Monday, April 26, 2010

BIG toot and a RAK!

OK, I have been literally BURSTING since last week after getting a phone call from Tracy Weinzapfel from Helmar USA!!! This taken from their blog...
We are proud to announce our 2010 Helmar USA Design Team:
  • Tracy Weinzapfel
  • Becky Teichmiller
  • Laura Achilles
  • Marci Knecht
  • Cristal Hobbs
  • Shelly Hein-Simmons
  • Erika Taylor
  • Aymee Gandy
  • Pamela Young
  • Eva Dobilas
  • Tanisha Long
  • Karen Maldonado
  • Tina McDonald <-------------THAT's ME!!!!!
  • Cathy Le Hay
  • Gayle Martin

We are also happy to announce our Helmar Guest Designers:

  • May – Amy Teets
  • June - Jamie Cripps
  • July - Kathy Northrup
  • August - Ellen Sosnoski
  • September - Jing-Jing Nickel
  • October - Julie Walton
  • December - Lynda Lindley

Helmar USA, Inc. welcomes and congratulates our designers and guest designers! We are excited to share their creations in 2010!

Thank you!

Tracy Weinzapfel
President, Helmar USA, Inc.


Here's my story!! :)

I was home with the kids after they were in bed... and this unknown # shows up on my phone... Honestly I thought it was my nephew from out West calling to tell DH about his recent engagement, So, I didn't answer. i was waiting for DH to get home so they could talk! And then the call came again... I ignored it. Then the third time, DH was home... i said GET THAT... IT'S FOR YOU!! "Yes she is... just one minute please..." It was for me? Then my mind started going... within 10 seconds I was off the couch and flipping out!! (That's quick for me at this point in pregnancy! LOL!) "You're joking me!!??" I stupidly said. "Yes, this is a joke... we like to call people and get their hopes up and then tell them we're joking!" she said!! ROFL!!!

I am SO honored and amazed to be among such a list of incredible talent!! Special WHOOT to Erika Taylor... my fellow Magistical Memories team member and fellow Canuck!! Congrats!!
Marci... THANK YOU for sharing about this call at myStampBOX!! Amy, Ellen, Jing Jing, and Lynda... also fellow DT members for MSB or MM... Congrats on the Guest DT spots! You will ROCK it!

Tracy said we could scream it from the rooftop today... but with my steep roof AND my baby belly... I'll have to settle for here.....
Thank you Tracy and Mark!! :)

OK, now I promised a RAK....
I am 25 days from my due date... meaning I really have about 2 weeks or so... And I have NO baby names chosen! I need ideas! Here's what I'm looking for...
I would like BOYs names that starts with J..... Not your common everyday name, but nothing too wacko either....
Here's how to play...
*Join my blog as a follower,
*for each J name you suggest, I'll enter your name in for a fun RAK!!
It's a baby and celebration RAK!! I have some fun PRIMA goodies to add to this RAK too!! Even if I don't choose your name suggestion, you are entered just for playing along! :)
Deadline is May 7....

So, that's my post for today!! :) Hope to have some scrappy goodness to share with you soon too... but nothing yet! :)
Have a great week!!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Be Real

When Basic Grey came out with the Porcelain line, I just had to have it! And yet I have hoarded it and used it very little! This LO called for it... and I'm thrilled with how it worked on here! This photo was taken on DD's first day of grade 2 in Sept 09. I just love the sincerity on her face...

This page is inspired by the sketch of the week from Capture these Sketches by Guylaine. I LOVED this sketch! You have to check it out!! Remember to send in your version using it for your chance to win as well! See details on the sketch blog!! We used die cuts from our April Sponsor which was Kustom Die Kuts. That is where the heart came from! Thanks Ally!
In creating this page I made my own flowers using more papers from the porcelain line! They
are so easy to make, and yet SO adorable!! As a base under the flowers, I used this chipboard shape from Magistical Memories... I inked it using green ink and added stickles to it to give it some shine! Adding the handmade flowers and some Prima leaves finished it off perfectly!!
As a final touch to my page, i just couldn't resist adding something to the top left of the page! i decided on using a seal stamp from the SEAL IT stamp set from myStampBOX. I stamped the CUTIE/Sweat pea seal (using the same green ink as on the chipboard) onto white cardstock and cut out using a circle punch. I layered that over a scalloped circle. Added a few other goodies to finish it off and voila!! My page was complete!!
**PP, diecut stickers, bling: Basic Grey ** Stamps: myStampBOX **Alpha: American Crafts Thickers **Button: Jenni Bowlin
**Ink: Tsukineko, Ranger **Chippboard: Magistical Memories ** Stickles: Ranger ** Diecut heart: Kustom Die Kuts ** Butterfly punch: Martha Stewart **Leaves: Prima **Adhesive: Helmar
**Paper Doily: Dollar store

Thanks so much for stopping by!! Your comments are always such an encouragement! :)

26 days to go until baby #5 is due... AHHHHH!!
Stop by tomorrow for info on a baby related RAK! :) Until then.... Happy Scrapping!!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Magistical Memories RAK Winner!!

We have a winner folks!!!
Thanks to everyone for your sweet comments! :) You are all such an encouragement! :)

I tried to post the pic of the Number Generator here... but it won't work for me... So, You'll have to take my word for it... it chose # 14!!

And that is.....


Sweet Layout Tina!!!

So, email me at tinamcdonald(at)xplornet(dot)ca with your mailing address!Then I'll get you some fun chipboard off in the mail! :) You have 7 days to reaply... if I have no address by Next Sat, I will draw another winner! :)

Thanks again to all for playing!!!

Just so you know... I have another RAK in the works... check back the first of the week to see what it's all about! :) Think baby.... :)

Until then, Happy Scrapping!!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Change

I have turned into an emotional wreck this past week!! Just look at me and i cry... No reason... all is well... just all teary eyed! Dh and I get laughing about it... I'll cry just out of the blue and then get to giggling at the same time! LOL! Gotta love that final stretch of being preggers! :)

That is what inspired this LO... my oldest DS is growing up into SUCH a fine little man... he has changed to much in the last year it just blows me away! He such a big responsible and helpful..... sniff sniff... I'm just so proud of him!!

The Design of this page is taken from the April sketch from Magistical Memories... I turned it onto it's side and it took on a life of it's own! I was also inspired by the work of Karola... this girl is my scrappy idol... every piece she creates is an amazing work of art!!! incredible! I just love her use of liquid pearls!! :)
I used the chipboard corner bare naked as an embellishment over my title... I could use this particular piece a million times and never grow bored of it!! It's one of my favorite Magistical Memories pieces!!

The chipboard frame under my photo was just a plain piece of chipboard. I ran it thru my cuttlebug using the distressed lines cartridge. Then I ran some brown ink along it. After mounting my photo on it, I tore it to make a "somewhat" circle... then inked the edges in black to give it a real aged look... LOVE the result with this page!!

Remember that tomorrow is the last day to be entered in for a Magistical Memories RAK from me... Go here to see!!

Patterned Paper: My Minds Eye, Pink Paislee, Prima, 7 Gypsies
Chipboard: Magistical Memories
Flowers, leaves, lace and ferns: Prima
Liquid Pearls, distress ink: Ranger
Pearls: Basic Grey
Alpha: Pink Paislee, American Crafts
Cuttlebug: Distressed lines embossing cartridge
Adhesive: Helmar

Friday, April 16, 2010

Lilly Bee goodies

Hello my scrappy friends!
I have a couple of projects to share with you using Lily Bee goodies! I just love their Audrey line!!!
So here's a quick post to share these with you... created a little bit ago...


This page is of my sister and her fiancee at the time... they are now married and expecting a babyin October!! Congrats sis!!!
I had fun distressing and folding and tearing this paper... so elegant and yet so fun to distress!!
True Beauty
No, I'm not struck on myself nor do I think I'm a striking beauty... LOL! This page is more about the beauty on the inside that we all need to be reminded to strive for... I had a lot of fun with the design on this one!
Baby update: Today brings me to 5 weeks left of being preggers..... AGH! I'm the size of a house now, and if I don't stop growing I'm going to need a tractor trailer to take me to the hospital when the time comes! :) I feel SO HUGE!!! Feeling fine though... very tired... aching back... you know the way it goes! :) Looking forward to being not pregnant.... not ever again! 5 times is enough for me thanks! LOL!

This week was my turn to post on the myStampBOX blog!! I created a sketch and a LO using some of their fun alpha stamps!! Drop by and check it out!!

Gotta run! Snuggle time with DH and a movie! :)

Happy Scrappin!

Thursday, April 08, 2010


This LO is of my neice and my littlest man... he was about 9 months here. My neice adores the babies, and I just love this photo pf the two of them... so natural and real...

This LO is based on a sketch by Calia Yang, for Let's Capture These Sketches Sketch # 31. Our sponsor for the month of April is Kustom Die Kuts by Allison Cope! The white flower border came from her! So easy to use and so beautiful!!
I also used a butterfly stamp from myStampBOX... I just received this set and am in LOVE!! It's butterflies... what else can I say!?!? I added some stickles and liquid pearls! :) Yummy!!
And finally, I had to use a piece of chipboard! No LO feels complete without it lately! So I used one of the hearts from the nesting hearts set from Magistical Memories. I sprayed it with glimmer mist and added some liquid pearls for dimention! :)
*Patterned Paper:MLYB, Pink Paislee* *Cardstock: Bazill* *Alpha: American Crafts* *Stamps: MyStampBOX* *Chipboard: Magistical Memories* *Flower, Bling, Lace: Prima* *Diecute flower border: Kustom Die Kuts* Adhesive: Helmar* *Extra's: Basic grey pearls, Rangerink, stickles and liquid pearls, staples , Fiskars border punch*

Thanks for stopping by!!
Don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win some Magistical Memories chipboard in the preveious post!! And as a bonus... if you are a follower, you'll get 2 chances to win!! :)
Happy Scrapping!!

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Magistical Memories goes Green!!

How cool is that?? Very cool I must say! So to celebrate, I thought I ought to offer up a RAK of awesome chipboard goodies!!!
How do you get in on this RAK? Just leave me a comment!! I will do a draw on or around April 24th for a selection of chipboard!
Also... We have a secret code for you to use for a limited time to get your own stash of chipboard goodies...
Use this code for 25% off your entire order!!! 25Spring

Don't forget to comment for your chance to win goodies from me!!

Now I will leave you with one of my newest LO's using the fabulous MM chipboard!!
I used a large circle from the Butterfly album on this page. I sprayed it with glimmer mist and put it thru my cuttlebug using the swiss dot embossing plate! And I dove headfirst into my new Prima stash... oh MY!!! :)
This page is about DD's first day of school for grade 2 and the anticipation she felt as we waited for the bus... I love this pic of her! :)

Thanks for stopping by!! :) Happy Scrapping!!

Monday, April 05, 2010

myStampBOX Blog Hop! INTRODUCING....

Welcome to the myStampBOX Blog Hop!

Today, we are happy to introduce to you our newest additions to the myStampBOX team but we would first like to thank all the wonderful and talented designers that are leaving our team. A BIG thank you goes out:

Elisa Kammerdiener
Kim Sonksen
Lara Brooks
Liz Jacob
Marci Knecht
Natalie Kalbach
Trace Geworsky

Thank you for all your hard work over the last 6 months. You’ll always be a part of the myStampBOX family. Best wishes from all of us in your next endeavors!

Now… let’s find out who will be joining the myStampBOX design team. Follow the blog hop and visit each of our returning designer blogs. Each team member will be introducing a new member of our team. At each stop, please leave a comment and when the blog is complete, return to the myStampBOX blog and leave one final comment to have a chance to win a myStampBOX stamp set of your very own!

Jolene Johnston
Virginie Delbecq
Gudrun Loennecken
Ellen Sosnoski
Tina McDonald <--------- HERE YOU ARE!!!
Cherie Nymeyer <------------------ GO HERE NEXT!!
Tracey Taylor
Allison Cope
mSB Blog

We hope you enjoy our little welcoming blog hop! Don’t forget to leave a comment on each one of the design team blogs and the mSB blog for your chance to win! Good luck and happy hopping!

Now I have the awesome priviledge of introducing our next new DT member!! Lynda Lindley!!

Here's a bit about Lynda...

Hi, my name is Lynda Lindley and I live in the beautiful state of Washington with my husband and two girls. I have been a papercrafter for over twenty years now; starting out as a stamper and moving into scrapbooking and other areas. I love ink and don't seem to be able to complete a project unless it is included on it somewhere. I draw inspiration from everything around me and tend to craft "in the moment" a lot without a plan other than to have fun!
Thank you again for this exciting opportunity!!!

Welcome to the team Lynda! Can't wait to be inspired by your work!!

Now…. Check out our next new design team member and a fun card at Cherie Nymeyer's blog!

Thursday, April 01, 2010

myStampBOX New DT!!

I'm so happy to share that I will be designing with myStampBOX for another term! YAY!! Here is the list of designers for the next 6 months...

Allison Cope, Design Team Coordinator, Canada
Leica Forrest, Education Director, Canada
Agata Pfister, Switzerland
Cherie Nymeyer, Canada
Ellen Sosnoski, USA
Eva Pizarro Videla, Italy
Gudrun Loennecken, Norway
Jill Hildebrand, Canada
Jing-Jing Nickel, USA
Jolene Johnston, USA
Lynda Lindley, USA
Maria Schmidt, Germany
Maryfrances Fabbri, USA
Monique Liedtke, Netherlands
Tina McDonald, Canada
Tracey Taylor, Canada
Virginie Delbecq, France

We also have a number of Guest Designers lined up for the coming months. These ladies will rock our stamps each for one month during the next half year:

Brenda Weaver, USA
Al-Marie Campana, USA
Sandrine Hennuy, Belgium
Jaine Drake, Luxembourg
April Hall, USA
Wendy Morris, USA

Join us on Monday, April 5th on a blog hop to welcome and introduce our new designers!!!Can't wait to see you there!!

Happy Scrapping!