Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Try Stampin' - Or Not - On Tuesday #272

Hello, hello! Happy Tuesday! I hope your week is off to a good start! We are starting to settle in to our summer routine. It's looking like it might be a rainy week for us, but that just means more scrappy time for me!

I have a new sketch from Try Stampin' - Or Not - On Tuesday for you today! Our optional theme for this week is "Summer Fun".



I decided to use just the sketch for my card this week, and I decided to make a bright, fun birthday card.

I used Simple Stories DIY Boutique 6x6 paper pad for this one. I just love those happy colors. I have almost used up every bit of this paper pad, which makes me a little sad because I love it, but it also makes me happy to be using up my stuff! I might have like four full sheets, but the scraps are the same as gone! For my sentiment I used Close To My Heart's B1417 - Perfect Fit Birthday.

Stop by the Try Stampin' blog to see the beautiful cards from the other design team members.  There are so many gorgeous works of art! I do hope you are able to play along with us. I know summer time can be a very busy time, but don't forget to make time for your hobbies, too!

A couple of reminders - the theme is always optional, stamping is always optional, you have 2 weeks to play along with our challenges, and you can enter either on the blog or on our Facebook page here.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fantastic day!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Scrapbook Challenges Sketch #484

Hello everyone! I hope that you had a good weekend! We finally had some sunshine and warm temperatures, so it's finally starting to feel like summer break. 

We have a new sketch up today over at Scrapbook Challenges. This is a great sketch for one bigger sized photo, or do like I did and use 2 smaller photos. 



I have the hardest time photographing layouts with a white background! No matter how good (or bad) the lighting is, it always seems to look washed out...one of these days I will learn how to take a better photo, or use a different color background! 

I've had these photos of Ada and Matthew out on my desk for a while now, and I am so glad that I finally got them scrapped. These are from when we went to the pool last summer. #1 Ada thought it was pretty cool that Matthew hung out with us in the kiddie pool for a while, but when he started catching water in his hands and then throwing it on her, well, she just that was the greatest. Everything he does just amazes her!

For this layout I used some more scraps from Echo Park's Splash collection, and the little bits of pink are from Doodlebug - I do believe it is some of their first collections! I found a bunch more of it in my stash this weekend and decided to use on it while I can!

Stop by Scrapbook Challenges to see the beautiful layouts from the rest of the design team. I hope you can find some time to play along with us!

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


Friday, May 20, 2016

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #74

Hello everyone, and Happy Friday to you! Are you ready for the weekend?

I have a fantastic new card sketch from Sketch N Scrap to share with you today! Our last card sketch for this month has been created by Lisa.



I just absolutely love this sketch! I really wanted to cut my strip behind the circle into a fish tail banner, but I refrained! I think it would have looked great either way.

I used My Mind's Eye's gorgeous "On Trend" 6x6 paper pad for my card. You can't really tell it in the photo, but it has just a touch of gold on the flower panel, and it is just so pretty. I didn't have any of the embellishments from this line since I had just picked up the paper pad at Hobby Lobby, so I fussy cut some of the flowers from one of the papers to finish off my circle.  The sentiment is from a stamp set from Kaisercraft called Shine Bright.

Stop by the Sketch N Scrap blog for more inspiration from the design team. I do hope you play along with us this month - there is an awesome prize up for grabs for one lucky participant! We will be back again next Friday with our last Flashback Friday of the month. Stay tuned!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I will be back soon!




Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Scrapbook Challenges - Recycle It!

Hello everyone! Happy Hump Day! This week is moving right along. The weekend will be here before we know it!

We have a fun new challenge up over at Scrapbook Challenges today. Today our challenge is "Recycle It". Pick one of the three sketches below and create a Thank You card using it.


I picked sketch #383 for my card.


The only thing I changed about the sketch was the addition of the black banner piece behind the sentiment. I just felt like it needed a little extra something behind that circle.  I used Teresa Collins - Memories - 6x6 paper pad for my card. Since my sentiment (Close To My Heart A1125 - Thanks) was on the elegant side, I stuck to a more monochromatic color scheme. 

Head on over to Scrapbook Challenges to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team. I hope you find some time to play along with our challenges this month!

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

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Hugs To You

Hi, guys!

I am back with a card to share with you. Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge posted a new sketch yesterday, and I am here to share my take on it.

Here's a look at the sketch:



and my card:



I have a friend that is going through a tough time right now, and I thought I would send her this card to let her know that I was thinking about her. I hope that it will brighten her day!

I used Fancy Pants - Be Loved - 6x6 paper pad for this card. Even though it is more of a Valentine's Day/Love collection, it has lots of papers that can be used for anything. The sentiment is from a super old Studio G stamp set that has barely been used. I also added three puffy heart stickers in place of the sentiment, since my sentiment was already on one of the circles. (The hearts really do match better - the colors are off due to a dreary, rainy day!)

Stop by the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog on Wednesday to see the beautiful cards from the other design team members.

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

Sketches In Thyme #199 - So Much Fun

Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday to you! I hope that you are having a great day! We are now into our first full week of summer break, and it feels more like early spring! Highs in the 50's and rain...come on! I am ready for warm - sunny days!

Today is my day to be featured over on the Sketches In Thyme blog. This week we are working with Jenessa's sketch.



Isn't this a fun sketch? I will admit I was a little intimidated by it at first, but once I got to working with it, I really liked it.

I'm using up more of the scraps that I have had out on my desk from the last few projects I've made. I've got to get back to working through my stash and making kits. They just make scrapping so much quicker for me. 

I love these super cute photos of Ada out on the trampoline. Her Uncle Matthew was on the other side of it bouncing her around. She had so much fun and was full of smiles and giggles!

Stop by the Sketches In Thyme blog for new inspiration every single day. Kim is offering up a fantastic prize this month. Be sure to link up your layouts by the end of the month for your chance to win this:

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

Monday, May 16, 2016

Use Your Stuff #223 - Heat Embossing

Hello again! I am back with my third post of the day! If you are looking for my Memory Nest  reveal, please scroll down or go here. If you are looking for my Scrapbook Challenges reveal, please scroll down or go here.

We have a new challenge up over at Use Your Stuff today. This week Shirley is challenging us to use heat embossing on our projects.


I heat embossed the sentiment on my card. I had these papers still out on my desk from my last layout. I have really been trying to use up some of my scraps as I go. I have so many scraps that I put away and then forget about, so I have really been trying to use them up as I go now. I added in a few enamel dots to add a little extra something.

I used this sketch from April from The Paper Players to base my card on:


Be sure to check out the Use Your Stuff blog for a ton of awesome inspiration from the rest of the design team. I hope you have a chance to play along with us!

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

Scrapbook Challenges Sketch #483

Hello again! I am back with my second post of the day. If you are looking for my reveal for The Memory Nest, please scroll down or go here.

We have a brand new sketch for you over at Scrapbook Challenges today. It is a fun - four photo sketch, and I can see myself using it again and again!



I stayed true to the sketch, only leaving out the embellishments that went down the left side of the page. I felt like the arrow patterned paper was a little busy and anything I put over there just sort of got lost, so I just stuck with a few enamel dots and a punched butterfly. (Thanks for the punch, Willa Jean!)

The journaling says - Every time we take a walk down the road we come home by the way of the neighbors orchard. Every time, Ada runs and gets behind these little trees. I'm not sure if she is posing or playing hide and seek!

No matter if she is posing or playing hide and seek, I think these photos are just plain cute!

Head on over to Scrapbook Challenges and see the layouts from the rest of the design team. I hope you have some time to play along with us!

Thanks again for stopping by! I will be back soon with another project to share!

Make It Monday #60

Hello everyone! Good Monday morning/afternoon/evening to you! I hope that you had a good weekend. Ours was very busy with Matthew's graduation, and I am looking forward to the long - lazy days of summer!

Today is Make It Monday over at The Memory Nest, and this time around we have a sketch courtesy of Crystal.



I love the big banners on this sketch. I am a banner fan anyway, and these over sized banners are just so fun! I used some scraps from a couple of different Echo Park collections - Sweet Girl and Little Girl. I just love that different collections of theirs work so well together!

The title - You Are Loved - is not only fitting for Ada to know that she is loved, but I do believe that she is letting that little giraffe know that it is loved, too! I still need to add my journaling to my layout, but I need to get a couple of details from Abby first.

Be sure to stop by The Memory Nest and take a look at the projects form the rest of the design team. I do hope you have some time to play along with us!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I will be back later with another project (or two!) to share with you!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Lasting Memories #293 - Only One Photo

Hello everyone! Happy Sunday to you! I hope that you have had a good weekend! Ours has been very busy and I am running behind this morning because of it! It's all because of this right here:


Our oldest son graduated from high school last night! Let me tell you, these last couple of weeks leading up to the end of the school year and graduation have been so busy! I am so glad that it is summer break and that things should slow down quite a bit for at least a little while!

Anyway, the newest challenge is up at Lasting Memories today. Our theme this month has been - All About The Photos - and this week our challenge is to use only one photo on our layout. It can be any size photo, big or small, but we can use only one photo.


My layout is of Shane and his favorite place to go - the flea markets! Here is the story that I told in the journaling:

"We have 2 flea markets in town that Shane loves to visit. They both carry a pretty good selection of old vhs tapes pretty cheap. More importantly - they carry old Disney vhs tapes pretty cheap! Shane used to buy one, or two, (or five!) tapes each time we went. Now the booths are like his own personal stash that he has to take stock of each time we visit. He makes sure they are all lined up right, all turned in the right direction, and sometimes he has to rearrange them to his liking. Then he is usually happy to leave until the next time. Thank goodness! We are running out of room to store vhs tapes!"

I took this photo of him last summer right before school started. See how he likes to make himself at home?!

I based my layout on this sketch from Creative Scrappers that they posted on National Scrapbook Day.

Be sure to stop by Lasting Memories to see the beautiful layouts from the rest of the team. I hope that you can find the time to play along with us! You have until May 27th to join our challenges for this month. I am offering up this prize pack to one lucky person:

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