Tuesday, November 30, 2010

See yah later fall

Ooooh It is almost December, tommorrow is the big day!! The start of advent in our house is a big deal, we all clean up and decorate and if we are good the house elf leaves a specail treat in our countdown box's.

But before we get to the winter Holiday stuff here is one more fall layout.

The large Polka dot button is a my little bit of whimsy button and the papers are a mix of this years and last year MME Halloween collections.


Monday, November 29, 2010

Wyld Retreat

Well I am home from my retreat in Qualicum at the Wyldflower Scrapbooking B&B, and if I had to describe it in one word, that word would be AWESOME. This beautiful B&B was spacious, we all got our own 6 ft table, the food was spectacular, and the creative vibe was fantastic. If you live anywhere near Vancouver Island this is on my list of HIGHLY recommended, her rates are incredibly reasonable, I felt like I got my money's worth and then some.

This is our hostess Jocelyn, her kindness and cooking were warm and welcoming. The entire B&B is tastefully decorated in warm fall tones {some of my favorites} which make for a very inspiring place to create. There is even a small store for you if you need something. I really could go on and on.
Here are a couple of picture of my gals and the work space.
There was lots of light and the tables are in a great configuration for social scrapping. 

Don't forget our Holiday Blog Hop

Looking forward to all the awesome Holiday Inspiration coming up!!


Monday, November 22, 2010

Prepping and packing

I am so excited about my retreat this weekend!! So this week I am printing my photos planning a number of layouts and pulling together the pattern papers. In essence I create little kits. It is a bit of work, but then I have to take less with me and can spend more time gabbing and less time looking for stuff.

People always ask me "What do you take to a retreat?" and I mostly say the things you use the most and tons of adhesive.

The second thing that I always take with me are my cardstock packs. I bring my Core-dinations Sugar and Spice pack and Ebony and Ivory Pack. This is a quick no worries grab, because between those two packs I have every color I would need , the white wash guarantees that I have every neutral shade and if you are a fan of browns like I am the sugar and spice pack really has you covered.

In addition to prepping for this I am also getting ready for my sons third birthday coming in December, this year his theme is Gingerbread Men. He loves them!! So I have a ton of really cool ideas. I am trying to get plenty of stuff done in advance cause this year I really want to go all out, for as cheap as possible. Which always means there is a lot of do it yourself stuff. First was this banner.
Here is a close up of the first letter.
There will be lots more photos, of all the neat stuff I am creating after his birthday. I have been so inspired by this awesome site called Tomcat Studio, these gals really know how to throw a party.


Friday, November 19, 2010

Finally feeling better

Well it seems like it has been forever since I last posted. After 3 months of dealing with the constant stream of colds and bugs my son brought home from Kindergarten, my body ran out of fight and succumbed to pneumonia. I have spent the last week on the couch keeping warm and taking anti-biotics and dealing with a cough so harsh it would stop me in my tracks. Today I am finally feeling a little more normal, still a little on the slow side but things are looking brighter.

Before I got all laid out, I was working on this layout of my super cute niece. That red hair just gets me every time.

Most of this layout was done with the very merry collection from October Afternoon, the cute little pup is from Fancy pants and I love love love how this Cosmo Core-impressions matched the papers perfectly.
Also I customized the teal button, with a technique that I love, I use paint and my stylus to make perfect dots, in the shape of a heart.
Thanks for all the well wishes last post, I am really hoping that my house hold has now been pre disastered for the Holidays.


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Feature Guest

Today I am the feature guest DT'er over at Creative Scrappers, this is an awesome sketch website. This place has a something for everyone. I love that it has several contributing sketch designers that way if somethings not quite your style, the next one is sure to grab you. Plus thier design team always have a ton of marvelous and creative examples.
For my layout I used the strip paper in Imagince's apple cider line. {Man I love that paper} Also used some Core Chocolate box and used my fiskars paper crimper to create the pumpkin leaf. A little sparkle from queen n co was the finishing touch.

Thanks for having me creative scrappers :)


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Rainy Day Play

It has been pretty quite around here with the exception of the coughing. We are all still laid up with colds. So it makes for good indoor play, trains planes and auto mobiles, Movies and warm liquids. I created this layout to document some of the great one on one time that I have had with my youngest.
I made this little paper airplane to mimic the paper. I knew those notes in class would come in handy. LOL!!


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Just Bee

So the Core ladies and I got some amazing goody box's this week and Maya Rd was extremely generous with some fabulous rub ons and chip board. I had been eyeing up this honey comb album ever since CHA and was over the moon excited when it arrived at my door step. It was the first thing that I dug into and here is what I created.
I used some of my all time favorite colors, collections and techniques.
Here is a close up of my crimper leaves and torn flower, isn't that torn edge gorgeous. The little bee is one of my faves from My little bit if whimsy.
The first pages are a little bit about remembering to slow down and just bee
The 2nd and 3rd page are about other very important things to bee.

Here is a close up of the Maya Rd Chipboard letters, I covered them in cardstock, sanded them and then just added a few stitches to them,

Here is a close up of some more chipboard. Maya Rd sent up some of there Mists. I have no idea what the name of the one they sent me was, but it is kinda an opaque white sparkle. So for many of the chipboard elements {title BEE and this heart and the little tree}, I used my Copic markers and colored them before spritzing them. That way I can have any color sparkle I want. YUP I love this!!!

Here is the final page. I used the fiskars texture plate to create the embossed honey comb pattern and the torn Chocolate box by Core was the perfect spot use the Maya Rd Rub-ons.

All the pattern papers and embellishments are by Jillibean Soup. Buttons are by My little bit of Whimsy. Photo corners are by Scrapbook adhesives.

Thanks for dropping by


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Quiet on the blog busy on the home front

I blinked and October was over, so here we are in November and I am waiting patiently for my kit from 3 Scrappy Boys. I am keeping busy and scrappy with all sorts of wonderful challenges. I feel like I am on a roll, I won the October Sketch Challenge at Imaginisce with this layout. I also won runner up in the Lil Red rocket Sketch Challenge. I have also spent the month working like crazy on all sorts of not so scrappy things including a Transformer Birthday cake.
My husband said that he wanted a shop for his birthday!! Wink!!
and all the trimmings

There is also a ton of great scrappy stuff coming your way in the next day or so. This month I am so incredibly stoked about an upcoming retreat HERE. If you live on Vancouver Island or anywhere close, this place has a rockin deal on right now and so I am gonna check it out and there will be photos and a more detailed review at the end of the month.

So here we go into November looking forward to all sorts of new and wonderful things.

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