Friday, December 23, 2011

Tracks in the Snow

The other day we had some new-fallen snow.  My husband sent the boys out to "make tracks in the snow".  (Basically just to get outside and get some fresh air!!)


When the boys came back in they asked me if I had been watching them make tracks.  I hadn't, so they pointed outside...




As you can see they definitely made "TRACKS" in the snow! hee hee!  I love my boys' sense of humour!


Have a wonderfully whimsical day!
Alice.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

November Class: Merry Christmas

Scrapbook Sundays are the day I post a project featuring new ideas and some of my favourite Close To My Heart products.  I hope that after reading my post you will be inspired to try something new the next time you scrapbook your memories.




In my November classes we made a page using the Believe paper from Close to my Heart.  Believe is a very colourful, Christmas themed kit.  In this class however, I created a mono-chromatic page using only red and white.


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To create this layout:

Red Background Paper:  I added 3 pea-sized drops of Create-a-shade Pearl Paint, 12 drops of White Daisy pigment re-inker and some water to a spray pen.  I laid a mask shape (cut using the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge) over the center of the red paper.  I then sprayed liberally around the edges of the mask.  When the ink was dry, I outlined the shape using Stardust glitter gel.  I think the spray adds a look similar to a snowy window!

White Numbers Paper:  Run a 5x7 sheet of paper through the Cuttlebug using the ProvoCraft embossing folder.  Rub the Holiday Red ink pad directly over the embossed shapes.

White Ornament:  This will be my journalling area.  The shape was cut with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge and I inked the edges with Holiday Red ink, and applied Stardust glitter gel.

White Title Strip:  The strip was created using a Martha Stewart border punch.  'Merry Christmas' was stamped with Holiday Red ink using the Holiday Commentary stamp set from CTMH.  The sparkle buttons are also from CTMH.

I hope you will be inspired to get scrappin'!  If you would like to purchase the materials for this project you can click the "Shop With Me" badge on the right side of this page, or with this link.

Have a whimsically wonderful day!
Alice.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

October Class: Friends from Afar

Scrapbook Sundays are the day I post a project featuring new ideas and some of my favourite Close to My Heart products.  I hope that after reading my post you will be inspired to try something new the next time you scrapbook your memories.






This week I'll share my October scrapbook class.  I made a page using the Typeset paper from Close to my Heart. 


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For this class I cut shapes using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  The banner, stars, journalling block and "friends" were all done using Art Philosophy!  


I used the "Vintage Type" stamp set for the banner and the small alphabet letters.  I used the "Universal Backgrounds" stamps to add dimension to the stars.  I also added button brads and a section of the  strip cut from the top of the paper on the stars.  


All of the edges of the page were distressed using the edge distresser. For a final bit of dimension I wrapped a bit of waxy flax around the stem of the letter "d" in "friends".


I hope you will be inspired to get scrappin'!  If you would like to purchase any of the materials for this project you can click the "Shop With Me" badge on the right side of this page, or with this link.


Have a whimsically wonderful day!
Alice.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Christmas Card Workshop

Scrapbook Sundays are the day I post a project featuring new ideas and some of my favourite Close to My Heart products.  I hope that after reading my post you will be inspired to try something new the next time you scrapbook your memories.


I am thrilled to share with your the beautiful cards we made in my Christmas Card Workshop this Saturday!
The Workshop attendees made 10 cards each, two of five different designs.  
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JOY CARD:
This card was inspired by a card from Scrapbook Trends: Christmas Cards magazine.  I loved the colour-scheme and I thought it would be easily transferred to the "Believe" paper from Close to my Heart.  I layered the Believe paper onto Desert Sand, inked the edges and faux-stitched the Believe paper using a white gel pen and paper piercer.  The "JOY" letters are cut with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, raised using foam tape and embellished with Glitz Stardust glitter gel.


CHRISTMAS TREE CARD:
This card was inspired by a card I found on the Close to my Heart Consultant Bulletin Boards.  My thanks go out to Kandi for this inspiration!  I love the simplicity of this card.  The tree image is stamped with the "Happy Clusters" stamp set.  Then the circles are embellished with a mixture of buttons, sparkles, liquid glass and glitter gel.


SNOWFLAKE CARD:
This card was also inspired by a card made by Kandi on the Close to my Heart Consultant Bulletin Boards.  The stamp set is called "Snowflakes" and the paper is "Wonderland".  I thought the folds of this card make it very interesting and I loved being able to use my Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge to cut out the snowflake!


ART PHILOSOPHY CRICUT ORNAMENT CARD:
I designed this card with shapes cut using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  The red and striped paper is from the "Believe" line, and the black damask pattern is from the "Mischief" line.  The ornament is embellished with part of the strip of paper that is cut off of the top of the designer paper, and then with red glitter gel.  I LOVE that the strips have product identification on one side, and a useful embellishment on the other!


SLEIGH CARD:
I designed this card using the October Stamp of the Month: Holiday Magic.  I love this stamp set, and I was excited to include it in my Workshop.  I used the "Wonderland" paper for the brown dots.  Colonial white cardstock emboss with music notes using a Sizzix folder, and then inked with Twilight ink.  The sleigh is raised with foam tape, and covered in liquid glass for a shiny appearance.  The gliders of the sleigh are embellished with Glitz bronze glitter gel.  The star is a Milepost shape and is inked and wrapped with waxy flax.


Which card is your favourite?  My class was partial to the Snowflake Card.  I think my favourite is the Sleigh card.  The products used to create these cards are available by clicking the link "Shop With Me" on the right side of the page.


I hope you have a whimsically wonderful day!
Alice.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Pumpkin Decor

Scrapbook Sundays are the day I post a project featuring new ideas and some of my favourite Close to My Heart products.  I hope that after reading my post you will be inspired to try something new the next time you scrapbook your memories.








In the spirit of Halloween I would like to share a simple home decor craft.  My local scrapbook store had some adorable pumpkin decor, and I was inspired to make my own!  These pumpkins are made using the Dreamin' paper from Close to my Heart.  
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  • Using the My Philosophy Cricut cartridge from Close to my Heart cut out 9 circles with a 4"diameter.  (You can change the size of the pumpkins by using larger/smaller circles.  You may need to adjust the number of circles if you change the diameter.)  I used a variety of coordinating papers and cardstock from the Dreamin' package.  
  • Cut a bit off the bottom of each circle so the pumpkin will sit flat on the table.  
  • Fold each circle in half and ink the edges.  I chose a few circles to emboss with fall patterns, such as pumpkins, spiderwebs and bullrushes.  
  • When all 9 circles are ready it is time to assemble.  Glue the edges of the circles together with the folds to the center of the pumpkin.  
  • The stem was created by rolling a strip of paper and sticking it into the top of the pumpkin. 
  • For the finishing touch, tie some raffia and twine around the stem of the pumpkin.  
When I was finished I noticed that I had lots of 'same-size' left-over pieces from cutting the bottom off of each circle.  I used these pieces to create this flower embellishment for a scrapbook page.  I curled the ends of the flower using a bone folder.

I'd love to hear your comments and I'll answer any questions left in the comment section.  Feel free to "Share to Facebook" or other media using the buttons below.  I hope you will be inspired to get scrappin'!  Have a whimsically wonderful day!
Alice.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Menu Planning Week 17

Fall is such a great time of the year!  There are so many things on the go and it is so beautiful outside.  I have really been enjoying the fall colours this year, although we are pretty much done with that now.  We never did manage to get a fall family photo done... maybe we will do a winter photo this year!  I canned pickled beets with my mother-in-law the other day... mmmm!  I can't wait for them to be ready!  I will post about that very soon.  Today I will share my menu plans for the next week.  I made a delicious Borscht yesterday with a few beets that were saved from pickling.

So here's my plan for this week!




Wednesday - Fried mushrooms, couscous and a Everything Salad


Thursday - Roast beef with mashed potatoes


Friday - Left over roast beef.


Saturday - Halloween party... so not too sure!


Sunday - Hamburger soup


Monday -  Chicken and pasta


Tuesday - Sweet and sour meatballs and rice

I hope you have a whimsically wonderful day!
Alice.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

My Super-Star Boys Scrapbook

Scrapbook Sundays are the day I post a project featuring new ideas and some of my favourite Close to My Heart products.  I hope that after reading my post you will be inspired to try something new the next time you scrapbook your memories.






This week my project features the Typeset paper from Close to My Heart.  I am also using the Typeset Complements Canvas Shapes and the Blue Ribbon stamp set, along with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.


I was inspired by my friend Ann to make a mini-book in the style of a K&Company Smash Book.  Ann knew that I had received The Cinch machine for Mother's Day.  She was very curious about the wonderful projects I was making using my lovely new machine.  I was embarrassed to tell her that I had barely even taken it out of the package!


Ann posted a great video of a Smash book she made using the Close to My Heart - Sophia scrapbooking kit.  HERE is a link to her post and video.


The book I made is called "My Super Star Boys".  I wanted a book where I can collect my favourite photos and memories of my boys all in one place!
The cover.
The first page with the dedication.
A close up of the dedication.
 You can see I have used different sized pages.
 The different sizes provide visual and textural interest.
 There are whole pages that will work well for journalling.
 I will have a photo peeking through this star-shaped cut out.
 Some of the small pages are great for journalling.
As I add photos and stories to the book I will add additional embellishments
I created a pocket for inside the back cover, to tuck pieces until they can be added.

I can't wait to gather up some of my favourite photos to add to this book!  Now that I have FINALLY started using my Cinch, I have so many ideas of projects to make... I can't believe I waited so long to get started!

I hope you will be inspired to get scrappin'!  Have a whimsically wonderful day!
Alice.


Monday, October 17, 2011

FALL into Scrapbooking

Welcome to the first instalment of my 'Scrapbook Sundays' series!  Every Sunday I will post a project featuring some of my favourite Close to my Heart products.  I hope that after reading my post you will be inspired to scrapbook your memories!




When I saw the new Dreamin' paper line from Close to my Heart I fell in love!  The colours are perfect for a fall project.  The featured colours are: Bamboo, Chocolate, Colonial White, Crystal Blue, Goldrush, Honey and Pacifica.  The six different patterns are a fabulous mix between subtle patterns and bold ones.


I chose this paper for the scrapbooking project at my Open House last month.  I also featured cut-out pieces from the exciting new Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, the layer-able stamp set "So Grateful", and the lovely new antiqued copper embossed brads.


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NEW!!!  Extra kits of the Fall layout will be available for the next month.  All pieces are cut and the pumpkin will be pre-stamped, ready to by cut out, layered and mounted.  The only thing required will be your adhesive and photos.  Cost for the kit will be $5 + S&H if necessary.  Leave me a message if you are interested!


I hope you will be inspired to scrapbook some fall photos!  If you would like to purchase any of the materials used above click on the "Shop With Me" button to the right side of the page, or contact me through my facebook page: Alice's Attic - Scrapbooking.  I hope you have a whimsically wonderful day!
Alice.






Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Alice's Attic - October Newsletter


Hello from the Attic!

I hope you all had a wonderful September and that you are looking forward to a fun-filled October!  I am so excited about what October is bringing to the Attic!

MONTHLY CLUBS 
If you have registered for a monthly scrapbook club you should have received an email with club details!  All of the clubs are full and I can't wait to see you all this month!

ONE-DAY WORKSHOPS

Christmas Card Workshop:  November 5, 2011 from 2-5p.m.  There are only 2 spaces still available in this class.  We will be making 10 Christmas cards, 2 each of 5 designs.  Cost $20.  

Scrapbooking Express Workshop: November 26, 2011 from 2-5p.m.  This class is now FULL.  We will be making a 20 page scrapbook!  Cost $65.

Recipe Card/Photo Storage Workshop: Tentative Date: December 3, 2011 from 2-5pm.  The perfect gift for those hard to buy for relatives!  Make your own recipe box/photo storage box!  This project can be customized to suit your personal style.  The box will store  4x6 photos nicely. Registration Deadline:  November 5, 2011.  Cost $27.
This is a sample box... this class will use your choice of the NEW papers!


CROP NIGHT 
The first crop was such a success I can't wait for the next one!  Space is limited  so please pre-register!  November 5, 2011 (same day as the Christmas Card Workshop)  If you come for the Christmas card class stay and scrapbook after, or just come for the Crop!  5:30 pm until the wee hours of the morning.  Cost $10, or $20 with supper.

STAMP OF THE MONTH  
The October Stamp of the Month is Holiday Magic.  This beautiful Christmas themed stamp set will be a great addition to your holiday cards and pages.  Spend a minimum of $55 in October and receive this set for only $5.50.  (Retail value: $19.95)  

CONSTANT CAMPAIGN  
Get a Fab Freebie in October.  Become a Consultant in October and get one add-on collection Free.

JEANETTE'S BLOG  
Visit CEO and founder Jeanette Lynton's blog this month and see all of the wonderful things you can do with the new Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.

MY BLOG
I blog about scrapbooking and many other things I'm interested in.  I'll be running a "Scrapbooking Sunday" series over the next few weeks.  Visit my blog: awhimsicalwonderland.blogspot.com

GIFT CERTIFICATES
I have gift certificates available in any denomination.  Great for the scrapbooker that has almost everything!  

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS 
The new clear 14" ruler from Close to my Heart has measurements in inches, guide holes for evenly placed stitching, metal straight edge for craft knife cutting, and 1" grid marks.  See it in action on page 57 of the Autumn/Winter Idea Book. $10.95

TIPS AND TECHNIQUES
Love the stitched look, but hate dealing with needle and thread?  Waxy flax makes stitching a breeze!  The wax coating helps this fibre stitch easily without a needle.  Stitch on a page, thread a button, wrap a dimensional element and more!

CTMH TV
Looking for scrapbook inspiration?  Check out CTMH TV for the latest tips and tricks!

STUDIO J
Are you a digital scrapbooker?  Are you curious about digital, but don't want a big commitment?  Create layouts in minutes in Studio J, Close to my Heart's online software.  Studio J offers themed kits, coordinating fonts, and easy to use accents like ribbons, brads, buttons and more.  Just drag, drop and go!  Priced affordably Studio J is a great way to explore the world of digital scrapbooking.

FIND ME ON FACEBOOK
Alice's Attic - Scrapbooking has a facebook page.  Stop by and "Like" me to get tips, techniques and to see the latest news from the Attic!

JOIN MY TEAM
Close to my Heart offers the flexibility of setting your own hours, discounts on products, and a chance to share your love of scrapbooking!  With this month's Constant Campaign it's a great time to sign up!  Ask me how to join my team!  

HOST A HOME GATHERING
Are you interesting in getting your scrapbook products for FREE?  Host a home gathering.  A qualifying party is easy to achieve!  Gatherings can be held in your house or mine.  Ask me about possible dates and gathering projects!

PLACE AN ORDER
I place orders several times a month.  You don't need to attend a gathering to place an order, simply send me an email or phone me with your order! I accept VISA, MasterCard, Cheques and Cash.  You may also shop online at alice.myctmh.com to have your order sent directly to your house.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my newsletter!  I hope I can help you make scrapbooking FASTER, SIMPLER and EASIER!

Alice.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Adventures in Hair Styling

I love to try new things with my hair.  I think that hair is a great way to experiment with your style.  It can really change the way you look, and if you don't like it... it will grow back!


To show how easy it is to change your look by changing your hair, let me walk you through the last 2 years...


Fall 2009
Late Fall 2009
Christmas 2009


Summer 2010
End of summer 2010
Winter 2010-11
Spring 2011


Summer 2011

End of summer 2011

I decided that it was time for a bit of a make-over!  I now have a new hair cut, short and cute!  To go with my new hair cut I thought my blog could use a little style make-over, so now you see lovely pink stripes in the background.  


Ta da!  Here's my "right-now" look!  I don't know what I'll do next, but that's the great thing about it! 


 I hope you have some wonderful adventures ahead of you today!
Alice.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Replacement Windows

Last year I replaced all the windows in my house with those expensive, double-pane, energy-efficient kind.

 
Today, I got a call from the contractor who installed them.  He complained that the work had been completed a year ago and I still hadn't paid for them.
 
Hellloooo,............just because I'm blonde doesn't mean that I am automatically stupid.  So, I told him just what his fast-talking sales guy told me last year... that these windows would pay for themselves in a year,,,  Helllooooo?  It's been a year, so they're paid for, I told him..   There was only silence at the other end of the line, 
 
so I finally hung up.  He never called back.  I bet he felt like an idiot. 







Done laughing?  I received this email from a friend.  I think she was motivating me to exercise, because I had to run to the bathroom to prevent myself from peeing my pants!


Have a whimsically wonderful day!


Alice.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Homeschool Survival Kit

After my blog post from Monday, First Day Back to Homeschooling, I have had several people comment about how they could relate!  One of my friends completely surprised me by presenting me with this... a Homeschool Survival Kit!






The label reads:
Animal crackers for when life seems like a zoo.
Band-aids for when things get a little rough.
Chewing gum to help you stick to it.
Crayons to colour your day bright and cheerful.
Candle for when you are up late marking or planning.
Smarties cause that's who you're teaching.
Kit Kat bar cause by the end of the day you'll probably need a "Break".
Eraser to remind you everyone makes mistakes.
Lifesavers for when you've had one of those days.
Marbles to replace the ones you've lost.
Paperclips to hold it together.
Pencil to "Write your wrongs".
Rubber band to remind you to be flexible.
Shiny penny to remind you that each will shine in his or her own special way.
Starburst to give you a "Burst" of energy when you need it.
Tissues to wipe away the tears... yours and theirs.
Toothpicks to help you "pick" out the good qualities in others and yourself.
And a prayer for you to say at the start of every day.



Oh, and the prayer:
Please help me,
To strengthen their voices, bodies and mind,
To express their feelings
and control them sometimes.
To explore what's near,
and venture afar,
But most important to love
who they are.


Thank you so much to my friend for helping me to put a whole new spin on the "tough" days!  It really helps to remind me of why we do this, and it put a huge smile on my face!

I hope you have a whimsically wonderful day!
Alice.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Menu Planning - Post summer start-up


It has been an exciting summer, with plenty of travel and activity.  The one thing we haven't had was a routine!  I haven't been menu planning for ages, and I have definitely noticed.  Meals were random, "Let's see what's in the fridge." was a common phrase heard around here!  Now that fall has arrived it is time to get back into our routines.  I have loved the effect that menu planning has had on our life, so that is where I am starting!



Wednesday- Stir-fry with leftover steak


Thursday- Borscht


Friday- Left-over Borscht


Saturday- Homemade Pizza



Sunday- Chicken and roasted potatoes


Monday- Spaghetti and meatballs


Tuesday- Roast beef and vegetables


Now, I'll make my grocery list and I'll be set for the week!  Have a whimsically wonderful day!
Alice.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Strawberry Freezer Jam - YUM!

My husband stopped by the grocery store today to pick up milk.  He forgot all about the milk when he saw the great deal on strawberries. $1/lb.  He brought home 8 pounds of strawberries!  I knew that if I didn't do something right away, many of these strawberries would go to waste. Wasting strawberries is practically a crime, because these ones are REALLY GOOD.  So I removed the tops and washed them.  All 8 pounds of them.


This is only a few of our strawberries!

Then I decided I would freeze some of them, and I should make some freezer jam.  I had recently read a post about strawberry freezer jam over at The Frugal Girl.  After reading the post I picked up some special freezer-jam pectin in anticipation of jam making.  So I was ready to begin my adventure!  


The directions said to crush the strawberries, so I chopped them finely and then mashed them a bit with a potato masher.  They looked kind of crushed, so I mixed up my pectin with the sugar and mixed it all together.  Then I poured the mixture into some jars, and voila!  Strawberry freezer jam!  How easy was that?!


Mmm!  Delicious freezer jam!


Hopefully this post will inspire you to try something new today!  I had never made freezer jam before, but it was so easy, and it was definitely worth it!  Thanks to my impulsive husband I now have freshly made freezer jam, and frozen strawberries to put into my smoothies... I can always pick up milk tomorrow, right?


Have a whimsically wonderful day!
Alice.