>Ben’s birthday card – Carte de fête de Benoit


This is the card I made for my brother. It’s his birthday today but he received the card yesterday.
Cette carte a été faite pour mon frère. C’est sa fête aujourd’hui mais il l’a reçue hier.
Sometimes, when I want to make a card and I don’t have an idea, I look for a sketch or colour combination to get me started. Well, for this one, I did both. The colour combination is from the Color Throwdown challenge #106: soft sky, chocolate chip, kraft and certainly celery. I added white and silver brads but the rest is that exact combination. The sketch I used is from Friday Sketchers #116.
Parfois, quand je veux faire une carte et que je n’ai pas d’idée, je cherche un modèle ou une combinaison de couleurs pour m’aider à commencer. Et bien, pour celle-ci, j’ai fait les deux. La combinaison de couleurs vient du défi #106 de Color Throwdown: doux ciel, pépite de chocolat, brune dune et certainement céleri. J’ai ajouté du blancc et les attaches parisiennes argentées mais le reste est exactement la bonne combinaison. Le modèle dont je me suis servi est le #116 de Friday Sketchers.
All supplies (except for the brads) are from Stampin’ Up!
Toutes les fournitures (à l’exception des attaches parisiennes) sont de Stampin’ Up!
What is your trick when you don’t know how to start a project?
Quel est votre truc lorsque vous ne savez pas comment commencer un projet?

>Shaved head scrapbook page – Page scrapbooking tête rasée


I can’t believe that this is only my second scrapbooking page this year (the first one was back in January!) At the beginning of the year, one of my goals was to scrapbook more. So, to achieve this goal, I will be doing at least one page per month until the end of the year. And I will mostly be using photos that are already printed.
J’ai peine à croire que ceci n’est que ma deuxième page de scrapbooking cette année (la première était en Janvier!) Au début de l’année, un de mes buts était de scrapbooker plus. Alors, pour atteindre ce but, je ferai au moins une page par mois jusqu’à la fin de l’année. Et j’utiliserai surtout des photos déjà imprimées.
 This page is about an event that took place in June of 2007. I had raised money for Leucan and was participating in their Shaved Heads challenge. I had wanted to do that for a long time and that year was the right time to do it. Especially since I knew someone who had a very sick granddaughter at the time. In fact, the big white block is an envelop in which are letters and a photo from that person and her family. It was a very emotional experience for me and I was happy to be surrounded by my friends, my family and even some of my students.
Cette page est à propos d’un événement qui a eu lieu en Juin 2007. J’avais amassé des fonds pour Leucan et je participais à leur défi Têtes Rasées. Il y avait longtemps que je voulais le faire mais cette année-là était le bon moment pour le faire. Surtout que je connaissais quelqu’un qui avait une petite fille très malade à l’époque. Justement, le grand morceau blanc est une enveloppe dans laquelle se trouvent des lettres et une photo de cette personne et sa famille. Ce fut une expérience très émotionelle pour moi et j’étais heureuse d’être entourée de mes amies, ma famille et même quelques-uns de mes élèves.
For this layout, I used Stampin’ Up! cardstock in Real Red, Basic Black and Whisper White as well as patterned paper from The Write Stuff Specialty DSP. The alphabet stamps are from a discount store, I believe and the brads are American Crafts.
Pour cette mise en page, j’ai utilisé les produits Stampin’ Up! suivant: carton en Rouge-rouge, Noir nu et Murmure blanc ainsi que du papier à motif de la trousse Pages d’écritures Spécialités. Les étampes d’alphabet proviennet d’un magasin à rabais, je crois et les attaches parisiennes sont d’American Crafts. 

>CeeCee’s Colour Challenge #4

I decided to play again for this round. Stamps, flowers and grey/green cardstock from Stampin’ Up! The rest is from my stash. It’s simple. Now I just need to find an envelop to use with it!


>CeeCee’s Colour Challenge

>My friend Catherine (also known as CeeCee) has issued a colour challenge on her blog. This is her third one and I decided to participate in this one.

I don’t have the Stampin’ Up! colours so I improvised with what I had on hand. I did use a stamp and a rub-on from SU! though! The stamp says: Always on my mind – forever in my heart. Pretty, no?

The card is pretty simple but I like it.


>Chaque fleur…

>I’m signed up on quite a few swaps these days over at ATCSforALL. So that means, working on art for other people. Of course the Daily Art Cards are made for me but it’s still not “creating for the sake of creating.” So last night, while talking and hanging out with mom, I decided to make a card. All papers, stamps and ribbon are Stampin’ Up! Brads are from my mom’s stash. What do you think? The saying goes: Every flower is a smile from nature. Works for any occasion! I’m hoping to make a few cards to maybe sell. One of my co-workers bought a card from me friday and said she might want some more. Fun!

I’ve been doing a lot of extra hours at work these past weeks. Makes me happy because it means more money! I’m going in again tomorrow morning for one hour so one of my coworkers can get some rest. I have no kids and no man in my life so I get plenty of rest! Ha! Now I’m gonna go work on my first pages for a chunky book swap!

art, challenge


>Remember when I was saying that I’ve taken the No Stuff challenge? I’m really struggling right now. My favourite online shop just got some new goodies and I am SO tempted to treat myself. Maybe I will… just a little bit… I’ll keep thinking about it until the weekend.

I’ve been noticing a lot of synchronicity (or synCROWnicity as Pam puts it!) lately. I’ve been having a lot of strange dreams and I’m sure there’s a message somewhere in there. Recurring themes and images. One word that’s been coming back for the past couple of days is Renaissance. As in rebirth (and once it was as the historical period.) It was even in one of my dreams. I remember that it was written on a black board in a classroom (I’ve been dreaming a lot about being back in school lately.) It said “entre deux renaissances” which basically translates to “between two rebirths.” Hmm. Interesting. In my quest to living a greener life, I’ve had the idea to make my own net bags for fruits and veggies instead of using those flimsy plastic bags they have at the grocery store. A few days after I had that thought, JoyceAnn was talking about the same thing on her blog. Little things. Big things. Lots of synchronicity. I’m loving it.

So far this week, I’ve really been watching what I eat. Not counting calories or anything like that but I make sure to eat enough from all food groups and especially fruits and veggies. I’m doing really well. Also, today was my fourth day in a row that I’ve been walking, and not just the walk back and forth to work. At least 10 minutes each day. I’m feeling good. I’m enjoying it. Life is beautiful.

Before I go, I want to direct you to Lisa Vollrath’s upcoming countdown. And today’s image is last night’s Art Card. Made with Stampin Up! papers and Amercian Crafts rub-ons. Using up that stuff I have on hand.


>Christmas Eve

>Tonight I’m having dinner with my parents and my brother and as is our tradition, we are opening gifts together. Tomorrow, I’m going with my parents to celebrate with my mom’s side of the family. My brother isn’t going with us because he is working.

These small packages will be sent after Christmas. I stamped on the envelops with stamps from the Carte Postale set from Stampin’ Up! I love the bird and the fleur-de-lys. They are just perfect!

Merry Christmas… and watch this space in 2 posts (hopefully before the new year!)