Gratitude Days 42 to 53

Welcome to another weekend! Are you doing anything interesting this weekend? We are taking it easy today, but plan to head to our friends’ house tomorrow to help her celebrate her 8th birthday. We’re pretty excited, I think. I made her a birthday card- if you missed it, you can see it right here.
I’ve gotten pretty far behind in scrapbooking what I’m grateful for, so I sat down to catch up. Annnd I ran into a huge (in the heat of the moment) problem. I was recording them daily on my Facebook group page, or so I thought. When I scrolled through my posts, I could only find my last few entries! By then, I was totally freaking out! (Sometimes, Peg Plus Cat quotes are the best way to explain a predicament!) After I took time to count backwards to one from five, I realized that all was not lost- I would just pick up wherever my posts started again (without duplicating entries). I also decided that in the future, I’d scrapbook my entry first! Then- no oopsies!!
I’ve also noticed that my gratitude posts seem to be popular among my readers, so I felt it was important to keep up the momentum!
So, to catch everyone up, including me, here’s the last few pages I created:

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What are you grateful for?

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Integrating the Holidays Into the Everyday

Hello everyone! I’m back again today with another layout.

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While I was tidying up my haven and vacuuming the house yesterday, I spotted some scrap cardboard tucked in a corner I’d stashed quite a while ago. I actually have quite a bit more than what you see here, but it isn’t corrugated like this piece. I was saving most of it for creating upcycled mini scrapbook albums. I havent made one in a long time. I trimmed this piece of cardboard to fit my page, then brushed some antique white acrylic paint over it, finishing off with a few spritzes and splatters of calypso teal ink.
I raided my scrap papers stash, and layered them haphazardly on top of the cardboard- but not before stamping them with the French script stamp from CTMH’s Amour stamp set in Bamboo (CTMH) ink. I’m obsessed with the way it looks! I can’t get enough of it!! I wanted it there, but not-in-your-face there, so I kept it light just to give the patterned papers a bit more visual weight. Don’t be afraid to stamp a different pattern on a piece of paper that’s already patterned. The effect can be quite lovely. The title- I typed and printed it using my computer, then cut it into a banner, mounting it with 3D foam adhesive. I used this stamping technique to create the background on it. For added emphasis, I inked the edges with Lagoon ink (CTMH).
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I wanted to highlight the fact that our kitty took advantage of the quiet time in the house when the girls collapsed after a play date, so I clustered altered paper flowers around the bottom right corner of my photo; I also snuck in a tiny stamped polka dotted triangle, which acts as a sort of arrow, pointing at Gregory. See it? It’s tucked snugly under some of the flowers.  Lastly, to draw the eye around the page, I used red patterned paper (CTMH Heartstrings) and floral accents to create my triangle. Find out what I mean here. To keep things balanced, I added some pink ribbon flowers amidst the blue paper flowers. The red poinsettia seemed to stick out like a sore thumb all by its lonesome at the bottom of my photo mat, so I added a few blue paper flowers to its cluster.
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And, here’s a good point to remember: Christmas and other holiday related items don’t have to be saved for their respective holidays only! Find ways to work them into your everyday layouts, like I did here! Same is true of everyday items and nontraditional holiday color schemes. Think outside the box when you’re creating. Rather than using green and red or gold and cranberry on your Christmas layouts, use purple and blue! Easter eggs don’t need to exclusively symbolize the Easter egg hunt your kids went on, it could also symbolize springtime- when new baby everythings are born. Maybe it would symbolize something that took you by surprise (think Kinder-eggs, for example).
What other ways could holiday related items be integrated into your everyday layouts and projects- and visa-versa?

Zebra Birthday Card

Hello friends! Today is much cooler than the last two days, so I’m grateful I had to be outside long enough to drop the twins at pre-school and pick them up only. It was a good morning to stay in, listen to morning TV talk shows, get some chores out the way and scrap! I see the sun trying to shine now. Hopefully it brings warmth with it!
I finally decided to scraplift this card:

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But instead of using a leopard print in the background, I used the zebra print found in this card:

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Here’s what I came up with:

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I don’t often make 6×6 inch greeting cards; this time it just seemed appropriate. I used my Cricut Explore to cut the zebra background (5.75×5.75 inches), then layered CTMH white daisy card stock on top of hot pink Recollections card stock.
The strip of white daisy card stock is stamped with a CTMH background stamp in Blush; I also dressed up the CTMH wood embellishment with some antique white acrylic paint, green spray ink and stamping. The paper flowers received a spray ink treatment too.
The inside of the card has happy birthday stamped inside.

Cards For 8 Year Old Girls

Hello, friends! I should maybe knock on wood, but I think we’re heading into springtime here in the northern hemisphere. Yesterday sure felt springlike- with glorious sunshine and bright blue skies. The pendulum has swung the other way today- it’s still warm, but blustery and kind of rainy. That rain is supposed to turn to snow sometime today or overnight. Later this week, it’s supposed to cool off a tad, but in my mind, it’s all reminiscent of the inconsistency the weather in spring brings! That makes this girl ecstatic elated!
We have been invited to a birthday party this coming weekend for a {little} friend of ours. And, by “we” and “our”, I mean the twins. Naturally,  I’ll be there,  because it’s my BFF,  and our kids are BFF’s,  and we’ll be doing a couple crafts that will require an adults helping hands. Today, I began collecting card ideas for A’s birthday card- I’ll make her one! I haven’t shown you any cards yet, but believe it or not, I love card making, too!
I haven’t sat down to create it yet, but it’s looking like I’ll have time tonight. We are approaching spring break-up in our household- meaning my husband comes and goes at incredibly odd and usually ungodly hours of the day and night. He’s sleeping right now and heading back to bed when my kids go to bed, so he can be on the road for 4 am tomorrow morning. I plan to place my CTMH order and make her card tonight when the house is quiet and only this mouse is awake. Wish me luck!
In the meantime, here’s some of the ideas I came across (I looked for ideas for an 8 year old girl):

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There are a lot more cards pinned to my card scraplifts board on Pinterest;  these are the only ones I’ve ever pinned that are specific to young girls. See everything else I pinned here.
I adore these cards for different reasons, but I’m having trouble deciding which I should replicate! What’s your vote?

They’re 5!!

I just thought I’d drop in and share pictures of our birthday party this past weekend. Sit back and enjoy!

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I don’t want to share pictures of the other kids from the party we had on Saturday, for confidentiality purposes; the rest of my pictures- from here- are of the party we had with the grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousin.

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Our 5th birthday was a lot of fun, a lot of crazy, and a lot laughs. The girls feel so proud to be 5 years old now. I think they feel like they’re pretty grown up! We’re definitely past the toddler years and entering childhood. My ovaries and I are mourning the fact there’s no more babies in the house. *Sniffle*.

#tbt

I’m dropping I’m with a quick Throwback Thursday picture. 5 years ago, this weekend, marked the end of a very long week before bringing my babies into the world. They were absolutely worth that week of utter boredom!

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Roughly 4 weeks before the twins were unexpectedly induced.

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                       –> Miss M

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                    –> Miss A
Happy birthday, my beautiful, strong, delightful miracle babies!!

Je T’Adore

What a glorious day here! I hear part of the country is in a cold snap, unfortunately, but us here in Alberta- Whitecourt,  at least- are being treated to sunshine and warmth. I’m most happy about the presence of the sun. I’ve missed it dearly!
It is a great day for snapping pictures. It’s a good thing I’ve got another layout to share with you!

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An easy way to create worn and distressed appearing paper, is to just crumple it up! I crumpled it a few times, until there were some good sized tears in each of the patterned papers I layered underneath the photos. I also inked the edges.
I have quite a bit of lace in my stash, so I decided to use some of it up! In order to ensure my glue adhered the lace to the paper, I set heavy objects on top of it and left it to dry for most of the afternoon.

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I ran a few errands yesterday, and while I was picking up a few extra groceries, I broke down and bought some metal accents and wood veneer accents I’ve been eyeing at Walmart for quite some time. I couldn’t wait to start using them! I was impressed to find 3D adhesive already on the backside- sometimes they (various accents found in Walmarts’ craft section) lack the obvious.

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Materials:

CRICUT
– M3D7DA (CTMH Artbooking)
– M3D31C (CTMH Artbooking)

CTMH
– Smoothie My Exclusives Ink
– Ponderosa Pine My Exclusives Ink
– Saddle My Exclusives Ink
– Amour My Acrylix Stamp Set
– My Happy Flair My Acrylix Stamp (mini)

MISC.
– Recollections flowers
– MME patterned papers (6×6 paper pads)
– Momenta patterned paper
– K&Co Tim Coffey patterned paper
– Dylusions Spray Ink in Bubblegum Pink
– Ranger Perfect Pearls in Copper
– Ranger Perfect Pearls in Sunflower
– Momenta metal accents
– unknown stamps
– misc. Lace  

In other news, CTMH Seasonal Expressions 2 catalogs will be available shortly- as in March 1. If you would like one, please message me to reserve yours! Also, March would be a great month to sign up to sell CTMH! Along with your starter kit, you’ll receive a FREE shoulder tote!

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If you’re interested, let’s talk!

Lovely {Little} Buddies Layout

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Hello, welcome to Wednesday! I have another layout to help you get over the hump day blahs. It’s another drab, blah day here- overcast and not much sun. I hope yours is brighter and better!
I realized when I sat down to put this layout together, that I need to work on boy themed layouts! In my defence, I have only daughters, and since I’m a girl, I find it easy to find and buy girly embellishments and papers. Every once in a while, though, boys will pop up in my layouts- whether it be the girls’ daddy or their “boyfriend”, their bestie B. This little dude and his younger brother, were the girls first playmate when we settled in Whitecourt. We don’t spend much time together anymore, but when R sees us at school in the mornings, he still says hello. My girls don’t remember him.
My girlfriend lent me (and eventually let me keep) the Fast & Furious (CTMH) My Exclusives stamp set; the wheel tread stamp worked well to add a boyish element to my background- on top of stamping with my stamping blocks, lots of spritzing and a touch of blue acrylic paint (to mat the photos on).  I cut a snowflake background with my Cricut Explore and used it as a mask on my background.
I also cut bow ties to encourage more of a masculine theme. I spritzed them, inked the edges and heat embossed them with some distress powder; I placed one on the picture of R, and the rest over the flowers, just for some boy/girl contrast. That would also be why I stamped the dress form onto the background and added flowers. I couldn’t resist. I have daughters and I’m a girl, after all. If I had boys, I might find creating feminine pages harder. That’s my theory.

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I should also point out that I altered the paper flowers. A lot. I began by spritzing them with sunflower and green patina ink, then I inked the edges (after the spray ink dried). Next, I stamped over them with a background stamp. Lastly, I used a sponge dauber to ink the centres of most of the flowers.

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Here’s what I used:

CTMH:
– White card stock
– Lagoon My Exclusives Ink
– Juniper My Exclusives Ink
– Pear My Exclusives Ink
– Fast & Furious My Acrylix Stamp set
– unknown My Acrylix Chicken Wire stamp
– Skylark Assortment
– Sweet and Lovely My Acrylix stamp set
– You Are My Happy Alphabet My Acrylix stamp set
– Sweet Leaf My Exclusives Ink

MISC.:
– Tim Holtz Distress Powder in Shabby Shutters
– unknown dress form stamp
– Recollections flowers
– Recollections paper leaves
– DecoArt Acrylic Paint in Spa Blue
-Cricut bow ties, “buddies” in title
– Ranger Perfect Pearls Ink in Copper
– Ranger Perfect Pearls Ink in Sunflower
– Ranger Perfect Pearls Ink in Green Patina
– Hexagon mask, unknown
– Snowflake mask, cut with Cricut Explore

Treasure Mixed Media Art Layout

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This picture just came across my Facebook news feed. It’s of the incredible amount of snow that’s fallen over our Eastern neighbors. To all our friends that are experiencing wicked snow storms and cold temps- I hope spring makes a speedy entrance to your neck of the woods! We would all love it, but I’m fairly certain y’all are looking much more forward to it than us westerners! Hang in there!
I wish I had a bright, sunny and summery layout to share with you- maybe it’ll help thaw you out a bit! Unfortunately, it’s a winter themed layout. Still. And, just like all the layers of snow that’s buried our Eastern friends, there’s a lot of layers in this layout too- but they’re good layers!

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The background card stock has a ton of different layers. First, I sprayed it with a few different ink mists, and gave it a little misting with water too. Once that was dry, I added some stamping; next came some acrylic paint, and lastly, I employed a neat trick I came across on CTMH’s Facebook page. To make a perfect polka dot, load your sponge dauber up with ink and press firmly straight down onto your paper. Voila! DIY polka dots! (You can find the short video tutorial on my Facebook).
A long time ago, I stopped using bulky embellishments, like the paper and fabric flowers I used here, because it was too hard on my post bound albums. Literally, only a few pages were enough to fill the album to beyond bursting. Can anyone relate? Recently, I discovered d-ring albums. I used binders too, for a short time, because our Walmart only carries post bound.  We have no other crafting stores in town. Our LSS closed a few years ago, and while I think our town would benefit from a craft store, I’m not sorry the old one closed. To me, it seemed as though one could only buy paper. I wasn’t very impressed with it. So, if I happened to be driving into Edmonton (our nearest big city), which isn’t as often as I’d like, I’d stock up then. Over the summer, Michaels had a BOGO event on d-ring albums, so I splurged and bought two. Well. I’m hooked. I’ll never go back to post bound. So much more can be fit in a d-ring album! So, I threw my caution to the wind and loaded my page full of flowers, layering first with flat paper die cuts I’d cut with my cricut and building on top of that with flowers I’ve had in my stash for years. (Note: I altered the paper flowers a bit by spritzing them with more spray ink.)
I gave the same treatment to my title and the journal tag, also stamping over the journal tag with ink to give it a bit of a silhouette effect; I also crumpled it up a few times, and tore it a bit, to give it a worn and shabby effect. The quote says: “I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all. ” (Laura Ingalls Wilder)

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I chose the word “treasure” as my title to highlight my quote. It really is the sweet and simple things in life that I treasure the most- like the wonder and amazement my daughters viewed their first bonfire with!
I hope you enjoyed the layout I shared today, and thank you for dropping by! Here’s a list of the materials and products I used:

Materials:

CTMH
– Skylark patterned paper and assortment
– Glacier card stock
– Smokey Plum card stock
– Smokey Plum My Exclusives Ink
– Ponderosa Pine My Exclusives Ink
– Juniper My Exclusives Ink
– Pear My Exclusives Ink
– Timberline Assortment
– background stamp (I threw out the packaging for some of my stamps when I started selling CTMH. This was one of them. I don’t recall the proper name for the stamp set. It’s the chicken wire stamp)

Recollections
– card stock
– flowers
– masks

Cricut
– M10403E
– M375B9
– M3F379
– M45509 (It dawned on me to record what cartridge my cut images came from. So, this one is from Sophisticated).

Misc.
– SU embossing folder
– Cuttlebug embossing folder
– Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder
– Ranger Perfect Pearls Ink in Sunflower
– Ranger Perfect Pearls Ink in Green Patina
– Dylusions Ink in Bubblegum Pink
– Dylusions Ink in Calypso Teal
– DecoArt acrylic paint in Early Spring Green

Bonfire Layout

Hi everyone! I just wanted to share a quick and simple way to add texture to your layout using a simple sheet of paper!
All you need- other then your sheet of paper- is an embossing folder or die cutting machine. Of course, first you’ll need some inspiration and an idea in your head. We can’t forget the obvious!
When I sat down to create the layout I’m sharing today, I tried thinking of elements that would drive home a bonfire theme. One of the main ingredients in having a fire is material that burns- like wood; another is the actual fire.
To add both those elements, I turned to my cricut explore (which is fast becoming essential in my crafting), and found fire and wood accents. See how I used them in my layout-

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I cut the fire out a few times, in various sizes. I used the smaller ones to mimic the ashes as they float on the breeze high above and out of sight. (A little secret- the solid flames are actually the positive parts of those die cuts! I’m hanging onto the negatives for a future project, whatever that may be. Another fire themed layout, perhaps?)
The wood die cut is actually a background mat. I would have liked it to be a bit larger, but I didn’t want to waste another sheet of my precious CTMH card stock, so I worked with it. I don’t believe in “mistakes”- only happy accidents- and in the end, I’m happy with how my page looks. Even if it is uber simple.
Stay tuned tomorrow for another layout- this time as mixed media as I could possibly make it, with the tools and mediums I have on hand. In the meantime, here’s a snippet-

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