Saturday, January 30, 2016

Love Blossoms Blog Hop

Happy Saturday!!  I am so excited to be part of this blog hop reveal with some of my fellow demonstrators.  We got to see each of the creations before we posted.  Each and every card is unique and I have been inspired for the upcoming months.  And you will be inspired too.   

For this month we used items from the Love Blossoms suite in the new Occasions Catalogue.  You can buy the Bloomin' Heart Thinlits Die and the Bloomin' Love Stamp set as a bundle and save 15%. And I couldn't resist the new Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper.  Gorgeous!!

Below is my card.   I used the Bloomin' Heart thinlits die cut as a stencil and sponged ink over the die to give a nice shadow effect.  

The supplies used are as follows:

Card stock:   Crumb Cake and Blushing Bride (found in the Occasions Catalogue as part of the Love Blossoms Card stock Pack and in the Main Catalogue)

Pattered Paper:  Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack (Occasions Catalogue)

Ink:  Rose Red (Main Catalogue), and Basic Black Archival Stampin Pad  (Occasions Catalogue)

Dies:  Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits Die  and Large Numbers Framelits Die (Occasions Catalogue)

Stamp Set:  Bloomin' Love (Occasions Catalogue)

Embellishments:  Love Blossoms Embellishment Kit (Occasions Catalogue)

And its Sale A Bration here at Stampin' Up!!  Which means for every $60 you spend on Stampin' Up! products you can pick an item from the Sale A Bration catalogue for free!!!   And there are just a few items you will want to add to your stash.

Thanks for stopping by, comments are always welcome.   And don't forgot to visit  Melissa at Lovely Stamping  for more Stampin' inspiration on the blog hop.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Blog Hop Announcement

I have an exciting announcement for this blog.    I find I fall in love with certain stamp sets, but only use them once or twice because I found myself stumped on how else to use it.   How about you?   Its time to start dusting off those stamp sets and get creating.  Starting this month, a group of my fellow demonstrators and I will be challenging ourselves to use the same exact same products to create totally different projects.  These projects will be posted to our personal blogs on the last Saturday of every month and at the end of each of our posts you will find a link to the next person's blog.  You can then hop to each project with ease.

For this month's challenge and blog hop, we will be using products from the Love Blossoms Suite in the 2016 catalogue.

Want to meet my fellow demonstrators that are participating?  You can check out their blogs now:

We can't wait for you to see all of our amazing projects.  See you next Saturday!!!!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Yet Another Adventure in Bathroom Renovations.

It has been a long time since I posted.  Time to resurrect this blog.   This post is not going to be crafty at all.  But I have plans underway and am working  on a project with some other fellow bloggers, details will be coming in a few weeks.   

This post is another bathroom renovation project that was forced upon us.  LOL  Dave and I were planning a kitchen renovation, our kitchen is very very sad.  We met with Jacklyn and Shannon over at Timber Barn in St. Jacob's.  I had been researching various kitchen renovation experts and stumbled upon their showroom in St. Jacob's as they were moving in, and fell in love with what I saw.  We had the plans drawn up for the kitchen and were deciding on a timeline last summer.  Then our master bathroom decided to have a meltdown.   I was in the laundry room, which is directly under the master bath, when Dave came in to talk to me.  As I was looking up at him during the conversation I noticed a rather large, very wet spot on the ceiling from the shower.  The bathroom renovation that we had been putting off since we moved into this house in 2002 was now screaming that it needed to be done immediately.  So we contacted Shannon and told her about our change of plans, Plans were drawn up, cupboards, tile etc. were picked out and we moved into the kids bathroom.  

Here are the before pictures.  I have found that the builder never utilized the space to maximize the potential of the bathroom.    Yes, that is a jacuzzi, that we hardly ever used and took up so much space.  And besides we now have a hot tub.  So yes, it had to go.  

The shower was cramped, small, dark and dingy.   There was never a place to store our shampoo and conditioner bottles etc.  The wall that was shared with the closet had a huge bow in it.  Not sure how you can build a shower/wall and notice a bend in the studs that severe.  Quality workmanship at its finest.  LOL  And we always had a problem with water damage to the section of wall under the door. The shower  was the source of the water damaged ceiling in the laundry room.

Dave from Meyer Flooring did most of the renovation work.  Demolition day came and when they ripped up the shower there was so much water damage the floor boards were rotting.   It was a good thing we did this renovation now.   Bit by bit we saw the new bathroom come together.

And now we have a fully operational bathroom!!!  We had toyed with the idea of moving the wall between the bathroom and our walk in closet to give more room in the bathroom.  But we had to keep costs down, because I still want that new kitchen.  LOL   We kept the room the same size and made the best use possible of the space at hand.   We ended up with a much larger shower with a niche in the half wall to store our shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc.   The shower is glassed in and tiled in marble subway tile which gives it a very light and roomy feel to it.  We now have a standard stand alone tub that takes up much less space than the old jacuzzi yet is still roomy for those night time baths.

We also took out the California shutters which opened up the space even more.  We added a frosted film to the bottom two thirds of the window to give us privacy yet still allows light to come through and we can still see outside.

This is the new vanity, the mirror was not hung up yet when I took this picture.  We have a quartz counter-top and drawers instead of cupboards.  I find that the drawers store a lot and everything is easier to keep neat and organized and easily accessible.  

We changed the placement of the toilet which allowed us to add this storage tower.  We now can store towels, extra rolls of toilet paper etc out of sight.

I love my new marble basket-weave floor.  So gorgeous.

We decided to add herringbone tile to the shower floor and niche. 

Overall we are very pleased with the finished project.  The workmanship and eye for detail from Dave at Meyer Flooring and Timber Barn was exceptional.  Now we save up and get ready for the kitchen.  Hopefully late spring/summer 2016.  Keeping fingers crossed.  And I broke a drawer tonight too.  LOL

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the blogging world.

Friday, January 16, 2015

A Valentine's Day Treat

It is hard to believe Christmas Holidays are over and we are well into January 2015.    Along with a new year comes Stampin' Up! celebrating Sale-A-Bration and the new Occassions Catalogue.  I would like one of everything please.  Unfortunately my budget says no, something about a mortgage to pay, children to feed and clothe.   But I still got some fabulous new goodies from the Occasions Catalogue and for every $60 you spend you get to pick an item from the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue for free!!!!   There are some sweet items including ribbon, paper, exclusive stamp sets and Blendabilities markers.   How does it get better than that?  

Tonight is our team meeting and we are having Valentine's Treats swaps.   I decided to make a Ghirardelli treat holder, who doesn't love chocolate right?  And Ghirardelli caramel squares, oh my, how amazing is that!!!  I had so much fun playing with a new stamp set, paper, punches and dies.    This treat holder was inspired by one that fellow Demonstrator Mary Fish did on her blog HERE,

For my version the products used are as follows:

Cardstock:   Basic Black and Real Red
DSP:    Stacked with Love (Occasions Catalogue)
Glimmer Paper:  Red
Ribbon:  1/8" Taffeta in Basic Black
Stamp Set:   You Plus Me (Occasions Catalogue)
Punches: Banner and Confetti Heart Border Punch (Occasions Catalogue)
Thinlit: Mini Treat Bag Thinlit Dies (Occasions Catalogue)
Ink:  StazOn in Black and Classic InkPad in Real Red
Misc:  Sponge Dauber and Big Shot Die Cutting Machine

Thanks for stopping by and visiting my little corner of the blogging world.   And comments are always welcome!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Christmas Season has begun

Its hard to believe its December 1.  Daniel and I heard the 12 Days of Christmas by Bob and Doug MacKenzie on the radio this morning so I can say that the season is officially upon us.    LOL  

And here I am not having my Christmas shopping done!!!   Yikes.   This is an off year for me big time.   Time to buckle down and focus!!!   

I would like to share this simple card that I made.  Quick, easy, and still has a wow factor.

Supplies that I used are as follows :

Cardstock:  Whisper White and Soft Sky (unfortunately the camera wasn't able to pick up the beautiful soft blue color of this cardstock)

Stamp Set:  Cheerful Christmas from the Holiday Catalogue

Ink Pad:  Cherry Cobbler (my favourite)

Emobssing Folder:  Filigree Frame from the Holiday Catalogue

Embellishments:  Frosted Sequins (again the Holiday Catalogue)  and Dazzling Details in Cherry Cobbler

I hope your month of December is off to a very good start.  And unlike me, you have your shopping completed.  LOL

Thanks for stopping and visiting my corner of the blogging world.   Until next time.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

I Was Whisked Away for a Romantic Getaway, How Lucky Am I!!

Sometimes life gets crazy and you need to getaway from it all.  And I am very fortunate that Dave decided to do just that a few weeks ago.   He whisked me away for a weekend of wining and dining and romance.  Something that was greatly needed.   He booked us a fabulous room at the Prince of Wales hotel in Niagara on The Lake.  One of my favourite towns here in Ontario.   

An amazing surprise awaited me in our room.   A stunning bouquet of roses and a bottle of champagne to warm me up on a cold night.  

Love the bubbles in champagne.  Made me realize we should drink it more often.  Maybe I willl pick up a bottle for Christmas and another one for New Years.  LOL

Our room was amazing.   A large sitting area,  a big comfy bed.   A huge bathroom with a jacuzzi, and heated towel bars.    And I fell in love with the details of this stunning Tiffany Lamp.

We stayed for two nights.   Each night we were treated to an amazing three course dinner.  The first was at the restaurant at the Prince of Wales,  Escab├Ęche, with wine of course.   

After dinner when we went back to our room there was another rose waiting for me on our bed.   

The following night we had dinner at The Cannery in the Pillar and Post Inn.  A more casual dinner but still very good and of course another rose awaited me in our room after dinner.  (Did I mention how lucky I am and spoiled of course) 

Saturday we spent the day exploring the area.   We slept in, had breakfast in our room and took our time driving around.  We started out at Chocolate FX where we had a tour of their facilities and received free chocolate truffles and of course we loaded up on alot of chocolate.  Chocolate covered cherries, mint chocolate, dark chocolate, etc.

We had lunch at the Ravine Vineyards at their restaurant overlooking a section of Vineyards, the squash soup was perfect to start our lunch on a cold November day, I had a delicious lobster roll with salad and of course a glass of wine to complement the lobster.   Dave had a burger with homemade fries and a glass of wine to go with the burger.   We followed lunch with some wine tasting in their tasting room.  And of course we had to buy a few bottles.  Dave picked up a jar of Marmalade infused with Scotch whiskey,and he has enjoyed it on his toast a few times since we have returned home.

We then went to Chateau des Charmes vineyards.  We enjoyed the tour of the winery where we were able to peek into the pressing room where they were busy processing the last set of grapes of the season that were picked that morning.  We then went into the basement where the wine is stored in stainless steel vats for white wine and oak casks for red, where the wine sits for a year at lease before being bottled.   Afterwards we went upstairs for more wine tasting, which Dave and I found really interesting.   Our guide educated our group on how to properly taste wine, starting off first with a light white wine (I do not remember exactly which kind, I was still working with a bit of buzz from the first vineyard, lol) and ended with a nice Cabernet.   And of course we had to buy more wine.

Sunday we took our time heading home.  We did some shopping in downtown Niagara on the Lake.   Visited Fort George and had a private tour and learned quite a bit of history of Niagara on the Lake and the war of 1812 where the town was pretty much destroyed by the invading Americans, and life of soldiers in the British army in that time period.   As two history junkies, Dave and I loved the tour.  

And to say we were frozen after the visiting the Fort is an understatement.  LOL  Thank goodness for a car with excellent heat.  And we forgot about the heated seats in Dave's car until we were almost home.  We both had a "what the hell were  we thinking"   moment on that one.  LOL

The next morning getting up early and having to think about what to make for dinner was a shock to my system.

Now we are planning our next weekend away sometime in the New Year.  For now I have Christmas on my mind, baking, meal planning, tag making, present wrapping and of course decorating.

Thanks for visiting my corner of the blogging world.  Your comments are always welcome.  Enjoy your day!!!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!!!!

Happy Halloween!!

Last night we carved pumpkins and we are missing a child as Laura is away at university.   Can you tell who is the serious one?  

Dave decided to get out the power tools when it came time to carve.  Pumpkin juice was flying everywhere!!!

Dalwhinnie just watched not sure what to make of what we were doing.  

Daniel and Amanda posing with their finished creations.

Dalwhinnie decided to pose in the picture as well.  But she appears to be a bit camera shy.  LOL

We are getting ready to start handing out candy here tonight.  Daniel and Amanda are too old to go out trick or treating so we don't have to eat dinner in a rush and do hair and make up etc.   Around here it is a rainy day and night that is suppose to turn to snow later tonight.    Stay safe, and try not to eat too much candy.

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the blogging world.