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Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy New Year's Eve!

It seems like I was just writing last year's post five minutes ago! This year has been filled with scrapbooking opportunities and moments! Our son graduated high school, our family travelled to the Toronto area and we got to witness the beautiful Niagara Falls. I have not scrapbooked any of the above yet but I did crop with wonderful ladies at least once a month in 2018. I also hosted a great group of ladies from Close to My Heart in my home for a Cricut Explore beginner class. As for card-making classes, I taught one for adults and one for kids.

My only resolution from a year ago was to relax and have fun scrapbooking. I definitely accomplished that this year. I also tried to think like Becky Higgins and have my end goal in mind while capturing our family memories. I bought spine labels for the albums that didn't already have them so I, or anyone else, could tell at a glance what was in them. I also made my albums yearly rather than September through to August. I dreaded this task for months before I sat down and did it in an afternoon.

Santa brought me a new album for 2019 and I can't wait to fill it and share it with all of you!

Thank you so much! Wishing you all a wonderful and scrappy 2019!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Day Twelve of Christmas Projects - tea towels

My project for today would be a great hostess gift or could go well with any kitchen/food themed present. The tea towels are called flour sack towels. I bought a pack of 5 for $7 at Walmart Canada. The saying is from the new Cricut cartridge called Holly Jolly Christmas. I cut it out in HTV and ironed it on using my iron.

Now I need some more HTV because this was a ten minute project and I love the result!

Thanks so much for stopping in this Christmas season! I enjoy making Christmas cards so much and sharing my projects!

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Day Eleven of Christmas Projects - Tags

There is no need to purchase holiday tags. Just choose a few of your favourite Cricut cuts and turn them into tags. So quick and easy!

These are all Cricut images included in my Access Subscription.

Now I need to start wrapping gifts!

Friday, December 7, 2018

Day Ten of Christmas Projects - Merry Crustmas shadowbox card

I have wanted to create a shadow box card like this since the summer. I still need to work on my design in Design Space though so I can share it. I love a card like this with dimension.

Puns are also my thing as well...

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Day Nine of Christmas Projects - Zamboni slider card

This is my first slider card ever. It was super easy to make but one difficult step here in Canada was to find two pennies. We no longer make or use the penny as currency. (We round up or down.) I ended up having to use nickels. Therefore, this card has a value of ten cents and it is a bit on the heavy side. I won't be able to mail this one without extra charges.

To create the zamboni's track, I sliced, using my Cricut Explore, a skinny rectangle across the card front. My card front is glued to the base with the two nickels in between. I adhered the zamboni to the two nickels on the inside of the card front using pop dots. Santa can now drive the zamboni across the ice surface. I found the zamboni cut online but needed to edit it a bit. Santa is from the Jolly Holidays Cricut cartridge.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Day Eight of Christmas Projects - Shaker card

Any ideas where I purchased my shaker shape?

It’s actually the packaging from my Cricut Explore Bluetooth adapter. Hee hee. I gu-estimated the dimensions and made it into a window for my winter snow scene. It had a bit of an edge on it so I glued it really well and it seems to be holding just great. Now I wish a had more packages!

Tomorrow's project is my very first slider card. See you then!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Day Seven of Christmas Projects - Season's Greetings

Doesn't it look like the pepper mill is waving? There are so many Christmas puns you can put on a card! So quick, easy and funny.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Day Six of Christmas Projects - Polar bear Z fold card

I love making z fold cards. It's funny how one little extra fold can add so much dimension! Yet, they are also flat to mail out and use no more paper than a typical card.

This super cute polar bear cut is from the Cricut cartridge called Warm Wishes and Marshmallow Kisses. The stamped sentiment is from Scrappy Moms Stamps but I don't think this company is making stamps anymore.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Day Five of Christmas Projects - Swimming Santa

We have cousins who have just put in an inground pool in their backyard. I knew I wanted to incorporate this exciting renovation in a Christmas card for them! To create the sentiment, I used the Cricut Explore write feature. I thought of a “pool pun” and had my machine write it out for me using a marker. The Explore then cut out the surrounding shape. I love being able to make my own card sentiments this way.

Be sure to come back on Day Six for a z-fold card.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Day Four of Christmas Projects - Mary and Joseph

Every year, I create at least one card that is more faith-based. Today's card is cut from the Cricut cartridge called Artfully Sent. This cartridge is chock full of wonderful cards and ideas. This cartridge is sold in a bundle with coordinating stamps and papers from Close to My Heart but it is while supplies last. Here is the link to my friend Brandy who can help you if you have any questions in regard to this cartridge or CTMH.

Brandy Lees CTMH

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Day Three of Christmas Projects - Joyeux Narwhal

Isn’t this narwhal adorable? This cut is from the brand new Cricut cartridge called Makers Gonna Make, included with my Access Subscription. I love a good punny card! I hope my friends and family do too!

See you tomorrow for Day Four!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Day Two of Christmas Projects - Dogs and Santa

Our family is so in love with our rescue dog Chloe. She is 2 and a half years old and is so smart and loving. Here is a card for fellow dog lovers like us.

To create this window scene, I welded the curtains and dogs onto a rectangle.

Coming up tomorrow... a punny Christmas card. Be sure to pop in for Day Three of Christmas Projects.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Day One of Christmas Projects - Amazon card

Yay! My twelve days of Christmas projects is finally here! Welcome to Day One!

I saw this sentiment on a holiday shirt and thought it would make a funny card for one of my friends (who shall remain nameless).

I do love this card but it was quite fussy to glue all the letters so I only made one.

See you tomorrow for Day Two of Christmas Projects where I feature a card for dog lovers.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Recap of 2017 Christmas projects

Happy Black Friday! In Canada, we still have sales to shop at even though our Thanksgiving was in October. Hopefully, as you are reading this, I am out scoring the best Christmas gifts at rock bottom prices. At last, I am done making my holiday cards and will start posting them on Monday. (Woot! Woot!) To tide you over until then, here is a recap of my 2017 projects.

It feels like Christmas just looking at these crafts from last year! Be sure to stop in on Monday for Day One of Christmas Projects, an Amazon themed card. Yep. Amazon.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Making a knockout using Design Space

Last week, I saw a video tutorial on Facebook on how to do a knockout using the slice feature on Design Space. It looked pretty simple to do and IT WAS. I love how easy and neat this technique is. It is just a matter of placing the image over your text, slicing, removing the unwanted bits and then changing the colour of your initial slice. What I learned was, if you are using cuts that are small and finicky it's better to cut them larger. This is an A2 sized card and I had trouble glueing my hockey player so don't look too closely.

I need to make more cards using this technique.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Pumpkin Carving 2017

Yay! October is here! I love Halloween!

Look closely at this layout. Notice anything?

There are no Cricut cuts. How did that happen???

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Happy birthday window card

I would like to create some shadow box card files in Design Space for the upcoming card-making holiday season. This was my first step, a window card.

This card is for our daughter's 16th birthday which we celebrated in Toronto, Ontario and visited the CN Tower. (There are CN Tower free SVGs posted online for personal use.)

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Purple paper ALS Walk

I don't use the colour purple very often on my layouts or cards, therefore, my ALS Walk photos are a great way to get creative with a colour I rarely scrap with.

This layout was a great destash of all the purple paper scraps I had!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Happy Canada Day 2018!

Welcome to my blog! I love spending Canada Day with my family! I'm THAT Mom that insists on matching shirts, photo ops and then scrapbooking them. Here is one such layout using the We Love Canada cuts on Design Space and the Oh Canada paper.

This layout actually started a few weeks ago, my daughter needed a large maple leaf cut out of paper for a school project. I kept the paper scraps or the negative image thinking maybe I could use it. (Anyone else do this? In my defence, it was nice cardstock...)

Have a wonderful day in Canada or elsewhere in the world!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Canada Day scrapbooking supplies 2018, eh

I am so excited to report this year that there are some new fabulous scrapbooking supplies to commemorate Canada Day! First up, I was playing on Design Space today and look what I found! A new cartridge called We Love Canada! There are only ten images but they are all great. It is included with my Access membership but I am assuming it's free for all next week.

Grab your Cricut and get cutting! Wouldn't these images be great on t-shirts for your family?

There are also 25 free Canada Day cuts on the LOVESVG website.

The next products are from Photo Play Paper Co designed by the talented Becky Fleck. There is a paper pack.

There are stickers, diecuts, stamps and matching dies.

So many great scrappy options this year! Be sure to celebrate our great nation, get out your phones, take some pictures on Canada Day and scrap 'em.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Card ideas for Dad's Day

It's two days before Father's Day and I have yet to make a card for the hubs. Maybe you are in the same boat and would like some inspiration?

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Visiting the Terry Fox exhibit

My layout today is in preparation for Canada Day scrapbooking. It's a warm-up per say...

Last July, our family visited the Terry Fox travelling museum exhibit in Victoria, British Columbia. The exhibit was moving and inspirational. Our tour guide at the museum was the cousin of Terry Fox, which made the displays so very personal. I knew I needed to include this day in our family scrapbooks!

Learn from my mistakes. When you cut this fabulous map of Canada, (from the Go Canada Cricut cartridge) use the negative image! There are alot of tiny islands in the North. I learnt this the hard way.
This SVG of Terry Fox is available for FREE to promote Terry and his "message of courage and hope" on his website.
The maple leaf paper and stickers are from a paper pack by Photo Play Paper called Oh Canada. Love it!!!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Mother’s Day 2018

Here is my Mother’s Day card for this year! I made three almost identical cards for the moms. I love making this style of card. It is quite simple to fold up and the z fold adds some nice dimension. This style card is perfect to mail as it folds flat and mine are the standard A2 size. No special envelope needed.

I am entering this card at Paper Garden. They are sponsoring a Mother’s Day card making contest. All of the solid colour paper on my card is from Paper Garden. These photos do not do justice for how beautiful the paper is. The contest is open until May the 10th so you have plenty of time to submit your own design. Here are all the entries for you to get some card making inspiration.

If you are not entering a design why not vote for your favourite?

Happy Mother's Day to all!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The Day the Ice Melted

The strangest thing happened during hockey playoffs this year. Something like this has never happened in twelve years of me "hockey-momming". The zamboni came out in between periods and melted the ice away...

You know you are a scrapbooker when you are thinking *I will need to document this* even as it is happening.

The end result was that the game needed to be replayed another day at another arena.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Mother's Day Cards over the years

Apparently, my theme for Mother's Day cards is flowers - so many flowers!

I didn't realize that I always used flowers and often the colour yellow until just now!