Monthly Archives: December 2012

2012…the recap

2012 was a busy year. An eventful year. It brought some of the best of times and many perplexing ones.Thinking back to sitting at my desk one year ago, I never could have predicted the twists and turns this year has brought. It brought creativity and well, a rather long dry spell. It brought great joy and also tears. It brought the first overseas trip I’ve ever had with my hubby. A time I’ll always treasure.  2012 brought opportunities. A few of them I am thrilled to have taken. A few I’ve turned down. A year ago I wouldn’t have done that but it was the right thing to do. No is a hard word to say to a dream.

I’m still learning to find balance. I’ve learned a lot in 2012,  about myself and life. I’m still learning to let go.

Placing my life and the lives of my loved ones in the hands of God each day is something I need to continually remember to do. I am not in control. It’s a good thing too as I’d just mess it up. A close friend told me that there is a quote something like this….”a mother is only as happy as her saddest child.” So true! I always want to fix things. I think perhaps that has been the biggest struggle of 2012. I’m looking forward to moving forward.

2013 is a shaping up to be an exciting year. My oldest son is getting married mid-February. Just a few more weeks! (Can I really be that old?!) Hubby and I are also grabbing another week together early in the year. I’m counting down to it. Bless my dear mother-in-law for helping make this happen. The past couple days I’ve been spending sorting and cleaning in my craft room. I’m feeling much more positive and excited about getting back in there for 2013.

I thought I’d share a few of my favorites from 2012 again with you this year. Last year I highlighted my top 10 non-published designs and I’m doing it again. If for some reason you want to look at 2011, here’s the link to that post.

These designs are in no particular order but I did have a lot of fun creating this first one for a feature on the CASE Study Challenge Blog. It’s a card design with a little bit of this and a little bit of that. My favourite way to create.

I love creating layouts of my daughter and this one is extra special as it uses my Victoria Park line that was released early 2012.

This card features a little mini canvas that is stamped and painted. I loved creating my own little piece of art and shared this design in the CLASSroom.

This card is special as I created it for Shannon, my daughter-in-law to be as an engagement card.

I haven’t created many layouts in the second half of the year. I’m thinking I’m going to have to remedy that in 2013 as I really miss it. This design came from a Lily Bee release at CHA Winter 2012. The folded corners on the squares was an idea I had that I was pretty happy with how it turned out.

Back to another CLASSroom project, this dotty background had me giddy with how it turned out.

Dots, dots and more dots. I just can’t seem to get enough!

Perhaps my favourite creative part of 2012 was joining the Maya Road Design Team. I’m a Roadie! A year later I’m still pinching myself and just can’t get enough of MR product. I’ve been busy creating a lot of mini albums and this is one I really love. It’s chock-full of yummy details.

paper piecing + journaling cards + Victoria Park + vintage paper posies


Lastly, one thing of the things I did learn to do this year was to create videos. I shared a couple on my blog and created a couple for Maya Road. This window card video can be found here. I have a few ideas in mind for videos next year and can’t wait to get started.

I’m looking forward to 2013. When I look back and see God’s hand on my life over the past year, I know He’s led me through and is slowly shaping me into the woman I am supposed to be. I’m hoping for a peaceful and creative year and pray for a year of joy and blessing.

Have you taken some time to stop and reflect on the past year? Do you have some favourite projects? Lessons learned? Goals for 2013? I’d love to hear if you’d like to share!

Wishing you many blessings for the coming year!

Washi Chevrons

Hello! I’m back to blogland after a lovely week off celebrating with my family. I hope you and yours had a wonderful Christmas and are still enjoying the holiday season. We have a few more things planned and I’m enjoying having my family around the house. They are growing and changing so quickly that I want to treasure every moment.

Today I thought I’d share one of my favorite card designs that I created a couple months ago. It combines two of my favorite trends from 2012, washi tape and chevrons. The background really isn’t as hard to put together as it looks and I’ll have a tutorial for you in the near future.

In the meantime…happy creating and thanks for stopping by!




Metallic Beauty

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

Yes! I am singing it. There is finally snow on the ground! It’s been a strange Canadian winter for us so far and I’m thrilled to see a beautiful white covering this morning. For me, it’s just not Christmas without it.

With Christmas right around the corner, here’s another holiday design…

Today I’m in the CLASSroom sharing this Christmas card design and tutorial. I hope you’ll join me here.

Wishing you lots of beautiful snow for Christmas!


the countdown continues…

Another day closer to Christmas!

I’m back with another holiday project and yes, another advent/countdown project. I know these are typically started at the beginning of December but I’m betting there just may be a few of you like me….a little behind this year.

I’m sharing this project as part of a Maya Road and Tombow Blog swap and I hope you’ll join me today here. There’s a great giveaway so don’t miss it! Who wouldn’t want a little gift for themselves this time of year?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

the countdown…

11 more days until Christmas!

I’m just starting the countdown now. Yes, I’m a little behind…even more so than usual. The good news is that I’m finally starting to feel much better and I’m just going to do the best I can with the time I have.

So for those of you who are behind like me, and still needing to create some holiday projects, I have a quick and easy Christmas easel to share with you today.

I’m loving the chalkboard trend and this sweet little easel would be a great place to countdown each day until Christmas. I’ve left some space to chalk in how many days are left and decorated the rest with some sweet Maya Road trims and goodies. It’s fun, festive and you can make it in a flash.

While I’m counting down until Christmas, I’m also counting the days until my daughter is home for the holidays. Just 3 more! I’m pretty sure I’m even more excited than she is. 🙂

Happy creating!


Peaceful Snow Tag

One of my favorite things about Christmas is the peace and joy it brings. Many times it gets lost in the hustle and bustle of the season and the crazy flurry of preparations. I encourage each of you to carve out some time to sit down and enjoy some quiet time thinking about the true meaning of Christmas.

The Ellen Hutson design team and guests have been getting ready for the holidays with the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Touch. I hope you’ve been enjoying them for the past week. Sorry I’m a little behind in linking up to the creative party as we’ve been sick. Better late than never though, right?! And there’s still time to leave comments and play along with the tag challenge if you haven’t already. Some seriously awesome giveaways so make sure you don’t miss it! Here’s the link to my tag project.

Wishing you peace, hope & joy this Christmas season!

simply saturday…hello darling

I’m back with a simply Saturday card. Of course, going with the theme, it’s a very clean and simple design. Perfect for those people in your life who don’t like a lot of frou-frou. My favourite part is the darling little wood shapes. Way too cute!

Lately things have been kind of up and down in my life. You may have  noticed the lack of posting lately. One part of that is I’ve been trying to find some balance in my life. Mostly though, chronic sinus issues and headaches have been really affecting my output. The last three months have been really difficult to work through. Yes, I’ve seen a doctor and we’re hoping to find a solution. I just wanted to share that yes, I’m still loving crafting and hoping to get back to my regular self soon. Please bear with me!

Quick tip: Circles are always a fun design element. Play around with how you use them. Placing them off the edges of the design makes for an interesting design.


Have a simply wonderful Saturday!