Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008 Comes to an End

Well 2008 was a busy year. My friend and I decided we would keep track this year of how much scrapbooking we got done. Here are my totals:
-364 layouts
-133 cards
-53 altered items (includes minibooks)
All I can say is WOW! I got a lot done!!

I am so very grateful this year for the 2 design teams I am currently on: Art Freckles and SavvynSassy. Thank you Shannon and Rhea for the wonderful opportunities!!

For 2009 I plan to scrap as much as 2008 (if not more). I am hoping to make a dent in my massive stash also and take a bit of a break from scrappy shopping (well after this Saturday, big sale at the LSS that I gotta check out first LOL!). I am planning also to submit at least every couple of months to magazines in the hopes of making my dream of being published a reality!!

I would also like to make a dent on my photos. I used to be caught up with scrapping pics to within a couple of months of the current date. Right now I still have Christmas pics from a year ago to scrap, as well as last winter, spring, summer etc. Either I am taking more pictures or not getting as much accomplished as I used to.

I am very thankful that I have the money and time to scrap and the health to enjoy it. I am thankful also my wonderful family, without them I would not have any pics to scrap! My great loves: my family, scrapping and well, TV is next LOL!!

After all that mushy stuff, just want to say HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone!! Hope 2009 is a wonderful year full of health and happiness!!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas is Over

Well I must admit I was pretty spoiled for Christmas this year. I was in 2 "Secret Santa" swaps, one we spent $20 on the person and one we spent $40 on the person and I got a LOT of stuff from both!! I should have taken pics. There was flowers, brads, Thickers, an album, papers, letters, stamps, gems etc. etc.!!

On Christmas eve I got a huge package from my BFF Karla! She made me the cutest framed poem about my compulsive scrappy shopping LOL! She sent so much Christmas pp I don't know how I will ever use it up (though DD took some LOL!). Of course one can never have too much paper or too many brads so I was in heaven! She sent lots of other goodies too, the box was practically overflowing!

Then for Christmas at my Mom's I got 3 page kits, some tags, a dymo labeller, stickers, letters and some $$$ for shopping! I took advantage of some boxing day sales, so now I think I have to take a little break from shopping for a while and actually use the stuff!

Oh, I also bought a couple of Vicki Boutin's retired class kits (which came Christmas Eve also, yay!!) so I think I will dive into them tonight.

I haven't scrapped in DAYS and I am really looking forward to some me time. Back to work tomorrow *sigh*...

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!!

I just wanted to say Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone! Hope you have a wonderful day today and get lots of scrappy goodies!!

I got these awesome tags last week from a Christmas tag swap on Lil Scrappers. I just love them all!! Can you guess which one I made??

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Happy Holidays Wall Hanging

I got a Sassafras Lass desktop diorama in a magazine recently to cut out and make, and then there was a contest on their blog to do something more with I did! I had an old Junkitz board which I covered in the Life at the Pole paper. I cut out and layered shapes from the paper on top of themselves with popdots and added stickers and letters from the line as well. I used the lace from the SavvynSassy December Art Freckles Vintage Christmas ribbon kit, Stickles and Kaiser gems to glam it up.

Here are some closeups:

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

SavvynSassy DT Call

If you love ribbon, then this DT call is for you! SavvynSassy has THE best ribbon kits to design with each month and what a fun group to be a part of! Here are the details:

Savvy n Sassy will be looking for TWO energetic and creative designers who love ribbon to join our design team!

If you are interested in receiving a new and exciting ribbon card in the mail each month filled with beautiful designs and colors then this call is for you!

Each month you will receive our Ribbon Kit of the Month in the mail. In turn, you will provide for us three projects/layouts to showcase in our gallery. These items created are not sole property of Savvy N Sassy. You will be able to post them in other online galleries, blogs, submissions etc. The only stipulation we ask is that you just add in the "ribbon provided by Savvy N Sassy" phrase when sharing your layouts.

You will also be responsible for 1 or 2 "How to" entries on the Savvy n Sassy Blog. You'll also be responsible for participating in our "Frame of the Day" and "Question of the Day".

Design Team members will receive a discount on stock in store and free shipping on purchases with each months kit. (as long as they are lettermail, larger items will be charged extra)

As a design team member, we are seeking individuals who are interested in bonding with the team as a whole, have time to post and upload layouts to share and inspire with everyone on a regular basis. All applicants must be active in the forum/gallery in that they are familiar with our members and the overall environment of SnS.

If you are interested and believe you would be a fit for our team then please submit the following:
-- User name in SNS forums
-- three projects or layouts showcasing your use of ribbon (created in the last 3 months)
-- small bio about yourself including email and snail mail address-- list of any other design teams you are on
-- please acknowledge how much time you are comfortable with to devote to Savvy n Sassy each month
-- Link to your Blog
-- Link to your online Gallery
-- Why would you like to be a Designer for Savvy n Sassy?

Term begins January 1st, 2009 and runs until the end of June 2009

Submit your application by 12 Midnight (MST) Dec 23rd to:

New team will be announced on Dec 30th.

Good Luck!!!

Monday, December 15, 2008

More November Kit Creations

I just realized I didn't post the rest of my Art Freckles kit creations for November! So here they are:

I altered a small wooden perpetual calendar from the Dollar Store. I painted the frame part in black crackle paint, then covered it in Mod Podge so it wouldn't flake off. I inked all the edges of the wooden pieces with black ink, so they would be covered and covered all pieces with papers from the kit. Then I sanded all the edges for a real distressed look that goes with the papers. I added numbers from my stash, and I had a sheet of paper with all the months on it, so I cut out and inked them and stuck them on.
Another view. Perfect for a guy's desk!
I made this mini clipboard for DH for Christmas. (shhh) I used the Art Freckles November kit and paired it with the SavvynSassy Art Freckles November ribbon kit (and a few things from my stash). I stamped the To Do list with a Gelatins stamp, inked up the arrow and added the kit letters to it. I added a little stitching to the grey foam arrows from the kit and the adorable dog! The SNS ribbon and some buttons finishes it off at the bottom. These cards all feature the SavvynSassy November ribbon kit. The top 2 are using the Art Freckles kit as well. For the bottom 2 I used some new October Afternoon papers, yum!
And some Christmas cards! Using the SavvynSassy ribbon kit and Wassail papers by Basic Grey and My Yellow Bicycle Christmas papers.
Last but not least with the ribbon kit, this Fall layout using more October Afternoon papers!
You can get the Art Freckles kit right here and the SavvynSassy matching ribbon kit (which also perfectly matches the BG Granola line) right here.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Happy Mail all Week!

What a great week for mail!

I got this awesome rak on Thursday from Tammi! Thank you so much!! I was the lucky winner on her blog, which you can go to here. I also got my Santa's Lil Sistah package yesterday from Tammy at Lil Scrappers. She wrapped it up so pretty with ribbon, made me a beautiful card and sent lots of yummy, brads, stickers, metal charms, a stamp, ricrac and some sheers. Yum!! (I should have taken a pic.) Thank you Tammy!!

I also got 2 handmade cards from 2 different card exchanges. I'm expecting a bunch more this week.

And I got my December SavvynSassy DT kit (no pic available yet.) It matches the Art Freckles kit though and I have already done 2 pages with it!! Lace and pinks and greens, yum!

Oh and you may have noticed, I changed my blog setup. Green is my favourite colour, so this is a nice change!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas

All I can say is WOW!! I followed a link from another blog last night and I must have spent an hour looking at all his tags so far and all the details that go into them. Did I say WOW?? Gorgeous! There are tonnes of giveaways also, so go check it out here.

I am gonna pull out my grungeboard and try some techniques. I honestly never thought about stamping on it, but it looks awesome!!

Oh and now my wishlist: his masks, stamps and definitely the seasonal grungeboard, and that's just to start LOL! Yummy!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

December Art Freckles Kit is here!
This kit contains:
8 sheets of 12x12 patterned paper from Websters Pages (Winter Wonderland)
(2 of each design)
* Starry Night
* Star Bright
* Candy Cane
* Good Cheer
6 sheets of Bazzill cardstock (2 ea. of Sugar Cookie, Pomegranite, and Leap Frog)
1 pkg. Art Freckles button flower stickers
1 ea Art Glitter:Ultra Fine Glitter
1 ea Tombow glue pen
1 yard Vintage Trim
6 journaling tags from Elles Studio
1 Fancy Pants 'Happy Holidays' stamp
2 ~ 4" paper doilies
1 chipboard die cut tree

And it is just delicious!! I have made about 6 projects so far. You can check them out in the Art Freckles gallery here.

The kit is for sale here. Get this one quick because I have a feeling it is going to sell out!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

More Christmas Stuff

My goodness I have not been around much! There is so much going on right now, working on DT projects, Christmas cards, Christmas gifts you name it! I haven't done just regular fun everyday scrapping in forever, feels like!
Here are some glass Christmas decorations I made a week or 2 ago. I used rubons and self adhesive felt on them and tied them off with a ribbon. (Excuse the scratched up table I took the pics on.)

Here are some Christmas cards I have made recently. These are made with the SavvynSassy Art Freckles November ribbon kit.

And these I made with the Lil Scrappers November Christmas card kit. Man is that kit packed full of stuff!!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

WeScrap Prize

I got my Wescrap prize from the Wicked Halloween crop this morning...yummy!! All my favourite stuff: chipboard, rubons and stickers!! Thanks so much WeScrap!!!
Art Freckles December Kit Sneak Peek

The December kit sneak peek is up! It is a beautiful kit with a fun technique! Perfect for Christmas and just delicious!! It should be up for sale on December 10th and that's when you will start seeing my creations with it! I can't wait to share them!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

25 Days of Christmas Album

I just love Ali Edwards' December Daily album idea. You can check it out here. I think I am going to do it, even though I have not started yet LOL! I found a clear album with 8 double sided pages, so I'll just add in the extra pages I need. We put up our Christmas decorations last night, so that is the first of my photo a day up until Christmas. We have so many things going on this month I'm sure it will be hard deciding which of the many pics from each day to choose!!

I challenge you to at the very least take a photo a day up until Christmas, but why not make a mini album with the pics too!!?

Monday, December 1, 2008

Art Freckles is having a DT Call!!!

Come and check it out here! The deadline is December 28th. We are looking for 1 designer from January til June 2009. The kits are amazing and it's a super fun place to be!!

And don't forget Art Freckles now has a forum and gallery which is a great place to hang out and share your work! Can't wait to see you there!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Christmas Goodies

Well I have been busy making some Christmas items this week.

I made these yummy bags of hershey's chocolates. The how-to is from Carla at Lil Scrappers, you can find it right here. They are quick to do and will make great gifts!

I altered a bunch of old plastic packages and added chocolates for some sweet treats. Thanks to Ally Scraps for the idea!

And I filled a plain glass ball Christmas decoration with curled up strips of patterned Christmas paper and added a ribbon to hang it on the tree. Thanks Karla!!

Tonight I am working on putting rubons on more glass ball decorations and they are looking pretty cute, if I do say so myself! I'll be sharing pics tomorrow.

Exciting News!!

Art Freckles is starting up a forum, so if you love to scrapbook, chat and hang out, this is the place to be! There will be kit chit chat of course, but lots of other fun stuff too...challenges, make n takes, scrapbooking talk, recipe sharing, swaps and probably an online crop sometime too!! There is a gallery attached so you can show us your work, we love to see inspiration! So come and check it out right here!! The link is at the top of the Art Freckles homepage also.

And there is more exciting Art Freckles news coming real soon...............

Friday, November 21, 2008

Art Freckles October Project Kit

I got this beautiful project kit from Art Freckles last month, and finally got down to doing it the other night. I just love it!! There are still some kits available here, and they come complete with instructions and example pics.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

SavvynSassy November Art Freckles Ribbon Kit

Here is the yummy SavvynSassy ribbon kit I get to work with for November! Looks like a great match to the Art Freckles November kit. I should get it at the beginning of next week. Can't wait to dig in!! You can purchase it right here.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Art Freckles November Kit Creations

Well despite being in a lot of pain since last Thursday I have been creating like mad with the November Art Freckles kit!! So far I have done 3 layouts, the mini album that came with the kit, an altered wooden calendar and a card. I have 3 more cards in the works, then maybe a clipboard... There is so much paper with the kit that I will get a tonne of projects out of it!
I love the inked up distressed patterns of most of the papers, saved me having to do as much inking as I usually do LOL! For this layout I added a few metal embellishments from my stash. I punched out circles for the names, then sewed around the edges, added arrows and the Rose Moka letters and raised them up with pop dots.
I love the masculine feel of the papers in the kit! I do a lot more scrapping of my daughter's pics than my son's with all the girly patterned papers out there, so these were great for getting some of my son's layouts done!
This paper was perfect for Fall! I added some Fall embellishments from my stash, used the Bazzill stitching template to do X stitches around the 2 pics and voila!

I used the mini album in the kit to make a Christmas gift for my brother. I cut different patterned pages for each page of the book, slightly smaller than the chipboard pages, inked them and the book edges, added pics and a few letters, rubons and stickers from my stash and it was a very quick book!

I'll have some more projects with the kit in the next few days. Thanks for looking!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

November Art Freckles Kit is Up!

And here it is:

I am getting my hot little hands on it some time today and I just can't wait to dig in and design with it! Everything on my desk is going to get shoved to the side LOL! (And believe me there is a lot on my desk right now.)

The kit features a brand new line from Rose Moka: Equinoxe. They are a fairly new Canadian scrapbooking company and I just can't wait to see their papers and letter stickers IRL! There is a stitching template with floss and lots of chipboard, so this should be a lot of fun!! You can check the kit out here. There are new goodies in the store too, so go take a peek!

Monday, November 10, 2008


I'm am now an Etsy seller! I was busy this weekend making up a few page kits, baskets of ribbon, flowers etc. to list on there. Now I have to take pics of my cards and altered items and get them on there too. Here is my store:

Unfortunately I didn't have as much scrapping time this weekend. I did manage a couple layouts and a card. I am working on a mini album gift, so hopefully I'll get that done tonight or tomorrow. Christmas is coming and I have lots of gifts to make!!

Art Freckles has some new goodies up in the store. I could not resist buying some of the felt/suede doggies for DD and I, and those October Afternoon stamps are just too cute!!

I just got a box of yummy WRMK and Sassafras Lass goodies from SavvynSassy this morning, which I just can't wait to play with!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Tuesday Ramblings

Wow, I'm posting 2 days in a row!! There is hope for me yet :)

I did the draw for my rak on Art Freckles and the winner was Deanne!! Congratulations! I have mailed it out to you today.

I got good news yesterday, I won a prize from WeScrap's online crap last weekend! Can't wait to see what goodies I get!!

Here are the November SavvynSassy ribbon kits. Yummy!!

Here are a few more Christmas projects from the last couple of days. They were challenges on Lil Scrappers and SavvynSassy.

A Christmas card with gift card holder built in.

An accordian gift card holder.

The front:

and the inside:

And a Christmas card with shaker box.