Sunday, November 28, 2010

When you gotta go, you gotta go!

Ava is beginning the transition from little girl diapers to big girl panties! I just had to take some pics of her on Friday when she asked to use the potty. It's impossible to say no when they ask, isn't it?

I used the kit, Potty Like a Rock Star. It's a collab kit by Spinky Dink Scraps and simply.scraps. Also, the chart is from the Hybrid Add-on  also available at Gotta Pixel.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

I made this a long time ago and forgot to post it. My bad!

I created this in the hopes of being published in a prestigious digi-magazine. It never happened, but, personally, I think it is one of the most beautiful layouts I've ever created and I want to share it with you now.

Spring Garden Embossed Papers by Lindsay Jane.
Elements from Autumn Rain by KMESS.
Font: Pristina

Here's a page I made for the Speed Scrap with Connie Prince last night.

I used the kit, Sugar Plum, by Connie Prince. It's part of the Black Friday Grabbag at Gotta Pixel.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A is for Autumn

And, unfortunately, we are saying goodbye to Autumn soon. As one last hurrah to Autumn, here's a layout I created using Crisdam Designs kit, A is for Autumn. It's our house in Thunder Bay, ON and when the leaves left the trees, it was time to crank up the fireplace. That's the most likely place you would find Hank, our first Devon Rex kitty. He loved to be warm and after 3 - 4 hours, he would sort of slide down the hearth like he was melted butter, just to cool off for a few minutes. It was always fun to watch him stretch and languish in front of the fire.

The journalling mat is from Write It Down 2 ~ Templates, also by Crisdam Designs. Both are currently available at Gotta Pixel at the sale prices of $2 and $1, respectively.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

All I want for Christmas....

Do you think Ava's old enough to dream about Santa Claus? I took this picture of her just before I had to wake her up from her nap last week. She sleeps like a dream and is just so pleasant, even when woken up by Gram-Gram.

I used the kit, Sweet Christmas by Connie Prince.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Gram-Gram has forgotten how to....

help a little one get dressed! Ava is with me for the whole day on Wednesday's. We have great fun together and she sleeps like an angel when it's nap time. Every grandmother's gotta love that. Yesterday, after her nap it was time to change the diaper and fix her hair, etc. After getting the diaper changed I was helping her into her jeans and couldn't figure out what the heck was going on. I finally put on my glasses and discovered that I had gotten both legs into one leg-hole. Ava was happy to pose for me while I took these pictures. In the photo of her looking down, I can almost hear her thinking, "What's Gram-Gram trying to do to me?". I just had to capture this moment and share it with you here.

I used the November 2010 Grab Bag by Lindsay Jane which included the Dotted Borders and the kit, First Love.
The font is CAC Pinafore.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Let's Play House!

Ava received this sweet little doll for her 2nd birthday last week. Every time you push the belly, the doll giggles and then Ava tries to imitate the giggle. It is just adorable to watch. She takes the doll to bed with her and hugs so tightly to her new baby.

I created this layout using In The Hood by Crisdam Designs. You can pick it up for just $2.00 at Gotta Pixel during the $1-$2 Pixel sales this week.

ED: The link to the word art file isn't working properly. I'll fix it up and re-post here when it's corrected. Sorry about that.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Are you Gonna Grab It?

Gotta Pixel is having their GGI weekend through Tuesday when the designers put their products on sale for $1.00. Crisdam Designs is offering Morning Pleasures at $1.00 for the element pack and $1.00 for the paper pack. You can check out the Creative Team's work at Isabel's blog for more inspiration. For now here's a preview of the kit and a layout I created this morning.

So, if you didn't get enough shopping last weekend during DSD, the goodies continue through Tuesday at Gotta Pixel. Click here to see the offerings of all the designers at GP.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

I'm getting behind in my posting....

Holy Smokes, being on CTs is keeping me very busy...I've got some "catchin' up to do, Lucy" to paraphrase my favourite commedienne.

First up is a new release by Connie Prince entitled Perseverance. Look closely and you'll see my page in the previews.....YAY! And, here it is in full life size and the photos were taken on Ava's 2nd birthday and I just had to put in my own words what I thought Jackson was whispering in her ear.

Next are two pages using Crisdam Designs "Captured" kit.

The above page was created as a result of a challenge to make a page of what DSD weekend meant to you. I can say, without hesitation, that DSD weekend was a whirlwind of activity. Here I am trying to chat and scrap at the same time. I was dizzy from jumping between screens, trying to follow the chat and make a page. Ladies, it's not possible, at least for me.

This page was made for the November Element Challenge at Gotta Pixel. I've long admired my daughter, Kirsten, and her husband, John, for always making sure their children, James and Owen, are kept busy and active. It's no easy task for hard-working parents to keep up with busy kids when, sometimes all you really want to do is sit down and veg out. That last statement is from my own personal experiences of raising four kids. I know how exhausing it can be!

Monday, November 8, 2010

DSD is over ~ Now back to the regularly scheduled sales!

Tomorrow, Tuesday, is $1-2 Pixels sale. Here's a couple of layout created with some goodies that Crisdam Designs, a.k.a. Isabel Mendez, will have available, Harvest Spice and Doodle Do Page Borders.

Journalling reads:
While Owen was visiting Canada on a school break and enjoying himself in the pumpkin patch, Jackson was in school. That's why he's not in the photo with the other kids on their visit to Strom's Farm. Oct. 25, 2010.

Look for these great kits tomorrow at Gotta Pixel.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Two Speed Scraps in 14 hours -- must be a record

DSD weekend is filled with events (as I've said before). Last night I attended a speed scrap at Gotta Pixel and this morning there was one at Scrapbook Graphics....both were fast and furious. By happenstance, I used the same kit for both scraps, And I Quote Collection by Connie Prince. Please, check out both forums for more special events this weekend. And now, back to our regularly scheduled program of showing off my grandchildren.

This is the layout from this morning's scrap at Scrapbook Graphics.

This layout of Jackson is from last night's speed scrap at Gotta Pixel.

Friday, November 5, 2010

DSD Weekend begins

There are so many things happening this weekend in the digi-world that my only advice is visit your favourite forum and have fun. I'm going to be playing all weekend at Gotta Pixel. You can click here to see all the fun things that will be going on. There are chats, speed scraps, contests.....well, just check them out for yourself.

I've been working steadily creating layouts for Connie Prince Designs and, now that the weekend is upon us and the kits have been released, I can show you all my hard work. After the layout, I will post where the kit is available for purchase.


All Aboard
The layouts used the kit, Whirly Gig Collection. It includes full-sized kit as well as pre-decorated pages, templates, and word art. An amazing value and you can get it at Scrapbook Graphics

And I Quote
 For this layout I used And I Quote Collection and is available at Gotta Pixel. With four grandchildren, I can see this kit will be used over and over again. In fact, I've got two more "quotes" that I've written down and will be using them very soon, probably at some of the speed scraps I'll be attending at Gotta Pixel this weekend. Again, this collection includes word art, pre-decorated pages, templates and a full-sized kit. Don't miss it on either of these amazing collections.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Too early for Christmas....I think not!

I remember this Christmas well. I lived in PEI at the time, but flew into Toronto and spent the night in the nursing home with Mom. The staff brought in a roll-away bed and it was right beside Mom's bed. I think she enjoyed having me there and what I remember most was the heat. Now that I'm getting older, I realize how much more I can feel the cold and now I know why the heat in nursing homes is kept so high. It was a fun visit and it was great to gather together, with Mom, for one last Christmas.

If you're new to digi-scrapping, one of the best ways to get started is to use a pre-decorated page. The above layout was created using one of the PDP available in the newest release by Connie Prince, DSD Grab Bag.  Here is a preview of just the PDP in the grab bag, but do go take a look to see the kit, the alpha, the templates and much, much more.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Is book-learnin' too much for Jack?

Now that Jackson is in school for full days, it takes its toll. The poor little man just conks out at the end of the day. Week nights he's in bed by 8 pm, but he gets to stay up later on Fridays and Saturdays.....just how much later is unknown. He looks so peaceful sleeping on the couch with Chevy in his lap...beautiful pictures.

I used one of Connie Prince's newest kits, Hearts Blessing. It's available at Scrapbook Graphics where Connie is in the spotlight as an extended guest.
This particular layout makes use of one of the pre-decorated pages available in this collection. They are a super way to get started in digi-scrapping. Hop on over to SBG today and get this collection while it's HOT!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Crisdam Designs - $1 - $2 Pixel Sales

Don't miss the sales of Crisdam Designs this week at Gotta Pixel. There are two 'must haves' this week;

Warm Wishes is a beautiful Christmas kit utilizing unusual colour scheme.

Doodle Do Page Trims will add unique touches to all your pages, no matter the season.

Here are a couple of layouts made with these fantastic kits.

C'mon now, don't miss these great prices, go shopping now!

Monday, November 1, 2010

My BIG news is, are ya' ready for it.....

I'm going to be a November guest CT for Connie Prince Designs!!! I'm so excited because I absolutely love Connie's stuff. Being on the creative team means that I get to see and play with the kits before they are released for sale to the general public. It is my job to create layouts and post them around the digi-scrapping world and generally promote Connie's designs. That's the easiest thing in the world for me to do.

There is no doubt that Connie Prince is a designing ninja.....that girl turns out more kits per month than any other designer I know so I expect to be super busy this month. I've already created some layouts, but can't show them off for a couple of days yet. In the meantime, you can find Connie Prince Designs at the following stores:

Gotta Pixel
Elemental Scraps
Scrapbook Bytes
Scrap Matters

Connie has plenty of stuff going on in November, especially for next weekend which is DSD, or Digital Scrapping Day. Stay tuned for specials, contests and, most especially, FUN! You can also find out what's going on by visiting Connie's blog, Scrapinfusions, so there's no need to miss a thing. We hope you join us for a wild ride in November.

As if that's not enough news about Connie Prince Designs, it can now be told that Connie will be doing an extended guest spot at Scrapbook Graphics as well. I guess she won't be getting ANY SLEEP this month at all!