Sunday, November 29, 2009

In the Midst of Moving

Knee deep in boxes and going a bit insane! Moving day is December 7th and today is my last day for packing. We will be going to vegas next weekend so that really cuts into my packing availability. We are also out every night this coming week - so needless say - this will be a very quick post. These are my cards for Tracy's final Christmas Challenge. I was able to to 3 sets and I like all of them. I just want to send a very big Thank you to Tracy for doing this every month this year and it defintiely helped me get my Christmas Cards going. I will actually get most of them out before December 1st which has been a goal of mine for about 5 years - but have never made it! THANK YOU TRACY!

As we will be moving and are away every weekend in December - this will be my last post before the Holiday Seasons really kicks in. I want to wish everyone a wonderful and safe holiday season and I'll have pics of the new craft room in the new year once everything is organized!
Thanks for stoppin' by!
Little D

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Mojo Monday 111

A quick post - can you believe it? Not like my last couple of winded posts!!

Well - finally able to get a Mojo Monday complete! It's been ages since I've done one and it feels really good to be able to sit down and get the Mojo flowing. I needed to make thank you cards for our contractors who are building our new home as they have been absolutely amazing! So I decided what better way to get creative than do the Mojo Monday and this is what I came up with - 8 times!! Yes - I needed to make 8 cards so decided to do them all the same. The colors are very warm and I really like the way this came together - again using the stencil technique I've become so found of!!

Thanks for stoppin' by! I know - I'm done - it seems weird not rambling on - but got to get back to packing!

Little D.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Over Due Ugly Card Update

Okay - so finally getting around the Ugly Card Update. I'm quite excited about this little adventure of the card - it's a neat way to meet other bloggers all over the world and to see a bit of their world with the pictures of the Ugly Card!

The Ugly Card made it's way from Lyn to Sylvie-Anne and is now with Cath Wilson - all in the UK. Which makes me happy that it's making it's rounds in Britain as my parents are from Dundee, Scotland - almost like a home coming! The latest stop is not too far from Liverpool and of course I love the Beatles - so lovin' that fact that it's hanging out in a pretty cool historical place!

You'll have to check out Sylvia-Anne's blog and Cath's blog to see the latest pics! I love the stature pics - thanks Cath!!

Here is the trail so far - check it out!:

Tracy - received it in April 09
Jen - May 09
Rita - Aug.25.09
Lyn - Sep.24.09
Sylvia-Anne - Oct.5.09
Cath - Nov.7.09

Thanks for stoppin' by and keep posted for another update!

Little D

Monday, October 26, 2009

Blogging by Quantity

Sorry gang - this will be another winded blog posting. Not blogging as often as I would like - but I guess the plus side of it means that I'm actually crafting quite a bit!

This is a card I made for my boss who went on a very well deserved vacation to Hawaii. This is a Wiper Card - the picture really doesn't do it justice - but it's a really fun card to make! The sentitment 'pop's up when you open the card.

This card I made for my friend's little girl who just turned four and is very into Tinkerbell and all her Fairy friends. This was the technique that Merlie was using and I really love this - I seem to want to use it all the time! Same with the glitter Love it!

That same friend's parents also just celebrated their 40th Wedding Annivesary! Which of course is the Ruby Anniversary so I have fun using Red in this Card. I wasn't too sure how it would turn out - but again - I liked it more the next day! I'm a little disappointed in how the flowers turned out - they almost look like poinsettas!!
My Cousin and her husband also celebrated their 20th Wedding annivesray this month and this was the card I made for them. We went out for dinner to Ruth's Chris Steak House and I think that's becoming one of my favorite restaurants!! The meals are delish and even if you don't have room - you gotta have dessert! I can't recommend just one because they are all so amazing!! And again - used the stencil and the glitter! Merlie - you've got me really addicted!
And finally - the last picture to post on the blog....a friend from knows I make cards and has a seen a couple of them and suggested that I make a few for our annual Red Cross Silent Auction Fund Raiser we do at work. This made me very nervous - as it's really putting myself out there and I'm not at all that comfortable with the thought of it - but took in a deep breath and said why not. It's for a very good cause. So I decided I would do three box sets. So I did 4 birthday cards, 4 thinking of you cards and 4 Christmas Cards. And as an added bonus I also made 8 bows. 4 to match the birthday card colors and 4 to match the Christmas card colors. The cards are pretty much all the same style with color and label variations. And again - used the stencil technique. I really like the way this turned out - still really nervous about this. The auction isn't until November 19th - so I still have a few weeks to stew over the idea of my projects being out there! But - you don't ever get anywhere without taking the first step. Don't know if I really have any where to go - but at least I'm taking a first step!
Again - I apologize for the long windedness of this post and I promise to have an update on the Ugly card shortly!
Thanks for stoppin' by!
Little D

Monday, October 19, 2009

Ugly Card Update

Okay - so the Ugly Card is definitely making it's way across Britian! It's now just outside of Liverpool. I'll get a proper post hopefully later this week with all the details!!

Thanks for Stoppin' by!

Little D

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Finally....Blogging Back to Normal? Not quite!

Okay - so it still amazes me how much goes by so quickly! Again our schedule has been crazy busy - but not really sure what we've been doing! LOL! We were in Seattle over Thanksgiving weekend with a couple of friends of ours to take in some Football and Seafood! I LOVE going to Seattle! And now I've discovered Nordstrom's Rack - I love it even more! The weekend was a great weekend! We go again in December and I know I'll be doing more shopping!

I apologize now as this will be a lengthy blog and several pictures! I've had several cards to make....We had Calgas on Friday night and I made this card for our challenge. It's a shower card I made for my sister and my Nephew, Jack who is already 5 weeks old!!

The sentiment below the images is 'Adorable'. Doesn't really show up on th picture very well. I used my Cuttlebug embossing folder on the back ground paper. I really like these colors together - and I just adore this image!

I also had to make a bridal shower card for a friend who is getting married in November and the shower was on Saturday. I just couldn't get any mojo happening on Friday. Played around with a few ideas - but just couldn't get it together. So Saturday morning I had to make my Nephew's time capsule for the shower and that's a whole lot of crafting stuff so that got my mojo flowing and was able to create this card for the bridal shower - which unfortunately I didn't make it to.

Me and another friend went in together for a gift card for Beds Bath and Beyond so had to make a gift card holder. I found this technique on SCS and thought it was really quite unique. Incredibly easy to do and I love how it looks! I used an embossing forlder for the dots and used a sponge stamp to go over the embossing details. Merlie used this technique at Calgals and I love how it looks!

This is the inside of the card and the gift card fits beautifully in the holder!

And since my mojo was flowing like it hasn't flowed in a very long time - I jumped on Tracy's Christmas Challenge for this month and completed my cards! Our challenge was to create gift card holders and since I loved how this turned out in my bridal shower card - I used the same technique in these cards as well.

Here are all 5!

So I know this was quite a winded post - but I still think the next few weeks are going to be hit and miss as we're getting ready to start the big move! November 15th will come awfully quickly and I haven't even started to pack! So I'll be busy getting things organized and packed. I can't wait until I'm in my new craft room! I'll definitley post pictures as the space is quite unique!
I also made a birthday card for my friends little girl who turned 4 - but I'll get the posted later!
Thanks for stoppin' by!
Little D

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Another Ugly Card Update

Again - very excited to get a message about the Travelling Ugly Card!! It has arrived safe and sound for a lovely vacation in England! Lyn received it from Rita and it's on its way again! Check out Lyn's blog from the 24th of September for the Ugly Card Update and see the pictures she's taken with it! My favorite is the dog checking it out!!

Thanks, Lyn for playing along! This is actually a lot more fun than I had anticipated! Even my hubby likes the updates!!

For those of you keeping track:

Tracy in Calgary to Jen in Hawaii to Rita in Masachusets and now Lyn in England!

Thanks gals for the postive's definitely helps when things get icky!!

Thanks for stoppin' by!

Little D

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Life is Sometimes Good - Sometimes Bad...

Well it definitely has been another crazy week. Quite a few things happened so this will be a fairly long posting!

The Good......

We were in Dallas on the weekend of the 20th to see the Cowboys home opener against the Giants. Dallas is my husband's team and he was quite excited to be there... who am I kidding - I was excited to be there! I love watching football even though I'm not quite the fanatic like my hubby and our friends - they know all sorts of stats and I'd be lucky just to name most of them!

My husband was actually lucky enough to get Seattle Seahawks season tickets this year. We don`t really like the team - but Seattle is the closest city to us that has NFL team. It`s only an hour flight - and I`ve fallen in love with the town! It`s always a great weekend when ever we get there. We`ll be going to a couple of games - the rest of the season my husband sold the tickets. We`ll be down there in a couple of weeks over Canada Thanksgiving. My favorite team is Tamba Bay Bucs. We get to see them play in Seattle on December 20th! A very Happy Christmas to me!!

My sister had her baby on September 13th. Jackson weighed in a 8 lbs - 4 0z and was 21 inches long. He`s quite the content little guy and absolutely adorable - not that I`m biased or anything! My 3 year old neice Machayla is having a bit of a time adjusting to the new addition - but she is great with him - just not sure how not having all the attention all the time is working out.

The Bad....

My older sister's father-in-law passed away on Wednesday. His funeral was on Saturday. It was a good service - lots of people there and great support for all of his family. It's kind of a unique situation where they are more than just in-laws with us. We all grew up together so we really are an extended part of the family. He will be incredibly missed by all - but like I said - there is a lot of support for everyone. My mom and sister wanted me to make some cards for them. Here are the sympathy cards I made:

A couple I had on hand but the rest I made up this week. I like how they all turned. The last one was one we did at Calgals a couple of weeks ago as one of our challenges and it actually turned out as a very nice thinking of you card. I wasn`t too sure about it - but when I used it - it actually turned out okay.

I often find that if I finish a card and leave it for a couple days - when I come back to it - I actually like it better than right after I finished it. I guess it takes a bit of time to appreciate some of your own work!! LOL!

I found this out with my Tracy`s Christmas Challenge this month. I decided to use the spirelli technique and as this was my first go - I didn`t think it too bad. I thought the cards were okay when I finished them last night....and I know that I`ll have to work on this technique to get it more perfect - but when I went to go take the pics - I think I actually quite like them!!

Here they are.....well - still trying to figure out the new computer and can`t figure out how to turn the picture!! Sorry!! LOL!!

Ringette has started and that has been a great stress relief for me over the past couple of weeks. I hope things will get back to a bit of a normal routine to me and I hope to be able to blog on a regular basis.......that is until moving day - November 15th!!
Thanks for stoppin`by!
Little D

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Up and Running

Okay so thought I'd give the computer another go and today it seems to be working! So thought I'd get a post in - still no picks to post....yet! I've started my Christmas Challenge cards so hopefully this weekend I'll get the done!

Dallas (actually Arlington) was an amazing weekend! We went to the Texas Rangers vs. L.A Angels ball game on Saturday and then the main event - the Dallas Cowboys vs the New York Giants in the brand new amazing stadium of the Cowboys! The game was exciting and the stadium is beautiful! We had a great time - and even tho' the Cowboys lost - it was a great weekend!

We did however suffer a bit with the humidity. We definitely are not used to that! It was 88 degrees F. with about 90% humidity. Needless to say - just walking across the street we were drenched! LOL!

Anyhow - thougth I'd throw a little hello out there and hopefully will have the Christmas challenge done on the weekend.

Thanks for stoppin' by!

Little D

Friday, September 18, 2009

Crazy World

Well - I know it's been a while but things are definitely going a bit crazy. My sister had her baby on the 13th. Jackson was 8 lbs 4 oz and 22 inches! Friends had their baby on the 14th - 8 lbs 4 oz 20.5 inches. No pictures of Jackson yet - but will get them up as soon as I get some!

And again having computer issues where I can't seem to get internet access on my two computers - it's very hit and miss. However - hubby just stepped out so snaggled his laptop to get this post up and to check a couple of my blog sites!

Ball season has come to a end on a very a good note. We won Nationals. 11 games in 4 days! It was a long weekend over the long weekend - but very satisfying!

My sister's father in law had a heart attack about a week ago and it's not good. There is severe brain damage and they've decided to not attempt to do any life saving measures. They're basically going to keep him comfortable and let nature take his course.

So the last few weeks have been a bit all over the place. Haven't done much is the way of stamping. We had Calgals last Friday and that was the only time I've really done anything. It felt really good - and I was somewhat happy with my card - which I haven't even taken a picture yet! I'll get that posted soon!

I'll definitely be doing Tracy's Christmas Challenge so I'll get that posted!

So yes - still here - just in a whirl wind of life right now!

The winter season has started as well - already been on the ice twice!

Hubby and I are off to Dallas this weekend. We get to go to the Cowboy's home opener game Vs the Giants at the new stadium. Dallas is my hubby's favorite team so he's pretty excited! We leave tomorrow morning and come back on Monday - so really just for the weekend! It should be a lot of fun!

So here's hoping that I'll be able to get things up and running again and get back to a normal routine of stamping!

Thanks for stoppin' by!

Little D

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Travelling Card

I was very excited when I opened up my blog today......

I know it's been a while since we last heard from the Ugly Card - but I'm very excited to say - we have a sighting! Rita received the card from Jen and took some amazing pics with the card! See Rita's comments under my previous post! Here are her pictures of the Ugly Card which she has changed the name to: The Travelling Ugly Card - which is very appropriate - don't you think?! Please check out Rita's blog for the full update of the card!!

A very special thank you to Tracy, Jen and now Rita who have all played along!
Stayed tuned for further updates!!
Thanks for stoppin' by!
Little D.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Tracy's August Christmas Challenge

Well, I've finally got most of all my items onto this computer! And I've figured out how to down load my pictures! Now let's see if I can figure how to get them onto my blog - LOL!

Success! LOL! Okay - so here are my cards for Tracy's August Christmas Challenge! The challenge this month was to use DP as your main image! When I first read that - I had a bit of a panick attack! But then - as I thought about it - the idea of my cards came fast and furious! The DP I used is from my Christmas Stack. I love this paper but it was hard to try and get something flowing with this. Thank goodness for SU Color Coach! According to the Coach - the coordinating colors are Bravo Burgandy - which I used as the layer behind the image - More Mustard - which I used as the main color for the card. I also used my cuttlebug snowflake folder to emboss this paper, and the third color was Elegant Eggplant - which I'ved used as my layer behind More Mustard and the stamp color for the sentitment.

These are not my normal 'go to' colors but I actually really like how these turned out! It's amazing how quickly your cards come together when you know exactly what you are doing and when the finished project is what you had imagined - it's a great feeling - which I needed! This definitely felt good to do! Again - it's great that Tracy keeps challenging us out of our comfort zones - and to see what creativity we have hiding inside! Thanks, Again Tracy!!

Must remember to try and schedule some card making time on a regular basis! It's such a great stress reliever!!

Thanks for stoppin' by!

Little D

New Computer

Okay - so I've connected to a new computer and will have to use this one until I get my Mac figured out! I'm going to have to go through and add all my favs to this computer so it'll take me a while to get back up and running! Hopefully this will solve a lot of my frustrations I've been having with my computer!

I've finished Tracy's Christmas challenge and I've got the pics - just need to get them onto this computer to get the pictures posted!

Things are still pretty crazy. We are building a new house and things have just exploded for stuff we have to do for that! We're expecting a move in date sometime in early October - so things are pretty hectic getting all the finalized stages completed. We've just finished having all the electric work done. And we should be getting ready for drywall in the next couple of weeks. Our siding was delivered on Friday so it'll be very exciting to see the outside of the house looking more like a completed house rather than a wooden box!

My sister is also expecting her second baby within the month! We have softball nationals coming up on the long weekend and we're into playoffs for my ladies team. The sun has finally decided to show it's self so we now have another taste of summer!

All in all - still feeling pretty hectic with everything going on - but all positive - very stressful -but positive!

Thanks for stoppin' by!

Little D.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Yup! Still here

And finally able to get into my blog.  I've been having some issue lately trying to get in and get some blogging done!   This past month has been busy with ball and house things - so really haven't done much in the way of card making!  Didn't even get into the monthy RAK I normally do...and this month doesn't look much calmer!  A couple of more tourneys and a few trips lined up.  

We actually just got home from LA!  We were there over the weekend for a concert at the Hollywood Bowl!  It was really amazing!  Seeing a concert at the Hollywood Bowl has been our list of things to do and we had the chance!  We saw Lang Lang (amazing Pianist) and Herby Hancock - another amazing pianist!  They were playing with the LA Philharmonic Orchestra!  And the concert was great!  If you've never seen the Hollywood Bowl - I suggest you add it to your list!  It really is a work of art!  It seats 18,000 people and the sound is amazing!  And they had special guest join them on stage for a song - Josh Groban - who I adore - he's a cutey with an amazing voice!  

This was our anniversary trip - so it was kinda nice!  15 years for us on the 20th!  We stayed at the Sheraton right at Universal Studios.  We actually didn't go to Universal - but spent a couple of days walking around City walk and went to SeaWorld San Diego.  It was a very special fun trip - even tho' we had to sit in the dark for 2 hours last night when a city transformer blew and our hotel went dark!  Thank goodness for computers with music!!

I'll try and get some pictures posted in the next day or two - as long as my computer is going to let me!

Thanks for stoppin' by!

Little D

Friday, July 24, 2009

Where oh Where is Little D?

I'm here - but wow has this month been a crazy busy month!  Haven't had much time for stampin' and card making - but was finally able to sit down and go at 'er!  This is my Aloha Rak for my partner.  The challenge was for note cards. I took mine in a little bit different direction.  I made four cards all the same and a holder for the cards and envelopes.  It's a pretty simple design but I think it's quite elegant!  I hope my partner likes it!

This is a card I made for friends of ours who just had their first baby. 

Madison Maureen Skjodt was born on July 22nd.  It's a Double Diagonal fold card.  Quite a simple design and I really like the idea that you can add your own elements to the inserts.  For this one I attached the gift card to a book mark and slipped into the middle pouch.  You can even place another insert into the top pouch.

And finally - Tracy's Christmas Challenge.  

This month's challenge was to create a card with no layers.  This was actually tougher than I thought it would be.  I kept it simple and made a window card.  So from the front it looks like layers - but it's not.  The image is on the inside of the card.  I added a ribbon to the top of the card and a couple of Snowflakes brads for some bling.  I might go back and revisit these ones and maybe add a bit more bling - but I think I actually like the simplicity of it.

I still have a couple of more cards to do this weekend so will hopefully have another post by the end of the weekend.  Babies, Birthdays and Funerals....oh my!  My youngest nephew turns 18 on Monday - wow - can't believe that!!  A friend of ours lost his dad on the weekend and the funeral is on Tuesday.  

Hope everyone is having a great summer!  We've finally have had a stretch of hot weather and this weekend is supposed to be a bit of a scorcher.  I will definitely get out and enjoy it!  Of course with my 60 sunscreen!

Thanks for stoppin' by!

Little D

Friday, July 3, 2009

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Little D

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Tri-Shutter Anniversary Card

After Tracy's suggestion of trying a Tri-Shutter fold card for her Christmas challenge, and seeing it in person - which turned out beautiful - I thought I'd give it a whirl for my cousin's anniversary card my mom asked me to make.  And I must say - I love this card!  I can definitely see me making more of these cards.  The cutting and scoring is quite easy - but adding the additional pieces of paper and blinging it up definitely takes some time.  I think it's taken me over 2 hours total time to get this done!  Deciding which paper to use and what to use as bling definitely is the challenge for this card.

I dug through all my DP I have and the paper I chose - I've had for quite a while - so long actually - I don't have the cover anymore that tells me what type of paper it is!  I think it's Old World - but not sure who makes it!  The Silver leaves are very appropriate as it's their 25th Wedding anniversary - and the leaves I got as part of my winning bling from Tracy's Christmas Challenge last month!  The purple leaves are also from the same package.  I love these leaves.  Thanks, again, Trace!

This is the card when opened.  I used the silver paper from Stamping up and used my cuttle bug to Emboss the design on it.  And I've figured out that if I edit and crop my pictures - you can't click on it to enlarge it - sorry!  I'll have to look into that and see what I can do......

I love the blend of the pinks and reds in the DP - it gives it a bit of a classic feel - and the sunflowers are just fun!  The wording on the inside panel says 'Love is the only flower that grows and blossoms with the aid of seasons'. 

One thing to keep in mind - be cautious of the bling - too much bling makes the card not fit into a standard size envelope!  But of course it makes more fun to have to make an envelope for it to fit into!!  LOL!

My mom and older sister are going to Vegas to meet my cousins there - so I hope they have a great time and of course I hope they like the card!  LOL!  They leave Sunday morning - and we're all going for Pedicures on Saturday - can't wait!

Thanks for stoppin' by!

Little D

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Where have the days gone?

I can't believe it's June 3oth and it's been two weeks since my last post!  It's unbelievable how quick the time has gone by.  Things have been crazy busy with ball FINALLY we've had some pretty decent weather!  With it being June 30th, and nothing like leaving it to the last minute - here are my cards for Tracy's Christmas challenge.  I love these little cards - they are 3 1/2 square cards that have a triangle tri-fold in them.  I used different images for each of the cards - but the inside sentiment is the same.

After  making these - I realized - I don't have any envelopes for these!  Guess I'll be making envelopes for these!!  I like the challenges Tracy has been putting out every month!  It definitely helps get the creative juices flowing and opens me up to different techniques and really lets me explore my creativity!

I haven't done much Mojo Monday challenges for awhile and haven't done a Copic Color challenge lately either.  The next couple of weekends are open for me so I'll have to try and get a couple of challenges going!

On the 17th - we had our Calgals night and Merlie brought the challenge for the night - and this was my creation:

I've been working on a couple of other projects but haven't quite finished them.  My mom and older sister are going to Vegas on Sunday to meet up with my Cousin and her husband who are celebrating their 25th Wedding Anniversary.  My mom has asked me to do up a card - so I'm right in the middle of that.  Once I get that finished - I'll have it posted.   

My sister who was in the car accident is doing good!  They got their car back today and the damage was a little over $3000.00 - but at least it was fixable!!  Tomorrow is Canada Day here so we get a day off!  Kinda sucky that it's in the middle of the week - but it's still a day off!  And Friday is the kick off to The Calgary Stampede - which is Parade Day!  Downtown Calgary is pretty much shut down from 7:00 - 12:00 while the parade is going on!  Our office is closed in the am - but I have booked the entire day off - so I have a very short week!  I'm hoping to maybe go golfing on Friday - but we'll have to see what the day brings - meaning - what time I decide to get out of bed!!

Thanks for Stoppin' by!

Little D.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Weird Emotional Night.....

Well a few things going on - no cards to post - but have a couple of projects - including Tracy's Christmas Challenge.  I've also finally managed to change the color of my comment link so that you can actually see where it is!  Sorry if you've wanted to leave a comment but couldn't see where it was at!

Today is a special day for me.  21 years ago Eric and I officially started dating.  We don't really do anything to celebrate - but it's a fun kinda anniversary for us.  It's also my dad's birthday.  My dad would have been 65 today but passed away almost 11 years ago.  So this day has always been a bit of a weird emotional day - missing my dad - and celebrating us being together.

But what made it even more of an emotional day - my sister who is 6 months pregnant and 3 year old niece were in a car accident tonight.  They're both fine - just really shaken up.  She called just after 9:00 to see if I could come and get them as her hubby was at a movie.  She was very shaken up when she called - so the police officer on sight had to come on the phone to let me know where they were and to reassure me that they were fine.  Still didn't do much for my nerves - so had to get hubby to drive as I bit shakey.  My sister had rear-ended the car in front of her due to a chain reaction of a car two in front of her slamming on the breaks.  There was quite a bit of damage to her car - leaking antifreeze all over the road - and a very crumpled hood - but no real damage to the car she hit.  And to add to the accident - the girl she hit is also 6 months pregnant - but she was also fine.  

When we got to where they were - my niece came up to me and said "my car has a boo boo - it ran into another car".  Which melted my heart and made me feel way better!

So it's now just after midnight and I think I've calmed down enough that I'm off to bed to try and get a decent night sleep.

Thanks for stopping by!

Little D

Friday, June 12, 2009

Nieces and Nephews - Oh My!!

Spring is finally here and seems to be sticking around.  And June is another busy month for us.  Birthday for my niece and nephew, anniversary for my older sister - their 2oth this year!  And me and my hubby have a special anniversary as well.  On the 16th we will have been together for 21 years!  My gosh...time flies when you're having fun!

Three years ago on June 15th, this amazing little angel came into our lives.  This is my 3 year old Niece Machayla.  My younger sister named her Machayla with the unique spelling for a couple of reasons.   Both our family and my brother in law's family have Scottish routes  - me and my two sisters are first generation Canadian - my parents are from Scotland so it has a bit of a gaelic twist on it.  And the second reason is because of my Dad.  My maiden name is MacCluskey - so my dad was always called Mac.  My dad passed away in August 1998 And of course - with Machayla, we now call her Mac.  She is a lot of fun and I love spending every chance I get with her - which, sadly - is not nearly enough for me!  We are going to Calaway Park tomorrow and then having brunch on Sunday to celebrate her birthday.

This is her card that I've made, which
 is also Mojo Monday Sketch #90. I really like the way the colors came together and of course I love my fairy stamps from The Greeting Farm.  

I colored the fairy using  - but of course - Copic markers - which I still really love using!  And I'm definitely getting more and more comfortable using them.

I used YG01 and YG03 for the dress, YR23, Y26, E33 for the hair and C1 and C3 for the wings.  You can't really see in the picture  but I've used glitter pen on the wings to give it that extra sparkle

At the opposite end of the spectrum is my oldest nephew, who turned 21 on the 1st of June!  He is also an angel - in his own way.  He ran the Uncover the Cure run last weekend and as promised - I have pictures!  I'm sure he'll be thrilled when he knows I've posted the pictures here!  He's is very kind and has a huge heart - on most days!  And he's a cuddler - he likes to hug.  And what else is huggable??  That's right - a Bunny!

This is him posing just after I presented him with his outfit.  He was a great sport about the whole thing!  This is actually a very special event for me and my hubby as his Step-Dad passed away from Prostate Cancer.  Next year me and my two sisters are going to do the 5 K walk....I can guarantee I won't be wearing anything this revealing - but I'm sure there will be some sort of wagering involved again!

Here we are at the end of the race!  He did really well.  He wanted to run it in 57 minutes and came in around the 48 minute marker.  I haven't heard his official time - but he did great!  He did have to take the ears off and carry them as the are apparently not very aerodynamic!

I still have another couple of cards to do this weekend but can't say what they are for - just in case they happen to stop by and see what I've done!  I'll have them posted soon!  And I might have a special project to work on.....but more on that much later!

Thanks for stoppin by!

Little D

Sunday, June 7, 2009

As Promised.

Here is my card for June Aloha Rak.  The challenge was to create with flowers.  And the images is Tink from The Greeting Farm.

Today was a better day weather wise - in the fact there was no snow...yet!

Working with the bright colors and flowers on my card definitely picked up my mood!  If I can't see flowers outside - at least I can see them here!

My oldest nephew, Chris  who just turned 21 - was in 'Uncover The Cure' run for Cancer yesterday and he was hoping to do his 10K in 57 minutes and he ran it in about 48 minutes.  I don't have a pic to post yet - but because we donated the most - we got to pick out what his outfit would be.  Most  of the runners wear some sort of needless to say - I went shopping at Lasenza and got the cutest little bunny outfit for him to wear.  And true to his word - he wore it!  I'll get the pictures posted as soon as I charge my battery camera!

I'll have another post this week as my niece turns 3 next weekend and of course need to do her card and we have some friends that are moving away so I'll try and get their card done as well!

Thanks for stoppin' by!

Little D

Saturday, June 6, 2009

still here.....

Just a little note to say that I'm still here....just been crazy. Don't have any new images to post - yet - but will have something done by the weekend.

We had snow again yesterday.....very frustrating!  The Farmer's Almanac said we were supposed to have a hotter summer than normal.....All I can say is I HOPE SO!  We've really only had a couple of days of decent weather this 'spring'....Our trees have finally come into full bloom and we're starting to get some flowers - but then we get snow....

We've had a couple of decent weekends and one of the weekends we were in BC for golfing weekend for a friends's 4oth birthday and it was a great weekend - also very hot!  And it was quite nice to touch my clubs again!

We were in Vegas again last weekend.  And they're having an amazing spring.  It was 36 + degrees c. every day - too hot to even stay in by the pool!  But we had a great time!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to have another posting for tomorrow!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Crazy Day for Stampin'

Well - welcome to May Long Weekend in never know what you're gonna get - weather wise that is!  Yesterday it was above 20 and I have a fairly badly burned face to prove it!  Golfing 18 holes with forgetting to put sunscreen on my face is never a good idea!  And today - when we woke up - snow on the ground and a high of 4 degrees!!  AAAGH!  But hey - because it was not so nice to get out - I decided to catch up on some of my stamping and blogging!  This card I made for Debbie.  Nancy's friend Domenica's mom, Debbie is not feeling very well and Nancy has asked for Thinking of You cards to help brighten Debbie's day.  This is my card I made for her - with a little note saying she is in my thoughts, as is Domenica.

This card I made for my boss who went on vacation with her daughter and grandchildren to Disneyland.  An appropriate themed card - I have Disney DP and the Tinkerbell punch I got as a gift from some friends who were just back from Disneyland.

And finally, my Christmas Challenge submission for Tracy's Christmas Challenge.  I made two sets as the first set I made "Let It Snow" I really didn't like how these turned out.  Too basic.  So decided to get my head out of the snow and make another batch which I like much better.  The challenge was the main image had to be a sentiment and you had to use pink.  The colors aren't as bright in the pictures as the really are. 

So all in all a very productive day for me.  And the cataloging of my stamps proved to be a success in all of the cards I made.  I simply looked through my book of images and went and grabbed the CD case associated with it.  Definitely made my life very easy!!  So definitely made it all worth it!

Thanks for Stoppin by!

Little D

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Once again - still not sure why - but the add comment button is not showing!  If you put your cursor over the area beside the date at the bottom of the post - you'll be able to click into the comment section!

UGLY CARD UPDATE! Sorry for not posting this sooner - but the Ugly Card made it's way to Hawaii and Jen received it and she had an absolutely amazing idea!  If you happen to receive the Ugly Card - take a picture of the card where ever you are and send it to me!  I'll then post it as part of the tracking of the card!  Thanks for the suggestion Jen!!  


Not sure why - but my comment buttons are not showing on the screen  but if you put your cursor over the area where they should be - it's still there!!  

Spring has finally sprung here and time for Spring Cleaning!!  Decided to search around for a new background and found this one!  Yup - still Winnie - don't you just love him?

This is the card that I've done for my May Aloha RAK!  I really like how this turned out - the stamped image on the back ground really adds something special to it.  The colors don't really come out in the picture - but I really quite like it!

I've also started to organize my stamps.  I took the plunge and unmounted all my SU stamps!  The amount of space that I've saved - it's amazing!  It was really quite easy and now that I have them all in CD cases - I have way more room.  

I was also directed to a blog( - sorry - can't remember which one) where she has created a log of all her stamps - so decided to do the same thing!  Crazy  I know - but I think it's a great idea!!  

And in the grand scheme of things - I don't have as many stamps as others so thought now would be a good time to start!!  Especially for sentiment stamps - I always seem to have issues finding the right sentiment - but once they've all been cataloged - it'll be easy to find exactly what I'm looking for!

I've ended up with 62 CDS cases full of stamps plus a few block stamps that I'm going to leave on their blocks.  I'm just under 1/3 way done cataloging them all.  It takes a while.....but I'll be very happy once this is done!!  I'll keep ya posted on my progress.

Thanks for Stoppin' by!

Little D

Sunday, May 3, 2009


Unbelievable!  I think....think....spring has finally arrived!  It's been absolutely beautiful this weekend!  We had our kick off tournament this weekend for my Ladies Ball and it was a perfect weekend to play ball....didn't play perfect - but we had a good time and got rid of some built up winter legs are feeling it!

And finally my Christmas Challenge for Tracy's challenge.  A few days late - but done!   And speaking of Tracy - HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!  Tracy and Hubby 
Allan are celebrating their anniversary today - 8 Years for them!  Congrats!!

Since we bowed out of the tournament quite early - I'll be working on my Aloha RAK later today so I'll hopefully have the done and ready to go for tomorrow!

Thanks for stoppin' by!!

Little D

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Long Time No Blog!

Well - it's been a while since my last post - and really don't have an excuse.  Really getting tired of winter - more snow over the weekend and we're supposed to start ball on Monday.  Don't think that's going to happen!

I've been somewhat creative and need to get a little more ambition to work on my assignments!  Need to get my cards done For Tracy's Christmas challenge and I've got My Rak Partner from Jen for this month - so I need to get going!

I've visited Debbie's blog - she's celebrating a year of blogging by giving away amazing blog candy - you should check it out!

Here are a few cards I've done:

This is one of the cards I made for my friends little girl who was going to Disneyland.  This is Sydney's card - She is a definite princess.  This image is actually on the inside of the card. 

This Card is the card I made for Kylie - who is a Tinkerbell fanatic!  Her favorite color is green because Tink wear's green!  This is also a flip card where the image is on the inside.  

This is a card I made for my boss who left today for The Dominican Republic on holiday.  Well actually - her daughter is getting married there this week so they've been looking forward for this for a while now - and she'll be on a warm sunny beach - while we'll be shoveling our snow - again!!
I'm hoping to have my Christmas challenge cards up by next weekend!!

Thanks for stoppin' by!

Little D