Sunday, July 31, 2011

Birthday Sundaes Blog Hop

Hello Everyone and welcome to the first ever Birthday Sundaes blog hop!
If you have rrived here from Samantha @ then you are on track. If you have just happened on my blog and would like to start at the beginning here is your first stop should be the Birthday Sundaes Blog
This week we are saying goodbye to some of the first design team and welcome to the new crew. I will be staying on the team!!! I would like to say a personal farewell to all the wonderful ladies that were on the first Birthday Sundaes DT and to tell you it was a pleasure working with you. You made my first DT experience wonderful! To the new DT, I can't wait to see all your amazing talent and get some great inspiration!
The challenge this week to help us celebrate is to create something with "cakes and cupcakes!"

I choose to use a digital stamp this week because when I started this DT it was something that I had very little experience with. We used digital stamps a few times over the last few months from sponsors and through this a new obsession has been created lol. Hope you like this cutie as much as I do! I really stepped out of my comfort zone on this card using mostly patterned paper. I love just plain ol' cardstock usually but have really been trying to use up the mountain of patterned paper I have "somehow" acquired :)

Well, I best be letting you hop along. Enjoy the blog hop and I can't wait to see everyone's creations this week! Oh more thing....would you like the chance to win some blog candy? Along with my new digital stamp obsession I have also developed an addiction to making embellishments. I would love to send someone a collection of a few of these. (sorry I don't have a picture right now but there will be beaded flowers, stick pins, lace flowers, dyed "skittles, etc.) be entered just leave a comment on this post with a way to get a hold of you if you win. I would love if you were a follower but it is not mandatory. However, if you are and you leave that in your comment also I might add a little something extra for you! :)

Your next stop is Candice @
Happy crafting everyone!

Cardstock: Staples bulk (white), Recollections (purple)
Patterned paper: scrap pile
Digital Stamp: Meljen's Designs purchased here.
Sentiment: Hero Arts
Dew Drops: blog candy I won (small), hand dyed by me (large)
Punch: (mini birthday cakes) Michael's, (Scallop and circle) Fiskers
Twine: LSS
Prisma coloured pencils

Here is the blog hop order in case you get side tracked (I know I always do!)

Birthday Sundaes Blog -
Kristie -
Michelle -
Amber -
Kimberly -
Sonia -
Marlene -
Amy -
Sue -
Jen -
Samantha -
Tara -
Candice -
Maribel -
Vivi -
Cindy -
Joanne -
Tracey -  (last stop)

Friday, July 29, 2011

JustWordz DT Day!

Enter my Blog Candy
Hi Crafters,
It is JustWordz DT day again. This week we were giving free range to create with a anything goes week. I used a free digital stamp that I picked up forever ago at Beccy's Place and thought she was just too cute for words (but not for JustWordz lol). I coloured her with my Prisma coloured pencils. The more I use them the more fun I have! Thanks for stopping by everyone and don't forget to check out the JustWordz blog for more inspiration from the rest of the DT and to enter for your chance to win a set of these awesome stamps for yourself or heck, order yourself a set. You will be so glad you did!!! I can honestly say with this set you always have the perfect sentiment! You can make tons of sayings out the the 69 words that come in the set!
Happy Crafting!

Cardstock: Recollections
Patterned paper: Glittermax
Digital Stamp: Beccy's Place
Sentiment: JustWordz
Pearls/teeny tiny star gems (on the i): Dollarama
Ribbon: stash
Felt flower: homemade
Primsa coloured pencils

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Thank you Cards

Hi Everyone,
Lately I have needed a ton of thank you cards. I also had a bunch of blog candy to mail out and wanted to send a card with these as well.  So I decided it was time for some mass production. I pulled out my Stampin' Up Beautiful Wings embosslit, which I had to have and have only used once.... Well, it got a work out for these cards! It is the neatest little die cutter ever because it cuts and embosses all in one quick step. I am positive I will be making many more cards with this in the future! Plus it used up a ton of scraps :)
Happy crafting!

Staples bulk white cardstock
Coloured cardstock Recollections/scrap pile
Stampin' Up Beautiful Wings Embosslit
Victoria Cuttlebug folder
Stamps: Thanks- Micheal's, Enjoy - Stampology
Gems: Dollarama

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Birthday Sundaes Challenge #19

Hello Bloggers,
This week the Birthday Sundaes challenge was to create a card using a inspiration photo. Click here to see the photo. As soon as I saw it the shark fin stuck out at me. I had a lot of fun embellishing and adding all the little details to this card. Wait until you see the rest of the DT inspiration this week. They are all wonderful! Head over to the Birthday Sundaes blog and check them out for yourself and then get crafty!

Next week is going to be a special week on Birthday Sundaes because we are going to be having a blog hop to celebrate the new DT and to say farewell to some of the current DT. Hope you can join in the fun this week and next!

Patterned paper + cardstock = scrap pile
Cricut cartridge: Life is a Beach
Cuttlebug + tiny bubbles embossing folder
Dew drops
Google Eyes
Sentiment: Pink by Design (simply everything set)

Friday, July 22, 2011

Official Just Wordz DT Launch

Hi Everyone,
Today is the official launch of the Just Wordz DT. If you have just arrived here form Kimberly's Just Wordz blog then welcome and thank you for visiting. Each Friday we will post cards created based on a theme. The Just Wordz blog will have a sneak peek at each of the designers creations but you will need to pop over to their blogs to see the full creation and to leave them some love. This week the theme was 'celebrate'! It is so neat to see all the different sentiments these stamps can create! If you just happened on my blog today you will want to head over to the Just Wordz blog to see what everyone else created this week too! While you are there check out the great introductory special Kimberly has put on the stamps to 'celebrate' the DT launch! Also, there is a chance to win a set! All the info. is on the Just Wordz blog, be sure get as many entries in as you can before August 21, 2011!
Thanks for talking the time to 'celebrate' with us today!
Happy Crafting!
P.S. I created a quick (okay it took me hours but who's counting lol) video to show you had to make one of these great paper flowers I used on the front of my card. Scroll down for the video.

For my card today I used the current Mojo Monday sketch #200

Cardstock + pattern paper: scrap pile :)
Fiber + Ribbon: Offray and Dollarama
Bling: Dollarama
Jelly Roll White Pen
Brad: from stash
Cricut cut: 1" circle from Plantin Schoolbook
Bow Easy
Stamp: Just Wordz

Thursday, July 21, 2011

My birthday card from Brian

Hi Everyone,
I was so excited to post yesterday because I wanted to tell you everything I got for my birthday but also I wanted to show you the card Brian had made for me. I guess I was a tad too excited about the gifts because I didn't realize until this morning when I was checking my comments that I never even mentioned the card and that was the best part lol. Well, here it is in all of it's Cricut glory...a truly man made card!

And this was my favourite part :)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Checking in!

Hi Everyone,
I have been a little MIA from blogging world and my craft room lately. I promise I am going to catch up on everyone's blogs very soon! Yesterday was my birthday and Brian surprised me by getting the day off work to spend with me. We headed to the South Shore of my beautiful province (Nova Scotia) which is about an hour and a half drive for us and spent the day popping in and out of all the little shops there. It was so much fun and yet on the drive home I realized I only spent $3 all day and didn't even buy anything for NOT like me lol. I guess maybe it was because there were no craft stores there :)

Anyways, I had a wonderful birthday and got a bit spoiled! Want to know all the great stuff I got?.....
Tickets to Cirque Du Soleil and a supper out in the city!
A new Samsung Digital camera (with the LCD screen in the front too)!
A Michael's GC
A Chapter's GC
A GC to my fav local restaurant
Some spending money
My Nanny picked me a huge bucket of fresh wild blueberries!!! Yummy
Some bath goodies
New Earrings
A countdown calendar for my wedding
Rock band 3 (I'm a tad hoarse today hehe)

Yup.....I am spoiled and I love it :)
Now as for today......scrapping away!!!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Birthday Sundaes Challenge # 18

Hello Crafters,
It's that time again, time for a new Birthday Sundaes challenge. This week is everyone's favourite! It is anything goes week! We also have a wonderful sponsor this week Circle B Enterprises and More Store. I have been trying to be really good with my spending this month but they have some great wedding embellishments in their clearance section that I just might have to head back for. Below is the card I created for the challenge this week. This little cutie has been sitting on my computer forever just waiting to be used. She is called Cotton candy and is from Mo's Digital Pencil. Thanks for stopping by today, now head on over to the Birthday Sundaes Blog to see the rest of the DT entires and then get crafty!

Cardstock: Recollections
Pattern paper: scrap pile
Stamps: Digital Image from Mo's Digital Pencil, sentiment- Michael's wooden stamp
Bling: Dollarama
Felt Flower: homemade :)
Baker's Twine: My Stamping Studio
Primsa coloured pencils

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Another Winner!

Hi Everyone,
I just recieved an email from one of the winners from the Canada Day blog hop who won a $10 gift certificated to The Scrapbooking Cafe. She kindly asked me if I would draw another winner because she lives in the US and with shipping and customs fees she felt someone in Canada would benefit much more from this prize. Isn't that nice of her to passs the love on to someone she knows will be able to get so much more out of it?! So without further ado the new winner is.....

Lucky # 13 Dee said...

Great card. Love the LO. Looking forward to the rest of the hop.

Congrats Dee! I will be emailing you shortly :)

June Craft Spending

Hi Everyone,
I finally got around to adding up my June totals for my craft spending. I was a bit scared at first because I knew I was on vacation and I was not going to limit myself too much in any craft stores while I was away. I figured new territory to explore why hold back?!, lol. I guess the good part was I really didin't find much while on vacation and the Michael's were a bit of a disappointment. Oh well what is a disappointment for me is a huge sigh of relief for my wallet :)

6th - Dollarama $4.60
14th - Rewards $5.15
17th - Loonies and Toonies $1.53
17th - Michael's $19.33
17th - My Stamping Studio $16.85
18th - Bargain Harley's $8.75
24th - Michael's (Buffalo, NY) $78.72
27th - LW stores (St. Catherine's, ON) $4.88
27th - Michael's $19.97

Total: $159.78

And here is the part you love:

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Felt flower winner!

Hi Everyone,
First of all, I owe an apology. I was a guest crafter on Georgia's blog Carson's Cricut Creations before I headed away on my trip to Ontario. On my post I said I was going to give away some of the felt flowers that I made and then with the trip and the Canada post strike I put off drawing. It wasn't until last night when I couldn't sleep that I realized I never did draw! I have decided since I made everyone wait so long I would draw two winners! So here  they are......

the first winner is #4 CRAZY4CHRIST said...

Very cute!! I am from Ontario, where is it that you going in ontario for holidays? My holidays this year consist of staying in Ontario and going to Niagra falls this book idea would be great for that trip!! Thanks for sharing. sierrababy08 at hotmail dot com

and the second winner is #1 jessica said... great book! Have a super fun trip! Love those flowers!!! TFS

I'll be emailing both of you ladies shortly. If you don't hear from me and see this first please drop me a line @ thecreativeprincess(at)hotmail(dot)com

Thanks everyone who left me a comment and my tripped rocked! Can't wait to visit again :)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Birthday Sundaes Challenge # 17

Hello Crafters,
This week on Birthday Sundaes the challenge is to create a birthday card using only the colours green, orange and white and as always make sure you remember the birthday sentiment on the front of the card. I was stumped when I first saw this challenge but I am pleased to say I love my card this week! I was so excited when I realized that I had a piece of Stampin' up cardstock (green) and ribbon from Dollarama which were the exact same colour. Things like that never happen to me lol. It was pure Irish luck at it's finest :) It was also fun to finally play around with some of that Stampin' Up stuff I bought back in May. Wait until you see the other inspiration from the DT. Everyone aced the challenge this week! I can't wait to see what you come up with!
Happy Crafting!

Cardstock: Staples brand white, Stampin' up green (sorry I'm not a Stampin' up junkie (yet) and don't know all the colour names)
Pattern paper: scrap pile
Stamps: Stampin' up, butterfly prints and Sale-A-Bration: So happy for you
Punch: Butterfly: Stampin' up
Ribbon: Dollarama

Friday, July 8, 2011

Canada Day Blog Hop Winners

Hello Everyone,
Here are the 9 winners from the Canada Day blog hop! Jacqueline drew some and I drew some. If you left us your email then we will contacting you shortly. If you do not heard from us by the end of the weekend and your name is here then we do not have your contact which means you will have one week to contact us or we will re-draw. Remember there were also prizes on many of the stops as well so make sure you pop back to everyone's blog to see if you have won one of their giveaways too.

1- The Scrapbooking Cafe --- 3 people will each win a $10.00 Gift Certificate

Winners -

1)  # 7 linked up project - Dixie -

2) Comment # 13 on Grace said... omg!!!! hockey beaver!!!! OMG!!! so cute!!! happy canada day!!!

3) Comment # 14 on Marlene said...As a Canadian girl living in the U.S. and feeling a little homesick right now, I am loving this blog hop!

2 - Bugaboo Digital Stamps --- 7 Free Digital Stamps

Winner - (comment #15) winner is jennyplace2

3 - Pink By Design --- Canadian Stamp Set

Winner - #1 Linked up project - Char Dobson -

4 - My Stamping Studio --- Lime Twist Products pack from My Mind's Eye
Winner - Comment # 6 on Chelle said...Great card. Happy Canada Day

5 - Digis With Attitude --- $10.00 Gift Certificate
New Images This Week!

Winner - Comment #20 on
Carolyn Wolff said...Great card. Looking forward to doing this hop.

6 - Graphic Cat Creations --- Freebie + $15.00 Gift Certificate

Winner - (comment #12) winner is Kimberly,,

7 - One Crazy Stamper --- $25.00 Gift Certificate

Winner - (comment #11) winner is Sandy,
Thanks everyone for spending part of your Canada Day celebrating with us! Congrats to the winners! Also, a HUGE thank you to all the wonderful bloggers who made this hop what it was. You ladies are Canadians at their finest!!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart :)
Happy Crafting,

Thursday, July 7, 2011

My new look!

Hi Everyone,
This post is non-craft related but I just had to share my new look! Last weekend I got my hair CHOPPED off. I was growing it out to donate to Locks of Love and I finally got to the point that it needed to go. It was truly driving me nuts... I am so happy that it is shorter again. My aunt is a hair stylist and works for my mom who owns a salon (does that make sense?) my mother was busy the day I wanted it cut but my aunt had an opening. She was shocked I was not nervous about getting it cut off but then she remembered I am a hair stylist's daughter and have been a guinea pig my whole life! Below are the before and after shots. If you have long hair and are thinking about getting it cut or have hair that grows really fast you should check out the Locks of Love site :)
Have a great evening everyone!
 And I wasn't even trying to make it look bad LOL

 How is it that it always looks good after they style it?! Wouldn't it be nice to just have a stylist on call for those bad hair mornings (I've tried it annoys

Below is one of today. I think I am doing an okay job styling it myself. Yay me :) As you can see the curls have come back...I figure just embrace it!


Hi Everyone,
I have been getting a lot of blog awards lately and I don't want anyone to be upset that I am not passing them on but I just find it so hard to try and pick only a few people to pass it on to because I love all the blogs I follow :) How can I possibly only pick 5,7,8, or 10 bloggers to pass it on to when there are so many amazing talent people out there. If you have not recieved this blog awards yet and would like one or even both for your blog feel free to pick them up! I follow hundreds of blogs and really I just want to pass them on to everyone I follow for all their great inspiration :)

Thanks Cindy P. from  and Stacy from for 'The Irresistible Sweet Blog Award".

And thank you Kristie from

Also, I know this award was passed on to me by another blogger besides Kristie but for the life of me I can't remember/figure out who gave it to me. Please, please message me if it was you as I really want to thank you too!

AWARDS - Thanks wonderful friends

Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Birthday Sundaes Challenge #16 + Using up the scraps project # 11

***The Canada Day blog hop and link up is still in action for the next 5 days. Scroll down to the next post for more information.

Hi everyone, 
It's time for a new challenge at Birthday Sundaes. The challenge this week is Anything Goes Birthday. We have a sponsor this week. Stef from Glitterbabe Digis is offering a $10 gift certificate. I used one of her digis called "love vase" for my card.

I also did a neat technique for one of my mats. I made the mat from scraps of paper in a patchwork quilt fashion and then ran the entire thing through my Cuttlebug. I really like the effect! Here is a link that I viewed recently with some really aweome quilting with paper examples  I have not been working with my scraps a lot lately because many of the projects I have been working on required larger sheets of paper but I am still on my mission to keep that scrap pile smaller after putting such a big dent in it with all those scrap cards and 8x8 layouts I was making. I proabably won't be posting as many scrap projects now but I still have a few ideas I want to try. If you are a new follower or missed some just click on my "using up the scraps" label on my sidebar and they should all be there. 

Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful day!

Cardstock and pattern paper: White- Staples, Grey - Recollections, pinks- scrap pile
Digital Stamp: "love vase" by Glitter babe digis 
Prisma Coloured pencils
Fiber: Stash
Sentiment: computer generated
Cuttlebug and paisley folder

Friday, July 1, 2011

Canada Day Blog Hop

Welcome Everyone to the Canada Day Blog Hop,
I am so excited to share this day with all of you! It is a wonderful day for celebrating with fellow Canadian friends and family! Today on this blog hop you are going to get the chance to visit 12 Canadian blogs and see some amazing projects. Then it will be your turn to show us what you got! After getting a healthy dose of Canadian inpiration and talent at it's finest you will then be asked to challenge yourself and link up a Canadian project you have created for your chance to won one of 9 prizes. We have some super awesome Canadian sponsors and one American  sponsor who provided us with a Canadian prize. All the prizes and links are listed below. Please check them out for some amazing deals!

Here is the new project I made for today:

Cardstock: Recollections/Staples
Pattern paper: DCWV (an old holiday stack)
Ribbon: Offray
Stamp: Michael's
Ink: Stampin' Up
Punches: Stampin' Up circle punch, mini maple leaf - Michael's
Cricut: Accent Essentials (scallop circle)
Making Memories eyelets and big bite crop-a-dile

Here is the project I shared before but I just had to share it again! This was made before my days of Cricut and I still can't believe I use to cut all those shapes and letters out by hand, lol. It took me hours and I loved every minute of it!

Your next stop is: Kate from Small bits of paper

And here are the prizes you could be eligiable to win if you leave a comment on each blog and come back here and link up your Canadian themed project: ***after hopping through I see that there was some mis-communitcation on how people could win so I will be picking some from the link up and some from just random comments throughout the hop to make it fair for everyone :) Have fun! *** 

1- The Scrapbooking Cafe --- 3 people will each win a $10.00 Gift Certificate

2 - Bugaboo Digital Stamps --- 7 Free Digital Stamps

3 - Pink By Design --- Canadian Stamp Set

4 - My Stamping Studio --- Lime Twist Products pack from My Mind's Eye

5 - Digis With Attitude --- $10.00 Gift Certificate

New Images This Week!

6 - Graphic Cat Creations --- Freebie + $15.00 Gift Certificate

7 - One Crazy Stamper --- $25.00 Gift Certificate

Here is a list of the blog hop in order in case you get sidetracked along the way :)

Tara -
Kate -
Heather -

Have fun!

The Mr. Linky will remain open until July 7, 2011 for those of you who are busy today but wish to play along :) and feel free to back link to projects you have created for Canada Day that you made before today. We would love to see them all!