Friday, January 29, 2010

We have a Winner!!!!!

Well, it seems lots of you love Basic Grey and wanted to win a little Basic Grey Blog Candy!!! I plugged all the names into random generator and the winner is. . .


(I used Random .org to select our winner)

Congrats to you! Please email your name and snail mail address to me at and I will be sending you the complete collection of Basic Grey Indian Summer papers!!!

Thanks for playing everyone!

And for more opportunities to win cool stuff, including a Cricut, please join us at weScrap for a fabulous online crop all weekend!!!! There are so many cool challenges, games, make n takes and prizes - what's not to love????? I hope to see you there!!!!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Rogers for Haiti

If you live in the Victoria area and want an easy way to help out Haiti, join the families from Rogers School on Saturday January 30th at our HUGE bottle drive!!! Please drop off your bottles to the new Glanford Bottle Depot at 4261 Glanford Avenue between 9:00am and Noon.

All proceeds raised will go directly to the Canadian Red Cross for Haiti relief, and will be matched dollar for dollar by the Canadian government!

Check out all our fundraising activities here:

Rogers for Haiti

Tell all your friends and neighbours - we want to raise as much money as possible!!!

10 Favorite Techniques From Scrapbooks, ETC.

Feeling in a rut? Lost your mojo? Check out this article from those talented designers at Scrapbooks, etc. Magazine for 10 great techniques to help you feel inspired. I know that even though most of them were familiar, they inspired me to get busy and try something new, or that I hadn't done in a while!

Our 10 Favorite Techniques

And if you need more inspiration, please join us at weScrap this weekend ( starts tomorrow!!!) for our "In with the New, Out with the Cold" Crop! Challenges, make n takes, and games and - You could even win a Cricut!!!! ( I really should win it, though, I think I am the only person who doesn't have one!!!!) Click on the ad below for all the details - I hope to see you there!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

210 in 2010

Well, with all of the CHA excitement, I am a little behind on the Christmas photos that need scrapping! My goal for this year is to complete 210 layouts for 2010, and while I have got quite a few done already, I still have lots to do ( if only I took less photos!!!) I did get one 2 page layout done recently at a Scrapbook Parade crop - I used the Jolly by Golly line from Cosmo Cricket:

I also finished a layout of my friend Erin's sweet daughter Grayce - I used the Enchanted line from Pink Paislee - which I won from Canadian Scrapbooker Hands On Photography blog!!!

I also got one more layout done from Christmas - finally got to use that adorable Eskimo Kisses line from Basic Grey! But I have to say, the paper is not half as adorable as my daughter, Emily and Hammy, her hamster:

How are you doing on your scrappy goal for 2010? Do you have one? Let me know in the comments, and watch tomorrow's post for the winner of the Basic Grey Blog Candy!!!

Saturday, January 23, 2010


Well, this is the last of my sneaks - CHA starts on Sunday! But I am LOVING the new Basic Grey - i have been waiting for this one!!! Without further ado:

What is YOUR favourite? Leave a comment and let me know - I have a little bit of Basic Grey Blog Candy for one lucky commentor!!!

Happy Weekend!!!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Kustom Die Kuts

Check out this great site with very cool custom die cuts!!!! And these are not your ordinary die cuts - they are beautiful, created by a scrapper who knows how to make her pages sing - and now yours can, too!!!! Click on the above image to check it out!!!!

Check out her site by clicking the link and share the news - YOU COULD WIN SOME COOL GOODIES, TOO!!!!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Shape Collage = Photo Fun!!

I found out about this really fun photo collage software through PhotoJoJo - it is one of my favourite photography sites ( actually, I just love the name HEHEHE)!!!

You simple plug in a url, choose a shape, and VOILA!!! A cool shape with all the photos from that url!!! You can also download the software for use at home!!!! How cool is that!!!! And wait - it get's better!!! It is FREE!!! Gotta love that!!! Look what I made: MY COOL COLLAGE!!! (it is just a little large for the blog!)

Check it out here - SHAPE COLLAGE !!!

I would love to see YOUR creations with this fun little tool!!! Link back here with what YOU come up with - and you just might win yourself some blog candy!!!

Happy Day everyone!!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

A Few Valentine's Day Cards and a Dear Lizzy Sneak!!!!!

I made this group of cards for a class I am teaching at Scrapbook Parade on February 26th - I think there are still a few spots if you are in Victoria and want to sign up! I am not, as many of you know, a huge cardmaker, but at this time of year I need to get busy and make some cards to remind those around me how much I love them, and how much love they bring into my life!

And now for a line I have been waiting for - Dear Lizzy from American Crafts (check out their blog for all the delicious details and more cool stuff) and Elizabeth Kartchner - former Creating Keepsakes Scrapbooker of the Year! I am LOVING ( no really LOVING!!!!) this whole line! WooHoo - cannot wait!

Spring seems just a little bit closer!!! Happy Day everyone!!!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Haiti - an opportunity to help

We are all deeply saddened by the terrible earthquake in Haiti and the death and devastation there. My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Haiti, and all those family and friends who have lost or missing loved ones.

Here are a couple of ways you can help:

Scrapbook and Cards Today is donating the amount received from every new subscription to Haitian relief - check out the info here ;

The Canadian Red Cross

The American Red Cross

List of Other Ways to help

Please consider making a donation of any size to help in the relief effort, and keep the people of Haiti in your heart and in your prayers.

Cosmo Cricket Sneak Peek - 'Nuff Said!

No, this is not a flashback to the 80's, and my brief stint as a hair bow wearing, Madonna singing, stirrup pant Material Girl!!! ( Your welcome!) But I am absolutely in LOVE with the latest offerings from Cosmo Cricket!!!

Seriously, I could have cried with joy when I saw these wonderful new lines from my fave company ( no, really, not just my "fave that I say about pretty much anything", but my "Oh My God I love everything they do" fave!

I can't post everything here, but I will give you a taste and you can check out the rest on the Cosmo Cricket blog (where they just happen to have a super cool contest running, as well)!

Check out Material Girl:

Or how about a Joyride????

Or how about a little Garden Variety scrappy goodness??

Take a look at all they have to offer - I can't WAIT!!!!
Happy Day everyone!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Teresa and Jenni - Oh My!

Today I have some sneaks from two of my favourite designers - Teresa Collins & Jenni Bowlin!!!

I love their vintage paper styles and creative and fun embellishments!!

First, from Teresa Collins:

Cool Shimmerz in 5 colours!!!



ANd from Jenni Bowlin - a peek at her HOMESPUN line:

For more details check out their blogs -TERESA and JENNI!!!

Tomorrow I will have a post about packing for a crop - I am heading to Scrapbook Parade's All Day Crop on Saturday and do I ever need to get organized for that! I will share some of my tips for how to pack effectively for a crop - without bring the kitchen sink!!!

Happy Day Everyone!

I {heart} Upsy Daisy!!! (a Sneak Peek)

I love Upsy Daisy - and these three new lines are so fun and fabulous!!!! Upsy Daisy is a great Canadian manufacturer based right here in Victoria, BC!!
Recently, I was asked by the fab women of Upsy Daisy, Teri and Nicole, to have a little fun with their latest lines, so they could take some cards and layouts to CHA!!! It was such an honour to be asked to create for CHA, and I have had a LOT of fun with their new lines. Here are some of the projects I came up with:

I still have a few more to do, and I will post those as soon as I get them completed! In the meantime, check out their website HERE for more info, and a chance to WIN your favourite line!! Spread the word on this great Canadian company!!!

Happy Day everyone!

Monday, January 11, 2010

A Sneak Peek from Crate Paper

First, I can't believe it, but the Lilac Butterfly kits sold out in less than 24 hours!!! Thanks everyone for your incredible response!!!! If you are still interested, contact Scrapbook Parade - if there is enough interest, we will do a second run of the kits!!!!

Now to the new lines from Crate Paper - they are really fun!!!!!

The first is Pink Plum:
Next is Paper Dolls:
And finally, Brook:

Even more cool sneaks to come this week!!!!! Check back regularly for more great new product reveals!!! Happy Day everyone!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Lilac Butterfly

It is here!!! Our second kit from Scrapbook Parade is now available in store!!! It is in my favourite colours and I am loving everything about it!

A hint of lilac, the soft kiss of a butterfly, the promise of spring in the depths of winter.

These are the images that will come to mind when you see our latest kit, featuring fabulous paper and embellishments from Kaisercraft. These special products will ONLY be available in our kit! Kit includes: four double-sided patterned papers, four regular cardstock, one embossed cardstock, a cardstock alphabet, ribbon, buttons, & flowers. Also included are a fabulous “bling” butterfly and coordinating cardstock embellishments from Kaisercraft. Detailed instructions for creating several layouts and cards from the kit will also be available for download, on our blog, beginning January 15th.

Limited quantities are available.

I am so enjoying designing these kits and I have already started creating some layouts and cards with these wonderful scrappy goodies!!! Get yours today - the last one sold out in just two weeks!!!
Stop by the store to take a peek or email to reserve your kit!!

Now I am off to teach a beginner class and then some playtime with my gang!!

Happy Saturday everyone!!!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Let it Snow!!! ( And a CHA peek from GCD Studios!)

No, it is not snowing!!! - Actually it is a balmy 9 degrees Celsius today, but I was in Calgary in December and it was VERY snowy there! Here is the evidence!

This is for a class I am teaching at Scrapbook Parade next Tuesday ( sorry it is sold out!)

I absolutely love the purple and turquoise colour combo for snow photos!! This paper is from GCD - who I also just happen to have a CHA Sneak from!!!! Good planning on my part, I'd say! ;)

Here are few of their MANY new lines - click the website link above for all the details!!!

The first is Zippity:

And Ella Blue:

This one is Ava:

And my personal favourite, Homespun Chic (I LOVE the cool Vintage look!!)

So much scrappy goodness - how will I ever decide?????!!!!!!!!
Happy Day everyone!!!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

January weScrap Kit & a Kaisercraft CHA sneak peek!

The weScrap January Kit is now available and it is GORGEOUS!!! Vintage is definitely the feel with all that luxurious lace and floral paper!!! I can't wait to see what the Inspiration Team comes up with this month - check the weScrap website on January 10th for more creative goodness! The kit includes the following:

Kit Contents:

Patterned Paper
{1} 7 Gypsies Walker
{1} 7 Gypsies Fernwood
{1} 7 Gypsies Jubilee
{1} 7 Gypsies Pandora
{1} 7 Gypsies Printemps
{1} 7 Gypsies Rosewood
{1} Webster's Pages Violette Wings
{1} Webster's Pages Postcards from Paris Vellum 12x12 Sheet

{2} Bazzill Cherry Vanilla
{1} Bazzill Cream Puff
{1} Bazzill Admiral
{1} Bazzill Pear

{1} Kaisercraft Duchess Alpha Stickers

{1} Maya Road Butterfly Acrylic Accordion Book
{6 pieces} Webster's Trim, Postcards From Paris
{1} Jenni Bowlin Butterfly Rub-On
{3} Prima Gallery Roses: Quillen
{4} Prima Say It In Pearls Embellies
{5} Maya Road Chipboard Wings/Hearts (Varied)
{1} Paper Doily.

I will definitely be having a LOT of fun with this one!!!

And speaking of fun - check out these awesome new lines for CHA from one of my favourite manufacturers - KAISERCRAFT:

Shaken Not Stirred (does it come with Daniel Craig??!!!)
Peachy Keen:
Made With Love:
Gypsy Sisters:
I am loving the La Di Da and Shaken Not Stirred Lines ( even without Daniel Craig ;) ! )
I hope you are feeling inspired - I know I am!!!
Happy Day, everyone!