Clear the Desk #7 - Be Mine by Alison Day

Clear The Desk Kit #2

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I have been remiss in posting my Clear the Desk progress so this week will be all about catching you up.

If you missed the first kit I put together for this class, then please check out this post. I also share the first five layouts I made – each with a process video.  I did two things with the kit remainders. First I made a card which you can see on this post, and then I left everything on my desk. Well, not actually on my desk, as my desk is quite small, but available to use in subsequent projects for this class.

Which leads me to Kit #2.

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Celebrating 9

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Good evening. How was your Saturday?

Ours was quite a bit quieter than we are used to. It’s Spring Break so our usual schedule of swimming lessons and volleyball and basketball, and anything else that we try to squeeze into the day, is on hold for another week. It’s such a nice feeling to know you have no commitments!

I spent the day in my Scrap Cave working on layouts for Clear the Desk and challenges over at Paper Issues – be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don’t miss my latest process videos. I will try to catch you all up next week but no promises!

The other thing that happened this weekend – at 11:31PM on Friday night to be precise – is that our youngest daughter turned nine. She’s pretty amazing if I do say so myself. Drives me completely mental with all her questions, comments, and stories, but I’m sure that means she’s got a quick mind that will take her far in life. Right?

Since I am a crafty Mum, I made her a card.

Birthday Card 1 by Alison Day

I was inspired recently to dig out my Jillibean Soup stash and see what I could create with it and this was one of the projects I made. Super simple – just a few sheets from a 6×6 paper pad some letter stickers and gold mist. I love layered and detailed cards, but sometimes it’s nice to keep it simple!

We also made and handed out some birthday invitations … but I think I’ll wait and post those another day. It’s a whole “rainbows and unicorns” thing!

Okay, I’m off to do some serious … nothing! Ah!

Have a great rest of your weekend everyone.



Easter Blessings with butterfly by Alison Day

How I do Shabby Chic

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Make it Monday with Alison Day Designs2.pngHappy Monday!

Today marks Day One of Spring Break around here. So far so good. Under threat of losing their screen access for the entire two weeks, the younger two are actually off with friends playing at the school. Gasp! Long may it last, am I right?

It’s been awhile since I did an official Make It Monday post. I have jotted down weekly prompts and ideas for myself in my blog planner but … every week something else trumps it. So … are you sitting down? I followed the prompt this week!

Say what?!

I had help though. I recently purchased a magazine at the grocery store because it had some free metal border dies in it. After opening the package I discovered it had more than that! Included was a whole package of shabby chic patterned papers! Awesome!

Now, Shabby Chic is not typically my style. I tend towards brighter, cleaner colours and more whimsical stamps, stickers, and embellishments. But … I’m always up for a challenge so I rolled up my sleeves, got out my Soft Suede ink pad, and got busy! Here are the results of my efforts.

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St. Patrick's Day 2012 by Alison Day

Using All The Greens!

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Hello and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Do you celebrate your Irish roots on this day, or this just an excuse to wear green, kiss perfect strangers, and drink green beer (not necessarily in that order)? I haven’t done that Ancestry DNA test to verify, but my 100% British Isles heritage probably has a bit of Irish in it. I’m fairly certain most people born in that part of the world can trace their ancestors back to some Irish rover or another, right?

Now that we have children our celebrations tend to the tame side. A bit of Irish stew and colcannon, maybe some soda bread if I’m of a mind, but rarely more than that. However, there was that one time we took in the festivities in downtown Vancouver that I’ve never scrapbooked … until today! Continue reading »

All Things Sewing Card by Alison Day

Embracing the Uncomfortable and Going Strong!

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On Saturday I shared two cards that I made from the kit that took extra long to get to me – the February Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp. Since then I’ve been diligently making cards. Want to see?

Here is the video showing the next four cards that I made.

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I Let My 8 Year Old Pick the Papers! Gulp!

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It’s almost Spring and that seems to mean Birthday Season. In my house we are a week and a half away from the second birthday of the four that take place between the end of February and the first week of May, and that particular little girl got two party invitations recently. Guess a lot of people figure the Spring is a good time to have kids!

I decided to get her to help make some decisions for the cards she wanted for her friends. So we went through my stash of 6×6 papers from old Simon Says Stamp kits as well as my hoard of 6×6 papers, and she picked out her favourites. There was a lot of rainbow colour schemes involved!

Due to a volleyball tournament on Saturday morning, I wasn’t able to make a card for the party she had later that day, but she helped herself to the papers and made a pretty sweet card of her own. Which left me slightly fewer choices for the second card, but still plenty to work with. See it come together in this video.

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