Sunday, April 6, 2014

Weekend of Fun and Learning

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Treats given to me by Jeannie Watt 
Isn't that nice?  And yummy too!

Bunny treats given to me by Margaret Stares 
uses Stampin' Up! treat cups.  Item #116802
You get 12 for $3.95   Cool Deal!

My blog posts will be on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays but today is the last day of a fabulous girls crafting weekend away and I just had to post some of the treats that I got this weekend.  

I love these weekends away as they renew my spirit, renew my energy and fill my head with fascinating new knowledge.  

This morning Rosanne Dreyer has been sharing blog tips with me.  She is a designer for Crazy Card Party  and her blog is
We talked about Bloglovin which is a site where you can easily follow your favourite blogs and file them in folders.  I often miss when my friends post to their blogs so I am excited to find one central place where I can organize them so I won't miss anything.  
Plus, now that my blog is on there, everyone can find me too.
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Thank you to Tammie White, Rosanne Dreyer, Kathryn Muir, and Margaret Stares for a fabulous weekend away.  

If you are looking for a weekend away like this then Moonlight & Mistletoe will be perfect for  you.  
Your Hosts for this weekend are Shirley Bish, Diane Blumenstock, Ria Jenkins and myself. 

Moonlight & Mistletoe

November 7-9, 2014

A Creative weekend retreat to share ideas, prepare your Christmas crafts and relax with friends, old and new, giving you that stress-free start to the Christmas season.  Bring your own projects to work on, or choose from a variety of optional themed classes.  

Your weekend package includes:  
Welcome Gift/1 Complimentary Class/Door Prizes
Product Demonstrations
Free Parking
Free Wi-Fi
2 Nights Accommodation
Friday Evening Buffet
Saturday:  Full hot & cold 'station style' buffet breakfast, lunch and full 3 course dinner
Sunday:  Full hot &cold 'station style' buffet breakfast and lunch
*24 hour access to Beverage Station

Double Occupancy $380/person*
Single Occupancy $450/person*
*Prices include HST & Gratuity

Take Advantage of our Early Bird Special!
If Balance is paid in full by April 30, 2014
Double Occupancy  $360/person*
Single Occupancy $425/person"

Only $100 Deposit to hold your space. 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

I'm Back

Saturday, April 5, 2014

How are your New Year's Resolutions going? 
Mine have been going well.  I have been sending out consisted newsletters but I fell
off the blog wagon.  As of today, I am brushing myself off and jumping back on. 
I hope you will join me again every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday as I share my
stories, photos and Craft D projects. 

The last post you saw was my room that I throw everything into before a class or company comes over.  This was the picture and I claimed there was a ping pong table in the room.
I knew this project would take months as I am still running my business, looking after
my family and having fun too.  It isn't finished yet but I am still working on it slowly. 
I have boxes labeled with categories such as Memories, Keep, Give Away/Sell, Garbage,
so that I can grab a box and sort.
GREAT NEWS!  I found the ping pong paddles.
Now I admit that this room is still a mess but the Craft D Cave is looking good. 
This is a photo of my ribbon rack.  It is no secret that I love ribbon.
This is just one of the shelves in my two showcase bookshelves where I like to
display some of my favourite projects that were made in my studio or given to me
as gifts or in swaps. 
So as you can see there is progress.  Woohoo!!!!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

8 weeks to Organized

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Here we go again.  I am trying to get my CraftD Cave organized.  

Have you stopped laughing?  
Many of you have been to my CraftD Cave studio and taken classes
or visited.  You see a studio that looks fairly organized but what
you don't see is the CraftD Grave Yard.  

This is the area that things get swept away to before or after classes.
 10 minutes before you walk in the door I am in the bad habit of
 grabbing a box and swiping the table clear with my
forearm like a windshield wiper clearing off the snow.
 Then it gets thrown in this room with good intentions
of sorting it later.  

I would like to play ping pong with my family.  Yes believe it
 or not there is a ping pong table in this room somewhere.  
Here is another angle.  You can see the fuse ball table.  Kind of.
And there is a ping pong table somewhere. 

I am participating in the 2014 Get Organized Challenged 
at They sell a organization system but
 you don't have to buy their system. You can incorporate their ideas
 into your own system.  I am going to do a bit of both to make 
something that works for me.   I downloaded their workbook and 
I like that it breaks this down into 8 weeks of challenges.  
Each week I have a checklist of things to do.  

I talked to Irv about it and asked him to help me pick 8 rewards.  
At the end of each week if I complete the checklist for the week
 I will earn a reward. It could be something like playing a game of cards
with my family or a drive to the lake.  
We decided that my checklist would have to be completed every Friday.  
Irv decided that the reward would be a secret.  He asked for 
envelopes and paper.  I gave him the 3x3 envelopes and 8 pieces of
2 3/4x2 3/4 piece of card stock.  To my surprise he folded the
card stock and said he didn't want me to be able to read it through
the envelope.  lol
What?  Who me?  I wouldn't do that.  
After he sealed the envelopes, I decorated them with some Stampin' Up! Glimmer paper
and black card stock and put them in this cool purse I made at the last Stampin' Convention
which was in the pile.  

Tomorrow is Friday.  I have been working away and I will share on Saturday what I had to do
this past week and if I completed it.   Hopefully I get to open an envelope.  

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Game Night

Saturday, Feb 15, 2014

I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine's Day yesterday.  As you can see by
the gorgeous bouquet pictured above, I was spoiled rotten again.
You might be wondering why Irv didn't get me roses.  Roses are lovely but
I don't enjoy them as much as a bright, rich colourful bunch of flowers.
This is definitely my favourite of all the bouquets I have received.
When you walk in my house right now you smell this fabulous scent and you
can't help but stop and take a deep breath to breathe in every bit of the fragrant
aroma.  Feels like summer on a bitter cold day.  Love my hubby!

Speaking of favourites:

It's no secret that one of my favourite things to do is play games with my family.
There is always fun, laughter, pop, chips and candy.  There is occasionally veggies
and some cheating but those are both rare.

Another one of my favourite things to do is to sit with a cup of coffee and enjoy
reading my friend's blogs.  A few days ago my dear friend Tracey posted
this layout she made of her cutie, Maya.

Isn't this a gorgeous layout?  You can check out more of Tracey's creations on
her blog Trays .  Tracey got her inspiration for this layout from this sketch from
Stuck?! Sketches.

I used this sketch and Tracey's layout as inspiration for my layout.
Thank you Tracey.

Stampin' Up! Supplies I used:
130129 Etcetera Designer Series Paper
129399 Tea Lace Paper Doilies
130911 Circles Collection Frame Lits
129404 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch
127811 1 1/4" Scallop Circle Punch
119868 1" Circle Punch
119857 Word Window Punch
126189 Paper Piercer
122941 1/8" Mini Brads

Stampin' Up! Stamp Sets I used:  Lacey & Lovely, Notable Alphabet,
Loving Thoughts, Happy Day
Stampin' Up! Colours:  Old Olive, Calypso Coral, Night of Navy
Order at

Play along.  Create a layout today.
Bear Hugs,
Denise Donald
Crafts Forever, Housework Whenever

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Quick and Easy Valentine

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day.  Don't worry there is plenty of time to make this
quick and easy card.

What you need:
Very Vanilla Core'dinations Card Stock  5 1/2 x 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4"  and 3 3/4" x 4 3/4"
Punch a Heart from Real Red Core'dinations Card Stock
Using the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, emboss the heart
Sand the Heart with the Stampin' Sanding Block
A small piece of Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon
Best of Love Stamp set and Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad
A Basic Metal Button
A small piece of linen thread
A sponge dauber and Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad

Have A Very Happy Valentine's Day
Great Big Bear Hugs to you all!
Denise Donald
Crafts Forever, Housework Whenever

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

My Valentine

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
I was so excited this morning when I saw the Stampin' Up! Weekly Specials today.
There were so many great items on sale and one of them is the tasteful trim die. 
The Essentials Paper piercing pack fits the trim perfectly allowing me to poke
holes along the trim perfectly!  Love it!
The Designer Paper I used was Modern Medley.  Perfect for masculine cards!

Tasteful Trim Bigz Die 120893
Price: Regular Price $52.95 
This week  $39.71 (only until Monday, Feb 17, 2014)
Never be without the perfect trim for fabric and paper projects again! 
Our Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die allows you to create custom edges and borders
 with any kind of material any time you need it. Includes scallops, rick rack,
 and pinking designs--you've got a fantastic variety of classic options for all your projects.
* Bigz XL Die
* 6"x 13-3/4"
* Use with Extended Cutting Pads
* Trim and border shapes for accenting your fabric and other paper crafting projects
* Designed for use with fabric, paper, card stock, and more

Have a Great Day!
Denise Donald
Crafts Forever, Housework Whenever!

Saturday, February 8, 2014


Saturday, February 8, 2014

A card created by my friend and sister in law, Diane Blumenstock.  
I agree with. Diane.  We should all celebrate the Olympics.  

I awoke so grateful to each and every person who helps to keep the
Olympics going.
I decided to journal about it today.  This is my journal entry.
Enjoy the Olympics.  They are a gift to the World.
Bear Hugs,
Denise Donald
Crafts Forever, Housework Whenever