About Me

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BC, Canada
I have been married to the same guy for a LONG time ! We have 3 grown children and the 5 loves of our lives that they have given us ... 4 girls and one boy ! I have been crafting all my life and found my true addiction when I taught myself to use Copic Markers and introduced them into my card making ! I am NOT certified in the use of Copics but that doesn't stop me from creating with them ! I always been a bit of a crafting rebel and don't follow directions well !I love crafting with my hands and seldom will you find them idle as they usually have a crochet hook , knitting needles or a book in them . Exercise is not my strong suit ! LOL ! My husband and I also love camping in our RV ( weather permitting ... as in NO snow !) so most weekends from Spring to Fall you find us camped somewhere with our 3 Yorkies .... though don't tell them they aren't BIG dogs ! Hope you enjoy my little touch of my life .... the creative and the real life !

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Do you want to see ?

 I got behind last week on my Easter cards and probably most of them will not get done now ! I started cleaning my room and it ended up into a major overhaul which , in true scrapping sense , will still be on going .... simply because I have 2 huge piles that have to gone through and either stored , given away or tossed ! I had an old small wall unit in my room before that though it was great for storage it also took up far too much room . Never mind the microwave cart that I had my paper cutter and Big Shot on plus another cart that I had my printer on .... and various OTHER pieces of furniture in my small 8'X12' room .... and that is counting the closet that is full to the brim with DH's clothes ..... and jackets ! The man is a clothes horse .... but THAT is another story !!!! LOL ! I had a couple friends that asked me to post some photos of what I have done .... so before it gets " out of hand " AGAIN here it is !

I didn't take any before photos but somewhere in my archieve will be photos ! Here is what my ORIGINAL room looked like in 2006 http://donnacr.blogspot.com/2006_09_01_archive.html ! Needless to say , I took some birthday money and bought some Martha Stewart cube units from Home Depot as we don't have an IKEA here and the shipping was 6Xs more then the price of the unit I wanted !!!  A one day project took me 5 days .....as I put all the units together .... they are easy ! I had my desk and hutch before and purchased it and a tower from Best Scrapbook Shelves over the past 5 years . I LOVE these and they are so worth the money ....... By the way , the price has gone down CONSIDERABLY since I bought mine !!! Yes , that is just the way the ball bounces for me ! LOL !

I have a paper tower also made by Best Scrapbook Shelves and it was a limited edition one when I bought it ...... No crazy about it in my small room and may end up removing it from my room . The Copic storage is Quickutz Magpie Storage .... LOVE them and something else that is no longer available ! My long arm OTT light usually is bent over my desk but I put it straight up to take the picture ! LOVE this light !!! I love containers .... as you can tell by my desk ! LOL ! They hold all sorts of goodies from paper pads , images , stamps , pens or whatever I toss in them ! I do actually clean them out on a regular bases so I can see what has been tossed ! My quilting mat never got used for such but has been well used on my desk ! I neeed to find a pretty pink one though ! LOL !

One of my Martha Stewart cube units ... actually this is 2 put together ! I do love this for storage ! It holds all sorts of trasures from my albums of Magnolia stamps , more stamps in other albums , Close To My Hearts tool kit that holds my STICKLES all neat and in one place , baskets of punches on the bottom and a scrap basket .... and baskets of CTMH stamps . The plastic tower holds ribbon , more punches , acrylic paints and odds and sods that need to be hidden ( like chocolate ! LOL ) . On top of the storage tower I dismanteled a drawer for the cube unit ( I picked it up for $5 at Walmart and it didn't fit quit the way I wanted it too ) then took white DUCK TAPE and taped it to the plastic unit to make a sturdy stand for my TV ( a gift from DH at Christmas ) and the cable box . I actually used a MS shelf over the top of the " box " to give the shelve a sturdier shelf as the base of the drawer was pretty flimsy ) .

This is the second Martha Stewart cube unit ( 6-cube ) which I have my electric BIGSHOT on .... and it I am so pleased with the space I have to work with there ! I built the unit up so the heaat vent wasn't covered and that is why you can see 2X4's ! Hey a girl has to make do when DH is anything but handy !! LOL ! I have a basket of Cuttlebug folders , some CTMH stamp containers that I keep my 6X6" paper in and some Magnolia Stamps  and I have a long plastic container that hold my BigShot long dies and platforms / shims  in . The white basket holds dies for the BigShot .... most of them being Tim Holtz ! The small white box on the top of the unit holds my Copic refills .

Just a quick overview from my doorway ...... and at some point I will show you the other wall ....... AFTER I get it cleaned up ! LOL ! It holds a cartthat has my printer and cutter on it .... and my biggest joy , my stamp tower .... and Clip-It up !!!

 Thanks for looking and come visit any time !

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Easter Creating 2 !!!

 The snow is trying to fall outside so I thought I would hide in my craft room this morning and ignore it ( maybe it will go away ! ) . I finished off a quick card so now my out of town parcel can get sent .... whether it gets there in time is up to Canada Post !

An Easter card for my sister . A Prima flower sits on a crocheted medallion made by my friend Lise` in Quebec . Thanks friend ! It looks beautiful on the card and believe me , the piture does NOT do this card justice ! I love this Tilda and eggs ..... Thanks to another friend !

This is another altered note pad for my sister . Not as fussy as the other one I made but I was RUSHED ! LOL !
 I am sure she wouldn't notice simply because she isn't the " crafty " one of the family ( she does love to garden though ! )

And a very quick card for my brother .... He loves daffodils so what better then Tilda holding a daffodil on Magnolia daffodil paper ! I am sending him some great silk daffodils that I picked up at Michael's too !!!

Have a great week and I hope SOMEBODY is seeing sun and warm weather !!!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Easter creating !

 With hockey playoff season in full swing , I have had time to play in my room now that I have it ALMOST reorganised ( that will be another story for another day though ! ) . I should have had these projects done days go but it didn't happen so my out-of-town Easter stuff will be late ! I think my family is getting used to that ! LOL !

This is an altered small lunch kit that I am going to send to our long distance Granddaughter . I will fill it with chocolate ........ and I also made a not so altered lunch kit for her little brother ( though he isn't our grandson ) as I know he would be disappointed ( he is 3 ) if she got something and he got nothing !

This is the back of her tin .... it is now sparkly as I decided to coat the back in Sparkle Modge Podge just to make sure the letters stayed put .

This is her card . It is 4 X4 " and I used the Mini-Magnolia Tilda blowing hearts  on it . A Nestie die and the pearls are Deco Pearls ( very cool stuff to use ! Squeeze on as a liquid glob and it becomes a hard " pearl " ) . I have the card sitting in my plant on my table !

This is the card I made for my parents . I adore this Tilda and the Wild Orchid lace is so beautiful to use .... but just for special occasions ! The rosette is made from the new Tim Holtz rosettte die . Easy to use and fun , fun , fun !

This is the interior of the card ..... a Magnolia sentiment , Magnolia paper and a mini 60's Tilda .

Have a great week and enjoy the Spring .... even if you are still getting that horrible white stuff still ! TFL !!!

Monday, April 11, 2011


 SURPRISE !!! That is what I got when I opened my door late this morning as I had a nice package on it delivered by the Purolator driver ! Inside my box was the NICEST surprise from my bestest friend Lisa ... a belated birthday present ! ( My birthday was at the end of March but I love the surprise that this was a birthday that just keeps on giving and giving ! I LOVE HAPPY MAIL ! LOL ) . This is what she sent me

This is a SCENTSY warmer which melts scented wax and makes your house smell OH SO GOOD !!!! I also received a wax tray called Rio Beach but I didn't try it today as I was in the mood for my all time favorite called White Sands ! scentsy has LOTS of different fragrances to choose from !

Doesn't it look nice on my mantle ? I love all of it and being the scrapper that I am , my first thoughts were .... maybe I would add some bling to the center of the flowers ( I didn't ! LOL ) but Scentsy does have warmers that can be decked out with some rub ons !!! Very cool !!!!

If any off you are interested in checking out Scentsy then check out our friend Lori's online site at https://lorigriffiths.scentsy.ca/Home  . Tell her I sent you to her ! LOL !

And Lisa , I didn't forget about you ! Thank you from the absolute bottom of my heart for being such a fabulous friend ! You stick with me through thick and thin .... and my odd " mistakes " ! Amazing how such a friendship has grown over the past 5 or so years considering we met ONLINE over a silly FASTENATOR ( all you scrappers , remember that silly tool that we ALL had to have at one point .... then tried to regift it to whomever would take it off our hands ? ROFLMBO ! ) .

Thanks girlfriend for being there .... and the fantastic gift ! HUGE cyber HUG coming your way !

A little mojo finally !!!

 I was beginning to think my mojo had disappeared but FINALLY this weekend I spend a bit of time at my desk playing . I have a couple Easter gifts I need to get done and sent so managed to get one done ! I bought these cool notepads just after Christmas and have been " going " to alter them for my Mother and Sister ...... and there they sat !

This is the side view and that is a LOT of note paper ! It also shows the diamensions on the cover

These flowers are cut with a Tim Holtz Tattered Flower Die then sprayed with Tattered Angel Glimmer Mist and crinkled out and bent to shape before putting them together with a brad from my stash . The stems are florest wire and the leaves were by prima . Tida is colored with Copic markers , though I have no idea what colors  I used . The butterfly is from Prima and the rhinestones from my stash. the grass punch is from Martha Stewart .

If you have seen this idea before it probably came from the blog of Eulanda Silvey's as she has altered a couple of these notepads . Check out her blog for some fantastic cards and altered projects ! Funny thing is , we BOTH bought our notepads on the same day .... We live MILES apart from one another too but we both bought our's at a Save-On  grocery store ... though I have also bought some at Zeller's ! They are really pretty notepads even before they are altered !

Have a great week and happy creating !!!