In the Christmas Class Zone.

I am deep into Christmas class prep. I have taught 2 classes already and have the third booked for mid October. I find customers either love it or hate it when the Christmas paper starts showing up as early as July. Maybe it’s the same disgruntled feeling I get when I see the snowsuits arrive Costco before we even get out of school for the summer.


Product: Kaiser Craft’s Christmas Jewel collection.  Sold Out.

These cards were a huge success and ended up being my most popular card set with me making the most card kits for one class ever. The purples with the silver foil were so beautiful together.


Product: Echo Park’s Twas the Night before Christmas Vol. 1 & 2 collections. Sold Out.

This set of cards were the first ones where I really added layers upon layers of paper to bring them to life. I also did a huge amount of “fussy cutting” to create all the embellishing pieces and I love how they turned out.


Product: Kaiser Craft’s Christmas Edition & Letters to Santa collections. Scheduled Class: October 12, details here.

I love! these black & white papers and with the added pops of red and red foil I think they’re my favorite.

This creative season is my jam! The only problem is that I have more ideas then time and before I know it the holidays have come & gone.

I read somewhere the other day that there were only 12 Fridays until Christmas…. insert a loud sigh. I should probably go offline and put my fall decor up before the snow hits and I’m digging out my inflatable Santa.

What about you? Are you a love it or hate it when you see the holidays hit the stores well before their time?

♥ Nadine

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Peony Season


It’s the end of June and that means it’s finally Peony season here!!!


I had one plant succumb to winter kill but the other two made it and one is thriving better than ever before. It literally makes my heart skip a beat when I see them!


I bought my very first plant 6 years ago, I brought it home and discovered that it was covered in ants. I quickly cleaned all the ants off into the dumpster and proceeded to plant it in my flower bed. It died. A seasoned peony growing friend of mine told me they need the ants. I did not like that! Not one bit. I hate ants but I wanted the peonies, I learned to accept that the ants were part of the package. I don’t know what the deal is, I don’t know if they actually need the ants but I’ve been growing the plants successfully since, I’m not about to mess up a good thing.


Lesson learned: accepting things I do not like might yield a beautiful result.

Explore your backyard


MacKinnon Ravine Park – Government House Park

Edmonton, Alberta

Photos taken in May & June 2017

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As soon as all the snow melts and the sun is shining bright I head down to the River Valley for my run/walks. I come down here and forget that I’m even in the city. It’s gorgeous, calm and so peaceful. I lose myself in my thoughts and come away more energetic and full of inspiration. This daily practice does wonders for my life.

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I park in a residential area just off 142st near the 142st bridge. I start there and head out through the MacKinnon Ravine Park towards Government House Park. From there I head out over the Groat Bridge, run a few sets of stairs and then head back. It works out to be about 6km with the stair climbs.

IMG_7812The Downtown view from Groat Bridge.


It’s not a hard 6km, I’m stopping constantly to take in the views and take photographs. Everyday, no matter how many times I see it, this is my routine. Spring/Summer is so short here, I never take these seasons for granted.

IMG_7816Almost to the top of a stair set in MacKinnon Ravine.

IMG_7819The reward for the stair climb. The view south towards Hawrelak Park.


I have began a habit of looking up. The blue sky, the sun, the light, the green- I feel a happiness inside that I can’t put words to.

Get out, explore, there is magic out there if you’re willing to see it.



Check out Creative Scrapbooker


I was fortunate enough to be published in the Summer 2017 Issue of Creative Scrapbooker… 3 times! I can’t even tell you have grateful I am. 3 full pages with my work and the faces of a few of my favorite people.



You can find me on pages 60, 61 & 62. The magazine is available at Treasured Memories & most local scrapbook stores, Chapters/Indigo, Barnes & Noble,  I’ve also seen at most places where you can buy magazines (Walmart, London Drugs, etc).

The call I submitted for was “Using found objects around your home as stamping tools.”

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I used paper towel & 2 different sized drinking glasses for the rings here. Product used: Simple Stories.

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On this page I used corrugated cardboard. I painted the cardboard and then used it like any other stamp. Product used: Bo Bunny.

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On this page I used bubble wrap and a candle holder & hairspray lid to create the rings. Product used: Simple Stories.

May Month Kit Inspiration


These layouts were created using the May Month Kit from Treasured Memories. The feature product for this kit was Tealightful  from Pebbles- these papers are so pretty! The kit was packed with goodies from various sources and as the designer of the kit I was only allowed to add cardstock to my pages. I created 7 pages with this kit and had plenty of product left over.





I wrote a blog post for Treasured Memories using this page as the inspiration.  I wrote about how you can utilize your paper more efficiently by turning it into embellishments.



Treasured Memories creates a new kit each month, you can check out June’s here.

New Card Kits



I spent most of yesterday finishing up my card kits from Treasured Memories and today I’m working away on new projects. With all the new product we have coming into the store I feel dizzy with all the ideas I have floating around my head. After I dropped Anna off at school this morning I pressed play on the newest season of Scandal (on Netflix) and got busy creating. I am hoping to have demo photos to share by the end of the week.

Until then, here are my latest cards. Kits are available complete with product, instructions & photos at Treasured Memories.


These gorgeous papers are from the Simple Stories‘ collection Posh.

And side note…. in case you wanted to know what my face looks like as I watch the last 5 minutes of a (pretty much all of them) Scandal episode. You’re welcome….


Valentine Cards


Valentine’s Day isn’t just for the kids or for couples, it’s for all of us. Whether you’re calling it Valentine or Gal-entine or  Pal-entine there really is something for all of us. I created these cards for my tribe of women, my Gal-entines. It’s a simple gesture that says “Hey! I was thinking about you and I think you’re wonderful.” I wrote in most of them something I loved about them- their kind hearts, their beautiful spirits, etc. I created simple cards using the Valentine collection from Crate paper, the latte stickers were perfect as each card also got a $5 gc from Starbucks. I started buying after Christmas each time I had a $5 bill. This way the expense didn’t feel so big and small amounts spread out over time were more manageable for me.

Today I’m making Valentine cupcakes for Anna’s class and apple tarts for our dinner tomorrow. I love love and I we love goodies over here so baking seems like a wonderful gift for our tummies. 🙂