Thursday, August 13, 2009

Inspire Me!

Ahh yes, life is good. I am having fun doing a little playing around and having a chance creating something simply for the sake of creating. However, soon I am going to have to get down to work because I have something fun going on......

Wanna come cruising and scrapbooking with me in October? On a big boat? Wanna see the Eastern Seaboard?

I am extremely excited to announce that I am going to be joining Oh My Crafts as an instructor for their annual 2009 Fall Cruise to Eastern Canada and New England from October 3rd - 10th, 2009.

I will also be with my good pal and talented instructor Trisha Ladouceur.

How awesome is that?

Our departing point is in New York City and from there we visit
Halifax, Nova Scotia
St. John, New Brunswick
Bar Harbour, Maine
Boston, Massachusetts
and Newport, Rhode Island

So add in some fun classes, some great sponsors and a whole lot of scrapbooking and I say that you have one inspiring holiday!

If you are interested, you can find more information here.

So like I was saying, I am enjoying this little bit of time before I get down to business to just create and play around. Quite a while back, I had purchased a Tim Holtz Grungeboard Mini Album and some Grungeboard embellishments. Since then it has sat there and I have been staring longingly the whole time.

so I pulled out my inks, paints, stamps, glimmer mists and anything else that was sure to make one heck of a mess and this is what I came up with.

For all the examples, I primed every page with different colors of Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint. It added a fun texture to play with.

As you can see, I also stamped some faint images onto the surface and then I went in with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist to color it in.

This page was really fun and it tested out some basic painting skills that have not used in absolutely forever!

I did a color wash for the sky using my favorite acrylic paint from Claudine Hellmuth's Studio Line collection for Ranger. Lastly, I added some clouds to the background and voila!

Gotta add that Prima to make the page extra cheery!

Lots more ink and Glimmer Mist for the letters and the butterfly too.

On this page, I used Grungeboard embellishments and covered them with gold leafing for a genuine gold look. To emulate the millions of stars in the sky, I used the Ranger Distress Stickles.

This last one I did, I had to lift from Tim Holtz and his Grungeboard demo. I love the little hearts, wings and crown combo, it is completely cute!

And there you have it. I hope you come join me in October and if not, I'll have a ton of pictures to share!

Monday, August 3, 2009

What Goes On With No Sense of Time or Schedule.

Ahh, yes. Relaxation. This folks, is where I threw any sense of schedule away for two weeks. This is a place that is surrounded by trees and rocks, bears and plenty of fish.

This is Rocky Lake, Manitoba.

This was the first time that I had ever ventured to this place and the trek was 12 hours, but it was completely worth it! Picture if you will the Canadian Shield, which means towering rocks and forest everywhere. The views were amazing! I mean, you wake up, get out of your trailer and look out upon this.......

Can you imagine? Rocks everywhere. Even the little islands in the lake were perfect little tables of rocks with a beautiful cropping of evergreens bursting into the sky.

And we loved the hospitality. This gorgeous place is home to Ed and Arleigh Tomchak, owners of the lovely Kum-Bac Kabins. It is definitely a popular destination. Friendly faces and faces from everywhere. We met people staying there from all over. Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, North Dakota, Kansas, Indiana, Missouri and even as far as Texas!

What brings everyone form everywhere out to this remote place? Why, the fishing, of course! There is nothing more gratifying than casting out your line, getting that bite and reeling in a fish on a thin little line. There is also no better meal than fresh fish for a fish fry either. Yummy!

As you can see, we also managed to get a fair share of photographs. Between myself and my camera nut of a husband, we the photos that we came home with were absolutely breath taking.

As I am sure, you can already tell I made a page. I told you in my last post that I decided to get back into the routine.

I told you I was back! Alrighty, until next time, see you later!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Finding My Way Back Again or What i Did On My Extended Summer Vacation.

Hey there! It has been a while since I have been over to this blog, but I found that sometimes you need to put certain things to the side to focus on other bits of life. You know, get a shift in perspective and that is precisely what I did. Here I thought that this would be a year where I would be mega busy, working my little butt off with scrapbooking goodness, and it just didn't happen like I expected.

Instead, I just kind of sunk away and played Facebook until my heart's content. You know, that Mafia Wars game is plenty addicting.......

Well, that is not all that I did. I was plenty busy at home too.

I planted a flowerbed. It looks a little too weedy right now, but hey, considering not everything is dead yet, I am doing better than my average on that.

I spent more time with my boys. Every chance I have got, I have gone boating, fishing, walking, off to the park, went for lunch and suppers, BBQ'd, played ball and all that good stuff.

I lost 15 lbs and counting. I started eating better and being a lot more active. I can't say I have lost half my ass, but I am getting there!

I learned to fish. Yes, I already knew how to cast your line, reel it in and catch a fish, but this time around, I learned how to tie my line so my husband doesn't have to do it for me, the difference between different types of lures and when to use them, as well as many other things.

Hubby and I got some alone time. Some *real* alone time. Grandpa and Grandma took Jake for a couple of weeks. While they had fun, Trevor and I got to spend some rare time together.

I got a week alone.

But after all that, I have the urge to go downstairs and work on a page or ten. I guess that never urge never dies out, does it? I guess not, because all that time that I didn't make anything, I still bought some supplies here and there. So yep, I am back on the scrapbook horse again and I will talk to all again really soon.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Random Thoughts and advice on Las Vegas (a little riske!!)

My hubby and I just finished getting home from a long-awaited, much needed trip away. Where did we go? We took an fun and fabulous trip to Sin City, Las Vegas and we loved every second, except when we got the flu on our way home. We are now recouping from our poor sleeping habits and buffet overload, and catching up on a few things while we were gone. 

Before this, my hubby was a Vegas virgin. He'd never seen it's enormity and me being now a third-time veteran, I was happy to show him the sites. But despite being there a few times, I never fail to learn something new there and even remind myself about things I forgot. 

So, here is a little rundown of things I learned. I hope that you learn something too or at least you can relate to many of the things I say. And most of all, I hope you get a little chuckle along the way. 
1. Leave crap weather like this at home. Don't hesitate. Yes, I know that the desert can be cold this time of year, but after leaving a mess like this, any measure of sunshine and the opportunity to walk out of a building wearing less clothing and sunglasses is something you will appreciate. 

2. Go get a good cut and color before you go. Give yourself a manicure and a pedicure. Paint your toenails. You'll feel sassy and new. It sets the tone for the whole trip. 

3. If you think you brought good shoes for walking, you are lying to yourself. Your feet will feel pain. Lots of pain and when they do, you'll be looking longingly at the folks that are riding those scooters with envy. Visions, will pop into your head about knocking them off and stealing them. Resist the temptation and buy the most orthopedic runners you can find. No, they won't mach your outfit, but after a while, you won't care.

4. Nothing is free. Your friends keep bragging about the free drinks or dollar margaritas, but in the end, they have a teaspoon of booze in them our you are spending your life savings on a nickel slot to obtain them. Stick to the free-poured half yards of booze for $15- $20 a pop and you'll get a good buzz on.  

5. The guys wearing any Edmonton Oilers paraphernelia are always carrying a big-ass drink. 

6. Vegas can be tacky. Embrace the tacky. Love the tacky. This may be the only chance to wear that rhinestone-encrusted shirt you bought on a whim and now look at in utter disgust and you will look normal. 

7. You will be sucked into listening to a time share spiel at least once. Why? Because no matter how intelligent you are, if you are over 28 years old and live with your significant other, when you first arrive they secretly stamp "sucker" on your head at the airport. Don't worry, it slowly washes of in the shower. 

But how can you not? Cheap show tickets, cash and all for 2-hours of your time to look at a time share. And we would have done it until they asked for a $40 refundable deposit to make sure you attend.  Please refer to point #3.

There is no way in hell that I would ever place a deposit to see something you are trying to sell me. So after a while, even if you look 80 years old, you start to tell them you are under 28, and no, you don't live with that guy on your arm, you are just sleeping together. 

8. With all that walking, you may think you are losing weight, and you may be, but after one buffet, it will mean absolutely nothing. 

9. There is such a thing as "too much buffet".

10. There is no such thing as silence in this town. The slots, the music, the people. You will not escape it. You will begin to wish you were deaf. 

11. After 5 minutes at the Fashion Show Mall, your ears will begin bleeding after listening to Apple's Ipod advertisement. It is so annoying, that you will run into the mall to escape it. It's quite a devious ploy. 

"I tried to do handstands for you, I tried to do handstands for you. Every time, I fell on you, every time I fell, for, you-ooh-ooh, you-ooh, ooh, ooh  ooh. For you." 

You've been forewarned.
12. Dress up in that sexy designer booby shirt you found at Winner's and have previously had no occasion to wear it. Make yourself up like a million bucks and have a night on the town. Avoid the buffet and have a nice sit down dinner. Toast each other. See a show. Make a whole event out of an evening. It will be exotic. It will be romantic. You will feel youthful and sexy. It will spice up your love life.  You'll thank me later. 

13. If you are going to gamble, don't spend your time wasting away at a penny slot. Staring at a screen is not fulfilling. 

Learn one or two of the casino games before you go and gamble at a table or two.  You'll end up meeting a ton of people and have a great conversation or ten. We met people from Texas, Ireland, Toronto, and all over. 

The dealers are a hoot too. They share in your joy when you win and share in your angst when you don't. And, if the dealer is too stuffy, run for your life. Their attitude sets the tone for the table. You will not have fun. 

I got an old school dealer at one table, and can you believe the dude smacked my fingers not once but twice? I never did anything but raise my free hand to high, which wasn't any different from what I had done at any other table. Needless to say, I found another table quickly.

14. Go be a tacky tourist. Take a ton of pictures. Go see shows, exhibits and attractions. Like I said in #3, nothing is free, but if you don't stop and spend a bit of money on these things, I think you are missing out on a little bit of the magic. 

There are simply a lot of cool things at those pricy little attractions. Wax figures (c'mon, I got to pose with the President!), shark reefs and touching real stingrays, seeing a 15-ton portion of the actual Titanic and real recovered artifacts, dolphins and tigers and lions close up, the list goes on. 

It's fun, it's touristy, but you are missing out. Because really, where else in your lifetime are you ever going to see those things in that way again? You simply won't. Say what the heck and go.  

If you take my advice, bring your Canadian Auto Association card (CAA, AMA, AAA, whatever). You'll save yourself a little bit on admissions because you'll need the extra cash where you can (again, see point #3).

15. Even of you don't plan to buy a ton of things, go shopping. Enter those designer shops tall and proud and like you bleeding cash. Pick things up, try things on.  It is your one chance to play dress up, grown-up style. It is a fun fantasy and you are most likely never going to that chance again.

16. In the end, I liked the purses and scarves on the street better than most of the pricy, fancy-schmancy forum shops.  Nothing wrong with that, eh?

Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed!!!!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Digi Scrapping Meets Techno-Geekery: A Tutorial

The last time I had a cell phone was about 2 and a half years ago. 

No. I'm not kidding. 

And honestly, I think it was just me being stubborn. And a bit stupid. Well, considering that I sometimes get a message from my sitter a little later than I should and my winter commute can be fairly treacherous, particularly this past winter, I figured that maybe it was time to cave in. 

And well, since I like staying atop of of all my forms of communication, I caved and got myself a smart phone. In fact, I got myself a pretty, girly Blackberry Curve 8330. 

And I am in love. There is a lot to this little machine and to learn to master it, I have been spending a little time at I learned how to do many things and one of them is to get my Blackberry looking exactly the way I want. 

And then as a digi scrapper, I pondered the idea of bringing the two together. How can I apply my scrapbook geekery to my techo-geekery. Surely the two could be harmonic. Of course, the answer to this is a resounding YES!

Here's my like?

Want to learn how to make your own personal scrapbooked wallpaper for any type of smartphone?

I am going to show you how to do it on Adobe Photoshop Elements. To start, you have to have a little bit working knowledge of this program and know how to place digital elements on a page. If you don't, you can get a crash course by watching SIStv webisode #63

You also need to gather your some digital paper and embellishments. All my digital elements are courtesy of Prima Hybrid but if you want some free digital elements, I suggest taking a look through the Ikea Goddess blog.

Once you have some digi elements, you can get started. Here we go!!!!!

Open up Adobe Elements.
Go to "File", then "New" and click on "Blank File". 

Next you need to name the file.
Then, you need to set the pixel width and height of the picture. My Curve has pixel dimensions of 320 x 240, so for this example, that is the size I am using. However, you will size your file to fit your smart phone screen. 

To find your screen size for your Blackberry, go here.
If you don't have a Blackberry, a good reference for other phones is right here.

Start assembling your design. 

Lay down the digital paper, your photo and the digital embellishments. 

Considering that I have a tool bar that defaults on the left side of my screen, I made sure that I didn't place much detail in that particular spot. 

Once you are done creating your design, click on "File" and then click on "Save for Web".

This is where we will make your creation's file size as compact as possible without losing its crisp appearance on your phone. 

On circle #1, ensure 2 things:
1. The height and the width matches your screen proportions.
2. "Constrain Proportions" is checked off. 

Then press "Apply". 

Next, go to the "Quality" portion as shown in circle #2. Click on the number and a slider will appear. Move the slider so that the quality of the picture increases. As you do this, your file size will increase in circle #3. Slide the slider so that the file size is about 100KB. 

Then press OK (circle #4), name the file and save it on your computer. 

Lastly, send the picture to your phone and make it your new wallpaper according to manufacturer instructions. 

Sunday, January 18, 2009

This Is What We Do In Sylvan Lake on a Nice Winter Day.

This past weekend has been absolutely gorgeous and so was the weekend before that. I am more than happy to have a little reprieve from the deep cold that we have been experiencing, as cabin fever tends to set in just a little too easily. 

This past weekend, Jake and I joined the neighbors for an afternoon weenie roast in the backyard, which was filled with good conversation and screaming children running and screeching in delight as they wore themselves out. But last week we ventured a little bit further than just our back yard. It was time to head out to the lake. 

So, I donned my trusty winter boots. 

They aren't too girly, are they? I guess this shoe shot is a far cry from the majority of the she shots you see. Usually they are a little more dainty and colorful, and trust me, I miss those kind of shoes, because these bad girls are about 5 pounds each!

Off to the lake we went. And I love seeing the lake during the winter, because it is the one time of year that you see a true sense of community. In the summer, we are there, but being a busy tourist destination, that sense of community tends to be masked. It is only winter, when the tourists seem to hibernate that we town folk emerge and take the lake to ourselves. 

This year, besides the ski-dooing, ice fishing and skating, there is a new landmark in town that we are enjoying..........

This is the first time I have ever seen one and it is cool, literally and figuratively. 

The creator of this beautiful structure is an Edmonton sculpturer named, Delayne Corbett

The ice castle made from 300lb ice blocks that had to be imported from Vancouver. They are specially made in a special flash freezing process. 

The optimum temperature to construct this is approximately -10 Celcius. Any colder and the ice becomes too brittle to work with. The mortar to solidify the structure was a mix of water and snow, and its windows, doorway and detailing was created using chainsaws, chisels and torches. Cool, huh?

It even came complete with ice benches to rest our weary behinds! Made for some chilly and damp butt cheeks, but that is always cured by several things. Walking in my 10 pound boots, having a nice steaming cup of hot chocolate and sinking into a warm bath. 

So, no harm. Sit. Watch the town marvel and laugh and enjoy. 

And now, I must escape outside again. It is another beautiful winter day that we have been granted. I must go seize it! Later! 

Friday, January 16, 2009

If You Are Off to CHA.....

I have to admit, I am a little sad this winter that I won't be at CHA. I love going to the show to connect with friends and colleges, to do a little bit of business and see the products, of course!!!! What fun is CHA if you don't stop and take in all the goodies! 

Speaking of goodies, Prima has a promotion during CHA

Here is the SCOOP..........

Come by the Prima booth at CHA (#3535)for your chance to scoop as many flowers as you can in 10 seconds!!!

Who will be scooping?

Everyone who places an order PLUS... Every 2 hours we will do a random drawing and 5 people in the crowd will also get to scoop.

We will be handing out Prima brag bags to carry your flower loot in. Come back by the booth often for a second, third or fourth opportunity to FILL YOUR BAG!

Stop by the booth at any time to pick up a ticket! Get to the booth early for the best odds of winning! 

See? I wish I was going! 

Have fun, say hi to Paris Hilton too. Yep, she'll be there!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Lucky Seven

So....... they say that this is the year that we get antsy. Restless. A completely tough and tumultuous year. 

I think I need to shout it from the rooftops! I love that man of mine. 

A week after New Year's, Trevor and I will have been together for seven years. And I can't complain one iota. I think this is our lucky year. Yep, lucky seven. 

Lucky in love. Lucky to understand and respect and have the same in return. Lucky to have a child with this man. Lucky to not want for nothing. Lucky to be with my best friend. 

And it keeps getting better. 

Prima Products Used:
Patterned Paper: The Pulse Collection in Crew, Tagged, and Pulse
Paper Paintables
Flowers: Whispers in Black Tie Event, Belle Fleur, Sweethearts and Lollipops in Frosty Aqua
Brad Nails: Pulse and Morning Song
Chipboard Letters: Dude Chipboard Monograms and Journalist Chipboard Alphas in Aqua
Ribbon: Velvet Flower in Black
Say It In Crystals Swirls

Other Products Used:
German Paper Trim - Papier Valise
Punches: Notebook Paper and Scalloped – Stampin’ Up
Cardstock: Coordinations Cardstock

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

New Primadonna Classes while Helping Out a Great Cause!

Hey everybody! I am so excited, I can finally shout it from the rooftop, I have some new Upcoming Primadonna classes coming up.
I am happy to announce my participation with the Okotoks Scrapbook Convention on Saturday March 14, 2009 at the Foothills Centennial Centre from 10 am to 11 pm. Prepare for a full day of cropping!
Proceeds for this event are going to Rowan House Women's Emergency Shelter. It is an excellent cause and an important organization. There are many women and children here in Alberta that have been forced to leave their homes and have no where else to turn. So, please come out and show your support.  

So, I am thrilled to be participating in this event with participating with  a couple of Primadonna classes. 


Class price is $20 (materials subject to change based on availability)

Class price $25 (materials subject to change based on availability)

Sign up and come have some fun and support a great cause. Registration starts on January 12th. 

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Holee Crow Ma, I am on YouTube!!!!!


Hey everybody, 2009 is now upon us. With a new year comes new things to do. 
So.........I thought that I would try some new things this year and this is one of the first. 
I am testing the waters, sort of speak. It's a little rough around the edges, oh, and please ignore that the freeze frame is a horrid shot of my gob hanging open and my eyes bugging out. That is courtesy of YouTube and their uncanny ability to catch you at the worst possible frame of your movie.
Let's all give them a round of applause just for that!