Tuesday, March 31, 2009

"Who Needs Paper?"

This LO was created with inspiration from one of Deanne's layout sketches posted on Dec 1, 2008 from her "Just my Sketches" Blog.

I did this LO for one of the 8 challenges on her Am I a Scrap Addict? Blog Crop. It's based on the rock, paper scissors game and had to have ONE of those 3 words in the title! I chose "Paper." I stitched on the paper and cardstock, 'cause I always tell everyone how much "I love to sew on PAPER..." That was my inspiration for this layout-- in addition of course to the CUTE pics Mary took of Daniel in 2007 while the kids were visiting with her and Uncle Gil! Daniel was using markers and glitter glue to decorate door hangers and was having a GREAT time. He was so absorbed in his work!

Hope you like this!

Thread was Trident brand 000-61 from my stash.

**= from SBCH store

pp: ALL SCRAPS!~ Sassafras Lass (floral)**, American Traditional Designs (orange swirl), Daisy d.'s (gold diamond print)** and unknown (Blck/orange print, no name on reverse)
Yellow Brad: Urban Prairie big brads**
CS: Bazzill Lakeshore,** Cheddar**
Lettering: BasicGrey** ("Basic Elements: black")
ART letters: Cogsmo die cut lettering**
Flowers: Make it Special

Photos Mary G**** TY!!


Blog Crop Challenges:

March 2009 Blog Crop Challenges

1."Am I a Scrap Addict?"Blog Crop Challenge 1 (Sunday, Mar 22): CREATE A LO/CARD following THIS "recipe":
~3 or more dashes of colors
~a "heaping" amount of distressing
~2 or more photos/stamped images
~a touch of stitching (either real or faux)

2. "Am I a Scrap Addict?" Blog Crop Challenge 2 (Monday, Mar 23): Challenge for you today is to use 4 of something OR 3 of something on your layout OR card. DONE: 4 LETTERS/ 3 People: "Love" LO

3. "Am I a Scrap Addict?" Blog Crop Challenge 3 (Tuesday, Mar 24): Create a card OR layout about a celebration or accomplishment!!! DONE: BRYAN'S GRADE 5 GRAD CEREMONY

4. "Am I a Scrap Addict?" Blog Crop Challenge 4 (Wednesday, Mar 25) It's a "POLKA-DOTTY" Day!!! Create a layout or card using polka dot paper! DONE: “JUMP”

5."Am I a Scrap Addict?" Blog Crop Challenge 5 (Thursday, Mar 26)
Choose a layout or card that you've done recently and use the title or sentiment in a similar way (or EXACTLY, if you like) on a NEW layout or card. DONE – TREASURED PONY (based on wording in title "Pony Pride.")

6. "Am I a Scrap Addict?" Blog Crop Challenge 6 (Friday, Mar 27): Today I would like for you to visit my JUST MY SKETCHES blog and do a layout or card using one of my sketches as inspiration. DONE:"COMFY CUDDLE CRITTERS"

7. "Am I a Scrap Addict?" Blog Crop Challenge 7 (Saturday, Mar 28) Use one or ALL of these cards as inspiration for a layout or card. It could be the colors, the layout of it, the textures, the embellishments.

8. "Am I a Scrap Addict?" Blog Crop Challenge 8 (Sunday, Mar 29)
Use this GAME as inspiration to create a layout OR card-- "ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS!!!" Use one of the words in the title, use a lot of different papers, do tear your paper, crumple your paper use decorative scissors...use your IMAGINATION. And don't forget to tell us what you were inspired by when you leave a comment and a link to your creation. DONE: WHO NEEDS PAPER?(link) http://lovinglycreatedbyali.blogspot.com/2009/03/blog-post_31.html

Blog Crop Challenges! Colour Theory Challenges!

I have 2 new LOs for you this AM!

1. Big Deal? You bet ya!!

This LO was created for Challenge #3/8 at Deanne's "Am I a Scrap Addict?" blog... to create a card OR layout about a celebration or accomplishment!!!

It also fits Michelle's Colour Theory Challenge over at SBCH! She wanted us to create a LO with forest green and rust.

This is Bryan's Grade 5 Graduation! He is in the striped shirt.

This LO was based on a sketch created by Deanne Burton & postd on her "Just my Sketches" blog on November 12, 2008.

2. JUMP!

The LO below was created for Deanne's Challenge #4/8 over at "Am I a Scrap Addict?" where she is hosting a blog Crop- the date has been extended to April 4th! So go get 'em done!

For this Challenge, Deanne wanted us to use Polka-Dotted paper!

It also fits Michelle's Challenge to use Bright Green and eggplant purple.

Based on a sketch created by Deanne Burton and posted on her "Just my Sketches" blog on August 12, 2008.

Thanks for looking I hope you like these! I made the horse jumping one in the middle of the night as I couldn't sleep! ~

Monday, March 30, 2009

Some Blog Crop Challenges Completed!

Hi everyone!!

Deanne has a bunch of challenges on her blog and you have until April 4th to complete them! I am going to TRY to do 'em all! This LO was created for Deanne's "Am I a Scrap Addict?" Blog Crop Challenge #5 (for Thursday, Mar 26) which was as follows: "Choose a layout or card that you've done recently and use the title or sentiment in a similar way (or EXACTLY, if you like) on a NEW layout or card."

The word "pony" from the "Pony Pride" LO (seen here under "Treasured Pony") is what I repeated for the new LO, below. This LO is based on Deanne's Sketch from Feb 13, 2009 on her Just my Sketches blog.

Treasured Pony 2007

Coin paper: Sandylion
Red medallion pp: BG Boxer
Script pp: Rusty Pickle's Mayflower line
Circular designed ribbopn: TY Nicole! Moda Ribbons (Prima)
Brads: Urban Prairie by Basic Grey
Wide scallop done w/ Dollarama Ruler
Lettering: Provocraft Wedge Outline
blackInk: Ink it up: Khaki green 1027-14

Treasured Pony:
Pony Pride layout (I repeated part of the title [the word "Pony"] for the LO above):

Pony Pride layout is based upon Deanne's Sketch from Feb 15, 2009

"Love in Abundance" layout, from my own sketch, was created for Deanne's "Am I a Scrap Addict?" Blog Crop Challenge #2 (Monday, Mar 23): "Challenge for you today is to use 4 of something OR 3 of something on your layout OR card."

Here, I used 4 letters L*o*v*e* and a photo of 3 people: me, Pete and Noah at Noah's June 2007 graduation from Preschool!

This Layout reads as follows:

Love in Abundance

Because life’s full, I’ve developed the habit of writing update letters & sending them out to family & friends.

My friend Cecile in Alberta is one of those friends. She was our doctor out west and actually delivered Bryan! She and her family came by to say hello and have supper with us when they made a trip to the Maritimes in 2004.

Anyway, at Christmas 2008, we rec’d a beautiful card from Cecile, as we do every year. As you can see it says: “Ali, I do enjoy your news. They always make me feel so happy and hopeful. I keep Noah in my prayers. With your abundant love he will succeed.”

Well, this meant more to me than I can tell you.

Since Noah was diagnosed with ASD in Dec 2004, we had been finding our way—the way to best help our little boy. Although we were 3 years into our journey with Noah, the vote of confidence from our friend and former family doctor was a real boost. It was what I needed to hear MOST right then.

In this June 2007 photo, we were enjoying Noah’s “Graduation” from preschool.

Card: Christmas 2008
Photo: June 2007
Journaling by Ali: March 2009

“Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.” Jude 1:2 NIV


Glossy Accents: Inkssentialls Rangerink.com

I love you metal: Dollarama

Bible verse from card: Jude 1:2 NIV

Dove: Christmas card

LOVE lettering: Dollarama Foam Alphabet Stickers: 02-201964

CS: Bazzill Jacaranda and Bling Blind Date

Blue jewel: Karen Foster Princess Brad

Font: Century Gothic

Thanks for looking!


Thursday, March 26, 2009

Our Super Hero

Our Super Hero
This is Daniel in 2007 at Mary and Gil's place, visiting after they moved to a new town from living just across the street! I love these fun photos!

LO based on a sketch by Deanne Burton on her Just my Sketches Blog: Dec 1, 2008
Cogsmo Collection: Cosmo Cricket
Stars: TY Deanne, Susan and Carla @ Sisterhood of Scrap (Scenic Route)! LOVE THEM!! I'm spoiled! TY...
Buttons: TY Nicole! LOVE THEM!! Spoiled Again! TY...
Paints: FolkArt, Orient and DecoArt
numbers: Flair
"Memories" CS Sticker: Cosmo Cricket
Robot rubon: Cosmo Cricket
"Programmed to play" rubon: Cosmo Cricket
Stamps for tHe word "our": StampCraft 2005 (eBay)
Ink: Ink it Up! [Turquoise]
Pen: Navy Blue AC Slickwriter
Thanks for looking! ~

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Cousin Toby: AKA "Odie"

Hi Everyone! I have a special LO to share with you all tonight! This is Daniel at age ALMOST 7 (Summer 2007) visiting at my middle sister Mary and her husband Gil's home in NB.
Hope you like it!
Journaling reads:
Daniel (almost 7) loved Toby, Mary and Gil’s Cocker Spaniel. When he visited Tante Mary and Uncle Gil at their new home in Riverview, NB in July 2007, Daniel got to spend lots of time playing with his “Cousin Odie.” Daddy and I LOVED this photo of the two of them enjoying one another’s company!!

Photo~ July 2007
Journaling~ March 2009
(I also mentioned that my fave nickname for Toby was "Odie." That was what Daniel USED to call him before he could pronounce "Toby.")

This LO is based upon a sketch by Deanne Burton located on her "Just my Sketches" blog. Here's the sketch!

Monday, March 23, 2009

"Pony Pride"

This layout shows Kate, Bryan and their haflinger-quarterhorse pony "Oakley" at the E******* Pony Club's 2007 Christmas Party held at Valley Pride Farms in ********, NS, where the lesson horses wintered in the season of 2007-2008. Both Bryan and Kate were members of EPC at the time.
Oakley, Monty, & Abe were all there at the farm. (Impulse was as well, although he's Christina's pony and not a lesson horse.)
I used a play on words as the title: "Pony Pride." That sounds like "Pony Ride..." and also since "Pride" was in the name of the Farm, it made sense. Additionally, that was also the last name of a close family member!
How's THAT for a play on words?! Ok, now, I admit that it must have all been subconscious, though, as I didn't plan that, and didn't even realize it until after the layout was done and titled!

There were pics of Oakley's mane, all festively beribboned in Christmas red and green for the party, but unfortunately someone cut her pretty nose/face off when they took the photo! EEK!
So... that pic didn't make the layout! Now, there is a good tip about what I do, as a scrappy Mom, with those occasional "imperfect" (but oh-still-so-worth-keeping) photos. I place them on the BACK of the related LO!
(Yes...that photo is now adhered to the back of my LO.)

This layout was created using Deanne Burton's sketch from February 15, 2009 on her "Just my Sketches" Blog.
Here it is:

Thanks for checking it out! I really like this LO. And: That sketch is one of my favourites!

Thanks to you for popping in for a quick visit!

:O) ~

A blog "Crop" with Deanne!

Hey everyone, Good Morning! I have an invitation for you all!

Hop on over to Deanne's Am I a Scrap Addict? Blog and check it out!

She has a little "crop party" going on for the next week, with 7 challenges. TWO are already up! (That girl is SO organized!!) Have fun, please join in!

I am going to have fun with this too. I have a stack of pics just calling out for some of Deanne's fun sketches & the camaraderie of a Crop party. YAY!

See you there! Link is just above. :o) ~

Sunday, March 22, 2009

A kitten LO...

Here is our Tootsie, AKA Fancy Pants, AKA Priscilla, AKA Miss Priss!

She is a fancy "big cat" now, a long-haired Calico...what a beauty... but here she is as a sweet baby-cat in June 2007, rescued in May by our friends Tammy and Steve, and adopted by us later that month. Tammy named her Tootsie b/c she was always underfoot! **grin**

This LO was created using a sketch from Deanne Burton over at "Sisterhood of Scrap," a really GREAT scrapbooking-themed blog owned and run by 3 sisters: Deanne B., Carla Robinson and Susan Coish. (Happy Birthday Deanne!)

Here's that neat sketch!

Thanks for checking this out... Sure hope you like it! Leave a comment and say hi today! Love hearing from you all.

Happy Sunday everyone!


Daniel's Artwork!

Daniel (8) painted this for us yesterday. It's a planet. My "Space-crazy" kid!
Love it. Thanks Peter for taking the photo!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Park? Fun!

The layout above was done with the Sketch shown below, by Deanne Burton. Thanks Deanne for this awesome sketch!

This unique and fun-to-interpret sketch design was created for Design Team 2 at "Just my Sketches." I'm part of DT-2. :o) Those girls sure are creative! Such an honour to be part of Deanne's Team at JMS... :o)

Photos were taken by Connie Bath, a friend of ours from Valley Autism Support Team (VAST) and mother of 2 sons with ASD. She has a real talent with the camera! We were thrilled with these pictures. They were taken at a VAST picnic at a local park in 2007.

Supply notes:
(**= from SBCH)
Bazzill CS: Pomegranate**
pp: Autumn Leaves, from Manhattan Collection 2007**
Flowers were cut from CS scraps with the Sizzix Sidekick; a few were Primas**.
Mini-brads were American Traditional Designs and Bazzill.**
Large flower was cut from Stella Ruby** p-paper; podged and gently formed into petals.
Centre of flower: A large brown Basic Grey Brad.**
Buttons: Frenchy's.
Adhesives: Mini-glue Dots**, Uhu and Make it Special.

I am really happy with this page: Thanks for checking it out!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A Thank You card...

This fun "fiesta-coloured" card was also done for the Mother Goose Crop at Scrap my Memories. I really enjoyed myself! Been a long time since I could just CREATE like that. Thanks for looking! ~

Some smiles for you...

Here are three LO's to make you smile. They are all of Bryan and Daniel in Summer 2007. Hope you like 'em! These were all created for a "Mother Goose Crop" at Scrap My Memories.
((HUGZ)) and chat soon! Hope everyone is enjoying their March Break!!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Tootsie's Eyes:

This LO was completed for an online "crop" challenge.
Urban Couture patterned paper, by Basic Grey, was used for this LO
Buttons: Frenchy's vintage button bin
Lettering: Chocolate Chalet
Small label (TY Nicole,) Imagination Project Cardstock Stickers, 2007 Blue Cardigan Designs Pen: American Crafts Slickwriter Brown (Chestnut)
Ink: Ink it Up; Khaki Green
Thanks for looking, I hope you enjoyed it!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Design Work!

Yahooo! Deanne has just revealed some wonderful work on her "Just my Sketches" blog! Come see the sketch and the layouts Design Team 2 created! This is especially exciting for me since I am on Design Team 2!

Thanks for going over and checking it out!

Meet Duncan!

... He is the sweet miniature Shetland Pony who shares Oakley's paddock. I just love him! He is about 17 years old & partially blind but has good quality of life and takes the little girl who owns him for rides. He is ridden English. Isn't he a darling?
I like to feed him carrots when we go up to see Oakley with the family. :O) It is always a highlight to see Duncan too!!

Do you see how long his forelock is? To keep it out of his eyes, they braid it and tie it up! Can you see the braid on his forehead here? It's almost down to his nose! Duncan has a gorgeous mane.

Pretty pony.

This is his windblown look! LOL.
"Bye for now everyone!" I will get more pics when the Spring comes and he doesn't need a coat anymore. (His winter coat [blanket as they call it] is a LOT like Oakley's! There are 2 purple coated horses (well, Oakley and Duncan are technically both ponies...but I always say horses...) in that paddock. It's funny. Rain and Echo's coats are green, and blue/burgundy.)
Here is Oakley in her purple winter coat! Pretty girl!
Thanks for coming by!! xox

New 'do!!

I got a new hairdo... Hope you like it! LOL!
Thanks to my wonderful long-time friend and hair stylist, Sheri at "Reflections"!!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Oma Agnes' 1998 Visit to Greenwood

A little over 10 years ago, the children's Great-grandmother, "Oma Agnes," came to Greenwood, NS from Moncton, NB where she had been visiting. She had travelled to see her daughter Chris (my Mom in law), all the way from Germany! My inlaws brought her to Greenwood to see us and the children, KAte and Bryan, for the first time (back then we only had 2.) We had such a nice visit! WE had last seen Oma Agnes at our wedding in 1992. Although these are not the nicest pics of Pete and me, I still love to look at them because Oma looks so happy to be with us.

I just adored her despite the language barrier. (She spoke only limited English and I "have" only a few ill-pronounced but usable German phrases!)

As time passed, Chris went to Germany to see her Mom yearly, 'cause it was harder for Oma to travel. She did very well working in her garden and enjoying her vegetables and flowers. She had a green thumb! Unfortunately, after 3 smaller strokes, Oma Agnes had a serious stroke in November 2008 and passed away January 2009 in Germany. We miss her.

I did this *page in bright colours. I was thinking of how Oma Agnes would see it... Since her vision was failing, I imagined what the page needed to look like for her to be able to MOST easily take it in. For some reason that was important to me, although she's gone.

Also, there are lots of flowers on the papers and added to the page itself because Oma loved flowers & green, growing things!!
I still need to add the year of Oma Agnes' birth to the area just below her photo. Need to go check on that.
Patterned papers:
Rose swirl: Make it Special
Purple floral: Make it special (?possibly, could be "Slab")
Cross-stitched look multicoloured paper: Mod, 2005
Bazzill cardstock: Snapdragon
Pink and taupe flowers: cut from scraps of patt paper-- possibly Shabby Princess (?)
White flower: HOTP ("Chocolate flowers")
Buttons: Frenchy's vintage button bin
Removed "pearl" from button centres and then filled with purple Stickles.
Stickles: Starry Night (deep dusky purple)
White gel pen for doodling: Unibal Signo
Glue: Tombow and Uhu
*Based on a sketch by Share at SBCH.
Here is Kate at 4 1/2 yrs of age with her Oma (Chris) also from that same day in 1998...
This page layout is my own design.
I hope you like it!


This LO was created with inspiration from a recent 12x12" Sketch by Deanne Burton, from Feb 15, 2009 on her "Just my Sketches Blog."
Here it is:
The papers used are grey Bazzill CS and 3 patterns from the Marrakech collection by Basic Grey.
The "All Boy" stamp is 7Gypsies
Dotted chipboard frame is Magistical Memories
Paint is "Wrought iron" (#925) by Folk Art
Crackle paint by Ranger
Glossy Podge: Plaid
Blue pen: American Crafts~ Slickwriter
Chipboard scallop edged sticker: Basic Grey Marrakech Collection.

((HUGZ)), I hope you like it!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Pony Club Testing 2007

This is my last LO for today. I'll get a better pic in the AM! :o)

It is of Kate and her pony Oakley, all ready for testing. (They did well.)

And here is the sketch I based it on, created by Deanne Burton on her "Just my Sketches" blog, Dec 1, 2008:

I like this sketch 'cause I can use buttons as the "round" embellies shown.

Great easy to use Sketch- thanks Deanne! TY for looking everyone!