Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Swirlydoos Round Two

I made it to the second round of the Swirlydoos Ultimate Designer Contest at Swirlydoos.com.

The second challenge was layers and this is what I came up with.

Now I am off to Cancun.  See you in a week.


Saturday, January 19, 2013

Swirlydoos Ultimate Design Challenge

I have entered a scrapbooking contest at Swirlydoos.com.  Each week they give you a challenge tutorial in which you have to produce your outcome based on that technique.
This weeks challenge was to create a layered embellishment.
My embellishment is a 12 x 12 frame from Dusty Attic.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


As part of my New Year's Resolution I am going to practice more with my photography.  To help me, I have found a couple of great Meet Up groups that provide daily, weekly or monthly challenges that suggest different techniques or themes to photograph.

Currently, http://www.starttophotograph.com/ has a weekly challenge and this week's theme was forgotten.  After gutting Evan's room on the weekend, I remembered that he has some of our old cellphones that he plays with and was able to take a few minutes and take this shot.


I am just getting into desktop photography by using Lightroom 4 for post production and have recently downloaded a bunch of free presets and I am loving it.  I always wondered how people got such wonder shots not knowing that most of the photography we see has been tweaked somehow with post production software.  This can make anyone look good.  Even me.

Here is my before photo:

Not sure if I'll have time for next week's challenge as I am leaving for Cancun on Wednesday but I'll see if I can squeeze it in.


Monday, January 14, 2013

Evan's 8th Birthday Party

My son is a gamer and that is putting it mildly.   Right now he is huge into Minecraft and if his birthday was around the corner that would be the theme, I'm sure.  As it was though, he was just starting out in Minecraft when his birthday rolled around in November and his favorite character at the time was Kirby.  That being said, we had a Kirby themed party and everything was Pink.  For those who didn't know, they must have assumed it was a girls party.  Pink balloons, pink shirts, pink cake, pink plates, forks, cups and napkins.

And now, I'm about to show it to you in all it's pinky goodness.

First there was the cake.  As I state in my bio, I will try any craft once and that will probably be my first and last time that I deal with Fondant.  Thanks to Pinterest and You Tube, I was able to get good ideas and instructions to make his Kirby cake.  All those videos and blogs are still Pinned to my Birthdays Board here.

And, after all that effort, the kids didn't even like the icing.  It's marshmallow and icing sugar.  How could they not like it? Oh well.  Just because they are my 2 downfalls doesn't mean they're for everyone.

The next project was the Kirby Pinata.  I cut out the silhouette of Kirby from cereal boxes on my Cricut, glued a band of cardboard around the shape and left a hinged opening at the bottom and a hole up top for hanging.  Once I got a rhythm, putting on the tissue paper wasn't so bad.  The facial features were cut out with my Cricut and glued on.  I stuffed so much candy in there, I'm surprised it actually fell out and didn't get wedged.

Instead of goody bags we gave everyone a t-shirt.  I hate to give the kids something that I know they are just going to throw away, but keeping the budget down is no easy task.  This was a no-brainer though. Michael's had their t-shirts on for $3.50 each and I bought a pack of iron on transfer sheets.  The t-shirts, of course, were pink and we printed out Kirby faces to iron on.  We really liked how they turned out.

The last item on the list was the balloons.  Again, I cut the facial features out with my Cricut and glued them to a pink balloon.   Easy Peasy.  I had a hard time finding just pink balloons in any store and ended up buying some individual ones for $.50 each from a party store.  I thought that was a bit steep but those balloons are still as full as the day of the party 2 months later.

All in all, it was a great day and Evan loved everything about his party.  That's why I do what I do.


Saturday, January 12, 2013

I Have Done It!!

I have made a New Years Resolution.  Better late than never, right?

The fact of the matter is, is that the last 2 years of my life have been horrible. I lost my mother last year to A.L.S. as well as a myriad of other unfortunate, depressing situations.

I stopped scrapbooking, I stopped blogging, I stopped living.

I have begun heeling from my losses and shed the unhealthy relationships from my life and I am ready to move on.  I am looking forward to a New Year and have promised myself that I will continue to do the things that make me happy.

I have also made a promise to share those talents on my blog. Whatever it may be, I'm going to blog it.  I have realized that I just have far too many interests and not enough hours in the day but I am going to squeeze it in.  Whether anyone will see them or not is another question.

To start this resolution off I have updated my blog design and added a "My Scrapbooking" and a "My Photography" page for you to peruse through.  I will be adding more soon.

Here's to looking towards the future.


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Monday, January 7, 2013

Seats Are Going Fast!!

Seats for the February 2nd, 2013 retreat are going fast.  Please book or call soon to ensure you get a spot as there are a limited number of seats available.



Sunday, January 6, 2013

"Add to Cart" Buttons Are Now Live

Those new dates for 2013 in my last post are no longer tentative and "Add to Cart" buttons are live for each date. Please click on the Book a Retreat link to enter.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call me at 403-819-2054 or email me at mail@calgaryscrappers.com.


January 5th, 2013 Retreat and New 2013 Dates

Thank you to all the ladies that came out for some fun yesterday.  We had a great time.

Here some tentative dates for the next few months.

February 2
February 16. This is a long weekend.  Please comment below if you are interested in attending this day.
March 2
April 20
May 25
June 15

As soon as I am able I will post the purchase links here on the blog.
Hope to see you soon!