Tuesday, 29 November 2011

...And to All A Goodnight!

'Merry Christmas to All...'
{page one}
{Caption: 'I don't know what to say, except it's Christmas and we're all in misery'}
This is a 2-page layout I did last on last year's Christmas {2010}.  This is Angie, my Aunt's dog, and she is such a good sport, she just sat there, with her Santa Hat on her head...'enjoying' time with family.
'And to All a Goodnight'
{page two}
Well, this is what happens when you have a {little} too much Baileys... you get 'decked'.  Looking at it now, I wish I had taken the time to edit the photo, but... I have used a mix of {2010} Christmas Papers.  I printed the title out on my printer and the journaling on my typewriter.

Hope your Christmas is Merry & Bright!
Great Days,

Monday, 28 November 2011

Mondays are for Moms

{Nancy Parker}
Here is my card for the weekly challenge over at Mo's Digital Pencil.
The theme this week is Elves, Fairies, Snowmen or Santas.
I chose Mo's cute little elf image for my card "Believe".
I coloured the image with Copics.
Snowflakes were punched using a Martha Stewart punch.
I altered the metal sentiment by inking it with a coodinating colour & then heat embossing it.
A bit of ribbon, some gem stones & glitter glue to finish it up.
That's it for this week.
Blessings, Mom (Nancy)

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Sugar Creek Hollow - Recipe Challenge

{This is my Ma's, Nancy Parker, entry for the weekly challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow.}

Sweet&Salty Snowmen
by Nancy Parker
I chose to do Pocket Card {with an easel back so it will stand up} which holds a pull out Recipe Card.
{Side View}
{Recipe Card with Goodies}
The recipe for the Pretzel Snowmen is easy & fun.
Simply melt white chocolate chips & dip pretzel rods in to coat (about 3/4 of the way up the pretzel rod).
Create Snowmen by decorating with assorted mini candies and enjoy with your kids or, in my case, my grandkids!

Happy Holidays!
Nancy Parker

{Product Used:}
Basic Grey - Papers
The Stamping Boutique - Digital Image
{Assorted} Copic Markers
 Martha Stewart - Snowflake Punch
...and a bit of glitter glue & 'bling'!

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Cookie Exchange {SCH Recipe Card Challenge}

I LOVE recipes, I have quite a {little} collection happening, so when Sugar Creek Hollow asked that you work with a recipe in this weeks challenge, well, let's just say I was excited.  Being a person who works with recipe cards all the time {not out of books} I tried to think on how they could use some improving.  Thinking about how many times I have picked up my treasured recipe cards with sticky substances on my fingers, I decided that it would be fantastic if they stood up on their own...my solution, an easal recipe card.

Tree Bark Easel Recipe Card {1}


{Easel Card - Closed}
Tree Bark Easel Card {2}

{Easel Card - Hidden Sentiment}
'A little smile,
Some words of cheer,
A bit of love from someone near,
A little gift from one held dear,
And Best Wishes for the coming year.
These make a Merry Christmas!'

{Easel Card - Closed}

Tree Bark Recipe
1 package graham crackers
1 cup butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
{sometimes I will substitute the butterscotch chips with a different chocolate}
Preheat the oven to 400F.
Line a cookie sheet with foil, lightly coat with cooking spray. Place a single layer of graham crackers on the sheet. In a saucepan, over medium heat, bring brown sugar and butter to a boil - stir constantly for 3 minutes. Pour mixture over the graham crackers, making sure to coat entirely. Place in the oven for 2 minutes.  Sprinkle chocolate and butterscotch chips over the graham crackers, place back in the oven for 1 minute.  Spread chips around with rubber spatula.  Place in fridge to cool completely, break apart.

This recipe comes from my step-mom, Dar, a fantastic baker.  Where she found it, I am not too sure, however, my Grandmother Robertson {Dar's mom} does make a cookie similar to this, only with almond slices and without the chocolate {mine and my sister's favourite}.  An easy {and quick} cookie to make, but I'll warn you, these are sweet and can be very addictive.

Great Days,

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

You're A *Hoot*!

'You're A *Hoot*'
by Alanna {age 9}
This wonderful card has been created by my fantastic niece, Alanna, for the Owl Challenge over at Little Hands Challenge Blog!  Alanna 'borrowed' some product from her Mom's stash, including some fantastic Thickers that I just may have to 'borrow'.  Her owl has been coloured using pencil crayons and she has included a cute little button and bow!
Great work, Lans!
Aunt Jazzie

WHOO Loves You?

'Whoo Loves You...'
by Zachie {age 4}
This is Zachie's {my youngest nephew} card for the Owl Challenge over at Little Hands Challenge Blog.
He coloured his owl with pencil and used all different colours because he likes 'all the colours'.  Next he picked some cardstock from Grandma's {Nancy Parker} stash, and taped them together. {He did have help from Grandma with the cutting part!} He has decided that this adorable card will be perfect for his JK teacher's birthday, next week! ...I think Mrs.Vyn will love it!
Aunt Jazzie

Monday, 21 November 2011

Mondays Are For Mom

{Nancy Parker}
This week's card is for the 'Winter' challenge over at Mo's Digital Pencil.
{Product Used:}
Image - Mo's {I think it was the first one I {Ma} purchased}
Assorted Copic Markers
Tim Holtz - 'On the Edge' Snowflake Die
Martha Stewart - Snowflake Punch {bottom flake with Rhinestone in center}
Gems & Metal Sentiment from stash

Thanks for stopping in!
Jazz {&Ma}

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Stripes&Spots at Sugar Creek Hollow

I just can't get enough of my new Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps, so I decided to make a Christmas Card following the same design as my previously posted tag.  My Ma recently introduced me to Sugar Creek Hollow's Blog, so I decided to play along in this weeks challenge, Stripes&Spots.
'Christmas Cardinal'
I stamped my green Core'dinations cardstock with my {favourite} Distressed Dots stamp, by Unity.  I added a burgndy/red Christmas {unknown} paper, that I hope will count as stripes, distressed the edges, inked them with Aged Mahogany distress ink and spritzed with some homemade mini misters.  The Poinsettia paper is by Making Memories, and is a stunning paper {the whole line is, really}...then I got to the fun part.u
The Sheet Music stamp, Cardinal and {gold embossed} branch are all Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps, stamped with Tim Holtz distress inks.  The gold star is a pop can, punched from a Sizzix die and tinted with Gold Alcohol Inks {oh! I also folder embossed the star}.  The holly leaves are My Mind's Eye papers {I should mention that the one leaf with the big dots is a striped paper}, have been cut using a Sizzix die, folder embossed using two different sized dots and inked with {more} distress inks.  I added a small piece of birch bark {from the backyard},some red ribbon from my stash and a MME {dotted} brad.

Not being much of a 'card maker' {compared to my Ma, anyhow}, I must say that I do like the outcome.

Great Days,

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Christmas Came Early!

A Christmas Tag:
I'll admit, I've been doing a {little} bit of online shopping lately...you know, that Christmas shopping we do for ourselves... Anyway, I stumbled across Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps {PPRS} while 'browsing' and immediately fell in love with their rubber stamps and matching dies!  I purchased a set of their Christmas Stamps {as well as, the matching die} and was beyond excited when they arrived in the mail!
{Close Up}
I simply punched out PPRS Christmas Cardinal on plain, white cardstock {in the Original Sizzix} and then stamped it with the PPRS co-ordinating stamp {notice the beautiful detail}.  I used Tim Holtz - Aged Mahogany Distress Ink {stamp pad} and embossed with a sparkly red... I LOVE the outcome! {and will definitely be doing more shopping!}
{Detail Shot}
 I started this tag with just a plain, manila shipping tag, traced it onto a piece of Brown Core'dinations cardstock and {hand} cut it out {attaching the two together}.  I then folder embossed the tags and distress inked with {Tim Holtz} Walnut Stain.  I found a couple of sticks outside, cut them to size and hot glued them to the tag {added a bit of 'snow'}.  I cut out a couple of holly leaves {from My Mind's Eye paper}, folder embossed them with snowflakes, inked them with {Tim Holtz} Bundled Sage and heat embossed them using a green sparkle.  
I cut a star {from an original Sizzix die} out of a pop can, folder embossed it and alcohol inked it for a 'copper' effect.  {I do wish that this came out a bit bigger, but it's always that size in between that I seem to be looking for...}
I attached a couple of red {dollarstore} rhinestones to the {red&white striped} tag which is My Mind's Eye paper, cut from a sizzix die. The PPRS sentiment {from the Christmas pack} has been stamped onto My Mind's Eye {Halloween} paper, and has been embossed with a clear sparkle. I added a Rusty Snowflake, which I bought off of Etsy, along with a 'dangly' crystal to the ribbon {from my stash} and tied a knot!

Now, I am not a big 'stamper', however, I have fallen in LOVE with Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps!  They have such cute, beautiful and versatile designs, be sure to head over to their site and, perhaps, do some Christmas shopping of your own!

Great Days!

**ADD ON** I should have mentioned that the 'snow effect' is a product called SnowWriter by DecoArt.  I did sprinkle it with some white/clear glitter afterwards.  It is, what I would call, an okay product.  It comes in a wonderful bottle {2fl.oz. for about $5 at Michaels} with a precision tip.  After the bottle is empty {waste not, want not} I might clean it out and fill it with Martha Stewart's Glittery Snow {this comes in a larger jar at Michaels for about $12}. If anyone has ever tried the MS Snow would you please let me know your thoughts?

Monday, 14 November 2011

Mondays Are For Mom

Chocolate Chip Cookies
{Fancy-Fold Card}
Okay, first of all...Welcome Back Ma! Glad you are feeling better! {about time! - xoxo}
Here is Ma's 'Card of the Week', an entry for the weekly challenge over at Mo's Digital Pencil.
 The challenge is to do a "Fancy Fold" card, and this one is done in a 'Cross-Over' Design ( which forms a pocket).  The image is, of course, one of Mo's many cute designs, which has been coloured with Ma's beloved Copics.  Nestie scalloped ovals were used to cut out the image & matting and some white dots were added using a gel pen.
{Other Product:}
Papers are by Basic Grey - "Nordic Holiday"
A bit of ribbon & a few gems to finish off the card front.

Card insert has recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies on it & this card will more than likely be delivered with a batch of the yummy treats.
Happy Crafting,
Jasmine ...and Ma!

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Another Scrapbooker is Born...

Well my niece, Alanna, has always been crafty...she gets that from her Grandma and Aunt {me}!  So, naturally, she was very excited to hear about the Little Hands Challenge Blog.  This blog is run by and for kids {you can check out all the ins and outs by clicking on the link}, it is very cute and runs two challenges a month!  The first challenge is called 'Favourite Animal', the kids have to create a project using their favourite animal.  Here is Alanna's entry.

'Have a Yummy Birthday!'
The turtle and sentiment are digital images {both freebies} and have been coloured with {good, old} pencil crayons.  It has been mounted on core'dinations cardstock {turquoise & red} and a pretty pattern cardstock, that was snatched from her Mom's stash!  She has embellished with a few dollarstore rhinestones!
 What FANTASTIC work, Alanna!!

I hope that those of you with crafty kids will join in the fun over at Little Hands Challenge Blog!
Thanks for stopping by,


Friday, 11 November 2011

Remembrance Day

'Never Forgotten, We will Always Remember'
Not wanting to just 'pass over' Remembrance Day, I decided to do a layout of my Pops.  I used photos that he had sent to my Grandmother, while he was in Korea.  It was neat going through all of his 'army pictures', reading all of the little notes that he had scribbled on the back.  I added Lt. Col. John McCrae's 'In Flanders Fields', as well as, a poppy and Pop's dog tags.

In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow,
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
   Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
         In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
   The torch; be yours to hold it high.
   If ye break faith with us who die
   We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
       In Flanders fields.

Thank you to all of the soldiers who have, continue to and will one day serve and protect our Countries.
We are forever indebted.


Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Memory Lane

Aunt Heather
'Aunt: Remember with Warmth, think of with Pride and Cherish with Love'

Continuing my month of looking back, I can't help but post this layout of my late Aunt Heather.  I have a tendency of going through my Grandparents 'old' photos and picking out little gems to be scrapped.  When I came upon this cute photo I opted to not make a new copy, but scrap the original photo.  It is somewhat faded and a bit out of focus, but when it comes to some 'vintage' photos they themselves become somewhat of an embellishment.

Great Days, 

Monday, 7 November 2011

A Time to Remember

'Remembering You'
{page one}
'Remembering You'
{page two}
I have decided to start of a month of Remembrance by posting this layout of my Pops {my grandfather}.  With Remembrance Day {11/11/11} quickly approaching I cannot help but think of him, I miss him dearly.  I made this layout just after he passed away, in fact it was between the day he passed and his funeral.  I can recall coming home and getting out all of the wonderful pictures of him, spreading them out all over the living room floor and Remembering.


Wednesday, 2 November 2011

The Dog is Still Alive...

Sassafras Lass
{my cute, little pooch}
I am putting all of the blame on Sassie for not having posted in sometime.
For you see, she chewed my computer cord.  Luckily no one was electrocuted and the {surprisingly expensive} cord has since been replaced...Unfortunately, I didn't get around to posting my final Halloween items...next year, I guess. The dinner party and trick or treating went wonderfully!...and they all brought in quite a haul!

Looking forward...
I will have a couple of Remembrance Day projects coming up, just not quite yet.

Thanks for stopping by!
Oh! and I hope you'll stop by the November Edition of GingerScrapStreet Magazine 
and check out my project Favourite Things!