Saturday, September 26, 2009

weScrap DT Call

We are looking for some talented scrappers to join the team at weScrap. I know that so many of my blog readers are brimming with talent and I would love to see you at weScrap and try out for the iTeam. Log in, sign up and check it out!! By the way.... weScrap is now FREE!!

Here is the info:

Starting September 21st thru October 15th, 2009 we will be accepting Design Team Submissions. We are looking at bringing on at least 1 or more design team members to join our team!

You may apply for the weScrap iTeam (Inspiration Team) by submitting the following to:

*International applicants are welcome!

Submit a total of 3 items (by post them to the gallery indicated; do not send them with your application):- 1 newly created Layout (for our gallery only! - do not share outside of this forum until the call has ended) best showcasing your scrapping style- 1 newly created Layout or Card featuring use of embellishments- 1 Layout featuring “you”- using papers, embellishments & journaling show us who you are (does not have to be new)

All layout and card submissions should be posted in the weScrap Design Team Call gallery for general viewing. Note: No more than 2 photos per project please.

Send a Scrapbook/artist resume & biography, as well as your full name, weScrap forum username, email address & full contact information with your submissions to with "weScrap DT Call" in the subject line.

Please include a link to your blog. Having an active blog is a mandatory part of this position.

Please tell us of any scrapbook design teams you are currently on. You are required to only be on no more than 2 other teams while you hold your weScrap iTeam position.

Please include the answers to the following questions:-Why do you think you would make a great iTeam member?

-What is your best attribute or skill?-

What is the attribute or skill that is a challenge to you?

-Do you feel that you can give inspiration, encouragement & techniques in the forum on a daily basis? How might you achieve this?

*Share any other information you feel is important for us to know about you.

*During this DT call your presence in the weScrap forums and gallery is crucial, since the flow of a board is greatly determined by the activity and connection of the DT members to our registered board members. We do not like to set a number of post in the forums but just know if chatting in the forums and communication is not one of your strong points then this call may not be for you. Communication with forum members and other DT members is highly and strongly encouraged during this term.

If chosen as a weScrap iTeam member you will be responsible for the following:

1. You will be required to create Layouts, Cards, Altered items, Mini Albums anything that showcases the bi-monthly kits provided to you.

2. All DT members are required to be a registered member of our forum and post as much as possible each day. Starting threads and answering thread are a must as well as leaving praise in the gallery for our members and your fellow DT.

3. iTeam members are responsible for helping create & hosting forum challenges for our crops and providing new tips/techniques. You will be responsible for a few daily posts per month, newsletter assignments and creating work to be loading into our growing resource area.

4. Promote the weScrap site on your blog by posting any weScrap contests, news, announcements, projects, kit sneak peaks, kit reveals, etc.

5. DT members are to promote where ever and whenever allowed without breaking rules on other sites. An iTeam blinkie will be provided and required in your signatures on our forum and again anywhere without breaking rules on other sites. Updating and showcasing items on your blog.

6. Communication with your fellow iTeam members, Co-Presidents and Vice-President is essential to a great team & fantastic site. You will have access to the secure iTeam private forum.

7. This is a 6 month commitment; DT duties will start up on November 1st 2009. You will have immediate access to the DT forum as soon as you are notified of your new position so that you can get to know the other members and learn all about your responsibilities.

8. iTeam members will receive a discount in the weScrap store during their contracted time and free shipping if shipped with your bi-monthly kit items.

9. You will receive one free kit every 2 months to create with. Kits are packed with great products and fun things to create with.Use this thread for any questions that you may have about the call. We are here to help you be your best so that you can be the best for weScrap.
~If you have any questions please post them in this thread or email me at weScrap DT Announcement

Good luck to all and have fun!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Challenge #5 ~ Stamp It

I have been lucky to have received some great sponsor product at Let's Capture These Sketches!! I got to play with some fun Gel-a-tins Stamps for this week's reveal. Some adorable license plates. I didn't stop there. I was totally feeling the stamps and adds some My Stampbox Butterflies and Alphas as well as a Flourish stamp from My Mind's Eye. Whew... that sure is alot of stamps!!

Here is my layout of DD:

Journaling: "I guess when it comes down to being a grown up isn't half as fun as growing up. These are the best days of our lives. The only thing that matters is just following your heart and eventually you'll finally get it right." ~ The Ataris

Be sure to check out the full reveal at Let's Capture These Memories for a chance to win a set of Gel-a-tins stamps. Then do my challenge for a chance to win a 7 Gypsies Binderie!!

Challenge: Stamp... stamp and stamp. I would like to see you use a minimum of 3 stamps on your next layout or card. Email it to me at for a ballot for the draw. One ballot for a card and one for a layout!

Due date: Oct 31st

Happy Scrapping!


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Thank You & 7 Gyspies Extention!!!

I am so grateful to everyone for all the kind words, the emails and the few cards that I have received as well. I took great comfort in your stories and your words of support. It really is comforting to know that so many of you have had to go through grieving and to know that you care enough to post.

I have given everyone who commented and emailed me ballots for my 7 Gypsies Draw!! Those of you who shared your stories and made layout will earn extra ballots. It's not too late to do a layout on your furry friend!!
I am extending the 7 Gypsies Contest since I took some time to be with my family as we grieved for our furry friend. You now will have until the end of October to earn ballots for this great prize!! Yeppers.... I will be posting lots more challenges and games to give you plenty of opportunities to win. I have played with this and it rocks!!! You're going to love it!

Here is a thank you card I made for all my blog readers and friends who have been so sweet and supportive. I posted it on weScrap as part of the ABC Card Crop which is going on right now. It runs until October 10th and we have some great My Stampbox Stamp sets up for prizes. Head on over and take part in the crop. Don't forget that weScrap is now a free site!!

My Thanks Card:

Closeup of the My Stampbox Butterfly Stamp:

I will post a fresh challenge in the morning and we will get back on track.
Thanks again everyone!!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

My Black Storm

I can't even begin to express my sadness this weekend. My beloved Storm went for a big run earlier this week. When he came home he continued to run and play. In the morning he couldn't get up. I called the vet who came and checked him out. He said that he was in great shape for his age (13 1/2 yrs). He still had great muscle tone, great weight, good eyes and still had all his teeth. He was deaf in one ear though.

He told me that it would appear that he literally ran out of steam and his body needs alot of rest. He told me that even people overdo it when they are having fun and can be bedridden for days, even weeks. I was to give him some time to heal.

It broke my heart to watch him lay on the floor, unable to move or get up. I had to feed him, give him medicine, turn him over and clean up after him. This wasn't my dog anymore, even though he still was all love and smiles.

Then, on Friday morning I noticed something in his eyes. Something had changed. He started to bark and whine. Then came the panting. I just knew that he was in pain and I told myself that I would never be selfish and keep him around if he was ever hurting. I loved him too much for that.

I had kept the girls home because we had been so stressed and sad. We hadn't been getting any sleep. After I called the vet, I called them into the room to tell them that it was time for Storm to go and join Papa in heaven. Papa was calling him home. He needed Storm now.

The vet gave him some morphine and then administered the final shot. The girls and I sat around him, whispering our love and petting him as he left this world for the next.

We are so sad. I walk around the house lost and find myself crying at the silliest things and the weirdest times. Funny how we mourn the loss of a pet as we do a human. I am just as sad and lost as I was when Steve's Dad passed from Cancer.

I have had many dogs come and go throughout my lifetime but he was the most loyal and loving pet I have ever had. The bond I had with him was greater than all others. It is hard to come to terms that he is now gone from my life.

I have to be strong for my girls as their grief matches my own. They have had to deal with alot of grief already in their young years. They keep me focused and strong. I couldn't deal with any of this if it wasn't for them.

We still have Tess and I am grateful for her furry presence. She wanders the house restless and lonely. I am at a loss as to how to deal with her obvious grief as well.

Time will heal the pain. I do know that. It is just so hard right now.

If It Should Be

If it should be that I grow weak,
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then you must do what must be done,
For this last battle cannot be won.

You will be sad, I understand;
Don't let your grief then stay your hand.
For this day more than all the rest,
Your love for me must stand the test.

We've had so many happy years -
What is to come can hold no fears.
You'd not want me to suffer so;
The time has come, so let me go.

Take me where my needs they'll tend
And please stay with me until the end.
Hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time that you will see
The kindness that you did for me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I've been saved.

Please do not grieve - it must be you
Who had this painful thing to do.
We've been so close, we two, these years -
Don't let your heart hold back its tears.

Challenge: I would like to hear some wonderful pet stories. I know that alot of you have pets or have had them in your lifetime. Tell a story about a special pet, something they did or a moment your shared. You can blog about it( 2 ballots) and provide a link or you can email your story to me at You can also just post it below.
Bonus: Use your pet story on a layout for 3 ballots!!
Due Date: Sept 30th

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

WeScrap Guest Designer Contest Details & Challenge #3

I am so thrilled that we have another Guest DT Call out right now. Here are the details:

Please click on this link for all the details and to sign up: School Of Scrap Contest

***Please Note***

WeScrap is now a FREE SITE to join!! I would love to see all my blog buddies sign up and play with me at weScrap. We will be having some amazing things coming up and I want to include all me friends. That's one of the main reasons we changed weScrap to a free site.... so we can have all our friends join us and participate!!

Challenge: Sign up for a free account at weScrap and introduce yourself!!! You will receive 5 ballots just for joining!! If you are already a member then reintroduce yourself and send me an email at

What's the prize this month??? How about the 7 Gypsies Binderie Punch and starter kit??? Got your attention now?? Just complete any challenge this month for a ballot to win. If you are a follower, you also get a ballot. Not a follower yet? Sign up for a free, automatic ballot every month.

Sign up Thread

Introduction thread

BONUS: Sign up for the Monthly Random RAK Contest for a chance at the complete Amber Road collection from Pink Paislee!! Details here: Monthly Random RAK Contest

Happy Scrapping!


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Challenge #2 ~ A Great Quote

My friend Sarah came across this great quote that I wanted to share with everyone:

It would be great to use on a layout or a card!!

Challenge: Use this wonderful quote on your next layout or card to earn a ballot for this month's blog prize!!

Due: Sept. 30th

Happy Scrapping!


Sunday, September 6, 2009

Challenge #1 ~ Sketch

I am thrilled to say that the latest sketch has been posted on the Let's Capture These Sketches Blog and my BFF, Ally, was the wonderful designer. We also had great sponsor this month. Notice the cute license plate stamp on this layout? It is from Gel-a-tins!! I have been lucky to have this one added to my collection!

Here is the layout I created using her sketch. It is of my sweet Tori.... or is it DD??


DD: Mama, I want everyone to call me Tori from now on. I am all grown up.

Me: Can I still call you DD?

DD: Of course, I'm still you little girl

Challenge: Go on over to the Let's Capture These Sketches Blog and use Ally's sketch (#8) for your next creation. Email it to me at to earn a ballot for this months draw.

Bonus: Link your layout on the Let's Capture These Sketches blog for a chance to win some Gel-a-tins stamp set!
Due Date: Sept. 30th

Happy Scrapping!


Friday, September 4, 2009

August Blog Winner!!

Wow... what a crazy week. My girls went back to school this week. There were only a handful of school districts in all of Ontario who voted to go back to school a week earlier than everyone else. We had so much on the go this week. I am loving the return to routine.

Now that things are back to normal at home and we have started to focus on our daily routines, I can focus on my blog again!! First on the blog is this past month's blog winner!!

I had Paige pick the winner. She wanted me to curl her hair and she out on her pretty purple dress for the picture. I feel like such a loser because none of the photos I took turned out. Not sure what happened. Hope my camera is okay.

The name she picked as the August Blog Winner is.......................

Angie Blom!!

Please send me an email with your mailing address and I will send you your lovely Bo Bunny Prize!!
Another month of challenges and good times will begin in the morning. Lots of catching up to do and some fun things planned along the way. Stay tuned!