Cuteness Overload!

Over the last week or two I’ve had a website constantly running in one of my browser tabs, and I’ve also kept my sound on my laptop which is a total rarity for me. I have discovered a super cute site I’ve affectionately called the “Kitten Cam“. Before you click on the link, I offer a warning that the kitten cam is unbelievably cute, and you may find yourself smiling and giggling and spending a lot of time watching some zany lil cuties.

A gentleman in Washington state fosters with a kitten shelter and has set up a pen for a momma cat, Miranda, and 4 of her kittens that were born March 16th. I’ve loved listening to the sweet purrs and mews, the crazy play, the peaceful sleep – as well as watching the kittens grow so fast and become so brave and independent, and Miranda has been stepping out of momma role, and showing her zany playful cat side.

The lil guys are absolutely adorable, and are definitely taking the edge off me wanting to experience the kitten phase again (for now). Matisse will be 10 this August and we got her at 8 weeks old. They were sweet fun times! The foster, John, expects these kittens and momma will likely be adopted as of next weekend, but as long as there are kittens to be fostered, he has said he will continue to foster, and there will be more kitten cams to come. This batch on cam is his 31st foster bunch! 31!!! I can’t wait to watch another batch grow up! I’m so grateful he gives so much time and energy to these needy kittens, as well as the bandwidth for Kitten Cam for my enjoyment.

What I’ve Been Creating

I was supposed to go visit my dear friend and her 6 day old baby girl today. Unfortunately, they were having a bit of a hectic day, as understandably happens, so I found myself with some unexpected free time today.  My last few free days off I’ve been spending in my garden, but today I opted to take a bit of a break from weeding and planting (only 2 beds left to go!) to craft. The girlfriend I was supposed to visit is co-owner of a mostly online LSS that also hosts crops almost monthly, and 2 retreats a year.  They’ve started some sketch challenges on their blog so I figured I may as well jump in and play.  I found a few sketches that were within my simple, clean style and went with it.  Feel free to check them out at ScrapMuch?

Once I got rolling I really didn’t want to stop. I’m using up all sorts of embellies, papers and photos from my stash, and actually running low on some adhesives. This is actually great news since I didn’t have any crafting chutzpah for so long.  So, without further adieu, here are some of the layouts I managed to complete today, as well as some cards I’ve created.

Cardstock, patterned paper, ribbon – Close To My Heart, flowers and foliage – Prima, button – Stampin’ Up!, token – Tim Holtz Ideaology, stickers – Rusty Pickle, letters – Chatterbox, mist – Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, bling – stash

Patterned paper, cardstock, ribbon – Stampin’ Up!, lettering, tags, ink – Tim Holtz, flowers – Prima, Petaloo, button, bling – stash, tab – Heidi Swapp, stickers – 7 gypsies, My Little Yellow Bicycle

Patterned Paper – Marah Johnson for Creative Imaginations, cardstock – Bazzill Basics, flower + bling – Making Memories, chipboard alpha – stash, transparency overlay – Rusty Pickle

Cardstock, patterned paper – Close To My Heart, rubons – Chatterbox, metal accents – Tim Holtz Ideaology, flowers – Prima, ki memories, bling – stash, ribbon – Cosmo Cricket, alpha – ki memories, stickers – 7 gypsies, stash

Cardstock, patterned paper, stamp, ink – Stampin’ Up!, flower – Prima, button & floss – Bazzill Basics, embossing – Tim Holtz Alterations

Cardstock, patterned paper, stamp, ink – Stampin’ Up!, diecut – Tim Holtz Alterations, flower – Prima, butterfly – Studio Calico, pearl – Ruby Rock-It, mist – Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist

It’s easy to see so much of what I used was from my stash when you read through the company names and see they no longer exist, or are restructuring. It’s sad, really. The upside – I have a lot of now “vintage” awesomeness in my stash that I’m finally using and not hoarding anymore. I tend to hoard things I like because I don’t want to “ruin” it. I hope I’m not the only scrapbooker that does this!

Thanks for popping by!

Happy Crafting

I needed a bit of a swift kick in the pants this week and had some crafting I needed to do in a hurry – Mother’s Day card, Birthday card, impending birth card, and then I just wanted to play with some paper. Well, I got through most of the cards I planned to make, but wasn’t so successful on the last because I was distracted by pinkness, and a really cute pic that reminded me of a great morning of bliss. So, instead a simple one page layout evolved embracing my not so inner secret princess.  I’m fairly certain my mom has no idea this blog exists, ditto to my girlfriend with the imminent birth, so I can share the pink explosion 🙂

On left – card cut with Silhouette Cameo, with Rusty Pickle paper backing (I think it was from the Chocolate Kisses) line. On right – Rusty Pickle White Chocolate Bunnies paper, Prima flowers and bling, a Tim Holtz ticket and fragment, wordfetti and monogram from The Girls Paperie, ribbon is from Michaels and wee safety pin from stash (I think it was a Making Memories)

Bazzill cardstock, Prima letters and pearl embellies, more Rusty Pickle White Chocolate Bunnies PP, wordfetti from The Girls Paperie and 7 Gypsies.

Sakura Hanami

I have a bucket list dream to travel to Japan one spring for Sakura Hanami. We also have cherry blossoms in Toronto in High Park that were donated by the Japanese after World War II. I’ve often meant to see the blooms in Toronto, but they have a very narrow window for peak blooms, roughly one week. Most years when I’ve been able to go, the weather has been less than co-operative. With our mild spring this year the blossoms were early, and one sunny Monday in April I found myself already in Toronto during peak bloom.  I am so glad I managed to finally take it all in, with SLR in tow. I was in a great headspace that day, and  that just added to my bliss. It was a bit of a metaphor for my own life. No matter how stormy the winter, the blooms signify new hope, new beginnings, new promise, new life. If you don’t take that chance to slow down, and take in all that life has to offer, it just may pass you by, and the opportunity is gone – temporarily.