Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Oh, the Life of a Lion

'Lion Around'
{Jasmine Labombard}
In our small town in Southwestern, Ontario we are lucky enough to have a small, intimate zoo.  It doesn't have all of the attraction that a 'big city' zoo would have, but, like they say, sometimes less is more.  On this particular day we were there right at opening, before the lions had awaken for their day of hard work.  {which, funny enough, looked a lot like this}  They did stand up a couple of times for a stretch, to roar or just to find a more desirable spot in the sun.  All in all it was a fantastic day at the zoo!

{Product Used:}
Prima - Say it with Pearls
My Mind's Eye - Lost&Found
My Mind's Eye - Lost&Found Two
Tim Holtz- Distress Ink {Walnut Stain}
Unity Stamp - Distressed Dots
Thickers - Jewelry Box {Chestnut}
Tattered Angels - Glimmer Mist {on Thickers}

Great Days,

For those of you located around Guelph, Ontario, Canada there will be a fantastic CROP taking place for a wonderful cause!  CROP FOR CUBA will be happening Saturday, November 05, 2011 from 9am - 12:00am November 06, 2011. For more information, or to register, please go Crop for Cuba.
All proceeds go to Guelph's Lakeside Church Mission Projects in Cuba.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Oh the Hats

As I have said, every year for my birthday I get together with my grandparents.
This year we decided to do a tea party, complete with hats.
Now I thought that they would be none-too-excited about this, but it turned
out to be quite the opposite.

{Jasmine Labombard}
{sorry for the blurry scan- but those flowers do look pretty good}
Flowers Close-Up
{not quite as blurry}
Ma and I created all of the hats, so they didn't have to fret about that,
but they did fret {ALOT} about what they would wear, if it would match {their hat},
should they wear gloves {my one grandmother found her mother-in-law's old gloves},
how much jewelry and so on.  All that Ma and I could do was chuckle, shake our heads and say 'this is going to be interesting'.  It turned out to be quite enjoyable {I highly reccommend hosting a tea}. 
We are actually thinking of doing a Christmas Cookie Exchange Tea.

Thanks for looking,
Great Days,

Monday, 26 September 2011

Mondays Are For Mom {times two}

Today is your lucky day! I am posting two cards made
by my very creative Ma, Nancy Parker.
Her reason for two cards is that she had two different challenges,
but I know the is because she recieved her NEW GRAND CALIBUR
and has been using it like a mad women!

The first card, 'Thinking of You', has been entered
in the sketch challenge over at Meljen's Designs.
{Product Used:}
Images {two} - Meljen's Designs
Assorted Copic Markers
{Mom's BRAND NEW} Grand Calibur & Spellbinder Dies {leaves, flowers & ovals}
She love, Love, LOVES her Grand Calibur!
Buttons, Wire & a {little} Pearl

Onto card two...
'Autumn Is...'
This card is for the 'Fall Colours Challenge' at Mo's Digital Pencil.

{Product Used:}
Image - Mo's
Assorted Copic Markers
{Of course Ma's New} Grand Calibur & Spellbinders {leaves, flower & scalloped circle}
Sentiment{Digital Freebie} - "Autumn is a second Spring, when every leaf is a flower"

Thanks Ma for sharing your beautiful cards! Good luck in your challenges!

Thanks everyone for stopping by!
Hope your days are well.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Falling Back

I LOVE Fall- in my opinion there is no better season. {Well, except for my sister, believe it or not, her name is Season} Anyhow, this layout has been created for the Monthly Layout/Challenge over at My Mind's Eye
The theme was 'Back to {Blank}' ...and you fill in the blank
{while following their fantastic sketch}.
'Back to Fall'
{Jasmine Labombard}

{Journaling - Done with my trusty, old...and heavy typewriter.}
'Back to vibrant, warm colours,
The smell of cool, crisp air,
Reaping the bounty of a wonderful harvest.
Back to favourite time of year.'
{Title Close-Up}
{Product Used:}
My Mind's Eye- Lost&Found Two Blush 'Beautiful Girl' Labels
My Mind's Eye- Lost&Found Union Square 'Home Sweet Home' Collage
My Mind's Eye- Lost&Found Two Blush 'Favorite' Party
My Mind's Eye- Lost&Found Two Breeze 'Fun Day' Today
My Mind's Eye- Lost&Found Two Sunshine 'Sunshine' Music
My Mind's Eye- Lost&Found Two Sunshine 'Memories' Buttons
My Mind's Eye- Lost&Found Two Sunshine 'Forever' Brads
Tim Holtz- Distress Ink 'Frayed Burlap', 'Chipped Sapphire' & 'Walnut Stain'
American Crafts- Thickers 'NutMeg' Chipboard Letters
American Crafts- Thickers 'Darling' Chipboard Letters
Clock Hands- random parts
Leaves&Wheat- leaves & wheat

Enjoy your day!

{PS- I apologize for the 'blurry' pictures, this layout was just too thick to scan!}

Monday, 19 September 2011

Day Five: An Echo Park Classroom

'The Last Day'
Well, I am finally getting around to posting the final part of our
'Echo Park Classroom'.  I am very sorry for the delay.

This was a very exciting project, something different to work on...
and I think it may have helped snap me out of my 'scrapbooking funk'...hopefully.

Classroom Door - 'Whale of a Time'
This Cricut cartridge {Life's A Beach} was a joy to work with, as was
the Echo Park paper.  The weight of the paper through the machine was perfect.
Very little snagging, tearing or bending...

The Job Board:
Each student has a number {on their desk, books, cubbies...everything}
For example, if you're #3 your job is to make
sure all of the pencils are sharpened.
All of the numbers that are not posted are kept in the handy
library pocket at the bottom right of the board.
The Behaviour Board:
All students start out 'Ready to Learn', and hopefully their day
improves from there {up to 'Good Day'}.  Unfortunately, some move in a
downward manner...but, we all have bad days.
At the end of the day, the students behaviour is recorded and sent home in
their 'HomeWork Book' for their parents to check out.
AR {Acelerated Reader} Points:
Students are encouraged to read books from the acelerated reader program.
Each student has a points goal to reach at the end of each term. 
{Goal is based on each students potential}
Should they reach their goals, rewards are given...usually in the form of ice cream- yum!
'Daily 3'
{for reading, to remind the student of what to do and when}
The Math Wall:
Most of this will be filled in, with the students,
throughout the school year.
A few Math Reminders:
Math Activity Centers:
The groups do different activities at different times.
Math Activities {Close-Up}:
A Welcoming Desk
{name plates finally attached}
The Hallway Bulletin Board:
'Welcome to the Beach'
Sorry for the glare, it's hard to get a good shot when everything is laminated.
On the left-hand side of the picture below, you can see the
trunk of a palm tree that we our haste to finish, I forgot
to snap a picture of the top...I will have to remind Season to get one for me.
They are so cute...about 7 feet tall, made from
carpet rolls and stripped umbrella frames.
'Writer's Reef'
The Social Studies Board:
I would be lying if I said I wasn't extatic when we were done.
...I was exhausted! I am in love with the outcome, though. 
I think it all came together wonderfully.
Hopefully the students enjoy it, maybe it will be a nice oasis
away from the LONG, COLD, MISERABLE Winter that is heading our way!

Thanks SO MUCH to Echo Park for creating such wonderful lines of papers.
If you haven't checked out their lines before, be sure to pop over and give them a look...
To any teachers who may stop in, you should really look at investing in a Cricut.
Initally it is more work to cut out your own bulletin boards, but after you get
two or three themes you are good to go!...and it is MUCH MORE COST EFFECTIVE
than buying pre-cut letters from the local teachers store.

Great Days!
I hope you have enjoyed our classroom project!


{PS- 'Mondays Are For Moms' is cancelled for today...Ma didn't have time to create, due to a
very busy weekend!  Check back next Monday for her latest card.}

Sunday, 18 September 2011

A {Little} Spot of Tea

It's been a while, I am sorry.  I have been meaning to blog, but I'll admit,
it gets put on the back burner.  Anyway, here is a bit of what I have been up to.

Birthday Tea - Invite
Well, the other day was my birthday...sigh. Every year my parents, grandparents and I
go out. {We have been doing this as long as I can remember}
Anyhow, this year we decided to change it up and have a 'Mad Hatter' Tea Party...
it makes a better 'scrapbooking moment'. 
I sent out the invites, and they ran with it.
{Actually, 'they became insanely excited' would be more accurate.}

Tags for Teas and Desserts
Place Cards
{sorry for the dark photo}
The Table
Some 'Uninvited' Guests
{it's the end of YellowJacket season...and they get a little feisty}
Floral Arrangement

...and the HATS!
Alanna {my niece}
Agnes {one of my grandmothers}
Season {my sister}
All in all, it was a successful tea party, wonderful people, beautiful weather,
warm tea and amazing pastries...and another birthday celebrated.

Thanks for taking a look!

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Mondays Are For Mom {One Day Late Edition}

{Nancy Parker}

Ma has created this beautiful card {6x6} for the monthly challenge at My Mind's Eye.
{Product Used:}
 "Lost & Found"-Union Square "Home Sweet Home" & Sunshine "Lovely"{both sides}
My Mind's Eye- Buttons & Chipboard Tags
Stampin' Up-"Cherish" sentiment {stamp}
Tim Holtz-Die {border edge}
A little ribbon, paper covered corner chipboard, brass hands & inked edges to finish it off.
Thanks for looking!
PS: Congrats to my Ma {Nancy Parker} on being a 'Gem of the Week' over at Scrapbook Challenges, as well as, being a featured photo at Crafter's Digital Art Center!

Thursday, 8 September 2011

So Sorry for the Delay...

I am heading away for a few days...awww, relaxation.
{I am one of those people who has NO CLUE on how to relax, but I'll try}
So, my plan is when I get back I will put up the last couple of 'An Echo Park Classroom' posts...
the classroom turned out GREAT! as well as a LATE edition of
'Mondays Are For Mom' AND my entry in the
My Mind's Eye Monthly Sketch! {this I plan on doing while I am away!}

Fantastic Days!

Monday, 5 September 2011

Mondays Are For Mom {Better Late Than Never}

First, Mom I apologize for posting this so late...but like the title says, better late than never.
Now, on to this Week's Card:

'Autumn Wishes' - Nancy Parker
This card is being entered into two challenges: Mo's Digital Pencil 
( who provided the sketch ) and Kaboodle Doodles ( who's looking for easel cards this week)
Mo's Sweet Scarecrow has been coloured with {assorted} Copics.
The sentiment was a freebie, and is mounted on a flower.
The leaves are cut from a nestie die and the 'puffy pumpkins' are like a ribbon...
they have been cut apart and placed to Ma's liking. 
Hope everyone had a Fantastic Weekend!
Jazz ...and Ma {Nancy Parker}