Monday, January 31, 2011

Good Monday morning....

Well I didn't do anything creative yesterday like I had hoped. Mom and dad came to visit for the afternoon. I did spend a lot of time at the cricut though, I cut a lot of things out for mom. She is making tags for next Christmas. I've had the cricut for years and I am just starting to use it now, it sure is nice to have. After looking around on SCS this past weekend I came to the realization that I now need to start collecting Nestabilities. Those things are used everywhere and they are so nice. Just when I thought I didn't need any more tools of the trade......One of the girls that signed up to sell CTMH under me showed up yesterday with a CTMH apron for me, it's quite nice, thanks so much Carol.
I have to get ready to drive Quinten and a friend to school in the next few minutes. They're making smoothies at school today and they have a big cooler, fruit, milk, etc to carry so the bus would have been difficult to bring all of it. When I get back I have to clean the scrap room for me and Cindy. We are working on calendars today.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Countdown to surgery

I can't believe I already have 6 weeks of chemo and radiation behind me. I was really scared when it was all new to me but now it seems like it was nothing. The 2 hour drive one way to the hospital every day was worse than the treatment itself. If it wouldn't have been from the complications every time I turned around things would have been a breeze. Now I have almost 6 weeks of "healing" from radiation behind me as well and it is time to switch gears and start thinking about surgery. I had it out (or in the back) of my mind since the new year but now it is becoming a reality I am starting to think about and prepare myself for. I have had surgery before, even ones that I was scared to have but this tops them. I know a lot of people right now that are doing countdowns, but they are all planning to take a glorious trip south, but not year though. We are thinking of Jamaica, but still in the very early planning stage. I have to have something big to look forward to. I am also planning a weekend crop in Liverpool the end of March. I am looking forward to that for right now. I will make plans and send the info around and post it here as well before I go to the hospital. I plan to be creative today so I will post what I come up with later. Have a great Sunday all.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Heart Cards

I started these cards the other day but had to work on perfecting them. Along with everything else, cooking, cleaning, refereeing, laundry, etc. time got away from me. I was going to make the dress at Peggy's party last night but unfortunately no one was able to make it out. So here they are:
They are made with either a heart punch ( as they were in the blog where I found them) or as I did with a cricut cartridge. You can find the tutorial on The card with the 2 hearts could be used as a valentine card, a wedding card or an anniversary card.
 The dress card could be used for a girl birthday, shower card, graduation you name it. I just had to make them both, they are soooo cute. The little rose I made with the scallop punch from SU. It is so easy to do. The tutorial for it is also on Valita's blog mentioned above. 
Let me know if you have any questions about making these, you really need to see the video tutorial to see how easy it is to do the shading with ink on the bodice. I used blush CTMH ink on the dress and as the base CS. The card is 5x7. On the card with the 2 hearts I used tulip CTMH CS and ink. That card is standard 4.25x5.5.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Jan. 27, 2011....Storm Day

No school today anywhere in the maritimes as far as I can tell, even Community Collages and Universities. We're getting lots of rain and freezing rain because the temperature is hovering around 0 degrees C.
 Anyway enough about the weather, it's a good day to make a big soup for dinner ( which I plan to do) and get comfy in my scrap room making a project. I started it last night but will perfect it later today and then post it.

I know a few people were trying to become followers on my blog and wasn't sure what to do, so I investigated and it looks as though you need to first of all click on "sign in" just behind where it says " already a member". Then go down to the bottom of the box and click on "Create a new Google Account". It will then prompt you to add your existing email ( you don't need to create a new one) and then add a password ( I always try to use the same one everywhere...less chance of forgetting). Continue filling in the rest of the info needed and at the bottom of that box click on " I accept. Create my account." You'll then need to go to where it has the word "Followers" and below it " with Google friend connect" and enter your email and password you just created. Hopefully you won't have any problems.

The rain has turned to snow and lots of it, so I must get bust playing with paper......

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Jan. 26th, 2011

Where has January gone? It looks like there will be lots of time to craft in the next 48 hours, big storm coming in. I want to share with you some pictures of a class I am doing on Feb.5th at my house.

This is the front of the album. I used CTMH Magnifique paper pack with Lagoon, Sky and Pacifica ink colors.
Pages 2 and 3

Pages 4 and 5

Pages 6 and 7

Pages 8 and 9

Back cover.
I started the album by painting all around the edges with antique white paint ( dollar store stuff) and then sponged the edges with pacifica CTMH ink. The pages are 4 3/4' square. I also got to use my cricut a lot in this project.
There are only 6 spots available in the class so contact me asap if you to join in and make one of these for yourself.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

In the begining......

Well, I always wanted to have a blog of my own. Here I am, blogging.....I want to do a few things in this blog, I want to share my love of scrapbooking and card making and keep you all posted on my cancer journey. For those who don't already know I was diagnosed with rectal cancer August 26th 2010. Since then I have left my job, temporarily, I have done 6 weeks of chemo and radiation. Finished that just before Christmas and was able to relax and enjoy my holidays with my family. My surgery is scheduled for February 11th. I try not to think about it right now. I am spending my days scrapbooking either alone or with Annette, my sister, or with my friend Cindy. Today was an exception, I have a terrible sinus headache so I lounged in my pj's today. I do a lot of surfing SCS for ideas and inspiration (
I just received an anniversary note from Close to my Heart congratulating me on entering my 4th year as an independent consultant.