Sunday, May 22, 2011

ABC Challenge!

Happy Victoria Day!

If you live in Canada you get today off,  yay for long weekends!  I had to google it to learn that it was originally a holiday in honor of Queen Victoria's birthday (duh), but we now continue to celebrate our current Monarch's birthday on this day as well.  It is also the unofficial end of the winter social season and start of the summer social calendar.  I'm all over that. Notify my personal valet to bring 'round the WHITE town car, as I must consult Yves for a couture fitting  for the summer wardrobe as well as several new, not.

Guess how I spent my long weekend?  We had a pipe leading to an outside faucet burst, and got a minor flood in the basement.  It could have been much worse. At least it was clean water and we were home to catch it before it did any major damage, but the carpet and couch got soaked and there is some damage to the ceiling.   Best part? My 10 yr old son was sitting on the dry side of the couch playing on the xbox, totally oblivious to the sagging dripping ceiling or the splish splash of water dripping onto the soaked couch and carpet.  Seriously.  Yeah, color me impressed.  It's nothing we can't clean and repair ourselves, but not how I was planning to spend my long weekend! (And right at the start of the summer social season!  How will I ever explain this at the country club?  Oh my heavens, I feel positively faint, someone please pass me the smelling salts!)

I did make some time to create something for the
 Heart 2 Heart challenge this week,
which is an ABC or Anything But a Card challenge! 
Crafting really is a good way to de-stress :)

I made a mini journal. 
The finished size of this cute little notepad is just 3.5"x 4.5",
perfect size to keep in my purse or throw into the beach bag!
(I won't tell you the choice words I used this weekend
 to express myself! 
 Let's just say I threw 10 bucks in the swear jar.) 

The cover is made from one piece of cardstock, with a fancy fold to make a place to keep a matching pen. I fancied the front up with  some stamping, layering, and a bit of hand stitching:

I decorated the inside of the cover too:

Between the spring cleanup yard work and the stupid water leak in the basement, I didn't get a chance to make a template or a tutorial for this cute little notebook. I promise to get one done soon to share with you!

For some more Anything-But-a-Card inspiration, check out what the rest of the H2H design team has whipped up for you this week!  Then go and create you own project that isn't a card, and link it up at H2H so we can all admire it:)  Remember, to be eligible for prizes you must use some CTMH product on your project, and you have until this Saturday to play along with all of the challenges from this month! 

Thanks for popping by today!
May your basement be dry and your social calendar be full :)

All product CTMH unless noted.
Paper: Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, X7137B Lucky Level 2
Stamps: B1376 Wings WOTG, D1477 Universal Backgrounds, D1495 You and Me (May promo)
Inks: Z2140 Outdoor Denim, Z2118 Desert Sand
Button Assortments: Z1371 Blue, Z1372 Green, Z1387 Wood
Z280 Natural Hemp

DMC Floss #3750
Techniques: piercing, stitching, distressing


  1. This is way too cute, love the stiching. I am so sorry about your "flooding" but thankfully your scrapbooking supplies were saved.

  2. Sorry about your water issues, but love your project.

  3. The moisture in your basement must be good for your creativity! Great project!
    Between you and Vicki W. I'm learning more about Canada than I ever anticipated! FUNN!

  4. Absolutely adorable! Can't wait to see the tutorial. Sorry to hear about your tough week--hope this one is tons better.

  5. Don't worry, I mentioned to Yves that you would be rescheduling your appointment and he said that as you were an esteemed client so therefore no appt was necessary and you should just drop in at your convenience. :)
    Awesome blog Lorrinda - I'll be back again, and again and

  6. Lorrinda, this is fantastic!!! Love the stitching & the cover layout! Awesome way to de-stress! Glad you are cleaned up, mostly.

  7. The texture on your project is so rich! I just want to touch it. You packed a big punch into a little canvas. So sorry about your pipe troubles! I hope everything's back to normal soon so that you can get your new hats. ;)

  8. Great project, Lorrinda! (You work well under pressure, huh?) I usually pull out my sewing machine for my items, but I'll have to try good old hand stitching more often, I love the look you've got :o)

  9. Great Project!! Simply beautiful. Stay dry.


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