Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
I brought flashlights at the end of that school day, and we hunted everywhere for her. Alas, Patterns was not to be found. After two weeks, we mourned for our Patterns, and assumed that she was lost for good.
This past Monday night, our school caretaker, Ken, went to enter the classroom. He unlocked the door, and almost left, as he couldn't remember what he needed in the classroom. He decided to check out the room anyway. He opened the door and turned on the lights. Nothing was there. Then, he happened to glance down - to his amazement, there was Patterns on the floor at his feet!!! She was very cold and very, very hungry!
Susan and Juliana Bruyn
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Today my eldest boy, Jon-Jacob, turns 12 years old! He had fun helping me make these fun Star Wars invitations for his friends. JJ is very excited to have some friends over for a party. We bought some lego kits. His friends get to put the lego together without knowing what the kit should look like. Sounds like so much fun!
JJ loves to swim and have fun! Yesterday he took me for an hour long bike ride! I was tired when we returned, but he was ready to go again!
Happy Birthday, JJ! We love you!
Friday, July 24, 2009
I really enjoy it when a project works well. I love how the paper colours match with the photo. I used the retired Stampin' Up! "Walk in the Park" paper with the new Medallion stamp. Of course, I added bling and ribbons also!
I had so much fun with the page, that I tried the same thing with a card. I love the sunburst effect, and how the medallion finishes the card. It's a great way to use paper scraps.
Here are some more fun cards I've made recently. I often look in magazines and books for inspiration. This project idea came from an Australian magazine. This is a technique I've tried before called "One Sheet Wonder." You simply decorate a sheet of white cardstock, and then cut out the decorated cardstock in a variety of ways for use in cards. I love how the new Bermuda Bay, Mambo Melon, and Crushed Curry worked with Green Galore. I also enjoyed this arrangement of cards. The stamp set I used is Circle Circus. Don't these cards look summery and bright!
Take care, and enjoy this lovely hot day!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
We went to a family reunion in Ponoka this past weekend. It was so good to see cousins, aunts & uncles, who I haven't seen for quite some time. I had a good time visiting with each one of them.
One evening, we took Juliana for a walk in the neighborhood. My aunt lives near the edge of town, with farms just across the road behind her place. Well, we saw a deer in a green space between two houses. She wasn't concerned about us at all. We moved closer, and all of a sudden, this little one popped out of the bushes close to its mama! What a pretty sight to see this little fawn bounding around, copying the movements of it's mama!
On the same walk, we saw some very pretty wildflowers. I don't remember the name of these ones, but they grow everywhere. You can see them in varying shades of pink and purple. I have not seen many with this deep purple before.
On Sunday morning, my cousin's daughter brought her horse over for the kids to ride. Apparently, Molly is an older horse who used to do barrel-racing competitions with Tamara. It was fun to watch the kids ride. I even got a turn! What fun! This is JJ on his very first horse ride. Tamara couldn't believe he hadn't ridden before!
Timmy has ridden before, and was very confident on Molly! He even got her to canter and trot a bit.
We had a good time at the family reunion. My cousins and I mentioned that we'd like to see one another again, before another 15 years has gone by! It is a good reminder to keep in touch with those we love!!
Have a great day!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
What I enjoy most about summer is the flowers! There is a vibrancy in the colours and variety of wild-flowers, as well as domestic flowers that can be found during the summertime! They really inspire me!
I created this fun card from a new Stampin' Up! set called 'Animal Stories.' It uses the colors Crushed Curry and Dusty Durango, as well as Old Olive and Always Artichoke for the leaves and stem. The ribbon is the new dotted Dusty Durango grosgrain. If you look closely, you can see the beak of the owl - doesn't he make a great flower petal!
This card uses another new set called 'Autumn Days', and the colors Dusty Durango and Soft Suede with Chocolate Chip. I also used the new Modern Label punch and the Soft Suede dotted grosgrain ribbon.
We went for a walk to the Waterfall Valley, in Beaumont Park, in Calgary's Northwest. Here were some of the lovely flowers I saw while I was there.
Have a great day, and enjoy the flowers!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Take care, everyone, and may your day be filled with sunshine, even in the midst of rain!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Spring really is coming here in Calgary! Here is proof that spring is on the way! We keep getting snow, but I did find my hyacinths blooming! It is so nice to see some color in my flowerbeds! They are so bright and cheery!
I am teaching a card class on Thursday night. Here is one delightfully simple card that I designed. I did stamp the vellum with white ink before cutting out the butterflies - I think I'll tell the ladies to cut the butterflies first, as they can easier direct the placement of the designs. the paper used is Stampin' Up's "Walk in the Park" and I've used chunky pink glitter with crystal effects for the butterfly bodies. I also attached them to the card with another bit of crystal effects.
Here is the perfect card for Dad, using Stampin' Up's 'Sense of Time' stamp set, and 'To the Nines' specialty paper! I love the thickness of the specialty paper! I used a transparency sheet, stamped with Staz On ink for the smaller circle in the clock, to better define it).
Finally, here is our bunny Bits, during one of the many snowfalls we have had this past week! He wasn't too happy to be plopped into the snow, but he did pose nicely for me! I put him under a tree, and he dashed toward his hutch and tried to climb in!
Have a great day, all! Susan Bruyn