Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Bikes, hose & umbrella's!!

Sunday - if it's not raining, then the kids play with water!  Shane and Christina riding around racing.. then Shanae starts washing off "her wheels", her sister starts nanananaing behind her, so Shanae nails her with hose... then Christina grabs red umbrella - teasing - wet, runs and grabs bigger umbrella - teashing - Wetter!!!   I loved taking photo's as the action went down!!

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Thank You Soccer Coaches!!!

Well it was a short soccer season but this time we didn't sit with blankets wrapped tightly around us... NO, we had to have wetsuits instead!! Thanks again to the awesome teachers that give us their time, help, coaching ability & Yes the enthusiasm!! Thank You Mrs. Erickson & Mrs. Klebeck - you rock as always!!!

This year, my girls and I decided to make them some post-it note holders as a thank you - hopefully they think of us as they are writing their notes  :-p

Some fabulous Kiki Art paper!!

Last year, they received these clipboards

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Scrapbooking Chalks

Scrapbooking Chalks are a great inexpensive way to add color to your scrapbooking page. With a simple set of basic chalks you can add shading, highlighting to your various types of papers, stamping,punch art and die cuts. They will allow you to be more creative and give your scrapbooking layout character.  Be sure when you buy your chalks that they are not just artist's pastel they need to be acid free just like all of the other things you use on your scrapbooking pages.

There are a variety of tools that you can use with chalks including q-tips, cotton balls, eye shadow applicators and tissue. Experiment on a scrap piece of paper with the various tools to see what kind of effects you can get. Start with a light touch you can always add more color. Always start with the lightest color and add to darker when shading.

If you are going to be chalking an embellishment be sure to use extra caution when glueing. The chalk will stick to the glue. Chalk can be used to tint ribbons and fabrics.

To fix mistakes you can use a chalk eraser that is available at most craft stores. Fix mistakes quickly though chalk does become permanent

Chalk does not generally need a permanent fixative, the pigments in chalk become permanently set in just a few hours. You can use a acid free spray fixative available in craft stores but be careful not to spray your photos

Have fun and experiment...let your creativity run wild. Chalks can be a lot of fun !

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Batik Paper - How to Make it!

If your wanting an unique background paper for scrapbooking try making batik paper its fun to make with your favorite stamp and a few other supplies.

  • Mulberry paper in either white or a color
  • A bold stamp ( preferably one that is at least partially solid)
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Clear embossing ink
  • Water colors in two complementary colors
  • Spray bottle of water
  • Paint brush


1.Tear the edges of the Mulberry paper to the size you want your finished piece of paper

2.Stamp randomly on the paper with embossing ink and sprinkle with embossing powder, melt the powder with heat-embossing tool (Hint: do not put your stamped images to close together you want the batik background to show )

3.Lightly spray the stamped page with water. Dipping you brush into the watercolor pigment and touch the paper on the edge. The paper will pick up the pigment and bleed. The paint will spread over the as the water on the paper picks it up (Hint: the larger the amount of paint on the brush the larger the area it will spread to, if the paint doesnt spread spray the paper with more water.)

4.Add the second color in the same way. The alternate back and forth between the colors until you get the desired effect on the paper.

5. Let the paper dry thoroughly before using in your scrapbooking or altered art work.

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Wildlife Ride

Today was last day of school so we decided to hop on the quads and go for a ride... I was hoping for more pictures of bambi's and some moose calves... instead we got this!!   Here's a daddy Kildeer trying to lure us away, they pretend to be injured so you go to them.    Next is the mommy Kildeer on the nest (she had 3 eggs last week)
look closely and can you see the beak, the baby bird and 2 eggs!!!   so cool

Now below is a creek bed, the beavers have blocked it up again and barely any water is getting in.  We were walking around and checking it out... Guess what the Kildeer's will be eating!!    Yes, on all those little rocks are about 20 or more leeches attached - it's GROSS!!   we have never seen anything like it before - those are all different sized babies - the adults are about 1.5 to 2 inches long!!

Then we end it with a peaceful picture for you all to enjoy!!!

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Wildlife right outside

I was sitting here emailing, loading up some stuff and look out my window... quickly call the girls from the computer room.. now we see a ton of deer here, it's just that they were getting closer to my flower pots - lol

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SOS Ultimate Challenges!!

Please do come visit us at the Sisterhood of Scrap Forum... you will need to register once for the site, but that just keeps the spammers out.

Here is where you can find the first one. It's called... "The SOS Ultimate Summer Challenge!" Wait til you see what's involved!   Get ready for your ABC's and a whole lot of fun!!

And... there is yet another summer challenge goin' on right NOW at the fab 'n friendly SOS site.

Here is where you can find the second one. It's called... "The Sisterhood Summer Sizzler Challenge!"   What a great way to do something for YOU this summer and the chance to win a prize and hang out with an amazing sisterhood!

Thanks to wonderful SOS moderator Helen Hollinger for arranging these!!!!!!!!!!

Anyone, any age and any person can participate.  If the kids want something fun to do, have them relive their memories through this all.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me directly

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Sunday, June 27, 2010


If it doesn't rain, it throws chunks of ice from the sky?   This was on the deck and then hitting the pool - Friday, July 25th... then after that Tornado Warnings and touch downs near us.. ugh?!

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1 hour Challenge

Tonight was an hour Challenge at Sisterhood of Scrap - I was thrilled to be involved with the great girls on the Forum - it was even better as i was able to complete a layout using Urban Lily Papers!!   Want the papers, fantastic Rubons (the box is rub on from Confessions) - ask Becky, all this is in her store!

My computer was giving me problems and then I ended up with company so wasn't able to post layout until now - hope you like it!!
[urban lily papers, urban lily rubons, prima butterfly's, brads, buttons, ctmh stands, stickles for butterfly path, ribbon from scraptastic, edging fiskars]

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

How to Heat Emboss!

I love embossing, it gives such a crisp clean look as well as brings another dimension to your scrapbooking/cardmaking project!

Heat embossing gives a flat stamped image a raised effect. There are two ways to heat emboss:

1.  Stamp with a colored ink and use a clear embossing powder.  Because the powder is clear, the ink color below will show through.  For this option you want to use pigment inks, because they stay wet longer.  Dye ink, chalk or solvent inks don't work so well for embossing.
2.  Stamp with a clear embossing ink and use a colored embossing powder.

The method of embossing is the same for both options.  

Your choice of ink.

For clear ink you can use embossing ink or Versamark        For colored ink you can use any pigment ink.

Your choice of embossing powder. 
There are several types: regular, super fine detail for detailed stamps, distress, tinsel, puffs, etc.

Your choice of stamps - rubber or clear stamps will work both fine.

A heat tool

Optional: a tidy tray and a anti static cushion

Tap the anti static cushion lightly over the paper or cardstock, and drag the light powder across the area where you intend to stamp. These cushions hold a small amount of cornstarch or similar ingredient, like talc, and offer an anti-static property to the surface.  This avoids any excess embossing powder sticking to anywhere else on the paper or card-stock other than the stamped image itself.

Choose your ink and embossing powder colors

Ink your stamp and stamp the image on paper.

While the image is still wet, generously sprinkle embossing powder over the image, covering it completely. Place your project over the tray, sprinkle the powder, and tap off the excess—all of the powder stays inside the tray’s walls. When you’re finished, tip the tray up and pour the excess powder back into its jar. If you don't have a tidy tray, you can simply use a piece of scrap paper.

You will be left with only the stamped image, covered in powder.

Using a heat gun, gently heat the image. Hold the heat gun 6-8 inches away from the paper and move it gently from side to side

The powder will melt and the image will rise. When the entire image is embossed, turn the heat gun off. Let the image cool for a few seconds before handling it.

You can emboss on some specialty papers, like vellum or transparencies. However, you need to hold the gun further away from the paper to avoid burning or melting. You may need to heat the image longer because of the increased distance between the heat gun and the paper.

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Friday, June 25, 2010


The other day, i was on a forum discussing vellum and i went and found this information and thought we would all love to have this information! keep on growing and learning in the scrapbooking world!!

You can only apply so much more to your fabulous creativity - please share..

Vellum is a fun way to embellish your pictures and scrapbooking pages as well as create beautiful greeting cards and invitations with added interest and dimension.

Vellum is a fun way to embellish your scrapbook pages to add interest and dimension.  Vellum is available in a wide variety of colors as well as in polka dots, swirls and other patterns.  Paper crafters will also want to experiment with using a wide variety of paperweight from lightweight to heavy to achieve the desired effect.

Vellum is generally used to layer on top of other papers in scrapbooking and for journaling in scrapbook pages. Vellum is also a fun way to embellish handmade greeting cards. Birth announcements, weddings, baby and bridal shower invitations can also be dressed up quickly by printing the information right onto the vellum or print on the bottom sheet and add a thin weight vellum over the top of the typed information for
added interest.

You can hole punch through both layers at the top of your announcement or invitation and lace a slender ribbon through. This will keep the layers of paper together and give a finished look to your card.

When lacing ribbon through a greeting card is not practical you may find that vellum can be tricky to adhere to your other papers. Because vellum is see-through you can also see traditional tape or glue generally used to hold the papers together.  A clever scrapbooker can hide the glue spot with other die cuts, brads, stitching, eyelets, letters, flowers, embellishments that are being used to complete the page.

Using vellum for scrapbook pages can be a really fun option hindered only by your imagination. Think of any material that is partially see-through and consider how it could be applied to your scrapbook pages. For example, vellum creates adorable shower curtains. You could use a shower curtain in a bubble bath scrapbook page or for the bubbles themselves. Other ways to use a vellum shower curtain could be to
highlight pictures with a shower and the song "Wash that man right outta my hair" for a page about breaking up with a boyfriend!

There are lots of ways to use vellum with a page themed for camping or fun in the great outdoors. The obvious choice is to use vellum for wings. From angel wings, butterfly wings or even cute insects on a child's bug collection scrapbook page. Create flies at the picnic or fireflies buzzing around the campfire or glass of the lantern. Try combining red, orange and yellow vellum to create realistic fiery flames, twinkling stars or shining moon.  Use vellum to make a fly attached to the string on a fishing pole or to embellish
the scales on the fish itself, windows on the cabin or waves at the lake.

Wedding pages and velum go together to create champagne glasses or the bride's glass slipper for a fairy tale scrapbook page with her prince charming. Of course, you can't have a bride without a wedding veil and vellum makes the perfect paper medium for paper piecing and paper dolls to embellish your pages. Use vellum to recreate the wedding bouquet and tiered cake top for your scrapbook as well!  If your background page is a darker color cut up small pieces of vellum to scatter around as confetti to add to the celebration!

Vellum makes fun snowflakes, icicles, ice cubes, skating rinks, or any objects related to ice or water. Think of vellum to depict glass items, clear plastic household products and containers, windows and curtains.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Movie Clapper

This is another fun site!! Think of the pages you could use this on - happy scrapbooking and would love to see what you do with this!

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Thanks & Giveaway!

I have the best support system around me.   i am incredibly grateful to find strength and draw from those people who are my true friends & family - it's such an awesome feeling to know who really is there for you!

Not only am I blessed in my Personal life, but in my Business life too - I am lucky to have some amazing creative, supportive and understanding ladies that I work with as well!!      Several companies allowed me to "put my family first", this is one of those great companies - and it's also CANADIAN!!

I am so incredibly lucky to be involved from the ground up with this Company, I am on several different teams, and am allowed to shange hats lots in those roles - talk about being the perfect fit for me... eh?!!

You also have an opportunity to help, and in return, you are supporting me and you have the chance to get some goodies as well!!  We need your feedback, that's right - we are asking for your opnion!!

If you are on Facebook, please "like" this fantastic group - some amazing changes are coming & again, you are supporting me!   Let's enjoy this ride - no sitting back, hold on tight, it's about to get crazy fun!

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Using Bottle Caps

Bottle Caps and scrapbooking? You bet! Bottle caps create fun, colorful and dimensional layouts.

You can use bottle caps just they way they are if you like lumpy embellishments. Attach them with foam adhesive or pop dots.

Or you can flatten them! Use a rubber mallet to pound flat or you can even use your Sizzix, wizard, cuttlebug machines with converter! Just slide the bottle caps under the converter just like you were going to make a cut and *Squish* they flatten perfectly!

Uses for Bottle Caps:
*Use as tags (you can even thread fiber or ribbon through them by punching a hole with your hole punch/ cropadile!)
*Use for titles
*You can stamp letters or other images onto your bottle cap (use an ink such as Stayz-On that will work with metal)
*Use as deco circles
*Use as mini frames for small cropped photos
*Put a photo inside and then put some Liquid Glass/Glossy Accents over the top to seal and create a dimensional photo
*Create mini "bottle cap scrapbooks"
*Heat emboss
*Use rub-ons or stickers to decorate them
*Paint them!
*Cover them with fabric or patterned paper
*Collage or Alter them

Can you imagine your pages, new flower look, titles, tags for a "pop" scrapbook page, the ideas are endless, would love to see your creativity and ideas - please share!

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Bubbles entertain kids!!

In need of some fun activities to keep the kids entertained this summer? I love this site and was once again reminded by my friend Carla when she posted this... enjoy & would love to hear from you - comment below and shae some pics or more links!!

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Layering Photos

Matting photos with colored paper is one of the best ways that you can pick up the colors in your photos and bring your photos to life. Single, double and triple mats can provide color, texture and dimension to your scrapbook pages.

Pick your paper to complement your photos or set a mood.

Decide how many layers you want for the page. Each photo could be different layers, mix it up for depth and looks!

Decide on a cutting method. Decorative edges, tearing, distressing, inking are popular ways to make a mat, easily adding texture and interest to your pages.

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Ribbon Braiding

My fabulous friend Ali sent me to this link... how fun, would love to know if any of you try to do this!!

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Spruce up!!

Since it is just about Summer, time to spruce up, reorganize, etc... here's some info for you. Would love to see your Before and After pic's... Scrapbook them later as well!

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Journaling sayings

I know there are days, when I struggle for the right words... (hence, why so many of mine are made up ones - lol)  - hopefully this site will help you!

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My Stamp Box - Blog Hop!!

i was thrilled to be able to get some goodies created to participate in this amazing blog hop taking place!
All the product is from Kiki Art with the exception of the stamp set - hope you enjoy!
Please comment on the links and support me - please!!!

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

My Mother taught me about...

My gf Annmaree from AUS posted this and i love it...

1. My Mother taught me about ANTICIPATION...

"Just wait until your father gets home."

2. My Mother taught me about RECEIVING....

"You are going to get it when we get home!"

3. My Mother taught me to MEET A CHALLENGE...

"What were you thinking? Answer me when I talk to you! Don't talk back to me!"

4. My Mother taught me LOGIC...

"If you fall out off that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me."

5. My Mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE...

"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way."

6. My Mother taught me to THINK AHEAD...

"If you don't pass your spelling test, you'll never get a good job."

7. My Mother taught me HUMOR...

"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."

8. My Mother taught me how to BECOME AN ADULT...

"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."

9. My Mother taught me about GENETICS...

"You're just like your father."

10. My Mother taught me about my ROOTS...

"Do you think you were born in a barn?"

11. My Mother taught me about WISDOM OF AGE...

"When you get to be my age, you will understand."

                                   And last but not least...

12. My Mother taught me about JUSTICE...

"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you....Then you'll see what it's like!"

Now how many of the above have you spoken?!  hmmm, would love to hear from you!  and funny stories to share.   I sure miss my mom more and more everyday, this brought back some fun memories though, so am thankful for that.

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