Friday, December 14, 2012

Welcome to our December Blog Hop featuring any 3D item from our exclusive Artiste Cricut Cartridge. In this Hop you will find that each consultant has created a 3D item of their choice from the Artiste, we were told it could be anything as long as it was a Christmas theme. So I made ornaments. These are approximately 4" in diameter.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning at Darla's blog.  If you came from Michelle's then you are in the right place!

For this project I used the Artiste
Pear and Partridge paper
Stella paper
Burlap Ribbon
Random stash button
Hot glue gun

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Krista's.
If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle S Blog, as she has the complete blog list




Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to create your own Christmas cards using some of the designs and paper seen along the way. Join us again in the New Year, our first Hop is scheduled on January 15 and it is consultants choice.

Don't forget to leave a comment, as we enjoy receiving comments to let us know how much you enjoy out projects.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Christmas Card Blog Hop

Welcome to our Christmas card blog hop. In this Hop you will find that each consultant has created 3 Christmas Cards using non-Christmas paper! We were given the challenge to create these 3 cards using either cardstock or another paper packet of our choice from the current catalogue. I chose La Belle Vie.


If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning and join Deanne in NewFoundland at If you came from Michelle's blog then you are in the right place!

Here are my very non-traditional Christmas Cards! What do you think?

I used La Belle Vie paper pack
Bling Gems
Sparkle Gems
Burlap Ribbon
Sparkle Brads
Garnet Ink
Cocoa Ink
CTMH Gold ribbon (from and old CB)
My snowflakes were cut with Spellbinder dies, but could easily have been cut with the AP Cartridge or Artiste.

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Arlene so hop on over and check out what she came up with.

Here is a complete list of the blog hop in case you get lost along the way:

Deanne ~

Stephanie ~

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to create your own Christmas Cards using non-Christmas paper.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Days Inn Crop Classes

Here is a look at what I am offering for classes on the October 12th-14th weekend. The classes will actually all be done on the Saturday (13th). Please let me know by Saturday October 6th which classes you will be doing so I can prepare the kits. Thanks.
This is card #1of 3 $4 each or all 3 for $10
Card #2 of 3
Card #3 of 3
Layout #1
Layout #2
Ornament $5 ( Paper/colour may vary)

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Welcome to our September Cross Canada Blog Hop! This month our project is the My Creations Bracket Frame. This product can be found on page 132 of the Current Idea Book, purchased exclusively through a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant for only $8.95.


In this hop, you will see how our Crafty Canadian Consultants have decorated their Bracket Frames! We hope you enjoy our blog hop today! I know I am going to enjoy looking at everyone's creation. This is my first blog hop and certainly not my last.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning and join Deanne in NewFoundland. If you came from Michelle S's then you are in the right place.

So here is my completed frame, without any photo.

A close-up of the lower left corner.
Completed frame with a photo of me and my fam from a long time ago. (2000)

For my project I used the Bracket Frame (of course)
Avonlea Paper Pack
Chocolate Ink
a wedge of our 3" Sponge
Finishing Files (for around the outside edge of the Frame)
Artiste Cricut Cartridge
CTMH Buttons
Chocolate Bakers Twine
Liquid glass adhesive

I hope you enjoyed my frame now it's time to move on. Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Joanne 's.

Here is a complete list of the blog hop in case you get lost along the way:
Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to create your own version of My Creations Bracket Frame. Join us again on October 15th when we showcase the My Creations Canvas Journal.

Monday, September 3, 2012

End of summer already.....

I can't believe it is Labor Day already. The summer, as always, has been a blurr. Poof....gone. It's been good and it's been bad. The good was going to the Sates for a week with Moyal and Quinten. We just went to Bangor, Maine and Preques Isle, Maine. Lots of shopping and some relaxing while Moyal did some lumberjack shows. It's great that we can have a vacation and do a few lumberjack shows while we're there to pay for the trip. If he ever stops competing I'm afraid I won't get to go anywhere, but for now we travel fairly often.
It was on one of our day trips to a lumberjack show that we had the "bad" part of our summer. Brandon came with us to the Rogersville show on Canada Day and had an accident while doing the spring board chop event. He fell off his board and the axe that he had in his one hand came slicing through his upper right arm. It happened right in front of our eyes and it happened so fast. All I saw was blood arcing from his arm, I thought at that point that he had cut bone and all, but I found out once I was by his side that it hadn't. Between his father and a few others they had the bleeding under control and holding him in a sitting position and making him move his fingers. It took 45 minutes for the ambulance to arrive. This was the first year they didn't have an ambulance on site. Hopefully the last. I drove with the ambulance to the Miramichi Hospital because they said it was the closest. On the way there the guy in the back with Brandon moved his arm and opened the cut and it started to bleed again. He yelled to the driver to pull over and get back with him, it was very scary to say the least. Moyal was behind us and had the side door of the ambulance opened so fast, he wanted to help but they didn't realize it was Brandon's father so they wouldn't let him. They got the bleeding back under control and we continued on. Lights and sirens blaring. I was shocked at the amount of people who don't pull over for an ambulance. The girl driving says it is like that all the time. I was disgusted.
So after we made it to the hospital one of the doctors in emergency came to talk to us in the waiting room and told us they would be airlifting Brandon to St. John to try to save his forearm. If I would have been standing, I would have passed out. I was in total shock. Vital and Antoinette were with us still at this point, because they had drove Moyal behind the ambulance. Antoinette being the religious person that she is, later told me that she instantly prayed for Brandon and his arm.
I wanted at this point to see Brandon, so they let me in where he was being closed in the gurney and ready for flight.

There was a second doctor in the room who started talking to us and seemed to be very positive about the outcome. This surprised me, so when he turned to leave the room I was on his heels. I asked him about the possibility of Brandon losing his arm and he looked very surprised that I would even ask. He said the previous doctor shouldn't have told us that and he didn't feel that was a possibility at all. The relief I felt right then and there cannot be expressed in words! Moyal and I both looked at one another with some hope that everything might be OK after that.
It was the longest drive ever, from Miramichi to St.John. We had to swing into Rogersville to pick up our van on the way, and Vital and Antoinette said they would be along after an hour or so to stay with us for the night. I can't thank them enough for that. Them and really helped. By the time we got the hospital, I had spoke with dad on the phone who had already called Uncle Wilfred who lives close by to go over to be with Brandon so he wouldn't be alone. He was outside emerg when we pulled up and had already spent 20 or 30 minutes with Brandon. They were prepping him for surgery when we showed, so we got to see him which was so good. 
They had a vascular surgeon who is the best in Atlantic Canada on call, thank God and he also needed a plastic surgeon. He went into surgery shortly after 10pm. The accident happened around 4pm, so it's been 6 hours with no blood running to his fingers, we knew they had to do something quickly. While he was in surgery Vital and Antoinette showed up to keep us company. Their son, Luc, lived nearby and was away on vacation and gave us his house to stay in for as long as we needed it. That was blessing because we were there for a week. We had hoped he could be moved the next day to Halifax or Bridgewater so we could go home, but he wasn't allowed to move until the artery closed.
The surgeons came to talk to us while we waited. First the vascular surgeon who took care of the artery. He said he was very pleased with what he was able to do and he was very hopeful that his arm would be functional after it healed. A little later the plastic surgeon came and told us that he had connected the large nerve and the bicep and lots of other things that were sliced. He said it would be at least a year before the nerve would heal enough to know the full extent of the damage. They both said it was such a clean cut from the axe being so sharp that it made it quite easy to find all the ends of everything that needed to be connected.  
So here we were, with no change of clothes, because it was just a day trip, Rocky and Quinten at home alone. Brandon would be there for a week before they would discharge him. He really wanted Chantell with him as well, so between Annette and mom and dad, they got clothes for us and picked up Chantell and headed out for the 6 hour drive to St. John the next day. They arrived that evening in time to visit for a little before we all headed out to get some rest. Vital and Antoinette had gone back home in the morning and left us Luc's key so we could come and go as we please. We stopped and had dinner at an Irving that night on the way back to Luc's. It was the first thing we had eaten in a couple days. It was really hard to close my eyes for a long time, all I could see was the whole thing happening all over again. I still do sometimes.
He's a very lucky boy.
Again we had an out pour of help from so many people. Too many to name, all of the competitors in the New Brunswick Lumberjack Association, my family, and friends like Mike and Shelley and Bruce Inglis. They all did some amazing things for us all. Uncle Wilfred and Marie keeping us well fed and send care packages to hospital for Brandon and Chantell and Sue and Kim for doing the same. Shame it had to rain on our picnic! lol
So all in all, we are very blessed to still have Brandon with us and his arm. He is going to both Physical therapy and Occupational therapy where they are both very pleased with  his progress thus far.
Soooooo........other than that it has been a good summer. Quinten and I went to loft 2 times this summer. I hadn't been down to stay overnight in 4 years. Wow. He and his friends fished from the wharf and dad took us out in the boat to fish, I read and relaxed. Both times we were down were amazingly relaxing and fun!
I have done very little scrapping this summer, as is most summers. But here are some of what I did in the past few months:
This was the card I made for the Ladies Birthday Card swap I hosted, I don't think I took a photo of the one for the Men's....hhmmmmm.....

This was for June SOTM club; a graduation gift card/cash holder.

 These are just a few I made for a friend who needed Thank You's after her dad's passing.

I am working on some fun stuff for the fall. I am hoping to start re-doing the rooms in the house one by one. I'll try to do before and after shots to post. I want to start next week in the entry. I plan to go to Halifax in the morning to finish up school supplies for Quinten. I have crops and classes planned...a few projects are started, but not completed. I have 2 more months of SOTM club before we are done for this year as well. Oh, and I am going to join the Canadian CTMH Blog hop starting on the 15th of this month, I better get busy on the project! Lots to keep me busy. Right now I am making a huge roast chicken dinner and waiting for Brandon and Chantell to arrive to enjoy it with us.
Have a great Labor Day everyone!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Lots on the go.....

I've been in a bit of a slump say the least.....but I am feeling better now. I had another CT scan and the spot on my liver is indeed still there, but it hasn't gotten bigger, which is good news. The doctors tell me it's nothing to lose sleep over. Easy for them to say, but what can I do. My family doctor is contacting my oncologist and my surgeon to see how long to wait until I have my next one. So in the meantime I needed a distraction so I decided to start holding a crop every 4-6 weeks here in Greenfield. The first one was a great success. I had 15 people or so and I think everyone was quite productive. I have some wonderful ladies (and my involved in the SOTM club again. March's project was :

We had fun at Carrie's house doing this little project.
Debbie Stevens held her hostess month at Annette's  and we made this out of one 6x6 die cut card from CTMH:
These are a few of the cards I made to donate to some local fund raisers:

So now I am planning for May's club for Linda, I also just started a card swap and I've had a great responce to that. I can't wait to see everyone's cards.I joined a bookmark swap and I also just booked the hall for June 30th for our next crop day! Lots to do!