Monday, May 29, 2017

Use Your Stuff Summer Fun 2017 Blog Hop

Hello, everyone! Happy Monday to you! We are enjoying a long holiday weekend here in the US, and after the wild weather we had this weekend, we needed an extra day!

We have a great way to get the week started with a fun blog hop at Use Your Stuff, so let's get to it!

Welcome to the SUMMER FUN blog hop at Use Your Stuff!

Summer is just about here and the ladies of Use Your Stuff are excited and wanting to share some hot summer projects using our stash! We hope that these projects inspire you to create your own fun summer scrapping projects!

The Blog Hop will run from May 29th until June 4th. You have all week to hop along and see what we have created for you.

 Hop along with us for a chance to win this great prize pack:

 Here are the rules for the hop:

1. You must leave a comment on each Design Team members blog 

2. You have from May 29th until June 3rd 8pm EST to enter. Winner will be announced on June 6th on the blog.

3. Create and link up your own summer project for an additional chance to win using the link on the blog.

4. International scrappers welcome.

You should have arrived here from Heather's beautiful blog. If not, you may want to start back at the beginning at the Use Your Stuff blog and go from there. I also have a list of all of the participants at the end of this post.

Today, I have created a fun summertime layout of two of my kiddos when they were little ones!

I can't believe that this photo is 16 years old and never been scrapped! We used to go to the lake about once a month in the summer when the kids were little, to swim and have a picnic, and occasionally camp out overnight. Now we're lucky if we go once a year! So many fun memories from these little trips!

I had these papers from a few different Echo Park collections on my desk from a project I will be sharing a little later this week, and I decided to try and get as many of the scraps used up on this layout instead of putting them in my scrap pile. I'm happy to say that I used up what was left of the blue and the yellow, and I only have a little piece of the green left!

I decided to add a few paint splatters to my layout to add in a little more of the green. Just as is my luck, I smeared a couple of the splatters before they were dry. I almost tore the whole layout apart to start over, but I decided to embrace the imperfections and just go with it. My family will not care that there are a couple of smeared dots, so why should I stress over it?

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!  Now, hop on over to Tina's blog to see what she has created for you today!

Here is the list for the hop in case you want to stop along the way or get lost:












Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Paper Play Sketches #43

Hello hello! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!

It's the middle of the week and that means there is a new sketch posted over Paper Play Sketches today.

I knew I wanted to use my scalloped border punch for this card, so I turned the card to have it go along the side - just my personal preference! The sentiment is from a Momenta stamp set, and I punched it out with my one-inch circle punch, mounted that on a pinked circle die, then added another circle and another pinked circle. There is foam tape in between each layer for added dimension.

I think this is a bright, cheery card ready to brighten someone's day!

Head on over to Paper Play Sketches to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team. I hope to see you playing along with us this week!

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sketch N Scrap 5th Birthday Bash Sketch #4

Hello and Happy Tuesday to you!

Sketch N Scrap has a new card sketch posted over on our 5th Birthday Bash events page today. Heather has created a great sketch for us to work with this week!

I always love it when a sketch has a big banner! I don't know if I will ever get tired of using them! I also think this sketch would be perfect for a Project Life style card...I may just have to try that out this week, too!

Don't forget - you have until June 2nd to play along with our 5th Birthday Bash challenges. To be eligible to win the prize of Elle's Studio goodies, you have to enter your layout on the Facebook page.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great day!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Stick It Down May Card Sketch Reveal

Hello, hello! Good Monday morning to you! I hope that you had a good weekend and are ready for the new week!

Today is the full card design team reveal at Stick It Down. Here is a reminder of May's sketch, created by Laura Rumble:

I'm using up a couple more of the papers in my 100 patterned paper challenge stack on this card. I don't know if I will ever get through all of that old (very first collections) of Doodlebug paper, I still have so much of every color, but it is basic enough that I think one day I will surely get it used!

I cannot even remember what company the birthday hat paper is from, but it's been hanging out in my stash for quite a while. The "birthday" is die cut using a die from Close To My Heart, and the "wishes" letter stickers are from October Afternoon. I had to punch a few tiny stars to add to it, too.

Be sure to stop by Stick It Down to to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great day!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Christmas Card Challenges #13

Hello, everyone! Happy Sunday to you! I hope that you are having a good weekend!

We have a new challenge up today at Christmas Card Challenges. Our rules are pretty simple - create a Christmas/holiday card. We do offer an optional challenge if you need some added inspiration.

The challenge for this week is a word prompt - wreath.

I used Echo Park's "I Love Christmas" 6x6 paper pad for this card. Maybe, just maybe, by the time the new Christmas collections start coming out, I will have this paper pad all used up! It's getting down to just a few tiny scraps.

It's a little hard to tell in the photo, but the "berries" on my wreath are actually tiny little gemstones. They add just the right amount of sparkle to this card!

Head on over to Christmas Card Challenges to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team. I hope you have some time to play along with us this week.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #98

Happy Saturday, scrappy friends! I hope you have something fun planned this weekend. It looks like today may be a little on the rainy side around here, so that will make it a great day to stay in and scrap!

Sketch N Scrap has a new card sketch posted today! Lisa has created a great sketch for us to work with once again.

For my card, I have used Simple Stories "Let's Party" collection. This is such a fun collection, and the 3x4 cut apart cards are perfect for the focal point of this card. I decided it looked a little plain, so I went ahead and outlined each paper to help them stand out.

I have joined a birthday club group on Facebook, so you will probably be seeing more birthday cards than anything else being made in the upcoming weeks.

Be sure to stop by Sketch N Scrap to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team. While you're there, check out our design team call! This is a great team to design for and we would love for you to try out! You can find all of the details here.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you have a great day!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Cookin' Up Creations Mad About Sketches

Hello, everyone! Happy Thursday to you!

We are "Mad About Sketches" this month over at Cookin' Up Creations. For the month of May every Wednesday and Saturday we have a sketch challenge posted, and this month we are working with sketches from the talented Rochelle Spears. Yesterday was my turn to post a sketch with a challenge.

Here is the sketch that I chose, and my added challenge was to use at least 5 different patterned papers:

Here is the layout that I created for this challenge:

The photos on this layout look much better in person! I guess when I edited it, it made the photos look a little grainy, but they are not.

I used Pink Paislee's "Happy Place" papers on this layout, and I did use 5 different papers. The alphas are some of my favorites from Fancy Pants' - Sweet Nothing - collection. I die cut a few gold glitter hearts, and what's this, I actually used some ink splatters on yet another layout! I may get the hang of it yet!

You ought to come join us at Cookin' Up Creations - lots of challenges, and lots of fun

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sketches In Thyme #277

Hello again! I am back with another project to share with you!

Today is my day to be featured over on the Sketches In Thyme blog. This week I got to work with a great sketch, courtesy of Brenshevia Baker:

I must say, I love this sketch! It is not anything like I normally do, but I know I will be using it again! This layout came together so quickly for me. I am normally a slow scrapper, spending all day or longer on one layout, and I seriously had this one done in about 15 minutes. I think it took longer for my mist to dry on it than it did to actually make this layout! Of course, when you have a cute picture, and know exactly what paper strips you want to use, that helps! That is what normally takes me a lot of time!

My paper strips are both from Simple Stories - the mint green and black dot is from the "I Am" collection, and the black and white is from "The Story Of Us" - both scraps from my stash. I stamped the title using a stamp set from Elle's Studio, and I die cut the hearts from a piece of gold glitter paper. I finished it off with a few splatters of gold Heidi Shine. So quick and easy, and one of my favorite layouts ever!

Be sure to stop by Sketches In Thyme for inspiration every single day of the week!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Paper Play Sketches Color Challenge

Hello, everyone! Happy Wednesday to you! I hope that you are having a good week so far.

We have a new color challenge up at Paper Play Sketches today!

For my project, I have made a project life style card using Simple Stories Home Spun 6x6 paper pad. I love the colors in this collection, and I can't wait to put this card to use.

I based this card off of this older sketch from Paper Play Sketches. It is a perfect sketch for a greeting card or a project life style card.

Head on over to Paper Play Sketches to see the projects from the rest of the design team. I hope you get a chance to play along with us!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I will be back soon with another project to share with you!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #212

Hello again! I am back with one more card to share with you today! I am here to share my take on Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #212.

Here's a look at the sketch:

And here is my card:

I will be honest with you when I saw the two strips going across the card I really had no intention of adding both. I liked the strip at the bottom, but I thought the top strip was unnecessary. I even put the top pink strip down and took it back up a couple of times before I decided I would just leave it off. Then, I wanted to add a sentiment to the front of my card, and that top strip became totally necessary for me to use! That strip just looked so much better with the sentiment layered on top of it.

I embossed the background with a big dot embossing folder from The Paper Studio, and I used papers from Jen Hadfield's "Everyday" 6x6 paper pad. The flowers were fussy cut from one of the sheets. It was such a pretty paper, and I hated to cut into it, but I love those few fussy cut flowers on this card. The sentiment is from and Art C stamp and die set. 

The full design team reveals will be up on the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog tomorrow.  Be sure to stop by and see how the rest of the team interpreted the sketch. I hope you have some time to play along with us. I would love to see your take on this sketch!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!