Child’s Play “Favourite Things” Blog Hop

Hey everyone, and welcome to the Child’s Play “Favourite Things” Blog Hop!  You should have arrived from Stephanie’s Blog not, hit the Child’s Play Blog to get started!

When I was a baby, only hours old, I got my 1st Stuffed Animal:  Floppy.  I don’t know who named him, or how the name came about, but he’s always been Floppy.  He was a gift from my Paternal Grandmother.  She gave one to each of her sons’ 1st child.  I am the only one who developed an attachment to mine.  I slept with him every night til I was a teenager!  Now, he sits on my dresser and watches over me.

Me and Floppy at 3 Days Old and Floppy in 2013.

Me and Floppy at 3 Days Old and Floppy in 2013.

Ok, now… don’t faint!  I know, this is NOT the style you’ve come to expect from me.  In fact, I think this is the 2nd time I’ve ever used flowers on a LO.  Yeah…. I had to dig deep to make this work.  But, I like the way it turned out.  (Still never going to switch to this style permanently.  But it makes a nice change.)

The centre cream block is made from 1 piece of pp that I tore, distressed, tore, distressed, layered, layered with lace, distressed and finally let dry.  I quite like the effect.  And, it really is a fairly simple LO, even though it looks very busy.

Thanks for stopping by!  Your next point of call is Heather’s Blog.  See you there!


I Can’t Believe I Didn’t Post This!

Wow… Talk about behind the times!  I knew I’d been bad about keeping my blog updated, but this is beyond the pale!

What’s every scrapper’s secret dream?  (Well, some people are more overt than others.  It was my secret dream.)  To get published, of course!  Even me.  Except… I had never done anything about it.  I’d never sent anything in to anywhere for submission.  Not once.  Kind of hard to get published if you’re not submitting!

Well, in June 2012, I saw that Creating Keepsakes had a call out for “New Beginnings” for the January/February 2013 issue.  I’d recently finished a LO of my nephew’s hospital photos.  What’s a newer beginning than a baby’s birth?!?  And, this is where my neglect of my blog comes in handy…. I hadn’t got around to publishing it here yet!  So, since I’d not yet shown it off, I could submit it.  So I did.

Two weeks later, I got an email saying it had been accepted for publication.

I remember the moment vividly.  I was in my sister’s Jeep at the Petrol Station.  She was pumping petrol, and I pulled out my phone to check emails.  I saw an email from CK and didn’t even think about my LO.  (I’ve been a moderator for their ClubCK — sadly it’s closing in 2 weeks 😥 — for 3 years, now, so getting emails from them isn’t all that unusual for me.)  I opened it up and had to read it twice before my brain processed it.  Seriously.  I thought, “What?  No, wait… WHAT?!?”  THEN I squealed.  And jumped out of the car to tell my sister.  After all, it’s HER SON that was going to be famous!  (Oh, and had to get her to sign all sorts of permissions for his image to be published.)

Here’s a screen shot from the published version (Copyright Creating Keepsakes Magazine 2012)

Wait, me?  Published?

My darling nephew’s first baby photos. My first published LO.

So, that’s one thing off my bucket list, I guess.  It’s nearly a year since I submitted that LO, and I still can’t believe it.  It’s just weird.

Me! Published! *shock*

Mother’s Day Blog Hop

Hey everyone! Welcome to the Mother’s Day Blog Hop for 2012.  You should have arrived here from Jennifer D’s ScrapDrawer.  If not, please jump to Amanda’s blog to get started.

Mother’s Day is always a tough thing for me to figure out what to do about.  It’s not a birthday or Christmas, which are the main gift giving holidays in our family, but it’s still a time I want to do something for.  I do love and appreciate my mother, after all.  So, I figured the best thing I could do was a scrapbook page for the book I’ve made her.  It’s just something that I add to on occasion, no specific theme, so it wouldn’t matter if it didn’t “fit” the rest of the book, and I didn’t have to do a huge project to show my mom I love her.

So, without further explanation, here’s my page:

That’s my mom!  And, yes… she’s holding me.  I’m about 3 months old, I think.  Anyway… it was a sweet photo, so I tried to keep the rest of it simple.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!  I love you!

If you’re following along the hop, be sure to leave a comment on every blog.  Amanda is pulling a random winner from her blog, and from one of the other blogs.  And, of course, I have a giveaway, too.  Leave a comment here for a chance to win.  Become a follower (there’s an email follow button down on the side bar, if you scroll a bit) or tell me that you already are for a 2nd chance.  Link to my blog from yours, or your FB page, or pin something from here to Pinterest, for a 3rd chance.  Do that before 11.59 pm Saturday 12 May, for your chance.  I’ll announce the winner on Sunday, 13 May (Mother’s Day).

On to your next stop: Andrea Joy’s Blog.

1st Pumpkin

I’ve been having such a great time scrapping my Nephew.  Of course, part of it would probably be that I’m crazy about that kid!  He was adorable over Halloween with the pumpkins. The 1st go around was when we went to the Pumpkin Patch to find the perfect pumpkins.  He was so happy toting around a tiny pumpkin or trying to pick up a full size one.  Adorable.  He did not want to leave!  It was adorable.  Here’s the proof:


Patterned Papers are all MME Mischievous (this year’s Halloween). Card Stock is Basil. Kind of like the fun pennants up at the top being ribbons! They’re stitched on. Inks are Distress Ink (Soot Black) and Color Box (Wicked Black).  Title is Fabric Thickers.

Journaling reads: E—- loved his first trip to the Pumpkin Patch. In fact, we had a tough time getting him to leave!

1 October 2011


Then, the adventure of carving our pumpkins!  Ooooh boy!  That was excitement, that was!  Seriously, this was brilliant!  He had to “help” Daddy by stealing the scraper.  Yeah, that made our lives a lot more complicated.  And forget getting it off him for a spoon.  Oh no, don’t be ridiculous.  He saw THAT trick coming a mile off.  Anything you want is clearly superior to whatever it is you’re trying to pawn off on him.  But it was worth it to see his smile!


Title – 1st Jack O’Lantern – Alphabet – Allison Pennington – Maniacal Monograms
Paper – Art Wharehouse – October 31st
Pumpkins – Katie Periet – Paper Cuts No 2
Journaling Font – CrazyCrazy

Journaling reads:

E—-’s 1st experience with pumpkin carving.  It was a total hit!  He loved “helping” Daddy carve.  Of course, once he was done with his pumpkin, he had to come “help” with Aunt Adele’s.  And good luck getting the tools away from him!

October 2011


My nephew started clasping his fingers at a VERY young age.  And he’d do it all the time.  You’d be walking around with him, and he’d have his fingers clasped and just be wide-eyed taking in the world.  Bless him.  He is just so adorable.  He still does it (he’s a little over a year, now) but, not quite the same.  For one, his dexterity has improved, so he doesn’t “miss” as much.  Totally makes us laugh, though.  I found that I his hand-holding (interdigitating – what can I say?  My family is Geek!) in a load of my photos.

Here’s the LO I did with the best.

And, here are some close-up photos of the hidden journaling and photos inside the envelope.

The envelope stemmed from a challenge that a friend issued, to have “something hidden, either journaling or a photo” on our LO.  Obviously, I went above and beyond.  The LO idea came from a Sketchy Thursday sketch.  Those of you who know me, or know my work, you know that I like making those little envelopes.  They’re actually really easy.  And, recently I’ve started lining them.  They just look so pretty with a lining.

CS – Kraft Paper, Reflections, Cord’inations
PP – MM Paper Reverie
Ink – Reflections Black Dye
Tie for envelope – Thread that I knotted
Punch – EK Success
Alpha – Thickers
Brads – Basil
Journaling – Font – CrazyCrazy
Sketch – Sketchy Thursday

As promised, here’s the template for the envelope.  It’s 4×4, finished, which is twice as large as the envelope template I posted the other week.

To print it out, simply click on the image, and print using your browser’s print feature.  Or, you can also save it and print using whatever program you prefer.

Now, to make the closure I used here, I did something really simple.  1st – to make the circles, I took a chapstick and traced the lid.  It’s the perfect size!  Then, I folded up a tiny piece of paper to make the shank.  Next, I used my paper piercer to poke a hole through the center of each of the circles, and through the folded papers.  Finally, I used a tiny brad to attach the circle and shank to the envelope.  The string is thread I knotted.  You could braid or knot or whatever.  You could also use baker’s twine, or other heavier string.

Well, that’s it for me tonight.  Don’t forget – there’s just 1 day left before I draw a winner for the magazine!


Known Baby Book

So, this is apparently the year for babies!  Not only are my friends in Ireland having a baby later this month (the ones for whom I made the “Unknown Baby Book) and my sister’s due in September, but my best friend had one in April.  However, because she’s Australian, and they live here (he’s English), her mum couldn’t make it over til July.  So they waited to have the baby blessed til her mum could be here.  So I went up for the blessing, and took their baby book.  They had a boy.  (Name has been obscured to protect the innocent.)

And, here’s  the card I made, too.

Now, what’s really awesome is, that edge punch I used for the ruffle on the baby pram?  I used the same one to make the wheels.  Oh, and it’s the same punch I used to make the splashes on the “Splish Splash” page!  Love it when I can make a border punch work overtime!

Unknown Baby Book

My friends in Ireland are expecting a baby!  There’s over 13 years between their 1st child and their 2nd, so it’s very exciting!  I was visiting Ireland (stopped off at their house, but wanted to do more than just visit this family) last week, so I made a baby book for them.  Only problem was . . . the baby’s shy and won’t share if s/he’s a boy or a girl!  So I had the challenge of making a baby book that will work for either a boy or a girl.  And, since the baby hasn’t been born yet, I had to leave the full date empty.  So I gave them extra number stickers to finish that off when s/he’s born.