December 30, 2009

here's another bella...

I absolutely love the Lulu line by Stamping bella.

Here is one of the Lulu stamps:

and here is the upclose of the lulu's

December 27, 2009

Oh Bella...

Hi Guys!!

Hope you had a great holiday...

Here is a beautiful card I created using Stamping Bella's wildflower trio.... I just love this great flowers....Hope you do too!!

...and here is the upclose of the flowers:


December 22, 2009

The Holidays

Good Morning,

I haven't been on lately much as we are getting ready for Christmas at our house. We had two parties this past weekend and I had tons of fun. On friday night we had the guys and their partners over for drinks and finger foods. There was so much food. I had a great time. Saturday we had our old neighbours and my aunt and uncle over for dinner. We had Chicken piccata, scalloped potatoes, steamed carrots and for dessert blueberry white chocolate bread pudding with ameretto cream sauce. OMG!! it was so good. We gave everyone a cracker on their place settings. I got a golf counter, it was so funny. I didn't even know what it was, I had to read the instructions.

Well I am looking forward to seeing my family in the coming days!! I plan to post some cards tomorrow that I have done over the last week.

Well I hope you all have a great holidays!!!

December 15, 2009

marshmellows and penguins...

I found this new stamp company called Darcie's. They make the cutest penguin stamps.

I especially like their penguins in a cup of cocoa.

I used some leftover paper that I had in my stash. I coloured my image with copic markers. I added three Bella baubles under the sentiment. I finished the image with loose glitter. I think this image is so cute.

Here is the upclose of the image I used.

Doesn't it make you want a cup of cocoa?

until next time....

December 14, 2009

a pocket full of posies....


Good evening ladies,

I got a new Lulu from Stamping Bella, her name is Bessie. She is adorable. Hope you like her.

For the card I used bits of Basic Grey papper I had lying around.I coloured Bessie with copic markers. I coloured the grass and the blue behind her with pencil crayons. I added some sparkle to the flowers using the gelly roll clear glitter pen. It is the best pen.

Here is her close up.

Isn't she cute.

December 8, 2009

another card....


Hi Sistahs!!

So last night I printed off my first digital image. I had never used one before. I LOVE them
!! I got mine from Alison. You can visit her website HERE. Every Wednesday she does a free release.

The card I made contained her princess image, she is kissing a frog. SHE IS SO CUTE!!!!

Here is the closeup of the princess:

I coloured her with copic markers and I used my glitter pen to accent the sleeves of her dress and her crown.

Here is a list of the colours I used. R81, R83, R85. E00, E000, YG23, Y11, Y13, Y15

I love this image. So cute!!

Hope you enjoyed it. Thanks again to Alison for the great digital image.

December 7, 2009

Bella's Blog Hop

Good Morning Ladies,

Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who visited my blog and commented on my card. THANK YOU!!!!

Hope you had fun with the blog hop on Saturday. There was a little mishap with the blogs, and I did seem to get skipped. However, some of you ladies did visit which was GREAT!!

Now if you missed it on Stamping Bella’s blog here are the winners:

OUR BLOG HOP PARTICIPANT WINNER (one who posted a card on their blog) of $100 in BELLA BUCKS is….
LISA HENKE! Lisa, please email me with your info and I will send you your voucher!

(1) from Joannabella’s blog: LORI TECLER
(2) From Karen Motzabella’s blog: MICHELE BOYER
(3) From Danabella’s Blog: DENISE LAWRENCE

The GRAND PRIZE WINNAH of the ENTIRE new release and a GUEST BABE for JANUARY is…..drum roll please…….. JODI COLLINS! Congrats!!

December 5, 2009

Bella's Birthday Blog Hop

Welcome to the Bella Birthday Bash Blop Hop sponsored by Stamping Bella! If you've just happened upon my blog, you can CLICK HERE to start from the beginning at Bloggabella.

Otherwise, you should have just come from Erica’s Blog. YAY Erica!!! Hope you have enjoyed your trip so far, you are now at number 51!!!! That’s me….

This is the card I made for this hop. I used paper from Prima, their Urban Cosmos line. It is absolutely terrific. I used the Sistahoodabella stamp, very fitting for this challenge.

Here is the bella sentiment I chose to use on my card. Of course, it is meant for all you bella's out there that share this passion.

The colours I used on this card include: RV69, Y15, E74, B0000, W1, YG03, E39, YG23, Y11, RV95, G21, Y13, B93, RV93, YG25, RV34, YG93, E00, E44.

Here are the girls...all ready to go to Stamping Bella to shop....

Well I hoped you enjoyed this Blog Hop. REMEMBER TO LEAVE A COMMENT.

Three gift certificates for $100 in Bella Bucks will be hidden along the hop, but we’re not telling you where so be sure to leave some love as you hop!!! Make sure you leave comments on every post so you have a chance to win!! The winners will be announced on Monday, December 7 at the Stamping Bella Blog. MWAH!Thanks so much for stopping by! Add Image

Now it's time to hop on over to Monika!! YAY Monika!! Hoped you enjoyed your time with me.
Cheers to all those sistah’s out there!

December 4, 2009

On way to work

So I was having a pretty good morning today, got dressed but on my heeled boots. I felt great, that is until I did a face plant by the CIBC building.

Oh yeah! I was so embarrased. Luckily there weren't too many people around.

Well thought I would just update you because now, thinking back on it - Had I been a bystander I would have been laughing my butt off!!!

Hope this makes your crazy Friday better.


December 2, 2009

Lulu's and broken ribs...

Well, backdating a bit - this happened November 11.

I got home around my usual time from work to find my mom, extremely sore and puking. Well I was pretty frazzled...don't usually see my mom like that. From what she tells me she was cleaning out the vaccuum and popped a rib. Not sure what it is medically as she didn't go to the hospital but that is what she told me she did.

Well I got pretty freaked out, even called my dad home from work to try and convince her to get herself looked at. No go there. So instead we sat on the couch together and watched Bones and Glee. Great shows!!!!

Here is a new card!

The colours I used for this card include:

E00 - skin white
G24 - willow
R24 - Prawn
R27 - Cadmium Red
R29 - Lipstick Red

Anyways, here is my card:

And her closeup:

I got this Lulu stamp from Stamping Bella. This has to be one of my favorite lines now. Her "girls" are just so cute, that I want to take each one of them home. Which I can say I have almost all of them now.

Days with my Father


So I was visiting my friend Veronica's Blog and came across an old post about a son and his dad.

OMG!! It was so touching. Girls, if you look at this website make sure you have some kleenex. It is truly wonderful. I hope you enjoy it.


Let me know if you check it out.


December 1, 2009



So I am quite behind on my posting so I figured I would wow you with some cards I have done. I used one of the sugar plum stamps. Hope you enjoy.

This is a closeup of the card:

These are the colours I used:

November 16, 2009

Killing trees?!?!?!?

At work we received a achievement award about our use of paper. Then one of my co-workers said that we shouldn't have received the award with the amount of killing trees she did last week. I burst out laughing, and I wasn't because of what she said it was because of what my mother had me doing this weekend.

Yesterday, I was cleaning my scrap area, shuffing off all the old stuff and such. When my mom asked me to come with her to Walmart. I said sure as she had hurt herself last week and I didn't want her lifting anything heavy or pushing the cart.

So we did our shopping and loaded the trunk once we were done. As we were pulling out of the parking lot my told me that we were going for a drive. Well, I should have guess why she wanted me to come. You know when you have that little inkling that something isn't right.

Well doesn't my mom hand me the shears. She wanted me to cut some boughs for her baskets at home. So here I am at the side of the road trying to cut these thick branch while my mom is screaming "get in the car, get in the car!" She didn't want anyone to see us.

After I had got her her boughs we started home. I looked over to her and said, I felt like I was selling drugs and the cops were coming down on us.

It certainly was an interesting day.

Well I hope you enjoyed the craziness of my family.

November 11, 2009

Debbie Doncaster

This lady has now reached 200,000 visits in 17 months. Her work is truly amazing. Click HERE to visit her blog.

Hope you enjoy her work as it is truly awesome!!

She is also offering some Blog Candy to a luck winner.

Here is what she is giving away.

Noah Biorkman

Hi Guys,
Me again!

I came across a post in the Splitcoast Stamping forum about a little boy who is very sick with cancer. You can check out the article on him HERE. It is very sad. Everyone is sending him cards for the season. If you want to send him one too, you can send it to:

Noah Biorkman
1141 Fountain View Circle
South Lyon, MI, 48178

This is a very moving story. I am sending mine tonight.

Remembrance Day

In Flander's Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flander's fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, tho poppies grow
In Flander's fields.

Liet. -Col. John McCrae

got the image from:

November 9, 2009

Secret Sister's Crop Day

Hi Ladies,

It's me again. So yesterday the girls got together for a little crop. We also had vendors in for Close to my Heart and Pampered Chef. We also had two jewelry vendors in. I got to see Katie and her mom again, which was great.

I also worked on some cards. I love House Mouse stamps. They are the cutest little mice ever.

I used the Bella paper by Close to my Heart. I coloured the image with my copic markers.

I got this stamp at Scrapping Turtle in St.Jacobs.

Here is my card.


November 7, 2009

Scraps, Scraps and more scraps....

So I decided today that I would make a card entirely of scraps I had in my scrap box. This was a huge challenge for me as I haven't been into this box in about 3 years. It contains all kinds of bits of patterned paper and cardstock.

I decided that I would find a sketch from the Splitcoast Stampers website. I decided to do their newest posting from November 4, 2009. This is what they posted.

This was certainly different for me. So I pulled out some paper and decided to use one of my Close to my Heart stamp sets. I used "Reach for the Stars". It is a great little stamp set for those of us aiming for the stars and beyond.

The copic colours I used in this card are as follows:

BG05 - Holiday Blue
YG23 - New Leaf
RV69 - Peony

It turned out awesome. Here is my card. I changed the landscape of the sketch.

Here is the close-up of my card.

I also accented the spaceship with glitter.

November 6, 2009

Blog Candy from Jacque's Joie de Vivre


Hi Guys!!

It's me again!! WOW two posts in one day.

Just wanted to post a link to Jacque's Joie de Vivre blog. She is offering some great blog candy for her six month blogging anniversary!!


OVO - Part Two


Ok, so now it is the next day and i'm dragging my feet. We got home after the show at around 11:30 - and I didn't fall asleep until 2:30am.

At least I have Starbucks!! Thank God for my "Grande Cinnamon Dolce".....mmmmm........

So, the second half of the show was great as well. The had a whole segement with a spider and her web. I can honestly saw I never thought the human body could twist like that. She put the best contortionist to shame.

They also did a little love scene between the blue bug and the lady bug. SO CUTE!

They also used trampolines with the grasshoppers. WOW. It was pretty awesome.

The end was a huge banquet where all the bugs came out. Fantastic.

As a side note - the music was done by a live band. The singer was spectacular.

Ok. Well that's all for now!!

If you get a chance to go - GO - you will enjoy it!!

November 5, 2009

OVO - Part One


All I can say is WOW!!! The show so far has been spectacular! It's the intermission now and I have seen all kinds of bugs.

The best so far has been the cute lady bug. She is just so cute.

I have seen two dueling bugs - praying mantis - spiders - bugs flipping corn and kiwis. These dancers-acrobats are completely astounding!!

There was one dancer all by himself and he danced so beautifully. He could even hold himself up by one hand - and get this - spin around. Spectacular!!!

When the grasshoppers came out they went around visiting everyone.well wouldn't you know it. It stopped in between my parents. Scared my mom half to death - while I was peeing myself laughing - IT WAS GREAT!!!!

Well that's all till after the show!!

Muah to all those "OVO" fans out there!!!

As a challenge - do you know what OVO means?
I do.... But I'm not telling!
Well maybe...but not until later.

UPDATED - and blog hop


I have updated for the last week!!

Also as a side note check this out - It's a blog hop hosted by Stamping Bella

Here's the link:


lots of fun...and there is a prize available - 'LEAVE COMMENTS' on all the blogs.

SNOW in Toronto?!?!?!?!?!


Ok. So while I was at work at my desk, I get an email from my friend.

"it's snowing. woo hoo"

I turned around, and wouldn't you know it....the stupid white stuff is falling.

I am astounded, however, it only lasts a few minutes. It definately was a sure sign that that time is coming however much we don't want it too!!

I am very excited today, as my parents, my friend Julie, and I are going to go see OVO by Cirque du Soleil. I have been told that it is amazing. I will give you all the details tomorrow.

November 3, 2009

My life in....

My Life in...

Spent the evening with my Mom.

We ate pizza and watched My Life in Ruins...pretty good movie.

November 2, 2009

Halloween Weekend


Didn’t get much scrapbooking done this weekend.

Spent the weekend hanging out with Dori. We went to the mall, Walmart, and the movies on Sunday. We saw Amelia. It was a great story and even better movie. Hilary Swank played an amazing Amelia Earhart. She was very inspiring.

On Halloween we vegged out at my place and watched True Blood, Saving Grace and a bit of The Witches of Eastwick. It was so much fun. We even did a little fashion show. Here's our best impression of Charlie's Angels!!!

I loved playing around with the wigs and the mask. Even my dog got into the fun with his devil costume. Isn't he cute, not really a scary devil.

We bought face masks from Lush and did those while we watched the shows on television, although we did wait until all the trick or treaters had come and gone.

We exfoliated first using Ocean Salts. I can't believe the salt that was in it...although by the name you would think I wouldn't be surprised. However, when I was washing my fash I got a mouth full of the salt. YUCK!!! The mask I used was Brazened Honey. Dori got Love Lettuce. Here is what my mask said: " Refreshing Detoxifiying mask to brighten tired skin and scrub away dull old cells. Full of honey, lime and ground almonds - perfect for when you've been neglecting your poor face." It felt great on my skin.

I haven't done a mask in such a long time, that it was really nice to do it. It wasn't very expensive either.

October 26, 2009



Hi Ho! Hi Ho! It's off to Waterloo we go!!

Dori and I went out to visit my sister in Waterloo today. We had an absolute blast.

On the way to Waterloo Dori and I attempted to make a video. Well it really didn't work out too well. The camera slid around, fell down, chopped off heads and body parts. It was a funny experience.

We got to Waterloo around noon and went to pick my sister up. I had brought her our halloween costumes as per her instructions. Although at the time I didn't know she was looking for our Hersey's Kiss costume.

While Kae was looking in my trunk one of her friends had come up to see what we were doing. He managed to find our chicken costume and proceeded to try it on. He looked so funny.

Here is this big guy trying to get into a tiny costume. I almost peed myself watching.

After our little show, we then went to St.Jacob's as we always do in Waterloo. We visited the Bakery, the Silo, Scrapping Turtle, as well as Gecko Beads.

My sister and Dori totally hit it off - it was great.

We toured around Walmart for a bit, then we went to see Law Abiding Citizen.

The movie was spectacular!!! Love Gerard Butler.

"It's going to be biblical" - my favorite quote

October 24, 2009

Erin's Wedding Album

Today I went over to my friend Erin's place to finish up her wedding album with her. This was my gift to her and her husband Jeff.

It turned out spectacular. I also did a little pre-wedding album to go with it. this one contained all the parties before the wedding occured.

I used the Close to my Heart Silhouette line and paired it with red cardstock by bazzill. The photos turned out awesome.

I will be posting the photos this coming weekend as the book will be completely finished by then, so stay tuned.

October 19, 2009

Baby Cake

When I got home my mom was so excited. She lead me to the dining room from the kitchen with my eyes closed.

She was so excited because she had created this "cake" out of baby wash cloths. I have to admit, even I thought it was extremely cute. Check it out:

I am so proud of her, that she created all this by herself. She even tells me that she has no creative gene. Well, this just proves her wrong.

October 18, 2009

Cowboys and Turtles

Here is another card I created. I used Stamping Bella`s Turtle tots - cowboy. I used Close to My Heart paper the Sarsaparilla line.

I used a white card base and inked the edges with Barn Red ink by CTMH (Close to my Heart). The layers on the card start with a black base then blue patterned paper follwed up with a torn piece of the worded patterned paper.

This is the close up of the cowboy turtle. To cut the white circle that the turtle is stamped onto and the scalloped circle were cut using my spellbinders.

I coloured the background using blue chalk to make the clouds. Yellow chalk to create the sun. I used a bit more yellow to create a sunny effect around the clouds.

These are the copic markers I used to colour the image.

I love him - he looks awesome on this card.


My friend Veronica hosts a Crop for the Cure every year. This year we were raising money for Princess Margaret. Veronica hosted the event at the Woodbridge Memorial Arena & Pool. Every year this event gets bigger and better. The event started at 9am to 9pm. Here is everyone getting ready for the event.

Once everyone arrives we all sit in our seats and get ready. We had 40 people at the event. It was great. I got to see some people I haven`t seen in awhile. Vern had put down pink table covers that looked awesome.

I sat at table 2 with Carrie, Sherrie, Marg, Carol and Carmen. This is a picture of the center piece that Veronica created for every table. There were beautiful white roses mixed in with all the other flowers and greenery.

Carrie`s sister had driven all the way from London with her friend to be here for the crop. I haven`t seen her for awhile so it was great to spend some time with her and her friend.

For the event I baked some cupcakes and a cake. I made the ribbons out of colour flow icing. I had to leave them on wax paper to dry. It took two days!!

Here is Vern and I with the cupcakes that I made. They turned out awesome.

Of course you`ll notice that we are wearing our bras outside our clothes. Theresa, one of the other girls at the crop issued the challenge, and quite a few girls answered. It was great.

These are my crazy eyelashes - I LOVE THEM!!!

Here is Marg - Love the hair!!

and Rose and Cheryl!!!

and of course....

Here is myself, Barb and Veronica.

I had so much fun at the crop.

Just want to say thank you very much Veronica, and Rose. You did an amazing thing!!

October 9, 2009


I have updated my blog, however, i still have to upload some pictures of what i have been working on so far.


October 8, 2009

Kaelyn's surgery

So my sister had her surgery today. Got the call around noon that everything was ok and that she was groggy.

However, instead of going straight home I went out with Dori to the Eaton Center. We got our hair done, not too happy with mine, but as i said last night - It will grow out.

We then had dinner at Mr. Greenjeans. I had their french onion soup which was great. I enjoyed it.

Got home pretty late so I really didn't get to see my sister.

October 3, 2009

what can i say

Well, haven't been at it lately but I will update!

Today started as any raining day - I rolled over - not wanting to get up!! But does anybody on days like today.

Got ready for work and got on the train as usual. However when I got off and was walking to the underground - my day took an unexpected turn - I looked up to the street level. There they were - I smiled and chuckled to myself all the way to my building - I was on cloud 9. Now you are probably asking yourselves - What the heck did you see?

At york and bay there were two storm troopers and DARTH VADER!! It was great and brought back memories of Dad, Kaelyn and I watch the last three movies almost every summer since we were little.

After work I went with my friend to get her tattoo it looks awesome!!

Once we were done we walked to the movie theater to go see Love Happens! I give it four stars. Truly an awesome movie about grieving and moving on.

I left Dori at University and Queen (she took the subway) and I continued onto the bus station after the movie.

The Kiss concert had let out so I saw all kinds of fans - was kinda neat.

To end my awesome day out I saw a guy peeing in the bushes at the bus stop -- eeeew, gross!!! I was blinded by the site! Blach!

Well that was by very interesting day - see you guys tomorrow!

PS - I will updat asap!

September 26, 2009

Dinner with John and Veronica

I got to see my Godfather today. Haven't seen him in years, since he moved out to British Columbia. It was great.

We got to see what they had been doing. We got to see all kinds of pictures.

Mom made a great dinner.

It was so good to see both Uncle John and Veronica.

September 25, 2009

Erin's Wedding

Congrats Erin and Jeff!!

Went to my friend Erin's wedding today. I grew up with Erin on Nelson St. It was an absolutely beautiful ceramony. The reception was held at the Venetian. The venue was awesome and the dinner was fantastic.

It was great as I got to see a lot of people I haven't seen in years.

I had so much fun.

Thanks again you guys!!

September 19, 2009

Toronto Zoo

Went to the Zoo with Caroline and Tim.

Had a great time. Got to even pet a sting ray. We saw all kinds of animals. I had tons of fun.

I will upload the images when i get home today!!

September 12, 2009

A day out

Went out with Dori, one of the girls from work, to look at apartments. I only had one appointment - I was pretty happy with location but not so with the building. It was kinda dirty and I didn't get to see the specific apartment that I asked to see - but I will keep trying.

We then decided to go to fairview to see inglorious basterds. The show wasn't until two so we decided to walk around the mall for a bit. I went to Bath & Body Works!! I only went to get a small bottle of cream, however when I walked into the store I saw my shampoo!! I looked like a kid at christmas - they said that they would not be carrying it yet there it was!!! I first found this product down in Florida - I loved it and it lasted three months - what shampoo and conditioner do u know that does that. Anyways they didn't have the vanilla that I liked so I got cherry blossom - it smells great.

So then dori and I ventured to saphora. We got to see the kat von d products. Love the saint perfume - it smells so good. As a side note - I love her show - I think she georgeous but she is truly stunning without her tats too!! If u get a chance u have to check it out.

We also went to the Children's place to see if we could find something for Dori's sister. I saw this cute onsie. Isn't it awesome.

We certainly had a great day - the movie and company was awesome.

September 8, 2009

leaves changing

So I was a little scared to see a tree that's leaves had already turned and were starting to fall. This is what greeted me as I got out of my car to walk to the train this morning. Can you actually believe it? I can't so I am going to post the pics tomorrow - it's crazy!!!

September 7, 2009

Christmas in September?!?!


Now I bet you are thinkin' I am crazy....well.....I was in Michaels the other day just looking around when i came upon their christmas display. I went starry eyed at all the beautiful stamps and cards. Starring up at those packages my eyes grew three sizes bigger (to somewhat quote The Grinch).

Anyways I made this wonderful card. I used The Paper Company Uptown Gold, Bazzill Ruby Slipper and some gold ribbon.

I used Copics to colour the image - R89, G24, G99, G94, E35, and E44. I embossed the gold background with the cuttlebug swiss dots embossing folder.

Here is the full card:

and the closeup of the christmas tree.


September 6, 2009

A cat in a cape!

I had the house to myself today. It was pretty good. Dad was at the cottage getting ready for his fishing trip with the boys next week and mom was at work. It was great as I got to do some work on my cards as I have been slacking a bit.

I was able to package my 6x6 layout swap for Veronica's Crop for the cure. The challenge was to create two 6x6 pages using brown, pink, white and black (only a bit). There are ten people in the swap so once everything is swapped out then you have an entire album to fill in photos and you're done.

When I visited Vernonica at Pointers Friday Night Crop I picked up a set of Halloween stamps by Penny Black. I love her stuff. It's extremely cute. Plus Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. What is better then dressing up in some funky or scary costume. It's a day that you can be someone else. Anyways....

Here is my card.

The background paper is KI Memories, and the blue cardstock is Bazzill Mediteranean. I used Close to my Heart inks in Orange and Blue. The stamp was coloured with copic markers and highlighted with loose glitter. The copics used in this image include: Colorless Blender, Y15, B26, B24, YR04, YR07 and YR0000.

Here are two more close ups of the cat so that you can see the detail.