Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #166 & A Design Team Call

Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday to you! I hope that you are having a good start to your week.

There's a new sketch up over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, and I am sharing my card with you today.

Here's a look at the sketch:



I used Fancy Pants - Life Is Beautiful - 6x6 paper pad. This collection has so many beautiful papers in it. I fussy cut the flowers from another piece of Fancy Pants paper from a different collection (Summer Sun). They were a perfect match to the flowers in this new collection. For my sentiment I used Close To My Hearts - Share the love stamp set (CC1060).

Be sure to stop by the Atlantic Hearts blog for another look at the sketch. We also have a Design Team call going on right now. If you would like to be a part of this awesome design team, please go here to read all about it!

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

Monday, June 27, 2016

Scrapbook Challenges #488

Hello everyone! Happy Monday to you! I hope that you had a great weekend! This is my third reveal of the day, so if you are looking for my Stick It Down card reveal, please scroll down or go here. If you are looking for my Use Your Stuff reveal, scroll down or go here.

We have a new sketch up over at Scrapbook Challenges today. It's another fun one to work with.



I kept my embellishing to a minimum on this layout. The different patterned papers were already pretty busy for me, and I wanted to keep the focus on my sweet Ada! She is growing up so fast! I included some hidden journaling on a tag behind the photo.

I snapped this picture of her when we went to Silver Dollar City a couple of weeks ago. She wasn't quite tall enough for most of the rides, so we hung out together most of the day. She never complained about how hot it was, or how long we had to wait for the others to get done on the rides, she was just happy and content to hang out with me!

Stop by Scrapbook Challenges to see the layouts from the rest of the design team. There are a lot of beautiful layouts to be seen!

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

Use Your Stuff #227 - Problem Solver

Hello again! I am back again with my second project of the day. If you are looking for my Stick It Down card reveal, please scroll down or go here.

We have a new challenge up today over at Use Your Stuff. This week Karrie's challenge is - "Good things in 3's".  You must use the following:

3 photos (or 3 phrases if you are a card maker)
3 colors (black and white are free colors)
3 embellishments (use as many of each that you want, but there needs to be 3 different types of embellishments on your project).


I used the three photos, red, blue, and yellow for my colors, star die cuts, star wood veneer, and enamel dots as my embellishments. I may have inadvertently cheated just a bit here. I do have a tag on there for my hidden journaling. It was kind of an after thought, but I didn't want to write directly on my layout this time.

Our youngest son loved to explore all of the nooks and crannies of our house when we first moved in. He especially loved to crawl through the kitchen cabinets and just lay in there. Sometimes he would forget the easy way to get back out, but he always figured it out pretty quickly (and maybe after a few tears!)

I used an older sketch from Scrap the Boys that I had pinned on my Pinterest board. It was perfect for these photos.


Be sure to check out the Use Your Stuff blog to see how the rest of the design team interpreted this challenge. I hope you play along with us this week. I would love to see your creations!

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

Let Freedom Ring with Stick It Down

Hello everyone!

Today is your lucky day! The July sketches at Stick It Down are being posted a little early! I am the featured card designer for July, so I get to share my card with you today as well!

July's sketch is courtesy of the talented Laura Rumble. I absolutely love this sketch and can see myself using it again!



Since it is so close to the 4th of July I had to go with a patriotic card! I splattered the background with some red paint, got a little crazy with the navy, red, and silver messy thread, and I had to add in some sparkle with the red, silver, and blue sequins. 

Be sure to stop by Stick It Down to see the reveal of the single and double page sketches as well. I hope that you join in our challenges for July!

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

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Lasting Memories #299 - #buddies

Hello everyone! Happy Sunday to you! I hope that you are having a good weekend! Our weekend seems to be going by way too fast!

We have a new challenge up today at Lasting Memories. This is the last challenge for our "All About Me" theme this month, and it is "I Love To...". This can be about absolutely anything that you love to do.

One of my favorite things to do is spend time with my granddaughter. Let me tell you, this summer has been hard on this Nana! I'm used to seeing my girly every day during the week, and now I only see her a couple of times a week. I miss her! So, of course my layout is about spending time with her!


I used the - oh so pretty - Simple Stories Carpe Diem papers and embellishments for this layout. I had a really light grey card stock that matched the background to the dot paper perfectly, so I used that instead of plain white.

I based my layout on the June - Week 1 sketch from Let's Get Sketchy. Here's a look at that sketch:


Be sure to stop by the Lasting Memories blog to see the layouts from the rest of the design team. I hope you've enjoyed our challenges this month! You have until July 1 to enter any or all of our June challenges.

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

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Try Stampin' - Or Not - On Tuesday #276

Hello everyone! I hope that you are all doing well! After a couple of days of not-so-hot-and-humid days, it looks like heat and humidity is returning this week. A good excuse to stay inside in the air conditioning and scrap!

We have a new sketch posted over on the Try Stampin' - Or Not - On Tuesday blog today. Today's sketch is courtesy of Kaylin and our optional theme for this week is "polka dots".



I made a couple of versions of this card, and in the end this one won out. I'm not entirely happy with it - I feel the inside of the frame needs a little something else - but when I added in some balloons I just didn't like, so I chose to leave it plain. Does that ever happen to you? You have an idea that just doesn't work! Oh well... 

I did use the theme of polka dots this week. Polka dots are one of my favorite patterns, so of course I had to use them!

Be sure to stop by the Try Stampin' blog to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team. I do hope you find some time to play along with our challenges!

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

Monday, June 20, 2016

Scrapbook Challenges #487

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

We have a brand new sketch up over at Scrapbook Challenges today! It is one of my favorites, and I am sure I will be using it again! It has a lot of possibilities - you can really add in a lot of embellishments, or you can strip it down, like I did, and use just a few.

Here's a look at the sketch:



I kept my layout pretty simple for this sketch. I used a couple of different (watered down) purple paints for my background splatter. I am really liking this look now that I am trying it! (I know, I am a little late to this trend!) I also added in an extra strip of pattered paper behind my photo - just to add a little more color and a little bit of interest. 

Stop by Scrapbook Challenges to see the layouts from the other design team members. I hope you have some time to play along with us!

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

Use Your Stuff Blog Hop Winner

Hello everyone!

I am popping in really quick to announce the winner of my prize for the Use Your Stuff Blog Hop! Thank you all so much for the comments - I always love to read them - and to my new followers - welcome to my blog!

The winner by random draw is:

Lisa in Texas

Lisa - email me at loristroup@yahoo.com with your address and I will get your prize out to you this week!

Thanks again everyone for hopping along with us!

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #76

Hello everyone! I hope that you have had a good weekend! We are already back around to Monday again, and that means a busy day here on the old blog!

Today is the last sketch for June over at Sketch N Scrap. This card sketch is courtesy of Heather.



Since Independence Day is right around the corner here is the US, and it is one of my favorite holidays, I thought I would go with a red, white, and blue card. 

The red and navy cardstock were scraps that I had on my desk, and I embossed the white panel with a tiny stars embossing folder. I had the blue and the white stars already die cut from another project that didn't get used, so I just die cut a red star, used some washi tape that I bought last year and never got around to using, and this card came together very quickly.  

Be sure to stop by Sketch N Scrap to see the lovely cards from the rest of the design team. You have until the 30th to play along with any or all of our sketches. Hope to see your creations soon!

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

Friday, June 17, 2016

Story Time - Sketches In Thyme #204

Hi, guys! Happy Friday! I can't believe it's the weekend already!

It's my day to be featured over on the Sketches In Thyme blog with my layout for sketch #204. This sketch is brought to us by the super talented, Brenshevia. I have been a fan of Brenshevia's sketches for a long time, so I was excited to get to work with this sketch.


supplies used - Patterned Papers and Cardstock - Close To My Heart, ink - Close To My Heart - sorbet and slate, Puffy stickers - pink hearts - Close To My Heart, white heart - EK Success, wood veneer pieces - Studio Calico, Stamps - "love this' - Kaisercraft - Shine Bright, Phrase stamps - "this moment" - Amy Tangerine roller stamp - Sealed, date/love, love, love - Amy Tangerine roller stamp - Today, Alphas - Thickers - Fun & Games.

I changed things up a bit with this sketch, but you can still see the basic design in my layout. The biggest change was using one photo instead of two, and making all of the layers behind the photo bigger.

I used the - oh so pretty - Zoe collection from Close To My Heart. I love these papers and hated to cut into them, but I am really trying to use the things I love instead of letting them sit in my stash forever.

I "smooshed" the background paper with Close To My Heart's sorbet ink, and used a doily in place of the messy circles in the upper left of the sketch. The "smooshing" warped my background paper just a bit, so I trimmed it down and matted it on another piece of cardstock.

This is one of my favorite photos of Abby and Ada. Abby had just gotten off of work and this was back when she still stayed with us one or two nights a week to cut down on her commute back and forth to work. Before they went to bed Abby would read  Ada a book. This was one of her favorites at the time - a Disney princess story book - Ada loved the pages that had Ariel on them, and I am pretty sure that Ariel is still her favorite princess a year and a half later!

Stop by Sketches In Thyme any day of the week to find more inspiration. This month Kim is offering up this prize for one lucky winner:



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