Thursday, November 10, 2011

25 & Counting At Last

Hi Everyone.  It's been over a week since my last post and sharing some of my thoughts and cards with you.  I spent 3 days on a girls' get-a-way plus working on my 25 & Counting collage.  This was so much fun but it does take time as you design, cut, position and glue, embellish, etc.  Was it worth the time?  You bet it was!!! I am really pleased how the collage turned out.
But first, before I do my reveal, I would like to share a bit from the girls' get-a-way.  We drove to Kelowna on Sunday(about a 3 hour drive from Kamloops) to stay at the Grand Hotel located on the Okanagan Lake. The drive was beautiful as the landscape is coloured in shades of oranges, browns and greens as the leaves change and fall to begin the winter. 

We had a 2 bedroom suite overlooking the lagoon so we could watch the ducks swimming and playing in the water.  It did snow a bit on Monday but stayed on the hillsides. (You can see the snow on the hills in the pictures) Thank goodness the roads were bare so we could still go shopping and out for dinner.  We were celebrating 2 being mine.  Of course there were the proverbial card games, a few trips to the casino, a few glasses of wine, snacks and lots of laughs.  Imagine this, 5 women using 1 bathroom...we made it work.

Overlooking the Lagoon

Here we are!!!
Now, on with the 25 & Counting Collage.  This is a bit of work, but oh, how you can get creative.  I did case a great deal of the layout from the Holiday Mini, swapping out papers, embellishments and colours, etc to make it my own.  Notice Day 12...the pearls have been coloured with Sharpies and placed on the wreath to look like berries.  Some of the designs are hidden by the flaps on the Peekaboo Frames so I took some individual pictures so that you can see close up the stamped images.

Stamps: 25 & Counting (c – 123794 $40.95, w – 123792, $54.95 p. 37, 2011-2012 Holiday Mini)
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip (Smooth and Textured), Very Vanilla (Smooth and Textured), Whisper White (Smooth and Textured), Real Red (Smooth and Textured), Wild Wasabi, Holly Berry DSP, Brushed Gold, Subtles DSP, Neutrals DSP
Ink: Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Big Shot, Dies: Peekaboo Frames, Circles #2, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet, Stars #2,  Northern Frost, Embossing Folders: Snow Burst, Petals a Plenty, Perfect Polka Dots, Punches: Scallop Square, Scallop Circle, Boho Blossoms, Jewelry Tag, Scallop Edge Border, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border, Postage Stamp, 1-1/4” Square, 1” Square, ¾” Circle, 1” Circle, 1-1/4” Circle, Curly Label, Markers: Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi, Real Red, 1/4” Real Red Taffeta Ribbon, Whisper White 3/8” Ribbon, Baker’s Twine, Pearls, Rhinestones, Red Glimmer Paper, Metallic Brads, Subtles Glimmer Brads, Antique Brads, Mini Jingle Bells, Vintage Trinkets, Mini Clothespins, Neutral Buttons, Linen Thread, White Gel Pen

I will be offering a 25 & Counting Class this month.  The details of this class will follow.  If you are interested, please contact me via EMAIL

Enjoy your evening.  Until next time....



  1. First off, happy birthday! The pictures or beautiful, I can image how much more so in person the scenery is. Love your 25 & counting, great idea and lots of fun to participate.

  2. Happy Birthday Day!!!!!! Fabulous photos and lovely project.

  3. Hope you got to celebrate your birthday in style!

    Awesome photos! What an amazing place to stay!

    Love your sensational advent design! Such remarkable work!!

  4. Karen - First of all... HAPPY Birthday! Looks like you gals had agreat time! I LOVE my gal pal trips. So much fun. Thanks for sharing your photos.
    Your collage looks fabulous. I wanted to make one for the grandkids, ordered the peek-a-boo die, but don't have the stamp set... so I either improvise, or wait until next year! hugs.

  5. Totally gorgeous and what a wonderful escape to celebrate your birthday. Happy Birthday by the way.
    What a fun class to do and then to teach!

  6. Wow it looks and sounds like you had a fabulous time - HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Your advent Calender looks fabulous I love how each number and opening is so different. I am sure you will have lots of takers for your class. If only I lived a little closer.....


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