were created with a variation of punches, Quickutz dies and BossKut dies. They are my very own creation and I had so much fun coming up with these. I don't have children young enough, so therefore, I have no photos to put on this layout. Papers, of course are Bo FAVE!!!!

The bunny on the pail and the Backyardigans are my own original design and are to only be used for personal use. I do ask that if you scrap lift these ideas, to please link back to my blog post and give credit where credit is due. I also ask that you do not use these designs for monetary purposes. Thank you.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Scraptures Blog Hop winners announced!

Scraptures held their first ever blog hop at the beginning of the month, and today the winners were announced: Scraptures blog

I would like to thank all the members who participated and helped bring such great success to the first ever blog hop at Scraptures. It was a lot of fun helping to put this together and bring some inspiration to the members along the way! Thank you to all who hopped and participated using the sketch that was created by Sarah De Guzman.

Thanks ladies and congratulations to the winners!

Monday, June 14, 2010

It has been one of those weeks!

As I sit here this morning, I reflect back on what last week held for me, and I am really hoping that this week will be a much better one. I need to clear my head, focus and learn to move forward with things, so that is on the top of my TO DO list this week!

I have lots of creating to get done this week. July classes need to be designed, I have kits to create for the LSS, kit need to get put together to put in the mail and I have some pages for another gal that need to get worked on. With so much on the go, it is time for me to refocus my energy for the positive and move forward with these things.

Clearing my head and posting some of my TO DO list here, is going to help me meet those goals.
So here is to a much better week!!!!

Now, if I could only get Mother Nature to cooperate with me, all could be good. The sky is grey and cloudy and it isn't looking too promising at the moment! I am hopeful that this weather is not going to hinder my mojo and motivation to get things done! I so need to see that list getting smaller so that I can sit back, breathe and just have some fun creating time!

Wish me luck!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Hamilton Wingfest

It is evident that festival season has begun in the Hammer, and I am loving every bit of it!!! I look forward to festival season every year and it really couldn't have started at a better time for me!Last night was the opening of Hamilton's Wingfest, and Kim Mitchell was playing. I was so jazzed up and raring to go for last night. I really was looking forward to having a great night out to have fun, and the weather was even good for it. Thankfully, Mother Nature decided to be nice, and although the clouds started to roll in, we weren't blessed with any rain at all!!!!

We headed down to the festival a little early and were able to catch a great new band from Toronto on stage. They have a pretty good sound, and they are brothers. If you get a chance you should check them out here at Fairchild. They were the band that performed right before Kim went on stage.

Just prior to Kim starting, I was standing there and I got a text. I thought it might have been my sister asking me if I was there, but it was my good friend T!!!! She was telling me to have a great time and that I did! I even called her and told her to listen, but we had a bad connection...LOL. She probably thought I had too much to drink or that I really just had rocks in my head, but I am sure she still loves me anyways!!!! After all it was a WILD PARTY and I was in ROCKLAND WONDERLAND, with PATIO LANTERNS!!!! :)

Anyways, just wanted to share some of the photos from last night's concert! It was amazing and Kim NEVER disappoints! I was just so happy to have gotten out of the house and have such a fun time as this has been a pretty frazzling week for me, and well, I just needed to relax, unwind and just think about ME for a change! It felt GREAT!!!!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Scraptures June Reveal

Well another month has begun and we have a new kit in store at Scraptures. This month the kit is Crate Paper-Brook. The texture of this paper is wonderful and the colours are so bright and cheerful and really have a great summer feel to them. Nice to see this geared to adults and not just the fun filled kid themes that are out there. I loved all of the product that was sent in this kit, and it really helped the creating process flow.

I created several projects using this kit and it was just amazing to see how much you could get done with one kit! I love it!This layout was so much fun! I loved cutting the wavy paper, which helped to resemble the breeze of the day. Although it was a hot day in Fort Erie, there was a warm breeze. I loved being able to cut this paper up and layer in an unusual way to add dimension to my page. Adding the chipboard piece and pop dotting the phrase also helped to bring even more dimension to my layout. I love to work in layers, with lots of detail to dimension.

My second project is another page using lots of layering and dimension. I used the yellow scallop card stock and cut out circles to add to make a more flowing background to the layout. The yellow was just too much, and although it really did compliment everything nicely, I just needed less of the yellow showing. Chipboard pieces, pop dots and ink also help to bring in that added dimension that I was looking for here.

Now for my last layout I cut out lots of circles from the pattern paper so that I could do lots of layering and dimensional work here. I just love to be able to take a piece of paper and get lots and lots of mileage out of it. I also cut out the flowers from a secondary pattern paper and created 2 butterflies for my page, using a button and a brad for each of their bodies. I did add some wire for antennas that was not included in the kit. Of course, I pop dotted the butterflies, as well as several of the circles. I added buttons for even more dimension and to keep with the circle feel to this layout. The combination of circles, flower butterflies and the wavy paper sliced and diced, I really like the flow showed in this layout.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010


Well the time has come to announce the winners of the Scraptures First Ever Inspirational Blog Hop. I hope that everyone had fun doing our little hop with us and I hope that you all found some inspiration along the way.

On my post for the blog hop, I offered up 2 prizes (RAKs). One was for a random draw for those that left a comment on my blog and the other was for a random draw for new followers. I had quite a few comments left during the hop, 12 to be exact. I asked a fellow team member to pick a number between 1-12. She picked 7........that makes the Comment winner....................................

Jen Hoover (More like....etc.) She left this comment:
Leave it to Lisa :P LOL
this is gorgeous! I love the demension you give your layouts!

I need to put my "stuff" to better use!

Thank you to everyone who visited my blog during the hop and for leaving me such nice comments.

Now I only had one new follower through the blog hop, and that was Brandy Lees.

Congratulations ladies! Please PM me your mailing address over at Scraptures and I will get your prize out to you at the end of the week!!!

Thanks again to everyone who hopped along with us and helped to make our first hop a successful one. Don't forget that there is still time left to participate in the sketch challenge! You have to remember to also share a link to your creation based on the sketch on the Scraptures blog to qualify for the prize!

Sarah De Guzman/giveaway

Sarah has been at it again! She has been a very busy gal and has just returned from Texas, and now she is offering a wonderful giveaway on her blog. If you haven't had the opportunity to check out her blog, you simply must stop by. This gal is a great talent and she designs for several different companies.

Recently the team at Scraptures had the opportunity to use a sketch created by Sarah for our very first blog hop. I loved the sketch and had a lot of fun creating with it. Thank you to Sarah for her permission to use the sketch. It was great inspiration for this post: Blog Hop

Thank you Sarah for sharing your wonderful talent with all of us and for being so generous with your giveaways!

Monday, June 07, 2010

Walking with Dinosaurs

Yesterday we attended the Walking with Dinosaurs show at Copps Colliseum. The show was fantastic and the dinosaurs so realistic! These gigantic creatures were made to life size and moved around the arena as if they were alive. To experience this amazing show was one that I am glad I didn't miss.

What can I say about the show? To begin with I must admit that I wasn't entirely sure what it was going to be all about. There was one man on the arena floor who was the narrator, telling us the story of the dinosaurs through the eyes of a Paleontologist. He walks around the arena, amongst the dinosaurs as he tells their story.

The narrative is very educational and yet not boring at all. There are lots of great pieces of information that take you through all 3 ages of dinosaurs, being that of Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous. As the story is told, you learn more about different species of dinosaur and what it would have been like for it to walk the earth. You learn about their size, what they ate and who their enemies were.Although I studied dinosaurs as a child, I was still very fascinated with the show. It really brought to light what life on earth before man would have been like. To see these creatures roaming the floor, brought a realization that we are lucky they do not still exist. They certainly are a fascinating creature, and to have managed to survive through the different changes the earth had taken, simply is amazing.

If you ever get the chance to see this show, I would recommend it. Children of all ages will love it!

Weekend card creations

During the crop at Scraptures, I was able to actually get a couple of the other team members challenges done as well! I love a good challenge and this past weekend was very inspirational and the challenges really motivated me to get some cards made.

Here are my latest creations:

Weekend Challenge #3

My third challenge during the crop was to create a PINK layout using the following elements:

U-a photo of YOU

For my example, I chose to use up some old products and a photo of me that is about 21 years old.

It felt good to use pink, as I don't get that opportunity too often. (with having 2 boys)

I was so happy to see several of the members participating this weekend and I thank each and everyone who did my challenge.

Weekend Challenge #2

My second challenge to the members at Scraptures during the Breast Crop Ever was to create a layout based on one of the 2 ADs.

I chose the first one as my inspiration for my example layout!

Weekend Challenge #1

During the Breast Crop Ever at Scraptures, I made 3 challenges to the members. It has been great fun seeing what all of the gals have been creating this past weekend, and since the challenges are open until June 11th, I am looking forward to seeing even more great creations in the days to come.

My first challenge was to create a layout/card/project using one of the following 4 quotes:

I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.
Agatha Christie

Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed.
Corita Kent

Only when we are no longer afraid, do we begin to live.
Dorothy Thompson

Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.
Marie Curie

I chose this last quote for my challenge example!