Monday, November 23, 2009

Tattered Angles and Tim Holtz are so awesome!

You have to check out the Tattered Angels website and Blog, the folks at TA are rocking out the projects with Graphic 45 papers (Be still my beating heart!!!!!!!) . There is so much talent coming out of the TA designers so hop over to the Blog and check it out.

Are you looking for some great new ways to use your glimmer mist for the holiday season? Well don't forget to check out all the great gift ideas and tutorial videos. You are going to be sooooooo inspired by these ladies. So follow the links and get busy creating with your Tattered Angels products.

After having a really crappy week and feeling beaten Tim has found the inner strength and fortitude to once again share with us his amazing talent. Get on over to his blog and check out the details...........Live the Life You Have Imagined.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Something Scrappy that takes me out of my box

Those of you that know and love will know that scrapping anything that is not distressed, inked, misted or glossy accented is as far out of my box as I can get.

So have I done one page out of the box...........perhaps two.........are you all sitting down.......we are in the midst of a WHOLE 12x12 album........yeah you read it right people......

One of my colleagues is off to soon give birth to a wonderful new baby girl....and I wanted to do a baby album. Well Mom loves all things Winnie the Pooh so here are some samples of the pages.

A Princess is born was created from the desire to play with my new Copic Markers that were recently acquired..........thats a whole new addiction that I will have to post on later. So all the doodling is my freehand doodles. Don't tell anyone but all the stickers, cardstock and ribbon are sooooooooooooooo old that I can't even vaguely remember where they came from or what product line they belong to. My goal for this album is to scrap with scraps and stash and I am pleased to be successful so far.
Just One Look....will let you know that this is not my typical form of scrapping, the Cricut characters are flocked (Roo and Rabbit) and glittered or Glimmer Misted (Owl). I know that that first glimpse of this little bundle will have Mom and Dad melting and wondering how they got along without her all these years. I have to admit that I am really hoping that I can do the family photo shoot in the next couple of weeks when this bundle of joy arrives.

Ohana Means Family, and family means your never alone..........I know its not from Winnie the Pooh's writings but it is one of my favourite sayings. I can't begin to tell you how many times I have had to pull together basic family tree information for my kids, so I hope that this little one will never forget where to look for her start. Each tree has approx. 200 hand punched leaves from all sorts of green pattern paper scraps. The tree trunks are curved out to add my manditory need for dimension (oh come on people you didn't expect me to scrap flat too?). Glimmer mist is everywhere to provide shimmer and shine on leaves, trunks and grass. I will be honest with you all this is one set of pages that I am gonna have a hard time letting go.......... I know that the new Mom and I have also talked about the possibility of having this layout framed into a shadow box for the babe's room......A real keepsake.

I have some more pages in progress and I will share them with you as they are completed. I might have to make myself a duplicate book.......and wait for the FAR OFF DISTANT (all of my kids are noticing the FAR OFF DISTANT is emphasized?) Day that a grandbaby blesses my world.

While I have your attention................

Thank you to everyone for your words of encouragement, support and prayers. The surgery has been completed, and while there were more tumours than expected (6 small and 1 large) they have happily all been removed (which was not what was expected) there remains the waiting time for the biopsies to return with the official results but a positive outlook is predicted. So now time will be my allie as my body regains its strength for the next challenge life throws our way.

So watch out everyone.........I am getting ready to create and design and teach and share the wonders of Tattered Angels Products. Just look below and see what wonderful things Bob bought for me last night........I am so excited to play!

I tell you folks this stuff is so much fun! Well off to rest for a bit


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Something a little different for me

Hi Everyone,

This posting is a little bit off the wall for me but as my surgical dates approach all to rapidly I find myself doing a little bit of reflecting.

First I am blown away with all the kind words that I have received from the ladies that I attended Creative Escapes with. Many of you I spent but a few moments and at most a few hours with and your support and well wishes have touched my heart. I am really looking forward to being more active on the boards and seeing many of you next year.

I have had amazing support from my collegues at work....I honestly felt that I could disappear and wouldn't be missed but this week I discovered how valued I was. I wish for everyone that at some point in their life that will experience this feeling.

I miss my Mom.......yes she is just a phone call away....but she is the only person that is really close to me that can understand that you can look one way in the morning and in the evening your not quite as you remember. She is my best friend and while I know the move to Calgary was the best for her and my Dad, I do miss her like heck.

Will I miss my breast itself.... no, I miss my hair way more and yes it is now growing back but it is very very dark brown and alas it now contains grey. But even though I know I may not lose the whole breast there is something about the process that plays with your mind.

Please don't get me wrong........I am in no way complaining, because I truly have nothing to complain about.....I look at Noelle and follow her never ending battle to stay alive and I know that this will be a walk in the park of life. I look at the hardships suffered by my Mom and Grandmother's and I know that this is but a blip in the radar and that I have the genetic material and fortitude to handle this with all the grace that they did.

Life does change in ways that you least expect....and a few hurt a lot....but for each person that has pulled out of my life or backed off to a safe distance I have had people that I least expected to step up and take my hand over the rocky bits. It has brought my children back to a point where I can enjoy spending time with them again not because they think I am dying......but because they have seen the importance of forgiving and moving past old hurts. I would do this all again for that reason alone. I had the greatest gift of all from someone that I didn't expect I would and that was a discussion of discovery and understanding.....what I mistook for indifference was a deep seated fear that caused them to keep me at arms length. After hours of talking and chatting there is now a potential to repair what I thought was broken and soon to be thrown away. I look forward to the day when those that are to afraid to be close now......feel safe to come back into my life...I understand.

I am strong.....or stubborn call it what you will........but I have learned that if I concentrate my will and effort I can overcome anything. So when this battle is finished I feel that I can now dig in and make some other goals and dreams a look out scrapping world I am gonna be out there sharing my passion for scrapping and start teaching not just big urban stores but for little communities that would like to have a someone come and teach them new techniques. From there I will plan my next step.........and I will achieve and succeed.

Well its time to go and rest......don't want to be run down now. So thanks everyone for letting me ramble and reflect on how lucky I am to have this life, challenges and all.


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Looks like there is a change in the wind

I want to thank everyone for the well wishes.

What I really miss is the energy and ambition to post and keep sharing the learning process. So I thank you all for your patience.

Just to let you know the next posting is likely to be aways off as they have decided to perform not one by two surgeries in short order then closer to xmas the final one. Then we will know what the balance of treatment is going to be.

Take care and make it a wonderful day!