Monday, July 26, 2010

Somewhere Over The Rainbow ...

First off ... I am proud to say I have a new award. I was voted as a winner of the 2010 Top Scrapbooking Blogs Award given by Online MBA. To be honest I've never heard of it ... lol ... but hey, goes to show you my blog is out there~! Thanks and I have proudly displayed my award on the right side of my blog.

I was mentioning my new 'part time' job the last post and I LAUGHED at Toby's comment about how I need it incorperate the word NO into my vocabulary. She said I should tell them I'm happy with 10 hours and I should tell them NO to sometimes having to work 30 hours. LOL. The truth is I'm booked next week 48 hours~! Hmmm ... I don't think I've EVER been away from the computer for that long~ I hope I don't forget how to type ... LOL!

On Saturday when I got home from work my husband called me to come outside and it was the most spectacular sight. It was a FULL rainbow (a complete half circle) and it was awesome. I've seen many rainbows in my life but NEVER a complete one. And it was bright. It was changing by the minute because of the clouds but it really was totally amazing. Of course, I took some pictures but I couldn't fit the whole thing in one shot. You would definately need a wide angle lens. And even though the pictures don't do it justice ... here is a little idea of what we saw ...

Again, the pictures do it no justice .. it was a full rainbow where there was no beginnning and no end and it felt like our house was being circled by these beautiful lights. As we were watching it there actually started to be a double rainbow (which again I've never seen) but the second rainbow did not fully develop. (You can see it starting in the smallest of the 3 pictures above .. it's to the right of the rainbow). Oh nature is so amazing~!!

And speaking of nature ... I have a new project I want to try ... (IF I find the time ... lol). Last weekend when my daughter and her husband came down we all went to Toronto on the Sunday and met up with my 2 step daughters and the husband of one of them (that's a hard sentence to try and explain ... lol). We went to the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) where they had the "The Warrior Emperor and China's Terracotta Army" going on. SUPER interesting but you were not allowed to take pictures. I could write a whole blog about it but it would take forever!!!. Anyways you get to look at all the exhibits once you pay to get in and they also had a Dinasour exhibit and nature exhibit. In those areas you were allowed to take pictures and I saw something that I really loved.

It was this wall of dried flowers on display and I was immediately attracted to it. These are real flowers that were dried and dispayed in a bouquet type arrangement and I loved the idea. One of my favourite flowers is the 'Black Eyed Susan' and mine are in full bloom right now.

So here is a close up of what I want to do;

I am going to try and figure out how to do this ... I did find this site that gave some great information about it HERE ... and hopefully I can find some time to play with yet another project ... LOL.

So to celebrate natures beauty this is what went into
LLL Creations Dollar Mart today;

Nature Alpha - consists of full upper case, full lower case, numbers 0-9 and symbols~! 67 piecess ... all for only $2.00~!!! Get it HERE.

(NOTE: All upper case have flowers on them, all lower case have leaves, numbers and symbols have flowers. In the above rainbow layout where the numbers are shown for the date, the numbers have been downsized so I could fit the date in the corner. The numbers are actually the same size as the alphabet)

You can use this alpha for anything~! The below layout shows another option:

(My adorable great nephew Devin at my daughters wedding on June 11th - he was 9 months old in this picture ... ahhh.. so cute~!)

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And sticking with the nature theme this is your freebie for today;

(I gave away this freebie about 1 ½ years ago ... so if you weren't following me then I hope you like it!) (Click on any picture for closer view)

Download Garden Topper

Size shown on a 12x12 inch layout below ...

Have a great week and as usual I love to hear your comments etc.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Squeezing in this blog time ~

Ahhh ... I miss this! I know it's only been a week since I've been here but it feels like forever!! lol I started a part-time job and have been getting long shifts ... it's more like a full time job. I wanted to get a job to get out of the house and have a little extra spending money but I didn't realize I was going to get that many hours. I haven't had any designing time at all this week. :-(

Luckily I have a few things on backup but I really miss working on new stuff. I'm also squeezing in this post because I have to work tomorrow and have a few things I need to get done. I hope I can handle this!!!

I did have the weekend off and my daughter and husband came down. We went for a nice walk while the guys kayaked down a creek beside the path we were walking. Well, sorta kayaked ... lol. The water was sooo low because of the lack of rain that they spent alot of time dragging the kayaks over rocks, beaver damns and low areas. It was a 4 km. stretch and not a bad walk but the guys were exhausted by the time they were done. They actually at one point had to drag the kayaks on the path to find a little more water ... lol.

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One of the things I've always found fascinating is Japanese and Chinese symbols. I think they are just sooo ... artistic and unique and interesting looking. So this is what went into LLL Creations Dollar Mart today.

Japanese Symbol Stamps -
12 transparent symbol stamps for only $1 - get them HERE.

The below layout shows one for size on a 12x12 paper.
(My son-in-law on one of the few parts of the creek that actually
had a good amount of water in it ... lol)

And another Japanese Symbol Stamp in the layout below ...
(My hubby and I at my daughters wedding)

These stamps can be used for all kinds of layouts~!

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And today your freebie is the frame I used in the above layout
of my hubby and I ...

Download Floral Frame

I hope you continue to stick with me ... even though I'm not going to have as much time as before I am NOT giving up designing ... I ABSOLUTELY REFUSE ... because it is what I love to do~!

Hope you have a great week~! As usual, I love to read your comments ...

Thursday, July 15, 2010

☼ Summer Flowers ☼

Summer is on full blast and so are all the summer flowers. I have mostly perennials in my gardens but leave a little space for some annuals to fill in the gaps while the perennials grow. And grow they have. One of my favourite flowers is the Purple Cone Flower which this year is well over 3 feet tall. I only planted this perennial last summer! Another favourite of mine is the buttercup. It spreads so fast but is easy to keep under control and divide to put other places. I actually brought some pieces 3 years ago from my other house when we moved here and I've already divided it and put in many places. I've even given my neighbour some. Both of these plants flower for a long time. Somehow my gardens ended up mostly purple and yellow though which was not intentional. Looks like next year I'm going to have to expand them and add some different colours! lol There is something so peaceful about watching flowers grow.

Garden Hanger (word art) available as a 6 pc. set for only $1 - get it HERE.

The gorgeous weather has continued. It's an unbelievable summer here .
Let the sun shine!!! ☼

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And since this summer has been such a great one this is what I put into
LLL Creations Dollar Mart today;

Summer Word Art #4 - 5 summer word art for only $1 - get them HERE.

And one of them shown for size on a 12x12 (3600x3600 pixel) layout ...

Summer Word Art #5 - 5 summer word art for only $1 - get them HERE.

And one of them shown for size on a 12x12 (3600x3600 pixel) layout ...

I normally only put 4 word art in a set ... but with summer on full blast I was on a roll ... lol.

Come on over and see everything else LLL Creations Dollar Mart has to offer ~

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And I do like the colour yellow and I hope you do ... because this is your freebie for today;

Download Yellow Paper Pack #1

Consists of 7 pretty yellow papers which are really hard to show in a preview. One of the papers was used in a above layout. Hope you like them!

Comments or even just a thanks are appreciated.
Have a great weekend!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Little Peanut ~

First off I wanted to say the heat has continued. Not quite as hot as it was but still pretty darn hot! Love it! What a great summer this year. It's been a longggggggg time since we've had a summer like this. So needless to say I want to go outside and enjoy it. We are going to work outside today and put some rocks in the gardens and I am going to stain a little table and just enjoy the sun~!

Now ... about the peanut ... lol. My daughter had her first ultrasound done at 8 weeks!. (She is now over 11 wks). Her due date is January 26th. It's so exciting seeing there REALLY is a baby in there. She calls it her little peanut right now because that's about the size of it ... lol.

Ahh ... my little grandbaby is growing. So exciting~!!!!

So of course all I can think about lately is babies, babies and babies! I'm still waiting to get the pictures of her wedding so I can work on her scrapbook so in the meantime I'm going to get ahead of the game for the upcoming bundle of joy~!

This is what went into LLL Creations Dollar Mart today;

Baby Word Art #2 - get 4 word art for only $1 - get them HERE.

And the layout below shows one of them for size on a 12x12 inch layout ...

Baby bead pin is part of a 16 pc set for only $1 - get them HERE.

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I had made this ultrasound word art seen in the layout of my daughters first ultasound and I thought that could be your freebie for today;

Download Ultrasound Word Art

Take a guess at the gender of my daughters baby ... lol.

Have a great day~!
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Thursday, July 8, 2010

And the heat wave continues ...

Whoa! The heat wave in Ontario continues on. Another scorcher today. I think this is the last day of the extreme heat and it should be getting back to normal summer temperatures. I'm not complaining, I love the heat. Probably a little too much ... lol.

What are you doing to beat the heat?

A while back I had made some cat overlays and I had a request if I could do the same sayings in word art. As you already know I'm a cat lover so this is what I put into LLL Creations Dollar Mart today;

Feline Word Art #4 - 4 word art for only $1 - get them here.

and below is a few layouts to show you the size on 12x12 papers ...

The 2 pictures of the darker cat in the above layout and below layout is Mischief. We still miss him alot. The lighter cat above is Nemo when he was under a year old. He's grey on top but it's amazing the colours he has underneath!

Like this word art?
Then you might also like Feline Word Art #1 or Feline Word Art #2
or Feline Word Art #3

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And for everyone out there who is going through this heat wave, this is your freebie for today ...

Download Heat Wave Word Art

I'd love to hear some feedback!!!

Stay cool! You can comment below this post or in my CBox on the right side of this blog.

Monday, July 5, 2010

~~~ Heat Wave ~~~

Wow, we are in the in middle of a heat wave. It's 32 celcius today (feels like 43 with humidity - that's 109 farenheit) and it's been hot for a few days like that and it's going to continue until Thursday. I actually love it but thank god for air conditioning ... lol.

It's great to go outside and feel that heat for a bit and then just open the door to instant coolness.

My daughter is just starting to go through the proofs of her wedding pictures and wow does she have some fabulous shots. I can't wait to get ahold of those digitals to start making her wedding scrapbook. It's going to be alot of work but I'm really looking forward to it.

They went to Dominican for their honeymoon and had a fabulous time. It was kind of sad that she was at an all-inclusive resort and couldn't drink ... lol (since she found out that she is expecting) but she was definately OK with that, they are both so excited. They did go zip lining through a forest and had a blast.

Today I put these Tropical Vacation Frames into LLL Creations Dollar Mart;

Tropical Vacation Frames #1

Get 2 frames for only $1 - get them HERE.

The layout below shows the size of one of the frames on a 12x12 inch layout.

Catchin Some Waves Stamp is part of Tropical Vacation Stamps
available HERE.
Shell Stick Pin is part of Vacation Mini Kit available HERE.
Paper is part of Tropical Vacation Papers #2 available HERE.

and Tropical Vacation Frames #2 also went into the shop.

Get 2 frames for only $1 - get them HERE.

And another layout showing one of the frames ...

Paradise Stamp is part of Tropical Vacation Stamps available HERE.
Shell Stick Pin is part of Vacation Mini Kit available HERE.
Paper is part of Tropical Vacation Papers #2 available HERE.

If you haven't been to LLL Creations Dollar Mart, you should come on over. Large kits are not my style because I found that I never used everything in large kits, I would just pick out a few things I wanted to use. At LLL Creations Dollar Mart there are lots of categories and you get great bang for your buck!

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Well, it's the first week of July and I know some of you have been waiting for this. It's time for the July Frame Freebie~

Download July Frame Freebie

If you are new to my blog ... well, I give away these frames the first week of every month. If you've missed any ... you can get them here. (Or if you don't want to wait for them get the Mega Pack there too!)

This frame fills a 12x12 inch layout. You can see the size on a 12x12 inch paper in THIS post.

Comments are really appreciated~! You can comment below this post or in my CBox on the right side of this blog~

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Friday, July 2, 2010

Crazy as a Fox!

Ok, sometimes I really think my husband is as crazy as a fox! lol

Canada Day started off with glorious weather that carried on throughout the whole day. The sun was shining and there was a nice breeze. What better day to fly a kite, right? Well, my hubby had bought a Canada Day kite and was so excited that he got to fly it on Canada Day. So he brought it out and spent the good part of an hour trying to get it off the ground ... lol. He finally got it up in the air but it wasn't doing too well and the string broke. Then he said because it didn't have a tail it wasn't balanced properly. So he cut up a plastic grocery bag into strips and made a tail for it. Then said the string wasn't strong enough so he was going to fix that!!! Oh yeah, he fixed it ... he brought out his fishing rod and tried the kite to that. LOL Now being a proud Canadian, he sat back for another hour and was dazzled by his new invention - kite fishing. It actually worked quite well but he did not feel like a true Canadian until he also had a beer beside him. What can I say? Only in Canada ... LOL

Crazy as a fox word art is part of "Expressions Word Art #4" available HERE.

To me the kite was really nice to watch against the beautiful blue sky but I was looking forward to the fireworks that night. And it was worth the wait.

One of the parks here has a music fest all summer every Wednesday and Saturday. They had one also last night for Canada Day. It's right on a lake and after the live music there was a spectacular fireworks show.

To my fellow Canadians, I hope you also celebrated this wonderful country~!

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In my last post I needed a picture for my layouts that was 'Canadian' looking and I decided to add some Canada hats to my daughter and her friend to make my layout. After I made the layout I was thinking 'That was fun, it changed the whole picture'. So I thought, you know scrapbooking does not always have to be serious and proper. Adding hats to people in pictures makes it kind of fun.

So this is what went into LLL Creations Dollar Mart today;

Hats for Fun - 25 hats for only $1 - Get them HERE.

Have some fun and dress up your pictures.

Speech Bubble word art available HERE.
Speech Bubbles also make your layouts fun! See more HERE.

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And since the U.S.A. will be having their own celebration in a few days celebrating Independance Day (4th of July) I have this freebie for you ...

Download Happy 4th of July Word Art Freebie

It's the same size as the "Happy Canada Day" word art in my last post.
Please leave a comment below this post or in my CBox on the right side of this blog.

Have a glorious weekend~!