Thursday, November 12, 2009

Mini Album Project

  Felicity helped me cut and glue the back covers of her Birthday mini albums created for herself and each of her guests.  We wrapped cereal boxes cut to 6" x 6" with black cardstock for the backside, and cut a 6"x6" piece of the patterned cardstock to cover the other side and hide the black paper edges.
  We used the Bind-It-All to create these minis which had 6 patterned cardstock pages.  The front covers were 6"x6" pieces of acrylic which I inked with black Staz On ink and then added some cool swirly rubons.

  I just loved how they came out!  I printed some digital journaling spots which I colour matched by adjusting hue in photo elements.  I would have liked to pre-cut some photo matts for the girls, but just ran out of time.

The girls all loved them and had a blast decorating them.  It  also made my life easier as they were occupied for quite some time rather than running around mad, hopped up on pink icing!

Baby Thank You Card

  It only took a couple of weeks, but I finally finished and mailed this card to my Aunt and Uncle who sent the most adorable outfit for Isa.
  I used double sided adhesive to create the glitter border around the Thank you cardstock tag, and white glue to create the glitter dots on the flowers. The stamp is by Close To My Heart, and the border punch is by Martha Stewart.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Day To Remember

  Today as I finished of my poppy wreath, I thought about all those who'd been lost.  Not just in war, but also those so dear to me lost to illness.  I thought it important to pay tribute to a day that many just consider another "day off" and have forgotton the importance of this commemoration.  So in the center of my home I've hung this wreath to help my family remember those who've sacrificed their lives so we may live ours.


Remembrance Day is here again,

On this day we remember all those who were slain.

The ones they left behind have endured much sorrow and pain.

But rest assured,

the whole world knows those brave ones didn't die in vain.

The poppies that you see people wear,

Are there to show you they still care.

We open our hearts so that we can share,

A moment of silence, and offer a prayer.

To all the soldiers who died saving our country.

~~By Patti Joyce.~~

Thursday, November 5, 2009


We had an awsome Halloween week when Grandma came for a visit.  Isabelle who can often make strange, immediately recognized her as family and was all smiles for her Grandma.

We had great plans of taking many walks and getting loads of exercise while she was here, but the weather was not cooperating.  We had a few days of sunshine but mostly slushy wet weather.  This meant spending more time in the craft room sewing Halloween costumes and creating decorations for the house, including a black feather wreath for over the fireplace.

The 10 days went too quick and before I knew it we were saying goodbye at the airport and now count the days till Mom and Dad come visit in December.  Here are a few Halloween picks:

It snowed a foot of snow the day before Halloween.  Needless to say, I spent an hour digging ourselves out of the driveway that morning, and my graveyard took on a less macabre feel with all that white fluffy stuff.

Tristan found this Salemander in the snow outside near the graveyard.  He ran in to show his Grandma and I his new pet.  Of course we told him he had to release it as it would not survive indoors.  Brrr....I hope he had a winter coat somewhere.

Tristan's friend James was helping him figure out his suspenders.  It was rather amusing to see them struggling with them.  The final decision was to attach the clips to his front and back pockets.  Hey...whatever works LOL!!

Tristan's costume was a chainsaw dude from his favorite Resident Evil 4 video game, and his friend was a Gangster.  Felicity was a goulish corps bride.  I was rather pleased with how her costume turned out.  Mom and I put glitter on both her Boo-quet and her veil and mom tucked in a couple of mice and spiders.  Tristan's costume was splattered with a little Cranberry crisp re-inker to look like the blood on his chainsaw.  He was rather disappointed that many thought he was a scarecrow!?  I've never seen a scarecrow packing a chainsaw before.

Grandma borrowed my witches hat to take Felicity and her friend Summer Trick-or-treeting.  They made quite a trio all dressed in black.  The girls lasted about an hour and came home with half a bag of candy, while the boys stretched it right until the fire works returning with a pillow case full to the top.  Afterward we went to Tracy's to enjoy the Fireworks and goodies she prepared for us.  A fabulous end to a Spooktacular night!

Grandma painted and carved the cat pumpkin inspired by Martha Stewart's Halloween magazine, and Felicity drew a Bat on her pumpkin.  Tristan opted out.  Growing up so fast, he's not as interested in "kid stuff" anymore.