Tuesday, November 29, 2011

If you can't play nice play roller derby!

So I joined an ATC swap where the theme was "derby girls" and I had a blast making these cards:

















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and

















and because I was on a roll, and I wasn't even wearing skates, I made these just because

















and

















and to really get into the derby groove I watched "Whip it" which was a really fun show!













and here is the trailer


Great show.

I got a scrappy prize package in the mail today from Scrapjazz and my jaw dropped!! Here is all the scrappy goodness, I couldn't believe it!!













Wowzers eh?? I had fun going through the box and taking all of these goodies out!! I also got my 2 free Shreddies t-shirts today as well - happy mail day!! I eat shreddies every day for breakfast and inside 2 of the boxes you could go online and input a code to order your free Shreddies t-shirt so I got 2!


















Right now I'm reading "Prey" on my Sony Reader, which is the 4th book of 6 in this series:














and here is the description as per Amazon.ca:

Sometimes playing cat and mouse is no game…
Play? Right. My Pride is under fire from all sides, my father's authority is in question and my lover is in exile. Which means I haven't laid eyes on Marc's gorgeous face in months. And with a new mother and an I-know-everything teenager under my protection, I don't exactly have time to fantasize about ever seeing him again.

Then our long-awaited reunion is ruined by a vicious ambush by strays. Now our group is under attack, Marc is missing and I will need every bit of skill and smarts to keep my family from being torn apart. Forever.

Nothing new on the house front, John is hoping to pour the grade beam this week and it's supposed to snow tomorrow so I hope he gets it done soon!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

More ATC's

I've said it before and I'll say it again, one of the best things about making ATC's is that you can get your art on and it doesn't take a huge chunk of time. You can still satisfy your artistic craving and have fun making a little piece of art! I played along with a few challenge blogs this past week, the first one being
Use your stuff where the theme was "summer blues" so I made this ATC using one of my fave beach stamps and colored it with watercolor and then stamped the title












The next challenge was for the Think Monday Think ATC where the challenge was "children" so I used another stamp to make this one:

















Next up are those Crazy Amigos where the theme was "purple" and I had fun making this sassy purple one

















and last but not least was the Three Muses where the theme was "That's entertainment" so I made this fun one:

















I just finished reading "Dark Places" on my Sony reader and it was frickin amazing!

















Here is the descrption as per amazon.ca:

I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ.


Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived–and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who’ve long forgotten her.

The Kill Club is a macabre secret society obsessed with notorious crimes. When they locate Libby and pump her for details–proof they hope may free Ben–Libby hatches a plan to profit off her tragic history. For a fee, she’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club . . . and maybe she’ll admit her testimony wasn’t so solid after all.

As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the narrative flashes back to January 2, 1985. The events of that day are relayed through the eyes of Libby’s doomed family members–including Ben, a loner whose rage over his shiftless father and their failing farm have driven him into a disturbing friendship with the new girl in town. Piece by piece, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started–on the run from a killer.


I did not want to put this book down, it grabbed me right from the beginning and took me on a joy ride!! Loved it!

Now I'm reading "Facing the dragon"












and here is the description as per Amazon.com:

After more than twenty-three years addicted to methamphetamine and otherdrugs, David Parnell put an SKS assault rifle under his chin and pulled the trigger.The blast took off half his face, yet somehow he survived. They called him the 'miracle man' at the Nashville hospital where he'd been pronounced clinically dead. Following an afterlife experience where he briefly experienced hell, David woke up in the hospital, and he was changed forever, both physically and emotionally. In Facing the Dragon, you will witness the slow, agonizing metamorphosis of a good-looking high-school athlete into a violent, drug-dealing, psychotic wife-beater whose children were terrified of him. In graphic detail, you'll relive his suicide attempts and then walk alongside him as he endures countless surgeries to reconstruct his decimated face and learns how to cope with his hideous disfigurement. Now thirty-nine, Parnell is clean and sober and is making the most of the second chance he's been given, bringing his message about the dangers of meth and other drugs to schools, prisons, churches, and antidrug organizations around the world as a full-time lecturer. By experiencing the nightmare of his life—and his brief glimpse of hell—you will find hope and healing when facing your own life-threatening dragons.


Wow eh? I just started it but I'm sure it will be an amazing, sad and inspirational story. God I hate drugs.

The house is progressing! We now have the basement walls poured and next will be the grade beam and then the floor will get started!! yay!! Here are some pics of my guys hard at work. Here's my hubs John

















and then my son Michael and our friend Dave













I missed getting pictures of the big pour day for the basement walls as I was sick so I'll have to try to get the next batch of good ones!!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

I love you mojo!!!!

I am so happy that I found my mojo again. I have been on a total scrapping and ATC frenzy and can't tell you how happy it makes my heart. I can hardly wait to get settled in our final house and make an art room that is truly mine, one that I won't have to move from.

There were a few challenges that I busted my ass to make tonight as the deadline for them is almost here and the first one is
Use your stuff (and thank God I found these guys because I truly do need to USE MY STUFF!!!!) where the challenge was "white" so I made this ATC (but I had to add just a touch of green!) and also Shopping our stash where the challenge was "never been inked before" so I used a stamp that I have never inked before which was the naked woman

















The next one was the ARTastic challenge blog where the challenge was a painting of Bacchus where I used the color scheme as well as fit all 3 of these in:

1. Fruit or grapes on your page= 1pt
2. wine glass and or bottle on your page = 2pts
3. A bow = 3pts

I know, holy shit! I love these guys because how challenging is that??? So I used 2 different stamps to make this and as you can see I have fruit (the pear), a wine glass (she's holding it) and a bow (I made a glittery one for her hair)












And last but not least I had made this one for another challenge but missed the boat (that's what happens when you wait until the last minute to play in your art room)

















It's cold where I live and I am so not ready for winter. If I never saw another snowflake again I would not be sad. Seriously. Here is what the backyard of the rental looks like













which makes me think of this:

COLD IS A RELATIVE THING. . . . . . .
65 above zero:
Floridians turn on the heat.
People in Saskatchewan plant gardens.

60 above zero:
Californians shiver uncontrollably.
People in Saskatchewan sunbathe.

50 above zero:
Italian & English cars won't start.
People in Saskatchewan drive with the windows down.

40 above zero:
Georgians don coats, thermal underwear, gloves, wool hats.
People in Saskatchewan throw on a flannel shirt.

35 above zero:
New York landlords finally turn up the heat.
People in Saskatchewan have the last cookout before it gets cold.

20 above Zero
People in Miami all die.
Saskatchewanians close the windows.

Zero:
Californians fly away to Mexico.
People in Saskatchewan get out their winter coats.

10 below zero:
Hollywood disintegrates.
The Girl Scouts in Saskatchewan are selling cookies door to door.

20 below zero:
Washington DC runs out of hot air.
People in Saskatchewan let the dogs sleep indoors.

30 below zero:
Santa Claus abandons the North Pole.
Saskatchewanians get upset because they can't start the Snow-mobile.

40 below zero:
ALL atomic motion stops.
People in Saskatchewan start saying...'Cold enough fer ya?'

50 below zero:
Hell freezes over.
Saskatchewan public schools will open 2 hours late

Yep, how can you tell I live in Saskatchewan??? haha

I can't believe it wasn't that long ago that we sat on this snow covered deck and had beers and listed to music. Here is a layout I just did about summmer (I miss you summer!!!!!)

















I also made this layout on my sweet pea's cast from when he broke his little leg (it's off now and he's as good as new!)
















and speaking of my little sweet pea we had the grandkids for a visit on the weekend and here is our smiley girl

















and my little man













and my little man after Grama played him out and gave him snacks and chocolate milk













It was so cute, he fell asleep sitting up just like an old man! haha

Friday, November 18, 2011

Scrappin Frenzy - Finally!

Ok, now I'm really on a roll and it feels soooooooo good!! Since the move I thought I had lost my mojo but after the 1st layout it seemed like I found my momentum and almost couldn't stop scrapping! haha Here are some layouts I've done

















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and

















I bought a new Sid Dickens and added "Child of Light" to my collection

















Isn't she gorgeous?? Here is my collection so far













Had a little fun with a new app on my iphone where you can "toon your pics" so I tooned myself

















Can't wait to use this new stamp I bought that looks like a polaroid

















Well, I am meeting Grama for lunch today and have to get ready so have a great day!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Crafter's Workshop Woodgrain Template rocks!

I bought the new woodgrain stencil by Crafter's Workshop and it's awesome.













I am a huge fan of their stencils (or templates as they call them) and was thrilled to add this one to my collection.

Here is a short tutorial on how I made my layout using the stencil. First I used a piece of cream colored cardstock and laid the stencil on it. Then I used some Gesso and with a brush covered all of the woodgrain lines with the Gesso













until it was completely covered













Then I carefully peeled the stencil off and washed it in the sink to get all the Gesso off before it dried. Keep in mind that the thicker you apply the Gesso the more texture you will have.













Once this was completed dry I used some DecoArt Cinnamon Brown acrylic paint and put some in my mixing tray along with some water to thin it. I then painted over the Gesso and all over my paper, leaving it looking like this













Doesn't it look cool how you can see the woodgrain Gesso below the paint??? Love this!!!! Using this paper I made this layout about the hubs

















I can hardly wait to do this in more colors like maybe a pink or turquoise! The possibilities are endless!!

New prompt is up over at the A Year in the Life of an Art Journal and this is it brought to you by Rachel:

THE PROMPT: Pretty

THE SONG: Fuckin' Perfect by Pink

PRODUCT/TECHNIQUE: Pink Paint Dripped like Blood

and here is my page for it

















Right now I'm reading "The Pact" by Jodi Picoult on my Sony Reader

















and here's the description as per Amazon.ca

Teenage suicide is the provocative topic that Picoult plumbs, with mixed results, in her fifth novel. Popular high-school swimming star Chris Harte and talented artist Em Gold bonded as infants; their parents have been next-door neighbors and best friends for 18 years. When they fall in love, everyone is ecstatic. Everyone, it turns out, except for Em, who finds that sex with Chris feels almost incestuous. Her emotional turmoil, compounded by pregnancy, which she keeps secret, leads to depression, despair and a desire for suicide, and she insists that Chris prove his love by pulling the trigger. The gun is fired in the first paragraph, and so the book opens with a jolt of adrenaline. But Picoult stumbles in delineating both sets of parents' responses to the tragedy. Unconvincing behavior and dialogue inappropriate to the situation (plus, most importantly, the fact that the parents fail to discuss crucial topics) never touch the essence of bereavement and thus destroy credibility. Picoult redeems herself in flashbacks that reveal the two marital relationships and the personalities of both couples; and she sensitively explores the question of how well parents can ever know their children. After Chris is accused of murder and jailed, the narrative acquires impressive authenticity and suspense, with even the minor characters evoked with Picoult's keen eye for telling detail. The courtroom scenes (reminiscent of Picoult's 1996 novel, Mercy), are taut and well paced. Readers may remain unconvinced, however, that an intelligent young man like Chris would not have sought some help rather than respond to his lover's desperate request.

So far I'm really enjoying it and it's my 3rd book by Jodi Picoult. I love how she really makes you feel like you know the characters and the stories are so interesting and usually always have a moral dilemma.

We have started to build our house!! Yeehaw!!! Here's the little house that sat on the lot before we tore it down













and here's the little house being demolished













and here is the house gone!













and here is the hole with John (the hubs) working in it (he's building the house) and the footings and piles are done!! yay!













I simply cannot wait to get into the new house and get out of the rental!!!! I see light at the end of the tunnel!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Remembrance Day

It's Remembrance Day here in Canada which means I have the day off to play! I made a couple ATC's for a few challenges and then have to go clean the house before the grandkids come over this afternoon!

This ATC is for the
SoArtful Challenge Blog where the theme was "Gypsy" so I used my fave gypsy stamps to make this:

















and then I made this ATC for the Take a word challenge blog and the Inspiration Avenue challenge blog where both themes were "sewing", so I used one of my stamps to make this:

















And that's it! Just a quick post and now I'm off to clean the house!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

My new blog books came!!!!!!!

How exciting and how fitting seeing as if my blog's 4 year anniversary was just on Sunday!! I ordered them from
Blog2Print and they are simply gorgeous and amazing!! They weren't cheap but to me to have 2 years of my blogs made into books was priceless. I had used a 15% off coupon from one of their promotions and they came to $258. But I had received a cheque for doing some artwork and decided to treat myself!! Here are the books (forgive my pics they were taken at night and you can see my fingerprints on the books!) and you can click on the pictures to see more detail











and here are some random pictures of various pages












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and here's a pic of the binding and thick each book is (one book is 323 pages and the other 391 pages!!!)













I am really looking forward to ordering the next 2 years of my blog as books as well!!

Here's a picture of what I woke up to on Sunday (that's John's big white truck) and we now live in what I refer to as "the hood". It's an area of town that isn't as nice as let's say other areas. But the rental situation in this city is crazy so we had to take what we could get.













and here's a pic I just took today of our rental house and snow situation














Today the lazy susan broke. Heavy sigh. We have had problems with the furnace and also the dryer not venting outside and now this. But the good news is that demolition starts tomorrow on our lot!! That means there is light at the end of the tunnel!!! We have a lot with an little old house on it and we are demolishing it and building a new one!! yay!! I'll post pics as it progresses. I'm sending a camera with John tomorrow so he can get some good shots. That's the benefit of having your hubs build the house, he'll be there to get some good pics!

I am loving this new dressing by Kraft, have you tried it? It's amazing.

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