Friday, April 29, 2011

Wills + Kate ... all we need is LOVE is all we need

(illustration is from Google's home page this morning)
I got up a little early this morning to watch William and Katherine's wedding ... my husband thought that I was crazy but I didn't really care. I wanted to see Diana's sweet little boy get married.

I can still remember getting up early to watch Diana and Charles' wedding many years ago. Diana and I were both born in the summer of 1961 and she died on the day of my 36th birthday (another day that I remember, sadly). I always thought that Diana was a wonderful Mother and it is so nice to see that her boys have grown up to be such nice ("normal") young men.

I think that Diana would have loved the wedding ceremony and the kiss(es) on the balcony.

I was cutting wedding invitations this morning for a friend's daughter's wedding as I watched the wedding on television ... the invitations needed to be cut and it seemed like the thing to do ... especially as I waited to see the royal couple come out onto the balcony at Buckingham Palace. I guess that I will now have the memory of cutting wedding invitations in my pajamas as a part of this day. 

I hope that you have a lovely day!

(element from my "eat cake and party on" digital kit ")  

Thursday, April 21, 2011

easter postcard from Paris

Happy Easter everyone! This adorable little postcard is from my collection of vintage cards. I picked this one up in Paris a few years ago when I was there with my daughter on a school trip. I forgot all about it until I was going through some amazing royalty free Easter images on the Graphics Fairy blog

Karen .. aka "the Graphics Fairy" ... always has some amazing images that can be used for crafting projects. And I just noticed that Karen has added two more blogs that she promotes crafts and diy projects that have used images from her blog ... you can view them here and here!

I have been incredibly busy the past couple of weeks and unable to do any Easter projects myself or with the kids ... but here's a couple of ideas that I've seen lately and I would like to try if I have time on the weekend ...

This first one is from the Scrapbook and Cards Today's blog. There are some sweet downloads for Easter cards and scrapbook pages and there's lots of project how to's.


I also loved the Easter wreath that was featured on craftaholics anonymous ... the tutorial is by Catherine at Design Editor and it's just too cute. I am going to have to stock up on these little chicks for next year.

Have a wonderful Easter weekend and don't eat too much chocolate! 

Monday, April 11, 2011

Scrapfest in Kitchener ... oh what fun!

I have not been blogging much for the past two weeks ... I was so busy getting ready for Scrapfest in Kitchener last weekend that there was barely time to do anything else. Scrapfest is over now but I am still charged up after meeting so many wonderful people at the show. It was the first time for Scrapbook Queens to have a booth at a show so it was very exciting ... and a little overwhelming for all of us but we had a great time! I could not get over how many nice people there were to talk to ... both attending the show and exhibiting at the show ... it really was a lot of fun.

Here's a picture of our Booth on Friday night just before we started packing up for the evening ... thanks to Sue Sykes for taking the photo of our booth and this next one of us ...
This was our Scrapbook Queens "set up crew" ... from right to left ... {princess}Gabriella, {queen}Irena, {king} Joe, Deneen and myself. Thanks again Sue for taking these pictures ... we love your articles in Canadian Scrapbooker magazine!

Here's a shot that I took of my product display ... my glass charm necklace kits were a big hit as was my judy floor lamp with the floral shade. And as promised, I will include some additional pictures of the lamp in this post for everyone that was interested in taking pictures of it.

My digital "eat cake" kit on cd that I launched at Scrapfest along with my glass charm necklace kits are now for sale at Scrapbook Queens. I'll do another post later in the week about the digital kit! For anyone looking for my glass charm necklace tutorial you can find it here.
Here's a picture of my lamp showing the apron and some of the shade. I hung 24 different charms from the bottom of the shade to show some of my art.

We did a draw for one of my glass charm necklace classes at the show ... if you did not win the class you will have another chance to win one of my necklace kits if you follow Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine. I meet the magazine's publisher, Catherine Tachdjian at the show (she bought two of my charm necklace kits!) and I donated one for a giveaway on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog. Good luck!!
Here is another shot of the lampshade and charms ... 
and another close up of the paper flowers and butterfly. So many people asked if I would do a workshop to make one of these shades ... it took me three nights to complete the shade and I really don't want to work out what it would cost me to reproduce it. But I am going to try to work on a project that will use the elements I created to decorate the shade on a smaller scale that can be made into a workshop. I have a few ideas that I think will work so once I have created a final piece I'll let you know more!
... one more pic ... this one is of the "brooch" that I added to the apron ... I created it with a couple of my vintage rhinestone pieces, some scraps of ribbon and a Tim Holtz crown. I just adore the Maya Road black organza and satin ribbons that I added to the apron ... they are two of my favourite ribbons right now and I have a feeling that they will be finding their way into a lot of my projects in the near future! 

That's all for now ... if you didn't visit us at Scrapfest on the weekend ... I think that Scrapbook Queens and I are going to be at another event in June and I will let you know more about that as the details unfold!
Have a great week!