Rainbow Bridge

Just taking a moment to say farewell to my sweet little man, Gregory.

July 2003- July 2016


Snail Mail Saturday

Welcome to snail mail Saturday!

Here’s some glimpses of my incoming mail this week:

All the letters I received were lovely! Here’s peeks of what was sent along with my letters:

How smart is the washi samples?! I need to find embroidery thread holders so I can send some. They’re plastic! 

One of my pen pals is from Germany, and she’s quickly becoming a very dear friend. We chat at least once a day on Facebook, even if it’s just to say good morning. She sent me the lovely cards and crab stick it notes above. 

Germans have a special tradition their kids LOVE called zuckertüte. The Saturday nearest their first day of school they are spoiled with candy, goodies, school supplies and sometimes clothes- among other things. My pen pal extended the same tradition to my kids, as you’ll see below. I’m thinking we need to start our own family tradition!

K’s goodies made the twins’ day. They’re slightly jealous their mama gets more happy mail than they do. This mama feels kind of bad about that…I hope this slightly made up for it!

And lastly, here’s a snippet of my outgoing mail to these lovelies:

I threw my first letter in the mail before snapping a picture of this one…Oops! I still have K’s to finish, but I’ll be away all week next week, so she’ll have to wait!

(How do you like the flyer covering the bottom portion of my outgoing mail? Bahaha)

Although I’ll be away, I will still have my phone with me, and plan to keep posting, even though I’ll be relaxing beside a lake 😉

Thanks for joining me today, friends!

Hello Card

Hello friends,

I’ve got another card to share with you today! Sharing these with you is so refreshing- apparently it was time for a slight change of crafty pace!

This card features washi tape and stamping, once again. It’s angled vertically instead of horizontal. 

The patterned paper is Recollections; the washi tapes are CTMH. The stamping is, as well. 

I created this card (actually, there’s 5 of these ones) to add to my stash, scraplifting this SU (Stampin’ Up) card I found on Pinterest.

Thanks for joining me today!

Thank You So, So Much

Hello friends,

I have another set of cards I created to share with you today- these ones happen to be thank you cards.

I mixed washi patterns and manufacturers to create this eye catching set, adhering them to a 3×4 inch white cardstock mat. I left just enough space to stamp the message and tied neutral bakers twine at the top to finish off. 

These cards (5 of them), now have a home in my card box. Aren’t they lovely?!

Here is my inspiration. 

A Child’s Laugh

Hello friends,

I have a layout to share today!

I played along with Paper Issues awhile back, using one of their wonderful sketches.

Here is what I came up with:

I cut the title and the embellishments with my cricut, using up more of my ever-expanding scraps. 

The stickers (the musical notes in the top left corner) came from Carta Bella. 

Thanks for joining me today!

Shoestring Planner Tuesday 

Hello friends,

I haven’t been doing as much scrapbooking lately, and the scrapbooking I have done has (surprisingly) been staying in my layouts and not winding up in my scrap baskets. Sadly, some of the die cuts living in my scrap baskets are just way too large for my humble planner, otherwise I’d have used them here!

 As a result, I’ve started using up my vast sticker stash to decorate my planner. I think it’s rather plain- I prefer the look of die cuts gracing my planner pages rather than strictly stickers. (I’m not about to cut images just for the sake of decorating my planner, though. That’s just too much work and I tend to be rather lazy at times). This would be one of those times. Lol

One of the stickers I used actually came from one of my pen pals (at the moment, it feels like she’s my only pen pal, because she’s the only person who has consistently written me!) I don’t think that’s the truth- it’s just my anxiety getting the best of me. 

The rest of the stickers are dollar store finds- which also happens to be another terrific method for creating a shoestring planner! Stickers typically are just $1, so you can purchase a lot for a great price. Once my stash has finally dwindled (let’s face it- that won’t happen for awhile), I’ll stock up again at the dollar store and/or dollarama. 

Thanks for joining me- I hope something about today inspires you!

Make it Monday 

Hi everyone!

One of my favorite places to turn to when I’m looking for inspiration in the kitchen is Kraft Canada. Their recipes are quick to make, easy to throw together and taste delicious. 

Another favorite tool for finding inspiration is most everyone’s favorite online tool as well- Pinterest. I have sooo many recipes pinned, I may as well try them out. 

Today’s recipe comes from Pinterest. Sorry, I’m not real glamorous and I won’t wow you with recipes I created myself. This will just be a real simple post with real simple recipes I’ve found, tried and want to share with you. I hope you understand- and enjoy!

Late last week, I felt inspired to do some baking, but I didn’t want to bake cookies. Boring. I wanted to bake something else, but didn’t have the ingredients for any of the recipes I thought looked great- until I came across Cinnamon Sour Cream Loaf (link at the end of this post). The original recipe was saved from Inspired by Charm by Michael Wurm Jr. 

Oh yum. And sour cream? I just happened to have a lot of it!

Before throwing it in the oven.

After baking for an hour. 

Is your mouth watering yet? Mine is!

The only thing I’d do different the next time I bake this is bake it at a slightly lower temperature for a little longer (or just slightly less at the recommended temperature). It came out quite well done, though the centre was somewhat moist. Overall, it was very tasty, and it got the seal of approval from both my kids and my dear friends’ eldest daughter. (Hubs and I thoroughly enjoyed it, too!)

Now for the best part- the recipe! (Clicking the link will take you directly to the recipe).

Cinnamon Sour Cream Loaf
If you try this recipe, let me know! I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!

Shine Bright

Today’s layout began with another wonderful sketch by Laura Whitaker for scrappingaroundtheclock.blogspot.ca. I used CTMH patterned paper and a bunch of scrap patterned papers out of my scrap bins. 

The stars that are scattered around the page is actually from the punched border on the black cardstock. I’m loving that pink and black color combo!

The stamping and embellishments are all CTMH, as well. 

Snail Mail Saturday

Hello friends, it’s once again snail mail Saturday! It was a slow mail week here- I didn’t get any happy mail at all! Boo! 😣😭 Hopefully next week. I can count on a letter from a pal in Germany to arrive late next week; hopefully I’ll have more than just hers.

So, since I don’t have any new incoming or outgoing mail, I’ll share some of my favorite snail mail pins- I may or may not also want to try some of these, too!

 DIY MARBLING using shaving cream and food coloring. This looks so fun! 

This glassine bag (envelope?) has inspired me to create my own envelope using wax paper or parchment paper. I’m not sure it’ll work (or withstand being mailed), but I’d still like to try! Maybe I can hand deliver it instead…

Acrylic painting is another fab idea for decorating your envies- and it’s another one I’d love to try my hand at. I think making your own envelope using thicker weight cardstock is probably best for this idea…

I hope that’s inspired you like it has me! 

I also feel the need to apologize: I mentioned a few weeks ago that I’d share a tutorial to create your own envelopes and I’ve neglected doing that. I know I’ve got some tutorials posted but I can’t find them all at the moment. (There’s one in particular I am thinking of, but I can’t find it on any of my Pinterest boards). I will- in the near future- share it. Promise!

Each of these pins can be found on my Pinterest. Search for Pocket Mail/Snail Mail Inspiration. Enjoy!

XOXO Anniversary Card

We’ve survived the week! How was it for you? It was pretty rough over here again (last week wasn’t fun, either), between insolent children and a husband that’s been away from home working the last two weeks. 

Rumor has it there’s more wage cutbacks coming too. Lord help us.

On a brighter note, I have something different to share with you- a set of cards!

I realized I didn’t really have any wedding anniversary-friendly cards in my stash, so I whipped these fun washi- inspired anniversary cards. The inside has Happy anniversary adhered in it. (I used my cricut to cut it, five times).

This card from cardmakermagazine.com inspired my set of cards (I made 5 in total). I used one of my CTMH stamp sets for the sentiment across the front, and used my Dew drops in Rhubarb for the heart (which was fussy cut and then adhered using 3D pop dots).

The cardstock is all Recollections, as is the washi tape.