ball hockey, design team, Family, kids, sports, Uncategorized, vacation

Summer Recap (lots of pictures)

This is our last weekend before we head back to school on Tuesday. For the first time in forever we had a pretty laidback summer. We didn’t leave town and just stuck close to home. The only planned activity all summer was when my youngest son went to ball hockey camp.

He had a great time learning goalie skills and techniques and I showed up almost an hour early each camp day so that I could watch!

We made a couple of day trips including a trips including Airdrie to visit family, Calaway Park, Fish Creek Park, a few movies at the theatre and the rest of our summer was just decluttering, organizing things, painting and other small household improvements. We did some major tv binge watching too!

I did manage to get some crafting done. I made some jewellery, etched some Supernatural glasses, made an autumn wreath, painted some frames, made a few signs, did a couple of scrapbook pages and completed some cards and other projects.

Here are a few of those projects in case you missed them!

I continued working on a couple of design team projects, was an August Guest Designer for the Stick it Down Blog and I got a second project published in Creative Scrapbooker Magazine!

We also had some wacky weather! A few hail storms rolled through. This is a sample of what came on August 2! Yikes!This summer was hot! I am quite content with the heat but my boys found it too hot to “do anything”! Part of our summer was smokey too! Smoke from the forest fires in British Columbia choked us out for a couple of weeks!

Our dogs spent a fair amount of time just lazing in the sun and then moving to the shade when they got too hot. Here are the obligatory pictures and our cute dogs!

I also spent a lot of time trying out the Instant Pot that I purchased on Prime day. My son loves making vegetable soup. I like making chilli and stews. We have cooked lots of other things like chicken, ribs, roasts and more in the pot. I even made a fresh raspberry compote! Everything was edible! Some things were delicious! My favourite thing to make in the pot so far has been banana bread!

We will be spending the last weekend of summer just relaxing because we know that starting Tuesday we will thrown right into the thick of things and back to our go-go life!

ball hockey, Cricut, Family, kids, sports

Hockey Family-Cricut Style

You may or may not know that we are a hockey family that doesn’t play ice hockey! 😂We watch hockey. We play street hockey. We play knee hockey. We talk hockey. We collect hockey cards. We talk stats! We love the stats! My boys DO however play ball hockey which is basically, hockey off ice!

Every season has playoffs, hopefully ending in a trip to the medal games. We have made it to the medal rounds a few times before but have always come up empty. The one constant in our playoffs is the t-shirts that I wear to cheer on my teams! For the past few seasons I have used my Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut and design my t-shirts. I used my Cricut Easy Press to press it.

Here are some of my past t-shirts. As you can see our teams have been the Grizzlies and the Wolves.

Again we are on the Grizzlies and Wolves but last playoffs I only made one Wolves shirt because both boys ended up on Wolves team but in different age groups. This time I needed another Wolves shirt to wear so I made this one for me.

My younger son wanted to get in on the T-shirt action so we made him this one which he will proudly wear this weekend to his brother’s games.

Unfortunately our team drew the short straw so we have a game at 7am on Sunday morning! 😴 I made a shirt for the occasion! I love this shirt so much that I will be wearing it a lot even when we aren’t in playoffs!

I love using my Cricut Explore Air 2 and Easy Press. It gives us the flexibility to create what we want, when we want it! You can bet that as long as my boys are playing ball hockey I will be making playoff shirts!

card making, Creative Moments Challenge, design team, Family, Uncategorized

Snow On The Mountains-Creative Moments Challenge #136

I am here again to share my creation for the Creative Moments Challenge Blog. This week the theme is weather & a sentiment.

My sponsor for this week is

You can find your way to the challenge and the image by clicking the above pictures!

I had a wonderful time working with the mountain image from Scribbles. I love the look of the mountains and can see them most days from my living room window! We live just a couple of hours from one of the most beautiful places on earth! ( I may be biased 😊) My sons & husband ski. I do not, but I occasionally go with them and read in the lodge. Sometimes I bring projects to work on. I do wish that I enjoyed skiing but I have tried it and it really isn’t my thing. I grew up on the prairies so there was not much opportunity to learn.

I coloured the mountain image with Spectrum Noir markers and used a white embossing powder covered with UTEE to give the look of snow.

The plaid paper, spotted acrylic sheet (used back side of), compass sticker, bear & tree diecut as well as the sentiment stamp were all CTMH.

Challenges entered

Through The Craftroom Door-anything goes

Crafting By Designs-anything goes

Crafty Card Makers-get messy

Artistic Inspirations-valentine or anything goes

Pammies Inky Fingers-anything goes

Craft Sale, Family

Christmas Cheer-Cricut Made Style

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So Christmas is just under 10 days from today. All of our actual shopping is done although we are waiting for a few parcels to arrive. I am a little unsure when I am actually going to have time to wrap them though. Our boy’s Christmas lists were a little sparse this year, neither of them are really into toys as they are 10 & 13 years old now. They did ask for a big ticket item each but they also asked for things like movie gift cards to see a couple of movies coming soon. I made the boys some Christmas Eve boxes with a few necessities like chocolate, hot chocolate, socks and more. If I have time I am going to make them some t-shirts with their favourite video games on them.

Since my successful craft sale back in November I have been working on custom orders mostly personalized items. I made some gifts for family, friends, coworkers and neighbours. I use my Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut my designs and if working with htv (iron-on) I also use my Easy Press. These Christmas Pyjama bags and moose were personalized for my boys using both.

If you are looking to treat yourself you can find the Cricut Explore Air 2 & Easy Press here.

Cricut Explore Air 2 Machine

Cricut Easy Press

Cricut Iron On And More Supplies

Here are a few other Cricut-Made items.

Added the rabbits name to the stocking. Teacher ornaments customized.

I love versatility of using my Cricut. I can cut iron-on to create T-shirts and more, vinyl to put on everything from signs & ornaments to wine glasses. It also cuts paper! (shocker right?)

My favourite thing about making shirts is that I can put anything that my heart (or my son’s heart) desires! We made a Wonder canvas for one of his teachers. He loved it so I made him a T-shirt that was opposite colours of the canvas.

I also make myself shirts to cheer on my boys during their ball hockey playoffs.

Which reminds me that we have one last game before the Christmas Holidays. One of my cubs is playing for a bronze medal this afternoon! Fingers, & toes are crossed that we win! Wish us luck!

Family, Pocket Scrapbooking, Scrapbooking, vacation

Me Time

Lately I have been working on so many projects for the craft sale that Scrapatini will be participating in, that I have not had any chance to make something just for me. I feel a bit overwhelmed and excited at the same time in regards to the craft sale but as much as I love crafting I realize that I also haven’t scrapbooked for my own pleasure since at least the spring. I decided that today was the day to spend a little time working on a few pages of our Dominican holiday. 

We stayed at The Nickelodeon Resort over spring break and had the most fabulous time! We saw monkeys! I just had to scrapbook those monkeys ( and my monkeys!) I decided on some pocket scrapbooking instead of my usual traditional style of regular scrapbooking. Here is just a peek at what I have been working on.

I still have to add the titles, journaling and dates but it is a good start. Pocket scrapbooks are a great way to get a vacation or special event done in a quick yet appealing way.