Wednesday, July 29, 2009


I have mentioned that I have been visiting scrapbook stores as we trek across Canada. It's almost like a quest. We will arrive in a new city at night, I will sit down with my computer and type: Scrapbook store *Quebec City (or wherever I am..) and I will usually get a bunch of hits. Today's discovery was unexpected. I was shopping in Quebec City in "Upper Town" and I came across this cute jewelery store where I immediately noticed  she had some Ketto magnets and a few other things and I gasped! I was like, "is Ketto in Quebec City??" and the girl said yes, it's just down the road!! I had my new quest, and these are my findings.. (If you are wondering "Who is Ketto??" it is a line of t-shirts, jewelery, mugs, dishes etc etc that are hand painted, and the images were recently transformed into rubber stamps in conjuction with Stamping Bella. I have a bunch of Kettos and I love them.)

So CUTE. And that's just the outside. 

Her stoop. Mosaic tiles.. I want that!!

Look at all those coffee cups!

Wouldn't it be fun to have a whole set of Ketto dishes? 

I bought that soap dispenser!

 If I wasn't driving 10 000 more kilometers I swear I would have bought a set of these!

And some of these!
Are you jealous?? I love this store, and will miss it dearly..

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Honeymoon Day 12

Thought I would share some highlights with you! It's been a good trip so far, EXCEPT for all those dang thunderstorms that keep following us through the mid-west and into Canada. We're done with the rain, thanx!

Click on any of the pics to see them larger!

Banff, Alberta
 Drumheller, Alberta

Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota (and my first trip to an Archiver's.. It was alright...)
 Chicago, Illinois

Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago

There was a Harry Potter exhibit at the Chicago museum with REAL props and clothes from all the movies. This was the only thing we were allowed to take a picture of.. 

 Niagara Falls, Ontario
I'm telling you from experience, the humidity at the falls wreaks havoc on naturally curly hair. WOWZA!
 Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Ontario
We are now in Quebec City, and I hope to take some really great shots of this ancient (ancient in Canada anyway) city. 
Here's a map of our trip so far.. Crazy eh? 7500 kms, (4600 miles!). 
If you have any questions about the cities we've visited, please don't hesitate to ask. We've had some great times. 
Next we're off to the east coast of Canada hitting: Moncton, Cape Breton Island, St, Andrew's by-the-sea, Boston, and then back home through the states. Talk to you soon!!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Jacksonbelle Tuesday Challenge

So I'm on my honeymoon driving across Canada/US and OFCOURSE I have to hit as many stamp/scrapbook stores as I can. A friend was joking that I should put a cross-Canada tour together of all my favourite spots to shop.. That would be fun, eh?! So while in Calgary I picked up a couple of Unity stamp sets, and let me tell you, I'm in love! They were a little expensive, but I was impressed by how many stamps I got in a set and the quality of the stamps/foam. So here are a couple cards I made for this week's challenge to use Pink Paislee or October Afternoon paper for our Jacksonbelle DT challenge (I used october afternoon papers):

I think it was serendipitous that the Unity image matched the October Afternoon paper so well!

Head over to the Jacksonbelle blog and check out this week's featured product, Cuttlebug embossing folders, as well as some rockin' cards! Here's the DT's blogs:
Kristine Breach ~ Ink Something
Stephanie Hargis ~ Steph’s Stampin’ Stuff
Mitzi Koons ~ Stamps Jubilee
Loretta Lock ~ Love to Create
Jimmi Mayo ~ Stamping & Shopping
Michelle Philippi ~ Inside My Own Private Idaho
Carly Robertson ~ Paper in Bloom
Shemaine Smith ~ Scraptastic
Lynda Benden: Stamp Act
Melissa Bove: Keepsakes By Melissa
Jennifer Buck: The Buck Stamps Here
Jill Dunn: Ink Genious
Lindsey Botkin: Embellished
Trudee Sauer: Follow Your Bliss

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Elzybells Release Day

Well here's my last post as an Elzybells DT member.. I saved my favourite card for last. I'm not gonna lie, it took me a long time to colour. Like the surfboard card the other day I took some liberties with the background to create a scene.

Go to the shop to check out THE NEW STAMPS and you'll see how they are in their original form, and how easy it is to take a simple black pen and completely transform how the two stamps look together. Here's the finished card:

Take care and enjoy looking at the new stamps!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Elzybells Sneak Peek Day 3

This is a Clean and Simple card using a Wave image in the background. I stamped it in Versamark. It works really well on kraft cardstock..

The sentiment is from a clear set, (the same set as the waves and the surf board from yesterday) and the flip-flops is an individual rubber stamp.

I paper-pieced using some Making Memories patterned paper. 
Check out the rest of the DT:

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Elzybells Sneak Peek Day 2

I am really excited about this card. I just wanted to show you the process I went through to get to the final result.

I don't really have a fear of drawing on my stamped area and adding a little "this or that." I'm not a great artist, by any stretch of the imagination, but I think adding a line here or there can really give your images context. For example:

Pictured are three surf boards. The images are three seperate stamps (the board, the flower outline, and the flower centres) and I coloured the background of the board with a Copic marker. 
Now, on its own this would be alright... You could slap a sentiment on there and it would be cute, but I wanted to step it up a notch:

I used a copic multiliner pen (0.50) and drew some sand around the boards and behind them to act as the shore. And again.. this would be alright as is, but I had to add some colour:

ahhh..... Now it's complete. And how easy was that?? 
Check out the rest of the DT:

Jacksonbelle Tuesday Challenge

As part of the welcome package for the Jacksonbelle DT I got this super cute Stampavie image. Isn't she cute?? I love colouring images like this because it almost makes you feel like an artist or a painter. I paired here with some vinategey Pink Paislee papers.

I spent a longer-than-usual time on her skin trying to make her look as human as possible by using a combo of E00, E02 and R02 to create that ruddy look on her face and body..

This week's challenge is a sketch which you can check out at the Jacksonbelle blog, and here's the finished product:

Other products used: "Happy Birthday" stamp by Amuse; Bazzill and Papertrey papers.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Elzybells Sneak Peek Day 1

This is the first day of my last sneak peek with Elzybells. :( It's been a really fun year and I've learned so much from the other DT gals. 5 girls will be continuing their assignment, and I will be enjoying the Elzybells as a customer now! Elizabeth has been a great "boss" and I hope her company continues to flourish. (I'm especially hoping it will flourish in North America VERY soon, haha...)

Here's my first card:

He's really pasty-white, but I don't have a tan skin colour that isn't brown-looking. So white he is. It's his first day out boarding, ok?? I used Koh-I-Noor and Derwent pencils with Gamsol. Here's how I store the Gamsol for use with my crafting:

I found the container I bought the Gamsol in was very messy when I tried to pour it in my tea-light holder which I use as my "dish" so I found an extra M.A.C. (makeup) bottle hanging around and voila! They have a flip-top and small hole on the top so now I have no more messy, stinky spills. Most M.A.C. stores have the bottles shown and they're fairly inexpensive, but any travel-size bottle would do.

Check out the rest of the DT:

Saturday, July 18, 2009

A Way to Preserve our Memories

Here are some pictures of a mini book I made for our trip across Canada (and some of the US). We left on the 17th and right now we are outside of Calgary, Alberta. Tomorrow we are driving the longest drive of the trip, 13 hours to Winnipeg, Manitoba. Yikes!!! We are going all the way to the east coast of Canada, with the ultimate destination being Cape Breton Island! Did you know they have a special menu item at the McDonalds there called the McLobster!! MADE WITH REAL LOBSTER!!! Hello! I am SO there.. anyway.. on to the mini book:

Everything in this book is made with Little Yellow Bicycle papers and stickers except: some Bazzill papers, American Craft Thickers, Basic Grey Chipboard (tabs) and a little help from my Bind-it-all..

true story... 
love this map-ish paper
This is what all of the entry pages look like.. The tabbed pages have some folders for ticket stubs and programs etc... It's day 2 and I've written in it both days! yay for me.. 
I should go to bed now.. Gotta be up in 6 hours.. I will most likely talk to you next when I'm in Minneapolis/St. Paul! (MALL OF AMERICA!!!!!)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Our Wedding Song

Here's the story:

Everyone assumed I would do something musical for the wedding and all along I was like, "I don't think so" mostly because if I had to sing at my own wedding it would be a blubber-fest, so I brushed the idea off. The music we had planned for the wedding was by no means generic, we had a bagpiper walk the wedding party in, and the choir I directed last year sang during the signing of the register and the recessional, but we did not have a song for me and my father to walk down the aisle to..

I brainstormed ideas and sang through hundreds of songs until one day I was thumbing through my "Book" (the book of songs I regularly perform all organized by set and in my key etc...) and I came across a song by Jann Arden called, "Ode To a Friend" that I have sung many times. I sang it again, this time with Ian as my 'motivation' and voila! By the end of the song I was in tears exclaiming I FOUND THE SONG!! I decided right then and there that this would be a secret. I would record it in secret at my friend's studio, play a mock song during the rehearsal dinner, and the first time he would hear it was going to be at the ceremony.

Let's just say there was not a dry eye in the house, including mine. How stupid of me to record a song that is so dear to my heart and make me cry all the way to the altar. I was supposed to be beautiful, and instead I was trying to wipe away the tears without totally screwing up my makeup.. I don't think I smiled ONCE walking with my father. haha.. oh well.

So you want to hear it? ok. Ode To a Friend.

p.s. If you have a Myspace account you can download it..

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Jacksonbelle Tuesday Challenge!

This week it's a sketch challenge (everybody's favourite!). We would love for you to play along, and if you do please link it here (the Jacksonbelle Blog..) Here's the sketch:

If you're going to upload to SCS or your other favourite site, please include the keyword JBE062 (not 61 as listed...) so we can all see!

This is such an easy sketch to incorporate into any project, so I decided to make my Guest Book for the wedding using this sketch. I love how it turned out, and the guests loved it too!

Here's my favourite element:

These butterflies actually adorned much of our reception area, but I was just so addicted to them I had to include it on the book. I cut it out with the Slice, with special slice transparency paper. I bent it in the middle and because of the material it just stayed bent. Awesome!!
Here's the front cover:

And here's the inside of the back cover. Times like these I don't regret buying the Bind-it-All!

Supplies: Stamps: October Afternoon, heidi swapp date stamp; Paper: Bazzill, Prism, Making Memories Transpareny, other patterned paper that I've cut up and can no longer remember.....; Ink: Versamagic (Charcoal); May Arts Ribbon; Bind-it-all machine and coils, American Crafts Thickers, Slice.

**Remember to check out the Daisy D sale items at the Jacksonbelle store
**Check out the rest of the design team's challenge stuff on my sidebar --------------------------------> 

Monday, July 13, 2009

Clean and Simple Inspiration challenge

Today's Clean and Simple challenge was to choose a piece of art from and use it as an inspiration piece.

I just bought an elephant baby stamp from the AMuse store, so I went looking in the Elephant category and found this adorable scene. I copied it! haha..

So here's my little elephant. I added the bird using a Kim Hughes stamp from CHF. I think it goes well with the elephant! I free-hand drew the pond and doused it in glitter. The little grass tufts are a Memory Box clear stamp. 

I airbrushed the background colours very loosely, and paper pieced the elephant so i didn't have to worry about colour from the markers getting on the image. The clouds are puffed with liquid applique. 
I wanted to show you another purchase I made at the AMuse store:

I got most of my collection in the bucket, and when I counted there were about 160 markers in there. None of my browns and blenders made it in, but I was pretty happy that all of my colours fit EXACTLY, as in, I don't have more room for new markers, so I guess that means I'm set! haha..

Take care!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

A couple wedding pics

 A couple of wedding pics have surfaced on Facebook, so I thought I would share some, since some of you have been asking. We won't have the professional shots for about 6 weeks, so we are relying on friends and family for some sneak peaks of how it all looked!
This is me, my bro (who was in my wedding party) and my sister. 
So you all remember the Martha Stewart cover that inspired this card, and then inspired my student to make that card for me etc etc etc...  Well we got that exact wedding cake!!! And I'm not saying this just because it was my cake, it was the best cake I've ever had. Chocolate cake with mint icing on the bottom, carrot cake with cream cheese buttercream in the middle, and creme brule cake with hazelnut buttercream on top.

I can't wait to see the professional photos because the wedding party looked SO GREAT. All the guys in full scottish regalia was a real sight. Just breathtaking. Anyway.. I will be making some creations (Jacksonbelle challenges etc.. ), and posting my efforts in the next couple days, so stay tuned for that, also, if you love Daisy D products they are on sale all this week, so check out the prices here!