Thursday, July 28, 2016

Is Your Summer Sizzlin'?


Hi, guys! I'm just popping in here to let you know that we are getting ready for our 5th Annual Sizzlin' Summer of Sketches over at Scrapbook Challenges!

Each Monday in August we will post our regular Monday sketch. Then Tuesday - Friday we will post a bonus sketch, plus some extra inspiration from the sketch crew. So that means during the month of August we will be bringing you twenty sketches in total!

So gather up your photos, pick out some paper, and get ready for Monday! Let's get this summer sizzlin'!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #170

Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday! I hope if it is super hot where you are, that you are finding a way to keep cool! We've had a couple of rainy/overcast days, so we've had a little break from the high humidity, which has been nice!

Today I am sharing the latest sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge with you. This is another great sketch courtesy of Michelle and digitzed by Brandi.



I decided to go with a masculine type birthday card. I left the stamped balloon panel in black and white. I tried coloring the balloons, and I tried die cutting some balloons, but I really liked the plain black and white stamped balloons best. I stuck close to the sketch, only moving the black dots to the bottom right instead of keeping it up by the panel.

We still have a design team call going on. This is a fantastic team to be on - if you are interested or want to find out more, check out this page here. The new term starts August 1st, so don't delay!

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


Monday, July 25, 2016

Love, Love, Love You - Scrapbook Challenges #491

Hello again! I am back with another project to share with you. If you are looking for my reveal for The Memory Nest, please scroll down or go here. If you are looking for my reveal for Use Your Stuff, please scroll down or go here.

Today over at Scrapbook Challenges we have our last sketch with a bonus challenge.


Our bonus challenge is to use polka dots somewhere on your layout.


Remember - you can use just the sketch, just the bonus challenge, or combine them both on a layout.

I have used both on my layout.


I picked up the Pink Paislee Atlas paper pad a while back at Tuesday Morning. Even though it is more of a travel line, and we don't travel a lot, I couldn't pass it up. It has so many generic prints, and the colors are just so pretty. I know I will get a lot of use out of this paper pad.

The grey background paper was one of the papers that I didn't think I would ever be able to use. It says things like - "Get lost together and just explore the beautiful wide, wide wonderful world" and "Let's go places we've never been before" etc. Then I thought how perfect for this photo of Abby and Shawn. They had just been married about a month in this photo, so this paper was perfect to document the start of their journey together.

Be sure to stop by Scrapbook Challenges to see the layouts from the rest of the team. I hope you find some time to play along with us. I really love seeing all of your beautiful work!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll be right back with another project to share with you!


Use Your Stuff #231 - Floral Prints

Hi guys! I am back again with another project to share. If you are looking for my reveal from The Memory Nest, please scroll down or go here.

I am hosting the challenge this week over at Use Your Stuff, and my challenge to you is to use floral prints on your project. You can use as little or as much as you want, I just want to see some flowers on there!

Floral prints are some of my favorite patterns to work with - especially on cards - which is what I have created for today.


I am loving this pink, orange, and green color combo here lately. They are just the perfect combo for a summery type card.

I also pulled the pink and green from my stack of papers for my 100 Patterned Paper challenge. I just keep plugging away at that stack!

I used an this older sketch from Your Next Stamp blog. It is long past the deadline to link up over there, but I did want to give them credit!


Be sure to stop by the Use Your Stuff blog to see the beautiful projects from the rest of the team. So much inspiration to be had! I hope you find some time to play along with us this week!

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


Make It Monday #66 At The Memory Nest

Good Monday morning! I hope you had a good weekend. It was HOT around these parts - a great weekend to stay in the air conditioning and keep cool - and scrap!

I have a few projects to share with you today, so let's get started.

It's Make It Monday over at The Memory Nest! This week is Team 2's turn to work with this sketch from Leslie:



This was a fun sketch to work with. I really liked keeping everything together, but I also struggled with wanting to add more in the area above and below! I just am not good with a lot of white space sometimes!

These photos are of Abby from the summer of 2011. This was about a month before she got married, it was the summer before her junior year of college, and she was just enjoying every minute of life! She has always been one to worry and stress about things, so it's just so fun to see her having fun!

All of the papers from this layout were pulled from my stack for my 100 Patterned Paper Challenge.


I ended up not using the two on the right hand side, but all of the others made an appearance. I am slowly working through that stack, and I am just happy that I am remembering to go to it first before I look for newer papers!

Be sure to stop by The Memory Nest to see the layouts from the rest of Team 2.  Remember - we have a fun summer challenge going on through July and August. Great prizes to be had if you just play along with us!

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

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Recycle It @ Scrapbook Challenges

Hello again! I am back with another project to share with you today. If you are looking for my Sketch N Scrap reveal, please scroll down or go here.

Today on the Scrapbook Challenges blog we have our July Recycle It Challenge.


Pick one of the mood boards and make a vacation layout. That's it - easy as can be! Just look at those fun colors in the mood boards! Each one just screams summertime!


We very rarely go on big family vacations. Shane does really well for a couple of days at the most, but that is about it, so we take a lot of day trips. This year for my birthday we took the family to Silver Dollar City for the day. 

It's always a gamble on how Shane will react to the crowds and the whole waiting in line for the rides thing, but once we got through the admission gates and he realized where we were, he was great! It was Season Pass Holders Appreciation Days, so as season pass holders we were able to get into the park an hour before everyone else. We were able to go on quite a few rides before it got insanely busy. But even then Shane did not mind waiting in line - in close quarters - for over an hour - for his favorite - The Lost River! We were so proud of him for being patient, and it is quite an accomplishment for him. He even told us on one of the rides "No Way!" when it was his turn to get on - which was a relief for me because it looked scary!

This was Ada's first time to an amusement park, and she was still too short to ride most of the rides, and even the ones she could ride she was a little nervous on. She and I spent most of the time spectating and taking pictures. She was a good sport through it all - even though it was so hot! She never once got cranky!

For my layout I chose the July 2016 mood board, and I dug out these papers from my stack for my 100 Patterned Paper Challenge. I also used a sketch from Scrapbook Generation's newest sketch book - The Whole Picture.


That poor striped sheet has seen better days, but there is a lot of good paper still left on it! I used the entire sheet of red, about a third of the blue. The orange piece was a scrap and it is just about all gone now. There is still over half of the yellow, green, and striped piece left, but I already have ideas for them on another layout! So happy to be working my way through this stack!

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

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #78

Hello everyone! Happy Hump Day! We have made it to the middle of the week, and are heading fast towards the weekend! Do you have anything fun planned yet? I think we may head to the pool or the lake again this weekend. It's supposed to be in the upper 90's to 100, so if we are going to be outside it better be in the water!

I have the last sketch of the month from Sketch N Scrap to share with you today! It is a great card sketch from Lisa!




I dug out an older Pebbles 6x6 paper pad for this card. I am so proud of myself and working through my 6x6 stash! When I make a card I try to always reach for a 6x6 pad instead of cutting into a 12x12 sheet. I can really tell a difference as most of the pads are falling apart from being used so much and having fewer sheets in them!

Check out the Sketch N Scrap blog to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team. You have until the 31st to play along with any - or all - of our July sketches. Every time you link up you have a chance to win this:

July Prize

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

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Try Stampin' - Or Not - On Tuesday #280

Hello everyone!

We have a new sketch posted today at Try Stampin' - Or Not - On Tuesday - courtesy of Kaylin. This week's optional theme is "Splash".




I have created a birthday card this week. You can never have too many birthday cards! I used Echo Park's "We Are Family" 6x6 paper pad. This is one of my favorite paper lines - probably because it's mostly my favorite colors - red, white, and blue! I added in some paint splatters to the plain red background to give it a little interest. For my sentiment I used Close To My Hearts - Joyful Birthday (B1419) stamp, and the little present stamp is from their Party Pennants (C1429).

Check out the Try Stampin' blog to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the team. You have 2 weeks to enter this challenge, and you can enter either on the blog, or on our Facebook page.

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


Monday, July 18, 2016

Scrapbook Challenges #490 With A Bonus Challenge

Hello everyone! Happy Monday to you! I hope that you had a good weekend and are ready to get this week started. We are getting ready for a really hot and dry week around here. We've been pretty lucky with not having terribly hot temps and we've had a lot of rain, so I am not going to complain about the heat. It just gives me a good excuse to stay inside and scrap!

We have a new sketch up over at Scrapbook Challenges today, and in July we are adding in a bonus challenge as well. Use just the sketch, just the bonus challenge, or combine them both on one layout.

Here is the sketch:


And the bonus challenge:


For my layout I used just the sketch:


I had pulled these photos of Ada to scrap a couple of months ago, and I have been waiting for the right sketch to come along. This sketch was perfect!

I used Doodlebug Designs - Under The Sea collection for this layout. The colors in the papers matched the colors in Ada's little bath seat perfectly!

It always makes me happy to get some older photos scrapped!

Check out the Scrapbook Challenges blog to see the layouts from the rest of the design team. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you have a fantastic day!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Lasting Memories #302 - Candy Land

Hello again! This is my second post of the day. If you are looking for my Sketches In Thyme reveal, please scroll down, or go here.

I am back with the third challenge of the month at Lasting Memories. Our theme for July has been "Childhood Games" and today's challenge is all about Candy Land! Here is your inspiration photo:



I went with the candy theme, and I did use some of the colors that can found on the Candy Land board. There are lots of fun ways to go with this challenge, and I had a hard time deciding on just what I wanted to do. Then, I came across this candy paper from Echo Park, and my decision was made.

This is a photo of Miss Ada when she was a little thing - only 5 months old. Hard to believe she will be 3 this November! 

I pulled out these 3 papers from my stack  of papers that I have out for my 100 Patterned Paper challenge.


I used the dark pinkish red as my background, and just pieces of the other two. The scraps will go back on my pile to hopefully be used up soon.

Be sure to check out the Lasting Memories blog to see how the design team interpreted this challenge. I hope you have a chance to play along with us!

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