Monday, June 20, 2011

Card Creations...

Hello everyone!

As many of you know, I have a card creating business... it's called "The Perfect Card." I have been making lots of cards for orders lately... plus some for family! Thought I'd share a few with you today!

Father's Day card w/ decorated envelope
"Happy Birthday" card w/ decorated envelope

"Thank You" card complete with a butterfly trail & butterfly inside 
... w/ decorated envelope

"Congratulations on your retirement" card

"Thank You for your kindness" card w/ decorated envelope
A close-up of the above TY card
Recently, I was asked to create a Sympathy card for someone who had lost a beloved pet. Here is my creation:

  Above are 2 views of the outside of the pet sympathy card
plus a view of the inside. I hope the recipient found this a comfort.

A "Thank You" card for helpers at the Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser that my parents hosted in Perth Andover, NB to benefit the Lions Foundation of Canada's Autism Assistance Dog Guides Program

... And the decorated envelope for the above card!
The above two cards were designed using the sketch below, which was created by S:CY Senior Designer Ann Seleshanko, over at the Sketches: Creatively Yours Blog.

Card Sketch 2 by Ann Seleshanko 
Sketches: Creatively Yours Senior Designer

A "Celebrate" card and decorated envelope 
for my Dad on his birthday 
The above card was created with Card Sketch 3 by Ann Seleshanko, seen just below. I flipped the sketch. 

Card Sketch 3 at Sketches: Creatively Yours Blog
created by Senior Designer Ann Seleshanko

And a couple more cards:
"Wish" card created for my youngest sister's birthday
Card and decorated envelope for one of the Volunteers at the Spaghetti Dinner that my parents hosted...raising Funds for the Lions Fndtn of Canada's Dog Guides
Hope you've liked all the cards and creations... and a special thanks to my good friend Ann S. for her card Sketches... they are such a help in inspiring me to create something pretty!
Have a wonderful June day!


Working on... 30 in 30!!!

I have this crazy idea that I wanna create 30 layouts in 30 days for June.
Thought I'd show you what's been done so far! (It's fun!) There will be more to come!

 ~ LAYOUT #1 in 30 DAYS ~
"Typing by Noah"

~ LAYOUT #2 in 30 DAYS ~
"Kate's Handprint Placemat Project"

~LAYOUT #3 in 30 days~

~ LAYOUT #4 in 30 DAYS ~
"Art by Noah"

~ LAYOUT #5 in 30 DAYS ~
 "Blast Off- Preschool Artwork by Noah" 

~ LAYOUT #6 in 30 Days ~
"3 Guys on Christmas Day"

~ LAYOUT  #7 in 30 Days ~ 
 "You take the Cake"
~ LAYOUT #8 in 30 DAYS ~
"Doggie on the Tramp"

Thanks for having a peek everyone! Have a wonderful day!  

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Time to catch up with you all!

I want to share the remainer of the layouts I created for the May LOAD class I did with Lain Ehmann!
It was awesome, and I am definitely doing it AGAIN! 
Here are those last MAY LOs... #15-31... !
Hope you enjoy!  
"A Very Good Day" layout: LOAD DAY 15
Created using Sketch 07-11 at the Sketches: Creatively Yours Blog
Pics from Rohan Wood Stables where we board our horse, Grace. This is Taylor, Kate's friend, riding Calvin, one of the lesson ponies.
~July 2010

These were actually portions of pics I had cropped with my trimmer... of Kate and Grace- for another layout. I cannot ever throw out a photo, though, and so created this layout... which gave me the idea for the sketch. So... AHEM... technically, I worked backwards, but that's OK! I do that a LOT. Shhhh... don't tell anyone! LOL

 Sketch 07-11 Sketches: Creatively Yours

Patterned papers: 3 Bugs in a Rug

Lettering: Pink Paislee

Bling: Dollarama

Ink: Close to my Heart- Lagoon

Rub ons: MOD

"Kelowna  2010 " layout: LOAD DAY 16
My Sister-in-law Trish, her fiance Geoff,  my niece
Sophie and my nephew Sam

CS: Bazill Smoothies
Papers: BasicGrey Urban Prairie
Buttons: Thanks to my Mom and my MIL
Title lettering: BasicGrey
Black fine tipped pen for doodling: CM

It's purposefully  off-centre, can really tell in the "IRL" LO, but it's not so obvious in the photo. Photo was taken late at night, I need to replace this one w/ a better one.

"I'd rather be riding" layout: LOAD DAY 17
Daniel at Evangeline Pony Club Camp: July 2010 

Handwritten around perimeter of photo, j. reads: "Daniel, Daddy and I LOVE this pic of you from Pony Club Camp, July 2010. It always makes us laugh! It looks to us as though you've closed your eyes in the hope that the bucket and your chores will disappear! ~ Evangeline Pony Club Camp, July 2010"


Tiny light blue crosses paper: CTMH "Fanfare" Collection
Photo corner (chipboard)- CTMH
'If Pictures Could talk" strip- from "Mamarazzi" collection by Bo Bunny
Girth sticker (on left)-Sandylion 2004 (from my riding sticker stash)
Mare and colt stamp: JR 10209 Stampabilities 2002
Deep blue CS: CTMH "Pacifica"
Dotted blue pp: "Mamarazzi" collection by Bo Bunny
Cream word-paper: "Mamarazzi" collection by Bo Bunny
Ink: CTMH Chocolate
"I'd rather be riding" sticker - Forever in Time Scrapbook collection: Clear Sports SS492J Horseback Ridin' (Multicrafts imports)
Black- fine tipped pen for journaling: CM

"Dog Guide in the Family" layout  LOAD DAY 18

~This is our son's Autism Assistance Dog Guide "Argo" the week he joined us as part of our family, Dec 17, 2010. Pete and I had just brought himn home from ON where we received the traioning needed to handle him and help him work well wiht Noah, who was age 8 at the time. As you can see, Argo is a sweetie. My DD Kate (17) dressed him in her scarf one day at home, LOL. Made us ALL smile. I ran for the camera! ~ OF COURSE!!!~  His name is Argo and he is a black Lab. TY Lions Foundation of Canada!

"Dino" layout  LOAD DAY 19
Some of Noah's artwork from school, Grade 2


Every day when the bus brings you home, Daddy and I look forward to reading about your school day in the Communication Book that we all share. Imagine how excited we were to read that you had painted a picture at Circle time, chosen the colours and independently said “Painting all finished” when you felt your creation was all done!!
SO proud of you: Bravo Noah! I really think your painting looks like a Stegosaurus!
*(This is a photo I took of the actual March 8, 2011 entry written by your awesome Resource Teacher, Mrs. W.)

"Map Project" (Ancient Egypt) LOAD DAY 20
 by Daniel, age 10, Grade 5 - April 2011
"Egyptian Map Project" ALL pp and motifs are all BasicGrey- Marrakech Collection
Basic White paper pack (also BasicGrey)
Letter Stickers: BasicGrey
CTMH fine-tipped scissors- to fussy cut the Egyptian style motifs
CM Fine tipped black pen for the journaling

*Photo of map project
*Photo of the marking rubric used by teacher (Mrs. L.) & her comments
*Photo of written portion of project as presented to class

Journaling reads:
"This project was created by Daniel (age10) in Winter 2011 as part of his Grade 5 curriculum requirements. He did such a great job on it!
Bravo Daniel!"

"Bebe Garcon Magnifique"  LOAD DAY 21
This is my sister Alexandra and her husband Cody... they are with their sweet little son, William. He is 5 months old here. :o)
This is an interesting page. Teehee... I delved into my scrappy stash and finally got to  use the "Bebe" cutout... I had been saving it for ages- bought it on clearance and loved it from the moment I saw it. Since Alex and Cody have a bilingual family, I KNEW it'd be perfect here. The other stash item I finally got to use was the cute tan baby paper from Karen Foster (2005). I had been saving it for a LO since I bought it in 2007, which was when the V&S in Middleton 
 closed and I bought the remainder of their scrapbooking supplies.

Karen Foster pp (2005): #60547 "Baby Stitches"
"Bebe" cut out: DD Designs 7: DDD051 Bebe Garcon Bleu
Ecru Lace: Dollarama
Ricrac: TY to my Mom
Blue CS: Unkn
Striped CS: Jovial, 3 Bugs in a Rug
Ink: Close to my Heart:-Chocolate
Chipboard Photo Corner: CTMH Lucky collection
Dollarama Scallop-shaped ruler used as template to create scallop edge
MM Ribbon Glue
Make it Special photo splits
Mono multi-liquid glue
"Now the Adventure Begins..." LOAD DAY 22
 (My sweet little nephew, William Grier C., age 5 months)

Pale Blue CS: "The Paper Company"
Lettering: BasicGrey
Striped pp: 3 Bugs in a Rug "Jovial" collectionTan baby motif paeper: Karen Foster (2005)

Rub ons: Mod
Inks: CTMH Desert Sand and Chocolate
RicRac: TY to my Mom
Ecru Lace: Dollarama

"Our Littlest Bug"  LOAD DAY 23

 This is the photo I looked at before
writing the journaling for LOAD Day 23 
Noah at preschool Spring 2005: barely 3yrs old

Noah, something struck me today. I was looking at pictures of you at preschool & you looked so “little.” You had JUST been diagnosed with ASD. I mean, you were a baby… then you were diagnosed… then we were in the middle of it, finding our way, finding help, fighting for you. You were born, you were a baby, you were diagnosed & we never stopped. No breaks. Looking at this picture of you sleeping, my littlest bug, reminds me how it’s all been worth it—it’s been tough too, on all of us. Good thing you’re the lovable kiddo you are.
Autism is tough. Loving you is not.

Love, Mom

May 23, ’11.

"Exceptional Continuity" LOAD Day 24


Journaling here consists of  a letter I sent the Tteam after Pete and I had a session with the Team & Chris Fowler, Autism Assistance Dog Guides (Lions Foundation of Canada) Head Trainer. They are an AMAZING TEAM.

May 19, 2011

Dear Mrs. H, Mrs. W, Mrs. W, and Noah's current EAs; D and S,

I just wanted to relay HUGE & sincere thanks to each of you regarding your acceptance of and enthusiasm about Argo as a "helpful agent" as Noah's Dog Guide in the upcoming school year.

TY also for sharing such specific questions the other day when Chris & Argo visited with us at the school. Many small details and larger topic areas were covered. So reassuring that we are all on the same page, with all those "dots getting connected!" The ball is rolling and it's SO exciting!

Mrs. Wxxxx, TY for once again making time for us and Argo in the classroom, when we popped in rather on the spur of the moment in contrast to the wonderful planned visit we enjoyed with you and your students in the previous week! We are appreciative of ALL the classroom time you've lent us. The students were delightful as well, what pertinent questions they asked! We enjoyed meeting them so much!

Peter and I are excited beyond belief that we will be stepping into another new adventure in mid-September with Chris' guidance as Argo begins accompanying Noah to school. The Lions Foundation of Canada has our gratitude... beyond words. We know that Chris will be invaluable in helping smooth this transition for Argo, Noah and our school community.
Knowing we will continue to work along with Noah's amazing school Team makes Pete and I so happy. I have often shouted from the rooftops how each of you, whom I always call "Team Noah" are valued and treasured. We could never "do what we do" with our little boy without the help he receives at school. We are all extensions of one another, this we know. As we work together toward meeting new challenges and making positive transitions, this exceptional continuity gives us great hope.

THANK YOU ALL from the bottoms of our hearts.


~Ali and Pete


Lettering: BasicGrey
Patterned papers: ME and Daisy Bucket Designs
Cardstock: CTMH Chocolate
Red sparkly brackets and "dog bone": TY  to scrappy friend Helen H.

"The Half-Brothers Play"  LOAD DAY 25

Argo and Viper have the same father-- "Holden." They're half-brothers. Each dog now belongs to a child with ASD in NS. They graduated in the LFC Autism Assistance Dog Guide Program together in mid-December 2010. When they get together, they have a BLAST playing!

March 2011, Argo and Viper playing in our messy backyard- not quite Spring!

(Ali's note... Viper [who was named after the sports car, we all think] and his family came to visit us from 2 hrs away here in the Annapolis Valley... we are friends, because we all trained together in Ontario at the Lions Foundation in Oakville ON, in Dec. : and now it's so much fun to see the dogs playing together!! They are buddies and love each other a LOT.)

 "Walking" LOAD DAY 26
Created with Sketch 09-11 at Sketches: Creatively Yours Blog

S:CY Sketch: 09-11


Because Noah’s Autism Spectrum Disorder can cause him to impulsively bolt away, possibly into a dangerous situation, someone still needed to hold his hand when we were out with his Dog Guide.
In this photo, you can see how we did outings/walks with Noah and Argo before we had the waist belt (tether) training. Pete would hold the leash, Noah held Argo’s harness handle, and Bryan (or another sibling/grown up) held Noah’s other hand to keep him safe from bolting.
In May 2011, as soon as the Lions Foundation of Canada’s Head Trainer Chris Fowler came and taught us how to use the waist belt, another “pair of hands” was no longer necessary. 
Here’s why….Once Noah and Argo were tethered together on outings, just one grown up was needed. That person held Argo’s leash. If, while out, Noah tried to bolt, all the adult would have to say is “Argo: STAY!” Argo will immediately lie down so that Noah cannot bolt away into danger. (Ever try to drag a 73 lb Labrador Retriever? Nope! Not possible! **wink**)
What a help and wow, does it ever ease our minds that Argo knows EXACTLY what to do should it be necessary to protect Noah!!!
Photo of Daddy, Argo, Noah (9) and big brother Bryan (15 ½) in April 2011 on an outing before the tether belt training.

"Creations by Noah 2011" LOAD DAY 27
Gr 2 artwork  (2010-2011 school year- done early in 2011)

Pp is BG: Urban Prairie collection (green) and Cosmo Cricket: Cogsmo collection (stripe)


Butterfly is from a gift bag that was given to Kate by a friend at a much-younger birthday party (pre- double digits... she is now 17... LOL - saved a long time...) She told me that she remembered it! I used that butterfly; gave her new antennae w/ ricrac... CHEAP and SO cute...
"Art" LOAD DAY 28

This is a snowman picture that our little guy, Noah, age 9, who has Autism Spectrum Disorder, made at Circle Time this Jan or Feb at school.

He is learning to use specially designed scissors and did quite well with cutting the circles. (That info is printed out and adhered to the back of this LO.)

Red 1/2" grosgrain ribbon: Savvy n Sassy
Papers: Graphic 45 Christmas Past Collection "Carol of the Bells" #4500141
(Also used reverse: small red plaid)
Cranberry Red CTMH Cardstock
Desert Sand CTMH Cardstock
Cream w/ tiny diamond pattern: CTMH "Zippidee" Collection X7125B
Red jewel stars: Dollarama
Round epoxy lettering "ART": Elizabeth Brownd (for K&Co) Holiday Alphabet Clearly Yours 557499
Pewter-look ribbon slide: Dollarama
Scallop edged ruler used to create scallops: Dollarama
Holes punched with EK Success eyelet setter
Clear jewels: unkn.

"A = Argo" LOAD DAY 29


All patterned papers are CTMH: "Bliss" Collection
Journaling block: CTMH- "Bliss"
Tag: Wal Mart "Paper Bliss" brand
Ink: CTMH Chocolate
"A" is by MM- Simply fabulous, (2005) "SF Velvet Alpha" - Asphalt
item #26959
 "WOOF" stickers: TY to friend Helen H.
Sheer organza dotted ribbon: Savvy 'n Sassy

"Gator Dudes" LOAD DAY 30

Of all his toys, Argo loved his ‘Gator squeakable stuffie the best. I often found him cuddling with it! Mom’s scrapbooking friend Helen H. from Cambridge, Ontario (Sisterhood of Scrap) gave it to Argo as a “graduation” gift when he completed the Lions Foundation of Canada’s Autism Assistance Dog Guide Programme and came home with us to be Noah’s special helper.

Aren’t Argo and his ‘Gator CUTE snuggling up together?
~December 2010

When I was writing this, Argo went and found his ‘Gator and came up the hall, squeaking it all the way! Pretty funny.

"Happy Holidays: Daniel's Ornament" 
Ornament made with Daniel's fingerprints in Grade 4. I LOVE this ornament!! Clever!!!! 

Daniel was 9 at the time.

Well, everyone, there are the last 15 of my 31 LOAD layouts all in a row for you. Hope you liked them! I had a blast doing every one of them. Some came more easily to me than others... as is always the case. It's a processs though, and I LOVE IT!

I have  seven (7) June 2011 LOs already done for my personal "30 in 30" challenge (ie: 30 LOs in 30 days) and I will upload those tomorrow AM.
Chat soon!!  
Thanks for popping by!   ((HUGZ)) ~ Ali