Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Thought I'd better get this done...

Here's a pagemaps contest I'm entering:

my version is a bit (ok, a lot more plain) + not the best photo:
pp- crate paper; cardstock - ac; thread - guttermann; stickers - crate paper; distress tool - tim holtz; unknown suede pieces

here are some close ups:

now some December daily's to catch up:

December 25

December 26:

I don't seem to have one for December 27 or 28th (boo to me, but that is really ok, as I only have 21 pages in my album...I was thinking it was going to be difficult to squeeze them all in anyway :) )


Friday, December 23, 2011

December daily - day 23

This is what we came home to today after shopping:

sometimes being married to the pastor isn't so bad! ok, most of the time it is good...  but Christmas time it seems to be extra good with the presents from the members of the congregation.


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Sketch challenge and December daily - day 22

Hi there!

Here is a pagemaps sketch for the Crop and Create facebook page challenge this week:

And this is what I did with it:

materials used:  bo bunny snowfall collection of pp, stickers, letter stickers, chipboard and rubons; ek success corner rounder and edge punch; ac cardstock; shimmerz pearl; beacons adhesive
This is more linear than I would normally do, but I thought it fitting for all of the Christmas letters that we have written over the years to be put into our family album.  And this sketch worked for them.

On to my December daily for today... today was "sneaky" Christmas wrapping.  So, I've hidden the presents in plain view, in hopes that the boys won't look up:


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The last of the Christmas cards


I was about 6 short (gasp!), and I happened to have receive  most of the Bo Bunny Snowfall collection from Patti (my KK from The Scrapping Nook), so I made the following:

materials used:  pp, stickers, chipboard stickers - Bo Bunny Snowfall; cardstock - American Crafts & Staples; distress ink - Ranger; Shimmerz Paint - Teresa Collins; punches - EK Success; brads - Maya Road; embossing folder - Sizzix; blings - Pink Paislee; distressing tool - Tim Holtz; ribbon - pink paislee & unknown; foam squares - Therm-o-web; adhesive - Beacons

With the same line, I also created 4 of these little gift card holders:
materials used:  pp:  bo bunny snowfall; cricut cartridge "Wild card"; punch - WeRMemory keepers; lace - unknown; journalling pen - Staedtler; corner punch - ek success

...and here is my December daily for today (December 21):
Noah's Gr 1/2 class preparing for their preformance for the Christmas concert. 


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

December daily - day 20

The boys have been crafty:

They made them at PMA on the last PD day that we had.  (apparently they can be sneaky too).  So I believe I have two photos of the day for my December daily!  Only 11 more days to go!  And 5 more sleeps until santa. 

I also have an announcement!  I will be helping Karen from Karen's Creations with her blog and web page beginning in the new year!  Cool, eh?!  So stay tuned for that!


Monday, December 19, 2011

December daily - day 19

Hi there!

Well, the countdown is ON!!!  Tonight, we're decorating the church's Christmas tree...the waiting of Advent will soon be over, and the Christ child will be here.  Our family continues to do our "regular" stuff.  This leads me to my December daily - day 19:

Noah practices almost every day.  Each song/excercise 2x. 

I TOTALLY scraplifted this out of Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine Fall 2011 edition.  Becky Litz from Cranbrook, British Columbia made a "teacher survival kit and clipboard".  I used some (ok, most) of her elements.  I am not including a clipboard with all of the classmates signatures.  That was a really good idea, I just leave things too long...Anyway, here is my result:  I made one for each of the boys teachers.  Every item has a tag on it explaining its importance.
materials used:  simple stories pp, stickers, letter stickers; ranger ink; tim holtz distress tool; unknown stamp on tag (gift); beacons adhesive
the tags read:
animal cookies for when your classroom seems like a zoo
bani-aids for when things get a little rough
crayons to colour your day bright and cheerful
candle for when you are up late marking or planning
smarties because that's who you are teaching
kit kat bar because by the end of the day you'll probably need a "break"
eraser to remind you everyone makes mistakes
lifesavers for when you've had one of those days
paperclips to hold it all together
pencil to "write your wrongs"
robber band to remind you to be flexible
starburst to give you a "burst" of energy when you need it
tissues to wipe away the tears.... yours and theirs
toothpicks- to help you "pick" out the good qualities in others and yourself


Sunday, December 18, 2011

A winner and December Daily for December 17 and 18

Hi there!

Here is my December daily for day 17:

I made these "toad in a hole" for dinner Saturday after selling Christmas trees for the Optimist club all afternoon.  The boys loved the hearts instead of the regular circle.

And here is my December daily for today, (my dad's birthday) Dcember 18:

made this for my MIL for her Christmas present.  Karen Lancaster from Karen's Creations designed it.  One side is Ethan, the other is of course, Noah.
Materials used:  Bobunny dot paper; bazzill cardstock; dollar store greenery, trumpet charms, and bells; maya road ribbon; prima flowers; zip dry adhesive

On to the winner for my 100th post which you can see HERE!   I called my Dad, and he chose a number between 1 and 9. 

He chose.....


so,      Jennifer said...

Congrats Tracey, good on you! pretty impressive!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Best FRIDAY ever!!!

Well, today I had my first interview in about 5 years.  It went well, I turned down the job that they offered because high pressure sales is not for me, but it was really nice being offered.  The whole experience was good.  It was nice to know I can still do fairly well in an interview, and have the confidence to turn something down.  The right job will come.

The second great thing about today is that this came right to my doorstep:

My gift from my Scrapping Nook Kris Kringle (Buddy the Elf) is Patti! 

and even though, Patti wrote FRAGILE, please be careful! - the UPS guy, opened the door and slamed it down inbetween the two doors, and this happened:

So a HUGE thank you to Patti.  It was so much fun opening up all of the presents.  (she even stuck in 2 billion dollar Canadian dollar chocolates for my boys!)


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Catching up on December daily's I've missed a few days posting...not all that bad.  I chaired the Optimist meeting last night, and all is moving along there.  Here are my recent photos:

Ethan is my little Elf - December 13th

Ethan made a fort to sleep in on the floor - December 14th (really early in the morning, I then put him into bed)

Today's photos is also a challenge at the Paper Variety:

and this is what I did:

December 15th - made 14 of these gift bags and tags today to hand out on Saturday WYB bowling

materials used:  staples file folder and cardstock; cricut cartridge Lacy Lables; ranger distress ink; dollar store holly; marvy liquid applique and heat gun; imaginince stamp; momento black ink; staedtler pen; we r memory keepers crop-o-dile; Offray ribbon

Tomorrow I have my first interview since putting out resumes in September!  Lets see what that will bring.


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

December daily - day 12 and a layout

This is the sketch from Creative Scrappers that inspired my layout: "Photo with Santa"

materials used: simple stories pp, stickers, letter stickers; ranger glossy accents, inks; tim holtz distress tool and stamp; american crafts embossing powder; staedtler journaling pen; file folder; IKEA thread; beacon's adhesive.

December 12th photo of the day - Noah home from school



Sunday, December 11, 2011

100th post

So, since I began this blog just over 1 year ago, I am writing my 100th post!  I think a give away is in store!  Just leave a comment here, and follow me for a chance to win a RAK. Contest closes December 18 (which happens to be my Dad's real 60th birthday ~ remember we celebrated last month)

on to my December daily for today...
our Christmas tree after dark


Saturday, December 10, 2011

December Daily - day 10

PHEW!!!  I can't believe it is day 10 in December already!!!  2 weeks to go until our favourite holiday around here.  Here is what we've been up to today:

showing off the final product!
These took LITERALLY all day to make!  I mixed up the gingerbread recipe this morning at around 8am.  Put in the frige to "firm up" while we went bowling and did some Christmas shopping.  We rolled out the dough, cut the shapes out and baked them this afternoon.  After they "completely cooled", we could finally decorate them at 8pm!  Tomorrow, we'll put on the ribbons, and voila! 50 or so Christmas tree ornaments to give away - some on their own, and some attached to presents.


Friday, December 9, 2011

December Daily - Day 9

Here is what we made today at PMA, and is my photo for day 9, as well as challenge #22 for the Scrapping Nook's December on-line crop which is running from December 9-18.

made with plywood, acryllic paint, sandpaper, foam stain, scrap tea-stained material and hot glue


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Paper Variety challenge

& December Daily - day 8

This weeks challenge at The Paper Variety is to put a Christmas song onto a project.  I did a card:

materials used:  Simple stories pp; tim holtz pp, die, and distress tool; 7 gypsies stamp; ranger inks and glossy accents;
maya road flower; american crafts brad

here is another card I did just for fun (I got some new embossing folders):
tim holtz die, embossing folder; ranger inks and glossy accents

and here is my photo for day 8:
for what ever reason, this is as neat as I get when I'm scrapbooking!


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

December daily - day 6&7

I think posting two a day, is probably the way to go! (at least that is what I'm doing).  Here are the two photos:

Dec 6, 2011:homemade spa gifts made at parents group

Dec. 7, 2011: Ethan with box that arrived yesterday - note the pants are on backwards.  When asked, he replied, "I'm ok with that"
Well, there you have it!  All caught up, and my four year old still loves boxes to play with!  (little does he know what arrived INSIDE that box via internet shopping.  ~I'll share that after Christmas~ Have I mentioned how much I love the computer!


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

December daily - day 4 & 5

Hi there!

Here are my photos from December 4th and 5th:

Noah throwing a rock at curling on Sunday Dec. 4.      


Before we saw the muppets - great movie!

I also created 12 cards yesterday - will post those later.


Sunday, December 4, 2011

December daily - day 3

Hi there!

Here is my photo from yesterday's Santa claus parade in Wiarton:

The Optimist Float!
this is just the back end - and of course my camera cannot do it justice!  The float was awesome. (and we had a great time handing out candy to the kiddies)  My boys got to ride on it.


Friday, December 2, 2011

a challenge and December daily - Day 2

Hi there!

I have been challenged by inspired to scrap with this sketch:
and over at the Paper Variety, the challenge this week is to showcase ornaments.  I did a card based on Stacey's sketch with ornaments:

materials used:  making memories pp; bo bunny sticker; doodlebug letter stickers; maya road brads; unknown jute rope; tim holtz distressing tool; ranger distress ink; staples cardstock

That is also my December daily photo for day #2 - the card is to thank an anonymous donar for providing enough money for the leaders of the Parent Mutual Aid group I attend to purchase Christmas presents for our children.  Because of wonderful people like that in our community, our day just got brighter.