Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Lunch Box Love Week #3

Whoops I can't believe that it is Wednesday and I have already missed two posts. I have been busy with getting ready for our Info evening coming this Thursday for our Crop and Cruise in Feb 2014 plus trying to get things final for my trip to China in November with Ali Edwards! Plus finishing my Xmas Digital Line.

I have been getting such fantastic feedback from Mom's, friends, Aunts, Nana's about how cute these little cards are. Week 3 is upon us and we have a new set of printable Lunch Box Love notes to down load for FREE.

Please share with your other Mom's. You can download the PDF HERE.

Friday, September 20, 2013

FLASHBACK FRIDAY'S - Colour Inspiration Challenge #45

Not Just About Absence of Colour

I would like to take a moment this week and thank everyone who left a message regarding last weeks challenge I was honoured and deeply thrilled by your responses. Thank you Thank you Thank you!

Little Tidbit for this week

This week I thought I would put a little spin on the challenge for me and expand my brain by doing a google search on famous people whose last names begin with Black, Grey and White. So here are the results:

Black, Joseph 1728-1799. British chemist who rediscovered carbon dioxide (1756) and formulated the concepts of latent heat and specific heat.

Grey, Lady Jane 1537-1554. Queen of England for nine days (1553). Proclaimed queen on the death of Edward VI (July 10, 1553), she was imprisoned after her short reign, replaced by the popular Mary Tudor, later Mary I, and subsequently beheaded for treason.

White, E (lwyn) American writer and humorist who contributed essays, editorials, and parodies to the New Yorker. He also wrote children's books, including Charlotte's Web (1952), and revised a 1918 writing manual, The Elements of Style (1959).

Each week Kristina Werner posts a new colour inspiration on her blog and they are truly inspiring. Here is my entry for colour inspiration #45 what I like to call "Getting Back to Basics". This card was inspired by the stamp set 5th Avenue Floral and the new Textured Impressions Manhattan Flower plus the new Designer Hardware Basic Small Grommets all from Stampin Up. If you don't have these yet make it part of your next order as it is fantastic and great for wedding invitations see here. Anyway here it goes, please let me know what you think!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

MDS (My Digital Studio) - Scrapbooking My Trip to Italy MDS style!

Where Has the Time Gone 

With my trip to China getting closer and closer I am reflecting on my last trip with Ali Edwards to Italy and all the beautiful pictures and places I have been but have still not scrap booked. I am feeling so guilty because I know that other people have done their books and they look fabulous and mine not so good.  

Yes I am still working on scrap booking my trip to Italy circa 2011. I am so ashamed, it isn't like I don't have any paper, stamps embellishments etc etc. I mean my friends call my place the store. But I have gotten lost in so many other things that it is time for a kick in butt. So I have decided along with the traditional way of scrap booking I am going to do digital pages too. From now until I leave for China I will posting scrap book pages of my trip to Italy using of course Stampin Up's MDS. Seriously it is super easy and isn't cheating.

The following is Vernazza a town and comune located in the province of La Spezia, Liguria, northwestern Italy. It is one of the five towns that make up the Cinque Terre region. And a most amazing place to visit. 

We had been there less than a week before the big flood that destroyed the town, covered with mud from a terrible slide.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

OCTOBER AFTERNOON - Mini Book Using Travel Girl

Travelling to China in November

For those of you who don't know I will be travelling to China on a tour with Ali Edwards and I am beyond excited! I have been waiting for this tour for so long and in less than 8 weeks I will be flying to San Fran to meet up with the group for “The Ultimate CHINA Tour”. 

This isn't my first tour with Ali but my second two years ago I went to Italy, for approx two weeks of absolute bliss! Not only did I fill a dream of visiting Italy but I got to meet and spend time with Ali two things off my bucket list! I also made so many new friends that I call them my Italian familia from around the world. Most of us have stayed in contact via Facebook and many have gotten together over the past two years for reunions or just a little girl time.

For my trip to Italy I journalled the entire trip but found after awhile when I tried to assemble my scrapbook of the trip it was very time consuming and I lost my mojo at the same time. For my trip to China I am doing mini books, taking mini pics and writing/creating during my trip. So when I return I have something to inspire me!

The following is my first mini using OCTOBER AFTERNOON'S Travel Girl, I absolutely love this line and bought EVERYTHING that came with it. It has to be one of my all time favourites for colour, fun theme, inspiration, and just plan funny.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

MY DIGITAL STUDIO (MDS) - 10 Things I Love About You!

Create Create Create It's Endless with MDS!

There pretty well isn't anything that you can't create using MDS one of the things I like is the cost. You create what ever you want using the downloads you have purchased from cards to scrapbook pages to mini albums seriously you can create anything.  

So on one of my shopping trips I saw this and knew that I had to create my own version but 10 Things I Love About Being Your Friend. I would create the pocket and then make a front to it using MDS punch a small circle on the front and make little cards to go inside. Super simple and really it is!

Deja Views - C-Thru - Little Yellow Bicycle - Savor Collection -
10 Things Pockets with Varnish Accents

For my version I used Beau Chateau, one of my favourite vintage papers they also have a Beau Chateau Embellishments though I didn't use the embellishments but you could.

Beau Chateau Embellishments

Beau Chateau Digital Papers

I simple set up one tag .8 w x 5.25 high, chose the font and pattern paper then repeated and change for the other nine and I have created my own version using what I had. For the front of the pocket I created a square 4.5 w x 5.25 h roughly and for the actual pocket I did it 5 w x 5.75 plus .5 on three sides for the flaps. Let me know if you want a diagram for this and I will do one that you can download and use.

You can see the whole mini album I did using this idea here

Monday, September 16, 2013


Lunch Box Love Week #2

For me the cooler weather and the dogs at the window barking as the kids head back to school is my signal that summer vacation is over. You see we have no children but it doesn't mean that I don’t love seeing them head off for a new year of growing their minds. I love hearing the school bell ring and the kids play at recess and lunch time it reminds me of my childhood.

This year I decided to design some cool printable lunch love notes. If I was a Mom I would have so done this. I would have been that annoying Mom who would draw all over their lunch bags (ours would always be brown paper and crayon approved). So in celebration of the new school year I am going to try and do a series of these notes that you can download and print and make your child the envy of the lunch room.

Please share with your other Moms it's FREE! Get the PDF HERE.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

CROP AND CRUISE - Make and Take It's Never to Early for Xmas Cards Using Stamp'in Up

I am so Loving the NEW Hostess Stamp set from Stamp'in Up! Warmth & Wonder  

Clear 131883 $12 Hostess $20.95 value

For those who read my blog I posted our new flyer about our information session coming up on September 26 regarding the Crop and Cruise I have also added below in case you have missed it. 

There will be lots of things happen that night not just the Q & A's you might have but we also planning to do a Make and Take, show you what you will be doing while on the cruise and of course Light Snacks, Door Prizes, Signature Drink and of course a Candy Bar. 

For the Make and Take I will be featuring the following stamp set from Stamp'n Up "Warmth and Wonder!" along with their new DSP (Designer Series Paper) "Winter Frost" Speciality Designer Series Paper 132341 $15.95 which is to die for. 

So why not join us and have some fun. 

REMEMBER FYI sign-up that night and get your Cropping Fee for $100 that's $25 off the regular price if you sign-up fro the cruise that night.

Scroll on down to see the card you will be crating that night includes envelope!

Friday, September 13, 2013

FLASHBACK FRIDAY'S - Wonderful Mother - Scrapbook Tin - Sale-A-Bration Smackdown

Happy Monday Everyone!

Yesterdays post brought a flurry of e-mails, hits and messages about Dreaming = Create = Pillow share see here.

Today's project I have been working on uses all new products from the Stampin Up Occasions Mini Catalogue. For this project I designed a mini scrap book tin using Nature Walk Clear Stamp Set (121997) and Designer Series Paper Botanical Gazette (121783).

With Mothers Day right around the corner I thought what a better idea than a mini scrapbook in a tin for a wonderful mother.

Look for PDF instructions on how to make this in the next few weeks.

Front of Tin

Inside tin pocket to hold special memories

Space for journaling and for picture

Interior pages for journaling and pictures

Close-up of tin cover with ribbon opened

Thursday, September 12, 2013

CROP AND CRUISE 2014 - FREE Information Night September 26, 2013

You've asked for it and we've listened.

Join us on Thursday September 26 for our FREE information night!

Are you looking for more information on our upcoming fabulous cruise? Then don’t miss our FREE information session hosted by Pure Magic Vacations. 

Meet Stephanie Lough your Vacation Specialist who will answer all your questions plus Jo-Ann Pullen from studionoeight who will do a Make & Take session with you after the information session.  Learn more about the Crop & Cruise, Norwegians latest ship the Breakaway, our itinerary, ports of call, at sea activities and classes.

DATE: Thursday September 26, 2013
TIME: 6:30 - 7:30 pm
WHERE: North Gloucester Library branch
2036 Ogilvie Rd, Ottawa, ON K1J 7N8
Meeting Room A

RSVP: Info session is free but seats are limited so reserving your spot is essential e-mail


Door Prizes!
Try our Signature Drink!
Make & Take!
Light Snacks!
Candy Bar!

CROP AND CRUISE SNEAK PEAK : Double Page Spread Using The Pier from Crate Paper

Getting Super Excited as Cabins Get Filled!

I am super excited to share with you my double page spread for the upcoming Crop & Cruise using Crate Papers line The Pier! This very much out of my comfort zone but I must say I love the end result. Just need to add pictures! 

We used left overs from the kit and were able to create this page spread all I need is some stitching which you can also do when you get home. I love the bright colours and of course the gold bling and spritz a must for scrapbooking and for your mini album. 

Why not join us this Feb 2014 and Crop and Cruise with us.

Have you booked your trip yet for the Pure Magic Vacations Crop & Cruise Event this coming Feb? If not this should get your creative juices flowing and wanting to join us. Book soon you don't want to be disappointed. Here are the details

Crop and Cruise Details
Balcony Cabin $1134.01
Interior Cabin $933.01
Ocean View Cabin $1044.01

These Prices included all taxes, gov’t fees
All prices are based on double occupancy. Single supplements available at an additional charge
We can help find a cabin mate if needed.

Deposits are due by October 19th, 2014
Final payments are due December 3, 2014
  • The cropping Fee will be $125 if you are bringing someone with you who does not wish to crop the fee will be waived for them.
  • Classes will be provided by me and more information will be provided shortly
  • There will be give-aways and sponsors and these will be added as we add them. Each cropper will get a bag of stuff.  

Questions Regarding Travel 
Stephanie Lough our Vacation Specialist at Pure Magic Vacations
Call: 1-613-543-3006

Questions Regarding Events/Classes
Jo-Ann Pullen of
Call: 1-613-818-6962