Saturday, February 13, 2016

Valentine's Day

It's a very special Valentine's Day this year because it is my Grandson Luca's first time to celebrate it since he is just turning 7 months old.

I just had to make him a card of course and decided to play along with the challenge at Pretty Pink Posh while I was at it.
I used the card that Liz created as my inspiration.

The Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Duo 3 die was used as the tag focal point along with Pink Blush, Pink Peonie and Sparkling Clear PPP sequins.

I am also entering my card in the Paper Issues Take 5 challenge.

Cardstock: SU
Stamp: Mama Elephant
Dies: PPP, Mama Elephant
Sequins: PPP
Punch: Fiskars
Ink: Versafine
Other: Twine, Copics, Wink Of Stella

Here is a closeup.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Sparkle and Shine Challenge # 23

Hi there and welcome back to my blog.

It's time for another challenge at Sparkle and Shine Challenge. We have a great inspiration photo for you. I'm not going to share it here. I want you to hop over to the blog and check it out and also all the fabulous creations by the rest of the DT.

This month our challenge is sponsored by the awesome Create A Smile Stamps. A $25 gift card...WOW!!!

I created a layout for this challenge using a photo of my brother and sister-in-law. We always tease both of them that I can NEVER seem to get a decent photo of them!!

I was inspired by the inspiration photo to use the love theme and my "bling" this month is the gorgeous gold foil doily and alphas.

PP, stickers, ribbon tag, doily, ephemera: Crate Paper
Ink, Die: Tim Holtz
Here are a couple of close-ups.

I  hope you get a chance to play along!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Sparkle and Shine Challenge #22

Hi everyone!

It's time for another challenge at Sparkle and Shine Challenge.

For this challenge, please use the photo inspiration below when creating your projects. You can create in any way you like as long as we can see the inspiration in your design. 

For this challenge we are sponsored by the online store Right at Home. The winner will receive a $15 gift card. Yay!!

Here is my card for the challenge. I love this stamp from Memory Box. I stamped it onto water colour paper and coloured it using distress inks and water colour crayons.
I added glitter with red stickles on the berries and spraying the whole thing with Perfect Pearls Mist.
Please check out the blog for challenge details and more inspiration from the DT!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Sparkle and Shine Challenge #21

Happy New Year everyone!!! I can't believe that it's 2016. Wow!!

It's time for a new challenge at Sparkle and Shine Challenge and we have a brand new sponsor. You have a chance to win a $25 gift card from....wait for it.....the fabulous Create a Smile!

I want you to go pop over to Sparkle and Shine to see what the inspiration photo is. Here is my card based on that photo.

Ink: Simon Says Stamp
Embossing powder: SU
Die: MFT
Glitter paper: Heidi Swapp
PP: Jen Hadfield (Pebbles)
Stamp, Cardstock: Wplus9
Enamel dots: MME
Other: Versamark, Vellum
Can't wait to see what you create!!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Hello Evan

DCWV had a sketch challenge for December so I put it to use to create a layout for my niece's calendar featuring her son Evan.

I used the Seaside Yacht collection from DCWV and the Hello Let's Chat cut file from The Cut Shoppe.

Cutfile: The Cut Shoppe
Enamel dots: MME, Paper Studio
Die cuts & Transparencies: Studio G, BG, Maggie Holmes
Other: washi tape, crochet twine

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Knee Deep

I made a layout of my grandnephews Ryan and Evan. Love this photo of them! Such a boy layout...right?

I used the December sketch at Stuck?!

PP: Simple Stories (So Rad)
Enamel Dots: Teresa Collins. MME
Punch: Martha Stewart
Stickers: AC (Amy Tan)
Unk: Doily

Monday, December 28, 2015

The Cut Shoppe

I am so excited to be a Guest Designer for Ashley today on  The Cut Shoppe blog!!!

There are so many fabulous cut files in the store that it was extremely difficult to decide which ones to use on my layout. In the end I chose the chevron tree in this cut file
and the word family from this cut file.
I enlarged the chevron tree and cut it out on the left side of my layout. I then backed each cut out row on the tree with patterned paper. I then added a variety of sequins, rhinestones, glittery enamel dots to decorate my tree. Fun...right?
The word family from Thankful Tidings was perfect to use in my title. It's all about getting together with family at Christmas.
Cardstock: AC
PP: The Paper Studio, Jillibean Soup
Stickers: Jillibean Soup, Bella Blvd, Heidi Swapp
Bling: Prima, MME, Recollections, Paper Studio
Cutfile: The Cut Shoppe
Other: wood veneer, machine stitiching
Here are a couple more close-ups.

Thank you Ashley for this opportunity and for your amazing cut-files!
Please go check out The Cut Shoppe everyone.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Sparkle and Shine Challenge #20

Are you ready for another challenge? I hope so because we have a great photo inspiration challenge for you at Sparkle and Shine Challenge.

You could win a fabulous prize from our sponsor Winnie and Walter.

Here is my project for this challenge.

I made a cute little shaker card using some Bella Blvd Christmas paper and a lot of sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and a few from my stash and also a die from Memory Box.
Can't wait to see what you create!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Sparkle and Shine Challenge #19

Where does the time go? It's already December 1st!!! That means that it's time for another challenge at Sparkle and Shine.

Hop on over there and see what the photo inspiration looks like and to see what the rest of the DT created.

Pretty Pink Posh is the challenge sponsor. Yay!!

Here is my take on the inspiration photo.
Cardstock: SU & WPlus9
Dies: WPlus9 & Mamma Elelphant
Glitter paper: Heidi Swapp
Sequins: PPP
I know that life is busy but I sure hope you can find some time to play along!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Play Ball

Playing along with the November challenge at Scrap Our Stash. You are to create a layout and to include an item for each letter in the word A-L-B-U-M-S

I used:
A- American Craft cardstock
L- Layering, Letters
B- Blue, Banner
U-Uniball signo pen
M- Mist
S- Stars

PP, stickers: Echo Park
Cut file: The Cut Shoppe

Proud Nonno

I had to scrap these sweet photos of my son-in-laws Father meeting his newest Grandson Luca.

Cardstock: AC
PP, stickers: Teresa Collins
Rub-on: Glitz
Ink: Memento
I played along with the 3 Scrappy Friends challenge for November.
I followed the sketch on Brenda's blog.
I used the left hand vertical column of Rochelle's Tic Tac Toe.

OWL ways

This is the third layout that I have made with the Nov.1st sketch at Stuck?! I guess I really liked!!

I am also entering the November challenge at Clique Kits.

For this page I used photos of my adorable Grandson Luca. Can you handle the cuteness??

PP, stickers: Echo Park
Stickers: A.C.
Enamel dots: MME

Knee Deep

I have another layout based on the Nov. 1st sketch at Stuck?!

I used a photo of my 2 grandnephews for this layout that will go into my Niece's calendar.

PP: Simple Stories
Enamel Dots: MME, Teresa Collins
Punch: Martha Stewart
Stickers: Amy Tan, A.C.
Doily: unk

Oma and Luca

I'm playing along with the November 15th sketch at Stuck?! and also the November challenge at Clique Kits.

I used the beautiful July kit from Clique kits and a photo of my Mother and my little Grandson Luca.

This layout will go into my Mom's calendar.

PP, stickers, enamel shapes: Chickaniddy
Washi: Teresa Collins
Stickers, Mist: Heidi Swapp
Date stamp: Smash

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

November Clique Kits Pep Rally

Hi there and welcome!  I am joining some of the DT and members of Clique Kits to share some projects that we have created using the November kit Tapestry.
There is a challenge every month and for November it is: Anything Goes. Yay!!

I really, really love this collection by We R Memory Keepers. The colours are so rich and gorgeous!

This layout will go into the calendar that I give my Mom for Christmas so it can't be too dimensional but all I needed to add for extra texture was some of the beautiful ephemera and one of the free cut files that you receive when you are a Clique kit subscriber.

Here is the lineup for the hop. I hope you are inspired and please comment for a chance to win one of these gorgeous kits!
Clique Kits
Kim Allen
Janet Zeppa
Leeann Pearce
Melissa Vining
Charity Feit
Hannah Lemieux
Emma Pescott
Tarrah Mclean
Wendy Antenucci

I am also entering this into the sketch challenge at Stuck?! and the November challenge at Clique Kits.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sparkle and Shine Challenge #18

Can you believe that it's time for another challenge at Sparkle and Shine Challenge?

Here is my project for our latest challenge. I created a layout that will find its place in a calendar gift.

PP, Stickers: Echo Park (Jack & Jill)
Sequins: PPP (Aquamarine, Metallic Gold)
Ink: Memento
Punch: EK
Stickers: Pink Fresh
Our photo inspiration this week caught my attention with the Fall colours.
I hope you can play along and possibly win a gift card from Winnie & Walter since they are the sponsor this week!
I'll leave you with a couple of close-up shots.



Sunday, November 1, 2015

Sparkle and Shine Challenge #17

It's time for the next challenge at Sparkle and Shine Challenge and I'm so glad that my wrist is almost back to normal and that I'm able to craft again!

For this latest challenge which I so hope you can play along with is to create a project using this photo as inspiration.

This challenge is sponsored by the awesome Pretty Pink Posh.  Who wouldn't love to win this prize?

I was inspired by the gorgeous teal colour which is a favourite of mine and the flowers. I finally opened up my Painted Flowers stamp set by Altenew and created the following card.
Cardstock: MME
Sequins: PPP (Aquamarine, Sparkling Clear)
Ink: SSS, VersaColor
Stamps: Altenew, Wplus9
Dies: Mama Elephant
Wink of Stella

Thursday, October 29, 2015


This was such a wonderful day!!! Meeting my grandson for the first time!! May I say instant love? Oh yes!

I used the fabulous Chickaniddy 365 collection and this awesome cut file from The Cut Shoppe to create my layout and also played along with a challenge at Challenge YOUrself.

PP: Chickaniddy
Die cut: The Cut Shoppe
Enamel dots: MME
Stickers: A.C., Pebbles

Here's Luca at You Kid

Played along with the sketch challenge at The Memory Nest and got another calendar page done.

Love these adorable photos of my Grandson Luca and my youngest son Cameron looking eye to eye. You'd think they had planned to wear the same colour outfits. Too funny! Thanks to my friend Leesa for the title!

PP: Carta Bella
Stickers: Heidi Swapp
Chipboard: Crate
Punch: EK
Unk: cardstock, flair

Monday, October 26, 2015


I loved the sketch at Paper Camellia so just had to play along. I also played along with the challenge at Scrap Our Stash to use 2 different types of washi tape. I used a pink and white stripe by Teresa Collins and on top of it I layered some Little B washi.

I created a layout using a photo of my niece meeting my Grandson for the first time!!

I used some beautiful papers from the Chickaniddy 365 collection.

PP: Chickaniddy
Enamel dots: MME
Stickers:Heidi Swapp, A.C.
Tag: Recollections
Unk: doily, washi

Puppy Love

I played along with Sketch #134 at Let's Capture our Memories.

I was able to create another layout to add one of the calendars that I am making for Christmas. The photo is of my Grandson Luca and my Grandfurbaby Gabby...hee hee!!

PP & stickers: Carta Bella (Baby Mine)
Wood piece: Pink Fresh
Stickers: A.C.

A Whirlwhind!!

The last few months have been a whirlwind for sure and that's why I have been ignoring my blog.

It started with my Father's passing at the end of May. My heart was broken...we were so very close.

He was my Mother's main caregiver since her strokes so now there was no way she could live by herself. She has since moved in with my sister and I think has adjusted very well.
The month of June was spent cleaning out their retirement home. So hard to get rid of many of their belongings and yet again my Mother handled it like a champ!

A couple weeks later I broke my arm and was in a long arm cast for 4 weeks and then a cast to my elbow for 3 weeks. UGH!!! What a way to ruin a summer!!!

And then finally some good news...great news....a MIRACLE!!

My daughter and son-in-law have endured many years of heartache and have spent boat loads of money trying to have a baby and on August 14th they received the wonderful news that they were able to adopt a beautiful healthy 4 week old baby boy!!  We are all so very blessed!!!

So of course quickly preparations had to be made for him to come home and I just had to throw together a fabulous baby shower for them.

Please meet my sweet little Grandson Luca!!

Guess who has lots of photos to scrap now!!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Clique Kits - October Pep Rally

Well it is time for another Pep Rally at Clique Kits. Good morning everyone! Yes I know that I have been MIA for awhile. These last few months have been a whirlwind but I will get into that in a different blog post.

I just had to join in with the Pep Rally this month now that I am able and had the time. They are so much fun and it's inspiring to see what everyone else has created with their kits!
You should have arrived here from Evi's fabulous blog.

October's kit was called "Funfetti" and yes it is totally fun!

Here is my layout using an adorable PinkFresh Studio paper as my base. It made it so quick and easy to create a layout.

I made feathers from the gorgeous Crate Paper Vellum and embellished with the wood veneer and some flair from my stash.
Isn't this alpha from PinkFresh amazing??
The gold confetti sequins are so perfect. Love them! I added some Pebbles felt clouds from my stash too.
Here is the whole line up for the hop. I know you will enjoy all the fabulous inspiration!
Melissa Goble
*Design Team Members on Kit Duty