Friday, July 25, 2014

ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Team B REVEAL - Christmas in July

Hi there

...and FRIDAY means
I feel a little sad now, posting this wishing it was warmer
- it IS Summer?! right?!!
Santa's Village Traditions
I created using Simple Stories (apparently I'm liking this line a LOT! lately)
I fussy cut the patterned paper
My title is October Afternoon Sticky Keys with pop dots, and metal charm word
Every year, we visit Santa's Summer Home
he lives at the 45th Parallel June -September
Santa's Village
Snowflake Brad Buddies (from my stash of 2+ years)
I also dabbled in the Gesso and sparkle texture effect for texture
and to mimic the glistening snow.
I love this cluster!
The wooden veneer snowflake + Bling, bakers twine, word stickers
and that straw talker.
My son LOVES Santa and always has.

This is the inspired Sketch by Laura
I hope your INSPIRED 
hop on over to see TEAM B REVEAL
I can't wait to see YOUR take on this sketch
and remember to LINK up
for your chance to WIN

Thank you for stopping by
~ Danie ~

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Throw back Thursday - ScrapMuch? July Colour Challenge + tutorial

Hi there

[this goes waaay BACK Ha!]
My mom gave me a rare baby photo
of ME!
( I'm the middle child = maybe 6 baby photos TOTAL
my sisters have albums and photo jewelry, you name it! )
*end of rant LoL
ScrapMuch? July 
along with
  ScrapMuch? guest Tutorial 
Confetti Polaroid ~ I HAD to try this
Thank you Michelle
I used Simple Stories collection - the colours are perfect.
  This collection is FUN - it made me think of newsprint,
as in a baby announcement (I didn't have one)
DIY Confetti Polaroid
Polaroid: The word bubble 'heart'
I heart this photo, music notes - you always sing to a baby,
butterfly - carefree & fly your own path,
I strung some glass beads around the base to Bling it up.
I layered linen + paper flowers around my flair
"Never Underestimate
The Power of a Princess"
(if you know me - SO fitting *giggle giggle)
 A lot of Bling and emphasized PINK
I love all things PINK and FANCY!!
look at these tiny buttons
perfect for scrapbooking!

If you haven't played along over at ScrapMuch?
hop on over and take a look.
From sketch to tutorial, or colour challenge 
- there is still time

Thank you for stopping by
~ Danie ~

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Heat Wave FUN - Stuck?! Sketches + S4A + Paper Issues

Hi there

I would like to share my latest layout
with you
of my lil'guy sporting his SpongeBob Squarepants swim trunks
and the garden hose *giggle giggle
Heat Wave FUN
It was so hot, he could NOT wait for me to set up his sprinkler,
so let the FUN begin.
I am a fan of mixed alphas, cut files /stickers for a title
(and this one works)
I picked up this printed paper (unknown) a few years back
used my TH mask with yellow acrylic paint.
The sub title Fun in the Sun adds to 
fun photos.
Of course I stitched, using a mix (yellow /white /blue) twine.
Look at this little dude - sweet right?!
I used Glossy Accents to detail and texture the 
water sprays

I started with this great sketch from
Stuck?! July 15th
This sketch worked perfectly, with my printed paper.
Stuck?! Sketches paired up with
The Studio Challenge
Great colour palette for this layout.
I worked with the green, yellows and blue hues

I also played along with

Gettin' the Scoop on the Sweet Days of Summer

[ for my first time ]

July Challenge
just a bit of yellow!

If you haven't played along
YOU can!!
There is still time

Thank you for stopping by
~ Danie ~

Monday, July 21, 2014

Let's Get Sketchy July Week 3 REVEAL - RCMP

Hi there

Design Team A
is up at 
LGS July week 3
A GREAT sketch by Bev Code and here is my take:
Royal Canadian Mounted Pretties
This is one of those PROUD moments... you're at a loss for the right words but oh SO PROUD!
My friend Dawn, graduated into the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
that's right... SHE did it!
(now these photos were taken 18-ish years ago)
[Dawnee correct me if I'm wrong]
A lil'machine stitching and a Silhouette cut file, white texture effect and acrylic paint
was the base of this layout

This sketch challenged me, a little but I had fun.
Although, I've always wanted to do something like this, I love ribbon on a layout.
(these pictures have waited long enough!!)
I did a play on words here...even "Pretties" can be Mounted Police
During the 2010 G8, one of the RCMP officers shared
a RIDE pin with me!
[ I layered Stampin'Up paper flowers, misted with Mr. Huey's ]
Happiness is... your friend wearing a Mountie Hat
( and it's legit!)
Perfect button..right?!

I love the out come of this layout and I hope Dawn does too!
Thank you for a great sketch Bev

Hop on over and see what  
has to inspire YOU
and remember to Link up
I can't wait to see your take on this sketch
YOU could be the FAV  of the week!

Thank you for stopping by
~ Danie ~

Thursday, July 17, 2014


HI there

I have been very crafty here at 
Casa Ramirez
a lot of scrapbooking 
(but you'll have to wait until
Reveal Day 
before I can share them) *wink

Hubby and I, have been
busy going through my sons
toys and books
( the age appropriate sorting)
they grow up FAST!

We had this little old table
20-ish years old
My sister had given us my nieces table - from when she was 
little (in November she'll be 21)
My son is now BIG enough to eat at the breakfast nook
*she lowers head - and admits he's almost 6
But my little guy LOVES LEGO
LEGO Table
( I will be HONEST - it's kinda a selfish thought
if you have EVER STEPPED on a Lego piece
you'll completely understand)
Now, I /we are no fool(s) and understand 
they may still be some Lego 
on floor!!
But not all of it  - any more!!
*fingers /toes crossed
He has been sitting for hours playing /building/
Lego Geek
Joaquin, designed the table top - he request half grass, half water
and half-in-half, for when friends were over
(great planning ahead)
He will sit for HOURS, from large to small...

This DIY home up-cycle is perfect!
[1 old table + 4 Lego mats + clear silicone]
It gives the table a new life
but most importantly one very happy little BOY!

Thank you for stopping by
~ Danie ~

Friday, July 11, 2014

ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal - Team B - Look at ThIS

HI there

It's Sketch-y Friday,
it's my Reveal Day over at

Laura Whitaker shared this awesome sketch
Sketch-y Friday
Here is my take:
Look at this
YES I DO carry around a blank 12x12 blank case I get an autograph!!
Don't YOU???!!
Yep!  Pretty much as soon as Dara returned home to Huntsville
I had my little baggie ready,
just in case we had "that" opportunity. LoL
An AWESOME Sketch for an AWESOME moment!
Pretty simple layout with a lot of little details.  I created with cardstock and simple stories 
HA!  Simple Story!! *wink

...Look at THIS...she's KINDA a BIG DEAL
Huntsville's very own Dara Howell
(I had to use googly-eyes to emphasize the title)
Remember this moment???
A PROUD Canadian moment
It is July, and how patriotic is this layout.
I used the circle banner to simulate
the Olympic rings.
Embellishing with my Canada button and gold floss
Dara signed my cardstock, so of course I had to work around
her autograph.
(you see I stitched each photo in place of matting)
This was such an amazing moment for my son.
He even had Dara sign his bat and helmet for T-Ball
...and followed it up with an invitation to watch him play!! Too cute

Hop on over to ScrapMuch? and see how Team B
will inspire YOU!
I can't wait to see your take on this sketch
remember to play along and link up.

Thank you for stopping by
~ Danie ~

Monday, July 7, 2014

Canada Day 2014 - Let's Get Sketchy July Week 1 - Design Team A REVEAL

Hi there

Design Team
is up at 
JULY Week 1

Here is the sketch from Brenshevia:
LGS -  July Week 1
Here is my take:
Canada Day 2014

I am feeling very patriotic and planning this layout for sometime.
(Truth be told...I had pictures my mom mailed me (2010) from her
disposable camera...and put them in REALLY good place!!
After 38+ hours of searching - I'm determined!
NO such luck!!?)
So.... these pictures it is!! HA!

I had everything ready, the title, paper choice.
My July monthly premium kit club arrived and had this 
TCW Life Bits Stencil
I just had to put to good use!!
favorite <3
I machine stitched, and used MS Sparkle Texture Effect
with a maple leaf cut file as my mask.
I added a wooden veneer heart and @
{@ Love being Canadian}
(before the texture effect dried and dry misted using my TH Spritzer
to create some texture) - I think would work well for a snow scene!!
I am still behind... but I know those pictures WILL turn up!
I really love how this layout turned out.

Hop on over and see the amazing
Team A Reveal
I can't wait to see your take on this sketch

Thank you for stopping by
~ Danie ~

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Whoopee Your 50! -2TC79 - Red, White and Blue with Stars

Hi there 

I needed a silly, masculine 
BIRTHday card
Again, I had to play along with

2TC79 ~ Red, White and Blue with Stars!


Use the colors red, white and blue


Also use stars on your creation
I know as a Canadian, we usually think the American flag...
but NOT me!
I thought whoopee cushion red!!
SNORT!! SNORT! Fun card right?!!

I started by using blue and green cardstock
and my new washi caution tape
I stitched in white (top and bottom straight stitch
but the sides I zig-zag stitch)
I titled Whoopee ( but spaced it so 
you could also say "who pee??"
and of course the twist - red stars
{I love making 2 part cards}
(fitting that the flashing button has stars too)
get it
Whoopee your 50!
(not one person mentioned you're INSTEAD of your)
that was funny too!!

To complete this silly card
my new stamp
Yep, that finished up this card
and another great challenge 
over at
you should check it out

Thank you for stopping by
~ Danie ~

PS  It was a great party and the BIRTHday boy LOVED his card and flashy pin!
Happy BIRTHday Brian

Saturday, July 5, 2014

A WINNER with a "Twist" 2TC78

Hi there

If you remember, back in the middle of June
I played  along with
and GUESS what....

Drum roll please...

Winner and Twisted Chosen for Challenge #78!

Here are some super creations we had for our 
"Bunch of Spotted Animals" challenge.


THAT's me...lucky number 8

Woot WOO!!
I'm a dancin and clapping my hands like a NUT!!!

So exciting!!
Thank you to the team at 
What a GREAT challenge
and congratulations to all the winners!!

Thank you for stopping by
~ Danie ~

Friday, July 4, 2014

Obama Baby - Happy 4th of JULY

Hi there

Happy 4th of July
to ALL my American 
Family and Friends

In 2010, Muskoka was VERY fortunate to host the G8 Summit.
 I experienced a very rare, 
yet exciting moment in my life!
Take a LOOK...
Obama Baby
Can YOU believe it.....ME!....I got the chance to shake President Obama's Hand!!
I know it's not the best picture, but you might remember
this was not part of the G8 Summit Agenda...
I was just in the wrong place,
at the right time!!
All this being captured on film, from my 
"new-found-friend"  *wink
Danielle May
My DIY embellishment - 
the star pins really added to it!
Thank you Elaine!! xo

This is my moment, my hour, my day, my week, and my year
...heck, this IS MY MOMENT FOR EVER!!
For the rest of my life EVERYONE will hear
my story - of how 
I shook President Obama's hand!!

How fortunate the 4th of July 
falls on Friday!!
FRIDAY means
a NEW double sketch up
Another GREAT Sketch
Get inspired!with Team A  - You should play along!!
Remember to link up for your chance to WIN!

Thank you for stopping by
~ Danie ~

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Happy Canada Day - Eh!

Hi there

Today, marks a very 
Canada is 
(since Confederation)

I am feeling very Patriotic
and wanted to share this layout
with you.
Canada Day 2013
I wanted to create a Canadian flag using my sons hand as the maple leaf.
We always spend the day together, as a family and 
participate in all the festivities around town.
I split the title between the two pages,
creating 2 flags (of course I machine stitched)
I always need my LO to tell a story
but don't always journal - except for here in blog world.
A close-up of my sons hand print "maple leaf"
(and if you look real close we also sport his DIY Flag T-shirts 
his footprint created the outer edge, with his hand print again as the 
maple leaf.  
I added a few rub-ons for fun

From tattoos to DIY cupcakes,
our FAVORITE part of the day is the end
...the fireworks!
This AWESOME photo was captured 
with me sitting behind my son
it actually looks like he's touching them!!

We are getting ready to create 
2014 memories
Wishing you all a fantastic day
Stay safe and keep cool 
(she's a HOT one...again today)

Thank you for stopping by
~ Danie ~