Saturday, May 31, 2008

Bootcamp Challenge #2

Nice work ladies - the cards are great! Hope you are enjoying it so far. This challenge was based on a layout that I provided (inspired by Splitcoast Stampers).

This one is Michelle's. I like that everyone's looks different and the themes are different. It is a nice use of different patterned paper - goes well together. I like the blocks as the central image - so cute!

This one is Joanne's. I like the bright colors and the use of the metal rimmed tag as the focal point! Plus those little buttons are so cute!

This one is Laura W's. We made ours at the same time at our house - I love what she did with the scallop and put the two circle layers on dimension and glued the scallop straight to the card. So much, in fact, I ripped mine off when she left, changed the image and did a similar thing.

This one is mine. Don't love it as it took awhile to get the size right! I decided to add the Old Olive layer underneath so I didn't have to start over. And at the bottom is using a Stampin' Up! rub-on sentiment.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Ottawa & Montreal Highlights

This past weekend, my husband and I went to Ottawa and Montreal for a few nights. One of my good childhood friends was getting married. My parents (also friends with the family) went as well, so it was a great time spending time with them. We had a blast and I thought I would share some photos. Mostly scenery though - I spent a lot of time clicking photos outside the car window and was pleasantly surprised how many turned out!

The parliament building:

Some wedding photos (I didn't really get any good ones to share). It was a big greek wedding (my first one) and it was really cool!

My husband and I on the way to the wedding (our hotel was right across the river!)

The bride Michelle and I. She looked gorgeous!

I love peonies! So beautiful

We went to Montreal as well. It was fun seeing the signs in French. I was in the car when I took this one and these people were laughing at a tourist (me) taking photos out of the car. So I tried to do it subtle, and barely made the picture!

Some photos of us (my parents and I)

And here are my parents and Mesh

We visited a couple churches in Montreal - beautiful!

Kindof a random photo of some chicken wings that Mesh had, but I really liked the photo!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Bootcamp Challenge

I did a bootcamp challenge for my friends and Stampin' Up! customers. It is 4 weeks long and just includes things like a layout challenge, colors challenge, etc. Just to get the creative juices flowing and to find inspiration in different things. Part of the deal is to send me a photo that I will post on my blog to share with one another. So, here they are...for week 1. A color challenge for this one. This one is mine:

This one is Joanne's. I like how glittery it is and the green adds such a summery dimension to the card. As well, the layers look awesome and it makes the happy birthday pop at the bottom. Is that a chipboard flower??

This one is Laura W's. I like the little tulip she added in the corner on the pumpkin pie and as well how just used the brad instead of tying the ribbon. I didn't do her card justice though. Laura and her husband were visiting us last weekend, so she made her card at our house. I took her photo, but it didn't turn out the best. Sorry Laura - it was a cute card!

And here is Michelle's card. She called me saying she didn't have any of the colors and ended up pulling it all together! I think the picture makes the pumpkin stuff look gold, but I don't think it is. I like the multi squares on the top right and bottom left squares!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Crazy for Chipboard

I am loving using Chipboard on my projects! It is so fun!

Supplies from Stampin' Up!, Heidi Swapp and Basic Grey

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

In typical form - I am late sending anything to my mother and mother in law! So, to try and give myself some more time I'll post some cute wishes!

Please pretend it says "We Love You Mommy! Mesh and Laura." I think this really is a cute gift - I would like to be able to write my message of the day on it to myself!

Thank you to our moms and all those in our life that act like one (in a good way!) We appreciate you and thank you for all the things that you do for us and just for loving us too!

Happy Mother's Day

photo courtesy of and