Saturday, March 1, 2014

Who Doesn't Like Fun Mail??

Happy Saturday!!  And we are getting more snow today, because we don't have enough.  Poor Dalwhinnie tries walking in the backyard and she struggles as she cracks the ice on top of the snow and falls up to her armpit into snow drifts.   

Today I want to share with you  Paper Pumpkin.   Do you know what Paper Pumpkin is?   Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription from Stampin' Up! where you get a fun little package of goodies every month in the mail.  And who doesn't like fun mail.  And it costs only $24.95/month.   To be completely honest, when they started the program almost 2 years ago, I was not sold.   I saw a couple of the boxes that Denise was getting and I wasn't excited about it.  I have been scrapbooking and papercrafting for 16 years, I have seen so many trends etc come and go, I am looking for new and exciting, something I haven't seen before, yet I want to add to my growing stash.   Years ago I tried the monthly scrapbook kit in a pizza box and I ended up with a lot of product that I didn't use but paid money for.   So I sat on the fence, I didn't want to have a collection of boxes of unopened kits sitting in my studio reminding me of the money I spent on a product that is being unused.  

I went to Convention this year and decided to try out Paper Pumpkin with the kit they were offering free to those of us who visited the booth and wrote what we would use that month's kit for.  Well, that kit changed my mind.  It was a cute cute mini album that I could put together in a couple of hours.  So yes, I signed up.  And yes, the boxes started collecting in my studio over the fall as I dealt with the hospital, care agencies, etc getting my mom set up in her supported housing unit and the various emergencies I have had to deal as my mom's only caregiver/family in the area.    During these months I was neglecting my creative time.  Which deep down in my soul I need for my own sanity and this last  1 1/2 years I needed it.  But like most people, I put that me time on the back burner to focus on what needed to be done for not only my own children and husband but now an ageing parent having a health crisis in a town 1/2 hr away. 

 I didn't have the large blocks of time I like to have to focus on projects but I did have a growing number of Paper Pumpkin boxes sitting in my studio, unused. So I decided back in January to start opening up those boxes and making the projects based on the idea page inside.   I was mentally and emotionally burnt out, the creative juices were stalled, no they felt dead dead dead.  LOL   It was perfect.   In a matter of 30 minutes to an hour I had completed the project inside the box.  Be it a set of cards, a mini album, etc.       It got my creative juices going once again.   And it is helping me regain some of the sanity I thought I lost over the months.  LOL  

Here is the cute little box it comes in.  Not only do I stalk my UPS man, now you can add FedEx man to my list of favourite men in my life.  Dave is and always be number 1, but these guys bring me boxes of fun.  LOL

Every month the special project is wrapped in this fun blue tissue paper.  And this time of year in Ontario it is a color that brightens my day.  Makes me think of spring!!

This months kit and they have now switched the kit stamps to photopolymer.  Love it!!!

Here are all the kit components.  All I need is a block or two for the stamps and addhesives.  The kit this month is a set of four gift bags to decorate.  Love it.

Thursday night I hung out with a group of friends here in town.  We get together two Thursday nights a month to socialize and craft.  And we are called the Scrappy Janes.     And here is a bag that I completed that night.   How cute is that.  Whatever sentiment you want for the bag is up to you.   I chose thanks, it could be hello, celebrate, happy.  Customize the bag to suit your needs.

I also completed another Paper Pumpkin kit.  And for me to get even one project done during those nights is a huge accomplishment.  I get too busy talking and eating to get much done normally.  lol   Two have two kits was awesome!!!

If you need a creative outlet but short on time and energy, I highly recommend Paper Pumpkin.  The price is right and sometimes they throw a little something extra special in the box.   How does it get better than that? Why yes, it does get betteR, new prescriptions, I mean new memberships of Paper Pumpkin get a set of free markers!!!  A $19.95 value for FREE!!!

Contact me today and sign up!!   You won't regret it!

Thanks for stopping and visiting.  I can be reached at

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Its Been a Roller Coaster

Hello!!!  Are you cold?  I am today.  A wind chill warning was issued for my area today and boy do you feel it when you step out.   And a freak snow squall which was literally a wall of snow as I was driving into town to drop Dalwhinnie off at the groomer made driving interesting this morning.  

I just wanted  to catch everybody up on what has been going on in my life.  Why I have been not posting as regularly as I have hoped to.     And I will try to be brief as possible.  It has been a long year and a bit.  

 It has been a whirlwind few months for me capping off a crazy year and a half.  As many of you know my mom has been very ill the last 1 1/2 yrs.  She had surgery to remove a cancerous growth on her bowel Sept 2012 and things did not go well, she ended up in emergency surgery a week later and another emergency surgery the following week again.   In and out of ICU, and then in hospital until early Nov. 2013.  She ended up with an ileostomy, a drainage tube wound that will not heal and a permanent PICC line in her arm She was put in supportive housing, her own apartment but with Support Workers coming in a few times a day to help with meal prep, personal care etc. and nurses visiting  1-2 times a day to help her maintain her PICC line for hydration therapy, her kidneys are not functioning properly, and wound care for the drainage tube wound.  

 Since her initial discharge from hospital in early November 2013 until today she has been in her unit a total of 8 weeks.   She was re-admitted the morning of December 26 and had surgery January 2 in a major teaching hospital in London, Ontario for bypass on her legs for peripheral vascular disease that was diagnosed earlier in the fall.  The pain was not being controlled with pain killers and her feet were discoloring and developing ulcers.   Because of her current health condition they were unable to use her own veins for the bypass, they ended up using plastic veins.  After a lengthy hospital stay and rehab she was discharged January 31, to end up in hospital again on Feb. 20.   Shortly after discharge the visiting nurses noticed that her right leg wasn't looking right, turns out the surgery didn't work in the right leg.  We had an urgent visit with the surgeon, who confirmed that her veins were blocked again, the surgery didn't work.  There were  two options.  The first was to leave it alone, the nerves and flesh would die off, the pain that was already unbearable would continue and ulcers would develop. Or the other option would be amputation below the knee of the right leg.     After another emergency ward visit a couple of days later, we decided to go ahead with amputation to help with her quality of life.   Last week was a whirlwind of activity and emotions on top of all the  activity and emotions that I was dealing with the last year and a half.  We got the call there was a bed for her and on Thursday, Feb. 20 she was admitted with hopes to do the surgery the next day.  But surgery was postponed because she was too dehydrated, again her kidneys not working properly.  So they ended up doing the surgery very late Saturday night.  We were able to visit her the next day, my oldest daughter Laura goes to university in London and we had to bring her back at the end of her reading week.  My mom was in good spirits and it helped that one of her room mates had the same surgery as well.  

She was transferred back to the hospital in the town where she lives.  Where she is awaiting a bed in rehab where they will work with her to get as well as possible.  And we will be working with the local Community Care Access Centre of where is the best place for her to live.   Still a long road ahead, but we are learning to take things as they come.   

Through it all I have learned a lot about what I am capable of. And learned to navigate the realm of senior care here in Ontario.  While it is not perfect, I am grateful for our health system here in Ontario.   We have paid hardly anything out of pocket for her care, the support workers and visiting nurses are all covered by our provincial health plan.  While a lot of nursing homes won't take my mom because of the PICC line and that is a whole other story and I did say its not perfect, she is on the list for an excellent nursing home in her town, and if urgent there are other facilities in southern Ontario that we could have her admitted to until a bed becomes available in the home of her first choice. And we have OHIP subsidies to help cover the cost of her care while in a nursing home.   But for now she is still in hospital which at this time is the best place for her to be.

In the midst of this roller coaster ride I have made time for creativity.   And with Sale-A-Bration on I had to play with some more of my FREE products.   This card I copied directly from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue. I am loving the FREE product this year.  

Thanks for dropping by my little corner of the blogging world.  Take care.

Monday, February 3, 2014

See Ya Later Alligator

Happy Monday world!!   Call me a freak but I like Mondays.   Monday means a new week full of new possibilities.  And I am a big believer that attitude is everything and life is what you make it.  And I love the fact that we are having a real winter this year. (some people look at me like I have four heads when I say this)   I love snow,the way it turns what is a dull grey landscape into a blanket of snow glistening in the sun.  We had another storm come through again on Saturday and it gave the landscape a touch up.  This is what our backyard looked like yesterday.   Today we have some brilliant sunshine and it is gorgeous!!!   And yes, that is a fallen tree at the back of the property.   It fell during the ice storm the weekend before Christmas and with all the snow we have had, the tree people have not been able to come out and give us a quote yet.  And yes, we are going to be getting a lot of fire wood for our outdoor fireplace.  LOL

As you know from my previous post we have started Sale-A-Bration last week.  And of course as a demo, one of the perks was being able to get the Sale-A-Bration items in December.   Here is a card I made using a couple of items of the sale-a-bration catalogue.  And it was part of a class I taught last week to promote Sale-A-Bration.  

Products used are as follows:

Stamp Set:  See Ya Later (FREE!!!!)  This is has to be my favourite stamp set in Sale-A-Bration this year

Ink:  Gumball Green Classic Ink Pad (Main Idea Book and Catalogue)

Cardstock:  Whisper white, Gumball Green, Silver Glimmer (Main Idea Book and Catalogue)

DSP:   Watercolor Wonder (Occasions Catalogue)

Punches and Dies:  Banner Framelits Die and Chevron Border Punch (Occasions Catalogue) Small Heart Punch (Main Idea Book and Catalogue)

Textured Embossing Folder:  Decorative Dots (FREE!!!)

To see all the products that you can get for free with a qualifying purchase of $60 or more, contact me today!!!

Thanks for stopping by on this cold February day (well at least cold here)  I would love to hear from you!!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Three Item Class.

How are you on this cold January day?  I am warm and cozy in my studio getting it organized after a weekend of whirlwind activity.  Too many items are not in their homes right now.  LOL  Amanda is done exams, Daniel is home sick with a nasty cold so I have retreated for some mom time as I hear the Dr. Who marathon going on in the upstairs family room.  

  Please join me for this this three item class. Using items from our new occasions catalogue, we will be making two cards and a treat holder.  The cost of the class is is $12 or free with a $30 order.


Sunday, February 9, 2014 -  1 pm - 3pm
Wednesday February 12, 2014  -  10- 12 pm.
Thursday February 20, 2014 - 7 pm - 9 pm

And Sale-A-Bration has begun!!!  Between now and March 31 for every $60 you spend you can pick an item from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue for FREE!!!!  Yes FREE!!!!!!  How does it get better than this.  Host a workshop or class during Sale-A-Bration and get $40 extra in hostess dollar on qualifying parties.  And to make it even better, become a demo now!!!  When you sign up you can pick $190 of products of your choice for only $125 and get a 20% discount for yourself on Stampin' Up's amazing quality products.  Normal fee for signing up for a demo is $155, you get an extra $40 in exclusive Stampin' Up! product.      

To enrol in one of the above classes or to learn about Sale-A-Bration and how to earn products for free contact me today.

Thank you for stopping by my little corner of the blogging world.  Stay warm my friends.  

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Christmas Ornaments Stampin' Up! Style

Hello again!!  I am in full Christmas mode right now.  Started my Christmas shopping and I plan to be done by the end of November.  My goal is to not set foot in a mall if I don't have to for the month of December.  I like to use December to focus on baking, meal planning, wrapping and cozy nights at home with my family when I can.  

In my post yesterday I mentioned working my upline Denise's Moonlight and Mistletoe Retreat in Niagara Falls a few weeks ago.  I brought my Christmas tree along (first time I ever brought my own tree to a crop) and we decorated it with different ornaments made using Stampin' Up! products.  Our color theme was using Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, and Silver Glitter.   

The first three ornaments I made using components from the Christmas Banner Simply Created Kit.  I love banners but I do not have a place for one in my Christmas decor.  So why not use the components for other items such as Christmas Tree ornaments.  Here are three of the ornaments I made and I still have plenty of the kit pieces left over for other projects.  

This second ornament was a little difficult to photograph as it is 3D in nature.  Using the lattice die in our main catalogue I cut out six lattices per ornament out of our Silver Glimmer Paper.  I used Tombow to glue the Lattice die cuts together.  First I folded each one in half and adhered them together for a 3D snowflake effect.  I then used a piece of Whisper White 3/8" Taffefta Ribbon through the top to help hang the ornament on the tree.  I love Silver Glimmer in these ornaments, they catch the lights on the tree beautifully and you can never have to much glitter.

Thank you for stopping by and visiting my little corner of the blogging world.  Comments and suggests are always welcome.  Enjoy your day!!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A Washi Kind of Christmas

Hello again.  It has been a busy time here in the Jenkins household.  I was away working my up line's Moonlight and Mistletoe retreat in Niagara falls the end of October. We are starting to plan for next year's retreat and I am having a more active role in planning Moonlight and Mistletoe 2014, so exciting.    We found a place for my mother and moved her out of the hospital (over a year in the hospital, that has to be some kind of record) the first weekend of November and things are starting to settle into a rhythm for her with a nurse coming by twice a day for her IV, another nurse for wound care of her abdominal area and of course Red Cross Support Workers coming by a few times a day to make sure she is eating (which in our family is not an issue, lol), and to help with personal care and light housework.  Our oldest Laura, has impacted wisdom teeth and she had her appointment with the oral surgeon a few weeks ago as well and her surgery is scheduled for December 23, so lots of mashed potatoes and gravy with a side of pain killers for her Christmas eve and day.  Unfortunately we will not be having our traditional Christmas Eve dinner of Peking Duck and Nasi Goreng (Indonesian rice dish), which is Laura's favourite meal, rice and holes where her wisdom teeth use to be will not be a good combination.  I am going to have to get creative and think of something else for Christmas eve that everybody will like. 

And speaking of Christmas, it is coming up fast and you are probably planning your Christmas card list.  I am sure you are finding that everywhere you look Washi tape is being used in all kind of papercrafting and home decor projects.    For this time of year I am offering  a Washi Tape Christmas Card class.  In this class you will make four different cards using Washi tape.   Get a feel of how versatile and easy this product is to use in your various projects.  

DATES:  Thursday, November 28       7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
                 Sunday, December 1            1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
                 Tuesday, December 3            10:00 am - 12:00 pm

COST:      $10  includes everything needed to make four cards and envelopes included.  Or place a $30 order and attend for free!!!

Email me at for location and payment of fees.  Looking forward to seeing you!!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Spooky Banner Class

Hello!!!  It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is this weekend.  Which means Halloween is just around the corner. I love Halloween, and in the current Holiday Catalogue we have our Build a Banner Simply Created Kit with stencils and pennants,  along with a Halloween Accessory Kit.   Please join me in a class featuring our Build a Banner Kit and Halloween Accessory Kit.  You will be given everything you need to complete the banner pictured above.  

Date:  Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Time:  6:30-9:30
Place:  My home
Cost: $30.00

Please RSVP with payment by Monday, October 14 so I can make sure all supplies needed will be available.  You can reach me via email or my cell 519-577-1321

And if you love retreats, I will be teaching a Christmas Card Class at my upline’s Moonlight and Mistletoe Retreat later this month in Niagara Falls.  You can go to Denise’s blog for more information and registration at: .   Link is in the right column of her blog.  

Thanks for stopping by and visiting.