Wednesday, February 29, 2012

11 things

OK, OK, how could I resist, when I saw this on LOU MACS blog. 
To quote her:

"A stoopy little blog hop game sorta deal."

There are five rules:
1. Post these rules.
2. Post a photo of yourself and 11 random things.
3. Answer the questions set for you in the original post.
4. Create 11 new questions and tag people to answer them.
5. Go to their blog/twitter and tell them you’ve tagged them.

Yup, this is me. Hair pulled back as I try to grown it out!! 
Taken moments before making this post. 
That my fave Winnie The Pooh housecoat! 
I always wear it! 

11 Random Things
  1. I love my family, but really like to be away from definitely need to work......not a SAHM at all (not sure what I would do if I won 50 million dollars.....probly still work)
  2. (leading off of Lou's)- when I was younger we would pour bleach on our hair to dye it. Yes a bunch of my friends and I.....not just me! 
  3. I love to have baths. LOVE hot-tubbing! 
  4. (adding to #3) I bought a bathing suit's very much winter here! LOL
  5. I hate dentists. WITH A PASSION! Hate them. The smell. The thought. The sight! BLAH! 
  6. When I was young. we had 4 channels on our TV, had to get up to change the channel & adjust volume with the turny nobs on the TV & we played Coleco. (Donkey Kong all the way)
  7. I used to be very physically active when I was younger, into every sport, basketball, volleyball, badminton, floor hockey, ringette, hockey. 
  8. Nursing School was the worst 2 yrs of my life & has completely turned me off of pursuing any further education! 
  9. I was never very artsy. It's nice to find this side to myself now. 
  10. I just had orientation to another Nursing Agency & they showed me a video called  
  11. I'm right handed but bat as a lefty!? What's up with that! 

*Lou Mac's 11 Questions*
1. What is your favourite scent?
Banana Bread
2. Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter?
Summer, hands down
3. Late night or early morning?
early mornings
4. What is the one 'people thing' that bugs you the most?
People thing? Catty W'omen. I'm a woman. I know. Therefore I know how catty we truly can be. Sometimes people just need to take a step back before they speak. Filter system people. Its' in you somewhere. Use it! 
5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
HHmmmmmm wherever there was 4 seasons. 4 definitive seasons. Not "we have a chill in the middle of winter".....I love my seasons.....but could go without living where I am right now! lol
6. Trainers or heels?
7. Are you a girly girl or a tom boy?
Tom boy
8. If you could choose any super power, what would it be?!
The power to heal. 
9. Who is your favourite Transformer?!
Don't really know anything about transformers. yes even with 3 boys in the house. Sorry! 
10. A film or a book?
Film ( & a big ol tub o 'popcorn)
11. Ocean or forest?

 Corry's Questions
1. Favorite Color & why.
2. Meaning of Happiness. 
3. What would you do with 1 million dollars?
4. Who is your hero & why.
5. Favorite crafty papers
6. On average how much do u spend on crafting goodies / month?
7. Spongebob or Family Guy
8. What are your plans for your next birthday?
9. Deodorant- spray or roll
10. How many hours a day do u spend on Facebook?
11. Pinterest- love it or hate it?!

I also tag EVERYONE!!
 If you're reading this post and fancy joining in. Go ahead - I always love to learn something new about bloggers! :)

Take Care & have fun.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Action Packed with a New Challenge blog!

Hello everyone.
Although this post is full of does not contain a card!
I know, don't be upset, but soon enough I will have some surprises for you!

My first order of business is showing you some of the newest releases from Prairie Fairy Designs.
Here's a few.........

I'm so excited about these!
Hop on over to get a closer look.
You won't be disappointed!

While you are in the hopping mood, I have a couple other places for you to check out! 

This blog- All that I am- was recently created by a girl I work with at our local hospital. She asked about my cards.....I told her about blogland and one thing led to another and BOOM........she's got a blog now. 
Her name is Gina and she makes Regalias. 
What's a Regalia, you I did when she told me.
It's a traditional Pow-Wow outfit for Aboriginal peoples. 
Such intricate work. 
Here's an example. 

I just adore the Aboriginal culture and beliefs! 
I can't wait to see Gina dance in a pow-wow, this July during Aboriginal Days. 
Pls pop over and tell her I say "hi". 


Here's we have a video about the NuCerity International business I am in, where I sell the product Skincerity. Truly amazing product with so much room to grow, all around the world. 
It is not in the UK yet, but it is getting there. This past week, the NuCerity Reps were in Austrailia and signed up 75 new distributors! 
Any other Aussie's interested, just let me know. 
Or do u just want to try some.............I can do that too! 
E-mail me your address and we can get started! 
Enjoy this says it all! 


There is a new challenge blog starting soon!
Very Soon.
March 7, to be exact!
And you know what it's about.......
.........I'll give you 3 guesses and the first 2 don't count!
This whole challenge came to fruition by the Amazing Anne!
She had a DT call, I tried out.......why? you ask, with all the other DT's I was leaving......
.....because I didn't actually think I'd get chosen, sooooooooooo
imagine my surprise when Anne's e-mail popped onto my computer!!
HOLY MAGNOLIA! I was jumping for joy.
I do miss my Maggies, since leaving Totally Tilda.
Now I'm back to them
You must head over & become a follower.
We'd love to have you!

Midweek Magnolias

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Tickled Pink Stamps Challenge FINALE!!

 It's time for the LAST Tickled Pink Stamps Challenge EVA!! 
OK, OK, so I'm a couple days late, but consider this a reminder! 
AND .......Yes, I know your wondering WHY I'm making a card for this; as I am not 'formally' a member of the DT anymore. 
Well I really wanted to play along because :
A) I love Tickled Pink Stamps
B ) I love Kellie! <3
D) I HAD to show you my fave Tickled Pink Stamp of ALL TIMES! 

For our LAST challenge we have a theme of :


I just love those Lolitas!
From 5 digis to 1 digi for 1st, 2nd & 3rd winners! 
When I saw cards made with her on other crafters' creations, it was love at first sight! I needed her something aweful. I needed her in RUBBA! So when funds allowed, I ordered her & haven't regretted it since, mind you this is the first time she has saw ink! LOL 

Colored with copics and placed on My Minds Eye paper. 
The tag sentiments are from The Crafty Sentiments Design store. They are digi and it is so great to resize them! Oh,  I could just stare at this card all day, with all the glitter all over it! LOL

Challenges for my card: 
Cute Card Thursday- winged things
Simon Says Stamp- 3 diff papers
Sketches in Thyme- open bonus challenge
Do U Stack Up- distress
Cupcake Inspirations- photo inspire (see below)

i{heart}to stamp- sketch (see below)


Friday, February 24, 2012

Butterflies & Pom-Poms

I'm BAAAAAa-ck! 
I've used her before and I absolutely love her. 
This time I've placed her on a chipboard butterfly shape. 
This is yet another shape to match the other two I've done so far, for my daughter, to hang on her wall. As you can see by the holes on each top wing......when I have completed all 5 butterflies, I will attach them and then give them to her to display on her wall. I'm going with some of my favorite stamp artists, to accomplish this. The other two butterfly shapes can be found HERE & HERE. I have two more to go! 

Ribbons are a mix of misc, RAK, & The Ribbon Carousel. Their monthly ribbon packages are DA BOMB!! So many textures and styles! I love it! 
The wee butterflies are from Dollarama. Actually they are for planters, but I've cut off the stems and attached them here! teehee! 

I had alot of fun putting this creation together! 

Challenges for my butterfly:
Saturated Canary- anything but square or rectangle
Digital Tuesday- make is sparkle
Anything goes- altered projects
Crafts & Me- shades of spring
Crafty Catz- I spy with my little eye something that starts with B
- I have butterflies & bling
Stampin for the Weekend- BINGO ( I used butterflies, lace and glitter)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Reminder...tops....success & business opportunity!

Friendly Reminder time! 

This month at the Crafty Sentiments Designs Monthly Challenge Blog the theme is LOVE IS IN THE AIR! 
Or in the water, if you were to use my card as an example! LOL 
I decided to make a shaker card with her ! Man, I haven't done one of these in AGES! 
Inside I placed some wee pink hearts. 
I also tried to create an underwater scene with the faux seaweed and pearls! 

So what are you waiting for, hop on over to the Crafty Sentiments Designs Monthly Challenge Blog & get your entry!! Go Go Go!! 

PS- don't forget about the Crafty Sentiments  Designs Weekly Challenge!

Challenges for my card:
Ribbon Carousel- colors & swirls
Crafty Cardmakers- 1 image (stamped), 2 patterened backign paper (there is a strip of blue paper going horizontally behind the image) 3 embellies including at least 1 heart (pearls, hearts, ribbon)
Cards & More- glisten and sparkle
Charisma Cardz- love is in the air
Sketch & Stash- sketch (see below)


I just had to share that I made TOP 2 at Cards Cupids.....
......where you send your cards to them so they can distribute to kids who live in shelters and such. 
If ever there was a reason for YOU to make a card.............this is definitely it!! 

I could not stop at just the one card I made. I sent 4 cards.......3 from my stash! 
Feels so good to put a smile on a childs face! ;-)


I made the daily talent spot at the Joanna Sheen Challenge with my previously posted Gillian Acetate Tent Card! YAY!! 


As many of you know, I sell Skincerity for NuCerity International. A network marketing business that is expanding my leaps and bounds!! It has only begun in my country (Canada) and we are constantly looking for people to come into the business with us. WHY?
Skincerity works.
The business is lucrative!
The people are astounding!
I just wanted to share a success story with you, that is not mine, however, when it comes to successes, we share them all LIKE they are our own?!>
Here's the link to a FB account belonging to a mom who posted pictures of her 8 yr old daughters feet. She suffers from severe eczema/psoriasis and they have tried everything........Skincerity works!
Check it out! It literally brought tears to my eyes!
(If anyone you know suffers like this, DAILY, pls introduce them to me & Skincerity)

From this:

To this after 6 weeks of using Skincerity:

Needless to say, this little girls mom is now a distributor!!



Having said all that, my blogger friends.......
 It is not yet in the UK ,but from what  my contacts on the front line say, it should not be long before they get there. All that red tape and such. However, NuCerity is ALREADY in Austrailia.
Available to start a business with and if anyone is interested...
....The 'big guys' are having a meet & greet at two places in Austrailia: (see below)


                                                                                Attracting abundance

                                                      The NuCerity Global Opportunity

You will want to ensure that your team
 & guests in Melbourne & Adelaide to 
these NuCerity opportunity events!
 They will also have the chance to meet 
these fine men from our NuCerity 
Executive Team!

Saturday, February 25
The NuCerity Opportunity
Featuring: Co-Founder & COO, DAVID DILLINGHAM 
& NuCerity Scientific Advisor, DR. ANOOP CHATURVEDI
Time: 7:00 - 10:00pm
Venue: Rendezvous Hotel, 328 Flinders Street, Melbourne, Australia

Sunday, February 26
The NuCerity Opportunity
Featuring: Co-Founder & COO, DAVID DILLINGHAM
Time: 4:30 - 7:30pm
Venue: Enfield Community Center, 540 Regency Road, Adelaide, Australia""

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Acetate Tent Card Tutorial!

Hello Fairy fans. This is my first EVA " FAIRY TUTORIAL " as head of the New Tutorial Team! 
How exciting! 
Now, many of you may have already seen this tent card at the Fairy Fun Friday challenge blog last week as a mid-week reminder. I know your thinking "tent card, yay, how original 'rolling eyes'..." but what makes my tent card so special is that it does not have an image suspended, rather it has acetate behind it!
Interesting, I know! 

If you want to find out more about my little bitty creation here, you must hop over to the Prairie Fairy Stamps Blog for all the deets! 

Here's a skip to the end for you! 
I know I tease! 

Tenth step- you complete your card & voila! DONE! 

This is a pic of the back of the tent card. 

I hope you enjoyed my take on the tent card today! 
Thanks for stopping by and hopping along! 

Take Care. 

Challenges for my card: 
Digital Tuesdays - make is sparkle
By the Cute & Girly- love is in the air
Crafters Companion- anything goes
Joanna Sheen- love is in the air


Go Check it out! 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Crafty Sentiments Designs & LIIU with some copic talk!

Hello  my blogger friends! I'm here with a little Crafty Sentiments Designs Sneak Peek.....ok, maybe not such a sneak anymore as these stamps are now available at the Crafty Sentiments Designs Store.  They have been available since the Creative Crafts Show held Feb 9-11 !! 

**********Also, thought I'd REMIND you of the MONTHLY Let's Ink It Up Challenge going on where the theme is Ribbon &/or Lace! (Remember to use a RUBBER STAMP ONLY) 
(go check it out)**********

This little sweetheart stamp is Shepard Annabel! 
I have colored her with copics and Pinked her to the max, with some pink leaves from Really Reasonable Ribbons, pink papers & cardstock courtesy of Micheals and a couple pink flowers. The one with the gem center is actually recycled off a card from a friend. 
Oh and I added some WOC lace, a wee flower  charm and some liquid pearls in yup, you guess it ....PINK! 

Oh, let's not forget about that glitter! 

Now I know I've intrigued you enough to head on over to the  Crafty Sentiments Designs Store and check out the rest of the Easter Collection. 


Now let's talk some Copics. 
I mentioned the other day that I purchased some more! 
I have yet to find a better deal then OOZAK! 
As a returning customer.....prices are as follows: 
...............Copic Ciaos are $3.41 US
...........and Copic Sketch are $4.99 US
Shipping ends up being like $25.00......THEN THEY REFUND ME HALF! 

I watch for sales that pop into my Inbox and think ......."oooo a sale on Copics.....", but nothing has compared to these prices! They are shipped the next day. They keep me posted on what the status of my order is. 
The whole process  is as smooth as a copic nib!! 

I {heart| this place. 
If you ever go there.......tell them I sent ya! 
Maybe I'll get a gift certificate or something! LOL 


Challenges for my card: 
All sorts- Anything goes
Stamptacular Sunday- charm me
Really Reasonable Ribbons - Pink & Brown
Crafty Emma's- spots & dots
Hiding in my Craft Room- glitter

Friday, February 17, 2012

Some Sugar & Some Sass!

Holy Wow! It has been a long time since I played in the Sugar Bowl sketch
I whipped this one up the other night. 
The theme is love & it is optional........(can I get away with the fact that my daughter loves school).....and this is Kiki's sketch. 


And here is my interpretation. 
Love all the layers. 
I used my school paper and used Book Club from Simply Sassy Stamps available at Funky Kits! 
 Did some embossing. And added very few embellies. 
What's wrong with me, I KNOW!! 
She is colored with copics. 
GAWD I need to get more!! LOL (ps- order just placed today, don't tell hubby)

In the pic below you can see my tag....I used some of my scrapbooking stickers on it. And a wee happy face hand charm from the lovely Kimberley. 

Thanks for stopping by today. Before you go, here's one last pic of my 3 kids. My daughter Hannah made an airplane for my 4 yr old son to take to preschool and they were all coloring it this morning!

Have a great day! 

Challenges for my card: 
SugarBowl Sketch- Kiki's sketch (see above)
365 cards- paperclipped
The Outlawz- Thursdays Twist- Lots of layers (Man, I haven't played with the Outlawz in a long time too! )
Card Cupids Challenge - Feb Challenge- motivational card 
(after making this card & thinking I would keep it, I have decided to ship it off to Card Cupids for them to send to kids in Homeless Shelters in the surrounding area)............what a wonderful idea! TY! 
Card Cupids
C/O Stephanie
13203 Overcup Oak Court, Apt 201
Herndon, VA 20171
(as a bonus you will recieve 9 feet of twine when you send off your card)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

"Shush", Candy, Tutorial, Custom digi, A picture & a Video

For those of you who pay attention, when I was on the SOG DT.....we had a  Birthday Celebration and part of that celebration was the release of some "SHUSH" stamps. 
Yes, "SHUSH" stamps! Why that name?
Well cuz no one knew what they were going to be. NOT EVEN US! Until these clear stamp sets arrived at our mailboxes!! How fun is that! Usually we (as the DT) would have gotten a sneak of the new rubba coming out, but not that time!! OMG!! It was so exciting to open them up and start inking them up!!
So Kristy posted our creations as inspiration at the Some Odd Girl site, but I never got around to blogging them!!! I'm so bad!! So I thought I'd share one with you today.
Meet Cupcake Mae!
I just love the way she is standing, so innocently, holding that candle! 

These papers are from Dollarama, I got a very long time ago! I figured a monotone feel would be great for this stamp set! With a touch of class....i I stickled her dress to the max! And added some crystal effects to the cherry on ther head! 

My completed inside with the candles from the Birthday Mae clear stamp set!
Ingenious,  I know! LOL

Challenges for my card: 
Oldie but a Goodie-  Lace- Paper is over 1 yr old
Use it Tuesday- birthday (hoarded supply- paper)
Bunny Zoes- celebrations

This completes the SHUSH portion of my title! 



Tracy Payne has some pre-scored envelopes up for grabs over at her blog! You simply must check these out for those of you who make cards that are over the edge and a bit bulky at times. 



Over at the Prairie Fairy Stamps Blog, we have another fantastic tutorial lined up by Kelly! 
You must head on over to check it out! 
As well as to find out who the newest member of our tutorial team is! 


Now for the Custom Digi portion of my title! 
Krista Smith (of Saturated Canary and Simply Sassy  Stamps), is offering up a custom made digi to 10 lucky people . Hop on over to THIS POST and find out all the deets.
 Basically, she will pick 10 people from her comments & recreate their vision of a digital stamp for her March release.
 There are multiple ways to enter into this draw, so head on over to check it out! 
Contest stays open until Sunday Feb 19, 2012!! 


Hello, this is me, working hard or should I say hardly working; in Deloraine Manitoba. One of my agency nursing stints! 

And these are my boys. Future Canadian Idols! 


Hope you all got spoiled yesterday for Valentines Day! 

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Pretty Little Stamps

Lookie what I have here.
A card just for fun!
And with an image of a "pretty little stamp" called Loveable Avie from (you guessed it) Pretty Little Stamps (formerly Gurlee Girl Stamps). I have been wanting to get my hands on some of Chelsea's rubber for some time, but funds and time never allowed, so when I saw that she is going digital.....I HAD to jump on it , then & there!! I was so excited to see these cute little angels.
I've colored her with copics. And added my plethora of embellies! LOL

These papers are form 3 different paper packs I think !
Lace is from WOC.
 I've added a little bit of Tim Holtz filmstrip and fuschia seam binding with a pearl brad center. 
The sentiment is from JUSTWORDZ!  

Challenges for my card:
Little Miss Muffet Challenge-Valentines or love
CES Challenge- lots of layers (3 or more)
Make it Colorful- spring colors
Color Me Creative- colors of love 
Crafty Your Days Away- get stitchy with it
CLP Sketch Challenge- see below (I totally flipped it upside down)

PS- if your still here, I just wanted to update you on a post I did a while back about a girl named Darah fighting to beat osteosarcoma.....SEE THIS POST......

Here is what her mom wrote on the 'A Day for Darah' Facebook page

UPDATE: Darah flew out to Vancouver on January 23rd to

 undergo some scans of her leg and lungs prior to surgery.

 We are ecstatic that the CT of her lungs remains clear since 

December 16th. The chemotherapy has been working well 

and has contributed significantly to the shrinkage in the very 

large tumor she had in her thigh muscle and connective 

tissue which measured 20 cm x 8 cm x 9 cm. ALthough the 

tumor had reduced in size, it still needed to be completely 

taken out to minimize the chance of the aggressive cancer 

coming back again. Because of the size of it and the amount

 of tissue and bone that was affected, Darah was told she 

would possibly lose her entire left leg at the hip. Dr. Ken 

Brown, who is the best surgeon in Canada and some say, 

best in the world for this type of tumor removal, had told us

 that he was going to try his best to salvage the bottom 

healthy portion f her leg with a very rare surgical procedure 

called a Van Nes Rotationplasty (only 12 performed a year in 

North America). He also mentioned that it would be very 

challenging and complicated and not without many risks. 

After 16 hours of surgery on January 31st, Darah came out 

of the operating room able to feel her toes wiggle. She was 

very happy they were able to salvage the bottom portion of 

her leg with the rotationplasty. This will allow her to play 

sports again whereby her ankle joint will be her new knee 

joint and she will only require a below-the-knee prosthetic 

rather than a full leg prosthetic. Darah is recovering well and 

after only 6 days post surgery, and to the delight of the 

surgeon, Darah is tolerating physiotherapy very well and 

able to stand and walk a few steps at a time. We will be in 

Vancouver for atleast another 2 weeks to undergo 

chemotherapy and to ensure she is fit to fly before we 

return home. ALthough Darah has had the tumor removed

 from her leg and the ones from her lungs appear to be 

gone, she still must undergo chemotherapy and radiation 

until mid July 2012 to ensure every cancer cell is eliminated.

We will also likely have to return to Vancouver a few more 

times in the next 6 months for further specialized therapy 

and prosthesis fittings. We just want to thank each and 

every one of you for the continued support through the past

 8 months and we will keep on fighting and each day will get 

closer to Darah being cancer-free and active again. We love 

and thank you all. xoxo Dana, Darah and Family.

Thank you, to those of you who sent cards and monetary donations I really appreciate it. If 

anyone else wants to send some well wishes cards, pls feel free to mail them to me at 

Corry Smyrski

Box 1357

Pine Falls, Manitoba


R0E 1M0

Also, just to update you further Darah is up and walking with the aid of crutches and a wheelchair. The prostethics will come in time. She still has to undergo a few more weeks of chemo before she heads home! Definitely makes you stop and think............what's important in life! 
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