Getting into the spirit

I’m singing carols in my head, I’m dashing through the snow, I’m shopping for heavens sake….I think I must be getting into the holiday spirit.  So, while I’ve got Christmas on the brain I can’t help but make Christmas cards out of every sketch I see.

This weeks AS You See It sketch challenge is SUPER adaptable and I couldn’t help but use it in two different ways (plus lots more ideas in my head).


They both (of course) are Christmas cards.  I only brought out a couple decorations for an event last weekend, but they made a festive background for the photos I think.


My favourite piece on this card is the bow with the rouched ends.

And I had so much fun with that ribbon I had to use MORE ribbon.


A sweet way to use up some ribbon ends or scraps of paper or whatnot. Add a tag and your done.  Awesome!

I just can’t decide which is my favourite…

Hope you will play along with us at




Yah, I noticed it was December…thanks for mentioning it.  While we were away on the weekend, we did not drop off the Earth.

I have just not yet had time to get organized for our advent calendar….that is until today. Well, partially anyways.

Here’s the scoop…

I love the advent calendar. I grew up with the traditional chocolate one – even though I wasn’t a big fan of the chocolate (WHAT?!?! Yes, it’s true.).  But the countdown and the anticipation of the upcoming celebration is what gets me grinning.  I have organized a few different things for advent calendars in the past…. One has these teensy tiny board books that are also little ornaments with three pictures each day (this is a favourite and we pull it out year after year). Last year I made one up and divided lego kits with several new pieces each day.  This year will be different again.  I wanted to make something that would make memories, which would make us create space (and time) for holiday-ish stuff.  So, each day will have something for us to do together. I started by making up the advent pieces in My Digital Studio today.  Wanna see how them… They turned out pretty cute (if I do say so myself)…

Advent-001 Advent-002

Tomorrow I will print them out and write all of our activities (after I consult our family calendar), punch them out, and add the to our homemade advent calendar…then Bobs your Uncle I’ll be only a couple days behind….not too shabby.

I will try to update with a photo of the kiddos with the “final product”.

Stampin’ Up Supplies:
Paper: Joyful Times Designer Series Paper, Lemonade Stand DSP, and Glimmer Paper
Stamps: Days in December, Jolly Bingo Bits, Be Brave, and Lemonade Stand
Punches: Circle, Star, Modern Label



Driving through life…

Work and family commitments are in over-drive and I can’t get out of first gear! Unfortunately I do not have time for chit chat….on with the projects.

As You See It Challenge 013 this week is an exciting new challenge…

Whatever your favourite stamp set is…use it!

I used Hello There digital stamp brushes to make two projects (because that is how committed I am…oh, and it was a requirement of our design team). I used the stamps, paper, and embellishments to make my first digital card, and a 12×12 page.



So, what’s your favourite stamp set?


I am right in the thick of designing and creating Christmas cards. I am pleased to report that they are easier this year than last. Maybe its the stamps, maybe its my practice, maybe I’ve found my style, maybe I’ve got some creative mojo happening. Whatever it is…I like it 🙂
The As You See It sketch challenge #12 was my inspiration for this Christmas card.


I stuck really closely to the sketch this week.  Here’s my take ->


I kept the elements all really simple but they all go together so nicely I think.

Did I mention Blog Candy?!? Yep, play along with tis weeks sketch and you could win the Pop and Place Tags!
Create a project, upload it (pinterest or splitcoast or Facebook or a blog) and then add your project link to the As You See It site. Easy peasy lemon squeezey – you’re entered to win! Good Luck! Small print: you must reside in North America to win.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Merry Little Christmas, Endless Wishes
Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Paper: Whisper White and Early Espresso cardstock, Champagne Glimmer paper
Accessories: Season of Style Washi tape, Pearls

I Won @!

All this digital designing has payed off! I was chosen as one of the winners for Digital Scrapbook Days!  After I downloaded the Nobody’s Business Kit I got to work using the pieces on a project and uploaded it to  I am so excited that my project was chosen as a winner!  Now I have $20 in free digital downloads….to fuel the digital scrapbooking fire 🙂

My Project 45-001

It was my sweet winter page that I was working on this past weekend that won…

Check out my project and the other winners at 

As You See It Colour Challenge

Truly, the colours for the As You See It Challenge this week are NOT my colours…. I’m not much of a pastel person whatsoever.


But I managed to pull off a pastel scrapbook page. In fact it is a scrapbook page with my BOYS on it. I am impressed. I have stretched beyond my usual creative ground, that makes today a good day 🙂

My Project 49-001

Ok, so perhaps this particular page does not jive with the current season. I opted to go with an Easter theme for these pastel colours.

I actually started with a designer template in My Digital Studio. The Special Delivery Subtle Kit already had the paper, embellishments, photo boxes, text boxes and a title all ready for me.  Here is the template I chose ->

My Project 50-001

Then I just made it my own, by recolouring some of the paper and embellishments and adding a title that fit with my photos.  It came together VERY quickly.

Anyhoo….it goes to show that if I can use these colours, then ANYBODY can. Hope you play along with us at As You See It.