12 on Twelve | April 2014



1. morning smoothie

2. porch selfie

3. packing for a class and crop night at The Paperie

4. no socks – Spring might be coming soon (fingers crossed)

5. making plaster Easter Eggs

6. painting Easter Eggs

7. working hard on their robot costume

8. crazy face

9. trying to make a crazy face but laughing at the same time

10. hanging on the bush in the front yard

11. feeding the ducks

12. my new niece Maya!


I’m a Superstar!


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I love making canvases. Love. It.

And, not surprisingly, my kids love to paint canvases too. The combination of both lead me to design a new kids class for The Paperie – a junior edition of my canvas classes!

This is a beginner one, we won’t be using molding paste for example, but it still has lots of texture and interest. Truth be told, I will probably add molding paste if we do another one but I left it out this time to challenge myself and because it takes a long time to dry, especially in a class setting.


See the textures of the paper collaging and canvas? I love how the base layers turned out!

I used gold and silver mist and gold paint for shimmer:

superstar shine

And I added a phrase with alpha stickers:

superstar title

The fun part? You get a sheet of alphas so you can make any phrase! This would be awesome as a Girl Power canvas, or Boys Rule. Why not even a teacher gift – I’m sure they’d like it more than another mug! :) And it would make an awesome gift for mom or dad, a real keepsake for sure!

Call The Paperie for details and to sign up. This class is for kids of all ages so don’t be left out if you’re a more “mature” one!


J is for….


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my sweet Julianne!


A few weeks ago I made a letter “R” for a young friend as part of my Scrapbook Steals design work and I promised I would make one for her sister as well. I finally got around to it!

I used all October Afternoon product – I hoard their stuff – and had fun adding flags and banners:

j - banner

To make the name stand out, I traced the alphas with my White Sharpie Paint Pen and added a few dots as well:

j - name

I finished it all with doodling, of course!

Now, I just have to remember to deliver them…. :)


Art Journal pages – finally!


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Yeah, so the posting of my Art Journal pages just didn’t happen yesterday. C’est la vie, I’ll show them to you today!

Our Art Journal night was all about colour and it was fun, fun, fun. As a side note, Dina Wakley’s book Art Journal Freedom is a fabulous reference book for colour theory – and a bunch of other things too!

Out first page was about monochromatic colour, though mine ended up being more analogous, which was fine with me:

yesSome reduction stenciling ala Dina Wakley, a pop of contrast colour through a Ronda Palazzari stencil for The Crafter’s Workshop, and some awesome Dina Wakley Media stamps for Ranger. I also added a pop of colour on one of the hearts:

yes heartI also added a doodled border with my new favourite Sharpie White Paint Pen – it’s all kinds of goodness.

The second page was all about split complementary colours:


I used Silks glaze so my complementary colours are quite muted. I like it but I think I’m going to go back in and punch it up a bit. I already did that a little by flicking deep orange paint splatters but I want more. This page isn’t really finished yet, I don’t think.

I added a cut out face from Dina Wakley’s stamps and painted circles which I then journaled in.

beautiful face

Like it overall, but it definitely needs something more. We’ll have to see…

Also, go to Julie’s blog today – she’s got her weekly Art Journal everyday post up and you can link up and/or see lots of inspiring pages over there!




February | YLA2014


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This past weekend I taught the second Yearlong Album class for 2014. More fun times with sketches and I broke out the new Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer too!

Everyone was given a pack of new October Afternoon chipboard stars and hearts for this month’s class and I’m totally in love with them:

february hearts and sequinsAren’t they great?

We layered up some of the fabulous Wanderlust papers, along with some Simple Stories diecuts (stamped with my fave roller stamp):

february layersAnd had fun playing with the aforementioned marker spritzer and my favourite The Crafter’s Workshop stencils to ground our photos. It all came together in a great double LO:


As always, people went their own way – used different papers, added extra photos, changed up the LO to suit them. I think that’s my favourite part of this class, everyone takes what I do and then bends it do it works for them – awesome!

I’m a busy bee again at the moment, trying to get some LO’s and canvases done for May classes so keep and eye on my Instagram and Twitter feeds for peeks of all that!

I’m planning to post some Art Journal pages tomorrow that I started in Cathie’s class last week – it was another excellent one and I love what I did! Check back tomorrow and hopefully I’ll have that ready for you.


Simple Scrapper Show & Tell | April 2014


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simple scrapper show&tell
Back with another Simple Scrapper Show & Tell today! I hope you’re all enjoying the new way the Creative Team is sharing their work and that you get a chance to go check out what everyone else is doing. Also, don’t forget the CT Gallery each month – it’s always fabulous!

The Story Starter I used this month is one of my all time faves – and I’ll be doing another LO for Molly with it as well. Because I was waiting on product (I wanted to use the Bella Blvd. Molly line for Molly), I made Gabe’s LO first:

you-right now

I’ve been hoarding that text paper and the highlighted words were perfect for this!

I had some fun a traditionally girlie stencil – that I made work for a boy because, why not? – and molding paste:

you right now texture

And added hidden journaling, of course!

you right now journaling

The second LO features our pretties:

pretty girls

I don’t often get a chance to scrap them and I this template seemed to work with some recent pictures of them. The title is die cut and because the letter are small, I couldn’t use heavy chipboard. To get around that and get the thick look I wanted, I simply cut each letter from white cardstock three times and layered them on each other. I finished them off with Gold mist and a white Sharpie Paint Pen:

pretty girls title

The thing I love best about the Paint Pen is that it works for mixed media and over pictures as well!

pretty girls ella

Be sure to go see what the other CT girls did and add your own link for work you’ve done this month – we love seeing what everyone is working on!


The Premium Membership at Simple Scrapper provides skills and shortcuts to help you simplify and find more meaning in your memory keeping.


Home Decor Hoopla


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The past couple of years at Christmas The Paperie has had a holiday hoopla – each of the designers teach a different homemade gift idea and you go home with six ready-made presents plus the instructions on how to make them do you can do more! Genius, right?

Well, it’s always been so much fun that this year we decided to do a Home Decor Hoopla and it’s timed just right for Mother’s Day! Our first Home Decor Hoopla will be this Saturday, April 5 and trust me, if you live close enough, you’re going to want to make a point of doing this class. I really think it’s the best one we’ve had! Among other things there will be a fun photo holder, a table runner, and an etched glass vase. I’ve seen them and friends, they’re amazing.

My contribution? It’s this:


A 12″ grapevine wreath with Tim Holtz fabric flowers. I love how it turned out and the nice thing is that you can add more if you want, or jazz up the bow, or add sparkle, anything. Really, once you know how to put it together, you’ll be hooked and making them for everyone and every occasion! And isn’t that Tim Holtz fabric awesome?


There’s still room in class and it’s only $60 – that’s $10 a gift, peeps, can’t beat that fabulous price! Hope to see you there!


Paperie Card Kit – March 2014: Part 3 – Assemblage Clock


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So, it’s been a bit longer than anticipated but I’m finally back with the last piece I made for the March Paperie Card kit.

When Tim Holtz debuted his Assemblage Clock I fell in love and snatched it up. Then, it just sat there. A case of must have, don’t know what to do. Until this kit!

I admit I was totally inspired by the gold rubons – one of which was “I love you to the moon & back.” Molly and I say that to each other every night, it had to used!

I printed one of my favourite pics of Molly when she was a teeny tiny and added that to the inside of the clock after I had painted everything with Silks Acrylic Glaze:

assemblage clock outside

I punched some hearts out of patterned paper, painted them, added some more rubons:

assemblage clock inside

And then put it all back together again!

assemblage clock

I love how it turned out – holding onto that clock was well worth the wait!


Oh, it was a fun evening!


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I know I promised the last of my Card Kit projects today but I went shopping last night and I’m going to share my spoils, along with some entertaining pictures showing why I needed to shop!

So this:

new crop bag

is my brand new bag. Isn’t it pretty? I had to have the new bag because something (aka my cats) happened to my old one and it looks like this:

old crop bag

See the scratches and cat hair? It also looks like this:

old crop bag - sides

See, there’s one of the guilty parties in the background. Evil.

But wait. It gets better. I can also now do this:

old crop bag - hand

Yup. Entertaining for you; hard for me and my plans to actually keep my supplies inside!

So I took my birthday money and off I went. But since it seemed all big and lonely, I needed to fill it! Truly, the bag was asking… :)

So I got some alpha stickers:

at alphas

and flair:

at flair

and more flair:

oa flair

and shiny washi:

silver washi

Excuse the dry hands – I hate winter… >:(

I also picked up lovely new stamps:

dwm girl stamps

and gorgeous new Ink Sprays:

new ink spraySigh. Big happy sigh. It was fun. And the best part? All of it came from The Paperie, my local scrapbook store! Love shopping small and local and I’m lucky we have such a great shop here.

Now, I need to go play…. because I also picked up new product for my Yearlong Album Class and I’m itching to scrap!

And to really close off this post, here’s a sneak of a picture I’m working on now!


Cutest boy ever. Don’t even try to argue with me. :)


Paperie Card Kit | March 2014: Part 2 – Cards


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Sorry for the delay but I’m finally back with more of the Paperie’s March Card Kit and today it’s all about the cards!

I don’t consider myself a card maker and generally I don’t make many of them but the Avery Elle stamp set that was included in the kit made me want to make some.

First up, a fun one:

happy birthday outside

It’s a little deceptive though because the funnest surprise is on the inside:

happy birthday inside

It’s a great way to use up scraps of patterned paper that you can’t bring yourself to throw out!

I also made a little gift box:

card box

And filled it with easy cards:

card box set

I used a lot of repetitive stamping for these:

card 3

And added fabulous Studio Calico gold star rub-ons:

card 5

Finally, my favourite go-to card for kids birthdays – they always love it and it’s so easy to change up for a boy or girl or you can make a bunch a unisex ones:

boyo monsters

To see the rest of the cards in the gift box, or to check out the layouts I made, you can go view my Paperie set at Flickr or head into the Paperie itself to see them all in person!

Back tomorrow with the final project from the kit – my personal fave!






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