Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Imaginisce Sneak Peaks

Have you stopped by the Imaginisce blog & seen the sneak peeks of their new paper lines: Happy Camper, Berrylicious & Little Cutie. You can see them here:

Monday, January 24, 2011


Brrr! Boy is it cold outside this morning. At 7:30 am the temperature was 0 F (-17 Celsius). At least it’s finally starting to get light outside. (I've been up for hours already). Hopefully it’ll warm up a bit outside. For me though it’s a perfect day to stay inside & try to get organized.
This was the sky at 7:40 a.m. and then a few minutes later we had this to look at
(See the peak of the building in the bottom of the photo? That's our Tim Horton's. Just a hop, skip & a jump from my front door. I can almost smell the coffee & donuts. lol)

Now a little over an hour later, the sky is kind of overcast & it is suppose to snow later this afternoon. It's only January and I'm already tired of the snow and cold weather.

New Wave RAK I Won

Before Christmas, a new type of RAK popped up on the Fiskateer Message Board. In order to enter the RAK, you had to say that if you won it, you would offer up a RAK and list the item that you would RAK if you won.

I was totally surprised to win Kelly’s RAK of a new Fiskars Limited Edition X-Large Gingerbread Man Squeeze Punch.. After learning that I won her RAK, I posted a RAK of my own that was won by Mary. What a neat idea for doing RAK’s. I love it how one RAK turned into many RAK’s with many winners.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Fiskars Sure Cuts Scissors & Shop Cut Scissors

Just before Christmas I found these new Fiskars scissors advertised on sale in our local big box store. I thought that they’d be the perfect gift for my son (& myself too). I ended up buying a pair of each and figured that my son could keep a pair at work in his tool box and a pair at home for cutting all that packaging that is so hard to open. Since I also bought a pair of each for myself, we won’t be fighting over them. lol

For the past few years, my son has been hearing me talk of the Fiskateers, so as soon as he opened his present and saw the scissors the first thing he said was “What?? What’s this….Fiskateers?”. It was so funny to see the look of confusion on his face. I think that he was sure that I was trying to get him into scrapbooking too. No, not this time. I was just trying to pass on a good pair of scissors to him that also comes with the Fiskars Lifetime Warranty.

Colorbok Free Gift

Awhile back I signed up for the Colorbok Bok Club. What is the Colorbok Bok Cl.ub? It’s a group of consumers (like me) who are active paper crafters & scrapbookers. From time to time we give them feedback on various topics related to papercrafting and other crafts including feedback on new products, designs and merchandising in exchange they offer tons of prizes and giveaways.

On Tuesday, January 18th, I was shocked to find a package stuck between my doors. I couldn’t figure out what it was as I knew I hadn’t ordered anything that would come by UPS. I was surprised to see that it was my free gift for signing up with the Colorbok Bok Club. I am in love with this gorgeous 12x12 paper pack that they sent me. It’s called Truffle and it has the paper, stickers and punchouts. You should see the gorgeous butterfly sparkly papers. I love the shades of browns and beige. As soon as I opened it I knew it would be the perfect papers to scrap my heritage photos that I have of my dad’s family.
Thanks so much Colorbok!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sex & the City Fans

I’m a huge Sex & the City fan. I have the entire series on dvd's as well as having the first movie. While out Christmas shopping, I happened to come across this boxed set of The Sex & the City Wedding. The pink padded box has a side pull out drawer that holds the “Wedding” pictures photo album, another album with 4 dvd’s in it (interviews, music & the wedding movie) as well as a certificate of authenticity. I knew that I had to buy one for my niece Chantale who is an even bigger Sex & the City fan than I am. Not only did I buy one for her for Christmas, I bought one for me too. How could I refuse when they were a steal at $9.99 each.
I wish that the store had have had more as I would have bought several at that price.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Karel’s Flamingo Challenge

I’ve done three blog hops with Karel & enjoyed each one. So this time around I decided to enter Karel’s January Challenge. This month her challenge was to make a creation of any kind that features a Flamingo.

I’ve never created with Flamingo’s before nor did I have any flamingo stamps. I googled “flamingo coloring pages” and came up with a few images that I downloaded & colored with my Prismacolor Pencils. From there I layered them, rounded the corners with my Fiskars corner rounder, popped them up and added a ribbon and also used a Martha Stewart border punch.

After the card was finished, I scanned it & uploaded it to Karel’s Photobucket account. Here are the two cards that I entered for her challenge:
This first one is listed as "Bathing Flamingo"
The second card that I entered is listed as "Glamour Flamingo".

You can vote on my cards by going to Karel’s blog at and on the right hand side you’ll see the photo’s of the flamingo cards & the voting chart. Thanks for looking.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Vampire Academy comes to an end

Lately I am hooked on vampires or at least it seems that way. Anymore the series that I seem to be hooked on are all about vampires. I read the Twilight series and although I enjoyed it, I must admit that I like The House of Night series by P.C. & Kristin Cast just as much. I also love the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Meade.

Just before Christmas I picked up the last book in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Meade called “Last Sacrifice”. (I had previously borrowed volumes 1-5 in the series from my local library). Although this series is intended for Young Adults, I really enjoyed it. I think I almost liked it better than the Twilight series. After I started reading volume 6, I decided that I wanted to have the series for myself & bought the boxed set of 4 books, as well as volume 5 from This is definitely a series that I will read again.
Sadly volume 6, “Last Sacrifice” is the end of the series and from what I’ve read on line Richelle has a new 6 volume series that she is working on. I always hate when a series ends, you get so wrapped up in the characters that you miss them when it comes to an end. I’m so excited that Richelle is starting a new series Bloodlines that will carry over some of the characters from the Vampire Academy. I’m not sure which characters are coming back in this new series other than Sidney (the Alchemist) but I do know that I’ll be one of the first in line to buy it when it’s released this summer (August 2011).

You can visit the Vampire Academy series site here:

Don't be sad that Vampire Academy is over! The spin-off series, Bloodlines, is coming in August 2011.

A New Toy for Christmas

For awhile now, I have been talking about wanting a book reader. I am an avid reader and am finding that I am running out of room to store my library of collectible books. I have a few authors that I have collected over the years and hate to part with those books. Recently after completing my renovations, I have narrowed down my library and have decided to limit it to two bookcases. I don’t have room to put any new bookcases so I have to make due with what I have. Having come to this decision, I knew I had to come up with an alternate way to store books. This is where the Sony Book Reader comes in.

Well, this year for Christmas I got my new toy to play with from my son. He gave me a Sony Book Reader Touch Edition. I love it! I can download books from my local library for free as well as download free books from the internet. I can also buy books from Amazon. There are 100’s of free books out there to chose from. I have downloaded a few books to start with and now that I have finished with my latest read I am ready to start using it.

The Sony Book Reader Touch Edition has the built in dictionary that when you’re stuck on a word you just touch the word, the dictionary pops up & gives you a definition of that word. If you aren’t able to pronounce it, it also has sound & will pronounce it for you. I can download books from Amazon, my local library, etc as well as downloading PDF files. It’s lightweight, easy to hold & tuck into my purse to take with me.
The other day I finally got around to downloading the software I needed & spent some time on line trying to figure out how to download books from our local library. Well after awhile of going in circles on the site I was given, I ended up phoning the library & the lady there walked me through the correct site, downloading books and how the site works. Now I have some library books downloaded on my reader it is so much easier for me to do this from home then to go out to the library.

I feel so spoiled. Not only did he give me the book reader, which was at the top of my wish list, he also gave me a Blue Ray DVD player as well as a few other cool gadgets to play with.

Thank you DS, I love you as well as all of my gifts.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year 2011

I’m a little bit late in wishing you all a very Happy New Year but I didn’t want to start the new year off without doing so. I hope that 2011 brings you all great health, much happiness & financial security.

Here’s a pretty neat tip that I came across for those of you who had any leftover wine from your New Year’s Eve party.

Don't throw out all that leftover wine, freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.

Happy 2011!!

Calendar Blog Hop Winner

The winner of the grand prize, the Designer's Calendar Cartridge in Karel’s blog hop is Colleen, who said, "Karel, Your pages are fabulous! I have been having a blast on this blog hop!". Please contact Karel with your mailing information.

Congratulations & thank you to everyone for stopping by & leaving such nice comments. I really do appreciate them.