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My Crafty Husband

Posted in Featured , on January 21, 2009 ,

So I know this is my craft blog and I’m the crafty one of the family, but my loving husband surprised me this past weekend with a craft of his own!

I like to crochet when I’m on the couch watching a movie or a hockey game with my boys — Lucas and our two dogs.  I always seem to end up with skeins that I can’t pull from the center, and so having a bouncing skein of yarn that unravels around the outer edge can be really annoying.  Lucas decided he’d secretly clean out one of the HUGE jars of peanut butter we just finished recently and craft it into something useful for me.  He drilled a hole in the top of the lid and used one of my clasps for making purse snaps to fit into the hole so that the edges were smooth.  Then he printed pictures of him and our two dogs and taped them around the inside of the plastic jar.  Voila!  It was a yarn jar.  I can put my smaller skeins of yarn inside and pull the end through the hole and let the jar just sit there … now the ball of yarn is inside and can bounce around all it likes without bouncing away from me.  What a nifty idea, eh?  It was very sweet of him :)

And when I’m not out in the living room working on a crochet project the jar sits on my computer desk and is a neat little photo display and reminder of how lucky I am. :)


I'm still here!

Posted in Miscellaneous , on January 18, 2009 ,

I’ve gotten a few emails and comments about my absence lately and I’d like to apologize! I promise I haven’t abandoned you ;) Life just gets busy sometimes, as I’m sure a lot of you have experienced before!

As a lot of you know, I finally got a permanent teaching contract — I’m now officially a kindergarten teacher!  The position started after the holiday break and as you can imagine, I have been incredibly busy.  My first two weeks so far has gone really well.  I love the job and my students! I teach both a morning and afternoon kindergarten class at my school so it’s a long day.  I taught 4th grade for four years back in the states so I was prepared for (and have embraced) the work, but because of the age difference it really has been like starting my first year of teaching all over again — lots of evenings spent crafting lesson plans, activities and things for my classroom. But I am so much happier than I was substitute teaching.  So that’s where my crafting and design time has gone lately!

In addition to my new teaching endeavor, I have started a few ambitious projects to keep me even more busy… like I have time! ;) But I’ve jumped in and am working on a retail plan for some of my work — most notably a creature I designed last year and have had copyrighted, Huug the Hug Monster©, along with some other things. I’ve got a portfolio of my work/examples of what I’ve done put together ready for sharing now at https://www.thepinktoque.com. Exciting huh?  I’d love to get some of the boutique-y shops locally interested in my abilities.  And I should mention I’ve started making my first crochet sweater. Egads!  I thought it would never happen, but I’m using Lion Brand’s Side-to-Side Cowl Neck Sweater pattern (free!) and I think I can handle it.  We’ll see!  I’ve just barely put a dent in the project with everything else going on, but I am determined to get it done before winter’s end.

I’ve not had as much digital scrapbooking time lately, however the Ettes and Company has recently partnered with Polaroid’s My Memories Suite software and will be designing work specifically for the program! How awesome is that? Check out all of the details here!  By using their promo code you can get 30% off all software purchases with Polaroid this month.  They have some fabulous products and I can’t wait to see what they make for Polaroid.

So there you have it — I’ll do my best to update as often as possible with new things. I hope to make some new digi scrapping items soon, but we’ll see!  Thanks for reading and checking in :) See you back soon!


Holiday Baking Freebie

Posted in Freebies, Scrapbooking , on December 19, 2008 ,

Holiday Baking Freebie by pinktoque

Today marks the last day before Christmas/winter holiday break for a lot of people, including teachers and students!  Today was the last day of guest teaching for me and I was lucky to have my most favourite of all grade 1 class as my last day.  Now it’s the last day before holidays, but it’s also my last day of guest teaching because I was given a full time kindergarten teaching contract that starts up on January 5th after the break.  YAY!  It’s about time, eh?  It’s a small private school in downtown Calgary and I am really excited.

So for the freebie this week I wanted to present you with a set I made a little while back that I absolutely love.  With holiday baking being a very important part of the holiday season, I thought you would all enjoy a holiday baking set.  This personal use freebie includes a cookie sheet and three different shapes of sugar cookies — bell, star and tree — that come in four different decorated versions — plain, flour powdered, frosted and sprinkled with sugar — to grace your baking scrap pages this season.  That’s 12 different cookies + a bonus gingerbread man I added, too.  There’s even a piece of waxed paper and a freebie paper included of a countertop (our countertop, lol) so you’ll have all you need to create a beautiful baked good layout this Christmas.

Download my Holiday Baking freebie HERE!  Don’t forget to read the personal TOU included.

I hope everyone has a very merry holiday season!  Things will probably slow down around here for awhile as I get adjusted with the new job and such.  Happy New Year and best wishes!


Glass Mosaic Tiles Freebie

Posted in Freebies, Scrapbooking , on December 13, 2008 ,
Glass Mosaic Tiles Freebie

Glass Mosaic Tiles Freebie

As I’m sure most of you are experiencing, December is a very busy time of the year.  I’m having a hard time keeping up around here mostly because I’m working so hard to get my Christmas gifts made (just one project left to go now, woo!) along with doing Christmas cards, the usual holiday baking, etc. etc. etc.  How is it that December seems to sneak up out of nowhere and suddenly it’s Christmas?

I have a little freebie for you today; I wanted to have something birthday-related because tomorrow I turn the big 2-9 (*wince*) but I haven’t had time to devote to creating new digital scrapbooking goodies so I’ve resorted to putting up something I made a month or so ago and have had sitting in my “ready to release” folder.  These glass mosaic tiles are just some extra frills for you to use on your pages: there’s 12 different colours and three different styles of tile… full square, half squares (triangles) and smaller rectangular tiles.  That’s 36 tiles for you to arrange however you’d like to create a neat mosaic design in your scrapbook!

Download my Glass Mosaic Tiles HERE! (and don’t forget to read the personal use TOU included.)

I don’t know what the weather is like where you are, but we’ve been pummeled lately with snow.  Last week we received a little over a half foot, and then this weekend the temperature dropped to a high of -20 (not including windchill) and we’ve received around a foot of snow with more coming tomorrow supposedly.  It’s so cold!  We managed to dig out the car and go out for sushi at our favourite place close to home this evening for my birthday dinner, but we don’t plan to leave the house tomorrow if we can help it.  It’s kinda nice feeling snowed in, but at the same time I can’t help but think about the drive to work on Monday morning.  Ugh!

I hope to update shortly with a bunch of my finished projects.  I handmade something for everyone in my family this year and on top of that, Lucas and I made special handmade keepsakes for our family and close friends that attended our Las Vegas wedding back in June.  I can’t wait to give them to their recipients!  Once I do you’ll be sure to see what all we made right here on the blog :)  Enjoy the freebie and your weekend :)


Messy Desk QP Freebie

Posted in Freebies, Scrapbooking , on December 5, 2008 ,

Messy Desk QP Freebie

Messy Desk QP Freebie

Yay it’s Freebie Friday!  And look! I managed to remember this week :)

This week’s freebie is a quick page that I call “Messy Desk.”  It’s an ode to my own messy desk right now as I realize Christmas is just around the corner and all of my Christmas gift crafts are not yet finished. I haven’t even begun to think about Christmas cards yet, and if I don’t get mailing soon… my gifts and cards won’t arrive on time.  Ack!  So I’ve been busy and crafty and thought this quick page would be the perfect touch for this week.

Download my “Messy Desk” Quick Page freebie HERE!

Can YOU believe that Christmas is just a few weeks away?  I sure can’t.  Is anyone out there done with everything? Done shopping and Christmas cards finished or nearly finished? If so, I don’t want to hear it!  Haha, just kidding – that’s great, and I wish I had your energy to burn to get through my stuff in time!  Good luck prepping for the holidays and enjoy the freebie :)


Autumn Romance Cluster Frame Freebie

Posted in Freebies, Scrapbooking , on December 2, 2008 ,
Autumn Romance Cluster Frame

Autumn Romance Cluster Frame

To coordinate with my Autumn Romance Quick Page given away late Sunday/early Monday I have for you the cluster frame portion of the quick page, in case you just want the frame to use on your own layouts and backgrounds.  All you have to do is design the background and plop this frame onto your page and stick a photo behind it and you’re done!  I had a lot of fun designing this frame, which was why I wanted to give it away separately from the quick page as well. It could be used in so many other autumn layouts!

Download my Autumn Romance Cluster Frame HERE!

The background papers you see in the preview here are just there for show.  All that comes in this package is the frame itself.  Be sure to check out yesterday’s Autumn Romance Quick Page if you’re looking for those background papers :)

Hope you like it :)


Late again!

Posted in Freebies, Scrapbooking , on November 30, 2008 ,
Autumn Romance QP

Autumn Romance QP

I missed Freebie Friday again!  Let me apologize, it’s been a busy weekend!  Friday I worked all day and then had to hurry home to clean up a bit so that someone from the company that built our home could come by for their scheduled 1 year walkthrough inspection/check up.  Then I had to bake several dozen cookies for a cookie exchange I went to on Saturday with my friends Michelle, Kim and Kirsten.  WOW was I ever experiencing a sugar hangover this morning!  So here I am late on a Sunday night trying to make up for missing Freebie Friday.  Oops!

The freebie I have for you today is a fall layout that I designed a bit ago that I call Autumn Romance.  Today I have the quick page for you and tomorrow I’ll have another little goodie that goes along with it. I made this one to showcase a really good photo (I think) of Lucas and I when we took a little fall rollerblading trip around downtown Calgary a few weeks back.  It was the perfect fall day!  I know winter is just around the corner, but you can savor fall for just a little longer with my Autumn Romance quick page. :)

Download my Autumn Romance quick page HERE!

I hope you like it :) Be sure to check back tomorrow for a coordinating piece you might also enjoy.  Sorry for being late!  Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.


Cool Stuff to Share!

Posted in Featured, Scrapbooking , on November 25, 2008 ,
Lauren's Fall Festival Layout

Lauren's Fall Festival Layout

So I’ve got some really cool stuff to share with you today. Not a freebie, but something even better — a page created by a reader of the pink toque craft blog using a lot of my past freebie giveaways, and another blog award!  How exciting, huh? :D

First of all, Lauren created this beautiful page for her son’s Fall Festival.  Isn’t it absolutely gorgeous?  She used my chalk alpha, pinktoque dots font, the chalkboard background paper and some elements from my Asparagus freebie, too!  You may even notice some of my freebie crayons and one of my notepaper tags, too!  The awesome notebook that Lauren used was created by Pamela of DigiTreats.  SO cool!  I love this page and love that Lauren took the time to share it with me AND give me permission to share it here with all of you :)  Thanks, Lauren!  It’s absolutely stunning.

Also this week I received another blog award.  This one is the Fabulous award, given to me by the very sweet and talented Knit Purl Gurl over at Scrap Paper Scissors! How lucky am I?  It’s been such a wonderful week.  Thank you so much for the award, KPG! :D  And I don’t know about you, but WOW isn’t her blog design FABULOUS?!  It looks so professional!  I love her blog; you should totally check her out!

The instructions for the award are that I need to list 5 addictions and pass the award on to 5 deserving bloggers.  So here goes!

My 5 addictions (at the moment):
1. World of Warcraft
2. crochet
3. digital scrapbooking
4. coffee
5. Cadbury 100 calorie almond bars

5 deserving bloggers (in no particular order):
1. The Chronicles of Nani
2. Treeparty
3. How I Pinch a Penny
4. Mrs. Multicraft
5. Hey, Knit Happens!

Congrats, award recipients!  Hope you’re having a great week :)


Belated Freebie Friday: CU Crochet Paper Overlays

Posted in Freebies, Knit & Crochet, Scrapbooking , on November 22, 2008 ,

CU Crochet Paper Freebie

CU Crochet Paper Freebie

Happy Belated Freebie Friday! Sorry I missed getting this posted yesterday. It’s just a quickie freebie, and this time it’s even commercial use friendly! Today’s download includes a set of CU crochet paper overlays. Add them on top of colours or embellishment/paper shapes or layer colours on top of them and play with the various blending modes to achieve the crochet paper look that suits your fancy :)

Four overlays included, photographed by moi. Please don’t forget to read the CU TOU included with the download. Enjoy! I’d love to see some crochet papers you create with this one. This week’s set was inspired by my recent crochet projects as I try to get gifts done in time for the holidays.

Download my CU Crochet Paper Overlays HERE!

My husband Lucas turned 30 a few weeks back and his birthday wish was for me to make him a matching toque and scarf. I finished the toque on time but just recently finished the scarf over last weekend’s disappointing Chicago Bears loss to the Packers. (*grumbles*). He loves the set so much that he even blogged about it. I’m so happy that I’ve made something he really enjoys and uses daily now that our Canadian weather is getting colder. It’s nothing fancy, but he loves it and that’s all that matters!

Lucas modeling his matching toque and scarf set

Lucas modeling his matching toque and scarf set

Have a fabulous weekend :)


My Memories Suite Tutorial 4: Layered Paper Tricks

Posted in Freebies, My Memories Suite, Scrapbooking, Tutorials , on November 16, 2008 ,
My Memories Suite Tutorial 4 - Layered Paper Tricks

My Memories Suite Tutorial 4 - Layered Paper Tricks

Finally!!  I know it’s been a month since my last tutorial and I meant to get this up a few weeks ago, but as I’m sure you all have experienced… life got busy.  Anyway, here is my final tutorial that I have planned for My Memories Suite digital scrapbooking software by Polaroid.  I say final only because I can’t think of any other topics to do a tutorial on within the software.  If you think of something you’d like me to explain or demonstrate let me know and I’d be happy to make more tutorials :)

This fourth installment of my tutorial series shows you how to achive the layered paper look within the program.  Not only does it show you how to layer background papers but it also shows you how you can turn those simple square or rectangular background papers into various shapes, too, when you layer.

 

If you’d rather watch this on YouTube so you can bookmark it to watch when convenient, head on over to YouTube, where you can also choose to watch in high quality.

Hope you enjoy this latest tutorial and it helps you out.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask here by replying on the thread or send me an email: craftblog at pinktoque dot com.  Oh and special thank to all of you that enjoyed and downloaded my The Road Not Taken quick page on Friday.  Glad you liked it! :)  Have a great week!

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