The Doctor & Ms. Longstocking


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Molly asked for almost a year to be Pippi Longstocking for Halloween and Gabe, as usual, just wore what I brought home for him and loved it!

the doctor and ms longstockingWhile I was at the Paperie Retreat I just wanted to play a bit with some pastes, powders, and sprays – This was the outcome. It’s not exactly what I wanted but it was still fun to play! I do love the texture of the bubbled paste and embossing enamel, especially when mixed with Prima ColorBloom Sprays and Freckled Fawn silver puffy hearts:

the doctor and ms longstocking textureAnd these gold Thickers are my new faves!

the doctor and ms longstocking embelliesPlus, look at the sparkle on the wood veneer from the Wink of Stella pens – I’m a big fan of the white one, it’s so cool!

Have you had fun just playing lately? What products are you using these days – I’m always on the lookout for new ones!



The Best!


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Just before I headed off to Vancouver to see my brother I went to a four-day scrapbooking retreat at The Wilds. The Paperie hosts these twice a year and they are a must-do! I admit, I planned my trip around it!

I was actually super productive this time around, something that usually doesn’t happen for me and to be honest, I don’t really care. For me, it’s more about the break and having an awesome girls weekend while doing something we all love! To get lots done this time was a huge bonus!

Two of my favourite LO’s came about due to a challenge I took part in. I used a couple of Halloween pics so I’m going to share these now before we get too far past that time and into full-blown Christmas!

the bestI bought some foam Thicker words at the Retreat and they were perfect for these LO’s:

the best titleTo make both LO’s, I picked three different colours of Distress Ink and blended them to get an ombre look, starting with the lightest and working my way up. I used the small round ink blending tool from Ranger, I like it better than the large one, and went over the colours a lot to get a seamless and smooth colour blend. I find that if you start light and keep adding colour, you are less likely to get lines from both the tool and between colours. If you look carefully, it seems that I have more than three colours on the page but that’s because of the overlap while blending.

To get the shimmery, bleached out dots I simply sprayed Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist in my hand, flicked it onto the background and after a few seconds, rolled my paper towels over the top to pick up the excess mist.

my faveI used the exact same technique for Gabe’s picture, with cool  colours instead of warm.

my fave starsFor the stars on both pages I used either diecut cardstock stars or wood veneer. I covered them with VersaMark and then sprinkled on Aged Silver Embossing Enamel from Stampendous. It’s the best antique silvery colour and is my fave lately, along with the Aged Gold.

Distress Ink techniques are by far my favourite – these inks can seriously do almost anything, I think they have magic powers! Let me know if you try this out and have another fun technique to share with me, I’m always looking for new ones!



Happy Mail!


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Sorry I went MIA but I was visiting my brother on the other side of the country and the time change did me in! Seriously, 4.5 hours messes with your system! Anyway, I’m back and have something fun to share with!

In case you haven’t seen it yet, this month Jennifer McGuire has been having a Share Handmade Kindness challenge over on her blog and lots of great people in the industry have been joining in, sharing their talents, and donating prizes. This is the last week and the theme is Kindness & Giving Back.

To join in with the fun, Kristina Proffitt of One Happy Mama has designed two awesome printables and is sharing them for free on her blog!

I love putting little notes in my kids lunch boxes so these were awesome for me!

lunch box notesI printed them in vanilla cardstock, cut them out with my paper trimmer and then used my Zig Gelly Roller Stardust pens and some Zig Wink of Stella pens to bling them up a bit.

lunch box notes - pinkHad to point out the “amazing” with arrows on the pink one!

lunch box notes - redLove that smiley face!

lunch box notes - orangeI had fun with the orange one – clear glitter on the rainbow and fun patterns on the “big” word.

lunch box notes - yellowI had a great time blinging up the scallops!

lunch box notes - greenSome subtle sparkle for the green.

lunch box notes - blueAnd the blue was my fave! I coloured the heart and blinged it all up!

You’ll notice I also doodled lines around the edge of each card – that just my jam, peeps, I can’t help myself!

The second printable Kristina shared is an 8×10 print that would be perfect in a classroom, bedroom, pretty much anywhere! I have to get a frame a put it up in our hallway – it says, It’s Cool to be Kind.

Head over to One Happy Mama and leave her some love in the comments – such a fabulous gift for her to give! And of course, download the printables, they rock!



Lest we forget.




In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

Today, take a few moments to remember, to honor, and to be thankful.


Crazy Birdie Birthday


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My kiddos had a birthday party to attend this weekend while I was at The Paperie retreat and since I wasn’t going to be home to get them going on a card, I made one myself (usually they make them).

Our norm around here is not to make cards, but to make long tags that can be used as bookmarks so I followed trend and did the same! We simply write a personal message on the back and it’s good to go!

crazy bird tag

I actually used leftovers from the Kids Birthday Card Class I taught last week – I had a watercolour crazy bird and alcohol inked Shrink Plastic balloon and both were too cute to toss so I stuck them down, added a Happy Birthday and called it done. Super duper simple but it may be one of my faves!

Look at the shine on that Shrink Plastic! I love the translucent colour:

crazy bird tag balloon

And see the dimension on the Crazy Bird? The dies for these are worth every penny! You can cut out the bird, the eyes, and the wings for every one. I bent up the tip of the wings and tail feathers a little and it’s so easy to keep the eyes white this way:

crazy bird tag layers

That’s it! Do your kids make their own cards or are you the supplier? Or do you support Hallmark? LOL



Simple Scrapper | November 2015



The templates for this month are super cool because, although there are five different ones, they’re all based on one original sketch! Here’s my take:

school picture bluesI had fun with Dylusions Ink Sprays here! I masked off outer area with wide washi tape and then used skinny washi to make the squares:

school picture blues maskedAnd then I used four shades of spray to ink it all up:

school picture blues mistPull off the washi and done! I went a little crazy with the Freckled Fawn embellishments:

school picture blues titleLove that little camera! And the wood veneer words are fabulous:

school picture blues wood veneerPlus, I’m all about those teeny, tiny enamel word dots.

The story starters this month were so much fun and gave me the chance to scrapbook this funny picture of Molly:

lobster loverLots more Freckled Fawn goodies, including gold arrows:

lobster lover embelliesAnd I used my typewriter for the journaling:

lobster lover journallingMake sure you check out the Pinterest page to see all the other LO’s from the Creative Team – they’re all kinds of awesomeness!



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We had a fabulous Halloween this year! It all started over a week ago at the church, continued with Trick or Treating with friends, and ended with a sleepover at Poppy’s house. I think it was a success.

Molly decided months ago that she would be Pippi Longstocking, with Mr. Nilsson:


Gabe was a doctor:

doctorAnd they somewhat cooperated for a joint picture:

togetherThen we headed off and met up with friends:

m,g,h,hAnd then joined more friends:

the crewAnd had a ball going from house to house with the T-Rex following them all!

trexOur final stop, as always, was my dad’s house for supper and this year, a sleepover. Dad always dresses to match his pirate friend:

poppy caseThen I headed home to get ready for my own Halloween party at Emma’s house!

the adult crewEmma magically changed from a T-Rex to She-Ra and naturally had her sidekick, He-Man along for the ride. We were also joined by BatDad and Jen! And although, according to my brother, I look like a Popple, I am actually the Cheshire Cat. However, the popple idea is good!

So fun times all around – good food, lots of junk, and entertaining costumes – all that Halloween should be!



Halloween! | Kidart


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Halloween is always my favourite time of the year to make crafts with the kids – there’s so many fun possibilities! This year though, their ideas completely outshone any that I had!

The first thing we made were these fun dimensional pumpkins:


I cut the pieces for the faces and the kids stuck them on themselves. Since I made these with the little ones, ages 1-3, we had some funny positioning!

On the back I got everyone to stamp their handprint:

pumpkin handprintsThe next craft was made by Gabe at Michael’s during one of their weekend kids craft times:

ghost pumpkin

Our local farm sells white Ghost Pumpkins and they’re always his favourite so of course that was the colour craft pumpkin he picked to use. I love all the giant eyes and that crazy green mouth! He also made a point of putting purple pom poms over the eyes for eyebrows, lol! And the antennae were his last minute flash of genius.

Finally, I handed out green plates one day so everyone could make witch faces. Gabe and Hannah decided that they just had to have Witch Cats instead:

witch catGabe is a fan of odd sized googly eyes. I wish I had a picture of Hannah’s – she added a broom for her cat to ride on!

A few days later Heidi asked to make one too, but she wanted a cow witch:

witch cowAnd hers needed teeth. As her mom said, it looks like an Angry Bird!

I have some fun ideas up my sleeve for Christmas, let’s hope we get the time for them to pan out!



Sweet Sunny Smile | My Favourite Things 2015


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edit: Ack! I forgot to hit post yesterday! Sorry!

You know how you have products you love but sometimes they get laid aside so you kind of forget about them until you’re looking for something new and/or different to use and suddenly hey! there they are and you fall in love all over again?

Yeah. That was me and Dylusions Ink Sprays this month. The colours. Seriously people, the colours. Yum.

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Look at that face. First day of school and she (actually they) let me take pictures even though it was cold outside.

I added rub-ons, iridescent sequins, and those amazing gold feathers from Little B:

17 - title embellies

For the second LO – hello sweet little face –

18 - school boy charmI punched it up a notch with overspray, ghosting, and overheated molding paste.

I still added the same embellishments to tie both pages together:

18 - embelliesAnd I love how the titles worked out on both! Those alphas are from October Afternoon’s new holiday line, Under the Tree, and I love how it can be totally Christmassy, or not.

18 - titleAs always, it was fabulous seeing how everyone used the exact techniques and products I did and yet they are all so different. Gorgeous and amazing pages were made, as usual! If you’re a regular who missed the class this month, you really did miss out! #sorrynotsorry Lol!



Trunk or Treat!



This past Sunday our church held its annual pumpkin carving night. Yes, our church celebrates the pagan holidays. No, we don’t care, we actually love how spirited they are. Yes, we had an awesome time!


This is always an event the kids look forward to – we bring our pumpkins, the church has templates, snacks, and games available, and we have fun. This year there were tattoos and face painting as well so the kids really had a great time.


Gabe picked out a template and after Darrell gutted both pumpkins, I drew the design on and he carved it out:

gabe pumpkin

Molly, of course, didn’t want a template, she wanted a bunny. Sitting. With kind of floppy ears. Friends, I cannot draw. Not even a little bit. Sigh. This is what I carved out for her – luckily, she was happy enough with it!

molly pumpkin

After the pumpkin carving all the kiddies (who had been told to dress up), lined up and went to the parking lot for a round of Trunk or Treating!


Have you all heard of this? I hadn’t and it’s the most genius idea ever! All the cars lined up with their trunks (or the boot as my friend Emma and my stepfather would say!) pointing out into the parking lot.

Now, to backtrack a little, before the kids went up the adults were told to go get ready so Darrell went to open the trunk and get the candy ready. Then I got a text:


When we went out, I got it. These people are seriously *into* Halloween.


All the trunks were decorated. There were lights, and decorations, and smoke machines (really) and people pretending to be decorations but would then come to life.


One car had a seemingly benign setup – there were bags of chips so you could just take one from the trunk. And then a hand would grab you and yank you in. Molly and Gabe could not get enough of that one – they thought it was hilarious!


To say they had the best Halloween ever is not an exaggeration. The fact they get to go door to door and do it all again on Saturday? Icing on the cake, my friends, icing on the cake.




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