Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Little Red Wagon Challenge #109 - Eyelets

Hello all!

I'm back with this week's Little Red Wagon challenge. This week Regan is challenging us to use eyelets! Remember them? I used to use them all the time. So I dug into my wagon, found some star shaped eyelets and used them on the flower embellishing this card:

I used Jingle paper by Lily Bee and followed sketch 143 at CardPatterns too.

So dig out those eyelets and link up your creation over at Little Red Wagon, we love to see what you create.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Winter Picnic

It's been awhile but I couldn't resist playing along with the Shabby Tea Room's 90th challenge to create something based on this photo:

I dug out my embossing folders and created this card:

The white, kraft and silver are all inspired by the photo but the card is true to my more clean style.

I have another card idea based on this photo that I may also be back with later this week.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Twenty Three Adult Truths

Hello there!

My friend Brenda sent me this e-mail today and it was just too funny not to share(my commentary in bold):

1. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!How true!

5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood. I think?!

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind-of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories. Yep, they do!

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day. Happens to me at about noon every day, hey at least they get half a day out of me!

12.Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.

13 . I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to. I've so been there.

14. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

15. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

16. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Light than Kay.

17. I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.

18. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

19. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said? Is it bad to admit I've done this?

20. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front.
Stay strong, brothers and sisters! So agree with this!

21. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty,and you can wear them forever.

22. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone,
and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away,in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time.

23. The first testicular guard, the "Cup," was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974.
That means it only took 100 years for mento realize that their brain is also important. Too funny!

Hope a few of these gave you a laugh today.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

It's The Simple Things Saturday on Sunday

I made a quick trip to the market early yesterday morning to pick up some evergreen branches.

I dressed in my warmer jacket, scarf and gloves then went outside.

To my surprise it was practically balmy at a moderate 8 degrees celsius. I was definitely overdressed.

But it was a wonderful morning for a visit to the market.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

A Couple of Tags


I thought I'd share a couple more tags I'm considering for my tag swap.

I'm still not completely sold on either though.

Decisions, decisions.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Papertrey November Blog Hop

Happy Friday!

I spent the day shopping in Stratford, Ontario(hometown of Justin Beiber), then came home and was browsing blogs when I realized it is PTI Blog Hop day.

Since I still had time to participate, I decided to go ahead and create something based on the Blog Hop inspiration pic:

I'm hosting a Christmas tag swap in just over a week and have yet to decide on what I'm going to make. So based on the photo,I created this tag:

I used the Background Basics Gingham stamp along with the Damask snowflake die.

Overall I'm pretty happy with it but do want to try out some other tag ideas before I decide on the one I'll swap.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Little Red Wagon Challenge #108 - Christmas Project

Happy Wednesday!

Did you know there are only 31 days until Christmas?!

Well to help get a start on those Christmas items, Avril has challenged us to create a Christmas project.

I created a candy cane favour based on an idea I found on Pinterest.

I think it could also be used to adorn a gift

We'd love it if you would play along and link up your Christmas creation at Little Red Wagon.

Thanks for stopping by and if you can leave a comment so I can come and visit you.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Winter Palace/Hermitage

Today I'm back with photos of the Winter Palace, now part of the Hermitage.

From 1732 to 1917 it was the official residence of the Russian Tsars.

Signs of opulence are everywhere and were meant to convey the might and power of  Imperial Russia.

Gold leaf adorns doors, walls and ceilings.

Ceilings contain intricate detail.

As do inlaid wood floors.

Huge malachite urns.

Marble inlaid floors with amazing details.

Gorgeous Venetian glass chandeliers.

Beautiful and stunning columns creating fabulous arches.

A gold leaf chandelier.

Such detailed ceilings.

Truly phenomenal.

Another elaborate door.

A lapis urn.

And more beautiful ceiling details leading to  a skylight.

And a detailed,gold leafed urn.

Part of the exterior of the palace, note the statues running along the roofline.

And although we were allowed entry earlier than the general public, by the time we left it was packed.

Here's a couple of photos showing the number of people there.

It was truly an amazing place and words just do not do it justice. For history on the palace click here.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Christmas Banner Swap Peek

I'm participating in a Christmas banner swap later this week and thought I'd share a peek of my piece:

Enjoy your Monday and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Paperwhites - A Tradition

Forcing paperwhite bulbs has become a pre-Christmas tradition for me.

Last year I tried them in vases with glass marbles which worked well so I have used this technique again this year.

More photos to come when they are in bloom!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Little Red Wagon #107 - Paper Piecing

This week Joanne is challenging us to create a project with a stamped paper piecing.

I used one of my favourites Papertrey Banner Builder stamp and die set to create this card:

If you can why don't you join us over at Little Red Wagon with your stamped and paper pieced creation, we love to see what you create.

And although I did make this card a little while back in prep for this challenge, I noticed it also fits sketch 140 over Card Patterns too!

Have a great Wednesday!