Tuesday, 30 July 2013

just a typical day

It's been a while since I last created a page for Leigh Penner's Pages with Papertrey challenge.  So today, I made one using one of her fabulous sketches found here.

This is again one of my DD's everyday moments at the park.  This summer has been pretty erratic for us -- if it is not raining (yes, we've seen rain in the past few days here), it is burning hot.  So when the temp is just right, we head over to the park and let our DD run loose.

I used Papertrey's Seeing Stars die (the bigger star) and cardstock.  The smaller star is made from a Stampin' Up punch. I also used Simple Stories' sticker elements, diagonal stripes patterned paper from SN@P and and old yellow hearts patterned paper from my stash (I am guessing it is from Pebbles).

Some close ups...

I am loving the bright primary colours of this layout (gives me that superhero vibe.. which is quite appropriate given what my daughter is trying to do in the photos, LOL)...

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, 29 July 2013

a caribbean wedding

I created this cake for a couple who had an intimate wedding ceremony in the Dominican Republic. Following their honeymoon, a special Caribbean themed reception was held for relatives and friends back home in Whitby, Ontario.

This 3 tiered cake is made of lemon, chocolate and red velvet. All floral decor on the cake are edible. 

I hope you're enjoying your summer.  Have a sweet week!


Sunday, 28 July 2013

love this... right now

Here is another everyday moment layout. 

Summer is in full swing around here.  So I'm glad I got these ice pop molds to keep my DD happy when she has to stay indoors.

Once again, I used my Project Life kit for this layout. Love the aqua and coral colour combo of this one.  And all I had to do was add my photos and choose the cards to use.  I also added a strip of Simple Stories SN@P patterned paper, some MME chipboard and enamel dots to provide some accent. Easy peasy!

Some close ups of the photos...

and the journaling...

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Craftmates at the Niagara Lavender Festival

The day was just perfect for an outdoor picnic.  That is exactly what happened when the Craftmate Virna joined me at the Lavender Festival last July 13-14, 2013 at Niagara on the Lake, ON.  Family and friends stopped by to help out, peruse our wares or just to say hi.
Festival attendees stopping by Craftmates booth
Family and Friends helping out the Craftmates' booth
Craftmate Irma's stationery
Craftmate Virna's bookmarks and purses.  Virna's hubby Louie also showcased his multi-tiered tea plates.
Louie's terrariums and vertical gardens were a hit!
True to its promise, the lavender festival was a feast for the senses.  The festival was held outdoors in the lavender fields so purple hues abound.  As well, the exhilirating scent of the blooms filled the air.

What a beautiful backdrop to our booth!

Lavender in full bloom
Food infused with lavender and essential oils are available to taste and purchase.  Cooking demos and greenhouse tours ran every hour so there was no lack of things to do at the event.

A guest enjoying lavender waffles from a cooking demo
Long line-up for lavender ice cream tasting
The local culinary college was handing out samples of lavender soda water and rootbeer
Event volunteer Bonnie giving our lavender sconces and lemongrass popcorn
We had a wonderful time at the event.  See you next year!



Thursday, 25 July 2013

papertrey july blog hop -- fruits of summer

It’s that time of the month again… Papertrey’s monthly blog hop. 

This time, it is about getting inspiration from the “Fruits of Summer” colour schemes that Nicole put together.  I love all her 6 colour combos but decided to play along and tried three of them. 

My first card is from this colour inspiration…

And here is my card...

I used my favourite Ruby Rose set, limeade ice cardstock and sentiment from Hanging Out.  I plan to give this to my friend’s daughter (who will be my goddaughter!) for her baptism this weekend.  Not a traditional baptism card but I love it!  The colour scheme is also in line with the colour scheme of the baptism reception.

 My second card is inspired by this….


And here is my card...

I used my never-before-inked set, Birds and Blooms.  What a gorgeous set, I must say!  I did not do any die cutting on this one… just pure stamping.  Love how easy it was to make.
And finally, here is the inspiration for my last card (except that I did not use scarlet jewel)…

And my card ...

I used my Watercolor Wonder and Sentiment Signs sets for this one.  Again, just pure stamping and letting the sets do their work. 

Thanks for stopping by and happy hopping!

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Vintage Button Swap

Sometime in May, I took part in a Vintage button swap organized by Tarryn of Butter and Buntings.  I am a recent follower of Tarryn and I became hooked because she has the best vintage finds. She'll be opening an Etsy shop soon so I will definitely be watching out for it. 

The package from my swap partner, Mayra, arrived last week and it came all the way from Australia.  
Unfortunately, Mayra is not a blogger so I cannot link back to her, but I already thanked her for all the lovely things she sent me. Here's what's inside the box...
Lots of awesome vintage buttons
Paper cranes and origami paper
Super cool vintage mug
What a treat!
I'm hoping that Tarryn will host another vintage swap so I can participate again. 

Have a great day!

Monday, 22 July 2013

everyday moments

So I apparently just needed new stamps to force myself some crafty time, lol.  Last week, I got some new sets from WPlus9 which I tried during the weekend.  Before I knew it, I started pulling out scrapbooking supplies and creating layouts.  And then, my Project Life kits were out (which I talked about here) and I was whipping out layouts after layouts like nobody’s business.   Suffice it to say, I created so many layouts that I am now totally caught up.  Let’s just say I completed layouts in the double digit range, ha!

Here is the first one I created … another one of my DD’s everyday moments.


I am loving Project Life currently (and other companies like Simple Stories and Echo Park that have a similar “capturing the everyday made easy” kind of concept).  It truly does make documenting easier for me.  In my case though, I think I am sticking to doing traditional layouts and not use their pre formatted page protectors (love my “white space” too much to give that up!).

I used my new Project Life Blush core kit for this.  And of course, every time there is a bike involved in my layout, I couldn’t resist pulling out my Pedal Pushers set from Papertrey (sigh!).  I also used cardstock from Martha Stewart, grass punch from My Favorite Things and my new favourite enamel dots from My Mind’s Eye.

Some close ups…

Hope you are having a nice start to your week.  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 21 July 2013

you make me smile

Here is one of the last few layouts I completed before I somehow lost my crafty time as summer kicked in.  It is for one of her everyday moments again ...

I used Papertrey's Big Tickets set and bitty dots patterned paper, Fancy Pants' patterned paper, October Afternoon button and journaling cards from Simple Stories.

Close up of the journaling...

... and the embellies..

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 18 July 2013

months in review -- april and may

This is the last instalment (for now) of my monthly highlights layout.  Somehow, I seem to be more busy during the summer months that I practically have not had any craft time in the past few weeks.  I just managed to squeeze in a few cards here and there but have not had the time to really sit down and complete a layout.  These layouts were completed during the last weeks of June.

I have previously shared the April layout here.  But just for completeness, I am again sharing it here before we go to the month of May... (sorry, that's just how my brain works!).

And here is my layout for May...  Being my birthday month (and the birthday month of a lot of my friends and friend's kids plus Mother's Day) and with lots of events going on in the office, it was a busy month.

I used Papertrey's Sketched Shapes stamp and die, Simple Stories 3x4 and 4x6 cards and patterned paper and  Ali Edwards' Months stamp.

A few close ups...

Thanks for stopping by!

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