My Favourite Things – MFT Creative Olympics

Well I’ve been absent for a long time, but this event got me excited! Here’s my entry for the MFT Creative Biathlon, using masking and a slider. This card is headed to my Granddaughter who turns 7 next weekend. She’s in love with the Olympics, so I hope she’ll be excited to hear I entered her card in a contest.

I used the “You’re Super “ stamp and die set, the “Interactive Labels” stamp, sun ray stencil, stamped and water coloured with distress inks, and hooked it all up with some Chibitronics!

I started the card by stamping and masking the “boom” cloud! I used a small punch to punch out a small hole in one of the “o’s” to let the light shine through. Then I moved on to the stencil and some inking of the background. The city scenes were die cut, the sentiment was heat embossed using VersaMark warermark and white embossing powder. The cute super girl was watercoloured, and mounted on a thin layer of craft foam before adhering to the card front. Her mask and the “M” ( for Maddy), were die cut from black glitter cardstock.

The trickiest part was setting up the circuit for the Chibitronics light. The recent MFT Youtube video came to the rescue! It was slow going, but I couldn’t be more delighted with the final result. The real test will be when Maddy opens her card, can’t wait!

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The BIG One!

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Reminisce has released a line of fishing papers that are just gorgeous. Lucky for me, I just happened to have the “perfect” fishing photo from this summer to scrapbook! Dennis is an AVID fisherman. He spends  many weekends and much of his free time during the summer fishing. And, he is very, very good at it!

In August, Dennis was fishing close to our cottage. He dropped by to say hello, and we just had to see his catch. This picture shows the HUGE bass he caught that day – 4lbs, 4ozs! My Dad would be very impressed!

I knew when Heather posted this paper line on Facebook, I would just have to get it. I really wanted to document this moment and the “Fishing Paradise” paper was the perfect backdrop. Check out all the papers in this line – they truly are beautiful papers and stickers to scrapbook your fishing memories! You can find them all at the Younique Scrapbook Store in Mount Forest!

Beautiful Dreamer

Bo Bunny has a dreamy line of papers called Beautiful Dreamer. The colour scheme is soft, romantic and well, dreamy! The possibilities for scrapbooking and card making are endless with this line. This kit contains 3 single page layouts, and one double page layout. While the lure of riding a bike is simply not my thing (ask some of my best friends!), the bicycle patterned paper simply called my name immediately. The soft purple and green tones are warm and inviting. To raise the bar on this layout, I’ve added flowers and pearls to the bike basket and wrapped the title around the wheel of the bike. This layout was the perfect background to a recent photo of my husband and I.  I’m tickled with the overall result.

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The second layout is titled “Spread Your Wings and FLY”. The backdrop for this layout is the Illusion patterned paper. Those birds and books are so interesting and visually appealing. I chose to use pictures of my granddaughter Maddy as she prepared for her final ballet recital in June. She took her set of wings, and I was lucky enough to capture a couple of quick photos before she changed her mind and took them off before the recital began. With or without wings, she made a very sweet ballerina. I love the soft feel this layout creates.

Spread Your Wings with pictures

The last single layout is titled Beautiful Dreamer and uses the patterned paper by the same name. Green and burgundy pearls, brads, gold accents and organza ribbon all add to create a light and airy feel.

BEAUTIFUL dreamer with pictures

The final 2 page layout in this kit uses two coordinating patterned papers. You will find so many things to embellish this kit with, including a full sticker page, chipboard package,  die cut package and a 12″ x 12″ letter and number sticker sheet by Bella BLVD. For this layout, I decided to highlight our visit to the Eiffel Tower, a dream I never imagined would come true! Paris is a wonderfully romantic city, and the perfect setting for this layout.

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I hope this kit inspires you to scrapbook. It’s a perfect combination for the romantic, travel or precious moments in your life. This kit will be available soon at the Younique Scrapbook store in Mount Forest.

Happy Scrappin’

Happy Birthday Margie!

Some people are extra special. Margie Dinsmore is one of those people. Margie’s played an important part in our family for…well, forever! Margie is a RN who cared for patients in the Intensive Care Unit. Not an easy job. Margie was my Grandmother’s friend. She babysat my Dad and his siblings, myself and my siblings, my children and many, many more. Not an easy job!

Margie volunteered her time over years and years to the benefit of many. She walks everywhere, choosing her feet over transportation whenever she can. She still lives on her own, as independent as she can be.

Today we celebrate her 101st Birthday! She remains a kind, selfless, loving woman. Wherever you are today, raise a glass to a remarkable woman who sets a high example of making a difference in other people’s lives.

Happy Birthday Margie, we LOVE YOU!

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This Guy

I’m so excited to share this kit with you! PHOTOPLAY’s “This Guy” line of papers and embellishments is the perfect lineup to showcase that special man in your life. Whether it be your husband, father, son, uncle,  or grandfather, this paper lineup will give you the masculine feel you need to highlight the men who mean so much to you.

Those of you who know me, know that I am extremely proud of our son Sean. Sean is a Corporal in the Army and he is posted in Edmonton. He is passionate about his career choice and his commitment to our country. What more could a Mom ask for? His commitment has meant sacrifices for all of us, but he serves with pride and focus.

Naturally, when I received the “This Guy” lineup of products, it was an easy decision to build my layouts featuring Sean. This double page layout focuses on the patterned papers in the line. Additions to this page include some stickers, a masculine washi tape and smart black enamel embellishments.

My Hero with Pictures

These pictures are a compilation of photos taken during our recent trip to visit Sean and his wonderful girlfriend Megan. Thank you for putting others before yourself everyday Sean. You will always be “My Hero”.

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The “Play Hard” layout incorporates additional patterned papers, stickers and hand stitching to add dimension. When I saw these two stickers, I instantly knew what picture I would use! I must say, there are advantages to no longer doing your kids laundry!! What endurance and determination. I treasure another picture of Sean crossing the finish line of the Spartan Race, laughing and smiling. What an accomplishment!

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The last layout is simple, yet makes a clear statement. One of the many things I love so much about Sean, is that he makes me laugh every single time we talk. These layouts are a treasure to me.

When you complete your kit, you’ll find you have plenty of paper and stickers left over to create several masculine cards. The opportunities are as limitless as your imagination.

Who do you treasure and wish to showcase in your scrapbooks? With Father’s Day quickly approaching, you’ll find this is a great kit to highlight the special men in our lives. Look for this kit soon at Younique Country Retreat and Too Younique.

Happy Scrappin’!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all my female friends and family out there! It’s a day to feel special and proud of our accomplishments for sure. I will always be thankful for the kind, loving and generous Mom I had. She guided and mentored me to be the woman I am today. She would be proud of the family that continues to grow and enjoy life’s journey in her memory. Miss you dearly Mom,

I am so lucky to call myself Mom to two beautiful children. I am blessed daily to live across the street from my daughter. She is an AMAZING Mom and daycare provider. Together with her hubby Jeff, they are raising two incredibly loving grandchildren. Maddy and Owen, being your Nana is the best thing ever! This layout was based on a Mother’s Day picture from last year. Still brings smiles to my face everytime I look at it! Love you so much Lindsay!

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Our son lives out West. He is posted to Edmonton in the military. Sean, not a day goes by that I don’t say thanks for your commitment and service to our country. You listened to me growing up and followed my guidance when I told you to follow your passion in life! I am grateful for all you bring to our lives, and proud of the life you are building with Megan. This layout is one of several that feature Sean in a new kit that will arrive shortly at Younique.

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You can see I have much to smile about today and everyday! My heart is bursting with love for you all.

Fun in the Sun

It’s the last day of April and I’m gearing up for lots of “Fun in the Sun” this summer! Summer is a special time for us. A chance to return to our family cottage on the Severn River. I was so fortunate to spend my summers growing up on the Severn, and also fortunate to let my children do the same. Now I am blessed to share that experience with my grandchildren. There’s really nothing quite like reliving it through the eyes of a child!

Bella BLVD’s “Fresh Market” papers are an excellent backdrop to showcasing the highlights of our last summer up north. Our cottage is boat access only, and Maddy and Owen love to go out in the boat every single day. One of their favourite boat rides is to travel down to the marina and get ice cream. What could be better on a hot summer day?!

Fun in the Sun w Pictures

This double page layout will teach you a new technique with floss. The combination of patterned papers and die cuts, give this layout a light, airy, and fun feel. The kit makes use of many stickers, including many border stickers and lettering.

Today is a Happy Day w Pictures

“Today is a Happy Day” pretty much sums it all up. Two playful die cut scalloped borders and colourful floss help compliment the feel of this page. This just makes me want to go out and play!

Sweet Summer w Pictures

The last page in this kit continues to emphasize having fun outdoors. Paper and sticker borders are utilized once again, including the use of the stems for the pinwheels. Pinwheels just call you to come and play outside – so take some time to document your “fun in the sun”, and enjoy the results for years to come!

This kit and more are available at Younique and Too Younique! Watch out for more kits coming soon. Lots of great things in the works!