Birthday fun – Part 1

My youngest daughter celebrated her third birthday last week so I was busy getting crafty!  In fact, I have so many fun projects to share with you that I thought I would put them into two posts!

When I asked G what kind of cake she would like, she was quick to answer – NEMO!  Now, I was pretty sure that meant a cake decorated with Nemo (as opposed to a fish cake ;)), but you never can tell with three year-olds! ;)  So, I decided to tackle my first ever underwater-themed layer cake and hope for the best.

This cake was completely decorated with modeling chocolate, and given that it was my first attempt at cake decorating, I think it turned out pretty well! It was also a lot of fun to have both of my girls and my hubby help out with the decorations. Modelling chocolate is so easy to work with!

Next up was a project a little more in my comfort zone – an interactive card!

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I recently saw a tutorial for this pop-up box card on Splitcoast Stampers, although I did decide to change up the dimensions a bit.  I thought this was a fun way to show off a few of these cute stamps from Whimsie Doodles Shellabration set, and would be a great way to keep the Nemo theme without having Disney knocking on my door! ;)

The only thing I don;t love about this card is that there are not many great places to write a message to the recipient.  This time, I decided to use the front panels in the “closed” version…

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…but I think next time I will include a pull tab feature instead – stay tuned…I sense a new tutorial on the horizon!

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All in all, I really love the way it turned out, and the best part has been the fun that G has had with the card so far!

Well, that’s it for part one!  I have a bunch more project from the party to share tomorrow, all inspired by and pulled together with awesome ribbons from May Arts! I hope you will pop back for some more party fun!  Thanks for stopping by!

Card-fishThis card has been entered into Whimsie Doodles challenge – Seeing Spots! (bubbles count, right?) 

Time for some thank-yous!

The start of the new year always means “thank-yous” for me!  As a teacher, I always have generous families that share Christmas greetings with me, and we always have family here at home that spoil our girls rotten! So I always like to take a bit of time to say “thank-you” to those who thought of us during the season.  So get ready for a few days of “thank-you” projects!

First up are some fun hot chocolate thank-you cups!

Snowman-Cocoa-2I managed to find these cute cups, complete with a mini whisk at my local drug store just before the holidays.  Now, while they were cute on their own, I decided to spruce them up a bit by adding a stamped image on the inside.  When I saw this darling one at Whimsie Doodles called Snowman Cocoa, I knew it was a perfect fit!

Snowman-Cocoa-3I coloured the snowmen up with my Copics to match the red and green themed wrapping that was already inside the cup, and added a bit of Stickles around the edges of the snowmen for a bit of sparkle and dimension.  I played with the colour combinations on each snowman to add a bit of variety, and well, to have a bit more fun (I’m not sure I have ever coloured a stamped image the same way twice).  Although the cups were certainly cute to begin with, I think the coloured digi really makes this a fun way to say thank-you this season!

Well, that’s it for me today!  I hope your new year is off to an amazing start!  Thanks for taking a moment to stop by!

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This project has been entered into the Whimsie Doodle Monthly Challenge for December, inspired by this darling image:

Getting caught up…

It seems that as the months pass, I not only look in wonder as my kids grow up so fast, but I also wonder how it possible to be this far behind in my scrapbooking when the girls as still so little!  :)   So, this month, I am at least going to try to get caught up with Christmas layouts – starting today!

Paper-Princess-FullThese were some pictures of my youngest two years ago!  She was so intent on ripping every piece of wrapping paper into the smallest bits she could.  Even with everything else going on, she was totally focused on this task!  And she was good at it too!

This 12×12 layout was one I created with Doodlebug‘s Home for the Holidays collection.  You know I love Doodlebug – the bold, bright colours and clean, crisp patterns are so easy to work with.  All the shapes were either cut with a paper cutter or with my trusty scissors.  There are a lot of fun shapes to fussy cut in the paper line, so I was in heaven as I cut out those snowflakes.  And the holly at the top was just drawn freehand and cut out –  with a few super cute Doodlebug Mini Pearls for a fun pop!

Oh, and it really wouldn’t be a finished ScrappyCanuck layout without a little hidden something!  :) Take a look:

Paper-Princess-openOne of the photos lifts up to reveal some hidden journaling!  I love this technique because it is easy to create (if you ca fold a card, you can handle this too), and it leave a little something hidden for the girls to find when they get older – something for their eyes only (well, and all of yours! ;))

Well, that’sit for me today! Thanks for stopping by!

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!  I took a bit of a break from the blog over the holidays, but I am back with a fun post to start my second term on the Trendy Twine Design team. That’s right, Lesley kept me on for a second term and I am tickled pink…and green and white actually!  Today I get to share my new favourite twine colour – Watermelon Taffy!  It’s a combination of pink, green and white – and with my two little gals, I know that this is going to end up on so many projects.  But for now, let me show you the first one:

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This little project is a gift card holder!  Created with some Echo Park Springtime paper (I know, a bit ironic), the top white part of the mitten actually pulls out to reveal a coffee card from my Canadian favourite – Tim Hortons!

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I love this picture because it really shows off the cute colours in this twine!

The design is really simple – just make sure you make your mitten wide and long enough to store the card, cut two, and adhere only around the edges!  I swear, it is almost that easy! ;)

I added a little tag with a message, but you could easily include a stamped image, or even a spot for a personal message!

So come on over to Trendy Twine this month and join us for the challenge!  You don’t even need TT to enter!

Thanks for stopping by and see you soon!