Saturday, December 4, 2010

Just checking in and a really cool free printable vintage goodies site

Hi everyone who may still be following me. I know I've been very neglectful of my blog lately but that is going to change. I'm not going to make's been a long year and my priorities changed and that's OK. December is going to fly by and 2011 will be here before many of us are ready for it. I plan to be back and better than ever in the New Year. I'll be blogging REGULARLY and I need you to help keep me accountable. We're all in this together. LOL.

Last year I had found this very cool site called Ten Two Studios I thought they rocked last year....well they are rocking it again this year. All sorts of free printable down-loadable vintage goodness. Please go check them out and give them some love.   

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Altered book-drawer

I am sooooooo excited about how well this altered book turned out!! It's full of vintage goodies and distressing and Tim Holtz goodness. :)  I used my dremel tool with a sandpaper attachment to do a lot of the sanding and distressing. Wow, what a time saver. It has found a permanent home on my desk!! Now I just have to find some goodies to hide in my drawer.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Opa is German for Grandfather. My Father-in-law has the gentlest spirit. I have never heard him raise is voice or speak in anger to anyone. He is sooooooo patient. He lives for his Grandchildren and loves to sit back and laugh at their antics. This photo of Opa and our youngest really captures these qualities. It is a photo that I love to look at.
 **my camera did not want to cooperate when I was trying to photograph this LO-sorry for the poor quality.

Monday, September 6, 2010

It's Here, It's Finally Here.....

The Fall Issue of Canadian Scrapbooker is out!!!! It's on the don't walk to get your copy.
 I am so excited to be featured  in the Passport to Creativity!!! What an honour.I freaked to put it mildly when I opened that email. :) :)  These are the 3 LO's that I created for the issue. I stressed over my Bio and felt a little "nerdy" answering my interview questions, but when it's all said and done I am very proud of how it all looks and reads. I want to send a big SHOUT OUT to my friend Karen of KMP Photography for doing my head shots and scraproom photos too.

Bird Call was created with Bo Bunny and some vintage goodies. I used my hole punch distress technique to finish it off.
I wish I could Freeze Time consists of Graphic 45 and some yummy Tim Holz items.

Toes is my last page. It has Basic Grey and my all time favorite photo of 2009.

Now who else was is this magazine????? How about checking out my friend Kate...she was featured in Passport to Creativity as well. She's such a talented scrapbooker and I am humbled to be in print with her.

There was a huge section devoted to Cancer...Breast Cancer to be exact. My friend Amanda has been battling and may I add kicking some serious cancer butt!!! She has several pages in this section of the magazine chronicling her battle, her ups and downs and her honesty regarding this disease is there for us all to see. She also has an amazing page in another section showcasing an awesome summer storm from 2009. She had her camera ready and got a shot of a lifetime.

My list could go on and on....there was so many talented Saskatchewan artists in this issue. I encourage you to go to your local scrapbook store and pick up your copy today. You wont be disappointed.

Monday, August 2, 2010

She's got LASHES

A page full of BoBunny goodness. This is my youngest child. She has some of the most fantastic eyelashes I have ever seen. They are long and thick and black. She's 5 and she already knows how to use them. :)

Boysenberry Dot cardstock
PP is the Sophie line
unknown bling swirls
ribbon from my stash
handmade flowers from the paper scraps

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Giveaway draw

I made the drawing for my blog giveaway....the lunchbox filled with goodies at Midnight last night and the winner is:

Blogger Jenn said...
6. Happy Everyday :) What an exciting giveaway full of creative inspiration! ovcgh June 15, 2010 3:55 PM

Congratulations Jenn. Send me your info and I will send you your goodies. :) :)

Thursday, July 1, 2010


I love how this page turned out. It is so bright and summery. I used a Hambly overlay on this page. I "fussy" cut the swirls off the overlay so I could place them exactly where I wanted them. I used a Fiskars border punch for the edging.

Saturday, June 26, 2010


I used a Heidi Swapp butterfly mask and inked over it. I then took some Shimmerz and brushed that on. Stamped the title with StazOn ink. The black card stock was edged using my Fiscars scissors  and a Hambly overlay finishes off the page. Quick, simple fun. The photo was taken at the Fireworks Festival last year. Scyap Inc. did the face painting. They were amazing.


Monday, June 14, 2010


I am celebrating many things today, 15 000 Visitors, my 3rd Blog Anniversary and my 37th Birthday. (My blog anniversary and my birthday are July 12th and this will be the day that I pick a winner.)It will be a month of fun so make sure you check back often.I have dug out a vintage metal lunch box that I found while out "junking" I am going to fill it with all sorts of goodies. The more comments left the fuller it becomes. The more people who follow me the fuller it becomes. If I reach 50 followers by July 12th I will have a bonus giveaway. :) Please number your comments. The first person to leave a comment is # 1 and the next is #2 and so on. Thanks. Some of the goodies in there already???? Vintage buttons and lace, 45 LP'S, Vintage playing cards, vintage cupcake papers, strings of pearls, chipboard journal blocks, bath sponge and duct tape (2 of my favorite things to put on a page.) Flowers.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Butterfly Card

I create cards very seldom. I just don't enjoy designing them. I don't know why. :) There are 3 photos of this card. I wanted to show how much dimension and texture was on it. I began by stamping the swirls with black archival ink. Then I stamped the butterfly 3 times. Once on the card base and twice on white card stock using Adirondack dye ink. I applied Rock Candy Distress crackle paint the the 2 stamps on the card stock. As you can see from the photo the ink did bleed a little. After the paint was dry I cut the butterflies out and pop dotted one over the butterfly that had been stamped on the card base. I then cut the second butterfly in half and pop dotted the only the top half on to the card. A little Stickles on the antennae and it was finished.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

15 000 Visitors and a Layout

WOOHOO!!!! I can't believe that in my 3 short years of blogging I've had that many people come to visit me. Wow! Thank you so much. I will be doing something to celebrate so make sure to check back. Now onto my LO. I used Little Yellow Bicycle papers. I love their stuff so much fun to make boy pages with. It's a clean and simple LO. A little distressing and inking and it was done. The weekend we went camping last summer was cold and rainy. We had to wear our winter jackets. :) The kids really wanted to go swimming so with the first and only break in the weather we headed to the beach. Wolf turn a lovely shade of red with underlying hues of blue.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Patience of a child

I printed the same picture 3 times and pop dotted the center picture for dimension and interest.I stamped the flowers and title and pop dotted those as well. Cosmo and Scenic Route paper strips for the background and it's a page completed. I love how this page turned out. I included a picture showing the dimension on this page.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

It only took a year

I finally finished my Birthday album from last year. It was birthday # 36. I've been celebrating my birthday the last couple of years with my friends. We gather at JSI and scrap and party the night away. I'm sure we are loud and probably annoy the other scrappers but we just can't help ourselves. So here it is in all it's glory. Paper, inks, stamps, Glimmer Mist, vintage ribbon, bath sponge, vintage sewing pattern, a multitude of Tim Holtz  items etc. I only showed 1 view of the tags so the blog post didn't get too long. Sorry about the shadowy pictures...I really need to stop photographing everything at night. :) With my next birthday just a few weeks away I guess I had better start planning the next party.

I'm a bad scrapper

I was gong through my blog to see what LO's I have that haven't been posted here yet and I realized I hadn't posted my page that was published in the Canadian Scrapbooker Spring Issue. DOH!! So after giving myself head a shake and a mental scolding here it is. :)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


The journaling  on this page was done for a challenge last year. I didn't like the finished LO so I reworked it. I'm happy with this LO. I never posted the other LO to my blog because I wasn't sure anyone would really be interested in a LO that was sad. The challenge was to write your story. To get down and dirty with your feelings/emotions. It was to be honest and thorough. I had never written down my feelings about my parents death. I had never scrapped my feelings about the accident. I wasn't sure I really wanted to even put this in the family album, but life isn't a bed of roses so I went ahead with the challenge and now I am ready to post it to my blog for everyone to see. After doing the challenge I am also more willing and ready to scrap those less then happy moments in our lives. Life is full of ups and downs and if I am scrapping a legacy for my children shouldn't all of our experiences be remembered???

Sheryl (age 14)

I want to tell you that one of the worst days of your life is coming and there is no way for you to prepare for it. You are going to feel like the world has quit spinning. The pain you will feel will bring you to your knees. I wish I could just wrap you in my arms and keep you from finding out how unfair life can be. I want you to know that you will survive, you will be stronger because of this life changing event. You will find a strength you never knew you had. I wish you never had to know what it is like to grow up without your Mom or Dad. I wish that I could tell you that it will get easier . It doesn't! Time doesn't heal the pain it only dims the few memories you have. While you will find out that just when you think you have your grief under control something will happen to make you miss Mom and Dad all over again. Your graduation, not having Dad there to walk you down the aisle when you got married, missing Mom with your whole being when your babies are born. You will ache with every fiber of your being and need to talk to Mom and can't or need to be wrapped safe in Dad's arms. I promise you though that you will learn that it is OKAY to CRY. It is not a weakness, but a release. It will allow you to continue on. It will help you to heal, not miss them less but to cherish those few memories that you do have. I promise you that no 14 year old should ever have to deal with the shock of losing her parents in a split second. You will overcome so many more things over the next 22 years, that you will be able to look back on January 8th, 1988 and know that you will survive anything and be able to face it head on. You will grow to be strong, courageous and loving. You will become a woman that Mom and Dad would have been proud of. You will have a confidence in yourself and your abilities that will allow you to tackle life head on, with a smile on your face and an attitude of "come on world is this the best you can do?". You will have a take me as I am personality. Your true friends will accept and love this in you and those who don't aren't worth it. You will find a man who will cherish yo and love you for who you are. You will be a terrific MOM!! You will be a mom to 4 beautiful children. You will come to understand how young Mom and Dad really were when they died. You wont' waste a day of the next 22 years wishing you had done this of hadn't done that. You live your life to make yourself happy and your family feel loved. You have o regrets. At age 36, while you wish you could talk to Mom and Dad just one more time you know you wouldn't be the person you are today if their plane hadn't crashed that fateful day.

Sheryl (age 36)

Friday, May 7, 2010

A card

I made this card using Tim Holtz's technique from the 12 Days of Tags he did last Christmas. The stamp is from Impression Obsession. All the embellies are from Tim Holtz.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Soldier Boy

I received some exciting news last night....I will  share the news soon so stay tuned. ;) While you are waiting here's a LO for you to enjoy.

Wolfgang loves anything to do with the Military. Last year at the Family Expo there was a huge Military display. The soldiers who were working that day were fantastic. The had rifles the kids could handle and aim, a night vision obstacle course and the helmet and vest for the kids to try on. Man was that vest heavy. Wolf was so proud and excited to try them on.

This is a simple no frills LO several of the circles are pop dotted for dimension as well as a little stitching just for texture. I used the Tim Holtz craft scratcher to scratch out the busy background of the photo. I sanded the edges of my circles and journal strips and it was a page complete.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Garage Sale and Flea Market Finds

We went "junking" on the weekend. I found a few fun items that put a smile on my face. The first is this cheque. There was a box full, but at $1 each I only bought 4. I really wanted more but I had to walk away. :)

Next is this camera.  I love it. It makes me smile every time I look at it. All the nobs and dials work. It slides in and out and closes perfect. I paid $10. I have no idea if that is a good deal or not but it really doesn't matter. I really wanted it.

My little shelf. A great find at $2. It's about 2 feet high and maybe a foot wide. It is going to be home to all sorts of treasures. :)

My last find of the weekend is this video camera. A great find at $3. Everything moves and works. The camera bag is in great condition, it still has the lens cap and inside the yellow box it the tin that the film reel came in. The film is long gone but it is nice to have the tin.

There you have it. My finds of the weekend. Do you like to go "junking"?? What has been your favorite find?

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Just for fun :)

I've been stalking my friends blogs this week and was inspired to "play" along. My friend Saucy and my friend Kate have both done Celebrity Boyfriend lists. Saucy did an amended list and Kate compiled her first list. Combine both these ladies fantastic lists with my 11 year old daughter going on and on lately with all the "hotties" in her world ( think Joe Jonas etc.) led me to think; why not compile my own list?

Let me begin with Mark Harmon. He is Gibbs from NCIS. Love this show and love him. I think my crush on him began in 1987 when he played Mr. Shoop. A summer school teacher who had to teach a class of misfits.He was yummy then but I think age has definitely made him more yummy.

Next on my list is Ty Pennington. MMM... I drool every time I look at him. His boyish charm and hard body are a nice combination, don't ya think? Besides I think every woman should have a handyman on her list.

Hugh Jackman is a very handsome man but dress him as Wolverine and he's down right delicious. I have all the X-Men movies and watch them as often as I can. :) I keep telling Ray that I'm going to buy him a Wolverine costume. Hmmm maybe this is the year. :)

Keanu Reeves. I've always found him attractive but I think he has really come into his own the last few years. Loved him in Point Break and The Replacements (football movie)  He has Canadian ties which I think is awesome. The motorcycle and leather pants don't hurt the cause any.

Johnny Depp is another actor I have crushed after for years. It all started with 21 Jump street and What's Eating Gilbert Grape. He has become more attractive every year. His movie rolls/characters are always interesting. My favorite??? Captain Jack Sparrow.

The Sweat Hogs and Grease began the next love affair. John Travolta. He's had a few years where he kind of let himself go and we all thought huh?? but let's face it he has a certain charm to him. I think it's his eyes and the dimple on his chin. I'm a sucker for eyes. They'll get me every time.Well that and I'll always think of him as Danny Zuko.

Bruce Willis aka. John McClane comes skidding in next. I know, I know, you all are wondering what's wrong with me. I think it's as much the characters he plays as it is the man he is. I just get this feel safe feeling with him. He's going to save the day and keep me from harm. Ok, you can quit rolling your eyes now. I'm allowed one off the wall submission.

Lastly but certainly not least is George Eads. He is CSI's very own Nick Stokes. He makes me want to be a bad girl. Ok. I'll just leave it at that.

So that's my list right now. I will probably alter it at some point but for right now at this moment in time these are the Celebrities that make me go MMMMM.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

14 years ago

Fourteen years ago I married my best friend. We've grown alot during these past years. The day we got married we had no jobs and no place to live. One week later we ahd a place to live but still no jobs. :) Off we went on our Honeymoon. We'll stress over the job thing when we get back. We have never looked back. We have no regrets. We have loved fiercely, laughed daily and chosen to remain together and work at it. Four children later and we are happier and more in love now than we were then. I couldn't imagine my life with out Ray. We may be complete opposites but I thik that's what keeps it interesting and sometimes frusterating. I look forward to walking down this road together untill we're unable to walk anymore. We'll be hand in hand,finding the humor in whatever life continues to throw at us. Happy Anniversary Ray. I love you.




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