Thursday, November 7, 2013

Trick or Treat!

Hello!  And Belated Happy Halloween!

Rejean and I were invited to an awesome Halloween party this year.  It was held by the parents of one of the children I teach Sunday School.  And can I just was SOO fun!  There was great fellowship, incredible food, and even hayrides for the children to go trick or treating!  

We picked up some yummy cupcakes to bring along with us.

Ahem...please ignore my messy table. ;)

Aren't they cute?  Love the colors!  (Sam's Club always has the best stuff!)

I also made some cute (and simple!) treat bags for the children.  I created the toppers using the "Simply Charmed" Cricut Cartridge.  The sentiment is from the My Pink Stamper set called "Spooky Puns".

In other news...

Rejean and I have a new addition to our family!  We weren't planning on adding to our family quite so quickly, but the right girl just happened to come along.  And she is a DOLL!  We adore her already.

Muffin and Bailey didn't quite know what to think of her at first.  I guess she must seem as big as a horse to them. haha!

Here she is helping me scrapbook. :)

Her name is Lulu and she's 3 years old.  We got her from Old English Sheepdog Rescue Network of the Southeast.  I'm sure you'll be seeing many, many more pictures (and layouts!) of her to come.  

 I'll end this post with some VERY good news - tomorrow is FRIDAY!!! 

Friday, October 4, 2013

Bee a Blessing!


I'm back today with a LAYOUT to share!  Can you believe it?  Neither can I! :)  

I have to admit, I had SO much fun creating these pages.   For over a year now, I've been teaching Sunday School. This year I'm teaching grades 3 and 4.  And I have to say I love these children so much!  They are all so special to me.  

In our class, I started a little program called "Bee a Blessing".  I came across some tiny bee incentive charts, and then bought some bee stickers to put on them.  So, each week the children tell me ways they have been a blessing to someone else.  After each child finishes his/her chart, their name goes in to a drawing for a little prize (usually some cute erasers).  They love it.  And I love that it's helping to teach them the importance of serving others.

So here is my layout.  Out of respect to the parents of the children I teach, I took pictures of my layout before adding the photos.  I'm going to ask the children to fill in ways they have been a blessing (on the banners on page one).  I think having their own
handwriting will make this layout all the more special.  I'm sure I'll treasure it years from now.

The entire layout 

Page 1

The hexagon background is an overlay from the Close to My Heart Artbooking cartridge.  I just cut off the edges.  Also, because I wanted the hexagons in different colors, I traced each one out by hand and then fussy cut them just slightly bigger than the spaces.  So, they actually lay on top of the spaces in the  overlay.  That way no white shows.

 Page 2

And finally, a close up of the bee hive.  I used a Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder to give it some texture.

Most pieces were outlined using either Bic Mark-it markers, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Markers, or Copics.  Outlining your diecuts gives them a bit of shading and dimension.  I just love that little extra pop it gives.

Oh, and all the pretty glitter - courtesy of my new Wink of Stella pens.  These are AWESOME and come in lots of great colors (including clear!).  The thing I like most about them is that unlike Stickles, the glitter takes no time at all to dry.  I highly recommend them!

Back soon with more new projects!  I have some Lawn Fawn stamps (my new addiction!), that I can't wait to use! 

Have a great weekend! xo

Saturday, September 21, 2013


Hi Everyone!

Wow, it's been a long time!!  But here I am!  It was a busy summer.  We had a wonderful trip home (to Canada) to visit our family.  It was so nice to see everyone.  And I got to spend some time with my favorite person in the entire sweet Nana.  

My Nana lived with my family when I was growing up and she helped raise me.  To this day, she calls me her little doll.  We've always been very close.

What else?  Well, I mentioned this briefly before - but in May I had a dream come true!  Rejean (my husband) took me to Walt Disney World.  I'll be honest and say that we only lasted there about three hours.  It was HOT and we got lost more than a few times.  But it was still very special.  I got a Mickey ice cream which cost a gazillion dollars (well almost! LOL ) and tried on a few silly hats just for fun.

And we managed to get our picture taken with two of the CUTEST critters!

And guess what?  I've been working on something colorful, fun and NEW!  Want a sneak peek?

Bright colors just make me happy.  I bought the latest Close to My Heart Cricut cartridge called Artbooking.  It has TONS of wonderful images on it, including this overlay. (more details when my project is finished).

I also found some really great new products that I'll be using.   In fact, today I did a little shopping.  Paper was on sale, and so I came home with these two pretty patterns.  Aren't they adorable?  I love the rainbows and already have plans for both!

Okay, this is getting long so I'll be back again very, very soon.  In the meantime,  I'd love to hear your thoughts about Project Life. I'm really tempted to try it, but am not sure if I'll like it as much as the traditional style of scrapbooking.  Convince me! :)

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Card to share

Well, I went to a crop this weekend but I'm afraid I did more chatting than I did cropping.  :)  But, I did have a lot of fun and managed to get one card done and some other projects planned.

This card for the Summer Card Camp class that I am taking over at .  So far I am loving it.  All kinds of wonderful inspiration - both from the instructors as well as the other class participants.  It's so great when we can all learn from one another.

Okay, so here is my card.  I hope you like it. :)  I plan to do others based on other techniques we're being taught.  Hopefully this week I'll get the chance to create more.

The sentiment is by (of course - my favorite!) My Pink Stamper.  The blue background for the title is from the Cricut Artiste Cartridge (which I inked using Tim Holtz Distress ink called Peacock Feathers).  

Thanks for stopping by!  xo

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A quick hello!

Hi Everyone! 

Wow, it has been a LONG time!  Did you guys think I'd fallen off the face of the earth? lol  It's been a busy summer so far.  Hubby and I went to Orlando for about a week in May and now we're getting ready for an upcoming trip to Canada to visit our families.  We can't wait to see everyone!

But in the meantime...I wanted to tell you about something I'm participating in because I thought some of you might enjoy it as well.  It's called Summer Card Camp 2.  It's an online class and so far, I'm learning SO much!!  And it's only Day 2! The projects, videos and instructors are awesome!  And there are other card classes there as well - many of them are self paced so it's great for those with a busy schedule.

I have to admit, part of me decided to take this class because I feel like I've been in a creative rut lately. Have you ever felt that way?  You want to create something, but find yourself just staring at your supplies?  Well, I've decided to do something about it...get that creative mojo back! :)

So, in keeping with that, I'll be sharing some of my cards that I make for the challenges.  I'm also planning on getting back into actually scrapbooking.  So, I'm sure I'll have some layouts to share as well.

Wish me luck!  And here is the link to the online card classes in case any of you might be interested. One of the instructors is Jennifer McGuire.  I'm just amazed by her talent and have been a huge fan of hers for quite some time. 

I'll be back soon! :)

Monday, April 15, 2013

All occasion cards


Big news! I actually created something! :)  For the last two weekends, I attended crops with friends and  I managed to create an all occasion card. (I know that doesn't sound like a lot but I'm a slooow crafter! :)

Here is a card I made using an older Technique Tuesday stamp set called "Thanks for Everything". 

 I also used some Cricut cuts for the flowers and leaves. 

I also bought this stamp set and dies to match from Simon Says Stamp.  I can't wait to make some fun projects with them!  

Have a great week! 
Shelley xo

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Blast from the Past. :)

While I'm working on some new projects, I thought I'd post an older layout (in case some of you might be looking for some Easter page inspiration and haven't seen this one yet).  

On it, I used a number of My Pink Stamper stamp sets as well as the Disney Classics Cricut cartridge.  Isn't Thumper CUTE?!  I hope you like it.  

See you soon with some more NEW projects! :)

(click on any picture for a larger image)

Monday, March 18, 2013

Scrapbook Page

It's been a wonderful and crazy busy month so far!  My parents (from Canada) came for a visit!  They stayed a week with us and it was SO nice to see them!!  We also got to celebrate my birthday together so that made it extra special.

I have a super simple scrapbook page to share with you today.  I like it because of that very reason.  Scrapbooking is about documenting our memories...not about creating the "perfect" pages.  I think I need to remember that more and not put so much pressure on myself.  Scrapbooking should be FUN!

The turtle is from the Life's a Beach Cricut cartridge.  The journaling block is a Technique Tuesday stamp (which would work perfectly for Project Life as well).

Have a wonderful week! :)

Friday, February 15, 2013

Belated Happy Valentine's Day!

Hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day!  Ours was pretty quiet.  I told Rejean I did not want a big deal made about it (especially since both his and my birthday are within the next few weeks).  But, he did come home from work with this.  

Isn't it pretty?  I'd never had a cookie cake before.  It's so yummy!!  I might have to start dropping hints now if I want another for my birthday. :)

Last weekend, the kiddies in my Sunday School class made some fun little projects.  I found the CUTEST idea on Pinterest (don't you just love that place?  I sure do!).  Anyway, a bouquet of flowers.  But, instead of actual flowers in the clay pot, you put suckers!  

I painted the clay pots - one pink for the girls and one blue for the boys.  I also bought some styrofoam for inside and a HUGE bag of Dum Dum Pops.  I showed them the picture so they knew the general idea.  Then, I  let them create their own masterpiece.

This is what they came up with:

I think the boys ate more of the suckers than they actually put in their pot.  But that's okay.  They had a ball and that's the main thing!

They also used their "Be(e) a blessing stickers to decorate.  Each Sunday, we have a time where each child can share how he/she was kind to another person during the week.  And if they were, they get a little bee sticker.  They love it - and I love that it encourages them to serve others.

And finally, we made some Valentine cards.   The children are in grades 2 and 3 and we only had an hour to get everything finished, so I keep the design pretty simple.  But the patterned papers were double sided, so that allowed them to "customize" each of their cards a bit.

The frog is from the Create a Critter 2 cartridge and the stamp is from My Pink Stamper.

And one confession before I go...I've officially jumped onto the Washi Tape bandwagon.

Aren't they fun?! I have a bit of a cloud obsession right now, those are my favorite.  Can't wait to play with them!  So, look for some projects soon featuring these pretties! :) 

Have a fabulous weekend!! xo

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Butterfly Card

It's been awhile since I posted, so I thought I'd say hello today and share a very special card I made.  

But was your Christmas??  Ours was really nice.  We even bought a new artificial tree this year.   It was kind of a necessity.  Our old one was starting to look more like a Charlie Brown tree.  :)

Here it is - I just love the beautiful lights!  And the best part?  We bought it at Michael's and when we went to pay, it was half off!! 

So, all in all, it was a lovely Christmas.  Our church had a beautiful Christmas Eve candlelight service.  We have this tradition where they give each one of us a candle.  Then, we each take turns lighting each other's.  Once all of them are illuminated, we sing Silent Night.  It's such a special time and I look forward to it every year. 

I also applied for a job as one of Santa's reindeer.  Sadly, I didn't get the job.

Then in January, the "Annie" production came to our city.  So, a dear friend and I decided to go.   Actually, she's more like family to me.  We had a GREAT time!  The cast was incredible and the theatre was amazingly beautiful. We're already planning on going to another show just as soon as we can.

Also in January, we had some pretty nasty thunderstorms with the threat of tornadoes.  Where I was born and raised in Canada, we didn't deal with tornadoes or even the threat of it.  So, although I've lived in Georgia for many years now, I still have a fear of them.  In fact, I'm teased relentlessly about my phobia. :)  Anyway, I heard one time that you should always protect your head in a tornado.  And since I didn't have a helmet, I decided I needed to take matters into my own hands. 

So, how do you like my bowl?  It's very fashion forward don't you think? I thought it was the perfect accessory to go along with my pink pjs.  LOL 

After that, hubby and I came down with that nasty bug that's been going around.  It lasted two weeks and was awful.  That'll teach me for not getting my flu shot!  Thankfully, we're both feeling a lot better now.

And now on to the most important part..a friend of mine that I scrapbook with, brought this to our attention.

There is a very special girl named Cassie who is turning 16 on March 6th.  Cassie has a condition called EB or Epidermolysis Bullosa.  All she wants for her birthday is to receive birthday cards.  She has requested  $1 in each card so that she may donate it to the Butterfly Foundation - which funds research into finding a cure. 

You can find her story here:

 I am amazed by this young girl's strength and her wanting to do something so selfless for others.   And since I spent a lot of time in hospitals as a child, this was something that truly touched my heart.  So, I made this card for her.  I hope she likes it.  The butterfly is something I received from a local Cricut swap.

If you would like to participate in this wonderful project too, please send a card (home made or not, I'm sure it doesn't matter) with $1 enclosed to:

Cassie England
13776 Broad Court
Baton Rouge, LA  70810

And I'm sure both her and her family would appreciate your prayers.   Thanks everyone! xo

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