Sunday, November 30, 2008

Final Challenge ~ Feels Like Christmas

I just got home from Christmas shopping with my wonderful Mother In Law and her sweet Hubby! It is our annual shopping trip. We take my darling niece along as well. We start off with a big brunch at The Golden Griddle and when we are all bursting, head out to do some damage. The van slowly gets crowded as we pile gifts and goodies into it.

This always signals the beginning of my Christmas season.

Challenge: Leave me a comment below and let me know what signals the beginning of Christmas to you?

You will earn a ballot for the big Blog Draw that I will be doing tomorrow night after work!! You have until then to post a comment!


Saturday, November 29, 2008

Challenge #10 ~ Cards

I just started writing and addressing my overseas Christmas cards. I want my relatives to receive them in time. As I was putting the postage on them I realized how far behind I am in regards to making my cards this year. I need to devote an entire day to get some more made up. Otherwise... I will be buying boxed cards. I know... the shock!!
How far along are you with your cards?

I would like you to make at least two Christmas cards and either email them to me at: or link on the blog. Please put "Thynner Blog Challenge" on the subject line.

Here are some Great Christmas Quotes I have come across lately:

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ~Norman Vincent Peale

Christmas is a time when you get homesick - even when you're home. ~Carol Nelson

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. ~Roy L. Smith

The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. ~Burton Hillis

Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts. ~Janice Maeditere

May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace,The gladness of Christmas give you hope,The warmth of Christmas grant you love.~Author Unknown

Bonus Challenge: Use on of the above quotes on a card or layout!!

You will earn a ballot for each challenge you complete. The $50.00 prize pack is:
October Afternoon Tab Book
Pink Paislee Pixie Stixs
Glimmer Mist
Crate Paper Prudence Paper Line - all of it.
Crate Paper Rub ons, border stickers and diecuts
Mambi Rhinestones/Gems
**Bonus... issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine!

Happy Scrapping!


**Deadline for challenges is December 1st**

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Challenge #9 ~ Scraplift

I got word yesterday that the lastest issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today will be delivered December 5th. It is always loaded with such lovely creations and the articles are tops! Just take a look at the stunning cover!

Did you know that the magazine is available to you for free??!! Yep... you can subscribe to this awesome magazine and just pay the shipping to have it delivered to your home. If you aren't lucky enough to have a LSS near you that hands them out to you..... put a bug in their ear to get it in! I know that The Scrapping Bug, Scrapshotz and Scrapbook Star all provide it for free when you make purchases both online and in store.

For subscription info please check here: Free Magazine Offer

Challenge #9:

My challenge for you is to use the cover layout of the SCT Magazine as inspiration for your next layout. Yep... an easy scraplift. The cover layout just screams.... "scraplift me". There are so many lovely elements to it to work with.
Once you have completed your layout please email it to me at for a ballot for the big Blog Prize!!
Do you remember what it is???
October Afternoon Tab Book
Pink Paislee Pixie Stixs
Glimmer Mist
Crate Paper Prudence Paper Line - all of it.
Crate Paper Rub ons
Mambi Rhinestones/Gems
**Bonus... issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine!
Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Challenge #8 ~ Sketch Puzzle

Most of my scrappy requests have been for sketch puzzles. I happened upon these a few years ago and I get requests all the time to make them up and post them for challenges.

I have created two versions of the same sketch. The first one is a medium version and the second, for you die hard puzzle girls, is a harder one.

Medium Version

Hard Version

If you have any problem with the sketch puzzle send me an email at: and I will send you the sketch.

Once you have completed your layout please email it to me for a ballot for the big Blog Prize!!

I will be posting a picture of the prize tomorrow for you!

Happy Scrapping~


Monday, November 24, 2008

Challenge #7 ~ Love

I love a good word challenge. Ally and I post a word every Wednesday on the CCAS Blog as a challenge. It is so much fun to do and to use on a layout.

My word for this challenge is: Love

1 : strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties
2: affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interests
3: an assurance of love
4: warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion
3 a: the object of attachment, devotion, or admiration

I used this word on a layout of Paige and her love of Webkinz. I'll post it in the morning. I am afraid the lighting isn't great for taking a picture right now. :)

My challenge is for you to use this word on your next layout or card. Please email it to me at: to earn your ballot for my $50.00 Blog Prize Draw.

**Deadline for challenges is December 1st**

"Although I cherish hearing the phrase, "I love you", I cherish more the deed that fills those words with life. (James T. Brown)"

Happy Scrapping!


Saturday, November 22, 2008

Let it Snow.... ~ Challenge #6

We sure got dumped on with snow last night. It was so magical waking up this morning and looking out the window. It looked like a magic snow globe. Big fluffy snowflakes falling down over a pristine, untouched yard. Lovely.
Here is what our house and lane way looked in the morning:

By the time I fetched my camera, the kids were running through the yard with the dogs. They were all laughing and having a grand time. They must have stayed out there for well over an hour.

They got it and fired up the hairdryer to dry the dogs. How sweet. My bathroom now smells of a lovely combination of wet dog and burn hair. NICE!!??

We just sat down to relax when we heard the tractor pull up. Steve had gone to work to borrow the tractor to clean out our driveway. The girls hopped up and got their snowsuits back on and waited while Steve built them their mountain. Every year he builds this mountain of snow on the front lawn. Last year it was so high that it reached all the way up to the girls bedroom window. If it had been a door there they could have walked out and been on top of it.

They had lots of fun with Steve and the tractor. He let them sit in the bucket and raised them up and down. The best part was when he raised them a little, went over to the mountain and tipped the bucket. They slipped out of and onto the mountain. You could probably hear the fits of laughter all over Ontario. Maybe even as far as BC.....

Challenge #5:
I know that it's not winter for all my blog readers but for those of you that have winter.... I would like to see you post a snow picture on your blog. If you do not have any snow photos you can blog about what you love about it. I know some of you probably have never even seen snow. You can blog about that as well.
Just add a link to your blog or email me at:
You will earn a ballot for the $50.00 CHA Blog Draw!!
Bonus: Do a layout featuring snow as the subject and earn an additional ballot! Email me at: .
**Due Date: December 1st**

Happy Blogging!


Friday, November 21, 2008

Technique Corner ~ Challenge # 5

I have a fun technique to share with you today. I happen to have found something that is really fun and easy to do. It involves using a mask. Yes… todays lesson is all about using masks.

Heidi Swapp has cornered the market on masks. She has some amazing designs out there right now. I love them all. I think I may even have them all too. One of my favorites is the crown mask. I can’t believe I have had it and never used it until now.

So… what the heck is a mask anyways? It is a repositionable template that works the opposite of a stencil by giving you the negative image. It has a sticky surface that will cling and stay in place once you have positioned it. You can use any medium on it. Everything from paint, ink and chalk. I have used them all and I like the effect they each bring. When you use paint you get a great even, strong coverage. With ink you also get great coverage. When you use chalk you can easily blend colors and get a softer look.

Once you have chosen your mask and your medium you need to chose your background paper. Position your mask on your paper and apply your paint, ink or chalk over the mask. Once you’re satisfied with the result, gently peel the mask away. You are left with a beautiful negative image!! Then, just wipe the mask clean. They are completely reusable!!

I used white paint with a little Ranger Crystal Stickles on the following layout of DD. I loved the overall effect.

You can also make your own masks by using stickers. This is very easy to do. Just place them on your layout, paint or ink and once it is dry, just lift the stickers off.
Have fun and play around with different masks and mediums!!

Challenge #4:
My challenge for you today is to use a mask on your next project. You don't have to use paint, ink or chalk, you can also just trace an outline of the image. I have done this before as well. If you don't have a mask use stickers as your mask. The possibilites are endless!
Email your layout to me at: to earn a ballot into this month's $50.00 Blog Rak draw.
Remember you are creating to win the following:
October Afternoon Tab Book
Pink Paislee Pixie Stixs
Glimmer Mist
Crate Paper Prudence Paper Line - all of it.
Crate Paper Rub ons
Mambi Rhinestones/Gems
**Due date: December 1st, EST**
Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Birthday Wishes ~ Challenge #4

I still find it hard to believe that my Dad turns 61 years old tomorrow. I am so lucky to have him as my Dad. We have always been close. I look back over the years and find that we are closer now than ever before. Is it because of the cancer and almost losing him? Or is just that we are both older and wiser.

I was adopted by my parents at 4 days old. It was the best day of my life. I was fortunate to be raised by two loving people who adore me as much I do them.

My Dad is away on a business trip to Bermuda right now. He will not be around for his birthday but I wanted him to know how much I love him and how lucky I feel each and every day to have him as my Dad. I am grateful to God for letting him stay with me and my family a little bit longer.

My girls and I will be making cards for him tomorrow and we will celebrate his birthday when he gets back on Saturday. Here is a photo taken of him and my girls during the summer. Look at how happy they all are. Again... I am blessed!

Challenge #4:

In honor of my Dad's birthday.... I challenge everyone to blog about their Dad. Tell us a little something about them. Link back on my blog or email me at: You will earn a ballot for your blog entry or email.

BONUS: Make a birthday card!! Email it to me at to earn another ballot for the Blog Prize!!Yep... the $50.00 value prize.

**Due Date: December 1st, EST**

Happy Scrapping!


Monday, November 17, 2008

Challenge #3 ~ Cover It

I am a little behind right now. I have been battling strep throat and an ear infection and my Mom is quite ill as well. I will get caught up.... starting with another blog challenge!

This challenge entails covering up your chipboard! I admit that I love to pull out the paint, chalk or inks to cover my chipboard with. I also like to stamp and stickle my hipboard as well.

I recieved an amazing kit from Scrapdango an in it was some funky Maya Road tree shaped chipboard. Man.... was I ever excited about them.

I traced the top tree onto some of the green pattered paper from the Bella Blvd line. Yummy!! I then adhered it to my chipboard. On the base I used some awesome Ranger Crackle Paint. It gave the tree trunk a realistic look. I then grabbed a Maya Road bird that came with the kit and inked it with two diferent colors. I added a cute Kaiser Kraft pearl for the eye.

Here is my finished layout:

So... look through your stash of chipboard and cover it up. Then... place it on a layout. Email your layout to me at: to earn a ballot into this month's $50.00 Blog Rak draw. Remember you are creating to win the following:
October Afternoon Tab Book
Pink Paislee Pixie Stixs
Glimmer Mist
Crate Paper Prudence Paper Line
Crate Paper Rub ons
Mambi Rhinestones/Gems

I'll post another challenge on Wednesday!

**Due date: December 1st, EST**

Happy Scrapping!


Thursday, November 13, 2008

My First Blog Tag!!

Yippee... someone wants to play tag with me. Ally has tagged me for my very first blog tag.

Share SEVEN facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird...just 7 facts. :)

Tag 7 people at the end of your post and make sure to let them know they've been tagged! Make sure to provide a link to the person who tagged you.

Hmmm... I wonder if I can even come up with seven things?

1. I grew up an army brat and travelled the world as a child. I am still a sucker for a man in uniform!!

2. I am double jointed and used to have so much fun freaking my friends out at school.

3. I used to LOVE peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwiches. I am shocked that my children think that's gross!

4. My girls, Emmy & DD won a big modelling contest and were asked to sign on with three big modelling companies. We just couldn't commit and make the commute. I used to model when I lived in the city too.

5. I was featured on Tiny Talent Time when I was younger. Yep... I was a tiny dancer! I was even asked to try out for the National Ballet of Canada. That was when I admitted to myself that I hate ballet! Boring!!

6. I LOVE getting my feet rubbed. Nothing is more relaxing. I get reflexology treatments from my dear friend Joey. Simply heavenly!

7. I used to take karate and I have my orange belt. I was just about to get my red when we moved to a new town that didn't have any karate instructors. I used to love it!

So now you know Seven random secrets about me .... I bet these Seven ladies will share theirs with you! I tag.....................

Nancy Jones
Donna Lewis
Ginni G
Heather Lough

Have fun girls! I can't wait to learn all your secrets. :)


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Week in the Life Winner

I thought I had set this up to post already but it didn't work. Sorry girls.

The winner of the Cosmo Cricket Blackboard Album is.............................

................................................................ Anne Marie!!

I'll get it to you on Saturday!


Challenge # 2 ~ Door Hanger Project

I had put together a fun little Bonus Project for Scrapdango last month. I whipped up an adorable door hanger for Paige and I wanted to provide you with instructions to make your own. I wanted to share it with you here:

Supplies: ruler
1 ½ inch circle punch or exacto knife
Papers and die cuts
Thick cardstock or thin chipboard.

You can use the following template as your guide:

Instructions: 1. Cut a thin piece of chipboard or a thick piece or cardstock 9 x 4 ½ inches.

2. Approximately ½ from the top punch your circle or use your exacto knife to cut the shape.

3. Cut from the right hand side of your circle right to the edge. ** see template**

4. Adhere your papers to the door hanger. Embellish with die cuts.

I used the charming sugar kit papers and hand cut a butterfly. I popped some die cuts up for added dimension. I added some bling and the cool mini letter stickers.

The Challenge: I would like to see you make a Door Hanger for a loved one or even yourself!! A nice, simple project that looks so great when it's done!

Email your creation to me at: and put Thynner Blog Challenge in the subject line. You will earn a ballot for this month's Blog Draw!!

I have compiled almost $50.00 worth of product again. Here is a run down:
October Afternoon Tab Book
Pink Paislee Pixie Stix
Glimmer Mist
Crate Paper Prudence Paper Line
Crate Paper Rub ons
Mambi Rhinestones/Gems

**Due date: December 1st EST**

Happy Scrapping!!


Sunday, November 9, 2008

I'm In Mourning.....

It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my camera. I am taking this loss very hard and I am finding it difficult to even get my head off the pillow in the morning. The girls and Steve have been trying to take my mind of this terrible tragedy and even though I do appreciate the distraction it doesn't make the loss any easier to bear.

My Mom.... bless her heart..... has given me her camera to use in the meantime. I feel like such a traitor even having it in my house. I can't even bring myself to hold it in my hands. My loss is still too fresh.

I have had my darling Olympus in my life for over two years now. Two, long, glorious years. It has seen me through some great times. Some family triumphs and some low times too. It has helped document my Father-in-law and my Dad's cancer battles, my children's milestones and my hubby's amazing work. It has been to the beach, Canada's Wonderland, Pumpkinfest, concerts, modeling contests, riding shows and to meet all my friends. I know my camera will miss our fun times this summer at Camp Labamke and seeing all the children's smiling faces.

I still have it sitting on my desk. A testament to my love and admiration for all it has done for me.
I guess I feel some guilt for it's demise and that is why I can't part with it just yet. I was at the girls birthday party at McCulley's Farm and I bent down to tie up my shoelace and it came flying out of my case and crashed on the cement floor. Oh the agony.... oh the pain it must have gone through.

I tried to take a photo after the tragic accident and although it took the photo, the photo was in a 3D look. I took it to be looked at but, the look in the technician's eyes told me all was lost.

At least I will always treasure the last two photos I took. They may look off to most but they mean the world to me.

I will share my last two photos with you. The first one was of Paige and the second one was of a chair and pumpkin. Alas, unless I am in need of a special effect photo, my Olympus will be sitting on my shelf. A constant reminder of all I have lost due to my careless and reckless behavior that fateful day.

I hope everyone will take the time today to hug your camera and tell it how much it means to you. You never know when it may be gone from your life.

In Loving Memory of my Olympus SP-510UZ:

I will be back tomorrow with another challenge for you to girls. I just a little more time today. Thank you for your understanding.


Friday, November 7, 2008

Challenge # 1

I hope everyone is ready for some new challenges this month. I am really excited to have another month long contest. I think I will post a big week long challenge blitz again at the end of the month. Check back daily of some time limited chances to win. I may even post a bonus RAK like I did last month.

We all have our comfort zone and generally stick it on a regular basis. It is where we tend to use the same type of products, the same style and the same techniques. We know what it will produce. SOMETIMES... it's fun to step outside of the box and create something you wouldn't normally do. If you are a 12x12 scrapper.... you can scrap an 8x11, 8x8, 6x6 or and 6x12. If you are always creating linear pages where everything is always straight and even, try turning a few elements on it's side. If you like everything crisp and clean, grunge, ink and tear. If you tend to use three colors all the time, then switch to colors you don't use or the opposite colors on a color wheel.

For me.... I did a round layout. I love trying to make everything fit in a circle. I used a great sketch from Ally that was posted on her SO Sketchy Blog. If you haven't done a circle layout before.... give it a go!! You can also find some great sketches at PageMaps. Click on the round maps.

If you look at a circle layout and wonder what the heck to do with it.... I know alot of people (myself included) who place it on a piece of coordinating cardstock and put it in an album.

So... my challenge to you is to step outside of your comfort zone and try something new. It could be a round layout, like me. It could be a different size layout, use a new style or a new technique.

Please email your creations to me at: and put Thynner Blog Challenge in the subject line so it doesn't get lost in my emails. You will receive a ballot for every challenge you complete!!
**Due date: December 1st at midnight EST**

I'll post a picture of what you're playing for this month..... tomorrow. Look out... I have another great selection for you.

Happy Scrapping!


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Blog Winner Announcement

Since this was such a fun month long challenge I didn't want to just use an online random generator. I wanted to do this the old fashioned way!! Since DD is still home sick I decided to include her in the draw.

We tallied up all the ballots. I am still in shock that we had 66 ballots!! The gallery is full of wonderful creations and a bunch of you blogged and commented as well. There were even a couple gals who did all of the challenges. You rock!!

We wrote every one's name down on a piece of paper and DD grabbed her purple flower box to put them all in. She then brushed her hair and checked her jammies. We then went out on the porch and she sat down on "Ally".

After mixing up the ballots with a twirl of her hand..... she reached in and ..... grabbed a ballot!!

She then held it up to show us who won the big RAK valued at over $50.00 of new products. Can you see your name??

Yep.... the winner of my first ever Blog Rak is..................................................................

..............................................................Heather H!!

Please email me your mailing address at:

I hope everyone takes a minute to click on the gallery and check out all the amazing cards and layouts that were submitted this month!!

**Remember that I am starting another round for this month too. Hmmm... wonder what kind of a RAK I can come up with?? Check this Friday for my first challenge and this weekend for a peak at the RAK!


Monday, November 3, 2008

Final Challenge

I am all set to go to bed now. It's been a long day. I had both DD and Paige home today. They are still so sick. I actually had DD at the hospital for over three hours today undergoing tests. I am so tired but I dare not complain. It is nothing compared to my sweet little ones being sick.

SO... I wanted to post a final challenge. It couldn't be any easier either!! Just post a comment in this thread letting me know what your favorite challenge was. What you liked best about spending time on my blog? I also want to know whether you'd be interested in doing it all again next month. Another prize, various challenges posted through the month with a week long blast?? Did you like it? Hate it? Want me to change it? Let me know.

*Everyone who posts a comment before 11 am EST will earn a ballot.

I am looking forward to reading your comments! :)


Mini Challenge #3

This is a blog challenge. With Halloween over and the sugar high subsiding.... I want to hear what was your favorite Halloween memory. It can be from this past weekend or from years past.

I have two that will forever stick in my mind. Mainly because they seem to mirror each other.

When I was 8 years old I had broken my ankle the day before Halloween. I had a fresh cast on my ankle and no way to move around. My costume hung on the closest door. Mocking me as my brother, dressed in his Star Wars costume headed out the door. I was so sad. It seemed like an eternity that Jay was out Trick or Treating with my Dad.

When he finally returned I was expecting him to mock me as he did when he left. Instead he sat down in front of me and handed me a bag, full of candy!!! He had asked at every house if he could have an extra treat for his sister. Some houses gave more when they found out!! I will never forget how I felt when he did that. My brother may be big, and scary to most BUT he has a heart of gold and is one of the most loyal people you could ever meet.

Flash forward to this year: I had Emmy home from school on Halloween with a fever and diarrhea. Paige came home from school looking tired. I gave Emmy some medicine to get her through the night. I dressed them up for Trick-or-Treating. They were all excited and I snapped some adorable pictures of them.

As we were going around the block, Paige literally dropped to the ground and couldn't get up. She was crying and said she was sick. She was burning up. I had Emmy rush to a friends house and they took her home. A few houses later, DD did the same and also had to go home. Emmy was so sweet when we continued and asked for extra candy for her sick sisters. People were more than generous.
When we got home both DD and Paige were lying down, still in their costumes. The look on their faces when Emmy handed them bags of candy warmed my heart. At first I thought this was the worst Halloween ever but... it really was the best Halloween!!

Here are some pics I got before we tried to venture out:

Halloween cuties:

Emmy ~ an angel. So true!! So sweet, innocent and giving!

DD ~ a devil!! Full of spark and tons of unending energy. A little sassy too!

Paige~ a pink kitty. So sweet, tender and loving!

Please blog about your most memorable Halloween. You can provide a link below or send me an email at If you don't have a blog you can email me your Halloween memory. BONUS BALLOTS..... if you post some Halloween pics or a layout.

***All the challenges this week are due in my inbox( or on the blog November 3rd!! I have extended the dates so everyone has more time to create and send their layouts or cards to me. I will announce the winner on the 4th. ***

Remember you are playing for a RAK valued at over $50.00. All new CHA goodies.

Happy Scrapping!


Mini Challenge #2

Time for another mini Challenge.

Please use one of the following quotes on a card or layout:

It doesn't matter where you go in life, what you do, or how much you's who you have beside you. ~unknown author

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. ~Emilie Buchwald

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. ~Jane Howard

Every smile makes you a day younger.~Chinese Proverb

A hug delights and warms and charms,that must be why God gave us arms.~unknown authorTo the soul, there is nothing more healing than friendship. ~ Thomas Moore

These are just a few of the quotes I post every day at Scrapdango. I love using quotes on my cards and layout.

***All the challenges this week are due in my inbox( or on the blog November 3rd!! I have extended the dates so everyone has more time to create and send their layouts or cards to me. I will announce the winner on the 4th. ***

Remember you are playing for a RAK valued at over $50.00. All new CHA goodies.

Happy Scrapping!


Sunday, November 2, 2008

Mini Challenge #1

Here is the first Mini Challenge:

I would like you to make a card. One that gives "Thanks" to someone special.

Here is a card I did for The Scrapping Bug. It is my way to say "Many Thanks" to each of you for taking part in my blog this month and for all the amazing creations I have in the gallery so far!! I hope you will continue to check in as I plan on doing another Blog RAK and challenge run for the month of November as well. I am having way too much fun to let this end. :)

***All the challenges this week are due in my inbox( or on the blog November 3rd!! I have extended the dates so everyone has more time to create and send their layouts or cards to me. I will announce the winner on the 4th. ***

Remember you are playing for a RAK valued at over $50.00. All new CHA goodies.

Happy Scrapping!


Challenge #6

I apologize for not getting this posted last night. My girls and I have all been suffering the last dew days with what Paige affectionately calls "The Curse of the Green Poo". Ah... children come up with the weirdest things!?

I have an easy one for you to do. Everyone loves a good scraplift challenge. At least I hope so. :)

The following layout is one I created for The Scrapping Bug using Basic Grey Mellow Line. I adore the colors so much. They happen to be the easiest papers I have ever worked with. Once again the darling subject is my sweet Paige.

Quote Reads: "My heart is forever at your service". ~ Shakespeare

My challenge is for you to create your own version of my layout. Find something in it to inspire you to make it your own. The beauty in scraplifting is that you can take one, two, three or more elements and incorporate it into your creation.

***All the challenges this week are due in my inbox( or on the blog November 3rd!! I have extended the dates so everyone has more time to create and send their layouts or cards to me. I will announce the winner on the 4th. *** Remember you are playing for a RAK valued at over $50.00. All new CHA goodies.

I will be posting a bunch of mini challenges tonight. Keep an eye out for them.

Happy Scrapping!