Monthly Archives: December 2014

New Years resolution…kind of

So as 2014 comes to a close I take the time to reflect on my year as a whole… And let me tell you is was a packed year. As its all happening, it feels like it flies by and like moments are huge but then they pass and are forgotten or not remembered as fondly as they should be. And as big events happen they get over shadowed by the next big event… And this year had a few big ones for my and my family… So I want to take this time to remember them and to acknowledge them. Then I want to set my intentions for this new year as I think I have a whole different outlook then I think I ever have before…

This year was filled with goal setting, personal accomplishments and huge personal milestones!!

Let’s start at goal setting and personal accomplishments! After losing weight i readjusted my goals to push harder and be better in my previously set goals… This years big physical goal was to beat my previous race times… In 2013 I raced in a Spartan Super mud race. (For those unfamiliar this is a 14+km 20+obstacle race.) I finished at 2 hours and 5 minutes. So my goal I set for 2014 was to beat my 2013 time by 15 minutes..

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And due to some great training and being pushed I finished my 2014 Spartan Super at 1 hour and 34 minutes! So I finished faster by 30 full minutes:) and to top off this huge accomplishment I climbed the rope in the final obstacle… This rope has been my nemesis! It’s a 20 foot rope straight up with a bell at the top, below the end of the rope is a trench with waist deep water and mud! So for my to ding the bell was a big proud of myself moment! And it was pretty cool to see how proud my fiancĂ© was of me to accomplish that climb! Along with this big one for me I also completed three Sparta Sprints (5+km and 14+ obstacles) in Edmonton, Calgary and Sun Peaks. The feeling of completing a race is indescribable, it’s amazing to be so proud of yourself because you’re the only one who can make you do it and finish. I wild encourage anyone who has any want to do one to do it… You don’t regret finishing:)

Milestones… This ones is tough because even the smallest thing can be a milstone to some… Above are a few for me that may seem small and insignificant to other. But there were two specifically that changed me and will continue to change me as a person. First off was the man of my dreams asked me to be his wife and be part of the rest of his life.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/135/71334480/files/2014/12/img_1016.png. He and my sister were quite sneaky as I had NO IDEA anything was happening… This man has made me a very lucky lady. He is beside me through it all and I am fortunate to be beside him for the rest of my life:)

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/135/71334480/files/2014/12/img_1015.png this man has pushed me to be the best I can be as an individual and as a partner. He pushes me when I don’t think I can and nurtures me as I figure things out. He puts my best interests ahead of his own and that I will be eternally grateful for. From the small things like surprising me with a pegboard wall I have been talking about to the big things like rearranging his work and social life so I can take a much needed break away! So on August 22 2015 I will become a wife… And don’t tell anyone 😉 but secretly I’m most excited to show him my ridiculously beautiful dress. And to see the look on his face when he first sees me coming towards him:)

And then there was another big milstone that hit in November 2014… It was another title changer for me… Before November 29 2014 I was a sister, daughter, fiancĂ©, and friend. Then my life was changed when I got to add Aunty to the list of what I am and who I am… I got to welcome a beautiful little girl to the world.

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/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/135/71334480/files/2014/12/img_0843.jpg. Sorry for the cuteness overload!!! I’m pleased to introduce you to Ava Beverly:) This little monkey has changed my world for the better. She makes me want to be a better person so I can be a good role model for her and be someone she wants to be around and look up to:) this whole event has also changed my views on my beautiful sister. Amy has always been my best friend but this whole pregnancy/becoming a mother process has made me so ridiculously proud of her. She handled all the changes so smoothly and with such grace. She has made me so proud not only to be her sister but her friend… I see her in a whole different light now and that’s a super positive thing:) I love her:) she’s my person… (Insert Grey’s reference here;))

With this year coming to a close I decided I wanted to take a different outlook on my ‘resolution’. I decided this year I resolve to keep a clear, positive, healthy mind. I am envious of people who take things as they come with a calm level head. The people who don’t get overwhelmed and don’t get stressed or upset about everything.. I envy them because I am an emotional, heart on my sleeve kind of person… So as to not change who I am I decided I will be my caring loving self but I will choose what it worth the stress and emotion:) my resolution is to document and journal 2015 as I want to remember these months leading up to the day i get to marry my best friend. And I want to document my beautiful niece change and gain her personality and traits:)

Thank you for reading and letting me finish my year with a smile on my face and my heart full:)
Xo


A Magical Find

I’m sure that I’m not the only one who does this… You get something new and it gets lost in the shuffle of your creative space, it’s not till you clean/organize/move that you rediscover the little gem!! A discovery happened this last week while I have been moving my space downstairs! The other bonus is this hidden surprise was also an item I didn’t know how to use so I got to experiment and research something new as well!

What was this new gem??!! Lindy’s Stamp Gang magicals.

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Anyways, I have been playing around with these babies a lot and with all the stuff I mixed it with, water tends to be my favourite go to!! But in this tiny tutorial I mixed with a few mediums for different effects!

Here are the steps to creating this project using Magicals along with other favourites!

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-Taking texture stamp and versamark I used ebossing powder (imperial purple gold and angel wings peacock) to creat texture in two corners.
-Using Frenchy’s Pink Pouf mist I misted a few chipboard pices and strips of water color paper. Using a circles stencil apply whipped spackle on background and previously sprayed watercolor strip.
-randomly apply whipped spackle onto chipboard frames and flourishes.
-Mix whipped spackle and clam bake beige magical together and apply through a chevron stencil.
-Cut out three pices of watercolor paper to fit behind the frames, stamp two of them with Bloom Girl faces, accent these with water and magicals (clam bake beige and tea pot purple).
-On the third piece apply magical (mad hatter mint green) with water.
-Assemble these behind the frame and arrange paper strips and flourishes.
-Drip some of your Frenchy’s Pink Pouf spray onto your craft mat and rub edges of sticker words through it to enhance edges.
-Adhere these over centre frame opening.
-Using pop dots apply this to the background.
And a few close ups!

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As per normal lately almost of the products used here were purchased from Limor Webber Designs online store. Again the ease of shopping on this store is unlike any other! She will ship anywhere and will get anything in that is wanted!! Feel free to go check it out and check out the online workshops she offers while you’re there! HINT: check out the mixed media club!!
Prima
~Watercolour paper (#980269)
~Bloom Girl Stamp (#pri980030 and #pri980054)
~Bubbles stencil (#961299)

7dots studio
~Word stickers-Cold Country (#SDST0027)
-Nature Walk (#SDST0023)

Faber-Castell
~Whipped Spackle (#770318)
~Gelatos-white, chocolate brown

Heidi Swapp
~Mini Chevron Stencil (#ac01191)

Lindy’s Stamp Gang
~Magicals- tea pot purple (from Mad Hatter collection), mad hatter mint green(from Mad Hatter collection), clam bake beige (from Nantucket Pearls collection lin-mag-19)
~Spray- Frenchy’s Pink Pouf
~Embossing Powder- Imperial Crown Purple Gold (lin-ep-031), Angel Wings Peacock (lin-ep-005)


My boys<3

Here’s a little layout dedicated to the men in my home:) I have my little man/fur baby and my big man/fiance:)
I quite enjoyed creating this piece and this my first time using 7 dots paper. And let my tell you I’m now addicted:) the paper itself is quite thick which is ideal for my as I like to use a lot of layers and sprays, so the paper holds up quite well. So with this as a base and a few layers of die cut pieces, stamps, stencils and a few paper strips this little baby was complete:)

I created this with a mixed media design in mind! And using some of my fav products this was the outcome… I hope you enjoy. First up is a full view…
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And a few close ups…

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All of my supplies for this project were purchased at my FAV online store. I have to give props this this lady… Limor Webber runs this shop from her home and runs it well. If she doesn’t have something she will get it… Her stock is vast and is always up to date and always ships quickly!!! Love this store… And let’s be real, I don’t have to leave my house or change out of my pj’s:)

7dots studio
Background paper-Dreamer Collection (#SDPP0010)
Die Cut Elements- Thoughts Keeper 12×12 (#SDPE8023)

Stamps
Tim Holtz- Background mixed media stamp set (CMS125)
Dina Wakley- Handwritten Quotes (MDR44475)

Faber-Castell/Design Memory Craft
Whipped Spackle (#770318)
PITT Pen- warm gray IV 273
Gelato-Double Scoop- metallic mint (#770268)

Ink
Liquitex- Ink! Carbon black
Imagine Crafts- irRESISTible- wedding dress (IW-000-910)


Remember.

Remember to take everyday moment by moment. To soon times and moments will pass to quickly. Sometimes we get wrapped up in the past or what could be and we forget to live in the moment of now… Of what’s around us. I got wrapped up in possibility instead of living in the now and feel I have missed a few gems of moments… Don’t let this happen to you… Live in the now and document the cherished moments so u can revisit them. Love you all

Xo

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In a slump…

Hey my crafty friends:) I’m sorry for my absence lately! I have been in a creative slump!!! But let me tel you after a few frustrated tears and some in planned supply trips I’m back… Here’s quick sneak peek of a project that I’ll release asap!!!

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Enjoy!! Stay tuned!! More to come!!