Myself On the Shelf – Day 3

I’m a little behind on the posting, but hey…it’s December.  What more can I say?  On this night I got into the Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  Hey…I needed some rouge for my cheeks!  LOL!


Yes, Distress Inks can now be used for makeup!  Are you enjoying this series of Elf pics?  If so, let me know and I’ll keep going!

The Fascinating Story of Myself on the Shelf

I went shopping this past weekend looking for an Elf on the Shelf.  I’ve seen them for so long, I would like one for myself.  Well, when I found one and looked at the price…OMG!  Those buggers are expensive!  I guess I looked sad because a gentleman came up to me and asked what was wrong.  He was a rolly poly looking man with a white/gray beard, and wearing a red plaid jacket.  Hmmmm…he kind of reminds me of Santa.  Nah, couldn’t be…anyway…I told him that I was going to buy an Elf on the Shelf until I saw the price.  He agreed with me that they were pretty expensive.  We got to talking some more, and I mentioned how cool it would be to be an elf and play around all night, and get into mischief.  Wouldn’t that be fun?  After a few minutes more, I said goodbye to him.  As I was walking away I thought I heard him laugh a little ho ho ho…but no, that couldn’t be.  I turned around to see…he was gone.  Hmmm…

Yesterday morning I received a letter with a return address of…North Pole.  What?  It couldn’t be from him.  I stared at the letter for quite a while.  I just couldn’t get past the return address.  After finally wrapping my head around that, I opened the letter.  This is what it read:
I enjoyed our conversation on the weekend.  I’m sorry you were so unhappy about not being able to buy an Elf on the Shelf.  I agree with you…they are quite expensive.  I was thinking about what you said about wondering what it would be like to be an elf.  That gave me the most wonderful idea!  So I’m writing this letter to let you know that I am granting you that special wish.  Each night at midnight from now until Christmas you will turn into a little elf.  You will have all the little elfy urges to cause mischief and mayhem.  You won’t be able to help yourself.  You will remember everything you experienced.  And I will make sure to leave you photo evidence of your escapades to keep as proof it happened.  So have fun!  
What?!!!  Is this for real?  It can’t be.  No.  It can’t be.  Anyway…at midnight…it happened!  I DID turn into a little elf!  How do I know?  Check out this photo!
I met a new friend!  It was so much fun!  Running around…being so little I could go into places that I normally couldn’t!  Loved it!  Can’t wait for tomorrow!


It’s Create Craft Share time for December 2015!

It’s that time again!  And boy, we have a special one for you this month!  Check out our very talented group of ladies as they show you their version of the theme.  This month our theme is:  Christmas

This is what I will be showing you how to make this month:

Isn’t he cute!  And there is no sewing involved!  He’s super easy to make, so check out my video…

Here’s our lineup for this month:

Rhonda –
Jennifer –
Jody –

Tell us what you think of our projects by commenting on each video.  If we get lots of love…we will continue to bring you wonderful crafty tutorials!



We Have Another Create Craft Share Youtube Hop Coming Up…


Guess what is coming up tomorrow?  It’s another Create Craft Share Youtube Hop!  I’m really enjoying sharing my crafts with you.  Our CCS (Create Craft Share) group is a wonderful group of gals.  I love being in this group!  I’m excited to say we are all becoming fast friends!  These ladies are so talented!  Each of them ooze crafty talent.  I enjoy making crafty friends all over the globe.  But this group just seems that much more special.  They are all so warm and friendly and eager to help and share.  I adore these ladies.

So after that glorious introduction to the group…do you feel like joining us?  We are always looking for crafty ladies that enjoy sharing crafts and video-taping it.  If you would like some more info, or would like to join, please comment below.

Have you done 20 layouts in a day? I have!

I recently had a chance to take an amazing class that was very different from your usual scrapbook classes.  This was a class where you brought all your own stuff for the layouts!  Wow!  Using your own stuff?  What a brilliant concept!  Lordy knows we all have a crap load of scrappy stuff in our craft rooms.  We definitely need to start using some of it.

In this class we were told we were going to be doing 20 layouts in a day.  What?  Say that again!  20 layouts!  You’re kidding!  Nope.  A few weeks before the class we were sent sketches and instructions of what to bring.  So we designed our own page kits.  She told us what types of paper, and what minimum sizes were needed.  It took a while to put the kits together but it had me going through my papers.  I saw a lot of papers that I forgot I had!  So fun!
It was a very full day…for sure!  Each layout went fairly quickly.  You needed to keep on your toes.  I didn’t completely finish any of my layouts, but I have the base of each page done, along with photos.  So at home I just have to add embellishments and a title.  It usually takes me over four hours to do just one page!  This is absolutely amazing!  After this class I definitely needed a drink.
I will start posting some of these layouts soon.  So make sure you sign up for my posts by email so you don’t miss out!
I want to thank the wonderful instructor of this class…Jennifer Edwardson.  She is such a wonderful teacher and makes it fun, even though we are working quickly.  Her website is, and the class is called UYOP 20 Layout Workshop.  So if you get a chance to take a class from her…do so.  It was a great experience.  I so want to do it again!

UPDATE:  The next UYOP 20 Layout Workshop will be on January 30th, 2016!  Registration opens this Wednesday, November 25th, 2015.  Don’t delay….


Scrapbook Carnival 2015!

Another year…another carnival!  Woohoo!  I look forward to this every year.  It is put on by Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine.  It is also in conjunction with Stitches & Crafting Alive show.  It is the most amazing craft convention you definitely need to go to if you are a crafter of any kind!  I mainly go for the scrapbooking area of it.  I pay for the Embellished Crop every year.  That way I get the extra special Goody Bag!  So full of yummy scrapbooking supplies!

I’m lucky that this Carnival just happens to be around my birthday each year, so hubby took me for a lovely dinner the night before.  I LOVE sushi!


We were even given an upgrade on our hotel room!  So nice!


The Carnival was at Spruce Meadows.  What a beautiful place!  It was there last year, but I was unable to attend because I was sick.  I hope it is there next year, too.



There were lots of croppers there!  Lots of booths to shop at too!  It made me quite hungry…all that shopping!  Zeb even tried to take a nibble or two.  😉

I took a couple of classes while I was there.  The first class was by the wonderful Nicole Wright.  It issuch a cute little box.  It has cards and envelopes inside.  I finally learned how to properly use my distress tool.  I always seemed to end up with sponge marks.  I guess I’ve got a very heavy hand.  I just need to concentrate on using the sponge very gently.


Here’s a view from our classroom.  You can see all the incredible booths that are set up.  Crafters heaven for sure!


The next class I took was from the very talented Kelly Klapstein!  It was a double layout class.  I learned a fun technique of doodling flowers on vellum that was pretty cool.  I’ll share it in another post.  I didn’t finish the layouts as they were girly layouts, and I have a son.  So I need to find some pics of me to use these layouts for.

In the crop area, I was working on a layout to enter in the contest.  They usually pick a layout or project that they like the best plus some others that they want to put in their magazine.  I wasn’t chosen unfortuately.  🙁  Maybe next year.

Zeb thought he would help me do some creating.  Actually, I think he was trying to eat the modelling paste.  Bad Zeb.  LOL!


Hubby took me out for another nice supper at Hudsons.  I had a delicious shephards pie.  So good!


Another day at the Carnival!  I took another class from Nicole.  We made a cute frame.  It had some rolled roses on it.  Most of the ladies were really struggling with them, but I had no trouble at all.  It’s because I’ve had practice.  It does take practice to do them.  It was a fun class.  As you can see, I was in my 80s getup.  It was 80s theme this year.  I just love the 80s!  I designed the shirt myself.  I will show you in a later post.



All-in-all it was a great time!  I go every year!  It is just full of amazing classes, and I have lots of fun meeting new crafty ladies each year.  If you get a chance, you should definitely go!  Hope to see some of you there next year!


Lots of Prima Goodies!

I got a chance at Prima Art Venture Edmonton to purchase a Warehouse Box. For $85 (CDN) you got a box full of Prima goodness! Well, I just had to go for it. No telling what was in there, but I was willing to take a chance! Let me tell you…I wasn’t disappointed. Even though it wasn’t new stuff, it was stuff I didn’t have or have never seen before! YES!!! It was all totally drool-worthy. If you don’t believe me, check out this video of the unboxing…

Then, of course, there was the goody bag that they presented us for signing up for Art Venture…Wow!  Lots of awesomeness in there!  This goody bag was fairly new product which was nice.  If you aren’t done drooling yet over the warehouse box video, you are going to want to grab a mop!  You’re going to need it when you watch this unbagging of the Prima Art Venture goody bag!

So there you have it!  Some drool-worthy goodies for your viewing pleasure!  Hope you enjoyed watching.  

Prima Art Venture 2015 – Edmonton (Part 2)

…thanks for coming back and checking out my post on the Prima classes I took!  So….let’s get down to business…

I arrived…and that’s a real accomplishment in itself sometimes.  I’m not a morning person.  But Zeb kept me amused.  He couldn’t wait to get started, in fact!

Our first class was with first-time instructor Adrienne Ford.  We started out just painting and spraying the heck out of our sheet of paper!  Yes, I had to use my fingers for the painting.  If you know me, you know I don’t like to get my fingers dirty.  But I tried to not let it bother me.  I think I might finally be coming one with the dirty fingers!  Lol!

We were using Prima Mica Powders mixed with gesso (after putting a coat of clear gel medium over the entire page).  I really like the Mica Powders!  The colors are so lovely!  So bright and bold!  I think I gotta get me some now!

Here is my finished page:

I just love how it turned out!  See what I mean about the Micas?  I love the rich colors!  And yes….I even used some gold glitter!  I think it would have been a bit drab without that glitter.  It just gives it that bit of sparkle!  The fillagrees at the bottom and top are metal.  I really love them!  
The last class of the first day was Frank Garcia’s Christmas Album.  How beautiful it is!  It looks so hard to do, but in reality…it’s quite easy.  But boy, does Frank ever boogie in his class.  Not much of a breather between steps.  I do love his classes, though.  He makes what ends up being simple to do, look so stunning!  If you ever have a chance to take a class of his…do so!  You won’t be disappointed.  And you get so much product in your class kit!

Well, because of the “boxes-stuck-at-customs” debacle (see previous blog post), we ended up finished Frank’s class at midnight.  Wow!  What a long, but totally fun, day!  Now to the hotel for some much-needed sleep.  It will be an early day tomorrow…
Back at it!  And Zeb is right there with me…
Our first class today was with the lovely Sharon Laakkonen!  Zeb wanted to get started right away!  Zeb….that little over-achiever!  Lol!  In her class, we were making this lovely framed scrapbook/mixed media page!  Yes, it included the frame!

I decided to use a picture of my son at Yellowstone Park when he was younger.  Maybe I should have thought that through.  Afterwards, I didn’t think he would like it because it had flowers and a bow on it.  But surprisingly he loved it!  He said he didn’t care about the flowers and bow.  And to top that off…I can hang it up in our home!  Yay!  I have such a sweetie for a son.  Anyway…I love this page!  We did some stenciling with beads on it, and lots of layering of papers (which I am still trying to master).  We even added some gold touches to the leaves with Mica Powder.  Gorgeous!  Thank you so much for such a lovely project, Sharon!
Next up was the Telephone class…I was so excited for this!  It was also taught by Sharon Laakkonen.  We got to use the brand new Prima Lumies!  So awesome!  What a great idea to light up your project!  I need to buy me some more of those!  I decided to use a picture of me on my first day of school.  This piece is now on my mantle at home.  It’s so pretty!

The next class was with Adrienne Ford (again).  We did this gorgeous wall plaque!  It was using Prima’s new Enchanted Aviaries Paintables.  They are fantastic!  We colored the teacup with Color Bloom sprays.  Just dip your paint brush in them and color.  We added some texture paste and stenciling, then a LOT of flowers!  Lots of spraying, too!  I am just in “awe” of how it turned out!  Wow!….Wow!  And those little dangles just added that extra little bling.

After that technique-filled class, we went on to Frank again to finish up our Christmas Album.  Let’s just say…I’ll finish it at home.  It was a very long day.  Four classes instead of three!  But I loved every minute of it!  Prima Art Venture is the total bomb-diggity!  For sure!
Have you been to a Prima Art Venture???  Let me know about it in the comments below….
Thank you so much Prima (and Denny) for all you do for these wonderful events!

Prima Art Venture 2015 – Edmonton!

Well, I attended my second Prima Art Venture this year!  This time I took my new little mascot with me…Zeb the Zebra.

It started off with a bit of a problem…I went to pre-register on the Friday night (the night before the Art Venture).  I was told that they didn’t have the goody bags yet, and they are starting the continental breakfast at 11:30 am with classes starting at 1 pm instead of classes starting at 8:30 am.  The reason was that all the boxes were stuck at customs!  What???!!!  Whoah!

Ok…so I arrived the next morning for the continental breakfast, and we started at 1 pm.

Then half way through the class we had to stop because they only had enough supplies to start the class.  The boxes hadn’t arrived still.  So we were told to come back at 4 pm.  We came back, and had to leave til 6:30 pm.  Came back then and had to come back again at 7:30 pm.  The boxes finally arrived!

By then, many people were angry.  I just thought to myself…oh well, shit happens, right?  One lady left after the first class, and got a refund for the rest.  Oh well, to each his own.  So we finished the first class, and went on to the next class.  During that class, Denny (the event coordinator) came in and gave each of us a choice…either we can get $300 in Prima product shipped to us at no charge, or we can go to Prima Art Venture in Anaheim in January for free.  Wow!  That was sooooo unbelievably generous!  I never expected that!  I was saying to someone earlier that if they just give us a Kit-of-the-month box I would be happy.  So this deal was amazing!

I just have to say that Prima Marketing is the best company ever!  They went above and beyond for us attendees!  Denny said that they (him and Prima) just wanted us to be happy.  Was I ever happy!  I had the best time!

To Be Continued…to find out about the classes I took at Prima Art Venture, check out my next post!