Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Twisted Tuesday Challenge #66 - New Beginnings!

I am absolutely flabbergasted at the rate at which life is moving right now!  Seriously!?  2 weeks since my last post!  CHRISTMAS EVE ALREADY!!!  Holy moly!!!  I can't believe it!  Not to mention it's been quite eventful in my neck of the woods these last few days!  But before I get to that....

There's a new challenge up and running over at Twisted Tuesday Challenges!  #66: New Beginnings.

The Challenge:  Show us something crafty that is new to you either received or bought
THE TWIST: Make the theme of your creation something new or the beginning of something (baby, car, house, marriage, beginning of a race, etc).  Here is my creation!

The sentiment stamp is from Technique Tuesday, the embossing folder is from Cuttlebug and the pearl embellies are from Prima.  
The sentiment stamp and the pearl pretties are new.  The card is for a new baby on the way!!

Be sure to check out the inspiration from the rest of the design team!  I can't wait to see what you create!

On another note:

We've had quite the ice storm and were without power for over 12 hours.  The world around me is coated with about an inch of ice!  It's absolutely GORGEOUS out there but also incredibly dangerous and destructive.  Trees are down all over the place unable to hold up the weight of the ice and they keep breaking!  It kinda looks like a warzone!  But it is very pretty!

My daughter and I decided to make the most of the ice covering everything and go for a skate.  Our whole street (road and sidewalks) was a virtual skating rink!  Sooooo cooool!
MERRIEST OF MERRY CHRISTMAS to all of you!  May your holidays be filled with laughter, love and a lot of warm squishies!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Twisted Tuesday #65 - Cutting Corners

Hey Everyone!

Two posts today!!!  For the 123 Get Scrappy Post click HERE!

Can you tell that the holidays are near!?  It seems like I've gone into hyper drive with the busy busy (and it's not like it wasn't busy before!)  It makes for a lot less crafting time (or at least blogging time) which makes me sad but still alot of life goodness going on so all is good!  Last weekend (yikes I guess is was actually 2 weekends ago!) it was a weekend of firsts in my household!  C2 had her First Reconciliation, C1 and C2 had their first piano recital, C1 has her first mass in our church as an alter server and it was also the first day of Advent!  Not to mention this past week was potty training week at my house so C3 had her share of firsts as well!  Potty training sucks but there has been definite progress made in the last week so I'm not complaining!  Yay!

Sooooo....onto what you're really here for....
A NEW CHALLENGE is up and running at Twisted Tuesday Challenges!
This fortnight here's the scoop:
The Challenge: Fussy cut something on your creation.
The Twist: Do something special with the corners of your creation (i.e. rounded, ticketed, etc....)

Since the holidays are just around the corner and its Christmas card making time here is my contribution using this week's challenge:
border punch: Martha Stewart; digital stamp: Angels Landing;sentiment stamp: Hero Arts; mist: Studio Calico, markers: Copics, patterned paper: DCWV

I had a lot of fun making this card! I punched the corners of my panel with a snowflake punch and fussy cut the adorable penguin!  It seems that most of the Christmas cards I made this year have a penguin theme to them.  My little C2 definitely approves!

Most of this card is made from scraps in my stash I've had for a while!  The patterned paper scrap and the green stripy strip (which is packaging from a CTMH stamp) I've had for years!  The silver snowflake was confetti strewn across our table at my work Christmas party c.2008 and I took a whole bunch of it home as they were too cute to leave behind!

I hope I've inspired you to play along!  Be sure to stop my the rest of the DT blogs over at Twisted Tuesday Challenges for more wonderful inspiration!  I can't wait to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping by!

GDT Spot and New Challenge at 123Get Scrappy!

Hey Everyone!

This is a double duty post this month.  I was honoured to be chosen as the GDT member over at Use It Tuesday.  As it turns out this is their last challenge (WAHHHHH!!!).  Please make sure to head on over and wish them all well in their new endeavours as well as PLAY ALONG on their very last challenge!  Be sure to send them off with a ginormous BANG!!!  The theme over at Use It Tuesday is:
WINTER and The HOLIDAYS!  How fun and appropriate!
Along with that challenge there is a new bingo board up and running over at 123GetScrappy!  Challenge board #5 has a lot of creative goodness to be had!  Be sure to stop by there as well and join in the bingo fun!

snowflake dies: Impression Obsession; patterned paper: Recollections

I combined the 2 challenges and this layout was so fun to make!  Especially the reminiscing of the snowman C3 and I made that did a hand stand while we weren't looking!! ;)

I used the last column of the board: colour green-scalloped edges-staples

There are quite a few stash busters used here as well!  Happy to have them put to good use!  The hoarded items are the snowman sticker (gosh this is AT LEAST a decade old since I remember buying the package just after I got married).  The silver snowflakes were confetti scattered on the table of my work Christmas party c.2008 (they were too cute to leave behind!).  The corrugated card behind the photos is hoarded from packaging found in a bag of patterned paper I got at a garage sale a couple years ago.

Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to check out Use it Tuesday and 123 Get Scrappy to join in all the creative fun!


Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Twisted Tuesday Challenge #64 - Fall and Giving Thanks!

Hey Everyone!

Another challenge up and running over at Twisted Tuesday Challenges.  Yaaaaaay!  Always a happy day!  I certainly hope you can join us!
Here is this fortnight's requirements:
The Challenge: Make your creation a FALL theme
The Twist: Make is also a GIVING THANKS theme

How very appropriate a challenge giving the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday over in the US this week.  Thanksgiving in Canada happens in October but really there is no limits to giving thanks!  I hope we all are inspired to give thanks to all the blessings in our lives!

Here's one of my reasons to be thankful:
patterned paper: various unknowns, Chatterbox; date stamp: Technique Tuesday; letter dies: Quickutz;flowers: Prima

These photos were taken years ago and when I came across them they reminded me of many memories at this park.  My parents took my sister and I here every thanksgiving to go for a hike and see the fall colours, later hubby and I would hike here and take in the waterfall and the foot bridge and a few years later he would propose marriage to me in this park.  Taking my kids here is a new tradition we've started and these photos show the first time I took my first born here (with my sister tagging along).  Good times!  I am grateful!

I chose a fall colour palatte as well as the photos themselves were taken during the Canadian thanksgiving weekend.

I hope I've inspired you to create a fall and giving thanks themed project!  I can't wait to see what you create!  Did I mention there is some goodness to be won?  This month's sponsor is Bugaboo Digi Stamps:
Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, 25 November 2013

Delinquent Blogger but not Delinquent Crafter

Hey Everyone!

I hate being such a delinquent when it comes to crafting and blogging....although I must admit, I haven't been entirely delinquent on the crafting.  I've recently had a few people ask me about the hats I've crocheted and whether I sell them.  Up until recently my hat creations have been for donation to the local hospital for cancer patients or as gifts for friends...it's a foreign concept to me that people actually want to purchase something I've made (as in...spend their hard earned money)!  Blows my mind really,  but I am truly flattered, honoured and well....could really use the extra moola (who couldn't?!) so I decided to take them up on the offer.  Here's a what I've been working on in lieu of my paper crafting and blogging:

I've managed to get a couple paper craft projects squeezed in and you'll see those very soon!  Until then!

Thanks for checking in!

Friday, 15 November 2013

Giving Thanks...

Hey Everyone!

Just dropping in to share a special thank you card I made for the great people to who helped me raise money for the CIBC Run for The Cure to end Breast Cancer I did last month.  The whole event was quite an accomplishment on many levels for many people and I was so very happy to be a part of it!

the text background stamp is Hero Arts; the T-shirt and hope stamp are from Flourishes, the border stamp is from Autumn Leaves, the Thank you stamps and banner die are from Simon Says Stamp.

Aside from the patterned paper part at the bottom of the card and the scattered jewels the rest of the card is one layer.  I masked the T-shirt and stamped the text around it.  I used the negative mask to cover the rest of the card and coloured the t-shirt using Picked Raspberry Distress ink.  I dug deep in my stash for some left over sticky back pink jewels.  Glad to say this package is now used up! Yay!

I would like to submit this to the following blogs:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Thanksgiving/Thanks
Sister Act Anything Goes Card Challenge: #33
CAS Sunday: One Layer Card
Use it Tuesday: Stick It

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Twisted Tuesday Challenge #63 - Pop Dots and Polka Dots

Hey Everyone!!!

It's that time of the month again!  New challenge time over at Twisted Tuesday Challenges!!  We're up to challenge #63!!!  Here's the scoop:
The challenge : use pop dots or dimensionals on your projects
The Twist: use Polka dots somewhere on your project.

Here's my take:
patterned papers: DCWV; washi tape: Recollections; flowers/gems: Prima; other: 7 Gypsies, Making Memories,  Thickers.

The polka dots are on the washi tape and the pop dots are under some if the flowers.

I stumbled upon this photo of me when I was 17 years old.  I was at a Music Festival as a teacher.  I was in a hotel room shared with other music teachers for the weekend competition.

Ahhhhhh....to be 17 again...or at least to look like I was.  I remember being so self conscious and insecure back then but it seems so ridiculous to me now.  To have that hair or physique again...I would be thrilled!  Anyways...I guess it's all part of being a teenager.

I hope I've inspired you to play along over at Twisted Tuesday Challenges!  I can't wait to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Wahoo!!!! New Bingo Board Up at 123 Get Scrappy!

Hey Everyone!

Holy moly has it ever been a crazy crazy busy weekend!....and it's not even over yet!  So far I've been to a concert in the city Friday night (got home at 3am).  Woke up at 7am to be at a Volleyball tournament where I played 22 volleyball games (22!!!!!). All but 6 of these games we were short 1 player due to injury.  We made it all the way to the finals but lost in the end.  Second place overall!  It was AMAZING!!! (But holy moly am I ever tired now!!!!).  After our tournament, hubby and I headed to the grandparents for dinner and to pick up the children and then I met up with some friends for drinks and desserts to celebrate a couple birthdays (*breathe*).  Yup...MY weekend....so far...and it's only Sunday morning.

Anyhow, there is a new creative bingo board #4 up and running over at 123 Get Scrappy and I hope you join us and share your stuff and get a chance to win a Guest Designer spot!  SWEET!

Here is what came out of my noggin today:
The mask is from TCW; flowers: Prima; butterfly punch: Martha Stewart; patterned paper: DCWV and BoBunny, stamps: Paper Smooches, Inks: Distress Inks

Here is the bingo board for your creative pleasure:
I used the first coloumn: Stencil/Mask, pearls, purple.

I can't wait to see what you create!  

I'd also like to submit this to the following blogs:
Paper Smooches: Guest Designer Search
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Clean and Simple

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 7 November 2013

PS Bandwagon!-Weeeeeee!

Hey Y'All,

I'm back with yet again another Paper Smooches Creation.  What can I say...they're fun and whimsical and inspiration central for me right now!  It's cloudy and cold and icky today in my neck of the woods. Great day to stay warm and get crafty....(of course I probably should be doing something more along the lines of cleaning and laundry but shhhhhhhh...I won't tell if you don't! ;))

Here is another creation I made using a sketch #86 from Cardabilities and using the inspiration of stripes over at PS Sparks challenge.
sentiment and paint palette die cut: Paper Smooches; patterned paper: DCWV; ink: Hero Arts Neon, doily embossing folder: Sizzix, Glossy Accents

You can't really tell from the photos but the colours on the palatte are coated in Glossy Accents to give it a shine.

Here's the sketch from Cardabilities.
The folks over at Paper Smooches are having at GDT Call for December!  Be sure to check it out!

Thanks so much for dropping by!

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

My New Addiction (Part 2)

Hey Everyone,

Here's card #2 for the Paper Smooch Challenge this week over at PS Sparks.  Stripes!
Had to get a head start on the Christmas Card creations so here's one for the pile!
Sentiment stamp and penguin stamps: Paper Smooches, Tattered Angels: glimmer mists.

Thanks for stopping by!

My New Addiction....(Part 1)

Hey Everyone!

Had such a beautiful sunny day in my 'hood today...but holy moly was it ever COLD!  Yikes!  Winter around the corner?!  I guess an early snowboard season wouldn't be so bad ;)

I just wanted to pop in and share with you a card I made using some Paper Smooch Stamps I got recently at a garage sale.  People have often commented on my handwriting saying that it's 'so incredibly neat' or that it would 'make a pretty cool font'.  I take pride in hand writing sentiments in cards or journalling and have a great appreciation for that handwritten look!  Needless to say, I've developed a new addiction with Paper Smooches stamps which have that look I so adore!  I'm sooo stoked that I've got some more to create with!

Here's what I've come up with!
sentiment stamps: Paper Smooches, background cloud stamp: Paper Smooches, ink: Versamark,  Distress Inks;  2-tier banner die: Simon Says Stamp

I was inspired by a previous Paper Smooch SPARKS Challenge Photo: Typography,  as well as their current Challenge: Stripes.

I made the banner with the "thanks" on it myself.  The black cardstock used for the center panel actually has a nice little glimmery sheen to it but the pictures do not quite capture it.  It took a little while to choose the phrases that fit the sentiment as well as the design.  I'm quite please with the result.

I would also like to submit this to the following blogs:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Anything Goes Card Challenge: #31

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Paper Smooch Picture Perfect Challenge

Hey Everyone!

Sooooo, a near miracle happened to me today...my little C3 actually took a nap this afternoon on my watch!  She naps no problem EVERY time she hangs out with the grandparents.  EVERYTIME!  Apparently she'll even sleep more than 3 hours if they didn't wake her up.  Now that I'm home and have her regularly...she NEVER naps in the afternoon for me.  If she slows down at all its for about 15-20 mins while she cuddles her little "soft shirt" and then she's raring to go!  Today she actually took a nap with little coaxing and she slept for about 2 and half hours!!  The only problem was that I fell asleep as well so I didn't get anything done that I had hoped to.  *sigh*.  Oh well.  At least she slept and now she's sleeping every so soundly (hope I didn't just jinx it!).  Not at all like the last few nights...but that's another story.

I'm here to share with you another card I made using Paper Smooch stamps and inspired by the photo over on this week's Paper Smooch Sparks Challenge Blog.

image stamps and sentiment: Paper Smooches, embossing folder: Darice, inks: Distress Inks, Happy diecut: Simon Says Stamp, Dew drops: Robin's Nest

Here is the inspiration photo:

The first thing I thought of was Distress inks.  All the cool colours blending together and their reaction with water to make water spots when you "spritz and flick" them.  That's exactly what I did.  I took several colours and blended them all on a piece of card stock and then "spritz and flicked" it with water to get the water spots and dried the sheet with a heat tool.  Then I stamped the sheep and paper pieced them onto the card and used the other pieces for the banners and the border strip near the bottom of the card and to die cut the word "Happy".

I would also like to submit this to the following blogs:
Simons Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Sister Act Anything Goes Card Challenge: #31
CAS-ual Fridays: #119-Use Dry or Heat Embossing

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 1 November 2013

Alter-Ego Under the Wire!

Talk about coming in under the wire!  This card is for the folks over at The Greeting Farm: Alter Ego Challenge.  My 2 year old is up for some reason and walked into the craft room while I was working on this.  I spent too much time trying to get her to go back to sleep (with no success) that I had to resort to just having her underfoot while I busily completed this card and post with 3 minutes left to spare!  Yikes!  I loved putting these 3 Greeting Farm Stamps together:  body: Sunday; face and pony tails: Cheeky Geeky and hat: Latte Anya.  The bangs are from Latte Anya as well and they worked out perfect!  I had different mix and match heads and it was really hard to decide but I'm glad I chose this combo!  This card doesn't have any specific sentiment or occasion set for it just yet.  The "have you heard the news" was part of the patterned paper that came with the phonograph.

image stamps: the Greeting Farm, patterned paper: Bo Bunny, Recollections, MME, markers: Copics
The Cheeky Geeky face actually has a bit of her hand touching her glasses.  This wouldn't work for the body swap so I removed the hand by inking up the stamp and then wiping away the ink from her unwanted hand with a cotton swab.  After stamping the image, I filled in the missing part of her glasses with a Sharpie marker.  Worked wonders.  I also coloured over the part of her arm that was covering part of her pony tail and filled it out to make the hair look continuous.  

Well, off to try and get my 2 year old back to bed.  Wish me luck!

I'd also like to enter this in the following challenges:
Anyone for Anya: Vintage Vibes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Sister Act Anything Goes Card Challenge: #31

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Inspiration from my Birthday Girl! (Part 2)

Here's another card I made with my birthday girl's fave creature.
image stamp: Stampavie, markers: Copics, sentiment stamp: Technique Tuesday.  The jewel snowflake,  cork and papers are all very old goods from my stash.
I would like to submit this to the following blogs:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Use it Tuesday: Creatures (penguins are creatures :))
Whimsy Stamps Challenge Blog: Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Inspiration from my Birthday Girl! (Part 1)

Hey everyone!

It was my middle daughter's 7th birthday today!  We decided to take her out for dinner but while I was volunteering at her school this afternoon she said she really wanted her grandparents (from both sides of the family) to join us.  When I said that it was too late notice and they probably wouldn't be able to make it, she turned on the puppy dog eyes (complete with tears welling up) and said "Can you please just ask?"  How could I say no?  There's no harm in asking.  So at 3pm this afternoon I called the grandparents and asked if they could come for a birthday dinner at a local Chinese Buffet restaurant (as the request of my little C2) and to my surprise (sort of) they all responded with "Okay" and no hesitation.  How great!  An impromptu party of 9 to celebrate a special day.  Life is good.
In honour of my little C2 and her passion for all things "Penguin" I got a jump start on the Christmas cards and make a few that I knew would make her smile!  Here's to you my little mango.  I love you lots!
image stamp: Darcies, markers: Copic; sentiment stamp: Technique Tuesday
I stamped the image in Versamark ink and heat embossed it with black glittery embossing powder.  I then coloured the adorable Penguins (who make me think of my 3 little sweeties) with Copics.  The lime green background is very old left over packaging from some scrapbook embellies.  It was probably one of the first items i got and I saved the packaging because it was pretty and I was on a budget back then.  The velour red snowflake ribbon is also a couple years old and has been hiding in my stash for some time.
This card makes me smile.  It's simple and sweet.

I would like to submit this to the following blogs:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Use it Tuesday: Creatures (penguins are creatures :))
Whimsy Stamps Challenge Blog: Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Twisted Tuesday Challenge #62 -ANYTHING GOES!!!

Hey Everyone!

Had a super great time yesterday with some friends and their kidlets enjoying the fall freshness and sunshine.  It definitely is getting chilly around here!  Brrrrrr!

Anyways,  It's the 5th Sunday of October and that means (*drum roll*) its an ANYTHING GOES challenge over at Twisted Tuesday Challenges!  Wahooo!  I can't wait to see your creations.  To get you in the mood here's a little something I put together!

the flourish diecut and title font: Quickutz, patterned paper: MME,  flower-Prima, stamp: CTMH

I stumbled upon these sequence of photos on my computer of my little C1.  She's about 2 and half in these pics (she's 9 now!)  How cute it is to see her little smile all excited to eat her ice cream and then see her little messy grin transform into little Miss Grumpy Pants when daddy had to take the ice cream away to save it from creating a super sticky mess on our stairs.  Ahhhhh....Mem'ries!

Be sure to play along over at Twisted Tuesday Challenges!  There is some good stuff to be won and who knows...you may get a chance to be a Guest Designer!  Sweet!

Thanks for stopping by!

Yippeeeee!!!! I'm a Winner!!

Hey Everyone!

Yikes!  It's been a few days since I've posted!  There was a bit of an illness overwhelm over in my home the past week with the kidlets!  C2 came down with strep throat AND a mouth sores infection which made my little one quite whiney and piney and all around miserable!  Not much time for crafting when you're tending to the needs of a munchkin!  I'm glad she's back to her ol' self and I can get back to some crafting fun!

In the meantime, I'm so stoked to share with my you my excitement!  I'm a winner over at Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge Blog for THIS card I created. YAHOOOOO!!!

Thanks soooo much for the honour and I can't wait to play again!

Have an awesome day!

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Paper Smoooooch Quickie!

Hey Everyone!

I'm a crafting machine!  But not really...just wish there was more time (don't we all!?).  Just another drop in today to share with you a card I made with the folks over at Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge Blog in mind.  I was inspired (again) by their sketch for this week's challenge.

Here is my creation!

image stamp and sentiment: Paper Smooches; ink: Distress Inks, photoframe die: PTI; Stickles

Here is the sketch for inspiration:

I tried my hand at a single layer card this time.  I die cut the frame on sticky note paper and used it as a stencil to colour the frame by blending Salty Ocean and Mustard Seed Distress inks together.   I misted them with Perfect Pearls water for some shimmery goodness.  I then used the cut out as a mask to cover the frame to I could stamp over top and colour the cameras with Copics.

Voila!  Turned out pretty neat, I think.

Thanks for dropping by!

There She Goes...and here comes Christmas...(Part 2)

Hello Y'All!

I'm back!  It's 1am where I am and I really need to get back to sleep.  I fell asleep putting my little one down for the evening.  Then I woke up about an hour ago and decided to blog a couple things...and now I'm feeling another sleep overcome me!

Here is my 2nd card I made for the "Be Prepared" Challenge over at the There She Goes Blog.

Image and sentiment stamp: TSG; various patterned papers of unknown origin; Peeled Paint Distress Ink

How absolutely ADORABLE is this image?!  I paper pieced the image using scraps from my scrap drawer.  LOVING how many of my projects are slowing eating away at this stash!  The paper strip at the bottom of the card is also from said stash.  I masked off the border and blended in some Peeled Paint Distress Ink.

I would like to submit this to the following blogs:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Use a Rubber or Clear Stamp
Sister Act Anything Goes Card Challenge: #28

Okay, here comes the sleep! (*YAWN*)

Thanks for stopping by!

There She Goes...and here comes Christmas....(Part 1)

Hey Everyone!

It's been quite the busy day today.  I'm loving how the weather this fall has been such a great mix of sunshine, breezes, autumn crispness in the air and the odd day or two of rainy days to keep it all alive and well.  Today was one of those sunny days with cool Autumn air.  Love it!  The colours are in full bloom.
I've been getting a jump start on the holiday card making. (YAY!) and I just wanted to stop in and share with you a couple I made using some "There She Goes" stamps.  These stamps have the cutest and coolest images to colour in and create with.  Their sentiments are unique and perfect for any occasion.  I was sooooo excited to have stumbled upon their products!  They have a holiday card challenge "TSG229-Be Prepared" over at their blog.  Be sure to check it out!

Here is my first card:
the sentiment and the image are from TSG; background stamp: Hero Arts; inks: Copic Markers and Distress Inks.  The doily, pink chevron ribbon and blue strip are all bits and bobs from my scrap drawer.

I used non traditional Christmas colours on this card and I love how it turned out.  The white embossed houses look like a little snow covered town and the Distress Ink blending spritzed with water laced with Perfect Pearls is always a fave go-to technique for great results everytime!

Penguins are a huge favourite in my home any time of the year (unfortunately the coolest images always seem to have only winter themes) and this little guy is off the charts adorable!

I would like to submit this to the following blogs:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Use a Rubber or Clear Stamp
Sister Act Anything Goes Card Challenge: #28
Use it Tuesday: Scraps, Pieces, Odds and Ends.
Hero Arts: Holiday Challenge-A Few of My Favourite Things

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Twisted Tuesday Challenge #61 Celebrate Naturally!!!

Hey Everyone!

It's new challenge time over at Twisted Tuesday Challenges!  I can't believe how fast 2 weeks flies by! I truly loved seeing all your creations!  Keep 'em coming!

This fortnight the challenge is (as always) fun and sure to get the creative juices flowing: "Celebrate Naturally"!
The Challenge: Use a Celebration theme
The Twist: Use a natural element (i.e. wood, raffia, twine, hemp, hay etc)

The first weekend of this month I ran my first 5km run for CIBC Run for the Cure.  It supports breast cancer research.  I had just recently taken up running.  Primarily to lose some weight and to moreso to improve my fitness.  Endurance sports was never my forte!  When I participated in track and field events my specialty was anything that required throwing: ball throw, shot put, javelin.  Although I tended to excel in many sports, running was definitely not my strong suit!  Anyways, I figured signing up for this race with a friend of mine on a team her mom had put together (her mom is a breast cancer survivor) would be a great motivation for me to get better at this running thing and support a great cause as well!

As it turned out it was harder than I anticipated but my team members were great motivators.  Especially at the end when I was about 100 meters from the finish line (and in DIRE need for a washroom) and I almost gave up and walked across the finish line, they pushed me that last few meters and I completed it running!  Yay!  A milestone for me!  Definitely a reason to celebrate for me!  Moreover, our team of 5 people raised a total of $1205 for breast cancer research!  Another reason to celebrate!

As a result, my layout this week is based on this experience!
patterned paper: various unknown, DCWV, MME;stamps: CTMH, Recollections, Flourishes, MFT;wooden flowers: Dollar Store; pennant punch: Fiskars (Jenni Bowlin)

The pennant was a great stash buster using scrap bits from my scrap drawer.  Not to mention the banners are all strips of paper from the same scrap drawer.

I hope to see your creations for this weeks Twisted Tuesday Challenge linkied up over there!

I'd also like to submit this to the following blogs:
Use it Tuesday: Scraps, Pieces, Odds and Ends
Boy Meets Girl: About A Girl: Use Texture

Thanks so much for dropping by!