Tuesday 20 November 2012

Getting into the Christmas mood...

Hi there!

Today I just wanted to share with you a couple layouts that I did up a couple weeks ago using the new Bo Bunny Christmas lines.

I was once again inspired by layouts that I saw in magazines. The first layout can be found in the September 2009 issue of Scrapbook Trends on page 113.

I loved how the circle came out from behind the picture and how it circled the title and brought your eye back to the picture.

In my layout I chose to do the circle with rhinestones using a template I have called Dots All Around from Crafters Workshop. I used the rhinestone because I thought that it would add that Christmas sparkle.The paper is from the Mistletoe line.

This second layout was also scrap-lifted from a magazine from the Scrapbook Trends magazine (Sorry, I couldn't remember which one and I don't have the time at the moment to search through my magazines to find it! And have I ever mentioned that I love this magazine? Check it out if you haven't yet! It costs a little more then most magazines but it is well worth with loads of ideas and has next to no ads!!!)

And the paper used for this layout was from the Rejoice line

My son and nephew was super excited about getting to be the "Elves" this year and hand out all the presents to everyone on Christmas eve, which is when we open our gifts. They even stuffed little pillows into their shirts to get the round belly!

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday 12 November 2012

A Little Pinterest Inspiration...

So while at Crop & Create last weekend I did some amazing projects. So as promised in my last post, here is my favorite project I completed!

I took an excellent class call Xryon Pinterest Inspiration taught by the talented Beth Kingston and it was an amazing class! Although I had heard of the Xyron adhesive products, I had never really used them or understand exactly how easy they could make your craftly life!!

In the class we created several little projects, most of which I did not finish in the actual class but took home and put the finishing touches on them.

My favorite project was this awesome ornament star! 

In the class Beth should us how to cut strips of paper and run them through the Xyron Creative Station to create instant sticky backed strips! It was so simple and way easier then using Modge Podge and there is no drying time!
You can find the star and other shaped ornaments at Micheals for a very reasonable price.

After covering the star completely with the strips of paper, I chose two Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists to color the star (I used an olive green and a blue).

I then just chose some coordinating flowers and hot glued them on and added other matching embellishments.

I fell in love with Maya Road this weekend and all their super cute little embellishments. It is kind of hard to see in this picture but I added one of there Mini Bottle Caps and placed a rhinestone in the middle.

The green flowers were just plain white flowers that I used glimmer mist on to match and I purchased them at Dollarama. The blue flowers are by Prima Marketing.

The cute little pins sticking out of the star where also made during the glass with the exception of the leaf pin which is another Maya Road product. To make the star and the tree we just used punched out pattern paper and layered them over the pins.
Beth had an excellent suggestion and told us to use regular threading needles which can be found cheap at just about anywhere!
 Love it!!!!

Beth was full of great knowledge and I wish I had had the foresight to have brought a pen and jotted down some of her crafty suggestions! But one thing I do remember was how to make your own foam adhesive! Micheals carries a ton of craft foam in the kids craft section. Some of which has adhesive already on the one side! Beth suggested to buy the adhesive backed foam and run the other side through the Xyron Creative Station and poof... you have your own foam adhesive for super cheap!
I unfortunately do not have a Xyron Creative station but in the class Xyron sent a Teresa Collins Sticker Maker which will run 1 1/2" strips through! So that should work just fine and I would have to cut the foam down anyway, right?
I have to say a huge thanks to Beth and to Xyron for the great class! I really enjoyed it and if you ever get the opportunity to take one, do it! you won't be disappointed!

Sunday 11 November 2012

Crop & Create

Well I survived my first Crop & Create Event with success!
Here are a few pics of what I was upto!

Look at us cute and fun ladies!

I must say that the goody bags waiting at our table were fantastic!! Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine had some great sponsors that filled our goody bags with scrappy goodness!

There were also some amazing make 'n takes! Some of the companies that sponsored this event sent out some great ladies to show us their products and how to use them! 

I have to say, my fave make 'n take was one that Beth Kingston (from Xyron) did with us. It was a beautiful and oh so simple necklace. I love when the make 'n takes are not just about scrapbooking. All we did was stamp a partial butterfly onto a small 1x1" square of pattern paper and then place it onto a square metal pendent on a chain. We then placed a clear square epoxy bubble over it, which was held on by a small drop of Glossy Accents. 

Another great part of this event was the amazing dessert buffet that was spread before us both evenings! There were all sorts of cookies, squares and cakes and a bunch of fruit for a chocolate fondue! I thought these little cakes were so cute. They reminded me of the little cakes that Alice ate to make herself small while in her journey through Wonderland!

I also signed up to take a class while I was at Crop & Create. There were several classes to choose from and they all sounded awesome. But because I am absolutely addicted to Pinterest, I decided to take the Xyron Pinterest Inspiration Station class created & taught by Beth Kingston. And I was so NOT disappointed in the class!
We created so many cute projects and Beth taught us some really great tips and techniques! I had never really used any of the Xryon products but was amazed at how well they worked and can see how they really could make your crafting easier! I highly recommend learning some more about the products if you haven't had a chance to yet! 
I am going to do another post in the next couple days once I have had a chance to gather my thoughts completely on this class and share with you some of the great suggestions Beth had to offer!

For now I am going to leave you with this little sneak at my favorite project of the weekend!
See you soon!

Below is a list of the companies that sponsored Crop & Create! Be sure to check them out!

Thursday 1 November 2012

Halloween aftermath...

Well I hope you all had a fabulous and fun Halloween! I know my kids did! I just wanted to share a few pics of my little goblins!

This was yesterday morning after I did up Danielle's hair. They don't actually get all dressed up until lunchtime but because I had to work a day shift yesterday, they only time I had to help with the hair was before school! But I think Danielle was okay with getting all the extra attention. :D

And this is the finished get-up! I was pretty impressed with how it all turned out. Danielle and a bunch of friends come to the house for lunch and managed to get her all done up WITHOUT turning the house into a disaster zone! That's an achievement all on it's own! Lol!

Sam is so obsessed with Star Wars at the moment and so this is my little Trooper guarding his loot from his Momma (who has a serious sweet tooth! LOL)

So I gotta run now. The kids are at school and I have some raiding to do! But lets keep that between you and me! :D

The Great Outdoors...

Hi Friends! Just trying out this blogging thing again! :D I wanted to share some layouts I did this past weekend while attending a fu...