Monday, September 27, 2010

Stranded in the UK and no funds...but got Crate Layout

Well, until this morning I always thought of myself as a fairly intelligent person, until around 11.00 a.m, when Helen called me to tell me, if I knew that an email was sent out, saying that I was stranded in the UK and needed money. Mmmm, got me thinking. Yep my totally unintelligent side stepped right forward and reminded me of the email that I replied to yesterday. An email that asked me to reply to "yahoo' with my login name and password, to ensure continuation of my account. Well, as I was doing so, I actually questioned myself, knowing that I was STUPIDLY responding to this....and continued to do so! So peeps, don't do what I did....and freely give out some personal information....
Much of the day was then spent correcting, panicking, stressing, testing, emailing, facebooking, retesting and re emailing. THE END RESULT....a new gmail account, and starting my face book....ALL OVER AGAIN. But, the good thing is that I am not stranded in the UK, waiting for money....and just to prove it, here is a layout that I LOVE.
I believe that it is quite fine to stand back from ones own work, and admit to liking it. Kinda the same way, we should be able to accept complements. I did this layout using the "Restoration" papers and all the goodies that went along with it. If I have not already mentioned ten thousand million times..."I LOVE CRATE PAPER"!!!!!!!

So to all of you, I wish a week, filled with song, dance, laughter and everything wonderful

Sunday, September 19, 2010

This weekend marks the beginning of a new quilt

Like I have said before....I am very unclear about when and how I started to quilt, and I never believed that I would ever say the words, "I quilt"......

never say never

So this is the beginning of my second quilt. I found the pattern in a magazine and headed off to buy the fabrics....WELL, the lady at the store advised that the pattern might be a little more than I was able to do as a second project, without ever having done a quilting class.


the more someone tells me I can't do something, the more motivated I am to do it.
(why doesn't someone tell me I will NEVER lose weight?)

I guess that one could say a pattern is much like a recipe, so I followed directions with cutting my fabric.....easy peasy! Then came the little challenge, of what quilters call "half square triangles". After practicing on a few scraps, determined to do it....I DID IT. Yep, half square triangles, with no lesson.


if you really want to do something.....YOU CAN!

Yesterday, I decided to start sewing my squares together.....I sewed and I sewed and I sewed, and the next thing I knew, I sewed the entire quilt top. AND I LOVE IT!

I just wanted to share the beginning of this project with you, and look forward to showing you my second complete quilt. Don't worry, I have already started gathering fabric for my third one.
Just looking at all the colours together makes me happy, reminds me of patterned scrapbook papers that I love. I am happy for all the hobbies that occupy my time.
Wishing you all a wonderful week filled with time for you to enjoy YOUR hobbies.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Why wait....when there is Crate?

What I really mean by that title is...Why wait to do a winter or Christmas layout, when Crate Paper is in my favorite store (Stamping Bella), right now?

So, looking at all this STUNNING paper, I could not resist the urge to pull up some of last Winters pictures. I mean isn't that what scrapbooking is all about....we eventually have just the right picture to match just the right paper. Let me tell you people.....YOU AIN'T SEEN NOTHING, I MEAN NOTHING, AS FABULOUS AS THIS CRATE PAPER RELEASE.
I have to say this line is outfreakingstanding....really all three of there new lines.
Please proud of myself. I used the Stamping Bella Stamp "Capture the Moment", and stamped it on the back of one of the papers, FROSTY (to be exact). C'mon, doesn't it look like it was part of the paper and was supposed to be there?
I urge you all to get really scrap happy with the new Crate Paper, and start creating.
Enjoy your week, and don't forget to make a little time for yourself.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sometimes you just know....

And for this, I knew exactly that I wanted to use the "Believe Tree" stamp, from Stamping Bella.
I absolutely love this stamp, along with the "I am Script" stamp.
I am also very proud to say, that for this layout, I used everything that I had at home, and DID NOT, I repeat, DID out and buy anything new. I pulled out some of my big maya road chipboard letters, and used the script stamp with tattered angels mist, to stamp over them.
I really like the way that it looks, and have not done that before. I was kind of not wanting the letters to have a solid look of paint or spritz.

I also had in mind that I was going to use the pink paislee paper, simply because I loved the colour combinations of the browns and yellows. I started the layout by simply stamping the tree, right where you see it, and went from there. Just some pretty patterned paper, a bunch of butterfly punches, a shipping tag (btw...everyone needs to have these), and some ink.
YOU SEE....nothing fancy here!
I got to say, I really enjoyed doing this layout, partly because I just sat and did sketch, no idea, no lifting. I also realized that I did not agonize over it, where every butterfly should be placed, and where every scrap of paper should be stuck. It felt liberating to just do a layout.
I hope that you all have a wonderful labour day...For those of you whose children are going back to school, I wish for them a great start to a great school year. I wish for YOU, a labour day filled with family, friends, fun....and a little creativity.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

To Whom I have Never Met

Of course, one must keep their moleskin (or other journal) with them at all never know when inspiration may hit. Or when, simply, someone else's words make you just want to write and write and write.
Well, this was exactly where and how this journal page came about.
The words of someone else, whom I have never met, but just exchanged conversation with....was the prompt for this page.

I had this picture saved away in my stash for quite awhile, waiting for the right time or journal page on which to use it....after looking at it for so long, I decided that there is no such thing as "the right time". It's all about the "here" and "now".
So there I went, just sticking it in the middle of a page, knowing that the "right" words and the "right" time would find there way onto this journal page, and sure enough, they did. There are so many things I would like to say to the woman who inspired this page. She will know who she is, if she ever reads this....and for now, all I can say is "thank you". You have made me look a little deeper, think a little harder and question everything a little more.
I do know that, had I not been carrying my moleskin around with me, these words, feelings and emotions would have never been put on paper....I would have moved past her words, that moment, that day....I would have never remembered the way her words made me feel.
Moments, memories and feelings are fleeting....capture them, all of them.
One day, you will be glad you did.