Saturday, March 29, 2014

Happy HALF BIRTHday Bestie

Good morning!

I am waking up this beautiful morning at the Elmhurst Inn Resort.
Getting my craft on, with an AMAZING group of gals.
ScrapMuch? Scrapbooking retreats ROCK!!!

Today, is a shout out to my Bestie!!
 Happy 1/2 BIRTHday Joaquin

Supplies:  Cardstock, Close to my Heart patterned paper and rub-ons, buttons,and floss.

A very simple card but oh so masculine!

POW! ...and just like that my baby is 5 and a half!!!

Thank you for stopping by
~ Danie ~

Friday, March 28, 2014

I Love U BELLY Much - Boys Rule March Sketch

Hi there

My first time playing along with Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits. I love this site. Perfect for my masculine pages.  You should play along.

I had this fun photo my husband took of me lovin' my boy! I LOVE U BELLY MUCH Joaquin
I just had to scrap it.
A fantastic sketch by Laura Whitaker:

Boys Rule March Sketch
Here is my take:
I Love U BELLY Much
Supplies:  MME Cupids Arrow collection, card stock, boarder punch, Bazzil; Just the Edge strips, ink,
 rub-ons, MME faceted gems, foam rubber Thickers, AC With Love wooden buttons and floss.

I love this photo and the title is SO true LoL. So sweet!

Thank you for stopping by
~ Danie ~

Selfie - Layout kit

Hi there!!!

One VERY excited girl here!!  I am getting ready for my scrappy-girly weekend at the Elmhurst Inn Resort   The Elmhurst is a unique country Inn in a beautiful location, allowing the creative juices to flow!! Not to mention a fantastic get-away with some super fun girls!

This layout is a total lift from the amazing layout kits available at ScrapMuch? You should check them out.
I happen to already have the paper and I picked up this amazing little camera Embellishment from  a DIY jewelry craft.

Supplies:  Amy Tangerine stitched paper, Swagger collection and stickers, MME brads,  silhouette cut file, and camera pendant.

I used the layout as a page map/sketch. I chose colours to flow with my picture - isn't he a sweetheart!!
I love finding these little gems on my camera!

Thank you for stopping by

~ Danie ~

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Monthly Kit Clubs - Happy Boy

Hi there!

As I mentioned yesterday,  I belong to 2 great kit clubs but only mentioned one (my BAD!)
I am a Premium Kit Club Member with both Scrap~tures  and with ScrapMuch?
If you haven't checked them out, you should.

This is one of the kits I received back in September 2013 from Scrap~tures
- I love everything about it!
(I am a huge BoBunny fan but look at those colours!!)
Belonging to two clubs is great and its been a year + and I have only received two similar kits
but they were still different.
Happy Boy
Supplies:  Scrap~tures Monthly kit club:  Bo Bunny; Zip-A-Dee-Doodle Collection
and matching embellishments, card stock, Bazzill Just the Edge strips, Thickers Natural (altered),
 Gelatos (to match colours), bakers twine, doilie, chalk pen, DIY chalkboard tags, Epiphany bubble caps.

I had a chance to use my Gelatos, 
I had to mix colours to create the colour I needed for this LO - so fun!

This is September 1st, 2013 sketch from Stuck?! Sketches
- you should check out their amazing sketches.

This picture is perfect for this kit.  There is NO guess work, the entire collection flows.  Use your own creativity or sketch/page map and have fun.

Thank you for stopping by
~ Danie ~

PS sorry this didn't post this morning (a little Spring snowstorm)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

4 & 1/2

Hi there....

I am a member of  a couple of premium monthly kit clubs.  
One with ScrapMuch? (you should them check out)  The BEST part is there is no guess work and its "all-in-one bag/box" (easy to scrap away from my scrappy space).  All the paper and embellishments work together and match - you just have to create.  
On March 29th it's my son's half BIRTHday. 
 This is from January's kit club:

4 & 1/2
Supplies:  Simple Stories; "Daily Grind" and decorative brads, Craft paper, silhouette cut files, faux stitching, acrylic paint dabber with stencil, tiny attacher, decorative pins, floss, paper clip, 7 gypsies word stickers.

This layout is fun and busy, with only cut pieces of cardstock/printed paper.
He was so excited when Bruce shared half his cake for his half BIRTHday and to boot....

Thank you for stopping by
~ Danie ~

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Bubbles - Stuck?! March 1st

Hi there

I played along (again with this sketch) with
 Stuck?! Sketches  
 I had this picture in my stash from our 2012 Dominican family trip.  This sketch helped me recreate the feeling and fun we were having that day on the beach.
Stuck?! March1st
here is my take:

Supplies:  Queen & Co."summer clouds", cardstock, silhouette cut file, felt, EK vellum stickers, MME decorative brads,  floss, foam Thickers (altered), TH edge distresser, and pop dots.

This layout shows texture and dimension but is still capturing the innocence of the photograph. 
My son had so much FUN catching the bubbles.

Thank you for stopping by
~ Danie ~

Monday, March 24, 2014

Maya Road Calendar

Hi there!

It's -28 this morning....Brrrrrrrr!!
Back in January, I put together a Maya Road Calendar kit with
If you haven't already, you should check out their kits available for sale.
This is what I get to look at all month may be cold but he puts a s.m.i.l.e.
on my face every morning!
The photo was taken by my 5 year old.
Giggle, giggle!!

This is the first time I've made a calendar and I love it.
Hope that made your it does every morning for me LoL!

Thanks for stopping by
~ Danie ~

Sunday, March 23, 2014

LCOM - Sketch # 64 - Reveal

Hi There!!

I've had a scrappy weekend (and NOT finished yet) and found this brilliant sketch that I needed to start/finish our family Florida trip from February 2013.  Check out this sketch by Laura Whitaker up on the  Let's Capture Our Memories
LCOM # 64
Here is my take:

 The Winning Cup
Supplies:  echo park; a perfect summer collection and chipboard accents, acrylic paint, foam Thickers (altered), floss, American Crafters ribbon, DIY tag with eyelet, brad and rub-ons.

This picture is priceless!!  Look at him! 
 My son, Joaquin, just had to win a prize during the pool games.  The game, was to jump into the pool and collect as many rubber ducks as you could. Than hope your number was called!?  He was the youngest (4) and had five chances of a number being called. 
 He had the winning duck...

Thank you for stopping by
~ Danie ~

Saturday, March 22, 2014

You Rock! 2 Pillow Cases

Hi There!

Back in October 2013, I had some personal sewing lessons 101.  
I needed to learn how sew and use a sewing machine. 
 I had one but didn't know how to even thread it?! Ha!
My dear friend Ronna offered to teach me - she's a PRO and a quilter!! 
 She presented me with a BERNINA (can YOU believe it - for a BEGINNER) and lessons 101.  
We were busy!  
She had me start by sewing 2x4 pieces of fabric together, to make a square of 4x4. After 36 squares, I than stitched those 4x4 squares into a row of 6 alternating squares.  Then the 6 rows were attached to make a square.  Three hours later - yes my very first project was a doll quilt!!!
As we were sewing away, my son, Joaquin noticed a little monkey on ONE of the strips of fabric and asked if we were making a blanket for Mama Monkey (his lil'stuffy)  
One look at Ronna - and... I guess I was?!
So that's right, I went from sewing lessons -  to making  my very FIRST doll and/or Mama Monkey quilt!!
Here it is:

Who doesn't need a pillow to match - yep!  We made a mini-pillow and mini-pillow case (with french seams) to match!!

Quilt + pillow
Just darling aren't they.  What a first 101 lesson!!  High goals = beautiful work. ( If I do say so myself! )
Ronna is just too sweet for words.  
My lessons consisted of stitching, ironing (which I didn't do either!), stitch in the ditch and quilting (but that was done on her quilting machine)
Now on to the Pillow Cases
One of my nephews, Dylan, turned 10 on the 18th of March.  It was fitting that we showed him some fine work and let him know "You Rock" Dill Pickle (his nick name)
You ROCK! Pillow Case x2
and look at those French Seams...
French Seams
He WILL be "Rockin'out" in his dreams - he knows, he rocks! *wink wink

Ok - back to scrapbooking!  please check back again soon.

Thank you for stopping by
~ Danie ~

Friday, March 21, 2014

ScrapMuch? March Sketch-y Friday Challenge - Smack-A-Roo

Hi there!!

Another amazing sketch up on the
ScrapMuch? Blog  
and I had my next photo ready.
 This sketch really works with my treasured photo my sister captured!! 
It was suggested that I "FRAME IT!" - wink I did!!  
 My friend Joey, gifted me these metal icons I have been wanting to use.  This sketch was perfect for what I had in mind:

ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Challenge
Here is my take:

#SmackA Roo
Isn't this photo darling!!  I love photos that capture a "treasure moment" in time.  My son, Joaquin, was so happy to be at the "ocean" (Lake Erie) while my family rented a cottage in Port Dover, he needed a SMACK A ROO! #lovethatkid

Supplies:  teresa collins; Chic Bebe Boy, Pebbles; Hip Hip Horay, Cardstock, So Sophie clever "Family Ties" frame, white texture effect (cloud), Tim Holtz edge distresser, Thickers foam rubber letters, rub on (love) floss, MME metal medallions,  MME Faceted Gem, Metal Icons, metal brads, hand edge punch, silhouette cut file and cuttlebug.

If you haven't played along, you should check out 
- you'll be glad you did.

Thank you for stopping by
~ Danie "GDT" ~

African Lion Safari

Hi There!

It's the second day of Spring, certainly doesn't feel like it with all the snow that accumulated on top of the freezing rain and -6 out there this morning?!

 I thought I would share a fun layout I did of our trip to African Lion Safari, back in the summer of 2012.  This picture sat in my stash of picture piles, until I came across the perfect accessories last week. 
 Our cousins from Nova Scotia were here to visit and we hung out havin' some crazy safari fun.  This layout I didn't use a sketch, I just went with it...

Sometimes, while creating, it's all about having the perfect paper.  This patterned paper resembled the giraffe motif, and  I just kept with the fun of the day!!

African Lion Safari
Supplies:  jillibean soup; Egg Drop Soup, American Crafters Specialty paper, cardstock, craft paper, white texture effect, TCW Balzer Designs stencil (new), jillibean soup corrugated shapes,  floss, EK animal print buttons, twine, brads, cuttlebug and pop dots.
Several types of texture on this layout and it kept with the animal theme.

We all had a lot of FUN on this hot summer day!  Here's to sunny warm days ahead of us...fingers crossed it's SOON!

Thank you for stopping by and check back tomorrow!
~ Danie ~

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Stuck On U Sketches: Sketch Reveal: Feb 28th

Hi there!

ummmm...HapPy SpRinG!???
As I watch it snow /freezing rain outside my window...I would love to see or even hear from
Mr. Robin RedBreast 
Yesterday, my friend Laura posted a fantastic tutorial on DIY enamel dots - you should check it out. 
 I love enamel dots and thought I would give it a try - I loved them!!! 
So easy to match a layout now!!  Thank you Laura.
I was very inspired and had to create a new layout, but I wanted to try something new and on a black background.
I came across a sketch reveal at Stuck on U Sketches fun, a little different and I could use my new DIY Enamel dots!!
Stuck on U Sketches
Fun sketch, here is my take:

Happy Baba

Supplies:  Black cardstock, MME; Lost & Found Collection, Jack & Jill tag, washi tape, acrylic paint (loving the added texture it gives), Stickles, DIY dots (liquid glass/red nail polish), Maya Roads Wood Bingo Motifs (altered), wooden embellishments (unknown), red ribbon, pop dots and silhouette cut file.

The picture isn't the best quality but it works with this sketch.

This beautiful gal is my dear paternal grandmother - we call her Baba (Ukrainian), she is so happy when we visit her, isn't she darling?!  I love her!!!

Thanks for stopping by
~ Danie ~

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

One of my FAV's!

Hi there!

Today, I would like to share one of my favorite layouts. 
 It was FUN and it wasn't my son Joaquin!?? Ha!
The picture was taken at a friends New Years Eve house party, back in 2010. But I finally got around to scrapping it. These girls are so FUN and I was being silly (who me?! I can be!! LoL)

I MUStache you a Question

Supplies:  craft paper, Fancy Pants; Swagger Collection, card stock, hand edge punch, Mister. Huey's mist, acrylic paint, ink + stencil, wooden embellishments, button, Close to my Heart button letters, floss, EK Mustache embellies.
I experimented with a few new techniques and wanted to try out my new stencil.  I used red acrylic paint to edge my craft paper and my photo to match, it really helps a picture pop off your page.
Creating this layout with a girly take/look!  MUStache FUN was created!!

Thank you for stopping by
~ Danie ~

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Stuck?! Sketch Challenge: March 15th

Hi there!!

Once the March 15th  sketch reveal was posted from STUCK?!
 I took two 4x6 pictures, that were not very good, until I cut them down to a 4x4.  I had this idea to use a chalkboard but couldn't decide on a placement or layout until I saw this:

Stuck?! March Sketch

What a another great sketch!!  
Here is my take:

Supplies:  Pebbles; Hip Hip Hooray! Collection and layered cupcake embellishments, card stock, corner punch, punch, cuttlebug, foam Thickers, chalk pen, pink bling.
I love the chalkboard I created with the little piece of chalk - such a cute finishing touch.

Thank you for stopping by and check back often!!
~ Danie ~

Saturday, March 15, 2014

ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday -WHADDA CROC

Hi there!

My very dear friend, Ronna and I attended a Friday night crop (last night) with The Craft Nook in Bracebridge.
I have been carrying around this collection paper just waiting for the perfect sketch and of course pictures... and look at this!
The girls over at ScrapMuch? 
posted the new Sketch-y Friday sketch :

Friday March 14

here is my take:
Whadda CROC

Supplies:  Jack & Jill Collection: "Lazy days", Echo Park collection: "A Perfect Summer" + chipboard accents, foam Thickers (put in the Cuttlebug for texture), rub ons, fishing line, white textured effect, mandarin shimmer mist and wooden embellishments.  I fussy cut the waves, giving the pictures the "wave effect".

I love the little dude fishing on the paper, it really accents my son fishing.  Even though all he caught was his own Croc LOL!!

Thanks for stopping by
~ Danie ~

Thursday, March 13, 2014

ScrapMuch? March Colour Challenge & Stuck!? Sketches

Hi there!

I played along with 2 challenges this month and combined them.  I chose the
 ScrapMuch? March Colour Challenge and the March 1st sketch from 
Stuck!? Sketches  March 1st Challenge
I'm sure you're all about ready for Spring and this colour combination had me feeling very Spring-y!

Stuck?! Sketches March 1st Challenge 
and here is my take:

I created this layout using:  card stock, silhouette cut-files, handmade button (my Fav!!), citrus acrylic paint dabber, acrylic paint (edged my picture and layout), lime floss, MME layered sticker and brads.

This is a super cute picture....I had to keep it going.  Joaquin and Quinn are just darling.

Thank for stopping by
~ Danie ~

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Creative Embellishments March Challenge

Hi there!

Today was a lot of "FIRSTS" for me...I created and used a sketch by Creative Embellishments and used a few NEW fun techniques.
When I saw this challenge by Creative Embellishments, I was intrigued immediately.
I was inspired by the pastel colours flowing in the background and the sketch was perfect for some pictures I had in my stash.
Creative Embellishments uses a picture and a sketch to inspire you:
ce march mood board
CE March Inspiration Picture

ce march sketch
March CE Sketch

and here is my take on the picture/sketch:
Crazy Hair Day
To create the background I used my Tim Holtz water brush (first time) I was aiming for a tie-dye affect (to coordinate his shirt)  Some time ago, I watched a tutorial using coffee filters, I had to try this. 
 Using a coffee filter and the same water colour, I made my own coordinating embellishments.
Coffee filter
The coffee filter also made some picture corners to coordinate, I kept the chenille twists from my sons hair and created an abstract butterfly, I used: candy dots, yellow floss, buttons (one button I created an abstract butterfly using wire to pop the slinky my son is playing with), acrylic paint, white texture effect, silhouette (arrow with faux sewing and resembles a J for Joaquin).
I love how this airy layout flowed together, it was so inspiring from a picture/sketch take.  This was fun!! You should play along.

Thanks for stopping by
~ Danie ~

Friday, March 7, 2014

1st Swim - February 1st Stuck?! Sketch

Hi there

Last month, I was busy creating but not posting my new creations.....but I would still like to share with you what I've been up to.
If you haven't checked out 
Stuck?!Sketches SHOULD!!!.

It's a great sketch!!
...and here is my take:
(I followed the sketch as it worked well with a page I had already finished months ago and now has become a double layout)

1st Swim - 2008

I created using Echo Park: A Perfect Summer kit and chipboard accents, faux stitching, floss, sequence, and liquid glass (glossy accents)

Oh my how they grow...hard to believe he is now 5!!!

Joaquin is just too cute and I just can't stop scrapbooking him LOL

Thank you for stopping by
~ Danie ~

Fall Family Fun

Hi there!

I just couldn't stop creating, with this fun handmade paper. 
 The colour choice was PERFECT for my family photo (Photography by Danielle May) we had done back in 2011.  
We even have matching Muskoka Bear Wear hoodies #toocuteforwords   We love living in Muskoka and this picture shows it:

Fall Family Fun

I created using the Fall kit club: Echo Park: Reflections Fall and chipboard accents, handmade paper, twine, denim floss, silhouette cut file, buttons and newsprint card stock.

I just love how the picture pops!!

Thanks for stopping by.
 ~ Danie ~