Jan 22, 2012

CHA Peek Time!

One of the best things to chase away the January doldrums it the fact that CHA happens at the end of the month!  I love the excitement of seeing new releases from my favourite companies.  The following is by no means a final list of all that I am anticipating, but a mere beginning!

First off, from Magenta, whose paper is of such a lovely quality, it always almost makes me cry to cut it up.  Their 'Color Me Softly' line is so pretty, it is making me swoon just to see it! What am I gonna do when faced with this paper and actual scissors???  I can't wait to find out!

And if you can resist these cute little chipboard gnomes, then I suspect you may not have a soul.  (Totally kidding, but only just, lol!) I always like Magenta's chipboard and cork releases, but these little guys give my fancy an extra tickle.

Next, let's go on to Bo Bunny.  They always have such large releases, they make it tough on me because I usually like them all.  Now, I didn't snag pictures of all their releases, but you can visit their blog to look at more.  You will probably end up liking more.  You're welcome!




I'm done for....

And I still have not made it to the end of my (today's) list!!!!!

How about a little Webster's Pages?  I thought that is what you might say!!!!  Who does beautiful any better than WP?  I don't know either.

Two collections I am coveting, the first is called 'Everyday Poetry' and here is a little sample of the good things to be found there:

And the next is called 'Palm Beach'.  The Perfect Accents are just... well, perfect! 

Maya Road still has more to roll out, and I will be watching!  I LOVE the way they not only show you what is coming soon, they show it in action!!!  Their peeks are so inspiring.  The MR blog did not identify the creators of the following goodness, so with apologies on not giving proper credit, I am going to share some of my favourites!

Do you see the wooden shapes, linen embellishments, fun stamps and creative excitement???  Oh yeah!

Tip of the iceberg, my friends!  Tip of the iceberg. Try to be grumpy about the snow and cold now, will you?

Tell me, what scrappy goodness are you anticipating?

Jan 12, 2012

Signs that my child may be tired...

After school today, I was getting Avery organized for her activities when the daily discussion about 'what's for supper' happened.  We agreed on spaghetti and meatballs, and everyone was happy.

As I was dropping her off, I let her know that her dad would pick her up after class and that I was going home to get supper started.  She asked, "Mom.  Do you think we could have real spaghetti noodles with supper?  I mean the long ones, not the twisty ones like we had last time!" (Last time was at least two months ago- why would she remember the details of a dinner from that long ago???) "Sure," I said.  "I'll stop at the store and get some because we are out at home."  I figured I could get some garlic bread too....

So off to the store I went.  As I was after only a few items, I grabbed a small basket and wandered around to see what else caught my attention.  Because, really, going through the checkout with just a package of spaghetti and some garlic toast seemed a bit much.  Yop was on sale- so I got some.  Radishes called out to me- not sure why- but I added some of those too. Threw in stuff for caesar salad.

Got home, put everything away and started on supper.  Which is when I discovered that I forgot to get spaghetti!!!!!  Resorted to the available twisty noodles and got busy.

Avery came home, and I let her know about the noodle situation- upon which she burst into tears!!!!!  Like, ugly cry kind of tears.  The world as we know it is over kind of tears.... I looked at Mark bewildered by the intensity of her reaction and whispered that she must be tired.  He rolled his eyes in agreement.  Avery stormed off, but she did calm down pretty quickly.

I carried on with dinner.  And then was struck by the thought: perhaps it is not just Avery who is tired.  Who goes to the grocery store with a list of one pertinent item, and leaves without it???  Tired people, that's who!!!!!

That first week back to school/work after a holiday is a.... well. You know.

Jan 6, 2012

Canadian Scrapbooker January Sketch

The travel portion of holidays are over, and I promised myself a little scrapbooking time each day before work started again. The first thing I tackled was the January sketch for Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine (again by the lovely Jill). You can follow along with the sketch too, and if you use a Canadian company somewhere your interpretation is eligible for publication (but all entries are shared for inspiration- so send it in!!!). There is all the info you need if you follow the magazine link above:

This layout will go to my Mom and Dad for their scrapbook frame; I send them a new layout now and again. I didn't have a winter family photo, and wanted to have all of us for their wall this time. So I didn't follow the theme, but I did follow the shape of the layout!

Stuff used: CTMH cardstock and metal tab; Simple Stories paper; Basic Grey, Kaisercraft stickers; My Mind's Eye rubons; Stampin' Up! eyelets; Harmonie acrylic and chipboard; Making Memories Chipboard; 7 Gypsies paperclip; Prima flower, trim and gems; Tim Holtz tape; Clearsnap Spritz (log cabin); Fiskars punch.

Jan 5, 2012

Canadian Scrapbooker December Sketch

I actually did this one after the January, but switched dates on my blog:0)  Here is the December sketch:
 And here is what I did with it!  I had a bit of fun with my Tim Holtz for Sizzix dies, using one to cut the snowflake border and another to build the dimensional tree.  For the tree I cut 4 and then glued them together like a fan, so the tree totally pops off the page.  I hardly ever scrap birthday and Christmas photos, so it was great to get an older picture fancied up, thanks to the sketch!

Now show me yours!!!!!!!  If you leave a link in the comments, I would love to come and look.

Supplies used: Coredinations cardstock; Basic Grey papers, stickers and embellishments; Tim Holtz for Sizzix dies; Riff Raff chipboard; Ranger stickles.