Thursday, October 19, 2017

Friends and Freebies

I am finally ready to post about the 3 day crop I attended by Crop & Create.
My friends and I look forward to this event every year and we are never disappointed.
Here we are day 1.
We look pretty cute in our handmade shirts don't we :)
Any yes I really am that short, lol.

















Here is my awesome friend Debbie and I at the photo wall.
A new day with better lighting :)






















Here is me, my friends Ingrid, Lesli (you know Lesli from her blog, Vintage Scraps) and Lynne :)
















We were all gifted an enamel pin from Doodlebug.
I got the camper...which is adorable!!
I have to say they are a bit addicting.
I purchased the rest you see here at the crop.
The Crop & Create pin is exclusive to this event and I think they are going to get one made every year!!
I purchased Vicki's pin from Vicki herself.
The rest of them I purchased from the vender, The Scrapbook Cottage.
I think I got a bit carried away, teehee.
The Canadian flag pins and the bunny were gifted to me from my friend Verna...she also gave me a Coke pin...does she know me or what, teehee.






















Our goodie bags or Attendee kits consisted of a full scrapbooking kit.
So many of the ladies started their kits day one!!

















Lawn Fawn gave everyone their Stamp Shammy.
I have never used one of these so excited to see how it works.






















We all received these cute mini mini swatch papers from Pink Paislee.






















Vicki Boutin gave everyone one of her pencil cases...how fun is this!

















Now for some make and takes!!
Catherine Tachdjian's make and take was this beautiful pendant.
Every year we make one...we have done a square, circle, flower, owl and this year a tear drop.
Funny Story:
Catherine has a strong distaste for gnomes.
Lesli scoured our table looking for one small enough to fit in this shape...funny thing was, she found one.
When she brought it to the table, Catherine jokingly said that there was none left (as they were spread out in front of her) for Lesli, lol.
Catherine's daughter was pretty amused and played along by making sure the gnome would fit into the charm, lol.






















Next make and take was from Nicole Nowosad
Isn't this such a cute shaker card.
I should have put more sequins in the cloud, but I always worry that there are so many others that want to make this card, so don't want to use to much or take up to much of time.






















Virginia Nebel's make and take was this fun Canadian tag.






















Due to me not being able to wait in line, I wasn't able to make Sharon Reimer's (The Scrapbook Cottage) card for her make and take.
But a friend asked if I could have the pieces for it so I could colour it and make it on my own :)






















We were all gifted this pack of embossed papers.
We were instructed to bring them to Vicki Boutin's make and take and we could play with her new crayons.
Again I was unable to wait (my body had to be difficult) I was unable to stay for this, but I have so many types of crayons and water colour supplies, I can do this on my own as well :)

















We also received a Scrapbook & Cards magazine!!
In my pink Crop & Create tote I jammed it packed with some of my kits I had purchased :)

















Here are the wonderful ladies that make this event possible.
I know there are a lot more talented people who are behind the scenes that make this event such a pleasure to attend, but these are the ones that are so welcoming, kind and that we get to meet face to face.






















If you ever have the opportunity to attend one of these events, I highly recommend you going..you will not be disappointed.

I hope you all have a very creative day!

Tracy :)

Friday, October 13, 2017

Crop & Create!!

You all know how excited I am to host and to go to crops.
But the big daddy of them all is here again in my city and I am super super excited.
Crop & Create has been coming to our city for 5 years and I have been at this event every single year!!
I love it!!!
This year my friends and I made our own t-shirts :)
Cute right!

















My friend Lesli picked up my shirt for me, and it was way to big...I didn't feel like going back to exchange it for a smaller size, so I just took it in....took it way in, lol.
But I kept the length as I am wearing leggings and want the bum covered ;)
Here is my friend Debbie and I after we ironed on the logo.

















Like with every crop I like to make treat bags for my friends :)

















I kept the bag simple and just made a washi tape banner and taped it to the bag on either end.






















The best part...the goodies ;)
I added some sweats, as I love my sweets as well as a tag, and some twine.
I also stamped this adorable image by Angie Blom.
This image is perfect for this event as they have a photo wall and have a Polaroid frame we can use for pictures






















So I am all packed up and just waiting for my friend Sharon to pick me up.
Can you believe this is all I have packed!!!
But I plan on buying, teehee.























I hope you all have a very creative day today....I know I will :)

Tracy :)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Thankful

We have had a very busy weekend and the week looks the same.
Monday was Thanksgiving here in Canada and I always host our family's turkey dinner.
This year my daughter Ashley (who is a photographer) wanted to do some family photos.
As a scrapbooker, my heart jumped for joy :)
Here is my husband Wayne and I with our 3 beautiful daughters <3 p="">















And us with our adorable grandson...this little guy has my heart.















Here is the gang that all came for Thanksgiving this year...we are missing a few family members that couldn't make it this year.















This weekend was also the weekend we closed up (or winterized) our cottage.
We will be going up there to pick up the truck plow on a later date.






















Always sad when we go for our last quad ride :(

















I woke up early on our last morning at the cottage to this beautiful sunrise.
It was so much prettier in person.
It was like the lake was giving me a view to stick with me throughout the winter.
















I will leave you with this photo of my adorable grandson in front of me front yard Autumn display that my daughter Kristy and I put together.















I hope all those that celebrated Thanksgiving enjoyed your day and cherished the family and friends you spent it with.

Tracy :)

Saturday, October 7, 2017

World Card Making Day

Today is World Card Making Day and I am up at the cottage closing up for the season.
I honestly didn't think I would be able to participate, but I found some fun challenges on "The Scrapbook Cottage" site and really wanted to play along.
I have made 3 cards so far and am having a blast working with what I have here at camp..which isn't much.






















I had this La La Land image already coloured, so that helped.
I had coloured this years ago and put it in a photo book that I bring to camp filled with uncoloured images as well as a few that I had coloured already.
I also keep a few different colours of cardstock up here, just for making cards when its a rainy day up at camp.
I also keep 3, 6x6 pattern paper packs up here and for this card I used Sunny Side by Pebbles.






















Like I said, I coloured this image years ago..and I can tell, but I might as well use it, right :)
I used my Copics to colour cute little Marci.
The colouring on these photos is off as the sun was going down as I was taking these pictures.






















Here is the sketch that The Scrapbook Cottage shared for us card makers to get some inspiration from.
Sketch is from Page Maps.


















Have you participated in World Card Making Day?
I am still going strong with my limited supplies :)

I hope you all had a very Creative Day

Tracy :)

Monday, September 25, 2017

Book Review "Gerald's Game"

Look at me go!!
Not only am I successful in my "one book a month" challenge I have for myself, but this is my second book I have read for the month of September (maybe the reason for lack of posts).

I heard this book was made into a movie.
Funny thing was I had this book on one of my bookshelves and thought I had read it.
Decided to double check, but when I read the jacket cover, realized I had not, lol.

I have to read the book before watching the movie.
I like to have the characters in my head on how I think they look, before seeing them on-screen.
I also enjoy reading the books first, because in the books you get to read what is going on in the character's head.

I really enjoyed this book, but then again, I am a Stephen King fan.
I love the way he gets into his characters heads and describes how they are feeling, the way their mind works and the things they see.
This book is about a husband and wife who go off to their summer home in the off season and things don't go as planned.






















In true Stephen King fashion, he writes so well on how  the mind plays tricks on us....or do they?!






















I have 3 bookshelves full of books I have read, or want to read.
I also have a note on my phone with book suggestions from friends that I plan on reading.
I write down the title of the book, who the author is and who suggested it.

I would love to hear what you are all reading so I can add it to my never ending reading list :)

Tracy :)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Cottage Cards

I always have craft supplies up at our cottage.
I have stashes all over the place, teehee.
So when my SIL and her husband came up to our cottage on the last long weekend, I was able to make a couple of cards as it rained a lot of the time.























I had brought up my hexagon punches and had a but of fun playing with ways to use them.
I also inked the edges of the punch outs to make them pop a bit.






















My SIL, Sharon, purchased a planner when we went on our shopping getaway.
It was a dateless planner, so I added the stickers for the days of the month and weeks.
It was kind of an obsession after a while,
Then realized I had a planner with these stickers at home...which I hadn't put on the stickers, lol.
So I have a lot of practice when I get to mine.























I hope you all have a very creative day :)

Tracy :)

Monday, September 11, 2017

Book Review "Rainwater"

I have to say I loved this book.
It was a quick read, and I loved the characters in this book.
The story was so sweet, even though it was a dark hard time.






















I think I need to look up some more writings from Sandra Brown...I don't think I have read any of her books before.























I like the friendship between the 2 main characters.






















I have to say I am proud that I had completed this book so early in the month and I am 1/3 way through my new book!

What are you reading?
I would love to know :)

Tracy :)

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Day 3 of our Girls Creative Shopping Getaway.

Here is the last day of our shopping from when Sharon and I went to Hinckley for our getaway :)
We drove to Pine City to hit up their scrapbook store, I LOVE this store.
But being as excited as we were, we were to early so stopped in at their Walmart.
I found some adorable pieces for my fairy garden.
I am planning on painting the lawn furniture as the orange colour is just to much for me.
Look at that fire pit!!!
It is just so adorable...again I am going to paint it.

















We were still to early as the scrap book store wasn't open quite yet, so the dollar store.
One thing I love about Dollar Tree is that every thing is really just a dollar.
Here in my dollar store Dollarama, there isn't much that is only just one dollar.
Seeing that I plan on keeping up with reading my one book a month, I picked up a few books...and yes each one was only a dollar!!

















Then off to Pine City Scrapbooking!!!
I picked up these fun papers to scrapbook Kristy's trip to Italy...unless she wants to do her own pages, then she can have these.
And see those blueberry paper under the pile, I know I can use those as we pick blueberries every year and just last weekend we picked 58 cups.

















There is a clearance section, and I found a few goodies in there.
As well as some pretty papers.

















I fell in love with this pretty collection from Bo Bunny, so I purchased 2 of each piece.

















As well as some card stock to match.
I have been making my own kits up when I find some papers I like, this way I can just grab my pre-made kit for a last minute crop :)
I also picked up the co-ordinating stickers, chipboard and die cuts.

















Like every year, once we have finished our shopping, we head to the hotel lobby and create!
I made 30 cards!

















The upper lobby has 2 huge tables and some comfy chairs.
I have never seen anyone sitting at these, so Sharon and I grab a couple of lamps from the other sitting area to give us more light and take over the table :)
I enjoy when the staff and guests come and chat with us to see what we are doing :)























Every evening we head to the casino for dinner and Sharon spends the rest of her evening donating to the slot machines ;)
I wonder around the casino for a bit to take in the lights and excitement, then I go and walk the grounds.
They have a beautiful pond with a couple of fountains in the centers as well as a couple of swans occupying it.

















The next morning we hit the road to home.
As much as I loved to be away, I was happy to be home, I was more or less away from home for 2 weeks with my 2 getaways.

I still haven't put away my goodies...I have to clean my craft room first, lol.

I hope you all have a very creative day :)

Tracy :)day

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Book Review "The DarkTower Gunslinger"

I have to take a break from sharing my shopping goodies to do a book review.
As it is the last day of the month, I need to share my book choice for the month of August.
I actually finished this book on the 18th of this month, but forgot to share it earlier.

I like to read the book before seeing the movie, since I heard that this book was made into a movie, I just had to give it a read.
I had this book series in my collection (as I love how Stephen King writes and collect his books in hard cover).
But I donated them many years ago as I figured I would never read them as I thought they were Western type of a book.
Which they are, in a sense...but a more futuristic type of book with a dark side to it....true Stephen King style.






















Did I like the book...yeah it was an okay read.
But I don't feel the need to keep reading the rest of the series.
So not so much of a hit for me.























I am so far enjoying my read for September :)
What books have you been reading this summer?
I love to hear what is on everyone else's reading list.

I hope you all are having a very Creative Day :)

Tracy :)