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Friday, December 31, 2010

Snow Day

December 13, a huge snow storm hit Ontario, forcing the 402 and all eastbound roads from Sarnia to London to close due to white outs caused by high winds and heavy snow fall. Over 300 vehicles were stranded , and 100s of people took shelter in nearby Wyoming and Petrolia where I work. Helicopters lifted stranded people to buses where they were taken to safety while the entire community east of Sarnia shut down for 3 days. I have pictures of rescue workers taken in Wyoming that tell the story of the severity of the storm. It was a harrowing experience to be so close to, and our communitites rallied to help those trapped in their cars for over 24 hours .
Blankets food, and toiletries were brought to shelters and snowmobilers assisted wherever possible in conveying people to safety.

For my snow layout, I used the papers and kit designed by Cathy Smith at Lasting Impressions. I really enjoyed adding the gathered ribbon to the layout and will stitch it down tomorrow. The journalling will come later. I also stamped some snowy swirls on the borders of the pattern paper, and then added smooching paint in electric blue (it is a type of liquid pearlescent ink with an applicator like the one in liquid eyeliner) and also some stickles in light blue. You can add detail work with the smooch applicator nicely and also use it right on your stamps!
The photo of the house was taken 9 am the morning of the storm. The other pictures were taken the following day, aas schools were closed for 3 days. The effects on nature afterward were incredibly beautiful. The sun was bright and the sky was blue after the storm, and the branches looked like they were dipped in cotton balls.
It was an opportunity for me at home to scrap and indulge in some baking with my son. We also played Scrabble with his girlfriend Carolyn one afternoon. I am grateful I had him with me, to help shovel, and to keep me company.

New Years Crop : Lasting Impressions

A big thank you to Cathy at Lasting Impressions for organising a super New Years crop. We had pot luck snacks including bacon wrapped water chestnuts and red velvet cupcakes! Plus Cathy did a photo shoot on site with props she donated and printed photos for us to create a bonus layout of our evening. I completed three 2 page layouts including a Snow Day layout with BoBunny papers that Cathy designed for us.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Happy New Year !

Today I am all alone in the house. Chloe is in Toronto heading to Ocho Rios Jamaica and Colton is at the World Junior hockey games in Buffalo New York. I have all my housework done and some leftovers ready to warm up, so an afternoon in the Studio is in the works!
I am also excited to be heading to New Years crop on the 30th with my dear friend Peggy N at Lasting Impressions to make 2 layouts... so look for more posts very soon!

I created 6 Serenity cards with an elegant touch of ribbon make a lovely gift. I had fun doing up little bundles of these cards for the special ladies in my life. More than ever, I appreciate that Life is a Gift... and wish every one a very Happy New Year ! All the best in life . xo Stephanie

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas 2010!

finally I can reveal : my Christmas card for 2010!
It measures over 5x7 .
It was inspired by Lorrinda Holman on Big Red Scraps!
I wasnt sure if I like the polar bear or the 2 deer better, so I made several of each.
I was very pleased with it, in particular enjoyed creating Northern Lights
on 25 cards !

there are 3 kinds of embossing on this card.
Can you spot/name all 3?

Merry Christmas everyone!!