ScrapMuch?! Sketch-y Friday – Melt My Heart

This is the reveal that almost wasn’t for me. You see, when it came time to post my layout for the team, my laptop hard drive died before I could even edit the photo. Thankfully I was able to work on DH’s laptop that still had an old version of PhotoShop Elements installed. Needless to say this week has been filled with a lot of anxiety over the hard drive, as the last 10 years of my life in photos were on that drive. Thankfully the amazing tech at IC SuperComputers was able to get me up and running in just over 24 hours including salvaging 99% of my data. HUGE SIGH OF RELIEF.  So let me be a cautionary tale to all – have 2 copies of everything!!!

So here we are!  Happy Friday! Team A is up again with another Sketch-y Friday reveal at ScrapMuch?!

Here is the sketch we had to work with this week:

And here is my take on the sketch:

Supplies used: Cardstock-American Crafts, Stampin’ UP!; Patterned Paper-Teresa Collins; Texture Paste-Martha Stewart; Stencil-Tim Holtz; Mist-Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist; Sequins-Teresa Collins; Ribbon-American Crafts; Flair-American Crafts; Die Cutting Machine-Silhouette Cameo; Pearls-Pebbles; Tab-Pink Paislee; Arrow Clip-Freckled Fawn; Stickers (banners, circle)-My Minds Eye; Circle Punch-EK Success

This week’s layout is dedicated to my very special girl, Socks. Socks is my happy. Socks came into my life some 17 years ago when I was just starting college and in my first apartment. I adopted her from the Upper Credit Humane Society as an adult cat. She was found abandoned with a litter of kittens. By the time I got to meet her, her kittens had all been adopted, and there was just Socks. A beautiful tuxedo cat, with delicate white paws, a white bib and tummy and adorable white whiskers. Giving credit where due, Mom had actually found her at the local Super Pet in their adoption area, and within the week I was there signing papers to make her mine. It’s been a match made in heaven ever since. We’ve truly been the best of friends. Doing the math, she is approx 19 years old now and doesn’t have much longer on this earth. So for now we take full advantage of every snuggle moment we get. She is always with me on the couch, and at night she sleeps on my pillow – The pic was taken one morning when I woke up to find her face next to mine. She is a chatterbox, always has been. She is the kindest, gentlest kitty ever. She’s been through some very uncomfortable procedures at the vet and never once did she get angry. She’s amazing. She’s spoiled and gets anything she wants, because at 19 years old, she deserves it, and then some. There will be other kitties in my life, but there will never be another Socks (Socksie, Socksinator, HRH Socks Rotundo).

As for the layout, it’s a lot busier than I’d normally do, but for some reason it just all worked for me. I absolutely loved this Teresa Collins line, You Are My Happy. The circles at the top were punched from one of the pieces of paper that fit my EK Success circle punch perfectly. Teresa just does some amazing things with her papers and each line just gets better and better. Have I mentioned how excited I am to be at her Inspiration Unlimited event for the third straight year in a mere 41 days??!?!?! So close! I digress.. I misted the textured hearts because I didn’t like the stark white, then spread some excess paste on the black background because the hearts otherwise looked really stark in the middle of the page.

I’d love for you to pop over to the ScrapMuch?! blog to see what the rest of the team is up to this week, and then play along with any or all of the sketches. Make sure to link up with us if you do for a chance to win a totally fab ScrapMuch?! prize! You have until August 29th at Midnight EST to link up your creations. I can’t wait to see what you create! Have an amazing weekend! :)


Tales From The Pole

Since I discovered some odd bruises on my legs today that I can only attribute to last week’s shenanigans, I figured I’d share their story…

Ever since we moved to Brantford, I’ve really struggled with finding my fitness niche. Before we moved I loved my gym, I loved my trainer (Hi Cindy!), I loved all the classes I’d go to that totally fit within my schedule, with just enough variety to keep me interested. I’m still yet to find a gym I love that is convenient, has classes I like, where I feel totally comfortable. I tried running. I truly hated it. I found an amazing local hot yoga studio. It closed. (Miss you Manifest and Jennie!)  I go to another one but it’s far enough away to be inconvenient, and expensive.

You can imagine my delight when Allure, a fitness club that opened in Westdale a few years ago, was opening a Brantford location, with hot yoga too. I’d admittedly always been curious to try their pole fit classes but couldn’t commit to taking their weekly workshops as a shiftworker. So, when I found an intro 2 hour workshop, I signed up! I didn’t expect it to be a cakewalk but I was admittedly surprised at how difficult (for me!) even the basics were. I’m not going to lie, I had high hopes of leaving the workshop being able to do all of this…

Instead, it was probably more like this…

I learned spins are tough yo! I found myself walking very funny the next day after using muscles that have probably never been used before. I also now have bruises on my legs I can only attribute to using them as part of my death grip on the pole in total fear of hitting the ground with an unpleasant THUD! All that being said – I had a lot of fun. I was amazed at how good this class could be for my psyche even though I really struggled with a lot of the basics. I didn’t do a good job at all. But, I’m stubborn and want to keep at it. So I will be going to another drop in class or two. I did sign up for their intro month special so I can try more pole fit, zumba and hot yoga classes and then I’ll decide if I’ll keep a monthly membership or if I go to a class pass.

Some final thoughts…  Pole fit is challenging, a great full body workout, and a lot tougher than I thought it would be. It’s a good thing I’m reasonably competent in my day job because I currently have zero future as a pole dance stripper. I am incredibly thankful there is no photo or video evidence of my lack of pole competence. See you again soon Allure Brantford.. And to my pole – I will conquer you one day…

Sun Sand Sea – ScrapMuch?! Sketch-y Friday Reveal

Hello August!

In my world, we’re now at the mid-point of summer. It feels like time is just flying by. I’m very thankful to be healthy and active this summer. However, that also means that I’ve been scrapbooking and cooking less than I did last year. I just can’t have it both ways!

It’s the first Friday of a new month, which also means it’s Team A’s turn at ScrapMuch?! And of course, that also means our sketch this week is a two pager!

Here is our inspiration sketch:

And here is my take on the sketch:
TiiuSM August 1
Supplies used: Cardstock-American Crafts; Patterned Paper-Heidi Swapp, Simple Stories; Transparency-Hambly, Little Yellow Bicycle; Ribbon-Stampin’ UP!; Sequins-Teresa Collins; Washi-My Mind’s Eye; Buttons-Doodlebug; Twine-Jillibean Soup; Ink-Tim Holtz Distress; Title-Silhouette Cameo; Journaling Marker-Stampin’ UP!; Mist-Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist; Card, Tags, Stickers-Simple Stories; Flair-American Crafts.

Since I have an abundance of sunny beach photos from so many vacations, I was really excited to scrapbook a summery theme. Let’s face it, in paradise it’s summer every day! It goes without saying I LOVE using my stash and having it all come together so serendipitously!

It’s a long weekend here in Ontario and I’ll be doing a mix of working and spending time with my Dad. I hope to sneak in a little crafty time too on Sunday night!

Now it’s your turn. Pop on over to ScrapMuch?! to see what the rest of the team has created. Now is a great time to visit, maybe play with this sketch, maybe give the colour challenge a try, maybe even combine both! Of course, as per usual, you have until the end of the month to linkup and share your creations with us for the chance to win an awesome ScrapMuch?! prize! I can’t wait to see what you create!

“Here is a run down of our Sketch-y Friday rules.  Just link up your creations in our sidebar to be entered into a random draw for our monthly prize.    You have until Friday August29th, at midnight to participate in any of August’s sketch challenges, each linkup tool will remain open until that date!
If you are playing along with more than one challenge you will need to link each of them up via a separate blog post for the link up tool to work. (International participants may be required to pay some shipping fees.)  Good luck, we cannot wait to see what you create!”

Have a great weekend!


A Minute Short!

And just as she clicked submit link.. the linkup was closed. This was *supposed* to be a layout for Stuck?! Sketches and I barely finished creating it, zoomed to photo it, the fastest photoshop crop on it ever, rapid publish with no words.. and poof.. In any event, since this has already been seen on Facebook and twitter because I didn’t have time to edit my publish settings..

Here is the inspiration sketch:

And here is my take on the sketch:

Stuck 2
Supplies used: Patterned Paper, star stickers, letter stickers-Pink Paislee; Washi tape-My Minds Eye; Shoes and Gatorade Jug-EK Success; Sequins-Teresa Collins; Quote-Rusty Pickle; Star Pin-Little Yellow Bicycle; Journaling card-Prima; Stamp-Tattered Angels; Ink-Stampin’ Up!

I’m an unapologetic Patriots fan, and it’s training camp time, so it was as good a time as any to finish scrapbooking my pictures from when we went to camp a few years ago. The last camp Tom Brady and Randy Moss, 2 future hall of famers, had together. I had a ball at camp (pun not intended) and really enjoyed watching the various drills. Best part was there was no stress in watching camp, I knew I was going home happy because there was no win or loss on the line!

Note to self – just use iPhone next time to rapid pic and blog the layout when down to the wire.. ;)


ScrapMuch?! Sketch-y Friday Lawn Fawn Reveal

It’s Friday! It’s Team A’s turn for another ScrapMuch?! Sketch-y Friday reveal!

This week I played with more of my Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine pack that I got from ScrapMuch?! What can I say, I have been loving the Lawn Fawn paper collection packs. They’re the right amount of whimsy without being too cutesy, you can class them up, and the sequins and flair are just amazing! I actually used this line for my “audition” sketch with ScrapMuch?! and here I am back to it again.

So – here is the sketch for this week:

And here is my take on the sketch:
Tiiu July 18 SM
Supplies used: Cardstock-Bazzill Basics; Patterned Paper-Lawn Fawn; Sequins-Lawn Fawn; Flair-Lawn Fawn; Chipboard tag-Bazzill Basics; Pin-Little Yellow Bicycle; Clip-Fancy Pants; Mist-Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist; Twine-Stampin’ UP!; Arrow clip-Freckled Fawn; Title stickers-Sassafras Lass; Pen-Stampin’ UP!; Die cut machine-Silhouette Cameo; Ink-Tim Holtz Distress Ink for Ranger; Sewing machine-Janome

I opted to go spanish for the title – Sonrisa is spanish for Smile – and smile I did! I went very random with the sequins because it reminded me of bubbles in the ocean water. I used my Cameo to cut the striped paper to simulate the ocean waves. I used my cameo again to make the viewfinder from the patterned paper. Viewfinders are very much my go-to circle shape right now. I inked it a little to help the squares stand out against the orange paper backing piece.

Here are some detail shots:
Tiiu July 18 SM detail 1 Tiiu July 18 SM detail 2

As for the moment in the photo – it was an unexpectedly super fun once in a lifetime moment that I didn’t expect to love as much as I did. Before I went I worried about how cold the water would be, how well cared for the dolphins would be, how much of a tourist trap it would be (it is but didn’t have to be, the CD of photos was for me money very well spent). The water wasn’t cold at all, the dolphins were well cared for. I remember how amazingly silky their skin is, how friendly and social they are, and how smart they are.

I would love for you to pop over to the ScrapMuch?! blog and see what the rest of the team has created with this sketch. Then of course you need to play along and share it with us too! :) And if you do.. there’s a chance to win a prize!!!

Here is a run down of our Sketch-y Friday rules.  Just link up your creations in our sidebar to be entered into a random draw for our monthly prize.    You have until Tuesday July 29th, at midnight to participate in any of July’s sketch challenges, each linkup tool will remain open until that date!

Speaking of ScrapMuch?!, I’m super excited to be spending my day tomorrow cropping with them again. Now I just need to figure out what on earth I’m going to work on while I’m there! Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Triangle Mania!

I took the opportunity to create a little last weekend when I had a little bit of time off of work.

My first layout was inspired by a Scrapbook and Cards Today freebie cut file. The file can be found here.

Here is the file:

And here is what I created with that file:

I went pretty stash bananas and had a lot of fun with it. It’s a busier layout than I normally create, and I seldom mix products as much as I did here, but I had a lot of fun using stuff I’d been holding on to for so long. I’m posting from work and forgot to note down my supply list .

Also, Laura has a sketch up at Stuck?! Sketches that’s a triangle based layout, so I wanted to play with that too.

So here is Laura’s sketch:

And here is my take on Laura’s sketch:

All of the paper is from an Echo Park collection I’m still working my way through. And I had a lot of fun pulling out some of my pink embellies to go with the pink paper and my pink hoodie. Same deal on my supply list here, posting from work and forgot to jot down before I left for work.

Stuck?! Sketches has also paired up with Frosted Designs for this challenge. The Frosted Designs component is you had to use a punch or die cut on the layout. My smaller triangles I made with a square punch and then cut them in half.

It’s been a super busy month for me with a mini vacation, and a lot of work so it was good to get some extra creating time in. Hopefully I’ll get to share a bit about our mini-trip this week. And I’ll definitely be back with this Friday’s ScrapMuch?! reveal!


Love This Life – July 4th ScrapMuch? Reveal

Hello! Happy July!

Hello sunny days, late nights, flowers, enjoying the outdoors, BBQ, suntans, smiles, time to relax, shorts, sandals, fireflies, fireworks, vacations, staycations, road trips…

It’s Sketch-y Friday time, and Team A is up again at ScrapMuch? with a new sketch challenge. Of course with the start of the month, that also means we’re working with a 2 page layout.

So here is the sketch:

And here is my take on the sketch:
Scrapmuch July 4
Supplies used: Cardstock – American Crafts; Patterned Paper – Teresa Collins; Sequins – Teresa Collins; Chipboard Tag – Bazzill Basics; Pearls – Melissa Frances; Chipboard Cutouts – Pink Paislee; Buttons – Pink Paislee, American Crafts; Embroidery Floss – Bazzill Basics; Ink – Tim Holtz for Ranger Distress Ink; Mist – Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist; Ribbon – stash ; Rosette Die – Tim Holtz for Sizzix, cut with Vagabond; Title – Silhouette Cameo

As always I made a few of my own little modifications. Instead of journaling I used a part of the patterned paper with a phrase I really liked – “Cherish every moment”. I may add some hidden journaling later.

This layout is from New Year’s Eve a few years ago when we spent it at my favourite resort, Le Blanc Spa in Mexico. It was a beautiful, swanky evening. Think caviar and foie gras. For the record, I don’t like caviar nor foie gras. I loved the dress I bought special for the night, and got the salon to do my hair for me too. Canapes and cocktails were served on the terrace with a beautiful view across the lagoon in Cancun. We shared many laughs with friends we’d just met that week, and keep in touch with many of them still. It was my first fancy New Years Eve party. I wore open toed shoes because I didn’t have to worry about traipsing through snow and ice. That night is one of many reasons I have to be thankful for so many amazing things in my life, and one of many reasons to love my life. That was my second trip to Le Blanc (there have been 3 or 4 since) and I truly feel like it is my home away from home. It’s a very very special place.  I can’t wait to go back.

I would love for you to visit the ScrapMuch? blog and see the rest of the amazing design team reveal for this week. And then of course you need to play along with the sketch too! ;) Make sure you link up and share with us what you create for a chance to win an amazing ScrapMuch? prize. I can’t wait to see what you create!

Have a wonderful weekend! Thank you for stopping by! And Happy Independence Day to all my visitors from south of the 49th parallel!