Monday, May 2, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #158

I'm back with one more project for today! So much good stuff going on on Mondays!

This time I am back with this weeks sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!

I created a birthday card using some My Mind's Eye paper. I stamped the sentiment on the center block, and to be honest, I meant to add some gems on the sentiment block and at the bottom - but I completely forgot until after I had already taken the photo. I will try to remember to get an updated photo on here!

Be sure to stop by the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog to see the sketch and to read the rules!

The full design team reveal will be up on the blog on Wednesday, along with top three from sketch #157.

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

Use Your Stuff #221

Hello again! I am back with my second post of the day! Mondays seem to be a busy day around here, so here we go!

This week over at Use Your Stuff, new design team member, Tina, has our challenge for us. Her challenge is to use the following sketch for a layout, card, or off the page project.

Since this sketch translates easily into a card - that is what I went with for my project.

I had this Dear Lizzy - Neapolitan collection out for another project and I had quite a few scraps left, so I thought it would be a good time to get them used up. I fussy cut the flowers from one of the sheets of paper, and you can't tell it in the photo, but one of the flowers is popped up just a bit. 

Be sure to stop by the Use Your Stuff blog to see the creations from the rest of the design team. There is a good mix of different projects, so I'm sure you will be inspired to play along!

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

Enjoying Life - Make It Monday #59

Hello everyone! Happy Monday to you! I hope that you all enjoyed a good weekend! I am excited because after today we only have one more Monday of school! Counting down the days here!

Today is Make It Monday over at The Memory Nest and we have a fun - new sketch for you!

Just so you know - the photo on this layout is much better in person.I have tried everything to get it to show up better with no luck.

I really liked the shapes on the background of this sketch and I decided to go with circles - because they are my favorite!  I already had this paper out on my desk from a previous layout, and since I had one more picture of Ada from that day, I decided to go ahead and scrap it! I had originally thought of decorating each circle with some type of embellishment, but when I laid it all out it was way too busy for me. 

I used a few cut outs that my good friend, Willa Jean, sent to me a few months ago. The colors were just perfect for this layout and those tiny flowers are so cute! I'm not really sure why the dark pink flowers look so bright in the photo - they really aren't that bright.

Be sure to stop by The Memory Nest blog to see the how the rest of the design team interpreted this sketch. I hope that you are inspired to play along with us this month!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I will be back soon with my next project of the day!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Little Shutterbug - Lasting Memories #291

Hello everyone! I am back again with another layout to share with you today.

It's a brand new month and that means a brand new set of challenges over at Lasting Memories start today. I've got to tell you, the challenges for the month of May are some of my favorites and I can't wait to play along with every single one of them!

Our theme for this month is "All About The Photos" and our first challenge for you is to use 4 photos on your layout.  No more than 4, no less than 4!

When I was looking for photos to use for this challenge, I came across these photos of Ada playing with my camera. Like my journaling says - for a while she was obsessed with my camera. If I took a picture of her she immediately wanted to see it - thank goodness for digital photos and that instant gratification! If she happened to see one of my cameras within her reach, she was grabbing it up. I'm not sure if she was trying to take a picture, or trying to do something with it so I couldn't take more photos of her! Whatever the case, it's a good thing I have more than one camera!

I used a sketch by the talented Cheryl Even. She plays along with our challenges sometimes, and not only is she an awesome scrapper, but she makes some pretty awesome sketches as well! Be sure to stop by and check out her blog - Even More Scrapping.

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I loved that the photos were a little tilted on this sketch. I think it adds just a little bit of interest to the layout. I also finally remembered to get some felt and try cutting some hearts out of it with my dies and cuttlebug. What a great, inexpensive way to make a super cute embellishment!

Be sure to stop by Lasting Memories to see the layouts from the rest of the team. I hope that you are inspired to play along with us! I am offering up the prize for May, so if you link up with any of our challenges this month, you have the chance to win this:

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Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! Have a fabulous day!

Picking Flowers - Sketch N Scrap #104

Hello everyone! Happy first day of May! I cannot believe that it is May already! Seriously, time just keeps moving faster and faster. Maybe it has something to do with my oldest son graduating in 13 days! That does not seem possible!

May 1st also brings a very exciting time as Sketch N Scrap is celebrating their 4th birthday this month! We kick things off today with a brand new sketch for you!

I've had these photos of Ada since the end of last summer and didn't really know what to do with them! She's wearing purple and pink, she has a yellow flower, there is lots of brown and a little bit of green in the photos...I was at a loss for what papers to use and I really didn't want to turn the photos into black and white. Then I found this super cute paper pack from Close To My Heart called Kaleidoscope, and it was perfect! It had the purple, pink, yellow, and green - all in the right tones! The embellishments that came with this collection didn't really have anything in them to match my theme, so I punched out some flowers and finished it off with enamel dots. I love these pictures and I love this layout!

Check out the layouts from the other design team members over on the Sketch N Scrap blog. Stay tuned for a month of fun! We will be back Friday for a Flashback Friday challenge, and then again on Saturday for National Scrapbook Day!

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

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Sketch N Scrap Is Turning 4!!!

Hi everyone! Just a quick little post to let you know that:

We will kick things off with a brand new sketch tomorrow, but the fun won't stop there, join us for Flashback Friday, National Scrapbook Day, and our regularly scheduled sketches all month long. In addition to the wonderful sketches and awesome inspiration from the design team, there will be some fun prizes, too!

I do hope you join in our celebration!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Merry Little Christmas Card

Hello everyone! I've got a quick card share for you today, and it's a Christmas card! Every year I say that I am going to start on my Christmas cards early so I am not hurrying around at the last minute trying to get them done. It never fails, every year I wait until the last minute to do them! Not this year! I am getting a head start and it's only (almost) May!

I have been a follower of the Christmas Card Challenges blog for a long time, but I have yet to join in one of their challenges. Since I am trying to get a head start this year, I thought I would finally play along! Their blog is unique in that the only requirement is that you make a Christmas card each week. They do have an optional challenge each week in case you need a little boost.

The challenge for this week is "Anything Goes".

I have created a clean and simple card - my favorite kind to make! A little embossing, a stamped sentiment, and a banner - all my favorite things!

If you need a little boost to get your Christmas cards started and finished before the holiday season, be sure to check out Christmas Card Challenges!

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

National Scrapbook Day with Stick It Down

Hello everyone! Happy Friday to you! I'm just popping in for a quick post to let you know of a great give away that Stick It Down is going to have in celebration of National Scrapbook Day next week. 

If you play along with any of our May sketches - they will be posted this Sunday, May 1st - in the month of May, you will have a chance to win this fantastic prize! 

I know there will be a lot of challenges out there on National Scrapbook Day, so why not pair one of those challenges up with one of our sketches! If you play along with all three of our sketches, you will be entered to win three times. So stay tuned! You'll have all month long to play along!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Just A Note...

Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday to you! I hope that your week is off to a good start!

Try Stampin' - Or Not - On Tuesday has a brand new sketch for you today! It's another fun one to work with!                                      

Our optional challenge for this sketch is - A trio of textures.

I loved the hexagon elements on the sketch and I thought it was about time to put my hexagon die to use! I just love the large panel - perfect for a pretty patterned paper like I used here - or it would be great for a large stamped image as well. 

Be sure to stop by the Try Stampin' blog to see the beautiful cards from the other team members. I hope that you are inspired to play along. A couple of reminders -  you have two weeks to enter this challenge, you can enter either on the blog or on our Facebook page here. The challenge/theme is always optional, and stamping is always optional! Now head on over and join the fun!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a great one!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Sixteen - Scrapbook Challenges Sketch #480

Hello everyone! I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend. We got a little taste of summer with nice - sunny - almost hot - days! The windows were open, lots of time spent outside...can't get any better than that!

It's the start of a new week and that means a new sketch is posted over at Scrapbook Challenges!

I changed things up a bit with this layout. For starters, I don't have a lot of photos that are good to trim down to a  2.25 x 2.25 size - I take way too many close ups I guess - so instead of three smaller photos, I chose to use some 2 x 2 squares from an older Simple Stories birthday snap pack. Since the 2 x 2 squares had an arrow pointing in a certain direction, I also flipped the sketch to make it work with the squares. 

This layout is of our youngest son, Shane, on his 16th birthday. He does not care for cake much, but he loves to blow out candles, so this year we decided to get his favorite chocolate donuts to serve as his cake. He loved it!

Head on over to the Scrapbook Challenges blog to see the layouts from the rest of the team. You have until the end of the month to play along with these challenges.

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