Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Another Graphic 45 Layout...

This one is of my husband.  It was taken last year and I thought that the "Le Cirque" Collection by Graphic 45 would be perfect for it.

Graphic 45, I think we may have a love affair happening, but don't tell my husband.  He he he!

Have a scrap happy day!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Graphic 45 - First Layout

I wanted to share a layout I did last week while I was away in Fort McMurray.  This one is of my son and I  this summer.

Graphic 45 Le Cirque Collection, Prima flower, Jenni Bowlin (Vintage Buttons), Cosmo Cricket (Red Letter Stickers) Graphic 45 ("Curtain Call" letter sticker), Maya Road (Journal Die Cut),  twine,  Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Black Soot, and Vintage)

I used the Graphic 45 Le Cirque collection.  This is the first time I have ever tried Graphic 45 as I have always felt that it was out of my comfort zone.  It was fun!  I think I will have to try some more as I love their papers.  Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Twisted Sketches Design Team Layout #115

The sketch for layout #115 is posted today on  www.twistedsketches.org for this week.


I loved doing this layout on my mom.   I got to play with some flowers and bling that I bought from Prima and patterned papers from Kaisercraft.  The twist was "clear" so my take on that was it was "clear" that my mom is a selfless, devoted person.

Check out the sketch on www.twistedsketches.org and play along.  Just link your layout up and enter for a prize.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Where Does The Time Go?

Enjoying my time up in Fort McMurray.  The weather is gorgeous this morning and I just finished dropping my husband Rick off at a course he is taking in town this week.  It will be nice to have some wheels and go see my friend Tracy and her son Connor today for a visit.

This summer has gone by way too quickly and it's less than two weeks away from the beginning of a new school year for my youngest son Clayton, who is going into junior high this year.  He is apprehensive about it, but I reassured him that it is normal to feel this way and that he will probably really enjoy it once he gets over the first day jitters.  There will be lots of new things to experience and he can expand his horizons with options such as photography, computers, clubs, etc.

Today I also want to congratulate my oldest son and his wife as they are celebrating their third wedding anniversary today.  Wow!  Three years already.  Where has the time gone?  It was such a beautiful, hot day that day.

 Also, my daughter and her husband just celebrated their first year wedding anniversary in May.  I can't believe that two of my children are already married.  One more to go....but that will be a while I'm sure.

Time just goes by way too quickly.  That reminds me....my twelvth year anniversary is September 5.  That's not even a month away!  It has been the happiest twelve years of my life.  Sure, we have our good days and not so good days but all in all I love being married to my best friend and I truly would marry him all over again.  

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Back In The Mac

 It's August and we are taking a trip north to Fort McMurray....this is a canola field about two hours south of  Fort McMurray.
Canola field near Wandering River
Rick, Clay and I are spending the week together in Fort McMurray.  Rick is employed here and I am grateful for the living that Fort McMurray provides for my family.

My Hubby Rick
These photos are from last summer and I plan on taking more this summer, but we just arrived so it will be later this week.  Here is a photo of Rick getting off the bus to greet Clayton after work. 

Greeting Dad As He Gets Off The Bus After His Shift
This is the nice lake we used to camp at and still visit.  It's only 30 minutes south of Fort McMurray and it's a great place to spend a nice summer day.
Gregoire Lake
Just down from where my husband rents a basement suite there are these beautiful trails to walk, rollerblade or cycle on.  They have recently put in exercise equipment along the trails.  So cool!  Time to get in shape so I can use them.
Birchwood Trails

Here is the home where we lived for five years.  It was our first home and Clayton was just 19 months old when we moved there.  We lived there until Clayton was in grade two.  Now the home is for sale again.  Unfortunately it is listed for a whopping price of  $769,000!  It's amazing how houses up here can quadruple in 10 years!

Our home from 2001-2006
 Clayton and I hung out at one of the many spray parks

Waterways Spray Park
Here is my handsome boy,  Clayton

We are looking forward to hanging with some great people.  This is Tracy.

Tracy McKinnon

She is an amazing gal that is a school trustee, a radio station announcer for a family christian radio station here in Fort McMurray, and a great friend.  This is Connor, Tracy's son.

Clayton and Connor

He is an awesome kid who is a terric baseball player.  Clayton and Connor like to hang out, swim, go to movies and play video games.

Well there you have it.  It's going to be another fun time in Fort McMurray and looking forward to hanging out with my husband and son, my peeps, going to the beach,  taking photos,  and maybe do some shopping. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

I Made The Design Team!

Yes I am very excited and honored to announce that I made the Twisted Sketches Design Team - Layouts! I am super stoked to work with all these talented ladies from all over the world.  It looks like I am the only Canadian gal on the team.  It is going to be fun! I will be creating layouts for Anam Stubbington's wonderful sketches.  My term is from August 2011 to January 2012.

In order to try out for the team,  a sketch was provided from Anam and the twist was "vintage".  Here was my take:

Back In Time
My husband and I love cars so we are in our local Camaro club and also attend car shows.  This was one of the classic cars in the last World Of Wheels show that we attended.  I love taking photos of cars.

I pulled out some October Afternoon "5 and Dime" papers and embellishments for this layout and layered, inked and machine stitched this layout.

Looking so forward to the next six months and meeting all the designers.  Thanks Anam!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Some Quick, Simple Layouts

I did these two layouts before work yesterday.  They were quick to pull together once I had an idea what I wanted to create.  These are of my youngest son Clayton, who is the baby of the family.  There is a fifteen year span between my oldest son and my youngest son, Clayton.  Yes, he is a bit spoiled, but he is my last child and I have learned to not sweat the small stuff.   I enjoy his company because my older two are married and live a few hours away and with all the shift workers in my family, it is a challenge to see them, especially all at once.

Here are the two layouts:

I hand cut the "fries" freehand.  I bet you can't guess what the "M" stands for.  They are our favorite french fries hands down!

Hope you have a great day!

Oh and come back tomorrow because I have some exciting news to share.